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South Africa - Timeless Travel Africa

South Africa

BOTSWANA • ZAMBIA • MOZAMBIQUE • NAMIBIA & MAURITIUS

Distinctive Holidays for the Discerning Traveller


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ur Passion for

OSouthern Africa

Timeless Travel is pleased to add Southern Africa to its portfolio of exciting destinations.

Our enthusiasm for this stunning part of the world is based on its wonderful climate, superb

cuisine and beautiful beaches. The provinces of South Africa are diverse from quiet and

unspoiled coastlines to lush green forests, abundant vineyards and game reserves bursting

with wildlife. See loggerhead turtles, view meerkats in the Kalahari and the Big Cats in the

famous game reserves of Kruger and Madikwe. Stargaze beneath inky black African nights

listening to the sounds of wild animals in the distance for a memorable adventure.

South Africa is located in the Southern Hemisphere and therefore their seasons are the

opposite to ours. Expect a warm climate all year round with some summer showers and

humidity, and sunny days and cool evenings in the winter. With only 2 hours time difference

from the UK and driving on the left this fantastic country is easy to navigate and adapt to.

With an excellent road system the fly drives here are phenomenal and the Garden Route

showcases glorious mountain scenery with charming towns and the peaceful waters of the

Indian Ocean

The vibrant cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban provide a wealth of fine

dining and culture and we invite you to sample the luxury spas and produce of the

wineries. Visit Kwazulu Natal where the battles between Zulus and British took place in

the Boer Wars.

Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation we will put together a meticulously

planned itinerary that is unique to you. Please use this brochure for inspiration but leave the

hard work to us

We look forward to perfecting your holiday to spectacular South Africa

Emma Wilkinson & Darren Rogers

The air holidays and flights in this brochure

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Timeless Travel are as independent as you are.

One of the many reasons we decided to start this company was our enthusiasm for good old

fashioned customer service. With over 40 years experience in the travel industry we wanted to

break away from the structure of departments and call centres. We guarantee that you will

speak to the same person throughout, from the initial enquiry until you return home. The

advice and planning will be completely unbiased and will be designed entirely to your wishes as

Timeless Travel are truly independent. We recognise the importance of those finer details: a

much needed dinner reservation at a busy lodge or seat reservations that are important to you.

Rest assured that you will be looked after in every step of the planning and your holiday will

be skillfully arranged with expert advice.

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4 Fly Drives

5 Accommodation

6 Rail Tours

7 Escorted Tours

8-11 Wildlife & Safari

12-13 Game Reserves

14-15 Cape Town & Winelands

16-17 Overburg & Karoo

18-19 Garden Route & the East Cape

20-21 Kwazalu Natal & Swaziland

22-23 Johannesburg & the North

24-25 Zambia & Victoria Falls

26-27 Botswana & Mozambique

28 Namibia

29 Mauritius & Seychelles

30-31 Booking Conditions & Map

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Fly Drive Tours

A warm and welcoming climate and a great road system make driving in Southern Africa a

pleasure. Compact and diverse you will pass astonishing natural beauty that ranges from burnt

orange sunsets to pristine powder soft sand beaches. A day's drive will take from a vibrant city

to tranquil beaches and russet coloured clouds gliding over sand dunes. Tour the winelands

with their blanketed valleys of grooved vineyards. Sample the produce while gazing at glorious

mountain views hazy from the heat. The Garden Route is South Africa's ultimate driving route.

It skirts the beautiful warm waters of the Indian Ocean from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.

Driving on the left (the same side as the UK)

makes an easy transition for travellers to

Southern Africa.

The freedom and flexibility of a fly drive

holiday is the best way to see the many

attractions of this stunning country.

Combine a fly drive holiday with a safari or

beach extension the possibilities are endless.

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Southern Africa Accommodation

Southern Africa properties are synonymous with luxury. Beautiful boutique hotels offering fine dining and outstanding spas. The accommodation

is as much a part of your holiday as the destination and can influence your enjoyment greatly. We pride ourselves on recommending hotels

that aim to deliver an outstanding service that are in prime locations. Timeless Travel is truly independent ensuring you have the

accommodation that matches your exact requirements and preferences. Relax in secluded lodges in private game reserves or luxury tents

overlooking a watering hole. After a morning safari return to an oasis of pampering and tranquillity. Where possible we recommend hotels with

character and Southern Africa has a wonderful choice of intimate and individual properties.

Luxury Game Lodges

In the heart of the African wilderness you will find

an oasis of the most luxurious accommodation.

Five star properties offering outstanding

hospitality, plush surroundings and gourmet

cuisine. Sample fine wines from the bars and

lounges while relaxing on decks overlooking a

distant watering hole. Luxury suites boast

extravagant bathrooms, private pools and are

sumptuously furnished. Many offer spa facilities

where treatments can be enjoyed from the

privacy of your own room. Relish the tranquil

atmosphere of the libraries or take an evening

swim in pools that overlook the wild African

landscapes.

Guest Houses

There are many unique properties in Southern

Africa that offer something extra special to your

holiday. These are small and intimate hotels in

exquisite settings and are a world away from the

huge mainstream chain hotels. The owners are

usually available to give advice on the best places

to visit during your stay from local restaurants to

must see attractions. These guest houses

enhance your holiday and are part of the

experience rather than a base to stay.

Sustainable Tourism

The majority of the hotels in Southern Africa are

committed to reducing the impact of tourism on

the environment and have a practice in place to

support the cause. The main objectives of these

properties is to raise environmental awareness

and participate in environmental best practice.

For more information on this please contact us.

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Rail Tours

Southern Africa offers two of the most luxurious and scenic rail journeys in the world. Take in the big

skies of Africa at a relaxed and leisurely pace while enjoying gourmet meals and first class service.

A glamourous alternative to an internal flight the rail experiences also showcase the tremendous

landscapes of this beautiful country.

The Blue Train

This is one of the most romantic and timeless journeys in the world and runs between Cape Town to

Pretoria. Five star treatment is accompanied by glorious natural beauty as you pass the panoramic

African landscapes. A personal butler is allocated to each coach ensuring you have 24 hour customer

service and your private exquisitely decorated suite has sumptuous lounge chairs and marbled en-suite

bathrooms. This spectacular 27 hour journey is a once in a lifetime experience on a par with the magical

Orient Express and we highly recommend it.

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Rovos Rail

Experience the glamour and opulence of the pre

war era on the romantic routes of one of the

most luxurious rail journeys in the world. The

experience harks back to the glamourous golden

era of rail travel but combines modern comfort

and five star treatment. Fine dining is

accompanied by South African wines served by

attentive staff. An observation car ensures you

will miss none of the stunning African skyline.

Regular journeys on Rovos Rail

A 48 hr journey from Cape Town to Pretoria with off train excursions

A 55 hr journey between Pretoria and Victoria falls through Botswana and Zimbabwe


Escorted Tours

Sit back and relax and let yourself be taken care of by experienced Tour Directors and Drivers. They will

take care of even the most insignificant detail and are trained to provide a wealth of information to

enhance your African Adventure.

Mix and match tours with self drives, safaris and a beach extension for the Ultimate African holiday.

Private Guided Touring

Fully guided family and small group safaris are

an excellent way to experience Africa. Intimate

and unique they include private accommodation

and your own personal tour guide. These fully

flexible itineraries suit individual preferences

from choice of game drives to meal times. These

are ideal for families and small groups preferring

a more relaxed style of touring.

Day Tours

One of the best ways to see Africa's major

attractions is to add on a day trip. Experience a

hot air balloon over Kruger National Park or an

exhilarating white water rafting trip there are a

diverse choice of packages.

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Whale and Dolphin Watching

High above Mossel Bay, Khosian Cave is a

Wildlife & Safaris fantastic vantage point to view the antics of the

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Wildlife

Southern Africa and wildlife viewing are synonymous. Acres of golden grass punctuated by

baobab trees are a haven for hunting lions and elephant families. Observe these

amazing creatures under blazing sunsets as they drink at watering holes. Marine life is no

less spectacular as whales migrate and dolphins play in the warm waters of the Indian

Ocean. Witness a great white shark fin slice through the waves on an expedition. A visit

to Southern Africa will stay with you for a lifetime.

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Shark Viewing

Adrenaline junkies will be tested to the limit

with this amazing experience. Hold your nerve

as you come face to face with one of the most

deadliest predators on earth from the safety of

your boat. This is a once in a lifetime chance to

see the ferocious and impressive Great White in

its natural habitat.

Southern Right Whale as they breach and dive

the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Take a

whale watching trip by boat to get up close or

kayak out to sea for a glimpse of inquisitive

dolphins. The whale watching capital is

Hermanus and it is possible to see these

magnificent creatures a few metres from the

shoreline.

The Big Five

The name given to the animals most difficult to

hunt is now phrased as the animals most

photographed. These magnificent creatures that

should be seen in their natural environment are

lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros and

buffalo. The thrill of observing a big cat snoozing

in the bough of a tree or a pride of lions enjoying

a kill under the shade of tree is incredible. The

savanna areas of Southern Africa have pale gold

grass and occasional trees which provide a haven

for all types of game. Giant biobab cast eerie

silhouettes against the backdrop of crimson

sunsets in Kruger National Park where prime

sightings are found.

What to expect on Safari

We recommend lightweight clothes and a

waterproof jacket in case of showers. Take a fleece

or sweatshirt for cool evenings and try to avoid

white and bright colours as these can attract the

animals to your presence. Wear neutral colours

and do not take camouflage clothing as this is

worn by the local military. A hat and sunglasses

are highly recommended. You may wish to take

swimwear as most lodges have pools.

What to Take

Binoculars and a camera are a must for prime

wildlife viewing and recording your memories.

A good torch is also recommended as well as

high factor sunscreen and mosquito repellent.

It is handy to take a basic medical kit containing

antihistamine etc but lodges have emergency

medical kits. Certain game reserves are malaria

free but on safari in a malarial area you will need

to take anti malarial medication.

