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AFRICA

INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

TRAVEL BROCHURE


ABOUT AFRICA ANSWERS

Down Under Answers, a multi-award-winning wholesaler since 1992 is excited to

introduce our new brand, Africa Answers. We want to offer you the same highly

personalized service, attention to detail and the passion of our experienced and

knowledgeable Destination Specialists as with our South Pacific destinations.

Africa Answers has its roots firmly planted in Africa, and we are committed to

delivering a highly personalized vacation that suit your style, taste and budget and

is tailor-made just for you, unlike any other vacation out there. From budget to

luxury, from intense to breathtaking, from independent to escorted, and everything

in between.

We are the travel experts when it comes to tailor-made vacations to South Africa,

Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda,

Mauritius, Seychelles, and Egypt and Dubai. We offer unprecedented savings and

highly personalized service backed by our experienced and knowledgeable

destination specialists.

This website is a small selection of the hotels, resorts, lodges, tours and vacations

we offer. We are the experts when it comes to your precious vacation

arrangements: From independent arrangements with air and land, self-drive,

cruises, escorted tours, air only, destination weddings and honeymoons, and

everything from golfing, private game safari lodges, food and wine, private guided

experiences, beach hotels, health and wellness and so much more..

Come see more, come discover, come experience.. with Africa Answers.

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL, CALL TOLL-

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KENYA HORIZONS

ESCORTED TOUR

from $2345 pp, land only

GREAT ZIMBABWE

ESCORTED TOUR

from $2675 pp, land only

Fully escorted tour with experienced guide. Tour departs Nairobi on

Tuesday, minimum 2 passengers.









Meet and greet on arrival

Half bottle mineral water per person, per day

Highlights include: Samburu National Park; Aberdare Mountain range;

Lake Nakuru; the famed Masai Mara National Park

English speaking driver/guide throughout

Game drives in modern safari cruises with 7 window seats

All park fees and Govt taxes

7 nights in first class accommodation

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners

ESSENTIAL SOUTH

AFRICA

from $1900 pp, land only

A Suggested Independent itinerary that can be tailor-made to suit your

exact style, taste, budget and preferred travel dates.








Silver Meet & Greet on arrival at Cape Town International Airport

4 nights at Protea Hotel Sea Point – standard room, bed and breakfast

Scheduled full day Peninsula Tour

Scheduled full day Winelands Tour

3 nights at Hippo Hollow – Standard Room, including breakfast and

game drives

2 nights at Elephant Hills Resort – Standard Room, including breakfast,

Sunset cruise, and tour of the Falls

Round-trip scheduled transfers in Cape Town, Kruger National Park,

and Victoria Falls

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Fully escorted tour with experienced guide. Please call for departure dates.

Fully guided tour in Great Zimbabwe

Highlights include: a visit to the Bulawayo museum; full day Matopo

Hills tour; including entrance to View of the World; a visit to the

Painted Dog Conservation Center; a visit to a Traditional healers

village; a tour of Victoria Falls

Open vehicle game drive in Hwange National Park

10 nights standard accommodation

Donation to Painted Dog Conservation Center

Commentary by experienced and professional guide

Touring in air-conditioned Midi Vehicle

10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 10 Dinners

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Reserve your copy of our brochure and be added to our mailing list today:

Email Natasha Smith, Manager of Africa Answers natasha@africaanswers.com

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Prices are per person, twin share, land only in US$ and are

valid as at Oct 15, 2010. Contact Africa Answers to obtain the best available airfare deal from

your home city for your preferred travel dates. Prices are subject to change due to currency

fluctuations and seasonal surcharges. Blackout dates may apply. Advertised prices reflect low

season pricing. A US$350 deposit per person is required to secure your land reservation,

further deposits will be required for additional land and air arrangements. *WA ID: 601 684

531 CA CST: 2076233-40. To qualify: Book a minimum of US$1500 pp in land arrangements

per booking. Applies to new bookings only. Incentive is available for all qualified bookings

deposited by Nov 30, 10.


Vacation: Five Senses of South Africa

Overview

Cape Town & Kruger: See the Big Five, Hear the lions roar, Taste fabulous local cuisine, Touch the elephants, Smell the combined scents of the

Indian and Pacific Oceans on this wonderful itinerary.

9 Days, 8 Nights

This magnificently diverse itinerary includes four nights in Cape Town with a full day

exploring the Winelands and a full day exploring the scenic Cape Peninsula. Continue on to

Hazyview, the gateway to your safari adventure, where you spend two nights and enjoy the

opportunity to meet and interact with an elephant. Your Five Senses of Africa trip ends on a

high note - two nights and 4 game drives at a game lodge in Kruger National Park!

Additional Details

Meet & Greet on arrival at Cape Town International Airport

All transfers

4 nights at Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel, Standard Room, including breakfast daily

2 nights at Hippo Hollow Boutique Hotel, Standard Room including breakfast daily

2 nights at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Kruger National Park including meals and 4 safari drives

Full day Winelands Tour

Full day Peninsula Tour

One hour Elephant Interaction with return hotel transfers

Highlights

4 nights in fascinating Cape Town

Winelands Tour

Cape Peninsula Tour

2 nights in Hazyview

Elephant Interaction

2 nights in Kruger National Park

4 game drives in Kruger National Park

Group Size

Minimum 2 (Single supplement applies to solo travelers)

Dates

Independent daily departures.

2016 prices:

Per person twin share

Single

1 February – 31 March $1659 $1999

1 – 30 April $1499 $1799

1 May – 31 August $1459 $1799

1 - 30 September $1499 $1799

1 October - 31 December $1659 $2059

Price

$$1459 /person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

Five Senses of South Africa prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on twin share occupancy. Single supplements apply. Blackout

dates may apply. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for

our current prices. Prices are current at time of posting (2/4/16) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment

is received and processed. CA CST: 2076233-40, WA ID 601684531


Itinerary

Map

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town

On arrival at Cape Town Airport you will be met and

transferred to the Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel where

you spend the next four nights.

Day 2: Winelands Tour

Today you will be collected from your hotel for your full day

Winelands Tour. A superb day dedicated to celebrating the

glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region, and the

heavenly scenery.

