Highlights
  • Learn to track African wildlife on foot and during game drives.
  • See the awesome Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest waterfalls.
  • Enjoy a scenic sunset boat ride on the Zambezi River and keep an eye out for wildlife along the banks.

Three generations learn about wildlife, culture and human history of Africa together through field trips, game drives, walking safaris and fun activities. Search for the Big Five (elephant, lion, rhino, Cape buffalo and leopard) and many other fascinating creatures in the wilderness. Learn the skills needed to survive in the African bush and meet the elephants saved by a rescue operation up-close.

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Road Scholar Owes My Mom A Huge Apology and Refund. Highly advise AGAINST using them. May 2018

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Let me preface this story with some background about myself: I backpacked through most of Europe by myself when I was studying abroad in Ireland. I suffered through horrendous bus rides, getting kicked out of seats on trains, sleeping in questionable hostels, and going weeks without being able to really do laundry. I know how crappy it can be to actually get from one place to another, and how worth it is to suffer through all of that just to lay eyes on something magnificent.

And yet, Road Scholar has, without a doubt, managed to give me the single worst travel experience I've ever had in my entire life, and we didn't even make it off the ground. I would never, ever, EVER recommend them to anyone looking to go anywhere, and as far as I'm concerned, Road Scholar needs to seriously reconsider their travel-making procedures and give my mother a huge apology and refund. (Also, I'm only in my twenties, so I have a lot of years ahead of me to make referrals.)

It all started with Road Scholar not getting us flights. We claimed our spot on a trip to the Lake region in Northern Italy, but no one ever called us back about any travel arrangements. It appeared we were on the trip IN Italy, but no one had bothered to make any arrangements to get us there. My mother called and left messages, emailed people, and the only response we got was that our flight should be booked at some point in early May (when our trip was set to start on May 22). Road Scholar urges people to book their flights through their preferred travel agency, which is who didn't call us back. Road Scholar, to market themselves as educational tourism rather than shallow "I just want to see things" tourism, partners up with different educational institutions, and ours was through Trinity College. The director of the Italian programs called us asking for our travel information, since she didn't have it yet. Interesting news to us. We were then told that we could make travel arrangements of our own (even though we were paying Road Scholar to do it for us) and then inform the program of our travel plans and how we were getting to our hotel. So we started to investigate making our own plans, when someone finally called us back saying that they were taking care of our travel arrangements, and they "didn't know why we hadn't had them made for us already." The director of the program was happy to hear this, because the Lake region of Italy is not as easily accessible as other areas.

We asked for upgraded seats because my mom has had both of her knees replaced, and while that doesn't inhibit her in the slightest from being active, it limits where she can sit on planes. In a cramped regular economy seat with no leg room on an international flight that was going to last 8-10 hours, she wouldn't have been able to walk off the plane because of how her knees would cramp up. But they said they could make the arrangements (which is also advertised on their website) so that was that. We got our itinerary, accommodations, and were all set. We were booked through United and Lufthansa (neither of which either of us will EVER book through again), so I downloaded the United app onto my iPhone so I could check us in and make sure we had mobile copies of our boarding passes in addition to the paper ones my mom printed out. We were all set to fly from Cincinnati to Washington D.C., from D.C. to Frankfurt, and from Frankfurt down to Verona where we would be meeting up with the group -- which, by the way, we never received any information regarding where the group was meeting, the transportation to the lake resort, etc. Nothing. Just "after you get there" stuff.

