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Marine Research & Kruger Adventure Tour

From $3803

Trip Highlights

  • Live in the tiny coastal town of Tofo in Mozambique, that's bordered by the Indian Ocean.
  • Immerse yourself in the authentic culture of the place, learn more about their history and traditions and learn about the flora and fauna of this region.
  • Meet people from different parts of the world and work as a team.
  • Be a scuba diving expert by the end of the tour, and learn more about the marine life underwater.
  • Explore the not-so-popular yet picturesque places in Mozambique.
  • Gain priceless experience by working with experienced professional
  • Live in a beautiful lodge that's located in the Ezulwini valley (known as the Valley of Heaven) in central Swaziland.
  • Go for a 5 days safari, explore the Kruger National Park and spot the popular animals roaming around freely.

Tour Details

Make the most of your gap year abroad by traveling across three gorgeous African countries - Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa. Spanning over a duration of nearly 36 days, this is a perfect voluntour meant for all those who wish to indulge in some adventure, savor the authentic flavors while living in these countries and make some meaningful contribution towards the society and the environment. Start your journey from the pristine town of Tofo, Mozambique, where you'll learn the art of scuba diving and become a certified open water diver. You'll also work as an volunteer researcher and make a valuable contribution towards serving the coastal and marine environment. Later, you'll travel to Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland, and then head towards the infamous Kruger National Park.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Mozambique

You'll have to fly to Inhambane Airport in Mozambique, which is about 30 km from Tofo. If you don't get a direct flight, then you'll have to book your flight to Tambo Airport, Johannesburg (SA) or Maputo International Airport in Mozambique and then a connecting flight to Inhambane Airport. Our coordinator will be there at the airport to receive and welcome you - hence, you need to keep us updated about your flight information as well as which airport you are flying to. From the airport, you’ll be taken to the accommodation at Tofo.
 

Day 2 - Orientation Session and City Tour

The project coordinator will give you a presentation at the Orientation Session, and you'll be given the details about your project, about the kind of work you'll have to do etc. Later, you'll be taken for a tour of this beautiful town of Tofo as well as the nearby city of Inhambane.
 

Day 3 to Day 5 - Begin With Your Scuba Diving Course

You'll be a part of an internationally accredited course and upon completion, you will get a certificate permitting you to scuba dive to 18m anywhere in the world. This will be immensely beneficial for you in the long run. And for now, this will help you to take deeper dives and work for the marine conservation.

Note: In case you already have an 18m basic open water diving license, you can take up the advanced course for a 30m diving license. Also, you'll get to start off with the itinerary that's mentioned for Day 8 to Day 13.

Apart from the scuba classes, you'll have other sessions including interesting talks on some of the amazing megafauna you will be swimming with over the next few weeks including how to ID several different kinds of fish species.
 

Day 6 to Day 7 - Weekend to chill

All weekends are free time for your to go out and explore your beautiful destination!

Explore the stunning palm-fringed beaches of Tofo and binge on some local food. And of course, what can be better than relaxing on the beach and soaking up in the sun. You can also go for weekend yoga or surfing classes that are available for an extra cost. Those who were doing the basic scuba course will complete their advanced course during the weekend.

Day 8 to Day 13 - Working For the Project

After your diving lessons are completed, you'll officially become a volunteer researcher! Your dives in the morning/afternoon will be for the purpose of collecting data and the second part of the day you will be responsible for communicating that data for safekeeping and analysis at a later date. Remember that all these data will be used for official purposes, hence, your contribution will matter a lot.

Note: It is important to note that daily activities may change due to weather conditions or other circumstances beyond our control at any given time. In case the project work is called off on any day, you can go for Portuguese lessons, historical walking tours etc along with our coordinator.

Your Daily Schedule As A Volunteer: (From Day 8 to Day 13)

7:00 AM - Time to get started! Wake up, quickly get ready and have your breakfast.

8:00 AM - Travel to your placement and get ready to begin your day.

8:30 AM - Participate in your volunteer project assisting with fun activities.

1:00 PM - Time to either return to your accommodation for lunch or eat the packed lunch you made that morning!

2:00 PM - Start with the 2nd phase of the day and carry on with your work.

4:30 PM - Return back to your accommodation. You can relax, share your experiences with your fellow mates or just chill!

