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One destination, different experiences‌ Mauritius, a sparkling crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, will fascinate you. The contrast of colours, cultures and tastes makes the island so charming that the scene is set for an unforgettable holiday. Here, you have the opportunity to experience unparalleled luxury: a level of refinement that is head and shoulders above that on offer in other tropical holiday destinations. Beyond the magnificent and idyllic lagoons Mauritius is above all a peace haven.

www.tourism-mauritius.mu email: mauritius@edelman.com MTPA Indada 2014 Shared Exhibitors: Rodrigues Tourisme Office; Centara Hotels & Resorts; Sofitel So & Sofitel Imperial; One & Only Le Saint Geran; Cotton Bay Hotel; White Sand Tours; Solis Indian Ocean; Association of Tourism Professionals and Association of Hotels De Charme.


AN EXTRAORDINARY SOUTH AFRICAN HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE!

LEISURELY EASTER PURSUITS IN THE NORTHERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA Majestically reaching over 360 000 sq kilometres from the world-renowned Kalahari Desert to the arid plains of the Karoo, the Northern Cape, South Africa offers visitors an unique experience. With its open spaces, friendly people, rich history and unique cultural diversity, this land of the extreme, promises an extraordinary tourism destination. More info visit www.experiencenortherncape.com SEVEN MUST DO REASONS TO CHOOSE THE NORTHERN CAPE AS YOUR SOUTHERN AFRICAN LEISURE DESTINATION:

1 DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT As South Africa’s largest province, the potential for escapism in the Northern Cape is virtually endless. Stretching over 360 000 square kilometres, the Northern Cape offers remote locations combined with luxurious serenity. From luxurious appointed tented camps in the heart of the Kalahari desert to camping along the mighty Orange River, the open spaces of the Northern Cape lends itself to getting away from the hustle and bustle of modern living and to reconnect with those closest to you. The vastness of the province, lack of pollution, also makes it an incredible stargazing destination. The Northern Cape is a truly remarkable holiday destination and opportunity to reconnect with your families.

2 REWARDING CULTURAL EXPERIENCES The distinct cultural groups that make up the Northern Cape are as rich as the country’s history. Unlock the secrets of the African bush in the company of the oldest human inhabitants of the region, the ‡Khomani San. Swim in the hot pools of Riemvasmaak, discover the ancient wisdom of the Nama of the Richtersveld, a world heritage site. Explore living villages, shop at craft markets, indulge in regional authentic cuisine at local eataries and be transported to the

world of our ancestors through campfire storytelling and dancing. It’s the best way to experience the heartbeat of the province and to take a bit of the soul of the Northern Cape with you when you leave.


3 ADVENTURE OFF THE BEATEN TRACk

Whether you are stargazing in Sutherland, hunting for fossils in the Karoo or searching for San rock art deep in the caves of the Diamond Fields, experiencing the world’s richest floral offering in Namakwa, camping deep in the bush surrounded by wildlife and the famed black-maned lion of the Green Kalahari, or Kayaking down the mighty Orange River, the Northern Cape is more than an adventure, it’s an enriching life experience

4 FAMILY EXPERIENCES The Northern Cape has always been a family-friendly destination. Its mix of culture, adventure, wildlife and wide accommodation choices, offers family fun that is both entertaining and educational. The province is home to six national parks and two of the country’s largest rivers, which makes it perfect for activities the whole family can enjoy ranging from game safaris, bird watching and leisure hikes to winery tours, museum visits and archaeological discoveries.

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NATURAL BEAUTY AND WILDLIFE The Northern Cape is arguably South Africa’s most beautiful and natural province. For the active, it’s an ideal environment for exploration and adventure. We have an awe-inspiring setting for any enthusiast. Visitors are hard-pressed to choose between our UNESCO World Heritage Site and two Transfrontier Parks, the Kgalagadi and the |Ai-|Ais Richtersveld with its red and golden sand dunes. Share the intimate bush knowledge of a Nama or San Bushmen guide/tracker. The Northern Cape’s natural beauty is enhanced by it’s an enigmatic wildlife. From the small five to the big five, watching wild animals at dose range is something truly unforgettable. There are walking, horseback, 4x4, little five and many more safaris to incorporate in your trip.

6 SPECIAL OCCASIONS, WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS The Northern Cape’s unspoilt nature and breathtaking scenery with deserts, rivers, beaches, mountains and forests provide the perfect backdrop for the wedding of your wildest dreams. That is why the province is fast becoming one of the world’s most desirable and sought-after wedding and honeymoon destinations.

7 THE FLORAL kINGDOM OF THE NAMAkWA Each spring, the dormant and arid winter plains of the Northern Cape’s Namakwa region are transformed into a kaleidoscope of color with the arrival of the flower season. The wild flowers of the Namakwa are definitely a natural phenomenon and best discovered on foot, which makes it ultimately appealing to hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

As the only arid hotspot in the world this region contains more than 6 000 plant species, 250 species of birds, 78 species of mammals, 132 species of reptiles and amphibians and an unknown number of insects, making it the world's most diverse, arid environment. This floral diversity has also made the Namakwa the richest bulb flora arid region in the world.

For more information do visit www.experiecenortherncape.com or email: marketing@experiencenortherncape.com

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Capital City of the Eastern Cape, Adventure Province Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality consists of East London, Mdantsane, (the second-largest township in South Africa); the historically significant King William’s Town and the provincial administrative capital of Bhisho. Buffalo City is the perfect gateway to many splendid attractions and regions. Experience the very essence of travelling and holidaymaking by savouring special moments that will become treasured memories. ............................................................................................................ To book your next holiday contact: tel +27 (0) 43 736 3019 | +27 (0) 43 705 2111 | + 27 (0) 40 656 2062 email tourismunit@buffalocity.gov.za www.buffalocity.co.za

Experience it all in Buffalo City and Turn Moments into Memories... Touch down in balmy Buffalo City and you’ll immediately be struck by the warm and friendly welcome, by the wealth of diversity and by the unique richness of the spectacular natural landscapes. Blessed with iconic mountain retreats and hidden gems of nature; offering the comforts of a modern metropole coupled with uncrowded, sunbaked beaches and a wide range of leisure pursuits; Buffalo City is a destination that offers a multitude of attractions for visitors of all ages. Experience it all in Buffalo City and turn moments into memories…

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Are you on the lookout for a new adventure? Well Buffalo City should be on your adventure list – it’s the exhilaration hub of the Adventure Province, offering countless adrenaline inducing activities for the perfect getaway: - Paragliding & Micro Lighting - Helicopter Flips - Surfing at world premier surfing locations such as Nahoon Reef - Rock-Climbing & Abseiling - Hunting of sustainably-managed trophy species - Windsurfing, Ocean-Kayaking & Yachting - Power Boating & Jet Skiing

Moments in Business In the market for a new business destination? Buffalo City is the one – a serious contender in the conferencing market boasting the world class East London International Convention Centre (ELICC), a state-of-the-art facility that can host more than 2000 delegates. Buffalo City has the infrastructure and facilities to cater for all sizes of meetings, conferences and trade shows.

Moments of Love Romantic getaway beckoning? Buffalo City, blessed with 68km of pristine coastline and 14 beautiful beaches – offers endless opportunities for leisure & relaxation – perfect for your next romantic couple’s holiday. You’ll enjoy the comforts of a modern metropole coupled with uncrowded & island-worthy beaches - the perfect romantic getaway and honeymoon destination.

Moments that take your breath away In need of an escape to a new landscape? Buffalo City, the gateway to the laid-back Sunshine Coast to the west and the awe-inspiring and rugged beauty of the Wild Coast to the east, has a unique richness of spectacular natural landscapes to offer. With a moderate sub-tropical climate, you’ll embrace the scenic trail walking, hiking and bird watching. Just a short drive from the city, see the majestic Big Five at an affordable private game reserve.

Moments of Impact

Moments in History

Want to catch the sporting action up close and personal? Buffalo City, the heart of the Adventure Province (Eastern Cape), offers sporting enthusiasts a taste of world class action with an abundance of attractions. It plays host to a selection of premier events including:

Buffalo City is home to many of South Africa’s struggle icons. A number of sites have been developed to commemorate the liberation struggle in Buffalo City.

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Africa Open Golf Challenge IronMan 70.3 The Iconic Discovery Surfers’ Challenge Motorsport on East London’s historic Grand Prix Circuit - The annual Buffalo Regatta that draws rowers from across the nation

The Steve Biko Centre, located in King William’s Town (Ginsberg) is dedicated to the legacy of anti apartheid activist Bantu Steven Biko. The Centre offers a museum, a library, restaurant, conference facilities as well as a commemorative garden honouring human rights activities.

Moments Cherished Buffalo City offers endless opportunities for leisure & relaxation. Spoilt for choice with a multitude of family leisure activities and attractions - from sun, sea and sand; kayaking up the estuaries; game viewing at one of the private game reserves; exploring the Queen’s Park Zoo & East London Aquarium; rock, surf or estuary angling opportunities; fly-cast fishing for Rainbow Trout in the Gubu or Maden Dam. You really can experience it all in Buffalo City with it appealing to the adventure, business, cultural, family, nature, romantic and sport markets – it is a premier destination for eco– sustainable travel.

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ENCOUNTER

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ENCOUNTER

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The Definitive Directory For Responsible Tourism

ncounter Africa is the quintessential travel directory that provides travel E planning professionals with a selection of Africa’s finest destinations, accommodation and tour operators...all of them committed to making a positive, sustainable contribution to the conservation of the natural environment and the wellbeing of the communities and cultures in which they operate. Through their efforts they help to generate income and development, create employment and protect local ecosystems.

Furthermore, all products and services showcased in Encounter Africa have completed a self-assessment subject to certain verification measures to ascertain and ensure their commitment to sustainable tourism. For easy reference purposes, this directory includes:

Colour-Coded Country Tabs

The directory listings for each product and service consist of a full page advertisement on the left hand page, with a corresponding product profile containing all relevant information about the product or service on the right hand side. These have been categorised in alphabetical order by country and by product type – whether it is accommodation, an accommodation group, or a travel, tour and safari operator – with each country being allocated a distinct colour-coded tab for easy finding.

Country Overviews

Each country section is introduced with a general overview of that particular country, with handy information relating to issues such as language, currency, electricity, entry requirements, airports, domestic travel, handy contacts, a map of the country, and more. As some products and services have a presence in more than one country, a special Regional Section is included for them with its own overview.

Product Profiles

IIncluded is an easy-reference product profile for each property and service provider showcased in Encounter Africa which provides all relevant, practical information such as their Location & How To Get There, Accommodation Offered, Accommodation Features, Facilities & Services, Things to Do, Wildlife & Scenic Offerings, Membership & Awards, Policies, Rates, Group Overview, Company/Operation, Tours & Safaris, Contact/Booking Details and off course their Environmental Footprint and Social Responsibility rating.

In order to facilitate easy reference regarding the extent to which a property, group, tour operator or other service listed in this directory has implemented policies and practices committed to environmental protection and social investment, Encounter Africa has designed a system of symbols and star-ratings which are shown in their profiles. The symbols and stars are awarded according to a self-assessment questionnaire completed by the specific group, property, operator or service. While relying largely on the integrity of those completing the questionnaire, these self-assessments are also subject to cross-verification by Encounter Africa. While our questionnaire has been carefully designed to extract only correct, truthful and relevant information, and while suppliers of this infor-

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To give expression to our vision of showcasing products that are committed to having a low impact on the environment and communities while boosting development and conservation, we have developed a verifiable self-assessment and star rating system with an accompanying set of symbols used in this directory that reflects the commitment to sustainable tourism of each property and tour operator featured here. On the next page you will find the explanatory Key to Star Ratings & Symbols.

Price Range

Also included in the product profiles this directory is an indication of the price range of a product in US dollars for quick and easy reference when doing itinerary planning with a specific budget in mind easier. Due to the varied nature of different products and services, price ranges may reflect either (as in the case of accommodation) the price per person sharing per day, while in other cases (as with tour and safari operators) the price ranges may reflect the rate per person, per day, or the total tour/safari package rate. This is indicated as far as possible.

Quick Reference Guide

At the back of the directory is a table of all properties and operators listed and profiled. For quick and convenient reference this table lists the properties and operators in alphabetical order, indicating at a glance their social and environmental commitment as well as their average rates. We trust you will find this directory to be an indispensible tool of your business.

mation are subjected to cross-checking via documentation and references among other things, Encounter Africa cannot be held responsible for incorrect information supplied. Stars are awarded in accordance with the level to which a group, property, operator or service has implemented policies and practices committed to environmental protection and social investment. The symbols in both categories are highlighted for those particular areas of activity in which such implementation has taken place. Individual star rating are given in each area of activity in both categories to show the level of activity or commitment in that area of activity, as well as an overall star rating in each of the two categories.


The following is a key to these star ratings and symbols: Environmental Footprint

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This establishment has started implementing some basic eco-friendly measures to protect the environment and reduce its carbon footprint.

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This establishment has implemented substantial eco-friendly measures above the minimum requirements to protect the environment and reduce its carbon footprint.

This establishment complies with most or all of the minimum or basic eco-friendly requirements to protect the environment and reduce its carbon footprint.

This establishment has implemented advanced eco-friendly measures to protect the environment and reduce its carbon footprint. This establishment has achieved excellence in implementing eco-friendly measures to protect the environment and reduce its carbon footprint and is setting an industry standard.

Social Investment

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This establishment has implemented some of the basic social investment measures required for sustainable tourism. This establishment complies with most or all of the minimum or basic requirements of social investment in sustainable tourism. This establishment has implemented substantial social investment measures above the minimum requirements of sustainable tourism. This establishment has implemented advanced social investment measures towards sustainable tourism. This establishment has achieved excellence in implementing social investment measures towards sustainable tourism and is setting an industry standard.

Environmental Activity Symbol Flora Conservation

Any conservation or rehabilitation activities relating to indigenous plants, trees, vegetation and the land.

Fauna Conservation

Any protective or rehabilitation activities relating to original fauna (wildlife including mammals, birds, fish etc.)

Waste Management

The management, collection, disposal and minimising of any waste including solid waste; bio-degradable waste; chemicals; and liquid waste

Energy Management

All energy saving measures, usage of alternative renewable energy sources etc.

Water Management

All measures to minimise water usage, save water, recycle water etc.

Enviroment Policy

Specific policies regarding the purchase of environmentally friendly products, non-use of harmful chemicals, minimising transport of such products, using products that have a low manufacturing & transport footprint, etc.

Procurement Policy

A specific, detailed and defined environmental management policy or programme that is used by the property/service/group and is made available to staff and guests. Also refers to buying carbon credits.

Awareness Education

Educating guests, staff and local communities about the environment and making them aware of the need for environmental protection.

Green Building

Utilising environmental impact assessments and using environmentally friendly building methods, designs and materials that have a reduced or minimal environmental footprint.

Credentials & Verification

Having been rated by a sustainable tourism agency/organisation or environmental auditing company; having won awards for environmental protection activities; being a member of organisations engaged in environmental protection or rehabilitation; and being able to supply documentation and references that will verify the self-assessment by those listed in this directory regarding their environmental and social practices.

Social Investment Activity Symbol Employees

Relates to the local recruitment and training of staff; their benefits and rewards; their advancement within the organisation; their responsibilities; and basically all matters related to the welfare of staff and their families, also in relation to the community of which they are members..

Economic Development

Investment by the client in the local communities and their local economies and sustainable development through employment and training of local people; providing goods, facilities, services, knowledge and expertise to them; or investing financially in any developmental programmes for the benefit of local communities.

Social Investment

Social investment by way of contributing to the development of local health services, education, transport, housing, welfare or sport, whether by way of a financial investment, making skills and experience available, providing services, or any other means, and providing or participating in programmes or projects for the advancement of previously disadvantaged groups.

Cultural Engagement

Protecting, advancing, promoting and respecting local customs and culture by way of financial or other indirect investments, educating guests and staff, exposing guests/clients to local cultures, protecting historical and heritage sites etc

Disabled Facilities

Having a policy for the benefit of disabled or handicapped people; having a service or establishment that has made special arrangements to facilitate such people, e.g. ramps for wheelchairs, beepers for the blind, special toilets for wheelchair-bound people etc

Credentials & Verification

Having been rated as a sustainable or socially committed tourism enterprise by a relevant agency or organisation; having won any awards for your social investment or responsibility activities; being able to supply supporting documents that will verify this; and supplying the names and contact details of persons who can independently verify this (not relatives or members/employees of your business).

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Contents

Malawi Overview

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Accommodation How To Use Encounter Africa

Tour Operators

Crossroads Hotel 40

Mauritius Tourism 3

Inspiring Africa 20 Botswana

Sunbird Tourism 42 Mozambique

Botswana Country Overview 22

Mozambique Overview 44

Canvas & Tent

5

How To Use Encounter Africa

9

Key To Star Ratings & Symbols Used

10

Publishers’s Note & Credits

14

Expedia Inc (Hotels.com)

41

Photos of Africa

129

Quick Reference 128 Calendar of Trade Expos

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Ethiopian Airlines 132 Southern & Eastern Africa Southern & Eastern Africa Overview 16 Accommodation Sanctuary Retreats 18

Blue Sky Airways

24

Mack Air 27 Ethiopia Tour Operators

Mozambique Tourism Accommodation

46

Ibo Island Lodge

48

Purple Turtle - Gunret Foods Namibia

50

Absolute Ethiopia Tours Heritage

29

Heritage Overview

28

Accommodation

Durban Tourism

32

Namibia Reservations

54

Freedom Park 34

Eningu Clayhouse Lodge Tour Operators

56

Exclusive Africa Safari & Tours

58

De Hoop Collection Malawi

36

Namibia Country Overview 52


ntents South Africa South Africa Country Overview 60 South Coast Tourism

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Northern Cape Tourism

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Buffalo City Municipality

66

Dr. Kenneth Kaunda Municipality

66

Ingquza Local Municipality

68

Nkangala District Municipality

70

Fezile Dabi District

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SANBI 86 Izindwe Marketing Mangaung Tourism 90 KZN Sharks Board

92

Gooderson Leisure 76

Bushbuck Travel Ltd.

Tau Game Lodge 78 Moholoholo 80 Tsekama Wedding Venue 82

Melia Zanzibar 115 Tour Operators Tatanca Safari & Tours 110

Monkey Valley 88

Zara Tours 116 Uganda

Inverdoorn Game Reserve Tour Operators

89

Southern Right Charters Swaziland

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Swaziland Country Overview Ngwenya Glass 96 Tanzania Tanzania Country Overview 100

Great White Shark Tours

95

Cango Wildlife Ranch Accommodation

95

The Arusha Hotel

104

Foxes Safari Camps

106

Shamwari Group 74

Uganda Country Overview 116 Tour Operators Viva Safaris 118 Zambia

Accommodation Mbalageti Serengeti 102

Ratanga Junction 91

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Kholle House 108

Zambia Overview

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Accommodation Sanctuary Retreats 122 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Country Overview 124 Accommodation Rainbow Tourism Group

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Nehimba Safari Lodge

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From the Publisher

In loving memory of Riley Temmers 3 Jan 2013 – 14 April 2014

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his edition of Encounter Africa comes off the press just as Indaba 2014 – billed as Africa’s top travel show – gets underway in Durban, South Africa. The focus here will again be on all that Africa has to offer in such abundance, variety and sophistication, as well as connecting this great offering to the rest of the world. For not only is tourism Africa’s fastest growing industry, it is also the top industry in the world. Despite the many economic and financial problems experienced around the world these last few years, global tourism generally seems to be in good shape. A World Bank report on tourism published in October notes that in 2011 global tourism contributed 9.1 percent to world GDP, 5.9 percent of worldwide exports, and 4.5 percent of global investment. The report also noted Africa’s rapidly rising revenues from tourism and its contribution to economic growth across the continent. In 2012 Sub-Saharan Africa attracted 33.8-million tourists with receipts totalling over US$36billion. Recent research into global tourism trends shows that the focus of global tourism is fast shifting away from the traditional markets of Europe and North America to Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. And the large, emerging middle classes of especially China and India are now driving international tourism demand. It is being projected that China’s number of outbound tourists will have doubled to a staggering 200-million a year by 2020. Meanwhile a key trend identified for Africa in the Global Trends Report 2013 compiled by the World Travel Market, which hosts the world’s premier travel market conference and expo in London each year, is that family friendly safaris are becoming extremely popular. At the same time business tourism in Africa is also experiencing healthy growth. Heritage tourism is another rising star, and with Africa being

home to no fewer than 134 of the world’s 980 World Heritage Sites in 2013, the continent is ideally placed to benefit from this. But sadly there is also a downside. While much is being done across Africa to advance sustainable and responsible tourism, poaching continues to be a major headache. This evil was again highlighted by African ministers who recently attended the 56th Conference of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) in Luanda, Angola. It is against this background and following yet another successful engagement at ITB Berlin in March that we are once again attending the Indaba in Durban. As always we are a sponsor of this prestigious showcase event. We are proud to inform you of some exciting new developments here at Ocean Rock Media. Through our partnership with Photos of Africa and the well-known and highly regarded wildlife photographer, Chris Du Plessis, we now have an official agent for the European market. Through this partnership we have also launched our new documentary films service which showcases our clients’ properties and services on Internet television, social media and digital platforms. In this regard we have just finished shooting a video for Sanctuary Lodges Botswana about the Okavango Delta – what a fantastic experience! Finally, on a very sad note we wish to dedicate this issue to little Riley Temmers, son of Bronwyn and our close friend and colleague Robin Temmers. Riley tragically passed away in a drowning accident on April 14 at the age of fifteen months. Our deepest sympathy and thoughts remain with Robin and his family. Until next time.

SHAKIER BRENNER

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Photography & Maps: Alison M Jones (Cover), Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, Map Studio, Some pictures and photographs have been sourced from iStockPhoto, Stock.Xchng, Wikimedia Commons, Freemage and other sources of stock pictures and photography. Use is under a royalty free or open license. Pictures and photographs used in the respective advertisement profiles are copyright to the relevant advertiser. Copyright and ownership remain with the respective owners. © Copyright 2010\2011 Ocean Rock Media and/or Encounter Africa. No section or part of this directory may be copied, reproduced or distributed for any

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number of the products, services and operators showcased in Encounter Africa have properties or operations in more than one country in the Southern and East African Region. They have been accommodated in this section rather than under a specific country Southern and East Africa comprises a vast and varied geographical area, full of breathtaking scenery, exquisite wildlife, wonderful surprises, ancient and modern cities existing side by side, unspoilt rural habitats, and a confusing array of peoples, cultures and languages...as well as a history that goes back to the very cradle of mankind. The countries that make up the Southern and East African Region are: (In the South) – South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe; (In the East) – Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. In this vast region discerning travellers can pick and choose from wildlife offerings that range from whale-watching in the southern oceans around South Africa, to the desert elephants of Namibia, the iconic Big Five of the Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa, the crocodiles and birdlife of the Okavango Delta, the gorillas and chimps of Uganda, to the awesome annual migration of thousands of wildebeest in Tanzania. Natural wonders of the region include the majestic Table Mountain in the south; the massive sand dunes of the world’s oldest desert in Namibia; the swamps wonderland of the Okavango Delta; the thundering, misty Victoria Falls separating Zambia and Zimbabwe; the tropical Indian Ocean island paradises of Mozambique; the Great Lakes and the Rift Valley of East Africa; the Nile River and Lake Tanganyika to the north; the great plains of Kenya; and Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This truly is an amazing sub-continent where amazing people nourish their souls.

