School Trips

School Trips

Welcome to Africa

Have the opportunity to explore amazingly diverse wildlife and the unique landscapes – only found on the continent of Africa.

Taking part in an educational trip to Africa is an experience like no other. You will encounter amazingly diverse wildlife and explore the landscapes unique to the African continent.

Africa is a great place to volunteer and make an impact during your trip. Be it wildlife or community volunteering, your students will be able to really see the results of their work, educating impoverished children or protecting local wildlife. All of Gapforce’s projects are thoroughly long-term and sustainable, so you can be sure that the days your group puts in are part of a broader vision and programme of support.

Volunteering in Africa will give your group the perfect opportunity to learn about this amazing continent and the culture lived day-to-day by its people.

Country Ideas for Africa School Expeditions




South Africa

Sample Itineraries

Every Gapforce School Expedition is unique. Here are some examples of expeditions we’ve put together for previous schools. Take a look to get some inspiration for your trip, and an idea of what is possible with Gapforce.


The heart of Africa and the cradle of civilisation! Homo habilis, probably the first early human species, occupied the Olduvai Gorge in the north east of the country approximately 1.9 million years ago.

Alongside this wealth of anthropological history, Tanzania boasts some of East Africa’s most famous wildlife parks, including the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, and is home to a myriad of fascinating native tribes and cultures. The country remains a firm favourite for school groups.


  • Full day Maasai tribe expereince
  • Learn wildlife tracking techniques
  • Spend time with the amazing children of Uchira primary school
  • Three-day safari in search of the “Big Five”

Featured Itinerary

  • Day 1 -2: Arrive Moshi; sightseeing tour
  • Day 3: Marangu Falls & Chagga tribe visit
  • Day 4: Maasai tribe experience
  • Day 5: Lake Challa visit
  • Day 6: Learn survey techniques in Ndarakwai private conservation site
  • Day 7: Uchira Primary School welcome
  • Day 8: Renovations/ much needed painting of classrooms
  • Day 9: Installing basketball hoop & other needed recreational items
  • Day 10: Sports and fun day with the pupils
  • Day 11: Safari begins in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Day 12, Tarangie National Park “the Elephant playground”
  • Day 13: Ngorogoro crater National Park
  • Day 14: Fly home

The gateway to Africa, Morocco is an ideal school group location. The landscape encapsulates the High Atlas mountains, wave-beaten coastline, forested hills and the baked orange sand and oases of the Sahara.

Its ancient cities with their colourful markets and famously hospitable locals make it a firm Gapforce favourite.

Sample Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech & visit Jemaa el-Fna
  • Day 2-4: Visit to the high Atlas mountains & berber communities
  • Day 5: Local NGO visit (we have links to NGOs which work on development, health, and women’s empowerment amongst other issues)
  • Day 6-7: Southern Sahara desert trip, with visit to local nomadic tribes
  • Day 8-9: Essouira case study of coastal pressures & beach chill
  • Day 10: Transfer to Marrakech and fly home

Ghana is stable and prosperous, and amongst travellers is sometimes described as ‘Africa for beginners’. It’s an ideal destination for a school group trip. Of course, our intrepid itineraries will ensure your group leaves the beaten track well behind and engages with some of the amazing landscapes, history and people of Africa’s friendliest state.

Sample Itinerary

  • Day 1-2: Arrive and settle in Accra; sightseeing tour of the city
  • Day 3: Visit to Osu, the historical and vibrant ‘West End’ of Accra
  • Day 4-8: School renovation project with one of our partner schools
  • Day 9: Sports day with the students
  • Day 10: Visit to Kakum National Park
  • Day 11-13: Cape Coast, Elmina Castle & beach
  • Day 14: Fly home
South Africa

The “Rainbow Nation” has a huge abundance of wildlife: from hippos to penguins, lions to crocs, waddling and prowling through South Africa’s savannah, Cape coast, mountains and myriad other terrains. It has a huge and rich history, from the medieval Mutapa kingdom to the troublingly recent politics of Apartheid.

Previous Gapforce groups have petted Zebras, summited Table mountain and travelled the unforgettable Garden Route along South Africa’s south-eastern coast.

Sample Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive & transfer to Game Reserve
  • Day 2-6: Wildlife volunteering with the Big Five
  • Day 7: Tour of Port Elizabeth
  • Day 8-10: Garden Route trek
  • Day 11: Cape Town & Table mountain
  • Day 12: Full day Cape Point tour
  • Day 13: Robben island visit
  • Day 14: Fly home

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If you would like more information about our group trips in Africa, please get in touch or call 0207 384 3028.

Remember, all our expeditions are created bespoke so you’re not restricted by what you see here. If you’re undecided about where to go, just call us, we love sharing ideas.

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  • What an outstanding ten days we had in Tanzania. From the moment we arrived in Arusha to the moment we left everything was exceptionally well planned and executed. The organisation put into place by Gapforce was exemplary; every activity was well thought out. Having two Gapforce staff members on the ground in Tanzania was superb because they were familiar with local customs and the language. Furthermore, they were more than willing to change arrangements at the last minute and accommodate our requests. The staff in the London office were a dream to deal with – always approachable, easy to communicate with and highly accommodating. The activities organised for us were of a wide range and suited the needs and requests of everyone. From walking transects, to the Maasai cultural experience, visiting the orphanage and the three days of safaris, everything was meticulously planned. I would certainly recommend Gapforce to anyone planning to visit beautiful Tanzania.

    Cheltenham Ladies College (Tanzania) IM, Head of Biology


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