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Egypt Family Holiday

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16
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Meal Count Breakfast 
8
Meal Count Lunch 
2
Meal Count Dinner 
5
CO2 Offset 
469
Accommodation 
Included Activities 
Donkey ride
Egyptian Museum
Hatshepsut Temple
Karnak Temple
Kom Ombo Temple
Overnight felucca sailing trip
Pyramids and Sphinx
Snorkelling private trip in Hurghada
Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
Location Start 
Cairo
Location End 
Hurghada
From ancient wonders and awe-inspiring monuments to the teeming Red Sea and the meandering Nile, Egypt is a captivating land which never fails to spark the imagination. We delve into the past as we visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, see ancient relics in the Egyptian Museum, and explore the temples of Karnak by horse drawn carriage. On the mighty River Nile we'll relax aboard a traditional felucca sailboat and get an insight into the vibrant Nubian culture. We end our trip by the Red Sea with its fantastic beaches, clear waters and colourful reefs.
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Egypt
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Egypt
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Egypt
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Egypt
Trip Validity 
Thursday, January 1, 2015 to Thursday, December 31, 2015
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  Last Modified: 18 Jun 2015Egypt Family HolidayTrip code: FMNValidity: 01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015 Your trip starts in Cairo with a visit to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx – even the younger children are overcome with awe at the sight of these wonders of the ancient world! Next it’s the Egyptian Museum, where you’ll learn about the mysteries of the mummies, and marvel at the treasure of the boy-king, Tutankhamun. Catching the overnight sleeper train to Aswan, you have time to explore its colourful bazaar or ride camels within sight of the Nile and enjoy a visit to a Nubian village to take dinner with a local family. You sail down the Nile aboard feluccas – traditional Egyptian sailboats – stopping on your journey to visit the temple at Kom Ombo. You also drive to Luxor, home to the world’s greatest collection of antiquities. As well as exploring the monumental temple at Karnak, you visit the tombs of the Pharaohs, hidden away in the Valley of the Kings. Then, a brief stay at Hurghada gives you a chance to swim & snorkel in the Red Sea.Table of ContentsStyleImportant notesVisasThemesGroup sizeIssues on your tripMapYour fellow travellersWhat to takeItinerarySingle travellersHealthAlso available to purchaseAccommodationSafetyItinerary disclaimerMeals introductionTravel insuranceIncluded activitiesMealsResponsible TravelOptional activitiesTransportA couple of rulesMoney ExchangeGroup leaderThe Intrepid FoundationSpending moneyArrival complicationsResponsible Travel projectsTippingEmergency contactCarbon offsetDeparture taxEmergency fundsFeedback StyleExodusThemesCulture & Discovery, Family group, Archaeology, History Map[DoxHandler=96760]ItineraryDay 1 Start Cairo.Optional Activities

  • Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids - EGP100

AccommodationGrand Pyramids Hotel or similar (1 nt)Day 2 Visit the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum; overnight sleeper train to Aswan.Included Activities

  • Egyptian Museum
  • Pyramids and Sphinx

AccommodationOvernight sleeper train (1 nt)Day 3 Free day to explore Aswan or take a camel ride (optional); evening meal at Nubian family house.Optional Activities

  • Philae Temple - EGP60

Day 4 Sail northwards along the Nile by felucca; camp on deck and fall asleep beneath the stars.Included Activities

  • Overnight felucca sailing trip

AccommodationOvernight Felucca (1 nt)Day 5 Sail towards Kom Ombo - explore the ruins; visit Edfu Temple; transfer to Luxor.Included Activities

  • Kom Ombo Temple

AccommodationNile Valley Hotel or similar (1 nt)Day 6 Visit the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queen Hatshepsut's Temple.Included Activities

  • Hatshepsut Temple
  • Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Donkey ride
  • Karnak Temple

Optional Activities

  • Tomb of Tutankhamun - EGP100
  • Sound and Light Show at Karnak - EGP100

AccommodationNile Valley Hotel or similar (1 nt)Day 7 Morning sightseeing at Karnak Temple by calesh (horse-drawn carriage); drive to Hurghada. Day 8 Red Sea swimming and snorkelling boat trip.Included Activities

  • Snorkelling private trip in Hurghada

Day 9 End Hurghada. Also available to purchaseFor many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip. 

  • Egypt Family Holiday - Single supplement (FMN)

 

    Itinerary disclaimerOccasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.We've allowed plenty of room for freedom and flexibility in our trips. In fact, flexibility is one of the ingredients that makes each of our trips so exciting. This style of travel offers us some unexpected circumstances at times, for example, bad weather and road conditions, technical defects of transportation, inconveniences caused by local operators and authorities, and other circumstances beyond our control. Changes in the program may be required to make the best of the unique situations that we encounter. Overnight stops and driving distances each day may vary to best suit the needs of the group. Our described itineraries are to be used as a general guide only.Included activitiesIncluded activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.Optional activitiesA selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only and are subject to availabilities. For our families we have priced an all inclusive package including entrance fees, transport and local guide where relevant to assist you with budgeting the exact amount required on tour. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. The optional activities listed in your itinerary are activities that are available to you as a guideline and have been checked locally. The decision to partake in any activity not listed above is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about or problem with, any such optional activity your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to us.Money ExchangeEGYPT
    The official currency of Egypt is Egyptian Pounds (EGP). It's easy to get money when you arrive at the airport through money exchange or from the ATM. The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) which are plentiful throughout all the main cities. Check with your bank for information on international ATM fees. When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it's stolen. Keep this in a safe place. When using your debit card, check your receipts and keep them to compare against your statement when you get home. We recommend that you carry some foreign currency cash for when ATMs can not be accessed, have broken down or run out of cash. There are few problems changing money at the many banks and currency exchange facilities. Cash in USD, EUR and GBP are the easiest to exchange. Occasionally banks will allow cash advances on your credit card, but it's not recommended to rely on this. While some banks and five-star hotels will change travellers cheques, the process is time consuming, commissions can be high (up to 10%) and it can be difficult to change on weekends and public holidays. The easiest cheques to change are Thomas Cook or American Express in USD, EUR or GBP. Traveller's cheques are not recommended in the Middle East.Spending moneyEvery traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.TippingKnown as 'baksheesh' in the Middle East, tipping is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. If you are satisfied with the services provided, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate and always appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. We recommend that any group tips are collected in a envelope and handed directly to the intended recipient as a collective 'thank you' by the group. The below amounts are suggested figures in USD for ease of calculating budgets, but should always be offered in local currency. Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - leave the loose change. More up-market restaurants, we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill. Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1-2 per person per day for local guides. Drivers: You may have a range of private drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group however US$1-2 per person per day is generally appropriate. Public toilet attendants: When using public toilets there will most likely be an attendant that will expect a tip. 20-50 cents is appropriate. Felucca captains: If you are travelling in Upper Egypt many of our itineraries spend a night on a felucca. US$1-2 per person per day for felucca captains is appropriate. Desert Camp hosts: If you have a night camping included on your itinerary, US$2-3 is appropriate for the camp hosts. Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$3-4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.Departure taxAll departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.Important notesAGE RESTRICTIONS:
    Age restrictions apply to this trip - minimum age 5.RAMADAN & THE EID UL-FITR FESTIVAL 2014:
    In 2014, the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from 27 June through until 27 July, and the Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days. Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan, business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it's a period of national holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be affected.Group sizeMaximum of 16 travellers per group.Your fellow travellersAs you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.Single travellersOur group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.AccommodationNile Valley Hotel or similar (2 nts), Overnight Felucca (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt), Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar (1 nt) The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in your selected accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:
    Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room. Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room. Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.Meals introductionWhile travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.Meals8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners Budget for meals not included: USD 100.00TransportOvernight sleeper train, Horse-drawn carriage, Felucca, Minibus SECURITY WHILE TRAVELLING:
    Occasionally you may experience armed security and convoys between select towns or regions. Convoys are used to ensure all travellers are transported safely and, in many cases, tourists are only allowed to travel in scheduled convoys of buses and jeeps. On rare occasions you may have an armed guard in your vehicle. We want to warn you so you are not alarmed. This is a practice designed to keep tourists safe, although at times it can appear a little overboard.Group leaderAll Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader. However, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit - and who better to hear it from than the locals themselves? If you're interested in delving deeper into the local culture then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations on your trip.Arrival complicationsWe don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader. Please also make sure have a copy of the local operator's emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.Emergency contactIn the case of a genuine crisis or emergency only, The Adventure Company can be reached on Tel: +44 1420 593000. For further contact details please use the following page:Emergency fundsPlease also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.VisasVisas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.Issues on your tripWhile we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager. You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.What to takeCLOTHING & CLIMATE:
    Please note that as a desert region, the Middle East can have extreme weather. Temperatures are generally hot with little rain. This can become extreme during the summer months of June to August. In the months of December to March it can be very cold, particularly next to the river or the ocean and out in the desert where night temperatures can drop dramatically. Even in the hot months, it can get cold in the desert at night. Consider bringing a sleeping bag, thermals, scarf, gloves and a warm jacket for travel in this period, especially on itineraries which include camping such as on a felucca, in a desert camp, or at a Red Sea beach camp. A light water and windproof jacket is useful and a hat is essential.What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes). Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.WATER BOTTLE:
    Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.CLOTHING, CLIMATE & EQUIPMENT:
    Below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip. In summer (Apr-Oct), light cotton clothing is adequate for kids and adults alike, with a light sweater or sweatshirt, just in case. Remember long sleeved shirts and long trousers to guard against the sun! In winter (Nov-Mar), night-time temperatures are low – perhaps as cold as 4°C and it can be windy, making it feel even cooler. Given this you should pack accordingly - a windproof outer layer, a warm mid-layer (wool or fleece) is essential, as are long, warm, trousers. If you particularly feel the cold you may also wish to take a hat and gloves. * Comfortable shoes or trainers
    * Sandals/flip-flops for relaxing
    * Sun-hat
    * Torch
    * High-factor sunscreen & lipsalve
    * Waterbottle
    * Insect repellent
    * Sunglasses
    * Towel
    * Personal first aid kit
    * Toilet paper for the felucca section of the trip
    * Although there are not great numbers of mosquitoes, you may wish to bring a mosquito net for the felucca
    * Waterproof bags for valuable items like passports, cameras etc
    * A laundry service may be available in some hotels, but we recommend taking biodegradable travel detergent clothes can be washed as you wish. Sleeping bag (Mar to Nov - 2-3 season; Dec to Feb – 4-season) Please note that in desert countries like Egypt, summer temperatures can fall to almost freezing point at night. Although you may not experience such low temperatures, it is the reason we strongly advise you to take a sleeping bag of a suitable rating. It is possible to hire a sleeping bag locally in Cairo at a cost of UK£10 (payable in cash to your Group Leader in Cairo) per person, per trip. Please advise us at the time of booking. Please note: Although snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) is provided, these are generally in adult sizes. We recommend that you bring these from home for children intending to snorkel. Alternatively, equipment can usually be purchased locally, though the price and quality may vary.HealthThere are no specific health requirements for this trip. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained while on tour. Intrepid is very aware of the issues raised by H1N1 (swine) flu and these have been taken into consideration for all aspects of the trip you are about to take. In reviewing this itinerary we have followed the guidelines set out by The World Health Organisation (WHO): http://www.who.int/en/ Intrepid reserve the right to make last minute changes to any itinerary in the very unlikely occurrence that an area should suddenly be deemed to be unsafe because of an outbreak of H1N1 flu. Drinking water:
    As a rule we recommend you do not drink tap water, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to it and can cope, but for travellers from other places drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this is not serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available. Water consumption should be about 3 litres a day (this should be easy for most!). Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.SafetyFire safety and balconies:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities may differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms. Not all balconies measure up to standard dimensions. Seat belts:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts. Petty theft and personal safety:
    Although we feel that the Middle East & North Africa is a very safe region to travel in, please be aware that there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk in pairs or groups. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables will go missing. Traffic conditions and driving on opposite sides of the road:
    Traffic will no doubt be more chaotic than you are used to at home. Traffic rules are not always adhered to and the traffic can tend to move very fast. Be aware and alert! Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Armed convoys and security while travelling:
    Occasionally you may experience armed security and convoys between select towns or regions. Convoys are used to ensure all travellers are transported safely and, in many cases, tourists are only allowed to travel in scheduled convoys of buses and jeeps. On rare occasions you may have an armed guard in your vehicle. We want to warn you so you are not alarmed. This is a practice designed to keep tourists safe, although at time it can appear a little overkill. Water safety:
    Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, rivers or open water where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities are able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.BALLOON EXCURSIONS:
    Audits were carried out on balloon operators within Egypt to confirm the safety of their operations, unfortunately we were not able to ascertain the safety standards of these balloon operators- therefore, we are not able to recommend or assist in the booking of any balloon excursions.Travel insuranceTravel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:Responsible TravelWe believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:When packing be aware that dress standards can be conservative in some parts of Africa. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means covering shoulders and no short shorts in culturally sensitive areas: Mosques, small villages, etc. We recommend a mixture of loose, lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings. Topless sun bathing is unacceptable through out the whole of Africa.A couple of rulesIllegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes. Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.The Intrepid FoundationSince Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way. The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:www.theintrepidfoundation.orgResponsible Travel projectsOrganisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Egypt include: * Animal Care in Egypt is a true friend to Egypt's mistreated animals. They provide free professional veterinary care, food and medication for some 4,000 injured, sick and mistreated animals each month. In addition to rehabilitating the mistreated, ACE also provides local people with education in appropriate animal care. Donations of second-hand tack/dog collars and flea treatment are always welcomed.Carbon offsetCarbon Offset C02-e 469.00 kgs per pax.FeedbackLeave your feedback here - www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback

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    Product Sub Type 
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    • 6 nights hotels (mostly en suite), 1 night sleeper train (couchette berth) and 1 night felucca (mattresses and blankets provided but facilities are basic)
    • Transport: private minibus, train, felucca, calesh (horse-drawn carriage) and boat
    • Children should be able to swim
    • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
    • All accommodation (see below)
    • All transport and listed activities
    • Tour leader throughout
    • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
    Comma Seperated Trip Codes 
    fmv,fmk,fpm
    • Rain is very rare in all parts of Egypt and most days are sunny and clear. Summer temperatures often reach the upper 30's, and as a family you must consider this. Are your children used to hot temperatures? The winter months can be surprisingly cold, especially on the Nile or at night. In the summer these temperatures are 35degC and 22degC respectively. Daytime temperatures are on average 3 or 4 degrees higher in Aswan.

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    Discover Egypt's ancient wonders, from Cairo to the Nile and the Red Sea

    All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners are included on this tour. Food in Egypt involves such things as kebabs, chicken, stews, pitta-bread, falafel, beans, aubergine and other vegetables, pickles, salads and the like. Dishes tend to be simple and wholesome and vegetarians can be catered for if they accept that the options may be somewhat limited.
    This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company The Family Adventure Company (TFAC), as such the group may be a mixture of Exodus and TFAC clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. TFAC operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel. This trip has a very full itinerary but offers a pleasant balance between relaxation and activity; we don't overload children with too many sites. It is not a luxury trip; conditions on the felucca sailboats and the overnight train are very simple, but accommodation elsewhere is modest, clean and comfortable. There are some early starts on this trip and although Egypt is hot, this is not a tiring adventure. Please be aware that there are some early starts in order to avoid the full heat of the day. Please note some road journeys in Egypt are operated by the authorities in convoys. This means that travelling times will be fixed and arrival times into destinations may vary to those described here, with sightseeing adjusted accordingly.
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    <div class="clearfix" id="TripNotePreviewTitleBar"><div id="TripNoteIntrepidLogo"></div><div id="TripNotePreviewLogo"></div></div><div id="TripNoteLastModified">Last Modified: 18 Jun 2015</div><div id="TripNoteTripTitle">Egypt Family Holiday</div><div id="TripNoteProductCode">Trip code: FMN</div><div id="TripNoteValidity">Validity: 01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015</div><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Your trip starts in Cairo with a visit to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx – even the younger children are overcome with awe at the sight of these wonders of the ancient world! Next it’s the Egyptian Museum, where you’ll learn about the mysteries of the mummies, and marvel at the treasure of the boy-king, Tutankhamun. Catching the overnight sleeper train to Aswan, you have time to explore its colourful bazaar or ride camels within sight of the Nile and enjoy a visit to a Nubian village to take dinner with a local family. You sail down the Nile aboard feluccas – traditional Egyptian sailboats – stopping on your journey to visit the temple at Kom Ombo. You also drive to Luxor, home to the world’s greatest collection of antiquities. As well as exploring the monumental temple at Karnak, you visit the tombs of the Pharaohs, hidden away in the Valley of the Kings. Then, a brief stay at Hurghada gives you a chance to swim &amp; snorkel in the Red Sea.</div><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Table of Contents</div><table id="TripNoteTableOfContents"><tr><td><a href="#Style">Style</a></td><td><a href="#Groupsize">Group size</a></td><td><a href="#Visas">Visas</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Themes">Themes</a></td><td><a href="#Yourfellowtravellers">Your fellow travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Issuesonyourtrip">Issues on your trip</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Map">Map</a></td><td><a href="#Singletravellers">Single travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Whattotake">What to take</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerary">Itinerary</a></td><td><a href="#Accommodation">Accommodation</a></td><td><a href="#Health">Health</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Alsoavailabletopurchase">Also available to purchase</a></td><td><a href="#Mealsintroduction">Meals introduction</a></td><td><a href="#Safety">Safety</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerarydisclaimer">Itinerary disclaimer</a></td><td><a href="#Meals">Meals</a></td><td><a href="#Travelinsurance">Travel insurance</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Includedactivities">Included activities</a></td><td><a href="#Transport">Transport</a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravel">Responsible Travel</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Optionalactivities">Optional activities</a></td><td><a href="#Groupleader">Group leader</a></td><td><a href="#Acoupleofrules">A couple of rules</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#MoneyExchange">Money Exchange</a></td><td><a href="#AlternateJoiningpoint">Alternate Joining point </a></td><td><a href="#TheIntrepidFoundation">The Intrepid Foundation</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Spendingmoney">Spending money</a></td><td><a href="#Arrivalcomplications">Arrival complications</a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravelprojects">Responsible Travel projects</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Tipping">Tipping</a></td><td><a href="#AlternateFinishpoint">Alternate Finish point </a></td><td><a href="#Carbonoffset">Carbon offset</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Departuretax">Departure tax</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencycontact">Emergency contact</a></td><td><a href="#Feedback">Feedback</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Importantnotes">Important notes</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencyfunds">Emergency funds</a></td></tr></table><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div id="Style" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Style</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Exodus</div></div><div id="Themes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Themes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Culture &amp; Discovery, Family group, Archaeology, History</div></div><div id="Themesdescriptions" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div></div><div id="Map" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Map</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >[DoxHandler=96760]<br /></div></div><div id="Itinerary" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary</div></div><div id="Day1PreDay1Title" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeadingFirstItem">Day 1 Pre Day 1 Title</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day1FlytoCairo." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 1 Fly to Cairo.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day2VisitthePyramids,SphinxandEgyptianMuseum;overnightsleepertraintoAswan." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 2 Visit the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum; overnight sleeper train to Aswan.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Egyptian Museum</li><li>Pyramids and Sphinx</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day3FreedaytoexploreAswanortakeacamelride(optional);eveningmealatNubianfamilyhouse." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 3 Free day to explore Aswan or take a camel ride (optional); evening meal at Nubian family house.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Optional Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Philae Temple - EGP60</li></ul></div></div></div><div id="Day4SailnorthwardsalongtheNilebyfelucca;campondeckandfallasleepbeneaththestars." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 4 Sail northwards along the Nile by felucca; camp on deck and fall asleep beneath the stars.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Overnight felucca sailing trip</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Overnight Felucca (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day5SailtowardsKomOmbo-exploretheruins;visitEdfuTemple;transfertoLuxor." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 5 Sail towards Kom Ombo - explore the ruins; visit Edfu Temple; transfer to Luxor.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Kom Ombo Temple</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Nile Valley Hotel or similar (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day6VisitthetombsintheValleyoftheKingsandQueenHatshepsut'sTemple." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 6 Visit the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queen Hatshepsut's Temple.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Hatshepsut Temple</li><li>Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)</li><li>Donkey ride</li><li>Karnak Temple</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Optional Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Tomb of Tutankhamun - EGP100</li><li>Sound and Light Show at Karnak - EGP100</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Nile Valley Hotel or similar (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day7MorningsightseeingatKarnakTemplebycalesh(horse-drawncarriage);drivetoHurghada." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 7 Morning sightseeing at Karnak Temple by calesh (horse-drawn carriage); drive to Hurghada.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day8RedSeaswimmingandsnorkellingboattrip." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 8 Red Sea swimming and snorkelling boat trip.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Snorkelling private trip in Hurghada</li></ul></div></div></div><div id="Day9FlytoLondon." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 9 Fly to London.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day10PostTripExtraDayTitle" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 10 Post Trip Extra Day Title</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchase" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Also available to purchase</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip. </div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchaselist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Egypt Family Holiday - Single supplement (FMN)</li></ul></div></div><div id="Wealsorecommendlist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul></ul></div></div><div id="Itinerarydisclaimer" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary disclaimer</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >We've allowed plenty of room for freedom and flexibility in our trips. In fact, flexibility is one of the ingredients that makes each of our trips so exciting. This style of travel offers us some unexpected circumstances at times, for example, bad weather and road conditions, technical defects of transportation, inconveniences caused by local operators and authorities, and other circumstances beyond our control. Changes in the program may be required to make the best of the unique situations that we encounter.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Overnight stops and driving distances each day may vary to best suit the needs of the group. Our described itineraries are to be used as a general guide only.</div></div><div id="Includedactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Included activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.</div></div><div id="Optionalactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Optional activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only and are subject to availabilities. For our families we have priced an all inclusive package including entrance fees, transport and local guide where relevant to assist you with budgeting the exact amount required on tour. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. The optional activities listed in your itinerary are activities that are available to you as a guideline and have been checked locally.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>The decision to partake in any activity not listed above is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about or problem with, any such optional activity your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to us.</div></div><div id="MoneyExchange" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Money Exchange</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >EGYPT<BR/>The official currency of Egypt is Egyptian Pounds (EGP). <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>It's easy to get money when you arrive at the airport through money exchange or from the ATM. The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) which are plentiful throughout all the main cities. Check with your bank for information on international ATM fees.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it's stolen. Keep this in a safe place. When using your debit card, check your receipts and keep them to compare against your statement when you get home.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>We recommend that you carry some foreign currency cash for when ATMs can not be accessed, have broken down or run out of cash. There are few problems changing money at the many banks and currency exchange facilities. Cash in USD, EUR and GBP are the easiest to exchange.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Occasionally banks will allow cash advances on your credit card, but it's not recommended to rely on this.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>While some banks and five-star hotels will change travellers cheques, the process is time consuming, commissions can be high (up to 10%) and it can be difficult to change on weekends and public holidays. The easiest cheques to change are Thomas Cook or American Express in USD, EUR or GBP. Traveller's cheques are not recommended in the Middle East.</div></div><div id="Spendingmoney" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Spending money</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. </div></div><div id="Tipping" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Tipping</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Known as 'baksheesh' in the Middle East, tipping is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. If you are satisfied with the services provided, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate and always appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>We recommend that any group tips are collected in a envelope and handed directly to the intended recipient as a collective 'thank you' by the group. The below amounts are suggested figures in USD for ease of calculating budgets, but should always be offered in local currency. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - leave the loose change. More up-market restaurants, we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1-2 per person per day for local guides.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Drivers: You may have a range of private drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group however US$1-2 per person per day is generally appropriate.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Public toilet attendants: When using public toilets there will most likely be an attendant that will expect a tip. 20-50 cents is appropriate.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Felucca captains: If you are travelling in Upper Egypt many of our itineraries spend a night on a felucca. US$1-2 per person per day for felucca captains is appropriate.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Desert Camp hosts: If you have a night camping included on your itinerary, US$2-3 is appropriate for the camp hosts.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$3-4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.</div></div><div id="Departuretax" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Departure tax</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.</div></div><div id="Importantnotes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Important notes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >AGE RESTRICTIONS: <BR/>Age restrictions apply to this trip - minimum age 5.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >RAMADAN &amp; THE EID UL-FITR FESTIVAL 2014:<BR/>In 2014, the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from 27 June through until 27 July, and the Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days. Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan, business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it's a period of national holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be affected.</div></div><div id="Groupsize" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group size</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Maximum of 16 travellers per group.