Want to work & experience Africa?
Just an hour & a half from the Kruger National Park!
The area is rich with scenic, natural & wildlife attractions.
Attractions like the biggest Baobab tree in the world, the Sacred Lake & Sacred Forest, White Lions & the Biosphere of the Soutpansberg mountain that is host to the biggest concentration of Leopard in the world.
Previous volunteers enjoyed Lalapanzi Hotel so much that some extended their visa's, where others just wished to stay longer. Lalapanzi has a very laid back & friendly atmosphere, where everyone feel's welcome and part of the family, which also include a few animals.
Benefits of international volunteering:
If you are considering studying Tourism / Hotel management, you will gain valuable inside knowledge on the workings of the Tourism Industry. Or, if you are an aspiring world traveler wanting to see some of rural South Africa, this is a really good/cheap way to do it.
- Gain valuable International Experience
- Really get to know the people of South Africa & the difference in cultures
- Improve your career opportunities
I came to South Africa after I finished school. I had no specific expectations, I just knew that it would become a great time for me, as I love your country! The first couple of days I was a little shy but I lost it quite fast. From week to week I felt more comfortable as I got to know the guests and staff better. And the first time I've been there I seldomly spoke German so I got used to the language and had fun learning Afrikaans as well. Inga and Marius have been the best guest parents I could have imagined 😉 so I felt at home right from the beginning. The tasks and work I had to manage were various and interesting. Most of the time I worked as a bar-lady, talking to guests gave me the chance to get to know the people and the country better, and to meet friends as well. During my time off, some of my new friends or my lovely guest parents showed me around. I visited the Kruger National Park and flew to Capetown for holiday. Living directly at the home made me feel at home and I really miss the time over there! If I had the time and the chance to come back I would not hesitate!
The position will be mainly as a Bartender, but may include reception, conference/wedding set-up & assistance, if needed.
If you have some other skills like (maintenance, graphic design, entertainment, horse riding, caring for animals, etc.) that could be required, you will most likely be doing that half of the time you are there.
Lalapanzi has 2 bars, the Lady's bar and the Sport's bar.
The lady's bar is a smaller bar with a lot of character, as it still looks almost the same as when it first opened. Everyone just love's the lady's bar.
As for the Sports bar, which open on weekends for sports and functions. This is where local people like to enjoy a meal and watch mainly rugby.
The dates are very flexible, you can show up and leave at anytime! No contractual agreement can make you stay for the predetermined period, and no hard feelings if you want to leave earlier & want to experience other regions of South Africa. Everyone loved South Africa & especially the Bar-tending which gave opportunity to really get to know the local people!
The administration costs for volunteering at Lalapanzi Hotel in South Africa are:
- $80 = 1 month
- $140 = 2 months
- $190 = 3 months
- $220 = 4 months plus
Please inquire if you need/want to stay longer.
You will also receive pocket money from Lalapanzi Hotel every month, and obviously tips from happy customers.
Visas is not required for most first world countries citizens visiting South Africa!
If you are from: EU, UK or USA you will receive a 90 day visa upon arrival. Any other countries citizens please Click here to see if you are eligible to receive a Visa upon arrival at any port of entry.
If you are not eligible for a visa on arrival, get in contact with us for visa application assistance.
In the event that you wish to stay longer than your visa are valid for, we will assist in arranging the visa extension. This should preferably be done 30 days prior to the expiry of your existing visa!
We also assist with travel arrangements like flight tickets & transport in South Africa.
The Hotel has more of a Lodge feeling to it, than a Hotel!? Lalapanzi is situated 27km from the nearest town and about 80km from the nearest city of Polokwane, formerly known as Pietersburg.
Different ways to get to Lalapanzi Hotel
- The best and easiest but most expensive way is to fly to Polokwane International Airport where someone from Lalapanzi can collect you!
- The second alternative is to fly into OR Tambo International Airport, and maybe some of the staff or relatives are in the area to collect you. Not a Bulletproof option!
- The third alternative is to go by bus. Catch the Gautrain from OR Tambo to Pretoria station where you will be able to get a bus to Louis Trichardt. Use only TransLux busses. Bus leaves Pretoria station at 10am everyday.
- Last option is to rent a car from AVIS at either OR Tambo International Airport as you can drop-off the car at Louis Trichardt's AVIS branch.
How to get to Lalapanzi Hotel?
- Use Google Maps below
- GPS Co-ordinates or
- Print out directions below
O.R. Tambo Int'l Airport to Lalapanzi Hotel
Drive 385 km, 4 Hours, 10 Minutes
Head out of O.R. Tambo on the Airport Rd
Take exit 46 for R21 towards City Center/Kempton Park/Pretoria
Merge onto R21 - Toll road - 36.3km
Take exit 134 for N1 North towards Polokwane
Drive Toll Road for +/- 260km
Just before Polokwane, after Landmark Lodge & Shell Filling Station, turn left towards Louis Trichardt for approx 80km.
Lalapanzi Hotel will be on the right!
Polokwane Int'l Airport to Lalapanzi Hotel
Drive 79 km, 1 Hour
Head south out of the airport
Turn left onto Landdros Mare Street
Continue north towards Louis Trichardt (Makhado)
(Some sign posts may say Makhado)
Continue straight onto N1 for +/-64km
Travel through Bandelierkop Tollgate
Drive another +/-10km
Lalapanzi Hotel will be on the right!
The price options in the Dates, Costs & Visa tab includes the following:
- 2 Activities per 3 month stay like: Kruger National Park trip, Predator Park trip, 4x4 Trip or Game Drive.
- 2 Meals per day (late breakfast & dinner)
- Accommodation, shared or own room (depending on availability)
Remember, you will receive pocket money every month with the added tips from happy customers/guest.
You could quite easily get the fees back in tip money that you are paying us.
Below is some images, on places and things to see in Limpopo, South Africa.
If you are interested in joining the owners, management & staff at Lalapanzi Hotel, you should please complete the application form & submit (or print it out, scan it / take a crystal clear photo & e-mail it to us).
You completed application form should accompany the following:
- 2 References
- Deposit of $80US (If your application are declined, we will reimburse you fully)
After you have been accepted you will need to:
- Pay the full amount of your duration at least one month before your arrival at Lalapanzi Hotel.
Once your place is confirmed and the full amount has been paid, we will send a pre-departure package with detailed information on how to get there, what to pack, indemnity documents etc.
Please complete the information below!
Contact Us if you have any other questions.