South Africa 12 Day Cultural Journey

South Africa 12 Day Cultural Journey

Program Highlights

South Africa 12 Day Cultural Journey

Dates: TBD   |   Tuition: $5690 Average Tuition with Airfare Learn More

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WTT Contact: 

Morrison Mast, Morrison@walkingtree.org, 202-793-8953

Deadlines: TBD

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SAMPLE PROGRAM PAGE: This is an example of what your private program webpage and itinerary might look like, as you decide to organize a program with us. Please begin by reviewing the suggested itinerary listed under the Pre-Enrollment tab, and then feel free to read through other sections to get a sense of the in-depth information and support we provide for all programs.

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Sample Itinerary

DayLocationActivityLodging
1USA - JohannesburgToday the group will depart the US for Johannesburg, South Africa.Overnight flight
2JohannesburgAfter landing in Johannesburg, you will be taken to your hotel to settle in. After some rest, there will be an orientation meeting in the evening.Brown Sugar Backpackers
3JohannesburgAfter breakfast we will head south to visit Soweto, once home to Nelson Mandela and other South African icons. Here the group will visit some local social groups aiming to improve the lives and livelihoods of local residents. The group will have lunch at one of the famous eating establishments there. After lunch we will visit the Apartheid Museum – a reminder of how far South Africa has come since those dark timesBrown Sugar Backpackers
4JohannesburgIn the morning we will head out to the Cradle of Human Kind and the Sterkfontein Caves . This World Heritage Site is about an hour and a half outside of Johannesburg and is the place where anthropologists, archaeologists and historians suggest that modern man has lived for more than 3 million years. Lunch will be served at the local restaurant where you can sample some great South African cuisine. After lunch you will be transferred back to your hotel to freshen up, then on to the Johannesburg Zoo for a night-time walk . Once the sun sets over Johannesburg a new day starts for the nocturnal animals.Brown Sugar Backpackers
5 Johannesburg - Cape TownAfter breakfast you will catch a flight to Cape Town. After settling in to your accommodation, you can take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain to get your bearings followed by a bit of Mother-City exploring in the evening. Ashanti
6Cape TownYou will head out on a full-day peninsula tour , exploring the south western tip of Africa at Cape Point, visiting African Penguins at Boulders Beach and exploring some quaint seaside towns along the way. The group will have lunch at the Cape Point restaurant which overlooks the whole of False Bay. Keep an eye out for baboons at Cape Point as these sneaky beasts love stealing food and flashy things.Ashanti
7Cape TownAfter breakfast we will head to the Two Oceans Aquarium , where we can meet some of the Cape’s marine wonders. After a delicious lunch of local Cape fare at the Red Shed, a bit of retail therapy at the V&A Waterfront will follow.Ashanti
8Cape TownAfter breakfast you will head out to visit a township in Cape Town - relics of Apartheid Spatial Planning. We will visit local charities to see the amazing work being done in these areas in educating youth, greening and feeding the community, as well as skills training. We will lunch at Mzoli’s – a restaurant where you choose your own meat for the braai (barbeque). Ashanti
9Cape TownToday is a day of exploring. We start with a tour of the tunnels. Starting at the Castle of Good Hope you will be shuttled up to Deer Park to go underground and explore the old waterways of Cape Town . Don’t worry, there are no rats in these tunnels! We will spend the afternoon at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens , one of Cape Town’s most iconic sites showcasing the rich floral diversity found in the Cape.Ashanti
10Cape TownA visit to Cape Town would not be complete without a tour of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for almost two decades. After lunch, we will explore local markets and shopping districts in the city. Here you will find some quintessential African favourites, from masks to musical instruments. Cape Town’s shopping is legendary with many bargains ready to be snapped up.Ashanti
11Cape Town - JohannesburgAfter breakfast the group will depart Cape Town for Johannesburg and board our flight home.Overnight flight
12Johannesburg - USAThe group will arrive back in the US.Your own bed, eventually!

