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Africa 200 Itinerary - South Africa

Thursday, February 19 – Cape Town


Meeting with Pastor Buys, visit to the Bo Kapp Muesum about Muslim culture in South Africa and nearby shrines, lunch at an Indian restaurant, meeting with Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (blending spirituality and sexual identity to educate and counsel people about LGBT people), free evening for dinner and shopping/internet

Friday, February 20 – Cape Town


Climb Table Mountain, lunch at the top, cable car back down, ferry to Robben Island, tour of the island, evening at the Victoria and Albert waterfront for free dinner

Saturday, February 21 – Cape Town


Free day for shopping or adventure activities, meet up to go to the theater for a buffet dinner and viewing of the play Freak Country.

Sunday, February 22 – Cape Town


Drive to Cape Point for the view, picnic lunch at a park, meeting with Bishop Story (role of the churches in the fall of apartheid), saw the penguins at Boulder's National Park, dinner at the guesthouse, Sociology presentations on South African health and tuberculosis, professor-led reflection session.

Monday, February 23 – Cape Town


English class, visit to a community craft center, dinner at Africa Café with face painting, evening out to say goodbye to our wonderful guide Evan.

Tuesday, February 24 – Cape Town to Durban


Reflection session, flight to Durban, settle into the Southern Sun North Beach beachfront hotel, free evening for dinner and walking the beach.

Wednesday, February 25 – Durban


Drive to University of Natal to meet Lauretta Ngcobo and Prof. Margaret Daymon (personal and political motivations of Ngcobo's novel And They Didn't Die), bus ride to where Ngcobo grew up outside Umzimkulu, visited a school there where the children gave us a performance of music and dance, return to Durban for an English class/reflection session, free dinner.

Thursday, February 26 – Durban


Bus tour of Durban with visits to the Indian markets and a mosque, free time to visit the beach, evening lecture with Dr. Patrick Bond on the environmental aspects of health, free dinner.

Friday, February 27 – Durban to Pietermaritzburg


Drive to Pietermaritzburg, visit to the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Religion class, lecture on Hinduism in South Africa by Prof. Alleyn Diesel, lunch at an Indian restaurant, visits to two temples (Siva Soobramoniar and Marriamen), check in to the hotel, free time for internet, dinner in the hotel.

Saturday, February 28 – Pietermaritzburg


Religion class, drive to the University of KwaZulu-Natal for a lecture on Isaiah Shembe's use of the Bible in his church, lunch at a mall, visit to a Nazarite Church, Dr. Britt presented a blanket to the congregation on our behalf, saw the sacred dance and heard their singing, return to the university for a question and answer session with a scholar/member of the Nazarite Church, dinner and free evening at the hotel.

Sunday, March 1 – Pietermaritzburg to Giant's Castle

Morning lecture from a history professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on his book Zulu Identities (how they have been shaped by Shaka, colonial powers, apartheid, and the ANC and IFP), two hour bus ride to Giant's Castle (saw eland on the way in), lunch in the restaurant, free afternoon and evening to shop/hike/rest/study.

Monday, March 2 – Giant's Castle

Free day for hiking, visiting the Bushman cave paintings, studying, and resting.

Tuesday, March 3 – Giant's Castle to Dundee


Depart Giant's Castle at 10, three hour drive to Dundee, lunch at and visit of the Talana Museum (exhibits on coal mining, beadwork, glass, farm life, Anglo-Boer-Zulu conflicts, among others), check in to the hotel, free time for internet and settling in, 7:15 dinner at the hotel

Wednesday, March 4 – Dundee


Full day trip to the battlefields of Blood River, Rourke's Drift, and Isandhlwana with Pat, dinner at the hotel.

Thursday, March 5 – Dundee to Ulundi


Drive to Ulundi, lunch in the hotel, lecture under the gazebo by the pool with a Shembe Church reverend, visit to his church's women's prayer group for Q&A, dancing and singing, visit to the Ulundi municipality building to meet the mayor, free time to swim and study, dinner at the hotel, evening reflection session with Dr. Maher.

Friday, March 6 – Ulundi


Visit to the Spirit of the eMakhosini monument, walk around a village with a local guide to see some homesteads and the clinic, braai lunch at a lodge nearby, visit to the KwaZulu Cultural Museum and the reconstructions of King Cetshwayo's huts, dinner at the hotel, evening religion class with Dr. Britt about Shembe.

Saturday, March 7 – Ulundi to Johannesburg


Bus ride to St. Benedict's guesthouse in Joburg, dinner at 6 in the hotel, free evening (student Game Time of Murder in the Dark!).

Sunday, March 8 – Johannesburg


Religion test at 10am on Hinduism in South Africa and the Shembe Church, lunch and the afternoon at the mall/craft market for internet and shopping, Dale McKinley talk on South African politics.

Monday, March 9 – Johannesburg


Visit to Orangefarm (recycling program, daycare, Orangefarm Water Crisis Committee), visit to a local Catholic AIDS organization, lunch at a strip mall, visit to the radio station for youth 100.6FM (we got to be on the air!), evening at Rosebank Mall for dinner and a movie.

Tuesday, March 10 – Johannesburg


Drive to Soweto, visit to Chris Hani Baragwanath Public Hospital, drive past Nelson Mandela's old house (now a museum), visit to the Regina Mundi Catholic Church, tour of the Hector Pieterson Museum, lunch at a casino buffet, afternoon at the Apartheid Museum, dinner at the hotel, student-initiated reflection session.

Wednesday, March 11 – Johannesburg


Drive to Pretoria, stop at the Vortrekker Monument, lecture at the University of Pretoria on ethnobiology (studying plants for scientific proof of their usefulness for medicines), lunch at a pancake house, free time at the guesthouse, leave at 6 for the Victory Theater for a family-style dinner and the Umoja Spirit of Togetherness dance show.

Thursday, March 12 – Johannesburg


Sociology class on systems of thought on disease origins and AIDS research and education programs in South Africa, bus tour of Cosmo City development, afternoon at Sandton Mall for lunch/internet/last-minute items before Botswana, pizza dinner at the guesthouse.

Friday, March 13 – Johannesburg to Jwaneng, Botswana


All day drive, movies on the bus, cross the border at Pioneer, dinner buffet and night at a lodge.

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