Explore South Africa

Day 1 | Johannesburg
Welcome to South Africa. At the airport we will meet our local guide who will take us to the hotel after a long flight. Depending on the arrival time, The South Africans will welcome us with a traditional SA braai (barbecue) for supper. (D)

Day 2 | Johannesburg – Soweto
Today we will learn the recent history of South Africa.First you’ll visit the Apartheid Museum
with its large blown-up photographs, metal cages and numerous monitors recording replays of apartheid scenes.
We wil
l soon feel that we were in the townships in the 70s and 80s, dodging police bullets or teargas canisters. We then depart for Soweto, the most famous of the black ‘townships’ that played such a crucial role in the struggle against apartheid. The ‘township’ tour will start with lunch at a local ‘shebeen’ followed by visiting the homes of Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tu tu. End the day with supper at a traditional SA steakhouse. (B, L, D)

Day 3 | Johannesburg – Maropeng
Let’s trace our Ancient History! After breakfast we visit a World Heritage
Site,The Craddle of
Humankind. By coming here, you are coming to the
birthplace of humanity. Welcome home! The site contains a complex of limestone caves, including the Sterkfontein Caves, where the 2.3-million year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus (nicknamed “Mrs. Ples”) was found in 1947 by Dr. Robert Broom and John T. Robinson. The name reflects the fact that the site has produced a large number, as well as some of the oldest, hominin fossils ever found. After an interesting visit we will explore Maropeng (the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind). Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. Afternoon we will spend in the nature and visit the
mountain range of Magaliesberg for tree canopy tour and other adventures
among these beautiful mo
untains Overnight in Johannesburg. (B, L, D)

Day 4 | Mpumalanga – Hazyview
We will leave Johannesburg for a panoramic tour of Mpumalanga to view Blyde River Canyon (the 3rd largest and only ‘green’ canyon in the world), look out over ‘God’s Window’, the unusual weathered rock formations at Bourke’s Luck and Pilgrim‘s Rest, an open air museum of a ‘gold rush’ town. After these amazing lanscapes and experiences, we will drive to our hotel in Hazyview. (B, L, D)

Day 5 | Hazyview – meet the locals
Today we spend the morning at Elephant Whispers for an interaction with these gentle giants. This experience, introduces us to six tamed and trained elephants who were rescued from planned game reserve culling operations by Elephants for Africa Forever (EFAF). We will get to witness their intelligence, compassionate nature and the sheer delight the elephant experience when interacting with their human counterparts. The mighty African Elephant is the world’s largest living land animal. Afternoon visit to a rural village near Hazyview, meet a Sangoma (a traditional healer of South Africa and the village chief followed by interactive evening at the Shangana Cultural Village for an
evening of local festivities. After dinner we will be transferred back to
Hazyview.
(B, L, D)

Day 6 | Hazyview – Kruger National Park
Enter Kruger Park, the flagship of South African game reserves, for a full
day of game viewing. We will enjoy lunch at one of the rest camps. We will do our last game drive at sunset in open air vehicle to spot the nocturnal animals and pick up the smells and sounds of the bush at night. (B, L, D)

Day 7 | Kruger National Park
Our 7th day we dedicate for game driving to spot the famous ‘Big 5′ (lion,
African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros). After the morning game drive we will have lunch at the camp and some relaxing time. We do another interesting game drive before the sunset and a delicious meal in the bush. (B, L, D)

Day 8 | Kruger National Park – Johannesburg
Depart after breakfast for Chimp Eden , a Jane Goodall Institute outside Nelspruit for a informative tour of chimpanzees. We will return back to Johannesburg for our final night and dinner.
(B, L, D)

Day 9 | Johannesburg
All good things come to an end. We will pack up after breakfast and be transferred to the airport for flight back home. Taking with you; smiles, new African friendships, enriched knowledge, African curios, photos and many warm memories for a life time. (B)

 

 

Starting price
10 – 15 students + 1 chaperone: $ 1 990 / student
(Price depends on the time travelling e.g. Christmas and New Years periods are peak season)

Price includes:
All the transfers mentioned in the program with van, accommodation in an economic hotel, all the meals as mentioned in the program (B, L, D), all the activities mentioned in the program with entrance fees, a Students Journey guide

Price does not include:
International flights, beverages and meals not specified, phone calls and personal expenses, travel insurance, visas, all other services stated as optional or not explicitly stated as included.


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