Birkenhead School, from the UK, sent their hockey and netball students on a tour to South Africa. They departed Manchester for Johannesburg, where they stayed for 5 nights. While in Johannesburg, the teams played matches and were hosted at Redford House. The group also visited the Apartheid Museum, the Elephant Sanctuary, the Cradle of Humankind and Gold Reef City while in Johannesburg. Thereafter the group flew to Durban where their journey continued to Shakaland, a traditional Zulu village. The group immersed themselves in the Zulu culture by participating in local activities and observing Zulu traditions. To extend their cultural experience, the group were accommodated in traditional Zulu huts for the night. Then it was off to the Crocodile Centre in St. Lucia where the group visited various crocodile enclosures with their expert guide. To their delight, the students had the chance to hold a baby crocodile, an opportune time for a few photos. Hippos, crocodiles and fish eagles were spotted on the boat cruise along the St. Lucia Estuary. The group then checked into their hotel, located on the banks of the St. Lucia Estuary, where they stayed for the night. The next stop for the team was Hluhluwe Game Reserve where they enjoyed game drives through the park and stayed at Hilltop Camp for 2 nights. Elephants, buffalo, rhino, giraffe were some of the wildlife the team spotted on their game drives through the game reserve. No visit to Kwazulu Natal would be complete without a swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The visit to uShaka Beach was well received and the group enjoyed some free time at the beach before heading off to their matches at Northwood High School and Danville Park Girls High. Then the group departed for Cape Town where they played their final matches on tour against Edgemead and a local development team in Langa. Visits to Cape Point, Boulders Beach, Langa Township and Robben Island were some of the sights which the team visited. After a wonderful 15 night tour in South Africa, the group departed Cape Town for Manchester.
Bridge House School from Cape Town sent 20 students and 2 staff members on an Arts and Culural Tour to France, Italy and Austria in July 2018. They began their tour in Paris. After a city tour and a Seine River Cruise they made their way to Disneyland where they spent 5 nights and enjoyed visiting the parks each day! The also enjoyed a day trip to Paris where they watched the theatre show 'Grease'! Following this they spent a night in Paris and enjoyed visits to the Eiffel Tower and the Lourve Museum before boarding their overnight train for Milan. On arrival in Milan they visited La Scala and the main sights of the city. It was then on to Venice and a day on the island including entrance to La Fenice theatre. Vienna was their last stop and guided tours of the State Opera and the Musikverein were included. Their final morning was free for last minute shopping and sightseeing before they returned home.
Eltham College from London, travelled to South Africa on a rugby tour. They travelled with 28 boys and 4 staff. Their tour began in Cape Town where they played three matches. They stayed at the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge for four nights. They then continued on to Durban and had the opportunity to stay at the Hilltop Camp in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, which is a BIG 5 Reserve, for two nights. They spent two nights at the Blue Waters Hotel in Durban and had a fixture against Hillcrest High School and Voortrekker High School in Pietermaritzburg. Their tour ended in Johannesburg where they spent one night at The Cabanas at the popular Sun City Resort.
Tour Leader Comments : I have been on 3 tours with Eltham College, using 3 different tour companies to 3 different venues. This was the best one I have been on in terms of fun, rugby and location.
Epworth School sent 2 choirs to participate at the World Choir Games taking place in Tshwane. For the first time, the world’s largest international choir competition will take place on the African continent. All amateur choirs, across the world, were invited for 11 days to meet singers in competitions, Friendship Concerts and major singing projects. Epworth Preparatory School choir participated in the first week of the event, while the Epworth High School choir participated in the second week of the event. Both choirs were thrilled to be a part of 10th World Choir Games and have collectively been awarded five Silver Diploma's for the categories which they competed in.
