Gap Year in South Africa

For all those who are looking for a fun-filled and adventurous journey - South Africa is calling you! Whether you wish to be a part of a conservation project and get up close and personal with the African wildlife, or you want to go for diving with the sharks - anything is possible here! Go Discover Abroad has a wide range of voluntour options as well as adventure trips for those backpackers and gap year students, who wish to set sail for South Africa and explore the Cape!

Pack your bags and head towards the tip of the African continent to experience the thrill of the safaris and get closer to the Big 5 of Africa, jump off at Bloukrans Bridge (World's highest Bungee jumping) and feel the adrenaline rush, explore the small towns and meet the locals, experience their way of life and give something back to the society before returning home. South Africa will never fail to mesmerize you with its beauty and cultural radiance and by the end of the trip, you'll know why it is known as 'The Rainbow Nation'.

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Most Recommended Trips in South Africa

 Garden Route Adventure Tour with GDA
Garden Route Adventure Tour

Thinking of experiencing an amazing road trip in South Africa? Well, Go Discover Abroad has curated the best 4 days Garden Route Adventure Tour.

Short Trips, Tours, Adventure Tours, Group Tours

South Africa

4 days

Price Starting From$460

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Garden Route & Addo Adventure Tour with GDA
Garden Route & Addo Adventure Tour

In a span of just 6 days, drive from Cape Town to Addo Elephant national park, covering some amazing spots on the way.

Short Trips, 1 Week Trips, Tours, Adventure Tours, Group Tours

South Africa

6 days

Price Starting From$577

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2 Weeks Special Voluntour in South Africa cape town
2 Weeks Special Voluntour in South Africa

Are you thrilled to set out for an adventurous journey to one of the most beautiful destinations in the world?

Short Trips, 2 Weeks Trips, Voluntours, Volunteer Abroad, Childcare, Community Development, Tours, Responsible Tours, Adventure Tours, Group Tours

South Africa

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Orphan day care and HIV/ AIDS education project, Zululand SA
Orphan Day Care & HIV/ AIDS Education Project, Zululand, South Africa

Put on your exploration hats and pack in those SPF 40 sunscreens & binoculars, we are about to descend into travel mania in the land of ‘S

Volunteer Abroad, Childcare

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2-12 weeks

Price Starting From$1524

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teaching volunteering south africa cape town
Teaching & Backpacking Adventure, Cape Town

Let the travel madness descend on you this year and go all out with us in the uber cool coastal city of South Africa.

Volunteer Abroad, Responsible Tours

South Africa

2-12 weeks

Price Starting From$1524

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rural healthcare and HIV/AIDS awareness project, zululand SA
Rural Healthcare & HIV/AIDS Awareness Project, Zululand

Soak in the sun and let your hair loose, cause we’re off to the tropical paradise of Zululand!

Volunteer Abroad, Childcare, Medical Volunteering

South Africa

2-12 weeks

Price Starting From$1524

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Sports Development Project - South Africa cape town
Sports Development Project - South Africa

Are you a sports freak and dream of becoming a coach someday?!

Volunteer Abroad, Sports Development

South Africa

2-12 weeks

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Teaching & Youth Development, Cape Town
Teaching & Youth Development Project, Cape Town, South Africa

Feast your eyes on the legendary scenic wonders and lose yourself in the wildlife extravagance of South Africa.

Short Trips, 2 Weeks Trips, Volunteer Abroad, Community Development, Family Volunteering, Group Tours, Skills and Activities, Teaching English

South Africa

2-12 weeks

Price Starting From$1524

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Girl impact
Girl Impact Project- Cape Town, South Africa

They say ‘’It’s always the best time to Visit South Africa’’. We don’t know who ‘They’ are but we Believe them!

Volunteer Abroad, Community Development, Women Empowerment

South Africa

2-12 weeks

Price Starting From$1524

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Kruger volunteer adventure tour with GDA
Kruger & Volunteering Adventure Tour

Be a part of a meaningful project and witness some of Africa’s most incredible wildlife.

Volunteer Abroad, Wildlife and Conservation, Tours, Responsible Tours, Multi Country, Adventure Tours, Group Tours

South Africa, Swaziland

2-12 weeks

Price Starting From$1527

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Big 5 Wildlife Research & Youth Empowerment South Africa
Big 5 Wildlife Research & Youth Empowerment South Africa

Excited to see the African Big 5? What if we told you could work with them as volunteers in South Africa!

Volunteer Abroad, Community Development, Wildlife and Conservation

South Africa

2-12 weeks

Price Starting From$2077

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General Questions

Can I know a little more about the Visa requirements?

As per South African Visa requirements, all travelers and volunteers (exempting citizens of these countries) will need a valid visa to gain entry into South Africa. A South African visitors’ visa grants a period of 90 days or less to international travelers who wish to visit the country for tourism or business purposes.

If you want to know more about how to get your Visa application for South Africa going, then you can refer to this link for further assistance. 

Can I join the program as a solo traveler or do I have to be in a group?

Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, our programs accommodate will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
 

Will I get to know others in my group before I travel?

If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to South Africa, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
 

Can I get some help with buying a Medical and Travel Insurance?

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
 

What are the Vaccinations I need to take for traveling in South Africa?

We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. We mostly recommend you take immunizations against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A&B, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. 
 

How much extra money will I need to carry?

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in South Africa. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 70-80 USD per week is more than sufficient. The amount might run higher if you choose to go on Safari trips. The cost of the safari trips varies between 300-600 USD depending on the safari option you choose.  If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in SA, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. 

What should I pack for my travels to South Africa?

South African weather is characterized by moderate temperatures and a short staying transitional seasons of Autumn and Spring. For summer months (November-March), it is good to cool, breezy and lightweight clothes as temperatures easily reach 30-40 degree celsius. But at the same time, the evenings tend to be on the colder side, so lightweight jackets are also advised to carry. 
During the winters, temperatures often dip to single digits, thus making long sleeved t-shirts, woolens, jackets and scarves essentials for packing. Don’t go overboard in packing for your trip and just pack the necessities, because traveling light will prove to be a blessing in the long run. 
 

When and who will be picking me up from the Airport?

It is essential that you fly in on the scheduled project start dates and end dates to get the complimentary airport transfers, so book your flights accordingly. Many projects have different airports slated as pick-up points information about which will be included in your pre-departure kit. Your project coordinator will be picking you up, just keep your eyes peeled for a GoDiscoverAbroad Sign Card and a friendly face with a big smile on it!

Will there be a language barrier?

South Africa’s diversity is reflected in the many languages spoken in the country as well, and English is one of the primary official languages of the country. English is the fourth most common first language in the country and it is understood in the Urban areas and the most common language in government and media too. Your coordinator will be fluent in English and you will also be inducted into the common local language (a few essential words and phrases really!) in your orientation sessions. So, what language barrier, really?
 

How safe is South Africa?

South Africa is a travelers hotspot and the country hosts millions of tourists every year. As with traveling anywhere you just need to use common sense. We believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be a little cautious. Our Country coordinators are also there for 24/7 assistance, so you need not worry about safety.
 

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