Visual Research Programme-South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA – RICH IN HISTORY
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.
10 Nights accommodation.
10 Breakfasts or breakfast packs
11 days coach tour-airconditioned
All entrances to museum, monuments and archaeological sites.
Experienced field guide on trip.
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.
Day 1: Johannesburg
Day 2: Johannesburg-Lesedi Cultural village
Day 3: Cradle of Humankind (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Day 4: Pretoria and Vaalwater
Day 5: Vaalwater-Louis Trichardt
Day 6: Mashamba Traditional Village and Schoemansdal
Day 7: Louis Trichardt- Mapungubwe National Park
Day 8: Mapungubwe Iron Age Site (World Heritage Site) - Pafuri Rivercamp
Day 9: Pafuri River Camp – Thulamela (Heritage Site) – Punda Maria, Kruger National Park
Day 10: Punda Maria-Letaba
Day 11: Letaba-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.