Then this morning, I woke up to a notification from United Airlines (and a text message alert that I had set up) saying that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled due to weather. Obviously I'm not blaming Road Scholar for that. What I am holding Road Scholar accountable for is what happened next: my mom called the Emergency Hotline (which is a recording -- and I HIGHLY recommend that they change this, because when I studied abroad, we had two emergency hotlines, both of which were always answered by real human beings, one for anything happening in the United States, and the other for the program, which was a different number for each location and a direct line to one of the program directors on the ground in the country you were actually in). We left a voicemail, someone named Mike called us back, and he was an absolute asshole. When you book your flight through a travel agency/group travel organization, if anything happens to your flight, it is the THEIR responsibility to take care of it. We were told by Road Scholar, and it's available on their website: "When you book your airfare through Road Scholar, we're there to help you in case of any emergencies." When Mike called us back and we told him that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled, he told us that he couldn't look up any other flights (on both United and any other airlines) for us to potentially get on to get to D.C for our transatlantic flight. Instead, he told us to call United ourselves and to go to the airport and talk to the desk agent. I then ended up on the phone (and on hold) the entire drive to the airport, which resulted in nothing because tons of flights had been cancelled due to airline politics and weather. We finally got to the desk agent at the airport, had a hell of a time getting rebooked on another flight, and weren't able to get the upgraded seats that we paid extra money for. When we called Road Scholar and Mike back to ask if during the course of our day when we would be traveling (and unable to make phone calls) he would call Lufthansa to at least make the airline aware of our need for better seating due to my mother's knee replacements, he was unhelpful and rude, at first attempting to refuse calling on our behalf and finally agreeing to, but only after repeatedly telling us "there's no guarantee of those seats" (something we definitely understood because we're not stupid).

Our rebooked flight wasn't set to leave until 7:45 PM tonight, putting us in Verona at 4:05 PM the next day (4 hours after the group transfer to the hotel), so we returned home instead of waiting around the airport for 12 hours. We got on both United and Lufthansa's websites and discovered that not only had our original itineraries not been removed, we had been double booked, one for a flight out of North Carolina to Munich through Delta, and another out of D.C. (the 7:45 PM flight) which had a 23 hour layover in Munich. A call to Road Scholar resulted in us being told that we had to contact the airlines. My mother was on the phone, talking to either United representatives or Lufthansa representatives, from about 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. We were told we had reservations but no tickets, told we had tickets but couldn't see the numbers, told there were seats available for us to get upgraded to but we would have to try to get the desk agent in D.C. to arrange that for us, told that there was no guarantee we could get those seats, and more. It was incredible the amount of bureaucratic bullshit we had to put up with, especially since each airline wouldn't take any responsibility for us getting the seats we paid for and on a new flight, telling us "we'd have to talk to the other company about that." We finally called Road Scholar to see if there was anything more they could do, who encountered the same mess we already had, and all they did was eventually advise us to go back to the airport (a 45 minute drive) and talk to the desk agent to see IF they could put us in the upgraded seats -- ones we had already paid for and my mom couldn't make the trip without!

Then when asked how they would be getting us to our destination in the Lake region (which is not an easy place to get to, as I looked up the train and bus schedules myself, because - remember - I have tons of experience at this point traveling on the ground across Europe), they wouldn't outright say what our plans would be, which could've been anything from picking us up in the airport in a car, giving us a damn rental to drive ourselves, or simply paying for tickets and expecting us to haul all our luggage from the airport to the shuttle to the train station in Verona, take the 2+ hour train to a town an hour away from our destination, have to catch a bus to the actual town we were supposed to be in, and then walk the rest of the way there. Seeing what all happened, I would bet it would've been the latter, which isn't a problem for someone like me, but is an issue for someone like my mom.

The moral of the story here is that my mom and I shouldn't have had to be on the phone with anyone other than Road Scholar, PERIOD. Seeing as we paid well over $10,000 for this trip, the minute the flight was cancelled, Road Scholar should've called us to let us know that they would be making other arrangements for us to get to our trip in the Lake region of Italy. THEY should've been the ones on the phone, dealing with the airline bureaucrats, working their hardest to get us any combination of flights to get us to Italy in the seats that we paid for. Or, if it really came down to it, they should've made arrangements for us to be on this trip at another point in time, offered us another excursion in its place, or simply given us a refund. Instead, they didn't want to do the jobs that we paid them to do, and we were the ones that had to take time out of our day, which was already scheduled to be a hectic and stressful time because traveling is simply just that, to do Road Scholar's job. They didn't look out for us one single bit and completely and utterly RUINED what was supposed to have been a wonderful trip for me and my mom.

