Our Gap Year Adventure is a 12 month commitment gap year programme in South Africa with two intake periods, being January and July. The Gap Year Programme with us is a life changing experience and a new adventure begins every day. Our programme is ideally suited for male and female school and college leavers and young adults between the age of 18 and 25 years old and by supporting Gap your supporting Nature Conservation.

By committing to our Gap Adventure you will not only discover your strengths, but overcome your fears and weaknesses and at the same time build character. You will be guided on a well paved road into the future, opening your heart, mind and soul to a greater understanding of what life is about and how to implement change. You will be assisted in making those changes for now and years to come and this will set you apart from the norm. You will gain practical knowledge and leadership qualities through our training, all the while embracing your love for animals and developing, nurturing and unleashing virtues such as:

  • Leading by example
  • Learning by doing
  • Friendship through trust
  • Wisdom through experience
  • Commitment through passion
  • Courage through risk
  • Self-esteem through achievement
  • Humility through service
  • Emotional fitness through self-awareness
  • Passion for life through adventure
  • Compassion through giving

This programme is for everyone who loves animals and nature and who wants to make a difference.


We do not discriminate against anybody, regardless of their religious beliefs, race, culture and sexuality.


By the end of the twelve months programme, as a SOTI Trooper, you will have developed real mental and physical stamina as well as self-esteem.  Over and over again, you would have confronted and conquered your fears. You will have formed life-time bonds of friendship and most importantly, will have developed leadership skills which will serve you well into the future.  SOTI’s objectives are achieved by exposing you to various experiences through participation in a wide variety of activities.

The Gap Year Programme contains a range of experiences that are designed around five core values:

  •  Self Actualization
  •  Social Skills Development
  •  Adventure & Eco-tourism
  •  Health and Fitness
  •  Leadership


Our training camps are situated in the following provinces in South Africa: Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Northwest.  By the end of the programme, you, the participant, will be equipped to take responsibility of your own destiny by making decisions based on a variety of experiences and knowledge gained during the SOTI programme.


The first 3 months training is The Field Learnership Course. This course is the first phase of our SOTI Programme. This phase involves preparing you for new challenges ahead, while we will guide and mentor you to overcome your fears and weaknesses, ensuring you are physically and mentally fit for the next phase.


Field Learnership Camps may vary from camp to camp. Accommodation could be in 6 sleeper wooden cabins or military style 6 sleeper tents, both with electrical power and separated male and female ablution blocks with running hot and cold water, basins, showers and toilets.


These camps have full catering facilities, including a sheltered dining area and entertainment area which includes TV, games, books, pool tables etc.  The office and training staff’s accommodation will also be situated at the training boot camps.

Field Camp

Boot Camp

Single Man Travel Tent

Field Ablution


My first few day after I arrive:-

Day 1 - You will be welcomed and collected by one of our staff members and transported in our SOTI bus to our Field Learnership Camp. There you will be welcomed and introduced to your fellow camp mates, team leaders and instructors. After your welcoming, you will be shown to your accommodation so you can settle in and familiarize yourself with your first night at Boot Camp.

Day 2 – Orientation day: Wake up at 06h30, freshen up and get ready for breakfast at 7:00am.  After breakfast you will meet the CEO of SOTI and enjoy his personal welcoming message. After that you will be sized for your clothing and gear and thereafter you can hang out and explore the camp and ask your team leaders any questions or even catch up your jet-lag. After lunch at 12h00 you will receive your clothing and gear.

Day 3 – The day starts at 06h30, freshen up and get ready for breakfast at 07h00 wearing your new clothing and gear. After eating you will do your first 10 km walk exploring the area and depending on the weather swim and have fun at the local rivers/dams. A field lunch will be served between 12h00 and 12h30. The afternoon is yours to relax until dinner. After dinner at 19h00 you will have additional hour to do as you please before. Lights go out 22h30.  An early night is important, since the next day is the start of your training.

