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Gandhi South African Reflections
9 Nights. Johannesburg, Volksrust, Ladysmith, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Cape Town
Prices Valid: Jan 2018 – 30 Nov 2018


What comprises the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi?
Gandhi introduced to the world the concepts of ahimsa (nonviolence) and satyagraha (peaceful civil disobedience). Gandhi did not invent nonviolence or peaceful civil disobedience. He drew on a variety of sources for his philosophy, including the Bhagavad Gita and writers such as Henry David Thoreau and Leo Tolstoy.

But he was perhaps the first person in history to apply these principles to a large political movement, bringing the supposedly invincible British Empire to its knees by his success. These principles, plus his constant strivings for religious harmony, social justice and eternal truth, raised the consciousness of millions of Indians.

When Gandhi went on a fast in 1947 in Calcutta to stop deadly riots in the city between Hindus and Muslims, the killings actually stopped. It was a tribute to the man who consistently stood for religious tolerance. British historian E.W.R. Lumby has called this fast “perhaps the greatest (miracle) of modern times”. Martin Luther King Jr. was among Gandhi's biggest disciples. King stated that while Jesus gave him his message, Gandhi showed him the method.

Why is Gandhi revered around the world?
He loved people: Even as he asked for Indians to boycott British clothes, he took it upon himself to visit the mills in Manchester to apologize to the workers. In an interesting twist, the British weavers celebrated his presence, and cheered the boycott.

Ideas that can move the world: Gandhi's ideas have appealed to the greatest minds of the world, including Charlie Chaplin, Bernard Shaw, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King (Jr), Steve Jobs and Barrack Obama. Got his hands dirty: Gandhi made people manufacture salt in the coastal areas to curb British monopoly. He made them knit their own clothes. His way of protesting involved a lot of ‘doing it ourselves’. Gandhi was living out the words of Rabindranath Tagore: “to walk alone, even if nobody listens to your call.”.

When, as per Gandhi, can a person follow non-violence?
For Gandhi, non-violence was not a means to an end, not a technique to be followed, but a way of life. He believed that non-violence required greater courage than violence. Gandhi took the religious principle of ahimsa (doing no harm) common to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism and turned it into a non-violent tool for mass action.

He used it to fight not only colonial rule but social evils such as racial discrimination and untouchability as well. Gandhi called it "satyagraha" which means 'truth force.' In this doctrine the aim of any non-violent conflict was to convert the opponent; to win over his mind and his heart and pursuade him to your point of view. Gandhi was firm that satyagraha was not a weapon of the weak - "Satyagraha is a weapon of the strong; it admits of no violence under any circumstance whatever; and it always insists upon truth." You will not find Gandhi in any video shot on August 15th 1947, because he was urging for peace between the religious groups in Bengal, which was seeing brutal riots. Gandhi believed in ahimsa. He practiced it too – till his death.

Where was Gandhi assassinated?
The tragedy occurred in New Delhi as the gaunt old man walked to a prayer-meeting. In one of history's great ironies - a life-long pacifist and promoter of non-violence was struck down by an assassin's bullet.

Nathuram Vinayak Godse shot Gandhi during an evening prayer ceremony at Birla House in Delhi. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru announced to the world the “light has gone out of our lives”. "Just an old man in a loincloth in distant India: Yet when he died, humanity wept," a newspaper remarked on his death.
Arrive OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg with meet and greet by African link representative. Transfer to hotel. Evening at Leisure. Overnight Johannesburg.

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Take your first step of this majestic tour in Johannesburg. Pick up from hotel to commence. This journey starts with full day city tour of Johannesburg, visiting Mahatma Gandhi’s most significant locations in the city, Constitutional Hill, Gandhi Square, Sathyagraha House, Fordsburg and Tolstoy Farm. Lunch en-route. Return to hotel late afternoon. Dinner at hotel and Overnight.

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After breakfast, half Day Soweto Tour, home to Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 2 Nobel prize winners. Afternoon Gold Reef City Tour. Gold Reef City is an amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971. Park is themed around 1886 Gold Rush on the Witwatersrand.

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After an early breakfast, depart from Johannesburg for Volksrust Mpumalanga and a 3-hour journey to the OLD PRISON in Volksrust, where Gandhi was incarcerated in 1913.

Lunch en-route. Depart Volksrust after lunch and head to Ladysmith Kwazulu Natal Midlands. Late afternoon arrival in Ladysmith. Relax, unwind and enjoy dinner. Overnight Ladysmith.

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Explore the Battlefields were the Siege of Ladysmith occurred. Mohandas Gandhi was a stretcher bearer with General Buller's relief forces after the Siege of Ladysmith and trained some of the 1100 Indians in this dangerous task. After Lunch at the hotel, depart Ladysmith for Pietermaritzburg. On route, stop in Howick to view the Capture Site where Nelson Mandela was arrested and taken to prison for 27 years. Dinner and Overnight Pietermaritzburg.

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An early start today (08h30am), experience the rich history that Mahatma Gandhi created in this developing city. Visit Pietermaritzburg Railway Station, the Gandhi memorial in Church Street, City centre before proceeding to Project Gateway where Kastuba Gandhi was imprisoned for 1 night . After lunch, travel to Durban and Inanda heritage route and to visit the Phoenix Settlement. The house named Sarvodaya “Well Being for All” originally built, for Gandhi and his family when the Phoenix Settlement was established in 1904. Dinner and overnight in Durban.

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City Tour of Durban, introduce you to magical Durban, a multicultural City shaped by a complex collaborative history involving early colonial settlers, indigenous Zulu population and Indian community who arrived as indentured labourers in the 19th century. After lunch, travel to Durban King Shaka International Airport and board for Cape Town. After a warm Mother City meet and greet, transfer to hotel and overnight.

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City Tour, Table Mountain: Head up Table Mountain and experience the Mother City in all her vibrant glory, from the harbour to the markets and the colourful streets of the Bo Kaap. Robben Island tours in the afternoon: Robben Island needs no introduction with regards to significance of its place in South Africa’s and indeed the world’s history. As “home” to one of the world’s most famous prisoners, statesmen and leader’s in Nelson Mandela, Robben Island is quite possibly most well known island-prison on the planet. Overnight Cape Town.

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Full Day Peninsula Tour visiting Hout Bay, experience a boat trip to Seal Island, Indian and Atlantic Oceans on either side of Cape Point, and Boulders beach to see penguins. Evening at V&A Waterfront.

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Day free with airport transfer.

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  • 3 nights Johannesburg, 1 night Ladysmith, 1 night Pietermaritzburg, 1 Night Durban, 3 nights Cape Town
  • Dedicated English speaking guide for duration of the tour
  • Luxury Air-conditioned road transport
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    • All prices quoted are per person sharing based on group size.
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