During your stay with Safari4u, you will be lodging in one of two houses located in Chintsa East, South Africa. Both houses have kitchens, bathrooms and bunk-style beds. You can expect to share with at least one other student (in low season) in your room and no more than 10 students (in high season) share our larger rooms. All of our overnight locations also have beds, working bathroom amenities and cooking facilities.
Food is supplied for your stay with breakfast being a “help yourself” set up, lunch foods are there for you to pack yourself to take with you for your day’s work and dinner being a home-cooked meal prepared by our staff so it’s ready for your return from a hard day in Africa!
Safari4u is located in Chintsa East (pronounced Sin-sa), in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Chintsa is a very safe, easy-going town. There are a few restaurants and bars, a café and a small local shop with a larger grocery store about half-an-hour drive away. Weekends are your own time on the Safari4u programme but this means you have plenty of time to explore the area! A few options include:
Explore Chintsa – Take a walk with the dogs down to the beach, have a late breakfast at The Bistro, visit Buccaneers to take a surfing lesson, relax at Crawford’s spa with a massage, take your “Castration” shot at Barefoot, or chill with a coffee and wifi and C Club. There are frequently events on in the local area such as festivals, live music and fundraisers which we also encourage students to attend if they wish.
Inkwenkezi –Elephant interaction/ Game drive/ Buffet Lunch. (Day trip or R2500 for 2 nights all inclusive – activities, meals, accommodation)
Chintsa Horses – A 2 hour beach ride with Penny and her volunteers. (Note weight limits apply)
Areena – Quad Biking/ Zipline/ Visit Abby the tame giraffe.
Addo Elephant National Park – Overnight stay near Grahamstown and visit the only “Big 7” National Park.
Cape Town – Fly down for a weekend or more and explore the Western Cape’s cultural capital. Table Mountain/ Robben Island/ Curio shopping/ Boulders Penguin Colony/ Shark Cage Diving/ Cape of Good Hope National Park
All of the staff have travelled around the area so if there is a particular activity you’re interested in, chat to us and we can recommend more. If you are continuing your travels, we can also recommend things further afield as well.
Please note that on weekends there is a duty staff member to assist you in getting around the local area. The 2017 rates are as follows:
– Driving up to the distance of Crossways (return): R30 per student
– Driving up to the distance of East London (return): R50 per student
Any further than East London will be discussed on a case by case basis.
Additionally, duty staff members primary role is to act as an emergency contact and as such, transport provided by staff is only available during certain hours for safety reasons.
Airport transfers are catered to differently for students remaining on/ returning to the programme and those arriving or departing from the programme
For the organisation of airport transfers, the transport costs are as follows:
- Monday transfer: free
- Tuesday – Sunday transfer: US$30 per person. Please note the cost is reflective of the charge to Safari4u by a private company to provide this service.