Nelson Mandela Statue, Cape TownSeveral South African and U.S. tour operators seem to have been inspired by Nelson Mandela’s life and have launched tours that celebrate the life of the late South African icon.

Indus Travels recently unveiled a 12-night tour titled Nelson Mandela, a Life Celebrated. Travelers will visit take in landmark sites, such as his birthplace, his burial site and Robben Island, where he was imprisoned, as well as other must-see attractions. This small group tour runs July 14 to 26, which puts tour members in South Africa for Mandela’s birthday (July 18). A discount of $400 per person is offered for bookings made by May 31. The rate of $2,500 per person, which includes the early-booking rebate, covers 12 nights in upscale accommodations, an in-depth sightseeing program with a private guide, many meals and all land and airport transfers. For more information, visit www.indus.travel or call (866) 978-2997.

Swain Destinations also introduced an itinerary inviting travelers to experience a historical and cultural journey through South Africa. Mandela, a Life Celebrated, a 12-night trek in the footsteps of “Madiba,” from his apartheid childhood home in the South Western Township, the roots of the uprising in Lilliesleaf, his prison cells in Victor Verster Prison and Robben Island, the Inanda Heritage Route in Durban and his burial site in Umtata. The cost for this itinerary starts at $3,365. For more information, visit www.swaindestinations.com.

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