Southern Africa Odyssey 2017

Victoria Falls

Southern Africa Odyssey

May 18-June 4, 2017

Discover the spectacular natural beauty and vibrant cultures of four distinct nations: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe on a journey of a lifetime. 

In partnership with local guides and experts, this tour will be led by two beloved Brandeis faculty: Harleen Singh, associate professor of South Asian literature and women’s studies, and chair of the South Asian Studies Program; and Antony Polonsky, professor emeritus of Holocaust studies, chief historian of the permanent exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and a native of South Africa.

About the Trip

Our exclusive 18-day tour begins in Johannesburg with a visit to Soweto, and continues to spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. We will visit Chobe National Park in Botswana, home to exceptional bird life and one of Africa’s largest elephant populations. After Botswana, we travel to see the vast Namib Desert, featuring some of the highest sand dunes on the planet. The tour continues to Cape Town, where guests will enjoy an excursion to the world famous Winelands, South Africa’s renowned wine-growing region. While in Cape Town, our group will also visit the Cape Town Nature Reserve, home to more than 250 species of birds, and will enjoy a funcicular tram ride to the summit to take in stunning views of where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. Our group will also have the option to join specially arranged visits to the Jewish Museum and Great Synagogue. Experience the magnificance of nature's showcase: ocean and mountains, desert and plains, waterfalls, and wildlife extraordinaire.

View the brochure to learn more.

About our Faculty Leaders

Prof. Singh  Prof. Polonsky

Harleen Singh is associate professor of literature and women’s studies at Brandeis. Her work focuses on narratives of British colonialism in India, Africa and the Caribbean, with a special emphasis on literature written by women. Her research has focused on questions of race, difference, colonial and postcolonial cultural formations, globalization, and immigrant cultures.

Antony Polonsky is professor emeritus of Holocaust studies at Brandeis and at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He serves as chief historian of the permanent exhibition of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and has been appointed to the International Historical Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania. He is chair of the editorial board of “Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry,” and is the author and co-author of several books about the history of Poland.


V. Falls  54 on Bath  Windhoek

Guests will enjoy deluxe and superior first-class accommodations throughout the tour. View the accommodations to learn more.

Accommodations Itinerary

Tour package   

Namibia  Southern African Odyssey  SouthAfrica

Package: Air and land inclusive packages start at $6,595 per person (based on double occupancy), in addition to airline taxes and fees of $1,359 for a total of $7,954 from Boston, New York, Washington, D.C. Single supplement: $1,495. View the brochure for package details and information.

Visa: A visa is required for this tour. Odysseys Unlimited will provide information about visa requirements upon reservation.

Tour operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Activity level: moderately active 

S. Africa Apostles


To reserve your space or to learn more about package options, flights or travel inquiries, please call Odysseys Unlimited toll-free at 888-370-6765 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern time or submit an online reservation request.

For more information, contact Alyson Saykin, director of special programs, at or 781-736-2988.




Odysseys Unlimited 

Reserve online or by phone: 888-370-6765

9AM to 7PM EST (Mon. - Friday).

Tour Operator 
Odysseys Unlimited
One Newton Place
275 Washington Street
Suite 300
Newton, MA 02458

Brandeis Travelers
Alyson Saykin
Director of Special Programs

Brandeis Travelers