Triumph of the Human Spirit

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Triumph of the Human Spirit

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Length of trip:

8 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 1000 to $ 1500

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

Cape Town, South Africa's 'Mother City', dominated by the soaring Table Mountain and surrounded by the wild Atlantic Ocean. The city itself is diverse, with grand colonial buildings and beautiful public gardens standing cheek to cheek with tin shacks and unfinished highways. Atmospheric suburbs frame the lower slopes of the mountain, while the Cape Flats lie further out, their sprawling townships a lasting testimony to the apartheid era. The highlights of this trips includes the following: Traditional Cape Malay dinner and choir performance. Cape Town City Tour. Rainbow Curtain Tour including Langa Choir performance. Explore the Cango Caves with a singing performance. Experience the thrill at Cango Wildlife Ranch. Visit an Ostrich Farm. Return train ride on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe. Ferry trip with John Benn on the Knysna Lagoon.


Trip Properties:


Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Cape Town

    Upon your arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by our representative who will assist you with your luggage. Follow the representative to the coach which will transfer you to your accommodation.

    Food and Dining

    Welcome Dinner will be served at Boeta Ebrahim’s where you will experience culinary delights of Cape Malay cooking while being entertained by a Malay choir singing slave and Malay songs.

    Hotel

    Overnight at a Superior Quality Hotel. B

  • Day 2 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    Cape Town, South Africa's 'Mother City', dominated by the soaring Table Mountain and surrounded by the wild Atlantic Ocean. The city itself is diverse, with grand colonial buildings and beautiful public gardens standing cheek to cheek with tin shacks and unfinished highways. Atmospheric suburbs frame the lower slopes of the mountain, while the Cape Flats lie further out, their sprawling townships a lasting testimony to the apartheid era.

    Sightseeing

    On the Cape Town City Tour we visit the Company Gardens which was once the vegetable garden feeding the inhabitants of the city. The garden supplied fresh produce to revive the scurvy-ridden crews of Dutch trading fleets on their long haul between Europe and the Indies. That humble patch of ground still flourishes today, though over the centuries it has changed beyond recognition: it is now one of southern Africa's most attractive and botanically most interesting city parks.

    Sightseeing

    We then proceed to the picturesque Malay Quarters in Bo Kaap. It is a multicultural area, tucked safely into the fold of Signal Hill. Use the cobble stoned streets as your guide and you will be lead into a lively suburb filled with brightly colored houses from the nineteenth and seventeenth century, Muslim saints’ shrines and many beautiful Mosques including the first established Muslim Mosque in South Africa.

    Hotel

    Overnight at a Superior Quality Hotel. B

  • Day 3 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    Discover the multicultural side of Cape Town and interact with the locals. From District Six where forced removals changed the lives of many people to informal settlements where traditional healers and shebeens add to the rich culture of township life.

    Sightseeing

    We call this tour the Rainbow Curtain Tour because our tour is a cross cultural voyage of discovery into the many facets of South African society. This tour is completely interactive and encompasses the history of the lives and development of the disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, starting in 1652.

    Sightseeing

    District Six was once the home of thousands of Capetonians of all hues and cultures. In the 1960’s all these people were forcibly removed from their homes due to the separate development policy of the apartheid government. These people were then scattered all over the Cape Peninsula (as far from the city center as possible) to areas known as the Cape Flats. On our tour we visit the original site of District Six (now a barren wasteland) as well as the District Six Museum.

    Sightseeing

    Langa - The oldest formal township in Cape Town. Be met by the Langa Choir. In Langa you learn about the hostel system that was initiated by the former government to house migrant workers (men) who came to the city to work but were not allowed to live in the city. You also get a sense of what township life is like. Visit the Chris Hani Community School in Langa and interact with the students and teachers. On our tour you learn the history of Langa and see the living conditions of thousands of Capetonians who were previously disenfranchised. You also get the sense of the spirit of the ‘New South Africa" that exists here.

    Sightseeing

    Khayelitsha - It is here that we spend the bulk of our time. This is the largest informal settlement in Cape Town. We take you see the informal housing (shacks) as well as to see the underground economy that operates here. We visit residents in their homes as well as a township tavern/shebeen.

    Robben Island Ferry Service is the official transport facility to Robben Island for a tour never to be forgotten.

    Sightseeing

    The Robben Island tour includes a visit to the lime quarry, which was used by the prisoners to mine lime. The harsh white light and heat in the quarry in summer and the long, wet winters made it an extremely uncomfortable space to work in. A visit to the maximum-security prison, home to Nelson Mandela for many years, is one of the important highlights. This section includes the single cells in which Nelson Mandela and other prisoners spent their prison time in. In the village tour you get to see the leper cemetery, Sobukhwe house, WW II gun batteries as well as the houses used by the warders.

