African Wildlife Conservation



Gap Year South Africa and African Wildlife Protection Fund (AWPF) partner together to bring the ultimate African Wildlife Conservation Program.


Kick start your Gap Year in South Africa with a two week AWPF bush survival and wild life conservation experience, where you will be introduced to life in the bush as our park “rangers” know it. You will get a crash course in anti-poaching, animal tracking, survival skills, leadership development and conservation training.

How could it possibly get better than this? Well, after one week of intensive training at the Rangers Reserve, you put your skills to practice in an actual Game Reserve environment, where you will learn the real extent of what it takes to become a “Game Ranger” and activist in African Wildlife Conservation, whilst enjoying an up close and personal encounter with African Wildlife.

After your intense two weeks in the great African outdoors, Gap Year South Africa have a range of specially designed nature conservation programs for you to get involved in. Gap Year South Africa work together with Cape Nature and SANP (South African National Parks) to put you to good use as we harness your newly acquired skills, and your wild passion for nature and wildlife conservation into the working environment of nationally and regionally protected reserves – which Cape Town happens to be famous for.

The conservation side is more specific, together with SANP and Cape Nature we will place you in a nature reserve and position according to your skill set, knowledge, training or interest in the specific fields. If you are wanting to explore this field as a potential area of study or expertise then this is the perfect learning experience for you. If you are currently studying or training in these fields then this is perfect practical experience for you.



You will develop your survival and leadership skills and become an integral part of our conservation and educational development when you sign up with the African Wildlife Protection Fund. This programme will teach you the skill sets of a true survivor, and your experience will be enhanced by seeing and experiencing our indigenous animals in the bush.
You will be visiting some of the largest private game reserves in South Africa and have the chance to work on building our own private nature reserve in the stunning Western Cape.

The personal satisfaction of knowing that you have helped to make a HUGE difference by working with our Young Rangers programme with local disadvantaged youth and communities teaching skills in the African skills development centre. By sharing your skills and engaging with others, you will discover new strengths, areas of interest and connect with others as you begin to understand and share a passion for AFRICA in all its pain and glory.


What you can expect:

  • An Opportunity to Work in a Leadership Role
  • Team Work
  • Reaffirming Life Skills and Values
  • Working with Animals
  • Working in the African Bush
  • Animal Tracking
  • Community Work & Development
  • Self –Reliance Skills
  • Survival/Bush Craft Skills
  • Day to Day Activities on a Working Nature Reserve
  • South African Sight Seeing Experiences







  • Day 1 – Arrival at Cape Town International Airport and transfer to the Reserve to begin your adventure.
  • Day 2 – Animal husbandry, conservation & agricultural skills development with a local community schools project. Evening camp braai.
  • Day 3 – Discover animal tracking & archery. Evening meal at a local cultural destination.
  • Day 4 – Learn & practise survival skills. Night walk and cave sleep out.
  • Day 5 – Travel to Cape Town, visit to Table Mountain & Waterfront. Evening meal & overnight stay.
  • Day 6 – Boat transfer to visit Robben Island.
  • Tour of Masiphumelele Township by bicycle.*(Optional, small additional charge.)
  • Return transfer to Rangers Reserve.
  • Day 7 & 8 – Two day team building construction project in conjunction with the local community.
  • Day 9 – Visit to game reserve and game drive.
  • Day 10 – Working with the Rangers team on the Reserve. Choosing of & preparation of a local community personal upliftment project.
  • Day 11 – Further survival skills training, animal tracking & archery.
  • Day 12 – Upliftment project.
  • Day 13 – Presentation to local school regarding conservation & animal wildlife protection. Evening braai.
  • Day 14 – Homeward bound to brag about your amazing experience.
  • Three and four Week Mini Gap Leadership Camps Available.
type Type of project: Outdoor Africa Conservation Program
max-and-min-time Minimum duration: 7 Weeks
max-and-min-time Maximum duration: 20 Weeks
location Location:

AWPF Kapklip Private Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa.

GYSA Fish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa.

airport Airport: Arrive and depart from Cape Town International Airport. All transport to and from airport is provided for and arranged by GYSA.
age-requirements Age requirements: 18+
included Included: AWPF Mini-Gap Program, transport, food, accommodation, Adventure activities, and an awesome authentic South African Experience that you just can’t find anywhere else.
excluded Excluded: Flights and Travel insurance. Whilst in CT, spending money of about R500/week for food markets, souvenirs, night life and any adventure excursions that GYSA do not host. Please see our Adventure page for a clear understanding of what excursions
are provided for and what are at your own expense.
laundry Laundry: While in the Wild there is no need for clean laundry, however when your in CT, a washer and tumble-dryer are available in the volunteer house for you to use.
accomadation Accommodation:

When with AWPF students will stay in beautiful farmhouse accommodation on their private nature reserve in the Karoo Touwsriver. When in the Game Parks, nature provides the stars as your blanket and grass as your pillow.

Whilst in Cape Town you will live in a volunteer house that is a short distance from the nature reserves you will be volunteering with. The Gap House can facilitate up to 8 volunteers at a time. The Boys and girls have separate rooms. The house
is kept safe and secure with various safety measures in place including burglar bars and a house manager to monitor things. We have an interactive Vegetable Garden that we source some of our fresh ingredients from. We have a pool and great back
yard to soak up the sun in. The communal areas are kept clean and tidy by yourselves and with the help of a domestic worker and house manager. There is plenty to do around the area with Fish Hoek Beach a stones throw away and the mountains on
your doorstep.

accomadation Transport:

While in the Wild you will be walking a lot.

When in Cape Town we provide a door to door service as GYSA drivers take you to and fetch you from, all your projects, in our GYSA privately owned and regularly serviced vehicles.

schedule Schedule: Your first week in Africa will be spent on the AWPF Private Reserve in training for your week out on the Game Reserves as follows. After you have completed your two weeks with AWPF you will spend the rest of your time volunteering on a basis on
Monday-Friday from 09-4pm. Weekends are used for enjoying the sights and many wonders Cape Town has to offer – as part of the deal GYSA organise some excursions to get you out there and familiar with our diverse city.
menu Menu: During the week from Monday to Friday, our House Manager prepares healthy, home cooked meals for dinner. We cater for everyone’s needs by providing a well-balanced meal plan as we understand the benefits of healthy eating, we encourage plenty
of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and proteins into our meals. We forage from our own vegetable garden, and support our local community by buying our fish from the local fisherman.
outings Outings: We arrange awesome adventure excursions for some of your weekends as we try to pack in as many of the Cape Town attractions as possible and make sure that you don’t miss out on a single moment in SA. Find out more about this on the Adventures
required Required: To have an open mind to learning new things, be passionate about the volunteer work you are doing, and a flare for fun adventure and travel as you explore new places and cultures.

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