GROUP TOUR TO NAMIBIA, SOUTHERN AFRICA WITH RUNOKO RASHIDI

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MAY 18 TO JUNE 1, 2017 – $4248.00 DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM JFK!
Facilitated by Africa Dreamer Tour Company

OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO SOUTH AFRICA!
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DAILY ITINERARY

DAY 1 – THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017
Depart New York Kennedy via South African Airways flight 204 at 11:15 a.m.

DAY 2 : FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017 WINDHOEK
Arrive Johannesburg at 8:05 a.m. Connect on South African Airways flight 77 at 9:30a.m.
Arrival at 10:20a.m. Windhoek’s International Hosea Kutako Airport, meet your guide and travel to Namibia’s capital Windhoek.
In the afternoon, enjoy some sightseeing in town, and visit the Independence Memorial Museum.
: Join a Katutura Township tour
Overnight at AVANI WINDHOEK HOTEL / similar including breakfast.
Lunch and dinner will be for the clients own account.

DAY 3 : SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 OKAHANDJA & WATERBERG
Travel north to Okahandja. Here you have the opportunity to see the Herero people, and visit the Herero Graves. An entire dynasty of Herero leaders are buried here and as the official source states ‘this Herero Grave Complex is the last resting place of the former Herero leaders Tjamuaha, Maharero, Samuel Maharero and Friedrich Maharero’.
Continue further north towards the Waterberg area. While in this area you will either visit the OvaHerero cultural centre: At Hamakari, OvaHerero fighters suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of German troops in 1904. At the historic site a cultural and tourism centre is being established, which will house an exhibition on the history and culture of the Ovaherero people.
OR you will visit the Okaepe Living Museum: The Okaepe living museum offers visitors an insight into the life of the local San and Herero cultures in historic and current times.

Overnight at WATERBERG REST CAMP / similar including dinner and breakfast.
Lunch will be included today.

DAYS 4 AND 5 : SUNDAY & MONDAY, May 21 & 22, 2017 GROOTFONTEIN
Travel north to your next destination, near Grootfontein.
On the second day of your stay you take part in a ¾ day experience with the Ju/’Hoansi-San. While visiting this Living Museum you learn how to make your own jewelery, hunt and shoot bow and arrow, be lead into another world by their traditional dancing and healing, make and taste traditional food and more.
Overnight at PEACE GARDEN LODGE / similar including breakfast.
Lunches and dinners will also be included.

DAYS 6 AND 7: TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 & 24, 2017 ONDANGWA
Head further north for the next tribe in northern Namibia, the Owambo.
You can visit the town of Oshakati on the way, with an interesting mix of local open air markets.
Continue to Ondangwa, where you will visit the NakambaleMuseum : The museum is housed in the former home of `Nakambale’ (the Finnish Missionary, MarttiRautanen), the museum also includes a live size replica of a traditional Ndonga homestead with all the different sections of the homestead abeled. Visitors to the museum are provided with a guided tour of the homestead. Visitors can also order a traditional meal, and cultural performances can be arranged. In addition visitors can be taken to visit some of the heritage sites in the surrounding area.
Overnight at PROTEA HOTEL ONDANGWA / similar including breakfast.
Lunches and dinners will also be included.

DAYS 8 AND 9 : THURSDAY & FRIDAY, MAY 25 & 26, 2017 OPUWO
From Ondangwa your route takes you towards Opuwo, the capital of the Kaokoland region.
On day two you join the lodge on a visit to a local Himbavillage : Meet the Himba people of Kaokolandwith a local guide & interpreter. Interact and photograph one of the last remaining nomadic tribes of Africa. You will have time to ask questions while your guide answers and explains the Himbas intricate traditions, customs and beliefs.
Overnight at OPUWO COUNTRY HOTEL / similar including dinner and breakfast.
Lunches will also be included.

DAYS 10 AND 11 : SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 27 & 28, 2017 MY TWYFELFONTEIN
Leaving Opuwo travel south to Twyfelfontein. Pay a visit to the Petrified Forest, Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain as well as the first world heritage site of Namibia, the ancient rock engravings and rock paintings of Twyfelfontein.
You will also visit to the Living Museum of the Damara : Together with the Bushmen the Damara belong to the oldest nations in Namibia. Experience the daily routine, including the traditional blacksmith (making of weapons and tools), tanning of leather (production of traditional clothes), jewellery and crafts, dancing, singing and traditional games, Holy Fire and fire making and much more. Follow us on a bushwalk where the women collect plants from the bush for food, perfume and medicine, and where the men show you how to set up traps, snares and how they used to hunt in the old times.
Overnight at TWYFELFONTEIN COUNTRY LODGE / similar including dinner and breakfast.
Lunches will also be included.