Day 3: Peninsula Tour

Today you will be collected from your hotel for your full day

Peninsula Tour. The Fairest Cape…and it surely is! You’ll

soon see for yourself where and why it earned its name.

Day 4: At leisure in Cape Town.

Day at leisure to enjoy Cape Town. Or we can book a tour for

you.

Day 5: Cape Town - Hazyview

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and

transferred to the airport for your flight to Kruger Mpumalanga

Airport (flight not included). On arrival at the airport, you will

be met and transferred by road to the Hippo Hollow Country

Estate where you spend the next two nights.

Day 6: Elephant Interaction

Today you will be picked up from your hotel for your Elephant

Interaction Experience. We have an affinity to elephants, no

doubt about it. There’s something near-human about these

gigantic mammals, and you’ll make that connection at

Elephant Whispers. Riding an elephant is an optional extra.

Day 7: Elephant Plains or similar game lodge

Today you will transfer to your Kruger game lodge. Your first

of 4 game drives will be this afternoon. Look out for lion,

elephant, leopard, buffalo, rhino...and warthogs!

Day 8: Elephant Plains or similar game lodge

Set out to explore one of Africa’s greatest game reserves -

Kruger National Park. Chances of seeing one or all of the

famed ‘Big Five’ are excellent, and of course the smaller

plains game species and our wonderful African bird-life is

prolific. You will have morning and afternoon game drives

today.

Day 9: Depart Kruger

After one last game drive you'll be transferred to Kruger

Mpumalanga International Airport to connect with your

onward flight.


Destination: South Africa

South Africa is an incredible destination in so many ways - it is the kind of destination that will touch all of your senses in a myriad of ways, and once all is said and done you probably won’t be the same

again. The incredible diversity is a key attraction - from the deserts of the Kgalagadi to the lush green forests of Tsitsikamma to the unspoiled beaches of the Wild Coast to the vibrant nightlife of Cape Town

– South Africa really does have it all.

South Africa is mercurial in nature, one moment you’ll be exploring the origins of ancient man, the next you’re cage-diving with Great White Sharks and the next you’re drinking traditional beer in a lively

township shebeen.

As a people, South Africans are known for their humanity - they may have come from a past filled with separation and struggle but their future is one of unity and possibility. In true African spirit, South

Africans understand the value of a warm South African welcome.

There are nine spectacular provinces for you to explore - nine incredible diverse parts of the country that will open up your sense of possibility in ways you never thought possible. Oh, and by the way – South

Africa has a sensational climate (with over 300 days of sunshine per year in some parts).

South Africa truly is a ground-breaking destination for explorers and adventurers who want to experience life in all its fullness. South Africa is a destination that allows you to scratch below the surface and

experience endless possibilities, and to walk away the richer for having been here.

Overview

People

The people of South Africa welcome visitors to experience their hospitality. Feel the rhythm and soul of Africa. Encounter the majestic wildlife. Have a memorable journey through South Africa’s ancient and

recent past. Enjoy the nation’s many natural wonders. Get to know the many cultures of The Rainbow Nation.

Language

The people of South Africa welcome visitors to experience their hospitality. Feel the rhythm and soul of Africa. Encounter the majestic wildlife. Have a memorable journey through South Africa’s ancient and

recent past. Enjoy the nation’s many natural wonders. Get to know the many cultures of The Rainbow Nation.

History

Historically, South Africa was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime, but caught the imagination of all with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, followed by the peaceful, first

democratic elections in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the top travel destinations, blending elements of both ‘Africa of old’ with modernity. On one hand, one can escape to wild, remote areas and

experience exceptional game viewing and true wilderness on a safari getaway. Then, there are modern cities and hotels that compete with the best in the world. With 11 official languages and a diverse

range of cultures and ways of life, it is no wonder that Mandela has named South Africans “the rainbow nation”.

When it comes to wildlife and scenery a South Africa vacation has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in

the world, Cape Town is built among an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around

Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the

borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs on the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern

right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 186 miles

long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles,

amphibians and insects.

This diversity is echoed in its peoples. Ancient rock art is a silent testimony to the vanished culture of the first human inhabitants - the San or Bushman people - and the powerful civilisations of Mapungubwe

and Thulamela who traded with Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago remain entrenched in the ruins of their rock-walled hilltop cities. Later the subregion became a stepping stone between

Europe and the spices of the East, and then its own mineral riches were discovered. At the beginning of the 21st century this is a country filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, a heady history

and not least, a natural heritage that has South Africans defining their land as “a world in one country.”


Travel Guide

Currency

Historically, South Africa was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime, but caught the imagination of all with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, followed by the peaceful, first

democratic elections in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the top travel destinations, blending elements of both ‘Africa of old’ with modernity. On one hand, one can escape to wild, remote areas and

experience exceptional game viewing and true wilderness on a safari getaway. Then, there are modern cities and hotels that compete with the best in the world. With 11 official languages and a diverse

range of cultures and ways of life, it is no wonder that Mandela has named South Africans “the rainbow nation”.

When it comes to wildlife and scenery a South Africa vacation has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in

the world, Cape Town is built among an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around

Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the

borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs on the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern

right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 186 miles

long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles,

amphibians and insects.

This diversity is echoed in its peoples. Ancient rock art is a silent testimony to the vanished culture of the first human inhabitants - the San or Bushman people - and the powerful civilisations of Mapungubwe

and Thulamela who traded with Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago remain entrenched in the ruins of their rock-walled hilltop cities. Later the subregion became a stepping stone between

Europe and the spices of the East, and then its own mineral riches were discovered. At the beginning of the 21st century this is a country filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, a heady history

and not least, a natural heritage that has South Africans defining their land as “a world in one country.”

Weather

There is no bad time to travel to South Africa. When to travel all depends on what you want to see and do. Great bird watching can be found mid-October. Cape flower season is after the winter rains are over

- July and August through September is best for game safari as the visibility is best and it’s birthing season. Surfing, diving and hiking are best after the summer’s peak.

Also take into account the major South African holiday seasons. Festive Season is mid-December and early January and is the busiest period. Mid-winter is another prime time when locals head for

warmer weather.

