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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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

Experts

Feb 5 - 21, 2019 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.

Feb 26 - Mar 14, 2019 Departure; Feb 25 - Mar 12, 2020 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.

Feb 11 - 27, 2020 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.