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BEST OF SOUTH AFRI CA
WBEZ Chi cago
PL US…BOTSWANA & VI CTORI A FAL L S
Enjoy vibrant Cape Town, Community Projects,
Historic Robben Island, and a Safari into the African Bush
May 11-21, 2015


Prepare for an experience of a lifetime to a destination unlike
any other. On this small group WBEZ Chicago Travel Club
expedition to South Africa, you’ll enjoy the stunning beauty of
Cape Town, a breathtaking cable car ride to the top of Table
Mountain and the biodiversity and landscape of the Cape of
Good Hope. In addition, a trip to Nelson Mandela’s prison on
Robben Island has been planned, along with a tour of the
moving District 6 Museum. You’ll also have the opportunity to
learn about and experience various community outreach
programs that are making a remarkable difference in improving the lives of South African
youth and their families in countless ways. Your journey culminates at a safari lodge
where you’ll ride in an open 4X4 jeep into the African bush to view lions, giraffes, rhinos,
elephants and more! A post-tour adventure to Botswana and Victoria Falls is also
available. Join friends of WBEZ Chicago for a culturally rich and meaningful journey to
South Africa.


J OURNEY OV ERV I EW
1 Overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa
5 Nights historic Cape Town
3 Nights Safari Lodge
1 Overnight flight to the USA
5 Nights post tour optional extension to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Earthbound Expeditions Inc.
POB 11305, Bai nbr i dge I sl and, WA 98110
T. 206 842 9775 / F. 206 842 8280
www. Ear t hboundExpedi t i ons. com


EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

 Cape of Good Hope Nature Preserve, one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots
 District 6 Museum, Cape Town
 Visits to Community Outreach programs/non-profit organizations: the SANBI
Outreach Greening Program, Grassroot Soccer and the Kliptown Youth Project
 A musical event featuring the music of South Africa
 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
 Stunning views from the top of Table Mountain
 A tour of Nelson Mandela’s prison at Robben Island with a former prisoner
 A special Cape Malay dinner
 Three game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicle with expert trackers
 Intimate viewings of lions, giraffes, hippos, rhinos, elephants and more!
 A Tour of SOWETO’S Apartheid museum & township



IT'S INCLUDED

 Travel with WBEZ Chicago’s Jerome McDonnell, host of Worldview
 Guided by Earthbound Expeditions program director
 Accompanied by expert local guides
 Roundtrip international airfare from Chicago
 Roundtrip domestic flights while in South Africa
 All services as specified in your WBEZ Chicago Travel Club itinerary
 All breakfasts & ten additional multi-course meals (not including in-flight meals)
 Accommodation in superior four and five star hotels and lodges
 Transportation in luxury air-conditioned vehicles including qualified drivers
 Sight-seeing as per itinerary led by an expert South African guide
 Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated
 Gratuities for your drivers and guides for base trip (excluding all park rangers and
hotel staff)
 Country, city maps and a video and reading list
 An informational pre-trip gathering
 Travel carbon neutral through Earthbound’s partnership with the Carbonfund


TRIP FACTS

11 Days/10 Nights (with air travel)
$5,995 (with roundtrip air from Chicago) per person double occupancy
$795 Single Supplement (waived if you willing to share & roommate is
found)
Trip departs Chicago May 11, 2015
Trip returns to the USA May 21, 2015


WBEZ Chicago World Travelers save $300 when the signup by Sept 2, 2014 and
pay the final balance by check!

Earthbound Expeditions Inc.
POB 11305, Bai nbr i dge I sl and, WA 98110
T. 206 842 9775 / F. 206 842 8280
www. Ear t hboundExpedi t i ons. com


“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.”
Caskie Stinnett (American writer)



YOUR WBEZ CHICAGO AFRICAN ADVENTURE BEGINS!

Day 1 (May 11): Group Departs the USA for Sunny
South Africa via Washington DC: For those wishing to
breakup the long flight, you can layover in
Washington DC and spend a bit of time exploring our
nation’s capital. This means you may depart a day or
two early and spend time touring the National Mall
and/or Smithsonian before meeting your fellow WBEZ
Chicago travelers at Washington Dulles at 3:00pm for
the flight to Cape Town.

