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

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 Elephants at a watering hole Credit: Judith Leatherwood  Elephants in Botswana's Okavango Delta Credit: Beverly Houwing  The <i>Zambezi Queen</i> cruising along the Chobe River  The <i>Zambezi Queen</i>  Game viewing on the Chobe River  The powerful and dramatic Victoria Falls  The thrill of being on safari  Large elephant at MalaMala camp, South Africa  A vineyard in Stellenbosch  Panorama of Cape Town, South Africa

Southern African Adventure

Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, & Zimbabwe Featuring the Zambezi Queen

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 along the Chobe River aboard the exclusively chartered five-star Zambezi Queen.

or Call 855-330-1542

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.