7 Month Gap Year Programme / Safari

Our Gap programme is defined as an Overland Life skills safari and includes 3 SADC regions namely RSA, Namibia and Botswana ending back in South Africa.

We offer a guaranteed scheduled departure once a year; starting the 1st of July from the Greenfire Lodge in Cape Town Sea Point.

Our itinerary takes us North to Augrabies National Falls to witness the mighty Gariep River before venturing through the Richtersveld by canoe for 5 days.

Entering Namibia we travel off the beaten tracks and visit secluded sights en-route to Luderitz and onto our base camp for the next 2 odd months on a 20 000 hectare private game farm on the border of the Namib Naukluft Park where our King Cheetah Gene Project is starting up. We will be based here for 8 weeks lending a hand to the management and running of this project. Our involvement will be all about caring for the animals in our care and their needs. We get to explore the surrounding tourist places from here including Sossusvlei Sesriem, before travelling North along the skeleton coast to Damaraland to hopefully catch a glimpse of the Desert Elephant. From here we pass through Etosha National Park and the Caprivi Strip entering Botswana 12 weeks after leaving Cape Town.

We enter Botswana from the North West travelling South following the Okavango river stopping in the Tsodilo Hills area, Drotskys Caves and an interlude with a Bushman Village for a week. We will explore the Okavango Delta extensively by Mokoro, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Nxai Pan Makgadigadi National Park and the Central Khalahari National Park on safari moving from campsite to campsite. We do have 3 Camps we will use as bases and where we will work with the families of the staff from our camps in their home villages assisting where we can. 

We enter South Africa in the North of the Kruger National Park 24 weeks after leaving Cape Town. We spend one week travelling through the Kruger National Park where from here on we are accommodated in rooms and our camping days come to an end, we will also visit "Adams Calendar" in Waterfalboven. Travelling South East we head for the Drakensberg to unwind and walk the roof of Africa and the barrier of spears. From here we travel through the Transkei visiting quaint beaches and bays working our way South West to Jeffreys Bay and the Garden Route Tsitsikamma on week 27.

Your last week is spent in Plettenberg Bay for 4 nights and Cape Agulhas 1 night en-route to Cape Town where you are accommodated in a 5 star Villa / Hotel for the last 2 nights.

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Should you be intending to stay on longer please note we finish the programme the day we deliver you to your Cape Town venue and any room charges and extra's including airport transfer or taxi from here on, is on your onus.


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