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Known for its natural beauty, wide ranging history, and rich diversity, South Africa is home to a number of interesting historical sites which relate to its often troubled past. As the beating, multi-ethnic heart of the Rainbow Nation, Cape Town does culture, history and heritage like no other South African city. Visit key historical sites from including Slave Lodge and District 6, as well as taking the time to learn how to cook some traditional South African cuisine. From there, travel to Johannesburg to see the Mandela House and Hector Pieterson museum to learn about one of the most influential people, not just in African history, but in the world. Get in touch to start planning a trip to Cape Town for your students now!


  • District Six Walking tour
  • Visit to Slave Lodge
  • Hector Pieterson Museum
  • Mandela House

Your travel itinerary could look like...

Day 1

Arrive in Cape Town in the early afternoon. From the airport get a coach transfer to your hotel.

PM - District Six walking tour

This area is a former inner-city residential area where over 60,000 of its non-white inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970 Apartheid regime. It was meant to be redeveloped for whites only, but as a result of international pressure it was left abandoned and empty. Walk by eerie old roads overgrown with weeds and see what is still left today. This area is slowly redeveloping boasting quirky cafes and street art which serve as a powerful voice, telling us a story of the struggles and beauty of the area.

After completing the tour, why not enjoy some local South African cuisine in a restaurant for dinner.

Day 2

AM - Visit Slave Lodge

The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town and was previously known as the South African Cultural History Museum. The lower level of this museum explores the long history of slavery in South Africa. Through changing, temporary exhibitions the museum addresses issues around slaves and raises awareness of human rights. The upper-level galleries as well as other spaces in the museum will be renewed in the coming years and currently showcases some highlights from the museums ceramics, silverware and Egyptology collections.

PM - The Bo-Kaap cooking experience with Top Cape Malay food experts

Guided by a local site expert you'll be taken on a walking journey of Bo-Kaap, exploring the community's past and calling on historical religious sites to discover the true heritage of this area. After that guests will be treated to a full-on Bo-Kaap cooking class where you will learn how to prepare 3 to 4 authentic Cape Malay dishes which you'll enjoy in a relaxing luncheon.

Day 3

AM - Visit Zeitz Mocaa

Zeitz Musuem of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a public, not-for-profit institution that exhibits, collects, preserves and researches contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora; conceives and hots international exhibitions; develops supporting educational, discursive and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and strives for access to all. The museum's galleries feature rotating, temporary exhibitions with a dedicated space for the permanent collection. The institution also includes the Centre for Art Education, the Centre for the Moving Image, and a project space for emerging artists.

PM - Journey to Johannesburg

Once you arrive in Johannesburg you will get a coach transfer to your hotel.

Day 4

AM - Soweto Tour - Visit Mandela House and Hector Pieterson Museum

House 8115, Vilakazi Street, Orlando, Soweto, has become one of the most famous addresses in South Africa. It is the house where former South African President, Nelson Mandela, lived on and off for more than 14 years. In his landmark autobiography, The Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela describes coming back here in 1990 upon his release after 27 years in prison.

Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world to have housed Nobel laureates - the other being Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. In 1961, Nelson Mandela left No.8115 for life on the run as a political activist. He was arrested and imprisoned in 1962. From April 2008 to March 2009, Mandela House was closed for repairs and restoration. Now, 1885 has been entrenched as one of South Africa's most significant heritage sites because it tells the tale, in sound, film. interpretive panels and guided tours, of the Mandela family during the Apartheid era and beyond. You can still walk around the interior of the house as before, but now there is a highly narrative element to your experience, which is enhanced by the addition of a visitor centre.

PM - Hector Pieterson Museum

This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honours the Sowetan school children slain in a police massacre in 1976. It is located in Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa, just 2 blocks away from where Hector Pieterson was shot and killed on 16th June 1976. The museum is named in his honour, and covers the evens of the anti-Apartheid Soweto uprising, where more than 170 protesting school children were killed. The museum features films, newspapers, personal accounts and photographs, the most famous of which being the iconic photo by Sam Nzima.

Day 5

AM - Captivating Safari Lion Park experience (half day guided tour)

Johannesburg is known for being a gateway to fantastic wildlife encounters, and this option is perfect for time-tight travellers interested in seeing a variety of animal species in just half a day. Start with a convenient pickup - then travel to the Safari Lion Park. Animals that reside at the park include rare white lions, brown lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes, zebra, and antelopes.

PM - Coach pickup from the hotel. 

In the evening make your way back to the airport to catch the overnight flight back to the UK.

Whats included

  • Flights
  • UK and overseas airport transfers
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Pre-departure teacher pack
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Free trip-leader place options
  • Flights to Johannesburg and coach transfers

Why not add

  • If you are looking for a shorter trip, then just visit the Cape Town area from £1240pp
  • Robben Island

Why choose us

  • Fully accredited and financially protected
  • Knowledgeable and experienced staff
  • Regional Educational Development Execs to support all stages of the trip process
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