South Africa!

Quo Student Travel - Lion - South Africa
Wildlife Safari & Cultural Immersion in the Rainbow Nation!

We’re proud to say that this is the world’s most spectacular South African experience for students. Nothing compares.

From scenic coastal towns to rustic bush camps, Quo sets the stage for an exotic adventure where students and teachers travel off the beaten path to understand the storied history and rich culture of this breathtaking country.

Our in-country experts are right alongside you to provide unique insider knowledge, make personalized introductions and help travelers experience South Africa like a local.

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 Smaller Group. Bigger Impact!

Program length: 14 days
All Inclusive Price:  from $6,995
Programs Depart:  Week of June 17

Minimum Group: 20 Paying Travelers

Program priced from Leader’s departure airport.

Program Highlights:
  • WILDLIFE SAFARI! Three nights at a Big-5 bush camp game reserve
  • Apartheid Museum, where the Human Spirit triumphs over adversity & oppression
  • Visit Maboneng, Johannesburg’s dynamic, creative center
  • Explore the vibrant & colorful SOWETO Township
  • Meet South African teens at a Kliptown youth project
  • Robben Island Prison, where Nelson Mandela was held captive
  • Meet friendly & welcoming locals in the Lange Township
  • Attend school for two days with South African high school students


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Full Program Itinerary

Day One
Depart USA on our overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. Be sure to get some sleep on the flight so we’re ready for the unforgettable adventures that await us!
Day Two
Upon arrival in Johannesburg we will be met by our expert guide and will have an opportunity to exchange some money into the colorful South African Rand.

  • Johannesburg is the largest city in Southern Africa with more than six million people. It’s a city of contrasts with wealthy suburbs and commercial centers alongside informal settlements.
  • Johannesburg is in Gauteng Province. “Gauteng” is a Sotho word meaning “Place of Gold.” South Africa’s wealth was originally generated primarily in the Golden Reef that makes up the Witwatersrand (Ridge of White Waters), of which Johannesburg is the centre. The city’s history dates back to 1886, when gold was discovered in this area.
  • This afternoon our guide will provide an in-depth orientation, which will include a brief history of South Africa and personal insights into what life is like here for South Africans.
Day Three
This morning kicks off with a personal glimpse into life in South Africa, as we hear from citizens about the Apartheid era, the changes this country has encountered and what life is like for an array of citizens today.

Next up, a tour of historic downtown Johannesburg, or “Joburg,” as locals call it.

  • Keep an eye out for Ponte City and other locations used in the movie “Chappie,” which was filmed here.
  • Pay special attention to the contrast between the formal and informal commerce as the offices of downtown Johannesburg provide a backdrop to the roadside stands where hawkers sell everything from fruit to cell phone chargers.

We’ll enjoy lunch in Maboneng, which means “place of light” in the Sotho language.

  • Maboneng is the dynamic, creative center of Joburg’s regeneration district.

This afternoon, we’ll visit the Apartheid Museum where we will learn about the time South Africans call “The Troubles.”

  • The Apartheid Museum is the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and oppression.
  • Your path through the museum leads you on a fascinating settlers’ journey, beginning with segregation, the cornerstone of Apartheid.
  • You’ll discover the history of the myriad cultures converging during the pre-Apartheid era, through the years of race classification, the 150 acts of Apartheid, detentions, and the oppression of the nationalist regime.
  • We will examine the rise of black consciousness and armed struggle, and finally witness the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of imprisonment, which led to the negotiations for peace throughout South Africa.
  • For anyone wanting to understand and experience what Apartheid was really like in South Africa, a visit to this museum is fundamental. You’ll see how South Africa is coming to terms with its past, and how its people are working toward a shared future.
Day Four
Today you will experience life in the massive South Western Township (SO-WE-TO) of Johannesburg.

  • Soweto is the historic heart of the Freedom Struggle and home to a dichotomy of people, languages, economic groups, traditions and modernity.
  • The tour will take us past Baragwanath Hospital, the largest in the Southern hemisphere.
  • You’ll marvel at the seeming chaos of a huge taxi-rank, where you will see hawkers and shoppers among an endless flood of commuters hurrying in every direction to board the local taxis.

In Kliptown, we’ll visit Freedom Square, where the Freedom Charter was adopted as the guiding document of the Congress Alliance.

Then, we will visit the Soweto Kliptown Youth (SKY Project) which was founded by 16 year-old Bob Namang in 1987, to provide hope and services to some of the most neglected children and teens in South Africa.

In Orlando, we’ll see the famed Vilakazi Street, which has been home to two Nobel peace prize winners and the Hector Pieterson Memorial. This is where the student uprisings of ‘76 began.

After dinner, we’ll attend the Bioscope – a unique cultural attraction which screens local films and showcases local talent, South African style.

Day Five – Day Seven
This morning we will transfer to our bush camp in the Eastern part of the country.

As we journey east, the planes of the Highveld give way to the lower regions of the Lowveld, and you’ll begin to notice distinctive Acacias, Fever Trees and Mopane sprinkling the landscape.

Our bush camp is a private game reserve situated in the Central Lowveld near the Blyderiver (“blay-duh-river”) Canyon and adjoining the greater Kruger National Park.