Kyalami Preparatory School sent their U13 soccer team, U13 netball team and U12 netball team to Kwazulu-Natal in July 2018. The group departed on the 30 July 2018 and returned on the 03 August 2018. There were 32 players and 7 staff. They played matches against Clifton School, Durban Girls College, Winston Park Primary School, Northdene Primary School, Pinetown Senior Preparatory, Kloof Primary School and Hillcrest Primary School. They enjoyed some local sightseeing which included the Natal Sharks Board, the Wave House, tour of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and uShaka Marine World.
Royal Grammar School, from Guildford in the UK sent their 1st and 2nd Team Rugby boys on a tour to South Africa in July 2018. They began their tour in Cape Town where they played their first 2 matches of the tour against Excelsior School and Fairmont High School. The group will also spent 2 nights at Goedgedacht where they enjoyed a training session as well as spent time with various youth centres in the area. Sightseeing in Cape Town included Table Mountain and Robben Island. The group then went via the Garden Route to Oustshoorn where they spent the night and visited a local Ostrich farm as well as the Cango Caves. Their next stop was Knysna where they enjoyed a lagoon cruise as well as played their next match against a local school. They then flew to Johannesburg and headed to Pilanesburg Game Reserve for 2 nights. Before returning to Johannesburg they spent a day at The Valley of the Waves in the beautiful Sun City Resort. The group played their final match against Jeppe High School and spent the day at Gold Reef City before heading back to the United Kingdom. The group consisted of 44 boys and 6 staff.
St Georges College, Weybridge from the UK, in conjunction with Bundu Bashers Travel and Living With The Lions, travelled to South Africa in July 2018 with their boys hockey and girls hockey & netball teams. Their first port of call was Cape Town where they enjoyed matches vs Pinelands High School and Bishops Diocesan College. Exciting sightseeing activities included a visit to the Pebbles Project, Table Mountain, Cape Peninsular Tour, Cheetah Outreach Program and Robben Island. They spent time at the Goedgedacht Farm Trust interacting with the children and getting involved with the projects. The group then headed up to Knysna where they enjoyed a Knysna River Cruise and play matches vs York High School. They spent a night at the beautiful Storms River Mouth before heading to Collegiate Girls’ High School and Grey High School for their final matches of the tour. The group ended their time in SA at Kariega Game Reserve before heading home.
St George's Preparatory School from Port Elizabeth visited KwaZulu-Natal with their boys and girls open hockey teams. They arrived in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, 17 July 2018. The teams played a few fixtures before they attended the St Anne's Diocesan College, Hilton College and Michaelhouse junior hockey tournaments. The tournaments ran for 3 days and the boys and girls attended them concurrently. The teams had time for sightseeing and beach time in between all the fixtures and the tournaments. On the last night St George's Preparatory were accommdoated at the Road Lodge Umhlanga Ridge and enjoyed a team dinner in the Umhlanga area before returning home on Monday, 23 July 2018.
St. Stithians Boys' Preparatory School from Gauteng sent their 1st XI cricket team on tour to the United Kingdom in July/August 2018. The team consisted of 14 boys and 3 staff members. The group started their tour off in London where they spent 2 nights at the St Giles Hotel. Sightseeing in London included a tour of the Lord's Cricket Ground and the London Dungeon. The group departed to Taunton and Truro where they participated in two cricket festivals which was arranged by the school themselves. After an action packed tour the group departed for home on the 15 August 2018.
Stanford Lake College, based in Limpopo, participated in a school exchange with Radford College in Canberra, Australia. Before arriving at the school they enjoyed a 4 day stop over in Perth where they got the chance to explore the beautiful city and its surrounding areas. Visits included a city tour of Perth including a Swan River cruise, a full day tour to the Margaret River Region where they visited Busselton Jetty and got to ride the Stocker Preston Express before visiting Ngilgi Cave and the Margaret River Chocolate Company. They also visited the Caversham Wildlife Park before heading to Pinnacles Desert where they enjoyed a walking tour. They then flew to Canberra where they began their school exchange with Radford College until the 23rd August when they then returned to Johannesburg, along with Radford College, who then stayed at their school for a month. The tour party consisted of 12 students and 2 staff members.