African Family Safari & Creation Tour 2018
With Buddy Davis and David Rives
10 Days from $3,999 per person
Jun 12-22, 2018
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Buddy Davis and David Rives
Africa Safari & Creation, South Africa
Join Buddy Davis of Answers in Genesis and David Rives of TBN and David Rives Ministries on a South African family vacation and creation tour. On this educational creation tour, you will enjoy exciting African family safaris and luxury lodging. This tour is bound to enrich your family’s Christian beliefs with explanations to proclaim the authority of God’s word. This creation tour will allow you to explore the Bible’s account of creation and Noah’s ﬂood through Biblical presentations, teachings and ﬁeld trips. Gaze out upon the stars, next to your loved ones, while taking advantage of an astronomy lesson that will help substantiate the evidence of God creating the sun, the moon, and the stars and learn of God’s message, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” Genesis 1:1. Capture photos of some of God’s most majestic creatures while navigating the plains on an African family safari, including a special game drive or bush tour. All this and more, while enjoying relaxing accommodations at a one-of-a-kind South African lodge, nestled in the foothills of the picturesque Mokopane region. It is an authentic bush breakaway for you and your family to experience the extraordinary African bushveld in its undiluted glory. This creation tour and African family safari is great for multi-generations wanting to learn and safari together!
The safari and creation tour starts at $3,799 per person for children in the lodge room with parents, and $3,999 for each adult sharing. This includes airfare (remove $1,000 per person if arranging your own air) and everything included in the list.
INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:
- Unique game drives with private trackers
- Creation based teaching (back to Genesis) and Christ centered family atmosphere
- Private visit of the Waterberg Savannah Biosphere Reserve
- Swim with Elephants in the Game Park
- Special optional “Lion’s walk” where you will be able to walk with these majestic animals (see video tab)
- Astronomy and Biblical heavens teachings in the evenings
- Visit the Nylsvley Nature Reserve along with Biblical application
- Youth and child age appropriate site visits
- Unique menu of top end activities for all ages during free time, or just indulge at the spa, golf course, pool and more!
- On day 7, you can choose to work in tandem with Blessman Ministries. Dr. Blessman and his family have water projects and children’s health projects all over South Africa! He has invited us to join them in their work one day.
- All transportation and transfers, along with top end 4WD safari vehicles on game drives
- All meals included, except one lunch
- Jun 12-13
- Depart home airports
Depart your home airport today. We have special prices and schedules this evening that originate in Washington, DC (Dulles airport), Seattle and Los Angeles. There is a four to seven hour layover at London airport as well as a change of time, which creates the loss of date.
- Jun 14
- Arrive Johannesburg South Africa. Visit Pretoria, Cheetah Research Center. Arrive at the lodge
Arrive Johannesburg at 8:05AM this morning. If you would like to arrange your own airfare, arriving as close to or before this schedule is best. If you arrange your own airfare you can remove $1,000 per person from the safari price per person. You will be able to choose this option on the booking form. After clearing customs, we will meet our guide and driver to begin our creation journey safari. We will drive approximately an hour to Pretoria – The capital of South Africa. Pretoria is a vision of purple, thanks to its plethora of blossoming trees that gave the South African metropolis its nickname: Jacaranda City. The buildings of Pretoria reflect diverse architectural styles and influences, creating a unique urban landscape. We will stop at the National Zoological Gardens. Here you can get up close and personal with some of God’s most majestic cats while visiting the Cheetah Research and Breeding Centre. Afterwards, we will depart Pretoria and drive towards the Mokopane region, rich in creation evidence. We will arrive at our safari lodge and get settled into our luxury African accommodations, where we will enjoy a dinner overlooking the Bush.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 15
- Free day at the Lodge
Sleep in this morning and have some free time to explore the lodge and camp. We will have praise and worship as we fellowship together. Take part in one of our creation lessons titled “In the beginning”. After our lesson, try your hand at archery, enjoy the pool or some of the lodge’s other unique activities during your free time. After dark, benefit from a lesson in astronomy and enjoy star gazing at its finest, as we uncover some of the mysteries of God’s creation of the sun, the moon, and the stars.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 16
- Sunrise, optional Lion’s walk. Nylsvley Nature Reserve
Rise and shine early this morning with coffee and pastries and get ready to be amazed! For those who are ready, come enjoy an incredibly rare opportunity with an optional adventure “walking with the lions”. What a way to start a safari! Those who prefer can stay at our luxury lodge and enjoy a rest, some spa time or one of the many other amenities of our lodge.
