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Globe Trekker

South Africa II (#428)

Justine Shapiro and Sami Sabiti travel to South Africa to see how much the rainbow nation has changed in the decade since the end of apartheid. They start their journey in Cape Town exploring its beaches and gay district before heading to Robben Island - where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned - and experiencing a healing sangoma ceremony. Sami heads north to Thohoyandou where he hooks up with the Venda people, renowned as the country's most skillful artists. He helps them paint huts and make drums while Justine goes on safari in Kruger National Park - home to the largest variety of animals in Africa. They reconvene in Johannesburg and meet Winnie Mombasso, who runs a kitchen for AIDS orphans, and they visit the Apartheid Museum, a lasting monument to the new South Africa. They finish their journey in the Soweto township, home to the only street in the world on which two Nobel Prize winners lived; and Justine visits the nanny she had as a child growing up in South Africa. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: GLOBE TREKKER transports viewers to unforgettable destinations through its stunning photography, rhythmic indigenous music and spirit of adventure. In each episode, one vibrant young traveler ventures off the beaten path to soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. In keeping with their aim of "living as the locals do," charismatic hosts Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Zay Harding, Megan McCormick and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages.

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