Philosophy Of Travel

Our mission is to inspire the next generation to become global leaders by taking an active interest in the world around them. With a dedication to learning, along with an enduring passion for exploring the world, Walking Tree Travel designs transformative and meaningful travel programs that uncover the authentic culture of each destination and inspire students to take action in their local and global community.

Walking Tree Travel stands for a more open, curious, and compassionate approach to travel. We partner with select schools around the world to provide memorable small-group experiences, and invest in cultivating and maintaining longterm relationships with our partner communities. If you are interested in our organization and philosophy of travel, click here to learn more about us.

Accommodations

In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our students, teachers, and staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.

Students will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with Walking Tree. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.

Cape Town: http://ashanti.co.za/accommodation/guesthouses/

Gansbaai: http://www.airedelmar.co.za/

Gansbaai: https://www.gansbaybackpackers.com/

Driehoek Guest Farm: https://www.cederberg-accommodation.co.za/

Johannesburg: https://www.cederberg-accommodation.co.za/

Pilanesberg Reserve: www.manyaneresort-pilanesberg.com/rooms/

Tuition & Fundraising

Tuition Includes:

Tuition Excludes:
Baggages fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed in the itinerary.

Tuition is an estimate until dates and itinerary are finalized. 

We believe that cost should not prevent enthusiastic students from having the opportunity to join an WTT program. We are pleased to offer opportunities for fundraising and payment plans to help make this goal a reality. Please visit our Tuition and Funding page to find out more about tuition, fundraising, payment options, referral discounts, and more.

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Standards of Behavior

WTT provides fun, safe, and meaningful programs for our travelers. In order to achieve this goal, it is important that we create an environment of trust, security and respect. All individuals participating in our programs are required to take responsibility for their actions and adhere to a high standard of behavioral conduct. Any of the following are grounds for early dismissal or in-country consequences at our discretion.

ABSOLUTE DISMISSAL

  1. Possessing, consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  2. Associating with participants while they are in possession of or are consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  3. Behaving in a way that consistently damages the group dynamic or jeopardizes personal or group safety. This includes consistently displaying a negative attitude, intimidating or excluding other participants, sneaking out, disobeying group leaders, and any other behavior that is not conducive to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.

GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL OR IN-COUNTRY CONSEQUENCE

  1. Getting a piercing or tattoo
  2. Stealing, or deliberately damaging or defacing any personal property, buildings or materials
  3. Threatening with or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc.
  4. Riding mopeds, motorcycles, or any other type of unauthorized vehicle
  5. Being out of designated area or accommodations after curfew
  6. Breaking group rules

These standards of behavior are essential for the successful completion of a travel program. Please take the time to review these rules as a family and make sure everyone understands and agrees to them before choosing to travel with WTT.

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Passport & Visa Check

Passport & Visa Check

US CITIZENS
Passport must be valid for six months after the final day of your travel program, including one open visa page.
No Visa Requirements for US Citizens traveling to South Africa.

NON US CITIZENS OR THOSE TRAVELING FROM A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE USA
Non US citizens should check with their country’s embassy abroad to verify vaccination and visa requirements.
US citizens traveling from a country other than the United States should check the State Department website (www.travel.state.gov) for more information regarding additional visa or vaccine requirements.

Please contact SSA for further information regarding vaccination and visa requirements.

Health and Safety

Our in-country staff prepare meticulously for all programs. SSA will register our programs and travelers with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of emergency. In country staff also verify the safety records of our partner organizations, vendors, and transportation providers, thoroughly vet homestay families via in depth interviews and home visits, and keep up on important current events in the region.

Program Leaders are seasoned travelers who are CPR and First Aid certified, undergo thorough training in crisis management, and participate in a multi-day leadership training retreat. We do our best to prepare for any eventuality and have detailed emergency protocols for our leaders, in-country staff and U.S.-based staff.

We receive medical disclosures from all participants to ensure we are able to meet every students’ needs during the program. Please inform us immediately of any additional health issues that you did not list during your initial registration process. Program Leaders will also hold an online information session before your departure, as well as an arrival orientation in-country, in order to give participants important instructions on food safety, hygiene and preventing injury and illness. Leaders and in-country staff always respond immediately to any mental, physical or emotional health issues and follow comprehensive emergency protocols.

