South Africa Experience
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  • Adventure 5 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • A week behind the scenes at a Big 5 reserve? Errr, yes please!
  • Garden Route = stunning. You'll love it!
  • Learn to surf in the epic Jeffreys Bay
  • Get your adventure on at Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Kick back and relax in the beautiful Knysna
  • Top off your incredible trip with time in Cape Town

Trip Summary

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South Africa is an epic country - which is perfect for travellers to explore. Between our Big 5 reserve in Port Elizabeth and the cool Cape Town lies the ridiculously good Garden Route, which is known as one of the best road trips in the world, so guess what? We want to take you along this incredible journey, and trust us when we say you'll see SO much in the two weeks!


You’ll start off your journey by becoming a wildlife ranger on our South African private game reserve,  where you'll get the chance to see the Big 5 and take a look at life behind the scenes of a reserve. You’ll be helping out with a load of activities at the programme, which could include anything from day to day care of the animals (particularly the younger ones, we have resident lion cubs at our place!) along with fence patrols, getting rid of alien plants which have invaded, reintroducing incredible African plant species and helping out the resident rangers with their duties. Be prepared to roll your sleeves up, it's hard work but truly awesome and a real once in a lifetime experience.

 

Week two is all about the Garden Route folks, so be prepared to ramp it up! Ride the waves on a surfing lesson in Jeffrey’s bay, wander through the incredible forests of Tsitsikamma National Park, chill out in the stunning Knysna and pay a visit to Oudsthoorn – the Ostrich capital of the world. Before you know it we'll be in Cape Town, which is packed full of awesome things to do. We couldn't recommend going up to the top of Table Mountain enough (the views are awesome) - but in your free time, you should definitely see the penguins of Boulders Bay and Cape Point too!

 

Looking for a 2 week adventure? Consider it done!

 


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What will I be doing?

  • Be a wildlife conservation volunteer (Days 1 - 7)

  • Jeffreys Bay & Tsitsikamma National Park (Days 8 - 11)

  • Knysna & Oudtshoorn (Days 12 - 13)

  • Cape Town (Days 14 - 15)

Be a wildlife conservation volunteer: Days 1 - 7

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Destination info

If you're looking for an absolutely MASSIVE adventure, then we reckon this is it. During your two weeks in the incredible South Africa, you'll go on safari and work on a Big 5 game reserve, travel along the Garden Route, stay in some incredible places (Surfers Paradise, anyone?) and visit one of our favourite cities in the world - Cape Town!

 

From amazing food to white sandy beaches, cities like Cape Town to incredible wildlife on Big 5 reserves, SA has everything, and we want to show you as much as we can in 2 weeks!

  • Location: Near Port Elizabeth

Day 1: Arrive Port Elizabeth Airport, South Africa
Welcome to South Africa, gang! On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, you'll be met by the RG team and taken to the awesome game reserve which you'll be calling home for the next week. Today, you'll also be given a detailed orientation by our team to let you know the ins and outs of the next 2 weeks. Got any questions? They'll be plenty of time to ask them here!

 

Day 2 – 7: Big 5 volunteering
For the first week of the South Africa Experience, you'll be volunteering at a private Game Reserve between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. The work is completely varied at the reserve, and you'll be doing everything from caring for the animals, going on game drives, eradicating alien plant species, game monitoring and helping with the maintenance. Trust us, after this epic week you'll know what life in the African bush is like and better still, you may have seen all of the Big 5!

 

As part of the Experience you'll be given the opportunity to take an Elephant Ride in a private reserve near Port Elizabeth too, which is an absolutely incredible experience. In the evenings, we'll crack on with even more activities: expect for us to whip out the Braai (South African BBQ to you and me!), have a close encounter with local reptiles, and star gazing. You're going to love it!

Jeffreys Bay & Tsitsikamma National Park: Days 8 - 11

Next Leg

Destination info

If you're looking for an absolutely MASSIVE adventure, then we reckon this is it. During your two weeks in the incredible South Africa, you'll go on safari and work on a Big 5 game reserve, travel along the Garden Route, stay in some incredible places (Surfers Paradise, anyone?) and visit one of our favourite cities in the world - Cape Town!

