Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal Province, is an incredible city full of history, culture, and adventure. The town is a mix of Boer, British, Indian, and Zulu cultures and offers a wide variety of museums, Hindu temples, and historic sites to be explored. Nicknamed the “City of Flowers,” Pietermaritzburg has many botanical gardens, beautiful hiking trails, gorgeous waterfalls, and the largest walk-in butterfly center in South Africa. Pietermaritzburg also features beautiful Victorian and Edwardian architecture, numerous art galleries, and local craft and farmer’s markets.
The following is a list of possible activities available during students’ stay in Pietermaritzburg. Coordinated by the Azusa Pacific international (South Africa) director, adjunct faculty, and student life staff, the activities are intended to give students as much exposure to the many unique opportunities available as well as the historical, cultural, religious, and socio-economic diversity of the region.
- Historical Pietermaritzburg: Guided tour of this unique city, with links to famous personalities like Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. This tour also includes visits to the Africa Birds of Prey Sanctuary and the Lion Park.
- St Lucia Park (a World Heritage Site) and Imfolozi Game Reserve
- Boer-Zulu, Anglo-Zulu War and Anglo-Boer Battlefields Historical Tour
- Drakensberg Mountains Cultural World Heritage Site: Physically challenging mountain hikes and the option of an overnight stay in a mountain cave with an expert guide.
- Zip lining: fly through the trees at Karkloof Canopy Tour.
- Durban: visit the uShaka Marine World or chill out at the beach.
Cape Town contains a vast number of inlets, bays, beaches, and cliffs, and a trip to the top of Table Mountain is a must. Students will be oriented to the public transportation system within Cape Town and given the opportunity to explore this beautiful city within reasonable safety limits and guidance from program supervisors. The Central Business District and inner suburbs display beautiful ancient architecture and offer numerous places of interest such as the South African National Gallery, the South African Museum and Planetarium, Saint George’s Cathedral, and the South African Cultural History Museum. Cape Town has a beautiful inner city park and the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in South Africa.
The following is a list of both required and possible activities during students’ stay in Cape Town. Coordinated by the Azusa Pacific international (South Africa) director, adjunct faculty, and student life staff, the activities are intended to give students as much exposure to the many unique opportunities available as well as the historical, cultural, religious and socio-economic diversity of the region.
- Visit Robben Island (the prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated by the apartheid government)
- Old Castle, Slave Lodge, and other key historical and cultural sites
- Table Mountain
- Peninsula Tour
- Cheetah Outreach Center
- Shark cage diving
Orientation to South Africa
African Enterprise Conference Center
Nestled in the lush town Bush Valley about 10km from the Pietermaritzburg city center, the African Enterprise Conference Center is housed with dorm rooms, classes, and common areas for recreation, worship, and fellowship. Students will be housed in chalets or dormitories that fit one or two persons in each room. Some chalets are comprised of suites with 4-5 rooms around a common living area. Daily meals will be served in the common dining area. Both Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town programs spend time at the African Enterprise Conference Center.
Wellwood Lodge is located in picturesque Fish Hoek and is just a two-minute walk from one of South Africa's safest beaches. The town itself is a popular tourist destination and is close to some of Cape Town's best attractions. Students will be housed in rooms that fit between 2 and 5 people per room. Daily meals will be served in the common dining area. Most of the lectures will take place at a local church hall that has been equipped with the necessary equipment.
Historical & Cultural Travel
Both programs travel through the Eastern Cape, making cultural and historical visits that include East London, Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route (with optional bungee-jumping), George, and Oudtshoorn (with visits to the world-famous Cango Caves and an ostrich farm).
All Information taken from South Africa Student Handbook and program directors.