Join us for an extraordinary adventure featuring South Africa, a rail journey aboard the legendary Rovos Rail, a safari in Chobe National Park, and an excursion to Victoria Falls. 

Starting at: $7,740 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The <i>Rovos Rail</i> traveling through the savanna. Credit: Courtesy of <i>Rovos Rail</i>  A panorama of Cape Town  Elephants at a watering hole  Spot a lion at the Thornybush Game Reserve  Victoria Falls  Rhinos  Dining car aboard Rovos Rail

Treasures of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana

Featuring Rovos Rail

16 days from $7,740

Join us for an extraordinary adventure featuring South Africa, a rail journey aboard the legendary Rovos Rail, a safari in Chobe National Park, and an excursion to Victoria Falls. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

brochure iconbrochure

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

I would highly recommend Smithsonian. They are a high quality tour organization. They organize the tour in a highly efficient manner. I would travel again with them.

- Victoria B.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

See All Journeys Dispatches ››

Sep 28 - Oct 13, 2016 Departure
David Clapp

David Clapp

David Clapp is a respected naturalist and teacher who worked extensively in land conservation and habitat management. David has taught at Northeastern University, lectured on strategies for land protection in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and consulted for an array of governmental and conservation agencies. He spent his professional career working for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and has led Smithsonian Journeys adventures for about thirty years. His research has included studies in avian populations and breeding birds of various species. Although natural history is his primary focus, David is interested in cultural history, geology, and evolution. He has been involved in ecotourism for more than thirty years and has led tours throughout the world. Especially through his involvement with ecotourism he has been able to train naturalists, provide natural history materials, and work with conservation organizations worldwide. His lectures run the gamut from plate tectonics and the history of the world to flight and migration as it relates to sites being visited. A naturalist of unusual breadth and depth, he has led Smithsonian Journeys practically from pole to pole. David is also an extremely gifted photographer. He is a popular expert and our travelers consistently express their appreciation for his efforts and enthusiasm.


See USA Today for story about Smithonian Journeys African Safari with Smithsonian Journeys Expert, David Clapp.

Feb 7 - 22, 2017 Departure
Tiiu Lukk

Tiiu Lukk

Tiiu Lukk first fell in love with Africa when she was on assignment there as a foreign correspondent for ABC News.  During her years there, Tiiu became intimately acquainted with the culture, people, politics, geography and wildlife of South Africa.  Tiiu’s assignments took her from filming wildlife in Kruger National Park, to covering the pursuit of rhino poachers in the Aberdares National Park of Kenya. She poled makoros through the Okavango Delta, and followed elephant trails, on foot, across the savannah. Since then, Tiiu has served as a naturalist and enrichment lecturer on board cruise ships, as well as on land, most recently covering territory from Namibia to East Africa.  Her experience has taken Tiiu to 115 countries around the world, to habitats ranging from the mountains of the Drakensberg range, to the grasslands of Masai Mara, from the coral seas of Zanzibar, to the fjords of Alaska.  Her interests range from the behavior of animals in the wild, to the dynamics of the interactions between humans, creatures, and the environment they have to share, to the art, architecture and culture of the destinations she visits. Tiiu received her B.A. degree in Art from St. Olaf College, and her M.S. degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  Her work on the PBS anthropological film, “Trobriand Cricket,” earned her an Emmy Award. Tiiu brings the sensibility of a naturalist, the eye of a documentary filmmaker and art historian, the insatiable curiosity of a journalist, and the appreciation of a world traveler to all of her encounters, which she happily shares with her Smithsonian Journeys fellow travelers.

Sep 12 - 27, 2017 Departure
Patricia Hostiuck

Patricia Hostiuck

Patty Hostiuck has roamed the globe as a naturalist for nearly three decades, seeking out wildlife-rich niches, investigating breathtaking landscapes, and sharing her insights with thoughtful travelers. Her academic background in Biology and Geography shape a perspective that spotlights the importance of place, the abiding interdependence of living things, and the critical influence of nature on human cultures. She has served as a National Forest Ranger and National Park Ranger, worked extensively leading eco-travel and expedition trips from the tropics to both polar regions, and has led, on seven continents, over 100 Smithsonian Journeys from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. Patty has an amazing breadth of knowledge and her passion to untangle nature’s secrets through her engaging presentations and informal commentary make her a favorite among Smithsonian travelers.

Sep 26 - Oct 11, 2017 Departure
Robert  Schrire

Robert Schrire

Robert Schrire is currently the Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy and an emeritus professor at the University of Cape Town. He studied economics and management in Cape Town before going into exile in the United States where he continued his studies in economics and politics at the American University in Washington DC, Columbia University and the University of California where he obtained his doctorate. Robert has been a professor or visiting professor at many universities including the SUNY, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Princeton, Western Australia,and Sciences Po in Paris. Robert has done research and published widely in the fields of ethnic conflict and economic policy. His works include 'Adapt or Die' published by the University of California Press and 'Critical Choices" published by Oxford University Press. His work has been internationally recognised and he was asked by UNESCO to direct their research project on international relations. Described by the editor of the New York Times as one of South Africa's leading political analysts, he was the original host of the television program 'Talking Politics' and his views have been widely published in  the New York Times, the Washington  Post, the Wall Street Journal, Time and the Economist. Robert is currently based in Cape Town but travels widely lecturing and consulting to multinational corporations and governments.