CV Africa offers a 14 day safari/volunteer program.
It is a really unique and exciting way to enjoy Africa’s wildlife and simultaneously make a meaningful impact on needy people’s lives. Our beneficiary is the Catholic Parish of Acornhoek which is spread over an area of about 150 square kilometres. We shall endeavour to make your experience comfortable and memorable.
Our program’s main focus is on mission and outreach work, but also incorporates an opportunity for our volunteers to experience exciting wildlife encounters in the African bush.
As far back as 2008, Viva Safaris undertook to assist the Acornhoek parish. Over the years, a number of visiting tourist groups have helped out in various ways and the parishioners have benefitted immensely.
CVAfrica have undertaken to accelerate this great initiative. We shall attend to the needs of the local parishioners and will add new projects to ensure we make a positive and impactful change to the lives of this community.
A list of the projects for the local communities will include:
Building Churches, Clinics and Creches.
Establishing Fish Farming and Chicken Rearing projects.
Developing Vegetable Gardens.
Teaching English and other academic subjects.
Improving sports and cultural activities for the local communities.
Assisting with Weaving of Mats.
Our projects have been designed so as to allow volunteers of different physical strength, talents and interests to choose the type of work they prefer.
Cement blocks are made on site. We collect river sand and use water supplied by the church. The parish centre needs a lot of maintenance and repair work.
We will build rooms for the chicken rearing project, dams for the fish farming project and proper elevated vegetable gardens. The parish priest has requested building a crèche; ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) rooms for the elderly; a classroom to teach international languages and a multi-purpose sports field catering for volleyball, basketball and netball.
In addition, we will build churches for outstations, where Holy Mass in some cases is presently being celebrated under a Marula Tree.
We will plant subsistence type veggies in elevated and manageable gardens. Water from the fish farms will be used to irrigate. Chick droppings mixed with aerated soil serves as fertilizer.
DAY OLD CHICK PROJECT
We supply day old chicks and teach the community
how to successfully rear these. This will provide a
constant source of protein. Fertiliser will be provided for veggie gardens.
FISH FARMING PROJECT
We build small dams in which we rear Oreochromis Mossambicus , Mozambique tilapia.
The dams will be covered by netting to keep out kingfishers and fish eagles. Tilapia, a bream species, are quick growing and are excellent eating. Along with chickens, tilapia will provide good protein.
ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROGRAM
Volunteers will share their knowledge of academic work, especially in languages and mathematics. We will be guided by the local teachers.
Teacher support and training will also be given. SPORTS COACHING
Individual talented volunteers will be afforded the opportunity to help improve skills in sports such as football, volleyball, netball and basketball.
Volunteers will help in an existing mat weaving enterprise. In addition to actual weaving, we shall improve marketing and sales.
14 DAY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM:
Cost: US$1500 per person PROGRAM ITINERARY:
Pick up from your Hostel near Johannesburg’s O R Tambo airport and travel by minibus via the scenic Lowveld to Masango Camp. Board our open vehicle for a 2.5 h Sunset Drive and enjoy a Bush BBQ at our Lapa overlooking a floodlit waterhole.
Transfer to Acornhoek Catholic Mission and meet the local clergy. Our work starts immediately. Projects include cement block making, vegetable garden development, day old chick project, fish farming project, academic support program, building of classrooms and churches. You will be assisted by experienced local builders and carpenters. (Packed Lunch supplied)
Continue with Volunteer Projects
Full day safari in Kruger National Park. Our qualified safari guides will attempt to show you all of Africa’s wild animals, including the Big Five: Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard.
Drive to Hoedspruit- local town - to top up on personals. Drive to Tremisana Game Lodge for 4h Sundowner Drive. Return to Masango camp for dinner and overnight.
Visit Moholoholo Rehab Centre for injured and orphaned animals. Return to Masango Camp for lunch. Afternoon safari on Tshukudu Game Reserve on open game vehicle.
Another full day safari into Kruger National Park.
Final Volunteer project. Fun activities including sports games. Farewell Party.
Bush Walk with armed rangers. Return drive to Johannesburg arriving at around 17h00.
FURTHER DETAILS :
We will run two groups per month: 1st to 14th and 15th to 28th
Maximum number of volunteers per group is 24. For every 10 volunteers we will allow one Team leader to accompany them free of charge.
Accommodation is in en-suite chalets: we have eight triple-bedded units. All beds have mosquito nets.
Please note: although the beneficiaries will be Catholic Institutions, we have no restrictions on the religion of our volunteers.
WHAT VOLUNTEERS NEED TO TAKE:
For the Safaris : Photographic equipment; Torch, Small binoculars.
For the Parish Volunteer Work : Loose Working clothes, Closed shoes and a Sunhat.
We supply all bedding and towels, soaps, shampoos and insect repellents. We offer a free laundry service.
We supply experienced builders and carpenters, all building tools and materials, all plants for veggie gardens, all chicks and rearing cages etc for chicken project, all fish and netting for fish farming project, all writing materials and books for academic support program.
You will need cash for lunches on transfer days (first and last days) and the two days in Kruger National Park. Take some cash for personals and drinks. We supply free tea and coffee and drinking water. Our bar stocks cold drinks, wine and beer.
Bring swimming gear, sun hat, sunglasses and sun lotion. Good covered walking shoes.
Safety considerations for our volunteers are paramount. Our staff will drive you from Masango Camp to the Catholic Mission and remain with you all day. The communities are aware of the tremendous benefits they enjoy and will welcome you and see to it that no harm comes your way.
You can be certain that your involvement in these projects will not only be of immense practical value to the community but will also provide a truly wonderful sense of fulfilment to you, our valued volunteer.
Masango Camp is situated on the same property as Marc’s Treehouse Lodge - part of the Motlala Game Reserve.
Motlala is a well - watered game reserve with the perennial Klaserie River running through it. There are many animal species : impala, nyala, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu, steenbuck, duiker, warthog, bush pig and bushbuck, among others.
Four of the Big Five are present : Black and White Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo.
At night the calls of lion, hyena and jackal add an unforgettable African flavour.
Masango Camp has 8 triple-bedded en suite units. These are made of brick and mortar. Mosquito nets on each bed and an overhead fan keep insects at bay.
The camp has a swimming pool, a communal entertainment area with restaurant, bar and lounge and an outdoor Boma. It is unfenced and is floodlit at night. Security is good as the nearby front entry gate is manned 24/7.
An armed fulltime Camp Manager lives on site.
A new Lapa (covered Boma ) overlooking a floodlit waterhole provides excellent game viewing. There is 24h WIFI in the communal hall.
Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me
- Outdoor Recreation
- General Education
- Home Repair
Good Match For
Kids People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Two Weeks