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Travel through Africa, Asia, Australasia, and America.

Volunteering on a game reserve in South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
+22
Fun with new friends in Sydney, Australia
See four continents
Global adventure
See beaches, temples & cities!

Trip Highlights

  • Work as a wildlife and conservation volunteer at an award-winning big five game reserve in South Africa
  • Spend ten days hopping from one tropical island to another and spend time with the elephants in Thailand
  • Visit some of Japan's most breathtaking, historic, and iconic sights
  • Enjoy a week of fun in the Aussie sunshine with an action-packed itinerary in Sydney and Port Stephens
  • Take a whirlwind tour of the USA's west coast and experience everything from Hollywood glamour to nature's finest in Yosemite
  • Discover Canada's epic mountain scenery and mighty national parks on an adrenalin-fuelled camping trip like no other

Trip Summary

Knock four continents off your travel checklist with a globetrotting adventure through Africa, Asia, Australasia, and America. Start in Cape Town to discover the vibrancy and charm of South Africa for yourself before heading over to the pretty coastal town of Port Elizabeth to work as a volunteer at a wonderful award-winning big five game reserve. Fly over to Thailand to hop from one outstanding beach destination to the next. Head to Japan for an action-packed adventure through the country's mysterious lands. Fly down to Australia for a brilliant Sydney and Port Stephens tour where you'll learn to surf, go sand boarding and jet boating. Then make your way to the USA and take a whirlwind tour of the country's west coast, stopping off at iconic landmarks and famous cities before travelling north to the epic Canadian Rockies for the camping trip of a lifetime!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Independent Travel Time in Cape Town

Your first stop off will be in Cape Town, where you'll have time to yourself to discover the best bits of this fascinating place at your own pace. We can recommend accommodation, but the rest is up to you...

CAPE TOWN TO PORT ELIZABETH

Fly from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) to Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) in time to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

South Africa Big 5 Wildlife & Conservation (2 weeks)

Set in the tranquillity of the African bush, you'll be staying within the 6,000 hectares of an award-winning Big 5 game reserve, near Port Elizabeth, where you'll carry out valuable volunteer work to help protect the land and wildlife.

Your day-to-day activities will vary, depending on where the reserve needs your help most. You can expect to be helping out with fence patrols to make sure the reserve's animals are safe from poachers, removing alien plant species and replacing them with indigenous plants to ensure the right balance is kept to protect the natural ecology, monitoring and counting game, and even assisting with animal capture.

SOUTH AFRICA TO THAILAND

Fly from Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

Thailand Island Hopping (10 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok

Meet the rest of your group on a fun night out in Khao San Road.

Day 2: Bangkok

Go on  a canal boat tour and visit Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and the majestic Grand Palace.

Day 3: Travel to Kanchanaburi

Swap the busy streets of Bangkok for the sweeping countryside of Kanchanaburi.

Day 4: Elephant Project

Spend the day with the elephants at a brilliant project in Kanchanaburi.

Day 5: Erawan National Park

Hike into Erawan National Park and make a beeline for the region’s famous Erawan Falls.

Day 6: Head South

Return to Bangkok, grab a bite to eat, then catch the overnight bus to Koh Tao.

Day 7-9: Koh Tao

Beach lazing, sunset cocktails, boat trips, and island viewpoints are planned for the next couple of days.

Day 10: Departure

Make your own way back to Bangkok for the next leg of your journey.

Speak to one of our travel advisors about extending your Thailand trip to our 15-day option if you'd also like to visit Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Samui, and Ang Thong Marine Park.

2018 Departures: If you are travelling in 2018, you will follow a slightly different itinerary for your Thailand Island Hopping. Please contact us for details. 

THAILAND TO JAPAN

Fly from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) or Narita International Airpot (NRT) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

Journey Through Japan (15 days)

Day 1: Welcome to Tokyo!

Arrive in Tokyo and head out to explore the local area.

Day 2: Explore Tokyo

Explore the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Asakusa Temple.

Day 3: Tokyo Highlights

Visit the Tsukiji fish market and take a cooking lesson from a sushi chef.

