Explore South Africa (July 2013) PRoposal
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Program Requirement Number of participants: 3 adults Date Requested: month of July 2013 Type of program: visit South Africa for a full month starting in Johannesburg, going to Limpopo game parks (including Kruger National Park), moving on to Natal, then Lesotho and down to Knysna. Spending at least 2 â€“ 3 days in each place.
Additional Information Accommodation: 3 and/or 4 star hotels/lodges (interesting places) based on 1 twin sharing and 1 single. Meals: breakfast to be included at all times. Dinners included at national parks. sight seeing: historical sites & wildlife Guide: only for museums or similar Page 2
July 2 ~ Johannesburg ďƒ˜Soweto Soweto is a vibrant, colorful area, rich in political history that had great significance in the struggle against apartheid. This tour will include both informal settlements and affluent suburbs of Soweto. Soweto is one of the famous cities in the world due to the important role it played during the democratization of the country. The peaceful transition to democracy is regarded as one of the greatest achievements of humankind in the 20th century. We pass some of the icons that remind us of this: Hector Pieterson-memorial, Vilakazi Street (where 2 Nobel peace-prize-winners used to live - Nelson Mandela & Desmond Tutu), we also drive through various neighborhoods, have a drink with the locals in a shebeen (own cost) and enjoy dinner (African buffet) in one of the excellent townshiprestaurants. NOTE: en-route to Soweto you will have a tour of Johannesburg city too.
July 3 ~ Pretoria ďƒ˜Pretoria City Tour: Visit the Voortrekker Monument, Church Square, Melrose or Kruger House and the Union Buildings, home to the Presidents office, and delight in a panoramic view of the Jacaranda City.
ďƒ˜The Cullinan Diamond Mine: A surface tour of the diamond mine where the famous Cullinan Diamond of over 3 000 carats was found. You can see the big hole, shaft end diamond room where a selection of uncut diamonds and replicas of famous diamonds are. A visit to the on-site Jewelry shop is included.
July 4 - 7 ~ Polokwane (1) Modjadji Cycad Reserve: The Modjadji Nature Reserve contains one of the most fascinating population of plants seen in South Africa. Once the main diet of the prehistoric mammal-like reptiles that lived here, the Modjadji cycad (Encephalartos transvenosus) forms a unique natural forest which can be viewed in its prehistoric state thanks to its strict protection by succeeding generations of Modjadji ('rain queens'), the hereditary rulers in the area. It is here that visitors can view the largest concentration of a single cycad species in the world. These protected plant species not only grow in profusion in the area, but are giants in the genus of 29 species, with specimens up 1,013 metres high, and bearing cones that may weigh up to 34 kg.
Polokwane Game Reserve: Polokwane Game Reserve is possibly one of the finest on which to cut your teeth if you’re new to the pursuit of game viewing mainly because its size is such that one can view quite a bit within an afternoon. Even more exciting are the frequent sightings of white rhino and other game - 21 species in all. One of the most important aspects of the Polokwane Game Reserve is that it conserves the Pietersburg Plateau false grassland, one of the only remaining examples of an extremely localised vegetation type that is home to important indigenous birds like the short-clawed lark, the ashy tit and the Kalahari scrub-robin.
Bakone Malapa Village: Bakone Malapa is a reconstructed village in the style used by the northern Sotho about 250 years ago designed to demonstrate the daily life of the Bakone, a highly sophisticated subgroup of the northern Sotho tribe. The cultural village includes two homesteads or lapas that display and explain fire making, maize grinding and beer brewing as they would have been carried out years ago. There are also handcraft demonstrations that include pottery, basketry and bead work and most of these locally-made crafts are then sold from the local craft shop. The guides are all excellent story tellers and the village’s architectural and cultural styles come alive through their eyes as they take one through the village’s traditional way of life. But the museum is more than a cultural village alone. There is a bird sanctuary, a game reserve, hiking trails and outdoor recreation areas.
July 4 – 7 ~ Polokwane (2) Giant Baobab (± 90 km from Polokwane): Drink a pint inside the widest tree in the world! The legendary Sunland Baobab in Modjadjiskloof is internationally celebrated for being the widest of its species in the world. These magnificent trees evoke impressions of quintessential Africa, and if they could speak - many a fascinating tale could be told.
