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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.
Length
7 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,249

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Apr 6 - Apr 12, 2023
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2,249
May 4 - May 10, 2023
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May 27 - Jun 2, 2023
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Jun 28 - Jul 4, 2023
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Jul 29 - Aug 4, 2023
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Aug 16 - Aug 22, 2023
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Sep 28 - Oct 4, 2023
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Oct 12 - Oct 18, 2023
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Oct 21 - Oct 27, 2023
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Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2023
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Nov 16 - Nov 22, 2023
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2,249
Feb 8 - Feb 14, 2024
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2,449
Feb 22 - Feb 28, 2024
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Mar 28 - Apr 3, 2024
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May 7 - May 13, 2024
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May 23 - May 29, 2024
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Jun 20 - Jun 26, 2024
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Jul 27 - Aug 2, 2024
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Aug 8 - Aug 14, 2024
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Aug 31 - Sep 6, 2024
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Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2024
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Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2024
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Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2024
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 6 - Apr 12, 2023
Starting at
2,579
May 4 - May 10, 2023
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2,579
May 27 - Jun 2, 2023
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2,579
Jun 28 - Jul 4, 2023
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2,579
Jul 29 - Aug 4, 2023
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2,579
Aug 16 - Aug 22, 2023
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2,579
Sep 28 - Oct 4, 2023
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2,579
Oct 12 - Oct 18, 2023
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2,579
Oct 21 - Oct 27, 2023
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2,579
Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2023
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2,579
Nov 16 - Nov 22, 2023
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2,579
Feb 8 - Feb 14, 2024
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2,789
Feb 22 - Feb 28, 2024
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2,789
Mar 28 - Apr 3, 2024
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2,789
May 7 - May 13, 2024
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2,789
May 23 - May 29, 2024
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2,789
Jun 20 - Jun 26, 2024
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2,789
Jul 27 - Aug 2, 2024
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2,789
Aug 8 - Aug 14, 2024
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2,789
Aug 31 - Sep 6, 2024
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2,789
Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2024
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2,789
Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2024
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2,789
Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2024
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2,789

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.
Adventuring in Southern Africa
by Allen Bechky
This comprehensive guide to game parks throughout Southern Africa includes an overview of the region, tips on watching wildlife and good descriptive information on each park or nature reserve.
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.
Exploration of Africa, From Cairo to the Cape
by Ann Hugon
This jewel of a book chronicles 19th century exploration of Africa with hundreds of contemporary paintings and prints, brief chapters on the expeditions and a very useful chronology.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith
McCall Smith’s detective, Mma Ramotswe, makes her debut. A pleasure in every respect, this novel – not really a mystery – evokes the cultures, customs and diverse landscapes of Botswana.
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.
The Scramble for Africa
by Thomas Pakenham
A well-written, meticulously researched history of the Victorian land grab in Africa. The book includes especially good portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent.
Southern Africa Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide
by Mike Unwin
A popular, photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and habitats south of the Zambezi. With 300 color photographs and illuminating text.
The Myth of Wild Africa
by Jonathan Adams, Thomas McShane
A no-holds-barred attack on old-style conservation in Africa, provocative and dead-on. The authors explore the fallacy of an untouched continent where animals roam freely in sanctuaries.
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7 days
6 nights
11 meals
5 B 3 L 3 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
Cape Town
D
Protea Hotel Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Afternoon: As a group, we will fly from Livingstone, Zambia to Johannesburg at the end of main program #13938, African Safari: a Close-up on Wildlife. Upon a mid-afternoon arrival in Johannesburg, we will connect to our commercial flight to Cape Town for an evening arrival. Our Group Leader for the extension will meet us at the airport in Cape Town for our transfer to the hotel in the heart of the vibrant V&A Waterfront.

Dinner: Dinner in flight.

Evening: Our Group Leader will give us a brief orientation to the schedule for the next few days. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
2
Cape Peninsula, Boulders Beach
Cape Town
B,L,D
Protea Hotel Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Activity note: Full day field trip will take approximately 8 hours, with periods of sitting on the coach traveling between sites; approximately 85 miles driven. Getting on/off funicular at Cape Point, with set of steep stairs to reach the Cape Point lighthouse; spectacular views can still be had without climbing to the lighthouse. At Boulders Beach, the coach must park in a parking lot that requires about a 15-20 minute walk to get to the entrance to Boulders; the walk is on flat, paved surfaces.

Breakfast: Taken at the hotel, breakfast will be an expansive buffet featuring a variety of cold cereals, fresh fruit, cold meats and cheeses, pastries and hot items such as bacon, sausage, tomatoes and mushrooms. Omelettes, eggs and waffles can be cooked on demand. Fruit juices, coffee, tea and water provided.