LANGUAGES ■ English is predominantly spoken in all of the countries in this region, with the exception of Portuguese-speaking Mozambique. In Namibia German is also widely spoken while in Namibia and South Africa Afrikaans, a language similar to Dutch and Flemish, is widely spoken.

■ A great variety of indigenous African languages are also spoken in these countries. ■ Various other European and some Asian languages are also spoken by minorities residing in a number of countries in the region.


■  Various European and Asian languages are also widely spoken in a number of countries in the region.

CAPITAL CITies ■ Countries in the region boast thriving capital cities that often blend the old and the new in an explosion of sound, colour, activities and people. ■  The various capital cities are: Pretoria/Tshwane (South Africa); Gaborone (Botswana); Maputo (Mozambique); Windhoek (Namibia); Mbabane (Swaziland); Harare (Zimbabwe); Nairobi (Kenya); Dodoma (Tanzania); Kampala (Uganda): and Lusaka (Zambia).

CLIMATE ■ The climate for this region varies greatly, from the moderate Mediterranean climate of South Africa’s Western Cape; to the coastal desert areas of Namibia that are cooled off by the icy Atlantic; the hot and humid conditions of Zambia; the hot desert climate of Botswana; the tropical heat of Mozambique and Tanzania; the fresh mountain air of Swaziland; the cold and wet of parts of Uganda; to the cool air of the Kenyan highlands. ■ Due to the combination of the region’s generally high altitude and the rain shadow caused by high mountain ranges, the East African interior is quite cool and dry. ■ Rainy season in some parts is all year round, in others, mostly to the East, it is in summer (December/ January) while in the southwest it is in winter (June/ July).

TIME ZONEs The countries of the region fall into a time zone range of UTC/GMT +2 hours to UTC/GMT +3 hours going east.

currancies ■ While all of the countries have their own currencies, the most widely used local currency in the region is the South African Rand which is accepted all over Southern Africa; the US dollar and Euros are also widely accepted.

TELECOMUNICATIONS & INTERNET ■ Most countries in the region have good to excellent fixed line telephone services and rapidly growing cellphone networks. Internet and email services are also available, although restricted in some countries to the urban areas. ■ Good internet services with Internet connection in most hotels and lodges, while private networks offer Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

ELECTRICITY ■ The power supply in all countries of the region fall within the 220/230/240 volts AC 50 HZ range. ■ Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.

AIRLINES ■ All major international airlines fly to South Africa, with many flying to other capitals in the region. ■  Various domestic airlines and many private air charter companies and helicopter services operate throughout the region.

AIRPORTS ■ All capital cities in the region have international airports.

TAXES ■ A number of countries in the region charge VAT on goods and services sold. ■ Most countries in the region allow the importation of some duty-free goods for personal use.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ■ These vary from country to country – check the individual Country Overviews in this directory for details or check the official tourism websites of the various countries online.

HEALTH & MEDICAL ■ Medical facilities and health services range from world class in South Africa to very poor in some countries. ■ Various types of vaccinations are required in the different countries. – check the individual Country Overviews in this directory or the official online websites for details. ■ Malaria, TB, HIV/Aids are high risks in most parts of the region. ■ Tap water is safe to drink in South Africa, except in a few rural areas, while it is less safe in some of the other countries.

DRIVING & LOCAL TRANSPORT ■ Roads, driving conditions and road rules vary greatly across the region – check the individual Country Overviews in this directory

SAFETY ■ With the exception of Zimbabwe and Uganda, countries in the region are stable democracies free of conflict. Kenya and Uganda have experienced terrorist attacks in recent years while the US Embassy in Tanzania was bombed in 1998. ■ Currently all of the countries are quite safe for tourists who follow normal personal safety rules. ■ Crime ranges from high in some countries to relatively low in others. ■ Travellers should however check with relevant embassies and the cautionary warning issued by their own countries before travelling – Encounter Africa cannot be held responsible for any incorrect or outdated information in this regard.

USEFUL CONTACTS ■ See the individual Country Overviews in this directory.


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Sanctuary Retreats

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Sanctuary Retreats’ lodges and camps are set in some of the most beautiful and last unspoilt wilderness areas of Africa. The group is completely committed to conservation and not leaving any lasting footprint. With expert local guides and superb service at its luxurious properties in Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, Sanctuary Retreats provides an unparalleled way to experience the captivating heart of Africa.

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Rates Between US$510 and US$2,250 per person per night.Contact / Booking

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Telephone 1: +44 (0)20 7190 7728 Email Address: info@sanctuaryretreats.com

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Website: www.sanctuaryretreats.com

Group Overview Countries where properties are located: Location of Head Office: Year established: Market segment where group is active: Group specialities or unique features: Group’s environmental policy: Group’s social responsibility policy:

Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda London and South Africa July 1999 Luxury travel Authentically exploring the real Africa, without forsaking luxury, comfort and style. Committed to applying its environmental policies; no footprint; caring for the environment; and managing waste, energy, water and flora conservation. Mostly locally recruited staff. Several policies facilitating their professional and personal growth and wellbeing.

Accommodation Offered Botswana Name: Location: Market Sector: Number & Type of Rooms / Units:

Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp Private concession, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park Luxury Safari Camps and Lodges Baines’ Camp – 5 suites, Chief’s Camp – 12 bush pavilions, Chobe Chilwero – 15 cottages, Stanley’s Camp – 8 tented rooms All lodges and camps feature main lounge and dining area, pool, luxury rooms with mosquito nets, overhead fans and private viewing decks. Chobe Chilwero also features air-conditioning and a full service spa as well as a private honeymoon suite.

Sanctuary Olonana Masai Mara Luxury Safari Camp 14 luxury safari tents Features main lounge and dining area with views over the Mara River, pool and mini spa. All luxury rooms have mosquito nets, overhead fans, private viewing decks and en-suite facilities. 12 family rooms and 2 honeymoon suites.

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Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge, Sanctuary Saadani River Lodge, Sanctuary Swala, Sanctuary Kusini Saadani National Park, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park Luxury Safari Camps and Lodges Saadani Safari Lodge – 5 Maridadi suites, 9 classic Banda Suites and 1 Siri suite. Saadani River lodge - 17 luxury suites and 1 family Wami suite. Swala – 14 canvas pavilions and Kusini – 12 canvas tents. All lodges and camps feature main lounge and dining area, luxury rooms with mosquito nets, overhead fans and private viewing decks and en-suite facilities. Saadani River Lodge also features four air-conditioned rooms and a mini spa. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Luxury Safari Camp 15 Thatched cottages Main lounge and dining area overlooking the surrounding forest and a mini spa. Rooms have en-suite facilities and private viewing decks. Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma South Luangwa National Park, Livingstone Luxury Safari Camps and Lodges Chichele Presidential Lodge - 10 air-conditioned rooms, Puku Ridge Camp – 7 tented rooms, Sussi & Chuma – 12 tree houses and 2 Chuma family houses. All lodges and camps feature main lounge and dining area, luxury rooms with mosquito nets, overhead fans and private viewing decks. Sussi & Chuma also feature treatment room and Sussi & Chuma and Chichele Presidential Lodge have pool in main area.

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Inspiring Africa Travel, Tour & Safari Operators The company offers extraordinary and inspiring responsible travel experiences covering the entire continent of Africa, from the bustling souks of Morocco, to the plains of Maasai Mara and Serengeti in Kenya and Tanzania, the Okavango Delta, the ancient pyramids of Egypt and the idyllic islands of the Indian Ocean archipelagos. Experiences are personalised for individual travellers or small groups and only licensed and experienced operators and guides are used

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Location & How to Get There Country: South Africa Region: Head office South Africa, operates throughout Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Nearest Town: Cape Town (head office) Nearest International Airport: Cape Town International Airport Local Airport / Landing Strip: Depends on tour itinerary Guest Transfers: Yes Road Access: Yes

Rates Rates vary and depend on type of itinerary/package selected. Contact / Booking details Telephone: +27 (0)83 455 5061 Email Address: tours@inspiringafrica.com Website: www.inspiringafrica.com

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Independent tour operator. Africa & Europe 2000 Only fully qualified and experienced driver-guides are used.

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Offers individualised tours including unique African safaris and animal experiences, romantic travel, photography, gourmet and wine, golf, cultural experiences, extreme adventures, small groups and families and media tours.Supplementary Services:meeting and assisting guests on arrival at selected ports of entry; 24/7 contact numbers for guests; all accommodation reservations for hotels, game lodges and guest houses; transportation in air-conditioned micro buses and luxury coaches; booking of car rentals and chauffeur driven services; choice of foreign language drivers and guides; full-time escorted tours; scheduled tours with guaranteed departures, minimum of two passengers; specialised tours for weddings, honeymoons, palaeontology, geological interest, photography, gourmets, flora, whale and shark watching; tailor-made golfing holidays; and pre- and post-conference tours.

Vehicles Used For Tours / Safaris: Depends on tour package. Accommodation Provided: Accommodation used on tours is of highest quality, exclusive, award winning luxury safari lodges and camps, private island getaways, five star boutique hotels and luxurious trains, catamarans and yachts. Accommodation Services & Facilities: Depends on tour and type of accommodation selected – all standard services and more.

Tours & Safaris Personalised travel and tour experiences: Incorporates luxury train, yacht and camp experiences of 8 to 14 days or longer and includes • exploring Namibia’s coastal wilderness and desert scenery; • Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta; • Zambezi and Nile River experiences; • wildlife and cultural safaris in Rwanda, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, and Niger; • national park experiences in Southern and East Africa, such as Kruger National Park in Southern Africa, Nyanja National Park in Zimbabwe, South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, Rift Valley, Maasai Mara, Tsavo, Amboseli and Serengeti in Kenya and Tanzania , or Mole National Park in Ghana; • Island getaways in Seychelles, Madagascar, Reunion, Maldives or the Greek Isles; or • luxury African safaris, African family journeys, romantic or celebration travel, journeys for women, or extreme experiences.

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Member of African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA). Partner lodges and destinations are also members of various associations and have won numerous awards. Encounter Africa | The Definitive Directory For Responsible Tourism

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ituated in Southern Africa, Botswana is a landlocked country of stunning contrasts. Its world-famous Okavango Delta has the most amazing waterways teeming with fish, birds and water-bound animals. However, leave the delta and you enter the dry, sandy plains of the Kalahari Desert interspersed with dry savannah and ancient salt pans Far-flung, isolated and sparsely populated rural areas contrast sharply with bustling, modern urban centres. This land of wide open spaces offers an untamed wilderness with some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. Botswana is a largely crime-free, safe and stable democracy with a thriving economy. It is surrounded by South Africa, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

LANGUAGES English & Setswana.

CAPITAL CITY Gaborone.

CLIMATE ■ Semi-arid, subtropical, very hot and rainy summers, mild and dry winters. ■ Summer (November – March): 19-33°C - Winter (May to August): 5-23°C. ■ Rainy season with sporadic showers in the summer months (November – March). ■ Humidity from 60 to 80% during summer mornings, dropping to 30 - 40% afternoons. ■  Best visiting months for both weather and game viewing from April to October.

TIME ZONE UTC/GMT +2 hours - no daylight saving time at present.

MONEY & CARDS ■ Currency: the Pula divided into 100 Thebe. ■  All major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club. ■  Most hotels and lodges accept travellers’ cheques & foreign currency. ■ Exchange bureaus at major border posts, no exchange controls ■  Several major commercial banks - Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) at most shopping malls and hotels.


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■ Good fixed-line telephone network and internet services. ■ Three national cell phone operators serve mostly urban areas, major routes & tourist destinations. ■ Roaming agreements with companies in a number of countries.

■ Citizens of Commonwealth countries do not require a visa and visa abolition agreements exist with a number of countries. ■ All other foreigners need a visa. ■ Visa requirements: Complete Form D (Visa form); Letter of support from the host; two passport size photos; fee of P25.00 (around USD 4.00); return visa or residence permit from his/her country of residence; return air ticket; confirmation letter from the country if the person is coming for business purposes.

INTERNET Good internet services with Internet connection in most hotels and lodges, while private networks offer Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

POSTAL SERVICES Reliable national mail service and other services such as money transfers and courier services.

ELECTRICITY 220 volts AC, 50hz - outlets are of the round three-pin type.

AIRLINES ■ Various international carriers fly into Botswana or neighbouring countries, especially nearby Johannesburg, South Africa, with connecting flights. ■ National carrier Air Botswana operates scheduled domestic flights from Gaborone to several destinations, including Francistown, Maun, Kasane. ■ Various other carriers operate services to the capital and private operators maintain links to various tourist destinations. ■ Direct flights from Johannesburg, Harare, Cape Town and Windhoek to Maun International Airport (MUB) which serves the Okavango Delta. ■ Well-developed air charter industry.

AIRPORTS ■ Main airport is Sir Seretse Khama International (GBE) 15km (9 miles) northwest of Gaborone with smaller airports at Francistown, Ghanzi, Jwaneny, Kasane, Pont Drift and Selebi-Phikwe. ■ Airport facilities: Luggage storage, luggage shrink wrap, banks, bar, snack bar, restaurant, post office, duty-free shops and car hire. ■ No regular bus services to and from the airport, but hotels run minibuses, while taxis are available. ■ Arriving persons must declare goods to Customs Officer on baggage declaration Form J.

TAXES ■ VAT of 10% charged on most goods purchased, while customs and excise duties are charged on some goods brought in. ■ Botswana belongs to the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) - South Africa levies and collects most of the customs, sales, and excise duties for the 5 member states.

HEALTH & MEDICAL ■ There is a fairly high risk of malaria, especially in the rainy season, in certain areas such as Central Botswana, Chobe, Ghanzi, Northeast, and Northwest, but none in the cities of Francistown and Gaborone. If visiting affected areas it is recommended that antimalaria drugs be taken 2 weeks before departure. ■ Other risks include tick-bite fever, sun and heatrelated problems, snake-bite, HIV/AIDS, Bilharzia. ■ Tap water is safe to drink in urban areas and the larger urban areas offer good health facilities.

DRIVING & LOCAL TRANSPORT ■ All urban centres are connected by highways and very good tarmac roads. ■ Driving is on left hand side of road. ■ Off main routes, the roads range from good, highspeed gravel to deep, rutted sand. ■ Speed limits apply and seat belts must be worn. ■ Various private bus and minibus passenger transport companies provide good services, as does Botswana Railways with air-conditioned luxury rail travel between various centres. ■ All major car hire services operate in Botswana, and taxis and minibus taxis operate in all towns.

SAFETY ■ Botswana is a stable democracy since independence in 1966 and safe for visitors, but some crime does occur take basic precautions as for most other countries.

USEFUL CONTACTS Botswana Tourism Board: Tel +267 391 3111; Fax +267 395 9220; Email board@botswanatourism.co.bw. Customs & Excise: Tel +267 3642100; +267 392 2855 Fax +267 392 2781. Air Botswana: Tel +267 395 2812. Sir Seretse Khama Airport: Tel +267 395 8440. Rail Services: Tel +267 471 1375. Immigration: Tel +267 361 1300. Wildlife and National Parks: Tel +267 397 1405. Hotel & Tourism Association: Tel +267 395 7144. Automobile Association: Tel +267 390 2111. First National Bank: Tel +267 364 2600. Standard Chartered Bank: Tel +267 360 1500; Fax +267 391 8299. Barclays Bank: Tel +267 395 2041; Fax +267 391 3672.


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oliday travellers often feel like their holiday doesn’t start until they reach their destination. BlueSky Airways wants its passengers to feel like their holiday started when they check in. “Travel is often synonymous with stress,” says Mark Spicer, Managing Director of BlueSky. “Tourists feel that ‘if they can just make it through the journey’, then they can finally relax and unwind. We want our passengers to enjoy the journey. That means, first making them feel totally safe, and second, making them feel completely satisfied with our service.”

Mark Spicer and his BlueSky partners have been involved in the aviation industry in Southern Africa for decades. They and their families have travelled extensively throughout the region on both business and pleasure and know the needs and wants of travellers firsthand. “We’re not flying passengers, we’re flying guests”, said Mark Spicer. BlueSky Airways believes that it’s choice of modern aircraft and in particular the Boeing 737, one of the most

“we’re not flying passengers, we’re flying guests” BlueSky Airways, a new airline serving Southern Africa, seeks to offer passengers new travel options and new heights in customer service. Travel in Africa does not always have the best reputation for safety and service. That’s why BlueSky has put together a team of experts from all over the world, with decades of combined experience, to offer its customers the excellence, reliability and safety comparable to the rest of the industry’s leaders. Mark Spicer Managing Director of BlueSky Airways

A Modern-day Classic - globally famed for its reliability, versatility and performance, the Boeing 737 is the equipment of choice for BlueSky Airways

successful commercial jet aircraft in history, is a key decision in ensuring that guests commence and complete a holiday in a manner that exceeds initial expectations. By combining a wealth of experience, knowledge and a love of aviation with the use of industry-leading equipment, BlueSky Airways plans to take aviation in southern Africa to new levels of customer satisfaction.


Luxury, naturally Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp Okavango Delta, Botswana

SAFARI CAMPS AND LODGES BOTSWANA Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp and Sanctuary Baines’ Camp Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Okavango Delta Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, Chobe National Park

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Years of Aviation Exellence

Mack Air (Pty) is a non-scheduled air charter company based in Northern Botswana. Due to the shear geographical isolation of this part of the world, most of the lodges and camps within the region are only accessible by air, non-scheduled flight operations have become an integral part and cornerstone of the travel industry within Botswana. The town of Maun serves as Mack Air's hub; considered to be the gateway to the magnificent Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve, is ideally situated for us to be able to offer a wide spectrum of routes to exciting destinations, from in and around the Okavango Delta, to Kasane, Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Windhoek and Johannesburg. Through the last 20 years the incredible support of our clientele has allowed us to grow into the largest independent air charter company in Botswana, currently operating a fleet of 20 aircraft, ranging from four seat Cessna 206 aircraft used for shorter transfers, to the larger 10-seat Cessna Grand Caravan turbine powered aircraft for longer routes. Stringent aircraft maintenance procedures and crew training requirements have, and continue to contribute towards our impeccable safety record, ensuring clients are guaranteed the very best in terms of safety and professionalism when boarding one of our aircraft.   At Mack Air we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best possible service; characterised by reliability, efficiency, consistency and safety. From the moment passengers board one of our aircraft they are sure to experience an incredibly comfortable, enjoyable and unforgettable flight as we transfer them across arguably one of the most beautifully untouched parts of the globe!


ABSOLUTE ETHIOPIA TOURS Travel, Tour & Safari Operators

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Ethiopia

Absolute Ethiopia Tours is a privately-owned tour operating company with comprehensive knowledge and experience of the travel industry and Ethiopian destinations. The company provides a range of complete tour packages and services across Ethiopia for groups, families and individuals. Packages are designed around many surprises that embrace the extraordinary cultures, ancient histories and natural beauty of Ethiopia. These are based on the company’s branding concept of interaction, building friendship with the local communities and learning about new cultures.

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Rates From US$490 per person per package.

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Location & How to Get There Country: Ethiopia Region: East Africa Start Location of Tours: Addis Ababa Nearest International Airport: Bole International Airport Guest Transfers: Yes

Contact / Booking details Reservations Manager: Ms Banchi Mekonnen Telephone 1: + 251 911 20 88 65 Telephone 2: +251-113691083 Fax Number: + 251- 113691129 Email Address: info@absoluteethiopia.com Website: www.absoluteethiopia.com

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Providing standard and tailor-made historical, cultural and natural adventure package tours throughout Ethiopia. 2009 7 x professional tour guides; 6 x 4WD drivers; one Coaster bus driver. All guides graduated from tourism collages or universities.

Facilities & Services Services / Operations / Activities: Providing standard and tailor-made historical, cultural and natural adventure package tours for groups, families, professional groups and individuals throughout Ethiopia. Supplementary Services: Car Rental services with drivers, arranging volunteers for trips, package designing for university and high school groups, and hotel and apartment bookings. Vehicles Used For Tours / Safaris: Six latest model air-conditioned 4WD vehicles, mini buses and coaster bus. Accommodation Provided: We utilise best available accommodation closest to the destination/site of attraction to suit needs of clients. Accommodation Services & Facilities: Standard single, double, twin and triple accommodation all with private bathrooms and shower as per the requirements of the customers.

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Pre-scheduled standard tours, tailor-made, special interest group tours and individual package tours: offered in a wide variety across Ethiopia. Speciality tours: Historic Route of North Ethiopia; South Omo Valley cultural and tribal trips; Semien Mountains and Bale Mountains Trekking Tours; and the Danakil Depression Expedition of Afar regions. Itineraries: Itineraries and tour durations vary from one day city tours of Addis to tours of 30 days and more. More details on website: More details regarding fixed departure groups and selected package tours are available on our website.

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Licenced and registered by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, 2009; member of Adventure Travel and Trade Association (ATTA) since 2014; member of Africa Travel Association (ATA) since 2014.

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Children: Children welcome; family groups encouraged by applying special rates for the children. Payment: 25% payable upon booking confirmation with balance payable one month before arrrival. Cancellation: Cancellation policy applies.

