The Most Common Camp South Africa Questions (And answers)

Anyone aged 17 and above can take part in our Sports Coaching & English Teaching program. Anyone over 18 can join our Animal Conservation Camp.

Accommodation for Camp applicants varies dependent on which Camp program you choose to apply for:

  • Animal Conservation – 14 nights accommodation on location at the game reserve in a purpose-built guest centre
  • 14 nights accommodation on location at the game reserve in a purpose-built guest centre
  • Sports coaching & English Teaching – Shared House with a swimming pool and other amenities, including Wi-Fi

Camp South Africa is not everyone’s idea of a holiday and it’s not always relaxing. Individual experiences will vary, due to the fact that there are three programs on offer, each offering something different.

For instance, applicants for the teaching program will have a completely different experience to applicants wishing to head to South Africa to coach sports. Additionally, there may be bad weather, mosquitos, long journeys, slow wifi and food deviating from what you’re used to back home.

However, embrace the experience – it’s all part of what makes Camp life so magical; step out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. We love it, as have thousands of previous Camp South Africa attendees. However, we realise that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea!

Before applying to take part in Camp South Africa, please understand that it’s a cultural experience. It isn’t a luxury holiday, and one of our main focuses is to make a positive impact, which often comes with hard work.

We can not guarantee you will have a nice relaxing time. You have to come to Camp South Africa with a sense of adventure, go with the flow and be laid back. Basically, YOU are the deciding factor in the experience you have at Camp. We provide the setup and infrastructure for you to have an incredible experience. However, that is only half of it.

The other half comes from you. Your passion to help others, your spirit to do something different, your ability to make friends and go with the flow. You get out what you put in and if you give it your all, together we will have an amazing experience at Camp South Africa.

Yes, there will be Wi-Fi available during your time at Camp; please take into consideration that connectivity may not be up to the standards in the UK.

For each of our three options on Camp South Africa, 3 meals a day are included in the program fees from Monday-Friday.

Absolutely! South Africa is an amazing country – we’d feel awful if you weren’t given time to explore on your own!

After your time at Camp South Africa, you’re more than welcome to travel; it’s not compulsory to return home immediately, by any means.

Definitely! You will be making friends from the moment you land in South Africa, friends you will keep for life after sharing such an amazing experience.

You will receive a packing list as part of the ‘Pre-Departure pack’ which you will be sent prior to leaving for Camp, but here are just a few items we recommend taking;

  • Mosquito spray
  • Sun cream
  • Clothing suitable for warm weather
  • A padlock
  • A camera to capture all your amazing experiences
  • A towel and washcloth

The choice is yours, but a backpack is definitely more suitable for travelling around South Africa. Plus, you don’t want to look like a starry-eyed first time traveller dragging around a heavy suitcase, looking like you just landed at a 5* resort in Europe!

Passport: A full passport valid for the duration of your stay is required. Please check that you still have at least 6 months left in your passport from the time you arrive in South Africa.

If you’re visiting South Africa for tourism or business purposes for a period of up to 90 days, you don’t need a visa. For more information on visas contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs.

Personal Insurance, covering the time you will be in South Africa, plus any activities that you will be undertaking, as well as any planned travel to other countries.

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check. If you are a U.K. national, Camp South will arrange your DBS check for you for a fee of £52.86. If you are coming from another country you will need to contact your local police department and initiate the process yourself to get the DBS equivalent from your country.

If you are from another country and would like some guidance, feel free to call our office on 0161 222 3780. Please note that even if you already hold a DBS certificate, unfortunately, we must still conduct our own check.

If you have not yet secured your spot with a deposit then we can defer your acceptance offer up to 2 years.

After you have secured your place on the program we advise getting travel insurance to cover any unexpected events resulting in not being able to attend camp.

With our flexible booking policy we can move your trip date up to 2 years from your original departure date, we can even change your Camp location if you fancy. If you did not wish to defer your place you can check out our T&C’s for all the applicable cancellation charges HERE!

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