Issuu on Google+

africa & MIDDLE EAST 2014 joke around

get serious get connected

get disconnected

goget closer far


ADVENTURE.. It’s in our DNA. Whether we’re haggling with the locals, trying weird and wonderful food or trekking new territory, we like to keep things interesting. It’s the whole reason we set up STA Travel in 1979. We love nothing more than getting to know a new language, culture or environment and, 35 years later, we’re still exploring. We’re convinced that experiencing the wonders of our planet opens your mind and stretches your horizons. We listen to our travellers, our expert staff visit faraway places and use this knowledge to create your very own life-changing experience. Inside, you’ll find no end of incredible adventures to inspire your ultimate trip to Africa or the Middle East, whether you’re looking for an iconic overland journey or just a quick break to explore a little-known corner of this breathtaking region. From shoestring hostels to luxurious lodges, and from great value camping tours to indulgent safaris, we’ve also got every budget covered. Our expert advice, unique experiences and amazing special offers will make sure you never look at the world in quite the same way again. So buckle up, you’re about to uncover a whole new way to travel.

START THE ADVENTURE


CONTENTS We Know Because We Go! Save With STA Travel Flying High Start The Adventure Sleep With Us Go Smart or Go Home Feeling Social? Responsible Travel Discover Africa & The Middle East The Africa Experience

20 34

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS SOUTHERN AFRICA

45 48 50 52 56 58 60 62 64 68 70 72

South Africa Baz Bus Car Hire & Self-Drive Tours Cape Town & Beyond The Garden Route Eastern Cape Johannesburg Kruger National Park Namibia Botswana Zambia & Victoria Falls Madagascar

74

EASTERN AFRICA

82 84 88 89 90 94 96 100

Kenya Nairobi Bamba Experience Tanzania Trek Kilimanjaro Dar Es Salaam & Serengeti Zanzibar Uganda

CONTENTS

04 05 06 08 10 12 13 14 16 18

102 NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST 105 Egypt 108 Cairo 109 Jordan 113 Israel 116 Morocco 121 Marrakech 123 The Arabian Peninsula 124 Dubai 127 Abu Dhabi 128 Muscat

129 TRAVEL INSURANCE 130 TERMS & CONDITIONS FACEBOOK.CO.ZA/STATRAVELSOUTHAFRICA TWITTER.COM/STATRAVELSA 3


Save with STA Travel and make that hard-earned cash stretch a little further, by taking advantage of some of our amazing offers. We’ve come up with some great, exclusive discounts to make sure you get the best deals going.

No single supplements

Repeat traveller

Multi-trip deals

Free Nights +BONUS

Travelling alone but happy to share a room with a same-sex traveller? If so, you’ll save the single supplement on many of our tours.

TOP 10

REASONS to travel with STA Travel 1.

GLOBAL TRAVEL HELP

Wherever you are, we’re there for you 24/7

2.

WORLD-CLASS TRAVEL PARTNERS

3.

EXCLUSIVE LOW FLEXIBLE AIRFARES

We work with only the most reputable tour operators and accomodation providers across the globe Our unique airline partnerships mean you always get the lowest fares around and you can also change your plans at the last minute without breaking the bank

Buy two or more tours with the same operator and get up to 5% off your total price.

Cardholder discounts

Travel with the same tour operator more than once and you’ll often find your loyalty is rewarded with a discount.

Stay longer at many of our hotels and hostels and we’ll often throw in a free night, or two...

Flex

Great discounts on airfares and a load of free stuff too, just for being a student, teacher or young person. Check out our range of discount cards on page 12.

STA Travel’s unique range of flexible products aim to make travelling easier and cheaper. Check out our Multiflex pass on page 6 or our South African hostel pass on page 56.

Mates rates

EARLY BOOKING

Save cash if you travel as a group, or maybe earn a free place if there are enough of you.

Book your trip well in advance of your travel date and you may qualify for reduced rates.

MAKE IT HAPPEN Its pretty easy really - you’ve done the most important bit by picking up this brochure. Next step – go in and see one of our Travel Experts and start planning your route. There are all sorts of things we can help you with from here.

4.

HAND-PICKED

5.

100S OF STORES WORLDWIDE

6.

ONE-STOP SHOP

Book everything with us and spend less time worrying and more time having fun

Pick up my STA Travel Africa & Middle East brochure

7.

WE ARE THE EXPERTS

Book an appointment with a Travel Expert and get planning!

8.

OVER 30 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE

Experiences, trips and accommodation options - all hand-picked and vetted by us With stores all over the world, you’re never far from one of our Travel Experts

Our Travel Experts are the go-to people for tips and advice, whatever your question

checklist

Get my flights booked

We know our stuff when it comes to travel adventures, we’ve been there, done that and bought the T-shirt!

Buy my ISIC or IYTC card for amazing discounts all over the world

9.

PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

Book somewhere to stay for at least my first few nights

10.

ADVENTURES FOR ALL

We’ll beat any price that you find lower elsewhere* No matter what your age or budget, we’ll inspire you to create your ultimate trip *For full terms and conditions on our price beat guarantee please visit www.statravel.co.za/pricebeat-guarantee-round-the-world.htm

SAVE WITH STA TRAVEL

WE KNOW BECAUSE WE GO!

WE KNOW BECAUSE WE GO!

SAVE WITH STA TRAVEL

Check and arrange any visas required Speak to my doctor about my jabs Get packed, it’s time to hit the road

5


The absolute lowest fares with the world’s leading airlines including exclusive discounts and flexible booking conditions for students holding an ISIC card and for youths under 30 holding an IYTC card. We even throw in discounts for teachers holding an ITIC card for good measure!

The flexibility to change your travel dates and route before and after departure.

Build your very own itinerary using our exclusive one-way fares.

100s of STA Travel stores worldwide giving you personal support as you travel the globe.

OUR PREFERRED AIRLINES

GET THE BEST PRICE

We’ve been helping our customers get the best airfares for over 30 years so our Travel Experts know exactly where to look and what to check to give you the deal of a lifetime! Buy an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card to be eligible for our exclusive student, under 30 and teacher fares. We’ll beat any competitor on price and that’s a promise – see statravel.co.za or ask in store for details. Sign up to our weekly newsletter by visiting statravel.co.za to receive our best offers and the chance to win amazing prizes!

ROUND THE WORLD

We practically invented the concept of flying round the world, so we’ve got a huge range of exclusive choices and plenty of suggestions for you. Our fares are totally flexible and some even last up to 18 months; so you can work for a year and travel the other six.

Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to over 60 destinations worldwide, 40 of which are in Africa and carries over three million passengers annually.

Kenya Airways operate daily flights to Nairobi and with smooth onward connections to exotic destinations like Tanzania, Botswana and Madagascar to mention a few.

Famous for their warm hospitality and excellent on board service it’s easy to understand why they are also called ‘The Pride of Africa’!

South African Airways bring the world to Africa and take Africa to the world. With a global reach from Johannesburg to Sydney, Perth, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong, and direct flights to London and New York from Johannesburg and to over 30 destinations in Southern Africa and over 50 within Africa, you are guaranteed a world class experience every time.

Stretch out and enjoy one of the most spacious cabins to Southern Africa. A 32-34” seat pitch and 2-4-2 seat configuration guarantees that you’re only ever one seat away from the aisle.

Watch on demand in-flight entertainment, featuring the latest movies and TV shows on a great 10-inch screen.

Enjoy a choice of South African inspired dishes, served with excellent South African wines and a wide range of complimentary drinks.

STOPOVERS

The vast majority of our fares allow discounted, or even free, stopovers en route to your final destination. You don’t need to limit it to a night or two as some of our fares allow stopovers of weeks or even months! So, in effect you could be getting two or more countries for the price of one. These aren’t bookable online so be sure to ask your Travel Expert what’s available for you.

MULTIFLEX PASS

On average, an STA traveller on a round the world trip will change their flight dates five times. By buying your date changes up front you could save over R1,000 and change your mind during your trip, without having to worry about the cost. You can get three date changes for R500 or unlimited date changes for R1,000, saving you heaps of cash!

FLIGHTS & OUR PREFERRED AIRLINES

FLIGHTS & OUR PREFERRED AIRLINES

FLYING HIGH

Aside from our unbeatable prices, many of our airfares are unique and exclusive, meaning we can book just about anything you desire, from one-ways or simple return tickets, to complex and exciting round the world itineraries. Below is just a snippet of what we can do for you.


To help you choose the trip style that’s right for you, see the ‘Inclusions’ box on each of the tour pages and look out for the following logos throughout the brochure:

These tours encourage you to step off the beaten path and immerse yourself in your chosen destination. You’ll usually share your trip with no more than 22 like-minded travellers, though the average group size is often lower.

As above, but aimed at younger travellers looking to experience the best of Africa with a bunch of fun and friendly travel mates. Please note that some of our touring partners set 18-39 as an official age limit, while for others 18-39 is suggested as a guideline.

On these trips, which typically have a larger group size, you’ll travel only with 18-39 year olds who share your passion for travel. These trips are super sociable, ideal for making new friends through shared experiences.

For the ultimate flexibility, consider one of our self-drive tours which include your accommodation and a handy self-drive kit packed with maps and directions. Car rental is bought separately so you can choose your own vehicle.

Independent travel in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania is easy with Baz Bus and Bamba Experience, whose hop-on, hop-off bus networks allow you to explore at your own pace and according to your own itinerary.

If you are looking for private arrangements for you and your travel buddy(ies), check out our range of itineraries that usually come complete with private driver/guide.

Exactly what it says on the tin. These exciting short tours can be booked on their own, added on to a longer tour or mixed and matched to create your own itinerary. You are likely to be travelling with other like-minded people but each tour is different, run by our local operators and designed for maximum enjoyment.

8

START THE ADVENTURE

STA Travel is proud to partner with G Adventures to deliver an amazing range of small group adventures worldwide. G Adventures has been redefining small group travel for over 20 years and allows you to discover the planet in a way you’d never manage on your own. There’s more than one definition of adventure, of course, but in G’s dictionary it means active exploration, cultural immersion, embracing the unexpected, escaping the well-trodden path and creating true, lifelong connections with the people and places they visit. Tours are led by skilled CEOs (Chief Experience Officers), stay in character-rich accommodations, enjoy delicious meals often served with regional flavours, and use a mix of public and private transport. G Adventures offer a number of different trip styles and service levels, but all have a few things in common: 100% Guaranteed Departures – once you book, you’re going! Lifetime Deposits – if you need to cancel or postpone your trip, your money’s protected and you can set it aside for use against a future trip. No Single Supplements – choose to be paired up with a same-sex roommate at no extra cost or, if you prefer your own space, check out the ‘My Own Room’ prices.

Trip Styles

Yolo – popular with 18-39 year olds, Yolo trips are for those who want to take on the planet in a fun and affordable way. Classic – geared towards travellers of all ages searching for active exploration, extraordinary landscapes, amazing wildlife and interaction with local cultures.

Comfort – authentic and unforgettable, but with upgraded accommodation, more meals and included activities, comfortable transport and a few extra little treats! Active – geared towards adventurers with a love of the great outdoors who are hungry to walk, hike, trek, bike, raft and kayak their way across the world.

Service Levels Camping – great value trips where you’ll be camping most nights but with the odd hotel stay thrown in, and using affordable public and private transport. Basic – simple and clean hostels, hotels, and guesthouses chosen for location and character, affordable public and private transport, plus great optional activities. Standard – comfortable and centrally located mid-range accommodations, a mix of public and private transport, all the top highlights included and loads of free time. Upgraded – hand-picked characterful accommodations with enhanced facilities, private and upgraded transport, more included meals, activities and transfers.

Physical Grading Fancy conquering a mountain peak but not sure you’re up to the challenge? 1. Easy – you can walk unaided, climb a few stairs and carry your own bag. 2. Light – some gentle walks or hikes, but still suitable for all fitness levels. 3. Average – includes moderate activities such as hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. 4. Demanding – some hikes at higher altitudes or other strenuous activities. 5. Challenging – serious high-altitude treks, climbing, cycling and heavy exercise.

TOURING AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

TOURING AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

There’s no more convenient way to travel than on a tour, it takes all the hassle out of travelling, opens your mind to local cultures, gets you trying out a whole bunch of exciting new activities and is a great way to make new friends from all over the world. You’ll visit all the mustsee highlights, of course, but expert guides will also take you to authentic, out-of-the-way places that only those with insider knowledge would know. You’d probably never find them on your own! Taking a tour can usually be cheaper than trying to put it together yourself, so whatever your budget, we’re confident you’ll find your perfect trip. We also guarantee that you will not find the same tour cheaper anywhere else.


SLEEP WITH US SLEEP WITH US

SLEEP WITH US

Star ratings are often not the best way to categorise hotels. Depending on what country you’re travelling through, perceptions of each standard can vary quite dramatically. To make things much easier for you, we’re giving you our own, very educated opinion on each property that we feature. We’ve horizontally tangoed with the cool, the interesting, the enviable and the luxe to the off the wall to bring you our curated offering of hostels, hotels, lodges and apartments, all chosen especially for you.

Shoestring

Our wallet-friendly digs are hand-picked by us. No frills and no nasty surprises but a sociable atmosphere and fantastic locations!

WHY SLEEP WITH US

Glampacker

There are loads of very good reasons to book your accommodation with us. Here are our favourite four.

Stay in some of the most expressive and one-of-a-kind hostels and budget hotels around, without breaking the bank. They are cool and unique, just like you!

Hand-picked

We’ve searched every corner of the globe for the very best properties around, in every conceivable style.

Rock Solid

Vetted

You want a comfy bed, a hot shower and a good range of amenities. Ranging from low key 2* hotels to well known 4* brands, you know its a safe bet!

We’ve slept in it and vetted it for safety.

Best Price Guaranteed

A-LiST

No hidden extras, no nasty surprises.

These flash and funky hotels are worth splashing out on. Great facilities, classy interiors and a bit of luxury thrown in. Get your bling on.

24 hour Concierge

With our worldwide network of stores, backed by our 24/7 global service desk, we won’t leave you stranded.

+BONUS

APARTMENT

Be like a local; live it up in an apartment. Wash your own socks, fix your own breakfast, share with your mates. It’ll be like a home from home, wherever you are.

Look out for our STA Travel bonus offers. We’ve sourced the very best deals that will ensure you save money and make the most of your stay. Please ask your STA Travel Expert for applicable dates, terms and conditions.

SOUTH AFRICA HOSTEL PASS

This hostel pass is the perfect way to explore South Africa without the confines of planning your journey and booking in advance. Choose from five, ten or 15 nights - see page 56 for more details.

10

Kariega Game Reserve

Pricing and Photography The accommodation prices featured in this brochure are based on per person, twin share. The ‘from’ pricing shown has been calculated using low season stays and is based on lead-in room types. We’re sourcing great deals all year long so we recommend using the prices in this brochures only as a guide and to ask your STA Travel Expert for the best available deal for your travel period. The accommodation photos featured are representative of the the room types available at each property however this may not be the actual room type that you receive. If you have a preference for a particular room your Travel Expert will be happy to help. Just ask!


Travel insurance

multiflex pass

Change your mind? Change your ticket without fees. Save R1,000s on date changes with our totally unique STA Travel Multiflex pass. Ask your travel Expert if your flights are eligible.

GLOBAL SIM CARD

It’s good to stay in touch whilst you’re away. It’s even better to keep your costs down and control your spending with it.

WHAT’S THE DEAL? • No more running up uncontrollable roaming bills • Excellent data rates • Great coverage in 190 countries • Free incoming calls in over 80 countries • Add call time from anywhere in the world • One number all over the world

Discount Cards

Thousands of travel, online and lifestyle discounts in the UK and worldwide. Grab an STA ISIC Cashcard for student benefits and an easy way to manage your money all in one, just R100. Also available: under 30 and teacher discount cards. Same great discounts worldwide, also priced at R100.

Visa SERVICE

Whether you’re touring the sights or planning on earning as you travel, it’s important you have the correct entrance visa. Check out your visa requirements with an STA Travel Expert. Our visa service for working and tourist visas is hassle free, efficient and the safest way to process your visas for your travels.

FOREIGN CURRENCY

Land with cash in your hand! Order your foreign currency from us and enjoy great rates of exchange as well as quick and easy delivery to your home or nearest store. Ask a Travel Expert today about foreign exchange.

12

GO SMART OR GO HOME

FEELING SOCIAL?

Being social is at the very heart of what we do; from the moment you step into one of our stores, it’s all about engaging with you at a level which suits you. This way, we learn to understand your needs as an individual, and we learn where to tweak things to ensure you have an unforgettable adventure. And guess what? We extend that philosophy right across the web! Come and join us…

Like us on Facebook Over 30,000 travel fanatics ‘like’ us on Facebook… are you one of them? If not, get in there right now! As well as giving away some of the world’s best travel prizes, we also smother you with inspiration. Whether you’re looking to connect with other travellers, share your best travel tips and ideas, or find the latest deals from STA Travel, hit the wall on our Facebook page and get involved today! LIKE US AT www.facebook.co.za/STATravelSouthAfrica

Follow us on Twitter Get your tweet on and join the world’s biggest conversation! We’re on hand to answer your questions, and fuel your curiosity about the world’s most exciting destinations, as well as bringing our latest and greatest deals, straight to your Twitter stream. Wherever you are in the world, we’re only a tweet away. FOLLOW twitter.com/statravelsa

Sign up to our Newsletter Be the first in line for our best deals and promotions, by signing up to our weekly email newsletter. We’ll slam it straight into your inbox, for when the urge to travel takes you. Sign up at www.statravel.co.za/sta_sa_newsletter.htm

FEELING SOCIAL?

GO SMART OR GO HOME

OK, travel insurance might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but it could be the most important purchase you make before you take off on your travels. You must take travel insurance before you leave, you won’t be able to get it once you have left your home country. The chances are that you’ll have the time of your life and you’ll return home with a big smile on your sun-bronzed face – but just in case things don’t quite go according to plan it’s wise to have a safety net in place for that extra peace of mind. So if you plan to cycle around colourful city streets, cross a few roads, eat weird and wonderful food, cart your expensive camera or iPod from hostel to hotel or get adventurous bungee jumping, skydiving or more, then make sure you ask us to organise the cover that’s right for you.


MAKING IT COUNT Despite its beautiful surroundings and the buzz that comes with a thriving tourism industry, Cuzco is a tough place to grow up for many children. For those living in extreme poverty there’s no room for big ambitions and many turn to begging, taking drugs and living on the streets. The Inti Runakunaq Wasin Centre (House of the People of the Sun) offers food, somewhere to safe to play, and educational support for children and young people. They learn valuable skills including jewellery making, leather working, sewing, cooking, music and English. Thanks to the amazing work of volunteers and supporters from around the world these guys can finally afford to dream big. We’re proud to be building a new art workshop for the centre, which will open up even more opportunities for local children and young people. This US$32,000 facility is just one of the many projects we’re involved in around the world.

“WHEN I GROW UP YOU CAN WORK FOR ME.”

100...

The number of volunteering projects we offer – from one day to six months worldwide. Whether you’re into working with children, communities, animals, conservation, building or sports, there’s something for everyone.

US$230,000.00.. That’s how much we’ve invested so

far in our projects.

US$25,000..

The amount our new water tank in Panama’s Bocas del Toro cost us. It’s been going strong for a year and it’s a lifeline for the local community, who had no safe drinking water up until then.

80..

Kids and young people are currently studying for their futures in the drop in centre in Cuzco.

4.in.right The number of countries we have projects now.

THE STA TRAVEL FOUNDATION Responsible tourism is at the heart of what we do, and our Foundation is something we’re hugely proud of. It allows us to use all our existing resources, expertise and experience and make sure every penny goes towards our chosen causes around the world. It’s a registered charity, so you can be sure that everything you donate goes right to the people who need it most. We focus on a number of different projects throughout the year, including conservation, clean water, kids’ projects and medical centres. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news and check out our Facebook to find out what we’re up to right now. To donate, ask one of our Travel Experts or visit www.statravelfoundation.org

14

THE RESPONSIBLE STA TRAVELLER

We owe everything to the incredible communities who open their doors and allow us to experience their beautiful backyards. So it’s up to us to be courteous and understanding.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Coming from a 11-year-old girl in one of our projects in Peru, this was, without question, the best job offer we’ve ever had.

AT A GLANCE


DISCOVER AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST ISRAEL

MARRAKECH

TEL AVIV AMMAN

CAIRO ALGERIA

JORDAN

LIBYA EGYPT

SAUDI ARABIA WESTERN SAHARA

ABU DHABI

DUBAI U.A.E

MAURITANIA

OMAN

MALI

NIGER

CHAD

YEMEN SUDAN

SENEGAL GAMBIA

MUSCAT

ERITREA

BURKINA FASO

GUINEA-BISSAU GUINEA

SIERRA LEONE

BENIN

IVORY COAST

NIGERIA

ETHIOPIA

GHANA TOGO

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

LIBERIA

FLI GHTS

SOUTH SUDAN

CAMEROON SOMALIA EQUATORIAL GUINEA

UGANDA

GABON

DISCOVER AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

DISCOVER AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

TUNISIA

MOROCCO

STUFF NOT TO BE MISSED

KENYA

KAMPALA

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

CONGO

RWANDA

NAIROBI

KIGALI

BURUNDI

KILIMANJARO

MOMBASA

TANZANIA

DAR ES SALAAM

ANGOLA

MALAWI

MOZAMBIQUE

ZAMBIA

LUSAKA LIVINGSTONE

HARARE ZIMBABWE

NAMIBIA

WINDHOEK

BOTSWANA

GABARONE SWAZILAND

JOHANNESBURG LESOTHO SOUTH AFRICA

CAPE TOWN

MADAGASCAR

ANTANANARIVO

Been inspired

thinking about spreading your wings a little fArther Then pick up one of our other brochures

ACCOMMODATI ON

ADVENTURE TRI P S

ESSENTI ALS

MY SUMS

16


This type of travel is all about the journey. Africa is the home of overlanding; trucks have been crossing these borders since the 1980s on journeys of exploration, adventure… and fun! Your overland truck does not just get you from A to B. It’s your home from home; your comfy safari vehicle, your kitchen and your camping support vehicle. These vehicles are built to withstand Africa’s roughest terrain and they can take you to isolated villages, to hidden views and close to unbelievable wildlife. Spend your days rumbling along rugged dusty roads and watching the world outside go by. Overland tours typically cover some pretty vast distances but we guarantee you’ll enjoy every mile and every minute.

CAMPING

The vast star-lit sky overhead, crackling campfires, hearty meals and snuggling down in your cosy sleeping bag what an amazing way to get close to Africa. With just canvas between you and the nocturnal world you’ll smell and hear the bush but you’ll have to wait until the next day to see it. Unzip your tent and wake to the glow of the sun as it peaks over the plains and listen as the world awakes. All camping equipment apart from sleeping bags and pillows are included (mattresses too!) and large domed tents are super easy to set up in minutes, even for first time campers. Campsites have toilets, tap water and basic showers. On some trips camping is participatory and you should expect to set up and take down your own tent as well as help out around the camp, maybe chopping some vegetables for dinner or helping out with the dishes. Other tours may include the team pitching your tent and doing all duties around the camp, see tour inclusions for details.

4X4 SAFARI VEHICLES

Small safari vehicles allow you to get up close and personal with Africa’s astounding wildlife. These nimble characters are compact with around seven seats per vehicle, speedy and easy to manoeuvre. They normally also have sliding windows and pop up roofs to allow you the best game viewing money can buy!

PERMANENT TENTED CAMPS

These tents are as you’d expect from the name, permanent! They vary from basic to out and out luxurious but all have one thing in common; they don’t need pitching! Tents are ‘walk-in’ with proper beds. At the more luxury end of the scale you’ll also find en suite bathrooms with solar powered showers and electricity.

TAILOR-MADE MINIBUSES

These are minibuses Africa style! Comfy cushioned seats, air-con and sliding windows are the norm, plus the vehicles are small and fast so they can cover a lot of ground as quickly as the local speed limit allows and get you to where you want to be in what can only be described as the opposite of ‘Africa time’.

18

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Want to get off the beaten track and under the skin of Africa? Then why not tailor-make your own itinerary? This can involve combining a number of different options featured in this brochure or something totally out of the ordinary. One of our experienced Travel Experts can put together an itinerary just for you, as per your own requirements and budget. The transport, accommodation, inclusions and start date are all totally flexible. This gives you the advantage of seeing exactly what you want, when you want, without being part of a group and without the hassle of having to plan everything by yourself. Stop by one of our STA Travel stores or give us a call.

LODGES

If you crave more comfort than canvas can offer then opt for tours including hotels and lodges. Standards vary hugely from basic but comfortable rooms to ones fit for Hollywood stars! Savour the post game drive hot shower, have a sundowner and get a good night’s rest before the next day’s adventure.

19

THE AFRICA EXPERIENCE

THE AFRICA EXPERIENCE

OVERLANDING

THE AFRICA EXPERIENCE


EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

NAIROBI TO VICTORIA FALLS ADVENTURE Nairobi

20 DAYS

Livingstone

Highlights

Search out the ‘Big 5’ in the Serengeti Experience the wildlife of Ngorongoro Explore Dar Es Salaam’s lively streets Laze on the beaches of Zanzibar Swim in Lake Malawi’s crystal waters Absorb Malawi’s sleepy vibe Feel the thunder of Victoria Falls Do something crazy in Livingstone

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

• • • • • • • •

R45,686

FR

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 20 Feb 03 Feb 17 Mar 03 Apr 14 May 12 May 26 Jun 09 Jun 23

Feb 08 Feb 22 Mar 08 Mar 22 May 03 May 31 Jun 14 Jun 28 Jul 12

Jun 30 Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 11 Aug 25 Sep 08 Sep 22 Sep 29

Jul 19 Aug 02 Aug 09 Aug 16 Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 27 Oct 11 Oct 18

Oct 13 Oct 27 Nov 10 Nov 17 Dec 01 Dec 15 Dec 29

Nov 01 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 20 Jan 03 Jan 17

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (12 nts), full service camping (2 nts), simple hotels (5 nts) Transport: Overland vehicle, 4x4, minibus, ferry Meals: 19 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners Budget: Allow USD $120-145 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook and driver, certified safari guides/drivers, local guide Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADNV

My Own Room Available: Fr R10,648

Each and every day of this adventure drips with excitement and discovery. Starting in Nairobi you’ll cross into Tanzania, through Malawi and down into Zambia. Along the way you’ll experience seductive landscapes, chatty locals and not-so-chatty wildlife. Prepare for animal overload as you go game driving through the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater and get ready to fall in love with a little piece of paradise as you spend three nights on Zanzibar. Stare out at the endless expanse of Lake Malawi and feel the awesome power of Mother Nature at Victoria Falls. Right, ready to go?

DAY ITINERARY 01-02 03

Nairobi / Arusha

Arrive into Nairobi at any time and meet your guide and group. Depart Nairobi in the early morning of Day 02, heading south across semi-arid lands into Tanzania to the ‘safari capital’ of Arusha. (B, L, D)

Serengeti National Park

Cruise through the acacia-spotted savannah of the Serengeti in a 4WD vehicle. Massive herds of wildebeest and zebra migrate annually on the plains and the ‘Big 5’ animals roam this vast expanse of grassland. Look out for the Masai people - often seen herding their cattle. (B, L, D)

Ngorongoro Crater / Marangu

From game drives and seeing the ‘Big 5’ to striking landscapes of thundering waterfalls and from snow-capped mountains to secluded white sandy beaches, Africa has it all! Getting to grips with this exciting continent could be a daunting task but book yourself on an epic overland journey and you will be sure to capture all the sights, sounds and smells of this intrepid traveller’s dream destination. Overlanding through Africa can involve allpurpose overland trucks (see page 18), 4x4 safari vehicles, ferries, minibuses or even a hot-air balloon! Most trips will involve some camping which gets you close to nature (which let’s face it, is one of the main draws of Africa!) and many trips involve simple hotels and guesthouses. Wherever you sleep, you can rest assured it’ll be comfortable and part of the adventure.

K E N YA

Mt. Kenya

Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro Crater

Nairobi Arusha Zanzibar

TA N Z A N I A

Iringa

Z A M B I A

Dar Es Salaam

Lake Malawi

Chipata

Senga Bay

Lusaka

M A L AW I

Livingstone

06 07-09 10-11 12-14

Z I M BA B W E

You might like Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (20 days) (GADVN)  Fr R45,686

Extend your trip

Dar Es Salaam

Head through varied landscapes today towards Tanzania’s largest city and port, Dar Es Salaam, and explore its colourful streets. (B, L, D)

Zanzibar

Head over to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar which has a rich history and culture. Embark on a guided tour of a spice plantation, enjoy a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling, relax on the beautiful beaches and explore the fascinating streets and museums of Stone Town. (3B)

Ruaha River / Iringa

Catch the ferry back to Dar Es Salaam and travel to your campsite on the banks of the Ruaha River, before continuing south to Iringa where you’ll see artists at work at a local craft centre. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Lake Malawi

Spend three days staying in lakeside camps along the shores of enormous Lake Malawi, taking long beach walks, swimming and enjoying optional village visits and fishing trips. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Senga Bay / Chipata / Lusaka

15-17 Go in reverse

You will travel with between 16 and 22 likeminded explorers on average and will make some life long friends. These trips have a ‘get stuck in’ attitude and with plenty of time to get to know each other, it’s guaranteed you’ll share an experience like no other.

04-05

Enjoy a morning game drive in the Serengeti National Park before continuing to the Ngorongoro Crater with its stunning views and amazing wildlife. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor supports a resident population of more than 25,000 large mammals. Take in a classic safari experience, spotting the likes of zebra, gazelle, impala and cheetah. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Experience the colourful chaos of another border crossing and get a sense of the vastness of Africa on these driving days. Cross into Zambia and head to Chipata, where you can visit some of the local ‘Down Shops’, traditional stores owned by the small Indian population who call Chipata home. Next, journey across Zambia to a private game farm just outside the capital, Lusaka. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Livingstone

18-20

Based in the buzzing town of Livingstone, spend the next few days exploring the breathtaking Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world. The Zambezi is 1,688m wide here and up to 550 million litres of water per minute plunges across its five main cataracts. Go white water rafting, canoeing on the Zambezi or try a bungee jump. Your adventure finishes after breakfast on Day 20. (3B, L)

Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland (27 days) (GADKBJ) - see page 25 Fr R56,350 Nairobi to Cape Town Adventure (40 days) (GADKNC) - see page 22 Fr R71,583

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

21


R71,583

NAIROBI TO CAPE TOWN ADVENTURE Nairobi

FR

40 DAYS

Cape Town K E N YA

Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro Crater

Mt. Kenya

Nairobi

Arusha

Zanzibar

TA N Z A N I A

Iringa

Swakopmund

Windhoek

Namib Desert

Lake Malawi

Chipata

Senga Bay

Z A M B I A

M A L AW I

Lusaka Livingstone

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

Kasane/Chobe River Okavango Delta Waterberg Plateau National Park Etosha National Park Ghanzi Damaraland

Dar Es Salaam

Z I M BA B W E

Gweta Maun

B OT S WA N A

N A M I B I A

Fish River Canyon Gariep River Cederberg

S O U T H A F R I C A

Cape Town

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

Photograph the ‘Big 5’ in the Serengeti Laze on Zanzibar’s gorgeous beaches Explore the villages along Lake Malawi Feel the power of nature at Victoria Falls Bush camp in the Okavango Delta Game drive through wildlife-rich Etosha See giant sand dunes in the Namib N.P. Cap it all off in cosmopolitan Cape Town

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 20 Feb 03 Feb 17 Mar 03 Apr 14 May 12 May 26 Jun 09 Jun 23

Feb 28 Mar 14 Mar 28 Apr 11 May 23 Jun 20 Jul 04 Jul 18 Aug 01

Jun 30 Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 11 Aug 25 Sep 08 Sep 22 Sep 29

Aug 08 Aug 22 Aug 29 Sep 05 Sep 19 Oct 03 Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 07

Oct 13 Oct 27 Nov 10 Nov 17 Dec 01 Dec 15 Dec 29

Nov 21 Dec 05 Dec 19 Dec 26 Jan 09 Jan 23 Feb 06

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (27 nts), simple hotels (7 nts), full service camping (2 nts), guesthouse (2 nts, multishare), basic bush camp (1 nt) Transport: Overland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicle, minibus, ferry Meals: 38 breakfasts, 30 lunches, 27 dinners Budget: Allow USD $280 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook and driver, certified safari guides/drivers, local guide Group Size: Max 22, Avg 19 Tour Code: GADKNC

One of our biggest and most encompassing overland adventures. Every day will bring something amazing as you travel across this fantastically diverse continent. Witness landscapes from another planet, encounter animals you never thought you’d see and absorb ancient cultures as you bump along the African roads. Travel from Kenya through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and into South Africa, experiencing some of Africa’s must-see destinations. Immersed in the coursing heart of Africa and camping out most nights under an ocean of glittering stars, you’ll feel a million miles away from home.

Go in reverse Cape Town to Nairobi Adventure (40 days) (GADCN) see pages 28/29 Fr R71,583 Shorten your trip Nairobi to Victoria Falls Adventure (20 days) (GADNV) see page 21 Fr R45,686

22

22-23

01 02 03

Nairobi

Arrive into Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, at any time today and check-in to tonight’s accommodation with free time to explore before meeting your guide and new travelling companions this evening.

24-25

Serengeti National Park

Jump into a smaller 4x4 vehicle, great for game viewing. Enjoy the multitude of animal and birdlife while cruising through this acacia-spotted savannah. The ‘Big 5’ roam this vast expanse of grassland and the Masai people can often be seen herding their cattle. (B, L, D)

26-28 29-30 31

04-05 06 07-09 10-11

32-33

Dar Es Salaam

Zanzibar, the ‘spice island’, has a rich history and exotic culture. Relax on the island’s many beautiful beaches, explore the fascinating streets of Stone Town and soak up the island spirit. Embark on a guided tour of a spice plantation or sign up for optional visits to palaces, museums and traditional Arab residences. Snorkelling and diving are also available if the Indian Ocean proves irresistible. (3B)

Ruaha River / Iringa

Catch the ferry back to Dar Es Salaam and continue travelling west to the Ruaha River. Continue the journey southward to Iringa and spend the night just outside the town. (2B, 2L, 2D)

34-37 38-39

Lake Malawi

12-14

Cross into Malawi - known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’. Spend three days relaxing on the shores of the enormous Lake Malawi taking long walks on the beaches and swimming in the crystal clear water. Choose to snorkel or scuba dive among the colourful tropical fish. As you snake down the shores of the lake you’ll stay the night at various lakeside camps. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Etosha National Park

One of Africa’s highlights, Etosha National Park offers a great variety of wildlife and phenomenal natural beauty. Explore the pans and the park on game drives where you’ll spot lions, giraffes, elephants, hippos, rhinos and herds of antelope and wildebeest. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Damaraland

Enjoy one last game drive before heading to the stony desert landscape of Damaraland. (B, L, D) Heading south through Damaraland, if time allows you’ll have a chance to visit some of the local attractions such as historic rock engravings and a petrified fossil forest. You will then spend two nights in lovely coastal Swakopmund - try some of the numerous activities available such as a ‘Living Desert’ tour, dune boarding, quad biking, dolphin cruise or even skydiving. There’s also the chance to meet the locals whilst exploring the backstreets on a guided interpretive township walk. (B, L)

Namib Desert / Fish River Canyon / Gariep (Orange) River

Travel past iconic Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and head towards Tanzania’s largest city and the departure point to Zanzibar’s beaches, Dar Es Salaam. (B, L, D)

Zanzibar

Continue through the western part of Botswana, the heart of the Kalahari, to Ghanzi. Take the opportunity to walk with a local San Bushman and learn fascinating bush skills. Continue on for a welcome hotel stay in Windhoek, the German-influenced colonial capital of Namibia, before heading north to Waterberg Plateau Game Park where you can take a scenic forest walk and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Swakopmund

Ngorongoro Crater / Marangu

Enjoy a final game drive in the Serengeti National Park before continuing to the Ngorongoro conservation area. The views from your campsite right at the crater’s rim are stunning. The crater floor supports a resident population of more than 25,000 large mammals! Continue on to Marangu, one of the popular starting points for those departing to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Proceed to Maun to pick up supplies for your unforgettable journey into the Okavango Delta. Based at a bush camp, you’ll enjoy a full day of game walks, birdwatching and traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions in the pristine wilderness area of the Okavango Delta. Marvel at the wide variety of wildlife that calls the world’s largest inland delta their home and learn the ways of the bush from your local polers. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Kalahari (Ghanzi) / Windhoek / Waterberg Plateau Game Park

Arusha

Depart Nairobi in the morning heading south through the semi-arid lands of the Masai people into Tanzania. Arrive into Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’, Arusha. (B, L, D)

Journey to the Chobe River, home to one of the largest elephant populations in southern Africa. The best way to appreciate Botswana’s largest national park is on an afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River. You may also choose to embark on an afternoon game drive in the park. Venture south to the village of Gweta near the shimmering salt pans of Makgadikgadi. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Maun / Okavango Delta

DAY ITINERARY

My Own Room Available: Fr R17,199

You might like

Chobe National Park / Gweta / Makgadikgadi Pans

40

Head to the emptiness of the Namib Desert. You’ll spend the first night in the mystical village of Solitaire. The next day you’ll visit Sossusvlei - a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largest sand dunes. You’ll also stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon that’s invisible from even a short distance away. Spend your second night on the edge of the Namib Desert. Journey to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa. Take in the beauty as a spectacular sunset slips beneath the canyon rim. Travel through the more arid regions of Namibia camping on the Gariep (Orange) River. Take a walk in the nearby village, have a swim, relax or ride down the river in a canoe. (4B, 4L, 4D)

Cederberg / Cape Town

Journey via the Cederberg Wilderness Area to the famous, beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. Explore vibrant Cape Town by night, perhaps trying out one of the many restaurants on the rejuvenated V&A Waterfront? (2B, 2L, D)

Cape Town

Your trip sadly ends this morning after breakfast and you’re free to depart at any time. (B)

Senga Bay / Chipata / Lusaka

15-17 18-21

Experience the vastness of Africa on these driving days. Head to Chipata in the eastern part of Zambia, before arriving into the Zambian capital, Lusaka on Day 17, to camp on a private game farm outside the city. Spot zebra and giraffe while camping and visit craft stalls and markets to pick up textiles and baskets. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Livingstone

Based in the buzzing town of Livingstone, spend the next few days exploring the breathtaking Victoria Falls. Adventure activities abound - go whitewater rafting or canoeing on the Zambezi, take an elephant safari, bungee jump over the river or take a chopper over the Falls. (4B, L)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

23


ZANZIBAR, VICTORIA FALLS & KRUGER Dar Es Salaam

R16,474

FR

22 DAYS

Johannesburg

Highlights

Awaken your senses on the ‘Spice Island’ Laze on beautiful white sand beaches Chill out on the shores of Lake Malawi Experience the warmth of local people Get an adrenalin kick in Livingstone View the spectacular Victoria Falls Cruise down the Chobe River Encounter the ‘Big 5’ in Kruger N.P.

FINISH

Jan 07 Jan 28 Jan 21 Feb 11 Feb 04 Feb 25 Feb 18 Mar 11 Mar 04 Mar 25 Mar 18 Apr 08 Apr 01 Apr 22 Apr 15 May 06 Apr 29 May 20 May 13 Jun 03 May 27 Jun 17 Jun 10 Jul 01 Jun 24 Jul 15

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jul 01 Jul 08 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 05 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23

Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 05 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 07 Oct 14

Sep 30 Oct 07 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 04 Nov 11 Nov 18 Nov 25 Dec 09 Dec 23

Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 04 Nov 11 Nov 18 Nov 25 Dec 02 Dec 09 Dec 16 Dec 30 Jan 13

Jan 20 Feb 03 Apr 14 May 12 May 26 Jun 23 Jun 30

Feb 15 Mar 01 May 10 Jun 07 Jun 21 Jul 19 Jul 26

Jul 14 Jul 28 Aug 25 Sep 08 Sep 22 Sep 29 Oct 13

Aug 09 Aug 23 Sep 20 Oct 04 Oct 18 Oct 25 Nov 08

Oct 27 Nov 10 Nov 17 Dec 01 Dec 15 Dec 29

Nov 22 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 27 Jan 10 Jan 24

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Only for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotel (3nts), camping (18 nts) Transport: Fully equipped safari vehicle Meals: 22 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners Local Payment: USD $650 Group Leader: Services of two crew Group Size: Max 24, Avg 16 Tour Code: ACZVK22

This overlanding adventure will take you through five amazing countries on an actionpacked African escapade. From the pristine shores of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean you’ll travel through the heart of Africa visting Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana before arriving in South Africa and the wilds of the Kruger National Park. Discover the diversity of African wildlife, the warmth of local people and stunning landscapes that will take your breath away. With a healthy dose of beach and adventure, this tour will take your on whirlwind journey ensuring you’ll have memories that will last a lifetime.

DAY ITINERARY 01

Dar Es Salaam

Your journey begins in Dar Es Salaam, this historical seaport is your gateway to the exotic island of Zanzibar. Disembark in Stone Town, the lively heart of the ‘Spice Island’. (B)

Zanzibar K E N YA

TA N Z A N I A

02-04 05-12

Chipata Lake Malawi

Z A M B I A

Z I M BA B W E Chobe National Francistown Park Martins Drift Kruger National Park B OT S WA N A

Johannesburg S O U T H A F R I C A

My Own Room Available: Fr R12,019

Ngorongoro Crater

13-16

Arrive in Africa’s ‘adrenalin’ capital – Livingstone where you’ll get up close and personal with the spectacular Victoria Falls. Thrill seekers have the option to bungee jump off Victoria Falls Bridge or go whitewater rafting on the mighty Zambezi River. For something a little less hair-raising try out horse riding or an elephant-back safari. After a wild day, wind down with an optional Sunset Cruise. (4B, L)

Kasane / Chobe National Park / Nata / Francistown

17-19

Travel from Livingstone and cross into Botswana near the Chobe National Park. Enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River and admire the huge elephant herds that roam the shore and the hippos wallowing in the mud. As you journey towards South Africa you will stop for the night in the towns of Nata and Francistown. (3B, 3L, 3D)

20-21 22

Continue your journey and enter the final country on your tour - South Africa. Next stop is the incredible Kruger National Park. Explore the park on a game drive in an open sided safari vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled for the ‘Big 5’ and your cameras at the ready. Complete your safari experience with a cultural evening in the village of the Shangaan people. Feel embraced by their community and learn about their way of life. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Johannesburg

After an action-packed three weeks your tour comes to an end. Drive through the beautiful Mpumalanga region before arriving in Johannesburg. Say farewell to your travel buddies and begin your onward journey. (B)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Mt. Kenya

Nairobi Zanzibar

Dar Es Salaam Iringa Chipata

Lusaka

DAY ITINERARY 01-02 03-05 06-09

Lake Malawi Lilongwe

10-11 12-14

Z I M BA B W E

Bulawayo Matobo National Park

15-17

B OT S WA N A

Kruger National Park

Johannesburg S O U T H

Travel from Nairobi through Masai lands into Tanzania, to your campsite outside Arusha. (B, L, D)

Witness herds of wildebeest, zebra and the ‘Big 5’ - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino - on a game drive in the savannah of the Serengeti plains. Continue on to your campsite at the Ngorongoro Crater, with some of Africa’s best game viewing within its walls. Continue to Marangu, popular with climbers intending to tackle Mt. Kilimanjaro. (3B, 3L, 3D)

18-20

A F R I C A

Ruaha River / Iringa

Catch the ferry back to Dar Es Salaam and travel to the Ruaha River, an unspoiled ecosystem within a national park. Overnight before heading to Iringa, spending a night just outside the town. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Lake Malawi

Cross into Malawi, where you will spend three days relaxing on the shores of ‘the Lake of Stars’. Swim, snorkel or scuba dive in crystal-clear water. Stay the night at various lakeside camps. (3B, 3L, 3D) Three days to experience the true vastness of Africa! Cross into Zambia and head to the lively market town of Chipata, a popular refueling station for travellers heading this way. Day 17, travel to a private game farm just outside Lusaka where you’ll camp for the night. Marvel at the zebras, buffalo and boks that roam the property, or relax by the pool with a cool beer. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Livingstone / Victoria Falls

Based in the town of Livingstone, spend the next few days exploring the thundering Victoria Falls, one of nature’s most amazing spectacles. Go whitewater rafting, canoe on the Zambezi or - if you’re feeling brave - take a bungee jump. (3B, L)

Bulawayo / Matobo National Park

21-22

You might like

Shorten your trip Kruger, Falls & Zimbabwe (8 days, Livingstone-Johannesburg) (GADZKF) see page 40  Fr R15,980 Nairobi to Zanzibar Adventure (11 days, Nairobi-Zanzibar) Fr R28,929 (GADKNZ) see page 80

Pass iconic Mt. Kilimanjaro, en route to Tanzania’s largest city, Dar Es Salaam. Spend the night here before catching the ferry to premier island beach retreat, Zanzibar, where you’ll spend the next few nights. Enjoy beautiful beaches, buzzing nightlife and the island’s rich history and culture, plus take a guided tour of a fragrant spice plantation. (4B, L, D)

Senga Bay / Chipata / Lusaka

M A L AW I

Livingstone

Nairobi / Arusha

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Marangu

Arusha

TA N Z A N I A

Z A M B I A

Discover the awesome African continent as you journey through six different countries, where you’ll experience a multitude of amazing landscapes, cultures and a heady concoction of wild African encounters. Get breathtakingly close to huge herds in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Kruger National Park. Discover your very own little piece of paradise on the beaches of Zanzibar and witness the power of the thundering Victoria Falls. The days are brimming with adventure by the bucket load and the nights spent relaxing under Africa’s shimmering blanket of stars.

Dar Es Salaam / Zanzibar

K E N YA

Serengeti National Park

From Dar Es Salaam your overlanding begins. Transit through Tanzania’s Mikumi National Park and cross into Malawi, known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’. Drive along the lush shores of Lake Malawi and experience the warmth of the local people. Spend your time relaxing on the beach or, if you’re feeling active, opt to try scuba diving or horse riding in this beautiful location. Leaving the lake you’ll cross the border into Zambia and on to Lusaka, for a stay near the country’s capital. (8B, 8L, 8D)

Kruger National Park

Start in Nairobi South East Adventure (31 days, Nairobi-Johannesburg) (ACSEA31) see page 32 Fr R24,028 + LP* Game Park and Gorillas (28 days, Nairobi-Dar es Salaam) (ACGAG28) Fr R24,831 + LP*+ GP* * LP = Local Payment * GP = Gorilla and Chimp Permit

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (18 nts), full service camping (2 nts), simple hotels (6 nts) Transport: Overland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicles, minibus, ferry Meals: 26 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 18 dinners Budget: Allow USD $175-215 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook and driver throughout, certified safari guides/drivers, local guide Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADKBJ

Livingstone

M A L AW I

Lusaka Livingstone

The next few days are yours to relax and explore. Lose yourself in the maze of Stone Town streets, explore cobbled alleyways or haggle for a bargain in the local market. Head north to the sight of turquoise waters lapping the white sand shores. Unwind with a book on the palm-fringed beaches, or immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters. You can opt to try out scuba diving or simply take it easy and catch some rays. Return to Dar Es Salaam on Day 04. (3B, D)

Inclusions

Dar Es Salaam / Lake Malawi / Chipata / Lusaka

Zanzibar

Dar Es Salaam

24

Highlights

Search out the ‘Big 5’ in the Serengeti Laze on the lovely beaches of Zanzibar Swim in Lake Malawi’s crystal waters Stay on a game farm outside of Lusaka Feel the thunder of Victoria Falls Select your own adventure in Livingstone Choose to cruise on the Chobe River Witness Kruger’s big scary animals

FINISH

You might like

R56,350

FR

27 DAYS

Johannesburg

START

Inclusions

Victoria Falls

Nairobi

• • • • • • • •

Departures 2014 START

NAIROBI TO JOBURG OVERLAND

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

• • • • • • • •

Plus local payment

Cross into Zimbabwe and head to your base, the Big Cave campsite, a few kilometres from the Matobo National Park boundary. Day 22, you will explore the park on foot and in open safari vehicles. Dotted around the park are around 3,000 rock art sites, including one of the best collections of ancient San paintings anywhere in the world - some are believed to be over 20,000 years old. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Musina / Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National Park

23-25 26-27

Journey onwards to one of the world’s most famous national parks. Search for the ‘Big 5’ on game drives and stay at an authentic community-run lodge. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a local community project, the Shalati village pre-school where children are prepared for their transition into primary school. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Johannesburg

Travel to the largest city and economic heart of South Africa. Optional excursions include a visit to the Apartheid Museum and a guided tour of the poignant landmarks of the South-Western Township, or Soweto as it is better known. Your amazing adventure comes to a close on Day 27. (2B, L)

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

25


R57,873

JOBURG TO NAIROBI OVERLAND Johannesburg

FR

27 DAYS

Nairobi K E N YA

Mt. Kenya

Serengeti National Park

Nairobi

Arusha

Ngorongoro Crater

Zanzibar

TA N Z A N I A

Iringa

Chipata Chobe River Okavango Delta Maun

Lake Malawi

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

Z A M B I A

Dar Es Salaam

M A L AW I

Lusaka Livingstone

Z I M BA B W E

Gweta

B OTS WA N A

Johannesburg S O U T H A F R I C A

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

Camp on the banks of the Chobe River See Africa’s largest elephant population Visit the legendary Victoria Falls Cool off in Lake Malawi’s waters Get absorbed by Zanzibar’s history Dive into the clear Indian Ocean Explore the vast Serengeti plains Game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 04 Jan 11 Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 08 Apr 05 May 10 May 24

Jan 30 Feb 06 Feb 27 Mar 13 Apr 03 May 01 Jun 05 Jun 19

Jun 07 Jun 14 Jul 05 Jul 19 Jul 26 Aug 09 Sep 06 Sep 20

Jul 03 Jul 10 Jul 31 Aug 14 Aug 21 Sep 04 Oct 02 Oct 16

Oct 04 Oct 11 Oct 25 Nov 08 Nov 29 Dec 13 Dec 27

Oct 30 Nov 06 Nov 20 Dec 04 Dec 25 Jan 08 Jan 22

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (18 nts), simple hotels (5 nts), bush camping (1 nt), full service camping (2 nts) Transport: Overland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicles, minibus, ferry Meals: 26 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 18 dinners Budget: Allow USD $240-320 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook and driver, certified safari guides/drivers, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADAJB

My Own Room Available: Fr R12,933

Johannesburg to Nairobi is a long way - over 2,900km to be exact. And every day is full to bursting with amazing animals, fantastic scenery and friendly, affable people. What are the chances?! This overland journey will take you from the bustling streets of Johannesburg all the way to Kenya’s capital - an epic trip across six stellar countries. You’ll discover the diversity of the African wildlife, the astounding landscapes of the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and the Serengeti and much more on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We guarantee you’ll be begging to go back and do it all over again!

