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Saturday, May 5, 2018


(Sharon Katz)

Join Sharon Katz of The Peace Train for two fantastic weeks of sightseeing, music, safari, history, politics and people as she take you on this very special Insider's tour.

The tour runs from February 8 to 21, 2019. The all-new itinerary is perfect for first-time visitors or those wanting to return for new experiences with us.

Limited seats so reserve your spot early - our tours always sell-out!

We'll start in Johannesburg and learn about the history and the present as South Africa works hard to overcome the effects of Apartheid. Enjoy a concert in the legendary Sophiatown area where Sharon will be honoring Miriam Makeba's protege, Abigail Kubeka.

Next stop is Soweto for a special church service, tour of important sites, dinner on the street where Mandela and Bishop Tutu lived, and then a first-hand opportunity to get an insider's perspective when staying at a B&B run by local women.

Sharon Katz explains further: “After a tour of the Cradle of Humankind, where recent archaeological finds prove that we all have African ancestors, we're off on Safari to try our luck at spotting the Big 5.

“A special highlight is a visit to Mama Mary's orphanage where we've been supporting children and young adults for almost 20 years. Share your skills and talents with the children or just offer a comforting lap and smile as we prepare a traditional South African "braai" to eat together.

“Yes, South Africa has mountains - and we'll be staying for two nights in the spectacular Drakensberg range while we visit a local village to experience rural life and learn how to make baskets. Then enjoy your choice of hiking, birdwatching, swimming, horseback riding, zip-lining or all-terrain vehicle adventures before watching the majestic sunset.

“Durban is next. It's the original home of The Peace Train and our hotel is right on the Indian Ocean beachfront. You can visit the local markets, tour the Gandhi Settlement, swim, shop, enjoy the Zulu culture and a special concert with Sharon Katz & The Peace Train band featuring Nonhlanhla Wanda. We'll also visit the school where Nonhlanhla teaches and where The Peace Train has been supporting an after-school programme for years.

“Tour ends with your choice of either Cape Town or Swaziland for three nights.

“In Cape Town, you'll visit Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned, the Bo Kaap area, Table Mountain, the Company Gardens and the Castle of Good Hope. Then enjoy your choice of either a tour to Cape Point, the Winelands, District 6 or Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

“For those choosing Swaziland, you'll travel first to St. Lucia for a boat ride through a hippo reserve. In Swaziland, we'll visit a cultural village for dance and craft lessons before touring the famous candle and glass-making operations.

“Tour includes 13 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, two lunches, seven dinners, Safari, road & air travel within South Africa & Swaziland, tours described above and special concerts.”

Cost: $4,050 per person. Does not include international travel to and from Johannesburg, but there are currently some great airfare deals online starting at $800 round-trip.

All passengers make their own international flight arrangements in order to arrive in Johannesburg on Friday, February 8. Tour ends on Thursday, February 21. Optional add-on packages to Victoria Falls can be arranged.

Deposit of $2,000 is required by June 1, 2018, to hold your space. Balance is due by December 1, 2018.

To Reserve Your Space - send an email to with the following info:

1. Your name and the names of others traveling with you
2. Email addresses
3. Phone numbers and best times to phone each traveller
4. How do you know Sharon?
5. Where have you travelled in the last 5 years?
6. Your choice of either Cape Town or Swaziland