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VISUAL RESEARCH PROGRAMMES
SOUTH & SOUTHERN AFRICA

Africa, home to the origin of the modern human, serves as the ideal interdisciplinary research environment for both the paleo-sciences and archaeological fields.  It is therefore also an especially resourceful classroom for local and foreign cultural sciences students who wish to compliment or contribute to their formal training.  Africa boasts 53 official cultural UNESCO World Heritage sites and thousands of unknown sites, it also hosts on-going research initiatives in locations such as South & southern Africa and Kenya. 

In concentrated areas, Africa has a rich and functional global academic presence supported by various research organisations, universities, heritage institutions, museums and professional societies who continue to teach, research, preserve and share our rich cultural heritage.  Active research institutions include The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), The University of Pretoria (TUKS), The University of South Africa (UNISA), The University of Stellenbosch, The Kimberley Museum and The South African Resources Heritage Agency (SARHA).  Further afield is the Leaky Foundation with ongoing human evolution as well as primate studies in areas such as Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, and they remain some of the leaders in continued research & conservation efforts, academics and the production of research publications. 

Back in South Africa, SA Tourism and The Department of Environmental Affairs maintain a continued interest in this field of cultural and heritage research and conservation, with an inclination leaning toward the integration of a unique and special-interest cultural travel market.  With this in mind, Safari Odyssey recognises the need for a platform to accommodate both academic students,who wish to add to their studies, as well as special interest travellers who wish to gain a higher level of recreational knowledge.  The purpose is to create exclusive and fully supported research opportunities for individual students, university faculties, pre- and post-graduate students or researchers of professional organisations.  Safari Odyssey has collaborated with a select group of local universities, museums, researchers, teachers, cultural heritage organisations, environmental departments, sustainable tourism organisations, and most notably, some of South Africa’s greatest and oldest leaders in the respective fields.  The aim being to share intellectual knowledge, information sharing, physical participation in excavation, documenting, surveying new / un-identified areas as well as cultural and communal interaction.  Using these same programmes, the experience to view and understand is also available to the recreational traveller with a particular interest in the culture and heritage of Arica.

Programmes are proposed, but more importantly open to tailor-making based on individual client requirements.  Areas covered include South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia, with inclusion of one or a combination of these areas.  The respective destinations include most prominent, but also many lesser known, rock art sites (painting and engraving), archaeological and paleo-sciences destinations, as well as communal interaction and participation.  The leader of these programmes is Mr Sidney Miller, while we include the participation of, and presentations led by, leading researchers in the respective fields of study and destinations.

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, endorsed by participating professionals, cultural, heritage and academic institutions.  This allows access to South and southern African paleo and 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 field of study, structure and course content 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. 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 has focused on the development of heritage sites, Heritage Impact Assessments and the Conservation of Architecture. He devoted much time in ploughing 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 / CRM Impact Assessment work / publications / reports / dissertations / exhibitions / General heritage surveying for private farm owners / presentation of tours and courses / museum work.

SOUTH AFRICA, REFLECTIONS ON A UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT

Pricing available upon request
Rock Art / Iron Age & Stone Age sites
11 days / 10 nights | Valid March – 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.

Southern Africa, with its rich geological, palaeontological, palaeoanthropological and archaeological record, covers a vast time-period, ranging from the origins of life to recent time.  It is one of just a few areas enabling researchers to understand both past and present changes in biodiversity.  It also preserves a record of Earth, from the earliest evidence of life 3.5 billion years ago.  The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), for example, has an eight decade long and proud tradition of palaeontological and paleoanthropological research, and has amassed large and internationally important fossil collections that are utilised by researchers around the world.  Read more . . . .

INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:
  • 10 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
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
  • WITS: Institute of Evolutionary Studies, The Rock Art Research Institute and The Origins Museum
  • Sterkfontein World Heritage Site: Under the auspices of WITS who owns the intellectual rights to the Sterkfontein Caves and many of the ongoing excavation and research sites in the area, such as Swartkrans, Kromdraai, Bolt’s Farm etc.
  • Pretoria:Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History and The Natural Cultural History Museum (home to some of the hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site)
  • Vaalwater, Limpopo: Rock Art and archaeological sites, Irish House Museum and Bakoni Malapa Site Museum, Clive Walker’s Laphapala Wilderness & the Living Museum
  • Schoemansdal: traditional villages and archaeological sites
  • Mapungubwe National Park: Mapungubwe and K2 archaeological sites
  • Kruger National Park: Thulamela archaeological site

PROPOSED TOUR PLAN

Johannesburg
The Apartheid Museum OR Museum Africa in Newtown
Johannesburg, WITS University
• The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) • WITS Institute of Evolutionary Studies • WITS Rock Art Research Institute • WITS Origins Museum and an Ochre Painting Workshop. • Presentation by a local researcher
Cradle of Humankind (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
• The Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves • Sterkfontein: Coopers Cave, Swartkrans, Drimolen, Kromdraai, Wonder Cave
• Full day excursion
Vaalwater, Limpopo Province
• Union Buildings, Kruger House, Voortrekker Monument • Goudrivier Rock Art Sites, Vaalwater, full day excursions
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
SOUTH AFRICA & ZIMBABWE – SCULPTED BY MAN AND NATURE
Pricing available upon request
Rock Art / Iron Age & Stone Age sites
12 days / 11 nights | Valid March – December 2020

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 shows that Khami formed part of the major trade routes of old.  

