Leap to the tip of the world’s most epic continent and experience first-hand the countries diversity up, close and personal.Our program starts 90 mins north of Cape town in the hip seaside of Langebaan nestled between the dramatic coast line and a stunning lagoon.
From here you will contribute to mix of conservation and community projects in the surrounding reserves and towns before heading north on an overland safari to explore the stunning scenery, culture and wildlife in Namibia.
The Namibian safari is an optional extra and costed separately. If it doesn't appeal then it is possible to stay longer in Langebann and we can cost out a program on a week by week basis.
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 is nestled between the edge of a stunning lagoon and the coast and is part of the Cape Floristic Region, one of only 25 bio-diverse hot spots globally. This region is incredibly rich in flora and fauna and home to numerous endemic species but sadly under pressure from the effects of human activity.
Here you will contribute to the conservation and with the various community projects set up in the nearby towns to improve their standard of living.
Weekends are guaranteed to be a combination of adventure and exploration. The lagoon at Langebaan offers all sorts of water sports including kayaking and kitesurfing.
After 4 weeks here you have the chance to head off on an overland safari to explore the highlights and wildlife in Namibia.
At the weekends you will be free to head to the greatest city of them all – Cape Town.
Also known as the Mother City, Cape of Good Hope and Cape of Storms.
Cape Town is famous for its natural landmarks and heritage, such as Table Mountain and its setting in the Cape Floral Kingdom - home to nearly 7,000 plants which are completely endemic to the city.
Also known as the cultural and design hub of the country and one of the top international tourist destinations, year after year, with masses of things to do.
An optional extra is a 1-week overland safari around the highlights of Namibia, which we highly recommend. 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.
There are many extra activities available during the trip that you can opt to do, such as game drives, desert walks, sandboarding and quad biking tours.
You will travel to the nature reserves around Langbaan to work with the conservation team, lead by Luke Boshoff.
Luke has been involved in various aspects of anti-poaching in South Africa for the last six years keen to make a contribution to stopping the slaughter of the country’s rhino population.
Project will include:
Poaching in South Africa comes in many different guises from commercial hunting and rhino poaching to the less sophisticated poaching for bush meat using nasty wire snares.
You will be trained both in the classroom and field where you’ll be taught to understand the methods and behavioral characteristics of poachers, learning to identify and disarm the poaching sites.
Many native mammal species are under pressure through habitat loss and other threats. You will help monitor the population of these species, such as the Duiker and Caracal, in an effort to know what conservation strategies are needed.
You will do this using remote-sensor camera’s which will be strategically placed around the reserve. The camera footage will be regularly collected, analysed and repositioned.
Alien Vegetation Project:
In our invasive species project you will focus on the invasive plants that are spreading at an alarming rate in the nature reserves of the West Coast.
You will help with the data collection and hands-on fieldwork in an effort to fully understand the impact on the natural environment.
Help preserve the biodiversity and ecosystems of Cape Town’s West Coast which forms part of the Cape Floristic Region, one of only 25 bio-diverse hot spots globally.
The marine environment along South Africa’s West Coast is diverse in species and ecosystems with long beaches, lagoons and islands off the coast providing habitats for many species.
However, pollution, resource depletion and rapidly expanding urbanization has put pressure on the habitats of the indigenous flora and fauna.
Project will include: Bird Monitoring:
Numerous bird species live and breed in the reserve with migrating birds using the area as feeding grounds during their migration.
You will help conduct surveys along the beaches to assess general population counts.
Pollution Analysis: At least one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals die each year due to plastic pollution.
In conjunction with Bird life South Africa and the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute at University of Cape Town, you’ll help with beach clean-ups along the West Coast. The litter is then analysed to determine its source.
Lagoon Fish Surveys: You’ll help conduct fishing surveys with a view to obtaining an estimate of the species living in the lagoon. This information is necessary to gain a better understanding of the ecology of the lagoon.
Our community projects involve working with children from disadvantaged communities in and around Langebann. Here you will get involved with:
Help educate the communities about their local bio diversity and conservation, motivating them to make a preserve what they have. Teaching, adventure days, art and sport classes are all tools to get this message across.
Children’s Sports Coaching:
You will be able to run rugby, soccer or netball clinics for primary school children. You don’t require any coaching experience, but do need a sound knowledge of the sport’s rules and have playing experience.
After school and Holiday Care:
You can help in the after school clubs for children from the local community - helping with homework, playing games and giving a lot of TLC is all that is required to make a huge difference to the quality of these kid’s lives.
You‘ll be busy volunteering 5 days a week, and for pretty much most of the day, but the evenings and weekends are your own for down time or exploring with some of our favourites:
As described earlier – Cape town is available at the weekends as it’s just a 90 minute taxi ride away and we can recommend a great hostel for you to stay in.
When there we highly recommend you visit Robben Island, hang out at the Water front, relax on one of Clifton’s beaches and of course trek to the top of Table Mountain.
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.
Other Highlights Not to Miss:
Tour the Garden Route, wine tasting in Stellenbosch, Cape of Good Hope, swim with the great whites (?) …honestly, the list is endless.
We have four different teams departing to Cape Town in South Africa each year: January, April, July and September. Typically programs are 4 or 5 weeks long, taking in all the sights and experiences you'll find described on this page with plenty of downtime for you to explore the country as you please.
The July departure date is an ideal fit for that gap between A-Level exams and results day, or for those on university summer holidays.
Want to join a program and stay for longer? No problem, get in touch and we'll help you sort something out.