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Heritage Tourism in Africa

eritage Tourism, with both its cultural and natural components, has rapidly become one of the fastest growing, most popular types of tourism in the world today. It also serves a worthy cause. In a nutshell it showcases and helps preserve our legacy from the past, there for all to see, enjoy and learn from, and which we will pass on to future generations. Africa offers an abundance and great variety of such heritage sites, with some of the world’s oldest and most interesting archaeological, cultural and natural wonders of the world. World Heritage Sites Overseeing the preservation and management of the world’s precious heritage sites together with governments and other bodies, is the World Heritage Committee. It regularly adds areas or places of outstanding cultural or natural significance worthy of protection to the World Heritage List in terms of the World Heritage Convention established in 1972 by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). These sites are today known as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. To this list have been added sites as diverse as the wetlands of iSimangaliso (Lake St Lucia) in South Africa, the ruins of Roman, Phoenician and ancient Christian cities in North Africa, Mount Athos in Greece, the ancient Mayan city of Calakmul in Mexico, the Ferapontov Monastery in the Vologda region in northern Russia, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal in India, among many more. As our ancestors bequeathed to us this diverse heritage to be conserved for future generations, it is only fitting that a large number of World Heritage Sites are found in Africa with its strong cultural focus on respect for the ancestors, looking after our inherited world, and leaving these values as part of our legacy for future generations. Africa…birthplace of humanity Out of a total of more than 980 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2013, no fewer than 129 were located in 37 African countries. There are a number more as some overseas territories of non-African states fall within Africa and contain heritage sites, while some heritages sites in Africa are not listed, such as those of Somalia, as their countries are not parties to the UNESCO convention. World Heritage Sites in Africa have now become the leading destinations for many tourists to the continent. And quite rightly so, for the continent is the birthplace and first home of humankind. In a sense we are all sons and daughters of Africa, so when tourists from Europe, Asia, the Americas or elsewhere come to our continental shores, they are really coming home, completing a circle. Therefore, come to Africa and come discover your roots. Apart from the World Heritage Sites, many countries, regions and cities across Africa now also offer a variety of other heritage tours, both cultural and natural. South Africa In South Africa, for instance, the City of Durban offers among others the Inanda Heritage Route where one comes face to face with a num-

ber of historical figures that helped shape the country and the world, people such as John Dube and Mahatma Gandhi. Cape Town offers a variety of heritage and cultural attractions from the iconic Table Mountain to Robben Island, a World Heritage Site that once served as a jail to political prisoners from the Khoi leader Autshumao in the 1600s to Nelson Mandela and others in the 20th century. And while South Africa may have treated some of its sons and daughters harshly throughout history, it is also a significant part of the birthplace of humanity. As such it is home to the famed Cradle of Humankind, a 47,000 hectare site near Johannesburg that includes a complex of limestone caves, including the Sterkfontein Caves, where the 2.3-million year-old fossil “Mrs Ples” was found in 1947. The site has produced some of the oldest and more than a third of all early hominid fossils ever found, with some dating back as far as 3.5 million years. The superb Maropeng Visitors Centre houses an exciting, world-class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. Few places in the world, if any, can boast an older history than that. Apart from the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa is home to seven more Unesco World Heritage Sites. These are Robben Island, Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, the Cape Floral Region, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the Vredefort Dome and the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape. Slavery to Art From South Africa, travel north-east to Malawi to the Chongoni Rock Art Area containing the richest concentration of rock art in Central Africa dating back to the Stone Age. In neighbouring Mozambique is another World Heritage Site rich in more recent history. It is the Island of Mozambique which once was a major boat building centre and Arab port trading slaves, spices and gold. The name of both the island and its parent country is derived from Ali Musa Mbiki (Musa Al Big), sultan of the island at the time of the Portuguese seafarer, Vasco da Gama’s visit in 1498. In 1507 the Portuguese established a port and naval base and built the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte, now considered the oldest European building in the southern hemisphere. After the addition of the Fort São Sebastião the Portuguese settlement on the island became the capital of Portuguese East Africa. Across the Mozambique Channel lies Mauritius, today a holiday paradise filled with luxurious modern resorts. But the island is also home to Aapravasi Ghat, the first site chosen by the British government to take part in what was known as the “Great Experiment”, namely using indentured labourers instead of slaves. And between 1834 and 1920, almost half a million of those indentured labourers passed through Port Louis to work on the island or en route to other British colonies. Their presence and their legacy today is the very fibre of Mauritian society. Back on mainland Africa one finds Great Zimbabwe, the ruins of an ancient city that was an important trading centre between the 11th and 15th centuries. Many soapstone sculptures and artefacts made of gold, bronze, iron, copper and ivory were also found here. As one walks along the high stonewalled passages the mystery of the


place is everywhere, making one wonder who lived here, what did they do and what happened to them. East Africa On Kenya’s Mombasa Island is Fort Jesus, a Portuguese fort built between 1593 and 1596 to guard the old port. Its architectural layout follows the Renaissance ideal that the human body is perfectly proportionate. Much older than the fort is the Lake System in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. The site features Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita, as well as a highly diverse population of birds that visit here, including thirteen threatened species. In Ethiopia, which lies north of Kenya and is part of the Horn of Africa, one finds the ancient Fasil Ghebbi, a fortress-enclosure located in the Gondar Region that served as the home of Ethiopia’s emperors in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Its unique architecture reflects diverse influences including Arab, Hindu, Nubian, and Baroque styles. Much more Travelling to Central, North and West Africa, there is much more still to be seen, such as the ruins of the ancient former Christian holy city of Abu Mena in Egypt; Al Quala of Beni Hammad in Algeria which was the fortified first capital of the Hammadid emirs originally built in 1007 and demolished in 1152; or the Amphitheatre of El Jem, built in Tunisia during the 3rd century and which, reflecting the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome, is North Africa’s largest coliseum seating 35,000 spectators, the same capacity as many a modern sports stadium. Established in the 11th and 12th centuries in Mauritania to serve the caravans crossing the Sahara, the ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata became major trading and religious centres, and focal points of Islamic culture. In Libya in West Africa, Sabratha was a Phoenician trading-post that served as an outlet for the products of the African hinterland and was part of the short-lived Numidian Kingdom of Massinissa before being Romanized and rebuilt in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Among the largest protected sites of West Africa is the Comoé National Park of Côte d’Ivoire featuring the Comoé River and the unique flora which accompanies it. Cameroon’s Dja Faunal Reserve is one of Africa’s largest and best protected rain forests, is almost completely surrounded by the Dja River and contains 107 mammal species, of which five are threatened. Another West African Heritage Site is the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary within the Senegal River delta wetland area. It consists of streams, lakes, ponds and backwaters, is the home of one-and-ahalf million birds, as well as crocodiles, African manatees, and other typical Sahelian species. The list goes on. Heritage mission As is clear from the many places described above, heritage tourism embraces elements of living culture, history, geography, wildlife and the natural history of place, those things that communities around

the world value and cherish and wish to preserve for future generations. Incorporating these elements into a well-managed system of tourism contributes to local growth, pride, upliftment, and development and is of great value especially in rural settings across the continent. In view of this the mission of the World Heritage Convention is to encourage countries to nominate cultural and natural heritage sites for possible inclusion on the World Heritage List. It also assists them where there are challenges of safeguarding their sites against social, economic, and developmental threats and natural decay. Once inscribed in the World Heritage List, such a site receives national and international recognition and the country is required to ensure that effective and active measures are taken for the protection, conservation and presentation of the site. For a country to have a site added to the World Heritage List, the site must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one of ten selection criteria. Assistance Heritage sites receive various forms of assistance from the World Heritage Fund, including preparatory assistance to prepare an initial list of possible sites, the nomination of potential sites, or to develop a conservation management plan. It also offers assistance to support group training activities, technical cooperation to provide expertise and material support for various conservation initiatives. Furthermore the fund offers emergency assistance to enable urgent action to repair damage caused by adverse human activity or natural disasters. The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) has similarly launched a programme bringing sustainable tourism together with World Heritage as a way of promoting conservation and offering assistance. Meanwhile UNESCO has drawn up an Action Plan for Africa for 2012 to 2017 that aims to improve the representation of African heritage sites on the World Heritage List, improve the state of conservation at World Heritage properties, effectively manage existing properties, and develop and implement strategies to enable countries to effectively address the challenge of balancing heritage conservation and development needs. Africa’s heart Finally, if tourism is the world’s number-one industry and the fastest developing industry in Africa, heritage tourism is its very heart…and one that beats for every person on our planet.


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city of yesterday, now and tomorrow By Stef Terblanche

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t the southern tip of Africa, along South Africa’s eastern seaboard, lies a vibrant, bustling city that brings together the cultures and people of three continents in an exciting explosion of colours, smells, sights, sounds and activities. There is none other quite like it. The city of Durban – part of the greater eThekwini metropolitan municipality – has truly redefined the meaning of “melting pot”. Its legacy is not only a great city and the biggest on Africa’s east coast, but also a unique history, a rich and multi-layered tapestry of people and events that played such a large part in shaping the South Africa of today. Visitors quickly find out that there is much more to Durban than its miles of golden beaches. Durban Tourism, the body entrusted with making available to the rest of the world the many delights of this city, has created a selection of exciting offerings that blend the historical with the contemporary, adventure with leisure, and the scenic with the hustle and bustle of the inner city. One of its more recent additions has been the Inanda Heritage Route…a tour that for the first time unlocks many of Durban’s most revered historical treasures for all to share. This route perhaps more than anything else also pays tribute to the city’s fusion of African, Asian and European cultures and people – with a good measure of other influences thrown in. Historical figures

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Take the tour and you will meet some truly great and spirited figures from the past…giants like John Dube, Mahatma Gandhi, Pixley Seme, Albert Luthuli, to name but a few. Other experiences in and around Durban allow one to discover even more historical figures like the great Zulu warrior leader, King Shaka, or Dick King, the young Englishman whose epic 10-day, 950km journey on horseback saved the British garrison at Port Natal (now Durban) from an attack by Boer forces. And few people are probably aware that one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language also often described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century, Fernando Pessoa, grew up in Durban in the late 1800s, attending two of its well-known schools. My hospitable and very knowledgeable hosts Sthembiso Mbonambi and Richard Powell of Street Scene Tours pick me up at Durban’s im-

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pressive King Shaka International Airport. After a quick breakfast they leave me in the capable hands of the ever-smiling freelance tour guide Thabo Mokgope. We head for the busy central city market area around Warwick Junction and very soon I know that I am about to experience a very different kind of adventure. The market area Warwick Junction is the city’s main public transport hub where trains, buses and taxis, and about half a million commuters, converge every day. Between 5,000 and 8,000 vendors trade here in 9 different markets and the area is home to what probably is one of the biggest, most varied and most authentic African markets anywhere in Southern Africa. Our first stop, the Victoria Street Market, also known as the Indian Market is famous for its curries and spices among many other delights. From here we stroll into the Zulu Muti Market where traditional healers – inyangas or herbalists, and sangomas or diviners - prepare and display their medicines, herbal powders and other wares ranging from crocodile teeth and various animal skins, to bird claws, snake skins, dead and skinned monkeys hanging from nooses, black chickens in cages, and powders made from the bark, leaves and bulbs of plants and trees. You need a strong stomach. Next we proceed through the 100-years old vegetable and fruit market known as the Early Morning Market where I am confronted by the biggest carrots I have ever seen, and then on through the noisy taxi ranks and into the Berea train station’s maze of stalls and shops housing both formal and informal traders. Other markets in the area include an African bead market, lime and impepho (incense) market, cow’s head meat market, the Brook Street crafts and clothing market, the meat and fish market, and the Music Bridge market. As we leave the market area Thabo convinces me – against my better judgement – to try one of Durban’s famous ‘bunny chows’ - a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry – at an Indian vegetarian establishment called Little Gujarat in the heart of the Indian district. I ask for the mildest version, which still has me gasping for water. A laughing Thabo tells me there is no mild…only very hot. As we leave the area we pass a number of historic landmarks, among them the impressive Emmanuel Cathedral which was built partially


with a donation from Empress Eugenie of France, wife of Napoleon III. In 1880 she came to visit the site where her son, the Prince Imperial, had been killed in the Anglo-Zulu War the previous year and donated ₤5,000 to the local Catholic Church. Valley of a Thousand Hills Leaving the city and the Indian Ocean behind, we head inland towards the famed and beautiful Valley of a Thousand Hills, and watch a spell of traditional Zulu dancing, visit some huge and fearsome crocodiles, and go to a snake park where I pick up and fondle a real live giant African rock python, much to my horror. On the way back to the city we stop at the magnificent gardens of Makaranga, a testament to the passion of its creator, Leslie Riggall, and the present owners, the Flack family, and a must for any visitor to the area. In the evening we dine at a lively place just off the popular Florida Road nightlife area and sample a variety of beers that have the connoisseurs going into a stupor. Finally the day ends and it’s back to our high-rise beachfront hotel on Durban’s Golden Mile where there are more hotels per square kilometre than anywhere else in Africa. We find the national football team, Bafana Bafana, is also staying in the hotel, having to play an important match the next day. The next morning we start the day with a SkyCar ride up the 350-metre long and 105-metre high arch that spans the entire 85,000-seater Moses Mabhida Stadium and holds up its roof. The view of Durban and the ocean from up there is panoramic and breath-taking. The quickest way down is taking the plunge with the Big Swing, which the SkyCar operator tells us is “a stupid thing to do”! South of the city centre in the suburb of Chatsworth we discover another of Durban’s many jewels… the Hare Krishna Temple, also known as the Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding. This serene place of meditation and introspection is an architectural marvel. It is also the biggest Hare Krishna temple in Africa and one the most visited attractions in Durban. Inanda Heritage Route Finally we set off for Inanda and the Heritage Route, passing through the township of KwaMashu north of Durban. As we pull up to Phoenix Settlement where Mahatma Gandhi lived, we are reminded that in Inanda there is “more history per square kilometre than anywhere else in South Africa”. It was here at Phoenix that Gandhi, one of the major leaders and thinkers of the twentieth century first developed his philosophy of passive resistance against injustice, a philosophy that was applied by the people of both South Africa and India in their struggles for freedom. At Phoenix, on the original 100 acre site, one finds a reconstructed replica of Gandhi’s corrugated iron house named Sarvodaya. The original was destroyed during the anti-apartheid Inanda riots in 1985. Still standing is the original building that housed Gandhi’s printing press where he, and later his son, printed and published his newspaper, Indian Opinion. From Phoenix one travels up the hill to Ohlange where John Dube acquired a piece of land and built a school for his community not far from where he was born on the Inanda Mission Station in 1871. The school, the Zulu Christian Industrial School, later known as the Ohlange Institute, was the first black African-owned and run educational institution in South Africa. Dube’s first house also

still stands here, while the graves of Dube, his wife and a number of his children are here too. Having studied in the USA, Dube went on to become an essayist, philosopher, educator, politician, publisher, editor, novelist and poet, as well as the first president of the ANC which today governs South Africa. In 1903 he established the Ilanga Lase Natali newspaper, which is still being published to this day. IN 1994 in South Africa’s first democratic elections Nelson Mandela chose the Dr JL Dube Interpretation Centre housed on the school premises as the place where he cast his vote for the first time in a free South Africa. It is said that on that day he also went to Dube’s grave close to the house and, facing his tombstone, said: “Mister President, I can report to you that today we are finally free.” Dube was politically moderate and worked with Gandhi among others. He was guided by his principles of “hasten slowly” and “think with the head, feel with the heart and do with the hand”. Forced to move when the government later took over his house, Dube built a second house on his farm not far from the first. At this house, also high up on a hill and with a view all the way to the ocean, Dube did most of his writing. Important political figures came here for meetings and Nelson Mandela is said to have spent time here the night before his arrest in 1962 and the start of his incarceration of 27 years. The Inanda Heritage Route also offers glimpses of the lives and work of many other historical figures such as Pixley ka Isaka Seme, the principal founder of the ANC and its first treasurer general; the Rev Posselt Gumede, a pastor, intellectual, translator of hymns, political activist and founder member of the Natal Native Congress; AWG Champion, an early trade unionist and ANC leader; the American missionaries Daniel and Lucey Lindley who established the Inanda Congregational Church and the Inanda Seminary in the mid-1800s; Bertha Mkhize, teacher, trade unionist, ANC Women’s League president under Albert Luthuli, and a 1956 treason trialist; and Isaiah Shembe who founded the Shembe religious community which sees itself as a nation chosen, like the Israelites, by God and today has a huge following. Best comes last We have to return to Durban as there is still much to do, like visiting uShaka Marine World, the harbour, the redevelopment of the once infamous Point Road area and more. But first we stop at the popular Sbu’s Lounge in Inanda, something of a mix between a local shebeen, butcher, upmarket pool bar, braai facility and tourist attraction. We enjoy a braai and beer and a street busker looking every bit the Broadway tap-dancer wanders in and entertains us with his walking stick, two-tone shoes and smart dance moves. He calls it “American style”. Somehow the best things always happen last. As we drive towards Durban Thabo announces his intention to briefly stop by the house of some friends. It happens to be John Dube’s second house where his only surviving daughter Lulu still lives. At the house a pre-wedding party for John Dube’s great-granddaughter is in full swing. I meet Lulu, Dube’s grandson, Langa, and the bride-to-be. We are persuaded to stay a while and are treated with wonderful hospitality. And suddenly all the history comes to life, here in John Dube’s house in Inanda. I close my eyes and picture it as it was, fifty years ago, a hundred years ago. What an experience. What a city. What people.

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While Freedom Park takes visitors on our

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painful struggle journey that shaped the

museum fully operational and navigating visitors

history of our beautiful land, the destination

on a journey dating back 3.6 billion years,

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//hapo showcases South Africa’s rich and

that tells a story of our motherland from an

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reconciliation and nation building that we face today. What makes //hapo so unique is its

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interactivity in that it transports visitors from

project of our democratic government,

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Freedom Park is located on a 52-hectare

creating a sense of awe and wonder in Southern

site on Salvokop in Pretoria. The Park offers

African history. It allows visitors to become part

a unique and exceptional opportunity to

of the history that we leave for our children.

experience and appreciate South Africa’s history. As a national and international icon of humanity and freedom, it weaves the story of where we come from and the historical and cultural events that shaped what South Africa is today. Freedom Park is the heartbeat of all that is South African – the hub through which to know this land of promise in all its diversity.


. Within //hapo, the history of our region is brought to life as visitors are transported beyond a mere taking in of facts but are encouraged to live and experience the bygone ages.

Each story is revealed in

layers, creating a sense of wonderment and curiosity. Instead of simply stating the facts, //hapo equips visitors with clues and tools that allow each and every one to paint a picture of “what might it have been like for me�. By giving voice to histories that have been As with the other elements in Freedom Park, //hapo was designed to blend into the landscape, rather than impose on it. By sculpting the building frames using steel structures and overlaying them with copper, //hapo was shaped to resemble boulders. Each of the seven epochs or eras will be depicted in a separate boulder. Over time, the copper will fade and turn the color of the boulders in the area. Surrounded by large trees and other vegetation, //hapo will thus resemble a series of boulders on the side of Salvokop.

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previously marginalised, //hapo emphasises a people’s history that reveals the creativity, inventiveness, resilience and spirit of our people.

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ften referred to as the Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi offers visitors the unparalleled combination of one of Africa’s most beautiful lakes, magnificent landscape teeming with wildlife, a choice of no less than nine National Parks or Wildlife Reserves, and a captivating culture – all of this in one of Africa’s most beautiful and compact countries. Despite a quarter of its surface area being covered by the tranquil waters of Lake Malawi that also demarcates over 20% of its borderline, Malawi is a landlocked country. The lake is the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa, and is also the ninth largest in the world. Malawi is located astride Africa’s Great Rift Valley in Southeast Africa. Formerly known as Nyasaland, it is bordered by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. The temperate climate of the mountainous northern highlands gives way to subtropical conditions and rolling plains below the escarpment. The country’s major asset is its variety of attractions. The vast freshwater body of Lake Malawi with its crystal clear waters is fringed by beaches of golden sand and offers a great variety of water-based sport and recreation activities. And while Lake Malawi is the country’s crown jewel and may dominate it, the country has so much more to offer. Apart from a variety of mammals found in its parks and reserves, the lake offers a vast variety of fish while Malawi also has a fantastic variety of birds with over 650 recorded species spread throughout the country. Some nine major ethnic groups within a population of over 15 million promises a feast of cultural diversity, with various other foreign cultural influences also present. Then there are the mountains, with the highest peak reaching 10,000ft (3,000m), providing for a varied landscape including also green and lush country, highlands, beautiful forests, plateaux, plains, escarpments and river valleys. Malawi is also blessed with a rich and diverse variety of fauna and flora. Malawi is a democracy and, since a change of president in 2012, it has rapidly been changing for the better as its political life becomes more democratised, development takes off and investment picks up. The country is very safe for tourists.

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TIME ZONE

■ English (official); Chichewa (common); several other indigenous Malawian languages spoken.

■ GMT + 2

CAPITAL CITY ■ Lilongwe

CLIMATE ■ Sub-tropical; rainy season (November to May); dry season (May to November).

MONEY & CARDS ■ Currency: Kwacha (divided into 100 tambala). ■ Most hotels accept major credit cards. ■ ATMs only in larger towns. ■ VISA ATMs in major towns (Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Blantyre) that allow withdrawals up to around $100 in one transaction.


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DRIVING & LOCAL TRANSPORT

■ Basic limited fixed-line telecommunications. ■ Several mobile phone operators are present in Malawi, including Airtel, TNM, G-Mobile, Lacell, and G-Expresso.

POSTAL SERVICES

■ 797km of railways, mostly transporting goods, but some passenger services from Mozambique are available, though they are not recommended for tourists. ■ 15,451km of roads, of which 6,956km are paved, mostly linking the two major cities. ■ Over 700km of waterways, with small ships taking goods and tourists to a number of island and coastal destinations on Lake Malawi. ■ Malawi is a popular staging post for overland transAfrica travellers. ■ Regular bus services from Johannesburg (South Africa) and Harare (Zimbabwe).

■ Malawi Posts Corporation offers good postal, financial and other services.

SAFETY

INTERNET ■ Expanding services, but still relatively limited – a number of licenced Internet Service Providers operate in the country. ■ Better developed facilities and infrastructure in urban areas.

■ Voltage: 220-240 Volts ■ Primary Socket Type: British BS-1363 ■ Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): Plug adapter click socket type links to view adapter for that type

■ Usual petty crimes affecting tourists – take normal precautions. ■ Do not leave valuables lying around or carry unnecessary valuables on person when on foot in cities or isolated areas. ■ Politically stable.

AIRLINES

USEFUL CONTACTS

ELECTRICITY

■ British Airways and KLM via Nairobi, Kenya, and South African Airways, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airways fly directly to Malawi.

AIRPORTS ■ Lilongwe International Airport, Lilongwe. ■ 13 local airports, including Chileka Airport, Blantyre.

TAXES ■ VAT rate of 16.5% with some basic goods being exempted.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ■ All visitors require a valid passport. ■ Citizens of industrialised countries such as the US and EU countries do not require a visa. ■ Visas can be obtained upon arrival.

