Shoreline Community College Summer 2008 Study Abroad

Cape Town South Africa

Professor Ernest B. Johnson




Actual Flight Itinerary to Cape Town South Africa 

Leave Thu, Aug 14  2008

United Airlines 916

Depart: Seattle, WA (SEA) 7:06am

Arrive: Washington, DC (IAD) 3:02pm

bullet4hr 56min | Boeing 757

Change planes. Time between flights: 2hr 21min

United Airlines 916

Depart: 5:23pm Washington, DC (IAD)

Arrive: 7:10am Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)

bullet7hr 47min | Boeing 747

Change planes. Time between flights: 10hr 10min

South African Airways -- SA 0263

 Depart: 5:20pm Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)

Arrive:  5:00am Cape Town, South Africa (CPT)

bullet11hr 40min | Airbus A340

Total duration: 36hr 54min This flight arrives two days later.


Return Mon, Sep 15

 United Airlines 4606
South African Airways -- SA 0220

 Depart: 7:00pm Cape Town, South Africa (CPT)

Arrive:  6:20am London, United Kingdom (LHR)

bullet12hr 20min | Airbus A340

Change planes. Time between flights: 1hr 25min

United Airlines 929

Depart: 7:45am London, United Kingdom (LHR)

Arrive: 10:33am Chicago, IL (ORD)

bullet8hr 48min | Boeing 767

Change planes. Time between flights: 1hr 22min

United Airlines 355

Depart: 11:55am Chicago, IL (ORD)

Arrive:  2:24pm Seattle, WA (SEA)

bullet4hr 29min | Airbus A319

This is an overnight flight.

Total duration: 28hr 24min




Travel Immunization: Recommendations



Road Map of  South Africa



We'll be taking Highway N2 mostly along the coast round-trip from from Cape Town to Umtata.




South Africa: Cape Town

Pre-Departure Guide

Program Overview

The program will be divided into three parts, pre-program preparation, the actual on-site program, and the follow up post-program. The pre-program will involve instruction in South African history and culture, journaling, interactive collaborative activities, and cross-cultural training for all participants. Once on site, students will attend lectures facilitated by scholars and community leaders, and travel throughout the city of Cape Town and to various cities, towns and townships in the surrounding areas. We will also travel to Nelson Mandela's home village. Students will be required to keep a journal, conduct and record interviews, and record their experiences (including both the physical and socio-cultural environment).

Educational Program

All participants should enroll in Dr. J's Intra American Studies African Cultures 210 Class Spring 2008 or make special arrangements to access course content. The educational program will begin with students taking this course designed for this study abroad experience. This  course will cover South African history, culture, language, colonialism,  and the apartheid and post-apartheid eras. Students will also begin to meet as a group and participate in developing the content of the study program, journaling  and webpage development instruction.

 Learning Objectives

*       Participants will learn to appreciate and interact with diverse cultures appropriately

*       Participants will learn to respect the strength, durability, and integrity of South African cultures

*       Participants will examine the impact of Apartheid on Black, White and Colored South Africans

*       Participants will examine how race is constructed in South African society

*       Participants will interact with South Africans from a cross-section of society in authentic socio-cultural situations


Study Abroad Program

First Phase (with a slow start for the jet-lagged)

Our first week in South Africa will be spent in and around the majestic city of Cape Town, nestled beneath awe inspiring Table Mountain. In the modern urban setting, after recovering form the long flights, we will visit the attractions including the Slave Museum. We'll have diner and listen to music at Ganesh a popular local cafe and familiarize ourselves with the surroundings, train station, bank, cash machines, laundry mats, public transportation, shops etc.

In Cape Town, we will explore the modern urban setting, have lectures on the history of the area, and we'll travel to historical sites, including Cape Castle, Cape Flats, the Cape Peninsula,  which by train brings you to the very edge of the majestic African continent where fantastic cliffs demarcate the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. This southern-most tip of the continent is also the home of the famous South African Penguin.     See:  www.bouldersPenguins.html     Highlights also include a cable car to the top of Table Mountain and a ferry ride to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other black activists were held for years during the Apartheid era. Robben Island.