Arend Dieperink Museum (± 60 km from Polokwane): The Arend Dieperink Museum houses a valuable cultural and historical collection of Sotho and Voortrekker artefacts. Inhabiting an elegant old stone school building, the museum tells the story of the region from early humankind at Makapan’s Cave, the Anglo Boer War and recent times. Vintage farm implements, tractors and wagons are showcased outdoors. Inside are a few of the incredible archaeological finds discovered at Makapan’s Cave including the three-million-year-old human predecessor, Australothipicus africanus. Tours to Makapan’s Cave depart from the museum by prior arrangement.
July 7 - 11~ Kruger National Park ďƒ˜ Animals to be seen are all dependent on the area visited (determined by the accommodation chosen)
July 11 - 14 ~ Swaziland (Please note a valid original passport is required & visa conditions may apply.)
Ngwenya Glass Factory: There is a terrain of mountains encircling Swaziland, resembling a crocodile, and as the base of this mountain lies the world’s most ancient iron ore mine dating back 43000 years – here you will find the quaint town of Ngwenya and its band of skilled and inspiring Swazi craftsmen and women. This gifted group of artisans shape and mould glass into various animal species, breathing life into their creations with amazing personalities. While Ngwenya Glass Factory has been a success story since 1987, it is also a friend of the environment, with all glass pieces made from recycled glass collected throughout Swaziland.
Swazi Candle Factory: The highly decorative Swazi Candles are hand-made in the small African Kingdom of Swaziland using the age-old technique "millefiore". The art of millefiore continues today in Swazi Candles. But instead of glass, the gifted candle makers of Swaziland use a special hard wax to create their colourful designs. The hard wax veneer forms the outer shell of the candle, which hardly melts when the candle is lit. Hence the rich, romantic glow of the illuminated exterior as the candle burns, and the burn-again quality when refitted with the votive or tea candle.
King Shbhuza II Memorial Park and National Museum: This National museum is an amazing cultural experience. The museum is named after the beloved King Sobhuza who led Swaziland to their long awaited independence in 1968. Showing the origins of the Swazi culture, an introduction to their history, routines and traditional wear, it truly is an experience you will never forget.
Mantenga Cultural Village: Known by the siSwati name of Ligugu Lemswati meaning “the pride of the Swazi people”, the Mantenga Cultural Village is a worthwhile excursion for anyone wanting to learn more about the Swazi Culture. The main aim of the village is to enable all Swazis to visit it in order to maintain a positive interest in their cultural heritage and language and provide a forum for display of Swazi customs, rituals, dance, music, folklore, arts and crafts. A Swazi guide dressed in traditional costume welcomes visitors to the village. As visitors are led through the village, the guide will provide a glimpse into the day to day village life of the time. Visit a Swazi family at home and learn the ancient skill of weaving a traditional beehive hut. Try your hand at cooking over an open fire or grinding maize in the time-honoured way. Traditional dance performances are held at regular intervals throughout the day and visitors are able consult a traditional healer. Page 8
Day 14 – 17 ~ St Lucia & Hluhluwe Available excursions * Emdoneni Animal Care and Cat Rehabilitation Centre * Agriculture experience – visit to pineapple and sugar cane farms * Boat trips at Lake St Lucia * Full day St Lucia day tours * Zulu cultural experience * Cape Vidal Sunset Tour * Game drives at Mkuze Game Reserve * Open vehicle game drives in Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve
July 17 – 20 ~ Durban (1) uShaka Marine World: The park is themed with tasteful African imagery and sets the scene for loads of fun and adventure. uShaka has a wealth of activities to keep you enthralled, from entertainment at Sea World, to shopping in uShaka Villiage Walk retail village, an assortment of restaurants offering delectable cuisine
Rickshaw Rides: There are only about twenty registered rickshaw-pullers in Durban, and trust me, not only do they look apart, they will treat you like a true king visiting from abroad, just as visiting tourists should be treated. Watch out for the magnificent but extremely heavy head-dresses of these rickshaw men, with its beads and other decorations. So be gentle on the rickshaw, and be gentle on those who pull them. Riding on a rickshaw along the beachfront is a wonderful way to get around and feel like a real tourist in Durban. The Rickshaws have through time become very popular, and is currently being run by the Zulu population.
