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Adventures That Make a Difference ( Adventures That Make a Difference

The Cultural Explorer announces 2008 schedule

The Cultural Explorer, specializing in cultural and philanthropic travel announces its the 2008 schedule, featuring exclusive tours of South Africa.

The newest Cultural Explorer tour focuses on South Africa's Animals and Art, offering an unusual itinerary based on exploring fine-art galleries of Johannesburg, visiting white and black South African artists in their studios, meeting with renowned Venda and Shangaan artists, plus viewing wild animals in the bush. This is a must-have travel experience for anyone who loves art and animals.

Mothers&Daughters — South African Adventure. These authentic tours are offered just in time for Mother's Day in May 2008 and June 2008 for summer break. These popular trips for mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, aunts and nieces, and friends, offer unique opportunities to meet the resilient women of South Africa.

The Cultural Explorer's signature tour, Making a Difference — South Africa, has been getting rave reviews from customers. These “eye-opening" trips give travelers access to South Africans from all walks of life and a chance to make an impact.

2008 Cultural Explorer Trips

For adventurous travelers who love art and animals, too! Travelers stay in one-of-a-kind hotels, visit mystical regions few tourists see, and view animals in luxurious, eco-friendly safari camps. This is a unique opportunity to get to know various South African artists and visit with them in their studios. This trip includes optional cultural excursions to local villages and philanthropic projects.
Only The Cultural Explorer offers this itinerary.
• May 17-31, 2008

Mothers&Daughters - South Africa Adventure
For women only. This tour is designed to introduce Cultural Explorer travelers to the women and children of South Africa as they tour this spectacular country. It is a rare opportunity for families to learn and explore together. Both educational and fun. The May trip is scheduled around the 2008 Mother's Day holiday on May 11. For ages 15 and above–because travelers will witness and discuss the impact of AIDS on families and communities.
• May 3-17, 2008
* June 7-21, 2008

Making a Difference — South Africa
A special two week hands-on tour that gives travelers the opportunity to get involved and make a difference, while they explore and learn about South Africa. Here is what travelers can expect: Visit rural schools and develop plans to help with computer work stations or the library. Tutor students in English. Visit local orphanages and learn how to help AIDS orphans. Come up with a plan to get electricity to Zulu villages. Take a group of township kids on a field trip to the ocean or Robben Island. Observe animal rescue. Experience life in the townships; see what it is like to live without electricity or running water. Visit projects active in helping women develop much-needed work skills. Give developing entrepreneurs business or marketing advice and suggestions. Plus travelers will hike the Drakenberg mountains, walk Indian Ocean beaches, tour Robben island, shop Cape Town, and visit with the African Jackass penguins.

What travelers say about the Making a Difference adventure:

“It was the most amazing travel experience — an eye-opening two week tour. We met with South African people from all walks of life and saw how they lived on a day-to-day basis. Accompanied by knowledgeable and professional local guides, we traversed from Johannesburg to Cape Town (passing through 5 out of 9 provinces). We toured numerous townships, met with Zulus in their homes, visited with kids in orphanages, climbed the beautiful mountains of the Drakensberg, and learned about apartheid from varying perspectives and saw the impact it still has on life today — all the while being surrounded by diverse and breathtaking scenery and landscapes. I truly commend The Cultural Explorer — everything from the accommodations, transportation, local guides, food, itinerary and logistics was top notch. A once-in-a-lifetime experience." Maxine W., Vancouver, Canada, September 2007

“This has been a wonderful trip to South Africa! You truly helped us to meet the people and our lives are enriched by this particular trip. Every day has been an adventure."
–Anita G., Boston, USA, September 2007

• February 9-23, 2008
• March 1-15, 2008
• September 6-20, 2008
• October 18-November 1, 2008

The Cultural Explorer is a member of the African Travel Association (ATA) and is based in San Francisco.

The company offers both group and individual trips and specializes in cultural and philanthropic travel experiences.

For more information, please contact:

Pat Walker, Founder
The Cultural Explorer
211 27th Avenue, Suite 301
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415-387-1335
Fax: 415-386-8334

Pat Walker Email: Telefon: 415-387-7593

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