In 1979, two students returned from their travels newly cultured, slightly jetlagged and on the
biggest high of their lives.
Bright-eyed and inspired by their wanderlust, they founded StA travel to help other young people
explore a world beyond text books and office desks. the real world.
32 years later, the ethos of STA Travel remains the same. We’ve grown up with our travellers and discovered that more people,
not just students, want authentic real-value travel options. We’ve built our exclusive product range from the ground-up in
direct response to what you need and want from us.
We firmly believe that experiencing the wonders of the world will expand your mind and enrich your understanding. Travel is the
best education - there is nothing like it to open the eyes, mind and heart.
Our commitment to responsible travel is something we are hugely excited about. We’ve partnered with the non-profit
organisation Planeterra to launch a new selection of volunteer projects designed to help communities globally - and to help you
experience travel with purpose. We’ve also committed to raising a million dollars over the next five years to support Planeterra
in its work.
Inside this brochure, you’ll find a whole host of travel options, handpicked to inspire your socks off. We’ve got thousands of
exclusive offers on flights, accommodation and all the essential extras to help you plan your ultimate African or Middle Eastern
Come and talk to us by popping into one of our many branches, giving us a call or visiting our website online.
We’re passionate about changing the way people think about travel and in the process, making a positive impact on the lives of
Get out there – the world is waiting for you!
A Perfect Partnership 04
Why STA Travel 05
Getting there 06
Planning your trip 08
Travel essentials 09
Where to STAy? 10
Your adventure 11
World map 12
SOUTHERN AFRICA 18
South Africa 31
Cape Town 34
Beyond Cape Town 37
The Garden Route 38
Eastern Cape 40
Botswana & Zambia 55
EASTERN AFRICA 62
Trek Kilamanjaro 80
Kenya Beaches 90
& MIDDLE EAST 98
Egypt Beaches 106
Middle East 117
Abu Dhabi & Doha 120
TRAVEL INSURANCE 122
TERMS AND CONDITIONS 123
‘PLANETERRA IS A LABOUR OF LOVE AND
A DREAM THAT CAME TOGETHER IN 2003
BASED ON OUR BELIEF THAT PEOPLE AND
THE PLANET SHOULD BE AS IMPORTANT
AS PROFIT IN THE TRAVEL BUSINESS.
WORKING TOGETHER WITH TRAVELLERS
LIKE YOU ALLOWS US ALL TO GIVE BACK TO
THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES THAT PROVIDE
US WITH UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES
THROUGH THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF SHARING
BRUCE POON TIP, FOUNDER,
A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP
STA Travel has embarked on a responsible travel journey, partnering with Planeterra; a non-profit travellers’ organisation
focused on global community development and sustainability. This new partnership will not only change the face of STA Travel
but enables you to connect with community and conservation projects around the world, helping you travel with purpose.
Planeterra works with local partners to develop projects and direct donations to fund needs such as tools, materials and other
items that keep projects going. They also develop volunteer programs so that people can visit a project, live onsite or with a
local family, and contribute to the wellbeing of the community.
Since 2003, Planeterra has developed over 25 projects spanning Asia, Africa and the Americas – and now with STA Travel as
a partner, there are close to 60 volunteering projects. This is the launch of a totally new type of travel experience; a credible,
authentic and real opportunity for you to give back directly. STA Travel has committed US $1 million to the partnership with
Planeterra to develop these new volunteer travel programs and support communities around the world.
In addition to this investment, our goal this year is to raise US$120,000 to support the building of a community tourism
training centre on Koh Phra Thong Island in tsunami-affected Thailand. The centre will be accessible to communities throughout
southern Thailand, providing a way for them to increase income and sustainable tourism in the area. Want to help at our
volunteer project? We wholeheartedly welcome your involvement on Koh Phra Thong (see our Voluntouring Brochure page 14)
and any donations made towards our project will be doubled by us, up to US $30,000 annually.
There are a whole host of volunteer options to get involved in across the globe, including teaching and community development
work in Cape Town and helping to educate local communities about HIV/AIDS. You can also help look after children who have
been orphaned as a result of this disease. Or have a crack at voluntouring, where a small stint of volunteering is mixed into a
group tour (see page 14).
Our perfect partnership with Planeterra enables us to provide you with much more than travel. We’re passionate about offering
you a chance to experience the real world. What you gain from giving back is seriously priceless.
