Take Southern Africa's awesome landscapes and see the wealth of wildlife while discussing the region's history and politics, as well as its place in the global economy. An optional post-cruise extension to Victoria Falls is offered (Feb 27 – March 2).

During the European "Age of Discovery," rounding the Cape of Good Hope was a major milestone in establishing direct trade relations with the Far East. Now, over 600 years after the Portuguese opened up the route, join your fellow Princetonians, February 14-28, 2011, on a journey to that same arc of Southern Africa, but in a style that the early explorers could only dream of. Aboard the elegant 114-guest, all-suite Corinthian II, cruise from Mozambique's attractive capital of Maputo, explore the riches of South Africa’s outstanding game reserves, round the Cape, and conclude the Journey in Namibia.

Although the story of South Africa and Namibia is one of history, culture, colonialism, and independence, the call of the wild is strong in this area. Explore no fewer than five of South Africa's game reserves, where one can search for the "Big Five." Each reserve is a unique biosphere, from the Kariega River Valley, where Martial eagles circle above the hyenas, to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park, the country’s oldest, where the black and white rhinos were saved from extinction. Nature is also front and center in Namibia. Witness tens of thousands of flamingoes and other seabirds take flight in Walvis Bay, then have an extraordinary dinner in the Namib Desert, watching the sun set behind the 1,000-foot-high dunes of this world-famous sea of sand.

Please note: Princetonians will be also joined on this Journey by travelers from Columbia University, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, and Smithsonian Journeys.

Study Leader

Paul A. Volcker '49, M.A. Frederick H. Schultz Class of 1951 Professor of International Economic Policy Emeritus, will serve as study leader for this program.

Paul A. Volcker '49 served in the United States Federal Government for almost 30 years, including two terms as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. After leaving the Fed, he enjoyed a distinguished career in private industry and also served as Professor of International Economic Policy at Princeton. In 2004, Volcker was asked to chair the Independent Inquiry into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program. In 2007, he chaired the panel of experts to review the operations of the Department of Institutional Integrity of the World Bank. And in November 2008, President Elect Obama chose him to head the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

During this Journey to South Africa and Namibia, Mr. Volcker will talk about the state of the international economy, about Africa’s role in it, and about United States leadership in global finance. His remarks will be complemented by those of ornithologist and nature writer Lyn Mair, and David Welsh, formerly Professor of Southern African Studies in the Political Studies Department at University of Cape Town and currently Professor Extraordinaire in the department of Political Science at Stellenbosch University.

Trip Details

  • Dates: February 14-28, 2011
  • Cost: From $9,995 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $2,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Trip Resources

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A Conversation with Paul Volcker [MP3] Archived material featuring Paul Volcker '49, Professor of International Economic Policy Emerituse

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