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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.
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.
Juanita from Norwood, NY Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 02/20/15 - 03/06/15
This program was more than I could have ever wished for. Seeing the animals as nature intended them was a very poignant experience and well worth the time in the safari vehicles. Our guide was outstanding in his knowledge. I would highly recommend this program for those seeking the ultimate nature experience!

carolyn from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/06/15 - 02/20/15
The trip was different from what I anticipated for my first visit to South Africa. That being said, I had a great time. The opportunity to see so many animals up close, the mixture of accommodations and the interactions with my fellow travelers and local residents provided an experience that I will fondly remember. The trip was enhanced by the knowledge and professionalism of our tour guide, drivers, local guides and the staff at the various lodging sites. The extension to Cape Town was the perfect ending.

Sara from Bloomington, IL Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 02/06/15 - 02/20/15
To see animals in their natural habitat is amazing! It is hard to get this program out of my mind (and a return trip to Africa might be in my future). Victoria Falls is a sight to behold, the Cape Town extension was well worth the extra time, and the guides and leaders were great! Go!!

Ravinder from La Jolla, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/06/15 - 02/20/15
This program is a great introduction to Southern Africa's people, history, geography, wildlife and the safari experience. It does require a small step outside one's comfort zone, but the rewards vastly outweigh any transient discomfort. If the group size is limited to 10-12 people, it can be fabulous. Just go!!

Sharon from Rogers, AR Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/06/15 - 02/20/15
This is a trip that will always be a highlight in my travels. The accommodations and food were excellent, and the settings were stunning. The guides were very knowledgeable and put us on a wide range of animals, even though this time of year finds the large herds more disbursed. The people we met were warm, welcoming, and obviously eager to share their countries. I would highly recommend this trip if you've ever considered experiencing Africa.

David from Rogers, AR Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/06/15 - 02/20/15
Very good over the top trip of a lifetime. I caution people wanting to take this trip, to lobby Road Scholar to limit the number of participants to no more than twelve or less. We had seventeen plus guide and two drivers, on game drives, for a total of twenty! Everyone goes to Africa to see animals, not scare them off with a herd of people. I loved this trip very much but way to many people to quietly see wildlife close up.

Claire from Georgetown, MA Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 01/16/15 - 01/30/15
A perfect introduction to Southern Africa. Wonderful, exciting experiences, viewing wildlife in camp, on drives and river excursions. Varied opportunities to meet the people and learn a little about them and their countries. All the time being led and cared for by an exceptional tour guide, Benson Siyawareva who was committed to ensuring that we had the best trip possible.

Eva from Greer, SC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/16/15 - 01/30/15
What a fabulous program this is! It is a perfect blend of things to see and do in urban areas and exciting adventures in the bush. Our guide was superb, the food and accommodations were fantastic and the animals all cooperated in letting us get a look at them. Whether you travel on this program in the wet season or in the dry, you will see LOTS of them. My experiences on this program far exceeded all of my expectations.

Barbara from Abita Springs, LA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/16/15 - 01/30/15
Fantastic trip - great guide - wonderful experience. Even if you have never considered traveling to Africa, go! You will be changed for the better and have a wonderful time in the process.

Marcia from Dayton, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/24/14 - 11/07/14
This is a trip not to be missed -- the trip of a lifetime. Great guides, amazing experiences in the bush, fascinating accommodations, unexpected beauty and wonder. Not a day or hour that was a disappointment.

Margaret from Saint Joseph, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/24/14 - 11/07/14
This was the trip of a life time for me! The wildlife! The people of Africa! The guides!, WOW,!

Catherine from Nyack, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/24/14 - 11/07/14
This trip exceeded my expectations. It was superb. Just the right mixture of animal sighting, landscape appreciation, and cultural interactions with the people of Southern Africa.

Cecilia from Richmond Hill, GA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 10/29/13 - 11/12/13
This is a delightful trip with many, many birds and animals. However, we did not see Victoria Falls in all its splendor because the falls are dry in October/November when we took our trip. Instead we saw bare rock cliffs as we walked along the trail and pictures of what the falls would have looked like if there had been water.

Nadine from Port Orchard, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/07/14 - 02/21/14
I highly recommend this trip, along with the extension to Cape Town. Book the wildlife tour with Benson Siyawareva as your guide. You will be well taken care of, advised in advance of possible issues (i.e., border crossing, etc.), and you will be blown away by his knowledge and heart. You will have MANY "Wow!" moments, including Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, and wildlife viewing. The game lodges are top notch. I arrived a day early to Johannesburg and recommend the red "Hop On Hop Off" two hour bus tour. It gave me a better overview of Jozi. Also, if you take the Cape Town extension, you might enjoy an extra day or two there. The flight to and from CT is grueling (30 travel hours on the return, to Seattle), but worth it. You need the Malaria pills and Yellow Fever shot or a note from your MD saying you are exempted.

Nancy from Davis, WV Number of programs attended: 46
Date attended: 02/07/14 - 02/21/14
This was my 45th Road Scholar program and one of the best. Benson our group leader was fantastic .We had great weather, saw Victoria Falls, numerous animals up close, had informative lectures and unique rooms. Highly recommend this adventure.

Theresa from Port Huron, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/07/14 - 02/21/14

Carol from Poland, IN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/29/13 - 11/12/13
This trip was the trip of a lifetime and everything I had hoped for. Safari drives were great because you never knew what you might get to see. It might not be what you expected.

Lynne from Grosse Pointe Woods, MI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/25/13 - 11/08/13
A truely life changing experience traveling in Africa. The people, culture, sights and sounds were wonderful.

Karen from South Bristol, ME Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/29/13 - 11/12/13
Incredible journey to a land vastly different than ours. We visited 4 African countries, meeting many animals in the wild and learning about different cultures. Lots of different foods and Rooibos tea!

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