To view our entire range of meaningful travel options, make sure you pick up our Voluntouring brochure, packed full of
volunteer and voluntour options the world over.
WHY STA TRAVEL?
Now if this is the first time you’ve heard of us then where have No matter where you are in the world, the incredibly knowledgeable
you been living? We could say in a cave but that would be too and friendly people that work for STA Travel are never far away.
cliché and we revolt against all things cliché, so much so that we’ve We’ve got hundreds of STA Travel branches all over the world and
made our mark specialising in all the impossibilities that used 24/7 global travel help - an essential backup for all travellers on the
to seem just a little out of reach. We have a wild and wonderful move. If you’ve lost your tickets, want to change your dates or just
enthusiasm for all the experiences both diverse and magnificent need some local advice our help is always at hand.
that travel provides.
We’ve got thousands of exclusive offers on flights, accommodation,
We’ve been providing these kinds of adventures for over 30 years, adventure trips and all the essential extras to help you plan your
so you should have heard of us by now! We’ve made it our mission dream trip to Africa and the Middle East. This brochure showcases
to open up the world to eager, enthusiastic, adventurous travellers the best of them, so enjoy!
and are the world’s largest bona fide travel company for students
and young adults – but whatever your age we enthusiastically await Come and talk to us by dropping into one of our branches
your call, email or visit as we’re more than happy to show you our around New Zealand, calling us on 0508 STA TRAVEL or
unique perspective of planet Earth. visiting statravel.co.nz
TOP 10 REASONS TO
TRAVEL WITH US
1. GLOBAL TRAVEL HELP
Wherever you are, we’re there for you
2. WORLD CLASS TRAVEL PARTNERS
We only work with the best to ensure you’re looked after
3. EXCLUSIVE LOW AIRFARES
Our unique airline partnerships give you access to the lowest fares
4. EXCLUSIVE FLEXIBLE AIRFARES
You can change your plans at minimal cost and effort
5. 100’S OF BRANCHES WORLDWIDE
Speak face to face with us on the other side of the world
6. ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS
With all your bookings in one place, it’s easy to manage your holiday
7. EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE, WELL TRAVELLED STAFF
They’re expertly trained with hands on experience to give you the best advice
8. OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
We’ve got the experience to take you to the most exciting places for less
9. AWARD WINNING SERVICE
We’ve been awarded Australasia’s leading travel agency several times at the World Travel Awards
10. MASSIVE RANGE OF ADVENTURES AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE
No matter your age you can enjoy our extraordinary adventures in any corner of the world
WHY FLY WTH GET THE BEST PRICE ADD-ON FLIGHTS
STA TRAVEL? We’ve been helping folks get the best
airfare deals since the dawn of time...
Add-ons are the best (kinda like fries
with your burger or fresh lime in your
Not only do we have great prices, many
OK so we exaggerate a little, but we vodka). They let you get to pretty much
of our airfares are unique and exclusive,
have seriously been doing this for ages! anywhere in the world you want to go by
so we offer a wide range of flights
Our advisers know exactly where to look simply adding on one of our unique sector
negotiated just for you. We can book just
and what to check. So talk to one of fares (a one way or return flight added
about anything you want, from simple
our travel gurus or have a look at our onto your international flight). Doing
return tickets to complex tailor-made
website to find yourself a deal that won’t this means more gallivanting beyond the
round the world itineraries.
break the bank. To get you started, here arrival at your international flight. If we
Here are some of the things that make are a few insider tips that’ll help you find really need to convince you, just think
us stand out from the crowd: the cheapest prices: about how relaxing it would be hopping
• Lowest fares with leading airlines for • Buy an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card to be over to Zanzibar for some beach time.
students holding an ISIC card, under eligible for our exclusive student, Or what about adding a flight from Cape
26 year olds holding an IYTC card and under 26 and teacher fares. Town to Nairobi to experience the Masai
teachers holding an ITIC card. • If you can help it, don’t leave it to the Mara? Africa is a big continent but our
• Flexibility to change your travel dates last minute. Many of our best prices add-on fares can help you save time
and your route before and after sell out quickly. getting around.
departure. • Try and be a little flexible with your
• The option to build your own itinerary
using our exclusive one-way fares.
dates and check out flying on a
weekday instead of a weekend.