26

13-15

01

16-17

18-21

Serowe / Maun

02-03

Travel into beautiful Botswana to the Serowe Pan; a large grassy depression with several natural watering holes which provides the perfect habitat for rhino. Visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a unique community-based initiative in wildlife conservation. Here you’ll have the chance to take an optional open vehicle game drive in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, keeping your eyes peeled for native African wildlife. Continue on to Maun, where modern and native buildings sit side-by-side. Fancy a bird’s-eye view of the mindblowing Okavango? Well take an optional scenic flight which promises unforgetable vistas from above. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Okavango Delta

04

22-23

24-26

Livingstone

07-09

Cross into Zambia to the adventure capital of Southern Africa, Livingstone. Gawk at the immense and raging Victoria Falls, with every justification considered a natural wonder of the world. It is here that the Zambezi River, which for the previous 1,300kms (800 miles) of its journey meanders peacefully across the wooded plateau of Zambia, eventually finds a weak spot and forces its way through. Known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or ‘the smoke that thunders’ in the local Kololo language, Victoria Falls is one of Mother Nature’s most amazing spectacles. Brave the white water of the mighty Zambezi with a spot of optional rafting, do a bungee jump, take an elephant-back safari or for a bird’s eye view of this wonderful spot, take an aerial flight over Victoria Falls. Seriously, if you like adventure, you will love Livingstone. Fact. (3B, L)

Leaving the shangri-la of Zanzibar behind you, it’s time to head back to the mainland where you will experience an overnight stop with views of the Usambara Mountains. Next day, get your first glimpse of the one, the only, drum roll please for the almighty Mt. Kilimanjaro! Kili is one of Africa’s most iconic sights, maybe something to do with the fact it’s the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and a magnet for climbers and adventurers from across the globe. Next up, travel to Tanzania’s safari capital of Arusha. This little gem has a stunning backdrop of Mt. Meru and is enveloped by vast wheat, maize and coffee estates. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

Gweta / Chobe River

05-06

Travel by ferry over to the dreamy and exotic ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar. Kick off your time in paradise with a fascinating guided tour of a spice plantation, learning the A-Z on all things spice. Soak up the island’s super-chilled vibes and inhale aromas of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and lemongrass as you learn about the local spice trade on the island. You’ll also get a chance to explore historic Stone Town with its maze of cobbled streets before resting your weary feet on some of the world’s best beaches in Nungwi. This little spot is an absolute slice of tropical heaven, picture blowing palms, azure glittering waters, golden rays and endless stretches of silky-soft sand beneath your toes! There’s a chilled-out but buzzy nightlife scene here too and in no time at all you’ll have got yourself into the laid-back island vibe with a couple of tropical cocktails. (4B)

Korogwe / Arusha

Begin an exciting excursion into the Okavango Delta, and travel by mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) deep into this pristine wilderness area for an overnight stay at a peaceful, basic bush camp. Get up close and personal with Africa’s most iconic wildlfe and enjoy game walks and game drives, and look out for plentiful birdlife amidst the ever-changing landscape of the Delta. (B, L, D) After an bright and early start this morning, enjoy a game walk, sail back through the crystal-clear water channels of the Okavango, and then journey on to Gweta, an ideal base for an optional sunset trip to the Makgadikgadi Pans. At the end of a jam-packed and energetic day rest up and camp under the glittering African stars and ancient baobab trees. Next up is the magnificent Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in southern Africa. Opt for a game drive or a sunset cruise on the river, great for spotting elephants, crocodiles and hippos. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Cross from Malawi into colourful Tanzania and climb through the Great Rift Valley past spectacular scenery, think high mountain passes and rolling emerald tea plantations. As your journey continues you’ll descend down to the inviting warm waters of the Indian Ocean to visit Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’s former capital city and major trading centre. Life in this city mainly revolves around its bustling harbour and noisy fish markets. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Zanzibar

Johannesburg

Arrive into the flourishing city of Johannesburg at any time and perhaps visit its flurry of townships such as Soweto, which boast plenty of poignant landmarks and a political and social history that really captures the interest. Top tip: check out up and coming Newtown.

Unwind and relax on the shores of Lake Malawi, which at 500kms long is the third-largest lake in Africa. Admire the impressive ‘Lake of Stars’ from your overnight lakeside camps. Beach walks, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, snorkelling among the tropical fish, enjoying fishing trips and village tours are all part and parcel of your stay. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Iringa / Dar Es Salaam

DAY ITINERARY

You might like

Shorten your trip Botswana & Falls Adventure (8 days, Johannesburg-Livingstone) (GADAJL) see page 40 Fr R16,742 Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (20 days, Livingstone-Nairobi) (GADVN) Fr R45,686

Lake Malawi

27

Prepare yourself for awe-inspring scenes over the next few days and get ready to re-enact every wildlife documentary you’ve ever watched. Switching from your overland truck to smaller specialised safari vehicles, you’ll head to two of Africa’s premier wildlife areas. Search for the ‘Big 5’ (if you’re thinking lions, rhinos, buffalos, elephants and leopards you’d be on the right track) on the Serengeti Plains and enjoy fantastic wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater - the Africa you’ve always dreamt of. Ngorongoro Crater provides year-round food and water supplies for the many animals that call it home and you’re guaranteed a classic safari experience. Zebra, gazelle, impala and cheetah make this their permanent home and the Crater’s swamps and forest also provide additional resources for hippos, some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhinos, giant-tusked elephants, waterbucks, baboons and vervet monkeys. The views over the Crater’s rim from your campsite and simply stunning. Make sure your camera battery in charged to the max, as this is one of those ‘I can’t believe I’m here’ moments. After your wildlife overload you’ll spend your final night camping in Arusha. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Nairobi

Travel through the sacred lands of the friendly Masai folk to Nairobi where your tour ends in the late afternoon. Soak up the city’s colourful culture and reminisce on the past twenty seven days of utterly incredible African memories. (B, L)

Lusaka / Chipata / Lake Malawi

10-12

Spend your night under canvas on a private game farm near Lusaka and marvel at the zebras, buffalos, and the boks that roam around the property. Continue to the lively and friendly town of Chipata and then cross the Zambian side of the border into the warm and oh-so-welcoming arms of Malawi. Malawi boasts friendly locals, mind-blowing and diverse landscapes and it’s pin-up icon is none other than Lake Malawi, also known as the ‘Lake of Stars.’ (3B, 3L, 3D)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

27


R71,583

CAPE TOWN TO NAIROBI Cape Town

FR

40 DAYS

Nairobi

K E N YA

Mt. Kenya

Serengeti National Park

Nairobi

Ngorongoro Crater

Arusha

TA N Z A N I A

Zanzibar Dar Es Salaam

Iringa Chipata

Damaraland Swakopmund Namib Desert

Lusaka

Windhoek B

Cape Town

M A L AW I

Livingstone Kasane/Chobe River Gweta Maun

N A M I B I A

Fish River Canyon Gariep River Cederberg

• • • • • • • •

Z A M B I A

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

Okavango Delta Waterberg Plateau National Park Etosha National Park

Lake Malawi

OT S WA N A

S O U T H A F R I C A

Highlights

Enjoy cosmopolitan Cape Town Take in the desolate Namib Desert Enjoy amazing game drives at Etosha Camp out in the wild in the Okavango Feel the force of the Victoria Falls Laze by lovely Lake Malawi Relax on beautiful Zanzibar beaches See wildlife heaven in the Serengeti

Marvel at the world’s highest sand dunes, float through the Okavango in a dug-out mokoro canoe and meet the San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari Desert on this epic overland adventure. You’ll travel from the southern tip of Africa to Kenya on an overland truck and soak up the vibrant colours, culture and scenery of seven countries. Enjoy the contrasts between the wilderness and bright city lights, whilst camping under Africa’s big sky. Take the road less travelled and come away with jaw-dropping photographs and a deeper understanding of this incredible continent.

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 12 Jan 19 Feb 02 Feb 23 Mar 23 Apr 13 Apr 27 May 11 May 25

Feb 20 Feb 27 Mar 13 Apr 03 May 01 May 22 Jun 05 Jun 19 Jul 03

Jun 01 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 06 Jul 13 Jul 27 Aug 10 Aug 24 Sep 07

Jul 10 Jul 31 Aug 07 Aug 14 Aug 21 Sep 04 Sep 18 Oct 02 Oct 16

Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 09 Nov 16 Nov 30 Dec 14 Dec 28

Oct 30 Nov 06 Nov 20 Dec 04 Dec 18 Dec 25 Jan 08 Jan 22 Feb 05

Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town at any time. Explore and enjoy!

02-03

Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea and through dry and remote portions of South Africa’s Western Cape before overnighting in Cederberg, a wilderness area famed for its weird and wonderful sandstone formations and ancient rock art. The following day set up camp at scenic Gariep River, the natural border with Namibia, after which you might have time for a late afternoon swim or even canoe on the river. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Fish River Canyon

04

Travel to Fish River Canyon, the largest in Africa and the second-largest in the world. Though the facts and figures are impressive enough -160kms long, 27kms wide at its maximum point, and with a dramatic inner canyon reaching a depth of 550m - nothing can really prepare you for the visual impact of seeing it first hand. Witness the spectacular sunset over the Canyon’s rim. (B, L, D)

Namib Desert

05-06

Head towards the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei that form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Though the dunes are part of one the oldest and driest ecosystems on earth, this lonely and remote region is far from devoid of life. The dynamic sands are constantly shifting from the power of the wind, and are sculpted into a variety of interesting shapes. Spend a full day exploring and see some dramatic sunsets over stunning desert landscapes. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Swakopmund

07-08

Marvel at the Namib Desert as you cross this void region on your way to the west coast of Namibia. In the German-influenced town of Swakopmund you can explore the historic half-timbered houses, colonial-era buildings and waterfront promenades. Swakopmund is also known for its angling and surfing, and has become a justifiably popular holiday destination. Try some of the many adventure activities available, such as sand boarding or a dolphin cruise or just relax in a seaside café. (B, L)

17-18

My Own Room Available: Fr R18,265

Travel north into the stony desert landscapes and set up camp near Twyfelfontein, whose name means ‘doubtful spring’ and relates to the fact that its water source was deemed inadequate to support life in such a harsh environment. In the afternoon explore the area, which is adorned with 6,000-year old rock engravings and petrified fossil forests. (B, L, D)

19-22 23-24

You might like

Shorten your trip Cape & Dunes Overland (14 days, Cape Town to Windhoek) (GADADO) see page 38 Fr R22,074 Go In Reverse Nairobi to Cape Town Adventure (GADKNC) see pages 22/23 Fr R71,583

28

10-11

Waterberg Plateau Game Park / Windhoek / Kalahari Desert / Maun

12-15

After a morning game drive, you’ll begin moving south to Waterberg Plateau Game Park, where you can take a scenic forest walk and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The following day continue on to the Namibian capital of Windhoek to enjoy a good shower and a break from camping! Day 14 sees you proceed into Botswana and into the heart of the Kalahari Desert to walk with a local San Bushman. After overnighting, head to Maun to prepare for your exciting trip into the Okavango Delta - you’ll leave some of your luggage here so you can travel light into the Delta. (4B, 3L, 3D)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Cross the mighty Zambezi River and continue to Livingstone, home of the Victoria Falls. Spend the next day exploring the breathtaking Falls, where the waters tumble down 108m across a variety of different cataracts across a 1.7km wide stretch of the river. It’s quite rightly regarded as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. For the thrill seekers amongst you, why not go whitewater rafting on the Zambezi or bungee jump with the Falls in view? (4B, L)

Lusaka / Chipata

Head to a private game farm just outside of the Zambian capital of Lusaka and after overnighting, journey to Chipata on the Zambia/Malawi border and visit the colourful local market. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Lake Malawi

25-28 29-30 31-34

Cross into Malawi, known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ and spend four nights relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi, also regarded as the ‘Lake of Stars’. The lake stretches some 500kms from north to south, and is home to no fewer than 600 species of fish and marine life. Take beach walks, swim in the crystal-clear water or opt to snorkel and scuba dive amongst the tropical fish. Visit various lakeside camps as you travel north along the shores. (4B, 4L, 4D)

Iringa / Dar Es Salaam

Cross the border and head for Tanzania. Travel out of the Great Rift Valley through spectacular mountain passes and head towards your camp outside Iringa before travelling on to colourful and historic Dar Es Salaam, the port from which ferries to Zanzibar leave. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Zanzibar

Catch the ferry over to the exotic ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar, and wander Stone Town’s maze of narrow lanes before travelling north to Zanzibar’s beautiful beaches. Spend a couple of days relaxing on the white sands, taking part in your favourite watersports or just chilling in the sunshine. (4B)

Korogwe / Arusha

35-36

Travel back to the mainland by ferry, and after the day’s journey arrive at tonight’s camp in Korogwe with views of the Usambara Mountain slopes. Spend the afternoon relaxing around the camp. The next day, you’ll pass by Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain as you head towards the safari capital of Arusha. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Serengeti National Park

37-38

Etosha National Park

As one of Africa’s highlights, the Etosha National Park protects over 20,000 square kms of land surrounding the vast white/green Etosha Pan. It offers a variety of wildlife and phenomenal game viewing and you will explore the pans and the park on game drives with excellent opportunities to spot lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos and herds of antelope. Flood-lit waterholes allow animal spotting to continue after dark! (2B, 2L, 2D)

Wake up to the African sun rising over the beauty of the Delta. Pick up your luggage back in Maun and continue to the village of Gweta, located near the bizarre salt pans of Makgadikgadi. Proceed towards Chobe National Park in the morning and set up camp just outside Kasane. This afternoon, take an optional game drive or a sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Livingstone

Damaraland

09

Set off on a fantastic overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta. Hop into a mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe, that’ll take you deep into the Delta towards your remote and peaceful bush camp. Enjoy game walks, mokoro safaris and fantastic game viewing, and during the heat of the day relax back at the camp and catch up on your favourite book. (B, L, D)

Gweta / Chobe National Park

Cederberg / Gariep River

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (28 nts), full service camping (2 nts), bush camping (1nt), simple hotels (6 nts), guesthouses (2 nts, multishare) Transport: Overland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicles, minibus, ferry Meals: 38 breakfasts, 30 lunches, 27 dinners Budget: Allow USD $280 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook and driver, certified safari guides/drivers, local guide Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADCN

16

DAY ITINERARY 01

Departures 2014

Okavango Delta

39 40

Changing to smaller 4x4 vehicles, you’ll set off for the plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, simply one the very best places in the world to take a safari. Marvel at the multitude of animal and birdlife whilst exploring the acacia-spotted savannah. Search for the ‘Big 5’ - rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion and leopard - fantastic game viewing is guaranteed! (2B, 2L, 2D)

Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

The Ngorongoro Crater is home to amazing wildlife in a stunning location. Venture down to the Crater floor and check out the herds of zebra, gazelle, impala and cheetah. After lunch, continue back to your camp outside of Arusha for your final night of camping. (B, L, D)

Nairobi

Departing Arusha you’ll travel through the lands of the Maasai people as you make your way to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The tour ends on arrival late afternoon when it’s sadly time to say your goodbyes. (B, L)

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

29


R106,621

ULTIMATE AFRICA Cape Town

FR

54 DAYS

Nairobi Kampala Lake Nabugabo

Jinja Eldoret Lake Nakuru National Park K E N YA

Mt. Kenya Lake Bunyonyi Nairobi Serengeti National Park Arusha Ngorongoro Crater Zanzibar TA N Z A N I A

Dar Es Salaam

Iringa Chipata

Damaraland

Lusaka

Namib Desert

N A M I B I A

Fish River Canyon Gariep River Cederberg

Cape Town

Lake Malawi M A L AW I

Livingstone Chobe National Park Gweta Maun

Windhoek

Swakopmund

• • • • • • • •

Z A M B I A

B OT S WA N A

S O U T H A F R I C A

Highlights

Check out the eerie Namib Desert Learn the art of living in the bush Explore the Okavango by dug-out canoe Take a cruise to see hippos and crocs Get close to the powerful Victoria Falls Safari the Serengeti for the ‘Big 5’ Admire Lake Nakuru’s pink flamingos Snap mountain gorillas in the wild

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 12 Jan 19 Feb 02 Feb 23 Mar 23 Apr 13 Apr 27 May 11 May 25

Mar 06 Mar 13 Mar 27 Apr 17 May 15 Jun 05 Jun 19 Jul 03 Jul 17

Jun 01 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 06 Jul 13 Jul 27 Aug 10 Aug 24 Sep 07

Jul 24 Aug 14 Aug 21 Aug 28 Sep 04 Sep 18 Oct 02 Oct 16 Oct 30

Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 09 Nov 16 Nov 30 Dec 14 Dec 28

Nov 13 Nov 20 Dec 04 Dec 18 Jan 01 Jan 08 Jan 22 Feb 05 Feb 19

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (41 nts), full service camping (2 nts), simple hotels (7 nts), guesthouses (2 nts, multishare), bush camp (1 nt) Transport: Overland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicles, minibus, ferry Meals: 52 breakfasts, 43 lunches, 40 dinners Budget: Allow USD $250-320 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook and driver, certified safari guides/drivers, certified mountain guide, gorilla trackers Group Size: Max 22, Avg 19 Tour Code: GADAUA

Enjoy every aspect of Africa’s amazing sights on this ultimate 54-day adventure! You’ll have the trip of a lifetime as you climb aboard a rugged overland truck and camp amongst the beautiful African wilderness. There are so many highlights we just can’t name them all. What we can say is that you are guaranteed unbelievable wildlife encounters and enticing culture at every turn. Track down the ‘Big 5’, explore the Okavango Delta in a dug-out canoe and encounter gorillas in the Ugandan countryside. Rare wildlife and real people are what make this journey special, piled high on top of the spectacular scenery and stunning beaches.

DAY ITINERARY 01-03 04-05 06-08 09-10 11-13

Shorten your trip Cape & Dunes Overland (14 days, Cape Town-Windhoek) (GADADO) see page 38 Fr R22,074 Delta & Falls Overland (9 days, Windhoek to Livingstone) (GADNFO) see page 39 Fr R16,742

30

Tanzania / Iringa / Dar Es Salaam

29-30

Arrive into Cape Town where there is so much to see and do! From wine tours and Table Mountain, to cage diving with great white sharks! The next day, head north to the Cederberg Wilderness Area, before continuing to the Namibia border to set up camp by the Gariep (Orange) River. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Fish River Canyon / Namib Desert

Travel to the largest canyon in Africa and set up camp as you watch the spectacular sunset. The next two days will be spent in the bizarre environment of the Namib Desert, where you will encounter the world’s largest sand dunes at Sossusvlei. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Swakopmund

31-34 35-36 37-38 39 40-44

17-18 19-22 23-24

Leaving Windhoek, head for the Kalahari Desert, where you’ll meet a local San Bushman to learn the tribe’s fascinating skills. Next head to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, for an overnight. The next day you’ll journey by road and dug-out canoe to reach your bush camp, deep in the world’s largest inland delta. Here, enjoy game walks and viewing in the pristine wilderness. (3B, 3L, 3D)

45-47

Cross the Zambezi River to enter Zambia and on to the resort town of Livingstone where you’ll spend the next three days. Get up close to the immense Victoria Falls, raft the white water of the mighty Zambezi or for the adrenaline junkies - bungee with the Falls in view. (4B, L)

51-53

Lusaka / Chipata

Journey across bumpy roads to a private game farm just outside the Zambian capital, Lusaka. Here, marvel at the zebras, buffalos and the boks that roam the property or relax by the pool. The next day you’ll head north east to Chipata, the capital of the Eastern Province. (2B, 2L, 2D)

After breakfast, you’ll begin your two-night excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater; two of Africa’s premier wildlife-viewing areas. Travelling in a smaller safari vehicle, and accompanied by an experienced safari driver/guide, you’ll search for the ‘Big 5’ - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino - while taking in the vastness of the Serengeti plains. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

Venture down to the Crater floor, and take in your final safari experience viewing the high concentration of wildlife, including zebra, gazelle, impala and cheetah, all hemmed in by the walls of the Crater. (B, L, D) Journey through the Masai lands into Kenya, to your hotel in Nairobi. After breakfast the following day, you’ll view varied landscapes as you cross over the Mau Mau Escarpment to Eldoret. Continue into Uganda and across the northern shores of Lake Victoria to camp in the vibrant commercial centre of Kampala. At Kalinzu Forest Reserve, enjoy an included chimpanzee trekking excursion. (5B, 4L, 4D) Travel south to Lake Bunyonyi; a lush, magical, mountainous region of Uganda that will be home for the next few days. Here you’ll experience an unforgettable guided trek deep into the forest-sloped volcanoes for a wild encounter with a family of mountain gorillas. Optional activities here include canoeing, fishing, hiking or boating on the lake. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Lake Nabugabo / Jinja

Camp along the shores of Lake Nabugabo; a small freshwater lake that’s separated by a sand bar from Lake Victoria. Continue on to Jinja, the thrill-seekers’ capital of Africa. Raft or kayak down the White Nile River, go mountain biking or lend a hand volunteering at a local project. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Eldoret / Lake Nakuru National Park / Lake Naivasha

Travel to Gweta and enjoy a unique opportunity to camp under ancient baobab trees. Head to Chobe National Park, enjoy an optional game drive or sunset cruise to view hippos, crocodiles and elephants. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Lake Malawi

25-28

48-50

Gweta / Chobe National Park

Livingstone

After a long journey you’ll reach your campsite with views of the Usambara Mountain slopes and time to relax in the sun. The next day you will pass Mt. Kilimanjaro as you head for an overnight in Arusha, the ‘safari capital’ of Tanzania, where you can explore its bustling markets. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Gorilla Tracking / Kabale / Lake Bunyonyi

Kalahari / Maun / Okavango Delta

14-16

Korogwe / Arusha

Nairobi / Eldoret / Kampala / Kalinzu Forest Reserve

Waterberg Plateau / Windhoek

Travel to the Waterberg Plateau and don your hiking shoes for a trek with amazing views over the Namibian landscape. The next night will be spent in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city. (3B, 2L, 2D)

You’ll spend the next four days in Zanzibar, starting and ending in Stone Town where you can enjoy hours just wandering its maze of alleys and squares and drinking strong coffee from pavement vendors. The two nights in between will be spent in Nungwi visiting a spice plantation en route and relaxing on the idyllic beaches. (4B)

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Today, you’ll pass through arid desert to reach Swakopmund. You’ll have time to explore this historic coastal town and master the art of dune boarding or take a dolphin cruise. (2B, 2L, D) Head to Twyfelfontein, known for its rock engravings and petrified fossil forests. Move on to discover the amazing Etosha National Park, a definite highlight of Southern Africa. You’ll experience the thrill of a game drive in search of elephants, antelopes and lions. After sunset, catch a glimpse of the wildlife at the flood-lit waterholes near camp. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Cross the border into Tanzania, passing through spectacular mountain passes and vast tea plantations before setting up camp outside Iringa. The next morning you’ll transit to Dar Es Salaam, once an old fishing village but today a bustling trading centre, from where the ferries to Zanzibar set off. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Zanzibar

Cape Town / Cederberg / Gariep River

Damaraland / Etosha National Park

My Own Room Available: Fr R19,789

You might like

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

Okavango Delta Waterberg Plateau National Park Etosha National Park

54

Cross back into Kenya for a night in Eldoret before a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, home to a vast variety of birdlife, including pink flamingos drawn here in their millions by this alkaline lake’s abundance of algae. At times, it can be almost impossible to see the surface of the shallow lake, due to the continually shifting mass of pink feathers! Search for white and black rhino, buffalo, impala, hyena and even leopard on the afternoon game drive. Travel to Lake Naivasha for a final day appreciating Africa’s beautiful scenery and wildlife. Around 400 bird species are known to frequent the area around Lake Naivasha and there’s also a sizeable hippo population. In the 1940s, it was a stopover point for the ‘flying boat’ passenger and mail services that linked Britain and South Africa in the early days of aviation. Two decades later, it would be the home for Joy Adamson, the author of the legendary ‘Born Free’. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Nairobi

Continue back towards Nairobi, where your epic journey through Africa sadly comes to an end. It’s time to say goodbye to the good friends you’ll have made in last seven weeks. (B, L)

Spend four nights travelling along the shores of Lake Malawi, known as ‘the Lake of Stars’. Enjoy beach walks, swim in the crystal-clear water and snorkel amongst tropical fish - the lake is home to more than 600 species. You’ll stay in various lakeside camps as you travel north along the shores. (4B, 4L, 4D)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

31


Plus local payment

R24,028

SOUTH EAST ADVENTURE Nairobi

FR

31 DAYS

Johannesburg Maasai Mara

KE NYA

Nairobi

Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro Crater Moshi

Arusha

TA NZA NIA

Chipata

Lusaka Victoria Falls Livingstone Chobe National Park Francistown BOTSWA NA

Lake Malawi Beaches MA LAW I Lilongwe

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEYS

ZA MBIA

Zanzibar Dar Es Salaam

Kruger National Park

Johannesburg SO U TH AF R ICA

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

Search out the ‘Big 5’ in the Maasai Mara Track game in the Serengeti savannah Descend into the depths of Ngorongoro Laze on tropical beaches in Zanzibar Enjoy lakeside beaches in Malawi Feel the force of Victoria Falls Cruise the rich Chobe River Game drive in world-famous Kruger

Departures 2014

Criss-cross your way across Africa - from the sweeping plains and abundant wildlife of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti to the tropical beaches of Tanzania and Lake Malawi, onward through Africa’s centre into Zambia and to its premier attraction, the pounding Victoria Falls. Throw yourself down a rapid or off a bridge (with a rope attached!) before a more sedate cruise in Chobe National Park. Your adventure ends at South Africa’s iconic and bestknown reserve, the fabulous Kruger National Park. From day one to thirty-one, through six countries, this tour does not disappoint.

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Feb 11

Jun 22

Jul 22

Sep 21

Oct 21

Jan 26

Feb 25

Jun 29

Jul 29

Sep 28

Oct 28

Feb 09

Mar 11

Jul 06

Aug 05

Oct 05

Nov 04

Feb 23

Mar 25

Jul 13

Aug 12

Oct 12

Nov 11

Mar 09

Apr 08

Jul 20

Aug 19

Oct 19

Nov 18

Mar 23

Apr 22

Jul 27

Aug 26

Oct 26

Nov 25

Apr 06

May 06

Aug 03

Sep 02

Nov 02

Dec 02

Apr 20

May 20

Aug 10

Sep 09

Nov 09

Dec 09

May 04

Jun 03

Aug 17

Sep 16

Nov 16

Dec 16

May 18

Jun 17

Aug 24

Sep 23

Nov 30

Dec 30

Jun 01

Jul 01

Aug 31

Sep 30

Dec 14

Jan 13

Jun 08

Jul 08

Sep 07

Oct 07

Dec 28

Jan 27

Jun 15

Jul 15

Sep 14

Oct 14

Inclusions

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Only 1839s Accommodation: Camping (27 nts), Hotel (multishare, 3 nts) Transport: Fully equipped safari vehicle Meals: 30 breakfasts, 22 lunches, 23 dinners Group Leader: Services of two crew Group Size: Max 24, Avg 16 Local Payment: USD $1,210 Tour Code: ACSEA31

01

Maasai Mara National Reserve

02 03 04

32

Keep your eyes peeled for a full day game driving out on the plains in search for lions, leopards, rhinos, zebra, wildebeest and buffalo. As you will be in the heart of Maasailand, you may also pass by traditional Maasai villages and red-robed Maasai herdsmen in and around the reserve going about their daily business as man mixes with beast! (B, L, D)

15-19

Leave the ‘Mara’ and head back to Nairobi where you spend the night before crossing the border into Tanzania the next day. (B, L, D)

Arusha

05-06

Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

07 08-09

20-21

On the last day of your optional excursion, arrive at the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with one of the most concentrated populations of wildlife anywhere in the world. As you arrive stop off to marvel at the views from the Crater rim - this is Africa’s largest intact volcanic caldera and the views from the rim to the floor, 700 metres below are staggering! Descending the inner walls on a morning game drive and get close to the herds that roam its rich volcanic plains. After a thrilling three-day excursion you will return to Arusha for the night. (B, L, D)

Known as one of the friendliest countries in Africa and home to the third-largest freshwater lake on the continent with over 600 different species of endemic fish, Malawi is the next stop on your adventure! You follow the shores of beautiful sparkling Lake Malawi and stop at beachside camps along the way. At Kande Beach you can give scuba diving a go, or head out snorkelling, sailing or horseback riding. You also have the opportunity to take part in a fascinating local guided village walk. Five fantastic days enjoying the stunning highlights of Malawi by day and chilling out under the star-filled skies at night. (5B, 5L, 5D) Leaving the lake behind you, enter Zambia where you’ll stay at the small town of Chipata and just outside the country’s capital. Chipata is lively and friendly and boasts a large market, as well as several bars and cafes. You’ll also stop over in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city en route to Livingstone. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Livingstone / Victoria Falls

22-25

Right next to the thunderous Victoria Falls, Livingstone is your base for the next few days. This is Africa’s adrenalin capital and you won’t be left disappointed! While you’re here you can try whitewater rafting, jetboating, gorge-swinging, canoeing or bungee jumping! There’s no end to the adrenalinpumping options! If you’d rather something a little less hair-raising, you can enjoy elephant-back and walking safaris, or just chill out at the riverside campsite. On Day 23 you’ll visit the thunderous Victoria Falls from Mosi-Oa-Tunya (‘Smoke That Thunders’) National Park, a bewitching sight - just don’t forget that raincoat! (4B)

Kasane / Chobe National Park

26

Journey south across the border into Tanzania and arrive into Arusha. This vibrant town is nestled in the shadows of Mt. Meru and nearby Mt. Kilimanjaro. (B, L, D) Over the next three days you can decide if you want to spend time chilling out in your camp or whether you want to venture deep into the wild for an optional three-day excursion of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. We suggest the latter! Transfer into sturdy 4WD vehicles and journey to the amazing Serengeti National Park, home to an enormous array of wildlife. Spend your time here on morning and afternoon game drives and camping out in an unfenced campsite where lion and hyena roam nearby. This is a truly exhilarating experience as much for the sounds at night as for the sights of the day! On Day 6 you leave the park after your morning game drive heading for the Ngorongoro Crater. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Heading deeper into Tanzania, leave the coast behind and drive west via Mikumi National Park into Malawi. (B, L, D)

Chipata / Lusaka

Maasai Mara National Reserve / Nairobi

Serengeti National Park

You might like

Go in reverse East African Explorer (29 days, Johannesburg-Nairobi) (ACEAE29) Fr R21,938 + LP* End in Livingstone South East Adventure (24 days, Nairobi-Livingstone) (ACSEA24) R18,885 + LP* End in Zanzibar Kenya & Tanzania Adventure (13 days, Nairobi-Dar Es Salaam) (ACKTA13) see page 81 Fr R13,099 + LP* *LP = Local Payment

Departing from Nairobi cross the Great Rift Valley and travel towards the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s premier safari destination and one of the best known reserves in the world. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in pursuit of the ‘Big Five’ and the other fantastic wildlife resident in this area. (L, D)

Mikumi National Park / Iringa

Lake Malawi Beaches / Lilongwe

DAY ITINERARY Nairobi / Maasai Mara

Jan 12

14

27-28

From Livingstone cross into Botswana into the town of Kasane - your entrance point to the incredible Chobe National Park. The Park, which encompasses 11,000 sq km, is home to Botswana’s most varied wildlife. You’ll enjoy an afternoon viewing game cruising on the Chobe River. Watch hippos wallowing and herds of elephants bathing - this truly is a natural wonderland. Back at camp sip your drink and take in the view as the African sun slips beneath the horizon. (B, L, D)

Nata / Francistown

Driving south through Botswana you overnight in the towns of Nata and Francistown, known as the ‘capital of north Botswana’. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Kruger National Park

29-30 31

Cross the border into South Africa and arrive into the world famous Kruger National Park. Make the most of your a final opportunity to see the ‘Big Five’ in South Africa’s largest and best-loved wildlife reserve as you venture out on a wild game drive. Keep your camera at the ready and your tick list to hand, your going to need it! (2B, 2L, 2D)

Johannesburg

Travel through the scenic Mpumalanga province back to Johannesburg, where your tour sadly comes to an end on arrival. (B)

Moshi area / Dar Es Salaam

Start the day with a walk through a Masai village with the opportunity to learn about this unique culture. Rejoin the overland truck and drive in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro across vast tracts of savannah to the port city of Dar Es Salaam. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Dar Es Salaam / Zanzibar

10-13

Escape the hazy heat of the city and jump on the ferry across to the paradise island of Zanzibar. Explore Stone Town’s intriguing alleyways and spice markets, ancient architecture and fabulous seafood. Meanwhile on the northern beaches white sands, leaning palms and coral-filled waters await, offering perfect east coast relaxation. On Day 13, take the ferry back to Dar Es Salaam where you spend the night. (4B, D)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

33


CAPE TOWN TO JOBURG ADVENTURE

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Cape Town

• • • • • • • •

R48,733

FR

28 DAYS

Johannesburg

Highlights

Climb Dune 45 at mighty Sossusvlei Peer into Fish River Canyon’s depths Spot the ‘Big 5’ at Etosha and Kruger Walk with the Kalahari San Bushmen Cruise the Okavango Delta by canoe Hear the roar of Victoria Falls Discover the lesser-visited Zimbabwe Search for rhino on a game walk

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 05 Jan 19 Feb 02 Feb 23 Mar 09 Mar 23 Apr 06 Apr 13 Apr 27 May 11 May 25 Jun 01

Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 22 Apr 05 Apr 19 May 03 May 10 May 24 Jun 07 Jun 21 Jun 28

Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 06 Jul 13 Jul 27 Aug 03 Aug 17 Aug 24 Sep 07 Sep 14 Sep 21

Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 09 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 20 Oct 04 Oct 11 Oct 18

Sep 28 Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 09 Nov 16 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 14 Dec 21 Dec 28

Oct 25 Nov 08 Nov 22 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27 Jan 10 Jan 17 Jan 24

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (21 nts), bush camping (1 nt), simple hotels (3 nts) guesthouses (2 nts, multishare) Transport: Overland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicle Meals: 26 breakfasts, 22 lunches, 19 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-190 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook/driver throughout, certified safari guides/drivers, local guide Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADATJ

My Own Room Available: Fr R9,125

If you like action, adventure and sitting down to watch a good wildlife documentary, you’re going to absolutely love this trip! The itinerary reads like a souvenir double-issue of your favourite travel magazine: towering sand dunes, impossibly deep canyons, the bone-shaking roar of Victoria Falls and camping out under a shimmering blanket of stars. If it’s animals you’re after, you won’t be disappointed either, with game drives in Etosha, Kruger and Matobo National Parks, plus canoe safaris in the Okavango Delta. You’ll run out of time before you ever run out of things to see and do on this amazing trip.

DAY ITINERARY 01 02-03 04-06

Cape Town

Arrive into Cape Town today and, if time permits, head out to explore all this amazing city offers.

Cederberg / Gariep River

Travel through the dramatic scenery of the Western Cape before overnighting in Cederberg, a wilderness area famed for its windswept sandstone formations and ancient rock art. The next day, set up camp at scenic Gariep River, where you might have time for a swim or canoe trip. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Fish River Canyon / Namib Desert

Travel to the seriously impressive Fish River Canyon; the largest canyon in Africa and the secondlargest in the world. Continue to the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei that form the gateway into the Namib Desert, whose sands drift to the rhythm of the wind. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Swakopmund / Damaraland ZAMBIA

Livingstone Etosha Chobe River National Park ZIMBA BWE Waterberg Okavango Plateau Bulawayo National Maun Gweta Park Damaraland Windhoek Matobo Kalahari National Park Swakopmund Desert NAMIBIA Kruger BOTSWANA National Park Namib Desert Fish River Canyon National Park

Johannesburg

Gariep River SO UTH

CITY

Cape Town

Cape Town

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

25 77

25 77

24 75

22 72

19 66

17 63

16 61

17 63

18 64

20 68

22 71

23 73

Johannesburg

25 77

23 73

23 73

20 68

18 64

15 59

16 61

18 64

21 70

22 72

23 73

24 75

Livingstone

29 84

29 84

29 84

30 86

27 81

25 77

25 77

27 81

32 90

34 93

32 90

30 86

Maun

32 90

31 88

31 88

30 86

27 81

25 77

25 77

28 82

32 90

35 95

34 93

32 90

Windhoek

28 82

27 81

26 79

25 77

22 72

20 68

20 68

22 72

26 79

27 81

29 84

30 86

Etosha National Park / Waterberg Plateau Game Park / Windhoek

10-13 14-16

AFRICA

Cederberg

Average High Temperature (ºC / ºF)

07-09

Cross this barren region on your way to the German-influenced coastal resort of Swakopmund, where you can explore the half-timbered houses, waterfront promenades and try adventure activities such as sandboarding or dolphin cruises. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the local culture with a guided township walk. Travel north into the stony desert landscapes and set up camp near Twyfelfontein to explore its 6,000 year-old rock engravings and petrified fossil forests. (2B, 2L, D)

17-18

As one of Africa’s highlights, Etosha National Park protects over 20,000 square km of land and game drives here afford phenomenal opportunities to spot lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos and herds of antelope. Flood-lit waterholes allow animal-spotting to continue after dark! Move south to the Waterberg Plateau, where you can take a scenic forest walk and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The next day, continue to Windhoek to enjoy a good shower and a break from camping! (4B, 3L, 3D)

Kalahari / Maun / Okavango Delta

Travel into Botswana to the heart of the Kalahari Desert to walk with a local San Bushman. Head on to Maun to prepare for an exciting overnight trip into the Okavango Delta. Hop into a mokoro that’ll take you towards your remote and tranquil bush camp for game walks and canoe safaris. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Gweta / Chobe River

Wake up to the African sun rising over the beauty of the Delta, then head for the village of Gweta, located near the bizarre salt pans of Makgadikgadi. Next morning, head towards Chobe National Park and set up camp. Enjoy an optional game drive or sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Livingstone / Bulawayo

19-23

You might like

Shorten your trip Cape & Dunes Overland (14 days, Cape Town-Windhoek) (GADADO) see page 38 Fr R22,074

Cross the mighty Zambezi River and continue to Livingstone, home of the Victoria Falls. Spend the next few days exploring the breathtaking falls and taking part in world-class adventure activities. Cross into Zimbabwe for a chance to gain a different viewpoint on Victoria Falls, before travelling south to Matobo National Park to enjoy an open vehicle game drive and walk with rhinos. (5B, 3L, 2D)

Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National Park / Johannesburg

24-28

Cross the border into South Africa to world-famous Kruger National Park. Make the most of your last opportunity to see the ‘Big Five’ in South Africa’s largest and best-loved wildlife reserve. On Day 27, interact with villagers at a community school project before arriving into Johannesburg, where the tour comes to an end at any time on Day 28. (5B, 4L, 3D)

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

35


R36,546

DUNES, DELTAS & FALLS Cape Town

FR

21 DAYS

Livingstone

Z A M B I A

Livingstone

Okavango Delta N A M I B I A

Waterberg Plateau

Etosha National Park Damaraland Swakopmund

Windhoek

Chobe National Park Maun Gweta

Z I M BA B W E

Kalahari B OT S WA N A

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Namib Desert Fish River Canyon Gariep River Cederberg S O U T H

A F R I C A

Cape Town

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

See Cape Town’s many highlights Experience Sossusvlei’s huge dunes Relax in coastal Swakopmund Enjoy amazing game drives at Etosha Go bush walking in the Kalahari Canoe through the Okavango Delta Snap Chobe’s wallowing hippos Feel the force of Victoria Falls

We love everything about Africa but, if forced at spear-point to reveal what our absolute highlights are, we might have to go with the glorious Okavango Delta, the mighty Sossusvlei sand dunes and the roaring Victoria Falls. And surprise, surprise, this sensational overland trip takes in all three plus a whole lot more! This 21-day adventure emphasises the raw and natural qualities of southern Africa as you explore barren deserts and untamed wilderness, camp in the wild, sail along inland deltas and walk through stark landscapes. Soak up some mouth-watering culture and delve under Africa’s skin.

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 05 Jan 12 Jan 19 Jan 26 Feb 02 Feb 09 Feb 23 Mar 09 Mar 16 Mar 23 Apr 06 Apr 13 Apr 27 May 11

Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 08 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 01 Mar 15 Mar 29 Apr 05 Apr 12 Apr 26 May 03 May 17 May 31

May 25 Jun 01 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 06 Jul 13 Jul 27 Aug 03 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Sep 07 Sep 14

Jun 14 Jun 21 Jul 05 Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 27 Oct 04

Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 05 Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 09 Nov 16 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 14 Dec 21 Dec 28

Oct 11 Oct 18 Oct 25 Nov 01 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 20 Jan 03 Jan 10 Jan 17

Cape Town

Arrive into Cape Town at any time and feel free to explore. Catch the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, check out Nelson Mandela’s former cell on Robben Island or simply wander the historic tree-lined streets. A pre-departure group meeting will be held this evening by your tour leader.

02-03 04

Travel north through dry and remote swathes of South Africa’s off-the-beaten-track Western Cape region to overnight in Cederberg, a wilderness area famed for its bizarre sandstone formations and ancient rock art. The following day set up camp at the scenic Gariep River, the natural border with Namibia. Enjoy a late afternoon swim or go canoeing on the river and don’t forget to look out for washed-up diamonds. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (15 nts), bush camping (1 nt), simple hotels (2 nts), guesthouses (2 nts, multishare) Transport: Overland vehicle, walking, mokoro Meals: 19 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 14 dinners Budget: Allow USD $110-145 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook/driver, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADCF

My Own Room Available: Fr R6,688

05-06

36

14 15

Travel to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and second-largest in the world. You’ll spend some time at the Canyon walking its rim and, in the early evening, you can witness the spectacular sunset slipping beneath the horizon. Spend the night in the surrounding area. (B, L, D)

07-08

Get a feel for the Namib Desert as you traverse this empty desert area, crossing many a dry mountain pass as you go. Before arriving in Swakopmund, you’ll drive past Walvis Bay, known for its prolific flamingo population. Spend two nights in the beach resort of Swakopmund with its mindboggling lunar landscape, unforgettable sunsets and seaside cafés. Enjoy a guided interpretive walk through the township to explore its hidden backstreets and local culture. You can also try some of the numerous optional activities available in and around Swakopmund such as dune boarding, dolphin cruises and skydiving. (B, L)

09

16 17

10-11

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Continue through the eastern part of Namibia, cross into Botswana and travel into the heart of the Kalahari Desert - you’ll stay in the intriguing farming town of Ghanzi. Take this opportunity to walk with a local San Bushman and learn fascinating bush survival skills. (B, L, D) As you travel from the Kalahari towards Maun, you will notice the landscape change slightly as you approach more fertile lands. After arrival in Maun, you can pick up supplies and prepare for your overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta. The Okavango River flows for 1,430km (890 miles) through Angola and Namibia before entering Botswana. Here it fans out across the arid landscape before eventurally drying out due to the thirsty sands of the Kalahari and evaporation caused by the desert sun. Before it does, however, it creates a magical world of islands, channels and lagoons - the perfect place in which to immerse yourself in the African bush. (B, L, D) Set off from Maun, the gateway to the Okavango, on a once-in-a-lifetime overnight excursion into the Delta. You’ll travel deep into its watery depths in a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) spotting wildlife as you go. Arriving at your destination, the team will set up the basic bush camp that will be your home for the night. Spend the day enjoying game walks and cruising in mokoros spotting birdlife and game viewing in the pristine wilderness. When you’re not out with the animals you can relax around camp, read a book or have a nap. In the evenings, count the shooting stars, sing with the locals or just unwind and enjoy a sundowner around the campfire. (B, L, D)

Gweta

Wake up to the African sun rising over the beauty of the Delta. Jump back in your mokoro before continuing to the village of Gweta, on the edge of the impressive Makgadikgadi pans. Here you’ll enjoy a unique campsite under ancient baobab trees. (B, L, D)

Chobe River

18

Head towards Chobe National Park in the morning and set up camp just outside of the park near the town of Kasane. This is where the Chobe and Zambezi rivers meet and is home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa, estimated at around 120,000. Take an optional game drive in the park or an afternoon sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River which will be your best opportunity to view hippo, crocodiles and wallowing elephants. (B, L, D)

Livingstone, Zambia

19-20

Etosha National Park

Etosha is locally described as ‘the great white place of dry water’ or ‘white place of mirages’. One of Africa’s major highlights, Etosha National Park offers a huge variety of wildlife and phenomenal natural beauty. With thousands of zebra and elephants and hundreds of giraffe and lion, exploring is a rewarding and exhilarating experience. Discover the pans and the national park on game drives, with excellent opportunities to spot Africa’s ‘Big 5’ animals. Find elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes. Watch animals after sunset at a waterhole near to your campsite, lit with flood lights. There may be the option to experience a night game drive at an additional cost which will give you a different perspective on the animals’ behaviour patterns. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Kalahari

Okavango Delta

Damaraland

Begin moving north into the wilderness and set up camp near Twyfelfontein, whose name is derived from ‘doubtful spring’ as early explorers weren’t sure whether the local water source was reliable enough to support a permanent settlement. In the afternoon, check out the famous rock engravings and fossil forests. (B, L, D)

Head south through the countryside to Namibia’s historic and strongly German-influenced capital, Windhoek. Enjoy a good shower and a break from camping, with time for some shopping and relaxation. This small, friendly city enjoys clean, dry air thanks to its highland elevation at 1,660m, and sights include the art nouveau-style Christuskirche, the Tintenpalast parliament building and panoramic views over the city from the Hofmeyer Walk. There’s also plenty of opportunity to enjoy a few drinks with your group in this lively city. (B)

Maun

Swakopmund

You might like

Extend your trip Ultimate Africa (54 days, Cape Town-Nairobi) (GADAUA) see pages 30/31 Fr R106,621

13

Fish River Canyon

Continuing along remote, dusty roads, you’ll pass the small and desolate towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen on the way to the Namib Desert - now you’re really in the middle of nowhere! Arrive in the area in the late afternoon where the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. The next day you’ll head towards the incomparable Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largest sand dunes, up to 300m high! Rise in time for sunrise from the top of the mighty Dune 45. The site of the blazing orange sand coming to life will stay with you forever. Spend a full day exploring the dunes and the natural wonders of this bizarre environment. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Enjoy one last morning game drive in search of Etosha’s incredible wildlife and begin moving south to Waterberg Plateau Game Park, where you can absorb the stunning natural beauty of the area with a scenic forest walk. If you’re up for it, you can get your hiking shoes on and hike up to the Waterberg Plateau for amazing views over the plains of Namibia. (B, L, D)

Windhoek

Cederberg / Gariep River

Namib Desert

Inclusions

12

DAY ITINERARY 01

Departures 2014

Waterberg Plateau Game Park

Cross the Zambezi River and continue to Livingstone where you’ll spend the last few days of your tour. There’s plenty to do! Get up close (and a little wet) while checking out the immense Victoria Falls, raft the white water of the mighty Zambezi, or for the more adventurous - bungee jump off a very high and scary bridge with the Falls in view. Victoria Falls, which straddles the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, was first sighted by the explorer David Livingstone in 1855, and named after Britain’s Queen Victoria. It is1.7km wide and up to one million litres of water per second tumbles down the five main cataracts. Though its character changes between the rainy and dry season, the sight of the falls is never less than awe-inspiring. (2B, L)

Livingstone

21

The tour ends this morning after breakfast, and you’re free to depart at any time. If you’d like to continue your African journey we have a number of tours that depart from Livingstone, either heading back into South Africa towards Johannesburg or travelling north through Zambia and Tanzania all the way to Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. Please ask your Travel Expert for full details. (B)

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

37


CAPE & DUNES OVERLAND Cape Town

• • • • • • • •

R22,074

FR

14 DAYS

Windhoek

DELTA & FALLS OVERLAND Windhoek

MOZAMBIQUE, KRUGER R16,742 & SWAZI DISCOVERER

R36,546

FR

9 DAYS

Livingstone

Johannesburg

FR

14 DAYS

Johannesburg

Highlights

Soak up Cape Town’s cosmopolitan vibe Enjoy sunset over the Fish River Canyon Absorb the desolate Namib Desert Tackle the world’s highest sand dunes Choose your adventures in Swakopmund Check out Damaraland’s fossil forests Enjoy amazing game drives at Etosha Hike the Waterberg Plateau

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 05

Jan 18

May 25 Jun 07

Sep 21

Oct 04

START

FINISH

Jan 25

Jun 01

Jun 14

Sep 28

Oct 11

Jan 19

Feb 01

Jun 15

Jun 28

Oct 05

Oct 18

Jan 26

Feb 08

Jun 22

Jul 05

Oct 12

Oct 25

Feb 02

Feb 15

Jun 29

Jul 12

Oct 26 Nov 08

Feb 09

Jan 12

Feb 22

Jul 06

Jul 19

Nov 09 Nov 22

Feb 23 Mar 08

Jul 13

Jul 26

Nov 16 Nov 29

Mar 09 Mar 22

Jul 27

Aug 09

Nov 23 Dec 06

Mar 16 Mar 29

Aug 03 Aug 16

Nov 30 Dec 13

Mar 23 Apr 05

Aug 10 Aug 23

Dec 14 Dec 27

Apr 06

Apr 19

Aug 17 Aug 30

Dec 21

Jan 03

Apr 13

Apr 26

Aug 24 Sep 06

Dec 28

Jan 10

Apr 27 May 10

Sep 07

Sep 20

May 11 May 24

Sep 14

Sep 27

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (9 nts), simple hotels (2 nts), guesthouses (2 nts, multishare) Transport: Overland touring vehicle Meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $75-90 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook and driver throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADADO

Highlights

Namibia is one of those truly wonderful countries that will just love your camera - it was made to be photographed. Prepare for endless swathes of achingly beautiful desert, fleetingly populated by the hardiest of animals - nomadic elephants and lonely leopards are noticeably stronger, wiser and wilder here. This 14-day adventure takes you north from Cape Town via huge sand dunes, ghostly lunar landscapes and a spontaneous assortment of the world’s most incredible wildlife as you make your way to the capital of Namibia, Windhoek. Prepare to be blown away!

