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Munyawana Conservancy | 4 days |  January 13-17, 2021 | $1,699

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With a dynamic fusion of African, European, and Asian influences, South Africa is a place of vibrant cultural diversity. Years after its emergence from apartheid, the nation has become a fascinating mix of history and modernity, of ancient traditions and new ideas. The primary professional objective of this journey is meaningful interaction and collaboration with a focus on music education curriculum, discussions on access to band and choral classes in schools, and an exchange of knowledge with your counterparts. Participants in this journey will enhance their understanding and appreciation of the culture and history of the South African people while learning about the rich heritage of their music traditions. Exchange knowledge and discuss challenges in education with colleagues in public and private schools and universities in Johannesburg and Durban such as the Durban School of Music and the University of Pretoria School of the Arts: Music. Cultural and community explorations on this journey include a visit to the Apartheid Museum as well as a driving tour of the South Western Township (Soweto) where you will have a chance to visit a local community center such as ACOSA or MIAGI. 

Optional 3-night safari extension to explore the Munyawana Conservancy

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Detailed Itinerary


Shared Room
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$1,733.00 USD
Total $5,699.00 USD
Single Room
Number of payments 4
Paymnet Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$1,999.33 USD
Total $6,497.99 USD
Shared room with Safari Extension
Number of payments 4
payment Due*Amount
Upon Registation$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$2,299.33 USD
Total $7,397.99 USD
Single Room with Safari Extension
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$2,698.66 USD
Total $8,595.98 USD
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Extend your stay in South Africa with a visit to a private safari lodge and camp. This family lodge is north of Durban, nestled
within the non-malaria, Big 5 private Munyawana Conservancy of close to 30,000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness. View lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino amongst beautiful zebra, giraffe and various other plains game with an experienced ranger on an open safari vehicle. Be sure to take your camera to capture these once in a lifetime memories.

South Africa: Johannesburg & Durban | 9 days | January 4-14, 2021 | $5,699

Day 01: January 13, 2021
 After breakfast at the group hotel, check out and drive north to the Bayala Private Safari Lodge and Camp (approximately 3-4 hour drive).

Lunch is by individual arrangement today.

Upon arrival check in and begin your adventure on an afternoon game drive. You will have the chance to view lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino amongst beautiful zebra, giraffe and various other plains game with one of the lodge’s experienced rangers in an open safari vehicle.

Dinner will be provided at the hotel this evening. 
Overnight:  Bayal Private Safari Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner

Day 02: January 14, 2021

Start your morning off with another game drive. Wake up at sunrise, enjoy your coffee, tea and rusks before setting off for a game drive. Early mornings are relatively cool and the game is more active. Stop at the waterhole to listen to the birds chirping and watch the elephants drink and the calves frolic in the water. Drive on and hopefully you’ll see a predator enjoying the previous evening’s kill.

Return to the lodge where brunch will be provided late this morning. Lunch is on your own this afternoon.

Enjoy some time to relax before another game drive this afternoon.

This evening enjoy a traditional “braai” under the stars or a boma dinner.
Overnight:  Pestana Kruger (or similar)
Meals: Brunch, Dinner

Day 03: January 15, 2021
After breakfast, you will head out for another morning game drive before returning to the hotel for brunch.

Enjoy some free time before one last game drive this afternoon.

Late afternoon game drives at the reserve in Durban are full of surprises. You could get a glimpse of an elusive leopard or watch a lioness on the hunt. Enjoy the silence of the bush while sipping
on your sun-downers.

Return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Pestana Kruger (or similar)
Meals: Brunch,  Dinner

Day 4: January 16, 2021
After breakfast, head to the Durban International Airport in flight back to Johannesburg. Check in for your international flight back to the U.S. this afternoon or early evening. Arrival will be back in the U.S. the next morning (January 17, 2021).

Meals: Breakfast

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.​​


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Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation

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

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. In the early 1990s, the nation emerged from years under the oppressive apartheid regime and evolved into a stable modern democracy under the inspirational leadership of Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s most respected political figures. South Africa is home to an enormous variety of birds and animals and is one of the best places in the world for big game encounters.

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.

Late this morning meet with an introductory speaker from an organization such as the South African Society of Music Teachers for an overview of music education in South Africa. Learn more about education standards and assessments.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

This afternoon the group will embark on an exploration of 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 will be provided at a local restaurant. 

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

Day 04: Professional Exchange & Community Exploration
This morning you will visit the massive South Western Township (Soweto) of Johannesburg, the biggest city in South Africa and heart of the Freedom Struggle. In Kliptown, pay a visit to Freedom Square, a place where the Freedom Charter was adopted as the guiding document of the Congress Alliance. In Orlando is the famous Vilakazi Street, which has been home to two Nobel peace prize winners and the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the site where the student uprisings of ‘76 began.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

After lunch visit a community center or music centric organization such as the MIAGI Center in Soweto or ACOSA. The African Cultural Organization of South Africa (ACOSA) started as a community initiative over five decades ago to preserve the arts and culture of Johannesburg. It is now a home for young and old musicians alike to learn and perform together. Their vision is to improve music education in South Africa to ensure their indigenous music and original compositions are passed down from generation to generation and not lost due to the lack of music writing skills.

Dinner is on your own this evening.

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

Day 05: Professional Exchange
Meetings will be requested for today with a local university such as the University of Pretoria. Their School of Art: Music program offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, covering classical, jazz and African music. They are the only university on the African continent that offers Music Therapy as an under- and post-graduate option.

Mission: Share and exchange information about music and the arts; education; and cultural similarities/differences with colleagues and students. The goal is to investigate required curriculum in music classes; explore traditional music of South Africa; visit and interact with teachers in the local communities; and to gain an understanding of teacher training requirements in universities.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant today.

Later in the day visit a local school or music organization such as the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra. Established in 1998, JYOC is a non-profit with a vision to be recognized as the premiere youth music organization in the world. They work with the local youth and communities to provide a center of musical excellence in orchestral training.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

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

Day 06: Fly to Durban
Check out of the hotel this morning and depart for Durban. Durban is a sophisticated city that is home to Africa’s busiest port and has a population of over three million people. East meets West in this cosmopolitan city that is still distinctly African.

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to a local market area where lunch is on your own arrangement this afternoon.

Continue to the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel later this afternoon for check-in and some free time to get settled.

The hotel’s vibrant beach location is great for business travelers and has exceptional amenities and accommodation. Set alongside the Indian Ocean, the fantastic view and 7 km promenade are a fabulous location for your stay in Durban. The hotel has a wide variety of onsite dining, three heated pools, a spa, two fitness centers, and concierge services.

Dinner will be provided early this evening followed by a music performance (more information will be available closer to travel depending on what performances are available).

Overnight:  Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani (or similar) 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 07: Cultural Exploration
Depart the hotel this morning to explore Durban including a stop to see the Kwa-Muhle Museum. Housed in the former headquarters of the infamous Native Administration Department, this museum honors the individuals who helped Durban achieve national prominence in the pre-apartheid era. See some of the temples in Durban and learn about the rich Indian heritage of the city.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon at Govindas, at the ISKON Temple of Understanding.

This afternoon the group will visit a local market such as Victoria Street Market, a vibrant Indian market, with its colorful stalls, fish market, and curio outlets. Many local markets offer a wide range of African arts and crafts are available, including finely woven baskets, beaded dolls and animals, and intricately carved chairs.

Enjoy a home hosted meal this evening with a local fourth-generation South African Indian family. They will provide a home cooked dinner for your enjoyment.
Overnight: ​Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani (or similar) ​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Professional Exchange

Today the group will visit a local school such as Sathya Sai in Chatsworth or B Hariram Sungeeth School of Music. Spend time visiting with their faculty and students to learn about music ensembles in local schools and to discuss access to music education in South Africa.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

After lunch visit the Durban Music School (or similar). Located in the heart of the city, they set up shop in a very disadvantaged area (at least at that time) with the aim to enrich and offer a future to the children in the neighborhood. This provides the opportunity to take music lessons and be immersed in hearing fantastic music from local talent. The community has a chance to also attend their concerts quarterly (free to the public) with many of the local children performing. Discuss their program and learn about education standards and assessment in South Africa for the arts.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight:  Southern Sun Elangini & Maharani (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 09: Professional Exchange & Free Time

​Today wrap up your professional exchange with a last visit with musicians and music educators at an organization such as UKUSA Performing Arts Program at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Their program is known nationally and internationally for its creative works and research in Africana music, dance, ethnomusicology, jazz and music education and fantastic staff. The school generally has 260 undergrad and 50 grad students at a time allowing for lots of interaction with the faculty in the music departments. Talk to the faculty about the cultural impact of students attending universities in South Africa and teacher training.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon, perhaps at Florida Fields, before returning to the hotel.

You will have a chance to freshen up and relax this afternoon before dinner. Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Southern Sun Elangini & Maharini (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 (January 14)

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.​​

Music Education Journey to South Africa led by Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer

Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer
Dr. Lynn M. Brinckmeyer is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music Education at Texas State University. During 2006-2008 she served as President for The National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC). She has conducted all state choirs and honor choirs, lectured, presented master classes and performed in forty-eight states in the United States and thirteen different countries, including China, South Africa and Cuba.

Past offices include: President for the Northwest Division of MENC, Music Educators Journal Editorial Board, Washington Music Educators Association General Music Curriculum Chair and Conn-Selmer University Advisory Board. She also served as a Music Expert on the Disney, “Let’s Play Music” Site. In addition to chairing the Eastern Washington University Music Department for six years and conducting the EWU Concert Choir, Dr. Brinckmeyer received both the PTI Excellence in Teaching Award and the CenturyTel Award for outstanding

faculty. Other awards include the

MENC Lowell Mason Fellow,

Washington Music Educators

Association Hall of Fame, the

MENC Northwest Division

Distinguished Service Award and

Eastern New Mexico University’s

Outstanding Alumni Award.