A gap year can be very rewarding. There are so many great places all over the world that one could go to. It does, however, seem as though Africa is becoming the most popular continent to travel to, as time spent on the continent usually involves some degree of work experience through community projects and nature conservation efforts. We have created a list of the top five African destinations in which to spend your gap year:

You can spend your days submerged in the natural, lush beauty of Uganda. The unbelievable rain forests are home to the endangered mountain gorilla. There are a number of working projects dedicated to conserving these majestic creatures – the perfect activity to occupy your gap year.


Zimbabwe is one of the most beautiful countries on the continent. It’s a great place to spend a gap year as the Victoria Falls has a lot of great opportunities and activities to keep you busy. Furthermore, you can gain valuable working experience from a number of volunteer organisations throughout the country.


Apart from its beauty, Namibia also has a host of tours and activities on offer. You could go hot air ballooning over the Namib Desert or sandboarding in Swakopmund, for example. It’s a great place to explore while you’re on your gap year, as you’ll never run out of things to do.


If coaching sports is something that you’re interested in, why not do so in Ghana? It’s a wonderful place to engage with new people and cultures, meaning that you will be afforded the opportunity to transform the lives of young people through the coaching programmes, but at the same time, learn from them as well.

South Africa

As one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, South Africa doesn’t need much of an introduction. It’s a wonderful place to meet people from all walks of life. Furthermore, a number of volunteer programmes are available to young adults on gap years, including wildlife conservation training.