Africa’s Wildlife: On Safari in Botswana, Zambia & Victoria Falls
When: July 20, 2014 - August 02, 2014 (iCal)
“This was truly the trip of a lifetime –an exciting adventure and exceptional travel companions.”
Join us on this singular safari through some of Southern Africa’s great wildlife sanctuaries. It presents the opportunity to see many awe-inspiring natural wonders on this small group tour through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. We begin with sightseeing in Johannesburg, including a visit to Nelson Mandela’s home and close encounters with the animals at the Lion Park. Then it is three days in Victoria Falls, where our home will be a deluxe hotel located in the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. An elephant-back safari through the bush, and a game drive in search of the elusive black rhino, are included. We will continue to Chobe National Park, boasting one of the largest concentrations of African wildlife, for sensational game drives and boat safaris. Then, we move on to Zambia for: game viewing at the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia’s newest and least developed preserve – including a relaxing 3-night stay at the intimate Royal Zambezi Lodge. Here we will take in a variety of game viewing activities including open vehicle game drives, guided canoe trips, and sunset river cruises. Our journey concludes with a farewell dinner before returning to the U.S. via Lusaka. A 4-day/3-night post-trip extension to explore South Africa’s sparkling “Mother City,” Cape Town, is also available.
Activity Level: Active
Featuring Faculty Host
Professor Christopher Whittier
Price From: $8,157
Includes land and air; per person, based on double occupancy.
Itinerary and price are tentative and subject to change.
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Day 1: Depart U.S. for Johannesburg, South Africa
Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg
Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel.
Day 3: Johannesburg/Soweto
We will meet our traveling companions today, as we embark on a full-day excursion to Soweto district of Johannesburg. Here we will see the home of former Archbishop Desmond Tutu; visit Nelson Mandela’s home, which is now a museum; and visit the gripping Apartheid Museum, documenting the now disreputed and defunct system of state-sanctioned discrimination through photographs, videos, and artifacts. We will visit the Lion Park, a nature preserve for zebra, giraffe, and other grass-eaters, and a carnivore “camp” for lions – and see the animals in close proximity. Tonight we will meet for a welcome dinner.
Day 4: Johannesburg/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
We will fly to Livingstone, Zambia, and then transfer to Victoria Falls and our deluxe hotel located in the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. This afternoon we will see the thundering falls, first “discovered” by David Livingstone and claimed for Queen Victoria in 1855. With its 300-foot-deep gorge and soaking spray, “Vic” Falls is indeed a natural world wonder.
Day 5: Victoria Falls
This morning we will embark on two small group highlights: an elephant-back safari through the bush in the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve and a game drive to spot the elusive black rhino. Both thrilling and safe, these experiences help us to understand the increasing threats to Africa’s wildlife. Late afternoon we will be together for a “Sundowner” dinner cruise on the Zambezi.
Day 6: Victoria Falls
After a morning visit to Victoria Falls town and a local village, the afternoon is at leisure at our deluxe lodge with its own watering hole and outdoor pool. Tonight we will meet a guest speaker for a fascinating presentation on “The Story of David Livingstone.”
Day 7: Victoria Falls/Chobe National Park, Botswana
Today, we will visit a local school followed by a two hour motor coach to Botswana and Chobe National Park, boasting one of the largest African game concentrations. After lunch at our lodge, we will embark on a game-viewing boat safari on the Chobe River, where we may see hippo, crocs, some of the park’s 450 species of birds (including the Sacred ibis, carmine Bee-eaters, Fish Eagle, and Kingfisher) and perhaps a beautiful Chobe sunset. We dine tonight at our lodge.
Day 8: Chobe National Park
Known for its diverse terrain that attracts an exceptional array of wildlife – including the world’s largest elephant population (some 120,000), along with zebra, lion, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, and buffalo – Chobe covers 7,270 square miles of protected parkland. We’ll see a portion of this natural wonder on our early morning game drive and this afternoon’s boat safari.
Day 9: Chobe National Park
We’re settling into a comfortable routine, with early morning and late afternoon game drives. In between game viewing activities, we’re at leisure to use the amenities of our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River, adjacent to the park itself.
Day 10: Chobe National Park/Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
This morning we board a privately chartered plane for the 1½-hour flight to Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia’s newest reserve (since 1983) and, as the former private sanctuary of Zambia’s president, the least developed. Here in one of Africa’s last stretches of pristine wilderness and we will have the chance to get closer to the animals than anywhere else. Late afternoon we engage in some of the lodge’s game viewing activities that include open vehicle game drives, night game drives, fly fishing, guided canoe trips, bush walks, and boat safaris.
Day 11: Lower Zambezi National Park
A day of game viewing activities in this 1,600 square mile park on the southern end of Zambia known for its 100-strong elephant herds, unusually large prides of lion, plus buffalo, waterbuck, antelope, impala, zebra, crocodile, hippo, kudu, warthog, eland, and leopard, among other wildlife; and where ebonies, leadwoods, figs, and acacias preside over the mineral-rich grassland. Together with Zimbabwe’s renowned Mana Pools Reserve situated across the river, the Lower Zambezi National Park forms a massive sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage site where we’re certain to see unparalleled game and birds – and rarely see another person.
Day 12: Lower Zambezi National Park
From our 14-room luxury lodge on the banks of the Zambezi, we have another day of game viewing activities in this lush riverine environment of 50 mammal species and 400 bird species. With the Zambezi River, abundant game on the valley floor, and the Zambezi Escarpment as a backdrop, the Lower Zambezi National Park offers a dramatic setting for game viewing, as does our lodge, where animals roam freely on the grounds. Tonight we celebrate our wildlife journey at a farewell dinner.
Day 13: Lower Zambezi National Park/Lusaka/Depart for U.S.
By charter flight we arrive in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, where we have hotel day rooms until our departure this evening for the airport, and our overnight flight to the U.S.
Day 14: Arrive U.S.
We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our home bound flights
*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change