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Senegal & South Africa, 11 Days

Senegal (Dakar, Goree Island) South Africa (Cape Town, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Peninsular, Johannesburg, Lesedi Cultural Village, Soweto, Pilanesberg)

Experience the Culture and History of South Africa and Senegal. Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Robben Island, the former prison where Nelson Mandela spent many years and Goree Island, home to "The Door of No Return". Enjoy a view of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain. Visit Soweto where incredible stories come to life, and go on a safari at Pilanesburg game reserve in search of the 'Big 5'. In Dakar visit the vibrant markets and historical sites.

DAY 1: Arrive DAKAR

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Tour starts Monday, Thursday or  Saturday.

You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Early afternoon begin the city tour of Dakar and vicinity. Start from Independence Place, the heart of the city and pass by the presidential palace, the main cathedral and the mosque de la revelation.  The tour will show you the contrasts between some upscale residential areas and other more popular but less affluent neighborhoods. You will also visit must-see sites like Kermel, famous for its large variety of products from food to crafts, as well as for its location in a beautiful landmark Architectural building.   You may include the Ifan Museum and other highlights.  You will visit the Monument de la Renaissance/Africa Renaissance Monument; a 164 Feet high monument unveiled in 2010, overlooking Dakar and is taller than the Statue of Liberty.
The once controversial bronze statue is a popular attraction among locals as well as visitors. It features a man, woman and child pointing, a symbol of renewed African hope. The woman is now decently clothed, as conservative groups forced the government to lengthen her formerly short skirt, at a cost of more than US$ 10 million, to more modest length.

Included in the city tour is a visit to Dakar City Hall, an impressive structure featuring French-colonial architecture. Combined with its clock tower, this is one of Dakar’s most distinctive pieces of architecture. Although this is the city’s administrative building and city hall, it is open to the public almost like a museum.

Those sites not seen today will be visited tomorrow afternoon.

Meal(s) Included: Dinner

Overnight at Novotel Dakar

 

Day 2: GOREE ISLAND

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Depart on the 20 minutes ferry ride to visit the charming yet infamous Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the usually quiet streets lined with mostly pastel colored colonial era buildings. Among the   most famous building here is the House of Slaves which records the painful history of Goree’s past.
Observe the “Door of No Return” through which millions passed involuntarily. The tour includes a visit to the ethnographic museum and a lecture by the curator on the history of Goree Island.  The pace here is tranquil, almost relaxing,   compared to its exuberant neighbor only a 20 minutes ferry ride away. Return to Dakar and complete the city tour started yesterday.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Novotel Dakar

 

Day 3: PINK LAKE- CAYAR –DAKAR

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Early morning depart to Pink Lake, a rare natural phenomenon caused by a unique combination of microorganism and high concentration of salts which gives the lake its pink color.  Although this is a tourist attraction, it is also the means of livelihood for the Salt Harvesters.
Interact with the women harvesting salt. You may visit the Fulani village where you will be welcome by the Chief and his wives. You can get a better view of the surrounding area by taking a ride in a quad bike.

After Pink Lake travel to Cayar, a fishing community along the Atlantic coastline where donkey-drawn buggies are still a popular form of   transportation. Arrive in time for the spectacular return of the fishermen.  They bring tons of fish, and other seafood in their brightly painted dugout pirogues. The scene is alive with buyers, families, and children.

Return to Dakar  early evening.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Novotel Dakar

 

Day 4: DAKAR – JOHANNESBURG  – SOUTH AFRICA

Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

Arrive in Johannesburg late evening. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Rivonia Guest House

 

Day 5: JOHANNESBURG

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This afternoon drive to Lesedi Cultural Village, a multicultural village set amongst rocky hills where the cultures, customs and traditions of four of South Africa’s tribes are brought to life.  Get a presentation on the history and origin of the different ethnic groups and given a guided tour the four homesteads – Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Pedi. The tour is followed by a cultural performance by the four groups Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Pedi. The performance begins with a warm traditional African welcome. You will have the opportunity to join in the performances and display your talent. The tribal dance display is then followed by a Pan African Feast served in the Nyama Choma restaurant with delicacies from different regions of Southern Africa.

