Travel Dates: 
June 29, 2014 to July 10, 2014
Destination: 
Africa
Leaders & Speakers: 
Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with scholar-in-residence Rabbi Natan Slifkin, the Zoo Rabbi. 

  • luxury hotels
  • gourmet kosher food
  • Victoria Falls
  • Chobe National Park
  • Private game reserve
  • Shabbat in beautiful Capetown

 

For further details, click on "Full Price List," above.  

To see photos of last year's trip, click here (and like us on Facebook!)

To read Rabbi Kelman's impressions on Jewish life in South Africa, click here.

To see our flyer, click here.

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Here's what people say about last year's tour:

"Going on safari to Africa: it evokes romantic images of a jeep ride across the bush to see “the big five” wild animals, then afternoon tea in camp on fine china.  Just in the movies, you say?  TIM’s African Safari delivers that and more, including breathtaking Capetown wrapped in a Torah environment and Rabbi Jay's warm hospitality." --Zev Shainhouse, Toronto, ON

"Being in a totally unfamiliar landscape, surrounded by the wonders of nature and the animal world, I gained a new perspective on the incredible balance of the world and its inhabitants. The very knowledgable local rangers and guides enhanced our appreciation of our surroundings, and Rabbi Slifkin's commentary and insights helped turn a remarkable vacation into a Kiddush HaShem.  The well-planned accommodations, arrangements, and food contributed to an unforgettable experience, shared with an interesting and varied group of people."  --Mollie Fisch, Teaneck, NJ

"The trip to Africa with Rabbi Slifkin was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The raw and natural beauty of the  animals and the country we encountered was enhanced by Torah insights, bringing the trip to a spiritual level, as well."  --Frieda Bomrind, Brooklyn, NY

"What a memorable trip with Rabbi Slifkin bringing a Torah perspective to the animals we saw in their natural habitat…an adventure not to be missed."  -- Mena Shupak, Toronto, ON

ITINERARY (subject to change):

Sunday 29 June : Depart for Africa

Monday 30 June : Johannesburg

Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg. You will be met and transferred to your hotel in the suburbs for an overnight stay.

Check in and freshen up (if you room is available) and then depart around 12.30pm for a tour of Soweto. Soweto, Southern Africa’s biggest city, is a vibrant city of great contrasts with a pulse and culture of its own. See and hear the fascinating facts about the first victim of the 1976 students’ uprisings. Indulge in the extremely exclusive vibe exuded by the Sowetans.

Accommodation : Hyatt Regency – Hyatt Guest room

Tuesday 1 July : Johannesburg – Victoria Falls

This morning you’ll be transferred back to ORTIA for a flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport where you’ll be met and transferred to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for a 2-night stay.  

This afternoon you’ll be collected for a guided walking tour of the Falls, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.

First stop is the Big Tree – a massive baobab many hundreds of years old with a girth of some 22 metres. The tour continues on to the Falls themselves, starting at Livingstone’s statue and Devil’s Cataract and proceeding through the rainforest to Danger Point. The total walk is 3kms with many spectacular view points along the way.

Accommodation : The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge  

 

Wednesday 2 July : Victoria Falls

You will be collected this morning for a full day tour to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Transfer across the Botswana, completing immigration and customs formalities before continuing to the Chobe National Park. Cruise on the Chobe River where you should see elephant, crocodiles, pods of hippos and other game species coming to drink and bathe in the river, as well as many bird species. Lunch at a lodge. The afternoon continues with a game drive in open vehicles into the Chobe National Park, with a chance of spotting lion and buffalo as well as numerous plains game species. Transfer back across the Zimbabwean border in the late afternoon.

Accommodation : The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge  

 

Thursday 3 July : Victoria Falls – Johannesburg – Cape Town

This morning you’ll enjoy an elephant back safari. Clients are transferred to The Elephant Company reception for a 15-minute introductory talk on African elephants and their relationship with man, as well as a safety talk. Clients are then introduced to the elephants and their “Ndunas”. After a short familiarisation with the elephants, the elephant back safari through the bush begins (1.5-2 hours ride).