A Typical Day

Vehicles used on game drives are usually 4x4s

that are adapted to local conditions. For prime

wildlife viewing they usually start very early and

at dusk when the animals are at their most

active. To get the best out of your experience we

recommend a minimum of 2 full days on safari.

05.30 : Before sunrise have a light snack and

tea and coffee.

06.00 : Game drive

09.00 : Breakfast back at the lodge

10.00 : Relax at the lodge spa, swim or catch

up on your sleep

13.00 : Enjoy a light lunch

14.00 - 15.30 : Free time to relax

16.00 : Light snack

16.30 : Evening game drive

20.00 : Meal back at the lodge

Meals

Food is excellent at the lodges with usually a

buffet breakfast and lunch and a set three course

evening meal. Many luxury lodges offer fine wines

to accompany your meal. This is an excellent time

to catch up with other guests and exchange

stories of wildlife encounters and photography.


Game Viewing

Kruger is, arguably the crown jewel in a country rich in wildlife experiences. A photographers dream come true, Kruger boasts

incredible scenery as well as animals. Capture blazing sunsets and unique landscapes bathed in the spectacular colours of the

African sky.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park and its nearby surroundings

deserve a special mention. Boasting an

unbelievable 2 million hectares of unspoilt

wilderness, Kruger is brimming with some of the

most amazing wild creatures on earth. Whether

you decide to stay in a luxury lodge or sample a

day trip, this is a must see on your South African

adventure. Dine under a natural canopy of stars

on unbelievably clear nights on a private deck or

join an evening game drive to see the animals

after dark.

Jock Safari Lodge

Located in the heart of Kruger's southern edge

and with 15 small and luxurious suites unwind

and immerse yourself in the glorious views of

South Africa. This lodge is proud of its roots and

history and is fully committed to preserving the

unique and beautiful Kruger National Park for

future generations.

Thorneybush Private Game Reserve

This is an exceptional lodge for families and offers

special programmes and activities however the

separate 8 luxury tents that overlook the

bushveld are superb for couples and

honeymooners.

Jackalberry Game Lodge

This understated yet luxurious lodge provides

chalet style rooms with en-suite bathrooms and

patios. Sheltered by the majestic Drackensberg

Mountains this property offers indulgence and

charming hospitality.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Located in the south west corner of Kruger

National Park this private Game Reserve has

some of the best and most exclusive private

game lodges. Listen to the cries of the wild whilst

still enjoying all the comforts of 5 star

accommodation. Positioned to offer sweeping

views of the reds and golds of the African

landscape these properties provide a haven of

pampering and relaxation.

Leopards are the star attraction of Sabi Sands

and are seemingly impervious to cars as they

swagger by. It is not unusual to see them hunt if

you are lucky enough.

Lion Sands is an ideal honeymoon paradise with

a spa, world class wine cellar and plunge pools.

Sheer luxury and seclusion await you in one of

the most pristine wilderness areas in Africa.

Award winning exclusivity nestled beneath

ancient trees with swimming pools and private

hammocks are perfect for couples. The game

drives are excellent and other activities include

moon walks, hippo tours and breakfasts in the

heart of the African bush.

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Game Viewing in South Africa

Madikwe Game Reserve

Stretching to the border of Botswana and the

edge of the Kalahari, Madikwe is one of the largest

and most popular game reserves. Stay in luxury

tents or safari lodges with breathtaking views.

Head out on a sundowner safari at dusk when the

skies are bathed in a russet glow. Night safaris

provide glimpses of nocturnal animals adding an

extra dimension to your safari experience.

Stay at Madikwe Hills overlooking 75,000 acres of

wilderness including tamboti trees, woodlands

and grasslands of the malaria free Madikwe

game reserve. This is one of the few places in the

world where you can view wild dogs and on

warm evening game drives enjoy dining in the

heart of the bushveld.

Timbavati Game Reserve

Located in the western region of Kruger this

game reserve is rugged and wild. Genetically rare

white lions are a rare sighting but here is where

you will find them. The Big 5 are in abundance as

well as 350 species of birds, giraffe,

hippopotamus as well as white and black

rhinoceros.

Stay in the family owned intimate lodge of

Motswari for a peaceful and relaxing haven. Enjoy

the expertise of your hosts, rangers and trackers.

Watch wildlife from sumptuously furnished

bungalows for a true South African experience.

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Shamwari Game Reserve

Near to Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape you

will find this malaria free game reserve boasting

25,000 hectares with luxurious lodging and

fantastic game viewing. A wide range of lodges

can be found with 5 star luxury and family friendly

reserves that offer "kids safaris". This is an excellent

game reserve to add on to the spectacular

Garden Route and its wonderful beaches. In

between game drives relax in a spa or visit one

of the Born Free Big Cat sanctuaries that can be

found here. See rescued animals and learn about

the importance of conservation in the area.

Pumba Game reserve

Located in the malaria free Eastern Cape this 5

star private reserve is home to the Big 5 as well as

an abundance of mammals and birds. As well as

game viewing an opulent spa and superb cuisine

provide the perfect combination of pure luxury

and safari experience.


Pilanesberg National Park

A picturesque mosaic of hills, ravines and pale

gold grassy plains is found at Pilanesburg

National Park. Malaria free the scenery is

sheltered by the crater of a long extinct volcano

providing fascinating geological features as well

as a wealth of wildlife. There are several lodges in

the park offering rewarding safaris and day visits

are available from Sun City.

Warterburg

The UNESCO region of Waterburg is situated in

the northern province of Limpopo. Nestled in the

vast expanse of mountains and savannah lies the

family estate boasting a world class golf resort

and a choice of luxury accommodation. The

wilderness reserve is only accessible on foot or by

horseback reinforcing the family estates strong

conservation principles.

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Kruger National Park and surrounds

For the true safari connoisseur

Untamed wilderness for the true safari connoisseur is the essence of Kruger National Park. A visual splendour of mountains, panoramic valleys,

rivers and waterfalls populated with an amazing variety of game. Although game viewing here can be done on a self drive basis for optimum results

we recommend staying at the private game lodges and camps. You will have the experience and knowledge of guides that will increase your

viewing chances and it is well worth the extra expense.

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Kruger National Park

Kruger is, arguably the crown jewel in a country

rich in wildlife experiences. A photographers

dream come true, Kruger boats incredible

scenery as well as animals. Capture blazing

sunsets and unique landscapes bathed in the

spectacular colours of the African sky.

Blyde River Canyon

A gigantic, breathtaking gorge that spans 26km

Blyde River Canyon offers sweeping views of

densely forested mountains. The aptly named

God's Window is one of the prime viewing

locations which showcase sheer cliffs that plunge

deep into the Canyon. The conical peaks of the

Three Rondavels also offer a sublime vantage

point for stunning photographs.

Foot Safari

Providing you with opportunities to learn about

and view the smaller creatures as well as the Big

Game this is an unforgettable way to feel at one

with nature. A professional guide will lead you

into Africa's heart as you explore the wonders

of nature on foot. Perhaps a more humbling

experience from the ground you will notice the

smallest creatures and appreciate the cycle of life

that makes up this incredible ecosystem.

Hot Air Ballooning

As the sun gradually rises as a thin orange line

above the Mpumalanga landscapes the hot air

balloon trips are also preparing their ascent. Float

high above the fantastic Kruger National Park and

the Blyde River. This is a once in a lifetime

experience not to be missed. Starting with an

early morning briefing before your hour long ride

you will usually then be treated with champagne

and breakfast!

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Rhino Post Safari Lodge is a 16-bed lodge, set on

the banks of the Mutlumuvi Riverbed, in a 12,000

private wilderness concession in the Kruger

National Park. This unique wilderness area offers

ecotourists the ideal place for encounters with

the Big Five and allows visitors to track elephant

and rhino on foot or view them from the comfort

of open safari vehicles.

Pilgrims Rest

Located on the Panorama Route this unique

historic village provides a fascinating insight into

South Africa's gold rush past. Visit old churches

museums and pubs. See The Diggings Site just

outside Pilgrims Rest which is an authentic

reconstruction of how the valley once looked

complete with buildings.


Game Drives

Game drives are what Kruger National Park is all about. There is no feeling like making your way through the bush in hot pursuit of the latest

pride of lions, sighted feeding on a kill just over the rise. We recommend staying at a private game lodge in Kruger for the best chance of seeing

the wildlife. For those on self-drives through the Kruger National Park, Olifants, Mopani and Letaba restcamps provide night drives, whilst most of the

restcamps offer early morning, mid-morning and sunset game drives. For the most part game drives last around 3 hours, and private lodges

and game farms usually include a coffee break, breakfast or sundowners in the bush as part of the game drive experience.

Tips On Safari

Game vehicles are specifically designed for safari

and ensure you have maximum visibility, comfort

and are able to get the vantage points for

photography without compromising your safety.

Most (not all) safari game lodges provide insect

repellent in your rooms, along with mosquito

nets over the beds and either a fan

or air-conditioner or both. Most safari game

vehicles keep blankets for the cold mornings and

evenings, and ponchos should it rain.

Your safari game ranger usually has a good pair

of binoculars on the game vehicle for all to share,

but it's probably a good idea to bring your own.

As far as the wild animals are concerned - you

may be lulled into a false sense of security

because the animals appear 'tame'. They have

become accustomed to the safari vehicles and

will generally go-about their daily business

seemingly completely unconcerned by your

presence. This is not the case however, although

they are relaxed they are most definitely aware of

your presence and alert to any perceived danger.

These animals are most certainly wild - respect

their space (particularly if you are on a self drive

safari) and under no circumstances feed them.

Never walk in areas where there is 'big game' e.g.

lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo, hippo,

hyena etc, unless accompanied by a professional

game ranger.

