School trips to South Africa
Educational Tours to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban
Golden beaches, striking street art, and the incredible Table Mountain make Cape Town a difficult destination to dismiss. Proudly multicultural, it also offers a fascinating insight into South Africa's troubled past and the fragile harmony which has now won through. The District Six Museum provides a powerfully moving reconstruction of the township from which 60,000 inhabitants were forcibly removed under the 1970s apartheid regime, while Boulders Beach, where 3000 jackass penguins have made their home, is a great trip out. Jump on a cable car, which run every 20 minutes, to the top of the 1086m-high Table Mountain, or take a day out to visit Aquila Game Reserve to spot African elephants, lions, leopards, Cape buffalos, and rhinos.
Discover the diversity of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ by combining some of South Africa’s great cities on this trip-of-a-lifetime. Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, also has a wealth of attractions; students can visit the sprawling township of Soweto, once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu; see the Cullinan Diamond mine and uncover the history of Afrikaner settlers at the Vortrekker Monument in Pretoria.
the vibrant city of Durban on the East coast is the gateway to the KwaZulu-Natal region. Boasting an amazing array of spectacular attractions, such as the world-famous Kruger National Park and neighbouring country of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland. No matter the subject, these South African destinations deliver learning opportunities your students will never forget.
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Cross Curricular Itinerary
The BASIC price is an example of a cost for travel and accommodation only, based on a particular group size travelling on a particular date and excluding any excursions. Call us for a price including excursions and for a bespoke itinerary to fit your requirements.
- Depart UK, overnight flight
- Arrive in Johannesburg
- Afternoon city tour
- Constitution Hill & Old Fort Prisons
- Maboneng Precinct
- Mandela Bridge
- Full day Liliesleaf & Soweto tour
- Liliesleaf Museum (guided)
- Mandela House
- Hector Pieterson Museum
- Regina Mundi Church
- Full day Pretoria & Cullinan Diamond tour
- Surface tour of Cullinan Diamond Mine
- Voortrekkker Monument
- Kruger Museum
- Union Buildings
- Fly to Cape Town
- Afternoon City tour
- Table Mountain with return cableway ticket
- Parliament Buildings
- City Hall & Slave Lodge
- Bo-Kaap and Malay Quarter
- Full day Walk of Freedom tour
- Robben Island
- District Six Museum
- Langa, Khayelitsha & Gugulethu townships
- Full day Peninsula tour
- Hout Bay with Seal Island Cruise
- Chapman’s Peak
- Cape Point
- Simon’s Town
- Boulders Beach
- Check out, airport transfers & fly home
Below is a sample of excursions Equity can organise for your school trip to South Africa - for subject specific excursions have a look at the
recommended educational trips for South Africa
One of the oldest buildings in cape Town; This is now a museum depicting 'From human wrongs to human rights'; you'll see lots of pictures, information, artefacts and a film of the history of slavery in Cape Town.
Home to the South African Navy it's located on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. A pretty coastal town full of Victorian buildings, quaint streets and walkways. Boulders is Simon's Town's most famous beach: here you can see 3000 African penguins!
Huguenot Memorial Museum
This shows the history of the French Huguenots who arrived in South Africa at the end of the 17th century. It contains the signature of every Huguenot settler in 1685.
Between the 17th-20th centuries this was a place of banishment and imprisonment. Since 1997 it has been a museum, running educational programmes for schools. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned here.
Durban City Tour
Discover this diverse and exciting city shaped by Zulus, colonial settlers and Indian migrants, who initially arrived as indentured labourers in the 19th century. See the 'Golden Mile' - the rejuvenated seafront stretch, the botanic gardens and the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium.
uShaka Marine World
Located in Durban, next to the Indian Ocean is Africa’s number 1 theme park, the perfect fun-filled excursion for your students. Enjoy eight different sections in this water world of entertainment, excitement and fun.
St Lucia Estuary boat cruise
On the coast North of Durban, discover the stunning natural beauty of South Africa's very first UNESCO World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park. A haven for hundreds of crocodiles and hippos, as well as an abundance of exotic bird life.
Emdoneni Cheetah Project
Get up close and personal with these magnificent wild cats at this centre which cares for endangered species, including African Wildcats and Lynxs. The rehabilitation and breeding programme aims to preserve these species and release them back into their natural habitat.
Swazi Candles Centre
Students can discover the beautiful, intricate designs of this famous artistic tradition of Swazi candle making. There is a bustling market with other crafts and artisans on display with authentic Swazi cuisine and culture to enjoy.
Matsamo Cultural Village
A truly unique experience awaits in Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, where traditional folk songs and music are played with African instruments, and the famous 'Rain Dance' is performed. Explore the village huts and meet the locals on this once-in-a-lifetime excursion.
Kruger National Park
The world-famous wildlife reserve is one of the largest in Africa and contains lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalo and hundreds of other species. Explore the vast terrain of bush plains, mountains and tropical forests that mkae up this breathtaking landscape.
This stunningly scenic route connects many cultural and geographic wonders, including highlights such as Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. An important part of South Africa's colonial history, the area has strong links to the Boer War and the Transvaal gold rush.
Quick Tip: If you have an excursion in mind which you don't see listed, please get in touch so we can do our best to arrange it for you!
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- Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College Academy, School Trip to South Africa and Eswatini
SunSquare City Bowl
- Modern high standard hotel
- Great facilities for schools
This modern hotel in Cape Town is situated just a 10-minute walk from the city centre and main attractions and offers.
Location: 10-minute walk to Cape Town city centre
Facilities: Indoor pool, Free Wi-Fi
Accommodation: En-suite room (twins and triples) over 3 floors.
Meals: Breakfast at hotel and evening meal at local restaurant.
Garden Court Sandton City- Johannesburg
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
Situated in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, this modern hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and many amenities, making it ideal for school trips.
Location: Situated in the business district, connected to the Sandton Convention Centre and located adjacent to Nelson Mandela Square shopping centre.
Facilities: Outdoor pool, Free Wi-Fi, Safe, Conference rooms, TV
Accommodation: En-suite rooms (twins, triples)
Meals: Breakfast at hotel and evening meal at local restaurant.
Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.
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