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South Africa Adventure

Combine wildlife and community volunteering with culture and adventure in the Rainbow nation, South Africa!  Your adventure starts with an action-packed week introducing you to the customs and culture of South Africa. Next you volunteer at our unique township project helping disadvantaged children.

From there you spend 2 weeks travelling along the stunning Garden Route – whale watching, skydiving and surfing are just some of the adventures on offer. Following on you volunteer with the Big 5 on a Wildlife conservation project before heading along South Africa’s Wild Coast for some trekking in the Drakensburg and eye opening visit to Lesotho. End your journey in the hip and vibrant city of Durban.

South Africa Adventure - Gap Year program


Duration: 4 to 8 weeks Prices from: £1900Departures: January, April, July, September,


  • Hike to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town
  • Visit Robben Island, “home” to Nelson Mandela for 27 years
  • Assist local children on our rural school project
  • Watch Pro surfers in action at J-Bay
  • Volunteer at one of the largest Game Reserves in South Africa
  • Explore Lesotho’s stunning mountains
  • Meet the Basotho people
  • Party in Durban’s hip Florida Roads

Cape Town - Your adventure starts in the Mother City – Cape Town. Meet your leaders and rest of your group at the airport and get ready for an action-packed week in one of the world’s most iconic destinations. Take a ride to the top of Table Mountain, visit Robben Island, take a tour Cape Point and visit the tranquil student town of Stellenbosch

Township Project - Next you will volunteer at our day care centre near Oudsthoorn. Here you will draw on all your resources to create a positive and lasting impact on the children who attend the centre – a truly memorable and life changing experience!

Western Cape Road Trip - You’ll then spend 2 weeks travelling the Garden route, this stuninng coastal journey is packed with activities – whale watching in Hermanus, crocodile cage diving, surf or learn how in Jeffery's Bay, bungee jump in Tsitsikamma, go on a boat ride in Knysna and more before arriving in Port Elizabeth with plenty on offer from the oceanarium and the beach, to the happening night life!

Wildlife Conservation at Game Reserve - A once in a lifetime chance to get behind-the-scenes and involved with the conservation efforts of one of the largest Game Reserves in South Africa! As a volunteer you will take part in a variety of long and short term projects to create sustainability for years to come. Activities include game monitoring, counting rehabilitation and research with the Reserve’s experienced staff

Wild Coast, Lesotho and Durban - For the final leg of the adventure you’ll head further East along the dramatic Wild Coast; Mountain Biking in Hogsback, canoeing down the Umtata River, dolphin Watching in Mapande and trekking in the Drakensburg mountains – the list of adventures is endless! You’ll also take a trip into the kingdom of Lesotho to see a completely different country and way of life. 

Your epic journey ends in the hip coastal city of Durban with its cosmopolitan feel and vibrant nightlife, a great place for your farewell party!

What's Included

  • Up to 8 amazing weeks touring along the Garden Route & Wild Coast!
  • Comprehensive pre-departure support & video briefing
  • Experienced Gapforce Leaders supervising throughout the program
  • Airport transfers
  • Welcome and safety briefing
  • All accommodation
  • Meals as described on itinerary
  • All transport between core locations and to/from included tours
  • Volunteering project donation
  • All adventure activities as listed on itinerary
  • Organised social activities
  • 24/7 UK emergency backup
  • Gapforce T-shirt

Why I Chose South Africa

"This trip was a well balanced combination of volunteering, camping & exploring Southern Africa. It was absolutely amazing, we saw tropical forests, savannahs, and beautiful deserts. We learnt about the problems affecting wildlife, like trophy hunting and wildlife farms and met some amazing and passionate people along the way. Our leader was everything and more than we could have asked for. He gave us support, made us feel safe and pushed us out of our comfort zone when we needed it."Katherine, London, UK

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