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Cape Town & Winelands

Cape Town, with its enviable climate and spectacular scenery

This is one of the most breathtaking areas of South Africa. Cape Town sits sheltered beneath the huge Table Mountain. Pretty seaside

towns and Cape Point lighthouse gaze protectively out to sea from soaring cliffs. Catch a glimpse of magnificent areas of greenery

packed with vibrant flowers.

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Cape Town

A cultural melting pot reflected in the cuisine and

architecture make Cape Town on of the world's

most exciting cities. Table Mountain protectively

cradles Cape Town and we recommend a cable

car ride to the summit as you will be rewarded

with spectacular views. Climb the mane of Lions

Head Mountain at night for prime star gazing.

Stroll sensational Victoria and Albert Waterfront,

visit museums, gardens and galleries of this

magical city.

Table Mountain National Park

Dominating the skyline of Cape Town sits the

magnificent icon of Table Mountain. When you

stand on the elegant finger of the Cape

peninsula you will be rewarded with clean air

and jaw dropping sea scapes that reach out to

Antarctica. Take the cable car to the summit to

see a sunset that defies description. Sheer cliffs

slice into the ocean at Cape Point and you may

catch sight of a migrating whale cruising the

waters. The Cape of Good Hope is one of the

most dangerous coastlines in the world and the

ghosts of sailors and shipwrecks are said to

haunt the battered cliffs.

Some of the best sunrises and sunsets in

Southern Africa can be seen from Cape Town.

Make a day of it, and watch sunrise from the top

of Lion's Head (requiring an early start) and

sunset from Clifton Beach (requiring a glass of

Merlot). There you can just relax, or watch

intently for the "green flash" - the phenomenon

where green light from the setting sun is

refracted across the surface of the ocean.

Lion's Head has another treat in store. At full

moon, it's possible to watch the sun set and

moon rise simultaneously from her craggy

shoulders.

Cango Caves

An impressive series of Stalagmite and Stalagtites

that decorate a series of underground caverns

make up the Cango Caves. Fantastic names are

given to these amazing formations such as

Cango Candle and the Hanging Shawl. See

Cleopatras Needle which stands 9 metres high

and is over 150,000 years old.

Robben Island

From the ashes of its brutal past as a place of

banishment and imprisonment Robben Island

now tells the story of victory over Apartheid. This

is where Nelson Mandela, the first democratic

president, was held. Robben Island now stands as

testament to the triumph of human spirit over

oppression and adversity.

Boulder Beach

Get to Boulders Beach early to ensure you are

able to get yourself a spot on the beach where

the public can picnic, build sandcastles and

possibly even catch a wave with one of the

Boulders' most famous residents because the

beach belongs to the penguins. You'll spend the

day dodging the distinctive black and white

African penguins strolling along the sand as well

as the streets around the beach. You also need to

keep a wary eye out for birds that have chosen to

rest in the shade of your car. But for a truly

memorable view of these endemic birds, take to

the boardwalks that lead you over the dunes and

vegetation and thread their way through the

noisy, bustling colony of birds. Watch them come


in from the sea and be raucously greeted by

those they left behind, or simply preen and sun

themselves.

Stellenbosch

Just 45 mins from Cape Town lies Stellenbosch in

the heart of the wine making area of South

Africa. Oak lined streets veil some of the

beautifully preserved Victorian and Georgian

buildings. The pretty university town offers

restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and art

galleries surrounded by mountains, vineyards

and orchards. There are over 300 wineries in the

area producing excellent reds and premium

whites to sample.

Franschhoek

One of the most beautiful wine valleys in the

world lies in the French corner of the Cape.

Gourmet restaurants with leading chefs providing

world class cuisine and fine locally produced

wines. Stay in pretty Auberge and sample

delicious cheese and chocolate. Browse art

galleries and craft studios amongst tree lined

streets. For the more adventurous there are plenty

of outdoor activities including hiking and biking.

Constantia Valley

A secret rural retreat this is the oldest wine

growing area of South Africa. The wine route is an

intimate collection of seven distinctive wine

farms producing award winning wines. Situated

in the centre of the Cape peninsula with access to

beaches and golf courses this is a perfect place to

escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Visit the

nearby Kirstenboch Botanical gardens which are

one of the most stunning in the world.

Cape Country Meander

Encompassing eight towns, this is an

unforgettable 100km route from Cape Town

through rolling farmlands, vineyards, orchards

and forests. Experience hot springs at Caledon,

delicious chocolate at Greyton and superb wine

tasting at Botrivier. The bountiful Elgin Valley

produces award winning wines, brandy and

mouth watering cuisine.

Four Passes Route

Head east from Cape Town and pass through

Helderberg where you will start to ascend Sir

Lowry's Pass. The magnificent scenery of

Hottentots Holland Mountain awaits and we

recommend you glance back to gaze over Cape

Town and False Bay for tremendous views.

Pass quaint villages and descend Viljoen's Pass

towards the impressive Theewatersloof Dam.

Enjoy sweeping views of Franschhoek Valley, the

gourmet capital. Continue through Stellenbosch

and Paarl for more wine tasting and drive over

Helshoogte Pass enveloped by stunning

vineyards.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

ITINERARY 1 4 nights

Western Cape Flowers

Day 1 Cape Town - Vredendal

Visit Postberg Nature Reserve an area

renowned for its incredible spring

flowers. Continue via Moorreesburg

and Picketberg to Vredendal

Day 2 Vredendal to Nieuwoudtville

Day 3 Vredendal

Day 4 Vredendal - Cape Town

ITINERARY 2 12 nights

Iconic Route 62 & Safari

Day 1 Cape Town 2 nts

Day 3 Paarl 2 nts

Day 5 Oudtshoorn 2 nts

Day 7 Tsitsikamma 2 nts

Day 8 Amakhala Game Reserve 4nts

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Overburg & Karoo

With grassy dunes and white sandy beach it is a photographer's dream

This is an area of pretty towns nestled on beautiful bays and miles of beaches. See southern right whales migrating between July to

December from the cliff tops. Stroll through nature reserves , milkwood forests exploring rocky inlets and caves. Visit nearby sleepy

villages and towns where lovely walks can be taken. For the more adventurous, outdoor activities include horse riding, swimming

and surfing. Acres of wildflowers and fynbos decorate the mountains and valleys providing amazing views for hikers.

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Hermanus

Hermanus is renowned as the best land based

whale watching destination in the world. July is

prime time to view the stately Southern Right

Whales as they cruise through Walker Bay. White

sandy beaches are prime viewing spots to look

for these magnificent and immense creatures as

they migrate. Hermanus even boasts a whale

crier that heralds the sightings of the magnificent

animals.

Swellendam

Nestled in a valley at the base of the majestic

Langeberg mountains and half way between

Cape Town and George lies the charming town of

Swellendam. This is one of the oldest towns in

Southern Africa and much of the original

architecture has been restored making it a

pleasure to stroll the pretty streets and museum

complex. Visit the charming Faerie Sanctuary or

enjoy a round of golf. This is the perfect half way

stop between Cape Town and George near the

Garden Route.

Gansbaai

Known as the Great White Shark capital of the

world. As well as sharks the Southern Right

Whale is often seen here between July and

December. Look for them on the gorgeous

beaches near Walker Bay where it is possible to

have long stretches of white sand all to yourself.

Pearly Beach has fantastic views and pristine

waters and we highly recommend a visit.

Grootbos Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is situated

half an hour outside of Hermanus, on the

Fynbos and forest clad hills, overlooking the

whale watching haven of Walker Bay and

Gansbaai. The two hour drive from Cape Town

provides for a spectacular scenic route along the

Cape Whale Coast and gives you the opportunity

to stop in Betty's Bay to view one of the last

breeding colonies of the African Penguin.

Grootbos offers a wide variety of experiences for


guests to enjoy during their stay. Specialist guides

lead 4x4 drives and walks through the fynbos

and forests of the reserve, trips to the nearby

coast to view the Southern Right Whales from

land, walks along deserted beaches, visits to

archeological and cultural sites, boat-based

whale watching trips, as well as boat tours to a

nearby seal island to view penguins, seals,

dolphins and great white sharks.

De Hoop Nature Reserve

The De Hoop Nature Reserve is a World Heritage

Site and is located in a prime conservation area.

The marine reserve attracts the Southern Right

Whales who come seasonally to breed and

friendly dolphins play in the waters. With over 40

miles of coastline and extensive wetlands this is

the perfect home for 260 species of bird

including a breeding colony of pelicans and the

rare Cape Vulture. You can also look for Cape

Mountain Zebra, Eland, Baboon, Yellow

Mongoose and even Leopard.

Cape Agulhus

This is the southern most tip of Africa and is

flanked by the powerful Indian and Atlantic

oceans. Endless views of beaches and sand

dunes greet you with a back drop of mountains.

The charming towns of Napier, Elim,

Bredasdorp, Arniston, Struisbaai and L'Agulhas

are all part of the Cape. Visit the Agulhas

National Park and the lighthouse that guards

the graveyard of ships that lie just off the coast.

Take the tip of Africa route that passes through

the pretty towns and coast.

Bettys Bay

This is where you will find the Harold Porter

National Botanic Gardens situated in the

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Full of

magnificent flora this is also where you can view

migrating whales from Stoney Point near the

remains of an old whaling station. See the

spectacular Jackass Penguin Colony which can

be seen from a viewing platform as they return

from a days fishing.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

ITINERARY 1 8 nights

Whales and Winelands

Day 1 Cape Town 2 nts

Day 3 Cape Peninsula 1nt

Day 4 Franschhoek 2 nts

Day 6 Hermanus 3 nts

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Garden Route and the East Cape

Miles of white-sand beaches, glassy lagoons crossed by low bridges, hillsides

Artists flock to the diversely scenic beauty of The Garden Route. This stretch of coast runs from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and

encompasses wild coastlines and secluded towns to discover. Sample the delicious oysters of Krysna and the unspoiled beaches of

Plattenberg Bay. Look to the Ocean for a glimpse of playful dolphins and huge migrating whales. This is one of the best fly drive

routes in the world and also offers a superb climate all year round.

