South Africa—City to Safari
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About South Africa
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
Cape Town: University of Cape Town
In Cape Town, you will stay in a residence hall of the University of Cape Town. All rooms are singles with bookshelves, desks, chests of drawers, a wardrobe, and a sink. There are no clothes hangers, so be prepared to buy some when you get there if you need them. Bathrooms are shared, dorm-style. You will have access to the library and computer labs. The third week in Cape Town you will be staying in a Boutique Hostel up the road from the University. Rooms will be shared with several other students.
Karongwe Game Reserve
Karongwe River Lodge is a five-star safari camp where you will stay two or three persons per deluxe unit. Each unit is furnished with two twin-size beds, cupboards, en-suite shower, basin and toilet and a viewing deck. There is a swimming pool and lodge on-site.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging.
University of Cape Town
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. There is also a small kitchen on each floor of the residence hall if you would like to prepare a meal or snack for yourself.
Karongwe Game Reserve
The resident chef at Karongwe will provide you with three very fine meals each day.
Study Abroad: Our Stories, Articles written by Study Abroad alumna Laura Walters
In and around Cape Town
- Cape Town Introduction
- Greenmarket Square Craft Market
- Visit to Township
- Kirstenbosch Gardens
- Table Mountain
- Cape of Good Hope
- Stellenbosch Wine Country
- Robben Island
- District Six Museum
- Township overnight
- Tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel
In and around Edeni
- Game drives and walks at Karongwe Game Reserve
- Game drive at Kruger Park
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
Language Spoken: In Cape Town the languages are generally Africaans and English (click here for a full list South Africa's eleven official languages).
Winter in South Africa (May to July) is characterised in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights. So it's a good idea to bring warm clothes.
The Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, with quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather. However, these are always interspersed with wonderful days to rival the best of a British summer.