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In the Footsteps of Mandela


Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela on an escorted tour that will introduce you to
some of the highlights of this great man’s life. At the same time you will discover many
of the amazing sights that South Africa has to offer.


13 Oct: Departure
Fly Dublin to London and onwards to Johannesburg


14 Oct: Johannesburg
Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel.
Enjoy an afternoon Soweto Tour.  Inside Soweto, we visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and
discover what led to the Soweto uprisings, which significantly altered the political landscape;
we pass Mandela House where you have time to visit this fascinating little museum where
Mandela lived before he was forced to go underground (own account). Our journey continues
to Regina Mundi Church, site of many secret underground meetings of the then banned
political parties.  Soweto is unlike a suburb you’ve ever seen or been to, yet the history of
struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African story.
Accommodation: Garden Court Sandton City


15 Oct: Johannesburg / Pretoria (BB)
This morning we take a visit to Lilliesleaf. The insightful and interactive museum experience
at Lilliesleaf honours South Africa’s remarkable liberation struggle history and the impressive
trajectory of South Africa’s socio-political transformation.  Once the headquarters of
Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), the military wing of the ANC and the Congress
Alliance, Lilliesleaf holds a position of esteem among struggle landmarks in South Africa. In
the afternoon you will also visit the Union Buildings in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela was
inaugurated the president.
Accommodation: Centurion Lake Hotel
Distance travelled today: 60 kms


16 Oct: Hazyview   (BB)
This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical
region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view
sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s
Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck
Potholes before heading to Hazyview.
Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Distance travelled today: 500 kms


17 Oct: Kruger National Park (BB)
We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the
Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle.  Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger
National Park. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly
2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. 
Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds.  We return to our hotel around
lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure.
Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Distance travelled today: 200 kms


18 Oct: Swaziland (BB)
This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland.
We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland where this afternoon you will visit a
real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of
traditional Swazi culture. 
Accommodation: Forester’s Arms
Distance travelled today: 290 kms


19 Oct: St Lucia and surrounds (BB)
This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios
and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal
where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a
vibrant society living in peace and harmony. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi
Game Reserve before checking into your hotel.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umfolozi
Distance travelled today: 435 kms


20 Oct: St Lucia and surrounds / Durban (BB)
Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) or simply
soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Lucia before heading off later in the morning
towards Durban. An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city before
arriving at our hotel late afternoon.  Visit Ohlanga in Inanda where Nelson Mandela cast his first vote.
Accommodation: Protea Umhlanga Ridge
Distance travelled: 290 kms


21 Oct: Durban and Surrounds
Nelson Mandela Capture Monument – 08.30 - 10.45
The Tour starts in Durban at 8.30 am from the hotel. Travel inland to Howick (just over 1 hour). 
Howick is a small town just off the main highway between Durban and Johannesburg.   It became
famous for its main attraction, the Howick Falls.  The 95m high waterfall was called KwaNogqaza,
which means "Place of the Tall One", by the Zulu people.  According to local legend, the pool at the
bottom of the Falls is the residence of the Inkanyamba, a giant serpent-like creature, and
according to lore, only sangomas (traditional diviners) can safely approach the Falls.  Howick,
however, now has another tourist attraction - the Nelson Mandela Capture Monument. 
The fascinating sculpture, by artist Marco Cianfenelli, is made up of 50 steel poles that symbolize
the 50th Anniversary of the arrest of Nelson Mandela.  They range in height from 6 – 10 meters,
and, over 20 metres form a portrait of Mandela, when viewed from 35 meters and all the poles line
up. This is the site where he was arrested while driving incognito from Durban to Johannesburg on
the 5th of August 1962, after having been on the run from the Security Police for seventeen
months. It is here that he said goodbye to freedom for 27 years. Spend about 45 minutes here.
There is a lunch stop at the nearby Piggly Wiggly before setting off for our lodge.(Own account)
Accommodation: Ingeli Forest Lodge
Distance travelled 175 kms


22 Oct: Eastern Cape Coast (DBB)
This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the
birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way
of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch outside the capital of
Umtata. We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house adding in Qunu and gravesite
- arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in East London for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: The Kennaway
Distance travelled today: 520 kms


23 Oct: Eastern Cape Coast                  (BB)
Awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach
sand between our toes.  The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick
indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife.  We set off after lunch
heading south to Port Elizabeth.
Accommodation: The Kelway
Distance travelled today: 340 kms


24 Oct: Knysna  (DBB)
Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides
scenic walking opportunities.  A short walk to the Storms River offers some magnificent views
of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at our hotel. Dinner
this evening is included in a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Premier Hotel Knysna
Distance travelled today: 300 kms


25 Oct: Knysna              (LBB)
Today you will go on the Featherbed Tour.  Departs at 09h15 Returns at 14h00 with lunch
included. Begin the morning with a comfortable ferry ride across Knysna’s pretty estuary to the
secluded Featherbed Nature Reserve, home to the blue duiker, Knysna Loerie and other exquisite
feathered friends.
We take a 4x4 trailer ride to the summit, where the panoramic view of the Knysna Basin and way
out to sea, is one for the memory banks…and photographers! Knysna’s renowned for its age-old,
towering milkwood trees, and we amble through the cool forest, hugging the breathtaking
coastline, and head for a sociable buffet lunch served under the gentle milkwoods. Now that’s
what you’ll call a beautiful, soothing and most satisfying day. 
Accommodation: Premier Hotel Knysna


26 Oct: Cape Town   (BB)
Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Mossel Bay to visit the famous
Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam,
Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon. 
We make a stop at the prison from where Nelson Mandela was released.
Accommodation: The Portswood 
Distance travelled today: 540 kms


27 Oct: Cape Town (BB)
Walk to Freedom Tour including District Six Museum, Langa Township market and Khayalitsha
Township.  In the afternoon we take the ferry to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was
imprisoned for 18 years of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid.
Accommodation: The Portswood


28 Oct: Cape Town (BB)
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00. The remainder of the day will be
at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport.
Fly Cape Town to London and onwards to Dublin (arrive Dublin 29 Oct)


COST: €2495 PER PERSON SHARING


Includes:
Flights
Airport taxes
Transport in an air conditioned 36 seater vehicle
The services of a qualified and registered English speaking guide
Accommodation as specified in the above itinerary
Meals as outlined in the itinerary
Hotel & airport porterage.


Excludes:
Travel Insurance
All meals not specified in the itinerary
All drinks
Driver & guide gratuities during the tour


Deposit: €300 per person to be paid at time of booking.
Balance payable by 31st July 2014


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