Africa Gap Year

Gap Year Africa Trips

Most people go to Africa for wildlife conservation projects, although this superb consonant offers a lot for the gap year traveller. If you really don't know what you want to do, and you want to have a bit of an insight into what different activities that are available to you in Africa than a great place to start is with our blog.

We have different trip styles in Africa some are just a couple of days (like learning to kite surfing Cape Town, or are really exciting Cape Town adrenaline overload. Some of our other gap year Africa programmes are much longer like our Africa over landing tours. These trips are ideal if you want to cover lots of different countries see some of the best parts of Africa visit all the wildlife destinations and have a truly epic adventure to make the most of your time out.

In fact we believe all gap years in Africa should have some element of exploration, when else will you have the time to properly explore this huge and diverse continent.

Getting close to animals

Diving is a very popular option for people wanting to travel to Africa on their gap year, with superb diving in South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique. We have a really cool whale shark conservation project, based in Tofo, as well as lots of diving courses in lots of different African countries. Doing your Divemaster course in Mozambique is one of the best places in the world, due to the high population whale sharks and humpback whales.

If you want to take an Africa gap year and get really close to animals, then check out the Namibia wildlife conservation experience, where you get to work with all kinds of animals including lions, cheetahs and big cats in the Namibian bush.

Finally if you want some advice on what the best African gap year project could be for you, you can arrange a no obligation Skype consultation with one of our Africa gap year experts.

Big 5 Wildlife Reserve & Community Volunteering South Africa - From USD 1159

Stay in volunteer on big five game reserve in the heart of South Africa near Port Elizabeth. Learn all about the wildlife as you volunteer, helping out with lots of different activities. Care for big cats like lions and leopards. Look after elephants and unusually we even have tigers at the sanctuary. This is hands on conservation work, living in the heart of the reserve in five-star accommodation. No days the same, as you make friends and have an incredible Africa gap year.

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Surf Instructor Course Morocco - From USD 6099

The Surf Instructor Course in Morocco is an exciting way to learn something new, experience a fantastic culture, feel part of a community, and make a difference. Throughout the 12 week course in Taghazout, you will become a fully qualified surf instructor, learn Arabic, teach English in local school, spend some time in a local Berber family and live a stones throw away from the beach in one of the most sociable settings possible! Roof top parties, camp fires, heaps of friends from all over the world. You name it, we got it.

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Xtreme South Africa Experience - From USD 2799

The Xtreme South Africa experience, taking the best parts of a South African gap year experience and boiling it down into 5 weeks of non-stop group travel, action and adventure. All different weeks at different locations, focusing on different incredible activities. Adrenaline adventures in Cape Town, hands-on conservation and community projects covering the first two weeks. Then an unforgettable adrenaline tour up the coast featuring safaris, bungees and epic scenery before finally finishing on a two-week big 5 conservation project. Fly into Cape Town and out of Port Elizabeth.

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Xtreme Wildlife Experience - From USD 1429

Live amongst the African big five on the exclusive private game reserve with Xtreme gap. It’s like a five-star luxury lodge safari experience at a fraction of the price. Joining the Xtreme conservation team, you will go on daily game drives, monitoring and playing an active role in conservation of wild animals in South Africa. The location really sets this project apart, as well as the wide diversity of animals. A truly epic stunning game reserves, with magnificent views to the sea will make this an incredible African wildlife experience.

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Adventure - From USD 1659

20 days of stunning scenery, to many highlights to even start mentioning and exploring South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. the best overland trucks and local guides with tons of knowledge making the trip even more special. From Cape Town to tribes to Victoria Falls! Join in on this adventure.

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South Africa Adventure - From USD 1199

A once-in-a-lifetime experience, giving you the opportunity to walk alongside of some of Africa's most majestic creatures. With a one or two-week wildlife conservation programme set in in a big five game reserve. Then hit the road and explore some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, mixed with adrenaline on a one-week garden route, finishing in Cape Town. Awesome group travel with like-minded adventurers it's time to hit South Africa!

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Tanzania, Serengeti and Zanzibar Overland Experience - From USD 1399

A great Africa overland truck option if you are short on time. 10 days 9 nights discover a whole new world on the historical spice island of Zanzibar where you will explore the ancient city of Stone Town and then head North to relax on tropical white sand beaches and snorkel in aqua blue waters of the Indian Ocean. After soaking up the sun in Zanzibar, we head to the Serengeti National Park to watch some amazing wildlife.

