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Planning Your Trip

Visa stuff

You can volunteer in South Africa on a tourist visa for a duration of up to three months. A tourist visa can be extended once while in South Africa. For longer stays, like long-term volunteering, you will need to apply for a volunteer visa at your nearest South African Embassy. 

Whether you can receive your tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in South Africa or whether you need to apply for a tourist visa at an Embassy depends on your nationality. 

For the latest details and more information visit or contact the South African Embassy in your home country. If you experience any difficulties, please contact us.


No vaccinations are required when travelling to South Africa. However, if you are travelling to or from certain countries in South America and Africa, a yellow fever certificate is compulsory. 

If you are going to travel to the north-eastern areas of South Africa, anti-malaria precautions are recommended. However, you should consult your doctor for further medical advice.


We strongly recommend that you take out full personal insurance cover. This should include cover for medical expenses, protection against theft, and protection against loss of fees, should the whole or part of a programme or activity or accommodation not be attended.

As a volunteer, you are required to take out medical insurance before travelling to South Africa. 

For a stay of up to 90 days, your medical insurance at home might cover you. You can also check whether your credit card covers medical expenses. 

For a stay exceeding 90 days, you will be required to take out a medical insurance policy for South Africa. You can take out any suitable policy, but we recommend  NetworX from Compcare. This medical aid insurance comes from a South African insurance company. It is specifically designed for people who visit South Africa for 1 to 12 months. Please contact us for details. 

Before you go bungee jumping or white-water rafting, please check if this is covered by your insurance. It is possible to buy extra insurance to cover most adventure activities, and it is recommended that you do so.


  • Credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in South Africa.
  • Bring very little cash with you. You can draw local money at ATMs to cover expenses for your daily needs.

What to pack

Detailed information about what you need will be provided in our project descriptions. As a general rule, however, please remember the following:

  • pack light,
  • don’t forget sun protection (caps,  cloths with long sleeves, sun glasses, sun cream),
  • bring some warm clothes for cool evenings (all year round) and cool days (April to October),
  • leave valuables like expensive watches, jewellery or expensive cameras at home.