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12 DAYS SA HIGHLIGHTS AND NELSON MANDELA FOOT STEPS
 
11 NIGHTS 12 DAYS
Valid till 30th April 2015
 

 

Day
1
CAPE TOWN
Upon arrival at Cape Town International airport meet and greet by our representative and transfer to your pre-booked hotel to check in. Cape Town is one of the most popular long haul destinations in the world. Due to its unique topography, it is also one of the easiest places in which to orientate oneself as long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island before you; you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west coast of Africa. Check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day
2
CAPE TOWN
Enjoy your hearty breakfast at the hotel and depart for Cape Town City tour: starting with a trip up Table Mountain by cable car (weather permitting). The state-of-the-art cable car rotates 360 degrees on its way to the top, offering a panoramic view. At the summit are short walks to enjoy the magnificent vistas. Other highlights include a brief tour of the Malay Quarter, city centre, Company Gardens, Castle of Good Hope, Mandela Rhodes building Grand Parade, Parliament and Robben Island. No walk around the V&A Waterfront is complete without a visit to Nobel Square to see the sculptures of the four South African Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Standing in a row, Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk, Desmond Tutu and Albert Luthuli are all hailed for their part in helping South Africa become a democracy. The historical Mandela Rhodes Building, home of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, is on the corner of St George’s Mall and Wale Street in Cape Town, and is one of Cape Town’s most significant historical edifices.

Built in 1905, Cape Town’s Italian Renaissance-style sandstone City Hall is a major attraction. On 11 February 1990, it was from the balcony of the City Hall that Nelson Mandela addressed a crowd of thousands of people packed on to the Grand Parade, who had come to hear him speak after his release from prison earlier that day. Nelson Mandela routinely appeared in Parliament as South African president from 1994 to 1999. The president’s office, Tuynhuys, in the Parliamentary precinct, is where prisoner Mandela was taken to meet President PW Botha on 5 July 1989 and President FW de Klerk on 13 December 1989 and 9 February 1990. Today, the public is welcome in the National Assembly to see where he made historic speeches, such as his first and last State of the Nation addresses. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, is now a World Heritage Site and museum. From the 17th to the 20th centuries, it was a place of imprisonment. Today it is a beacon of hope and a place where visitors can gain insight into the life and times of Mandela and fellow struggle heroes, such as Ahmed Kathrada, Robert Sobukwe, Clarence Makwethu, Govan Mbeki and Walter Sisulu, among many others. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day
3
CAPE TOWN
Enjoy your hearty breakfast at the hotel; and depart for Drakenstein Correctional Centre: the Drakenstein Correctional Centre was formerly known as Victor Verster Prison and is an unofficial attraction linked to the life and times of Nelson Mandela. Situated between Paarl and Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, it was here, on a house on the property, that Nelson Mandela spent the last 14 months of his 27 years in prison. Pollsmoor Prison is surrounded by South Africa’s oldest wine farms and leafy, upmarket suburbs such as Tokai and Constantia. It was here that Nelson Mandela – along with comrades Walter Sisulu, Andrew Mlangeni and Raymond Mhlaba – was sent on 31 March 1982, after having spent 18 years on Robben Island. Visit Klein Constantia Wine Estate: dating back to 1685 and described as one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates, Klein Constantia is set amidst ancient trees on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, with views across False Bay. The perfect location for cool climate wines, Klein Constantia produces some of South Africa’s top wines, including one of the world’s best natural sweet wines, Vin de Constance. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day
4
CAPE TOWN
Enjoy your hearty breakfast at the hotel; and depart for half day Cape Point: This tour is so jam-packed with incredible scenery and fantastic places that you can’t believe it only takes half a day. You can enjoy a spectacular journey around the Cape Peninsula all the way to the tip of the continent. Don’t forget your camera as we explore rich nature reserves and witness incredible scenery. Later depart for V & A Waterfront: is one of Cape Town's biggest tourist attractions; the Waterfront evokes images of the early activities of the harbour. Much of its charm lies in the fact that this busy commercial harbour is set in the midst of a huge entertainment venue with pubs, restaurants, specialty shops, craft markets, theatres and movies. Overnight at the hotel.

