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2019 South Africa Getaway Johannesburg & Cape Town | October 19-28, 2019

About Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city and capital of Gauteng province, began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. Its sprawling Soweto township was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela’s former residence is now the Mandela House museum. Other Soweto museums that recount the struggle to end segregation include the somber Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, a former prison complex.

About Cape Town

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.

Hotel Accommodations

Davinci Hotel on Mandela Square

This luxurious and stylish boutique hotel is set in an extraordinary location in the prestigious and modern city of Sandton in South Africa. The modern property boasts a convenient position right in the commercial city, which counts with up-scale and trendy shops and restaurants. The open-plan and spacious suites are thoughtfully designed having the most discerning guests' needs in mind. They include the most modern hi-tech equipment and plush pieces of furniture to make guests feel completely at ease. Guests can keep updated thanks to the wireless Internet connection throughout the hotel and take advantage of the impressive array of stunning on-site services and facilities, like the fantastic spa and wellness centre where visitors will be able to pamper themselves and find balance between body and soul.

Daily Breakfast Included

Southern Sun Cape Town Waterfront

The Southern Sun Waterfront hotel in Cape Town is located in the heart of the city's most tourist friendly precinct, and is a short walk from the V&A Waterfront. Stylish and inviting, our hotel provides comfortable and convenient accommodation for business and leisure travelers alike. Recently refurbished, our award-winning Cape Town hotel offers 537 beautifully-appointed rooms, with a host of amenities and services on offer, including free WiFi, air conditioning, a fully-equipped fitness centre and an outdoor pool. For the convenience of business guests, the hotel offers two fully-serviced meeting rooms, is a short walk away from the Cape Town International Conference Centre and an easy commute to the city centre. Dining options include South African inspired dishes at the hotel's Yizani Restaurant and relaxed cocktails at the Southern Sun Waterfront Bar. Holiday visitors are surrounded by world famous attractions including Cape Town's Green Point Stadium, Table Mountain and the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Daily Breakfast Included

Day to Day Itinerary

Friday, October 18th - United States Departure

Saturday, October 19th

Arrival to Johannesburg

We'll arrive in Johannesburg where we'll go through Customs and pick up our bags. Airport transportation will be waiting for you upon your arrival.

We'll take some time to rest & regroup from a long flight and then join everyone for a meet & greet during the evening at the hotel.

Sunday, October 19th

Johannesburg, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour

  • Departure 8:30 am
  • Return 5:00 pm

Overview

Discover the city center of Johannesburg; whose geometrical design and high skyscrapers irresistibly bring Manhattan Island to mind. Continue towards Soweto (Johannesburg’s South Western Township) a symbol of the fight for freedom. Finally, we visit the Apartheid Museum dedicated to recounting the history of the rise and fall of Apartheid in 20th century. (Closed Mondays)

This tour will begin by discoverying Johannesburg's beauty and wealth by discovering its urban environment. We will then visit the inspiring Apartheid Museum dedicated to recounting the history of the rise and fall of Apartheid in 20th century South Africa. The exhibits are from film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories of Apartheid. Thereafter you will get the opportunity to discover the former South African president's house, in which you will hear about the Mandela family's history and times spent in Soweto.

Highlights

  • The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience.
  • The Mandela House (Museum) is the house where Nelson Mandela lived until he was forced underground in 1961. It is located on the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane Street. He moved there in 1946. In 1999 it was declared a National Heritage Site.
  • The Hector Pieterson Museum, situated in Soweto, commemorate the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid. The commemorative site is just a few blocks from where 12-year-old Hector Pieterson was shot in 1976.
  • Freedom Square On 26 June 1955 the Congress of the people, consisting of people of all races, met on the Freedom Square to draw up the Freedom Charter. The Freedom Charter calls for democracy and human rights, equality of race and language, land reform, labor rights, and nationalization.
  • Johannesburg City Orientation Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, by population and is also known as Jozi or Joburg. There are plenty of historic and attractive sites in Joburg like the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill or the Hector Pieterson Museum.

