Biodiversity in

CAPE TOWN

Spend 4 weeks living in the heart of South Africa while learning about conservation and our planet's biodiversity.

Chapter Details

WHERE

Cape Town, South Africa

THEME

Biodiversity

COST

Starting at $3,399

DURATION

4 weeks

Chapter Dates

WHEN

March 6 - April 2, 2022

What to expect:

Escape winter to one of the most beautiful and culture-rich cities in the world.

Learn about local conservation efforts and the importance of protecting our planet's biodiversity.

Enjoy access to expansive beaches, beautiful mountains, wild life, wine country, and more.

Meet incredible like-minded people from all around the world.

Continue to work remotely with confidence and ease.

Cape Town awaits.

From days spent exploring the stunning coastline, to hiking to unparalleled mountain top views, to tasting incredible local wines, Cape Town truly has something for everyone.

 

During the Biodiversity in Cape Town chapter, you'll spend four weeks living, working, connecting with others, and experiencing South African culture, while learning about the region's ecosystems and our planet's biodiversity. Plus, there is all of South Africa to explore on your weekends.

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We've got wifi and more.

Our Biodiversity in Cape Town Chapter includes access to a co-working space which offers fast wifi and is centrally located so there is plenty to do once you've wrapped your work day. 

Should your work requirements find you needing more, your local host can help you get what you need to work easily and effectively, whether that is meeting rooms, printers, etc.

Plus, we've found great local cafes and restaurants to use as Sojrn Spaces - places you're always welcome to pop into for a chat, to get some work done, or grab a bite to eat with other Chapter members. 

Your Cape Town Home.

The Biodiversity in Cape Town Sojrn offers two accommodation options. Click on the photos to see examples.

  • Standard - $3,399   |   A private room in a shared apartment in a great area of Cape Town. Rooms come furnished with a double bed, Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, and 24-hr security. 

  • Private - $4,199   |   A private apartment/studio that comes furnished with a double bed, Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, and 24-hr security

 

PS: If you book private accommodations with someone (shared bed), the second person gets 50% off of their Sojrn. 

Striving for Balance.

With Cape Town as your homebase, we've designed a 4-week stay to help you connect with the environment and learn all about the symbiotic relationship of the region's flora and fauna. The month is broken up into four focuses: 

WEEK 1

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Land

Welcome to one of the most biodiverse regions in the world! 

This week, dive right in and get acquainted with Cape Town's uniquely stunning topography with a guided hike up Lion's Head mountain for views of the entire city. 

Included Activities:

  • Guided hike up Lion's Head

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Exploration Walk

Optional Activities:

  • Street Food Tasting

  • Historical Cape Town tour

Week two is all about learning about South Africa's array of fascinating wildlife. You’ll also learn about local conservation efforts, why many animals are endangered, and what needs to change to protect them.

Included Activities:

  • Visit to animal rehabilitation center

  • Happy hour

 

Optional Activities:

  • 4-day/3-night safari trip to Kruger National Park

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Fauna

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

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Flora

Cape Town is not just one of the most picturesque cities in the world,  it is also one of six floral kingdoms in the world. There is an incredibly diverse amount of endemic plants that call this place home and we are going to explore the role of flora on thriving ecosystems.

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Included Activities:

  • Guided visit of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

  • Happy hour

 

Optional Activities:

  • Visit to Robben Island

  • Weekend trip to Stellenbosch wine country

WEEK 4

Sea

Now that you’re familiar with the biodiversity on land, we'll turn our attention to the sea. You'll get to spend a day with a leading marine biologist on the frontline of local conservation efforts. Learn about the delicate ecosystems that have a huge impact on life on earth.

