• South Africa
4 - 52 weeks

Program Details

Animal Viewing Boating Bungee Jumping Camping Canoeing Canyoning City Exploring Cliff Jumping Cycling Dancing Hiking Horseback Riding Kayaking Mountain Biking Mountain Climbing Rafting Remote Exploring Rock Climbing Safari Sailing Scuba Diving Sightseeing Sky Diving Snorkeling Swimming Trekking Wine Tasting Yoga
Fall Spring Summer Winter Year Round
Cabin Hostel Rondavel Tent
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Cost includes:
Professional coaching services
Training materials
Registrations and equipment as per activities

Laundry services
Personal pocket money
Personal gear such as bicycle, camping gear, hiking gear and tents (Can be rented from Rene)
Activities outside of prospectus
Medical emergencies
Transport to and from Warriors Academy at the start and finish of each Quest (Transport can be arranged on request)
Emergency transportation to doctors or other related services
Medical and Travel Insurance (US students it is pre-requisite to get travel and medical insurance from iNext, to be added to your account)
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Some Activities Some Equipment Meals Park Fees Some Park Fees Tour Guide Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
May 04, 2023
Nov 30, 2023
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About Program

Are you looking for an adventure Gap Year in South Africa? Then look no further than the Warriors Academy. Our internationally accredited gap year program is the perfect combination of travel, fun, adventure and self-development.
You can expect to have new and exhilarating experiences while meeting people from around the world. During this year, you will be mentally and physically pushed out of your comfort zones. You will be supported, guided and tick off an array of bucket list items while learning more about yourself and your potential.
Our Gap Year program is structured to include four 7-week Quests. Each Quest has its own set of adventure activities, soft skill workshops and personal mentoring sessions.
You are able to do any number of quests or all four as part of our full Gap Year program!

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Program Highlights

  • Warriors Academy is accredited by the International Gap Year Association
  • Warriors Academy provides a comprehensive variety of training, activities, experiences and travel
  • Our program is highly structured with a focus on personal growth and development
  • We have highly qualified, trained and experienced facilitators
  • Warriors Academy is international and multicultural

Program Reviews

4.89 Rating
based on 268 reviews
  • 5 rating 88.81%
  • 4 rating 11.19%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • 1 rating 0%
  • Housing 4.65
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.95
  • Value 4.9
  • Safety 4.85
  • Program Selection 4.7
  • Pre-departure Help 5
  • In-program Support 5
  • Impact on Student 5
  • Value 5
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Going a year beyond

I completed my gap year at Warriors Academy in 2022. It was the best year of my live and unexpectedly was the most live changing, in that I developed greatly as a person doing something I learnt I really enjoyed. This personal growth and the opportunities provided ultimately lead to me deciding to join the 2nd year program offered by Warriors Academy, The Multi-Activity Adventure Instructor (MAI) Program. Don't confuse this as a second gap year, it is quite the opposite. The MAI program is more like a traineeship where you get trained as an outdoor instructor. The primary fields you get trained to guide in is Hiking, Mountain biking, Abseiling, White water rafting and Rock climbing. The training also includes various life skills such as team leadership, first aid, incident management and getting ready at 2am. This 2nd year at Warriors Academy doing the MAI program really took my gap year and turned it into career path. I would highly recommend it for those interested in working in the adventure industry or even just those looking for a life changing experience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
This program challenges your self-limiting beliefs. So come in with an open mind and a willingness to change and follow the program.
  • Heaps of fun
  • Pushes you to better yourself
  • Make close fiends
  • It is always intense
  • Not many moments to rest
3 people found this review helpful.
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I did the MAI course after i have finished the gap year program. The MAI course has taught me even more life skills and added even more qualifications to my arsenal, it was a tough year but probably one of my most memorable as well. Now i am using the skills i acquired through MAI and I’m currently a adventure guide. MAI was by far one of the best decisions in my life. You get to work with the warriors and help them grow into they’re best versions, you get to focus on yourself mentally and physically and grow even more.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Give it your all 24/7/365
  • Self development
  • Physically stronger
  • Guide Qualifications
  • Can’t think of any
3 people found this review helpful.
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Warriors Academy

