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SOUTH AFRICA & VICTORIA FALLS ADVENTURE

13 days / 12 nights

Overview


Accommodation

  • Cape Grace
  • Lion Sands River Lodge
  • Victoria Falls River Lodge
  • Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa
Destination

  • Cape Town
  • Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Johannesburg
Arrive

  • 15 Apr 2017
  • 19 Apr 2017
  • 22 Apr 2017
  • 25 Apr 2017
Duration

  • 4 nights
  • 3 nights
  • 3 nights
  • 2 nights

Map


Destinations

Cape Town: Cape Grace | 15 Apr 2017 – 19 Apr 2017

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town, is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.


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Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve: Lion Sands River Lodge | 19 Apr 2017 – 22 Apr 2017

The Sabi Sands is South Africa’s premier private game viewing destination. It was here that the southern African safari began and today this famous reserve offers exceptional game viewing and equally exceptional accommodations. Two perennial rivers, the Sabi and the Sand flow through this Game Park, sustaining the diverse fauna and flora of the area.

The success of leopard viewing within the Sabi Sands is legendary. Elephants, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species can be closely observed in their natural environment.


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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls River Lodge | 22 Apr 2017 – 25 Apr 2017

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.


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Johannesburg: Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa | 25 Apr 2017 – 27 Apr 2017

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.


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Accommodation

Cape Grace | Cape Town – 15 Apr 2017 – 19 Apr 2017

Nestled on a private quay in Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront between a working harbor and the serenity of an international yacht marina, Cape Grace showcases the essence of the Cape, whilst staying true to the warm atmosphere and personalized levels of service that have for years defined the hotel. Cape Grace is centrally located, with quick and easy access to the airport, city center and popular tourist destinations. From the globally inspired offerings of the hotel’s restaurant Signal, to the whisky, wine and cocktail treats that await below deck at the popular Bascule Whisky, Wine and Cocktail Bar, to the African delights that surprise at The Spa at Cape Grace, the hotel is dedicated to surpassing expectations.
Your Stay:

  • 4 Nights
  • Bed & Breakfast

Fast Facts:

  • 5 Star
  • Hotel
  • Spoken Languages: English, Afrikaans, French, German, Portuguese, Xhosa, Zulu
  • No. Rooms: 120
  • Special Interests: Shopping, Watersports, Beach / Coastal, Gourmet, Relaxation, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Golf, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Sports, Wine


Luxury room

Our Luxury rooms are conveniently situated on the ground, 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the hotel and offer warmth and elegant style.

Luxury rooms can also be booked with inter-leading doors – ideal for families. These rooms feature French doors that reveal scenic views of Cape Town’s working harbour.

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Table Mountain Luxury room

Table Mountain Luxury rooms boast glorious views of the iconic Table Mountain, Signal Hill and the international yacht marina, offering warmth and elegant style with personalised details such as an intimate reading area complete with guest’s own book and newspaper selection. Ideally suited for families as inter-leading rooms are available.

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Superior room

Superior rooms are spacious rooms with the added luxury of a generous step-out balcony from which to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Waterfront and parts of the city. The generous room size makes a Superior room ideal for families, with a foldaway sofa providing a comfortable bed for a child to sleep in.

As with all rooms at Cape Grace, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV, secure room safes and even an iron and ironing board are standard in Superior rooms.

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Rooftop Luxury room

A true ‘room with a view’, Rooftop Luxury rooms are loft-like spaces with the added luxury of a rooftop breakfast patio from which to appreciate the sights and sounds of the Waterfront harbour, the yacht marina or Table Mountain. For added comfort, each Rooftop Luxury room also has a separate dressing room and an intimate reading area, complete with a selection of books.

As with all rooms at Cape Grace, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV, secure room safes and even an iron and ironing board are standard in Rooftop Luxury rooms.

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Rooftop Terrace room

With breathtaking views of the V&A Waterfront, yacht marina or Table Mountain, these top floor rooms feature French doors that open onto spacious step-out balconies for making the most of the beautiful surrounds, while the room itself has a generous living area as well as a separate dressing area.

As with all rooms at Cape Grace, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV, secure room safes and even an iron and ironing board are standard in Rooftop Terrace rooms.

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One Bedroom Suite

The One Bedroom Suite has it all. Unique room details include a separate lounge and dining area as well as a CD player and DVD machine for in-room entertainment. These spacious suites open out onto generously sized balconies overlooking Signal Hill and Table Mountain – the perfect setting for a private dining experience.

As with all rooms at Cape Grace, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV, secure room safes and even an iron and ironing board are standard in every 1 Bedroom Suite.

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Two Bedroom Suite

The Two Bedroom Suites epitomise luxurious home-from-home comforts and are ideal for families or friends travelling together. These spacious suites feature two private en-suite bedrooms and a sizeable balcony, including a fully equipped kitchen, separate lounge and dining area as well as a CD player and DVD machine – ensuring a comfortable stay for those wishing to make the most of their in-room downtime.

As with all rooms at Cape Grace, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV, secure room safes and even an iron and ironing board are standard in every 2 Bedroom Suite.

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A Three Bedroom Suite is the ideal choice for families or small groups travelling together. These generously sized suites feature three en-suite bedrooms, a separate kitchen with a separate living area and dining facilities as well as a substantial balcony for keeping an eye on the yacht marina and Waterfront happenings.

Like all rooms at Cape Grace, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV, secure room safes and even an iron and ironing board are standard in every 3 Bedroom Suite.

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Penthouse

Absolute privacy, sumptuous luxury and spectacular views seduce all who stay in either of the two Penthouse Suites, where lavish details abound at every turn. From a luggage unpacking service to a complimentary full mini bar as well as personalised meal planning with the hotel’s Executive Chef, no stone is left unturned to provide the ultimate hotel experience for our Penthouse Suite guests.

Each of our Penthouses consists of a spacious room with generous lounge and dining areas and a walk-in closet, while the large top floor terrace ensures breathtaking views of the Waterfront and the city. A private Jacuzzi and outdoor dining area on the terrace creates the perfect setting for romantic dinners for two. Ideal for honeymoon couples or those wishing to indulge in an utterly unforgettable experience, you’re bound to leave feeling on top of the world.

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

24-hour Security, Bar, Disability Services, Gym, Library, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Clothes Press, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Mini Bar, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Iron / Ironing Board, Bath, Hair Dryer

  • Services

ATM, Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk

Signal Restaurant

Signal Restaurant provides a welcoming setting, where guests can enjoy fresh, local cuisine.

Led by Executive Chef, Malika van Reenen, Signal’s menu connects the Cape’s colourful past with the present through innovative combinations, the freshest ingredients and distinctly South African flavours. Be prepared to be blown away by the array of culinary delights from Signal Restaurant.

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Bascule whisky,wine and cocktail Bar

On the water’s edge of the international yacht marina on Cape Town’s Waterfront, Bascule is the perfect setting to take in the sights and sounds of the busy Waterfront surrounds. There are over 500 whiskies from around the world and an impressive selection of the finest Cape wines on offer.

The Bascule Lounge, with its warm wood interior, stylish furnishings and fire place is situated adjacent to the main bar; it is the perfect venue for light lunches, dinners, exclusive whisky tastings and private dining.

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Lion Sands River Lodge | Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve – 19 Apr 2017 – 22 Apr 2017

River Lodge is the soul of The Lion Sands Game Reserve and has been built on the banks of the Sabie River, positioned on a site with trees dating back 800 years. Here you are invited to relax and experience African hospitality at its finest. The public areas at River Lodge offer guests the following: a private lounge and bar with fireplace, an outdoor safari lounge, 2 swimming pools (heated in winter), wooden viewing decks, a secluded bird hide, a magnificent River Deck built on the river, a conference room, Africology Health Spa & gymnasium, curio shop & both an indoor and open-air (Boma) dining area.
Your Stay:

  • 3 Nights
  • Fully Inclusive

Fast Facts:

  • Safari Lodge
  • Spoken Languages: English
  • No. Rooms: 20
  • Special Interests: Big 5, Birding, Flora, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wine


River Suites

2 River Suites are located further from the public areas and are therefore more private. They have incredible river views, best appreciated from the expansive decks. River Suites also have outdoor showers.

