March 18th: 10 am You depart Philadelphia via motorcoach to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) then on to Johannesburg, on South African Airways SA 208 departing at 5:40 pm, on Africa’s Most Awarded Airline. Overnight flight with meals.
March 19th: 4:50 pm You arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (ORD), you will be met by our Johannesburg tour company, who will escort us to the Sandton Sun, our 5 Star Hotel, located in the upscale suburb of Sandton. This luxurious property will be home for our stay in Johannesburg. Later enjoy a Welcome to South Africa Dinner.
March 20th: Enjoy a Buffet Breakfast at the hotel. Then we will meet in the hotel lobby for our tour of the struggle against Apartheid, in Johannesburg and Soweto. We will visit the home of Nelson Mandela, now a museum, as well as the site of the 1976 student uprising and the Hector Pieterson Memorial. Enjoy lunch in Soweto and visit a local school.
March 21st: After breakfast at the hotel, we follow the steps of Nelson Mandela, including stops at the Apartheid Museum as well as Liliesleaf, the secret hideout of Nelson Mandela and others who plotted there to overthrow the apartheid government. Lunch is included.
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.
Liliesleaf: Tucked away in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Rivonia, is Liliesleaf Farm. Once the nerve center of the liberation movement and a place of refuge for its leaders, today Liliesleaf is one of South Africa’s foremost, award-winning heritage sites, where the journey to democracy in South Africa is honored.
March 22nd: After breakfast and check-out, we will travel to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) for our SA 347 (3:15pm) flight to Cape Town. Our Cape Town guides will meet us at the airport and drive us to The Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, a luxury hotel set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, offering guests an authentic Cape Town experience. Join us for a Welcome to Cape Town Dinner at Gold’s Restaurant.
March 23rd: 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.
This 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.
After 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.
Return to Cape Town and transfer this evening to the Cape Town Jazz Festival. Enjoy the world-famous Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Now in its 19th year, this annual music festival is recognized as the fourth largest jazz festival in the world and the largest jazz festival on the African continent with over 40 acts on five stages.
March 24th: After breakfast we will venture via ferry from the Waterfront on an emotional journey to Robben Island, home to Nelson Mandela for 18 of the 27 years he spent incarcerated. And then proceed to the Wine Country for wine tastings and lunch. We return to the hotel in the early afternoon, and later depart for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
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.
March 25th: Today, an early check-out, as we will depart to Cape Town International Airport for our SA 324 flight at 10 am for our flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival, we will transfer to the Mabula Game Lodge, located just two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Johannesburg in the Malaria Free Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province. Enjoy a sunset Game Drive followed by Dinner and accommodations at the Lodge.
March 25 – 27th at the Mabula Game Lodge. Your day includes:
05h15 – Tea / Coffee
05h30 – Morning Game Drive in open Land Rovers
07h30 – 09h30 Breakfast is served
12h30 – Lunch is served until 14h00
16h15 – Tea / Coffee
16h30 – Depart from the reception area on safari in open land rovers
18h45 – Return to lodge to freshen up
19h00 – Dinner is served until 21h30
March 27th: After Breakfast and check-out, and head back toward JNB. On the way you’ll embark on a tour of Lesedi Cultural Village. This 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 South 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. We will then proceed to JNB for our flight home on SA 207 departing at 6:35 pm. This is an overnight flight with meals included.
March 28th: after arrival at 6:25 am at Washington Dulles Airport, on SA 209 you will clear customs, board your motorcoach and return to Philadelphia with arrival that late morning.
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