Eleven Day History & Heritage Safari South Africa

Cape Town, Johannesburg and the Cape Winelands

Overview

An 11 day 10 night programme, with 4 nights in Johannesburg, 4 nights in Cape Town and 2 nights in the Cape Winelands.

Breakfast included at hotels, 6 lunches and 4 dinners included. Domestic flight included.

PROGRAMME SUMMARY


Day1. Johannesburg.
Arrival, check in, rest. Welcome and programme briefing over lunch at the hotel.

Wits Origins Centre. Pan African welcome dinner with Sanza Sandile. Overnight Johannesburg 1 of 3

Day2. Johannesburg.

A visit to Soweto, and the Apartheid Museum. Overnight Johannesburg 2 of 3

Day3. Johannesburg.

Johannesburg History walking tour, Constitution Hill. Overnight Johannesburg 3 of 3

Day4. Johannesburg / Cape Town.

Check out and fly to Cape Town. Table Mountain. City Walk. Overnight Cape Town 1 of 4

Day5. Cape Town.

Camissa Walk. Oranjezicht City Farm. District Six Museum. Overnight Cape Town 2 of 4


Day6. Cape Town

Revolution Route, Robben Island. Overnight Cape Town 3 of 4

Day7. Cape Town

Peninsula Route. Overnight Cape Town 4 of 4

Day8. Winelands

Check out and transfer to Winelands. Pniel History Walk and Pniel Museum. Traditional Home-cooked winelands lunch. Afternoon wine tastings. Overnight Winelands 1 of 2

Day9. Winelands

Avondale Eco Safari. Mandela at Drakenstein Prison. Farm to Fork lunch. Stellenbosch historical walk. Overnight Winelands 2 of 2

Day10. Cape Town

Free day. Sunset Cruise, Farewell Dinner. Overnight Cape Town 1 of 1

Day11. Cape Town

Check out, airport transfer, Fly home

PROGRAMME IN DETAIL


Day1. Johannesburg.
Arrival, check in, rest. Welcome and programme briefing over lunch at the hotel.

Wits Origins Centre. Pan African welcome dinner with Sanza Sandile. Overnight Johannesburg 1 of 3.

Welcome to Johannesburg. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel where an early check-in has been arranged. You have the rest of the morning free to rest and refresh a little.

At 12 midday your guide will meet you at the hotel restaurant for lunch for a welcome and programme briefing (lunch included in programme fee).

After lunch, we start our exploration with the origins of human life in Africa, at the Wits Origins Centre, hosted by one of the Centre’s history experts. The Centre is home to a vast array of palaeoanthropological, archaeological and genetic materials charting the origins of humankind. We spend about two hours here. If time allows, we pop into a bar around the corner and enjoy a local craft beer, or artisan coffee, and experience something of the contemporary city.

Then back to the hotel, there’ll be a little bit of time to refresh before we leave at 19h00 for dinner at Sanza Sandile’s magical Pan African Plate. This spread of Pan African dishes will be one of the culinary highlights of your visit. Sanza is a chef and art figure in Johannesburg (dinner included in programme fee).

You’ll be back at the hotel by 1030pm.

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Sanza Sandile’s Pan African Plate

Wits Origins Centre

Day2. Johannesburg.

A visit to Soweto, and the Apartheid Museum. Overnight Johannesburg 2 of 3.

We start the day in Soweto, going “back to the future”.  We are going to explore how Soweto is shaping the future of Johannesburg, meeting people who are doing that shaping. There will be elements of history weaved in (such as a visit to Mandela’s house), and a strong focus on Soweto’s importance to Johannesburg from a contemporary cultural and economic point of view.

Our Soweto visit will finish with lunch. For the afternoon, we are at the apartheid Museum, where we will go deep inside the system of oppression that shaped so much of our nation and our collective psychology.

We will have some time to rest at the hotel. Then at 1930, we transfer to the home of composer and musician Mac McKenzie for an African Symphony Safari - a performance by a chamber orchestra, performing Mac’s original works, with some delicious wines and snacks. Mr McKenzie also has powerful stories to share about his experience of being a musician during the apartheid era, of being in exile, of working against the the state police, and shares his insights as part of the evening.

Apartheid Museum

African Symphony Safari

Day3. Johannesburg.

Johannesburg History walking tour, Constitution Hill. Overnight Johannesburg 3 of 3.

We start the day with a historical walking tour of downtown Johannesburg, taking us on a rich journey into the history of Johannesburg.

