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Family African Adventure: Wildlife Encounters With Your “Pride”

Program Number: 20948RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/23/2013 - 8/5/2013; 6/28/2016 - 7/11/2016; 7/12/2016 - 7/25/2016; 7/19/2016 - 8/1/2016; 7/26/2016 - 8/8/2016;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: South Africa/Zambia/Botswana
Price starting at: $5,462.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Family Programs; Intergenerational
Meals: 33; 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 17 years of age.

Three generations learn about wildlife, culture and human history of Africa together through field trips, game drives, walking safaris and fun activities. Search for the Big Five (elephant, lion, rhino, Cape buffalo and leopard) and many other fascinating creatures in the wilderness. Learn the skills needed to survive in the African bush and meet the elephants saved by a rescue operation up-close.


• Learn to track African wildlife on foot and during game drives.
• See the awesome Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest waterfalls.
• Enjoy a scenic sunset boat ride on the Zambezi River and keep an eye out for wildlife along the banks.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven and potentially slippery terrain. Game drives over bumpy, dusty terrain in open safari vehicles. Elevations of 5,000 feet.

This is a family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 10 and up.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Johannesburg (South Africa), 2 nights; coach to Plumari Game Reserve, 3 nights; flight to Kasane (Botswana), coach to Chobe National Park, 3 nights; coach and boat to Livingstone (Zambia), 3 nights; flight to Johannesburg for departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Johannesburg (South Africa)
2 nights

Learn about South Africa’s turbulent past in the Soweto neighborhood and at the Apartheid Museum. Researchers at the DeWildt Cheetah Center in the Magaliesberg Mountains discuss efforts to bring back the endangered cheetah, antelope and painted dog.

Coach to Plumari Game Reserve
3 nights

This pristine habitat is home to lions, rhinos, buffalos, elephants, leopards, hippos, giraffes, zebras and 350 bird species. Learn the basic skills needed to survive in the African bush during a beginner bush skills course. Track wildlife on foot or on game drives and enjoy a unique, up-close interaction with domesticated elephants rescued from culling operations.

Coach to Johannesburg
Flight to Kasane (Botswana)
Coach to Chobe National Park
3 nights

Home to Africa’s greatest concentration of elephants, Chobe National Park also offers refuge to buffalos, lions, leopards, hippos and a great diversity of antelopes. Look for wildlife on game drives in open safari vehicles. Animal experts teach you about predators, conservation issues and the importance of the Okavango Delta.

Coach and boat to Livingstone (Zambia)
3 nights
Flight to Johannesburg (South Africa) for departure
Overnight flight to the U.S.A.
1 night

The gateway to Victoria Falls, Livingstone is a vibrant colonial-era town. Enjoy a scenic sunset boat ride on the Zambezi River and keep an eye out for wildlife along the banks. Meet local children and teenagers at a school to better understand what life is like in today’s Africa.

Johannesburg: Charming lodge with lush gardens. Plumari Game Reserve: Lovely thatched chalets with patios and private baths. Chobe National Park: Authentic tented safari camp with twin beds and attached baths. Livingstone: Luxury lodge overlooking the Zambezi River.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Andre Joubert

Andre Joubert has held numerous positions in managing and providing wildlife education throughout Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. This South African-born outdoorsman served as park warden of Skeleton Coast Park in Namibia and chief warden of Botswana’s Khama Rhino Sanctuary, whose objective was to save Botswana’s last remaining White Rhinoceros population. Andre shares a passion for working with people and instilling his strong wilderness ethics in public education.
Lisa Reed

