In Mandela's Footsteps
South Africa Safari Holidays
Visit the sites of historical significance to Nelson Mandela, combined with a safari. Highlights include vibrant Soweto, Thrilling Big 5 game viewing in the pristine wilderness of the malaria free Pilanesberg National Park. Explore Cape Town with its diverse attractions and tour the spectacular Cape Peninsular with its highlights such as Chapman's Peak Drive and the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Fly from the UK to Johannesburg to start your holiday off.
Upon arrival at the OR Tambo International Airport you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel, located within the upmarket Sandton suburb of Johannesburg. Your hotel is situated within walking distance to Nelson Mandela Square. Attached to Sandton City Shopping Mall, the square is a great place to enjoy a wide variety of upmarket shops and restaurants, and the central area is a popular venue for alfresco dining. The iconic Nelson Mandela statue is a focal point of this outdoor square and is well worth a visit during your leisure time. The remainder of the day is at leisure & unescorted.
Spend a full day exploring Soweto and surrounds, where Mr. Mandela worked as a human-rights lawyer and became instrumental in South Africa’s political struggle. The tour starts with a visit to the prestigious Apartheid Museum, located in Johannesburg’s Ormondo suburb. The museum covers the full history of the Apartheid era in South Africa. You will visit the Hector Peterson Memorial and Mandela House. Visit the Hector peterson memorial and Mandela House, then Liliesleaf Heritage Site. In the afternoon we will visit the Liliesleaf Heritage Site. Once known as Liliesleaf Farm this fascinating heritage site is closely linked to the Rivonia Treason Trial that lead to Nelson Mandela’s incarceration. In the early 1960’s Liliesleaf was a sanctuary where most prominent leaders of South Africa’s struggle against Apartheid (BL)
After an early breakfast, your journey continues to the Pilansberg National Park, set in an ancient volcanic crater that today comprises one of South Africa’s most exciting Big Five eco-tourism destinations. It is from here, accompanied by your expert game ranger, in an open safari vehicle, that you will be able to explore a 58 000ha malaria free wildlife wonderland and discover the magic of the African bush. Overnight in the Pilansberg National Park. [BLD]
Enjoy an early morning open vehicle safari in the Pilansberg National Park. The park is home to healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo. A wide variety of rare and common species exist with endemic species like the nocturnal brown hyaena, the fleet-footed cheetah, the majestic sable, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile, to mention but a few. Return to the lodge for lunch and a short siesta, before joining an afternoon open vehicle safari, in search of the Big Five as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other game. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight in the Pilansberg National Park. [BLD]
Enjoy breakfast before starting the return journey to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg, at OR Tambo International Airport, at approximately 14h30, for your onward flight to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore the city (unescorted). [B]
Continue your journey of discovery, by joining a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay and then to Cape Point where (by tradition) it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Return to Cape Town through the historic naval base of Simon’s Town and Muizenberg to visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a centre for the preservation of the region’s unique flora.
Overnight in Cape Town. [B]
Start the day with a ferry ride to Robben Island (weather permitting) where you will gain a unique insight into the immense sacrifice made by former president Nelson Mandela and his comrades. Once on the island, best known as being the place where Nelson Mandela and many other famous anti-apartheid activists were imprisoned, visitors will visit the maximum security prison and the cell in which Mandela spent 18 years of his 27-year incarceration. You will have the opportunity to interact with an ex-political prisoner and also explore the island on a 45-minute bus tour accompanied by an experienced guide. Spend the remainder of the day interacting with various communities as a way to exchange cultural values and learn about the South Africa of today. You will visit the Malay Quarter (also known as the Bo-Kaap which means "Above Cape")), drive past the District Six Museum to remember and document the struggle residents had to endure with forced removals in the 1960’s, the Philani Empowerment Centre in Khayelitsha, where locals are taught basic life skills such as weaving and arts & crafts. A highlight is the walking tour through “shanty town Khayelitsha” with a local guide - followed by a drive through the middle-class Khayelitsha, to share some of the achievements, such as new housing developments, shopping malls, hospitals and magistrate’s court, under the leadership of Mr. Nelson Mandela. Overnight in Cape Town. [B]
Enjoy some last minute shopping (unescorted) or sightseeing (own account). Wander through the variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets at the V&A Waterfront. Later you will be transferred to the airport, harbour or railway station for your onward journey. [B]