For 17 nights we will be accommodated at the Riverview Guest Lodge, which is conveniently located near the train station, several shops, restaurants, and a supermarket. (See link below)

Second Segment: Visiting the village where His Excellency Nelson Mandela was raised.

See: 100 plus websites on the Nelson Mandela

During the second week will be traveling along the scenic Garden Route from Cape Town to Qunu, the village in which  Mandela was raised, stopping at cultural and historical sites in between.  We will be visiting the scenic and historically  segregated cities of Mossel Bay, Knysna, Jeffery’s Bay, Port Elizabeth (the city where Steve Biko was imprisoned  and tortured), East London (our point of departure for Qunu), and by contrast the distinctively Black town of Umtata. Once in Qunu we will investigate the HIV/AIDS center that was under construction when we last visited in 2003, and hopefully have a chance to interact with the remarkable residents of this African village.  We will also make a short pilgrimage to Mandela's birth village and his presidential residence. This entire journey should take eight days and seven nights.


Map of Western Cape South Africa

The Garden Route region runs along a scenic stretch of coastline beginning in Cape Town and ending in Port Elizabeth a small coastal city on South Africa’s south east coast. The region has become South Africa’s most popular tourist destination after Cape Town, and it’s not hard to see why. Visitors are drawn year-round to its indigenous forests, freshwater lakes, wetlands, hidden coves and long beaches. The narrow coastal plain is well forested and is mostly bordered by extensive lagoons that run behind a barrier of sand dunes and superb white beaches. The region has some of the largest patches of indigenous forest in the country - giant yellowwood trees and wildflowers - as well as commercial plantations of eucalyptus and pine.

We will be visiting local artists, schools, and townships as well as having a lecture on the status of women in the new South Africa while in PE.

Highlights of the Garden Route include the Wilderness coastal stretch, the whale watchers paradise of Hermanus, Knysna's lagoon and forest-based activities, as well as Plettenberg Bay, a location that combines some of South Africa's best swimming beaches with beautiful forest and indigenous vegetation. Near Plettenberg Bay is the unspoilt Tsitsikamma National Park, where dense indigenous forests are punctuated by streams and tumbling waterfalls flowing towards the coast.



Qunu and Mvezo Website

Third Segment

Once arriving back in Cape Town we will resume our relation with the residents of the townships, attend cultural lectures about the history and contemporary realities of life in and around the townships in preparation for our home-stay. This phase of the onsite program will entail a visit to a high school in historic Langa township, a two-night home-stay in one or more of the townships, an opportunity to investigate projects first hand e.g. the HIV/AIDS pandemic, cultural/political responses to Apartheid, and current state of reconciliation.

We'll also explore several historic townships (Cape Flats), where we will experience the stark contrast between the lives of the materially wealthy city dwellers and the culturally wealthy, yet materially deprived, masses of "Black" and "Colored" South Africans. This is where millions of people struggle to survive and yet manage to maintain a light-hearted outlook often thriving through the sheer richness of their cultures and their creative initiatives. 

Students will also collect oral histories, personal interviews, and images to be part of their post-program project.  These records will be acquired in a manner that is respectful of and true to the cultural ethos and values of the persons interviewed or otherwise recorded.  This aspect of the educational program requires awareness, knowledge, and skills that will allow you as a quest in someone’s community, to avoid appropriating their culture for your own academic purposes.  Selective and appropriate onsite experiences will be recorded in collaboration with our hosts.  Those collective images and records should be properly stored and protected in order to have them produced and when appropriate exhibited upon our return.  Before departing we expect to have a closing celebration and then prepare for the long journey back to Seattle.

Fourth Segment 

Upon returning to SCC, students will have a chance to compile and organize their recorded explorations of their specific areas of interests. The final component will be a visual and/or audio-visual production of the study abroad experience to be exhibited for the campus. 