Late morning : You will be collected at your hotel and transferred back to Victoria Falls Airport for a flight to Johannesburg and a connecting flight to Cape Town. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for a 4 night stay.

Accommodation : The President Hotel

 

Friday 4 July : Cape Town

Today’s touring will include a cable-car ride up Table Mountain (weather permitting) and a tour of the winelands. South Africa is the world's seventh largest wine producer, and its vineyards are as spectacular as those of France, Italy and California. Leaving Cape Town proceed through the spectacular mountain scenery and lush fertile valleys of the Cape to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest city. This oak lined university town has a museum showing different styles of architecture in the Cape from the 16th century.  You’ll visit Spier ‘s Eagle-Encounters, a bird of prey rehabilitation, education & eco-tourism centre. The day can be spent combining a mixture of fascinating history with spectacular scenery and wine tastings at one or two kosher wineries.

Return to the city in time to prepare for Shabbat.

Accommodation : The President Hotel

Shabbat 5 July : Cape Town

Shabbat – at leisure. Shul is in walking distance of your accommodation.

Accommodation : The President Hotel

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<p><strong>Sunday 6 July : Cape Town</strong></p>

<p>Today you&rsquo;ll enjoy a full day sightseeing tour to Cape Point. The 25 mile drive to Cape Point includes a stop at Hout Bay, a beautiful fishing village from where a boat trip is made to Duiker Island, to see the mass of seals (weather permitting). To arrive at Cape Point, one passes through the 7750 hectare plant rich expanse of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This reserve is home to a variety of indigenous wildlife species including the Cape Mountain zebra, red lynx, caracal and a variety of antelope. In addition about five troops of chacma baboons frequent the area. There are also over 250 species of marine birds. Viewers may be lucky enough to spot seals, whales and dolphins. Leaving the reserve we drive along the False Bay coastline to Boulders Beach, home of the largest Jackass Penguin colony in South Africa.</p>

<p>We&rsquo;ll visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. These magnificent gardens nestle on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, in the southern suburbs. The National Botanical Garden covers 560ha of land, stretching up the mountain to its highest point. There are several walks that lead through the garden, where staff cultivate 4000 of the 22000 southern African flowering plants in a setting of mountain streams, pools and rolling lawns.</p>

<p>We&rsquo;ll end the day with a visit to the Jewish Museum. The South African Jewish Museum was officially opened by former president Mr Nelson Mandela in 2000 and is a major attraction in CT. It is situated on the heritage site of the Gardens Synagogue, the Cape Town Holocaust Centre and Gitlin library.</p>

<p>The Museum narrates the story of SA Jewry from its early beginnings. Its entrance is situated in the Old synagogue that dates back to 1863. The museum is interactive and high-tech, providing a host of experiences that include audiovisual presentations, multimedia, reconstructed sets and interactive computers.</p>

<p>Adjacent to the Museum is the Holocaust Centre &ndash; time permitting a visit will be made here too.</p>

<p><strong>Accommodation : The President Hotel</strong></p>

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<p><strong>Monday 7 July : Cape Town &ndash; Johannesburg &ndash; Madikwe Game Reserve</strong></p>

<p>Transfer this morning to Cape Town Airport for a flight to Johannesburg and connecting flight to Madikwe Game Reserve. Arrive at the landing strip where you&rsquo;ll be met and transferred to the luxurious Madikwe Safari Lodge for a 3-night stay.</p>

<p>The 60,000 ha Madikwe Game Reserve is situated in the far north of North West Province, adjacent to the Botswana border. Home to 66 large mammal species including the <strong><em>Big Five</em></strong> and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species, it is one of South Africa&#39;s largest game reserves.</p>

<p>Madikwe has the distinction of being one of the few game reserves in the world to be proclaimed purely on the grounds of being the most appropriate and sustainable land use for an area. Madikwe represents an extension to this philosophy in that it is run as a joint venture between the State, the private sector and local communities. The success of this approach has made Madikwe the role model for similar ventures being started up elsewhere in South Africa. The reserve consists of vast plains of open woodlands and grasslands, dissected by the rugged Rant van Tweedepoort, and bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains. The area is dotted with huge rocky hills or <em>inselbergs</em>.</p>

