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SOUTH AFRICA ’’Brochure 2013’’


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INDEX INTRO

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TRAVEL PROGRAM

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HOTELSITE TRAVEL ARRAGEMENTS

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COUNTRY DISCRIPTION

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HISTORY

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CLIMATE

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SCENERY AND FAMOUS FEATURES

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TYPICAL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND DISHES

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CUSTOMS AND RELIGIONS

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HABITS AND TRADTIONS

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LANGUAGE

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INTRO

Dream Destinations knows the difficulties that cosmetic surgery can bring. We offer safe and comfortable experiences for clients to relax and heal in a safe environment. We plan every detail for you and we provide for the medical care you need. Our caring, supportive staff caters to your every need. As you recuperate, you will be surrounded by luxury in the beautiful South Africa. To ensure a smooth trip Dream destinations will make sure that all the details are looked after, including medical support and your physical condition. Our dedicated team of english speaking travel experts will accompany you during your trip to create the trip of your dreams. We offer exhilerating journeys where you can choose the activities of your liking. Have a nice spa day and get a deep massage or facial. Or you can go on a mini safari and explore the african wildlife.

Dream Destinations makes your journey happen.

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DAY THREE: Drakensbergen

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After breakfast everyone will be picking up by one of our guides. The journey will start with a drive through Witbank to the former pioneers village: Lydenburg. On the way to the city you’ll pass through the little towns Graskop and Pilgrim's Rest, descended from the time of the gold fever. Everyone will stays at ‘Drakensberg Sun’ for one night.

TRAVEL PROGRAM

DAY ONE: London – Johannesburg At day one you’ll fly from London to Johannesburg. After arrival you’ll be received by one of our employ, who takes you to 'The Fairway Hotel & Golf Resorts'. You’ll stay in this hotel for two nights.Lydenburg There’s enough free time scheduled to relax after the long flight. Graskop

DAY TWO: Johannesburg You may fill in this day the way as you want. We will travelling and being on Safari trips for a few days, so there’s the possibility for you to relax and be all rested for the coming days.

Pilgrim’s Rest

Drakensberg Sun ‘Lifestyle Resort’

DAY FOUR: Drakensbergen - Krugerpark Today we’ll visit Krugerpark, this is a very impressive nature reserve. There’s a stop at Hoedspruit, where we visit a shelter- and breedingproject from cheeta's. We arriving in the afternoon at Krugerpar and stays at the ‘Jock Safari Lodge’ for two days. The Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort entrance

The Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort

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Jock Safari Lodge deck

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Jock Safari Lodge deck and view


DAY FIVE: Krugerpark Today you may choose your own activity. You can choose between stays on the current place, or go on a boat trip. During this boat trip there’s a big chance to see alligators or other small water animals. There are a lot of things to do if you would like to stay on the accommodation, but you can also just relax and enjoy the view.

Boat trip at Krugerpark

DAY SIX: Krugerpark Because Krugerpark has such amazing sights, we’ll go on a safari trip. You couldn’t been to South Africa without having been on a safari trip. You can choose between 'Jock Safari Lodge' or at 'Lion Sands River Lodge' for staying the night. During your residence, you’ll be guided under the guidance of a experianced ranger.

Safari at Krugerpark

Lion Sands River Lodge suite

Safari at Krugerpark

Lion Sands River Lodge deck lounge

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DAY SEVEN: Swaziland You don’t have to hurry at all this morning, all the time is saved to get ready for a drive to Swaziland. We’ve planned a few stops for photography moments on our way to the final destination. We’ll be staying at 'Royal Swazi Sun' for one night.

Royal Swazi Sun pool bar

Swaziland view

DAY EIGHT: Zululand On our way back, we’ll drive through a beautiful mountain road in Swaziland. After lunch we’ll drive further south to the Hluhluwe nature reserve. We’ll be stay at ‘Zulu Nyala Game Lodge’ this day. Concern activities: You can choose between staying on the current location or go on a game drive in an open 4x4.

Hluhluwe view

Sign at Hluhluwe nature reserve

Zulu Nyala Game Lodge

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DAY NINE: Durban This day we’ll drive to Durban with a few stops for photography moments during the tour. We’ll be stay at the 'Durban Hilton' for two days.

