This very special tour to South Africa will not only provide participants with the opportunity to enjoy the physical beauty of South Africa and its wonderful wildlife and game parks, but as with all Iconic Journeys Worldwide (IJW) travel programs, you will have the opportunity to have people-to-people encounters with South Africans of a myriad of backgrounds. Learn what has transpired since the end of apartheid in 1994. Hear how different generations look at the changes that are part of this most dynamic African country.
Throughout your South Africa travel, participants will stay in luxurious and beautiful venues, enjoy the culinary delights of South Africa and the opportunity to enjoy the burgeoning wine industry.
This is an opportunity to truly experience South Africa as few people do.
Join Iconic Journeys Worldwide (IJW) founder, Jerry Sorkin, who has been bridging cultures and creating educational travel to thousands of Americans since 1993.
Saturday, January 12- Arrival Day
Upon your arrival to Johannesburg, you will be met at the Oliver Tambo Airport and transferred to the beautiful Maslow Hotel.
The Maslow is a stylish and contemporary hotel in the suburb of Sandton, close to the Gautrain Station. The name is in reference to the psychologist Abraham Maslow and the hotel has applied his straightforward approach to guest experience. Lacuna is a sophisticated bar and bistro that is extended with an outdoor area, the bar equipped with a range of tapas style snacks, local and international beers and cocktails. The bistro serves breakfast, quick lunch and specialty dishes, which includes prawns and spare ribs. Inside the hotel, Wayfarer Lounge is in the lobby with its own showers and washrooms and has an exclusive feel. The Maslow has a gym, an Africology Spa and beautiful gardens with a swimming pool. (B, D)
Sunday, January 13- Johannesburg, Soweto, Apartheid Museum & Liliesleaf
Today will be dedicated to exploring Johannesburg, including Soweto, Apartheid Museum & Liliesleaf.
Our first stop is the Mandela House in Orlando West in Soweto. A national monument dedicated to offering insights into the life of Nelson Mandela and the families that he lived with from 1946 until the 1990’s. Managed by the Soweto Heritage Trust, the house has been fully renovated and includes a visitor center as well as excellent multi-media and audio-visual displays outlining the history of the Mandela family. A meaningful experience, visitors are exposed to Mandela’s personal life on this visit.
After visiting the Mandela House, guests will arrive at the Hector Pieterson Memorial.
On June 16th, 1976, Hector Pieterson was shot by the police during a protest by schoolchildren about Afrikaans being imposed as the medium of instruction. The Soweto uprising, as it has come to be known, saw 20 children shot by police during what started out as a peaceful protest. One of the pivotal moments in the anti-Apartheid struggle, 12 year old Hector has come to symbolize those that stood against the tyrannical regime. Today, the 16th of June is celebrated throughout South Africa as National Youth Day, in remembrance of those who lost lives during the protest. The site is where Hector was shot is not far from the memorial and is close to the Hector Peterson Museum.
After the Hector Pieterson Memorial, we arrive at the prestigious Apartheid Museum. It is located in Johannesburg’s Ormondo suburb. The museum opened in 2011 and covers the full history of the Apartheid era in South Africa. The exhibition spans the beginnings of segregation in the country, the implementation of the Apartheid system and all of the factors that have shaped its 20th century history including the discovery of gold that spurred on the migration of thousands of foreigners to the country, the rise of black consciousness and the first democratic elections. The political groups (both for and against the Apartheid system) are represented and the exhibitions combine news articles, photographs and artifacts to create an exciting story of this era.
We make one last stop this afternoon to Liliesleaf. 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. The museum pays testimony to the many lives that changed the political landscape of this country.
Dinner and overnight at the Maslow (B, D)
Monday, January 14- Simbavati River Lodge
This morning we transfer back to the Oliver Tambo Airport for our flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit, where we then travel by land to Simbavati River Lodge
Spend the next three days at a 4* safari camp that offers a down-to-earth and relaxed safari experience, the family-friendly Simbavati River Lodge is set on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River in the beautiful Timbavati Nature Reserve. One of the few places where guests will be able to view the famous white lions in their natural setting, the region is rich in both wildlife and bird-life. The emphasis at this lodge is on relaxation, so expect warm and welcoming rooms, attentive service and passionate guides and trackers on excursions to spot the Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and Cape Buffalo).
The eight luxury tents and three chalets all have fantastic views and are set in the midst of 12,000 ha (approximately 29,640 acres) of wilderness. The main lodge area holds a spacious lounge, bar and a deck for dining, relaxing or looking out at the wildlife. Breakfast is served on the deck as are light lunches while delicious feasts can be enjoyed in the dining area or in the boma in the evening. There is a swimming pool and curio shop on site.
Overnight in Hoedspruit. (B, L, D)
Tuesday, January 15– Simbavati River Lodge
Today, continue enjoying the game drives and animal life. (B, L, D)
January 16- Simbavati River Lodge
Continue on another day of enjoying exploring the surrounding wild life. (B, L, D)
Thursday, January 17- Cape Town
This morning we transfer from Simbavati River Lodge to Hoedspruit Airport for our flight to Cape Town.
In Cape Town we will be staying in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront area, a bustling and beautiful part of this wonderful city.