DAY ITINERARY 01 02-03 04

Waterberg Plateau National Park

Damaraland Swakopmund

05-06

Windhoek

Fish River Canyon National Park

07-08

Gariep River

Cederberg

S O U T H A F R I C A

Fish River Canyon

Crossing into Namibia, you’ll travel to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and the secondlargest in the world (after the Grand Canyon in North America). Absorb the Canyon’s majestic beauty, enjoy some time in the area and marvel at a spectacular sunset. (B, L, D)

Namib Desert

Head towards the incomparable red sands of Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largest dunes. Spend a full day exploring the dunes and the natural wonders of this bizarre environment. You’ll really feel as though you’re in the middle of nowhere, or even on another planet! (2B, 2L, 2D)

09

Marvel at the vastness of the Namib Desert as you travel through on your way to the west coast of Namibia. Before arriving in Swakopmund, where you’ll spend two nights, you will drive past Walvis Bay, with its deep sea harbour and opportunities to spot flamingos. Explore the historic coastal resort of Swakopmund and its surrounding desert landscape and enjoy the many activities on offer, such as sandboarding, quad biking or a dolphin cruise. (B, L)

Damaraland

Travel up the Skeleton Coast to the Cape Cross seal colony then continue through the beautiful desert landscapes of Damaraland. You’ll set up camp near Twyfelfontein and have the afternoon to explore the area, with its rock engravings and petrified fossil forests. (B, L, D)

Etosha National Park Cape Town

10-11

You might like

12 Fr R22,074

Extend your trip Dunes, Deltas & Falls (GADCF) (21 days, Cape Town-Livingstone) See pages 36/37 

38

Etosha means ‘the great white place of dry water’. One of Southern Africa’s top national parks, it offers a huge variety of wildlife and unbelievable natural beauty. Explore the pans and the park on game drives with opportunities to spot lion, giraffe, elephant and rhino. After sunset you can grab a beer and watch animals at the flood-lit waterholes near the camping area. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Waterberg Plateau Game Park

Go in reverse

Cape & Dunes Overland (GADNDO) (14 days, Windhoek-Cape Town)

01

13-14 Fr R36,546

Enjoy one last morning game drive in search of Etosha’s incredible wildlife and begin moving south to Waterberg Plateau Game Park, where in the afternoon you can take a scenic forest walk to enoy the natural beauty of the area. For those who are up for it, get you hiking shoes on to reach the Waterberg Plateau itself, with magnificent views over the plains. (B, L, D)

Windhoek

Head through the countryside to Windhoek, the historic capital of Namibia, where you’ll stay in a hotel for the final evening of your tour. Explore its German-influenced architecture and pick up some last-minute souvenirs. Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast on Day 14. (2B)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

DAY ITINERARY

Windhoek

Arrive into Windhoek. Meet with your tour group in the evening.

Johannesburg

01

Arrive to Johannesburg at any time and feel free to explore.

Kalahari / Maun

02-03

Cross the Botswanan border into the Kalahari. This semi-arid sandy savannah supports more animals and plants than a true desert - the perfect arena for wildlife spotting. Walk with a local San Bushman and learn some of the tribe’s wilderness survival skills. Overnight in the town of Maun, on the edge of the Okavango Delta. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Okavango Delta

04 05

Canoe through through the world’s largest inland delta to your remote ‘bush camp’. Experience fantastic game viewing on walks and safaris in this pristine wilderness area, remembering to look skywards too for the prolific birdlife. (B, L, D)

Gweta

Continue to Gweta, near the fascinting Makgadikgadi salt pans, where you will camp. The pan is an important habitat for migrating animals including wildebeest and zebra populations. (B, L, D)

Chobe River

06

Swakopmund

N A M I B I A

Namib Desert

Travel through the Western Cape’s dramatic scenery and camp on a local farm near the wilderness area of Cederberg, known for its rock art and weathered sandstone formations. Continue past large plantations of rooibos tea and through remote landscapes to set up camp at the Gariep River, which forms the natural border with Namibia. Enjoy an afternoon swim or canoeing on the river. (2B, 2L, 2D)

• Look out for the ‘Big 5’ on breathtaking game drives • Enjoy a dhow safari in Bazaruto National Park • Snorkel in the turquoise waters of Mozambique

DAY ITINERARY

Arrive in Cape Town at any time and explore its colourful city streets. If the weather’s being kind, catch the cable car up Table Mountain to take in the views. Meet your guide and group this evening.

Cederberg / Gariep River

My Own Room Available: Fr R4,555

Etosha National Park

Cape Town

Highlights

• 10/10 game viewing in Chobe National Park • Bushwalk with a tribesman, a truly authentic experience • Canoe through the stunning scenery of the Okavango Delta

Travel to Chobe National Park, home to one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, including massive herds of elephants. Take an optional game drive or an afternoon sunset boat cruise to see not only elephants, but also hippos and crocs. (B, L, D)

Livingstone

07-09

Cross the Zambezi by ferry and enter Zambia. Head to Livingstone to witness the mighty Victoria Falls. Optional adventure activities include whitewater rafting, canoeing, elephant-back safaris and bungee jumping. Depart any time after breakfast on Day 9. (3B, L)

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (6 nts), basic bush camping (1 nt), simple hotel (1 nt) Transport: Overland vehicle, mokoro Meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-75 for meals not inlcuded Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook/driver, local guides Tour Code: GADNFO

My Own Room Available: Fr R2,270

Departures 2014 Jan-May

Selected Fridays

Jun-Oct

Most Fridays

Nov-Dec

Selected Fridays

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary / Maputo

02-03 04-05 06-08 09-10

Prepare for the mind-blowing scenery on your visit to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy a guided birding walk or go horse riding, mountain biking or game viewing in your free time. On Day 3, visit the municipal market, Praca dea Independencia, Iron House and the Jamma Masjid Mosque in the capital of Mozambique, Maputo. (2B)

Praia do Tofo

Swim, snorkel or do absolutely nothing on the beautiful Praia do Tofo. Enjoy a succulent braai (BBQ) right on the beach. (2B, D)

Vilanculos / Bazaruto National Park

Head to Vilanculos for more indulgent beach time. Enjoy a traditional dhow (boat) safari through the picturesque Bazaruto National Park. Settle in the beach camp on the mainland. (3B, 2L, D)

Inhambane / Xai-Xai

Enjoy an orientation walk around Inhambane, known for its rustic colonial architecture and beaches. On Day 10, experience the Portuguese flavour of this beautiful beach town of Xai-Xai. (2B)

Greater Kruger Area

Head to Kruger National Park for the night. On days 12/13, immerse yourself into an unforgettable safari experience in Manyeleti Game Reserve. Visit a local community volunteer programme in the evening.

11-13

Johannesburg

14

Set off on a scenic journey along the Panorama Route from Kruger back to Johannesburg where your tour ends in the late afternoon.

Inclusions Z A M B I A

Livingstone Chobe National Park Okavango Delta N A M I B I A

Maun

Ghanzi

Gweta

Kalahari Desert

Windhoek B OT S WA N A

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), chalets/ bungalows (7 nts), park huts (2 nts), camping (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, open-roof safari vehicle, dhow Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GADSMZ

My Own Room Available: Fr R6,078

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

Apr 20 May 03 May 18 May 31 Jun 15 Jun 28

START

ZIM BABWE

Johannesburg Kruger National Park Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Bazaruto National Park Vilanculos

Inhambane Praia do Tofo Xai-Xai Maputo

SOUTH AFRICA FINISH

Jul 13 Jul 26 Aug 10 Aug 23 Sep 07 Sep 20

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

M OZAM BIQUE

START

FINISH

Oct 05 Oct 18 Nov 02 Nov 15

39


BOTSWANA & FALLS ADVENTURE Johannesburg

KRUGER, FALLS R16,742 & ZIMBABWE 

R15,980

FR

8 DAYS

Livingstone

Livingstone

FR

8 DAYS

Johannesburg

SOUTHERN AFRICA ENCOMPASSED Johannesburg

• • • • • • • •

R31,976

FR

15 DAYS

Johannesburg

Highlights

See rhinos at the Khama Sanctuary Float through the Okavango Delta Sleep in the Botswana wilderness Check out Africa’s most famous Falls Explore Chobe’s wonderful wildlife Stop off in Zimbabwe’s Matobo N.P. Visit Kruger to snap the ‘Big 5’ Cultural interaction at a school project

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Departures 2014 Highlights

• Take a game drive in the community-based Khama Rhino Sanctuary • Camp under the stars in the unique landscape of the Okavango Delta • Watch elephants drink from your camp’s watering hole in Chobe

DAY ITINERARY 01

Highlights

• Experience the power of nature at the legendary Victoria Falls • Track rhinos on foot at Zimbabwe’s wonderful Matobo National Park • Embark upon a game drive in search of the ‘Big 5’ in Kruger NP

Arrive into South Africa’s largest city today. Meet your group and tour leader this evening, to get the low down on what lies in store.

01

Serowe / Maun

02-03

Travel into Botswana to the Serowe Pan; a large grassy depression with several natural watering holes which provides the perfect habitat for Botswana’s last remaining rhino population. Visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a unique community-based initiative founded in 1989 to protect not only the rhino, but also zebra, impala, leopard and wildebeest. Continue on to the safari capital of Maun. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Okavango Delta

04

Begin an exciting overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta and travel by mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) deep into this pristine wilderness area for an overnight stay at a peaceful bush camp. Enjoy game walks and game drives, and look out for plentiful birdlife amidst the ever-changing watery landscape of the Delta. (B, L, D)

Gweta / Chobe River

05-06

After an early morning game walk, sail back through the crystal-clear water channels of the Okavango, and then journey on to Gweta, an ideal base for an optional sunset trip to the Makgadikgadi Pans. Next up is the magnificent Chobe National Park, world-famous as the home of one of the largest herds of elephants in Southern Africa. Take part in an optional game drive or sunset cruise on the river. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Livingstone

07-08

Cross into Zambia to the adventure resort of Livingstone, located very close to mighty Victoria Falls. Opt for whitewater rafting on the Zambezi, an elephant-back safari or a scenic flight over the falls. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 8. (2B, L)

Livingstone

Arrive into Livingstone at any time. You have the day to explore and check out Victoria Falls. For the more adventurous, raft the white water of the mighty Zambezi or sign up for a thrilling bungee jump.

Bulawayo / Matobo National Park

02-03

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 22 Apr 05 Apr 19 May 03 May 24 Jun 07

Jun 07 Jun 14 Jun 28 Jul 05 Jul 19 Jul 26 Aug 09 Aug 16 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 20

Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 12 Jul 19 Aug 02 Aug 09 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 20 Oct 04

Sep 27 Oct 04 Oct 11 Oct 25 Nov 08 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 27

Oct 11 Oct 18 Oct 25 Nov 08 Nov 22 Nov 29 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27 Jan 10

Inclusions

DAY ITINERARY

Johannesburg

START

Jan 04 Jan 11 Jan 18 Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 08 Mar 22 Apr 05 Apr 19 May 10 May 24

Head into Zimbabwe, where there’s an option to visit Victoria Falls from the other side of the border. Stay at a campsite located close to Matobo National Park in the Big Cave private wilderness area. The next day you’ll explore the park by foot and on open safari vehicles, with a chance to see the protected black and white rhinos, search for leopard and see plains game. This is a great opportunity to be one of the few to see Zimbabwe’s number one national park. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (11 nts), bush camping (1 nt), simple hotels (2 nts) Transport: Overland touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, mokoro Meals: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners Budget: Allow USD $40-55 for meals not included Group leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook and driver, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADAJJ

04-06 07-08

Chobe River

Livingstone

Okavango Delta

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (5 nts), bush camping (1 nt), simple hotel (1 nt) Transport: Overland touring vehicle Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $30-40 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook and driver throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADAJL

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

My Own Room Available: Fr R2,422 Note: Tour itinerary follows the first half of the route shown on the map on page 41, travelling from Johannesburg to Livingstone (via Maun)

40

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 04

Jan 11

Jul 26

Aug 02

Jan 11

Jan 18

Aug 09 Aug 16

Jan 18

Jan 25

Aug 16 Aug 23

Feb 01

Feb 08

Aug 30 Sep 06

Feb 15

Feb 22

Sep 06

Sep 13

Mar 08 Mar 15

Sep 20

Sep 27

Mar 22 Mar 29

Sep 27

Oct 04

Apr 04

Apr 12

Oct 04

Oct 11

Apr 19

Apr 26

Oct 11

Oct 18

May 10 May 17

Oct 25 Nov 01

May 24 May 31

Nov 08 Nov 15

Jun 07

Jun 14

Nov 15 Nov 22

Jun 14

Jun 21

Nov 29 Dec 06

Jun 28

Jul 05

Dec 06 Dec 13

Jul 05

Jul 12

Dec 13 Dec 20

Jul 19

Jul 26

Dec 27

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (6 nts), simple hotel (1 nt) Transport: Overland touring vehicle, open safari vehicle Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $40-55 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook & driver throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADZKF

My Own Room Available: Fr R2,422 Note: Tour itinerary follows the second half of the route shown on the map on page 41, travelling from Livingstone to Johannesburg (via Kruger N.P.)

Jan 03

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

05-06

Kruger National Park

B OT S WA N A

A F R I C A

Arrive into South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, at any time today. Travel through an unpopulated part of Botswana as you travel to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a community-based conservation initiative established to safeguard the local white and black rhino populations, which had been severely depleted by indiscriminate poaching. Moving on, you arrive into Serowe, one of the largest and most attractive villages in Botswana, and well known for its quality handicrafts. Continue to Maun, the safari capital of Botswana, from where you can take an optional scenic flight over the magnificent Okavango Delta. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Okavango Delta

It’s goodbye to civilisation and hello the watery wilderness world of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Cruise by traditional dug-out mokoro canoe to a remote and peaceful bush camp, and sleep out under the stars. Revel in game drives and outstanding wildlife spotting from canoes. (B, L, D)

Gweta / Chobe River

Bulawayo Matobo National Park

S O U T H

Inclusions

Departures 2014

04

Z I M BA B W E

Maun

Johannesburg

Serowe / Maun

Gweta

Johannesburg

Inclusions

01 02-03

Johannesburg

Travel to Johannesburg, the economic heart of South Africa. Take some time to see the Soweto Townships or the famous Apartheid Museum. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 8. (2B, L)

DAY ITINERARY

My Own Room Available: Fr R4,555

Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National Park

Travel south through Zimbabwe with an overnight stop at Musina before continuing to big game country! The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers wildlife experiences that rank with the best in Africa. Search for lion, elephant, rhino and more on your full-day game drive in an open vehicle. Later, head into the African bush to Manyeleti Game Reserve where you can have a late afternoon swim, a sundowner and learn about the local Shangaan people. Visit Shalati village and a community project supported by Planeterra. Enjoy a traditional dance and dinner before settling down to be soothed to sleep by the sounds of the African wilderness. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Realise all your African dreams on this fabulous two-week trip. Prepare for golden sunsets, mysterious landscapes, deafening walls of water, face-to-face encounters with a plethora of wild animals and a brilliant introduction to some of Africa’s amazing cultures. You’ll experience the best that Botswana has to offer, including the truly unforgettable Okavango Delta, as well as South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park. At night, fall asleep to the sounds of the wilderness as you camp out under the stars. This is Africa at its most adventurous, and we think you’re going to love it!

07-08

Return to Maun and then continue to the village of Gweta, near the Makgadikgadi salt pans for the unique experience of camping under ancient baobab trees. Travel on to Kasane, your base for a visit to Chobe National Park. Take an optional game drive or an afternoon sunset boat cruise for the best way to see the resident elephants, crocodiles and hippos, or just hang around in camp and watch the elephants come to drink at the watering hole. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Livingstone

Travel from Botswana across the Zambezi River and on to Livingstone, to get up close to the immense power of Victoria Falls. Livingstone is the adventure hub of Africa and activities can include scenic flights, rafting or canoeing on the Zambezi River, bungee jumping or elephant-back safaris. (2B, L)

Bulawayo / Matobo National Park

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 08 Feb 22 Mar 15 Mar 29 Apr 12 Apr 26 May 03 May 17 May 31 Jun 14 Jun 21 Jul 05 Jul 12 Jul 19

Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 22 Apr 05 Apr 19 May 03 May 10 May 24 Jun 07 Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 26

Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 16 Aug 23 Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 27 Oct 04 Oct 11 Oct 18 Nov 01 Nov 15 Nov 22 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 20

Aug 02 Aug 09 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 20 Oct 04 Oct 11 Oct 18 Oct 25 Nov 08 Nov 22 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27

09-10

Cross the border into Zimbabwe, where there’s an option to visit Victoria Falls from the other side which provides an entirely different and unexpected perspective. Tonight, you’ll stay at the Big Cave campsite, located close to the Matobo National Park boundary in a private wilderness area. The next day you can walk with rhinos and explore the park by open safari vehicles. This is a great opportunity to be one of the few to see Zimbabwe’s number one national park. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National Park

11-13 14-15

Travel through Zimbabwe with an overnight stop at Musina before crossing into South Africa. Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the very best in Africa, and lion, elephant, rhino and many other animals call this place home. You’ll have the chance to spot them on a full-day game drive in an open vehicle. You’ll then head to Manyeleti Game Reserve where you can have a swim in the warm waters of a spring-fed pool, and learn about the local Shangaan people. Enjoy a traditional dance and dinner before settling down for a good night’s sleep. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Johannesburg

Travel to Johannesburg and make time to see the Soweto Townships or the rewarding Apartheid Museum. The tour comes to end on Day 15 after breakfast. (2B, L)

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

41


Plus local payment

R17,599

DESERT TRACKER Cape Town

FR

25 DAYS

Johannesburg Z A M B I A

Livingstone Victoria Falls Chobe National Park

Etosha N A M I B I A National Park

Z I M BA B W E

Okavango Delta

Francistown

Windhoek Swakopmund

B OT S WA N A

Namib Naukluft National Park

Polokwane Kruger National Park

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Johannesburg

Fish River Canyon Gariep River

S O U T H

A F R I C A

Cape Town

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

Search for the ‘Big 5’ in Kruger N.P. See Africa’s largest canyon Marvel at impressive sand dunes Tick off wildlife at Etosha National Park Check out Windhoek’s colonial past Camp in the wilds in the Okavango Delta Feel the force of Victoria Falls Admire herds of elephant in Chobe

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 04 Jan 18 Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 15 Mar 29 Apr 12 Apr 26

Jan 28 Feb 11 Feb 25 Mar 11 Mar 25 Apr 08 Apr 22 May 06 May 20

May 10 May 24 Jun 07 Jun 21 Jul 05 Jul 19 Aug 02 Aug 16 Aug 30

Jun 03 Jun 17 Jul 01 Jul 15 Jul 29 Aug 12 Aug 26 Sep 09 Sep 23

Sep 13 Sep 27 Oct 11 Oct 25 Nov 08 Nov 22 Dec 06 Dec 20

Oct 07 Oct 21 Nov 04 Nov 18 Dec 02 Dec 16 Dec 30 Jan 13

There are a few ways of getting from Cape Town to Johannesburg. This one isn’t the smoothest, quickest or most direct - but it’s definitely the most fun! Namibia will leave you enchanted, Botswana will amaze you, Zambia will push your adventure buttons and South Africa will be your grand finale. From the world’s oldest desert to coastal adventure playgrounds, to swarming wildlife and the ‘Big Five’ and immeasurably impressive waterfalls, this trip is all about the journey. There’s a lot of ground covered, but you’re sure to enjoy every second of the ride!

13

01 02 03

Arrive in the stunning, cosmopolitan city of Cape Town to begin your adventure. Begin with a cultural tour of Cape Town’s vibrant townships and a tasty traditional lunch before you travel north through the citrus farming area of the Western Cape. Here you’ll spend your first night under the stars. (L, D)

14-15 16-17

Continue through the semi-desert of Namaqualand en route to your camp on the banks of the Gariep (Orange) River. Watch the sunset and take in the peace and quiet. (B, L, D) Cross the border into Namibia and admire one of the natural wonders of Africa - the Fish River Canyon. This is the world’s second-largest canyon (after the Grand Canyon) and has the views to boot. Take in your staggering surroundings from the canyon rim. (B, L, D)

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Only for 18-39s Accommodation: Camping (24 nts) Transport: Fully equipped safari vehicle Meals: 24 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 19 dinners Group Leader: Services of two crew Group Size: Max 24, Avg 16 Local Payment: USD $1010 Tour Code: ACDTR25

You might like

End in Livingstone Desert Tracker (19 days, Cape Town-Livingstone) (ACDTR19)  Fr R12,456* Go in reverse South West Safari (25 days, Johannesburg- Cape Town) (ACSWS25) Fr R17,599* *Plus local payment

04-06

18-19

07 08

Continuing north, you’ll arrive at the Namib Naukluft Park with its out-of-this-world landscape. The Namib Desert is the world’s oldest and is home to some of the world’s highest sand dunes. Marvel at these massive formations before putting your fitness to the test climbing one at dawn! Enjoy a dramatic sunrise across the vast sea of red sand and witness the shadows shift as the dunes come to life. Continue to the coastal town of Swakopmund. (3B, 2L, 2D)

20

Swakopmund

21

Sandwiched between the desert and the ocean, Swakopmund is a fantastic little coastal town with a distinctive German influence and feel. Spend your day at leisure, stroll the beach, sample some of the fresh seafood or enjoy any of the thrilling adventure sports on offer. From sand-boarding to skydiving, there’s plenty of opportunity to get your adrenalin going. (B)

Spitzkoppe

09-11 12

22

Turning inland, head into Damaraland to the eerie and spectacular Spitzkoppe. Witness the spectacular granite rock formations, some of which are thought to be over 700 million years-old! Camp out amongst the massive rock outcrops and check out ancient bushman paintings. (B, L, D)

Cheetah Park / Etosha National Park

Take a memorable visit to a cheetah park. Namibia has the highest cheetah population of any African country, they are highly endangered and rarely seen in the wild so this is an amazing opportunity to see these extraordinary creatures. On Day 9 you journey into the north and reach Etosha National Park, a vast reserve surrounding a central salt pan, with hundreds of mammal and bird species. This is one of Southern Africa’s best wildlife reserves with prides of lions, herds of zebra, elephant and giraffe as well as the ever-elusive cheetah within the park gates. Head out on morning and afternoon game drives and camp for two nights with the sounds of the wild surrounding you. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Today you’ll head towards the northern corner of Botswana, stopping off near the Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the largest salt flats in the world. The salt flat is magical and disarming - in the sizzling heat you may see mirages of shimmering lakes, see ostriches take flight and stones turn into mountains! Arrive into Chobe National Park on Day 17. This fantastic national park covers 11,000 square kilometres and is home to Botswana’s most varied wildlife including some of the largest populations of elephant in Africa as well as lion and an abundance of birdlife. Enjoy an afternoon Fish Eagle Cruise down the river in search of elephant and wallowing hippo. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Victoria Falls / Livingstone

Namib Desert / Swakopmund

Inclusions

Continue on to Maun, the gateway to the outstanding Okavango Delta. The Okavango is a natural wetland, an amazing and elaborate world of giant lily pads, labyrinthine channels and swaying grasses. This natural wonderland supports animals by the bucket load. Venture out into the Delta to explore the oxbow lakes and flood plains on foot and by mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe). Your nights are spent bush camping on grassy islands in the midst of this watery world for an unforgettable wilderness experience! (2B, 2L, 2D)

Gweta / Chobe National Park

Gariep River

Fish River Canyon

Skirt the northern reaches of the Kalahari Desert and join local bushmen for a desert walk. Discover the secrets of the land and learn how to track animals and how to survive in this hostile environment. (B, L, D)

Maun / Okavango Delta

DAY ITINERARY Cape Town

Kalahari Desert

On Day 18 you travel from Chobe and its magnificent wildlife into Zambia and on to your relaxing riverside camp in the adrenalin capital of Livingstone. This town is an adventure lovers mecca! If you’re game for a thrill throw yourself down the grade 5 rapids while white water rafting, canoe through the stunning gorge scenery or chuck yourself off the bridge bungee jumping. For a more sedate option you can go choose an elephant-back safari, horse riding or a scenic flight over the Falls. You will also visit the Victoria Falls themselves where you can marvel at the sight and sound of this immense volume of tumbling water. (2B)

Chobe National Park

From Livingstone, travel back into Botswana and briefly re-visit Chobe National Park. Look out for more of Africa’s wildest beasts including hippos and rhinos. (B, L, D)

Nata / Francistown

Cross the vast, sparsely populated grasslands of southern Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari. Pass through the desert frontier town of Francistown and the tiny settlement of Nata, before entering into South Africa for the last four days of your adventure. (B, L, D)

Polokwane

Arrive in South Africa and travel to Polokwane in the heart of the Limpopo Province. Spend the night here before venturing into the wilds of Kruger. (B, L, D)

Kruger

23-24 25

Days 23 and 24 are spent at the world-famous Kruger National Park. By day you will game drive, seeking out Africa’s ‘Big 5’ as well as cheetah, giraffe, hippo and antelope and many species of smaller animals - keep your cameras at the ready for all those photo opportunities! By night you have the option to take a night game drive in an adjoining private game reserve, something quite unique to Kruger National Park. Driving through the dark is pretty exhilarating, especially when you stumble upon panting lions by the roadside or hyenas scrabbling about! Return to the safety of your camp, for a night under the stars. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Johannesburg

From the Kruger area it’s onward on Day 25 via the scenic Mpumalanga province to bustling Johannesburg, where your tour sadly comes to an end. (B)

Windhoek

From Etosha, it’s back down to the south to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city. A charming city reminiscent of the German colonial era, you have time to enjoy the city’s offerings before heading over to Botswana. (B, L)

Start the adventure 42

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

43


CAPE TOWN TO VICTORIA FALLS ADVENTURE R53,303 FR

Cape Town

• • • • • • • •

18 DAYS

Livingstone

Highlights

Wander around stylish Cape Town Stroll the promenade at Swakopmund Marvel at the sight of Fish River Canyon Climb the world’s highest sand dunes Game drives in Etosha N.P. & Chobe N.P. Learn survival skills in the Kalahari Sail by canoe into the Okavango Delta Feel nature’s power at Victoria Falls

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 15 Feb 05 Feb 19 Mar 05 Mar 19 Jul 16

Feb 01 Feb 22 Mar 08 Mar 22 Apr 05 Aug 02

Jul 30 Aug 06 Aug 20 Sep 03 Sep 17 Sep 24

Aug 16 Aug 23 Sep 06 Sep 20 Oct 04 Oct 11

Oct 08 Oct 22 Oct 29 Nov 19 Dec 17

Oct 25 Nov 08 Nov 15 Dec 06 Jan 03

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), lodges (4 nts), basic camping (1 nt), supported camping (6 nts), bushmen’s hut (1 nt) Transport: Air-conditioned touring vehicle, mokoro Meals: 11 breakfasts,1 lunch, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $425-500 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GADAFD

My Own Room Available: Fr R3,641

This 18-day journey through four countries hits the highlights and is perfect for the adventurer who wants to discover the region’s diversity. Explore the Okavango Delta by dug-out mokoro canoe and marvel at the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namib Desert; meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari and feel the mist of thundering Victoria Falls. This tour offers a real mix of accommodation, from camps and bushmen’s huts, to farmstays and comfortable hotels where you can recharge your batteries. You’ll also enjoy one-of-akind cultural experiences along the way and really experience the true vitality of Africa.

DAY ITINERARY 01

Cape Town

Arrive at any time, and set out to discover the colourful streets of this cosmopolitan city, with its striking location at the foot of Table Mountain. This evening, meet your tour leader and group.

Lambert’s Bay / Gariep River / Fish River Canyon

02-04 Z A M B I A

Etosha National Park

Livingstone Okavango Delta Maun

Swakopmund

Chobe National Park Gweta

Namib Desert

05-06

Windhoek Kalahari Desert

N A M I B I A B OT S WA N A

Namib Desert

Fish River Canyon National Park Gariep River

Lambert’s Bay

S O U T H

A F R I C A

07-08 09-10

Cape Town

11-12

You might like

Shorten your trip Cape and Namibia Adventure (12 days, Cape Town-Windhoek) (GADACD) Fr R28,929 Botswana and Victoria Falls Adventure (8 days, Windhoek-Livingstone) (GADADF)  Fr R25,882

13-14 15 16

FACEBOOK.COM/STATRAVELSOUTHAFRICA 44

Head north from Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay, a picturesque coastal town with unique artisan shops and the jumping-off point for Bird Island which, at different times of the year, is home to penguins and blue-eyed gannets. Head north through increasingly remote countryside to Gariep River, where you can enjoy swimming or canoeing. Crossing into Namibia, the first stop is at the remarkable Fish River Canyon which, at 161km long and 550m deep, is the second-largest canyon in the world. (3B)

17-18

Travel north to Sossusvlei, known as the gateway to the Namib Desert, and a natural wonderland of bizarre geological formations including the world’s highest sand dunes. There’s the option to climb up the breathtaking red sands of Dune 45, as well as making a stop at the 14km-long Sesriem Canyon, which is invisible from even a short distance away and home to a huge variety of birdlife. (2B, 2D)

Swakopmund

Today, you will really get a feeling for the desolation of the desert environment as you travel to the coastal port of Walvis Bay and then on to historic Swakopmund. This popular little seaside resort offers numerous optional activities such as sand boarding, dolphin cruises and quad biking.

Etosha National Park

Undoubtedly one of Africa’s best places for wildlife spotting, the game drives here (including in optional ‘open’ safari vehicles) afford excellent opportunities to spot elephants, lions and antelope. You can continue your game adventure with a spot of nocturnal viewing at the flood-lit waterhole.

Windhoek / Kalahari

Head through the countryside to Namibia’s small, friendly capital city of Windhoek. Next day, explore the Kalahari Desert and learn fascinating survival skills from a San Bushman on an optional walk. In the evening, enjoy an optional traditional dance demonstration. (2B)

Maun / Okavango Delta

From Maun, travel by traditional dug-out canoe (mokoro) into the unique and beautiful Okavango Delta, where you’ll spend a night at a remote bush camp. Enjoy game walks, birding and a sunset boat cruise in Maun, plus there’s also the option to take a scenic flight over the Delta. (2B, L, D)

Gweta

After seeing the sunrise over the Delta, you’ll hop back in the canoes to return to Maun, from where you’ll head to the Nata area for an optional sunset visit to the salt pans of Makgadikgadi (in the dry season). Watch elephants drinking from the camp’s waterhole during the night. (B, D)

Chobe Area

Travel to the Chobe National Park region, home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa. You have the option to embark on a sunset boat cruise or an open safari vehicle game drive. (B)

Livingstone

Cross the Zambezi River by ferry into Zambia, to the resort of Livingstone close to Victoria Falls. Optional activities include rafting, elephant-back safaris and scenic flights. Tour ends any time on Day 18.

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA


SOUTH AFRICA SOUTHERN AFRICA

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. CAGE DIVE WITH SHARKS 2. GAME DRIVES IN KRUGER 3. TASTE NEW WORLD WINES 4. LEARN TO SURF 5. CLIMB TABLE MOUNTAIN PRETORIA JOHANNESBURG

DURBAN

CAPE TOWN

PORT ELIZABETH


SOUTH AFRICA & SWAZI QUEST Johannesburg

• • • • • • • •

R34,261

FR

17 DAYS

Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA DISCOVERER Durban

CAPE, RAILS & R19,789 KRUGER QUEST

R22,835

FR

10 DAYS

Cape Town

Cape Town

FR

8 DAYS

Johannesburg

Highlights

Search for Africa’s ‘Big 5’ in Kruger N.P. Explore Swaziland’s first wildlife reserve Enjoy a traditional Shangaan evening Laze on the city beaches in Durban Spot elephants at Addo Elephant Park Get active in the Tsitsikamma Forest Option to explore the Cango Caves Discover the diversity of Cape Town

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 04 Jan 25 Mar 01 Mar 22 Apr 19 May 10

Jan 20 Feb 10 Mar 17 Apr 07 May 05 May 26

Jun 07 Jun 28 Jul 26 Aug 09 Aug 30 Sep 13

Jun 23 Jul 14 Aug 11 Aug 25 Sep 15 Sep 29

Oct 04 Oct 18 Nov 08 Dec 06 Dec 20

Oct 20 Nov 03 Nov 24 Dec 22 Jan 05

Highlights

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (11 nts), simple hotels (4 nts), dormitory (1 nt) Transport: 19 seater touring vehicle Meals: 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners Budget: Allow USD $85-110 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Office (CEO)/cook, driver, local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADASQ

My Own Room Available: Fr R3,336

The untarnished grandeur of South Africa and Swaziland is on display in this comprehensive exploration of two of the continent’s most diverse and fascinating destinations. Wildlife and Africa’s incredible culture are at the forefront of this tour - from undiscovered coastal shores to extensive game drives in Addo Elephant National Park and in world-famous Kruger National Park. Follow the glorious Garden Route all the way to the epic city of Cape Town for a grand finale like no other. Add some of the best camp meals you’ve ever tasted into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for adventure par excellence.

DAY ITINERARY 01

Johannesburg

B OT S WA N A

Kruger National Park

S WA Z I L A N D

Zululand

04-05

Durban A F R I CA

Travel through scenic mountains to reach the world-famous Kruger National Park. You’ll stay at the unique Shalati Bush Camp in the 23,000 hectare Manyeleti Game Reserve, where you’ll have a fantastic bush experience combined with the opportunity to get to know the local Shangaan population. Opt for a game drive in the reserve, which is adjacent to and unfenced with Kruger National Park, allowing wildlife to roam freely over the bush. On Day 3, you will first visit a local community project, the Shalati pre-school, which provides support for children in their transition to primary school, before continuing into Kruger National Park to search for Africa’s ‘Big 5’. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Addo Elephant National Park Tsitsikamma National Park

Explore the mountainous territory of Swaziland, one of Africa’s few remaining monarchies. Visit the magnificent Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Swaziland’s ‘Valley of Heaven’ and the first wildlife sanctuary in the country. It is a gentle relaxed place with zebra, many antelope species, crocodiles and hippos. In your free time, take the opportunity to go for mountain hikes, cycling, horse riding or visit a local Swazi village. (2B, 2L, 2D)

06-10

Re-enter South Africa and head towards the coast to explore the stunning St. Lucia Wetlands area a huge expanse of estuaries dominated by Lake St. Lucia. It contains no fewer than five different ecosystems, a marine conservation area and a fossil shoreline. There will be the option to take a boat trip, go for a horse ride on the beach or visit Umfolozi Game Reserve, a haven for white and black rhino. Spend time with the locals and enjoy a home-cooked meal in a private Zulu home. Continue on to Durban, enjoy a traditional curry and spend the next few days discovering the city, its surrounds and beaches. (5B, 4L, 3D)

Addo Elephant National Park / Tsitsikamma / Knysna

11-14

Today, cross unique valleys to reach Addo Elephant National Park and your afternoon game drive. Addo is famous for its elephant population but is also home to plenty of other wildlife species including lion, leopard and buffalo. Continue the next day to Tsitsikamma and your campsite at Storms River. Optional activities over the next few days include hiking a portion of the Otter Trail, one of the finest coastal trails in the world, abseiling, scuba diving, whale watching, canoeing and bungee jumping! (4B, 4L, 4D)

Oudtshoorn / Cape Town

15-16 17 46

After visiting ‘The Heads’ in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon on the coast, you’ll take a scenic drive to travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into an area known as Klein Karoo (‘Little Karoo’) and the quiet town of Oudtshoorn. From here, there’s an option to visit Cango Caves, which are filled with mysterious limestone formations in a wide variety of natural colours, or alternatively pay a visit to an ostrich farm - the area is known as the ostrich capital of the world. (2B, 2L, D)

Cape Town

You can depart from Cape Town at any time but why leave? Extend your stay in the city and maybe visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, take a cable car up Table Mountain for magnificent views, or just chill out on one of the city’s trendy beaches. (B)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Highlights

• Enjoy dinner with a local family on a township visit in Cape Town • Spot the ‘Big 5’ on game drives in Kruger National Park • Ride the rails and watch the South African landscape roll by

DAY ITINERARY

Durban

Arrive at any time and set out to explore the city and its beaches. (D)

Cape Town

01

Arrive into beautiful Cape Town at any time. Spend your day discovering this vibrant city alive with colours, sounds and tastes.

Port St. Johns / Cintsa

02-03 04

Travel through the Eastern Cape province into the heartland of the Xhosa people and the Wild Coast. Try your luck at surfing the waves or hiking one of the various nature trails in the rolling green hills. Cintsa, meanwhile, is said to be a little piece of paradise with one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. (2B, 2L, 2D)

05-07

Continue to the Addo Elephant Park, which despite its name is also home to a huge variety of other wildlife. Spend this evening sitting round the campfire listening to the wild sounds of Africa. (B, L, D) Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and enjoy optional activities such as scuba diving, boat rides or the world’s highest bungee! On Day 7 travel to Knysna, an attractive town nestled on a coastal lagoon and separated from the open ocean by ‘The Heads’. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Outdshoorn

08

Take a scenic drive over the Outeniqua Mountains where you’ll make the quaint town of Outdshoorn your base. From here, you have a couple of optional excursions, the first to an ostrich farm and the other to explore the dramatic Cango Caves. (B, L, D)

Cape Town

09-10

Arrive into Cape Town, and perhaps enjoy a spot of free time to explore all that this vibrant city has to offer, including beaches, bustling waterfront districts, botanical gardens and Table Mountain. On Day 10, your tour comes to an end, and you are free to leave at any time. (2B, L)

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (7 nts), simple hotel (1 nt), dormitory (1 nt) Transport: 19 seater touring vehicle Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $40-55 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEO), cook and driver, local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADCD

My Own Room Available: Fr R2,270

Departures 2014 2014

Cape Town

02-03

Addo Elephant Park

Tsitsikamma National Park / Knysna

Zululand / Durban

Oudtshoorn

Cape Town

01

Kingdom of Swaziland

Johannesburg

S O U T H

DAY ITINERARY

Arrive into Johannesburg at any time and make your way to the hotel, where there will be a brief departure meeting this evening. Take some time to visit Soweto or the famous Apartheid Museum.

Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National Park

02-03

• Explore the fascinating cultural diversity of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ • Enjoy the unique wildlife and dramatic scenery of the Garden Route • Get personal with the wildlife in Addo Elephant Park

From 14th January, every other Tuesday

Relax on one of Cape Town’s trendy beaches or admire the city’s great spirit and natural beauty with an iconic mountain smack-bang in the centre. You may choose to visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, explore Cape Point or embark on a wine tour around Stellenbosch before enjoying an authentic meal in a local home in a nearby township. In the evening of Day 3, go native and make the most of the region by taking an overnight train to Johannesburg. (2B, D).

Johannesburg

Arrive into Johannesburg, the vibrant heart of South Africa and the country’s largest city. Take some time to venture out of the centre and bike the colourful streets of the famous township of Soweto. (L)

04

Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National Park

05-07

Take the Panorama Route, a region of exceptional natural beauty and impressive landscapes, into the Kruger National Park area. Enjoy a full-day game drive in search of Africa’s ‘Big 5’ - elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. In the evening, you will visit a local community volunteer programme in Shalati and enjoy a traditional dance experience. (3B, 3D)

Johannesburg

Rise to the sounds of the wild and depart for Johannesburg. On the way, visit the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa school that aims to provide children with the opportunity to begin their education, and become involved in organised activities. Arrive into Johannesburg in the late afternoon where your tour ends. (B)

08

Inclusions

S WA Z I L A N D S O U T H

Cape Town

A F R I C A

Durban Cintsa

Port St. Johns

Addo Elephant Park Knysna Outdshoorn Tsitsikamma National Park

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), train (1 nt), lodges (3 nts) Transport: Private van/bus, 4x4, train Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $120-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADSKQ

Kruger National Park

Johannesburg S WA Z I L A N D

My Own Room Available: Fr R3,032

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

Jan 20 Jan 26 Feb 17 Feb 23 Mar 17 Mar 23 Apr 14 Apr 20

START

S O U T H

Cape Town FINISH

May 12 May 18 Jun 09 Jun 15 Jul 07 Jul 13 Aug 04 Aug 10

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

A F R I C A

START

FINISH

Sep 29 Oct 27 Nov 24 Dec 22

Oct 05 Nov 02 Nov 30 Dec 28

47


BAZ BUS WHY BAZ BUS

CONVENIENT Simply buy a ticket to your final destination and hop on and off as often as you like along the route FLEXIBLE INDEPENDENT TRAVEL You choose where you want to stay and how long you want to stay for. Be sure to check their timetable! MEET INTERESTING PEOPLE Sit back, relax and share travel tales SAFE Get picked up and dropped off at the door of your chosen hostel REACH OUT OF THE WAY PLACES Private shuttles meet Baz Bus and run you to inaccessible areas (extra nominal fee). See the hidden highlights GREAT VALUE Exclusive STA Travel prices

ONOVERNIGHT THE ROADSTOPS: Port Elizabeth and Durban are compulsory

DAYS OF DEPARTURE CAPE TOWN TOWARDS JOHANNESBURG / PRETORIA

overnight stopovers. ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation is not included in your Hopon Hop-off ticket or Travel Pass. Choose from over 180 brilliant backpacker hostels along the route. Hostels in South Africa have some of the highest standards in the world.

Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat Port Elizabeth to Durban: Tue, Wed, Fri & Sun Durban to Johannesburg / Pretoria: Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun

Buy before you fly SPECIAL! Buy any Wildlife Safari and Adventure package and get a

Choose from STA travel’s TOP TIPS 3 different ticket options

• Hike Table Mountain and watch the sunset

Hop-on Hop-off tickets • Hop on and off as often as you like in one direction • Door to door hostel pick up and drop off

JOHANNESBURG / PRETORIA TOWARDS CAPE TOWN Johannesburg / Pretoria to Durban: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun Durban to Port Elizabeth: Mon, Tue, Thu & Sat Port Elizabeth to Cape Town: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun

FREE Cape Peninsula day tour. See page 53.

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

• • • • • •

• • • • • • •

Whale watch in Hermanus Do the world’s highest bungee at Bloukrans Bridge Visit the Elvis Café in Storms River Surf the waves in Jeffreys Bay Relax on unspoilt beaches in Chintsa Enjoy a beer whilst listening to the African bush wildlife Check out our South Africa hostel pass - see page 56

• There is no time limit on your ticket CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING (IN EITHER DIRECTION): Cape Town 

Johannesburg/Pretoria

FR R3,225

Cape Town 

Durban 

FR R2,721

Cape Town 

Port Elizabeth

FR R1,463

Travel Passes CHOBE NATIONAL PARK / VICTORIA FALLS

• Travel on Baz Bus in any direction you want and as often as you like within the time period • You get picked up and dropped off at the door of your hostel • Valid for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING TRAVEL PASS TICKETS: 7 day Travel Pass

FR R1,513

14 day Travel Pass

FR R2,419

21 day Travel Pass

FR R2,923

Wildlife Safari & Adventure Packages • Hop-on Hop-off ticket from Cape Town to Johannesburg/Pretoria (or vice versa) plus an exciting Wildlife Safari & Adventure tour of your choice - see details adjacent • Enjoy the flexibility of doing each part when you please • Enjoy big savings by buying a package HOP-ON HOP-OFF, PLUS: 4 DAY KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

FR R7,006

Minimum recommended time: 14 days

7 DAY CHOBE NATIONAL PARK & VICTORIA FALLS

FR R8,874 Minimum recommended time: 17 days

11 DAY KRUGER, CHOBE NATIONAL PARK & VICTORIA FALLS 

FR R13,262 Minimum recommended time: 21 days

Included safaris 

(dependent on package)

Kruger National Park wi ldlife safari tour This fabulous four day experience takes you from Johannesburg deep into Kruger. You’ll camp just outside the park and head out on amazing game drives in open top safari vehicles.

Chobe National Park & ViExplore ctoriatheFalls tour wonderland of Chobe in an open top safari vehicle. Head to Victoria Falls, see the sun set over the Zambezi, camp out under the stars and listen to the call of the wild from the comfort of your tent.


CAR HIRE

SELF DRIVES WESTERN CAPE & GARDEN ROUTE SELF DRIVE Cape Town

R3,729

FR

8 DAYS

Port Elizabeth

DAY ITINERARY SELF-DRIVE IDEAS

Please see opposite page for our favourite self-drive routes in South Africa or check out these other suggestions: • The Garden Route - see page 51 & 57 • Franschhoek & The Winelands • The Little Karoo (Route 62) • Durban & The Wild Coast • The Drakensburg Mountains • Game Viewing in Kruger - see page 63 • Namibia - see page 67

CAR TYPES

A self-drive holiday is a great way to see everything you want to see in South Africa. You’ll have the freedom to explore the big cities, as well as stumble upon tiny, hidden towns along the way, all at your own pace. Our aim is to make your car hire experience as easy and stress-free as possible. We offer a great range of pre-paid car hire, and we advise you upfront of any locally-payable extras. We work with the most renowned global suppliers and the best local operators, ensuring you the highest level of service.

Dri ving Licence A full valid driver’s licence with photograph is required from your home country, otherwise an international licence is needed.

Age Restrictions Generally the minimum age is 21, but can vary between car hire companies and location. Please check terms and conditions with your STA Travel Expert when making an enquiry or booking.

01-03 04-05 This trip can be done in reverse. Not quite what you want? Ask us about our tailor-made service. Your trip, your way! Ask your STA Travel Expert for details

car rental Fr R229 per day. See page 50

Economy FR R229* per day

Compact FR R305* per day

Intermediate FR R351* per day

Full Size FR R564* per day

50

APPROX DISTANCE

(KMs / MILES)

Cape Town

Stellenbosch

53 kms / 33 miles

50 mins

Hermanus

121 kms / 75 miles

1 hr 35 mins

Cape Town

Outdshoorn

437 kms / 272 miles

5 hrs 50 mins

Cape Town

Knysna

491 kms / 305 miles

6 hrs 15 mins

Cape Town

Port Elizabeth

748 kms / 465 miles

9 hrs 30 mins

Knysna

Port Elizabeth

264 kms / 164 miles

3 hrs 25 mins

Outdshoorn

Port Elizabeth

360 kms / 224 miles

4 hrs 45 mins

Port Elizabeth

East London

301 kms / 187 miles

3 hrs 50 mins

Port Elizabeth

Durban

910 kms / 565 miles

11 hrs 25 mins

Durban

Johannesburg

568 kms / 353 miles

6 hrs 30 mins

Durban

St. Lucia

245 kms / 152 miles

3 hrs 15 mins

Durban

Ladysmith

247 kms / 153 miles

2 hrs 50 mins

Durban

Kruger N.P.

765 kms / 475 miles

9 hrs 45 mins

Johannesburg

Kruger N.P.

398 kms / 247 miles

4 hrs 55 mins

Johannesburg

St. Lucia

595 kms / 370 miles

7 hrs 45 mins

Johannesburg

Ladysmith

353 kms / 219 miles

4 hrs 20 mins

Johannesburg

Cape Town

1405 kms / 873 miles

16 hrs 20 mins

Minimum rental periods and other conditions apply. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and seasonal surcharges. Please note that all prices are subject to change depending on city of pick up or drop off. These are a ‘from’ guide only. Please see your STA Travel Expert for more details.

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Take Route 62 to the town of Oudtshoorn. Day 5, start with a scenic drive to the Cango Caves for an optional tour. Continue over the Outeniqua Mountain Pass with outstanding views towards the coast. Stop off in the coastal towns of George and Wilderness before reaching lush Knysna. (2B)

Knysna / Plettenberg Bay / Tsitsikamma NP / Port Elizabeth

06-07

Drive along the coast to Plettenberg Bay, stop off at Knysna Elephant Park or Birds of Eden. Head east on Day 7 to Tsitsikamma National Park for 50 miles of rocky coastline and spectacular landscapes. Stop off at Storms River Bridge for views over the gorge and a chance to bungee jump off of one the highest bridges in South Africa. Arrive into Port Elizabeth tonight. (2B)

Port Elizabeth

08

Extend your stay, perhaps it’s time for safari?

CPTWG7

R9,382

FR

15 DAYS Calling all nature lovers, wildlife die-hards and explorer types! This fantastic self-drive tour will be your perfect match as it escapes the hustle and bustle of South Africa’s cities and gets you face to face with the country’s wildlife and wilderness. You’ll travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town and see all the best of South Africa that’s in between. The best part? Everything is done at your own pace. Price includes fourteen nights accommodation with daily breakfast and a self-drive kit (see above for details) but excludes car hire and excursions.

