Few experiences can match this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join your fellow Princetonians, January 27 to February 9, 2017, on an adventure to the breadth 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. Follow Nelson Mandela's long road to freedom in South Africa, "the rainbow nation." 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. A highlight of your journey is a three-night river safari aboard the exclusively chartered, 28-passenger, Five-Star M.S. ZAMBEZI QUEEN on Namibia's legendary Chobe River. Enjoy naturalist-guided excursions by small watercraft, a unique alternative to traditional land safaris. Your itinerary also includes the classic land safari, where you will 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. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including one of the world's Seven Natural Wonders, Zimbabwe's incomparable Victoria Falls.
For those eager to extend the safari experience, a post-program option in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve bordering Kruger National Park, is available.
Chika Okeke-Agulu, Nigerian-born poet, artist, curator and Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art & Archaeology and Department of African American Studies will serve as the study leader for this journey.
Professor Okeke-Agulu is the author of "Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria" (Duke UP, 2015), and with Okwui Enwezor, of "Contemporary African Art Since 1980" (Damiani, 2009). He is coeditor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and of several books. As an independent curator, Okeke-Agulu has written catalogues for and organized or co-organized several canonical exhibitions, including the first major retrospective of Uche Okeke (Lagos, 1993); Nigerian exhibition at the First Johannesburg Biennale (1995); Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa (London, 1995); The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994 (Munich, 2001); Gwangju Biennale (2014) and Who Knows Tomorrow (Berlin, 2010). As an art critic, his writings have appeared in The Guardian (Lagos), Daily Times (Lagos), Artforum International (New York), African Concord (Lagos), Art South Africa (Johannesburg) and Bonhams Magazine (London). He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of African American Studies, the Journal of Igbo Studies, Calalloo-Art, and the Journal of Contemporary Curating, Criticism & Culture. He is a member of the boards of College Arts Association and Princeton in Africa. Okeke-Agulu is a columnist for The Huffington Post and maintains an active blog, Ọfọdunka: Art. Life. Politics. In 2016, he received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism from the College Art Association.