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CAPE & DUNES OVERLANDCape Town WindhoekFR$1,74914 DAYSSOUTHERN AFRICAHighlights• 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 PlateauDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 04 Jan 17Jan 11 Jan 24Jan 18 Jan 31Jan 25 Feb 07Feb 01 Feb 14Feb 08 Feb 21Feb 22 Mar 07Mar 08 Mar 21Mar 15 Mar 28Mar 22 Apr 04Apr 05 Apr 18Apr 12 Apr 25Apr 26 May 09May 03 May 16InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 10 May 23May 24 Jun 06May 31 Jun 13Jun 14 Jun 27Jun 21 Jul 04Jun 28 Jul 11Jul 05 Jul 18Jul 12 Jul 25Jul 26 Aug 08Aug 02 Aug 15Aug 09 Aug 22Aug 16 Aug 29Aug 23 Sep 05Sep 06 Sep 19START FINISHSep 13 Sep 26Sep 20 Oct 03Sep 27 Oct 10Oct 04 Oct 17Oct 11 Oct 24Oct 25 Nov 07Nov 08 Nov 21Nov 15 Nov 28Nov 22 Dec 05Nov 29 Dec 12Dec 06 Dec 19Dec 13 Dec 26Dec 20 Jan 02Dec 27 Jan 09Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: CampingPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simplehotels (2 nts), participation camp (8 nts),guesthouses (2 nts, multishare), bush camp(1 nt) Transport: Overland truck Meals: 12breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners Budget:Allow USD $75-90 for meals not includedGroup Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers(CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, localguides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 TourCode: GADADOMy Own Room Available: Fr $369EtoshaNationalParkDamaralandSwakopmundNamib DesertGariep RiverYou might likeCederbergCape TownWaterberg PlateauNational ParkWindhoekNAMIBIAFish RiverCanyonNational ParkSOUTHAFRICAGo in reverseCape & Dunes Overland (GADNDO) Fr $1,749Extend your tripDunes, Deltas & Falls(21 days, Cape Town-Livingstone)(GADCF) see pages 36/37 Fr $2,999Namibia is one of those truly wonderful countries that will just love your camera - itwas made to be photographed. Prepare for endless swathes of achingly beautiful desert,fleetingly populated by the hardiest of animals - nomadic elephants and lonely leopardsare noticeably stronger, wiser and wilder here. This 14-day adventure takes you north fromCape Town via huge sand dunes, ghostly lunar landscapes and a spontaneous assortmentof the world’s most incredible wildlife as you make your way to the capital of Namibia,Windhoek. Prepare to be blown away!DAY0102-030405-0607-080910-111213-14ITINERARYSossusvlei, NamibiaCape TownArrive 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 RiverTravel through the Western Cape’s dramatic scenery and camp on a local farm near the wildernessarea of Cederberg, known for its rock art and weathered sandstone formations. Continue past largeplantations of rooibos tea and through remote landscapes to set up camp at the Gariep River, whichforms the natural border with Namibia. Enjoy an afternoon swim or canoeing on the river. (2B, 2L, 2D)Fish River CanyonCrossing into Namibia, you’ll travel to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and the secondlargestin 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 DesertHead towards the incomparable red sands of Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largestdunes. 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)SwakopmundMarvel at the vastness of the Namib Desert as you travel through on your way to the west coast ofNamibia. Before arriving in Swakopmund, where you’ll spend two nights, you will drive past WalvisBay, with its deep sea harbour and opportunities to spot flamingos. Explore the historic coastalresort 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)DamaralandTravel up the Skeleton Coast to the Cape Cross seal colony then continue through the beautifuldesert landscapes of Damaraland. You’ll set up camp near Twyfelfontein and have the afternoon toexplore the area, with its rock engravings and petrified fossil forests. (B, L, D)Etosha National ParkEtosha means ‘the great white place of dry water’. One of Southern Africa’s top national parks, itoffers a huge variety of wildlife and unbelievable natural beauty. Explore the pans and the park ongame drives with opportunities to spot lion, giraffe, elephant and rhino. After sunset you can grab abeer and watch animals at the flood-lit waterholes near the camping area. (2B, 2L, 2D)Waterberg Plateau Game ParkEnjoy one last morning game drive in search of Etosha’s incredible wildlife and begin moving southto Waterberg Plateau Game Park, where in the afternoon you can take a scenic forest walk to enjoythe natural beauty of the area. For those who are up for it, get your hiking shoes on to reach theWaterberg Plateau itself, with magnificent views over the plains. (B, L, D)WindhoekHead through the countryside to Windhoek, the historic capital of Namibia, where you’ll stay in ahotel for the final evening of your tour. Explore its German-influenced architecture and pick up somelast-minute souvenirs. Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast on Day 14. (2B)38 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SOUTHERN AFRICA ENCOMPASSEDJohannesburg JohannesburgFR$2,69915 DAYSHighlights• 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 projectDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 03 Jan 17Jan 10 Jan 24Jan 17 Jan 31Jan 31 Feb 14Feb 07 Feb 21Feb 14 Feb 28Mar 07 Mar 21Mar 21 Apr 04Apr 04 Apr 18Apr 18 May 02Apr 25 May 09May 09 May 23May 23 Jun 06InclusionsSTART FINISHJun 06 Jun 20Jun 13 Jun 27Jun 27 Jul 11Jul 04 Jul 18Jul 11 Jul 25Jul 18 Aug 01Jul 25 Aug 08Aug 01 Aug 15Aug 08 Aug 22Aug 15 Aug 29Aug 29 Sep 12Sep 05 Sep 19Sep 12 Sep 26START FINISHSep 19 Oct 03Sep 26 Oct 10Oct 03 Oct 17Oct 10 Oct 24Oct 17 Oct 31Oct 24 Nov 07Nov 07 Nov 21Nov 14 Nov 28Nov 21 Dec 05Nov 28 Dec 12Dec 05 Dec 19Dec 12 Dec 26Dec 26 Jan 09Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: CampingPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Participationcamping (11 nts), bush camping (1 nt), simplehotels (2 nts) Transport: Overland truck, opensafari vehicle, mokoro Meals: 14 breakfasts,12 lunches, 10 dinners Budget: Allow USD$40-55 for meals not included Group leader:2 Chief Experience Officers (CEO) as headguide/cook and driver, local guides GroupSize: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADAJJMy Own Room Available: Fr $369Chobe RiverOkavango DeltaMaunBOTSWANAGwetaKhama RhinoSanctuaryYou might likeMatoboN.P.JohannesburgLivingstoneZIMBABWEBulawayoKruger N.P.SOUTH AFRICAWhy not add an optional activity tocustomise your trip?Okavango Delta Flight – (PRODBOD)45-minute airplane flight with stunningviews. Fr $150Realise 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 plethoraof wild animals and a brilliant introduction to some of Africa’s amazing cultures. You’llexperience the best that Botswana has to offer, including the truly unforgettable OkavangoDelta, as well as South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park. At night, fall asleep to thesounds of the wilderness as you camp out under the stars. This is Africa at its mostadventurous, and we think you’re going to love it!DAY0102-030405-0607-0809-1011-1314-15ITINERARYJohannesburgArrive into South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, at any time today.Khama Rhino Sanctuary / MaunTravel through an unpopulated part of Botswana as you travel to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, acommunity-based conservation initiative established to safeguard the local white and black rhinopopulations, which had been severely depleted by indiscriminate poaching. Moving on, you arrive intoSerowe, one of the largest and most attractive villages in Botswana, and well known for its qualityhandicrafts. Continue to Maun, the safari capital of Botswana, from where you can take an optionalscenic flight over the magnificent Okavango Delta. (2B, 2L, 2D)Okavango DeltaIt’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 outunder the stars. Revel in game drives and outstanding wildlife spotting from canoes. (B, L, D)Gweta / Chobe RiverReturn to Maun and then continue to the village of Gweta, near the Makgadikgadi salt pans for theunique experience of camping under ancient baobab trees. Travel on to Kasane, your base for a visitto Chobe National Park. Take an optional game drive or an afternoon sunset boat cruise for the bestway to see the resident elephants, crocodiles and hippos, or just hang around in camp and watch theelephants come to drink at the watering hole. (2B, 2L, 2D)LivingstoneTravel from Botswana across the Zambezi River and on to Livingstone, to get up close to theimmense power of Victoria Falls. Livingstone is the adventure hub of Africa and activities can includescenic flights over the falls, bungy jumping, rafting or canoeing on the Zambezi River. (2B, L)Bulawayo / Matobo National ParkCross the border into Zimbabwe, where there’s an option to visit Victoria Falls from the other sidewhich provides an entirely different and unexpected perspective. Tonight, you’ll stay at the Big Cavecampsite, located close to the Matobo National Park boundary in a private wilderness area. The nextday you can walk with rhinos and explore the park by open safari vehicles. This is a great opportunityto be one of the few to see Zimbabwe’s number one national park. (2B, 2L, 2D)Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National ParkTravel through Zimbabwe with an overnight stop at Musina before crossing into South Africa. KrugerNational 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-daygame drive in an open vehicle. You’ll then head to Manyeleti Game Reserve where you can have aswim in the warm waters of a spring-fed pool, and learn about the local Shangaan people. Enjoy atraditional dance and dinner before settling down for a good night’s sleep. (3B, 3L, 3D)JohannesburgTravel to Johannesburg and make time to see the Soweto Townships or the rewarding ApartheidMuseum. The tour comes to end on Day 15 after breakfast. (2B, L)SOUTHERN AFRICA41


(Includes local payment)FR$3,59225 DAYSSOUTHERN AFRICA1314-1516-1718-1920212223-2425Kalahari DesertSkirt the northern reaches of the Kalahari Desert and join local bushmen for a desert walk. Discoverthe secrets of the land and learn how to track animals and how to survive in this hostile environment.(B, L, D)Maun / Okavango DeltaContinue on to Maun, the gateway to the outstanding Okavango Delta. The Okavango is a naturalwetland, an amazing and elaborate world of giant lily pads, labyrinthine channels and swayinggrasses. This natural wonderland supports animals by the bucket load. Venture out into the Delta toexplore the oxbow lakes and flood plains on foot and by mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe). Yournights are spent on grassy islands in the midst of this watery world for an unforgettable wildernessexperience! (2B, 2L, 2D)Gweta / Chobe National ParkToday you’ll head towards the northern corner of Botswana, stopping off near the MakgadikgadiPans, one of the largest salt flats in the world. The salt flat is magical and disarming - in the sizzlingheat you may see mirages of shimmering lakes, see ostriches take flight and stones turn intomountains! Arrive into Chobe National Park on Day 17. This fantastic national park covers 11,000square kilometres and is home to Botswana’s most varied wildlife including some of the largestpopulations of elephant in Africa as well as lion and an abundance of birdlife. Enjoy an afternoon FishEagle Cruise down the river in search of elephant and wallowing hippo. (2B, 2L, 2D)Victoria Falls / LivingstoneOn Day 18, you travel from Chobe and its magnificent wildlife into Zambia and on to your relaxingriverside camp in the adrenalin capital of Livingstone. This town is an adventure lovers’ mecca! Ifyou’re game for a thrill, throw yourself down the Grade V rapids while white water rafting, canoethrough the stunning gorge scenery or chuck yourself off the bridge bungy jumping. For a moresedate option you can choose a sunset cruise, horse riding or a scenic flight over the Falls. You willalso visit the Victoria Falls themselves where you can marvel at the sight and sound of this immensevolume of tumbling water. (2B)Hwange National ParkFrom Livingstone, travel into Zimbabwe and onward to Hwange National Park where you will have anafternoon game drive. Look out for more of Africa’s wildlife including a giant herd of elephants andthe famous wild dog. (B, L, D)Antelope ParkFrom Hwange, head to Antelope Park in Gwera where there’s the opportunity to try various optionalactivities. (B, L, D)TshipiseArrive in South Africa and travel across the Limpopo River to Tshipise. After a visit to the hotsprings, sit back and enjoy the giant baobab trees before venturing into the wilds of Kruger. (B, L, D)Kruger National ParkDays 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 ofsmaller animals - keep your cameras at the ready for all those photo opportunities! By night you havethe option to take a night game drive in an adjoining private game reserve, something quite uniqueto Kruger National Park. Driving through the dark is pretty exhilarating, especially when you stumbleupon 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)JohannesburgFrom the Kruger area it’s onward on Day 25 via the scenic Mpumalanga province to bustlingJohannesburg, where your tour sadly comes to an end. (B)45