Durban Flea Markets: The Victoria Street Market is situated at the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets in Durban. The flea market is brilliant and unique, providing you a taste of different worlds, one Indian, and one distinctly African. Enjoy the variety of spices and incense rent in the air, with more than 170 shops on display on a daily basis.
July 17 – 20 ~ Durban (2) Full day Sani Pass and Lesotho Tour Sit back and relax on this comfortable drive through the rolling midlands of KwaZulu-Natal to the town of Underberg, nestled at the foot of the majestic Drakensberg escarpment. Take a 4X4 vehicle drive up Sani Pass, the highest road in Africa. Enjoy a light lunch at the highest pub in Africa with its extraordinary vistas. Visit the high mountain kingdom of Lesotho and a traditional Sotho village. Lunch is served at the highest pub in Africa – the views are utterly breathtaking. Included: Lunch Excluded: Items of a personal nature. Please note a valid original passport is required & visa conditions may apply. (Weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: depart 06:30 and returns ± 17:00) Page 11
July 20 – 23 ~ PE Elephant Back Safari Activities * Sunset Elephant Encounters * Elephant Back Rides * Elephant Walks * Game drives/walks on their property * Medicinal Plant Walks * Bushman’s Cave Guided Walk * Hillside Sundowners * Candle Lit Bush Dinners
Off property activities * Addo Elephant National Park * Schotia Tooth & Claw Safari (at Schotia Private Game Reserve) * Daniell’s Cheetah Breeding Sanctuary * Port Elizabeth city visit
July 23 – 26 ~ Knysna (1) Oyster Experience: If you like oysters and want to learn more about them, then this is the activity for you. The Oyster Experience is a 45min (ALL WEATHER) indoor tour, it includes a oyster presentation, shucking and tasting.
Whale & Dolphin Watching cruise: During the tour, stops are made to watch whales, dolphins, sharks and seals, as well as any seabirds that may be encountered. Other interesting features pointed out to clients include cultural facts, shipwrecks, geology, bird colonies and anecdotal information. Commentary has been researched on all the above aspects and additional information includes details of Centre for Dolphin Studies research. Inshore we’re always on the lookout for humpback dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Dolphins are sighted on 80% of cruises year around; Bryde’s whale is resident in Knysna, and sighted on approximately 70% of cruises year around.
The Heads and Featherbed Nature Reserve: The Featherbed Company operates a number of cruisers and ferries – and a luxury sailing yacht - on a regular schedule. Their MV ‘Spirit of Knysna’ serves Featherbed’s daily. guests are treated to a 30minute, guided cruise across the Lagoon to the Reserve’s Forest Restaurant. Featherbed Nature Reserve is one of Knysna’s most popular tourist attractions. It’s a privately-owned Reserve that’s situated on the Western Head of the Knysna Lagoon - ‘The Heads’ being the two massive headlands that embrace the Lagoon and form its only entrance to the sea – and the only way the public can access it is by boat. 4x4 land trains ferry you through the Reserve to the top of the Western Head - at which point you can choose whether to walk down and back to the restaurant along the coast (an easy 2.2 km trail), or to return by vehicle. Featherbed Nature Reserve has a breeding herd of bloubokkies (blue duikers) – which are probably the smallest of the sub-Saharan antelopes. You can see some of them in a camp next to the Restaurant. Bird watching on the Reserve is good, too – look out for the endangered African black oystercatchers which nest on the rocks at the water’s edge. A few rehabilitated Knysna Loeries live in an aviary at the Forest Restaurant.
Mitchell’s Brewery: A trip to Knysna’s Mitchell’s Brewery always makes for a fun activity and includes the chance to taste some of the locally produced ale.
