Study Abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Study Abroad in Stellenbosch: Cultural Excursions

West Coast Weekend (3 days)

Included in program fee

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 and all meals, including a seafood and local buffet dinner at a beach restaurant 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 - Approximately R6290 (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 Depart Stellenbosch and head off on the world-famous Route 62 with twisting passes through high mountains, Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards on your way to Oudtshoorn. Stop off for an Elephant bushwalk with an experienced guide who will inform you all about these incredible gentle giants and make a visit to Cango Wildlife Ranch - a sanctuary for over 60 animal species, including some of the most endangered in the world!

Day Two Visit an Ostrich farm and learn more about the world’s largest bird. Then, on the way to the Addo area, stop off at the Cango Caves, an illuminated wonderland of subterranean magic and mystery on a guided tour through the passageways and chambers filled with colorful, ancient stalactites far below. Overnight in the Addo area.

Day Three Take a three-hour game drive through Addo National Park before heading to Jeffrey’s Bay where you’ll stay at the beach. Enjoy some free time for shopping, surfing or just relaxing.

Day Four Visit the paradise that is Tsitsikamma National Park with its marine reserve and unique combination of dramatic coastal and forest landscapes. Walk along forest trails to a suspension bridge and find a quiet spot to stop and take in all the beautiful scenery. Afterward, make a visit to the Heads at Knysna where the sea crashes through two massive sandstone cliffs, before overnighting at the beach in Myoli Beach.

Day Five Take an early morning swim in the Indian Ocean before visiting Wilderness National Park. With 18km of beaches, five lakes, five rivers and two estuaries, this is a bird paradise. Kayak on the Wilderness lagoon and witness it all from the water. Afterward, we will drive to Agulhas, the official meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Its wild, treacherous coastline is said to be the graveyard of ships. Overnight in Struisbaai, Cape Agulhas.

Day Six Enjoy a morning in Hermanus, a laid-back seaside town famous for whale spotting. Then, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kogelberg Biosphere, famous for its extensive array of plant species. Finally, head back to Cape Town along the coastal road on Clarence Drive, passing seaside villages and rugged mountain scenery.

Fee includes accommodations, transportation, breakfasts, dinners, sightseeing, professional guide and entrance fees as indicated. Lunch is not included.

* The fee for the 2019 Garden Route excursion will be confirmed on the AIFS website once it has been announced by Stellenbosch University. 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.

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