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Africa

Iconic Africa: Journey Across Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia & Kenya

Program No. 24830RJ
From Mt. Kilimanjaro to Victoria Falls, experience some of east and southern Africa’s most iconic natural wonders, home to lions, elephants and more.

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May 11 - May 30, 2025
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17,199
May 25 - Jun 13, 2025
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Jun 15 - Jul 4, 2025
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17,599
Aug 3 - Aug 22, 2025
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Sep 7 - Sep 26, 2025
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Oct 26 - Nov 14, 2025
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17,399
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May 11 - May 30, 2025
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18,299
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May 25 - Jun 13, 2025
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18,299
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Jun 15 - Jul 4, 2025
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18,999
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Aug 3 - Aug 22, 2025
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19,999
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Sep 7 - Sep 26, 2025
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19,999
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Oct 26 - Nov 14, 2025
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18,799

At a Glance

What comes to mind when you think of east and southern Africa? Experience Africa's great diversity, abundant wildlife and local cultures with a focus on conservation in different regions. Along the way, explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from Botswana's famed Okavango Delta, home to a third of the world's elephants, to Zambia's Lower Zambezi River, adjacent to Zimbabwe's Mana Pools. Experience sustainability and empowerment projects in local communities with local leaders. Whether your favorite natural wonder is Victoria Falls, Mt. Kilimanjaro or just viewing the large populations of lions, buffalo and leopards, at the end of your adventure, you’ll know the answer when asked about Africa's most iconic sites!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily on uneven terrain. Game drives in open-air safari vehicles can be bumpy and dusty; stamina and flexibility are required. Elevations up to 7,500 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…

  • Embark on safari game drives to experience wildlife in their natural habitats, including elephants, rhinos and leopards.
  • Marvel at the iconic natural wonders across east and southern Africa, including Mt. Kilimanjaro and Victoria Falls, the world’s largest sheet of falling water.
  • Visit local communities to learn about conservation efforts and participate in supporting community projects.

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.
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.
Out of Darkness, Shining Light
by Petina Gappah
So begins Petina Gappah's powerful novel of exploration and adventure in nineteenth-century Africa—the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's body, his papers and maps, fifteen hundred miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there.
African Wildlife: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species
by James Kavanagh
Ideal pocket-sized, folding guides for reference while on safari. This beautiful guide highlights over 140 unique species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and includes a map of the continent's vegetation zones. This laminated foldout guide serves as an excellent resource for portable safari information.
Okavango, Africa’s Last Eden
by Franz Lanting
In this handsome volume, master wildlife photographer Franz Lanting captures the wildlife and habitats of the Okavango.
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.
Silent Thunder, In the Presence of Elephants
by Katy Payne
In this memoir, Katy Payne relates stories of research, discovery and conservation in Africa. An acoustic biologist, Payne has worked on communication among elephant populations at Amboseli National Park, Etosha and Sengwa.
North of South, An African Journey
by Shiva Naipaul
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.
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.
Fodor’s Complete Guide to African Safaris
by Fodor's Travel
This guidebook is packed with maps, carefully curated recommendations, and everything else you need to simplify your trip-planning process and make the most of your time.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
by Alexandra Fuller
A worthy heir to Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller's endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller's debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.
Watch My Tracer
by Keith Chisnall
A third-generation Rhodesian tells the story of his upbringing on a farm and his days learning to track and survive in the bush that would assist him during the Rhodesian Civil War as a part of the clandestine operation unit known as the Pachedu.
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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