Highly authentic and vested in the local culture, this adventurous, two-week tour celebrates experiences that are yet to make the guidebooks. Venture off the beaten track in South Africa, and you will unravel the threads of a Rainbow Nation. Think Xhosa lifestyles, Zulu traditions, Bushman art, township culture, and enchanting histories that are narrated by specialist guides. Trek to the world’s second-highest waterfall, lounge on Durban beaches, and uncover the cradle of humankind.
Johannesburg – A Reinvented City Center
Central Johannesburg has reinvented itself over the last decade, mostly due to small, independent businesses and pop-up establishments. Once-derelict areas have become thriving social hubs, where boutiques and cafes meet with breweries and street art. You will be able to feel a high-paced city energy as you begin to explore the strands of the Rainbow Nation. After your airport transfer, you will spend the remaining afternoon and evening around these vibrant areas, including the Maboneng precinct. This will prove an ideal introduction to the country’s multicultural spirit and modern verve.
Johannesburg – Exploring the Cradle of Humankind
Drakensberg – Rock Art in South Africa’s Mountain Range
Drakensberg – Hiking to Tugela Falls
Drakensberg – A Day Trip to Lesotho
Durban – Traditional Zulu Culture
Durban – Discovering a Cultural Legacy
Port St Johns – First Impressions of the Transkei
Port St Johns – Indian Ocean Beaches and Rolling Hills
Port St Johns – At Home With Xhosa Culture
Cape Town – Sunset from Kloof Corner
Cape Town – Bo Kaap and District Six
Cape Town – Art and Change on the Woodstock Streets
Cape Town – Departure
- Connect with a traditional Xhosa culture during your three days in the Transkei region
- Trek to the world’s second-highest waterfall: Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg
- Explore the colorful history of Bo Kaap, District Six, and Woodstock, which are three unique Cape Town neighborhoods
- Discover the Zulu way of life by visiting a rural, KwaZulu-Natal community
- Surround yourself with ancient stories when exploring rock art in the Drakensberg
- Wander along a historical trail through Soweto and follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela
- Bask in a day spent in Lesotho, which is a mountainous kingdom that is completely off the beaten track
- Lounge on Durban beaches and feast on the city’s multicultural heritage
- Marvel at the sunset from a secret point on Table Mountain
- Uncover the Cradle of Humankind, which is home to 40% of the world’s hominid fossils
Harmony is at the heart of the Rainbow Nation. In this country of 11 official languages, there is now a wonderful sense of different tribes and people that coexist together. At the same time, there is a colorful celebration of individual culture and tradition. This off-the-beaten-track, two-week tour will unravel some of the individual threads that make up the foundation of the Rainbow Nation. You will explore ancient stories with a trip through the Drakensberg mountain rock art in addition to discovering old-world lifestyles while visiting small Xhosa villages in the Transkei. In KwaZulu-Natal, you will witness how tradition is carried forward into today, while Cape Town’s old gray neighborhoods can illustrate how modern multiculturalism thrives.
These two weeks will also showcase some of South Africa’s most majestic landscapes. You will travel from the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho and the world’s second highest waterfall to the rolling Transkei hills and vast Indian Ocean beaches. Your stop Table Mountain will be at the end of your two weeks, and rather than the crowded cable car, you will visit a hidden spot for watching the sunset. In Johannesburg, you will explore the Cradle of Humankind. Durban is a city with a natural backdrop that is nearly as impressive as Cape Town.
With this adventurous tour, you will fly to Johannesburg and spend your first two nights in the city. Here, you will discover a colorful and reinvented city center along with the highlights of Soweto and the Cradle of Humankind. After a four-hour, private transfer, your next three nights will be spent in the Drakensberg, which is a mountainous region with UNESCO World Heritage status due to a phenomenal abundance of rock art. You will spend a day here of exploring the art, hiking upon Amphitheater Summit to Tugela Falls, which is the world’s second highest waterfall, and indulging in a day trip to the kingdom of Lesotho. Zulu culture will be a highlight as you travel to Durban on day six, and your guide will provide insight into old traditions that have survived to the new world.
Durban is a city with a rich cultural history in addition to a magical, oceanfront location. After two nights, you will follow the ocean to the Transkei, which is an area that enjoyed de facto independence during apartheid. This is where Nelson Mandela and most of the key ANC members lived. You will spend three nights in Port Saint Johns, where you will uncover the country’s history and culture on a land that is mostly unchanged. From the town of Mthatha, you will then fly to Cape Town for three more days of off-the-beaten-track experiences in the Rainbow Nation.
$5,595 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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