Discover the rich natural and cultural heritage of southern Africa as you explore three of the continent’s most fascinating countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Bostwana. Our extraordinary adventure features the cultural and political heritage of South Africa, a rail journey aboard the legendary Rovos Rail, safaris in three important parks, and a stay at dramatic Victoria Falls.

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 Rovos Rail amid the African savanna  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 $8,690

Discover the rich natural and cultural heritage of southern Africa as you explore three of the continent’s most fascinating countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Bostwana. Our extraordinary adventure features the cultural and political heritage of South Africa, a rail journey aboard the legendary Rovos Rail, safaris in three important parks, and a stay at dramatic Victoria Falls.

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Sep 3 - 18, 2019 Departure; Jan 21 - Feb 5, 2020 Departure
Robyn Keene-Young

Robyn Keene-Young

Zimbabwean-born Robyn Keene-Young is an Emmy-nominated film producer and a widely-published travel and nature writer. For more than 25 years, she’s explored southern and east Africa, producing magazine features, books, and television documentaries. Her films appear regularly on PBS, National Geographic and BBC. Her work allows her to spend her waking hours in the close company of some of the earth’s wildest and most fascinating creatures.

Robyn attended the University of the Witwatersrand during South Africa’s turbulent transition to democracy, where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees. She worked as a human rights attorney among farmworkers in the Cape winelands, before leaving the profession to live in a tent and document the African wild with her photographer husband. When she’s not filming in remote wilderness, Robyn lives on a farm near South Africa’s Kruger National Park. To read a story written by Robyn for Smithsonian magazine click here.

Sep 17 - Oct 2, 2019 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 8 - 23, 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.