July 23 – 26 ~ Knysna (2) Knysna Waterfront: The Waterfront is a shopper’s, foodie’s, and boat-lover’s paradise. It is also the departure point for the luxury sailing yacht, Springtide Charters, and for the Featherbed Company’s lagoon cruises aboard the motor vessel (mv) John Benn, and the mv Three Legs. The shops in the Waterfront sell clothing, books, gifts, curios, art, jewellery, and some interior décor materials (mostly ornaments, and soft furnishings). Two aspects of the Waterfront are of particular interest: the draw-bridge across the canal that links the residential marina with the Knysna Lagoon (and, for pedestrians, the western portion of the shopping precinct with the eastern); and the life-size statue of Bondi - Knysna’s most famous canine friend. The counter-balanced, two-level, electrically-driven bridge is lifted whenever a sailing yacht or large motor vessel needs to pass through – and when it goes up, there’s no crossing to the other side for pedestrians (although it’s always a festive affair!). The statue of Bondi commemorates an English Bulldog who visited Knysna on three different occasions aboard the HMS Verbena, a Royal Navy sloop that was stationed at Simonstown, near Cape Town, in the 1920s and ‘30s.
John Benn Cruise: The John Benn is a double-decker floating restaurant offering daily Lagoon cruises to the Knysna Heads. Sundowner cruises with fresh Knysna oysters and local beer or sparkling wine. The John Benn is a fully enclosed luxury ferry, beautifully appointed with her upper and lower decks constructed from Yellowwood sourced from the Knysna Forest. This unique vessel has carried many local and international travellers on the Lagoon over the last 25 years and offers daily cruises to the Knysna Heads. If you have not cruised on the John Benn you have not enjoyed all of Knysna. The lunch time or sunset cruise aboard the John Benn is an experience not to be missed. Share the stories of the legendary pilot of a by-gone shipping era on a relaxing and comfortable trip to the Knysna Heads. Page 14
July 23 – 26 ~ Knysna (3) Oudtshoorn Tour (full Day 08:00 – 18:00): The tour starts with a scenic drive through George and over the Outeniqua Mountains past Oudtshoorn to the Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders sculptured by nature through the ages - a series of dripstone caverns that open into vast halls of towering stalagmite formations. This is followed by a fascinating visit to an ostrich farm, where you can stand on an egg and even ride an ostrich! Afterwards it's on to Cango Wildlife Ranch, a breeding facility for endangered species - here you can touch a cheetah, enjoy the closeness of a tiger cub or wrap yourself in a python. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Cango Wildlife Ranch at own cost!
Tsitsikamma Tour (full Day 08:00 – 18:00): Your Tsitsikamma adventure starts with a visit to the Big Tree, a yellowwood giant just 10 minutes' walk from the main road in the spectacularly beautiful indigenous forest. The tree is ±800 years old, 36.6 metres high with a circumference of almost 9 metres. The Tsitsikamma area is known for its adrenalin activities, and your next adventure is a canopy tour or zipline tour, in which you will traverse from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended 30 metres above the forest floor between giant yellowwood trees or over waterfalls (Optional extra)! After lunch depart for a scenic drive, descending the Groot River Pass to Nature’s Valley. Tour ends on a high note with a visit to the area's only wine estate, Bramon - producers of the country's first and only Sauvignon Blanc cap classique.
Knysna Elephant Park: Born out of the struggle of the elephants of the Knysna forest, Knysna Elephant Park’s aim has been to provide the best home possible to other elephants in need of one. Consequently we have created a free-range controlled environment, which means that the elephants get to walk and browse in the fields as they would do in the wild, however they do need handlers and guides with them constantly as they are living amongst and interacting with humans every day. Your experience of the elephants is therefore as natural as possible - we would never ask elephants to perform tricks or behave in a manner that is not natural to them. Page 15
July 27 – 28 ~ Cape Town/Stellenbosch (1) Heart Museum: Experience the first heart transplant, the museum is housed where the actual events took place: * Where it all began * How it all began Today, The Heart of Cape Town Museum honours all those who played a major role in a surgical feat that pushed the boundaries of science into the dawn of a new medical era, an era in which it became possible to transplant the symbol of the essence of life our human heart.