ROUND THE WORLD
This is something we specialise in. We
• ‘Open Jaw’ tickets - fly into one • Think about flying outside of peak
practically invented the concept of
airport and out of another. times if you can - for Africa the best
flying round the world, so we’ve got a
• 24 hour travel help - so wherever deals are usually available for travel
huge range of exclusive choices and
you are in the world, there is always from March to September.
plenty of suggestions for you.
an expert available to handle your
• Hundreds of STA Travel branches in
ONE WAY FLIGHTS Our round the world fares are totally
flexible and can be tailored exactly to
Thinking about being a way from home
60 countries worldwide, giving you your needs; so you can work for a part
for a while? If you like the idea of
personal service as you travel the of the year and travel the rest of your
paying less upfront for your flight, let us
globe. time! Pretty awesome. And they’ll save
introduce you to the concept of flying
• Airfares that last up to18 months, so you big bucks too.
one way. We have great airfares flying
you can do the world longer.
one way from New Zealand to Europe For a selection of our unique round
• The Mile High Club! Whether you’re
via Africa and the Middle East so you the word trips, grab our See the World
here planning or off travelling, stay
can kick start your OE with an exciting Your Way brochure from your local STA
in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter
adventure! Don’t worry when you do Travel branch or check it out online at
and by signing up to our emails. Mile
decide to come home, one of your STA statravel.co.nz
High members are always the first
Travel branches across the globe will be
to hear about our best exclusives,
just around the corner to help you out.
discounts and competitions.
ENJOY THE EMIRATES EXPERIENCE
Twenty five years ago Emirates was born,
launching flights from its home base in
Dubai, initially with just two aircraft.
Growing up alongside you throughout
the 90’s, today they fly to over 100
destinations in 65 countries around the
world - and their network continues to
With their hub in Dubai, one of the world’s
most exciting and thriving cities, you’d be
crazy not to make the most of a stopover
on your way to Africa. Emirates fly to
19 points in Africa and the Middle East
including of course Dubai as well as Cairo,
Nairobi, Johannesburg, Durban, Cape
Town and Mauritius.
On Emirates you’ll enjoy one of the
highest standards of comfort, service and
facilities in every class. At STA Travel we
think Emirates Economy Class is pretty
damn awesome. With their cabin crew
from all corners of the world, superb
multi-course meals and complimentary
snacks, as well as personal seat back
screens offering up to 1200 channels of
award-winning in-flight entertainment,
your flight won’t be long enough to
experience it all!
Emirates also has one of the most
generous baggage policies going, allowing
Economy Class travellers to take a
suitcase up to 30kg free of charge, ideal
for bringing back some amazing African
It’s an easy decision – fly with Emirates
for the best Economy Class travel in the
And just when you thought it couldn’t get
any better, if you’re under 26 or a student
under 32, you can also save even more
on your Emirates flight with STA Travel
thanks to special discounted airfares!
Quality and great prices, what more could
you ask for?
So, if you’re looking for a great deal and
amazing service for your trip to Africa and
the Middle East, choose Emirates for an
exceptional journey from start to finish.
Get a travel discount card
Book your arrival
Get a Travelex cash card
Get travel insurance
Sort out your visa
PLANNING YOUR TRIP
WHERE SHOULD I GO? GETTING AROUND MONEY
Think carefully about the places you’d Get yourself on one of our hefty Countries in Africa have their own
like to visit and what you want to see overland trucks - these beasts speed individual currencies so if you’re just
and experience. Prepare to be struck by along the various roads, whether it’s visiting one you can take that with you.
diversity - Africa is a huge continent, and over the potholes of a dirt track or along However, if you’re visiting a number of
just within countries you have different modern tarmac roads. They can get into different places we’d recommend taking
landscapes, various tribes and loads of places other vehicles can’t reach and an US dollars to exchange across the
wildlife. Go from city to the wild outdoors added bonus is great game viewing due continent. The local team will be on hand
and end up at the beach. Prepare for to the extra height they have. If you’re to advise you where and when to change
your camera to be well and truly worn on a long journey across the continent, it your currency up. Major towns and cities
out! That’s before you’ve even got to the really will become your home from home. do have ATMs, so you’ll have quick and
animals - safari is what this continent You can also jump on and off of buses, easy access to your funds with your
is all about! Lions, leopards, elephants, trains and ferrys - wherever you are in credit, debit or Travelex cash card.
giraffes... it’s hard to believe you’re really the world we’ll make sure you get around
We’ll help you work out a budget when
seeing such fantastic creatures in the safely, comfortably and efficiently... and
you book your trip, but think about
wild! And let’s not forget the Middle East, it’ll be fun!
