Adventure Bonus Week: South Africa

Take advantage of an extra week in South Africa and explore the coast of this beautiful country, including culture and history in Cape Town, penguins in Simon's Town, whales and sunsets in Hermanus, and the Southern tip of Africa at the Cape of Good Hope.

Adventure Bonus Week: South Africa is a chance for Loop students on the Veterinary Service: South Africa program to extend their journey and get even more out of their South Africa experience. After spending two weeks with animals on the Veterinary Service program, the ABW takes you down to the coastal city of Cape Town, South Africa's most famous capital city.

From the lighthouses that dot the coast to the top of Table Mountain, the Adventure Bonus Week is just that: an adventure.

Note: Students on other Loop Abroad trips directly preceding the ABW: South Africa may join this bonus week, but will be responsible for the cost of any additional airfare. There will be no airport pickup charge.

The Adventure Bonus Week

This one-week tour is especially designed for Loop Abroad students. It is packed with activities that are unique from the Veterinary Service: South Africa program and combines the most interesting and well-known tourist locations with chances to experience and see unique wildlife and landscapes.

Each day will be filled with exploration and adventure including time in the city, cultural activities, and lots of exploring in nature. It is a packed week that takes you throughout and outside Cape Town and along the southernmost coast of Africa.

Activities Include:

  • Enjoying the V+A Waterfront in Cape Town
  • Observing Cape Town from the Wheel of Excellence giant ferris wheel
  • Savoring famous South African dishes such as biltong, bunny chow, melktert, and malva pudding
  • Soaring to the top of Table Mountain on the cable car
  • Touring Cape Town's famous sites
  • Visiting Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was held
  • Getting up-close with African penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Relaxing in picturesque Simon's Town
  • Exploring Cape National Park, home to baboons, fur seals, ostriches, and stunning views
  • Snapping a selfie at the Southernmost tip of Africa
  • Wandering the coast where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet
  • Whale-watching from a boat during the humpback and Southern right whale migration
  • Hiking in beautiful Agulhas National Park
  • Discovering the famous Kirstenbosch Botancial Gardens, known as Africa's most beautiful garden
  • Cruising off the coast at sunset for a special view of Cape Town
  • Seeing unique wildlife such as rock hyraxes and fur seals
  • Photographing the protea, fynbos, birds of paradise, and other famous South African flowers
  • Spotting whales of the famous Hermanus coast
  • Shopping for souvenirs, crafts, artwork, and clothes on Long Street
  • Exact itinerary is subject to change based on weather and availability of activities.


    Dates: June 17 - June 25, 2018.
    Tuition: $1,850
    What's Included: Flight from Johannesburg to Capetown and back, all activities, all in-country transport, all housing, and all meals. Souvenirs, snacks, and non-water drinks are not included.
    Housing and Meals: Housing will be at hotels or hostels where individuals not on a Loop Abroad program may be staying. Students will share rooms, but will not share a room with non-Loop participants. Meals will either be prepared by tour staff, eaten at restaurants, or self-catered (cost included). We can accommodate special dietary requests with advance notice.

    If additional ABW sessions are added, students currently enrolled will be given the first option to switch dates if they so choose.


    Who can apply: Individuals age 18-25 participating in a Loop Abroad program on June 2 - June 18 in any country. Students whose June 2-18 program is in another country will be responsible for additional airfare. Students whose June 2-18 program is in South Africa will not have additional airfare charge for adding the Adventure Bonus Week.

    How to apply: Apply for a Loop Abroad program on June 2 - June 18 and choose to add "Adventure Bonus Week: South Africa" to your application.

    Apply now!