Morning: After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart toward Cape Point via the coastal route passing through South Africa’s famous beach resort town of Camps Bay, past the Twelve Apostle Range, through Hout Bay, and along Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular coastal roads to be found in Africa, finally arriving at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Cape Point, the southwestern-most point of the African continent, is one of the world’s most beautiful places – a stretch of rocky mountain jutting southward into the sea. We will board the Flying Dutchman funicular, which will bring us up to a viewpoint walkway on the peak, the lower station; the upper station, where the lighthouse is located, is accessible by stairs from here. At Cape Point we will find a myriad of pristine beaches, sheltered bays and coves, as well as a rich array of indigenous flora. The fynbos reserve (a unique vegetation type of the Cape Floral Kingdom) is home to a variety of wildlife and bird species. Whales (dependent on season), penguins and seals may be spotted from this point. Lecture: Fynbos.

Lunch: We will enjoy a picnic lunch with bottled water, taken at a scenic spot on the peninsula.

Afternoon: We will continue to Boulders Beach to view the resident African penguin colony. Our Group Leader will lead us to the beach, which is nestled in a sheltered cove between Simon's Town and Cape Point, and introduce us to the penguins. Boulders has become world famous for its thriving colony of African penguins and magnificent wind-sheltered beaches. Boulders is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird (Spheniscus demersus) can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected environment. In the late afternoon, we will return to the hotel with time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant on the V&A Waterfront, and will consist of a three-course, set menu meal including water, coffee, tea; additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Table Mountain, City Exploration, Free Time
Cape Town
B
Protea Hotel Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Activity note: Choice of different length paths to follow on top of Table Mountain, however minimal walking is required. City exploration will be done on motorcoach with chance to explore on foot in certain locations; walking up to 1 mile on paved paths, some inclines/declines encountered.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, we will head to Table Mountain where a cable car ride up the steep granite slopes (weather permitting) will give us splendid views of the city and peninsula; it is perhaps one of the most magnificent views in the southern hemisphere. After descending in the cable car, we will embark on an exploration of the city with our Group Leader. Sites we will visit include: the Bo Kaap, a colorful and predominantly Muslim neighborhood; the Company Gardens, a lovely garden in the heart of city center that is surrounded by the Houses of Parliament; the Anglican Cathedral of South Africa, where Desmond Tutu was bishop; Greenmarket Square, an historic and vibrant meeting place in the business district; the Castle of Good Hope, a former fort that is the oldest building in South Africa; and District Six, which serves as a poignant reminder of the impact of apartheid.

Lunch: Lunch will be on our own accounts to discover a local lunch spot.

Afternoon: Free Time. On your own to see and do what interests you most in Cape Town. Our Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Activity options are many, including a hop on/hop off bus. There are also multiple museums and an aquarium in the city.

Dinner: On one's own account to explore local fare in Cape Town.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Cape Winelands
Cape Town
B,L
Protea Hotel Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Activity note: Drive time between the city and Winelands is 1 hour each way; 40 miles. Minimal walking required.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will depart for the Cape Winelands to spend the day exploring the wine-producing region around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. This area is not only the most important wine growing region in South Africa, but Stellenbosch is one of the oldest, most beautiful and well-preserved towns in South Africa. The vineyards form a patchwork in the fertile valleys and seem to be overshadowed by dramatic mountains. There is an almost European atmosphere with beautiful Cape Dutch architecture seen everywhere. We will partake in a wine tasting, complemented by a lecture on the area’s architecture, history and viniculture. We will have time to explore both Stellenbosch and Franschhoek today.

Lunch: We will enjoy lunch today at a wine estate near Franschhoek. The three-course, set menu meal changes seasonally and is inspired by the variety of local ingredients available. Lunch will include one glass of wine per person and water; additional beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will continue our exploration of the Cape Winelands, returning to the city in the late afternoon.

Dinner: On one's own account to explore local fare back in Cape Town.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Free Time, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Cape Town
B,D
Protea Hotel Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Activity note: Drive to gardens 20 minutes; 10 miles. Walk around the botanical garden can be up to 1.5 miles in length on paved paths, with small inclines/declines encountered.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most in Cape Town. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Lunch: Lunch will be on our own accounts.

Afternoon: We will visit Kirstenbosch Gardens, one of the world's leading botanical gardens. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of its setting, against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa, and it was the first botanic garden in the world to be devoted to a country’s indigenous flora. On display in the gardens is a wide variety of the unique Cape Floristic Region plant life, as well as plants from all the diverse regions of southern Africa; there are over 7,000 species in cultivation at Kirstenbosch, including many that are rare and threatened. In 2004, the Cape Floristic Region, including Kirstenbosch, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will walk around the garden in the company of our Group Leader and a local specialist, who will talk about the different plants seen.

Dinner: Tonight's farewell dinner will be at a local restaurant and consist of a multi-course, set menu featuring traditional African food. Water, coffee, tea provided, with additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to pack and prepare for check-out in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
In Flight
B,L

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Following breakfast, we will have part of the morning free to either explore Cape Town on our own or participate in one of the multitude of activities offered in the area. In the late morning, we will be transferred to the airport for an early afternoon departure to Johannesburg.

Lunch: Light snack will be provided in flight.

Afternoon: Early afternoon flight to Johannesburg. In Johannesburg, connect to your international flight home.This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

DAY
7
In Transit From Program
In Flight

Morning: Early morning arrivals back in North America.






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