 
From amazing food to white sandy beaches, cities like Cape Town to incredible wildlife on Big 5 reserves, SA has everything, and we want to show you as much as we can in 2 weeks!
  • Location: Garden route

Day 8 - 9: Port Elizabeth
Hey up, Port E! Over the next two days we'll call Port Elizabeth our base - and with it's long sandy beaches and awesome nightlife, you're bound to have a wicked time!

 

You'll have a load of free time in Port Elizabeth, where you can take advantage of loads of the cool stuff the city has to offer. The Boardwalk is a really cool place to hang out (there are loads of great restaurants), a township tour or a boat trip out to the Indian Ocean. If you're feeling a bit lazy, you could just snooze on the beach! In the evenings we'll head out to the bars, so expect a lively night out!

 

Day 10: Jeffreys Bay – Surfers Paradise
Next stop, Jeffreys Bay or to the locals - Surfers Paradise! We can't really explain with words how COOL this place is - with ridiculously long sandy beaches, this is the perfect place to ride the waves and have a go at surfing. For all of you shopaholics, there will also be time for you to visit the Billabong and Quiksilver Factory shops to hunt out a bargain (swimwear galore here!). Another night out, anyone?

 

Day 11: Tsitsikamma area – Trekking and adventure

Prepare to have your socks blown right off, the Tsitsikamma National Park is absolutely incredible! You will be staying just outside the National Park in hostel accommodation- but your park entrance fee will be covered for you and as a group you'll be taken on some of the best forest walking trails (remember to bring some decent footwear for this bit!). There are a number of optional activities available in the park, you could take part in one of the really cool tree top safaris or you could try white water rafting, or jump along the famous suspension bridge trail?

Knysna & Oudtshoorn: Days 12 - 13

Next Leg

Destination info

If you're looking for an absolutely MASSIVE adventure, then we reckon this is it. During your two weeks in the incredible South Africa, you'll go on safari and work on a Big 5 game reserve, travel along the Garden Route, stay in some incredible places (Surfers Paradise, anyone?) and visit one of our favourite cities in the world - Cape Town!

 
From amazing food to white sandy beaches, cities like Cape Town to incredible wildlife on Big 5 reserves, SA has everything, and we want to show you as much as we can in 2 weeks!
  • Location: Garden route

Day 12: Knysna – Chill out on the Quays
The next point of call is Knysna, a really pretty town along the Garden Route and a real highlight. Home to the famous Knysna quays and picturesque lagoon; as a group we will take a boat trip (weather permitting) out to ‘The Heads’ which are two sandstone cliffs marking the point where the Noatzie River meets the Indian Ocean, and we'll travel through the lagoon. Smartphones and cameras at the ready; it's time to go Instagram crazy!

 

After the boat trip, you'll have free time to explore this cute town, visit the famous quays and get involved with some amazing optional adventure activities - why not try your hand at paragliding (and get a bird’s eye view of this stunning section of the Garden Route!); snorkelling, guided nature walks, horse riding. If you're looking for somewhere awesome to eat, we recommend the East Head cafe - it's sat near one of the heads and the view is incredible!

 

Day 13: Oudtshoorn – Lots to explore

From Knysna, we travel inland to Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital of the world - wahay! The group will have the choice of a spot of cave exploration in Cango Caves or taking a trip to the local Wildlife Ranch where you'll have the chance to get to know these crazy birds! Please note that, as we're always incredibly fair at Real Gap, the majority vote on the day will decide which of the two places we visit!

Cape Town: Days 14 - 15

Destination info

If you're looking for an absolutely MASSIVE adventure, then we reckon this is it. During your two weeks in the incredible South Africa, you'll go on safari and work on a Big 5 game reserve, travel along the Garden Route, stay in some incredible places (Surfers Paradise, anyone?) and visit one of our favourite cities in the world - Cape Town!

 
From amazing food to white sandy beaches, cities like Cape Town to incredible wildlife on Big 5 reserves, SA has everything, and we want to show you as much as we can in 2 weeks!
  • Location: Cape Town

Day 14: Cape Town – The greatest city on Earth?
Today we leave Oudtshoorn and re-join the amazing Garden Route on our way to Cape Town. It's a pretty long drive but the views are out of this world, so there's no way you'll get bored on this trip! The Garden Route is known as one of the best road trips in the world, so the journey is definitely something you should tick off of your bucket list!

 

A trip up Table Mountain is a necessity when you visit Cape Town, and today we'll go up the cable car and get to see the gorgeous Cape Town in all its glory. (Please note that this excursion is subject to the cable car being operational - in the event that the cable car is closed an alternative excursion to Robben Island will arranged).  

 

The food in South Africa is out of this world (but you'll already know that by now!) so on your last night, the group will all go out for one final meal. This is usually followed by a night out, South African style! Wahay!

 

Day 15: Cape Town – The final day

Today is your last day. Boo! We recommend you pack your last day with loads of activities... we massively recommend a walk along V&A waterfront (there's a Topshop and Zara in the massive shopping centre there!), take a trip to Robben Island, visit the Two Oceans Aquarium or  travel a little further afield and visit the Cape of Good Hope (a National Park with amazingly good views).

 

A transfer back to the airport is not included as you may like to stay on in Cape Town for a few more days to make the most of this impressive city has to offer. If you are travelling home today though, we can arrange something for you - just let us know! 

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What's included?

  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast every day
  • Lunches and dinners from day 1 to 6
  • Transport from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town
  • Services of a tour guide
  • Cap and t-shirts
  • Activities as stated in itinerary
  • 24 hour emergency support

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transportation not related to the programme
  • All visas
  • Lunches and dinners from day 7 to 15
  • Optional activities

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years, maximum decided on participants health.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

This trip requires minimum numbers to operate.

 

Accommodation

During the first week of your programme you will be staying in a comfortable volunteer lodge at the project site, in shared single sex dormitory bedrooms with bathrooms. The lodge is fully furnished and has a number of communal facilities including lounge area, kitchen, table tennis, table football, tennis court, cricket field and an entertainment room with satellite television.

 

After your volunteer placement you will be touring the Garden Route, throughout the journey from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town you will be staying in Backpackers Hostels, in shared dormitory rooms.

 

Meals

Throughout your first week you will be provided with 3 meals each day. Breakfast is on a self service basis and items such as milk, jam, eggs and bread etc will be provided for you. Lunch and dinner will be prepared for you and normally consists of rice, vegetables, pasta dishes, pap, beans and curries.

 

Vegetarians can be catered for on request. Please note that during the first week the project is an alcohol free environment.

 

Lunches and dinners are not included during the second week of your programme, but this is a great opportunity to sample the food in the local cafes and restaurants along the way.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. What are the typical group sizes?

Groups sizes vary depending on the time of year, but can be anything between 5 and 20 fellow travelers.

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2. How much spending money would you recommend I take?

If you are on a tight budget you can get away with £80 Per week. If you want to do lots of extra activities along the way then you will need a bit more.

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3. What are the average ages of travelers on this trip?

The majority of participants on this program are aged between 18-30, however it is popular with travelers of all ages.

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4. I am a first time traveler, and a bit apprehensive about travelling on my own. Do many people do this by themselves?

The majority of our participants are solo travelers, so you will be one of many in the same position. We e-mail out a buddy list 2-3 weeks before you start, so you can begin to get to know one another beforehand.

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5. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No, all bedding is provided however if you wish to take one for extra warmth then you can.

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6. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

No, you will be in a malaria free area.

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7. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box available?

You will have lockable chests as well as boxes in your room where you can lock your valuable items in.

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You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.

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Overall rating: (9/10) (22 reviews)
South Africa Experience

Charlotte Gee - June 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Once in a lifetime experience, would definitely recommend this trip!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(6/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(5/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Going on Game Drives and seeing the Big 5 Cage Diving with Great White Sharks Cuddling a Tiger Cub

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Everything is South Africa takes time so add 30mins plus onto any expected timings especially with meals. Take clothing for all weather especially if travelling in May. Take more money than you expect as then you won't have to worry about costs and you can do everything you want to.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

An extra day in Cape Town as part of the package instead of visiting Port Elizabeth.