APPROX TRAVEL TIME

Cape Town

Stellenbosch / Oudtshoorn / Outeniqua Moutain Pass / Knysna

Cape Town

(GUIDE ONLY)

BETWEEN

Day 1 is yours to explore Cape Town’s highlights. Day 2, enjoy free time or take an optional tour to Cape Point headland. Day 3, drive to Stellenbosch where you’ll stay out near the vineyards. (2B)

SOUTH AFRICA ENCOMPASSED Johannesburg

DRIVING DISTANCES IN south africa

Cape Town / Stellenbosch

DAY ITINERARY 01-05 06-07 08-09 This trip can be done in reverse. Not quite what you want? Ask us about our tailor-made service. Your trip, your way! Ask your STA Travel Expert for details

car rental Fr R229 per day. See page 50

10-12 13-15

Johannesburg / Kruger National Park / Johannesburg

Arrive in Johannesburg and the day is yours to explore. On Day 2, experience the country’s wild side as you pick up your rental car (not included) and drive to Kruger National Park where you’ll stay in the perfect game-spotting location. On Day 5, leave Kruger. (4B)

Drakensburg Mountains

Next up, the mountainous wonderland of the Drakensburg Mountains. Stop at the highest pub in Africa before choosing to abseil, white water raft or take a helicopter ride for a bird’s-eye view. (2B)

Drakensburg Mountains / KwaZulu Natal North Coast / Durban

Cruise along the north coast of KwaZulu Natal where serious chilling is on the menu. From here, stretch out under the warm African rays at the beach towns of Umhloti and Ballito. Overnight in Durban. (2B)

Durban / Port Elizabeth / Knysna

Drop off your rental car in Durban before catching a flight (not included) to Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival, pick up your new wheels and travel the Garden Route towards the quaint town of Knysna. (3B)

Knysna / Cape Town

From Knysna head to glorious Cape Town, checking out the city’s hotspots. On your final day, drop your car off at the airport and continue your onward journey. (3B) JNBSAS

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

51

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Explore the wonders of South Africa’s impressive coastline on this fantastic self-drive itinerary. Take each day at your own pace and save time as your accommodation is prebooked for you. Eight days will take you from Cape Town’s city shores all the way along the coast to Port Elizabeth’s sandy beaches. Stop off in the Winelands before cruising along in to the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn. Back on the road, head to coastal Knysna where you have plenty of time to explore this charming town and its surroundings. Your final destination is Port Elizabeth where your seaside adventure sadly comes to an end. You will receive a self-drive kit on arrival which contains detailed maps and an itinerary, hotel and sightseeing brochures and a welcome letter. Price includes seven nights accommodation with daily breakfast and the self-drive kit but excludes car hire and excursions.


CAPE TOWN & BEYOND

COOL STUFF TO DO IN CAPE TOWN

GREEN POINT

9

2 3

SCALE TABLE MOUNTAIN Fr R500 Enjoy breathtaking views of the city and beaches from Cape Town’s most famous sight. Hike or go by cable car.

V&A WATERFRONT

4 2 6 8

DE WATERKANT VILLAGE

ac

h

Rd

SEA POINT

Be

DO A TOWNSHIP TOUR Fr R432 Laugh, live and learn with the Xhosa people in Cape Town’s oldest township. Includes barbecue lunch or dinner.

45 Lo ng

St

10 CITY CENTER Ne

t oo fS

an

de

la

BAZ BUS CAPE PENINSULA TOURFr R544 This guided day tour includes cycling and easy hiking. Explore Camps Bay, the 12 Apostles, Hout Bay and the penguins at Simonstown. Breakfast, lunch, use of bikes and park entry fees are all included.

Blv

d

1 1

Ho

fS t

Kl

CLIFTON BEACH

nM

Kl

oo fN

ek R

d

lso

SHOESTRING

ay mp sB

87

glamPACKER

ASHANTI GARDENS LODGE

ATLANTIC POINT BACKPACKERS

R157 DORM R250 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

CRUISE THE COAST Fr R197 Gaze out at the city shoreline with a glass of Champagne in hand!

TABLE MOUNTAIN

Ca

CAMPS BAY

Dr

7 6

a-list

R170 DORM R325 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

PRIMI SEA CASTLE

rock solid

CAMPS BAY RESORT

R549 SINGLE R374 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

R915 SINGLE R549 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Plenty of room choice, from singles to mixed dorms • Café, bar, pool and travel centre all onsite • Walking distance to plenty of local attractions

• Cool off with a dip in the cystal clear pool • Shoot a few holes on the mini golf course • Explore Cape Town’s uber-trendy Green Point

• A stone’s throw from the stunning Clifton and Camp’s Bay beaches • Enjoy a chilled out beach vibe and friendly African hospitality • A short drive from the nightlife and activities of the city centre

• Soak up those dreamy African rays at the nearby beach • Cool off with a dip in the outside pool • Enjoy Camps Bay’s delights on your doorstep

Perfect for those wanting to be close to the action, this beautifully decorated Victorian mansion is just a short stroll from the cool backpacker hangout, Long Street. Enjoy views of iconic Table Mountain, relax by the pool or enjoy a beer at the bar. The perfect place to make new friends!

If you’re looking for a ‘flashpacker’ in the heart of Cape Town, look no further! Run by travellers for travellers, this super-funky hostel is situated in trendy Green Point. After a hard day exploring the city, enjoy free Wi-Fi, barbecue area, pool table, bright, spacious dorms and cool private rooms, plus an entertainment area.

Wake to the sound of waves crashing against the shore and enjoy beach life at this hotel. By day, kick off your shoes and relax by the pool. By night, enjoy a sundowner on the deck. Rooms are all en suite, have air con and Wi-Fi. Oh, and you’re just a ten-minute drive to the city!

Boasting a huge variety of room types and the freedom of self-catering combined with the services and facilities of a hotel, Camps Bay Resort is a little different. A short drive from the city, it has a pool, is comfy and near the beach meaning your stay can be super-chilled or as active as you like!

CPTASH

CPTAPB

rock solid

CAPE TOWN RITZ HOTEL

R671 SINGLE R397 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Located just off Sea Point’s vibrant main street and a short distance from the beach and the V&A Waterfront, this hotel has all the mod cons: Wi-Fi, swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Rooms are basic yet comfy, with air con and en suite bath or shower rooms. This place won’t break the bank and has all the amenities you need. CCPTRI

52

rock solid

STRAND TOWER

R1,463 SINGLE FR R838 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Located at the bustling corner of Strand and Loop Street, this family-run hotel is well-placed for exploring the amazing city sights including Table Mountain and the bars and restaurants of the V&A Waterfront. Facilities include a gym, sauna, steam room, restaurant and bar overlooking the pool deck. CCPTST

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Rock solid

CAPE TOWN HOLLOW

R945 SINGLE R595 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Nestled in downtown Cape Town, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the city’s hotspots. This boutique hotel boasts style with all the usual mod cons, plus pool, lounge, bar, à la carte restaurant, a wellness centre with three treatment rooms and energising sauna - the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate! CCPTCH

STAY 4 PAY 3 01MAY14-31AUG14

CCPTPS

CCPTCB

rock solid

PROTEA HOTEL FRR1,356 SINGLE FR CAPE CASTLE R884 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Within easy walking distance to the V&A Waterfront, this hotel is perfectly located for your stay in Cape Town and to access all the best sights of the city. Luxurious apartment rooms boast great views and all the mod cons. With warm hospitality, inviting interiors and epic views, you’ll feel right at home. CCPTCC

rock solid

BREAKWATER LODGE

R1,387 SINGLE FR R876 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Breakwater Lodge is just a five-minute walk from all the shops, bars and restaurants of the bustling V&A Waterfront. Once a 19th Century prison, this hotel is now anything but! Although you can still see the etchings on the outside walls made by prisoners. You will find bright, clean rooms and a warm welcome. STAY 3 PAY 2 01APR14-30SEP14

CCPTBL

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

a-list

INN ON THE SQUARE

R823 SINGLE R564 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Set on the cobblestoned Greenmarket Square, this elegant hotel couldn’t be more centrally located. Head to the rooftop pool and soak up the vistas of Table Mountain before chilling out in the sauna. For authentic South African food, head to the in-house restaurant, DISH, before unwinding with a nightcap in the lounge. STAY 4 PAY 3 01APR14-30SEP14

CCPTIS

53

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Victoria Rd

5


SUNSHINE SAFARI Cape Town

R3,809

FR

4 DAYS

Cape Town

highlights

R2,014

SHARK CAGE DIVING

FR

FULL DAY

Departs: Daily Transport: Minibus, boat Meals: Breakfast, lunch Includes: Return Cape Town transfers, dive gear Tour Code: CPTSCD

R375

STOKED SURF SCHOOL

FR

2 HOURS

Get your surf on with the guys at Stoked Surf School and learn to surf Cape Town’s beautiful coastline. In this two-hour lesson you’ll get picked up in a VW campervan, be given a surfboard and wetsuit and will hit the waves with ISA qualified instructors who will tick off surf safety, ocean awareness as well as paddling techniques. These guys know their stuff and will turn you into a pro in no time at all. Bring on the waves! Departs: Daily Transport: 8 seater VW campervan & 4 seater VW Golf Meals: No meals included Includes: Wetsuit, surfboard, transport, coaching by ISA qualified instructors Tour Code: CPTSTO

Inclusions

Departs: Mondays Accommodation: hostel (3 nts) Transport: Minibus Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners Includes: Driver guide, ‘Big 5’ safari, Cango Caves, hot springs, wine tasting Tour Code: CPTSUN

Enjoy the best the Garden Route has to offer on this four-day adrenalin adventure. Kick off the trip in style and head out on a taster game drive where you can spot lions, rhinos, elephants, giraffes and cheetahs, followed by a heart-pumping obstacle and zip line course. On Day 2 you’ll also get up close to Knysna’s monkeys and elephants at a local sanctuary (at own cost). Next up is the chance to face your fears and conquer the world’s highest bungee - Bloukraans Bridge (at own cost). Round off the day at surf mecca, Jeffreys Bay. On Day 3 opt for a morning surf lesson before heading to Oudtshoorn and checking out the impressive Cango Caves. On your final day, visit an ostrich farm and maybe even ride one before taking a dip in the local hot springs, capping it all off with a spot of cheese and wine tasting!

GARDEN ROUTE & ADDO ADVENTURE Cape Town

R5,600

FR

6 DAYS

Cape Town

highlights

CAPE WINELANDS TASTER

R2,280

FR

2 DAYS

This utterly blissful tour from Cape Town is dedicated to fine wine and beautiful surroundings. Spend two days discovering the Cape Winelands area. Sample taste-tingling wine and creamy cheeses as you explore pretty wine farms, feast your way around the gourmet lovers’ town of Franschhoek and enjoy a lively night in the student town of Stellenbosch. By the time you return you should be feeling pretty rosy! We can also offer a Winelands day trip is time is short. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (1 nt) - ask us about upgrading to guesthouse accommodation Transport: Private minibus Meals: 1 breakfast Includes: 5 wine tastings, 1 cheese tasting, 1 cellar tour Tour Code: CPTCAP

Cape Town

R2,280

WHALE & COAST EXPLORER

FR

2 DAYS

Experience mind-blowing coastal scenery, remote sandy beaches and incredible wildlife. Kicking off from Cape Town, you’ll journey along South Africa’s epic Whale Route doing everything from admiring penguin colonies to soaking up optional adrenalinfuelled activities. Cost includes wine tasting, some entrance fees and transfer from accommodation in Cape Town or Stellensbosch. Travel between June and November if you want to see the whales! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (1 nt) - ask us about upgrading to guesthouse accommodation Transport: Private minibus Meals: 2 breakfasts Tour Code: CPTWHA

WESTERN CAPE WOW

R2,200

FR

3 DAYS

Cape Town

• See the stunning South African coastline in all its glory • Witness a plethora of wildlife, including whales, elephants, lions and rhinos • Visit a range of national parks, towns and beaches

DAY ITINERARY Inclusions

Departs: Mondays Accommodation: Hostels (multi-share with shared facilities) (5 nts) Transport: Air con minibus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Qualified guide Group Size: Min 3, Max 14 Tour Code: CPTRAA

Departs: Fridays Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts). Upgrade to hotel available Transport: Minibus Meals: None included Includes: Driver guide, entrance fees & tours Tour Code: CPTWCW

54

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

05-06

Wilderness NP / Knysna / Plettenberg Bay / Tsitsikamma NP / Addo

Head to Touw River Waterfall for canoeing and wildlife viewing, then hit the Garden Route. Stop at the world’s highest bungee jump and explore the unique landscapes in Tsitsikamma. (2B, D)

Addo NP / Sedgefield / Oudtshoorn / Route 62 / Cape Town

Spot ‘Big 5’ in Addo NP before moving on to the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn, and the subterranean Cango Caves. Take Route 62 back to Cape Town. (2B, D)

R11,525

FR

2 - 12 WEEKS

Cape Town suburbs

Highlights

Inclusions

03-04

Leave Cape Town, spot penguins at Betties Bay and whales (in season) at Hermanus. Check out Cape Agulhas and the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere before moving on to more spectacular beaches and Wilderness village for some downtime. (B, 2D)

VOLUNTEER & HELP ORPHANS IN CAPE TOWN

highlights

• Be a daredevil and opt to shark cage dive in Gansbaai • Whet your tastebuds with local foodie delights in Cape Agulhas • Get friendly with 5,000 local African penguins

Want to see how ‘wow’ South Africa’s Western Cape really is? This jam-packed tour promises to do just that! Experience hotspots from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas; check out the area’s diverse cultures, quirky vibes, wine estates and coastal wildlife. Spend Day 1 hunting for treasures at Hout Bay’s craft market, admiring views from the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point or even opt to take a boat trip to Duiker Island, to see the colony of Cape Fur Seals. After over-nighting in Stellenbosch, head up the coast to Cape Agulhas where you’ll get a taste for local life with wine and cheese tasting, a visit to Kayamandi Township, views from Cape Agulhas and port and chocolate tasting in the Winelands. On your final day, choose from whale spotting in Hermanus, shark cage diving (at own cost) or check out 5,000 African penguins in their natural environment.

01-02

Cape Town / Hermanus / Cape Agulhas / Mossel Bay / Wilderness

• Contribute to the growth and development of children • Be part of a community where staff work hard to provide a ‘family’ atmosphere • Enjoy a free Cape Peninsula day tour and a two hour surf lesson

Inclusions

Project Start Date: Sundays Accommodation: Volunteer house (13 nts) Getting There: Transfers from Cape Town Airport included Meals: Breakfasts & dinners Notes: Background check required Tour Code: STACPTHFO

Stay Longer: Fr R5,458 per week

Love working with children? Then this is the project for you. Many of the areas you’ll be volunteering at are located in underprivileged communities so any help is gratefully received. You’ll assist teachers by providing care and support for infants aged from newborn to seven years-old. Many will be awaiting adoption, having been abandoned or lost their families, others may have been removed from abusive home lives. Days will be spent storytelling, playing simple games with babies and assisting with feeding and afternoon nap times. Other activities include helping with cooking, laundry and gardening. On weekends you are free to enjoy the amazing sights of the city. Check out the beautiful beaches, take a hike up Table Mountain and enjoy the vibrant nightlife. You will also receive a free Cape Peninsula day tour and two-hour surf lesson.

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

55

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Gansbaai, in the Western Cape, is a hotspot for the great white shark. You will experience a cage diving adventure on board the custom-designed boat, Slashfin. An onboard marine biologist will educate you as you get up close with this awesome predator. This company is certified by Fair Trade in Tourism, carries the motto of ‘Discover and Protect’ and is involved in shark research and conservation. Time for an adrenalin rush!

• Face your fears and opt to conquer the world’s highest bungee • Indulge in the local grapes with some wine tasting • Take a ride ostrich-style at Oudtshoorn


THE GARDEN ROUTE

WHERE TO GO WILDERNESS Enjoy nature in this small resort town with rivers, lakes and beaches against a backdrop of forest and mountain. KNYSNA Sandwiched between forests and a stunning lagoon, Knysna is paradise. PLETTENBERG BAY One of the coolest towns on the Garden Route, prepare for gorgeous beaches and buzzing bars.

TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK

3

KNYSNA

1

JEFFREYS BAY

2 PLETTENBERG BAY

STORMS RIVER Perfectly located for a visit to Tsitsikamma National Park with its giant forests and unspoilt coastline. JEFFREYS BAY A paradise of dreamy sunshine, beaches and legendary surfing as well as being a laid back, idyllic spot.

Rock solid

rock solid

shoestring

WESTERN CAPE & GARDEN ROUTE EXPRESS SELF DRIVE Cape Town

R2,203

FR

6 DAYS

Port Elizabeth

If you’re short on time check out the Garden Route’s hotspots at your own pace on this self-drive package which showcases the coastline’s best-kept secrets in just six days. This tour includes your accommodation with breakfast but excludes car hire.

KNYSNA LOG INN, KNYSNA

R945 SINGLE R625 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

In tune with nature and embodying the spirit of the surrounding indigenous forest, the Knysna Log Inn is a truly impressive building and a unique place to stay. The largest log structure in the Southern Hemisphere and centrally located, it’s an ideal base for your stay. Unwind in comfort and style. STAY 4 PAY 3 01MAY14 - 31AUG14

CGDSKL

NH PLETTENBERG FRR625 SINGLE FR BAY, PLETTENBERG BAY R381 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Snuggle up in ritzy surroundings at this comfy hotel, situated in lush sweeping grounds. This little beauty offers you elegant rooms, all with en suite bathrooms, air con and access to the Goose Valley golf course. If that sounds too energetic, chill by the pool, sip on a cocktail or tuck into some stunning South African food. STAY 4 PAY 3 07JAN14 - 18DEC14

DAY ITINERARY

FR TSITSIKAMMA R150 DORM DOUBLE BACKPACKERS, STORMS RIVERFRR190 TWIN/ PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Nestled in a postcard-perfect mountain location in Storms River, you’ll enjoy a top-notch stay in a unique and eco-friendly environment. Tsitsikamma Backpackers has a range of rooms which are clean, spacious and simple to suit all tastes, plus a funky bar on site, Wi-Fi and a communal kitchen. The perfect place to share travel tales!

CGDSPB

GDXTSI

01-02

Cape Town

Pick up your car from Cape Town International Airport, and explore the city. Head to the V&A Waterfront or set off to Cape Town’s pin-up icon, Table Mountain.

Cape Town / Oudtshoorn / Plettenberg Bay

03-04

car rental Fr R229 per day. See page 50 Not quite what you want? Ask us about our tailor-made service. Your trip, your way!

Travel to the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn; the ostrich capital of the world. Choose to stop at an ostrich farm and for the brave amongst you, ride one! On Day 4, drive to the Cango Caves and with their vast halls and towering formations, they’re sure to impress! Journey over to the scenic Outeniqua Mountain Pass on your way to the coastal beauty of Plettenberg Bay.

Plettenberg Bay / Port Elizabeth

05-06

Head for Knysna Elephant Park and see resident African elephants up close. You’ll have the chance to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants before opting to take part in a whale and dolphin experience near Plettenberg Bay, where you’ll learn about marine life and do a spot of whale watching. On Day 6, head to Port Elizabeth where your tour comes to an end.

CPTCGR

BAZ BUS CAPE TOWN TO PORT ELIZABETH Cape Town

R1,463

FR

4 DAYS

Port Elizabeth

highlights

SOUTH AFRICA HOSTEL PASS

R888

FR

5, 10 OR 15 NIGHTS

This hostel pass is the perfect way to explore SA without the confines of planning your journey before you travel. Move around this awesome country at your own pace and pick and choose where to stay as you go. Pick from hostels all over South Africa, so whether you want to stick to the bigger cities or get more off the beaten track there will always be a bed to lay your head. The hostels are carefully chosen and are all accredited so you know you’ll be staying in awesome accommodation with good standards. This pass is perfect for self-drivers, Baz Bus-ers and free spirits all you need for a fully flexible South African experience! SAFHOS

56

ISLAND VIBE SURF CAMP, JEFFREYS BAY

R1,125

FR

4 DAYS

If you want to learn to conquer the waves get yourself to South Africa’s surf mecca - Jeffreys Bay. You’ll stay at the chilled Island Vibe Hostel, perched on the top of a sand dune and just a stone’s throw from the ocean. The atmosphere here is awesome and you’re sure to meet meet fellow surfers, travellers and friendly staff. We’ll take you on an unforgettable journey where you’ll learn how to surf and have a blast doing it! To really master surfing, extend your stay - ask your STA Travel Expert for details. Departs: Daily Meals: 3 breakfasts Inclusions: 3 x 2hr surf lessons, all surf equipment, surf boards, wetsuits, qualified instructors, use of equipment after lessons Tour Code: GDSIVS

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

• Hop-on and hop-off along the stunning Garden Route • Enjoy door to door pick up and drop off • Convenient and flexible service

Departs: Cape Town on, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat Recommended time: Min 4 days Accommodation: Not included Transport: Baz Bus minibus. For more details, see pages 48-49. Tour Code: BAZBUS

Baz Bus is a fun, convenient and flexible hop-on hop-off bus service around South Africa. If you haven’t got time to travel the whole south coast from Johannesburg to Cape Town, we would recommend the Cape Town to Port Elizabeth route (or vice versa), encompassing the famous Garden Route. The vegetation and wildlife is breathtaking and wonderfully diverse. From world-class surfing in Jeffreys Bay, to the clear waters and white sands of ‘Plett’ Bay, whale watching in Knysna and the beautiful town of Wilderness - we guarantee your journey will be anything but boring. Travelling solo? No problem. Baz Bus is for the young at heart and you’re sure to meet fellow travellers on the bus and at the many hostels you’ll stay at along the way. With hostel to hostel pick up and drop off, you can rely on Baz Bus to get you to where you need to be.

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

57

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

PORT ELIZABETH

STORMS RIVER WILDERNESS


EASTERN CAPE

EASTERN CAPE GAME RESERVES AMAKHALA GAME RESERVE 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth, this five-star game reserve has a fantastic variety of lodges on offer. Get ready to search out the ‘Big 5’. ADDO ELEPHANT N.P. SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE

66

KARIEGA GAME RESERVE

AMAKHALA GAME RESERVE

22 11

SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE An internationally award-winning game reserve, Shamwari offers fantastic wildlife viewing with a sustainably operated approach. Transfers to all game reserves available. Ask your STA Travel Expert for details.

3

PORT ELIZABETH

shoestring

LUNGILE BACKPACKERS, PORT ELIZABETH

rock solid

KELWAY HOTEL, PORT ELIZABETH

R121 DORM R193 DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Set in a Swiss-style house, this is an upbeat friendly hostel with a unique African theme running throughout. The emphasis of Lungile is on comfort, fun and relaxation. Hit the pool, sneak off to a quiet spot with a book or chill out in the bar. There’s Wi-Fi, a communal kitchen and private lockers too - all you need for a great stay.

THE BEACH HOTEL, PORT ELIZABETH

R1,021 SINGLE FR R518 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This elegant and comfortable hotel boasts fantastic sea views over Port Elizabeth’s beachfront. There is also a relaxing terrace with a refreshing plunge pool and a mouth watering restaurant. Opt for a cliff- or sea-facing room to enjoy your own private balcony. Sea facing rooms have great views of Mandela Bay.

PLZLUN

STAY 3 PAY 2 01JAN14 - 31DEC14

glamPACKER

a-list

R1,600 SINGLE R1,021 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Relax in comfort at this quality hotel. The Beach Hotel’s rooms are modern and its facilities include a stunning pool deck and no fewer than three fab restaurants! Feast al fresco in the Crest or choose from varied menus at the Verandah or Ginger restaurants. Sip a cocktail by the pool and take in the views of the Indian Ocean.

CPLZKH

SHAMWARI CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE

STAY 4 PAY 3 01MAY14 - 30SEP14

AMAKHALA QUATERMAIN CAMP

glamPACKER

R2,392 SINGLE R1,844 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FULL BOARD INCLUDING DAILY GAME DRIVES

SHAMWARI EXPLORER CAMP

R5,865 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

3 DAYS

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER 2-NIGHT PACKAGE FULL BOARD INCLUDING GAME DRIVES

• Stylish colonial style tents on the Amakhala Reserve • Expert guiding by experienced rangers • Genuine bush experience. Minimum two night stay recommended

• Learn about the wildlife and community with a local guide • Keep your eyes peeled for the ‘Big 5’ • Hike through this out-of-this-world safari spot

A safari experience with a difference. ‘Out of Africa’-style tents are more glamping than camping; they boast comfy beds and a charming deck crying out for sundowners. Tasty dinners are served around the campfire, expect a mean braai! Wildlife viewing is also epic on both the Amakhala and Shamwari Game Reserves.

Nestled against the magical backdrop of Shamwari Game Reserve, this three-day camp offers a two-night experience bringing you truly back to basics & showcases this incredible safari spot on foot. Soak up the ‘Big 5’ and rest up in the luxury of your bush tent. We guarantee this will be a totally unique and wild adventure!

CPLZQC

CPLZEX

CPLZBH

A-List

R9,126

FR

A-List

2 - 12 WEEKS

Shamwari Game Reserve

highlights

• Help protect and conserve animals • Get involved with rhino and anti-poaching efforts • Live and work amongst Africa’s phenomenal ‘Big 5’

KARIEGA MAIN LODGE

R3,839 SINGLE R2,560 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FULL BOARD INCLUDING DAILY GAME DRIVES

Inclusions

Project Start Date: Mondays Accommodation: Twin share en suite room Transport: Transfers not included but available from R1,372 return Meals: All meals included Tour Code: STAPLZSHA

Stay Longer: Fr R4,726 per week

58

Based at a 25,000-hectare multi-purpose centre that’s home to the largest concentration of ‘Big 5’ animals in the Eastern Cape, it’s no wonder that this safari and game reserve has been voted a world leader. As a volunteer on this placement, you’ll work Monday to Friday, conserving, researching and protecting the ‘Big 5’and other fauna and flora through efforts like animal tracking and monitoring, reserve rehabilitation and eco-education. Tasks may include environmental and social awareness work and helping in the nursing of animals at the Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries. The dedication of volunteers will make a positive impact on creating environmental, social and financial sustainability of this special habitat, and champion the preservation of the animals for future generations.

R4,373 SINGLE R2,773 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FULL BOARD INCLUDING DAILY GAME DRIVES

• Lovely log chalets. Two night minimum stay recommended • Private viewing decks and stunning surroundings • Guided bush walks, river cruises and canoeing also included

• Down to earth affordable luxury. Two night minimum stay recommended • Relaxing small lodge atmosphere • Morning and evening game walks and drives included for all guests

Enjoy all Africa has to offer at this tranquil lodge, nestled into its wild surroundings. The 21 log chalets have large private viewing decks with stunning views over the Kariega River Valley plus a fireplace for those colder African nights. Chill out with a meal in the restaurant, a drink at the bar or take a dip in the pool.

A historic safari lodge set in beautiful gardens and next door to the spectacular Shamwari Game Reserve. The 12 guest rooms are right on the doorstep of the African bush. With delicious home cooked food, a relaxed vibe, swimming pools and shady verandas, you’ll be uber-chilled during your stay here.

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01MAY14 - 30SEP14

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

RIPPONS SAFARI LODGE

CPLZKM

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01MAY14 - 10SEP14

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

CPLZRL

59

SOUTHERN AFRICA

45

SOUTHERN AFRICA

KARIEGA GAME RESERVE A family-owned and operated reserve on 9,000 hectares, here you’ll find spectacular African vistas and awesome ‘Big 5’ game viewing.

5 7


JOHANNESBURG & BEYOND

KRUGER CAMPING SAFARI Johannesburg

KRUGER CAMPING

R7,602 SAFARI EXPERIENCE

FR

4 DAYS

Johannesburg

shoestring

LEBOS SOWETO BACKPACKERS

R188 DORM FR R235 DOUBLE FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Located in the heart of vibrant Soweto, Lebos will be your home away from home whilst in Jo’Burg. This relaxed hostel is the first and only backpackers to be located in a South African township and boasts all of the usual mod cons, plus a funky garden area with hammocks, a beach bar and braai. They offer awesome Soweto bike tours too.

shoestring

BROWN SUGAR BACKPACKERS

rock solid

AIRPORT GRAND HOTEL

R170 DORM FR R220 TWIN/DOUBLE FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Always dreamt of spending the night in an ex Mafia mansion? We thought so! Built by a drug lord in the 1970s, this hostel offers complimentary services including airport pick-up (7am-10pm), tasty breakfast and Wi-Fi. There is also a great garden with a pool, a big terrace and a lively bar. You can also spend the night in a log cabin.

JNBLEB

JNBBSB

KRUGER TREEHOUSE SAFARI Johannesburg

Johannesburg

KRUGER & PRIVATE R7,229 GAME LODGE EXPERIENCE

FR

4 DAYS

Johannesburg

Johannesburg

R7,378

FR

4 DAYS

R2,298 3 DAYS

highlights

60

Departs: Mon, Wed, Fri Accommodation: Lodge (1 nt), camping with facilities (2 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts and dinners included Transport: Minibus, open-top safari vehicle Tour Code : JNBEXP

FR

Johannesburg

Accommodation: Local inn (2nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Minivan Optional extras: Book locally: meals, drinks, game drives, bush walks Tour Code: TCIJNB

Start early on Day 1 and head to the almighty Kruger National Park for a once-in-a-lifetime African safari. Spend two nights camping under the African stars and one night in a private safari lodge. During this adventure, you’ll get face to face with Africa’s ‘Big 5’, track wildlife in 4x4 vehicles, admire Kruger’s incredible landscapes and abundant wildlife on game drives and bush walks, and enjoy tasty local cuisine. You can even opt to take part in a game drive tracking the endangered white rhino. Showcasing the area’s hotspots, this promises unforgettable memories.

CJNBAG

• Amazing game viewing in Kruger National Park • Sleep to the sounds of the African bush • Enjoy true Saffa culture at the local pub

Inclusions

Departs: Selected Saturdays Accommodation: Simple hotel (1 nt), participation camp (2 nts) Transport: 19-seat touring vehicle, shared shuttle Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $25-40 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEO), cook and driver Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADAKS

Highlights

• Witness a sunset game drive at Greater Kruger National Park • Track and admire local wildlife on a 4x4 game drive • Enjoy a traditional braai around the campfire

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Just ten minutes from Jo’Burg airport, this is the perfect place to access both Pretoria and Johannesburg and unwind before or after a long journey. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, 24-hour room service, swimming pool and Wi-Fi; everything you need for an enjoyable stay no matter how long you spend here.

TOM CAT’S KRUGER PACKAGE Johannesburg

R1,021 SINGLE FR R595 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

This short but sweet four-day safari adventure will certainly hit the spot if you’re hungry for a taste of South Africa’s exceptional wildlife and culture. Visit the world-renowned Kruger National Park - one of the largest and most diverse wildlife areas in Africa and home to zebras, elephants and lions. Listen to the sounds of wilderness while camping under the stars and enjoy plenty of invigorating local interaction as you meet the people of Shalati. My Own Room Available: Fr R1,051

4 DAYS

Johannesburg

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Highlights

• Encounter diverse wildlife and the ‘Big 5’ in Kruger National Park • Get off the beaten track and away from the main tourist trail • Enjoy a traditional cultural experience with the local community

Johannesburg

R4,644

FR

Want to experience Kruger on a tight budget? Then we’ve got the perfect deal for you at Tom Cat’s Inn. Situated right by Timbavati Gate, there’s great access to the park for game drives or walking safaris. The package includes return transfers from Jo’burg (or Hoedspruit) and 2 nights’ accommodation. With just four en suite rooms, Tom Cat’s is the perfect place to get away from it all whilst having the thrills of the world-renowned Kruger National Park just a short drive away. The best thing about this package is that you can pick and choose what you want to do and when you want to do it. You can head to Bones Pub, the cool local bush pub across the road for your meals (and drinks) and book your game drives and walking safaris when you arrive. For adventurers out there who want to do Kruger independently, this is definitely the package for you!

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Highlights

• Experience an adrenalin-packed bush walk • Unforgettable game viewing in the heart of Kruger National Park • Chill out in unique treehouse accommodation

Following hotel/airport pick-up on Day 1, head to a game lodge in the Kruger Park. Enjoy wildlife spotting onboard an open Landcruiser, watch the sunset and overnight in comfy thatchroofed chalets. Experience a four-hour guided bush walk on Day 2 and learn about the local flora and fauna, before transferring to your treehouse. On Day 3, have your camera ready as you enjoy a ride through Kruger, checking out the area’s wildlife paradise. Day 4 kicks off with a bush walk, then drive to the Three Rondavels and Blyde River Canyon, returning to Jo’burg by late afternoon. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Chalet (1 nt), treehouse (2 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners Transport: Minibus, game vehicles Tour Code : JNBTRE

Highlights

• Get comfy in a top-notch lodge • Power through the bush on 4WD vehicles • Search for the ‘Big 5’ by torchlight

Depart from Jo’burg and arrive at your private safari lodge in the Greater Kruger Park on Day 1. Enjoy a ‘Big 5’ evening game drive followed by sunset drinks. Spend Day 2 on a game drive in Kruger N.P. spotting amazing wildlife. On Day 3 relax at the lodge or take an optional excursion to a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre or a local village. On your final day, enjoy a nature walk accompanied by qualified rangers. Head to the Drakensberg Escarpment and view the Three Rondavels overlooking Blyde River Canyon - one of the largest canyons on earth. Arrive into Jo’burg in the afternoon. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Lodge (3 nts) Includes: Return transfers from Jo’burg, guided bush walk, game drives Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Minibus, game vehicles Tour Code: JNB3KP

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

61


KRUGER LODGES

JOHANNESBURG & KRUGER SELF DRIVE Johannesburg

OKAVANGO & R3,840 CHOBE TRAIL

R7,450

FR

5 DAYS

Johannesburg

Johannesburg

FR

8 DAYS

Victoria Falls

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Highlights

THORNHILL LODGE KRUGER PACKAGE Hoedspruit Airport, Kruger N.P.

R4,432

FR

3 DAYS

Hoedspruit Airport, Kruger N.P.

DAY ITINERARY

Johannesburg

• Spend two nights in a traditional African game lodge • Watch the sunset with a sundowner following an epic game drive • Ditch the trucks and get back to nature on a guided bushwalk

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Thornhill Lodge (2 nts) Transport: Minibus, safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Includes: Return transfers to Hoedspruit Airport, game drives, guided bush walk Tour Code: HDSTLP

• Be enchanted by the abundance of wildlife in Chobe National Park • Hang out with indigenous bushmen • Visit the world’s largest waterfall, the majestic Victoria Falls

DAY ITINERARY

highlights

Inclusions

Highlights

• Explore the wonders of Kruger National Park • View local game from the comfort of your own car • Rest up in a lodge in the heart of almighty Kruger

01

If you’re short of time and want to see as much wildlife as possible while you’re in South Africa, this is the perfect package for you. Fly into Hoedspruit Airport on Day 1 and transfer to the lodge. On arrival, you’ll be thrown straight into the action on an afternoon game drive in the Thornybush Game Reserve. Return to camp and share exciting stories of close encounters over a traditional South African meal. It’s an early start on Day 2. Spend the day in the famous Kruger National Park with a knowledgable guide who’ll be able to answer all your burning questions. You’ll be treated to some of the best game viewing in Kruger - keep those eyes peeled for the ‘Big 5’. Top off your trip on Day 3 with a guided bushwalk in the morning to get your heart pumping as you head into the bush on foot. Your stay finishes with a transfer back to Hoedspruit.

Brace yourself for a one-of-a-kind bucket list experience at Kruger National Park. This accomodation-only self-drive will kick off from Johannesburg International Airport, where you’ll have the option to pay a small fee to be ‘meeted and greeted’ by a representative who can assist you with any onward arrangements and provide you with a handy self-drive guide. If you have a few hours to kill, use your time wisely and explore the ‘City of Gold’, taking a local tour of its best bits or heading to the poignant Apartheid Museum.

Johannesburg / Kruger National Park

02-04

Today you pick up your rental car (additional cost) and your epic adventure well and truly commences. Travel east towards the almighty Kruger National Park, basing yourself at a comfy lodge adjacent to the park. This really is the ultimate location to spot Africa’s incredible and world-famous wildlife. Using the lodge as your base, experience Africa’s wild side and head into the heart of Kruger National Park and enjoy three days of game viewing in the comfort of your own car or in a 4x4 game drive vehicle with a local guide (additional cost). As the lodge is based outside the Kruger Park, it allows you the ability to visit the surrounding areas and attractions within the scenic Panorama Route.

Johannesburg / Palapye / Maun

01-02

Maun / Okavango Delta

03-04

Hoedspruit Airport, Kruger N.P.

R4,615

FR

Hoedspruit Airport, Kruger N.P.

3 DAYS

highlights

• Get back to basics and sleep under the stars in your own tent • Witness the ‘Big 5’ on thrilling morning and afternoon game drives • Enjoy friendly, local hospitality and tasty South African grub

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Tented Camp (2 nts) Transport: Minibus, safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Return transfers to Hoedspruit Airport, game drives, walking safari can be arranged Tour Code: KRUSHI

62

Looking for fabulous wildife and a unique safari experience? This great little package is for you. Located in the Timbavati Private Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the wildlife here is second to none with off-road safari trips in an unfenced section of the Kruger Conservation Area. This camp is all about the wilderness surrounds – it runs on solar power and the tweeting of birds and roaring of lions! The feeling is intimate with just eight permanent safari tents all sheltered by a thatch roof and with proper beds, private shower and toilet facilities. You’ll feel close to nature with only canvas between you and the bush, but with more comfort than your average two-man tent! Enjoy four incredible game drives within Timbavati and experience the thrill of hunting for the ‘Big 5’.

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

05

Bid farewell to this amazing spot and travel back to Johannesburg Airport to drop off your rental car in time for your onward flight arrangements. Departure from Kruger would need to be early in the morning and we’d recommend a late afternoon or early evening flight, just to be on the safe side.

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hotel in Johannesburg (1 nt), lodge in Kruger (3 nt) Transport: Self-drive Meals: 4 breakfasts Includes: Accommodation plus self-drive kit (see tour on page 51 for details). Car hire not included but available from R229 a day, see page 50 Tour Code: JNBSD4

Departures 2014 Departs daily

During your time in the Delta, enjoy the best nature has to offer on walks and travel into the Okavango on a 4x4 vehicle (or boats during high water season). Join the locals and set up your home for the next two nights - a bush camp. Choose to uncover this beauty spot further with an optional mokoro ride or nature trails.

Okavango Delta / Gweta / Kasane / Chobe National Park

05-06

Kruger National Park / Johannesburg

SHINDZELA TENTED SAFARI CAMP

Depart the ‘City of Gold’, heading north to Botswana where you’ll spend your first night in Palapye, located on the banks of the Lotsane River. On Day 2, get up close with endangered rhinos at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary which strives to save the vanishing rhino population. Take a game drive through the sanctuary before departing for Maun. Upon arrival you can choose to visit a local crocodile farm or take a scenic flight over the impressive Okavango Delta (at own expense).

Leave the Delta behind you and travel east to Planet Baobab which is located halfway between Maun and Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans. Get to grips with the area and explore the bush around your campsite and view some of the oldest baobab trees in the area. On Day 6, head north to Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River. The afternoon is spent game viewing on a river cruise into the renowned Chobe National Park.

Chobe National Park / Victoria Falls

07-08

Experience the thundering Zambezi as it drops over 100m into the gorge below, picking from a variety of optional activities like a Chobe NP early morning game drive or a Zambezi sunset cruise. Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast, but why not make the most of the water and choose to take a flight over the falls, go water riverboarding, bungee jump or encounter elephants.

Inclusions BOTSWANA

Kruger National Park

Johannesburg S W A Z I L A N D

SOUTH

AFRIC A

Accommodation: Twin share camping (7 nts). Accommodated option also available Transport: Adventure truck Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Group Size: Min 4, max 18 Notes: Optional activity package: 2,500ZAR payable locally. Includes rhino sanctuary game drive, 3 day Delta package, Chobe boat cruise, Victoria Falls NP entry Tour Code: JNBLVI

Departures 2014 2014

Victoria Falls

Chobe National Park Okavango Delta Maun

Fr R229 per day. See page 50

Z I MBAB WE

Gweta

Palapye B OT SWANA

Johannesburg

SWAZ I L AND

From 14 Jan, every other Tuesday SOU T H

car rental

Kasane

AFRI C A

Start the adventure CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

63


NAMIBIA

TASTE OF NAMIBIA  Windhoek

NAMIBIAN R7,450 EXPLORER

R12,900

FR

6 DAYS

Windhoek

Windhoek

FR

10 DAYS

Windhoek

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Highlights

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. ADMIRE THE NAMIB DESERT 2. VISIT THE SKELETON COAST 3. SANDBOARD IN SWAKOPMUND 4. WITNESS FISH RIVER CANYON 5. GAME DRIVE ETOSHA PLAINS ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

• See big game on Etosha’s plains • Enjoy nocturnal wildlife at a floodlit waterhole • Sunrise over the dunes of the world’s oldest desert, the Namib

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

Windhoek / Etosha National Park

01

Highlights

• Check out Etosha’s astounding wildlife • Absorb Africa’s ancient traditions with the Himba people • Explore natural World Heritage site, the Namib Desert

Depart from Windhoek to the wilds of Etosha National Park. On arrival, enjoy a game drive as you travel through the park to camp. After a hearty meal wander to the nearby floodlit waterhole for the chance to see Etosha’s big game in all its nocturnal glory! (L, D)

Windhoek / Africat Foundation

Head north via Namibia’s largest wood carving market to Okonjima, the home of the Africat Foundation who work to conserve the Africa big cats, particularly cheetah and leopard. (L, D)

01

Etosha National Park / Damaraland

Etosha National Park

02

A full day of game driving, looking out for elephants, giraffes, rhino and lions and with fantastic views of the huge Etosha Pan. Take a break over lunch and relax by the pool and waterhole before further game driving as you continue to the eastern side of the park. (B, L, D)

Arrive into East Etosha where you set up camp and head straight out on your first game drive in Namibia’s premier game park. On Day 3 enjoy a full day’s game driving searching for lions, elephants, giraffes and rhinos. Day 4 sees you journeying to the small town of Kamanjab and to a Himba Village. The Himba tribes who migrated here still embrace the lifestyle and traditional Himba way of life. (3B, 3L, 3D)

02-04

Etosha National Park / Windhoek

03 04

Journey back to Windhoek stopping in the small town of Okahandja, Namibia’s largest wood carving market, on the way. Make sure you’ve got some cash, as this is one of the best places to shop for local Namibian souvenirs! Spend tonight in the capital. (B, L)

Windhoek / Namib Desert

Today travel out over the Eros Mountains on your way southwest towards the world’s oldest desert. Arrive at the campsite later and relax with a beer as the sun sets over the distant mountains. (B, L, D)

Twyfelfontein

05

Today you’ll journey into the desert region of Damaraland and visit the ancient Bushman rock paintings at Twyfelfontein. (B, L, D)

Swakopmund

Visit the seal colony at Cape Cross and then on to Namibia’s best coastal playground, Swakopmund. Eat fresh seafood, browse the shops or get your adrenalin going on one of the many optional activities, including sand-boarding, quad biking and sky diving! (2B, L)

06-07

Namib Desert / Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft N.P.

05 WINDHOEK SWAKOPMUND

NAMIB NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK

06

Rise early to reach Namib Naukluft N.P. and its sprawling sand dune scenery. Trek to Sossusvlei and marvel at the unique landscape around you. You’ll be going snap happy as this is sure to be nothing like anything you’ve seen before! Visit Dune 45, the highest dune in the park and cool off in the depths of Sesriem Canyon. (B, L, D)

Namib Desert / Windhoek

Travel back to Windhoek via a a cheetah conservation and educational centre. Your tour ends on arrival back to the city. (B, L)

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), assisted camping (4 nts) - participation limited to putting up and taking down tents Transport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: Professional guides, camp assistant Group Size: Max 14 Tour Code: WDHNAM

Departures 2014

08-09 10

Stop off at Walvis Bay with its prolific birdlife, particularly famed for flamingos. A pre-dawn wake up call allows you to venture into the national park at sunrise and watch the shifting light over the massive dunes. Check out the largest of them all, Dune 45 and the eerie landscape of Sossusvlei and the Sesriem Canyon. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Windhoek

Travel back to Windhoek where your tour ends. (B, L)

Inclusions

Etosha National Park N A M I B I A

Windhoek Namib Naukluft National Park

Namib Desert

Departs every Saturday

FISH RIVER CANYON

Namib Desert / Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft N. P.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (2 nts), assisted camping (7 nts) - participation limited to putting up and taking down tents Transport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: Professional guide, camp assistant Group Size: Max 14 Tour Code: WDHNAE

Departures 2014

Etosha National Park Twyfelfontein Swakopmund Namib Naukluft National Park

N A MIB IA

Windhoek Namib Desert

Departs selected Fridays S O U T H A F R I C A

Start the adventure

TWITTER.COM/STATRAVELSA CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

SO U T H A FRICA

65


NAMIBIAN EXPERIENCE Windhoek

• • • • • • • •

R18,800

FR

14 DAYS

Windhoek

WINDHOEK & BEYOND

Highlights

Marvel at the Namib’s eerie beauty Climb massive dunes in Sossusvlei Explore an abandoned mining town Check out Africa’s biggest canyon Meet big cats at the Africat Foundation Game drive through Etosha’s plains Meet the fascinating Himba people Take a seaside stroll in Swakopmund

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Departures 2014 Departs every Friday

Inclusions

Accommodation: Chalet (3 nts), assisted camping (10 nts) - participation limited to putting up and taking down tents Transport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 13 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 11 dinners Group Leader: Professional guide, camp assistant Group Size: Max 14 Tour Code: WDHNAB

This two-week Namibian adventure will leave you breathless with excitement. See enormous sand dunes, gawk at gorgeous wildlife and hang out with local tribesfolk. Eerie canyons, gigantic desert dunes and unearthly forests await your arrival. From climbing huge sand dunes in Sossusvlei to getting up close and personal with the captivating Himba people, this adventure ticks off all must-do Namibian hotspots. Most of your evenings will be spent camping in the wild, with only the brooding star-lit sky and the distant sound of animals to see you through the night.

DAY ITINERARY Etosha National Park Twyfelfontein

Swakopmund

Windhoek

Sossusvlei Namib Desert Camp

01 02

N A M I B I A

B OT S WA N A

Kalahari

03

Luderitz Fish River Canyon

S O U T H

A F R I C A

04 05 06 07

Windhoek / Kalahari Desert

Travel out of the capital through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert. Camp overnight. (L, D)

Kalahari / Fish River Canyon

Head south to visit the Mesosaurus Fossil Site and Quivertree Forest. These strange looking plants are not in fact trees, but a type of aloe and one of the world’s rarest flora species. (B, L, D)

Fish River Canyon / Luderitz

Early morning, head to the main vantage point of the Fish River Canyon National Park to take in spectacular views. Head to the coastal town of Luderitz, keeping a sharp look-out for the unique Namib wild horses. (B, L, D)

Luderitz / Aus

Visit Kolmanskop, an abandoned diamond mining town which is now being overtaken by the sand, as desert dunes encroach. Travel to Aus and Klein Aus Vista mid-afternoon. (B, L, D)

Klein Aus Vista / Namib Desert Camp

Journey deep into the ancient southern Namib, the terrain giving way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. (B, L, D)

shoestring

rock solid

SELF-DRIVE NAMIBIA

R7,450

FR

7 DAYS

Highlights

• Flexibility all the way! • Well maintained roads and reliable signs • Pre-booked accommodation FR CHAMELEON R206 DORM BACKPACKERS, WINDHOEK FRR309 TWIN/DBL PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Centrally located, with Windhoek’s charming cafés and restaurants nearby, you’ll feel a relaxed vibe here. Rooms are set around the pool and garden area, a great place to hang out and meet fellow travellers. Choose from dorms or private rooms, all with private bathroom facilities. Chow down on the free daily breakfast, tea and coffee. STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JAN14 - 28FEB14 & 01OCT14 - 31DEC14

RIVENDELL GUESTHOUSE, WINDHOEK

R831 SINGLE R587 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Sun away your stress at the relaxing Rivendell. When you’re not topping up your tan in the tropical garden, slip into the pristine pool or catch up on your favourite shows in the TV lounge. Come evening, drink to your heart’s content at the 24-hour self-serve bar, then mop it up in the morning with a home-cooked breakfast.

WDHCBP

Namibia is perfect for self-drive tours with a well-maintained road network being surprisingly easy to navigate. Opt for one of our self-drive itineraries and enjoy a hassle-free trip. Accommodation is prebooked for you and you can choose from basic style to top-class luxury. Burn rubber through the Kalahari Desert as the sun rises over the Namib dunes, cruise to the coast in Swakopmund or head to Etosha NP. Car rental is not included - see page 50 for details.

WDHRVN

SOANNT

Namib Desert / Sossusvlei / Namib Desert

A pre-dawn start is essential in order to catch the soft light of the desert. Driving into the heart of the dune field, you will reach Sossusvlei itself on foot for the last 5km through the dunes. (B, L, D)

Namib Desert Camp / Windhoek

Journey over the mountains and along scenic roads back to Windhoek. (B, L)

Africat Foundation

08 09-10 11 12 13-14 66

Travel north, stopping at Namibia’s largest wood carving market, great for authentic Namibian souvenirs. Arrive into Okonjima, home of the Africat Foundation who work to conserve the African big cats (specifically cheetah). An exciting afternoon tour gives you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the cheetah going through the rehabilitation programme. (B, L, D)

Etosha National Park

Arrive into Namibia’s top game reserve in time for lunch and to set up camp. Get ready to be amazed by the wildlife on your first game drive! Day 10 is a full day of game viewing as you drive through the park from east to west crossing the impressive Etosha Pan. Keep your camera at the ready! (2B, 2L, 2D)

Kamanjab / Himba Village

Journey to the town of Kamanjab and visit a Himba Village - the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia. The Himba tribes who migrated here still embrace the lifestyle and customs of the traditional Himba way of life. (B, L, D)

Twyfelfontein

Spend some time at a Himba Village learning about this tribe’s traditional way of life. Heading into Damaraland you’ll visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. (B, L, D)

Uis / Swakopmund / Windhoek

Stop off at Uis where semi-precious stones can be found at bargain prices and then on towards the Atlantic coast and the seaside resort of Swakopmund where you have free time to explore and enjoy the tasty local seafood. Depart back to Windhoek on Day 14 where your tour ends. (2B, 2L)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

DESERTS & DUNES NAMIB BREAK Windhoek

Windhoek

R3,590

FR

3 DAYS

ETOSHA SAFARI BREAK Windhoek

Windhoek

R3,590

FR

3 DAYS

Get yourself on this three-day snapshot of Sossusvlei and the unique landscape of Namib-Naukluft National Park. Stare in amazement as you approach the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. Rise early on Day 2 to trek through the dunes. Climb the largest dune in the park, ‘Dune 45’ and relax in the relative coolness of the Sesriem Canyon. Travel back to Windhoek on Day 3 over the Gamsberg Pass. Upgrade to a hotel stay is also available.