Health Requirements

Prevention against malaria is recommended for all travel to the Lowfeld of Mpumalanga (including Kruger National Park), Limpopo and on the Maputoland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Malaria is at low risk in

the winter months – however, it is advisable to use mosquito nets and insect repellent to avoid being bitten. Consult your doctor for advice on medical precautions against malaria. No vaccinations are

required but please seek current travel advice from your GP at least 4 – 6 weeks prior to travel. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus-Diphtheria are currently recommended. If entering South Africa from

a yellow fever zone, possession of a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate is essential.

For more information, please visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/

Visa Requirements

No visa required for US passport holders staying up to 90 days but it is important to ensure that you have at least two consecutive clean pages in your passport. A validity of at least 6 months remaining on

your passport following your trip is required.

Tipping & Porterage

• In restaurants and bars, 10% is the accepted tipping standard

• Parking attendants and security guards are common in parking lots and at roadside bays. A tip of R2 and up should be offered, depending on the length of your stay

• In South Africa there are still attendants at gas stations to fill up vehicle tanks, check oil, water and tire pressure, and clean the windshields. From R2 up is an acceptable tip

• Airport porters is around R5 per piece of luggage

• Roadside newspaper vendors are traditional in South Africa. It’s custom to give the seller a few cents - rounding off the cost of your newspaper should be sufficient

• Some of the other service providers you may want to tip are taxi drivers, tour guides and assistants in hairdressers and beauty salons a small monetary amount

Credit Cards

All major credit cards are accepted in South Africa, particularly MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club. Be aware, however, that you can’t purchase fuel on a credit card. In most restaurants

credit cards machines are portable an your card will be swiped in your view so you don’t have to lose sight of your card.

Electrical Appliances

Visitors to South Africa should be aware that:

• The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ

• Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins

• US-made appliances may need a transformer

• Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances

Water

Drinking water in South Africa is quite safe when taken from the tap or faucet - in fact it is said to be some of the safest and cleanest in the world. Some tap and natural water may have a slight brown tinge

from humic acid, which is harmless and does not affect drinking water quality in South Africa.


Destination: Cape Town

Cape Town, the Mother City, is the oldest city in South Africa and one of three capitals, the legislative capital. With the Atlantic Ocean and iconic Table Mountain dominating the landscape Cape Town has

something for everyone for at least a week.

When visiting Cape Town on a South African vacation enjoy the sun on the white sand beaches and great water activities like sailing, whale watching or even kite-boarding. For the adventure seeker, the

Table Mountain area offers paragliding, mountain climbing and rappelling. Shopping, great food and local entertainment can be found at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The Kirstenbosch National

Botanical Gardens grows only indigenous South African plants and offers walks, restaurants and picnic spots to enjoy tea or a good Cape wine on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. You can also take in

an important part of South African history by visiting Robben Island, where South African President and Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during the apartheid era. Visit the largest township

in the Western Cape, Kayalitsha Township, and buy stunning tin flowers (roses, sunflowers, daises) made from discarded tin cans.

On a day trip or a weekend getaway just outside Cape Town you can see the some of the worlds most rarest plants at the wild flower reserves, stop by quaint seaside villages or visit Cape Point, where the

Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. It is the southwestern most tip of Africa!

Great wine and adventure vacations can also be found just outside Cape Town at Cape Winelands area. Take a self-drive or guided tour of one or more of the 200 wine estates featuring red, white, pink,

sweet, dry and sparkling wines. Stay a few days and enjoy some horseback riding, ballooning, hiking, biking or skydiving adventure. Relax at one of the great vineyard spas and boutique accommodations

after all that fun.

Overview

People

The people of South Africa welcome visitors to experience their hospitality. Feel the rhythm and soul of Africa. Encounter the majestic wildlife. Have a memorable journey through South Africa’s ancient and

recent past. Enjoy the nation’s many natural wonders. Get to know the many cultures of The Rainbow Nation.

Language

The people of South Africa welcome visitors to experience their hospitality. Feel the rhythm and soul of Africa. Encounter the majestic wildlife. Have a memorable journey through South Africa’s ancient and

recent past. Enjoy the nation’s many natural wonders. Get to know the many cultures of The Rainbow Nation.

History

Historically, South Africa was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime, but caught the imagination of all with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, followed by the peaceful, first

democratic elections in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the top travel destinations, blending elements of both ‘Africa of old’ with modernity. On one hand, one can escape to wild, remote areas and

experience exceptional game viewing and true wilderness on a safari getaway. Then, there are modern cities and hotels that compete with the best in the world. With 11 official languages and a diverse

range of cultures and ways of life, it is no wonder that Mandela has named South Africans “the rainbow nation”.

When it comes to wildlife and scenery a South Africa vacation has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in

the world, Cape Town is built among an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around

Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the

borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs on the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern

right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 186 miles

long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles,

amphibians and insects.

This diversity is echoed in its peoples. Ancient rock art is a silent testimony to the vanished culture of the first human inhabitants - the San or Bushman people - and the powerful civilisations of Mapungubwe

and Thulamela who traded with Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago remain entrenched in the ruins of their rock-walled hilltop cities. Later the subregion became a stepping stone between

Europe and the spices of the East, and then its own mineral riches were discovered. At the beginning of the 21st century this is a country filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, a heady history

and not least, a natural heritage that has South Africans defining their land as “a world in one country.”


Travel Guide

Currency

Historically, South Africa was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime, but caught the imagination of all with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, followed by the peaceful, first

democratic elections in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the top travel destinations, blending elements of both ‘Africa of old’ with modernity. On one hand, one can escape to wild, remote areas and

experience exceptional game viewing and true wilderness on a safari getaway. Then, there are modern cities and hotels that compete with the best in the world. With 11 official languages and a diverse

range of cultures and ways of life, it is no wonder that Mandela has named South Africans “the rainbow nation”.

When it comes to wildlife and scenery a South Africa vacation has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in

the world, Cape Town is built among an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around

Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the

borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs on the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern

right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 186 miles

long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles,

amphibians and insects.

This diversity is echoed in its peoples. Ancient rock art is a silent testimony to the vanished culture of the first human inhabitants - the San or Bushman people - and the powerful civilisations of Mapungubwe

and Thulamela who traded with Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago remain entrenched in the ruins of their rock-walled hilltop cities. Later the subregion became a stepping stone between

Europe and the spices of the East, and then its own mineral riches were discovered. At the beginning of the 21st century this is a country filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, a heady history

and not least, a natural heritage that has South Africans defining their land as “a world in one country.”