Any other comments?

You Need To Alter Your Pre-trip Itinerary. In Order To Prevent Further Confusion With Future Travellers You Need To Add Into The Money Matters Section Information Regarding The 2nd Week On The Garden Route About How Much Additional Activities Will Cost. Also You Need To Make It Clear That At The Game Reserve Official Activities At The Reserve Are Not Run On The Weekend But You Can Arrange Additional Activities I.e. A Trip To Addo Elephant Park Or Visit Port Elizabeth. Our Driver And Guide For The 2nd Week Jeff Made The Trip.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

8

South Africa Experience2014-06-02

Kathrin Bartl - March 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Unforgetable, i want back!!!!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(6/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(9/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The other volunteers! The days on the reserve and the weekends in Port Elizabeth was the funniest time in my life. Within few days they become your family. Sitting the tiny lion cubs was also unforgetable, as well as Jeffreysbay, the bungejump, game drives, ... Actually everyday was a highlight!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Stay as long as possible, do the bungejump, visit Jeffreys Bay Island Vibe Backpacker Hostel

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More time in Jeffreysbay

Any other comments?

Even If It Was So Much Better Than I Could Imagine, I Thought It Would Be Different. It Would Be Better If RealGap Gave More Information About The Reserve.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

8

South Africa Experience2014-03-26

Grace Salmon - February 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing experience, loved every second, made some great friends!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Looking after the cubs, visiting the elephant sanctuary, surfing in Jeffrey's Bay, visiting Robben Island, doing the canopy tour!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take loads of pictures, take lots of hand sanitizer and do everything!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would've liked to visit some of the townships

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

9

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Meghan Thomas - January 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

100 times better than I thought it would be, best holiday of my life, made some ace friends!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlights of this trip for me were the Bridge bungee jump in Tsitsikamma - I was petrified but so proud that I did it, unforgettable experience. Working on the game reserve the first week was beyond anything I could have expected! the staff were so lovely and I met some great friends whilst there. Getting to babysit a baby lion cub for the day was incredible and seeing wild lions and lionesses on a game drive got my adrenalin going! The food was amazing in every place visited. Port Elizabeth was better than I thought, the night out we had there was so much fun and I felt completely safe. The last few days in Cape town were fantastic also, Table mountain is spectacular.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take walking boots or sturdy trainers, lots of warm clothes as it can get cold at night time, bring your courage for the bungee!!!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More time in Cape Town, would have liked to have gone sky diving as well as the bungee jump, didn't have enough time to do both plus the sky diving was a little pricey anyway

Any other comments?

I Would Definitely Recommend Spending A Few More Days In Cape Town To Make The Most Of It As There Is So Much To See Whilst There!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2014-01-27

Thomas Roberts - January 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

AMAZING! UNFORGETTABLE! BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE! cape town and the games reserve were amazing!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Looking after a white lion cub! daily wildlife drives! port elizabeth! waking up to lions roaring in the mornings! holding meerkats! the safari guides who were ace especially polite! shark diving! cape town!! table mountain! penguin viewing and by far the best was the BUNGEE JUMP!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

do everything and DO THE BUNGEE! I was so scared but once you've done it , it is amazing!! ask the guides if you want them to look for the lions if you can't see them because they will find them! take sweet snacks for the first week as there isn't many sweet snacks at the safari lodge.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

take out the knysna day and have another day in tsitsikamma or cape town!

Any other comments?

Would Go Back Again Straight Away! Was Amazing! I Wish I Had Stayed Longer In Cape Town!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2014-01-24

Louisa Panten - December 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(3/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(5/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(6/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(6/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(9/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Definetly the hostels in Jeffrey´s Bay and Knysna!! And of course Capetown, although a one-night-stay in that fantastic city is way too less!!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be aware of freezing at night. And look forward to all of you trip, South Africa is beautiful!!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

two nights in Cape Town and skip the night in Port Elizabeth, that day in PE was a waste of time!

