South African Educational Tours






Study abroad and service learning


The opportunity to immerse oneself in another culture and community is an experience of a lifetime. To work side by side sharing stories and learning about our commonalities brings new friends and therefore real meaning to our lives. Teaching and learning from each other encourages innovative thinking and brings new ideas to the way we work. New systems are formed from the inspiration we gain by applying our learning to our everyday lives. Helping others to reach their goals and therefore their dreams makes our own dreams seem more attainable. The value of team work and innovation are what we learn when we give our time and experience to others. Teaching and being open and receptive to learning is the cycle of life.



Travel Learners works closely with instructors and institutions to develop the itinerary that will serve your students best towards their academic goals. We will arrange all transport, accommodation, outings and food so the instructors can focus on what they do best, which is to serve the academic needs of their students.




Through our South African relationships, we can link instructors to service learning opportunities for your students in the following areas: Health, Community Development; Vulnerable Children and Families; Agriculture; Land Restoration and Ecology.


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Past trips include:


California Polytechnic Landscape Architecture study abroad trips to South Africa.


2007   Playground Project. Ikhwili Primary School. Location: Kei Mouth, South Africa

2009 School Food Garden. Ikhwili Primary School. Location: Kei Mouth, South Africa

Memorial Garden for AIDS victims and their families. Ikageng AIDS Ministry, Soweto,     Johannesburg

2011   Phase two of the Ikageng memorial garden Ikageng AIDS Ministry, Soweto, Johannesburg

Phase two of the school food garden, Ikhwili Primary School. Location: Kei Mouth , South Africa

2013   Ratang Bana Youth Outreach Playground Project. Location: Alexandra Township, Johannesburg , South Africa

2014 August and September; Ratang Bana Youth Outreach Playground phase two; Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape Province, Land Management and water security issues; Elliot & KuManzimdanka survey;


University of Wisconsin Global Health and Environmental Studies



2014 The Agroecology of Health: Water, Food and Well Being in South Africa.

The Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies


Location: Johannesburg & Alexandra Township, Elliot & KuManzimdanka, East London

Upcoming trips include:


2015 January 1st – January 13th: The Agroecology of Health: Water, Food and Well Being in South Africa. (Fully Booked)


The Waterberg, South Africa

The Waterberg, South Africa

2015 August 27 to September 15:

Botanical Bonanza


Join us for an extraordinary tour of the succulent desert in full bloom. Enjoy the gorgeous Cederberg mountains and the wine farms of the western Cape.  Visit Cape Town and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in spring when many of the cape flowers are at their peak.


For more information on the bio-diversity of South African plant life please follow these links -:


Namaqualand Springtime

Flora of Western Cape


Maximum:  12 guests


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Accommodation and Transport


  • Accommodations are typically arranged at 3 to 4 star small intimate Bed and Breakfast venues, game lodges and private farms with luxury 5 star accommodations available upon request.
  • Some have kitchen facilities and refrigerators in rooms for your convenience. There are safes for your valuables in each unit.
  • WIFI and internet service is usually available
  • Each venue is chosen to be safe and secure with standard security systems common to the area.


Transport is contracted with reputable local vetted tour operators or is in rented 10-12 seat vans and a small accompanying vehicle. Drivers are certified professionals with commercial licenses and accustomed to laws and driving in Southern Africa.

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“Travel Learners made our University trip to South Africa in January 2014 seamless.  They arranged all our accommodations and food, while also taking the time to ensure that the activities planned for students were in line with our curriculum.  Travel Learners was professional and flexible; they provided excellent security and resources for students while also being easy to work with.  We will definitely use Travel Learners again!”

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