African Travel is offering a new South Africa travel program called “In The Footsteps of Mandela,” which is based on the life of the leader who led South Africa out of its apartheid period to its first fully democratic government. The itinerary focuses on the history of South Africa through a series of excursions and encounters. Guests will enjoy intimate multi-ethnic interactions, including dinner in the home of a local family, and they will be touched by personal interactions with South Africans. An introduction to the natural beauty and wildlife of South Africa will unfold during their stay at a luxury safari lodge.
The phrase “Rainbow Nation” was coined by the Rev. Desmond Tutu and elaborated upon by President Nelson Mandela in his first month of office, when he proclaimed, “We have triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of the millions of our people. We enter into a covenant that we shall build the society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity — a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.”
The eight-day program includes three nights at The President Hotel, Cape Town; two nights at Balalaika, Johannesburg; and two nights at Kapama River Lodge, Kruger Private Reserve. Clients will explore a Cape Town area township gaining insight into daily life, visiting the shops and a shebeen (local bar) and a traditional Xhosa healer. They will discover the heritage and history of South Africa on a full schedule of excursions including a ferry ride to the infamous Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. They will experience wildlife viewing in 4×4 vehicles and a visit to the Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species.
African Travel has 35 years experiences offering custom wildlife adventures to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia including Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania including Zanzibar, Rwanda and Uganda including gorilla trekking, Mozambique, Seychelles, Mauritius, Egypt and Dubai. African Travel is part of The Travel Corporation, which also includes Trafalgar, Contiki, Brendan Vacations, Insight Vacations, Red Carnation Hotel Collection and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. For more information, visit www.africantravelinc.com. or www.admastravel.com