Excursions

Each semester in Cape Town includes some excursions to expose students to different areas of Cape Town and beyond.  The excursions vary each semester but have included:

Robben Island: Robben Island is historically known for its isolated prison dating back all the way to the 1600s. Students explore the grounds and visit the cell of Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned here for 18 years. The island now houses a museum that commemorates South Africa's complicated past.

Hermanus: Students travel approximately 75 miles from Cape Town to the Hermanus Backpacker Lodge, ranked one of the best hostels throughout South Africa.  Students can choose their own adventure by participating in activities such as sea kayaking, a whale-watching expedition, exploring the charming town, or relaxing on the nearby beach.

Cape Peninsula: The Cape Peninsula has countless areas to explore: Cape Point, Camp Bay and Boulders Beach, an area of the Cape between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans that is a popular destination for tourists and good place to find penguins.

Table Mountain:  Table Mountain is located adjacent to the University of Cape Town, Table Mountain stands as one of the most iconic natural landscapes in South Africa. Led by a guide, students hike the winding trails identifying indigenous plants. At the summit, students are rewarded with a panoramic view of Cape Town and the sprawling coastline.

Volunteer Experience and Aquila Game Reserve: The Aquila Private Game Reserve is a game reserve in Western Cape Province, South Africa. Aquila has animals such as the springbok, Lion, Cape Porcupine, Olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant. In addition to going on a game drive, students will volunteer their time for a day in the town of Touws.