Groot Constantia Estate: Groot Constantia welcomes its visitors with the tranquillity and beauty that charmed Simon van der Stel all those years ago. * The Manor House: with its elegant gables, is a magnificent example of Cape Dutch architecture. Today it houses a cultural history museum, portraying the early years of Groot Constantia. * The Cloete Cellar: the original wine cellar, dates back to 1791 and houses a Wine Museum, exhibiting various wine making equipment and especially wine storage and wine drinking vessels. The beautiful pediment gable above the cellar is one of sculptor Anton Anreith's masterpieces. Page 16
July 27 – 28 ~ Cape Town/Stellenbosch (2) Xhosa Cooking in Kayamandi township: Discover day-to-day life in Kayamandi “sweet home” township. After an insightful walking tour with your local guide, a Xhosa Mama will welcome you in her home and teach you how to prepare some of the delicious dishes that Mandela grew up on. Includes: transport from Stellenbosch to Kayamandi township and return; One hour walking tour by a guide who was born and bred in Kayamandi; Inter-active cooking demonstration at a Xhosa home; A delicious 3-Course Menu (traditional food). (available daily at 11:00 – 15:00)
Classic Cape Cuisine Walk: Sample traditional Cape food and wine as your culinary guide leads you through the historic heart of Stellenbosch with its splendid buildings and colourful characters. Includes: Guided tour of the old town centre; tea & rusk tasting; traditional snacks; wine tastings; lunch; dessert platter; nostaligic sweets. (available daily at 10:00 – 14:00) Page 17
Johannesburg Accommodation Sandton Sun Hotel The luxurious Sandton Sun Hotel is one of Johannesburg's finest landmarks in South Africa. Situated on the Sandton Sun Hotel’s doorstep, guests will find a number many attractions including Sandton City, which is one of the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere and the exquisite Nelson Mandela Square – host to a wealth of restaurants, boutiques and cafes. At the Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg, guests can expect superior accommodation as well as a range of executive and business services. On the leisure side, the Hotels features swimming pools, a health club, a health and beauty spa and excellent restaurants. Accommodation (twin beds) includes breakfast. GPS co-ordinates 26° 6‘’27.04" S, 28° 3' 06.49" E
Polokwane Accommodation 61 on Ireland 61 On Ireland is a paradise rock village with intimate architecture, inspired by rock, Koi ponds, indigenous plants and contemporary living. Each Standard luxury suite is equipped with an open planned reception, bedroom (queen or two ¾ beds) and en-suite bathroom. Accommodation based on bed and breakfast. Breakfast is served between 07:00 – 09:00. GPS co-ordinates 23° 54' 01.33" S, 29° 28' 09.44" E
Kruger Accommodation (1)
Various options are available (all dependent on budget) and will be based on a minimum of bed, breakfast and dinner: Kruger Park Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve Timbavati Nature Reserve Thornybush Nature Reserve Phinda Private Game Reserve Manyeleti Game Reserve Londolozi Private Game Reserve Exeter Private Game Reserve Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Kapama Game Reserve Edeni/Karongwe Game Reserve Ulusaba Private Game Reserve Mala Mala Private Game Reserve Lion Sands Game Reserve Madikwe Reserve
Swaziland Accommodation Lugogo Sun All the rooms, excepting the suites, have two double beds with en-suite bathroom and shower, and are equipped with television, radio, hairdryers, tea and coffee facilities and telephones. Accommodation based on bed & breakfast. Ilanga Restaurant: A delightful breakfast and dinner is served daily, with regular theme evenings being a main attraction. Pool Bar - Lugogo Sun: This open deck and picturesque gazebo bar overlooks the large shallow pool that the hotel is famous for & refreshing thirst quenchers are served daily. The Sportsman’s Bar: Situated just off the main foyer, this sports themed bar is ideal for refreshments any time of the day. GPS co-ordinates 26° 24' 35.3874" S, 31° 10‘ 30.9432" E
Hluhluwe Accommodation Emdoneni Lodge Emdoneni Lodge is situated on a small game farm, with sand forest vegetation. Walk with the wildlife including Zebra, Impala, Nyala and Red and Grey Duiker. Birdlife is abundant. Emdoneni Lodge offers guests intimate and comfortable accommodation in Hluhluwe in chalets and rondavels, on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. All of the units (chalets and rondavels) are serviced twice daily. Mainly showers in the rooms, with the exception of two rooms. The accommodation is enhanced by facilities which encourage our guests to unwind, relax and enjoy the spectacular surroundings, including a swimming pool and lapa, etc.
