* An official policy of racial segregation formerly practised in the Republic of South Africa.
This museum illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. Visitors walk through the 22 individual exhibition areas, which contain film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories behind apartheid. In the end, you’ll have a far deeper understanding of the why and how of apartheid and the new South Africa of today. The tour is self-guided, but our tour guide will be available to answer any questions.
The Cradle of Humankind – declared a World Heritage site in 1999 - is a 47 000-hectare area in the western part of Gauteng Province with around 40 different fossil sites where several of the world's most famous and important fossils have been discovered. It is the world’s richest early hominin site and is home to around 40% of the world’s known human ancestor fossils. We offer a half-day tour to any one of the following, and a full-day tour combining the first three of the following four attractions:
>> Sterkfontein Caves & Rhino & Lion Park
>> Wonder Caves
Enjoy a tour of the Premier Mine, opened in 1902, where the world’s biggest diamond (3106 carats) was discovered in 1905, and a 507 carats diamond in September 2009! Premier Mine has produced 255 gem diamonds of over 100 carats, and nearly a quarter of the world’s gem diamonds of 400 carats and over! This is also the only outlet in the world where you can buy the Cullinan Star Cut diamond – a unique 66 facet cut. Each stone is laser inscribed - your assurance of the stone’s uniqueness.
On the surface tour, visitors will see the big hole, the shaft and the diamond room where a selection of uncut diamonds and replicas of world-famous diamonds are displayed. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes in a fair amount of walking is involved.
On the underground tour, tourists are fitted with safety clothing and equipment, and then go 763m underground to view the following: admin offices, workshop, rest area, refuge bay (for emergencies), loading and tipping of ore, crushing of ore and the conveyor belt transporting the ore. Back on the surface, you will also visit the lookout point overlooking the big hole, the diamond cutting and polishing workshop as well as the diamond shop. This is a physically taxing tour and only recommended for someone really physically fit. No children under 16 are allowed.
Lesedi – The Place of Light - is a multicultural African village, an hour’s drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Guests are invited to the Ndebele Village where an additional welcome by all the people of Lesedi, takes place. The cultural programme begins with a multi-visual presentation on the history and origins of today’s rainbow nation. This is followed by a guided tour of the four ethnic homesteads – Zulu, Basotho, Xhosa and Pedi. As the sun sets over the African bush, guests are escorted to the boma for traditional singing and dancing (you are voluntarily requested to participate in this) depicting stories that date back to the days of their ancestors. The guests are then treated to a Pan African Buffet in the Nyama Choma Restaurant with delicacies from North, East and Southern Africa.
SAFARI TOUR (Lion and Wild Dog Tour Included)
The 3 hours Safari Tour, will see you explore every corner of the park and all the incredible animals it has to offer. From a visit to the beautiful banks of the Crocodile River to the forests, peaks and valleys that make up the park you will enjoy an incredible morning or afternoon out. Your dedicated guide will be on hand to share facts and answer questions as you leisurely cover the 400-hectare game park in one of our custom build open-top safari vehicles.
If you don’t have the time for a Kruger Park Tour this is your best alternative - only about two hours from Pretoria / Johannesburg. This malaria-free 58 000 hectare park - the fourth largest in South Africa - is situated on the eroded remains of a 1,2 billion-year-old extinct volcanic crater, and is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant), and more than 365 bird species. Several overnight packages are available.
DAY TOUR ITINERARY:
06:15 – 06:30 Departure Johannesburg pick-up points
07:00 – 07:15 Departure Centurion pick-up points
07:30 – 07:45 Departure Pretoria pick-up points
09:30 – 10:00 Arrival at Park
10:00 – 16:00 Game viewing in a closed air-conditioned Ulysses Tours vehicle
13:00 Light lunch at Pilanesberg Centre / Bakgatla Camp
16:00 Departure from Park
18:00 – 19:00 Drop-offs
>> Voortrekker Monument
>> Church Square & Paul Kruger Statue
>> Union Buildings & Nelson Mandela Statue
>> Kruger House or Melrose House
We drive past / point out:
>> Kruger House or Melrose House
>> Freedom Park
>> Pretoria City Hall
>> Museum of Natural History
>> Pretoria Train Station
>> Gautrain Pretoria Station
>> The old and the new South African Reserve Bank
>> The embassy area
>>Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary
Pretoria, administrative Capital of the ZAR, the Union of South Africa, the Republic of South Africa and the new South Africa. One of our stops is at the Union Buildings, home to the president’s office, from where you can delight in a panoramic view of the Jacaranda City.
Situated in a World Heritage Site, The Cradle of Humankind, this 1 200-hectare park is home to over 700 head of game including white rhino, lion, buffalo, cheetah, wild dog, hippo and crocodile. Their newly built breeding centre houses, amongst others, Bengal and Syberian tigers, jaguars and white lions. If your holiday is nearing its end, but you still need to get those photos to impress your friends - this is it! An extra fee is payable to play with the cubs at their crèche.
In Soweto, South West from Johannesburg, you will catch a glimpse of the lives of its estimated 3 million residents. This popular tour includes a visit to attractions such as:
>> Mandela House Museum
>> Hector Pietersen Museum and Memorial Site
>> Vilakazi Street - one of South Africa's most famous streets – the only one in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners
>> Regina Mundi Church (subject to permission)
>> A local restaurant for refreshments (one local beer or cold drink included)
>> The tour is concluded with a drive past:
>> Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and taxi rank
>> An informal settlement
>> The Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg
>>Soccer City – home to the opening and closing functions of the Soccer World Cup 2010.