VACCINATIONS
Vaccination information and requirements can change frequently. Because of this, and for more information, we suggest that you consult your local travel clinic and/or family physician for specific details.

Travel Insurance

Our experience has taught us that international travel can sometimes be unpredictable. As such, WTT will purchase basic secondary travel and medical insurance for all WTT travelers via Travel Insured International. This service provides the following coverage at no additional cost to our participants:

PLAN COVERAGES

$500 Return Airfare for Trip Interruption
$750 ($150 per day) Trip Delay of six hours or more
$500 (Three or more hours) Missed Connection
$1500 ($250 per article) Baggage/Personal Effects
$300 Baggage Delay – 24 hours
$25,000 Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
$100,000 Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation
Emergency Assistance Non-insurance Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services Included

ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL COVERAGES

The following additional optional coverage upgrades are available upon request for an additional premium charge to the traveler. For further information on the premiums associated with these optional coverage enhancements, please email your inquiry to our travel insurance program administrator, Hayashi Insurance Solutions: travelinsurance@jshinsurance.com

– Trip Cancellation Coverage – Reimburses the traveler up to the trip cost insured up to a maximum of $10,000 per person if the trip must be cancelled for unforeseeable life events including but not limited to; medical/health reasons, bereavement, etc.

– Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) – Reimburses the traveler for 75% of the non-refundable trip cost. Cancellation must be made 48 hours or more prior to scheduled departure. Must be purchased at the same time as initial plan purchase and prior to final trip payment. *This benefit is not available to residents of New York State.

The Plan is administered by Hayashi Insurance Solutions (CA DOI 0F61680) a licensed Insurance Agency authorized to transact this insurance under the express authority of Travel Insured International, Inc. and its representatives, and on behalf of Walking Tree Travel, Inc. The Plan contains insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company. Fairmont Specialty and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company. The Crum & Forster group of companies is rated A (Excellent) by AM Best Company 2015. The Plan also contains non insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by an independent organization, OnCall International, and not by United States Fire Insurance Company or Travel Insured International. Review the Plan Document for complete terms, including benefits, conditions, limitations and exclusions that apply. Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions.

Global Leadership Curriculum

WTT has developed a curriculum that helps each of our travelers mature as global leaders before, during, and after their travel program. These simple, engaging tools are meant to spark discussion, frame their experience, and prepare them to travel ethically and effectively both on our programs and in the future. For more information about student learning objectives and the format of the curriculum, click on the ‘learn more’ button below.

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Language Resources

DUOLINGO

Want to learn a new language and be better prepared for your travel program? Duolingo is the easiest, most entertaining way to start learning and using a new language right away! The more you practice, the more you’ll be able to communicate with locals in your host country and help your fellow travelers navigate a foreign environment.

Tap the Duolingo owl to get started, or download the app to your mobile phone.

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Travel Day Details

Travel Day Details

Program participants will meet the group organizer at the below airline check-in counter three hours before the departure flight. If you have trouble locating the group, please notify your group organizer or contact WTT.

DEPARTURE FROM USA
Airline:
Flight:
Date:
Departs:
Arrives:

RETURN TO USA
Airline:

Flight:
Date:
Departs:
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A NOTE ON FLIGHTS
Air travel is unpredictable. Although we can ensure that our groups arrive to the airport with ample time and follow all airline instructions, there may still be instances when a flight is delayed or cancelled due to weather, mechanical problems, labor strikes, etc. Please note that in such an event WTT is not financially responsible for unexpected costs incurred by travelers. Our programs officially begin and end in our host countries. That being said, our travelers’ well-being and safety is our number one priority, so please know that should flight delays/cancellations occur we will do everything we can to get travelers home in a timely manner and will do our best to keep family members updated on developments.

WTT is not responsible for fees associated with checked baggage. Please also make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the final day in country.

UN-ACCOMPANIED MINORS
Please confirm with your air travel provider as some airlines may require that travelers under a certain age have completed an unaccompanied minor parental consent form. Please consult the airline website to confirm if this is required on your flight.

