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Walking in his Footsteps - Mandela's Centenary

Duration
10 Days
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US$ 2,945

Explore the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela with this unforgettable journey into the past in South Africa. Travelling between Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town, you’ll trace Mandela’s journey from freedom fighter to president and learn about the hardships of apartheid as well as its collapse and the birth of the new Rainbow Nation.


This 10-day South Africa vacation follows in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday.

Your South Africa vacation begins in Johannesburg, the nation’s largest city. While in Johannesburg, you’ll stay at the luxury 54 on Bath, located in one of the city’s leafy northern suburbs. With 75 premium rooms, 12 executive suites, and three luxury suites, 54 on Bath promises gorgeous amenities during your stay in Johannesburg. It also boasts a popular restaurant, a rooftop swimming pool, and easy access to nearby shopping malls and outlets.

Your first stop in Johannesburg is the Apartheid Museum, where you’ll learn about the system of apartheid that dominated the country in the 20th century. The museum’s stunning design is an attraction in itself, but it’s the story the museum tells—of a nation struggling against injustice and forging a new destiny after the fall of colonialism—that makes it so essential. After seeing the museum, you’ll take a bicycle tour of Soweto, or the South Western Townships. This crowded, seemingly-chaotic neighbourhood houses over a million people and captures the essence of the “Rainbow Nation” better than anywhere else in the country. As you explore the neighbourhood, you’ll learn about the Soweto uprising and Apartheid resistance, enjoy local treats at food stalls along the way, and close out with a beer tasting of local brews. During the rest of your time in Johannesburg, you can visit the Mandela House or Soccer City, where the 2010 FIFA World Cup was held.

Continue your South Africa vacation by heading to Durban. During your time in Durban, you’ll stay in the affluence suburb of Umhlanga at the Oyster Box Hotel & Spa. You’ll visit the Nelson Mandela Monument, erected on the spot where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962 on route to Johannesburg. The monument is made of 50 steel poles that form a portrait of Mandela when viewed from a distance; at the time of construction, the 50 poles represented the 50 years since Mandela was arrested. Afterwards, head to Tsonga Shoes and Bags to see hand-stitched footwear that keep alive Zulu traditions as well as Swissland Cheese to sample local, free-range goat cheese and Blueberry Hill to enjoy tea and a snack with gorgeous views of the Drakensberg Mountains.

Close out your exploration of the life of Nelson Mandela by heading to Cape Town, the most beautiful city in South Africa. Pitched on the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town is known for its expressive culture and the looming presence of Table Mountain, which towers over the city and provides it with an iconic backdrop. You’ll stay at the Taj Cape Town Hotel as you explore Mandela’s legacy. Begin by exploring the history and culture of apartheid by heading to the District Six Museum, followed by the Langa Township, the oldest apartheid housing compound in the Cape. You’ll then trek to Robben Island, an island prison where Mandela was held captive for 18 years.

After this poignant visit, you’ll enjoy a respite by admiring some of the best natural views along the cape, heading from the Sea Point Promenade to Cape Point to a farm in Constania, ending with a picnic and concert in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. That evening, close out your South Africa vacation with an evening show of Kaapse Stories from the Mother City, a theatrical classic that lets you experience life on the Cape through the eyes of an ordinary family in District Six.

This South Africa vacation lets you explore the life and legacy of one of the most significant figures of the 20th century.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,945

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Day 1

Johannesburg

Welcome to Africa! You will make your way to your touring vehicle that will be transferring you through to your hotel in the hub of Sandton, 54 On Bath.

Discover a contemporary and fashionable haven on Bath Avenue right in the heart of Rosebank, Johannesburg's trendy suburb. Classic and sophisticated, the accent is on understated elegance and our focus is to provide an exceptional guest experience. This hotel, which opened in July 2012, is for the discerning traveller seeking intimacy and refinement but always with stylish flair. From the moment of arrival into the elegant lobby with its delightful lounge to the luxury and comfort of your room, you will enjoy attentive and friendly service.

