Faculty

Ian Baucom, Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

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$6,395 per person, double occupancy, land only.

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Overview

Join us on a fascinating journey to explore the historical and political legacy and natural riches of South Africa! With Ian Baucom, Dean of UVA’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, we will explore highlights of the enchanting country where he grew up. We will begin in the provincial capital, Cape Town, a sophisticated city with plenty to see and do among delightful buildings of the Cape Dutch and Victorian-era architecture. We’ll spend three days on Safari from the luxury of a private lodge on a private concession in Kruger. We will visit South Africa’s famed, and gorgeous, wine region and explore the university town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town, undoubtedly the most scenic and historically-preserved town, in Southern Africa. We will finish our journey in Johannesburg, often called Jo’burg, the country’s largest city and financial center with ultra-modern skyscrapers and a bustling way of life. We will examine the diverse, often brutal, history of this unique and captivating country at the bottom of Africa.
An optional extension to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is on offer. At more than twice the size of Niagara Falls it’s no surprise that Victoria Falls are among the Seven Wonders of the World.

Program Highlights

  • Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a signature of Cape Town, easily one of the most recognizable mountains.
  • Enjoy a tapestry of vineyards interwoven with the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.
  • Spend three days “on safari” from a luxury lodge on a private concession in Kruger National Park.
  • Search for giraffe, kudu, impala, zebra, wildebeest ,buffalo, elephant, and white rhino as well as predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, side-striped jackal and wild dog.
  • Revisit South Africa’s history with a trip to the Mandela Family Museum, the Apartheid Museum and Hector Peterson Square in Soweto.

Faculty

Ian Baucom, Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Ian Baucom came to UVA after serving 17 years in Duke University’s Department of English as a professor and director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University and holds a master’s degree in African Studies and a doctorate in English, both from Yale University.

Ian_BaucomSince arriving at the University of Virginia last summer as the new Buckner W. Clay Dean, Ian Baucom has led a series of key initiatives within the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

He is overseeing an ambitious hiring campaign that, in the midst of a generational turnover of esteemed faculty, aims to bring upwards of 200 new faculty to the College in the next five years. With nearly half of the Arts & Sciences faculty projected to be new by 2018-19, Baucom has emphasized the importance of recruiting at the highest level of excellence and of enhancing the faculty’s diversity.

Baucom is also guiding the College’s efforts to revise its undergraduate curriculum for the first time in four decades, while working with the College’s leadership team to develop creative initiatives in global, digital and cross-disciplinary studies. At the same time, Baucom is working to strengthen further the graduate programs, coordinating an examination of the Graduate School’s programs on a departmental level.

Ian and his wife Wendy have a son and daughter in college, as well as two younger sons and a daughter. Baucom and his family live in Pavilion X on the Lawn in Mr. Jefferson’s Academical Village.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday, June 15, 2017

Depart U.S. for Johannesburg

Your adventure begins as you board your overnight flight to Johannesburg

Day 2 - Friday, June 16

Johannesburg/Cape Town

This afternoon arrive in Johannesburg where you connect with your flight to Cape Town, South Africa’s “Mother City”. Upon arrival, you will be met by your specialist and escorted to your hotel. The provincial capital, Cape Town, is a sophisticated city with plenty to see and do, particularly around the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront area, where delightful buildings of the Cape Dutch and Victorian-era architecture have been restored as shops, restaurants, museums and pubs, while the busy water traffic of the docks goes on unabated.

Table Mountain Sunset
The colors of Table Mountain at sunset

The perfect blend of heritage and modern luxury epitomizes the Taj Cape Town. Located in the city center, the hotel is steps from the popular area of St George’s Mall which is a vibrant pedestrian precinct with wonderful pavement cafés and bars and is surrounded by significant historic buildings which include the St. George’s Cathedral, the House of Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope, the Company’s Gardens and many of Cape Town’s national museums. All rooms are beautifully decorated and complete with every exclusive amenity. The Taj Cape Town has two spectacular restaurants – Mint and The Bombay Brasserie – and an unforgettable seafood, champagne and oyster bar known as The Twankey. The Jiva Grand Spa combines the wisdom and heritage of the respected Asian and Indian philosophies, surrounding wellness and wellbeing, to create an unrivaled treatment experience. The hotel prides itself on providing unobtrusive and efficient service from a staff that genuinely delights in making guests feel at home.
Taj Cape Town Hotel
(Meals Aloft)