SOUTH AFRICASOUTHERN AFRICAKruger N.P.JohannesburgPretoriaComparable in size to Israel, KrugerNational Park swarms with cheetah,giraffe, hippo and the ’Big 5’. Not to bemissed!Hike, canoe, bike or hang-glide amongst theseductive natural beauty and wildlife of theGarden Route. Topnotch beaches, rollinghills, picture-perfect lagoons and densepine plantations. Phwoar!Cape TownPort ElizabethDurbana ‘braai’ (barbecue) is asouth african institution,typically a big meaty affaircooked by men drinking beer.oh, not as culturally uniqueas we thought then!Ascend soaring Table Mountain bycable-car, sip seriously good vino atstunning wine estates or meanderthrough Bo-Kaap’s colourful, cobbledstreets. Named ‘2014 Design Capitalof the World,’ Cape Town is a corkerof a city.Kruger isn’t the only placeto do a safari. Eastern CapeGame Reserves are easilyaccessible and host to the‘Big 5’. Plus malaria free!SAY WHAT?South Africa’smulticultural ‘RainbowNation’ has the mostofficial languages in theworld. Of 11 languagesspoken, English is themother tongue of just9% of South Africans.47


SOUTH AFRICA & SWAZI QUESTJohannesburg Cape TownFR$2,79917 DAYSHighlights• Search for Africa’s ‘Big 5’ in Kruger• 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 TownSOUTHERN AFRICADepartures 2015START FINISHJan 10 Jan 26Jan 24 Feb 09Feb 28 Mar 16Mar 21 Apr 06Apr 18 May 04May 16 Jun 01START FINISHJun 06 Jun 22Jul 04 Jul 20Jul 25 Aug 10Aug 08 Aug 24Aug 29 Sep 14Sep 12 Sep 28START FINISHOct 10 Oct 26Oct 31 Nov 16Nov 21 Dec 07Dec 19 Jan 04InclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: CampingPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Participationcamping (11 nts), simple hotels (4 nts),dormitory (1 nt) Transport: 19 seater touringvehicle Meals: 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12dinners Budget: Allow USD $85-110 for mealsnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOffice (CEO)/cook, driver, local guides GroupSize: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADASQMy Own Room Available: Fr $269Cape TownBOTSWANASOUTH AFRICAOudtshoornTsitsikamma NPKrugerNational ParkJohannesburgSWAZILANDZululandDurbanPort St. JohnsCintsaAddo Elephant NPTsitsikamma National ParkThe untarnished grandeur of South Africa and Swaziland is on display in this comprehensiveexploration of two of the continent’s most diverse and fascinating destinations. Wildlifeand Africa’s incredible culture are at the forefront of this tour - from undiscovered coastalshores to extensive game drives in Addo Elephant National Park and in world-famous KrugerNational Park. Follow the glorious Garden Route all the way to the epic city of Cape Townfor a grand finale like no other. Add some of the best camp meals you’ve ever tasted into themix and you’ve got a recipe for adventure par excellence.DAY0102-0304-0506-1011-1415-1617ITINERARYJohannesburgArrive into Johannesburg at any time and make your way to the hotel, where there will be a briefdeparture meeting this evening. Take some time to visit Soweto or the famous Apartheid Museum.Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National ParkTravel through scenic mountains to reach the world-famous Kruger National Park. You’ll stay atthe unique Shalati Bush Camp in the 23,000 hectare Manyeleti Game Reserve, where you’ll havea fantastic bush experience combined with the opportunity to get to know the local Shangaanpopulation. Opt for game drive in the reserve, which is adjacent to and unfenced with Kruger NationalPark, allowing wildlife to roam freely over the bush. Day 3, you’ll 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)Kingdom of SwazilandExplore the mountainous territory of Swaziland, one of Africa’s few remaining monarchies. Visit themagnificent Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Swaziland’s ‘Valley of Heaven’ and the first wildlifesanctuary in the country. It is a gentle relaxed place with zebra, many antelope species, crocodilesand hippos. In your free time, take the opportunity to go for mountain hikes, cycling, horse riding orvisit a local Swazi village. (2B, 2L, 2D)Zululand / Durban / Port St. Johns / CintsaExplore the stunning St. Lucia Wetlands area - a huge expanse of estuaries dominated by Lake St.Lucia. There will be the option to take a boat trip, go for a horse ride on the beach or visit UmfoloziGame Reserve, a haven for white and black rhino. Spend time with the locals and enjoy a homecookedmeal in a private Zulu home. Continue on to Durban, enjoy a traditional curry and spendthe next few days discovering the city, its surrounds and beaches. On Day 9, travel south into theheartland of the Xhosa people, and to Port St. Johns. Next day it’s on to a little piece of paradise,Cintsa. Opt to go surfing, join a guided game drive, or visit a local craft brewery. (5B, 4L, 3D)Addo Elephant National Park / Tsitsikamma / KnysnaToday, 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 speciesincluding lion, leopard and buffalo. Continue the next day to Tsitsikamma and your campsite atStorms 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 andbungy jumping! (4B, 4L, 4D)Oudtshoorn / Cape TownAfter visiting ‘The Heads’ in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon on the coast, you’ll take ascenic 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 filledwith mysterious limestone formations in a wide variety of natural colours, or alternatively pay a visitto an ostrich farm - the area is known as the ostrich capital of the world. (2B, 2L, D)Cape TownYou can depart from Cape Town at any time but why leave? Extend your stay in the city and maybevisit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, take a cable car up Table Mountain formagnificent views, or just chill out on one of the city’s trendy beaches. (B)48 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SOUTH AFRICADISCOVERERCAPE, RAILS &FR$1,599 KRUGER QUESTFR$1,499Durban Cape Town 10 DAYS Cape Town Johannesburg7 DAYSNoetzie Rocks, KnysnaHighlights• 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 National ParkHighlights• 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 bySOUTHERN AFRICADAY0102-030405-070809-10ITINERARYDurbanArrive at any time and set out to explore the city and its beaches. (D)Port St. Johns / CintsaTravel through the Eastern Cape province into the heartland of theXhosa people and the Wild Coast. Try your luck at surfing the wavesor 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 ofthe world’s most beautiful beaches. (2B, 2L, 2D)Addo Elephant National ParkContinue to the Addo Elephant Park, which despite its name is alsohome to a huge variety of other wildlife. Spend this evening sittinground the campfire listening to the wild sounds of Africa. (B, L, D)Tsitsikamma National Park / KnysnaVisit the Tsitsikamma National Park and enjoy optional activities suchas scuba diving, boat rides or the world’s highest bungy! On Day 7,travel to Knysna, an attractive town nestled on a coastal lagoon andseparated from the open ocean by ‘The Heads’. (3B, 3L, 3D)OutdshoornTake a scenic drive over the Outeniqua Mountains where you’ll makethe quaint town of Outdshoorn your base. From here, you have acouple of optional excursions, the first to an ostrich farm and theother to explore the dramatic Cango Caves. (B, L, D)Cape TownArrive into Cape Town and explore all that this city has to offer,including beaches, bustling waterfront districts, botanical gardensand Table Mountain. Your tour comes to an end on Day 10. (2B, L)DAY0102-030405-0607ITINERARYCape TownArrive into beautiful Cape Town at any time. Spend your daydiscovering this vibrant city alive with colours, sounds and tastes.Cape Town / Shosholoza Meyl TrainRelax on one of Cape Town’s trendy beaches or admire the city’sgreat spirit and natural beauty with an iconic mountain smack-bangin the centre. You may choose to visit Robben Island, Table Mountain,explore Cape Point or embark on a wine tour around Stellenboschbefore enjoying an authentic meal in a local home in a nearbytownship. In the evening of Day 3, go native and make the most ofthe region by taking an overnight train to Johannesburg. (2B, D).JohannesburgArrive into Johannesburg, the vibrant heart of South Africa and thecountry’s largest city. Take some time to venture out of the centreand bike the colourful streets of the famous township of Soweto.Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National ParkTake the Panorama Route, a region of exceptional natural beauty andimpressive landscapes, into the Kruger National Park area. Enjoy afull-day game drive in search of Africa’s ‘Big 5’ - elephant, lion, rhino,leopard and buffalo. In the evening, you will visit a local communityvolunteer programme in Shalati and enjoy a traditional danceexperience. (2B, 2D)JohannesburgRise to the sounds of the wild and depart for Johannesburg. On theway, visit the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa school that aimsto provide children with the opportunity to begin their education, andbecome involved in organised activities. Arrive into Johannesburg inthe late afternoon where your tour ends. (B)InclusionsDepartures 2015Jan - DecSelected Saturdays, typically 1-2departures per monthKnysnaOutdshoornAddo ElephantNational ParkTsitsikammaNational ParkInclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: CampingTrip Style: Rail Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively forPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age18-39s Accommodation: Participation campingAccommodation: Hotels (2 nts), train (1 nt),(7 nts), simple hotel (1 nt), dormitory (1 nt)lodges (3 nts) Transport: Private van/bus, 4x4,Transport: 19 seater touring vehicle Meals: 9train Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners Budget:breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: AllowAllow USD $150 for meals not included GroupUSD $40-55 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver,Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs),local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 TourSWAZILANDcook and driver, local guides Group Size: MaxCode: GADSKQ14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADCDSOUTH AFRICAMy Own Room Available: Fr $189DurbanCapePortTown CintsaSt. JohnsMy Own Room Available: Fr $199Departures 2015Jan-DecSelected Mondays, typically 1-2departures per monthPanorama RouteJohannesburgSOUTH AFRICACape TownKrugerNationalPark49


BAZ BUSSOUTHERN AFRICAwhy baz bus?• CONVENIENTSimply buy one ticket to your final destination and hop on andoff as often as you like along the route• FLEXIBLE INDEPENDENT TRAVELYou choose where you want to stay and how long you want tostay for. Be sure to check their timetable!• MEET INTERESTING PEOPLESit back, relax and share travel tales• SAFEGet picked up and dropped off at the door of your chosen hostel• REACH OUT OF THE WAY PLACESPrivate shuttles meet Baz Bus and run you to inaccessible areas(extra nominal fee). A great way to see the hidden highlights• GREAT VALUEExclusive STA Travel pricesdeparturesCAPE TOWN TOWARDS JOHANNESBURG / PRETORIACape Town to Port Elizabeth: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & SatPort Elizabeth to Durban: Tue, Wed, Fri & SunDurban to Johannesburg / Pretoria: Tue, Thu, Sat & SunJOHANNESBURG / PRETORIA TOWARDS CAPE TOWNJohannesburg / Pretoria to Durban: Mon, Wed, Fri & SunDurban to Port Elizabeth: Mon, Tue, Thu & SatPort Elizabeth to Cape Town: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sunon the roadOVERNIGHT STOPS: Port Elizabeth and Durban are compulsoryovernight stopoversACCOMMODATION: This is not included in your Hop-on Hopoffticket or Travel Pass. Choose from more than 180 brilliantbackpacker hostels along the route or purchase our Hostel Pass.See page 56 for details.buy before you fly specialBuy any Wildlife Safari and Adventure package and get a FREE CapePeninsula day tour. See page 57.Pretoria/JohannesburgEASTERN CAPEHogsbackGAUTENGLESOTHOMthathaKokstadKruger N.P.Northern DrakensbergSouthernDrakKWAZULUNATALPietermaritzburgDurbanWarner BeachUnzumbeUmtentweniPort St. Johns / MpandeCape TownWESTERN CAPEOudtshoornStellenboschTheCrags KnysnaSwellendamHermanusWildernessGeorgeMossel BayJeffreysBayStormsRiverPlettenberg BayPort ElizabethChinstaEast LondonCoffee Bay / Mdumbi / BulungulaBaz Bus routeshuttle servicecompulsory stopoverbackpacker hostels50 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SOUTHERN AFRICACHOOSE FROM 3 DIFFERENT TICKET OPTIONSHop-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• There is no time limit on your ticketCHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING (IN EITHER DIRECTION):Cape Town Johannesburg/Pretoria FR $408Cape Town Durban FR $342Cape Town Port Elizabeth FR $182Travel Passes• Travel on Baz Bus in any direction you want and as often as youlike within the time period• Pick up and drop off at the door of your hostel• Valid for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive daysCHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING TRAVEL PASS TICKETS:7-day Travel Pass FR $19914-day Travel Pass FR $30921-day Travel Pass FR $375Wildlife Safari & Adventure Packages• An exciting Wildlife Safari & Adventure tour of your choice (seedetails adjacent) plus a Hop-on Hop-off ticket from Cape Townto Johannesburg/Pretoria (or vice versa)• Enjoy the flexibility of doing each part when you please• Enjoy big savings by buying a packageHOP-ON HOP-OFF PLUS:4 DAY KRUGER NATIONAL PARK FR $974Minimum recommended time: 14 days7 DAY CHOBE NATIONAL PARK& VICTORIA FALLS FR $1,238Minimum recommended time: 17 days11 DAY KRUGER, CHOBE NATIONAL PARK& VICTORIA FALLS FR $1,793Minimum recommended time: 21 daysour TOP TIPS along the way!• Hike Table Mountain and watch the sunset• Whale watch in Hermanus• Do the world’s highest bungy 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• Combine with our South Africa hostel pass - see page 56Included safaris (dependent on package)KRUGER NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE SAFARI TOURThis fabulous four-day experience takes you fromJohannesburg deep into Kruger. You’ll camp just outsidethe park and head out on amazing game drives in open-topsafari vehicles.CHOBE NATIONAL PARK & VICTORIA FALLS TOURSpend seven days exploring the wonderland of Chobe in anopen-top safari vehicle. Head to Victoria Falls, see the sunset over the Zambezi, camp out under the stars and listento the call of the wild from the comfort of your tent.Combine these tours to make the 11 day Kruger,Chobe and Victoria Falls tour.


ON THE ROAD: CAR RENTALSTA TRAVELAFRICASOUTHERN AFRICAroad tripA self-drive holiday is a great wayto see everything you want to.You’ll have the freedom to explorebig cities, as well as stumblingupon tiny, hidden towns, all atyour own pace. To make yourexperience as easy and stressfreeas possible, we offer a fabrange of pre-paid car hire andadvise you upfront of any locallypayableextras. Working withrenowned global suppliers and thebest local operators, we ensureyou the highest level of service.Driving LicenceA full valid driver’s licence with photo isrequired from your home country otherwisean international licence is needed.Age RestrictionsGenerally the minimum age is 21 years-oldbut can vary between car hire companiesand location. Please check terms andconditions with your STA Travel Expert whenmaking an enquiry or booking.Book accommodation & tourson the go:STATRAVEL.com/appDrive down to this watering hole in Etosha N.P. atdusk to witness a plethora of wildlifewhy hire a car?• The perfect excuse to make some epicroad trip playlists!• Stop and visit hidden treasures that tourbuses might drive straight past• You can choose the schedule - get upand go when you want. Tailor-make yourown schedule• It’s easy - all roads are well signpostedand in English and you can drive on theleft hand side of the road (a bonus forthe Brits, Kiwis and Aussies!)• The secret beaches of the Western Capein South Africa and the eerie SkeletonCoast in Namibia are definitely wortha road trip with miles and miles ofuntouched shoreline away from thecrowds waiting to be discoveredCAR TYPESEconomy FR $26 per dayCompact FR $30 per dayOkaukeujoGrootfonteinHome to the world’s largestmeteorite - out of this world,literally! And not on any of ourtour routes.Get stuck in a traffic jamcaused by elephants - a farcry from the daily commuteIntermediate FR $49 per dayWINDHOEKNAMIBIAFollow the diamond route toKimberley where you’ll find the‘Big Hole’, an open mining pit, theworlds biggest dug out by hand!Kruger N.P.Visit this totally deserted formerdiamond mining town - spooky!KolmanskopA short drive out of Cape Town,the perfect place to stop for amagnificent South African sunsetCAPE TOWNChapmans Peak DriveVisit the magical Hogsback, saidto have inspired Tolkien when hewas writing Lord of the Rings.Only accessible by self-drive!SOUTH AFRICAStock up on hand made, tastytreats at the George Farmersmarket while driving alongthe Garden RouteGeorgeJOHANNESBURGKimberleyHogsbackPORT ELIZABETHGreat seafood andsecluded beaches!St LuciaDrakensbergMountainsDon’t miss the chance todrive through this spectacularmountain range, said toresemble a dragon’s back.Full Size FR $82 per dayOther vehicle types available including4WD, please enquire for prices.SELF-DRIVE IDEASPlease see opposite page for ourfavourite self-drive routes or check outthese other suggestions:• The Garden Route - see pages 60-61• Franschhoek & The Winelands• The Little Karoo (Route 62)• Durban & The Wild Coast• The Drakensburg Mountains• Game Viewing in Kruger• Spectacular Namibia52 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


TRAVEL YOUR WAY: SELF-DRIVESAT YOUR OWN PACE...Get on the open road, hit the gasand self-drive on your next SouthAfrica holiday! Self-driving is notas daunting as your might imagineand you will see much more of thisbeautiful country while travellingat your own pace. Maybe you’reconjuring up images of dirt roadsand worrying that it’s unsafe butwe can put your mind at ease -the major roads in South Africaare tarred, well maintained andwell signposted with plenty ofservice stations.SOUTHERN AFRICAWe have the following ready made self-driveitineraries available:• JOHANNESBURG & KRUGER (5 DAYS)• WESTERN CAPE & GARDEN ROUTEEXPRESS (6 DAYS) SEE PAGE 61• SOUTH AFRICA ENCOMPASSED (15DAYS)But you can also tailor-make your ownself-drive itinerary - just tell us whatstandard of accommodation you want to stayin and where you want to go and we will dothe rest!WESTERN CAPE &GARDEN ROUTE SELF-DRIVEPlease note, while our self-driveitineraries within this brochure includeaccommodation and breakfasts, car hireand activities are excluded so you’re free toorganise your time and vehicle dependingon your budget.Our top tipIf you are going to do a safari self-drive, werecommend hiring a 4WD vehicle. You willbe much safer if you have a close encounterwith a curious elephant!Each self drive itinerary comes witha Self-Drive kit including:• Detailed maps• Point-to-point directions• AA Road Atlas• Accommodation information• Activity suggestions that youmay want to do en routeFR$539Cape Town Port Elizabeth 8 DAYSExplore the wonders of South Africa’s impressive coastline on this fantastic self-driveitinerary. Take each day at your own pace and save time as your accommodation is prebookedfor you. Eight days will take you from Cape Town’s city shores all the way along thecoast to Port Elizabeth’s sandy beaches. Stop off in the Winelands before cruising alongto the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn. Back on the road, head to coastal Knysnawhere you have plenty of time to explore this charming town and its surroundings. Yourfinal destination is Port Elizabeth where your seaside adventure sadly comes to an end. Youwill receive a self-drive kit on arrival which contains detailed maps and an itinerary, hoteland sightseeing brochures and a welcome letter. Price includes seven nights accommodationwith daily breakfast and the self-drive kit but excludes car hire and excursions.This trip can be done in reverse. Not quitewhat you want? Ask us about our tailor-madeservice. Your trip, your way!car rentalFr $26 per day. See page 52DAY01-0304-0506-0708ITINERARYCape Town / StellenboschDay 1 is yours to explore Cape Town’s highlights. Day 2, enjoy free time or take an optional tour toCape Point headland. Day 3, drive to Stellenbosch where you’ll stay out near the vineyards. (2B)Stellenbosch / Oudtshoorn / Outeniqua Mountain Pass / KnysnaTake Route 62 to the town of Oudtshoorn. Day 5, start with a scenic drive to the Cango Caves for anoptional 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 ElizabethDrive along the coast to Plettenberg Bay, stop off at Knysna Elephant Park or Birds of Eden. Head easton Day 7 to Tsitsikamma National Park for 50 miles of rocky coastline and spectacular landscapes. Stopoff at Storms River Bridge for views over the gorge and a chance to bungy jump off of one the highestbridges in South Africa. Arrive into Port Elizabeth tonight. (2B)Port ElizabethWhy not extend your stay, perhaps it’s time for safari? Check out page 63 for options. (B)CPTWG753


CAPE TOWNSOUTH ATLANTIC OCEANA well designed urbanoasis, amble along GreenPoint’s promenade, taking arefreshing dip in Sea PointPavilion’s outdoor pools.ROBBEN ISLAND:14KM (45 MINUTES)SOUTHERN AFRICABeach RdMain Rd3GREEN POINT2810V & A WATERFRONTDE WATERKANTMake a trip to RobbenIsland from buzzingtourist hotspot,Victoria & AlfredWaterfront. Thenotorious prison islandnow is a fascinatingmuseum.sea pointSIGNAL HILLSCHOTSCHE KLOOFCLIFTON BEACHCLIFTONCatch some rays with thebronzed & beautiful atClifton’s sheltered beaches.Head up to Beach Road’sWakame or Tobago’s forcracking sundowners.LION’S HEADJoin Gardens’ hipstercommunity at City BowlMarket. Fill up on freshlymade sandwiches & craftbeers, all washed downwith great live music.TAMBOERSKLOOFGARDENSKloof StreetBO-KAAPBuitengracht St41Camp Street5Long Street9CITY CENTREHead east 50kmto Franschhoek &Stellenbosch to quaffstellar wines & indulgein gourmet food. Takeyour pick from qualityfarmers’ markets &wineries. Cheers!Nelson Mandela Blvd6CAMPS BAYCAMPS BAY BEACH7TABLE MOUNTAIN (NATURE RESERVE)DEVIL'S PEAKEnroute to Cape Point,stop off at BouldersBay - a shelteredbeach between graniteboulders - to getup close & gawp atthe 3,000+ Africanpenguins that reside &freely waddle aroundits sands.STA Travel store, pop in andbook any last minute tripsor accommodationBook accommodation & tourson the go:STATRAVEL.com/app


spes bonaDid you know that Cape Town’smotto is ‘Spes Bona’ meaning‘good hope’? Embracingmulti-culturalism, this moverand shaker is now home to arainbow of cultures and 11official languages. So, soak upthe eclectic traditions and takea stroll to visit the delights ofLong Street where you’ll findedgy boutiques, antique shops,artsy stalls, bustling marketsand enough bars and pubs thatmake it THE place to be. It’smust-see, must-do and, yes, youwill love it.SOUTHERN AFRICAshoestring glampacker1ASHANTIGARDENS LODGEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT• Plenty of room choice, from singles to mixed dorms• Café, bar and pool all onsite• Walking distance to plenty of local attractions2FR FR$20 DORMATLANTIC POINT$22FR FR$32 TWIN/DOUBLE BACKPACKERS$39PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Cool off with a dip in the refreshing pool• Shoot a few holes on the mini golf course• Explore Cape Town’s uber-trendy Green PointDORMTWIN/DOUBLEPerfect for those wanting to be close to the action, this beautifullydecorated Victorian mansion is just a short stroll from the coolbackpacker hangout, Long Street. Enjoy views of iconic TableMountain, relax by the pool or enjoy a beer at the bar. The perfectplace to make new friends!Free Wi-FiIf you’re looking for a ‘flashpacker’ in the heart of Cape Town, lookno further! Run by travellers for travellers, this super-funky hostelis situated in trendy Green Point. After a hard day exploring thecity, enjoy free Wi-Fi, barbecue area, pool table, bright, spaciousdorms and cool private rooms, plus an entertainment area.Free Wi-FiISIC - 1 HOUR FREE INTERNETCPTASHCPTAPBrock solid rock solid rock solid3 4 5CAPE TOWNRITZ HOTELFR FR FR$78 SINGLELADY$96 SINGLECAPE TOWN $154FR FR FR$48 TWIN/DOUBLE HAMILTON $55 TWIN/DOUBLE HOLLOW $106PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTLocated just off Sea Point’s vibrant mainstreet and a short distance from the beachand the V&A Waterfront, this hotel hasall the mod cons: Wi-Fi, swimming pool,restaurant and bar. Rooms are basic yetcomfy, with air con and en suite bath orshower rooms. This place won’t break thebank and has all the amenities you need.Centrally located, close to the quirkyboutiques and coffee shops of trendy KloofStreet, Lady Hamilton’s comfy rooms havecracking cityscape or Table Mountain views.En suites and air con come as standard,plus there’s a pool, ideal for a cooling dipafter a long day’s sightseeing. An excellentbase for exploring the capital.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLECape Town Hollow is nestled in the shadowof Table Mountain. This stylish, serenehotel offers the usual mod cons plus apool, lounge, bar and à la carte restaurant.Set right in the heart of Cape Town’shistorical city centre, this is the ideal basefrom which to explore the ‘mother’ city andits stunning surroundings.Free Wi-FiCCPTRH CCPTLH STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01MAY15-31AUG15CCPTCH55


