Every person who travels with us to Cape Town pays for one year of education for a child.
Contact me through my social media or email if you are interested in joining the next trip, I look forward to hearing from you! Note that there is a limited number of spots available, it is recommended to book as soon as possible.
“To be honest, I do not know where to start, or even, what to say. It feels like this trip has opened up a completely new world for me, and I am so thankful for getting to experience it. I have seen horrible things and gotten an understanding of how poorly many people live, adults, children, and even animals. It is not fair, and I hope we have a better future ahead of us. On the other hand, this trip gave me the chance to see amazing places, meet wonderful girls, and I have gotten to know myself much better.” - Client November, 2017
A LIFECHANGING ADVENTURE
Travel with To Africa With Love to meet the most amazing children, experience an incredible adventure, and learn more about what life actually is about. We combine adventure, culture, beach time, visits to cool cafés and restaurants with giving back to those who need it. We help those who have grown up in a different place, where food and water are not taken for granted. We spend time with children who laugh and have fun even though they play soccer with a broken and deflated ball. We give so much love to these children, who will hug your leg, or hold your hand so hard it almost hurts because they lack closeness. We play, laugh and have a lot of fun with these children. A few weeks before we travel, I start a fundraiser for the children we are going to visit. I ask what they need to survive and if there is anything special they wish for. We will help them as much as we can. “When I took the time to talk to a 14-year-old girl at the orphanage, she asked why we are so nice and where we come from because we were the kindest people she had ever met. This gave me the chills but also a lot of happiness since we most likely have made a great impact on her life.”
2018 TRIPS Note: There are only a few spots left…
Airplane tickets you will book by your own, or contact us and we will set you up on a flight where som people already booked. The price is usually between 5500 – 6500 SEK (We recommend booking as soon as possible)
Price for 10 days in Cape Town is 6500 SEK Included: -Transfer to and from the airport -Accommodation for 10 nights - Safari -Driver for trip - The Garden Route, which means: we drive 4 hours from Cape Town, make stops for different activities like safari, bungee jump, shark diving, nature reserve visits, and more. It is so much fun, and you get to enjoy beautiful landscapes driving through the Western Cape. The activities are chosen together. Safari, transfer, and accommodation are included in the price.
Here is an example of what a normal day can look like:
Morning: We wake up and eat breakfast at our favorite – Nourish’d Café Juicery which is located 10 minutes from where we are staying. It is a vegan place, and they have a great selection of healthy foods, such as smoothie bowls, acai bowls, juices, smoothies, coffee, and more. After breakfast, we might go on a hike up Lions Head. It is a hike that takes about 1h20min, and the views are incredible at the top. If we do not feel like hiking, then we go to Camps Bay and relax at the beach.
Afternoon: After finding a good lunch spot, we go to the orphanage to visit the children and to talk with Evelynn who runs the orphanage. We go there to play and hug the children, write down lists with necessities for the orphanage. After about an hour we leave to buy everything we wrote down, such as diapers, food, water, or whatever they need that day. All of this is bought with money raised by Julia before the trip.
Night: After all full day of new and emotional impressions in Cape Town, we are usually pretty tired at night time. So we usually just relax and end the night with a dinner at the Waterfront which is a large shopping center with restaurants in the harbor, or we just get some takeout and have dinner at home.
Come with me to Cape Town and create memories for life, you will learn a lot about yourself and the world. This trip cannot be described in words; it is just so incredible.
“I just want to thank you so much for opening up and making this trip possible for other girls and me. Also, thank you for supporting us and for being such an amazing person throughout the trip. Your sparkling joy is something I am going to miss, and the passion I can see in your eyes is something I have never seen before. Remember that, and remember always to follow your heart, because Julia, you have one of the biggest hearts I have ever met. I am so happy and thankful for getting the chance to know you, and I cannot thank you enough for showing me a new world. Thank you!“ - Client November 2017
OUR BUCKET LIST 2018
- Help 10 local families in a township with what they are in great need of. For example beds, kitchen utensils, food, books for school, and so on. The budget is 800 SEK per family. 8000 SEK - Pay the tuition for 2019 for the 30 children at the Abaphumeleli orphanage. 6000 SEK
- Provide the orphanage with what they need XXX four times around. Which means that we will go to the grocery store and fill two carts full with for example; 5kg chicken, 3kg rice, yogurt, bread, diapers, electricity (you pay for a refillable card in the grocery store). 2500 SEK
- Bring the kids from the orphanage out for different activities; they are usually only at school and the orphanage. For example, we want to bring them to the beach, have a picnic, play soccer and badminton. 500 SEK
What we have done with 32,700 SEK and four weeks.
We created a connection between different groups in need by providing jobs for unemployed boys from the boy shelter, Beth Uriel, with giving the children at the orphanage what they needed; swings, tables, and chairs. The swings at the orphanage were broken, and there were no tables and chairs outside for eating and playing at. The boys used recycled materials, such as old tires from a junkyard, and stumps the boys used for chopping firewood. We paid the boys for their hard work; it was amazing to do this project with them because they were so passionate and worked very hard. The children at the orphanage were so happy to receive the news swings and furniture.
