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Program #19398RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Gail Buckley Mar 09, 2014 at 03:05 PM

There were just 10 of us on the Feb 2014 trip. One of the best and our leader, Franz, was great. Everything from the shanty towns of Joburg to the safari were worth seeing. Wait till you see the ostrich chicks pecking through their shell. Loved the penquins, the Elephant sanctuary, everything. On th safari part,we did see the big 5. remember it isn't a zoo so there is no guarantee of what you will view but our group was really lucky.

Susan Sumeri Mar 05, 2014 at 02:17 PM

Michael, Have you checked with Road scholar. The hotels probably aren't a problem but you want to be sure about when we are in the nature parks.

Michael Fischer Mar 05, 2014 at 06:52 AM

My partner uses a CPAP machine and thus needs electricity next to her bed for the night. (The machine is dual voltage and we will have the appropriate plug adapters so this is not a problem). Does anyone know whether there are places on the trip (and the Victoria Falls extension) where there might be a problem having electricity next to the bed?

Gail Buckley Jan 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Anyone from California on the Feb 12th program. We fly out on the 11th.

J. David Nelson Jan 16, 2014 at 05:36 PM

Susan, my wife and I did this trip one year ago. We did not do the Victoria Falls extension. The trip was terrific. Good balance between the cities and the wildlife.

Susan Sumeri Jan 16, 2014 at 05:07 PM

My husband, Alex, and I are registered to go on the August 20 2014 trip and then think we will do the Victoria Falls extension. Anyone else registered or have comments on a past experience there? Susan
Serena Uible Jan 16, 2014 at 05:18 PM

I did the trip last September. It was great. I rather wish I had done extension, but .... didn't. The trip was eye-opening as I knew virtually nothing about South Africa. It is sort of a Readers Digest trip of the country. You see a lot
Michael Fischer Feb 03, 2014 at 05:08 PM

My wife and I just signed up also for the August 20 trip and the extension. Looking forward to it.
Susan Sumeri Feb 03, 2014 at 05:33 PM

Glad to know there are now 4 of us. We're from the Seattle area.
Michael Fischer Feb 03, 2014 at 05:44 PM

Michael Fischer Feb 03, 2014 at 05:49 PM

We are from El Cerrito (or as I sometimes call it far North Berkeley). We have made our own flight arrangements flying from Frankfurt on Aug. 20 (change planes in Accra). This will be our second international RS tour (doing India in 2012) and expect it to be as wonderful as the first one.

George Dillon Oct 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Thinking about this trip and wondering the best times to see animals and what sorts of animals are typically encountered.
J. David Nelson Oct 15, 2013 at 03:27 PM

George, we spent three plus days in the game reserve. We got up early every monring and went out to find animals. We did the same late in the afternoon. We were typically gone for a minimum of two hours, sometimes longer, as I recall. We saw all kinds of animals: lions, elephants, giraffes, wildebeest (sp?), hippos, all kinds of birds. You name it. Good trip; glad I did it.
Serena Uible Jan 23, 2014 at 08:33 PM

Serena Uible Jan 23, 2014 at 08:35 PM

You may also see elephants, monkeys, etc. from your tent. Greatc
Serena Uible Jan 23, 2014 at 08:35 PM

You may also see elephants, monkeys, etc. from your tent. Greatc

Earl Rogers Aug 17, 2013 at 05:27 PM

Susan and I are leaving from Iowa via Dulles Sept. 27 and taking the extension. Are any other birders on the program?

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35 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 brunches, 8 lunches, 12 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
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3 Flights during the program


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