|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.
We arrive in Cape Town in the early afternoon where we 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, with cobble stone streets and cultural diversity that enhances the
cosmopolitan texture of the city.
*First full day our first full day in the city will start with an early morning
lecture on South African culture then take us 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 we
will tour the historic points of the city; then in the evening dine at the famed
Africa Café where you will sample the food treasures of the continent.
*Day two: The morning starts with a visit to 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.
In the Afternoon we experience the raw energy of this ‘rainbow nation’ in one
remarkable day. We start with a tour of the 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. 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 hostels. Contemplate this land of contrasts over lunch at a
township restaurant for aspiring young chefs and students of the tourist
industry. This tour is lead by members of the township community.
*Day three 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 Five, Six & Seven are full days spent at work either at one of the
children's homes, soup kitchen, or community outreach program. Participants
may request which area they would like work at.
Day Eight 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 birdlife is prolific.
*Day Nine 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 you may depart for home so as to arrive back on day 10.
Day 10 you may either depart for home or other destinations or leave with us
for a two day BIG FIVE photo safari.
*Applicants must be over the
age of 18
Applicants should be:
-Eager to learn new things
and have new experiences
-Emotionally flexible & stable
-Able to work under pressure
-Can easily adjust to change
A great desire to learn more
about yourself and eager to
experience a new culture
and life style with a strong
interest in any of the
Children and Youth