THE INSIDE SCOOP
You'll see the rich cultural life of Johannesburg on an epic South African getaway.
6 nights in a gorgeous boutique hotel.
Curated itinerary based on our personal favorites.
Email support and outstanding customer service.
Photos for days. That's right, each morning, you'll receive images of you soaking in the South African experience. By the end of the trip, you'll rack up at least 1,000 photos of pure bliss.
See and eat the things you’d never find on your own.
Travel like a South African local.
Did we say stress free? Just show up and we’ll handle the rest. We'll take care of you like a slow sip of local wine on a beautiful spring day. Yup. Airport transfers included.
CHOOSE BETWEEN ANY OF THESE DATES
- November 5 - 11, 2017 (sold out)
- February 19 - 25, 2018 (6 spaces available)
You’ll sleep in Johannesburg at a beautifully charming boutique hotel.
You'll experience life in a way that most tourists miss. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty during a cooking class, as you’ll learn to prepare and enjoy this picturesque region’s culinary and viticultural delights. Work off all that deliciousness with walks through some of the world’s most captivating scenery. Just start forwarding your mail here now.
JOHANNESBURG IS THE VIBRANT HEARTBEAT OF SOUTH AFRICA
AND WE’D LIKE TO PERSONALLY INVITE YOU TO JOIN US.
Traveling Johannesburg with someone who knows the land is entirely different from taking it on alone.
You’ll get the best stuff compressed into one week of phenomenal highlights.
Coming with Travel Noire is so much easier than traveling by yourself, guidebook in hand, crossing your fingers for the best. You'll get to hang with phenomenal people from around the world, and you'll want to experience the best of a new destination with someone who understands the culture and the turf.
THE THINGS YOU’LL EXPERIENCE WITH US CAN’T BE FOUND IN A GUIDEBOOK.
Over the past year, we’ve had the honor of creating lifelong memories for travelers just like you, and we’d love the opportunity to do that for you too.
WE DO THIS BECAUSE WE TRULY BELIEVE EVERY DESTINATION NEEDS A BACKSTAGE PASS. AND WE TRULY THINK YOU DESERVE ONE.
Can we share a secret with you? Johannesburg is like visiting Harlem for the first time in the 20s. The culture is so incredibly rich. It’s a diverse and lively city, infused with tradition and history. And let's not forget, Johannesburg is host to some of the world's most creative minds.
JUST SHOW UP. WE HAVE EVERYTHING PLANNED FOR YOU.
TRAVEL WITH US AND INDULGE IN THE TRAVEL NOIRE EFFECT
WE SPEAK 7+ SOUTH AFRICAN LANGUAGES
Which means you’ll never struggle with directions or the menu, or with anything! Don’t let not knowing the language keep you from a true South African experience.
A WHOLE DECADE
A decade of traveling means that we know what it takes to have a good time, anywhere. And now you do too.
A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
During your experience, your group will be accompanied by a personal photographer ready to capture it all. Each morning, hundreds of images will be digitally delivered to the group for you to share with the world. That means you can leave your camera behind and live in the moment.
OUR CONNECTIONS ARE YOUR CONNECTIONS
As they say, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. We've cultivated incredible relationships with locals over the years and you’ll meet them because we’re friends. You’ll also get top-of-the-line food and service because you’re with us.
THE BFF FACTOR
Dream about exploring the world with a well traveled friend who knows about the best food, shopping & views each destination has to offer? On top of that, they're extremely positive, supportive, grounded and drama free? That's us. Our Experience Designers are so top notch, we'd spend every day of the year with them if we could.
SERVICE THAT MATTERS
You’re not a booking number, you’re an honored guest and a valuable part of our family. No matter what time of day or night (even in the wee hours of the morning), you can count on us. We've built this brand from nothing to sold-out-in-hours experiences because we truly care about people and their journeys.
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
We really understand you. We know what you want to see, do and experience because we were once vacationers too. But the only difference is that we now get the nuances that allow us to navigate like locals. This unique perspective will give you a “best of both worlds” experience.