DAYS 12 AND 13 : MONDAY & TUESDAY, MAY 29 & 30, 2017 SWAKOPMUND
Travel south to Swakopmund.
During your two night stay in Swakopmund you can explore the towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay with your tour guide, and visit the Swakopmund Museum.

Optional activities / at an additional cost:
Mondesa Township tour at USD$37.00 per person.
Topnaar Visit at dsdf$60.00 per person.

Many other activities are also available in and around Swakopmund, such as Boat cruises, Desert tours, Quad biking, Sky diving, Fishing and much more.
Overnight at THE DELIGHT HOTEL / similar including breakfast.
Lunch will be included on day 11
Lunch on day 12 will be for clients own account.
Dinners for both nights will be for clients own account.

DAY 14 : WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017 WINDHOEK AIRPORT
Return to Windhoek for your departure flight ON South African Airways flight 75 at 11:15a.m.
Ariive Johannesburg at 2:00p.m. Connect on South African Airways flight 204 at 8:55p.m.
Lunch / Packed lunch will be included.

DAY 15: THURSDAY, JUNE 01, 2017
Arrive New York Kennedy at 6:40a.m.
END OF TOUR

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OPTIONAL TOUR – SOUTH AFRICA – May 31 – June 4, 2017
Tour Rate per person = $829.00
Single room supplement = $127.00
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DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY, 31 May-2017
Arrive Johannesburg via South African Airways flight 77 at 3:00p.m. You are met by the local representative and transferred to City Lodge..
Accommodation at City Lodge Sandton Katherine Street – Standard Room
Includes: Bed & Breakfast
Excludes: Any services not specified.
The City Lodge Sandton Katherine Street Hotel is located on the outskirts of Johannesburg’s cosmopolitan suburb of Sandton, approximately 4km from Sandton City, and offers guests a choice of 159 rooms and convenient access to a host of exciting local activities. With comfortable rooms, complete with all the modern facilities and amenities needed for a relaxing stay, the hotel also provides dining facilities on site as well as offering a trendy social bar, a great place to relax before or after dinner. The indoor gym and sparkling swimming pool are good places to work up an appetite for the delicious food or to work off any over indulgence! Popular with business travellers due to the amenities, the lodge caters for small conferences and events with an executive boardroom, catering is done on site.

Late afternoon transfer from City Lodge Sandton to Lesedi Cultural Village for dinner
Boma Dinner Experience
Lesedi Cultural Village based in the Cradle of Humankind was created to showcase the diversity of African cultures, particularly of the dominant groups found in South Africa – the Zulu, the Xhosa, the Basotho, the Ndebele and the Pedi. Guests will be welcomed with traditional African singing before being escorted for a wander through the Ndebele-styled village and craft market. Guests will be orientated by watching a multi-visual theatre presentation on the history and origin of the South African people. Then guest will be taken on a tour of the five homesteads, each representing a particular culture’s choice of housing materials, decorative details and way of living. End off with a boma dinner with a menu offering African speciality dishes.
Overnight: City Lodge Dinner

DAY 2 – THURSDAY, 01JUNE, 2017
After breakfast, meet your local tour guide and embark on a Full Day Soweto Tour
Mandela House
Mandela House in Orlando West, Soweto is a national monument dedicated to offering insights into the life of Nelson Mandela and the families that he lived with from 1946 through to the 1990s. Managed by the Soweto Heritage Trust, the house has been fully renovated and hosts a visitor centre as well as excellent multi-media and audio-visual displays outlining the history of the Mandela family. A meaningful experience, visitors are exposed to Mandela’s personal life on this visit.