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Port Elizabeth

Imagine long stretches of powder white sand,

great restaurants and shopping. The windy city

offers a wealth of water sports and enthusiasts

will find an abundance of swimming, surfing and

snorkelling.

Addo Elephant Park

Take a guided game drive to see the herds of

magnificent elephants roaming the semi arid

landscapes. The park offers activities that include

horse riding, picnics and hiking as well as game

reserves. The main attraction, of course, is the

wildlife. Witness elephants, black rhinoceros,

buffalo and meerkats. In the evening you may

be serenaded by the eerie calls of a blue backed

jackal which is unforgettable. The Addo area also

offers sumptuous fertile orchards that burst with

citrus fruits.

Amakhala Game Reserve

Located 45 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth lies

the malaria free game reserve of Amakhala.

This is a fantastic extension to a fly drive along

the Garden Route to see the Big 5; lions,

elephants, leopards, rhinoceros and buffalo.

Romantic and secluded thatched suites are

connected by a wooden walkway offer

remarkable wildlife viewing. If you prefer, stay in

luxury tents overlooking watering holes beneath

beautiful big skies. Roaming zebra and

wildebeest may be seen from the luxury of your

spa bath. Share a sundowner at the bar as you

observe a herd of wild elephants in the distance.

Knysna

This is one of the Garden Routes most popular

towns surrounded by lakes, rivers, mountains

and beautiful coastline. Blessed with a year

round warm climate nestled between stunning

mountains and thick forests Knysna offers

excellent hiking and biking. Rugged coasts

provide spectacular seascapes of the sparking

Indian Ocean. Sample the renowned beer and

oysters while enjoying a fabulous South

African sunset.

Oudtshoorn

How many people can boast they have ridden an

ostrich? Visit one of the many ostrich farms in

Oudtshoorn and you can have a go if you're

brave enough! Feed one of these amazing birds

or cuddle the chicks at the petting area.

Crocodile Cage Dives; Elephant Rides; a

Cheetah Farm; Game Farms; and Meerkat

Tours are just a sample of what can be done at

Oudtshoorn. The most popular small mammals

of Southern Africa are without a doubt the

energetic, engaging and very photogenic

meerkats. Although you can see gangs of these

lovely creatures in many corners of the country,

the meerkats in Oudtshoorn are just a bit more


famous than the rest. They've become

accustomed to having people around.

The chacma baboon troops on the Cape

Peninsula are the only protected population of

the species in the world. They mostly subsist on

fruits, roots, bulbs, honey, insects and scorpions.

During the low tide they may even be seen

roaming the beaches, feeding on sand hoppers

and shellfish - very unique behaviour for primates.

Seal Island in False Bay is home to well over

60,000 bawling, squalling, squabbling Cape Fur

seals. They're top of the menu for the great white

sharks that patrol this area, and there's always a

chance to see a spectacular (and bruising)

encounter between the two species.

All roads leading to the Klein Karoo offer

breathtaking mountain views decorated with

Cape fynbos, flowers. The mountains here form

part of the Cape Floral Kingdom World

Heritage Site.

Plettenberg Bay

Shimmering lagoons and miles of glorious

unspoiled beaches beckon. Visit the quaint

hamlet of Storm River where gigantic trees

shelter a wealth of birdlife. Kayak amongst

dolphins or visit the elephant sanctuary. Ride on

the back of an elephant at Knysna Elephant Park

for a once in a lifetime experience.

Route 62

Modelled on USA's Route 66 this interesting

highway follows Breede River Valley. Lush

green mountains spring from crystal streams

and colourful ancient rock faces make the

views incredible. Take the many wine routes

that filter off Route 62 which is known as the

mountain route. This is a fantastically scenic

alternative to the main coastal highway and

runs from Cape Town to George as you head

for the Garden Route.

Tsitsikamma National Park

The "garden of the Garden Route" is a perfect

description of this amazing park. Tsitsikamma

is a khoi word meaning "place of abundant or

sparkling water" and you will be rewarded with

views of spectacular waterfalls. An area of

immense indigenous forests and colourful

Fynbos plants surround deep gorges where

thundering waters plunge towards the ocean.

A mild all year round climate is perfect conditions

to enjoy the outdoors.

There is a little village here called Storms River,

which nestles virtually at the perimeter of the

Tsitsikamma National Park. Visit the incredible

suspension bridge that surveys precipitous

cliffs through which the Storms River tumults

into the sea.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

ITINERARY 1 11 nights

Classic Garden Route

Day 1 Cape Town 3 nts

Day 4 Montague 2 nts

Day 6 Oudtshoorn 2nts

Day 8 Plettenberg Bay 2 nts

Day 10 Port Elizabeth 2 nts

ITINERARY 2 10 nights

Garden Route & Safari

Day 1 Cape Town 4nts

Day 5 Oudtshoorn 2nts

Day 7 Knysna 2nts

Day 9 Addo National Park 2nts

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Kwazulu - Natal & Swaziland

Mythical battlefields with the ghosts of Zulu warriors

The Kingdom of the Zulu is often overlooked in favour of the more well known routes, but history, culture and bewitching landscapes

will be your reward for visiting this area of South Africa. You will find mythical battlefields with the ghosts of Zulu warriors. Game

Reserves combine with pretty historical towns and sulphur springs. Visit the magical Zululand as part of your African holiday.

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Durban

Home to Africa's busiest port, this fantastic city

boasts excellent nightlife, fine dining, fabulous

beaches and theatres and there is something for

all tastes. For amazing views head to La Lucia

Ridge and stroll the Umhlanga Rocks walk to see

glimpses of dolphins. Visit the botanical gardens

which hosts "music on the lake" evenings from

the region's orchestra.

Battlefields

This is a mythical land where huge numbers of

warriors died bravely. The vast landscapes are

interspersed with lone forts and solitary

graveyards which are a testament to the bloody

battles fought here between Zulu Kings, the

British Empire and Boers. Visit fascinating

museums, statues and monuments that provide

an insight into an important part of history. The

towns of Lesotho and Colenso featured highly

during the Boer War. Numerous graveyards exist

in the area and tour guides of considerable

knowledge on the conflict can bring history

alive. The Siege and relief of Ladysmith is

perhaps the single most told incident of the

entire war, and was in fact a series of battles

before Ladysmith was finally relieved and this

area of the Drakensberg returned to British

control. Tourists can spend many interesting

hours visiting the Boer War Battlesites where the

legacy of heroism and carnage can be found.

Recognise names of people involved in the

conflict such as Winston Churchill and Mahatma

Ghandi.

Drakensberg

The "Dragon Mountains" span 200km and the

average peak is 2900m. Wonders of nature are

found in abundance from dramatic waterfalls,

delicate mountain streams and enormous caves.

The area falls into four valleys, beginning with

the Champagne Valley in the Central Berg,

through the Cathedral Peak and Didima Valley,

then the Royal Natal National Park and

Amphitheatre Valley, and finally the Middledale

Pass Valley in the Northern Berg. Each of the four

valleys has its own kind of beauty and character;

all have magnificent mountain views.

Elephant Coast

KwaZulu Natal's Elephant Coast ,so called for the

largest herd of African elephants, stretches from

the World Heritage Site of Lake St Lucia in the

south to Kosi Bay, virtually on the Mozambique

border. It is an extraordinary, untamed area fast

growing in popularity for its incredible variety of

habitats and eco-systems that combine into an

unforgettable blend of adventure, unspoilt

scenery and unique experiences. The area

encompasses the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game

Reserve, the oldest game park in Africa - home

to the Big Five. We recommend a stay at the

Thanda Private Game Reserve, Hluhluwe.


Midlands

Take the Midland Meander Route through

pretty villages bursting with craft shops and

art galleries; coffee shops, cosy guest houses,

cheese farms and trout farms. Potters, weavers

and painters have made this region their home.

This is a beautiful region filled with stretches of

farmland, charming little towns and picturesque

scenery. Rich with water - rivers, lakes, dams and

waterfalls are abundant providing a rich green

landscape of hills, forests and pastures all in the

shadow of the magnificent Drakensberg

Mountains.

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

This game reserve provides a a safe haven to

more than 2,400 endangered black and white

rhino. Well-disguised viewing hides overlook

pans and waterholes where the birds and

animals gather to drink, so you'll be able to

see plenty of game at an unusually close

range. You can sample the immense diversity

of flora and fauna in this majestic reserve via

4X4 game drives or guided walks. Whatever

your choice, this particular South African

wildlife experience is guaranteed to be a

memorable one.

Isimangaliso Wetland Park

Crocodile viewing at Isimangaliso Wetland Park

provides a magical landscape of swamps, lakes,

beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands,

coastal forests and grasslands. It is the only place

in the world where hippos, crocodiles and sharks

share the same natural environment. You will see

many crocodiles as you cruise the waters of the

park. Some visitors will be lucky enough to see a

natural drama unfold as an unsuspecting impala

drinks just metres away from where a crocodile

rests under a mangrove, intent on finding its

next meal.

Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland, the smallest country

in Africa, is bordered by Mozambique to the

northeast and by Southern Africa to the

southeast, south, west and north. As small as it

may be, Swaziland is beautiful. A maze of art and

craft shops and traditional markets lie side by

side with wildlife reserves. At Milwane Game

Reserve tame birds and animals are free to come

and go and wander through the camp grounds

and at Mkhaya Game Reserve there is an

abundance of game viewing opportunities.

Swaziland offers many scenic drives including

the road to Luve offering spectacular views of

waterfalls. Swaziland also boasts fantastic hotels

and a number of thermal springs where visitors

can relax and unwind.

The Panorama Route

Day 1: Arrive Hazyview

On arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga International

Airport transfer to your hotel. Check in and

spend the afternoon at leisure, soaking up the

beauty of your surroundings.

