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Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Sports & Recreation


Suite 88, Private Bag X31Knysna, Western Cape 6570South Africa South Africa

Organization Information

Mission Statement

EDGE of AFRICA is committed to ethical volunteering and responsible travelling- providing volunteer and internship placements in South Africa for gap years, career breaks, university internships, school groups and corporate team building projects. We comfortably accommodate all ages, genders, races and religions.

Make a direct impact on the local community and environment, while enjoying first hand exposure to the colourful heritage, cultures and traditions, plus all the sights and activities this beautiful country has to offer.

EDGE of AFRICA guarantees a life changing experience- in a safe, malaria-free, African environment.


EDGE of AFRICA's uplifting projects offer you the valuable opportunity to contribute to South Africa's heritage, while experiencing African culture in a way not quite possible when visiting the country as a mere tourist. Based in Knysna, on the country's famous Garden Route, EDGE of AFRICA is perfectly located to offer the best of the country's fauna and flora (including the Big 5), forests, beaches and all the luxury amenities.

Depending on your area of interest, we have a number of placements which need caring and enthusiastic volunteers. Whether you are taking a gap year, are on a career break, studying towards a particular field and need experience or are merely wishing to do some charity work, we will position you to benefit the community / environment, as well as yourself.

Our community projects reach mainly underprivileged and disadvantaged people. Volunteers can assist with welfare foundations, charity, education, awareness and development- including working in preschools, teaching English and empowering the local community.

Our conservation programs give volunteers the opportunity to participate in wildlife and game reserve projects - assisting withanimal research, encountering the Big 5, working on eco trails and participating in general community conservation projects. A background in conservation isn't necessary- just a passion for nature and an interest in Africa.

For the more active volunteers, our Medical and HIV AIDS Awareness projects welcome volunteers from all backgrounds. Nurses and doctors will benefit from the experience, while those with an interest in the HIV AIDS pandemic in South Africa will really be able to help with our outreach programs.

For anyone wanting to assist with some hard (and easy) manual labour, consider contributing to our Build our Schools project and help us to uplift over 45 preschools in the area.

Combinations of the above projects are also possible. Please view our specific projects for more information on each program.


Would you recommend EDGE of AFRICA?
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by Dave F. (February 13, 2020)
I went with a group of people from the new foundland with zero ideas of how my two weeks with Edge of Africa would entail. Our group was joined with others from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Hong Kong. Together we built gardens for elementary schools, a sandbox for a pre-school, painted various school buildings including rooms of a school for the deaf and blind, built concrete stairs for a mother of 5 to fit her walker/cane size to easily access her home, played sports with local kids, and built lasting memories and friendships that will span our lifetimes!!! Edge of Africa is absolutely an Amazing Experience! It's hard to explain the overwhelming awesomeness of the Edge of Africa experience. Oh, and be the way, we got out and explored everything from Beaches, caves, wild animal parks, shark diving, a wild safari and MORE! I hope I can do this trip again soon! Dave F.
by Ibrahim J. (August 16, 2010)
Amazing organization. Only regret was not booking for longer. I was on the HIV & TB Awareness project, volunteering at the hospital, the HAART (HIV treatment) clinic, the local hospices, and the THAT'S IT mobile clinic. Life-changing experience, for sure. You can read a book about Africa or watch a documentary, but when you see it and feel it, it's a totally different reaction: one that's inspiring, empowering, and empathetic. The staff are immensely friendly and just fun to be around. Only added to that fact is their deep and genuine dedication to their cause. Few people in the world are as passionate as the ones who work for Edge of Africa. You'll have plenty of freedom and room to be as great as you want. You can be the change in someone's life and Edge of Africa will help you. The intimate experience of being a volunteer is something special, too. Like Ghandi said, "the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
by Lynn M. (August 6, 2010)
From the very begining edge of africa provide help and support, in the initial planning of my trip they answered endless questions providing usful and reliable information. From the second i arrived in south africa i felt at home, they provide continual help and support to all volunteers, making you feel very welcomed into the team. I volunteered for 2 months with edge of africa on 3 different projects and enjoyed every single day. Not only are staff friendly and enthusiastic they believe in what they are doing. Each and every volunteer is important, even now i am in contact with edge of africa volunteering from home. I am desperate to go back and volunteer with them again and so i would highly recomend this organisation to anyone wishing to work hard benifiting wildlife and community's along with experiencing the south african culture and its scenary.
by Melissa J. (August 5, 2010)
I volunteered with Edge of Africa last year for a month, when I went there I really didn't know what to expect but it exceeded whatever my thoughts were so much! I love everything about Knysna and Edge Of Africa! So much in fact that I went back again this year for another 6 weeks! The team is amazingm always there whenever ou need them and they will do anything they can to help you. The programs they offer are great and you really get to take a lot away with you. The center I volunteered with, Sinethemba changed my life and I cant wait to get back again next year!
by Emma H. (August 5, 2010)
EDGE of AFRICA is an incredible organisation which works tirelessly to ensure that volunteers get all they can from their projects. They have a small, but dedicated and friendly team of staff, who themselves are an inspiration and a credit to the company. The experience that I had with EDGE of AFRICA undoubtedly changed my life, and I believe that the fact that I, along with many others, have continued to volunteer with them whilst at home, and am planning another trip back to Knysna with the company, speaks volumes about the type of organisation they are. HIGHLY recommended.
by Melissa H. (August 5, 2010)
I recently volunteered with Edge of Africa in June 2010. I was pleasantly suprised at how this organization was. The accomodations, meals and staff were excellent. The experience it self was like no other, it was awesome. I never expected it to be as wonderful as this. The organization goes out of their way to make sure the volunteers are happy and that they take away a lot from this. I really felt as though they cared a lot about my experience and I know they did. South Africa was very safe, I never felt in jeopardy once. This organization was very helpful from my initial research phase right until I left the country. I would recommend this organization to anyone who is looking for a first class experience with a group of amazing, bright professionals - you will not be disappointed! I will return to Edge of Africa in the future.
by Jamie-Lee H. (August 5, 2010)
I am student going into my 3rd year at the University of Chester, studying Drama and Theatre. As part of my degree last year, I experienced 6 weeks of voluntary Work Based Learning during April, May and June 2010 in Knysna, South Africa. I volunteered for this organisation. Within this I was working locally at two community centres: MADaboutART and Sinethemba. I had the opportunity to learn more about the extraordinary work that takes place within the town and townships, allowing me the chance to be involved with and support this inspirational cause. I enjoyed every single minute I had over in Knysna and decided to go back in June 2011 for a year, volunteering again!

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