• South Africa
4 - 52 weeks

Program Details

Camping Hiking Remote Exploring
Fall Spring Summer Winter Year Round
Cabin Hostel Rondavel Tent
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
$5,000 USD
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
Nov 06, 2020
Jul 14, 2021

About Program

Warriors Academy is an internationally accredited Gap Year program that has been running in South Africa for the past 17 years.
The Warriors Gap Year program is made up of four seasonal Quests. Each Quest is structured and has unique features and activities. These are focused on equipping young adults with emotional intelligence skills, time, stress and conflict management, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving while exploring and experiencing the best that South Africa has to offer.
Our Gap Year involves adventure activities, personal coaching and self-mastery workshops aimed at building emotional fitness and strengthening both the body and mind. Some of these activities include hiking, kloofing, water rafting, bungee jumping, cycle safari’s, animal encounters and so much more.
We also run our MAI (Multi-activity Instructor) program for those looking for a career in the adventure industry.

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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
  • Once you become a Warrior, you become part of a family

Program Reviews

9.69 Rating
based on 182 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 92.86%
  • 7-8 rating 7.14%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 0%
  • Housing 9.2
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.8
  • Value 9.6
  • Safety 9.6
  • Program Selection 9
  • Pre-departure Help 10
  • In-program Support 10
  • Impact on Student 10
  • Value 10
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Yes, I recommend this program

Gap Year Experience

Warriors’ gets you out of your comfort zone, and into an environment of growth and stability. It was a great experience, and one worth giving a chance.

Warriors gave me a chance to break from the doldrums I found myself in before arriving. The few weeks I spent on the Winter Quest of 2021 provided me with clarity and direction. I made lifelong friendships. My experience here was great, and I know I’ll look back on these few weeks fondly. I would highly recommend it to any potential gap year students!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come prepared to be worked hard, and to experience life in new and exciting ways.
1 person found this review helpful.
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This is not a time to say "no comment"! Our son, whom finished school in 2020, joined the Warriors for the first time during the Autumn quest. Where can one begin to try and encapsulate what this program means for its participants? For us as parents it was a difficult decision to make, not being the predictable route we took with our other children and also bearing in mind that our son was not the outdoorsy, adventurous type who liked to be out of his comfort zone (take note: at the time!). We now believe that if all young people could have the privilege to partake in such a program, the world would be an infinitely better place! In the short time he has been there, he has had a bucket load of bucket list experiences which are combined with life skill sessions of note. We are astounded at the personal growth he has experienced! He has learnt to embrace the joy of being alive and is more confident in his abilities to go beyond what seems to be the impossible, whilst at the same time learning to take responsibility for his own wellbeing and functioning as part of a diverse group. If you want to provide your child with an experience of a life time whilst simultaneously investing in his or her future - send them to Warriors! We cannot recommend this program enough. It is worth every penny and more.

3 people found this review helpful.
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My daughter has grown mentally and physically. She is much more self assured and has developed an appreciation for nature. She has met people from different cultures which broadened her perspective in life. I will defenately reccomend this adventure for post school graduates who are unsure of what they want to do with their future and who need to grow in themselves and to get "fit" for life. Warriors is a place where you can find and express yourself. This all is done in spectacular surroundings of Magoebaskloof.

4 people found this review helpful.
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Warriors Summer Quest

My son matured, gained enormous confidence and made life long friends on the Summer Quest. He became fitter, healthier and generally more aware of the world and its inhabitants. He learned the critical importance of teamwork in almost every undertaking. He also found the quest great fun and extremely helpful in his determination of future academic and career paths.

This was a most valuable and focused character building experience and I cannot think of and young man I know who would not benefit from it.

He looks forward to the next episode.

4 people found this review helpful.
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One of the best experiences of my life

The friends I made during the quests are friends I will have for the rest of my life, and the experiences were fantastic but what made them fantastic were the people I could share this experience with. How each and every one of them played a role in my growth and making me a better person as a whole. I have enjoyed every experience beyond belief and 100% would do it again and recommend it to anyone out there who is looking for a sense of direction and finding themselves, through adventure, challenges and lots and lots of fun

4 people found this review helpful.
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Warriors is awesome , Review by a Parent

I am a parent and my son is busy with his 3rd Quest In 2021.
The growth and development that we have seen in our son has been beyond remarkable. We notice it , every time we speak to him. He is having the time of his life in a secure, remarkable environment. He is in awe of the beauty he has experienced in the hikes and the trips he has done . He has seen parts of South Africa that he would never get to see with us. He has really just excelled. This experience especially, that we have been hit by the Covid pandemic has been everything we could have dreamed a gap year would be be for him. The pandemic has not held them back. He has made great friends and just started really living. I am so glad that he got to experience , what he has , in this fabulous very supportive group of people he sees as family.This is truly an adventure for all who want to feel Alive and thrive in the beauty of South Africa. For our son this will be with him forever, and we feel blessed that he could experience it .

What was your funniest moment?
Learning to Dance like no one is watching.
Doing the magic mike dance.
4 people found this review helpful.
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Best gap year program ever!

From the outdoor activities to the personal growth workshops the whole experience was amazing. This program helped me to grow immensely as a person and I will always remember it as one of the best experiences of my life. The councillors, as such, were very supportive and would console me while still pushing me to carry on with a little tough love here and there. I’ve also come out of the summer quest with level 1 first aid and a vast knowledge of hiking, biking and even cooking. The best part of this trip is the lifelong friends you make along the way. P.S. You have to try the bar one cake haha!

What was your funniest moment?
Falling off my bicycle before I even started riding!
3 people found this review helpful.
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review autumn quest

My son was already in SA when he called me saying that he did not want to go to this Quest. It was going to be boring, he did not need the self reflection, it was not his choice and much more. However 4 days into the Quest and we talked to a different person. He loved it and he loved it all. The personal challenge, the endurance, the variation of the program, the other kids in the group, the staff and their amazing support, the different tests he could do but most of all he experienced a different world. Warriors has the capability of creating a 'new world'. A world where our son realized that he is in charge of his own life, that he has a choice, always. This involves his pyhsical capabilities, but also mentally. It focusses on who he is as a person, how he wants to interact with others, how he positions himself towards others and how to you overcome your own barriers.
This all happened as part of a very diversified, busy, challenging and fun program. It is not just biking, or hiking, but there was a 2 days dance class as well, cooking, wellness and much more. Limited free time and very limited social media time. But that was no issue.
I think the biggest compliment for Warriors is that he regrets that he is not able to do another Quest. But fortunately his sibblings will go in the years to come.
We defenitely see the changes looking at him. Ofcourse some of the intentions will fade away when time pass by, however listening to him when he shares his experiences with friends and family back home, I am 100% convinced that it has made a profound impact and he will take these experiences with him, wherever he will go.

4 people found this review helpful.

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