By GapForce   Reviews (8)   93% Rating

South Africa Adventure and Wildlife Volunteer with Gapforce

By GapForce   Reviews (8)   93% Rating

Combine wildlife and community volunteering with culture and adventure in the Rainbow nation, South Africa! Your adventure starts with an action-packed week introducing you to the customs and culture of South Africa. Next you volunteer with the Big 5 on a Wildlife conservation project before heading along South Africa’s infamous Garden Route to Cape Town! End your journey volunteering at our unique community volunteering project helping disadvantaged children.

Locations
Africa › South Africa › Port Elizabeth
Program Tags
Adventure Travel
Length
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
Accommodation
Guesthouse
Hostel
Primary Language
English
Cost
UK Briefing Day, airport transfers, Program co-ordinator, local project staff, tour Leader, ac-commodation, meals, FGSA course, project equipment and training, project transfers, 24/7 Emergency back-up, social activities, T-shirt
Starting Price
5000.00

Rating Values

  • Housing
    88%
  • Support
    79%
  • Fun
    88%
  • Value
    94%
  • Safety
    90%

Program Reviews (8)

Nathan
Male
19 years old
Durban, South Africa

South Africa Adventure

Overall 9

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.
Kylie
Female
19 years old
Kenilworth

Kylie Cunninghams South Africa review

Overall 10

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. .

Allison
Female
20 years old
Boulder, Colorado
Other

Life Changing Experience

Overall 10

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.
Life Changing Experience
Katherine
Female
23 years old
Montreal, Canada
McGill University

Loved it from A to Z

Overall 10

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.
Catherine
Female
23 years old
Surrey, UK

Trip of a Lifetime

Overall 9

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.
Daniel
Male
23 years old
Zambia

Africa

Overall 8

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.
alice
Female
18 years old
Bedford, United Kingdom

excellent trip

Overall 10

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.
Alice
Female
23 years old
London

Africa

Overall 8

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.

About The Provider

Gapforce is a leading provider of structured Gap Year programs and summer opportunities overseas. The wide range of global adventures includes marine conservation, wildlife protection, community volunteering & healthcare, extreme expeditions, leadership training, working holidays, internships, sport coaching, ski instructor and leadership training.

For over twenty years, Gapforce has been running safe, unique and rewarding programs to some of the world’s most exciting and exotic locations. Our overseas staff are some of the most experienced in the industry and look after you every step of the way. You have a choice of group start dates throughout the year – your adventure starts here!

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South Africa Adventure and Wildlife Volunteer with Gapforce