Christian Family Safari Tour in 2019 with Answers in Genesis
With Drs. Tommy and Liz Mitchell
From $3,269 per person
June 7 – 17, 2019
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Drs. Tommy and Liz Mitchell
Africa Safari & Creation, South Africa
Free Lion’s Walk! Book by October 15, 2018 to enjoy the experience of walking with real, African lions for free! (For ages 15 and up)
On this educational African family safari tour with Answers in Genesis, you will enjoy exciting safaris and top-quality lodging. This Christian family safari allows you to get up close to some of the most amazing creatures in God’s creation, while learning from God’s Word through our amazing teachers! Drs. Tommy and Elizabeth Mitchell will be the spiritual leaders on this journey and will share their wisdom as we enjoy interacting with the South African wildlife and getting to know each other as Christians. This trip offers special experiences for parents, grandparents, and the kids! Enjoy time together in some of the most unique places on earth by joining our family African safari tour in June of 2019!
Our camp is located in 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. Accommodation choices range from authentic safari tents to grass roofed chalets. Our tents, chalets, cottages and lodges have private fully equipped bathrooms, and bedrooms with their own views and unique attributes. See below for a brief description and book early to secure your room! We want to make it a special time for couples, families and those seeking safe Christian fellowship.
Singles – we also match roommates!
Our camp is located in the Waterberg Savannah Biosphere Reserve. This reserve covers an area of some 15,000 square kilometers 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. Our large camp is situated with an office and large lodge for some of our teachings and the transportation base. It has the unique mini-camps situated around the main base to capture the African sunsets, sunrises and ambiance. Safari vehicles and ATV’s move us well between camps and the main lodge. Please indicate your primary choice of accommodations and your secondary choice of accommodations. Book early! We can assist you in selecting your choice of accommodations based on how many guests are in your party.
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 with unique activities
- Personal interaction with elephants in a Game Park
- Special optional “Lion’s walk” where you will be able to walk with these majestic animals
- Astronomy and Biblical heavens teachings in the evenings
- Biblical application while learning of the design of animals, insects and the heavens
- Youth and child age appropriate site visits
- Unique menu of activities for all ages during free time, or just indulge at the spa, golf course, pool and more!
- All transportation and transfers, along with top end 4WD safari vehicles on game drives
- An optional sunrise ballooning safari with overnight stay
- All meals included.
- Jun 7-8
- Flights Depart
Depart your home airport today. We have special prices and schedules this evening that originate in Washington, DC (Dulles airport) 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 9
- Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cheetah Center
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. 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 start off with a unique 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 African accommodations, where we will enjoy a dinner overlooking the Bush. BLD
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 10
- First encounters with the bush
Sleep in this morning (if you wish) and have some free time to explore the lodge and camp. Our early birds can enjoy a pre-breakfast cup of coffee and take in a sunrise bush walk or watch game managers do a feeding of some special safari animals nearby. After breakfast, 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, test a bow, enjoy the pool, fishing, massage or some of the lodge’s other unique activities during your free time. Pre-dinner time together for fellowship. 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. BLD
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 11
- Optional Lion’s Walk
Rise and shine early this morning with coffee 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, fishing, an optional horseback safari, massage 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 Waterburg for a safari with a different terrain. On our return to the lodge we will discuss God’s creation of the birds as we continue our study in Genesis. Returning to our lodge, we will pass the Nylsvley Nature Reserve which is well known for its exceptional avifaunal diversity, with 370 species recorded, of which 102 are waterfowl. Depending on the birds migration, we may catch a beautiful migration take place.