My mother has an adventurous and curious soul and hasn't gotten to go to Europe the way she always wanted to. Since I graduated college, my mother suggested taking a mother-daughter trip. This was supposed to be incredibly special for the both of us, getting to go somewhere new together (I hadn't explored Northern Italy much and that's where we decided to go), learning about the food and the culture, and bonding over all the amazing things we were going to be able to do. I think my mom was even more excited about this trip than I was, voraciously reading all the required/recommended reading, practicing Italian in her room so she could order correctly at restaurants, not giving up when we hit little bumps in the road along the way. Instead, we have been nothing but doubtful at best in the entire planning of this trip, and deeply disappointed and angered at worst. I will never again recommend Road Scholars to anyone looking to go on group trips. Instead, I will steer people away and recommend that they either find a better travel agency, book the trip themselves, or go through Rick Steve's program.

Road Scholar should issue my mother a refund and an apology or risk being sued.
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Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

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I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

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  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

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I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

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Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Afternoon: Depart from North America on overnight flights to Johannesburg, South Africa. Refer to your personal air itinerary for specific flight information.

Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Courtyard Hotel Eastgate

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00pm.

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel and relax before the welcome dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet welcome dinner including a starter and entrée with side dish; a welcome drink, bottled water and coffee/tea are provided, with other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We are fortunate to have as our Group Leader a knowledgeable expert who will also serve as our primary lecturer for most of the program. Game drives typically last between 3 to 4 hours in the early mornings before breakfast and late afternoons, when the animals are most active. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

Day 3: Soweto, Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Courtyard Hotel Eastgate

Breakfast: Taken at the hotel, breakfast is an expansive buffet featuring a variety of cold cereals, fresh fruit, cold meats and cheeses, pastries and hot items such as bacon, sausage, tomatoes and mushrooms. Omelettes, eggs and waffles are cooked on demand. Fruit juices, coffee, tea and water provided.

Morning: Boarding our motorcoach, the morning excursion will bring us to Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship), the largest black residential area in South Africa, where we will explore the area with commentary from a local expert; we will have the opportunity to get off the coach and explore on foot at some locations. This “city within a city” consists of 50 suburbs, or sections, and essentially acts as a labor reservoir for the greater metropolitan area of the Witwatersrand. In many ways, the story of Soweto is the story of South Africa. The visit includes major points of interest, such as Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Baragwanath taxi rank, Freedom Square and Hector Peterson Memorial. Over the course of the day, we will discuss the history of South Africa and apartheid, which will constitute today's class.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Soweto, enjoy a buffet featuring a variety of dishes including soup, salads, local dishes, desserts, plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will transfer to the southern edge of Johannesburg to visit the award winning and internationally acclaimed Apartheid Museum, where our local expert joins us for a walk through the museum with interpretation of exhibits. This beautiful museum gives a balanced account of 20th century South Africa. It recounts the political upheavals beginning in the last century and moves on to the transition from a racist state into the new era of hope and freedom as a democracy. At the end of the afternoon, we will return to the hotel with time to freshen up before dinner. This beautiful museum gives a balanced account of 20th century South Africa. It recounts the political upheavals beginning in the last century and moves on to the transition from a racist state into the new era of hope and freedom as a democracy. Transfer back to the lodge.

Dinner: Taken at the lodge.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 4: De Wildt Cheetah Centre, Bush Skills Course

Plumari Africa Game Reserve  B,L,D  Askari Game Lodge

Activity note: Drive time to De Wildt Cheetah Centre is 1.5 hours; from De Wildt to Plumari Game Reserve is 1 hour. The beginner bush skills course consists of walking in the bush, on potentially uneven ground. The pace and distance covered during the course are gentle, and are dictated by the group's abilities. If you are unable to participate, you have the option of remaining at the lodge to enjoy the scenery.

Breakfast: Taken at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, we will check-out of the hotel and travel by coach to the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre, which has gained international recognition for bringing the cheetah back from the brink of extinction through its captive breeding programs. Our visit of De Wildt will be with one of the center’s enthusiastic researchers, who will provide insight into the long term conservation of the African cheetah. In addition, we will learn about the efforts that the center is making toward the conservation and reintroduction of other species, including wild dogs, brown hyena, antelope and Cape vultures.