We will have lunch at the Bambanani Urban Farm, in another part of the inner-city called Bertrams. Lunch is prepared by Refiloe Molefe, who started and runs this amazing farm, and made entirely of produce grown on the farm. Over lunch, Ma’m Molefe shares her experience of South Africa past present and future. This is a very special part of the programme.

After lunch we visit Constitution Hill, the former prison that housed famous liberation fights such as Winnie and Nelson Mandela and Fatima Meer, as well as tens of thousands of ordinary people. We will experience their Art and Justice tour, exploring a collection of art assembled by Justice Albie Sachs, and featuring some of the finest artists out of South Africa. This is a great way to unpack a lot of our political history.

Then it is back to the hotel. We have a dinner booking at a great Johannesburg restaurant tonight.

Refiloe Molefe, left, hosts lunch at the Bambanani Urban Farm

Constitution Hill Women’s Jail Cells

Day4. Johannesburg / Cape Town.

Check out and fly to Cape Town. Table Mountain. City Walk. Overnight Cape Town 1 of 4.

Check out after breakfast and transfer to OR Tambo Int’l airport for flight to Cape Town. Lunch at a restaurant close to the hotel.

After lunch we are joined by a special guest, and head up Table Mountain by cable car. From an elevated position we are able to spatially, historically and economically map out the city. Together

with our special guest, we begin to unpack the indigenous history of the city.

Later in the afternoon, we take a walk through the city, taking deeper the threads of indigenous, colonial and apartheid history that were introduced on Table Mountain. As part of the afternoon, we visit the Slave Lodge, where colonial history, and the impact of slavery on the city are explored.

The evening is free.

The Slave Lodge

View from Table Mountain

Day5. Cape Town.

Camissa Walk. Oranjezicht City Farm. District Six Museum. Overnight Cape Town 2 of 4

We start the day with a walk along the paths of Camissa, the water trails of Table Mountain, a walk of about an hour and a half or so. The walk finishes at the Oranjezicht City Farm, where members of the Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) collective take us back in time to the city’s first agriculture, and its beginnings as a city.

We will have a Cape Malay inspired lunch in the city.

In the afternoon, we visit the District Six Museum, and study more recent history particularly around the forced removals of black and coloured citizens from the historic city centre. This is a wonderful living museum.

Back to the hotel late afternoon to have some down time.

This evening we enjoy the visceral Theatre in the Backyard experience. We will be welcomed by local director and playwright Mhlanguli George, who will present one of his original 30 minute pieces in a township backyard. This is followed by a traditional Xhosa dinner together with Mhlanguli and the actor (cost included in programme fee), and opportunity to have plenty of discussion about theatre, history, South Africa and life in general!

Theatre in the Backyard

Oranjezicht City Farm, going back to 1709

Day6. Cape Town

Revolution Route, Robben Island. Overnight Cape Town 3 of 4.

Today we are going to explore specific roleplayers and events in the struggle against apartheid. In the morning we travel along Revolution Routes across the city. We will be introduced to people like Steve Biko, Philip Kgosana, Cissie Gool,  Imam Haron and Coline Williams. We will learn about the 1976 uprising, and the Trojan Horse Massacre. We will visit the Langa Pass Museum, and have lunch with author and activist Pat Fahrenfort, who will share her stories of fighting injustice, in the academic world and in the first post-apartheid government under Mandela.

In the afternoon we will take the Ferry to Robben Island, where our focus turns to Robert Sobukwe and Nelson Mandela.

The evening is free

Pat Fahrenfort

Robben Island

Day7. Cape Town

Peninsula Route. Overnight Cape Town 4 of 4

After almost a week of intense engagements with history, today we take it easy a bit. We will travel around the Peninsula, enjoying spectacular siteseeing. After breakfast we will travel along the Atlantic Sea Board, through Hout Bay (with time to stop and visit a little), over Chapman’s Peak and close to Cape Point for lunch. Then Cape Point itself, and then later back along the Indian Ocean side, stopping to visit the Penguins-that-hated-the-cold at Boulders Beach. On our way home, we stop in for a short visit to the Norval Foundation, an art institution with a focus on 20th and 21st century artists, with permanent collections of some of our most esteemed visual artists, including Peter Clark and Gerald Sekoto. Through their works and stories, we unfold some other threads of our journey through South African history.  