Day 3 - Saturday, June 17

Cape Town

Your luxury motorcoach takes you on a breathtaking coastal drive to the Cape of Good Hope. You are surrounded by spectacular mountains, rugged shorelines, and the blue sea below. See Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles. Pass quaint seaside towns as you continue to Cape Point where the stormy waters of the Atlantic meet up with the calm waters of the Indian Ocean. At Cape Point, climb the steps or ride a funicular to the top where you can explore a lighthouse, enjoy the views or even indulge in a bit of shopping. Take a close look at the ocean where you may see southern right whales in the spring and early summer as well as dolphins and a variety of seabirds. You will also have the chance to explore the Cape Point Nature Reserve which is host to approximately half of the 2,700 species of indigenous plants contained in the Cape Peninsula. Look for the distinctive orange found in leucospermums, one of the rarest types of proteas – the mimites, marvel at the helicrysums and pelarganium calcullums, and enjoy the ericas, phenacomas and fine bush which the Dutch called “fynbos.” There are 250 species of birds in the reserve, ranging from ostriches to minuscule sunbirds. Caracal, chacma baboon, a wide variety of buck and various other mammal species may be seen, including Cape Mountain zebra and the bontebok which is endemic to this part of the world. The baboons feed occasionally on marine foods which they garner at low tide. At Olifants Bay, look for Oystercatchers, and enjoy some superb birding.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and continue to Boulders Beach where the African (Jackass) Penguins can be seen – also known as the Black-footed Penguins. These flightless seabirds are found only on the coast of Southern Africa and the only penguins found on this continent. Enjoy a delightful walk on a specially-built platform onto the little sheltered beach where they nest among the rocks, and “waddle” up and down into and out of the sea. Since the penguins are accustomed to human presence you can safely get within a few feet of them as you stand on the platform, and it is sometimes possible to view them nesting behind rocks and bushes.

Return to Cape Town in the evening, where you have another chance to discover one of the numerous restaurants that Cape Town has to offer.
Taj Cape Town Hotel
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Day 4 - Sunday, June 18

Cape Town

Your day is at leisure to explore Cape Town on your own. An optional excursion will be offered to Robben Island and New Hope Township at a cost of $225 per person, additional.

Today you will visit one of the most symbolically significant and moving sights in South Africa, Robben Island. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters, including former President Nelson Mandela, spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison ‘hell-hole’ into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. In 1997 Robben Island became a National Museum and National Monument. The Museum is a dynamic institution, which runs educational programs for schools, youths and adults, facilitates tourism development, conducts ongoing research related to the Island and fulfills an archiving function. It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Tours are conducted by former prisoners of Robben Island, who bring to life this South African heritage, which speaks of heroic endurance and triumph of the human spirit in the face of enormous hardship and adversity.

Return to the mainland and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, sampling typical African food and hospitality in an authentic setting.

Proceed to the settlement of Khayelitsha, on the Cape Flats. Khayelitsha means “new hope” and was established in 1984 during the tribal war outbreak in informal settlements. Like many other townships, it was created during the apartheid era as a dormitory area for the working class. Today residents continue to face challenges of HIV/AIDS and poverty in post-apartheid South Africa.

You will meet your guide, founder Vivian Zilo, and spend time with her gaining a personal insight into her work in the community and learning more about the area in which they live. Vivian established the Iliso Care Society in June 2005 when she solicited the help of four other women to begin providing services to her community. The mission of the Iliso Care Society is to fight poverty, encourage community empowerment, organize workshops for youth, provide safety and care for orphans and vulnerable children, the elderly and school children. ICS started giving meals to over 100 beneficiaries once a day from Monday through Friday, but the numbers were increasing each and every day. Today, Vivian brings new hope to the people of Khayelitsha and you will get a chance to experience this first hand.
Taj Cape Town Hotel
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Days 5/6 - Monday/ Tuesday, June 19/20