Weather

There is no bad time to travel to South Africa. When to travel all depends on what you want to see and do. Great bird watching can be found mid-October. Cape flower season is after the winter rains are over

- July and August through September is best for game safari as the visibility is best and it’s birthing season. Surfing, diving and hiking are best after the summer’s peak.

Also take into account the major South African holiday seasons. Festive Season is mid-December and early January and is the busiest period. Mid-winter is another prime time when locals head for

warmer weather.

Health Requirements

Prevention against malaria is recommended for all travel to the Lowfeld of Mpumalanga (including Kruger National Park), Limpopo and on the Maputoland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Malaria is at low risk in

the winter months – however, it is advisable to use mosquito nets and insect repellent to avoid being bitten. Consult your doctor for advice on medical precautions against malaria. No vaccinations are

required but please seek current travel advice from your GP at least 4 – 6 weeks prior to travel. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus-Diphtheria are currently recommended. If entering South Africa from

a yellow fever zone, possession of a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate is essential.

For more information, please visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/

Visa Requirements

No visa required for US passport holders staying up to 90 days but it is important to ensure that you have at least two consecutive clean pages in your passport. A validity of at least 6 months remaining on

your passport following your trip is required.

Tipping & Porterage

• In restaurants and bars, 10% is the accepted tipping standard

• Parking attendants and security guards are common in parking lots and at roadside bays. A tip of R2 and up should be offered, depending on the length of your stay

• In South Africa there are still attendants at gas stations to fill up vehicle tanks, check oil, water and tire pressure, and clean the windshields. From R2 up is an acceptable tip

• Airport porters is around R5 per piece of luggage

• Roadside newspaper vendors are traditional in South Africa. It’s custom to give the seller a few cents - rounding off the cost of your newspaper should be sufficient

• Some of the other service providers you may want to tip are taxi drivers, tour guides and assistants in hairdressers and beauty salons a small monetary amount

Credit Cards

All major credit cards are accepted in South Africa, particularly MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club. Be aware, however, that you can’t purchase fuel on a credit card. In most restaurants

credit cards machines are portable an your card will be swiped in your view so you don’t have to lose sight of your card.

Electrical Appliances

Visitors to South Africa should be aware that:

• The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ

• Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins

• US-made appliances may need a transformer

• Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances

Water

Drinking water in South Africa is quite safe when taken from the tap or faucet - in fact it is said to be some of the safest and cleanest in the world. Some tap and natural water may have a slight brown tinge

from humic acid, which is harmless and does not affect drinking water quality in South Africa.


Destination: Cape Winelands

The Cape winelands are a major attraction for any visitor to the Western Cape Province. Gracious gabled homes, towering mountain peaks and craggy mountain passes, slopes verdant with vines in neat

rows - that’s the image conjured up by the winelands, perfect to tour on a chilly day when there’s no action on the field. Of course, you could spare the poetry and just think of gorgeous Chardonnays and

robust bottles of Shiraz.

The winelands of the Cape comprise over 200 cellars within easy reach of Cape Town, where wine in all its varieties - red, white, pink, sweet, dry and sparkling - can be sampled. Most popular are the

Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Wellington wine routes.

The idea is to drive from estate to estate, paying small fees to taste the wines, stock up on those you fancy at extremely reasonable prices, and enjoy some superior cuisine en route. You may, however, be

sidetracked by bargains in antique shops, treasures in art galleries and delicacies at farm stalls. It’s also a good idea to go as part of a tour, or nominate a designated driver, if you’re planning to have more

than a glass or two.

The Western Cape has over 16 wine routes - all quite different in character. Well-known is stately, oak-lined Stellenbosch, a university town; Franschhoek, founded by 17th-century Huguenots, is South

Africa’s French corner and emulates her gastronomic tradition; Paarl is rich in national monuments and produces outstanding brandies; and Wellington is so tranquil, you’ll find it hard to leave.

If you have a few days to spare you can enrich your winelands experience with hot air ballooning, rock climbing, golfing or horse riding. Winelands spa’s are increasingly popular and a soothing way to

restore balance after a day of over-indulgence in the vineyards.

Overview

People

The people of South Africa welcome visitors to experience their hospitality. Feel the rhythm and soul of Africa. Encounter the majestic wildlife. Have a memorable journey through South Africa’s ancient and

recent past. Enjoy the nation’s many natural wonders. Get to know the many cultures of The Rainbow Nation.

Language

The people of South Africa welcome visitors to experience their hospitality. Feel the rhythm and soul of Africa. Encounter the majestic wildlife. Have a memorable journey through South Africa’s ancient and

recent past. Enjoy the nation’s many natural wonders. Get to know the many cultures of The Rainbow Nation.

History

Historically, South Africa was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime, but caught the imagination of all with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, followed by the peaceful, first

democratic elections in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the top travel destinations, blending elements of both ‘Africa of old’ with modernity. On one hand, one can escape to wild, remote areas and

experience exceptional game viewing and true wilderness on a safari getaway. Then, there are modern cities and hotels that compete with the best in the world. With 11 official languages and a diverse

range of cultures and ways of life, it is no wonder that Mandela has named South Africans “the rainbow nation”.

When it comes to wildlife and scenery a South Africa vacation has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in

the world, Cape Town is built among an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around

Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the

borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs on the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern

right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 186 miles

long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles,

amphibians and insects.

This diversity is echoed in its peoples. Ancient rock art is a silent testimony to the vanished culture of the first human inhabitants - the San or Bushman people - and the powerful civilisations of Mapungubwe

and Thulamela who traded with Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago remain entrenched in the ruins of their rock-walled hilltop cities. Later the subregion became a stepping stone between

Europe and the spices of the East, and then its own mineral riches were discovered. At the beginning of the 21st century this is a country filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, a heady history

and not least, a natural heritage that has South Africans defining their land as “a world in one country.”