  • This private game reserve boasts 5,000 hectares of unspoiled bush with a lovely view to the Drakensberg Mountains.
  • The reserve is a family-owned, multi-purpose location where the focus is on environmental education, game breeding projects, and rehabilitation of animals.
  • Educational walks in the bush are taken with knowledgeable game rangers, aiming to teach students about conservation awareness, game farm management, identification of birds, trees, grasses and spoors, snakes and snake bite treatment, as well as edible plants and berries.
  • The experience is exciting and includes game drives, bush walks and lectures, sometimes volleyball, swimming and bush rounders, and of course close encounters with orphaned animals.
  • This reserve is home to the Big Five: Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Cape Buffalo. (Remember the Big Five – there will be a test!)
Day Eight
This morning we will say goodbye to the bush and journey back to Johannesburg for our evening flight to Cape Town.

  • Cape Town, on South Africa’s southwest coast, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
  • Tucked into the arms of a broad bay and surrounded by white-sand beaches, the magnificent Table Mountain rises dramatically as a backdrop to the city.
  • Cape Town has a Mediterranean look and feel, and attracts visitors and locals from all over who make use of the numerous cultural and outdoor activities.
  • It is home to South Africa’s parliament and is the country’s biggest tourist attraction.
  • As the first place of settlement for many European settlers, entrepreneurs and religious refugees, as well as the landing spot for Indian, Madagascan and South-East Asian slaves, it reflects the wealth of South Africa’s history and heritage of cultures, religions, styles and flavors.
Day Nine
This morning we will embark on a boat that will take us to Robben Island, once described by Nelson Mandela as “the harshest, most iron-fisted outpost in the South African penal system.”

  • Robben Island has become an international symbol of the triumph of the human spirit.
  • Over the years, the 574- hectare island has been put to a variety of uses, it has been used as a pantry, a hospital, a whaling station, a mental asylum, a leprosy colony, a military camp and a maximum security prison to house anti-apartheid activists.
  • Today Robben Island is a living museum and World Heritage Site, a tangible reminder of the past and a symbol of hope for the future.
  • Our guide will take us through the prison and we will visit the cell where Nelson Mandela was held.

After Robben Island, we’ll make an excursion through Langa, a local township.

  • Townships were created as dormitory-styled, racially divided suburbs for black South Africans long before Apartheid legislation.
  • All the way back in 1918, black South Africans were forcibly moved from their homes in Uitvlug to Langa during the Spanish Flu Epidemic. As a result of these forced removals, Langa (“the sun”) became the first township in the Cape.
  • These dislocated people first stayed in hostels designed for men who were forced to leave their wives behind in the Transkei (“tran-sky”) or Ciskei (“sis-sky”) homelands, and then the township grew. Soon, more were built throughout the country.
  • On a walking tour of the area, we’ll see four different housing and socio-economic areas, including worker hostels and informal settlements.
  • Walking allows visitors to explore how the township has developed over the years, while meeting locals face-to-face. Guides from the area will teach you how to greet residents along the way in Xhosa, the “click language.”
Day Ten
Today will be unforgettable. We will spend an entire day with local high school age students.

  • This is an incredibly rare opportunity learn about what it important to young South Africans, exchange ideas and tell them about what life is like in the USA.
  • Most American students describe this as the most unforgettable part of their entire South African adventure.
Day Eleven
This morning, we will continue our visit with local high school students, gaining a deeper understanding of what life is like in the “Mother City.”

Then, this afternoon, let’s get our penguin on! Who doesn’t love an afternoon with baby penguins?

  • We’ll visit a conservation group at the forefront of saving and rehabilitating African Penguins and other threatened seabirds.

We’ll rejoin our school pals this evening for dinner and then you’ll hang out together at a traditional “school social.”

Day Twelve
Today, let’s journey to Cape Point which is the most south-westerly point of Africa.

  • The sea cliff here is one of the highest sea cliffs in the world – 820 feet above sea level.
  • Named the ‘Cape of Storms’ by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488; the ‘Point’ was treated with respect by sailors for centuries.
  • By day, it was a navigational landmark. By night, and in fog, it was a menace beset by violent storms and dangerous rocks.
  • Beware the ghosts of sailors lost on these treacherous rocks!
  • Keep an eye out, too, for bontebok (“bontuh-buck”), baboons, and Zebra, as the park is home to many species of fauna and flora.
  • If we are lucky, we’ll see the African Penguin in his natural habitat on the beaches of Cape Point.
Day Thirteen
This is our last day in South Africa, but don’t be sad… This morning we will begin with an unforgettable visit to the international symbol of Cape Town, Table Mountain!

  • Cape Town is at the tip of the African continent, which is also the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans: the Indian and the Atlantic. There is no better view of this phenomenon than atop Table Mountain.
  • We’ll take the revolving aerial cable car to the summit, where you’ll take in the entire Cape Peninsula, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the region’s beaches, the harbor, and the city and its many suburbs, all from various stunning vantage points.
  • The vistas from this landmark provide a spectacular conclusion to your South African adventure.

Later, we’ll head to the airport to board our flight for the journey back to the USA.

Day Fourteen
Arrive home.