</div></div><div id="Yourfellowtravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Your fellow travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. </div></div><div id="Singletravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Single travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.</div></div><div id="Accommodation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Nile Valley Hotel or similar (2 nts), Overnight Felucca (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt), Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar (1 nt)</div></div><div id="Accommodationdescription" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in your selected accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:<BR/>Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.</div></div><div id="Mealsintroduction" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals introduction</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.</div></div><div id="Meals" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners</div></div><div id="Budgetformealsnotincluded" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Budget for meals not included:</div></div><div id="Budgetformealsnotincluded-auto" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >USD 100.00</div></div><div id="Transport" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Transport</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Overnight sleeper train, Horse-drawn carriage, Felucca, Minibus</div></div><div id="Transportdescription" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >SECURITY WHILE TRAVELLING:<BR/>Occasionally you may experience armed security and convoys between select towns or regions. Convoys are used to ensure all travellers are transported safely and, in many cases, tourists are only allowed to travel in scheduled convoys of buses and jeeps. On rare occasions you may have an armed guard in your vehicle. We want to warn you so you are not alarmed. This is a practice designed to keep tourists safe, although at times it can appear a little overboard.</div></div><div id="Groupleader" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group leader</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader. However, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit - and who better to hear it from than the locals themselves? If you're interested in delving deeper into the local culture then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations on your trip.</div></div><div id="AlternateJoiningpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Alternate Joining point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >15 Aug 2015 (FMN150815), 17 Oct 2015 (FMN151017), 24 Oct 2015 (FMN151024), 19 Dec 2015 (FMN151219), 06 Feb 2016 (FMN160206), 13 Feb 2016 (FMN160213), 26 Mar 2016 (FMN160326), 02 Apr 2016 (FMN160402), 28 May 2016 (FMN160528), 23 Jul 2016 (FMN160723), 06 Aug 2016 (FMN160806), 13 Aug 2016 (FMN160813), 15 Oct 2016 (FMN161015), 22 Oct 2016 (FMN161022), 19 Dec 2016 (FMN161219)</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London, All Airports</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" > </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >UNITED KINGDOM</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div></div><div id="Arrivalcomplications" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Arrival complications</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please also make sure have a copy of the local operator's emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.</div></div><div id="AlternateFinishpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Alternate Finish point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >15 Aug 2015 (FMN150815), 17 Oct 2015 (FMN151017), 24 Oct 2015 (FMN151024), 19 Dec 2015 (FMN151219), 06 Feb 2016 (FMN160206), 13 Feb 2016 (FMN160213), 26 Mar 2016 (FMN160326), 02 Apr 2016 (FMN160402), 28 May 2016 (FMN160528), 23 Jul 2016 (FMN160723), 06 Aug 2016 (FMN160806), 13 Aug 2016 (FMN160813), 15 Oct 2016 (FMN161015), 22 Oct 2016 (FMN161022), 19 Dec 2016 (FMN161219)</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London, All Airports</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" > </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >UNITED KINGDOM</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div></div><div id="Emergencycontact" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency contact</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency only, The Adventure Company can be reached on Tel: +44 1420 593000. For further contact details please use the following page:</div></div><div id="Emergencyfunds" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency funds</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.</div></div><div id="Visas" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Visas</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.</div></div><div id="Issuesonyourtrip" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Issues on your trip</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.</div></div><div id="Whattotake" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">What to take</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >CLOTHING &amp; CLIMATE:<BR/>Please note that as a desert region, the Middle East can have extreme weather. Temperatures are generally hot with little rain. This can become extreme during the summer months of June to August. In the months of December to March it can be very cold, particularly next to the river or the ocean and out in the desert where night temperatures can drop dramatically. Even in the hot months, it can get cold in the desert at night. Consider bringing a sleeping bag, thermals, scarf, gloves and a warm jacket for travel in this period, especially on itineraries which include camping such as on a felucca, in a desert camp, or at a Red Sea beach camp. A light water and windproof jacket is useful and a hat is essential.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >WATER BOTTLE:<BR/>Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >CLOTHING, CLIMATE &amp; EQUIPMENT:<BR/>Below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>In summer (Apr-Oct), light cotton clothing is adequate for kids and adults alike, with a light sweater or sweatshirt, just in case. Remember long sleeved shirts and long trousers to guard against the sun! In winter (Nov-Mar), night-time temperatures are low – perhaps as cold as 4&#176;C and it can be windy, making it feel even cooler. Given this you should pack accordingly - a windproof outer layer, a warm mid-layer (wool or fleece) is essential, as are long, warm, trousers. If you particularly feel the cold you may also wish to take a hat and gloves.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>* Comfortable shoes or trainers <BR/>* Sandals/flip-flops for relaxing<BR/>* Sun-hat<BR/>* Torch<BR/>* High-factor sunscreen &amp; lipsalve<BR/>* Waterbottle<BR/>* Insect repellent<BR/>* Sunglasses<BR/>* Towel<BR/>* Personal first aid kit<BR/>* Toilet paper for the felucca section of the trip<BR/>* Although there are not great numbers of mosquitoes, you may wish to bring a mosquito net for the felucca<BR/>* Waterproof bags for valuable items like passports, cameras etc<BR/>* A laundry service may be available in some hotels, but we recommend taking biodegradable travel detergent clothes can be washed as you wish.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Sleeping bag (Mar to Nov - 2-3 season; Dec to Feb – 4-season) Please note that in desert countries like Egypt, summer temperatures can fall to almost freezing point at night. Although you may not experience such low temperatures, it is the reason we strongly advise you to take a sleeping bag of a suitable rating. It is possible to hire a sleeping bag locally in Cairo at a cost of UK&#163;10 (payable in cash to your Group Leader in Cairo) per person, per trip. Please advise us at the time of booking.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please note: Although snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) is provided, these are generally in adult sizes. We recommend that you bring these from home for children intending to snorkel. Alternatively, equipment can usually be purchased locally, though the price and quality may vary.</div></div><div id="Health" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Health</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >There are no specific health requirements for this trip. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained while on tour. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Intrepid is very aware of the issues raised by H1N1 (swine) flu and these have been taken into consideration for all aspects of the trip you are about to take. In reviewing this itinerary we have followed the guidelines set out by The World Health Organisation (WHO): http://www.who.int/en/<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Intrepid reserve the right to make last minute changes to any itinerary in the very unlikely occurrence that an area should suddenly be deemed to be unsafe because of an outbreak of H1N1 flu.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Drinking water: <BR/>As a rule we recommend you do not drink tap water, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to it and can cope, but for travellers from other places drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this is not serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available. Water consumption should be about 3 litres a day (this should be easy for most!). Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.</div></div><div id="Safety" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Safety</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Fire safety and balconies:<BR/>Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities may differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms. Not all balconies measure up to standard dimensions.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Seat belts:<BR/>Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Petty theft and personal safety:<BR/>Although we feel that the Middle East &amp; North Africa is a very safe region to travel in, please be aware that there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk in pairs or groups. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables will go missing. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Traffic conditions and driving on opposite sides of the road:<BR/>Traffic will no doubt be more chaotic than you are used to at home. Traffic rules are not always adhered to and the traffic can tend to move very fast. Be aware and alert! Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Armed convoys and security while travelling:<BR/>Occasionally you may experience armed security and convoys between select towns or regions. Convoys are used to ensure all travellers are transported safely and, in many cases, tourists are only allowed to travel in scheduled convoys of buses and jeeps. On rare occasions you may have an armed guard in your vehicle. We want to warn you so you are not alarmed. This is a practice designed to keep tourists safe, although at time it can appear a little overkill.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Water safety:<BR/>Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, rivers or open water where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities are able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >BALLOON EXCURSIONS:<BR/>Audits were carried out on balloon operators within Egypt to confirm the safety of their operations, unfortunately we were not able to ascertain the safety standards of these balloon operators- therefore, we are not able to recommend or assist in the booking of any balloon excursions.<BR/></div></div><div id="Travelinsurance" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Travel insurance</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:</div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravel" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >When packing be aware that dress standards can be conservative in some parts of Africa. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means covering shoulders and no short shorts in culturally sensitive areas: Mosques, small villages, etc. We recommend a mixture of loose, lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings. Topless sun bathing is unacceptable through out the whole of Africa.</div></div><div id="Acoupleofrules" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">A couple of rules</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes. </div></div><div id="TheIntrepidFoundation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">The Intrepid Foundation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/">www.theintrepidfoundation.org</a><br /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravelprojects" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel projects</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Egypt include:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>* Animal Care in Egypt is a true friend to Egypt's mistreated animals. They provide free professional veterinary care, food and medication for some 4,000 injured, sick and mistreated animals each month. In addition to rehabilitating the mistreated, ACE also provides local people with education in appropriate animal care. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Donations of second-hand tack/dog collars and flea treatment are always welcomed. </div></div><div id="Carbonoffset" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Carbon offset</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Carbon Offset C02-e 469.00 kgs per pax.</div></div><div id="Feedback" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Feedback</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/">Leave your feedback here - www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback</a><br /></div></div>
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    6 nights hotels, 1 night sleeper train and 1 night felucca. Most hotels have en suite facilities and all have swimming pool access. In Cairo, the hotel is close to the pyramids, and the rooms are comfortable and spacious with air conditioning. The Sleeper Trains are air-conditioned and deemed first class by Egyptian standards with couchette berths (max. 2 persons). There is a toilet and dining facilities on board but it is basic. We will always try to get two interconnecting cabins for families but these cannot be guaranteed. Felucca’s are traditional sailboats that that have plied the mighty Nile since ancient times. Accommodation is basic - we sleep under the stars on the deck itself, which is strewn with soft colourful cushions and rugs and equipped with a canopy. Mattresses and blankets are provided and mosquito nets are available. Singe accommodation may be available on request for a supplement (payable in advance); please enquire at the time of booking for prices and availability. We endeavour to provide twin or triple rooms for all family clients – for trip specific details please download the Trip Notes.
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    • See the incredible Valley of the Kings
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    Hlane NP - Game Drive
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    Home to more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve, Kruger is not only South Africa’s oldest national park but it is also one of the largest, and a frontier for conservation. This active adventure through South Africa and Swaziland combines culture and wildlife - we visit one of the largest townships and a traditional Zulu village, we hike, kayak and raft, and of course the highlight is the game drives. Kruger also boasts the rare opportunity to see the ‘big five’ game animals in their natural habitat, and with its 14 different Eco-zones and surface area of 19,000 square kilometres, is the perfect destination for a family safari adventure. With a bit of luck you will have great sightings of lions, leopards, giraffes, buffalo, rhinos, elephant and numerous other animals found within the park.
    There's time spent in Johannesburg, the 'City of Gold' too, including a guided tour of 'Soweto', originally an acronym for 'SOuth-WEstern TOwnships' which developed during the gold mining boom as native African workers settled on the outskirts of the city.
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      Last Modified: 19 Feb 2015South Africa Teenage SafariTrip code: FACValidity: 01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015 Travel through South Africa and Swaziland, combining cultural and wildlife experiences. The tour starts with an introduction to South Africa’s most famous township, Soweto, before heading out into the wilderness. Once on the road stop at a Zulu village and experience activities such as hiking, kayaking and rafting before arriving at Kruger National Park for unbelievable wildlife watching.Table of ContentsStyleGroup sizeVisasThemesYour fellow travellersIssues on your tripMapSingle travellersWhat to takeItineraryAccommodationHealthAlso available to purchaseMeals introductionSafetyItinerary disclaimerMealsTravel insuranceIncluded activitiesTransportResponsible TravelOptional activitiesGroup leaderA couple of rulesMoney ExchangeJoining point The Intrepid FoundationSpending moneyArrival complicationsResponsible Travel projectsTippingFinish point Carbon offsetDeparture taxEmergency contactFeedbackImportant notesEmergency funds StyleExodusThemesWildlife, Family group, Teenage adventures, Accom: hotel/lodge, Accom: camping, Safari Map[DoxHandler=97786]ItineraryDay 1 Start Johannesburg; afternoon Soweto township tour.AccommodationHotel (1 nt)Day 2 Drive to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (home to the largest population of White rhino in the world); game drives, visit a hide.Included Activities

    • Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park - Game drives

    AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 3 Second day in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 4 To Kosi Bay Nature Reserve visiting a Zulu village en route; mangrove kayaking tour and reef snorkelling excursion.Included Activities

    • Zulu Village Visit

    AccommodationDeluxe permanent tent (1 nt)Day 5 Second day in Kosi Bay Nature Reserve.AccommodationDeluxe permanent tent (1 nt)Day 6 Continue to Swaziland and Hlane (meaning 'wilderness') N.P.; game drive through classic bushveld country.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 7 Second day in Hlane N.P.Included Activities

    • Hlane NP - Game Drive

    AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 8 Transfer to Kruger N.P.; game drives in search of the 'Big Five' and the African wild dog; optional night game drive.Included Activities

    • Kruger Park - Game drive

    Optional Activities

    • Kruger Park - Night game drive - ZAR240

    AccommodationCamping (with facilities) (1 nt)Day 9 Second day in Kruger N.P.; more game drives.Included Activities

    • Kruger Park - Game drive

    AccommodationCamping (with facilities) (1 nt)Day 10 Walk Blyde River Canyon en route to Graskop.Included Activities

    • Bourkes Luck Potholes

    AccommodationLodge (1 nt)Day 11 Free day; optional white water rafting on Sabi River or tree top canopy tour.Optional Activities

    • Whitewater rafting - ZAR350
    • Treetop canopy tour - ZAR450

    AccommodationLodge (1 nt)Day 12 End Johannesburg. Also available to purchaseFor many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip. 

       

        Itinerary disclaimerOccasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. Please note that if you are aged 65 or over a doctor's certificate is required.Included activitiesIncluded activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.Optional activitiesA selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only and are subject to availabilities. For our families we have priced an all inclusive package including entrance fees, transport and local guide where relevant to assist you with budgeting the exact amount required on tour. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. The optional activities listed in your itinerary are activities that are available to you as a guideline and have been checked locally. The decision to partake in any activity not listed above is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about or problem with, any such optional activity your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to us.Money ExchangeSOUTH AFRICA
        The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR).The best way to manage your money in Africa is a mixture of cash and an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard). CASH:
        Cash is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates. ***PLEASE NOTE: MANY BUSINESSES AND BANKS IN EAST AFRICA DO NOT ACCEPT US DOLLAR NOTES OLDER THAN 2006. IF YOU ARE BRINGING USD, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND LARGE BILLS IN GOOD CONDITION, 2006 SERIES ONWARDS ONLY. ANY OLD OR DAMAGED NOTES MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED.*** EUR or GBP are also widely accepted. The South African Rand can also be used widely in countries of Southern Africa. When changing money, only use reputable authorised money exchange vendors and never anyone on the street. There are many instances of travellers being given counterfeit notes or being tricked when money is being counted out. TRAVELLER'S CHEQUES:
        Some people like to carry traveller’s cheques for back up emergency cash. While traveller’s cheques are undoubtedly the safest way to carry money, they are becoming harder to cash around the world and can often result in unfavourable exchange rates and commission charges. They are no longer accepted in many locations in Kenya & Tanzania. It can also be tricky to reach banks during banking business hours which are often short in many African countries. Note: Receipts for traveller’s cheques are required by banks and money changers. VISA AND MASTERCARD:
        With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognised, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. If you're on a multi-country tour, your tour leader will be able to give you an approximate idea of how much money you may need for your stay in each country.Spending moneyEvery traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.TippingIf you are happy with the services providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers: Restaurants: Please check the bill and if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
        At local markets and basic restaurants: Leave the loose change.
        Local guides/Porters: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1 per person, per day for local guides/porters.
        Your crew (including the leader and driver, and perhaps cook depending on your trip): You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$2-3 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
        In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping. Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insultDeparture taxAll departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.Important notesLOCAL PARTNER:
        This trip is operated by our experienced local partner, The Adventure Company.AGE RESTRICTIONS:
        Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 12. Anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or guardian.Group sizeMaximum of 16 travellers per group.Your fellow travellersAs you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetupSingle travellersOur group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (4 nts), Lodge (2 nts), Deluxe permanent tent (2 nts), Camping (with facilities) (2 nts), Hotel (1 nt) Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area,generally these will be a twin room with private facilities. Sometimes you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. We use a variety of accommodation on most trips; chosen for their value for money, location and atmosphere. We also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:
        Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room. Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room. Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.Meals introductionWhile travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.Meals10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 10 Dinners Budget for meals not included: USD 100.00TransportMinibus, 4x4Group leaderAll Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.Joining pointRivonia Road LodgeRivonia cnr. 10th Avenue & Rivonia Road, Rivonia, JohannesburgRivoniaJohannesburgSOUTH AFRICA Arrival complicationsWe don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader. Please also make sure have a copy of the local operator's emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.Finish pointJohannesburg, O.R. Tambo International JohannesburgSOUTH AFRICA Emergency contactIn the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's South African Office can be reached on: +27 11 471 7400 (South African business hours) or +27 828229407 (24/7). For all other enquiries please contact our reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week. For further contact details please use the following page:www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/Emergency fundsPlease also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.VisasVisas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent. SOUTH AFRICA:
        Citizens of Australia, UK and most EU countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required. Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate
        As of October 1st 2011, A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is now required for all passengers over one year of age who arrive or are transiting through South Africa, from a country or region listed by the World Health Organization as infected by yellow fever. Travellers unable to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival in South Africa will be refused entry. There is no option for travellers without a vaccination certificate to be vaccinated on arrival. Please note this also includes transiting through an infected country or region. As of October 1st South Africa will also consider Zambia as a country infected by Yellow Fever even though the WHO does not currently list Zambia. All travellers from Zambia into South Africa will be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination. A new immigration regulation will take effect from 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. This is an requirement of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: http://www.nwivisas.com/nwi-blog/south-africa/grace-period-for-parents-t....Issues on your tripWhile we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager. You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.What to takeWhat you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes). Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.Go to Intrepid's Ultimate Packing ListCLOTHING & EQUIPMENT:
        Below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip. If travelling from Nov-Feb lightweight cotton clothing is best. * Waterproof jacket/kagoul
        * Warm mid-layer (i.e. fleece or wool) - for early game drives
        * Lightweight walking/trail boots
        * Trainers/sandals for relaxing
        * Sun-hat
        * Torch
        * Waterbottle
        * Sunglasses, sunscreen and lipsalve
        * Insect repellent
        * Personal first aid kit
        * Binoculars
        * Sleeping bag (2/3 season Sept - Apr, 3/4 season May - Aug)
        * Dust can be a problem for cameras - take a dustproof bag
        * A self-service laundry service may be available in some camps/hotels, but we recommend you take travel detergentWATER BOTTLE:
        Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.HealthAll Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.YELLOW FEVER:
        A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home. It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.SafetyMany national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns. For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:www.intrepidtravel.com/safetyFIRE PRECAUTIONS:
        Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
        Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!SEAT BELTS:
        Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
        While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.Travel insuranceTravel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:www.intrepidtravel.com/insuranceResponsible TravelWe believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletravellerWhen packing be aware that dress standards can be conservative in some parts of Africa. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means covering shoulders and no short shorts in culturally sensitive areas: Mosques, small villages, etc. We recommend a mixture of loose, lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings. Topless sun bathing is unacceptable through out the whole of Africa.A couple of rulesIllegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes. Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.The Intrepid FoundationSince Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way. The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:www.theintrepidfoundation.orgResponsible Travel projectsOrganisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in South Africa include: * Thusanani Children's Foundation works to prevent and treat developmental delay in orphaned and vulnerable South African children, aged 0-6, in Children's Homes (orphanages) where they live. Developmental delay in these children has a far reaching negative impact on their formal schooling in later years and they run the risk of being seen as children with special education needs. Treatment and prevention of developmental delay can set children on the right path that enables them to be contributing members of society, and break the cycle of abuse and poverty.Carbon offsetCarbon Offset C02-e 626.00 kgs per pax.FeedbackAfter your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.Leave your feedback here - www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback

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        • Transport: minibus, 4WD, boat, kayak and on foot
        • Some long drives (up to approx. 7hrs)
        • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 10 dinners
        • All accommodation (see below)
        • All transport and listed activities
        • Tour leader throughout
        • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
        • National Park / Reserve entrance fees
        • Johannesburg has relatively dry weather year round. During winter in South Africa (June and July) you can expect average daytime temperatures to be in the region of 16degC, and in their summer months (December to February) temperatures rise to around 26degC. Nights can be cold in the city, especially in winter.
        • Kruger National Park has a hot, sub-tropical climate and most of the year it is hot during the day (25degC and above) and cool, sometimes chilly during the evenings/at night and first thing in the morning (bring a jumper for early starts and morning game drives). It is typically dry during the winter months, whilst the summer brings wet monsoon weather; each season being excellent for game viewing in their own right.
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        An active holiday offering spectacular wildlife viewing in South Africa and Swaziland

        All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 10 dinners included. Please be aware that we need at least two weeks notice to deal with special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies). For this reason if you did not indicate these on your booking form please advise the Exodus office as soon as possible.
        This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company The Faimily Adventure Company (TFAC), as such the group may be a mixture of Exodus and TFAC clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. TFAC operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel. Ideal for families with older children who want to get a taste of a true African safari. This tour is well balanced, with game drives in a number of different parks and reserves (where you will encounter different habitats and wildlife), cultural visits to a Johannesburg township and a Zulu village, and a range of activities including snorkelling, kayaking and walking. There is one free day where you can relax or choose form additional activities. We stay in a range of accommodation during the tour, including six nights camping. Anyone in good health with a sense of adventure should be able to take part. The white water rafting is optional. Please note that if you are aged 65 or over a doctor's certificate is required.
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        <div class="clearfix" id="TripNotePreviewTitleBar"><div id="TripNoteIntrepidLogo"></div><div id="TripNotePreviewLogo"></div></div><div id="TripNoteLastModified">Last Modified: 19 Feb 2015</div><div id="TripNoteTripTitle">South Africa Teenage Safari</div><div id="TripNoteProductCode">Trip code: FAC</div><div id="TripNoteValidity">Validity: 01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015</div><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Travel through South Africa and Swaziland, combining cultural and wildlife experiences. The tour starts with an introduction to South Africa’s most famous township, Soweto, before heading out into the wilderness. Once on the road stop at a Zulu village and experience activities such as hiking, kayaking and rafting before arriving at Kruger National Park for unbelievable wildlife watching. </div><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Table of Contents</div><table id="TripNoteTableOfContents"><tr><td><a href="#Style">Style</a></td><td><a href="#Groupsize">Group size</a></td><td><a href="#Visas">Visas</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Themes">Themes</a></td><td><a href="#Yourfellowtravellers">Your fellow travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Issuesonyourtrip">Issues on your trip</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Map">Map</a></td><td><a href="#Singletravellers">Single travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Whattotake">What to take</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerary">Itinerary</a></td><td><a href="#Accommodation">Accommodation</a></td><td><a href="#Health">Health</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Alsoavailabletopurchase">Also available to purchase</a></td><td><a href="#Mealsintroduction">Meals introduction</a></td><td><a href="#Safety">Safety</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerarydisclaimer">Itinerary disclaimer</a></td><td><a href="#Meals">Meals</a></td><td><a href="#Travelinsurance">Travel insurance</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Includedactivities">Included activities</a></td><td><a href="#Transport">Transport</a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravel">Responsible Travel</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Optionalactivities">Optional activities</a></td><td><a href="#Groupleader">Group leader</a></td><td><a href="#Acoupleofrules">A couple of rules</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#MoneyExchange">Money Exchange</a></td><td><a href="#AlternateJoiningpoint">Alternate Joining point </a></td><td><a href="#TheIntrepidFoundation">The Intrepid Foundation</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Spendingmoney">Spending money</a></td><td><a href="#Arrivalcomplications">Arrival complications</a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravelprojects">Responsible Travel projects</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Tipping">Tipping</a></td><td><a href="#AlternateFinishpoint">Alternate Finish point </a></td><td><a href="#Carbonoffset">Carbon offset</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Departuretax">Departure tax</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencycontact">Emergency contact</a></td><td><a href="#Feedback">Feedback</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Importantnotes">Important notes</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencyfunds">Emergency funds</a></td></tr></table><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div id="Style" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Style</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Exodus</div></div><div id="Themes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Themes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Wildlife, Family group, Teenage adventures, Accom: hotel/lodge, Accom: camping, Safari</div></div><div id="Themesdescriptions" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div></div><div id="Map" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Map</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >[DoxHandler=97786]<br /></div></div><div id="Itinerary" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary</div></div><div id="Day1DepartLondon." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeadingFirstItem">Day 1 Depart London.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day2ArriveJohannesburg;afternoonSowetotownshiptour." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 2 Arrive Johannesburg; afternoon Soweto township tour.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day3DrivetoHluhluwe-iMfoloziPark(hometothelargestpopulationofWhiterhinointheworld);gamedrives,visitahide." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 3 Drive to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (home to the largest population of White rhino in the world); game drives, visit a hide.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park - Game drives</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day4SeconddayinHluhluwe-iMfoloziPark." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 4 Second day in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day5ToKosiBayNatureReservevisitingaZuluvillageenroute;mangrovekayakingtourandreefsnorkellingexcursion." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 5 To Kosi Bay Nature Reserve visiting a Zulu village en route; mangrove kayaking tour and reef snorkelling excursion.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Zulu Village Visit</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Deluxe permanent tent (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day6SeconddayinKosiBayNatureReserve." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 6 Second day in Kosi Bay Nature Reserve.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Deluxe permanent tent (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day7ContinuetoSwazilandandHlane(meaning'wilderness')N.P.;gamedrivethroughclassicbushveldcountry." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 7 Continue to Swaziland and Hlane (meaning 'wilderness') N.P.; game drive through classic bushveld country.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day8SeconddayinHlaneN.P." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 8 Second day in Hlane N.P.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Hlane NP - Game Drive</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day9TransfertoKrugerN.P.;gamedrivesinsearchofthe'BigFive'andtheAfricanwilddog;optionalnightgamedrive." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 9 Transfer to Kruger N.P.; game drives in search of the 'Big Five' and the African wild dog; optional night game drive.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Kruger Park - Game drive</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Optional Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Kruger Park - Night game drive - ZAR240</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day10SeconddayinKrugerN.P.;moregamedrives." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 10 Second day in Kruger N.P.; more game drives.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Kruger Park - Game drive</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day11WalkBlydeRiverCanyonenroutetoGraskop." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 11 Walk Blyde River Canyon en route to Graskop.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Bourkes Luck Potholes</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Lodge (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day12Freeday;optionalwhitewaterraftingonSabiRiverortreetopcanopytour." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 12 Free day; optional white water rafting on Sabi River or tree top canopy tour.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Optional Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Whitewater rafting - ZAR350</li><li>Treetop canopy tour - ZAR450</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Lodge (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day13Morningfree;afternoondepartJohannesburg." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 13 Morning free; afternoon depart Johannesburg.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day14ArriveLondon." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 14 Arrive London.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchase" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Also available to purchase</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip. </div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchaselist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul></ul></div></div><div id="Wealsorecommendlist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul></ul></div></div><div id="Itinerarydisclaimer" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary disclaimer</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.</div></div><div id="Physicalpreparationonthistrip" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Please note that if you are aged 65 or over a doctor's certificate is required.</div></div><div id="Includedactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Included activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.</div></div><div id="Optionalactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Optional activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only and are subject to availabilities. For our families we have priced an all inclusive package including entrance fees, transport and local guide where relevant to assist you with budgeting the exact amount required on tour. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. The optional activities listed in your itinerary are activities that are available to you as a guideline and have been checked locally.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>The decision to partake in any activity not listed above is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about or problem with, any such optional activity your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to us.</div></div><div id="MoneyExchange" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Money Exchange</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >SOUTH AFRICA<BR/>The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >The best way to manage your money in Africa is a mixture of cash and an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard).<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>CASH: <BR/>Cash is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>***PLEASE NOTE: MANY BUSINESSES AND BANKS IN EAST AFRICA DO NOT ACCEPT US DOLLAR NOTES OLDER THAN 2006. IF YOU ARE BRINGING USD, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND LARGE BILLS IN GOOD CONDITION, 2006 SERIES ONWARDS ONLY. ANY OLD OR DAMAGED NOTES MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED.***<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>EUR or GBP are also widely accepted. The South African Rand can also be used widely in countries of Southern Africa. When changing money, only use reputable authorised money exchange vendors and never anyone on the street. There are many instances of travellers being given counterfeit notes or being tricked when money is being counted out.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>TRAVELLER'S CHEQUES: <BR/>Some people like to carry traveller’s cheques for back up emergency cash. While traveller’s cheques are undoubtedly the safest way to carry money, they are becoming harder to cash around the world and can often result in unfavourable exchange rates and commission charges. They are no longer accepted in many locations in Kenya &amp; Tanzania. It can also be tricky to reach banks during banking business hours which are often short in many African countries. Note: Receipts for traveller’s cheques are required by banks and money changers.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>VISA AND MASTERCARD: <BR/>With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognised, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. If you're on a multi-country tour, your tour leader will be able to give you an approximate idea of how much money you may need for your stay in each country. </div></div><div id="Spendingmoney" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Spending money</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. </div></div><div id="Tipping" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Tipping</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >If you are happy with the services providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Restaurants: Please check the bill and if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.