where you’ll be going, how long you’ll be
dip your toe in this colourful world and
If you’re keen to get yourself on one of away for and what you’ll be doing while
prepare to be amazed.
our adventure trips, please don’t be put you are there. Many of our trips include
Once you’ve finished flicking through off if it starts in one country and finishes nearly everything you need to survive,
this brochure and have a rough idea of up in another. We sell ‘open jaw’ flight so you’ll only need a small amount of
what you want, pop into your nearest tickets, which allow you to fly into one money per day to get by. This amount is
STA Travel branch and chat to one of location and out of another completely normally calculated by establishing how
our friendly advisers. All our staff are different one (see page 6). many additional activities you want to
passionate travellers, so they’re full of enjoy and how much shopping, drinking
helpful advice, tips and tales about the and eating you intend to do while
places that you’re planning to visit. you’re away.
TRAVEL INSURANCE TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS ISIC & ITYC CARDS
Whether you’re trekking Mt Kilamanjaro or If you’ve never been away from home for Want to take advantage of over 41,000
on safari in the Serengeti, you’d be crazy longer than a two week family holiday then we discounts worldwide? If you’re a full
to leave home without travel insurance. We recommend you read our travel safety advice time student you can buy a ISIC card or
know you must be buzzing for your trip to to help prepare you for the unexpected: alternatively if you’re not a student but
begin and travel insurance is the last thing under 26 years old, you can buy a Youth
Never get between a hippo and water
on your mind. However, our experience tells card. They’re only $25 each and can be
Hippopotamuses love water, which is why the
us that travelling without cover is simply used at home and abroad you’ll save loads
Greeks named them the ‘river horse.’ However
not a risk worth taking. STA Travel offers more than the cost of the card while you’re
many human deaths in Africa occur when a
travel insurance policies that cover you travelling so they are well worth the spend!
person gets between a hippo and deep water
for a range of benefits, such as cover for We sell these cards right here at STA Travel
(or between a mother and her calf) so be
medical, cancellation, emergency transport and just look at the discounts you can get:
aware of your surroundings at all times!
and accommodation. Plus if things go wrong • Access to cheaper student and under 26
you’ll have access to the 24 hour emergency Be careful at border crossings airfares.
assistance team of doctors, nurses and Seemingly innocent things can attract • Discounts on local transport.
case managers. To chat about your travel unwanted attention: money, cameras, • Savings on museum and art gallery
insurance options or for a quote, ask your sunglasses or expensive electronics like admission charges.
STA Travel adviser today! laptop computers or iPods. Make sure to • Discounts at retail stores.
pack these items out of sight, and only carry • Bonus extras at hostels like free internet
enough money for the things that you need and welcome drinks.
HEALTH to buy at the border, like visas or bus tickets. • Great deals at restaurants and bars.
It’s your responsibility to obtain proper and If you have a thick wad of cash, the officials
might be tempted to ‘create’ a problem. The
detailed medical advice in good time before
you go. We suggest that you visit the Safe key is to stay as inconspicuous as possible. TEACH ENGLISH
Travel website at safetravel.govt.nz for up
to date information. Your local GP can also
Keep in touch QUALIFICATIONS
Make sure you always stay in contact with
give advice on which vaccinations you’ll need Millions of people are learning English
friends and family back home, especially
for particular countries. across the globe in the most far flung
if you are near a disaster or incident!
of places, so how about teaching
Registering your travel plans online with
English overseas? Teaching English as a
MFAT is also a great idea so you can be
VISA contacted in an emergency – visit safetravel.
Foreign Language (TEFL) is a recognised
qualification. Anyone can do it and there is
Your trip of a lifetime will quickly ground govt.nz for more details.
no need for prior teaching experience - just
to a screeching halt if you forget to sort Safeguard your passport at all times enthusiasm. Learn to teach English as a
out your entrance visas. Please don’t forget It can be difficult to replace your passport foreign language either online or as part of
to check with the relevant embassy if you while you’re overseas - particularly when you a weekend course. Once certified, you can
need to get a visa for the countries that don’t speak the local language. Make sure take advantage of the many paid teaching
you plan to visit. you have your passport as close as possible opportunities available around the world
to you at all times and it’s also a great idea too. So get ready to immerse yourself in a
to keep a copy of key passport pages (like new culture, add to your CV, gain a skill for
visas) in your main pack and on email in case life - and fund your travels!
you need it. Visit statravel.co.nz/tefl for details.
No matter where or how you’re travelling in
Africa, there’s a Lonely Planet guide for you.
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WHERE TO STAY?
Star ratings are often not the best way to categorise hotels. Depending on what country you’re travelling through, perceptions of
each standard can vary quite dramatically. To make things much easier for you, we’re giving you our own, very educated travellers
opinion on each property that we feature. We have three very straightforward accommodation categories to choose from:
STAysimple, STAysmart and STAystylish. Read below for a description of each.
+ BONUS Look out for our STA Travel Bonus offers - we’ve sourced the very best deals that will ensure you save
money and make the most out of your stay.
STAysimple STAysmart STAystylish
For those who want their travelling dollar Perfect for those who demand a little These are a little bit special. Adjectives
to go further. Clean, comfortable, secure comfort when they travel. We have a such as unique, funky and intimate
and perfectly adequate, these are no range of STAysmart properties that will are definitely very apt. Most will boast
frills budget options. All of our hostels give you bang for your buck as well as something absurdly indulgent, such as a
and some of our more basic hotels come everything you need to enjoy your stay. private pool, pillow menu or a cigar lounge.
under this category. Luxury, darlings!
These are modern, international-
The majority of our STAysimple standard hotels, so expect a plethora These hotels are relatively small in size,
properties have great locations in the of great facilities. All rooms will have which means close and personal attention.
heart of all the action, and many of them private bathrooms, air-con and a host of The utmost service and an unforgettable
boast popular bars and vibrant social modern amenities. You can also expect experience are more or less guaranteed.
scenes. Facilities are generally limited, but loads of great facilities as most will After a fantastically hectic adventure trip
this is compensated for by the friendly have a pool, gymnasium and a couple of or an early morning flight, it definitely pays
staff and buzzing atmosphere. Many of restaurants. STAysmart hotels are ideal to splash a little cash and book yourself
these options will have shared bathrooms. for city stopovers. into one of these wonderful hotels.
STAysimple STAysmart STAystylish
Pricing and photography
The accommodation prices featured in this brochure are based on per person, twin share. The ‘from’ pricing shown has been calculated using low-season stays and is based on lead-in room types. We’re sourcing great deals all year long, so we
recommend using the prices in this brochure as a guide and to ask your STA Travel adviser for the best available deal for your travel period. The accommodation photos featured are representative of the room types available at each property; however
this may not be the actual room type that you’ll receive. If you have a preference for a particular room, your adviser will be happy to help. Just ask!
We partner with leading tour companies to provide you with a variety of styles of travel and experiences to choose from when planning your
big trip. We consider them our ‘perfect partners’ as they share the same passion for travel as we do and we guarantee you will get the cheapest
price on their trips through us. Check out our ‘perfect partners’ for Africa and the Middle East.
Gap Adventures was founded more than 20 Gap Adventures tours are more than just a Topdeck's passion is for providing
years ago, with a burning desire to create way to get from A to B, they believe that the unforgettable travel experiences for 18
an authentic, sustainable travel experience transportation is part of the experience and to 30 somethings. All of the travelling
like nothing the world had ever seen. For the an incredible opportunity to truly discover a and accommodation is taken care of,
most part, you’ll be travelling in developing destination. They embrace the unique and you so you enjoy the fun parts of travelling
countries in areas very different from home – might find yourself on an overland truck, in a while they take care of the boring bits.
so the best approach is to keep an open mind. 4WD, on a traditional canoe or a local ferry - No overbooked trains, unavailable hotels
Today, you can still expect the unexpected it’s all part of the experience. or language problems...You’ll be travelling
on one of their trips - embrace the bizarre, with one of their friendly guides and with
step off the beaten track and boldly embark Many companies consider accommodation their encylopedic knowledge, history will
down the road less travelled. They believe to be nothing more than a place to lay your really come alive! Itineraries give you free
in unforgettable travel experiences that head, but at Gap Adventures they couldn’t time to explore at your own pace and you
don't have to be expensive and unlike other disagree more. Whether it be camping under will be travelling with other passengers of
tour operators who charge solo travellers the stars, staying in a centrally located hotel your own age - your new 'instant' circle
a supplement, you will be paired up with a or upgrading to a lodge, they’re committed of friends from all over who will share
roommate of the same sex to ensure you get to ensuring their accommodation options amazing experiences with you.
the same price. Their trips embrace authentic provide an authentic travel experience.
accommodation and local transportation to
bring you face to face with the world’s most So what are you waiting for? Step off the
fascinating cultures, customs and awe- beaten path, embrace the unexpected and
inspiring wildlife. immerse yourself in the extraordinary.
