Study Abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Study Abroad in Stellenbosch: Cultural Excursions

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 World Heritage site at Cango Caves, an ostrich farm, a township in Knysna, Monkeyland and Knysna Elephant Sanctuary. Students may also opt to add some of the following experiences to the trip for an additional fee: river ravine kloofing, horseback riding, treetop ziplining 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 cafés and restaurants. You will also take a trip by boat across Table Bay to the UNESCO World Heritage site that is Robben Island where the anti-apartheid hero and political leader the late President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years. The moving visit 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 entrances.

Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach Penguins (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 Food Market (day trip)

Included in program fee

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, cable car and entrance fees.

Optional Excursion to the Cederberg Mountains (3 days – $375)

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, honey badger 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. A minimum of 10 students is required for the excursion to run.

Optional Excursion to Addo Elephant Park and Breede River (5 days - $695)

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 plus a visit to Cape Agulhas the most southern tip of Africa returning to Stellenbosch via the coastal town of Hermanus.

Fee includes accommodations, transportation, entrance fees and breakfast daily and 6 other meals. Students can take a surf lesson in Jeffreys Bay for a supplemental fee. A minimum of 10 students is required for the excursion to run.

Students must enroll and pay for the optional excursions in the U.S. by the final payment deadline. Once paid for excursions are non-refundable except in the event of cancellation.

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