Experience the robust emerging economy of South Africa through direct engagements with locals across all sectors of the economy.
Hone your knowledge about sustainable, inclusive, and entrepreneurial approaches to economic growth and development, and explore bringing human concerns back into economic reasoning.
All while embracing the richness of South Africa’s diverse cultures and wildlife!
- Apartheid Museum in Soweto
- Table Mountain
- Big Five safari
- Private local film screenings
- Innovation incubators – local style
- Fine dining in the “township”
- Visit to a wine estate applauded for empowering its disadvantaged worker and resident communities by addressing the pressing issue of land reform and redistribution
This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.
Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.
Entabeni Safari Conservancy
Situated in the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere of the Waterberg Region of South Africa’s Limpopo Province, Entabeni Safari Conservancy is aptly known as ‘The Place of the Mountain’. Entabeni features majestic craggy rock outcrops rising up from vast grassy plains on the upper escarpment and a wetland-dotted lower escarpment. The conservancy is home to the world-famous Big Five and an array of other wildlife can be spotted including: 55 mammal species, 380 bird species, 300 plants species, and a variety of reptiles, insects, and amphibians all thriving in the conservancy’s diverse eco-systems. Visitors can enjoy a range of comfortable accommodations ranging from luxury safari lodges to camping in the wild.
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.
Day 1: Garden Court Sandton City, Johannesburg (Sat, May 16)
Own transfers to hotel for check-in.
The official program commences at 17h00 at the Garden Court Sandton City Hotel.
17h00 In-country Orientation, Program Brief and Introductions
20h00 Welcome dinner
Overnight: Garden Court Sandton City
With it’s stylish urban design and it’s fuss-free approach to accommodation – The Garden Court Sandton City is situated in the heart of Johannesburg. It is here that functional design meets smart technology, resulting in a surprisingly simple hotel that is easily able to meet the needs of business and leisure travellers.
The convenient location meanwhile has plenty of advantages for all guests. Business travellers are within easy reach of the acclaimed Sandton Convention Centre along with the rest of the Sandton CBD, while leisure travellers can enjoy the world-class shopping, entertainment and sight-seeing attractions found within the area. Getting around has never been easier, thanks to the high-speed Gautrain route that spans across the city.
A total of 444 rooms are offered, each furnished in a modern style. Aside from basic features such as baths and separate showers, facilities in each room include invitingly comfortable double or queen beds, workstations, air-conditioning, tea and coffee stations, DSTV, plug points and porter service among others. Wheelchair-accessible and smoking rooms can also be arranged on request.
Day 2: Garden Court Sandton City, Johannesburg (Sun, May 17)
Icebreaker: Fact-finding treasure hunt at a local street market in the heart of Johannesburg.
Group lunch at the Roving Bantu in Brixton suburb.
Afternoon guided visit to the Apartheid Museum.
Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest the evening at leisure, with dinner for own account.
The Roving Bantu
The Roving Bantu Kitchen is NOT a restaurant. It is an eatery, a living museum, a Kultural base showcasing and exhibiting all what it is to be African, to be South African, past and present. The experience is unique yet familiar and as many say: they feel right at home here at the Kitchen. Our offering is homely and simple, our conversation is controversial and thought provoking. No one day is ever the same and each time you visit us you will experience something new, whether it be in conversation, a meal or a performance, we can guarantee that it is always cooking in the Kitchen.
Lest we forget. The Apartheid Museum illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid and is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the visitor a journey through apartheid and how it has influenced our country, past and present. The exhibits include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga, known as apartheid. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental. The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.
Day 3: Garden Court Sandton City, Johannesburg (Mon, May 18)
08h30 Speaker session at the hotel: The Human Economy / Development Economics
10h00 Transfer to the Gauteng City-Region Observatory for speaker session on Politics, planning and urban spaces
12h45 Lunch for own account
13h30 Historical walking tour of the Alexandra township
16h30 Team workshop at the hotel – “Unequal urban scenes”
Evening at leisure and dinner for own account.
Situated in the province of Gauteng, Alexandra, informally known as ‘Alex’, is a township which is an informal settlement forming part of the city of Johannesburg and neighbours the upper-class suburb of Sandton. It is over 100 years old and boasts a rich history featuring a strong political theme, as it was the site of many game-changing political protests. Alexandra offers visitors an array of heritage sites to explore, bustling markets to browse and traditional food to taste. Visitors can immerse themselves in the culture and history of Alexandra by cycling through the streets, walking along the aged pavements, or hopping on a popular minibus tour of this colourful area. Don’t miss a visit to Nelson Mandela’s former home and sampling some traditional beer at a local shebeen (informal bar).
