Our Group Sports Tour has been formulated to allow your sports team or school/college group to embark on a sports tour with a difference in South Africa. Not only will you have a life changing experience, you will also enhance your coaching skills whilst making a real difference to the communities that we support.
Your role on your Sports Tour in South Africa will be to run and supervise all training and football matches for the players in the local townships and schools in the surrounding area. You will also have the opportunity to play competitive exhibition matches against local teams whilst exploring the amazing attractions the Eastern Cape has to offer. Gap Africa also offer a fantastic coaching abroad project.
Project Type: Group Sports Coaching, Sports Tour.
Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Pick Up Point: Port Elizabeth Airport.
Duration: 9 Days – 14 Days.
Price: from £750 per person for 9 Days.
Start Dates: Project start dates are flexible and operate year round.
Accommodation: Sports groups are accommodated at the volunteer house in Port Elizabeth.
Meals: Three meals per day included.
Age Range: Dependant on number of supervising tutors and parental consent.
– Play against local teams.
– Coach in the disadvantaged township communities.
– Visit Bloukrans – the World’s Highest Commercial Bungee Jump.
– Visit Jeffreys Bay – the home of Billabong Pro Surf Championship.
– See African Wildlife on safari at local game reserves.
Day 1: Arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport and Induction
The tour accommodation is located approximately 15 minutes from the airport and within a short distance of the beach. On arrival your team will be transferred to the accommodation and then given a 45 minute induction and orientation session. The rest of the afternoon will be free for the group to explore the local area and wander down to the beach.
Day 2: Township Tour and African Dance Group
The group will have a relaxed start to the morning and a chance to have an early morning swim and make the most of the facilities at the accommodation before heading off for a tour of the township communities, left impoverished by the history of apartheid. Here they will wander through an informal settlement and visit the Red Location Museum, documenting the history of the ‘struggle’ in the local area. Return to the accommodation in the afternoon to experience a traditional Xhosa and Zulu dance and drumming group performance and enjoy a traditional South African Braai (BBQ) around the fire in the evening.
Day 3: Sports Coaching in the Township
The team will head out for their first day of sports coaching in the township communities. The schools in the township have no structured sports coaching as part of their school day, so visiting sports coaches are highly appreciated and warmly welcomed. The team will visit three different schools before heading back to the lodge to relax for the evening.
Day 4: Sports Coaching and Match 1
The second day of coaching in the township will see the team travelling to two schools to deliver the eagerly anticipated sports coaching to the kids. After a slightly earlier finish the team will have a few hours to prepare for their first match of the tour to take place in the evening.
Day 5: Visit Jeffreys Bay
After a tiring few days the team will take a much needed relaxing day trip to Jeffreys Bay, here they will have the opportunity to try out the traditional beach sport of Dune Boarding, on the mountainous J-Bay sand dunes. After this the team will enjoy a pub lunch before heading off to the Billabong factory outlet where Billabong attire is available for half the price of normal shops. Those that want to give Billabong a miss can try out some surf lessons or simply relax at the beach.
Day 6: Sports Coaching and Match 2
The team will enjoy their third day of coaching in the communities at two new schools and will enjoy the opportunity to interact with children who often have very little attention at school or at home where, it is not uncommon, to be one of eight siblings living with just a grandparent. After lunch there will be a few hours preparation for the evening match.
Day 7: Bloukrans Bungee Jump (or Zip Lining, Monkey Land or Elephant Sanctuary)
Enjoy a scenic two hour drive down to the beginning of the Garden Route passing through Storms River to get to the world’s highest commercial bungee jump, standing at 216 m high. For those adrenaline junkies the jump is waiting but for those who fancy something a bit more tame there are also other options in the area to enjoy, such as, a tree top canopy tour on zip wires or a visit to the local monkey land or elephant sanctuary. Your chance to get close to nature!