Zimbabwe’s natural wonders form part of the some of the most impressive natural sites of the world, of course including the Vic Falls, but then then less knowns, 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.  Read more . . . .

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
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
  • WITS: Institute of Evolutionary Studies, The Rock Art Research Institute and The Origins Museum and home to hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site)
  • Sterkfontein World Heritage Site: Under the auspices of WITS who owns the intellectual rights to the Sterkfontein Caves and many of the ongoing excavation and research sites in the area, such as Swartkrans, Kromdraai, Bolt’s Farm etc.
  • Pretoria: Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History and The Natural Cultural History Museum (home to some of the hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site)
  • Vaalwater, Limpopo: Rock Art and archaeological sites, Irish House Museum and Bakoni Malapa Site Museum, Clive Walker’s Laphapala Wilderness & the Living Museum
  • Mapungubwe National Park: Mapungubwe and K2 archaeological sites
  • Matapos National Park: the natural sites of the Matapos Hills
  • Khami Ruins: rock art & archaeological sites
  • Kruger National Park: Thulamela archaeological site

PROPOSED TOUR PLAN

Johannesburg
• The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) • WITS Institute of Evolutionary Studies • WITS Rock Art Research Institute • WITS Origins Museum and an Ochre Painting Workshop. • Presentation by a local researcher
Vaalwater, Limpopo Province
• Union Buildings, Kruger House, Voortrekker Monument • Goudrivier Rock Art Sites, Vaalwater, full day excursion
Vaalwater, Limpopo Province
• Goudrivier Rock Art Sites, full day excursion • Irish House Museum and Bakoni Malapa Site Museum (BaSotho cultural experience)
Waterberg – Mapungubwe National Park
• Mapungubwe National Park, including Mapungubwe Hill • Mapungubwe’s K2 Site • Game viewing activities and a sunset drive to view the confluence of the Shasi and Limpopo Rivers
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Unsurpassed golf experience, on one of the most scenic golf destinations.

Golf Safari On The Garden Route

SOUTH AFRICA & ZIMBABWE – A COMPLEX DESIGN BY ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS

Pricing available upon request
Rock Art / Iron Age & Stone Age sites
15 days / 14 nights | Valid March – December 2020

Zimbabwe’s turbulent past is evident in the ruins of ancient African kingdoms. Yet despite the nation’s past, the Zimbabwean people have managed to retain much of their roots and ethnic identity, finding a happy medium between old and new.

In the 13th and 14th centuries, Zimbabwe was the seat of one of the greatest African civilizations. The region was inhabited mainly by Bantu tribes who descended from the north and subsequently survived a mostly pastoral lifestyle. The impressive structures that were constructed during this period can be found at the Great Zimbabwe National Monument in Masvingo. Read more . . . .

INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:
  • 14 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
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
  • WITS: Institute of Evolutionary Studies, The Rock Art Research Institute and The Origins Museum and home to hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site)
  • Sterkfontein World Heritage Site: Under the auspices of WITS who owns the intellectual rights to the Sterkfontein Caves and many of the ongoing excavation and research sites in the area, such as Swartkrans, Kromdraai, Bolt’s Farm etc.
  • Pretoria: Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History and The Natural Cultural History Museum (home to some of the hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site)
  • Vaalwater, Limpopo: Rock Art and archaeological sites, Irish House Museum and Bakoni Malapa Site Museum, Clive Walker’s Laphapala Wilderness & the Living Museum
  • Makapansgat Valley: Limestone caves – visit to view old excavation sites
  • Schoemansdal: traditional villages and archaeological sites
  • Mapungubwe National Park: Mapungubwe and K2 archaeological sites
  • Matapos National Park: The natural sites of the Matapos Hills
  • Khami Ruins: Rock art & archaeological sites
  • Kruger National Park: Thulamela archaeological site
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins: Visit to the ruins and national monument

PROPOSED TOUR PLAN

Johannesburg
The Apartheid Museum OR Museum Africa in Newtown
Johannesburg, WITS University
• The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) • WITS Institute of Evolutionary Studies • WITS Rock Art Research Institute • WITS Origins Museum and an Ochre Painting Workshop. • Presentation by a local researcher
Cradle of Humankind (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
• The Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves • Sterkfontein: Coopers Cave, Swartkrans, Drimolen, Kromdraai, Wonder Cave • Full day excursion
Vaalwater, Limpopo Province
• Union Buildings, Kruger House, Voortrekker Monument • Rock art: Goudrivier Rock Art Sites, Vaalwater, full day excursions
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

BOTSWANA – A RICH AND COLORFUL PATCHWORK OF A DIVERSE WHOLE

Pricing available upon request
Rock Art / Iron Age & Stone Age sites
18 days / 17 nights | Valid March – December 2020

Around the world, Botswana is best known for its priceless natural heritage – its semi-arid landscapes of the Kalahari Desert as well as its network of waterways of the Okavango Delta.  But very little is known, or documented, of its physical heritage sites, substantiated by the fact that it  currently has only one official UNESCO World Heritage Site – the sacred hills of Tsodilo in the north western region of the country.  The Tsodilo Hills are the sacred grounds of the first inhabitants of Botswana, the Bushmen, and referred to as the ”Louvre of the Desert”, boasting one of the highest concentrations of rock paintings in the world. 

INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:
  • 17 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
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
  • WITS: Institute of Evolutionary Studies, The Rock Art Research Institute and The Origins Museum and home to hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site)
  • Sterkfontein World Heritage Site: Under the auspices of WITS who owns the intellectual rights to the Sterkfontein Caves and many of the ongoing excavation and research sites in the area, such as Swartkrans, Kromdraai, Bolt’s Farm etc.
  • Pretoria: Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History and The Natural Cultural History Museum (home to some of the hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site)
  • Vaalwater, Limpopo: Rock Art and archaeological sites, Irish House Museum and Bakoni Malapa Site Museum, Clive Walker’s Laphapala Wilderness & the Living Museum
  • Serowe: Kubu Island, archaeological & cultural significance, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
  • Tsodilo Hills: site of archaeological and rock art significance
  • Ghanzi: occupied by the San, archaeological significance
  • New Xade: San/Bushman resettlement programme
  • Khaditshwene, Zeerust: Large iron age site

PROPOSED TOUR PLAN

Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)
• The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) • WITS Institute of Evolutionary Studies • WITS Rock Art Research Institute • WITS Origins Museum and an Ochre Painting Workshop. • Presentation by a local researcher
Pretoria, Vaalwater, Limpopo Province
• Union Buildings, Kruger House, Voortrekker Monument • Rock art: Goudrivier Rock Art Sites, Vaalwater, full day excursions
Vaalwater, Limpopo Province
• Goudrivier Rock Art Sites, full day excursion • Irish House Museum and Bakoni Malapa Site Museum (BaSotho cultural experience)
Vaalwater to Serowe, Botswana
• Tswapong • Toutswemogala Hills (Unesco World Heritage sites) • Old Palapye Ruins
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

NAMIBIA – THE ART GALLERIES OF THE SAN AND KOI

Pricing available upon request
Rock Art / Iron Age & Stone Age sites

11 days / 10 nights | Valid March – December 2020

This research tour explores some of the most impressive artwork sites of Namibia as depicted by its two major local tribes, the San’s rock art and the Koi peoples’ rock engravings.  Many of these sites carry such great historical value that they have been classified as world heritage sites through UNESCO.  The spiritual significance of the San rock art makes parts of Namiba a sacred landscape that tells us not only about the influence of the San but also goes some way to explaining the course of human history.

The variety of imagery represents a high point in humanity’s creative achievements, and the aesthetic and artistic value of the rock art is immeasurable. Furthermore, archaeological evidence suggests that, in places, many prehistoric cultures took occupation over a long period of time. The oldest of these being the San.  Read more . . . .

INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:
  • 10 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
  • Etosha (x 2) and Brandberg (x1) game drives
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
  • Windhoek: historical sight seeing
  • Etosha National Park: rock art and stone-age sites of the San
  • Twyfelfontein: rock art paintings and engravings, sandstone cliffs, Petrified Forests, Burnt Mountain Organ Pipes
  • Brandberg: spiritual site to the San, Rock Art famous for The White Lady Rock Painting, The Erongo Massif, Living museum of the San, Omandumba West paintings and archaeological artefacts
  • Swakopmund: historical sight-seeing

PROPOSED TOUR PLAN

Windhoek
Day 1
• Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia • Sight-seeing of the city by foot to enjoy some of Windhoek’s most prominent cultural and natural sites
Day 2
• Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia• Sight-seeing of the city by foot to enjoy some of Windhoek’s most prominent cultural and natural sites
Etosha National Park (Namatomi)
• Etosha National Park • Exploration of the rock art and stone-age sites of the San • Afternoon sunset game drive
Twyfelfontein (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)
The Twyfelfontein valley and surrounding sandstone cliffs • explore the presentation of life as depicted by these early inhabitants of Africa • Petrified Forests • Burnt Mountain • Organ Pipes

Brandberg: • Brandberg, home specifically to San Rock Art • The White Lady Rock Painting • The Erongo Mountains and Boulders• The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San including inter-active making of jewellery from ostrich egg shells • Omandumba West
Day 1/2
Day 3/4
Day 5

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SAFARI ODYSSEY CONTACT PERSONS:

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Lynne: +27 79 011 6763
Lynne@safariodyssey.com

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Jackie: + 27 84 457 8855
jackie@safariodyssey.com

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Alan: +27 72 371 6579
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