Day 1: Overnight Travel Thu. 18 Jan 2018

Day 2: Bulawayo Fri. 19 Jan 2018

Arrival in Bulawayo

After a brief connection in Johannesburg, you'll arrive in Bulawayo at noon. Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city and named after the royal kraal of Mizilikazi - founder of the Matabele Nation. After entry formalities, you'll be met and transferred to the city. Enroute to your hotel, make a brief stop at the Carmel School to see a school filled with brown and black children - who are not Jewish - sing the Shabbat blessings and the Israeli national anthem, and welcome you to Bulawayo. Afternoon at leisure to freshen up and rest. This evening, you'll be transferred to Sinai Synagogue for Shabbat Services and Dinner, within close walking distance of your hotel. During dinner, special guest speaker Paul Hubbard will give a talk on the history of the Bulawayo Jewish community. Shabbat Shalom.

The Bulawayo Jewish Community has a long and rich history and helped build the foundations of the new country of Southern Rhodesia, now called Zimbabwe. The Bulawayo Jewish Community was founded in 1894, and the first white child born in Bulawayo was Jewish. That same year, the first newspaper was founded by a Jew, and in 1897 the foundation stone for the first synagogue was laid, with the first Rabbi arriving in 1899. In 1897 Mr. L. Hirschler was elected the first mayor of Bulawayo, and was the first of many Jews to fill that position.

The Jewish Community prospered and grew steadily, and built many institutions over the years including a Jewish day school, sports and country clubs, senior citizen homes, and had vibrant Chevra Kadisha, WIZO, JNF, and Zionist youth organizations. The Jewish population peaked at just over 3,500 in the mid 1960’s, but following the Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1965, and the beginning of the Rhodesian Bush War, a guerrilla conflict between the government and two rival black nationalist groups, Jews began to emigrate and the community began to dwindle.

Rhodesia became Zimbabwe in 1980 and in 1994 the Bulawayo Jewish Community, which now numbered 344 people, celebrated its centenary.

Today the Community is elderly and numbers around 45 people. Despite their financial challenges and the difficulties in the country, they maintain a synagogue and hold regular Shabbat services, operate a senior citizen home, and still have a filled to capacity school despite there being no Jewish children.

Holiday Inn Bulawayo is located close to the Ascot Race Course and an excellent 18 hole golf course. The 157 room offers facilities and services designed for both business and leisure travelers such as a business centre, swimming pools as well as the tennis and squash courts. The Phumulani Restaurant provides breakfast as well as lunch and dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. It offers a buffet style service, incorporating a wide range of local and western dishes. The King Bean Coffee overlooking the pool is a popular spot for guests.

Day 3: Bulawayo Sat. 20 Jan 2018

Shabbat Shalom. Rabbi Jensen will discuss the Jewish experience in Southern Africa. Late afternoon/evening, you will meet David Coltart and learn of the political situation in Zimbabwe. David is a former minister in the Zimbabwe government (opposition party), was an activist against the Rhodesian regime and is now an activist against the Mugabe regime. He is a wonderful speaker and is very close to the Jewish community.

Day 4: Hwange National Park Sun. 21 Jan 2018

A drive through Bulawayo to see the old and current Jewish institutions including the cemetery and Carmel Day School. You'll visit Savyon Lodge and meet with the residents. Continue to Matopos National Park, the major tourist attraction for visitors to the area, before arriving at The Hide, located in the Hwange National Park.

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species. Terrain ranges from desert dunes and savannahs to rocky outcrops and sparse forests, and visitors may enjoy game drives, guided walks or horseback safaris as a means of experiencing the park and its creatures.

Guided Walks & Game Drives

The Hide Safari Camp is fortunate to have the best of both worlds. While located within the Hwange National Park, it is also surrounded by a private concession which allows it to offer activities not otherwise permitted. Activities/ excursions include morning and afternoon guided walks, morning and afternoon game drives; night drives with a spotlight, "hide sits" around pans and full day excursions.

Day 5: Hwange National Park Mon. 22 Jan 2018

Full day at The Hide.

Guided Walks & Game Drives

The Hide Safari Camp is fortunate to have the best of both worlds. While located within the Hwange National Park, it is also surrounded by a private concession which allows it to offer activities not otherwise permitted. Activities/ excursions include morning and afternoon guided walks, morning and afternoon game drives; night drives with a spotlight, "hide sits" around pans and full day excursions.