Everything has been designed around your comfort and the stylish interiors reflect a calm tranquillity with the use of harmonious colours, sophisticated design and strong graphic motifs. We invite you to linger and stay in a hotel which recognises your individuality and mirrors your unique preferences. Everything in short, to experience a truly fashionable stay, whether you're on business or simply taking a relaxing break.

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Duration3 Nights
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54 On Bath

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    54 on Bath once known as the Grace in Rosebank is located on the same city block as the Rosebank Mall and is connected by a sky bridge. The mall is on 3 floors with 650 food and shopping outlets. A big attraction is the ...

    54 on Bath once known as the Grace in Rosebank is located on the same city block as the Rosebank Mall and is connected by a sky bridge. The mall is on 3 floors with 650 food and shopping outlets. A big attraction is the African Craft Market which specializes art from across the African continent.

    The hotel is known for its sophistication and attentive service. It has a wonderful garden terrace on the 4th floor with amazing views of the city. Garden terrace has a swimming pool and terrace bar so you can sip cocktails and cool off in the pool after a long day in the hustle and bustle below.

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    • Art Gallery
    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Johannesburg

Today's activities will be in Apartheid Museum and Lebo's 4 Hour Soweto Bicycle Tour.

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

The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. An architectural consortium, comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualised 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.

After Apartheid Museum, you will now proceed to Lebo's 4 Hour Bicycle Tour. This tour gives you insight about Soweto's many different faces, the Soweto uprisings and the resistance against Apartheid. You will also see and learn how the communities have changed and developed to what it is today. Throughout the tour you will also get an opportunity to have a 'taste of Soweto' by stopping at different food stalls and a shebeen / pub along the route tasting popular township snacks, food and drinks. The tour will end with traditional beer tasting along with storytelling on African customs and traditions.

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Day 3

Johannesburg

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Day 4

Umhlanga

This morning after a sumptuous breakfast you will be transferred back to O.R Tambo International Airport for an onward flight to Durban. Upon arrival at King Shaka International Airport your friendly driver will be waiting to transport you to the famous seaside hotel, Oyster Box Hotel & Spa, where you will be spending the next two nights.

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Duration2 Nights
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Oyster Box Hotel

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    A national treasure, South Africa's most cherished hotel. Standing majestically on Umhlanga's beachfront, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse, discover the timeless elegance of the Oyster Box. With 86 luxurious rooms, suites and villas to choose from, The Oyster Box meets the individual ...

    A national treasure, South Africa's most cherished hotel. Standing majestically on Umhlanga's beachfront, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse, discover the timeless elegance of the Oyster Box.

    With 86 luxurious rooms, suites and villas to choose from, The Oyster Box meets the individual needs of every visitor. Whether you're travelling as a family group or solo, each room is superbly designed to provide the utmost comfort and style at your home away from home.

    Enjoy a multitude of dining options, including their famous curry feast and High Tea, and indulge in the award-winning spa amid tropical gardens.

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    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 5

Umhlanga

Arrive at the historical memorial monument by 10h00 - a tribute to Nelson Mandela. It was here that Nelson Mandela was arrested while driving incognito from Durban to Johannesburg on the 5th of August 1962, after having been on the run from the Security Police for seventeen months and where he said goodbye to freedom for 27 years. Spend time marvelling at the fascinating sculpture, by artist Marco Cianfanelli. Made up of 50 steel poles that symbolize the 50th Anniversary of the arrest, they range in height from 6 - 10 meters, and, over 20 metres wide, and lined up, form a portrait of Mandela, when viewed from a distance of 35 meters. You will depart for Tsonga Shoes and Bags. The time-perfected art of hand-stitching beautifully-styled leather uppers to their uniquely designed soles is a Tsonga tradition, kept alive by local Zulu women who craft each shoe and handbag with a spirit of their authentic African heritage.

