Travel the Garden Route &
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South Africa

Where wildlife is always close-by

There’s no better place for diverse and fun volunteering programmes than in South Africa. We have a wide range of both wildlife and community projects located throughout the whole of the country and we are sure you will have an amazing time.

With nearly 2,000 miles of stunning coastline, the beautiful Garden Route, one of the best cities in the world; Cape Town and of course the famous Big Five, your weekend activity list is endless!

South Africa is perfect if you’re looking for an adventure or are just wanting to lay back and relax on one of the many golden sandy beaches.

Our programmes start on selected dates each week throughout the year and you can choose to join us from 1-24 weeks.

Our structured and safe programmes mean volunteering in South Africa is ideal for first time and solo travellers. Our pre-departure buddy lists and dedicated Facebook group allow you to talk with everyone going at the same time as well as previous participants. Volunteering is the perfect way to meet like-minded people and allows you to explore South Africa as a group.

  • Accommodation & meals
  • Airport pickup
  • 24/7 in-country & UK support
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information & support
  • Assistance with all aspects of your trip

TMR South Africa Facebook Group

From £1000

The South Africa Experience

Come and explore South Africa as you travel along the famous Garden Route taking in the amazing views of pristine white sandy beaches, lush green forests and peaceful lagoons. Our action packed 25-day group adventure has an abundance of activities from seeing the famous Big Five on safari, learning to surf, bungee jumping and more! You will also volunteer in Cape Town on one of our rewarding projects.

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From £300

South Africa Amakhala Big 5 Conservation

Do you want to experience and explore Africa and all of its inhabitants? Well Amakhala will not disappoint! Assist behind the scenes on various on-going conservation and community projects and meet the famous Big Five along with a vast array of other wildlife. Stay in a 4-star luxury lodge, go canoeing, fishing and camp under the stars in the middle of the bush!

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From £646

South Africa Mapesu Game Reserve Conservation

Volunteer on the frontline of wildlife conservation by helping prevent the extinction of endangered species and their habitat. Volunteering at Mapesu game reserve will give you an enriching and unforgettable time with an up-close and personal experience of the 43 mammal species that call the reserve home. This unique project also offers you the chance to experience the raw, untamed South African bush by taking part in the hands-on survival-training course!

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From £836

South Africa Shamwari Big 5 Conservation

Have a once in a lifetime experience by working behind the scenes in one of Africa’s finest game reserves. Your time on the reserve will be diverse and structured, giving you the opportunity to personally experience life as a budding conservationist. You will get to help out at the Born Free Big Cat Foundation, Shamwari Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Animal Hospital and the Rhino Awareness Centre as well as monitor some of the worlds most iconic wildlife.

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From £350

South Africa Big Cat Sanctuary

This is your chance to work behind the scenes at a true conservation big cat sanctuary that is currently home to many rescued lions, tigers, leopards, jackals and caracals. This unique and exhilarating experience will allow you to be fully involved in all aspects of the sanctuary where you will be able to get up close with some of the worlds most iconic animals.

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From £590

South Africa Great White Shark Programme

Come face to face with one of the worlds most infamous predators – the great white shark. You will be volunteering for a world leading organisation working alongside qualified and experienced marine biologists. Working in an area that has an abundance of sharks and other wildlife, you can be sure your time here won't be forgotten fast.

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From £150

South Africa Primate Sanctuary & Monkey Rescue

Come and join us at this amazing monkey rescue and sanctuary that will provide you with a unique experience to interact with the primates and to assist with the daily care of the animals. You will gain a fascinating wildlife experience while you learn all about the primates and the care they need.

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From £290

South Africa Childcare Volunteers

Play an important role by volunteering at a range of day-care centres across Cape Town, where you will get to offer invaluable assistance to the local staff and provide the care and love the children so desperately need. You will be involved in all daily activities that range from basic teaching, playing and assisting staff.

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From £290

South Africa Medical Experience

Want to do something amazing on your next trip abroad? Gain valuable experience assisting in a hospital in South Africa, where you will be able to work with adults and children in the community. Volunteering in facilities for poorer people who cannot afford private medical care is hugely rewarding work, appreciated by both clinic staff and all of the patients.

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From £290

South Africa Teaching Volunteers

Help make a difference to underprivileged children across Cape Town by teaching and assisting in a range of local primary schools. You will get fully involved with all aspects, from planning lessons through to teaching your very own class! The enthusiasm and smiles of the staff and children will make you feel at home from day one.

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From £866

South Africa Penguin Sanctuary

Help save the endangered African Penguins along with other seabirds on this hands programme based in the penguin conservation centre in Cape Town. You will play an integral part of the daily running of the centre where you will be involved in regular boat release programmes at Robben Island, assist with feeding and cleaning of the seabirds as well as help with the large numbers of new daily arrivals.

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From £400

South Africa Marine Conservation

Get hands on with this award winning marine conservation programme in the beautiful Plettenberg Bay. Located along the heart of the Garden Route and offering some amazing coastal scenery you will get to observe some amazing marine wildlife such as; Bottlenose Dolphins, Great White Sharks, seals and many whale species, including Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales and Orca / Killer Whales.

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TMR Weekend Trips

We operate a number of amazing weekend trips every month that allow you to explore the country as a group with your new-found friends. The structured itinerary along with our local team accompanying you, ensures you travel in a safe manner and allows you to see as much as possible during your free time.

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Cape Town

If there is one thing for sure, Cape Town has been blessed with natural beauty. From the heights of Table Mountain to the dramatic stretches of coastline, this vibrant city has so much to offer. It's the perfect base for heading out and seeing South Africa's amazing wildlife and is regularly named as one of the best cities in the world - making it well worth a quick stop-over.

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Western Cape

The Western Cape is most known for its world-class vineyards, stunning beaches and mountainous landscapes. If this was not enough, then out for an adventure into the wild and enjoy birdwatching or a safari in one the many nature reserves. Offering up a huge range of activities, from sedate endeavours such as scenic drives and wine tasting to more hair-raising encounters like skydiving and rock climbing.

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Eastern Cape

From lush tropical forests to uninhabited desert expanses, the Eastern Cape offers a wide range of experiences like no other. Home to some of South Africa's finest hiking trails, explore the stunning beaches, waterfall-filled landscapes and learn all about the Xhosa culture. If you're looking to head out on safari in search of the 'Big Five', then there are plenty of private game reserves to choose from.

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