Explore the rich tapestry of cultures and landscapes in colourful South Africa, from the verdant green vineyards of the country’s Huguenot villages and the mottled oranges of the San rock art to the candy cane houses in Bo Kaap,Cape Town’s Malay quarter.
With South African historian Professor Colin Bundy, delve into the human history of the ‘Rainbow Nation’, starting with the San, struggling to retain their hunter-gatherer culture.
Discover the impact of Dutch,German, French and British settlers, and how indentured workers from Asia now make up the thriving Malay and Indian community.
With stays in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Rorke’s Drift and the Drakensberg, this unique journey carefully examines the history and politics which make up modern South Africa.
Itinerary at a glance
Day 0 For those taking Temple World’s flights from London only
Day 1 Tour starts in Johannesburg
Day 2 Johannesburg
Day 3 Johannesburg – Pretoria – Johannesburg
Day 4 Johannesburg – Soweto
Day 5 Johannesburg to Durban and Isandlwana
Day 6 Zulu War battlefields
Day 7 Isandlwana to Giant’s Castle
Day 8 Drakensberg Range
Day 9 Drakensberg – Durban – Cape Town
Day 10 Cape Town
Day 11 Wine Region
Day 12 Tour ends
Day 13 Those on Temple World’s recommended flight only
Day 0: 7 September 2017 For those taking Temple World's flights from London only
Day 1: 8 September 2017 Tour starts in Johannesburg
Day 2: 9 September 2017 Johannesburg
Day 3: 10 September Johannesburg - Pretoria - Johannesburg
Day 4: 11 September Johannesburg - Soweto
Day 5: 12 September Johannesburg to Durban and Isandlwana
Day 6: 13 September Zulu War battlefields
Day 7: 14 September Isandlwana to Giant's Castle
Day 8: 15 September Drakensberg Range
Day 9: 16 September Drakensberg - Durban - Cape Town
Day 10: 17 September Cape Town
Day 11: 18 September Wine Region
Day 12: 19 September Tour ends
Day 13: 20 September Those on Temple World's recommended flight only
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We can arrange optional flights on a number of airlines from the UK, with prices for indirect services starting at around £600 including taxes. We recommend the direct service from London to Johannesburg and from Cape Town to London with British Airways at approximately £800.
Booking your own flights
Clients wishing to use airmiles to buy or upgrade flights, or who wish to fly from a a country other than the UK are advised to book their own flights.
The start point for the tour is JOHANNESBURG at our hotel, the Peech Hotel on 8 September and the end point is CAPE TOWN on 19 September.
The tour starts in the early afternoon on 08 September so we recommend arriving in the morning or the day before. Check-in at the hotel is not normally until 2pm unless you have paid for early check in (we can arrange this but the hotel often charges a full extra night) but we can arrange for bags to be stored. Our tour manager will be on hand throughout the day and we will provide contact details if anyone needs assistance.
On the last day the tour ends after lunch. We can arrange private transfers to Cape Town airports should anyone need them for an additional cost. For those departing on the same flights we can arrange shared transfers at a reduced cost.
Very Important! Those who plan to book their own flights should not make any binding or non-refundable arrangements until their place has been confirmed in writing on the tour and Temple World has confirmed that it is a guaranteed departure.
Twin or double bedded room with private bathroom throughout, full board, all excursions with local guides including entrance fees (except where marked as optional), expert leader. Single supplement on request.
Flights to and from South Africa, travel insurance, airport transfer on arrival in Johannesburg or departure from Cape Town, drinks, tips to local staff and guides, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
The various hotels and lodges we are using during this tour have been carefully selected and are mainly boutique four star properties.
In Cape Town, Winchester Mansions is a four star Cape Dutch colonial-style boutique hotel overlooking the promenade in the affluent suburb of Sea Point. It is a five to ten minute drive from the V&A Waterfront and the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle.
Please note that for logistical reasons, hotels may be substituted for others of a similar standard from time to time.
We have graded the fitness level required for participation in this tour as Easy/Moderate. Clients must be prepared to travel on long-haul flights (12 hours) and on lengthy road journeys. There are a number of hotel changes in this itinerary so there will be a fair amount of packing and unpacking. Whilst sightseeing, participants must be able to keep up with the group in order to see everything in the time allocated.