FRIENDS THAT LAST A LIFETIME
You want to travel the world with amazing people. We get it. Our experiences attract the best of the best. And they keep coming for more. It's not uncommon for a traveler to return home from a trip we've hosted and immediately book another. Our groups are fun-loving, drama free and a joy to be around. They've formed faux musical groups on our experiences and even travel together long after our experience with them ends. Now that's epic.
THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE WITH BENEFITS
Travel continuously connects you to inspiration that's proven to fuel a happy, healthy lifestyle. The most successful people in the world constantly pursue inspiration and purpose. Experiencing a sense of purpose, gratitude and vitality are all direct results of feeling inspired. And those who seek inspiration find it.
LIVE A DREAM YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED
We've all heard it: travel when you're older and you've saved for retirement. But travel often requires good health, which you likely have right now. If you have dreams to see the world, don't you owe it to yourself to realize them? We understand that life interjects and bills pile up. But when you look back at your life in five years, what do you want to see? Ambitions reached or dreams put out to dry?
EXTENDED HEALTH BENEFITS
Immerse yourself in an exotic experience. Every day you’ll eat local food and savor fresh vegetables and seafood or meat. We’ll also be walking daily, surrounded by nature and South African locals.
LET US TAKE CARE OF YOU
Do you feel like you’re always on the go but have very little time for yourself? We thought so. What if, just for a change, you let us take care of you? We want you to kick back and leave all the planning to us. In fact, you're gonna need time to think about the more important details: like if you’re gonna drink another cup of tea at breakfast.
CONNECT TO A MORE CAREFREE VERSION OF YOU
In a work-obsessed culture, busy is glorified, and financial wealth is superior to emotional or spiritual wealth. But this trip is about putting inner wealth and health first. Who doesn’t need more time to connect with the person they're meant to be?
Johannesburg rests in the center of the small province of Gauteng, the economic engine of South Africa, as well as the cultural hub. Johannesburg (Jo’burg) is the country’s largest city. And what a city it is! From the Apartheid Museum to Constitution Hill, Johannesburg is dripping with history, intrigue, and heart. Its center is undergoing an astonishing rebirth and its cultural life has never been so dynamic. Once considered a place to avoid, Jo’burg is now one of the most inspiring and happening metropolises in the world.
After landing at the Johannesburg Airport we’ll pick you up in our TN shuttle and take you to your home for the week: a 5-star hotel nestled in a private garden. In the evening, we’ll take a guided tour through Maboneng, the hub of culture and business in Jo’burg. Finish off the day with a dinner at one of the most unique spaces in the city, while enjoying the company of new friends.
We’re spending today in Soweto, a township immersed in cultural significance and home to the struggle against apartheid. After a tasty lunch in the heart of the town, you’ll have time to explore on your own. If you’re a fan of the film “District 9,” you might search the city for some of the locations featured in the movie. In the evening, we’ll dine at a popular Soweto restaurant, where we’ll be joined by the owner himself!
It would be a pity to visit Johannesburg without experiencing authentic South African cuisine. But don’t worry; we'd never let that happen. We’re heading to the home of an award winning chef, where we’ll spend the morning crafting mouth-watering dishes from the fresh ingredients that our chef hand selects for us. Vegetarians fear not, our chef is one of the top vegetarian chefs in South Africa!
The most taxing thing you'll be doing today is getting dressed. Spend the day exploring Johannesburg’s vibrant neighborhoods if you wish. Get to know your fellow travelers over a glass of wine, visit Jo’burg’s botanical gardens, stop by nearby museums, or do absolutely nothing at all. Today is yours to relish as you please!
Today's the day to grab your tennis shoes. We’re heading to the Gauteng region for a beautiful hike on private grounds. We’ll wind through hilltops and cross bridges, ultimately arriving in the middle of a beautiful park. Hungry? Good, because it’s time for a chef-prepared picnic. After lunch, we’ll return to the hotel and you’ll have the rest of the evening to explore Jo’burg or meander around the hotel gardens.
Today, we’re experiencing an eco-adventure that takes you on a zip line journey 30 metres above the canopy floor through the ecology and geology of the second oldest mountain range in the world. Once your feet are firmly on the ground (and you’ve had a chance to catch your breath) we’ll spend some time with our favorite local artists to get their perspectives on art in South Africa. Afterwards, we’ll break bread over an exquisite meal. In the evening, we’ll come together for a very intimate and memorable reflection dinner hosted by a special South African guest.
