South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations), the leisure division of South African Airways, has introduced a new package to celebrate the centennial year of Nelson Mandela’s birth. The eight-night air-inclusive “Celebrating Mandela’s 100th” package, priced at $2,499, will take travelers in the footsteps of Mandela, visiting places where key moments of the struggle for freedom took place.
The package highlights include a Robben Island tour, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, and an urban cultural tour of the township of Langa in Cape Town with a hands-on cooking session that takes place in a local family home. Other stops include a visit to the World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind and a visit to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. This package includes deluxe accommodations at the Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl, and Southern Sun Katherine Street in Johannesburg’s Sandton area.
“Nelson Mandela was an influential part of my childhood whilst growing up in South Africa” said Terry von Guilleaume, president of SAA Vacations. “This package takes you to some of the places which were instrumental in his journey from apartheid South Africa to becoming President. We hope to give the visitor a glimpse of what South Africa was like during those years and its transformation to becoming a democracy.”
SAA Vacations offers more than 80 air-inclusive luxury packages to Africa and uses SAA’s route network to create packages for travel throughout South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and the Indian Ocean Islands. SAA’s specialty-themed programs offer unique experiences for those interested in safaris, culture, cuisine, romance and active travel. The program is managed by Destination Southern Africa, which was founded in 2001 and offers tour programs with a variety of hotels, game lodges and safari companies throughout Southern Africa.
For more information, visit www.flysaavacations.com.