Gap years in Africa

Africa boasts a scale, diversity and level of pure-unadulterated adventure to which other continents don’t even come close.

There are the heady heights of Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) and the extreme lows of the Danakil Depression (153m below sea level).

Lush fertile lands are fed by of the world’s longest river and parched sand inhabits the oldest desert.

Africa’s 52 countries refuse to conform to generalisation.

A gap year in Africa offers incredible variety of environments and the sort of wildlife encounters that David Attenborough revels in. The spirit of its peoples captures the heart and make travelling in Africa such a memorable and often life-changing experience.


There is an enormous range of gap year programs especially for those that seek to immerse themselves in the local communities through voluntary work such as teaching, caring or conserving and opportunities for adventure and exploration abound.

If your idea of a gap year is discovering a land and culture which fires the imagination and challenges your preconceptions then Africa is for you.


A gap year in Africa offers a lifetime of memories. It is a vast continent and you could easily visit several countries to experience the range of cultures, landscapes and wildlife it offers.

Approved providers operating in Africa

Pod Volunteer
Gap Force
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Africa Asia Venture AV
The Leap
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