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College Program: South Africa and Namibia

Gain a deep understanding of South Africa and Namibia. Meet the people, make positive contributions in local communities and take in the incredible nature and wildlife.
Duration

18 days

Availability

Open Enrollment (Ages 18-26)

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Traveler Details

Duration in days

15

Program Details

Day to Day

Depart, USA

Depart USA

Day 1

It’s time for your journey to begin – depart for Cape Town, South Africa.

Cape Town, South Africa

Arrival Day

Day 2

Explore South Africa’s exciting ‘Mother City’ on this guided tour of the historical and cultural sights of Cape Town. You will step into the rich history of the city passing by key historical monuments and places of interest, such as the impressive Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town City Hall. Stop at the beautiful St. George’s Cathedral, pass through the lush Company Gardens, and explore the cultural hub of Cape Town, the Bo-Kaap, also known as the Cape Malay quarter. A tour of this vibrant city, home to street markets of every kind, cosmopolitan and rustic eateries, and a host of cultures is an unforgettable experience. This afternoon, take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain for unforgettable views of Cape Town.

Cape Town, South Africa

Penguins and Seal Island Cruise

Day 3

Drive out to Boulders Beach in Simons Town, a striking sheltered coastline, home to the region’s famous penguin colony. Explore the penguins’ natural habitat by kayak. Later, continue on your scenic drive around Chapmans Peak and on to the town of Hout Bay.  Visit the famous Cape of Good Hope nature reserve, a World Heritage site. Take a trip via funicular to the lighthouse at 286 meters above sea level, walk along the cliff paths or venture down to the stunning white-sand beaches.

robben islan
Cape Town, South Africa

Robben Island

Day 4

Set out to the infamous Robben Island to uncover the truth about the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was held for over twenty years. Gain a fascinating, firsthand glimpse into the realities of what went on here on a tour conducted by former inmates. Later, take a Township Tour, and journey through the history of South Africa by following a timeline that starts in 1652 and makes it way to present day Democratic South Africa.

Cape Town, South Africa

Uthando

Day 5

Today, participate in an extensive discussion on South African history, the legacy of Apartheid as well as in-depth information on the political, social, economic, cultural and local issues confronting South Africa today. Later, you will visit innovative and inspiring community development projects and meet the people driving these projects.

Oudtshoorn, South Africa

The Garden Route

Day 6

Travel along the scenic Route 62 through the rolling hills and endless plains of South Africa. Visit an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn to find out the intricacies of rearing these amazing birds. Delve into the depths of Cango Caves to see their ancient stalactites in a truly amazing network of caverns and caves. This evening, take a tour on Swartberg Pass and take the opportunity to hike in between the fynbos before enjoying  dinner and dancing under the African skies.

Knysna, South Africa

Game Drives

Day 7

Enjoy a sunrise meerkat safari to learn about these charming and endearing creatures from experts. Discover some of South Africa’s more dangerous animals at a crocodile and cheetah wildlife ranch that specializes in the rescue of these endangered species. For your afternoon’s entertainment, head to a game lodge and enjoy an open-air vehicle drive led by a team of knowledgeable guides. Get to know the animals, the vegetation, and the positive work conducted by the many game preserves in South Africa.

Knysna, South Africa

Community Outreach

Day 8

Join a local eco-excursion that plays host to a variety of educational approaches to environmental conservation. Explore the vital work being carried out by a Rastafarian Community Outreach Center located in the township of Knysna. This really is an eye-opening experience, during which the center leaders will introduce you to their gardens and the rehabilitating nature of their work. Spend the afternoon contributing to the many outreach projects. This is your chance to make a meaningful impact in the local community.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg

Day 9

This morning fly to Johannesburg, and begin exploring the many riches befitting a city that began as a 19th Century gold mining settlement. Set off on an immersive orientation of this diverse and amazing place. There is no shortage of cultural and political history to discover in Johannesburg. Stop off at the Apartheid Museum for an introduction to this hugely influential period in South Africa’s turbulent past. Attempt to understand the motivations behind both sides of a hard-won fight that was played out on news broadcasts throughout world.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Discover Soweto

Day 10

Discover the treasures of the Soweto Township on a tour with a difference. Set out on a bicycle ride around this world-famous area with a local guide who knows all the hidden gems. Your guide will delight in showcasing Soweto’s many historical landmarks while sharing anecdotes of student uprisings. Visit the former home of Nelson Mandela, and current home of Bishop Desmond Tutu. Travel to Mpumalanga and prepare for your Kruger National Park exploration.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Safari: The Big 5

Day 11

Spend an entire day at the Kruger National Park where you will explore one of the most famous game reserves in the world. Take your seat in professional, open-top vehicles alongside highly-trained rangers, and begin your journey into the wild. You’ll be taught the fundamentals of game viewing and will have access to a wealth of in-depth knowledge of the African bush. The main goal for today is to see all of the “Big 5” animals: elephants, rhinoceros, lions, leopards, and buffalo.

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Kruger National Park, South Africa

White Water Rafting

Day 12

Spend the morning tackling the unique challenges of white water rafting. During this exhilarating experience, carefully maneuver your raft along the river while spotting animals, fish, and bird life in the surrounding area’s lush vegetation. This afternoon, visit Gorge Lift. The lift takes you down the face of the gorge into the forest below, where wooden walkways & suspension bridges and trails led you through the indigenous forest.

 

Johannesburg, South Africa

Panorama Route

Day 13

Today, you will take the scenic route from Mpumalanga to Johannesburg.  Pass by the Three Rondawels, also sometimes called the Three Sisters, and God’s Window, a natural rock formation that allows for spectacular views of the Lowveld and the ravine directly below. After lunch continue your travels, and visit Berlin Falls and Mac Mac Falls – two of South Africa’s most popular waterfalls.

 

Windhoek, Namibia

Depart for Namibia

Day 14

This morning board your flight to Namibia.  Travel to Windhoek and join an orientation tour of the city. Later, head into Katutura where you’ll be exposed to the different cultures that live together there and visit local schools.

Namibia
Windhoek, Namibia

Namib Naukluft National Park

Day 15

Wake up early to visit the Namib Naukluft National Park by sunrise. Don’t miss the first rays of sunlight that paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath.  Then visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.

Namibia
Swakopmund, Namibia

Walvis Bay

Day 16

Travel to the harbor town of Walvis Bay. Visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups. Take the scenic road along the Atlantic  to Swakopmund, you will stop at a local’s house for a very well-deserved plated lunch. This lunch is a typical Namibian plate combination of Namibian cuisine including, Kapana, pap, vetkoek and Namibian curried mussels. After lunch, continue to your hotel for check-in and some free time on the beach.

Swakopmund, Namibia

Dolphin and Seal Cruise

Day 17

This morning join a dolphin and seal cruise. The trip begins with a tour of the Walvis Bay Harbor and then on to Bird Island past the Russian Trawlers to Pelican Point where you can view the Cape Fur Seal Colony. A variety of birds such as pelicans, flamingos, cormorants, and more can be seen en-route. Tonight, enjoy your final night with your new friends over a a traditional Namibian Steak & Chip dinner.

Windhoek, Namibia

Departure Day

Day 18

Depart Namibia for your journey home.