South Africa Apartheid Route
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This trip will not only give you an insight into the history of apartheid and the birth of our new democracy. It will also take you through some lovely scenery.
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Day 1 - Johannesburg
Fly in to Johannesburg, relax.
Day 2 - Soweto
Do a tour of Soweto, where you will be shown the Hector Peterson memorial, the Regina Mundi Church and many other sites which have a fascinating history.
Day 3 - Soweto
Visit Museum Afrika and the Apartheid Museum at Gold Reef City.
Day 4 - Durban
Drive towards Durban, stopping near Midmar, to see the small monument where Nelson Mandela was arrested prior to the Rivonia Trial. Go through the city of Pietermaritzburg, where you will find a statue of Mahatma Gandhi built on the place where he was arrested for riding in a whites only train carriage. He claimed that his policy of passive resistance started then and there.
Food and Dining
Try to hit Durban on a weekend, and spend the evening at the Rainbow Restaurant one of South Africa's oldest Jazz venues, and a place which has had a multicultural, non-racial vibe for years.
Day 5 - Durban
Leave early in the morning and drive through the beautiful rural Transkei, which was once a nominally independent bantustan. Conveniently on the N2, is the small village of Qunu, where Nelson Mandela grew up.
You can see his house (the new one, not the one he lived in as a child) from the road. A museum is planned. Head off towards Hogsback, a lovely forested mountain retreat.
Day 6 - Port Elizabeth
Visit the University of Fort Hare, where many of our leaders studied, but only if you have been able to organise a guide, otherwise it just looks like a small country university. Then drive down to Grahamstown, stopping in Kingwilliamstown to visit the grave of Steve Biko (more about him later). In Grahamstown, do an 'alternative' historical tour of the city. It's quite an eye-opener if you compare it to the standard fare dished up as historical truth. (We all know there is more than one truth, anyhow.)
Either continue on to Port Elizabeth (about 100 miles) or overnight in Grahamstown. Spend the night in either Grahamstown or Port Elizabeth.
Day 7 - Port Elizabeth
Do a cultural tour of Port Elizabeth, taking in the cell where Steve Biko was tortured before his death, and the South End Museum.
Day 8 - Cape Town
Fly to Cape Town.
You could drive but it is a long way so, if you decide to drive, rather take an extra day, stopping over in Plettenberg Bay or Knysna and enjoying the scenery.
Day 9 - Cape Town
Do an escorted tour of Langa, Gugulethu, Nyanga and Crossroads, where much of the action of the anti-apartheid struggle happened. A visit to the Bokaap and its museum will give you an insight into Cape Town's Muslim community.
Day 10 - Cape Town
Of course, you can't possibly miss Robben Island, where many of our present leaders were incarcerated. The District Six Museum is well worth a visit, and you can stand on the Grand Parade, looking up at the wedding cake facade of the City Hall from which Nelson Mandela gave his first address as a free man in 1992.
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