Cities in Transition - Sustainability and the Global South



An 11 night programme, 12 day programme, with 7 nights in Cape Town and surrounds, 2 nights on Fair Trade Safari, and 1 night in Johannesburg.

Executed in collaboration with Eduardo Shimahara and the Sustainability Institute

All meals included except lunch on Day3 (free day) and Day9 (transfer to Johannesburg for Safari), lunch and dinner on Day11 (transfer to Johannesburg after Safari) breakfast on Day12.

All drinks excluded except where indicated.



Arrivals and welcome dinner. Overnight Cape Town


Peninsula Route. Overnight Cape Town


Free day. Overnight Cape Town


Morning Table Mountain Sustainability Study. Afternoon lecture1. Overnight Stellenbosch


Morning lecture2. Afternoon District Six & Forced Removals excursion. Overnight Stellenbosch


Morning lecture3. Afternoon Food Security and Urban Farming excursion. Overnight Stellenbosch

Morning lecture4. Afternoon Biodynamic wine excursion. Overnight Cape Town

Creative Cape Town programme. Overnight Cape Town

Depart for Safari. Overnight Naledi Game Lodge


Safari. Overnight Naledi Game Lodge


Transfer Safari to Johannesburg. Overnight Johannesburg


Fly home



Arrivals and welcome dinner. Overnight iKhaya Lodge


Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city, the place we call the ‘Mother City’.

Once you are checked in, and have had a quick refresh, we do a programme briefing in the hotel restaurant, we don’t need more than an hour. It’s really important that right at the beginning we go through everything, attend to any questions you might have, and just set the tone for the programme.

And then you can take a nap!

At 1900, one of the team will collect you to walk you across the road from the hotel to the Creative Emporium for dinner, a private traditional Cape Town dinner spread, with a hot original concert. It’s a great way to arrive in Cape Town.

Back to the hotel around 2200.

Day2. Saturday

Peninsula Route. Overnight Cape Town


Cape Point

We’ll start leisurely, at around 0900, and head to Cape Point for a relaxing day of sightseeing, following the spine of the Table Mountain range, all the way to where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. We pass through stunning coastal villages, including Kalk Bay, and Simonstown. You’ll have a chance to take the funicular, walk to the lighthouse and take a short hike in the reserve.

We will have a Cape Town favourite for lunch in Kalk Bay - fish and chips, at an iconic Cape Town eatery, Kalkies, which has been around for more than 50 years.

We will aim to be back in town by around 4pm so that you have a chance to experience the city centre at its most laid back time of the week.

Dinner is at the hotel around 7pm.

Day3. Sunday

Day at Leisure in Cape Town. Overnight Cape Town

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Cartright’s Corner, Adderley Street

To allow you enough time to recover from the jetlag, and to just relax into the energy of this new city experience, you have the day off. Hang out at hotel, walk around the city, get a little lost and make new discoveries. During the briefing, we will suggest some places to see on your day off. Sunday’s are quiet days in the Cape Town inner-city, it may be an opportunity to hire a bicycle and explore by bike.

Lunch today is for your own account.

Around 7pm, dinner time at the hotel.

Day4. Monday

Morning Table Mountain Sustainability Study. Afternoon lecture1. Overnight Stellenbosch



Professor Mark Swilling

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

You will check out after breakfast, around 0815, for an 0830 departure. Your bags will stay at the hotel while you head up Table Mountain. Your guide will transfer them to the hotel in Stellenbosch.

At 0900, we meet the you will be transferred to Table Mountain to meet the Table Mountain Cableway’s Environmental Control Officer, for an exploration of the famous mountain through the lense of sustainable practice, from bottom to top.

We take the cable car back down the mountain around 1130, for our appointment at the Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) at about 1200. The OZCF is “a community of adults and younger folk working together to engage in small-scale food production in the City Bowl of Cape Town.” Their vision is to “improve under-utilised public green spaces by creating demonstration gardens for hands-on community-wide food gardening education, thereby increasing access to fresh vegetables.” It is just a beautiful space in the city, with a story that starts in slavery in the Cape and takes us some distance into a future that sees us have a much closer relationship to the food we eat.

We will have a picnic lunch at the Oranjezicht City Farm.

At 1300, we transfer to the Sustainability Institute for the first in our 4 part lectures series. The lecture starts at 1400 with Professor Mark Swilling. Mark is the academic head of the Sustainability Institute, and one of South Africa’s sustainability thought leaders. We finish around 1700, and head to the hotel for 1800. Dinner is scheduled at the hotel restaurant for 1900.

Day5. Tuesday

Morning lectures. Afternoon District Six & Forced Removals excursion. Overnight Stellenbosch



Edgar Pieterse

The District Six Museum

You will be transferred at 1000 from the hotel to the SI for your morning programme.

The lecture will start at 1030 with Edgar Pieterse. Edgar is an urbanist, and the director of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.

Lunch is at the SI at 1300.

At 1345, your guide collects you to visit the District Six Museum in Cape Town. This afternoon we want to explore some history, to help provide some rich context to your visit. The history of South Africa is a history of forced removals. The indigenous people were removed from their land by colonial empires. Citizens of countries like Mozambique and Java and Indonesia, were captured and brought to the Cape to be slaves. Under apartheid, Capetonians were forced out of their homes in the city and moved to the periphery. So there are layers upon layers of forced removals that have shaped our collective identity, and the inequalities that ensue have a direct impact on our capacity to live sustainably.

At the museum you will be hosted by a former resident of District Six.

After the museum, we will have some time to relax a little in the city before heading back to your hotel in Stellenbosch around 1800. We will take you to one of our favourite bars to finish the day with a glass of wine or a beer.

Dinner at 1930 at the hotel.

Day6. Wednesday

Morning lectures. Food Security and Urban Farming excursion. Overnight Stellenbosch



Biodynamic chicken farming at Spier

Abalimi Bezekhaya’s Harvest of Hope Vegetable Box

You will be transferred at 0930 from the hotel to Spier, where your lecturer will meet you. Today’s lecture takes place in two parts: part one exploring Spier Wine Estate’s approach to sustainable food farming, including Farmer Angus’ biodynamic beer and eggs operation, and Eric Swart’s organic vegetable farming.

Then we move to the SI, for part two, in one of the SI lecture rooms.

Lunch at the SI.

After lunch we visit a township or favela farm, a project of Abalimi Bezekaya in Khayelitsha. “Abalimi is  an urban agriculture and environmental action association operating in the socio-economically neglected townships of the Cape Flats. Abalimi means: ‘the Planters’ in Xhosa, the predominant language among our target community. We assist individuals, groups and community based organisations to initiate and maintain permanent organic food growing and nature conservation projects as the basis for sustainable lifestyles, self-help job creation, poverty alleviation and environmental renewal.”

We will be back at the hotel around 1730 / 1800. At 1900, Iain Harris will collect you for dinner at a Stellenbosch restaurant.

Day7. Thursday
Morning lectures. Afternoon Biodynamic wine excursion. Overnight Cape Town


Jess Schulschenk

Avondale Wine Estate

Your transfer to the SI is at 1000, giving you time to checkout and still have reflection period. Your lecture starts at 1030.

Your lecture today is hosted by Jess Schulschenk, exploring biodiversity and ecosystems.

Lunch at the SI.

At 1400, Your guide will take you to Avondale Wine Estate in Paarl, about an hour’s drive from the SI. Avondale is probably the flagship biodynamic wine estate in South Africa. You will be hosted on a two hour eco tour of the estate, with tastings at different locations, and insights into their approach to farming and to wine-making.

From Avondale you will transfer to Cape Town for two more nights.

Dinner at the hotel at 1900.


Day8. Friday
Creative Cape Town programme. Overnight Cape Town


You are spending the day with Iain today, exploring creative eco-systems and creativity in Cape Town. The day will include design, art, and music, and everything in between, and will be structured around meeting a selection of creatives in Cape Town who can open up the creative fabric of the city.

You will be collected at 0900, and return to the city around 1500 for a programme debrief with Shima.

Closing dinner at 1900.

Day9. Saturday
Depart for Safari. Overnight Fair Trade Safari Lodge


Your guide will get you the the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. You’ll leave the hotel around 0830, and fly at about 1030.

The flight is two hours long, and in Johannesburg, a shuttle will take you to your Frair Trade Safari Lodge in Kruger National Park. It’s about a five hour drive. You will arrive in time for an evening game drive and dinner.

All meals are included at the game lodge. Drinks are excluded.

Day10. Sunday

Safari. Overnight

Game drives and relaxation!

Day11. Monday

Transfer to Johannesburg, overnight Johannesburg


Morning game drive, and then a late morning transfer to Johannesburg. You will be staying overnight in Maboneng, a hip young integrated precinct in downtown Johannesburg. You will be able to walk out of your hotel and explore the nightlife.

Lunch and dinner today are for your own account.

Day12. Tuesday 27 October

Check out of the hotel and transfer to OR Tambo International for your flight back home!

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