Your South Africa voluntourism experience blends the best elements of volunteerism, history and culture.
Oct 19-30 2016
Trip Focus: Volunteering with children and community outreach
Project Partner: Mpuememlelo School
Travel Style: 3, 4 and 5 Star accommodations
Transfer from Johannesburg Airport to Sandton City
Garden Court Sandton City is perfectly situated adjacent to the Nelson Mandela Square shopping centers. For business travelers seeking close proximity to South Africa’s largest business hubs, or for tourists who desire a location amid the bustle and excitement of Johannesburg, this hotel constitutes a fabulous base for all guests.
Travel to do good Volunteer Project
After breakfast, travelers will begin the volunteer portion of their voluntourism trip to South Africa. visit to the Mmpuello Day Care and Orphanage in the Windmill Park Squatters Camp. The Mmpuello Creche Day Care was started by Maria Gaba, a local resident with a big heart. Maria, a single parent, saw a need and began taking in children one by one who had either been abused or orphaned because of the growing Aids epidemic in South Africa. With little resources, she then opened a day care – known as a crèche – to assist the working mothers in the village. Mothers are able to drop their children off, on a pay as you can basis. Maria, along with the help of Silviya Simmonds, an Australian native, who moved to South Africa over 20 years ago, have established a non-profit organization that enables them to work with groups and organizations who want to lend their support.
Travel to do good volunteers will participate in an “Enrichment Camp” for the students and orphanage
This will include educational activities for the children of the crèche and orphanage as well as workshops for the teachers and parents in the Windmill Park Township
Group dinner at Moyo Restaurant
Johannesburg Historical and Cultural Tours
After breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on a full-day cultural tour (with guide). Begin by visiting the Hector Pieterson Memorial, a drive past the Baragwanath Hospital and then a walk down Vilakazi Street to visit Nelson Mandela’s House and Bishop Tutu’s House (from the outside) before visiting the Apartheid Museum. Enjoy lunch at the Chez Alina Restaurant (or similar). After lunch, travel through to Lesedi (with arrival at 4:30 PM for the cultural experience and boma dinner.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included
Scheduled Domestic flight from Johannesburg Airport (JNB) to Cape Town Airport (CPT)
Transfer from Airport to Southern Sun-The Cullinan Hotel in Capetown
Standard Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis for 4 nights(s)
Stylishly grand and perfectly majestic, Southern Sun The Cullinan offers travelers easy access to most of Cape Town’s exclusive venues. Within walking distance to the world-renowned V&A Waterfront, the Cape Town Convention Centre and the Cape Town CBD, the hotel offers an entertaining experience for all guests. Complementing the rich, cultural heritage of Cape Town through timeless architecture, the opulent décor creates a mood that is a world-away-from-home, while service and attention to detail ensure your every need is taken care of. Guest rooms are elegant and spacious with luxurious bathrooms and all other amenities required feeling comfortably at home. Such amenities include the outdoor pool and the gym and fitness centre. A world-class dining experience is presented to every guest that chooses either one of the dining facilities that this hotel has on offer.
The Southern Sun The Cullinan boasts 410 stately rooms, all of which boast spectacular views over the many aspects of Cape Town. From these spacious rooms, the guest can enjoy either the view of Table Mountain, the bustling Table Bay Harbor and Waterfront or the city centre. Accommodation has been lavishly decorated with rich finishes and furnishings, luxurious private bathrooms and in room amenities to keep a stay private and ever so comfortable.
The afternoon is free to enjoy on your own. Weather permitting, this is a good day to visit Robben Island. Entrance fees are $30.00 and must be paid the day of the tour.
Scheduled Half Day Winelands Tour / Dinner at Duck Pond Restaurant
After lunch, you will be met by a TTDG Representative for a visit to the Cape Winelands. Heading north to Paarl, your first stop this morning is at Anura Wine Estate for a cheese and wine tasting. Then the tour makes its way to Franschhoek, with a photo stop en route, at the Groot Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in Feb 1990. The village of Franschhoek nestled amongst the mountains, can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. After a short tour of the little town, a second wine tasting will take place in Franschhoek, followed by a lunch stop. After lunch the tour continues over the Hells Hoogte Mountain Pass to Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be forgotten.
You will enjoy a wine tasting and dinner at the Duck Pond Restaurant with the vintners of the Seven Sisters and Mhudi Wine , indigenous South African wine producers of the Western Cape
Lunch, Dinner and Wine Tastings
Full day at Leisure
Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
Begin by travelling along the Atlantic Seaboard past Clifton to Hout Bay and experience a cruise past the seals on Seal Island, continue over Chapman’s Peak to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Enjoy a lunch at a local fish restaurant (included) before paying a visit to the penguins on Boulders Beach and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Day 8 Pilanesburg
Shepherds Tree Game Lodge and Safari
Scheduled Domestic flight from Cape Town Airport (CPT) to Johannesburg Airport (JNB)
The Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge overlooks the scenic Big 5, and malaria free Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The lodge is located approximately 20 minutes from Sun City and Pilanesberg Airport and 2 hours from Johannesburg. The lodge offers game activities in a private section of the reserve.
Facilities include a gourmet restaurant and outdoor boma, a casual lounge and bar which provides magnificent vistas of the impressive landscape, a spacious entertainment deck with outdoor cocktail bar which overlooks a spectacular rim-flow swimming pool and an award-winning health and beauty spa. Accommodations include 2 game rides per day as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge [a full board and 2 x game drives per day]
Early morning game drive
Early afternoon transfer to Johannesburg Airport (JNB)
Scheduled International flight from Johannesburg Airport (JNB) to New York (JFK)
Arrive in the US
All Inclusive Program Package below includes international and domestic airfare, 4 and 5 star accommodations, airport transfers, local transportation, all meals and tours as indicated
|Per Person Double Occupancy||$4299|
|Optional Single Supplement||$655|
International Round-trip coach airfare from New York/JFK to South Africa Tambo International Airport and Domestic coach round trip airfare in South Africa as per the itinerary . Breakfast daily and meals as indicated, Ground transportation includes all airport transfers and local transportation to all activities on the itinerary. All activity entrance fees and safari activities are also included.
Gratuities and any items of a personal nature are not included