Sample Itinerary prepared for the 9th university group from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, USA visiting South Africa in May 2018
The students are all members of the honors group, which is a broad-based undergraduate program. That is why the itinerary covers a wide spectrum of activities in South Africa.
Arrive Cape Town International Airport Table Mountain Cape Town orientation & sightseeing tour V&A Waterfront Hotel
Meet your group at Cape Town airport Typical South African welcome with Mission Vision Tour singers! Light lunch – serve on the bus Visit the New 7th Wonder of Nature, Table Mountain – cable car ride to the top City drive through and Cape Town sightseeing Drop off at hotel – V&A Waterfront hotel, Cape Town Welcoming supper
Robben Island on-site tour and District Six Museum visit Preparations for next day’s research
Breakfast at your hotel Leave hotel for Nelson Mandela Pier – Clock Tower V&A Waterfront Boat to Robben Island – experiences with local tour guides Meeting with Mr Christo Brand (the warder of Pres Nelson Mandela on Robben Island) Lunch at the District 6 Museum Café District Six Museum guided tour by Noor Abrahams District Six on site community tour with local guides Supper Group starts preparations for next day’s research
Research Project, town of Paarl, Western Cape
Interviews with local community members regarding the research questions data collection
Community Projects HELP Ministries Visit Gugulethu- and Khayelitsha Townships
Meeting with staff and members of HELP Ministries – help with the preparation of food – information session Rev Cecile Begbie – visit schools – distribution of soup Lunch Feeding of the homeless Afternoon Visit black townships Gugulethu and Khayelitsha (tour guide Monwabisi Maqogi) Golden, the Flowerman and Ekhaya Ekazi Supper
Morning conference soccer match African music and traditional meal
Breakfast at your hotel Morning conference at the hotel: “Further on the Road to Freedom. South Africa’s Legacy of Leadership after 23 years?” Speakers:
- Mary Burton from the Truth- and Reconciliation Commission and Black Sash.
- Michelle Boonzaaier
- Alan Storey.
Lunch at the hotel Drive to Qhiyia High School in Khayelitsha for soccer match Principal and/or coach speak to the group. School visit Show and supper at GOLD restaurant.
Green Point Promenade Bicycle Experience Simon’s Town, Penguins at the Boulders Swim in the Indian Ocean Cape Point Nature Reserve and Cape of Good Hope
Breakfast at your hotel Green Point Promenade Bicycle Experience Penguin Colony – the Boulders Simon’s Town Swim in the Indian Ocean Lunch Cape Point Nature Reserve Curio “shops" next to the road at the entrance gate to Cape Point Supper Evening free. Go out on your own for supper at the V&A Waterfront (sponsored)
Nederburg Primary School KWV Wine Emporium Cellar Tour and wine-tasting West Coast Ostrich Farm Bloubergstrand
Breakfast at your hotel Nederburg Primary School – class visits and group interaction KWV Wine Emporium – wine cellar tour and wine tasting Lunch Afternoon visit to The West Coast Ostrich Farm Return to your hotel via Bloubergstrand Supper Evening free last night at the V&A Waterfront
Check out of hotel fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg drive to Cradle of Humankind Maropeng Hotel
Breakfast at your hotel Check out Fly from Cape Town International to OR Tambo Johannesburg Lunch Nkosi’s Haven – Orphanage for AIDS victims’ children. Meeting with director Gail Johnson. Interacting with the children at Nkosi’s Haven Supper Overnight Maropeng Hotel
Sterkfontein Caves and Cradle of Humankind Soweto Tour
Breakfast at Maropeng Hotel Visits the Cradle of Humankind Museum and the Sterkfontein Caves Lunch Robby’s Restaurant – Soweto Soweto tour with our tour guide Queen Malefane. We will stop at Regina Mundi Church, Hector Peterson Museum, visit Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu once lived and the FNB soccer stadium where the finals of the 2010 Soccer World Cup were played. Return to Maropeng Hotel Supper Input: Political- and community leader Overnight Maropeng Hotel
Apartheids Museum Freedom Park Night Game Drive Mongena Game Lodge
Breakfast at Maropeng Hotel Check out Visit Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg Lunch Experience the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria/ other attractions Supper Evening Game Drive Mongena Lodge Overnight Mongena Lodge
Mongena Game Lodge Early Morning Game Drive Bush Walk Afternoon Game Drive Boma Braai
Early morning Game Drive (optional) Breakfast Mongena Game Lodge Mid-morning bush walk Speech Game Ranger: “What are the challenges facing the SA Wildlife Industry?” Lunch Afternoon Game Drive Supper Boma Braai (BBQ) Overnight Mongena Lodge
Freedom Park Pretoria OR Tambo Airport
Breakfast Mongena Lodge Hotel Check out Visit SA parliament buildings – statue of Nelson Mandela (short stop) Visit Freedom Park Pretoria Lunch Blue Crane Restaurant Pretoria Drop off at the airport Flight back to New York