For those taking our unique opportunity to walk with lions and their young, we take a short drive in small groups of 9 to the lodge. This exclusive program has been operated
for years under the watchful eye of the game managers and wardens of South Africa. Once done, we will go through the reserve for other animal viewing. We will then join our group for a welcoming brunch at a nearby resort. We then drive through the Nylsvley Nature Reserve to discuss God’s creation of the birds as we continue our study in Genesis. The Nylsvley Nature Reserve is well known for its exceptional avifaunal diversity, with 370 species recorded, of which 102 are waterfowl.
And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” – Genesis 1:22.
During good rainy seasons the floodplain becomes a hive of activity, with the best estimate for water bird numbers being approximately 80,000. The system also plays an important role for frogs and fish, which gather in large numbers to breed when the plain becomes flooded. We will return to the lodge in the afternoon. Dinner together with a special concert from Buddy Davis!
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 17
- Game Drive –Photo Safari outing, scouting for the ‘Big Five’
Today will be our full day photo game drive, one of the most exciting days of our trip. Our game drive, undertaken by highly trained rangers, offers the privilege of up-close big five game viewing. The big five includes the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Be sure to have your cameras ready, as diversity on the reserve is astounding, with more than 55 large mammal species, 300 flowers, 50 grasses, 140 trees, 380 birds and innumerable insects, reptiles and amphibians.
And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. – Genesis 1:25
Lions are seen almost daily, and are such successful hunters that they can afford to leave some morsels for the Verraux’s Eagles, which have cleverly filled the scavenging niche on the reserve. We will have lunch at the Legend’s resort at Entebeni. After safari and lunch, the resort itself will be a highlight no matter your interest. Any of the activities mentioned next are additional. You can take part in them, or you can return to the safari lodge for volleyball or swimming.
Golf: The Legend golf course at the Entabeni Safari Reserve has earned itself a reputation as one of the world’s most demanding courses, with each of its 18 holes having been built by a legend of the sport. However, it is the Extreme 19th, an additional hole, which is perhaps the most fearsome of them all. Set up high on the Hanglip Mountain, the hold can only be accessed if you don’t mind a quick jaunt in a helicopter, simply to be able to tee off. That’s because the tee is perched on the edge of a mountain, some 400 meters above the green on the Par 3 hole, which is considered one of the most stunning and one of the most difficult holes anywhere on the planet. It truly is quite stunning, but probably isn’t one for anyone who suffers from vertigo.
Spa: The 5 star spa is available for those who wish to relax and enjoy a little pampering.
Active: There is so much to choose from this afternoon. You can enjoy pizza in the local pizzeria, take a mountain bike ride, rent a segway and whisk around the property, take on a competitive game of paintball or even go up in a hot air balloon!
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 18
- Mission field trip to visit local school
This will be a truly fulfilling mission day. On this field trip, we will experience the real Africa, with a visit to a children’s school to see first-hand how they spend their days learning and how they study. We also may visit a farm and experience how the locals support their family and community. This day will truly enrich your children’s minds as they come to appreciate some of the many things they can often take for granted. We will return to the lodge where the children will have to opportunity to enjoy the final lesson on creation, while adults can join in or enjoy some of the lodge activities alone. This evening we will join together by the fire for a time of worship as we celebrate all God has given to us.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 19
- Morning time for activities, golf, spa or other activity of your choice. Bush tour and special African dinner with photo safari catching the animals in their natural environments and a culinary delight
This morning enjoy your free time with some of the lodge’s activities. Book a spa treatment, take the family hiking, or play a round of golf at Legend’s. Late afternoon, we will gather together for an evening bush tour and dinner. This will be another chance to see wildlife in their natural environment, as we set out for our final safari to photograph the wildlife. We also experience the sun, as it dips below the horizon and share the adventure with the fellow believers over a fabulous, ‘African’ cuisine. Spend the evening reminiscing with the kids and sharing your favorite stories from the week around a raging fire under the stars.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 20
- Waterberg Savannah Biosphere–a UNESCO Biosphere
Today we will visit the Waterberg Savannah Biosphere Reserve. Here we will enjoy a lesson into Noah’s flood as we explore the findings seen throughout South Africa and talk of the evidence to support the passages. This reserve covers an area of some 15,000 square kilometres and was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2001. It is considered not just one of the country’s foremost conservation projects but also an attractive wildlife viewing destination. It also offers the additional excitement of a good selection of adventure activities, including bush hiking trails, mountain biking, cattle mustering and some of the finest off-the-beaten- track in Africa. The first private game reserve in the country to obtain the highly endangered black rhino, the 360 sq km Lalapala was established in 1981 by well-known South African conservationist Clive Walker. Visit to the Vaalwater Animal handling center today, where they have world-renowned Big 5 auctions. Tonight we will enjoy one last night around the fire as we fellowship, worship and gaze upon the stars and God’s amazing creations above and around us.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 21
- Swimming with elephants in a private Game Park. Drive into Johannesburg to see home of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, the Apartheid Museum. Dinner and begin flight home late tonight
Enjoy a restful time this morning as we begin to say goodbye to our dear new friends! We visit a hands on interactive Elephant Reserve mid-morning. You will have an opportunity to touch, ride and feed these amazing, gentle animals. Study their eyes, their feet, their huge toenails and their love for their children. God is so good! We drive through the city of Jo’burg late in the afternoon and see Freedom Square and pass the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Apartheid Museum. The flight departs at 8:00PM. Prior to the flight we will have a lovely farewell dinner together!
