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South Africa gap year holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Work hands on with horses on the South African coast, from £1095 (14 days) ex flights
Social work internship in South Africa
Social work and counselling work experience in South Africa, from £1895 (4 weeks) ex flights
Cairo to Cape Town overland tour
Safaris, beaches, pyramids and rafting, from £2750 (17 weeks) ex flights
Game Reserve conservation in South Africa
Exciting and rewarding conservation work at game parks, from £1595 (14 days) ex flights
Safari field guide courses, South Africa
Wlidlife training in the African bush, from £8950 - £11950 (12 weeks) ex flights
Community projects in South Africa
Take part in a project which increases employment opportunities, from £1310 (4 weeks) ex flights
Volunteer at a lion sanctuary in South Africa
Help protect and rehabilitate lions in South Africa, from £1395 (4 weeks) ex flights
Community adult volunteering in South Africa
Full cultural immersion bespoke volunteering in South Africa, from £658 (7 days) ex flights
Volunteer with children & animals in South Africa
Volunteer with children and wild animals in South Africa, from £460 - £3390 (7 days) ex flights
Sports coaching in South Africa
Coach your favourite sport & inspire disadvantaged children, from £1295 (5 weeks) ex flights
Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa
Volunteer with orphaned animals, from £995 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteer with deaf children in South Africa
Help children with hearing difficulties, from £1095 (14 days) ex flights
Animal rehabilitation project in South Africa
Hands on rehabilitation work in South Africa, from £995 (14 days) ex flights
Whale & dolphin conservation in South Africa
Work with whales & dolphins in South Africa, from £475 - £920 (7 days) ex flights
Predator conservation in South Africa
Help conserve Cheetahs and other predators, from £1295 (14 days) ex flights
Gap year community volunteering project in South Africa
5 week Community Volunteer Project in rural South Africa, from £1645 (5 weeks) ex flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
Help re-habilitate orphaned monkeys in beautiful rural South Africa, from £795 (14 days) ex flights
Gap year volunteer teaching in South Africa
Challenging teaching and sports volunteering in South Africa, from £3415 (4 months) ex flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in South Africa
Assist with conservation research in a Big 5 area, from £1395 (4 weeks) ex flights
Volunteer at The Shamwari Wildlife Reserve, South Africa
Conserve and protect species on a South African game reserve, from £795 - £1495 (14 days) ex flights
South Africa game ranger course
Get your game ranger qualification working with wildlife, from £2779 (8 weeks) ex flights
Teach surfing in Cape Town, South Africa
Surf, sand, and working with youngsters in South Africa, from £1045 - £2795 (14 days) ex flights
Education volunteering in South Africa
Work with township schools from, from £1447 (4 weeks) ex flights
Community health care in South Africa
volunteer in Port Elizabeth townships, from £1447 (4 weeks) ex flights
South Africa wildlife conservation expedition
Track wildlife and live in the bush on a game reserve, from £1195 - £3745 (12 weeks) ex flights

17 reviews for South Africa gap year holidays4 star overall rating

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South Africa wildlife conservation expedition
Memorable parts? Too many to list, but if I had to pick one it would be finding a leopard and her cub with a 4.5m python that they had just killed. The python was swollen with a small antelope that it had just killed. Working at the Karongwe Game Reserve was a truly amazing experience. Tips? Dive in. Do as much as you can. Enthusiasm will be rewarded with an amazing experience. Come prepared for the weather and some sacrifices in creature comforts, but it's all worth it. Local... (more)Ralph Perrella
From £1195 - £3745 excluding flights
Cairo to Cape Town overland tour
Very good for the adventurous and independent type! (more)Ferry Lubis
Seeing Victoria Falls and all the wildlife in Africa was the most memorable part of the holiday...Fantastic. (more)Andrew Service
From £2750 excluding flights
Community projects in South Africa
Memorable parts? On my last day in the village where I had been with children developing a bike track and teaching them to cycle, we had a special Olympics race day! About 100 of the locals turned up to compete! It was a load of fun and very special (and my 30th birthday). Tips? Be prepared for the impact of coming back! You'll have an amazing time, really connect with the community and things in your head will shift, just a little ... but when you get home, nothing will have changed... (more)Emma Finlay
From £1310 excluding flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with people who are dedicated, informed and enthusiastic about conservation in a practical and realistic way. And of course, seeing the wildlife as they are meant to be. Tips? Be prepared for it to change your views on life. Local benefits? Many local people were employed in the reserve and the studies that were being carried out influenced how the reserve was managed and that benefited the locals. As the research carried out was the same as the normal... (more)Louise Sexton
From £1395 excluding flights
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with experienced people who are always willing to help and teach you Tips? To bring many working pieces of clothes and leave at home fashion dresses Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Great and fulfilling experience (more)Giorgia Trevisan
From £1095 excluding flights
Safari field guide courses, South Africa
Memorable parts? Learning so much in such a short period of time, and the excellent people I got to know. Tips? Do not book the test before going. It costs £200 to book this test in the UK, and £50 to do it when you're there. Also, the test is only useful for people looking to be actual field guides. Otherwise it's just an unnecessary expense. You'll learn the same stuff, and have more fun, if you don't take it. Local benefits? Sure. Overall rating? Excellent. (more)Karl Malmstrom
From £8950 - £11950 excluding flights
Volunteer with children & animals in South Africa
It was AMAZING! (more)tracy ciotti
My whole time at the reserve was so incredible with thrills everyday from hurtling along dirt tracks to see elephants, watching porcupines and honey badgers battle right next to camp to the first time you lead a class by yourself. (more)Deirdre McClean
Working with all of the animals and children, and meeting wonderful people were most memorable - the whole experience was memorable and exciting. The trip well and truly exceeded my expectations. I would happily recommend it to anyone. (more)Thérèse Hutchins
From £460 - £3390 excluding flights
Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa
Memorable parts? So many amazing things happened during my stay. My top 3 were: 1) Seeing the cheetahs being fed 2) Helping to rear a meercat baby and Clarke a serval 3) All the jokes and banter between the volunteers Tips? I would recommend bringing some DVDs, although the selection is pretty good already. Additionally make sure you bring warm clothes it gets really really cold at night. Finally make sure you bring a good torch. Overall rating? 9/10 of course there will be... (more)Cecilia Stilwell
From £995 excluding flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
Being so hands on with the Vervets and baboons was an amazing experience, as was helping to build the release site for the Vervet troop that was about to be set free. (more)Sara Lee
I would recommend this volunteering experience to anyone of a similar mindset who cares about the planet and all the creatures that we share it with. (more)Angela Crossland
From £795 excluding flights
Animal rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Tips? Local benefits? Overall rating? Poor. Not much meaningful work. It was not well organized in keeping volunteers busy. There were lots of occasions when we ran out of jobs and were told to wander around and look for things to do. Myself and my grandchildren were extremely disappointed. We had a family meeting and left early. Still a bad taste in our mouth. After staying there I felt that the fee charged was excessive. John Brown. (more)John Brown
From £995 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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