Renowned worldwide for incredible game viewing, Etosha National Park is a must-do stop on your African itinerary. Travel north from Windhoek into the wilderness and camp for two nights. Spend your days game driving and looking out for elephants, giraffe, rhino and lions. In the evening, relax by a floodlit waterhole and wait for the animals to come to you! An upgrade to hotel accommodation is available - please ask your STA Travel Expert for details.

Departs: Tuesdays Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Staff: Tour guide & camp assistant Includes: Entrance fees & camping equipment Tour Code: WDHSOS

Departs: Saturdays Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Staff: Tour guide & camp assistant Includes: Entrance fees & camping equipment Tour Code: WDHETO

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

67


BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA

Plus local payment

R7,956

BEST OF BOTSWANA Victoria Falls

• • • • • • • •

FR

7 DAYS

Victoria Falls

Highlights

Spot wildlife on the banks of the Chobe Adventure through Savuti in a 4WD Explore wildlife in Khwai/Moremi Cruise down the Okavango Delta Game drive through Chobe N.P. Visit shimmering salt flats Sleep out under the stars Admire the powerful Victoria Falls

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Departures 2014 Jan - Dec

Every Thursday

Inclusions

Service Level: Camping Age group: Any age Accommodation: Camping with portable showers and bush toilets (6 nts) Transport: Minivan, 4x4 safari vehicle Meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Local Payment: USD $330 Group Leader: Services of a driver/guide and cook Group Size: Min 2, Max 16 Tour Code: ACBOB7

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s

DAY ITINERARY

Z A M B I A

1. CANOE ALONG THE OKAVANGO 2. BUNGEE IN LIVINGSTONE 3. RAFT THE MIGHTY ZAMBEZI 4. SEE THE MAKGADIKGADI PANS 5. VIEW CHOBE’S ELEPHANTS

The name says it all! This tour will introduce you to the very best that Botswana has to offer. If Botswana hadn’t crossed your mind as a destination to visit before, think again. The majority of the country is only accessible by 4WD and is a place where nature still reigns supreme. You’ll experience one of the world’s largest inland deltas, not to mention the enormous Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, plus swathes of grasslands and endless savannahs, all of which bustle and brim with an abundance of African wildlife. Botswana offers the path less trodden, so be sure you’re one of the few to experience everything it has to offer.

Victoria Falls / Chobe National Park Kasane Chobe National Park Savuti Moremi Game Reserve Okavango Delta

Victoria Falls Z I M BA B W E

01

Makgadikgadi Pans

Savuti / Linyanti

02

B OT S WA N A

Accessible by 4WD only you’ll head deep into Chobe National Park and to the Savuti Marsh, a relic of a large inland lake fed occasionally by the Savuti Channel. The region is made up of rolling savannah which attracts many different species of antelope and herds of zebra wildebeest, buffalo and elephant. These in turn attract many predators including lion, leopard, hyena and wild dog. Game drives allow you to see the most of this undiscovered area and the natural world at its best. (B, L, D)

Khwai Wildlife Management Area / Moremi Game Reserve

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

S O U T H

A F R I C A

03

ZAMBIA LUSAKA OKAVANGO DELTA

Kick-start your tour at Victoria Falls, with its monumental waterfall and epic adventure scene. Head towards the border with Botswana and, following border formalities, travel the short distance to Kasane and onward to Chobe National Park. Spend your first afternoon game driving following the Chobe River and spotting elephant herds on the river banks. Chobe is renowned for its huge herds that migrate between Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and the Okavango Delta. Chobe is also home to large ‘bloats’ (groups) of hippos so keep your eyes peeled and cameras at the ready. (L, D)

Nestled next to the labyrinth of the Okavango Delta waters, the Khwai Wildlife Management Area offers unrivalled game viewing. The combination of different habitats from Mopane woodlands to Acacia forests and flood plains to lagoons means that this area is a stunning place of beauty, enhanced by the diverse array of wildlife found here. Sightings of leopard, wild dogs, cheetah and lion are common as well as elephant, giraffe and zebra. Explore the area on game drives before relaxing at your camp in the evening and chatting about the day’s adventures. There are often nighttime visitors to camp, including spotted hyena and honey badgers so keep your eyes and ears open! (B, L, D)

Maun / Okavango Delta

LIVINGSTONE

04-05

KASANE CHOBE NATIONAL PARK MAKGADIKGADI PANS NATIONAL PARK

Continue to Maun, gateway to the fabulous Okavango Delta, and journey into the ‘Delta’ for the day in traditional mokoros (dug-out canoes). The Delta is a huge inland water system dotted with thousands of islands that are a haven for a diverse array of wildlife. This is a unique environment where dry land and water collides. The views are quintessentially African as you float along in this peaceful wild environment. Later, go on a game walk into the wilderness in search of elephant, wild dog, buffalo, lion and more, an exhilarating experience! Spend another night camping beneath the stars. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Makgadikgadi Pans

06

BOTSWANA

07

GABORONE

From Maun you’ll travel to the Makgadikgadi Pans. This vast, shimmering salt flat on the edge of the Kalahari basin is one of the largest in the world and offers breathtaking scenery. The salt flats create mesmerising mirages and are a truly awesome sight. Your final night will be spent sleeping out beneath the night sky under a blanket of stars. (B, L, D)

Kasane / Victoria Falls

Today you will travel back towards Kasane where you will transfer vehicles at the border for your onward journey back to Victoria Falls. Your tour sadly ends on arrival. (B, L)

You might like

Spend longer in Livingstone Check out page 70

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

69


LIVINGSTONE

VICTORIA FALLS WHITEWATER RAFTING Livingstone

LIVINGSTONE FRR2,884 & CHOBE 2 DAYS

Livingstone

Highlights

• Discover the ultimate white water rafting experience • Tackle a series of adrenaline-packed rapids • Camp overnight at the magnificent Batoka Gorge

Shoestring

JOLLYBOYS BACKPACKERS

THE ZAMBEZI WATERFRONT LODGE

R106 DORM FR R211 TWIN/DOUBLE FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Spot hippo and crocodile on the Chobe National Park boat cruise • See big cats in their natural habitat • Excellent game viewing opportunities

This unique tour is ideal for those looking to experience the raw power of the mighty Zambezi River coupled with a night’s camping in the stunning Batoka Gorge. After a safety briefing, you’ll transfer to Victoria Falls and the Batoka Gorge. You’ll paddle down the gorge encountering a series of heart-racing rapids. Rest up for the evening and soak up the atmosphere in your camp. Day 2 kicks off with a hearty breakfast before continuing along the Zambezi at a more leisurely pace. Board a cable car to the top of the gorge and then transfer back to Livingstone.

rock solid

R217 TWIN TENT FR R690 TWIN/DOUBLE FR

2 DAYS

Livingstone

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Highlights

Livingstone

R3,072

FR

Departs: Fridays, Aug-Dec (low water season - varies depending on rainfall) Accommodation: Tented camp (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Rafts Tour Code: LVIWWT

Transfer to the border of Botswana and enjoy a three-hour boat cruise in the Chobe National Park. Expect to see an abundance of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles and elephants. After lunch hit the park for a game drive, exploring the amazing riverfront en route to camp. Arrive at camp shortly after sunset for drinks around the camp fire and dinner. After breakfast on Day 2, a leisurely game drive out of the park will offer the opportunity to see more wildlife, including big cats. You will then be driven back to the ferry for your transfer back to Livingstone. Departs: Tuesdays & Fridays (based on min 4 passengers) Accommodation: Camping (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Minibus, boat Tour Code: LVICHO

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST (CHALETS ONLY)

VICTORIA FALLS EXPERIENCE

• Excellent value for money • Spacious rooms bursting with character • Chill out poolside or by the bar

• Indulge in an icy drink overlooking the immense Zambezi River • Upgrade to a chalet and grab a free breakfast • Soak up some local spine-tingling activities on offer

This hostel is in a top central location and offers great value for money. The funky African décor and the spacious, open-air design just begs you to relax. Check out the restaurant and bar before soaking up the sun or soaking in the pool. Choose from a dorm or private room, whichever you go for, it’s sure to be clean and comfy.

If you’ve spent the day at the falls, where better to head back to than the Zambezi Waterfront Lodge? With a restaurant, two pools and an open-air bar with views up and down the Zambezi, the facilities are amazing. Choose from a permanent tent with shared facilities or upgrade to a chalet with breakfast included!

LVIJBP

Livingstone

R1,978

FR

4 DAYS

Livingstone

This awesome package gets you up close with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is the ultimate way to spend three nights in one of Zambia’s most popular areas. Resting up on the waters of the thundering Zambezi, you’ll stay at the simple but comfy Waterfront Village overlooking Siloka Island. You’ll stay in tents on raised platforms each with their own spacious veranda - the perfect spot to unwind at. Soak up the stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife on an included sunset river cruise and enjoy a guided trip to one of Southern Africa’s highlights, the mighty Victoria Falls. Cameras at the ready people!

LVIZWL

DAY ITINERARY Livingstone

01 BUNGEE JUMPING

R1,297

FR

FULL DAY

Where else can you bungee between borders? Be brave, take the plunge and conquer 111 metres of pure adrenalin! Based at the impressive Victoria Falls Bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe, this bungee jump can certainly be classed as the most scenic in the world. Go on, what are you waiting for?

WHITEWATER RAFTING

R1,380 HALF DAY R1,610 FULL DAY

FR FR

SUNSET RIVER CRUISE

R624 MAKUMBI R772 LADY LIVINGSTONE

FR FR

Get your heart pumping on the Zambezi River with what is internationally acclaimed as ‘the best one-day whitewater rafting trip in the world’. Get your paddles ready and life jackets on and experience a thrill ride like no other. Engross yourself in grade 5 rapids accompanied by guides accredited by the International Rafting Federation.

This is simply one of those ‘must-do’ iconic African activities. You’re in Zambia and there lies the majestic Zambezi River. Set off on a great boat with a top level viewing platform from which you’ll be able to spot hippos, crocs and a load of other wildlife. Includes free drinks, dinner and snacks plus a guaranteed stunning sunset.

LVIWAT

LVIZRC

02

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accomodation: Permanent tent, shared facilities (3nts) Meals: At own expense Transport: Car/minivan Inclusions: Entrance fees Tour Code: LVIVFE

03 04

Upon arrival into Harry Mwanga Nkumbala (Livingstone) Airport you’ll be met and whisked off to the Waterfront Village where you have the day at your leisure until your afternoon sunset dinner cruise. Make the most of the mind-blowing scenery and cruise along the river boundary of the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for the locals too - elephants, giraffes, buffalos, bucks, crocodiles, hippos and an abundance of colourful birdlife.

Livingstone

Set off on a morning tour of the formidable Victoria Falls with a local guide. Regarded as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, you will be awestruck by this immense curtain of water that is over a mile wide. Includes drinks and park fees.

Livingstone

After breakfast kick back and enjoy some down time. Simply relax on the deck or opt for any of the many activities the area has to offer, such as adrenalin-fuelled rafting or bungee jumping. Alternatively, try an elephant or lion safari. Ask your STA Travel Expert for more details.

Livingstone

Transfer back to the airport, where your tour sadly comes to an end.

UPGRADE YOUR ACCOMMODATION Please ask for details and prices

LVILBJ

70

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

71


MADAGASCAR

HIGHLIGHTS OF MADAGASCAR Antananarivo

• • • • • • • •

R30,452

FR

14 DAYS

Antananarivo

Highlights

Witness lemurs in their natural habitat Trek deep into Madagascar’s rainforest Ride a rickshaw through Antsirabe Discover amazing wild fauna and flora Trek past giant boulders in Isalo Admire majestic baobab trees Relax on breathtaking beaches Explore the colourful capital of ‘Tana

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

Apr 12 Apr 25 May 10 May 23 Jun 07 Jun 20 Jul 12 Jul 25

START

FINISH

Aug 09 Aug 23 Sep 06 Sep 20

Aug 22 Sep 05 Sep 19 Oct 03

START

FINISH

Oct 11 Oct 24 Oct 25 Nov 07 Nov 15 Nov 28

Inclusions

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), homestay (1 nt, multishare) Transport: Private minibus, plane Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $150-200 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADMHM

My Own Room Available: Fr R6,840

A jaw-dropping, wildlife-drenched hotspot, Madagascar is one of the most interesting places on earth and home to some of the weirdest and rarest animal species in existence. Forget the film, seeing truly is believing - with over 70 varieties of lemurs and an abundance of wildlife, Madagascar is more colourful than even Hollywood captured. This 14-day adventure will take you deep into some of the world’s most protected conservation areas and even treat you to three days on the gorgeous beaches of Ifaty. This is a once-in-a-lifetime journey to one of the most unique holiday destinations in the world.

DAY ITINERARY Antananarivo

1. FALL IN LOVE WITH A LEMUR 2. SWIM UNDER A WATERFALL 3. RELAX BY THE INDIAN OCEAN 4. DISCOVER WEIRD WILDLIFE 5. RAINFOREST TREKS

01 Antananarivo Andasibe National Park Antsirabe

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

02-03

M A DAG A S C A R

Ambalavao Ifaty Toliara

Travel east towards the upland rainforests. If time allows opt to stop at Peyrieras, a small private nature reserve where you’ll see your first lemurs, as well as possible sightings of chameleon and geckos. Continue on to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park where you’ll spend the night. Spend Day 3 exploring the National Park that protects the lemur’s habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for other wildlife and an abundance of spectacular flora.

Antsirabe / Fiadanana

04-05

Isalo

Touch down in ‘Tana’, the capital of Madagascar, and spend your day at leisure. Antananarivo is the bustling heartbeat of the island and is surrounded by the sacred hills of the Imerina Plateau, atop which sit the 18th Century palaces of the Imerina Kings. Experience the hustle and bustle of the local market and check out the old colonial architecture.

Ranomafana

Travel past rice paddies and Merina tombs to the ancient colonial town of Antsirabe, a thermal city known for its volcanic lakes, where you will visit an artisan workshop. Take a ‘pousse pousse’ (rickshaw) to explore this quaint city. Make a short visit to Lake Andraikiba and then on to listen to a ghost talker in the village of Fiadanana. Spend a cosy night with a local family, affording you an authentic cultural experience and the chance to learn the rituals of daily life in Madagascar. (D)

Ranomafana

TAOMASINA

06

ANTANANARIVO AMBROSITRA

07

Take a morning hike to capture the stunning views of Mont Ifasina and its spectacular surroundings. The next stop today will be Ranomafana, whose name means ‘hot water’ after the discovery of thermal springs there around a century ago. The National Park here is of huge importance and is home to many species of lemur including the golden bamboo lemur. End the day with a guided night walk, allowing you to see the rainforest with its stands of giant bamboo and Chinese guava trees, in a whole new dimension. (B)

Ambalavao

Embark on a morning forest walk and witness nature’s daily awakening. Enjoy a scenic drive through the island’s wine region to the rural town of Ambalavao. You’ll stop at a tea plantation and visit a local paper factory.

Ranohira / Isalo

ANTSIRABE IHOSY

08-09

Stop at the Anja community reserve to see the ring-tailed lemur and continue to Ranohira on the edge of Isalo National Park. The sandstone rock has been sculpted by the wind and rain to create an almost lunar landscape. Spend a full day exploring and continue on to Cascades, which is considered to be one of the best waterfalls in Madagascar with a large natural swimming pool. If you are lucky, you may see brown and ring-tailed lemurs in the canopy above.

Ifaty TOLIARA

10-12 13-14

Today it’s farewell to the forest and onwards to the coast. Drive through wide open desert landscape past sapphire mining towns and fire-resistant baobab trees, and stop to see Mahafaly’s tomb before reaching Ifaty and the breathtaking beaches of the Mozambican Channel. Spend the next couple of days unwinding. Relax on the sand, snorkel or dive on the coral reef, sail in dugout canoes or explore the local villages.

Toliara / Antananarivo

Say farewell to the coast and transfer to Toliara to catch an internal flight (included) back to Antananarivo where, after spending one last night together as a group, your amazing journey ends.

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

73


ULTIMATE EAST AFRICA 

EASTERN AFRICA

Nairobi

• • • • • • • •

R60,920

FR

24 DAYS

Zanzibar

Highlights

Watch flamingos turn a lake pink See the source of the River Nile Game drive Uganda’s national park Enjoy the peaceful Lake Bunyoni Search for mountain gorillas Explore the Serengeti savannah Spot wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater Laze on Zanzibar’s dazzling beaches

EASTERN AFRICA

EASTERN AFRICA

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 03 Jan 17 Jan 31 Feb 07 Feb 28 Mar 14 Apr 04 May 02 May 16 May 23 Jun 06

Jan 26 Feb 09 Feb 23 Mar 02 Mar 23 Apr 06 Apr 27 May 25 Jun 08 Jun 15 Jun 29

Jun 20 Jun 27 Jul 04 Jul 11 Jul 18 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22 Aug 29 Sep 05

Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 03 Aug 10 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 07 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28

Sep 19 Oct 03 Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 07 Nov 21 Dec 05 Dec 19 Dec 26

Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 09 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 14 Dec 28 Jan 11 Jan 18

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (18 nts), simple hotels (5 nts) Transport: Overland vehicle, 4x4, minibus, ferry Meals: 23 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 17 dinners Budget: Allow USD $125-165 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, local and certified safari guides, gorilla trackers Group Size: Max 22, Avg 21 Tour Code: GADKUE

My Own Room Available: Fr R12,476

This awesome 24-day African adventure offers up the prizes of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania before heading east towards the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar. Enjoy game drives across the Serengeti and trek through remote forests for an incredible encounter with mountain gorillas in the wild. Travel on an overland truck is well-paced and the wilderness camping along the way will bring you closer to nature. Your experienced guide will lead the way and share with you the hidden gems that will have your camera shutters working overtime and leave an impression on you that will last a lifetime!

DAY ITINERARY 01

K E N YA

Eldoret

Kalinzu Forest

Jinja Kampala Kabale Town/ Mbarara Lake Bunyonyi Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro Crater

Mt. Kenya Lake Nakuru National Park Lake Naivasha

02-04

TA N Z A N I A

08-10 11-13

Zanzibar

Dar Es Salaam

Drive through varied landscapes as you cross over the Mau Mau Escarpment to Eldoret where you will enjoy your first night of camping. Continue into Uganda and across the northern shores of Lake Victoria to camp near the commercial centre of Kampala. On Day 4, visit Kalinzu Forest Reserve and set off on an included chimpanzee tracking excursion. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Gorilla tracking / Kabale

Travel through gorgeous countryside to the lush mountainous region around Lake Bunyoni and take a one-day guided trek deep into the forested volcanoes for a wild encounter with a family of mountain gorillas. Spend the rest of your time swimming, cycling, fishing or canoeing on the lake. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Lake Nabugabo / Jinja

Nairobi

Arusha Marangu

Arrive in Nairobi at any time and set out to explore the city or just relax at your hotel before starting your adventure the next day.

Eldoret / Kampala / Kalinzu Forest Reserve

05-07 U G A N DA

Nairobi

14-15

After the day’s drive, relax along the shores of Lake Nabugabo. Separated by a sand bar from Lake Victoria, this small freshwater lake is special due to its beaches, coastline and rare species. Day 9 will take you to the ‘Source of the Nile’, Jinja, where you can go mountain biking in the Mabira Forest, volunteer with a local project or just enjoy this outdoors-focused town’s relaxed vibe. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Eldoret / Lake Nakuru / Lake Naivasha

Cross into Kenya for a night in Eldoret before continuing to enjoy a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, home to thousands of pink flamingos. While at Lake Naivasha, opt to go on a walking safari, visit Green Crater Lake or view birds and wildlife around the camp. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Nairobi / Arusha

Return to Nairobi, the most significant city in East Africa and an important player on the pan-African stage. South from Nairobi, travel through the Maasai lands into Tanzania, and to your camp outside of the town of Arusha, known as the ‘safari capital’ of Tanzania. (2B, 2L, 1D)

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater

16-17 Average High Temperature (ºC / ºF) CITY

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

Arusha

28 82

28 82

27 81

25 77

22 72

21 70

20 68

22 72

24 75

26 79

27 81

27 81

Dar Es Salaam

30 86

31 88

30 86

29 84

28 82

28 82

27 81

27 81

28 82

30 86

30 86

30 86

Kampala

26 79

26 79

26 79

25 77

25 77

24 75

24 75

24 75

25 77

26 79

26 79

26 79

Mombasa

30 86

31 88

31 88

30 86

28 82

27 81

26 79

27 81

27 81

28 82

29 84

30 86

Nairobi

25 77

26 79

26 79

24 75

23 73

22 72

21 70

22 72

24 75

25 77

23 73

23 73

You might like

Shorten your trip Uganda and Gorillas Overland (9 days, Kampala-Kampala) (GADUKK) see page 101  Nairobi to Zanzibar Adventure (11 days) (GADKNZ) see page 80

18-19

Start your 4WD safari excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa’s premier wildlife areas. Search for the ‘Big 5’ - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino while taking in the vastness of the Serengeti plains. Take in the stunning views from Ngorongoro Crater rim and witness the ever-present abundance of wildlife. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Marangu / Dar Es Salaam

Continue on to Marangu to overnight and take in the views of the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro, before heading towards the city of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’s major port and trading centre. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Zanzibar Fr R31,976

20-24

Catch the ferry over to the ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar. Wander the streets of Stone Town, indulge in optional activities such as a spice plantation tour, snorkelling, diving, take a stroll through the village of Nungwi or just relax on some of the best beaches in the world. After breakfast on Day 24, you are free to depart at any time. (5B)

Fr R28,929

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

75


KENYA & TANZANIA OVERLAND Nairobi

• • • • • • • •

R32,737

FR

10 DAYS

Nairobi

MAASAI & TANZANIA CAMPING SAFARI Nairobi

KENYA & TANZANIA R49,494 SAFARI EXPERIENCE

R91,387

FR

11 DAYS

Arusha

Nairobi

FR

13 DAYS

Arusha

Highlights

Marvel at views from the Rift Valley See pink flamingos at Lake Nakuru Chill out by Lake Naivasha Enjoy world-renowned game viewing Camp by Lake Victoria’s shores Search for wildlife in the Serengeti Admire Ngorongoro Crater views Feel close to nature camping out

EASTERN AFRICA

EASTERN AFRICA

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

Jan 23 Feb 01 Feb 20 Mar 01 Mar 20 Mar 29 Jun 05 Jun 14

START

FINISH

START

Jul 03 Jul 12 Jul 17 Jul 26 Aug 07 Aug 16 Aug 21 Aug 30

FINISH

Sep 18 Sep 27 Oct 16 Oct 25 Dec 11 Dec 20

Highlights

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (6 nts), tented camp (2 nts), simple hotel (1 nt) Transport: Overland vehicle, 4x4 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $40-50 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, certified guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADKTO

My Own Room Available: Fr R1,660

This ten-day adventure offers the best of wild East Africa at a seriously great price. Check out pink flamingos at Lake Nakuru, track the ‘Big 5’ across the acacia-spotted savannah of the Serengeti and the legendary plains of Maasai Mara and descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, full to the brim with thousands of African beasts! Your overland truck and smaller 4x4 safari vehicles guarantee great views of the incredible scenery and camping will put you right in touch with all this wonderful nature. Make sure your camera is fully charged, you’re definitely going to need it.

DAY ITINERARY 01

Kisii Masaai Mara Reserve Lake Victoria

02

Nakuru

Arrive into Nairobi at any time and relax in your hotel or wander out to explore the city. Head north out of the city passing through the Great Rift Valley and on to Lake Nakuru National Park. You’ll be flabbergasted by the hundreds of thousands of flamingos lining the shore. At times, especially when these graceful creatures take flight en masse, it can be difficult to even spot the lake, so vibrant is the sea of pink feathers. Lovely though the birds are, Lake Nakuru has much more in store as you’ll discover on this afternoon’s game drive. Keep your eyes peeled for white and black rhino, buffalo, impala, hyena, and even leopard. (B, L, D)

Nairobi

03-04

Ngorongoro Crater Arusha

Stop at the beautiful Lake Naivasha for an included boat ride to search for hippos and flamingos before continuing on to one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves, Maasai Mara. With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. Spend time game viewing in small safari vehicles with excellent chances of seeing the ‘Big 5’ lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Marvel at gazelles, impala and ostrich from wonderful vista points along the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment. On top of all of this fabulous wildlife viewing, you’ll also get the chance to experience local Maasai culture with a stop at a traditional village. (2B, 2L, 2D)

05-06

Ascend from the plains to the green hills of Kenya’s premier tea-growing and soapstone region of Kisii. Approaching Kisii, you will experience breathtaking views of the vast rolling hills covered by the tea plantations that are one of the economic backbones of the local economy. On Day 6, you’ll cross into Tanzania and arrive to the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and regarded as the source of the River Nile. Choose to take a boat or canoe ride on the lake. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Serengeti National Park

07

Venture to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. The park is to Tanzania what the Maasai Mara Game Reserve is to Kenya, though with an area of 14,763 square kilometres, it is actually over seven times as large! A day of game drives and amazing wildlife spotting lies in store, so keep your binoculars close at hand. (B, L, D)

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Arusha

08-09 10

If you didn’t get your fill of the wildlife yesterday, then top up your cravings with even more Serengeti game driving in the morning of Day 8. Journey on to the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and arguably its most spectacular natural arena. The crater serves as an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest populations of large mammals who remain on the crater floor due to the permanent water supply. On Day 9, descend to the bottom where views of the animal herds in front of the crater walls are incredibly photogenic! You’ll then travel back to the bustling town of Arusha for your last night camping. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Nairobi / Arusha

Witness the nature come to life at sunrise while on your last morning game drive before returning to Nairobi. On Day 5, head to Tanzania’s safari capital, Arusha. With its buzzing markets and fine location, Arusha is a perfect base for your next safari experience. (2B, L)

04-05

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

01-03 04-06

After a visit to local Maasai village, get your camera ready for some action at the Serengeti National Park that offers one of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world. (2B, 2L, 2D)

07-08

07-10

Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Arusha

Bring on an early morning game drive in Serengeti before continuing on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Soak in the views of this breathtaking natural wonder and observe wildlife in its natural undisturbed habitat before returning back to Arusha. (2B, 2L, D)

09-10

Arusha

11

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Simple hotels (4 nts), fullservice camping (6 nts) Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle, private minibus Meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $70-95 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified driver/guide, camp cook Group Size: Max 7, Avg 5 Tour Code: GADKMT

My Own Room Available: Fr R4,403

11-13

Selected Tuesdays & Thursdays

Depart Serengeti early and enjoy a full-day game drive inside Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Settle in this evening and enjoy the night sounds of Africa. On Day 12, visit Mto wa Mbu village for a walk through the local market and artisan shops to witness daily African life. After some local cuisine, head to Arusha where you can depart at any time on Day 13. (3B, 2L, D)

Inclusions K E N YA

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Nairobi

Serengeti Ngorongoro National Park Conservation Area

Lake Manyara National Park

Departures 2014

Start the day with a bucketload of wildlife viewing in Amboseli before travelling to Arusha, gateway to the Serengeti. On Day 8, soak up unobstructed views of the Rift Valley Escarpment. Embark on an afternoon game drive with out-of-this-world wildlife. Get up close with a local Maasai village on Day 9 and the historic site of Olduvai Gorge. Continue to a mobile luxury camp located on the slopes of Rongai Hills, inside Serengeti National Park. Admire views from a safari 4x4 on Day 10 on more incredible game drives. (4B, 4L, 3D)

Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Arusha

Wave goodbye to your group and depart at any time. (B)

Inclusions

Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park where you’ll experience an afternoon game drive. Later, head to the lake where you can meet the locals - thousands of fabulous pink flamingos! It’s an early start on Day 5 as you witness a sunrise game drive at Lake Nakuru before heading to Amboseli National Park, where your luxury tented camp awaits! Enjoy more safari drives on Day 6, then chill on the camp’s deck, a serene spot with a backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Arusha / Lake Manyara N.P. / Serengeti N.P.

Head to the Lake Manyara National Park and take part in a cultural walk through Mto wa Mbu village. Look out for the tree-climbing lions on your afternoon game viewing. (B, L, D)

Serengeti National Park

Arrive at any time, with an airport transfer included. Next day, travel to a safari camp located inside the National Reserve where you can witness the ‘Big 5’ on daily game drives. Opt to visit a Maasai village or a hot-air balloon safari to guarantee superb views. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Lake Nakuru / Amboseli National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

06

Jan-Dec

76

Nairobi / Maasai Mara National Reserve

Admire the Great Rift Valley on your journey to Maasai Mara. Spot the ‘Big 5’ while on a game drive, camp in the wilderness and visit a local village for a taste of Maasai life. (2B, 2L, 2D)

02-03

Nairobi

Travel through the land of the Maasai people and catch a glimpse of Mt Kilimanjaro on your way back to Nairobi, where the tour ends upon arrival late afternoon. (B, L)

DAY ITINERARY

Arrive at any time, relax or explore the streets of central Nairobi.

Kisii / Musoma TA N Z A N I A

Highlights

• Hang with local Maasai folk and experience a different way of life • Marvel at top game reserves with an expert safari guide • Experience the best of East Africa from comfortable hotels/lodges

Nairobi

01

Lake Naivasha / Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Lake Naivasha

Serengeti National Park

DAY ITINERARY

Nairobi

Lake Nakuru National Park K E N YA

• Sleep in a wilderness safari camp in Maasai Mara Game Reserve • Search for the ‘Big 5’ in the Serengeti • Admire the abundant wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater

TA N Z A N I A

Arusha

Trip Style: Comfort Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Comfort hotels (3 nts), safari lodges (2 nts), luxury tents (7 nts) Transport: 4x4, minibus Meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $120-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified driver/guide Group Size: Max 6, Avg 5 Tour Code: GADKTS

KE NYA

Maasai Mara Reserve

Olduvai Gorge

My Own Room Available: Fr R24,359

Departures 2014 Jan-Mar

Selected Saturdays & Mondays

Jun-Oct

Selected Fridays & Sundays

Dec

Every Monday & Saturday

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro Crater

Nairobi Amboseli National Park

Arusha

TANZANI A

77


KENYA & UGANDA GORILLA ADVENTURE Nairobi

• • • • • • • •

R41,116

FR

14 DAYS

Nairobi

Highlights

Marvel at the Lake Nakuru flamingos Chimpanzee spotting in Kalinzu Forest Relax at the shores of Lake Bunyoni Trek deep into Bwindi National Park Connect with the ‘King of the Apes’ Opt to volunteer at a local project See the source of the River Nile Be active in the outdoors resort of Jinja

Nairobi

• • • • • • • •

16 DAYS

Zanzibar

Highlights

Explore the Mara’s sweeping plains Encounter the ‘Big 5’ in the Serengeti Marvel at the views of the Rift Valley See stands of flamingos at Lake Nakuru Descend the depths of the Ngorongoro Camp out in the wild under the stars Explore Zanzibar’s spice plantations Swim in the shimmering Indian Ocean

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 03 Jan 17 Jan 31 Feb 07 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 14 Apr 04 May 02 May 16 May 23

Jan 16 Jan 30 Feb 13 Feb 20 Mar 06 Mar 13 Mar 27 Apr 17 May 15 May 29 Jun 05

Jun 06 Jun 20 Jun 27 Jul 04 Jul 11 Jul 18 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22 Aug 29

Jun 19 Jul 03 Jul 10 Jul 17 Jul 24 Jul 31 Aug 14 Aug 21 Aug 28 Sep 04 Sep 11

Sep 05 Sep 19 Oct 03 Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 07 Nov 21 Dec 05 Dec 19 Dec 26

Sep 18 Oct 02 Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 20 Dec 04 Dec 18 Jan 01 Jan 08

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (12 nts), basic hotel (1 nt) Transport: Overland vehicle, minibus Meals: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-70 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, certified mountain gorilla trackers Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADKKU

My Own Room Available: Fr R2,422

If you had a tick list of must-do activities in life, tracking endangered mountain gorillas in the wild must surely be up there in the top ten. As you break out of the deep undergrowth and catch your first glimpse of a majestic ape, you’ll be sure to feel a connection that is indescribable. Catch your breath and prepare for a further onslaught on your senses as you travel through some of the most amazing national parks in Uganda and Kenya. You can go in search of chimps in Kalinzu Forest Reserve; or canoe, fish, hike, or kayak down the Nile; all against the stunning backdrop of East Africa.

DAY ITINERARY 01 02-03

Nairobi

Arrive to Nairobi at any time, explore the city or relax in the hotel before starting your exciting adventure the next day.

04

Travel over varied landscapes as you cross the Mau Mau Escarpment and arrive into Eldoret. Continue to Uganda and across the northern shores of Lake Victoria to camp in Kampala, Uganda’s vibrant commercial centre and largest city in the country. (2B, 2L, 2D) Apart from an alluring variety of forest birds, Kalinzu Forest Reserve boasts six primate species including chimpanzees, olive baboons, and black and white colobus, as well as the rare pygmy antelope. Set off on an included chimpanzee tracking excursion and admire the stunning views over the Rwenzori Mountains, Lake Edward, the Kazinga Channel and the Congo. (B, L, D)

Gorilla tracking / Kabale U G A N DA

K E N YA

Eldoret Jinja

Kampala

Lake Kabale Town/ Nabugabo Lake Bunyonyi

Mt. Kenya Lake Nakuru National Park Lake Naivasha

05-07

Nairobi

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 11 Feb 08 Mar 29 May 24 Jun 14

Jan 26 Feb 23 Apr 13 Jun 08 Jun 29

Jul 05 Jul 26 Aug 16 Sep 06 Sep 27

Jul 20 Aug 10 Aug 31 Sep 21 Oct 12

Oct 11 Oct 25 Nov 15 Dec 06 Dec 27

Oct 26 Nov 09 Nov 30 Dec 21 Jan 11

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (6 nts), permanent tents (2 nts), full service camping (2 nts), simple hotels (5 nts) Transport: Overland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicle, ferry Meals: 15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $70-90 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, local Maasai warrior guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADKKT

My Own Room Available: Fr R5,317

Eldoret / Kampala

Kalinzu Forest Reserve

Journey south through gorgeous countryside to Lake Bunyoni where you’ll be based for a couple of days. Undoubtedly, the highlight of your trip will be setting off into the lush undergrowth of mountainous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to track the endangered mountain gorilla. The steep slopes of Bwindi National Park are home to approximately half of the world’s population of these fascinating creatures; the world’s most endangered ape. A close encounter with these amazing animals is simply breathtaking. Spend your free time swimming, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking or simply enjoying the beautiful nature, peace and quiet around the lake. (3B, 3L, 3D)

08-10 TA N Z A N I A

11

After breakfast this morning, say goodbye to Jinja and cross back over the border into Kenya for a night in the bustling town of Eldoret, which is Kenya’s fifth-largest urban centre and enjoys a pleasant climate thanks to its elevation at over 2,000m. (B, L, D)

Lake Nakuru National Park / Lake Naivasha

12-13 14

K E N YA

Lake Naivasha

Loita Hills

Continue your adventure to Lake Nakuru National Park, one of the best places in Kenya to see leopards, and white rhinos are often spotted at the lake’s southern end. The park’s main attraction though are the flamingos, drawn here in their millions and painting the lake pink. Day 13 will take you to Lake Naivasha, the highest of the Rift Valley Lakes. Lake Naivasha boasts around 400 bird species that are known to frequent the area, and there’s also a sizeable hippo population. Go on a walking safari, visit Green Crater Lake or view birds and wildlife around the camp. (2B, 2L, 2D)

DAY ITINERARY Nairobi / Nakuru

01-02 03

Nairobi

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Amboseli National Park

Serengeti National Park

Arusha

04-05

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Zanzibar

06-07

TA N Z A N I A

Arrive in Nairobi at any time and explore the city before heading through the Great Rift Valley and stopping at Lake Nakuru National Park the next day. Witness the impressive spectacle of hundreds of thousands of graceful flamingos as they turn the lake a shocking shade of pink! This afternoon, head off on a game drive in this renowned park, before settling in the camp. (B, L, D)

08-10

You might like

Shorten your trip Kenya Overland Adventure (6 days, Nairobi-Nairobi) (GADKOA) see page 83 Nairobi to Zanzibar Adventure (11 days) (GADKNZ) see page 80

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

No visit to Kenya is complete without witnessing the vast open plains of the Maasai Mara. With an abundance of wildlife and that’s not to mention the ‘Big 5’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino - the ‘Mara’ is sure to be a highlight of your trip. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Nairobi / Arusha

Arrive back to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, in the mid-afternoon and enjoy a refreshing shower and an ice cold drink. Take a break from the wilderness and recharge your batteries, before continuing your adventure to Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania, the following day. (2B, 2L, D) Switch to 4WD safari vehicles for your three-day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa’s premier wildlife areas. On an early morning game drive witness the animal kingdom come to life. Journey to the Ngorongoro Crater, and marvel at the views from the rim. Embark on a half-day crater tour and witness animals such as zebra, gazelles, buffalo, eland and grazing warthogs before continuing onto Marangu, a popular starting point for those departing to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Dar Es Salaam

Depart Arusha, passing the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro and head towards Dar Es Salaam. This historic port town is the commercial and trading capital of Tanzania, and easily the country’s biggest city. It is also your gateway for ferry transport across to the exotic ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar. (B, L, D)

11

Zanzibar / Stone Town / Nungwi

Fr R17,504

12-16 Fr R28,929

Head towards the beautiful Lake Naivasha for an included flamingo- and hippo-spotting boat ride before continuing onto Loita Hills, one of Kenya’s last remaining true wilderness areas. You will be welcomed into a community by your local Maasai guide and his villagers. Learn about the ways of these semi-nomadic people on a guided tour of their land and village. Discover everything from their diet and clothing to social and cultural traditions. (B, L, D)

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

Dar Es Salaam

Camp along the shores of Lake Nabugabo, separated by a sand bar from Lake Victoria. This small freshwater lake is known as birder’s paradise, and is special for its beaches and coastlines. On Day 9, continue to the ‘Source of the Nile’, Jinja, known for its outdoor activities. Opt to raft down the White Nile River, bike up and down the hills or choose to volunteer with a local project. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Eldoret

For those who want it all, this 16-day adventure offers the promise of Kenya and Tanzania’s best wilderness as well as plenty of time to chill out on Zanzibar’s beaches and explore its fabulous exotic spice gardens. Track the ‘Big 5’ across the acacia-spotted savannah of the Serengeti and the legendary plains of Maasai Mara. Unique overland trucks will carry you through the incredible scenery safely and in good spirits - and camping will keep you at the heart of the action. The wildlife spotting is incredible too, from the ‘Big 5’ on game drives to the amazing spectacle of Lake Nakuru’s pink flamingos.

Lake Naivasha / Loita Hills Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nabugabo / Jinja

78

R45,686

FR

EASTERN AFRICA

EASTERN AFRICA

Departures 2014

Kalinzu Forest

KENYA & TANZANIA OVERLAND ADVENTURE

Take an early morning ferry to the stunning paradise island of Zanzibar. Spend the day exploring Stone Town and its intriguing maze of narrow, cobbled lanes. Head north to the spectacular area of Nungwi where you can unwind on the idyllic white, sandy beaches. Arouse your senses on an unmissable tour of a spice plantation before returning to Stone Town for your final night on this enchanting island. In the morning of Day 16 your tour ends. (5B)

Nairobi

Continue through the Rift Valley back towards Nairobi where your trip comes to an end upon arrival in the late afternoon. Perhaps choose to extend your stay in Nairobi, or use it as a stepping stone to connect with one of our touring adventures into Tanzania and beyond. (B, L)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

TWITTER.COM/STATRAVELSA CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

79


NAIROBI TO ZANZIBAR ADVENTURE Nairobi

• • • • • • • •

R28,929

FR

11 DAYS

Zanzibar

Highlights

13 DAYS

Dar Es Salaam

Highlights

The Maasai Mara’s sweeping plains Get out and about in lively Arusha Spot the ‘Big 5’ in the Serengeti See Ngorongoro’s fantastic wildlife Meet the local Maasai warriors Set up camp by the Indian Ocean Wander Stone Town’s maze of streets Chill out on Zanzibar’s beaches

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 16 Jan 30 Feb 13 Feb 14 Feb 20 Feb 27 Mar 13 Mar 27 Apr 03 Apr 17 May 15

Jan 26 Feb 09 Feb 23 Feb 24 Mar 02 Mar 09 Mar 23 Apr 06 Apr 13 Apr 27 May 25

May 29 Jun 05 Jun 19 Jul 03 Jul 10 Jul 17 Jul 24 Jul 31 Aug 14 Aug 21 Aug 28

Jun 08 Jun 15 Jun 29 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 03 Aug 10 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 07

Sep 04 Sep 11 Sep 18 Oct 02 Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 20 Dec 04 Dec 11 Dec 18

Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 09 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 14 Dec 21 Dec 28

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (5 nts), full service camping (2 nts), participation camping (3 nts) Transport: Overland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicle, ferry Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $125 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, Maasai warrior guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 21 Tour Code: GADKNZ

From the buzz of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to the excitement of tracking the ‘Big 5’ across the plains of the Serengeti, you’ll feel the pulse of Eastern Africa on this 11-day journey. You’ll travel by overland truck, switching to smaller safari vehicles where necessary to get you as close as possible to the wildlife, and you can listen to the nocturnal activity through camping in the heart of the action. Take in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, both home to amazing game viewing, before jumping on the ferry to explore the exotic ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar, where your tour draws to a relaxing close on its white-sand beaches.

DAY ITINERARY Nairobi / Arusha

01-02

My Own Room Available: Fr R10,191

Mt. Kenya K E N YA

Switch to smaller 4x4 safari vehicles to head into the Serengeti National Park for a spectacular wildlife experience. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a game drive in these great seven-seater vehicles which have open-top roofs and sliding windows to maximise your viewing opportunities. The Serengeti is famed all over the world for its fabulous animals, including big cats and the ‘Big 5’, so get your camera out and start snapping! The area where you’ll stay is in the central Serengeti, and game drives will focus on this part of the huge wilderness area. (B. L, D)

04-05

Zanzibar TA N Z A N I A

Dar Es Salaam

Enjoy a morning game drive in the Serengeti to see the wildlife at its most active, before arriving at the Ngorongoro Crater. This intact volcanic caldera is not only an important geological site, but the permanent water supply on the crater floor creates an extraordinary natural sanctuary for huge populations of large mammals - it is quite simply one of the best places in Africa for game viewing. Marvel at the quintessentially African view from the crater rim and venture down to the grassland of the crater floor in your final safari experience amongst the abundant grazing animals such as zebra, buffalo and warthogs. The swamp and forested areas of Ngorongoro also provide resources for hippos, giant-tusked elephant, waterbucks, baboons and vervet monkeys. The animals aren’t fenced in by the crater walls, but few see any reason to roam when the conditions are this favourable. Day 5 will take you to Marangu, one of the popular starting points for those climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, to enjoy spectacular views of this majestic mountain. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Dar Es Salaam

06

FACEBOOK.COM/STATRAVELSOUTHAFRICA

Today you’ll head towards the city of Dar Es Salaam. This former fishing village has grown into a significant trading and commercial centre over the years, thanks to its bustling port. Today, it’s easily Tanzania’s biggest city with a population of 2.5 million. Dar Es Salaam translates as ‘abode of peace’ and its name is closely related to the more familiar Jerusalem, in Israel. It’s also the jumping-off point for ferries across to Zanzibar. (B, L, D)

Zanzibar / Stone Town / Nungwi

You might like

Extend your trip Kenya & Tanzania Overland Adventure (16 days, Nairobi-Zanzibar) (GADKKT) see page 79  Fr R45,686

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 12 Jan 26 Feb 09 Feb 23 Mar 09 Mar 23 Apr 06 Apr 20 May 04 May 18 Jun 01 Jun 08 Jun 15

Jan 24 Feb 07 Feb 21 Mar 07 Mar 21 Apr 04 Apr 18 May 02 May 16 May 30 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 27

Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 06 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 03 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 07 Sep 14

Jul 04 Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22 Aug 29 Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26

Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 02 Nov 09 Nov 16 Nov 30 Dec 14 Dec 28

Oct 03 Oct 10 Oct 24 Oct 31 Nov 07 Nov 14 Nov 21 Nov 28 Dec 12 Dec 26 Jan 09

Inclusions

Service Level: Camping Age group: Only 1839 Accommodation: Camping (9 nts), hotel (3 nts, multishare) Transport: Fully-equipped safari vehicle Meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners Local Payment: USD $1230 Group Leader: Services of two crew Group Size: Max 24, Avg 16 Tour Code: ACKTA13

Maasai Mara Serengeti National Park

07-10 11

Take the ferry over to Zanzibar where you have the time to explore the maze of streets in the historic settlement of Stone Town, and to embark upon a guided tour of a spice plantation. Smell the fragrant spices produced here and pick up some recipe tips as to their culinary uses. Head up to Nungwi in the northeast of the island, and get horizontal on the area’s beautiful white sandy beaches. Snorkelling or scuba diving might be on the agenda, as might optional visits to discover museums, palaces and beautiful Arab residences. If all you want to do, however, is relax with a good book by the shores of the Indian Ocean, well, we won’t tell if you don’t! It’s a blissful way to end your tour. Your last night on Zanzibar is spent back in Stone Town. (4B)

Zanzibar

Your trip comes to an end after breakfast in Stone Town this morning. Either extend your stay in beautiful Zanzibar, or make your own way by ferry back to Dar Es Salaam to continue your amazing adventures in Africa. (B)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Check out the wild wonders of both Kenya and Tanzania as well as getting in some concentrated relaxation by the beach! Prepare for serious animal overload as you visit the finest game reserves in the world where you are virtually guaranteed to get close to lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, hippos, buffalo, wildebeest, cheetahs and hyenas, to name just a few. You’ll then be whisked away to the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar for sun, sea, a whole load of chilled out happiness and time to reflect upon the wonders of mother nature. A perfect way to end a perfect trip.

DAY ITINERARY Nairobi / Maasai Mara

01

U G A N DA

Nairobi

02-03

Arusha Ngorongoro Crater

Zanzibar TA N Z A N I A

Kenya is East Africa’s most popular destination and has a long tradition of tourism and of welcoming visitors. Often the first word you hear is the Swahili greeting ‘Jambo’ (hello), often followed by ‘Hakuna matata’ (no problem!). It’s an early departure on Day 1 to make your way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Arrive at camp on the edge of the reserve. (L, D)

Maasai Mara National Reserve / Nairobi

K E N YA

Ngorongoro Crater / Marangu

Nairobi Arusha

Arrive in Nairobi at any time and settle in your hotel for a night. After a welcome meeting with your tour leader, you’ll depart from Kenya’s capital city early morning on Day 2 to cross through the semiarid lands of the Maasai people into Tanzania. Arrive in the bustling agricultural centre of Arusha, which is also known as the country’s safari capital due to its proximity to the Serengeti National Park and other reserves and mountain regions. Spend some time exploring the town and its bustling markets, before settling down to a relaxing night at the campsite. (B, L, D)

Serengeti National Park

03

80

R13,099*

FR

EASTERN AFRICA

EASTERN AFRICA

Departures 2014

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nairobi

• • • • • • • •

Nairobi, one of Africa’s biggest cities Look out for the ‘Big 5’ in the Serengeti See hordes of wildlife in Ngorongoro Camp out under the canopy of stars Absorb the rich cultural mix of Arusha Catch a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro Explore the old streets of Stone Town Relax on stunning Zanzibar beaches

Serengeti National Park

KENYA & TANZANIA ADVENTURE

Plus local payment

04

Dar Es Salaam

Extend your stay South East Adventure (31 days, Nairobi-Johannesburg) (ACSEA31) see page 32 Fr R24,028 + LP* Go in Reverse Highlights of Tanzania (11 days, Dar es Salaam-Nairobi) (ACHOT11)  Fr R11,170 + LP* *LP = Local Payment

Arusha

Cross into Tanzania and stop in the safari capital Arusha, nestling in the shadow of Mount Meru and nearby to Mount Kilimanjaro. Explore Arusha’s colourful markets and bargain hard for curios. If you want to get up close and personal with some wildlife you can opt to visit a snake enclosure. (B, L, D)

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater

05-06

You might like

The sweeping plains, low slung acacia trees and plentiful wildlife make the Mara outstanding for game viewing at all times of the year. Search for the ‘Big 5’ (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and a vast array of other wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. Enjoy a last game drive on the morning of Day 3 before leaving the Maasai Mara, travelling through the Great Rift Valley back to Nairobi where you spend the night. (2B, 2L, 2D)

07 08-09

Switch to 4WD vehicles and head to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. The park is over 15,000 sq km of mainly open plains, giving you the best opportunity to see all that wildlife. Spend an exhilarating night camped out on an unfenced site, just remember to keep those toes inside the tent! The sounds at night are as wild as the sights during the day. Travel to the Ngorongoro Crater where you can stop to marvel at the views from its rim before setting up camp. This is Africa’s largest intact caldera and the view from crater rim to crater floor, 700m below, is staggering. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

Descend the inner walls of Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage site containing one of the most concentrated populations of wildlife anywhere in the world. You’ll see scores of animals so keep your camera at the ready! After a morning of game viewing you’ll return to Arusha (B, L, D)

Moshi Area / Pangani / Dar Es Salaam

Spend the morning on a cultural village walk with the local Maasai people. Continue your journey heading south towards the balmy Indian Ocean via Pangani. Arriving in Dar Es Salaam, you’ll camp at an idyllic site next to the ocean. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Zanzibar

10-12 13

Take the ferry to exotic island of Zanzibar and spend three nights unwinding after your adventure. With its palm-fringed beaches, romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests, this is an ideal place to relax and recharge. Visit the old slave markets, ‘Prison Island’, mosques, palaces, courtyards and bazaars of Stone Town - but save time for the white sands of the northern beaches where the snorkeling and diving are excellent. (3B)

Dar Es Salaam

Return by ferry to Dar Es Salaam where your tour ends on arrival. (B)

TWITTER.COM/STATRAVELSA CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

81


KENYA

KENYA OVERLAND ADVENTURE Nairobi

KENYA CAMPING R17,504 SAFARI

R32,737

FR

6 DAYS

Nairobi

Nairobi

FR

9 DAYS

Nairobi

EASTERN AFRICA

EASTERN AFRICA

Highlights

• Encounter the wildlife of the Maasai Mara’s legendary plains • Camp under the stars in Africa’s great outdoors • Learn traditional ways at a Maasai settlement in the Loita Hills

DAY ITINERARY 01

Highlights

• Admire Samburu, one of Kenya’s most diverse wildlife reserves • Absorb the stunning scenery of the Great Rift Valley • Check out the brilliant pink flamingos of Lake Nakuru

DAY ITINERARY

Nairobi

01

Arrive in Nairobi at any time today.

