Johannesburg/Pretoria Optionals

1. Pretoria – Captivating Capital

Pretoria/Tshwane is the administrative capital of South Africa. Also known as the Jacaranda City, its true beauty can be seen during spring when hundreds of flowers cover the streets in a purple blanket.

Our excursion starts with a visit to the Union Buildings, administrative seat of government in South Africa. The legacy of Paul Kruger awaits us a few streets further away where we will visit his house (museum) and make a quick stop at Church Square, with its historic buildings and imposing monuments. The Voortrekker Monument is a must-see for all visitors and provides a fascinating insight into the lives, fears and dreams of early European pioneers in South Africa.

2. Soweto Snapshot

Soweto is the melting pot of South African cultures and the focal point of political transformation. It is the most metropolitan township in the country and houses over a million people. Soweto is dynamic and vibrant, and its people have been setting trends in music, fashion and culture.

Visiting the township will reveal a world that suffered under harsh political turmoil but also radiates rich cultural and political auras. This tapestry makes a fascinating encounter with the people of Africa.

Our journey starts at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital at the entrance to Soweto where-after we will visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and Nelson Mandela’s previous home. We will also go to the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication (Freedom Square). En route we pass the famous Regina Mundi Church as well as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s current home. Desmond Tutu’s home is also on the map.