Durban Hilton

Durban Hilton swimming pool

DAY TEN: Durban Today you’ll have time for total relaxing. We’ve planned a trip to 'Heaven on Earth Day Spa' for totally relaxing. This must clear you up for the flight to Port Elizabeth the next day.

Heaven on earth treatment

DAY ELEVEN: Durban - Port Elizabeth After the relaxing day, we’ll fly to Port Elizabeth. Everyone stays at 'Cotton House' for two nights.

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DAY TWELVE: Mustique We’ll staying at the beautiful hotel 'Cotton House'. There are a lot of different accommodations at this hotel, so you can choose between a lot of thing to do this day

Cotton house pool

Cotton house suite

DAY THIRTEEN: Mustique - Plettenberg Bay We must leave Mustique in the morning and continue our journey to Plettenberg Bay. The beach at Plettenberg is also named as Jetset beach. We’ll stay at 'The Robberg Beach Lodge' for two nights.

Plettenberg/Jetset beach

Robberg Beach Lodge

DAY FOURTEEN: Plettenberg Bay Today is a day of your own chooses. You can choose between going to the nature reserve of Robberg, the golf court of Goose Valley or just having a total relaxed day on the beach or pool.

Nature reserve of Robberg

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Golf court of Goose Valley


DAY FIFTHEEN: Plettenberg Bay - Wilderness We’ll drive early to a place called ‘’Wilderness’’ in the morning. At the time we arrived, you can choose between making a boat trip or doing your own thing, like relaxing and sleep for the next day. We’ll stay at 'The Ocean View' for one night.

The Ocean View

The Ocean View suite

DAY SIXTEEN: Wilderness - Mossel Bay Today we gonna have a long drive to ‘’Mossel Bay’’. For a few days we’ll stay here in the most beautiful hotel you can ever think of. Everyone stays at 'Gondwana Game Reserve' for two nights.

Gondwana Game Reserve Apartment

Gondwana Game Reserve swimmingpool

DAY SEVENTEEN: Mossel Bay The hotel were we stays has some amazing views. You can just enjoy the view and relax, or going out en visit the city by example.

Mossel Bay

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DAY EIGHTEEN TILL TWENTY-ONE Mossel Bay - Cape Town On this day we must have a long drive to Cape Town. By the time we arrived, we’ll staying at 'Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa' for three days. At this place you can do your own way until we go back to the United Kingdom.

Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa view

Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa suite

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HOTELSITE Everybody stays at the following hotels/resorts/appartements during the whole trip:

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The Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort

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Drakensberg Sun ‘Lifestyle Resort’

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Jock Safari Lodge

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Lion Sands River Lodge

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Royal Swazi Sun

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Zulu Nyala Game Lodge

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Durban Hilton

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Cotton house

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Robberg Beach Lodge

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The Ocean View

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Gondwana Game Reserve

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Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa


TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

The following list shows the things that are included during the trip: - The flight from London to Johannesburg and the flight from Johannesburg back to London. - We rent a car to bring you to every location which we gonna visit. Gas and kilometers are also settled in the total price. - We’ll stay at a lot of different hotels, and every hotel is already paid by the organization. All the accommodations, events and other things you can do in the hotel are inclusive. - The safari trips we will take is already taking care of, reserved and paid. - Breakfast, lunch and diner is all inclusive. You only have to pay food and drinks in your free time, outside the organizing meals. Important thing you should do before the trip starts: - Take the following vaccinations  DTP  Hepatitis A  If you never had a vaccination against measles you need to take a BMR vaccination. - Be sure you could get a doctors form with a agreement for travelling. We are required to know if you’re healthy enough to go on this trip. We won’t do any intensive things, but for climate change and other differences there’s a bigger risk to get a relapse in your recovering.

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It’s important to have a good, valid travel insurance. There are state hospitals, provincial hospitals and private clinics. In a private you’ll get the best care. Consult your insurance for information about the cost coverage. At least, you’re be required to bring a pharmacist form if you take any medication.