Meals Included

Breakfast

Monday, October 21st

Pretoria City Tour

  • Departure 8:30 am
  • Return 12:00 pm

Overview

Pretoria City - the administrative capital of South Africa is known as the “Jacaranda City” mainly for its tree-lined avenues and fascinating architecture. Visit historical monuments such as the Paul Kruger House and Voortrekker Monument and not forgetting the Union Buildings. The city is regarded as the original home of the Afrikaans people.

The Union Buildings, seat of executive government and symbol of the new South Africa. And the Voortrekker Monument, rising like a sentinel in the south of Pretoria, this monument is an essential piece of the puzzle in understanding the Afrikaner people. The friezes explains their entire history from the Great Trek up to the Battle of Blood River and the forming of the Boer Republics. Since we'll be visiting in October, we'll experience the best of all purple Jacarandas in bloom along most of the cities streets.

Highlights

  • The Paul Kruger House The Kruger house was built in 1884. Paul Kruger took a leading role in the Transvaal War against Britain in 1889-1881. At the age of 57 Kruger was elected President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) and took up residence at Kruger House in Pretoria.
  • Voortrekker Monument The majestic Voortrekker Monument is situated in the Pretoria (Tshwane) region in a nature reserve. It is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner and is situated in a beautiful setting.
  • Union Buildings South Africa’s Union Buildings, the official seat of the national government, house the offices of the president and are located in Tshwane. Though not in the center of Pretoria the Union Buildings occupy the highest point of Pretoria, and constitute a South African national heritage site.

Free time to explore Johannesburg on your own after we return from the tour.

Meals Included

Breakfast

Tuesday, October 22nd - Morning Flight to Cape Town

Tuesday, October 22nd

We'll have an early breakfast, check out of our hotel and head to the airport.

Arrival to Cape Town

We'll take a flight from Johannesburg and arrive in Cape Town where we'll grab our luggage and make our way to our hotel. We'll get settled and then have free time until the early evening.

Cape Town Evening Tour

  • Departure 7 pm
  • Return 10:30 pm

Overview

To get a taste of the thriving centre of the Mother City, a Cape Town evening city tour is not to be missed. Here we will find a number of the Cape’s top attractions, from the imposing Signal Hill to the prestigious Camps Bay beach, stunning Blouberg's panorama, the famous Long Street and plenty more to see. With an experienced and knowledgeable guide, and from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle, we will be able to learn more about Cape Town and its surroundings, in a city tour that is sure to leave you with plenty of memories and photographs.

Highlights

  • Signal Hill is a prominent landmark from which the historic noon gun is fired, and forms the “lion’s body” for the adjacent Lion’s Head mountaintop. The hill rewards hikers with spectacular views across Table Bay harbour, the central city and the Atlantic Ocean. Many family-friendly picnic spots on Signal Hill are favoured by tourists and locals all year round.
  • Camps Bay is a famous Blue Flag beach that lies along the Atlantic Seaboard, which stretches from the Waterfront all the way through to Hout Bay along the Atlantic coast. Situated just a few minutes away from the city centre, the beaches are ideal for sunbathing and water sports (even if the water is somewhat chilly). All of this and so much more can be enjoyed on these memorable Cape Town city tours.
  • Blouberg by night offers a stunning view on the Mother City.
  • Long Street is the famous place where all the party people love to meet because of it's number of bars, clubs and restaurants.

Meals Included

Breakfast

Wednesday, October 23rd

Robben Island Tour

  • Departure 8:00 am
  • Return 12:00 pm

Overview

We'll take a ferry over to Table Bay to visit Robben Island, which was used as prison and a place where people were isolated, banished and exiled to for nearly 400 years. For the many freedom fighters imprisoned there, including Nelson Mandela, who was incarcerated for 27 years, and Pan Africanist Congress leader Robert Sobukwe, who was housed there in solitary confinement, Robben Island holds less mystery and more torrid memories of brutality, isolation and victimization.

We will meet our Robben Island Tour Guide once we reach the island and have boarded the bus. who are fully conversant and knowledgeable about the Island’s multi-layered 500-year-old history. The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.

Table Mountain Tour & Lunch

  • Departure 2:00 pm
  • Return 6:30 pm

Overview

Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cable way or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.

Meals Included

Breakfast

Thursday, October 24th

Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari

  • Departure 6:45 am
  • Return 6:00 pm

Overview

Situated in the historic town of Touws River, in a valley between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo, the 10,000 hectare conservancy has evolved from its early days of being residence to various antelope species only to becoming the home of the Big 5 – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as a significant amount of other wild game, which roam freely on the reserve.

