Sponsored by: AIA Tours
Join paleoanthropologist William Harcourt-Smith on this diverse South African adventure featuring fascinating paleontological localities; evocative historical sites and modern cities; sublime mountain, veld, and coastal scenery; wildlife viewing and photography opportunities; delicious cuisine; and 4- and 5-star accommodations. Travel from the lovely Magaliesberg Mountains to early human sites in the “Cradle of Humankind,” such as Sterkfontein Caves, and as far afield as the Makapansgat Valley (joined by a guest paleoanthropologist) and West Coast Fossil Park (guided by a paleontologist). Visit Blombos Museum of Archaeology and Pinnacle Point Caves, with private tours of both by a curator and a guest archaeologist, respectively. Spend two nights at a luxurious camp to explore the Kapama Game Reserve, enjoying morning and afternoon game drives. Take guided tours of Johannesburg and Cape Town, meet with paleoanthropologist Lee Berger (schedule permitting), and tour the Cape Winelands, where you will sample some of South Africa’s most renowned wines. Dr. Harcourt-Smith and local guides will accompany you throughout, weaving together the threads of past and present that make up the rich tapestry of human evolution.