Hector Peterson Memorial
On the 16th of June 1976, Hector Pieterson was shot by the police during a protest by schoolchildren about Afrikaans being imposed as the medium of instruction. The Soweto uprising, as it has come to be known, saw 20 children shot by police during what started out as a peaceful protest. One of the pivotal moments in the anti-Apartheid struggle, 12-year old Hector has come to symbolise those that stood against the tyrannical regime. Today, the 16th of June is celebrated in South Africa as National Youth Day in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the protest. The site where Hector was shot is not far from the memorial
Constitution Hill
Constitution Hill has been the site for South Africa’s Constitution Court since the mid-1990s but previously it was one of the country’s most notorious prisons. The Old Fort was built in 1892 and originally functioned as a prison and detention centre for those awaiting trial. The tour of the facility will take in the isolation cells known as Sections Four and Five where famous political activists such as Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu were held, the Women’s Gaol that has housed Winnie Mandela and others and many other cells as well as the awaiting trial building. Prisoners at this facility have included British soldiers, traitors, hardened criminals, activists and many normal South Africans who contravened the harsh Apartheid laws.

DAY 3 – FRIDAY, 02 JUNE, 2017

Breakfast and Hotel check-out.
Transfer to the airport for departure on South African Airways flight 313 at 8:25 a.m. Arrive Cape Town at 10:35 a.m.
Experience genuine hospitality at the V&A Waterfront-based The Portswood in Cape Town; an elegant destination that once used to house convicts, the 94 Standard Rooms (58 Twins and 36 Doubles) and eight Mini-Suites are outfitted for maximum comfort and in sophisticated style following a nautical theme. There are views of the city and harbour from every vantage point in this upmarket destination that is also home to the popular Quarterdeck Restaurant, known for its Cape Malay speciality dishes and the Terrace where light meals and snacks are served throughout the day. Guests can enjoy drinks at the Cocktail Bar, the perfect destination from which to watch the sun set over the busy harbour. Those that want to dine in their rooms there is 24-hour room service and other facilities include the use of a sparkling swimming pool. A fantastic destination for business travellers as rooms can easily convert to temporary offices and the Portswood offers quality conferencing facilities.

Cape Town City
Explore South Africa’s exciting ‘Mother City’ on this guided tour of the historical and cultural sights of Cape Town. You will step into the rich history of the city passing by key historical monuments and places of interest, such as the impressive Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town City Hall. The tour stops at the beautiful St. George’s Cathedral, passes the through the lush Company Gardens, and explores a cultural hub of Cape Town, the Bo-Kaap, also known as the Cape Malay quarter. A tour of this vibrant city, home to street markets of every kind, cosmopolitan and rustic eateries, and a host of cultures is an unforgettable experience.

Table Mountain (weather permitting)
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has transported more than 20 million people to the summit of Cape Town’s most iconic destination, Table Mountain. The cableway offers a comfortable way of reaching the top of the mountain in revolving cars that afford 360° views of the surrounds during the ascent. Each cable car can carry 65 people at a time and trips run on a continuous basis – the cableway is shut down during bad weather. At the top, visitors will discover a series of walking paths and stunning views of the surrounding oceans and the city below. There is a self-service restaurant and deli on site.

Robben Island Tour (weather permitting)
Robben Island is best known internationally as being the place where Nelson Mandela and many other famous anti-apartheid activists were imprisoned. For this reason it is today a world heritage site; however it has always been a place of isolation for those not accepted in society and has in its past been home to a leper colony and a mental hospital. Located in Table Bay, just off Cape Town’s coastline, the island is 5.4km in length and comprises 574ha. The tour takes approximately 3.5 hours including the one-hour return ferry trip that departs from the Robben Island Museum at the Clocktower, Nelson Mandela Gateway, V&A Waterfront. Once the ferry embarks on the island, guests will visit the maximum security prison, meet an ex-political prisoner and explore the island on a bus tour accompanied by an experienced guide.

DAY 4 – SATURDAY, 03 JUNE, 2017
After breakfast, check out and meet your local tour guide and transfer from The Portswood Hotel to Cape Town International Airport for your South African Airways flight 346 at 3:20p.m. Arrive Johannesburg st 5:05p.m.
Connect on South African Airways flight 203 at 8:55p.m.

DAY 5 – SUNDAY, 04 JUNE, 2017
Arrive New York Kennedy airport at 6:40a.m.

