This Biodiversity and Conservation program is based in Cape Town, South Africa, an international biodiversity hotspot. With hundreds of species of plants found no where else in the world, along with hundreds of animal, reptile, fish and bird species Cape Town and the surrounding areas offer a unique learning experience to all who visit. This program focuses on aspects of the flora and fauna that make this part of the world so different and offer students the opportunity to not only learn about a variety of different elements of this ecosystem, but also to practically be involved in conservation work. This module can be customized to reach the learning goals of each group focusing on specific themes including raptors, butterflies, seal, monkeys etc.
- Explore a range of flora across Cape Town from indigenous fynbos, trees, shrubs and locally grown vegetables and herbs, learning about everything from their life cycles to medicinal applications.
- See and study different animals in their natural habitats from honeybees to baboons, penguins to sharks as well as a host of birdlife and coastal species of all kinds.
- Practical conservation efforts includes beach clean ups, tree planting and education initiatives in local disadvantaged primary schools.
- Site visits to the Save Our Seas Foundation, Shark Education Centre, Honeybee Foundation, Greenpop Eco Hub, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain, Boulder Beach Penguin Colony, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Rondevlei Bird Sanctuary, Two Oceans Aquarium, Intaka Bird Island etc.
Theory: Participants will have the opportunity to gain new knowledge and insight into the Cape’s unique fauna and flora. Students will learn about the biodiversity that exists in the Cape and efforts being done to conserve this natural heritage. Students will also learn about different South Africa land and coastal species and how they fit into the ecological landscape of the greater Cape region.
Practical: Students will be able to develop vital research skills such as observation, recording, storage and analysis of data. Students could also be involved in practical activities such as planting trees, removing alien vegetation, cleaning beaches, assisting with educational initiatives to teach children about conserving the Cape’s natural resources and heritage.
The ideal module length will range between 7-14 days. The Cape Biodiversity and Conservation module can also be combined with the Greater Kruger Conservation module.
Born in Cape Town, Vicky grew up in a nature loving family. They would spend every weekend on the mountain or the beach and travel to remote areas of Southern Africa during the longer school holidays. She studied a BSc in Biological Sciences, got her honours degree in Conservation and Biodiversity and just completed her Masters in Marine Biology at the University of Cape Town.
Vicky is a qualified mountain and adventure guide and loves to share and exchange knowledge with students, especially regarding the environmental state of the world. EDU Africa has provided a great opportunity for her to combine these two passions.
Customize your Program
Thank you for your interest in this module and developing a faculty-led program with EDU Africa. We pride ourselves in our ability to customize a program that will meet your requirements, exceed your expectations and make your vision come to life.
Dinner and Djembe Drumming
Gold Restaurant caters an experience to the opulent heartbeat of African cuisine and culture. Tailoring it’s menu to the diversity found across the African continent, Gold Restaurant offers a gourmet selection seasonally adapted from North, Sub-Saharan, and Southern Africa. Beforehand, guests have the opportunity to join in a djembe drumming session. Feel the pulse of Africa as you drum and dine.
As the most southwestern outcrop of the African continent, Cape Point rises above the cobalt and turquoise-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. With the sound of the sea rushing below you, climb up to the lighthouse for a view of misty mountains in the distance at one of Cape Town’s most scenic and significant vantage points.
Cape Malay Cooking Class
Jasmina’s house is part of the colorful and immensely cultural tapestry that is the Bo Kaap district of Cape Town. The Malayan cuisine that she imparts is also a part of the rich heritage of the area, seasoned with distinct spices and created from recipes that have been handed down through generations. In the warmth of her kitchen you can learn how to make a mouth-watering Malayan meal, from traditional samosa starters to decadent chicken curry. Afterwards, you can enjoy the living dish of history you have helped to spice.
Robben Island Overnight
Step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela for a night, staying over in prison accommodation with a private tour of the prison and island. Get a feel for the isolation and challenges that the prisoners faced for decades in one of the world's most famous prisons - Robben Island. This is a unique experience that will bring you closer to understanding the challenges that Mandela and many other historical figures faced in their fight for freedom and equality.
Monks Cowl Drakensberg Hike
Located in the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa, the trails of Monks Cowl showcase the incredible scenery of Drakensberg in the midst of mountains and valleys. Experience the beauty of South Africa as you explore these picturesque landscapes.
