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16 day Southern Cross Adventure, Johannesburg to Vic Falls (North Bound)

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This 16-day journey encompasses six countries on a route that is carefully crafted to deliver stunning experiences each and every day.

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Day 1 - Pretoria / Johannesburg / Soweto

Should you only arrive at Johannesburg International Airport today, you will be met upon arrival and transferred to the train. Please note that you should arrive no later than 08h00 at the airport in order to be able to participate in the days excursions.

Gauteng is the economic powerhouse of the Southern African region and home to some of Africa’s greatest cities. The name of the province is a Sotho word meaning “Place of Gold”, which is very suitable since much of the wealth of Gauteng has derived from this precious metal.

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1. Pretoria and Soweto

Guests will spend the morning in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa. Then, a visit the Union Buildings designed by the famous colonial English architect, Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1913 and which now house the offices of the President and Ministers.

The buildings overlook the city towards the once fortified hills to the south. A grand bronze statue of “Oom Paul (Kruger)”, the patriarch president of the ZAR or old Transvaal Republic, surrounded by his Boer fighters, dominates Church Square, at the centre of the city. Before leaving the capital behind, guests visit the Voortrekker Monument which commemorates the Great Trek of the 1830s. In the afternoon the tour goes to Soweto to visit the Hector Petersen Memorial, named after the first student to lose his life in the 1976 uprising against the Apartheid government.

(Full day. Distance travelled:200 km)

2. Johannesburg and Soweto

The day starts at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein in the centre of Johannesburg. This is the new home of the Constitutional Court and the site of Johannesburg’s notorious Old Fort Prison Complex, where many of South Africa’s leading political activists were detained. The tour then heads onto the Newtown precinct to visit Museum Africa previously known as the market of Johannesburg. This is all part of the history of the “City of Gold”.

This is followed by a lunch break (guests’ own account) in the suburb of Rosebank, where you can experience the multi-cultural “Rainbow Nation” in a modern, ethnocentric setting. Rosebank showcases the mix of first and third world cultures and arts and crafts from all over the African continent. In the afternoon, guests travel to Soweto to experience the heartbeat of this township, comprising one million people and made famous by the laws of Apartheid.

The Tour passes the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (the largest hospital in the Southern Hemisphere) and also drive past the only street in Africa that once housed two Nobel Peace Laureates - Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. There will be a visit the Hector Petersen Memorial, named after the first student to lose his life in the 1976 uprising against the Apartheid government.

(Full day. Distance travelled: 150 km)

The train departs in the evening from Johannesburg to Nelspruit.

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Page: 3 Day 2 - Swaziland

The tiny Kingdom of Swaziland covers only 17 000 square kilometres, making it the second smallest country in Africa. Inclusive Option 1. Tour through Swaziland PLEASE NOTE THAT GUESTS WILL NEED THEIR PASSPORT FOR THIS EXCURS ...

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Page: 5 Day 4 - Maputo (Mozambique)

Inclusive Options Tour of Maputo Today’s tour offers guests a good impression of the character of the city. A visit to the municipal market is followed by a stop at the old Fortaleza, which dates back to 1769. Other interesting city ...

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Page: 6 Day 6 - Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga, meaning “Land of the Rising Sun” is a province of extraordinary natural beauty. Inclusive Options 1. Kruger National Park The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience second to none. Its 2 ...

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Page: 8 Day 8 – Day on the Rails to Zimbabwe

On the rails Guests spend the day relaxing on the train as it travels through the countryside of Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Limpopo Provinces. The tour will cross the border into Zimbabwe at Beit Bridge and head onto Rutenga Station where guests ...

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Page: 9 Day 11 - Bulawayo and Matobo National Park

Inclusive Options 1. Matobo Hills and an Art Gallery Matobo means “bald headed ones” and aptly describes the dramatic hills and granite rocks of this area. Highlights include a visit to the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes, who gav ...

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Page: 11 Day 13 - Livingstone (Zambia) Inclusive Option

Across the Falls and into Livingstone Guests cross the great Zambezi River via the famous rail/road bridge. The first stop is on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls before continuing to the town of Livingstone, named after David Livingstone, t ...

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