It was very fun but not for the faint of heart you are to be uncomfortable and have to be strong. There are times when you will have to workout every morning run long distances and hike very far. But with that comes euphoria and the feeling that you accomplished something. There was also a lot of things we did like cliff jumping which I am definitely going to do again. Rafting was also super fun and we did lots of awesome hikes. In conclusion it was super fun and helped me find myself. If you like exploring and the outdoors warriors is for you.

  • Bungee Jumping
  • Skydiving
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Not much free time
  • Exhausting at times
29 people found this review helpful.
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Warriors academy review

Warriors has was such a life changing experience it helped me to face my fears and not let them control me. As soon as you do that you unlock so much potential that you didn’t know you had. It's been the greatest two months of my life. It has been the greatest adventure.The activates really push you to your limits but hard things are worth fighting for and they are the things that make you feel the proudest of yourself which was something I had been struggling to feel about myself for a while before Warriors. It is also such a supportive environment and it has taught me not to let my fears control me and run away from them.

  • You grow so much coming here
  • You can do so many in a lifetime experiences
  • You meet people from all over the world
  • Some of the activities may make you feel uncomfortable
  • It’s expensive
26 people found this review helpful.
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What an experience

Warriors Academy had changed me in more ways than I can think of. I matured like I have never before. It had thaught me to not always stress about the little things; to look at the bigger picture. Besides that I gained a lot more respect for other people. I learned to trust in myself and to stand up for myself. We travelled all of South Africa, we hiked, we rafted and we even skydived. I would recommend anyone to please, should you have the time and money, give the gap year program SA a go. It’ll do you so much good.

Menno van Mechelen

  • I improved my English speaking skills tremendously
  • You get to know yourself better
  • You improve your self-confidence and leadership skills
  • The first 1 to 2 weeks can feel uncomfortable
  • It’s possible you can get hurt during the program
  • It’s a lot of travelling.
28 people found this review helpful.
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Warriors Academy

My experience here at warriors was fantastic. Everyday was an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and explore yourself and new adventures. The program teaches you so many lessons as well such as respect, responsibility, compassion and hard work. For those who love being outdoors this is the place for you and if you don’t then I would highly suggest you give it a try because the facility is there to support you in anyway they can. However you might be thinking this sounds like maybe too much physical activity but rest assured there are plenty of down time and time to yourself. I love it here and would 100 percent recommend it to others

  • The adventure you get
  • The culture you experience
  • Opportunity to push yourself
  • Cape Town trip
  • Bus ride
24 people found this review helpful.
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Warriors was an incredible experience for me. I came to realize that every single day has the potential to be filled with adventure, growth and purpose. A few days here felt like weeks have passed. Simply because we made something out of every day. We were constantly busy and up for new adventures. As a group we grow with every experience. We support, encourage and love each other like a big family.

Integrity, teamwork, responsibility, positive attitude as well as respect are core values which we learn to implement in our lives. I was inspired in so many different ways and recommend this program to anyone who is willing to stretch their comfort zone into new dimensions.

26 people found this review helpful.
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Tom’s review

This quest were the best 7 weeks of my life, and I never going to forget this amazing experience!! We did al the cool stuff you can do in life, like bungjee jumping, skydiven, kloofing and rafing! And al the people you met are absolutere incredible. Basecamp is the best Place ever. Already after 1 week its going to feel like home. Al the MAI’s and facilitators are incredible and sooo funny. They help you with everything and theyre always there when you need them

  • Al the young people
  • The places where we stayed
  • All the adventures!!!
  • 3 weeks no Phone…
  • Maybe not enough free time
  • Cant think About something else
21 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Yes, it is. Application for all the various programs is open for 2022

average age between 17 and 23. We've had the exceptions

No need to be super fit. We start of with basic exercise and build each participants fitness