Luxury Rooms

12 Luxury Rooms have bathroom en-suite, lounge area with mini bar and wooden deck from which to appreciate the wilds beyond.

Superior Luxury Suites

6 Superior Luxury Suites are larger in size, and have ample open-plan bathrooms and outdoor showers. 4 of the 6 Suites are inter-leading, and are therefore ideal for families.

Facilities

  • Property Facilities

Bar, Gym, Internet Access, Library, Pool, Secure Parking, Spa, 24-hour Security, Eco Friendly, Mobile Connectivity

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Mini Bar, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Complementary Wi-Fi, Internet, Outside Shower

  • Services

Airport Shuttle, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Laundry Service, Room Service.


Chalkley Treehouse

The African landscape stretches as far as the eye can see at Lion Sands, and we knew we had to find a special place to capture and enjoy its vastness and splendour. Guy Aubrey Chalkley once set up camp in a majestic centuriesold Leadwood Tree to escape predators roaming the plains below.

We decided that this would be the ideal place to build the ultimate bush bedroom, the Chalkley Treehouse. The tree house is a secure and lavish platform under the African stars, with all the comforts that a guest can experience at a five star safari lodge.

We take our guests to the tree house at sunset, where drinks and a scrumptious picnic dinner await them. The hours of African dusk can be enjoyed relaxing and absorbing the vastness of the bushveld as it transforms from day to night, before turning in for slumber beneath the incredible night sky.

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Kingston Treehouse

Make your way through rows of magnificent white boulders and across a small drawbridge, and you will find Africa opening up in front if you. Set amid the pure and untouched wild, you will be surrounded by African bush and uninhibited wildlife at its best.

The Kingston Treehouse is constructed entirely from wood and glass, with contemporary décor in understated hues of greys, white, black and purple. No matter what the weather has in store, you will have a safe and luxurious setting with a unique window to enjoy the ever-changing views. In fact, we defy you to find two identical African sunsets

The 60m2 Treehouse is situated about 5 minutes from the main lodge, and you will have radio contact with the rangers, should you choose to. You will also find some cellphone reception; but don’t expect any wi-fi in the bush. Kingston is equipped with full bathroom and shower facilities, and Africology products to complete your sensory experience.

Before a dinner of tapas or a full meal with Champagne, enjoy an hour-long massage under the stars to relax and become quiet with the nature around you. A yoga mat and chart are also provided for your use, should the whim strike you.

Kingston is an experience reserved for the fortunate few, and we invite you to tick it off your bucket list. But we feel we must warn you, once will never be enough.

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Henna Pre-school and Cultural Village

Henna Pre-school first started in 1991 and was named after one of the “Indunas” or Chiefs in Huntington, a village within the greater Bushbuckridge area. The Pre-school was started from a donation from the Roman Catholic Church and approximately 20 children attended the school in the early years. The school initially used mud-walled buildings for infrastructure and since then better facilities have been built and since Lion Sands’ involvement, the number of children attending the school has increased dramatically..

“The long journey with great success”

Our initial investment in the community focused on school infrastructure, focusing on Henna Pre-school as a start. There were insufficient classrooms and resources for learners. In addition, with the area being impoverished, many learners were under-nourished.

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Bhubezi Community Projects – a registered section 21 company has, together with our friends & sponsors across the globe, spent in excess R785’000.00 on the following:

Renovation of the original two classrooms
Initially time was spent renovating the original building consisting of two class rooms. Broken windows were fixed, new floors were laid and we painted the interior and exterior of the building. Tables and benches were also supplied for both classrooms.

Built three new classrooms
With the help of Lion Sands guests and sponsors we managed to build two new class rooms since 2005. These classrooms were mainly for the 4 year old kids preparing for primary school. In 2009, we were blessed with a sponsorship from the Bertarelli Foundation in Switzerland, for a brand new classroom for the youngest group of children. With the ever growing number of children attending Henna Pre-School, we have had to expand our available teaching areas and so the new classroom were truly a blessing.

Supply the school with a daily food supplement
POWERMEALE is a pre-cooked sorghum-based food that provides a complete meal which is high in vitamins and minerals to help the body fight disease by boosting the immune system! We also supply a variety of foods like chicken, bread, sugar beans, spaghetti, jungle oats, vegetables, fruit, etc to the school on a monthly basis.

Add a new Jungle Gym to the outside playing area
Attention was moved to the outside playing area in 2007 and with the help from one of our sponsors, a new jungle gym was put up. This helps with the development of the children’s motor skills.

New fence and gate
Safety is of utmost importance and to secure the school was one of the priorities of 2007. A new fence and gate went up and the school is now safe and secure. We are even able to plant the vegetables in the garden without any livestock coming in to destroy the garden.

Renovation of the Kitchen
We were very fortunate to receive a donation from a big international institution to renovate and equip the kitchen. This project was finished in April 2008 and the school can supply the children now with 2 healthy meals per day prepared in hygienic conditions

Supply the school with Running Water
This was probably the biggest challenge for the school, not just from a financial point of view but also the risk factor of not finding water on the school property. Again with the help of a sponsor, we managed to drill for water at the end of December 2007 and were blessed to find a borehole, strong enough, just behind the school. The rest of the system was installed in January 2008 after the schools reopened.

Going green
The Solar geyser for hot water supply was a necessity considering the amount of time spent on preparing open fires for boiling water in big pots and the money spent on buying the wood. In underdeveloped areas where the sterilization of water and equipments is not up to date, hot water is essential. “The Bachelor” made our dream come true.

First Aid Training
As a first step towards the Medical Facility project donated by The Bertarelli Foundation, the Henna preschool team, New Beginnings Care takers and the Local Primary School teachers attended their First Aid Training coordinated by The South African Red Cross Association. All the learners will in turn train the school children on steps to take during an accident before the trained First Aider arrives.

Agriculture
The Objectives are:
• To contribute to greening, sustainable natural resource management and food security;
• To create an awareness of the benefits of environmental upliftment activities amongst the community.
• To contribute to poverty alleviation, improved environments, capacity building and skills development, and in particular for people living with Aids.
This project not only assists the school, but is planning to train the larger community in permaculture and self sustainable gardening.
The garden project: The school is distributing self grown vegetables as well as chicken, bread and power pap to all the learners at the school. These individuals are also assisted with implementing similar gardens in their homes, thus facilitating the transfer of skills to other members of the community.
The Aims and Objectives of food gardening projects are:
• To provide training in how to develop sustainable organic food gardens;
• To provide training in basic business skills;
• To provide training in the use of natural medicines and better nutrition;
• To contribute to the development of more sustainable human settlements;
• To contribute to improved food security;
• To promote sustainable land use;
• To contribute to income generation – savings and reallocation of income in the household budget and improved levels of income through the sale of surplus production;
The areas that could be covered in the program included permaculture ethics, principles, zones and sectors, designing for vegetable planting, organic soil improvement, plant propagation, making of swales, mulching and manual plant irrigation. Other topics included succession planting, inter-planting, planting of anti pest plants, scouting for pests, attraction of predators, and control measures like use of non-poisonous pest repellant sprays like garlic, chilies, green pepper and sunlight soap.

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Unfortunately, we lost the famous Jacaranda tree that provided shading to the Henna kids and visitors. We were fortunate to get a donation of putting up a shading structure that is now providing us with shading. The kids are now able to play at the outside area without any fear of sun burn. Landscaping and planting of trees will remain our project because it is necessary to plant fast growing trees that will provide shading for many years to come

Supply of outdoor toys
Because of the limited concentration level on kids, we are trying very hard to get them stimulated by ensuring that we have enough out door toys. Unfortunately, we always have to keep enough supply of these as they get worn out easily.

