On the English and Cape Cultural Tour you will discover the Forgotten Route on this train tour of the Karoo – South Africa’s semi-desert region known for its historical and geological importance.
Highlights: Traditional South African BBQ or Potjiekos• Walking tour or Hop on hop off tour of Cape Town • Robben Island and Township experience • Dining and singing with the locals • Experience real old South African “dorpies”
You are welcomed at the airport and taken to the 5 star Saltycrax Backpackers in Blouberg. The hostel is within walking distance from all bars, restaurants, the beach, shops and transport terminals. Blouberg is famous for kitesurfing, water sports and its amazing views of Table Mountain.
For the rest of your day you can go down to the famous Kite Beach to capture some great views of Table Mountain, sip a cocktail, get lunch or take a stroll on the beach.
At night a traditional South African meal is cooked on the fire. This is a great opportunity to meet new people from around the world. You will spend the night at Saltycrax.
Start the day with breakfast at SaltyCrax Backpackers.
Your friendly SaltyCrax staff member will teach you about the bus system before you head out to Cape Town city centre.
You have two options to choose from:
Do a walking tour visiting historical sites like the Castle of Good Hope and the Grand Parade. Learn about life under apartheid in South Africa at the Parliament Buildings and the District Six Museum. Shop for African arts and crafts in Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall.
The hop on hop off bus pass:
Board this topless bus that takes you to all the sites you need to see, such as Camps Bay, the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain… all from the comfort of your seat!
Explore the wealth of culture, the historical development of our townships and the traditional history in the everyday life of our township residents. Meet the locals, visit a crèche and drink home- brewed beer. This is a must for anyone who wants an authentic view of South African life.
After spending the morning in the local townships, take the ferry from the Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island. Ex-inmates guide the tours and recount their experiences and hardships while imprisoned on the island.
In the evening take a cab down to Richards Bistro and enjoy a 3 course buffet dinner while being entertained by an exciting new musical show directed by the award winning director Basil Appollis, and produced by Richard Loring of internationally acclaimed “African Footprint”.
Gain an uplifting insight into a community that can only be described as „the original Rainbow Nation”.
In the Kaapse stories, Grandpa Joe, known to everyone as ‘Pa Joe’ takes us on a journey of extraordinary events along with his family, legally adopted or otherwise – brother Bernie, uncle Charlie and precocious granddaughter Genevieve, along with a host of other surprise characters who display their hidden talents and delightful sense of humour, whilst showing resilience and pride.
Today you get to know aspects of the cultural diversity that Cape Town has to offer on an interactive guided walk through the historical heart of the Bo-Kaap with a mini shopping safari.
Our focus today lies on the Cape Muslim people with their South-East Asian heritage, their culture, their community their food and links between these. The mini shopping safari, which stops at a local spice shop and halaal butcher offers opportunities to interact with locals and to discover typical ingredients. The shop-keeper himself, when available, or our knowledgeable guide, will take you behind the counter to taste, smell and touch your way through typical ingredients. The highlight is to visit a local family’s home and participate in a hands-on fun-filled cooking session & demonstration before savouring a full traditional lunch.
After all of this excitement you have what is left of the day to explore Cape Town on your own and see and do any last thing that you might have wanted to do or make your way back to Saltycrax and enjoy some well deserved relaxation time in the Jacuzzi or palm shade hammock.
DAYS 6 –19:
The week is spent on your Standard English Course. Lessons are held from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 12:40pm.