Lunch: Boxed lunch provided, eaten at the center.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will re-board our motorcoach and drive to Plumari Game Reserve. After arriving, we will embark on a beginner bush skills course within the Reserve, in the company of a local expert. This hands-on, interactive course is designed to give a basic understanding of the African bush and the skills needed to survive there. During the gentle walk in the bush, we will discuss and experience: how to navigate by day or night; survival skills such as walking techniques and use of terrain; how to interact with dangerous and/or useful animals such as snakes, insects, birds, fish, etc; how to track animals; useful plants and herbs; location and procurement of potable water and edible food; basic first aid; medical dangers such as malaria and bilharzia (schistosomiasis); communication skills needed for survival in the bush; equipment one needs in the bush; and what materials occur naturally in the bush that one can use to survive. The course is designed with safety at the forefront; at no time will we be put in dangerous situations, nor will we come into contact with dangerous animals. Plumari Game Reserve sits beneath the Magaliesberg mountain range near Johannesburg, providing an awe-inspiring wilderness setting nearly 12 square miles in size. Here, one finds a pristine African bushveld with an abundance of wildlife including the Big Five (rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion and leopard; leopard may be hard to spot), as well as hippo, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, and wildebeest, to name a few. There are also over 350 species of bird resident to this area.

Dinner: Dinners at the lodge vary between buffets and a la carte choices, but always include a starter salad, main entree and side dish, and dessert; water is provided, with other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 5: Game Drive, Introduction to Predators, Game Drive, Plumari Africa Game Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Askari Game Lodge

Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge consists of a buffet with various bread and cereal options and fresh fruit with hot items cooked to order; coffee/tea, fruit juice and water included.

 

Morning: Early this morning, we will embark on an interpretive game drive in search of the wildlife on the reserve, each vehicle with its own safari expert. Our local guides provide insight into the animals and birds spotted during the drive.

Lunch: Lunches at the lodge consist of light meal choices ordered off of a pub style menu. Water provided with other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: In the early afternoon, our Group Leader will give us an introduction and overview to common predators found in southern Africa. Afterward, we will take a game drive in search of wildlife not spotted this morning.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 6: Elephant Interaction, Animal Tracking, Plumari Africa Game Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Askari Game Lodge

Activity note: Bush walk is over uneven, dirt ground and involves inclines/declines; exact route and length are dependent on group's ability.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: This morning, we will be led by a local ranger on an interactive and interpretive experience with trained elephants. We will view the elephants up close as well as touch and feed them, while the ranger discusses elephant behavior and social structure.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will have the choice of either taking a game drive or going on an interpretive bush walk, which will focus on animal tracks, plants and insects; both activities are led by our local safari rangers.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 7: Fly to Botswana, Chobe Boat Cruise, Chobe National Park

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Tented Camp (Chobe)

Activity note: Drive time from Plumari to the airport is 1.5 hours. Flight from Johannesburg to Kasane is 1 hour 40 minutes. Drive from Kasane airport to the boat dock is approximately 15 minutes and from the boat dock to campsite is approximately 45 minutes.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: After breakfast, we will board our motorcoach and transfer to the Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, for departure on our commercial flight to Kasane, Botswana.

Lunch: On board the flight.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Kasane, we will clear Botswana immigration before being met by our local safari experts for a short transfer in open-air safari vehicles to the boat launch, for our game-viewing boat cruise. We will explore the Chobe River by motorboat in the company of a local wildlife expert, where we may come face to face with the elephant and buffalo that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe River is one of the few rivers in the world that can flow in either direction depending on the seasonal floods! We will immerse ourselves in the unique riverine environment, viewing numerous birds including sacred ibis, blue heron, goliath heron, saddle-billed storks, marabou storks and little egrets. Upon conclusion of the cruise, we will transfer in our safari vehicles to the mobile tented camp, located just outside of Chobe National Park. We will take a moment to settle into our tents before our Group Leader gives us an overview of the history and culture of Botswana.

Dinner: Camp dinners are buffets with a starter, main entree with side dishes, and a dessert; bottled water and soft drinks are included, with alcohol available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 8: Safari in Chobe National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Tented Camp (Chobe)

Breakfast: Breakfasts in camp are buffets with cold cereals, bread, fresh fruit and rusks; coffee/tea, fruit juice and bottled water provided.