Any other comments?

The People Who Went On The South African Experience Could Have Been Much More Prepared For The Whole Trip. And The Hostel In Tsitsikamma Was Not Very Nice. And For Future Travellers The Organisators Of Their Trip Should Care About If There Is A Man Travelling With The Group Or Not, Because There Was One Guy Travelling With Us And He Always Slept Together With Us In One Dorm, I Came Along With Him But It Wasn`t That Nice For All Of Us But The Driver And The Small Bus We Drove With Were Really Nice And All In All I'm Glad I Decided To Do That Trip.

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

No

South Africa Experience2013-12-16

Nicola Bell - August 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Exceeded all expectations and provided unforgettable memories...TAKE ME BACK!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Game reserve volunteering ( I was there for 3 weeks in total): Waking up and falling asleep to the distant roar of lions. Meeting so many fantastic people from all over the world! Being out on the reserve in the Land Rovers every day, never knowing what you might see! Cuddles and kisses from the hand raised Meerkats. Digging holes, chopping trees, fixing roads, building fences, planting trees...so much fun! The game reserve is a magical place- no description will do it justice, just book it and go see for yourself! Garden Route: Taking a de-tour to go shark cage diving in Mossel Bay and seeing seven Great Whites (big thanks to our driver for literally going the extra mile to take us!) Surfing lesson in Jeffrey's Bay was awesome too and the hostel there was great- very chilled out! The views at Cape Point were stunning and made all the travelling worthwhile! I met so many great people along the way and made lots of memories- this was my first visit to South Africa and I can't wait to go back!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Go with the flow and expected the unexpected! South Africa runs on 'Africa Time' where timescales and schedules don't always run to plan! Don't get stressed about it (the locals certainly don't)- just see it as an escape from the busy western world! Do expect long waits at restaurants for food to arrive, especially in big groups but remember the saying "Good things come to those who wait" - the food is delicious and unbelievable value for money compared to the UK. 2) Be prepared for some cooler weather in Winter- particularly early morning and at night (bring warm pyjamas!). Waterproof jacket and trousers are a must for the game reserve at this time of year as well as a cosy hat and plenty of layers (it's chilly in the wind when you're hurtling across the bush after Imapla in a Land Rover...). You can never pack enough socks! Laundry service is excellent value for money- they even iron everything for you! 3) Local people are very helpful and friendly- if you are unsure of anything just ask! And remember that wherever you are in the world, manners cost nothing!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Garden Route: More time in Cape Town so everyone has time to see Cape Point, Table Mountain AND Robben Island! Perhaps take out the Oudshoorn stop and add on extra time in CT or alternatively make Mossel Bay an official stop!

Any other comments?

If You Can Afford To Stay A Few Extra Days In Cape Town At The End Of Your Experience Then DO IT! Real Gap Staff Were Brilliant From My First Phone Call- They Answered All Of My Questions On The Spot And Managed My Booking/flights/insurance Etc Very Well. Luckily My Trip Went Without A Hitch And I Had No Reason To Contact The Team During My Time In South Africa But I Left The UK Feeling Very Confident That They Would Help Me Out While I Was Away If Need Be. If You Are A First Time Traveller (like Myself) Then Booking An Organised Real Gap Trip Is A Highly Recommended Way Of Doing Things- They Take Care Of Everything And Make Sure Everything Is Safe So All You Have To When You Arrive Is Just Enjoy Your Trip! The Experience Has Given Me The Insight And Confidence To Perhaps Plan Some Of My Next Trip More Independently. Having Said That I Am Already Browsing Through Other Real Gap Programmes As There Is So Much On Offer! If You've Read This Review To This Point And Still Haven't Booked Your Trip Yet Then GET ON IT!! It Will Be One Of The Most Memorable Experiences Ever!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Jamie Woodward - May 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing experience, did some unforgettable things, met new people and would happily do it all again.

