In the Footsteps of Mandela Tour

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“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Nelson Mandela

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This tour is available throughout the year, please contact us for booking information.

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Self Drive Holidays

This tour is also available as a self drive holiday.

Tour Summary

Day 1 City tour Johannesburg

Day 2 Constitutional Hill, Apartheids Museum and Soweto

Day 3 Houghton, Liliesleaf Farm and Union Building

Day 4 Durban and Howick

Day 5 Mthatha, Nelson Mandela Museum, Youth and Heritage Centre.

Day 6 Port Elizabeth

Day 7 Plettenberg Bay and Knysna

Day 8 Oudtshoorn

Day 9 Gordons Bay

Day 10 Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Cape Town.

Day 11 Cape Town

Day 12 Robben Island

Day 13 Winelands

Day 14 Depart

Image Credit: Nelson Mandela (South Africa The Good News), Nelson Mandela Bridge (NJR ZA), Robben Island (Stephantom) and Apartheid Museum (NJR ZA) images under the Creative Commons License.

Detailed 14 Day Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg

Arrive at O R Tambo International Airport.  Drive through Johannesburg City Centre. For a magnificent view from the 50th floor we visit the Carlton Centre.  Visit Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square.  Overnight in Sandton.

Day 2: Johannesburg

Visit The Constitutional Hill where the story of South Africa’s turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy is told.

The Apartheids Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.

Soweto is infused with the history of the struggle against apartheid and abuzz with the energy of the most populous black urban residential area in the country.

Visit Nelson Mandela’s first house, where he stayed with his then wife, Winnie, before he was imprisoned in 1961 and jailed for 27 years.

The Hector Peterson Memorial and Museum commemorate the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid.

Overnight in Sandton.  Meals included: Breakfast and lunch. 

Day 3: Johannesburg and Pretoria

View the house where Nelson Mandela now lives in Houghton with his wife, Graca, widow of the late Mozambican president Samora Machel.

Visit Liliesleaf Farm which was used secretly by African National Congress activists in the 1960’s and was the location where many prominent leaders were arrested, leading to the Rivonia Trial. Now Liliesleaf Farm is a Museum and world Heritage Site.

The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African government and also house the offices of the president of South Africa.

Overnight in Sandton.  Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 4: Durban to Drakensberg

Early morning domestic flight to Durban.

City tour of Durban and depart for Howick where, on 4 August 2012 an impressive statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled to commemorate 50 years since his arrest on the site.

Overnight in the Drakensburg Mountains, Underberg.  Meals included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 5: Drakensberg to Mthatha (formerly known as Umtata, capital of the Transkei)

Nelson Mandela was born in the village of Mvevo in Umtata, Eastern Cape and given the forename Rolihlahla. He grew up with two sisters in the village of Qunu, where he tended herds as a cattle-boy.

Visit the Nelson Mandela Museum, Bhunga Building, Mthatha

The Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, known as the Nelson Mandela Youth & Heritage Centre, forms part of the story told and shared by the Museum through its exhibitions and programmes.

Overnight in Umtata.  Meals included:  Breakfast and dinner.

Day 6: Mthatha to Port Elizabeth

Visit the Donkin Reserve and follow Route 67 Art Route

A public art campaign was launched in 2009 on the Donkin Reserve. The project is a phased initiative that will ultimately see 67 pieces of public art strategically placed around Port Elizabeth to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 67 year role in South African politics.

Overnight in Port Elizabeth.  Meals included: Breakfast and lunch. 

Day 7:  Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay

Visit Tsitsikamma National Park.  Overnight in Plettenberg Bay.

Day 8: Knysna to Oudtshoorn

Travel to the Klein Karoo via the Wilderness lakes district and over the magnificent Outeniqua Mountain Pass.  Visit the Cango Caves and an Ostrich Farm.

Overnight in Oudtshoorn. Meals included Breakfast and dinner.

Day 9: Gordons Bay

Depart for Gordons Bay via the Tradouw Pass and Hermanus.  Hermanus, formerly a fishing village, now is a thriving holiday resort.  Enjoy the spectacular drive along the Atlantic Ocean to Gordons Bay.

Overnight in Gordons Bay.  Meals included: Breakfast. 

Day 10: Cape Town

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve with its dramatic scenery and fascinating history.  The reserve was established for the protection of the unique plant life and forms part of the Cape.

Cape Point is rumoured to be the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

Visit Pollsmoor Prison where Nelson Mandela was transferred to in 1982 and where he remained until 1988.

Overnight in Cape Town.  Meals included:  Breakfast and lunch.

Day 11: Cape Town

This morning we visit Table Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and World Heritage site.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is one of the world’s great botanical institutions. Here every season is a delight, every path a treat and each visit unique.

Visit Grootte Schuur, Parliaments Building, Bo-Kaap Museum and a walk through historical Cape Town.

Overnight in Cape Town. Meals included: Breakfast. 

Day 12:  Robben Island

Depart on a tour of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned from 1962 to 1982.

The afternoon at leisure on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Overnight in Cape Town.  Meals included:  Breakfast and dinner. 

Day 13:  Winelands

A trip through the famous Cape Wine Region to experience the fine wines and beautiful wine region scenery.  Visit Victor Verster Prison where Nelson Mandela imprisoned from 1988 until 1990.  We also visit the town of Franschoek with its picturesque main street.  Stellenbosch is nationally and internationally acclaimed as the ‘must see’ town.  It has charm and beauty.

Overnight in Cape Town.  Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 14:  Depart

Time at leisure for some last minute shopping before your transfer to the airport.

All tours can be combined in any combination to create a personal itinerary for your own dream holiday.

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