The Republic of South Africa is the historically important link between the Indian and Pacific Oceans at the Cape of Good Hope. Prehistoric cave paintings and fossil remains suggest that humanity itself may have sprung from the verdant forests, titanic mountains, and gently rolling plains of South Africa; but if you don’t buy those theories, the unrivaled hospitality of the Afrikaners itself will leave you with a feeling like you’ve come back home.
Despite Africa’s more recent history of segregation during the infamous apartheid, a certain kind of peace permeates through this culturally and naturally diverse country. Cape Town, watched over by the majestic Table Mountain, hums with life and glitters with a genuine South African melange of European and African cultures that can be tasted in world-class cuisine and seen in resplendent architecture. Of course, no visit to the African continent would be complete without couple of unforgettable wildlife encounters. South Africa is one of the best places in the world to view unique plants and animals, and one of the easiest places in the continent to see “The Big Five:” Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, and Cape Buffalo.
Population: 52.98 Million
Official Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Souther Sotho, Tswana, Northen Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati, Ndebele
Fun Fact: Every year, South Africa moves about two inches further away from South America as a subtle continuation of continental drift.
Custom Group Sample Itineraries
Below please find a selection of sample itineraries that have been custom-tailored for high school educators and their students to fit specific learning objectives and goals.
I was immersed in an incredible, ancient culture and made lifelong friends from all over the United States. I was challenged to try new things and step out of my comfort zone, but the result was life-changing – and Perú stands out as one of my best memories!