- Breakfast, Dinner
Speaker & TV Show Host, Creation in the 21st Century
“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth…”
David’s documented field experience in astronomy, paleontology and archaeology has made him an in-demand speaker with expert knowledge and his powerful and inspirational delivery makes learning about Bible history and science fun and easy for audiences of all ages.
David’s weekly TV show “Creation in the 21st Century” airs to millions globally on TBN. He is a weekly news columnist on science and the Bible, and is author of the books “Wonders Without Number” and “Bible Knows Best.”
Whether he’s on a documentary shoot at the Grand Canyon, chasing solar eclipses in the Pacific Northwest, rappelling on the cliffs of Qumran, Israel, or digging up Dinosaurs and flood evidences in the field of paleontology, you will be on the edge of your seat learning of David’s latest adventure!
One of his favorite activities is to awe audiences with the incredible accounts of discovery, Biblical accuracy, and creation-based science, and show that each person is “wonderfully made” with purpose – a biological miracle from our Designer, not a product of random chance. David appeals to some of the largest Christian church audiences in the country, but also enjoys interacting and sharing the Gospel with those who might be skeptical. He leads discovery tours, keynotes at conferences, and has a rigid filming schedule for his TV show, video series, and more.
Musical Artist, Answers in Genesis
Buddy Davis has a reputation across America as a Creation speaker, an adventurer and a Biblical singer/songwriter at Answers in Genesis. Sometimes referred to as the Dinosaur man, Buddy has been on multiple Dinosaur digs and is a Paleo-artist, sculpting life-sized dinosaurs for the Creation Museum. He is largely popular among children and has recorded over 20 CD’s, reaching as high as the top 10 in the national charts. His award-winning DVD’s for children are also well-known in the Christian community.
As a national speaker for AiG, Buddy’s talks are for the whole family and cover a wide range of topics. People from all across the nation attend AiG conferences where Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis founder, and the rest of the AiG team examine the fine-details of Creation. Buddy’s Creation messages are aimed at the lay audience. His easy-to-understand style and engaging presentations make him popular with listeners of all ages.
He is a known adventurer, exploring caves and alligator filled swamps, in addition to leading Creation workshops for kids at AiG conferences nation-wide and at the Creation Museum. When he is at the museum, Buddy does a concert every day.
Buddy is easily recognized in his explorer clothes and trademark hat. This image allows Buddy to connect with families in a special way, and the children always recognize him as the star of the Creation Adventure Team award-winning videos.
Through the use of The Word, we trust that once you have returned from our Christian tours, you will have gained a deeper knowledge of the scriptures and the multiple layers of teaching and truths that are inside each.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
You can be assured an experience like our previous participants, who have gained an appreciation of how God uses everything for His glory and for the purpose of furthering knowledge and understanding. You will see this as you encounter the geology of the land, the geography where events actually occurred and the archaeology that may (or may not!) still exist. Furthermore, through the remaining people in the land, the practices still in place and demography that have endured.
Colossians 1:20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
Further, our assurance is received that through The Word; the teachings you will be exposed will solidify the truth which you and your family have been taught by seeing, touching and hearing the scriptures each day. We assert and firmly believe Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
You and your family will experience the oneness of the body of Christ during our trip.