South Africa is an incredibly beautiful country, and it’s not only South Africans who think so. Various rankings consistently place it in the top 20 most beautiful places in the world and Cape Town, its legislative capital, has been named ‘the best city in the world’ by the Telegraph UK. It’s not hard to see why as the country has a bit of the best of everything; diverse and vibrant cities bustling with energy, blissful white sand beaches and wide savannas teeming with wildlife (locally known as ‘the bush’). At the southern tip of the African continent and bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, there is much to experience.
Volunteering in South Africa not only offers some of the most picturesque landscapes, it also doesn’t take long to feel at home. It’s a place that opens its arms wide to any traveller looking to lend a hand and gain an experience. In fact, you only need to know one thing: Ubuntu is a word that is at the centre of South African society, literally meaning, I am because we are. It is this humanity and kindness that rests amid the scenery and makes the country somewhere you’ll find yourself leaving your heart.