HEALTH & MEDICAL ■ Although yellow fever is not a disease risk in Malawi, tavellers arriving from or transiting through countries with risk of yellow fever virus transmission are required to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. ■ High incidence of HIV/Aids. ■ Some areas carry risk of malaria. ■ Other health risks of varying prevalence include bacterial and protozoal diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, plague, and rabies. ■ Water may not be good for drinking in some areas. ■ Malawi has central hospitals, regional and private facilities that are generally good, while the public sector offers free health services and medicines.

■ Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, Lilongwe: Tel: +265 (0) 1 775 702 or (0) 1 775 499; Email: info@ visitmalawi.mw ■ Malawi Tourism Association: P.O. Box 1044, Lilongwe; Tel: +265 (0)1 770 010; Tel/Fax: +265 (0)1 770 131; Cell: +265 (0) 888 865 250; Email: mta@malawi.net; Website: www.malawi-tourism-association.org.mw ■ Malawi Consulate General, Johannesburg, South Africa: Tel: +27 (0) 11 234 8577/8 or 803 4919; Fax: +27 (0) 11 807 7790 ■ Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Tel: +265 178 9088; Fax: +265 178 8482; Web: www.foreignaffairs.gov.mw ■ Ministry of Development Planning and Cooperation: Tel: +265 178 8888; Fax: +265 178 8247; Email: mepd@ malawi.net ■ Ministry of Finance: Tel: +265 178 9355; Fax: +265 178 9173; Email: finance@finance.gov.mw ■ Ministry of Industry and Trade: Tel: +265 177 0244; Fax: +265 177 0680; Email: minci@malawi.net


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Malawi Central Africa Lilongwe Kamuzu International Airport Chileka Airport Yes Yes

Sales and Marketing manager: Kele Zidana Telephone 1: +265 (0) 1 750 333 Telephone 2: +265 (0) 1 750 444 Fax Number: +265 (0) 1 750 336 Email Address: cental-reservations1@crossroadshotel. net / crossroadshotel@malawi.net Website: www.crossroadshotel.net

Accommodation Offered • Total number of rooms & suites: 101 • 21 Superior Queen Rooms • 21 Superior Twin Rooms • 4 Superior Suites • 4 Superior Family Rooms • 1 Barrier Free Room • 23 Deluxe Queen Rooms • 16 Deluxe Twin Rooms • 7 Deluxe Suites • 4 Deluxe Family Rooms

Accommodation Features En-suite bathrooms Bath Shower En-suite bathrooms Bath

Shower Outside shower Toilet King-size beds Queen-size beds

Twin beds Single beds Deck / Veranda Private lounge area Writing desk

Fire place Tea / coffee station Mosquito nets Views Room safe

Electricity Telephone TV

Library Reading room/area Gymnasium Sports facilities Sauna Massage Health spa Crèche

Child minders TV room Theatre/cinema Curios shop Room safes Office/reception safe Airport shuttle service On-site car hire

Local area transport Guided game viewing Cultural tours On-site banking / money hanging Laundry service Live entertainment Weddings hosted

Conference facilities In-house doctor In-house nurse 24-hours security 24 hours room service Limited room service Internet & email Business centre

Hikes & walks Mountain climbing Cultural / village tours Sailing / boating River rafting

Kayaking Hot air balloon rides Elephant rides Horse riding Camel rides

Helicopter rides Paragliding / hang-gliding Sports activities Snorkelling / diving Swimming

Beaches Visiting museums Shopping / markets Historical / geological sites

Facilities & Services Restaurant/s Restaurant Outdoor Eating Special Diets Catering Bar/s Swimming Pool/s Lounge Other Relaxation Areas

Things To Do Visits to parks/reserves Game drives Game hikes Horseback game viewing Bird watching

Wildlife & Scenic Offerings • • • •

Wildlife can be viewed at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre situated 2km from the hotel, or at Kasungu National Park 160km away, or at Lake Malawi 103km away. Wildlife is viewed in open 4WD vehicles. Different species of fish, lions, elephants, hippos, hyenas and other animals can be viewed. Nearby scenic attractions include Nkhoma Mountain, Bunda Mountain, Kasungu National Park, Dzalanyama Forest, Lilongwe River, Lingadzi River, Bua River, Lake Malawi, Dedza scenery, Lake Malawi National Park, Mua Mission/Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art.

Memberships & Awards Member of Malawi Tourism Association since 1999; 3-star grading in terms of Tourism & Hotels Act since 2010; accredited Fire & Industrial Safety Consultant since 2007; and certified by the Malawi Bureau of Standards since 2011.

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onsidered one of the jewels of Africa, this south-east African country boasts a truly exotic, palm-fringed and coral-reefed coastline of 2,500km. The only interruption to be found in the sparkling turquoise expanse of the Indian Ocean is the string of tropical islands dotted along the coast, or perhaps a frolicking school of dolphins, or a whitesailed Arab dhow lazily ambling past under a clear blue African sky. This is a world of lazy beach days, sun, surfing, diving, snorkelling and some of the best fishing in Africa. That is, if you are not out tracking game in one of the most unspoilt wilderness areas on earth. To the south lies Maputo, the centuries old capital, with its broad avenues, purple-flowered Jacaranda trees, Portuguese colonial edifices, mosaic-paved sidewalks bustling with cosmopolitan crowds, and grand old hotels. Further north the cities and islands display a stronger Arab influence. Inland Mozambique offers superb game reserves, including the 40,000km2 Niassa Reserve, one of the last truly wild places on earth. Demonstrating their quiet resolve to overcome all odds following the ravages of civil war and a series of destructive floods, Mozambicans are well on their way to restoring their beautiful country to its former glory and even better. Today Mozambique is a stable, safe and economically bustling country with an abundance of responsible tourism offerings.

LANGUAGES ■ Portuguese – also several indigenous languages.many ■ Mozambicans also speak English.

CAPITAL CITY ■ Maputo.

CLIMATE ■ Predominantly tropical to sub-tropical climate with wet and dry seasons. ■ Wet season November to March, monthly average temperature 26-29°C.

■ Dry season April to October, average June and July temperatures 18-20°C. ■ Best time to visit May to July.

TIME ZONE ■ UTC/GMT +2 hours.

MONEY & CARDS ■ Currency: Metical (MTn) - US Dollar and South African Rand also widely accepted. ■ Exchange rate varies at around 3.5256MTn to one South African Rand (ZAR)


■ Credit cards are accepted in some of the more expensive hotels in Maputo, but facilities throughout the rest of the country are limited while ATMs are also scarce – carry cash or travellers’ cheques. ■ Money can be changed at banks, Rennie’s or local dealers.

TELECOMUNICATIONS ■ International dialling code for Mozambique is +258. ■ Fixed line telephone and fax services are available in major cities. ■ Cellphone coverage is provided by two major mobile phone networks but is limited to major cities and some coastal locations - roaming agreements exist.

INTERNET ■ Internet cafes available in Maputo. ■ Some hotels offer Internet connectivity.

POSTAL SERVICES ■ Good international courier services available. ■ National postal service is slow and unreliable.

ELECTRICITY 220 volts AC, 50hz – plug outlets are round 3-pin type; round pin attachment type; “Schuko” plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts; or “South African” 3-pin type.

AIRLINES ■ Several international airlines including Portugal’s TAP, South African Airways and many other African carriers fly to Maputo - connecting flights from South Africa. ■ National carrier LAM flies to Johannesburg and other African destinations.

AIRPORTS ■ Main airport is Maputo International Airport 5km northwest of Maputo. ■ The airport now boasts a new international terminal completed in 2010 that has vastly increased its capacity and improved facilities and service, while a second phase upgrade of the airport is still underway. ■ Second airport is Beira International Airport 10km north-east of Beira. ■ Buses and taxis to the city centre - car rentals. ■ Limits apply on the quantity of goods like cigarettes or liquor brought into the country.

TAXES ■ VAT of 17% is charged on goods purchased. ■ Departure tax if travelling within Africa. ■ Import duties charged on most goods.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ■ All foreigners need visas prior to their arrival. ■ South Africans staying less than 30 days do not need a visa.

■ Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.

HEALTH & MEDICAL ■ Yellow fever certificate required if travelling from infected areas. ■ Hepatitis A and B and Typhoid vaccinations recommended. ■ HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, cholera and other water-borne diseases pose risks in some areas – last cholera outbreak was reported early in 2011. ■ Hospital and medical facilities are poor making comprehensive medical insurance essential. ■ Neighbouring South Africa has excellent medical facilities. ■ Tap and untreated water is not safe to drink.

DRIVING & LOCAL TRANSPORT ■ Driving is on left of road. ■ Current driver‘s license required – Mozambican, South African or international. ■ There are frequent police check points where documents and luggage may be inspected. ■ Very long distances between petrol filling stations in rural areas. ■ Traffic policemen wanting bribes are common. ■ LAM operates domestic flights between Maputo and other major cities/towns. ■ Unreliable rail services; regular bus services between most main towns; reasonable to good bus and rail services between Maputo and South Africa

SAFETY ■ Although Mozambique is generally considered safe, Maputo experiences crime such as muggings, bag snatching and pick-pocketing. ■ Violent crime, car hijackings and armed robbery are on the increase. ■ Crime also occurs in isolated rural and beach areas. ■ Visitors should take normal precautions when walking or driving, and safeguard valuables. ■ Unexploded landmines from the civil war remain a danger and visitors should not stray off main or welltravelled roads, especially in rural areas. ■ Democracy with political and social stability has been re-established. ■ The country has successfully transformed to a stable democracy with a flourishing economy.

USEFUL CONTACTS National Institute of Tourism (INATUR): Tel +258 21 307 320; Fax +258 21 307 322; Email kmomade@inatur.org.mz; Web www.futur.org.mz. Tourism Board / National Tourism Fund (FUTUR): Tel +258 21 307 323 / 320. United States Embassy, Maputo: Tel +258 21 492 797. British High Commission, Maputo: Tel +258 21 356 000. Emergencies: 119 (Police); 117 (Ambulance). AVIS Car Rental: Tel +258 21 407 790 / 3. Airport Maputo: Tel +258 21 465 497 / 8. Medical Assistance, Mozambique Emergency Assistance Services: Tel + 258 82 887 6550 (Medical Advisor); Fax + 258 21 326 536 (Office). Banco Internacional de Comércio, SARL: Tel +258 21 31 1111; Fax +258 21 314 797; Email icbm@teledata.mz. Standard Bank: Tel +258 21 352 500.


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ozambique’s dazzling and seemingly endless 2,600 km coastline is just waiting to be discovered; a coastline of powder-white beaches, sleepy lagoons, exquisite islands and near-deserted archipelagos. It all adds up to a heavenly melange – one of Africa’s truly awesome destinations.

or two, the shores are uncrowded, the sand and shells untouched and the turquoise water warm and inviting. Populated here and there by small, stylish resorts seemingly at one with their surroundings, the Mozambique coast attracts those travellers eager to try some outstanding fishing and world-class diving; those

Still largely undiscovered, Mozambique attracts the discerning few rather than the many. This is a destination where, save for a fisherman

and dunes, kite surfing and snorkelling; and those who just want to relax and unwind. Here, the food, the sunshine, the landscape and the genuine culture treat guests to a state of pure bliss for their entire stay. rious top-end properties are located on its delightful archipelagos. The best known and most visited of these archipelagos are the Bazaruto and the Quirimbas, also proclaimed national marine reserves.

GATEWAY The Bazaruto lies opposite the gateway resort town of Vilanculos for visitors arriving from within Mozambique and S

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comprises four main islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque and Santa Carolina. Further north, right at the tip, you’ll find the Quirimbas, a cluster of 30 or so islands with Pemba city as its gateway for visitors arriving


from within Mozambique itself and also from South Africa, Tanzania and K are becoming famous for their unique culture as well as their untouched and unexplored marine treasures.

RETREAT For those who love Mozambique – and there are many – and who want a more permanent relationship with the country, there are opportunities to invest in building a hotel or buying a beach-front villa, or part of a villa, even on a private island. Vilanculos, with its good air links to Johannesburg and Maputo, is especially popular with those seeking to buy such an away-from-it-all retreat.

INTERESTING FACT:

Mozambique has some of the world’s largest reserves of rubies and emeralds.


Purple Turtle Beachfront Luxury Purple Turtle Villa is a Luxurious; private; self-catering beachfront villa in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique. Situated approximately 500 km from Maputo and 12 km from Inhambane, on the tranquil Indian Ocean Coast between Coconut Bay to the North and Guinjata Bay to the south. This tropical getaway is situated on 32 ha of pristine, crystal clear coastline, with unspoiled sand dunes and endless wide beaches. Sunbathing, safe swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling are just a few activities that can be enjoyed at the Villa.

The Villa •

Approximately 240 square meters of space( Ideal for 2 Families)

Sleeping space for 10 people.

Four bedrooms, all beach facing.

Large open plan living room and separate finning room.

Fully equipped kitchen.

Covered patio equipped with gas braai (for barbecue): outdoor dining and patio lounge.

Private deck with splash pool and loungers, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Garage with washing machine and additional freezer.

Two large TV screen with satellite direct TV and home theatre system.

Private and situated on a quiet beach, yet 10 minutes away from restaurants and beach bars.

Location •

The villa is nestled safely on the beachfront security estate of approximately 100 hectares on the world renowned Jagamo Bay. With great weather all year round, Jangamo bay attracts avid snorkeling and scuba diving fans from all across the globe. The estate is well located near Inhambane town and the magnificent Manta and Padaine Reeds are just minutes away by boat.

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The Villa houses 4 bedrooms, all equipped with mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms.

The Pink Whale has a queen sized bed and en-suite bathroom featuring a corner bath and huge shower.

The silver Seahorse has 2 single bunker beds, satellite TV and dvd player and en-suite bathroom with shower.

The Red Mantaray has Kind sized bed.

The Green Dolphin has 2 single beds.


Directions Golden Shores is situated 500 km North of Maputo and 12 Km from The Provincial Capital of Inhabane.

Road Access

Access by road is a pleasant drive except for the last 6 km on a dirt road, which is not suitable for passage of 2 x 4 vehicles, or vehicles with low clearance. The last 6 km is thick and soft sand where you will need to deflate your tires to 1.5 bar and engage 4x4 mode.

Air Access Easy air access from Johannesburg on Mondays. Wednesday and Fridays. Charter flights are available from Inhambane.

Activities SNORKELING:

The shallow reefs teem with colourful reef fish and fascinating corals amongst and abundance of other marine life.

SCUBA DIVING: The diving is world class and is regarded by some as the best diving available in Mozambique. The density and variety of marine life is astounding. There are 17 adjacent dive sites, and many more still be explored. The world famous Manta Reef, Office and Amazon sites are within easy reach of Purple Turtle Villa, and as these sites all have their own Manta cleaning centers, encounters with these creatures are almost guaranteed! Dolphins, Leopard Sharks and Reef Sharks, and the haunting song of the Humpback Whales when they are here in winter is an awesome accompaniment to an exciting dive.

FISHING: The Bay of Golden Shores and adjacent beaches are re-

nowned for its excellent game fishing, with hard fighting adversaries such as Yahoo, Kingfish, Counta and Billfish (Marlin) and Dorado congregating in these waters to test your tackle and your skill. Charters can be arranged, lead by highly qualified, experience skippers, who are familiar with local waters.

Weather Summer can be hot whilst winter is very pleasant and a light jersey may be required in the evening. Maximum temperatures vary between 25 degree C in winter to 35 degree C in summer. Sea temperatures vary between 22 degrees C in winter and 30 degree C in summer.

Important Information: Malaria Prophylaxis is recommended in Mozambique. Consult your doctor for advice on which drug treatment program will best suit you and your family.

ADDRESS:

Rates

Bookings

Golden shores estate

R3 000 per nights (out of season)

Jestell Lehman: +27 (0) 12 643 5812

Jangamo Bay

R3 800 per night (In season)

E-mail: jestell@gunret.co.za

Inhambane province Mozambique

Max of 10 people

Website: purpleturtlevilla.com

December – bookings only for minimum of 2 weeks


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he harsh but beautiful desert landscapes, the cool Atlantic Ocean, the green plains of the north, the rugged mountains and rivers...these are the things that have enthralled visitors to Namibia over the ages. The silent Namib Desert with its shifting sand dunes and rare desert elephants is the oldest desert in the world. Being sparsely populated, with only 2 people per square kilometre and a population of 1.8-million, there is ample space for everyone as well as for an abundant and thriving wildlife population. It is truly a land of contrasts and many cultures are found in its modern cities and its vast rural areas. These range from the German colonial heritage with its October beer fests and many German-style pubs and restaurants and architecture, to the hunter-gatherer Bushmen, the hunting and fishing Caprivians, the farming and cattle-herding Owambo, the Damara with their mysterious origins, the Herero with their distinctive and colourful dress, the Himba with their red ochre-covered bodies and braided hair, and numerous other groups. Namibia is a peaceful and stable democracy, and a land of many wonderful experiences.

LANGUAGES ■ English – plus German, Afrikaans and various indigenous languages.

CAPITAL CITY ■ Windhoek.

CLIMATE ■ Coastal areas cool, rain-free mostly, with fog and day temperatures of 15-25°C. ■ Winter day temperatures in interior 18-25°C, frost and minus-zero temperatures common at night.

■ Summer average interior temperatures 20 – 34°C, sometimes above 40°C in the north. ■ Low humidity in most parts, but can be as high as 80% in extreme north during summer. ■ Rainy season from October-April. Rainfall varies from under 50mm at coast to 350mm in central interior and 700mm in Caprivi. ■ Pack both warm and cold weather clothing.

TIME ZONE ■ Summer: GMT+ 2 hours from the 1st Sunday in September to the 1st Sunday in April. ■ Winter: GMT + 1 hour from the 1st Sunday in April to the 1st Sunday in September.


MONEY & CARDS ■ Currency is Namibian Dollar, or South African Rand (linked 1:1). ■ American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, Maestro and European Community credit/debit cards accepted – for others, check with your bank. ■ Advisable to take travellers cheques in US dollars or South African rands.

TELECOMUNICATIONS ■ International Dialling Code: +264. ■ Good telecommunications network. ■ Two cell phone network operators, MTC and leo, with international roaming agreements with many countries. ■ Cellphone coverage is fairly wide, but best in urban areas. ■ Cellphones can be rented; prepaid cellphone cards can be bought.

INTERNET ■ Internet cafes throughout the country - most hotels & lodges have internet facilities.

POSTAL SERVICES ■ Good postal service - airmail to Europe takes between 4 days & 2 weeks. ■ Excellent private courier services also available.

ELECTRICITY ■ 220 volts AC, 50hz. – plug outlets are of the round threepin type.

AIRLINES ■ National airline is Air Namibia. ■ British Airways, South African Airways, LTU and TAAG fly to Namibia. ■ Most international airlines fly to neighbouring South Africa with good connecting flights to Namibia. ■ Smaller air charter companies operate in Namibia.

AIRPORTS ■ Main airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport 40km (25 miles) from Windhoek. ■ Other airports at Eros (Windhoek), Katima Mulilo, Rundu, Ondangwa, Walvis Bay, Lüderitz, Keetmanshoop & 16 licensed air strips. ■ Transport available between airport and city.

TAXES ■ 15% VAT payable on goods and services. ■ No airport departure taxes payable. ■ Bona fide tourists to Namibia are exempt from paying sales duty or excise duty on luxury items. ■ Visitors may reclaim VAT at Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros Airport and Walvis Bay Airport.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ■ Foreign visitors need passports valid for at least 6 months after date of entry. ■ Visas required for most visitors – check with embassies for exemptions. ■ Tourist visas from Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Namibian embassies abroad.

■ Entry fees payable when entering from neighbouring countries.

HEALTH & MEDICAL ■ Yellow fever vaccinations for people coming from affected countries. ■ Rabies and cholera are common throughout Namibia. ■ Malaria is endemic from the north all the way to Okahandja, 65 km north of Windhoek, especially during the rainy season and malaria vaccinations are advised for people going to that area. ■ Inoculations regulations can change at short notice – check with embassies. ■ The country has good private and public medical and health facilities.

DRIVING & LOCAL TRANSPORT ■ Driving on left hand side of roads - speed limits apply – valid foreign driver’s license required. ■ Various car rental companies at airports and in major cities. ■ Regular transport services in Windhoek. ■ Tourism Board registered shuttle operators recommended for tourists. ■ Several trains from South Africa including luxury tourist trains. ■ Excellent tarred major road network, with gravel and sand roads in rural areas.

SAFETY ■ Namibia is politically stable and considered safe. ■ Crime occurs mostly in urban areas and tourists are targeted by muggers in Windhoek. ■ Do not travel unprepared or alone off main routes into isolated rural or wilderness areas.

USEFUL CONTACTS Namibia Tourism Board: Tel +264 61 290 6000; Fax +264 61 254 848 info@namibiatourism.com.na. Ministry of Environment & Tourism: Director – Sem Shikongo Tel +264 61 284 2178. Accommodation Association: E-mail info@bed-breakfastnamibia.com; Tel +264 67 30 3885; Fax +264 67 30 1264. Tour & Safari Association: Tel + 264 61 238 423; Fax + 264 61 238 424; Web http://www.tasa.na/. Bank of Namibia: Tel +264 61 283 5111; Fax +264 61 283 5067. First National Bank of Namibia: Tel +264 (0)61 299 2920; Fax +264 (0)61 299 2930. Standard Bank Namibia: Tel +264 61 294 2126; Fax +264 61 294 2583. Windhoek Police: Tel +264 61 10111. Windhoek Ambulance & Fire Brigade: Tel +264 62 21 1111. Air Namibia: Tel +264-61-299 6000; Web www.airnamibia.com.na. TransNamib Rail: Tel +264 (0)61 298 2032 /2175; Fax +264 (0)61 298 2405. Avis Car Hire Windhoek: Tel +264 (0)61 233 166. Budget Car Rental Windhoek: Tel +264 (0)61 228 720.


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kalahari creative Space and tranquillity; creativity, style and inspiration; archaeology and art; fine food and good company‌ Eningu – the Clayhouse Lodge in the Kalahari. Eningu is a window on the Kalahari, a creative view from a place of wonderful style and beauty; a lodge imbued with warmth, handcraft and art, nestled in camel thorn savannah, where the last rocky outcrops of the central Namibian highlands dip their jagged backs into deep red sands, creating the gentle ripples that are the first dunes of the Kalahari. Eningu Clayhouse Lodge, situated on Farm Peperkorrel, 65km from International Airport Hosea Kutako, offers nine private, individually styled guest rooms, a swimming pool with whirlpool, a rooftop sundeck, a lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, an archery range, a wine cellar, a souvenir shop and much more.

Bookings: Tel. +264 64 464 144 / Fax +264 64 464 155 info@eningulodge.com / www.eningulodge.com Lodge direct: Tel. +264 62 581 880 PO Box 11558 / Windhoek / Namibia

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Spectacularly located in the Namibian Kalahari, yet close to the capital Windhoek, Eningu Clayhouse Lodge offers a comfortable atmosphere synonymous with Namibia’s tranquil and intimate style, combining high levels of comfort, hospitality and serenity. The uniquely styled clay buildings blend perfectly with the surrounding Kalahari sands, while stone sculptures and drawings from a well-known local artist decorate the lodge. Enjoy a variety of animals, birds and scenic offerings.

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Location & How to Get There Country: Region: Nearest Towns: Nearest International Airport: Local Landing Strip: Guest Transfers: Road Access:

Namibia Khomas Region Dordabis & Windhoek Hosea Kutako International, Windhoek On request Yes

Telephone 1: Main booking office LOGUFA: +264 (0)64 464 144 Telephone 2: Eningu Lodge direct: +264 (0)62 581 880 Cell Phone: +264 (0)81 480 5505 Fax Number: +264 (0)64 464 155 or +264 (0)62 581 577 Email Address: info@eningulodge.com Website: www.eningulodge.com

Accommodation Offered • Total number of guests: 26 • 9 rooms in 5 bungalows: 2 double rooms; 5 x 3-bed rooms; 1 x 4-bed family room.

Accommodation Features En-suite bathrooms Bath Shower Outside shower Toilet

King-size beds Queen-size beds Twin beds Single beds Deck / Veranda / Patio

Private lounge area Writing desk Fire place Tea / coffee station Mosquito nets

Views Room safe Electricity Telephone TV

Ceiling Fan Heater Antique Furnitur

Gymnasium Sports facilities Jacuzzi Massage Health spa Crèche Child minders on request TV room Theatre/cinema

Curios shop Room safes Office/reception safe Airport shuttle On-site car hire Local area transport Guided game viewing Cultural tours On-site banking / money

changing Laundry service Live entertainment Weddings hosted Conference facilities In-house doctor In-house nurse 24-hours security 24 hours room service

Limited room service Internet & email Business centre Water hole, bird hide 24hrs medical assistance

Mountain climbing Cultural / village tours Sailing / boating River rafting Kayaking Hot air balloon rides

Elephant rides Horse riding Camel rides Helicopter rides Paragliding / hanggliding

Sports activities Snorkelling / diving Swimming Beaches Visiting museums Shopping / markets

Historical / geological sites Botanical Hiking Trail Jacuzzi Scenery & Nature Arts & Crafts

Facilities & Services Restaurant Outdoor Eating Special Diets Catering Bar/s Swimming Pool/s Lounge Other Relaxation Areas Library Reading room/area

Things To Do Visits to parks/reserves Game drives Game hikes Horseback game viewing Bird watching Hikes & walks

Wildlife & Scenic Offerings • • • • •

Nearby game viewing can be arranged. Watch porcupines feeding at a nearby lighted waterhole. Huge variety of birds, all common antelopes, jackals, cheetahs, and more can be seen. Scenic offerings include hiking trails with information boards on local flora & fauna, geology and farming. Visit the Arnhem Caves or watch spectacular sunsets from a roof terrace with sundowners. Visit “Home of Sculptures” – exhibition and atelier of internationally renowned artist Dörte Berner.

Memberships & Awards Membership: Member of Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) since 2005; registered with Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) since 1994. Awards: Have won a number of awards from the Hospitality Association Namibia (HAN), EcoAward Namibia, the Iwanowski Travel Guide, and the Namibian Ministry of Mines & Energy for energy efficiency.

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Children welcome. Dayrooms available. Payment by credit card. Rates include bed, breakfast, coffee/tea and cake in the afternoon, and 3-course dinner. Encounter Africa | The Definitive Directory For Responsible Tourism

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Namibia Land of wide open spaces

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a c i r f A South iew Overv S

outh Africa is often referred to as a world in one country.... such are the extremes and variety of climate, vegetation, geology, scenery, animals, cultures, people, economic development and more. In this one country one can travel in a single day from a Mediterranean region, to arid desert areas, Highveld grasslands, and tropical coastal terrain. In that same day the traveller may be enjoying the silence of a lonely Karoo plain miles from anywhere and with not another living being in sight, yet travel within a few hours to a bustling city teeming with millions of people of every race, creed, colour and culture. No wonder the country has three capital cities and eleven official languages! Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa has a coastline of nearly 3,000km shared by the warm Indian and cold Atlantic Oceans. . Exciting experiences on offer range from surfing and sailing, to hot-air balloon adventures and river rafting, from watching ostrich races to visiting the Cradle of Mankind, from close encounters with Africa’s Big Five to lazy days spent on pristine, world-class beaches, from traditional tribal dancing to Broadway theatre productions, from shopping in large modern malls to buying roadside African artefacts, and so much more. In 2010 South Africa successfully hosted the world cup football spectacle and has hosted many other major international sports events, conferences, summits and exhibitions. For those who want to experience it all in a single country, South Africa truly is an incredible destination. For those who want to experience it all in a single country, South Africa truly is an incredible destination.

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■ English is the lingua franca – it is also one of 11 official languages. ■ Various European and Asian languages are also widely spoken in certain regions or cities.

■ Variety of vastly differing climatic regions and tourist options allow for year round visits. ■ The north and the eastern Highveld plateau generally have hot summers with thunder storms and dry, mild- to-cold, yet sunny winters. ■ North generally has hot summers with thunder storms and dry, mild-to-cold, yet sunny winters. ■ South-western parts have Mediterranean climate, while north-eastern parts are tropical, and north-west has a desert climate, with variations in other parts. ■ Summer day temperatures of 25-34°C; night temperatures of 15–21°C.

CAPITAL CITY ■ Three capital cities: Pretoria/Tshwane (administrative); Cape Town (legislative); and Bloemfontein (judicial). ■ Johannesburg is the commercial and financial hub.


■ Winter day temperatures of 17–25°C; night temperatures of -2–12°C. ■ Summer is October – March, winter is May - August.

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TAXES ■ 14% VAT charged on most goods and services refunded when leaving country. ■ Some duty-free goods for personal use allowed.

UTC/GMT +2 hours - no daylight saving time.

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■ Most EU countries, Japan, and USA don’t require visas. ■ Others have to apply for visas before travelling.

■ Currency is the Rand, which divides into 100 cents. ■ South Africa has sophisticated, world-class banking sector with many banks from other countries. ■ ATMs for cash-withdrawals are everywhere, plus online and cellphone banking. ■ All major credit cards, travellers’ cheques, currency exchanges, cash transfers by money orders or internet.

TELECOMUNICATIONS ■ International dialling code: +27. ■ Excellent digital fixed-line, wireless and satellite telephone communication – two fixed-line operators, Telkom and Neotel. ■ Countrywide cellphone coverage by 5 mobile network operators: MTN, Vodacom, Cell C, Virgin and 8ta (Telkom). ■ International roaming; cellphones can be hired.

INTERNET ■ Excellent internet access with broadband, ADSL, 3G and VoIP and many internet service providers. ■ Internet cafes in all cities, towns and even rural areas - most hotels, coffee shops and airports offer connectivity. ■ Most hotels have business centres with internet access.

POSTAL SERVICES Good state and private postal services; many excellent courier services.

ELECTRICITY ■ Power supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. ■ Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. ■ Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for shavers.

AIRLINES ■ All major international airlines fly to South Africa ■ National carrier is South African Airlines providing international regional and domestic flights. ■ Various domestic airlines and many private air charter companies, helicopter services.

AIRPORTS ■ Three international airports at Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. ■ Major airports in other cities and in all provinces, with some 90 regional airports, and small airports/landing strips in many regions, towns, national parks and game reserves.

HEALTH & MEDICAL ■ Country has world-class private hospitals and medical facilities, as well as medical rescue services. ■ Also many state hospitals, clinics and health services of varying quality – mostly not very good. ■ Doctors, dentists, chemists and other medical practitioners and services found in all towns. ■ Vaccinations against typhoid and hepatitis A and B required for visitors. ■ Most parts of South Africa are malaria-free, while limited cholera risks occur at times in some areas. ■ Tap water is safe to drink, except in a few rural areas.

DRIVING & LOCAL TRANSPORT ■ Driving on left of road. ■ Foreign driving licences in English valid, otherwise International Driving Permit. ■ Very good road and air networks for domestic travel, as well as reasonably good rail services. ■ All major car-hire firms operate here; standard metered taxis and minibus taxis; taxi and bus services from/to all major airports. ■ Many good scheduled inter-city and for-hire bus services; bus services in most urban and many rural areas. ■ Suburban Metrorail train services in all major cities.

SAFETY ■ South Africa is a stable constitutional democracy. ■ However, some areas, especially around cities, experience high crime levels – do not venture into low-income or shack settlement areas unaccompanied. ■ Stay on major road in rural areas if not familiar with the areas

USEFUL CONTACTS South African Tourist Helpline: Tel 083 123 2345, 083 123 6789; Email info@southafrica.net. Department of Tourism: Tel +27 (0)12 310 3911; Email callcentre@deat.gov.za. Police: Tel 10111. Ambulance: Tell 10177 or 082 911 or 084 911. Automobile Association of SA: Tel 0800 01 0101. South African Airways Call Centre: Tel 0861 606 606. Fair Trade In Tourism South Africa: Tel 27 (0)12 342 2945/3642; Email info@fairtourismsa.org.za. Netcare 24-hour emergency medical assistance: Tel 082 911. Airports Company South Africa: Tel +27 (0)86 727 7888; Email customercare@airports.co.za.


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The KwaZulu Natal South Coast, with its sub-tropical climate, lush vegetation and internationally acclaimed beaches is far more than your typical bucket and spade playground! If you are seeking an adventure that ticks all the boxes, keep reading. We all have a list, whether it is scribbled on paper, typed out or carefully imprinted on our minds. The concept has been around forever and a day, but was boosted into the limelight by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, in the 2007 Hollywood production entitled The Bucket List.

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Experience the rush of the world’s highest gorge swing or Africa’s longest zip-line, both situated in breathtakingly scenic Oribi Gorge. Aqua adrenaline seekers can look forward to white water rafting down the Umzimkhulu, shark cage and shark diving, even some of the most hair-raising water slides in Africa.

True-blue wonder at our top dive sites!

The South Coast offers world-class diving opportunities off rich, colourful reefs. Visit Aliwal Shoal or Protea Banks, which are ranked in the top ten sites in the world, to experience the graceful underwater ballet of our magnificent marine community. Divers can look forward to warm water, with great visibility to enjoy the vast diversity of marine life.

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Trade boredom for boarding! Get surf lessons from South Coast based international champions or try your hand at knee-boarding or body boarding in some of the best surf in the world. Other water sports include swimming, jet-skiing, kayaking, paddle-skiing, kite surfing and wakeboarding.

Gear up and explore our natural splendour!

Hiking and mountain biking are sports which can be enjoyed by the whole family, and the South Coast offers a wide range of terrain which caters for all levels and abilities. What better way to enjoy the indigenous forests, rural plains, mountains, gorges and rejuvenating views of the balmy Indian Ocean? Get in touch with nature again and don a pair of hiking boots or climb aboard a mountain bike and go exploring!

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The South Coast is rich in biodiversity, with habitats including coastal, wetland, grassland, woodland and forest. Avitourists can look forward to exploring birding hotspots in a wide range of environments at leisure or during an organized tour with Birdlife SA accredited guides.

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LEISURELY EASTER PURSUITS IN THE NORTHERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA Majestically reaching over 360 000 sq kilometres from the world-renowned Kalahari Desert to the arid plains of the Karoo, the Northern Cape, South Africa offers visitors an unique experience. With its open spaces, friendly people, rich history and unique cultural diversity, this land of the extreme, promises an extraordinary tourism destination. More info visit www.experiencenortherncape.com SEVEN MUST DO REASONS TO CHOOSE THE NORTHERN CAPE AS YOUR SOUTHERN AFRICAN LEISURE DESTINATION:

1 DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT As South Africa’s largest province, the potential for escapism in the Northern Cape is virtually endless. Stretching over 360 000 square kilometres, the Northern Cape offers remote locations combined with luxurious serenity. From luxurious appointed tented camps in the heart of the Kalahari desert to camping along the mighty Orange River, the open spaces of the Northern Cape lends itself to getting away from the hustle and bustle of modern living and to reconnect with those closest to you. The vastness of the province, lack of pollution, also makes it an incredible stargazing destination. The Northern Cape is a truly remarkable holiday destination and opportunity to reconnect with your families.

2 REWARDING CULTURAL EXPERIENCES The distinct cultural groups that make up the Northern Cape are as rich as the country’s history. Unlock the secrets of the African bush in the company of the oldest human inhabitants of the region, the ‡Khomani San. Swim in the hot pools of Riemvasmaak, discover the ancient wisdom of the Nama of the Richtersveld, a world heritage site. Explore living villages, shop at craft markets, indulge in regional authentic cuisine at local eataries and be transported to the

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Whether you are stargazing in Sutherland, hunting for fossils in the Karoo or searching for San rock art deep in the caves of the Diamond Fields, experiencing the world’s richest floral offering in Namakwa, camping deep in the bush surrounded by wildlife and the famed black-maned lion of the Green Kalahari, or Kayaking down the mighty Orange River, the Northern Cape is more than an adventure, it’s an enriching life experience

4 FAMILY EXPERIENCES The Northern Cape has always been a family-friendly destination. Its mix of culture, adventure, wildlife and wide accommodation choices, offers family fun that is both entertaining and educational. The province is home to six national parks and two of the country’s largest rivers, which makes it perfect for activities the whole family can enjoy ranging from game safaris, bird watching and leisure hikes to winery tours, museum visits and archaeological discoveries.

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NATURAL BEAUTY AND WILDLIFE The Northern Cape is arguably South Africa’s most beautiful and natural province. For the active, it’s an ideal environment for exploration and adventure. We have an awe-inspiring setting for any enthusiast. Visitors are hard-pressed to choose between our UNESCO World Heritage Site and two Transfrontier Parks, the Kgalagadi and the |Ai-|Ais Richtersveld with its red and golden sand dunes. Share the intimate bush knowledge of a Nama or San Bushmen guide/tracker. The Northern Cape’s natural beauty is enhanced by it’s an enigmatic wildlife. From the small five to the big five, watching wild animals at dose range is something truly unforgettable. There are walking, horseback, 4x4, little five and many more safaris to incorporate in your trip.

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As the only arid hotspot in the world this region contains more than 6 000 plant species, 250 species of birds, 78 species of mammals, 132 species of reptiles and amphibians and an unknown number of insects, making it the world's most diverse, arid environment. This floral diversity has also made the Namakwa the richest bulb flora arid region in the world.

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Named after the inaugural president of Zambia, the Dr Ken-

in search of gold and other precious minerals in 1886 and it

neth Kaunda District Municipality provides a link between the

is said that Klerksdorp was founded on gold. The city is today

busy Gauteng province and some of the most beautiful, wild

the centre for mining and agriculture within the region and

areas in the country. From untamed bushveld to the sophisti-

tours of the massive mine shafts, built in the 1880s, can be

cation of 5-star resorts, the area provides the complete tour-

arranged on request.

ism package, away from the hustle and bustle of city life - an

Goudkoppie is a National Heritage Site and here visitors can

escape route to the real Africa.

transport themselves back to the days of the earliest inhabi-

The North West is outdoors country and visitors come here

tants where the Goudkoppie Museum houses artifacts dating

either to kick back and relax or to experience some of the

back to the late Stone Age. There are also rock inscriptions

most thrilling outdoor adventure sports in the land. There’s no

from British soldiers stationed at this point during the An-

reason not to do both, however, and the Dr Kenneth Kaunda

glo-Boer War.

region is perfectly suited to accommodate your every need, with facilities and attractions equalling the best in South Af-

the trail leading tourists through the old part of town, passing

rica.

the early homes of Voortrekker families as well as the Stock

The climate is glorious all year round and the area offers

Exchange Building, built in 1888 during the height of the gold

unique opportunities for good, healthy outdoor fun like white

rush.

-

The rock engravings at Matlapeng are examples of some of

noeing, hunting, abseiling and conventional sports such as golf.

considered to be the birthplace of modern man. There are

Nature has blessed this region with stunning scenic beauty,

200 engravings depicting wild animals, including the Big Five

plains of African bushveld. It’s the ideal backdrop for the out-

created the engravings.

and many species of antelope as well as the San people who The Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve, 13 kilometres north of parks, which house the famed Big Five among plenty of other

Klerksdorp, houses a number of important species of wild

animals and birds. Lodges along the Vaal River afford some of

game, including the white rhino, as well as 197 species of birds. The reserve is a popular getaway for day visitors, game lovers, picnickers and caravanners.

Matlosana Local Municipality

Klerksdorp is the oldest city in the North West Province and owes its place on the map to magistrate Jacob de Clerq who,

Peermont Rio Casino could yield great results, while a wealth of talent is showcased at the Barnyard Theatre.

along with twelve other Voortrekker families, settled on the banks of the Schoonspruit back in 1837. The town expanded rapidly when thousands of prospectors descended on the area

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Ventersdorp Local Municipality Located in the fertile Vaal River Valley, Ventersdorp and was prospectors found large deposits of diamonds occurring here.

Tlokwe Local Municipality

provided water to the town for many decades, and it was here

Potchefstroom, is known today as The City of Expertise, as it

One of the major centres within the North West Province, is home to four tertiary institutions, 30 schools, numerous rethe label “Schoonspruit”.

search bureaus and training centres. Located in the centre of

The river also provides for another purpose and Schoonspruit

one of the richest gold mining districts in the world, the areas

Distillers makes use of the water and locally-produced raw

surrounding Potchefstroom also form a very fertile farming

products to manufacture malt whisky and pot stilled brandy.

region. The city boasts a number of national monuments and a trip down Oak Avenue, itself declared a national monument

located just eight kilometers from town on the road to Klerks-

in 1975, will give you a great feel for the city. This stretch of

dorp, while Elandskuil Dam, only three kilometers from Ven-

road, some 6,84 km in length is lined by beautiful oak trees

terstad, makes for a perfect picnic spot.

and is the longest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

In the town the Water Mill is found in Roscher Street and was

Other landmarks such as the Dutch Reformed Church, Andrew

built back in 1866. It still works today, although it has been

Carnegie Library, City Hall, Old Gunpowder House, Old Police Station Building and the Kruger Kraal Opstal all provide evidence of the town’s interesting history. The Vredefort Dome

Maquassi Hills Local Municipality

Leeudoringstad, named after a species of thorn bush that grows abundantly in the area, is a small farming town in the Maquassi Hills municipality. Just 28 kilometres from Leeudoringstad lies another small town, Wolmaransstad, which forms the start of the famous Diamond Route. Visitors can also learn about the history of diamond mining in the area by taking the Digger’s Diamond Tour (018 596 2404). The Wolwespruit Dam Nature Reserve is situated south of Leeudoringstad on the banks of the Vaal River and offers hikenjoy a day out. The area is also home to numerous species of antelope. Other attractions in the area include the Bona Bona Game Lodge and the Buisfontein Safari Lodge, two wonderful safari lodges that offer fantastic game viewing opportunities

Heritage Site is a World Heritage Site, formed when a giant asteroid, 10-kilometres wide, struck the earth some 2 000 million years ago, leaving the world’s largest crater and pushing the surrounding landscape into a dome shape. The Dome Conservancy is one of the province’s prime adventure tourism sites with numerous tour operators and accommodation facilities catering for campers, hikers, rock climbers, canoeists and white water rafters, with hiking trails, river rafting, abseiling, here and are a wonderful way to explore the area. The OPM Prozesky Bird Sanctuary lies to the south of Potchefstroom, along the banks of the Mooi River. About 200 species have been observed over the years. Interesting birds almost always seen include African Purple Swamphen, Black Crake, Black-winged Stilt and various species of duck. Apart from sports and recreational activities, the city offers a rich variety of entertainment.

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ngquza Hill Local Municipality is one of five local municipalities that fall within the jurisdiction of the OR Tambo District Municipality of the Eastern Cape Province. Ingquza Hill is located to the north east of the OR Tambo District and was established through the amalgamation of the former Lusikisiki and Flagstaff Transitional Local Councils and the surrounding rural areas, which fell under the Transitional Representative Council. The municipality governs the area extending from the western inland towns of Lusikisiki and Flagstaff, to Mbotyi in the south east and Mtentu River in the north east. Take a walk in the footsteps of amaMpondo people. Be invited into their lives and experience their culture, which echoes through the region. Be swept into the world of local traditional dancing and music while being invited to dress in traditional attire and enjoy amaMpondo cuisine. Be amazed by the natural beauty and splendour of the Wild Coast. Discover unchartered attractions and experiences. From rolling green mountains to pristine white beaches, you are invited to take your own piece of this undiscovered treasure home with you. Come and experience the splendours of the Eastern Pondoland. AmaMpondo people have a warm nature and take pride in their culture and values. They have the spirit to fight for what they believe in, which takes us back in history to a significant event on top of the well

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known Ingquza Hill. This is where local struggle activists made their stand for equality with many doing so by paying the ultimate price. This hill forms part of the culture of the people and the municipality. The Municipality recognizes the sacrifices its people made and the importance of their role in creating the regions’ unique struggle history. This type of history combined with the strength of AmaMpondo people resulted in the municipality being named the “Ingquza Hill Local Municipality”. The municipality honours its people by being a responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local municipality that puts the people and service that it delivers first. The municipality encourages visitors to explore the natural beauty that this region has to offer, from the unique culture to the splendid waterfalls and unspoilt beaches. Take your time and allow yourself to experience true AmaMpondo culture and hospitality. Refresh mind, body and soul whilst enjoying the majestic treasures of the region. I welcome you to the Ingquza Hill Local Municipality, a beautiful part of the world which we are lucky enough to call home The SMMEs are also taken to shows such as the annual Tourism Indaba in Durban which is a fantastic environment where they meet local and international visitors and gain valuable insight and experience, ultimately enhancing the success of their ventures further.


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The malaria-free Nkangala region experiences its cool to warm summer season with rain from October to February, with the cooler to cold winter from April to August. The average summer temperature range for Nkangala is around 19 degrees Celsius with average temperature ranges of 8 degrees Celsius in the morning to 26 degrees Celsius in the afternoons. The world-famous cultural heartland of Nkangala District is one of the most visited areas and is famous for the vibrant and colorful Ndebele geometric artwork, arts, crafts and curios, as well as the warmth of the Ndebele people. The area provides a never to-be-missed slice of community tourism. Highlights include vibrant and friendly villages in both Thembisile Hani and Dr JS Moroka municipalities. The cultural heartland also include the towns Middelburg and Emalahleni, where tourists can visit the Botshabelo Mission Station that is situated alongside the farming community of Doornkop, shopping malls and The Ridge Hotel & Casino in Emalahleni. The town of Middelburg also boasts the game, leisure and watersports getaway of Loskop Dam that is home to more than 70 species of mammals, including three of the big five - namely rhino,buffalo and leopard. The ever-popular Trout Triangle is made up of the towns Dullstroom, Machadodorp, Belfast and Emgwena (Waterval Boven), offering world-famous trout fishing, rock climbing and other leisure facilities. Contact details: Nkangala District Municipality, 2A Walter Sisulu Street Middelburg, 1050 +27 13 249 2000 Local Economic Development Unit +27 13 249 2194\2199\2192 www.nkangaladm.gov.za


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Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort (3-star): With its spectacular scenery, crisp mountain air and location within a 860 acre World Heritage site, this is not only a good family holiday destination, but also an ideal location for weddings conferences and golfing events. Activities such as hiking, horse riding, canoeing and trout fishing are on offer and guests can also enjoy a round on the Southern Drakensberg’s only NGU rated 18 hole golf course. Due to the growing popularity of mountain biking, a 12km MTB trail and BMX track have been developed at the resort. Additional new attractions include a heated pool, a wedding gazebo and new conference facilities. Gooderson Leisure is also developing winter sporting facilities and has a team building and adventure facility. Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort: Situated in the Central Drakensberg, the newly revamped resort is the ideal getaway for nature lovers, active families that enjoy outdoor activities and avid golfers. The upgraded 9-hole 18 tee NGU Rated golf course provides an idyllic setting for a round of golf . 18 new rooms have been added with further accommodation and a conference venue to be completed in 2014. Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge (3-star): This safari retreat is centrally situated in Zululand close to Hluhluwe. Fully air conditioned ensuite accommodation blends with the African Bush. Wooden walkways lead to the main dining room, bar, swimming pool and boma. A large water hole is being developed in front of the viewing deck to increase animal sightings. The popularity of this lodge has seen Gooderson Leisure include self -catering rooms for its expanding domestic market. Gooderson DumaZulu Game Lodge & Tradition Village (3-star): With a name that translates as “Thundering Zulu”, this 21 bedroom lodge is located south of Hluhluwe, providing day visitors and overnight guests with an authentic African cultural experience. Self standing units which are designed to portray each of the different tribes of Africa have been refurbished. A new conference facility and a wedding venue have been introduced as well as a water feature at reception with baby crocs to

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welcome guests on arrival. The new Walk Thru Bird & Reptile Park, the largest of it kind in the region, and traditional village allow visitors the opportunity to experience nature and the authentic Zulu culture. Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort (3-star): Located along the Battlefields Route near Paulpietersberg, this resort is known for its hot mineral waters. These are complemented by an on-site Wellness Centre with a fully equipped gym, sauna, hydro-jet pools, jacuzzis, steam baths and beauty therapists. The resort is a popular venue for conferences, weddings and private functions. On the entertainment side there is a 25km mountain bike trail, BMX track, Paintball Arena and Obstacle Course and an animal farm has been added. Gooderson Fabz Garden Hotel & Conference Centre (4 star): Set in striking country surrounds in the heart of Lonehill, Fourways. Fabz is ideal for conferences and wedding celebrations. Since adding this boutique hotel to its portfolio, Gooderson Leisure has upgraded amenities and created both indoor and outdoor conference facilities that can accommodate virtually any request. Gooderson Kloppenheim Country Estate Hotel (4 star): The ideal country retreat for business and leisure in the heart of the Highlands Meander. Accommodation includes twin lakeside suites, twin estate rooms and elegant 2 bed roomed self-contained lodges. Facilities include three conference rooms, a large theatre for events, private dining room, breakfast terrace, colonial style lounge, library, pub, restaurant and wellness centre. Gooderson SanRock Resort & Conference Centre (3 star): Situated 5km outside Modimolle (Nylstroom), SanRock is in the heart of the Waterberg Region and at epicentre of one of Southern Africa’s most celebrated eco-tourism destinations. SanRock boasts numerous conference rooms and is an ideal venue for large family weddings or other celebrations. A variety of accommodation options, including bed and breakfast as well as self-catering chalets are available. For more info visit www.goodersonleisure.co.za

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Luxury Accommodation • Five Star Conference Facilities Eco-Education & Spa Facilities Community Development

A wild night out...

Central Reservations for Convention & Individual bookings: Tel: +27 (0) 11 314 4350 +27 (0) 11 314 4349 Emergencies: +27 (0) 83 262 2013 Fax: +27 (0) 11 314 1162 E-mail: taugame@mweb.co.za www.taugamelodge.com


Tau Game Lodge

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Privately-owned Tau Game Lodge is situated within the world-renowned 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve in North West Province, South Africa, bordering Botswana. The luxurious lodge offers superb facilities including a spa and convention centre in a malaria-free Big Five reserve...the 4th largest in South Africa and home to a great variety of animals and birds.

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South Africa North West Province Zeerust, and Gaborone, Botswana O.R. Tambo International, Johannesburg, South Africa & Gaborone, Botswana Local Airport/ Airstrip: 2 airstrips connecting with Johannesburg and Gaborone Guest Transfers: Yes Road Access: Yes

Rates Between US$400 and US$600 per person per night. Contact / Booking Details Reservations Manager: Renate Oostmeijer Telephone 1: +27 (0)11 466 8715 or +27 (0)11 466 8717 Telephone 2: +27 (0)83 262 2013 (Emergencies only) Fax Number: +27 (0)11 314 1162 Email Address: taugame@mweb.co.za Website: www.taugamelodge.co.za

Accommodation Offered • Total number of guests: 60 • 1 Family Unit suitable for 4 people; 1 Family Suite suitable for 4 people; 6 Deluxe Chalets suitable for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years of age or 3 adults sharing; 20 Standard Chalets suitable for 2 adults and 1 child under the age of 12 years, with one chalet adapted for wheelchair access.

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Astronomy / Star gazing Karaoke Live entertainment Sundowners /outings Conservation activities

Facilities & Services Restaurant/s Outdoor Eating Special Diets Catering Bar/s Swimming Pool/s Lounge Other Relaxation Areas Library Reading room/area

Things To Do Visits to parks/reserves Game viewing drives Game viewing hikes Horseback game viewing Bird watching Visits to Animal Rehab / Breeding Projects

Wildlife & Scenic Offerings • Year-round game viewing. Wide variety including breeding herds of elephant, white and black rhino, lion, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena among many more, and over 250 different bird species. • Reserve is surrounded with scenery such as Dwarsberg Mountains and the Marico River.

Memberships & Awards • Member of Southern Africa Tourism Association (SATSA); Tourism Marketing Levy South Africa (TOMSA); Tourism Grading Council of South Africa; and AA Quality Assured. • Won several awards from Amarula Best Retreats in Africa Awards; World Luxury Hotel Awards; AA Travel Guides American Express Accommodation Awards; and Business Britain Awards.

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Nestled below Moholoholo, the “Very Great One”, along the great Drakensberg escarpment of South Africa’s Limpopo Province, is a unique sanctuary for humans and wildlife alike... Come rest in one of our three accommodation camps, each with superb chalets and facilities. See how we rehabilitate broken and injured animals back to life. Simply rest, or enjoy many activities and the serene natural surroundings. Look and learn about wildlife and the natural environment.

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• Luxurious full catering chalets in a luscious rain forest. • Birding and guided game walks.

• B&B, semi and full catering on a private game reserve. More than 15 different game species which includes 3 of the big 5.

• Luxurious self catering or full catering chalets on the banks of the Blyde River. • Tea garden under luscious trees.

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• Come for a unique experience to volunteer and care for wildlife at our Rehabilitation Centre.

• Moholoholo offers unique tracking courses for beginners and guides.

• Moholoholo offers special tailor made programs for educational and school groups.

• Ya Mati is the ideal venue for that very special wedding or function. It has its own unique stone and thatch chapel, spacious riverside function facilities in a marquees tent or in our restaurant.

• Moholoholo has become a safe haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife, as well as having successful breeding programs. • Daily tours

For more information visit our website : www.moholoholo.co.za


MOHOLOHOLO WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTRE & FOREST CAMP

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Nestled in a picturesque setting at the base of the Drakensberg escarpment in the Limpopo Province Lowveld of South Africa, Moholoholo has become a haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. While offering excellent accommodation, guests can also enjoy day excursions to numerous other exciting and scenic local attractions.

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Moholoholo Forest Camp & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre: Kate Gelletich Tel 1: +27 (0)15 795 5236 Email: moholorehab@wol.co.za Moholoholo Ya Mati: Warren Pieterse

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Rates Between US$100 and US$200 per person per night.drives. Contact / Booking details

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Tel 2: +27 (0)72 191 2024 Email: moholo@worldonline.co.za Moholoholo Mountain View: Colin Patrick Tel 1: +27 (0)82 907 5983 Fax: +27 (0)12 348 4926 Email: moholo@worldonline.co.za Email:

moholomountainview@worldonline.co.za Web: www.moholoholo.co.za

Accommodation Offered • Total number of guests: Forest Camp – 22; Mountain View – 44; Ya Mati – 32. • Moholoholo Forest Camp: 9 x cabins sleeping 2 persons each; 1 x cabin with 2 bedrooms, sleeping 4. • Moholoholo Mountain View: 8 x cabins sleeping 2 each; 6 x cabins sleeping 2-4 persons each; and 1 x boma with 2 bedrooms sleeping 2-4. • Moholoholo Ya Mati: 2 x 3-bedroom chalets sleeping 2-6 persons each; 1 x 4-bedroom chalet with 3 bathrooms sleeping 4-10 persons; 1 x 2-bedroom chalet with 2 bathrooms sleeping 2-4 persons; 1 x 3-bedroom chalet with 3 bathrooms sleeping 2-6 persons.

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Children of all ages welcome. Cancellation policy: cancellation 3-5 weeks before arrival 50% of deposit forfeited; 2-3 weeks before arrival 75% of deposit; 2 weeks or less 100% of deposit.

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Tsékáma Wedding Venue

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Tsekama is the perfect wedding venue set in tranquil, serene and picturesque surroundings, providing a natural but very romantic atmosphere. The Lodge is only 130km north of Pretoria near the Kranskop Toll plaza and offers the ideal location for a wedding with a difference. The venue is built around a private dam with a jetty and gazebo in the dam. Tsékáma will take care of all catering, decorative and other arrangements.

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Rates US51 per person bed and breakfast. (Approximate rates only - may fluctuate with exchange rates). Contact / Booking Details

Country: South Africa Region: Limpopo Nearest Town: Modimolle Nearest International Airport: O R Tambo International, Johannesburg Local Airport / Landing Strip: Modimolle Guest Transfers: Yes Road Access: Yes

Reservations Manager: Ilze Marais Telephone 1: +27 (0)84 497 5388 Email Address: Ilzemarais6@gmail.com Website: www.tsekama.co.za

Accommodation Offered • 15 luxury rooms sleeping 2 each • 2 chalets sleeping 5 – 10 each

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In-house doctor In-house nurse 24-hours security 24 hours room service Limited room service Internet & email Business centre

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Elephant rides Horse riding Camel rides Helicopter rides Paragliding / hang gliding

Sports activities Snorkelling / diving Swimming Beaches Visiting museums Shopping / markets

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Facilities & Services Restaurant Outdoor Eating Special Diets Catering Bar/s Swimming Pool/s Lounge Other Relaxation Areas Library

Things To Do Visits to parks/reserves Game drives Game hikes Horseback game viewing Bird watching Hikes & walks

Wildlife & Scenic Offerings • Wildlife: Wildlife can be viewed during game drives on the property and includes impala, kudu, zebra, giraffe, warthog, nyala and eland. • Scenery: n/a

Memberships & Awards • Membership: n/a • Awards: ABIA (Africa Bridal Industry Academy) Gold, 2010 and 2013; ABIA Silver 2011 and 2012.

Policies • Children: Children welcome under parental care. • Payment: Cash – no card facilities.

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Southern Right Charters Travel, Tour & Safari Operators Southern Right Charters is a leading operator offering boat-based whale watching tours from the New Harbour in Hermanus, the Capital of the Cape Whale Coast, and operates within the local waters of Walker Bay, regarded as one of the best whale watching areas in the world. The company is progressive and environmentally sensitive, believing that the safety and conservation of the whales and marine life is paramount.

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Rates Adults US$60; Students/Seniors US$55; Children U/14 US$30; Children U/5 free. Private charter & group rates on request.

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Country: South Africa Region: Western Cape / Overberg / Cape Whale Coast Nearest Town: Hermanus Nearest International Airport: Cape Town International Local Airport / Landing Strip: No Guest Transfers: To be arranged Road Access: Yes

Reservations Manager: Robin Alcock Telephone 1: +27 (0) 82 353 0550 Fax Number: +27 (0) 28 312 45 87 Email Address: info@southernrightcharters.co.za Website: www.southernrightcharters.co.za

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Boat-based close-up whale watching tours The Whale Shack, New Harbour, Hermanus 1999 5 admin; 1 shore skipper; 1 captain; 1 whale specialist; 1 interpreter/guide; 6 crew; 2 engineers; 1 cleaning lady; and 2 film crew. Experienced and registered guide (National registrar of Tourist Guides).

Facilities & Services Main Services / Operations / Activities Offered: June to December: Boat-based whale watching; private exclusive whale watching trips Supplementary Services: December to February: Private scenic charters; sundowner & bay cruises. Vehicles Used For Tours / Safaris: 16m catamaran, licenced to carry 70 passengers and 5 crew. Vessel complies with SA Marine Safety Association standards. Accommodation Provided: N/a Accommodation Services & Facilities: N/a

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Boat-based whale watching tours lasting between 1hr 30 minutes and 3hrs maximum, but on average 2hrs, in the whale season from June to December. Departures are at 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00 with additional departures at 07:00 from September to December. As a legal permitted operator, the boat can approach the whales up to 50m, but the whales are often curious and come right up to the boat Tours offer photographic opportunities, with guide providing information. A DVD is filmed of each tour and can be purchased. Sightings are near-guaranteed as some 100 whales annually make Walker Bay their temporary home.

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Certified by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa since 2011; Blue Flag Accredited since 2012; Member of South African Boat-Based Whale Watching Association (SABBWWA) since 1999; Hermanus Tourism Bureau; Cape Town Tourism Bureau; and holder of Department of Environmental Affairs permit to undertake boat-based whale watching

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Children welcome if accompanied by adult – children under 12 must wear life vest at all times, children too small to wear vest not permitted. Payment on arrival unless booked through agent – Visa and MasterCard accepted. Trips may be cancelled due to poor weather with full refund. If sightings were not satisfactory, 50% refund at skipper’s discretion. Other terms and conditions apply.

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Nine Picture-Perfect havens of biodiversity

Experience SANBI’s nine National Botanical Gardens that offer you a unique taste of South Africa’s rich biodiversity. These tranquil edu-adventures in nature are close to some of the country’s most popular and vibrant urban cities. The Gardens feature an array of facilities such as restaurants, function rooms and conference venues as well as various activities including hikes, picnics and shopping.

Moreover, capture your own special moments in SANBI’s exquisite landscapes!

SANBI - Celebrating and championing biodiversity for the benefit and enjoyment of all South Africans


AT THE HEART OF IT ALL

The Naval Hill experience...

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Mangaung Metro Tourism Info Office : +27(0) 51 405 8489/90 email: information@bloemfontein.co.za web: www.mangaung.co.za


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GREAT WHITE SHARK TOURScc GANSBAAI GREAT WHITE SHARK SURFACE VIEWING AND CAGE DIVING TRIPS The legendary Owner and Skipper

BRIAN MCFARLANE

Only operator to offer money back guarantee if a shark is not seen • State of the art boat fitted with 4 x 200HP Eco Friendly Engines • 19 years unblemished safety record • Close to Cape Town Coach Transfers available

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• Specialists in providing exclusive charters • Floating cage securely attached to the boat • Enjoy both diving and viewing • STO 20% Commission • We provide specialist charters for celebrities

No Diving Experience Required

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TEL: +27 (0) 28 384 1418 • CELL: +27 (0) 83 300 2138 EMAIL: brian@sharkcagediving.net • WWW.SHARKCAGEDIVING.NET


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his beautiful landlocked kingdom is tucked into the mountains that separate South Africa from Mozambique. One of the smallest countries in the Southern Hemisphere, Swaziland is one of the few remaining absolute monarchies in the world, ruled by King Mswati III. Moves, led by neighbouring South Africa, are currently afoot to democratize the country. The country offers diverse vegetation, dramatic mountains, spectacular valleys, prolific game reserves with varied animal and bird life, famous arts and crafts, attractions like the annual reed dance at the Royal Kraal in Ludzidzini, the Marula festival and an excellent variety of good accommodation, travel services and many things to do. The climate is mostly temperate. There are a number of excellent game reserves and national parks including Hlane, Mlilwane, Mkhaya, Malolotja, Mlawula, Mantenga and Hawane. These reserves are for the conservation of the natural flora and fauna of these areas as well as the cultural resources within them. Nature conservation in Swaziland, of paramount importance here, was mainly started some 40 years ago by the Reilly family whose legacy lives on in the Kingdom’s Big Game Parks. Swaziland is a stable and safe country for tourists, right next to South Africa with all its modern infrastructure and attractions.

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■ Cool, dry winters and hot, rainy summers typical thunderstorms December to February. ■ Coolest months are June and July with winter from June and July with winter from June to September. ■ Climate is good for year round travel.

■ Mbabane (administrative capital); Lobamba (traditional and legislative capital).

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CLIMATE ■ Subtropical climate with summer temperatures of 15-25oC average, winter temperatures 15-19oC. ■ Summer from October to May, October being the hottest month when temperatures can reach up to 40°C

GMT/UTC + 2 hours. No Daylight Saving Time.

MONEY & CARDS ■ Currency unit is Lilangeni (singular), or Emalangeni (plural), and cents (E1 - 100cents).


■ Currency of equal value to South African Rand with both in circulation. ■ Visitors are advised to change Emalangeni currency before leaving Swaziland. ■ Most Credit cards and travellers’ cheques honoured. ■ Barclays Bank has the most branches throughout Swaziland.

TELECOMUNICATIONS ■ International dialling code: +268. ■ Good fixed line telecommunications network. ■ Good mobile phone communications infrastructure. ■ Internet Cafes and e-mail centres in major centres like Mbabane and Manzini.

INTERNET ■ Good internet accessibility. ■ Good internet cafes - most good hotels, lodges have internet connectivity and services

POSTAL SERVICES ■ State-owned Swazi Post offers all usual postal and courier services. ■ International courier services also available.

ELECTRICITY Electrical appliance use 220V AC, 50Hz and three-pin plugs are used with round terminals.

AIRLINES ■ Most international airlines fly to nearby Johannesburg in South Africa. ■ Regional airlines fly from various centres to Matsapha International Airport near Manzini, Swaziland, including national carrier Airlink Swaziland.

AIRPORTS ■ Sikhuphe International Airport – a newly built airport with modern facilities and services.

TAXES ■ 4% VAT payable on goods and services since April 1, 2012. ■ Limited duty-free import of certain goods for personal use only. ■ Airport embarkation tax payable on departing international flights.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ■ All visitors must have a valid passport. ■ Visas are required, although nationals of many African, European and other countries are exempt – consult an embassy

HEALTH & MEDICAL ■ Vaccination against yellow fever is required if arriving within 6 days from or via an infected area. ■ Precautions against Malaria, cholera, typhoid and polio recommended.

■ Bilharzia is a risk in rivers and dams. ■ Tap water is safe to drink throughout the country but water from streams and rivers not. ■ HIV/Aids prevalence is one of the highest in the world. ■ Various government, missionary and private hospitals, clinics, health centres and rescue services. ■ Also close to the excellent private medical services of South Africa.

DRIVING & LOCAL TRANSPORT ■ Driving is on left of road and international driving licence is required. ■ High accident rates on the roads. ■ Main roads are tarred, the rest are well-maintained gravel roads. ■ The speed limit in urban areas is 60 km/h and on 80 km/h outside urban areas. ■ Car hire is available and most petrol stations are open 24 hours. ■ 300km of railway lines while buses and minibus taxis are available – all of varying standards.

SAFETY ■ Swaziland is considered one of the safest tourist destinations in Southern African although recently there have been some clashes between police and prodemocracy demonstrators. ■ However, the usual range of petty crimes such as theft, pick pocketing etc, do occur and normal precautions should be maintained, especially in low-income urban areas and isolated rural areas.

USEFUL CONTACTS Tourism Information Office: Tel +268 404 2531 / 409 0112; Fax +268 404 2531. Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland, USA: Tel +1 (202) 234 5002. High Commission of the Kingdom of Swaziland, South Africa: Tel +27 (0)12 344 1910/17/25, +27 (0)12 343 0455. Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland, USA: Tel +1 (202) 234 5002. Harvey World Travel: Tel +268 404 1538 / 404 1954 / 404 2101 / 404 2298; Fax +268 404 6120; Email maggie.hall@ harveyworld.co.za. Royal Swazi Airways: Tel +268 404 1979/88, 404 2011, 404 3157. Swazi Express Airways: Tel +268 518 6115; Matsapha Branch (Swaziland) Tel +268 518 6840; Fax +268 518 7160; Email swaziexpress@africaonline.co.sz. Assist 911 (medical rescue services): Tel +268 404 8911; Email assist911@realnet.co.sz. Ezulwini Tourists Office: Tel +268 416 2180. Ngwenya Tourism Information Office: Tel/Fax +268 442 4206; E-mail gwenyainfo@tourismauthority.org.sz. Swazi Plaza Information Office: Tel/fax +268 404 2531/ 409 0112; Email information@tourismauthority.org.sz. Chief Immigration Officer, Mbabane: Tel +268 404-2941/2.


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anzania, the largest country in East Africa, is famous for the great spectacle of the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra followed by their predators. But it is equally famous for being home to the highest mountain on the continent, Mt Kilimanjaro; the Great Rift Valley; the awesome Ngorongoro Crater; its legendary spice islands; and the famous Serengeti National Park which encompasses two World Heritage Sites, two Biosphere Reserves, and one of the world’s oldest ecosystems. Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa, is famous for the great spectacle of the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra followed by their predators. But it is equally famous for being home to the highest mountain on the continent, Mt Kilimanjaro; the Great Rift Valley; the awesome Ngorongoro Crater; its legendary spice islands; and the famous Serengeti National Park which encompasses two World Heritage Sites, two Biosphere Reserves, and one of the world’s oldest ecosystems. Situated just below the equator between the great lakes of Africa and the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is a land of many faces, many cultures and many wonderful surprises.

LANGUAGES ■ English. ■ Swahili & several other indigenous languages also spoken. ■ German and Italian also frequently encountered.

CAPITAL CITY Dodoma - the official capital; Dar es Salaam the administrative and commercial capital.

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■ Tropical along coast but more temperate in highlands. ■ Long rainy season April to May; short rainy season November to December. ■ Hottest season October to March. ■ Average temperatures from 25-30°C at coast, from 2227°C in rest of country.

■ Best game viewing in North almost all year; in Southern Tanzania June through October. ■ Islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia best in June through October, and December through March.

TIME ZONE Time: GMT + 3 hrs.

MONEY & CARDS ■ Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS) divided into 100 cents. ■ Major currencies can be exchanged in the larger towns at banks, foreign exchange bureaux and some hotel. ■ ATMs available in major cities only. ■ Credit cards are accepted only by major lodges, some hotels and travel agents in urban areas, incurring a 10% surcharge.


TELECOMUNICATIONS ■ International dialling code for Tanzania & Zanzibar is +255. ■ Relatively good fixed line telephone network, but in rural areas call may have to be placed through an operator. ■ Cellphone networks in the main urban areas and Zanzibar using GSM 900 and 1800 networks – some international roaming agreements exist.

INTERNET ■ Various internet service providers; Internet connections at most first-class hotels and lodges, some internet cafes in major centres.

POSTAL SERVICES ■ Tanzania Posts Corporation provides most postal services. ■ Courier services are available.

ELECTRICITY ■ 230 volts AC, 50Hz - plug types are round pins with ground / rectangular blade plug.

AIRLINES ■ Various international carriers from Europe, Middle East and African countries fly to Tanzania. ■ Air Tanzania is national flag carrier providing domestic and regional services. ■ Various other domestic or regional airlines operate here. ■ Number of private air charter companies also operate internally.

AIRPORTS ■ Main airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport 13km southwest of Dar es Salaam. ■ Other airports: Kilimanjaro International Airport and Zanzibar International Airport. ■ Also good connecting flights from Nairobi, Kenya. ■ Buses and taxis between Julius Nyerere Airport and Dar es Salaam. ■ Local car hire companies at airport.

TAXES ■ 18% VAT payable on goods and services. ■ 20% VAT payable on goods and services. ■ Departure taxes at airports for international and domestic flights.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ■ Most foreign visitors need a visa but certain foreign nationals are exempted (check with embassies). ■ Nationals of the East African Community do not need a visa or entry permit. ■ Passport must be valid for at least six months.

HEALTH & MEDICAL ■ Obtain medical advice for current requirements 3 weeks before travelling. ■ Vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid, yellow fever and polio recommended.

■ Malaria is common to Tanzania while recent cases of sleeping sickness have also been reported. ■ Other diseases such as cholera and rift valley fever occur periodically mainly in rural areas. ■ There is a high prevalence of HIV/Aids. ■ The country has an extensive but poorly equipped public healthcare network. ■ Good private healthcare facilities are being established in the country. ■ Tap water is not safe for drinking in most places.

DRIVING & LOCAL TRANSPORT ■ Self-driving not advised except in major centres due to poor road conditions. ■ Car-hire firms available in major centres and tourist areas. ■ Tanzania Railway Corporation offers train services in various classes. ■ Reliable daily ferry and boat services between Dar es Salaam and the islands. ■ Steamer services on Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria are not always reliable. ■ All centres are connected by bus services of varying standards.

SAFETY ■ Street and beach crime is problematic in some areas - take normal precautions as for any other country, especially in larger urban areas. ■ There has been an increase in muggings and bag-grabs on the mainland as well as Zanzibar. ■ Avoid areas bordering Burundi because of possible spillover of armed conflicts. ■ Crime is increasing in rural areas and even in national parks. ■ There have been recent confrontations between landowners and villagers in the area east of Arusha, but this has not affected tourist areas. ■ There is a threat from terrorism, but not very high, but piracy is a growing problem for sea travel off the Tanzanian and Kenyan coast. ■ Tanzania is a stable multi-party democracy and one of the most peaceful African countries

USEFUL CONTACTS Tourist Information Centre Dar es Salaam: Tel +255 (0)22 211 1244. Tourist Information Centre Arusha: Tel +255 (0)27 250 3842/3; Fax +255 (0)27 254 8628; Email ttbarusha@ cybernet.co.tz. Tourist Board of Tanzania: Tel +255 (0)22 211 1244; Fax +255 (0)22 211 6420; Email safari@ud.co.tz; Web www. tanzaniatouristboard.com. United States Embassy, Dar-es-Salaam: Tel +255 (0)22 266 8001. British High Commission, Dar-es-Salaam: Tel +255 (0)22 211 0101. Canadian High Commission, Dar-es-Salaam (also responsible for Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles): Tel +255 (0)22 216 3300. South African High Commission, Dar-es-Salaam: Tel +255 (0)22 260 1800. Standard Chartered Bank: Tel +255 (0)22 212 2125, 212 2129. Citibank: Tel +255 (0)22 211 7575, 211 7601. Air Tanzania: Tel +255 (0)22 211 8411; Fax +255 (0)22 211 3114; Email bookings@airtanzania.com


MBALAGETI SERENGETI – SAFARI LODGE

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Mbalageti Serengeti is located in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. The Lodge offers a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the Serengeti Plain lands and the Mbalageti River. One of the main attractions here is the spectacular annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. The lodge offers a variety of excellent accommodation, amenities and services.

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Rates US$200 to US$300per person per night

Tanzania Western Serengeti National Park Mwanza Kilimanjaro International Airport, or fly via Dar es Salaam. At Mwanza, Grumeti or Seronera. Yes, on request. Yes

Reservations Manager: Mr Srikanth Telephone 1: +255 (0)28 262 2388 Telephone 2: +255 (0)27 254 8632 Fax Number: +255 (0)27 254 8632 Email Address: info@mbalageti.com / mbalageti@bol.co.tz Website: www.mbalageti.com

Accommodation Offered • 2 x 2-bedroomed Exclusive Suites; 18 x double luxury tented chalets; 6 x triple luxury tented chalets each ccommodating 1 child only; 11 standard Lodge Rooms with double beds; and 3 standard Lodge Rooms with twin beds.

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Limited room service Internet & email Business centre Water hole, bird hide 24hrs medical assistance

Mountain climbing Cultural / village tours Sailing / boating River rafting Kayaking Hot air balloon rides

Elephant rides Horse riding Camel rides Helicopter rides Paragliding / hang -gliding

Sports activities Snorkelling / diving Swimming Beaches Visiting museums Shopping / markets

Historical / geological sites Heated Plunge Pool Private Massage Bush Breakfasts/Dinners Tranquillity Garden

Facilities & Services Restaurant Outdoor Eating Special Diets Catering Bar/s Swimming Pool/s Lounge Other Relaxation Areas Library Reading room/area

Things To Do Visits to parks/reserves Game drives Game hikes Horseback game viewing Bird watching Hikes & walks

Wildlife & Scenic Offerings • Serengeti National Park offers wildlife including annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. • Also view black and white Colobus Monkey, Patterson eland, martial eagles and roan antelope at lodge. • Visit Lake Victoria 1½ hours’ drive away, the local Sukuma tribe, the Grumeti River crocodile and hippo pool, the Black Clay Plains and the Candelabra Tree.

Memberships & Awards Policies • 25% deposit payable on confirmation of booking, balance 60 days before arrival. • Unsecured bookings will be released. • Cancellations 90 to 60 before arrival charged 225% cancellation fee; 59 to 30 days charged 50%; and 29 to 0 days charged 100%.

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The Arusha Hotel

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Representing Arusha’s supreme boutique hotel experience, this establishment offers first class accommodation and service surrounded by spectacular scenery and the history of bygone eras. The hotel is situated only 5 minutes’ walk from the Arusha International Convention Centre within its own private tropical gardens and consists of 86 deluxe en suite rooms. It offers superb services and facilities, including Wi-Fi internet throughout, fine dining, a fully equipped gym and a splendid pool area.

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Telephone 1: +255 272507777 Fax Number: +255 272508889 Email Address: reservations@ thearushahotel.com or fom@ thearushahotel.com Website: www.thearushahotel.com

Country: Tanzania Region: Northern Circuit Nearest Town: Arusha Nearest International Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Local Airport / Landing Strip: Arusha Airport Guest Transfers: Yes Road Access: Yes

Accommodation Offered • Total number of guests: 172 • 4 x executive suites; 16 double executive rooms; 4 twin executive rooms; 38 double deluxe rooms; and 24 twin deluxe rooms - all sleeping 2 each.

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Astronomy / Star gazing Karaoke Live entertainment Sundowners /outings Conservation activities Golf

Facilities & Services Restaurant/s Outdoor Eating Special Diets Catering Bar/s Swimming Pool/s Lounge Other Relaxation Areas Library Reading room/area

Things To Do Visits to parks/reserves Game viewing drives Game viewing hikes Horseback game viewing Bird watching Visits to Animal Rehab / reeding Projects

Wildlife & Scenic Offerings • Wildlife: Wildlife, including the Big 5, can be viewed from 4WD vehicles on day trips to Arusha, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks. • Scenery: Scenic attractions include Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, and Lake Victoria.

Memberships & Awards • Member of African Travel and Tourist Association.

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Children welcome – one child under 12 sharing with adult stays free. 50% deposit on booking with balance settled on arrival. Bookings cancelled within 72hrs are subject to 100% cancellation charge. Group bookings for a minimum 10-room package that are cancelled within 7 days will be subject to 100% cancellation charge - payment must be made 30 days prior to arrival. • No-shows or cancellation within 29 days prior to arrival date may result in 100% cancellation fee being charged. Encounter Africa | The Definitive Directory For Responsible Tourism

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FOXES SAFARI CAMPS

Tailored safaris throughout the South and West of Tanzania.

Ruaha National Park * Katavi National Park * Selous Game Reserve* Mikumi National Park * Mufindi Highlands * Lazy Lagoon Contact: fox@tanzaniasafaris.info +44 1452 862288; +255 754 237422

www.tanzaniasafaris.info

Safari Air Link Daily Scheduled Flights -South and West Tanzania Dar - Selous - Mikumi - Ruaha - Southern Highlands Dar - Zanzibar - Saadani - Pangani Ruaha - Katavi - Mahale - Ruaha - Selous - Dar, Zan

Charter Flights - Business, Tourist, Photographic, Medivac flights@flysal.com www.flysal.com +255 (0)777 723274; +255(0)783 397235

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Foxes Safari Camps Travel, Tour & Safari Operators Award winning Foxes Safari Camps offers an ‘off the beaten track’ experience in southern and western Tanzania. Experience exciting game drives and walking and boating safaris organized by the Fox family with an established reputation of over 40 years in Tanzania and recognized for their experience in showing visitors the best wildlife areas of Tanzania while avoiding the crowds.

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Location & How to Get There Country: Tanzania Region: Southern and Western Regions. Nearest Town: Dar es Salaam Nearest International Airport: Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam. Local Landing Strip: Fly with Safari Airlink to the various Foxes camps. Guest Transfers: Yes, from local airstrips. Road Access: Yes

Reservations Manager: Bruce Fox, Foxes Safari Camps & Safari Airlink Telephone 1: +44 145 286 2288 Telephone 2: +255 784/754 /713 23 7422 Fax Number: +255 22 286 2357 or +255 22 550 4384 Email Address: fox@tanzaniasafaris. info or flights@flysal.com Website: www.tanzaniasafaris.info or www.rufijirivercamp.com or www.flysal.com

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Safaris and tours. Established in 1981 in the Ruaha National Park by the Foxes family. Several hundred trained staff. All trained – only expert English-speaking guides used.

Facilities & Services Main Services / Operations / Activities Offered: Supplementary Services: Vehicles Used For Tours / Safaris: Accommodation Provided: Accommodation Services & Facilities:

Various tailor-made safari itineraries, incorporating game drives and hikes. Fly-ins and accommodation. Open 4WD vehicles. 7 tented camps and lodges - small personalised tented camps, stone bandas (huts/cottages), log cabins, or beach bandas with spacious verandas. King-sized beds and en suite bathrooms, flush toilets, hot showers and/or baths.

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Safaris: Most of Foxes’ tailor-made safari itineraries average 14 days. Due to the remoteness of Tanzania’s southern and western parks most Foxes Safari Camps itineraries are fly-in safaris. Among the places visited, are the following:

Selous Game Reserve – One of the largest conservation areas in the world and a World Heritage Site, it is home to half of Tanzania’s elephant population and a third of the last remaining wild dogs. Staying at Rufiji River Camp, guests are offered exciting walking safaris & also boat safaris among hippos and crocodiles.

Ruaha National Park – Ruaha National Park – Tanzania’s largest Park covering 22,226sqkm, with the unique feature of both East African and Southern African mammals, birds, & tree species being found in the same park. Ruaha River Lodge has a privileged position on the banks of the Great Ruaha River, the only river with all year round water in a park the size of Belgium. Game viewing does not get any easier than from your room especially in the long dry season.

Katavi National Park – Katavi is Tanzania’s third largest national park and the most remote. It consists of a series of floodplains that are home to the last great herds of buffalo in Africa. Katavi Wildlife Camp is camouflaged in the woodland on the edge of the plains and is located only yards away from thousands of hippo, crocodiles and herds of game kept in balance by many predators.

Mahale Mountains National Park – Here guests can experience chimp trekking on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, the world’s longest and second deepest lake.

Kitulo-Saadani-Mikumi-Udzungwa Mountain National Parks – These parks are less known but in terms of biodiversity very important.

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Licensed with the Tourist Agent Licensing Authority of Tanzania since 1981. Member of the Hotel Association of Tanzania since 2005, and a founder member of the Friends of Ruaha Society since 1983, Foxes Community & Wildlife Conservation Trust since 2005, the Orphans in the Wild UK and Mufindi Orphans Inc USA. The Tanzania Tourist Board in 2008 judged it Best Tour Operator in Southern & Western Tanzania.

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Special rates for children. Booking deposit of 30 %, with balance due 30 days prior to arrival. Rates include board, 2 game activities, airstrip transfers, tea, coffee, and laundry.

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Your home in Zanzibar Enjoy a moment of history at the heart of Stone Town. A peaceful boutique hotel filled with carefully selected antiquities following the Spice Route to Zanzibar.

www.khollehouse.com

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Kholle House

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Located in the heart of Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town, Kholle House is an original and historic house built in 1860 for Princess Kholle. The house was painstakingly restored over 3 years in line with the requirements for historical monuments and following the construction methods of the time when it was first built. Kholle House is close to the ocean promenade, the House of Wonders, the ferry dock to Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar International Airport.

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US$85 – US$120 per person sharing, bed & breakfast

Tanzania East Africa / Zanzibar Stone Town / Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam; Zanzibar International Airport Zanzibar International Airport Upon request. N/a - Only by boat or airplane.

Reservations Manager: Hijja Iddi Mzee Telephone 1: +255 772 161 033 Telephone 2: +255 777 42 50 42 Fax Number: N/A Email Address: info@khollehouse.com Website: www.khollehouse.com

Accommodation Offered • Total number of guests: 25 • 2 x Classic single & double rooms sleeping 1 – 2 each • 3 x De Luxe double rooms sleeping 2 -3 each (extra bed for 3) • 4 x Prestige Rooms sleeping 2 – 3 each (extra bed for 3)

Accommodation Features En-suite bathrooms Bath Shower Outside shower

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In-house doctor In-house nurse 24-hours security 24 hours room service Limited room service Internet & email Business centre

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Elephant rides Horse riding Camel rides Helicopter rides Paragliding / hang gliding

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Facilities & Services Restaurant Outdoor Eating Special Diets Catering Bar/s Swimming Pool/s Lounge Other Relaxation Areas Library

Things To Do Visits to parks/reserves Game drives Game hikes Horseback game viewing Bird watching Hikes & walks

Wildlife & Scenic Offerings • Wildlife: All Tanzania’s famous wildlife attractions on the mainland are within easy reach by air. • Scenery: Zanzibar is famous for its scenic island setting and its historic attractions.

Memberships & Awards • Membership: Member of Zanzibar Commission for Tourism, 2011 and of Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors, 2011. • Awards: Best Boutique Hotels of the World, 2013; Travellers’ Choice, Trip Advisor, 2012/13 and 2013/14.

Policies • Children: Children aged 3 years and under stay for free, aged 4 – 12 sharing a room pay US$20.00 • Payment: Deposit required upon booking confirmation – can be done via 3G online payment. All payments should be cleared one week before arrival date and proof of payment to be submitted for confirmation reference. • Cancellation: 100% cancellation fee for 48hrs prior to arrival time or no-show; 50% for 6 days; 25% for 7-14 days; no charge of cancellation received 15 or more days before arrival date.

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Tatanca Safari & Tours Ltd Travel, Tour & Safari Operators Tatanca Safari & Tours Our offers a wide range of services and tours spread over Tanzania from the south to the East Coast. These allow guests to experience the full diversity of Tanzania’s beautiful landscape, flora and fauna. Included in its services and programmes are wildlife safaris, cultural tourism, and tailor made options together with other customised activities in Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Mikumi National Park, Udzungwa National Park, Lake Nyasa and Zanzibar. The company also offers unique night game drives.

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Location & How to Get There Company Location: Tanazania - Iringa Region / Southern Tanzania / East Africa Start Location of Tours Dar es Salaam & Mbeya Nearest International Airport: Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam Guest Transfers: Yes Road Access: Yes

Contact / Booking details Reservations Manager: Rose Shaidi Telephone 1: +255 26 270 0610 Telephone 2: +255 78 733 8335 Fax Number: None Email Address: tatancasafaris@yahoo.com or tatancasafaris@gmaill.com or info@tatancasafaris.co.tz Website: www.tatancasafaris.co.tz

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Tour operator and ground handler. Dar es Salaam and Arusha. 2007 2 tour guides; 5 driver/guides; 2 drivers. All have diplomas and 10+ years experience.

Facilities & Services Services / Operations / Activities: Wildlife safaris and cultural tourism. Supplementary Services: All ground handling services; night game drive, trips to Lake Nyasa Vehicles Used For Tours / Safaris: 2 x open 4WD safari vehicles; 5 Land Cruisers with pop-up roofs; 2 coaster buses. Accommodation Provided: Luxury and budget accommodation in hotels, lodges, tented camps and parks facilities. Accommodation Services & Facilities: All standard amenities; 3-5 star meals; full board; during game drives additional services upon request.

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Tanzania Southern Circuit Safaris: These are provided to the parts and game reserves of Southern Tanzania where guests will be able to see huge herds of animals. Among these are Selous Game Reserve, Udzungwa Mountain Park, Ruaha National Park and Mikumi National Park. Selous Game Reserve: This reserve is one of the largest faunal reserves in the world and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature. Its about 270km from Dar to Selous and it takes 4 to 5 hours to drive there. Udzungwa Mountain Park: This park boasts more than 400 bird species, 2,500 plant species (25% of which are endemics) and 6 primate species. It has the second largest biodiversity of all national parks in Africa. It is 180km from Mikumi National Park. Ruaha National Park: It is the largest national park in East Africa and is known for its concentration of greater and lesser kudu, its roan and sable antelope and its rich bird life of more than 400 species. It is its 345 km from Udzungwa Mountain Park. Mikumi National Park: The park forms the northern border of the Selous Game Reserve and is one of the most accessible of the Tanzanian national parks. It is 268km from Selous Game Reserve. Large Groups Packages: This caters for large groups of students or any other large groups of people and includes family packages, and honeymooners. Special stays in Zanzibar Island or Lake Tanganyika are also offered. Tailor-made quotations depending on clients’ requirements.

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Membership: Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, 2010; registered as a company 2006; Tourist Agency Licensing Authority (TALA), 2006. Awards: Best Ruaha National Park promoters of the year awarded 2009 by Tanzania Tourism ministry.

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BUSHBUCK SAFARIS LTD Travel, Tour & Safari Operators Based in Tanzania’s tourism and safari hub of Arusha, Bushbuck Safaris has since its establishment in 1986 earned a reputation for excellence with safaris and tours marked by quality customer care, extensive knowledge, personalised service and competitive rates. This family-run company and its staff have intimate knowledge of the natural environment and its abundance of wild life, the rich cultures and the history of Tanzania. Tour itineraries and accommodation properties are personally selected, while the company’s private guided safaris offer an unforgettable experience.

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Location & How to Get There Company Location: Arusha, Tanzania Start Location of Tours: Arusha Nearest International Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Local Airport /Landing Strip: Arusha Airport Guest Transfers: Yes Road Access: Yes

Reservations Manager: Mustafa Panju OR Akber Panju Telephone 1: +255 27 254 3336 | 254 8939 Telephone 2: +255 27 254 8924 | 254 4308 Fax Number:+255 27 254 8293 Email Address: bushbuck@bushbuckltd.com Website: www.bushbuckltd.com

Company / Operation Primary Business Activity: Tour Operator, Vehicle rental, Ground Handler. Branch Offices: n/a Year Established: 1986 Operational Staff: 5 tour consultants; 50 Driver guides; 4 reservationists; 2 accountants; 2 operations personnel; 7 mechanics; 1 vehicle electrical technician. Qualifications & Experience of Guides: All driver guides required to be fully trained and qualified with minimum 5 years’ experience.

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Membership: Tanzania Tourist Licence Authorities (TALA), 1986; Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO). Awards: Gold Award for Tourist and Hotel Catering Industry from Trade Leader Club, 1995.

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Children welcome. Deposit of 50% on most accommodation subject to policies set by the accommodation the guests choose. See website for cancellation policy.

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ZARA TANZANIA ADVENTURES | http://www.zaratours.com Phone: Toll free +1-866 550 447; UK: +44-20 3287 7384; Tanzania: +255-754-451000 Fax: +255-27-2753105 P.O. Box 1990; Moshi, Tanzania Email: zara@zaratours.com/bookings@zaratours.com


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ganda...an elegant adventure, reads the slogan of this country’s tourism board. And indeed that is the experience awaiting the traveller from the moment of landing at Entebbe’s modern airport on the forested shore of Lake Victoria with its many islands. Kampala, the capital, lies a short distance away, sprawling across seven hills. Lush vegetation and the chatter of tropical birds and monkeys characterise these bright and modern cities where dignified old colonial buildings also instil a sense of history. Here the visitor will be exposed to both the East African savannah and the tropical West African jungle; to an impressive range of antelope and predators as well as some of the most amazing forest primates in the world and over 1,000 bird species; to idyllic boat journeys on Lake Victoria or white-water rafting on the Nile River; and so much more. Uganda is situated largely on a plateau astride the Equator in East Africa and is a relatively small country. It has a reputation for being Africa’s friendliest country. The creation of six national parks under the present administration, as well as the recent growth of community-based eco-tourism projects at the grassroots level, attests to the eco-friendliness of this country. . Uganda is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, and is considered to be a stable democracy and mostly safe for tourists.

