- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Visas (U.S. Citizens)
- Overseas Transfers
Day 1 Oct. 6 - Depart USA
Transfer to airport in USA for check in and fly to Cape Town.
Day 2 Oct. 7 - Arrive in Cape Town
After arriving in Cape Town, South Africa, take a panoramic tour of this beautiful city. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at GOLD, a vibrant, eclectic Pan-African restaurant offering a taste of foods from across Africa, an interactive drum circle where you will learn how to play the djembe, and enjoy traditional dramatic tribal dance performances.
Day 3 Oct. 8 - Robben Island
This morning, visit St. Georges Cathedral. The cathedral is renowned for the political stance it took during apartheid and is recognized as a strong symbol for democracy in South Africa. Next, you will take a boat ride to the notorious Robben Island. The prison, located on an island seven kilometers off the coast of Cape Town, is where Africa’s political prisoners were kept during the colonial and Apartheid years of South Africa. During your guided tour of the grounds where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, you will hear the stories that took place inside the prison walls and get a better understanding of the great men who overcame so much. Tonight, one of the Warden’s from Robben Island during the time of Mandela’s imprisonment will join you at your hotel for a talk over dinner.
Day 4 Oct. 9 - Table Mountain
Visit Table Mountain with a 360 degree view of the Cape Peninsula’s mountains, oceans and the suburbs below. There is no better view in South Africa. Continue to Bo Kaap and enjoy the Cape Malay Cooking Experience. Jasmina is a local Cape Malayan woman residing in Bo Kaap who invites you into her kitchen. She will guide you through a step-by-step process of making traditional Cape Malay dishes that are loved by locals in the community. Try your hand at mixing the right amount of spices and perfectly folding a samosa. At the end, you’ll sit down and enjoy a 3-course home cooked meal together as you learn more about her life story and experiences living in Cape Town through Apartheid and the new Democracy.
Day 5 Oct. 10 - Chapmans Peak Drive
This morning, take Chapman’s Peak Drive and wind your way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Situated on the Atlantic Coast, at the southwestern tip of South Africa, this drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives anywhere in the world. End at the southernmost tip of Cape Town’s south peninsula, Cape Point is a spectacular sight, covered in endemic fynbos and home to breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys. Cape Point falls within the Cape Floral Region, one of the richest areas for plants in the world and home to nearly 20% of Africa’s flora. Visit Boulders Penguin Colony, home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. This colony is one of only a few in the world, and the site has become a famous destination. Visit Simon’s Town, a beautiful little coastal village on the Cape Peninsula. It is rich in history, character, atmosphere and warmth. Spot penguins, seals, whales and an array of bird life. The town is full of gorgeous boutique stores, curios, and craft markets. End your day with dinner in Kalk Bay, an eclectic working harbor village that is best explored on foot to fully take in the diverse range of curios, specialty stores, eateries, and street vendors.
Day 6 Oct. 11 - Social Justice Talk
Today, meet with Father Michael Lapsley or Rev. Alan Storey for a Social Justice talk. This afternoon you are free to explore on your own.
Day 7 Oct. 12 - Fly to Johannesburg
This morning, fly to Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before checking into your hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Mandela Square.
Day 8 Oct. 13 - Apartheid Museum
Today, visit The Apartheid Museum, acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum dealing with 20th century South Africa – at the heart of which is the apartheid story. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. This afternoon, meet with the South African Council of Churches, an interdenominational forum that unites 36 member churches and organisations. The SACC is an instrument and servant of its members and is committed to expressing, through proclamation and programmes, the united witness of the church in South Africa, especially in matters of national debate.
Day 9 Oct. 14 - Soweto Township Tour
After breakfast, begin your one of a kind Soweto day tour. You will smell the pavement-cooked meals, become part of the buzz on the streets and meet the people as they go about their daily chores. Enjoy lunch with a local family in the township. This afternoon, visit the Hector Pieterson Museum in memory of the young schoolboy who was shot in the 1976 Soweto Uprising. Opened in 2001, the museum is the world’s pre-eminent museum dealing with 20th century South Africa. The exhibits will take you through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. Next, visit Regina Mundi Church, the largest Roman Catholic Church in South Africa. Located in the middle of Soweto, the Church first wrote its name in South Africa’s history books during apartheid, when it opened its doors to anti-apartheid groups and provided shelter to activists. It was during the June 16, 1976 student uprisings, protesting students fled to Regina Mundi from Orlando Stadium to escape the police’s bullets and tear gas. The police followed the students into the church, firing live ammunition and damaging the marble altar and crucifix. Bullet holes are still visible in the church ceiling and damaged marble stand provide tangible evidence of the violence of these police raids and the ensuring rush to evacuate the building.
Day 10 Oct. 15 - Safari
After breakfast, drive to Pilanesberg National Park. Join your expert guide for an afternoon game drive with the intent of spotting the big five: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino. Your safari vehicle will take you on and off road through the bush of Africa’s most diverse environment. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Boma dinner under the canopy of African starlight.
Day 11 Oct. 16 - Game Drive & Flight Home
Arise early for your second chance to see the African wildlife on your morning game drive. This afternoon, drive to OR Tambo Airport for your flight home. Depart for USA.
Day 12 Oct. 17 - Arrive Home
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