Day 01: Travel to South Africa
Depart early this evening and make your way to South Africa.


With a dynamic fusion of African, European, and Asian influences, South Africa is a place of vibrant cultural diversity. 26 years after its emergence from apartheid, the nation has become a fascinating mix of history and modernity, of ancient traditions and new ideas.


Day 02: Arrival in Johannesburg
Upon arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you will meet your local guide. Transfer to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.


Johannesburg is currently the largest city in Southern Africa with more than six million people and urbanization at 97%. It is a city of contrasts with wealthy suburbs and commercial centers alongside informal settlements, Indian bazaars and African muti (medicine) shops, where traditional healers dispense advice and traditional medicine. Johannesburg is in Gauteng Province. “Gauteng” is a Sotho word meaning Place of Gold.


Your delightful 5* hotel is situated in Sandton City. The Sandton Sun Hotel is connected to the Convention Center and a short journey from O.R. Tambo Airport. Guest rooms have a minibar, free Wi-Fi, pillow menu, climate-controlled rooms, Nespresso machines, onsite dining, rooftop pool, 24-hour gym, and a spa and wellness center.


Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant this evening.

Overnight:  Sandton Sun (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 03: Welcome & Orientation

After breakfast, take part in an orientation and welcome briefing on South Africa. This comprehensive briefing covers an introduction to your local staff, some historical background, and current information on South African society and economy.
 
Immediately following, the group will have a speaker from an organization such as the Financial Planning Institute join the group to provide an overview of financial planning services in South Africa. This will provide an opportunity to ask questions and interact with their knowledgeable representative(s).

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Explore the darkest years in South African history at the Apartheid Museum. Likened to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., this haunting museum takes you into the beating heart of the struggle for freedom from apartheid, the grip of the National Party’s regime during apartheid, and the giddy days of liberation.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).


Overnight:  Sandton Sun (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch













Day 04: Professional Exchange
Meetings will be requested for this morning and afternoon with local financial planners and wealth management professionals such as Old Mutual Head Office representatives. 

Mission: The primary professional objective of this journey is to seek a better understanding of the practice of personal financial planning and the development of the financial planning profession in South Africa through conversation with local financial planners.


Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

An afternoon meeting will be requested with a company like Livestock Wealth. Livestock Wealth is a “crowd farming” platform that enables anyone to invest in cattle over a fixed term as they grow and earn income from the sale of the beef. Their team has a combined 70 years of experience in corporate, farming and new venture creation and their team create value by producing the best quality cows to benefit their staff, farmers, investors, beef customers and the environment.

Guest program: Guests will venture to Pretoria, South Africa’s political capital filled with stunning architectural and cultural history. At the Voortrekker Monument, see an unparalleled view of the city and take a moment to reflect upon the importance and long-term repercussions of the actions of the first whites to conquer South Africa’s interior and northern territories. Later, visit Church Square and the Union Buildings, which are the seat of the South African national government and site of Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration. 

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight: Sandton Sun (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Professional & Humanitarian Program
This morning the group will meet with the National Stokvel Association of South Africa. Continue your discussion about the most prevalent financial challenges facing South African families and the decisions they must make to plan for their future. You will also seek to gain an understanding of the financial institutions (bank, securities firms, insurance companies) serving South African citizens.

Guest program: Guests will have some free time this morning to relax and will connect with the rest of the group for the afternoon humanitarian visit.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

This afternoon the group will explore Soweto with a charming local guide Ntokozo Due (TK for short). Start off at the Kliptown Museum on Walter Sisulu Square to learn about the dramatic and important history of apartheid as well as the history, customs and traditions of the township. A highlight of your explorations this afternoon is a visit to the inspirational local NGO,Soweto Kliptown Youth, and their community center. Time permitting also visit the house-museum of local historian Oom Bolo with his stories of the 120-year history of the area and life under apartheid.

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant this evening.

Overnight: Sandton Sun (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 06: Travel to Cape Town
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and head back to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

Fly to the southern city of Cape Town late this morning. The oldest port in southern Africa, Cape Town is regularly heralded as one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Tucked into the arms of a broad bay, it is surrounded by white-sand beaches. Cape Town’s Mediterranean look and feel attracts visitors from around the world, and it was the first place settled by European settlers, entrepreneurs, and religious refugees.

Lunch is on your own today if not included in your flight to Cape Town. Options available at the airport.

The Radisson Blu Hotel is a seaside hotel located close to the city center. Enjoy the striking ocean views and wake to the sound of gentle waves breaking on the shore before embarking on a day of exploration. They have a complimentary shuttle bus to and from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – a popular shopping, dining and entertainment area.

If weather permits, you will have the opportunity to ascend Table Mountain via a revolving aerial cable car this afternoon. This iconic symbol of Cape Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site offering stunning views of the entire Cape Peninsula, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Cape Town, and the harbor.

