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Best Gap Year Programmes for Safari

Wildlife in the wild

Officially (thank you Google) this is what a safari involves: "an expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat". Hunting part aside (not our style), you can indeed do just that with The Leap, so pack your bino's, khaki outfits and animal identification book. Get going and do it soon, there's a sense of urgency...

The urgency comes from the simple fact that more and more wildlife species are creeping onto the endangered list, due to poachers getting more ruthless and natural environments getting torn down. The black rhino in Africa is now so endangered they worry that in 10 years there will be none left in the wild and the ivory-seeking poachers have killed 100,000 African elephants in just three years. During 2011 alone, roughly one of every twelve African elephants was killed by a poacher.

Simply shocking and time is ticking.

Mother and baby elephant in Kenya

What are you looking to do?

Our main programme for a wildlife safari is through our gap year programme in Kenya which provides the opportunity to combine the ultimate wildlife moment with hands on conservation so you can do your bit for future generations. In addition our Costa Rica programmes all combine a phase of turtle conservation and an underwater marine safari though scuba diving.

Add on independent travel

What we are finding is that our teams never want to come home post-programme and choose to add on a phase of independent travel with their new found friends - certainly making the most of their gap year. We can easily support this through our Leap VIP travel resource which every Leaper has access to. Inside you will find 101 travel ides and itineraries to make sure you see the highlights of every country and do it through vetted, safe people. Have a read of the following blogs to get you started.

Alternatively nip over to LEAP VIP to read more about it.

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