Planning for our 2013 South Africa trip is in full swing!
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Our trip is planned for December, 2013 and we’re working with a travel agent to settle all the details on specific dates and stopovers.
We’ll start out flying from DC to Johannesburg and we’ll stay there for a few days visiting various sites and performing. Then we’ll travel to Soweto. This is a sprawling township, or more accurately a cluster of townships on the south-western flank of Johannesburg. Soweto was created in the 1930s, with Orlando the first township established. With a population of over two million, Soweto is the biggest black urban settlement in Africa. Soweto is also the the site of President Nelson Mandela’s former home in Orland West, now called the Mandela Family Museum, and this will definitely be one of our stopovers while in Soweto.
After Soweto, we’re back on the plane for our flight to Cape Town. We’ll visit historically important sites, like Greenmarket Square. Built in 1696, the Square once served as a slave market, but today it’s an informal flea market trading mainly African souvenirs and crafts. Near the center of Greenmarket Square there’s a hand operated pump used to bring clean water to the surface from an underground river that runs through the city. During the apartheid era, Greenmarket Square was often the focus of political protests mainly because it is so close to the government center.
During our stay in Cape Town we will also visit schools and youth organizations, like the Langa Happy Feet Youth Project. Like Taratibu Youth Association, it was founded in 2007 to empower children through gumboot and traditional dance to be confident and disciplined in achieving their goals both on and off the stage. The children are required to balance their school work, participation in the Happy Feet activities, as well as how they carry themselves within the community.
From Cape Town we’ll go to Durban and then travel along the Dolphin Coast via Sibaya inland to the rural Zululand area. While there, we’ll participate in and experience a cultural program of Zulu traditions which includes spear making, hut building, pottery and weaving. We’ll also get to see a spectacular Zulu dance show, enjoy typical Zulu meals, all while being entertained and participating in traditional singing and dancing before returning to Durban. On another day, we’ll visit the Hluhluwe Game Reserve for a safari experience. The Hluhluwe Game Reserve is about two and a half hours from Durban.
Durban will be our last stop and after about two weeks in South Africa, we’ll fly back to DC.
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