How do I book?
Send me an email via our contact form or to and I will send you the application form to be completed. Once we receive the application form, we then confirm availability for you with the requested project. An Invoice will be sent out at, on receipt of payment your booking is confirmed. For more information about our terms and conditions, please click here.
How do I pay?
By electronic fund transfer or EFT. Our bank details will be on the invoice.
Can I bring a friend or book for a group?
Where are Dream Wild Adventures Projects situated in South Africa?
How do I get to Dream Wild Adventure projects?
All of our projects are accessible either by air, road or bus. Moving around South Africa is very easy.
While Dream Wild Adventures cannot make your travel bookings, we are very happy to assist you and give advice
There will be someone from the project to pick you up from the specified places below.
All pickups for Greater Makalali Project and the Endangered Species Project take place every Monday.
Greater Makalali Project and Endangered Species Project: are situated within the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve, approximately 500 km North East of Johannesburg. The Siyafunda programs are run independently of the Makalali Lodge. Arrival and departure points are Hoedspruit only.
•By air: You can fly direct to Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport on South African Airways Airlink. Make your bookings through www.flysaa.com or www.flysax.co.za or enquire at Johannesburg International Airport.
•By shuttle: You can also arrange to be brought on a shuttle through Ashtons Tours, http://www.ashtonstours.com/tR--daily_kruger_shuttle_johanesburg_to_hoedspruit which depart from OR Tambo airport at 06:45 and arrive in Hoedspruit around 13:00 - 13:30. You can arrange to be dropped off at point 5 or 6 on the intinerary.
Should I take precautions against Malaria?
Malaria is endemic throughout the Kruger National Park and surrounding private reserves including the Makalali Private Game Reserve and has been recorded along the Limpopo valley around Zingela. Note: The projects occur in a Malaria Low Risk areas. Peak transmission occurs between November to May, with little between June to October. Please consult your doctor with regards to a good and suitable malaria prophylactic. Best of all is to minimize your contact with mosquitoes by using repellent lotions, sticks or sprays such as 'Tabard' or 'Peaceful Sleep'. You can find more information about malaria on the internet: www.southafricalogue.com/malaria-guide.
What should I pack?
Dream Wild Adventures projects are situated within the Limpopo Province which is characterised by very hot weather in summer (temperatures may exceed 40ºC) from September to April so cool clothing (preferably neutral in colour) and footwear is advisable. The cooler months are May to August (lowest temperatures are 5-6 ºC, with average day time temperature around 20ºC) and it gets cold at night and early in the mornings - especially on the back of the safari vehicle. (Check the actual weather for SA on www.weathersa.co.za.)
In addition, the following items are essential for all projects:
•Water Bottle/s 1Litre minimum
•Binoculars and Camera
•Insect repellent (DEET)
•Day Backpack (for walks)
•First Aid Kit (if you have one)
•Raincoat (if you're coming during summer: Nov-March)
•Scarf and gloves (if you're coming during winter: June-Aug)
•Batteries and/or charger for cameras
What is the time difference?
The South African Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time.
What kind of people are volunteering at Dream Wild Adventures?
You don't have to be a wildlife expert to volunteer with us and we don't have an age limit either. You should be 18 years or older and you should be reasonably fit to join in with our activities.
What about electricity?
There is electricity at Siyafunda's Makalali and Selati Reserve Camps. If you are staying at the Bush Camp you can charge batteries etc. at the Makalali research camp. South African electricity is 220/230 volts AC at 50 cycles a second, plug outlets are 15amp, three-pin (round). There are NO 2-point outlets for shavers.
You can do laundry at all of our projects. See details of each project for their policies..
Cell phone reception:
Your cell phone will automatically switch on to the South African Vodacom or MTN-service if you have international roaming activated, before you leave home. Alternatively you can purchase a South African SIM for your mobile phone or an international calling card.
Will I have internet access during my stay?
If you require internet access at all the projects, you can arrange this for a small cost with the camp-manager. On your weekly or bi-weekly town trip you will also have the opportunities for internet access at the internet café in town to check your emails and do bookings.
Money / Credit Cards:
The South African currency is the Rand. For up to date currency conversions, visit www.xe.com . It is helpful to carry a small amount South African Rand (e.g. ZAR five00) with you; you will find a currency exchange bureau at the international airport or in Hoedspruit. In town you also have the opportunity to access ATMs with your credit card and purchase items with your card.
There is no concern about safety at the Dream Wild Adventures projects, the game reserve is guarded / fenced and town is also safe during our town trips. But like everywhere in the world security is everybody's responsibility.
Do I need a VISA:
Most visitors to South Africa receive a 90 day tourist/travel visa. However check with the South African embassy before you leave your country.
Do I need a work permit?
No, as a volunteer you are not taking paid work.
Will I need insurance?
It is always a good idea to have travel and/or medical insurance and we recommend you organise this before your departure. All our projects make this compulsory for all applicants.
Can I join more than one project?
Yes, many people choose to join a mixture of projects over the course of their stay. We can give you advice on your internal travel arrangements as well as other activities in South Africa.
Do I need to know another language?
While South Africa has 11 official languages, English is spoken mostly and used all over the country