Cultural Roots of South Africa

Experience the untouched culture that form the very essence of Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal

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Cultural Roots of South Africa
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Offer based per person on 2 adults sharing for departures from New York John F Kennedy (JFK) valid between August 10 - December 09, 2016 and January 10 - May 31, 2017 and also August 11 - December 09, 2017

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Itinerary

DAY 1: TRAVELING

Depart from New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) for your outbound flight to South Africa. Begin your journey by experiencing the warmth and hospitality of South Africa by flying on South African Airways.

 

DAY 2: JOHANNESBURG

On arrival at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at 54 on Bath

 
 

DAY 3: JOHANNESBURG

Your day begins at the legendary Apartheid Museum. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of "whites only" privilege, through to Nelson Mandela’s historic release from prison. The Apartheid Museum is a multimedia experience with documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts recapturing life in this troubled time of South Africa’s history.

You will stop for lunch in Soweto at a local restaurant (on your own account) before visiting the Hector Pieterson Museum, which starts to unravel the cause of the devastating riots, before traveling past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum (on your own account).

Our next significant stop is the fascinating Regina Mundi Church, the site of many underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Standing there, you can feel the tension; picture the intensity and the strain of those brave souls, committed at any cost to changing the way of life of a nation.

Next you'll visit Soccer City, the largest stadium in Africa and, with a seating capacity of almost 95,000, the fifth largest in the world. Construction of the stadium started in 2007. Also known as The Calabash, this stadium hosted both the opening and final matches of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at 54 on Bath

Shop Sign REGINA MUNDI CHURCH
 
 

DAY 4: JOHANNESBURG

A very early departure this morning takes you to the Magaliesberg Mountains, where you will take a hot air ballooning trip at dawn. After landing, enjoy an amazing breakfast before departing on the day tour.

You're going back to our beginnings, to the exceptional World Heritage Site of The Cradle of Humankind. The superb Maropeng Visitor Center is truly an exciting, world class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years.

From past to present, you’ll be exploring five cultures at the Lesedi Cultural Village, heart and home to families of a range of African tribes, all living harmoniously in traditional homesteads.

You’ll be right there experiencing the warmth and hospitality of people from the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Sotho and Pedi cultures, and you’ll find it fascinating!

Your multi-lingual, multi-visual orientation depicts the history of South Africa and will deepen your understanding of the complexity of our multi-cultural community.

You will enjoy a traditional African meal, a fine way to round off a day of new experiences and fresh insights.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at 54 on Bath

VC Aerial
 
 

DAY 5: CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG

After breakfast you will be transferred to Johannesburg International Airport for your flight to Durban.

You'll be met by your driver and transferred to the Drakensberg Mountains. The journey takes you through the amazing Valley of a 1,000 hills.

Overnight on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

 
 

DAY 6: CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG

Spend the day at leisure exploring the surrounds by foot, or simply taking in the breathtaking scenery.

Overnight on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

 Sunset Reflections  Cellar
 
 

DAY 7: KWAZULU NATAL BATTLEFIELDS

Early this morning you will depart to the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal where you will stay at Isibindi Zulu Lodge for the next two nights.

Overnight on a full board basis at Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Aerial View of Isibindi Zulu Lodge
 
 

DAY 8: KWAZULU NATAL BATTLEFIELDS

Spend the day at leisure or take part in some of the many activities available at the lodge.

Overnight on a full board basis at Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Aloes Boma Dinner Giraffe
 
 

DAY 9: UMHLANGA

After breakfast you will be met and transferred to South Africa's sunshine coast, Durban.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Beverly Hills Hotel

 
 

DAY 10: UMHLANGA

After breakfast you will depart on a scheduled Indian Heritage tour.

Your fist stop is a visit to the Kwa-Muhle museum to learn about the Indian and Zulu influence on Durban in the early days of apartheid. You will then continue to the Victoria Street Market. Full of spices and souvenirs, it is a must-see for any shopper. Then you will make your way north to visit the Inanda Heritage site, one-time home to Mahatma Gandhi. You will drive past the sugar terminal and the University of Natal and the tour proceeds through the Cato Manor informal settlement and the residential areas of Berea and Morningside to the botanical gardens with its splendid orchid house. The day ends with a typical Indian taster platter, or “bunnie chow.” You’ll then return to the hotel, passing the Post Office and City Hall in the city center on the way.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Beverly Hills Hotel

DURBAN BOTANICAL GARDENS DURBAN BOTANICAL GARDENS
 
 

DAY 11: DEPARTURE

The morning is at your leisure to soak up some sun before your transfer to Durban's King Shaka International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg and onward connection home.

 

DAY 12: TRAVELLING

Arrival in the United States at New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) airport.

 
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Round trip economy airfare on South African Airways from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg (JNB); Regional coach airfare (Johannesburg - Durban - Johannesburg); Accommodations as per the itinerary; Most meals as per the itinerary (9x breakfast; 2x lunch; 4x dinner); Scheduled tours and entrance fees; Airport transfers

 

EXCLUDES

Add on air from other US cities; Any meals or services not mentioned above; Any items of personal expense - i.e. drinks, telephone calls, laundry, etc; Gratuities for rangers / guides / drivers

 

 

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Offer based per person on 2 adults sharing for departures from New York John F Kennedy (JFK) valid between August 10 - December 09, 2016 and January 10 - May 31, 2017 and also August 11 - December 09, 2017

Departs Daily!

Price is per person based on double occupancy. Valid as of July 07, 2016 for departures from New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) between August 10 - December 09, 2016 and January 10 - May 31, 2017 and also August 11 - December 09, 2017 with the same itinerary available at higher prices during other travel periods. Other departure points and domestic flights within the U.S. can be booked. Price for other departure cities and/or travel dates may vary. Subject to availability and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are valid for new bookings only, are not retroactive and may change without notice. Package includes all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. Baggage and optional service fees, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply.