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. 

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 The <i>Rovos Rail</i> traveling through the savanna. Credit: Courtesy of <i>Rovos Rail</i>  The thrill of being on safari  Elephant with calf on the savanna  Giraffes on the savanna  Lion in Ngorongoro Crater  Zebras at a watering hole  A panorama of Cape Town  The powerful and dramatic Victoria Falls  Observing wildlife from the rear of Rovos Rail  Spending time in the observation car  The observation car of Rovos Rail  Dining car, Rovos Rail

Treasures of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana

Featuring Rovos Rail

16 days from $7,990

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

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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.