Mandela Soweto & Kruger Safari

Highlights: Johannesburg - Kruger National Other Departures: Manchester - £2129, Birmingham - £2129, Edinburgh - £2139, Cardiff - £2045 Itinerary: Day 1: Arrival in Johannesburg
Complimentary transfer to your hotel Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport:  Room: Guest Room 1 King (Bed & Breakfast) Situated at just a 10-minute drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport, this upscale hotel offers an ideal stopover point or a perfect base for an extended business stay. It lies just 35 minutes from Sandton and Pretoria and is set right in the heart of Kempton Park. Guests can take advantage of a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. The pristine hotel comprises superbly appointed bedrooms with elegant furnishings, complimented by wooden flooring and cool finishes while soundproof windows ensure a peaceful stay. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the on-site restaurant invites travellers to enjoy fine fusion cuisine, which can be served inside or on the hotel's terrace. Those more active guests can take advantage of the on-site gym facilities or take a refreshing dip into the sparkling outdoor pool. The bar is the perfect place to hold an informal business meeting or relax after a busy day of work or sightseeing. Hotel facilities:
Restaurant, Outdoor pool, Bars/lounges Recreational facilities:
Fitness facilities, Garden General facilities:
Free WiFi, Laundry facilities Day 2: Journey to Freedom - Full Day
Many South Africans gave much, some gave all, to achieve a truly democratic South Africa. Come join on this full day tour which shares some of the journey, pain and struggle of those heroes; witness the places, experience the diverse museums where these momentous, tumultuous years have been so well documented. Your day begins at the Kliptown Open Air Museum where delegates met in 1955 to adopt the Freedom Charter, now the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights and the South African Constitution. The next significant stop is the fascinating Regina Mundi Church, site of so many of the underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Standing in here, you can feel the tension, picture the intensity, the strain on the faces of those unthinkably brave souls, committed at any cost to changing the way of life of a nation. Your next stop is the Hector Pieterson Museum, where you start to unravel the cause of the devastating riots, before travelling past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum (own account). Lunch in Soweto at a local restaurant. Then continue your journey driving past the affluent suburb of Diepkloof, which is in stark contrast to the lower income areas seen earlier in the day, en-route to the iconic Apartheid Museum. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of whites only privilege, through to Nelson Mandela's historic release. The Apartheid Museum is a multimedia experience, with documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts, recapturing life in the dark days of South Africa. It's a fascinating tour, filled with tales of bravery and sadness, but ultimately, it's a story with the right ending. Your experience highlights:
Kliptown Open Air Museum
Regina Mundi Church
Hector Pieterson Museum
Mandela House (own account)
Lunch in Soweto at a local restaurant (own account)
Apartheid Museum Excludes:
Gratuities for the guide. Day 3: Transfer & afternoon safari in open vehicle (Dinner Included)
After collecting clients from their lodge near or at the OR Tambe International airport shuttle/ bus terminal, we travel directly East, towards Hazyview, the Gateway to the Kruger National. The route takes us from the Johannesburg Highveld through the picturesque valleys of the Mpumalanga Lowveld. We arrive at the lodge in Hazyview between 11 AM & 12 PM; clients check into the lodge, have some lunch and then depart at 2 PM for an afternoon safari with your ranger. We only exit the park again at gate closing times - just before sunset. Clients enjoy dinner at the lodge before retiring to bed. Day 4: Full Day open vehicle safari in the Kruger National Park (Breakfast & Dinner included.)
Our safari starts very early, before sunrise, to the Kruger National ParR in our quality open safari vehicles. We enter the park at one of the best wildlife areas; here you will spend the day on a safari with your ranger and we will visit various water holes, lookout points & rivers. We have our breakfast, which will be packed by the lodge, at a local rest camp/picnic venue ana then continue our safari looking for the mighty Big 5, not missing out on over 100 mammal & 500 bird species - your ranger will ensure the very best experience & stop at a local rest camp for lunch where there is a great menu, then we continue with our safari. We return to the lodge late afternoon (between 3:30 & 4 PM) after a great day on safari. You can then relax and even jump into the swimming pool before we have dinner at and get to bed early again before the next day's Panorama Tour. Day 5: Full Day Panorama Tour (Breakfast & Dinner included.)
Today we awake slightly later and after a hearty breakfast at the lodge, we make our way in an air-conditioned closed vehicle towards the famous Panorama Route at about 9 AM. We will visit the world's third largest canyon - the Blyde River Canyon - as well as the Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, found in the Blyde River, and a small town called Graskop, where we will have lunch and do some souvenir shopping. We also visit the breathtahing God's Window, as well as Lisbon falls. It is meant to be an unforgettable, yet relaxed day. We return to the lodge at about 4 - 5 PM for some leisure time, a swim, and time to rest after the past few exciting days. We have dinner and get to bed for the next day's animal sightings in the Park. Day 6: Full Day open vehicle safari in the Kruger National Park (Breakfast & Dinner included.)
Today we depart before sunrise, Hazyview' is situated close to 2 entry gates to Kruger; this gives you the opportunity to see different areas of the Kruger Park and the guide will focus on finding different wildlife that might have alluded you on the previous safaris. We will visit various water holes, loobout points, rivers, and have our pre-pached breahfasts at a local picnic venue. After that, we will visit bird hides and looh for the mighty Big 5 again. Where we stop for breahfast and lunch depends on the guide's choice and the direction he chooses to tabe in the KNP on the day; seasons change and this also changes which areas we spend more time on safari. We return to the lodge {between 3:30 & 4 PM) for a swim, relaxing and catching up on the last few days of pictures and experiences. But be sure to get to bed early, as you will have to get up before sunrise again for your final safari the next day. Day 7: Morning safari in an open vehicle & transfer back to Johannesburg (Breakfast included.)
We depart early again from the lodge on your last safari, entering the parh as the sun rises. We will have another breakfast with the pacl:?s supplied by the lodge and continue the safari until 11 AM. Then we leave the parh and return to the lodge to collect the luggage. Clients are collected by the air-conditioned closed vehicle again to return to the shuttle terminal at OR Tambo and s.urrounding lodges (within a shm radius), arriving between 4- s PM. NB: Clients flying out of- OR Tambo on the last day should please not booh their flights any earlier than 19:00 PM, for domestic flights, and 20:00 PM, for international flights, as we cannot guarantee on-time arrival at OR Tambo International airport. Excluded:
All Lunches & Beverages
Items of personal nature

Offer Includes

Flights from London Heathrow with Qatar Airways
Airport taxes
6 nights accommodation as per itinerary
Journey to Freedom Includes: Regina Mundi RCC, Hector Pieterson Museum and Apartheid Museum
Safari Includes: Licensed and Professional Safari Guides, 1 Late Afternoon / Sunset Safari, 2 Full-day open vehicle safaris in the Kruger National Park, 1 Half-day morning safari in open vehicles, Transfers to & from Johannesburg O.R. Tambe Airport, 4 Nights Accommodation in Hazyview, 4 Conservation levies & entry fees, Mineral waters on all drives and 1 Panorama tour

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary