Life in Chintsa


Upon arrival in East London, participants are taken to our Volunteer House to settle in, meet the rest of the group, and get in touch with friends and family via wifi.

In the evening, students meet for orientation which includes a tour of the house, group introductions, and a review of the plan for the week. A welcome pack is provided with a guide to local culture, a map of the area, a list of weekend activities and trips, and coupons for local establishments.

Exotic veterinary work in South Africa

Accommodation & Meals

Participants stay in Chintsa East for the majority of their program. Our Volunteer House has electricity, running water, and modern bathrooms. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds or bunks beds with bedding provided (rooms sleep 4-6 people). Chintsa East is a short distance away from several villages, farms and game reserves, which provide access to a wide range of animals and activities. Students travel to our Community Project for at least 2 nights of their program where they stay in a permanent tented camp (tents sleep 2 people). The camp is completely off the grid but is supplied by solar power and a large rainwater reservoir. We guarantee that all housing is safe and comfortable.

Meals are simple and nutritious. Breakfast consists of cereal, fruit, eggs, toast, tea and coffee. A sandwich lunch is packed at the beginning of each day- options include meat & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, or tuna mayo, along with fruit and juice. Dinner consists of a protein, a starch, and at least 1 vegetable. We accommodate most dietary preferences including vegetarians.

Weekend Activities & Trips

Chintsa & Surrounding Area

Weekends are free time for our volunteers and there are tons of exciting activities in and around Chintsa. For a more relaxing experience, students can head to the beach or explore our charming little beach town.

Horse Riding

Take a leisurely ride from the bush to the beach and support our local equine rescue and rehabilitation center (3 hours)

Surf Lessons

Learn to ride the waves on the beautiful Chintsa Beach with a qualified instructor (3 hours)

Surfing on Chintsa beach
Elephant Interaction

Learn about these awesome creatures and have a chance to feed and interact with them (1 hour)

Cheetah Interaction

Meet the world’s fastest animal and feel its incredible power (30 mins)

Zipline Tour

Fly through the game reserve over 10 zip lines up to 153m long and 70m high (2 hours)

Quad Bike Safari Tour

Ride through the game reserve on your own ATV and see the wildlife from a new perspective (1 or 2 hours)


Repel along a cliff in the game reserve and get your adrenaline pumping (1 hour)

Kayaking / Canoeing

Paddle through the game reserve and enjoy the scenery (half day)

Brewery Tour

Visit our local brewery, learn about the brewing process and even stay for lunch

Spa Treatments

Relax at the local spa after a week of hard work- mani-pedis, swedish massage, hot tub and more


Join the locals in a friendly game or grab some friends and start your own match


Overnight Trips

Weekends are free time for our volunteers and there are tons of exciting activities in and around Chintsa. For a more relaxing experience, students can head to the beach or explore our charming little beach town. Students can also use this free time to explore more of the Eastern Cape, the Wild Coast, and even Cape Town- travel by rental car or use the Baz Bus. All bookings can be made on arrival.

Addo Elephant National Park

Visit the 3rd largest National Park in South Africa and see some of the country’s most amazing creatures in their natural habitat

Hogsback Mountain Village

Stay in this magical village thought to be the inspiration for The Lord of the Rings’ fantasy world “Middle-earth”

Shark Cage Diving

Experience great white sharks face-to-face for a thrilling adventure

Bungee Jumping

Take a leap off of the tallest commercial bridge bungee jump in the world

Sky Diving

Try this adrenaline rush while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Garden Route

Cango Caves

Walk and climb through this natural landmark to experience one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations


Ride a sand dune for a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Weekend activities - sandbarding
Cape Town
  • Climb Table Mountain (or take the cable car)
  • See Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island
  • Take a wine-tasting tour
  • Experience night life on Long Street
  • Waddle down to the penguin colony
  • Have breakfast and shop at the V&A Waterfront
  • and a lot more!


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Safari4u Veterinary Program

106 Barracuda Street, Chintsa East, South Africa 5275

PO Box 422 Kwelera, Eastern Cape, South Africa 5259

+27 (0)81 814 9917