Engineering in South Africa

8 - 20 Jul 2018
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

This new study tour examines engineering, both historical and contemporary, in South Africa, combined with a range of visits exploring the wildlife, culture, scenic beauty and gastronomy of this spectacularly beautiful country. 

Travel from Johannesburg to the attractive town of Clarens situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. From here journey into the Kingdom of Lesthoto and onto the Nambiti Game Reserve in the historic battlefield region of KwaZulu Natal. End the tour in the cosmopolitan harbour city of Cape Town, from where you will explore the Cape and Stellenbosch.

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Your tour leader

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Michael Knight

A Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the National Society for Professional Engineers in the USA, Michael spent the major part of his working life with an American Chemical Corporation. He was based in the USA for several years as a Global Project Manager working on projects in Asia, Europe & North America. He returned to the UK in the role of Global Technology Centre Manager for the Corporation and Engineering Manager of a COMAH Site. After ten years in these roles he then spent five years as the Corporations Global Process Engineering Manager. 

Since retirement Michael has lectured at the four main Universities in South Wales and has also concentrated on promoting engineering to young people through the Year in Industry Scheme at two of these Universities. 

Michael is a past Chairman of the IMechE South Wales Region, followed by several years as Regional Treasurer. He currently Chairs Company MPDS Accreditations for the IMechE and is an interviewer for Institution Membership.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 8 July (Sun) Johannesburg: Arrive Johannesburg. Afternoon tour of the city including Constitutional Court. Welcome dinner
  • 9 July (Mon) Johannesburg: Visit the Rovos Rail Maintenance Yards. Learn how the private train company restores and operates its trains.Tour of the Cullinan Diamond Mine
  • 10 July (Tues) Johannesburg / Clarens: Drive to Clarens, a charming village with great craft breweries, galleries and restaurants. Visit the Golden Highlands National Park and the Drakensburg Visitors centre. If possible tour of the Drakensberg Pumped Storage Scheme. Dinner at Clementines
  • 11 July (Wed) Clarens: Full day drive to and visit in Lesotho. Visit the Lesotho Highlands Water Project and Tour of Katse Dam or at leisure in Clarens. Return to Clarens and overnight
  • 12 July (Thurs) Clarens / Nambiti: Depart for Nambiti Private Game Reserve and check into the Springbok Lodge. Late afternoon game drive in a safari vehicle with game rangers to view the Big Five on a game drive.
  • 13 July (Fri) Nambiti Game Reserve: Early morning tea and coffee. Set out before sunrise in a safari vehicle with game rangers to view the Big Five on a game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Optional walks or spa treatments. Late afternoon game drive with game rangers to view the Big Five on a game drive. BOMA dinner under the stars
  • 14 July (Sat) Nambiti – Durban: Early morning tea and coffee. Set out before sunrise to view the Big Five on a game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Depart to visit the Siege Museum in Ladysmith. Lunch at Spion Kop and visit the memorial and battlefield site. Drive to Durban
  • 15 July (Sun) Durban: Private tour of the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium. Afternoon at leisure in Durban
  • 16 July (Mon) Durban: Drive to Richards Bay and visit the Bell Equipment Company or partner programme visiting Durban. Partners at leisure. Engineering visit returns afternoon
  • 17 July (Tues) Durban / Cape Town: Visit Natal Sharks Board and learn of their work. Fly to Cape Town. Take a city tour of Cape Town. Dinner on the Victoria and Albert waterfront
  • 18 July (Wed) Cape Town: Visit Table Mountain (by cable car or on foot). Continue onto Cape Point and the Peninsula. Take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay and across to Houts Bay. Drive to the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve via Chapman’s Peak. Take a funicular to the top of the Peninsula where the Indian Ocean and Atlantic meet. Later visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
  • 19 July (Thur) Cape Town: Visit Stellenbosch and take part in chocolate and wine tasting at the Lanzerac Wine Estate. Farewell lunch and wine tasting at the Fairview Wine Estate followed by cheese and wine tasting
  • 20 July (Fri) Cape Town: At leisure. Transfer to the airport for onward flight

Tour cost

Ground only price is USD $4,056 pp sharing (excluding international flights)

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