Ask the Experts: What Should I Do on my Gap Year in Africa?

Iiiiiiiiiit’s Friday! And that means one thing here at STA Travel… It’s Ask the Experts time! This week Amy from STA Travel Vicar Lane steps up to take the spotlight once again, to answer one of your travel questions.

If you’d like Amy, or Claire to have a go at answering that travel question that’s been puzzling you for ages, get in touch and we’ll test them with it right here on the blog soon. But, back to this week and Anthony from Wigan is here with a question about his gap year in Africa, hit us with it Anthony…

I’m thinking of taking a gap year in 2014 and going to Africa but it’s such a big place and I have no idea where to start with planning. Could you advise on things I could do to make my year away special? Anthony, Wigan.

Yowza, that’s a doozy, but we’ve not found anything that’s stumped our Experts yet, I’m confident they’ll knock this one out of the park. Let’s see what ideas Amy has for you Anthony…

The African Serengeti.

Amy Pearson from STA Travel Leeds Vicar Lane says…

One of the most rewarding things to do in Africa is volunteer, this enables your to see the country at its best and really engage in your surroundings, whether you are doing community work or wildlife conservation your time is going to be greatly appreciated. At STA Travel we have some great schemes set in place, which are flexible with the amount of time you want to dedicate to the project.

Camp Kenya and Camp Tanzania are two projects that run as long as 3 months, and include everything from safari drives on days off to teaching children English. All meals and accommodation are included, along with training and airport transfers, also part of the money you pay will go back into the project, so something like this would be a fantastic way to kick-start your year away.

The plains of Tanzania.

I would also recommend after doing some volunteering project to do some serious travelling to treat yourself! There is no nothing better way than going overland on an epic 40 day adventure from Nairobi to Cape Town. This trip takes you the length and breadth of Africa, from the bustling cities of Cape Town to the beaches of Dar es Salaam, not to mention camping in Arusha and the Serengeti.

If you’d prefer something a little less intense, we also have a hop-on hop-off backpackers bus running through South Africa called Baz Bus which is great fun and enables you to travel at your own pace but alongside other travellers. Sounds like you’re in for a great adventure, hope that helps!

Amy’s only gone and done it again, great work as usual! Hopefully that’s given Anthony something to thing about… If you want to put your own travel question to our Experts email us with the details now, and we’ll put it to the Experts to answer, right here on the blog very soon.