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