The opulent Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront offers guests 5* luxury accommodation in the heart of Cape Town’s shopping area, the V&A Waterfront. Offering well-designed and immaculately appointed rooms with fabulous ocean views, the hotel also allows easy access to the city’s business district as well as other attractions including Table Mountain and the prestigious beaches of Camp’s Bay and Clifton.
A complimentary shuttle service runs between the hotel and the V&A Waterfront. The rooms are spacious and fully equipped with all of the quality amenities needed for a comfortable stay. The rim flow pool set on the edge of the property affords a spectacular swimming experience and the proximity of shops, restaurants, destinations, and activities ensure a high quality experience when staying here. There is a business center on site.
Overnight in Cape Town (B, L, D)
Friday, January 18- Cape Town and Table Mountain
In the morning, explore South Africa‘s exciting ‘Mother City’ on this guided tour of the historical and cultural sights of Cape Town. You will step into the rich history of the city passing by key historical monuments and places of interest, such as the impressive Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town City Hall. The tour stops at the beautiful St. George’s Cathedral, passes through the lush Company Gardens, and explores a cultural hub of Cape Town, the Bo-Kaap, also known as the Cape Malay quarter.
Next, guests will take a trip to the top of the world, high above the clouds on the famous Table Mountain. Table Mountain is an icon in Cape Town and is most likely the most photographed landmark in the country. Table Mountain has been named as one of the seven wonders of nature and attracts millions of visitors from all across the globe. In fact, since the opening of the aerial cableway in 1929, more than 22 million people have taken the trip to the top. At the upper cable station, guests will find a restaurant and a curio shop as well as some footpaths for exploration.
After reaching the top of Table Mountain, we make way to the Township Tour. This Township Tour is a fascinating insight into South Africa. It takes you on a journey through the history of South Africa by following a timeline that starts in 1652 and makes its way to present day Democratic South Africa. This tour is divided into three parts and are referred to as: the Birth of South Africa, Apartheid South Africa and the New South Africa.
Overnight in Cape Town (B)
Note: Guests will also have the opportunity to meet with two generations of Africans who will give more insight and share their stories on what is was like living in the Apartheid era.
Saturday, January 19- Cape Winelands
There could be no better way to spend a day than indulging in a Cape Winelands experience packed with historic and modern architecture, fabulous cuisine, and of course, world-class wines. The tour heads to the country’s principal wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschoek- all of them with fascinating histories and their unique offerings. Traversing stunning landscapes, this full-day experience stops along the way for wine tastings at prestigious estates. South Africa is known for its quality whites, reds, blends, and bubbles!
That evening, we will enjoy a lunch and wine tasting at a Stellenbosch winery.
Enjoy dinner tonight, at a private home where we will also hear from an author and political activist.
Overnight in Cape Town (B, L, D)
Sunday, January 20- Nelson Mandela Gateway
Boats depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront and head to one of the most famous prisons in the world. This is where South Africa‘s Father of the Nation, the legend of a man, Nelson Mandela, spent 18 years of his life. Guests will disembark at Murray’s Harbor on the east coast of the island and take a short walk to buses that will transport everyone to all of the historically significant sites. The tour guides inside the prison today are former political prisoners, and their knowledge of this island is unparalleled and adds a unique cultural layer to this experience. This tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.
If he is in the country and available, we will meet with Mr Christo Brand (former prison guard that was responsible for guarding Nelson Mandela).
For our farewell dinner, enjoy the Gold Restaurant, also referred to as a taste safari, and that is exactly what it is.
This vibrant restaurant promises an evening of wining and dining in classic African style. The dinner begins with the drumbeat of the djembe drum and an interactive drum circle and you will then be lead into a courtyard where you will ceremoniously wash your hands before the feast begins.
This 14 course set menu is authentically Cape Malay and African cuisine, while you are entertained by live performances near your table. Gold restaurant inspires and immerses you into the spirit of Africa while you savor delicious cuisine.
Overnight in Cape Town (B, D)
**Note: Robben Island requires guests to produce a form of identification when they purchase a ticket and board a ferry when visiting the island. All visitors are required to provide either an identification document (passport, birth certificate or drivers licence). Copies of these documents will be accepted.
Monday, January 21- Departure Day
Transfer from our waterfront hotel to Cape Town Airport for your onward flight home. (B)
The Maslow, Sandton: https://www.suninternational.com/maslow/
Simbavati River Lodge: http://www.simbavati.com/
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-capetown?facilitatorId=CSOSEO&csref=org_gmb_sk_en_sn_ho_CPTZA
Cost is $4,795 per person- No Single Supplement!
2 nights Accommodation at The Maslow
3 nights Accommodation at Simbavati River Lodge
4 nights Accommodation at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
2 dinners (Arrival dinner and farewell dinner)
Entrance fees to sightseeing venues as stated in the itinerary above
Transport in private touring vehicles
Local English speaking driver/guide on all sightseeing excursions
Meals not indicated by B, L, D
Gratuities for tourist guides, drivers, game rangers, and trackers
Personal expenses such as alcoholic and other beverages, telephone calls and laundry
Any other services not mentioned above
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