Depart Houston and begin flight to South Africa.
Why study abroad in South Africa?
Meet your Tour Director at the airport.
Take a guided tour of Johannesburg and visit the Apartheid Museum.
Full day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Cradle of Humankind.
Discover ancient fossils during a guided tour of the Sterkfontein Caves.
Travel along the Panorama Route
Travel to Kruger National Park area
Take a walk through a traditional Shangaan village
A full-day game drive through Kruger National Park
Take a morning bush walk
Transfer to Johannesburg
Fly to Cape Town
Visit the summit of Table Mountain
Take a guided tour of Cape Town
Visit the District 6 Museum
Take an excursion to Robben Island
Take a guided tour of Cape Town
Discover Cape Point Nature Reserve
Visit the Boulders Penguin Colony
Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Explore Cape Town on own
Depart for Houston
Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa. It is the provincial capital and largest city of Gauteng, which is the wealthiest province in South Africa. The Witwatersrand Gold Rush triggered the founding of Johannesburg in 1886. The discovery of gold rapidly attracted people to the area and its population exploded. Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau, and has a subtropical highland climate.
Shangaan is another name for the Tsonga people, a southeastern Bantu people. In South Africa during the Apartheid era, there was strong, often violent resistance against government policies and the discrimination against the Shangaan and other black African peoples. In the 1980s Shangaan and Sotho residents of northern South Africa clashed frequently over political and economic issues. The poverty of the area, as well as ethnic differences, was exacerbated by the Apartheid government’s policies. Traditionally, the Shangaan have been agriculturalists and to some degree pastoralists.
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. All the big five game animals – the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo – are found at Kruger National Park. The park has more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve (at 147 species). There are 517 species of birds and 114 species of reptiles, including 3,000 crocodiles. The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere an area designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve.
Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, colloquially named the Mother City. It is the legislative capital of South Africa (the other two capitals are located in Pretoria – the executive capital – and Bloemfontein – the judicial capital). Cape Town is known for its harbor, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, and for landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants to South Africa.
Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top.
Robben Island is Dutch for “seal island.” Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid. To date, three former inmates of Robben Island have gone on to become President of South Africa: Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe, and Jacob Zuma.