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Road Scholar World Academy Segment 2: Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Program Number: 21449RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/15/2015 - 2/1/2015;
Duration: 17 nights
Location: South Africa/Mozambique
Price starting at: $6,199.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 42; 15 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 15 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Explore South Africa in depth on this segment of Road Scholar World Academy 2014. Learn about the country’s turbulent history at the outstanding Apartheid Museum and on Robben Island, where political prisoners like Nelson Mandela were held. Encounter beautiful wildlife on game drives in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest national park in Africa. Finally, venture inland to discover the majesty of 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

Cape Town (South Africa), 1 night; aboard Voyager, 6 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 2-4: Arrival Cape Town (South Africa) / embark Voyager:

Journey to the dramatically beautiful Cape of Good Hope and discover Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held. Lodging: Four-star hotel.

Days 5-6: 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 7-8: At Sea / Maputo (Mozambique):

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

Days 9-10: 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. Lodging: Classic safari lodge.

Days 11-13: Durban / At Sea:

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

Day 14: Port Elizabeth / disembark / flight to Johannesburg:

Spend a night in “Jo’burg” and visit the outstanding Apartheid Museum. Lodging: Four-star hotel.

Days 15-17: 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. Lodging: Luxury safari lodge.


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
   Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
  Cape Town, South Africa 1 night
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 6 nights
   Hilltop Camp
  Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa 1 night
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 4 nights
   Holiday Inn Sandton
  Johannesburg, South Africa 1 night
   Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 2 nights
 Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: As one of the best-known hotels within the Tsogo Sun portfolio, Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town is situated in the heart of the city’s most sought-after areas. Being a short walk away from the famous V&A Waterfront and other Cape Town sights is just the start of this iconic accommodation landmark’s appeal. Post-card views of the harbour and of Signal Hill are rivalled only by the stylish, inviting presence of the hotel itself. Step inside the impressive lobby, and you will soon discover why this hotel continues to snap up awards.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: 1 Lower Buitengracht
Cape Town,  8002 South Africa
phone: +27214094000
  Room amenities: Standard rooms have an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower, as well as a range of comforts to make you feel at home. Facilities include television with DStv, tea and coffee making facilities and other touches that optimise your enjoyment. All rooms include: Bath/Shower Combination Television Tea/Coffee Making Facilities Electronic Safe Hair Dryer Air Conditioning Porter Service 24-hr Room Service Wireless Internet Guess room voltage: 220v/110v
  Facility amenities: •Air conditioning in public areas •Airport handling service •Baby cots on request •Baby-sitting facility on request •Beauty salon •Car Rental •Coffee Shop •Complimentary shuttle to the V&A Waterfront •Concierge •Day Spa •Disability friendly(please specify) •Doctor/Dentist on call (24 hrs) •Dry cleaning (next day) •Guest relations •Gym •Highchairs on request •Ice to your room upon request •Outdoor Pool - not heated •Pets - only guide dogs permitted on request •Restaurants •Safety deposit box •Undercover parking (charge) •Day visitor parking R5 per hour •Shopping Mall •Shuttle service (on request) •Transfer Services
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for information about booking additional nights.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 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
  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