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5
AQUILA GAME RESERVE
Enjoy your hearty breakfast at the hotel; and depart for Aquila Game Reserve. Aquila Game Reserve is 7500 hectare conservancy of southern Karoo, and home to the big 5 legends of the wilderness - elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino. There is a wide-range of big 5 safaris on offer. All safaris are in an open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, and lead by experienced guides. Activities at Aquila also extend beyond traditional safaris. As a guest at Aquila, you are invited to enjoy buffet meals, or a frosty cocktail at the luxurious pool bar. In winter enjoy a good glass of wine in front of a toasty fire in the comfort of our cigar lounge. On arrival check in have lunch and freshen up for afternoon safari to get up close and personal with the “Big Five family”. Later return to your lodge for dinner. Overnight stay at the lodge.

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Day
6
OUDTSHOORN
Very early in the morning have a morning tea and depart for a morning safari experience. Later return back to your lodge for your breakfast and; and depart for Oudtshoorn. On arrival visit an Ostrich Farm at Oudtshoorn for the ultimate Ostrich experience. Witness the various stages of an Ostrich’s life – from incubation to adulthood. If you have the courage, you can even ride a full-grown ostrich. Close by there is Cango Caves. This tour delivers a fascinating visit to the Cango Caves, see the famous Cango Caves.

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Day
7
KNYSNA
Enjoy your hearty breakfast at the hotel; and depart for Cango wild ranch: human beings have always been inquisitive creatures by nature and at the Cango Wildlife Ranch are sure to quench your thirst for knowledge. Find out how old crocodiles become and why crocs only eat in summer. Let our fully bilingual guides take you on an adventure where you can explore the facts and fiction surrounding these ancient relics of the past. Come and have a close up view of exquisite tigers, deadly jaguars, magnificent lions and the elegant cheetah while your guide introduces these glorious creatures to you. Later depart for Knysna. “Knysna” is one of the best known lagoons in South Africa. Nestled between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean just outside the town of Knysna, the Lagoon is protected from the ocean by the Knysna Heads. The Lagoon's rich marine life includes the rare and endangered Seahorse. Knysna area is one of the most scenic in the world and offers beaches, lakes and lush forests to play. In the afternoon depart for an afternoon Sundowner cruise, after wards return back to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day
8
DURBAN
Enjoy your hearty breakfast at the hotel; transfer to George airport for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival at King Shaka International airport meet and greet by our representative and proceed on Durban City tour: The ideal introductory tour of Durban, which has been shaped by the early Colonial settlers, the indigenous Zulus and the Indians who arrived as indentured labourers in the 19th Century. Drive along the 'Golden Mile' (Beachfront area). Visit the Kwa Muhle Museum -uncover the past's harsh system of labour control (closed on Sundays). Stop at Durban's Botanic Gardens, founded in 1849. Discover the rich Indian history of Durban and experience the unique "Bunny Chow" cuisine. Later depart for Ohlange Institute: On 27 April 1994, Nelson Mandela voted for the first time in his life, at Ohlange High School in Inanda, north of Durban. He had chosen to vote at the school founded by the first president of the ANC, John Langalibalele Dube. After his vote he visited Dube’s grave, where he said: "Mr President, I have come to report to you that South Africa is free today." Check in at your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

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9
DURBAN
Enjoy your hearty breakfast at the hotel; and depart for Project Gateway Museum formally known as Old Prison in Pietermaritzburg: There were many freedom fighters kept in The Old Prison during the struggles in South Africa. Our tour of the Old Prison links with and incorporates five main figureheads. That is: Alan Paton, John Langalibalele Dube, Albert Luthuli, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. The Freedom Route was initiated in October 2007. The Old Prison was closed in 1987 due to over-crowding, and Project Gateway was given the site to use for community development projects. Later depart for Nelson Mandela Capture site: This site has enormous significance in the history of the freedom struggle, because it is where Nelson Mandela began his 27-year incarceration. On 5 August 1962, police flagged down a car driven by Nelson Mandela in a chauffeur’s uniform on the R103 road near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. He had been on the run for 17 months and was returning from a secret meeting with African National Congress president Chief Albert Luthuli. And proceed to Howick falls: is a waterfall in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. The waterfall is approximately 95 m in height (310 feet) and lies on the Umgeni River. The Zulu people called the falls KwaNogqaza, which means "Place of the Tall One". After exploring the Howick Falls return back to Durban. Overnight at the hotel.