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Cape Town Adrenaline Overload - From USD 629

Cape Town is the most exciting and Xtreme city in Africa. Home to the worlds highest abseil - Table Mountain, the best place in the world to go shark cage diving and a mighty fine drop zone over the cape of good hope, it sure gives New Zealand Queenstown a run for its money. 5 nights 100% Adrenaline.

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Mozambique Divemaster Course & Whale shark Diving - From USD 2479

Train as a professional Divemaster in one of East Africa's most beautiful beach front settings, with the Indian Ocean providing the backdrop for an incredible couple of months living the life diving with manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks everyday! Tofo, has one of the highest populations with juvenile whale sharks in the world.

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Ultimate Africa Overland - From USD 7729

Africa Overland tour: The Big One Discover Africa 55 days. Explore the best of Africa during this amazing over truck adventure. You will visit up to 9 African countries full of nature, culture, wildlife, wilderness, adventure and excitement. It will be the experience of your life no doubt about that!

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Cape Town Community Volunteer Superhero - From USD 889

Travel and experience a new culture in one of the most rewarding ways possible by volunteering at our community projects in Cape Town. This isn't your typical gap year volunteer project. By joining this program, one of the cheapest volunteering projects you will find out there from £224 per week! You can make a valuable contribution to the Xtreme / Save foundation. We do not charge you for volunteering you are only covering your costs and a donation to the foundation.

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Beginner Kitesurfing Course Cape Town - From USD 609

Learn to kitesurf in an epic kitesurfing location: Cape Town! Where two oceans meet with Table Mountain as the backdrop, you can get your IKO certificate and ignite a brand new Xtreme sports passion. This three day course (spread out over five days to allow for wind conditions) culminates in an IKO accreditation, meaning you can kitesurf all over the world.

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South Africa Adrenaline Tour - From USD 1059

Get ready for the ultimate bucket list! There's no shortage of adrenaline on this amazing trip. Surfing, abseiling, bungeejumping, shark cage diving, skydiving, crocodiles, elephants and even ostrich riding! Set in Cape Town, by the beach it's the perfect mix for the plenty of action.

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Climb Kilimanjaro Machame Route Tanzania - From USD 3720

Climb Kilimanjaro Rongai or Marangu Route Tanzania Climb Kilimanjaro the worlds highest free standing mountain. Kilimanjaro: Rising 5895 metres above the African plains. To climb Kilimanjaro offers the would be mountain climber the chance to summit a giant, and have an unforgettable experience in the process.

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Whale Shark Marine Conservation Mozambique - From USD 2499

The Whale Shark Marine Conservation Project in Mozambique is the ultimate marine conservation project. Swimming with Whale Sharks (Mozambique is one of the best places in the world to see them) you will be involved in data collection, reef monitoring, and humpbacked whale research. Volunteers will also be involved in turtle nest data collection, as well as getting the chance to live an breathe one of Africa's best gap year diving and backpacking destinations.

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Field Guide Course South Africa 4 Weeks or 1 Year - From USD 3499

Xtreme Gap offers courses designed to supply the South Africa safari Industry with high caliber professional Field Guides. But these courses are not only available to people wishing to enter the industry as field guides, but for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the African Bush. So whether you have chosen a professional career linked to wildlife or nature or just finished school and are on a gap year, or if you have possibly taken a career break or are a regular traveller to the bush, this course is for you. Including work experience as a real guide!

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Cape Town ConneXion - From USD 425

What a cool city. If you want to get under the skin of Cape Town a little then this 5 day Intro is for you. Staying at our 4* backpackers, you can explore the city on a group, do some cool Xtreme activities, check out Table Mountain, Cape Point, see the penguins and experience the sublime Cape Town nightlife. A great option prior to starting in Africa overland truck tour.

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Horse Riding and Conservation Mozambique - From USD 2799

Horse Riding and Conservation Mozambique Imagine untouched white sandy beaches, cliff top views overlooking the ever changing turquoise sea and a genuinely unique and exciting African experience. Experience an ever present spirit of adventure on horse back as you look after a herd of Horses and enjoy some of the best beach riding in the world. So if you are looking to develop your riding skills, discover the culture of Mozambique and make a difference in Africa helping our horses, please join! This is indeed a unique experience for horse riding enthusiasts.

