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Road Scholar World Academy Semester 1: Indian Ocean to Victoria Falls

Program Number: 21456RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/2/2015 - 2/1/2015;
Duration: 30 nights
Location: Mauritius/France/Madagascar/Mozambique/Tanzania/South Africa
Price starting at: $13,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 81; 28 Breakfasts, 25 Lunches, 28 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

This month-long semester of Road Scholar World Academy is a grand voyage in its own right. Begin by experiencing the cultures and incredible environments of Indian Ocean islands like Madagascar. Then sail the coast of South Africa, setting out on expert-led shore excursions that illuminate its turbulent history and introduce you to its magnificent wildlife. Complete your journey at spectacular Victoria Falls.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; uneven terrain and stairs without railings are common. Potential for extreme temperatures.



Please note that this program runs in tandem with the other segments and semesters of Road Scholar World Academy. We expect the total group size to be over 50 participants. The group will be split up for local Field Trips to facilitate the exploration of smaller venues. Lectures and meals will most often host the full group.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard Voyager, 7 nights; St. Lucia National Park (South Africa), 1 night; aboard Voyager, 12 nights; Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, 1 night; aboard Voyager, 4 nights; Johannesburg, 1 night; Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), 2 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-3: Arrival Mauritius / embark Voyager:

Begin your adventure on this idyllic Indian Ocean island. Visit the lively markets of Port Louis and the historic Champ de Mars Racecourse.



Day 4: Réunion:

Set sail to Réunion, an overseas department of France. Take a field trip to a vanilla plantation then continue to Salazie, a beautiful volcanic canyon where waterfalls tumble down the rocks.



Days 5-8: At Sea / Madagascar / At Sea:

Journey to the Nahampoana Reserve, a protected area home to colorful birds, reptiles and Madagascar’s famed lemurs.



Days 9-10: St. Lucia National Park (South Africa):

Disembark the ship for an overnight shore excursion to the St. Lucia wetlands, where a sunset boat safari gives you the chance to see hippos and Nile crocodiles up close.



Day 11: Durban:

Explore the vibrant city of Durban. Visit the home of Mahatma Ghandi and the historical John Dube High School.



Days 12-13: At Sea / Port Elizabeth:

Visit Addo Elephant Park - the third largest national park in South Africa, and considered by many to be one of the best parks in all of Africa.



Days 14-17: At Sea / Cape Town:

Enjoy three days to experience Cape Town. Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, journey to the Cape of Good Hope and discover Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held.



Days 18-19: At Sea / East London:

An excursion in this town founded by the Royal Navy includes the Victorian town hall and the outstanding East London Museum.



Days 20-21: At Sea / Maputo (Mozambique):

Examine the fine art of Mozambique on field trips to the National Museum of Art.



Days 22-23: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (South Africa):

Depart the ship for an overnight shore excursion to the oldest national park in Africa. Search for the Big Five (elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and more on evening and early morning game drives.



Days 24-26: Durban / At Sea:

Spend two days exploring this energetic city with a pleasant subtropical climate. Enjoy a stroll along the Golden Mile beachfront.



Day 27: Port Elizabeth / disembark / flight to Johannesburg:

Spend a night in “Jo’burg” and visit the outstanding Apartheid Museum.



Days 28-30: Flight to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) / departure:

Journey to Zimbabwe for two nights to experience awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and learn the true story of Dr. David Livingstone.



Voyager

Sail aboard the 540-guest Voyager, Voyages of Discovery’s newest flagship. Newly upgraded in 2012, Voyager boasts all the amenities and facilities of a large ocean liner while offering the convenience, flexibility, and intimate ambience of a small ship. It features spacious public areas, comfortable staterooms and balcony suites, a choice of open seating restaurants and al fresco dining, a variety of lounges and bars including the elegant Scott’s Lounge, a library and internet center, a swimming pool, two whirlpools, a beauty center and a gym. Voyager is your home at sea and you will be welcomed back warmly each time you return to the ship.