<BR/>At local markets and basic restaurants: Leave the loose change.<BR/>Local guides/Porters: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1 per person, per day for local guides/porters.<BR/>Your crew (including the leader and driver, and perhaps cook depending on your trip): You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$2-3 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service. <BR/>In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult</div></div><div id="Departuretax" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Departure tax</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.</div></div><div id="Importantnotes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Important notes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >LOCAL PARTNER:<BR/>This trip is operated by our experienced local partner, The Adventure Company.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >AGE RESTRICTIONS:<BR/>Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 12. Anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or guardian.</div></div><div id="Groupsize" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group size</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Maximum of 16 travellers per group.</div></div><div id="Yourfellowtravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Your fellow travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup</div></div><div id="Singletravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Single travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.</div></div><div id="Accommodation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (4 nts), Lodge (2 nts), Deluxe permanent tent (2 nts), Camping (with facilities) (2 nts), Hotel (1 nt)</div></div><div id="Accommodationdescription" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area,generally these will be a twin room with private facilities. Sometimes you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. We use a variety of accommodation on most trips; chosen for their value for money, location and atmosphere. We also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:<BR/>Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.</div></div><div id="Mealsintroduction" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals introduction</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.</div></div><div id="Meals" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 10 Dinners</div></div><div id="Budgetformealsnotincluded" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Budget for meals not included:</div></div><div id="Budgetformealsnotincluded-auto" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >USD 100.00</div></div><div id="Transport" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Transport</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Minibus, 4x4</div></div><div id="Groupleader" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group leader</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.</div></div><div id="AlternateJoiningpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Alternate Joining point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >12 Jul 2015 (FAC150712), 26 Jul 2015 (FAC150726), 02 Aug 2015 (FAC150802), 16 Aug 2015 (FAC150816), 27 Dec 2015 (FAC151227), 10 Jul 2016 (FAC160710), 24 Jul 2016 (FAC160724), 31 Jul 2016 (FAC160731), 14 Aug 2016 (FAC160814), 18 Dec 2016 (FAC161218)</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London, All Airports</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" > </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >UNITED KINGDOM</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div></div><div id="Arrivalcomplications" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Arrival complications</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please also make sure have a copy of the local operator's emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.</div></div><div id="AlternateFinishpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Alternate Finish point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >12 Jul 2015 (FAC150712), 26 Jul 2015 (FAC150726), 02 Aug 2015 (FAC150802), 16 Aug 2015 (FAC150816), 27 Dec 2015 (FAC151227), 10 Jul 2016 (FAC160710), 24 Jul 2016 (FAC160724), 31 Jul 2016 (FAC160731), 14 Aug 2016 (FAC160814), 18 Dec 2016 (FAC161218)</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London, All Airports</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" > </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >UNITED KINGDOM</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div></div><div id="Emergencycontact" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency contact</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's South African Office can be reached on: +27 11 471 7400 (South African business hours) or +27 828229407 (24/7). For all other enquiries please contact our reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week. For further contact details please use the following page:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/">www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/</a><br /></div></div><div id="Emergencyfunds" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency funds</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.</div></div><div id="Visas" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Visas</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.</div></div><div id="Visaspecifics" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >SOUTH AFRICA:<BR/>Citizens of Australia, UK and most EU countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate<BR/>As of October 1st 2011, A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is now required for all passengers over one year of age who arrive or are transiting through South Africa, from a country or region listed by the World Health Organization as infected by yellow fever. Travellers unable to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival in South Africa will be refused entry. There is no option for travellers without a vaccination certificate to be vaccinated on arrival. Please note this also includes transiting through an infected country or region. As of October 1st South Africa will also consider Zambia as a country infected by Yellow Fever even though the WHO does not currently list Zambia. All travellers from Zambia into South Africa will be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>A new immigration regulation will take effect from 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. This is an requirement of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: http://www.nwivisas.com/nwi-blog/south-africa/grace-period-for-parents-travelling-with-children/#sthash.VKZSSlHE.dpuf.</div></div><div id="Issuesonyourtrip" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Issues on your trip</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.</div></div><div id="Whattotake" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">What to take</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf">Go to Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List</a><br /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >CLOTHING &amp; EQUIPMENT:<BR/>Below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip. If travelling from Nov-Feb lightweight cotton clothing is best. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>* Waterproof jacket/kagoul<BR/> * Warm mid-layer (i.e. fleece or wool) - for early game drives<BR/> * Lightweight walking/trail boots<BR/> * Trainers/sandals for relaxing<BR/> * Sun-hat<BR/> * Torch<BR/> * Waterbottle<BR/> * Sunglasses, sunscreen and lipsalve<BR/> * Insect repellent<BR/> * Personal first aid kit<BR/> * Binoculars<BR/> * Sleeping bag (2/3 season Sept - Apr, 3/4 season May - Aug)<BR/> * Dust can be a problem for cameras - take a dustproof bag<BR/> * A self-service laundry service may be available in some camps/hotels, but we recommend you take travel detergent</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >WATER BOTTLE: <BR/>Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.</div></div><div id="Health" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Health</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >YELLOW FEVER:<BR/>A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.</div></div><div id="Safety" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Safety</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety">www.intrepidtravel.com/safety</a><br /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >FIRE PRECAUTIONS: <BR/>Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:<BR/>Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware! </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >SEAT BELTS:<BR/>Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:<BR/>While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing. </div></div><div id="Travelinsurance" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Travel insurance</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php">www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance</a><br /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravel" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller">www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller</a><br /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >When packing be aware that dress standards can be conservative in some parts of Africa. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means covering shoulders and no short shorts in culturally sensitive areas: Mosques, small villages, etc. We recommend a mixture of loose, lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings. Topless sun bathing is unacceptable through out the whole of Africa.</div></div><div id="Acoupleofrules" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">A couple of rules</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes. </div></div><div id="TheIntrepidFoundation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">The Intrepid Foundation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/">www.theintrepidfoundation.org</a><br /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravelprojects" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel projects</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in South Africa include:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>* Thusanani Children's Foundation works to prevent and treat developmental delay in orphaned and vulnerable South African children, aged 0-6, in Children's Homes (orphanages) where they live. Developmental delay in these children has a far reaching negative impact on their formal schooling in later years and they run the risk of being seen as children with special education needs. Treatment and prevention of developmental delay can set children on the right path that enables them to be contributing members of society, and break the cycle of abuse and poverty.</div></div><div id="Carbonoffset" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Carbon offset</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Carbon Offset C02-e 626.00 kgs per pax.</div></div><div id="Feedback" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Feedback</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/">Leave your feedback here - www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback</a><br /></div></div>
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        1 night comfortable hotel, 6 nights camping, 2 nights fixed camp and 2 nights chalets. In Johannesburg we stay in a comfortable hotel. Whilst in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Hlane and Kruger we camp. South African campsites are generally of a good standard and all have flushing toilets, showers and fencing from wildlife where necessary. All camping equipment is provided (except sleeping bag/pillow) and tents have built-in insect nets. We stay in a comfortable permanent tented camp in Kosi Bay and in a safari lodge in Graskop. There are swimming pools at our accommodation in Hluhluwe, Kruger and Graskop. We endeavour to provide twin or triple rooms for all family clients – for trip specific details please download the Trip Notes.
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        • Try to spot the 'big five' on game drives in Kruger National Park
        • Kayak through mangroves of Kosi Bay Nature Reserve
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        • Visit a Soweto township in Johannesburg and a Zulu village
        • Look out for the endangered White rhino and watch for wildlife in Hluhluwe-iMfolozo Park.

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        The Simien Mountains Trek

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        The dramatic skyline of peaks and jagged volcanic plugs which tower over the highland plateaux of the Simien Mountains compete with rugged gorges and deep gullies to form what is, arguably, the most awe-inspiring landscape in Africa. As we trek through this distant mountain range we pass small hamlets where villagers eke out an existence from the limited arable land. We may come across large troops of Gelada baboons foraging on the escarpment; and, with luck, spot Walia ibex and Ethiopian wolves.
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          Last Modified: 23 Jun 2015The Simien Mountains TrekTrip code: TYEValidity: 01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2017 Table of ContentsStyleGroup sizeJoining point ThemesAccommodationFinish point MapMealsItineraryTransport StyleExodusThemesWalking & Trekking, Guided Group, Wilderness, Culture & Discovery, Trek: point-to-point, Trek: summits, Accom: hotel/lodge, Accom: camping Map[DoxHandler=74337]ItineraryDay 1 Start Addis Ababa; half-day city tour.Included Activities

        • Addis Ababa - Guided tour

        AccommodationHotel (1 nt)Day 2 Fly to Gondar; city tour.Optional Activities

        • Castle Complex and Fasilidas' Bath - Free
        • Church of Debre Berhan Sellassie - Free

        AccommodationHotel (1 nt)Day 3 Drive to Debark; start trekking to Sankaber Camp.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 4 Trek to Geech via Jinbar Waterfall.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 5 Day walk to Imetgogo.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 6 Trek to Chennek via Enatyie Escarpment.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 7 Trek to Ambiko with ascent of Bwuhit.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 8 Ascent of Ras Dashen.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 9 Trek to Sona via Arkwasiye.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 10 Descend to Ansiya Wenz River and on to Lamo Camp.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 11 Continue to Mulit Camp.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 12 Short walk to Adi Arkay where the trek finishes; drive to Gondar.AccommodationHotel (1 nt)Day 13 Fly to Addis; trip ends.  

