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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: South African Escapade

Overview

Travel to South Africa aboard South African Airways and enjoy three nights at the Mjejane River Lodge where you will go on safari and four nights in

beautiful Cape Town where you can explore this historic city.

10 Days, 7 Nights

This trip to South Africa is marked by brilliant contrasts. From the fun of four nights in vibrant,

cosmopolitan Cape Town, surely one of the world’s most beautiful cities, to the perennial

majesty of the vast Kruger National Park region.

Start with three full days to explore and discover not only Cape Town city, but the areas

around it. Take the gondola or hike up Table Mountain which looms over Cape Town. Shop

the markets at the Waterfront. Head down to the Cape of Good Hope for the day and stop

in to see the penguins at Boulders Beach, or perhaps travel east to the picturesque wine

region of Franshhoek where some of South Africa’s most exquisite wines are produced.

Then its time to go bush. Mjejane River Lodge is perched on the banks of one of the Kruger

National Park’s greatest rivers - the Crocodile River - and is surrounded by tens of thousands

of hectares of raw African wilderness. It is here that places of water are places of life. It is

here that all forms of wildlife are drawn to the riverine habitat to feed and to quench their

Highlights

Discover the city of Cape Town,

regularly featured in the most beautiful

cities in the world lists

Go on safari in the amazing Kruger

National Park and get ready to count

the Big 5

Travel in style aboard the awardwinning

South African Airways directly

from New York or Washington DC to

South Africa

thirst. It is here that the paths of predators and prey cross. It is here that life and death are close companions. It is here that you are assured of a

breathtaking wildlife experience.

Africa has an age-old rhythm that is experienced through the hospitality of its people. From the first friendly welcome… to your journey of discovery

through the African bush with an experienced game ranger on your side… to a starlit dinner around a dancing fire in the sociable boma… to the

comfortable individually decorated air-conditioned bedrooms… to the sad farewells that arrive all too soon. And when you take leave of our special

corner of Africa you will understand the meaning of true hospitality… and yearn to return.

You will observe raw Africa in all its magnificence and its many moods. Mjejane River Lodge is Big 5 territory at its best. Finally, as the sun sets over

the Kruger National Park at the end of another remarkable day the river will carry your cares away and Africa will be in your blood… forever.

Additional Details

Round-trip flights aboard South African Airways from New York or Washington DC to Cape Town

Flights between Cape Town and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

Four nights in Cape Town at the Cape Milner in a Standard Room with daily breakfast

Three nights in the Kruger Area at the Mjejang River Lodge - inclusive of three meals daily and two safari experiences daily

Round-trip airport transfers in both Cape Town and Kruger Mpumalanga

Applicable airline fuel surcharges

US/foreign taxes & fees including September 11 Security Fee

Based on departures November 1 - November 30, 2014

Price Per Person From*

Double Occupancy 3129

Single Occupancy 3929

Based on departures January 20 - March 23, 2015

Price Per Person From*

Double Occupancy 3129


Itinerary

Map

Day One - Depart United States

Make your way to New York or Washington DC for your flight

aboard South African Airways to South Africa. If you require a

connecting flight from another US city, talk to our Destination

Specialists - they can arrange this for you.

Day Two - Arrive in Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa! After you clear Customs and

Immigration you will meet your transfer which will take you

from the Airport to the Cape Milner Hotel where you will check

in for four nights accommodation with daily breakfast.

take home with you.

Day Three - Five - Explore Cape Town

Spend the next three days exploring the beautiful city of

Cape Town. Talk to our Destination Specialists about the

best tour options we have - take a historical tour of Robben

Island, take the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for

amazing views or take a tour of the stunning winelands

region and enjoy scenery and a lovely wine selection you can

Day Six - Travel to Kruger Area

Today you will be returned to the airport by transfer where

you will then fly to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

On arrival you will be transferred by vehicle to the Mjejane

River Lodge where you will check in for three nights.

