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The Travelocity Roaming Gnome Sightsees South Africa

Dec 1, 2011

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (December 1, 2011) – Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome® has teamed up with South African Airways to explore the attractions and sites of South Africa. The Roaming Gnome’s first trip to Africa includes a visit to Cape Town, the capital and second-most populous city in South Africa, followed by safaris at the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and ending in Johannesburg, the country’s largest city.

The Roaming Gnome will depart JFK International Airport in New York Thursday, December 1 on South African Airways flight SA 204 nonstop to South Africa. After boarding his connecting flight (South African Airways SA 323) in Johannesburg, the Roaming Gnome will arrive in Cape Town Friday, December 2, where he will enjoy a private tour of the Mother City itself. After a couple days of touring the Cape, the Roaming Gnome will travel to Sabi Sands Game Reserve and will go on four safaris in search of Africa’s big five – lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalos. The Roaming Gnome’s final destination is Johannesburg, where he will partake in the city’s numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options. On his last day in South Africa, the Roaming Gnome will take a full day Journey to Freedom tour to learn about country’s journey to achieving a truly democratic nation.

Fans can follow the Roaming Gnome’s vacation as he shares photos on his Facebook page and his Twitter feed.

Note to Editors:  The full list of activities scheduled on the Roaming Gnome’s itinerary is below. Arrival and departure times are not set, in order to allow for unforeseen delays. 

THURSDAY, December 1
Departs from JFK International Airport

FRIDAY, December 2
Arrival in Cape Town
Half-day tour of Cape Town:

Table Mountain (weather permitting) or Signal Hill
A scenic coastal drive through Clifton & Sea Point
Green Market Square
A walk through Company Gardens
A scenic drive passing the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, Castle & Slave Lodge
The Bo-Kaap, traditional Malay Quarter
The firing of the Noon gun
Diamond tour
SATURDAY, December 3

Touring the Cape Peninsula
Table Bay Hotel
SUNDAY, December 4

Arrival at Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Afternoon safari
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge
MONDAY, December 5

Morning safari
Afternoon safari
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge
TUESDAY, December 6

Morning safari
Arrival at Johannesburg
Melrose Arch Hotel
WEDNESDAY, December 7

Journey to Freedom tour:
Hector Pieterson Museum
Mandela House
Regional Mundi Church
Apartheid Museum
Depart to Johannesburg International Airport
THURSDAY, December 8

Arrival at JFK International Airport
This incredible trip was developed and organized by South African Tourism, the national tourism agency responsible for marketing South Africa as a premier holiday destination. To learn more about South Africa and all the captivating experiences of the Roaming Gnome, visit

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About South African Airways
South African Airways features daily nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with morning departures from New York JFK and afternoon direct service from Washington Dulles (with a stop in Dakar, Senegal) that offer travel convenience and award-winning service. Travelers in Premium Business Class enjoy 180° fully flat-bed seats, and in Economy Class enjoy the most legroom versus competitors. Every seat on board offers an individual on-demand entertainment system, plush pillow, warm blanket and amenity kit. SAA’s unrivaled network, featuring seamless connections to nearly 20 destinations within South Africa, and more than 25 cities across the rest of the continent, makes the airline the savvy traveler’s “gateway to Africa.” To complement this network, a world of privileges awaits those who join Voyager, South African Airways’ premier mileage program. To sign up, visit, and link to the Voyager icon. As a Star Alliance member, South African Airways is able to offer its customers 1,185 destinations in 185 countries and more than 21,200 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 25 cities in the U.S. through code share service with Star Alliance member United Airlines. Members of United’s, US Airways’ and Air Canada’s frequent traveler programs are able to earn and redeem miles on all SAA flights. For more information on South African Airways, please call (800) 722-9675 or visit, where travelers can sign up to be notified of other great travel deals and vacation packages. For information about South Africa, visit