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Admiring the view from the top of Table Mountain
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Raising a glass of fine wine with the maker
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Seeing history at Robben Island
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Spotting the Big 5 in Kruger National Park
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Visit the “Cradle of Humankind” with the ROM’s renowned palaeontologist

South Africa: Rhinos, Dinos, Diamonds and Wine

See one of the world’s truly magnificent countries. South Africa is amazingly diverse with seascapes where two oceans meet, mountains and highlands, picturesque wineries, diamond mines and the modern thriving cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg. Of course, it’s famous for the African savannah where you will experience open vehicle game drives and bush walks from our base at a stunning private game lodge on the border of Kruger National Park. Here we traverse off road and into the bush tracking the “Big 5” and many other animals in their natural habitat. If you have never experienced a safari, it’s thrilling and the setting is magical.

South Africa’s history is equally diverse, from the 300-year colonial era with its Zulu wars to the Boer war against Britain, to the apartheid era and the remarkable freedom struggle lead by one of the world’s truly great figures, Nelson Mandela.

We will visit Robben Island, near Cape Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will see Nelson Mandela’s prison and hear about his long captivity from a former political prisoner. We will learn about the apartheid era in Soweto, have lunch in a local diner, and see the house where Mandela lived when he was arrested.

South Africa’s pre-history is as fascinating as its recent history. Dr. David Evans, the ROM’s renowned palaeontologist, will take us to the “Cradle of Humankind”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where caves have seen three million years of human activity. We will also be privileged to visit the site of David’s remarkable find: a dinosaur nursery where you will see dinosaur bones and eggs! This is not something you can access on any other trip and will be a moment to remember.

Of course, the finer things in life play a big role in our trip as well. We will tour the award winning wine district for some fabulous food and drink. South Africa is famous for diamonds and we will see some being cut. We will experience traditional African dances, art and village life. In addition to our safari, we will see penguins, seals and baboons at the tip of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope.

All along the way we will have unique experiences, be stimulated and even entertained by our guides, see phenomenal scenery, and have a most memorable trip under the wide African skies.
Cultural Explorations

South Africa | 15 days
Cultural Explorations

Dates:
Mar 01-15, 2019
Cost:
C$10775
Group Size:
18 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing per joining instructions; accommodation based on double occupancy; breakfast daily, meals as indicated in the itinerary; transportation by private air conditioned coach; bottled water on the coach; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English speaking guides; services of a Resource Person, a ROMTravel Coordinator, and Worldwide Quest Tour Manager; gratuities; travel handbook.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Capetown
Day 2: City tour including Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Table Mountain, welcome dinner
Day 3: Cape Peninsula tour to see nature reserves with baboons, seals and penguin colonies
Day 4: Robben Island and the Zeitz Gallery
Day 5: Franschhoek wine country tour including 300-year-old Stellenbosch, and the Graff Estate
Day 6: Franschhoek wine and cheese makers, lunch with wine pairings
Day 7: Visit Clarens, an artist’s haven in the foothills. A remarkable tour of the dinosaur dig where Dr. Evans unearthed the dinosaur nursery
Day 8: Clarens to Johannesburg Basotho village and Golden Gate Highlands National Park en route
Day 9: Apartheid Museum and Soweto including Mandela’s house
Day 10: “Cradle of Humankind” with a tour by Dr. Evans
Day 11: The famous Cullinan Diamond Mine
Day 12: Kruger National Park
Days 13 - 14: Kruger game drives, bush walks and other special events; farewell dinner under the stars
Day 15: Morning game drive before heading back to Johannesburg for flights home
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Your Tour Leader

Dr. David Evans is Curator, Vertebrate Palaeontology at the ROM and Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at U of T. He has lead dinosaur digs in South Africa and around the world for the ROM, including the one we will visit.

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Cultural Explorations

South Africa | 15 days
Cultural Explorations

Dates:
Mar 01-15, 2019
Cost:
C$10775
Group Size:
18 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing per joining instructions; accommodation based on double occupancy; breakfast daily, meals as indicated in the itinerary; transportation by private air conditioned coach; bottled water on the coach; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English speaking guides; services of a Resource Person, a ROMTravel Coordinator, and Worldwide Quest Tour Manager; gratuities; travel handbook.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"In my country we go to prison first and then become President." Mandela

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