Meals and Lodgings
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 7 nights
   Elephant Lake Hotel
  St Lucia National Park, South Africa 1 night
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 12 nights
   Hilltop Camp
  Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa 1 night
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 4 nights
   Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 2 nights
 MV Voyager
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Voyager, built by Spanish yard Union Navale le LeVante, is a spacious and well-appointed vessel offering 278 cabins, 86% of which are outside, 35 suites, 30 of which have balconies, open seating dining in three restaurants and the personal service and comfort levels that have been the hallmark of our cruises since 2003. Carrying just 550 passengers, Voyager has all the amenities and facilities of a larger liner while offering the convenience and flexibility of a small ship. She is able to visit and berth alongside where others have to pass by, yet is able to traverse the world's oceans with ease. On board, passengers will be able to relax in the comfortable public lounges, enjoy a drink in atmospheric Harry's Bar, in the sunshine on deck, at the Lido Bar. Alternatively, read a book in the well-stocked library.
  Ship Information: Owner / Operator: All Leisure Group Year Built: 1990 Builder: Union Navale de LeVante, Spain Former Names: Crown Monarch, Walrus, Jules Verne, Alexander von Humboldt Gross Tonnage: 15,271 Length: 152.5 meters (500.2 ft) Beam: 20.6 meters (67.6 ft) Passengers: 550 Crew: 215 Service Speed: 18.0 knots
  Contact info: Voyages of Discovery - North America
1800 S E 10th Avenue, Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 866-623-2689
web: www.voyagesofdiscovery.com
  Facility amenities: Three restaurants with option for open dining Al-fresco dining (Veranda) Third restaurant within Discovery Restaurant (Explorer Grill) Two lounges - Atlantic Lounge and Vista Lounge Four bars (Vista Lounge, Harry's Bar, Pacific Lounge, Lido Bar) Card/Function room Medical Centre Internet Centre Two Shops Swimming pool Two whirlpools Beauty Centre Gym
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Elephant Lake Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Elephant Lake Hotel St Lucia is located on the shores of the St Lucia Estuary in the town of St Lucia, Kwa Zulu Natal, surrounded Isimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. With its lakes, lagoons, freshwater swamps and grasslands, St. Lucia supports more species of animal than the better known parks and deltas in Southern Africa.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: McKenzie Street
St. Lucia,   South Africa
phone: +270355901001
web: www.elephantlakestlucia.co.za
  Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with DSTV, tea/coffee making facilities, electronic wall safes; hair dryer and full range of bathroom amenities.
  Facility amenities: Elephant Lake Hotel has a three star grading and with 56 upmarket, en-suite, air-conditioned rooms, all sharing a westerly view across the St Lucia Estuary. The Hotel has two levels. The ground level has 25 rooms, all with a private patio leading out to a sparkling pool, an upmarket restaurant, leading out to the pool patio, the Hotel lounge and Reception area. The Upper level has 31 rooms, all with private balcony, a spacious lounge bar that lead out the Hotel’s Estuary Viewing Deck, which forms part of the restaurant and a very popular venue for guests to enjoy some excellent lunches, dinners or a refreshing sundowner.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Hilltop Camp
Type: Lodge
  Description: Hilltop Camp is situated on the summit of a forested hill offers fine views of the surrounding countryside. Hilltop Camp is the oldest camp in KwaZulu-Natal and was extensively rebuilt and enlarged in the early nineties.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Hluhluwe Game Reserve,   South Africa
phone: + n/a
  Facility amenities: The facility features an a la carte restaurant, an attractive pub and lounge decorated with photographs and memorabilia of the history of Hluhluwe, as well as a gift shop and convenience store. A forest trail is available to guests at Hilltop. Hlaza Hide has been developed at the site of the old summerhouse in Hilltop Camp and it will shortly incorporate a waterhole with soft lighting at night to aid game viewing. Hilltop Camp's Mpunyane Restaurant offers a full English buffet breakfast every day. Lunches from Monday to Saturday are a la carte and on Sundays a hot and cold buffet. Dinners are either a hot and cold buffet or a traditional braai(barbeque) depending on the weather. Dinner arrangements do change according to guest profiles and holidays.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Contact info: Stand 471 Squire Cummings Rd.
Victoria Falls,   Zimbabwe
phone: +26 3 13 3202
  Smoking allowed: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins on Day 2 at 5pm at orientation on board the mv Voyager in Port Louis, Mauritius. Embarkation begins at 3pm. You will be staying at MV Voyager that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends on the morning of Day 30 with a transfer from the hotel to Victoria Falls Airport. You will be staying at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Voyages of Discovery requires all guests to provide full passport details, including address and telephone number. They also require next of kin contact information in case of an emergency. This information must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure. Passengers must visit the website at www.voyagesofdiscovery.com - click on "Already Booked" then "Required Passenger Information" to enter your details. Furnished data will be provided to foreign government immigration officials and is required for on-board administration. PLEASE NOTE: Your cruise documents will not be issued prior to your online registration, and embarkation onto the ship may be denied. If you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Parking availability:
Driving is not recommended for this program.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Aboard the MV Voyager
  Transportation to site: The MV Voyager will be docked in Port Louis. There will be a group transfer to the port in the afternoon. The group flight is SA 0190 JNB-MRU, arriving 4:30PM 03 January 2015. The transfer will be at 5:00PM or when all participants arrive. Program-only participants who would like to take the group transfer should try to book a flight for the morning of the arrival day to arrive in time for the transfer.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Victoria Falls
  Transportation from site: Transfers will be provided from the hotel in Victoria Falls to the airport at the end of the program. The group flight is SA 0041 VFA-JNB, departing Victoria Falls 1:15PM 31 January 2015.
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: Depart for overnight flight to Port Louis, Mauritius
(Friday, January 2)
   