Cape Town/ Stellenbosch

Table Mt Cable Car
Table Mt Cable Car

After breakfast, get a feel of what Cape Town is all about by taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, the signature of this city, easily one of the most recognizable mountains. This tour is very dependent on the wind factor, as well as the clouds. Many a times a cloud covers this flat-topped mountain, which rises to 3,563 feet above sea level and the locals affectionately say it’s a white tablecloth. Legend has it that a retired pirate, on climbing the mountain met up with the devil. In order to preserve his soul, the pirate challenged the devil in a smoking contest. So they stoked up their pipes and have been smoking ever since. For centuries Table Mountain has been a guiding beacon to mariners rounding the Cape of Southern Africa. Sir Francis Drake described it as “the most stately thing and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth.” Despite its formidable appearance, it is possible to hike up Table Mountain. The first recorded ascent was in 1503 by the Portuguese navigator Antonio da Saldanha who, confused by the Cape Peninsula geography, climbed to the summit via the frontal cleft, now known as Platteklip Gorge. For nature lovers, the birding is awesome, and the wild flowers include agapanthus, watsonias and red nerines which poke out from rock crevices amid a scrub of ericas and gnarled proteas. More than 1400 species of flowering plants have been recorded on the mountain which makes it a spectacular sight in the spring. Cute guinea pig-like creatures known as rock dassies, or hyraxes, (genetically, the closest living relatives to elephants) scuttle everywhere. They are not afraid and scamper among the tourists seeking to be fed.

Leave the Cape Town behind and delve into another world, an artist’s pallet. A tapestry of vineyards interwoven with the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek at the base of the Boland Mountains engulfs you. The cradle of the South African fruit and wine industries, every season offers enchanting foliage: spring flowers, summer fruits, autumn leaves and the fresh greenery of the rainy winter. Discover the internationally acclaimed vineyards of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franshhoek on the Western Cape, along a most scenic route. You will visit the historic estate of Boschendal with some of the most brilliantly preserved Cape Dutch buildings in the Cape, and its collection of priceless period furniture. You will also visit Franschhoek with its lovely antique shops and gardens, nestled in the “Valley of the Huguenots” where the French first settled in 1688. All the wine estates you will be visiting in the region offer tastings and cellar tours and you will enjoy lunch in one of them. This afternoon, explore the university town of Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, undoubtedly the most scenic and historically-preserved town in Southern Africa. Oak-lined streets next to water furrows compliment the many fine examples of elegant Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture – all part of this unique “Town of Oaks”.

The Grande Roche of Paarl and Bosman’s Restaurant on the premises have become legendary on the local hospitality scene for having won a formidable array of awards and culinary accolades since its opening in January 1992. This gem of South Africa is set on a gentle slope overlooking vineyards and rugged mountains. The manor house and its sprawl of individually decorated suites are a gentle alternative to the hurly-burly of big city life. It is the hotel’s subtle attention to detail that sets it apart from the rest. All suites are equipped with air-conditioning, heating facilities, mini bar, radio, television, and direct dial telephone. Bathrooms are en suite and offer all amenities. The estate also offers a Kraal pool, fitness pool, massage room, sauna and steam bath, and pool with quiet suntan area.
Grande Roche
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Days 7/8/9 - Wednesday/ Thursday/ Friday, June 21 - 23

Kruger National Park

Depart on your short flight to Kruger National Park, one of the world’s great national parks. It is home to an unparalleled diversity of wildlife and is maintained by one of the world’s most sophisticated management systems. Five rivers cross the park from west to east. There are 300 different types of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 types of amphibian, 116 different reptilian species, 505 species of birds and 147 species of mammals in the park.

photo_2011africaYour guide will interpret the ecosystems and animal behavior, and help you to identify the strands in the web of life. The park is frequented by browsers and grazers such as giraffe, kudu, impala, zebra, wildebeest and buffalo. Elephant and white rhino are also common. Predators include lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and side-striped jackal, as well as wild dog.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is situated on one of the private concessions in the southern section of the Kruger National Park. Your luxury lodge is comprised of 16 spacious suites that meander along the banks of the river Lwakahle and offers every creature comfort, and more. All rooms have tea and coffee facilities, mini bars, safes, telephones and laptop connections. The rooms are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms and inside and outside showers. Other facilities include a full conference center, a library, a private chapel, a fully equipped gymnasium and a swimming pool. Night drives may afford you a glimpse of elusive nocturnal animals such as the armadillo like pangolin and African wildcat. Animal tracking, bird watching and stargazing are other available activities.
Lukimbi Lodge
B,L,D All three days

Day 10 - Saturday, June 24

Johannesburg

Transfer to the airport today for your flight (approximately 2:00 pm) to Johannesburg. Often called Jo’burg, Johannesburg is the country’s largest city and financial center with ultra-modern skyscrapers and a bustling way of life. It is the city of gold, as its claim to fame is the gold that was discovered close-by. There are many things to do in Johannesburg – relax, shop, sightsee and take in the local flavor.

