With Nelson Mandela’s upcoming centenary birthday celebration on July 18th, there has been a heightened interest from travellers to visit South Africa as a top 2018 destination.
With Luxury Gold’s, journeys beyond the ordinary guests can experience Mandela’s enduring legacy and discover the fascinating and complex history of South Africa, with exclusive VIP experiences in exceptional comfort and style. During this 12-day luxury guided journey, Spectacular South Africa with Victoria Falls, travellers will experience breathtaking wilderness, diverse cultures, and rich cultural heritage. This immersive trip will take guests from the pulsing Mother City of Cape Town into the heart of the Big Five territory to majestic Victoria Falls. Along the way they will stay at some of the finest luxury hotels and properties including the 5-star luxury Table Bay Hotel, meet extraordinary local characters, and taste the Cape’s finest wines and delectable cuisine. Luxury Gold is offering this unforgettable journey for the rest of the year with August to December 2018 departure dates.
Guests will explore Mandela’s legacy as a testament to the power of the human spirit with a poignant excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Robben Island, where he was imprisoned with many other notable anti-apartheid activists. They will join a local guide for a historical tour of the maximum security prison, meet an ex-political prisoner who will share personal stories with time to explore the island. Travellers will later meet Manfred Jacobs, a former warden at the Victor Verster prison where Mandela was also imprisoned and where he spent the last 14 months of his 27-year-long imprisonment. Guests will also visit a special TreadRight and Luxury Gold Cares project, The Amy Foundation (formerly Amy Biehl Foundation) and learn how the lives of vulnerable youth are being transformed through their After School and Youth Skills Development Programmes in the Western Cape communities. This non-profit organization serves more than 2000 young people on a daily basis.
Travellers will set out on one of the world’s most legendary drives, journeying from the city centre along the Cape Peninsula towards Cape Point. They will journey to the historic Cape Winelands and continue on to the Boschendal Wine Estate, one of the oldest farms in the country, for a delicious seasonal Farm-to-Table lunch served at The Werf Restaurant where their chefs only use the finest local and ethically-sourced ingredients. Guests will meet their Travelling Concierge and travel to the base of Table Mountain. They will enjoy VIP private access to the renowned cable car with spectacular 360-degree views of the city, before stepping off onto the summit just in time for sundowner cocktails to view a serene African sunset.
Guests will embark on a 3-day luxury safari adventure to Kruger National Park which is renowned to have the world’s highest concentration of wild animal species in the Southern Hemisphere. They will embark on a short drive through the Big Five territory to the luxurious Lion Sands Lodge, located on the banks of the Sabie River, where lunch will be served with wine. They will relax and unwind into their beautifully designed suites and enjoy time at their leisure. Travellers will enjoy the drive on their private open-air safari vehicle, through the Lion Sands Game Reserve. Onwards, travellers will witness the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls alongside a Local Expert. They will meet their Travelling Concierge as they are driven to the five-star Victoria Falls Hotel with its old-world charm and perfect views of the falls.