Nelson Mandela is the most revered man on the planet. On this tour we follow the journey of his long road to freedom as we visit places of significant to his life. The Nelson Mandela Tour or Madiba Tour is a tour to honour him.
The tour however is so much more than that and the journey take us into the hearts of the South African people, their struggles and their victories. This tour is about freedom both personal and of the human heart.
On life’s journey we meet many people, yet few believe that they can make a difference in this world. And yet, we all make a difference; we all contribute, in our own way, to the world around us, to the lives that we touch. Some do it in a huge way and others in a way that seems less grand, yet never the less, significant. On this journey, we will all begin to understand how our lives, our actions, our thoughts, our mere presence, can affect an outcome, can raise a hope, love, understanding, compassion or simply drive a cause. We are the world we see around us.
ONE MAN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Day 1 : Arrive at Cape Town International Airport
Upon arrival in Cape Town we will transfer to Table Mountain for a cable car ride to the top of one of the 7 Wonders of the World and World Heritage Site (weather permitting)
Thereafter we will visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The spectacular gardens are situated on the Eastern slope of Table Mountain.
Enjoy an orientation tour of the City before transferring to your hotel
Day 2 : Cape Town
Today we will take a boat from the Nelson Mandela Gateway for your cruise to Robben Island. Visit the prison in which Nelson Mandela spent 19 of his 27 years of imprisonment. Now a World Heritage Site
Lunch will be taken at the famous V&A Waterfront, after which you may enjoy an afternoon at leisure
Day 3 : Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
Drive along the Atlantic Seaboard with its spectacular white beaches and majestic mountains.
Visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, one of only three land-based penguin colonies in the world. Continue to Cape Point. Enter the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and drive through the unique fynbos scenery towards Cape Point, the most South-western point of the African continent.
Day 4 : Cape Town to Montagu
Depart for the Paarl Valley/ Franshhoek Region for your visit to Drakenstein prison. This is the prison from which Nelson Mandela was released.
Spend some time in the beautiful surrounds of the winelands region before transferring to Montagu. Montagu is a quaint old village of which its inhabitants are very proud. We will experience delightful country hospitality.
Day 5 : Montagu to Oudtshoorn
We journey to Oudtshoorn, capital of the Little Karoo Region, a semi-arid desert region
We visit the Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital of the world. It is this industry that put a small inconspicuous country town on the world map. Enjoy a tour of the farm
Our next stop in this region is to the world renowned Cango Caves, fondly referred to as ‘the underground fairyland’ of the Little Karoo. Enjoy a tour of the vast caverns with their spectacular displays of dolomite stalagmites and stalactites
Day 6 : Oudtshoorn to Tsitsikamma
Today we leave behind the semi-arid desert of the Little Karoo and travel through the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and into the lush green scenery of Garden Route
We will drive through the beautiful towns of Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Our first stop is a visit to Monkeyland, the only free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary in the world. We also visit its sister sanctuary, the Birds of Eden which is the largest free-flight aviary in the world
Day 7 : Tsitsikamma to Addo
We will transfer to Addo, home to Addo Elephant National Park, situated in the Sundays River Region. Our journey takes us to the top of the Zuurberg Mountain, to our accommodation and where we will enjoy a game drive, in this spectacular area.
Day 8 : Addo to East London/Cintsa
Our journey today takes us to East London/Cintsa. En route we will stop for lunch at the new Steve Biko Centre, dedicated to the legacy of this anti-apartheid activist. After lunch our journey continues to Cintsa
Day 9 : Mthatha
We transfer to Qunu where we will do a tour of the village where Mandela grew up, where he was baptize and we will visit the site of his parents graves.
Our lunch is taken at Qunu Museum, after which we will enjoy the exhibitions at the museum and get to visit the famous sliding stone and the first school Mandela attended.
Day 10: Mthatha to Howick
Our journey takes us to Howick, where we will visit the Capture Site where Mandela was arrested on the 5 August 1962. Enjoy the exhibitions at The Truth Café
Day 11: Durban – Valley of a Thousand Hills
We transfer to the Valley of a Thousand Hills where we will enjoy a ½ day tour. Named for its many hills and cliffs and valleys; the region has been home to the Zulu people for centuries. This region beautifully displays the authentic living environment of the rural Zulu people
Day 12: Howick to Johannesburg
In Johannesburg our first stop is at Lillieleaf farm, in Rivonia. We will take a tour of Lilliesleaf. It is on this site that all the evidence was found that put Nelson Mandela and his comrades in prison for life.
Day 13: Johannesburg
We drive pass Mandela’s first house in Alexandra, 46 Seventh Avenue (when he first came to Johannesburg as a young man) and his current house in Houghton.
We visit Constitution Hill, where Mandela was imprisoned before the Rivonia Trial happened
We continue to the Apartheid Museum, a place that tells the story of those epic apartheid years,
through film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories of apartheid
Day 14: Johannesburg
Today we visit the Mandela Family House Museum and drive pass Winnie’s current House.
We visit the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication (where Freedom Charter was drawn)
Possible visit to the Mandela Children Foundation
Day 15: Johannesburg
We will transfer to Pretoria where we will visit the Union Building and Voortrekker Monument
We will also experience a tour at Freedom Park, a place that celebrates all South Africans
We transfer to Oliver Tambo International Airport, for your flight home
Itinerary is subject to change, always for the better.