Travel Guide

Currency

Historically, South Africa was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime, but caught the imagination of all with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, followed by the peaceful, first

democratic elections in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the top travel destinations, blending elements of both ‘Africa of old’ with modernity. On one hand, one can escape to wild, remote areas and

experience exceptional game viewing and true wilderness on a safari getaway. Then, there are modern cities and hotels that compete with the best in the world. With 11 official languages and a diverse

range of cultures and ways of life, it is no wonder that Mandela has named South Africans “the rainbow nation”.

When it comes to wildlife and scenery a South Africa vacation has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in

the world, Cape Town is built among an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around

Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the

borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs on the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern

right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 186 miles

long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles,

amphibians and insects.

This diversity is echoed in its peoples. Ancient rock art is a silent testimony to the vanished culture of the first human inhabitants - the San or Bushman people - and the powerful civilisations of Mapungubwe

and Thulamela who traded with Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago remain entrenched in the ruins of their rock-walled hilltop cities. Later the subregion became a stepping stone between

Europe and the spices of the East, and then its own mineral riches were discovered. At the beginning of the 21st century this is a country filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, a heady history

and not least, a natural heritage that has South Africans defining their land as “a world in one country.”

Weather

There is no bad time to travel to South Africa. When to travel all depends on what you want to see and do. Great bird watching can be found mid-October. Cape flower season is after the winter rains are over

- July and August through September is best for game safari as the visibility is best and it’s birthing season. Surfing, diving and hiking are best after the summer’s peak.

Also take into account the major South African holiday seasons. Festive Season is mid-December and early January and is the busiest period. Mid-winter is another prime time when locals head for

warmer weather.

Health Requirements

Prevention against malaria is recommended for all travel to the Lowfeld of Mpumalanga (including Kruger National Park), Limpopo and on the Maputoland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Malaria is at low risk in

the winter months – however, it is advisable to use mosquito nets and insect repellent to avoid being bitten. Consult your doctor for advice on medical precautions against malaria. No vaccinations are

required but please seek current travel advice from your GP at least 4 – 6 weeks prior to travel. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus-Diphtheria are currently recommended. If entering South Africa from

a yellow fever zone, possession of a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate is essential.

For more information, please visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/

Visa Requirements

No visa required for US passport holders staying up to 90 days but it is important to ensure that you have at least two consecutive clean pages in your passport. A validity of at least 6 months remaining on

your passport following your trip is required.

Tipping & Porterage

• In restaurants and bars, 10% is the accepted tipping standard

• Parking attendants and security guards are common in parking lots and at roadside bays. A tip of R2 and up should be offered, depending on the length of your stay

• In South Africa there are still attendants at gas stations to fill up vehicle tanks, check oil, water and tire pressure, and clean the windshields. From R2 up is an acceptable tip

• Airport porters is around R5 per piece of luggage

• Roadside newspaper vendors are traditional in South Africa. It’s custom to give the seller a few cents - rounding off the cost of your newspaper should be sufficient

• Some of the other service providers you may want to tip are taxi drivers, tour guides and assistants in hairdressers and beauty salons a small monetary amount

Credit Cards

All major credit cards are accepted in South Africa, particularly MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club. Be aware, however, that you can’t purchase fuel on a credit card. In most restaurants

credit cards machines are portable an your card will be swiped in your view so you don’t have to lose sight of your card.

Electrical Appliances

Visitors to South Africa should be aware that:

• The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ

• Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins

• US-made appliances may need a transformer

• Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances

Water

Drinking water in South Africa is quite safe when taken from the tap or faucet - in fact it is said to be some of the safest and cleanest in the world. Some tap and natural water may have a slight brown tinge

from humic acid, which is harmless and does not affect drinking water quality in South Africa.


Destination: Greater Winelands

Constantia

A short 20 minute trip by car from the center of Cape Town is all it takes to reach the scenic Constantia Wine Route. Constantia is the Cape’s oldest wine producing region, dating back to 1684, and also the

only wine district located within a city.

The smallest of the Cape’s wine routes, the Constantia winelands encompass 11 vineyards, 8 of which are open to the public. Heavyweights Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting,

Constantia Uitsig, and Steenberg are world renowned, and attract busloads of visitors to experience their award-winning wines, scenic settings and superb restaurants. Constantia Glen, Eagles Nest and

High Constantia estates represent a new generation of winemakers turning out smaller quantities of high quality wines.

Constantia’s vineyards span the south eastern slopes of the Table Mountain National park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A coastal Wine of Origin region, heat sensitive white cultivars grow well here,

cooled by summer sea breezes from False Bay, high annual rainfall, and mild winters with very little or no frost. Classic Constantia Sauvignon Blanc typically shows complex herbaceous notes mixed with

tropical fruit flavors, and Chardonnay’s exhibit a flinty minerality. Red varieties, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, flourish in the foothills, where prolonged sunshine brings out herbaceous, flinty notes and soft

tannins.

Constantia’s sweet wines, known to have soothed exiled emperors and comforted broken-hearted heroines, first gave the area its legendary appeal. Muscat Capp Constantia captured the golden era of Cape

wine making in its infancy in a distinctive, curvaceous bottle. Sip this elixir, now called Vin de Constance, made at the Klein Constantia wine estate.

Tulbagh

To the north, bordering on the southern Cedarberg lies the pretty village of Tulbagh. An earthquake rocked Tulbagh in 1969 measuring 6.5 on the Richter’s Scale. However this gave Tulbagh the chance to

restore their houses to their original appearance (which was not the rage in 1960’s town planning anywhere in the world). Now Church Street is one of the most complete Cape Dutch streets in South Africa

with 32 houses given National Monument status. Visit the Oude Kerk Volks museum, sample the wines of Tulbagh’s wine estates and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Paddagang restaurant which serves

delicious authentic Cape dishes under an enormous grapevine in its courtyard.

Overview

People

The people of South Africa welcome visitors to experience their hospitality. Feel the rhythm and soul of Africa. Encounter the majestic wildlife. Have a memorable journey through South Africa’s ancient and

recent past. Enjoy the nation’s many natural wonders. Get to know the many cultures of The Rainbow Nation.

Language

The people of South Africa welcome visitors to experience their hospitality. Feel the rhythm and soul of Africa. Encounter the majestic wildlife. Have a memorable journey through South Africa’s ancient and

recent past. Enjoy the nation’s many natural wonders. Get to know the many cultures of The Rainbow Nation.