 Depart From: Depart from home for overnight flight to Port Louis, Mauritius

Day 2: Arrival in Port Louis / Embark the mv Voyager
(Saturday, January 3)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive to Port Louis, Mauritius. Transfer to embark the MV Voyager.
 Afternoon: Meet your Group Leader for a brief program introduction before dinner.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Port Louis, Mauritius
(Sunday, January 4)

Note: Transfer time is approximately 1 hour.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Explore the city of Port Louis. visit to Marie Reine de la Paix, Champ de Mars, the only race course, and the Citadel with a panoramic view of Port Louis and finally visit a pagoda. Then discover Caudan Waterfront and the Oriental Market, situated in the heart of the city, it is a colorful and diversified shopping experience: exotic fruits, vegetables, medicinal herbs, local crafts, Indian silks and oriental pastries.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: This afternoon, meet with your group leader and fellow participants for a detailed program orientation and welcome party celebrating Road Scholar's 40th Anniversary!! We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Pointe des Galeis, Reunion, Mauritius
(Monday, January 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Depart from the northern part of the island, taking the coastal road to Saint Denis, the capital, to discover the east coast. This is an area of intensive sugar cane farming, the majority of the population descending from Tamil Indians, who came in the thousands as indentured servents after the Abolition of Slavery in 1848. One of the evocative signs of the Tamil culture is the number of colorful temples you will see built around the area. You will see the outside architecture of "Temple du Petit Bazar" in Saint Andre, and you will discover the fantastic story of the famous "Bourbon Vanilla" with a visit to a vanilla plantation. On your way to Salazie, you will stop at the Niagara Cascade, a real open air theater, where the star is a 180 foot waterfall. Salazie is situated wettest and greenest part of the island. It is an imposing garden with towering cascades - the most impressive of which is the "Voile de la Mariee" (wedding veil). Continue on to the village of Hell-Bourg. Hell-Bourg is a small community in the Salazie, founded in the mid-1800's as a spa town, built up around thermal hot springs that were discovered in the area. European colonists from as far as South Africa ventured to Hell-Bourg, believing the hot springs to be a cure for the numerous diseases and health problems that afflicted Europeans living in the colonial tropics.
 Lunch: Enjoy a Creole lunch in Hell-Bourg.
 Afternoon: After lunch, explore the "Folio House" museum. This beautiful home and garden will give you a glimpse of life as a 19th century French colonist.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: At Sea
(Tuesday, January 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or on your own in town.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Port D'Ehoala, Madagascar
(Wednesday, January 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: The road leading to Nahampoana Reserve is in poor condition, but the drive will be well worth it. Located approximately 7 KM from Fort Dauphin, this well maintained garden, formerly named Garden of Acclimatisation, covers an area of 50 hectares. Here you will find a variety of plant species endemic to southern Madagascar, pitcher plants, ferns, palm-trees and exotic plants. You will also see endemic birds and reptiles, and every species of Lemur found in Madagascar, can be found at Nahampoana.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At Sea
(Thursday, January 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: At Sea
(Friday, January 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Richard's Bay, South Africa / Overnight in St. Lucia National Park
(Saturday, January 10)