Day 4: Sumo and Samurai

Take a look around the sumo district, the Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Samurai Museum.

Day 5: Imperial Palace

Visit the Imperial Palace and walk through the forest to the Shinto shrine.

Day 6: Kamakura

Look around the town’s historical shrines and Kotuku-in temple before heading to the beach.

Day 7: Mount Fuji

Take a cable car journey along the Hakone Ropeway and get a glimpse of Mount Fuji.

Day 8: Hello Kyoto!

Head to Kiyomizu Temple and enjoy a traditional Geisha performance and tea ceremony.

Day 9: Sights of Arashiyama

Take a boat trip down Hozugawa River. Hike through the forest to Arashiyama Monkey Park.

Day 10: Free Time in Kyoto!

Pass through the red gates to join a hiking trail and go on a sake brewery tour.

Day 11: Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion

Meditate with a Buddhist monk, then head to the Golden Pavilion.

Day 12: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island

Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Later, we'll board a ferry to Miyajima Island.

Day 13: Osaka

Visit Osaka Castle and the Dotonbori riverfront.

Day 14: Umeda Sky Tower

Take a trip to the Umeda Sky Building for panoramic views of Osaka.

Day 15: Tokyo

Your Japan tour ends today – you're free to make your way to Australia as soon as you like.

JAPAN TO AUSTRALIA

Fly from Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) or Narita International Airpot (NRT) to Sydney International Airport (SYD) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

Australia Sydney Intro (9 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Sydney

Meet the team and get settled in at the hostel.

Day 2: Orientation & jet boating

Get a city orientation then go jet boating in Sydney Harbour.

Day 3: Bondi Beach

Visit Bondi Beach and go on a coastal walk to Coogee.

Day 4: Sydney Harbour

Enjoy some relaxation before going on a Sydney Harbour cruise.

Day 5: Port Stephens surfing

Take a surf lesson and enjoy a beach BBQ in the evening. 

Day 6: Sand boarding & dolphin watching

Feed wild kangaroos, go sand boarding, and cruise beside dolphins.

Days 7-8: Free time in the city

Get out and explore Sydney. On day eight enjoy a meal at a revolving restaurant.

Day 9: Departure

Depart and head to the USA whenever you like.

AUSTRALIA TO USA

Fly from Sydney International Airport (SYD) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

USA Western Wonder (7 days)

As this trip starts very early on day 1, you will need to arrange accommodation for the night before the tour starts. Please contact us for further details as we can arrange this for you.

Day 1: Hollywood to Arizona

Visit the Walk of Fame before heading out on a road trip across the California desert

Day 2: The Grand Canyon

Enjoying the ride to the Grand Canyon via Kaibab National Forest.

Days 3-4: What Happens in Vegas…

Head down Route 66 to Vegas and cruise the Strip in a super stretch limo!

Day 5: Yosemite National Park

Head to Yosemite National Park today and relax at camp this evening.

Day 6: Action and adventure in Yosemite

Hike the trails or go mountain biking through the national park.

Day 7: San Francisco

Arrive in San Fran and walk across the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

USA TO CANADA

Fly from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

Best of the Canadian Rockies (11 days)

Due to the early start on day 1, we recommend you arrive in Vancouver the night before and book an extra night of accommodation at your own cost.

Day 1-2: Vancouver – Whistler

Venture into the snow-capped mountains of British Columbia.

Day 3-4: Wells Gray Provincial Park

Check out the country’s fourth highest waterfall, Helmcken Falls.

Day 5-6: Jasper National Park

Spend the next two days hiking, cycling and exploring the trails and paths.

Day 7-8: Icefields Parkway – Yoho National Park

Enjoy a guided walk on the Wapta Falls and Emerald Loop.

Day 9-10: Lake Louise – Banff National Park

Head to picture-perfect Lake Louise and wander the lakeshore trail.

Day 11: Banff National Park – Calgary

Spend the morning chilling in Banff before heading over to Calgary.

Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change. 

