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My Experience: South Africa Big 5 Wildlife and Community

Here at Real Gap we love seeing your travel dreams come true, and last year Real Gapper Joel won a competition on Facebook that'd send him to South Africa to our Big 5 project! Check out how he got on with this daily diary...

Day 1 - Hiya everyone! On day 1 we arrived in Port Elizabeth, where I met two girls who had been on same flight as me - and we were dropped off at the lodge (we saw Zebra and Springbok on the way in!). Unfortunately some other travellers were leaving as their time was up...
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My Experience: Game Ranger Internship and Big 5

For the last ten weeks, wildlife enthuasiast Nicky Lawrence has spent time at our Big 5 reserve in South Africa, participating on our Game Ranger Internship (with a splash of volunteering thrown in for good measure). Check out her blog post on her experience below!

Warning, the old cliché of "the best experience of my life" applies here! I spent 10 weeks at the game reserve in South Africa and it didn't disappoint.
 
The internship itself is hard work, I cannot lie about that, its a lot of...

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Our 'diving in Belize' project wins big at the World Responsible Tourism Awards!

Here at Real Gap, we're all obsessed with our Diving and Marine Conservation project in Belize, Central America. Now, after ten years of being in operation, the team have won an incredible award at the World Responsible Tourism awards... and we couldn't be more proud!

If you're interested in either A) learning to dive in a pretty spectacular environment or B) marine conservation then it's pretty simple- our Diving and Marine conservation project in Belize is perfect for you. Earlier this...

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Prince Wills, The Anti Poacher!

Something that makes our blood boil here at RG Towers is animal poaching. Luckily there are high profile individuals, such as Prince William, who are prepared to jump on board and stick up for what's right.

We're real animal lovers over at RG, so once we saw Prince Wills had made this campaign video to support CITES- which is the annual meeting of the 'Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species'- we thought we'd spread the word to help raise awareness.

A number of our volunteering...

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Elephants in Namibia!

We've just been sent some fantastic snaps from our Real Gappers in Namibia, and we couldn't NOT share these beauties with you all! (It would've been the crime of '12!)

On our desert Elephant conservation project in Namibia, travellers get the opportunity to track the elephants so working within close promixity to one of our favourite animals is a given! We've become particularly smitten with the photo of the littlen on the left too; he's a serious cutie!

It's currently 32c in Windhoek,...

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The South Africa Feeling

Travel advisor Tom describes his time on the South Africa Experience

 The worst part of any trip is the end.  The waiting-for-the-plane (2 hours delayed); the murky cold weather on return home; ‘real life’. But it’s not really because of our loathing of day-to-day life that we want more time (come on, life isn’t all that bad!) – it’s because we always want one more day on our adventure.  Be it beaches, bars and cocktails; bushland, wildlife and locals; friends, laughter and memories – we...

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Top 10 Fundraising Tips

So, you’ve decided to take a gap year or a summer break and now you need to think about how you’re going to pay for it. You’ll need enough money for the trip, for flights, insurance, visas, equipment and spending money… so where’s it all going to come from?

Whether you want to earn enough money to fully fund your trip, or if you’re just looking to top up what you’re already saved, here are a few fundraising tips to help you get on your way:

1)      Make money from your chores

Start your own...

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Top 10 Travel Must-Haves

So, you’re going away on your travels… but what are you going to take with you? Panic not; here at Real Gap we’ve used our many years of experience and our well travelled team to put together this list of our top ten things to take on your travels. You’re welcome!

1)      Money

Apparently it makes the world go round, but more important money helps you go round the world! You’ll want spending money for anything from paying for the meals not included in your trip price to buying souvenirs or...

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Working with Rhinos and Elephants in Zimbabwe

We hear from our partners in Zimbabwe at the Rhino and Elephant conservation project…

The Zimbabwe Rhino and Elephant Conservation project is all about deep connections: between animals, people and communities. It’s about living close to our conscience; sharing, caring and breathing the same breath as nature.

At the project’s base in eastern Zimbabwe, the animals live in harmony with each other, cared for by the local family team and volunteers who travel with Real Gap every year.

The...

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New Cheetah Cub at Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

This morning, our friends over at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary sent over adorable photos of baby cheetah Cubby.

Cubby, who was originally named Lorraine until his real gender became clear, was found by a farmer in Namibia in November. He was then taken to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary where he will now live; unfortunately, he cannot be released into the wild as he has become used to humans and has therefore lost his fear of them.

The staff at the sanctuary have built Cubby his own small camp...

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