Day 4: Entabeni Wildside Safari Camp, Entabeni Safari Conservancy (Tue, May 19)
07h00 Early breakfast and check-out
Visit the Awethu Incubator on Constitution Hill, the most innovative SMME investment company in Africa. Learn how they work to create a fair world in which all entrepreneurs in developing countries can realise their potential; and about flexibly combining ideas, people, and capital, to build the fast-growing SMMEs Africa needs.
Lunch for own account en-route.
Travel to Entabeni Game Reserve, situated in the World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere”, also known as the “The Place of the Mountain”, in the Limpopo province of South Africa (ca. 3.5 hours’ drive).
Afternoon big five game drive.
Return to the lodge and enjoy a traditional safari dinner at the lodge.
Overnight: Entabeni Wildside Safari Camp
Nestled against the majestic cliffs of the Waterberg Mountain you can experience the wild side of the bush at Wildside Safari Camp. Stay close to nature in tented chalets on wooden decks with unique en-suite bathrooms.
Traditional South African hospitality and superior cuisine are served in the informal lounge/bar area which extends to the boma where the roaring campfire creates a warm atmosphere and the perfect end to an exhilarating day in the bush. Dining is informal with dinner served in either the restaurant or the boma and the pool area is ideal for light lunches. Waterberry Picnic Spot and the Marula Boma are the ideal venues for the special “Out in the Bush” meal experience.
Day 5: Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl, Cape Town (Wed, May 20)
Enjoy an early morning big five game drive.
Return to the lodge for breakfast, and a team workshop on local start-up projects.
Check-out and transfer to OR Tambo International Airport (about 3.5 hours) for flight to Cape Town.
Personal welcome at Cape Town International Airport, transfer to your hotel and check-in.
Group dinner at the Sun Square Hotel Rooftop Bar, while enjoying sweeping views over the Mother City.
Overnight: Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl
With so much to do and see in Cape Town, you need to stay somewhere central. Situated, on the corner of Buitengracht and Strand Street, the bustling location of Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl inspires visitors to explore the hip surroundings and get to know the city. This new Cape Town hotel has 5 levels of basement parking for those travelling by car and planning to explore beyond the City Bowl.
The hotel has 202 bedrooms made up of standard rooms with queen size beds, family rooms each with 2 double beds, 5 executive rooms, 2 suites and 2 wheelchair-accessible rooms. The stylish bar on the 18th floor is a welcome retreat for Sun Square guests looking to relax in style. The bar also offers access to the enclosed pool deck and opens onto an outdoor patio overlooking the picture-perfect Cape Town harbour and Lions Head.
The gym located on the top floor of the hotel will satisfy guests looking to keep fit or work up an appetite before venturing out into the surrounding foodie district. With panoramic views of Table Mountain, you can determine this wondrous mountain’s mood before stepping out of the hotel.
Day 6: Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl, Cape Town (Thu, May 21)
08h30 Mid-week team reflection at hotel venue
10h00 Coach departs to the Innovation District at the V&A Waterfront
10h30 Speaker session: Frugal Innovation
12h30 Own lunch at the V&A Waterfront Watershed
14h00S Speaker session: Social impact Investing
Evening at leisure and dinner for own account
Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront has become South Africa’s most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments. The Waterfront is the heart of the tourist industry in Cape Town.
Day 7: Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl, Cape Town (Fri, May 22)
Travel to the Franschhoek Winelands, an hour’s drive from Cape Town – hands down one of the most celebrated wine and food destinations in South Africa.
Meet Prof Mark Solms and hear the unique winelands story of Social Transformation and Redistributed Land Ownership in South Africa.
Sit down for a team workshop lunch at Fyndraai Restaurant on the farm.
Enjoy a private film screening with the Solms Delta staff (The Colour of Wine).
17h00 Travel back to hotel, and dinner for own account.
Franschhoek was established by Huguenot refugees in 1688 and the valley is a captivating blend of European charm and spectacular verdant scenery. One of 14 Western Cape wine regions, Franschhoek Valley is renowned for its historical vineyards, Cape Dutch architecture, fine dining restaurants and art galleries.
Solms Delta Estate
Professor Mark Solms – a world renowned neuroscientist – returned to his roots in 2002 to revitalise the historic Delta Wine Estate and to fundamentally rethink Cape wine-making traditions. He assumed custodianship of the 320-year-old estate with a vision that went much deeper than winemaking. He also wanted to do something about the legacy of his European forebears (who had settled in the Cape six generations before) and thereby address the pressing social and economic problems facing South Africa today, particularly in the winemaking industry.
First he tackled winemaking and planted Rhône varietals, ideally suited to the dry, hot and windy ‘Mediterranean’ climate of the Franschhoek Valley. Then he and the winemaker Hilko Hegewisch introduced desiccation – a largely forgotten, ancient mediterranean vineyard practice. The result is a stable of wines that delivers a new, uniquely South African style. These are classical wines with a difference: made from grapes desiccated on the vine. The wines offer a cascade of tastes and styles, all with a distinctive sense of place.