History

Historically, South Africa was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime, but caught the imagination of all with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, followed by the peaceful, first

democratic elections in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the top travel destinations, blending elements of both ‘Africa of old’ with modernity. On one hand, one can escape to wild, remote areas and

experience exceptional game viewing and true wilderness on a safari getaway. Then, there are modern cities and hotels that compete with the best in the world. With 11 official languages and a diverse

range of cultures and ways of life, it is no wonder that Mandela has named South Africans “the rainbow nation”.

When it comes to wildlife and scenery a South Africa vacation has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in

the world, Cape Town is built among an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around

Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the

borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs on the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern

right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 186 miles

long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles,

amphibians and insects.

This diversity is echoed in its peoples. Ancient rock art is a silent testimony to the vanished culture of the first human inhabitants - the San or Bushman people - and the powerful civilisations of Mapungubwe

and Thulamela who traded with Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago remain entrenched in the ruins of their rock-walled hilltop cities. Later the subregion became a stepping stone between

Europe and the spices of the East, and then its own mineral riches were discovered. At the beginning of the 21st century this is a country filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, a heady history

and not least, a natural heritage that has South Africans defining their land as “a world in one country.”


Travel Guide

Currency

Historically, South Africa was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime, but caught the imagination of all with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, followed by the peaceful, first

democratic elections in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the top travel destinations, blending elements of both ‘Africa of old’ with modernity. On one hand, one can escape to wild, remote areas and

experience exceptional game viewing and true wilderness on a safari getaway. Then, there are modern cities and hotels that compete with the best in the world. With 11 official languages and a diverse

range of cultures and ways of life, it is no wonder that Mandela has named South Africans “the rainbow nation”.

When it comes to wildlife and scenery a South Africa vacation has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in

the world, Cape Town is built among an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around

Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the

borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs on the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern

right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 186 miles

long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles,

amphibians and insects.

This diversity is echoed in its peoples. Ancient rock art is a silent testimony to the vanished culture of the first human inhabitants - the San or Bushman people - and the powerful civilisations of Mapungubwe

and Thulamela who traded with Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago remain entrenched in the ruins of their rock-walled hilltop cities. Later the subregion became a stepping stone between

Europe and the spices of the East, and then its own mineral riches were discovered. At the beginning of the 21st century this is a country filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, a heady history

and not least, a natural heritage that has South Africans defining their land as “a world in one country.”

Weather

There is no bad time to travel to South Africa. When to travel all depends on what you want to see and do. Great bird watching can be found mid-October. Cape flower season is after the winter rains are over

- July and August through September is best for game safari as the visibility is best and it’s birthing season. Surfing, diving and hiking are best after the summer’s peak.

Also take into account the major South African holiday seasons. Festive Season is mid-December and early January and is the busiest period. Mid-winter is another prime time when locals head for

warmer weather.

Health Requirements

Prevention against malaria is recommended for all travel to the Lowfeld of Mpumalanga (including Kruger National Park), Limpopo and on the Maputoland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Malaria is at low risk in

the winter months – however, it is advisable to use mosquito nets and insect repellent to avoid being bitten. Consult your doctor for advice on medical precautions against malaria. No vaccinations are

required but please seek current travel advice from your GP at least 4 – 6 weeks prior to travel. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus-Diphtheria are currently recommended. If entering South Africa from

a yellow fever zone, possession of a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate is essential.

For more information, please visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/

Visa Requirements

No visa required for US passport holders staying up to 90 days but it is important to ensure that you have at least two consecutive clean pages in your passport. A validity of at least 6 months remaining on

your passport following your trip is required.

Tipping & Porterage

• In restaurants and bars, 10% is the accepted tipping standard

• Parking attendants and security guards are common in parking lots and at roadside bays. A tip of R2 and up should be offered, depending on the length of your stay

• In South Africa there are still attendants at gas stations to fill up vehicle tanks, check oil, water and tire pressure, and clean the windshields. From R2 up is an acceptable tip

• Airport porters is around R5 per piece of luggage

• Roadside newspaper vendors are traditional in South Africa. It’s custom to give the seller a few cents - rounding off the cost of your newspaper should be sufficient

• Some of the other service providers you may want to tip are taxi drivers, tour guides and assistants in hairdressers and beauty salons a small monetary amount

Credit Cards

All major credit cards are accepted in South Africa, particularly MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club. Be aware, however, that you can’t purchase fuel on a credit card. In most restaurants

credit cards machines are portable an your card will be swiped in your view so you don’t have to lose sight of your card.

Electrical Appliances

Visitors to South Africa should be aware that:

• The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ

• Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins

• US-made appliances may need a transformer

• Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances

Water

Drinking water in South Africa is quite safe when taken from the tap or faucet - in fact it is said to be some of the safest and cleanest in the world. Some tap and natural water may have a slight brown tinge

from humic acid, which is harmless and does not affect drinking water quality in South Africa.


Destination: Kruger National Park

Part of the world’s greatest animal kingdom, the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park between Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, Kruger National Park is a world-acclaimed safari tour destination.

Not only can you see the Big Five- lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo you can go on a bush walk and see Little 5- ant lion, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, rhinoceros beetle and buffalo weaver. There

are also great birding opportunities. Birders can see South African specialties including Three-banded Courser, Pel’s Fishing-Owl, Tropical Boubou, Wattle-Eyed Flycatcher and Racket-tailed Rollers. The

mild temperature and modest rainfall of winter (May to September) makes it the best time for game viewing. While courtship duels, newborns and prolific birdlife can be seen in early spring (August to

October).

It is also an area of unique biodiversity with both green trunk fever trees and boababs (upside-down) trees grow side by side.

The Northern area of the park is the ancestral lands of the Makuleke people and over a million years ago, Homo erectus walked and lived here. You will be able to see evidence of this in the form of Stone-

Age hand-axes, rock paintings and unexcavated dinosaur fossils. To see all of the wonders of Kruger National Park you can take self-drives, game tours from most camps, guided wilderness trails, 4x4

routes or mountain bike. There are also many options as to where to stay while visiting including park-managed camps and luxury safari lodges.

