|What makes An Anir Experience visit to South Africa
different from any other tour experience is the
personal contact with living history and the personal
approach to learning abut the culture not just
sight-seeing. Our guides and facilitators are not only
experts on South African Culture and the sites you will
be visiting but most have lived the history and were
active members of the anti-apartheid struggle. Our
Education Specialist can offer you insight and access
to people and places not found on the average tour.
|We arrive in Cape Town in the early afternoon
where we are met and transferred to our
accommodations on a bed and breakfast basis with
a majestic Table Mountain view so close you feel as
if you can touch it. Cape Town is one of the most
beautiful cities in the world. An eclectic mix of
architectural styles, Cape Dutch, English Tutor,
brightly Coloured Muslim homes, with cobble stone
streets and cultural diversity that enhances the
cosmopolitan texture of the city.
Our first full day in the city will start with an early
morning lecture on South African culture then take
us to the Iziko Cultural Museum of Cape Town, one
of the finest cultural museums in the country. Here
you will learn about and acclimate yourself to not
only the major indigenous cultures of the area but
also the topography and ocean around it.
The afternoon is spent visiting the Kirstenbosch
National Botanical Gardens home to examples of
10% of the world’s flora (7% is cultivated, 90% is
covered by natural fynbos and forest). Highlights
include an almond hedge planted in the 1650’s,
Colonel Bird bath and a conservatory, which
displays all the floral regions of the country.
Dinner at Marco's Authinic South African quzine
Day three we experience the raw energy of this
‘rainbow nation’ in one remarkable day. We start
with a tour of the vibrant Bo-Kaap (Malay
Quarter) where bright colored boxy houses
contrast with the Cape Dutch & English style
architecture of downtown. Then on to the District
Six Museum, which dramatically documents the
tragic disintegration of this once-vibrant
community by the apartheid government.
Day 2 starts with an open forum class on
HIV/AIDS and community action programs
dealing with this issue. We learn what is being
taught to youth and adults on how to stop the
pandemic. We also visit community programs
and successful orphan's homes.
Dinner at the Africa cafe to sample all of Africa
Depending on build location and duration there may be some "your own time" where you
are free to rest, explore the city on your own and to shop at the oldest market location in
South Africa. Greenmarket Square has been a market site since the late 1700’s and now
is home to a variety of African vendors from all over the continent; or visit once again to
the V&A Waterfront Mall. Hike or tram ride up to the top of Table Mountain. The hike will
allow you a chance to inspect mountain wildflowers. The tram ride gives you a birds-eye-
view of Table Bay. Or indulge on a full day tour visiting the Cape Winelands consisting
of several towns including Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek. Gracious Cape Dutch
homesteads set against a backdrop of mountains, forests, and rolling vineyards provide
an unforgettable landscape. You will have the opportunity to sample and purchase
noble vintages, to explore the realm of the wine maker and experience a rich historical
and architectural tradition while you learn first-hand how this picturesque part of South
Africa produces some of the world’s finest wines.
Free day excursions are an extra cost and can be arranged after you get to Cape Town.
That afternoon we will visit Robben Island which is situated 11km from
Cape Town, in the middle of Table Bay. Here Nelson Mandela was held
for 18 of his 27 years in prison, much of it under hard labor. The island is
now a museum and conservation area and was declared a World
Heritage site in 1999. Former inmates lead the tours and there is also
wildlife viewing, with antelopes such as springbok and bontebok, and a
diverse selection of birds, including ostriches and an African penguin
colony, Cape Fur Seals play in the cold Atlantic waters and are food for
great white sharks; who along with the cold water and strong currents
deterred prisoners from attempting to swim to the mainland.
|The evening is on your own to see the glamorous side of Cape Town, with a visit to
the famous Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront Mall for shopping and dinner
|Pre-Program Cape Town
Day 5 off to you assigned work project , either a Habitat for Humanity build or an HIV/AIDS community based program or any
number of other specially designed programs.
Day 4 a visit to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope
Depending on your program design a typical
itinerary could look like this: