Discover the Republic of Namibia, host to some of the planet’s most extraordinary scenery, from the world’s second largest canyon to national parks and reserves with an abundance of big game wildlife. Explore its varied and diverse cultural heritage from Kalahari Bushmen through over a dozen different ethnic groups to more recent German settlers. Formerly known as South West Africa, Namibia is one of the world’s least densely populated countries, with an average of fewer than three people per square kilometre, scattered across a captivating but unforgiving landscape.
This starkly beautiful land is relatively untouched by tourism . As well as visual treats, our tour includes safari days and opportunities to meet the fascinating peoples of this unique country. There is also a full professional programme looking at the healthcare system and approaches to medicine - both traditional and Western - within Namibia, with professional visits encompassing private and public hospitals and healthcare facilities in both urban and rural areas.
Rachel Hargest is an academic colorectal surgeon at Cardiff University and the University Hospital of Wales. She is a member of the Cardiff China Medical Research Collaborative (CCMRC). She regularly visits China in order to enhance the collaboration between universities and hospitals in Cardiff, Beijing and Yantai. She has previously worked in Toronto, Pakistan, South Africa and Madagascar in a variety of employed and voluntary roles.
Rachel has been a member of the RSM for 25 years and is currently a trustee & Honorary Treasurer. She was President of the Section of Surgery during 2016-17 and led a large group tout to Beijing, Yantai and Xian. She has travelled extensively with the RSM Sections of Surgery and Coloproctology including visits to Israel, Lebanon and Australia along with various parts of the USA and European countries.
She is also a trustee of the Society of Academic and Research Surgeons. In 2017 she won the Silver Scalpel Award for the best surgical trainer in the United Kingdom, awarded by the Association of Surgeons in Training.
Ground only cost: US $5,370 pp sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)