New Beginnings Day Care
This only Day Care that looks after babies from birth to 2 years of age was started in 2008 by 3 volunteer ladies from Huntington Home Based Care with an aim of sending all the teenage mothers back to school. These teenage mothers do not have any means of support for their children. The name ‘New Beginnings’ was given to the Day Care by John & Jocelyn Lecluse from Canada who visited Huntington village only to find that 27 babies were all taken care of in one classroom. They both went back and worked together with Tides Foundation to raise money for building 2 proper classrooms. Unlike at Henna Preschool, the babies are left by their mothers at 06h00 when they leave for school and they collect them at 15h00. All the kids are sent across to Henna preschool when they turn 2,5 years of age.

The Organization’s main objectives are:
 To serve the community by introducing the job creation projects for the previously disadvantaged people i.e. women, youth, disabled and the unemployed
 To be a reliable care centre for children, orphans, and vulnerable children
 To educate children on the Early Childhood Development, life skills, social skills, art and culture

The organization’s mission statements are:
 To operate an effective and sustainable organization that reprints the children, orphans of Huntington community and brings community development within and around Bushbuckridge Municipality.
 To strive for visible community support for children, orphans, women and ensure that progress content reflects community needs and priorities.

Because of the water challenge in the village, the Home Based Care volunteers took turns in fetching water for building from the local dam which is about 4 kilometres away from the day care. During rainy days, the water tank was then used to collect water from the corrugated iron roof of the old building.

In 2008, the Day Care identified over 15 kids aged 2 and above. All these kids were never sent to Henna Preschool due to lack of funds. One of the new classrooms was used to accommodate them and gave them basic lessons for 2 months before sending them to Henna while all the younger kids played with toys and some had a nap in the second classroom.

We always receive loads of clothes and shoes to distribute to all the kids at both Henna and New Beginnings Day Care. Below, the kids we given enough time to go through the gifts of shoes and to decide what they want. Instead of them fighting over which pair of shoes to take, they helped each other chose the perfect size – Amazing!

Together with our friends and Sponsors across the globe, we worked very hard on developing Henna preschool and increasing the enrolment as a start. There is still a lot of teenagers who are sitting at home while taking care of their babies. It is again through all your love, efforts and contributions to develop New Beginnings Day Care and build a better future for all these teenagers.

Huntington Home Based Care was started in 2004 by the Community Development Manager (Thembi Mdluli) hoping to create a link between the hospitals / Health clinics and the community as well as giving HIV / AIDS awareness around the community. Huntington community has a population of between 5000 – 6000 people and have not health facilities. HHBC is a registered section Non Profit Organization with 9 volunteers who have so far reached all the households and encouraged everyone to do HIV tests increasing the quality of life.

The following projects were introduced under HHBC:

World AIDS day celebration
Depending on the funds, World AIDS day celebration is arranged for the 1st of December every year. On this occasion we handout backpacks with stationery to all the orphans and vulnerable children, food parcels and clothes. We also give lectures on Basic HIV information, Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV, home remedies, fight stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV / AIDS, ARV’s, Positive living, Opportunistic Infections and Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT)

Instead of the community members hiring a vehicle for emergency purposes, they call the HHBC volunteers to arrange an ambulance which takes them to the nearest hospital about 50 minutes driving distance away from the community

In order for the community members to fight stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV / AIDS the support groups systems were formed according to gender and age. The young girls and boys are also taught how to do Drama acting based on HIV / AIDS and to form soccer clubs

Because we do not have old age homes in our village, the volunteers always make sure that all the elderly are taken care of. In cases where there is little support in the household, the volunteers even fetch water and cook for them.

We have noticed that since the government hospital is too far from the community, some of the community member do not have money for first consultation at Bhubezi Autonomous Treatment Centre which is about 10 minutes driving distance away from the community and one of the best Private clinics. At R150.00 per person, they are able to pay for first consultation used for administration purposes. We have donors who are currently contributing towards this project on a monthly basis and we have so far sent more than 15 individuals to this centre through their donation. We also started a chicken farming projects where we raise chicks for 42 days and the profit is spent on sustaining the Home Based Care organization.

Legal Status
The Bhubezi Community Projects is a registered independent trust and is sanctioned by the South African Revenue Service as a Public Benefit Organization in terms of section 30 of the Income Tax Act, P.B.O. Ref. No. 18/11/13/765. The registration number is 2001/008367/08
The Trust continues to undertake and become involved in exciting projects focusing on education in a holistic sense; and working in conjunction with the community is both rewarding and worthwhile. We believe that the Bhubezi Trust, by working with the community and establishing relationships with government and donors, facilitates the community’s plans for a better future by helping to turn dreams into realities.

Get involved:
HOW?
Sponsor a child for a year’s tuition.
US$ 175
Sponsor a teacher for further tuition
US$ 500
Monthly food aid
US$1500
Blankets for children in winter
US$2000
Outdoor toys
US$2000
Jungle gyms
US$8 000
Landscaping and tree planting
US$10 000
Huntington Home Based Care vehicle
US$12 000
Water well for New Beginnings
US$7500
Building of a kitchen at New Beginnings
US$18 000
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General donations
General donations include stationery, used or new clothes, cutlery or crockery, office stationery and equipments, used soccer kit including soccer balls, toys, e.t.c these are always welcome

For further information please contact:
Thembi Mdluli (Community Development Manager for both Lion Sands Game Reserve)
Email: community@lionsands.com
Tel: +27 13 735 5000
Fax: +27 13 735 5330

Victoria Falls River Lodge | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – 22 Apr 2017 – 25 Apr 2017

Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first private safari lodge to be set in the Zambezi National Park. This luxury canvas-under-thatch lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River – so close to Victoria Falls one can see the spray in the distance. Guests can combine a unique safari experience with visits to one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations. The main lodge has an open plan design and is positioned just back from the river – in view of the elephants’ natural evening route. Sit back and sip on a cocktail, under the shade of the thatched roof, as the elephants graze along the river line.


Your Stay:

  • 3 Nights
  • Fully Inclusive

Fast Facts:

  • 5 Star
  • Lodge
  • Spoken Languages: English
  • No. Rooms: 13
  • Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Wildlife, Fishing, Relaxation
Luxury Tent

  • Accommodates up to two adults
  • Super-king extra length bed
  • Can be converted to two three-quarter extra length beds
  • Private deck with plunge pool and spectacular views over the Zambezi River
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Mini bar fridge in room
  • Hair dryer
  • Air-conditioning & climate control
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Open plan bathroom with:Twin vanities, Inside and outside showers, Freestanding bath, Private toilet
Family Suite

  • Accommodates 2 adults and up to 3 sharing children (ages 17 yrs and younger)
  • Main area:
  • * Super-king extra length bed
  • * Can be converted to two three-quarter extra length beds
  • Adjoining children’s alcove:
  • * Bunk bed
  • * 3/4 extra length bed
  • Private deck with sensational views over the Zambezi River
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Mini bar fridge in room
  • Hair dryer
  • Air-conditioning & climate control
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Open plan bathroom with:Twin vanities, Inside and outside showers, Freestanding bath, Private toilet
Facilities

  • Property Facilities

Bar, Pool, Restaurant, 24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Battery Charging Facilities, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Secure Parking, Spa

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Safe, Tea / Coffee, Shower, Bath, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, Mosquito Nets

  • Services

Credit Card, Babysitting Service

Activities and Services


Game Drive

A choice of two of the following game activities (pp/pd) – incl. snacks and local beverages – is included in the accommodation rate:

* Morning / Afternoon Game Drive
* Sunrise / Sunset River Cruise

Game Drives into the Zambezi National Park

– Children aged 0-3 years are not permitted on game drives

* Junior Discoverers Drive (incl. snacks and soft beverages)
– Aimed at children aged 4-7 years accompanied by at least 1 parent – subject to vehicle
capacity
– Outside of standard Game Drive times – timing is seasonal and in consultation with
Management
– Families wishing to take children aged 4 – 7 years on game drive during standard early
morning / late afternoon game drive times (i.e. not Junior Discoverers Drive) will
require a sole use game viewer – per details below.