Morning: This morning, we will depart on an early-morning game drive in Chobe National Park in search of any lion or leopard kills made during the night. We will travel through the plains in search of predators and other game. Chobe National Park remains one of Africa's prime game-viewing areas. Here one finds all of the "Big Five" except rhino. Rare antelope also inhabit the region. This is elephant country, home to the largest population of elephants in the world; many of these great grey giants can be seen at this time of year. (Note: seasonality makes a big difference in how much game you will see. If it's dry you will see larger herds; if it has recently rained the animals will be more dispersed). The park forms part of Botswana's northern-most border and is a contrast of desert aridity and flood plains. The Chobe region is best known for its vast magnificent river and floodplains filled with grazing herds of big game. Buffalo, sable, lion, leopard, hippo, hyena, and thousands of antelope all find safety in this huge national park. This is one of Africa's most pristine ecosystems and greatest wildlife refuges. After the morning game drive, we will return to camp to enjoy mid-day at leisure.

Lunch: Camp lunches are buffets with a mix of hot and cold breakfast and lunch items, such as salad, egg dishes, sausage, cold meats and cheeses, and pasta dishes, with dessert. Bottled water and soft drinks are included, with alcohol available for purchase.

Afternoon: The early afternoon is at leisure to rest and read in camp. Following afternoon tea, we will embark on a game drive in the park searching for herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.

Dinner: In camp under the stars.

Evening: Following dinner, we will have the opportunity to join together around a campfire. If the skies are clear, our Group Leader will point out constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.

Day 9: Search for Wildlife, Termites, Chobe National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Tented Camp (Chobe)

Breakfast: In camp.

Morning: This morning, we will venture on an interpretive game drive in Chobe National Park. We can keep track of the amazing wildlife that we see with our pocket-sized wildlife checklists!

Lunch: In camp.

Afternoon: Mid-day is at leisure to enjoy our final afternoon at camp. Our Group Leader will give a lecture on termites and their role in the ecosystem. In the late afternoon, we will take one final game drive in search of wildlife that has eluded us thus far.

Dinner: In camp under the stars.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 10: Transfer to Livingstone, Free Time, Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa

Activity note: Total transfer time from camp to Livingstone can be up to 2.5 hours depending on border formalities.

Breakfast: In camp.

Morning: This morning, we will say goodbye to our safari hosts and transfer by open-air safari vehicles to the Kazangula border. Here, we will take a five-minute ferry ride across the Zambezi River to Zambia. After clearing Zambian immigration, we will board an enclosed minibus for the remainder of the transfer to Livingstone and David Livingstone Safari Lodge.

Lunch: Expansive buffet lunch featuring a variety of starters, main dishes, side dishes and desserts; bottled water provided with other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Before dinner, our Group Leader will give an overview on the history and culture of Zambia.

Dinner: Dinners vary between plated, 3-course meals and expansive buffets featuring a variety of dishes. Bottled water provided, with other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 11: Local School, Livingstone Museum, Falls from Zimbabwean Side, Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles at Victoria Falls on mostly flat, paved paths. Transfer to the Zimbabwean side of the falls can take up to 1 hour with border formalities.

Breakfast: Expansive buffet with a variety of breads, cereals, fresh fruits, pastries, cold meats and cheeses, and hot items such as eggs, sausage, tomatoes and mushrooms; coffee, tea, fruit juice and water provided.

Morning: Our morning excursion will be to the nearby Tongabezi Trust School, commonly known as Tujatane, where we will learn about daily life in Zambia and have an opportunity to meet local students and teachers. Each generation will have an opportunity to interact with peers, whether through conversation or games. Afterward, we will visit Livingstone town, a classic colonial town of former Northern Rhodesia, with commentary from our Group Leader. We will visit the Livingstone Museum to learn about David Livingstone’s explorations and discoveries. Displays include letters, notes and other artifacts that belonged to David Livingstone. We will also visit the local market to see how Zambians subsist, and learn about local industry. A visit to a superb crafts market introduces us to artisans and provides an opportunity to learn how the crafts are made and marketed. We return to the lodge in the early afternoon, for the mid-day at leisure.