Just the basics We feature several
are included for EASYRIDER fantastic trips for
total flexibility. the 18 to 35s.
Experience life like a local, staying in rustic The group size is generally around 25, so
guesthouses, multi-shared rooms and you’ll have just the right amount of new
campsites. friends to share it with. Small enough to
have an intimate Asian experience, yet big
Stay in simple, enough to make the dynamic rock - on a
clean twin long trip, that’s a big bonus! With a bunch
share rooms of like-minded 18 to 35s onboard, your
with private facilities, running water and travel posse will make the trip great no
electricity. Occasional multi-share nights in matter where you are.
Expect air-con, Pay early, save more: Book and pay in full
ensuites, TVs, between 6-12 months in advance and save
Internet, 24hr on your Contiki tour with STA Travel.
electricity and hot
water. Your arrival transfer and brekky is
always included too - comfort all the way!
fun, these trips are packed with value,
amazing experiences and like-minded travel
buddies to share it all with.
FACE TO FACE LET US PLAN YOUR
WITH THE SPECIALISTS
We’ve been selling trips over to this part of
the globe for donkey’s years. The majority
of our advisers have travelled to the
destinations in this brochure and all of
them have been expertly trained to give
you the best advice.
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VOLUNTEER VOLUNTOUR Participate in a range of global projects and
make a real difference. Every project has been
chosen with the ultimate aim of helping local
communities and their environments achieve a
sustainable way of life.
WORK IN WORK WITH
Volunteering is all about making a greater Voluntouring is the hot new way to
Protect some of the world’s most fragile
contribution. Giving back - and gaining learn about the people and place you're environments. By preserving these eco-
lots too. You'll make a positive difference visiting on a much deeper level than systems, you’ll contribute to the project’s
to the lives of others on a much deeper you normally would on a tour. It's the long term sustainability and pass on your
level by donating your time, energy and perfect way to spend a portion of your
knowledge to local communities.
experience. All of our projects aim to help tour giving back to the community you're
local communities achieve a sustainable visiting. Lend a helping hand to someone
way of life in an environmentally sensitive in need, work towards a cause you WORK WITH
manner, as well as assisting conservation
and community programs worldwide.
believe in or simply give back to make
a positive impact through your travels. ANIMALS WORK IN
You don't need specific qualifications or Our Voluntours provide opportunities Contribute to the protection of endangered
skills either - just a desire to lend a hand, for travellers to engage in community species. In their desperate fight for survival,
immerse yourself and learn more about projects that are working in health, you’ll develop an understanding of their WORK WITH
what life is like in other communities education, conservation and small conditions and work to protect them. COMMUNITIE
around the world. business opportunities around the world.
WORK IN WORK WITH WORK WITH WORK WITH COMMUNITIE
CONSERVATION ANIMALS COMMUNITIES CHILDREN
Inspire the newest generation to break the
cycle of poverty. Your work will provide
them with basic skills and help to create an
WORK WITH WORK WITH
they can their full
environment in whichCOMMUNITIESreachCHILDREN
WORK WITH WORK WITH
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CONSERVATION ANIMALS COMMUNITIES CHILDREN
Spend time with a broad cross-section of the
local community. Your work will improve quality
of life and ensure community sustainability in
WORK WITH WORK WITH
some of the world’s remotest areas.COMMUNITIES CHILDREN
EXTEND YOUR STAY WORK WITH
FROM AS LITTLE AS $27 COMMUNITIES
Before or after your project experience, why
not extend your stay? Jump on an escorted
tour, kick back and relax on a beach, or head
into the hustle and bustle for a big city break.
TEACHING AND TEACH CHILDREN IN
14 DAYS, $2,179 FR
EXTRA WEEKS, $569
14 DAYS, $2,479 FR
EXTRA WEEKS, $659 FR
CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN Volunteer at one of four local schools on the island of Zanzibar,
helping to organise educational games, arts and crafts activities
weeks or more
Lend a hand for two CONSERVATION at local pre-schools and WITH
WORK IN WORK WITH
and sports games.
primary schools on the coast outside of Cape Town.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Assist teachers at local schools in the beachside community of Jambiani. At
ABOUT THIS PROJECT WORK WITH
the pre-school help the children develop their creativity through painting and
Spend time with over 35 children between 2 and 6 years at a local day care colouring and playing educational games. Volunteers at primary and secondary
and school which CHILDREN out of several shipping containers with very limited
WORK WITH schools will spend their time assisting local teachers by providing support for
resources. You will also support teachers at a primary school that has over students that need extra help.