We raised 5700 SEK in one week, with the money we bought diapers, water, snacks, electricity, toilet paper, soccer balls, pen, books, pads for the teenage girls who otherwise stayed at home during their period because they could not afford pads, creams for eczema for a boy with eczema all over his body, shoes, underwear, blankets for all the kids that they could use in the wintertime when it is cold at night time. We filled two carts at the grocery store, three times! Evelynn who runs the orphanage and the kids were thrilled. It is such safety for them to know that they have food for the next coming weeks.
This time I started the fundraiser five weeks before leaving for Cape Town, and together we raised 27,000SEK, which is amazing. That amount of money goes a long way in Cape Town. We paid tuition for the year of 2018 for 24 children. We paid 7 months’ worth of rent for the house and land of the orphanage. We bought electricity. We bought ties for all the school uniforms (they had received the uniforms from a girl who was there a few months before us, but they did not have the ties yet). We bought new sheets for their beds. We bought diapers, food, and water that would last for weeks. We gave the amazing ladies who help out at the orphanage at night time a bonus for their hard work. They work for free five hours a day, so we thought they deserved a bonus just before Christmas. Julia got the owner of the orphanage house to not bother Evelynn about wanting to sell the home because Evelynn and the orphanage would never be able to pay for it. If something would happen, he promised always to contact Julia first.
From spending time in Cape Town, I have gotten to know a guy, let’s call him G. He lives at the boy shelter mentioned above and his mom and two siblings live in a township close by. G lives at the boy shelter because it is better for him, living in a township as a teenager is tough, and it is easy to be pulled in to bad gangs and to go down the wrong path in life. I have known for a while that his family live in a township, but he has not talked much about them. One day when we were buying things for the orphanage, and I asked him if his family needed anything, the whole thing ended with him bringing us to visit his family.
We arrive at a small “shack” made out of some wooden boards, fabric, and metal sheets. In the little house, we meet G’s siblings, Marcus 13yrs and Ellen 2yrs who is sleeping on the bed. Marcus is sitting in an armchair made out of an old car seat. We talk to Marcus together with G, and he tells us that Ellen has been sleeping all day and that she has not eaten anything because they do not have any food. Their mom has been gone working for more than 24 hours, and he has been watching his sister the whole time. She had a fever and was coughing the whole time. We bring all the food that we bought and sit down on the floor with the boys, eat some cookies and talk. Ellen wakes up, and we give her food and water, put a diaper on her and just hold her for hours. Marcus tells us that he does not have a bed and that he has been sleeping on the floor for months. This was a surreal experience, we felt so bad for the family and decided to give them everything we had bought for the orphanage. After a few hours, the mom comes home, she is such an amazing woman, and she cries when she sees all the food we have given them. The day after we come back with more food, water, plates, mugs, cutlery, a small griddle, flowers, a tablecloth, and a bed with the most comfortable sheets for Marcus, now he does not have to sleep on the dirty floor anymore. The mom tells us that she will be thrown out of their house within a month because she does not have enough money. We gave her 5000 SEK so that they can continue living there.
I collected two full suitcases of clothes from families in New York, where I live, which I gave to the children and families living in the same township as G’s family. They were all so happy and grateful for their new clothes.
Questions and Answers
How long is the flight to Cape Town? Gothenburg – Cape Town is about 13 hours Example: Gothenburg – Amsterdam 1,5h à Amsterdam – Cape Town 11h20min
Is vaccine recommended? It is recommended to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B before traveling to Cape Town, South Africa. Vaccination cost about 500 SEK and can be done at any health center. In Gothenburg we recommend Hagakliniken.
Is it safe to travel to Cape Town? There is a lot of discussions regarding the safety in Cape Town. We have never experienced anything bad, but just like in any other large town, it is important to be careful. It is a good idea not to walk around with phones or cameras out, and to leave valuables such as watches and rings in Sweden. We always have a driver when we go through the townships and to get to and from the orphanage, and we will be staying in a safe area. This is not a party trip, and we will therefore not be out on the streets late at night, and we are always careful, go everywhere together and hang out in areas where we feel safe.
What is the food like? Are there good alternatives for people with allergies? Cape Town has everything you could ever want when it comes to food. Nice juice bars, cafes, and breakfast spots, as well as fancier dinner restaurants and fast food places. There are great alternatives to dairy-free and gluten-free diets. To be allergic or picky with your food is not a problem in Cape Town.
What is the weather like? South Africa has summer when we have winter, and winter when we have summer. In November and December, when we will be in Cape Town, it is summer which means that it will be sunny and 25-30C most of the time.
Can you do some shopping in Cape Town? There is a huge mall very close to where we are staying. It is called Waterfront and has some great restaurants and all common stores like Zara and H&M.