** 10 Day Private Journey in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Franschhoek and Kapama

October 10-19, 2024

Mr. Nelson Mandela was a leader of the anti-apartheid struggle and oversaw the transition to democracy, becoming the country’s first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994. Come go with us as we follow in his footsteps.

Visit at least three of the social development projects being funded through Uthando South Africa, a charity that supports a wide range of highly effective community projects across the country.

Elephants, lions, leopards, zebras, and cheetahs are just some of the animals you’ll spy on during your sunrise and sunset safaris as you come face-to-face with the wild heart of South Africa. 

You’ll also take in breath-taking views of cosmopolitan Cape Town, explore the cobbled stone streets and brightly colored houses of the traditional Cape Malay community at Bo Kaap, frolic with the African penguins at their breeding colony at Boulders Beach, and sample the wines that make Stellenbosch famous on a tour of the fabled Cape Winelands. 

Spend your nights at stylish city hotels in the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant entertainment district and in traditional safari lodges. When it comes time to discover South Africa’s wild heart, your expert safari guides will take you closer to the action than you ever imagined possible.

Do you have the desire to:

  • Examine the life of a beloved activist and icon.
  • Experience the exquisite food and rich culture of one of the largest countries in Africa.
  • Expand your historical knowledge of a country that has been beckoning you.
  • Explore the vastness of an immersive safari.
  • Enjoy taking the time to invest in your global interests.
Looking for a next-level experience in travel?

On this custom designed private journey to South Africa, you will travel with us to .....

Spend your nights at stylish city hotels in the heart of Cape Town's vibrant entertainment district and in traditional safari lodges.

Enjoy learning about the fascinating history of Nelson Mandela’s South Africa while it is brought to life through a collection of soulful encounters with the people and places he touched in his efforts to end apartheid.

Learn more in-depth about the culture and history of South Africa as well as who Nelson Mandela was and where he lived his life.

Take a journey on a safari where you will likely meet the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and African buffalos). Enjoy a front-row seat and watch the sun cast its golden hue across Africa's endless savanna as the local wildlife being their daily parade.

Round out your stay with delicious wine tastings, coupled with mouthwatering chocolate and dessert tastings that make Stellenbosch famous.

By the end of this journey, you would have enjoyed time spent with family and friends so you can cherish these memories forever.

Imagine upon arrival to Johannesburg

You will be welcomed to Southern Africa by a local representative who will direct you through immigration, baggage collection and customs.

On one of the tour dates, set out on your first official game drive alongside a professional tracker, ranger and other guests of the camp.

As a part of the Greater Kruger Area, the Kapama Private Game Reserve is home to impressive herds of migrating buffalo, trumpeting elephants, grazing antelopes and a variety of predators including lions and leopards.

Spend the afternoon spotting and snapping photos of species on the reserve while basking in the incomparable beauty of South Africa, the sun descending behind the distant Drakensberg Mountain Range during the latter hours.

Meet your host - Joseph & Tillie James, Tillie James Travel

We understand finding time to take a vacation is often difficult. Nothing is worse than squeezing in the time for vacation only to be stressed and overwhelmed with the planning to arrive to an underwhelming experience. We plan hosted group trips, such as this one to South Africa.

We work hard to ensure your vacation will be an experience of a lifetime.

This custom-designed journey combines luxury travel, adventure, history, outdoors, and culture, providing a unique and transformative experience. 

You will have the opportunity to see wildlife in green grasslands, connect with Mr. Mandela’s legacy, learn about his life and struggles, visit some of the world’s best winelands, and most of all connect with locals – an essential part of travel. 


Join us for a journey you won't forget.

Luxurious Accommodations

Accommodations throughout your stay in South Africa


$7,377.00 per person (double occupancy) 

Book your reservations now! Since this is a private customized tour, there are only 22 total spaces available. 

Terms and Conditions: 

A $2,090.00 per person (for double occupancy) non-refundable deposit is required when booking your reservation (based on double occupancy). This deposit is non-refundable if you cancel your reservation. 

The deposits are needed to secure the private safaris and private lodge and other accommodations. 

We highly recommend you protect your investment by purchasing Travel Protection/Insurance. Quotes can be provided once you book.

Your reservation will not be confirmed until deposits have been received for all parties on the reservation. Initial deposits must be made by credit card only.

Payment schedules can be arranged (monthly or custom payments).

Final payments are due by June 24, 2024.

Guests are required to adhere to the payment plan selected until balance is fully paid.



Customers on the installment plan are required to make regular payments in accordance with the selected payment plan. If an account becomes 15 days past due, the customer may lose their room assignment and their reservation will be suspended. If an account becomes 30 days past due, the reservation will be automatically canceled and all payments forfeited.


Changes made to an existing reservation will be subject to a $125 change fee.


Passengers must be 21 years of age or older for this private journey.

Availability is limited and will sell out very quickly.

Travel arrangements coordinated through Kensington Tours.

Other restrictions may apply.

Bon Voyage

Prior to take off we will have a Bon Voyage get together (may be virtual) that will set you on the right track for preparing for your trip! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I have to participate in all of the activities? Of course not! Each private event has been arranged. However, you can opt-out of any event. (Please note however, there will not be any monetary credits made for opting out in scheduled event).

Can I stay longer? If you are looking to extend your stay on either end of your trip we are happy to offer suggestions and recommendations!

Will I need a passport? Yes. All guests traveling with a valid passport must have at least six (6) months validity during your trip.

Are vaccinations required? No vaccinations are required or mandatory at this time. But the Kruger is in an area with malaria, so we highly recommend anti-malarial for South Africa. Seek professional medical advice.

What will I need to know about booking my room if I have a roommate?  When you book your double occupancy room, please read the following information regarding roommate reservations:


If you and your roommate(s) will be paying separate deposits, your reservation cannot be completed until all roommate deposits are received. If your roommate is unknown at the time of booking, your reservation will be booked as a single-occupancy. A fee for changes will apply if adding a new roommate after 15 days of the original reservation date. 

Who can I talk to, I have more questions? We are always happy to jump on a call and speak with you! In fact we would LOVE it! Just email hello@tilliejamestravel.com and we will get a call set up right away for you! Or call us at 804.997.9460.

The Fine Print
  • This tour does not include airfare to/from the trip start point.
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the guest.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.