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■ English - plus over 30 indigenous languages.

Time Zone: EAT GMT/UTC + 03:00 hour. No Daylight Saving Time.

CAPITAL CITY ■ Kampala.

CLIMATE ■ Sunny for most of the year, with distinctive wet and dry seasons in most parts. ■ In the south rainfall is from March to May and in September to November. ■ Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot while evenings are cooler, especially at high altitudes. ■ Mountains experience alpine temperatures.

MONEY & CARDS ■ Currency unit is the Uganda shilling. ■ Post-2000 US dollar very welcome, Euro and Pound Sterling also widely accepted. ■ Money can be changed at banks, private bureaux de change in all large towns. ■ Travellers’ cheques not widely accepted outside Kampala. ■ Visa and other major credit cards accepted – also at selected ATMs in Kampala, Entebbe airport, and in some other towns, although ATMs mostly do not take Mastercard.


■ Various international banks and local banks provide good services.

TELECOMUNICATIONS ■ International dialling code: +256. ■ Good fixed line and cellular phone service provided by privatised Uganda Telecom. ■ Good cellphone network with 6 network operators: MTN, Airtel, UT Mobile, Warid, Orange Uganda, and Essar. ■ If no roaming agreement is available and phone is not network-locked, sim cards can be bought locally.

INTERNET ■ Good internet network and accessibility - 11 licensed Internet service providers. ■ Many internet cafes in Kampala, other major centres. ■ Most good hotels have internet facilities and connectivity.

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■ Use bottled drinking water only - avoid swimming in lakes and rivers. ■ HIV/Aids and STDs common. ■ There are private and state hospitals, clinics and private medical rescue services.

DRIVING & LOCAL TRANSPORT ■ Driving is on left, but visitors are advised to employ a local driver. ■ International driving licence required. ■ Various car rental firms in major centres. ■ Various bus services available, ranging from very basic to good. ■ Mini-buses (mutates) are plentiful– range from unsafe to good. ■ Also special-hire taxis and motorbike taxis. ■ There are railway services to and in Uganda of varying degrees of service and reliability.

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■ Uganda only recently returned to a multi party system of governance, but has been mostly peaceful for the last twenty years, except in the remote northern parts where the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels are active ■ Cities are considered safe for tourists, but precautions should be taken against the usual crimes.

■ Electricity 240 volts - UK type plugs are used. ■ Converter plugs can be bought.

USEFUL CONTACTS

■ All mail services provided by state-owned Post Uganda. ■ A number of international courier services.

AIRLINES ■ Numerous international airlines fly to Uganda from parts of the world. ■ National carrier Air Uganda operates regionally. ■ Smaller regional, local and private charter companies also operate here.

AIRPORTS ■ Entebbe International Airport 35 km from Kampala offers domestic and international air links. ■ Facilities include foreign exchange, bank ATM facilities, several shops, restaurants, customs and immigration. ■ Most good hotels arrange airport transfers. ■ Taxis and car-hire available.

TAXES ■ 18% VAT payable on certain goods and services. ■ Duties payable on most imported goods, with some exemptions on goods for personal use.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Travellers from most non-African countries need visas – can be purchased at airport, border posts, or Ugandan embassies.

HEALTH & MEDICAL ■ Yellow fever vaccination required, while precautions against tetanus, polio and diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, meningitis and malaria are advisable.

Uganda Tourist Board: Tel +256 (0)414 342196/7; Fax +256 (0)414 342188; Email utb@starcom.co.ug; Web www. visituganda.com. Uganda Community Tourism Association – UCOTA: Tel +256 (0)414 501866; Email ucota@africaonline.co.ug. Air Uganda, Kampala: Tel +256 (0)412 165 555; Fax +256 (0)414 258 267; Email info@air-uganda.com. East African Airlines: Tel +256 (0)414 344150; Email reservations@flyeastafrican.com. British Airways, Kampala: Tel (0)414 257414,(0)414 257416; Fax (0)41 259181,0414 257508; Email contactba.1.uganda@britishairways.com. Stanbic, Kampala: Tel +256 (0)414 231151/2,0414 230811,0312 224111; Fax +256 (0)41 231116; Email citybranch@stanbic.com. Standard Chartered Bank: Tel 0414 258211-4,0414 258217; Fax 041 231473, 0414 232888. Barclays Bank: Tel 0414230972/6,0312 218100; Garden city branch, Tel 0414 252489; Fax 041346970; Web barclays.ug@barclays.com Bank of Uganda: Tel +256 (0)414 233680/3; Email info@bou.or.ug. Avis Rent a Car: Tel +256 (0)414 320516, 0434 320518. Hertz Rent a Car: Tel +256 (0)772 221413, (0)782 650650, (0)772 450460; Email hertz-u@africaonline.co.ug.


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ambia is a landlocked country of unsurpassed beauty, home to the world-famous mist and thunder of the majestic Victoria Falls. The country is located between the southern rim of the Congo Basin and the Zambezi River and shares borders with Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of Zambia’s most prominent features is the mighty Zambezi River which courses through the craggy landscape, across planes, through valleys, down gorges, taking the great plunge at Victoria Falls, spreading out to form the holiday and fishing paradise of Lake Kariba, before eventually opening into the Indian Ocean some 2,500km away. There are more rivers, lakes and waterfalls that lend themselves to all sorts of adventures, as well as game reserves, national parks, forests and mountains. Together with abundant wildlife all of this combines to allow for spectacular safaris and unforgettable adventure holidays. Zambia is one of sub-Sahara Africa’s most urbanised countries, with about half of the country’s 11.5 million people concentrated in a few urban centres.

LANGUAGES ■ English - plus over 73 indigenous dialects.

■ Despite being in the tropics, the height of the plateau ensures a pleasant climate, except in low-lying areas. ■ Rainy season is from December to April.

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■ Three seasons: December to April is warm and wet; May to August is cool and dry; and September to November is hot and dry. ■ Average summer temperatures between 25°C and 35°C; average winter temperatures between 6°C and 24°C.

■ Currency: Kwacha with denominations from 50 to 50,000 kwacha notes. ■ Credit cards accepted by most hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and bigger shops.


■ Variety of banks; ATMs are widely available; traveller’s cheques best in Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.

TELECOMUNICATIONS ■ International dialling code is +260. ■ With a penetration rate of around 62% in a population of some 13.9-million, the country has a good cell phone network with three major network operators. ■ Fairly good telecommunications, public telephones, and public telex and fax facilities at the Central Post Office in Lusaka and at some hotels.

INTERNET ■ Several Internet Service Providers - variety of Internet cafes in Livingstone and Lusaka.

POSTAL SERVICES ■ Reliable postal services, courier services.

ELECTRICITY ■ 230 volts at 50 Hz –round pin attachment plug, round pins with ground, and rectangular blade plugs.

AIRLINES ■ Various international airlines fly to Zambia from all over Africa, Britain, the Netherland and the Middle East. ■ InterAir flies into Ndola International Airport. ■ Various domestic carriers and charter companies.

AIRPORTS ■ Main airport is Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, 24km from Lusaka city centre with all facilities and services available ■ Airport facilities include bureau de change, post office, restaurant, bar, duty-free shop, chemist, newsagent and VIP lounge. ■ Bus service and taxis to city, while most car hire companies are present. ■ Other airports include Ndola International Airport, Mfuwe International Airport and smaller airports at Livingstone and Kitwe.

TAXES ■ VAT of 16% payable on goods and services. ■ Import duties on most goods, with some exemptions for own consumption. ■ Departure tax payable at airports but most flight tickets already include it.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ■ Visas required, but requirements frequently change – best to check beforehand. ■ All bona fide tourists are issued with visas at any port of entry or at Zambian missions abroad. ■ Passports must be valid till at least six months after leaving Zambia.

HEALTH & MEDICAL ■ Yellow fever or cholera vaccination certificates are required for visitors coming from affected areas. ■ Malaria and HIV/AIDS pose high risks and precautions are required. ■ Rabies, Tuberculosis, Dysentery and Cholera are common. ■ Traveller’s diarrhoea common - use bottled drinking water

only, especially in rural areas. ■ Avoid water from lakes, ponds, or rivers. ■ Medical care is limited and not of high standard –small number of private clinics in Lusaka and other major towns. ■ Serious medical conditions will require air evacuation to other countries. ■ Bring along adequate supplies of medications in original containers, clearly labelled. Yellow fever or cholera vaccination certificates are required for visitors coming from affected areas. ■ Malaria and HIV/AIDS pose high risks and precautions are required. ■ Rabies, Tuberculosis, Dysentery and Cholera are common. ■ Traveller’s diarrhoea common - use bottled drinking water only, especially in rural areas. ■ Avoid water from lakes, ponds, or rivers. ■ Medical care is limited and not of high standard –small number of private clinics in Lusaka and other major towns. ■ Serious medical conditions will require air evacuation to other countries. ■ Bring along adequate supplies of medications in original containers, clearly labelled.

DRIVING & LOCAL TRANSPORT ■  Driving on left of the road – speed limits apply. ■  Only driver’s licences from Southern African Development Community countries are valid – all other visitors need International Drivers Licence. ■  Urban roads generally fairly good, but rural road surfaces are bad. ■ Poor road markings, potholes, no lighting and both wild and farm animals are hazards. ■ Unreliable train services between Lusaka and Tanzania, and Lusaka and Zimbabwe. ■  Many taxis of varying quality available as well as bus services. ■ Private bus companies operate fairly good bus services. ■  Numerous car hire companies in Lusaka and a few in some other centres.

SAFETY ■ Occasional incidents of armed robberies and vehicle hijackings, while petty theft and pick-pocketing are common in major urban areas - normal precautions apply. ■ Avoid darkened or deserted areas, lock car doors, never leave valuables lying in cars or hotel rooms. ■ Zambia is a vibrant democracy with political and social stability despite high unemployment which causes higher crime levels. ■ Exercise caution in North Western Central, Luapula and Copperbelt provinces when travelling close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

USEFUL CONTACTS Zambia National Information Services: Tel 0979 322 100; Email zanisnamz@zambia.co.zm. Zambia National Tourist Board: Tel +260 1 22 9087/90; Telex 41780; Fax +260 1 22 5174; Email zntb@zamnet.zm. Tourism Council of Zambia: Tel +260 1 228 682 / 3; Fax 260 1 22 2906. National Airports Corporation - Prince Chintimbwe, Director Airport Services: Tel +260-211-271292; Fax +260-211-271292; Cell +260-977-795227; Email prince.chintimbwe@lun.aero. Zambezi Airlines: Tel +26 (0) 211 257606 / 257023; Cell +26 (0) 978 776767 / 778773; Email reservations@flyzambezi.com. Proflight Zambia: Tel +260 211 27 1035 / 27 1032 / 25 2348; Cell +260 (0) 977 33 5563; Fax +260 1 27 1139; Email reservations@ proflight-zambia.com and info@proflight-zambia.com. Department of Tourism: Tel +260 1 22 7645. Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry: Tel +260 1 22 8301; Fax +260 1 22 6727.


SANCTUARY RETREATS ZAMBIA Accommodation Groups Sanctuary Retreats are a collection of fine luxury lodges and camps with twelve properties situated in Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The four superb properties in Zambia, each property being the best in its specific area, have been developed with acute sensitivity for the environment, animal habitats, people and culture. The outcome is an exclusive and fulfilling travel experience with superb service, a vast range of activities and expert local guides.

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Group Overview Countries in which Group has properties: Location of Head Office: Year established: Market segment in which group is active: Group specialities or unique features: Staff Employed: Group’s environmental & social policy:

Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. South Africa 1999 Luxury accommodation in lodges and camps. Providing exclusive and fulfilling travel experience with superb service. Approx. 5000 Committed to environmentally and socially sustainable practices.

Rates From US$320 upwards per person per night. Contact / Booking details Reservations Manager: Bridget Stephenson Tel 1: Tel 2:

+ 27 (0)11 438 4650 +27 (0)86 218 1482

Email: southernafrica@sanctuaryretreats.com Web: www.sanctuaryretreats.com

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Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Livingstone Main lodge has 12 air-conditioned tree houses connected by stilted wooden walkways, plus 2 luxurious houses ideal for family groups. Situated in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the Zambezi River close to Victoria Falls. Wide variety of game. Other adventure opportunities. Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge South Luangwa National Park 10 luxurious suites. Lodge was originally built for former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda. Each suite has a four-poster bed, air conditioning, full bathroom and more. French windows, private terraces provide views of the Luangwa Valley. Sanctuary Zebra Plains South Luangwa four traditional tents - two doubles and two twins – accommodating a maximum of 6 guests Walking Safari Camp - Each tent has real beds, campaign furniture, mosquito nets, en suite facilities and flush toilets. A main mess tent is used for the dining area, with a small library and bar area. The area around the camp is home to large populations of zebra, elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and puku, as well as various endemic species and over 400 bird species. Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp South Luangwa National Park 7 luxurious tents. Authentic tented safari experience in one of Zambia’s best areas for game viewing and bird spotting. Spacious tents with hot tub, outdoor shower, double bed, and private game viewing deck.

Things To Do - Activities may differ from one property to another. Visits to parks/reserves Game drives Game hikes Horseback game viewing Bird watching Hikes & walks

Mountain climbing Cultural / village tours Sailing / boating River rafting Hot air balloon rides Elephant rides

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All properties offer superb game and bird viewing as well as numerous scenic attractions.

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Special Grand Awards, Africa, 2010 from Andrew Harper Travel awarded to Sussi & Chuma and Zambezi and Zebra Plains - Conde Nast hotlist 2012.

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Booking, payment and cancellation policies apply – available on the group’s website. Children welcome but some restrictions apply at some camps.`

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rom the vast water expanse of Lake Kariba to World’s View in the Bvumba Mountains...Zimbabwe is a country full of surprises and breathtaking natural wonders Attractions include bungee jumping and white-water rafting in the Zambezi Gorge; taking in the magnificent Victoria Falls; visiting Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s greatest game park and one of Africa’s largest with a large elephant population and a great variety of other wild animals; living it up in the capital, Harare, the city that never sleeps; enjoying a leisurely houseboat cruise on Lake Kariba, navigating past crocodiles and hippos and battling those legendary Tiger fish; or going trout fishing in the misty Eastern Highlands reminiscent of parts of Scotland and home to the Chimanimani National Park and three scenic mountain ranges. Zimbabwe is also well-known for the mysterious, ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe, site of a once flourishing city-state that existed between 1250 and 1430 AD. Landlocked, this Southern African country lies between the Zambezi River in the north and the Limpopo River in the south, and is surrounded by Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. Following a period of political turmoil a government of national unity was formed and there is relative peace, though tensions remain and the economy is still in relatively poor shape. However, Zimbabwe remains a beautiful country and, for tourists who won’t mind the occasional shortages of some goods, quite safe to visit.

LANGUAGES ■ English, while Shona and Ndebele are the main indigenous languages.

CAPITAL CITY ■ Harare.

CLIMATE ■ High Veld temperatures from 12-13°C (55°F) in winter, around 24°C (75°F) in summer.

■ Low Veld temperatures about 5.5°C (10°F) higher. ■ Summer temperatures in Zambezi and Limpopo valleys between 32°C and 38°C (90 - 100°F). ■ Rainy season from November to March, with cool, dry season from mid-May to mid-August. ■ Best time to visit April to May and August to September.

TIME ZONE ■ GMT/UTC + 2 hours. No daylight saving time.


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■ Zimbabwean Dollar was abandoned early 2009 after runaway super inflation. ■ Multi-currency scheme now operates - US Dollar and South African Rand most common. ■ Major foreign currencies and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged at bureaux de change, banks and hotels. ■ American Express, Diners Club and Visa widely accepted, MasterCard more limited. ■ Good banking system with many outlets and ATMs.

■ Yellow fever certificate required for travellers coming from an infected area/country. ■ Anti-malaria precautions are advised. ■ Water is not safe to drink in Harare and some other areas, but is quite safe in most resort areas - enquire locally. ■ There have been past outbreaks of cholera ■ Other risks include Hepatitis A, rabies, typhoid, polio, bilharzias and HIV/Aids. ■ In the past the economic situation led to shortages of medication in public hospitals –bring own supply ■ Medical insurance is essential. ■ Good private clinics and medical rescue services, but expensive, and cash payment is expected.

TELECOMUNICATIONS ■ International dialling code: +263. ■ Good fixed line telephone network. ■ Good mobile phone network in most cities, towns and tourist areas with penetration of 58% in a population of 12 million.

INTERNET ■ Internet and email facilities available in Harare and other cities. ■ Internet cafes in larger cities.

POSTAL SERVICES ■ State-owned Zimpost, provides postal services through 300 postal outlets. ■ Larger international courier services also operate here.

ELECTRICITY ■ Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. ■ Three round pin and three rectangular blade plugs are common.

AIRLINES ■ Most international airlines used to fly to Zimbabwe but have pulled out. ■ South African Airways and other African airways still fly to Zimbabwe. ■ Air Zimbabwe is the national carrier.

AIRPORTS ■ Main airport is Harare International Airport 12 km east of Harare. ■ Facilities include car rental companies including Europcar, Hertz and Avis, a bank, bureau de change and auto exchange machine, restaurants, bars, various duty-free shops, first aid and post office. ■ Other airports at Victoria Falls and Bulawayo.

TAXES ■ VAT of 15% payable on goods and services. ■ Travellers don’t pay duty on items under US$250 for personal consumption.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ■ Visas required for most visitors including from USA, Australia, New Zealand. ■ Visas can be obtained upon arrival at airport, but best to check with local consulate or embassy first.

DRIVING & LOCAL TRANSPORT ■ Driving is on left and international drivers’ licence is required. ■ Most roads are in fairly good condition, but driving alone in rural or unknown areas not advised. ■ Major car hire companies available. ■ Basic train, taxi and bus services operate, while better standard express bus services operate between cities.

SAFETY ■ Political tensions have lessened but remain a factor to consider. ■ Government of national unity is in place, with South Africa leading mediation to resolve the political situation. ■ Rural areas where white-owned farms have been seized may be dangerous at times. ■ Usual crime prevails in cities and isolated tourist areas, while poverty and hunger have driven crime up in some places ■ Downtown Harare is a particularly high crime area and caution should be exercised. ■ Read up about the current situation before visiting Zimbabwe and check government advisories.

USEFUL CONTACTS Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Harare: Tel +263 (0)4 752570; Web www.zimbabwetourism.co.zw; Email info@ ztazim.co.zww. Zimbabwe Embassy, Washington: Tel +1 202 332 7100. Zimbabwe Embassy, London (also responsible for Ireland): Tel +44 (0)20 7836 7755. Zimbabwe High Commission, Canada: Tel +1 613 237 4388. Zimbabwe Embassy, Australia (also responsible for New Zealand): Tel +61 (0)2 6286 2281. Zimbabwe Embassy, South Africa: Tel +27 (0)12 342 5125. Mars - Medical Air Rescue Services: Email nigel@marshre.co.zw; Web www.mars.co.zw.


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International Travel & Tourism Trade Expos May 2014 – November 2014


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Where

When

World Travel Market Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

2-3 May 2014

Arabian Travel Market

Dubai, UAE

5-8 May 2014

Travel Trade Show

Chicago, Illinois, USA

6 May 2014

Travel Week

Sao Paulo, Brazil

6-9 May 2014

African Tour & Travel Expo

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

6-10 May 2014

Travel Trade Show

Detroit, USA

8 May 2014

Indaba Expo

Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, Durban, 10-13 May 2014 South Africa

World Travel Fair, Shanghai

Shanghai, China

9-11 May 2014

GTM Germany Travel Mart

Stuttgart, Germany

11-13 May 2014

Moscow International Travel Fair

Manezh Exhibition Complex, Moscow, 16-18 May 2014 Russia

Group Leisure & Travel Trade Show

Business Design Centre, London, UK

17 May 2014

IMEX

Frankfurt, Germany

20-22 May 2014

Taipei Tourism Expo

Taipei, Taiwan

23-26 May 2014

Tourism Fair 2014 - The 7th China Inter- Yiwu International Expo Centre, Zhejiang, 24-27 May 2014 national Tourism Commodities Fair China Korea World Travel Fair

Seoul, South Korea

29 May – 1 June 2014

Aratur

Zaragoza, Spain

30 May – 1 June 2014

Asia Luxury Travel Market

Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, 2-5 June 2014 Cina

WP Expo

All-Russian Exhibition Centre, Moscow, 4-7 June 2014 Russia

Thailand Travel Mart Plus

Nonthaburi, Thailand

4-6 June 2014

Euroal

Torremolinos, Spain

6-8 June 2014

Karibu Travel & Tourism Fair

Arusha, Tanzania

6-8 June 2014

ITE International Travel Expo

Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China

12-15 June 2014

AIBTM

Orange County Convention Centre, Orlan- 10-12 June 2014 do, Florida, USA

Routes Africa

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

22-24 June 2014

Travel & Tourism Fair Guwahati

Guwahati, India

27-29 June 2014

BITE Beijing International Tourism Expo Beijing, China

27-29 June 2014

TTF Travel & Tourism Fair

Hyderabad, India

11-13 July 2014

Luxperience 2014

Sydney, Australia

31 August – 3 September 2014

IBTM India

Chennai, India

3-5 September 2014

Travel & Tourism Fair, Mumbai

Mumbai, India

5-7 September 2014

Ningbo International Conference and Ningbo International Conference and Exhi- 7-9 September 2014 Exhibition Center bition Centre, Ningbo, China CIBTM 2014 China Incentive, Business China National Convention Center, Beijing, 17-19 September 2014 Travel & Meetings Exhibition China Mibexpo Russia

Crocus Expo, Moscow, Russia

16-19 September 2014

IFTM Top Resa

Paris Expo, Paris, France

23-26 September 2014

Tourfest Siberia

Novosibirsk Expo Centre, Novosibirsk, Russia

23-24 September 2014

ILTM Americas

Riviera Maya, Mexico

22-25 September 2014

IT & CMA

Bangkok Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

30 September – 2 October 2014

Tour Salon

Poznan, Poland

23-25 October 2014

ITB Asia

Singapore

29-31October 2014

WTM

London, Britain

3-6 November 2014


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