Once notorious for apartheid and government oppression, SOUTH AFRICA now provides an unparalleled exploration of the history of the struggle for human rights. The beautiful vistas and shorelines provide the backdrop for heroic stories of political resistance and the world's greatest experiment in racial harmony. Within the space of a day, you can journey from the hillsides in the Western Cape to the vast open spaces of the Kalahari; from the waterfront of Cape Town to isolated Zulu villages; from elephant-spotting in Kruger National Park to the incredible seascapes of the coast. While it's easy to focus on how well developed South Africa is, it is important to see the other face of South Africa - of hunger, poverty and one of the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in the world. South Africa will challenge and inspire groups with a passion for social justice.
SAGE OFFERS an experience of South Africa you won't find elsewhere. Wander the crowded streets of Durban amidst locals conversing in many of the 11 official languages. Walk in the footsteps and visit the jail cell of former political prisoner Nelson Mandela as well as The Apartheid Museum. Experience the transformative power of music with the popular South African band "Peace Train" - dedicated to bridging cultural gaps and promoting tolerance. Work on service projects such as the construction of a new school in Ngcolosi, Kwa-Zulu. Combat the challenges associated with poverty, unemployment and HIV/AIDS by visiting and working with South African community development projects in the townships outside of Johannesburg.