Day 4 - and until the end of the first three months

    Rise and Shine

    06h00 - 06h45 

Inspection – Cabin – Dress Code
07h00 – 07h30 breakfast

Morning Activities

Different activity each day

Physical Fitness Programme

  • Physical Training
  • Obstacle course training
  • Muddy swamps
  • Traverse rope swings and interactive missions

Self Defence

  • Shooting – paint balling
  • Target shooting
  • Anti rape procedures
  • Response to an assault
  • Body & Mind Strength
  • Importance of staying agile, healthy and vigilant
  • Hi-jack situation
  • Danger signs to be aware of
  • When to fight and when to run
  • Breaking barriers of strength

Life Skills

  • First Aid and Health & Safety
  • Patient Assessment
  • Shock Treatment
  • Fractures / Dislocations
  • Splint improvisation
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Applying a field dressing
  • CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation)

Field Craft

  • Learn about the dangers in and around the bush
  • Apply basic survival skills in building shelters
  • Finding of natural food & water
  • Basic first aid (bush pharmacy)
  • Making fire
  • Setting and making traps

Navigational skills Programme


  • Study the stars
  • Compass navigation

Afternoon Activities

Different activity each day

  • Horse riding
  • Camouflage face painting
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Archery
  • Tracking and identifying animal spoor, droppings and animal behavior
  • Animal & bird watching and identification
  • Knots making
  • Basic archaeology
  • Paint ball wars

During your basic Field Learnership Course, your team leaders would have been monitoring your every move, observing your strengths and weaknesses, slowly mentoring you and slowly molding you to where they think you would comfortably fit in for the next 3 months in one of the SOTI Field Camp Programmes. By this time your team leaders will know exactly which SCOPE of SOTI you will feel most comfortable in and you will be presented with the options based on your evaluation.

You then move on to your next level of the training programme. You will now Pass out leaving the Learnership Camp, receiving your first STAR for excellence in our fitness programme and basic training and will be moved to another camp site.

Field Camps

From month 4 to 6 the next training phase will take place at our Field Camps. This part of your training becomes more specialized, with the various programmes we have on offer.

The Field Service Camp sites are placed at various Game Lodges all over South Africa and are similar to the basic living conditions and services offered at the Training Boot Camps.

When you arrive at this camp site and training center, your new team leaders would have been briefed on your strengths and will now develop you towards your next STAR and becoming an expert in a specific division of SOTI.

Afternoon Activities

Based on your Strengths & Weaknesses, you will be placed in one or more of the following second phase training programmes:-

  • Bush style cooking classes
  • Rural arts & crafts development
  • Rural farming with tunnels
  • Rural educational programmes related to Wild Life and Fauna & Flora
  • Rural sports development and entertainment
  • Wild life conservation and protection data capturing of species, head counting and geographical movement of species
  • Eco friendly education and implementation in rural communities
  • Basic health care in rural communities
  • Field support
  • Veterinary assistance in the field
  • Puppy training
  • Mechanical and DIY basic skills training
  • Feeding of the animals, wild and domestic
  • Maintaining the camp site
  • Working at the general orphanage for our rescued wild animals
  • Field office management and marketing
  • Campaigning for all animals
  • Attending fund raising functions

You will have the opportunity to create a breakthrough in the following:

  • Powerfully face the risks and challenges of life
  • Deal effectively with peer pressure
  • See rules and agreements as a way to have life work for you
  • Communicate effectively and listen for the value in what others have to say
  • Generate excellence in studies and in the areas of life that are important to you
  • Know yourself as someone who makes a profound difference
  • Experience appreciation for your parents and siblings as well as other human beings
  • Be responsible and accountable in a way that empowers yourself and others
You will be traveling and working all over SA and neighboring countries

South African Provinces - Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape & Northern Cape

 Neighboring countries
– Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe

Read More About South Africa Click Here

Working Activities

  • Conservation of the Environment & Animal Welfare
  • Working with other non-profit organizations that we are affiliated to
  • Indigenous species
  • Marine projects
  • Fauna & flora
  • Endangered species
  • Rehabilitation of wild & domesticated animals
  • Fishing - tag & release data capturing species
Humanitarian and Rural Benefit Activities

