Warriors Academy Gap Year Program in South Africa

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Scuba!
Scuba!
We always come back up!
We always come back up!
The ride is never easy.  Do not give up!
The ride is never easy. Do not give up!
After a very long and difficult hike.
After a very long and difficult hike.
Capetown
Capetown
Tumi
Tumi
Arrival Coffee bay after Wild Coast hike
Warriors race

About

The Warriors Academy Gap Year program is aimed at developing each individual participant through a series of four 7-week adventure Quests. Each quest has a flagship adventure activity and is supported by numerous secondary activities. This is a highly dynamic and active program designed to create an exciting environment for personal and emotional growth. Participants can choose to do any one of the Quests or to do all four as a full Gap year program. The Second Year Multi-Activity-Instructors (MAI) course is aimed at those individuals that would like to pursue a career in the Adventure tourism industry equipping them with all the needed skills to become a professional Instructor or guide.

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Reviews

97%
based on 94 reviews
  • Housing 9.1
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.8
  • Value 9.8
  • Safety 9.6
  • Program Selection 9
  • Pre-departure Help 10
  • In-program Support 10
  • Impact on Student 10
  • Value 10
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Nicholas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure became the life

Just left school started a new year, new possibilities and now a gap year with an adventure camp? No idea what to expect, terrified and very anxious all the while drive down long sloping roads, trees as far as the eye can see and suddenly a sign on the right. WARRIORS I thought " hell the hills have eyes the remake is about to begin"
Driving down the path coming up to the main basecamp, I jump out the car and the warmest greeting I have ever had in my life followed suit from Rudi and Rene Viljoen and instantly felt at ease, as more fellow warriors arrived every just as new to this as me.
The months that followed had to be some of the most exciting times of my life, I discovered what kind of person I really am and where I fit (well i learned no one really fits so we make our own path ) discovered some good friends, got into trouble ( boerebulls are not always friendly ) and lived an adventure.
Warriors helped me decide who I wanted to be in life and for that I will be forever grateful.

What was your funniest moment?
Soooooo many to look back and choose from, sex ed classes were a riot, Jared's stories would always slay me, but most of all was being chased by a dog the size of a shetland pony, thinking I'm dead, being knocked to the ground and slobbered on from a massive big slimy tongue. He wanted to play.
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Matthew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The time of my life

When I arrived at base camp I was a bit unsure of what to expect.
But once I met everyone including the facilitators I felt more at ease. Throughout the whole tour there was a positive attitude no one was complaining about anything.
The highlights of my tour was jumping of of the bridge, it was such an exhilarating feeling. After doing that I felt like I could do anything so after seeing animal rehabilitation centers a lot of hiking and cultural activities, which was also a blast, I was finally able to put my fears to the test but doing the big swing which was amazing. Altogether the trip was a once in a life time experience.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nervewrecking moment was doing the big swing my advice is just don't hesitate.
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Xander
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A life changing experience

At first I was a little hesitant over the program because I wasn't sure if it was something I wanted to do, but when I got there and met everyone and got into the rhythm of how things go. It was something i'll never take back. I was a shy kid all my life, but when I was at warriors that all changed. The experience you get and the people you meet is truly life changing. Some of the best times of my life were spent at the warriors and i'll never forget it ! I am very mad at myself for not completing all the quests , it is something i'll be sorry for, for a very long time, but everything I learned and gained from the time I was there, i will cherish it every single day of my life , something anybody would love to do and experience . A 10/10 would recommend!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
That I actually could complete the cycle safari : )
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Joshua
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing, Fulfilling and Incredible

Beautiful, thrilling, challenging and fun. I started program because I was going through a lot in my life and needed a change, I needed a new breath of life and something to challenge myself and I found it at warriors. It started out difficult by pulling me out of my comfort zone which I believe held me back from achieving many things including my self worth and ambition with life. With the love, support and understanding of the program I ended up having the best time of my life. The best people.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have trusted the warriors program with all my heart and believed in the program more. In the beginning it was hard to adjust but once I let go of my insecurities and doubts it became one of the best experiences of my life. It changed my life and helped me grow into who I am today.
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Danielle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Warriors is the greatest adventure

As a warrior, I can not express enough how incredible this program is, not only for the most thrilling, comfort zone testing & breathtaking adventures but also for the instantaneous chosen family you will get to meet from around the world. Warriors will become your home away from home and will always keep a piece of your heart no matter the years that pass. It is a game changer and the best choice you could make for an adventure of a lifetime. You could not go wrong! For the adventure of being alive.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
As a team it is incredible what you are able to accomplish with support and the mentality that no warrior gets left behind, you will challenge every preconception and idea of what you thought you can or can’t accomplish due to support and the growth you do as a person. Every adventure, challenge or obstacle is manageable, great fun and an accomplishment no matter how daunting.
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Malini
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

WAT PROGRAM 2019

My daughter age 17 was offered an opportunity to join the December 2019 WAT program . The organizational and operations of the program was done with speed of execution for a 5 day warrior tour program. This was absolutely amazing and would recommend Warriors Academy to parents for teens between 15 and 18 years old. This is a building block using tools of nature to create great future leaders and see it as an opportunity to compliment mentorship with other careers.

