What is a gap year?

A gap year is an overseas experience for certain period of time decided by yourself. In a gap year you will give yourself the opportunity to step away from your daily routine, your bubble. It will give you new insights in all aspects of your life.

Do I need a visa in South Africa?

Yes, you do! When arriving at Cape Town airport Home Affairs will grant you a 90 day visitors permit. If you decide to stay longer than the offered 90 days, we will look at alternative visas. Please get in touch with us for assistance!

What can you experience during a gap year?

There are lots of reasons to take a gap year. Besides it being an amazing experience (and a good reason to travel), a gap year offers numerous benefits, e.g.:

  • A gap year allows you to follow your interests and discover what you truly enjoy.
  • Explore new cultures.
  • Improve your professional skills.
  • Increase confidence and independence, (take yourself out of your comfort zone)
Why take a gap year in South Africa?

South Africa is a modern multicultural nation, in many ways as modern as any Western capital, but in certain ways still quite traditional. It is a truly fascinating country. The difficulties South Africa has faced make it a rewarding place to spend a gap year.

South Africa is the perfect destination offering a vibrant mix of culture, wildlife, warm & friendly people, sunshine, spectacular scenery, beaches and an endless variety of unique experiences and adventures to suit every taste and pocket. Especially Cape Town, it has been voted as the best city in the world for the last thousand years 🙂

Why take a gap year with us?

The people working at GapAfrica have been in tourism for more 30 years. We know Africa and especially Cape Town better than anyone else. We will assist where ever it is needed throughout your whole stay.

What are the costs involved?

We charge a flat mediation fee of USD 300 or equivalent in other currencies.  This is irrespective of the number of courses, volunteering projects and other activities you would like to do during your stay.  For all other costs; accommodation, transport, excursions, travel, we offer discounts and therefor very competitive rates.

When can I start? When should I apply?

That is all up to you. We need some time in advance to check when certain courses or programs start and if there is availability. You can apply directly via e-mail, phone or Facebook. We are also available on Skype.

Can I go with my friend/boyfriend/girlfriend?

Friends, significant others, and husbands/wives are certainly welcome and, if you like, we can arrange courses and programs where you can live and work together.

Will I need injections?

This really depends on where you choose to go and what, if any, vaccinations you have had in the past. As we are not medical experts we cannot give out official advice, so talk to your doctor, who will be happy to advice on what you may need. Don’t let injections put you off, you’ll be glad you had them once you are enjoying yourself abroad! Please check out the Center for Disease Control’s website for basic information about shots/medicine/etc.

How much should I budget for everyday expenses?

South Africa represents great value for money for visitors and you can survive on surprisingly little day to day. A good breakfast will set you back about R35, lunch at a cafe/restaurant about R50 and an evening meal with a bottle of wine can be had for R80 and upwards. Cape Town has a distinctively cosmopolitan feel and offers great food from all over the world at countless bars, restaurants, cafe’s, clubs and street vendors to suit all budgets and tastes.

What qualifications do I need?

In general no qualifications are needed however some professional course would need a certain skill level, please contact us for a specific professional course if there is any level or qualifications needed.

What language is spoken in South Africa?

The main language in South Africa and especially in Cape Town is English. Other languages like Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu are also spoken. However English will get you every where.

When are South Africa’s Public Holidays?
  • January 01 – New Year’s Day
  • March 21 – Human Rights Day
  • Good Friday (calendar dependent)
  • Easter Sunday (calendar dependent)
  • Easter Monday (calendar dependent)
  • April 27 – Freedom Day
  • May 01 – Worker’s Day
  • June 16 – Youth Day
  • August 09 – National Women’s Day
  • September 24 – Heritage Day
  • December 16 – Day of Reconciliation
  • December 25 – Christmas Day
  • December 26 – Day of Goodwill

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104 Piazza Building (1st Floor),
32 Parliament Street, Cape Town 8000, South Africa