Today is your last chance to visit your favorite locations in Johannesburg, take a stroll through the hotel’s garden, or spend time with your new friends. After breakfast, our TN shuttle will depart for the Johannesburg Airport. As your plane takes off, close your eyes and let all the memories from the last week soak in.
THE INVESTMENT STARTS AT $1,999
Payments plans available (5 payments of $440 totaling $2,200)
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES
- 6 nights at an outstanding hotel.
- Transfers from airports. (Arrive JNB, depart JNB.)
- All ground transportation.
- All activities on itinerary
- Day trips, guides and transportation.
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners (alcohol not included).
- Accommodation is in a shared room with one other person. We may also have a small number of private rooms. You can submit a request when registering.
Your investment does not include your flight to South Africa.
YOUR AWESOME TRIP PERKS
Everything is organized, so you stay sane. Arrive before 3pm local time and depart before 5pm local time and our private driver will get you and a few others from your group to and from the airport.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
Zero stress about finding the hotel and struggling with your bags.
Oh, hi zen. Are you there? Travel Noire delivers personalized instructions, so you'll never feel alone. We’ll collect your flight information and send you advice on how to arrive, customized to you.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
You can fly in early and still know exactly how to find us.
YOUR VERY OWN PHOTOSHOOT
You know, just a professional photoshoot of your best vacay highlights. You'll get the opportunity to run away with our photographer for some time in front of the lens. And we'll deliver these digitally to you soon after you depart.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
A private photoshoot on vacation? Enough said.
You get full email support from the day you book your trip until you arrive in country. You'll feel fully taken care of with our expert advice. You'll also have the opportunity to join a pre-departure call with our team to answer any of your burning questions. Support is just a nudge away.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
Don’t waste time Googling, just ask us.
PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP
You’ll receive an invitation to join our private Facebook Group for registered guests only. Connect with others before you go and maintain friendships when you return.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
One hub for all your travel needs.
THERE ARE PLENTY OF TOUR GROUPS OF THIRTY PEOPLE TRAVELING IN A BIG BUS. WE'RE NOT ONE OF THEM.
WE’VE LIMITED OUR JOHANNESBURG EXPERIENCE TO 14 PEOPLE, BECAUSE WE WANT YOU TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE TRAVELING WITH FRIENDS, NOT A FOOTBALL TEAM.
Just think about it. We could totally pack a bunch of people on this trip like most tour companies would. Hint: we have thousands of people on our waitlist.
But this is group travel for people who don’t normally go on group trips. We want you to travel like a local, so we keep our numbers low. We know that small group travel is a great balance of fun and simplicity, and it’s better than traveling alone.
HERE ARE THE PERKS OF TRAVELING WITH OUR CREW
- It’s so much more fun than traveling alone.
- You'll meet the most epic people.
- It’s easier than traveling with a friend because we handle all the planning.
- You have the luxury of drivers and guides to help you with everything.
- You have a professional photographer by your side.
- You'll get the real deal Johannesburg, not anything you can find in a guidebook.
The truth is, we have an uncanny ability to attract positive and generous people from all around the world. Our guests always share with us that they aren't group tour type of people, but that they are surprised at how well Travel Noire makes it transformative and easy.
WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST TRIP TO JOHANNESBURG?
HAVE YOU ALREADY BEEN TO JOHANNESBURG?
Incredible. So you know how amazing it is. But think of how amazing it could be when you travel with someone who knows the locals and all the secret spots? Unless you’ve traveled with a South African friend and stayed with them at their home, it's impossible to not feel like a tourist. We offer an alternative to that.
WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST TRIP TO JOHANNESBURG?
Then you’ll love the safety of the group, the ease of having all your hotels, transportation, activities and meals sorted out for you. You’ll love that you won’t have to worry about getting lost, getting ripped off or hassling with foreign currency. We take care of everything.
THIS TRIP ISN’T FOR EVERYONE.
IT IS FOR YOU IF:
- You love insider knowledge: you value traveling with someone who knows the ropes.
