The backpacker tours you can do on your gap year in Africa are almost as diverse as the continent itself. Africa in general is often simplified as one place in the world's press (and certain charity singles) and the whole continent has something of a bad reputation, but as anyone who has travelled there will tell you, the situation is far more complex than we're sometimes led to believe.
Many African backpacker tours are focussed on the extraordinary diversity of wildlife, which includes the classic Big 5 - elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo - and then some. You can also join more culturally focused tours, which take you into the heart of traditional tribes and communities, like the Masai Mara in Kenya.
While some countries, like Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia, are currently off limits, most countries are perfectly safe and have been for years. These include places like South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana and Morocco.
Gorge yourself on tapas, witness Flamenco in its spiritual home. Then head over into Lagos with its beaches and awesome nightlife before venturing further into Morocco and back again.
Southern Tanzania is one of Africa’s best kept secrets. Herds of elephants, prides of lions and packs of wild dogs are among the encounters waiting at the parks of Selous, Mikumi and Ruaha.
This project’s aims are to contribute to the current understanding of the local environment and help monitor the spectacular array of wildlife found in Madagascar.
Wander medinas and Roman ruins, camel ride in the Sahara, spend a night in a desert tent and a mountain gîte, enjoy Moroccan fare at a local home, shop in Essaouira and see blue Chefchaouen.
Escape to Madagascar – the magical island which is home to some of the world’s most spectacular and least explored dive sites, all the while you can work on a conservation project.
Track the Big 5 across the Serengeti, chill on the beaches of Zanzibar, wildlife viewing and beach lounging with a flight between safaris and the island and get close to nature by camping.
Tanzania is home to some of the best diving in the world. The crystal clear waters host a wealth of habitats and wildlife, making this a perfect location to scuba dive and explore underwater
This short but exciting trip combines three of southern Africa’s most phenomenal sites: Hwange and Kruger national parks and the breathtaking Victoria Falls.
From Ottoman Istanbul, the battlefields of Gallipoli, Roman ruins, the Aegean Coast and the mineral pools of Pamukkale to the Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and sailing in Egypt.
See a mountain gorilla up close and personal, search for chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest Reserve, photograph diverse wildlife, raft down the White Nile River in Jinja.