Lisa Reed was born in Zimbabwe, spent her school years in South Africa, and now lives in Botswana. She has worked or visited most Southern and East African safari destinations, and has managed safari camps on her own and with others since being in Botswana. Lisa has a natural affinity with adults and children, and enjoys passing on her years of experience and knowledge to the next generation. She has been leading safaris for Road Scholar for more than 15 years.
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard Hotel Eastgate
  Johannesburg, South Africa 2 nights
   Askari Game Lodge
  Plumari Africa Game Reserve, South Africa 3 nights
   Mobile Tented Camp
  Chobe National Park, Botswana 3 nights
   Thorntree River Lodge
  Livingstone (Victoria Falls), Zambia 3 nights
 Courtyard Hotel Eastgate
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: 9 Zulberg Close, Off Ernest Oppenheimer Road,
Bruma Lake
Johannesburg,  2100 South Africa
phone: +27 -(0)11-622-8436
  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 2013 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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $180-210/dbl; $145-170/single Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information and exact pricing. The additional night prices quoted above are approximate.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Askari Game Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Located in an historic area with beautiful mountain scenery, Askari Lodge offers comfortable accommodations with the chance to view the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino). Each chalet has a thatch roof and wooden patio, and is equipped with modern amenities. All chalets have an attached bathroom with a Victorian bath and shower. The rooms are furnished with antiques to complement the theme of the entire lodge.
  Contact info: Off R560, Doornhoek
Magaliesburg,  1791 South Africa
phone: +27 -14-577-2658/9
  Room amenities: All free-standing chalets have a small brick porch with views overlooking the surrounding bush. Each chalet has a complete, en-suite bathroom including bath tub and shower and is tastefully decorated with local antiques. Hair dryers are provided in room, as is a safe, heater, fan and mini-bar. There are electrical outlets in the rooms, so recharging of personal electronics is possible. Family chalets have two interconnecting rooms.
  Facility amenities: The lodge offers a lounge and bar area, dining room and on-site gift shop in the main lodge area. It also has a swimming pool and offers a laundry service (at additional cost). Porterage is provided. High-speed internet service is provided for free for your laptop or other electronic device. No need to ask for a password; the connection is automatic and works inside rooms, common areas, and even outside.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Mobile Tented Camp
Type: Luxury Tented Camp
  Description: An authentic, tented safari camp is set up in a private location with Hemingway-style safari tents. Each tent has two beds with linens and an attached bathroom with chemical toilet and bucket shower (hot water on request). All meals are taken in casual safari style near the campfire and shaded by many large trees.
  Contact info: n/a
n/a,   Botswana
phone: + n/a
  Room amenities: Tents have plentiful floor space and are tall enough to stand up in. Back wall is zippered and connects to bathroom area, so you do not exit the tent in order to access the shower and toilet. Tent walls have large screens allowing for ventilation and views; screens can be covered for privacy and warmth.
  Facility amenities: A separate dining tent is set up with a table and chairs; meals are taken here in the shade of the tent. Wake up calls are provided each morning, and laundry services are provided free of charge. Please note that under garments are not washed by the camp staff due to local customs.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Bathrooms are attached but there is not piped running water. Toilets are chemical toilets (that are cleaned at least once per day) and showers are bucket style (hot water on request). Wash basins are filled upon request.

 Thorntree River Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Thorntree River Lodge is a wonderfully situated camp on the banks of the Zambezi River with comfortable stone and thatch 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. Thorntree's riverside location and its unique position within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park allows for a wide choice of activities, including sunset cruises, game-drives, cultural tours, fishing, and visit to Victoria Falls. The esteemed national park is a sanctuary for white rhino as well as a haven for many other species including giraffe, sable, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and a wide variety of birds.
  Contact info: n/a
Livingstone,   Zambia
phone: +260 21 3 327480
  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, outdoor shower, fan, and patio. Rooms have electrical outlets for recharging batteries and mosquito nets on beds. Elephants and hippos are sometimes seen on the lawn.
  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. Due to wild animals on the lodge grounds, guests may not walk around at night and are advised to wear neutral colors while game viewing. Wi-fi is not available at the lodge. Thorntree is in the process of installing Wi-Fi in the public areas. The service should be available for 2014. Breakfast includes fruit, yogurt, cereals, muffins, full English breakfast with tea, coffees and fruit juice. Delicious buffets of salads, pasta, quiche, and other creations are served at lunch. Dinner is a set three course meal (starter, main dish, dessert, served with red or white wine). Bottled water is included. The lodge offers a spacious dining room. For miscellaneous items and activity bookings, the lodge accepts Zambian Kwacha and Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard). Other services: wake up calls, meeting room, porterage service
  Smoking allowed: No