Day 2: Arrive in Cape Town
Upon arrival at Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport, collect your luggage
and clear Customs & Immigration. You will be met and assisted to the Domestic Terminal
for your flight to Cape Town.

Upon arrival in Cape Town this evening you will be met by an Earthbound Expeditions
representative who will assist and transfer you by private coach to your hotel.

Your home away from home:
The Commodore Hotel is a 5-star hotel situated in the heart of the Victoria and Alfred
Waterfront, Cape Town’s center of activity, with a variety of stores, restaurants and bars.
The hotel offers superb service and excellent cuisine in a secure, friendly environment
and most rooms have wonderful views of Table Mountain, Table Bay, Signal Hill and
Robben Island. The Clipper Restaurant offers superb dining in a tranquil setting, from a
mouthwatering buffet breakfast to a diverse à la Carte menu and exquisite desserts.
Alternatively, relax to the nostalgic melodies played by the piano man over a light meal
or high tea at The Admiralty Lounge. For comfort, convenience and 5-star luxury, there is
no better base in this beautiful city. Sleep in Cape Town at the Commodore Hotel.


Day 3: Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope
Today you’ll discover the inspiring beauty of both Table Mountain and the Cape of Good
Hope. The excursion starts early with a trip up Table Mountain in a cable car (weather
permitting), which is famous for its spectacular views and unique flora and fauna.

After making your descent, enjoy a scenic drive along the coast to the Cape Peninsula.
See for yourself how this spectacular southern tip of Africa became known as the 'Fairest
Cape'.





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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is
not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Nelson Mandela



Drive past the pristine beaches of Camps Bay,
Clifton and Llandudno - currently the hottest real
estate in the world - to Hout Bay, a functioning
harbor and heart of the local crayfish industry. From
the harbor of Hout Bay to the rocky coastline and
Chapman’s Peak, there are magnificent views of the
sandy bays below. The combination of steep, almost
thrilling rocky inclines, shimmering blue waters and
expansive skies simply take the breath away.

After a stop for lunch, it's on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where we have a
funicular ride to the scenic viewing point of where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans’
currents meet. The spectacular sea and mountain views are reason enough to make the
41 mile trip from Cape Town. Amid the rocky landscape - home to mountain zebra, eland
and ostriches - blooms magnificent Cape flora.

Continuing along the coastline we arrive at beautiful Boulders Beach where you can sit
among a colony of penguins. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy an
evening dinner together. Sleep in Cape Town at the Commodore Hotel (B, L, D)


Day 4: Infamous Robben Island and Kirstenbosch
Botanical Gardens From your hotel it’s a short walk to
the jetty at the V&A Waterfront where you will board
the ferry for notorious Robben Island. For nearly 400
years, Robben Island, 12 kilometers from Cape Town,
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 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. Robben Island came to symbolize, not only
for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of
the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity. Today, you will be escorted
around the island by an ex-political prisoner.

Return to the Cape waterfront and enjoy an independent lunch on the wharf. Garden
lovers won’t want to miss this afternoon’s excursion to Africa’s finest botanical garden,
Kirstenbosch. Dinner included tonight on the wharf. Sleep in Cape Town at the
Commodore Hotel (B, D)



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Day 5: Visit to the Cape Flats: from Grey to Green
The Outreach Greening Program was initiated on the Cape Flats (the same district to
which people were forcibly moved, see Day 6 description below) in partnership with the
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (NBG) in 1997. The program targets self-
motivated community organizations and schools wanting to establish indigenous gardens
and green community spaces in their areas. The South African National Biodiversity
Institute (SANBI) created a program supporting schools and community organizations
with horticultural training and the development of their indigenous starter garden. It also
includes training school teachers to use the garden as an educational resource tool in
formal learning as part of the outlined national curriculum. “Green Teams” (learners,
workers and teachers) from the school’s eco-club are utilized to get involved in the
cultivation of the gardens.