a-list rock solidSOUTHERN AFRICA6 7PRIMISEA CASTLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• A stone’s throw from stunning Clifton and Camp’s Bay beaches• Enjoy a chilled beach vibe and friendly African hospitality• A short drive from the nightlife and activities of the city centreWake to the sound of waves crashing against the shore and enjoybeach life at this popular hotel. By day, kick off your shoes andrelax by the pool. By night, enjoy a sundowner on the deck. Roomsare all en suite, have air con and Wi-Fi. Oh, and you’re just a tenminutedrive to the city!FR FR$73 SINGLECAMPS BAY$77FR FR$49 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT$41Free Wi-FiPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT• Soak up those African rays at the nearby beach• Cool off with a dip in one of its two pools• Enjoy Camps Bay’s nightlife right on your doorstepSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEBoasting a huge variety of room types and the freedom ofself-catering combined with the services of a concierge andhousekeeping, Camps Bay Resort is a little different. A shortdrive from the city, it has two pools, is comfy and near the beachmeaning your stay can be super-chilled or as active as you like!Free Wi-FiSTAY 4 PAY 3 - 01MAY15-31AUG15CCPTPSSTAY 4 PAY 3 - 01MAY15-31AUG15CCPTCBrock solida-list a-list8 9 10BREAKWATERLODGEFR FR FR$158 SINGLEINN ON THE $100 SINGLECOMMODORE $201FR FR FR$102 TWIN/DOUBLE SQUARE$67 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$110PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTHistory meets modern-day comfort at thisenvironmentally conscious hotel that wasonce a 19th Century prison. Nowadays it’sanything but, with bright, en suite roomsthat all come with beautifully recycledfloors and furniture. Added to this, thehotel, which overlooks the bay, is situatednext to the bustling V&A Waterfront.Set on the cobblestoned GreenmarketSquare, this elegant hotel couldn’t be morecentrally located. Head to the rooftoppool and soak up the vistas of TableMountain before chilling out in the sauna.For authentic South African food, headto the in-house restaurant, DISH, beforeunwinding with a nightcap in the lounge.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEOverlooking the V&A Waterfront withviews of Table Mountain, Robben Island,the harbour and the Atlantic, locationwiseit doesn’t get better. When you’renot enjoying the countless entertainmentand dining options on your doorstep, relaxin the spa or with a poolside sundowner.Nautically-themed, it’s a gem of a hotel.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiSTAY 3 PAY 2 - 01APR15 - 30SEP15SOUTH AFRICAHOSTEL PASSCCPTBL STAY 4 PAY 3 - 28APR15 - 30SEP15CCPTIO CCPTCOFR$1075, 10 OR 15 NIGHTSHighlights• Fully flexible, open dated plus super-easy to book and use• Choose from a wide range of carefully selected, popular hostels in great locations• Travel your way; you choose where and when to stayInclusionsHostel options: Over 40 hostels in South Africa to choosefrom (subject to availability) Transport: No transportincluded Meals: Breakfast in some hostels included Note:All bookings to be made directly with hostels. Check-in isusually from 2pm Tour Code: SAFHOSThis hostel pass is the perfect way to explore the best South Africa has to offerwithout the confines of pre-planning your journey. This pre-paid pass (choose fromfive, ten or 15 nights) gives you the freedom to travel around this awesome country atyour own pace and pick & choose where to stay as you go. Your pass is valid for 12months from the date of purchase. Simply contact the affiliated hostel you want to stayat at least 24 hours prior to arrival to secure your booking. So, whether you want tostick to the bigger cities or get more off the beaten track there will always be a bed tolay your head. The 40+ hostels are carefully chosen & all accredited so you know you’llbe staying somewhere with great standards. This pass is perfect for self-drivers, BazBus-ers & free spirits - all you need for a fully flexible South African experience!56VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


TABLE MOUNTAINHIKEFR FR$52 STOKED$55HALF DAY SURF SCHOOL2 HOURSCAPE PENINSULATOURFR$62FULL DAYOverlooking the city centre, Table Bay andRobben Island, this challenging hike up thefront face of Table Mountain will rewardyou in spades with magnificent views. Aqualified guide will lead you up verticalclimbs and winding paths to the summit,before returning back down. All transport,light snacks and refreshments are included.Get your surf on along Cape Town’sbeautiful coastline. As part of thistwo-hour lesson you’ll get picked up bythe surf bus, be given a board and wetsuitand hit the breakers with ISA-qualifiedinstructors who will tick off surf safety,ocean awareness and paddling techniques.You’ll be a pro in no time at all. Bring it on!Enjoy scenic cycling and gentle hiking onthis fun, guided tour. Check out the TwelveApostles, see the Cape Fur Seal Colony(optional) or browse Hout Bay harbour’slocal crafts. Visit Boulders Beach’s livelypenguins then freewheel though CapePoint’s Nature Reserve. Includes transfers,lunch, snack, use of bikes, guide and driver.SOUTHERN AFRICACPTPGHCPTSTOCPTBAZWINELANDSTOURFR$71 SHARK CAGEFR$255DIVINGFULL DAYFULL DAYIndulge your tastebuds on a tingling day tour around three ofSouth Africa’s world-renowned wine growing regions. Starting inPaarl, sniff, swill and sip on a signature Shiraz whilst soaking uplush mountain views. Head on to some of S.A.’s oldest wine estatesin Franschhoek and quaff seductive Merlots in Stellenbosch.Savour creamy cheeses, smooth chocolate and a scrumptious à lacarte lunch and you’ll return rosy-cheeked and full to the brim!Departs: Daily Transport: Mini bus Meals: A la carte lunch (vegetarian optionsavailable) Includes: Return Cape Town transfers, wine tasting & entry to cellarsTour Code: CPTWITGansbaai, in the Western Cape, is a hotspot for the great whiteshark. You will experience a cage diving adventure on board thecustom-designed boat, Slashfin. An onboard marine biologist willeducate you as you get up close with this awesome predator. Thiscompany is certified by Fair Trade in Tourism, carries the mottoof ‘Discover and Protect’ and is involved in shark research andconservation. Time for an adrenalin rush!Departs: Daily Transport: Minibus, boat Meals: Breakfast, lunch Includes:Return Cape Town transfers, dive gear Tour Code: CPTSCDHELP CHILDRENIN CAPE TOWNCape Town, South AfricaFR$76610+ DAYSHighlights• Volunteer and 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 lessonInclusionsProject Start Date: Thursdays Project Location: Cape Townsuburb of either Athlone or Kommetjie (approx 30 minssouth of Cape Town) Accommodation: Volunteer house(13 nts) Getting There: Transfers from Cape Town Airportincluded Meals: Breakfasts & dinners Stay Longer: Fr $192Notes: Background check required Tour Code: CPTHFOLove working with children? Then this is the volunteering project for you. Many of theareas you’ll be volunteering at are located in underprivileged communities so any helpis gratefully received. You’ll assist teachers by providing care and support for infantsranging from newborns to seven year-olds. Many will be awaiting adoption, having beenabandoned or lost their families, others may have been removed from abusive homelives. Days will be spent storytelling, playing simple games with babies and assisting withfeeding and afternoon nap times. Other activities include helping with cooking, laundryand gardening. On weekends, you are free to enjoy the amazing sights of the city. Checkout 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.57


FORGOTTENROUTEWINELANDS &FR$191 WHALE COASTFR$205Cape Town Cape Town 2 DAYS Cape Town Cape Town2 DAYSSOUTHERN AFRICAHighlights• Follow in the footsteps of early diamond explorers into the Little Karoo• Enjoy a guided night stroll and spot stars in the clear night sky• Historical walk of Cape Town’s city centreThis one-of-a-kind overnight experience that will take you intothe heart of the Little Karoo. After a stroll in Cape Town’s iconicCompany Gardens head East on a bus ride to Rawsonville to tastelip-smacking local wines at the Kirabo wine farm. From there it’s ascenic train journey to Matjiesfontein - a Victorian town frozen intime. At night tuck into a tasty lamb braai, enjoy an evening stroll,bus ride and guided star-gazing, followed by a pint and music inthe local pub. Next morning, enjoy a biltong and dried fruit tourand tasting plus a brandy and chocolate pairing. You’ll stop at anAnglo Boer War fort before returning to Cape Town.Highlights• Learn about proud cultures and traditions on a township tour• Try pairing acclaimed wines with tasty cheese and chocolate• Get back to nature with whale-watching and penguin spottingWine, dine and wind your way around Western Cape’s hotspots.Start with a guided walking tour of the Kayamandi Townshipthen get pairing some of the country’s most acclaimed wineswith cheese and chocolate in the wine estates in and aroundStellenbosch and Franschhoek. De-lish! Travel on to Africa’ssouthernmost tip, Cape Agulhas, for the night. Day 2, opt fora stomach-lurching shark cage dive (at extra cost) or relax inHermanus. Whale-watch from the coast (seasonal) and get close toa colony of 5,000+ African penguins in Betty’s Bay. Finish up witha scenic drive along Clarence Drive back to Cape Town.Departs: Fridays (other days on request) Accommodation: Twin share orprivate room (1 nt) Transport: Mini bus, train Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinnerIncludes: All entrance fees, return transfers, guided walk, train ride into Karoo,local bus tour, night walk, wine tasting, qualified guide Tour Code: CPTFORDeparts: Saturdays Accommodation: Budget or luxury hostel (1 nt) Transport:Mini bus Meals: No meals included Includes: Return transfers from Cape Town,local driver guide, guided Township tour, wine tasting, cheese and chocolatepairing, penguin visit entrance fee Tour Code: CPTWWCWEEKEND STOKESURF CAMPWESTERNFR$222 CAPE WOWFR$250Cape Town Cape Town 2 DAYS Cape Town Cape Town3 DAYSHighlights• Learn the basics of surfing from paddling to standing up• Enjoy the best surfing conditions at the time of your stay• Feast you lips on a delicious South African braaiHighlights• Scenic routes from Cape Point to the southern tip, Cape Agulhas• Whet your tastebuds with local foodie delights in the Winelands• Get up close with wild penguins and cage dive with Great WhitesThis surf-tastic, two-day camp is the perfect weekend escape andonly 40 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre. Learn the basics,from paddling to standing up, how to read the waves and surfingetiquette. Between lessons, chill out at the camp, hit the nearbybeach or explore the local area by foot. Come nightfall, prepare toparty and enjoy a mouthwatering traditional braai (barbecue) withyour camp mates. Uniquely, in autumn/winter the camp is heldon the Southern Peninsula and in spring/summer it’s on the WestCoast - so you enjoy the best surf whenever you choose to go. Afive-day option is also available, ask your Travel Expert for details.Experience just how ‘wow’ South Africa’s Western Cape really is.Hunt for treasures at Hout Bay’s craft market, admire views fromthe Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point or even opt to take a boattrip to Duiker Island, to see a colony of Cape Fur Seals. Overnightin Stellenbosch, then travel to Africa’s most southern tip, CapeAgulhas. En route, get a taste for local life with wine, chocolateand cheese tasting in the Winelands and a walking tour throughthe vibrant Kayamandi Township. On your final day, choose fromwhale spotting in Hermanus, shark cage diving (at own cost) andcheck out 5,000 African penguins in their natural environment.Departs: One departure a month (Jan-Dec) Accommodation: Hostel, mixed dorm(1 nt) Transport: Mini bus Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Includes: Return citytransfers 3x2 hr lessons, use of all equipment, surfing photos & video coachingTour Code: CPTWEEDeparts: Fridays Accommodation: Hostels multi-share with shared bathrooms(2 nts) Upgrade to private room/hotel available Transport: Air con minibusMeals: No meals included Includes: Qualified guide, transport & entrance feesTour Code: CPTWCW58VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


THE GARDEN ROUTESOUTHERN AFRICAnature’s PlaygroundYou haven’t properly touched uponMother Nature’s handiwork untilyou’ve travelled the Garden Route.300 km long and tremendouslydiverse in landscape and wildlife,hit the road for epic adventurespast legendary surf breaks,breaching whales, crystal-clearbeaches and forested hiking trails.Plus, this world famous coastlineconveniently has a Mediterraneanclimate so there’s never really abad time, or decent excuse, not todrive-in and explore.Book accommodation & tours on the go:STATRAVEL.com/app1ISLAND VIBESURF CAMP, JEFFREYS BAYFR$1284 DAYSIf you want to learn to conquer the waves get yourself to SouthAfrica’s surf mecca - Jeffreys Bay. You’ll stay at the chilled IslandVibe Hostel, perched on the top of a sand dune and just a stone’sthrow from the ocean. The atmosphere here is awesome and you’resure to meet fellow surfers, travellers and friendly staff. We’ll takeyou on an unforgettable journey where you’ll learn how to surf andhave a blast doing it! To really master surfing, extend your stay -ask your STA Travel Expert for details.Departs: Daily Meals: 3 breakfasts Accommodation: Hostel dorm (3 nts)Includes: 3 x 2hr surf lessons, surf equipment, surf boards, wetsuits, qualifiedinstructors, use of equipment after lessons, free Wi-Fi Tour Code: GDSIVSCape TownHermanusStellenboschHERMANUS - Whale watching (June-Nov)GansbaaiGANSBAAI - Shark cage divingsee page 57CAPE AGULHAS - The southernmost point of Africa, where theAtlantic & Indian Ocean meetCape AgulhasBAZ BUSCAPE TOWN TO PORT ELIZABETHFR$182Cape Town Port Elizabeth 4 DAYSHighlights• Hop-on and hop-off along the stunning Garden Route• Enjoy door to door pick up and drop off• Convenient and flexible serviceInclusionsDeparts: From Cape Town: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat. FromPort Elizabeth: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun Recommendedtime: Min 4 days Accommodation: Not included. See ourhostel pass on page 56 Transport: Baz Bus minibus. Formore details, see pages 50-51 Tour Code: BAZBUSBaz Bus is a fun, convenient and flexible hop-on hop-off bus service around SouthAfrica. If you haven’t got time to travel the whole south coast from Johannesburg toCape Town, we would recommend the Cape Town to Port Elizabeth route (or vice versa),encompassing the famous Garden Route. The vegetation and wildlife is breathtakingand wonderfully diverse. From world-class surfing in Jeffreys Bay, to the clear watersand white sands of ‘Plett’ Bay, whale watching in Knysna and the beautiful town ofWilderness - we guarantee your journey will be anything but boring. Travelling solo? Noproblem. Baz Bus is for the young at heart and you’re sure to meet fellow travellers onthe bus and at the many hostels you’ll stay at along the way. With hostel to hostel pickup and drop off, you can rely on Baz Bus to get you to where you need to be.60 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