    Hotel

    Overnight at a Superior Quality Hotel. B

  • Day 4 - Cape Town

    Wine

    Enjoy a winelands tour with a difference. We call this tour the Winelands Freedom Route. Today we visit Nelson’s Creek, a wine farm which a portion was handed over to the labourers. We enjoy a glass of wine and listen to the new owners explain how they became able to develop and sell one of the best wines on the market under their own label. This represents economic freedom. On the farm you will have the opportunity to taste and purchase some wines.

    Food and Dining

    A picnic lunch will be served in this scenic paradise. Then join us for a drumming session. This interactive group drumming is the most fundamental way to reduce stress and to learn to work together, celebrate success, build community , build team spirit, relax, and break down racial, political, cultural, gender, and age barriers.

    Sightseeing

    We then visit the fascinating winelands area including wine tasting along the way. We will visit various monuments such as the Huguenot Monument which is symbolic of religious freedom. The Taal Monument which represents language freedom. This follows the Pniel area .This is the area that slaves were banished to from Cape Town in the 1800’s. This is a symbol of freedom of slavery.

    Sightseeing

    From here we take the long road to freedom to the Mandela House at Victor Verster Prison. This is the house that Nelson Mandela occupied at the prison. Here you will be fascinated by anecdotes such as important meetings and decisions taken in the house and also tales of espionage and deceit. Here we listen to first hand accounts of the life of Nelson Mandela from wardens who looked after him during his stay. This represents political freedom.

    Sightseeing

    Depart for Oudtshoorn via the Route 62. Route 62 is a tourist route that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route and Port Elizabeth, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway. It's an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and the abundance of trees and indigenous flora - all contribute to making the Breede River Valley and the Klein Karoo two of the Western Cape's most diverse regions. The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as the multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure — whether this is in the physical sense or simply a kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility. B/L/D

    Hotel

    Overnight at a Superior Quality hotel. B/L/D

  • Day 5 - Oudtshoorn

    Sightseeing

    Tucked away in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, only 28km from Oudtshoorn, lie the Cango Caves - a place of great natural beauty, and a national monument. Listen to a young talented girl’s voice echo through the caves. For more than 20 million years, rainwater has flowed through fissures and seeped through cracks in the earth's face, scouring and dissolving rock and limestone to form the vast halls and tunnels of the Cango Cave system. Be led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide. The cave extends for 5.3km, in a series of large phreatic chambers connected linearly by low passages and crawls. The main aesthetic attractions, and therefore tourist appeal, of the Cave lie in the large size of many of the chambers, and in the spectacular speleothems. The narrower passages, especially the Devil's Chimney, can be visited by anyone. B/D

    Hotel

    Overnight at a Superior Quality Hotel. B/D

  • Day 6 - South Africa

    Sightseeing

    Today we visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, the Garden Route's premier conservation destination where you can meet a host of endangered animals. Cango Wildlife Ranch is internationally recognised for its far-reaching conservation efforts and one of the leading breeders of cheetah in Africa. Experience the thrill of stroking one of their hand reared cheetahs. An entry fee towards their conservation fund is required - minimum age is 16 years. From a raised walkway, the Catwalk, you will see cheetah, lion, puma, jaguar and white Bengal tigers in action. You'll discover their habits and find out fascinating facts about these noble creatures.

    Sightseeing

    The snake park exhibits unusual and rare reptiles from all over the world, such as the giant albino Burmese Python, the extraordinary looking prehensile skink (lizard) and the 4m long King Cobra, the most deadly snake in the world!

    Sightseeing

    Wander along a variety of crocodile and alligator pools accommodating more than 300 Nile crocodiles. These feared predators range in size from 50cm babies to 4m monsters. Experience a fascinating tour of fact or fable with the multilingual guides as they venture into the crocodile enclosures.

    Sightseeing

    Next we visit an Ostrich Farm. Under the guidance of trained multilingual guides the tours include the opportunity to stand on an egg, or the more daring may even ride an ostrich. B

    Private Car Service

    Be transferred to Knysna.

    Hotel

    Overnight at a Superior Quality hotel. B

  • Day 7 - South Africa

    Train

    The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is the last steam hauled scheduled passenger train operating in Southern Africa and runs daily between George and Knysna. The route of the Choo-Tjoe is from George, via Victoria Bay, Wilderness, Sedgefield and Goukamma to Knysna and encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in South Africa in the heart of the Garden Route Lake District. The section from Victoria Bay along the Cliffside and over the Kaaiman’s River viaduct to Wilderness is the highlight of the journey. The railway line between George and Knysna was opened to traffic in 1928 and when built was regarded as one of the most expensive sections of line in the world - today it is rated the most beautiful.

    River or Barge Cruise

    On return to Knysna you will board the John Benn for a river cruise. This unique vessel has carried many local and international travelers on the Knysna lagoon over the years.

    Food and Dining

    You can enjoy sumptuous local specialties with a sea food emphasis while cruising sedately past yachts and oyster beds on 1½ hour lagoon cruise to The Heads. B

    Hotel

    Overnight at a Superior Quality hotel.

  • Day 8 - Cape Town

    Check out of your hotel and be transferred the airport for your domestic flight to Cape Town in time to catch your international your flight home. B

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