Day 1: Arrive in Johannesburg
On arrival you are transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight Sandton (suburb of Johannesburg).
Day 2: Johannesburg, Lesedi Village
After breakfast you are picked up at your hotel for your visit to Lesedi Village. On arrival at the village you are given a vibrant traditional African welcome. Guests are divided into smaller groups and taken on a guided tour of four homesteads - Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Pedi.
You will have time to browse in our Ndebele village and African craft market where Ndebele murals decorate the walls and courtyard, attend a multi-visual theater presentation on the history and origin of the Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Pedi.
Guests and the families meet back in the Boma for traditional song and dance of all the villages. The dance culminates in communal dancing with the guests around the fire. A Pan African Feast is served in the Nyama Choma restaurant with delicacies from North, East and Southern Africa will be served for lunch. We return back to your hotel in the afternoon. Overnight Sandton (suburb of Johannesburg).
Day 3: Soweto and Apartheid Museum
You will be picked up after breakfast to start your sightseeing tour. The suburban drive will include affluent suburbs contrasting with the "bronx" like Hillbrow, followed by an orientation tour of downtown Johannesburg. Stop at a traditional healer "muti" shop in downtown Johannesburg.
Join your guide for a short-guided tour of the Baragwanath taxi ranks and markets. Experience general urban life and culture in a black township. You will get a chance to meet the people of Soweto. Your guide will stop at Motswaledi or Kliptown informal settlements.
We shall then take a drive to the suburb of Orlando. You will be able to view famous black activists' houses during the apartheid years. See the houses of Winnie Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu. Included is a tour of the house where Mr. Nelson Mandela lived before he was imprisoned in 1964. Your guide will point out sites of the student uprisings that started in 1976. Our last stop for this morning is a guided tour of the Hector Petersen Memorial Square and Museum. The Hector Peterson Memorial and Museum has been established to preserve the history and memory of all those who were involved in the Soweto uprising of 16 June 1976. The museum is named after 13 year old Hector Peterson, who was among the first student victims to die from police shootings.
The memorial to Hector Peterson is situated a few hundred meters from where he was shot. The museum houses photographic and audio-visual displays of the struggle of the youth against the injustices of apartheid. Conclude your day's sightseeing with a visit to the Apartheid Museum in the afternoon. Learn more about the political system - "apartheid" that divided a nation for more than 48 years. Overnight Sandton (suburb of Johannesburg).
Day 4: Gold Reef City
Today you will depart on a tour of Gold Reef City. Gold Reef City reflects the history of the discovery of gold as well as the lifestyle of those who worked on the mines. Go on an underground tour of a gold mine, see a gold pouring demonstration and feel the rhythm of tribal dancing.
You will be transferred to your hotel in Pretoria to start your ElderTreks Adventure (this day is Day 1 of the Kingdoms Adventure)