Travel the breadth of southern Africa, from Nelson Mandela’s long road to freedom in South Africa to a unique river safari aboard the exclusively chartered five-star Zambezi Queen.

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 Zambezi Queen in Botswana  The powerful and dramatic Victoria Falls  On safari. Credit: John Warburton-Lee/Danita Delimont  Cape buffalo at MalaMala camp  Large elephant at MalaMala camp, South Africa  Giraffes running on the plains. Credit: Troy Feener  A Manor House estate in the winelands of South Africa

Southern African Adventure

Featuring Cape Town and a Chobe River Safari

16-17 days from $9,995

Travel the breadth of southern Africa, from Nelson Mandela’s long road to freedom in South Africa to a unique river safari aboard the exclusively chartered five-star Zambezi Queen.

or Call 855-330-1542

Feb 15 - Mar 2, 2017 Departure
Robyn Keene-Young

Robyn Keene-Young

Nearly two decades ago, Zimbabwean-born Robyn Keene-Young left her job as an attorney to live in a tent and document the African wild with her photographer husband. Since then, operating out of remote wilderness, she has shared her intimate moments with some of the continent's wildest animals. Her travel and nature writing has taken her from the deserts of Namibia to the forests of Uganda, the plains of the Serengeti, and the shores of the mighty Zambezi. Robyn’'s work has been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide and she is the author of five books on Africa, including Backseat Safari and Africa Unplugged. In 2008 she spent eight months on foot with a troop of baboons in the Okavango Delta, making her Emmy-nominated documentary Swamp of the Baboons. Her latest show, Great Zebra Exodus, about southern Africa'’s largest mammal migration, is currently being aired on PBS’ Nature. To read a story written by Robyn for Smithsonian magazine click here.

Mar 15 - 30, 2017 Departure
Howard Topoff and Carol Simon

Howard Topoff and Carol Simon

Howard Topoff and Carol Simon are biologists specializing in the fields of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology. After receiving their Ph.D. degrees, they spent their scientific careers as professors at The City University of New York, and as Research Associates at The American Museum of Natural History. Their field research on animal behavior is conducted in Central and South America, Africa, and the southwestern corner of the United States. As study leaders on Natural History tours for over 35 years, they have developed an extensive series of educational and entertaining multimedia presentations, which they offer to vacationing guests who enjoy location-specific enrichment programs.

Jan 30 - Feb 15, 2018 Departure
Francisco Dallmeier

Francisco Dallmeier

Francisco is a senior conservation biologist and the Director of the Smithsonian Center for Conservation and Sustainability. He is passionate for natural history, multi-cultural experiences, art, architecture and photography.  He has traveled and worked professionally in nearly 100 countries from the Alaskan tundra to the tropical rainforests of the Amazon, Central Africa and Southeast Asia. His research and conservation programs have included critical and endangered species and ecosystems, forest vital signs monitoring programs, climate change, impact mitigation of large development projects, and design and implementation of sustainable mega-infrastructure projects.  He has numerous scientific and technical publications.  Francisco has extensive experience developing partnerships among academia, NGOs, and the private and public sectors to deliver conservation solutions to complex sustainable development challenges worldwide.  He is a certified coach and advisor to corporate leadership and provides technical expertise and policy advice on projects on the ground. Francisco received his undergraduate degree in Biology at the Central University of Venezuela, in his birth country, and his Master and PhD in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University.  He also completed the Executive Leadership Program with the Federal Executive Institute and the Smithsonian Leadership Development Program.  In addition, he is an adjunct professor at George Mason University in conservation and sustainability. 

Feb 13 - Mar 1, 2018 Departure
Don Wilson

Don Wilson

Don Wilson is Curator Emeritus of Mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and was named senior scientist in January 2000. Don was director of the Smithsonian'’s Biodiversity Programs for ten years. A distinguished mammalogist and an internationally recognized authority on bats, he earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Mexico. He is the author of over 240 scientific publications and 25 books, including the highly acclaimed Series Handbook of Mammals of the World. For the last 40 years, his work has taken him around the world conducting field work and research. He has led tours for Smithsonian Journeys to most of the world’'s greatest natural history destinations, from Antarctica to Africa. Don loves to share his passion for the natural world, and his easygoing nature, sense of humor, and excellent presentations have earned him much praise and a loyal following from Smithsonian travelers.