Joy of Jazz South Africa 2017

September 26 - October 7, 2017

September 26 – October 7, 2017

Prices from $4699

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Detailed Itinerary

September 26th

Airbus in FlightDepart from New York’s Kennedy Airport (JFK) to Johannesburg, on South African Airways, Africa’s Most Awarded Airline (SA 204 at 11:15 am). This is an overnight flight with meals.

September 27th


Morning arrival at O R Tambo International Airport where you will be met by our Johannesburg representatives and transferred to the Sandton Sun Hotel, located in the upscale suburb of Sandton. This will be your hotel accommodation for your four (4) night stay in the Johannesburg.


Lesedi Cultural Village
Joy of Jazz Festival

Check-in, unpack and join us in the hotel lobby to proceed to Lesedi Cultural Village for our tour. We will also enjoy a lunch of Traditional South African foods. We will return to Sandton with time to relax, refresh and enjoy a free evening.

guide-woman-grainThis renowned village is located in the heart of the African bushveld, amid the rocky hills within the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site. You’ll discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, visit five traditional homesteads inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes who live according to tribal folklore and traditions of their ancestors. “Our culture is the light of our nation – whoever walks here amongst our cultures at Lesedi can also see the light.” Lunch is included.

September 28th

Apartheid Museum
SOWETO & Hector Pieterson Memorial

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will meet you in the hotel lobby and escort you on your tour of Johannesburg to include the Apartheid Museum, Soweto, and the Hector Pieterson Memorial of the 1976 Student Uprising as well as the home of Nelson Mandela including lunch. Return to the hotel and freshen up before the Joy of Jazz Festival with top Jazz artist from around the World, that evening.

apartheid-museum-ext2The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dedicated to 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.

For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental. The museum is a beacon of hope, showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.

Apartheid Museum entry noticeThe first of its kind, the museum illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. It was created by an architectural consortium comprised of several leading architectural firms who conceptualized the design of the building on a seven-hectare stand. The museum is a superb example of design, space, and landscape, offering the international community a unique South African experience.

The exhibits have been assembled and organized by a multidisciplinary team of curators, filmmakers, historians and designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating events and human stories that are part of the epic saga known as apartheid.

September 29th

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will meet you in the hotel lobby and escort you on a tour of the struggle against Apartheid including the Freedom Park, the Union Buildings and the Cullinan Mines where so many Black Africans worked. Return to the hotel and tonight enjoy more of the Joy of Jazz Festival with top Jazz Artist.

September 30th

Liliesleaf Farm
Cradle of Humankind

Today after breakfast at the hotel, we visit one of the major “hideouts” during the struggle against Apartheid, Lilliesleaf. Here, many of those leaders came together to plan the struggle. Then onto the origins of man at The Cradle of Humankind. There we will learn and see the Origins of mankind. After, we will return to Sandton for the final evening of the Joy of Jazz Festival.

Liliesleaf Farm is tucked away in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Rivonia.

aerial shot of Liliesleaf farm

© Liliesleaf Trust

Once the nerve center of the liberation movement and a place of refuge for its leaders, including Mandela today Liliesleaf is one of South Africa’s foremost, award-winning heritage sites where the journey to democracy in South Africa is honored.

After returning to Sandton, wrap up a day immersed in the history of South African freedom with a short walk to the Joy of Jazz festival at the nearby convention center.

October 1st – 3rd
Safari in Pilanesberg National Park

CU-JaVonne-shoots elephantToday, after breakfast and completion of check out procedures, we will leave Johannesburg for a road trip to the Pilanesberg National Park and a two-night stay at the Ivory Tree Lodge, in the heart of the game park. On early morning and early evening game drives (safaris), you’ll thrill to sightings of the “Big Five” game animals in their natural habitat: African lion, African elephant, white/black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo and African leopard.

 A Typical Day on Safari:

5:00 a.m.  Wake-up call
5:30 a.m.  Morning game drive
8:30 a.m.  Breakfast
1:00 p.m.  Lunch
4:00 p.m.  High tea
4:30 p.m.  Afternoon game drive
8:00 p.m.  Dinner

Times and events subject to change.

October 3rd
Johannesburg to Cape Town

After breakfast and check-out, we will travel back to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for our scheduled flight to Cape Town. Our Cape Town guides will meet us at the airport and drive us to the Taj Hotel Cape Town for our last three nights in South Africa.

This opulent five-star hotel is ideally located in the center of historic Cape Town and is conveniently close to Cape Town International Airport.

The location is perfect for those in the city—our accommodations harmonize the grace of heritage with modern technology and urban luxury.  Ensconced within this oasis-like retreat, however, you could choose to altogether overlook that you are at the nerve-centre of the thriving metropolis. Relax in our grand luxury rooms and suites in the Heritage buildings and contemporary Tower Wing, overlooking the city or the famous Table Mountain.

