South Africa: Beyond Apartheid

Explore the political complexity and natural beauty of South Africa on this in-depth new tour.

Immerse yourself in the South Africa rarely seen on tours with this very special Nation itinerary. Our 11-day program features private meetings with former freedom fighters who share their singular historic experiences and help us understand the profound changes in South Africa since apartheid ended a quarter century ago.

We’ll explore beautiful Cape Town, tour bustling Johannesburg and Soweto, and spend time in the gorgeous wine country. Throughout the program we will attend lectures and meetings with journalists, activists, artists, and entrepreneurs who are shaping the new South Africa. Our program ends with 2 nights at a remote safari lodge in the Makhutsi Private Game Reserve, where we’ll see the “big five” (and a lot more!) and learn about critical conservation efforts. Join us for an in-depth exploration of the complicated yet inspiring country of South Africa.

“This was the best Nation trip ever!  Fabulous!” – Courtney C, MA (four time Nation traveler)

Questions? Contact us via the form at the bottom of this page or call us at 212-209-5401.


  • Meet with retired Judge Albie Sachs, a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle and principal author of the new South African constitution, at his home in Cape Town.
  • Learn about the issue of urban land injustice in Cape Town during a meeting with Dare to Know, an organization and law center that works to fight exclusionary development.
  • Enjoy private tours of Robben Island in Cape Town and Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.
  • Visit the beautiful wine country on the Eastern Cape and meet with Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black woman winemaker.
  • Enjoy a Cape Malay lunch in Bo Kaap, known for its colorful houses and cobbled streets, and home to a blend of cultures with a strong Muslim influence. Learn more about the area from journalist Haji Mohamed Dawjee.
  • Learn about the many political, social and sporting luminaries, including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, who once called Soweto home on a visit to this township.
  • Enjoy in-depth explorations of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Soweto, including such sites as the acclaimed District Six and Apartheid Museum.
  • End your tour at the stunning Karongwe River Lodge, located in a private game reserve.

To view a slide show from a recent South Africa program, click here.

Questions? Contact us via the form at the bottom of this page or call us at 212-209-5401.

100% of the proceeds from our travel programs support The Nation’s journalism.

The Nation purchases carbon offsets to cover the emissions generated by our travel program in order to help mitigate effects on the climate.


April 14 - 25, 2023


From $7,900