– ‘Standard’ game drives for children aged 8 years and older are included in the rate
– Management reserves the right to remove any unruly / disruptive children from the vehicle
and return them to Camp before resuming the game drive.

Guests wishing to secure a guaranteed sole use game drive vehicle may book this at the additional net rate of $170.00 per drive ($195.00 per drive in 2016).

Families wishing to take children aged 4 – 7 years on a game drive will require a sole use game viewer – at the additional net cost of $170.00 per drive ($195.00 per drive in 2016) – however this is subject to the availability of vehicles (i.e. if sufficient vehicles are available on a particular drive, no charge shall be levied).

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River Cruise

A choice of two of the following game activities (pp/pd) – incl. snacks and local beverages – is included in the accommodation rate:

* Morning / Afternoon Game Drive
* Sunrise / Sunset River Cruise

River Cruises on the mighty Zambezi

– Children aged 0-3 years are not permitted on river cruises
– Children aged 4 years and older are permitted on the river cruises
– Management reserves the right to remove any unruly / disruptive children from the vessel and
return them to Camp before resuming the cruise.

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“Little Livingstone’s” Children’s Activities

Adventure options – for the younger generation – included in the accommodation rate:

Junior Discoverer’s Drive
– Aimed at children aged 4-7 years accompanied by at least 1 parent – subject to vehicle capacity
– Outside of standard Game Drive times – timing is seasonal and in consultation with Management

Young Bush Wackers
– Conducted by qualified Guide within camp surrounds and river banks immediately in from of the Lodge.
– Geared for children ages 4-11 years (although older siblings and parents are welcome too!)
– Timing is seasonal and in consultation with Management

Fables by Firelight
– End off a day of epic adventuring with traditional tales from Africa whilst toasting tasty treats over the bonfire
– Weather permitting

Various books & games – for indoor entertainment

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Additional On-Site Activities (optional)

Rates exclude VAT and are:
o quoted, invoiced and payable in US Dollars ($)
o quoted per person
o net and non-commissionable
o applicable to in-house guests, over-nighting at Victoria Falls River Lodge only

UPPER ZAMBEZI CANOE SAFARIS

Options include:

* Kandahar Island Picnic Lunch Canoe Safari

Duration: Approx. 2-3 hours
Details: Paddle to Kandahar Island for a Picnic Lunch.
Departure times seasonal in consultation with Management.

* Half Day Canoe Safari

Duration: Approx. 4 hours on the Zambezi River.
Details: This can be a morning or afternoon activity with lunch or dinner back at the lodge. Departure times seasonal in consultation with Management.

* Full Day Canoe Safari

Duration: Approx. 8 hours on the Zambezi River.
Details: Packed picnic lunch and drinks on the river bank or on an island. Dinner is enjoyed back at the lodge.
Departure times seasonal in consultation with Management.

General Terms and Conditions:

• Minimum age for children accompanied by parents on Canoe Safaris is 10 years of age.
• All Canoe Safaris subject to a minimum of 2 Guests.
• All Guests to sign Canoe Safari Indemnity Forms.
• All Canoe Safaris to be conducted by Licensed Professional Canoe River Guides.
• As with all Wild Life and Outdoor Adventure Activities there is an inherent element of risk involved in Canoeing Safaris.
• Victoria Falls River Lodge will take every possible contingency to minimize risk, but as per the terms and conditions for Canoeing Safaris, as spelt out in the Indemnity Form, the Management and the Employees of Victoria Falls River Lodge are not accountable for any loss of property or injury sustained while canoeing on the Zambezi River.

See Appendix A for more details

FISHING SAFARIS

Options include:

* Fishing (off the boat)
* Fishing (off the jetty)

General Terms and Conditions:

• Minimum age for children accompanied by parents on Fishing Safaris is 4 years of age provided they have sole use of the boat.
• All Fishing Safaris subject to a minimum of 1 Guest and a maximum of 4 guests.
• All Guests to sign Fishing Safari Indemnity Forms.
• All Fishing Safaris to be conducted by a Licensed Professional River Guide or Boat Captain.
• As with all Wild Life and Outdoor Adventure Activities there is an inherent element of risk involved in Fishing Safaris on the Zambezi due to crocodiles, hippo and elephant.
• Victoria Falls River Lodge will take every possible contingency to minimize risk, but as per the terms and conditions for Fishing Safaris, as spelt out in the Indemnity Form, the Management and the Employees of Victoria Falls River Lodge are not accountable for any loss of property or injury sustained while fishing on the Zambezi River.
• Departure times are seasonal and in consultation with Management

See Appendix A for more details

WALKING SAFARIS

General Terms and Conditions:

• Minimum age for children accompanied by parents on a Walking Safaris is 12 years of age.
• All Walking Safaris subject to a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 6 guests.
• All Walking Safaris into the Zambezi National Park are conducted by a Licensed Professional Guide
• As with all Wild Life and Outdoor Adventure Activities there is an inherent element of risk involved in Walking Safaris
• Victoria Falls River Lodge will take every possible contingency to minimize risk, but as per the terms and conditions for Walking Safaris, as spelt out in the Indemnity Form, the Management and the Employees of Victoria Falls River Lodge are not accountable for any loss of property or injury sustained while walking in the Zambezi National Park.

Prices available upon request

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Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa | Johannesburg – 25 Apr 2017 – 27 Apr 2017

The Saxon has a story to tell. Originally a private home and host to many honoured guests, the art within the home portrays lives lived with guests and friends spending time together. Elegant. Luxurious. Unforgettable. Merging the finest culinary experiences, the ultimate in luxurious accommodation and the Award winning Spa, the Saxon will take you on an unforgettable journey. This is truly the place you can call home. Let the Saxon treat you to personalised, discreet service and unparalleled South African hospitality. The Saxon is a quiet retreat from the outside world that offers panoramic views over the indigenous gardens towards the city skyline beyond. Each of our rooms is fully equipped with a business area comprising complimentary use of a laptop with a secured wireless Internet connection as well as an iPod docking station, HD LCD screen television, full Digital Satellite bouquet and Blu-ray DVD player, together with state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital movie library. The hotel also offers a Fitness Centre with fully equipped Kinesis equipment which is available 24-hours a day, change rooms, and personal trainer on request. Award-winning Leading Spa with extensive Hydro facilities and innovative Signature treatments.
Your Stay:

  • 2 Nights
  • Bed & Breakfast

Fast Facts:

  • 5 Star
  • Hotel
  • Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Xhosa, Zulu, English, Dutch, Italian
  • No. Rooms: 53
  • Special Interests: Gourmet, History & Culture, Leisure, Relaxation, Shopping, Wine, Birding

Luxury Room

Drenched in warm African sunlight, and luxuriously furnished in the Saxon’s signature African style, the Luxury Rooms exude an atmosphere of elegant tranquillity. Serene in marble and light wood, the décor brings in subtle geometric prints and plush furnishings interspersed with novel Eastern influences and African artefacts. Airy and spacious, the open plan layout includes a lounge and dining area, a full business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The room is equipped with a 32 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player, together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. Every detail is considered to ensure your absolute comfort, including a king size bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. The room is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. The generous separate bathroom has an oversized bath and a walk-in shower. Latticed shutters open to views over the gardens and city skyline or the pool terrace. (861sq ft/80sq m)

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Executive Luxury Room

The Executive Luxury Rooms provide a sense of quiet retreat, your home away from home. Decorated in contemporary African style, the décor incorporates natural textures such as stone cladding and light and dark woods. Sculptures, paintings and other celebrated pieces of the Saxon art collection line the walls and alcoves. Each room has a quiet seating and dining area and a full business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The room is equipped with a 40 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player, together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. Every detail is considered to ensure your absolute comfort, including a king size bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. The room is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. The luxuriously appointed separate bathroom has a freestanding bath, dual sinks and a walk-in stone clad shower. There is a dedicated 24-hour butler service. Each room has a private deck leading out into the lush gardens. Each Executive Luxury Room can be interconnected with an adjacent Executive Luxury Room. (861sq ft/80sq m)

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One Bedroom Suite

The One Bedroom Suites are decorated with an African inspired palette creating a serene ambience of relaxation and tranquillity. Each suite has its own entrance hall, guest bathroom, dining room and lounge opening onto a balcony. The in room dining area incorporates a business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The suite is equipped with a 40 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. The spacious One Bedroom Suite incorporates a king size four-poster bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu and walk-in cupboards. The generous separate bathroom has a freestanding bath, walk-in shower, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. There is also a fully equipped butler’s kitchen and dedicated butler service. The suite is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. Latticed shutters ensure privacy and open onto views over the gardens and northern views of the Johannesburg city skyline. (2 152sq ft/200sq m) .

