2019 Galloway South Africa Program
|Travel Dates:||August 1, 2019 - August 2, 2019|
|Deadline(s):||Enrollments deadline forthcoming|
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.
We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible.
|1||USA - Johannesburg||Today the group will depart the US for Johannesburg, South Africa.||Overnight Flight|
|2||Johannesburg||After landing in Johannesburg, we will take the high-speed Gautrain to our hotel and settle in. After some rest, there will be an orientation meeting in the evening.||Brown Sugar Backpackers or Similar|
|3||Johannesburg||After 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 eateries there and stroll through the streets where some of the pivotal moments and protests against apartheid occurred.||Brown Sugar Backpackers or Similar|
|4||Johannesburg||In the morning we will go an a guided visit the Apartheid Museum to learn dark and unsettlingly recent Apartheid era. In the afternoon, we'll have a reflection session to discuss some of the themes learned in the museum, as well as compare and contrast Apartheid with what we know of our own Civil Rights movement.||Brown Sugar Backpackers or Similar|
|5||Johannesburg||In 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 we will be transfer back to our hotel to freshen up, then on to the Johannesburg Zoo for a night-time walk . Once the sun sets over Johannesburg a new day begins for nocturnal animals.||Brown Sugar Backpackers or Similar|
|6||Johannesburg - Cape Town||After breakfast we will catch a flight to Cape Town. After settling in to your accommodation, we will 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|
|7||Cape Town||You 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|
|8||Cape Town||After 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|
|9||Cape Town||Today 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|
|10||Cape Town||A 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.||Ashanti|
|11||Cape Town - Johannesburg||After breakfast the group will depart Cape Town for Johannesburg and board our flight home.||Overnight Flight|
|12||Johannesburg - USA||The group will arrive back in the US.||Your own bed, eventually!|
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Your Adventure Includes
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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