Day 2: Panorama Route

Your full day Panorama Tour departs after

breakfast. Travel to the breath- taking Blyde River

Canyon to view unusual rock formations, and

then onto the spectacular vistas of God’s

Window, Wonder View, Three Rondavels and

Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which are deep

cylindrical cavities formed by swirling waters.

Day 3: Depart Hazyview

After breakfast you are transferred to Kruger

Mpumalanga International Airport for your

onward journey.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

ITINERARY 1 9 nights

Battlefields to Beaches

Day 1 Durban 2 nts

Day 3 Drakensberg 2 nts

Day 5 Battlefields 2 nts

Day 7 St Lucia 3 nts

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Johannesburg and the North

Fantastic wildlife & incredible scenery

This is the heart and soul of South Africa. Bustling, busy and dynamic the pace of life here is fast and frenetic. The city’s multicultural

blend is apparent in the museums and galleries and you will find fascinating history in the nearby towns of Pretoria and Soweto.

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Johannesburg

Allow yourself a few days at this major gateway

city. Pay a visit to the Apartheid Museum which

will leave a lasting impression and gives a

poignant reminder of South Africa’s recent past.

Take an escorted tour around Soweto where

much of the struggle against Apartheid was

fought. The bustling neighbourhood has

produced two Nobel Prize winners and boasts

an incredible community spirit.

Waterberg

This lesser known part of the country with its

incredible scenery which is often accentuated by

late afternoon thunder storms showcases

plummeting mountain gorges, clear streams,

and rolling bushveld. The Waterberg District

offers the tourist a bit of both worlds - an

infrastructure of excellent facilities and modern

conveniences found in the many and

conservation areas, coupled with the

opportunity to experience the African wilderness

in its pristine state. Elephant, white and black

rhino, hippo, leopard and buffalo roam the

ruggedly beautiful reserves here.

Madikwe Game Reserve

Close to the border of Botswana and Kalahari in

the north the unique location is home to a

number of rare species. Antelope, the Big Five,

cheetah, giraffe and wild dog can frequently be

seen. Families with young children will find this

a perfect safari destination as the north is

malaria free.

Wild Dogs of Madikwe

The wild dogs of South Africa, as in the rest of

the subcontinent, are some of the most

endangered carnivores in the world. Count

yourself extremely lucky to see a pack. They are

clearly distinctive from domestic dogs and have

long legs and huge ears with flecked coats and

plumy tails. Hunted and persecuted even by

conservationists their numbers have plummeted

and they now have regulated populations.

Sun City

A decadent metropolis of glitz and glamour can

be found 2 hrs drive from Johannesburg. Leisure

options are a plenty from world class golf,

gambling, live shows and concerts. Enjoy a

fantastic range of restaurants and hotels

including the palace of the Lost City. There are

many children’s activities such as Valley of the

Waves and Waterworld.

Pilanesberg National Park

Bordering Sun City and malaria free there are

plenty of chances to see The Big Five here. Set in

the crater of an extinct volcano the area is also

home to more than 300 bird species, hyena,

cheetah, hippo and crocodile. There are several

lodges in the park or you can take an optional

trip from Sun City.

Pretoria

Rows of purple flowered Jacaranda Trees line the

pretty streets giving the area its nickname the

Jacaranda City. Find fascinating history amongst

the peaceful streets where you will stumble

upon old buildings and museums. The Union


Buildings loom large and are the home of the

State Presidents Office, and a trip to the nearby

Cullinan Diamond Mine is a must see. The largest

diamond in the world was found here. Stroll

through the zoological gardens which are home

to more than 300 species.

Gold Reef City

Escaping from the hustle and bustle of South

Africa's economic powerhouse has never been

so easy thanks to Johannesburg's Gold Reef City

Theme Park, a vivid and exciting combination of

historical attractions and thrilling rides. Take a

historical journey around the 19th century gold

mine, the park is one of the few in the world to

successfully combine an old-world museum

atmosphere with some of the wildest rides this

side of the equator.

Soweto

The South Western Township is home to over

2 million people and despite the living conditions

you will uncover a fierce community spirit that is

possibly lacking in the heart of the northern

suburbs. Visit Mandela House and Regina Mundi

Church where many secret underground

meeting took place between the banned political

parties. For a fascinating insight into the essence

of South Africa’s history this is a must see.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is situated

approximately 250 km from Upington in the far

Northern Cape and 904 km from Johannesburg.

This park is located mainly in the Kalahari Desert

and you can enjoy wilderness walks through the

dunes and experience evening dune drives. This is

where you will find the black maned lion of the

Kalahari as well as meerkat and jackal. Accompany

the Bushmen, the legendary "hunter gatherers", as

they track through the desert following the spoor

of animals. See the spectacular sunset over the

arid yet beautiful Kalahari.

Mystical North

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg / Pretoria

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport

(Johannesburg), a Representative will meet and

assist you to your hired vehicle. We suggest you

overnight in the historic city of Pretoria and a visit

to the Union Buildings, one of Tshwane’s most

impressive sights.

Day 2: Pretoria / Tzaneen

Leaving the beautiful jacaranda city behind,

travel towards Polokwane and then onto

Tzaneen. The journey down the escarpment is

one of the most popular tourist drives in South

Africa. It passes through a superb variety of

scenery and at one stage drops 600 metres

through 6km of dense forest. Make your way to

Magoebaskloof, a beautiful, mountainous terrain.

Day 3: Tzaneen area

Today we suggest you spend your time exploring

this magnificent countryside. Home to the

famous and mysterious ‘Rain Queen’, the area is

one of the most fertile in the country and

supplies vast quantities of fresh produce to the

South African export market. Suggest a visit to a

tea plantation and factory, before returning to

Magoebaskloof.

Day 4: Tzaneen / Near Hoedspruit

From Tzaneen head eastward en-route to the ‘Big

Five’country. Along the way you will travel

through the Drakensberg Escarpment, with its

sheer rock walls, pockets of indigenous forest,

grass-covered slopes and vast plantations. From

the top of the escarpment, the route descends

into the true African bushveld. Check into your

selected game lodge, and spend the next 2 days

discovering the beauty of the African bush.

Day 5: Game Reserve

Spend a wonderful and exciting day on safari

with an early morning and late afternoon game

drive. This is a meaningful experience, as you are

able to come within touching distance of Africa’s

‘Big Five’.

Day 6: Near Hoedspruit / Panorama Route

This morning after an early morning game drive

and breakfast, travel towards Mpumalanga and

the Panorama Route. The Panorama Route is best

known for its cultural heritage and dramatic

landscapes. Enjoy magnificent vistas and

exquisite waterfalls.

Day 7: Panorama Route / Depart

Johannesburg

This morning after breakfast, make your way

towards Johannesburg. Return to OR Tambo

International Airport (Johannesburg) in time to

return your hired car and to check in for your

onward journey.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

ITINERARY 1 18 nights

Rainbow Nation Journey

Day 1 Cape Town 2 nts

Day 3 Oudtshoorn 2 nts

Day 5 Knysna 2 nts

Day 7 Port Elizabeth 1 nt

Day 8 Durban 2 nts

Day 10 Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserve 2 nts

Day 12 Swaziland 2 nts

Day 14 Kruger National Park 3 nts

Day 17 Hazyview 2 nts

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Zambia & Victoria Falls

One of the wonders of the world

One of the most amazing sights in the world and surrounded by rainforests the mighty Victoria Falls deserves to be one of the Seven

Wonders of the World. It can be seen from both Zimbabwe and Zambia and wherever you choose to view it from it is no less

amazing. Zambia is an adventure lover’s dream destination and offers bungi jumping and canoe trails amongst its activities.

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Zambia

Zambia lies on the other side of the mighty

Zambezi River from Zimbabwe, and plays

host to many of the wildlife and adventure

activities taking place on this magnificent

river. The Zambezi teems with crocodiles and

hippos, so any journey made on the water is

certain to encounter them. A highlight of a

trip to Zambia is the romantic sundowner

cruise above Victoria Falls on the multi-storied

African Queen, viewing crocs and hippos

wallowing in pools and lying on the banks.

If you are mildly fit, but wildly adventurous,

you can opt for a managed canoe trail on the

Zambezi through the Lower Zambezi National

Park - a marvellous way to view bird and

animal life at a more sedate pace - up close

and personal.

Victoria Falls

A giant curtain of water that plunges deep

into spectacular gorges with a deafening roar,

Victoria Falls is without doubt one of the

wonders of the world. There are numerous

vantage points to see the falls from both

Zambia and Zimbabwe. Walk through the

misty rainforests which surround the falls and

marvel at the sheer size of this natural display.

Feel the spray as millions of litres burst over

the edge. Victoria Falls is spectacular.

African Queen Sunset Cruise

Step aboard the elegant African Queen as she

cruises the Zambezi River. As the sun sets sip

a cocktail while admiring the tranquil

landscapes of the African bush. You may spot

hippos and crocodiles as you pass the Mosioa-Tunya

National Park.

Livingstone Island

Livingstone Island, a mere 10 minute riverboat

ride away from shore, on the Zambezi

River, a location for a most memorable

experience. The extreme beauty of the views

are matched only by the diversity of the bird

life - it's a wonderful way to soak up the

African bush. You'll be viewing the Falls from

a unique vantage point, right at the point

where the water thunders down a 100 metre

drop. Stand where David Livingstone cast his

eyes on the magnificent body of water.


Timeless Zambia

Day 1: Arriving Lusaka / Kafue National Park

On arrival at Lusaka Airport transfer onto a

light aircraft for your flight to Kafue. From the

airstrip you are met and transferred to your

tented camp, which is situated in the centre

of the northern sector of the Kafue National

Park, at the confluences of the Lufupa and

Kafue rivers. This is as ‘wild’ as you can get in

today’s world; unfenced mosaic of expansive

grassy seasonal floodplains and diverse

riverine vegetation.