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        Group sizeMaximum of 18 travellers per group.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (9 nts), Hotel (3 nts)Meals12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 DinnersTransport4x4, Minibus, PlaneJoining pointGhion HotelRas Desta Damtew St Stadium around Meskel SquareAddis Ababa1643ETHIOPIA Phone: +251 115 513 222Finish pointGhion HotelRas Desta Damtew St Stadium around Meskel SquareAddis Ababa1643ETHIOPIA Phone: +251 115 513 222

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        • 9 nights wild camping, 4 nights standard hotels with en suite facilities
        • 10 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
        • Good physical condition required
        • Altitude maximum 4543m, average 3300m
        • All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
        • All accommodation (see below)
        • All transport and listed activities
        • Tour leader throughout
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        • It is likely to be sunny most of the time on all departures. Most of Ethiopia is high, so although the sun is powerful, the temperature is usually very pleasant. There is, however, the risk of sunburn at high altitude, so it is essential you ensure you are adequately protected. Nights are generally cool to cold, depending on altitude and frosts are possible overnight in the mountains, when the night temperature could drop to 0degC and exceptionally to -5degC. Daytime temperatures seldom rise above 25degC except at lower altitudes. It can be very hot in the lowlands in December, January and February. The main rains come between June and late September, and while November is one of the coolest months of the year it is also generally one of the clearest. January and February will be hotter and much drier. The landscape is likely to be more arid than in October and November, which can still be quite lush after the rains. Please note that there is a possibility of rain on all departures (especially October).

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        Trek through Ethiopia's dramatic Simien Mountains.

        All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners Hotel meals are generally good although they can lack variety. Local dishes tend to be very good if you like hot, spicy food although milder versions can be requested. Local food is traditionally eaten with the hands. The sour bread known as injera is used as a scoop for the casserole dishes known as wat. All food on trek is cooked for you and, although local produce can be a bit limited in the mountains, it is usually of a high standard. Vegetarians can be catered for, though you may find the diet somewhat limited. Clients who have specialist dietary requirements must contact us to discuss if they can be accommodated. Ethiopia is a poor country and they are not familiar with gluten or lactose free diets. Please note that you should not drink the tap water in Ethiopia. We also suggest that clients bring snack food as this can be difficult to obtain outside of Addis Ababa.
        This is a strenuous trek with several days spent close to or above 4,000 metres. There are a number of long days including the optional ascent of Ras Dashen, at 4,543m the highest mountain in Ethiopia; this involves 1,300m of ascent and descent in one day. There is also a lot of ascent and descent on many of the other days, and some fairly exposed rough trails. We do not suggest that you attempt this trek unless you are confident of your ability. The total cumulative amount of ascent is 6,500m, and the descent is 7,650m. There are 10 days walking with full porterage, and the trip is graded C (this is at the tougher end of the grade C scale though). On the October departures there is the possibility of some river crossings. The trails in the Simien Mountains are generally well marked and the landmarks are distinctive. We will be walking for about 6-7 hours a day (although on 4 days as much as 10-12 hours) and the terrain can be quite tough in places. Much of the trek is in remote areas. If you suffer from vertigo, you may want to carefully consider this trip before booking. There are steep drops in the Simien Mountains, which is what makes the scenery so spectacular. There is never an occasion when you need walk close to the edge of the cliffs so if you are happy to stand back you should not be discomforted in any way.
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        <div class="clearfix" id="TripNotePreviewTitleBar"><div id="TripNoteIntrepidLogo"></div><div id="TripNotePreviewLogo"></div></div><div id="TripNoteLastModified">Last Modified: 23 Jun 2015</div><div id="TripNoteTripTitle">The Simien Mountains Trek</div><div id="TripNoteProductCode">Trip code: TYE</div><div id="TripNoteValidity">Validity: 01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2017</div><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Table of Contents</div><table id="TripNoteTableOfContents"><tr><td><a href="#Style">Style</a></td><td><a href="#Groupsize">Group size</a></td><td><a href="#AlternateJoiningpoint">Alternate Joining point </a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Themes">Themes</a></td><td><a href="#Accommodation">Accommodation</a></td><td><a href="#AlternateFinishpoint">Alternate Finish point </a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Map">Map</a></td><td><a href="#Meals">Meals</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerary">Itinerary</a></td><td><a href="#Transport">Transport</a></td></tr></table><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div id="Style" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Style</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Exodus</div></div><div id="Themes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Themes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Walking &amp; Trekking, Guided Group, Wilderness, Culture &amp; Discovery, Trek: point-to-point, Trek: summits, Accom: hotel/lodge, Accom: camping</div></div><div id="Themesdescriptions" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div></div><div id="Map" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Map</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >[DoxHandler=74337]<br /></div></div><div id="Itinerary" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary</div></div><div id="Day1DepartLondon" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeadingFirstItem">Day 1 Depart London</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day2ArriveAddisAbaba" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 2 Arrive Addis Ababa</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day3FlytoGondar;citytour." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 3 Fly to Gondar; city tour.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Optional Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Castle Complex and Fasilidas' Bath - Free</li><li>Church of Debre Berhan Sellassie - Free</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day4DrivetoDebark;starttrekkingtoSankaberCamp." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 4 Drive to Debark; 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        Wild Camping & Hotels
        You will spend 9 nights wild camping and 4 nights in standard hotels. Tents will be erected by local staff members, who will also cook and wash up. Limited single accommodation is available and we can arrange extra accommodation before or after the trip. Single supplement available from GBP200
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        • Trek through spectacular natural beauty
        • Visit remote mountain villages
        • Spot fantastic endemic wildlife