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Executive One Bedroom Suite

The palatial Executive One Bedroom Suite is decorated in a contemporary African style, incorporating natural textures such as stone cladding and light and dark woods. Sculptures, paintings and other celebrated pieces of the Saxon art collection line the walls and alcoves. Each suite has its own guest bathroom, and separate lounge and dining area, as well as a full business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The room is equipped with a 40 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. The spacious and modern suite incorporates a king size four-poster bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu, walk-in cupboards and generous separate bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in stone clad shower, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. There is a fully equipped butler’s kitchen with dedicated butler service. The suite is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. A private balcony overlooks the lush gardens with water features and each suite has access to the terrace and plunge pool. Each Executive One Bedroom Suite can be interconnected with an adjacent Executive One Bedroom Suite. (2 152sq ft/200sq m)

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Nelson Mandela Presidential Suite

Enter the magnificent Nelson Mandela Presidential Suite via a glass-enclosed elevator and experience unequalled luxury. The stately African décor of this premier suite is the epitome of the style and elegance for which the Saxon is renowned. There is an entrance and reception area, guest suite, a lounge and dining area, guest bathroom, a seating area and a business area with full business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The room is equipped with a 40 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player, together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. The majestic main bedroom with its king size four-poster bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, leads to the walk-in dressing room. There is a pillow menu, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. The room is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. The lavish separate bathroom has an oversized Jacuzzi bath, a walk-in shower and private steam room. Every detail is considered, from the magnificent African décor, to the fully equipped butler’s kitchen with 24-hour dedicated butler service and chef. This suite offers the best views of the estate, overlooking the pool terrace, impressive infinity pool and beyond the gardens and treetops towards the Johannesburg skyline. This distinctive signature suite is designed to surpass the expectations of the most discerning visiting members of Royalty, Heads of State, dignitaries and international celebrities. (4 305sq ft /400sq m)

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Executive Luxury Villa

The Executive Luxury single storey stand-alone Villa offers seven Executive Luxury Rooms furnished in contemporary African style. The décor features natural textures such as stone cladding and light and dark woods, providing the ultimate in luxurious African elegance. Sculptures, paintings and other celebrated pieces of the Saxon art collection line the walls and alcoves. The Executive Luxury Villa has its own lounge and dining room with seating for up to 18 guests. The full seating and breakfast area and bar lead out to the private plunge pool on the terrace overlooking the lush landscaped gardens. There is a fully equipped kitchen with dedicated 24-hour butler service and chef. The Executive Luxury Rooms provide a sense of quiet retreat, your home away from home. Each room has a quiet seating and dining area and a full business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The room is equipped with a 40 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player, together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. Every detail is considered to ensure your absolute comfort, including a king size bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. The room is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. The luxuriously appointed separate bathroom has a freestanding bath, dual sinks and a walk-in stone clad shower. Each Executive Luxury Room can be interconnected with an adjacent Executive Luxury Room. A private elevator transfers guests from the underground parking garage. A skywalk leading to the main entrance of the Saxon offers intriguing views over the landscaped gardens. Executive Luxury Villa under roof 9 504sq ft/883sq m, Terrace and courtyard 904sq ft/84sq m, seven Executive Luxury Rooms of 861sq ft/80sq m.

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

24-hour Security, Bar, Conference Centre, Disability Services, Gym, Internet Access, Library, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa, Gym (nearby)

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fridge, Internet, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Television, Outside Shower, Smoking Rooms, Underfloor Heating, Complementary Wi-Fi, Pure Cotton Linen

  • Services

Airport Shuttle, Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk, Foreign Exchange

The Terrace

The Terrace is the central meeting point of the Saxon. From dawn to dusk it is the perfect setting for relaxation and taking in the abundant birdlife while enjoying a refreshing cup of tea, cocktail or a delicious lunch. As the day unfolds you will see the Chefs going to the vegetable garden to get inspiration and pick fresh ingredients for the special menus of the day. The terrace is ideal for experiencing the glorious African sunshine over a long leisurely lunch or afternoon sundowners.

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Saxon Qunu Grill

Qunu Grill extends a warm African welcome, enticing you with its rich surroundings, red tones, woven lampshades and an ambient glow, enhanced by the remarkable hanging gardens. Beyond the hanging gardens the doors open onto the Fig Terrace where guests can dine under the striking canopy of fig trees. With its picturesque indoor-outdoor atmosphere Qunu Grill exudes a sense of being an intrinsic part of Africa.

Qunu Grill pays homage to its South African roots, being named in honour of our beloved elder statesman former President Nelson Mandela’s country home in the Eastern Cape, and takes you on the ultimate African grill experience.

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Luke Dale Roberts x the Saxon

Celebrated for its multi-sensory experience, Luke Dale Roberts x the Saxon guides the guests on an interactive experiential journey of the senses. The Chefs pour all their passion, expertise and creativity into creating a menu that reflects their emotions, passions and inspired ideas, all with an effortless simplicity.

Sourcing only the freshest handpicked seasonal ingredients from the Saxon vegetable garden and pairing them with specialised artisan produce, the menu is a showcase of superior fragrance and flavour. Individually presented to the guests by the Chefs and the Sommeliers, every course is paired with the finest local and international wines.

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Daily Information

Day 1: Cape Town – Sat. 15 Apr 2017

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by a representative followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) and transferred to Cape Grace Hotel for 4 nights. (Transfer Journey Time 30 mins).

Classically-inspired from the exterior, gracefully elegant within, Cape Grace is a luxurious retreat that evokes a sense of gentler times. Set on its own quay at Cape Town’s vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, it becomes a destination on its own offering the ultimate guest experience. Cape Grace’s charm lies in its intimate atmosphere, stylish decor and personalized hospitality.

The sumptuous elegance begins at the welcoming reception lounge extending to the rich comfort of the 120 spacious harbour and mountain-facing rooms. Located on the top floor of the hotel, with panoramas of Table mountain, the city and yacht marina, the African-influenced Spa is owned and operated by Cape Grace and exclusive to hotel guests. Cape Grace’s Signal restaurant offers stylish regional cuisine, warm, friendly service and casual sophistication while Bascule Whiskey, Wine and Cocktail Bar on the waters’ edge has a selection of over 400 whiskeys of the world and the finest of Cape wines.

Overnight: Cape Grace Hotel in a Luxury Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

Included:

  • Bed and Breakfast

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Day 2: Cape Town Sun. – 16 Apr 2017

Today you will be collected from reception at 08:30, by a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) for a Half Day Tour of the City. (Private basis)

This tour includes Table Mountain (cable car fee included – weather dependent), Castle of Good Hope, South African Museum and Company Gardens (included in cost)

Table Mountain:

By the late 1870’s, several of Cape Town’s more prominent citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway line to the top of Table Mountain. Plans to implement a proposed rack railway got under way but the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war put a halt to these efforts. By 1912, with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain, the Cape Town City Council commissioned an engineer to investigate the various options for public transport to the top. The new cableway was officially opened on the 4th of October 1997, the anniversary of the original launch, almost 70 years previously.