Your next stop is Swissland Cheese! Here the pure, healthy milk of a small herd of free-roaming goats, is made into a large range of Swissland goat cheeses, free of antibiotics and colourants. Enjoy a tea and cheese picnic. You will visit Ardmore Ceramic Art, where functional, superb quality ceramic and non-ceramic products including dinnerware, tapestries, furniture, fabrics for soft furnishings, and more, are on offer. Artists from the Ardmore studio are given training, direction, materials, a studio and a guaranteed market for their work, and, over the years, have won numerous awards and exhibited widely in South Africa and around the world. Before returning to Durban, stop at Blueberry Hill for tea and eats, while taking in the beautiful views across the Drakensberg Mountains. The adjacent shop stocks a range of beautifully crafted furniture, home accessories and other goodies.

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Cape Town

Today you will be making your way back to King Shaka International Airport for your onward flight to Cape Town where you will be spending your final four nights on this inspirational journey.

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Duration4 Nights
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Taj Cape Town

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    The Taj Cape Town opens to a precinct that includes the national and provincial parliaments, Government Avenue leading through the 350-year-old Company Gardens from St George's Cathedral, the cosmopolitan crafts of St George's Mall and Greenmarket Square and a diversity of culture, art, entertainment and ...

    The Taj Cape Town opens to a precinct that includes the national and provincial parliaments, Government Avenue leading through the 350-year-old Company Gardens from St George's Cathedral, the cosmopolitan crafts of St George's Mall and Greenmarket Square and a diversity of culture, art, entertainment and cuisine. Taj Cape Town has two spectacular restaurants - Mint and The Bombay Brasserie - and an unforgettable seafood, champagne, Guinness and oyster bar known as The Twankey Bar. A fitness centre comprises a fully equipped Technogym, heated indoor pool, two saunas and male and female changing areas

    Taj Cape Town's 176 exceptional rooms and suites offer an oasis-like retreat from the lively bustle of the city centre. The historic structure of Taj Cape Town is home to the exquisite Heritage Rooms and Suites, Tower Rooms and Suites, the Presidential Suite and the Taj Club.

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Day 7

Cape Town

Visit the riveting District Six Museum for a sharp reminder of the past before a tour of Langa Township, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Cape, visiting a local market, Arts & Crafts centre, as well as a traditional healer. Visit a local B&B as well as a creche providing local children with a safe haven and fun. We want you to enjoy a hands-on experience of life in a township, so we also include a visit to Khayelistsha and Gugulethu.

This afternoon, visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for many years and which has now become the symbol of the freedom struggle.

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Day 8

Cape Town

Mother Nature surpassed herself when crafting the Mother City. Whether jogging along Sea Point Promenade, climbing up Lion's Head in the dawn light, clambering over giant boulders at Sandy Bay or driving the amazing coastal roads down to Cape Point, you never fail to feel your spirits soar as you take in the breathtakingly beautiful vistas. You don't need to break a sweat; sipping wine on a historic farm in Constantia or enjoying a picnic at an outdoor concert in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are equally memorable ways to commune with Cape Town's great outdoors.

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Day 9

Cape Town

Get ready to be transported into a world of dazzling entertainment, featuring 'world-class' local performers.

This award-winning show will transport international and local guests of all ages into the vibrant world of District Six, through the adventures of the Kleintjies family. Written and directed by Basil Appollis 'Kaapse Stories' gives you an inspiring insight into the "rainbow nation" of Cape Town.

Guests will enjoy a resplendent, 4-course offering of the best culinary experiences that traditional Cape cuisine has to offer. This iconic, uniquely Capetonian dinner show has been played over 1200 times and continues to delight and amaze audiences; locally and from all over the world.

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Day 10

Departure

After a delightful breakfast you will be transferred back to Cape Town International Airport where you can begin preparations for your onward journey home.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and Greet on Arrival
  • All airport transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast Daily
  • 2 Dinners
  • Day tours and activities as per itinerary
  • The Taj Cape Town Goway Specific Value Adds
  • One and a half Hour City Walk with a professional tour guide
  • Wine Tasting for two guests in the Wine Gallery once during the stay
  • A Heritage cocktail and snack platter in the Twanky Bar, once per stay
  • A 100 Rand Jive Spa voucher, subject to spa availability
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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