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Celebrate Nelson Mandela With Zicasso's Honorary South African Tour

By Stephanie D'Adamo

Re-live the history of one of the world's most inspirational leaders: Inspired by the upcoming release of the film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Zicasso introduces a 5-star journey through South Africa that follows in the footsteps of one of Africa's finest sons: Nelson Mandela. The year 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of Mandela's sentence to life imprisonment and the 20th anniversary of Mandela becoming the first black South African president. This handcrafted 8-day tour of South Africa will visit sites integral to South Africa's remarkable history in Cape Town and Johannesburg, learning from first-hand accounts of the events that shaped the birth of a new nation. Travelers will also enjoy excellent game viewing at a safari camp where Mandela hosted world leaders and dignitaries.


"Nelson Mandela's life is a story of the triumph of the human spirit," said Brian Tan, CEO of Zicasso. "To be sentenced to life imprisonment and then emerge 30 years later to become the president, after 27 years in prison, is one of the greatest inspirational stories. Our goal of this unique tour is to give travelers an immersion into his story of sheer will, clarity of purpose, and compassion while getting to know the beauty of South Africa."

Pricing for this tour is $9,320 per person based on double occupancy. For each tour booked, $1,000 will be donated to South African non-profit organizations: Uthando and Jorvan Community. Zicasso has carefully selected these outstanding groups due to their tireless commitment, at the grassroots level, to uplift the under privileged communities in Cape Town, a feat that Nelson Mandela has always held near to his heart.

Highlights of this tour include:

Stay at stunning 5-star accommodations, all of which have Mandela history. The refined and exclusive Saxon Hotel is where Mandela lived while writing his famed autobiography;
Visit the Apartheid Museum that chronicles a devastating time in South Africa's history;
Tour the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site containing some of the world's oldest hominid fossils;
Take an exclusive private tour of historic Robben Island where Mandela spend 18 years in captivity, guided by the inmates who lived there with him;
Re-live history through the vivid storytelling of Mandela's life from a tour guide and raconteur that was recently awarded "Tour Guide of the Year";
Meet with a member of the Mandela family and hear their account of history (depending on schedule and availability);
Enjoy an unforgettable safari at the luxurious and tranquil Shambala Game Reserve, where Mandela lived part time.

This moving journey begins in Johannesburg, with a poignant tour of Vilikazi Street in Soweto, where guests will visit Mandela's former home. After learning the intricacies of the South African struggle at the Apartheid Museum guests will visit Liliesleaf Farm, the location where Mandela was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. The tour then proceeds to the Constitutional Court, before reaching the final stop, UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cradle of Humankind, where some of the world's most impressive hominid fossils have been discovered. In the evening, guests will return to the 5-star Saxon Hotel.

On Day 3, guests will fly to Cape Town and experience South Africa's most beautiful city at the breathtaking Table Bay Hotel. The following morning, travelers will be ferried out to Robben Island for a tour of the penitentiary where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his imprisonment. After returning to the city, guests will tour the Presidential Residence at Groote Schuur, the home that Mandela lived in during his presidency.

The next morning visitors will embark on a walking tour of the historical Bo-Kaap district before heading to the District Six Museum. This unique exhibit was designed to commemorate the historically mixed community that was cruelly evicted from their homes during the height of Apartheid.

The final three days will be spent on safari at the Shambala Private Game Reserve, which is exquisitely nestled in a mountain range that is home to 'Big Five' game. Mandela purposely chose this tranquil reserve as the location to inaugurate the Centre for Reconciliation.

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