1,300 students and up to 50 students per class. WORK WITH
HOW YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE
HOW YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE
WORK WITH Many schools have large class sizes and limited resources – help individual
Volunteers will assist the teacher by providing extra support for students students to gain confidence in their studies. English language training
who are struggling. The children at the pre-school are given 2 meals a day, provides a great benefit to students and their parents, and TEFL qualified
breakfast and lunch, and the meals, as well as wages for the teacher and cook, volunteers are appreciated!
are financed through your volunteer project fees.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VOLUNTEER
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VOLUNTEER In the mornings and afternoons you’ll assist in the classrooms or helping out
Mornings and afternoons will be spent assisting teachers at the schools, as on other community projects. Volunteers will have access to bicycles to travel
well as helping out local community projects. Evenings and weekends are free to and from the schools.
to explore the beautiful Cape Town area.
FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED
FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED Project start days: Selected Sundays year round except end July / beginning
Project start day: Mondays year round except December August
Accommodation: Multi-share (up to 4 per room) at a volunteer house Accommodation: Multi-share beach bungalows
Getting there: Private transfers to/from Cape Town airport Getting there: Transfers included from Zanzibar airport
Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximum stay 8 weeks Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximum stay 8 weeks
In-country Support: On-site volunteer project co-ordinator and staff In-country Support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff
Meals Included: All meals are included Meals Included: All meals are included
Budget: Allow US $85-100 per week for meals and drinks not included Budget: Allow US $80 per person per week
Prices: Prices are per person Prices: Prices are per person
Trip code: GATDACDJ Trip code: GATDTCPJ
KINGDOM OF WORK WITH
THE WHITE LION ELEPHANTS IN
EXPERIENCE CHILDREN NAMIBIA
14 DAYS, FR $1,652 12 DAYS, FR $1,414
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA DAMARALAND SIDAMARALAND, NAMBIA
Help care for endangered animals and maintain the animal Track Namibia’s desert elephants and work on a community
sanctuary set up by Kevin Richardson “Lion Whisperer”, famous for building program in Africa.
his intimate bond with his large carnivores.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT ABOUT THIS PROJECT
This project is devoted to caring for and enriching the lives of the animals that This project takes you to the north-western regions of the Namib Desert,
call it home. The sanctuary is home to many animals, such as lion (including
WORK Damaraland. Here in this harsh tribal wilderness
traditionally known asWITH
the rare white lion), both brown and spotted hyena, black leopard, jaguar that runs parallel to the Skeleton Coast National Park, a small population
and a variety of antelope species including blue wildebeest, giraffe, impala, of desert-adapted elephants have come into conflict with the local human
blesbok and nyala! Through Kevin’s work in the media and television he aims population, and it is the aim of this project to manage the conflict and assist
to highlight the plight WITHlarge carnivores in Africa and the need for their in its resolution. WORK WITH
protection and conservation of their natural environment.
HOW YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE
HOW YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE The majority of the volunteering will require you to help local farmers with
You will spend your days working alongside local staff caring for the animals community work, building protective walls around their water points and
at the sanctuary and contributing to their teaching them the skills they need to manage the conflict with the resident
health and wellbeing. You will be learning in detail about these wonderful elephant populations.
animals, sharing your knowledge with others and seeing first hand the need to
conserve them and their natural environments. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VOLUNTEER
You will spend your first week at a remote desert camp; you will be building
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VOLUNTEER walls around vitally important water sources for Damaraland homesteads. The
You will be working alongside staff, in close proximity to the animals, to next week is spent out on patrol with the project staff! So you will pack up
maintain the sanctuary and care for the carnivores that live there. Activities some camping equipment and set off in 4 x 4’s looking for and tracking these
include helping with food preparation, enrichment activities, game counts, anti elusive elephants. The work you do on this project is exciting, rewarding and
poaching walks, enclosure cleaning and general maintenance. You will also be vitally important!