Day 2: Kafue National Park

Here you get to experience open vehicle

game drives, boat cruises and walking safaris.

Lufupa is renowned for good leopard

sightings and elephant are often seen moving

through the area.

Day 3: Kafue National Park

Depart Lufupa for an early morning game

transfer drive to Musanza Tented Camp, which

is located deep inside the wildlife haven of

the Busanga Plains of the Kafue National Park.

Musanza Tented Camp is specifically outfitted

to ensure that traditional camping feel with a

clear emphasis on necessary and stylish

comfortable interiors, creating a peerless

wilderness experience, bringing you closer to

nature.

Day 4: Kafue National Park

The Busanga Plains’ most dominant antelope

species include red lechwe and puku, while

buffalo, bushbuck, kudu, oribi, reedbuck,

Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, sable and roan are

also often viewed in this enormous open

plains system. Birdlife is fantastic, with large

flocks of pelicans, crowned cranes and

wattled crane in the plains at certain times of

the year.

Day 5: Kafue National Park

After an early breakfast, depart on a morning

game drive transfer to Busangau Bush Camp

which is located in the heart of the Busanga

Plains. This area is one of Zambia’s most

significant wetland resources, and with a

wealth of antelope on the plains it is also a

big attraction for predators, including wild

dog, cheetah and prides of lion.

Day 6: Kafue National Park

Thanks to the rising mist off the floodplains as

they dry up in winter, you get to experience

incredible sunrises and sunsets, with the sun

a spectacular pink colour, while the

floodplains teem with wildlife and birds.

Day 7: Kafue National Park

Depart by road heading back to Lufupa

Tented Camp where you will enjoy your last

evening on the banks of the Lufupa River.

Day 8: Depart Lusaka

After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Lusaka

Airport for your onward flight. Alternately fly

back to Livingstone, and extend your stay on

the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Here

you will get to view one of the seven Natural

Wonders of the World - The Victoria Falls.

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Botswana & Mozambique

Okavango Delta awe-inspiring scenery

The legendary inland waterway, the Okavango Delta, slices sinuously through a large part of Botswana, creating an area of

unimaginable natural splendour. Millions of litres of water reach miraculously into this part of the Kalahari Desert, infinitely enriching

an environment that supports an incredible diversity of mammal, fish and bird life.

To fly over the Delta in a light aircraft is scenically arresting and awe-inspiring for the

tracking and viewing of game. It is also, in certain cases, the only way to reach the

more remote camps! Some camps are water based, others offer both wet and dry

game viewing. Meander slowly through the watery courses in a traditional canoe or

mokoro, or travel over land in an open safari vehicle.

Botswana may be best known for its Delta, but the country also boasts two of Africa's

finest game reserves: Moremi, renowned for its huge herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe

and antelope; and Chobe, further north, thought to have the highest concentration of

elephants in the world. For a thrilling end to a memorable day, take a sunset cruise at

Chobe, and watch hundreds of dusty elephants ponderously cavorting with each other

at the river's edge as they quench their thirst.

The Linyanti Region lies within Chobe and here, in the dry season, the concentration

of game is such that the visitor will see buffalo by the thousand, followed by sizeable

prides of lion. The Savuti Channel, also a part of Chobe, stakes its own unique claim -

here the legendary Bushmen left the unique mark of their native paintings on their

ancient home.

Further Bushman artwork is marvellously preserved in the Makagadikgadi salt pans of the

Kalahari in the southern part of Botswana. The scenery and game viewing in this remote

region is altogether different from the lush waterways and grasslands of the Delta. Here,

on the sand dunes and in the vast dry pans, quad bikes are the order of the day.

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The Golden Triangle

In the glorious scenery of Chobe National Park is where elephants are common

sightings. Take a cruise on the Chobe River and a late afternoon game drive in the

Chobe Forest Reserve. Spend a couple of nights in the company of one of the most

spectacular wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. The magnificent curtain of water is

shrouded in mists and rainbows and can be seen from Zimbabwe or Zambia. Take a

helicopter ride or walk through the rainforest. Enjoy a stunning sunset cruise or for the

more adventurous bungi jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge or try white water rafting.

Stay metres from a waterhole at Hwange national Park in an authentic tented safari

camp where activities range from morning and afternoon guided walks, game drives

and night drives.

Mozambique - Perfect Honeymoon

Destination

It's no surprise that Mozambique and the islands are a

favourite venue for honeymoons. Laze the time away,

swinging on a hammock with palm fronds swaying

above you in the gentle breeze. The uncrowded

beaches in both directions are lapped by warm, gentle

turquoise waters. It's postcard perfect. Go north to the

beach resorts at Vilanculos. Or perhaps you prefer the

scintillating beauty of one of the islands of the Bazaruto

or Quirimba archipelagos. Access to these islands

is via Vilanculos and Pemba respectively, direct from

Maputo or Johannesburg.

Feeling energetic? Go scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing,

deep sea /saltwater fly fishing or wind-surfing. Take a

trip in a traditional dhow. The enjoyment continues

when the sun sinks: the island resorts and the city of

Maputo sway to their own unique beat.

A night out on the town will have you swinging to

jazzy, Latin rhythms.

Feel the same vibe at a pavement café, as you dine on

Mozambique's renowned fresh seafood -drenched in

peri-peri sauce, if you're very brave. Maputo (formerly

Lourenco Marques) still has the charm of an olde

worlde Portuguese harbour city. In the old town, the

maze of narrow streets is lined with 19th century

buildings. Shop around for exotic spices, nuts and

trinkets at the town's lively markets, especially in the

Costa do Sol.

For art lovers, the National Art Museum has an

intriguing collection of the work of Mozambique's

finest contemporary artists.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

ITINERARY 1 6 nights

The Golden Triangle

Day 1 Victoria Falls 2 nts

Day 3 Chobe 2 nts

Day 5 Hwange 2 nts

For further information on additional

itinerary suggestions visit our website or

call 0844 809 4299 to discuss.

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Namibia

Unimaginable scenery and wildlife

In a country of vast distances, a land largely untouched by modern man, with a tiny but fascinating population, come face-to-face

with old Africa. Namibia is the ultimate land of discovery and soul-searching, with its wide horizons, unending stretches of honey-

coloured dunes and startling rock formations. You will see an amazing range of birds and animals, many of them rare, and plantlife

like nothing else in the world.

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The capital city of Windhoek and the seaside

towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay have a

charm of their own. In stark contrast is the

Etosha National Park, a vast oasis in the semidesert,

offering the most extraordinary gameviewing

experiences. In turn, the lush Caprivi

Strip has a network of rivers, forests, swamps

and waterways. Take the aerial route in a hot

air balloon over the massive sand dunes of

Sossusvlei, a photographer's dream backdrop

to the parched pan of bleak, cracked mud, and

a landscape marked by the occasional

skeletons of ancient thorn trees. Gaze, perhaps

in stunned silence, at the Skeleton Coast

graveyard of huge, rusting shipwrecks. Take in

the enormous Fish River Canyon, second in size

only to the Grand Canyon.

Your memories of Namibia will be of

unimaginable scenery and wildlife, and the

fascination of traditional tribes such as the

Herero - their women decked out in gorgeous

outfits first introduced by missionaries in the

18th century - and the nomadic desert

Himba. See the entrancing Cape fur seal

colony, the town of Swakopmund with its

altogether different German architecture and

atmosphere, the bushman paintings in

Damaraland. Go quad biking on the dunes,

indulge in oysters and champagne as the sun

sets over the sea, streaking the sand and sea

with rich golds and reds. This is Namibia, the

quiet land of scenic drama and contrasts.

Timeless Namibia

Day 1: Windhoek – Etosha National Park

Depart Windhoek and head north via

Okahandja, for a visit to a local market, to

shop for wood carvings and curios. We arrive

at our lodge late afternoon.

Day 2: Etosha National Park

Today we will spend a full day in this worldclass

game park, visiting a number of waterholes

to observe the wildlife. Etosha, translated, means

‘The place of dry water’ and here we get our first

view of the magnificent pan.

Day 3: Etosha National Park

We travel along the vast salt-pan with stops at

various waterholes and game viewing en

route. After lunch we continue through the

Park and on to our overnight stop.

Day 4: Etosha National Park – Damaraland

An early start to see the highlights of

Damaraland - one of the last true wilderness

areas in Africa. We head through Outjo,

Khorixas, the capital of this region. We pass

through scenic landscapes and Damara

villages before we reach the Petrified Forest.

We arrive at our lodge at lunch time.

Day 5: Damaraland

We visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein,

the fascinating geological features such as the

Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. Afternoon

at leisure.

Day 6: Damaraland – Swakopmund

We continue via Henties Bay to the charming

coastal resort of Swakopmund. Spend the

remainder of the afternoon at leisure, with

options including a visit to the museum, the

aquarium, the crystal gallery, or simply to just

explore the town.

Day 7: Swakopmund

Today is at leisure to explore further this

charming town. Maybe indulge in a harbour

cruise or do a Scenic flight, or perhaps one of

the numerous adventure activities on offer.

Day 8: Swakopmund – Sossusvlei

This morning we visit some of the regions

natural wonders such as the ancient

Welwitschia Mirabilis and the Moon

Landscape before continuing to the edges of

the Namib Desert and then proceed through

the southern region of the Namib Naukluft

Park, the Kuiseb Canyon, and the Gaub Pass

before we reach our accommodation.

Day 9: Sossusvlei

We visit the spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei,

reputedly the highest dunes in the world.

Energetic guests may choose to climb to the

top of the dunes, before returning to our lodge.

Day 10: Sossusvlei – Windhoek

This morning we have a leisurely start and

drive through the scenic Spreetshoogte Pass

(road conditions permitting) on to Windhoek.