Dinner will be provided at a local restuarant this evening. 
Overnight:  Radisson Blu (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner













Day 07: Cape Point & Botanical Gardens
Spend the day with fellow travelers enjoying the sights in and around Cape Town. Explore the countryside via a motor coach tour of the Cape Peninsula all the way to the Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point) in Table Mountain National Park. Extraordinary care has been taken to protect this lush reserve of indigenous flora and fauna, and the striking natural beauty of the area makes it a destination for both foreign and local visitors.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

After lunch, stop to see the rare African penguins in their natural surroundings at Boulders Beach. There are few places in the world where you can get this close to a breeding colony of penguins and you’ll get a firsthand look at these flightless birds as they roam freely around the area.

On the way back to town, stop to take a walk through the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens to see some extraordinary indigenous plants.

Dinner is by individual arrangement this evening. You might check out the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, which features magnificent sea and mountain vistas as well as exciting shopping and entertainment venues, cafés, restaurants, and markets. 
Overnight: ​Radisson Blu (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 08: Professional Exchange

Today is set aside for continued professional interaction with your counterparts. Meet today with local financial planners who are experts in estate planning, retirement, budgeting, succession planning, lending & finance, risk management as well as small and medium business advice. Learn more about how individual citizens invest and gain an understanding of the financial markets and economy.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.
 
This afternoon, a meeting will be requested with the business management faculty at the University of Stellenbosch (or similar) to discuss the education and training of financial planners in South Africa. Upon completion of the program this allows students to write the entrance examination of the internationally recognized CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) qualification. Discuss the program and meet with students if available to learn about their plans for the future and specialty they are headed into.

Guest program: Guests will visit Bo-Kaap, the only area in the city of Cape Town where the Cape Malay community were not forcibly removed under Apartheid. It is a bright and colorful area, one of the most photographed places in Cape Town. Enjoy a walk around the area and visit a spice shop before heading into a home of one of the ladies in the area. The Cape Malay cuisine is the oldest cuisine of the Cape, having been evolved by the Malay slaves who worked in the kitchens of their Dutch masters. Participate in the making of a delicious meal and learn more about this local culture. Enjoy some time free late this afternoon to explore the waterfront. The V&A Waterfront is, Cape Town's premier retail, dining and entertainment precinct. 

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight:  Radisson Blu (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast


Day 09: Cape Winelands Tour

Travelers will depart this morning for a tour of Robben Island. Take a ferry across to Murray Bay to join a bus tour of the historical sites around the island. Your tour guide is very knowledgeable about the Island’s 500-year-old history. The visit culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell in the maximum-security prison where thousands of freedom fighters were incarcerated for years.

 Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

 Later this afternoon, enjoy a wine tour and tastings as you explore Constantia. This wine route is in the suburbs of Cape Town and has a variety of magnificent wine estates dotted along the mountains in the valley of the region. Enjoy a tasting at one of the local wineries where you will also have a chance for a tour and opportunity to buy a bottle or two to take home.

 Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Radisson Blu (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 10: Return to the USA

Fly back to Washington, DC today with arrival the following morning (Thursday, November 5). The morning is yours to explore independently and prepare for hotel check-out.

Depending on flight time, lunch is on your own this afternoon with meal service provided on your international flight home. 

Meals: Breakfast


Day 11: Arrival

Arrive back in Washington DC this morning.


Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey program is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

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Day 01: November 18, 2020 

After breakfast at the group hotel, check out and drive east along the Gondwana Game Reserve (approximately 4 hour drive). Lunch will be provided this afternoon on arrival.


After lunch, check in and begin your adventure on an afternoon game drive. Explore the park and perhaps see some of the free-roaming Big 5 Safari Animals (lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino, and leopard). 

With one of the lodge’s experienced rangers in an open safari vehicle you might see elands and zebras. Keep your eyes open for cheetah and hippo, as well as the tall, graceful giraffe.


Dinner will be provided at the nearby Kwena Lodge this evening.

Overnight:  Icelandair Hotel Myvtan (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
















Day 02: November 19, 2020

​An early morning wake-up call starts your day as you head off on a game drive. Wake up at sunrise, enjoy your coffee or tea before setting off. Early mornings are relatively cool and the game is more active. Enjoy your drive and majestic landscape with awe-inspiring views of the Langeberg and
Outeniqua Mountains
in every direction. Gondwana contains 1000 hectares of protected area for endangered and specialty species such as bontebok, Cape Mountain zebra and antelope. You can also enjoy informative Fynbos walks with your field guide and discover endemic bird life that occurs
nowhere else in the world,
such as the Black Harrier and Orange-breasted Sunbird.

Return to the lodge where breakfast will be provided. Lunch will be provided at the lodge this afternoon. Enjoy some time to relax back at your villa before another game drive this afternoon.


Dinner will be provided at the lodge this evening.

Overnight:  Icelandair Hotel Myvtan (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 03: November 20, 2020

This morning presents another opportunity for a game drive before returning to the hotel for breakfast.

