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South African Safari

15 Days. Gain a deep understanding of South Africa from two angles—its turbulent political history and its spectacular natural wonders. In the cities and towns you’ll get to know the local people, and you’ll make positive, practical contributions in their communities. Then out on safari to look for the Big Five - lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos.
Duration

15 days

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Traveler Details

Leaders for South African Safari

July 10 to July 23, 2018 – Departs Atlanta (ATL)

Details of traveling Teacher Leaders will be confirmed shortly.

Duration in days

15

Program Details

Day to Day

Depart, USA

Depart USA

Day 1

It’s time for your journey to begin! Meet your delegation at the airport and set out on your African adventure.

Cape Town, South Africa

Arrival Day

Day 2

Arrive at the foot of one of the most famous mountains in the world, Table Mountain, named for its flat top. Take a breathtaking cable car journey to the top of the mountain and enjoy 360º panoramic views of the city of Cape Town and its surrounding natural wonders. Get to know the locals during a delicious welcome dinner, complete with the unmistakable sounds of Djembe drumming. Discover a whole host of rich traditions and tasty dishes while taking part in a variety of specially-arranged activities.

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Outdoor Adventure - Kayak with the Penguins
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. Under expert guidance, slip on your waterproof gear and explore the penguins’ natural habitat by kayak. After playtime with the penguins, continue on your scenic drive around Chapmans Peak and on to the town of Hout Bay. From here, embark on a leisurely cruise out to see the treasures of Seal Island. Unsurprisingly, this island is home to a number of seals, and offers one of the very best opportunities anywhere in the world to see these animals up close and personal.

robben islan
Cape Town, South Africa

Robben Island

Day 4

During one of the highlights of your South African adventure, 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.

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Community Service Project
Cape Town, South Africa

Giving Back to the Communities

Day 5

Continue to make a positive contribution to a variety of community projects. This rare opportunity allows you to interact with local people and nonprofit organizations fighting for worthy and valuable causes. Help out at a women’s skills workshop, animal protection center, refugee training center, or youth development center—there are so many great ways to make a difference.

Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Fynbos and Ostriches

Day 6

Travel along the scenic Route 62 through the rolling hills and endless plains of South Africa and marvel at the natural vegetation of the area, dominated by the indigenous Fynbos plants for which South Africa is so famous. Gain fascinating insight into how the region’s nature is harnessed by humans to make a living. 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.

Knysna, South Africa

Meerkats and Game Drives

Day 7

Enjoy an 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.

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Community Service Activity - Rastafarian Community Outreach Center
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

Travel to J'burg

Day 9

Fly from the aptly-named Garden Route 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 under the experienced eye of 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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Outdoor Adventure - White Water Rafting
Kruger National Park, South Africa

White Water Rafting & Elephant Whispering!

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. During the afternoon, it’s time to get to know one of the most majestic animals in South Africa: elephants. Spend time interacting with these magnificent creatures, learn from their experienced handlers, and gain an understanding of just how intelligent these animals truly are.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Chimpanzees and Cheetahs

Day 13

Today you’ll have the choice of two amazing experiences, each offering incredible exposure to Africa’s wildlife. Choose between spending time at Jane Goodall’s world-renowned Chimpanzee Eden or the celebrated Cheetah Breeding Project. During the afternoon, take the scenic route from Mpumalanga to Johannesburg. Pass by breathtaking countryside and authentic village life as you soak up the region’s unique atmosphere.

 

Overnight Flight

Depart for USA

Day 14-15

Soar over Johannesburg as you return home with a wealth of astonishing memories and friendships that will last you a lifetime.  Arrive into USA