Rock solid glampackershoestringFR FRKNYSNA $110 SINGLEGRAND CAFÉ & $112 SINGLE2 FRLOG INN, 3 FRKNYSNA $73 TWIN/DOUBLE ROOMS, 4PLETTENBERG BAY $80 DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTIn tune with nature and embodying thespirit of the surrounding indigenous forest,the Knysna Log Inn is a truly impressivebuilding and a unique place to stay. Thelargest log structure in the SouthernHemisphere and centrally located, it’s anideal base for your stay. Unwind in comfortand style.STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01MAY15 - 31AUG15Free Wi-FiCGDSKLPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSet on Main Street, overlooking thebay’s sweeping beaches and TsitsikammaMountains this quirky hotel comprisesseven uniquely-styled rooms with grand,comfy beds and luxurious bedding. Dine inthe Grand Café, pop in the salon for a spatreatment or relax either poolside or on thedeck which boasts 10/10 ocean views.STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01MAY15 - 30SEP15Free Wi-FiCPBZGCTSITSIKAMMABACKPACKERS, STORMS RIVERPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHTFR$20FR$24DORMTWIN/DOUBLENestled in a postcard-perfect mountainlocation in Storms River, you’ll enjoy atopnotch stay in a unique and eco-friendlyenvironment. Tsitsikamma Backpackers hasa range of rooms which are clean, spaciousand simple to suit all tastes, plus a funkybar on site, Wi-Fi and a communal kitchen.The perfect place to share travel tales!Free Wi-FiGDXTSISOUTHERN AFRICAOUDTSHOORN - Famous forostrich farms and the CangoCaves - much more exciting thanthey sound!OudtshoornPlettenberg BayOne of the coolest towns on the Garden Route,where SA’s beautiful people come to party.Prepare for gorgeous beaches and buzzing bars.ADDO ELEPHANT N.P. - Elephants,lots of them! See page 63Addo Elephant N.P.ST. BLAIZE TRAIL - Hikefrom Mossel Bay to DanaBay (13.5km)Mossel BayWildernessSedgefieldEnjoy nature in this small resorttown with rivers, lakes andbeaches against a backdrop offorest and mountain. Great forhiking and kayaking.2 3KnynsaTsitsikammaN.P.Sandwiched betweenforests and a stunninglagoon, Knysna is paradise.Head to the harbour tosample amazing oysters!41Storms RiverPerfectly located for a visit toTsitsikamma National Park withits giant forests and unspoiltcoastline. The world’s highestbungy jump can be found hereat Bloukrans Bridge.Jeffreys BayPort ElizabethJEFFREYS BAY - One of SA’sbest surfing spots!Garden Route & Addo Adventuretour (6 days) ( See page 59)Baz Bus routeWESTERN CAPE &GARDEN ROUTE EXPRESS SELF-DRIVEFR$370Cape Town Port Elizabeth 6 DAYScar rentalFr $26 per day. See page 52Not quite what you want? Ask us about our tailor-madeservice. Your trip, your way!If you’re short on time, check out the Garden Route’s hotspots at your own pace on thisself-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.DAY01-0203-0405-06ITINERARYCape TownPick up your car from Cape Town International Airport, and explore the city. Head to the V&AWaterfront or set off to Cape Town’s pin-up icon, Table Mountain.Cape Town / Oudtshoorn / Plettenberg BayTravel to the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn; the ostrich capital of the world. Choose to stopat an ostrich farm and admire them. On Day 4, drive to the Cango Caves and with their vasthalls and towering formations, they’re sure to impress! Journey over to the scenic OuteniquaMountain Pass on your way to the coastal beauty of Plettenberg Bay.Plettenberg Bay / Port ElizabethHead for Knysna Elephant Park and see resident African elephants up close. You’ll have thechance to learn about and photograph these gentle giants before opting to take part in a whaleand dolphin experience near Plettenberg Bay, where you’ll learn about marine life and do a spotof whale watching. On Day 6, head to Port Elizabeth where your tour comes to an end.CPTCGR61


EASTERN CAPESOUTHERN AFRICAthe big 7Ok, so you may have heard ofAfrica’s ‘Big 5’. Yes, we’re talkingabout lion, leopard, rhino,elephant and buffalo, whichwere once considered trophiesfor hunters to bring home. Butwhat about the ‘Big 7’? This addson the great white shark andsouthern right whale into themix. Perhaps you’ve never heardof these two additions but theEastern Cape, which spans bothland and sea, is where you’ll findall seven. Incredible!shoestring rock solid a-list1ISLANDVIBE, PORT ELIZABETHFR FR FR$21 DORMKELWAY$117 SINGLETHE BEACH $149FR FR FR$28 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL, PORT ELIZABETH $75 TWINHOTEL, PORT ELIZABETH $96PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTAs the name suggests, this hostel is perfectfor relaxing and recharging, either poolsidewith a tasty braai, in the Jacuzzi or at oneof the city beaches just a short stroll away.Choose from comfy dorms, doubles andtwins with en suites or roomy apartments.Plus, there’s a self-catering kitchen, pooltable and big-screen TV.2This elegant and comfortable hotel boastsfantastic sea views over Port Elizabeth’sbeachfront. There is also a relaxing terracewith a refreshing plunge pool and a decentrestaurant. Opt for a cliff or sea-facingroom to enjoy your own private balcony.Sea facing rooms have great views ofMandela Bay.3SINGLETWIN/DOUBLERelax in comfort at this quality hotel. TheBeach Hotel’s rooms are modern and itsfacilities include a stunning pool deckand no fewer than three fab restaurants!Feast al fresco in the Crest or choose fromvaried menus at the Verandah or Gingerrestaurants. Sip a cocktail by the pool andtake in the views of the Indian Ocean.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiPLZISL CPLZKH STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01MAY15 - 30SEP15CPLZBHSHAMWARI CONSERVATIONEXPERIENCEPaterson, South AfricaFR$1,1452 - 12 WEEKSHighlights• Help protect and conserve Africa’s wildlife, fauna and flora• Visit the Born Free Foundation Big Cat Sanctuary• Work and live among nature with the ‘Big 5’ wildlife teamInclusionsProject Start Date: Mondays Project Location: Paterson(87km from Port Elizabeth) Getting There: On arrival into PortElizabeth, make your own way to Shamwari Game Reserve(transfers can be arranged at additional cost)Accommodation:Shared rooms/tents (14 nts) Meals: All on-site meals includedStay Longer: Fr $573 Tour Code: PLZSHABased at a purpose-built volunteer centre on a 25,000-hectare ‘Big 5’ reserve inthe Eastern Cape, it’s no wonder that Shamwari has been voted a world leader. As avolunteer on this placement you’ll work 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday, conserving,monitoring and protecting the ‘Big 5’ and other fauna and flora. Help with animaltracking & research, reserve rehabilitation & eco-education whilst enjoying interactivetalks & lectures with the best in behind-the-scenes wildlife viewing & experiences.Weekly tasks may include visits to the big cat sanctuaries & conducting environmentaland social awareness work in the local community. The dedication of volunteers makesa positive impact on creating environmental, social and financial stability of this specialhabitat and assists in the preservation of its animals for future generations to come.62VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


5ADDO ELEPHANT N.P.PORTELIZABETH2 31SHAMWARIGAME RESERVE4AMAKHALAGAME RESERVESOUTHERN OCEAN6NKARIEGA PRIVATEGAME RESERVEEASTERN CAPE GAMERESERVESAMAKHALA GAME RESERVEAbout 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth,this five-star game reserve has a fantasticvariety of lodges on offer. Get ready tosearch out the ‘Big 5’.KARIEGA GAME RESERVEA family-owned and operated reserveon 9,000 hectares, here you’ll findspectacular African vistas and amazing‘Big 5’ game viewing.ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARKOne of the world’s great conservationstories, Addo offers excellent elephantviewing opportunities, as well as beinghome to lion, black rhino, buffalo, hyena,jackal and antelope. Awesome.SOUTHERN AFRICAglampackerglampackerFR FRQUATERMAIN’S$303 SINGLEELEPHANT HOUSE$734 FRCAMP, 5FRAMAKHALA$232 TWIN/DOUBLE ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK, ADDO $73PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT 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 recommendedPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Near Addo N.P. Enjoy some of the world’s finest elephant viewing• Relax in colonial luxury at this unique, eight-bedroom lodge• Enjoy lunch on the terrace or cool off in one of its two swimming poolsA safari experience with a difference. ‘Out of Africa’-style tentsare more glamping than camping. They boast comfy beds and acharming deck crying out for sundowners. Tasty dinners are servedaround the campfire, expect a mean braai! Wildlife viewing is alsoepic on both the Amakhala and Shamwari Game Reserves.Furnished with antiques, Persian rugs and African art, thisrambling, thatched-roof farmhouse is built around courtyards andlush gardens. Stylish comfort is king; its spacious bedrooms comewith king-size beds, air con, en suites and private verandahs withcosy sofas. Relax poolside with a cocktail or in the games room.Free Wi-FiSTAY 3 PAY 2 - 01MAY15 - 31JUL15CAMAQCSTAY 3 PAY 2 - 01MAY15 - 30SEP15CADDEH6FRKARIEGA MAIN LODGE, KARIEGA $457 SINGLEFR$305PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT FULL BOARD INCLUDING GAME DRIVESTWIN/DOUBLEHighlights• Lovely log chalets. Two-night minimum stay recommended• Private viewing decks and stunning surroundings• Guided bush walks, river cruises and canoeing includeda-listJust two hours from Port Elizabeth, this tranquil game lodge, nestledin wild surroundings, comprises 21 log chalets. All come with air con,en suite bedrooms and large private viewing decks with stunningKariega River Valley views, plus a fireplace for those colder Africannights. Early morning and afternoon game drives are included eachday meaning you have a great chance of ticking off the ‘Big 5’. Bynight, enjoy the restaurant’s tasty food and share tales of the day’sadventures!STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01MAY15 - 31JUL15CKARML63


JOHANNESBURG & BEYONDSOUTHERN AFRICAAfrica’s rough diamondSlowly but surely Jo’burg istransforming from a roughdiamond into a treasure. Startingout in life as a gold-mining town,the ‘City of Gold’ or ‘Jozi’ nowhas an established tourist trail.Delve into its colourful historyat the Apartheid Museum, visitbustling Soweto and taste yourway around the NeighbourhoodGoods Market. And, for a bit ofartsy Johannesburg, head to theCirca on Jellicoe - perfect for youculture vultures.shoestringshoestringrock solidLEBOS SOWETOBACKPACKERSFR FR FR$24 DORMBROWN SUGAR $21 DORMAIRPORT $143FR FR FR$29 DOUBLE BACKPACKERS $28 TWIN/DOUBLE GRAND HOTEL $84PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTLocated in the heart of vibrant Soweto,Lebos will be your home away from homewhilst in Jo’Burg. This relaxed hostel is thefirst and only backpackers to be located ina South African township and boasts all ofthe usual mod cons, plus a funky gardenarea with hammocks, a beach bar and braai.They offer awesome Soweto bike tours too.Always dreamt of spending the night in anex Mafia mansion? We thought so! Built bya drug lord in the 1970s, this hostel offerscomplimentary services including airportpick-up (7am-10pm), tasty breakfast andWi-Fi. There is also a great garden with apool, a big terrace and a lively bar. You canalso spend the night in a log cabin.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEJust ten minutes from Jo’burg airport, thisis the perfect place to access both Pretoriaand Johannesburg and unwind beforeor after a long journey. The hotel has arestaurant, bar, 24-hour room service,swimming pool and Wi-Fi; everything youneed for an enjoyable stay no matter howlong you spend here.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiKRUGERENCOMPASSEDJNBLEB JNBBSB CJNBAGJohannesburg Johannesburg 7 DAYSDepartures 2015Jan-Mar, Jun, Nov-DecApr, Sep, OctMay-AugSelected TuesdaysEvery TuesdaySelected Tuesdays and ThursdaysDAY01-0203-0506-07ITINERARYFR$2,189Johannesburg / Panorama Route / GraskopArrive on an included transfer and enjoy a traditional braai (barbecue). On Day 2, travel alongthe famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. (B, D)Kruger N.P. / Karongwe Private Nature ReserveStay in a lodge on a hillside overlooking Sabie River Valley and embark on game drives insideKruger N.P.. Enjoy braai dinner on a deck. Day 4, continue to a private nature reserve to aluxury safari lodge and more games drives in search for Africa’s famed ‘Big 5’. (3B, L, 3D)JohannesburgAfter one last safari game drive, head back to the city where you’ll have a farewell dinner withlocal Afrikaans family. Your adventure concludes on Day 7. (2B, D)Trip Style: Comfort Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Comfort hotels (3 nts), lodge (1 nts), chalets(2nts) Transport: Air-con touring vehicle, safari vehicle Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners Budget:Allow USD $100-200 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver, localguides, rangers Group Size: Max 9, Avg 6 Tour Code: GADSKE64VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


