We invite you to experience the spirit of Ubuntu on the UJ’s Cultural Tour Of Johannesburg and the surround. This is a two-week programme offering excursions and classroom engagement on the culture of South Africa.
CULTURAL TOUR OF JOHANNESBURG AND GAUTENG
We invite you to experience the spirit of Ubuntu on the UJ’s Cultural Tour Of Johannesburg and the surround. This is a two-week programme offering excursions and classroom engagement on the culture of South Africa
LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE
Lesedi Cultural Village was established in 1993. The vision - to provide an authentic showcase of the traditional cultures of some of the well-known African tribes, who have their home in South Africa. Representatives of these tribes facilitated the design of the cultural villages to ensure a historically representative portrayal of the cultures, highlighting aspects of the traditional way of life. Members of these historic communities live at Lesedi and continue to breathe life into their fascinating cultures.
Situated within the Cradle of Humankind, a visit to South Africa is incomplete without a visit to Lesedi - the cradle of living African culture. In an informative and entertaining way, Lesedi provides the visitor with a better understanding of the rich cultural background of the traditional peoples of South Africa.
CRADLE OF HUMANKIND – WORLD HERITAGE SITE
The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is a remarkable 47,000 hectare destination with a rich and fascinating history told to us through the ancient fossils that have been found here.
It also has over 400 attractions, including restaurants, art and craft outlets, lodges, wildlife facilities, places of historical interest and spaces for young and old just to have fun. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site offers a wonderful experience for national and international tourists, a rich source of information for scientists and researchers, opportunities for economic development and job creation, and a chance for all to be part of humanity’s history.
Visit the world-famous Sterkfontein Caves and the award-winning Visitor Interpretation Centre at Maropeng. Then discover the attractions of the rest of this incredible destination. Make sure you get a map because there is so much to do that you’ll have to come back again and again. Come to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, the home of our ancestors, and discover ancient history, learn about human beginnings, take a journey of discovery and adventure, enjoy yourself. We’ve been waiting for you for 4 million years.
SOWETO – HERITAGE/CULTURAL TOUR
Infused with the history of the struggle against apartheid and abuzz with the energy of the city of gold, Soweto is a must-see for tourists who are looking for more than sun, sea and the big five.
Soweto may sound like an African name, but the word was originally an acronym for “South Western Townships.” A cluster of townships sprawling across a vast area 20 kilometers south-west of Johannesburg, Soweto was, from the start, a product of segregationist planning. It was back in 1904 that Klipspruit, the oldest of a cluster of townships that constitute present-day Soweto, was established.
Soweto is a melting pot of South African cultures and has developed its own sub-cultures especially for the young. Afro-American influence runs deep, but is adapted to local conditions. In their speech, dress and gait, Sowetans exude a sense of cosmopolitan sophistication.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sites - this is real Africa.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, SANParks - Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park’s natural assets.
Classroom engagement will be limited to four (4) hours every second day to discuss a selection of topics below. Titled “Perspectives on South Africa,” these discussions will be led by experts in the field from the University and outside.
• Women and Culture
• The Zulu Culture
• The Role of Civil Society
• South African Economy
• Customary Law
US$3000 all inclusive. (Local transfer, all meals, all excursions, lectures and accommodation).
For more information contact:
Mrs. Lisle du Plessis
Manager Study Abroad
Division for Internationalisation
University of Johannesburg
Tel.: +27 (0)11 559 2528
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