Africa Explorer with Gapforce

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This exciting new program crosses 4 southern African stunning countries, participating as a wildlife and community volunteer along the way. You will volunteer at our unique community volunteering project that helps disadvantaged children after exploring Cape Town and the stunning coastal Garden Route – whale watching, skydiving, and surfing are just some of the adventures on offer.

Next on your epic journey, you will be volunteering with the Big 5 on a wildlife conservation gap year project before heading along South Africa’s Wild Coast and diving into an eye-opening visit to Lesotho.

The third stage of your journey awaits in a hidden gem - Mozambique! You will spend a few days snorkeling and swimming with dolphins in Ponta do Ouro, aka paradise.

For the final leg of your adventure, you will cross back into South Africa, visiting the fascinating country of Swaziland and a visit to the infamous Kruger National Park.

Highlights
  • Community Volunteering Project in Oudtshoorn
  • Wildlife Volunteering on our Big 5 Game Reserve
  • The Stunning Garden Route
  • Mozambique and Swaziland
  • Kruger National Park

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Reviews

93%
based on 14 reviews
  • Housing 8.9
  • Support 8.3
  • Fun 9
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.1
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Anna Marie
8/10

Great experience

I always wanted to go to south Africa and the trip was better then i expected.
The country, the culture are beautifu! I never thought of going to Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique but they where totally worth the visit
And that we had the chance to go to two volunteerprogramms was wonderful.
All the hostels we went to where great and the people we met.
I will never forget my time in Africa.
I would recommend to everyone who is thinking about going.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Juliette
10/10

8 week Adventure in South Africa

Starting in Cape Town we climbed one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Table Mountain which gave us a view of the whole city, we went on a light hearted but informative wine tasting in Stellenbosch where we got to know wine and eachother. We visited the top of lions head mountain for sunset and along the way briefly met one of the most renowned stunt men in the world. Upon leaving Cape Town we followed the scenic garden route which led to many fun nights out and adrenaline filled days with activities such as bungy jumping, great white shark cage diving, skydiving, snorkeling with seals and sharks, as well as doing cultural visits to townships. The volunteer projects at both the St.Luigis Children Center and the Kwantu Game reserve were rewarding, eye opening, fun, and informative. Sean and Richard were our leaders and both were well organized, cared for our well being, and made us feel comfortable while having a sense of adventure and a relaxed attitude for the nights we wanted to go out. I really appreciated them as leaders and I hope that they get to lead many future trips like this one. I would recommend this trip to anyone with a lust for travel and adventure with good people.

How can this program be improved?
Possibly better response before the trip. Unfortunately the office is low staffed and so if you are trying to ask questions close to the date of departure it can be a hassle to get an answer. Otherwise I love Gap Force and this trip!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Shirin
10/10

Southafrica

The trip through South Africa was one of my best expriences in my life. I met so many different peolpe with many interesting stories. We've been to many places and did lots of activities like Skydiving, Shark Cage Diving, horse riding or bungy jumping.
Our leader was very fiendly and always there if we needed help.
We also had a good atmophere in our group and became friends very fast.
I would definately do it again!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Dante
9/10

Great Trip

I had a great time on this trip. The itinerary is great giving us a very full experience of South Africa which is a very beautiful country. The two leaders I had, Sean and Rich, were great, they were always up for a good time with us while being helpful and organised, making the trip a lot better.
Most days were filled with fun activities and I now have a lot of memories to look back on. However, we were never obligated to do every activity and we had days to relax also, making it a very balanced trip.
Would definitely recommend!

How can this program be improved?
More activities included in the budget
Yes, I recommend this program
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Samuel
10/10

Good time? Gap Force

Probably one of the best experiences of my life, did the garden route from Cape Town.
Every part of the way was meticulously planned out, allowing maximum fun and no stress.
Not once did I feel unsafe, the leaders we had, Rich and Sean were both amazing and kind.
I would highly recommend this to anyone else thinking of travelling South Africa.
SafeTravels!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Xavier
9/10

Great fun with Gapforce

I had a great time in South Africa with Gapforce. Both of my leaders, Sean and Rich, were well prepared, responsible, and overall very fun to be around while maintaining a professional attitude in regards to their responsibilities. Their efforts, along with the fun and exciting nature of the trip itself, resulted in an experience that went above and beyond my expectations. I would recommend Gapforce, specifically this South Africa trip, to any prospective traveler and would hope that they get group leaders like the ones I was fortunate to be with.

A great trip of great value organized fantastically. 9/10

Yes, I recommend this program
Nathan
9/10

South Africa Adventure

The trip was amazing and one that I will never forget.