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Great White Shark Conservation Project - From USD 945

Great White Shark Conservation Project This programme offers the unique opportunity for volunteers to engage in the important research and conservation of great white sharks in Cape Town, South Africa. If you are adventurous and love the outdoor lifestyle then this is the perfect programme for you to have the most incredible once in a lifetime experience, as you get up close and personal with these infamous creatures!

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Safari Guide Training 28 Days South Africa - From USD 3499

If you want to get under the skin of the African jungle, and really find out what it's like to live in the South African bush surrounded by all the wild animals nature, whilst living in an unfenced camp in the Kruger National Park then this is for you. 100% pure adventure and one unforgettable month.

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Namibia Wildlife Conservation Experience - From USD 1239

Join a group like minded of volunteers on the biggest wildlife conservation project in the world. This spectacular Namibian wildlife project can use your help. Based in raw African natural setting you will take care of lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals and (baby) baboons. You will make a difference and help to save the wild animals of Africa!

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Cape Town to Mozambique Overland Adventure - From USD 3549

This amazing trip takes in the best that South Africa has to offer. From adventures in the Namibian desert, to the deltas in Botswana, the incredible Victoria Falls and not forgetting the cool Mountain Kingdom of Swaziland, before hitting the beaches in Mozambique and that heading through the Kruger National Park via the panorama Route ending in Johannesburg.

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Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Truck Experience - From USD 3648

Strap yourself in for an epic adventure! Taking in the best of Southern and Eastern Africa in 41 days. A myriad of wonders await you from South Africa to the deserts and deltas of Namibia and Botswana, meeting tribes, see natural wonders like Victoria falls and lake Malawi. Beach time on Zanzibar and the best game parks Africa has to offer. Pure Xtreme adventure!

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Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Overland Experience - From USD 3059

Starting a Cape Town this amazing 32 day tour covers some of the best sights and activities in Africa. Covering six countries and unforgettable features like the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and Lake Malawi, it will ensure that your African vacation is an epic adventure of a lifetime. The best option if you do not have the time of budget for the 56 day ultimate tour or want to end up on Zanzibar beaches (not included).

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Morocco Surf Camp - From USD 659

Discover why Morocco is fast becoming this season's hottest surf destination. A cool eclectic blend of culture and world-class waves make the Xtreme gap surf camp in Morocco the ideal bolthole to spend a week learning to surf with the best of them. Plenty to do in an out of the water you can become a surf dude Berbere style. One in two weeks surf trips whether you want to learn from scratch or you are a seasoned surfer.

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South Africa Monkey Rehab - From USD 949

Want to mess about with monkeys all day? Well either work in our office or join this exciting project! The Xtreme Monkey Rehab programme is a really fun african wildlife conservation project. Get hands on and become a surrogate monkey minder from 2 to 12 weeks. All food accommodation provided.

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Are you looking for an amazing destination for your gap year? Then you should join Xtreme Gap Year on an adventure to Africa. It is a beautiful part of the world and has gappers a lot to offer! It will be the experience of your lifetime!

Wildlife conservation, adrenaline tours, surfing, overland tours and so much more

Our most popular gap year programs are the Africa Overland Tours. With these trips you can discover up to 9 African countries all the way from South Africa to Kenya. Also popular are the wildlife convervation programs with horses, or white sharks. Check out our amazing Africa gap year experiences below.

More information about Africa gap year experiences

Our Africa gap year programs are pretty varied, whilst you have a lot of options for Africa gap travel, we strongly believe you should choose any gap year projects carefully.

Xtreme gap year does not have any volunteering projects with children in Africa, although these are very popular options for people taking gap years in Africa, quite often they do not represent ethical travel. We strongly believe, that if you choose to volunteer in Africa you should not have to pay for this, and you should find an organisation that offers low cost or free Africa gap year projects.

The Xtreme gap style of travel, focuses on really fun and adventurous trips, somewhat unique out of Africa gap year companies, as we believe doing fun sports, activities and adventures can make all the difference to you really enjoying your gap year in Africa.


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