Ministry-Related Tours

Ministry-Related Tours

We crafted a tour under the theme “Reckon / Restore /Reconcile” and it is intended to provide a lose framework for our time together. Let’s break it down…

Reckon: The hallmarks of this trip will be truth-telling, deep listening, sometimes-uncomfortable learning, and reflecting together. We will be focused on the South African story, specifically within the context of the Apartheid and post-Apartheid narrative(s) and ongoing reality, but participants are encouraged to consider how the South African story can inform your own.

Restore: We will also spend plenty of time enjoying the stunning gift that is South Africa in more vacation-like excursions; there will be a lot of time for your personal restoration and rejuvenation on this trip! Expect to have fun! To laugh! To journal, make art, worship and pray together, eat good food, drink good drinks, see natural wonders, and hopefully return home full in all the ways.

Reconcile: This tour is not designed to provide answers to hard questions and is likely to spur more questions yet. Racial reconciliation has yet to be achieved in South Africa or in the US. There are many steps between where we are now and the true reconciliation we yearn for. It is our hope that the experiences, learnings, and relationships established on this tour will be an encouragement for participants’ ongoing work, building up the kingdom of God in the various places we are from.

This tour is based on the design by the Rev. Lauren Muratore, who has been leading study tours to South Africa since 2016.

Tour Length: 13-days/12-nights approx.

Tour Dates:

You and Embrace SA Tours decide on the best dates for your group

Group Size: 6 passengers min; 30 passengers max

Price: Prices $2,450 per person sharing $2,850 single occupancy. Contact us for a quote so that we can offer you the best prices available for your group.

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Tour Highlights

  • Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein Caves
  • Apartheid Museum
  • Freedom Park
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve and Table Mountain
  • Volmoed 2-day Retreat opportunity
  • Robben Island
  • Langa and Soweto Township Encounters
  • 2-day Safari on a Big 5 Game Reserve
  • Accommodation high 3-star and 4-star
  • Typical local cuisine



THEME: Welcome!

Arrive OR Tambo International Airport, drive to Mokoya Guest Lodge, Relax and Rest.

Meet group members at O R Tambo Johannesburg airport during the afternoon

Drive to Mokoya Guest Lodge in the Cradle Valley of Humankind

Free time, settle in

Welcome Supper with prayer of thanksgiving for safe travels and our beautiful host country,

Orientation by Deon

Evening Prayer

Accommodation: Mokoya Guest Lodge

[supper included]

Day 2 – SUNDAY

THEME: Creation

Visit the Sterkfontein Caves, Cradle of Humankind Museum, NEW Park of Heroes


Tour of the Sterkfontein Caves, followed by the Cradle of Humankind Museum

Lunch at the museum restaurant

Free time

Supper at the

Evening eucharist under the stars

Accommodation: Mokoya Guest Lodge

[breakfast, lunch and supper included]

Day 3 – MONDAY


Visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and SOWETO, end up in Johannesburg

Breakfast at Mokoya Guest Lodge

Apartheid Museum (4 hours—whole morning)

Drive to SOWETO, Meet Queen Malefane, Lunch at Robbie’s, Visit Regina Mundi (tour with local guide), Hector Petersen Museum (1 hour)

Evening prayer at the guest house, after settling in

Supper in Johannesburg on your own

Accommodation: Lourie Lodge Close to Johannesburg (city proper) and other activities eg Montecasino. These are all safe places to visit.

[breakfast and lunch included]


THEME: Culture

Freedom Park, HAPO, Free time in Johannesburg

Breakfast at Lourie Lodge

Spend the whole morning at Freedom Park and HAPO

Lunch at Freedom Park

Afternoon: Visit places in the footsteps of Gandi in Johannesburg

Accommodation: Lourie Lodge

[breakfast, lunch and supper included]


Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

On to Mongena Lodge, Bush Walk (optional), Game Drive at Mongena Lodge, Relax…

Leave for Mongena Game Lodge after breakfast

Lunch Mongena

Check in rooms Mongena Lodge, Guided Bush Walk (to be confirmed)

Game drive,

Braai (BBQ) and boma fire

Evening gathering to debrief time in the North

Evening prayer

Accommodation: Mongena Game Lodge

[breakfast, lunch and supper included]


THEME: Transition Day

Mongena Game Lodge Game Drive, fly to Cape Town, check in at Volmoed Retreat Center, Hermanus

Early Morning Game drive. Breakfast

Time to shower and pack, check out of rooms

Drop off O R Tambo Airport, fly to Cape Town

Lunch at the airport (own account)

Supper on the road/at the airport/whatever works

Drive to Volmoed with a briefing about what to expect from the retreat center on the way.

