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The time-line of life in Africa stretches into our modern ways

Visual Research Program-Including Zimbabwe (2)

Visual Research Program-Including Zimbabwe (2)

$ 2736 / per person
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SOUTH AFRICA AND ZIMBABWE – RICH IN HISTORY (12 Days/11 Nights)

01 September 2019 – 31 December 2020

Africa holds dear the story of life through the ages. It is displayed and described through the time-line of the existence, endurance and adaptation of her people to her landscape, plants, animals and ultimately her spirit. Of people and cultures there are many, but, of a deep-rooted history there is only one, and that tells the story of life, the African Way.

If we seek and explore, there is a living tale of life that is scattered across our continent, rich in cultures, tradition, linguistics, music, dance and story-telling, colour in art, dress and homestead design, jewellery, trade, food and of course, landscape and wildlife. It is this variety in resources that has led to the creation of a fundamental culture – integral to the fabric of our being – it has shaped many facets of African life and has formed an understanding of the world around us. It is unique to where we are, but it is open to those who want to see and experience.

 

Included in Package:

11 Nights accommodation.

11 Breakfasts or breakfast packs

11 Dinners

12 days coach tour-airconditioned

All entrances to museum, monuments and archaeological sites.

Experienced field guide on trip.

Game drives.

 

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 reaearch / travel programme which provides access to South and southern African archaeological sites, without intervention and 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 work as such for six years. 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 Masters degree in Conservation of Architecture. After spending four years on the Thulamela Project in the Kruger 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 plowing back into a variety of communities the years of experience in the Heritage environment through formal and informal lecturing.  In a short overview of Sidneys experience, the following should be mentioned:

On-site Archaeological experience in excavation work / surveying of archaeological site maps / Rock Art / architecture conservation work / CRM Impact Assessment work / publications / reports / dissertations / exhibitions / General heritage surveying for private farm owners / presentation of tours and courses / museum work.

 

 

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Tour Plan

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Day 1: Johannesburg

Upon your flight arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, your group will be met by our locally appointed tour leader. Transfer to your hotel in Sandton followed by lunch and a visit to the Origins Museums, WITS University.  Dinner at a restaurant to enjoy typical South African cuisine.  
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Day 2-3: Johannesburg-Waterberg, Limpopo

Breakfast, followed by a road transfer into the country to a game farm just outside the town of Vaalwater in the Waterberg, Limpopo.  Lunch will be enjoyed en-route and your final destination is Goudrivier Game Lodge.  The next two days will be spent investigating the rock art sites of Goudrivier - one of the few “congregation” sites in Southern Africa that is smaller but on the same scale as Twyfelfontein (Namibia) and Tsodilo Hills (Botswana).  The site includes San rock art, Koi engravings and Late White works (Black people paintings). The afternoons allow for sundowner game drives in the scenically beautiful environment of the Waterberg mountains, with a prolific amount of plants and trees, game and birds.  Enjoy a bush braai (barbeque) for dinner at days end.
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Day 3-4: : Waterberg – Mapungubwe National Park

An early morning camp fire breakfast is followed by your transfer to the Mapungubwe National Park and straight onto a visit to Mapungubwe Hill.  The ancient city of Mapungubwe (meaning 'hill of the jackal') is an Iron Age archaeological site in the Limpopo Province on the border between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.  The first people in Mapungubwe were early Iron Age Settlers. They lived there from about 1000 AD to 1300 A. While visiting this park you will spend time exploring both the Mapungubwe Hill as well as Mapungubwe’s K2 Site while late afternoons include game viewing activities and a sunset drive to view the confluence of the Shasi and Limpopo Rivers - the meeting place of 3 countries, South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe - great at sunset.  Dinners will be under the African skies around an open braai (barbeque).
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Day 6-8: Mapungubwe National Park To Matapos National Park, Zimbabwe (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)

Today starts with an early morning road transfer to the Matapos National Park in Zimbabwe.  By the time the Park is entered one is surrounded by dramatic and enveloping scenery that is unique and extraordinary.  Spend some time at the Matapos Rock Art sites and Rhodes’s Grave during your first day in Zimbabwe.  There are over 3,000 known San rock art sites including Nswatugi Cave, White Rhino Shelter and the nearby Bambata Cave.  With numerous cultural and historical sites either within, or surrounding the National Park, this area still retains great cultural significance for many local people.  Another captivating site of the Matapos is its unique landscape with amazing balancing rocks. Your second day in Zimbabwe takes you to the Khami Ruins - one of southern Africa's magnificent Late Iron Age sites (now a Unesco World Heritage Site). Upon return to the lodge each day, you will enjoy some time to refresh and a wonderful dinner experience under the Zimbabwean skies.
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Day 9: Matapos National Park to Pafuri River Camp

Breakfast is followed by a relaxing and scenic journey from Zimbabwe to Pafuri Rivercamp back in South Africa.  Along the way you will stop by the Segole Spa Big Tree - the biggest baobab tree in the world, carbon dated as 1 200 years of age. The Sagole Baobab is the largest overall, standing 22 metres high with a crown diameter of 38,2 metres. Arrive in time to view the stars of the cleanest skies in the country and enjoy traditional safari camp cooking for dinner.  
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Day 10: Pafuri River Camp via Thulamela (WORLD HERITAGE SITE) to Punda Maria

Breakfast, and depart to the Thulamela Archaeological Site within the Kruger National Park. Thulamela, at 500 years old, is one of the primary heritage sites of South Africa, and the link between Great Zimbabwe and the modern Vha Venda Nation, while the Kruger National Park is home to the big 5. Amazing bird life, lovely tress and a time to reflect on what nature has to offer. Punda Maria Rest Camp is the choice camp to overnight at and to get leisure time. .
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Day 11: Punda Maria to Letaba (Kruger National Park)

Breakfast followed by a full day game drive starting upon departure from Punda Maria and ending at the Letaba Rest Camp – this is a long slow game drive, pay attention and take in the sites, sounds and smells of all the Kruger has to offer – large and small game, insects, birds, rivers, plants and trees so unique to Africa, that only once you have passed through this natural habitat will your travels to Africa be truly complete. Afternoon at leisure and participate in available activities of your choice. Recommended is a visit to the Elephant Hall to view the Tuskers Project Dinner: Group farewell boma “braai” barbeque at the Letaba Rest Camp.
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Day 12: Letaba (Kruger National Park) to Johannesburg

Breakfast and an early morning start at the Letaba Restaurant.  Return journey from the Kruger National Park to OR Tambo International Airport for your onward flight back home. Time permitting, a stop in Dullstroom for a final meal together! Dullstroom is a favourite weekend getaway for trout fisherman

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