Home to Humanity
South Africa became a household name worldwide mostly due to Apartheid. After the unbanning of the African National Congress and the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in 1990, people around the world watched as South Africa negotiated its transformation to full democracy. During the first democratic elections in 1994, images of seemingly endless queues of first-time voters were beamed around the world. Many viewed the transition to full democracy as nothing short of miraculous.
South Africa – ‘the Miracle Nation’ – could now show its full splendour to the world with an open heart and a clear conscience. Its rich cultural and political history is underpinned by the hospitality of its people – all of this set within the magnificence of its natural beauty and biodiversity. The vibrant and growing local art scene reflects the natural beauty of its landscapes and the diversity of all its people.
Johannesburg & Soweto stand together at the very centre of South Africa’s story – both ancient and modern. In and around Johannesburg (known as Jo’burg or Jozi) are touchstones that point way back into our history as humans and that reflect the pain and then the triumph of the human spirit over Apartheid. It’s a place that must be explored wherever else your southern African Safari may take you …… It gives context and meaning to all else there is to see in southern Africa.
Neighbouring Johannesburg is the world famous Cradle of Humankind – a UNESCO world heritage site. Here guests can explore the Sterkfontein caves and spend time in its comprehensive interpretative centre. This site is most famous for the skull of Mrs Ples (Australopithecus africanus) – discovered in 1947 by Dr. Robert Broom. The caves rose to prominence again in 1998 when Dr. Ron Clarke unveiled Little Foot, the most complete skeleton of a hominin ever uncovered at the time. Nearby is the Rising Star cave, site of the most recent discovery of a new species named Homo Naledi. Dr. Lee Berger unveiled this new species in September 2015. It displays a remarkable combination of ape-like and more human-like characteristics. Found in the Dinaledi chamber of the Rising Star cave, the fifteen individuals appear to be the first evidence of our ancestors burying their dead.
Just two hours’ drive from Johannesburg lies the Pilanesberg National Park – a 55,000ha protected area that offers some of the best wildlife photographic opportunities in South Africa. Guests can enjoy an excellent safari to Pilanesberg with Aah-Afrika. Elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, zebra, giraffe, kudu, hippo, crocodile – and many other species – inhabit this beautiful and accessible wildlife reserve.
Private tailormade tours to suit your interests in comfortable, modern vehicles. 1-7 guests on short demand, larger groups on request. Half-day, Full-day & Multi-day Tours.
We cover Jo’burg, Soweto, Pretoria, Cullinan Diamond Mine, the Cradle of Humankind and the beautiful Pilanesberg Game Reserve – and anywhere else you may want to visit.
Our guides are born and bred Jo’burgers and they will give you a comprehensive insight into South Africa’s history, its people and its cultures.
Our tours are designed to group together the most popular venues, but we often mix and match to suit specific interests.
We offer transfers in and around Johannesburg, Pretoria and surrounding airports. We also offer ground arrangement services and advice to in-bound visitors.