October 4th
Table Mountain
Cape Point and Cape Peninsula Tour

After breakfast, we will visit Table Mountain and tour Cape Point and the Cape Peninsula. Lunch is included.


By the late 1870’s, several of Cape Town’s more prominent citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway line to the top of Table Mountain. Plans to implement a proposed rack railway got under way but the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war put a halt to these efforts. By 1912, with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain, the Cape Town City Council commissioned an engineer to investigate the various options for public transport to the top. The new cableway was officially opened on October 4, 1997: the anniversary of the original launch, almost 70 years earlier.

cape-signThis is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point—perceived as the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. En route, we’ll see magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages.

The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the city center to Cape Point. We will travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbor with magnificent mountain views and beach. We’ll proceed through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks.

Cape Point penguinsAfter lunch at a nearby restaurant, we continue to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach.

Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat.

October 5th
Robben Island & The Winelands


After breakfast, we will meet you in reception and escort you on an emotional journey to Robben Island, via ferry from the Waterfront, home to Nelson Mandela for 18 of the 27 years he spent incarcerated. Then a visit to the Winelands of South Africa to see the region of many of the famous wines and do a tasting. Return to hotel in the evening before departing for the Farewell Dinner.

robben entrance

Entrance to Robben Island Prison

Formerly the site of a political prison and before that leper colony, this well preserved historic landmark was recently established as a museum and national monument heralding the triumph of freedom, dignity and determination over humiliation and oppression.

Experience the conditions of incarceration, view Nelson Mandela’s maximum-security prison cell (Cell 5), and see the lime quarries where he and many other prisoners later developed eye problems due to the sun’s reflection off the lime surfaces. These quarries did offer some benefit for those serving hard time: While away from their cells, working in the quarries, prisoners had ample opportunity to discuss strategy, freedom—and the future.

Nelson Mandela in his cell“No easy road to freedom” was a central theme in most of the Mass Democratic Movement’s campaigns, from the early days through to the late 1980s. Any understanding of present day conditions in South Africa is greatly enhanced by looking at past injustice, the legacy of the struggle and the promise of reconstruction and development initiatives under way at present.

Please note that on Robben Island, visitors’ movements are restricted, by regulation. We must stay with our guide at all times.

GOLD photos.001In the evening, you will enjoy our multi-course “Farewell Dinner with a Difference” at Gold Restaurant. From the moment you walk through the glass doors into the aged brick interior with its ancient doors, wooden beams and iron pillars, you will feel the pulsating rhythm of one of Cape Town’s most unique African restaurants.

The entertainment, which begins at the entrance, will delight you throughout the evening.

October 6th
Cape Town to U.S.

October 6th: Today after breakfast and check-out, you are free until we will meet you in reception with your luggage and transfer you to Cape Town International Airport for your overnight international flight home. You will arrive in the US at New York’s Kennedy Airport (JFK) early on the 7th.


Itinerary subject to change

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Optional extension to Victoria Falls (Click here for details)


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  1. Are vaccinations needed for this trip? I made reservations for 2, how do I purchase insurance. When making the reservations it only reserved 1 person for the Extension, 2 are needed. Please advise.

    • Ja'Vonne
      June 20th


      There are no vaccinations or medications required fro the South Africa itinerary. The CDC has recommendations for Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls). You should check with your medical professional for recommendations for you.

  2. Is there availability for two people for the september 26-October 7 tour?
    I clicked on book this tour and page was not available.

  3. Gene
    May 24th

    We still have persons who are signed up under the “Single Willing to Share Program” looking for roommates. Contact us if you want to go and need a roommate. 1-877-428-2773

  4. Nell Bailey
    April 25th

    I’m interested in this tour plus the 3 day Victoria Falls extension. What is the cost for the extension?

  5. Gene Harley
    April 11th

    We have added an extension to enjoy VICTORIA FALLS to this trip. The numbers who will be able to attend will be limited, so add it on the booking page.

  6. Ja'Vonne
    April 9th

    We have a Single Female and Single Male both looking for Roommates and signed up.
    We offer a single willing to share program for single travelers looking for roommates. All persons on the list have already committed to go on the trip and are only looking to add a roommate to reduce the cost. To join the list, sign up as a single and add “Willing to Share” to the NOTE section on the booking form. We will connect you to others on the list, give all of you each others contact info and when you both agree to be roommates, we will change your invoice from Single to Double.

  7. Ja'Vonne
    March 3rd

    Looking for a roommate??? We have a Single Female and Single Male both looking for Roommates and signed up.
    We offer a single willing to share program for single travelers looking for roommates. All persons on the list have already committed to go on the trip and are only looking to add a roommate to reduce the cost. To join the list, sign up as a single and add “Willing to Share” to the NOTE section on the booking form. We will connect you to others on the list, give all of you each others contact info and when you both agree to be roommates, we will change your invoice from Single to Double.

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