South African Explorer History EduTour

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Join the 16 Day South African Explorer History Tour, a life-changing experience whether you’re in it for the scenery, history or the fun!
Experience great parts of the Museum Mile of South Africa like the Slave Lodge Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Heart of Cape Town Museum!
Learn South African history firsthand in scenic destinations like Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and the Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens!
Enjoy delicious South African cuisine with professional cooking classes, and indulge in a South African barbecue and wine tour!
Witness breathtaking views and fascinating marine life while exploring the West Coast and South Atlantic - one of the most scenic stretches of coastline on the continent!
Journey through time and witness first hand the remnants of events that helped shaped modern South Africa! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+

On this Educational Vacation, visit Cape Town, South Africa for the Educational Experience of a Lifetime!

This South African Explorer History EduTour will take you back to the beginning of South African Tradition and leave you with a connection to the country’s history equivalent to a fifth generation Afrikaner.

Launch yourself into this South African Explorer History EduTour to treat your mind and your eyes to some of the most fascinating and diverse history the continent has to offer on this once in a lifetime Study Abroad opportunity.

On your first full day in Cape Town, you’ll develop a greater connection to the city with a Walking Tour of City Center and an in-depth tour of the South African Museum (part of the Museum Mile of South Africa).

The first week of the South African Explorer History EduTour is jam packed with Historical knowledge and stimulation: A visit to the Slave Lodge Museum offers up a look into an expansive, controversial, and formative time of South African History before tours to the District Six Museum, the Cape Castle of Good Hope, and Robben Island for experiences that are as scenic as they are enlightening.

Day Six offers a bit of a changeup from the history touring, as part of the South African Explorer History EduTour is the Authentic Cape Malay Cooking Class. Receive cooking lessons, a recipe booklet, and a bag of Master Chef Zainie’s famous Masala Mix!

Week 2 starts off with the full day tour of Table Mountain to see the glorious Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the Skeleton Gorge, including lunch overlooking the best views on the continent! This South African Explorer History EduTour also includes a visit to Hout Bay where you can snorkel with Seals!

You’ll return to the history of Cape Town on day 10 with the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Heart of Cape Town Museum before a visit to the Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens and Village Museum the next day.

Round the trip out with 4 more days of irresistible fun! Indulge in a Full-Day Wine Tour followed by a Delicious South African Barbecue! And then… treat yourself to the West Coast Tour of South Africa, a 3 Day Journey to some of the most beautiful scenes the South Atlantic Ocean has to offer.

Whether you’re in it for the scenery, in it for the history, or in it for the fun, the 16 Day South African Explorer History EduTour is sure to change your life!

Typical day

Day 1: Arrival Day (Sunday)

  • Arrival at Cape Town International Airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Group Welcome Dinner (for those who have arrived early enough).

DAY 2: Orientation, City Walking Tour & South African Museum

  • Walking Tour of city center.
  • Visit the South African Museum .

DAY 3: Slave Lodge, Bo-Kaap & District Six Museums

  • Visit Slave Lodge Museum + Bo-Kaap Museum.
  • Visit the District Six Museum.

DAY 4: Cape Castle of Good Hope & Chavonnes Battery Museum

  • Visit Cape Castle of Good Hope.
  • Visit Chavonnes Battery Museum.

DAY 5: Robben Island Tour & Traditional African Dinner

  • Robben Island Tour.
  • Ferry departs from V&A Waterfont.
  • The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone Quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years.
  • The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.
  • African Dinner & Drumming Session.
  • Take part in a unique dining experience in the heart of Cape Town and participate in an interactive drumming session. Taste a range of dishes from Africa with a 14 course set menu meal.

DAY 6: Authentic Cape Malay Cooking Class + Lunch

  • A walk through the cobblestoned streets of the Bo-Kaap follows, where you’ll be able to take in the sights and sounds of an area steeped in history.
  • While touring the colourful homes of the Bo-Kaap, Zainie will show you how to shop for spices before ending the 30-minute tour at her home.
  • Then the real fun begins, Zainie shows you how to mix your masala, make dhaljies (chilli bites), fold samoosas, create and fry rooties – and, finally, how to cook a heavenly and flavoursome Cape Malay Curry! All of this culminates in a festive sit-down lunch while Zainie continues to entertain everyone with her stories of food, culture and life experiences.
  • Of course, Zainie wouldn’t want her students to leave empty-handed! So, each person also receives a recipe booklet, as well as a bag of her special masala mix – so that you can continue to hone your culinary skills in the comfort of your own home.
  • Afternoon and evening free (Time to experience the city’s nightlife!)