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        Bartolome Island Visit
        Isla Mosquera Beach Trip
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        <div class="clearfix" id="TripNotePreviewTitleBar"><div id="TripNoteIntrepidLogo"></div><div id="TripNotePreviewLogo"></div></div><div id="TripNoteLastModified">Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014</div><div id="TripNoteTripTitle">Glimpse of Galapagos - Central Islands</div><div id="TripNoteProductCode">Trip code: WAN</div><div id="TripNoteValidity">Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2015</div><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Table of Contents</div><table id="TripNoteTableOfContents"><tr><td><a href="#Style">Style</a></td><td><a href="#Groupsize">Group size</a></td><td><a href="#Visas">Visas</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Map">Map</a></td><td><a href="#Yourfellowtravellers">Your fellow travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Issuesonyourtrip">Issues on your trip</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerary">Itinerary</a></td><td><a href="#Singletravellers">Single travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Whattotake">What to take</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Alsoavailabletopurchase">Also available to purchase</a></td><td><a href="#Accommodation">Accommodation</a></td><td><a href="#Health">Health</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerarydisclaimer">Itinerary disclaimer</a></td><td><a href="#Meals">Meals</a></td><td><a href="#Safety">Safety</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Physicalpreparation">Physical preparation</a></td><td><a href="#Transport">Transport</a></td><td><a href="#Travelinsurance">Travel insurance</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Includedactivities">Included activities</a></td><td><a href="#Groupleader">Group leader</a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravel">Responsible Travel</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#MoneyExchange">Money Exchange</a></td><td><a href="#Joiningpoint">Joining point </a></td><td><a href="#Acoupleofrules">A couple of rules</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Spendingmoney">Spending money</a></td><td><a href="#Arrivalcomplications">Arrival complications</a></td><td><a href="#TheIntrepidFoundation">The Intrepid Foundation</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Tipping">Tipping</a></td><td><a href="#Finishpoint">Finish point </a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravelprojects">Responsible Travel projects</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Departuretax">Departure tax</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencycontact">Emergency contact</a></td><td><a href="#Feedback">Feedback</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Importantnotes">Important notes</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencyfunds">Emergency funds</a></td></tr></table><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div id="Style" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Style</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Exodus</div></div><div id="Themesdescriptions" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div></div><div id="Map" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Map</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">[DoxHandler=61161]<br /></div></div><div id="Itinerary" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary</div></div><div id="Day1Quito" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeadingFirstItem">Day 1 Quito</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ecuador.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the evening of Day 1.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. </div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day2IslaSantaCruz" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 2 Isla Santa Cruz</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">This morning we transfer to Quito Airport for our early morning flight to the Galapagos Islands. Be prepared for an early start as this could mean leaving the hotel as early as 4am. A US$10 per person transit card is payable on departure at Quito Airport and a US$100 per person national park entry fee is payable on arrival. Please have cash on hand for these transactions as using credit cards can be time consuming.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">On arrival in the Galapagos we are met in the arrivals hall and then transferred to our boat, the Nemo III, anchored a short distance away. Once on board we'll be assigned our cabins, meet the crew members and get to know our naturalist guide and fellow travellers over a delicious lunch.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"> We head to the Highlands of Santa Cruz for a total change of scenery. Beginning at the coast we travel across Santa Cruz through the agricultural region and into the misty forests where we can see the Unique Scalesia cloud forest, dome shaped giant tortoises in the wild, different species of Darwin finches and possibly the world famous woodpecker and warbler finches as well as vermillion flycatchers. </div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Santa Cruz Highlands</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Motorised yacht (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day3SouthPlaza/SantaFe" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 3 South Plaza/Santa Fe</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">A small island, Plaza Sur or South Plaza is nonetheless a place of great beauty, where we get close to sea lions and onto trails past one of the Galapagos’ largest land iguana populations, resting amid cacti and volcanic landscapes coloured bright red and green by sea-purslanes. The island’s rugged southern cliffs are an excellent place to spot tropicbirds and swallow-tailed gulls, as well as ‘the gentlemen’s club’, a gathering of male sea lions either too young or too old to be ‘beach masters’!</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Santa Fe is home to more sea lions, and these ones are very eager for swimming partners! It’s a lovely place to take a dip, offers a dense concentration of wildlife, and is a fantastic place to see many of the stars of the Galapagos in one relatively small area. Expect to see the Galapagos hawk, land Iguanas, a variety of finches and the Galapagos mockingbird, sea lions, marine turtles, frigatebirds, Galapagos doves and lava lizards. It’s a naturally beautiful island as well, with one of the most attractive coves in the archipelago, the waters jade green and wonderful for snorkelling. . Our trail follows the coast into the Opuntia Forest Santa Fe's trees are the largest in the Galapagos. Hiking into the island you can see a forest of giant cacti and palo santo trees. Once back at the beach we have free time to snorkel in the jade green water. Playful sea lion pups and fluorescent fish make for fascinating company.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Plaza Sur</li><li>Santa Fe Island</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Motorised yacht (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day4IslaBartolome/SombreroChino" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 4 Isla Bartolome/Sombrero Chino</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Bartolome Island is one of the most spectacular volcanic landscapes in the Galapagos, full of parasitic spatter cones, lava flows, Galapagos penguins and lava lizards. Bartolomé is a relatively new island in the archipelago and walking shoes are required as we will climb over 360 wooden steps to the summit where the scenery is spectacular and we have a great view of Pinnacle Rock - one of the most photographed sites in the Galapagos, it is an abrupt jag of rock protruding from the earth like a tooth, while nearby two golden bays back onto each other. Here we can hike to the top of a once-active volcano and enjoy superb views across to Sullivan Bay, on nearby Santiago Island . If we are in luck we might catch a glance of the Galapagos Hawk here. We will also have the opportunity to go snorkelling with plenty of tropical fish, sea stars and hopefully with penguins, white tipped reef sharks and rays. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We approach Sombrero Chino via a beautiful crescent-shaped, sandy beach that is home to sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The island is a miniature volcano, shaped like a Chinese hat (hence its name), and along its trails we explore the island’s volcanic origin with its fascinating lava tubes. Opposite Sombrero Chino, on the rocky shoreline of nearby Santiago, Galapagos penguins are often seen. We follow a trail that circles the cove and passes through a sea lion colony and innumerable marine iguanas. The cove also offers some great snorkelling opportunities, hopefully with Penguins and Sharks</div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Bartolome Island Visit</li><li>Sombrero Chino Visit</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Motorised yacht (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day5IslaMosquera/Quito" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 5 Isla Mosquera/Quito</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We sail to Isla Mosquera, an Islet situated between Baltra and North Seymour. This stretch of water is rich in sea life and is a popular spot for both sea lions and marine birds. Watch out for the boobies making their spectacularly quick headlong dives into the water. Isla Mosquera is a relaxing and picturesque spot with its uplifted coral reef with long stretches of white sand and rock pools. Along the rocks and in the tide pool, Sally Lightfoot crabs (red lava crabs) scamper back and forth, skipping across small pools of water in search of food. These crabs with their bright red shell tops and blue under shells are stunning against the black lava. The island also has a very large colony of sea lions as well as a sizeable resident brown pelican population. We also have the chance to go snorkelling.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Sadly all good things must come to an end and this is our final excursion. We say farewell to The Galapagos Islands and head to the airport for our flight back to Quito for the last night of the tour. Upon arrival in Quito Airport we are transferred back to our hotel for an overnight stay.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Isla Mosquera Beach Trip</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day6Quito" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 6 Quito</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">There are no activities planned for the final day so we are able to depart the accommodation at any time. There are many fascinating things to do in and around Quito so please speak to our customer service representative about any optional activities that might be of interest. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.</div></div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchase" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Also available to purchase</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip. </div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchaselist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul></ul></div></div><div id="Wealsorecommendlist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul></ul></div></div><div id="Itinerarydisclaimer" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary disclaimer</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.</div></div><div id="Physicalpreparation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Physical preparation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the weeks before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.</div></div><div id="Includedactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Included activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits are available on board the boat at no additional charge</div></div><div id="MoneyExchange" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Money Exchange</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">The official currency of Ecuador is the US dollar (USD).<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please note that in Ecuador automatic money machines often limit the amount you can withdraw. This can be $100 or $200 per day depending on your card. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">With ATMs being widely available in major towns and cities, credit and debit cards are the best way to access money in Latin America (note though that charges are made for each transaction). Please check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as - suspecting fraud - they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to US$100 per day.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>It's also advisable to carry some cash in small denominations bills, for those times when ATMs may not be available. US$ dollars is the most readily changeable currency.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>VERY IMPORTANT:<br />US$100 bills with serial number CB or BE and any other US$ bills that are old, torn, written or stamped on will not be accepted by local banks.</div></div><div id="Spendingmoney" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Spending money</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. </div></div><div id="Tipping" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Tipping</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">BOAT CREW NEMO III:<br />If you have enjoyed the services provided by your guide and crew, a tip would be very much appreciated by them. As a guideline we recommend each passenger consider US$12-14 per day for the crew and US$8-10 per day for your guide. You can leave tips in envelopes that are placed in your cabin on the last day of your journey. </div></div><div id="Departuretax" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Departure tax</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.</div></div><div id="Importantnotes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Important notes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">GALAPAGOS PARK AND TRANSIT CARD FEES:<br />The Galapagos park fee (US$100) and transit card fee (US$10) are payable upon arrival to the islands (cash only)..This amount is in additional to your trip payment.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>When booking, please ensure that your details are correct, and double check them on your documents prior to departure. If your passport does not match your booking details, you may be refused entrance to Galapagos National Park. Please make sure that your name is spelt correctly, and that you book using the name in your passport (particularly if you are recently married). If you are issued a new passport with a different number between the time that you book and the time you travel, please take both the old and new passports with you.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">CHANGES TO ITINERARY:<br />This maritime component of this trip is operated by a fully licensed Ecuadorian shipping operator. The Captain of the vessel will do all that is possible to adhere to the outlined itinerary however it may be changed without previous notice due to such reasons as weather conditions or changes to the Galapagos National Park's regulations. We ask you for your patience and understanding with any changes outside our control.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: <br />Should you have a special diet requirement (for example vegetarian, celiac, vegan, severe food allergies) it's essential that you inform Intrepid of the specific details at least 10 days prior to departure, in order to make sure the chef on board the boat or on the island can request the necessary food supplies. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">MINIMUM AGE:<br />The minimum age on this trip is 15. Please note that triple cabins are not available. If travelling with a child, the child will need to share with one of the adults, and the other adult will share with another adult passenger, or pay a single supplement.</div></div><div id="Groupsize" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group size</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Maximum of 16 travellers per group.</div></div><div id="Yourfellowtravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Your fellow travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup</div></div><div id="Singletravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Single travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.</div></div><div id="Accommodation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Motorised yacht (3 nts), Hotel (2 nts)</div></div><div id="Accommodationdescription" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">The Nemo III is a twin hull sailing catamaran. There are 8 double cabins all with private bathrooms and air-conditioning. Single supplements are available on request should you require a cabin to yourself; however, be warned, they are expensive.</div></div><div id="Meals" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners</div></div><div id="Mealdescription" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">All meals are included whilst on the Nemo III. There is a chef on board who cooks up local and international cuisine daily, including a buffet breakfast.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: Should you have a special diet requirement (for example vegetarian, celiac, vegan, severe food allergies) it's essential that you inform Intrepid of the specific details at least 10 days prior to departure, in order to make sure the chef on board the boat or on the island can request the necessary food supplies. </div></div><div id="Transport" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Transport</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Plane, Minibus, Boat</div></div><div id="Groupleader" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group leader</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">On this trip you'll be met by a local representative in Quito on Day 1 and on return to Quito on the second last day, and a Naturalist guide will accompany you on the Galapagos Islands.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">For our Galapagos trips we have a highly experienced shipboard staff and crew. Our guides are registered and trained in conservation and natural sciences by the Charles Darwin Foundation and licensed by the Galapagos National Park Service.</div></div><div id="Joiningpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Joining point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Hotel Cafe Cultura</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Robles &amp; Reina Victoria Esquina, Robles 513 </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Quito</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">ECUADOR</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Phone: 593 22558858</div></div><div id="Arrivalcomplications" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Arrival complications</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please also make sure have a copy of the local operators Emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.</div></div><div id="Finishpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Finish point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Hotel Cafe Cultura</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Robles &amp; Reina Victoria Esquina, Robles 513 </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Quito</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">ECUADOR</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Phone: 593 22558858</div></div><div id="Emergencycontact" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency contact</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Ecuador Operations Office can be reached on:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Outside Ecuador: +593 9 94014877<br />From within Ecuador: 09 94014877<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week. For further contact details please use the following page: </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/">www.intrepidtravel.com/... /></div></div><div id="Emergencyfunds" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency funds</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.</div></div><div id="Visas" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Visas</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.</div></div><div id="Visaspecifics" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">ECUADOR TOURIST VISA<br />Australia: Not required<br />Belgium: Not required<br />Canada: Not required<br />Germany: Not required<br />Ireland: Not required<br />Netherlands: Not required<br />New Zealand: Not required<br />South Africa: Not required<br />Switzerland: Not required<br />United Kingdom: Not required<br />United States: Not required</div></div><div id="Issuesonyourtrip" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Issues on your trip</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.</div></div><div id="Whattotake" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">What to take</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf">Go to Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List</a><br /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">There is not a lot of extra space on the boat in the Galapagos, so our general advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Life aboard the yacht is pretty informal, so casual comfortable clothing is best.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">WATER BOTTLE:<br />Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">SNORKELLING<br />There are many opportunities for snorkelling during your Galapagos voyage. Diving masks, snorkels, fins and some wetsuits are provided onboard the vessel and are for use by all passengers. Some passengers choose to bring their own, however this is a personal choice. Beach towels are also provided.<br />An underwater disposable camera is also recommended.<br /></div></div><div id="Health" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Health</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">YELLOW FEVER:<br />A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">ALTITUDE SICKNESS: <br />Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Before your trip. <br />Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>During your trip. <br />While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>http://d3oxn90f3yphmd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/file_attach/527... id="Safety" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Safety</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety">www.intrepidtravel.com/safety</a><br /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">AIRPORT TAXIS: <br />If you are taking a taxi from the airport by yourself, agree on the price beforehand and tell the driver to bring you straight to your hotel and that you ALREADY have a reservation. Both the tourist information booths at the airport as well as the independent taxi drivers receive commissions to persuade you to go elsewhere by using any type of argument.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">WATER SAFETY:<br />Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.</div></div><div id="Travelinsurance" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Travel insurance</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php">www.intrepidtravel.com/insu... /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravel" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller">www.intr... /></div></div><div id="Acoupleofrules" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">A couple of rules</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.</div></div><div id="TheIntrepidFoundation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">The Intrepid Foundation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/">www.theintrepidfoundation.org</a><br /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravelprojects" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel projects</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Ecuador include:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>* The Charles Darwin Foundation protects species in the Galapagos that are on the borderline of extinction. Focusing on the island of Floreana, they hope to re-introduce several locally extinct and critically endangered keystone species that are integral to the ongoing balance and sustainability of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems.</div></div><div id="Feedback" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Feedback</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Remember that once you’ve left your feedback you’ll automatically be entered into our monthly draw for a US$500 (or equivalent in your local currency) travel voucher. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/">Leave your feedback here - www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback</a><br /></div></div>

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        Old Product Code 
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        CHF FR2,412.38 Highlight Deal: 0
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        Price: Actual Price (FI Child) 
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