Highlights

  • 6:45 am Depart Cape Town to Aquila
  • 9:00 am Welcome drink served on arrival
  • 9:15 am Buffet Breakfast (includes juice, coffee & a selection of teas)
  • 10:15 am Game drive
  • 12:45 pm Lunch Buffet (includes juice, coffee & a selection of teas)
  • 1:45-4:00 pm Free Time

Complimentary Activities

  • Relax Poolside
  • Visit the Curio shop
  • Visit the Aquila labyrinth or play a game of giant chess
  • Relax in the lounge bar

Meals Included

Breakfast & Lunch Buffet during Safari

Friday, October 25th

Cape Peninsula and Penguin Colony Tour

  • Departure 8:30 am
  • Return 5:30 pm

Overview

This full day Peninsula Tour will take us around the entire Cape peninsula and show us the wonders of Cape Town - from the pristine beaches, to the spectacular sight of Cape Point. Also be sure not to miss the sensational visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Highlights

  • Clifton & Camps Bay Situated along the Atlantic Seaboard, the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay have been awarded Blue Flag status, offering pristine white beaches and beautiful, clear waters that make these beaches highly popular with locals and visitors alike.
  • Hout Bay & Seal Island Boat Trip The small fishing village of Hout Bay is often jokingly referred to as the ‘Republic of Hout Bay’ by Cape Town locals, and has the sense of being an entirely separate town. A beautiful beach, delicious fresh seafood, bustling markets and plenty of restaurants make this suburb a must-visit on any Cape tour. You will also have the option of going to admire the thousands of seals that inhabit the Seal Island. (1h)
  • Cape Point and the spectacular nature reserve that lies in this area is one of the most famous landmarks in Cape Town, and for good reason. Situated on the very tip of the peninsula, the area spans across landscapes such as rugged cliffs, lush fynbos and vast open spaces – no Cape Town tour is complete without a visit to Cape Point. (1h 30min)
  • Simon's Town & Penguin Colony Simon's Town is the seat of the SA Navy, and has a charming coastal town atmosphere and a vibrant history. Here you can find a thriving harbour, a toy museum, navy museum and plenty of other sights – nearby is also Boulders Beach, which is one of the only places in the world that you can swim alongside penguins (30min)
  • Kalk Bay The quaint suburb of Kalk Bay runs along the Main Road, with the False Bay coastline running on one side, and the mountain on the other. Along the Main Road lies a host of veritable treasure troves, from antique shops to costume shops, bakeries, restaurants and plenty more. The area is also excellent for whale watching during whale season (June to November).

Meals Included

Breakfast

Saturday, October 26th

Winelands Tour

Attention wine lovers!

  • The Stellenbosch winelands, only 20 minutes away from the city of Cape Town, offer a superb scenery, completely different to the landscape of the Cape peninsula. Numerous grapes are grown in the region such as Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Pinotage and the Méthode Cap Classique (local champagne). The town of Stellenbosch is a small but very vibrant town with a very famous university and numerous activities such a wine cellar tours and tastings. You will have the opportunity to purchase wines to bring back home to enjoy the region's wonderful vintages after your visit. (1h 45min)
  • Franschhoek ("the french corner") is an old Huguenot village. With its numerous streets and estates with french names, the town will make you feel completely disoriented, feeling like you were in France in another era. You will be completely enchanted by the town's charm and its very peaceful environment. You will get the chance to taste the region's delicacies, cheeses and its best wines. Since the 1st of october, we are very proud to take you on an unique ride on the Franschoek Tram (2h)
  • Drakenstein (Victor Verster) is a low-security prison between Paarl and Franschhoek. The prison is famous for being the location where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his imprisonment for campaigning against apartheid. (10min)
  • Paarl The town of Paarl offers a great window into Afrikaner culture and tradition.The district is particularly well known for its Pearl Mountain or "Paarl Rock". This huge granite rock is formed by three rounded outcrops that make up Paarl Mountain and has been compared in majesty to Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) in Australia. You will also be able to visit the town's vineyards where you will taste the region's finest wines. (1h)

