BEST TIME TO VOLUNTEER IN SOUTH AFRICA
Community projects in Cape Town or Port Elizabeth are ideally situated for breaks at the beach, with Nov-May offering the warmest weather.
If you're volunteering close to Kruger National Park, Jul-Sep is the best time to spot wildlife during weekends off. Some projects peak at different times of the year with Nov-Feb the busiest time for rescuing baby monkeys, whilst Jun-Dec is shark and whale watching season. The best time to volunteer in South Africa depends where you want to go, what you want to do and how you fancy spending your free time; pick a project that suits you, find out availability and pack accordingly. For more information on the best time to visit South Africa, check out our travel guide.
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Our South Africa Volunteering Vacations
WHEN TO VOLUNTEER IN SOUTH AFRICA & WHEN NOT TO
If you'd like to chat about South Africa Volunteering or need help finding a vacation to suit you we're very happy to help.
What happens when in South Africa
What happens when in South Africa
Gemma Lay is a volunteer specialist at our supplier, Pod Volunteer:
“Some volunteers love to head to South Africa to escape the British winter; others find it easier to adapt to South African winters with warm days and breathtaking sunsets. Our projects in South Africa need volunteers throughout the year to support their ongoing work so it’s best to think about what suits you as an individual.”
Our pick from the South Africa wildlife calendar
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The sardine run
The sardine run along the coast of KwaZulu Natal in June and July is one of the world’s most spectacular marine migrations. Shoals spread to up to 7km and attract an abundance of sharks, whales and dolphins. This is a good time of year to monitor marine animals and volunteer on responsible whale watching boats.
More about South Africa Volunteering
Volunteering in South Africa is life changing, and not only for the communities and wildlife that you’ll be assisting.
We’ve picked our top 10 South Africa volunteering vacations so you can get a better understanding of what we do, and how you can help to make a real difference.
Our wildlife volunteering vacation’s page breaks down the different types of tour that we offer as well as managing traveler expectations when it comes to what types of wildlife you can expect to see, and the sort of jobs and tasks you’ll be doing.
From endangered wildlife monitoring to community construction projects, KwaZulu Natal volunteering vacations offer a unique way to experience this vibrant South African region.
Checking camera traps and analysing photo data coupled with game drives into some of KwaZulu Natal’s most biodiverse wilderness areas; leopard conservation vacations offer volunteers a unique insight into the little-seen lives of South Africa’s most elusive big cats.
Our community volunteering vacations in South Africa require commitment in terms of time, as well as the physical, mental and emotional demands of working in some of South Africa’s poorest communities.
Travelers really need to do their research before signing up for a captive wildlife volunteering vacation in South Africa.
From pollution to poverty, respecting cultural traditions to respecting animals, there are many responsible volunteering issues to keep in mind...