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Family African Safari Tour in 2019 with Answers in Genesis

With Dr. Tommy Mitchell and Dr. Liz Mitchell

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June 12-22, 2019

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Dr. Tommy Mitchell and Dr. Liz Mitchell

Location:

Africa Safari & Creation, South Africa

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On this educational family African safari tour with Answers in Genesis, you will enjoy exciting safaris and top-quality lodging. This African 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! Dr. Tommy Mitchell and Dr. Liz Mitchell will be the spiritual leaders on the 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 as a together in some of the most unique places on earth by joining our family African safari tour in June of 2019!

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INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:

  • Unique game drives with private trackers

  • Creation-based teaching (back to Genesis) and a Christ-centered family atmosphere

  • Visit the Waterberg Savannah Biosphere Reserve

  • Interaction with elephants in the 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

  • Visit to the Nylsvley Nature Reserve along with Biblical application

  • 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

  • All meals included, except one lunch

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ITINERARY

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  • Jun 12-13
  • Flights Depart
  • You will travel home 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
  • Johannesburg, Pretoria
  • Arrive Johannesburg at 8:05 AM 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 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
  • First Safari
  • 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
  • Entebeni Game 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 also 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Jun 17
  • Family Safari Day, Game Drive
  • Today will be another 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
  • 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Jun 19
  • Lodge Activities and Bush Tour
  • 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 Reserve
  • Today we will continues to explore the Waterberg Savannah Biosphere Reserve. 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 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. 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. 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
  • Interactive Elephant Reserve
  • 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, see Freedom Square and pass the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Apartheid Museum. Your flight departs at 8:00 PM. Prior to the flight we will have a lovely farewell dinner together!

  • Breakfast, Dinner

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Dr. Tommy Mitchell of Answers in Genesis

Dr. Tommy Mitchell

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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 of Answers in Genesis

Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell

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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.

 

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All I can say is AMAZING…FANTASTIC…UNBELIEVABLE and STUNNING! Every family member said it was our best trip yet, and we have had lots and lots of fantastic trips in the past 20 years!

Sunshine & Fred S.

Living Passages also facilitates all Koinonia House’s unique tours. The staff is always friendly and handles the myriad of complex travel details associated with large groups in the most professional manner. I cannot overstate how pleased I am with the service and professionalism of this outstanding organization.

Chuck Missler

Koinonia House

I loved it!  It truly was the adventure of a lifetime.  My son had a wonderful experience, too.  Thank you for making the trip kid-friendly!

Loretta & Jacob S.

Everything was wonderful, and first class. Hotels and ship were top of the line. Our Greek Orthodox guide, Sayat was fantastic. So much knowledge and history and enthusiasm! Pastor Lutzer’s teachings were much enjoyed and enlightening. Rebecca is a sweetheart.

Anonymous

I enjoyed this tour so much, that I’d like to do it again sometime, maybe in the Spring season. PS…our group enjoyed each others’ company so much that we are having a reunion party coming up on Monday the 21st!

Monica H.

To see Biblical sites in which Paul ministered as well as see sites of some of the churches of Revelation was an opportunity of a lifetime. The Bible teaching was absolutely outstanding. Of course, being on a sailing ship was delightful as well. I highly recommend a Footsteps of Paul.

Irma H.

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OUR ASSURANCE:

1. Through the use of The Word, we trust that once…

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.

2. You can be assured an experience like our previous participants…

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.

3. Further, our assurance is received that through The Word…

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.

4. You and your family will experience…

You and your family will experience the oneness of the body of Christ during our trip.