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program starts with dinner at 7:00pm at the hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. You will be staying at Courtyard Hotel Eastgate that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at approximately 3:15pm at the Johannesburg airport following the arrival of flight from Livingstone, Zambia. You will be staying at Thorntree River Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. US passports need a minimum of four blank visa pages for this program (NOTE: blank visa pages, not the amendment/endorsement pages at the back); Canadian passports need a minimum of six blank pages. Signed liability waivers and Intergenerational consent forms are required by Explore. While in Africa, you will be required to sign liability waivers for safari lodges. If the adult travelling is not the legal guardian its mandatory that the Parental Consent Form be notarized and carried with you during the program. You may be asked for this document when crossing international borders.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: A Yellow Fever vaccination is required; medical waivers are accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination. Please carry the certificate of vaccination or medical waiver during the program. Malaria precautions are recommended for Chobe National Park, Botswana and Livingstone, Zambia only; Johannesburg and Plumari, South Africa are malaria-free. Speak with your healthcare professional about other suggested inoculations (note: only Yellow Fever proof is required to enter any of the countries visited).
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Johannesburg
  Nearest city or town:  Johannesburg
  Nearest highway: R21
  Nearest airport:  Johannesburg International Airport
  Transportation to site: The arrival transfer from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo airport to the hotel in Johannesburg is provided by hired coach for participants who booked their flights through Road Scholar; transfer time is approximately 20 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Home
  Transportation from site: Group transfer from the last location (the Thorntree Lodge) to the Livingstone airport included for everyone. The flight from Livingstone, Zambia to Johannesburg is also included in the program price. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you connect to international departures; no further ground transfers are needed unless ongoing travel is planned. Program Provider can help with ongoing travel arrangements if needed.

Required innoculations:

Yes: A Yellow Fever vaccination is required; medical waivers are accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination. Please carry the certificate of vaccination or medical waiver during the program. Malaria precautions are recommended for Chobe National Park, Botswana and Livingstone, Zambia only; Johannesburg and Plumari, South Africa are malaria-free. Speak with your healthcare professional about other suggested inoculations (note: only Yellow Fever proof is required to enter any of the countries visited).

Elevation Note: Johannesburg and Plumari's altitude is around 5,575 ft. Chobe and Livingstone are approx 3,300 feet

Equipment Requirements: Suggested: binoculars, camera, flashlight
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.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departures
(Tuesday, July 23)
 Afternoon: Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg/Orientation
(Wednesday, July 24)
 Afternoon: Arrive Johannesburg where you clear Customs and are met and transferred 20 minutes to the Courtyard Hotel. Enjoy the complimentary beverages and snacks offered in the main lounge of the hotel.
 Dinner: In the hotel's dining area.
 Evening: Orientation session and group introductions following dinner.
Accommodations: Courtyard Hotel Eastgate
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Soweto/Apartheid Museum
(Thursday, July 25)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: You leave the hotel for a tour of Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship), the largest black residential area in South Africa. This “city within a city” consists of 50 suburbs, or sections, and essentially acts as a labor reservoir for the greater metropolitan area of the Witwatersrand. In many ways, the story of Soweto is the story of South Africa. The tour route takes you to all the major points of interest, such as Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Baragwanath taxi rank, Freedom Square and Hector Peterson Memorial. Your group leader gives an overview of South Africa, including the country’s political history.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant in Soweto.
 Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to the southern edge of Johannesburg where you visit the award winning and internationally acclaimed Apartheid Museum; you walk through the museum with a local guide. This beautiful museum gives a balanced account of 20th century South Africa. It recounts the political upheavals beginning in the last century and moves on to the transition from a racist state into the new era of hope and freedom as a democracy. Transfer back to the hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
Accommodations: Courtyard Hotel Eastgate
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: De Wildt Cheetah Centre/Bush Skills Course
(Friday, July 26)

Note: The beginner bush skills course consists of walking in the bush, on potentially uneven ground. The pace and distance covered during the course are gentle, however, and are dictated by the group's abilities. If you are unable to participate, you have the option of remaining at the lodge to enjoy the scenery.