Lunch: At the lodge

Afternoon: Following lunch, we will transfer by minibus across the border to visit Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side. Upon our entrance to the park, we will walk along the path with commentary from the Group Leader about the formation of the falls, as well as the local flora and birdlife seen. Since the waterfall spans the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is visible from both countries, but the majority of the water falls on the Zimbabwean side. Viewing the Falls from this side provides numerous overlooks and truly gives us a feel for the full majesty of this natural wonder. After crossing back into Zambia and on to our lodge, our Group Leader will give a lecture on Dr. David Livingstone's explorations and discovery of Victoria Falls.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 12: Local Village,Victoria Falls from Zambian Side,Sunset Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa

Activity note: Walking in the village on flat ground with extended periods of standing. Climbing and descending approximately 150 steps one way at the Falls; pathways may be wet and slippery due to waterfall’s mist. It is possible to see the waterfall from one viewpoint without climbing all the stairs.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Our morning visit to the Mukuni Village will give us more cultural insights as to how locals truly live. We will learn the deep history of this village and the surrounding area, as shared by a local resident who leads us through the village. We will interact with villagers as they invite us into their homestead and tell us about the methods in which these traditional huts are made and decorated. We will finish our visit at the chief’s residence, where the royal family’s history and village politics are explained. Before departing, we will meet with wood carvers and other artisans at the local market. Our morning will end with a visit to the famed Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Victoria Falls is where the Zambezi River opens out into an extravaganza of roaring, spray-tumbled water, known to the locals as “Mosi oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). Few sights are as awe-inspiring as when the ground rumbles with the forces of the water. We will view the Falls this morning from the Zambian side, wandering the footpaths through the rainforest en-route to the various viewpoints.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will transfer to the waterfront for our private sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. We will search for game on the banks of the river as we enjoy a spectacular African sunset.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the lodge.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 13: Program Concludes

Meals: Breakfast

In Flight

Activity note: Flight time Livingstone to Johannesburg is 1 hour 45 minutes.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Following breakfast, we will transfer to the Livingstone Airport for our commercial flight to Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Lunch: On board the flight.

Afternoon: Arrive in Johannesburg in the mid-afternoon and connect to your international return flight. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Day 14: In Transit From Program

In Flight

Morning: Early morning arrivals in North America.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 6,556

Price Per Day:

$ 468 per day
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • 11 nights of accommodations
  • 7 expert-led lectures
  • 15 expert-led field trips
  • 2 flights during the program
  • 2 hands-on experiences
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 11 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 24
Accomodations

Courtyard Hotel Eastgate: 2 nights  Johannesburg

The Courtyard Hotel, a beautifully appointed, Tuscan-themed hotel, is located only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport in a very secure area. The hotel overlooks a landscaped greenbelt with walking path. The Eastgate Shopping Centre is nearby, hosting many shops and restaurants. There is a complimentary shuttle to the shopping center offered between 7:00pm to 10:00pm each evening.

 

Askari Game Lodge: 3 nights  Magaliesburg

Located in an historic area with beautiful mountain scenery, Askari Lodge offers comfortable accommodations with the chance to view the Big Five (rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo, and leopard, although leopard are hard to spot). Each chalet has a thatch roof and wooden patio, and is equipped with modern amenities. All chalets have an attached bathroom with a Victorian bath and shower. The rooms are furnished with antiques to complement the theme of the entire lodge.

 

Mobile Tented Camp (Chobe): 3 nights  n/a

An authentic, tented safari camp is set up in a private location with Hemingway-style safari tents. Each tent has two or three beds with linens and an attached bathroom with chemical toilet. All meals are taken in casual safari style near the campfire and shaded by many large trees.

 

David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa: 3 nights  Livingstone

The David Livingstone Safari Lodge commands prime river-front property on the Zambezi River. The open-air floor plan of the main lodge affords views over the river, while the beautiful teak-wood finishes and doors highlight the lodge throughout. Each room has a lovely, en-suite bathroom and private patio or deck with views of the river. The lodge’s restaurant and lounge offer fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere, with the option of dining on the extensive teak deck along the river.

Start City
Johannesburg
End City
Johannesburg
Guides

Keith Chisnall

A local of northern Zimbabwe, Keith Chisnall relishes in showing the bush culture to travelesers from around the world. As a child, Keith learned the medicinal value of bush plants, how to track animals, tribal customs and the indigenous flora and fauna, and his knowledge has only grown since then. He’s worked as an engineer, salesman and detective, but his most meaningful work has been in leading educational adventures. After over 20 years of experience leading groups in “Big Five” territory, you can rely on Keith to explain every aspect and every detail of the wilderness!

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