Spend 4 weeks in South Africa to get stuck into a mix of conservation and community in projects in and around the hip beachside town of Langebann, just north of Cape Town.
Add on a further week to set off on an overland safari to Namibia to see the Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon and canoe down the Orange River.
This program departs 4 times a year and is fully immersive, taking in all the sights and experiences you'll find described on the South Africa page with plenty of downtime for you to explore the country as you please.
Whilst we recommend the full 5 weeks for a complete experience, if you want to join this program early or late, that's no problem. Just get in touch to arrange a return date and price to suit you.
Over the last 12 years we've taken thousands of young people overseas to experience the trip of a lifetime.
That success has drawn industry-wide recognition. We're an accredited member of the Year Out Group, an association designed to promote the benefits of well-structured gap year programs, and part of the equivalent organisation in the USA - the American Gap Association.
We're big on safety too; every one of our programs is carefully researched, audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Industry Standards for organising and managing adventurous activities outside the UK.
You’ll fly into Cape town and then head north to base yourself in The Beach House Research Centre, in the small seaside holiday town of Langebaan, just an hour’s drive away.
Langebaan is found on the edge of a stunning lagoon and is part of the Cape Floristic Region, one of only 25 bio-diverse hot spots globally.Your first 4 weeks will be based here contributing to a mix of the following projects which run concurrently so it is very easy to mix it up or specialise. You won’t need to decide until you are out there.
From your house in Langebaan you will travel to the nearby nature reserves to help with:
You will focus on the localized bush meat trade learning to identify and disarm the poaching sites.
You will use remote-sensor camera’s to study the duiker and caracal populations and health around the reserve.
Alien Vegetation Project
You will collect data in an effort to fully understand the impact of the alien vegetation on the natural environment.
You will help study and preserve the ecosystems of Cape Town’s West Coast which forms part of the Cape Floristic Region.
Project will include:
You will conduct surveys along the beaches to assess the bird populations.
Pollution AnalysisAt least one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals die each year due to plastic pollution. You’ll help with beach clean-ups along the West Coast, analysing the litter to determine its source.
Lagoon Fish SurveysYou’ll conduct fishing surveys with a view to obtaining an estimate of the species living in the lagoon.
Our community projects involve working with children from disadvantaged communities in and around Langebann. Here you will get involved with:
Help educate the communities about conservation, motivating them to preserve what they have.
Children’s Sports Coaching
Run rugby, soccer or netball clinics for primary school children.
After School and Holiday Care
You can help in the after school clubs with homework, playing games and giving a lot of TLC to the kids.
An optional extra, and one we highly recommend, is a 1 week overland safari around the highlights of Namibia.
The trip will include a half day canoe safari along the Orange River, a visit to the Fish River Canyon, (the worlds second largest canyon) and Sossusvlei, in the heart of the worlds oldest dessert.
At the weekends you will be free to head south to the greatest city of them all – Cape Town.
Weekends are guaranteed to be a combination of adventure and exploration. Indeed, Langebaan itself is based on the edge of a massive lagoon where you can get involved with all sorts of water sports including kayaking and kite surfing.