 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast, transfer to the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre which has gained international recognition for bringing the cheetah back from the brink of extinction through its captive breeding programs. Take a tour with one of the center’s enthusiastic researchers who provides insight into the long term conservation of the African cheetah. In addition, you learn about the other efforts that the center is making toward the conservation and reintroduction of wild dogs, brown hyena, antelope and Cape vultures.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at the center.
 Afternoon: After lunch, transfer out to Plumari Game Reserve. After arriving, you embark on a beginner bush skills course within the Reserve. The hands-on, interactive course is designed to give you a basic understanding of the African bush, and the skills needed to survive in it. During the gentle walk in the bush, you discuss and experience: how to navigate by day or night; survival skills such as walking techniques and use of terrain; how to interact with dangerous and/or useful animals such as snakes, insects, birds, fish, etc; how to track animals; useful plants and herbs; location and procurement of potable water and edible food; basic first aid; medical dangers such as malaria and bilharzia (schistosomiasis); communication skills needed for survival in the bush; equipment one needs in the bush; and what materials occur naturally in the bush that one can use to survive. The course is designed with safety at the forefront; at no time are you put into dangerous situations, nor do you come into contact with dangerous animals. Plumari Game Reserve sits beneath the Magaliesberg mountain range near Johannesburg, providing an awe-inspiring wilderness setting nearly 12 square miles in size. Here you find a pristine African bushveld with an abundance of wildlife including the Big Five (leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion), as well as hippo, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, and wildebeest, to name a few. There are also over 350 species of bird resident to this area. While here you go on game drive field trips to track wildlife and take bush walks in search of the smaller species.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
Accommodations: Askari Game Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Big Five/Intro to Predators
(Saturday, July 27)
 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: This morning you embark on an interpretive game drive in search of the Big Five and other game. Your local guides provide insight into the animals and birds spotted during the drive.
 Lunch: At the lodge.
 Afternoon: Your group leader gives an introduction to predators. Afterward, take a game drive in search of game not spotted this morning.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
Accommodations: Askari Game Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Elephant Interaction/Animal Tracking
(Sunday, July 28)
 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: This morning you are led by a local ranger on an interactive and interpretive experience with trained elephants. You view the elephants up close and are able to touch and feed them, while the ranger discusses elephant behavior and social structure.
 Lunch: At the lodge.
 Afternoon: This afternoon you have the choice of taking a game drive or going on a bush walk with interpretation of animal tracks, plants and insects.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
Accommodations: Askari Game Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Fly to Botswana/Chobe National Park
(Monday, July 29)
 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: Transfer to the Johannesburg International Airport and depart on your commercial flight to Kasane, Botswana.
 Lunch: On board the flight.
 Afternoon: Upon arrival in Kasane, you are transferred in game-viewing vehicles, doing a game drive en-route, to your mobile tented camp within Chobe National Park. Game drives here are taken in open-air safari vehicles in the early morning and late afternoons, moving through the plains searching for predators and other game. Chobe National Park remains one of Africa's prime game-viewing areas. Here one finds all of the "Big Five" except rhino. Rare antelope also inhabit the region. This is elephant country, home to the largest population of elephants in the world; many of these great grey giants can be seen at this time of year. (Note that seasonality makes a big difference in how much game you will see. If it's dry you will see larger herds; if it has recently rained the animals will be more dispersed.) The park forms part of Botswana's northern-most border and is a contrast of desert aridity and flood plains. The Chobe region is best known for its vast magnificent river and floodplains filled with grazing herds of big game. Buffalo, sable, lion, leopard, hippo, hyena, and thousands of antelope all find safety in this huge national park. This is one of Africa's most pristine ecosystems and greatest wildlife refuges. After settling in, your group leader gives an overview of the history and culture of Botswana.
 Dinner: In camp under the stars.
Accommodations: Mobile Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Game Drive/Boat Cruise
(Tuesday, July 30)
 Breakfast: In camp.
 Morning: Depart on an early-morning game drive within Chobe National Park in search of any lion or leopard kills made during the night. Return to camp and have the mid-day at leisure.
 Lunch: In camp.
 Afternoon: Discussion on the immense birdlife in the area. This afternoon you explore the Chobe River by motorboat where you may come face to face with the elephant and buffalo that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe is one of the few rivers in the world that can flow in either direction depending on the seasonal floods! Immerse yourself in the unique Delta environment viewing numerous birds including sacred ibis, blue heron, goliath heron, saddle-billed storks, marabou storks and little egrets.
 Dinner: In camp under the stars.
 Evening: Campfire following dinner. Your group leader points out constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.
Accommodations: Mobile Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Search for Wildlife/Termites
(Wednesday, July 31)
 Breakfast: In camp.
 Morning: Interpretive game drive; keep track of wildlife seen so far with your fun checklist.
 Lunch: In camp.
 Afternoon: Mid-day at leisure. Your group leader gives a lecture on termites and their effect on the Okavango Delta. Game drive in search of wildlife that has eluded you so far.
 Dinner: In camp under the stars.
Accommodations: Mobile Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Transfer to Livingstone/Free Time
(Thursday, August 1)
 Breakfast: In camp.
 Morning: Say goodbye to your safari hosts and transfer by game-viewing vehicle back to Kasane; there is the possibility of seeing game en-route. From there, transfer by coach to the Kazangula border where you take a five-minute boat ride across the Zambezi River to Zambia. After you clear Zambian customs/immigration, a vehicle meets you for the transfer to Livingstone and Thorntree Lodge.
 Lunch: At the lodge.
 Afternoon: Free time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Before dinner, your group leader gives an overview on the history and culture of Zambia.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
Accommodations: Thorntree River Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Local School/Livingstone Museum
(Friday, August 2)
 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: Transfer to nearby Tongabezi Trust School, commonly known as Tujatane, where you learn about daily life in Zambia and have an opportunity to meet local students and teachers. There will be an opportunity for each generation to interact, whether through conversation or games. Afterward, take a guided tour of Livingstone town, a classic colonial town of former Northern Rhodesia. You visit the Livingstone Museum to learn about David Livingstone’s explorations and discoveries. Displays include letters, notes and other artifacts that belonged to David Livingstone. Visit the local market to see how Zambians subsist and learn about local industry. A visit to a superb crafts market introduces you to artisans and provides an opportunity to learn how the crafts are made and marketed.
 Lunch: At the lodge.
 Afternoon: Your group leader gives a lecture on Dr. David Livingstone's explorations and discovery of Victoria Falls.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
Accommodations: Thorntree River Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Local Village/Victoria Falls/Sunset Cruise
(Saturday, August 3)
 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: Visit the Mukuni Village, gaining cultural insight by learning how these locals truly live. You learn the deep history of this village and of the surrounding area as shared by a local guide. You have an opportunity to interact with villagers as they invite you into their homestead. Learn the methods in which these traditional huts are made and decorated. Finish at the chief’s residence where the royal family’s history and village politics are explained. Before departing, meet with wood carvers and other artisans at the local market. End the morning with a visit to the famed Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Victoria Falls is where the Zambezi River opens out into an extravaganza of roaring, spray-tumbled water, known to the locals as “Mosi oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). Few sights are as awe-inspiring as this when the ground rumbles with the forces of the water. Enjoy the footpaths through the rainforest on the way to the viewpoints.
 Lunch: At the lodge.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the waterfront for your private sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Search for game on the banks of the river as you enjoy a spectacular African sunset.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the lodge.
Accommodations: Thorntree River Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Departures
(Sunday, August 4)
 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: Transfer to the Livingstone Airport for your commercial flight to Johannesburg International Airport.
 Lunch: On board the flight.
 Afternoon: Upon arrival in Johannesburg, connect to your international flight back to the U.S. or ongoing travel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Arrive U.S.
(Monday, August 5)
 Morning: Early morning arrivals back in the U.S.