Lake Nakuru

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. TICK OFF ALL OF THE ‘BIG 5’ 2. RELAX ON PRISTINE BEACHES 3. MEET A MAASAI WARRIOR 4. SLEEP UNDER THE STARS 5. VOLUNTEER AT CAMP KENYA

02

Rise and shine for an early start travelling through the Great Rift Valley before stopping at Lake Nakuru National Park. Witness the magnificent sight of the hundreds of thousands of pink flamingos that adorn the lake and enjoy views of the Great Rift Valley from the look-out points. Take a game drive in the afternoon to spot Lake Nakuru’s range of other wildlife, as its fabulous flamingos are by no means the only attraction here. (B, L, D)

03 04-05 06

Nairobi

Arrive back into Nairobi by early evening where this short but sweet tour sadly comes to an end. (B, L)

Inclusions ELDORET LAKE NAKURU AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

NAIROBI

02-03

TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK

MOMBASA

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (2 nts), camp (2 nts), simple hotel (1 nt) Transport: Overland vehicle Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, Maasai guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADKOA

Head north from Nairobi to pass Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain, en route to Samburu Game Reserve, a wildlife haven for species rarely found elsewhere. Look for oryx, ostrich, zebra and long-necked gerenuk on an afternoon game drive. Day 3 is a full day of wildlife viewing searching for the ‘Big 5’ and travelling (as always on this trip) in small, 7-seater safari vehicles that minimise your drive times and increase your chances of snapping that perfect shot. You’ll also get to meet some of the Samburu tribesfolk with a village visit and learn of their semi-nomadic lifestyles. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Lake Nakuru National Park

04-05

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, no trip to Kenya would be complete without a visit to the awesome Maasai Mara. The Mara is most famous for its lions but keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the ‘Big 5’ on daily game drives as you criss-cross the rolling hills of the African savannah. You’ll stay in a permanent tented camp which gets you back to nature as you sleep under a shimmering blanket of stars. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Arrive in Nairobi at any time.

Samburu Game Reserve

Lake Navaisha / Loita Hills

Journey to freshwater Lake Naivasha for an included flamingo- and hippo-spotting boat ride before lunch. Later, you will be welcomed into the Maasai community by your local guide and his villagers. Learn the ways of the Maasai people and get a guided tour of their land before spending the night in the heart of Maasai territory. (B, L, D)

Nairobi

Descend into the Great Rift Valley and enjoy stunning views of the escarpment as you travel. Lake Nakuru is a shallow soda lake, renowned for its huge concentration of flamingos and over 460 species of birds. On Day 5, head off on safari in search of rhino, buffalo, impala and the elusive leopard. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

06-07 08-09

Depart for the Maasai Mara Reserve. No visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit to this world-famous landscape. You will be based at a permanent tented camp and your time here will be spent searching out the fantastic game that lives in its vast open plains. Opt to see the savannah from a height on a hot-air balloon safari or, for a taste of local life, visit a Maasai village. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Maasai Mara Game Reserve / Nairobi

Watch the animal kingdom come to life at sunrise as you enjoy one last morning game drive in the Maasai Mara. Continue through the Great Rift Valley back to Nairobi. Your trip finishes on Day 9. (2B, L)

Inclusions K E N YA

Lake Nakuru National Park Lake Naivasha Loita Hills

Nairobi

Maasai Mara Reserve

My Own Room Available: Fr R1,051

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), full service camping (4 nts), tented camp (2 nts) Transport: 7 seater 4x4 safari vehicle Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $30-45 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified driver/guide, camp cook Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADKWA

My Own Room Available: Fr R3,032 TA N Z A N I A

Departures 2014

Departures 2014

Jan-Dec

Jan-Dec

Selected Saturdays, typically 1-2 departures per month

K E N YA

Samburu Reserve

Lake Nakuru National Park

Maasai Mara Reserve

Nairobi

TA N Z A N I A

Selected Fridays and Saturdays

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

83


NAIROBI

MAASAI MARA LODGE ADVENTURE Nairobi

R8,960

FR

3 DAYS

Nairobi

Highlights

• Sleep comfortably in your cosy African wilderness lodge • Enjoy included meals in the Maasai-themed dining room • Spot the ‘Big 5’ out on the Maasai Mara

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Lodge (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Minibus Inclusions: Transfers from Nairobi and park fee Tour Code: NBOMML

shoEstring

rock solid

rock solid

MAASAI MARA & LAKE NAKURU CAMPING SAFARI Nairobi

R9,448

FR

4 DAYS

Nairobi

Highlights

BUSH HOUSE & CAMP

R248 DORM R371 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Warm, cosy and friendly sums up the atmosphere of this family-run B&B, located ten minutes from the city centre. Dorms are simply decorated, with mozzie nets, as are the en suite private rooms. Enjoy the included breakfast, cosy TV lounge, breezy garden, basketball court and pool table. The perfect place to make new friends!

HOTEL BOULEVARD

R1,025 SINGLE FR R684 DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A world away from the bustling city outside, Hotel Boulevard is set in peaceful, manicured gardens and has all the amenities you will need for an enjoyable stay. This 70-room hotel has a lounge area, restaurant, bar and swimming pool, perfect for a refreshing dunk and the bustling city centre is a short drive away.

NBOBUS

MERIDIAN COURT HOTEL

R1,029 SINGLE FR R601 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

The Meridian Court Hotel is set upon a hill so is the perfect place to soak up the city views. With two restaurants to choose from and the Meridian Sports Bar at your disposal you will be spoilt for choice. You can even take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool or check out the sauna and massage parlour.

NBOBOU

MAASAI MARA CAMPING SAFARI Nairobi

• Witness Lake Nakuru National Park’s stunning stretches of pink flamingos • Get up close with the fascinating Maasai community • Game viewing at its best – spot cheetah, leopard and, if you’re lucky, black rhinos

NBOMER

R7,094

FR

3 DAYS

Nairobi

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Permanent tented camp with shared facilities (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Tour Code: NBOMLN

UPGRADE TO LODGE ACCOMMODATION: FR R16,490 PER ROOM

AMBOSELI CAMPING SAFARI Nairobi

Highlights

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Tented camp (2nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: BAMMAS

UPGRADE TO LODGE ACCOMMODATION: SEE PAGE 85

84

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

R7,094

FR

3 DAYS

Nairobi

Highlights

• Enjoy a series of spectacular game drives, teeming with wildlife • Gain a rare and unique insight into Maasai homes and community • Marvel at the rollling grasslands and sweeping plains

Make a quick trip from Nairobi to the colourful Maasai Mara community where tall, slender villagers herd their cattle and tend to their families just outside the majestic Maasai Mara National Reserve. This enormous reserve is actually part of the vast Serengeti plains, home to the ‘Big 5’: lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino and renowned for their breathtaking great wildebeest migration. Additional park residents include giraffes, impala, zebras, gazelles, cheetahs and hippos. Quite simply, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to spotting wildlife on the game runs you’ll take, including a drive through the dramatic Great Rift Valley. During your stay, there is also the opportunity to visit a village of the Maasai people. Catch an insightful glimpse into the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives.

Travel from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara National Reserve to interact with the colourful local villagers and marvel at the abundant wildlife. On extensive game drives you’ll come across plains heaving with grazing herds and visit the exotic Lake Nakuru National Park located in the awe-inspiring Great Rift Valley. The game in this park is plentiful and the world-renowned bird watching will make a devotee out of even the most reluctant. More than 400 species of bird exist here, including white pelicans and marabou stork. Awash with flocks of flamingos, the lakeshore is a mesmerising stretch of pink feathers. The park is also one of the very few places in Africa to see the rare black rhino and Rothschild giraffe. Finish this authentic safari experience by visiting a Maasai village before returning back to Nairobi.

• Encounter giraffes, baboons and elephants on extensive game drives • See local Maasai Mara singing and dancing • Be enchanted by the African bush landscape, framed by Mt. Kilimanjaro

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Permanent tented camp with shared facilities (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: NBOAMB

UPGRADE TO LODGE ACCOMMODATION: FR R12,349 PER ROOM

With a backdrop of mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park is the ideal spot to view a multitude of wildlife and the perfect place for an unforgettable safari experience. Depart from Nairobi on Day 1 and travel through the scenic Athi Plains and into this awesome park famous for its huge herds of elephants. Your days will be jam-packed with game drives and witnessing incredible wildlife. Your nights will be spent around the camp fire and relaxing under canvas beneath the amazing African stars. With a wealth of wildlife including wildebeest, giraffes, baboons, zebras, lions and leopards, Amboseli definitely won’t disappoint, and seeing the sunrise over the snow-capped peak of Kili will definitely be a memory you won’t forget! Hit the road after breakfast on Day 3 and return to Nairobi.

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

85

EASTERN AFRICA

EASTERN AFRICA

Inclusions

Get right out into the wilds of the Maasai Mara National Reserve but revel in having a charming lodge to retreat to after the day’s exertions! Enjoy the charming surrounds of the Mara Sopa Lodge, located on the slopes of the Oloongams Hills and crammed full of ethnic African design. Traditional thatched rooms sit within the gardens and around the swimming pool and there is a comfy lounge area surrounding a fireplace for those colder African nights. This is the ideal spot for swapping stories with other travellers. After settling into the lodge on Day 1 you will head out into the bush on an afternoon game drive for your first taste of the world-famous wildlife. Day 2 is spent exploring every corner of the reserve as you enjoy both morning and afternoon game drives searching for the ‘Big 5’. You depart back to Nairobi on Day 3.


CLASSIC KENYAN HIGHLIGHTS SAFARI Nairobi

TSAVO EAST & INDIAN R12,480 OCEAN BEACH SAFARI

R17,065

FR

6 DAYS

Nairobi

Nairobi

FR

5 DAYS

Mombasa

R15,725

CAMP KENYA

FR

Southern Kenya

2 WEEKS - 3 MONTHS

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

Work alongside rural communities Develop school/community facilities Improve employment opportunities Teach children through workshops Learn about elephant conservation Spot wildlife on game drives Chill out on idyllic tropical beaches Make friends with fellow volunteers

EASTERN AFRICA

EASTERN AFRICA

Inclusions Highlights

Highlights

• Enjoy unique accommodation with local homestays • Take in fabulous views of the Great Rift Valley • Game drive in the world-renowned Maasai Mara Reserve

• Experience once-in-a-lifetime ‘Big 5’ game viewing • Soak up the rays on Mombasa’s stunning sands • Dive, snorkel and see coral, mangroves and marine life up close

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

Nairobi

01-02

After touching down at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, you’ll be greeted by your tour guide and whisked off for two nights’ homestay with a local family. Spend the evening chilling out after a long trip, the perfect way to get to know your hosts. Day 2 is jam-packed with activities. As well as a city tour, you’ll rifle through the treasures at the Kenyan National Museum, check out the amazing wildlife at the Giraffe Centre and Snake Park, and enjoy an optional safari walk. (B, 2D)

Nairobi / Great Rift Valley / Hell’s Gate NP / Lake Naivasha

03

Early morning, head out to the Great Valley Rift, taking in the magnificent views from its vantage point. From there, journey on to Hell’s Gate National Park, followed by the stunning Lake Naivasha. By then, it’s time for a little R&R so set up tents at the Crayfish Camp and be prepared for a good song or two around the campfire. (B, L, D)

01

Today, it’s a long drive to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, arriving about 2pm. After setting up camp again, it’s off for an evening game drive to check out the wildlife at feeding time. Kip down for another night under the stars. (B, L, D)

Maasai Mara National Reserve / Nairobi

05 06

Rising with the sun, your tour takes off on an early morning game drive, while temperatures remain comfortable. A hearty breakfast and well-deserved rest follows, before heading back to Nairobi city for another homestay and the chance to check out the Kenyan night scene. Alternatively, if you’re not up for an evening of cocktails and tribal rhythms, take some quiet time getting to know your host family a little better. (B, L, D)

Nairobi

Following touchdown at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, be transferred to your cosy hotel, a stone’s throw from the city centre. Unwind in the evening at one of the many bistros and lounges. (D)

Life as a volunteer

02-03

Depart for Tsavo East National Park, arriving late afternoon. Head to the beautiful Aruba Dam on the Voi River, which is visited by thousands of animals and is a great game viewing destination. See dust-red elephants rolling and spraying each other with the blue waters of the palm-shaded Galana River. Return to camp early evening for a well-deserved rest. On Day 3 at sunrise, head back to the bush wetlands to witness wallowing hippos, buffalos and elephants. Return to camp for breakfast after which you leave for Mombasa, arriving early afternoon for some beach time. Round off the day with a chilled evening at your accommodation. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Teach children basic English language skills, environmental education and computer skills and take part in organising sporting activities. Work on a number of sustainable development projects to improve living conditions for children and adults - this can include building new homes for the elderly and constructing water tanks to supply clean drinking water to communities. Work on the improvement of primary school facilities, such as new desks and classroom refurbishment. See spectacular game viewing on safari drives throughout the National Parks (stays of one month or longer).

Mombasa

04 05

Kick off with a visit to Fort Jesus Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After this, hit Mombasa Marine Park, situated in the Indian Ocean. A popular snorkelling and diving location, the park is comprised of sea waters, mangroves, sea grasses and seaweeds and boasts a wealth of marine life. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or indulging in watersports at the sand beach, not forgetting to pay a trip to the spectacular coral gardens. (B, D)

Mombasa

Lake Naivasha Hell's Gate National Park

Departures 2014

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Daily

86

Op

n

& io st xat Re ela R

Accommodation: Twin share basis, hotel (3 nts), tented camp (1 nt) Transport: Airport transfers and transport to/from safari camp included Meals: Most meals included Tour Code: NBOTBS

3 months E T H I O P I A

UGANDA

NB: Itinerary is subject to change depending on numbers / More of this activity Nairobi Camp Tsavo

K E N YA

Nairobi

Tsavo East NP

Departures 2014

Mombasa Camp Makongeni Camp Muhaka

Mombasa TA N Z A N I A

lS

na

tio

ba cu g S l in na ell tio ork p O Sn &

K E N YA

Daily

Start the adventure

i

ar af

2 months

Great Rift Valley

Nairobi

t ta bi Ha ion e t at va im ser r P on C

1 month

Inclusions K E N YA

al n & ent n io e e vat f i nm tio n l i ild o va ar er s W nvir ser M ons ect E on C roj C P

2 weeks

Wake up to breakfast and check out. Head to the airport, where your incredible Kenyan adventure draws to a close. (B)

Your guide will drop you off at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in the afternoon, where your incredible trip comes to a close. (B)

Accommodation: Homestay (3 nts), camping (2 nts) Transport: Private minibus Meals: All meals whilst camping and half-board in homestay Notes: Park fees included Tour Code: NBOCKS

& ty ol ni ho mu ts c S om ec C roj P

CAMP KENYA

Nairobi

Inclusions

This trip offers a wide range of exciting project schemes and is designed for volunteers who are keen to take on a variety of challenges and support award-winning community and conservation initiatives in rural Kenya. Make a real difference through sustainable, lifechanging project work with other volunteers from all over the world. Two-week stays are only based at Camp Muhaka but if you extend to a month you will also stay at Camp Tsavo. Two months or longer allows you to experience Camp Makongeni and marine conservation plus a stay in a local sacred forest. The longer you stay the more you will get out of it.

Nairobi / Tsavo East National Park

Lake Naivasha / Maasai Mara National Reserve

04

Project Start Date: Monthly departures (2 week -1 month projects); selected departures (2 -3 month projects). Project is not available in December Project Location: Various camps in Southern Kenya, close to Mombasa Getting There: Transfers from/to Mombasa Airport are included Accommodation: Mixture of traditional thatched bandas, safari-style tents and spacious dome tents Meals: All meals included Stay Longer: Fr R28,803 for a 1 month stay; Fr R40,917 for 2 months; Fr R52,870 for 3 months In-country Support: 24-hour support, fully staffed camps and projects Minimum Age: 18 years old at point of travel (max 25 years old) Trip Code: STACAMKEN

FACEBOOK.COM/STATRAVELSOUTHAFRICA

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

TA N Z A N I A

TA N Z A N I A

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

87


BAMBA EXPERIENCE KENYA & TANZANIA

Nakuru

K E N YA

Lake Victoria

WHY BAMBA EXPERIENCE?

Travelling around Kenya and Tanzania can be done easily and independently with Bamba Experience. These flexible passes include all your transportation plus epic safari and beach experiences. Just choose your route and departure date and let Bamba take care of the rest. Their team will assist you before, during and after your trip.

Nairobi Maasai Mara Serengeti Amboseli

Tsavo East

ZANZIBAR BEACHES & SAFARI WAYS EASTERN AFRICA

Dar Es Salaam – Arusha

FR R16,490

SAFARI & ZANZIBAR BEACHES WAYS Arusha – Dar Es Salaam

Ngorongoro Crater

Kilimanjaro

Arusha

FR R16,490

• 3 night Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro & Serengeti Safari in Tanzania • Bus from Arusha to Dar Es Salaam or vice versa • 3 night Zanzibar Beach Package (includes ferry from/to Zanzibar)

Manyara Tarangire

BIG 5 WAYS Arusha – Nairobi

FR R21,797

TA N Z A N I A

MAASAI EXPLORER WAYS Nairobi – Arusha

Mombasa

FR R21,797

• 3 night Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro & Serengeti Safari in Tanzania • Bus From Arusha to Nairobi or vice versa • 3 night Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Safari in Kenya

Zanzibar

MUZUNGU WAYS Dar Es Salaam – Nairobi

FR R26,369

MAMBO JAMBO WAYS Nairobi – Dar Es Salaam • • • • •

Dar es Salaam

FR R26,369

3 night Zanzibar Beach Package Bus from Dar Es Salaam to Arusha or vice versa 3 night Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro & Serengeti Safari in Tanzania Bus From Arusha to Nairobi or vice versa 3 night Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Safari in Kenya

WHAT TO EXPECT TRANSPORT

Enjoy a front row seat and experience your safari in a comfy openroof Safari Jeep. Travel between major cities in safe, reliable and environmentally responsible public transportation.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

Revel in exhilarating safari game drives across some of Africa’s best national parks and nature reserves. Learn about the diverse cultures of the Maasai Mara and other indigenous people in the region, or chill out on the gorgeous white sand beaches of Zanzibar. Local guides will help you make the most of your trip.

included experiences

ACCOMMODATION

MAASAI MARA AND LAKE NAKURU SAFARI (3N)

Travel from Nairobi, drive through the dramatic Great Rift Valley and witness enormous herds of grazing animals on epic game drives in the Maasai Mara. Witness amazing wildlife, tick off the ‘Big 5’ and also opt to visit a Maasai village. Depart for Lake Nakuru and enjoy the magnificent birdlife, including stunning flocks of pink flamingos, you might also see the White Rhino and Rothschild Giraffe. Includes: Local guide, 3 nights in permanent tents, all meals, all game drives, all transport to/from Nairobi.

LAKE MANYARA, NGORONGORO & SERENGETI SAFARI (3N)

Travel from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park, enjoy an afternoon game drive. Next, travel to Ngorongoro and be amazed by the abundance of wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater which is home to the largest concentration of animals in Africa. Finish in the Serengeti National Park where you will get the chance to see lion, elephants, rhino, giraffe and zebra on an awesome game drive. Includes: Local guide, 3 nights in permanent tents, all meals, all game drives, all transport to/from Arusha.

Accommodation is only included on your safari and beach experiences. On safari you will be staying in permanent tents and in Zanzibar you will be staying in a basic hotel. You are free to book the rest of your accommodation yourself.

TRAVEL INDEPENDENTLY

Explore Africa your way - freely and at your own pace! Passes are open dated so you let us know when you want to travel. Your pass is valid for 12 months so you have all the time you need to fully enjoy your journey!

GUARANTEED DAILY DEPARTURES

Begin your journey when you decide; 365 days a year, no minimum passenger restrictions.

ZANZIBAR BEACH PACKAGE (3N)

Take the ferry from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar’s bustling port of Stone Town. Spend the rest of your day exploring this UNESCO World Heritage listed city. Travel North to the stunning beach town of Nungwi, spend the day at leisure. Enjoy a full days snorkelling trip with the opportunity to relax on pristine beaches. On your final day, travel back to Stone Town and take the ferry back to Dar Es Salaam. Includes: Return ferry to/from Dar Es Salaam, return transfer from Stone Town to Nungwi, 3 nights hostel/budget hotel accommodation, lunch on Day 3.

88

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA


TANZANIA EASTERN AFRICA

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. CONQUER MT. KILIMANJARO 2. PHOTOGRAPH THE ‘BIG 5’ 3. LAZE ON A ZANZIBAR BEACH 4. CHILL WITH A SUNDOWNER 5. TRAVERSE THE SERENGETI SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK MT KILIMANJARO NGORONGORO ARUSHA CRATER

ZANZIBAR

DODOMA DAR ES SALAAM IRINGA


TREK KILIMANJARO

MARANGU ROUTE Moshi

RONGAI

R28,929 ROUTE

FR

7 DAYS

Moshi

TRIP FACTS

• Summit Success Rate: 80% • Number of days on Mt. Kilimanjaro: 5

If you’ve ever wanted to do something truly amazing, something that’s as far removed from a lazy beach holiday as possible, then Mount Kilimanjaro is calling you! By day, join the great explorers and mountaineers in scaling Africa’s highest peak, hiking through lush rainforests, alpine deserts and glaciers that have been there forever. By night, sleep closer to the stars than you ever have before. With expert guiding and a variety of trek options, we’ll help you all the way!

KISkilled LI EXPERTS staff and great support crews

RONGAI 1990m

help you to focus on the task in hand, reaching the summit! Their expertise is essential in increasing summit success rates.

2600m

KIKELEWA CAVE SHIRA CAMP 2

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES For all the treks on the opposite page,

3840m

Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), mountain huts (4 nts) Transport: Private minibus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $40-50 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, certified mountain guide, cook, porters Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTKM Departs: Selected Sundays & Tuesdays

Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), full service alpine camping (5 nts) Transport: Private minibus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $40-50 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, certified mountain guide, cook, porters Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTKR Departs: Selected Fridays

Moshi

MACHAME R30,452 ROUTE

FR

8 DAYS

Moshi

Moshi

R33,499

FR

9 DAYS

MAWENZI TARN 4310m

MAWENZI 5149m

BARAFU CAMP

BARANCO CAMP

4550m

3950m

MACHAME CAMP 3000m

KARANGA CAMP 3900m

HOROMBO HUT 3700m

MANDARA HUT 2720m

KILIMANJARO ROUTES Rongai Route Marangu Route Machame Route Lemosho Route

MACHAME 1790m

MARANGU 1420m

TRIP FACTS

different route options, lengths and styles of acommodation, your perfect trek is there for the taking. Want to share the adventure with other likeminded travellers? Choose one of the tours you see on the next page which are all group departures, designed so that you can share stories, laugh and encourage each other on your achievement of a lifetime. There are also alternative trekking routes on offer, just ask us for details.

90

KIBO HUT & CAMP/ SCHOOL HUT 4700m

PAY ONCE All permit, National Park fees, costs MORE CHOICE Choose the trip that’s right for you. With

5895m

Conquer Africa’s highest peak from the drier, northern side of the mountain. Follow the Rongai route, climbing the mountain from the north and descending via the popular Marangu route with its diverse climate zones and stunning views. This route’s gentle approach has a high success rate. You’ll camp beside the only lake on the mountain and enjoy spectacular views over Kenya’s Amboseli plains. Local guides, cooks and porters will provide support during your trek and at campsites along the way.

Moshi

Kilimanjaro Summit Uhuru Peak

LEMOSHO

once you’re booked, you’re going. Better cut down on those pizzas then!

for equipment, meals and transport are included in your trip price.

3630m

• Summit Success Rate: 95% • Number of days on Mt. Kilimanjaro: 6

Standing 5,895m tall, Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and this adventure along the Marangu Route will get you to the top safely, quickly and with your budget in mind. Affectionately known as the Coca-Cola Route, Marangu covers forests, moorlands and ‘The Saddle’, a high-altitude desert, on its way to Kibo Hut. This is the easiest route to summit - with a catch. The trail is well maintained but because of the quick ascent, the success rate is not as high as other routes.

MACHAME ROUTE

SIMBA CAMP

8 DAYS

Moshi

EASTERN AFRICA

EASTERN AFRICA

TRIP FACTS

Moshi

R30,452

FR

TRIP FACTS

• Summit Success Rate: 95% • Number of days on Mt. Kilimanjaro: 6

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

• Summit Success Rate: 95% • Number of days on Mt. Kilimanjaro: 7

Possibly the most scenic route to the summit, Machame boasts different paths to the summit and back. Emerge onto high alpine deserts with amazing views of ice fields, all en route to Uhuru, peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro! Known as the ‘Whiskey Route’, this path leads you through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through moorland to the Shira Plateau. It offers great scenery beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Icefields before summiting from the higher Barafu Camp.

Experience the splendour of Mt. Kilimanjaro with an extra day to acclimatise on your way to the summit. See all this route has to offer, from beautiful forests, moorland and plateaux to glaciated precipices and icefields. Take maximum advantage of your additional day to really immerse yourself in the experience and maximise your enjoyment of this once-in-a-lifetime trek. Local guides and porters will provide you with all the support you need.

Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), full service alpine camping (5 nts) Transport: Private minibus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $40-50 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, certified mountain guide, cook, porters Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTM8 Departs: Selected Mondays & Saturdays

Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), full service alpine camping (6 nts) Transport: Private minibus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $40-50 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, certified mountain guide, cook, porters Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTM9 Departs: Selected Saturdays

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

91


TANZANIA ENCOMPASSED Moshi

• • • • • • • •

R71,583

FR

17 DAYS

Stone Town, Zanzibar

TANZANIA CAMPING ADVENTURE Arusha

TANZANIA SAFARI R33,499 EXPERIENCE

R50,256

FR

7 DAYS

Arusha

Arusha

FR

7 DAYS

Arusha

Highlights

Trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro Enjoy sunrise from Kili’s summit Experience the magic of Lake Manyara Search out the ‘Big 5’ in the Serengeti See abundant wildlife in Ngorongoro Explore the streets of Stone Town Discover Zanzibar’s spice plantations Laze on white sandy beaches

EASTERN AFRICA

EASTERN AFRICA

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 05 Jan 12 Jan 19 Jan 21 Jan 26 Feb 02 Feb 09 Feb 11 Feb 16 Feb 23 Mar 02 Mar 09 Mar 16 Mar 23

Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 06 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Feb 27 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 01 Apr 08

Apr 20 May 18 Jun 01 Jun 15 Jun 24 Jul 01 Jul 08 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 03 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31

May 06 Jun 03 Jun 17 Jul 01 Jul 10 Jul 17 Jul 24 Aug 05 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 02 Sep 09 Sep 16

Sep 07 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 05 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 09 Nov 23 Dec 07 Dec 14 Dec 21 Dec 28

Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 07 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 04 Nov 11 Nov 25 Dec 09 Dec 23 Dec 30 Jan 06 Jan 13

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Simple hotels (6 nts), mountain huts (4 nts), full service camping (4 nts), beach hotel/bungalows (2 nts) Transport: 4x4 vehicle, minibus, plane Meals: 16 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $120-155 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officier (CEO), certified mountain guide, cook, porters Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTTE

My Own Room Available: Fr R7,602

Highlights

Scale one of the world’s most notable mountains, have countless encounters with assorted African wildlife and lie back on some truly outstanding island beaches! This amazing adventure perfectly encapsulates Africa’s enormous range of life-changing experiences. Mt. Kilimanjaro will make you feel indestructible, the Serengeti will place you in perfect sync with the wild, while Zanzibar will simply put a big smile on your sun-loving face. Over 17 days, you’ll watch yourself morph from mountain explorer to safari guru to chilled out beach bum. It’s quite a journey!

DAY ITINERARY 01

After breakfast and a short briefing from the guide, you’ll be transferred to the gates of Kilimanjaro National Park and will begin the four-hour walk to the Mandara Escarpment to overnight (2,743m). The next day, continue through temperate forest, heather and moorland zones for roughly six hours to Horombo Hut (3,720m). On Day 4, ascend onto the Kilimanjaro Saddle through a desert-like alpine zone - Kibo peak comes into view. Spend the night at Kibo Hut (4,703m). (3B, 3L, 3D)

05-06

Serengeti National Park

The best time to climb to the summit is during the night. The 5km ascent typically takes six hours, so you need to get going around midnight to stand a chance of reaching the summit in time to catch the sunrise. From Gillman’s Point it is a further two-hour round trip along the crater’s edge to Uhuru Peak, Africa’s highest point. Descend to Moshi for your last night on the mountain, and for some well-deserved relaxation. (2B, 2L ,2D)

Arusha / Lake Manyara National Park Arusha Kilimanjaro National Park Ngorongoro Crater Lake Manyara

Moshi

07-08 09-10

TA N Z A N I A

Zanzibar

13-14

Focus on Mt. Kilimanjaro Shorten your trip Tanzania Camping Adventure (7 days, Arusha - Arusha) (GADTWE) see page 93

15-17

01-02

Arrive in Arusha at any time. Known as Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’, it’s a great place from which to start your adventure. On Day 2, head to Mto wa Mbo village for a tour to learn about local life. After lunch in the village spend an afternoon touring the stunning Lake Manyara National Park, home to prolific birdlife and the famous tree-climbing lions. (B, L, D)

Serengeti National Park

03-04

Journey to the Serengeti with a stop in a local Maasai village, where you can learn about their culture and lifestyle. Spend your time searching for the ‘Big 5’ amongst the acacia-spotted savannah on game drives in the fantastic grounds of the Serengeti National Park. (2B, 2L, 2D)

01-02

05

Go on a final morning game drive in the Serengeti before continuing on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famed for its abundant wildlife on the crater floor. Enjoy the stunning views from your campsite on the rim. (B, L, D)

03-04

06-07

It’s onward to the Serengeti via a local Maasai village on Day 3. You’ll also stop at the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge where you’ll learn about the history of humanity and walk along the gorge floor with a local ranger. Arriving at the Serengeti, head out on amazing game drives in the vast savannah of the Serengeti plains. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

05

Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

After breakfast you’ll venture down to the crater floor for your final safari experience. Take in the views of the high concentration of wildlife bound by the crater walls though unfenced and free to roam as they choose. Grazing animals predominate, snap away at the herds against a stunning African backdrop. Travel back to Arusha for the last night on your African adventure, sit under the stars and soak up the atmosphere. On Day 7, you’re free to depart at any time (2B, L)

Arrive into Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport, and you’ll be taken to your hotel in Arusha, the ‘safari capital’ of Tanzania. After breakfast the following day, travel to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day of game driving. This park is home to prolific birdlife and the famous tree-climbing lions. Simply stunning! (B, L, D)

Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park

Ngorongoro Crater

Enjoy one last Serengeti game drive before journeying to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Views from the crater rim are stunning and there is an ever-present abundance of wildlife. Venture to the crater floor, which has a permanent water supply so vital to life in this region, and check out herds of grazing animals such as zebra, gazelle and buffalo. Leave the wildlife behind you and travel back to Arusha. (2B, 2L, D)

Zanzibar / Stone Town

Board your plane to Zanzibar and transfer to the island’s historic capital of Stone Town; a captivating labyrinth of narrow streets and winding alleyways. Explore this exotic city with plenty of free time and optional activities such as visits to palaces, museums and old Arab residences. (2B) Journey to the northwest coast of the island for a guided tour of a spice plantation. You can then spend your remaining time enjoying the beautiful white sandy beaches of Nungwi, the beach capital of Zanzibar and your home for the next two nights. On Day 17, transfer back to Stone Town, where your amazing trip ends this afternoon. (3B)

Fr R33,499

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), full service camping (4 nts) Transport: 7 seater 4x4 safari vehicle Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $40-55 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, certified driver/guide, camp cook Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTWE

My Own Room Available: Fr R2,270

Departures 2014

Extend your stay in Zanzibar

Jan-Mar

Every Saturday and Monday

see pages 96-97

Apr-Dec

Selected Saturdays and Mondays

92

Arusha / Lake Manyara

On Day 5, you will continue on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the stunning views from the crater rim and the abundant wildlife on the crater floor on a full day of game driving. With a resident population of more than 20,000 large mammals plus plenty of grazing animals, you’re sure to be impressed! (B, L, D)

Arusha

06 07

Enjoy a morning visit to Mto wa Mbu village, where you will have a traditional lunch, and learn about the local culture as you tour the market, farms and huts. Then it’s onward to the bustling town of Arusha for your last evening together as a group. (B, L)

Arusha

Say goodbye to your group and depart at any time. (B)

Head to the world-famous Serengeti National Park via a local Masai village. Enjoy game drives in this vast environment of open savannah, which is home to a spectacular collection of wildlife including the ‘Big 5’. It really is one of Africa’s very best game viewing experiences. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Zanzibar

see pages 90-91

DAY ITINERARY

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

11-12

You might like

It’s a short jaunt across to Arusha, a picturesque town known as Tanzania’s safari capital, where you will pick up any last-minute supplies for the safari. First stop on Day 8 is the Mto wa Mbu village where you’ll take a walk and learn about the local culture (don’t forget to try the banana beer). Then it’s on to Lake Manyara National Park and its famous tree-climbing lions. (2B, L, D)

Highlights

• See amazing wildlife and stay in comfortable lodgings • Visit an authentic Maasai village and admire views of Ngorongoro • Enjoy fantastic game viewing in East Africa’s leading parks

Arusha / Lake Manyara

Arrive in Moshi at any time and head out to explore.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Summit / Moshi

K E N YA

DAY ITINERARY

Moshi

Kilimanjaro National Park

02-04

• Search for tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park • Visit the fascinating archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge • Go in search of the ‘Big 5’ on game drives in the Serengeti

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Inclusions K E N YA

Serengeti National Park

Arusha Lake Manyara

Trip Style: Comfort Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Comfort hotel (2 nts), luxury camp (2 nt), mobile camps (2 nts) Transport: 4x4 safari vehicle Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-65 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver/guide Group Size: Max 6, Avg 5 Tour Code: GADTTS

My Own Room Available: Fr R13,695

K E N YA

Serengeti National Park Olduvai Gorge

Arusha Lake Manyara

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

Departures 2014 TA N Z A N I A

Jan-Feb

Every Friday and Sunday

Mar-Jul Aug-Dec

Selected Saturdays Every Friday and Sunday

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

TA N Z A N I A

93


TANZANIA

TANZANIA EXPLORER Arusha

SERENGETI & NGORONGORO FRR8,342 CRATER SAFARI FRR12,876 3 DAYS

Arusha

Highlights

• Take in the herds at Tarangire National Park • Search for tree-climbing lions at Lake Manyara National Park • Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for amazing views

rock solid

ROYAL MIRAGE HOTEL, DAR ES SALAAM

R940 SINGLE FR R506 TWIN/DOUBLE FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This handy little hotel located in Karaikoo has a local market just around the corner giving you a true flavour for the area. The rooms are small but clean and comfy with air con. Reception is open late for those late check-ins and its restaurant serves local cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Perfect for resting your head.

rock solid

PEACOCK HOTEL, DAR ES SALAAM

R1,503 SINGLE FR R983 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

One of Dar Es Salaam’s best-known hotels, the Peacock captures the best of Tanzanian hospitality. Relax in the pool for some respite from the hazy heat, sample authentic Tanzanian cuisine in the restaurant or grab a cooling drink in one of the two bars. Rooms are nicely furnished with en suite bathrooms.

DARROY

rock solid

NEW SAFARI HOTEL, ARUSHA

DARPEA

Departs: Tuesdays & Fridays Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Meals: All meals whilst on safari Transport: 4x4 vehicle Inclusions: Private driver/guide and park fees Tour Code: ARKTAX

Starting from Arusha you’ll head to the Serengeti arriving in time for a late afternoon game drive. Abundant with wildlife, the plains are home to lion, leopard, elephant and giraffe. Settle into your safari lodge where you will spend two nights. Experience two game drives on your second day, exploring the varied landscape. Day 3, depart for the Ngorongoro Crater. Descend within the crater’s high walls, marvelling at vast herds of animals. After a night in a nearby hotel, your tour ends with a walk through the Mto Wa Mbu Village before returning to Arusha. Departs: Mondays Accommodation: Lodges (2 nts), hotel (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: 4x4 vehicle Inclusions: Private driver/guide and park fees Tour code: ARKNOR

SERENGETI SUPREME Arusha

KILIMANJARO R15,456 TREK

FR

Arusha

6 DAYS

Moshi

R20,226

FR

Moshi

7 DAYS

R2,825

FR

4 DAYS

Dar Es Salaam

Highlights

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Transport: Ferry Meals: 3 breakfasts Inclusions: Hotel transfers, ferry tickets Tour code: DARZA3

94

This terrific camping tour takes you through three of the most popular national parks on the northern safari circuit of Tanzania. First, head to Tarangire to check out herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, eland and oryx. Then, it’s on to Lake Manyara National Park for some spectacular views and time to search for the rare tree-climbing lions this park is known for. Day 3, rise early and visit the Ngorongoro Crater, the eighth wonder of the world and home to the ‘Big 5’. Marvel at the concentrated amount of plain animals against the backdrop of clouds curling over the crater rim.

ARKNSH

• Enjoy this stress-free package to the stunning island of Zanzibar • The perfect add-on to any safari itinerary • Why not extend your stay, additional nights available

Inclusions

• Overnight in comfortable lodges and hotels • Watch predators stalk their prey in the Serengeti • Descend into Ngorongoro’s animal-filled walls

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This hotel has a rich history, it was once the home of famous hunters such as Robert Taylor, John Wayne and Hardy Kruger! The restaurant is open all day and serves up some scrummy local flavours and you are just steps away from Arusha’s bustling centre. Other facilities include in-room Wi-Fi, mini bar, safety deposit box and TV.

ZANZIBAR MINI STAY Dar Es Salaam

R1,399 SINGLE FR R891 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

4 DAYS

Arusha

EASTERN AFRICA

EASTERN AFRICA

Highlights

Arusha

If you’re short on time but don’t want to miss out on the incredible island paradise of Zanzibar, a ‘mini-stay’ is the perfect option. We take care of all your transport from Dar Es Salaam, including the ferries and some great accommodation in Stone Town, so you can concentrate on relaxing. Why not add on one of our great day tours, choose from a Stone Town tour, spice tour, a dhow sailing cruise or swimming with dolphins. Spend the rest of your days lazing on the beach and swimming in the turquoise sea. If you decide three days isn’t enough or you want to see more of Zanzibar then we can always add on an idyllic stay at one of our beach hotels. Prices are based on a minimum of two passengers travelling together.

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Highlights

Highlights

• Head to the endless Serengeti plains • See herds galore in the Ngorongoro Crater • Camp out beneath starry skies in the African wilds!

• Lace up those hiking boots and reach the ‘Roof of Africa’ • Witness an amazing sunrise at the summit • Rise far above the cloud line and enjoy staggering views

A sweet sample of Northern Tanzania’s astounding wildlife. First up is Lake Manyara National Park, boasting bountiful birdlife and famed for its tree-climbing lions. Speed onto the endless Serengeti plains and look out for one of the many resident predators chasing down its prey. Next up, there’ll be a stop at key prehistoric site, Olduvai Gorge. Arriving at Ngorongoro you’ll marvel at the view from the rim of this huge crater - the steep sides create a spectacular African landscape, enclosing thousands of wild animals within its walls. Snap the ‘Big 5’ before heading back to Arusha. Departs: Wednesdays Accommodation: Camping (5 nts) Meals: All meals whilst on safari Transport: 4x4 vehicle Inclusions: Private driver/guide and park fees Tour code: ARKSEG

Mt Kilimanjaro is the world’s largest freestanding mountain. Start your adventure in Moshi, where you’ll overnight before lacing up those hiking boots and heading off on the popular Marangu route. Trek through amazing scenery and the cloudforest to Mandara Hut. The next couple of days, cover the moorland zone and the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks before a slow final ascent. Day 5, rise early in order to reach the summit at Uhuru Peak, also known as the ‘the Roof of Africa’, for a dramatic sunrise over the plains. After, it’s back down to Moshi for a well-earned rest. Departs: Sundays Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), camping (4 nts) Meals: All meals on the trek Transport: 4x4 vehicle Inclusions: Park fees Tour code: FVMKTM

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

95


ZANZIBAR

COOL STUFF TO DO IN ZANZIBAR

NUNGWI BEACH

6

-

9

Fr SWIM WITH DOLPHINS  R925 Swim with large resident pods of humpbacked and bottlenose dolphins on this daily trip. Includes return accomodation transfers for those based at Stone Town. Departs daily. ZNZSWI

STONE TOWN

1

-

5

EASTERN AFRICA

ZNZDHO JAMBIANI

SPICE TOUR  R463 Enjoy an explosion of tastes and smells from exotic fruits and spices grown on the island on this half-day trip to a spice farm. Departs daily. ZNZSPI Fr

KIZIMIKAZE

rock solid

SAFARI LODGE, STONE TOWN

rock solid

CHAVDA HOTEL, STONE TOWN

R793 SINGLE 518 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Located in Stone Town, just a few metres from the bustling harbour, this charming, traditional hotel boasts clean, comfortable rooms, with handcrafted furniture, air con, TV and en suite bathrooms. The restaurant offers an à la carte menu and seafood specialities so you can sit back, relax and get a real taste of Stone Town.

R1,311 SINGLE FR R771 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A popular hotel and a unique location makes Chavda Hotel an ideal choice for a Stone Town stay. There’s a lovely rooftop restaurant with superb views of exotic Stone Town and the sea (perfect for an evening sundowner). Rooms are bright and comfy with traditional four-poster beds, local furniture, minibar and satellite TV.

ZNZSAF

DHOW PALACE, STONE TOWN

R1,301 SINGLE FR R795 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Next to the beach, yet centrally located in Stone Town, this hotel is housed in a beautiful 450 year-old building filled with historic artefacts and incredible architectural features. There’s a courtyard pool and rooftop restaurant with fabulous views overlooking the town and the sparkling Indian Ocean.

ZNZCHA

GlamPACKER

IMANI BEACH, STONE TOWN

Rock Solid

GlamPACKER

DOUBLETREE HILTON, NUNGWI

R868 SINGLE R651 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

R1,676 SINGLE FR R838 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Set on the most northern tip of Zanzibar and boasting a traditional style with palm leaf roofs, this Nungwi hotel offers spectacular sea views and direct beach access. Relax on pristine, white sands, scuba dive and snorkel or take a dip in the freshwater pool. Kick back and sip cocktails at the pool bar.

This great resort is located just a minute’s walk from the beach. For the ultimate morning view, choose from one of the beachfront rooms, built on stilts, looking straight out to sea. The hotel can arrange lots of activities, including snorkelling, cruises and fishing. Perfect for those who want to chill or do something active!

ZNZDBT

ZNZAMA

rock solid

R1,431 SINGLE R1,034 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

R1,025 SINGLE FR R592 DOUBLE

FR

• Enjoy beachfront views from traditional, stilted accomodation • Unwind a stone’s throw from white sands and clear waters • Beyond the beach, fish, snorkel or take a cruise

ZNZDPL

ZANZIBAR GRAND PALACE, STONE TOWN

AMAAN BEACH BUNGALOWS, NUNGWI

• Soak up postcard-perfect sea views • Dive or snorkel in tropical waters • Cool off with a cocktail at the poolside bar

Rock solid

FR

rock solid

LANGI LANGI, NUNGWI

a-list

R1,183 SINGLE FR R690 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Z HOTEL, NUNGWI

R2,050 SINGLE R1,327 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Enjoy traditional African decor, peace and quiet • Set on its own private beach • Great location close to the capital Stone Town

• Check out the amazing ocean views • Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere but still be close to town • Experience traditional Zanzibar hospitality

• Soak up those rays on the north coast • Sip a cocktail poolside • Enjoy the comforts of your traditionally-furnished room

• Spoil yourself in the ‘Re-Boot’ spa • Dive into the beachside infinity pool • Dine and drink overlooking the ocean

This little gem is a real find. With its own private beach and just eight bungalow rooms plus an amazing tree house restaurant, Imani Beach has a truly intimate feel. Its traditional Zanzibarstyle rooms come with air con and mosquito nets. Stone Town’s attractions are just a short drive away.

The elegant Zanzibar Grand Palace Resort has gorgeous views out to the Indian Ocean and its own inviting, rooftop restaurant, serving delicious local and international cuisine. Situated just outside of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town, it’s secluded, but only ten minutes from the bustling town.

This little piece of paradise on the northern tip of Zanzibar is renowned for having some of the island’s best beaches and beach bars lining the sands. Sit and chill by the pool, relax in the TV lounge, stroll down the gorgeous white sandy beach or treat yourself to fresh seafood in the on-site restaurant.

Cool, chic and contemporary, this beautifully-decorated 35-room hotel comes with designer bathrooms, Egyptian cotton bed linen and bespoke furniture made from local wood. Take in the ocean views from the pool or funky ‘Cinnamon’ bar where you can sip on cocktails and eat fusion food and tapas platters. Paradise!

ZNZIMA

96

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

ZNZGRA

ZNZLGI

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

ZNZZHO

97

EASTERN AFRICA

Fr DHOW SAILING R1,012 Visit Bawe, Grave and Prison Islands on this day criuse off the coast of Zanzibar. Snorkel, soak up rays and marvel at Prison Island’s giant tortoise. Departs daily.


ZANZIBAR TO KILIMANJARO Dar Es Salaam 

• • • • • • • •

Plus Local Payment

R21,617

FR

17 DAYS

 Nairobi

Highlights

Highlights

Spend time with local children Organise sports programmes for kids Provide support for teachers Stay in beachfront bungalows Volunteer at community projects Experience African culture Relax on white sand beaches Enjoy the tropical island of Zanzibar

EASTERN AFRICA

EASTERN AFRICA

Inclusions

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

Jan 06

Jan 22

May 12 May 28

Jan 20

Feb 05

May 26 Jun 11

Feb 03

Feb 19

FINISH

START

FINISH

Oct 13

Oct 29

Oct 27 Nov 12

Jul 07

Jul 23

Nov 10 Nov 26

Feb 17 Mar 05

Jul 21

Aug 06

Nov 24 Dec 10

Mar 03 Mar 19

Aug 04 Aug 20

Dec 08 Dec 24

Mar 17 Apr 02

Aug 18 Sep 03

Dec 22

Mar 31 Apr 16

Sep 01

Sep 17

Apr 14

Apr 30

Sep 15

Oct 01

Apr 28 May 14

Sep 29

Oct 15

Jan 07

Inclusions

Service Level: Camping Age group: Only 18-39 Accommodation: Camping (10 nts), hotel (2 nts, multishare), mountain huts (4 nts) Transport: Safari vehicle, ferry Meals: 17 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners Local Payment: USD $1385 Group Size: Max 24, Avg 16 Group Leader: Services of two crew, Kilimanjaro trek guides Tour Code: ACZTK17

From the shimmering shores of the Indian Ocean to the highest heights of Mt Kilimanjaro, this tour will take you on an exhilarating journey of the very best that the diverse country of Tanzania has to offer. Begin your adventure on the paradise island of Zanzibar, before journeying to the wild Serengeti National Park and the awesome Ngorongoro Crater which is teeming with wildlife. The final part of the journey is a climb up the magnificent Kilimanjaro - Africa’s highest peak, and one of the continent’s most magnificent sights. These 17 days will excite your senses and thrill you every step of the way!

Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: Jambiani (approx 1.5 hours outside Stone Town) Getting There: On arrival into Stone Town, make your own way to the joining hotel. On Day 2, transfer to the project is included Accommodation: Simple hotel (1 nt), simple volunteer cottages/bungalows (5 nts) on multi-share basis Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Stay Longer: Fr R10,344 per week In-country Support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Notes: Background check required Minimum Age: 18 years-old Trip Code: GATDTZJT

Dar Es Salaam / Zanzibar

Welcome to Tanzania! Your first day will see you taking the ferry from the bustling historic port of Dar Es Salaam to the laid back, island paradise of Zanzibar. Arrive in Stone Town and spend your day at leisure exploring the cobbled alleyways and colourful markets. (B)

Life as a volunteer

Zanzibar / Dar Es Salaam

02-05

Venture to the north of the island and to some of the finest beaches in the Indian Ocean. Spend the next few days relaxing on the white sand shores or swimming in the warm turquoise waters. If you fancy doing some exploring opt to excite your senses on an exotic spice tour or try your hand at scuba diving. On Day 5, travel back to the mainland by ferry before the wild part of your tour begins. (4B, D)

Jambiani is a fishing village stretching for a few kilometres along a beautiful white sand beach. Your accommodation will be beachfront bungalows and you will spend your mornings and afternoons at local schools in the beachside community. At the pre-schools, you’ll help the children develop their creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing and colouring. Days at the primary and secondary schools will be spent assisting local teachers, providing support for students who need extra help.

Pangani / Moshi area / Arusha

06-07

Based in a village on Zanzibar’s east coast, you’ll assist at one of the local schools (primary or secondary) or pre-schools, which are typically understaffed, underfunded and struggle with large class sizes and limited resources. You’ll assist students individually and provide the attention needed to help them gain confidence in their studies. English language training provides a great benefit to students and their parents - and although it’s not necessary, volunteers with TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualifications are an asset! Please ask your STA Travel Expert for more details. Most village schools have too many pupils to accommodate at one time and with shortages of staff and facilities, this means two school sessions per day are often run. You will find that most of the schools have meagre and ill-equipped facilities, but a wealth of children with a desire to learn. As a volunteer, you will help to provide children with a better education, especially by aiding them in the development of their English language skills.