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10
JOHANNESBURG
After breakfast take an early flight to Johannesburg. On arrival proceed for Nelson Mandela Bridge: The Nelson Mandela Bridge is the largest cable-stayed bridge in southern Africa, and was officially opened by Nelson Mandela on 20 July 2003. The bridge links the older part of Johannesburg with new Johannesburg – it is the main link to the rejuvenated downtown Johannesburg. After Nelson Mandela Bridge depart for Soweto tour: Soweto is known the world over for its part in the country’s struggle for democracy. Vilakazi Street in Orlando West is one of the township's most iconic areas. It is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners lived – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Visit the house where Mandela lived with his family in Soweto. Situated in Vilakazi Street, it has been carefully restored and gives visitors great insight into the Mandela family. The house is filled with memorabilia about the family, complete with photographs and visuals. Then proceed to Nelson Mandela Square: Nelson Mandela Square is a shopping and restaurant hub in Sandton, Johannesburg. Dominating the square is a statue of Nelson Mandela, sculpted by Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane, unveiled on 31 March 2004. Sandton Square was simultaneously renamed Nelson Mandela Square. Overnight at the hotel.

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11
JOHANNESBURG
After breakfast depart for Liliesleaf: It was at Liliesleaf farm that some prominent leaders of South Africa’s struggle against apartheid sought shelter and attended meetings. A police raid there on 11 July 1963 resulted in the Rivonia Trial and the incarceration of many senior ANC leaders. Later depart for Nelson Mandela Statue at Union Building in Pretoria. "This one is different from many. He is stretching out his hands. He is embracing the whole nation."The Union Buildings have since been declared a National Heritage Site. Then proceed for Pretoria City tour: Stately Pretoria is the administrative and national capital city of South Africa. The country’s transition from Union to Republic to democracy can be traced along the highlights of this tour. You will visit the Paul Kruger House and the historic Union Buildings designed by Sir Herbert Baker, which was the site of Nelson Mandela’s Presidential inauguration and serves as the State President’s offices. You will also take in the Voortrekker Monument, the historic Church Square and the City Hall.

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12
TRANSFER - O. R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Have breakfast at your hotel. Your fascinating South Africa tour ends as you check out of the hotel, then be transfer to the O. R. Tambo International airport take your flight back home with wonderful memories.

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City Nights Hotels Ratings
Cape Town 4 Double tree by Hilton hotel 4
Aquila Game Reserve 1 Aquila Game lodge 4
Oudtshoorn 1 Turnberry Boutique hotel 4
Knysna 1 Knysna Log – Inn hotel 4
Durban 2 Southern Sun Maharani hotel 4
Johannesburg 2 Southern Sun Hyde Park hotel   4
Tour Cost
Per Person Sharing Per Person Single Based on
ZAR 24 000.00 ZAR 31 600.00 04 PAX
ZAR 21 600.00 ZAR 29 100.00 07 PAX
ZAR20 3 00.00 ZAR 27 800.00 14 PAX
ZAR 19 700.00 ZAR 26 800.00 18 PAX
ZAR 18 700.00 ZAR 25 700.00 22 PAX
ZAR 17 300.00

ZAR 24 100.00

28 PAX
Inclusion / Exclusion

Inclusion
  • 4 nights stay at Double tree by Hilton hotel 4* in Cape Town
  • 1 night stay at Aquila Game lodge 4* in Aquila Game Reserve
  • 1 night stay at Turnberry Boutique hotel 4* in Oudtshoorn
  • 1 night stay at Knysna Log – Inn hotel 4* in Knysna
  • 2 nights stay at Southern Sun Maharani hotel 4* in Durban
  • 2 nights stay at Southern Sun Hyde Park hotel 4* in Johannesburg
  • All meals as specified on the itinerary
  • Private vehicle with air con
  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • All road transfers
  • 01 FOC for every 20 full paying pax

  • Exclusion
  • All terms of personal nature
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuity
  • Extras

  • NB: 0-2 YEARS OLD CHILD SHARING WITH 02 FULL PAYING ADULTS IS ACCOMMODATED FREE OF CHARGE. 12 YEARS OLD CHILDREN PAY FULL AMOUNT

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