We’ll tour such a project and have time to rub elbows with those involved and hear their
inspiring stories about how these gardens are helping to transform their neighborhood.
Sleep in Cape Town at the Commodore Hotel (B, D)


Day 6: The District 6 Museum & Grassroot Soccer
District Six was a Municipal District of Cape Town and was originally established as a
mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, laborers and immigrants. It was a
vibrant centre with close links to the city and the port of Cape Town, but by the
beginning of the twentieth century, the process of removals and marginalization had
begun. In 1966 it was declared a white area under the Group Areas Act of 1950, and by
1982, the life of the community was over. More than 60 000 people were forcibly
removed to barren outlying areas aptly known as the Cape Flats, and their houses in
District Six were flattened by bulldozers. The Museum works with the memories of that
experience, as well as forced removals more generally.

This afternoon, visit a Grassroot Soccer center and experience how this successful
organization uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to
stop the spread of HIV. Using an innovative life-skills curriculum, Grassroot Soccer works
with young people through the international language of soccer to increase their impact
and achieve the goal of an HIV-free generation. Sleep in Cape Town at the Commodore
Hotel (B, L)


Day 7: An Outing to Soweto and North to Your Safari Lodge
This morning we say goodbye to our Cape guide and board a
flight north for Johannesburg. On arrival at Johannesburg
Airport you will be met by a different Earthbound Expeditions
guide and taken on a private tour of Soweto (SOuth WEstern
TOwnship), the largest black residential area in South Africa.
In many ways, the story of Soweto is the story of South
Africa; this is where the seeds of South African freedom took
root. Our tour includes all the major points of interest, such
as the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Baragwanath taxi
rank, Freedom Square, Hector Pietersen Memorial and Nelson Mandela’s former home.
This sprawling township was the scene of the tragic riots of 1976. Despite crowded,
chaotic conditions, there is a tangible sense of community in these neighborhoods which
the ordered, walled suburbs lack.

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Our Soweto visit will include time at the Kliptown Youth Project (“KYP”) center. KYP’s
mission is to eradicate the poverty of mind, body, and soul and to fight against the
disadvantages imposed on the children of Kliptown, by providing educational support and
after school activities. It seeks to develop young and dynamic individuals who are willing
to contribute effectively for the betterment of their community.

After your visit you will travel by coach for 3 hours to your lodge in the Pilanesberg
National Park. A traditional lunch will be served in SOWETO and dinner will be upon
arrival at the lodge. Sleep in Pilanesberg National Park at Bakubung Bush Lodge. (B, L,
D)


ABOUT BAKUBUNG BUSH LODGE
Tucked in the expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg
National Park, Bakubung Lodge offers the best of both
worlds when combining the peaceful bush environment
with luxury and comfort. The lodge offers plush rooms,
each with air-conditioning, DStv, and en-suite bathrooms.
The rooms are decorated to reflect the mood and
ambience of the bush and are equipped with the
necessary amenities to ensure supreme comfort. Enjoy a
fine dinner in the restaurant terrace overlooking the
vastness of the game reserve.


Days 8 & 9: Africa’s Big 5
Not even two shots of espresso will wake you up like a 6:00am game drive into the
African Bush. Accompanied by a park ranger you’ll travel in an open 4X4 jeep in pursuit
of lions, giraffes, hippos, rhinos and more. Upon your return to the lodge enjoy a
delicious breakfast.


Grab a good book this afternoon and lay by the pool or enjoy a siesta. Around 4:00pm
set off on another three-hour game drive in search of more wildlife. Following the
evening safari, you will have dinner in the African Bush at an outdoor “boma.” Sleep in
Pilanesberg National Park at Bakubung Bush Lodge (B, D)


About Pilanesberg National Park
The Pilanesberg National Park is malaria-free and borders on the entertainment complex
of Sun City. It is almost perfectly circular because it comprises the area of a 1200 million
year old volcano crater with a small lake in the centre. The park exists within the
transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly
referred to as "Bushveld". Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals,
birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone. Virtually all the animal
species of southern Africa exist here, including healthy populations of lion, black and
white rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard - Africa's "Big Five." Bird watching is excellent
with over 300 species recorded. The park offers a number of wonderful picnic spots,
numerous hiding spots for game watching, huge walk-in aviaries, safe hiking trails, safari
drives at night and flights over the park in a hot-air balloon.