Free Time Opportunities
  Livingstone (Victoria Falls) Adrenalin activities
The Victoria Falls area is known as an adventure capital, and there are plenty of adrenalin activities offered in the area! Activities include bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls bridge, a gorge swing which swings you out across the Batoka Gorge, abseiling into the Batoka Gorge, and the "flying fox" cable slide which is a zip line across the gorge. For additional information, visit
  Elephant Safari
A strong emphasis is placed on an elephant experience rather than just an elephant ride and guests are encouraged to interact with these majestic and intelligent African mammals. For additional information, visit
Your fishing guide on the Upper Zambezi River is also an expert on birding and wildlife, a profusion of which you will see during your excursion. There are no real seasonal variation and fish are caught year round. The very best time for Tiger Fish is during the hot months between August and March when the fish are more active. Generally, a catch and release policy is adopted for all fish caught, although local taxidermy plus package and freight services are available for trophy specimens. For additional information, visit
  Flights over Victoria Falls
Experience a bird’s eye view of the Victoria Falls on a thrilling flight over the Falls and the Zambezi River in a helicopter or Microlight aircraft. The helicopter is designed so all passengers have a good view. The Microlight has an open cockpit for the ultimate ride with the wind in your face. Fifteen-minute flights also go downstream over the Batoka Gorge and upstream over the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, an opportunity to see game in the park below. For additional information, visit
  Water-based activities
There are many different water-based activities offered in the Livingstone area. You can go white water rafting on the Zambezi River below Victoria Falls, and thrill at some of the largest commercially-rafted rapids in the world! Other activities include a relaxing sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi, a raft float or canoe excursion, or jet boating near the base of the Falls. For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

