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

Visual Research Programme-Including Zimbabwe

Visual Research Programme-Including Zimbabwe

$ 2736 / per person
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SOUTH AFRICA AND ZIMBABWE – 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.

 

Included in Package:

14 Nights accommodation.

14 Breakfasts or breakfast packs

14 Dinners

15 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

Group participants will be met upon arrival at the OR Tambo International Airport and transferred to your Sandton-based hotel.  After a quick refresher the group will meet at a private venue within the hotel for purposes of familiarization around the 15 day / 14 night tour programme.  Following the briefing enjoy lunch at the hotel and then depart on your first outing into the bustling and ever-changing city of Johannesburg.  Your afternoon will be spent visiting either The Apartheid Museum OR Museum Africa in Newtown.  Enjoy your first evening at a culturally modern restaurant and indulge in your first taste of African cuisine and music.  
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Day 2: Cradle of Humankind (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

After breakfast depart on a full day of ancient African history including a visit to the WITS Origins Museum including a presentation by a local researcher as well as an ochre painting experience.  Your next stop takes you to The Cradle of Humankind, for a tour of the Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves, including a special presentation and visit to one of the Sterkfontein excavation sites, under the auspices of an area specialist.  Transfer to the Lesedi Cultural Village for an overnight stay and entertainment in an authentic cultural village.
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Day 3: Cradle of Humankind - Pretoria

Buffet breakfast will be served at the Lesedi Cultural Village, followed by a transfer to Pretoria.  En-route you will visit the Voortrekker Monument, The Paul Kruger House as well as the seat of Parliament – The Union Buildings.  For lunch your destination is a typically local restaurant at the “Wit Huis” (White House) which was the house of the wife of President Paul Kruger.  Transfer to a close-by guest house for a leisurely evening and dinner on-site.
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Day 4: Pretoria and Vaalwater

Breakfast is served in the lush green gardens of the guest-house and then the group will depart into the country to a game farm in a town called Vaalwater.  You will spend the afternoon visiting the Goudrivier Rock Art Sites.  In the evening, relax and enjoy a traditional boma braai (barbeque), and spend some time reflecting on an already busy start to your tour programme.
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Day 5: Vaalwater - Polokwane

Breakfast followed by a departure to Polokwane, where you will overnight at The Ranch, Kolobe Tented Camp.  After check-in and lunch you will visit the Irish House Museum and Bakoni Malapa Site Museum, where you will most certainly experience the warm hospitality and rich culture of the BaSotho people.  Return to Kolobe Tented Camp and enjoy a relaxing evening and country dinner.  
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Day 6: Makapansgat Valley (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

After breakfast the group will depart for a full days visit to the world-famous Palaeontological site of Makapansgat Valley.  Today you will enjoy a multitude of caves, iron age sites and lime works.  Late afternoon you will return to Kolobe Tented Camp for some well-deserved leisure time late in the afternoon followed by another scrumptious country dinner. .
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Day 7: Mashamba Traditional Village and Schoemansdal

Breakfast followed by an onward transfer to Louis Trichardt and check into your hotel.  Enjoy a quick late morning lunch and then onto a visit to the traditional village of Mashamba where the practice of ancient pottery making still takes place.  Return late afternoon and after a quick refresher attend a lecture on the South African war of 1899 to 1902 in the Soutpansberg area, by historian Charles Leach and finally enjoy a great meal and good South African wine.
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Day 8: Louis Trichardt - Mapungubwe National Park (World Heritage Site)

Breakfast followed by a visit to the archaeological Schoemansdal Site and spend the rest of the day exploring.  After visiting Schoemansdal transfer to Mapungubwe National Park.  Leisure time upon arrival followed by a bush braai (barbeque) dinner.
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Day 9: Mapungubwe – Zimbabwe

After an early morning breakfast, and then spend an exciting morning visiting the very famous Mapungubwe Hill and archaeological site, home to the most famous Golden Rhino.  Mapungubwe is located at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers – where South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana meet.  The afternoon is spent on the transfer from Mapungubwe to Zimbabwe’s Matapos region.  Spend your first evening in Zimbabwe and enjoy a traditional meal.
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Day 10: Matapas & Khami Ruins (World Heritage Site)

Breakfast is followed by an entire day’s worth of exploring Zimbabwe’s Khami Ruins Site - an extensive complex of stonewalled sites and one of Zimbabwe’s world heritage sites.  Thereafter spend some time at the Rock Art and Rhodes’s Grave in Matopos National Park.  Upon return to the lodge enjoy some time to refresh and another wonderful dinner experience under the Zimbabwean skies.
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Day 11: Matapos National Park – The Great Zimbabwean Ruins

After an early breakfast, you will relocate to the Great Zimbabwean Ruins area.  Upon arrival the group will spend the rest of the day visiting the Great Zimbabwean Ruins Site.  The Great Zimbabwe ruins are the largest collection of ruins in Africa south of the Sahara. Located in the heart of southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, they are testament to a culture of great wealth and great architectural skill.  Late in the afternoon you will check in at a lodge nearby and enjoy a relaxing dinner.
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Day 12: Zimbabwe - Pafuri Rivercamp

Breakfast is followed by a relaxing and scenic journey from Zimbabwe to Pafuri Rivercamp. 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 look at the South African stars and a dinner of traditional safari camp cooking.
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Day 13: Pafuri River Camp – Thulamela (Heritage Site) – Punda Maria, Kruger National Park

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 14: Punda Maria-Letaba

Breakfast followed by a full day game drive starting upon departure from Punda Maria and ending at the Letaba Rest Camp. Time to see who's gaming list is the biggest. 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 15: Letaba-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 a favourite weekend getaway for trout fisherman

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