Highlights
  • Seven day itinerary introduces the landscapes and culture that influenced Madiba.
  • Travel through the Transkei homeland and explore Mandela's birthplace
  • Enjoying a traditional Xhosa meal at the village of Qunu where he grew up
  • Visit Mandela Museum which recounts his life and you will meet a sangoma healer to learn about Xhosa traditions, medicines and beliefs.
  • Delve deeper into the region's history, exploring the Eastern Cape battlefields where the original struggle for freedom began.

The seven day itinerary introduces the landscapes and culture that influenced Madiba. Travel through the Transkei homeland and explore Mandela's birthplace, enjoying a traditional Xhosa meal at the village of Qunu where he grew up.

Trip Description

Top 50 tours by Nat Geo. Tour Operator: Red Savannah; Tour focused on Nelson Mandela's life.

 
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This is a unique tour that introduces the landscapes and culture that influenced the late Nelson Mandela. Travel through the Transkei homeland and explore Mandela's birthplace. Enjoy a tour through the Mandela museum and see the famous sliding rocks that he played on as a boy. Visit the village where he was born, the church he was baptized in, and his family graveyard.

Mandela Landscapes: South Africa

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Highly Recommend January 2017

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Red Savannah are brilliant. They organised our 8 month family sabbatical a couple of years ago and did a stellar job, planning an unforgettable trip around the world. They were incredibly creative, responsive, flexible, helpful, and knowledgeable and we are very grateful. We have since used them for all our holidays, most recently in the wonderful North Island in Seychelles, and then Dubai. Highly recommend them for bespoke, unique, unforgettable holidays...
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Incredible trip December 2016

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Thanks to Rachel, we had an incredible trip to New Zealand. I don't think I can plan a trip without Red Savannah moving forward! Thanks for everything.

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superb! November 2016

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For the past two years, we have been utilizing Red Savannah for our trips overseas. We have had them design adventures for us to South Africa, the Mediterranean, the Maldives, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Each time, they have set the bar even higher for us and have shown us why they are the one of the best in the industry. Melissa Matthews - who recently oversaw our 32-Day trip to 6 countries - was superb and her and her team catered to us day and night, as well as surprised us with unique experiences that we could only have dreamed of... the journey was breathtaking and ran flawlessly. We highly recommend her and the Red Savannah team! Kudos!
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Good experience October 2016

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Wow, a tiny feature in The Times, headed - a holiday for active families - led us to Red Savannah and their Oman experience and possibly the best holiday of all time. It was incredible, every day something to do and see, ending up each night in the lap of luxury. We rode bikes, camels, quad bikes, swam in a remote wadi and saw desert sunsets, turtles and dolphins. Red Savannah made everything run so smoothly we almost didn't notice the joins. And we must mention the best guide we've ever had, Abdul. Truly a wonderful trip, thank you!
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Simply unforgettable experience October 2016

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Red Savannah planned our 10th wedding anniversary trip to Nambia, and it was a simply unforgettable experience. Aggie and her team were highly professional and knowledgeable about the locations, and put together a very well thought though itinerary tailored to our needs and requirements of the group. Every lodge we stayed in was first class in terms of location and service. All the logistics were flawless, from the dune hopper planes to the guided tours. A particularly highlight was the Living Desert Tour in Swakopmund by Chris, an extremely knowledgeable guy with a wonderfully dry sense of humour, who explained to us the full eco-system of the desert and showed us so many creatures living under the sand. We loved his whole philosophy on sustainability and his stories appealed to both children and adults. He had us riveted for 5 hours! Thank you Red Savannah for making this the trip of a lifetime!
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Itinerary

Day 1 - The Wild Coast

On arrival in East London, South Africa, visit the world famous East London Museum (if weekday) for a perspective of the region. Afterwards transfer to the Wild Coast, to Prana Lodge. Set in a prime location overlooking the spectacular Chintsa Bay on a 17 acre private beach estate, this property offers friendly and attentive service, total privacy, mouth-watering cuisine and a world class wine cellar. The accommodation consists of seven luxurious suites, each with a stylish interior, oversized bathroom and private patio featuring an individual plunge pool. Take a sunset horse ride on the beach.

Overnight: Prana Lodge

Day 2 - The Mandela Story

Today you will travel through the Transkei (the region where Mandela was born) to the small village of Qunu (where he grew up). Spend the rest of the day with your local guide visiting the Mandela Museum, the famous sliding rocks that he played on as a boy, the village where he was born, the church he was baptised in, and his family graveyard. Enjoy a traditional Xhosa meal at Qunu before returning to Prana Lodge for sundowners.

Overnight: Prana Lodge

Day 3 - The culture of Mandela's youth

Today you will depart early for Morgan Bay on the Wild Coast, located at the mouth of the River Kei. Crossing the river, travel along the Transkei absorbing the surrounding landscape, where not much has changed over the years. Next, set off up the Kologha river with your Xhosa guide before walking through the forest, where you will have a chance to learn about Xhosa traditions and medicines, all of which would have been common knowledge to Mandela. After a delicious sea food lunch at Trennery's Hotel, spend time with a traditional Sangoma healer and learn about Xhosa beliefs, which would have influenced Mandela during his life. Return to Morgan Bay Hotel for sundowners on the cliffs.

Overnight: Morgan Bay Hotel

Day 4 - The Crucible - Where the struggle for freedom began

This morning you will be depart for the Eastern Cape battlefields via Sutterheim, a Germanic colonial village, surrounded by mountains and indigenous forest. You will stop for breakfast at Eagles Ridge Hotel. Visit St Matthews Mission (learn about the role of the missionaries in Mandela's life and in the history of the Xhosa people. You will be driven down the valley in your 4 x 4 vehicle before enjoying a delightful picnic at Hogsback, which is 2,000 metres high. The afternoon will be spent on a guided tour of the Thumie Valley battlefields before continuing to Fort Beaufort (Fort Hare was Mandela's alma mater). In the evening you will be driven to Cavers Country guest house, a colonial farm renowned for its spectacular gardens and delicious food.

Overnight: Cavers Country Guest House

Day 5 - The collective memory; the Africa of our dreams

This morning you will be driven to Samara Game Reserve via Bedford, where you will learn about the life works of Sir Andries Stockenstrom, an influential military and political figure at the time. You will also stop for tea at Somerset House in Somerset East before continuing to Samara.

Few private game reserves boast the same extensive list of wildlife as Samara does whilst advocating an equally outstanding conservation scheme. The owners, Mark and Sarah Tompkins are passionate about maintaining this awesome expanse of land as well as the endangered species that live here, such as the Cape Mountain Zebra and South Africa's national bird, the Blue Crane. Karoo Lodge has spectacular views over the Karoo enjoyed from vast verandas. Rooms are elegantly appointed and are perfectly suited for those seeking privacy, romance and authentic charm.

Overnight: Samara Private Game Reserve

Day 6 - Samara Private Game Reserve

Today you will spend time exploring Samara, renowned for its breath-taking landscapes and spectacular scenery. Enjoy two daily game drives with the opportunity to walk & stalk with Cheetah.

Overnight: Samara Private Game Reserve

Day 7 - Depart Samara Private Game Reserve

Early morning game drive from Samara Private Game Reserve, return for brunch. Transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport, where you will depart on your flight to Johannesburg or other destination.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 4,335

Price Per Day:

$ 619 per day
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 985

From £2588 or $4,335 per person based on two people sharing a room on a group departure (8 guests). Single room supplement: £588 / $985 per person.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Start City
East London
End City
Port Elizabeth

Trip ID#: ManLanRed

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