Dates: Saturday 4th November - Tuesday 12th November, 2023
Location: Cape Town - Johannesburg
Cost: $3150 USD per person
Optional Add-On: $820 USD
12th - 14th November, Umlani Game Reserve
The 2023 South Africa Experience is a captivating journey of South Africa's multifaceted past, immersive present and hopeful future. As you explore the majestic beauty and vibrant cultures of South Africa, Baron Wright will guide you through enlightening workshops to help uncover your own personal legacy. We will embark across South Africa, exploring a diversity of cultures and locations from the Western Cape to our remarkable partner organization Kliptown Youth Program in Soweto, Johannesburg. Every element of this trip aims to demonstrate how tourism can be utilized to promote economic equality while providing a positive impact to the places and hosts we visit.
Welcome to South Africa! Today you'll arrive in Cape Town and be met at the airport by your trip leaders Baron Wright and Shelley Bragg.
You'll spend the evening getting to know your fellow travellers at your welcome dinner.
After breakfast you'll visit Guga Sthebe Arts and Culture Centre, housed in a brightly coloured building, which is dedicated to the empowerment of the people of Langa township.
We'll enjoy lunch at the famous Cape Town Waterfront, with an introduction to their impressive environmentally sustainable initiatives.
In the afternoon, you'll take a boat to Robben Island - the prison and icon of struggle, freedom and hope for South Africa, made famous by Nelson Mandela's imprisonment there.
Weather permitting, we'll end the day watching a majestic sunset from the top of Table Mountain!
Today you'll visit the District 6 Museum, where you'll learn about the once thriving and diverse neighbourhood known as District Six that was destructed under the Apartheid regimes Group Areas Act, which led to segregation and forced removals across the country.
We'll then explore the historic neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap in the centre of Cape Town and enjoy a Lekka Kombuis cooking class specialising in traditional Cape Malay cuisine.
We'll enjoy a dinner in the city with some down time in between for you to rest or visit Green Market Square
This morning you'll travel up the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, 50 km from Cape Town, to visit the family-owned Delheim Estate.
You'll be greeted by breathtaking views and true hospitality, and be treated to a wine tasting with young female black winemaker, Nongcebo Langa.
You'll spend the afternoon at Waterford, an estate that has made the conscious decision to farm only half of their land in an effort to protect the area’s animal life and natural vegetation.
We'll enjoy a Wine Drive Safari - a unique three-hour trip on a safari-type vehicle, through the 120-hectare Estate on the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg mountain. This will be followed by a wine tasting with snacks and a wine and chocolate tasting!
Today we explore more of the Cape and travel to the Moravian mission station of Goedverwacht - nestled between the Piketberg Mountains.
You'll meet with a host family who you'll be spending the night with, being immersed in another way of life.
After some time to meet your hosts and settle in, you will spend the afternoon exploring your surroundings on a village walk with your host. You will experience the pride of the locals with their village and get to know their neighbours, friends and families. The village is situated in a fertile and well-watered valley and is characterised by gardens full of flowers, fruit and vegetables surrounded by a beautiful valley with the Bergriver, mountains and wetlands.
For dinner you will have a home cooked meal together with your host family and time to share stories.
After breakfast with our hosts, we travel back to Cape Town, ready to explore another side of the mountains and city.
We'll visit the famous Penguin colony near Boulders Beach and have time for a dip in the sea if you can brave the cold water!
Our final morning in Cape Town will take us on an experience in Kalk Bay, learning more about its diverse history. We'll then have time to explore the trendy area, its galleries and local stores.
This afternoon we head off to the City of Gold, Johannesburg!
Today we will enjoy a short tour of Soweto - once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmund Tutu -and we will visit the local partner in Soweto that your trip has helped to fundraise for. We will learn more about their programs, enjoy a performance of traditional South African dance and have chance to meet with the inspiring founders of the organization.
We'll enjoy a fun farewell dinner in the big city!
Today is the day we bid farewell, or for those that are taking the optional add on, we journey together to Umlani Game Reserve to experience South Africa's wildlife and the communities it exists in harmony with.
South Africa still faces large economic inequality but tourism can be a powerful tool to change that. Our goal through this trip is to support locally-owned, locally-run, and community-invested activities and accommodation.
We're partnering with Abang Africa who are pioneers in eco-tourism in Africa, and share our commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism.
We have carefully selected all your accomodation, activities and restaurants for this trip, to ensure that your trip contributes positively to the communities and environments you visit.
$100 USD of your trip fee will be donated to the Kliptown Youth Program, an non-profit organization operating in Kliptown, Soweto.
All of your in-country carbon emissions will be offset.
More about Abang Africa
"From the very beginnings in 2005, Abang Africa has been a pioneer in eco-tourism and responsible travel. African holidays are not just about seeing the majestic beauty of this continent. It is very much also about a meeting of minds, an appreciation of the vastness of the land and the diversity of the landscape, the sounds, the smells and tastes. In a post COVID world and a world where we face big climate challenges, the merits of long-distance travel have been very much under debate. Abang Africa Travel has from the beginning offered the opportunity to travel guilt free, in a responsible and ecofriendly way. In a travel positive way."
Your trip leader is Baron Wright, supported by one of GOOD Travel's co-founders, Shelley Bragg. Baron and Shelley have led many GOOD Travel trips independently and enjoyed leading a trip to together in Thailand! They're excited to welcome you to South Africa!
Baron Wright is the founder of BaronArts Inc and an experiential learning, supportive arts, and personal development coach. With over a decade of creative and transformational work experience, Baron uses innovative and art-inspired techniques to achieve breakthrough results with his clients. Throughout his career Baron has supported CEOs, non-profit organizations, recording artists, small business owners, celebrities, social justice advocates, and stay-at-home moms. He founded BaronArts to create a welcoming space for people of all walks of life to feel seen, live in their possibility, and inspire others to do the same. His programs bring people together to heal, celebrate their story, access joy and abundance, and share their unique gifts with the world. He is also an award winning multi-disciplined artist and motivational speaker. As a consultant he’s delivered top-tier results-driven and team performance programs to participants across the U.S.
He first traveled with GOOD Travel to Tanzania in 2017 where he facilitated an inspirational creativity workshop on the shores of the Indian ocean. He looks forward to sharing this Icelandic Experience with you and making this trip unforgettable!
Shelley was born in Fish Hoek, Cape Town, where she lives today after many years living abroad. She is passionate about sustainable development, about nature and about fostering connection between people and place. She's excited to show you the many different facets of her home, South Africa!
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Cost per person: $3150 USD
Includes all accommodation, meals, activities, project donation, carbon offsetting and travel within South Africa as outlined in the What's Included tab. Payment plan options are also available.
To secure your spot on this trip, we require a non-refundable deposit of $500 USD per person.
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