Day 6: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Tue. 23 Jan 2018

Morning game drive, breakfast and check out. Board your coach for the scenic drive to Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Victoria Falls. Our knowledgeable guide will take you on an unforgettable experience through the Victoria Falls rainforest and provide a great deal of interesting facts about the geology, wildlife and history of Africa’s most famous landmark. Listen to magical tales of local legend while you experience the constant spray from the “The Smoke that Thunders”.

Conclude the day with a Zambezi Sunset Cruise, providing an opportunity to unwind and relax in the timeless environment while enjoying complimentary sundowner drinks and light snacks. The cruise is set against the gracious glow of the African Sunset on this vast body of water. The guides and crew are a font of knowledge about the river wildlife and will entertain you with numerous tales about local culture and historical exploration. Have your camera ready to capture one of the most amazing sunsets in Africa. You'll be sure to spot wildlife animals as they come down to the river for a drink after a hot day. Sightings of elephant, giraffe and others are common. There's always an abundance of hippos and crocodiles. Birdlife is superb and the Fisheagles will usually fill the air with their calls.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the Grand Old Lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, and one of only three IS0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe. The Edwardian-style five-star hotel is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World and combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it is just a ten-minute walk to the Falls using the hotel’s private pathway, and “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-O-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark.

Shearwater Sunset Cruise

Activities and Services

Victoria Falls Guided Tour Sunset Cruise

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Day 7: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Wed. 24 Jan 2018

Transfer to Livingstone, Zambia (approximately 1 hour by road). Meet your local guide Peter Jones for a visit to the sites of Jewish interests (synagogue, museum). Peter is passionate about sharing the region’s Jewish heritage and places of Jewish interest in Livingstone. Enjoy a guided Tour of Victoria Falls on the Zambian side.

Livingstone

Also known as Maramba, the historic British colonial city of Livingstone in Zambia is a tourism centre for the nearby Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and the Zambezi River. Once a grand Edwardian town, Livingstone today offers many luxury lodges and hotels establishing themselves in and around the town and along the Zambezi River.

Return to the Victoria Falls Hotel in the evening.

VICTORIA FALLS GUIDED TOUR ZAMIBA

Activities and Services

Livingstone Victoria Falls Guided Tour

Day 8: Cape Town Thu. 25 Jan 2018

After breakfast, transfer to the Airport for your flight to Cape Town. You will be met at Cape Town International Airport and transferred your hotel. This evening, ascend to the top of Table Mountain for one of the most spectacular views anywhere - the glistening city and the meeting of two oceans.

Cape Town

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own with rich culture, vibrant nightlife, cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary natural wonders.

Table Mountain Cableway

A trip up Table Mountain is quite rightly one of the first things a tourist wants to do when arriving in Cape Town. Once on the top, a 1000m above the city below, you are rewarded with spectacular 360 views.

Radisson Blu le Vendome Hotel

Situated in the Platinum Mile area of Sea Point, this hotel is just minutes walk to the Seapoint Synagogue. The district’s ocean promenade and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront are also within walking distance. The hotel's 143 rooms and suites feature old world details and convenient amenities such as free, high-speed wireless internet.

CT Aerial

Day 9: Cape Town Fri. 26 Jan 2018

Enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, which will include Cape Point, the penguin colony at Boulders Beach and the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. This evening, join the Sea Point Jewish Community for Shabbat Services and Dinner. Shabbat Shalom.

The Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation, affectionately known as the Marais Road Shul, has been home to Cape Town's Atlantic Seaboard Jewry since 1926. Saul Solomon, founder of the Cape Argus and MP for Cape Town, was instrumental in the early development of Sea Point and a prominent member of the Jewish community.

Day 10: Cape Town Sat. 27 Jan 2018

Shabbat in Cape Town. Special invited guest speakers will speak of the extraordinary role that the Jewish community played during Apartheid. Special farewell dinner this evening when Rabbi Jensen will summarize the unique Jewish experience in Southern Africa.

Table Mountain Cableway Table Mountain Robben Island

Day 11: Overnight Travel Sun. 28 Jan 2018

Day 12: Departure Mon. 29 Jan 2018