Few experiences can match this exclusive, in-depth itinerary traveling the breadth of southern Africa, where nature’s spectacle is at its most dramatic, history is rich, culture is diverse and “Big Five” game viewing in pristine natural habitats is extraordinary. Follow Nelson Mandela’s long road 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 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 aboard four-wheel-drive safari vehicles in seldom-visited 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 incomparable Victoria Falls. Enjoy Five-Star hotel accommodations in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Victoria Falls. Extend your safari experience with the Pre-Program Option in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve bordering Kruger National Park.
John Metzler has served as the MSU African Studies Center’s Assistant Director for outreach and programing since 1987 and holds an adjunct position in the MSU Department of Teacher Education. In these capacities he has worked with K-16 educators in Michigan, throughout the Midwest, and nationally on effectively integrating African humanities and social sciences into their curricula. In addition to working with K-12 educators, he has developed programming to community colleges, Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the Michigan business community, state and local government as well as to the general public. Since 1990 he has led over 20 study abroad programs (for MSU teacher education majors) and Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad programs to Botswana, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. He directed the development of Exploring Africa, the most comprehensive web-based curriculum on Africa available in the U.S. for middle and high school educators and students. He earned his doctorate in Educational Policy Studies and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.