Things you should take with you: - A valid passport is required for taking off to a country outside the European Union. An ID is NOT valid! - Your doctors form must need to be checked in by us before you go on the plane. For any health issues it’s necessary you also bring this form with you. If there are any issues, we’re forced to aware the doctors in South Africa and explain your health conditions. - Enough luggage for the coming three weeks, keep in mind that you only can bring two bags of max 32kg each. For every extra kilo you should pay at the airport! You also keep in mind that we won’t stay longer then three days at one place. It’s recommended that you bring a suitcase with wheels, so the luggage hasn’t to be carried the whole time. It’s necessary to bring closed shoes and a long pants when we should go on a safari trip. - Make sure to always use a good sunscreen and a good pair of sunglasses. A cap or a hat is also recommended, and bring a good aftersuncreme. Aloë Vera is a good medicine and almost everywhere available in South Africa, and it also helps excellent against sun allergy. Things we recommend to do in South Africa: - We highly recommend you to pin when we are at South Africa. It’s much easier, faster and way more advantageous! - You won’t have range with your own cellphone in South Africa. Therefore you could do three different things. If you have a prepaid phone, you could buy a South African prepaid card. If you have a landline number, you should can consider to buy a South African SIM card. You will temporarily use another number. You can change the SIM card back when you’re back in your own country. Otherwise it’s possible to rent a cell phone at the airport. There isn’t hardly any range in the mountains. Keep this in mind! Things you won’t do in South Africa: - You should get Bilharzia after you’ve been in contact with infected water, this may be due to the water if you drink it or by skin contact. Always boil the water and do not swim in stagnant water.

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COUNTRY DISCRIPTION

South Africa is located on the southern tip of the African continent, bordered by northern neighbours Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It encompasses the independent mountain kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland and is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the warm Indian Ocean on the east - giving the country the spectacular range of biodiversity.

One of the most outstanding things about South African culture is that it is not one single culture, but different cultures mixed together. The mixtures of these different cultures make South Africa one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Its difficult explaining the south African culture due to the diversity you will have to experience it.

South Africa were seen as ‘’the world in one country’’: with the extensive Kruger safaripark, rolling wine estates at Cape Town, the beautiful formed Drakensberg and the rainforest of Tsitsikama with flowery bays.

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HISTORY South Africa was settled by the Dutch in 1652 as a stopping point for ships on their way to the East Indies. Fruit and vegetables were grown here to battle the problem of scurvy aboard passing ships. The Dutch first settled the area that was to become Cape Town and with time expanded across the entire tip of southern Africa.

After the Napoleonic wars in 1815, South Africa changed hands and became a British colony. Many of the Dutch people went north to get away from the English. Here they encountered tribes that, over time, had moved south from central Africa. There ensued a period of war between the Dutch Boers and the Zulus, a powerful tribe led by Shaka.

The Boers eventually won and created an Afrikaner state in the north. In 1899 there were the Boer Wars as a result of the English trying to annex this Afrikaner state. In 1910 South Africa became a union, a coalition between the English and Afrikaner states. In 1960 South Africa gained independence from British rule and became a republic. This period was to be very difficult time for many people since Apartheid was fully enforced.

During the 90’s, with the release of Nelson Mandela (who eventually became president) and the abolition of the Apartheid laws, South Africa went through an amazing transformation. South Africa has journeyed through great obstacles to become a nation whose dream of unity and common purpose is now capable of realization for all its people.

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CLIMATE

There are different climate zones in South Africa: - The central part, together with north and west South Africa, belongs to a warm climate. - The northwest side has a desert climate - The north side has a steppe climate - West and central side has a cold desert climate - The south part of the midland side has a cold steppe climate - At the coast and east side has a sea- and land climate. The seasons of South Africa are the opposite of an European season. This is because South Africa is located on the southern hemisphere. For example: winter in Europe, summer in South Africa. A sea climate has just tiny contrasts in temperature by different seasons. It could rain for more than 30mm in the driest month. There must fall down enough rain in a year, otherwise the country could be belong to a dry climate. A desert climate doesn’t always mean for extreme heat in the area. It could frequently snow and freeze in the coldest months. The mean year temperature are higher than like 18 degrees by a warm climate. If it’s a cold climate, the mean year temperature are lower than 8 degrees. A steppe climate doesn’t mean it’s always a warm climate. The mean temperature of a warm climate is not above 18 degrees. The mean temperature of a cold climate are lower than 18 degrees. Each year there is about 250 to 500 millimeters of precipitation.


