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Reasons to Choose Africa for Your Summer Gap Year Adventure

Written by Zoe Faulkner on 15 / 05 / 2024

Gap Year Advice

We know all too well that a gap year is more than just period of time for a jolly - used constructively it provides the medium through which students can travel to remote places to experience pushing their personal boundaries, challenging themselves and learning from other cultures. However, this gap year travel experience does not have to mean a full year and for many the summer is the only chunk of time available. So if this is you - do not let your summer drift on by...

Let us help you create the best summer gap year experience and right now we want to focus your attention on Africa - which is super hot right now (literally). Step away from the predictable Thailand and Australia and let's get gritty instead. This is where the real summer gap year adventures are created as you are off the beaten path.

In summary there is nowhere else like it - unrivaled safaris, jaw-dropping desert plains and a feeling that you will not experience anywhere else. Contrasted with white sandy beaches as fine as powder and crystal clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean - it really is the best of both and that is a fact.

Reasons to Choose Africa for Your Summer Gap Year Adventure

1. Wildlife Wonderland

Imagine waking up to the sight of giraffes grazing outside your tent or spotting a majestic lioness on the prowl. Kenya's national parks, like Maasai Mara and Amboseli, offer some of the most breathtaking wildlife encounters on the planet. Get your camera ready for some Insta-worthy moments you will want to remember forever.

2. Invigorating Volunteering

Incredible opportunities awaits those eager to volunteer in Africa from teaching to conservation. Our collaboration with the innovative NGO, Oceans Alive, focuses on marine conservation and tackling the pressing issue of over-fishing and coral regeneration. The success of this initiative has been remarkable, leading to its expansion along the coast and driving positive change. If you would like to volunteer with Oceans Alive and experience making a difference then have a look at our summer gap year programme in Kenya .

3. Cultural Safari

Kenya is a melting pot of vibrant cultures and traditions. From the rhythmic beats of traditional Maasai dances to the colorful markets of Nairobi, every corner offers a chance to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of African heritage. Don't forget to try some authentic Kenyan cuisine like Nyama Choma (grilled meat) and Ugali (cornmeal porridge) for a true taste of the country

4. Adventure Galore

Calling all thrill-seekers. Kenya is your playground. Conquer the mighty Mount Kenya, Africa's second-highest peak, or dive into the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean for some epic snorkeling, diving or kite-surfing. For adrenaline junkies, there's white-water rafting on the Tana River.

5. Backpacker's Paradise

Kenya welcomes budget travellers with open arms. With a tonne of backpacker-friendly hostels, campsites, and budget accommodations, you can stretch your shilling without compromising on experiences. Swap stories with fellow travelers around a campfire under the star-studded African sky – it is unbeatable.

6. Beach Bliss

After all the excitement, it's time to unwind on Africa's pristine beaches. From the idyllic shores of Kenya's Diani Beach to the laid-back vibes of Lamu Island, there's a coastal paradise for every type of summer gap year traveller. Picture yourself swinging in a hammock, coconut in hand, as the gentle ocean breeze whispers tales of adventure.

There you have it, 6 irresistible reasons to get Africa on your hit list this summer. Bonus point - weather-wise it is the optimal time to visit due to minimal rain fall and warm temperatures. If you would prefer the logistics to be taken care of and would like to start your adventure in a team of like-minded individuals to hit the ground running then start with our Kenya programme. Spend 4 weeks with us in July and then head over to Tanzania independently (or with your new-found travel buddies). You could easily spend a few months in Africa and be back for university with some epic souvenirs in tow.

For my all time favourite video of our Kenya programme click here. Think drone shots on a white sandy beach - heaven.


1. How easy is it to get around Africa?

It is not as easy as Central/South America or Asia for example but if you plan well enough it is very straight forward. This is why we recommend starting with the Leap Kenya programme as all your logistics are taken care of, then get a short flight into Tanzania afterwards for hassle-free onward travel now that you have found your travel mojo.

2. When is the best time to go to Kenya?

June to October when there is minimal rain and pleasant warm temperatures.

3. How long is your Kenya trip and how many people form a team?

Our Kenya trip is 4 weeks long in July and 5 weeks long in October this year. We can take 15 Leapers (ages 18-21) per departure so don't hang about if you are keen.

Explore our Leap programme in Kenya

Our Kenya programme hits every item on the bucket list - pristine beaches where you will conduct vital marine conservation efforts with the team of leading experts, work alongside the community to help with the overfishing crisis, and experience a safari in Tsavo National Park. Join our programme and have all the logstics taken care of - hassle-free gap year travel guaranteed.

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