Day Seven & Eight - Explore Kruger Area

The Mjejane River Lodge is perched on the banks of one of

the Kruger National Park's greatest rivers - the Crocodile River

- and is surrounded by thousands of acres of raw African

wilderness.

Day Nine - Depart South Africa

Sadly, it is time to leave Mjejane River Lodge. Take your

transfer back to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport for

your flight onward to the United States. Or, talk to our

Destination Specialists about extending your trip, maybe

staying longer in the Kruger Area or possibly discovering the

spectacular Victoria Falls. There are many options in and

around South Africa, so let them inspire you.

Day Ten - Arrive back in the United States

You will arrive back in the United States today fresh from your

African adventure.


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: Johannesburg

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest and most vibrant capital. It is know for its eclectic mix of people and culture.

Johannesburg has many museums to offer. The Apartheid Museum allows visitors to see a detailed record of apartheid history. The Johannesburg Art Gallery houses a large collection of pre-eminent

artists including Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. They also have a comprehensive South African collection includes works by Gerald Sekoto, Alexis Preller, Maud

Sumner, Sydney Khumalo and Ezrom Legae. Originally built as a prison on 1892 to control the influx of the uitlanders (foreigners), Constitution Hill is now a museum and the home of the highest court in the

land the Constitutional Court.

Visit South Africa’s largest cable stayed bridge, the Nelson Mandela Bridge, which opened on July 20 2003 as part of the celebrations for former president Nelson Mandela’s 85th birthday.

Other interesting things to see in the area include the Sterkfontein Caves, A 2.2 million-year-old cave system, is situated within the Cradle of Humankind (A World Heritage Site owned by Wits

University).The cavern contains spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, and underground pools. Watch the art of glass blowing buy handmade recycled glassware at Ngwenya Glass Village. Against the

backdrop of the magnificent Witpoortjie Waterfall, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden offers 220 birds and a number of reptiles and small mammals on the savanna and grassland.

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.”


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.


Interest: Family Friendly

You deserve a break and so do the kids. A family friendly vacation to Africa is not only

an educational experience, but surprisingly affordable and extremely good fun.

Families come in all shapes and sizes from mum, dad and the kids to extended families

and family reunions. We can cater for any size group, with a customized vacation that

includes all the interests you love and some new ones you are yet to discover. Most city

hotels offer Kids club with really cool choices for kids up to teens (including cooking

experiences with the chef, plays, arts and crafts, supervised excursions to local

attractions, Wii video games, painting, computer fun and more). Safari game reserves

offer family friendly accommodations and the services of an enclosed 4WD private guide,

and even private meals so you can go on safari on your schedule. Guides take a

personal interest in the kids and really to educate and inform them of the wildlife, the

environment, the townships and the people.

Family safaris are designed to be educational, fun and safe. Ask for details on our family

friendly lodges and activities that will cater to your little ones.

A multitude of South African coastal towns are perfect beach holiday destinations and

cater to the diverse needs of each and every family member.

Dubai offers an exciting array of resorts to keep your kids amused. From the Atlantis with its huge water slides to the Dubai Zoo, a popular attraction

for families and Children’s City, the world’s 5th largest ‘infotainment’ facility, aiming to develop children’s curiosity through fun and play.

For fun in the sun and a simplistic beach holiday, you’ll love an Indian Ocean getaway.

In Mozambique, you will find a selection of self catered lodges and chalets, perfect for that extra space and to enable you to control and schedule

meal times and touring as and when suits you.


Interest: Independent Vacations

See nature as it was intended, closer than anywhere else on earth.

Travel on your own schedule with a mix’n’match style approach. Be inspired by the

myriad of hotels, resorts, lodges and tours available, and let the travel experts know your

style, taste and budget, and we will create a vacation that is completely tailor-made to

you. This is our specialty, we’ve arranged everything from stopovers in Dubai to complex,

creative vacations that cater specifically to your requirements.

