Anaesthesia in South Africa

11 - 23 Nov 2019
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

This tour reveals the many faces of this beautiful and diverse land while giving you fascinating insight into South Africa’s approach to anaesthesia in both a historical and contemporary context. 

Travel from Johannesburg into Mpumalanga safari country and take game drives in the Kruger National Park. Continue into the Kingdom of Swaziland with its plethora of bird and animal life. Travel into the stunning and culturally distinct Zululand and then onto Durban before finishing in the cosmopolitan harbour city of Cape Town, from where you will explore the city, Cape and the Stellenbosch wine region. 

Your journey is punctuated with regular specialist visits and talks and provides real insight into both anaesthesia and medical history, and the history and cultures of South Africa.

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Your tour leader

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David Wilkinson

David was born in Pontypridd, qualified in medicine in 1971 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital and then specialised in anaesthesia, passing his FFARCS (now FRCA) in 1975. He was appointed to the staff at Barts in 1978 but took a sabbatical year in Perth, Western Australia in 1979 returning to London to take up his consultant post. He had already started to collect equipment to create an anaesthesia museum at Barts while a registrar; this interest has remained throughout his career. He was a founder member of the History of Anaesthesia Society and was their first Editor from 1986-1993 and was their President in 2006-8. He was the Society of Apothecaries Lecturer in the History of Medicine to St Bartholomew’s Hospital 1994-2008; Chairman of the Barts Archives Committee 1988-2006; Curator of the Charles King Collection 1982-1995 and then Honorary Archivist for the Association of Anaesthetists 1994-2001. He became Wood Library Museum Laureate in the History of Anaesthesia in 2008.

He has been involved in anaesthesia organisations both nationally, in Europe and the world. Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), Secretary and President of the Confederation of European National Societies of Anaesthesia (CENSA) and then Secretary and President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiology (WFSA). He retired from clinical anaesthesia in 2008 and took on the two four-year positions with WFSA from that time.

An inveterate traveller, David has spent a lot of time on every continent except Antarctica and has travelled to lecture, teach and holiday in equal measure!

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 11 Nov (Mon) Johannesburg: Arrive and transfer to the Garden Court Sandton City Hotel. Visit the Apartheid Museum. Welcome dinner
  • 12 Nov (Tues) Johannesburg: Visit Netcare Private Hospital. Drive to Soweto. Lunch at a shebeen. Sightseeing tour of Soweto including the Baragwanath taxi rank area, Freedom Square and Nelson Mandela’s former home
  • 13 Nov (Wed) Johannesburg / Hazyview: Visit the Adler Medical History Museum. Drive to Mpumalanga safari country and to the Little Pilgrim Hotel in Hazyview and at leisure
  • 14 Nov (Thurs) Hazyview: Set out before sunrise in open top safari vehicles with qualified game rangers to view the “big five” on a game drive. Bush lunch and return to the lodge in the early evening
  • 15 Nov (Fri) Hazyview: Full day to explore the stunning Panorama Route, including God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels and the historic gold rush town of Pilgrims Rest. 
  • 16 Nov (Sat) Hazyview/  Swaziland: Early departure for the Kingdom of Swaziland. Arrive at the Foresters Arms and visit the Ngwenya Glass factory set in large indigenous gardens
  • 17 Nov (Sun) Swaziland / Ladysmith: Depart for Ladysmith. Stop for lunch at the historic town of Piet Retief. Drive into Zululand and continue to Ladysmith and the Battlefields Country Lodge
  • 18 Nov (Mon) Ladysmith: Full day touring the battlefields with a local historian. Visit the Battle of Isandlwanan site and hear and a talk about battlefield medicine in the Zulu War. Continue to Rorke's Drift. Return to the hotel late afternoon
  • 19 Nov (Tues) Ladysmith/ Durban: Depart the lodge for Durban. Afternoon visit to King Edward Hospital. Partner programme to the Victoria Market
  • 20 Nov (Wed) Durban / Cape Town: Fly to Cape Town and visit Christiaan Barnard Memorial hospital. Partners at leisure
  • 21 Nov (Thurs) Cape Town: Visit Groote Schuur Hospital and the Department of Anaesthesia. Lecture on anaesthesia used during the first heart transplant. Tour of the Anaesthetic Museum. Visit Heart of Cape Town Museum. Drive into the winelands for lunch at the Fairview Estate, followed by an afternoon of cheese and wine tasting 
  • 22 Nov (Fri) Cape Town: A full day’s tour of Cape Peninsula starting with a trip up Table Mountain for spectacular views. Drive past the beaches of Clifton and Campus Bay en route to Hout Bay. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Farewell dinner in Cape Town
  • 23 Nov (Sat) Cape Town: Morning at leisure before departing for the airport

Tour cost

$4,195 per person (ground only excluding international flights and airport transfers)

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