Throughout the trip you get to see so many amazing sites such as Table Mountain and semonkong in Lesotho, as well as learning about the history and culture of these amazing country's. Throughout the trip everyone we met so so kind and welcoming it really made the trip something special.

For me the highlights of the trip was volunteering at St Luigi's in Outshoorn and at Shamwari game reserve.

How can this program be improved?
Spending more time in Outshoorn as well as Lesotho would be incredible.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kylie
10/10

Kylie Cunninghams South Africa review

My group of four decided to hike up Table Mountain one day. It's an amazing mountain with a flat top and an even more amazing view once you're at the top. I love new adventures but I'm really not one for long hikes. Half way up I decided I was done because I felt so tired and two of the guys had gone ahead and we're almost at the top but the support and friendship of our group leader was unbelievable. Barney hikes all the time and could have done this trek in half an hour but he happily stayed back with me and walked slowly up. I have nothing but good things to say about GapForce and I can't wait for my next adventure with you guys. .

Yes, I recommend this program
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Allison
10/10

Life Changing Experience

One part of the trip that really made an impact on me was spending time in Outshoorn working at St. Luigi's center with the kids from the township. It was a life changing experience spending time with those kids. Even though some of them didn't understand english it didn't make much of a difference, all they wanted from us was attention and a little bit of love. It's hard to comprehend what they go through and the point of us being there is to give them a little bit of a break from whatever their situation may be, and to allow them to have some fun with us. I had so much fun chasing the kids around, getting my hair braided, listening to them sing, and just being in the company of some really amazing kids was definitely a highlight for me on my trip.

How can this program be improved?
More time is definitely needed in Outshoorn at the St. Luigi center. With that said I believe the whole trip should be extended by a few weeks to allow everything to be included because it was all amazing, I just wish I had more time at some of our stops.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Katherine
10/10

Loved it from A to Z

This trip was a very well balanced combination of volunteering, camping and exploring South Africa. It was absolutely amazing, we saw tropical forests, savannahs and beautiful deserts, we got to interact with lion cubs and meet amazing people along the way.
Our leader Leo was everything and more than we could have asked for. He gave us support, made us feel safe and pushed us out of our comfort zone when we needed it.

How can this program be improved?
We had very little pre-departure information, which made this trip extremely difficult to budget for. We did not even get an itinerary before the trip.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Catherine
9/10

Trip of a Lifetime

This trip was something I will never forget; each aspect offered something different, from volunteer work, leisure and camping.

My personal highlights included camping under the stars at Spitzkoppe and bush camping in Chobe National Park as well as many of the activities during our time in Kwantu Game Reserve.

Our leader, Leo, was what every leader should be; relaxed, authoritative yet understanding. I always felt safe, but never forced to do activities I didn't want to or like I was a child on a school trip.

As amazing as the trip was there were a few difficulties, not with the trip itself however. Gapforce did not inform us that we would be travelling with another company, ATC, before our departure. This meant that we did not have their itinerary so could not budget effectively, this meant the trip came out far more expensive. This however did not change how amazing the trip was for me personally.

How can this program be improved?
I would love to have had far more pre-departure information and support.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Daniel
8/10

Africa

This program allowed us as gapforce students to experience all aspects of Southern Africa. We touched on nature, history, and culture. It was the right amount of time in each place for a brief understanding of the region.

How can this program be improved?
Not enough information was given on optional excursions as well as ATC.
Yes, I recommend this program
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alice
10/10

excellent trip

Volunteering at kwantu for the first month was a worthwhile experience. There are a lot of young people from all over the world who i got to socialise with. The work was never tedious since the game rangers gave us different tasks to do during the day, like cutting down trees or attempting a game capture. I enjoyed visiting Port Elizabeth during the weekends, and especially the bungee jump which was a memorable day out.

When travelling on the garden route I particularly loved oudtshoorn and the amount it offers. The 56k cycle ride was a particular highlight.
Travelling up to vic falls was very full on with early mornings and long drives but the scenery and activities each place had to offer en route was worth all the travelling.

Our group leader was very helpful, friendly and accommodating and it was reassuring to travel with someone who is always willing to help us out whenever needed.

How can this program be improved?
i felt there was a lack of communication regarding trip information prior to the departure. Therefore I found it difficult to budget my trip effectively as a result that could have easily been avoided.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Alice
8/10

Africa

Highlights included: thé garden route, especially oudshtoorn. The accomodation was mostly always nice and Léo our leader was always friendly, informative and réassuring.
However, communication bêtween staff In office and leader could hâve been better and We Were not properly informed on a lot of thé trip détails. This made budgeting à lot harder.

Yes, I recommend this program

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