You can experience it all – from the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino)

to serious bird watching, to romance and relaxation, to sunrise and sundowners…

Kruger National Park is one of the world’s best-known wildlife parks, a quintessentially

South African wilderness experience that simply cannot be missed. And if you are after a

quality food and wine experience, these are inseparable from the South African gourmet

landscape.

The people of Africa will steal your heart, their warmth, their genuineness and their big

smiles, will bring your spirit to life again.

There’s so much to do and experience, and each of our destinations offers cheap and

cheerful to the ultimate luxurious escape.


Interest: Safari Getaway

Safaris are not only about the famed Big Five, but about the thousands of other

creatures big and small – from the worlds tallest animal - the giraffe – surely the most

elegant of all the bush animals to some of the smallest and most fascinating – like the

dung beetle. You’ll encounter elephants galore – watch out for that tiny baby crossing

the road – and herds of buffalo. There are so many different kinds of antelope your head

will spin, fat crocodiles sunning themselves on sandbanks, hyenas on the prowl, and, if

you’re very lucky, a pack of wild dogs.

We celebrate the difference and uniqueness of each area and its wildlife, with a huge

selection of public and private concessions, each with its own identity, feel and character.

This variety of accommodation, activities and lodges means that there’s something for

everyone wanting to experience Africa. Public safari concession camps in National Parks

offer comfortable accommodation, a restaurant, swimming pool, and open vehicle game

drives safaris.

Or choose from standard to the most luxurious private concessions (area’s that are

privately owned) where you are guaranteed a highly personalized game viewing

experience, as well as the services of knowledgeable guides that have a passion for the

bush. All life’s little luxuries are available to you with exquisite accommodations, all inclusive of meals (and most including alcohol too), and intimate

game viewing. Private access means you can go off-road and really track the animals without 40 other pairs of eyes being there with you or a time

limit on which you have to view the animals. These private reserves define service and luxury, and we highly recommend a stay in a private game

reserve be part of your Africa vacation.

In the heart of southern Africa, Botswana offers possibly the finest, authentic wildlife experience in the world. It is comprised largely of the Kalahari

Desert, within which lies the Okavango Delta, a wonderful blue-green wetland considered by many to be Africa’s most incredible wildlife and

wilderness sanctuary. This dynamic waterworld contrasts with an ecosystem driven by different stimuli in the Linyanti and Selinda region in the north

of the country.

Namibia has rapidly become a well-known safari destination with a difference, famed for its remote and intimate lodges, interaction with the

indigenous people as well as the wildlife, and offering unique opportunities to become involved with the cultural heritage of all its peoples.

The East African countries of Kenya and Tanzania are famous for one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena - the annual migration of more than

a million wildebeest (gnu). Countless wildlife documentaries have captured the spectacle of thundering hooves as they move from the Serengeti in

the south to the Masai Mara, in search of fresh grasslands. The migratory pink flamingos in Kenya, which lend Lake Nakuru its blush, number close

to a million and are an unforgettable sight in the shallows and this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Kenya safaris.


Lodging: Abu Camp

Abu Camp offers the unique opportunity to bond with elephants firsthand. Situated in a vast private reserve, guests interact with the resident

elephant herd, whether riding or walking with them through the bush. The ultimate elephant education safari!

Overview

Named after a very special bull elephant, Abu Camp was the original base camp when Africa’s

first elephant back safaris were pioneered in the Delta 17 years ago. Today it is located in a

grove of magnificent hardwood trees on the edge of a large lagoon at the edge of the

Okavango Delta with a resident school of hippo.

Well-lit pathways link the Abu Camp tents with the main lounge and dining area. High vaulted

tenting opens out onto a tiered teak deck surrounding a giant termite mound, one of the

characteristic sights of the Okavango Delta. The lounge is replete with comfortable antique

furnishings and boasts an absorbing library of field guides and illustrated volumes on the wildlife

surrounding the camp, as well as throughout the Okavango Delta. A well-stocked bar provides

drinks and cocktails for post-safari sundowners around a camp fire while most of the meals are

taken al fresco on the deck. Nearby a secluded plunge pool enables guests to cool off and

relax.

