Anir Experience offers its participants opportunities
they cannot find in any other program or tour
experience. 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 other programs are limited.
Arrive in Cape Town in the early afternoon where
participants are met and transferred to accommodations
either a Victorian bed and breakfast or European style
boutique hotel,  in view of either majestic Table Mountain or
the Atlantic Ocean front. 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 focus on the cultural experience exposes our
participants to the raw energy of this ‘rainbow
nation’ 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. We
include a visit to District Six with an Anir Educator
who explains even deeper history, politics and
emotion surround the question of reparations for
decedents of District Six.
We focus on teaching our participants about HIV/AIDS and community action
programs dealing with this issue; including orphans and venerable children.
Our participants are taught  by community action groups the same way a
community member learns about the history, cause and how to stop the
pandemic.
Depending on your Anir program, be it a Habitat for Humanity
International build or an HIV/AIDS Community Outreach Program, location
and duration will determine how much "your own time" you have, 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.
We 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.
There is at least one evening 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

Anir Experience
At the end of the pre-program, 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.
A visit to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope are
included in an Anir Experience
What participants can expect:
An early morning lecture on South African culture at
the Iziko Cultural Museum of Cape Town, one of the
finest cultural museums in the country. They learn
about 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.

Dinners  Authentic South African cuisine, and other
cultures