Kruger, Coast & Cape Trip Notes

Kruger, Coast & Cape

Last Modified: 28 Apr 2016
Kruger, Coast & Cape
Trip code: UBOSC
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Enjoy an action-packed journey through some of the most stunning scenery in the world on this southern African adventure. With experiences to thrill, entertain, delight and inspire, this tour is a memorable way to experience the magic of Africa. Track down exotic wildlife on game drives in Kruger National Park, relax on golden beaches in Mozambique, visit remote Zulu to learn about tribal culture and mix it up in modern cities. Admire the changing scenery along the way. From the savanna of Kruger and the lush wetlands of the St Lucia Estuary to the dramatic coastal vistas of Cape Town, Africa is blessed with immense natural beauty and this trip captures the best of this stunning region.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodation NotesAlternate finish point
ThemesMeals introductionAlternate finish point description
Is this trip right for you?MealsAlternate finish point instructions
Why we love itTransportEmergency contact
MapMoney mattersVisas
ItineraryGroup leaderWhat to take
Itinerary disclaimerSafetyHealth
Physical ratingJoining pointTravel insurance
Included activitiesJoining point descriptionA couple of rules
Important notesJoining point instructionsResponsible Travel
Group sizeFinish pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Your fellow travellersFinish point descriptionFeedback
AccommodationFinishing point instructions
Style
Basix
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Is this trip right for you?
- This itinerary includes a homestay in Zululand. Beds can just be a foam mattress on the floor, with clean linen & pillows, and rooms can be up to 6 share (same sex).
- We use our purpose-built overland vehicles for the duration of this trip. This multi-purpose truck allows for great game viewing with large sliding windows. As such the trucks do not have air-conditioning and conditions can be dusty and hot.
- The going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads.
Why we love it
- Go on safari in Kruger National Park - one of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa
- Feast on fresh Mozambican seafood at the seaside village of Ponta Malongane
- Visit the heartlands of the African Zulu and spend the night in a traditional homestay
- Encounter endangered rhinos in the Hlane Royal National Park on a walking safari
- Enjoy some spectacular hikes along the scenic Garden Route
- Delve into the astounding Cango Caves outside of Swellendam
- Sip delicious wines at a vineyard on the R320 winery route
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Johannesburg
Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If your flight arrives too late, we recommend that you consider arriving a day early and book a night's accommodation prior to the trip so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting so please ensure you have all details on hand to provide to your leader.
Johannesburg is a sprawling city of remarkable contrasts. In the townships, mansions stand alongside tin shacks and there are as many green parks on the outskirts of the city as there are conglomerations of concrete in the centre. This is a good place to spend a couple of days to get an insight into South Africa's history, and it's a great base for exploring the rest of the country.
Optional Activities
  • Apartheid Museum - ZAR75
  • Art Gallery - ZAR60
  • Gold Reef City and Heritage mine tour - ZAR360
  • Museum Africa - ZAR40
    Accommodation
    Hotel (1 nt)
    Day 2 Kruger National Park
    Leave Johannesburg and travel through the Mpumalanga Province, journeying along the famous Panorama Route through some of the most stunning scenery South Africa has to offer. The sights en route include God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels (Sisters) and the magnificent Blyde River Canyon (675km, approx 11-12 hrs).
    One of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa, Kruger National Park is home to over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species, including the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog.

    Our wildlife experience begins as soon as we enter the park. We head straight into prime game viewing areas where we hope to catch a glimpse of some of the amazing animals found here.

    Our campground within the park has shared facilities, hot and cold water, and upgrades possible (subject to availability).
    Included Activities
    • Kruger Park - Game drive
      Accommodation
      Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
      Meals
      1 breakfast, 1 dinner
      Day 3 Kruger National Park
      Rise early and have a light breakfast of coffee and rusks before embarking on a morning game drive in the truck. Most of the day will be spent game viewing, bird watching and stopping at various waterholes and viewpoints.

      Take an optional night drive with the park guide to spot nocturnal animals and perhaps even a night-time predator or two.
      Optional Activities
      • Kruger Park - Night game drive - ZAR240
      • Morning safari walk - ZAR390
        Accommodation
        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
        Meals
        1 breakfast, 1 dinner
        Day 4 Swaziland/Hlane Royal National Park
        Take a final slow game drive of between 20 and 70 km before exiting the park mid-morning.
        Travel south-east and enter the Kingdom of Swaziland - nestled snugly between Mozambique, Northern Zululand and Mpumalanga. The border crossing between South Africa and Swaziland is generally very smooth, but there may be some delays at certain times of the year (215 km, approx 6-7 hrs).
        A vast expanse of bushveld and its ancient hardwood trees make Hlane Royal National Park home to the largest wild herds in Swaziland.
        Take the amazing opportunity to explore the park on a guided game walk.
        Camp inside the national park with upgrades possible.
        Included Activities
        • Hlane Royal National Park - Walking safari
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast, 1 dinner
          Day 5 Mozambique Beach Camp
          Departing from Hlane, head to the Golela border post and into Maputaland. Continue on and enter Mozambique at Kosi Bay (230 km, approx 7-8 hrs).
          After crossing the border, leave our truck behind and jump into some 4x4s to travel on to the seaside village of Ponta Malongane.
          Our campsite is basic with share facilities.
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast, 1 dinner
          Day 6 Mozambique Beach Camp
          One of the many unspoiled beaches of Mozambique, Ponta Malongane has plenty to do - from snorkelling and dolphin boat cruises to just relaxing on the beach sipping on a coconut juice.
          Optional Activities
          • Boat cruise - ZAR275
          • Dolphin cruise - ZAR220
            Accommodation
            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast, 1 dinner
            Day 7 St Lucia Estuary
            Depart southern Mozambique, making our way to Zululand and Lake St Lucia, stopping at a shop for supplies along the way (240 km, approx 5-6 hrs).
            Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, St Lucia Estuary is home to thousands of varieties of birds, mammals and reptiles - with its most popular residents being the hundreds of hippos and crocodiles.
            Take a boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary where you have the chance to spot hippos and crocodiles basking on the banks, not to mention some amazing bird watching.
            Stay at a campsite with facilities. Upgrades and WiFi are not available.
            Optional Activities
            • Boat cruise - ZAR190
              Accommodation
              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast
              Day 8 Zululand
              Make an early departure to the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the heartland of the Zulu nation (270km, approx 4.5-5.5 hrs).
              Gain an insight into the daily life of the rural Zulu people by spending the night in a traditional homestay, where you'll be treated to some traditional food, song and dance.
              Accommodation
              Homestay (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast, 1 dinner
              Day 9 Durban
              Travel on to Durban (100 km, approx 2-3 hrs).
              Durban is South Africa's second most populous city and a tourist magnet thanks to its wealth of golden, sandy beaches and glitzy nightlife. One of its main attractions is the Golden Mile, a stretch of fine sands bordered by frothy surf on one side and an attractive beachfront of shops, restaurants and cafes on the other.
              As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet your new fellow travellers.
              Stay in dorm rooms with shared bathroom facilities and a great rooftop bar.
              Optional Activities
              • Art gallery - Free
              • Bay cruise - ZAR240
              • Juma Masjid Mosque - Free
              • Wet & Wild - ZAR140
                Accommodation
                Dormitory (1 nt)
                Meals
                1 breakfast
                Day 10 Drakensberg
                Leave Durban and travel inland towards the majestic Drakensberg mountain range (260 km, approx 5-6 hrs).
                The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa (3482 m) and forms part of the border between South Africa and Lesotho. The range is referred to locally as the Barrier of Spears or the Dragon Mountains and is home to an amazing amount of flora and fauna.
                Our accommodation here is in en-suited twin rooms at a unique Backpackers Lodge in Drakensberg. Enjoy a sun-downer from the thatched loft lounge room that has a big screen, HD television, book swap and internet cafe. Other property facilities include a pool, jacuzzi, barbeque area, fire pit, WiFi and upgrades available.
                Included Activities
                • Drakensburg - Short hike
                  Accommodation
                  Lodge (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                  Day 11 Drakensberg
                  We have a whole day to explore part of the mountain range on foot - you can take a short hike for an hour or so, or challenge yourself to an optional full day hike with a local guide.
                  Optional Activities
                  • Amphiteatre day hike - ZAR590
                  • Mont-Aux-Sources day hike - ZAR590
                    Accommodation
                    Lodge (1 nt)
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                    Day 12 Lesotho Highlands
                    Leaving the Drakensberg behind, head into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho (370 km, approx 7-8 hrs). Nestled like a small island in the middle of South Africa, Lesotho is commonly known as the 'Kingdom in the Sky' with beautiful mountain ranges and endless hiking trails.
                    Generally the border crossing into Lesotho is quite smooth, but we may experience some delay depending on the time of year.
                    Drive past the Golden Gate Highlands National Park which is famous for its extraordinary sandstone rock formations. The park is also home to elands, zebras, mongooses and hundreds of bird species. Keep your eyes peeled as you may be able to spot some wildlife along the way.
                    Accommodation
                    Dormitory (1 nt)
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                    Day 13 Lesotho Highlands
                    Choose from the optional hikes on offer.
                    Optional Activities
                    • Bushman Painting hike - ZAR45
                    • Pitseng Canyon hike (6 hours) - ZAR65
                    • Village, school and museum hike - ZAR50
                      Accommodation
                      Dormitory (1 nt)
                      Meals
                      1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                      Day 14 Wild Coast/Cintsa
                      Head to the stunning Wild Coast of South Africa and the small town of Cintsa (550 km, approx 10-12 hrs).
                      A charming little coastal town, Cintsa and its surrounding region are inhabited by the Xhosa people, whose lifestyle is deeply rooted in tribal traditions and customs. They're warm and friendly people and provide good insight into rural South African life.
                      Arrive in the late afternoon and have time to relax before an optional group dinner.
                      Our campground has shared facilities, ATM, WiFi access and upgrades possible.
                      Accommodation
                      Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                      Meals
                      1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                      Day 15 Wild Coast/Cintsa
                      Enjoy free time to explore the town, relax on the stunning beaches or pursue the many optional activities on offer including hiking, swimming, mountain biking and surfing.
                      Optional Activities
                      • Village tour - ZAR235
                        Accommodation
                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                        Meals
                        1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                        Day 16 Addo Elephant National Park
                        Travel on to Addo Elephant National Park (310 km, 7-8 hrs).
                        A true success story in conservationism, Addo Elephant National Park was created in 1931 to protect the region's 11 remaining elephants. Today there are over 450 elephants in the park, as well as Cape buffalo, black rhinos, all kinds of antelopes and even the flightless dung beetle which is unique to the park.
                        On arrival at the park, take an afternoon game drive and try to spot some of the local residents from our truck.
                        While in Addo, stay at a campground that has basic shared facilities, WiFi access and upgrades possible.
                        Included Activities
                        • Addo National Elephant Park - Game drive
                          Optional Activities
                          • Night game drive - ZAR275
                            Accommodation
                            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                            Meals
                            1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                            Day 17 Garden Route/Tsitsikamma National Park
                            Spend the next few days discovering the most spectacular stretch of the Garden Route. Our first stop is the Tsitsikamma National Park (250 km, approx 4-5 hrs).
                            Protecting both land and sea, steep ancient forests meet the breakers of the Indian Ocean at Tsitsikamma National Park. It's a spectacular place for walking and wildlife viewing.
                            While in Tsitsikamma, stay at a campground that has basic shared facilities, ATM, WiFi access and upgrades possible
                            Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. We have not risk assessed all activities and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. If you are unsure please check with your leader.
                            Please note that it is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk assessed or do not adhere to our company’s Responsible Travel policy and ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles.
                            Accommodation
                            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                            Meals
                            1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                            Day 18 Garden Route/Tsitsikamma National Park
                            The Cape clawless otter, dolphins, tortoises and southern right whales (in season) are all visitors here, along with baboons, monkeys and myriad birds.
                            Optional Activities
                            • Snorkelling - ZAR100
                              Accommodation
                              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                              Meals
                              1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                              Day 19 Oudtshoorn
                              Head out across the arid Karoo region bound for Oudtshoorn (220 km, approx 4-5 hrs). Stop off on the way at Knysna to stretch your legs and explore this quaint little hamlet.
                              The ostrich capital of the world, at the turn of the 20th century Oudtshoorn was full of 'feather barons' that grew rich off the popularity of ostrich feathers. Today there are literally thousands of ostriches in the area being farmed for their meat, leather, and on a smaller scale, their feathers and eggs. Take a short stroll around town and you'll discover all sorts of ostrich souvenirs.
                              Our campsite has hot showers, flush toilets and upgrades possible.
                              Accommodation
                              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                              Meals
                              1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                              Day 20 Swellendam
                              Get your blood pumping while exploring the Cango Caves and learn about their formation and history from our local guide.
                              Travel from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam (220km, approx 4-5 hrs) on the scenic Route 62.
                              One of the oldest settlements in South Africa, Swellendam is located at the foot of the Langenberg Mountains. This picturesque town has something for everyone with plenty of great restaurants, adventure activities, wildlife and is the perfect base for exploring the local wine region.
                              We should arrive in Swellendam by early afternoon. Set up camp and have the remainder of the afternoon free for you to explore or relax around the camp. The camp has limited upgrades available and WiFi access.
                              Included Activities
                              • Cango Caves
                                Accommodation
                                Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                Meals
                                1 breakfast
                                Day 21 Cape Agulhas / R320 Winery Route / Hermanus
                                Up early this morning travelling to the southernmost point in Africa - Cape Agulhus.
                                Travel along the famous R320 winery route (visiting 2-3 wineries) before heading onto the beach side town of Hermanus.

