Smithsonian Journeys Dispatches

Traveler Words: Inspired by Africa

See what our travelers have to say about their recent journeys to South Africa. We're grateful that travelers so generously share their thoughts with us. This week, read about what they loved about visiting Africa by rail.

"As a first time traveler to South Africa, Zambia and Botswana, I came away with a very special sense of Africa because of this tour...The tour was very diverse and I was able to get a sense of South Africa and an introduction to Zambia and Botswana. I loved Rovos Rail and all the safaris. I liked this trip so much, I plan to return to Cape Town and other countries."

Judith Schwartz - South Africa's Great Rail Journey

"If you fancy immersion in a world as distant from America as you can go, and yet with concerns close to our own, then travel with Smithsonian Journeys. On "Southern Africa's Great Rail Journey" you will learn about South Africa from two experienced professors throughout the trip, see important sights, travel aboard a world-class restored train, marvel at Vic Falls, share the drum beats of an African dance, visit with myriad wild animals, including those protected as endangered species in a special place, experience the pleasures of 5-star hotels. What a fantastic trip!!"

Eleanor McMillan - South Africa's Great Rail Journey

"The trip gradually brought us to the expansive game preserves - to vastness, stillness, freshest of air, incredible sounds - animals of many types calling to one another - beautiful skies and sunsets - no cell phones, traffic, signs or billboards to disturb the tranquility."

Karen Hedberg - South Africa's Great Rail Journey