Castle of Good Hope:

Built between 1666 and 1679, the Castle is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. The Castle was, however, not the first fort to be built at the Cape. A quadrangular fort was built after the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652, where the Grand Parade and the main Post Office are situated today. In 1936 the Castle was declared a National Monument. The Castle of Good Hope houses the military personnel of the SA army in the Western Cape, the famous William Fehr Collection of historic artworks, the Castle Military Museum and ceremonial facilities for traditional Cape Regiments.

Return to Hotel at approximately 13:00.

Overnight: Cape Grace Hotel in a Luxury Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

Included:

  • Bed and Breakfast

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Day 3: Cape Town – Mon. 17 Apr 2017

Today you will be collected from reception at 08:30, by a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) for your Cape Point & Peninsula Tour (Private basis).

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the city centre to Cape Point.

Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal, weather permitting) (not included in cost). On through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in cost), go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony (included in cost) is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also an information centre.

You then make your way to visit the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The Garden is one of eight National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa’s six different biomes. When Kirstenbosch, the most famous of the gardens, was founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s unique flora, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. The garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

Package Includes

• Entrance : Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Boulders Penguin Colony & Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Note: The drive via Chapman’s Peak is subject to the road being open; alternatively we will drive via Ou Kaapse Weg.

Overnight: Cape Grace Hotel in a Luxury Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

Included:

  • Bed and Breakfast

Activities and Services
Cape Point Tour Full Day:

Highlights of a trip down to Cape Point include; one of the world’s most spectacular drives, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, two lighthouses on the tip of Africa, Boulders Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Kalk Bay and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.


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Day 4: Cape Town – Tue. 18 Apr 2017

Today you will be collected from reception at 08:30, by a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) for your Winelands Tour (Private basis).

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch, boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, you are truly spoilt for choice when you enjoy your first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate or similar.

Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style.

Enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch not included in cost).

Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Your last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route.

Return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotels at approximately 17:30.

Overnight: Cape Grace Hotel in a Luxury Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

Included:

  • Bed and Breakfast

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Day 5: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve – Wed. 19 Apr 2017

After breakfast and completion of check out procedures, you will be transferred by a followme2AFRICA representative (Ilios Travel) to Cape Town International Airport (Transfer Journey Time 30 mins) for your flight to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (Flight included in cost) (Flight duration 2hr:35mins).

On arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, you will be met by a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) and transferred to Lion Sands River Lodge your gateway to a memorable safari experience for 3 nights. (Transfer Journey Time 2hr:30mins)

Lion Sands will excite your spirit, revive your soul, and leave you with memories full of unforgettable experiences. We welcome you to our little jewel on the banks of this African River.

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is situated in the southern portion of the 65000-hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve, an area well known for its spectacular game viewing. It has exclusive access to the Sabie River. This River is central to why Lion Sands delivers an incomparable safari experience in Africa. Where there is water there is life, coolness, sanctuary from the heat of the African sun, a place where the wildlife travel great distances to quench their thirsts, rejuvenation and so much more. This is the natural wonder which can be experienced at Lion Sands. Yet another key aspect to the Lion Sands experience lies within its Safari. The philosophy of the safari experience at Lion Sands is to deliver a consistently professional, informative and holistic safari experience, ensuring that all spheres of the eco-system, from the small insects to the mighty African elephant, are covered in as much detail as the Guest may require.

Overnight: Lion Sands River in a Superior Luxury Room on a Fully Inclusive and Game Drive basis.

Included:

  • Accommodation
  • three meals daily
  • teas and coffees
  • minibar
  • inclusive drinks and snacks (all soft drinks)
  • selection of beers
  • spirits and house wines
  • two game drives daily
  • game drive refreshments and snacks
  • wifi in public areas

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Day 6: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve – Thu. 20 Apr 2017

05h30 – Morning game drive.

07h45 – Enjoy coffee and tea in the bush.

09h00 – Return from your game drive for a hearty breakfast.

11h00 – Leisure time.

13h00 – Lunch is served on the wooden viewing deck.

14h30 – Rest & Relaxation: Enjoy a massage at the spa or relax at River Island Deck.

16h00 – Evening Game Drive: enjoying high tea before evening game drive.

17h30 – Sundowners: sipping cocktails in the bush and watching the sun set.

20h00 – Dinner: The fires are lit in the boma for dinner under the African stars.

Overnight: Lion Sands River in a Superior Luxury Room on a Fully Inclusive and Game Drive basis.

Included:

  • Accommodation
  • three meals daily
  • teas and coffees
  • minibar
  • inclusive drinks and snacks (all soft drinks)
  • selection of beers
  • spirits and house wines
  • two game drives daily
  • game drive refreshments and snacks
  • wifi in public areas

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Day 7: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve – Fri. 21 Apr 2017

05h30 – Morning game drive.

07h45 – Enjoy coffee and tea in the bush.

09h00 – Return from your game drive for a hearty breakfast.

11h00 – Leisure time.

13h00 – Lunch is served on the wooden viewing deck.

14h30 – Rest & Relaxation: Enjoy a massage at the spa or relax at River Island Deck.

16h00 – Evening Game Drive: enjoying high tea before evening game drive.

17h30 – Sundowners: sipping cocktails in the bush and watching the sun set.

20h00 – Dinner: The fires are lit in the boma for dinner under the African stars.

Overnight: Lion Sands River in a Superior Luxury Room on a Fully Inclusive and Game Drive basis.

Included:

  • Accommodation
  • three meals daily
  • teas and coffees
  • minibar
  • inclusive drinks and snacks (all soft drinks)
  • selection of beers
  • spirits and house wines
  • two game drives daily
  • game drive refreshments and snacks
  • wifi in public areas

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Day 8: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Sat. 22 Apr 2017

After morning activities, breakfast and completion of check out procedures, you will be transferred by a followme2AFRICA representative (Ilios Travel) to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (Transfer Journey Time 2hr:30mins) for your flight to Victoria Falls via OR Tambo International Airport (flight included in cost). (Flight Duration MQP to JNB 55mins)

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you will connect to your flight to Victoria Falls Airport. (Flight duration JNB to VFA 1hr:40mins)

On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met by a representative followme2AFRICA (Victoria Falls River Lodge) and transferred to Victoria Falls River Lodge for 3 nights. (Transfer Journey Time 30mins)

Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, the luxury tented Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first privately owned lodge to be situated in the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwean side).

Its unique location makes the Lodge the ideal place from which to explore Victoria Falls as it blends the African Safari experience with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – the spray of which can be seen in the distance.

This combination of personal service, exceptional wildlife viewing, fine dining, luxurious accommodations – along with easy access to a veritable smorgasbord of adventure activities, vibrant market-places and historical sites – ensure an unforgettable experience that will leave guests wanting to return again, and again.

After check in you will have the afternoon at leisure, before being collected (Wild Horizons) at approximately 16h00-16h30 from the hotel lobby before being transferred to the waiting cruise boat for your afternoon sunset cruise along the Zambezi River.

Light finger snacks, soft drinks and beer/wine will be served on board.

Return to the hotel around 18h30-19h00.

Overnight: Victoria Falls River Lodge in Luxury Thatched Tent on a Full Board and 1 Activity basis.

Included:

  • All Meals
  • accommodation
  • local beverages
  • shared transfers to and from Victoria Falls Airport
  • 1 return transfer daily to Vic Falls Town (typically departing at 10h00 and returning at 15h00)
  • Tour of the Falls (part of daily transfer to town (entry fee into Rainforest for clients own account)
  • Two game activities (a choice between a river cruise and game drive per day or alternatively two river cruises or two game drives per day subject to availability)
  • snacks and local beverages included on the game drives
  • river cruise
  • high tea
  • bird watching on Kandahar Island

Activities and Services

Wild Horizons Sundowner Cruise

The Zambezi River cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. You may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile and elephant in their home environment, as well as enjoy the many different bird species.

