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South Africa

The Best of South Africa: Exploring the Rainbow Nation

Program No. 22444RJ
Discover the history and natural diversity of South Africa from important urban centers to scenic coastlines. Join experts to search for iconic wildlife in the South African bush.

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 25 - Sep 9, 2024
Starting at
7,599
Itinerary Note

This departure offers optional program extension #22445 "Extension: Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park."

Sep 10 - Sep 25, 2024
Starting at
7,599
Itinerary Note

This departure offers optional program extension #22445 "Extension: Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park."

Oct 1 - Oct 16, 2024
Starting at
7,599
Itinerary Note

This departure offers optional program extension #22445 "Extension: Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park."

Feb 11 - Feb 26, 2025
Starting at
7,599
Mar 31 - Apr 15, 2025
Starting at
7,599
Aug 26 - Sep 10, 2025
Starting at
7,749
Sep 16 - Oct 1, 2025
Starting at
7,749
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 25 - Sep 9, 2024
Starting at
8,399
Itinerary Note

This departure offers optional program extension #22445 "Extension: Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park."

Filling Fast!
Sep 10 - Sep 25, 2024
Starting at
8,399
Itinerary Note

This departure offers optional program extension #22445 "Extension: Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park."

Filling Fast!
Oct 1 - Oct 16, 2024
Starting at
8,399
Itinerary Note

This departure offers optional program extension #22445 "Extension: Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park."

Feb 11 - Feb 26, 2025
Starting at
8,299
Filling Fast!
Mar 31 - Apr 15, 2025
Starting at
8,299
Aug 26 - Sep 10, 2025
Starting at
8,459
Sep 16 - Oct 1, 2025
Starting at
8,459

At a Glance

It’s town and country — South Africa-style. Discover the vibrant cityscapes of Johannesburg and Cape Town to learn about the turbulent past and promising future of South Africa, then journey to the wild side of the country and search for the “Big Five” — elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. From the sparkling waters and emerald forests of the Garden Route to the vast plains and dramatic plateaus of the South African countryside, witness a stunning array of flora and fauna.

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park

Discover the magnificent, mile-long Victoria Falls. Explore Chobe National Park with a local expert to witness herds of elephant, lions, leopard and more.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on varied terrain. Bumpy, dusty game drives in open-air safari vehicles. Elevations up to 5,575 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Walk in the footsteps of South Africa's freedom fighters and stand in Freedom Square where South Africans united in the name of democracy.
  • Explore the beautiful Garden Route and venture into the bush on game drives in Karongwe Game Reserve.
  • Ascend Table Mountain and enjoy the spectacular view it affords, and stand at the southwestern-most point of the African continent at the Cape of Good Hope.

General Notes

Please refer to the “Travel Information” section on the Road Scholar website, the start/end time listed in your first informational packet or contact the provider if you plan on booking your own flights for correct arrival and departure dates. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Helen Malisan
Helen Malisan’s passion for exploration began in high school when she visited Italy, her ancestral country. After completing her final year at school, she immediately joined South African Airways where she worked for 10 years. In 1993, her love for nature and South Africa inspired her to complete the necessary courses to become a wilderness excursion leader, spurring her career as a safari leader in Namibia and Zambia. Helen says her interest in people, nature and animals inspires her work.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Helen Malisan’s passion for exploration began in high school when she visited Italy, her ancestral country. After completing her final year at school, she immediately joined South African Airways where she worked for 10 years. In 1993, her love for nature and South Africa inspired her to complete the necessary courses to become a wilderness excursion leader, spurring her career as a safari leader in Namibia and Zambia. Helen says her interest in people, nature and animals inspires her work.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
by Richard Stengel
A firsthand account of Nelson Mandela's wisdom from Richard Stengel, a close friend of Mandela and the editor of Time magazine.
Cape Town, A Lonely Planet City Guide
by John A. Murray
A practical guide to the city and surroundings, featuring suggested walks, excursions and attractions. This surprisingly complete book also includes color photographs and a map.
Long Walk to Freedom
by Nelson Mandela
An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life. Mandela recounts the circumstances of his imprisonment and ultimately his successful drive to end Apartheid.
Lonely Planet South Africa
by James Bainbridge
Lonely Planet will get you to the heart of South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice.
Southern Africa Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide
by Mike Unwin
A popular, photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and habitats south of the Zambezi. With 300 color photographs and illuminating text.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah
A harrowing look at life in South Africa under apartheid and country's lurching entry into a post-apartheid reality told through the prism of Trevor Noah and his family. Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the current host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central.
The Safari Companion
by Richard Estes
An encyclopedic guide to the behavior of Africa’s mammals by a noted scientist.
The Big Conservation Lie
by John Mbaria, Mordecai Ogada
This book takes the reader through Kenya’s conservation ‘industry’ and the players therein with all their prejudices, weaknesses and commitment to causes. It is a call to indigenous Africans to claim their place at the table where the management of their natural resources is being discussed, and invites well-meaning donors to look beyond the romantic images and detect the possible role of their money in the disenfranchisement of a people.
Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa
by Kenneth Newman
This classic field guide features hundreds of color plates, a comprehensive checklist – and information on habitat and distribution.
Africa Is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent
by Dipo Faloyin
So often, Africa has been depicted simplistically as a uniform land of famines and safaris, poverty and strife, stripped of all nuance. This book offers stories that bring to life Africa’s rich diversity, communities, and histories.





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