Day 8: African Wildlife at Kragga Kama and Seaview
You can’t leave South Africa without seeing some African Cats. The team will spend the day at two different local game reserves; Kragga Kama, where they will be able to see an abundance of African wildlife roaming free, including Rhino, Giraffe and Buffalo. Then they will move on to Seaview Lion Park, home to more than 50 Lions (including the rare White Lion) as well as Leopard, Cheetahs and Crocodiles. For those who are slightly brave there is also an opportunity to go in the enclosure with some cubs or adolescent Lions. The day will finish off with an authentic meal under the stars cooked on an open fire, here the team will be able to try some local cuisine such as Kudu Pie.
Day 9: Local Market and Departure
On the final day the team will have a chance in the morning to explore the local market where they can pick up some local curios and souvenirs for friends and family, before departing for the airport to return home.
You will stay in our accommodation located in Newton Park, a small suburb of the coastal city of Port Elizabeth. The accommodation is located approximately 10km from the airport in a residential area. The beachfront is a short taxi ride.
Although basic, the accommodation is comfortable and you will find it very easy to relax after your day’s activities. You will live alongside the other travellers and our in-country team. This makes for a very safe, fun and extremely social environment. You will be staying in a dorm room of 4-10 people and will eat most of your meals together.
– Several communal areas for socialising including a TV and games room that has table tennis and a pool table.
– Swimming Pool.
– Four coin-operated washing machines and two tumble dryers are available for laundry.
– An internet cafe is 5 minutes walk from the accommodation.
– DSTV (the South African equivalent of Sky) with nine 24hr sport channels.
– A shop 5 minutes walk from the accommodation selling everyday items such as snacks and drinks, toiletries, SIM cards, phone top-up vouchers and international call cards.
The city is situated 800km from Cape Town and is known for its sunshine and safe sandy beaches. Located on the South Eastern coast of Africa, this major sea port and tourist destination is set along the beautiful shores of Algoa Bay, and is fondly referred to as the Friendly Eco-City.
Temperatures are moderate all year round with rain scattered throughout the year, the summers are warm with a very temperate humidity level, whereas the winters are mild and pleasant. There is a significant amount of water sports all year round; surfing, boardsailing and diving. Overseas tourists will be happy to hear that even at the seaside you can enjoy the awe inspiring wildlife of Africa because there are a number of wildlife reserves in the area around Port Elizabeth.
Just 73 km from the city there is Addo Elephant Park, dedicated to the preservation of the Eastern Cape Elephant and the Cape Buffalo. There are other smaller reserves which are just as delightful and will provide a memorable African experience. The combination of calm waters and fair breezes are perfect conditions for sailing and the safe beaches allow for swimming, surfing, body boarding and any kind of water sport.
Scuba diving enthusiasts can choose from a number of great spots with lots to see, such as ship wrecks, coral reefs and beautifully coloured fish in the warm waters with up to 30 metres visibility. There are one day courses available as well as boat charters and gear for hire.
9 Days – £750 per person.
12 Days – £875 per person (extra 2 days coaching and 1 match).
14 Days – £990 per person (extra 3 days coaching, 1 match and 1 excursion).
£200 deposit to secure placement at time of booking, final balance due 8 weeks prior to departure.
– Transfer to and from Port Elizabeth airport.
– Full orientation and induction to your project and the general local context upon arrival.
– Accommodation in a communal house with swimming pool and all amenities.
– Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
– Your team placement.
– All work related local transport.
– Costs of excursions (excluding bungee, or other related activities in this area).
– Necessary equipment and briefings.
– 24/7 in country attention and support.
– All flights.
– Visas (when applicable).
– Vaccinations and medications.
– Costs of teaching/accompanying staff.
– Local transport which is not specified (we encourage teams to use local taxis or public transport).
– Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
– Laundry service.
– In-country travel and personal spending money, i.e. all costs related to personal social, tourist and cultural activities – we can assist with bookings and useful advice.
– Cost of bungee jump, monkey land, elephant sanctuary, canopy tours, surfing in J-Bay.
If you have any questions, or if you’d like to find out more about this incredible adventure and create some unforgettable memories, just fill in the form below and one of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.