Overview

People

The people of South Africa welcome visitors to experience their hospitality. Feel the rhythm and soul of Africa. Encounter the majestic wildlife. Have a memorable journey through South Africa’s ancient and

recent past. Enjoy the nation’s many natural wonders. Get to know the many cultures of The Rainbow Nation.

Language

The people of South Africa welcome visitors to experience their hospitality. Feel the rhythm and soul of Africa. Encounter the majestic wildlife. Have a memorable journey through South Africa’s ancient and

recent past. Enjoy the nation’s many natural wonders. Get to know the many cultures of The Rainbow Nation.

History

Historically, South Africa was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime, but caught the imagination of all with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, followed by the peaceful, first

democratic elections in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the top travel destinations, blending elements of both ‘Africa of old’ with modernity. On one hand, one can escape to wild, remote areas and

experience exceptional game viewing and true wilderness on a safari getaway. Then, there are modern cities and hotels that compete with the best in the world. With 11 official languages and a diverse

range of cultures and ways of life, it is no wonder that Mandela has named South Africans “the rainbow nation”.

When it comes to wildlife and scenery a South Africa vacation has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in

the world, Cape Town is built among an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around

Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the

borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs on the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern

right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 186 miles

long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles,

amphibians and insects.

This diversity is echoed in its peoples. Ancient rock art is a silent testimony to the vanished culture of the first human inhabitants - the San or Bushman people - and the powerful civilisations of Mapungubwe

and Thulamela who traded with Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago remain entrenched in the ruins of their rock-walled hilltop cities. Later the subregion became a stepping stone between

Europe and the spices of the East, and then its own mineral riches were discovered. At the beginning of the 21st century this is a country filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, a heady history

and not least, a natural heritage that has South Africans defining their land as “a world in one country.”


Travel Guide

Currency

Historically, South Africa was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime, but caught the imagination of all with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, followed by the peaceful, first

democratic elections in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the top travel destinations, blending elements of both ‘Africa of old’ with modernity. On one hand, one can escape to wild, remote areas and

experience exceptional game viewing and true wilderness on a safari getaway. Then, there are modern cities and hotels that compete with the best in the world. With 11 official languages and a diverse

range of cultures and ways of life, it is no wonder that Mandela has named South Africans “the rainbow nation”.

When it comes to wildlife and scenery a South Africa vacation has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in

the world, Cape Town is built among an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around

Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the

borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs on the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern

right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 186 miles

long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles,

amphibians and insects.

This diversity is echoed in its peoples. Ancient rock art is a silent testimony to the vanished culture of the first human inhabitants - the San or Bushman people - and the powerful civilisations of Mapungubwe

and Thulamela who traded with Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago remain entrenched in the ruins of their rock-walled hilltop cities. Later the subregion became a stepping stone between

Europe and the spices of the East, and then its own mineral riches were discovered. At the beginning of the 21st century this is a country filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, a heady history

and not least, a natural heritage that has South Africans defining their land as “a world in one country.”

Weather

There is no bad time to travel to South Africa. When to travel all depends on what you want to see and do. Great bird watching can be found mid-October. Cape flower season is after the winter rains are over

- July and August through September is best for game safari as the visibility is best and it’s birthing season. Surfing, diving and hiking are best after the summer’s peak.

Also take into account the major South African holiday seasons. Festive Season is mid-December and early January and is the busiest period. Mid-winter is another prime time when locals head for

warmer weather.

Health Requirements

Prevention against malaria is recommended for all travel to the Lowfeld of Mpumalanga (including Kruger National Park), Limpopo and on the Maputoland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Malaria is at low risk in

the winter months – however, it is advisable to use mosquito nets and insect repellent to avoid being bitten. Consult your doctor for advice on medical precautions against malaria. No vaccinations are

required but please seek current travel advice from your GP at least 4 – 6 weeks prior to travel. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus-Diphtheria are currently recommended. If entering South Africa from

a yellow fever zone, possession of a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate is essential.

For more information, please visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/

Visa Requirements

No visa required for US passport holders staying up to 90 days but it is important to ensure that you have at least two consecutive clean pages in your passport. A validity of at least 6 months remaining on

your passport following your trip is required.

Tipping & Porterage

• In restaurants and bars, 10% is the accepted tipping standard

• Parking attendants and security guards are common in parking lots and at roadside bays. A tip of R2 and up should be offered, depending on the length of your stay

• In South Africa there are still attendants at gas stations to fill up vehicle tanks, check oil, water and tire pressure, and clean the windshields. From R2 up is an acceptable tip

• Airport porters is around R5 per piece of luggage

• Roadside newspaper vendors are traditional in South Africa. It’s custom to give the seller a few cents - rounding off the cost of your newspaper should be sufficient

• Some of the other service providers you may want to tip are taxi drivers, tour guides and assistants in hairdressers and beauty salons a small monetary amount

Credit Cards

All major credit cards are accepted in South Africa, particularly MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club. Be aware, however, that you can’t purchase fuel on a credit card. In most restaurants

credit cards machines are portable an your card will be swiped in your view so you don’t have to lose sight of your card.

Electrical Appliances

Visitors to South Africa should be aware that:

• The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ

• Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins

• US-made appliances may need a transformer

• Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances

Water

Drinking water in South Africa is quite safe when taken from the tap or faucet - in fact it is said to be some of the safest and cleanest in the world. Some tap and natural water may have a slight brown tinge

from humic acid, which is harmless and does not affect drinking water quality in South Africa.


Destination: Greater Kruger National Park

En route to the Kruger National Park through Mpumalanga, you have the advantage of some stunning scenery. Turn off the N4 to the village of Dullstroom, travel over the Long Tom Pass and its splendid

panoramic views to Lone Creek Falls and the charming forestry town of Sabie.

Just beyond Sabie, the Mac Mac Falls are worth stopping for; and you can treat yourself to a swim in the crystal-clear pools. A small detour leads to Pilgrim’s Rest; a fascinating historic town, well worth

exploring before continuing to Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve. In the reserve, you can feast your eyes on the Blyde River Canyon and the rich bird life. At the southern tip of the reserve, the view from

God’s Window stretches to eternity across the Lowveld. From there, it’s a short and easy drive to some of the finest private game reserves in the country and Orpen Gate to the Kruger National Park.

