Cultural Activities in Cape Town

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Cape Town. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Cape Town special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a community service day, city walking tour, First Thursdays (visit galleries and attend cultural events around Cape Town), The Castle of Good Hope Museum, and visiting the Old Biscuit Mill for African Cuisine.

Cape Peninsula Tour

Begin with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through the cosmopolitan suburbs of Sea Point and Camps Bay to Hout Bay, one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets. Here, you can take a short boat trip to Duiker Island to view the Cape Fur Seals which inhabit the island. From there the tour takes you to the breathtaking rocky promontory. The tour returns to Cape Town by way of Simon’s Town where you'll visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach and Fish Hoek fishing village. Lunch is normally arranged at one of the seaside restaurants.

Aquila Private Game Reserve

The Aquila Game Reserve is a game reserve where you will keep your eye out for the Big 5: the elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, lion, and African buffalo. Gain a sense of the impact of climate change on the ecosystem of the Aquila Game Reserve and enter consider how policy makers can do more to mitigate further damage.

Robben Island

Visit the infamous Apartheid-era political prison where former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years. On the way, we will also visit the District Six Museum, commemorating the Coloured population of Cape Town. We will also take a tour of the Langa Township, an area designated as a zone for Black Africans prior to apartheid, where will see first-hand some typical living conditions within the townships of South Africa and meet some of the locals.


**Excursions may not be available for all programs and sessions. Some excursions may be optional and will cost an additional fee.**