BUSH PUB& INNJohannesburgJohannesburgFR$2663 DAYSHighlights• Amazing game viewing in Kruger National Park• Fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush• Enjoy true South African culture at the local pubSOUTHERN AFRICAInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Local inn (2nts) Meals:No meals included Transport: Minivan Optional extras:Book locally: meals, drinks, game drives, bush walks TourCode: TCIJNBWant to experience Kruger on a tight budget? Then we’ve got the perfect deal for youat Bush Pub & Inn. Situated right by Timbavati Gate at the entrance to Kruger, there’sgreat access to the park for game drives or walking safaris. The package includesreturn transfers from Jo’burg (or Hoedspruit) and two nights’ accommodation. With justfour en suite rooms, Bush Pub & Inn is the perfect place to get away from it all whilsthaving 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 doand when you want to do it. You can head to Bush Pub for your meals (and drinks) andgame drives and activities can be tailored to your requirements (please contact the pubprior to arrival to avoid disappointment).THORNHILL LODGEKRUGER PACKAGEHoedspruit Airport, Kruger N.P.Hoedspruit Airport, Kruger N.P.FR$5253 DAYSHighlights• 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 bushwalkInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Thornhill Lodge (2 nts)Transport: Minibus, safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1lunch, 2 dinners Includes: Return transfers to HoedspruitAirport, game drives, guided bush walk Tour Code: HDSTLPIf you’re short of time and want to see as much wildlife as possible while you’re inSouth Africa, this is the perfect package for you. Fly into Hoedspruit Airport on Day1 and transfer to the lodge. On arrival, you’ll be thrown straight into the action onan afternoon game drive in the Thornybush Game Reserve. Return to camp and shareexciting stories of close encounters over a traditional South African meal. It’s an earlystart on Day 2. Spend the day in the famous Kruger National Park with a knowledgeableguide who’ll be able to answer all your burning questions. You’ll be treated to some ofthe best game viewing in Kruger - keep those eyes peeled for the ‘Big 5’. Top off yourtrip on Day 3 with a guided bushwalk in the morning to get your heart pumping as youhead into the bush on foot. Your stay finishes with a transfer back to Hoedspruit.SHINDZELA TENTEDSAFARI CAMPHoedspruit Airport, Kruger N.P.Hoedspruit Airport, Kruger N.P.FR$5663 DAYSHighlights• 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 grubInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Tented Camp(2 nts) Transport: Minibus, safari vehicle Meals:2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Returntransfers to Hoedspruit Airport, game drives. Walkingsafari can be arranged Tour Code: KRUSHILooking for fabulous wildlife and a unique safari experience? This great little package isfor you. Located in the Timbavati Private Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger NationalPark, the wildlife here is second to none with off-road safari trips in an unfencedsection of the Kruger Conservation Area. This camp is all about the wildernesssurrounds – it runs on solar power and the tweeting of birds and roaring of lions! Thefeeling is intimate with just eight permanent safari tents all sheltered by a thatch roofand with proper beds, private shower and toilet facilities. You’ll feel close to naturewith only canvas between you and the bush, but with more comfort than your averagetwo-man tent! Enjoy four incredible game drives within Timbavati and experience thethrill of searching for the ‘Big 5’.66VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


AFRICANINSIGHTOKAVANGO &FR$1,228 CHOBE TRAILFR$903(Includes local payment)Johannesburg Livingstone 7 DAYS Johannesburg Victoria Falls8 DAYSHighlights• Take an exciting game drive in Kruger in search of the ‘Big 5’• Cameras at the ready in Hwange, snap the wealth of wildlife• Gawp at the thundering Victoria FallsDAY01-0203040506-07InclusionsITINERARYJohannesburg / Hazyview / Kruger National ParkThis whistlestop tour showcases some of Africa’s hotspots overthree countries - South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Start inJohannesburg then travel to South Africa’s famed National Park- Kruger. Home to a wealth of wildlife, you’ll spend two days onexhilarating game drives in search of the ‘Big 5’. You’ll also enjoyShangaan tribal dancing and singing on your first night! (B, L, 2D)Hazyview / Greater Kruger / TshipiseSay goodbye to the Kruger and hello to Tshipise, a beautiful townsurrounded by lush countryside in the northern Limpopo province.Sit back in the bubbling hot springs and soak up the dense woodlandsurroundings - a perfect place to chill out. (B, L, D)Tshipise / Antelope Park / Gweru / ZimbabweCross the Limpopo River and head into Gweru where you’ll set upcamp in the Antelope Park private game ranch. Spot antelope, zebraand giraffe and try (optional) activities, including a game drive, or awalking safari. (B, L, D)Antelope Park / Gweru / Hwange National ParkNext stop is the Hwange National Park, known for its elephantpopulation and wild dogs. Jump on an open 4x4 game drive, camerasat the ready for the ‘Big 5’, giraffe, cheetah and the brown hyenathat you might spot along the way. (B, L, D)Hwange National Park / LivingstoneTravel on to your campsite a few kilometres from Livingstone - theadrenalin capital of Africa! Opt to throw yourself from the bridge ona stomach-lurching bungy jump or get paddling on a white water raft.Just don’t miss the thundering Falls themselves. At over a mile widewith a spray visible 20km away, you won’t be disappointed! (2B)Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Camping (6nts) Transport: Fully equipped safari vehicleMeals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinnersGroup Leader: Services of two crew GroupSize: Max 24, Avg 16 Note: Price includes localpayment of USD $270, which is payable on thecommencement of your trip Tour Code: ACNAI7Departures 2015Jan - DecEvery other ThursdayZAMBIALivingstoneZIMBABWEHwange N.P.Antelope ParkTshipiseBOTSWANAKruger N.P.SOUTH AFRICAJohannesburgHighlights• Be enchanted by the abundance of wildlife in Chobe National Park• Take to the water in a dug-out canoe on the Okavango Delta• Visit the world’s largest waterfall, the majestic Victoria FallsDAY01-0203-0405-0607-08InclusionsDepartures 2015ITINERARYJohannesburg / Botswana / Tuli Block / MaunDepart the ‘City of Gold’ and head north to Botswana, where you’ll spendyour first night in Tuli Block, a narrow piece of land between Botswanaand Zimbabwe. Hop on your vehicle and head out on an exhilaratinggame drive through the reserve to spot giraffe, hippo, hyena and zebra!On Day 2, make your way to Maun where you’ll get the chance toprepare for your exciting Okavango Delta experience. (B, 2L, 2D)Okavango DeltaJourney north to Etsha and head to camp on the banks of a beautifullagoon. The optional activity package includes a mind-blowing trip intothe heart of the Okavango Delta. If you’ve chosen this option, you’llspend the next two days on mokoros (dug-out canoes), nature walkingon an island abundant with wildlife and on a stunning sunset cruise. Ifyou don’t fancy the Delta excursion, relax at the lagoon camp and optfor a fishing, boat or mokoro trip. (2B, 2L, 2D)KasaneBidding farewell to the Delta, re-enter Namibia travelling through theCaprivi Strip, crossing two breathtaking national parks, Mabango andBwabwata, en route to Chobe. This area is an important migration routefor many game species so keep your eyes peeled! Arriving in the lateafternoon, set up camp and sleep under the stars. (2B, 2L, 2D)Zimbabwe / Victoria FallsExperience the thundering Zambezi as it drops over 100 metres intothe gorge below. Choose from a variety of optional activities, includinga Chobe National Park early morning game drive or a Zambezi sunsetcruise - both incredible! Your adventure comes to an end after breakfaston Day 8, but don’t miss the adventure activities here. Board a flightover the falls, go water river boarding, bungy jump or get up close to thewildlife that roams freely around the Falls. (2B, L)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: 4,550 ZAR payablelocally (activity package includes: Tuli Gamedrive, Chobe N.P. boat cruise and game drive, 3day Delta drive in safari, Vic Falls N.P. entrancefee) Tour Code: JNBLVIJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec06 10 10 07 05 02 14 04 08 06 03 0113 17 24 21 12 16 28 11 15 20 17 0827 24 31 19 23 25 22 27 1530 29CapriviStripOkavangoDeltaMaunVictoriaFallsKasaneChobeN.P.BOTSWANAJohannesburgSOUTH AFRICAZIMBABWETuliSWAZILANDSOUTHERN AFRICA67


NAMIBIASOUTHERN AFRICAEtosha National ParkSurreally situated at thedesert’s edge, BavarianstyleSwakopmund is a goodspringboard for exploringthe vast dunes. Don’t misskayaking with dolphins andcape fur seals (cute!) atnearby Walvis Bay.One of the best places to seewildlife in Namibia but alsohome to the largest salt pan inAfrica. Even visible from space!SwakopmundWindhoek80% of nAmibia is made upof desert. the country isalso home to the world’soldest desert - the namib -at 80 millions years-old.Namib Naukluft N.P.Fish River CanyonDID YOU KNOW?Namibia’s land massis the equivalent tothat of Spain andGermany combined.Its population, on theother hand, is a just twomillion - roughly halfthat of BerlinThe world’s second-largest canyon, gargantuan FishRiver is one of Namibia’s greatest natural wonders,with spades of out-of-this-world views. Hikes arechallenging - go equipped with plenty of water, ahat and gritty determination!68VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


TASTE OFNAMIBIANAMIBIANFR$920 EXPLORERFR$1,578Windhoek Windhoek 6 DAYS Windhoek Windhoek10 DAYSHighlights• 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 NamibDAY010203040506InclusionsITINERARYWindhoek / Etosha National ParkDepart from Windhoek to the wilds of Etosha National Park. Onarrival, enjoy a game drive as you travel through the park to camp.After a hearty meal wander to the nearby floodlit waterhole for thechance to see Etosha’s big game in all its nocturnal glory! (L, D)Etosha National ParkA full day of game driving, looking out for elephants, giraffes, rhinoand lions and with fantastic views of the huge Etosha Pan. Take abreak over lunch and relax by the pool and waterhole before furthergame driving as you continue to the eastern side of the park. (B, L, D)Etosha National Park / WindhoekJourney back to Windhoek stopping in the small town of Okahandja,Namibia’s largest wood carving market, on the way. Make sure you’vegot some cash, as this is one of the best places to shop for localNamibian souvenirs! Spend tonight in the capital. (B, L)Windhoek / Namib DesertToday travel out over the Eros Mountains on your way southwesttowards the world’s oldest desert. Arrive at the campsite later andrelax with a beer as the sun sets over the distant mountains. (B, L, D)Namib Desert / Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft N.P.Rise early to reach Namib Naukluft N.P. and its sprawling sand dunescenery. Trek to Sossusvlei and marvel at the unique landscapearound you. You’ll be going snap happy as this is sure to be nothinglike anything you’ve seen before! Visit Dune 45, the highest dune inthe park and cool off in the depths of Sesriem Canyon. (B, L, D)Namib Desert / WindhoekTravel back to Windhoek via the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range.Your tour ends on arrival back to the city. (B, L)Departs: Saturdays Accommodation: Hotel(1 nt), assisted camping (4 nts) - participationlimited to putting up and taking down tentsTransport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 5breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader:Professional guides, camp assistant GroupSize: Max 14 Tour Code: WDHNAMDepartures 2015Jan - DecEvery SaturdayEtosha N.P.NamibNaukluftN.P.NamibDesertNAMIBIAWindhoekSOUTHAFRICAHighlights• Check out Etosha’s astounding wildlife• Absorb Africa’s ancient traditions with the Himba people• Explore the natural World Heritage site, the Namib DesertDAY0102-040506-0708-0910InclusionsITINERARYWindhoek / Africat FoundationHead north via Namibia’s largest wood carving market to Okonjima,the home of the Africat Foundation who work to conserve the Africabig cats, particularly cheetah and leopard. (L, D)Etosha National Park / DamaralandArrive into East Etosha where you set up camp and head straight outon your first game drive in Namibia’s premier game park. On Day 3enjoy a full day’s game driving searching for lions, elephants, giraffesand rhinos. Day 4 sees you journeying to the small town of Kamanjaband to a Himba Village. The Himba tribes who migrated here stillembrace the lifestyle and traditional Himba way of life. (3B, 3L, 3D)TwyfelfonteinToday you’ll journey into the desert region of Damaraland and visitthe ancient Bushman rock paintings at Twyfelfontein. (B, L, D)SwakopmundVisit the seal colony at Cape Cross and then on to Namibia’s bestcoastal playground, Swakopmund. Eat fresh seafood, browse theshops or get your adrenalin going on one of the many optionalactivities, including sand-boarding, quad biking and sky diving! (2B, L)Namib Desert / Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft N. P.Stop off at Walvis Bay with its prolific birdlife, particularly famed forflamingos. A pre-dawn wake up call allows you to venture into thenational park at sunrise and watch the shifting light over the massivedunes. Check out the largest of them all, Dune 45 and the eerielandscape of Sossusvlei and the Sesriem Canyon. (2B, 2L, 2D)WindhoekTravel back to Windhoek where your tour ends. (B, L)Accommodation: Guesthouse (2 nts), assistedcamping (7 nts) - participation limited toputting up and taking down tents Transport:Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 9 breakfasts, 9lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: Professionalguide, camp assistant Group Size: Max 14Tour Code: WDHNAEDepartures 2015Jan - JunJul - OctNov - DecSelected FridaysEvery FridaySelected FridaysTwyfelfonteinSwakopmundEtosha N.P.NamibNaukluftN.P.NamibDesertNAMIBIAWindhoekSOUTHAFRICASOUTHERN AFRICA69


