Gap Years in South Africa
South Africa is basically amazing. It's a diverse, multi-cultural and multi-awesome gap year destination. There's been a backpacking trail there for ages, but there's also plenty of undiscovered gold; so whether you're looking for a traditional gap year trip or a more off-the-beaten-track journey you'll find it here. You can see Africa's Big Five of elephants, lions, buffaloes, rhinos and leopards. There's lush green coastline for beachbums and surfers, quality nightlife in Cape Town and Durban for city lovers, barbecues and beer for meat-lovers and a world of tradition and history for culture vultures. Oh, and South Africa is fanatical about its sport, so it's a paradise for rugby, cricket and football lovers.
Backpacking in South Africa
South Africa essentially has all you could want out of a varied backpacking destination, so dive into this this South Africa section and read guides and advice, check out photos and blogs and look for amazing stuff to do.
Volunteering in South Africa can make a real difference to local communities. Regardless of whether you're helping them learn English, learn micro-finance skills or even just building homes, it's all a fantastic and rewarding way to spend at least part of your gap year. There are large rural populations living in townships and shanty towns on the outskirts of the major cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town that really appreciate the help that can be offered on these volunteering projects.
Volunteering in South Africa
Not sure what to do while you're in South Africa? We've got loads of stuff here to help you plan your trip, work out what you can and can't do and make sure your trip is as safe and fun as it possibly can be. There's information on local languages and some basic vocabulary that'll make your stay easier and much more enjoyable, or details on what currency you should take and even some key facts and famous people. There's a lot more to South African celebs than just Nelson Mandela!
Advice on South Africa
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