South Africa History Tour

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Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Cissie Gool & Imam Haron.

Mural by Mak1One, in District Six


9 nights and 10 days in South Africa, including 7 nights in Cape Town, and 2 nights in Kruger National Park. **

Accommodation in 3 star hotel in Cape Town, and 3 star tented safari lodge.

Students accommodated on a sharing basis at all accommodation. Faculty accommodated on a single room basis, except at Safari lodge, which is on a sharing basis.

Bed and breakfast basis. One dinner & one lunch included in Cape Town, all other meals excluded. All drinks excluded in Cape Town.

All meals included at game lodge, as well as game drives and or walks.

All alcoholic drinks excluded. Domestic flights excluded.

** Also available with a 2 day Johannesburg add-on, including key historical sites and narratives **


Day1. 20 March Cape Town
Arrivals - check in, chill out, welcome dinner


Welcome to the city. One of the Coffeebeans team will meet you at Cape Town International Airport, and transfer you to your hotel. Along the way, we’ll do a bit of a city tour. Cape Town is big, and the airport is about in the middle of the metropole. So from the moment you arrive, we will be able to start unpacking the city for you, there are some very special highlights.

Once you are checked in, we will have a short programme briefing and attempt to answer some of the burning questions you might have!

For dinner, a private traditional Cape Town dinner spread , with a hot original concert at the Cape Town Creative Emporium. It’s a great way to arrive in Cape Town (dinner and concert included in programme fee)

Day2. 21 March Cape Town
Table Mountain (Hoeriwaggo), Camissa Indigenous Water Walk, the Oranjezicht City Farm



An indigenous dwelling, and Khoesan poet Jethro Louw, in the Green Point Urban park

The Oranjezicht City Farm, on the original van Breda farm, the biggest farm in Cape Town in the 1700s, sitting atop several fresh water wells

We are on the go at 9am. We are going to start from the top of the city, on Table Mountain. Apart from all the beautiful and magical and spiritual reasons you might want to experience being on top of the mountain, one of the most powerful elements of being there is being able to perceive the city in one big glance. The aerial perspective helps to open up the city’s geographies, and demystify it to some degree. We map the week ahead from this elevated position. And enjoy the sheer exhilaration of the elevation.

We will return to the historic city centre for lunch.

After lunch, we walk! We will follow the water paths of the lower part of Table Mountain, exploring the water narratives of the city. Historically, Cape Town is all about fresh water, it’s why the indigenous Khoesan settled at Table Mountain, it’s why various eras of colonising nations did the same. The original Khoesan name for this part of the world was Camissa, or Place of Sweet Waters. Our journey ends at the Oranjezicht City Farm, where we visit their show farm, modelled on the original Cape Dutch approach, and delve into slavery in the Cape.

Day3. 22 March Cape Town

District Six Museum and District Six the area, Slave Walk

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The new District Six emerging slowly

We will begin the day with a deepening of our exploration of slavery in the city. We will visit the Slave Lodge, and do a slave route in the city, visiting sites of slavery (as well as sites of indigenous memory).

After lunch, we will travel forward in time and explore forced removals of another era - District Six, a melting pot of the world, destroyed by the apartheid government. We will spend some time at the District Six Museum, before exploring District Six the area, including the small part that is currently under development, with former residents getting homes from the government.

Day4. 23 March Cape Town

Robben Island, Revolution Route



Robert Sobukwe’s prison house on Robben Island

Langa Pass Museum curator Alfred Magwaca

We start our day in the historic city, unpacking the revolutionary history of Cape Town at a selection of key sites. We are going to learn about other key political figures and thinkers, including Imam Haron, Cissie Gool and Steve Biko. We will revisit the day of Mandela’s release and his first address as a free man, from the balcony of City Hall.

Then we follow forced removals out of the city to the townships. We are going to be in Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town, and also the geographic centre of the Cape Town metropole. Which makes for interesting opportunities. We will start our visit to Langa with the Langa Pass Museum. Picking up the Robben Island narrative, the Pass Museum takes us deeper into the foundation of the apartheid system, the Dompas or Pass document, the document that determined the movement of black people. This will journey us into some fascinating insight into South Africa’s recent past.

Then we head into the Langa Quarter, a precinct that is running with the idea that Langa is the centre of the metropole, and establishing itself as a cultural and economic hub in the city. We will learn from this visit more about how the future of Langa is being shaped.

We will have a home cooked lunch in the home of a good friend who has prepared a selection of Nelson Mandela’s favourite dishes (included in programme fee).

After lunch, we will take the 1500 Robben Island ferry. The Robben Island tour will deepen your insight into key revolutionary figures, including of course Nelson Mandela, he’s the primary focus, but also people like Robert Sobukwe, the leader of the Pan African Congress, a pivotal political thinker and activist.

Back at the hotel between 1800 and 1900, depending on when the ferry returns.