- You enjoy eating, walking and off-the-beaten-path ideas.
- You love learning about history.
- You love to have a great time and are open to meeting others.
IT IS NOT FOR YOU IF:
- You have a tendency to be negative or dramatic or are just plain depressing to be around.
- You're not into trying new things or stepping outside of your comfort zone.
- You don’t like to try new foods. We'll be eating fusions of local South African, Indian and Malaysian foods. Every day. If you’re a vegetarian, or on a restricted diet, we have great options for you.
- You can’t easily walk up stairs. If you find walking or hiking tough, then this trip isn’t suited to you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE ARE WE STAYING?
You’ll sleep in 1 locale (with pool) for 6 nights. Awaken to crisp mornings, tucked away amongst lush, landscaped gardens, luxuriously in the heart of one of Johannesburg's exclusive neighborhoods.
CAN I EXTEND MY STAY?
Great idea. We’ll give you tips.
WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?
Fly into O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and out of O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). We provide airport transfers for free.*
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, CAN YOU HELP?
We thought you’d never ask. Email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can meet you and give you personal advice.
I’M NOT A “TOUR PERSON” AND I USUALLY PLAN MY OWN TRIPS.
Great — you’ll fit right in as our guests are looking for something different too. Think of this as a trip planned by a local friend, something you would never be able to pull off on your own. We offer you daily activities but don’t feel pressured to do anything — it’s your experience.
WILL I BE TOO OLD, TOO YOUNG?
Our guests range in age from their 20s to their 40s. Age doesn't mean much when we’re all searching for a better life. Our experiences are more adventurous, so in that sense, it does require that you are healthy and can walk or hike easily.
*If you arrive before 3pm local time and depart before 5pm local time.
HEAR WHAT PAST GUESTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT TRAVELING WITH US
"I was hesitant about traveling solo and going abroad with a group that I had never met. But, as a two time TN Experiences customer, one of my favorite aspects of the trips are the connections made with people who love adventure as much as I do. The thing that always sticks out the most after the experiences are the personal connections made with individuals from all ages and walks of life. This isn't something that money can buy. After my experience, I am more present with people that I meet and more open to traveling to places I’ve never been before."
— Angelica, Philippines
"The itinerary was jam packed with goodies, including gorgeous hotel, local guides in-house, a full-time photographer, not including the actual activities. There’s no way that I could have pulled together the full immersive TN Experience without a travel expert's help and definitely not at that price. I really loved the opportunity to learn the REAL truths of the struggles, hopes and gratefulness of the local people we visited during our experience. This is something I could have never gotten from any other group experience."
— Ladonna, New York
“When you experience what Travel Noire has curated, you’ll engage with emotions that money can never buy. You’ll spend more money trying to explore this magical place on your own and you’ll only end up receiving a portion of the perspective. There are aspects to this trip that can’t be explained. They must be felt. Priceless. The best experience of my life.”
— Warren, California
"My experience was worth every penny. You can tell each activity was carefully thought out and planned. You really had to dig deep and see beyond the surface. I was able to bond with AMAZING individuals that I still communicate with daily. It would have been impossible for me to plan a trip like that on my own. An experience so extraordinary must have taken tremendous effort and time. I left my experience feeling inspired and grateful for the opportunity and will definitely go on another one. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest and I can easily say booking a TN Experience is one of the best investments I've ever made!"
— Lauren, New York
ARE YOU COMING?
WE SELL OUT EVERY TIME.
With a rebirthing of this South African nation, Johannesburg is now a bustling and lively city filled with ambitious entrepreneurs, aspiring fashion icons, and eclectic artwork. At one point in its history, Johannesburg was a city to avoid, but now it serves as the economic and cultural engine of the African continent.
Johannesburg is a hidden gem for travelers. You will learn to discover a piece of yourself among other artists, designers, entrepreneurs, musicians, scientists and the like, who look just like you.
For a week, you’ll enjoy amazing culture, lush gardens, the kindest locals you'll ever meet and delicious food.
We don’t run from city to city; we sleep in one city and occasionally day trip to our hand picked highlights throughout the week to ensure that you have a special connection to this land, these people and your new friends.