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South Africa

  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • All accommodation
  • Orientation on arrival
  • Weekend transfers to Port Elizabeth, and hostel accommodation
  • All meals whilst on the Game Reserve
  • Project t-shirt and cap
  • Working with trained zoologists, rangers, and conservation staff
  • Full support from the in-country team
  • Access to the reserve's tennis courts, swimming pool, and cricket field  
  • Use of communal areas, including games room, lounge, and library

Thailand

  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • All accommodation
  • Transport to each destination on the itinerary
  • An experienced tour guide
  • Long tail river boat tour of Bangkok
  • Elephant project experience
  • Erawan Falls excursion
  • Koh Tao boat trip and snorkelling
  • Full day excursion to Ang Thong Marine Park (15 day option only)

Japan

  • Accommodation
  • All train, bus and boat travel as per itinerary
  • Guide
  • Asakusa Temple visit
  • Sashimi lesson in Tokyo
  • Traditional onsen bath experience
  • Lake Ashi Pirate ship trip
  • Hakone Ropeway cape car journey
  • Geisha performance in Kyoto
  • Arashiyama bamboo forest hike
  • Karaoke in Kyoto
  • Sake brewery tour and tasting
  • Imperial Palace cycling trip in Kyoto
  • Fushimi visit
  • Meditation session with a Buddhist monk
  • Hiroshima visit
  • Visit to Umeda Sky Tower
  • Other activities listed in itinerary

Australia

  • Personal meet and greet at Sydney Airport with transfer on arrival
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Welcome meeting
  • The support of a friendly and helpful group leader
  • Full orientation session
  • Free Wifi
  • BBQ on days 3 and 5, and lunch on day 6
  • Jet boating in Sydney Harbour
  • Private Sydney Harbour cruise
  • Transfers between all site visits included in the itinerary
  • Bondi Beach to Coogee coastal walk and snorkelling
  • Surfing lesson near Port Stephens
  • Dolphin boat trip at Port Stephens
  • Farewell dinner at revolving restaurant in Sydney

USA

  • Services of a driver/tour leader
  • Private minibus transportation with free Wifi
  • Accommodation, 2 hotel nights and 4 camp nights on a shared basis
  • Camping fees and equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • Entrance to National Parks visited
  • Las Vegas cruise in super stretched limo
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Experience the Grand Canyon at sunset or sunrise
  • Take a dip in the Colorado River
  • See Route 66
  • Yosemite’s Peaks and Valleys and Giant Sequoia trees

Canada

  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Transport between included destinations
  • Wapta Falls & Emerald Loop hike
  • Time in adventure capital, Whistler
  • Rustic bunkhouse overnight
  • Icefields Parkway drive
  • Lake Louise relaxation
  • See Takakkaw Falls & Emerald Lake
  • Entry to Jasper, Banff and Yoho national parks

All

  • 24/7 emergency support

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Some meals, drinks and refreshments
  • Optional activities

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South Africa

Accommodation on the game reserve is made up of two five star volunteer lodges, with shared single sex dorm rooms and shared single sex bathroom facilities. The lodges are fully furnished with a tea/coffee station, lounge area, entertainment area with a television and satellite, and an on-site shop for essentials – in case you run out of toothpaste, or need to top up your snack stash! At the weekends, you will get to stay in Port Elizabeth, where you will be provided with dorm accommodation.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared for you while on the reserve. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when booking. Please note that the game reserve is an alcohol-free environment.

Thailand

You'll stay in a variety of different types of accommodation in Thailand, the majority of which will be based on two to four people in the group (of the same sex) sharing a room. All the accommodation is air-conditioned and has western-style bathroom facilities.

Most meals aren't included on this leg of the trip, but you'll find a large selection of restaurants and bars offering a wide range of delicious Thai food during your stay.

Japan

Accommodation is included as part of this trip, and you’ll be staying at hostels or inns on a multi share basis.

Food and drink are not included in the trip, but your guide will take you to affordable restaurants. We recommend budgeting £15-£20 a day for food and drink, but the amount you spend does depend on your taste and budget. A simple meal such as a bowl of ramen costs approximately £2 but high class sushi will be more expensive.