Note: Please note you will disembark the ship for an overnight excursion to St. Lucia National Park. Please bring an overnight bag, plus any medications or items you will need while you are away from the ship.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark the ship with an overnight bag, for an extended overnight excursion to St. Lucia National Park. Depart by coach for the Veyane Cultural Village. This location will give you the opportunity to study the customs and rites of traditional Zulu life, from the lobola (bride's price) to the fortune telling's and magic of the Sangoma (witch doctor). You will also have the opportunity to see the creation of the amazing Zulu handicrafts, like their beadwork, grass baskets, mats, walking sticks and much more.
 Lunch: Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the St. Lucia Ski Boat Club situated on the banks of the St. Lucia Estuary with views over the Indian Ocean and Mapelane. Look for hippos and crocodiles, which are commonly found in the estuary.
 Afternoon: Return to the lodge, where you will have some time to relax before a sunset boat safari. During this 2 hour boat cruise, you will have the opportunity to get up close to the resident Hippos and Nile Crocodiles of the St. Lucia Estuary. The total length of the estuary is 85km and one of the largest in Africa. It is estimated that more than 800 hippos and 1200 crocodiles reside in the area. The bird-life in the area is a magnificent with an amount of 450 species witnessed during the year. Hear the calls of African Fish Eagles, watch newly born hippos display child like tendencies.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Elephant Lake Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: St. Lucia National Park / Richard's Bay, South Africa
(Sunday, January 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge after sunrise game drive.
 Morning: After breakfast, depart for the eastern shores of iSimangaliso. iSimangaliso Wetland Park (or St. Lucia as many of the residents affectionately refer to this ecological paradise), was declared as South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site. The declaration was by UNESCO protocol and the official ceremony took place on December 1, 1999. The large size of iSimangaliso Wetland Park includes five major ecosystems. This 328,000 ha (3,280 sq km) Natural World Heritage Site stretches for 280 km along the northern part of South Africa's east coast. The park plays a vital role in the survival of migratory animals and is home to an incredible variety and populations of birds, mammals, plants, insects, fish, reptiles, and scenic beauty. Historically the birthplace of the famous Huberta (the hippo that travelled from St. Lucia to King William's Town) and base for missionaries and Second World War Catalina Flying Boats - even an ancient burial lake of a local tribe - there is much more here than meets the eye!
 Morning: Rise early for an early morning game drive. The western shores are part of the iSimangaliso wetland park. As the name suggests it is on the western side of the St. Lucia estuary. The gate into the iSimangaliso western shores is only 2km from the town of St. Lucia. There are two species of animals that one can see on the western shores of iSimangaliso that you will not see on the eastern shores, namely Nyala antelope and the giraffe. The elephant of iSimangaliso wetland park spend 90 percent of their time on the western shores of the park. So this is where you have the best chance of seeing the elephant when staying in St. Lucia. Other special animals that we see there are the hippo, hyena, side stripe jackal, leopard, rhino and buffalo. Then all the other general game of the area are also there. The only animal of the Big Five that can not be found in the park are lions.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch enroute.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon you will coach back to the ship to re-embark the MV Voyager. The ship will be in port until 10:00 pm, so you will have some free time to explore Richard's Bay independently. Use caution if going out after dark.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Durban, South Africa
(Monday, January 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Durban is an intriguing blend of East, West and Africa. With it's endless summer climate, effervescent and lukewarm ocean lined with golden beaches, it offers a subtropical carnival atmosphere all year round. Today you will set off on a full day exploration of this vibrant and diverse city. With a local guide, you will explore the Durban City Center, learn about the city's troubled past at the KwaMhule Museum, the Juma Mosque (said to be the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere), KwaMashu Township, the Home of Mahatma Ghandi and John Dube High School.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring the city of Durban with your expert guide.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At Sea
(Tuesday, January 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
(Wednesday, January 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Now the third largest park in South Africa, Addo Elephant Park has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, flora and fauna. Stretching from semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River and Bushman's River mouth, addo covers about 180,000 hectares (444,700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix island groups. The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only sixteen elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopards, a variety of antelope and zebra species as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At Sea
(Thursday, January 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Cape Town, South Africa
(Friday, January 16)

Note: Say farewell to your fellow traveling companions on World Academy Segment 1 today!