With its shady trees and views overlooking the tranquil lagoon, Abu Camp is a haven of peace

and seclusion.

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Rating :

Rates : $1750 - $1750

Style : Lodge

Location/Contact : On the western side of

the Okavango Delta

Abu Camp is a Featured Hotel

Abu Camp is unique in the Okavango Delta in that it allows guests to interact with the resident

elephant herd, meeting each individual and initiating a journey into the complex behavior of the Special: Abu Camp

largest land mammal on Earth. Guests at Abu Camp are invited to become part of the elephant

herd during their stay: watching the evening feeding, sharing the simple joy of a frolicking youngster, and accompanying them on foot as they move

through the bush. These elephant encounters provide unforgettable magical moments. And viewing wildlife from atop an elephant allows a closer

approach to other animals than can be achieved when simply walking as an obvious human figure.

Abu Camp also offers morning and afternoon game drives, night drives and nature walks to view the abundance of fauna and flora in the area.

During the seasonal floods of the Okavango Delta, guests are invited to take to the waters in the mokoros, the traditional poled craft used in the

Okavango Delta.

Minimum 3 night stay.

Hotel Features

All Inclusive - meals and most alcoholic beverages Bar Eco-friendly Lodge

Fitness Facilities Full Breakfast Daily Gay Friendly

Guest Activities Guest library/lounge Guided Safaris Included

Housekeeping Service Laundry Service Major Credit Card Accepted

Multi-lingual reception staff Restaurant Room Service

Safe Deposit Box (front desk)

Wedding Services


Rooms and Suites

Luxury Safari Tent

An imaginative use of canvas and pole has created a unique style of tent which has been called Afro-Bedouin: high,

wide and airy, blending in flawlessly with the natural surroundings. Each of the five en-suite accommodation units has

its own distinctive furnishings and fittings, many of them antique, imparting an air of opulence amid the bush setting.

Each tent has its own private elevated teak deck sculpted around one of the lofty sycomore figs or jackalberry trees

with vistas the likes of which only the Okavango Delta can boast.

Location Map

In-Room Amenities

Mosquito nets

Ensuite Bathroom with Separate Shower

Coffee & Tea Making Facilities

Ensuite Bathroom

Safety Deposit Box (In Room)

Patio/Balcony


Lodging: Olakira

As the great Migration makes its way across the expansive Serengeti plains, so the luxury seasonal Olakira Camp follows. In the early part of the

year, Olakira is perfectly situated to witness the calving of wildebeest.

Overview

Olakira Camp is a classic, mobile safari camp that moves between the southern and central

Serengeti, attempting to stay close to the Migration from December to June, through preplanned

moves (the northern Serengeti, where the Migration typically wanders around from mid

July to November, is covered by its sister camp Sayari Camp). ‘Olakira’ means ‘star’ in the Maasai

language.

Typically, the camp will be in the Ndutu area from mid-December to March in order to witness the

magical calving season of the wildebeest in the southern Serengeti. From June onward, the

camp moves north to follow the Migration, staying in the central Serengeti for the rest of the

season. These move patterns are subject to change, as the philosophy behind the camp is to

be as close to the action as possible.

A stay in Olakira Camp is not about 5 star luxury though; it’s about something more than that.

Being in the middle of this wonderful spectacle, with wild animals roaming around camp at night,

is a dream come true to even the most experienced of travelers.

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Rates : $900 - $1216

Style : Lodge

Location/Contact : moves between Ndutu

Dec-March and

Bologonja/Mara June-

Nov

Special: Olakira

Olakira is a Featured Hotel

Hotel Features

All Inclusive - meals and most alcoholic beverages Eco-friendly Lodge Laundry Service

Restaurant

Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests


Rooms and Suites

Tent

Olakira is an intimate mobile safari camp made up of 8 spacious and ensuite tents (no bath). Each tent features a

king size bed, en suite bathroom and private veranda with a stunning view over the Serengeti. The camp moves

twice a year between carefully chosen campsites, allowing for superb game viewing at all times. Meaning “star” in

Swahili, Olakira Camp aims to deliver an intimate and authentic safari experience.

