The Intersection of Culture, Agriculture, and Tourism in South Africa
Maymester Study Abroad
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Purdue Study Abroad Course Number

SA 21238


May 6, 2018 to May 27, 2018

General Course Description and Information

​Although the recent surge in attention to food and agriculture feels like the latest trend, a stream of research exists and informs us about how our systems of cultural practices inform food production. We examine how culture, agriculture, and tourism intersect in South Africa. We do this by studying the relationships that exist between peoples and plants. The focus of our Study Abroad program is to introduce participants to the history of South Africa and its rich history of agriculture, agritourism, and horticulture. 

This Maymester’s program is the first study abroad course to South Africa. The course integrates subject matter and topics from three faculty in Horticulture, Agriculture Economics and Hotel and Tourism Management. This study abroad course is novel and will integrate more course themes and activities than does the traditional study abroad course.


Program Highlights​​

South Africa

A land of beautiful contrasting landscapes. A worldwide favorite due to its rich cultural heritage and abundance of wildlife and nature-based tourism opportunities. A land so culturally diverse, it’s called the ’Rainbow Nation’.

Spend a fabulous Spring in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and earn up to 3 credit hours. 

We will examine how culture, agriculture, and tourism intersect in South Africa by studying the relationships that exists between peoples and plants.

Participants will be introduced to South Africa’s rich history of politics, culture, agriculture, agritourism, and horticulture.

Cape Town, The Mother City

Cape Town played a historic role in the development of South Africa and is dominated by the magnificent Table Mountain, the official 7th wonder of the world. The city is surrounded by an abundance of natural wonders. This is a truly multi-cultural city where Western, Eastern and true African believes coexists peacefully. We will spend 6 days visiting Table Mountain National Park, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Point, Robben Island, the District Six Museum and have a chance to enjoy wine estates that have existed for generations and the best local food.

Stellenbosch, the home of Stellenbosch University and the heart of the Winelands

Stellenbosch is a very historic town filled with interesting museums and restaurants, and is constantly alive with students and tourists. Stellenbosch was established in 1679 and today still features as the heart of the wine producing region in South Africa. It is home to one of South Africa’s premier public research university’s with a student enrollment of 31,000. We will spend 13 days in Stellenbosch and surrounding areas. Day-trips will be undertaken from Stellenbosch. Some of the locations or agribusinesses we will visit include the Agri Sciences Faculty at Stellenbosch University, the Agricultural Research Council, the Institute of Culinary Arts, Puris Natural Aroma Chemicals, Rooibos Limited, Fairview Estate, KWV Sensorium, Ceres, Franchhoek, Montagu.

Aroma, Taste, Experience

Enjoy cuisine from the likes of chefs such as Luke Dale Roberts, Reuben Riffel and Caro de Waal some of South Africa’s most exciting chefs. We will experience food from different cultures, the best olive oil in the world outside of Italy, wine that can compete with the best wines in the world together with the most spectacular scenery. Experience fresh table grapes from the Hex River Valley, the rolling wheat fields of the Swartland and the beauty of abundant mountain ranges in the Western Cape. Drink fresh fruit juice from Ceres, the largest deciduous fruit producing area in the Western Cape Province and in South Africa.

Environment, Natural Vegetation, Fynbos

Enjoy the Fynbos (meaning fine-leaved plants) natural shrub land and heathland vegetation. It is known for its exceptional degree of biodiversity, consisting about 80% (8,500) of the species of the Cape floral kingdom where nearly 6,000 of them are endemic. Protea, a South African flowering plant also called ’sugarbush’ can be found in this region. In local tradition the Protea flower represents change and hope.