NAMIBIAN EXPERIENCEWindhoek WindhoekFR$2,28214 DAYSSOUTHERN AFRICAHighlights• 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 SwakopmundDepartures 2015Jan - DecInclusionsEtosha N.P.TwyfelfonteinNAMIBIASwakopmundEvery FridayAccommodation: Chalet (3 nts), assistedcamping (10 nts) - participation limited toputting up and taking down tents Transport:Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 13 breakfasts,14 lunches, 11 dinners Group Leader:Professional guide, camp assistantGroup Size: Max 14 Tour Code: WDHNABSossusvleiNamib Desert CampLuderitzFish River CanyonWindhoekKalahariBOTSWANASOUTH AFRICAThis two-week Namibian adventure will leave you breathless with excitement. See enormoussand 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 sanddunes 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 spentcamping in the wild, with only the brooding star-lit sky and the distant sound of animals tosee you through the night.DAY010203040506070809-10111213-14ITINERARYWindhoek / Kalahari DesertTravel out of the capital through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert. Camp overnight. (L, D)Kalahari / Fish River CanyonHead south to visit the Mesosaurus Fossil Site and Quivertree Forest. These strange-looking plantsare not in fact trees, but a type of aloe and one of the world’s rarest flora species. (B, L, D)Fish River Canyon / LuderitzEarly morning, head to the main vantage point of the Fish River Canyon National Park to take inspectacular views. Head to the coastal town of Luderitz, keeping a sharp look-out for the uniqueNamib wild horses. (B, L, D)Luderitz / AusVisit Kolmanskop, an abandoned diamond mining town which is now being overtaken by the sand, asdesert dunes encroach. Travel to Aus and Klein Aus Vista mid-afternoon. (B, L, D)Klein Aus Vista / Namib Desert CampJourney deep into the ancient southern Namib, the terrain giving way to the immense red sand dunedesert of the Namib. (B, L, D)Namib Desert / Sossusvlei / Namib DesertA pre-dawn start is essential in order to catch the soft light of the desert. Driving into the heart ofthe dune field, you will reach Sossusvlei itself on foot for the last 5km through the dunes. (B, L, D)Namib Desert Camp / WindhoekJourney over the mountains and along scenic roads back to Windhoek. (B, L)Africat FoundationTravel north, stopping at Namibia’s largest wood carving market, great for authentic Namibiansouvenirs. Arrive into Okonjima, home of the Africat Foundation who work to conserve the Africanbig cats (specifically cheetah). An exciting afternoon tour gives you the chance to get up close andpersonal with some of the cheetah going through the rehabilitation programme. (B, L, D)Etosha National ParkArrive into Namibia’s top game reserve in time for lunch and to set up camp. Get ready to be amazed bythe wildlife on your first game drive! Day 10 is a full day of game viewing as you drive through the parkfrom east to west crossing the impressive Etosha Pan. Keep your camera at the ready! (2B, 2L, 2D)Kamanjab / Himba VillageJourney to the town of Kamanjab and visit a Himba Village - the only traditionally functioning Himbacommunity outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia. The Himba tribes who migrated herestill embrace the lifestyle and customs of the traditional Himba way of life. (B, L, D)TwyfelfonteinSpend some time at a Himba Village learning about this tribe’s traditional way of life. Heading intoDamaraland you’ll visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. (B, L, D)Uis / Swakopmund / WindhoekStop off at Uis where semi-precious stones can be found at bargain prices and then on towards theAtlantic coast and the seaside resort of Swakopmund where you have free time to explore and enjoythe tasty local seafood. Depart back to Windhoek on Day 14 where your tour ends. (2B, 2L)70 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


WINDHOEK & BEYONDwell-groomed windhoekImagine a charming, contemporaryand chilled-out city nestled in themidst of the Namibian wildernessand you’ve got Windhoek. Admirethe unique architecture influencedby its German roots and kick backin one of the quaint restaurantsas a mouthwatering ostrich orzebra steak is brought to yourtable. Save your Namibian bucksfor the many mementos sold bythe craftspeople and vendors ofbustling Post Street Mall. Can yoursuitcase take the strain?SOUTHERN AFRICAshoestring rock solidFREE & EASYACCOMMODATION PASSFR$53Highlights• Flexible and easy to use• Take your pick from 170+ properties• Great value and hassle-freeCHAMELEONBACKPACKERSPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTCentrally located, with charming cafés andrestaurants nearby, you’ll feel a relaxedvibe here. Rooms are set around the pooland garden area, ideal for hanging outand meeting fellow travellers. Choose fromdorms or private rooms, all with privatebathrooms. Tuck into the free daily brekkie,plus there’s two hours’ free Wi-Fi daily.FR FR$27 SINGLERIVENDELL $90FR FR$40 TWIN/DOUBLE GUESTHOUSE $64Free Wi-FiWDHCBPSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSun away your stress at the relaxingRivendell. When you’re not topping up yourtan in the tropical garden, slip into thepristine pool or catch up on your favouriteshows in the TV lounge. Come evening,drink to your heart’s content at the24-hour self-serve bar, then mop it up inthe morning with a home-cooked breakfast.WDHRVNPerfect for independent travellers and selfdrivers,this wallet-friendly accommodationpass allows you to explore Namibia at yourpace, with no fixed itineraries. Simply booka room at one of the many properties -including hotels, lodges and guesthouses- on the ‘free & easy’ list and rock up (youcan only book within 72 hours of arrival)!A brochure of properties, all of which areen suite, and a map are included. Perfect touse in conjunction with car hire. See page52 for more information. Please note priceis based on per person per night.SOAFREDESERTS & DUNES NAMIB BREAKWindhoekWindhoekFR FR$432 ETOSHA SAFARI BREAK$4323 DAYS Windhoek Windhoek3 DAYSBook yourself on to this three-day snapshot of Sossusvlei andthe unique landscape of Namib-Naukluft National Park. Stare inamazement as you approach the immense red sand dune desert ofthe Namib. Rise early on Day 2 to trek through the dunes. Climbthe park’s largest - ‘Dune 45’ - and relax in the relative coolnessof the Sesriem Canyon. Travel back to Windhoek on Day 3 over theGamsberg Pass. An upgrade to a hotel stay is also available.Departs: Tuesdays Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Minibus/safarivehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Staff: Tour guide & campassistant Includes: Entrance fees & camping equipment Tour Code: WDHSOSRenowned worldwide for incredible game viewing, Etosha NationalPark is a must-do stop on your African itinerary. Travel north fromWindhoek into the wilderness and camp for two nights. Spend yourdays game driving and looking out for elephants, giraffe, rhino andlions. In the evenings, relax by a floodlit waterhole and wait for theanimals to come to you! An upgrade to hotel accommodation isavailable - please ask your STA Travel Expert for details.Departs: Saturdays Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Staff: Tour guide & campassistant Includes: Entrance fees & camping equipment Tour Code: WDHETO71


BOTSWANA & ZAMBIASOUTHERN AFRICABungy, raft orabseil the world’sbiggest waterfall atVictoria Falls. Thespray can be seen formiles so whether you’rein a harness (crazy) orsat with a beer on thebanks of the Zambezi(clever) this is oneawesome spot.Wander through lush grass& dusty sandbanks on thetrail of a pride of lions atmajestic South LuangwaNational Park. Spotbuffalo, giraffe, leopard,elephant & hippo, to namejust a few.zambiaLusakaSouth Luangwa N.P.LivingstoneOkavango DeltaMaunChobeNational ParkbotswanaKasaneMakgadikgadiPans N.P.botswana has the largestmeerkat population. theseclever furries live in‘mobs,’ each with a role -teacher, hunter, scout orbabysitter.GaboroneOne of the world’s largest inlandriver inlets, the iconic OkavangoDelta heaves with the sound of lionsroaring, hyenas chattering and hipposwallowing.POTS OF GOLDIt’s often possible to seea fully circular rainbowin the mists rising offVictoria Falls. Question:if there’s no end to therainbow, where’s thegold? & who the heckstole our unicorn?72VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


BEST OFBOTSWANAOKAVANGO DELTAFR$1,063 EXPLORERFR$829(Includes local payment)Victoria Falls Victoria Falls 7 DAYS Maun Maun5 DAYSHighlights• Spot wildlife on the banks of the Chobe River• Adventure through Savuti in a 4WD• Explore wildlife in Khwai/MoremiHighlights• Glide through reed-lined channels on a mokoro• Game walk in search of astounding wildlife• Share tales of your days’ adventures around a crackling campfireSOUTHERN AFRICADAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-020304-0506-07Victoria Falls / Chobe National Park / Savuti / LinyantiKick-start your tour at Victoria Falls, with its monumental waterfalland epic adventure scene before Botswana and onward to ChobeNational Park. Spend your first afternoon following the Chobe Riveron a game drive watching out for elephants, huge migrating herdsand large ‘bloats’ (groups) of hippos. Accessible by 4WD only, you’llhead deep into Chobe N.P. on Day 2, and to the Savuti Marsh forrolling savannah, antelope and herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffaloand elephant and in turn lion, leopard, hyena and wild dog. (B, 2L, 2D)Khwai Wildlife Management Area / Moremi Game ReserveNestled next to the labyrinth of the Okavango Delta waters, theKhwai Wildlife Management Area offers unrivalled game viewing.From Mopane woodlands to Acacia forests and flood plains tolagoons, this area is a stunning place of beauty. Explore the area ongame drives before relaxing at your camp in the evening. (B, L, D)Maun / Okavango DeltaContinue to Maun, gateway to the fabulous Okavango Delta. Journeyinto the ‘Delta’ for a day floating around this huge inland watersystem in traditional mokoros (dug-out canoes) before heading outon a game walk into the wilderness in search of elephant, wild dog,buffalo, lion and more - an exhilarating experience! Spend anothernight camping beneath the stars. (2B, 2L, 2D)Makgadikgadi Pans / Kasane / Victoria FallsFrom Maun you’ll travel to the Makgadikgadi Pans. This vast,shimmering salt flat on the edge of the Kalahari basin createsmesmerising mirages and is one of the largest in the world. Your finalnight will be spent sleeping beneath the night sky. On Day 7, travelback towards Kasane for your onward journey back to Victoria Fallswhere your tour sadly ends on arrival. (2B, 2L, D)01020304-05MaunImmerse yourself in the wild Okavango Delta, the world’s largestinland delta. Touch down at Maun Airport before being whisked off toSitatunga campsite where you’ll get the chance to meet your groupand learn about the exciting activities of the next few days. (L, D)Okavango DeltaWolf down a quick brekkie at the campsite before jumping on asafari vehicle for a drive to Okavango’s edge. Meet your local hostsand set sail on a Mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe), weaving yourway through the reed-lined channels whilst snapping away at thestunning beauty of this pristine wilderness. Set up camp in a shadyspot overlooking the reed beds and water lilies. Then, head out onfoot in search of zebra, giraffe, elephant and diverse bird life. Ifyou’re lucky, you may spot lion, leopard, buffalo or wild dog! (B, L, D)Okavango DeltaRise and shine before the sun’s up and set out by mokoro or on footfor another game run in the diverse Okavango. Grab your swimsuitand cool down in the river during the hottest part of the day. Returnto camp running slightly low on energy but buzzing from the day’sadventures. Curl up around the fire in the evening listening to storiesof the lives and lands of your friendly hosts. (B, L, D)Okavango Delta / MaunFor you early birds, there’ll be the chance to take a final walk beforea cruise down the crystal clear channels of the Okavango for yourpick-up. Arrive back at Sitatunga around lunchtime. Spend theafternoon recharging your batteries by the pool or bar. If you’reeager to see more, take a scenic flight (not included) for a bird’s-eyeview of the camp! On Day 5, opt to visit the commercial crocodilefarm before you catch your transfer back to the airport. (2B, L, D)InclusionsService Level: Camping Age group: Any ageAccommodation: Camping with portableshowers and bush toilets (6 nts) Transport:Minivan, 4x4 safari vehicle Meals: 6 breakfasts,7 lunches, 6 dinners Local Payment: USD $330Group Leader: Services of a driver/guide andcook Group Size: Min 2, Max 15 Tour Code:ACBOB7Departures 2015JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec01 05 26 02 07 04 02 06 03 01 05 0309 14 11 09 13 10 08 12 1016 21 18 16 20 17 15 19 1723 28 25 23 27 24 22 26 2430 30 29 31Moremi GameReserveZAMBIAKasaneChobe N.P.SavutiVictoriaFallsOkavangoDeltaMakgadikgadi PansBOTSWANAZIMBABWESOUTH AFRICAInclusionsAccommodation: Participation camping (4 nts),option to upgrade to pre-erected camp withassistant & cook Transport: Airport transfers,4x4 safari vehicle, mokoro (canoe) Meals:4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners GroupLeader: Local guides Group Size: Min 2, Max16 Includes: Return airport transfers, entrancefees, camping & cooking equipment (excludessleeping bag) Tour Code: MUBODEDepartures 2015Jan - DecDailyOkavangoDeltaBOTSWANAZAMBIAMaunSOUTH AFRICA73


