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15 Days | 14 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Jeannie D Nov 12, 2015 at 02:23 PM

I am a single on African Safari: A Close Up on Wildlife Feb 5-18, 2016. Looking for advice on what type of clothing to bring as this is summer season in Africa. Also any suggestions on how to minimize how much I take (Yes, I will do hand laundry). Thanks,
John Kristofic Nov 12, 2015 at 02:32 PM

Jeannie, we went last January. Pack light comfortable clothing neutral colors. It is warm but can get chilly on night time drives. It is a fabulous trip.
Sharon H Nov 12, 2015 at 03:31 PM

We went in early February, 2015. We took lightweight, neutral colored travel clothes, but yes, you'll need a jacket for the night drives, which you don't want to miss. Imbabala and Ivory Lodge both include laundry service as part of your stay, and our clothing would be back, folded and fresh, by the end of the day. Only glitch was that at Ivory Lodge, the ladies would not wash undegarments. I was able to hand wash and dry them nicely in the cabin, there however. We purposely took only carry on bags and did fine. Hope you enjoy your trip as much as we did! It was outstanding.
Frank Krutchik Nov 12, 2015 at 03:53 PM

Jeannie, we returned from this program, and the Cape Town Extension 3 days ago. The free laundry service enabled us to pack lightly. We purchased Columbia convertible pants/shorts, as well as Columbia convertible long/short sleeved shirts. For fast drying underwear we purchased ExOfficio underpants and tee shirts, as well as fast-drying socks, all from Amazon.com at very competitive prices. One participant on this trip had gone on 38 RS trips, and others over 30. All felt Patricia Marira was the best Program Leader ever! Enjoy a most memorable and educational trip.

Frank Krutchik Jul 10, 2015 at 05:11 PM

My wife & I would enjoy hearing from Road Scholar participants in Program #13938, African Safari, starting October 23, 2015. We are also booked to participate on the Cape Town extension following this program.

If you are traveling with us, or have participated in either or both of these African programs, we would like to hear from you.
Eva Putnam Jul 16, 2015 at 10:57 AM

My husband and I participated in this program including the Cape Town extension in January of this year and it was truly a trip of a lifetime. Being out in the bush and seeing the wildlife in their natural habitat was a breathtaking experience. I don't think I will ever be able to visit a zoo again. If you happen to ride on Emily the Elephant, tell hello from us!

Mary Raynard Jan 21, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Has anyone gone on this tour in May-June? I would love to hear about weather at that time of year.

John Kristofic Jan 15, 2015 at 03:03 PM

Having difficulty with boarding pass. RS stonewalling. Any suggestions?
Annetta Gross Jan 15, 2015 at 08:52 PM

Very unusual. I would make phone calls and ask for someone higher up until you are satisfied. RS has always been on top of everything for us. If Andre is your leader/coordinator tell him his Florida friends said hello. Have a wonderful time.
Annetta Gross Jan 15, 2015 at 08:52 PM

Very unusual. I would make phone calls and ask for someone higher up until you are satisfied. RS has always been on top of everything for us. If Andre is your leader/coordinator tell him his Florida friends said hello. Have a wonderful time.

Eva Putnam Jan 08, 2015 at 02:11 PM

Just wondering how many will be traveling on the 1/16/15 trip. Does anyone know? My husband and I are looking forward to meeting all of you.
John Kristofic Jan 11, 2015 at 03:26 PM

I'll be there with my partner "Dolly". We're taking Delta from Atlanta so we will arrive in Johannesburg about two hours after you.

Annetta Gross Jan 04, 2015 at 05:14 PM

It is always better to blend in rather than being out of place. Neutral colors get you in the mood for an awesome safari. On a walking safari we definitely wore neutrals because no one wants to attract animals.

Locals in stores do wear bright colors, but they aren't out with the animals. In cities, any color is OK.

The safari vehicles are white and really stand out more than individual colors of shirts. That became a joke of look at us. But we did follow the requests of what colors are OK and how to behave when out on a safari. Enjoy this wonderful experience.

Sara Bailey Jan 02, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Somewhere in our information it says to wear neutral clothing when participating in safaris. How neutral do you suggest? I have not been a "neutral" clothes wearer.
Eva Putnam Jan 02, 2015 at 10:50 AM

From what I have read, clothes worn on safari should not be too bright in color and that includes white. I'm planning to take clothes that are earth tones, brown, tan, gray, black, etc. and if I have room maybe some of other colors to wear in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Eva Putnam Jan 02, 2015 at 12:02 PM

One more thing...white shoes are not recommended.

Eva Putnam Dec 29, 2014 at 07:31 PM

This message is for any female travelers who will be on the 1/16/15 African Safari trip with my husband and me. I realize it may give some of you a chuckle or two but, oh well, here goes. I don't know if you, like me, have been concerned about how I would handle taking care of things in the bush, au naturale if you will. I found a female urination device called a p-mate on a website called the grommet.com that I think will be of great use. Delivery did not take long so you still have time to order some if you are traveling soon. We are looking forward to meeting our future travelers.

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