SCENERY AND FAMOUS FEATURES

South Africa has a magical beauty. It’s full of memorable sceneries think of the shores of Indian and Atlantic oceans, beautiful deserts, and majestic mountains. If you love nature, South Africa is your perfect vacation. The following points are some places to visit and activities to enjoy when you spend your holiday getaway in South Africa:

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Safari adventure. South Africa is home to the world’s most exotic and rare wildlife. The Kruger National Park is a must see for animal lovers.

Gorgeous scenery. One of the cities you should visit in South Africa is the Cape Town. The Table Mountain is popular for its range and offers a splendid view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Visiting the vineyards. There are more than 10 wine-producing areas in South Africa, all waiting for tourists to explore. Tourists can also enjoy tasting wines courtesy of wine estates in the vineyards.

The famous Garden Route is a charming experience, attracting adventure-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. The Garden Route is a coastal corridor on the western coast of South Africa, where ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, dunes, stretches of beach, lakes, mountain scenery.

Robben Island, the island’s most famous prisoner, Nelson Mandela, has turned this institute of brutality into a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship. Robben Island Museum goes way beyond a prison and the telling of its history; it has symbolic significance not only for South African society with its great diversity of cultures, but for the world.


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TYPICAL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND Safari adventure. South Africa is home to the world’s most exotic and rare wildlife. The Kruger National Park is a must see for animal lovers.

Visiting the vineyards. There are more than 10 wine-producing areas in South Africa, all waiting for tourists to explore. Tourists can also enjoy tasting wines courtesy of wine estates in the vineyards.

The famous Garden Route is a charming experience, attracting adventure-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. The Garden Route is a coastal corridor on the western coast of South Africa, where ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, dunes, stretches of beach, lakes, mountain scenery.

Robben Island, the island’s most famous prisoner, Nelson Mandela, has turned this institute of brutality into a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship. Robben Island Museum goes way beyond a prison and the telling of its history; it has symbolic significance not only for South African society with its great diversity of cultures, but for the world. 19


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CUSTOMS AND RELIGIONS

South Africa has many different religions. African traditional religion and the religion of the San people come Africa, but other religions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, were brought to South Africa by people from Europe and Asia. Customs & Etiquette There are several greeting styles in South Africa depending upon the ethnic heritage of the person you are meeting. When dealing with foreigners, most South Africans shake hands while maintaining eye contact and smiling. *

Some women do not shake hands and merely nod their head, so it is best to wait for a woman to extend her hand.

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Men may kiss a woman they know well on the cheek in place of a handshake. Greetings are leisurely and include time for social discussion and exchanging pleasantries.

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Placing both hands together with fingers pointing up to say thank you.

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South Africans do not tend to establish direct give eye contact when talking with elders because it can be considered rude and/or a challenge.

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HABITS AND TRADITION S

+ Many people of the South African population revere the nature. This stomps off of their elderly and is still deeply rooted in their beliefs. Naturopaths, also called ‘’Sangoma's’’, plays an important part of this. They hold services or use rituals to the customers of various diseases and concerns to help. By some populations is polygame still very normal. Every man may have multiple woman. South African food is just as various as the residents themselves. They have an international and very variated kitchen. You never have to look far to find a large meal with high quality. Even the wine culture plays an important aspect in the South African way of life. South Africans have been referred to as the 'rainbow nation because of the cultural diversity. Of the 45 million South Africans, nearly 31 million are Black, 5 million White, 3 million Coloured (mixed African, Asian and White descent) and 1 million Indian. One of the most outstanding things about South African culture is that it is not one single culture, but different cultures mixed together. The mixtures of these different cultures make South Africa one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. It’s difficult explaining the South African culture due to the diversity you will have to experience it. 21


LANGUAGE

There are 11 officially recognised languages. English is spoken everywhere you go. All the road signs and official forms are in English. Almost everyone speaks English especially in public area’s. Other languages you can expect to hear are Xhosa, Zulu and African.

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