Earthbound Expeditions Inc.
POB 11305, Bai nbr i dge I sl and, WA 98110
T. 206 842 9775 / F. 206 842 8280
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Day 10: Depart South Africa for the USA or Continue Your Journey to
Botswana and/or Victoria Falls: For those travelers returning to the
US today, there is time this morning to enjoy a third game drive. In
the early afternoon you will be transferred by coach from the Lodge
back to Johannesburg Airport. On arrival at Johannesburg’s Oliver
Tambo International Airport, connect with your scheduled
international South African Airways flight back to the USA. (B, L)

Note: For those travelers participating in the post-tour extensions,
your flight to Victoria Falls will depart this morning.




Day 11 (May 21): Arrive home with a lifetime of memories!




POST TOUR ADVENTURE BEGI NS…


VICTORIA FALLS ONLY 2 NIGHTS/ 3 DAYS
Dates: Starting May 20, 2015
Arriving home May 23, 2015
2 Nights Victoria Falls Lodge
$1,795 PP Double Occupancy
$495 Single Supplement


CHOBE AND VICTORIA FALLS 5 NIGHTS/ 6 DAYS
Dates: Starting May 20, 2015
Arriving home May 26, 2015
3 Nights Chobe National Park, Botswana
2 Nights Victoria Falls Lodge
$2,795 PP Double Occupancy
$595 Single Supplement


INCLUDED IN POST TOUR EXTENSION
 Regional round trip airfare Johannesburg-Victoria Falls
 All services as specified: breakfasts, lunch and dinner while in Chobe and
breakfast and dinners in Victoria Falls
 Accommodation in four and five star hotels and lodges
 Three evening river cruises and three morning drives
 Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles, including qualified drivers
 Sight-seeing as per itinerary led by qualified English speaking guide
 Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated above
 Earthbound Expeditions guide
 Porterage for 1 reasonable size bag per person




Earthbound Expeditions Inc.
POB 11305, Bai nbr i dge I sl and, WA 98110
T. 206 842 9775 / F. 206 842 8280
www. Ear t hboundExpedi t i ons. com
POST-TOUR EXTENSION HIGHLIGHTS – BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS
*Zambezi River cruise * Victoria Falls and surrounding rainforest * Early morning safaris
and sunset evening cruises in Chobe National Park in Botswana, home to 450 species of
birds and the largest concentration of elephants in Africa.


PACKAGE EXCLUDES
Gratuities for your post-tour guides and trackers and hotel staff * Items of a personal
nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc. * Cost of obtaining passports or visa * Some
meals not mentioned * Alcoholic beverages * Travel insurance * Airline baggage fees





ABOUT THE MIGHTY VICTORIA FALLS
Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of
the World. Statistically speaking, it is the largest
waterfall in the world. This recognition comes from
combining the height and width together to create the
largest single sheet of flowing water.


Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia
and Zimbabwe, and our guests will access the falls
through Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The falls are also close to the border of Botswana. The
Zambezi River, which originates in northern Zambia, serves as the fall’s water source.
The name Victoria Falls was given to the falls by the Scottish explorer Dr. David
Livingstone. He named the falls after the reining queen at the time. The locals called the
falls Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “smoke that thunders.” Many people still refer to this
nickname, which accurately defines the falls.



ABOUT CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA
Chobe is your gateway to a truly unique African
wildlife experience. The park is ideally situated for
exploration of the surrounding areas. It is only 50
miles from the Victoria Falls and is the second largest
national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square
kilometers. The park has one of the greatest
concentrations of game found on the African continent.
Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the
true African nature of the region, offers a safari
experience of a lifetime. A major feature of Chobe National Park is its elephant
population. The Chobe elephant comprises part of what is probably the largest surviving
continuous elephant population. This population covers most of northern Botswana plus
northwestern Zimbabwe. The Botswana’s elephant population is currently estimated at
around 120,000.





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Day 10 (May 20): Transfer to Victoria Falls and Chobe
Safari Lodge, Botswana: Today you will be transferred to
Johannesburg airport for your flight to Victoria Falls
which departs at 9:45am and arrives 11:25am. Upon
arrival in Victoria Falls you will be met by an outstanding
Earthbound local guide and those on the Victoira Falls
Only option are transferred directly to the hotel for their
2 nights at the falls.

