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Travel: South Africa

St. Stephen Monastery in Meteora (photo by Jeff Weima)

A Journey to South Africa | See photos!
November 2–17, 2012

Travel with us to South Africa, a land of many races, cultures, and languages as well as incredible diversity in geography. On our amazing 16-day journey, we’ll learn about the massive political changes that occurred with the end of apartheid in the early 1990s; and we’ll discover the country’s ongoing challenges. Meetings with South African leaders and villagers, and visits to museums and other sites will highlight differing points of view and experience.

Our itinerary includes Johannesburg and Cape Town, game viewing in Kruger National Park and visits to a number of townships and remote villages. As we travel, we’ll drink in the marvelous constantly-changing landscape of the Highveld and the Lowveld, the seacoast, the mountains and plateaus, and the unusual flora such as the fynbos of the cape region. While we’re in Cape Town, we’ll take a boat trip to Robben Island, Nelson Mandela’s prison home; and we’ll enjoy a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, known for its magnificent views. We’ll also drive down to the Cape of Good Hope where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean.

Your host will be John Apol, a CALL member, a Calvin alumnus,
and a frequent traveler to South Africa, including four Calvin
student interim tours. For more information about the tour, contact
John at (616-243-8600). Questions about travel arrangements should be addressed to Witte Travel at groups@wittetravel (616-957-8113 or 800-469-4883).

Trip details:

  • This trip will be 16 days in duration, including two travel days.

  • Note: the tour will originate in Grand Rapids and arrangements will be made for you to fly from your home city to meet us for the overseas flight (or the international portion of the flight).

  • Tour cost: $5,795 with applications and deposits
    received by February 15, 2012; $5,945 with applications and deposits received after February 15, 2012.

  • Price includes: International flight from Grand Rapids to Johannesburg and from Cape Town to Grand Rapids; domestic flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town; accommodation and meals for 13 night; all entrance fees and excursions (details pending); full-time English speaking guide.

  • Price does not include: Porterage at hotels; beverages with dinner; gratuities for the coach drivers, taxi drivers (Nov. 8), local guide, meal servers and hotel maids; optional travel protection; passport; personal items.

Download the complete tour itinerary and application form (.pdf). If you prefer to have a copy of this document mailed to you, contact us: | 616-526-6142.


More information

See photos from our trip!

John Apol
(616) 243-8600

Brochure and application (.pdf)
(616) 526-6142

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Calvin Academy of Lifelong Learning