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Conservation Volunteer Experience: Garden Route, South Africa

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This South Africa conservation volunteer experience covers the key topics of basic ecology and biodiversity. Immerse yourself in the unique surroundings of the Garden Route, South Africa and study a variety of forest  and coastal habitats, as well as experiencing African elephants in close proximity at a local sanctuary!

  • Help protect the unique forest and coastal habitats of the beautiful Garden Route
  • Learn about conservation and ecological principles
  • Help us with an educational program for local children teaching about the wonders of the natural world
  • Learn all about elephants as you volunteer at a local elephant sanctuary
  • Take a trip out to sea, viewing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat

More details...

Sunday Free Day Free Day
Monday Environmental Restoration Conservation Education Workshop
Tuesday Elephant Sanctuary Experience Elephant Sanctuary Experience
Wednesday Forest Species Survey Recycling project with kids
Thursday Coastal Conservation project Environmental Restoration
Friday Coastal bird monitoring Cultural Activity
Saturday Excursion Excursion


Once you are part of the team you never leave it. I can’t thank you enough! I leave with inspiration, determination, happy memories, new friends, filled with enthusiasm and SMILING!

Lynn Munro. - United Kingdom

I’ve always wanted to come to Africa and I knew it would be great, but everything that I’ve experienced has gone far beyond my expectations. From the elephants to the kids, everything was so amazing. I will be coming back and I can’t wait.

Miranda Hoffman. - United States

  • All project operating costs, equipment, tools and resources
  • Return Bus Ticket from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Knysna
  • Pick up & drop off from arrival points (George airport or Knysna bus stop)
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Orientation & Training
  • Accommodation in our Volunteer House
  • 3 Meals a day
  • Project Related Transport
  • Project T-shirts
  • Dedicated coordinators to assist you daily
  • Project support and feedback sessions throughout your stay
  • Assistance with optional activities and tours
  • Assistance obtaining a local SIM Card for your phone
  • Additional cultural and outdoor activities on Friday afternoons (and some evenings)
  • Free, unlimited Wi-Fi and computer access in the Knysna volunteer house
  • Post-project involvement, and an exclusive return volunteer discount

Challenge Level: Comfortable

comfortable-1hand1You will have access to all amenities including running water, electricity. Most bankcards work at local banks (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX) and you will have access to the Internet. You will also find that you can purchase almost anything at local shops.

Recommended for those who enjoy having access to restaurants and shops as well as daily communication with friends and family at home.

These are some of the projects you will be involved in when you join this program.

Volunteer in Knysna, South Africa


Knysna is one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. Stunning views, impressive mountain passes, lush green forests and white sandy beaches.

Knysna really is paradise and it’s no surprise that it has been voted South Africa’s favorite holiday town on many occasions!


Program Price

2 weeks $1,250
4 weeks $1,995
+1 week $495
2 weeks ₤795
4 weeks ₤1,445
+1 week ₤360

*Please contact us for pricing for stays of more than 8 weeks and group bookings.

Ever dreamed of volunteering in Africa?

Now you can!

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