The restaurant provides excellent traditional South African cuisine – their residents chefs cannot wait to spoil you! Breakfast is served between 07:00 – 09:00 & Dinner is served from 19:00. GPS co-ordinates 28° 6' 9.8" S, 32° 16' 30.84" E
Durban Accommodation Royal Hotel Situated in the heart of Durban, The Royal Hotel provides unfailing hospitality by offering butler services to all customers, outside catering and an energetic customer focused team. With the new "Royal Blue" look having been implemented throughout the Hotel, one will find the Royal's rooms luxuriously appointed in yellowwood and graciously complemented by rich, sophisticated colour schemes, hence creating a harmonious contrast with the dark woods and the cream tones. The Royal Hotel is conveniently situated in Durban's Central Business district, within walking distance of extensive entertainment, commercial, sports and tourist facilities. Accommodation based on bed & breakfast. With six unique restaurants and a choice of three up market cocktail venues, The Royal offers something for every taste - from the casual to the superlative. Together, The Royal's dining venues offer dining of an international standard, from classic cuisine to creative light meals. GPS co-ordinates 29째 51' 33.3828" S, 31째 1' 33.6" E
PE Accommodation Elephant Back Safaris & Lodges The private and exclusive suites, some nestled in the Yellowwood forest and others set on the hillside offering extraordinary views, are housed on elevated wooden decks. Constructed of part canvas, part recycled Brazilian pine and luxuriously decorated to evoke Hemingway's Africa of yesteryear. Includes all meals, tea, coffee, bottled water, an elephant back safari, all lodge activities & an elephant bedtime encounter. GPS co-ordinates 33째 18' 10" S, 25째 44' 13" E
Knysna Accommodation Knysna Manor House Built in 1896, the guest house was the original home of the mayor of Knysna and was converted into a B&B in the 1980’s. Knysna Manor House guesthouse is housed in a charming Victorian mansion located in the centre of town, overlooking the stunning Knysna Lagoon and is within a 2-5 minute walk of local shops, banks, craft markets, restaurants and the Knysna Waterfront. This Knysna accommodation consists of 11 ensuite rooms that have all been lovingly furnished and equipped with modern amenities including tea trays, heaters, fans, additional blankets, tea/coffee making facilities and filtered water. Breakfast is served from 7 - 9.
Breakfast is served daily in either the dining room or on our recently extended deck, which has become very popular amongst our guests, who enjoy a lazy breakfast as the Knysna Lagoon shimmers in the background. GPS co-ordinates 34° 2' 2.9" S, 23° 2' 43.3" E
Cape Town Accommodation De Hoek Manor Guest House Situated in the historic center of the university town of Stellenbosch, De Hoek Manor is surrounded by Heritage buildings and arguably has the best address in town. De Hoek Manor offers luxury accommodation at great value and prides itself in unrivalled hospitality coupled with friendly yet discreet service. De Hoek Manor consists of four luxurious en-suite bedrooms, three conference venues, large verandas and two private courtyards. Our stylishly decorated bedrooms feature views over the oaks, mountains and Stellenbosch’s most iconic landmark, the Dutch Reformed ‘Moederkerk’ (literally translated, ‘Mother Church’). Cafés, restaurants, cinemas, designer boutiques, museums, curio shops, the Eerste River, Stellenbosch University and Boland College are all within walking distance. Luxury ensuite twin bedroom. Air conditioned, underfloor heating, tea/coffee/safe facilities, fridge and TV. Accommodation includes breakfast. GPS co-ordinates 33° 56' 16.436" S, 18° 51' 49.007" E
Important Information (South Africa) 1) Medical • Recommended that all travellers have their medical aid card / details on them at all times. • Recommended that all travellers be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, as well as hepatitis B, regardless of their destination. • Southern Africa has some of the highest skin cancer statistics – please therefore apply sun block liberally prior to going on walks, swimming etc. 2) Currency & Banks/ATM’s • The official currency is the South African Rand (ZAR) • Credit cards are widely accepted in South Africa, especially MasterCard and Visa. Nedbank is an official Visa agent, and Standard Bank is a MasterCard agent – both have branches across the country. • There are ATMs in all cities in South Africa, most of which give cash advances against cards belonging to the Cirrus network. • Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa recommends UR Card for your local banking convenience (They take care of UR deals, medical health insurance and payment transactions whilst in South Africa). 3) Travel & Medical Insurance • It is the personal responsibility of each traveller to ensure that they have adequate travel and medical insurance cover. Medical treatments can cost thousands if you’re not insured. • You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. Your policy should include cover for medical evacuation by air ambulance and cover for any adventure sports you may participate in. • Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa recommends travel insurance through Travel Guard (aka Chartis). Page 27