DAY ITINERARY 01

Travel inland to the grassy plains of northern Tanzania. You will pass Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Standing at a staggering 5,895m, this truly is a sight to behold. Arrive in Arusha where you will explore the town and take a guided walk to the local Masai village to learn about their traditional culture and way of life. Also meet the inhabitants of the neighbouring Meserani Snake Park. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Organise sports programmes and run sporting tournaments to challenge and engage the kids. Assist in improving educational facilities in the community.

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

U G A N DA K E N YA

Nairobi

Serengeti N.P.

08-10

Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha

Ngorongoro Crater

Dar Es Salaam

Today you will head out in smaller 4WD vehicles for a three-day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Spend your days driving through the Serengeti and keeping your eyes peeled for the ‘Big 5’. Camp out under the stars in the middle of the Serengeti plains and feel truly immersed in the African wilderness. Travel through the Rift Valley before arriving at Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage site containing the most concentrated population of wildlife found anywhere in Africa. Descend the crater walls and enjoy game viewing in this spectacular setting. Return to Arusha and enjoy a relaxing evening in preparation for your Kilimanjaro trek. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Stone Town

Moshi / Kilimanjaro Climb, Marangu Route

Zanzibar

TA N Z A N I A

11-16 17

After a good night’s sleep begin your journey to Moshi, the town where you will start and finish your Kilimanjaro adventure. You will follow the Marangu Route, Kilimanjaro’s most direct and popular trekking route. The path is well defined and although demanding on the ascent it also offers some comforts to make the track a little easier. Your accommodation is in simple mountain huts with communal dormitories. Meals are prepared for you by your guides and a porter will carry most of your belongings. The trail runs above the cloud line, through rainforest onto high moorland before reaching the alpine zone. The final steep ascent takes place on the morning of Day 15, the aim being to reach the summit in time for a glorious sunrise. The view over the vast African plains is incredible! Give yourself a pat on the back and marvel at your surroundings. Your descent will take you back to Moshi for a well-earned rest. (6B, 5L, 4D)

Z A N Z I BA R

Jambiani

Nairobi

Today you make your final transfer from Moshi to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Say farewell to your travel buddies and continue on your onward journey. (B)

You might like

You might like

Spend longer in Zanzibar

Camp Tanzania Volunteering (14 days, near Kilimanjaro)

Check out pages 96-97

(CAMCTZ)

98

R14,609

FR

1 - 8 WEEKS

Jambiani, Zanzibar

• • • • • • • •

Explore the ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar Swim in the sparkling Indian Ocean Learn traditions of the Masai people See scores of wildlife at Ngorongoro Camp out in the Serengeti’s wild plains Search for the ‘Big 5’ on a game drive Trek to the ‘Roof of Africa’ Marvel at Mount Kilimanjaro

START

TEACH CHILDREN IN ZANZIBAR

 Fr R15,073

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

99


UGANDA

UGANDA & GORILLAS OVERLAND Kampala

• • • • • • •

9 DAYS

Kampala

Highlights

Spot chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest Go with trackers deep into the jungle Witness endangered mountain gorillas Travel by adventurous overland trucks Relax on the shores of Lake Nabugabo Camp out in the Ugandan wilderness Raft down the White Nile River in Jinja

Departs: Selected Sundays Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (8 nts) Transport: Overland vehicle, minibus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-70 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, gorilla trackers Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADUKK

My Own Room Available: Fr R2,270 U G A N DA

Kalinzu Forest

Kampala

Kabale Town/ Lake Bunyonyi TA N Z A N IA

GORILLA SAFARI Kampala

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

KAMPALA QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Kampala

01 02

Arrive into Kampala at any time today, and meet your CEO guides and group over dinner this evening. (D)

Kalinzu Forest Reserve

Your African adventure starts early to travel across Uganda by overland truck towards the Kalinzu Forest Reserve, where you will then set off on an included chimpanzee tracking excursion. (B, L, D)

Gorilla Tracking / Kabale

03-05

Jinja

Lake Nabugabo

1. GO APE ON A GORILLA TREK 2. SPOT ELEPHANTS & HIPPOS 3. ADMIRE VAST LAKE VICTORIA 4. STEP ACROSS THE EQUATOR 5. RAFT THE WHITE NILE

DAY ITINERARY

06 07-08 09

You travel through the gorgeous Ugandan countryside to Kabale, which will be your base for the next few days. Your time in this lush mountainous region is spent enjoying the area and the many optional activities it has to offer, which include canoeing, fishing, hiking or boat trips. You will also embark on an unforgettable guided trek deep into the forest-sloped mountains for a wild encounter with a family of mountain gorillas, the world’s most endangered ape. It’s a huge highlight of any trip. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Lake Nabugabo

After a day’s drive, relax by this lovely freshwater lake which is known as a birder’s paradise. (B, L, D)

Jinja

Enjoy the town of Jinja, known for its outdoor and adventure activities. Opt to raft down the White Nile River, jump on a mountain bike to explore or perhaps volunteer with a local project. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Kampala

Transfer back to Uganda’s capital, where the tour ends upon arrival late this morning. (B)

KIBALE FOREST R14,108 CHIMPANZEE WATCHING

FR

4 DAYS

Kampala

Highlights

• Witness endangered gorillas in their natural habitat • Trek through forests with an abundance of flora and fauna • Get back to nature and camp out under the stars

JINJA

Head out from Kampala and pass banana plantations, terraced farmland and stop at the equator before overnighting at Lake Bunyoni. Day 2 can be spent swimming, bird watching or island hopping before departing to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a World Heritage site and one of the richest eco-systems in Africa, home to a wealth of animals and birdlife. On Day 3 you’ll enjoy tracking some of the 300+ gorillas that inhabit the park. Your experience of these magical creatures will stay with you forever. On your final day depart Bwindi and travel back to Kampala. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Simple cottage (1 nt), permanent camp 2 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners. Transport: Minibus Includes: Gorilla permits Tour code: KLAGS3

Kampala

Kampala

R6,059

FR

3 DAYS

Highlights

• Track chimpanzees and watch them play in their natural habitat • Explore the lush tropical rainforest of Kibale National Park • Get up close with forest elephants, buffalos and bush pigs

Depart Kampala and drive through homesteads and tea plantations and discover the beautiful scenery of Western Uganda. On Day 2 you will take a walk in Kibale National Park, home to the largest and most diverse number of primates in East Africa and track the chimpanzees. After lunch enjoy a nature walk in Bigodi Swamp, home to 200 bird species before over nighting at a guesthouse. Rise early on Day 3 for a tour to the Crater Lakes Region, visit a natural bridge and witness the snowy peak of Mount Rwenzori. Drive back to Kampala where your trip ends. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Guesthouse (2 nts) Meals: All meals included Transport: Minibus Inclusions: Transport, driver/guide Tour code: KLACHI

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

101

EASTERN AFRICA

EASTERN AFRICA

Inclusions

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s

R31,976

FR


EGYPT & JORDAN ADVENTURE • • • • • • • •

17 DAYS

Amman

Highlights

Explore the bustling city of Cairo See the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza Cruise the River Nile on a felucca Discover ancient tombs and temples Watch the sunrise over Mt. Sinai Relax on the Red Sea beaches Spend the night at a local desert camp Drift your cares away in the Dead Sea

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 09 Feb 06 Feb 20 Mar 06 Mar 20 Apr 10 Apr 24

Jan 25 Feb 22 Mar 08 Mar 22 Apr 05 Apr 26 May 10

May 08 May 22 Jun 05 Jun 19 Jul 17 Aug 21 Sep 04

May 24 Jun 07 Jun 21 Jul 05 Aug 02 Sep 06 Sep 20

Sep 18 Oct 09 Oct 23 Nov 06 Nov 20 Dec 18 Dec 25

Oct 04 Oct 25 Nov 08 Nov 22 Dec 06 Jan 03 Jan 10

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), desert camping (1 nt), sleeper train (2 nts), felucca (1 nt) Transport: Air-con van, train, felucca, donkey, ferry, 4x4 Meals: 16 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $375 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), felucca crew Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADPJA

My Own Room Available: Fr $5,317

This fascinating adventure showcases all the historic wonders of Egypt and the ancient land of Jordan. You’ll discover legendary sites such as The Pyramids, the glorious River Nile and astonishing temples. You can make like a beach bum in Egypt and Jordan’s Red Sea resorts and give weightlessness a try as you float in the Dead Sea. You’ll also sleep out under the desert stars and listen to ancient Bedouin stories before topping it all off with a visit to the epic ‘lost city’ of Petra. By the end of this trip, the wonders of Egypt and Jordan will be forever etched into your memory.

DAY ITINERARY 01 02

J O R DA N

Madaba

Petra Wadi Rum Aqaba

03-05

Mt.Sinai

06-07

Luxor Aswan

Cairo

Today, drink in the views of the ancient Pyramids of Giza and learn about the history of these impressive monuments followed by the chance to see the iconic Sphinx. Then it’s time to board the sleeper train to Aswan, resting for the night in comfortable twin-share cabins. (B, D) Enjoy free time before visiting a Nubian village for a traditional dinner at a local home. Next up, board a felucca boat for an overnight excursion along the River Nile. Watch life on the river banks whilst enjoying the hospitality of your Nubian crew. On Day 5, you can choose to head out to the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel or remain in Aswan for the day exploring and relaxing. (3B, L, 2D)

Luxor

Nuweiba

EGY PT

Arrive any time today and explore this vibrant capital before meeting the rest of your group.

Aswan / Felucca Boat / Aswan

Amman Cairo

Cairo

08

Continue to Luxor where there’s a guided tour of the Valley of the Kings and Temple of Hatshepsut. Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West Bank of the Nile. You’ll also visit a Planeterra-supported community education centre and library (book donations in English or Arabic are very welcome). There’s also time to enjoy optional visits to the immense Karnak Temple and the impressive Luxor Museum. Return to Cairo on an overnight sleeper train. (2B, L, D)

Cairo

Arriving back into Egypt’s capital this morning, enjoy a guided tour of Islamic Cairo, including a visit to the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar and the Egyptian Museum. With more than 10,000 pieces of the past on display in its mammoth collection, the Museum is sure to keep you fascinated. (B)

Mt. Sinai / Nuweiba (Red Sea) / Aqaba

09-11 12 Average High Temperature (ºC / ºF) CITY

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

Cairo

18 69

20 68

22 72

27 81

31 88

33 91

33 91

33 91

32 90

29 84

23 73

19 66

Dubai & Abu Dhabi

23 75

24 75

27 81

32 90

36 97

39 102

41 106

41 106

39 102

35 95

30 86

26 79

Marrakech

17 64

19 66

22 72

23 73

26 79

30 86

36 97

36 97

32 90

26 79

22 72

18 64

Muscat

25 77

26 79

30 86

35 95

39 102

40 104

38 100

36 97

36 97

35 95

31 88

27 81

Tel Aviv

17 63

18 64

20 68

25 77

27 81

29 84

31 88

31 88

30 86

28 82

24 75

18 64

13-14 15 16-17

Travel towards the coast via the biblical Mt. Sinai, where you can choose to climb its summit for a stunning sunset or sunrise, or to visit St. Catherine’s Monastery. Arriving to the Red Sea on Day 10, you can rest your weary feet at seaside Nuweiba. After breakfast the next day, cross into Jordan to spend a night at Aqaba. (3B)

Wadi Rum

Set off for some spectacular desert scenery at Wadi Rum, home to nomadic Bedouin people. Head deep into the desert by 4WD and spend the night at a traditional camp, complete with dinner. (B, D)

Petra

Visit the remarkable site of Petra - featured in the film ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’. The ancient Nabatean city of Petra is certainly worthy of its Hollywood status - it is one of the Middle East’s most spectacular sites. Explore on foot with a knowledgeable local guide. (2B)

Madaba

Driving down the panoramic King’s Highway you’ll make stops at Shobak and Kerak Castles, Mt Nebo and the town of Madaba, for a guided tour of its famous mosaics. (B)

Dead Sea / Amman

Snap a piccie of yourself floating in the saltwater of the Dead Sea. Try and sink, it’s impossible! Travel to Jordan’s atmospheric capital, Amman for an overnight stay before your tour ends on Day 17. (2B)

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

103

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Cairo

R33,499

FR


Plus local payment

R10,325

JORDAN & ISRAEL Amman

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

• • • • • • • •

FR

9 DAYS

Amman

Highlights

Discover the magnificent Petra Weightlessly float in the Dead Sea Enjoy a tour of ancient Jerash Admire dramatic desert landscapes Travel to Wadi Rum in a 4x4 Jeep Visit Temple Mount in Jerusalem Stand at the iconic Wailing Wall Explore the ancient city of Jericho

Departures 2014/15 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 11 Jan 25 Feb 08 Feb 22 Mar 08 Mar 22 Apr 05 Apr 19 May 03 May 17 May 31

Jan 19 Feb 02 Feb 16 Mar 02 Mar 16 Mar 30 Apr 13 Apr 27 May 11 May 25 Jun 08

Jun 14 Jun 28 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 09 Aug 23 Sep 06 Sep 20 Oct 04 Oct 18 Nov 01

Jun 22 Jul 06 Jul 20 Aug 03 Aug 17 Aug 31 Sep 14 Sep 28 Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 09

START

FINISH

Nov 15 Nov 23 Nov 29 Dec 07 Dec 13 Dec 21 Dec 27 Jan 04 2015

Jan 10 Jan 24 Feb 07 Feb 21 Mar 07 Mar 21

Jan 18 Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 15 Mar 29

Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, 4x4 Jeep Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner Local Payment: USD $280 is payable to your trip leader on Day 1 Group Leader: Trip leader, local guides Group Size: Max 30, Avg 15 Tour Code: TDMXJIAA

From ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles and magnificent ‘Lost City’ of Petra to powerful biblical sites of Israel – this trip will bring you right to the meeting place of cultures, empires and religions. Explore the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum in a 4x4 Jeep and float in the famous waters of the Dead Sea before being blown away by the incredible religious history of the holy city of Jerusalem. You are sure to be stunned by this magical region and make memories to last a lifetime. Choose this trip and meet a great group of like-minded people as you travel exclusively with 18-39 year-olds.

DAY ITINERARY Amman

01

Arrive at Queen Alia International airport at any time and take your included transfer to the hotel. Feel free to explore this diverse city today. If you wish to catch a glimpse of a modern Arab city, you came to the right place. Amman is a fascinating city of contrasts and an exceptional blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the lush Jordan Valley.

Amman / Jerash / Ajloun Castle Ajloun Castle Jericho Jerusalem Bethlehem Dead Sea ISRAEL

02

Jerash

Amman

Madaba / Mt. Nebo / Mujeb Valley / Karak / Petra

J O R DA N

Madaba Mt Nebo Karak

03

Petra EGY PT

This morning will take you north from the capital and on to one of Jordan’s major attractions, the ancient city of Jerash. The local guide will show you around the very well preserved Greco-Roman ruins that are said to still have the power to evoke the ghosts of Rome. Definitely one not to miss! Later today you will visit the towering Ajloun Castle, a strategic stronghold for the Arabs during the Crusades before returning to Amman in the evening. (B)

Wadi Rum SAU D I A R A B I A

04

Rise for a day of exploring, starting with a journey to the laid-back town of Madaba, best known for its spectacular and historically significant Byzantine mosaics. From here, continue onto Mt. Nebo, where Moses is said to have seen the ‘Promised Land’. You will then visit Mujeb Valley and stop at the striking castle of Karak before continuing to the ‘Rose City’ of Petra. (B)

Petra

This city is the kind of place that must be seen to be believed. You will have a full day to appreciate this wonder of the world and Jordan’s most valuable treasure. Your local giude will make Petra come to life as you explore this awesome city and its many wonders. (B)

Wadi Rum

05

This morning, head off to the desert stopping first at ‘Little Petra’ to enjoy the atmosphere and stillness of the site. Now it is time to jump off the minibus and onto a 4x4 Jeep for an unforgettable excursion of Wadi Rum. This is a real highlight of the trip, offering some of the most extraordinary desert scenery you could ever imagine. Tonight, you will stay in a desert camp and enjoy an amazing dinner with your group. (B, D)

Dead Sea / Jerusalem

06-07

Head for the western side of Jordan to the Dead Sea; the lowest point on earth and with such high salinity that you can just float about on the surface like a cork. Enjoy free time to swim and relax before crossing the border at Sheikh Hussein Bridge. Meet your Israeli driver for a transfer to the spiritual centre of Jerusalem, an ancient city that will leave you speechless as you visit the Wailing Wall, Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. Continue across the Muslim Quarter to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified. Journey through the Jewish and Armenian quarters and finish your day enjoying the markets, museums and nightlife. (2B)

Jerusalem / Amman

08-09

104

First up this morning, visit the Mount of Olives for a famous view over the city to the Temple Mount and then continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of all Nations. Journey on to Mount Zion for the Last Supper Room and the Tomb of King David. Departing Jerusalem, you will travel to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus, before heading back to Amman. En-route stop in Jericho, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. After breakfast on Day 9, an included airport transfer marks the end of your incredible trip. (2B)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA


EGYPT NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. ADMIRE ANCIENT HISTORY 2. CLIMB ON A DESERT CAMEL 3. CRUISE THE RIVER NILE 4. SLEEP AT A BEDOUIN CAMP 5. SNORKEL IN THE RED SEA ALEXANDRIA CAIRO MT SINAI DAHAB

HURGHADA

SHARM EL SHEIKH

ASWAN

ABU SIMBEL


BUDGET EGYPT Cairo

BEST OF R9,125 EGYPT

FR

8 DAYS

Cairo

DAY ITINERARY 01

Highlights

Arrive at any time today. There are plenty of things for you to do in this amazing city, so head out and start exploring!

01

Today starts with a guided tour of the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Later today, enjoy an orientation tour through the narrow alleys of the Khan el-Khalili bazaar with free time for shopping or people watching from a shisha café. Tonight, take an overnight train south to Aswan (first class, two-berth cabin). (B, D)

Aswan

03-04 05

Slow things down a notch - relax in Aswan with its beautiful setting right on the banks of the Nile. In the evening, head over to Elephantine Island for a walk around a local village and a traditional dinner at a local home. On Day 4, you’ll have the option to visit the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel. (2B, D)

03-04

River Nile / Felucca

Time to sail the mighty River Nile! Board a traditional felucca for a day out on the water and a night under the stars. You’ll be well looked after by your Nubian crew. (B, L, D)

08

Step off the felucca and visit Kom Ombo and Edfu temples. Once in Luxor, opt to travel to the Valley of the Kings by donkey - not the fastest but definitely the most fun way to reach this magnificent site! Trundling through local villages will also give you a unique local perspective on this area. Overnight train journey back to Cairo on the evening of Day 7. (2B, D)

Cairo

Arrive in Cairo from your overnight train where your trip ends. (B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (4 nts), train (2 nts), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt) Transport: Private van, overnight train, felucca Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $145-190 for meals not included & USD $35 for entrance fees Group Leader: Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADPGE

Jan - Dec

106

Selected Saturdays, Typically 1 departure per month

Arrive at any time and meet the rest of your group. Settle into your hotel or set out to start exploring the city. This morning head over to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the most famous landmarks in Egypt. The view is so much better than all those TV shows and films would have you imagine. You’ll then continue to the huge Egyptian Museum where your tour leader willl guide you through the key pieces of history. An overnight sleeper train will take you on to Aswan (first class, two-berth cabin). (B, D)

05

After free time to explore this distinctly African city in the morning, board a felucca to cruise over to a Nubian village for a home-cooked local dinner. On Day 4, you can choose to visit the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel or enjoy more time to wander the streets of this laid-back city. (2B, D)

River Nile / Felucca

Float along the Nile in a traditional felucca boat. Sleep under a blanket of stars. (B, L, D)

06-07 08

It’s off of the water and on to the well-preserved temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo. Arrive into Luxor and spend the rest of the day doing as you please. Enjoy a rewarding visit to a local education centre, and climb aboard your ‘Egyptian Mercedes’ (otherwise known as a donkey) to travel to the Valley of the Kings. Experience the decoration and design of the tombs of the Pharoahs. (2B, L)

Cairo

Return to Cairo by plane where your trip ends early afternoon. (B)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Simple/mid-range hotels (5 nts), overnight train (1 nt), felucca (1 nt) Transport: Private van, train, felucca, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD$150-200 for meals not included Group Leader: Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADPBE

Cairo

EG Y PT

01-02

Arrive in Cairo where your transfer awaits to take you from the airport to the hotel. You will meet your group this evening. On Day 2, enjoy a morning visit to the Egyptian Museum, home to over 100,000 relics of the past. Later, view the Great Pyramids of Giza and the awesome Sphinx, Egypt’s most renowned monuments. Board an overnight train to Aswan, a city located on the banks of the Nile. (B)

Aswan / Abu Simbel / Aswan

03-04 05

Arrive into Aswan and opt to visit the Philae Temple, a monument dedicated to the Goddess Isis in a stunning location on the banks of the Nile. Later, there is the option to visit a Nubian village for a traditional dinner. On Day 4, rise and shine for an early departure to Abu Simbel to visit the incredible temple built by Rameses II and the Temple of Hathor, built in honour of the Goddess of Love and Music, Queen Nefertari. Return to Aswan and board a felucca sailboat to head off down the Nile. (2B, L, D)

08-09

Visit Kom Ombo Temple before continuing to the ancient capital of Luxor. On Day 7, discover the world-famous Valley of the Kings on a guided tour, and then visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Later, board the train for your overnight journey back to Cairo. (2B)

Cairo

Arrive into Cairo. The rest of the day is free to explore this buzzing city. Your trip will come to an end after breakfast on Day 9. (2B)

EG Y PT

My Own Room Available: Fr R3,793 Aswan

Departures 2014 Jan - Dec

Selected Saturdays, Typically 2 departures per month.

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Aswan

Cairo

01-02

You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel where you will meet your group. On Day 2, visit the Egyptian Museum followed by a tour of Giza, the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. In the evening, you’ll catch an overnight train to Aswan. (B)

Aswan / Abu Simbel / Aswan

03-04

Arrive at the laid back riverside city of Aswan where you can opt to visit a Nubian village to learn about the local lifestyle and enjoy a traditional dinner on the banks of the Nile. On Day 4, visit incredible temples in Abu Simbel before returning to Aswan where you’ll set sail on the mighty Nile onboard a traditional felucca boat. (2B, L, D)

Felucca Sailing / Luxor

05-07

Onboard your felucca, the Nubian crew will take care of all the duties, allowing you to do as much (or as little) as you wish. On Day 6, continue to Luxor with a stop at Kom Ombo to explore the temple with an Egyptologist. Opt to go to the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor. Day 7 will treat you to a guided tour of the Valley of the Kings before beginning an overnight drive back to Cairo. (3B, L, D)

Cairo / Dahab

08-13 14-15

Dive into the mesmerising charm of the lively metropolis of Cairo before continuing onto Dahab the following day. Spend the next few days swimming, snorkelling or visit the amazing dive sites and reefs at nearby Ros Mohammad National Park. Get active and opt for the thrilling desert safaris on quad bikes or camels, or climb Mt. Sinai for an incredible sunrise. (6B)

Cairo

Set off into the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula on your way back to Cairo. Spend your last evening exploring the city. Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 15, and you are free to depart at any time. (2B)

Inclusions Cairo

EGYPT

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Only for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), felucca (2 nts), first class overnight train (1 nt), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, bus, train, felucca Meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Local Payment: USD $210 is payable to your trip leader on Day 1 Group Leader: Trip leader, local Egyptologist Group Size: Max 30, Avg 15 Tour Code: TDMXEPCC

Cairo Dahab

EG YPT

Luxor Kom Ombo

Luxor

Luxor

15 DAYS

Cairo

Highlights

Enjoy a full day of sailing on the River Nile. Your Nubian crew cook and sail, giving you the chance to do as much or as little as you wish. Relax and take in the views of your stunning surroundings. (B, L, D)

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Only for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), overnight train in airline-style seats (2 nts), felucca (2 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned minibus, train Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Local Payment: USD $145 is payable to your trip leader on Day 1 Group Leader: Trip leader, local Egyptologist guides Group Size: Max 30, Avg 15 Tour Code: TDMXEECC

R4,680

• Travel exclusively with 18-39 year-olds on this budget-friendly trip • Hang out by the Red Sea and marvel at the Pyramids and Sphinx • Sail on a felucca boat and explore the temples of Abu Simbel

Felucca Sailing

Luxor

06-07

Plus local payment

FR

DAY ITINERARY

Inclusions Cairo

Cairo

Cairo

Luxor

Inclusions

My Own Room Available: Fr R1,813

Departures 2014

Cairo

Aswan

Luxor

06-07

DAY ITINERARY

Cairo

02

9 DAYS

Cairo

• Travel exclusively with 18-39 year-olds on this budget-friendly trip • See Egypt’s major sites - Pyramids, Sphinx, Valley of the Kings • Enjoy two days of river sailing aboard a traditional felucca

DAY ITINERARY

Cairo

Cairo

PYRAMIDS & R3,055 BEACHES  Plus local payment

FR

Highlights

• Explore ancient temples and monuments including the Sphinx • Enjoy a traditional home-cooked dinner with a local family • Includes one-way flight from Luxor to Cairo

Cairo

02

8 DAYS

Cairo

EGYPT EXPRESS

Luxor

Overnight Felucca Aswan

Departures 2014 Jan - Dec

Every Saturday

Abu Simbel

Aswan

Departures 2014 Jan - Dec

Abu Simbel

Every Saturday

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

107

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Highlights

• See Cairo’s world-famous Pyramids and barter in the bazaars • Cruise the Nile on a traditional felucca boat • Explore ancient temples, monuments and the famous Khan el-Khalili

Cairo

R15,219

FR


CAIRO

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Shoestring

AUSTRALIAN HOSTEL

R146 DORM R166 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Located near the Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo, you’re perfectly placed for exploring the capital while staying at the Australian Hostel. Facilities include an Egyptian-style lounge, a communal kitchen to fry up some falafel plus all rooms come with air con. There is also Wi-Fi available and breakfast is included. FREE ARRIVAL TRANSFER FOR 3 NIGHT STAY (EXCLUDING DORM) 01JAN14-31DEC14

shoestring

KING TUT HOSTEL

R184 SINGLE R129 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A cute hostel with a kitsch Egyptian entrance and relaxed Arabian feel. If you’re looking for a break from Cairo’s hazy heat, you can hang out in the lounge and TV room. Rooms have air con, Wi-Fi and are all en suite. Friendly, English-speaking staff will advise you on the best things to do during your stay.

CAIAUS

CAIKIN

Rock solid

DELTA PYRAMIDS

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Enjoy priceless views of the monumental Pyramids at this top value resort in Giza. The fabulous rooftop terrace serves up the view of a lifetime as well as cold drinks and a pool to cool down in. All hotel rooms are simply furnished but come with all mod cons including TV, Internet and private bathroom. FREE ARRIVAL TRANSFER FOR 3 NIGHT STAY - 08JAN14-31MAY14

A-Liist

BARCELO CAIRO FRR592 SINGLE PYRAMIDS HOTEL FRR395 TWIN/DOUBLE

R500 SINGLE R316 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

CAIDEP

mini adventure

TOUR OF THE PYRAMIDS & SPHINX

R771

FR

HALF DAY

CAIRO & ALEXANDRIA BREAK

R4,660

FR

4 DAYS

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Relax in the comfortable surroundings of this lovely hotel. Set in a historic building with a modern interior, you can explore all Cairo has to offer from this fabulous base. With a great location, situated just a few kilometres from Egypt’s claim to fame, the Pyramids, the highlights are pretty much on your doorstep! FREE ARRIVAL TRANSFER FOR 3 NIGHT STAY 08JAN14-31MAY14

108

CAIBAR

Join this half-day tour to see some of the most incredible ancient monuments on the planet. Marvel at the Great Sphinx, stand gobsmacked at the Great Pyramid and be awestruck by the other Pyramids and temples. This really is history at its most real and exciting and you will have a camera full of amazing photos. CAIPYS

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Take in the awe-inspiring sights of Cairo and Alexandria. You’ll have your own Egyptologist for a full day’s sightseeing of Cairo, including the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. In Alexandria, visit the El Montazah Palace, the Catacomb and Citadel. Enjoy some relaxed exploring before returning to Cairo. Accommodation is included. CAICAP


JORDAN NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. FLOAT IN THE DEAD SEA 2. EXPLORE MAGNIFICENT PETRA 3. JEEP RIDE INTO THE DESERT 4. RELAX ON AQABA’S BEACHES 5. EXPERIENCE BEDOUIN LIFE AMMAN

DEAD SEA

PETRA

AQABA


HIGHLIGHTS OF JORDAN Amman

JORDAN R19,789 ACTIVE ADVENTURE

FR

8 DAYS

Amman

Amman

R19,789

FR

9 DAYS

Amman

INCREDIBLE JORDAN Amman

4 DAYS

Amman

Highlights

Explore the UNESCO city of Petra Float in the salt-rich Dead Sea See an old mosaic map of Jerusalem Discover Wadi Rum by jeep safari

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accomodation: Hotel (3 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast Transport: Car/minivan Group Size: Private – min 2 persons Tour Code: AMMICP

Amman

Highlights

• Float in the therapeutic salty waters of the Dead Sea • Stand transfixed in awe at the beautiful sight of Petra • Explore ancient sites and lost cities in a country big on adventure

DAY ITINERARY 01

Amman

Arrive into Amman at any time and, if time permits, head out to soak up some of the colours and culture of Jordan’s capital city. In the morning, set off for a visit to the well-preserved Roman town of Jerash. Then it’s off to the Dead Sea; the saltiest body of water in the world where you can float your cares away. Try and sink - go on we dare you! Return to Amman for your overnight stay. (B)

Madaba / Mt. Nebo / Karak / Petra

03-04 05 06 07-08

Highlights

Travel out of the city to Petra making an interesting stop on the way at Madaba, home of one of the oldest surviving mosaic map of the Holy Land. Take in the expansive views from the summit of Mt. Nebo and explore the crusader castle at Karak. Arrive to your hotel near Petra in the early evening. On Day 4, spend a full day exploring the dramatic and beautiful site of Petra, one of the Middle East’s most magnificent and famous architectural masterpieces. (2B)

Ajloun

Head north to visit the well-preserved Greco-Roman remains at Jerash before continuing to the impressive natural beauty of Aljoun. This area of olive groves and woodland dispels the myth that Jordan is just an arid desert country. Dine on delicious local cuisine. (B, L, D)

Wadi Mujib / Dead Sea

Hike, abseil, climb and walk on a canyoneering activity through the rivers, cliffs and canyons of Wadi Mujib before arriving at the Dead Sea. Dive into the Dead Sea to experience the sensation of floating in its super salty waters and covering yourself in healing mud. (2B)

03-04

Aqaba

Enjoy free time in the Dead Sea resort of Aqaba. Enjoy the beach, eat lovely fresh seafood and perhaps take part in an optional snorkelling excursion. The water’s warm, crystal clear and very inviting! (B)

Aqaba / Amman

Depart back to Amman with a free afternoon to explore the city. Your tour ends at any time on the next day. (2B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Private van, 4x4 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $245300 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADWHJ

Jerash

Dead Sea Madaba

Amman

Karak Petra

Take a guided walk to admire the endemic plants and Nabatean tombs on the Feathers Canyon Trail in the Dana Biosphere Reserve, a diverse natural oasis set amidst a golden expanse of desert. (B, D)

05

Petra

Start with a visit to Al Beidha, also known as Little Petra, before taking a short trek through gorges and canyons to Petra itself, where your first glimpse is from a vantage point high above the ruins. (B)

06

Jan - Dec

110

Selected Saturdays, typically 2-3 departures per month

Jan 01 - Mar 31 Apr 08 - Jul 24 Aug 08 - Sep 30 Oct 19 - Nov 30

Kick off bright and early this morning and hit the road for the Jordanian stunner of Petra. On the way you’ll pass Kings Way, Madaba and the Church of St George - home to the oldest mosaic map of Jerusalem. Check out Mt. Nebo, the alleged burial place of Moses. Next up, some serious chilling, mud-wrapping and floating around in the Dead Sea. Later on, stop off at Shobak Castle for an essential photo stop before arriving in the one and only Petra.

Petra / Wadi Rum / Amman

03-04

Departs daily

Enjoy a half-day city tour of ancient and wonderful Petra, the second wonder of the world! Enjoy a spot of horse-riding before heading out to Wadi Rum on a two-hour desert jeep tour. Soak up authentic Bedouin hospitality before returning to Amman. On Day 4 take your included transfer to the airport shortly after breakfast and bid farewell to the beauty of Jordan.

PETRA & BEACHES Amman

R6,267

FR

6 DAYS

Amman

• • • •

Highlights

Marvel at the lost city of Petra Retreat to Aqaba’s sandy beaches Check out Bedouin life in the desert Explore the Red Sea

Petra / Wadi Rum

Return to Petra today before heading to Wadi Rum in the heart of Jordan’s desert landscape. Continue by 4x4 to a Bedouin camp. On Day 8, opt for a trek in the desert and enjoy a camel ride. (2B, D)

07-08

Amman

09

Tour ends today and you’re free to leave at any time. (B)

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accomodation: Hotel (5 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast Transport: Car/minivan Group Size: Private – min 2 persons Tour Code: AMMPTB

Amman

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), tent (1 nt), cabin/bungalow (1 nt) Transport: Private van, 4x4 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow $160-175 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADJAA

JOR DAN

Ajloun Dead Sea Dana Biosphere Reserve Petra Wadi Rum

Departures 2014 START

On arrival at the airport, you’ll be greeted by a local guide who will whisk you off to your first night’s hotel accommodation in Amman. After you’ve dropped your bags off, get out there and explore!

Dana Biosphere Reserve

Wadi Rum Aqaba

Amman

Amman / Madaba / Petra

Inclusions

My Own Room Available: Fr R3,793

Departures 2014

Wadi Rum

01

Departures 2014

Arrive into Jordan’s colourful capital at any time today.

02

J O R DA N

DAY ITINERARY

02

Amman

01

Wadi Rum / Deseih Desert

Head deep into the desert by jeep. Enjoy the stunning desert scenery and learn about local traditions at an overnight Bedouin camp. (B, D)

Petra

• Lace up your hiking boots to explore far beyond the tourist trail • Discover the natural wonders of hidden desert oases • Savour a traditional Bedouin meal in the desert of Wadi Rum

DAY ITINERARY

Jerash / Dead Sea

02

Madaba

This four-day tour takes you from beautiful Amman to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra, with bucketloads of other hotspots and highlights along the way! Airport transfers and a night in Amman at the beginning and end of your trip ensure an effortless holiday or an ideal stopover.

FINISH

Jan 03 Jan 11 Feb 07 Feb 15 Mar 14 Mar 22

START

FINISH

Apr 18 Apr 26 Oct 17 Oct 25 Nov 14 Nov 22

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

START

FINISH

Dec 19 Dec 27 Dec 26 Jan 03

Petra

Amman

Wadi Rum

J O R DA N

Hit the road for a taste of pulse-racing Jordanian life. Speed out of the capital to the ancient world of Petra, before a desert adventure in Wadi Rum and some much-needed rest and relaxation by the clear blue seas and sandy beaches of the Red Sea coast.

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

You’ll be met at either the airport or your Amman accommodation before being whisked off to the imperial city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire parched scenery along the way. On Day 2 you’ll get face to face with this out-of-this-world spot on a half-day Petra city tour.

Petra / Wadi Rum / Aqaba

Aqaba

03 JORDAN

Departures 2014 Jan 01 - Mar 31 Apr 08 - Jul 24 Aug 08 - Sep 30 Oct 19 - Nov 30

Amman / Petra

04-05

Departs daily

06

After a tasty Jordanian breakfast, head out to the Wadi Rum desert for a rumbling two-hour jeep ride with a bunch of friendly and thrill-seeking Bedouin folk. Later on, reach the paradise of Aqaba, gateway to the divine and uber-relaxing Red Sea. The rest of the day is yours to do whatever your heart desires.

Aqaba

On the menu for the next two days: total and utter relaxation. Sounds good to us. Aqaba showcases all good things Jordan has to offer; fascinating history, oustanding sites, glamorous boutiques and of course the Red Sea. Pamper yourselves to the max and soak up some sublime sunshine at the same time.

Aqaba / Amman

Shortly after breakfast, hit the dusty road back to Amman where your adventure will come to an end.

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

111

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

• • • •

R4,940

FR


AMMAN

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

ROCK SOLID

TOLEDO HOTEL

A-List

IMPERIAL PALACE

R644 SINGLE R368 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

R1,288 SINGLE FR R887 DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Great location in the heart of Amman • Modern rooms - great value hotel • Work off calories in the pool and fitness centre

• Enjoy the health club, sauna and outdoor pool • Try local specialities • Lay down your head in the stylish rooms

Set in the heart of Amman on the edge of the historic old town but within walking distance of the new town, this is a great base for your stay. All the rooms are modern and smart with TVs. There is also a large indoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre, coffee shop and restaurant in traditional Jordanian decor.

This is a small, elegant and modern hotel just ten minutes from downtown Amman. Well-equipped rooms and a restaurant serving great local specialities are coupled with a wide range of recreation facilities. Enjoy the health club, sauna and outdoor pool or treat yourself to a traditional Turkish bath.

AMMTOL

A TASTE OF PETRA Amman

AMMIMP

R3,206

FR

3 DAYS

Amman

Highlights

• Explore temples, tombs and markets • Marvel at the ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site • Soak up the amazing sights and history

DAY ITINERARY 01

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Group Leader: Independent guide Group Size: Private tour - minimum 2 people Tour Code: AMMJEY

02 03

112

Amman

On arrival into the airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Check out the sights of Amman or simply kick back and relax at your hotel for the rest of the day.

Amman / Petra / Amman

Leave Amman in the morning for Petra. Accompanied by a guide, take a three-hour tour of this glorious city, starting off on horseback. Carved into the mountains over 2,000 years ago by Arabic nomads, the amazing architecture includes temples, royal tombs and a Roman theatre.

Amman

After a hearty breakfast take your included transfer to the airport.

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA


ISRAEL NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. STAND AT THE WAILING WALL 2. SAMPLE LIFE ON A KIBBUTZ 3. ADMIRE SUNRISE AT MASADA 4. PARTY IN TRENDY TEL AVIV 5. THE WORLD’S BEST FALAFEL

SEA OF GALILEE NAZARETH

TEL AVIV JERUSALEM

DEAD SEA


R28,167

ISRAEL EXPLORER Tel Aviv

8 DAYS

Jerusalem

TEL AVIV & JERUSALEM

Highlights

Explore the trendy city of Tel Aviv Taste local Druze cuisine Wander the streets of biblical towns Tour the fascinating Sea of Galilee Spend the night in a kibbutz Float in the salty Dead Sea Camp out in the Negev Desert Visit a Palestinian refugee camp

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

• • • • • • • •

FR

Departures 2014 START

START

FINISH

FINISH

Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 27 Oct 04

May 17 May 24 Jun 28 Jul 05

START

FINISH

Oct 25 Nov 01 Nov 22 Nov 29

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Bedouin camp (1 nt), hotels (6 nts) Transport: Van Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADOIE

My Own Room Available: Fr R13,695

Perched at the crossroads of Middle Eastern history for centuries and spiritual home to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, Israel has always been a fascinating country. As it blazes a trail in modern tourism, more and more people are eager to understand this dynamic, endlessly changing region. This astounding trip gives you the opportunity to explore historic towns, tune into the rhythm of daily life in a kibbutz, visit Bedouin communities in the Negev Desert and experience a soul-stirring visit to a refugee camp - all against one of the most beautiful backdrops you will ever see.

DAY ITINERARY Akko Nazareth

Sea of Galilee

01

Welcome to Israel! Arrive into Tel Aviv today and head out to explore this vibrant and cosmopolitan beachside city, before this evening’s pre-departure meeting with your tour leader. It’s a great chance to meet the rest of your group and, afterwards, there’s the option to head out for a local dinner.

Jaffa / Akko / Nazareth

I S RA EL

02

Tel Aviv Jerusalem

Tel Aviv

JORDAN

Bethlehem

After breakfast you’ll set off on a quick driving tour of Tel Aviv before continuing to historic Jaffa, where you’ll visit the Old Markets and the Old Port. Your next stop is a unique visit to a Druze village and a scrumptious local lunch with a Druze family. It’s onward to Akko for a visit to the Old Markets, Aljazar Mosque and the unique underground crusader castle. Continue to Nazareth, known as the ‘Arab capital of Israel’ and spend the night in this picturesque city. (B, L)

Golan Heights / Sea of Galilee Masada/Dead Sea

03

Negev Desert

ROCK SOLID

GOLDEN BEACH, TEL AVIV

R960 SINGLE R579 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Stroll straight out from your hotel to the beach at this oceanfront hotel. Located right on the promenade, the warm Mediterranean Sea is just a few minutes away. Hang out in your room with private balcony. Sit back, relax and take it all in before heading out to town to experience Tel Aviv’s nightlife at its very best.

This morning travel out to the Golan Heights for fantastic views all the way beyond Israel’s borders. The afternoon sees you touring the Lake of Galilee including sites such as the Church of Transfiguration, the Mount of Beatitudes, the location of the Sermon of the Mount, one of the earliest churches in the world and Tabgha, with its ancient mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes. Then it’s onward to a kibbutz, where you’ll spend the night. (B)

04

Upgrade your trip Highlights of Israel (8 days, Tel Aviv-Jerusalem) (GADOHI)

TEL AVIV

R960 SINGLE R579 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Minutes from the Mediterranean Sea, the marina and also the buzzing fashion district, this is a great, cosy hotel serving a wicked Israeli breakfast. All of the 69 rooms have Wi-Fi, a minibar for chilling your beers, private bathrooms and either views of the ocean or Tel Aviv. This is a great base for exploring the city.

a-list

GILGAL, TEL AVIV

R1,417 SINGLE FR R854 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A stylish and cosmopolitan little gem, this boutique hotel embodies the owner’s vision of union and unity for all guests, located right by the beach and close to the marina. Featuring original art by Israeli artists on the walls, Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs in all rooms, it is a relaxing haven in the centre of Tel Aviv and we think you’ll love it.

TTVLDB

ROCK SOLID

TTVLGG

rock solid

a-list

On Day 4 set off to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the famous rock fortress, the last stronghold of the Jews in their war against the Romans. Also visit Herod’s palace, the mikveh, storerooms, watchtowers and the synagogue. Next up is the Dead Sea with its waters so dense and full of salt that its impossible for complex lifeforms to exist. The sea here is five to ten times saltier than normal sea water and you will find it impossible to sink. You can cover yourself with the sea’s mud, which is reported to have healing powers, and be sure to get a photograph of yourself floating whilst reading a newspaper! (B)

Negev Desert / Bedouin Camp Fr R33,499

05 06

Travel deep into the Negev Desert to explore one of the amazing natural craters found in this region, before meeting local entrepreneurs who have set up small businesses in this harsh environment. After a day out in the empty desert, you’ll head to a Bedouin camp (shared facilities) where you can learn about the traditional nomadic lifestyle of these people and enjoy a tasty local dinner. (B, D)

Bethlehem / Jerusalem

Today, explore biblical Bethlehem including a visit to the Church of the Nativity before journeying on to visit the Aida Camp for Palestinian refugees. This afternoon, make your way to Jerusalem. (B)

Jerusalem

07 08

Visit the Old City of Jerusalem, where you’ll explore the four quarters of the Old City on a guided walk of the historic Christian, Jewish, Armenian and Muslim districts. You’ll also walk along the route of the 14 Stations of the Via Dolorosa, ending at the Holy Sepulchre Church. Tonight’s your last evening with the group, so why not re-live the adventures of the week over an optional dinner? (B)

Jerusalem

Your action-packed journey finishes today, so it’s time to say your goodbyes to your travelling companions and depart at any time. Please see the opposite page for our suggested hotel options if you would like to extend your stay in Jerusalem. (B)

MOUNT OF OLIVES, JERUSALEM

R701 SINGLE R412 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A simple hotel set in the heart of the historical and biblical centre of Jerusalem. Just a 15-minute walk to the old city, its location at the top of the Mount of Olives means you are staying in the city’s highest point, guaranteeing unforgettable panoramic views. Guest rooms are well equipped and functional. TJRSMO

114

DEBORAH,

TTVLGB

Masada / Dead Sea

You might like

Rock SOLid

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

PARK HOTEL, JERUSALEM

R899 SINGLE R518 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Situated in western Jerusalem near many of the main museums, the Park Hotel offers comfy rooms with bathrooms, Wi-Fi and air con. Start your day in the swanky patio breakfast room and finish it with coffee or cocktails in the lobby bar. The friendly staff here will be on hand to tell you all about the city’s sights too! TJRSPH

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

ADDAR HOTEL, JERUSALEM

R1,417 SINGLE FR R716 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This exclusive and ornate boutique hotel is set in a fabulous, historic 19th Century building. Located a five-minute walk from the walls and gates of the old city, every room has a luxurious marble Jacuzzi bathroom. Guests can enjoy the fitness centre or try some local dishes at the garden restaurant. TJRSAH

115


MOROCCO

Plus local payment

R6,435

MOROCCAN EXPLORER Marrakech

10 DAYS

Marrakech

Highlights

Experience Marrakech’s atmosphere Discover Casablanca’s historic sites Explore Roman ruins in Volubilis Find yourself a fes hat in Fes Camp out in the sands of the Sahara Explore the desert dunes Admire spectacular Dades Gorge Soak up the atmosphere in the souks

Departures 2014 Jan - Dec

Selected Fridays, typically 2-3 departures per month

Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), Berber desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Aircon minibus Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip leader Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14 Local Payment: £110 is payable to your trip leader on Day 1 Tour Code: TDMXMEMM

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s

In a whirlwind of colour, commotion and a great surge of bustling activity, this trip to Morocco will bewitch your eyes. Favoured for the climate, the spices and the souks, this little piece of North Africa will have you hooked. Although the city life is often what makes Morocco famous, there’s so much more out there to see. Hop on a camel in the stunning Sahara and explore the Atlas Mountains’ impressive open terrain. With this epic exploration you’ll get out into Morocco’s amazing lesser-known sites too, and you’ll be talking about it for years to come. Please note this trip is designed exclusively for 18-39 year-olds.

DAY ITINERARY Rabat

Marrakech Fes

Meknes

Casablanca

1. HITCH A RIDE ON A CAMEL 2. HIKE THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS 3. ROCK THE KASBAH 4. GET LOST.. IN A SOUK 5. DINE IN DJEMAA EL-FNA

Volubilis

M O RO CCO

Marrakech Ouarzazate

Aït Benhaddou

01-02

Ifran Errachidia

Todra Gorge

Dades Gorge

Merzouga

03

CASABLANCA

04

Make an early start on your way towards the iconic seaside town of Casablanca where you have a guided tour around the impressive Hassan II Mosque. After lunch, head to Rabat to visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and Kasbah des Oudaias perched above the rugged Atlantic coastline. (B) Today will take you inland, first stopping at Volubilis, Morocco’s largest and best-preserved Roman ruins. Close by you’ll visit Meknes, the third imperial city. More laid back than some of the bigger Moroccan cities, it has a combination of winding streets and palatial buildings. From here it’s only a short drive to Fes, the oldest of the imperial cities. (B)

Fes

06

FES MEKNES

Take in the vibrant atmosphere of Fes on a full-day tour. Visit the Medersa Bou Inania, the most beautiful of Meremides monuments, the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss and the Andalusian and El Quaraoiyin Mosques. Visit the Nejjarine Square with its 18th Century fountain and then Fes Medina a maze of more than 9,000 small narrow cobbled streets, and a world away from modern Fes. (B)

Ifran / Errachidia

Heading south east, make a stop at Ifran, the ‘Lion City’ before continuing over the Middle Atlas Mountains with the cedar forests for a stop at Midelt. After time for lunch, continue to the deep south stopping at Errachidia overnight. (B)

Merzouga

07 ESSAOUIRA

Casablanca / Rabat

Volubilis / Meknes / Fes

05 RABAT

You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Take an optional half day tour to Ourika Valley to see the traditional Berber villages. On Day 2, take a traditional horse and carriage tour visiting the tombs, the palace, the medina and of course the famous Djemaa el-Fna square. In the evening, rest in a street side cafe with a cup of sweet mint tea or a freshly-squeezed orange juice. (B)

MARRAKECH

08

Arrive at the desert late morning and relax on the edge of the sand dunes and take in the spectacular scenery. It is an amazing experience swimming in the guesthouse pool while looking at the vastness of the desert stretching as far as the eye can see. Lunch is included at the guesthouse, and then you have free time to set off into the dunes or take an optional desert trek by camel. In the evening, have dinner around the campfire and sleep in authentic Berber tents for a true desert experience. (B, L, D)

Dades Gorge

Make the journey back to the real world as you leave the magical desert behind you. Watch the landscape change again as you travel through the open countryside. Local conditions permitting, visit the very impressive Todra Gorge, before continuing on to Dades Gorge. (B, D)

Aït Benhaddou / Ourzazate / Marrakech

SAHARA DESERT

You might like

09-10

Check out the ancient Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then it’s on to Ourzazate, now famous as ‘Hollywood in the Desert’ due to the number of famous films that have been made here. Climb over the 2,260m Tizi n’ Tichka Pass and then drop down to the plains arriving into Marrakech by late afternoon. Your trip will finish at the hotel after breakfast on Day 10. (2B)

Stay Longer in Marrakech see page 121

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

117

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

• • • • • • • •

FR


HIGHLIGHTS OF MOROCCO  Casablanca

15 DAYS

Marrakech

MOROCCO KASBAHS & DESERTS Casablanca

MOROCCAN DESERT R15,219 ADVENTURE

R12,172

FR

8 DAYS

Marrakech

Marrakech

FR

8 DAYS

Marrakech

Highlights

Get lost in the souks of Meknes Admire the peaks of Rif Mountains See Roman ruins in Volubilis Ride deep into the desert on a camel Lose yourself in magical kasbahs Hike mountain trails in the High Atlas Stroll along the beach in Essaouira Marvel at the medina of Marrakech

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

• • • • • • • •

R25,882

FR

Departures 2014 Start Jan 04 Jan 11 Feb 15 Mar 15 Apr 05 Apr 12 Apr 26 May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31 Jun 14

Finish Jan 18 Jan 25 Mar 01 Mar 29 Apr 19 Apr 26 May 10 May 24 May 31 Jun 07 Jun 14 Jun 28

Start Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 19 Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 16 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 27 Oct 04 Oct 11

Finish Jul 05 Jul 12 Aug 02 Aug 09 Aug 16 Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27 Oct 11 Oct18 Oct 25

Start Oct 18 Oct 25 Nov 01 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 17 Dec 20 Dec 27

Finish Nov 01 Nov 08 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27 Dec 31 Jan 03 Jan 10

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), gîte (1 nt, multishare), nomad camp (1 nt, multishare) Transport: Air-con van, camel Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $315 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCMH

My Own Room Available: Fr R4,555

Highlights

Exotic, mesmerising, colourful - all are fitting descriptions of what awaits you in the hypnotic country of Morocco! Immerse yourself in the technicoloured world of North Africa. Make sure you’ve got a good sense of direction, otherwise the mind-boggling mazes of medinas will try to swallow you whole, spitting you out into the hot African sunshine to peruse your wares. Yet, far beyond Morocco’s atmospheric markets are magnificent mountains, wild sand dunes and mellow beach resorts. Discover it all on this awesome adventure, all the way from movie-famous Casablanca to magnificent Marrakech.