COST INCLUDES:
• Roundtrip airfare – Johannesburg/Cape Town/Johannesburg
• 02x Nights’ accommodation at City Lodge Sandton Katherine Street on a Bed and Breakfast basis
• 01x Nights’ accommodation at The Portswood Hotel on a Bed &Breakfast
• Entrance fees to sightseeing venues as stated in the itinerary above
• Porterage at airports and hotels (1 x standard piece of luggage per person)
• Transport in private touring vehicles
• Guide and Driver meals & accommodation where applicable
• Local English speaking driver/guide on all sightseeing excursions

COST EXCLUDES:
• All other accommodation, All other meals, All other transport
• All other sightseeing, Gratuities for meals, tourist guides, drivers, game rangers and trackers, Personal expenses such as alcoholic and other beverages, telephone calls and laundryExcess baggage

Travel Insurance:
We consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. Travel insurance is widely available to purchase. It is the personal responsibility of each traveller to ensure that they have adequate travel insurance cover. It is each traveller’s personal responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover purchased is suitable and adequate for their particular needs.

RESERVATION FORM
RUNOKO RASHIDI TOUR TO NAMIBIA
MAY 18-JUNE 1, 2017
Please book my reservation for the tour to NAMIBIA, May 18-June 1, 2017. Final payment is due March 31, 2017. Rate includes – airfare, hotel accommodation and round trip transfers, tours
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[ ] ENCLOSED IS MY (NONREFUNDABLE) DEPOSIT OF $300.00 PER PERSON. FINAL PAYMENT DUE March 31, 2017
[ ] $4,248.00 per person based on double occupancy
[ ] $319.00 per person in Single Room Supplement if no room-mate is available*
[ ] Please book me on the optional tour to South Africa – May 31 – June 4, 2017
[ ]$829 per person
**[ ] $127 Single Room Supplement

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Five monthly payments – $790.00 per month Final payment March 31, 2017 of $788.00

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11 Comments

  1. Hallo brother Runoko

    I wanna find out, on the website, i came across, dates and times, you will be touring Afrika next year 2017, how do a brother meet you for a cuppa coffee before taking another flight to Namibia?

    Ase

    • @ Joia, Dr. Runoko’s next tour to Egypt is planned for January 2018. More details will be forthcoming as available.

  2. Would you be interested to give a talk at the University of Namibia on anything you would want to share with us? I work for the University of Namibia. I teach digital geography ( such as cartography) but my main interest is African History and African Consciousness. The Department I work for is for Geography and History, so I can organize with one of our History clolleagues or colleagues from Sociology or Political Sciences so you can give a talk on anything. It might be about your vision for African youths and what you think our role should be in the so called post-apartheid Namibian era. What you would see once you come to Namibia is that we are a rich country and a bit developed but he means of production and the economy still lies in the hands of the white man because of the privilege he has had during the apartheid no Germany occupation and the few elite Namibian who are closer to the resources. How can we use our education system which has suffered so much from the Bantu education system to help the black people ensure confidence in ownership of the Namibian economy and for Namibian youths to go to school to solve the real needs of our society but not just to go to school to earn money after or work for mining multi-nationals? How do we ensure that our education system is for us and for our real needs? If you have any talk in mind, I think we can benefit from hearing from you while you are here in Windhoek shortly. Thank you so much, I appreciate you coming to Namibia and I have always been a supporter of your work. Keep doing the work my brother

  3. Nangula Nghiayalwa, a very nice suggestion. In fact, I’m surprised to see your comment because in Namibia it is very rare to find people who are truly also into African consciousness and ancient African History, Mr Runoko, I just saw you on NBC last night and was shocked you were here and we had no clue, if possible I and a few like minded individuals would like to meet you and have a discussion with you, either at Unam as Nangula suggested or anywhere esle that would be convenient, we found out too late that you were here, is it possible to schedule one last discussion in Windhoek before you leave for South Africa?

    • Greetings Veundja Tjingaete. I am Dr. Rashidi’s website administrator and presented your question to him. He says unfortunately he will only pass through Windhoek to go to the airport. I hope this answers your question.

  4. Any progress on the lecture dates if so confirmed? And Nangula Nghiyalwa I, we, some of us would like to meet you, I feel your concerns as they are already limited amongst us as whole nation, how bout we share further ideas and reason? Vtjingaete33@gmail.com

    • Greetings Veundja Tjingaete. I am Dr. Rashidi’s website administrator. I presented your question to him and he says he has two big nationally broadcast TV programs today but have no more public lectures scheduled. I hope this answers your question.

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