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An enriching experience for the whole family

Experience the highlights of Southern Africa on this epic adventure in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. Go on safari in Chobe National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve to search for Africa’s iconic wildlife, including elephants, rhinoceros, lions, leopards and buffalos. Marvel at spectacular Victoria Falls and take in the history of South Africa’s turbulent past during our stay in Cape Town.

Every stop on our journey reveals an amazing tale of survival and triumph on the continent that is home to the origins of human history itself.  Along the way, adults hear lectures from our Stanford faculty leader, while kids engage in educational fun with our zany Young Explorer leaders.


July 18–29, 2023


12 days


From $13,995 per person

Trip size

36 participants

Minimum age

6 years
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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.

Tim Duane, '82, MS '83, PhD '89

Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment, University of Utah

An attorney, an author, a consultant, and a professor emeritus of environmental studies at UC-Santa Cruz, Tim has more than four decades of experience in the fields of natural resources, energy, climate, land use, water, and environmental policy, planning and law.

“A down-to-earth faculty leader who interacted with the group all day...including with the kids! He added greatly to our travel experience."

—Patricia Schleuning, ’58

Share the joy of learning

Meet our Young Explorer leaders

These razor-sharp recent Stanford grads and former Stanford Sierra Camp counselors love interacting with families and are experts at adapting to the personalities and interests of each Young Explorer. They fuel creativity with thought-provoking discussions and mind-bending games that keep the kids entertained while adults attend lectures. In addition, Young Explorer leaders bring the whole family together for activities such as family Olympics, trivia night and disco bingo.


An epic adventure in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia

Begin in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, near the vast Okavango Delta. Then head to Livingstone, Zambia, to see iconic Victoria Falls before flying to Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa for more safari time in search of lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants and buffalos. Conclude our journey with three nights in Cape Town, exploring the city’s troubled history and its stunning landscapes.

  • Johannesburg, South Africa

    Upon arrival in Johannesburg, transfer to our hotel and gather for an orientation and welcome reception.


    Johannesburg Intercontinental Hotel

  • Johannesburg, South Africa / Kasane, Botswana

    This morning, board chartered bush planes to Kasane, our gateway to the wonders of Chobe National Park. Built along the riverbanks with spectacular views of the Chobe River, floodplains and plentiful animal and bird life, this well-known lodge is the only permanent lodge within the boundaries of the park. This afternoon, enjoy a river safari in a flat decked safari boat. 


    Chobe Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Chobe National Park

    Follow the animals as the natural conditions determine our activities, from a lecture at our lodge to taking a land-based wildlife drive or cruising the Chobe River in search of the park’s giraffes, baboons, impalas and elephants. This evening we take part in a traditional boma dinner—a festive outdoor BBQ with live music and dancing, whose roots stem from the African bush.


    Chobe Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Chobe National Park / Livingstone, Zambia

    Cross the border to Zambia today to explore one of the world’s greatest natural wonders: Victoria Falls. An average of almost two million cubic feet of water cascades every minute over the edge of the falls, which stretch an amazing one mile in width, dropping 360 feet into the Zambezi Gorge. The constant mist nicknamed “the smoke that thunders,” creates an environment simulating a tropical rain forest and is visible from the winding footpath along the rim. Share lunch at the hotel, which offers direct access to the Zambezi River, followed by a tour of the falls.


    Royal Livingstone Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Livingstone, Zambia

    Take time this morning to relax at our luxurious hotel or choose your own adventure among optional activities that include rafting and zip-lining. Meet back up with the group in the afternoon for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.


    Royal Livingstone Hotel

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

    Fly above South Africa to Nelspuit Airport and 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. Over the next several days, head out in open vehicle with naturalist guides in search of Africa’s “Big Five”—the lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo, all of which dwell in the reserve. We also observe the reserve’s nocturnal inhabitants, during a memorable nighttime safari. During down time, enjoy the lodge’s fun educational activities, as well as its pools, viewing decks and spa.


    Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

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

    Following a final early morning wildlife drive and breakfast, head back to the airport for our flight to 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 population.


    The Table Bay Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Take in sweeping views of the area during a cable car ride to the summit of Table Mountain, then head to the Cape of Good Hope to marvel at the distinctive flora and fauna of its nature reserve. Travel along the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula via Chapman’s Peak Drive, considered one of the world’s most spectacular marine routes. Stop en route to view the colony of endangered African penguins that hang out at Boulders Beach.


    The Table Bay Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Explore a sobering chapter in the history of South Africa, traveling by boat to Robben Island for a tour of the maximum-security prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. See the cell occupied by Mandela, as well as the cells of other noted anti-apartheid activists. Return to Cape Town to visit the District Six Museum, which honors the memories of communities affected by forced removals and contributes to the cultural reconstruction and restitution of post-apartheid Cape Town. Reflect on our journey with fellow travelers at our farewell dinner this evening.


    The Table Bay Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Cape Town, South Africa / Home

    Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

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Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

“It was a wonderful mix of learning, exploring, and relaxing. The kids were absolutely engaged in the experiences and had the opportunity to take in the history, the culture, and the ecosystems in really meaningful ways.”

—Vicky Marchand, ’89


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The price of your trip covers a comprehensive educational program in addition to meals, accommodations, tours and excursions. Continue reading for a full list of what’s included.

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