2023 Journey to Southern Africa

Oct. 1 – 16, 2023 – Waitlist only (Join the waitlist.)

Tour Operator: AHI Travel (Learn more, and book online.)
Price: From $8,295 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 16 days
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This exceptional 12-night journey reveals fascinating local culture and lands brimming with incredible raw beauty, where pristine wilderness teems with exotic wildlife and wonders.

Begin your journey of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe in Cape Town, a jewel of the Western Cape. Tour poignant Robben Island alongside a knowledgeable guide and spot penguins by the Cape of Good Hope. Then venture out to renowned safari destinations: Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hwange National Park and Chobe National Park.

With expert guides leading the way, search for ambling elephants, sleeping lions, racing antelope and more as you gain insight into the majestic African bushveld. Along the way, meet welcoming locals in Soweto and other destinations steeped in powerful history. Plus, experience the utmost in luxury aboard Rovos Rail on a three-night train journey! From thundering Victoria Falls to historic Kliptown, Johannesburg to a sunset safari, every moment will touch your heart! This unmatched adventure includes a Rovos Rail journey, two flights within South Africa and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner!

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : In transit
  • Day 3 : Cape Town
  • Day 4 : Cape Peninsula
  • Day 5 : Robben Island | Cape Town
  • Day 6 : Fly to Victoria Falls
  • Day 7 : Chobe Game Reserve
  • Day 8 : Victoria Falls | Board Rovos Rail
  • Day 9 : Hwange National Park | Rovos Rail
  • Day 10 : Rovos Rail
  • Day 11 : Disembark Rovos Rail | Pretoria | Johannesburg
  • Day 12 : Johannesburg | Fly to Hoedspruit | Kapama Private Game Reserve
  • Day 13 : Kapama Private Game Reserve
  • Day 14 : Kapama Private Game Reserve
  • Day 15 : Kapama | Transfer to Hoedspruit | Depart for U.S.
  • Day 16 : Arrive in U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a Carolina Alumni member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or become a Carolina Alumni member online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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