South Africa Site Facilities - Operation Wallacea

Expedition Information

South Africa Site Facilities

Balule: Students will be staying in a large main camp, with electricity and a consistent supply of hot water. There is a communal area where lectures and meals are taken, a small tuck shop, pool and a lookout tower. Students here will be staying in single-sex 6-bed dormitories.

Dinokeng: Students will be staying in dorm rooms or tents. Electricity and hot running water is available throughout the camp. The reserve is home to a great range of species including elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, hippo and crocodile. Volunteers based at this reserve need to prepare their own meals.

Gondwana: Accommodation will be in large shared tents in a fenced compound.  There will be hot showers and toilets on site and electrical power each evening provided by a generator. This site is located in the Western Cape of South Africa, and so the pickup location is Cape Town International Airport.

Pongola: A small research centre has been built with twin bedded accommodation, communal shower and toilet facilities. There is a shared living area, small lecture facility with electricity. Volunteers based at Pongola need to prepare their own meals.

Jozini: This camp is based within the heart of the reserve. Accommodation will be in dormitory style rooms. There is electricity and shared bathroom facilities. Kitchen facilities are provided and volunteers will need to prepare their own meals.

Sodwana Bay: Accommodation is in tents situated in a shaded bush camp. There is a toilet and shower block with hot and cold water. Meals are served in a separate dining area which also serves as a lecture hall.

General facilities and conditions

The weather is likely to be warm and sunny during the day (around 24 – 28 Celsius) but it will be cold at night (-5 to 10 Celsius) and it is likely to feel cold in the early mornings and evenings. It is especially cold around Dinokeng and Balule with temperatures occasionally dropping to below freezing at night. For the northern sites there is highly unlikely to be rain during the June to August projects as it’s South Africa’s dry season, however our Gondwana site on the southern coast experiences some heavy rains during this period.