South Africa: A Quarter Century After Apartheid

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Date: December 3 – 13, 2020

Price: $4,795 per person. $950 Single Supplement.

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.

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Day 1 – Thursday, December 3 – Arrival Day in Johannesburg

Upon your arrival to Johannesburg, you will be met at the Oliver Tambo Airport and transferred to the beautiful Maslow Hotel.

The luxurious 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 the 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. 

Depending on arrival time, we visit the Soweto (Mandela’s House, the 1976 Memorial Acre) and a craft beer tasting at Soweto Gold.

Tonight we will meet at the  Yeoville Supper Club for a Pan African Plater for your welcome dinner.

Overnight in Johannesburg. (B, D)

Day 2 – Friday, December 4 – Fietas Museum, Sophitown, Jazz Safari

This morning after breakfast, you will be met at the hotel by your English Speaking South African guide.   

You will then head to the Fietas Museum hosted by museum curator and resident Salma Patel. Fietas and Sophiatown were The District Six of Johannesburg (sites of forced removal). In Sophiatown, we are hosted by Trevor Huddleston Centre and Sophiatown The Mix on a walking tour of the area, exploring musical icons and cultural figures, key political moments, also hosted by a former resident.

Outside the Fietas Museum. Photo courtesy of Coffeebeans Routes

We arrive back at the hotel where you will have time to freshen up for dinner.

Around 7:00 pm we go on a Jazz Safari, visiting local Jazz Musicians at home for concerts and a home-cooked traditional dinner. Central to the Jazz Safari is the intimate conversational nature of the engagement with the musicians, sharing stories over dinner together that bring greater understanding of South African histories (Jazz and Resistance is a key theme).

Around 11:30 pm we arrive back at the hotel.

Overnight in Johannesburg. (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Saturday, December 5 – Moditlo River Lodge

Dinner at the Moditlo River Lodge.

Bordering the scenic banks of the Nbesi River, Moditlo River Lodge sits at the heart of the Blue Canyon Conservancy, a stretch of protected land in close proximity to the world-renowned Greater Kruger National Park and is home to an astonishing array of fauna and flora. Moditlo means ‘place of the elephant’ and the 16-bedroom lodge was designed to combine the rustic nature of a bushveld retreat with the style and elegance you’d expect of a first-rate safari destination. Guests can look forward to every comfort and convenience, including game drives conducted by passionate, knowledgeable nature guides; a full-service restaurant that serves the very best South African wines and cuisine, as well as alfresco boma barbecues prepared by talented chefs. Book your safari at Moditlo River Lodge and be prepared to be transported to a world of unspoiled beauty, where luxury meets rustic splendor.

Overnight at Moditlo River Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Sunday, December 6 – Moditlo River Lodge

Another day of exploring at Moditlo River Lodge. (B, L, D)

Elephants roam across South Africa’s beautiful rural lands

Day 5 – Monday, December 7 – Moditlo River Lodge

A baby rhino follows his mother

Day 6 – Tuesday, December 8 – Cape Town

This morning we depart for Cape Town.

The Onyx is a contemporary luxury hotel in the heart of the Mother City, Cape Town. The furnishings and decor are chic and the hotel offers a range of facilities from a restaurant on the ground floor to an entertainment deck with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a bar, gym as well as a day spa. The hotel’s location puts the city at your fingertips from the renowned shopping destination the V & A waterfront to Cape Town’s star attraction, Table Mountain. The hotel also showcases pristine views of the mountain in all of its regal beauty. This luxury hotel is a desired accommodation option in the city. 

This evening around 7 pm, you will head to the Theatre in Backyard experience, including an is Xhosa dinner spread.

Overnight in Cape Town. (B, D)

Day 7 – Wednesday, December 9 – Cape Town and Table Mountain

Today is a full day Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour

Stunning views of the Mother City

After breakfast, you will go on to explore Table Mountain. Table Mountain is an icon in Cape Town and is most likely the most photographed landmark in the country. It 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. Thereafter we meet Collin Meyer (Khoikhoe Musician and storyteller) who introduces us to indigenous narratives in the city, using music and teaching elements of the Khoekhoegowab language.

