Join Dr. Jeremy DeSilva, Professor of Anthropology, on this amazing discovery of our human origins. This diverse South African adventure will feature fascinating paleontological localities; evocative historical sites and modern cities; sublime mountain, veld, and coastal scenery; wildlife viewing and photography opportunities; delicious cuisine; and 4- and 5-star accommodations. Travel from the lovely Magaliesberg Mountains to early human sites in the “Cradle of Humankind,” such as Sterkfontein Caves.
Visit Blombos Museum of Archaeology and Pinnacle Point Caves, with tours of both by a curator and a guest archaeologist, respectively. Spend two nights at a luxurious safari lodge to explore the Kapama Game Reserve, enjoying morning and afternoon game drives. Take guided tours of Johannesburg and Cape Town, meet with paleoanthropologists, and tour the Cape Winelands, where you will sample some of South Africa’s most renowned wines.
Dr. DeSilva and local guides will accompany you throughout, weaving together the threads of past and present that make up the rich tapestry of human evolution.
Day 1: Depart Home
Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa
Day 3: Malapa Tour
Day 4: Sterkfontein Caves / Maropeng Visitor Centre / Malapa
Day 5: Fly to Hoedspruit / Kapama Game Reserve
Day 6: Kapama Game Reserve
Day 7: Fly to Cape Town
Day 8: Cape Town: Robben Island & Bo-Kaap Tour
Day 9: Cape Town: City Tour & Cape Peninsula
Day 10: Blombos Museum of Archaelogy
Day 11: Pinnacle Point Caves / Dias Museum, Farewell Dinner
Day 12: Fly to Johannesburg / Fly Home
Jeremy "Jerry" DeSilva is a Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. 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, Jerry worked as an educator at the Boston Museum of Science and continues to be passionate about science education. He is the author of the 2021 book First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human. Jerry lives in Norwich, VT with his wife Erin and their twins Ben and Josie.