Africa. In 2016, It’s Time To Go Home.

It’s time to head to the place
where it all began.

It’s our species first continent
and home to over a billion people.

It’s Africa, and the time is now.

June 23 – July 2, 2016

Pricing less than $3000 plus airfare*

SOLD OUT!

$250 deposit to hold your space.
Call 1-800-794-7447 to book.


Victoria Falls, world's largest waterfall.

Victoria Falls, world’s largest waterfall.

Some of the sites we’ll see:
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Safari Club
  • Nkambeni Tented Camp
  • Karongwe – Chisomo Safari Lodge
  • Protea Livingstone
  • Graskop
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Bourke’s Luck Potholes
  • God’s Window
  • Sabie River Valley
  • Kruger National Park
  • Karongwe Private Game Reserve
  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Shalati Village
  • Livingstone, Zambia
  • Victoria Falls**
  • Zambezi River

View of Blyde River Canyon from God’s Window. (Courtesy TripAdvisor.com)

Includes:
  • Accommodations
  • Excursions
  • Many meals
  • Tour Guides
  • Tour Bus
  • Flight from Johannesburg to Livingstone
  • 4×4 safari vehicle (private to our group)
  • Travel Insurance

Itinerary

The tour officially starts June 23. Some of us will be arriving earlier to acclimate and spend some more time in South Africa. We can help with details if you’d like to do that.

Where we’ll be heading. Solid line is by air conditioned tour bus.

June 23: Johannesburg

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Meals included: Dinner at 6PM

June 24: Johannesburg/Graskop

Enjoy a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and God’s Window.

Meals included: Breakfast

June 25: Graskop/Kruger National Park

After breakfast, continue to our lodge-camp, overlooking the beautiful Sabie River Valley and conveniently located outside the park gates. In the afternoon, embark on a game drive inside Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle, taking in views of the abundant wildlife. In the evening, enjoy the stunning vistas from the lodge and a delicious South African dinner on the deck.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

June 26: Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve

In the morning, visit a Planeterra-supported Children’s Day School and Shalati Village, located just outside Kruger National Park. Continue on to a private nature reserve in the Greater Kruger area, to enjoy open vehicle game drives while searching for Africa’s famed Big Five.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

June 27: Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Enjoy an early morning game drive, followed by brunch and free time at the Lodge. In the afternoon, indulge in high tea before an evening game drive. In the evenings enjoy a sundowner (drink) while the sun sets over the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

June 28: Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg

After one last safari game drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy an Afrikaans dinner at our local guest house.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

June 29: Johannesburg/Livingstone

Fly to Livingstone, Zambia, and meet the local G representative for a guided tour of Victoria Falls.

Meals included: Breakfast

June 30-July 1: Livingstone

The next two days are free and our conveniently located G desk can book the optionals of your choice including; river safari, cultural tours, whitewater rafting, canoeing or a flight over the falls.

Meals included: Breakfast

July 2: Livingstone

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Click for the Full Itinerary


This trip is designed for comfort. No formal nights. No long or strenuous hikes. If you can walk around a grocery store and up a couple of flights of stairs, you can handle this trip. We’ll be in the good hands of g-Adventures, a company with ideals in line with the College of Curiosity.

Days will be a mix of pre-arranged tours and free time. You’ll have the chance to do some things without the entire group, such as fly over Victoria Falls in a helicopter** or go whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River**.

Animals? Yes, we’ll have a good chance to see Africa’s “Big Five:” lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo and rhinoceros. Skilled guides will get as close as possible giving you a chance to take your best shot… with your camera, of course. Giraffes, zebras crocodiles and hippopotamuses may photobomb as well.

People? Yes, we’ll be interacting with several different groups, including children at a school, urban dwellers in J-burg and other locals. Our guides will be Shangaan trackers who’ve spent their entire lives among the African bush.

Accommodations?  We’ll start at the luxurious Malikana Guesthouse, and from there we’ll stay in a variety of appropriate properties. These arrangements are made close to the journey’s date and could include lodges, permanent tents, and cabanas.

Currently, we’re expecting: Guest house (2 nts), comfort hotel (1 nt), comfort tent (1 nt), comfort tent or chalets (2 nt), riverside chalets (3 nts).

“Tents” have floors and beds are are much more like a hotel room than a tent. All have electricity, running water, and private baths. WiFi may be available. Air conditioning will likely not be available, but this is their winter season and temps will be manageable with the average high near 80ºF (27ºC).

Vaccines? Here is the CDC recommendation for Zambia and here is the CDC recommendation for South Africa. Malaria is treated with prophylaxis rather than a vaccine and pills are available with a prescription. Typhoid is an oral vaccine taken at least one week before travel.

*Flights?

We’ll be happy to make flight recommendations. Please let us know if you need any help. Flights from North America typically take a full day of travel. South Africa is six hours ahead of New York.

INBOUND: You’ll fly into Johannesburg (OR Tambo JNB) on June 19th. From there, you’ll be met a the airport and taken to Malikana Guest House. Dinner is included.

Flight to Zambia from South Africa is included, and you need make no arrangements on your own.

OUTBOUND: Our tour ends in Zambia on June 30. You can extend, or head home from Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (also called Livingstone LVI).

**Extra Costs

Tips are customary, at your discretion. We’ll send out a tip guide. Some optional side trips do incur an extra cost. You’ll be provided with these options long before our journey. $200-300 should be budgeted for food on your own.

Passport Requirements

You will need a passport that expires no sooner than February, 2017. It must have at least six blank pages. While no visa is required for Americans visiting South Africa, Zambia charges $50 for a visa. There are other unusual rules and restrictions in Zambia that can be found here.

The College of Curiosity Experience

Due to luggage restrictions, we will not be producing the Daily Curio or bring curiosity items with us. Given where you’ll be, we don’t think you’ll mind. 🙂 We will be sending a curiosity packet to every traveller about a month before we leave. There is no entertainment fee for this trip. You simply pay the going rate for the tour that g-Adventures charges.

Restrictions

To join this tour, you must book with Absolutely Cruising! 1-800-794-7447, or you can contact jeff@collegeofcuriosity.com. Due to restrictions on our many different conveyances, there is a strict restriction on bag size, weight, and type. Baggage must be soft side with preferably no wheels, and can weigh more more than 33.1 pounds (15kg). Backpacks are fine, and you will also be allowed a small carry-on that you may have to hold in your lap at times.

More Information

Click here for an exhaustive document of questions and answers. Please contact jeff@collegeofcuriosity.com if you have more questions.

Tagged , , .

One Comment

  1. I snapped up a chance to use my points to get a business class ticket to Johannsburg already – arrive at 5 pm or so on June 19!! Cost me $5.60!! ON THE DREAMLINER.

    Fired up!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.