Then he tackled the socio-economic situation. In partnership with British philanthropist Richard Astor they have tackled the social realities of South African agriculture with maverick zeal. At the outset, they established a trust that benefits the estate’s historically disadvantaged residents and employees. Then they gave it an equal (one third) equity stake in Solms-Delta. From the profits, the farm residents enjoy new, refurbished and comfortable homes, and social programmes that have greatly improved their health, education and general quality of life. To make this three-way partnership work, Solms and Astor put their own assets on the line, reasoning that without a realistic wealth-sharing model their own privileges were both indefensible and unsustainable.
This forward-looking arrangement is based on a full acknowledgment of South Africa’s painful past. The estate’s Museum van de Caab, which houses a treasury of artefacts unearthed at the estate, is a living testament to all who lived and worked there over the centuries. Solms-Delta is also supporting a musical heritage programme – Music van de Caab – that preserves and celebrates the joyous, resilient and defiant musical traditions of the Cape winelands. And, at the estate’s Fyndraai restaurant, imaginative homage is paid to the cultural melting pot of the Cape, with a mould-breaking menu that is built around fresh, indigenous ingredients from the farm’s very own culinary gardens – known as Dik Delta.
Diners literally walk on history at Fyndraai, the celebrated restaurant, built in the 1740 Delta wine cellar. A glass floor covers the building’s exposed original foundations, uncovered during extensive archaeological diggings. The menu offers dishes that explore Cape culinary traditions: European, Asian and African. Afrikaner boerekos, which has strong “Cape Malay” (slave) influences, is fused with ingredients used by the indigenous Khoe nomads who lived in the Franschhoek valley thousands of years ago. A fine Cape kitchen where culinary heritage meets modern innovation.
Day 8: Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl, Cape Town (Sat, May 23)
08h30 Summit one the Worlds New 7 Wonders with the 360 degrees revolving cable car to the top of the Table Mountain and enjoy the monumental beauty of the Mother City.
10h30 Transfer to Khayelitsha township for a business visit to a local entrepreneur in the food security enterprise development sector.
Enjoy lunch at the popular fine dining restaurant 4Roomed Ekasi in Khayelitsha.
15h00 Return to the hotel for the SA Trek program debrief.
18h00 Depart for farewell dinner activity – Food Jamming!
Without a doubt it is Table Mountain that makes Cape Town the unique city it is. Rising up over 1000m above sea level, it is the icon that makes Cape Town instantly recognizable. It is a symbol, a playground, a spiritual retreat and a big draw card for tourists. So intertwined with the identity of Cape Town is Table Mountain that a visit to the city isn’t complete without having walked or taken the cable car to the top.
4 Roomed Ekasi Foods
4Roomed eKasi Culture, a lifestyle concept based on the four roomed homes found in the oldest townships of South Africa. A life celebrated through great food, beautiful home decor & art, and the most inconceivable lifestyle ideas…..evoking a sense of nostalgia while promoting an inclusive hub for all who live and visit South Africa!
Day 9: End of itinerary (Sun, May 24)
Check-out and day at own leisure.
Own transfers to Cape Town International Airport for flights home (check-in at least 2 hours before departure)
Robben Island, Boulders’ Beach Simonstown, Cape Point, Heli flip, Paragliding, Zeitz MOCAA, V&A Aquarium – be sure to book this in advance through your GEI coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Accommodation with breakfast
- Transportation for all excursions
- Meals during program activities as per the detailed daily itinerary
- On-site orientation
- Course-related activity and entrance fees
- Full-time on-site coordination and support
- International flights (airfare and taxes), visas, immmunizations*
- Medical and travel insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Meals not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- Single supplement for single rooming (US $370 per person extra)
- Personal expenses
* Please note that you need to book your international flights for arrival in Johannesburg (JNB) and departure from Cape Town (CPT). The group will convene for the first time at 15h00 on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Please book your arrival flight accordingly.
- Private airport transfer (arrival or departure): US $54 per person
- Single supplement for the entire program: US $370 per person
- Early arrival accommodation: US $99 per night (single room), US $126 per night (twin room)
- Late check-out upon departure (until 18:00): US $89
- Late departure accommodation: US $125 per night (single room), US $136 per night (twin room)
- Robben Island excursion on the final program day (May 24): US $89 per person
US $2,650 (early bird)
US $2,800 (regular)
US $2,900 (late)
Cost breakdown (regular):
- Tuition: US $1,181
- Land costs: US $1,449
- Domestic flight: US $170
- TOTAL*: US $2,800
*Credit card fees apply – US $75 (U.S. cards), US $115 (int. cards).