Suggested Reading List

A History of South Africa

Author: Leonard Thompson

Description: A succint history of South Africa.

Adventuring in Southern Afica

Author: Allen Bechky

Description: This comprehensive guide to game parks throughout Southern Africa includes an overview of the region, tips on watching wildlife and good descriptive information on each park or nature reserve.

Bradt Guide to Zambia

Author: Chris McIntyre

Description: A detailed overview of Zambia, its history, culture, attractions and natural history with color photos, maps and travel information.

Lonely Planet Botswana

Author: Lonely Planet

Description: A comprehensive, practical guide in Lonely Planet’s hallmark style with 16 detailed maps and a separate chapter on Victoria Falls.

Long Walk to Freedom

Author: Nelson Mandela

Description: An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life. Mandela recounts the circumstances of his imprisonment and ultimately his successful drive to end Apartheid.

Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage

Author: Richard Stengel

Description: A firsthand account of Nelson Mandela's wisdom from Richard Stengel, a close friend of Mandela and the editor of Time magazine.

Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa

Author: Kenneth Newman

Description: This classic field guide features hundreds of color plates, a comprehensive checklist – and information on habitat and distribution.

North of South, An African Journey

Author: Shiva Naipaul

Description: This is a great book – engaging and unafraid of controversy. It’s a sharp portrait of contemporary East Africa, as well as Zambia, sensitive to issues black, white and brown.

Running Wild

Author: John McNutt

Description: An authoritative, illustrated account of the behavior, ecology and conservation of wild dogs. Author John mcnutt is a founder of the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project.

Southern Africa Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide

Author: Mike Unwin

Description: A popular, photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and habitats south of the Zambezi. With 300 color photographs and illuminating text.

Southern, Central, and East African Mammals

Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart

Description: A compact guide to 152 mammals.

The Collector of Treasures

Author: Bessie Head

Description: Bessie Head produced a number of beautifully drawn novels and stories before her death in 1986. In this collection, she writes eloquently of village life in Botswana.

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals

Author: Jonathan Kingdon

Description: The most complete African mammal guide available.

The Myth of Wild Africa

Author: Jonathan Adams, Thomas McShane

Description: A no-holds-barred attack on old-style conservation in Africa, provocative and dead-on. The authors explore the fallacy of an untouched continent where animals roam freely in sanctuaries.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Description: McCall Smith’s detective, Mma Ramotswe, makes her debut. A pleasure in every respect, this novel – not really a mystery – evokes the cultures, customs and diverse landscapes of Botswana.

The Safari Companion

Author: Richard Estes

Description: An encyclopedic guide to the behavior of Africa’s mammals by a noted scientist.

The Scramble for Africa

Author: Thomas Pakenham

Description: A well-written, meticulously researched history of the Victorian land grab in Africa. The book includes especially good portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent.

Tomorrow is Another Country, The Inside Story of South Africa's Road to Change

Author: Allister Sparks

Description: Essential to understanding South Africa today, this comprehensive account shows the extraordinary developments that led to multiracial democracy in South Africa.

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