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Program #13938RJ
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.
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Catherine Cook Oct 20, 2014 at 09:21 AM

Hi, anyone going on the October 24-Nov. 6th trip? I loved Mandela's autobiography as well as A Traitors Heart. Maybe I'll download Whatever You Do, Don't Run.

Eva Putnam Oct 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

I just finished reading "Whatever You Do, Don't Run" by Peter Allison. What a delightful, informative book! It describes in great detail what can spontaneously happen (both good and bad) out in the bush even to the most experienced safari guides. I will get to more serious readings about the countries we will be experiencing but this book was a great introduction, at least for me.
Sharon H Oct 15, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Agree! While it is definitely light reading, it gave me a basic idea of what I might expect, and some pretty good chuckles to boot.

Sharon H Oct 09, 2014 at 09:15 PM

My husband and I will be flying out of Atlanta on the 2/6/15 trip. Will anyone else be on that flight?
Sara Bailey Oct 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I will also be flyng from Atlanta if all goes well (I live in Illinois where the weather can be very bad in the winter).

Larry Hoffman Sep 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Am reading Rian Malan's book My Traitrr's Heart. Very good about apartheid history. Really recommend it.
John Kristofic Sep 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Thanks. We liked "Eye of the Elephant"

John Kristofic Sep 25, 2014 at 05:27 PM

Any thoughts on camera's. I would like to purchase one and am totally at a lose for which is the best.
Annetta Gross Sep 25, 2014 at 08:44 PM

In choosing a camera one needs to ask himself "what am i going to do with the pictures?" You can make copies and put them in a scrapbook , display them on a computer or Tv, make large prints and hang them on the wall, or make a slide show to project on a big screen. The bigger the final image, the higher resolution you need from the camera. I am partial to Nikon but others such as Canon are equally good. Most cameras will take movies (videos) but some do a better job. Nikon's Budget Friendly Camera line has simple cameras similar to a smartphone. They are flat, fit in your pocket, inexpenstive, simple to use, but not very flexible for taking unusual pictures. There are several models (6 or 7) varying in price from $100 to $200 dollars. The next higher line is the Advanced Performance line. These cameras have a lens snout that protudes from the body so they don't fit in a pocket very well. They are bigger and therefor easier to grip and control. The 6 or 7 models vary in the ability to zoom, from X4 to X42. To catch that bird on a distant branch, the X42 is great! These can take High Definition movies and have vibation reduction software. Prices go from $300 to $1000. The next higher group is the Single Lens Reflex (SLR) line. These cameras have removable lenses which allow a lot of flexibility for special shots but the lenses are expensive and you can end up carrying a small suitcase of equipment if you get carried away. For a first time user I recommend the Budget Friendly group but if you can afford it the Advanced Performance line is a better selection. You really should go into a friendly camera store and find a good salesman who can describe these features. There are just too many things to consider to cover them all in this comment. Keep in mind, on this trip things can and do happen suddenly and you need to have a camera always ready and know how to operate it on short notice. When the elephants swim across the river or the hippo yawns, you want to be ready.
John Kristofic Sep 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Thank you so very much!
Hugh Putnam Oct 02, 2014 at 09:52 AM

My wife and I are also going on the January 16 trip. Before our last Road Scholar trip to New Zealand and Australia last January we purchased a Canon PowerShot SX510HS. For a novice photographer like myself this camera suited our needs perfectly. It takes great photos and videos and digital photography is so nice in that those photos you don't like can just be deleted. We look forward to taking many photos and videos on our trip.

Judy Ortiz Sep 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I was going to to on the January trip but I am concerned about the ebola and I am wondering if the trip is changed or possibly going to be canceled.
John Kristofic Sep 20, 2014 at 04:20 PM

The last I heard 11 people were signed up, including Pauline and I. It's a tough call. There is no ebola int the four countries we visit. The climate is different and the distance is great from the affected areas. We are not going to let this minimal threat disrupt our plans. That said, there are plenty of places to visit in the world without even a minimal threat. Hope this helps.

John Kristofic Sep 03, 2014 at 02:43 PM

We are going January 16. Any advice on vaccinations and medications would be appreciated
Annetta Gross Sep 04, 2014 at 04:56 PM

We followed everthing Road Scholar recommended to avoid any surprises of requirements not met.
Annetta Gross Sep 04, 2014 at 04:57 PM

It helps to get the big picture if you read some of the suggested books. Eye of the Elephant is interesting.
John Kristofic Sep 04, 2014 at 06:50 PM

Thank you, I've ordered it,
John Kristofic Sep 16, 2014 at 02:52 PM

Reading it now….delightful book.

Larry Hoffman Aug 30, 2014 at 04:35 PM

We are looking to meet other "scholars" who are going on the African Safari trip starting October 24.
Larry and Margaret Hoffman
Annetta Gross Aug 30, 2014 at 08:11 PM

We went Oct. 25, 2013 and it was an outstanding trip. Going in the dry season has advantages with no Mosquitos and easy to see the animals. The lodging was wonderful and so relaxing. Our small group of 15 was very congenial and interesting. Andre, our guide, was informative, relaxed and set the tone for a great experience. Keep your camera ready for surprise opportunities. Keep your packing simple and be ready for an awesome experience.

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