- Book your flights through gapyear.com
- Getting from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit
- Places to Stay
- What to Pack
- Before you fly
All flight deals are provided by:
By plane -
See the link www.flysaa.com and book your internal flight as soon as possible as they are often full on Saturdays. You can also contact SAA Airways directly in Hoedspruit to book your seat. To do this, please send an email to Dina Van Zyl (email@example.com). She will always do her best to find a seat for you if the plane on the SAA website is full.
CemAir has also started to run flights between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit. Visit www.flycemair.co.za to book your internal flight.
By bus -
To organise a shuttle transfer from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit contact Ashton Tours (firstname.lastname@example.org). There is a daily shuttle from OR. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Hoedspruit. Although a little longer than the airplane, this option is comfortable as well as cheaper. They offer a discounted rate for DAKTARI volunteers (R520 instead of R870), so be sure you let them know you are coming to volunteer at DAKTARI when you make your reservation. The Ashton shuttle leaves every morning from the airport. If you are staying overnight in Joburg keep in mind that most lodges can drop you off at the airport free of charge! (The lodges listed below all provide this service)
Rent a car -
Contact Robyn Gilbert by email (email@example.com) who will offer a discounted rate, please also make sure you mention you are going to DAKTARI.
DAKTARI is only able to pick you up on Saturday from Hoedspruit. Depending on your flights, this means that you may need to stay overnight in Johannesburg or Hoedspruit. The lodges listed below have all been vetted by DAKTARI and have special rates for our volunteers. They will also provide free transportation to and from the airport to make it easier for you to get around. We recommend you keep the information for these lodges on hand in case you miss a connecting flight in Johannesburg and have to wait until the following day for a flight.
Aero Guest Lodge
A 4 star lodge conveniently located just 2.7 KM'S from Johannesburg International Airport. The lodge is set in stunning, tranquil gardens which compliment the large sparkling swimming pool. Aero Guest Lodge is supporting Daktari's project and offers a 25% discount to any of our volunteers who choose to stay there. They also offer a free airport transfer for your convenience. Visit their website and organise your booking or tour directly with them:
Blue Mango Lodge
Set on a secure 3 acres of park like garden which is host to 43 species of birds and located only 10 minutes from O.R. Tambo. Steve has personally lived and travelled 10,000s kms by road through 18 African countries, spent almost 5 years in East Africa including Eastern DRC, Rwanda, Ethiopia, two years in Angola, his wife is Ugandan and they are living the African dream. They have many tales to tell and love nothing more than to relate their experiences whilst sitting around a roaring fire in the Mango Lodge boma. They also offer tours of Johannesburg and it's surroundings on request!
Marieskop View Chalets
Contact them to make your booking. Mention DAKTARI for a special rate:
Mist Of Gold Guesthouse
When you make your booking, be sure to mention that you are staying at DAKTARI to get a discount. Breakfast is excluded from the price and is available on request at R80 pp.
Sausage Tree Safari Camp
Contact them to make your booking:
Remember that you can choose to book your accommodation independently through DAKTARI's BookDifferent website! It offers the best deals while making a difference to our project!
Depending on the season you will be visiting DAKTARI, your packing may vary. In general, you should bring the items below. On Saturdays, there is a trip into Hoedspruit where you will be able to purchase all toiletries. Also, if you would like to bring any items for DAKTARI or for the children, please see the list below.
What to bring for yourself:
Things to bring for DAKTARI:
- Visa requirements vary by country, however, most do not require a visa prior to entry to South Africa if you are staying for less than three months.
- If you are staying for longer than 90 days, you will need a visa
- Please confirm with your local government department if a visa is required to enter South Africa
There is usually no legal obligation for specific vaccinations to enter South Africa, this is subject to change and you will need to check before you depart and especially if you plan to pass through other countries. However we recommend visiting your GP or doctor to ask their professional opinion, they may suggest you take anti-malaria treatment, have a rabies vaccination etc. Here is a useful website that you may find helpfulhttp://www.southafrica.info/travel/advice/healthtips.htm#.UjsR07wmzMq
Travel insurance is REQUIRED for you to stay at DAKTARI. We will ask for a confirmation of your insurance and an emergency contact for you. It is always important to have a suitable cancellation and travel/volunteer insurance when you go abroad. Many travel insurances do not cover voluntary work, internships or extreme sports and have a limited validity. Daktari advises you to use of the services of JoHo Insurances. JoHo Insurances specialises in insuring volunteers, interns, travellers and expats worldwide. Click here for more information and to apply for insurance online.