Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is a gap year destination electric with possibility. It’s a vast, modern multicultural nation, in many ways as sophisticated and modern as any Western capital, but elsewhere as traditional as time itself. Then there’s the land itself: lush subtropics give way to deserts, savannah to scrubland, bushveldt to stunning coastlines. There’s extraordinary wildlife, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park. And there is, of course, the people and their history, the achievements of the post-apartheid regime, the struggles before that, and the ancient way of life beyond. If your interest lies in modern politics, South Africa should definitely be on your student travel shortlist.
For those looking for adventure travel, South Africa is waiting. In Kruger National Park, the magical Big Five of rhino, leopard, buffalo, elephant and lion are yours for the watching. On the coast at Hermanus, you can dive with great white sharks (cages provided). Then there’s the local sport of kloofing – abseiling into canyons – and if you want to head off the beaten track, there are the wide open spaces of the Karoo.
The sheer variety of South Africa makes it perfect for student travel, especially the hip urban centre of Cape Town, a modern and cosmopolitan world city that’s starting to spread its influence internationally, and that’s an exciting place to be. And there’s a wealth of history, from ancient tribal settlement to the recent troubles of apartheid, to explore, and for those after gentler pursuits, the winelands to tour.
In South Africa, there’s hands-on volunteer work for those who want to give something back. You can work with the amazing African wildlife on conservation projects, or support valuable and rewarding work with disadvantaged children. It’s a great way to turn a memorable trip into an unforgettable experience.
Gain first-hand experience helping out at a valuable project and help protect South Africa's diverse marine life.
This is a real Southern Africa adventure! Safari! Swim! Five days and a million memories in one of the continent’s wildest wildlife spots – South Africa’s Kruger National Park – a week with wild whale sharks, diving and exploring the coral reefs in the warm blue waters of the ocean. Soak up the culture and learn what life’s like in a Swazi village.
With the world's shark population becoming increasingly under threat and as a volunteer on this project you will play a pivotal role in observing and protecting these majestic creatures.
You will be Volunteering in South Africa, spending time enriching the lives of patients in a hospital dedicated to sick and injured young children. Although the children in the hospital have experienced some terrible situations, by working within a team, your role is to bring fun, excitement and enjoyment to the wards.
This project presents a great opportunity to experience the real South Africa in a small community near Cape Town, as well as making a massive difference to local children’s lives. You can play a significant role in improving the education of impoverished youngsters by helping them learn to read and write.
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Travel south through Namibia and South Africa on this fantastic overland tour! Discover wonderful wildlife, spectacular landscapes and bustling African cities.