6:30 PM - Enjoy a delicious evening meal before you spend some time gazing at the stars and go off to sleep!
 

Day 14 to Day 26 - Same work schedule continues as in Day 8 - Day 13

You’ll keep continuing with the marine research work for these days as well, and enhance your experience. During the weekends, you can go for exploring the nearby places in the country. Seek guidance from your coordinator who can assist you best in this regard.

Day 27 to Day 30 - Head towards Swaziland and explore the country

Swaziland is perhaps the most underestimated African country that is immensely beautiful and a perfect place for adventure lovers. You'll be staying at Lidwala Lodge, where you can spend your time relaxing by the poolside! Go for cultural walks to know more about the history and tradition of the country. You can also go for hiking, ziplining or quad-biking.
 

Day 31 to Day 35 - Thrilling safari at Kruger National Park

Covering an area of almost 20,000 sq km, the Kruger National Park is probably one of Africa’s most famous Conservation areas. During these 5 days, you'll be spending your time on the game drives, searching for the incredibly diverse wildlife that you can find nowhere else in the world. You'll be camping under the sky, and spend your evenings gazing at the African stars. Know how a dedicated team is working for the conservation of this fragile ecosystem. This experience will surely be one of the best that you've ever had!

Depart from Kruger National Park.

Day 36 - Flight back home

It's the last day of your journey so bid goodbye to your new friends, leave the backpacker's lodge in Swaziland and drive back to Johannesburg, from where you can board your flight back home

Requirements

  • The minimum age requirement to be a volunteer for this project is 18 years. For 16 & 17-year-old ones, parental consent is required
  • A minimum level of physical fitness is required.
  • In order to carry out the activities required of you in the Marine Conservation Project, you will need to be a capable swimmer.
  • If you have pre-existing medical conditions or are above the age of 45 years, you must also bring a medical clearance letter permitting them to dive.
  • You need to be open-minded and work in cooperation with a team.
     

Important Note: Any participant taking Lariam/Mefloquine/ Mephliam/ Tropicure (or any other derivatives) as antimalarial treatment (prophylaxis) will not be permitted to dive, as it causes increased risks when diving. Please advise your doctor that you are going on a dive holiday, and request another suitable antimalarial treatment.

Accommodation

You'll be accommodated at the Albatroz Lodge that's nestled at the top of the sand dunes overlooking the gorgeous Tofo Bay. It is a self catering 2-bedroom or 3 bedroom chalet. Volunteers can expect to share a room with 1 other volunteer, in a shared chalet with as many as 5 other volunteers in the same chalet. Bathroom, kitchen and common area are shared. There are shared toilets and shower facilities, and communal living spaces in each chalet, and a swimming pool and relaxation area. And to add to your surprise, the beach is just 10 steps away from the accommodation! Volunteers will be provided with 3 meals every day at the Albatroz Lodge. 

While in Swaziland, you'll be accommodated at Lidwala Lodge in the Ezulwini valley. There are dorm rooms with bunk beds with communal bathroom facilities.

During your safari days, you'll be camping at Kruger amidst the wilderness, which will be absolutely thrilling.

 

Dates & Cost

Programme optionDurationDate of DeparturePrice 
Marine Research & Kruger Adventure Tour 06th Aug, 2018 $3,803
Marine Research & Kruger Adventure Tour 03rd Sep, 2018 $3,803
Marine Research & Kruger Adventure Tour 01st Oct, 2018 $3,803
Price Includes
  • Pre-Departure Guide
  • 24/7 in-country assistance
  • Detailed Orientation on the first day before the journey begins
  • An internationally recognised dive qualification
  • Accommodation and meals throughout your stay
  • Tour guide during all the planned tours
     
Price Excludes
  • Local transport fares to your projects
  • Any 'Add-On Tour' opted
  • Medical/Travel insurance
  • All flights & visa
     

GDA has a fantastic range of voluntours, adventure tours, internships, work abroad opportunities and responsible traveling options which will surely add a new meaning to your gap year. Pick whatever suits your interests and book your flight tickets for your dream destination. It's time to tickle your wanderlust cells! Calling out all backpackers, gap year students, solo travelers and adventure seekers - it's time that you take the leap and Go, Discover Abroad!

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