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Adventures by Disney Offering Special South Africa Date Hosted by Imagineer Joe Rohde and Dr. Mark Penning

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In conjunction with Disney’s Animal Kingdom park turning 20 this year, Disney is offering a special Adventures by Disney South Africa itinerary date with hosts Joe Rohde, Portfolio Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment for Disney Parks and Resorts. We have spoken with and interviewed Joe numerous times through the years and he is so interesting to talk to, so this really will be a once-in-a-lifetime type event as he leads guests through storytelling and sketching. This special Adventures by Disney South Africa trip will run from November 30 – December 9, 2018 and you can learn more about it here. This is an adult exclusive trip.

Throughout the trip, Joe will share his insight on this magnificent country through the lens of an artist. Learn from Joe as he leads sketching sessions (no prior art experience required!) at iconic locations in South Africa. He’ll also share the experiences in Africa that inspired him to create Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Meanwhile, Mark, a native of South Africa, will share his expertise on South African natural history. Learn about the unique species that live in the areas visited on the trip, including the birds at Cape Point; the elephants, birds and monkeys in Knysna; and the abundant wildlife found during the game drives at Kapama Private Game Reserve.

Watch the video below!

Here are a few of the trip highlights:

Sketching Sessions with Joe Rohde

Get your imagination fired up as Mr. Rohde leads sketching sessions with Guests at South African locations throughout the trip. No prior artistic experience is required, as these sessions will embody Mr. Rohde’s philosophy that sketching what you see captures more detail and helps you to remember these amazing experiences better than a photograph.

Animal Kingdom: Storytelling with Joe Rohde

Hear about Mr. Rohde’s adventures and experiences in Africa that served as inspiration in the creation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This unique opportunity to get insight into the architecture, plants, wildlife and storytelling of the iconic Disney Theme Park from the revered Disney Imagineer is one that Disney fans will treasure.

South African Wildlife & Culture with Dr. Mark Penning

Discover fascinating facts and insights into the natural history, culture and wildlife of South Africa with Dr. Penning, who as both a native of the country and a trained veterinarian, offers a unique perspective on the area’s robust wildlife.

Departure Information

See trip information for this one-time Adult-Exclusive South Africa vacation itinerary, including departure date, accommodations and more.



  • November 30 – December 9, 2018


2018 Departure

  • Arrive: Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
  • Return: O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)


  • Table Bay Hotel
  • Conrad Pezula
  • Kapama River Lodge


  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 8 Dinners


  • Minimum Age is: 18+: This is an Adult-Exclusive trip