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

Highlights

  • 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 of 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

Loved it from A to Z

This trip was a very well balanced combination of volunteering, camping and exploring South Africa. It was absolutely amazing. We saw tropical forests, savannahs, beautiful deserts and we met amazing people along the way.Our leader Leo 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.

Kathrine
June

Excellent trip

Volunteering at kwantu for the first month was a worthwhile experience. There are a lot of young people from all over the world who i got to socialise with. The work was never tedious since the game rangers gave us different tasks to do during the day, like cutting down trees or attempting a game capture. I enjoyed visiting Port Elizabeth during the weekends, and especially the bungee jump which was a memorable day out.When travelling on the garden route I particularly loved oudtshoorn and the amount it offers. The 56k cycle ride was a particular highlight.Travelling up to vic falls was very full on with early mornings and long drives but the scenery and activities each place had to offer en route was worth all the travelling.Our group leader was very helpful, friendly and accommodating and it was reassuring to travel with someone who is always willing to help us out whenever needed.

Alice
May

Trip of a Lifetime

This trip was something I will never forget; each aspect offered something different, from volunteer work, leisure and camping.My personal highlights included camping under the stars at Spitzkoppe and bush camping in Chobe National Park as well as many of the activities during our time in Kwantu Game Reserve.Our leader, Leo, was what every leader should be; relaxed, authoritative yet understanding. I always felt safe, but never forced to do activities I didn't want to or like I was a child on a school trip.As amazing as the trip was there were a few difficulties, not with the trip itself however. Gapforce did not inform us that we would be travelling with another company, ATC, before our departure. This meant that we did not have their itinerary so could not budget effectively, this meant the trip came out far more expensive. This however did not change how amazing the trip was for me personally.

catherine
November

Kylie Cunninghams South Africa review

My group of four decided to hike up Table Mountain one day. It's an amazing mountain with a flat top and an even more amazing view once you're at the top. I love new adventures but I'm really not one for long hikes. Half way up I decided I was done because I felt so tired and two of the guys had gone ahead and we're almost at the top but the support and friendship of our group leader was unbelievable. Barney hikes all the time and could have done this trek in half an hour but he happily stayed back with me and walked slowly up. I have nothing but good things to say about GapForce and I can't wait for my next adventure with you guys. .

Kylie, Kenilworth
November

Life Changing Experience

One part of the trip that really made an impact on me was spending time in Outshoorn working at St. Luigi's center with the kids from the township. It was a life changing experience spending time with those kids. Even though some of them didn't understand english it didn't make much of a difference, all they wanted from us was attention and a little bit of love. It's hard to comprehend what they go through and the point of us being there is to give them a little bit of a break from whatever their situation may be, and to allow them to have some fun with us. I had so much fun chasing the kids around, getting my hair braided, listening to them sing, and just being in the company of some really amazing kids was definitely a highlight for me on my trip.

Allison, Colorado
November

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  • South Africa
  • Duration: 4 to 8 weeks
  • Prices from £1900
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