Australia

Your accommodation in Sydney is a lively backpacker’s hostel in the heart of the city, close to the harbour and lots of brilliant sights. You’ll be sharing a comfortable mixed dorm with 7-9 others, and have access to shared areas, Wifi, and your own locker. The hostel is located next door to The Scary Canary – a lively hub for backpackers to drink and dance after an action-packed day in the city. In Port Stephens you'll stay in a unique mixed dorm bush bungalow for an authentic Aussie experience.

On days three and five you'll enjoy beach BBQs and lunch will be included on day six, then on day eight you’ll enjoy a delicious group dinner at Australia’s highest revolving restaurant.

USA

You’ll spend four nights camping and two nights in hotels on a single sex shared accommodation basis.

During the trip, each group member will be required to contribute 10USD per day to a food kitty, which will be used to cover the cost of meals. When you are not camping, meals will not be included so you’ll be able to head out and try some local delicacies!

Canada

10 nights' accommodation are included in the price of this trip. 9 nights will be spent camping and 1 night will be spent in budget lodging.

Meals are not included. You will need to contribute CAD15 to a food kitty which covers all your meals at camp. Cooking equipment is provided and you will take it in turns to prepare meals for the group. When you are in the city, you can head out to local restaurants for food. Your guide will have plenty of recommendations!

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This Round the World route will take you to Cape Town – Port Elizabeth – Bangkok – Tokyo – Sydney – Los Angeles - Vancouver. Flights are not included as part of this trip, but we have a brilliant flights team on hand, dedicated to getting you the best deal of the day.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.

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The minimum age for this trip is 18 years.

South Africa

Nationals of the EU, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand don't require a visa to enter South Africa, though South African Immigration does ask that you have two completely blank consecutive pages in your passport. As long as you hold a valid passport (and a valid return ticket) you will be granted a temporary visitor's permit on arrival, allowing visitors to stay in South Africa for up to three months (90 days). You should also ensure that your passport will still be in date for six months after your return.

Thailand

British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. 

Japan

British passport holders can enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days without a visa.

Australia

All visitors to Australia (except New Zealand residents) will require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter: these must be obtained before departing. If you're planning on taking paid work whilst in Australia you'll need a Working Holiday Visa. Both types of visa can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more information.

USA

British Nationals visiting the USA will be able to travel (for tourism purposes) under the US Visa Waiver Programme for up to 90 days. If you intend to stay for longer than this, plan to work, have ever been arrested or hold any criminal convictions, you will need to apply for a visa. American immigration procedures can be a little confusing, so for full and further details please either call us, or contact the US Embassy.

Canada

British nationals will need to apply for an Canadian eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) in advance of travel. Please check the embassy website for up to date information.

Do I have to do this trip exactly as it's listed? Nope, it's completely up to you how you do this tour – you could do it in reverse, mix up the order, add other trips, or take out trips you're not as interested in; you can tailor it to your every travel need.

I'm Planning To Travel On My Own, Will I Be Okay?

Of course! Most of our travellers go on our trips alone, so you’ll meet plenty of others in the same situation, and likely be firm friends by the end of your first day. In most instances, you'll have an experienced tour guide with you, and you'll always have our 24-hour emergency support if you need any assistance during your travels.

Do I Need Any Vaccinations?

We’re not qualified to offer you medical advice, so you should visit your GP well ahead of time to find out what inoculations you might need. Remember to tell them exactly where you’re travelling to as vaccination and medication requirements vary between different regions and countries. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.

Do I Need To Bring A Sleeping Bag With Me?

Yes! You’ll be camping for 13 nights between the USA and Canada trips and a sleeping bag and pillow will be essential items on your packing list. You won't need these until you get to the USA, so if you'd rather not be carrying them around Africa, Asia, and Australasia, you'll be able to purchase both easily enough in America.

I'm Travelling With A Friend, Can We Share A Room?

Yes of course, just let us know who you're travelling with when you book and mention that you'd like to share a room and we'll make sure that happens.

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