Location Map

In-Room Amenities

Ensuite Bathroom with Separate Shower


Lodging: Selous Safari Camp

Selous Safari Camp is a classic luxury tented camp located on the banks of Lake Nzerakera in the most prolific and thrilling game viewing area of the

Selous.

Overview

North camp caters for 6 tents and the South camp caters for 7 tents, each with its own pool,

dining and main area providing a very personal and intimate safari experience. The North camp

can be partly or completely booked (4-6 tents) to ensure the ultimate “private” exclusivity.

Set amongst trees on the banks of Lake Nzerakera, one of the oxbow lakes that bejewel Selous

Game Reserve, southern Tanzania. The dining area and bar raised on viewing platform, with

large comfortable sofas, and wildlife reference library. Table d’hote dining makes the most of

African influences and local fresh fruit, vegetables & spices.

The river & lake systems around the camp attract a huge diversity of animals including lion,

leopard, elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile. The area is also home to one of the few

remaining wild dog populations in the world.

Activities include Game drives in open-sided 4-wheel drive vehicles; River safaris in boats with

outboard motors; Game walks; Fishing (subject to conditions and fee to be paid in camp).

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Rating :

Rates : $1040 - $1480

Style : Lodge

Location/Contact : Selous Game Reserve

Selous Safari Camp is a Featured Hotel

Special: Selous Safari Camp

Hotel Features

All Inclusive - meals and most alcoholic beverages All Inclusive - meals only Bar

Eco-friendly Lodge Full Breakfast Daily Gay Friendly

Gift Shop/Newsstand Guest Activities Guest library/lounge

Guided Safaris Included Housekeeping Service Internet Access

Laundry Service Major Credit Card Accepted Multi-lingual reception staff

Restaurant Swimming Pool Valet & Pressing service


Rooms and Suites

Tented Accommodation

Much as guests are encouraged to become at one with the bush surroundings, full consideration has been given to

comfort within the camp itself. The spacious tents are luxuriously appointed, with en suite bathrooms and open air

hot water showers. Ceiling fans are present in all the rooms situated above the king sizes beds where guests can

rest away the exertions of the morning activity and cool down during the heat of the day before heading out again

later.

Location Map

In-Room Amenities

Overhead Fans

Ensuite Bathroom

Outdoor Showers

Safety Deposit Box (In Room)

Patio/Balcony


Lodging: Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Situated on a slope, basking in the abundance of animal species and birdlife around it, Singita Faru Faru Lodge lends a contemporary signature

style to safari.

Overview

Inspired by a botanical theme, this riverside lodge offers barefoot elegance in a laid-back rustic

setting.

The organic lines of two rim-flow swimming pools echo those of a watering hole that lies just

below. The elevated viewing decks over the watering hole allow guests to view game without

even leaving their lodge, and a Swahili-inspired ‘beach’ offers the opportunity for some serious

rest and relaxation. The contrast of stone and canvas against cutting-edge design and

comfortable furnishings is integrated in eight open-style suites and one Villa Suite.

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Rating :

Rates : $1990 - $2090

Style : Lodge

Location/Contact : Grumeti Reserve

Singita Faru Faru Lodge is a Featured Hotel

Special: Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Hotel Features

All Inclusive - meals and most alcoholic beverages All Inclusive - meals only Babysitting

Bar Business Center Designated smoking areas

DVD selection available on request Eco-friendly Lodge Family Rooms

Fitness Facilities Full concierge service Gay Friendly

Gift Shop/Newsstand Guest Activities Guest library/lounge

Guided Safaris Included Housekeeping Service Internet Access

Laundry Service Major Credit Card Accepted Multi-lingual reception staff

Non-smoking rooms Restaurant Room Service

Safe Deposit Box (front desk) Spa Suitable for Children

Swimming Pool Valet & Pressing service Wedding Services

Wireless Internet (WiFi)