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Drive through spectactular views of Chapman's Peak and pass the town of Noordhoek to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. A botanical and scenic delight, the reserve is home to several antelope species as well as a great diversity of flowering plants and birds. A highlight is sure to be the walk to the summit of Cape Point, where it is said the stormy waters of the Atlantic are met by the calming influence of the Indian Ocean.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The Cape, which has played a central role in the tales and legends of the ocean, was and remains an important landmark situated at the southwestern edge of Africa, proclaiming that this is where the two halves of the world, east and west, meet. You will trace the Indian Ocean Seaboard on the way back to Cape Town with a visit to Boulder's Beach. An attractive secluded haven, Boulder's Beach comprises a tumble of huge round rocks on a sandy shore. The boulders are an ideal vantage point for watching the antics of the colony of mainland-based African Penguins.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Cape Town, South Africa
(Saturday, January 17)

Note: Say hello to your new traveling companions on World Academy Segment 2 today! They will be joining you on your journey into Cape Town, East London, Mozambique, Richard's Bay, Burban, Port Elizabeth, and Victoria Falls!



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: No visit to Cape Town would be complete without a cable-car trip up Table Mountain, although you might have to wait for the famous "table cloth" to clear first. The cable-car rotates 360 degrees during the ascent, affording you fantastic views over the city. Once at the top, you may catch a glimpse of the resident dassies - an animal that resembles a large and fluffy hamster, although it is in fact related to the elephant. Your local guide will point out the highlights of one of the world's most famous views. After the descent, you will continue on through "Bo-Kaap", also known as the Malay Quarter. The architecture of this area is typical of what Cape Town was like 200 years ago. You will also see the imposing Castle of Good Hope, a fortress built to protect the early Dutch Settlers and the South African Museum.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch, or remain at the V&A Waterfront for lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon to explore the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, within a stone's throw from the Cape Town Stadium and in the heart of Cape Town's working harbor, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront offers the visitor an abundance of unforgettable experiences.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Cape Town, South Africa
(Sunday, January 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Robben Island. From Nelson Mandela Gateway in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, board a catamaran for the half-hour crossing to Robben Island, which was used as an isolation prison for political prisoners. During the crossing, view a video giving you an overview of this island. Take a guided visit of the prison which includes seeing the cell where Nelson Mandela spent most of his incarceration.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is at leisure to continue to explore Cape Town.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At Sea
(Monday, January 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your segment 2 study leader, Russel Gammon, for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: East London, South Africa
(Tuesday, January 20)

Note: We recommend you bring a sunhat, sunglasses, sunblock, and windbreaker. You should wear flat, comfortable walking shoes with a firm grip. Order of sites may vary.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Mdanstane Township: Today will give you the opportunity to visit South Africa's largest township. Mdanstane has its story to tell of the experiences under the homeland system, the forced removals, the jazz musicians and strong Xhosa traditions, still practiced today. Taste a freshly brewed African Beer and visit Mans Tavern for a braai and a chat with the local people.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is at leisure to continue to explore East London.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Maputo, Mozambique
(Wednesday, January 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Today's field trip will take you to Maputo's highlights - these include the historical fortress, Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, which was completed in 1787, an optional stop at the colorful Central Market, where everything from fresh fruit to handcrafts are available, the beautiful Museum of Natural History and the Maputo's historical Railway Station. On your way you will see the impressive Maputo Prefeitura, or City Hall, and the Tunduru Botanical Garden.
 Lunch: Light two course lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is at leisure to independently explore Maputo.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Maputo, Mozambique
(Thursday, January 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar presentation.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Richard's Bay, South Africa / Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
(Friday, January 23)

Note: Please note you will disembark the ship for an overnight excursion to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. Please bring an overnight bag plus any medications and/or items you will need while you are away from the ship.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: The morning is at sea, sailing towards Richard's Bay. The ship is scheduled to arrive at 12:00 noon. Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar presentation this morning before getting ready to disembark on your Hilltop Camp adventure!
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Disembark the ship and transfer by coach to Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve. When you arrive at the lodge, you will be met by a local ranger who will give you a brief presentation on the history, flora and fauna of South Africa's oldest game reserve. This afternoon, venture out into the park on a night drive. Go in search of the elusive Leopard, Hippos, Buffalo, Elephants, Rhino and more.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge
   
Accommodations: Hilltop Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Richard's Bay, South Africa
(Saturday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: You will have an early start to the day in order to ensure the best game viewing possible. Against the backdrop of rolling hills, thick bush and open plains, the Big 5 await you, Impala scatter and Giraffe frolic in the open plains. Travel with your knowledgable guide to find and observe the wildlife.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.
 Afternoon: After lunch, transfer back to Richard's Bay to re-embark the MV Voyager.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Durban, South Africa
(Sunday, January 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: This morning, enjoy a cultural exposure excursion with Vuk' Africa, a cultural tourism organization that seeks to power, develop, and showcase developing communities in South Africa. Learn about KwaNyuswa, the culture and people, and visit the orphanage associated with Vuk' Africa Trust Fund & Scholarship.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant (local/traditional lunch, juice and water)
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit isangoma (a traditional healer), learn about Zulu items, and enjoy traditional Zulu dancing before returning to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Durban, South Africa
(Monday, January 26)