Meals Included

Breakfast

Sunday, October 27th

Cape Town Township Tour

  • Departure 8:00 am
  • Return 12:30 pm

Overview

Township tours in Cape Town are a must for anyone wanting to discover the other side of life in Cape Town. These tours take you from the legendary District Six area, to some of Cape Town’s thriving townships such as Langa and Khayelitsha . You will also have the chance to enjoy local delicacies as well as traditional dancing, healers, visit local schools, charismatic churches, shebeens and many other fascinating things to see and do. The people you meet on your township tour will leave you with a new appreciation of the South African philosophy of ‘Ubuntu’, as they share a bit of insight into daily life in the townships of Cape Town.

Despite the tragic and often troubled history of Cape Town’s townships and informal settlements, the areas still retain a strong sense of culture, with a vibrant community atmosphere and plenty of food, entertainment and enterprise. Many community arts projects can be found along the townships, with crafts such as beading, weaving, wire goods and fabric making all to be found. The ever-present local shebeens offer another side to life – with South African beer, braais and a strong sense of community to be enjoyed.

Township tours are sure to leave you with a better understanding of Cape Town’s history and cultures, making these not to be missed.

Itinerary

  • The former residential area of District Six is one of the most famous Apartheid areas – once a thriving neighborhood, the area was abandoned when the Apartheid government conducted forced removals of up to 60,000 people in the 1970s. The District Six Museum offers a colorful history into the area as it once was, as well as the Apartheid years and the area’s downfall, and is a popular highlight of townships tours in Cape Town. (30min)
  • Khayelitsha is the fastest growing township in the Cape, and is located on the Cape Flats along the N2 highway. The name is Xhosa for ‘New Home’, which was derived during its formation in the Apartheid years. Established in 1985, many residents from District Six and other areas were forcibly removed by the government and relocated to this township. Today, Khayelitsha has an estimated population of about 406,779 residents (45min)
  • Langa is another of Cape Town’s thriving townships, and was also formed in the Apartheid days after thousands of residents from other areas were forcibly relocated. The area was named after Langalibalele - a chief and renowned rainmaker who was imprisoned on Robben Island in 1873 for rebelling against the Natal government. One of the highlights on this township tour is a visit to one of the area’s famous charismatic churches – something that is sure to leave you enthralled! (45min)
  • Shebeen is a traditional pub and brewery in the township. You will have the option to taste traditional beer. (20min)
  • Township entrepreneurs like tailor, barber shops and little markets are everywhere in the township. You will see a lot of them and you will have the opportunity to purchase some souvenirs. (15min)
  • Every Sunday there is a charismatic church service (30min)

Farewell Dinner

  • Departure 7:00 pm
  • Return 10:30 pm

Join your fellow travel-mates for a delicious traditional dinner in Khayelitsha entertained with dance and music before we head home and one more last chance to visit the townships.

Meals Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Monday, October 28th - Return to United States

What's included

  • Hotel Accommodations at DaVinci Hotel on Mandela Square (Johannesburg) for 3 nights
  • Southern Sun Cape Town Waterfront (Cape Town) for 6 nights
  • One-way Airfare from Johannesburg to Capetown
  • Daily Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Excursions w/ Transportation ​{hotel shuttle service for Robben Island and Table Mountain excursions)
  • Roundtrip Airport Transportation

What's Not Included

  • Roundtrip Airfare to/from the United States
  • Meals & Beverages Not Listed on Itinerary
  • Gratuity for Tour Guide (Suggestion: $10-$20/day) & Driver (Suggestion: $5-$8/day)
  • Travel Protection
  • Items of Personal Effect

How much will this cost Me?

Rates

  • Double Occupancy $2850 (per person)
  • Single Occupancy $3750

Deposit

  • Double Occupancy $285 per person
  • Single Occupancy $375

Minimum Monthly Payment

  • Double Occupancy $200
  • Single Occupancy $300

Payments due by the last day of each month.

Final Payment Due Date

September 10, 2019

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I hope you are just as excited about experiencing South Africa as I am! I am looking forward to traveling with you and also working with you to make this process as seamless as possible.

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Sincerely,

TaNisha Webb - Travel Consultant & Owner of Urban Chic Travelistas, LLC

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