LIVINGSTONE & VICTORIA FALLSSOUTHERN AFRICAadrenalin junkies’ meccaIf you’re a fan of extreme sports,you’re going to love the townof Livingstone. Granted, it maynot be much to look at but itsbackpacking vibe and the gigantic,thundering waters of Victoria Fallsjust around the corner make it awhole lotta fun to stay at and areal adventurer’s nirvana. So suckup those nerves and head out ona white water raft, take the plungeabseiling or swim at the very edgeof the Falls if the time of the yearis right. On the count of three...shoestring rock solidJOLLYBOYSBACKPACKERSPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT• Excellent value for money• Spacious rooms bursting with character• Chill out poolside or by the barFR FR$15 DORMTHE ZAMBEZI$25FR FR$28 TWIN/DOUBLE WATERFRONT LODGE$80PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT• Indulge in an icy drink overlooking the immense Zambezi River• Upgrade to a chalet and grab a free breakfast• Soak up some of the local spine-tingling activities on offerTWIN TENTTWIN ROOMThis hostel is in a top central location and offers great value formoney. The funky African décor and the spacious, open-air designjust begs you to relax. Check out the restaurant and bar beforesoaking up the sun or soaking in the pool. Choose from a dorm orprivate 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 tothan the Zambezi Waterfront Lodge? With a restaurant, two poolsand an open-air bar with views up and down the Zambezi, thefacilities are amazing. Choose from a permanent tent with sharedfacilities or upgrade to a chalet with breakfast included!LVIJBPLVIZWLBUNGYJUMPINGFR FR FR$194 WHITEWATER$187 HALF DAY SUNSET RIVER $68FR FRHALF DAY RAFTING$219 FULL DAY CRUISE$91MAKUMBILADY LIVINGSTONEWhere else can you bungy betweenborders? Be brave, take the plunge andconquer 111 metres of pure adrenalin!Based at the impressive Victoria FallsBridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe, thisbungy jump can certainly be classed as themost scenic in the world. Go on, what areyou waiting for?Get your heart pumping on the ZambeziRiver with what is internationally acclaimedas ‘the best one-day whitewater raftingtrip in the world’. Get your paddles readyand life jackets on and experience a thrillride like no other. Engross yourself in GradeV rapids accompanied by guides accreditedby the International Rafting Federation.This is simply one of those ‘must-do’ iconicAfrican activities. You’re in Zambia andthere lies the majestic Zambezi River. Setoff on a great boat with a top level viewingplatform from which you’ll be able to spothippos, crocs and a load of other wildlife.Includes free drinks, dinner and snacks plusa guaranteed stunning sunset.LVILBJ LVIRAF LVIZRC74VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


VICTORIA FALLSADRENALIN PACKAGELIVINGSTONEFR$551 & CHOBEFR$349Livingstone Livingstone 4 DAYS Livingstone Livingstone2 DAYSHighlights• Bungy jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge• Whitewater raft your way down the Zambezi River• Visit a Natural Wonder of the World, the mighty Victoria FallsPerfect for thrillseekers, this high-octane package has it allwrapped up, including extreme sports, accommodation andtransfers. Day 1, following pick-up from the airport it’s straightinto the action with a heart-racing bungy jump off the VictoriaFalls Bridge overlooking the mighty Zambezi River that sameafternoon. Next day, life jackets on and paddles at the ready,prepare for a soaking as you thrash your way down Grade III-Vriver rapids - a thrill ride to remember. The following day, gawp atthe thundering waters of the largest falls in the world, Victoria ona guided tour. Day 4, return to the airport - and relax!Highlights• Spot hippo and crocodile on the Chobe National Park boat cruise• See big cats in their natural habitat• Excellent game viewing opportunitiesGet up close and personal with Chobe’s spectacular wildlife andscenery on this guided tour. Start by transferring to the borderof Botswana for a three-hour boat cruise in Chobe National Park.Expect to see an abundance of wildlife, including hippos, crocs andelephants. After lunch, hit the park for a game drive, exploring theamazing riverfront en route to camp. Arrive at camp shortly aftersunset for drinks around the camp fire and dinner. After breakfaston Day 2, a leisurely game drive out of the park will offer theopportunity to see more wildlife, including big cats. You will thenbe driven back to the ferry for your transfer back to Livingstone.SOUTHERN AFRICADeparts: Daily Accommodation: Permanent tent with shared facilities (3 nts)Meals: No meals included Includes: Airport transfers, bungy jump, whitewaterrafting, Victoria Falls guided tour Tour Code: LVIWWRDeparts: Tue & Fri (min 4 passengers) Accommodation: Camping (1 nt)Transport: Minibus, boat, safari vehicle Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunches, 1 dinnerwith house wine Includes: Camping equipment, park fees, guides Tour Code:LVICHOVICTORIA FALLSEXPERIENCEFR$229Livingstone Livingstone 4 DAYSInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Permanent tent,shared facilities (3nts) Meals: At own expenseTransport: Car/minivan Inclusions: Entrance fees,sunset cruise & Victoria Falls tour Tour Code: LVIVFEBook accommodation & tourson the go:STATRAVEL.com/appThis awesome package gets you up close with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of theWorld 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 comfyWaterfront Village overlooking Siloka Island. You’ll stay in tents on raised platforms eachwith their own spacious veranda - the perfect spot to unwind at. Soak up the stunningscenery and wonderful wildlife on an included sunset river cruise and enjoy a guided trip toone of Southern Africa’s highlights, the mighty Victoria Falls. Cameras at the ready people!DAY01020304ITINERARYLivingstoneUpon arrival into Harry Mwanga Nkumbala (Livingstone) Airport you’ll be met and whisked off to theWaterfront 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 OaTunya National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for the locals too - elephants, giraffes, buffalos, bucks,crocodiles, hippos and an abundance of colourful birdlife.LivingstoneSet off on a morning tour of the formidable Victoria Falls with a local guide. Regarded as one of theSeven Natural Wonders of the World, you will be awestruck by this immense curtain of water that isover a mile wide. Includes drinks and park fees.LivingstoneAfter breakfast kick back and enjoy some down time. Simply relax on the deck or opt for any ofthe many activities the area has to offer, such as adrenalin-fuelled rafting or bungy jumping.Alternatively, try canoeing or horse riding. Ask your STA Travel Expert for more details.LivingstoneTransfer back to the airport, where your tour sadly comes to an end.75


MADAGASCARSOUTHERN AFRICAWhite sand beaches, sugarcanefields and rum distilleries. NosyBe’s charming lack of majordevelopment will ease you intothe mora mora (slowly slowly)lifestyle effortlessly.Nosy BeTaomasinaAntananarivoToliaraAntanifotsyAntsirabeIhosyRanomafana N.P.Andringitra N.P.Towering granite peaks coupledwith deep ridges and valleysmake stunner Parc Nationald’Andringitra a mecca for walkersand climbers. Plus, there’s thechance to ascend the country’ssecond-highest peak.Trek through the rainforestof Parc National deRanomafana on the look outfor beautiful bamboo lemurs.Then, wind down in thevillage’s riverside hot tubs.HUNGRY?Typical fare Madagascanstyleincludes frieddough balls (mofobols),rice cakes, deep-friedbananas, croissantsgalore and super-sweetcoffee. Hopefully, you’renot on a diet.A Modern-day noah’s ark,Madagascar is a naturelover’s dream. spot Goggleeyedchameleons, hugejumping rats & ring-tailedlemurs aplenty.STA TRAVELAFRICAMadagascar is perfect for tailor-makingyour own trip. Call our Travel Experts forinspiration and advice.76VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


HIGHLIGHTS OF MADAGASCARAntananarivo AntananarivoFR$2,49914 DAYSHighlights• 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 ‘TanaDepartures 2015START FINISHApr 11 Apr 24Apr 18 May 01Apr 25 May 08May 09 May 22May 16 May 29May 23 Jun 05Jun 06 Jun 19Jun 20 Jul 03InclusionsSTART FINISHJul 11 Jul 24Jul 18 Jul 31Jul 25 Aug 07Aug 08 Aug 21Aug 15 Aug 28Aug 22 Sep 04Sep 05 Sep 18Sep 12 Sep 25START FINISHSep 19 Oct 02Sep 26 Oct 09Oct 10 Oct 23Oct 17 Oct 30Oct 24 Nov 06Oct 31 Nov 13Nov 07 Nov 20Nov 14 Nov 27Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (12 nts), homestay(1 nt, multishare) Transport: Private minibus,plane Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Budget:Allow USD $300 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver,local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 TourCode: GADMHMMy Own Room Available: Fr $579IfatyIsaloMADAGASCARAntananarivoAmbalavaoAndasibe NPAntsirabe/FiadananaAmbatonikolahyRanomafanaA jaw-dropping, wildlife-drenched hotspot, Madagascar is one of the most interestingplaces 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 abundanceof wildlife, Madagascar is more colourful than even Hollywood captured. This 14-dayadventure will take you deep into some of the world’s most protected conservation areasand even treat you to three days on the gorgeous beaches of Ifaty. This is a once-in-alifetimejourney to one of the most unique holiday destinations in the world.DAY0102-0304-05060708-0910-1213-14ITINERARYAntananarivoTouch down in ‘Tana’, the capital of Madagascar, and spend your day at leisure. Antananarivo is thebustling heartbeat of the island and is surrounded by the sacred hills of the Imerina Plateau, atopwhich sit the 18th Century palaces of the Imerina Kings. Experience the hustle and bustle of the localmarket and check out the old colonial architecture.Andasibe-Mantadia National ParkTravel east towards the upland rainforests. If time allows opt to stop at Peyrieras, a small privatenature reserve where you’ll see your first lemurs, as well as possible sightings of chameleon andgeckos. Continue on to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park where you’ll spend the night. Spend Day 3exploring the National Park that protects the lemur’s habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for other wildlifeand an abundance of spectacular flora.Antsirabe / FiadananaTravel past rice paddies and Merina tombs to the ancient colonial town of Antsirabe, a thermalcity 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 toa ghost talker in the village of Fiadanana. Spend a cosy night with a local family, affording you anauthentic cultural experience and the chance to learn the rituals of daily life in Madagascar. (D)RanomafanaTake 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 ofthermal springs there around a century ago. The National Park here is of huge importance and ishome to many species of lemur including the golden bamboo lemur. End the day with a guided nightwalk, allowing you to see the rainforest with its stands of giant bamboo and Chinese guava trees, ina whole new dimension. (B)AmbalavaoEmbark on a morning forest walk and witness nature’s daily awakening. Enjoy a scenic drive throughthe island’s wine region to the rural town of Ambalavao. You’ll stop at a tea plantation and visit alocal paper factory.Ranohira / IsaloStop at the Anja community reserve to see the ring-tailed lemur and continue to Ranohira on theedge of Isalo National Park. The sandstone rock has been sculpted by the wind and rain to create analmost lunar landscape. Spend a full day exploring and continue on to Cascades, which is consideredto 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.IfatyDrive through wide open desert landscape past sapphire mining towns and fire-resistant baobabtrees, and stop to see Mahafaly’s tomb before reaching Ifaty and the breathtaking beaches of theMozambican Channel. Spend the next couple of days unwinding. Relax on the sand, snorkel or dive onthe coral reef, sail in dugout canoes or explore the local villages.Toliara / AntananarivoSay farewell to the coast and transfer to Toliara to catch an internal flight (included) back toAntananarivo where, after spending one last night together as a group, your amazing journey ends.SOUTHERN AFRICA77

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