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Travel with Heart! This tour blends traditional sightseeing with giving back to local communities. Ponder history during a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Search out the “Big Five” during an open-air safari game drive. Partner with Knysna Education Trust to spend a day working on educational projects with the children or on the school building itself. Visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Distribute Hippo Rollers in a local community, drastically improving their access to fresh water. Travel the lush Garden Route between the mountains and the balmy Indian Ocean. Relax during a leisurely stay in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Volunteer for a program in Stellenbosch that works with young people in need.

Inclusions

11 breakfasts
11 lunches
11 dinners
Volunteer for two local programs dedicated to improving the lives of children in the communities to which we travel.
Experience a thrilling cable car ride rising more than 3,000 feet.
Learn the local beat with a lesson on the djembe drums.
Tour Provider Collette
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $4,354
Start Location
Sandton, South Africa
End Location
Cape Town, South Africa
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 24
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Moderate
ItineraryExpand
Sandton, South Africa - Tour Begins
Your journey begins in Sandton, a city established in 1969. Famous for its rich veins of gold and other valuable minerals, it is now the bustling cosmopolitan center of greater Johannesburg.
Sandton - Soweto - Sandton
Today, visit the Apartheid Museum which commemorates the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa. A guided tour of Soweto " South West Township " showcases luxurious mansions and informal settlements as you learn about the historical significance of the area. Experience the regional lifestyle when joining locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen, or house tavern. This afternoon, take time to ponder history at Liliesleaf, the location of Nelson Mandela’s arrest and the former center and place of refuge of the liberation movement. Gather this evening with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
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Panoramic Route - Kruger National Park
Travel through the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range en route to Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. Scenic wonders surround you as you pass through the Blyde River Canyon, made mostly of red sandstone and known as one of Africa's greatest natural wonders. Set against the triple mountain formation of the Three Rondovals, resembling traditional round houses of the indigenous people, the canyon is the third largest in the world. Along this magnificent route you will also see Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the dramatic natural cylinders shaped by millions of years of natural erosion caused by fast-flowing sand-filled waters. This evening, enjoy a traditional Boma dinner under the stars where you may sample some local game meat!
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Kruger National Park - Safari Game Drive
Have your camera ready for an unforgettable day of adventure and excitement! Enjoy a full day open-air-vehicle safari game drive. A local expert leads you in search of the "Big 5" " elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino " and provides insight into these fascinating animals along the way. Watch carefully " you may also see a graceful impala, dazzling zebra or gorgeous giraffe. Relax with a picnic lunch surrounded by giraffes in the natural beauty of Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park - Johannesburg - George - Knysna
Travel back to Johannesburg to board your flight to George. Upon arrival, travel to the picturesque resort town of Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route, for a 3-night stay.
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Knysna
Embark on a tour of the Knysna Township, which highlights the diversity of this community. Then, spend your day at a school funded by The Knysna Education Trust. Learn how the children benefit from the trust and the Collette Foundation. Choose your volunteer activity today! Perhaps you would like to take part in a reading activity, assist with a lesson plan or help the children with an educational craft. In addition, you might choose to get your hands dirty by helping to paint a school mural to brighten up the classrooms, or assist in some maintenance in one of the vital eating gardens that the children of Knysna depend on daily. This evening, enjoy some time to independently explore the charming waterfront area.
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Knysna
Today, visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Set off on a lagoon cruise to the famous Knysna Heads which mark the entrance to the lagoon. Next, board a 4x4 vehicle and travel deep into the forest. Discover the local flora and fauna during a leisurely paced nature walk. Enjoy lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees " aptly named because of the trees’ white latex sap " before your return cruise to Knysna. This afternoon, travel to a village to present Hippo Water Rollers to villagers on behalf of the Collette Foundation. Hippo Water Rollers were created to make the labor-intensive task of collecting clean water in more remote South African villages vastly easier and much more efficient. These water vessels change lives and meeting the community that benefits from them will be an experience you won’t soon forget.
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Knysna - Cape Town
Before leaving the Garden Route, enjoy a visit to the Al Ferox region where you will enjoy an al-tapping demonstration and a stroll in the indigenous gardens. En route to Cape Town, stop at a wine farm to sample the local offerings of this famous wine producing region. Later, arrive in the beautiful harborside city of Cape Town.
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Cape Town
Enjoy a panoramic tour of this lovely city. Take in Cape Town’s distinct architecture that fuses the traditions and styles of the French, German and Dutch. Enjoy a thrilling ride on a cable car as it whisks you to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet, landing atop the aptly named " and flat-topped " Table Mountain.* The views of Cape Town, Robben Island and Lion’s Head will leave you breathless. Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Malay Quarter with its mosques and minarets. Make a special stop at the Milnerton Lighthouse.
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Cape Town
Explore the coastal scenery and charming towns that populate the Cape Peninsula. Travel out to Cape Point, stopping for a visit with the penguins at Boulders Beach. This afternoon, explore Cape Town at your leisure.
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Cape Town - Stellenbosch - Cape Town
This morning, visit the Western Cape region of Stellenbosch to volunteer for the Pebbles Project that helps the local children and community. Help decorate classrooms and prepare and distribute lunch to the children. This afternoon, set out on a walking tour of Stellenbosch " one of the oldest European settlements in the region " with a local expert. This evening, experience a unique farewell to South Africa as you enjoy a cultural lesson on the djembe drums and a soothing hand washing ceremony before a communal African dining experience!
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Cape Town - Tour Ends
Your Impact Tour ends today in Cape Town. Return home knowing that you helped to make a difference through travel.
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