Taking time out to explore our beautiful country and meet its amazing people and cultures is an experience you’ll never forget.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Office for International Education has packaged some really great trips that allow students to take some time out during the holidays aving to worry about the details or organising the trip.

Tsitsikamma Falls (Orientation Weekend)

Open yourself up to the beauty of the Eastern Cape Garden Route and begin to make new friends for your journey ahead.

The Frontier Farms

The valley scenery bounded by majestic mountains, crisp, clear air, and incredible scenery allows one to experience real rustic, countryside living.

Frontier Farms
The Best of Cape Town

The glorious Mother City, with her towering mountains, sparkling oceans, fragrant fynbos and fine architecture...

Cape Town
Addo Elephant National Park

Indulge in magnificent scenery while the elephants gather at the watering hole... an African wildlife safari that will show you all its glory.


Note: Depending on availability, slight adjustments may occur on the itinerary of the excursions - please check prior to booking with our coordinators

Tsitsikamma Falls - Weekend Orientation

As part of your orientation you are invited to a weekend away at Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures. Situated 8km from the Storms River Bridge on the N2, Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure Park offers spectacular Zipline adventure slides across the Kruis River.

The eight slides, of which the longest is 211m, zigzag along cables across the river gorge, as high as 50m above the water in some places. Each section presents its own surprises, adventures, wonders and beautiful views over indigenous Tsitsikamma fauna and flora. Users can control the speed of their descent, allowing them to stop midcable to take in some of the awesome views over the waterfalls. The guides provide interesting commentary about the area as patrons traverse the gorge and waterfalls.

The weekend orientation takes place at the beginning of every semester and is attended by new study abroad and exchange students. The purpose of the weekend away is to familiarise yourself with other students and the OIE staff members who will be assisting you throughout your stay in PE.

The weekend orientation consists of adventure activities and fantastic team tasks. Adventure activities include wall climbing, adventure walks and ziplining. The fantastic team tasks include drumming, volleyball and sandwich building.

falls adventure

Frontier Farms

Take part in a unique trip to experience true Afrikaner farm life on a settlement of cattle farms located in the Adelaide area of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. During your stay at local farm houses, you will go hiking and participate in a picnic and traditional South African braai, among other fun activities.

This is a trip into the Winterberg Mountains where you will spend two nights on a farm. The goal of this trip is to provide insight into the life of South African Commercial farmers as well as to compare the urban and rural realities of South Africa. This trip will be a bus trip lasting approximately 4 hours’ drive including a stop at Nanaga Farm Stall located just outside Port Elizabeth. You can purchase lovely snacks and gifts from the Farm Stall so please bring some money.

Trip Itinerary:

Day 1
  • feeding the tame dear (you feed buck by hand)
  • feeding sheep and baby lambs (orphans)
  • Working with the sheep and lambs
  • Swimming at the local (big ) waterfall (weather permitting)
  • Visit to the milking parlour
  • Supper time
Day 2
  • Sheep shearing
  • Going up spy hill ( with the 4 x 4 vehicle)
  • Short hike
  • Braai (barbeque) in the veld
  • Target shooting and then a short talk by their host on all his trophies in the game room (He has even got a giraffe)
  • Chill time, swimming in the pool (weather permitting) or playing tennis and then supper.
Day 3
  • A tour to the waterfall (called jail)
  • Short hike to this waterfall (There is only one way in and one way out, thus the name jail, you can swim in or go by canoe.)
  • Depart for Port Elizabeth


The Best of Cape Town

Explore the riches of South Africa on this five day trip to the Cape of Good Hope. The trip will include activities such as a drive along Chapman’s Peak, a tour of the Cango Caves, a hike to the top of Table Mountain and a visit to Robben Island (prison and home of President Nelson Mandela for 17 years during the years of Apartheid).

This is a bus trip to Cape Town which lasts approximately 10 hours. Here you will be accommodated at one of the universities recommended accommodations. This is a lovely and scenic drive and we may stop at stalls so be sure to have your backpack ready for purchasing souvenirs and snacks along the way.

This trip takes you along the beautiful garden route and through towns such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley; with George, the Garden Route's largest city and main administrative center. The goal of this trip is to provide insight into the many historical landmarks the city of Cape Town has to offer. The excursions include a tour of the iconic Robben Island where former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid. Students will also visit Table Mountain, one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

Excursions in Cape Town include:
  • Table Mountain Hike
  • Robben Island Tour
  • Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point
  • VA Waterfront
  • Camps Bay
  • Boulders Beach
  • Chapman’s Peak
  • The infamous Long Street
  • A tour of the Cango Caves

Robben island

Addo Elephant National Park and Schotia Private Game Reserve

The Office for International Education invites you to a trip to Addo Elephant National Park and Schotia Safaris. The Addo Elephant National Park is located in the dense Eastern Cape Bush of South Africa. You will have the chance to see elephants and other park wildlife roaming in their natural habitat. Schotia Safaris is a unique bush-veld experience which should not be missed.

The itinerary:
  • Pick up in Port Elizabeth at 09h00. Transfer to Add Elephant National Park.
  • Rest room and curio shop stop.
  • Guided tour through Addo Elephant Park looking mainly for elephants, buffalo and other antelope.
  • 13:00 Lunch at the Nanaga Farm Stall Restaurant
  • The game drive through Addo Park is done in a closed vehicle.
  • 14:45 Check in at Schotia HQ Office to sign indemnity form and receive Schotia Itinerary for the afternoon. Tea/ coffee / juice and biscuits available on arrival. (game drive in Schotia open vehicle)
  • 15:00 Commence with guided game drive. Your ranger will look for Giraffe, Rhino, Zebra, Ostrich and numerous antelope.
  • 16:30 there will be a short refreshment and toilet stop.
  • 16:45 Rangers will take you out to look for lions, hippo and nocturnal animals and also Elephants.
  • 19:00 you will return to Lapa to warm up around the fire.
  • A scrumptious buffet dinner will be served followed by dessert, tea and coffee
  • Guests usually depart from the Lapa at about 20:45 and enjoy another 10 - 15 minutes night viewing as far as the slide entrance gate to Schotia.
  • 20h45 depart Schotia to Port Elizabeth.

game drive