<p>The activities at the lodge include&nbsp;early morning and late afternoon game drives. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing at the particular time of the year.&nbsp;The rangers advise of an early morning wake up call followed by a game drive, returning for breakfast. Afternoon drives extend into the evening with the aid of spotlights to view seldom seen nocturnal species.</p>

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<p><strong>Tuesday 8 July :&nbsp; Madikwe Safari Lodge</strong></p>

<p>It&#39;s an early start for the morning game drive. As the early morning sun rises over the horizon, rangers head out with guests into the African bushveld. One can sense the excitement&hellip; who knows what to expect? A herd of ever-cautious impala huddled together, a leopard in the branches of a knobthorn tree with a kill from the last hours of darkness, a herd of elephant feeding in the lush vegetation or a pride of lion in the shade of an acacia. Tea/coffee are served prior to departing the lodge, and again there will be refreshments about mid-way through the drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Afternoon/evening program as per previous day.</p>

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<p><strong>Wednesday 9 July : Madikwe Safari Lodge</strong></p>

<p>Another day to enjoy the thrill of game viewing and the tranquillity of the bush.</p>

<p><strong>Thursday 10 July</strong> : Madikwe &ndash; Johannesburg &ndash; USA.</p>

<p>Morning game drive followed by breakfast. Then it&rsquo;s time to pack up for the return flight to Johannesburg. Arrive back at ORTIA from where you&rsquo;ll proceed on a tour to the Apartheid Museum.</p>

<p>The <strong>Apartheid Museum opened in Johannesburg in 2001</strong> with the mission to educate visitors about the inhumanity of Apartheid and to increase awareness about the heroic movement that ended it. The result is not only an informative and moving must-see, but an architecturally interesting museum complex.</p>

<p>Accessing the museum&rsquo;s front entrance through its courtyard, visitors are overshadowed by literal pillars of South Africa&rsquo;s new constitution: democracy, equality, reconciliation, diversity, responsibility, respect and freedom. Further exemplifying the museum&rsquo;s status as one of the most evocative in the world, visitors are thereafter handed a card stating their race and are required to enter the building through their designated gate.</p>

<p>Through its 22 permanent multimedia exhibitions visitors are taken on an emotional journey through South Africa&rsquo;s political progress, presented in an unbiased, informative and ultimately enlightening manner.</p>

<p>Return to ORTIA where you&rsquo;ll check in for your flight home.&nbsp;</p>

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<p><strong>OPTIONAL ADD-ON:</strong></p>

<p><strong>Friday 11 July : Johannesburg</strong></p>

<p>This morning your tour guide will collect you for a tour of Cullinan Mine and Pretoria.&nbsp;&ldquo;Jacaranda City&rdquo; as Pretoria is called because of the tens of thousands of Jacarandas that populate the city, is&nbsp;the administrative capital of South Africa, home of government headquarters and historic sites. Visit Church Square, historical Church Street, Union Buildings, Voortrekker Monument&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;historical&nbsp;monument to the &ldquo;Great Trek&rdquo;,&nbsp;and experience the thrill of a tour at Cullinan mine. Situated on the outskirts of Pretoria. Enjoy a specialist tour of the surface workings at the site of the discovery of the&nbsp;Cullinan Diamond, the world&rsquo;s largest diamond and now part of the Crown Jewels.</p>

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<p><strong>Shabbat 12 July : Johannesburg&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Canada</strong></p>

<p>Enjoy Shabbat within the community. After&nbsp;Shabbat you&rsquo;ll be transferred to ORTIA for your&nbsp;flight home.</p>

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Testimonials

"I found the trip fabulous--the accommodations everywhere, the food, the guides were all excellent. I am very grateful I was able to attend."
-Pessy Weitzner, Toronto, ON

"What a memorable trip with Rabbi Slifkin bringing a Torah perspective to the animals we saw in their natural habitat…an adventure not to be missed."

- Mena Shupak, Toronto, ON

"The trip to Africa with Rabbi Slifkin was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The raw and natural beauty of the  animals and the country we encountered was enhanced by Torah insights, bringing the trip to a spiritual level, as well." 

- Frieda Bomrind, Brooklyn, NY