Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu dubbed his beloved South Africa the "rainbow nation" because of its political, historical, and ethnic diversity. We invite you to discover this for yourself with Dartmouth Alumni Travel. Your visit commences in the city of Cape Town located amid a spectacular backdrop of undulating topography and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the Cape of Good Hope and take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain. Enjoy the stunning scenery and world famous wines in Stellenbosch and Franschoek while savoring the magnificent Cape Malay culinary delights. Walk the grounds of Robben Island, the infamous maximum-security prison and now a World Heritage site. Stand in the long shadow cast by its most renowned political prisoner, Nobel Prize recipient Nelson Mandela, who spent 20 years behind its walls and become a symbol of hope for his people and to the world. Visit Johannesburg, a vibrant commercial capital with a thriving culinary, arts, and music scene. A visit to the Apartheid Museum in Soweto is an essential stop to help understand the transformation of South Africa from apartheid to reconciliation and democracy. Finally, take in the exciting sights at the magnificent Kapama Game Reserve.
Day 1: Depart US for Cape Town, South Africa
Day 2: Arrive in Cape Town
Day 3: City tour / Table Mountain / Robben Island
Day 4: Cape Peninsula Tour
Day 5: Wineland Tour (by vehicle or bicycle)
Day 6: Uthando Tour / Responsible Tourism
Day 7: Cape Town / Johannesburg
Day 8: Maropeng / Cradle of Mankind Tour
Day 9: Johannesburg / Kapama Game Reserve
Day 10: Kapama Game Reserve
Day 11: Kapama Game Reserve / Johannesburg / Depart for US
Optional 3 night post tour: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Optional 4 night post tour: Botswana
Jeremy "Jerry" DeSilva is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his PhD from the University of Michigan. He is a paleoanthropologist, specializing in the locomotion of the first apes (hominoids) and early human ancestors (hominins). His particular anatomical expertise-- the human foot and ankle-- has contributed to our understanding of the origins and evolution of upright walking in the human lineage. He has studied wild chimpanzees in Western Uganda and early human fossils in Museums throughout Eastern and South Africa. From 1998-2003, Jeremy worked as an educator at the Boston Museum of Science and continues to be passionate about science education. When he is not studying fossil foot bones, or lecturing on human evolution, Jerry and his wife, Erin, are quite busy with their 5 year-old twins, Benjamin and Josephine.