Note: The ship will remain in Durban overnight tonight.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: At leisure.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 26: At Sea
(Tuesday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: Port Elizabeth / Disembark / Fly to Johannesburg
(Wednesday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights to Johannesburg.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the airport.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will transfer from the airport to the Apartheid Museum. The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the story of the rise and fall of the Apartheid. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. After your visit, you will transfer to the hotel to check in for 1 night.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 28: Johannesburg / Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
(Thursday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel - MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the hotel to check in for 2 nights. After lunch, venture to the waterfront and board the boat for your sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Game viewing may be possible as you enjoy your complimentary snacks and drinks. Dinner will be served at the hotel upon your return.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: Victoria Falls
(Friday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast this morning, enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent 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.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Victoria Falls. We suggest checking out the local craft market!
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30: Victoria Falls / Departures
(Saturday, January 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: Check out of the hotel, and transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 31: Flights arrive in North America
(Sunday, February 1)

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 Arrive To: Overnight flights from Victoria Falls arrive in North America.

Free Time Opportunities
 
  London British Museum
England's largest museum and one of the oldest in the world, this famous museum boasts vast Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, European and Middle Eastern galleries, among many others. Begun in 1753 with a 'cabinet of curiosities' bequeathed by Sir Hans Sloane to the nation on his death, the collection mushroomed over the ensuing years partly through plundering the empire. Among the must-sees are the Rosetta Stone, the key to deciphering Egyptian hiero­glyphics, discovered in 1799; the controversial Parthenon Sculptures, stripped from the walls of the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin (the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire), and which Greece wants returned; the stunning Oxus Treasure of 7th- to 4th-century-BC Persian gold; and the Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo burial relics. For additional information, visit http://www.britishmuseum.org/
  London Eye
The London Eye began spinning at the southwestern end of Jubilee Gardens in 2000. Not only has it fundamentally altered the South Bank skyline but, standing 135m tall in a fairly flat city, it is visible from many parts of the city. A ride – or 'flight', as it is called here – in one of the wheel's 32 glass-enclosed eye pods holding up to 28 people draws 3.5 million visitors annually. At peak times (July, August and school holidays) save money and shorten queues by buying tickets online. Alternatively, visit before 11am or after 3pm to avoid peak density. A ride takes 30 minutes and, weather permitting, you can see 25 miles in every direction from the top. Together with its 23m-tall spindle, the hub of the London Eye weighs 330 tonnes, more than 20 times the weight of Big Ben. For additional information, visit http://www.londoneye.com/
  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
The original Globe theatre was erected in 1599. Rival to the Rose Theatre, all was well but did not end well when the Globe burned down within two hours during a performance in 1613 (a stage cannon ignited the thatched roof). Its present-day incarnation is the vision of American actor and director Sam Wanamaker who sadly died before the opening night in 1997. Admission includes the exhibition hall and guided tour of the theatre (departing every 15 to 30 minutes), faithfully reconstructed from oak beams, handmade bricks, lime plaster and thatch. Tours shift to the nearby Rose Theatre instead when matinees are being staged in season. From April to October plays are performed, and while Shakespeare and his contemporaries dominate, modern plays are also staged. As in Elizabethan times, seatless 'groundlings' can watch in all-weather conditions for the best views. There's no protection from the elements and you'll have to stand, but it's an unforgettable experience. For additional information, visit http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/
  Tower of London
One of London's four World Heritage Sites, the Tower offers a window on to a gruesome and quite compelling history. In the 1070s, William the Conqueror started work on the White Tower to replace the castle he'd previously had built here. By 1285, two walls with towers and a moat were built around it and the defences have barely been altered since. A former royal residence, treasury, mint and arsenal, it became most famous as a prison when Henry VIII moved to Whitehall Palace in 1529. The most striking building is indeed the central White Tower, with its solid Romanesque architecture and four turrets. Today it houses a collection from the Royal Armouries, including Henry VIII's commodious suit of armour. On the 2nd floor is St John's Chapel, dating from 1080 and therefore the oldest church in London. To the north stands Waterloo Barracks, which now contains the spectacular and newly redisplayed Crown Jewels, including the platinum crown of the late Queen Mother, set with the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of Light) diamond and the Imperial State Crown. On the far side of the White Tower rises the Bloody Tower, where the 12-year-old Edward V and his little brother were held 'for their own safety' and later murdered. Sir Walter Raleigh did a 13-year stretch here, when he wrote his History of the World. On the small green in front of the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula stood Henry VIII's scaffold, where seven people, including Anne Boleyn and her cousin Catherine Howard (Henry's second and fifth wives) were beheaded. Enjoy an entertaining free guided tour with any of the Beefeaters (Yeoman Warders). Hour-long tours leave every 30 minutes from the bridge near the main entrance. Book online for cheaper rates for the Tower. For additional information, visit http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/
  Victoria & Albert Museum
The Victoria & Albert Museum has the finest collection of decorative art and design ever assembled and galleries are being redeveloped and reinvented all the time. Visitors are particularly drawn to the fashion displays and the Islamic and Asian galleries with their carpets, ceramics, and ornate arms and armour. For additional information, visit http://www.vam.ac.uk/
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Suggested Reading List


