Life in Chintsa


Upon arrival in East London, students meet our Program Coordinator and head to the 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

Chintsa East is the “home base” of the program. Our Volunteer House has electricity, running water, and modern bathrooms. Bedrooms are comprised of single or bunk beds with bedding provided (rooms sleep 4-6 people). Chintsa East is a short distance away from many villages, farms and game reserves, which provide access to a wide range of animals and activities. Students stay at one of our Community Project sites for 1-2 nights each week- sheets, pillows, and blankets are provided at all sites. 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

Stay Local (Chintsa)

Weekends are free time for our volunteers to unwind from the busy work week. Head to the beach or hang out at the C Club and Barefoot Cafe for a more relaxed atmosphere, or check out some of these activities for more adventure:

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

Visit the Elephant Sanctuary and have an interactive and educational experience with the world’s largest land mammal (1 hour)

Quad Bike Safari Tour

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

Zipline Tour

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

Kayaking / Canoeing

Take a leisurely paddle through the game reserve and enjoy the scenery (half day)


Repel down the cliffs of the Areena game reserve to really get your adrenaline pumping (1 hour)

Spa Treatments

Think you deserve some pampering after running around in the bush all week? Head to Crawford’s Spa to release that tension and start the next week rested and refreshed.

Brewery Tour

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


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


Overnight Trips

If you’re dying to see more of South Africa, you can also use the weekend free time to explore 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 thid 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

Get up close and personal with some great white sharks for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s sure to get your blood pumping.

Bungee Jumping

If you’re an adrenaline junky, head to the Bloukrans Bridge for the tallest commercial bridge bungee jump in the world.

Sky Diving

There’s no better place to jump out of a plane than on the beautiful Garden Route.


Cango Caves

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


When in Africa… ride the dune!

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