South Africa·August 18 - 23 2023
Enjoy a mix of City Life and Culture in the Motherland!SOLD OUT
If you have been curious about what it feels like living in South Africa? LETS GO CHECK OUT! Certified Africa has curated this transformative trip. South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations offers the urban thrills of the mother city, incredible mountains, vineyards and ocean. Also the world-renowned Winelands and Garden Route lakes and forests. Johannesburg has a very diverse populations from all country and parts of Africa thus making the City a melting pot of different cultures that accommodates everyone. You will experience intriguing adventure, culture and also learn about the strugles of the black South Africa during the dark years. Join Certified Africa for this epic experience to the land of many languages.
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Our drive to the city centre takes us past famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company and City Hall, a baroque building and the Grand Parade. As we follow the city’s main thoroughfare, Adderley Street, we will see St. George’s Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We will pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter [also known as the Bo-Kaap] which means "Above Cape" because of its location up against the slopes of Table Mountain.
You will be offered the option of continuing to Table Mountain, where you can ascend to the top [weather permitting] by the revolving cable car. Here, you'll see wildflowers and the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. On a clear day it is even possible to see Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on one side and Cape Point on the other
• City Tour 45 min
• Signal Hill 45 min Including Photo Opportunities
• Table Mountain 2Hrs Including Photo Opportunities
Depart for the “Cape Flats” and head toward the Athlone magistrate courts and visit the memorial of Robert Waterwitch and Coline Williams. Still decades after their deaths, what happened that night in Athlone is still not clear as to how they died in July 1989. Your guide will then continue to Belgravia, Thornton Road to visit the Trojan Horse Memorial and inform you of the Trojan Horse Massacre that occurred on the 15th of October 1985.
Then a slow drive through to Gatesville and see the Radha Krishna Mandir hindu temple and The Gandhi Memorial School. You will also drive past South Africa’s oldest night club. This is where political rallies were held by such as activists such as Trevor Manuel and Dullah Omar to name a few. Depart for Bonteheuwel where you will be welcomed by a local historian who will share the history on apartheid and personal experiences of living in Bonteheuwel.
As you enter Rylands/Gatesville which had a significant role in the entrenching of Indianness leading to energised culture and religious activities. Your guide will share the colourful history of the people, their traditions, the history of the “Trojan Horse memorial”.On meeting the street food master will who then accompany you on a stroll through the market while explaining the ingredients & spices used in their traditional cooking. A stop at the local spice shop, smell and touch your way through the exotic herbs and spices used in Cape Malay cooking.
You have a chance to walk around the open space market with colourful shops and experience the different types of cultures. You will be able to interact with the locals.
Our drive today will include the country's principal wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, with a stop en
route for lunch (for own account). Our day starts with a visit to Paarl where you will be struck by the beauty of the Valley, the pristine blue sky, the rolling vineyards and the Pearl of Paarl set high above the valley. Paarl made headlines when President Mandela was released from the Groot Drakenstein prison (formerly known as Victor Verster prison), on the outskirts of the town, to freedom and the start of the new South Africa. We enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour at one of the local estates. From Paarl, we'll continue north-west to the beautiful village of Franschhoek, near the Drakenstein Mountains founded in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing the Huguenot religious persecution in Europe.
A memorial in the town commemorates the arrival of these early settlers who helped develop the wines sought after by Napoleon, Bismarck and royalty such as Edward VII, the Prince of Wales. Here we will stop for lunch (for own account) and another wine tasting at a vineyard. We'll then head to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country's wine region.
Enjoy a final wine tasting before returning to Cape Town.
• Stellenbosch Central & 1 x Wine tasting Including Photo Opportunities – 3hrs
• Paarl 1 x Wine-tasting Including Photo Opportunities – 1hr
Franschhoek Master Tasting – 1hr & 30min Including Photo Opportunities.
Gala Dinner will be at Gold Restaurant Guests at GOLD Restaurant cannot help but be swept up in the excitement of archetypal African stories told through our live entertainment. This includes praise singing to welcome you, Mali puppetry, and dancing to the rhythms of the marimba percussion and djembe drums. As community is everything in traditional African culture, at the end of the evening, all the staff voluntarily join in the festivities. It is their way of coming together as a family, to celebrate with you, and to wish you well until you we see you again. Feel the heartbeat of Africa with our pre-dinner interactive djembe drumming session every evening at 18:30.
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Transfer to Cape Town International Airport in time for outbound flight.
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WOW!!!!!! Let's just say, it would be very difficult to verbalize how great our trip was as a result of booking with Certified Africa. My wife and I are avid travelers, touching 16 countries so far. We usually create our own itinerary and almost ALWAYS focus on hanging with locals to gain the most intimate and organic experiences possible. Nonetheless, this was our 15-year Anniversary trip and thought it would be a great idea to allow someone else to plan the trip and sit back and enjoy it. With only an introduction call to discuss some must haves and our set budget, Certified Africa DELIVERED!!!!!!!! Creating a custom itinerary that blew our minds and expectations. We have already begun planning our Tanzania and Zanzibar trip for 2022. From me and my beautiful wife to you........What are you waiting for????????????? Book your next trip to the Motherland with the only travel company we feel comfortable recommending, Certified Africa! Richard and Raquel
Richard & Raquel Morris
The Cresta Grande Cape Town is a 4 star hotel located in the heart of the city and within walking distance to most tourist attractions, large corporations, shopping, museums, Cape Town International Convention Centre, and restaurants and nightlife.
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