28 FRAM Depart local airport
PM Depart ATL
29 SAPM Arrive Oliver Tambo International Airport. Transfer shuttle to Pretoria.
30 SU AM Open
PM lunch in Hatfield
1 MO AM UP orientation and security briefing. SA history lecture: Indigenous Societies in pre-colonial Southern Africa
PM University of Pretoria campus tour. Mapungubwe exhibit @ UP Museum – contains artifacts from the excavations of this early complex society, central to regional and inter-continental trade in the early second millennium
2 TU AM SA history lecture: Foreign Arrivals – Settlers, Slave Society, and Stratification
PM Sterkfontein Caves – one of only 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South Africa. In 1998, paleoarchaeologists discovered an almost complete 3.5 million year old hominid skeleton (Australopithecus africanus). Optional: Wonder Cave
3 WEAM SA history lecture: Interior Encounters – Frontier Expansion and Gold Discovery
PM Premier Diamond Mine – guided above-ground tour at one of the biggest diamond mines in the world, Premier has produced three of the largest stones ever found, including the Cullinan diamond.
4 TH AM SA history lecture: Segregation & Apartheid in South Africa
PM Braai with staff and students from the UP Department of Historical & Heritage Studies
5 FRAM SA history lecture: The Freedom Struggle & A New South Africa
PM Depart for Pilanesberg National Park. Over 500 square kilometers, this is the fourth largest national park in SA. Pilanesberg contains a wide variety of wildlife, including: rhino, giraffe, elephant, hippo, cape buffalo, eland, kudu, zebra, African wild dog, hyena, lion, leopard, and cheetah. The complex offers chalets with a grocery store and restaurant. 2 hour evening/night game drive (dress warm!).
6 SAAM early morning game drive (really early – dress even warmer!)
PM Open for activities in camp area
7 SUAM Optional additional game drive (not included) – depart for PTA @ 10am
8 MOAM UP seminar @ Centre for the Study of AIDS
PM National Museum of Cultural History and downtown Pretoria.
9 TUAM Johannesburg city tour, including: Constitution Hill where Nelson Mandela was tried for treason; Marketplace Theater; Central Business District
PM Soweto lunch and tour: the largest and best-known of South Africa’s townships, created to keep African residents of Joburg separated from white neighborhoods. Site of the 1976 Soweto Uprising, home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, Soweto is an essential point for understanding South Africa’s history and its future. We will visit the Hector Pieterson Museum as well as Baragwanath-Chris Hani Hospital area.
10 WEAM UP seminar: U.S. Policy in Southern Africa, 1964-1994
PM US Embassy visit and briefing
11 THAM United States Agency for International Development (USAID) mission offices
PM Site visit to USAID-sponsored project.
12 FRAM UP seminar: The Politics of Democratic Transition in South Africa
13 SAAM transfer to OTIA for flight to Cape Town
PM arrive Cape Town International, transfer to Cape Peninsula Hotel. Located on Beach Road in Sea Point, there are many restaurants within walking distance and a hotel shuttle operates regularly to several key destinations up to 10pm.
14 SUAM Greenpoint Market (note: many winter activities in Cape Town are weather-dependent. We will attempt to follow this itinerary but it will be subject to change based on prevailing conditions – e.g. the first clear weekday we’ll hike Table Mountain; Robben Island ferry can be closed due to weather, etc.)
PM Robben Island and/or dinner at Victoria & Alfred Wharf
15 MOAM/PM Table Mountain (weather permitting): at over 1000 metres, the Platteklip Gorge route to the summit provides views of the city & Atlantic beyond. We’ll hike across the top to the highest point at McClear’s Beacon, enjoying spectacular views of the city center, Cape Flats, and south towards Cape Point. For the brave and energetic: follow Dr. Leedy down Skeleton Gorge to Kirstenbosch and return to the City via public transport. Or take the spinning cable car down.
16 TUAM Robben Island: another of South Africa’s World Heritage sites, the island was
used as a prison from the 17th Century until the early 1990s. Most famous as the site of Nelson Mandela’s first 20 years of incarceration. Former political prisoners now provide guided tours.
PM Open (alternate date for Table Mountain)
17 WEAM Bo-Kaap: a predominantly Muslim area and site of Capetown’s first
mosque, this district was known as the Malay Quarter since many of the East Asian slaves imported in the 17th century lived here with their owners. Contains a number of old homes designated as national monuments. District Six Museum: a former township designated for the Cape “coloured” population, this dynamic area was once the cosmopolitan home to many musicians and people of all races. In 1966, the authorities evicted residents to the Cape Flats and bulldozed the area. Visit local development/empowerment NGO.
PM Lunch in Athlone followed by driving tour of Cape Flats
18 THAM/PM Leave Cape Town via the Atlantic seaboard to Hout Bay fishing harbour. Onwards via the beautiful drive around Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope National Park. See both Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Exit the park to the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
19 FRAM Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Walk through this botanical wonderland on the back slopes of Table Mountain, overlooking False Bay and the Cape Flats. Roughly 9,000 of southern Africa’s 22,000 plant species grow here.
PM Cape winelands region. Enjoy lunch and a walking tour in the historic university town of Stellenbosch, visit two wine estates for tastings, and return to the city late-afternoon.
20 SAAM/PM Open (Relax. Shop. Pursue other outdoor activities, etc.)
21 SU Transfer to Cape Town International. Depart CPT for JNB
22 MO Arrive USA
Accommodation in South Africa
128 Murray St.
Pilanesberg National Park
Tel: 27.14.555.1000 Fax: 27.14.555.7555
The Peninsula Hotel
313 Beach Road
Sea Pont, Cape Town
Tel: 27.21.430.7777 Fax: 27.21.430.777