Africa Map, Central and South, Madagascar 746


Author: Michelin Travel Publications


Description: This fine folded map covers the continent south of Gabon, Congo, Uganda and Kenya at a scale of 1:4,000,000.



After Mandela, The Struggle for Freedom in Post-apartheid South Africa


Author: Douglas Foster


Description: Foster traces the nation's entire post-apartheid arc in this sobering portrait of South Africa, from its celebrated beginnings under Madiba to Thabo Mbeki's tumultuous rule to the ferocious battle between Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.



Cry, The Beloved Country


Author: Alan Paton


Description: The deeply moving story of Reverend Kumalo's quest for justice. First published in 1948, it is a striking, poetic tribute to the power of the individual and a trenchant indictment of apartheid.



Culture Smart! South Africa


Author: David Holt-Biddle


Description: This handy guide will help you navigate local customs, etiquette and culture.



Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals


Author: Jonathan Kingdon


Description: A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. Includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps.



Lonely Planet Mauritius, Reunion & Seychelles


Author: Tom Masters


Description: This excellent practical guide includes maps, travel details and a good overview of the culture, history and nature of the islands.



Long Walk to Freedom


Author: Nelson Mandela


Description: An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life, Mandela's autobiography is essential reading for an understanding of South Africa. His grace and his love for his country shine throughout.



Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitors Guide


Author: Hilary Bradt, Nick Garbutt, Derek Schuurman


Description: This handy guide describes and illustrates in color photographs 250 species of Malagasy animals, not just the lemurs, fossas and other endemic mammals but also birds, reptiles and invertebrates. With chapters on habitats, ecology and conservation. Third edition.



Madagascar, The Eighth Continent


Author: Peter Tyson


Description: Tyson interweaves an account of his time in the field with travel, history and ecology for this wide-ranging report on life in Madagascar.



My Traitor's Heart


Author: Rian Malan


Description: Afrikaner journalist Malan recounts his journey back to his homeland just before the collapse of apartheid. He grapples with the black and white heart of South Africa, drawing on the 300-year history of his family in Africa and legends of the Zulu nation, in this beautifully written and brutally honest story of return.



Robben Island, A Place of Inspiration: Mandela's Prison Island


Author: Charlene Smith


Description: This history of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and his fellow political prisoners were sentenced, underscores a brave history of political dissent. This second edition was updated with the traveler in mind.



The Song of the Dodo


Author: David Quammen


Description: Clearly written and engaging, Quammen narrates his adventures on the trail of natural wonders in Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Galapagos and Komodo and explains complex evolutionary phenomena with humor, wit and understanding.



The Wildlife of Southern Africa, A Field Guide to the Animals and Plants of the Region


Author: Vincent Carruthers (Editor), Kenneth Newman (Illustrator)


Description: With 1,200 color illustrations by a range of experts, this compact field guide includes all the birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish and plants that a traveler is likely to encounter in southern Africa.



The Zambesi Expedition, To the Zambesi River and Its Tributaries


Author: David Livingstone


Description: Livingstone's original account of his second expedition to Africa, first published in 1864 -- a sympathetic portrait of African peoples, rich in nature, culture and politics.



Top 10 Cape Town and the Winelands


Author: Philip Briggs


Description: A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions.





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