Warriors Academy - Specialists in personal and outdoor pursuits development

Warriors Academy

About

Warriors Academy has developed an intensive self development program using a wide range of intrinsic and extrinsic activities. The program is divided into four quests, each with a flagship activity and supported by a variety of secondary activities. This is a dynamic program that will push you to your boundaries and beyond.

Founded
2004

Reviews

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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had no clue what I wanted to do after matric. I was fortunate enough to find out about the Warriors program, as it has made me the better version of myself. Not only do we do extreme outdoor activities but the program includes self-development, which was perfect because It made me come out of my shell quite a lot.
I can’t complain about anything with the program - the facilitators are amazing, the people you get to experience this year with become your family and once in a while your treated to something called a boma burger, which is the most delicious burger in the world. Anyways, like I said this has been the most amazing year of my life and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I wouldn’t even hesitate to recommend the Warriors program. I guarantee that you’ll have no regrets joining this live changing experience.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I would definitely say the 20m cliff jump, at first I thought it was crazy to jump off a cliff at such a height but Warriors helps you overcome challenges and like YOLO! Am I right? That’s what I love about warriors, the things we do, you’ll never get to do them again. The Warriors program gives you amazing opportunities that will be hard to say no to and I thank the program for those opportunities I have experienced.
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Komborero
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I left home for the Warriors Academy program not knowing any of the people that I would be spending time with and not knowing what to expect from the program and the people in charge of it.

It was an amazing time where I grew so close with some amazing people that I will love for the rest of my life all while taking part in amazing activities and seeing so much in such a short time. Every day at Warriors Academy is a day where you are learning and growing to become a better version of yourself.

The facilitators are all some of the most incredible people that I ever met. They always push you to do and be better and at the same time they are like family members that you can share anything with.

Warriors Academy was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and it will definitely be the same for you.

What would you improve about this program?
The program was awesome as it was. I don't think I could change anything about it.
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Carla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Warriors Academy is an incredible program. It is a gap year that will set you up for success in the future. It is challenging in every way, mentally, physically and emotionally but you come out the other side with the belief that you can achieve anything. The team is phenomenal and the support offered along each stage is incredible. I couldn't recommend this program enough, especially for those who don't know what their next step is. The adventure activities like kloofing, mountain biking, bungee jumping, hikes etc were really challenging but being able to tackle them was amazing. The workshops on building emotional fitness and building your own path were enlightening and help put things into perspective in terms of life in general. All in all, it was an amazing experience and one that will be remembered forever.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Each adventure activity came with its own set of challenges and being able to overcome my fear really empowered me. I definitely could not have done this without the encouragement and support of the team.
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St. John
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My warriors experience i can only describe as nothing less than incredible. I joined the program fresh out of matric lost in almost all aspects of life. After attending the EXTREME gap year programme i had a clear vision of where i wanted to go in life. The people, experiences and the workshops all work in sync to help one grow. Joining this gap year was hands down the best desicion of my life. I have met people that will forever have a special place in my heart.

I highly recommend this gap year programme to everyone, no matter your age. This programme provides the experience of a life time and i am and will forever be eternally greatful that i was able to be part of this programme and had the opportunitie to have experienced the experiences i have

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You have been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Dont take anything for granted.
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Andrew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best year ever !!!absolutley phenomenal growth in me as a person aswell as I’ve grown into a great independent person because of this gap year . The staff are the best people I’ve ever met honestly can’t go wrong with warriors .starting warriors I was a young and arrogant teenager who always thought he was right. Through Toltec and all the things we did over the entire year I have learned to take into consideration other people’s feelings and emotions. Skydiving , scuba diving , bungee jumping , hiking , cycling , Toltec , these are just a a few of the amassing and wonderful things that you do on the best year I guarantee you’ll ever have in your life I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and after warriors I found my calling and now I am a scuba diving instructor going overseas next year

What was your funniest moment?
Breaking my tailbone
Down debegeni waterfalls on the first day of a hike and still finishing the five day hike

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Kim Maritz

Kim Maritz is a qualified Chef with a passion for life and adventure. Her life is lead in kindness and her heart by courage.

Why did you choose this program?

For me, The Warrior Academy Gap Year Program suited me and exactly what I needed. It was the perfect balance of academic investments as well as focusing on fitness, self-development and being designed to push people outside of their comfort zone.