Accommodation: Volmoed Retreat Center, Hermanus

[breakfast and supper included]

Day 7 – FRIDAY

THEME: Kairos

Volmoed Retreat Center, Hermanus

Breakfast and orientation by Volmoed resident

09:00 – 11:00 Interactive session with Alan Storey

11:00 Edwin Arrison – Morning class on the Kairos document and faith-based movements for change with faculty (1.5 – 2 hours)

Tea and conversation with a faculty member—perhaps John De Gruchy: “The role of the church

as agent of truth and reconciliation in today’s society (South Africa and the US).”


Afternoon Allison Guy do the art classes – 2.5 hours

Dinner at Volmoed

Evening Debriefing/reflection/class time with faculty

Evening prayer

Accommodation: Volmoed Retreat Center Hermanus

[breakfast, lunch and supper included]


THEME: Restore/Reconcile

Volmoed Retreat Center Hermanus


Morning prayer with the community at Volmoed

Mary Burton 10:00 – 12:00 Morning class time (1.5-2 hours)

Tea and conversation with faculty member


Depart Volmoed early afternoon for Cape Town. Wine tasting on the way

Free time in Cape Town! Dinner on your own

Accommodation: Urban Hive Backpackers

[breakfast and lunch included]

Day 9 – SUNDAY

THEME: Giving Thanks

Visit JL Zwane Church in Gugulethu, township lunch, Langa Township Tour

Breakfast at your hotel.

Sunday morning church service and meetings with J L Zwane church, Gugulethu

Speak to HIV/Aids activists before church

Lunch at Lelapa Restaurant, Langa

Langa Township Tour with Odwa Futshane 2-hour township tour

Early evening prayer at Sea Point or some other pretty outdoor spot on our way back to Cape Town

Free time in Cape Town! Dinner on your own

Accommodation: Urban Hive Backpackers

[breakfast and lunch included]

Day 10 – MONDAY

THEME: The Truth

District 6 Museum and Robben Island visit

Early breakfast at your hotel.

Time to stop at Truth roasters for coffee

Early start at District 6 Museum—tour with Noor, and free time to explore museum on our own

Lunch (Bag Lunch)

Nelson Mandela Pier to Robben Island on-site tour

After Robben Island, some free time to wander the V&A waterfront


Accommodation: Once in Cape Town

[breakfast, lunch and supper included]

Day 11 – TUESDAY

THEME: Storytelling and Appreciative Listening

Faculty: Spiwo Xapile (confirmed) and Wilhelm Verwoerd (to be confirmed)

Appreciative Inquiry

Breakfast at your hotel.

Drive to meet with Spiwo at JL Zwane church

10:00 – 12:00 Class with Spiwo (1.5-2 hours)

Lunch at Mzoli’s in Gugulethu

Slave Lodge and MOCAA Zeits Museum

Drive to Wellington, check into Monte Video, settle in

Debriefing and evening prayer

Accommodation: Monte Video Guest House, Wellington

[breakfast, lunch and supper included]


THEME: Diversity

Mbekweni Youth Center, Wellington, KWV Wine Tasting Paarl, Penguins, Cape Point

Breakfast at Monte Video

Meeting with Mr Selwyn Paterson and staff at Mbekweni Youth Center

KWV Wine tasting and -pairing

Lunch at Simon’s Town

Visit the colony of jackass Penguins at the Boulders Simon’s Town

Swim in the ocean – the water will be very fine!

Visit the Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope area

Dinner: braai (BBQ) at Monte Video

Evening prayer

Final debriefing

Accommodation: Monte Video Guest House, Wellington

[breakfast, lunch and supper included]


THEME: Farewell

Early Breakfast

Depart for Cape Town

Spend an unforgettable time on top of Table Mountain (10a-12p)

Lunch and shopping at Greenmarket Square (12:30p-2:30p)

We have to say our final goodbyes and wish you all a very safe journey with high hopes that you will return soon. We drop you off at O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at 15:00.

Flight back to your home destination

[breakfast and lunch included]

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