Study abroad in Southern Africa: Sample Itinerary

Example of a UVA in Southern Africa itinerary

People, Culture and
Environment of Southern Africa
EVSC 4060; ANTH 4060; EDLF 5500

Summer 2010 Tentative General Itinerary

May 16    Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa (SA)
May 17-23   (SA) Class and field trips in Jo-burg at WITS and UJ
May 23-May 30 (SA) Thohouyando/Venda—class and field trips
May 30-June 2 (Mozambique) Covane Community Lodge
June 3-4  (Mozambique) Xai-Xai
June 4-5  (Mozambique) Maputo
June 5-11  (SA) African Wildlife College
June 11-13  (SA) Blyde River Canyon
June 13  (SA) Back in Johannesburg to fly out that evening

Schedule of Lectures and Site Visits
(Note: dates and venues may change slightly)

Sun. May 16  Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa (SA)
Staying at Room with a View
Rules, expectations, etc at RWV

May 16-23   Class and field trips in Johannesburg at WITS and UJ
Mon. May 17 First half day: WITS AM lectures on history of earth,
hominids and culture; Origins Center History of the Earth (3
hours) (lunch on own)

Second half day WITS: lectures prep for excavation –
Christine Steininger and colleagues

Evening: Newtown/FIETAS tour (PM – Dinner in Fietas,
Nazir tour)
Tues. May 18 Sterkfontien Caves and Cooper, Excavation at Cooper

Debrief on dig/Evening speaker: HIV/AIDS (Murray Cairns at

Wed. May 19 Rustenberg Platinum Mines (To be confirmed – social,
economic and industrial)

Afternoon visit community/township: Springs/Catelehong
(CAS to confirm w/ Salim – bring ERP members to meet
community) – Stop in Pretoria to hear from Dr. Saidi

Thur. May 20 RAU Math & Science Academy (8-10am) Energy Day:
Alexandra Energy and Safety Program visit and foot survey
of surrounding community; (Early Afternoon)

Fri. May 21 SOWETO (AM tour with Sue Krige)
The Colored Experience (PM with Deborah Meyer)


Sat. May 22 Dinner in Melville Apartheid Museum (AM with Phil Bonner)

 Constitution Hill Tour (Early Afternoon); Rosebank Mall –
dinner on own and film festival in evening.

Sun. May 23 On the road 9am – stop for lunch – before Polokwane.
Stop at Tropic of Capricorn – scavenger hunt

Evening: dinner with Thakani et al. at Shiluvari

May 23-31 (SA) Thohouyando/Venda—class and field trips;
Staying at Shiluvari Lodge outside of Elim;
Albasini Dam, Mashamba Primary School, Pottery, Artisans
History of Boer War
Fair Trade and Tourism/Social Entrepreneurship/Arts
dinner at Lalapanzi
Michel – orientation and community engagement

Mon. May 24 Presentation on Vendan Culture and Sustainable Utilization
of Natural Resources, Mashamba School, Pottery,
Hlangwani, Twanani,

Stop by Akanani Water Project (Richard and colleagues) and
dinner at the dam with Akanani

Tues. May 25 Field trip to talk with green nut Macadamia farm; local small
farmer cooperatives – lunch at farm

Wed. May 26 Morning in Prof. Mahoko’s village; Afternoon with Farmer
cooperative at Mukungo’s farm with Dr. Francis, Mukungu
and Takani

Thur. May 27  Presentations from and visits with Global Sustainability Club
at the University of Venda; Presentations on Baobab Oil
Women’s Cooperative and visit to Big Tree

Fri. May 28 Evening: Lalapanzi – with speaker on US role in Boer War
(TBD) or Peter Menne from Elim hospital

Sat. May 29  Deep Venda Day, Mutale River Area, Albert Munyai

Sun. May 30 First Test (AM);
Visit to the PhiPhidi Falls and Braai in afternoon with GSC

4:30am depart.

May 31-June2 (Mozambique) Covane Community Lodge– Presentations
on Massingir Dam;
 Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Peace Park from
Mozambican perspective; School visit

June 2-3 (Mozambique) Xai-Xai – Staying at Nascer do Sol

Fri. June 4  Interpretive drive (4 hours, leave 9am) from Chizavane to
Maputu; Maputo – Staying at Hotel Terminus

June 4-5   (Mozambique) Maputo

June 5-10 (SA) African Wildlife College – TBD
Sat. June 5 Drive from Maputo to SAWC

Sun. June 6  Blydeport Dam, Shangaan Cultural Village,

Mon. June 7 All day Kruger

Tues. June 8 Morning game walk – Visit to Southern Cross Environmental
Science primary school, lunch at Bombyx silk farm, stop at
Funjwa school (Daphnae)
Evening game drive

Wed. June 9 Morning game walk – village and school visits
Evening game drive – farewell Braai

Thur. June 10 Leave SAWC to Graskop for early lunch at Harrie’s;
Blye River Canyon Rim drive with stops at God’s Window,
Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels

Staying at Forever Resorts Blyepoort
Dinner at Blydepoort

Fri. June 11 Second Test – Afternoon free; Evening debrief

Sat. June 12 Free day – afternoon preparation for final dinner

Sun. June 13  Depart for Johannesburg approx. 8:30 am
Lunch on the road