Master South Africa Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the *Deal Name*! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!

South Africa Cultural Journey

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.

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.

The Itinerary

We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

[table “” not found /]


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

For rooming, travelers are grouped by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their group.  Non-binary travelers are accommodated. Group Organizers and Program Leaders, along with any other traveling adult, are roomed separately from students.
Below are the hotels we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
The Backpack

The Backpack is a great hostel for travelers looking to promote social change. This establishment offer dorm style rooms and private rooms. Each room can hold up to 4 students. This hostel includes free Wi-Fi and strives to give meaningful and relaxed travel experiences for all. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.


Ashanti Backpackers Lodge Gardens is centrally located near all of the major venues in Capetown. This hostel holds 2-3 students per room and has a separate guest house for larger groups. In addition, there is free wifi on the property.


Aire del Mar

Aire del Mar is located near trendy Kloof Street and Long Street. This hostel offers offer luxury rooms, studios or a guest house that is linked to the main hostel. This establishment supports  2-3 students to a room and provides free wifi.

Gansbay Backpackers

Gansbay Backpackers is  an award winning hostel that is centrally located in the diving capital of the world. This is a clean hostel with modern amenities. The rooms can hold 1-4 students and have ensuite and shared bathrooms. Free wifi is included.

Driehoek Guest Farm

Driehoek Guest Farm allows guests to escape the busy city and natures beauty. The farm is located in-between Cederberg Wilderness Area, Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve and Cederberg Mountain Catchment Area. This farm houses 2-12 students per room. Huts come with bathrooms or shared bathrooms for larger groups. 

Manyane Resort

Manyane Resort located inside of Pilanesberg National Park .  It is a clean, 3 star safari hotel with modern amenities. This hotel accommodates 1-4 guests per room and has ensuite bathrooms.

Brown Sugar Backpackers

Brown Sugar Backpackers offers a clean, 2-3 star hotel with modern amenities. Their rooms can occupy 1-4 students a room and has the option of an ensuite bathroom. They strive to create a friendly environment by respecting diversity and embracing different cultures.

Safety and Support


This was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.

Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey

Your Adventure Includes

Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.

Our travelers are provided with funding opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling fair trade, organic, carbon-neutral coffee from a women’s collective in Peru. There is no limit to the amount you can earn, so get started now by clicking the link below!


WTT coffee
Resource center

Resource Center

Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

Learn More