2020 South Africa Itinerary

(Subject to minor changes)
Tuesday, June 30:
  • Depart from your local city airport to Washington-Dulles International Airport where the tour will depart on South African Airways for Johannesburg, South Africa.
Wednesday, July 1:
  • Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa, 5:35 p.m.
  • DDK Tour group met by our South African host Rev. Dr. Joseph Tshawane, anti-apartheid activist; Founder/President, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.– Chief Albert Luthuli Transformation Centre, Johannesburg, musical artist, and past Moderator, South Africa Presbyterian Church.
  • Check-in Sandton hotel with dinner in Mandela Mall, Sandton, South Africa.
Thursday, July 2:
  • Daily breakfast at hotel.
  • Tour the indescribable “Apartheid Museum,” Johannesburg which gives the history and struggle against Apartheid in South Africa.
  • Lunch at Sakhumzi restaurant, Soweto.
  • Historical tour of Soweto: Mandela’s and Winnie’s Mandela home (site where he was arrested); Hector Pieterson Memorial (first youth killed in Soweto Massacre, June 16, 1976 where estimates up to 700 youth were killed by police); Historical Regina Mundi Catholic Church (site of mass rallies in Soweto and site of the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” hearings); Arch Bishop Tutu’s home.
  • Shopping at The Mall of Rosebank for your personal African souvenirs, etc. Bargaining for the best price is part of the culture, do not be afraid to bargain for items you desire.
  • Evening free to enjoy the night life of Johannesburg or just rest.
Friday, July 3:
  • Breakfast
  • Shopping which will satisfy all your desires for African wood and soap-stone head sculptures, art, frameable prints, dresses and souvenirs.
  • Visit Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. A college preparatory boarding school for girls, grades 8 – 12.
  • Relaxing lunch at “Carnivore Restaurant,” unlimited amounts of tasty African game meats cooked on an open fire and served on swords, vegetarian selections available. A pleasant bustling ambiance and efficient service combined to make your meal worth remembering.
  • Evening free to enjoy cultural dancing and entertainment, theatre in Johannesburg or just relax.
Saturday, July 4:
  • Breakfast
  • Visit the Union Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 miles from Johannesburg. This is the Administrative Office’s for the South Africa Government and the site where President Mandela was sworn into office.
  • A must see is “Sun City”, the two-hour ride through townships, farm land, and sugar cane fields as far as the eye can see sits like an oasis the renowned “Sun City.” A full variety of activities include casinos, mobile safaris; theatre; horse riding, golf, Valley of Waves and indescribable Palace Hotel in The Lost City. Whatever it is you’re looking for; you’ll find it at Sun City in South Africa.
  • Mobile safari through the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve. If we keep a sharp eye, we may see Africa’s ‘Big Five’ animals. (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant & buffalo)
  • Check in hotel Sun City.
Sunday, July 5:
  • Early breakfast and then depart for Johannesburg Tambo International airport for 10:55 a.m. flight to Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth is a tropical city located on the Indian Ocean, noted for its mile-long beaches.
  • Understand the tremendous contribution of anti-aparthied activist Steve Biko and Mkhuseli Khusta Jack. Biko was taken by police from Port Elizabeth, later killed by authorities in a Pretoria prison. Jack a grass root organizer led an effective Consumer Boycott Campaign in Port Elizabeth.
  • Afternoon of relaxing on the beach, shopping and site seeing.
Monday, July 6:
  • Set your clock early to see the rising of the sun over the Indian Ocean from your hotel room a sight inexpressible.
  • Daily breakfast
  • Drive the picturesque Garden Route from Port Elizabeth along the scenic Indian Ocean to the city of Knysna.
  • Lunch as we cruise in style on the Lagoon to the famous Knysna Heads in the Indian Ocean aboard the unique paddle-driven vessel.
  • Return to Port Elizabeth late evening.
Tuesday, July 7:
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Free day for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing on the beach.
  • 3:00 p.m. depart for Port Elizabeth International airport for our 5:55 p.m. flight to Cape Town. The two-hour flight takes us along the scenic “Garden Route” of the Indian Ocean to the southern part of South Africa.
  • Check-in Onomo Hotel Greenmarket Square, Cape Town.
  • Dinner at Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
Wednesday, July 8:
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Early morning tour of Robben Island and the prison where President Nelson Mandel was confined nineteen of his twenty-seven years. The boat ride to Robben Island is thirty-five minutes and ex-prisoners will serve as guides on the island. An indescribable experience.
  • Lunch on Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
  • Evening free for entertainment, sightseeing, etc.
Thursday, July 9:
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Day free for sightseeing, shopping, relaxing on the beach or just relaxing.
Friday, July 10:
  • Daily breakfast
  • Tour Stellenbosch wine lands in the Western Cape for wine tasting and buying.
  • Travel along the picturesque Indian Ocean to Cape Point, the most southern point of South Africa, where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Group DDK Tour dinner at “Mama Africa.” Be sure to note the spectacular sound of the all-wooden xylophones.
  • Enjoy the night life of Cape Town and the last evening in South Africa.
Saturday, July 11:
  • Daily breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m., group departs for Cape Town International Airport for 12:00 noon air travel to Johannesburg arriving at 1:55 p.m.
  • 5:40 p.m. depart Johannesburg, South Africa Airways #209 to Washington-Dulles, U.S.A. arriving 6:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 12:
  • Depart Washington-Dulles, 8:00 a.m. arrive 10:00 a.m., Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, United States of America. Welcome Home.