Descriptions of Select Places around Cape Town

Addo Elephant National Park

With over four hundred of these magnificent mammals, the Addo Elephant National Park

 is home to the most concentrated elephant population in Africa. The park was proclaimed

in 1931 to save these elephants, part of the once-numerous Eastern Cape elephants that

were made famous in Daleen Matthee's books, "Kringe In Die Bos" (Circles In The Forest)

and "Fiela Se Kind" (Fiela's Child). Apart from excellent opportunities to view these

graceful animals close at hand, the park also offers sightings of lion, hyena, black rhino,

 buffalo and various antelope species. 


Cape Peninsula National Park

Lying at the southwestern tip of Africa, the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) encompasses the

incredibly scenic Peninsula mountain chain that stretches from Signal hill in the north to Cape Point

in the south a distance of approximately 60 km. The narrow finger of land with its many beautiful

valleys, bays and beaches is bound by waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the warm waters

of False Bay in the east. It has within its boundaries two world renown landmarks the majestic

Table Mountain and the legendary Cape of Good Hope. Recognized globally for its extraordinarily

rich, diverse and unique flora and fauna, this singular land formation - with its rugged cliffs, steep

slopes and sandy flats - is a truly remarkable natural, scenic historical, cultural and recreational

asset both locally and internationally.

Table Mountain certainly is one of the world s most splendid natural wonders and it is the best known

natural feature in South Africa. It is a rather steep climb to the top; therefore the cableway is

a popular alternative to reach the Western Table from where a host of footpaths can be followed for

further exploration. The Western Table also offers various visitor facilities including a curio shop

and a restaurant.

Boulders is home to 570 pairs of the endangered African penguins. Visitors have the rare

opportunity to interact (even swim), with these birds in their natural habitat. Cape Point is the

southern most tip of the peninsula and is in the region famous as the Cape of Good Hope.

Signal Hill, Noon Gun, a popular look out point above Cape Town, used to be the place from

where early colonials received their signal when ships were entering the bay. Every day, at noon, a

canon is fired as a reminder of this old colonial tradition.

Your stay will provide plenty of discussions around the Park s approaches and strategies to a variety

of conservation issues, e.g. fire and invasive vegetation management, contractor development,

medicinal plant stripping (illegal) vs. resource use rights, cultural heritage management as well as

community partnerships.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden (not in season)

The National Botanical Institute (NBI) manages eight Botanical Gardens in South Africa, Including

Kirstenbosch. Through these gardens and their research and educational programs, NBI strive to

encourage appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of South Africa s wonderfully rich natural

flora. Though your visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden will focus on traditional plant use and

conservation issues, other places of interest here are the Environmental Education Centre, the

National Botanical Institutes reference library, the great glass house and the visitor complex.

Township Visits

Several days of your time in Cape Town will be spent in the townships in the Cape Flats. You

will visit the townships of Montana, Cross Roads, and Langa, and possibly others.  You ll

experience first hand the day-to-day activities of ordinary people, and have an opportunity to

visit the Love Life center in Langa.

Tsoga Environmental Resource Center, Langa Township

The Tsoga Environmental Resource Center is a community based organization, with varied

educational programs that include food gardening, recycling and literacy. Tsoga also promotes a

new perspective on the concept of tourism in disadvantaged communities, by offering a host of

cultural tours, including a walking tour around Langa.

Robben Island

The history of this island goes back thousands of years. In the past few centuries it has been used as

a pantry and source of raw materials by seafarers, and colonists and as whaling station, hospital,

mental asylum and leper colony. However, Robben Island is best known for as a place of

banishment. It is the location of the famous prison where Nelson Mandela and many other

members of the struggle against apartheid were held.



The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is a hub of activity with shops (everything you

could wish for), movie houses, restaurants and pubs, a host of harbor activities, including

boat/yacht charters, craft markets and of course the Two Oceans Aquarium. At the Two Oceans

Aquarium (TOA) visitors are astounded by live displays of marine life from the oceans and

coastline of southern Africa -some of the richest and diverse marine life in the world. The TOA

also offers educational programs for schools and other groups.