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 again with fellowship around the fire. BLD
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 12
- Family Safari Day, Big 5 Game Drive
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 luxury tented resort. After safari, we return to our lodge for a bush walk, volleyball, teachings and fellowship, or you can opt for a horseback riding safari, golf or an overnight ballooning adventure. Horseback riding, golf, hunting, massage mentioned are optional. Registration for these take place 3 months prior to our safari departure date. BLD
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 hole 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.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 13
- Ministry Day at the 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. BLD
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 14
- Safari, Animal Feeding, Lodge Activities and Bush Tour
This morning enjoy your free time with some of the lodge’s activities. Book a massage, grab a fishing pole, enjoy a morning or afternoon safari and then a grand lunch barbeque for fellowship and worship. Afterward, or take part in a fun sports game for all ages. Late afternoon, we will gather together for an evening bush tour and dinner. For those of you in the outer camps, you will have opportunities to see the animals around you early mornings and evenings too. At night, our lodge sits with a commanding view: We 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. BLD
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 15
- Waterberg Savannah Biosphere, Interactive Elephant Encounter
Today we will visit hands on interactive Elephant Reserve. You will have an opportunity to touch and feed these amazing, gentle animals. Study their eyes, their feet, their huge toenails and their love for their children. God is so good!. 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. BLD
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Jun 16
Enjoy a restful time this morning as we begin to say goodbye to our dear new friends! 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! BD
- Breakfast, Dinner
Dr. Tommy Mitchell
Answers in Genesis
Dr. Tommy Mitchell, now a popular speaker for Answers in Genesis, practiced medicine before entering full-time ministry. He graduated with a BA with highest honors from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a major in cell biology. Dr. Mitchell received his medical degree in 1984 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Vanderbilt University Affiliated Hospitals in 1987.
Dr. Mitchell is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. In 1991, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (F.A.C.P.). Tommy had a thriving medical practice in his hometown of Gallatin, Tennessee, for 20 years. In late 2006, he withdrew from medical practice to pursue creation ministry.
Since mid-2005, Dr. Mitchell has spoken for Answers in Genesis, clearly communicating reasons to trust the Bible and the Creator Christ who wrote it. He has reached out to thousands of adults, youth, and children in a variety of settings across the United States and the world, including the Grand Canyon, Canada, Northern Ireland, and Saipan.
Tommy is author of the six-volume anatomy series, Wonders of the Human Body, and co-author of the Answers Books for Teens. In addition, he has written numerous articles for AiG’s website, Answers Magazine, and other publications. His popular DVDs include Jurassic Prank: A Dinosaur Tale and A God of Suffering?
As a scientist, physician, and father, Dr. Mitchell has a burden to provide solid answers from the Bible to equip people to stand in the face of personal tragedy and popular evolutionary misinformation. Using communication skills developed over many years of medical practice, he is able to connect with people at all educational levels and unveil the truth that can change their lives.
His hobbies include Martin guitars, Apple computers, and anything to do with Bill Monroe (the famous Bluegrass musician). He is Ken Ham’s most feared cribbage opponent and takes great pleasure in defeating the boss at every opportunity.
Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell
Answers in Genesis
Answers in Genesis writer Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell began her professional life as a medical doctor. She received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry summa cum laude from Furman University and in 1984 graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. Dr. Mitchell then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Affiliated Hospitals. She earned board certification and fellowship in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Elizabeth’s husband is fellow physician and Answers in Genesis speaker Dr. Tommy Mitchell.
Dr. Mitchell thoroughly enjoyed practicing medicine in Gallatin, Tennessee (near Nashville), but in 1995 she retired from private practice to devote herself more fully to the needs of their three children. As a homeschool mom for fifteen years, she particularly enjoyed making history and science come alive. Whatever the topic, Dr. Mitchell’s goal has always been to build knowledge and understanding by making information clear and interesting.
Since 2011 Dr. Mitchell has pursued her love of teaching as a writer for Answers in Genesis. Her articles and book chapters have covered topics ranging from Egyptian and biblical history to embryonic development, and from fossils and biochemistry to the Resurrection of Christ. She has written in-depth educational analyses of several television miniseries including Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey. Her illustrated book, Questioning Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey—A Guide to Great Discussions provides the tools to understand and refute many evolutionary claims.
Dr. Mitchell operates under the conviction that accurate history never violates biblical history, that correct scientific understanding of our past will never contradict God’s eyewitness account in the Bible, and that genuine understanding of God’s Word builds faith in Jesus Christ.
An avid quilter, Dr. Mitchell writes teaching patterns for a large online quilting group. She is also presently training for her second-degree black belt in Shotokan karate.
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.