Included Activities: 

  • Marine Biologist Expert

  • Farewell Dinner

 

Optional Activities: 

  • Cage Diving with Great Whites

  • Scuba diving (you have the opportunity to get PADI open water certified while in Cape Town)

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What's Included:

We've covered the basics so you can arrive at your new home feeling like a local. The full program includes:

  • Living accommodation 

  • Access to Sojrn Spaces (co-workspaces and partner cafes)

  • Wifi connection

  • Four included activities (one per week)

  • Chapter guide with pre-travel prep, important information, menu of curated optionals, and more

  • Two group meals

  • Community of chapter-mates

  • A local host 

  • Transportation to/from the airport in Cape Town

What's Not:

Our Sojrn Chapters are created to cater to your needs and allow you the most amount of flexibility and control over how you spend your time and money. As such, these items are left for you to arrange at your discretion: 

  • Airfare

  • Meals (unless otherwise noted)

  • Optional activities/experiences

  • Insurance

  • Visas and related fees 

Frequently asked questions

Accommodations


All accommodation tiers consist of a private bedroom within walking distance of local facilities. We use a combination of shared apartments and studios to house all participants. For shared apartments, you will be matched with other Sojrn participants (usually 2-3 bedroom apartments) but you will always have a private room to yourself. Bathrooms are rarely shared with more than one person. If you would like to guarantee having your own apartment, please select "private accommodation" when booking. Your home away from home will always come furnished, inclusive of:

  • Wireless internet
  • All utilities
  • Basic kitchenware
  • Sheets and bath towels
If you book private accommodations with someone (shared bed), the second person gets 50% off of their Sojrn.




Sojrn Spaces


We know that having reliable Wi-Fi is crucial to the success of working remotely. Our workspace is nearly always located within walking distance and is set up for you to open your laptop and get work done. Your workspace comes with:

  • High-speed internet
  • Air-conditioning
  • Private rooms on request
  • Video call spaces
We have also created partnerships with local businesses to create Sojrn Spaces - places you can pop into for reliable wifi, familiar faces, and a bite to eat. (Think Central Perk in Friends)




Meals


Besides the two group meals at the beginning and end of your stay, there is no set meal plan so you are free to eat what you want, when you want. Your Chapter guide will include a list of recommendations for grocery shopping and restaurants.




Travel


Flights are not included. For this chapter, you should fly into Cape Town Airport. If you fly in on Day 1 of the Chapter, we include a shared airport transfer to your accommodation.




Budget


In-destination budgets vary depending upon your personal spending habits when it comes to food, travel, local adventures and other personal expenses. As a ballpark figure, we would suggest a minimum additional budget of $1,000 for the full 4 weeks for thrifty spenders. However, if you plan on doing multiple optional activities and eating at restaurants for most of your stay, budget at least $2,000. Example pricing for Cape Town

  • Typical Breakfast: $7
  • Typical lunch: $15
  • Tasty dinner (w/o alcohol): $25




Visa


Visa requirements will vary depending upon nationality. Should you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. HERE is a great resource to figure out what the visa requirements are for you. Please note: While we will help point you in the right direction, Sojrn is not responsible for any participant’s inability to obtain the correct visa for any given chapter and cancellation fees will apply if a participant is denied the proper visa.




Covid-19


The health and safety of our customers is always our top priority. Each Chapter will have clear Covid-19 guidelines in place based on local requirements. As local ordinances are being updated regularly, we will share Sojrn policies closer to the program start date. We reserve the right to update these on an ongoing basis per the available data and recommendations of local authorities. For more information on our COVID protocols, please visit our FAQ page.




Online Portal


A month before your Sojrn, you will be invited to an online hub where you can connect with chaptermates, meet your local host, and get access to the Chapter Guide, which has all the information you need to have a successful Sojrn. Through this online hub, you can also book optionals and access resources that will supplement your learning.




In-Country Support


Part of the benefit of traveling with Sojrn is the support we provide throughout your experience. From an on the ground local host, to our team at HQ, there is always someone available to help solve any issues you may encounter.




Local Host


Every chapter has a local host on hand throughout the 4 weeks of the Chapter with the aim of making sure you have everything you need to have a relaxing, productive and inspiring time in your temporary new home. Between the local host and Sojrn HQ, there is someone available 24/7 to help with any issues you might have.




Sojrn HQ


We are always available to answer any questions or concerns - before, during and even after your chapter is over. We pride ourselves on prompt responses and are happy to hear from you, whether by email, phone or ‘in person’ via a Zoom call, on how we could improve your stay or anything we need to prepare before your arrival.





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