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South Africa

Extension: The Best of Cape Town

Program No. 13597RJ
Gain a deeper understanding of South Africa as you explore Cape Town with experts, learning about apartheid, exploring historic sites and enjoying local wine and cuisine.

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May 7 - May 13, 2024
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2,299
May 23 - May 29, 2024
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Jun 12 - Jun 18, 2024
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Jun 20 - Jun 26, 2024
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Jul 13 - Jul 19, 2024
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Jul 27 - Aug 2, 2024
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Itinerary Note

The Table Mountain cableway will be closed for its annual maintenance; a trip up Signal Hill will be done in its place.

Jul 31 - Aug 6, 2024
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2,299
Itinerary Note

The Table Mountain cableway will be closed for its annual maintenance; a trip up Signal Hill will be done in its place.

Aug 8 - Aug 14, 2024
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2,299
Itinerary Note

The Table Mountain cableway will be closed for its annual maintenance; a trip up Signal Hill will be done in its place.

Aug 31 - Sep 6, 2024
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2,299
Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2024
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2,299
Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2024
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2,299
Oct 24 - Oct 30, 2024
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2,299
Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2024
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2,299
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May 7 - May 13, 2024
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May 23 - May 29, 2024
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Jun 12 - Jun 18, 2024
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Jun 20 - Jun 26, 2024
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Jul 13 - Jul 19, 2024
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2,619
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Jul 27 - Aug 2, 2024
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2,619
Itinerary Note

The Table Mountain cableway will be closed for its annual maintenance; a trip up Signal Hill will be done in its place.

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Jul 31 - Aug 6, 2024
Starting at
2,619
Itinerary Note

The Table Mountain cableway will be closed for its annual maintenance; a trip up Signal Hill will be done in its place.

Filling Fast!
Aug 8 - Aug 14, 2024
Starting at
2,619
Itinerary Note

The Table Mountain cableway will be closed for its annual maintenance; a trip up Signal Hill will be done in its place.

Filling Fast!
Aug 31 - Sep 6, 2024
Starting at
2,619
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Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2024
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2,619
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Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2024
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2,619
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Oct 24 - Oct 30, 2024
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2,619
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Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2024
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2,619

At a Glance

Explore South Africa’s cosmopolitan city, Cape Town, on this optional post-program extension. Witness the spectacular scenery of the area from the top of Table Mountain and learn about the unique, indigenous fynbos vegetation at the Cape Peninsula and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Taste some of South Africa’s famous wines on an excursion to the Cape Winelands and visit historically important sites in the "Mother City."

Program Extension

To take this extension, enroll in this main program first.

African Safari: A Close-up on Wildlife

Take the adventure of a lifetime as you explore parks and reserves on a southern Africa safari, spotting some of the world’s most iconic animals and learning about conservation efforts.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on paved, possibly uneven paths with no handholds.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Visit the colorful Bo Kaap, Castle of Good Hope, and District Six, and learn about the history of apartheid in South Africa.
  • Savor some of South Africa’s famous wines during a wine tasting in the beautiful Cape Winelands.
  • Ascend Table Mountain and enjoy the spectacular view it affords, and stand at the southwestern-most point of the African continent at the Cape of Good Hope.

General Notes

This program may only be taken as an extension of "African Safari: A Close-up on Wildlife" (#13938). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Chantell Mcbain-Charles
After obtaining qualifications in food technology and spending almost 20 years climbing the ladder in the food manufacturing industry, Chantell discovered her new found passion for travel — a passion which simply comes naturally. Born and bred in Cape Town during the Apartheid regime, Chantell took a special interest in heritage and cultural diversity. She is fluent in English and Afrikaans and is keen to share the region’s cultural legacy with learners from around the world.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Chantell Mcbain-Charles View biography
After obtaining qualifications in food technology and spending almost 20 years climbing the ladder in the food manufacturing industry, Chantell discovered her new found passion for travel — a passion which simply comes naturally. Born and bred in Cape Town during the Apartheid regime, Chantell took a special interest in heritage and cultural diversity. She is fluent in English and Afrikaans and is keen to share the region’s cultural legacy with learners from around the world.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Birds of Southern Africa: The Complete Photographic Guide
by Ian Sinclair
This brand new photographic field guide to the birds of southern Africa presents more than 2,500 images showing a wide selection of age and sex plumage variations, perched and in-flight birds, and color morphs where relevant, making it the most comprehensive collection of bird photographs of the region ever produced in a single volume. Accompanying text focuses on identification, call, status, breeding details and diet. Also included for each species is a distribution map and a calendar bar indicating occurrence and breeding months. About the author: IAN SINCLAIR is renowned in African birding circles for his field knowledge and expertise in identifying the region's many bird species. His vast experience has been gained in expeditions to every corner of Africa, as well as to the Himalayas, Antarctica and Marion Island. He has authored or co-authored several successful bird books, including the hugely successful Field Guide to Birds of SA and the equally successful Birds of Southern Africa.
Cape Town, A Lonely Planet City Guide
by John A. Murray
A practical guide to the city and surroundings, featuring suggested walks, excursions and attractions. This surprisingly complete book also includes color photographs and a map.
Long Walk to Freedom
by Nelson Mandela
An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life. Mandela recounts the circumstances of his imprisonment and ultimately his successful drive to end Apartheid.
Cry, the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton
Considered one of the greatest works in South African literature, Cry, the Beloved Country details the state of racial affairs in South Africa through the story of a Zulu pastor, Stephen Kumalo, and the search for his son in Johannesburg who is accused of murdering the white social reformer Arthur Jarvis. Written before the implementation of the apartheid system, nevertheless, the novel would continue to carry profound resonance as a proxy for lessons concerning apartheid-era South Africa. Cry, the Beloved Country is a cry for South Africa; a cry for its land, people, and the hope for its freedom from hatred, fear, and poverty.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah
A harrowing look at life in South Africa under apartheid and country's lurching entry into a post-apartheid reality told through the prism of Trevor Noah and his family. Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the current host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central.
Tomorrow is Another Country, The Inside Story of South Africa's Road to Change
by Allister Sparks
Essential to understanding South Africa today, this comprehensive account shows the extraordinary developments that led to multiracial democracy in South Africa.
South Africa, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Isabel Balseiro (Editor), Tobias Hecht (Editor)
Including short stories from some of South Africa’s best and most renowned writers, this collection accompanies readers to a recent, but altogether different South Africa, reflecting perspectives of both the oppressed and the oppressors.





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