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Day 01: May 8, 2019
From Cape Town, fly to Kruger National Park, one of the world’s preeminent wildlife sanctuaries.

Lunch is on our own this afternoon if not provided in flight.

Plan on a late afternoon arrival at your hotel, located just outside one of the park entrances, and relax before dinner under the trees and stars.
Overnight:  Pestana Kruger (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast,  Dinner

Day 02: May 9, 2019

As the animals prefer to feed during the cool temperatures of early morning, you’ll venture out early to witness exotic plant and animal life in the gentle light of the dawn. Close examination of the riverbank will likely reveal lazy hippos and steel-jawed crocodiles. Your guide can help you spot some, or all, of the Big Five: lion, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard, and elephant. You’ll need no help locating the ever present giraffe, zebra, kudu, impala, and warthog from your open game vehicle today.

After lunch by your own arrangement at a local rest camp, continue your exclusive game-spotting adventure before heading back to the hotel.

Dinner with a local beer will be provided this evening at the hotel.

Overnight:  Pestana Kruger (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 03: May 10, 2019
Continue with game drives. The enormity of the park does necessitate significant travel time to explore and observe the most interesting wildlife interactions.

Another early morning ensures prime viewing of the park’s exotic species and beautiful landscapes. You’re sure to notice an abundance of colorful bird life throughout the park. Observe how the animals blend into their surroundings, as your guide helps you encounter rare and extraordinary animals ranging from the powerful and agile cheetah to the great baboon. You may also witness the rugged wildebeest, the cagey hyena, and many types of antelope during your adventure.

Lunch will be on your own this afternoon during a stop at a local rest camp.

Dinner will be provided back at your hotel this evening.​
Overnight: Pestana Kruger (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast,  Dinner

Day 4: May 11, 2019
After breakfast, head to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit. Check in for your afternoon flight to Johannesburg and onward home.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: May 12, 2019
Arrive back in the U.S. today.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

Our Mental Health Journey will take us to South Africa for an 11 day career enrichment experience! What better way to learn and grow than to experience firsthand how the mental healthcare system is evolving in South Africa?  Meaningful interaction and collaboration with mental health counterparts will focus on understanding the barriers to early treatment of serious mental illness, strategies to the prevention of relapse of serious mental illness, and the importance of culture in the effective treatment of mental illness. You will discuss topics of mutual interest with your professional counterparts in a variety of settings including the South African Society of Psychiatrists, a local university and a local mental health clinic. In addition to the career enrichment opportunities, you will visit the Apartheid Museum; ​visit the winelands region and sample wines; ascend Table Mountain and engage with community members in a variety of settings in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. ​​ 

Post Program Optional Extension: Safari, Kruger National Park

South Africa: Kruger National Park | 4 days |  May 8-11, 2019 | $1,899

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South Africa: Johannesburg, Cape Town | 11 days | April 29 - May 9, 2019 | $5,999



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Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city

All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

Partnerships in every country to which we travel


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​​​​​​Leader Spotlight: 

Dr. Joel M. Silberberg

​Dr. Silberberg is currently Behavioral Health Medical Director, Envolve. He also maintains a private practice of psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Silberberg graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and is Board Certified in general and forensic psychiatry.

He is a former Professor of Psychiatry at Loyola University, Maywood, Illinois and University of Florida, Gainesville. He has experience in many aspects of civil and criminal forensic psychiatry including assessment of emotional harm, violence risk

assessment and reduction, and

in public psychiatry as the

Medical Director of Madden

Mental Health Center, a state

hospital in Hines, Illinois. 

Day 01: Travel to South Africa
Depart early this evening and make your way to South Africa.

With a dynamic fusion of African, European, and Asian influences, South Africa is a place of vibrant cultural diversity. 26 years after its emergence from apartheid, the nation has become a fascinating mix of history and modernity, of ancient traditions and new ideas.

Day 02: Arrival in Johannesburg
Upon arrival at Johannesburg International airport, you will meet your local guide. Transfer to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.

Johannesburg is currently the largest city in Southern Africa with more than six million people and urbanization at 97%. It is a city of contrasts with wealthy suburbs and commercial centers alongside informal settlements, Indian bazaars and African muti (medicine) shops, where traditional healers dispense advice and traditional medicine. Johannesburg is in Gauteng Province. “Gauteng” is a Sotho word meaning Place of Gold.

Situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s most exclusive suburbs, Southern Sun Hyde Park offers guests the perfect blend of style, sophistication, relaxation, and elegance in Sandton. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, onsite dining, a business center, outdoor pool & bar and other upscale amenities. It is close to local shops and restaurants for your convenience.

Enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant this evening. 

Overnight:  Southern Sun Hyde Park (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 03: Welcome & Orientation

After breakfast, take part in an orientation and welcome briefing on South Africa. This comprehensive briefing covers an introduction to your local staff, some historical background, and current information on South African society and economy.

Immediately following, the group will have a speaker from an organization such as the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) join the group to provide an overview of mental health and psychiatric services in South Africa. This will provide an opportunity to ask questions and interact with their knowledgeable representative(s).

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Explore the darkest years in South African history at the Apartheid Museum. Likened to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., this haunting museum takes you into the beating heart of the struggle for freedom from apartheid, the grip of the National Party’s regime during apartheid, and the giddy days of liberation.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight:  Southern Sun Hyde Park (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Professional Exchange
Meetings will be requested for this morning and afternoon with local schools, medical facilities and/or a local university such as the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Psychiatry Department. The department renders service in various local community clinics in Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng, Metro and West Rand. Wits is a remarkable university that is internationally distinguished for its excellent research, high academic standards and commitment to social justice. We will be requesting Wits’ assistance with access to one of the community clinics or local hospitals with which they are affiliated.

Mission: The primary aim of this professional exchange program is to interact with your mental health counterparts in South Africa to discuss and better understand the barriers to early treatment of serious mental illness, strategies to prevent relapse of serious mental illness, and the importance of culture in the effective treatment of mental illness. All mental health professionals can learn from other countries and cultures how to effectively treat mental illness via developing longstanding ties with international counterparts and this journey will open those doors with South Africa.

Guest program:  Guests will venture to Pretoria, South Africa’s political capital filled with stunning architectural and cultural history. At the Voortrekker Monument, see an unparalleled view of the city and take a moment to reflect upon the importance and long-term repercussions of the actions of the first whites to conquer South Africa’s interior and northern territories. Later, visit Church Square and the Union Buildings, which are the seat of the South African national government and site of Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight: Southern Sun Hyde Park (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Professional and Humanitarian Program
This morning the group will meet with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (or similar). They are Africa's largest mental health support and advocacy group and is committed to quality counseling, outreach and capacity building work throughout South Africa

Guest program: Guests will have some free time this morning to relax and will connect with the rest of the group for the afternoon humanitarian visit.

​Lunch is by individual arrangement today.

This afternoon the group will take part in a visit with staff from a local after-school program: The Elton John Masibambisane Center for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children. Spend time with the staff and children, hanging out and learning about the assistance the center provides to the children and their caregivers, while giving back to the community.

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant this evening.

Overnight: Southern Sun Hyde Park (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Cape Town and Table Mountain
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and head back to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

Fly to the southern city of Cape Town late this morning. The oldest port in southern Africa, Cape Town is regularly heralded as one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Tucked into the arms of a broad bay, it is surrounded by white-sand beaches. Cape Town’s Mediterranean look and feel attracts visitors from around the world, and it was the first place settled by European settlers, entrepreneurs, and religious refugees. 

Lunch is on your own today if not included in your flight to Cape Town. Options available at the airport.

The Southern Sun Cullinan, located in the heart of the city’s most tourist-friendly precinct, is a short walk from the V&A Waterfront. Stylish and inviting, the hotel provides comfortable and convenient accommodation for travelers. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a fully-equipped fitness center and a gorgeous outdoor pool.

If weather permits, you will have the opportunity to ascend Table Mountain via a revolving aerial cable car this afternoon. This iconic symbol of Cape Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site offering stunning views of the entire Cape Peninsula, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Cape Town, and the harbor.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight:  Southern Sun Cullinan (or similar) 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Cultural Exploration
Spend the day with your fellow travelers enjoying the sights in and around Cape Town. Explore the countryside via a motor coach tour of the Cape Peninsula all the way to the Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point) in Table Mountain National Park. Extraordinary care has been taken to protect this lush reserve of indigenous flora and fauna, and the striking natural beauty of the area makes it a destination for both foreign and local visitors.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

After lunch, stop to see the rare African penguins in their natural surroundings at Boulders Beach. There are few places in the world where you can get this close to a breeding colony of penguins and you’ll get a firsthand look at these flightless birds as they roam freely around the area.

On the way back to town, stop to take a walk through the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens to see some extraordinary indigenous plants.

Dinner is by individual arrangement this evening. You might check out the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, which features magnificent sea and mountain vistas as well as exciting shopping and entertainment venues, cafés, restaurants, and markets. 
Overnight: ​Southern Sun Cullinan (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 08: Professional Exchange

Today is set aside for continued professional interaction with your mental health counterparts to visit a local high school. Discuss items such as suicide risk assessment and reduction, violence risk assessment and reduction, substance abuse, sexual harassment and other items of mutual interest with the faculty and select students as available.

Lunch is by individual arrangement (own expense).

This afternoon, a meeting will be requested with the University of Cape Town to discuss the Mental Health & Poverty Project (MHaPP). The purpose of the Mental Health and Poverty Project is to develop, implement and evaluate mental health policy in poor countries to provide new knowledge regarding comprehensive multi-sectoral approaches to breaking the negative cycle of poverty and mental ill-health. MHaPP is based in four African countries: Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia.

Guest program: Guests will visit Bo-Kaap, the only area in the city of Cape Town where the Cape Malay community were not forcibly removed under Apartheid. It is a bright and colorful area, one of the most photographed places in Cape Town. Enjoy a walk around the area and visit a spice shop before heading into a home of one of the ladies in the area. The Cape Malay cuisine is the oldest cuisine of the Cape, having been evolved by the Malay slaves who worked in the kitchens of their Dutch masters. Participate in the making of a delicious meal and learn more about this local culture. Enjoy some time free late this afternoon to explore the waterfront. The V&A Waterfront is, Cape Town's premier retail, dining and entertainment precinct. 

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight:  Southern Sun Cullinan (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 09: Cape Winelands Exploration

​Travelers will escape to the Cape Winelands, where breathtaking vistas, majestic mountain backdrops, rolling vineyards, and quaint Cape Dutch homesteads characterize the famous and award-winning wine estates. Savor the rich history and culture of Stellenbosch, a historic Dutch colonial town now home to one of the country’s best universities.

Visits may include Solms-Delta for a wine tasting and a look at their Museum van de Caab and Music van de Caab center. Located in the farm’s original wine cellar and dating back to 1740 the museum gives a voice to the individual indigenous and slave people who have lived and worked on the farm from precolonial times to the present.

Also visit Franschoek, a valley originally settled by French Huguenot refugees who brought with them their wine and food culture.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon at a local winery. Return to Cape Town late this afternoon with some time to relax before dinner.

Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Southern Sun Canillan (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Return to U.S
The morning is yours to explore independently and prepare for hotel check-out. ​​Fly back to Washington, DC this afternoon with arrival the following morning.  Lunch is on your own this afternoon with meal service provided on your international flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Arrival

Arrive back in Washington DC this morning.

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

Mental Health Journey to South Africa - led by Dr. Joel Silberberg

Pestana Kruger is a four star hotel, situated just 70m from the southern entrance to Kruger National Park and only 150m from Malelane Gate, one of the most important access points to the park. It is surrounded by marvelous gardens and offers a fantastic view of the Crocodile River, where hippos and several other wildlife species can be seen.

The hotel has many special facilities including two outdoor pools, a restaurant, two bars and a spa that offers a range of body treatments and a Turkish bath.

Kruger National Park was founded in 1898 by a group of dedicated individuals who acted to preserve the northeastern part of South Africa as a national park for future generations to enjoy. Today the park encompasses roughly 7,580 square miles of wildlife safari country, supports species in their natural habitats, and houses the Big Five: lion, elephant, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros. You will enjoy a privately guided safari and stay just minutes from on of the primary entrances to the park. Be sure to take your camera to capture these once in a lifetime memories.