Adjacent to and incorporated into the Greater Kruger National Park lies 10 000 hectares of pristine African bushveld, which is the ‘Thornybush Game Reserve’. With an abundance of birdlife and wildlife

species including the ‘Big 5’. Explore the African bush on foot and from the back of an open safari vehicle. Discover the animal world, from the smallest termite to the giraffe, mongoose and buffalo.

Kapama Game Reserve is situated in the Limpopo Province, South Africa and was proclaimed a private nature reserve in December 1993. Covering approximately 13 000 hectares of prime big game

territory, Kapama Game Reserve has succeeded in combining the wilderness of the bush with the comforts of five-star hospitality and facilities. The name comes from Kapama, a Swazi king, whose tribe

inhabited and hunted the northern Drakensberg mountain region around Mariepskop back in the 1880s.

Overview

People

The people of South Africa welcome visitors to experience their hospitality. Feel the rhythm and soul of Africa. Encounter the majestic wildlife. Have a memorable journey through South Africa’s ancient and

recent past. Enjoy the nation’s many natural wonders. Get to know the many cultures of The Rainbow Nation.

Language

The people of South Africa welcome visitors to experience their hospitality. Feel the rhythm and soul of Africa. Encounter the majestic wildlife. Have a memorable journey through South Africa’s ancient and

recent past. Enjoy the nation’s many natural wonders. Get to know the many cultures of The Rainbow Nation.

History

Historically, South Africa was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime, but caught the imagination of all with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, followed by the peaceful, first

democratic elections in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the top travel destinations, blending elements of both ‘Africa of old’ with modernity. On one hand, one can escape to wild, remote areas and

experience exceptional game viewing and true wilderness on a safari getaway. Then, there are modern cities and hotels that compete with the best in the world. With 11 official languages and a diverse

range of cultures and ways of life, it is no wonder that Mandela has named South Africans “the rainbow nation”.

When it comes to wildlife and scenery a South Africa vacation has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in

the world, Cape Town is built among an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around

Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the

borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs on the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern

right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 186 miles

long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles,

amphibians and insects.

This diversity is echoed in its peoples. Ancient rock art is a silent testimony to the vanished culture of the first human inhabitants - the San or Bushman people - and the powerful civilisations of Mapungubwe

and Thulamela who traded with Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago remain entrenched in the ruins of their rock-walled hilltop cities. Later the subregion became a stepping stone between

Europe and the spices of the East, and then its own mineral riches were discovered. At the beginning of the 21st century this is a country filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, a heady history

and not least, a natural heritage that has South Africans defining their land as “a world in one country.”


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Historically, South Africa was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime, but caught the imagination of all with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, followed by the peaceful, first

democratic elections in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the top travel destinations, blending elements of both ‘Africa of old’ with modernity. On one hand, one can escape to wild, remote areas and

experience exceptional game viewing and true wilderness on a safari getaway. Then, there are modern cities and hotels that compete with the best in the world. With 11 official languages and a diverse

range of cultures and ways of life, it is no wonder that Mandela has named South Africans “the rainbow nation”.

When it comes to wildlife and scenery a South Africa vacation has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in

the world, Cape Town is built among an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around

Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the

borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs on the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern

right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 186 miles

long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles,

amphibians and insects.

This diversity is echoed in its peoples. Ancient rock art is a silent testimony to the vanished culture of the first human inhabitants - the San or Bushman people - and the powerful civilisations of Mapungubwe

and Thulamela who traded with Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago remain entrenched in the ruins of their rock-walled hilltop cities. Later the subregion became a stepping stone between

Europe and the spices of the East, and then its own mineral riches were discovered. At the beginning of the 21st century this is a country filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, a heady history

and not least, a natural heritage that has South Africans defining their land as “a world in one country.”

Weather

There is no bad time to travel to South Africa. When to travel all depends on what you want to see and do. Great bird watching can be found mid-October. Cape flower season is after the winter rains are over

- July and August through September is best for game safari as the visibility is best and it’s birthing season. Surfing, diving and hiking are best after the summer’s peak.

Also take into account the major South African holiday seasons. Festive Season is mid-December and early January and is the busiest period. Mid-winter is another prime time when locals head for

warmer weather.

Health Requirements

Prevention against malaria is recommended for all travel to the Lowfeld of Mpumalanga (including Kruger National Park), Limpopo and on the Maputoland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Malaria is at low risk in

the winter months – however, it is advisable to use mosquito nets and insect repellent to avoid being bitten. Consult your doctor for advice on medical precautions against malaria. No vaccinations are

required but please seek current travel advice from your GP at least 4 – 6 weeks prior to travel. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus-Diphtheria are currently recommended. If entering South Africa from

a yellow fever zone, possession of a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate is essential.

For more information, please visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/

Visa Requirements

No visa required for US passport holders staying up to 90 days but it is important to ensure that you have at least two consecutive clean pages in your passport. A validity of at least 6 months remaining on

your passport following your trip is required.

Tipping & Porterage

• In restaurants and bars, 10% is the accepted tipping standard

• Parking attendants and security guards are common in parking lots and at roadside bays. A tip of R2 and up should be offered, depending on the length of your stay

• In South Africa there are still attendants at gas stations to fill up vehicle tanks, check oil, water and tire pressure, and clean the windshields. From R2 up is an acceptable tip

• Airport porters is around R5 per piece of luggage

• Roadside newspaper vendors are traditional in South Africa. It’s custom to give the seller a few cents - rounding off the cost of your newspaper should be sufficient

• Some of the other service providers you may want to tip are taxi drivers, tour guides and assistants in hairdressers and beauty salons a small monetary amount

Credit Cards

All major credit cards are accepted in South Africa, particularly MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club. Be aware, however, that you can’t purchase fuel on a credit card. In most restaurants

credit cards machines are portable an your card will be swiped in your view so you don’t have to lose sight of your card.

Electrical Appliances

Visitors to South Africa should be aware that:

• The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ

• Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins

• US-made appliances may need a transformer

• Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances

Water

Drinking water in South Africa is quite safe when taken from the tap or faucet - in fact it is said to be some of the safest and cleanest in the world. Some tap and natural water may have a slight brown tinge

from humic acid, which is harmless and does not affect drinking water quality in South Africa.

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