Southern African Odyssey

Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from September 27-October 14, 2018, on a special small group journey into the heart of Southern Africa as we explore South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia.

Victoria Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from September 27 - October 14, 2018 on a small group tour of Southern Africa. Begin in Johannesburg, where you will tour the renowned district of Soweto. Fly to Victoria Falls and cruise the Zambezi River at sunset. Next, take a special elephant back safari through the “bush” and embark on a rhino safari. Enjoy sensational game viewing at Chobe National Park, climb the crested dunes at Sossusvlei, and cruise along Namibia’s famed Skeleton Coast. Conclude your journey with a four-day stay in Cape Town, with visits to The Winelands, Table Mountain, and Robben Island

Shared with a cosponsoring associaiton,space on this air-inclusive tour is limited to just 24 travelers and will fill quickly. Contact the Alumni Travel Study Program office to reserve your place today!

Dates & Rates:

Dates: September 27 - October 14, 2018


Tour Package Only (transfers and international airfare to/from Africa not included) - $6,195 per person based upon double occupancy.

International Air-inclusive from $7,554* total price   ($6195 air & land inclusive plus $1,359 airline taxes and fees)

 from Boston, New York and Washington, DC. Rates are available from most US airports. Please see brochure or inquire directly for rates from other cities.

Single space is extremely limited. If available, there is a single supplement charge of $1,495 per person. Please contact us to check single availability prior to sending your reservation, or to inquire about possible roommate options. 

*Rates will vary depending upon your departure city. Please see the program brochure for full details. All published rates are per person based upon double occupancy.


Day 1: Depart U.S. for Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly overnight from the USA to Johannesburg.

Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg
Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel in the suburb of Rosebank, where our rooms will be ready for our early check-in. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities planned.
Meals: B

Day 3: Johannesburg/Soweto
We meet our fellow travelers today as we embark on a tour of the Soweto district of Johannesburg. Here we see the home of former Archbishop Desmond Tutu; visit the home, now a museum, of the late Nelson Mandela; and tour the moving Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, where we learn more about apartheid and the Soweto uprising of 1976. Then we hear fascinating stories from a local Sowetan who was present during the uprising, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner together.
Meals: B,L,D

Day 4: Johannesburg/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
We fly this morning to Victoria Falls, first “discovered” by explorer David Livingstone and claimed for Great Britain’s Queen Victoria in 1855. With its 300-foot-deep gorge and thundering spray, “Vic” Falls is a wonder of the natural world. This afternoon we see it for ourselves on a guided walk.
Meals: B,D

Day 5: Victoria Falls
This morning we visit a local school where we have the opportunity to interact with the children and teachers, then spend some time exploring the town of Victoria Falls. Late this afternoon we embark on a Sundowner dinner cruise on the Zambezi River.
Meals: B,D

Day 6: Victoria Falls
This morning we set off on a rhino safari in open-top safari vehicles. This afternoon is at leisure; this evening we attend a talk on David Livingstone’s travels, trials, and travails.
Meals: B,D

Day 7: Chobe National Park, Botswana
Known for a diverse terrain that attracts an exceptional array of wildlife, Chobe National Park in nearby Botswana boasts one of the largest concentrations of game in all Africa, including the world’s largest elephant population (some 120,000), as well as zebra, lion, hippo, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, buffalo, and more. We’re sure to see some of them on today’s full-day excursion to Chobe, where we take a morning game drive and an afternoon game cruise.
Meals: B,L,D

Day 8: Victoria Falls/Windhoek, Namibia
Today we fly via Johannesburg to the Namibian capital of Windhoek, arriving late this evening.
Meals: B

Day 9: Windhoek/Namib Desert/Sossusvlei
After a brief tour of Namibia’s largest city, we set out through the central Namib Desert of vast gravel plains and rocky mountains. Isolated and immense, tranquil and romantic, this endless expanse offers a glimpse of a land before time. Late this afternoon we reach our lodge in the heart of the dune desert.
Meals: B,L,D

Day 10: Namib Desert/Sossusvlei
We rise with the sun to see the world’s highest crested dunes at Sossusvlei, their red-orange hues constantly changing in the early morning light. Here we have the opportunity to climb the velvet-like sand of Big Mama, as the locals call the largest dune.
Meals: B,L,D

Day 11: Sossusvlei/Swakopmund
We travel to­day through the Namib desert en route to Swakopmund, Namibia’s largest port.
Meals: B,L,D

Day 12: Swakopmund/Walvis Bay/Namibian Coast
From Walvis Bay this morning, we take a cruise along the storied Namibian Coast, so named for the whale and seal bones that once littered its shores – debris from the whaling industry. Along the way we’ll see Cape fur seals and sea birds, including petrels. We enjoy lunch on board before disembarking and returning to Swakopmund, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Meals: B,L,D

Day 13: Swakopmund/Cape Town, S.A.
We fly to Cape Town today. After time at leisure to explore as we wish, we dine together tonight at a local restaurant.
Meals: B,D

Day 14: Cape Town/The Winelands
Today we tour the Winelands, South Africa’s renowned wine-growing region just 45 miles east of Cape Town. Amidst the beautiful scenery, we visit two wineries for tours, tastings, and lunch. We return to Cape Town mid-afternoon; dinner tonight is on our own in this cosmopolitan city. B,L

Day 15: Cape Town/Cape of Good Hope
This morning we take a panoramic tour of this beautiful city and also stop at stunning Hout Bay. Then we travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to more than 250 species of birds, and where we ride a funicular to the summit for stupendous views of “the meeting of the oceans” (the Atlantic and Indian). After a sea­food lunch in historic Simons Town we visit Boulders Beach to see a colony of enchanting African penguins up close. Our last stop is acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, nestled against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The world’s first such garden founded (in 1913) to preserve native flora, today it cultivates only indigenous plants.
Meals: B,L

Day 16: Cape Town/Robben Island
Today we come face-to-face with an indelible aspect of South African history: the notorious prison on Robben Island that once held Nelson Mandela and other opponents of apartheid. We tour the island and prison, guided by a former inmate. Returning to Cape Town, we ride by cable car 3,500 feet to the top of Table Mountain for glorious views. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner together.
Meals: B,D

Day 17: Depart for U.S.
We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flights to the U.S.
Meals: B

Day 18: Arrive U.S.
We arrive in the U.S. today and connect with our flights home.

B = Breakfast included    L = Lunch included    D = Dinner included

Included Features:   

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 12 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels and lodges
  • 35 meals: 16 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Extensive game viewing and sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Mineral water while on safari
  • Services of professional Tour Director(s)
  • Private  motor-coach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local driver/guides, dining room servers, and airport and hotel porters  15 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
        •    Extensive sightseeing as described, including all ­entrance fees
        •    Services of a professional Tour Director
        •    Luggage handling for one bag per person
        Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

What’s not included:
Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; excess baggage charges on aircraft; International airfare, transfers and baggage handling to/from hotel on day of arrival and/or departure if you have booked as a "land only" participant or if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); international airfare of booked as a "land only" participant, tavel insurance, vaccinations, telephone calls, internet access, meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section of the program brochure.

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