ABOUT US

The three expedition leaders include Mr. Clive de Bruyne, our South African operator, educator and illustrious adventurer, and ECU faculty, Professor Ken Wilburn and Professor Lynn Harris. This dynamic team has offered ECU Summer Study Abroad programs in South Africa since 2010. Professor Wilburn’s links to South Africa extend back to his own graduate research in collaboration with the University of Cape Town. He fondly remembers surfing on special beaches like Camps Bay. Currently his daughter, Shelley, is completing her doctorate in education at University of Cape Town. Shelley has resided in the beautiful Mother city for the past 5 years and will join us on some of the trips. Dr. Harris is a native of Cape Town. Four generations of her family lived around the country in occupations such as pony express riders, mining prospectors, dairy and wine farmers, and medical physicians. She attended high school in Cape Town and graduated from Stellenbosch University with an Honors degree majoring in Anthropology, Archaeology and African Studies. During the 1980s she was employed as an archaeologist with the South African Museum and a historic shipwreck Inspector for the National Monuments Council. Currently part of her family still resides in Cape Town. Her sister, Kirsten Slater, is a local artist and her nephews, Matthew and Robbie work in local business and wildlife conservation initiatives.

 

Our South African guide is Clive De Bruyne.

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GUIDE CLIVE DE BRUYNE

I am an Independent Cape Town Tour Guide and Travel Consultant. My experienced team and I specialize in arranging customized private tours for small groups and families visiting South Africa. Our passion is delivering a high quality and authentic customized touring experience to the discerning visitor.So you want to know more about me?  I grew up in a small town along the South Coast of South Africa, also known as the Garden Route. Soon after finishing school I moved to the city (Cape Town). Since then I have traveled around the world on a shoestring, scrubbed decks on the French Rivera, farmed in England and taught high school History and Geography. My interest in tourism started whilst I attended the University of Cape Town where I obtained my BSocSci. I ran tours on weekends and during the holidays to pay for my varsity fees and so I fell in love with my city and country. I have traveled extensively in Southern Africa and have been designing itineraries and guiding tourists around my city and country for well over a decade now.I am truly passionate about traveling and love to share the abundance that Cape Town and South Africa has to offer visitors. I look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town.

Every day is a GREAT DAY in CAPE TOWN!

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DR. KEN WILBURN

 Kenneth E. Wilburn (Ph.D. Oxford) specializes in the history of Africa, the Middle East, colonialism and imperialism. His co-edited work with Clarence Davis, Railway Imperialism (1991), was translated into Japanese. He has published in the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, African Studies Review and the South African Journal of Economic History. He continues to explore ways in which to apply new technologies to research, publishing, and teaching.

 

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DR. WILBURN ON TABLE MOUNTAIN WITH 2015 GROUP

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DR. LYNN HARRIS

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LYNN HARRIS UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGIST

Lynn Harris (PhD University of South Carolina) has a background in nautical archaeology, terrestrial archaeology, submerged cultural resource management and maritime history. Areas of fieldwork experience and research interest include the American South, Africa, and the Caribbean. Her particular interest is the African diaspora and labor history. She teaches courses in underwater archaeology methods, maritime material culture, watercraft recording, and European maritime history with an inter-disciplinary Atlantic World perspective. Teaching assignments have included offering summer abroad study programs in Africa. Harris has also directed and co-directed underwater archaeology field schools for graduate students in a variety of locations. She has published on vernacular watercraft, colonial period shipwrecks, public outreach, maritime heritage tourism, and international collaboration in underwater archaeology initiatives.

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HARRIS FAMILY IN SIMONS TOWN

 

Harris’s Grandfather, Dr. Ryno Smit, was a well-known public medical practitioner and District Surgeon in the Transkei during the 1940s.

SEE REPORT ON MEDICAL CONDITIONS TO SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS IN 1943  grandfathers-papers

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