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 Library Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) join the group to discuss professional development for librarians 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
This morning the group will meet with the National Library of South Africa (or similar). NLSA is South Africa’s depository and custodian of national heritage materials and tasked to preserve published document and make them accessible to all for posterity of the country. They have a wealth of information, including rate manuscripts, books published in South Africa along with other publications and periodicals. After lunch continue onward to visit a public or city of Pretoria library.

Mission: The primary aim of this professional exchange program is to interact with your counterparts in South Africa to explore South African libraries to get a better understanding of their successes in meeting their specific missions; any innovations they have developed; the major challenges/issues they are dealing with in their libraries; and to identify potential collaboration/partnerships.

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 Cultural Program
A meeting will be requested for this morning at the University of Johannesburg Libraries (Soweto campus). The library supports staff and students in teaching and research and has a library on each of their campuses. Meet with librarians and (if available) key faculty to learn about library information technology and other programs for training librarians in 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 at a local restaurant. 

This afternoon the group 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.

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 Waterfront is in the heart of a tourist friendly area and a short walk to the V&A waterfront area. Recently refurbished, they offer convenience and great amenities including free Wi-Fi, AC, fitness center and an outdoor pool. Guest rooms are quite comfortable and include a safe, tea and coffee maker, separate shower and bathroom amenities.

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 Waterfront (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 Waterfront (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Professional Exchange

Today is set aside for continued professional interaction with your counterparts to visit one of the three libraries of the Iziko Museum of South Africa. They have a natural history, social history, and national gallery library with various collections open to the public and researchers. They house some of the finest pieces in their respective focuses including rare books/journals.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon. 

This afternoon, a meeting is requested with the Library of Parliament. The main purpose of this special library is to fulfill the information needs and requirements of Members of Parliament, Ministers and Parliamentary staff by providing unbiased, relevant information and publications. The library is a legal deposit library, meaning that it is entitled to claim a copy of every publication in printed and electronic form published in South Africa. Their vast collection includes books, maps, atlases, photographs, CDs, DVDs, online database and links to internet resources.

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 Waterfront (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 09: Community Project & Winelands Exploration

This morning spend time helping staff at the Bookery project with covering donated books. The Bookery identifies local schools that need libraries, and they partner with them to build vibrant and well-stocked libraries for their learners. They seek funding to help cover the costs of setting up the libraries; stock the libraries; and employ trained library assistants to care for and grow the libraries.

Travelers will escape to enjoy a wine tasting at a winery in the Constantia Winelands. This growing area has centuries-old homesteads as well as new boutique wineries. Only 20 minutes from the city center, this is the oldest wine region in Southern Africa and has many world-class wines produced in the fertile valley. Visit a local winery estate such as Groot Constantia, sampling various offerings.

Return to the hotel for some time to freshen up.

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

Overnight:  Southern Sun Waterfront (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

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.​​

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.

​​​​​​​Leader Spotlight:  Dr. Camila Alire

Dr. Camila Alire is Dean Emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. She serves as the lead consultant for Alire and Associates.  Camila received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and an MLS from the University of Denver.

Recognized as a library leader, Camila is past president of ALA (American Library Association), ACRL (Association for College and Research Libraries) and national REFORMA (Association to Promote Library and Information Services for Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking) and Reforma Colorado.

Scholarly works co-authored by Camila include the following four books: Management Basics for Information Professionals; Academic Librarianship; Academic Librarians as Emotionally Intelligent Leaders; and Serving Latino Communities (2 editions). Camila also edited Library Disaster Planning and Recovery Handbook and wrote four chapters.

Awards, honors, and recognitions received by Camila include her appointment by President Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities where she currently serves. In 2011, she was honored with the ALA/Lippincott Award for Distinguished Service; the CALA (Chinese American Library Association) Presidential Recognition Award, and the ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award. She was awarded the ALA Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change award and the national REFORMA’s Librarian of the Year award. In recognition for her national advocacy efforts, Camila was a honored on the ALA/ALTA National Advocacy Honor Roll and MPLA’s (Mountain Plains Library Association) Legislative Leadership Award. She was a two-time recipient of the Colorado Library Association’s Exemplary Library Services to Ethnic Populations Award presented in 1998 & 1995.

The University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education alumni board has honored Camila on the College’s inaugural Wall of Fame. The College recognized her with the Leaders in Learning Award. The University of Denver named her one of the Outstanding Alumni for its Masters Week. Additionally, Camila received the University of Colorado’s University Medal.

Camila has led library delegations to China (2),

Russia, India, Israel and Peru. She has served

as a keynote speaker at conferences 

nationally and internationally and has

presented in Argentina, Mexico, Canada,

China [Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai,

Changchun, Zhuhai, Taiyuan],

Spain [Madrid, Valencia, Zaragoza],

England, and Italy.

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Library & Information Services Journey to South Africa - led by Dr. Camila Alire


Our Library & Information Services 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 library services are evolving in South Africa?  Explore South Africa’s libraries and discuss challenges they are facing, including how they promote literacy, during visits to the National Library, University of Johannesburg (Soweto), Iziko Library in Cape Town, and/or Library of Parliament. 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. ​​ Giving back and engaging with the local community is an important part of your journey. Visit the Bookery Project to take part in a coverathon to help aid the depot repairing books donated and being fixed and passed along to a needy local public school.

Post Program Optional Extension: Safari, Kruger National Park

South Africa: Johannesburg, Cape Town | 11 days |September 27-October 7, 2021 | $5,999

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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


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Their lodge-style hotel, with soaring walkways and treetop ambiance, uniquely offers classic Big 5 safaris in the Kruger National Park with all the comforts of an upmarket 4-star hotel experience. Your adventures into the pristine wilderness will be perfectly balanced by the hotel’s contemporary relaxation options. Set in a tranquil
riverine woodland of immense African trees, there is a range of elegant accommodations. With refined Africa inspired décor, all rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, free w-fi and in-room dining. Special highlights of your stay will include game-viewing from the Pool Bar with its stunning infinity pool; luxurious care at
the beautifully appointed Spa and sumptuous dining in the glow of stars and wood fires in the outdoor Lapa.

Day 01: October 6, 2021
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:  Protea Hotel Kruger Gate (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast,  Dinner

Day 02: October 7

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:  Protea Hotel Kruger Gate (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 03: October 8
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: Protea Hotel Kruger Gate (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast,  Dinner

Day 4: October 9
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: October 10
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.​​