Enjoy some free time before another game drive this afternoon. In developing the private reserve, every attempt was made to reduce potential impact on the environment. Areas of indigenous vegetation were protected and left untouched. Gondwana’s water supply is completely self-sufficient utilizing its own streams. Strict water usage controls and restrictions are applied to all buildings to preserve this natural resource.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight:  Icelandair Hotel Myvtan (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: November 21, 2020

After morning coffee, enjoy one last game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast and back to the village so you have time to pack and check-out. Drive back to Cape Town to check in for your international flight home. Fly via Johannesburg and onward to the U.S.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 5 November 22, 2020 

Connect for your domestic flights home after an early morning arrival back in the U.S. today.


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

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Our Financial Planners Journey will take us to South Africa for a 9 day career enrichment experience! What better way to learn and grow than to experience firsthand the role of financial planners in South Africa?  The primary professional objective of this journey is to seek a better understanding of the practice of personal financial planning, as well as the development of the financial planning profession in South Africa, through conversation with local financial planners.  Learn about the most prevalent financial challenges facing South African families and the decisions they must make to plan for their future. Seek to gain an understanding of the financial institutions (bank, securities firms, insurance companies) serving them. Cultural highlights on this unique journey include: exploration of the Apartheid Museum; locally guided tour of Soweto; Table Mountain; Cape of Good Hope; Cape Winelands tour


Note: Continuing Education credits for Financial Planners will be sought for this journey through your program leaders.

**A post program safari extension is available - details below.**

POST PROGRAM EXTENSION - PRIVATE SAFARI

The Bush Villas are located 10 km from Kwena Lodge (20 minute drive). These are mostly 3 and 4 bedrooms in a double-volume open-plan building with a lounge, dining, and kitchen area. Living rooms have a wood
fireplace and folding windowed doors leading onto expansive decks with breathtaking views of the Western Cape landscape and built in braai (wood BBQ). Bedrooms have seating areas, private decks and many a gas fireplace of their own. Each has an en-suite bathroom with a walk in shower. They have flat-screen TV, DVD player and a telephone.


Nearby Kwena Lodge serves gourmet meals and boast a large infinity pool, lounge and bar area, elegant dining room as well as a library with computers and WiFi. The lodge has expansive outdoor dining areas overlooking Gondwana’s beautiful landscape.

South Africa: Johannesburg, Cape Town| 10 days | November 9-18, 2020 (arrive back in U.S. Nov 19) | $6,999

GONDWANA GAME RESERVE

South Africa: Gondwana Game Reserve | 3 nights| November 18-22, 2020 | $1,699

Leader Spotlight:  

Nick Nicolette, CFP​®

Mr. Nicolette is a Founder and Principal of Sterling

Financial Planning, Inc. an Independent SEC RIA in Sparta, NJ. He has been a CFP® professional since 1984. Nick served as the 2007 President of FPA. 

He was honored in 2011 by both  the National FPA and FPA-New Jersey  with the Heart of Financial Planning  Award.  He currently serves as the Chair

of the FPA Member Advisory Council.

 

He previously led the delegation of

financial planners to Australia with

Dan Moisand. 

Detailed Itinerary

Shared Room
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$2,166.33 USD
Total $6,998.99 USD
Single Room
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$2,832.66 USD
Total $8,997.98 USD
*Please call 1-888-747-7501 if you wish to make individual credit card payments. Final balance MUST be paid 60 days prior to travel. Please review Booking Terms & Conditions at top of page.
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Extend your stay in South Africa with a visit to a private safari lodge and camp. Enjoy game drives with an expert field guide in open Land Rovers. Stay at Gondwana’s Bush Villas, which offer the luxury amenities of a Safari Lodge with all the comforts of home ideal for groups of friends. Each stylish villa offers spacious, open plan interiors with three or four en-suite bedrooms. Each villa is situated for complete privacy and awe-inspiring views from their expansive outdoor decks. Your travel package includes villa accommodation, 3 gourmet meals at the nearby Kwena Lodge and 2 daily game drives. 

GONDWANA BUSH VILLAS

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International airfare (from designated US gateway city)


Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city


All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)


Accommodations in four to five star hotels


24/7 professional English speaking guide


Individual departure taxes (where applicable)


Fees for all services, most tips and taxes


Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details


Travel insurance


Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary


 CAREER ENRICHMENT PROFESSIONAL CONTENT
10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country


Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession


Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession


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“I had the experience of a lifetime on my Nanda Journey to Australia with my fellow financial planners from the U.S. It was a great combination of professional meetings and tourist events. I keep checking other Nanda Journeys to see where else I can go with them. I don't even care if I have nothing in common with the others in the group. I know it will be a well-organized and memorable experience.” 

Mark DiGiovanni
Financial Planners Journey to Australia

Dan Moisand CFP​®

Dan Moisand is a Principal in the Melbourne, FL office of Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo, LLC.


​​He has been featured as one of America’s top independent financial advisors by several publications, is a past President of FPA, and is a popular speaker on all things related to retirement advice and the profession of financial planning. 


He has previously led

delegations of financial

planners to Russia, China,

India and Australia. 

Financial Planners Journey to South Africa led by

Nick Nicolette & Dan Moisand

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