• Cape Town, South Africa: Culture, History and Stunning Natural Beauty

    January 28 - February 3, 2019

    Optional Private Game Reserve Extension February 3 - February 6, 2019

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    Cape Town Week

    $3990 per person, with no single supplement 


    Optional Extension to Motswari Game Reserve

    $2245, based on sharing a room  

    Politics & Prose invites you to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Cape Town, South Africa, often called one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

    We’ll explore the natural beauty of Cape Town – a cable car ride up to the top of Table Mountain, a drive out to Cape Point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, a stroll through the penguin colony at Boulders Park, the lush city center Company’s Gardens bordered by the Houses of Parliament.


    And we’ll take a candid look at South Africa’s modern history: a boat trip out to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so many years, a visit to inspiring diverse community projects in the townships – a legacy of apartheid, but where much change is taking place.

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    Explore Cape Town's Rich History, Natural Beauty and Modern Culture

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    Cape Town is a city with a centuries-old history, dating from the Dutch sailing ships in the 1600s. But South Africa is also a new country, its democracy and full rights for people of all races less than 30 years old. We’ve found South Africans extremely friendly and willing to talk openly with us about their family histories and experiences during and after apartheid.


    Today, Cape Town is an international city offering modern culture and a great foodie scene for every taste and budget.

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    Experience the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Adjacent Kruger National Park

    One of Africa’s Foremost Wildlife Safari Destinations

    This six-day trip is followed by an optional three-day stay in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, which has an unfenced border with Kruger National Park. We expect to see the usual South African species – elephant, leopard, rhino, giraffe, zebra, hippos, lion, hyenas and so on – possibly including (because of the time of year) many recently-born baby animals.

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    Clearly, South Africa is a country that is undergoing enormous change. People who experienced apartheid are still living and working in South Africa, and the country encourages open discussion of race and its racial issues. Cape Town is a modern city with a disturbing past, still clearly remembered, and its future has yet to be truly determined.


    As usual with our trips, each evening we’ll gather before dinner to talk about our day – and to discuss books about South Africa, which has produced many acclaimed authors. Afterwards, we’ll break into small groups for dinner, depending on your tastes. No one will ever dine alone – unless you’re looking for solitude.

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    Why South Africa Now?

    Our trip begins in January, where it is summer in South Africa. It’s a great time to trade snow and ice for warmth and sunshine. And South Africa – despite its recent political issues – continues to be a force for democracy on the continent.

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