The group stays in several different locations as we travel around the Cape. These are back packers cottages and lodges where you will meet and mingle with young South Africans and travelers from around the world. Be prepared to share a room with another ECU student. Many have kitchens, pubs, fire pits, gardens, swimming pools and beautiful views of the ocean. We will be walking distance to local stores and restaurants. Full cooked breakfast is usually included.
We had the unique pleasure of staying at Olifantsbosch Cottage on the beach of Cape Point. Olifantsbosch Cottage is also part of the South African National Parks System. Here we had to cook for our group using South African groceries. What a fun challenge! The cottage was split into two separate parts. Baboon troops roamed around the beach and apparently lived in the rocky mountain above behind the cottage. The main house contained the kitchen, living room area, three bedrooms, and a wooden path leading to the wide open beach. There was also a great patio area where we had a braai (barbecue). After completing our field research of the shipwreck at Cape Point we returned for our braai. The grill pulled out from the wall where logs of wood are inserted to cook the meat. We had a beautiful braai of lamb chops, pork ribs, and a South African sausage. The braai was so filling and delicious that literally the whole group of students fell asleep in the living room afterwards. We also cooked breakfast for the whole group which was very interesting because only Clive knew how to use the tricky gas stove. However, breakfast was successfully prepared for 20 individuals and consisted of bacon, scrambled eggs, fried tomatoes, avocado, and toast. We absolutely loved the accommodations at Cape Point and enjoyed the peaceful and unique character of the cultural and environmental landscape.