|* What makes this different from any other
tour experience is the personal contact with
living history and the personal approach to
learning abut the culture and not just
sight-seeing. Our guides and facilitators are
experts on South African Culture and the sites
you will be visiting and can offer you insight
and access to people and places not found on
the average tour.
We specialize in educating our participants
not simply entertaining....
|You arrive in Cape Town and are met by either your team
leader or by our personal guide. Depending on the program,
you are then transferred to your accommodations, either our
European style small hotel in the heart of town or our quaint
Braedside B&B or St. Raphael's farm retreat. The hotel and
B&B are 3 Star ranked with a majestic Table Mountain view so
close you feel as if you can touch it from the hotel.
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An
eclectic mix of cultures and 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.
Photo Thank yous:
Sarah Beth Cario
|*Day two CULTURE Program
Today you experience the raw energy of this ‘rainbow nation'. 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. From here, we tour Langa,
the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Western Cape and visit the
Tsoga Environmental Gardens, which are an example of the
entrepreneurship of the township people of the new South Africa.
Continue to Guguletu, gaining invaluable insights into the cultures and
history of each township. Then sample a slice of township life with a
visit to an informal spaza shop, a shebeen (pub) and hostels.
Contemplate this land of contrasts over lunch at a township restaurant
for aspiring young chefs and students of the tourist industry. This tour
is lead by members of the township community.
*Day one your first full day in the city will start with an early morning
lecture on South African culture that takes the team 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. Lunch will be either at the museum
or along historic Long Street.
In the afternoon you have the choice of either touring the historic
points of the central city; or visiting Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Founded in 1913, Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African
plants. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse
fynbos flora and natural forest. The cultivated garden (36 hectares)
displays collections of South African plants, particularly those from
the winter rainfall region of the country. People used Kirstenbosch
long before the arrival of the European settlers in the 17th Century.
In 1660 a hedge of wild almond (Brabejum stellatifolium) and
brambles was planted to form the boundary of the colony. Sections of
this hedge, known as van Riebeeck’s hedge still exist in Kirstenbosch.
The first part will be spent exploring the vast array of endemic and
endangered species. Then for those interested in learning about
plants which are used for medical purposes, a special forum is
arranged. For those not interested in Healing Plants a trip to the
Victoria & Alfred waterfront for a bit of shopping can be arranged.
In the evening we dine as a team where you will sample the food
treasures of the continent.
*Day Four The morning starts with a visit to 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.
In the Afternoon you are free to explore on your own, rest, shop at
the craft market or the mall...
*Day Three Truth About AIDS Program
Starts with a forum discussion on HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
The leaders of this forum are local educators and specialist
on the subject. As time allows, this Experience will include
visits to local orphan homes, clinics and Hospitals.
*Day Five we tour the spectacular Cape
Peninsula and you will learn why Cape
Town is considered one of the most
beautiful cities in the world; in addition we
visit the coastal towns of Fish Hoek,
Muizenberg and the penguin colony at
Simon’s Town as well Cape Point. The
Cape Peninsula is the thin finger of land in
the south-western most corner of Africa
with the city of Cape Town at its head. As
we travel south towards Cape Point and the
Cape of Good Hope, the land gets
narrower until the continent ends with
nothing beyond except Antarctica. In 1578
Sir Francis Drake described it as “The
fairest cape in the whole circumference of
the globe”. The rugged Table Mountain
range meanders down the centre of the
peninsula, and long white soft sandy
beaches and little rocky coves, line the
edges. The flora and fauna is unique to the
area and brightly coloured bird life is
*Day Six 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. And then contrast it with a
visit to the very glamorous Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront Mall; or
spend the day on a 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.
|**Day Five If this is a
working team - we
depart for our work
lodgings and the
Cape Peninsula tour
is left for our R&R day
location besides the Western Cape we depart for
the work countery/location