Visual Research Programme – South Africa & Zimbabwe (12 Days)
SOUTH AFRICA & ZIMBABWE – RICH IN HISTORY
Rock Art, Iron Age & Stone Age sites
12 days / 11 nights
Pricing available upon request
Valid January – December 2021
It is believed that the key-elements of the transitions of the Zimbabwe culture , class distinction and sacred leadership chrystalised on the Mapungubwe Hill and K2, long before they emerged anywhere else. On this premise, your tour transcends accordingly, from South Africa’s Mapungubwe into the belly of Great Zimbabwe where the Zimbabwean culture was expressed.
A landmark sculptured both by nature and man, Zimbabwe displays not only the magnitude of its people but also the marvels of nature. The Khami Ruins, which developed after the capital of Great Zimbabwe had been abandoned in the mid-16th century, is of great archaeological interest. The discovery of objects from Europe and China also shows that Khami formed part of the major trade routes of old.
Zimbabwe’s natural wonders form part of some of the most impressive natural sites of the world, of course including the Vic Falls, but then also the less known, such as the Matopo Hills. A mass of granite hills formed by river erosion and weathered into fantastic shapes and deep valleys, the hills are associated with folklore and tradition, some being venerated as dwelling places of the spirits of departed Ndebele chiefs. The hills contain gigantic caves (notably Bambata, Nswatugi, and Silozwane) with Khoekhoe paintings, Stone and Iron Age archaeological sites. The name may have originated from Matombe or Madombe, meaning “the rocks,” or from Matobo“bald heads”.
INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE
- 11 Nights’ accommodation, sharing 2, 4 or 6 persons per unit.
- Daily breakfasts or breakfast packs.
- Daily lunches or lunch packs and dinners.
- Coach or overland vehicles for all scheduled travel and transfers.
- All entrances to museums, monuments, cultural and heritage sites as included in the programme.
- Experienced field guide / tour leader to lead the trip.
- Recreational and safari activities as indicated in the itinerary.
NOTES ON ACADEMIC ACCREDITATION
It is important to note that neither Mr Sidney Miller (the Tour Leader and Archaeologist / Field Specialist) nor Safari Odyssey (the Tour Organizer) are an accredited academic institution. Our role is to provide a structured research / travel programme which provides access to South and southern African archaeological sites, without intervention, but under qualified supervision within the rules set out in our National Heritage Act, Act 25 of 1999. This product enables either the “student” or “tourist” to, at first hand, experience the specific cultural and historical event/s that is of interest to him or her. For research purposes, the course content, structure and field of study or interest can be discussed and collectively decided upon.
OVERVIEW OF YOUR TOUR LEADER, MR SIDNEY MILLER
** Archaeologist, Conservationist and Civil Engineer
Sidney first studied Civil Engineering and worked as such for six years. An interest in the Arts, and specifically in Archaeology, led to a career change in 1986 when he joined the Schoemansdal Museum development team, and in that time completed a Master’s Degree in Conservation of Architecture. After spending four years on the Thulamela Project in the Kruger National Park he became self-employed. Since then he focused on the development of Heritage sites, Heritage Impact Assessments and Conservation of Architecture. He devoted much time in contributing back into a variety of communities the years of experience in the Heritage environment through formal and informal lecturing. In a short overview of Sidney’s experience, the following should be mentioned:
On-site archaeological experience in excavation work / surveying of archaeological site maps / rock art / architecture conservation work / Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Impact Assessment work / publications / reports / dissertations / exhibitions / general heritage surveying for private farm owners / presentation of tours and courses / museum work.
Day 1: Johannesburg & The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)
Days 2 & 3: Johannesburg to the Waterberg, Limpopo
Days 4 & 5: Waterberg to the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Days 6, 7 & 8: Mapungubwe National Park to Matabo Hills, Zimbabwe (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Day 9: Matapos National Park to Pafuri Rivercamp
Day 10: Pafuri Rivercamp via Thulamela to Punda Maria (Kruger National Park)
Day 11: Punda Maria to Letaba (Kruger National Park)
Day 12: Letaba to Johannesburg
Your visit to South, and the rest of Africa, can enjoy a richness that takes you beyond your exposure to, and understanding of, everyday routine-type travel.