Dimeeraa had an amazing experience and definitely has redefined her vision for the future. Most rewarding was that she redefined her definition of FEAR. I am really proud of her under the mentorship of Ruan Viljoen and believe this is a building block for a future leader whilst she pursues to live on the edge of achieving her dreams and purposely contributing to the community that she will future be engaging with .

Thank you for the Warrior Team who guided her on this tour!

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Markus
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Opportunity

After finishing a year at Warriors I had a great hunger for life and lot of determination for the next steps I was going to take. I experienced a lot of personal growth, especially in self confidence. Warriors didn’t force me to change, it simply gave me the opportunity to expand my horizons and make of it what I wanted. Warriors is not all serious, it is an immensely fun program that challenges you to step out of your comfort zone as often as you dare, push your limits and go beyond what you know about yourself.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
No gap year program or facilitator can change you if you don’t want to, but if you choose to grow, Warriors gives the perfect opportunity. Warriors is the perfect place to go all in. Why not?
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Justin
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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My experience at warriors was very good me physically Mentally and emotionally. It’s help me too get out of my shell and become a better version of myself. It’s has help me for my future success. But it was a much too handle in the start but with the awesome and amazing guidance that I received from the warriors family made my transition very very easy. I learnt new things and I learnt a different tale on life. Row and Coutney helped me a lot and we became a much better family by the end of the year.

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment for me and for the whole group was me trying too cycle and falling most of the time
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Fabian
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing experience

Had a wonderfull experience at Warriors, I did the summer quest, which was 7 weeks. We did many activities like: 3-day hike in the woods, 10-day cycle trough mighty landscapes, group talks, etc. which aims to develope indivuals mentally and physically. Trough all of this I made good friends and have learned alot and I would recommend it to every young person. The group is lead by Rowena with the aid of the multiple activity instructors, it's expected from the group to follow the rules, otherwise there will be serious concequenses, were everyone should pay for. Group mentallity is something that is very important at the Warriors.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Dancing in front of everyone and I've done it by just doing it.
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Karl
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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I couldn't recommend a better gap year program than Warriors Academy..with all the adventure and adrenaline packed activities that you'll do through out the year is the best fun I've ever had..when you first start there your curious about the other people but you soon become so close that they all become like a second family to you..I was in a bit of a rut before I started at Warriors Academy but with all the support, encouragement and guidance that all the awesome facilitators give I was able to climb out that rut and Lear so much about myself and everything around me..

If your looking for a gap year program Warriors Academy is the place for you.

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Niki
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Experience

Warriors was honestly one of the most amazing years of my life. The program helps you grow as a person and experience so many new things. It pushes you out of your comfort zones and challenges you physically, mentally and emotionally. You form the most incredible relationships with your fellow warriors and by the end, you are family. The facilitators are absolutely amazing and are always there for you, to give you advice and just be there for you when you need to talk. I would highly recommend doing it if you are unsure of what you next step is, or just looking for one big adventure.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Honestly there were so many adrenaline pumping adventures that we did. But the one that took the cake was definitely the bungee jump of the bridge. But I’m so glad I did it.
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Pranish
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Warriors is character-building

I was 17 years old when I went on Warriors and it was one of the most important years of my life. I learnt several lessons, particularly with respect to the importance of qualities such as determination, resilience, teamwork and discipline. These lessons have been helpful ever since, and I still regularly apply the tools I learnt on Warriors. I also got the opportunity to make several new friends from various parts of the world while travelling around the remarkable country that is South Africa. Due to Warriors, I have at a young age visited each province of South Africa, something I would not otherwise have done.

I particularly recommend Warriors to the 17-25 year old age group and prospective Warriors should be prepared for an experience which is challenging and rewarding in equal measures.

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Lindy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A surreal Adventure

Unsure of what the future had in store.. I decided to embark on a journey into the unkown . Warriors , people you know for a week become like family .
Warriors was such a amazing and exciting time , and if given the chance I would do it all over again .
For that short moment you truly become part of something special .
So many amazing trips and activities . Taught me so much , and everyone helped me to push myself in a positive and encouraging environment.
Definitely something I would recommend.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would do all the quests. Every quest has something different to offer and I think to miss anything is a shame .
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Ezra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My review

I had a wonderful time at Warriors. Unfortunately I was unable to stay longer than the first quest for personal reasons. Despite only spending a short time with the program, I met incredible people from different walks of life. This helped me broaden my perspective on the world as I was engaging with people that I would have never spent time with without Warriors. Furthermore, the program challenged me mentally, and physically, while teaching me invaluable lessons in life that I am certain will be applicable for as long as I live! An incredible experience, one that I am very lucky to have been a part of.

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Kate
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The adventure of a lifetime!

Leaving school is a really daunting thing when you aren’t sure where you’re headed. Warriors helped me find my purpose and get to know myself - all while having the most incredible adventures. The memories of that time are still some of my best and the people I met are still friends today. How I wish I was 18 and could do it all over again! It’s a safe space where you can learn and grow, try new things, explore parts of one of the most beautiful countries in the whole world and have heaps of fun doing it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do it all! Each opportunity, challenge and adventure has something to teach you, so grab everything with both hands!