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Overview

A truly unforgettable adventure

Southern Africa, like all of Africa, is a land of tremendous contrast, as evidenced by its various ecosystems, wildlife and cultures. From the windswept coastline of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula to the majesty of Zambia’s Victoria Falls and from the bushveld subtropical woodland to the open expanses of private game reserves and national parks teeming with animals, every corner reveals an amazing tale of survival and triumph on the continent that is home to the origins of human history itself.

With this combination of game drives and a look back at South Africa’s turbulent past and the end of apartheid, you’re sure to experience the exploration of a lifetime!

Dates

June 24–July 5, 2022

Duration

12 days

Price

From $15,795 per person

Trip size

37 participants

Minimum age

18 years

Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Dmitri Petrov

Biology

Dmitri is the founding director of the Program for Conservation Genomics at Stanford, which develops genomic technology to assist with conservation efforts and fighting the illegal wildlife trade, especially in Southern and East Africa.

Itinerary

Wildlife and wonders in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia

Fly from Cape Town to Botswana’s Okavango Delta, visit the incomparable Victoria Falls in Zambia and fly to South Africa’s private Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Arrive in Cape Town. Home to Table Mountain and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is often described as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, boasting beaches, mountains and plenty of greenery. It’s also a rare cultural gem whose cuisines, languages and cultures reflect the rich diversity of Cape Town’s unique population. Transfer to our hotel, then gather this evening for an orientation and welcome reception before dinner.

    Accommodations:

    Table Bay Hotel

    Included meal: Dinner
  • Cape of Good Hope, South Africa / Boulders Beach

    Travel along the Atlantic seaboard to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, within which lie the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point promontories. Here the windswept terrain and soaring cliffs showcase the reserve’s distinctive fauna and flora. Take the funicular to Cape Point, the tip of the reserve, which offers a dramatic vista southward over the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the colony of endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach before returning to Cape Town.

    Accommodations:

    Table Bay Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Robben Island, South Africa

    Today board a boat in Table Bay for the short trip to Robben Island, well-known during the struggle against apartheid for its detention of many political leaders and activists, including Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 of his 27 years as a prisoner here. During our tour of the prison—which was abandoned in 1991, was formally closed in 1996 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site—we’ll view the cell occupied by Mandela, as well as the cells of other noted anti-apartheid activists.

    Accommodations:

    Table Bay Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Cape Town, South Africa / Maun, Botswana / Okavango Delta

    This morning fly to Maun, then take chartered bush planes to exclusive tented safari camps in the Okavango Delta. The two camps available to us for the next two nights, Xakanaxa (pronounced “ka-ka-na-ka”) and Moremi, situated in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve on the banks of the Khwai River, make the perfect bases from which to experience Okavango Delta safari experiences on both land and water. This afternoon go on our first ride in search of the Big Five—elephants, rhinos, Cape buffalo, lions and leopards—or simply enjoy the peaceful surroundings of our lodgings.

    Accommodations:

    Xakanaxa and Moremi Game Lodges

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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    Okavango Delta, Botswana

    Spend two full days discovering the riches of the Okavango Delta, one of the world’s greatest unspoiled wildernesses. On our game drives and river safaris, view spectacular landscapes and wildlife, including elephants, hippos, lions, hyenas and more than 400 species of birds.

    Accommodations:

    Xakanaxa and Moremi Game Lodges

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Okavango Delta, Botswana / Kasane / Victoria Falls, Zambia

    This morning board chartered bush planes bound for Kasane, then drive across the border into Zambia and transfer to our hotel, located in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and overlooking the Zambezi River, with direct access to the incomparable Victoria Falls. After lunch spend time at leisure before delighting in an evening sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

    Accommodations:

    Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Victoria Falls, Zambia

    After breakfast get a close-up look at Victoria Falls. Measuring one mile wide, these magnificent falls drop between 295 feet and 350 feet into the Batoka Gorge. An average of 1,804,000 cubic feet of water pours over the falls every minute, and they are known locally as “the smoke that thunders.” The constant mist creates a tropical rain forest–like cloud visible from the winding footpath along the falls’ rim. The afternoon is free to further explore the area on our own.

    Accommodations:

    Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Livingstone, Zambia / Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

    This morning board a flight from Livingstone to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, located near the town of Mbombela, South Africa. Upon arrival, transfer to Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, one of the first private game reserves in South Africa, which abuts the southwestern border of Kruger National Park. Check in to our luxury lodge and learn about the many safari activities that will be available to us during our stay.

    Accommodations:

    Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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    Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

    Enjoy two delightful days exploring the African bush and relaxing at our lodge. Sharing an unfenced border with Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands Game Reserve offers exceptional game viewing, with plentiful opportunities to see the Big Five; the reserve is said to have the highest number of recorded leopard sightings. In addition to early-morning and late-afternoon safaris with our lodge’s well-versed and intuitive rangers and trackers, activities include guided bush walks, moonlit bush dinners, guided stargazing trips and birdwatching. On Sunday celebrate the conclusion of our Africa adventure with a farewell dinner.

    Accommodations:

    Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa / Johannesburg / Home

    After one last safari this morning, board a charter flight bound for Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, where we connect to flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

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