GAP Adventures and the independent traveller

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1. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

So Africa is proving pretty tricky. I bought a guidebook on South Africa that warns us never to go out alone, and getting around from place to place is looking to be a challenge. For the first time, I'm stumped on how to even plan a trip...

The nice man who bought my sofa last week mentioned GAP Adventures, which I've seen here and there on TP. They seem to have lots of great tours through different countries that would enable us to see a little of everything without having to figure out huge logistics--especially to out-of-the-way places. So:

  • Will we be on the sex, drugs and rock'n'roll tour? (I don't so much mind the last bit...)
  • Are most people on the tour there to enjoy the place and the people?
  • Has anyone gone from independent travel to GAP ADventure--and do you recommend it?
  • Any info is most welcome!

Thanks, as always!

2. Posted by chemgal (Full Member 149 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tway,
I am looking into travelling in Africa next year and I have done a bit of research on the tour companies. The ones with the best recommendations are: GAP Adventures, Acacia Africa and Dragoman. I'm leaning a bit towards Acacia Africa as they are Africa specialists.
GAP aren't really a sex, drugs and rock'n'roll operator, you'll generally find people who are interested in the culture but might like a few beers at the end of the day. Given the cost of the African tours, you'll find all of the participants will be actually interested in the culture and landscape.
Good luck with your plans! :)

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks! GAP Adventures is looking good!

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I've never done a GAP tour myself, but know a few people that have. It's not a young persons party tour - the age range on the tours are pretty wide - young singles, families, retirees, etc. The tours are pretty decent from what I have heard. In addition, they now have an option that allows you more independence while travelling - giving more free days and unguided touring while still managing the details around the logistics.

GAP has a website with a forum that you might want to poke around in. If nothing else, it'll give you an idea of the type of people that you'd be travelling with. The forum is called the "Watering Hole."


5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks, Greg! I've gotten lots of positive feedback about GAP and, from what I've read, they really do leave you with a lot of room for flexibility. I know I'm going to want at least a day on the beach--so I'm quite happy to be able to choose if I'd like to sit around for a lazy day. The price is also quite reasonable and it seems very hands--on as opposed to being catered to. Just waiting for the brochure to arrive to browse everything thoroughly and figure out flights. Right now our big dilemma looks to be wine tour vs. a dip in the Indian Ocean. Poor us!