01

Casablanca

Arrive at any time, and head out for a bit of exploration. Wander through the medina, along the beachfront and pay a visit to the spectacular Hassan II Mosque.

Tangier / Chefchaouen

Stop in the eccentric Tangier for a guided tour of the medina before continuing on to Chefchaouen for the evening. Opt for a hike in the Rif Mountains, set out to explore the charming town, take a traditional hammam or visit a local weavers’ cooperative. (2B)

Marrakech

Meknes Todra Gorge

Essaouira High Atlas Aït Mountains Benhaddou

04-05

Merzouga / Sahara Desert

MO RO CCO

Merzouga

Head to Morocco’s capital of old, Meknes. You’ll have a guided tour of this beautiful imperial city. Venture into the rambling souk, one of the most colourful in all of Morocco. Travel through rolling hills to the impressive Roman site of Volubilis, the best-preserved ruins in this part of North Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Leave the Roman Empire to continue to the charming city of Fes, which claims to have the oldest living medina in the world. (2B)

06-07

Pass through the diverse Moroccan landscape before a night in a simple hotel on the fringes of the Sahara where you’ll explore the undulating dunes on camel back. Get ready for an unforgettable night as you camp out on the Saharan sands laying your head down in a traditional Bedouin tent. With tasty local food in your stomach, listen to traditional stories and tunes. (2B, 2D)

Todra Gorge

08

Travel to the Todra Valley to enjoy a walk in the lush palm groves. Learn about local life in this region including which crops are grown and how the land is farmed. Heading to the stunning Todra Gorge, you’ll spend the night in this beautiful and peaceful location. Indulge in local Berber cuisine and enjoy your hotel’s fabulous location nestled in between the sheer cliffs of the gorge. (B)

Aït Benhaddou

09 10 11-12

Continue along the ‘Route of 1000 Kasbahs’ to Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site considered to be one of the best-preserved kasbah villages in Morocco. Lose yourself in the narrow winding passageways and take in the magical atmosphere of this incredible structure or take an optional tagine cooking class to learn how to prepare one of Morocco’s most famous dishes. (B)

High Atlas Mountains

You’ll approach the towering High Atlas Mountains landscape passing by small villages on winding mountain roads before arriving at Toubkal National Park. Take a short hike to a simple mountain gîte where you can enjoy the tranquility and fantastic views of this magical mountain region. (B, D)

Essaouira

Arrive at the Atlantic beaches of Essaouira, known as something of a hippie hangout! Explore the old Portuguese port and old medina before enjoying some local seafood and strolling along the sandy beach. (2B)

Marrakech

13-15 118

The last few days of your Moroccan adventure are spent in Marrakech. Get your bearing in the mazelike medina on a guided tour with a certified city guide. Head to the heart of the city, Djemaa el-Fna Square to see the gathering of musicians and street performers. Buy spices and slippers and anything else your heart desires in the souks! Depart on Day 15. (3B)

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

Arrive in Casablanca at any time. This trip is perfect for travellers looking for a short but sweet adventure combining Morocco’s mustsee highlights. Start your trip by exploring the sprawling metropolis of Casablanca and its many restaurants, bars, beaches and clubs.

Meknes / Volubilis / Fes

02-03

Head to the imperial city of Meknes for a guided walk around the historic sites. Explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the bestpreserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. On Day 3, explore the maze-like medina in Fes with a certified local city guide. Marvel at one of the ancient tanneries and the view from above. (2B)

Merzouga / Sahara Desert

04

Today will take you across the Middle Atlas Mountains to reach the edge of Sahara. Expore the Sahara Desert by camel and camp out in the dunes in traditional Bedouin tents. Enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars and listen to stories about life in this region. (B, D)

Todra Gorge / Aït Benhaddou

05-06

Leave the sea of sand dunes behind and visit the stunning Todra Gorge and the ‘Route of 1000 Kasbahs’. End up at the fascinating sight of Aït Benhaddou, one of the best-preserved kasbahs in the world. Lose yourself in its narrow winding passageways. Opt to participate in a tagine cooking class for an insight into the spices and flavours of Moroccan cuisine. (2B)

Marrakech

07-08

Travel through the breathtaking Atlas Mountains to Marrakech for a guided tour of the medina followed by free time. Shop for souvenirs in the souk, everything you could ever want is here. Wave goodbye to your group and depart at any time on Day 8. (2B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), tented desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Air-con van, camel Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $190-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver, local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCKD

My Own Room Available: Fr R3,032

Highlights

• Get lost in the seductive, spice-filled world of timeless souks • Hang with the hippies in the coastal resort of Essaouira • Check out the dramatic landscape of the Todra Gorge

DAY ITINERARY

Casablanca

DAY ITINERARY

Meknes / Volubilis / Fes

Casablanca

DAY ITINERARY 01

02-03 Tangier Chefchaouen Fes

• Wander the winding streets and alleyways of ancient medinas • Discover beautiful natural gorges and ancient Roman ruins • Jump on a camel to explore the mighty dunes of the Sahara Desert

01

Marrakech

Arrive in Marrakech and spend the day at leisure. Catch some rays at your hotel or set about exploring this techni-coloured city.

Nkob / Merzouga

02-03

Arrive at the fringes of the spectacular Sahara Desert. Spend the next two days on camel back meandering through orange sand dunes and taking in the magnificence of your surroundings. Sleep under the stars in a traditional Bedouin Camp. Enjoy a warm Berber welcome and a delicious local meal around a cosy campfire and starlit sky. (D)

Todra Gorge

04

Journey via the impressive countryside to the Atlas Mountains and the dramatic Todra Gorge. You’ll walk through local village farmland and learn about the local way of life. Spend the night between sheer cliff walls among the palm trees and gurgling river. (B)

Aït Benhaddou

05

Travel the ‘Route of 1000 Kasbahs’ passing through Kelaa M’Gouna and Ouarzazate before reaching Aït Benhaddou. This UNESCO World Heritage site is considered one of the best-preserved kasbahs in Morocco. If you’re feeling peckish you can opt for a tagine cooking class to tantalise your taste buds.

Essaouira

06-07 08

Spend the next two days in the chilled-out port town of Essaouira, which has a strong Portuguese flavour. If you rise early, don’t miss the lively spectacle of the fishing boats returning to the port. Take in the laid-back vibes of this coastal town and as the evening falls, treat yourself to a fresh seafood dinner.

Marrakech

Return to your starting point of Marrakech, where your tour ends upon arrival in the late morning.

Inclusions Casablanca

Meknes

Fes

Marrakech Aït Benhaddou Todra Merzouga Gorge

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), tented desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Air-con van, public bus, camel Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $180-240 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCMD

My Own Room Available: Fr R2,879

MOROCCO

Essaouira

Marrakech Merzouga

Aït Benhaddou

Todra Gorge

M OROCCO

Departures 2014 Jan-Dec

Selected Saturdays, typically 2-3 times per month

Departures 2014 Jan-Dec

Selected Saturdays

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

119


ATLAS MOUNTAIN TREK Marrakech

CLIMB R9,125 MT. TOUBKAL 7 DAYS

Marrakech

Marrakech

Tizi ‘n Tamatert

Rise and shine for an early departure onto the winding roads through the Moulay Brahim Gorge and the foothills of the western High Atlas Mountains. Meet your mules and muleteers in Imi Oughlad and get ready to begin your six-hour trekking adventure. Walk past cornfields and woods of juniper and pine to the Tizi ‘n Tacht pass (2,000m/6,562ft), to take in some magnificent views back down to Imlil and the Ait Oussaden valley. Pass the Azzadene Valley on your way down to the village of Tizi Oussem (1,720m/5,644ft) and settle in a mountain gîte for the well deserved night’s rest. (B, L, D)

02

Follow an old goat path through magnificent mountain landscapes to the stunning surroundings of Tamatert. Trek to the pass of Tizi ‘n Tamatert and break for a well-earned rest whilst admiring the views across Imlil and to Mt. Toubkal. (B, L, D)

Berber Villages / Aremd / Mizane Valley / Toubkal Base Camp Lace up your boots and get ready for a full day of walking through the villages of this grand valley and onto the Tizi ‘n Tizikert pass (2,930m/9,613ft). Be stunned by the views over the Mt. Toubkal summit, Tazghart Pass and the peak of Taddat (3,800m/12,467ft). Descend to Aremd (1,900m/6,234ft) for a night. On Day 4, ascend the beautiful Mizane Valley, passing the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch, before arriving at the Mt. Toubkal Base Camp. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Tizi ‘n M’zik

Spend another day exploring the Atlas Mountains hiking along mule paths on the mountains slopes to reach the Tizi ‘n M’zik pass. Enjoy a picnic lunch before a downhill trek to the village of Achain for the option of tea in a local village house. (B, L, D)

03-04

Aremd

Get a taste for Berber life working with the local villagers on a variety of community projects. Work up a sweat and you’ll be rewarded with a tasty lunch. In the afternoon, opt for a traditional steam bath and unwind before dinner in the gîte. (B, L, D)

Marrakech

One last trek back to Imlil before returning to Marrakech for a free afternoon to explore the city. On Day 7, your tour ends and you can depart Marrakech at any time (2B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), gîte (4 nts, multishare) Transport: Air-con van Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $190 for meals not included Group Leader: Certified mountain guide as Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCAM

M O RO CCO

Marrakech Sidi Chamharouch

Departures 2014 FINISH

Jun 14 Jul 12

Jun 20 Jul 18

120

START

FINISH

Aug 09 Aug 15 Sep 13 Sep 19

Tizi 'n Tamatert START

FINISH

Oct 11

Oct 17

Tizi ’n M’zik

LES COULEURS DE L’ORIENT

R206 DORM R343 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This simple riad is authentically decorated and has a dreamy ambience. Chill out in the courtyard or take in the views from the roof terrace out to the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy a traditional hammam before seeing the ciy highlights. This place is just two minutes from Jemaa El Fna Square. Choose from a dorm or private room with en suite.

EQUITY POINT MARRAKECH

R235 DORM R544 DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Nestled in the heart of the Medina this hostel has amazing views of the city as well as the Atlas Mountains. Soak up intoxicating sights and smells by day and relax at this ornate hostel which boasts all the mod cons plus a courtyard, a rooftop terrace and a pool. A local chef is at hand if you fancy some local Moroccan cuisine.

RAKLES

RAKEPM

RIAD LES OLIVIERS

R699 SINGLE R350 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

With a lovely terrace, private rooms with en suite facilities and beautiful Moroccan furnishings, you could easily spend all your time here just taking it easy with a mint tea. But this small and stylish riad is in a top location - a stone’s throw away from the souks and the Medina, the heart of old Marrakech. STAY 5 PAY 4 - 07JAN14-28JAN14 & 01JUN14-31AUG14

RAKOLI

Mt. Toubkal / Aremd / Imlil / Marrakech

It’s an early start this morning and the challenge awaits! Trek to the summit of Mt. Toubkal which, at 4,167 metres or 13,671 feet, is the highest mountain in North Africa. Enjoy magnificent views and relish the sense of achievement before descending back to camp in Aremd. On Day 6, descend back via Sidi Chamharouch to reach Imlil and wave farewell to your muleteers before returning to Marrakech to explore the city. Your tour ends after breakfast the following day. (3B, 2L, D)

05-07

Inclusions

Aremd

START

GlamPACKER

Arrive to Marrakech at any time and explore this labyrinth city of charm. Meet your travel companions tonight over an optional dinner.

Imi Oughlad / Azzadene Valley

Depart Marrakech for your first trek from Imlil/Aremd to the simple mountain gîte that will be your home for the next four days. Hike along dramatic mountain slopes to the sacred shrine of Sidi Chamharouch before returning to enjoy a homemade dinner. (B, D)

06-07

GlamPACKER

Marrakech

01

Aremd

05

shoestring

DAY ITINERARY

Welcome to Marrakech. You have a free day to explore this vibrant city before a welcome briefing at your hotel in the evening.

04

7 DAYS

Marrakech

Highlights

Marrakech

03

MARRAKECH

• Conquer the highest mountain in North Africa, Mt. Toubkal • Walk in spectacular mountain scenery • Camp under the stars in the great outdoors

DAY ITINERARY 02

FR

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Highlights

• Get under the skin of Morocco’s beautiful Atlas Mountain region • Enjoy challenging but rewarding hikes with spectacular views • Savour home-cooked meals at a comfortable, traditional gîte

01

R9,887

FR

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), mountain gîte (2 nts) camping (2 nts, 2-man tents) Transport: Private air-con van Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $30-75 for meals not included Group Leader: Certified mountain guide as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCCT

Departures 2014 START

FINISH

May 31 Jun 06 Jun 28 Jul 04

START

FINISH

Jul 26 Aug 01 Aug 30 Sep 05

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

START

FINISH

Sep 27

Oct 03

rock solid

MOROCCAN HOUSE M OROCCO

Marrakech Imi Oughlad Aremd Mt. Toubkal

R536 SINGLE R331 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Rock solid

RIAD MOGADOR MARRAKECH

R427 SINGLE R244 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Inhale Marrakech’s vibrant culture and absorb this imperial city’s charm and ancient appeal whilst resting up at this Moroccan style hotel. Make the most of the fab facilities, location, the on-site hammam and spa as well as getting to know the friendly staff whose top priority is for you to fall in love with their city.

Situated outside the Medina opposite the ramparts, this hotel enjoys great views of the Atlas Mountains. A contemporary build but traditional in styling, it provides all mod cons but within a Morroccan enviroment. All guestrooms have a TV and air con and there is also a swimming pool and Wi-Fi in the common areas.

RAKMHM

TRAKRM

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

a-LIST

RIAD CATALINA

R1,153 SINGLE FR R577 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Nestled in Marrakech’s Medina, this riad has tons of charisma. Unwind in the shaded courtyard or admire the Atlas Mountains from the rooftop pool. Jump on the Internet to catch up with friends or chill in the terraced garden. The jewel-coloured rooms are all unique with opulent furnishings and mosaic-decorated en suites. STAY 3 PAY 2 01JAN14-31OCT14

RAKRCT

121


TAGINE COOKERY CLASS

R631

FR

HALF DAY

Mix with the local Marrakeshi folk in the city’s winding souks as you shop for the fresh produce for your meal. Then to the cookery class where the chef will teach you how to make local Moroccan dishes. Savour the gastronomic delights of your cookery class for lunch in a traditional riad setting. NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

OUZOUD WATERFALL

R953

ATLAS MOUNTAINS BY 4X4

FR

FULL DAY

Experience beautiful Morocco by 4x4! Travel out to Toubkal National Park, one of the most scenic parts of the country. Explore the awesome Mizane Valley, the market town of Asni and the Berber village of Imlil. There is also time to eat a traditional Berber lunch in the mountains.

CAMEL TREK

Explore the palm groves that surround Marrakech atop your very own camel. Ride around in wonder for an hour and a half, stopping off for a cup of tea or two at a traditional village. With a few tips from your handler, you’ll love this genuine Moroccan experience.

RAKATL

R562

FR LOCAL LIVING R1,125 FULL DAY DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BERBER

DAY TRIP TO OUARZAZATE

Leave the well-trodden tourist trail and get face to face with Morocco’s people; the Berber folk. Learn about their fascinating and humbling lifestyle, park a donkey, prepare tagines, bake bread, harvest crops and round it off with delicious food and some Moroccan entertainment!

Travel into the Sahara Desert to visit ancient kasbahs and sands that have played host to a range of films such as ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Gladiator’. The tour takes you across the highest vehicular pass in Morocco before lunch and a taste of some delicious Berber specialities.

FR

FULL DAY

RAKOUZ

RAKCAM

R2,332

FR

2 DAYS

Marrakech

This overnight desert tour combines iconic Moroccan sites and a night under the stars in a Saharan camp. Cross the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi ‘N’Tichka pass to check out UNESCO’s Kasbah Aït Benhaddou. Continue on the route of the Saharan caravans before arriving at your camp. Enjoy a camel ride before bedding down for the night. After breakfast the next day, enjoy incredible scenery as you travel back to Marrakech. Departs: Mondays & Thursdays Accommodation: Desert camp (1 nt) Meals: some meals included Transport: 4x4 Tour Guide: Local driver/guide Tour Code: RAKZDC

Marrakech

Marrakech

R3,978

FR

5 DAYS

Walk Marrakech’s Medina and its myriad of souks, check out historical Ouarzazate, head to Zagora for a camel ride and desert camping, watch the sun rise over Saharan dunes and check out the oh-so-impressive Atlas Mountains. This handy package includes: return airport transfer, Riad stay in Marrakech, a walking tour through the ancient Medina and a two-day tour of some of Morocco’s iconic sights including a desert stay in Zagora. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Riad Les Oliviers (3 nts), Zagora Desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Return airport transfers, 4x4 Meals: Some meals included Tour Code: RAKMCD

122

FULL DAY

RAKOUA

mini adventure

MARRAKECH MINI STAY Marrakech

R2,952

FR

4 DAYS

Marrakech

It doesn’t get much better than Marrakech. This package makes it easy to explore all the ‘pink city’ has to offer. Simply pick your standard of accommodation and choose two activities to do on the second and third days of your stay. Options include a Souks and Square tour, a High Atlas tour, camel tour and quad biking (at a small supplement). With return transfers from the airport included as well, your stay will be effortlessly enjoyable. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Transport: Return airport transfers included Meals: Daily breakfast Tour Code: RAKMMS

mini adventure

MARRAKECH CITY & DESERT

R631

FR

RAKDLB

mini adventure

Marrakech

HALF DAY

RAKTAJ

Spend a day at the most impressive waterfall in Morocco, watching the tiers of water tumble 350 feet into the pools below. Hike down to the falls from the village of Ouzoud, the ‘village of olives’ looking out for Barbary Apes as you walk. Dip your toes in pools beneath the falls.

ZAGORA DESERT CAMP

R401

FR

mini adventure

MARRAKECH MULTI ACTIVE STAY Marrakech

R5,495

FR

Marrakech

6 DAYS

This adventure package through Moroccan mountain ranges will have you hiking up the Ourika Valley, past Berber settlements before reaching Africa’s hightest ski resort. Then it’s climb, climb, climb into the heart of the Atlas Mountains (2,700m). There’s a thrilling descent on mountain bikes with a variety of stunning routes for every ability. Say farewell to your pack mules and hello support vehicles on your way back to Marrakech. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Guesthouse (3 nts), basic hotel (2 nts) Transport: Minivan, 4x4 Meals: Most meals included Tour code: RAKACT

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA


TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. CHECK OUT DUBAI’S SKYSCRAPERS 2. DIVE IN THE GULF OF OMAN 3. TAKE A DESERT JEEP SAFARI 4. ADMIRE THE SHEIKH ZAYED MOSQUE 5. SEE THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS HOTEL DOHA

DUBAI ABU DHABI

MUSCAT

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

THE ARABIAN PENINSULA


DUBAI

3

5

COOL STUFF TO DO IN AND AROUND DUBAI

AL RIGGA

4

1

6

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BUR DUBAI

DUBAI CREEK

JUMEIRAH BEACH

THE PALM JUMEIRAH

Fr ABU DHABI CITY TOUR R810 Discover the delights of the capital of the Emirates on this one-day tour. Highlights are the majestic Grand Mosque, the famous Union Square, a drive along the Corniche and a visit to the Heritage Village plus some time for retail therapy at the Marina Mall before heading back to Dubai.

MALL OF THE EMIRATES

8 2 Al K

ka il R

d

10 DUBAI MARINA

9

rock solid

IBIS DEIRA CITY CENTRE

7

rock solid

GRANDEUR AL BARSHA

R930 SINGLE R465 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

DXBBTR

rock solid

R841 SINGLE R421 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

REGENT BEACH RESORT

a-list

R1,142 SINGLE FR R579 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

SOFITEL DUBAI JUMEIRAH BEACH

R2,509 SINGLE R1,255 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Chill out with a movie in your comfy modern room • Pop over the road to the Deira City Centre shopping mall • Free access to the pool/gym at Novotel Deira City Centre

• Workout at the health club or unwind poolside • Tantalise your tastebuds with on-site dining, bar and coffee shop • Catch up with friends and family with free Wi-Fi access

• Try some shisha in the traditional courtyard • Gaze out across the promenade to the ocean beyond • Enjoy a game of beach volleyball on Arabian sand

• Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, beach kits and shuttle buses to various malls • All rooms have full or part ocean view • Well-equipped rooms with satellite TV, minibar and safe

With its contemporary decor, uber-cool bistro and trendy bar, there are no clues that this is a budget hotel. Simple, modern rooms do the basics well with flat screen TVs, Internet access and air con. Perfectly located next to the Deira City Shopping Mall and with access to an outdoor pool, it is ideal for your Dubai visit.

Located in the Al Barsha area of glitzy Dubai, you’re only a stone’s throw away from shopping malls, rolling green golf resorts, sleek bars and restaurants and sun-kissed beaches. The Grandeur Hotel has comfy rooms, a rooftop pool, sports bar and tasty food on offer, guaranteeing everyone an enjoyable stay in Dubai.

Located right opposite world-famous Jumeirah Beach, this is the best value beach hotel in Dubai. Just ten minutes from the airport it is simply furnished but offers a pool, choice of restaurants and a lounge to try a shisha pipe or two but the fantastic beach is where it’s at! Rooms are spacious with satellite TV and air con.

It’s all about luxury if you choose to stay here. With sea views from nearly every room and top-notch service, it’ll be a challenge to pull yourself away. Located on the ‘The Walk’ with its multitude of shops, restaurants and bars and just minutes from the waters of the Arabian Gulf thanks to the beach in front of the hotel.

SAVE10% - BOOK BY 30APR14 FOR STAYS 01MAY14-31OCT14

DXBIBI

FREE WI-FI AND1 FREE BEER IN SPORTS BAR

rock solid

IBIS AL RIGGA

R930 SINGLE R465 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Located in the old part of Dubai on Al Rigga Road with loads of shops and cheap restaurants nearby, this simple hotel is perfect if you are on a budget. Stylishly designed rooms are minimalist in décor and have all mod cons needed. Treat yourself to a drink at the funky ‘Cube Bar’ or work out at the gym. SAVE 10% - BOOK BY 30APR14 FOR STAYS 01MAY14-31OCT14

124

DXBIAR

apartment

GOLDEN SANDS APARTMENT

R533 1 BEDROOM R467 2 BEDROOM

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

At this great apartment complex, there are no hotel rooms, just spacious accommodation complete with private kitchenette facilities, great for keeping costs down on some of your meals. Keep active in the fitness centre or swimming pool before hopping into the sauna and steam room to relax. STAY5 PAY4 - 01AUG14-30SEP14

DXBGOL

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

DXBGAB

DXBRBH

rock solid

FR ARABIAN R1,065 SINGLE COURTYARD HOTEL FRR631 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

With a fab location in the heart of Dubai’s landmarks, it’s easy to get out and explore this glam and oh-so-glitzy city. Check out the Dubai Museum, Spice Market and Gold Souk for starters. Enjoy multi-cultural entertainment or pamper yourself at the outdoor pools, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna or spa. SAVE 15% - BOOK BY 31MAR14 FOR STAYS 01MAY14-31AUG14

DXBARB

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JUL14-15SEP14

rock solid

SUITE NOVOTELFRR1,467 SINGLE FR MALL OF EMIRATES R734 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Suite Novotel offers excellent facilities, an idyllic location next to the Mall of the Emirates and stylish surroundings. Well-equipped rooms are uber-trendy with en suite facilities with a tub and separate shower, access to free, unlimited Wi-Fi, and TV/video facilities. There’s also an outside pool to cool down in. SAVE 15% - BOOK BY 30APR14 FOR STAYS 01MAY14-31OCT14

DXBSNM

DXBJUM

a-list

RAMADA PLAZA FRR2,116 SINGLE FR JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE R1,058 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Hang with the high-rollers at this exclusive hotel residence just off ‘The Walk’ with easy access to the beach. Everything gets taken care of, leaving you free to soak up Dubai’s delectable delights. Make the most of the hotel’s health club, pool and spa facilities or catch up with friends using the free Wi-Fi. SAVE 10% - BOOK BY 28FEB14 FOR STAYS 05MAY14-31OCT14

DXBRAM

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

a-list

HABTOOR GRAND BEACH RESORT

R1,879 SINGLE FR R940 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Two accommodation towers, 12 different bars and restaurants including a pub and a beach bar, funky Ibiza beach club, two pools, tennis courts, beach volleyball, watersports, wind surfing and jet skis. How many can you tick off during your stay? Rooms also boast elegance and huge bathrooms. Yes please! STAY 5 PAY 4 - 12JAN14-25DEC14 (RESTRICTIONS APPLY). EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNTS & UPGRADES AVAILABLE

DXBHGR

125

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Fr DHOW CRUISE R519 Sail under the stars at a sleepy pace along the city’s creek, admiring Dubai’s hotspots and landmarks. Travelling aboard a traditionally decorated wooden dhow, all you need to focus on is sipping on your welcome drink, enjoying some delicous food DXBDDC and watching the world pass by.


ABU DHABI DUBAI CITY OR BEACH STOPOVER

R868

FR

2 DAYS

Departs: Daily Accommodation: City or beach hotel (1nt) Meals: 1 breakfast Transport: Shared transfer Tour Code: DXBSGA (city) / DXBSOR (beach). Extra nights are available - please ask for details.

R2,089

FR

3 DAYS

This two-night package is perfect if you have a bit more time to check out Dubai and experience what the city has to offer. Accommodation in a central hotel, return airport transfers and an unforgettable 4WD jeep safari with barbecue, a ride on a ‘ship of the desert’ followed by traditional entertainment will make your stay in Dubai a highlight. In addition you have enough time to chill out on the beach or pool or head off to do shopping. Perfect! Departs: Daily Accommodation: hotel (2 nts) Meals: Some meals included Transport: Shared transfers & 4WD safari with driver/guide Tour Code: DXBSGD. Extra nights are available - please ask for details.

mini adventure

OVERNIGHT STAY DESERT CAMP

R3,324

FR

2 DAY

Done the dune-bashing and want something more? This is an overnight stay with a difference. After a fascianating 4x4 ride through the desert, enjoy a delicious barbecue with traditional belly dancing entertainment before settling down for an evening under the starlit sky. After a magical night sleeping under canvas, rise with the sun and enjoy breakfast before returning back to your hotel in Dubai. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Large shared tents (1nt) Meals: some meals included Transport: 4x4 with driver/guide Tour Code: DXBODC

DESERT SAFARI

R769

FR

HALF DAY

Get out of the city and into the heart of Dubai’s desert on a 4x4 dune bashing jeep safari. Arabian hospitality will make sure you feel like a sheikh at a desert camp. Enjoy a tasty barbecue, try a shisha or head off into the sunset on a friendly camel. All of this is accompanied by some fantastic belly dancing! DXBDSF

126

DUBAI CITY TOUR

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

This one-night package is perfect for a quick Dubai stopover. You can either chill out on the beach topping up your tan, laze by the hotel pool or empty your wallet staying in the city exploring the many shopping malls of Dubai. Accommodation with a filling breakfast and return airport transfers are included. Stay at the Grandeur Al Barsha Hotel close to the Mall of the Emirates or upgrade to the Regent Beach Hotel on Jumeirah Beach.

DUBAI STOPOVER & DESERT SAFARI

rock solid

mini adventure

DUBAI HERITAGE STAY

R3,167

FR

4 DAYS

Fancy experiencing a different side to Dubai? Learn about the country’s past life, before the oil rush with this four-day Heritage Stay package. Three nights’ accommodation in a quirky Arabian guesthouse in the old part of Dubai, a trip to the desert on a 4x4 desert safari plus a traditional Emirati dinner on the Creek will give you an idea how life used to be. And if you’re missing the modern life, you also have access to nearby spa facilities and an outdoor pool. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Guesthouse (3 nts) Meals: Some meals included Transport: Shared transfers & 4WD safari with driver guide Tour Code: DXBHER

R395

FR

HALF DAY

Visit Dubai’s hotspots on this city tour. Sights include the Jumeirah Mosque, Burj Al Arab - one of the most luxurious hotels in the world and the Sheikh Zayed Road. Enjoy shopping for hidden gems at the spice and gold souks. Why not upgrade to the modern city tour that includes the Burj Khalifa - the tallest building in the world? DXBCTO

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

MORNING SAFARI

IBIS ABU DHABI GATE

R565 SINGLE R283 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Ideally located between Abu Dhabi Gate and Bain Al Jessrain, the international airport is only a ten-minute drive away. This hotel offers all the usual amenities including a delicious breakfast, stylishlydesigned rooms plus access to a rooftop pool and sauna facilities. Who would think a budget hotel could offer so much?

rock solid

CENTRO AL MANHAL

R930 SINGLE R465 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This contemporary, fresh hotel offers chic interiors and is just a stone’s throw away from Abu Dhabi’s major attractions and sights. Get to the gym and workout, cool off with a dip in the hotel pool, check out the trendy hotel bar or tantalise those tastebuds at C Taste restaurant which offers mouth-watering three-course meals.

AUHIGA

R762

FR

HALF DAY

Brace yourself for a pulse-racing morning as you dip and dive over Dubai’s sandy dunes on a desert safari experience. Let experienced safari drivers take the lead whilst you sit back and soak up arid panoramic views. After a quick stop for refreshments you can opt to take a camel ride or go sandboarding! DXBMOR

DESERT SAFARI & BARBECUE

R590

FR

HALF DAY

Hit the rolling dunes of Abu Dhabi in a 4x4 jeep experiencing the rollercoaster ride of a lifetime! Jump on a friendly camel or try some flavoured shisha whilst being mesmerised by glittering belly dancers. As part of this authentic peek into life in the Middle East, you’ll also enjoy a delicious traditional barbecue. AUHDSB

AUHCAM

ABU DHABI CITY TOUR

R270

FR

HALF DAY

Witness the culture-fuelled sights and sounds of Abu Dhabi on this half-day tour. You’ll visit the majestic Grand Mosque, the Heritage Village and the famous Union Square. For the shopaholics amongst you, shop till you drop in the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall and then rest your feet at the sky-high revolving restaurant. AUHADC

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

a-list

TRADERS HOTEL FRR1,161 SINGLE QARAYAT AL BERI FRR724 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This stylish, contemporary and comfortable hotel is ideally located in the heart of the Qaryat Al Beri complex. With on-site fine dining serving up worldwide flavours, a dreamy private beach to chill out, an oasis-style pool plus all usual mod cons, it’s an obvious choice to escape the bustling metropolis in style. STAY 3 PAY 2 01JAN14-30APR14, 01SEP1430OCT14, 05NOV14-31DEC14. BOOKINGS TO BE MADE 45 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AUHTHQ

ABU DHABI STOPOVER

R1,853

FR

3 DAYS

The perfect package for those short on time. Experience an unforgettable 4x4 jeep safari and delicious barbecue, rounding off your adventure with a relaxed evening drink overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Price includes two nights’ accommodation at the Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate, airport transfers, two breakfasts plus desert safari and barbecue. AUHIBI

127


MUSCAT

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Rock solid

AL MAHA HOTEL

R1,281 SINGLE FR R647 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Al Maha oozes vibrant bursts of colour and is decorated in typical Omani style. This budget hotel is only ten minutes away from the airport and is nearby to Muscat’s shopping malls and nightlife. Make the most of the usual mod cons and and the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool if the Omani heat gets too much for you!

rock solid

PARK INN MUSCAT

R2,008 SINGLE R1,105 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Ideally located between the city and the airport, this hotel suits any traveller wanting a touch of luxury during their stay in Muscat. Friendly staff, rooftop pool, restaurant and bar, easy access to Al Ghubra beach and fantastic shopping opportunities close by - what more could you possibly want?

MCTMAH

MCTPAR

a-list

SIFAWY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

R2,102

FR

3 DAYS

Check out the ritzy Oman city of Muscat on this package. You’ll be met at the airport and whisked to the Al Maha Hotel where you’ll overnight. See the best of Muscat on a city tour, including the Grand Mosque, the Sultan’s Palace and Muscat’s maze of souks. Put your skills to the absolute test as you bargain for treasures with traders. MCTAL2

128

MUSCAT BEACH BREAK

R4,992

FR

4-8 DAYS

An ideal addition to a stay in Muscat is this relaxing, beach package based at the Millennium Resort Mussanah. Return transfers from the city are included (approx. 45 minutes) as is full board. Enjoy the super-chilled vibes and private beach and fill your days with watersports and outside activites. Bring it on! MCTMBS

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This stylish hotel is ideally located within the world-class Jebel Sifah Resort, just a 45-minute drive from Muscat. Make the most of the resort’s facilities, including restaurants, cafés, shops, pool and fitness facilities while staying in beautifully decorated rooms. And best of all, you’re just a short walk away from the beach! STAY 4 PAY 2 - 26APR14-30SEP14 (NOT APPLICABLE DURING EID FESTIVAL)

mini adventure

MUSCAT STOPOVER

R2,264 SINGLE R1,321 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

MCTSIF

mini adventure

ANCIENT CITIES & DESERT

R9,853

FR

3 DAYS

Experience the fascinating imperial cities of Nizwa, Jabreen and Sur as well as staying in the Omani mountains and desert on this three-day package. Enjoy sunset vistas and campfires from Oman’s highest mountain, dune-bashing at Wahiba Sands and sleep under the stars at the Arabian Oryx Bedouin Camp and enjoy a barbecue. MCTACD


CHOOSI NG THE RIGHT POLICY When choosing a policy, it’s really important to understand what it does and doesn’t cover. While some policies may appear to be the same, quality cover is more than just high policy limits. A good policy will cover more than just your luggage - it will cover the costs of you having to unexpectedly cancel or amend your trip, emergency transport, accommodation and medical costs should you become ill or get injured. Most importantly, it will give you access to 24 hour emergency assistance and cover should you require evacuation for medical treatment. Make sure you check policy luggage item limits; you might find that you need to purchase additional cover for valuable items (e.g. a new camera). Also, check what excess you will be liable for in the event you need to make a claim - all our international policies give you a choice of excess, including a nil option, which means no excess will apply.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT Some of the benefits of booking travel insurance with us… Having help at hand when you need • 24 hour multilingual assistance line for medical emergencies, hospital treatment and/or repatriation. • 24 hour STA Travel Global Health Line - over the phone advice on your travel arrangements. • STA Travel Help branches ready to assist you in over 40 countries worldwide

Cover to suit your needs • 2 levels of cover, choose the level that suits your trip • Cover available from 1 day up to 365 days • Policy extensions available up to a maxi mum of 24 months

There is no one–size-fits all with travel insurance, each traveller and each trip is unique, this is why we provide 2 different types of policies, so you can choose the option which suits you. Think about what type of trip you’ll be having and decide on which type of policy you might need. Our friendly consultants will be able to tell you all about each and every level of cover.

• Optional additional cover for up to110 adventure sports - we cover loads of fantastic adrenalin pumping activities • Earn as you travel – temporary work abroad is covered

Gallbladder in Germany Insured was admitted to hospital for acute cholecsystitis which amounted to medical costs of R165,000.

DI• SUpCOUNTS to 25% discounts on groups

Fracture in France The insured fell and fractured their face. Medical costs amounted to R110,000.

• Accompanied infants 2 or under get cover free of charge

TOP TIPS • Don’t leave travel insurance to the

PRI• NCover CIPALisEXCLUSI ONS provided to limited pre-existing medical conditions • Cover is available to anyone between 16 and 32 years • Insurance is available to South African residents, only. • Excesses apply to some areas of STA Travel’s insurance policies Information contained on this page, was correct at the time of going to print and intends to give an outline of the cover provided by STA Travel’s insurance products. We recommend you read the policy wording in full. Full policy details can be viewed on the website: statravel.co.za/ travel_insurance

SOME OF THE CLAIMS PAID TO DATE* Accident in the Alps

last minute. If you purchase cover for cancellation, cover starts from the time you take out the policy. • Ask for your emergency assistance card and keep it with you at all times while you’re away. • Read the PDS and ask your STA Travel Expert if you have any questions.

MORE INFO Your STA Travel Expert can answer any travel insurance questions you might have and guide you through your travel insurance purchase. Chat to your STA Travel Expert or go to statravel.co.za/ travel_insurance. Please request a copy of the Product Disclosure Statement for more details of your travel insurance policy.

The insured had an accident whilst skiing which resulted in a fractured collarbone. Medical costs amounted to R81, 500.

STA Travel Ltd is a juristic representatibe of Regent Insurance Ltd who is a licenced financial services provider. FAIS no, 25511

Lightning in Louisville The insured was struck by lightning whilst on a work programme in the USA. The insured passed away a day later. The medical costs and repatriation amounted to R190, 000.

* Case studies obtained from Regent Travel Insurance

Renal Failure in Reno Insured was admitted to hospital for abdominal pains only to discover the insured had acute renal failure. Costs amounted to R1,000,000.

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

129

BOOKING CONFIRMATION CONDITIONS

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Leaving on your travels without getting yourself adequately insured is bonkers! So we won’t say this again: Make sure you get Travel Insurance! Just in case the worst happens, the chances are that you haven’t budgeted for millions of Rands worth of hospital and relocation fees.


IMPORTANT BOOKING CONFIRMATION TERMS & CONDITIONS Our Agreement With You We are STA Travel (ZA) Limited (STA Travel) and our agreement with you sets out what you are legally entitled to expect from and your obligations to us. We sell products and service as an agent on behalf of airlines, wholesale companies and other service providers including accommodation and transportation services (Third Party Suppliers). You should make sure that you understand the terms and conditions which apply to your particular arrangements in addition to these general terms and conditions, and we will make available to you the terms and conditions or websites of the Third Party Suppliers.

Your Travel Booking When you make a booking:

This refund will not affect your statutory or other rights. We will only make one payment for each full fare paying adult in the booking. Any children not paying the full adult fare will receive 50% of the listed amount. If the value of your booking is less than the compensation outlined, we will pay compensation only to the value of the booking. You agree that this is the only compensation payable in connection with such an error.

Period before departure when a significant change is notified

Compensation payable per person

More than 56 days

R0

(b) it is your responsibility to ensure that all of the details on your travel documents are correct and to bring to our attention any errors or discrepancies immediately on receiving this document. The names in your booking must be exactly the same as they appear in the traveller’s passport.

55-29 days

R100

28-15 days

R200

14-7 days

R300

(c) you enter into a legally binding contract to acquire the relevant travel or travel related products and/or services with the Third Party Suppliers.

7-0 days

R400

(d) if you make a booking on behalf of someone, you warrant that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of that person to be bound by STA Travel’s general terms and conditions and the relevant Third Party Suppliers’ terms and conditions.

Important note – changes beyond our control.

STA Travel’s role is to assist you to plan your travel arrangements, facilitate your bookings, and arrange payment and refunds as applicable. STA Travel is not a provider of any travel products/services as such and has no responsibility for products or services provided or not provided by any Third Party Suppliers. We give and make no warranty or representation regarding the standard of any services or products supplied by Third Party Suppliers and no person has authority to make any such representation or warranty on behalf of STA Travel.

If for any reason, any Third Party Supplier is unable to provide the products/ services you purchased through STA Travel, your remedy lies against that Third Party Supplier and not STA Travel.

These general terms and conditions together with the relevant terms and conditions of the Third Party Suppliers apply to any travel products/services you purchased through us.

Deposits and Payment Deposits are non-refundable. Payment of a deposit enables STA Travel to hold a reservation for you but does not guarantee the fare and/or price. The fare and/or price can only be guaranteed once we receive full payment and tickets and/or other travel documents have been issued. The Booking Fee is also non-refundable.

STA Travel will advise you of the date that full payment is required. All prices shown are ’from prices’ and we reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the holidays shown in our brochure. You will be advised of the current price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed. Additional deposits for certain travel arrangements may also be required by Third Party Suppliers. Failure to make payment in full by the due date may result in the forfeiture of any deposit paid.

We reserve the right to refuse personal cheques. After full payment the conditions of the contract with your Third Party Supplier may permit them to increase the cost of your arrangements. We will pass any such increase on to you.

Documentation Travel documentation will not be issued until full payment with cleared funds is received. STA Travel’s general practice is to send documents to our customers electronically whenever possible. We reserve the right to charge you an administration fee if we send you such documents in hard copy form, at your request. All travel documents are non transferable. It is your responsibility to collect all paper travel documents prior to departure. Your travel documents are valuable and should be safeguarded as if they were cash. It is not always possible to replace travel documents in the case of loss, theft, damage etc.

Cancellations and Changes Your contract with your Third Party Suppliers may allow suppliers to cancel or amend bookings. We will ensure that you are promptly notified of any significant changes, but accept no liability for any changes or costs incurred which may result.

If we make a significant change to your booking, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. These may include (but are not limited to) the following changes: a change of accommodation to that of a lower category, a change of departure airport, a change of supplier, a change in time of your departure or return flight by more than 12 hours. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting

130

If You Cancel Your Booking If you cancel your booking, the cancellation terms and conditions of your Third Party Suppliers will apply as well as STA Travel fees outlined on your itinerary and receipt. We need to receive from you written notification of cancellation and your original ticket/voucher before any refund can be considered. If you decide to cancel arrangements before the balance due date, any deposits paid are non-refundable. Refunds will only be paid to you once we have received the funds back from Third Party Suppliers. Generally flight tickets cannot be refunded if they are partially used. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your travel insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim your cancellation charges through your insurer.

If You Have A Complaint If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant Third Party Supplier (e.g. your hotel) immediately. Should they be unable to resolve the matter, please contact STA Travel in South Africa, either through the office where you made your arrangements, or through customerrelations@ statravel.co.za. If you fail to contact STA Travel, we will not be permitted the opportunity to investigate your complaint and rectify any error whilst you are away and this may affect your rights under your contract. Please note that the dealing with a complaint by STA Travel or a Third Party Supplier is done without prejudice and does not imply any fault of any kind on the part of either aforesaid party.

Compensation will not apply if a significant change is made for reasons beyond our control. These include (but are not limited to): force majeure, war, threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemics, health risks, and changes due to rescheduling or cancellation of flights by an airline or alteration of the airline or aircraft type; closed or congested airports or ports, hurricanes and other actual or potential severe weather conditions, and any other similar event.

Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements

If you have booked a flight and we are alerted to a significant schedule change by your airline before you depart from South Africa, we will contact you by email to advise you of this. Please ensure that you have given your contact email address to STA Travel and that you regularly check for messages before you leave. STA Travel has no control over airline schedule changes and accepts no liability for costs which may arise as a result of such changes.

After you have left South Africa, it is your responsibility to check with the airline that any onward or connecting flights (whether local or international) you have confirmed are operating as booked. We strongly recommend that you contact your airline at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure of each flight to do this. Please note that for some airlines it is mandatory to confirm with them your intention to fly.

It is exclusively and entirely your responsibility to fulfill the passport, visa and other immigration requirements for your entire itinerary including all transiting and stopover destinations applicable to your itinerary. You should confirm these with the relevant High Commissions, embassies and/ or consulates. We do not accept any responsibility in the case of you being unable to travel due to not complying with any such requirements. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date into South Africa and all South African passport holders are required to have a minimum of three blank pages in their passport excluding the front and back cover to enable entry visas to be issued. If there is insufficient space in the passport, entry will be denied and the person is likely to be detained pending return to their country of origin. Please ensure that all passports are renewed.

Our Responsibility For Your Arrangements

Insurance

We have taken all reasonable care to make sure that all the services that make up the arrangements made by STA Travel are provided by efficient and reputable businesses. These businesses should follow the local and national laws and regulations of the country where they are provided. However, please be aware that overseas safety standards may be lower than in South Africa. You acknowledge and agree, however that, STA Travel has no liability for any act, omission or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of any Third Party Supplier.

Travel insurance is a vital part of your arrangements. We strongly recommend that you have taken out adequate insurance for the duration of your journey. Travel insurance is a mandatory element of some travel arrangements. We can arrange travel insurance for you and can provide you with a quote and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance we offer. However in making or not making insurance arrangements for you, we do so exclusively as agents on your behalf and any right of recourse will be exclusively against the insurer.

In circumstances where liability of STA Travel cannot be excluded, such liability is limited to the value of the purchased travel arrangements.

Once the insurance has been confirmed and paid for, you will be issued with a policy document of the insurer. It is a complex document, which must be read before you initiate your travel so that you can address any queries you may have to the insurer prior to your departure.

STA Travel reserves the right to decline to provide services to any individual, legal entity, group or party of travellers.

Please note that various credit card companies offer limited levels of travel insurance, which may not be sufficient for international travel. Check with the credit card companies in order to obtain the specific details of the cover.

YOUR AGREEMENT WITH US

Travel Advice and Vaccinations

By finalising your arrangements with us, you are accepting that the terms of this Agreement (and conditions of any contract made with any Third Party Supplier(s)) apply to your booking and your travel arrangements. You also consent to our processing personal information about you and other members of your party. We and the Third Party Suppliers may disclose your personal information to others where directly connected with facilitating your travel arrangements and bookings and the provision of travel services and products. For example, we may disclose your personal information to airlines, hotels, car rental companies and other service providers in facilitating your travel arrangements.

South African residents should refer to the travel advice in the Consular Information section posted by the International Relations & Cooperation Department at www.dfa.gov.za. Vaccinations may be required for some or all of the places you are intending to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have arranged all necessary vaccinations for your itinerary. Health, vaccination and inoculation compliance is exclusively and entirely your responsibility. You should ensure that your physical condition is adequate for the intended itinerary and if you are not sure, you should consult your physician.

If You Change Your Booking If you wish to change your booking and such a change is permitted and possible, STA Travel will charge you a service fee to process the change. You may also be charged a service fee by your Third Party Supplier. For changes after departure please see the ‘Global Travel Help’ section of www.statravel. co.za for details of how to request changes. Please note that all reservation changes are subject to availability and the terms and conditions of the product or service purchased. For changes before departure please contact your original branch that booked your ticket.

Changes to name details are not allowed by many airlines and other service providers. Whilst we will do our best to make such a change if necessary, please bear in mind that most airlines and other service providers treat a name change as a cancellation, to which standard conditions and charges would apply.

VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

131

TERMS & CONDITIONS

TERMS & CONDITIONS

(a) you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept for yourself and on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions; and any terms and conditions imposed by Third Party Suppliers.

Flights must be taken in the sequence they appear on your ticket or e-ticket confirmation. If you plan not to take a flight as booked e.g. you may decide to do that ‘leg’ of the journey by car or train, please contact the airline as far in advance as possible to discuss your options. If you do not do the aforesaid or check in on time for a confirmed reservation, the airline may register you as a ‘no-show’, which could result in extra charges and/or your whole flight itinerary being cancelled and/or render your ticket void.

an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us, (we will refund any price difference if the alternative has a lower value), or cancelling your booked arrangements and receiving a full refund.


LOVE YOUR LIFE

START OVER START NOW START THE ADVENTURE

In Store: BLOEMFONTEIN

Mimosa Mall Shop 19L Mimosa Mall, Bloemfontein, 9301 Tel: +27 (0)51 444 6062 Email: bloemfontein@statravel.co.za

CAPE TOWN

UCT Campus Tel: +27 (0)21 685 1808 Email: uct@statravel.co.za

Rondebosch 14 Main Road, Cape Town, 7700 Tel: +27 (0)21 686 6800 Email: rondebosch@statravel.co.za

Stellenbosch 14D De Wet Centre, Cnr. Bird and Church St, Stellenbosch, 7600 Tel: +27 21 883 3677 Email: stellenbosch@statravel.co.za

DURBAN Westville Shop 33 Westville Mall, Durban, 3610 Tel: +27 (0)31 266 1405 Email: durban@statravel.co.za CORPORATE

56 Jan Smuts Avenue, Forest Town, Johannesburg, 2193 Tel: +27 (0)11 341 6900 Email: groups@statravel.co.za

JOHANNESBURG Rosebank Shop C212, Mall of Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2194 Tel: +27 (0)11 447 5414 Email: rosebank@statravel.co.za

Morningside Shop L11A Morningside Shopping Centre, Johannesburg, 2196 Tel: +27 (0) 11 784 8760 Email: morningside@statravel.co.za Eastgate Shop U161 Upper Level, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Johannesburg, 2090 Tel: +27 (0)11 615 0641 Email: eastgate@statravel.co.za

PRETORIA Hatfield 1102 Hilda Street, Pretoria, 0028 Tel: +27 (0)12 342 5292 Email: hatfield@statravel.co.za

BOOK YOUR WAY CALL US: 0861 781 781 ONLINE: WWW.STATRAVEL.CO.ZA STORE: VISIT YOUR NEAREST STORE WWW.STATRAVEL.COM/FIND-A-STORE.HTM

Menlyn Shop LF60C Menlyn Shopping Centre, Pretoria, 0181 Tel: +27 (0)12 348 0305 Email: menlyn@statravel.co.za


STA Travel (ZA) Brochure - Africa and the Middle East 2014