As more young people are wanting to travel and explore more of the world before committing to university study and finding a full-time career, gap year travelling is becoming more and more common. Whether you have a little or a lot to spend, want a year of relaxation or want to spend your time volunteering or gaining valuable work experience overseas for the future, there are literally hundreds of different gap year opportunities out there in destinations all over the world. If you have just finished your A-levels or equivalent and are hoping to take a year out to travel and gain new and unforgettable life experiences, here are some of the top reasons to choose Africa as your destination.
1. Diverse Countries and Cultures
The continent of Africa is very diverse and filled with variety; from the bustling capital cities such as Nairobi in Kenya to the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania, touring Africa on your gap year means that you’ll be able to choose from a huge variety of options when it comes to things to see and do. Activities across the continent range from climbing mountains to surfing or even having breakfast with giraffes. The best thing to do is plan your trip across a selection of countries in Africa that you’d like to visit; there’s no way that you’d be able to cover it all in just one year! You can also find tours covering several countries, such as this 11 day Kenya Tanzania tour where you can see the highlights of both countries.
2. Numerous Volunteering Opportunities:
If you are hoping to take a gap year where you’ll be able to volunteer your services to help others in need and do something good with your time, then Africa is the perfect choice of destination. Although many areas of Africa are becoming increasingly more wealthy and prosperous, there are still many areas across this continent where the people are impoverished and in need. For volunteers, especially those who have an interest in going into the medical field, there are countless opportunities to do good and help others as part of organised humanitarian aid groups.
3. Explore Different Cultures and Traditions:
Each country in Africa has their own unique cultures and traditions, and in many cases, tribes within each country will each have cultures and customs that differ from one another. If you are interested in learning more about, and even experiencing the way other people around the world live first-hand, then visiting Africa will fill you with excitement.
Tribal people in many countries in Africa are very friendly and welcoming; you can even find organised village tours where visitors can learn more about the local customs, taste the local cuisine, learn some of the language and perhaps even be invited to traditional events! It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about how people live in different parts of Africa.
These are just some of the best reasons to consider taking your gap year in Africa. Would you like to add any comments or opinions? Get involved in the comments below.