- Visit the neighborhood where Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu grew up
- Spend a few days among the animals of Kruger National Park
- Experience the Jazz Age at the Marabi Jazz & Dinner Club
- Walk among humanity's ancestors at the Cradle of Humankind
|Arrive in Johannesburg, Dinner at Sanctuary Mandela
|Visit Soweto & Apartheid Museum
|Transfer to Kruger National Park & First Game Drive
|Kruger National Park
|Spend a Day in the Kruger Bush with Two Game Drives
|Kruger National Park
|Kruger Bush Walk & Game Drives
|Kruger National Park
|Transfer to Johannesburg, Maboneng Tour, Marabi Jazz & Dinner Club
|Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves, Yeoville Dinner Club
Day 1: Arrive in Johannesburg, Dinner at Sanctuary Mandela
Welcome to Johannesburg! Known as the "City of Gold" and "Jo'burg," South Africa's largest city is also one of the world's largest urban areas, with a sprawling system of surrounding townships that date back to the segregation of Apartheid. After transferring from the airport, settle into your accommodations and get ready for an exciting week of history, nature, and culture—starting with an unforgettable dinner at Sanctuary Mandela.
Day 2: Visit Soweto & Apartheid Museum
No trip to South Africa is complete without a stop in Soweto, a township of Johannesburg and perhaps the only place in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners—Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu—lived on the same street! Today, you'll tour Soweto by bicycle, and one of your stops will be at the open-air kitchen and restaurant Lebo's. Learn how to cook in traditional potjies (cast iron pots), blending together garden herbs and produce from the local market.On your way back to Johannesburg, stop over at the Apartheid Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of 20th-century South Africa with a focus on Apartheid. With permanent and temporary exhibitions, the museum offers guests the opportunity to learn about and bear witness to a particularly dark period in the country's history.
Day 3: Transfer to Kruger National Park & First Game DriveYour driver will be waiting this morning to transfer you east into the savannas of Kruger National Park, where you'll spend the next three nights on a safari adventure. Kruger is Africa's oldest and largest national park, encompassing over 7,580 square miles (19,633 sq km) and six distinct ecosystems. It's also considered one of the best locations to spot the Big Five of African wildlife: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and Cape buffalo.
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Day 4: Spend a Day in the Kruger Bush with Two Game DrivesThe best time to spot Kruger's famous residents (including the popular Big Five) is in the early morning and late afternoon, when the sun is not too hot, and the animals are more active. Today you'll embark on two game drives, starting at dawn as the sun rises over the savanna. Spend as much time as you like observing the flora and fauna of Kruger, stopping along the way to visit busy waterholes, scenic viewpoints, and beautiful picnic sites, where you can take a break from all the wildlife spotting and stretch your legs.
Return to camp late morning for breakfast and some relaxation, then enjoy a late lunch before heading back out for the afternoon/night game drive. After an unforgettable Kruger sunset and an evening of nocturnal animal spotting, you'll return to camp to enjoy another delicious dinner under the stars or in the camp restaurant.
Day 5: Kruger Bush Walk & Game DrivesOn your last day in the bush, your guide will tailor your morning and evening drives to give you the best chance to see any animals that you haven't spotted yet. Besides the Big Five, Kruger National Park is home to mammals like cheetahs, zebras, and wildebeests, as well as plenty of birds, crocodiles, snakes, and other creatures. For a slightly different, but no less remarkable, experience, consider going on a bush walk to get a closer view of the park's mountains, bush plains, and tropical forests.
Day 6: Transfer to Johannesburg, Maboneng Tour, Marabi Jazz & Dinner Club
After breakfast at the lodge, your driver will pick you up for the transfer back to Johannesburg. Discover more of the eastern side of the Inner City today with a walking tour of Maboneng, a former industrial area turned thriving arts district. Meaning "Place of Light" in Sesotho, one of the official languages of South Africa, the neighborhood is home to former warehouses transformed into bars, boutiques, and art galleries. You'll pass by many points of interest today, among them the Southern Hemisphere's largest used bookstore and the city's oldest healer's market.In the evening, you're off to the Marabi Club, Johannesburg's premier jazz venue. Located downtown and tucked away in the basement of Hallmark House, a modernist boutique hotel, Marabi has a fun, speakeasy vibe. After all, the club has its origins as an illegal shebeen (bar) in the 1920s and 30s. Once you sit down inside, the impeccably dressed staff will be there to serve fine food and drink accompanied by the best live jazz in the city.
Day 7: Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves, Yeoville Dinner Club
Today, your guide will drive you north to the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage site that sits on a whopping 116,139 acres (47,000 ha) of land. The site boasts the highest concentration of human ancestral remains in the world. You'll tour some of the places where these remains were discovered, including the Sterkfontein Caves, where a 2.3 million-year-old fossil of Australopithecus africanus was uncovered in 1947, and learn more about the development of hominins, at the Maropeng Visitor Center.Tonight, enjoy a meal that is at once welcoming and worldly when you visit Yeoville Dinner Club. Tucked away in an area of Johannesburg's inner city known for its diverse pan-African population, this private restaurant is owned by chef Sanza Sandile, who cooks and hosts dinner each night. Expect to share the table with folks from all over the world as you enjoy vibrant conversation and several courses of African dishes created with ingredients from the market just down the street.
Day 8: Depart Johannesburg
Your South African adventure draws to a close today as your private driver collects you from your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination. Safe travels!
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