involved in the preservation of this beautiful farm (bordering a world heritage
site), which is rich in its own history. You even may also find yourself helping FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED
behind the scenes while filming is taking place! Project start days: Mondays twice a month
Accommodation: Camp site, bush camp
FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED Getting there: Head to Walvis Bay or Windhoek then take a bus to the
Project start days: Mondays year round except 20 Dec10 - 09 Jan11 project
Accommodation: Shared rustic bush cottage (13 nights) Duration: 12 days
Getting there: Transfers included to/from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff
Duration: Minimum stay 14 days, maximum stay 28 days Meals included: All meals are included
In-country support: Local project co-ordinator Budget: US $20 per day for snacks
Meals included: None – shared kitchen facilities available Language requirements: Good spoken and written English
Budget: Allow US $20-30 per day for meals not included Prices: Prices are per person
Language requirements: Good written and spoken English required Note: Accommodation immediately before and after the project is not
Prices: Prices are per person included
Trip code: STAJNBKNG Trip code: STAWDHELE
GREAT WHITE SHARKS MOZAMBIQUE
VOLUNTEERING ORPHAN PRESCHOOL
7 DAYS, $1,045 FR CHILDREN
14 DAYS, $2,179 FR
EXTRA WEEKS, $923 FR EXTRA WEEKS, $659 FR
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA VILANCULOS, MOZAMBIQUE
Work in a unique marine environment at the tip of Africa. The project Spend two weeks or more helping out a preschool learning centre,
location (Gansbaai) is the best place in the world to see Great White teach English to young adults and even build a home for a family
RK IN WORK WITH You will
Sharks!WORK WITH get the chance to work alongside a dedicated cage-
WORK WITH WORK WITH
who was affected by the cyclone that devastated Mozambique.
RVATION ANIMALS COMMUNITIES CHILDREN COMMUNITIES
dive crew researching the behaviour of this awesome predator.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
ABOUT THIS PROJECT Work alongside local teachers in preparing young children for primary school.
You’ll be able to get close and personal with this toothy customer as WORK WITH
WORK WITH WORK WITH
WORK activities may include singing and dancing with the children in English,
take part in and assist with shark cage dives and the project’s vital marine Portuguese and Xitsua, encouraging creativity through painting and teaching
research. Gansbaai offers easy access to the ‘Marine Big Five’ – sharks, basic English lessons.
whales, dolphins, seals and penguins. From June – December you can also spot
Southern Right Whales in the bay as well as seals, penguins and dolphins!WITH
WORK WITH WORK HOW YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Volunteers at this project also enjoy lectures from marine biologists as well Volunteers will assist the teacher by providing extra support for the students,
as guest speakers from local, collaborating organisations and universities. and carry out English language classes using flash cards, games and objects.
Lectures include ocean conservation, basic seamanship, shark biology and
behaviour, data collection and the work of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VOLUNTEER
Mornings and afternoons will be spent assisting teachers at the schools, as
HOW YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE well as helping out local community projects. Lunch and dinner is prepared for
Shark populations worldwide are increasingly threatened, and in scientific you back at the project house, with evenings free to relax and socialise.
circles there is still a lot of research that’s needed to fully understand and
interpret shark behaviour. As a volunteer you will be helping to research, FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED
promote and preserve the local marine environment through the work you do. Project start days: Mondays year round except December
Accommodation: Multi-share (up to 6 per room) in thatched bungalows near
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VOLUNTEER the beach
As a volunteer the majority of your time at sea will be spent aboard a shark Getting there: Private transfers to/from Vilanculos Airport
cage diving vessel as a crew member, helping out with cage diving operations Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximum stay 8 weeks
and shark observation and research. Volunteers will have the opportunity In-country support: On-site volunteer project co-ordinator and staff
to help out with collecting data on shark behaviour and numbers; data is Meals included: All meals are included
collected on every shark sighted. In addition to boat-based observation, you Budget: Allow US $85-100 per week for snacks and drinks not included
will have the opportunity for cage-diving yourself! Prices: Prices are per person
Trip code: GATDQPSJ
FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED
Project start dates: Daily year round
Accommodation: 7 days in the volunteer house
Duration: Minimum stay 7 days, maximum stay 28 days
Getting there: Transfers are included from Cape Town
Meals included: No meals are included
Budget: Allow US $100-200 per week for meals not included
In county support: Local project co-ordinator
Prices: Prices are per person
Trip Code: STACPTGWS
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