The BBC’s new wildlife series, Africa, presented by none other than David Attenborough has renewed all of our interests in the wild continent, making us yearn for dusty plains dotted with zebra and giraffe, underground souks filled with treasures and wide golden sand beaches. Africa is not the easiest, safest or even cheapest continent to travel in though, so where exactly is best to head for your gap year?
Gap years are great opportunities for you to enjoy different experiences and try new things, and something you may want to do during your time away from school, university or career is go on a safari. The Serengeti in Tanzania is one of the best places to do this - read on to find out more.
If you're embarking on a gap year and want to include a safari in your travels, head to South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Here, you'll find an abundance of wildlife living in one of the most beautiful settings in Africa. Read on to find out more.
Lots of people who embark on a trip to Tanzania visit for its excellent wildlife-spotting opportunities. The country is home to plenty of great destinations for you to see some of Africa's majestic creatures, and the Serengeti is perhaps the best place to come face-to-face with these animals.
A holiday to climb Kilimanjaro may be the main reason you've chosen to visit Tanzania on a gap year, but that doesn't mean you can't explore some of the country's other attractions once your trek ends, with national parks and golden beaches waiting to be discovered.
Situated in north Tanzania, Serengeti National Park is famous for its colossal mammal migration - and for this reason it may be somewhere you have considered for a gap year adventure. Read on to discover top tips for planning a trip to the Serengeti.
Going on an African safari is a dream holiday for many travellers, but before you book your trip, there are a number of things to consider. Here are some tips on how to pick the right safari for you.
Did you know that there are fewer people with internet access in the entire continent of Africa than in New York City alone? Real Gap Experience is offering gap year packages to this fascinating place, whether you want to work, volunteer or simply travel.
Travellers and volunteers are being recruited for a unique game capturing project in South Africa. The project, 450km north of Pretoria, is based on an 8,300-hectre cheetah conservation and research property which has recently established a new reserve and rehabilitation centre as a safe environment for South Africa's wildlife.
Voluntourism is becoming increasingly popular as British travellers look to combine adventure holidays with giving something back to their host communities. As a result African Home Adventure, based at the Nairobi International Youth Hostel, is launching a new adventure travel project in Masai Mara.
Sometimes travellers just need to rejuvenate their body, mind and soul, to unwind from the stresses and trials of being on the road. Fordoun, situated in the green pastures of a diary farm in the rolling hills and valleys of KwaZula-Natal in South Africa, is one such place to do so.
This year's Comic Relief will showcase Kenya as celebrities including Olly Murs, Dermot O'Leary and Lorraine Kelly complete a trek across the Kaisut Desert in Kenya. Gap Adventures are offering travellers the chance to follow in their footsteps and have their own Kenyan getaway.
Specialist Tanzania is offering an exclusive stay at the brand new boutique eco lodge, Mivumo River Lodge, combined with two nights at the Zanzibar Serena Inn in the capital, Stone Town. The trip includes visiting two of Tanzania's World Heritage Sites, shared game-viewing drives in Selous Game Reserve.
If South Africa is on your must-visit year-out list, a photography competition could help you see the country in style. A seven-day break is the first price in an Amateur Photographer Magazine competition, launched by Great Hotels of the World.
Having recently won the Top Country award at the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2011, the African nation of Namibia has recognised the importance of its shores, by naming the entire 1,500km coastline a national park.
For years Zimbabwe has been one of the most controversial countries in Africa, but one safari company has said that now is the time for Western tourists to rediscover the natural wonders of this beautiful country.
When you're thinking of giving to charity, you'd normally expect to give your time or money. Well how about giving your luggage space? The Selous Safari Company has teamed up with Pack For A Purpose to allow African travellers a chance to make a difference.
Keen snappers can win the holiday of a lifetime this spring, as iExplore is offering a Kenyan safari, worth over £5,000 to the winner of its Photo Safari Contest. Runners up prizes include over £300 of travel vouchers and storm-proof jackets.
The global economic recession has recently arrived in South Africa, and while this spells bad news for many of the country's inhabitants, UK tourists can play their part in helping the recovery by booking a reduced price safari.
Book your next worldwide expedition with Bales and save hundreds, as the adventure tour operator is currently offering up to £645 per person off selected trips, including remote African safaris and Indian holy festivals.
The South East Asian state of Burma has been voted as the Top Emerging Travel Destination in the Wanderlust Readers' Travel Awards 2011. This controversial choice means that Burma is now top of Wanderlust's travel 'to do' list.
To help career break travellers get the most out of their African adventure, luxury tour operator Africa Rose Travel has named its top tips for seeing the most impressive wildlife this continent has to offer.
Explore the teeming Okavango delta, visit the barren salt pans of the Magkadigkadi, or meet the local Maasai people on a tour of Botswana with Pure Travel, the adventure holiday specialist that has just launched a new section on its website dedicated to this fascinating country.
If you're interested in more than just box-ticking and whistle-stop tours on your gap year, then the new brochure from World Expeditions is a must-read. Journeys of Discovery offers an in-depth approach to several exotic locations, such as Botswana and Peru.
Savvy safari enthusiasts can save almost £1,000 per person on their career break in Africa, with the Selous Safari Company, which is offering a seven-night adventure in Tanzania.