I had previously met the owners and facilitators on RYLA camps whilst volunteering, and was completely blown away by their love of life. Their attitudes and with a mindset of 'No adventure is too big and no person is too small'. Deep down I feel like The Warriors Academy actually chose me.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

So the base camp provides you with all your camping gear such as tents and sleeping bags, pots and plate, cups and head torches if need be. You can request bicycles and gear equipment; they provide bedding and laundry services. All of this goes on a 'rent by the quest or term'. Or you are more than welcome to bring all of your own equipment too.

Everything is always taken care of and thought of down to the last detail of what you will need to make your stay comfortable. The only things you need to bring yourself or get before you get to base Camp is your own Toiletries, clothes, and a few minor luxurious items, such as energy juices or health bars.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Go with the flow. If they say no technology and sleep early, do so. The entire Gap Year is designed by professionals to help you reach your utmost potential. It's based on a lovely environment on the side of a mountain. Live in the moments. Open your eyes to see beyond what's in front of you.

I didn't want to know anything prior. The way I learned and got submerged into the program was perfect. We all learned the rules and lessons; we all learned to grow and show support together. If anything... Make sure if you're from another country to get your own SIM card here so you can contact family when you are allowed technology! That could help.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Most days we would wake up at 6 or 6:30 to go for the morning run or cycle! Then it's up to the barn for breakfast, chill time for a bit. Then either we would be briefed on our next trip and have a team game plan of what to pack and then go shopping for all those items... Or we would have lessons and team building on the property where we would go get changed into what was needed and meet either at the tree for tree climbing or at the barn again for yoga lessons or lessons for self-development by Rene.

Each day has some similarities. However, each day is different, more exciting and teaches you something different. Every day, you will find some sort of exercise, except if we just completed a race, the next day would be rest day with a bit of yoga for the muscles. Good healthy food. And lots of long bus rides through the beautiful country.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was not being able to fit in with the crowd of strangers. The leaders at the camp made it very easy for everyone to get along. And we all had a level of understanding that each of us was on the gap year to better ourselves and find ourselves. So after a few weeks, we all got very comfortable with the idea of 'new is okay'. My views changed when I started to accept growth and started to live in my courage zone.

What was your favorite adventure?

My favorite adventure was breaking my fears of heights with sky diving, bungee jumping, cliff diving and even making it onto the top of the bunk beds in the cabins. Everything down to the small things like the bus rides was an adventure. By us who live here being able to show foreigners our lands and our foods.... Our home became their homes. And the adventure of being life came to us all.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Charles joined Warriors Academy in 2016 as our Training Director. He heads up all our training portfolios and in particular our Multi Activity Instructor training program.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Sitting on top of the Central Drakensberg escarpment, enjoying the sun rise over Cathkin Peak and watching a Cape Vulture spring past at eye level. I was on a four day hike with a group of students and took the time to just sit down and enjoy the day rolling out as the sun joined the day. There is no greater humbler feeling than being in the presence of such a beautiful view.

How have you changed since working for your current company?

Warriors Academy has afforded me the opportunity to pursue a life long ambition, which has in turn given me a lot more self confidence as I see my dream attaining reality. I have become far more goal orientated and have a greater sense of self. I am more in tune with where I am at, and am ok with that.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Warriors Academy had such an impact on her, that it changed her life forever. She came from an impoverished background with very little, if any, support and resources. Whilst on our program, she realized both her potential and how limitless our boundaries are, and is now both a successful athlete and career person.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose the MAI program as this is a unique course in South Africa. The training is intense and provides a very wide foundation for someone who intends to continue in the Adventure Industry. The facilitators are all professionals, sought out for their expertise in their respective fields with a lot of experience.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Warriors Academy is a "people centered" company whose goal is to grow young people, facilitating their walk to a great sense of self awareness and confidence. I am especially proud of my team at each and every graduation ceremony when we get to realize just how much each student has grown over the time that they are with us.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

A successful company not only produces a good product, but lives by it themselves. Whatever they produce is at the heart of their existence and they invest all their time, effort and resources in continually ensuring that they are the very best at which they do. A forward thinking company is always going to be successful.

Professional Associations

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