  • Community up-liftment projects
  • Aids awareness
  • Educational programmes to the disadvantaged
  • Poverty and disaster relief
  • Community agri-farming
  • Basic Health Care
  • Preservation of cultures and traditions
  • Rural feeding schemes



Adrenalin rush activities
Challenges by Choice


  • Deep sea game fishing
  • Snorkeling among coral reefs
  • Close up humpback whales viewing
  • Wake boarding
  • Knee boarding
  • Water skiing
  • Jet Ski riding
  • Wind surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Shark cage diving
  • White water river rafting
  • Skippering a boat
  • Cliff diving
  • Waterfall bum sliding
  • Jumping and abseiling down waterfalls
  • Kite Surfing
  • Surfing
  • Single tube raptor tubing
  • Water tubing
  • Slalom skiing
  • Paragliding
  • Banana tubing
  • Scuba diving

Motor Activities
Challenges by Choice

  • Quad bike adventure trails
  • Off road biking
  • Off road biking
  • Go cart endurance racing
  • 4 x 4 trails


Challenges by Choice

  • Horse riding
  • Dune & sand kite boarding
  • Mountain hiking and climbing
  • Mountain bike cycling
  • Tree top hopping
  • Bridge Swinging
  • Forest elephant riding trails
  • Bass Jumping
  • Bungee  jumping
  • Abseiling
  • Sky diving
  • Parapax Tandem Paragliding
  • Dune boarding
  • Kloofing

Hot Spots and Discovery
South Africa – Limpopo Province

  • Naboomspruit
  • Polokwane
  • Tzaneen
  • Hans Marensky
  • Kruger National Park  - Limpopo
  • Phalaborwa
  • Blyde River Canyon

See more about
Limpopo’s attractions

Click Here

South Africa – Mpumalanga

  • Graskop
  • Pilgrims Rest
  • Sabi
  • Nelspruit
  • Komatipoort
  • Barberton
  • Ermelo
  • Piet Retief

See more about
Mpumalanga's attractions

Click Here


  • Maputo
  • Xai-Xai
  • Gorongosa National Park
  • Cahora Bassa Dam
  • Beira
  • Inhambane
  • Tofu

See more about
Mozambique’s attractions

Click Here

South Africa – KWA Zulu Natal

  • Pongola
  • Kosi Bay
  • Sodwana
  • Mtubatuba
  • Richards Bay
  • Ballito Bay
  • Drakensberg
  • Uvongo
  • Port Edward

See more about
Kwa Zulu Natal’s attractions

Click Here

South Africa – Eastern Cape

  • Port St Johns
  • East London
  • Port Alfred
  • Kirkwood – Addo
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Jefferys Bay
  • Storms River – Tsitsikamma

See more about
Eastern Cape’s attractions

Click Here

South Africa – Western Cape

  • Knysna
  • Mossel Bay
  • Swellendam
  • Agulas
  • Gaansbaai
  • Gordons Bay
  • Cape Town
  • Saldanha Bay
  • Clanwilliam

See more about
Western Cape’s attractions

Click Here

South Africa – Northern Cape

  • Garies
  • Springbok
  • Vioolsdrift

See more about
Northern Cape’s attractions
Click Here


  • Orange River
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Luderitz
  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Brandberg
  • Skeleton Coast
  • Etosha
  • Grootfontein
  • Rundu
  • Caprivi Strip

See more about
Namibia’s attractions
Click Here


  • Okavango Delta
  • Chobe
  • Kasane

See more about
Botswana’s attractions
Click Here


  • Victoria Falls
  • Hwange National Park
  • Bulawayo
  • Beitbridge
  • South Africa

See more about
Zimbabwe’s attractions
Click Here

You will be adventuring to these Hot Spots in our SOTI luxury bus with a trailer for your luggage. You will be accompanied by your Team Leaders at all times. Along the way you will be staying in campsites in your 2 man tent as well as in various lodges. Your meals, camp site fees, lodge fees and adventure activities fees will be included on all these trips

“Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking.  Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown your own inner voice.  And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become.  Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

"Click on the links below" to find out more about what you will achieve, what to bring along, what is included, the cost, the terms and conditions and the application form.