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Program #13938RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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. 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.
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.
Meals: 33 total, 11 breakfasts, 1 brunches, 10 lunches, 11 dinner

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian; Gluten Free.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Courtyard Hotel Eastgate: Johannesburg, 3 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Hotel, a beautifully appointed, Tuscan-themed hotel, is located on a small lake only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg International Airport in a very secure area. All studio suites have private, attached bathrooms, and either twin or double beds.

Contact info:
Zulberg Close, Off Ernest Oppenheimer Road,
Bruma Lake
Johannesburg, 2100 South Africa
phone: +011-27-(0)11-622-8436
web: https://www.citylodge.co.za/cy2.php

Room amenities: Large rooms include full bathrooms, seating/office area, television, patios overlooking the lake as well as coffee/tea making facilities, telephone, radio, hair dryer, TV, AC/heat, safe, fan, safe/lock box, and electrical outlets. Refrigerator, ironing board, and iron are available on request.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, pool (not heated), restaurant serving continental meals, bar, room service, and US currency exchange. Hotel staff can provide laundry service during week-days; guests can also do their laundry for a nominal fee. Guests can get 15 minutes wireless free per day on each of their personal wireless devices. After the 15 minute deal guests can purchase a voucher from the front desk or via credit card on the web link. The purchase will generate a username and password to be entered on screen by the guest. Alternatively, a PC computer and printer is available at the guest office but the 15 minute free wi-fi deal does not apply. The voucher prices vary by time: in summer 2012 30 minutes of wireless costs 30 South African Rand, 1 hour is 50 South African Rand, 2 hours is 90 South African Rand, 4 hours is 145 Rand, and 1 day is 195 Rand.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Program Provider
Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM

Thorntree River Lodge: Livingstone (Zambezi River), 2 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: Thorntree Lodge is a wonderfully situated camp on the banks of the Zambezi River with comfortable stone and canvas chalets hidden in the tangle of lush riverine bush. All chalets have large private bathrooms and are shaded by a large thatched canopy. The atmosphere is informal and one of classic safari style. The wide sweeping panorama of the river lends a special magic to the location.

Contact info:
00000
Livingstone, 0000 Zambia
phone: +011 260 21 3 327480
web: www.thorntreelodge.net

Room amenities: All chalets are built of stone with a thatched-roof and private deck overlooking the river. Chalets include private bath with a bathtub/hand-held shower and outdoor shower. Rooms have electrical outlets for recharging batteries and mosquito nets on beds.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the lodge include a swimming pool, bar, and main lounge area with an expansive deck overlooking the Zambezi River. The lodge also offers a laundry service at additional cost.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Chobe Safari Lodge: Chobe National Park, 3 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: The completely renovated Chobe Safari Lodge enjoys a prime location, sharing a border with Chobe National Park on one side and prime river-front property along the Chobe River on another. The open-air floor plan of the main lodge affords beautiful views over the lodge's lush gardens and the river, where you may be able to see an abundance of wildlife including the legendary fish eagle, warthog, mongoose, vervet monkeys, fruit bat and a large variety of birdlife. Enjoy top quality accommodation and fine dining in this beautiful lodge - a true African experience!

Contact info:
Presidents Avenue
Kasane, Botswana
phone: +267-625-0336
web: www.chobesafarilodge.com

Room amenities: Each individually decorated room offers large, en-suite bathroom facilities with shower and bath, telephone, plugs (electrical current is 231 volts), television, ceiling fan or air conditioning, hair dryer, in-room safe and private patios with views over the gardens and Chobe River. Ground floor rooms available.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the lodge include a swimming pool/pool deck, expansive gardens, lounge, restaurant, health & beauty salon, laundry service, entertainment lounge with a viewing deck, US currency exchange facilities, squash court, curio & craft shop, and a full range of concierge services. At breakfast enjoy a Full English and Continental spread. Light lunch a la carte menu or buffet lunch is available to choose from daily. Scrumptious buffet dinners offer a wide variety of meals from exotic game meats, roasts, barbecues, stir-fries, Indian cuisine, or vegetarian dishes. Two bars are located on the property giving guests a choice between the Sedudu Bar famous for beautiful sunsets or the Cocktail Bar overlooking the Caprivi flood plains. Wireless Information: Guests can access the internet by buying a coupon at the reception desk (price is 1 Botswana Pula per minute). The lodge accepts US Dollars, Euros, South African Rand, Namibian Dollar, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for wireless coupons and other miscellaneous purchases. Your coupon can be used on your personal wireless device or a lodge computer. Wi-fi is available in the reception and bar/lounge area but not in rooms. Safety: There is 24-hour security on site. Due to wild animals, walking around at night is not advised. First aid kit is available on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

