Memories of Madiba - Small Group Tour

This new tour has been created in honour of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. The itinerary focuses on places that played a strong part in the life of ‘Madiba’ as he is affectionately known across the world, and finishes on safari. The groups are small (2-16 travellers) and overland transport is by air-conditioned luxury vehicles. The tour runs on set departures throughout the year.

Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow.

Day 2

Arrive in Johannesburg and connect with the flight to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town you will be transferred to the Southern Sun Waterfront hotel, or similar, your base for the next 4 nights (with breakfast). Rest of day at leisure or for optional local sightseeing.

Day 3

Take the ferry across to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for so many years. You will have a guided tour of the prison and the limestone quarries where he worked. Once back on the mainland, enjoy a city tour of Cape Town including the colourful Bo-Kaap district, Company Gardens, the South African Museum and the City Hall where you will see the balcony from which Mandela addressed jubilant crowds on his release from prison on 11 February 1990. Weather permitting, there will be the option to take the cable car up Table Mountain (cable car ticket not included).

Day 4

A tour of the Cape Winelands, with a stop in Paarl at the Groot Drakenstein Correctional Facility where Mandela spent the past few years of his imprisonment – there is a bronze statue at the gates depicting him on the day of his release. Take a guided tour of the facility, including the cottage where he was accommodated, then continue with some wine tasting experiences in the Winelands.

Day 5

Sightseeing along the Cape Peninsula – with an optional boat trip to Seal Island (not included) and a scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. Continue to Simon’s Town to see the African penguins at Boulders Beach and finish the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Day 6

Fly to Johannesburg and transfer on arrival to the Protea Hotel Balalaika, or similar, for an overnight stay (with breakfast). Enjoy a visit to Lilliesleaf Farm where Mandela hid on his return to South Africa, now a museum which will provide an interesting background for the following days. Continue to Pretoria, to Church Square where Mandela was tried for treason and sabotage, then onto Freedom Park and finally the Union Buildings, where Mandela was inaugurated on 10 May 1994 as South Africa’s first black president (NB entry to the building is not permitted).

Day 7

Today the tour continues with a visit to Soweto, the neighbourhood home of Mandela for many years. Spend time at his small house in Orlando West, now the Mandela House Museum with an assortment of memorabilia. Lunch is included at a typical Soweto Shebeen-styled restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Apartheid Museum.

Day 8

Depart Johannesburg and drive via the magnificent Panorama Route to Mpumalanga for an overnight stay at Perry’s Bridge Hollow, or similar (half board).

Day 9

Another tour highlight as you head to Moditlo River Lodge in a private reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Stay for 2 nights and enjoy morning and evening game drives (full board).

Day 10

A day of safari activities and relaxation.

Day 11

A final morning game drive (if time permits) then transfer to Hoedspruit or Kruger Mpumalanga airports for your flight to Johannesburg, and connecting overnight flight to the UK.

Day 12

Arrive Heathrow early morning.

Prices start from £2980pp (based on 2 people sharing)