South Africa offers visitors a unique combination of reflective history, wild nature, adventure activities and family-friendly fun. South Africa is big and travel options are very diverse. Johannesburg has witnessed much change over the past century and visitors can learn about this somewhat turbulent history first hand with a visit to Soweto (South Western Townships) where Nelson Mandela spent his early years. The star of South Africa is of course the safari! The most famous park is Kruger National Park with its adjacent private reserves, but each park in South Africa has its own benefits. Bumping through the African bush in a safari jeep reminiscent of Indiana Jones looking for animals like lions, rhinos, elephants and more is an experience like no other and will have the whole family telling stories for years to come!

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Begin your journey visiting the spectacular Victoria Falls where we will enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River and a tour of the famous falls. Next, head south to Johannesburg where we walk in the steps of Nelson Mandela and learn how kids were involved in the move to democracy. Then, it’s on to the infamous Kruger National Park. Spend morning and afternoons exploring the African Bush looking for the Big Five: elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalo and leopards, as well as smaller animals like zebra and giraffe.

Day 1:
Arrive Johannesburg by 9am for your transfer to the airport for our short flight to the world-famous Victoria Falls where you will enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River keeping an eye out for hippos and crocodiles.

Overnight 4 – 5-star hotel. (B)

Day 2:
Spend the day at leisure. You can choose to optionally tour the falls, go zip lining, peruse craft markets and more.

Overnight 4 – 5-star hotel. (B)

Day 3:
After breakfast, fly back to Johannesburg where you have free time to visit the colorful markets.

Overnight in hotel near airport. (B)

Day 4:
After breakfast, we visit Elephant Sanctuary where we get nose to trunk with Africa’s famous giants. Learn about elephants, their behaviors and conservation efforts. In the afternoon, you are free to explore local markets.

Overnight in Sandton Sun or similar. (B)

Day 5:

After breakfast, we head to Soweto, which houses the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners have lived. We will learn about the apartheid movement, how the kids of Soweto helped bring about an end to it and the beginning of democracy and about Nelson Mandela’s role. After lunch on your own and some time to peruse the shops, we visit a local school to meet the kids, learn how they live and deliver school supplies.

Overnight in Sandton Sun or similar. (B)

Day 6:
After breakfast, hop a flight to the northeastern area of the country near Kruger National Park. One of the biggest game reserves, the park is home to the Big Five: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo, as well as lots of other animals like cheetah, giraffe and zebra! Enjoy afternoon tea before heading out on an evening game drive where you will coast through the Savannah looking for all sorts of animals and learning about African wildlife.

Overnight at 4 – 5-star game lodge. (B, T, D)

Days 7 and 9:
Wake before the sun and head out for a morning game drive. Watch the sunrise in the African bush while watching for animals of all kinds. Return to the lodge for full brunch and some relaxation time or perhaps a walking safari. In the afternoon, enjoy afternoon tea followed by an evening game drive. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at 4 – 5-star game lodge. (B, L, T, D)

Day 10:
Head out on your morning safari for your last look at South African wildlife before returning for brunch and then departing to Johannesburg for your return flight home.

Overnight airport hotel. (B)


Elephant Sanctuary and Monkey Sanctuary.

Half day experience includes guided tour of monkey habitat: Walk along raised wooden platforms and across rope bridges viewing monkeys and learning about their behavior (sometimes first hand); and Elephant Experience: Learn about elephants and conservation efforts with hands-on activities like touching and feeding the elephants and walking with them (not riding). Tour includes transfer to/from Johannesburg hotel.

Full Day Soweto Tour:

Walk in the footsteps of freedom activists like Nelson Mandela and experience life in an authentic town ship. Start with an overview of Soweto and its history, then visit Regina Mundi Church, where students sheltered during the Soweto Uprising, followed by a visit to Hector Pieterson Museum where you will learn about the Soweto Uprising and the South African children’s role in ending apartheid. Next, take a walk through a temporary settlement where one room, tin-sided sheds shelter large families and learn about program to help these families. After lunch, where you may see some Zulu dancers, head to a local school where kids can interact with local kids and distribute school supplies collected from home. This is one of the most moving days of the trip as kids feel empowered to make a difference. Tour includes transfer to/from Johannesburg hotel.

Safari Game Drives:

Experience one the most epic Africa activities when you hop on a jeep and rumble
through the African bush spotting all sorts of animals like lions, rhinos and elephants and
learning about their behaviors.

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