What is a Gap Year?

A gap year is a year’s break between high school and college/university, aimed at promoting a mature outlook with which to absorb the benefits of higher education.

Why consider taking a Gap Year?

A gap year offers an opportunity for school leavers not 100% convinced of their career or study plans to learn valuable life skills and visit new and interesting places. It also provides an opportunity to experience different cultures, try out new things and discover what the world has to offer.

Why a Gap Year in Africa?

Africa is a continent that offers unique and life-enriching encounters. In an increasingly fast paced world, time spent in the African bush allows contemplation and connection as well as exciting adventure. Having travelled the world there is truly nothing like falling asleep to the roar of a lion and awaking to the golden light of an African dawn.

You know you are truly alive when you are living among lions”¬† Karen Blixen

What does an ANT Gap Year look like?

We have devised a modularised programme which we believe offers the greatest choice and flexibility.

One month

For those of you who have just one month to spare we offer a wildlife and conservation experience with our partner, Ulwazi Research, as a stand alone package.


Two months 

Gain all the skills of a field guide, obtain a 4×4 qualification, become competent in handling a rifle, acquire tracking and survival skills, learn essential wilderness first aid protocols and wildlife photography from a professional photographer.

Three months

As per the two month field guide programme above with an additional month of wildlife and reserve management work in association with our partner Ulwazi.