Located in the prestigious Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, the elegant Fairlawns Hotel is an exclusive boutique hotel, set in superb, park-like gardens. The architectural style is reminiscent of the late 18th century European era and the classical exterior blends harmoniously with its indigenous surroundings. Welcoming staff are on hand to ensure personal service and attend to your every need. Decorated with impeccable style, each spacious bedroom and suite has a distinctive ambience and character, offering serenity and privacy with the luxury of beautiful generous bathrooms. This evening, relax with an aperitif on the tranquil terrace, sip a cognac in front of the fire in the comfort of an armchair, or be sociable in the elegant Colonial bar. Candlelit dinners, china, silver and crystal enhance the beautifully appointed dining rooms.
Fairlawns Hotel
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Day 11 - Sunday, June 25

Johannesburg

Get ready for an exciting day as you travel back in time to revisit South Africa’s history with a trip to the Mandela Family Museum, the Apartheid Museum and Hector Peterson Square in Soweto. Once the home of Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela, the Mandela Family Museum is now comprised of memorabilia from world leaders and scholars, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family. The Apartheid Museum reflects on segregation and the birth of the democratic country that rose out of this dark period while the memorial to slain 12-year-old, Hector Peterson, for resisting police and the Apartheid government reminds us of those brave and innocent souls lost in the fight for equality.

New Rest Children singing 4For anyone wanting to understand and experience what South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental. The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with the past and working towards a future that all South African’s can call their own. This newly built museum illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. Visitors walk through the 22 individual exhibition areas, which contain film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories behind apartheid. The Apartheid Museum is the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

In the afternoon, visit the black suburb of Soweto (the name is an abbreviation of Southwestern Townships) for a look at all types of neighborhoods, ranging from shanty towns and worker’s hostels to the modern home of Nelson Mandela (he lived there for only a short while upon his release from prison, and it’s where Winnie, his ex-wife, now lives.) You can also see Mandela’s earlier and more humble home, where he lived when he was arrested all those years ago.

This evening you are transferred to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport where you will board your South African Airways overnight flight to the USA.
B, (Meals Aloft)

Day 12 - Monday, June 26

U.S.A.

Today you land in the USA bringing with you the memories of all the wonderful sights of Southern Africa.

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OPTIONAL POST-EXTENSION TO VICTORIA FALLS~ZIMBABWE

DAY 12 – Monday, June 26

Vic Falls 5Your flight this morning takes you to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and the mighty Victoria Falls. At more than twice the size of Niagara Falls it’s no surprise that Victoria Falls are among the Seven Wonders of the World. Mosi-oa-Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders, derived from the towering column of spray when the Zambezi River runs high, is the name that Zimbabwe’s local people have given to this awesome natural phenomenon. The name is probably more appropriate and descriptive than “Victoria”, which has a far too calm and composed ring to it to do justice to the masses of thundering, swirling water of these spectacular Falls. But all Dr. David Livingstone probably thought of when he named the Falls after his Queen in 1855 was his royal duty. Five separate falls make up this incredible spectacle that plunges more than 328 feet into a sheer-sided chasm which separates Zimbabwe from Zambia. The awe-inspiring abyss is spanned by a 1905 Edwardian bridge which links the two countries and many adventurers now use to bungee jump. The masses of water plunging down the Falls and into the gorge below originate from the mighty Zambezi River that meanders through more than 1,677 miles of African countryside.

An afternoon sundowner cruise on a private boat will be a highlight as you glide along the Zambezi River, watching hippos snort, elephants drink on the riverbank, monkeys jump from branch to branch, birds fly overhead or pose for a photograph on the branches, and much more. Enjoy your gin and tonic, cool beer, or drink of choice, and see a panoramic sunset as the sun dips below the horizon, painting the whole area in unbelievable colors of brilliant reds, yellows, purples and mauves.