Leader Profile

WTT will send a minimum of one experienced Program Leader on every program. In addition to this Program Leader, we also have a support staff in our host countries that are available to the group for additional help when necessary. Please read below to see who will be part of the support team on your program. Below you’ll find a list of the Walking Tree staff involved in the planning, organizing, and leadership of your program.

  • Gregg Brill
    Gregg Brill South Africa Country Director

    Rhodes University – Bsc in Environmental Science and Icthyology
    Stellenbosch University – MSc in Environmental Science
    University of Cape Town – PhD in Environmental Science

    Gregg Brill was born in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and spent much of his childhood brought up on a dairy farm. It was here that a keen interest in nature was foundered. Gregg has undertaken numerous environmental and social projects around the world, including turtle conservation in Madagascar, coral reef rehabilitation in the Seychelles, revegetation initiatives in Thailand and South Africa, as well as wildlife management and conservation in South Africa and Australia. Gregg has travelled to over 50 countries across six continents, and has lived in four of them.

    Group Roster

    Please have all travelers check below to ensure their name is spelled exactly how it appears on your passport. For edits, email lacey@walkingtree.org

    Community & Project Details

    This is where your host community information will appear, along with your community project, if applicable to your program.

    Communication & Blog

    The easiest way for students to keep in touch with family and friends at home while traveling will be using Wifi (available at most hotels and some restaurants) via Viber, Whatsapp, Skype, and Wechat for free.

    WTT tries to keep families and friends updated as frequently as possible with text and photo blogs. If parents would like updates regarding the group beyond these blog posts and email updates, they should direct all general inquiries to info@WalkingTree.org. We are always checking this email inbox and will respond promptly to inquiries. You can also reach us by dialing 303-242-8541 from the U.S.

    Here is the link to your blog:

    Packing List

    What follows is a guideline, but you know yourself better than we do so please modify as you see fit. We recommend you bring a larger piece of luggage like a backpack, roller or duffel bag and a smaller backpack that you can bring on hikes, weekend excursions and shorter activities.

    Please note that seasons in Southern Africa are opposite ours in the United States so we will be traveling during South Africa’s winter. Layering is the best way to prepare for variable conditions, as it will be chilly (55-70 degrees fahrenheit) during the early morning and nighttime, and hot (up to mid-nineties fahrenheit).

    South Africa Packing List

    Clothes:
    10 pairs of underwear
    10 pairs of socks (a mixture of good athletic socks and casual socks)
    4-7 t-shirts (some quick dry)
    2-3 long sleeve/button up shirts
    1-2 sweater/sweatshirts
    1 warmer jacket
    1 warmer hat
    1 rain jacket
    1-3 pairs of shorts
    4-5 pairs of comfortable pants/jeans (plan to re-wear jeans more than one day)
    1 nice shirt/top to be worn to more formal dinners (girls might want a skirt or something a little nicer for such occasions)
    1 pair/s of durable athletic/walking shoes, appropriate for lots of walking
    1 pair nicer shoes (optional, though Cape Town is a pretty fashionable city)
    1 hat with good sun protection

    Toiletries: Bring the BASIC toiletries you need plus:
    Sunscreen
    Band Aids and Neosporin, basic first aid
    Hand Sanitizer
    Medication in properly marked original container (better to pack this in your carry on luggage)

    Miscellaneous:
    Journal and pen (required)
    Small Alarm Clock separate from phone (required)
    Durable water bottle (required)
    Watch (required)
    Flashlight/headlamp (required)
    Sunglasses
    Small binoculars
    Book/s
    Camera (digital, disposable, waterproof)
    Electrical Adapter/Converter. South Africa uses a 3-prong Type M plug. Transformer necessary if electronic device doesn’t have one built in.
    Debit card/US Dollars (we recommend about $50-150 in newer bills, depending on amount of desired souvenirs, extra items etc.)
    1 quick-dry towel
    Batteries
    Deck of cards or other portable games
    Student ID

    Tuition Details

    Tuition Includes:

    Tuition Excludes:
    Baggages fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed in the itinerary.

    Tuition is an estimate until dates and itinerary are finalized. 

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