Important Information (South Africa) - 2 4) Passport & Visa requirements • PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGES ARE MADE ALMOST ON A DAILY BASIS, PLEASE CONTACT YOU NEAREST SOUTH AFRICAN EMBASSY FOR MORE ACCURATE VISA POSTING AND UPDATES • Passport: Valid passport for 6 months after return date, with or without visa, according to the country of origin. • Vaccination certificate: No vaccination certificate has to be submitted, except for cholera and yellow fever for passengers coming from countries where those diseases are endemic. • Tourist Visa type: The below are a listing of the types of visa you need to have for this programme proposal. - You will need a multi-entry visa for South Africa - You will need a visa for Lesotho - You will need a visa for Swaziland
Requirements to apply for a visa: Valid; Application Form; 1 passport type photograph; Round trip ticket; Payment of consular fee; Proof that the applicant is able to support himself in the host country; A letter from your employer / school (on business / school letterhead with contact details) stating that leave of absence has been granted (even if during school holidays) and that you will be returning to your current job / school upon return; full programme outlining your plans while in South Africa (including contact name, address and telephone number of accommodation whilst in South Africa)
Important Information (South Africa) - 3 5) Climate â€˘ South Africa's climatic conditions generally range from Mediterranean in the south-western corner of South Africa to temperate in the interior plateau, and subtropical in the northeast. A small area in the northwest has a desert climate. Most of the country has warm, sunny days and cool nights. Rainfall generally occurs during summer (November through March), although in the southwest, around Cape Town, rainfall occurs in winter (June to August). Temperatures are influenced by variations in elevation, terrain, and ocean currents more than latitude. 6) Emergency numbers for South Africa â€˘ Ambulances: (from mobile) 122 or (from land line) 10177
Important Information (South Africa) - 4 6) Odds and Ends • Electricity: The electricity current is 220/230 volts, 50 Hz and South Africa uses round three-pin type plugs. • Language: There are 11 official languages spoken in South Africa and many unofficial ones. English is the official language of business, politics and media but on South Africa's streets you'll find a heady mix of languages spoken from all over the world, most notably Africa, Europe and Asia. • Tipping: Who to tip: Luggage porters, taxi drivers, tour guides, language guides, coach drivers, restaurant waiters and waitresses, and car guards. – In restaurants and bars, 10% to 15% is the accepted tipping standard. – Parking attendants and security guards are common in parking lots and at roadside bays. They generally ask if they can watch your car while you are going about your business - if you agree, a tip of R2 and up should be offered, depending on the length of your stay. – In South Africa we still have the luxury of petrol attendants at gas stations to fill up our vehicle tanks, check oil, water and tyre pressure, and clean the windscreens. How much to tip for this special South African service? From R2 up. – The going rate for porters at airports is between R5 and R10 per piece of luggage. South Africa, you'll soon see, has a tradition of roadside newspaper vendors. Its custom to give the seller a few cents - rounding off the cost of your newspaper should be sufficient. – Hotel porters usually expect a tip of R10 to R20 per porter service. – Tour guides and drivers, some of the other service providers you may want to tip are taxi drivers, tour guides and assistants in hairdressers and beauty salons. Should you need assistance in taking your purchases from supermarket to your vehicle, you may want to show your gratitude to your helper with a small monetary reward. Page 30
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Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made in writing by the person who completed/signed the Registration Form and sent by email or registered delivery post. A cancellation is not effective until Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa receives the letter. You will receive a cancellation invoice from us within two weeks of receipt of your cancellation. •Before 90 days to event start date = 25% of total cost •Between 89 – 61 days to event start date = 50% of total cost •Between 60 - 31 days to event start date = 90% of total cost •30 day or less to event start date = 100% of total cost
Media (i.e. photographs, video, etc): Any and all photographs, videos, or other recorded media may be used by Globe Discoverers Unites for the purposes of marketing or advertising without any payment or compensation being offered and without any request being made to the featured parties. Any newspaper or other media reports organized by the client or the clients representative must be approved with Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa before publication. Any published reports relating to events/tours organized by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa must include our full company name, logo and contact details. Page 32
Terms & Conditions (3) Damages: In the event of any damages caused by participants to property or equipment in use by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa, except by fair wear and tear, the client will be charged the full replacement cost.