The Hide Safari Camp: Hwange National Park, 2 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: The Hide Safari Camp, scenically located in Hwange National Park, is advantageously located near a private reserve which allows for spectacular game viewing. The camp boasts underground hides near the waterholes, which allow guests the rare opportunity of viewing game safely from extremely close quarters - hundreds of elephants and buffalo along with Hwange's other resident wildlife, just feet away from you. The cacophony of noises, smells and close encounters are truly an opportunity of a lifetime.

Contact info:
n/a
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
phone: +263 4 498835 / 6
web: www.thehide.com

Room amenities: Accommodation is in East African style canvas tents, comfortably furnished and each with private shower and toilet facilities. Guests can unwind in a beautifully furnished tent with a large front porch area where visitors can relax and view game at leisure. The veranda looks onto a nearby waterhole — keep your binoculars on hand as elephant, lion and rhino can often be seen quenching their thirsts. All tents are mosquito proofed and have fans for comfort in the warm months. Bath accessories are provided.

Facility amenities: The main hub of the camp is housed in an A-frame building, with the dining area and sun lounge downstairs and library and viewing area upstairs. A plunge pool near the main area provides escape from the mid-day heat. Lunch and dinner are taken communally in the main dining area or under the Acacia trees, weather permitting, while early morning breakfast (morning tea, light breakfast) is delivered to each tent. Laundry is done daily, and each tent is outfitted with electricity and electrical outlets (voltage is 220v, no wireless). Guests may also charge batteries at the camp office. A delicious full brunch, high tea, and dinner are served according to the daily schedule. All meals are prepared using fresh local and seasonal ingredients. All East African style canvas tents are on ground level although some stair climbing may be required to access parts of camp. For miscellaneous charges, including alcoholic beverages, the lodge accepts US dollars and South African Rand. Credit/debit cards are not accepted. There is a first aid kit for guests and the site has 24 hour security. Due to wild animals in the area, it is not recommended for guests to walk around unescorted at night; however, an escort is available on request.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Victoria Falls Hotel: Victoria Falls, 1 nights
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Victoria Falls Hotel, a beautiful hotel designed in the colonial tradition, is an African landmark. Established in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel is nicknamed "the grand old lady of the Falls." The elegant lounges offer serenity and seclusion. The corridors reflect all the past glories of the Empire, and the suites and rooms are superbly furnished in Edwardian-style. The courtyard entrance to the hotel overlooks lily ponds, lush flowering shrubs and palm trees. Traditional high tea is served every afternoon on the terrace with a spectacular view of the Victoria Falls Bridge and gorge in the background.

Contact info:
2 Mallett Drive
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
phone: +011-263-13-44751
web: www.victoriafallshotel.com/

Room amenities: Full en-suite bathrooms, 24-hour room service, personal room safe, bathrobes, hairdryer, complimentary tea/coffee making facilities, electrical outlets (220 V), direct dial telephone, satellite TV including BBC World and CNN, mini-bars in suites, heat and air-conditioning. Ground floor rooms are available.

Facility amenities: A breakfast buffet as well as full English breakfasts are served in "The Jungle Junction." "Stanley's Terrace," another hotel restaurant, boasts delicious options for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and drinks. An elegant dinner experience is offered in The Livingstone Room restaurant (dress code- smart casual at this restaurant). Amenities include same-day laundry service, golf course and rentals, chapel, hotel lounge, tennis courts, swimming pool, US Currency exchange, gift shop, doctor on call, hair salon, beauty therapist, as well as library and reading rooms. For miscellaneous purchases, Victoria Falls Hotel accepts US Dollars, Euros, British Pounds, and Visa credit cards. Victoria Falls Hotel is located in a safe neighborhood. There is a first aid kit for guests and the hotel has 24 hour security. A doctor is on-call 24 hours a day. In the case of serious illness or injury, guests will be evacuated to Johannesburg for treatment. Wireless Information:To connect to the internet using one's laptop visit Guest Services for the wireless password. Otherwise, guests can use a computer in the E-lounge and connect to the internet there. As of July 2012 Victoria Falls Hotel does not charge for wireless services, but it is considering charging for it in the future.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 10:00 AM


The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Included
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11 nights of accommodations
33 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Flights during the program
Visas: 2(out of 2 required)

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