DIY Wild is based at Hlumu Lodge, at the foot of the stunning Hlumuhlumu mountains. The lodge operates as a guest house for overnight guests. Funds from the accommodation, bar and restaurant are used to fund the wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation centre.
During their time at the project, volunteers stay in the volunteer house or chalets at the lodge. These are shared bedrooms (2 to a room) with a shared bathroom. Pillows and sheets are provided but you must bring a sleeping bag and a towel. Washing can be done once a week at the project for a small charge.
Meals are cooked and prepared in a communal kitchen. Volunteers often group together to cook group meals and everyone eats together. Breakfast is usually after morning feeding at 8.30am. There is an hours break for lunch at 12pm. Dinner is eaten at the end of the day when all the animals are fed.
Arrangements will be made for regular trips to the local supermarket for food shopping. You should be able to get anything you need however branded items may be more expensive than at home so it is advisable to bring any speciality items needed. There is also an ATM and a pharmacy in the town.
There is phone signal at the lodge but no landline phone. If you bring an unlocked phone you can buy a local sim card and access 3G signal at the lodge for internet use.
The climate in Badplaas is quite moderate:
Spring/Summer - (Sept-Feb): It can get very hot but it is also rainy season so expect some overcast days and thunder storms.
Winter - (May - Sept): It gets warm during the day but the nights can get VERY cold. Please bring a warm sleeping bag, jumpers and a coat if you are coming in winter.
Hlumu Lodge has 2 swimming pools on site which you are welcome to use in your off time. There is also a well priced bar with a fire place, dart board, pool table and large screen TV for entertainment in the evenings.
We are not based in a malarial area but if you plan on traveling elsewhere while in South Africa you may need anti malarials. A current tetanus vaccination is essential when you volunteer with us and a rabies vaccination is recommended. Please speak to a travel clinic for up to date advice.