Mauritius and Seychelles

Miles of sandy beaches & vivid blue seas

A perfect compliment to an African safari is a few days of sheer pampering and relaxation at one of the beautiful hotels in Mauritius

or Seychelles. Relax on the powder white sand beaches that stretch for miles, the vivid blue sea is like stepping into a warm bath.

This is a paradise on earth. The hotels are World Class and offer superb cuisine, luxurious spas and a variety of watersports. Low rise

and thatched roofs adorn many of the hotels and some provide floating restaurants and wooden walkways to your own private suite.

Private beaches and outstanding service make this a holiday destination of a lifetime. No visit to Mauritius is complete without a tour

around the historical landmarks of St Louis and stroll through the beautiful botanic gardens of Pamplemousses.

The islands of the Seychelles provide miles of unspoiled beaches. Sit beneath the shady palm trees with a cocktail and admire the

azure Indian Ocean. The interior is made up of lush green vegetation which can be explored. Snorkel with multi-coloured fish around

coral reefs only accessible by small boat, A perfect destination for a honeymoon or a great family holiday there is a hotel to match

your requirements.

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Booking Conditions & Essential Information

Southern Africa

Your contract is with Timeless Travel LTD, a Member of ABTA.

1. Your holiday contract

When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf

of your party the terms of this contract. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice.

This contract is made on the terms of this booking agreement together with the essential information, which

are governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however, choose the law

and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you wish to do so.

2. Your financial protection

The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 require us to provide security for

the monies that you pay for the package holidays and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency.

We provide this security by way of an ATOL 10324 administered by the Civil Aviation Authority for air inclusive

holidays and a bond held by ABTA for all other holiday arrangements.

When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday from us, you will receive a confirmation invoice from us (or via

our authorised agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements and your protection

under our Air Travel Organiser's Licence number 10324. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will

ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an

advance booking. The price of our air holiday packages includes the amount of £2.50 per person as part of

the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) we pay to the CAA. This charge is included in our advertised prices.

For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.

3. ABTA

We are a Member of ABTA, membership number Y2920. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of

service to you by ABTA's Code of Conduct. We can also offer you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of

disputes arising out of, or in connection with this contract. Further information on the Code and arbitration

can be found on ABTA's website www.abta.com

4. Your holiday price

a) We reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the holidays shown in our website. You will be advised of

the current price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed.

b) When you make your booking you must pay a deposit of up to 30% of the total holiday cost depending

on your travel arrangements. On occasions, higher deposits may be required and you will be advised of any

additional deposits relevant to your holiday at the time of booking. The balance of the price of your travel

arrangements must be paid at least 10 weeks before your departure date. If the deposit and/or balance are

not paid in time, we shall cancel your travel arrangements. If the balance is not paid in time we shall retain

your deposit. All monies you pay to the travel agent are held by him on our behalf at all times. The price of

your travel arrangements may fluctuate until paid in full due. We calculate balances on the exchange rate

provided by financial times on the day they are paid.

c) Changes in transportation costs, including the cost of fuel, dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such

as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports and exchange rates mean that

the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked.

5. If you change your booking

If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way,

for example your accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be

possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the person who made the booking

or your travel agent. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £30 at least per person, and any

further cost we incur in making this alteration.

Note: Certain travel arrangements (e.g. some types of airline ticket) may not be changeable after a

reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of

that part of the arrangements. A 'change' is deemed to be a correction or an enhancement to the existing

holiday. If you request major alterations to your holiday (this includes, for example, changing dates of travel,

substituting destinations or any other changes which significantly alter the original holiday) this will be

termed a cancellation and charges, as per clause 6, will apply. If you alter any arrangements during your

holiday (for example, checking-out of the hotel early or returning a hire car early) no refund for unused

accommodation or services will be made. Where flights are not used, this is likely to result in all other flights

on your itinerary being automatically cancelled by the airlines and we will not be liable for any losses or

expenses you incur as a result of this.

6. If you cancel your holiday

a) You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification

from the person who made the booking or your travel agent on your behalf must be received at our offices.

Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay the applicable cancellation

charges up to the maximum shown. Note: If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms

of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.

b) If one member of the party wishes to cancel, this may mean that the accommodation booked will be

under occupied and will result in the remaining passengers having to pay any applicable supplements to

retain the booking e.g. changing a twin room to a single room. The person who cancels will still remain liable

to pay cancellation charges as per the scale below.

No of days before departure when we Amount of cancellation charges expressed

receive your cancellation as a percentage of the holiday price

(excluding insurance)

More than 56 days Deposit only

56-43 days 50%

42-29 days 70%

28-22 days 80%

21-8 days 90%

7 days or less 100%

c) If you are prevented from taking your holiday you may transfer your booking to someone who could have

booked the holiday originally, subject to the approval of all interested suppliers. You must give us reasonable

notice before the departure date to enable us to change airline bookings, etc - this normally requires 21 days

notice. A transfer fee of £30 per person will be charged plus any additional costs we incur. If you transfer the

booking before paying the balance of the price, you will remain liable to pay it (and our transfer fees) if the

transfer fee fails to do so. Some airlines restrict or do not permit the facility to change names on bookings

and it may therefore not be possible to transfer your booking. In this case, your booking will be treated as a

cancellation and you will be liable to pay cancellation charges as detailed above.

7. If we change or cancel your holiday

It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements, but we do plan the

arrangements many months in advance. Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right

to do so at any time. Most of these changes will be minor and we will advise you or your travel agent of them

at the earliest possible date.

We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements. For example, if the minimum

number of clients required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached, we may have to cancel it. However,

we will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 8 weeks before your departure date, except for reasons of

force majeure or failure by you to pay the final balance. If we are unable to provide the booked travel

arrangements, you can either have a refund of all monies paid or accept an offer of alternative travel

arrangements of comparable standard from us; if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative

is of a lower value). If it is necessary to cancel your travel arrangements, we will pay to you compensation as set

out in this clause.

In accordance with EU Regulation 2111/2005 we are required to advise you of the actual carrier operating your

flight/connecting flight/transfer. We do this by providing details on your confirmation invoice.

Any changes to the actual airline after you have received your tickets will be notified to you as soon as possible

and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Such a change is deemed to be a minor change. Other

examples of minor changes include alteration of your outward/return flights by less than 12 hours, changes to

aircraft type, change of accommodation to another of the same standard.

If we make a major change to your holiday, we will inform you or your travel agent as soon as reasonably possible

if there is time before your departure. Examples of "major changes" include changes to your UK or end

destination airport, alteration to the times of outward or return flights by more than 12 hours, changes to your

resort area or an offer of accommodation of a lower official classification. You will have the choice of either

accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable

standard from us if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling

your booked holiday and receiving a full refund of all monies paid. In all cases, except where the major change

arises due to reasons of force majeure, we will pay compensation as detailed below:

No of days before departure Amount per person you will receive in addition to

refund of monies paid

56 - 43 days £10

42 - 29 days £20

28 - 15 days £30

14 - 0 days £40

The compensation that we offer does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so.

Force Majeure: This means that we will not pay you compensation if we have to cancel or change your

travel arrangements in any way because of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control. These

can include, for example, war, riot, industrial dispute, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or nuclear

disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions.

8. Travel delays

It is our policy that once you have checked in you are the responsibility of the carrier. Transport may be cancelled

due to bad weather, technical problems or force majeure. Except where this leads to a significant alteration to

contracted services, we will not be liable for any loss or expense incurred in such cases, nor obliged to refund

any payment for unused accommodation or services at your destination. However, if you have purchased

holiday insurance, you may find that it will pay certain benefits in the event of delays.

9. Your travel arrangements

When you book your holiday we will give you the best information we have then about your travel dates, time,

routing, carrier and aircraft type. However carriers can and do change dates, times and routing at very short

notice and we cannot control these changes. When such changes are made, we will do our best to help you

make arrangements to minimise inconvenience to you.

If we are notified, in advance, by the airline of schedule changes affecting your itinerary, we will notify you (if there

is time to do so before departure). If the timing change is two hours or less, this will be advised to you on your

travel documentation when issued. If the schedule change is more than 12 hours, you may choose to cancel

your holiday and receive a full refund and, save where the change is for reasons of force majeure, you will have

a right to compensation.

We cannot accept responsibility if you miss your departure because you check in late. Whilst we cannot

guarantee specific seat allocation, some airlines do accept requests which we will be pleased to pass on. The

vast majority of flights are now non-smoking services.

10. If you have a complaint

Every effort is made to ensure that the accommodation and resort descriptions we use are fair and accurate

in order that you can select the best possible holiday to suit your own personal requirements and tastes.

However, if you find on arrival that the accommodation reserved for you or the resort area are not to your

personal liking, then we will endeavour to arrange a suitable alternative. Naturally, this will be subject to

availability and any extra cost will have to be paid by you at the time of your request to change. Please note,

this may be in addition to any cancellation fees levied by the original accommodation booked, and subject to

any applicable administration fees.

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier (e.g. your hotelier) and

our resort representative immediately who will endeavour to put things right. If your complaint is not resolved

locally, please follow this up within 28 days of your return home by writing to us outlining all relevant information.

It is strongly recommended that you communicate any complaint to the supplier of the services in question. If

you fail to follow this simple procedure we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify

your complaint whilst you were on holiday and this may affect your rights under this contract.

11. Our liability to you

We accept responsibility for the proper performance of the services we have contracted to provide and if they

are not provided to a reasonable standard (in compliance with local authority minimum standards) due to the

fault of our employees, agents or suppliers, we will pay you appropriate compensation, if this has affected the

enjoyment of your travel arrangements. However we will not be liable where any failure in the performance of

the contract is due to: you; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and

where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our

control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an

event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall.

Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of twice the cost of

your travel arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to:

(a) The contractual terms of the companies that provides the transportation for your travel arrangements. These

terms are incorporated into this contract; and

(b) Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the

Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris

Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you

can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded

as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions.