In some places there may be nowhere shady to stand and nowhere to sit down for some time. For the reasons we have given above, this tour is unsuitable for the frail or for anyone who routinely uses a walking frame or a stick to get around ay. Those who can walk at a good pace for a reasonable period with the help of hiking sticks may be able to take part in some or most of the activities on this tour, but do call us to check and please try to be realistic about your abilities.
We know that age is not always a reliable indicator of fitness, but prospective participants over the age of 80 will be given a letter to be signed by their GP to say they are fit enough to undertake this tour.
NHS Fit for Travel advises travellers to South Africa are usually recommended to immunise against: Hepatitis A. There is a risk of Malaria in parts of South Africa but this tour only visits Malaria-free areas so no medical prophylaxis is required. Please seek professional medical advice at least 8 week before departure. A Yellow Fever certificate is required if entering from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Please seek professional medical advice at least 8 week before departure.
NHS Fit For Travel Website
A visa is not required for USA, UK and other EU passport holders, however you MUST have at least two facing blank pages in your passport or you will be refused admission. Other nationalities may require a visa – please check with your local consulate.
12 hours to Cape Town, direct from London (more if connecting through Johannesburg).
Will my phone work
South Africa uses the 900 & 1800 MHz bandwidth so almost all UK phones will work there as long as your provider has authorised its use abroad. Rural areas may have diminished or no service.
Professor Colin Bundy
Dr Colin Bundy is a respected South African historian,an influential member of a generation of historians who substantially revised understanding of South African history. He is now retired but was a previous Warden of Green Templeton College, Oxford, director and principal of the School of Oriental and African Studies, deputy vice-chancellor of the University of London, vice-chancellor and principal of the University of the Witwatersrand and director of the Institute for Historical Research and vice-rector of the University of the Western Cape.
Lectures during our tours
All our tours are accompanied by an academic ‘trip scholar’ as well as local guides. The local guide or guides provide the day-to-day guiding on our tours, whilst the trip lecturer will give regular lectures on his/her specialist subject throughout to provide an academic overview. Lectures/talks usually last 30-40 minutes including questions and answers (if applicable). These are generally held in the evenings before dinner and attendance is optional. We don’t usually specify before travel which days the lectures will be given (for operational reasons) but guests can expect them roughly every other day as a minimum, with some lecturers giving some kind of talk or presentation more frequently.
The possibilities to extend your stay are virtually endless in this region. Here are some examples of private or independent travel we can arrange for you if you have the time to stay on after the tour:
Kruger National Park
This world-famous park, about the size of Wales, has some of the highest concentration of Big Five game anywhere in Africa. We recommend staying in two contrasting lodges to experience the flora and fauna of more than one type of habitat. Lodges in Kruger National Park are not normally cheap but we do have some good value recommendations such as Elephant Plains, which is in one of the very best parts of the reserve and known for leopard sightings. We can also recommend a selection of the reserve’s top lodges such as Singita and Londolozi, where service, and accommodation are absolutely immaculate and the game-viewing is superb.
Beach stays or Garden Route exploration
As the tour ends in Cape Town it is easy to add a beach stay along the Garden Route or to arrange a longer self-drive itinerary taking in the coastline from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. Please ask for recommendations. There is also a superb malaria-free Game Reserve called Shamwari near Port Elizabeth which is ideal for a three night Big 5 experience after the main tour.
Add on a Safari in Botswana
Botswana is easy to reach from South Africa and offers a complete contrast. Explore the floodplains and grasslands of Chobe National Park, alive with vast herds of elephant and buffalo, and the glittering network of waterways created by the annual flooding of the Okavango Delta. Here, guests are poled through the tranquil reeds looking for elephant and buffalo, with excellent chances to see leopard and lion and incredible birdlife such as wattled cranes, bee-eaters and malachite kingfishers.
Add on a Safari in Namibia
Namibia is also easy to reach from South Africa and here the scenery is some of the finest in Africa, with rolling desert dunes, echoing canyons, the skeleton coast, and the lush wetlands of the Caprivi Strip. Specially adapted animals such as the Desert Elephant can be seen here, as well as a number of indigenous tribes such as the Himba, whose regal-looking people cover themselves in ochre. Namibia is also home to Okonjima and the Africat Foundation, a rescue, rehabilitation and release centre for big cats. Here you can get up close to these magnificent carnivores and learn about the work the programme is doing to ensure their survival.