Itinerary Highlights
    • Spend three nights at Satyagraha House, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi
    • Explore Johannesburg with private local guides
    • Visit the Cradle of Humankind, a paleoanthropological UNESCO World Heritage site

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While Johannesburg is inextricably linked to the anti-apartheid figure of Nelson Mandela, it also played a fundamental role in the life of Gandhi, who developed his seminal concept of non-violent resistance here in the city. This nine-day trip plunges you into the unfiltered reality of Johannesburg, an ever-evolving city with a rich yet painful history. During your time here, you’ll stay in Satyagraha House, formerly owned by Gandhi himself. In this tranquil space, you’re invited to connect with your mind and body, and to learn more about Gandhi’s journey in a museum filled with remnants of his fascinating life. When you’re not enjoying the house itself, you have three days to discover the past and present of Johannesburg with private tours that will give you a deeper and more informed understanding of the city,
from its dark past to its more positive future. All this is followed by three days in the peace and quiet of the South African bush, in the Cradle of Humankind, a famous paleoanthropological site. This is the ultimate place to slow down and disconnect as you enjoy locally-grown food, stroll around the historic site and unwind with yoga and meditation in peaceful surroundings.


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Your nine-day trip to South Africa begins with an overnight flight from London to Johannesburg, which takes around 11 hours. It’s a long flight, but our fast-track airport services and complimentary lounge access are yours to make sure you feel as relaxed as possible when you step onto the plane.



When you arrive, you’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted by private transfer to the peaceful residential district of Orchards, where you’ll spend three nights in Satyagraha House, commonly known as Gandhi House. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was under this same thatched roof that the wise Mahatma Gandhi lived and worked on his concept of non-violent resistance. The atmosphere is tranquil, the space is filled with antique furniture and the food served is all vegetarian and centred around organic vegetables grown in the garden.

Your first day here is your opportunity to explore every corner of the house. Enjoy a leisurely lunch before visiting the museum. Accompanied by a knowledgeable member of staff, walk through each room discovering the house’s history through period photographs, drawings, notebooks, speeches and letters along with press articles, books and objects brought from India. Later in the day, unwind with a massage before sitting down to enjoy a delicious dinner made from the region’s best produce. Your meal will be prepared by talented chefs, and you’ll be offered a different tea to enjoy with each of the five courses.



Today, you’ll explore Johannesburg in the company of a local guide. Discover the city by first following in Mandela’s footsteps and then venturing into the newer, trendy districts of the city. First stop: Soweto, a township with an incredible energy that was at the heart of the struggle against apartheid. In its contemporary and powerful Apartheid Museum, learn the story of the cruel regime that was abolished not so long ago. You’ll then get acquainted with a thriving creative neighbourhood known as the Maboneng Precinct. This area is full of coffee shops, boutiques and galleries along with industrial warehouses that have been restored and transformed into cultural spaces and exhibition centres.



You have more time to see Johannesburg today, this time with a private guide who will immerse you in the city’s past through its most significant historical places. You’ll begin with the sites linked to the first struggles against apartheid, which includes another visit to Soweto. This former ghetto has changed a lot since apartheid, and it’s here that you’ll find the museum and memorial dedicated to Hector Pieterson, a 12-year-old boy killed by police during the 1976 student riots. At the museum, learn about the events that led to the uprising and, according to some historians, the eventual abolition of apartheid. You’ll also have the option of going on a private cycling tour of this important area. In the rapidly expanding Central Business District, you’ll discover a completely different South Africa, almost entirely geared towards the future. You’ll then move on to Newtown, the vibrant centre of major events such as the jazz festival and Fashion Week. Throughout your walk, your guide will help you to unlock the secrets of each historical district.



This morning, pick up your rental car and drive to Cradle of Humankind, around an hour away. You’ll spend three nights in an accommodation centred around artistic creation, wellbeing and nature. When you arrive, enjoy a spot of yoga or meditation in the garden or take a long walk before sitting down to a meal of seasonal dishes prepared with produce grown on site. If you like, we can also arrange for a private visit to the contemporary Nirox Art Sculpture Park with lunch at their onsite restaurant.

DAYS 6 & 7


You have the next two days to visit and enjoy the famous Cradle of Humankind. Unfold the secrets of the origin of our species as you wander around this UNESCO World Heritage site, home to the largest concentration of human ancestral remains in the world. You’ll also explore the limestone caves that contain fossils documenting millennia of evolution. While this site is predominantly about human evolution, its richness and intrigue also extend to the variety of animal and plant species you’ll find here, many of which are endangered. The Cradle of Humankind covers around 180 square miles and contains 13 major fossil sites, so there’s plenty to discover here. When you’re not marvelling at three-million-year-old fossils, spend some time at your accommodation recharging your batteries and making the most of your peaceful surroundings.

DAYS 8 & 9


This morning, drive back to Johannesburg Airport to drop off your rental car and board your flight back to the UK. You’ll spend the night on board and arrive back home the next day.

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Located near the Cradle of Humankind, this unusual park exhibits monumental works of art throughout its huge park lined with centuries-old trees. The property extends over 37 acres in the heart of a nature reserve. If you like, we can arrange for a visit to this beautiful space where nature and culture converge. Spend a few hours wandering its paths beside streams and small lakes as you enjoy sculptures created by artists from all over the world. You can also have lunch at the excellent restaurant on site.



This camp near the Marakele National Park offers more than just the opportunity to see animals. During this responsible safari, you’ll participate in life at the camp and, above all, in activities that help to protect the rhinos that live there. This is a different way to experience a safari, a chance to ensure South Africa’s animals thrive while getting a feel for the wild and wonderful bush.


Possibly the coolest African city and certainly one of the continent’s most beautiful, Cape Town is the ideal place to spend a few extra days. Dominated by Table Mountain, it opens out onto the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and extends east through harmonious landscapes of lakes and vineyards. Get a taste of this truly trendy city as you visit the small, colourful houses of Bo-Kaap; the urban enclave of De Waterkant; the Neighbourgoods Market; and the modern art marvels of the Iziko South African National Gallery.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip starts from £2,895 to £4,000 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £3,475 per person.
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