Under EU law (Regulation 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation

from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights will be

publicised at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. However reimbursement in such cases will not

automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us. Your right to a refund and/or compensation

from us is set out in clause 7. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you by the airline

will be deducted from this amount. If your airline does not comply with these rules you should complain to

the Air Transport Users' Council on 020 7240 6061 www.auc.org.uk

12. Prompt assistance whilst on holiday:

If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed as a result of failures attributable

to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services, or as a result of failures due to unusual and

unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided

even if all due care had been exercised, or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not

foresee or forestall, and you suffer an injury or other material loss, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is

reasonable in the circumstances.

13. Passport, visa & immigration requirements

Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and

you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Everyone, including infants and

children, must in possession of their own passport, which must be valid for six months beyond the date of

return. The names shown on your confirmation must match your passports.

We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport,

visa or immigration requirements and we will not be liable for any costs incurred or for any changes to

arrangements or loss for cancellation.

14. Excursions

Excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are on holiday are not part of your

package holiday provided by us. For any excursion or other tour that you book, your contract will be with the

operator of the excursion or tour and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or

tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the operator.

15. Insurance

It is advisable to take out an insurance policy at the time of booking as you are at risk as soon as your deposit is

paid to us. If you fail to make appropriate insurance arrangements in a timely manner, we will not be liable for

any losses or expenses which you may incur for claims which might normally have been covered by insurance

in respect of circumstances for which we are not responsible. Where you take out our insurance, the premium

must be paid at the time of booking and is not refundable under any circumstances.

Essential Information

Website accuracy

Every care has been taken to try and ensure that all information detailed in this website was accurate at the time

it was published. However, due to circumstances beyond our control some details may change. It is possible

that an advertised facility may be withdrawn or temporarily unavailable according to season, or due to weather

conditions, lack of demand, a private function, for maintenance, renovation etc. For example, swimming pools

are sometimes emptied, lifts serviced, air-conditioning restricted, local amenities such as water, electricity and

waste disposal facilities may be limited by Local Government Authorities. Even a beach and its facilities can be

affected by bad weather and stormy conditions may result in debris being washed ashore at certain times of

the year. We will advise you of any significant changes to facilities at the time of booking or as soon as practical

if information is received after your booking has been confirmed and if time permits. Weather information,

mileage and maps given in this website are guidelines only.

Building and development work

Some locations may unavoidably have work underway to public areas and facilities. Whilst we will endeavour

to advise you of any building or refurbishment work underway at any properties you have booked, we cannot

anticipate where work will take place outside of the hotel grounds. All the hotels featured strive to maintain high

standards, and as such there may be the necessity for some ad-hoc and unforeseeable maintenance work.

Room descriptions

Accommodation in all hotels, whatever the grading, is based on the 'standard room' category unless otherwise

stated and a supplement is payable for alternative room categories.

Room occupancy

The typical bed configuration is two queen beds or one king size bed (or occasionally one double bed). Room

descriptions on your confirmation denote the number of adult occupants in the booked room e.g. single = 1

adult, twin = 2 adults, triple = 3 adults, quad = 4 adults and should not be taken as an indication that there will

be a bed for each person. All occupants of the room (adults and children) are accommodated in the existing

bedding regardless of the description. Whilst requests for double or twin beds will be forwarded to the hotel,

they cannot be guaranteed.

Where three or more adults share a room, accommodation will be in a standard sized room with two queen

beds or one king size bed. If a folding bed (rollaway) is required, this must be requested at the time of booking.

An extra charge is normally made by the hotel which is payable locally. In some hotels, the design of the room

may make it unsuitable for an extra bed and extra adults may only be accommodated in the existing bedding.

Early or late arrivals

Rooms are normally available on your arrival day from 1500 hours onwards and you will be required to vacate

your room by mid-day on your departure day.

Local conditions

Please bear in mind that if your hotel is located within a town or city you are likely to experience some street

and traffic noise within your hotel room even when the windows are closed. Cities the world-over have their

less salubrious areas. These can sometimes be found in central locations and may be in close proximity to

tourist areas.

Meals

Meals are not included unless otherwise stated and detailed by us on your holiday confirmation.

Child reductions

Children stay free at most hotels subject to maximum occupancy (see individual hotel for applicable ages) if

they share existing bedding, which may include sharing a double bed with adults. If a folding bed is required

for a child, this should be requested at the time of booking and a charge will be made locally for this. Whilst

some rooms featured in our website are suitable for larger families (i.e. 5 or 6), the bedding may still only

comprise two double beds. It may, therefore, be necessary to book and pay for folding beds (at an additional

charge) in order to accommodate the whole party in one room. Prices for infants (under 2 years on date of

return flight) are available on request. Baby cots can be requested at the time of booking. Some hotels do make

a charge for the provision of a cot (crib) which will be payable locally. On flights, children aged 2-11 years may

receive up to 33% discount on the airfare, although taxes and surcharges are payable in full. Infants pay a

reduced rate.

Special requests

If you have any special requests relating to your holiday, you should advise us when you make your

booking. Although we are happy to pass on any requests to our suppliers, we cannot guarantee that they

will be fulfilled and any additional costs involved will be passed on to you. Special requests do not form

part of your contract with us.

Special needs

We are delighted to offer advice for clients with special needs or disabilities. Some properties have specially

adapted rooms whilst in others it may be necessary to "adapt" to what is available. Airlines are normally able

to provide specialist assistance, which must be requested in advance. We require that you provide us with

full details of any special needs in writing at the time of booking.

Healthcare and vaccinations

At the time of going to print no compulsory vaccinations were required for the destinations featured in this

website. For further and up to date advice please contact your GP or visit the Department of Health website

at www.doh.gov.uk.

Prices and payment

Payment can be made by cheque, debit or credit card. You may also find there is a local charge for car parking

at hotels, hire of equipment, cots, porterage etc.

Your travel arrangements

When you book your holiday we will give you the best information we have then about your travel dates,

time, routing, carrier and aircraft type. However carriers can and do change dates, times and routing at very

short notice and we cannot control these changes. When such changes are made, we will do our best to

help you make arrangements to minimise inconvenience to you.

If we are notified, in advance, by the airline of schedule changes affecting your itinerary, we will notify you (if

there is time to do so before departure). If the timing change is two hours or less, this will be advised to you

on your travel documentation when issued. We cannot accept responsibility if you miss your departure

because you check in late. Whilst we cannot guarantee specific seat allocation, some airlines do accept

requests which we will be pleased to pass on. The vast majority of flights are now non-smoking services.

Travel delays

It is our policy that once you have checked in you are the responsibility of the carrier. Transport may be

cancelled due to bad weather, technical problems or force majeure. Except where this leads to a significant

alteration to contracted services, we will not be liable for any loss or expense incurred in such cases, nor

obliged to refund any payment for unused accommodation or services at your destination. Where we have

a representative present, we will always try to help you to make appropriate arrangements for meals and/or

accommodation if your transport is delayed; you will have to pay for any such services. However, if you have

purchased holiday insurance, you may find that it will pay certain benefits in the event of delays.

Independent accommodation arrangements.

If, during part of your itinerary, you make your own accommodation arrangements, we ask that you provide

us with contact details for this period. This is so we can contact you should there be any changes to your

onward arrangements, e.g. a flight schedule change or other changes to your itinerary or a need to pass on

any other important information to you. If you fail to provide contact details we cannot accept any

responsibility for missed connections or costs incurred as a result. As part of our agreements with airlines,

some of them require that you book accommodation with us for the entire duration of your holiday and we

may, therefore, be unable to confirm bookings where you have made your own arrangements for any part

of the itinerary.

Representation services

Please note that, as our holidays are designed for the independent traveller, we do not employ

representatives in any destination.

Passports

It is your responsibility to ensure that you carry the correct documentation; including being in possession of

a valid passport as well as any necessary visas and vaccination certificates. The name shown on your

confirmation must match your passport. All travellers, including infants and children, must in possession of

their own passport, which must be valid for six months beyond your date of return. All visitors to South Africa

must present a valid passport with two clear adjoining pages for entry and exit stamps.

Visas

Non- British passport holders or those who are British "subjects" rather that "citizens" should check with the

relevant embassy regarding entry requirements.

Safety and security

You can obtain current travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Unit on 0845

850 2829 or from their website www.fco.gov.uk. If the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against

travel to a destination, then we would take appropriate action and seek to arrange an alternative holiday,

subject to availability. In such an event, your holiday cost would be adjusted to reflect the revised

arrangements. In some cases it may be necessary to cancel your holiday completely, in which case you will

receive a full refund of all monies paid to us.

Minors

Some countries have special requirements relating to entry for children under 18 years, which may involve

you obtaining particular documentation. For example, you may be required to obtain an affidavit from a

notary if a child is not being accompanied by both parents. You should check this information with the

relevant consulate or embassy.

Data protection policy

In order to process your booking and to ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly and meet your

requirements we, and your travel agent, need to use the information you provide such as name, address, any

special needs/dietary requirements, etc. We take full responsibility for ensuring that proper measures are in

place to protect your information. We must pass the information on to the relevant suppliers of your travel

arrangements such as airlines, hotels, transport companies, etc. The information may also be supplied to

security or credit checking companies, public authorities such as customs/immigration if required by them,

or as required by law.

Additionally, where your holiday is outside the European Economic Areas (EEA), controls on data protection

in your destination may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We will not, however, pass

any information on to any person not responsible for part of your travel arrangements. This applies to any

sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities or dietary/religious requirements.

(If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we cannot provide

your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant

persons). Please note that where information is held by your travel agent, this is subject to your agents own

data protection policy.

All maps are a guide only. They are not drawn to scale. Pictures courtesy of: ©Richard Du Toit, Roger De la Harpe, Rovos Rail, Le Prince Maurice, ©AI, ©DT, ©IS, ©SAT, ©TT, ©FOT, ©WS, Walker Bay Nature Reserve.

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