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  • Dave Herbert | July 10, 2015 12:00 PM ET

    In Nelson Mandela's Footsteps

    In Nelson Mandela's Footsteps

    PHOTO: The Nelson Mandela memorial at the Mandela capture site in KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. (photo by David Cogswell)

    On July 18, the world will celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day, honoring a man whose devotion to democracy, education and equality never faltered. Mandela spent 67 years fighting against human rights violations and South Africa’s apartheid government, often times suffering greatly for his commitment to the cause.

    His prolonged efforts finally reached fruition when he led the African National Congress (ANC) to victory in 1994, abolishing South Africa’s apartheid and becoming the country’s first black president. Today, the Mandela Day campaign not only keeps his memory alive and celebrates his legacy; it also inspires ongoing community service, the fight against poverty, and the promotion of world peace and reconciliation.

    To celebrate “The Long Walk to Freedom”, Great Safaris provides an extraordinary journey to South Africa that gives travelers the chance to walk in Nelson Mandela’s Footsteps. We have crafted a remarkable 11-day tour through South Africa that focuses on the fascinating history of Mandela, visiting key areas and attractions that played a critical role in the struggle for a just, democratic South Africa. Travelers will leave with an enriched knowledge of this historic icon and, hopefully, will be inspired to carry on his positive change -- “It’s in your hands to make a difference.”

     In the immortal words of Nelson Mandela, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”


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Dave Herbert The Great Safaris Difference

Dave Herbert Great Safaris’ Founder and Chief Experiential Officer Dave Herbert was one of the pioneers of developing and promoting tourism in Southern and Eastern Africa. With a combined 80 years of experience in the African tourism industry, Herbert and President Anne Bellamy provide their clients and travel agent partners an unrivaled wealth of knowledge and experience.
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