Our Alternatives to a Gap Year in South Africa

Looking for an African Adventure?

Explore 3 of our best: Madagascar, Namibia and Tanzania.
Explore Madagacsar

Lemurs, baobabs, rainforest, beaches, desert, trekking and diving are all to be found on the world’s fourth largest island. The remarkable fauna and flora is matched by epic diverse landscapes - you can see rainforest in the morning, and desert by tea. Topping that, there is over 5000km of coastline, 450km of barrier reef and 250 islands, so pack your snorkel to marvel at coral ‘cathedrals’, shipwrecks, rays, whale and reef sharks.

With waves of migrants arriving from various corners of the Indian Ocean, the island’s population is a rich cultural melting pot of people - each bringing their own customs and beliefs, filling the island with historic sites.

Our programs are based in the north, in and around Nosy Be Island, the nearby forests and other remote islands. You’ll take part in marine, forest and animal conservation work with an injection of community education and teaching - all with a view to protecting this unique ecosystem.

Perfect for those interested in scuba, marine and forest conservation, teaching and sailing around remote islands.

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Explore Namibia

Namibia is exceptionally beautiful and nothing like its surrounding ‘savannah’ landscaped countries. Completely unique, with its vast desert and empty landscapes, where wildlife interactions are infrequent but highly prized. The highest sand dunes in the world rise up in all their glory and skeleton coast beckons with its eerie allure.

We have developed a unique program here which allows you to live safari style in the middle of a reserve whilst contributing to conservation and community projects.

But each week the volunteer projects will be intertwined with adrenaline adventure such as white water rafting and mountain biking before a spot of exploration to enable you to see the best of this stunning country.

One of our best.

Perfect for those interested in the a wilderness safari experience, conservation and adrenaline adventure.

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Explore Tanzania

Head to the world’s safari Mecca, home to the lion-stalked plains of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater’s National Parks. Scale snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, dip your toes in the Indian Ocean and hop over to the spice island of Zanzibar.

It is an undeniable fact that Tanzania packs the punches on the wild and exotic front but, in our humble opinion, it’s true charm lies in the characteristic warmth and beauty of the Tanzanian people. There are more than 260 tribal groups in Tanzania, each with their own distinct culture and traditions, living peacefully side-by-side.

Over the course of this program you’ll get stuck into community development and teaching in both Arusha - a buzzing town in the heart of the bush - and in Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast. You’ll also have time to explore Lake Manyara National Park for a taste of life on the wild side, Moshi - the lush green town on the slopes of Kilimanjaro - and not to be missed, Zanzibar.

Perfect for those interested in community development, wildlife safari and overland travel.

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