Day5. 24 March Cape Town

Peninsula Route - Cape of Good Hope, Kirstenbosch Gardens,


Kalk Bay Harbour, part of the journey down the Peninsula

We’ll start at 9am and head out to Cape Point for a relaxing day of sightseeing, touching on elements of our history. We pass through stunning coastal villages, including Kalk Bay, Muizenberg and Simonstown. Cape Point, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet, is spectacular. You’ll have a chance to take the funicular, walk to the lighthouse and take a short hike in the reserve.

We will also visit the Constantia winelands, the home of the earliest Cape wines, where we will visit the museum at Groot Constantia, the oldest wine estate.


We will also visit briefly Kirstenbosch Gardens, South Africa’s most popular botanical gardens, and also a site of forced removals. Beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens is also a contested and elitist space.

Day6. 25 March Cape Town

A history of Cape Town - in the winelands


The Solms Delta music project, part of the Solms Delta Wine Estate’s attempt to rewrite narratives of the winelands

So much rich history here in the winelands. Stellenbosch is the 2nd oldest town in the country, after Cape Town, and so the region has a history almost as deep as Cape Town’s. Slavery played a massive part of this history, and the legacy of slavery is vivid even today. We will visit Lanquedoch and Pniel, two winelands towns where freed slaves were given tenure. We will visit Solms Delta for their music and heritage museum, showcasing the indigenous and slave histories of the Franschhoek region. We will visit the Spier Wine Estate and do their one hour slave audio route. And for a contemporary perspective, we’ll visit the Lynedoch Eco Village across the road, and learn about their attempts to grapple with and address social justice issues in an inclusive, racially and economically diverse village.

Day7. 26 March Cape Town
Free day with guide and vehicle on hand for voluntary work.

Day8. 27 March Safari


We will check out of the hotel early to get an early flight to Johannesburg, and pick up a transfer from the OR Tambo airport to get to the safari lodge, and then two nights on safari!

All meals and game drives included at safari lodge. Drinks and items of personal nature excluded.

Day9. 28 March Safari

Day10. 29 March

fly home


Cape Town

iKhaya Lodge

Wandel St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
+2721 461 8880

The hotel doesn’t have a 24 hour concierge, so if you return late in the night from an outing, you may wait a moment or two for someone to open the door, but there will always be someone to let you in, no matter what time you return.

When out late at night, use a cab to return to the hotel rather than walking. There are some routes from the entertainment hubs to the hotel that are a little dark and opportunistic when the city is asleep.

On the same square as the hotel, are some places to eat:

Maria’s, a Greek eatery

Vandiar’s, serving Indian cuisine

Roxy’s, a cafe style eatery

Kruger National Park

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp or similar


In Cape Town, budget for between 10 and 20 USD per person per meal. Lunches will average around 10 USD, dinners around 20 USD. Tipping is a standard 10% - if the service is poor tips are not necessary, if excellent up to 20% is appropriate. At hotels and airports, it is reasonable to tip porters 2 to 5 USD a time. At the end of your stay, a tip of 10 to 20 USD is well received by the room cleaning staff, but certainly not expected.

On safari, all meals are included.

Cape Town eateries

Cafe Royale, gourmet burgers on Long Street

The Bokaap Kombuis, Cape Malay food in the Bokaap

Harbour House, V&A Waterfront, great for seafood (budget a little extra per person here, up to 25 - 30 USD)

Fork is a good tapas place, on Long Street (avoid La Parada on Bree, tacky tapas)

Plant Cafe, amazing vegetarian and vegan eatery, open for lunches and breakfasts. Such good food. Buiten St, just off the Long Street hub

Masala Dosa is great for South Indian food, very funky place on Long Street

Bhukara is great for North Indian cuisine, a serious eatery in comparison to Masala dosa, very good food.

El Burro, hip Mexican joint in Green Point, very good, with craft beer and tequila

Downtown Ramen, if you are into ramen, this is excellent.

Buzby Grill in Sea Point and Carne in the CBD for excellent steaks if you need one of those
Societi Bistro is excellent for mid-range gourmet food (budget a little extra here, 25 - 30 USD per person)

(you’ll notice more Indian options here than South African - in Cape Town we are not very good at making our local cuisine so readily available, other than Cape Malay. Sorry for that)

Getting around

During the programme, we’ll be getting you everywhere you need to be. For dinners, you will be able to walk to most places and you will take cabs back to the hotel. You’ll need two cabs at a time, and can use Uber (highly recommended, the best service in town) or we recommend Excite, Sea Point Radio Taxis and Unicab taxi services. The hotel can arrange them for you if need be. Cab fees are around a dollar per km, and an average ride, to get home from dinner, will be about 10 dollars a cab.

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Your guide for the programme will be Michael Letlala.
The programme co-ordinator is Iain Harris.
The backend logistics manager will be Natasha Moses.

You will meet Iain and Michael on your first day, and Natasha at the Welcome Dinner.

Coffeebeans Routes. iKhaya Lodge, Wandel St, Cape Town, 8001. Tel +27218139829