Meal (s): Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Rivonia Guest House

 

Day 6: JOHANNESBURG- PILANESBURG- JOHANNESBURG

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After breakfast drive to Pilanesberg Game Reserve the ideal destination for a day Safari, this is a reserve which boasts the “Big Five” and a host of other game species. The Pilanesberg lies in the crater of an ancient volcano and has some unique scenery and geology. The establishment of this reserve saw the biggest relocation project ever of wild animals and the reserve now boasts “The Big Five; lunch at a local restaurant.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Rivonia Guest House

 

Day 7: JOHANNESBURG – SOWETO

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Full day tour of Soweto, get an intimate understanding of South Africa’s history travel along the footpaths of the freedom fighters and experience the City of Johannesburg and Soweto through their eyes highlights will include:

  •  The Hector Petersen Memorial, the spot where 12 year-old Hector was shot during the Soweto uprisings.
    Regina Mundi Church. The church was a meeting place for activists deprived of any other place to meet.  It played a role in Soweto’s most significant day, when students, revolting against the imposition of Afrikaans teaching by the apartheid government, ran into the church. They were followed by police, who shot and injured many; firing teargas and damaging the marble altar and the figure of Christ, the bullet holes are still visible in the ceiling.
  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital the largest hospital in the world; named in honor of the African National Congress leader who was assassinated in 1993.
  • Mandela’s House comprising four inter-leading rooms, containing an assortment of memorabilia, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family as well as a collection of honorary doctorates bestowed on Nelson Mandela from universities and institutions around the world.
  • Freedom Square, the place where the Freedom Charter was adopted as the guiding document of the government.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Rivonia Guest House

 

Day 8: JOHANNESBURG- CAPE TOWN – ROBBEN ISLAND

cape-town-1562907_1920Transfer to airport for morning flight to Cape Town – meet, assist and transfer to your hotel. Take the afternoon ferry to Robben Island – a former prison now a very popular attraction and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening enjoy dinner at the Cape Town waterfront.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront

Day 9: CAPE TOWN- TABLE MOUNTAIN-CAPE TOWNSHIPS

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Early morning Tour of Table Mountain by cable car; the state‐of‐the‐art car rotates 360 degrees on its way to the top, offering a panoramic view of The City; at the summit take short walks enjoy the magnificent view of Cape Town. Continue on the City Centre, the Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope and the Milnerton Lighthouse for a view Table Mountain. In the afternoon go on a Cultural Tour of the Cape Townships,  an opportunity to interact with different Communities – visit Langa Cape Town’s oldest formal township, gaining insights into the recent past and the country’s struggle for democracy.  In Gugulethu  visit a community‐driven project and observe crafters at work.

This evening a special dinner will be in arranged in a home and accompanied with music and poetry. You will be invited to display your artistic and musical skills.

Meal(s) include: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront

 

Day 10: CAPE TOWN WINELANDS

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After breakfast, tour the Cape Town Wine Lands. Visit Paarl, Franschoek and Stellenbosch. Enjoy wine tasting in the Stellenbosch area and witness the wine making process from the vineyard to the bottle.

Late afternoon return to Cape Town.

Meal(s) Include: Breakfast

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront

 

Day 11: CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG/DEPART

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight, connecting in Johannesburg.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Tour Dates 2017

  • October 9-20
  • November 11-22

Tour Dates 2018

  • March 12-23
  • July 9-20
  • October 8-19
  • November 10-21

Starting price: $2895.00

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Round trip airport/hotel transfers
  • Accommodation in the properties listed
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guides
  • Admissions to all listed sites
  • Meals indicated

TOUR PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Flights
  • Cost of Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to drivers and guides
  • Meals not listed
  • Passport, immunizations and other personal items
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