Travel & Visas
Travel to the Landscapes and Getting Around
Cape Town Catchments: The closest airport is Cape Town International Airport.
Baviaanskloof and Langkloof: The closest airport is George. If arriving from overseas, you will have to first fly into Cape Town or Johannesburg and get a connecting flight (or a coach).
Living Lands will arrange a pick up from the airport as there is no public transport to the landscapes. The drive from the airports is 2.5 hours to the Langkloof and the Cape Town Catchments, and 4 hours to the Baviaanskloof. If your arrival time is very late, you may need to stay a night close to the airport.
Please be advised that the drive to the Baviaanskloof is on a gravel road and luggage will get dusty.
Once we have picked you up from the airport, you will have the opportunity to go food shopping before heading to the field stations. Once on the landscape, transport options are limited (bikes are available!) and you will be largely reliant on Living Lands.
Your first port of call for obtaining the correct visas for your stay in South Africa is the South African High Commission (embassy) in your country of residence. There you will find information on applying for your visa which you will be eligible for over the duration of your stay.
Depending on the duration of your stay and what you intend to do either side of your internship in South Africa, there are various visa options to consider. A Visitor’s Volunteer Visa is specific to charitable organisations and permits you to remain in South Africa past 90 days.
Please note that gaining a visa is your responsibility: whilst we can assist you with a letter of invitation for your visa application, the process can only be undertaken by you. We recommend starting your visa process at least 3 months prior to the start of your internship. This allows for ample time to gather the correct documents, fulfil application requirements and book embassy appointments. Do make sure to make an appointment for whatever reason you are visiting the embassy and note that whilst the embassy websites often have downloadable documents, they are often outdated so it is safer to go to the embassy and collect the correct forms you need yourself before you start applying.