Free evening, optional Jazz Safari

Peter Clarke’s Blue Bird, 1959, at the Norval Foundation

Views along the Peninsula Route

Day8. Winelands

Check out and transfer to Winelands. Pniel History Walk and Pniel Museum. Traditional Home-cooked winelands lunch. Afternoon wine tastings. Overnight Winelands 1 of 2

Today we shift to the final phase of the programme. We will check out of the hotel, and head to the winelands. We start in the Dwars River Valley, one of the most spectacular valleys on the planet, and the slave centre of the region. We will be hosted by a local specialist for a heritage and history walk that includes the Pniel Museum.

We will be hosted for lunch at the home of a great local cook in Kylemore, one of Pniel’s neighbours in the valley. Over a meal of traditional food, with wines from the valley, our host shares her stories of living in South Africa through apartheid and democracy.

After lunch we visit Solms Delta, where we are hosted on a historical journey into the people, culture and music of the region.

Dinner at leisure in Stellenbosch.

Pniel Museum

Traditional home-cooked winelands lunch

Day9. Winelands

Avondale Eco Safari. Mandela at Drakenstein Prison. Farm to Fork lunch. Stellenbosch historical walk. Overnight Winelands 2 of 2

We start at Avondale Wine Estate in Paarl, with their excellent, in-depth Eco Safari. The two hour eco safari is a tasting session at the highest level, curated across the estate, tasting varietals in the vineyards, getting to grips with the soil, the climate and the fundamentals of biodynamic farming and wine production. We tour the wine making facility and the cellar too.

We will pop in at the Mandela statue along the way, outside the Groot Drakenstein prison. Mandela’s last years in prison were here, in a beautiful house at the prison, where he received ANC colleagues and political figures from within the apartheid government, with whom he had a mandate to negotiate liberation.

We have lunch at the beautiful Babel Restaurant, at Babylonstoren Wine Estate, a farm to fork spread, enjoyed with the estates wines.

And then we explore Stellenbosch on foot or by bicycle, learning about indigenous, colonial and apartheid history in the region. We finish the day at a wine bar for a tasting of some of our favourite wines or craft beers.

We have a dinner reservation at one of the areas most wonderful restaurants.

Farm to Fork lunch at Babylonstoren

Avondale’s Eco Wine Safari

Day10. Cape Town

Free day. Overnight Cape Town 1 of 1.

After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer back to Cape Town.

You have the day free for shopping, exploring on your own, or just doing nothing.

If you wish, you could book an additional tour.

A guide and vehicle are at your disposal for spontaneous trips that you might want to make.

We come together in the early evening for a sunset cruise in Table Bay, followed by a farewell dinner together: a barbeque in the home of a Capetonian.

Day11. Cape Town

Fly home! Check out of the hotel, transfer to airport.

Accommodation


How do we choose our accommodation providers?

Our aim in choosing accommodation providers is to select those places which make a positive and sustainable contribution both to people and planet. We call this ‘ethicality’. Whilst we do acknowledge and make use of certification organisations like Fair Trade in Tourism (SA), Green Tourism and Travellife, we also independently assess the ethicality of any accommodation suggestion we make. This is because at a regional and local level different criteria need to be applied which are normally context-specific and certification organisations cannot often adapt their criteria to particular contexts.

Thus, for example, we won’t appraise the ethicality of a homestay B&B along the same lines as a corporate five-star hotel and we won’t appraise the ethicality of a bush lodge in deeply rural South Africa using the same criteria as a bush lodge in the Kruger Park.

For this itinerary, we suggest in the 4* category the Peech Hotel in Johannesburg, the Townhouse Hotel in Cape Town and the Oude Werf in the heart of Stellenbosch. All of these are Fair Trade in Tourism (SA) certified, as indeed is Coffeebeans Routes itself and most of our suppliers.

In the 5* category we suggest boutique hotels. These would be Athol Place in Johannesburg, The Clarendon in Cape Town and Le Quartier Francaise in Franschhoek for example. These are not all FTT(SA) certified but conform to fair practice in sustainability.

At the beyond 5* category (ultra luxury), we suggest The Michelangelo in Johannesburg, The Silo in Cape Town and La Residence in Franschhoek.

In all cases, we develop and build relationships with our accommodation suppliers on a regular and collaborative basis: our aim is to build ethical capacity at all times, not to judge or criticise. This makes us highly unusual in the industry.

Transport


Throughout the programme we will move in air conditioned vans. There will be times when we walk, and where appropriate to the narratives, there will be very short passages of transit in public transport.

Coffeebeans Routes. iKhaya Lodge, 8 Wandel St, Cape Town, 8001. info@coffeebeansroutes.com. Tel +27218139829