The Sunset cruise is very popular and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets.Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline.
Departures: Daily

Minimum / Maximum participants: Minimum: 2 Maximum: Unlimited

Times: 16h00 – 18h30

Duration: 2 hours

Language: English (French, German, Italian & Spanish available on private tours, at supplement cost – subject to availability)

Transfers: Transfers are included in the rate and guests are collected from all hotels and B&B’s in Victoria Falls town.

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Day 9: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Sun. 23 Apr 2017

After breakfast, you will be collected at approximately 08h00 for a guided tour of the Falls – one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Walk through the magnificent rain forest where you are able to view the largest falling sheet of water in the world, Livingstone’s stature and a wide variety of birds and plants.

Return to the lodge at approximately 10h00.

Game Activities

Afternoon Game Activity: 16h00-19h00

Other Game Activities available at the lodge:

SET IN A NATIONAL PARK, OVER 450 DIFFERENT BIRD SPECIES RECORDED

CROCODILE AND HIPPOS IN ABUNDANCE

GUIDED BUSH WALKS

GUIDED GAME DRIVES

GUIDED RIVER CRUISES

GUIDED NIGHT DRIVES

BIRDING ON PRIVATE KANDAHAR ISLAND

GAME VIEWING FROM YOUR OWN TENT

Overnight: Victoria Falls River Lodge in Luxury Thatched Tent on a Full Board and 1 Activity basis.

Included:

  • All Meals
  • accommodation
  • local beverages
  • shared transfers to and from Victoria Falls Airport
  • 1 return transfer daily to Vic Falls Town (typically departing at 10h00 and returning at 15h00)
  • Tour of the Falls (part of daily transfer to town (entry fee into Rainforest for clients own account)
  • Two game activities (a choice between a river cruise and game drive per day or alternatively two river cruises or two game drives per day subject to availability)
  • snacks and local beverages included on the game drives
  • river cruise
  • high tea
  • bird watching on Kandahar Island

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Day 10: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Mon. 24 Apr 2017

Game Activities

Morning Game Activity: 06h00-09h00

Afternoon Game Activity: 16h00-19h00

Other Game Activities available at the lodge:

SET IN A NATIONAL PARK, OVER 450 DIFFERENT BIRD SPECIES RECORDED

CROCODILE AND HIPPOS IN ABUNDANCE

GUIDED BUSH WALKS

GUIDED GAME DRIVES

GUIDED RIVER CRUISES

GUIDED NIGHT DRIVES

BIRDING ON PRIVATE KANDAHAR ISLAND

GAME VIEWING FROM YOUR OWN TENT

Overnight: Victoria Falls River Lodge in Luxury Thatched Tent on a Full Board and 1 Activity basis.

Included:

  • All Meals
  • accommodation
  • local beverages
  • shared transfers to and from Victoria Falls Airport
  • 1 return transfer daily to Vic Falls Town (typically departing at 10h00 and returning at 15h00)
  • Tour of the Falls (part of daily transfer to town (entry fee into Rainforest for clients own account)
  • Two game activities (a choice between a river cruise and game drive per day or alternatively two river cruises or two game drives per day subject to availability)
  • snacks and local beverages included on the game drives
  • river cruise
  • high tea
  • bird watching on Kandahar Island

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Day 11: Johannesburg – Tue. 25 Apr 2017

After breakfast and completion of check out procedures, you will be transferred by a followme2AFRICA representative (Victoria Falls River Lodge) to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to OR Tambo International Airport (Flight included in cost – Flight durations 1hr:35mins)

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) and transferred to the Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa for 2 nights. (Transfer Journey Time 40 mins).

Every detail is considered, from the quality of the food to the finer points of our warm hospitality, you can expect only the best. The best is what we know, it is entrenched in the roots of our African spirit. On arrival at the Saxon you will be greeted warmly by our arrivals staff and our Concierge, working together as a family to ensure your stay is an unforgettable one. The sense of space, the landscaped gardens and remarkable infinity pool set a serene backdrop for a restful journey. You become aware of the sights and sounds and the warm atmosphere as you arrive at the entrance with its sweeping staircase. The lounge and terrace offer views over the gardens. The weather in Johannesburg is idyllic all year round. The summer afternoon thunderstorms followed by expansive rainbows leave a memorable impression you will take away with you.

Overnight: Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa in a Luxury Suite on a bed & breakfast basis.

Included:

  • Bed & Breakfast basis

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Day 12: Johannesburg – Wed. 26 Apr 2017

Today you will be collected from reception at 08:30, by a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) for your Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour (Private basis).

Soweto is a sprawling township, or more accurately, a cluster of townships on the south-western flank of Johannesburg. Soweto was created in the 1930s, with Orlando the first township established. In the 1950s, more black people were relocated there from ‘black spots’ in the inner city – black neighborhoods which the apartheid government had reserved for whites.

With a population of over 2 million, the township is the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history. Soweto was the centre of political campaigns aimed at the overthrow of the apartheid state. The 1976 student uprising started in Soweto and spread to the rest of the country. Many of the sights on this route therefore have political significance.

From the footbridge of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the largest on the continent, one can get a panoramic view of Soweto.

Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto, built in memory of the people who died that day, 16 June 1976.

Nelson Mandela’s humble little house in Orlando West, Soweto, now called the Mandela Family Museum, is an interesting stopover for those keen to imbibe a slice of authentic history on the world’s most famous former prisoner. The museum, a house comprising four inter-leading rooms, contains a rather eclectic assortment of memorabilia, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family as well as a collection of honorary doctorates bestowed on Nelson Mandela from universities and institutions around the world.

You can also have a glimpse of the mansion belonging to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in an affluent part of Orlando West. Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s house and the Sisulu residences are in the same neighborhood.

Enjoy lunch (to own account) at a local shebeen/tavern/restaurant before continuing to the Apartheid Museum which opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th Century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.

The exhibits have been assembled and organised by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers

They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga known as apartheid.

For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental.

The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.

At the end of the day, return to your hotel around 17h30.

Overnight: Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa in a Luxury Suite on a bed & breakfast basis.

Included:

  • Bed & Breakfast basis

Activities and Services

-Soweto: Johannesburg’s biggest township and tourist attraction.

-Apartheid Museum: The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.

The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid.

An architectural consortium, comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualised the design of the building on a seven-hectare stand. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience.

The exhibits have been assembled and organised by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga, known as apartheid.

A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny.

For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental.

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Day 13: Departure – Thu. 27 Apr 2017

After breakfast and completion of check out procedures, you will be transferred by a followme2AFRICA representative (Ilios Travel) to OR Tambo International Airport (Transfer Journey Time 40 mins) to your International flight returning home (Flight excluded in cost).

Flights

Date

19 Apr 2017
22 Apr 2017
22 Apr 2017
25 Apr 2017

Departure

Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP] OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA]

Arrival

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP] OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA] OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

Transfers

Date

15 Apr 2017
19 Apr 2017
19 Apr 2017
22 Apr 2017
22 Apr 2017
25 Apr 2017
25 Apr 2017
27 Apr 2017

Pick Up

Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Cape Grace
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP] Lion Sands River Lodge
Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA] Victoria Falls River Lodge
OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa

Drop Off

Cape Grace
Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Lion Sands River Lodge
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP] Victoria Falls River Lodge
Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA] Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa
OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]


Additional Information

Trip Preparation

Please ensure that you consult your doctor prior to traveling.

Malaria

Although there is no formal requirement of immunizations for accessing South Africa, it is recommended that you take Malaria precautions (tablets) especially due to your safari visiting Malaria Risk areas.

Malaria within South Africa’s borders is encountered mainly in:
• northern and eastern Mpumalanga,
• northern KwaZulu-Natal,
• the border areas of the Northern and North West provinces.

