Nelson Mandela Village, Museums, Villages and Safari
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During our South Africa Cultural Tours, we will introduce you to the people, history, culture, customs, traditions, lifestyle who have made South Africa into what it is to day. Visit the village where Nelson Mandela grew up, and tour the Nelson Mandela Museum in this tour.
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Day 1 - East London
Pickup guest from Umtata Airport and visit the Nelson Mandela museum. This is a very popular museum that gives you information about the struggle for freedom and Mandela's life, this is also where most of the gifts Mandela got from all over the world are displayed.
From here we proceed to Qunu the village where Nelson Mandela's home is and drive through the rural Transkei villages experiencing rural life.
We will drive via Kei-mouth where we will cross the river Kei on a river pontoon and be ferried to the other side and proceed to Kingwilliamstown.
We will depend on time here, things we cannot do this afternoon can be done the following day before leaving for Alice. I would like to suggest that we meet Mrs Biko, wife to Steve Biko the following day.
Anyway here we will visit the Bisho massacre memorial where 28 ANC marchers were gunned down while on a peacefull march in protest against the Ex-Ciskei homeland government. KWT/Bisho is also capital to the Eastern Cape Province.
We will stay overnight at Mnqgesha great place in the village. This is a big complex where the King of the Xhosa's in the area lives. Accomodation is rondavels(roundish traditional Xhosa houses) each depicting and representing each tribe of 40 that serve under this King, each having its own chief.
Day 2 - South Africa
Have breakfast and visit Steve Biko's home and grave at Ginsberg township in Kingwilliamstown.
Steve Biko died in the hands of the South African Police while in the struggle for freedom in this country. We will be able to meet Mrs Biko maybe at their home or grave yard it will just depend on her busy schedule.
Depending also on time, we can visit the Amathole museum popular with the history of the British settlers meeting with the Xhosa's in the 1800's with also a section about the Xhosa culture.
We will then proceed to Alice and check in at Mak & Mak guest house.
Alice is an educational centre for the Eastern Cape. This is where you get the historic Fort Hare University which educated many African leaders like Mandela, Bishop Tutu, Robert Mugabe and many more. It was the first black University in South Africa.
Arts, Crafts and Antiques
We will visit here the popular De Beers centenary art gallery where you will see art work done by Africans depicting township and village life and also interesting paintings about the days of the struggle.
Food and Dining
We will also be entertained by traditional dancing and have a taste on Xhosa traditional food for dinner and we will also be joined by historians from this historic little town surrounded by Xhosa villages.
Day 3 - South Africa
Have breakfast and continue with activities in Alice e.g visiting the villages, meeting with people and in the afternoon leave for Double drift game reserve which is 30 minutes away and check in.
We will do an afternoon game drive on an open vehicle and also do a short but challenging guided walking trail along the banks of the Great Fish river to see Hippo's. Overnight here.
Day 4 - East London
Private Car Service
Have breakfast and leave for East London which is about two and a half hour drive from here.
Depending on time left we can drive through Mdantsane township the second biggest township in Southern hemisphere on the way to the airport and visit the highway shopping centre where the local township folk do their shopping if they don't feel like going to East London, a bigger city.
This is very interesting to visit and the proceed to East London airport, drop off guest.
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