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South Africa Teenage Safari

Brand ID 
8
Product ID 
86 702
Last Starship Publish 
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:59
12
Style 
FAC
Rating: Culture Shock 
 
 
 
 
 
Group Size Min 
2
Group Size Max 
16
11
Age Max 
99
Meal Count Breakfast 
10
Meal Count Lunch 
8
Meal Count Dinner 
10
CO2 Offset 
626
Transport 
Included Activities 
Bourkes Luck Potholes
Hlane NP - Game Drive
Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park - Game drives
Zulu Village Visit
Location Start 
Johannesburg
Location End 
Johannesburg
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.
Location End (Country) 
South Africa
Location Start (Country) 
South Africa
Primary Country 
South Africa
Countries 
South Africa
Swaziland
Trip Validity 
Thursday, January 1, 2015 to Thursday, December 31, 2015
Is Kitty Variable? 
Price: Per Day 
USD $172.50
CAD $177.92
AUD $174.58
EUR €120.83
GBP £99.58
NZD $194.58
ZAR R1,747.50
CHF FR145.42
USD $2,070.00
CAD $2,135.00
AUD $2,095.00
EUR €1,450.00
GBP £1,195.00
NZD $2,335.00
ZAR R20,970.00
CHF FR1,745.00
Price: Actual Price (twin share) 
Price: Extras 
Price: Kitty 
Price: Total (single rate) 
USD $2,070.00
CAD $2,135.00
AUD $2,095.00
EUR €1,450.00
GBP £1,195.00
NZD $2,335.00
ZAR R20,970.00
CHF FR1,745.00
Price: Total (twin share) 
Price: Deposit 
USD $250.00
CAD $250.00
AUD $250.00
EUR €250.00
GBP £250.00
NZD $250.00
ZAR R250.00
CHF FR250.00
Trip map, South Africa Teenage Safari
Trip Notes 

<div class="clearfix" id="TripNotePreviewTitleBar"><div id="TripNoteIntrepidLogo"></div><div id="TripNotePreviewLogo"></div></div><div id="TripNoteLastModified">Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014</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="#Joiningpoint">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="#Finishpoint">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, 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="Day1StartJohannesburg;afternoonSowetotownshiptour." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeadingFirstItem">Day 1 Start Johannesburg; afternoon Soweto township tour.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day2DrivetoHluhluwe-iMfoloziPark(hometothelargestpopulationofWhiterhinointheworld);gamedrives,visitahide." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 2 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="Day3SeconddayinHluhluwe-iMfoloziPark." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 3 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="Day4ToKosiBayNatureReservevisitingaZuluvillageenroute;mangrovekayakingtourandreefsnorkellingexcursion." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 4 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="Day5SeconddayinKosiBayNatureReserve." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 5 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="Day6ContinuetoSwazilandandHlane(meaning'wilderness')N.P.;gamedrivethroughclassicbushveldcountry." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 6 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="Day7SeconddayinHlaneN.P." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 7 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="Day8TransfertoKrugerN.P.;gamedrivesinsearchofthe'BigFive'andtheAfricanwilddog;optionalnightgamedrive." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 8 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="Day9SeconddayinKrugerN.P.;moregamedrives." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 9 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="Day10WalkBlydeRiverCanyonenroutetoGraskop." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 10 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="Day11Freeday;optionalwhitewaterraftingonSabiRiverortreetopcanopytour." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 11 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="Day12EndJohannesburg." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 12 End Johannesburg.</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. IF YOUR KITTY PAYMENT (WHERE APPLICABLE) IS REQUIRED TO BE PAID IN USD, IT MUST BE PAID WITH BILLS NO OLDER THAN 2006 SERIES***<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="Joiningpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Joining point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Rivonia Road Lodge</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Rivonia cnr. 10th Avenue &amp; Rivonia Road, Rivonia, Johannesburg </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Rivonia</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Johannesburg</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">SOUTH AFRICA</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 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 operator's 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">Johannesburg</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"> </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Johannesburg</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">SOUTH AFRICA</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/... /></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">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-t... 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).<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. 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 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 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 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></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 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 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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  • 1 night comfortable hotel, 6 nights camping, 2 nights permanent tented camp and 2 nights lodge. All campsites have flushing toilets and showers
  • 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: 21 Oct 2014</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, 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. IF YOUR KITTY PAYMENT (WHERE APPLICABLE) IS REQUIRED TO BE PAID IN USD, IT MUST BE PAID WITH BILLS NO OLDER THAN 2006 SERIES***<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 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 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$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" >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 and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (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. 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 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 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/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></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 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 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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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
  • Choose from optional activities including white water rafting on the Sabi River or a tree-top canopy tour
  • 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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  • 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
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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, 10 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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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
Campsite, Ethiopia
Number of Days Activity 
10
Pace 
Approximately 2.5-12 hours walking per day
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High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain
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  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Trek through spectacular natural beauty
  • Visit remote mountain villages
  • Spot fantastic endemic wildlife

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The Simien Mountains Trek

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Addis Ababa - Guided tour
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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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USD $248.46
CAD $248.46
AUD $248.46
EUR €176.54
GBP £130.69
NZD $287.31
ZAR R2,352.31
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CAD $3,230.00
AUD $3,230.00
EUR €2,295.00
GBP £1,699.00
NZD $3,735.00
ZAR R30,580.00
CHF FR2,750.00
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CAD $3,230.00
AUD $3,230.00
EUR €2,295.00
GBP £1,699.00
NZD $3,735.00
ZAR R30,580.00
CHF FR2,750.00
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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="Day3DrivetoDebark;starttrekkingtoBuyitRasCamp." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 3 Drive to Debark; start trekking to Buyit Ras Camp.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day4TrektoGeechviaJinbarWaterfall." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 4 Trek to Geech via Jinbar Waterfall.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day5DaywalktoImetgogo." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 5 Day walk to Imetgogo.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day6TrektoChennekviaEnatyieEscarpment." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 6 Trek to Chennek via Enatyie Escarpment.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day7TrektoAmbikowithascentofBwuhit." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 7 Trek to Ambiko with ascent of Bwuhit.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day8AscentofRasDashen." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 8 Ascent of Ras Dashen.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day9TrektoSonaviaArkwasiye." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 9 Trek to Sona via Arkwasiye.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day10DescendtoAnsiyaWenzRiverandontoLamoCamp." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 10 Descend to Ansiya Wenz River and on to Lamo Camp.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day11ContinuetoMulitCamp." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 11 Continue to Mulit Camp.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day12ShortwalktoAdiArkaywherethetrekfinishes;drivetoGondar." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 12 Short walk to Adi Arkay where the trek finishes; drive to Gondar.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day13FlytoAddis;tripends." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 13 Fly to Addis; trip ends.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchaselist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Harar Extension Single supplement (compulsory) (XTNHARAR)</li><li>Harar Extension Single traveller supplement (compulsory) (XTNHARAR)</li><li>Lalibela Ext. 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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
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • 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, 10 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: 04 Nov 2014</div><div id="TripNoteTripTitle">The Simien Mountains Trek</div><div id="TripNoteProductCode">Trip code: TYE</div><div id="TripNoteValidity">Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2014</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; 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start trekking to Buyit Ras Camp.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day5TrektoGeechviaJinbarWaterfall." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 5 Trek to Geech via Jinbar Waterfall.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day6DaywalktoImetgogo." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 6 Day walk to Imetgogo.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day7TrektoChennekviaEnatyieEscarpment." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 7 Trek to Chennek via Enatyie Escarpment.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day8TrektoAmbikowithascentofBwuhit." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 8 Trek to Ambiko with ascent of Bwuhit.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day9AscentofRasDashen." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 9 Ascent of Ras Dashen.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day10TrektoSonaviaArkwasiye." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 10 Trek to Sona via Arkwasiye.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day11DescendtoAnsiyaWenzRiverandontoLamoCamp." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 11 Descend to Ansiya Wenz River and on to Lamo Camp.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day12ContinuetoMulitCamp." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 12 Continue to Mulit Camp.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day13ShortwalktoAdiArkaywherethetrekfinishes;drivetoGondar." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 13 Short walk to Adi Arkay where the trek finishes; drive to Gondar.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day14DepartAddis" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 14 Depart Addis</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day15ArriveLondon" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 15 Arrive London</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchaselist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Harar Extension Single supplement (compulsory) (XTNHARAR)</li><li>Harar Extension Single traveller supplement (compulsory) (XTNHARAR)</li><li>Lalibela Ext. Single room suppl (with TYE) (XTNLALIBTYE)</li><li>Lalibela Ext. Single traveller suppl. (with TYE) (XTNLALIBTYE)</li><li>Single supplement (TYE)</li><li>17 days worldwide single trip insurance (17WST)</li></ul></div></div><div id="Wealsorecommendlist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Kit Bag - Complimentary (KB)</li></ul></div></div><div id="Groupsize" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group size</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Maximum of 18 travellers per group.</div></div><div id="Accommodation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Camping (with basic facilities) (9 nts), Hotel (3 nts)</div></div><div id="Meals" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners</div></div><div id="Transport" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Transport</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >4x4, Minibus, Plane</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" >17 Nov 2014 (TYE141117)</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="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" >17 Nov 2014 (TYE141117)</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>
USD $3,230.00
Price: Total Price (LO) 
USD $3,230.00
CAD $3,230.00
AUD $3,230.00
EUR €2,295.00
GBP £1,699.00
NZD $3,735.00
ZAR R30,580.00
CHF FR2,750.00
Price: Cost Per Day (LO) 
USD $248.46
CAD $248.46
AUD $248.46
EUR €176.54
GBP £130.69
NZD $287.31
ZAR R2,352.31
CHF FR211.54
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USD $250.00
CAD $250.00
AUD $250.00
EUR €250.00
GBP £250.00
NZD $250.00
ZAR R250.00
CHF FR250.00
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GBP £2,299.00
Price: Cost Per Day (FI Adult) 
GBP £176.85
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GBP £250.00
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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 (£200)
Campsite, Ethiopia
Number of Days Activity 
10
Pace 
Approximately 2.5-12 hours walking per day
Terrain 
High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain
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  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Trek through spectacular natural beauty
  • Visit remote mountain villages
  • Spot fantastic endemic wildlife

Adult Group

15
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Peak Activity Type 

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