Starting at $8,495

Few experiences can match this exclusive, in-depth itinerary exploring the many facets of southern Africa, where nature’s spectacle is at its most dramatic, history is rich, cultures are diverse and “Big Five” game drives and viewing in their natural habitats is extraordinary. Follow Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom” in South Africa, “the rainbow nation.” A highlight of your journey is the three-night river safari aboard the exclusively chartered, 28-passenger, Five-Star Zambezi Queen on Namibia’s legendary Chobe River. Enjoy expert naturalist-guided excursions by small watercraft, a unique alternative to traditional land safaris. Your itinerary also includes the classic land safari, with superb game viewing from the four-wheel-drive safari vehicles in Botswana, a haven for nearly all of the southern African mammal species. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls. Enjoy Five-Star hotel accommodations in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Victoria Falls. Extend your safari experience with the Post-Program Option in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve bordering Kruger National Park.


  • Experience the breadth and beauty of southern Africa, rich with history, multicultural heritage and natural grandeur.
  • Explore South Africa, “a world in one country”—Johannesburg, “the City of Gold;” Cape Town’s Table Mountain; Cape of Good Hope; and Cape Winelands country.
  • Exclusive, Five-Star land and river safari available only through Gohagan & Company, featuring the 28-passenger Zambezi Queen.
  • Naturalist-guided excursion boats for unique observation of the magnificent fauna, including giraffe, elephant, hippopotamus and kudu, gathering along the Chobe River’s shores—the wildlife comes to you!
  • Legendary, Five-Star hotels—Johannesburg’s Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, Cape Town’s Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel and The Victoria Falls Hotel.
  • Follow Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom”—including his former home in Soweto and the former prison on Robben Island.
  • Visit one of the world’s top natural wonders, the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”).
  • Exceptional “Big Five” wildlife viewing during a game drive in Chobe National Park, home to Africa’s largest populations of elephant, Cape buffalo, antelope, lion and hippopotamus.
  • Post-Program Option in the acclaimed MalaMala Private Game Reserve, a once-in-a-lifetime Five-Star African safari experience.
  • This program sells out every year!
Event Itinerary 

Day     Destination

  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2. Johannesburg, South Africa
  3. Johannesburg for Pretoria
  4. Johannesburg for Soweto
  5. Johannesburg/Fly to Cape Town
  6. Cape Town for Robben Island
  7. Cape Town
  8. Cape Town
  9. Cape Town/Fly to Kasane, Botswana/Chobe River, Namibia/Embark Zambezi Queen
  10. Chobe River Safari
  11. Chobe River Safari
  12. Chobe River/Disembark ship/Chobe National Park, Botswana/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  13. Victoria Falls
  14. Victoria Falls/Fly to Johannesburg, South Africa/Depart for the U.S. or Canada
  15. Arrive in the U.S. or Canada
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Type of activity 
Activity Level 

Moderately Active


Mike Mastanduno

Michael Mastanduno is the Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government and Former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth.  His areas of research and teaching specialization include international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and the politics of the world economy.  His current research concerns the rise of China and its implications for international economics and security.  His articles have appeared in many journals including World Politics, International Organization, and International Studies Quarterly.  He is author or editor of numerous books including Economic Containment, International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific, Unipolar Politics, U.S. Hegemony and International Organizations, and International Relations Theory and the Consequences of Unipolarity. Professor Mastanduno lectures frequently in Europe and Asia and has been a guest faculty member at the University of Tokyo, the Graduate School of Economics and International Relations at Milan, and the Geneva Center for Security Policy.  He has been awarded fellowships from the Brookings Institution, the Salzburg Seminar, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the East-West Center.  He served during sabbatical from Dartmouth as an assistant in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Phi Beta Kappa.  Mastanduno served as Director of Dartmouth’s John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, and is the recipient of Dartmouth’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarly Achievement.

Shared Program 
Dartmouth Exclusive Trip
Operator Name 
Gohagan & Company