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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'. 

Gap Year in South Africa

Is South Africa there at the top of your bucket list? How about heading that way for a gap year and exploring the Rainbow Nation! Years down the lane, you'll surely be thanking yourself for taking this bold decision and you'll have incredible stories to share with your grandchildren! From blood pumping outdoor adventures, exciting big game sightings to abseiling off the iconic Table Mountain and swimming with the sharks - we would provide with the best of experiences that can turn your gap year into an epic adventure!

Volunteering in South Africa

Beyond the dramatic landscapes, the cultural diversity and the superb game reserves, South Africa is still shadowed by its social vices like illiteracy, HIV, Child Development etc. This is where your drive to make a change and leave an impact will come in handy. Apart from its social issues, this ‘Safari Superpower’ is also calling out to tree-huggers, wildlife lovers, and conservationists to help preserve the distinctive ecosystem of the nation. Our exciting programs are located in Cape Town and Zululand, and a volunteering journey in South Africa is surely going to be a life-changing affair for you!

Adventure Tours in South Africa

South Africa has thrilling safaris but beyond that, its cities are also thronged with numerous adventurous activities. All you have to do is get out there and feel your adrenaline rush because we’ve brought the best of South African adventures with GDA. Be it a legendary road trip down the Garden Route or a safari with some night vision goggles on! How about a surfing lesson in Cape Town? So if you’ve got a bucket list of adventures, bring it on cause Cape Town and Kruger is ready to get ticked off - one by one!

General Questions

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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!

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?

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.


GDA has a fantastic range of voluntours, adventure tours, internships, work abroad opportunities and responsible traveling options which will surely add a new meaning to your gap year. Pick whatever suits your interests and book your flight tickets for your dream destination. It's time to tickle your wanderlust cells! Calling out all backpackers, gap year students, solo travelers and adventure seekers - it's time that you take the leap and Go, Discover Abroad!

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