 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

 Holiday Inn Sandton
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located adjacent to the Village Walk Shopping Centre and one block away from the Sandton Gautrain Station, the Holiday Inn Sandton, Rivonia Road is also situated conveniently near the head offices of some of South Africa's most important corporate businesses, including Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Deutsche Bank, ABN Amro Bank and Nedbank. Holiday Inn Sandton, Rivonia Road is also central to the Sandton Convention Centre; Sandton City, one of the largest shopping centres in the southern hemisphere, and Nelson Mandela Square; which offers a diverse range of restaurants, shops, entertainment and vibrant nightlife. The Gauteng Train Station is a stone’s throw away. Therefore this Sandton hotel offers the ideal base for the business and leisure traveller.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: 123 Rivonia Road
Johannesburg,  2148 South Africa
phone: +270112820000FREEendo
  Room amenities: Each soundproof room (with blackout curtains) contains locally-sourced furniture of the highest quality, wood-paneled storage spaces, and granite-topped surfaces in the bathrooms. Each bedroom is also equipped with a plasma TV screen (24 channels) and a choice of ADSL or wireless Internet connectivity. Full 24-hour room service is provided. The Holiday Inn Sandton is a non-smoking hotel. Other features include: •Complimentary Wireless Internet •Individually controlled air-conditioning •Laptop-sized safes •Executive work desk and chair •International adapter plug points •Tea/coffee making facilities •Mini fridge (stocked on request) •Hairdryer •En-suite bathrooms
  Facility amenities: A full-service four-star hotel, Holiday Inn Sandton, Rivonia Road offers all the services and facilities that business and leisure travellers expect in a globalised world. For our leisure travellers we offer •An outdoor swimming pool with underwater lights and breathtaking views of the surrounding area •A fitness centre •Wireless connectivity throughout the hotel •A baby-sitting service (12 hour’s notice required) •Skye Bar For our business travellers we offer •A business centre (07:00 – 21:00) ◦Copying and fax services ◦Courier services ◦PCs ◦Printers (including colour) ◦High speed Internet acess ◦Secretarial services ◦Technical concierge •A shoe shine service •A dedicated lounge area with plush upholstery For everyone, of course, there are •24-hour, secure, underground parking* with direct access to the hotel lobby, controlled access gates, and CCTV monitoring •Safety deposit box at Front Desk •Laundry and valet services •Porter / bellman •Concierge that can assist you with sight-seeing, travel arrangements, and foreign exchange
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: 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 Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends on the morning of Day 17 after breakfast. 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 - 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:  Cape Town
  Transportation to site: Although the MV Voyager will be docked in Cape Town, you will be staying at the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel on the first night. There will be a group transfer to the hotel in the afternoon. The group flight will be determined in your final information packet 4-5 weeks prior to departure. 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. Final transfer details will be released in the final information packet.
  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 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 Cape Town, South Africa
(Thursday, January 15)
 Depart From: Depart from home for overnight flight to Cape Town.

Day 2: Arrival in Cape Town
(Friday, January 16)
 Arrive To: Arrive to Cape Town, South Africa. Transfer to the program hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel followed by a program orientation. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. 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. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Accommodations: Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Cape Town, South Africa
(Saturday, January 17)

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 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning, join participants traveling on the full World Academy program and those on Semester 1 for 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: Lunch on board the ship, or remain at the V&A Waterfront for lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, check into the MV Voyager and settle in. Enjoy free time to explore the ship or 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 visitors an abundance of unforgettable experiences.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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 poltical 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 wehre 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 5: At Sea
(Monday, January 19)
 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 6: East London, South Africa
(Tuesday, January 20)
 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 7: At Sea
(Wednesday, January 21)
 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 8: Maputo, Mozambique
(Thursday, January 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Today's visit to Maputo will take you to all of the highlights. Visit the historical fortress of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, which was completed in 1787, an optional stop at the colorful Central Market, where everything from fresh fruit to handicrafts are available, the beautiful Museum of Natural History, and Maputo's historical railway station. On your way you will see the impressive Maputo Prefeitura, or City Hall, and the Tunduru Botanical Garden. If time allows, stop at FEIMA, a center of art and handmade crafts
 Lunch: Light lunch at a 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 9: 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.
 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
 Evening: This evening, venture out into the park on a night drive. Go in search of the elusive Leopard, Hippos, Buffalo, Elephants, Rhino and more.
Accommodations: Hilltop Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: 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 the Richard's Bay to re-emabrk the MV Voyager.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Durban, South Africa
(Sunday, January 25)
 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, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Durban, South Africa
(Monday, January 26)
 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 13: 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 14: 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 en route
 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 the hotel
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Sandton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: 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: Boxed lunch on arrival
 Afternoon: Transfer to the hotel to check in for 2 nights.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Before dinner, transfer 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.
Accommodations: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: 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: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After viewing the Falls, visit the nearby crafts market, where local vendors display their hand-made wares. The market provides a wonderful opportunity to interact with locals and observe their colourful culture. You will have some free time before returning to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Victoria Falls / Departures
(Saturday, January 31)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Check out of the hotel, and transfer to the airport for flights to North America.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 18: Flights Arrive in North America
(Sunday, February 1)

Note: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

 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
  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
  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
  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
  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
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.

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Cry, The Beloved Country

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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.

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 Lion Sleeps Tonight

Author: Rian Malan

Description: Malan's first book since the now-classic My Traitor's Heart (SAF19), the 23 tales collected in this strictly unsentimental chronicle show the chaos, hope and challenges of South Africa since Apartheid with sardonic humor, insight and a flair for the dramatic.

The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

Author: David Welsh

Description: Professor Welsh examines key events and figures from the razor-thin election of the National Party in 1948 through the more-or-less peaceful end of Apartheid in this clear, incisive history.

The Safari Companion

Author: Richard Estes

Description: An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa's mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind.

The Scramble for Africa

Author: Thomas Pakenham

Description: Absorbing and meticulously researched, this in-depth history of the Victorian land grab in 19th century Africa includes excellent portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent.

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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