6-May - Sunday

Departure from the USA – students are responsible for their own transportation arrangements

7-May - Monday

Arrival at Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, South Africa

8-May - Tuesday

AM: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Newlands

Lunch at: Kirstenbosch Tea Room

PM: Table Mountain Aerial cableway/Table Mountain National Park

9-May - Wednesday

AM: Robben Island / Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Lunch at: V&A Waterfront

PM: Silwood School of Cookery, Rondebosch

10-May - Thursday

AM: Cape Peninsula University of Technology-Tourism Management

Lunch at: Bo Kaap Kombuis

PM: District Six Museum

11-May - Friday

AM: Freshmark/Shoprite distribution center, Blackheath

Lunch at: Tyger Valley Center

PM: Cape Natural Teas, Blackheath

12-May - Saturday

AM: City sightseeing South Africa: Cape Town. Hop on - Hop off bus tours. Purple Wine Tour

Lunch at: Eagles' Nest

PM: Purple Wine Tour: Groot Constantia, Eagles' Nest and Beau Constantia.

13-May - Sunday

AM: SAFARI - Aquila Private Game Reserve, Touws River

Lunch at: Aquila PGR

PM: SAFARI - Aquila Private Game Reserve, Touws River

14-May - Monday

AM: Relocate to Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch Univ.-Faculty of AgriSciences

Lunch at: Apprentice @ ICA

PM: Agricultural Research Council: Infrutec/Nietvoorbij Institute

15-May - Tuesday

AM: Rooibos Limited, Clanwilliam

Lunch at: Dam Bistro

PM: Explore Clanwilliam; Strassbergers Shoe Factory and Outlet

16-May - Wednesday

AM: Puris Natural Aroma Chemicals, Stellenbosch

Lunch at: Le Pommier

PM: Institute of Cullinary Arts, Banhoek, Stellenbosch

17-May - Thursday

AM: South African Table Grape Association, Paarl

Lunch at: Laborie

PM: KWV Sensorium, Paarl

18-May - Friday

AM: Du Toit's, Ceres (apples, pears, peaches, potatoes and onions)

Lunch at: Capish!

PM: Explore Ceres / Koue Bokkeveld

19-May - Saturday

AM: Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate, Somerset West

Lunch at: Vergelegen

PM: Vergelegen Estate, Somerset west

20-May - Sunday

AM: Explore Franschoek

Lunch at: Dutch East

PM: Return to hotel. Free time

21-May - Monday

AM: Turnerland Manufacturing, Hopefield

Lunch at: The Strandloper

PM: Die Strandloper Seafood Restaurant, West Coast - Langebaan

22-May - Tuesday

AM: Protea Farm Tractor trips, Montagu

Lunch at: Protea Farm

PM: Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts, Montagu

23-May - Wednesday

AM: Parceval Pharmaceuticals, Wellington

Lunch at: Fairview Estate

PM: Rupert & Rothchild

24-May - Thursday

AM: Oak Valley Estate, Elgin

Lunch at: Perigrine Farm Stall

PM: Sustainability Institute, Lyndoch, Stellenbosch

25-May - Friday

AM: Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Lunch at: The Brass Bell

PM: Newlands Brewery, Newlands, Cape Town

26-May - Saturday

AM: Study Abroad feedback session from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch at: V & A waterfront

PM: Depart to Cape Town Int. Airport at 6:00 pm

27-May - Sunday

​Arrive back in the USA – students are responsible for their own transportation arrangements


South African Embassy, Washington DC -

 South African Consulate General, Chicago -

 US Consulate General Cape Town -


Tourism South Africa -

 Cape Town Tourism - 

City of Cape Town -

 Stellenbosch Winelands -

 Stellenbosch -


Stellenbosch University -

 Stellenbosch University, Faculty of AgriSciences -

 Department of Agriculture, Western Cape -

 Agriculture Western Cape (Video) -

 Farming in South Africa (Video) -


CDC Travel Information -

Program Accommodation

Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge, Cape Town (May 7-13, 2018 and May 25, 2018) -

Protea Hotel Stellenbosch (May 14-24, 2018) -

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Dr. Petrus Langenhoven

Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

337 HORT


Dr. Maria Marshall

Dept. of Agricultural Economics

617 KRAN


Dr. Sandra Sydnor

School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

251 MRRT​


Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, 625 Agriculture Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010 USA, (765) 494-1300

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