Cape Town, Rovos Rail, Johanesburg, Sabi Sand, October 9-21, 2013

Travel to South Africa to experience the diverse threads of South Africa's history, an animal kingdom of enormous diversity, the birthplace of mankind's earliest ancestors, the meeting place of two great oceans, and the juxtaposition of transplanted European values and indigenous tribal norms. Discover the rich history of South Africa's oldest city, Cape Town; marvel at the beauty of the Cape Peninsula; and explore the justly acclaimed Stellenbosch wine region. Then board the luxurious Rovos Rail for a two-day journey across South Africa's sweeping landscapes, enjoying all the comforts of the golden age of train travel: unsurpassed service, sumptuous furnishings, panoramic views of spectacular landscapes, and fine dining. Visit Kimberley, site of the first diamond discoveries in South Africa; Pretoria, South Africa's administrative capital; and Johannesburg, where the struggles of apartheid played out so dramatically. Meet with alumni and Princeton in Africa fellows in the city before ending your adventure at Ngala Safari Lodge for a magnificent safari experience.

Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by those from the American Museum of Natural History.

About the Study Leaders

Human rights expert David Welsh and anthropologist William Harcourt-Smith will serve as study leaders for this program.

David Welsh, a Capetonian by birth, has lived all his life in South Africa. He studied at the Universities of Cape Town and Oxford and was Professor of Southern African Studies at the University of Cape Town from 1963 until 1997, at which time he became a full-time writer. His major interest, both as a scholar and a human rights activist, is the system of apartheid and how it ended. His most recent book, The Rise and Fall of Apartheid (2010), explores the issues and events that led to South Africa's fast and relatively peaceful transformation from apartheid to democracy. David, a lecturer on a previous Princeton Journeys program in South Africa, will lead in-depth discussions about South Africa's complicated political history. His wife, social anthropologist Virginia van der Vliet, will also be on hand to add to the discussion; the author of The Politics of AIDS (1996), she is a noted expert in HIV transmission and containment.

William Harcourt-Smith is a research associate in the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History and assistant professor of anthropology at Lehman College. He specializes in the evolution of fossil apes and humans and helped curate the Museum's new permanent Hall of Human Evolution and the recent exhibition, Extreme Mammals. Current research projects include the Early Miocene field site of Rusinga in western Kenya. He looks forward to sharing his excitement about the incredible places visited in South Africa.

Trip Details

  • Dates: October 9-21, 2013
  • Cost: From $9,750 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate

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