|What makes Anir different from any other travel experience?
Anir has spent the last 15 years cultivating relationships with grassroots organizations
and persons who have made history in South Africa and the world.
(Travel days March ) You arrive in Cape Town where you are met and transferred to our
European style accommodations in Greenpoint. We will be staying at one of the most
hospitable bed and breakfast in Cape Town at the base of majestic Table Mountain.
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An eclectic mix of architectural
styles, Cape Dutch, English Tutor, brightly Coloured Muslim homes, but also the paradox of
the 3rd largest township in the country with shanties, poor health and children living on the
*First full day your first full day in the city will start with meeting fellow team members and
an early morning lecture on South African culture and a visit to the Iziko Cultural Museum of
Cape Town, one of the finest cultural museums in the country. Here you will learn about and
acclimate yourself to not only the major indigenous cultures of the area but also the
topography and ocean around it.
In the afternoon the experiential learning begins starting with the major communities and
townships in the area. First we experience the raw energy of this ‘rainbow nation’ in one
remarkable day. We start with a visit to vibrant Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) where bright
colored boxy houses contrast with the Cape Dutch & English style architecture of
downtown. Then on to the District Six Museum, which dramatically documents the tragic
disintegration of this once-vibrant community by the apartheid government (If you saw the
recent SI-FY movie District 9 it was inspired by the history of District 6). From here, we tour
Langa, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Western Cape and visit the Tsoga
Environmental Gardens, which are an example of the entrepreneurship of the township
people of the new South Africa. Continue to Guguletu, gaining invaluable insights into the
cultures and history of each township. Then sample a slice of township life with a visit to an
informal spaza shop, a shebeen (pub) and family hostels. This Experience is lead by
members of the township community. In the evening dine at the famed Africa Café where
you will sample the food treasures of the continent.
*Day two Starts with a forum discussion on HIV/AIDS in South Africa. The leaders of this
forum are local educators and specialist on the subject. This Experience include visits to
local orphan homes, clinics and a township maternity hospital, where participants meet with
and exchange questions and information on the treatment and education of HIV/AIDS.
*Day Three we will meet with students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology
HIV/AIDS Community Task Force and with professors and nursing students actively
participating in community outreach and research (Click here to learn more about CPUT HIV/AIDS program).
*Day Four, Five, Six are full days spent at work at Baphumelele (click here to learn more about this
remarkable place) either doing health screening & health education or working with the children,
soup kitchen, or community outreach program. Selected participants will have an
opportunity to request which area they would like work at.
Day Seven we tour the spectacular Cape Peninsula and you will learn why Cape Town is
considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world; in addition we visit the coastal
towns of Fish Hoek, Muizenberg and the penguin colony at Simon’s Town as well Cape
Point. The Cape Peninsula is the thin finger of land in the south-western most corner of
Africa with the city of Cape Town at its head. As we travel south towards Cape Point and
the Cape of Good Hope, the land gets narrower until the continent ends with nothing
beyond except Antarctica. In 1578 Sir Francis Drake described it as “The fairest cape in the
whole circumference of the globe”. The rugged Table Mountain range meanders down the
centre of the peninsula, and long white soft sandy beaches and little rocky coves, line the
edges. The flora and fauna is unique to the area and brightly coloured bird life is prolific.
*Day Eight you are free to rest, explore the city on your own and to shop at the oldest
market location in South Africa. Greenmarket Square has been a market site since the late
1700’s and now is home to a variety of African vendors from all over the continent. And then
contrast it with a visit to the very glamorous Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront Mall; or
spend the day on a hike or half the day on a tram ride up to the top of Table Mountain. The
hike will allow you a chance to inspect mountain wildflowers. The tram ride gives you a
birds-eye-view of Table Bay. Or spend the day or an afternoon visiting Kirstenbosch
Botanical Gardens home to 10% of the world's flora, or indulge on a full day tour visiting the
Cape Winelands consisting of several towns including Stellenbosch, Paarl, and
Franschhoek. Gracious Cape Dutch homesteads set against a backdrop of mountains,
forests, and rolling vineyards provide an unforgettable landscape. You will have the
opportunity to sample and purchase noble vintages, to explore the realm of the wine maker
and experience a rich historical and architectural tradition while you learn first-hand how this
picturesque part of South Africa produces some of the world’s finest wines. Or if you are
more into history visit Robben Island which is situated 11km from Cape Town, in the middle
of Table Bay. Here Nelson Mandela was held for 18 of his 27 years in prison, much of it
under hard labor. The island is now a museum and conservation area and was declared a
World Heritage site in 1999. Former inmates lead the tours and there is also wildlife viewing,
with antelopes such as springbok and bontebok, and a diverse selection of birds, including
ostriches and an African penguin colony, Cape Fur Seals play in the cold Atlantic waters
and are food for great white sharks; who along with the cold water and strong currents
deterred prisoners from attempting to swim to the mainland. Or you may depart for home so
as to arrive back on March 29 .
Day 9 you may either depart for home or other destinations or leave with us for a two day
BIG FIVE photo safari.