Hiking the Chokka trail is a fourteen kilometer adventure, taking you through the Coastal Cradle of Humankind. During the hike, you will have an opportunity to see the second largest blowhole in Southern Africa, and unknown grave, and the remains of the Osprey and Cape Recife. After the hike, there is an included tour of the SANCCOB Penguin Rehabilitation Center. Continuing via Shark Point, there is a calamari tasting at Port St. Francis, then a canal cruise in the late afternoon. The day ends with dinner at Joe Fish Restaurant or a local boma for braai.
The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of Apartheid. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape, offering the international community a unique South African experience. 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. The exhibits include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories that contribute to the saga of Apartheid.
Pilanesberg National Park is set within the crater of an ancient volcano, formed 1.2 billion years ago by overflowing magma. It exists in a transition zone between the dryness of the Kalahari and the wet vegetation of the Lowveld region. This rich transitional zone attracts an incredible variety of game animals, flora and fauna that are not often found living side by side. Virtually all of the animal species native to southern Africa can be found here, including the “big five,” wild dog, Roan, Tsessebe, Sable antelope and more than three hundred and sixty species of bird.
AWOL Bicycle Tour
This international, award-winning, socially responsible bicycle tour in Masiphumelele, Kommetjie is a new take on township tours, providing guests the opportunity to meet and interact with the local community from a bicycle seat. A qualified local guide will escort guests around the township, visiting interesting places and explaining Xhosa customs. The tour includes lunch at a local township restaurant that serves delicious authentic African food.
Step through the entryway to this beach and find yourself face to face with one of Africa’s quirkier inhabitants: penguins. A colony of African penguins resides on Boulders Beach, a stretch of sand dominated by giant seaside rocks and penguin nests.
Bo-Kaap Walking Tour
This tour winds its through jewel-toned houses and mosques, providing commentary on the history and tradition behind the iconic architecture of the Bo-Kaap district. As you follow your guide through this segment of Cape Town, we invite you to explore a side of South African history defined by cultural fusion and crossover. Watch tradition unfold into a modern landscape of vibrancy as East meets West at the southern point of Africa.
A Soweto day tour takes in the highlights of this iconic township including Nelson Mandela’s former home and the Hector Pieterson museum. You will get close to Soweto Culture, meeting the people, trying local foods and maybe even some Omqombothi (traditional beer) at a shebeen. This tour is one of a kind, taking you through the smell of pavement cooked meals and the buzz in the streets of people going about their daily chores. Come and experience the humanity, hospitality, and warmth of township life humanity - the "ubuntu" of South Africa
Abseiling Table Mountain
Abseiling is one of the best ways to explore the rocky crags of Table Mountain. This thrilling activity includes a relatively technical hike, so a moderate fitness level is required to experience this adventure!
Find out why Table Mountain is one of the seven natural wonders of the world as you climb to the top. The mountain stretches gloriously on the Cape Town horizon, rising effortlessly from the lights and bustle of the city. As you ascend, the rugged terrain becomes a world in and of itself, age-old rocks, grasses, and shrubs covering the mountainside. The top of Table Mountain provides astounding views of the city on one side and the sea on the other, with rolling clouds over rocky peaks. A cable car provides a scenic descent, suspended gracefully over jagged rock and the famous flora of the mountain.
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center
This center provides a sanctuary for many wild animals that are the victims of habitat loss, such as leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, and vultures. While Moholoholo is directly involved in research, breeding programs and rehabilitation, it also helps tribal communities and farms by adopting and relocating 'problem animals’ that would otherwise be poisoned or injured. The aim of this rehabilitation facility is to promote awareness about environmental upheaval and to support endangered wildlife.
Class in the Clouds
Did you know that Table Mountain is believed to have more plant diversity than the British Isles put together? Class in the Clouds gives learners the chance to learn all about the amazing fauna and flora found in the Cape Floral Kingdom while enjoying the view from the top of Table Mountain.
Induna offers a wide variety of adrenaline-racing activities such as white water rafting, ziplining, and quad biking. Only twenty minutes away from Kruger National Park, Induna’s pristine location provides an unforgettable setting for adventure sports and outdoor team activities.