Rooms and Suites

Villa Suite

Eight air-conditioned en suite suites, with a bath and outdoor shower, and the Villa Suite. There is a dedicated family

suite suitable for a family of four and the Villa Suite is ideal for couples traveling together as it can accommodate 4

adults. Each suite has a reading area, a huge picture window, personal bar and fridge, and a deck with Swarovski

spotting scope.

Location Map

In-Room Amenities

Hair Dryer

Air Conditioning

Minibar

Overhead Fans

Mosquito nets

Ensuite Bathroom with Separate Shower

Coffee & Tea Making Facilities

Ensuite Bathroom

Outdoor Showers

Safety Deposit Box (In Room)

Telephone

Television

Patio/Balcony


Lodging: Tarangire Treetops

Perched high up in the age old Baobab and Marula trees. Astride the path of the Elephant Migration

Overview

Astride the path of the elephant migration, Tarangire Treetops sits alone in a private

conservation area bordering Tarangire National Park which covers an area of 260 sq kms and

the Masai Steppe amid rolling baobab studded hills with views to Lake Manyara and the Rift

Valley wall. Treetops has a magical Never-Never Land feel appealing to anyone with a sense of

fun and adventure.

The greeting that awaits you is a gigantic baobab tree around 700 years old that grows right in

the centre of the reception area. The reception is designed around the tree, making it the center

attraction.

Huge comfortable seats are scattered in this area, and right in the centre, a pit is constructed, in

a terraced pattern with cushions to make sitting comfortable. A fire pit is in the middle of this and

this very cosy especially during chilly evenings.

Distinctively furnished blending natural materials and modern décor, the tree houses provide

guests with a unique safari experience. Wildlife in the area includes buffalo, lion, cheetah,

leopard and huge herds of elephant, frequenting the camps water hole. The camp also offers

the unique facility of night game drives and game walks, including a Masai experience in an

authentic boma. A swimming pool is available for those wanting to refresh themselves after a

long day’s game drive. The dining area overlooks the swimming pool and a water hole which is

often frequented by game. It is open, spacious and allows an uninterrupted view of the land.

The bar is in the same area as the dining room and carry’s on the theme of the dining area.

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Rating :

Rates : $1460 - $1690

Style : Lodge

Location/Contact : Tarangire National Park

Tarangire Treetops is a Featured Hotel

Tarangire Treetops is a Recommended Hotel

Special: Tarangire Treetops

Tarangire National park is literally teeming with wildlife throughout the year. It is home to some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa, and other

wild life in this area includes buffalo, lion, cheetah, and leopard. It is also an ornithologist’s paradise, rich in birds pf prey.

Hotel Features

All Inclusive - meals and most alcoholic beverages All Inclusive - meals only Babysitting

Bar Designated smoking areas Eco-friendly Lodge

Foreign Exchange Full Breakfast Daily Gay Friendly

Gift Shop/Newsstand Guest Activities Guest library/lounge

Guided Safaris Included Housekeeping Service Internet Access

Laundry Service Major Credit Card Accepted Non-smoking rooms

Parking Restaurant Room Service

Safe Deposit Box (front desk) Shoe Shine service Suitable for Children

Swimming Pool Wedding Services Wireless Internet (WiFi)


Rooms and Suites

Tree House

Tarangire Treetops offers 20 luxury tents, built atop tree-attached platforms, overlooking the Tarangire Sand River.

Each en-suite unit has a private veranda and lounge area, with sweeping views over the private Conservation area.

Location Map

In-Room Amenities

Hair Dryer

Minibar

Overhead Fans

Mosquito nets

Ensuite Bathroom

Safety Deposit Box (In Room)

Patio/Balcony

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