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MY MANDELA TOUR - Group

14 Day Lodge Tour in South Africa following Mandela's Legacy [CSCJESANM]

Walk where Mandela walked. Witness his place of birth. See where this giant soul grew up, and where he was finally set free to change the world. enjoy these experiences - as well as many other wonderful attractions that show off the country Nelson Mandela loved so much. Tour his Long Walk To Freedom and visit his birthplace Mthatha, as well as Robben Island, the Cape Winelands, the Garden Route, Addo Elephant National Park and many more exciting places that the Rainbow Nation has to offer.

Day 1 - Arrive King Shaka International Airport, Durban

 

On arrival in Durban, you will be met and transferred to your guesthouse.  You have the remainder of the day at leisure.  This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting at 6 pm.

Sica’s Guesthouse or similar 

 

 

Day 2 - Mthatha, South Africa 

 

Departing early from Durban we head South along the KwaZulu Natal Coast and then inland to the town of Mthatha (previously named Umtata), the home to many of South Africa's leaders — including Walter Sisulu, Bantu Holomisa, and Nelson Mandela. Mthatha is also host to the Nelson Mandela museum, focusing on Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom and an exhibition of the many gifts received by Nelson Mandela on behalf of the South African people. 

Hotel Savoy or similar(B)

 

 

Day 3 - Mthatha to Chintsa, South Africa 

 

Today is a day of cultural heritage and education. Starting with a visit to the Nelson Mandela museum, followed by a stop at Mandela’s birthplace in the small village of Qunu, and the Mandela Youth & Heritage Centre. Whilst in Qunu, we can visit the remains of Mandela’s primary school, the rock he used to slide down with friends, and the graveyard where his parents, son and daughter are buried. Qunu is a village where the women still wear traditional clothing and young boy’s tend to the livestock ont eh farms, offering you a sense of the background and roots of Nelson Mandela. We then continue our journey back to the coast and onto the small beach village of Chintsa.

Buccaneers Lodge or similar (B)

 

 

 

Day 4 - Chintsa, South Africa  

 

Enjoy a day of leisure and take in one of the many optional activities available, or kick back, relax and indulge in the rugged natural beauty of the Wild coast beaches.

Buccaneers Lodge or similar (B)

 

 

Day 5 & 6 - Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

 

Leaving the coast we continue our journey onto Addo Elephant National Park. A benchmark conservation success, Addo offers a unique wildlife habitat, famous for the Addo elephants and the remaining population of the flightless dung beetle. We spend the afternoon on a game drive in our tour vehicle, in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. We then continue onto our lodge for the next two nights, Kudu Ridge, located on a private Addo Game reserve.  The next day is spent on a full day’s game drive in the National Park in search of the Big 5.  

Kudu Ridge Game Ranch or similar (BD, BLD)

 

 

 

Day 7 & 8 - Knysna, South Africa  

 

This morning, after breakfast our journey takes us to a region of startling beauty along South Africa’s Southern coastline, known as the Garden Route.  En-route to Knysna we stop at the Tsitsikamma Forest to take a leisurely hike along one of the short trails, which allows you to explore the coastal bush and rocky shoreline.   We spend the morning of day 8 on a boat cruise on the exquisite Knysna Lagoon, home to the Knysna Heads, as well as the many species of bird and marine life. Enjoy the afternoon is at your leisure, exploring this tranquil coastal town. 

Knysna Log Inn or similar (B, B)

 

 

Day 9 - Karoo, South Africa   

 

After visiting Knysna, we travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Little Karoo to the town of Oudtshoorn. Lunch is enjoyed at a local Ostrich farm and we then take a trip to the famous Cango Caves, with their impressive ancient stalagmites and stalactites, before we overnight in the ostrich capital of the world.      

De Opstal or similar (BLD)

 

 

Day 10 - Paarl, South Africa 

 

Leaving the desert behind us we continue our journey to the town of Paarl located in the heart of the Winelands. Enroute we drive via the Victor Vester Prison where Mandela was incarcerated before his release in 1990. In the afternoon we enjoy a wine-tasting session, sampling some of the famous wines that this region has on offer. 

Cascade Country Manor or similar (BD)

 

 

Day 11 - Cape Town, South Africa

 

Today we head to Cape Town where we get to explore the many attractions of the ‘Mother City’.  Upon arrival we do a city orientation tour, including a visit to the Cape Town City hall where on the 11th February 1990, hours after his release from prison, Nelson Mandela made his first public speech from the balcony. The afternoon is at leisure and we highly recommend that you visit Table Mountain for a full view of this spectacular city (weather depending and at your own expense). 

The Cape Milner Hotel or similar (B)

 

Day 12 - Cape Town, South Africa

 

We start the day with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Robben Island (weather depending). The Robben Island tour is 3.5 hours long, including a return boat trip across Table Bay, a visit to the infamous Maximum Security Prison, interaction with an ex-political prisoner and a 45-minute bus ride with a guide providing commentary. Afterwards, we visit the District Six museum and a short guided visit to a local township.

The Cape Milner Hotel or similar (B)

 

 

Day 13 - Cape Town, South Africa

 

We start today by travelling along the Atlantic Seaboard to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and an exquisite beach. Here we take a boat trip to Seal Island. We carry on over Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. The reserve is rich in magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, an historic lighthouse and shipwrecks.  After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in the cost), we travel on to Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Returning to the city, our last evening is spent together at a local African dinner show with an interactive drumming class.  

The Cape Milner Hotel or similar (B)

 

 

Day 14 - Cape Town, South Africa

 

Spend the final day at leisure before your transfer to the airport.  We hope to welcome you on another African adventure in the near future. 

 

 

SAFARI OVERVIEW

 

Type of Safari

Small Group Lodge Safari

Min 4 - Max 12 people

 

Accommodation style

Lodge

 

Duration

13 nights / 14 days

 

Countries

South Africa

 

Included

  • 13 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 6 x dinner

  • 13 nights in fixed accommodation

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure, all transports

  • Game drives as mentioned

  • Meals and activities as mentioned

  • Park entrance fees

  • Experienced local guide

 

Excluded

  • Travel insurance

  • flights

  • pre and post tour accommodation,

  • optional activities

  • all drinks, gratuities, curios

  • telephone calls

  • all personal expenses

 

Vehicle

Minibus

 

PRICE PER PERSON

from $2 275 2016

Single supp $415

CURRENCY CONVERTER

2016

DEPARTURE DATES

 

25/01/2016 - 07/02/2016

08/02/2016 - 21/02/2016

15/02/2016 - 28/02/2016

08/03/2016 - 21/03/2016

16/04/2016 - 29/04/2016

23/05/2016 - 05/06/2016

11/06/2016 - 24/06/2016

18/07/2016 - 31/07/2016

05/09/2016 - 18/09/2016

03/10/2016 - 16/10/2016 

10/10/2016 - 23/10/2016

05/11/2016 - 18/11/2016

06/12/2016 - 19/12/2016 

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