The Victoria Falls Hotel is the ‘Grand Dame’ of Victoria Falls. For almost 100 years, visiting members of the royal families, international and local statesmen, and celebrities worldwide, have flocked to the Victoria Falls Hotel, where they are assured of privacy and care in an atmosphere steeped in history, combining the charm of the old with all the comfort and convenience of today. It is one hotel that can truly claim to be unique. Through the years, the ‘Vic Falls Hotel’ has enjoyed various renovations, but has lost none of its earlier charm. In fact, much of the hotel has been meticulously brought back to its former grandeur using original photos and plans. The architecture reflects Edwardian style at its height with numerous corridors, archways, and columns, and extensive wood paneling. The hotel is set on verdant lawns, adorned with beautiful flowers, shrubs and indigenous trees. There is a lovely brick terrace at the top of the garden from where guests can relax in deep wicker chairs and look out to the famous railway bridge enveloped in the mist of the falls. The en-suite bedrooms are also constructed in the style of the Edwardian era, many with period antiques. Well decorated and very comfortable, they are a welcome reward after a full-day of sightseeing. The Edwardian theme is further reflected in the bathroom’s black and white tiling, and claw foot bathtub.
Victoria Falls Hotel
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DAY 13 – Tuesday, June 27

Today you will meet Chris Worden, the son of a British South African Police Officer, who grew up in some of the most remote parts of rural Zimbabwe, and it’s not a surprise he became fascinated with the wildlife on his doorstep. He is an accomplished wildlife photographer, a keen ornithologist and has always had a passionate interest in Africa’s history, in particular the adventures and journeys of the early explorers. Chris’s rendition of Livingstone’s story is greatly enhanced by having met some of the direct descendants of Livingstone’s original traveling companions, and this personal connection adds an element of drama that never fails to draw his audience in.

Spend the rest of the morning touring the Falls on the Zimbabwean side. You’ll also get a chance to visit Mpisi village, an authentic native village to see how the local people live. You will be escorted by your English-speaking village guide, seeing a culture and ways of life that remains virtually unchanged through the ages. View their daily rituals, from the women cooking and mending their huts, to the artistic woodcarvings created right in front of you by the village artisans. Smiling children scatter about and you are welcome to mingle and take photographs. Long after you’ve left, this cultural visit will remain with you, as you’ll feel as though you’ve experienced a different part of Africa, quite essential if you’re to understand the complexity of this continent.

Your farewell dinner will be at the boma which provides a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa – together with the warmth and hospitality of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and its people.
Victoria Falls Hotel
B,D

DAY 14 – Wednesday, June 28
Your morning is at leisure to enjoy the Falls on your own, before transferring to the airport for you flight to Johannesburg and home.
B, (Meals Aloft)

DAY 15 – Thursday, June 29
This morning you land in the USA, bringing with you the memories of all the wonderful sights of Southern Africa.
(Meals Aloft)

Accommodations

You will marvel at the wonderful accommodations provided throughout your tour. All rooms have private bathroom facilities and air conditioning and/or fans. All rates are based on double occupancy. Most rooms are twin-bedded, but king-size beds are occasionally available and should be requested in advance. Accommodations listed in this itinerary are correct at time of writing, but on rare occasions may be substituted for a different property of comparable quality.

The Taj Cape Town
The perfect blend of heritage and modern luxury epitomizes the Taj Cape Town. Located in the city center, the hotel is steps from the popular area of St George’s Mall which is a vibrant pedestrian precinct with wonderful pavement cafés and bars and is surrounded by significant historic buildings which include the St. George’s Cathedral, the House of Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope, the Company’s Gardens and many of Cape Town’s national museums. All rooms are beautifully decorated and complete with every exclusive amenity. The Taj Cape Town has two spectacular restaurants – Mint and The Bombay Brasserie – and an unforgettable seafood, champagne and oyster bar known as The Twankey. The Jiva Grand Spa combines the wisdom and heritage of the respected Asian and Indian philosophies, surrounding wellness and wellbeing, to create an unrivaled treatment experience. The hotel prides itself on providing unobtrusive and efficient service from a staff that genuinely delights in making guests feel at home.

