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South Africa J-Term Blog #6

Thursday, we woke up to frosty grounds and were happy to be on our way to some warmer weather on the cape.

Tsitsikamma Village Inn

We boarded a flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth and then drove a short way to our next accommodation — Tsitsikamma Village Inn. The lodge was built in 1841 to accommodate hunters who walked into the area to hunt game in the surrounding forests. It was beautiful and so charming — if you don’t think about the possibility of it being haunted (a running joke within our group)!

Thursday was mostly a travel day, so Friday is when the real fun started in Tsitsikamma!

Retro Diner

We ate lunch at a retro diner — all decked out with motorcycles, American memorabilia, Elvis Presley cutouts, and Marilyn Monroe pictures. They had some fantastic milkshakes, if I do say so myself.

Storms River Suspension Bridge

Back on the bus, we departed for the Storms River Suspension Bridge. This was probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen!

— Morgan Tracy ’22

About the study tour

Service Learning in Communities — Nkume Primary School

Travel dates
May 23-June 6, 2022

Prof. Michele Hancock (education)
Prof. Jacqueline Easley (education)

This study abroad trip begins in a rural region of South Africa where our outreach work at Nkume Primary School continues. Students will have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of the students who attend the school through education, school maintenance projects, and planting new crops in the recently established vegetable garden.

The next part of our adventure takes us on an exhilarating safari experience to search for the Big Five (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo); a moment of solace in the ancient Drakensberg Mountains; and a journey along the Eastern Cape’s iconic Garden Route and complete the experience with a trip at one of South Africa’s most sought-after coastal towns. Learn more