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Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa

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Johannesburg Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $1095  
Length: 3 days
Arrive: Johannesburg, South Africa
Depart: Johannesburg, South Africa
Lodging: 2 nights hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Cultural exploration and walking tours

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting South Africa.

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Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls Private Journey
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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

Due to airline schedules, many travelers on our Southern Africa trips find themselves on a forced layover in Johannesburg. Make the most of your time on this special extension that explores South Africa’s checkered past, from the hominid remains found in the Cradle of Humankind, one of the world’s richest fossil bearing sites, to the present-day culturally rich township of Soweto and the noted Apartheid Museum, with its exhibits chronicling the story of 20th century apartheid in South Africa.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer from the Johannesburg airport to the hotel…meals on your own

Day 2
Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site located about 30 miles northwest of Johannesburg, is one of the world’s richest collections of sites bearing fossilized hominid remains. In this 181-square-mile area dominated by limestone caves, many famous and important fossils have been discovered over the years, including the 2.3-million year-old Australopithecus africanus, found in 1947, and an entirely new hominid species, Australopithecus sediba, just recently unearthed in April 2010. The partial remains of two different skeletons (one believed to be a boy between the ages of 11 and 13, and the other a female in her late 20s or early 30s) are believed to be on the evolutionary path toward modern humans, a transition between the older ape-like species and the early predecessors of humankind. Your full day excursion includes an exploration of the site and the fascinating, state-of-the-art Visitor Interpretation Centre at Maropeng. Return to Johannesburg for overnight at hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening…BL

Day 3
Soweto and the Apartheid Museum

Enjoy a guided tour of the culturally rich township of Soweto, located on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Soweto is practically synonymous with the African struggle for freedom, and you will visit many important sites, including Mandela House and Freedom Square. At the Apartheid Museum, with its exhibits chronicling the story of 20th century apartheid, gain insights into this turbulent period in South Africa’s history. At the end of the day, transfer to the airport for flight home or on to your safari...BL

Extension Cost

Prices valid through Spring 2016
$1095 per person, double occupancy
Solo Traveler: $1695
Single supplement: $220
Additional Night with breakfast at the DaVinci Hotel, Johannesburg (no tours)

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Extension Cost Includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation at The Da Vinci Hotel
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Activities as noted
  • Airport transfers
  • Private driver/guide
  • All entrance fees

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Airfare, meals not specified (BLD), soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, optional activities, airport departure tax, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, optional gratuities to hotel staff, transfer agents, drivers, and guides, additional hotel nights or extra costs that may be necessary due to airline changes.

DaVinci Hotel

Johannesburg, South Africa

The stylish Da Vinci Hotel is right on Nelson Mandela Square in the Sandton district, Johannesburg’s financial and business center. The shops and restaurants of the Sandton Shopping Centre are close by and the hotel has spa services.

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.