South African Odyssey

March 11-24, 2020

Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime journey to South Africa. Experience Cape Town, including the Castle of Good Hope, the baroque-style City Hall, the Grande Parade, Saint George’s Cathedral and Table Mountain. Journey through the Cape Peninsula with visits to the Cape of Good Hope Reserve and penguin colonies at Boulders Beach. Enjoy a home-hosted dinner, where you meet a local South African family and dine with them at their home. Travel the country’s principal wine route to Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, and enjoy tastings at some of the excellent vineyards along the way. Take a game-viewing cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary, home to crocodiles, hippopotami, sea turtles and sharks. Participate in a game drive through Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, with its immense diversity of fauna and flora and its particularly famous black and white rhinos. Explore Matsamo Cultural Village where you can learn more about local traditions and customs. A definite highlight is a thrilling game drive on an open-vehicle through Kruger National Park.  Drive on to Johannesburg through the Panoramic Route with amazing scenery including the 16-mile-long Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. Then visit Soweto, the country’s most metropolitan township, with stops at the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Fee Includes:

  • Roundtrip motor coach transportation from Milwaukee to Chicago
  • Roundtrip Airfare: Chicago-Cape Town, Johannesburg-Chicago
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Cape Town-Durban
  • 10 nights’ accommodations
    • 4 nights Cape Town
    • 1 night Hluhluwe
    • 1 night eSwatini
    • 2 nights Hazyview
    • 2 nights Johannesburg
  • Hotel taxes, fees and service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 21 meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Game drives in modern 10-seater safari vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary


Kim  Beck

Kim Beck

Kim Beck has been responsible for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UW-Milwaukee in one way or another for the past 16 years; the last seven, serving as its executive director. Honored and humbled to be a part of the ... read more


Is This Trip Right for You?
This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect three to four hours of walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups are required. There are two long days spent on the coach between eSwatini and Hazyview, as well as between Hazyview and Johannesburg. For your comfort, several stops will be made along the way including a lunch break. While the majority of the tour will be performed in an air-conditioned motor coach, game drives will be performed by small safari vehicles that cannot be air-conditioned. While the majority of South Africa is malaria-free, visitors to Kruger National Park are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health care provider before signing up for this tour. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk.

Attend a free, no-obligation information meeting on Wed, May 22 from 6:30-8:00pm at the UWM School of Continuing Education. To RSVP, contact Kim Beck at 414-227-3321 or kcb@uwm.eduPlease note:  Tour may be filled by time of the Information Meeting.

Final Tour Orientation Meeting will be held February 5, 2020

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Date: Weekdays, Mar 11-24

Time: 8am-10pm

Location: Travel Program

Instructor: Kim Beck

Fee: $4,550

Enrollment Limit: 38

Program Number: 8330-11712

Note: Osher Member Occupancy Rates: Double: $4550, Single: $5450

A nonrefundable $300 deposit is necessary to reserve your place
Information Meeting will be held May 22, 2019
Final Tour Orientation Meeting will be held February 5, 2020

You must be a current member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the time of registration and at the time of travel

Registration Deadline: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Registration deadline has passed.