Cape Town, South Africa
For many past students, the trip to Kruger National Park was the highlight of their entire South African experience. Kruger Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and one of the best places in the world to see the “Big Five” (rhinos, leopards, lions, elephants and cape buffalo). As part of the South African Study Abroad Program this summer, Professor Uphoff will lead an optional trip to Kruger from June 24-June 27.
We will leave Cape Town on Saturday, June 24 at 6:30 am and arrive in Johannesburg at 8:30 am. After picking up our vehicles we will drive to Kruger. The trip will take about 4 ½ hours. After a game drive in Kruger, the first evening will be spent at Berg-en-dal.
The trip will cost $450 and includes 3 nights in bungalows in Kruger Park at Berg-en-dal, Satara Camps, and Lower Sabie, transportation to and from Johannesburg to the Park, daily self-drives in the park, 2 sunset game drives led by a Kruger Park Ranger, and all conservation fees in Kruger. Food and drinks are not included but there are fully equipped kitchens in the bungalows and very reasonable restaurants available for those who do not want to cook. The flight to Johannesburg is not included and it generally costs between $125-200 roundtrip.The next day we will drive through the park to the Satara camp located in the central part of the park. This is the area that has the highest concentration of lions. We will go on a sunset drive at Satara starting at 4:30. The following morning we will take a different route to Lower Sabie and do another sunset drive there. On the morning of June 27, we will do a game drive and then leave the park around lunch to drive back to Johannesburg for a flight back to Cape Town.
Stellenbosch is a small university town located about 45 minutes from Cape Town. The Stellenbosch Valley forms part of the Cape Winelands, the largest wine growing region in South Africa. The Stellenbosch wine route, established in 1971, is world renowned and includes more than 100 wine cellars, most of which are open to the public. We will spend a day visiting three wineries and enjoying the picturesque scenery of Stellenbosch.
Cape of Good Hope/Cape Point
Kalksteenfontein Primary SchoolThe Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point are the southwestern most points of Africa (Cape Agulhas, located 90 miles to the east is the southernmost point). The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky headland on the Atlantic Ocean side of South Africa and probably the most famous of the South African capes. When the Portuguese rounded this Cape in 1488, it was the first major milestone in the many attempts to establish a sea route to the Far East. When we visit Cape Point, you will see absolutely breathtaking scenery, as the entire southernmost portion of the Cape Peninsula is an unspoiled national park with at least 450 species of natural birds and 1100 species of indigenous plants. If we are lucky, we will see ostrich, bok (antelope) and baboons at Cape Point. We also will stop at Boulders Beach in Simon Town, a nature reserve that houses a colony of African penguins.
This primary school is located in the Kalksteenfontein Township and educates nearly 400 children. Mr. Jeffery Arendse is the principal/headmaster and will be our host. The school is located in an area where the unemployment rate is nearly 60%. As you will see, the children are still taught in Afrikaans. They also understand English.
Organized Field Trips
The de facto capital of South Africa is Pretoria, where the executive branch is located. The judicial branch of the government is located in Bloemfontein and the legislative branch (Parliament) is in Cape Town. We will spend an afternoon watching the proceedings at the Parliament. In past years, students have even been able to see the President or Deputy President answer questions before Parliament.
District 6 Museum
This museum honors the rich and tragic history of the District Six area of Cape Town. District Six was a vibrant area in Cape Town established in 1867 as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, laborers and immigrants. In 1966, the government declared District 6 a white area under the Group Areas Act of 1950 and forced over 60,000 people to relocate to nearby townships. The area was mostly flatten by bulldozers and remains only sparsely developed.
Located seven miles off the coast of Cape Town, this island has served as a leper colony and later as a prison for political prisoners. Nelson Mandela spent 19 of his 26 years in prison at Robben Island. Many of the tour guides are former prisoners.
Khayelitsha Municipal Court
Khayelitsha is the third largest township or “informal settlement,” in South Africa (behind Soweto and Sharpeville, both near Johannesburg). Created in the early 1980’s, it now houses between 500,000 and 1 million people and is located on the outskirts of Cape Town in the Cape Flats.
Goodwood Prison is a relatively new prison, opening in 1997. South Africa’s criminal justice system is different from the United States’ in that prisoners waiting to be sentenced and those who have already received prison sentences are housed together.