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SAA Vacations® Celebrates Release of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" Film with Mandela-Themed Vacation Package

Starting at Just $2,599* (rest. apply), 10-Day "Mandela's Journey to Freedom" Takes Travellers through South Africa's Path to Freedom

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- South African Airways Vacations® (SAAV) has introduced a new package to celebrate the release of the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."  The 10-day "Mandela's Journey to Freedom," packaged starting at $2,599* (restr. apply), will take travellers in the footsteps of the new South Africa's founding father, visiting places where key moments of the struggle for freedom took place.  The package highlights include a cultural tour of various townships in Cape Town, as well as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. Other features include a tour of Liliesleaf, the ANC's military headquarters which was featured in the film. The package concludes with the moving and inspiring Journey to Freedom tour, which includes visits to the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, among other significant points of interest.  This poignant and meaningful package includes deluxe accommodations at the Protea Hotel Victoria Junction in Cape Town, and the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! in Johannesburg's Melrose Arch.   To book the "Mandela's Journey to Freedom" tour, call 855-FLY-SAAV, or visit http://flysaavacations.com/south-africa-travel/mandelas-journey-to-freedom/.

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"As a South African, I'm incredibly proud to introduce the 'Mandela's Journey to Freedom' vacation package in conjunction with the release of this important movie. We've taken great care to include those places where key moments of Nelson Mandela's anti-apartheid struggle took place, including Liliesleaf, where the infamous raid was carried out, as well as Robben Island, where you visit his prison cell and can imagine the isolation that prisoners felt," said Terry von Guilleaume, president of SAA Vacations. "We're also very excited about the release of the film 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,' and are proud to have also partnered with the film's distributors, The Weinstein Company, to raise funds to benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation."

The film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is based on Nelson Mandela's best-selling autobiography and is now in select theatres, with the film being in full release on Dec. 25th. SAA Vacations, South African Airways and The Weinstein Company have partnered to raise funds to benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation by auctioning off "Mandela's Journey to Freedom" packages for two, plus two Premium Business Class tickets on South African Airways. The packages will be available for bidding from Dec. 7th-17th.  For more information, visit http://givingworks.ebay.com/mandela-long-walk-to-freedom/.

About SAA Vacations®

A division of South African Airways (SAA), the national airline of South Africa and Africa's most awarded airline, SAA Vacations® is highly regarded for its wide array of affordable luxury packages to Africa, and uses SAA's extensive route network to create packages for travel throughout South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and East Africa. The program is managed and fulfilled by Destination Southern Africa (DSA), which was founded in 2001 and offers an extensive portfolio of tour programs with a variety of hotels, game lodges and safari companies throughout Southern Africa.  DSA was one of three tour operators in the U.S. that was officially appointed by MATCH to develop and sell travel packages for soccer fans visiting South Africa for the FIFA 2010 World Cup, making it a partner with extensive knowledge and know-how in planning the perfect African vacation.

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Mandela's Journey to Freedom

Price is per person based on required double occupancy. Valid as of October 23, 2013 for departures on a Sunday from New York or Washington, D.C. between January 10 - May 31, 2014 and August 11 - December 09, 2014 with the same itinerary available at higher prices during other travel periods. Price for other departure cities and/or travel dates may vary. Subject to availability and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are valid for new bookings only, are not retroactive and may change without notice. Baggage and optional service fees, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply. Package includes all government and airline imposed taxes and fees.

Contact: Elizabeth Ninomiya, South African Airways; Tel: 954-769-5120; elizabethninomiya@flysaa.com;

Terry von Guilleaume, South African Airways Vacations; Tel: 520-882-3600; terry@flysaavacations.com

SOURCE South African Airways Vacations

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