DAY 7: Table Mountain Full-Day Tour

  • Table Mountain Full-Day Tour
  • Hike for a whole day from the splendid Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, up Skeleton Gorge, to the highest point on Table Mountain and finally glide down in the Cable Car. The views are simply unbeatable!
  • Lunch at a restaurant located at the top of the mountain.

DAY 8: Hout Bay & Seal Snorkeling

  • Visit Hout Bay.
  • Relaxed Time on the beach and visit Hout Bay market in the morning located at the edge of the sea overlooking Chapman’s Peak at the foot of the famous Hangberg Mountain; this once-abandoned factory is now the legendary Bay Harbour Market, home to over 100 entrepreneurial traders, who attract over 24,000 visitors a month locally and from across the globe.
  • Seal Snorkeling Duiker Island or ‘Seal Island’ is so-called for its large colony of cape fur seals and lies just off Hout Bay near Cape Town.

DAY 9: Indigenous Township Tour + Language Lesson

  • Township Tour.
  • Local Language Lesson.
  • Very informal and fun local language lesson – You will learn some basic Xhosa and/or Afrikaans words and phrases.

DAY 10: Museum of Contemporary Art, Heart of Cape Town Museum + Group Dinner

  • Visit Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Visit Heart of Cape Town Museum.
  • Dinner at the famous and popular Mama Africa Restaurant.

DAY 11: Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens & Stellenbosch Village Museum

  • Visit Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens.
  • Visit Stellenbosch Village Museum.

DAY 12: Full-Day Wine Tour + South African BBQ

  • Full-day Wine Tour.

DAY 13: West Coast Tour - Day 1

  • Cape Town to Tankwa Karoo: Boarding the bus at 7am on Friday morning we head north, stopping in Paarl for a croc farm tour and optional croc cage dive.
  • Then it’s on to Ceres, home to the fast and fantastic Zipslide tour, and onwards to the Tankwa Karoo, an area that’s as wild and as west as it gets!

DAY 14: West Coast Tour - Day 2

  • Tankwa Karoo to Lamberts Bay: Enjoy a sunrise bike ride out to the permanent art installations around the accommodations, before turning back for breakfast.

DAY 15: West Coast Tour - Day 3 + Graduation Celebration

  •  Lamberts Bay to Cape Town: After a morning visit to Bird Island, weather permitting, we head off towards Langebaan along the coastal road for an optional horse ride or powerboat tour.
  • Graduation and Farewell Dinner at Hotel.

DAY 16: Departure Day 

Free-time activities

  • African Dinner & Drumming Session.
  • Take part in a unique dining experience in the heart of Cape Town and participate in an interactive drumming session. Taste a range of dishes from Africa with a 14 course set menu meal.
    • Hike for a whole day from the splendid Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, up Skeleton Gorge, to the highest point on Table Mountain and finally glide down in the Cable Car. The views are simply unbeatable!
    • Lunch at a restaurant located at the top of the mountain


In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No skills neccessary
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Global EduTours

  • Pre-Departure Support
  • Meals (as detailed)
  • Site Entry Fees
  • Quality Accommodation
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Airport Transfers

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport
Cape Town Int. Airport (CODE:CPT)
Private Single (or Twin Share)
Guesthouse Hotel
Food & Beverages
Breakfast Included
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Tour dates are flexible to suit the needs of your group. 

Full guidebook and tour itinerary, including arrival information, is provided prior to departure. 

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3 - 3 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
16 days (min. stay)
16 days (max. stay)
Average fees
$2,052 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Global EduTours will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
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South African Explorer History EduTour

Journey through time and witness first hand the remnants of events that helped shaped modern South Africa!


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