Warriors Academy - Specialists in personal and outdoor pursuits development

Warriors Academy


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.



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Yes, I recommend this program

Our daughter graduated from high school last year and was not ready for college. She lacked motivation, maturity and independence and we were afraid that if we sent her to college she would drop out and feel like a failure.
Instead, we looked for a gap year program that would help her to bridge that gap, that would restore her confidence in herself and help her grow into the wonderfully brave and strong student that she is. She had the most amazing experience at Warriors. She learnt to face her fears and challenge herself to do things that she had never tried before. Warriors is so much more than an adventure holiday for students. They teach them so many life skills and build their self esteem. The counselors were such great role models and mentors and helped each warrior in setting life goals. They helped them find purpose and problem solve. Our daughter returned home like a different person. She has successfully transitioned into college and is more motivated and eager to do her best than ever before. I can only say, "Thank you Warriors!" This was the best decision we ever made.

What was your funniest moment?
There were many funny moments. We loved to watch the Videos they posted on Facebook and see what our Warriors were up to.
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Our son was not sure which direction to take after highschool. He had already tried several options, but nothing stuck and he started to do all sort of crazy things with friends. He agreed somthing needed to change. After 2 quests (during corona....) he came home, a somewhat different person. He now is in a much better shape, both physically and psychologically. He enjoyed the activities and the daily workouts (seriousely!!!) Now he started school again and he still works out several times a week. The only regret he has is that he did not follow the full gap year program....

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
We had doubts about the price, because for us Warriors program was not something we could just afford. But when you consider this will have an impact on the rest of your life, it is more than worthwhile.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My son went to Warriors and within 4 months he had gained so much confidence in himself. He started to properly understand his own potential which was amazing to see. He is such a naturally talented individual but The Traditional schooling system did not build any level of confidence in him. The programme is well rounded with physical, spiritual, and mental challenges. The people who run the programme have a passion for what they do and for helping people reach their true potential. Thank you to all the staff and owners of Warriors Acadamy!

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My son just completed school and this course filled those precious gaps in his armour and knowledge, to unlock the joy and opportunity in his adult life, which is something to be treasured
The diversity of the course about nature and human habit is immense
The mantra of healthy positve living is commendable
The life lessons of how to recover from a setback on all spheres of life and to excel
Not to be a victim but to be in charge of your own destiny
To have a humble confidence that comes from deep inside, knowing the gifts that were bestowed upon you

What was your funniest moment?
To watch the regular YouTube feeds, often with some hilarious moments when these young adults are taken out of their comfort zones
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Yes, I recommend this program

I spent a total of 21 weeks with the warriors family and there is no way I can describe my experience a few simple words!
All advice I can give anyone considering coming to warriors is one simple sentence... Don’t hold back for a single second! Take every challenge by the horns and don’t let go.
This program is jam packed with all the things you thought you would never do! From sky diving to hiking in the Kruger National park and so much more!
I promise anyone who decides to join this program that you will not regret it!

What was your funniest moment?
Swinging over the water in the early morning hours with all my warm clothes and not taking into account the extra stretch of the rope!


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Warriors Academy Gap Year Program in South Africa
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The Warriors Academy Gap Year program is aimed at developing each...

Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

Both my older brother and cousin have done this programme prior to me. Hearing what an amazing experience this was for them and seeing the change in them, made coming to this programme a very easy choice for me to make.

I've always liked to challenge myself, but never actually got out of my comfort zone in doing so.

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

Because my older brother already did the programme prior to me, there were a few things he could pass on to me - which was great.

Other than that, the Warriors Academy helped me out with stuff I couldn't get/bring myself since I live overseas and it ended up being a lot easier just getting it on site. These were mainly things for outside activities, such as biking gear, hiking gear, and a tent.

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

Just go in and participate in every way possible. Don't think about it, be open to experience everything. There will most definitely be things you won't like, but you'll be surprised finding out there are actually quite a few things you really do like, just never had the opportunity to pursue it.

Also, as long as you put your mind to it, you're capable of doing everything and anything.

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

Okay, so it's quite valuable to know that literally every single day is different, let alone the weeks.
But generally, you start your day off with some lovely morning exercise after which you return to your rooms to shower and get ready for the day. After breakfast (if you're lucky, there are oats), you go and do whatever activity is planned for that day!

Somewhere around noon, you'll have lunch and somewhere beginning of the evening, dinner. That's pretty much all I can say about an average day. Food is great there.

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

I don't think there was a specific fear? I was lucky enough to have met most of the people who are in the organisation of this programme prior to me actually joining it. So I guess that already made me feel a lot more comfortable going to the other side of the world by myself.

Other than that, I would recommend being open-minded and not being afraid to talk to people whenever you're struggling with something.

If you could do this trip again, what would you change?

Looking back at my experience, I wouldn't change a thing. There were a few times I was very much set on not doing something, but I'm extremely happy I did end up doing these things/trying it out.

The thing is, during this incredible programme, there are a lot of opportunities that are thrown at you and most of these you won't get a chance of experiencing ever again. You don't want to look back regretting things you didn't do.

Be grateful, cause it's a chance in a lifetime!

Staff Interviews

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


Job Title
Senior Facilitator
Tumi is every energetic passionate being! She loves to laugh and make a difference in other people’s lives!

What is your favorite travel memory?

Traveling to Mozambique on a scuba diving trip! Just exploring another part of Africa made it so special to share with our international students!

Every day presented a new opportunity where a new diving skill was taught to the students. The importance of respecting nature. This was a trip with lots of stories and memories!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working at Warriors has allowed me to learn to give back without expecting anything in return. It’s allowed me to see students grow into amazing young adults.

I’ve learned to do everything with passion and always give it my all. It’s been truly rewarding having to be able to work with youngsters from around the world!

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

One of the students had a really tough time in school and just not fitting in on a social level! Warriors has taught him to embrace who he is and express himself the way he chooses to.

He learned to accept himself and has picked up the courage to face people on a social level! Allowing others to appreciate his uniqueness.

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

The Toltec workshop! It’s a week where our students are given the opportunity to learn about themselves emotionally and learn to accept who they are!

This is a week where we also offer an opportunity to detox and learn a little bit more about a healthy lifestyle. We teach the importance of health is wealth!

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

What makes us unique is the fact that we are a melting pot of different cultures, races, and nationalities!

The best proud moment will always be at the end of a program where you see a transformation and the excitement within the students! This is the start of their journey into the big world and we’ve just equipped them with tools to take it on!

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

The biggest factor in being a successful company consists of multiple attributes.

Hard work
And most importantly, teamwork! It takes a team to put together a successful project! Yet we should all share a common vision in order for it to work!


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