Cape Town

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Your Itinerary

What you'll do and where you'll go, from the day you arrive until you hop on a plane back home.
  • Week 1 Cape Town

    You’ll fly into Cape town and then head north to base yourself in The Beach House Research Centre, in the small seaside holiday town of Langebaan, just an hour’s drive away.

  • + Langebaan

    Langebaan is found on the edge of a stunning lagoon and is part of the Cape Floristic Region, one of only 25 bio-diverse hot spots globally.

    Your first 4 weeks will be based here contributing to a mix of the following projects which run concurrently so it is very easy to mix it up or specialise. You won’t need to decide until you are out there.
  • + Reserve Conservation

    From your house in Langebaan you will travel to the nearby nature reserves to help with:

    Anti-Poaching Projects

    You will focus on the localized bush meat trade learning to identify and disarm the poaching sites.

    Camera Trapping

    You will use remote-sensor camera’s to study the duiker and caracal populations and health around the reserve.

    Alien Vegetation Project 

    You will collect data in an effort to fully understand the impact of the alien vegetation on the natural environment.

  • + Coastal Conservation

    You will help study and preserve the ecosystems of Cape Town’s West Coast which forms part of the Cape Floristic Region.

    Project will include:

    Bird Monitoring

    You will conduct surveys along the beaches to assess the bird populations.

    Pollution Analysis

    At least one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals die each year due to plastic pollution. You’ll help with beach clean-ups along the West Coast, analysing the litter to determine its source.

    Lagoon Fish Surveys

    You’ll conduct fishing surveys with a view to obtaining an estimate of the species living in the lagoon.

  • + Community Projects

    Our community projects involve working with children from disadvantaged communities in and around Langebann. Here you will get involved with:

    Conservation Education

    Help educate the communities about conservation, motivating them to preserve what they have.

    Children’s Sports Coaching

    Run rugby, soccer or netball clinics for primary school children.

    After School and Holiday Care

    You can help in the after school clubs with homework, playing games and giving a lot of TLC to the kids.

  • Week 5 Namibia Safari

    An optional extra, and one we highly recommend, is a 1 week overland safari around the highlights of Namibia.

    The trip will include a half day canoe safari along the Orange River, a visit to the Fish River Canyon, (the worlds second largest canyon) and Sossusvlei, in the heart of the worlds oldest dessert.

  • + Backpacker Favourites

    At the weekends you will be free to head south to the greatest city of them all – Cape Town.

    Weekends are guaranteed to be a combination of adventure and exploration. Indeed, Langebaan itself is based on the edge of a massive lagoon where you can get involved with all sorts of water sports including kayaking and kite surfing.

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