Your stay at the falls includes a stunning fully guided
morning walking tour of Victoria Falls, park entrances and an afternoon cruise Zambezi
River (See descriptions below). On the final day of your stay you will be met by an
Earthbound representative for your transfer and return flight home.

For guests who have signed up for both the Chobe and Victoria Falls extension, you will
first wave good-bye to those being dropped off at the Victoria Falls hotel, then continue
on by private coach across the Botswana border to the town of Kasane. Sleep at Chobe
Safari Lodge. (B, D)



Day 11 and 12: Botswana: A day in the African
Bush
Enjoy daily early morning game drives and return
to the lodge for brunch. Spend the afternoons
relaxing at the pool, enjoy the gardens and views
of the river or explore the local town. This
evening bring your camera! You will witness the
vast herds of Africa and abundant wildlife as you
enjoy a game drive from the lodge into the
national park in open safari vehicles. The game
drives follow the routes along the Chobe
riverfront, which supports the greatest abundance of wildlife in the game park. On the
last evening you will enjoy a relaxing late afternoon cruise for a completely different
perspective on the wildlife you have been viewing on land. Sleep at Chobe Safari Lodge.
(B, D)

Day 13: Depart for Victoria Falls
Enjoy a final day in the African bush with another early morning game drive. Then
transfer by road to Victoria Falls Lodge. Please note: Have your Multiple Entry Visa ready
for the Zimbabwe border. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at your hotel and an included dinner
together tonight. Sleep at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (B, D)

Day 14: Depart for Victoria Falls
After breakfast this morning you will go on a tour of Victoria Falls which is one of the
Seven Wonders of the World. The Falls are 1690m wide and have a maximum drop of
103m (the average drop is 92m). This immense curtain of water is broken up by small
islands which stand on the lip of the falls, one of which is called Livingstone Island. This
is where the explorer, David Livingstone, first viewed the falls. These islands effectively
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break the falls into smaller falls, which are known as (from the Zambian side to
Zimbabwe side) the Eastern Cataract, The Rainbow Falls, the Horseshoe Falls and the
Main Falls. "Rainforests" on either side of the river are sustained entirely by the spray of
the falls. There is a paved path which leads onto the Knife Edge Bridge for a spectacular
view up the main gorge and the Eastern Cataract, and numerous other paths which give
different views of the falls and the bridge.

Late in the afternoon, take a Sundowner Cruise along the mighty Zambezi River above
the falls. Enjoy a drink while cruising slowly on the river, viewing the wildlife from a
unique vantage point. You’re sure to see hippo and elephants, a variety of other wildlife
and birds. Your guides will be on hand to describe the flora and fauna, the bird life and
wildlife. Sleep at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (B & D)

Day 15: Victoria Falls to the USA via Johannesburg
This morning you will be transferred by road back to Victoria Falls Airport where you will
take your flight back to Johannesburg.

Please Note: Have your Multiple Entry Visa ready for the Zimbabwe border & USD $25
cash per person for the Airport Departure Tax upon leaving Zimbabwe. (Departure taxes
are subject to change without notice). Upon arrival in Johannesburg proceed to
International terminal for your flight back home. (B)

Day 16 (May 26): Arrive home With Lifetime of Memories-

* Those who reserve the Victoria Falls Only option would go to Victoria Falls on Day 10,
(May 20) and depart on Day 12 (May 22), arriving home May 23.




BEFORE YOU GO...

Please Note: U.S. passport holders do not require a visa for South Africa for a visit of less
than 90 days. All Non-South African passport holders are required to have at least TWO,
entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages (i.e. one side of such a page not front and back
thereof) in their passport, each time entry is sought into South Africa. These pages are in
addition to the endorsement/amendment pages at the back of the passport. South
African government regulations prohibit airlines from boarding passengers without the
required blank visa pages. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after
intended date of departure. Note: There is a Multiple Entry Visa charge to enter
Zimbabwe of USD$45. CASH per person for USA passport holders. (Visa fees are subject
to change without notice.)












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