Grande Roche
The Grande Roche of Paarl, and Bosman’s, Restaurant on the premises have become legendary on the local hospitality scene for having won a formidable array of awards and culinary accolades since its opening in January 1992. This gem of South Africa is set on a gentle slope overlooking vineyards and rugged mountains. The manor house and its sprawl of individually decorated suites are a gentle alternative to the hurly-burly of big city life. It is the hotel’s subtle attention to detail that sets it apart from the rest. All suites are equipped with air-conditioning, heating facilities, mini bar, radio, television, and direct dial telephone. Bathrooms are en suite and offer all amenities. The estate also offers a Kraal pool, fitness pool, massage room, sauna and steam bath, and pool with quiet suntan area.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Lukimbi Safari Lodge is situated on one of the private concessions in the southern section of the Kruger National Park. Your luxury lodge is comprised of 16 spacious suites that meander along the banks of the river Lwakahle and offers every creature comfort, and more. All rooms have tea and coffee facilities, mini bars, safes, telephones and laptop connections. The rooms are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms and inside and outside showers. Other facilities include a full conference center, a library, a private chapel, a fully equipped gymnasium and a swimming pool. Night drives may afford you a glimpse of elusive nocturnal animals such as the armadillo like pangolin and African wildcat. Animal tracking, bird watching and stargazing are other available activities.

Fairlawns Hotel
Located in the prestigious Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, the elegant Fairlawns Hotel is an exclusive boutique hotel, set in superb, park-like gardens. The architectural style is reminiscent of the late 18th century European era and the classical exterior blends harmoniously with its indigenous surroundings. Welcoming staff are on hand to ensure personal service and attend to your every need. Decorated with impeccable style, each spacious bedroom and suite has a distinctive ambience and character, offering serenity and privacy with the luxury of beautiful generous bathrooms. This evening, relax with an aperitif on the tranquil terrace, sip a cognac in front of the fire in the comfort of an armchair, or be sociable in the elegant Colonial bar. Candlelit dinners, china, silver and crystal enhance the beautifully appointed dining rooms.

Optional Post tour Extension
The Victoria Falls Hotel is the ‘Grand Dame’ of Victoria Falls. For almost 100 years, visiting members of the royal families, international and local statesmen, and celebrities worldwide, have flocked to the Victoria Falls Hotel, where they are assured of privacy and care in an atmosphere steeped in history, combining the charm of the old with all the comfort and convenience of today. It is one hotel that can truly claim to be unique. Through the years, the ‘Vic Falls Hotel’ has enjoyed various renovations, but has lost none of its earlier charm. In fact, much of the hotel has been meticulously brought back to its former grandeur using original photos and plans. The architecture reflects Edwardian style at its height with numerous corridors, archways, and columns, and extensive wood paneling. The hotel is set on verdant lawns, adorned with beautiful flowers, shrubs and indigenous trees. There is a lovely brick terrace at the top of the garden from where guests can relax in deep wicker chairs and look out to the famous railway bridge enveloped in the mist of the falls. The en-suite bedrooms are also constructed in the style of the Edwardian era, many with period antiques. Well decorated and very comfortable, they are a welcome reward after a full-day of sightseeing. The Edwardian theme is further reflected in the bathroom’s black and white tiling, and claw foot bathtub.

Meals

All meals as specified in the itinerary. Please notify us if you have special dietary needs or requests, and we will do our best to accommodate.

Program Fees

$6,395 per person, double occupancy, land only.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,995 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Optional Post Extension: $2,495 per person, double occupancy
(includes flights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, round trip.) $695 per person additionally for a single room.

Flights within the program are not included but can be bundled with your international air for significant savings.
Estimated international air from Washington, D.C. is $2,790 per person, including fuel surcharges, airline taxes (subject to change) and internal air in southern Africa.
$640 per person for flights between Cape Town/ Kruger/ Johannesburg if international air is not purchased through Classic Escapes.

