Mandela's Journey to Freedom

Follow the footsteps of the founding father of the New South Africa. This cultural journey will give you a first hand experience to the routes that paved way to the miracle reform of South Africa.

Mandela's Journey to Freedom

What we like...

  • Follow in Mandela’s footsteps and experience his and South Africa’s journey to freedom
  • Tour the infamous Robben Island, where Mandela and countless others were jailed 
  • Visit District Six, a township of Cape Town
  • Humankind Tour/Lesedi Tour
  • Experience the struggle of Mandela in a full day tour of Johannesburg, including Soweto
Air-Inclusive from
$2,799
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Offer based per person on 2 adults sharing for departures from New York John F Kennedy (JFK) valid between August 11 - September 30, 2016 and April 01 - May 31, 2017 and also August 11 - September 30, 2017

Itinerary

DAY 1: TRAVELING

Depart from New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) for your South African Airways flight to South Africa.

 

DAY 2: CAPE TOWN

On arrival in Johannesburg you will connect onward for your 2-hour flight on South African Airways to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Commodore Hotel

CT Aerial
 
 

DAY 3: CAPE TOWN

Today we will visit the Townships – a tour that offers you an insight and interaction with different cultures, communities and individuals. Witness every day life in a harsh environment which tells of the struggles, hopes and achievements. See why 27 April 1994 was such an important day in South Africa (first democratic elections).

We start with a tour of District Six. See the oldest mosque in S.A. District Six was once home to thousands of people of various cultures. We visit Langa, the oldest formal black township in Cape Town, and see the local market, an art & crafts centre, and we visit a traditional healer. Experience the warm hospitality of a local B&B. We visit a crèche offering fun, and a safe haven for the local children. We also visit Bonteheuwel, Nyanga, Crossroads, Khayelitscha, and Gugulethu where we see the Gugulethu Seven Memorial and the Amy Biehl Memorial.

After the morning's activities you will be transferred to the Robben Island Ferry jetty.

Board the Robben Island ferry and enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town and Table Mountain as you sail across the bay to this island which is so full of history. Once you reach the island you will be given a guided tour and see the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Commodore Hotel

Robben Island RI from TM Prison Entrance
 
 

DAY 4: CAPE TOWN

A full day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town. Maybe take a trip in the cable car up Table Mountain. Perhaps take time to explore the vibrant V&A Waterfront with its many shops, restaurants and activities available as well as the fascinating Two Oceans Aquarium. In the summer months maybe head for the white sand beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay for people watching and soaking up the African Sun. Whatever else, you will not be at a loss for things to do!

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Commodore Hotel

Table Mountain Cableway Table Mountain Robben Island
 
 

DAY 5: CAPE TOWN

Another day at leisure to explore what Cape Town has to offer. Perhaps visit the Cape Point Nature reserve or book a visit to the Winelands.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Commodore Hotel

Panorama Green Point Stadium
 
 

DAY 6: JOHANNESBURG

After breakfast you will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport.

On arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you can spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Michelangelo Hotel

 
 

DAY 7: JOHANNESBURG

Today's tour will take you right back to our beginnings, to the exceptional World Heritage Site of The Cradle of Humankind. The superb Maropeng Visitor Centre 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, we’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!

Our multilingual, multi-visual orientation depicts the history of South Africa, and will deepen your understanding of the complexity of our multicultural community.

We 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 the Michelangelo Hotel

VC Aerial Lesedi Cultural Village
 
 

DAY 8: JOHANNESBURG

Your last day in South Africa is spent on a full day Journey to Freedom tour.

Many South Africans gave much; some gave all, to achieve a truly democratic South Africa. Come with us on this full day tour which shares some of the journey, pain and struggle of those heroes; witness the places, experience the diverse museums where these momentous, tumultuous years have been so well documented.

Our day begins at the Hector Pieterson Museum, where we start to unravel the cause of the devastating riots, before travelling past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum (own account).

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

We’ve chosen to lunch in Soweto at a local restaurant (own account), before visiting 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. The Apartheid Museum is a multimedia experience, with documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts, recapturing life in the dark days of South Africa.

It’s a fascinating tour, filled with tales of bravery and sadness, but ultimately it’s a story with the right ending.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Michelangelo Hotel

HPM REGINA MUNDI CHURCH Shop
 
 

DAY 9: DEPARTURE

Your morning is at leisure until your transfer to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport for your flight to the United States.

 

DAY 10: TRAVELING

Arrival in the United States at New York JFK or Washington Dulles airports.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Round trip coach air on South African Airways from New York (JFK) or Washington (IAD) Airport to South Africa OR Tambo International Airport; Domestic coach air in South Africa as per the itinerary (Johannesburg - Cape Town - Johannesburg); Accommodation as per the itinerary; Meals as per the itinerary (7 x breakfast); Ground transfers as per the itinerary; Scheduled Cultural Tour & Robben Island; Scheduled History Tour of Humankind and Lesedi Tour; Scheduled Journey to Freedom Tour

 

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

 

Commodore Hotel

Stylish living, quality service and a tranquil setting have ensured that our guests return year after year, be it as businessmen or tourists, excited to experience all that is The Mother City.

iBrochure

Air-Inclusive from
$2,799
pp
Offer based per person on 2 adults sharing for departures from New York John F Kennedy (JFK) valid between August 11 - September 30, 2016 and April 01 - May 31, 2017 and also August 11 - September 30, 2017

Price is per person based on double occupancy. Valid as of July 13, 2016 for departures from New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) on a Sunday between August 11 - September 30, 2016 and April 01 - May 31, 2017 and also August 11 - September 30, 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.