Study Abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Study Abroad in Stellenbosch: Cultural Excursions

Excursions and Day Trips

Included in your program fee are a range of day trips and overnight excursions which will take you outside Stellenbosch and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of South Africa.

Garden Route Tour (6 Days)

Included in program fee

The famous Garden Route takes its name from the lush and ecologically diverse vegetation and abundant lagoons and lakes to be found along the spectacularly scenic coastline which stretches from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape. This excursion includes visits to the Cango Caves, a World Heritage site, an ostrich farm, a township in Knysa, the Monkeyland and Tenikwa Wild Cat Sanctuaries. Students may also opt to add some of the following experiences to the trip for an additional fee:river ravine kloofing, horseback riding or sea kayaking.

Includes accommodations, transportation, breakfast, dinner, sightseeing and entrance fees.

Cape Town and Robben Island (Day trip)

Included in program fee

The stunning city of Cape Town is only a short drive away from Stellenbosch, home to museums and galleries, parks and gardens, the South African Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope, District Six Museum, vibrant Green Market Square, the Victoria and Alfred waterfront complex and many cafes and restaurants. There is much to see and do here and this excursion will give you an overview of all this and will also include a trip by boat across Table Bay to the World Heritage site that is Robben Island. Home to the prison which once housed former President Nelson Mandela, this moving experience starts with a bus tour of the island including the lime quarry often referred to as ANC university and a guided tour of the prison by a former political prisoner ending with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell and a question and answer session.

Includes transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees.

Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach (Day trip)

Included in program fee

The Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve is at the south west tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Visitors can ride the Flying Dutchman funicular train up to the lighthouse at Cape Point or hike up this World Heritage site which draws many visitors each year with its varied plant life, wild baboons and most unusual creatures such as the Rock Dassie. This excursion also includes a visit to Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town where you can access the boardwalk to view the colony of 3,000 African penguins who live there.

Includes transportation and sightseeing.

Beach and Craft and Food Market Excursion (Day trip)

This excursion includes a visit to a local food market, a craft beer tasting and an opportunity to relax at the beach.

Includes transportation and tasting.

Table Mountain Visit (Day trip)

Included in program fee

The iconic Table Mountain which overlooks Cape Town is a must see for visitors. You can take the cable car to the top or if you are really adventurous (and fit) hike up for fabulous views over Cape Town and on a clear day, Robben Island and beyond.

Includes transportation and entrance fees.

Optional Excursion to the Cederberg Mountains (3 Days – $295)

Cederberg is a wilderness area, two hours north of Cape Town, famous for its wildflowers. As well as plant life, the spectacular scenery includes rugged mountains and crystal clear streams, sandstone formations and bird life and you may even spot a baboon, a Cape fox, honeybadger or an elusive leopard. This excursion also includes a vineyard visit with wine tasting, an outdoor stargazing experience at Sanddrif and the opportunity to see 8,000 year old Bushman San cave drawings. Students stay in mountain cabins at a local farm and meals will be cooked the South African way, on an open fire called a ‘’braai.’

Fee includes accommodations, transportation and most meals. If a minimum enrollment of 15 is not met, the tour may be cancelled.

Optional Excursion to Addo Elephant Park and Breede River (5 Days - $645)

Visit the Eastern Coast of South Africa with a professional safari tour leader. The Addo Elephant National Park, which is malaria free, covers a 28,000 hectare national reserve with over 450 elephants and some Cape buffalo, lions, black rhinos, warthogs, zebras, elands, koedoes, hartebeest and many more animals. On this excursion students will hike in the Tsitsikamma Forest, enjoy a full-day game drive and visit Jeffreys Bay which is the surfing capital of South Africa. Two days of river rafting on the Breede River are also included.

Fee includes accommodations, transportation, entrance fees and breakfast and dinner daily. If a minimum enrollment of 15 is not met, the tour may be cancelled.

Dates and itineraries of all excursions are tentative and subject to change. For more detailed information about cultural activities please visit the AIFS website www.aifsabroad.com