Conduct: You agree that you will at all times comply with Globe Discoverers Unite for Africaâ€™s or the Third Party Service Providerâ€™s requirement in regard to your conduct and you will not in any way constitute a nuisance or a danger to any other participants of your event. We reserve the right to send away any person who in our judgement is found to be unmanageable or a danger to the safety or enjoyment of others. In this event no refund will be given. Any additional costs and responsibility involved in removing the participant will be borne by the client.
Liability: Neither Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa nor any holding, subsidiary, affiliated or associated company or representative shall be liable for any injury, illness, harm, trauma, death and/or loss of or damage to your belongs whatsoever howsoever caused and you indemnify Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa accordingly. Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa, its employees and agents shall furthermore not be liable for any indirect and/or consequential loss or damages whatsoever even though this may be a s a result of negligence on the part of a Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa employee.
Insurance (i.e. Travel, Medical, etc): It is the personal responsibility of each participant to ensure that they have adequate insurance cover. Please read the policy details carefully. It is each participants personal responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover purchased is suitable and adequate for their particular needs. Globe Discoverers Unite For Africa will not be responsible or liable for any consequence of any nature arising from the failure to comply with the responsibility of providing for adequate insurance cover.
Transport: We only use reputable transport companies for our events/tours. All our transport quotes include Passenger Liability cover, Diesel, Vehicle and one driver. For tours where the distances are longer than 8 hours driving per day, a second driver will be added to the quote as by law a driver may drive maximum 8 hours per day. Page 33
Terms & Conditions (4) Confidentiality: Subject to statutory constraints or compliance with an order of court, Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa undertakes to deal with all your information of a personal nature on a strictly confidential basis.
Interpretation, Law Applicable and Jurisdiction: Words implying the singular, shall include the plural and vice versa, words importing one gender shall include any other and reference to natural persons shall include legal entities and vice versa. This agreement is governed by South African Law. The Parties hereby consent to the jurisdiction of the Magistrateâ€™s Court of Stellenbosch for any legal matter which may arise from this agreement. This document reflects the only and full agreement between you and Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa and there exist no other terms, conditions, warranties, representations, guarantees, promises, undertaking or inducements of any nature whatsoever (whether verbal, written or electronic) regulating the relationship and you acknowledge that you have not relied on any matter or thing stated on behalf of Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa or otherwise that is not included herein. No variation and/or extension thereof shall be valid unless agreed to both Parties in writing. In the event of a clash and/or uncertainty in meaning and/or interpretation between this and any other document issued by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa, this document will always have preference. You will be liable for all legal fees on an attorney and own client scale in the event that Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa has to engage a lawyer to enforce or defend any of its rights or otherwise.
Addendum â€“ Gauteng Map
Addendum â€“ Limpopo Map
Addendum â€“ Kruger National Park Map
Addendum â€“ Parque Nacional Do Limpopo (Mozambique) Map
Addendum â€“ KwaZulu-Natal Map
Addendum â€“ Garden Route Map
Addendum â€“ Eastern Cape Map
Addendum – Distances Departure
Distance (in km)
Kruger National Park – Orpen Gate
Kruger National Park – Malelane Gate
Port Elizabeth (PE)
Port Elizabeth (PE)
Published on Oct 28, 2012
Proposal for a 1 month tour of South Africa: - Limpopo - Swaziland - Natal (including Lesotho) - Eastern Cape - Western Cape