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Gap Year in Africa

A Gap Year in Africa

Africa - the continent of extremes

The saying goes: 'to see Africa is to see the world with the lid off'. Home to the human species, to the world's largest desert, and to a language spoken by nearly 170 million, it is a continent of extremes: extremely large, extremely dry, extremely poor, and extremely young. So young, in fact, that half the continent still haven't reached their 25th birthday.

The mystique and intrigue of Africa deserves the spotlight it's currently getting, as it has become a gap year backpacker favourite once again, satisfying the traveller with the biggest views, wildlife struggling to avoid the poachers eye and music. A gap year in Africa is the place to be.

Spend your gap year Africa and you could find yourself white water rafting down the Orange River and searching for leopards in Namibia, sailing the Indian ocean by traditional dhow boat or scuba diving off the Kenyan coast.

Just remember once you've stepped foot in Africa, you will pin part of your heart to the ground and will be sure to return. Just so you know.

Ideas for your gap year in Africa

We work in two different countries in Africa - Kenya and Namibia. Namibia is all about the bush, adventure and conservation and Kenya is best known for its marine conservation, Indian Ocean and the best safari.

If you are looking to travel on your gap year in Africa individually and not on a Leap program - we can support you through Leap VIP. We have fixers spread across Africa who offer amazing opportunities for the gap year - fancy living the David Attenborough lifestyle, then check out our fixer Baye in Zimbabwe at Free To Be Wild; she would love to welcome you onto her re-wilding project. More information about Leap VIP - click here.

Travelling around Africa on your Gap Year

Due to the massive distances involved in Africa and restrictions of inter-country transport (lack of and costly) we would recommend choosing one country and doing it properly. Start with a leap program in either Kenya or Namibia, find your feet then add on some time to travel on afterwards - for example in Namibia add on a safari in the famous Etosha National Park and in Kenya you can contact our Leap VIP fixers ready and waiting to welcome you and assist you with climbing Mount Kenya for example.

Here at Leap HQ, we are an office of Africa lovers - so we are here to give you the best advise on where to travel and places not to be missed.

The following blogs will help steer your travels, have a read all about Africa. It is the place to go - we promise.

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