The Pride of Southern Africa

Trip Leader(s)
David B. Miller, Associate Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
January 14 – 28, 2023
Trip Description
South Africa

Namibia • Botswana • Zimbabwe • South Africa

Travel with us on an incredible journey to experience the wonders of four nations of southern Africa, where nature’s spectacle is at its most dramatic, history is rich, the culture is diverse and the “Big Five” game viewing in pristine natural habitats is extraordinary. Witness the remarkable achievements of the young nations of Namibia and Botswana, striking in their culture and home to one of the densest game populations on the planet. Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and behold the majestic natural beauty of Zimbabwe.

Few experiences can match this exclusive, in-depth itinerary and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel the breadth of southern Africa. A highlight of your journey is a three-night river safari aboard the exclusively chartered Five-Star m.s. Zambezi Queen, an intimate river vessel featuring only 14 beautifully appointed Staterooms. On the legendary Chobe River in Namibia, enjoy naturalist-guided excursions by small watercraft, a unique alternative to traditional land safaris and an exceptional perspective from which to observe the magnificent wildlife along the Chobe’s shores. Your itinerary also includes the classic land safari—enjoy superb game viewing aboard four-wheel-drive safari vehicles in seldom-visited Botswana, a haven for nearly all of the southern African mammal species.

Follow Mandela’s long road to freedom from Soweto to Robben Island and on to Johannesburg and the presidency of South Africa, “the rainbow nation.” Savor glorious Cape Town, dramatically situated between Table Mountain and its stunning harbor, while enjoying your stay in the historic, Five-Star Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Revel in spectacular seaside views, visits to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope and enjoy a scenic drive through South Africa’s wine lands to view the distinctive Cape Dutch architecture. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders—Zimbabwe’s incomparable Victoria Falls. Stay steps away from “the smoke that thunders” in the legendary, Five-Star colonial Victoria Falls Hotel.

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ACTIVITY LEVEL:               3

SHIP:                                     MS ZAMBEZI QUEEN

GROUP SIZE:                     28 guests


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For more information about this trip, please contact:
Sarah Doody at 904.432.3141 or email

LUMINARY SOCIETY MEMBERS: CWRU’s Luminary Society members may receive additional discounts on CWRU Educational Travel programs. For further information on Luminary Society travel discounts only, please contact The Office of Strategic Giving or 216.368.4460.