11-Day Safari Celebrating South Africa’s 20th Anniversary of Democracy
In 2014, South Africa marks 20 years of democracy. To honor this achievement and celebrate what the nation has become, this tour takes  travelers to the most important and interesting historical and cultural sites in South Africa to experience them in fresh and exciting ways. Explore ancient and modern day history, experience diverse and exciting cultures, expand your knowledge and love of Africa’s unparalled flora and fauna. In Johannesburg and surrounds, retrace the roots of Apartheid and its abolishment -  including a visit to Soweto township, home to 2 Nobel Prize winners - and explore caves that produced some of the oldest human fossils ever found. In KwaZulu-Natal, you’ll visit the lands of legendary warrior King Shaka, historic Boer battlefields, and modern village life, plus experience a Big-5 game safari to one of the premiere game viewing areas in the country. In Cape Town, you will be treated to the Mother City’s dramatic coastline, rich and diverse culture, and fascinating history including visits to South Africa’s oldest building (dating from the 17th century) and Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years. 

“Rainbow Nation” is a term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa, after South Africa's first fully democratic election in 1994.

DAY 1 – JOHANNESBURG: Upon arrival at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to you hotel. Overnight The Peech Hotel. 

DAY 2 – JOHANNESBURG: Your Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour begins in Johannesburg, visiting Hillbrow and Braamfontein, home to the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Continue to the heart of Soweto township, which produced two Nobel Peace Prize winners. Places of interest include the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Baragwanath taxi rank, Freedom Square, Hector Pieterson Memorial, Ghandi’s old house ‘Satyagraha’, and Nelson Mandela’s former home. After lunch with local residents (on own account) visit the Apartheid Museum to retrace the roots of apartheid from the oppression of the black tribes in the Cape Colony of the 1800’s. Overnight The Peech Hotel. (B)

DAY 3 – PRETORIA & CRADLE OF MANKIND TOUR: After breakfast, your tour of Pretoria begins at the Voortrekker Monument honoring the early pioneers, then on to the Kruger House Museum and Church Square. The next stop is at the imposing Union Building, housing the offices of the State President, Deputy President and Minister of Foreign Affairs. This afternoon, visit the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage site, considered to be the place where humankind originated as it has produced both the most and the oldest hominid fossils ever found. Overnight The Peech Hotel. (B)

DAYS 4, 5, & 6 – PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE: After breakfast, fly to Richard’s Bay (flights priced separately) and drive to the award-winning Phinda Game Reserve, boasting Big-5 game viewing in seven distinct habitats. This community-owned reserve offers game drives and nature walks (included) and for an extra charge, boat and canoe trips. Here, guests will track the endangered black rhino on foot with a specialist ranger and visit a local community center assisting orphans and a clinic providing health care to more than 12,000 children and adults. Meals and overnights at Phinda Mountain Lodge. (B, L, D, Dr)

DAY 7 – KWAZULU-NATAL: After breakfast, drive to KwaZulu-Natal, home of the Battlefields Region where the Boers fought the British, and in 1879, the Zulu army defeated the British. (They won the battle but lost the war…) After lunch, tour Rorke’s Drift where 4,000 Zulu warriors attached 139 British soldiers, winning more Victoria Crosses than in any other battle in history. Return to your lodge in time for dinner. Overnight Fugitives' Drift Lodge.(B, L, D)

DAY 8 – CAPE TOWN: After an early breakfast, return to the Isandlwana battlefields to hear the background of the Anglo-Zulu War, as narrated by David Rattray. Sit on the battlefield, mesmerized by the remarkable story of this fantastic Zulu victory. Return to the lodge for lunch. Afterwards, transfer to the Durban airport for your flight to Cape Town (flights priced separately), where you will be met and be transferred to the Cape Cadogan Hotel. Dinner on your own account. Overnight here.  (B, L)

DAY 9 – CAPE TOWN: After breakfast, enjoy a private half- day City Tour & Table Mountain. Your tour of the “mother city” will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens, and of course Table Mountain, which will give you spectacular views over the city and the Peninsula, (cable car ride is weather dependent). Later, make a stop at Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly colored houses. Visit with local shop owners and then learn to cook in the famous Cape Malay style during a hands-on lesson in a Malay woman’s home, then enjoy eating your culinary creation. Finish the afternoon with a walking tour of the area. Overnight Cape Cadogan. (B)

DAY 10 – CAPE TOWN: Enjoy breakfast, then explore South Africa’s political past and lively communities including District Six, Apartheid-era townships and Robben Island, prison to Nelson Mandela and many others. Overnight Cape Cadogan. (B)

DAY 11 – CAPE TOWN/DEPART: Enjoy breakfast and a free morning before transferring to the airport for your onward flights. (B)


After breakfast, you will be transferred to Franshhoek, to the Le Quartier Francais. This afternoon, enjoy a rare and exclusive glimpse into Nelson Mandela’s final years of incarceration at the Victor Verster Prison. See how he lived his last few imprisoned years, hear amusing and humbling stories, and walk through the same gate Mandela walked out to freedom in February, 1990! (Tour dependent on availability) Return to Le Quartier Francais for overnight and dinner on your own account. (B)

Le Quartier Français is an exclusive boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley. Tucked away in secluded gardens, with beautiful views, it is a fairytale-like haven of tranquillity. A complete gastronomic journey can be experienced at Le Quartier Français including sticky buns for breakfast, WOW-bites on The Common Room terrace and award-winning South African inspired cuisine by Margot Janse in the award-winning Tasting Room. 

DAY 12 – WINELANDS OR TOWNSHIP TOUR: After breakfast, enjoy a full day private Winelands tour, which you and your guide can choose to include any or all of the three main wine growing centers: Paarl with its mountain setting and Afrikaans Language Monument; Franschhoek, the culinary capital of South Africa, with its beautiful setting, French flair and charming cafe lined streets and Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Wine tastings are included at premier estates and a stop will be made for lunch in a memorable location (on your own account). Alternatively, you may visit Kayamundi township in Stellenbosch, where you can enjoy a private guided tour meeting locals, learning about community projects and then helping to cook traditional Xhosa dishes for lunch enjoyed in a local resident’s home. Overnight Le Quartier Francais. (B)

DAY 13 –CAPE TOWN/DEPART: After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cape Town airport for you onward flights. (B)

Optional Extension Land-only price*: $771
Low season discount, May 1-Jul 31: $90
11 days

2014 Departures

Deluxe boutique hotels and luxury game lodge

Fitness Rating

Historical and cultural tours, game drives, nature walks

Land-only price*
Low Season
May 1 – Jul 31: $4,836

Mid Season
Apr 15-30, Aug 1-31, Dec 1-18: $4,995

High Season
Jan 11 - Apr 14, Sep 1 - Nov 30: $5,332

Single Supplement: $600

Call for child pricing and holiday supplements

International flights
Not included. Call for pricing.

Estimated internal flights
Johannesburg to Richard’s Bay and Durban to Cape Town: $400 **
** subject to change until ticketed

*All pricing is per person based on double occupancy. Should the exchange rate vary against the US Dollar by more than 3%, A.A.C. reserves the right to recalculate the cost. Changes to the itinerary may apply. Price includes all meals, drinks, accommodations, transfers, guides, 4WD vehicles, park fees, and activities as indicated, plus a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes int’l flights, internal flights, visas, tips, compulsory medical insurance, travel insurance, inoculations, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and AMEX. No refunds-see terms & conditions for details.

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