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I did an extra week volunteering at the project- which I would recommend without a doubt as only 1 week there wouldn't have been long enough as you go to Port Elizabeth at the weekend. Surfing at Jbay was my highlight, or doing the Bungee at Tsitik National Park.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- Take a backpack not a suitcase or a rollbag - Always keep your passport and money is a safe place you know about - DO EVERYTHING!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

- Either, remove the Oudtshoorn day (as i thought it wasn't worth it) and maybe go to Mossel Bay (shark diving), Stellenbosch or Hermanus instead. - Or just add an extra night at Jeffreys bay or Cape Town. - I also believe that the trip itself should be 3 weeks at least in total. So 2 weeks at the project and then a week or so on the garden route.

Any other comments?

Remove The Oudtshoorn Day; Cango Caves Were Interesting, But Not Amazing. The Ostrich Farm Really Wasn't Great, I Wouldn't Recommend It To Anyone And We Had To Pay For It. The Crocodile Ranch Was Interesting, But Very Zoo- Like, So If You've Been At The Project Then This Is A Waste Of An Afternoon And Pretty Tame. Other Than That Though, One Of The Greatest Experiences Of My Life!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2013-05-23

Laura Brooks - May 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Adored South Africa, amazing experience to look back on

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(5/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(9/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Babysitting a 10 week old lion cub, going for a safari drive at 5am and seeing the lions, world's highest bungy jump, surf lessons, shark cage diving. drinking savannas in the sunshine

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take jumpers and a coat - it rains at any moment. Say yes to all activities offered to you Enjoy every minute

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

more days in cape town and miss out knysna and oudtshoorn.

Any other comments?

More Time In Cape Town Would Have Been Great As Knsyna And Oudtshoorn Were Quiet And Not Much To Do There. Nandos For Our Last Meal (included In The Price) Was Unacceptable - We Were In South Africa! Apart From That, Met Some Incredible People Who I Will Stay In Touch With And So Many Once In A Life Time Experiences That I Got To Do.

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2013-05-05

Emma Bagshaw - April 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

It was a dream come true to visit South Africa!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(9/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(7/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(5/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Doing the highest bridge bungee jump in the world, having a surfing lesson and going up Table Mountain!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring warm clothes as it gets chilly when the sun goes down. Be daring and brave as you'll regret it if you don't do things, especially the bungee jump! Be relaxed about the itinerary as it sometimes has to be changed but you'll still have a great time.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

There were several things that people in the group wanted to try that weren't included, like shark cage diving and skydiving, bur tour guide, Victor, was great at letting us add whatever we wanted to the itinerary. Shark cage diving wasn't included, but he re-arranged some things for us and was able to book it :)

Any other comments?

The Only Complaint I Have About The Trip Is That During The Garden Route Week The Accommodation Was Quite Poor. There Were Often Six Of Us Crammed Into Tiny Rooms That Weren't Always Very Clean! But It Didn't Really Matter As You Are Only There To Sleep, You're Out All Day.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2013-04-24

Sarah Simmonds - February 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

eyeopening, unforgetable, travelling alone is easier than i imagined!

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(7/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

coming face to trunk with elephants :) the highist bridge bungee in the world! surfing lol meeting different people & expirencing africa

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- Take a rain coat or warm jumper, the weather can change from sun to storm within a minute! - Get involved in everything you possibly can - Dont go if your highlight is expecting to be hands on with the animals

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

maybe skip the day in port elizebeth and have an extra day in cape town.

Any other comments?

I Think Its Great For First Time Travellers Or Travelling Alone. Ill Remember This Trip For The Rest Of My Life And Im Extreamly Glad I Threw Myself Into It. Id Be Happy To Answer Any Questions For Future Travellers. X

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2013-02-06

Emma Cowe - November 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Amazing experience, Amazing people, Amazing Country, everything was amazing

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Volunteering at the game reseve, game drives, bush walks, feeding and riding elephants, seeing all the amazing animals, can't forget the road maintenance and weeding which was good fun! Surfing and Horse riding in Jeffreys Bay, cage shark Diving, swimming with wild seals, sunset cruise in Knysna, Table Mountain, Cape Town and meeting some amazing people.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take Clothes for all weather as it can change very quickly Take lots of photos Enjoy!!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Another week at the reserve and longer in Jeffreys Bay and Cape Town

Any other comments?

One Of The Best Experiences Of My Life

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2012-11-23

Amy Adams - September 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Amazing experience, dream come true, new friends and great memories!

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The volunteering was absolutely amazing! We were extremely fortunate to see all the Big 5 animals as well as so much more! Visiting the elephant sanctuary is a once in a lifetime experience - and to get up so close and interact with them was a dream come true. The Garden Route was a completely different experience - but in no way a bad thing! Make sure you budget enough to do all the activities including the Bungee Jump, Great White shark cage diving and everything else! The surfing and horse-riding in Jeffery's Bay was so much fun too! You'll regret it if you don't do it!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- If you go in the Winter/Spring months - take WARM clothes! It can get so cold - especially in the early mornings/early evenings! - Do the Bungee Jump! - Make sure you research what you want to do and let the tour guide know!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

So much we wanted to do - but not enough time to do it!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2012-09-24

Laura Morris - September 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Awesome, made some great friends, amazingly unforgettable experience, crazy, fun!

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
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(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The first week on the reserve was amazing - we did so much and were lucky enough to see all the animals. The second week felt like a completely separate holiday - highlights have to be the bungee jump, cage diving with great whites and horse riding along the beach!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take warmer clothing - its quite cold in South Africa. For the first week, make sure you take gloves!!! Get involved in all the activities and take plenty of money.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

there was so much we wouldn't have had time to do it!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2012-09-20

Jenna Jones - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Amazing, best two weeks of my life!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Going to a african school, seeing the big five, going to the elephant sanctuary and meeting the most amazing people!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Take lots of memory cards for your camera 2. Do everything involved, you'll regret not doing it! 3. Mossie repellent!!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2012-02-24

Amanda Hodges - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

New friends, great staff, definitely worthwhile!!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Volunteering in the Private Game Reserve - the staff were so friendly and I didnt want to leave!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring DVD's for the evenings whilst at the reserve! Otherwise evening entertainment is fairly limited

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2012-02-24

Edward Slark - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

crazy fun, awkward turtle, new friends, nights out, lots to do

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Shark Diving, Meeting all the people, Volunteering, Visiting the School, Playing with lion, cheetah and tiger cubs

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take what you need, be prepared for changeable weather and have an awesome time

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2012-02-24

Jessica Shields - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with lions and tigers on the reserve. Bungee jumping along the Garden Route. Meeting loads of lovely people. The friendly people of South Africa!!

South Africa Experience2011-10-11

Helen Pinkstone - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

working on the game reserve and pretty much all the activities on the Garden route. Also, I've made some real good friends from that trip.

South Africa Experience2011-10-11

Kyle Murray - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting new people and making new friends, experiencing South Africa for the first time.. the Country really does live up to expectations and I dont think ive ever been to a more welcoming country

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- dont be shy, be the first to say hello - soak up every part of your experience - do the Bungee Jump

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2011-10-11

Anna Fina - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
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Amazing - diverse & beautiful country; Made new friends; Trip needs improvement !!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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(5/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(6/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

* Game Reserve volunteering week, * Surf lesson at Jeffreys Bay, * Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves, * Cape Town...

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

* Make sure to pack a first aid / mini medical kit; * Remain flexible, as the content of the tour may change at the last moment due ot unforseen circumstances; * Be polite to local staff (it's nice to be able to speak a few words in the local language) & to fellow travellers.

South Africa Experience2011-07-04

Chloe Best - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing experience, so fun, made new friends, totally worth it!!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The hands on animal bit was particularly good (ie playing with the tiger cubs), but the whole volunteering (Big 5 and Community) in general was a really great experience. The South Africa Experience was also really fun, and I would recommend it to anyone!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take more warmer clothes like jumpers than you think you'll need if you're going in the Autumn/Winter months. Take more batteries than you think you'll need! Make sure you know exactly what the volunteering is and entails that you have booked.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

South Africa Experience2011-07-04

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