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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any more questions? We hope to be able to assist further with this Frequently asked question section!

 

1. How do I get to the LEO Africa project site from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport?

We provide transfer from/to Johannesburg OR Tambo airport with a minibus on alternate weeks; in alternative, should you prefer to fly between Johannesburg OR Tambo and Hoedpspruit, we will come to collect you at Hoedspruit Airport on alternate weeks. Please ask us directly for more transfer info.

 

2. Are transfers back to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport included?

Yes, return transfers to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport are included via minibus ONLY on the arrival/departure weekends where it is planned a land transfer to OR Tambo international airport.

 

3. Is the area malaria-free?

Our program site is located in a low malaria risk area. We do not take any malaria prophylaxis medication. During the summer months (November to February), we sleep under the mosquito nets (provided) and use mosquito repellant at dusk (mosquito repellant can be purchased here).

 

4. How many volunteers are there in a group?

We usually have a maximum of 11-14 volunteers in a group, ensuring a close-knit and supportive environment where everyone can actively participate in the activities.

 

5. Are private rooms available?

We have a private room available upon request, at a little surcharge per week, subject to availability. Please inform us in advance if you prefer a private room, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. The private room has an ensuite bathroom, a double bed and a desk.

 

6. Where is the project located?

Our project is located in a private game reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. This area is renowned for its stunning wildlife and beautiful landscapes. We are about 30 minutes away from Phalaborwa and Kruger National Park Gate.

 

7. What are the arrival and departure days?

Volunteers arrives on Sunday and depart on a Saturday. This schedule allows for a seamless transition between volunteer groups and maximizes the time spent on activities.

 

8. What languages are spoken at the project?**

English is the primary language spoken at the project. However, some of our staff member can speak Italian, French, Dutch and Afrikaans, ensuring clear communication and guidance throughout your stay.

 

9. Are any vaccinations required before arrival?

South Africa does not require any specific vaccinations for entry, but it’s always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before traveling.

 

10. What activities will I be participating in as a volunteer?

Volunteers engage in a variety of activities: you will be spending between 10-12 hours a day in the field following our rangers monitoring wildlife (Big 5, hyenas and cheetahs), assisting with conservation work, reserve maintenance and indirect anti-poaching patrols. Each day offers a unique opportunity to contribute to conservation efforts and learn about local wildlife from a very dedicated and passionate team of rangers! Once or twice a week, you will spend half day at camp assisting with base duties such as cooking, washing up, data entry, camera trapping and much more! Being a volunteer at LEO Africa is a truly life-changing experience!

 

11. What should I pack for my volunteer experience?

We recommend packing comfortable, nature coloured, durable clothing suitable for outdoor activities, including long-sleeved shirts and pants for cooler evenings. You can purchase plastic free and natural toiletries on site (such as soap, shampoo, suncream, mosquito repellant, deodorant, bamboo toothbrush etc). A detailed packing list will be provided upon confirmation of your placement. We will provide you with one LEO Africa t-shirt to wear during drives - you can purchase a second one here at a very small contribution. Make sure to not overpack!

 

12. Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for all volunteers. Please ensure your insurance policy is comprehensive and valid for the entire duration of your stay.

 

13. Will I have WIFI during my stay?

Wifi is available at the camp.

 

14. What is the age range of volunteers?

  Our volunteers come from a wide range of age groups, typically between 18 and 70 years old. We welcome anyone with a passion for conservation and a willingness to contribute positively to our project!

 

15. Do you accept children?

Due to the nature of our work, children are not allowed. However, we welcome teenagers accompanied by parents or a guardian who are at least 14 years old.

16. How do I apply for the volunteer program?

You can apply directly through our website by filling out the application form and sending it to enquiries@leoafrica.org. Once your application is reviewed, we will get in touch with you to discuss the next steps and provide further details.

 

16. Is there any orientation upon arrival?

Yes, on monday morning, all new volunteers undergo a comprehensive orientation session. This includes a briefing on the project goals, your tasks while at LEO Africa, safety protocols, daily schedules, and a tour of the facilities.

 

17. Can I extend my stay if I want to volunteer for a longer period?

Yes, extensions are possible depending on availability. Please discuss your plans with our coordinators as early as possible to make necessary arrangements.

18. Can I smoke cigarettes or vapes?

We are a non-smoking program, hence smoking (cigarettes or vapes) is not allowed during the duration of your stay, town trip and excursion included.

19 - Can I volunteer for a week?

Usually, the minimum stay is two weeks. However, special arrangements can be made based on availability.

Should you have any additional question, do not hesitate to contact us at enquiries@leoafrica.org

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