December 28, 2017 - January 3, 2018
Are you ready to take a journey with Black & Abroad?
Johannesburg, the second largest city in Africa, is home to diverse people, experiences, and rich in history. To ring in the New Year, we’re bringing a hand-picked group of individuals together to immerse themselves in the soul that runs through this magical city.
We’ve crafted a unique flow of moments and experiences that will set the standard for how you travel in the future. You’ll find the travel experience we’ve created will ask that you become an explorer who walks away with a true taste of what Joburg’s culture has to offer.
day 1: WELCOME TO JOBURG!
You’re finally here! We’ll whisk you away from JNB Airport after your arrival into the city and take you to your 5-star boutique villa accommodations. After you get settled into your new digs, we’ll introduce you to the rest of your crew for the week; an intimate group of individuals from all over the world ready to experience Johannesburg’s culture and history. As a group, we’ll all head to our welcome dinner and kick off our new journey together.
day 2: soweto!
The best way to get to know a destination is by gaining a bit of its history. Today, we’ll be visiting Soweto, a township that gives you a deep dive into South Africa’s roots. We’ll stop by Nelson Mandela’s home and take a scenic bike ride through Orlando, a community within the Soweto township. For the adventurous traveler, you’ll get a chance to prove yourself by bungee jumping from the city’s famous Orlando Towers (add'tl cost)!** Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a meal on the popular Vilikazi St., and take a trip through time at South Africa’s renowned Apartheid Museum.
day 3: JOBURG & CHILL
Now that you’ve got your feet wet in Joburg, today’s the perfect opportunity to discover some of the things that make the city so great. Get to know your new travel companions, check out that cool spot your friends back home recommended, stop by Constitution Hill, or hang out with a glass of wine poolside at our lush villa. Today is your day to do as you please.
In the evening, we'll head to a local shisa nyama to groove to some afro-house vibes over great food & drinks and even better company!
day 4: NEW YEAR'S EVE - AFROPUNK STYLE!
You’ll be spending the last day of 2017 partying with the locals at AFROPUNK’s first festival ever in the continent of Africa! Listen to the sounds of local and international artists, from Laura Mvula to Solange. Feel the music, free your mind, and enjoy an incredible lineup of ground breaking icons and emerging talents in art, culture, and fashion.
Check out the bespoke African art & textiles, crafts, apparel, the pop-up dining installations and much more while on the festival grounds.
DAY 5: NEW YEAR, NEW VIEW
We'll be starting the New Year on a perfect note with a journey to a secret location for an exclusive champagne brunch with a South African twist.
Later that evening, we'll head to Maboneng, Joburg’s premier cultural enclave for creatives & entrepreneurs and a great place to take in an art show and a great glass of South African wine.
DAY 6: SAFARI SITUATIONS
Today kicks off bright and early as we head out of Joburg to become one with nature. Just a short distance outside of the city limits, we'll take a hike at a UNESCO World Heritage Site and unveil one of our surprises that will take your breath away. We'll have lunch and head back into the city.
In the evening, we'll come together one last time for a celebratory dinner. Let our last meal together as a travel crew be a time to reflect on the unforgettable week Joburg gave you, and for the memorable experience you gave yourself.
DAY 7: IT'S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE
We know, it feels like you just got here, but it’s time to say goodbye. Use today to check off those final items on your list for the city before it’s time to head home. The week may have flown by, but the memories and friendships you've made will last forever.
We've carefully crafted an itinerary tailored to give you a deep dive into all that Johannesburg has to offer. In addition to soaking in Joburg's rich history, you'll be there as history is made with the first AfroPunk Fest in the continent of Africa! And most importantly, we've done all of the planning and hard work for you. Just show up ready to enjoy yourself!
We're ending 2017 on a high note! AfroPunk Fest has made its mark in cities like Brooklyn, Atlanta, and Paris with unforgettable concerts and culture. For the first time ever, Johannesburg is hosting a festival at the historic Constitution Hill and you'll have an all-day pass! Oh, and did we mention Solange is the concert headliner?
Johannesburg is one of South Africa’s most vibrant destinations. Filled to the brim with an assortment of attractions, Joburg is a cultural enclave of innovation and has something to offer everyone. The music, the people, and most importantly, the history make Joburg a city to remember.
Your home away from home for the week is a lush, boutique accommodation in one of the exclusive areas in Joburg, but just a stone’s throw from popular attractions. You'll find it's the perfect place to relax and lay your head after a day of exploring in the city. And yes, there's wifi!
Joburg's cultural pockets provide several opportunities to really dig into the city life, and we've built in time in the itinerary for you to freely explore and immerse yourself. From the open markets & galleries in Braamfrontein to the shops in Rosebank, there's a little something for every taste.
The Black & Abroad travel community is filled of individuals worldwide with a lust for exploration and the appreciation for a deeper travel experience. These are the people who will be joining you on this journey. We've intentionally limited our journeys to no more than 14 travelers to make sure everyone gets the appropriate attention & the chance to connect with like-minded individuals.
Live in the moment and let someone else record it! Our professional photographer will be there every step of the way to capture the best points in your journey, and you'll get those photos throughout your stay to share with your friends and family back home.
Your investment of $2000 (or if you are utilizing our payment plan option, an initial deposit of $599, and 4 monthly payments of $400 - totaling $2199) includes:
- 6 nights at an upscale, 5 star boutique villa*
- Transfers to/from JNB airport
- All activities on itinerary and transportation to/from activities
- All-day access to AfroPunk Fest: Johannesburg on December 31, 2017
- All breakfasts, an exclusive New Year's Day champagne brunch, 2 lunches, 3 dinners (alcohol not included unless indicated-- see itinerary for additional details)
- Personal travel concierge to take care of all of the questions you may have
- A professional photographer commissioned to capture those unforgettable moments during your journey
- Your own Black & Abroad Journeys Traveler's Kit, with exclusive Black & Abroad gear
- A few surprises!
*Accommodation is in a shared room with one other person. We may also have a limited number of private rooms available on a first come, first served basis (for an additional fee). If you are interested in a private suite, please contact us regarding availability.
What's Not Included?
- Flight to/from Johannesburg
- Travel Insurance (we recommend purchasing coverage for your trip)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Incidental room charges in hotels/accommodations
- Individually selected activities during your free time (i.e. Bungee Jumping**)
- Individual tips to experience providers and venues
Are you coming?
There comes a time when you have to decide what kind of traveler you want to be. Here’s a chance to transition from tourist to journeyer.
This Black & Abroad Journey has been meticulously designed to tap into our three principles:
EXPLORE the world. EMBRACE the culture. EMPOWER the people.
To ensure that we remain true to our mission, we’ve partnered with local businesses, guides, and venues to give you a truly South African experience. From your one-of-a-kind hotel, to guides who have lived through Johannesburg’s historic times to witness its rebirth into a growing metropolis, your journey with us is a step above the experience you’d receive from a mass market, run-of-the-mill tour. This isn’t a vacation. This is a journey. Are you ready?
Johannesburg is waiting for you.