Study Abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Study Abroad in Stellenbosch: Cultural Excursions

West Coast Weekend (3 days)

Included in program fee

Please note: In 2018, the weekend excursion below was offered as part of the program. A similar excursion will be offered in Summer 2019.

Travel to the scenic town of Langebaan, which borders the beautiful West Coast National Park and enjoys almost year round sunshine. This is a popular place to enjoy water sports, horseback riding on the beach, relaxing in beachfront restaurants or buying local arts and crafts.

The excursion will include transport from Stellenbosch, two nights’ accommodation, two breakfast and 2 dinners and a wine tasting experience.

You will also have the opportunity to sign up and pay for extra optional activities such as jet skiing, yacht cruises and wind surfing or you can take a more relaxed approach and spend the day on the beach or shopping for souvenirs.

Optional Excursion along the Garden Route (6 days - R6800 (South African Rand))*

The Garden Route is a truly unique region, boasting unspoiled stretches of rocky coast, mountains covered by indigenous forests, beaches, amber-colored rivers and chains of lakes. There is much to experience on the Garden Route, from kayaking in a nature reserve paradise to surfing in Jeffrey’s Bay, and, of course, that’s not to mention all the wildlife!

Day One – Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn

  • Early morning pick up from your accommodation in Stellenbosch.
  • Route 62 - Along South Africa’s famous country road you’ll capture the beauty of high mountains,twisting passes, rugged Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards.
  • Wine tasting - Sample some local wines en-route to Oudtshoorn.
  • Elephant bush walk – An experienced elephant guide will inform you all about these incredible gentle giants as you walk alongside them in their natural habita
  • Overnight in Oudtshoorn

Day Two – Oudtshoorn to Jeffrey’s Bay

  • Ostrich farm visit – Visit an ostrich farm where you learn more about the world’s largest bird.
  • Cango Caves – These caves are an illuminated wonderland of subterranean magic and mystery, with passageways and chambers meandering far below. The tour will explore the narrow passages and vast halls filled with colourful ancient stalactites.
  • Overnight in Jeffrey’s Bay

Day Three – Jeffrey’s Bay

  • Full day at Leisure in J’bay - Spend your day at leisure in the coastal town of Jeffrey’s Bay blessed with gnarly surf breaks and rip curls. It’s not surprising that many of the leisure activities in this surfing town revolve in and around the water. Hang ten on the beginner breaks, learn to surf at one of the many surf schools in town, visit J’Bay Surf Village’s factory outlets for a bargain or duck into the JB Surf Museum and learn about the evolution of the surfboard.
  • Various hiking trails surround the area, and there’s also sand boarding, horse riding on the beach and stand-up paddle boarding (All outdoor activities are weather dependent). If you’re a beachcomber at heart, Jeffrey’s Bay’s shell museum boasts one of the largest collections in South Africa.
  • Overnight in Jeffrey’s Bay

Day Four – Jeffrey’s Bay to Myoli Beach, Sedgefield

  • Waterfall Ziplining - Zipline your way over 3 beautiful waterfalls, while surrounded by the indigenous trees and plants of the Tsitsikamma Forest.
  • Tsitsikamma National Park – Spend time in paradise as we explore the marine reserve with its unique combination of dramatic coastal and forest landscapes. Walk along forest trails to a suspension bridge and find a quiet spot from where to absorb this beauty.
  • Bloukrans Bungy Jump – Face your fear and jump from the world’s highest bungy jump or watch the adrenaline junkies as they scream through the air.
  • Knysna – This popular holiday town with a lively buzz lies between forested mountains and the sea, curving around a big lagoon. We will visit the Heads, where the sea crashes through two massive sandstone cliffs.
  • Overnight at Myoli Beach

Day Five – Myoli Beach to Cape Agulhas

  • Myoli Beach is an undiscovered paradise and your accommodation is situated close to the beach, perfect for an early morning walk along the shoreline.
  • Canoeing in Wilderness – jump into a canoe and row gently down a lush river, keeping an eye out for the abundant birdlife as you soak in the fresh air.
  • 4x4 Game Drive - Spot most of Africa’s Big 5 from the safety of a 4x4 vehicle in their natural habitat on a malaria-free game reserve. Led by an experienced game ranger you’ll search for lion, white rhino, buffalo, elephant, kudu, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe - just to name a few. Leopards are rarely seen.
  • Drive along the N2 to Cape Agulhas
  • Cape Agulhas – This is the official meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. It’s a wild, treacherous coastline that’s said to be the graveyard of ships. Walk to a shipwreck and take the necessary photos as proof of your visit to this special point.
  • Overnight in Struisbaai / Cape Agulhas

Day Six – Cape Agulhas to Stellenbosch

  • Hermanus - The world’s most exciting land-based whale watching venue, Hermanus is a laid-back seaside town with excellent restaurants and impressive coast line.
  • Enjoy the morning in Hermanus shopping and whale spotting.
  • Clarence Drive – As we drive back to Stellenbosch the coastal road winds between the ocean and mountains, passing seaside villages of wild beauty and rugged mountain scenery.
  • Drop off at your accommodation in Stellenbosch.

Fee Includes:

  • Shared accommodation in a Backpacker dorm room for 5 nights
  • Small Breakfast & Dinner every night
  • Wine tasting
  • Elephant bush walk
  • Cango Caves adventure tour
  • Ostrich farm tour
  • Visit to the Heads in Knysna
  • Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Canoeing in Wilderness
  • 4x4 Game Drive in a Private Game Reserve
  • Visit to the southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas
  • Land-based whale watching in Hermanus
  • Transport in licensed and insured vehicles
  • Friendly, professional and informative local driver/guides

Fee Excludes:

  • Bungy jumping (+- R1000 per person)
  • Waterfall Ziplining (+- R450 per person)
  • Surfing lessons (+- R350 per person for 2 hrs)
  • Surf Board Hire (+-R90 per hour)
  • Sandboarding (+- R250 per person for 2hrs)
  • Horse riding (+- R450 per person for 2hrs)
  • Stand up paddling (+- R300 per person for 2hrs)
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Personal insurance

*The exact itinerary is subject to change and may, on occasion run in reverse or a different order. Rates of optional activities may vary per season or supplier.

Students must enroll and pay for the optional excursions in the U.S. by the final payment deadline. Payment for this excursion can be made online directly with the tour company and full details of this will be provided to students who have been accepted onto the program.

Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.