Outside of the South African borders it is found in:
• the lower lying areas of Swaziland,
• in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe,
• northern parts of Botswana (more specifically Kasane),
• in northern Namibia,
• in Kenya.

Ticks

After conducting bush walks (or similar – whilst being on foot), it is advisable to brush your clothes down and to examine your cloths or exposed areas if your body for ticks. If a tick is found on your skin, carefully remove these without leaving the biting/mouth parts of the insect in your skin. Anti-tick sprays are readily available and are a useful precaution known to be very effective against ticks. Wearing long pants and socks will prevent many bites.

Symptoms would normally present itself after a 5 to 7 day incubation period and may include: fevers, headaches, malaise and in some clients even a skin rash. A tick bit is normally visible as a dark black mark and is a helpful diagnostic. Tick bit symptoms can easily be treated with course of antibiotics, however this is generally not always a necessary requirement.

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever is an incurable viral illness but one can be vaccinated to prevent infection. Yellow Fever is a virus which is transmitted by mosquitos. The Yellow Fever virus is predominantly found in certain areas of West Africa, Central Africa and South America. Proof of vaccination is required when visiting countries like Kenya and Tanzania. If your itinerary includes Mozambique, travelling from a Yellow Fever destination would require you to provide proof of inoculation before being allowed entry.

Currently there is no requirement for Yellow Fever when visiting South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana or Namibia. Please consult the World Health Organizations website for details on VF requirements: www.who.int/ith/ITH_country_list.pdf

Inoculations must be received at least 10 days before travel, as the vaccine is not effective within 10 days. The YF vaccine will provide immunity against the virus for 10 years. You will receive a Yellow Card which you must carry with you when travelling.

Exemptions: Pregnant women, HIV-positive, if undergoing chemotherapy or people with a suppressed immune system. Any person that falls within the above would be required to visit a clinic/medical practitioner for a consultation and request that they be given an exemption certificate.

YF Symptoms: Normally experienced six days after being bitten, and include: fever, headache, body pains, and most often nausea

South Africa

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.


Banking and Currency

Currency

The currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Banking

Banks are found in most towns, and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays (Closed Sundays and Public Holidays). Most of them offer foreign exchange services – with cash, bank & credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). Several international banks have branches in the main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they are not informed.


Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail.

Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways, operated by Comair. There are 2 low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com and Mango.

Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access to the Kruger National Park.

An extensive tarred road system makes travelling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravel roads in rural areas though. Note:

  • A valid international driver’s licence is required.
  • We drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • Wearing seat belts is compulsory and cellphones can only be used ‘hands free’.
  • Speed limits are generally set at 120km on freeways, 100km on secondary roads and 60km in urban areas.
  • Toll fees apply on certain national roads.
  • Petrol stations are widespread.
  • Most global car hire firms have branches in South Africa

Another means of getting around South Africa are luxury inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport. Metered taxis must be ordered by telephone. There is a hop-on-hop-off bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Our rail system includes the long-haul, inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are the Blue Train, Premier Classe and the steam train Rovos Rail. There is also the new Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekhuruleni and OR Tambo International Airport.


Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.

It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and put ice in your drinks. South Africa’s fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.

Restaurants are subject to South Africa’s food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government. Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.

Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.


Climate and Weather

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C in the day. Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry. Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.
Clothing and Dress Recommendations

Summer

Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 – 40 degree Celsius range in some areas.Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don’t forget a swimming costume (bathing suit).

Winter

The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.

General

Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.

Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.

If you are doing business in the country, business attire (suit and tie) is generally called for in the corporate sector, but media for example generally dress more casually.

For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there’s no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.

For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.


Electricity and Plug Standards

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances – such adapters are also available at major airports.

Zimbabwe

A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.


Banking and Currency

Currency

Zimbabwe uses US$ as well as its own unit of currency, the Zimbabwe Bond Dollar. It is advised to carry small denominations of change with you, however it is best to pay for as much as possible outside of the country. US$ work best and are widely accepted in supermarkets, and for curios, accommodation, activities and gratuities. South African Rand and Euros are only accepted in some places in Victoria Falls. Do not plan on being able to use cash machines in Zimbabwe to draw money. Before leaving home please exchange all the money that you will need for your trip, plus extra, into US$. Most of this should be in 1, 5, 10 and 20 denominations because change is not always available. In an emergency you can try Barclays Bank, Stanbic Bank or Standard Chartered Bank as they will infrequently accept foreign debit cards for withdrawing cash.

Banking

Banks in Zimbabwe are open for business Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 08h00 to 15h00, on Wednesdays from 08h00 to 13h00 and Saturdays from 08h00 to 11h30. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Only VISA and MasterCard are accepted in Zimbabwe, however it should be noted that very limited facilities will have credit card machines, and the connection is not always reliable so it is advisable to carry cash as back up.


Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Taxis are safe and reliable, and can be booked through your hotel front desk. Taxis in cities travel within a 40km radius of the city. Always take a taxi at night.

Major airlines fly into Victoria Falls, Harare and Bulawayo. Charter flights are available to most attractions and camps.

Zimbabwe has a good road infrastructure, by African standards, although potholed. Between major towns, there are frequent road blocks. Traffic drives on the left side of the road.

If you are driving yourself around Zimbabwe, be sure to check on fuel availability in advance. If you are covering long distances within the country, ensure you carry extra fuel in 5 or 10lt metal containers in case of emergency. Fuel is generally available, but supply can fluctuate. Fuel is only available for cash.


Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Zimbabwe’s native cuisine is based on sadza, a cooked porridge made from ground maize which is normally be accompanied by some tasty relish, perhaps made of meat and tomatoes, or dried fish. Safari camps will often prepare sadza if requested, and it is almost always available in small restaurants in the towns.

Camps, hotels and lodges that cater to overseas typically serve a variety international fare, and the quality of food prepared in the most remote bush camps is usually excellent.

If you are driving yourself around and plan to cook, then get most of your supplies in main towns. There are a number of South African shopping chains operating in Zimbabwe which will generally have all that you will need.

Water in the main towns is usually purified.. The locals drink it, and are used to the relatively innocuous bugs that it may harbour. If you are in the country for a long time, then it may be worth acclimatising yourself to it. However, if you are in Zimbabwe for just a short period of time, then try to drink only bottled, boiled, or treated water available in towns and from all camps, lodges and hotels.


Climate and Weather

In Zimbabwe, the rains come principally in December, January,February and March; the further north you are, the earlier the precipitation arrives and the later it leaves. Zimbabwe’s higher eastern areas usually receive more rainfall than the lower-lying western ones.

By April and May most of the rain is gone, leaving a verdant setting, which is starting to dry out. Especially in more southerly and higher locations, the night-time temperatures start to drop.

The nights in June, July and August become much cooler, so don’t forget to bring some warmer clothes, in case you want to spend an evening outside; the days are still clear and warm. For Zimbabwe, this is the start of the ‘peak season’– days are often cloudless and game sightings continually increase.

Into September and October the temperatures rise once again: Zimbabwe’s lower-lying rift valley – Mana Pools – can get very hot in October. During this time, you’ll see some fantastic game, as the Zimbabwe’s wildlife concentrates around the limited water sources.

November is unpredictable; it can be hot and dry, it can also see the season’s first rainfalls – and in this respect it’s a very interesting month, as on successive days, you can see both weather patterns.


Clothing and Dress Recommendations

When in Zimbabwe the cardinal rule is to wear casual, comfortable clothes during the day as temperatures can get very hot. It is advisable to wear light loose fitting clothing, such as cotton or linen, as they are cool and easy to wash. Warmer clothes are advised for the evenings and rainwear for the wet season.

A brimmed hat and sunglasses are a good idea year round. Long sleeved shirts and long trousers will also guard against the scourching sun rays. It is recommended you wear light shoes, especially if your itinerary entails a lot of walking.

For safaris, please remember to wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Earth colour clothes, such as browns, greens and tans are advisable.


Electricity and Plug Standards

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. Both square and round plugs are used.


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