The General Blurb
Who doesn't love a road trip? What better way is there to travel Africa? Here at Global Handprints we strongly believe that to really see, feel and experience a country, you need to get off the beaten track and to hang out with local people immersing yourself in their culture and traditions. We also know how important it is to many people to get more from their time overseas and to be able to go home, knowing they have made a difference and left their mark on the world. That's why we have come up with the best road trip around! Our Community Development Road Trips perfectly combine overseas adventure travel, the culture of Africa and community development volunteer work. Not only will you get to see areas of rural South Africa that are often missed out of travel itineraries, you will also get to be part of small grass root community projects. In addition to doing good there are plenty of opportunities for adventures with hikes, horse rides and canopy tours thrown in along the way! These Community Development Road Trips are an ideal example of voluntourism; combining volunteer work with traveling trips.
Instead of one of your usual road trips with as many friends crammed into an old banger as possible and a beaten up maps and directions as a guide and fighting over the all important road trip songs, (we’re not knocking it, we've all been there), our road trips combine necessities, backpacking travel and a little luxury with a taste of real life in Africa. We plan your trip so you don’t need to worry about all the little bits and pieces that take the fun out of getting ready for a holiday of a lifetime; we provide you with a list of road trip essentials, are your own personal route planner and our Guides are even on hand with ideas for road trip games!
In order for you to get the most from your trip, both in terms of your volunteer work and the travelling trip, Road Trips are limited to 5 people per vehicle with a maximum of 2 vehicles on any route at any one time. This ensures a personal experience as well as the chance to form new life long friendships while you're all jostling around on the off road tracks! We choose to drive the back and dirt roads, getting you off the highway as much as possible and ensuring you see the real South Africa right from the start. Not only do these roads take you through stunning scenery but also through a variety of cultures where children and adults alike will smile and wave you along.
Our fully qualified guides will be with you every step of the journey as you travel Africa; keeping you organised and on track, providing information about local customs and cultures, liaising with community partners and making sure all accommodation providers and activities are expecting you. We believe that a Guide can make or break someone’s experience and we strive to find people who are knowledgeable, professional, friendly and a team player. In return, we expect similar behavior from our Road Trippers as a courtesy to both the Guides, fellow Road Trippers, the community partners and the project users.
Our Road Trips can be booked as stand alone 2 week trips or combined with each other or the TtT project, depending on how much time you have to play with. The Road Trips aren't just for people on a Gap Year, anyone and everyone with a sense of adventure and willingness to get involved, will be welcomed with open arms!