This will be followed by the lunch of a great Bo-Kaap cook enjoying a Cape Malay spread. Lucy Campbell (a specialist in slavery in the Cape) joins us for lunch as our special guest and she takes us deep into the role of slavery in constructing the physical city and the psychological city. Known for its brightly colored homes and cobblestoned streets, it is one of the most fascinating places in the Mother City. 

Guests touring the colorful Bo Kaap district

We then move from slavery to more recent times and trace the forced removals that pushed people out of the boundaries of the historic center, to the townships. We visit Alfred Magwaca at the Langa Pass Museum to get a perspective on the Dompas System that controlled the movement of black people across the country, entrenching the apartheid separation model, with townships as the labor camps. Just down the road, we visit the Langa Quarter, a project helping to shape the future of the city, re-imagining Langa as a cultural and economic center in the city and using enterprise development to create that reality.

We finish today later in Woodstock with a light bite to eat with Pat Fahrenfort, an author and activist who opens the state of the nation to us through stories of her journey from factory worker under apartheid to her senior role in the Department of Labor as part of the first democratic government and will go over the insights and warnings gleaned from being close to power.

 We arrive back at the hotel around 6 pm. The rest of the evening is at your leisure. 

Overnight in Cape Town. (B, L)

Day 8 – Thursday, December 10 – Cape Winelands

Enjoy a Full Day Winelands Tour!

After breakfast, we explore South Africa’s wine and its history. Wine is central to South Africa’s economic and political history, not just in the Western Cape. We start with a wine tasting in the home of Nondumiso Pikashe, a former educator who got into the wine business and started Sesfikile Wines, Sesfikile meaning “we have arrived” in Xhosa, one of the country’s most spoken languages. 

Around noon we are hosted by wine entrepreneur Nomhle Zondani, at her home in Langa township for a private tasting session of black-owned wine brands at her Wine Shaq, served with a traditional Chisa nyama or a hot meat multi-course meal.

Meet some of South Africa’s wine producers

We visit the Pniel Museum in Pniel, the middle of the winelands between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. We delve further into slave histories, and ideas of freedom, labor, capital, and agency. We also sample some local dishes in the valley, enjoying a home-cooked Khoekhoe inspired meal in the home of Siena Charles, in neighboring Kylemore. Siena is a great storyteller, as well as a cook. At Siena’s house, we sample some wines from the Dwars River Valley, the fertile land where Pniel and Kylemore lie.

We will arrive back at the hotel around 6:30 pm– the rest of the evening is at your leisure.

 Overnight in Cape Town. (B, L)

Day 9 – Friday, December 11 – Choral Music in Cape Town

The day will be at your leisure to explore the historical and exciting city of Cape Town. Step into the rich history of the city by passing key historical monuments and places of interest, such as the impressive Castle of Good Hope. The legendary Cape of Good Hope is particularly known as being a guiding post for sailors of old and is still referred to as “The Cape” by sea travelers today. Afterward, we head to the historical Cape Town City Hall.

Overnight in Cape Town. (B, L, D)

Local musicians play at the Choral Music Tour

Day 10 – Saturday, December 12 – Cape Peninsula Route

This morning after breakfast we depart on a Half Day Cape Peninsula Route. With fantastic vistas, lovely bays and coastline, penguins, and the most south-westerly tip of Africa, this is truly a spectacular way to see the beauties of Cape Town. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure

Spectacular sea and mountain views of Cape Town

Tonight at 7 pm, we have a Choral Music Safari visiting Choral Music trios in their homes for a farewell dinner and festive concerts. Choral and traditional a capella music is a huge part of our cultural identity. We try to feature Xhosa gospel and traditional approaches for one session and Cape Malay Choir style for the second visit.  Overnight in Cape Town. (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Sunday, December 13 – Departure Day

Transfer from The Onyx to Cape Town Airport for the onward flight home.


The Maslow, Sandton:

Moditlo River Lodge:

The Onyx:


  $4,795 per person double occupancy. 

Single Supplement $950.

Cost Excludes

International airfare.

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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