You will be joined by Paula Ehrlich, PhD, President and CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, where she champions biodiversity research to inform conservation efforts, along with guides, Mike Bruton, PhD, a South African whose career began in marine biology and now includes the conservation of biodiversity and psychology of learning, and his longtime colleague Emlyn Koster, PhD, a geologist and Director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Our organizational partner is US-based Maxim Tours.


The climate of South Africa ranges from semi-arid to tropical. In Johannesburg, situated on an almost 6,000 foot high plateau, February’s average high/low are 77°/57°F. In coastal Cape Town, February’s average high/low are 73°/61°F. Dress in layers with sturdy footwear for daytimes and casual for receptions and dinners. Evening dinners on Rovos Rail require jackets/ties and dresses/suits.


This Adventure is open to Members only. To become a Member, please contact Catherine Starek, Coordinator of Membership for the Friends of the Museum, or 919.707.9296.

The total per person cost is $9,950 for double room occupancy ($3,200 extra for single occupancy). This includes all ground transportation and tour guides, all accommodations, meals, fees, receptions, and speakers. This cost does not include airfare.
A passport valid for at least three more months is required for travel. Personal travel/health insurance is highly recommended.

To indicate your interest please fill out this form: Trip Interest Survey. You will then be notified as soon as registration becomes available. Once registration is open, spaces will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis until the maximum number of 22 registrants is reached. Registration will end on June 23, 2017 and full payment is due no later than October 26, 2017. A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 per person is required upon reservation to hold a place on this trip. Reservations will be acknowledged in their order of receipt until the maximum is reached, after which a wait list will be used in the event of any cancellations.

We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically unfeasible to operate. In this event, we will refund your deposit paid. However, we are unable to refund any deposits following trip cancellation that results from factors outside our control including but not limited to terrorism, natural disaster, or other major global events and therefore recommend you purchase travel insurance. We are not responsible for costs incurred by a participant in preparing for a program that is altered or canceled.

For any questions about this Adventure, including cancellation policy and liability coverage details, please contact Jerry Reynolds, Head of Outreach at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, at or 919.707.9884.