Price includes:
• Superior accommodations throughout at hotels, lodges and camps as listed in the itinerary, or similar.
• Breakfasts daily, all meals while on safari and other meals as indicated in itinerary.
• Transportation in luxury air-conditioned motorcoach. Game runs in Kruger are in open land cruiser.
• Complimentary bottled water in safari vehicle.
• All applicable hotel/lodge gratuities and taxes.
• Specialist guide with a minimum of 10 passengers on the main program.
• Lecture in Victoria Falls by Chris Worden about Livingstone and the era of exploration.
• An enrichment lecturer with 15 travelers on the main program and 10 on the extension.
• All entry fees.
• Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
• Emergency evacuation coverage.
• Round-trip flight Johannesburg Victoria Falls on the extension.

Does not include:
• Flight from Washington D.C. to Cape Town returning from Johannesburg, including U.S. and foreign airport taxes (quoted separately).
• Flight between Cape Town/Kruger/Johannesburg on the main program, including foreign airport taxes (quoted separately).
• Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas. No visas are required for South Africa. Visas are required for Zimbabwe.
• Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
• Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
• Meals and beverages, other than specified.
• Laundry and other items of a personal nature.
• Personal and baggage insurance.
• Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.

How to Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your spot for the main trip, and an additional $250 for the post extension. Final invoicing will be done approximately 3 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.(March 12, 2017)

Deposits can be made via check, American Express, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover. Final payment is payable by check or money order ONLY.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

General Terms & Conditions

TERMS & CONDITIONS
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RESPONSIBIITIES: Neither Classic Escapes (the Company) nor any person or agent acting for, through or on behalf of the Company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the aforegoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition the Company shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any trip or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other details and, in the event of any trip being rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable by weather, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger. The Company may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the guest’s booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the aforegoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behavior of the guest, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by the making of such booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other person included in such a booking and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other persons so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by him/her.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable on this tour:
• Up to March 12, 2017, $300 per person handling fee, plus $300 non-refundable deposits given to overseas suppliers.
• March 13 to April 1, 2017, deposit is forfeited.
• April 2 to April 16, 2017 days prior to departure, less 75% of tour cost.
• After April 16, 100% of tour cost.

These cancellation fees are also in addition to any fees imposed by airlines.

CHANGE FEES: Once you reserve your tour, changes are possible subject to availability of air or land space at the time of request. Should there be any change fees imposed by airlines or ground operators, or additional costs incurred due to availability of any space, this cost will be invoiced to you.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: We would be happy to make additional travel plans for you, including specially arranged pre- or post-tour extensions different than those that may be offered in conjunction with this tour. A service charge of $150 per person (over and above the cost of the services required) will be assessed.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Company reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken on the tour by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.

CHANGES TO SCHEDULES: Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that the Company reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasionally change routes and hotels as dictated by changing conditions.

REFUNDS: While the Company uses its best endeavors to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against the Company for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative is not found. If the guest is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary, then there are no refunds due.

AIRLINE CLAUSE: The airlines concerned are not to be held liable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passengers’ tickets in use by the airline or by other carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tickets and/or passengers.

DELAYS: We cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running to schedule. If one of our guides is unable to take a trip due to illness, etc. we reserve the right to substitute with another guide. This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the country in which the trip takes place. Classic Escapes act merely as an agent for the operating companies. To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct at the time of printing. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or changes that may occur after printing.

CONSENT: The payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a trip constitutes consent by all guests covered by that payment to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in this brochure whether the guest has signed the booking form or not. The terms, under which you agree to take this trip, cannot be changed or amended except in writing signed by an authorized director of the Company.

INSURANCE: It is a condition of booking, that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependents/traveling companions for the duration of their trip. Classic Escapes, including their representatives, employees and agents will take no responsibility for any costs, losses incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest’s dependents or traveling companions.
Please visit the website to enroll – http://www.travelguard.com/classicescapes/. For any questions you may have on insurance, contact Travel Guard at 1-866-385-4839

INCLUDED EMERGENCY EVACUATION COVERAGE: For the convenience of our travelers, Classic Escapes provides a complimentary Medical Insurance Plan, during this trip through, Travel Guard Group, Inc. This includes:
• Emergency evacuation insurance up to $100,000
• Up to $25,000 medical expense and up to $500 dental expense coverage subject to the terms and limitations of the insurance policy.
• 24 hour worldwide travel and medical assistance
Please click here to view complete coverage of details. https://webservices.travelguard.com/Product/FileRetrieval.aspx?CountryCode=US&StateCode=NW&ProductCode=009031&PlanCode=P4&FileType=PROD_PLAN_DOC