                                This region is highly influenced by the cooling Atlantic Ocean that sweeps up past Cape Town and brings with it a satisfying cool breeze that cools down the grapes that are grown here. The predominant grape types that grow very well here are mainly French, German and northern Italian - such as - Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage.

                                Today's drive is 300km and we will be on the road for approximately 5 hours. We camp with facilities tonight and may go out for a BYO dinner to to try some wine purchased earlier in the day.
                                Included Activities
                                • R320 Route Wine Tour
                                  Accommodation
                                  Camping (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
                                  Meals
                                  1 breakfast
                                  Day 22 Cape Town
                                  Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Hermanus before driving back to Cape Town via the scenic bay route.
                                  With its stunning coastline, dominating mountain and modern cityscape, Cape Town is one of Africa's most appealing cities. With vineyards on its doorstep, adventure activities around every other corner and plenty of restaurants and cafes to while away the time, Cape Town is a very easy city to spend some extra time in.
                                  On arrival you'll be dropped at our finishing point hotel in central Cape Town. No accommodation is provided for tonight, but we are able to book you additional accommodation in Cape Town. Please ask at time of booking.

                                  Please don't book any international flights until after 10pm this evening.
                                  Optional Activities
                                  • Bo-Kaap Museum - ZAR30
                                  • Harbour cruise - ZAR200
                                  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - ZAR45
                                  • Robben Island tour - ZAR260
                                  • South Africa National Gallery - ZAR35
                                  • South African Museum - ZAR27
                                  • Table Mountain - Aerial cable - ZAR250
                                  • Table Mountain - Hiking - ZAR720
                                    Meals
                                    1 breakfast
                                    Itinerary disclaimer
                                    ITINERARY CHANGES 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. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! 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. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                                    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: 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. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
                                    Physical rating

                                    The step up into the overland truck, while not overly high, can become tiring, as can the constant setting and packing up of camp. You need to judge yourself to be physically fit enough to haul yourself up and down at least 8-10 times a day.
                                    Included activities
                                    Kruger Park - Game drive
                                    Hlane Royal National Park - Walking safari
                                    Drakensburg - Short hike
                                    Addo National Elephant Park - Game drive
                                    Cango Caves
                                    R320 Route Wine Tour
                                    Important notes
                                    1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
                                    2. This is a combination trip made up of 2 shorter trips. This means the composition of your group may change in Durban as some group members leave and new ones join you.
                                    3. This trip finishes upon arrival in Cape Town on Day 22. Please do not book any flights until after 6pm this evening.

                                    Group size
                                    Maximum of 16 travellers per group.
                                    Your fellow travellers
                                    GROUP TRAVEL
                                    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                                    SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                                    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.
                                    Accommodation
                                    Camping (with facilities) (13nt), Dormitory (3nt), Homestay (1nt), Hotel (1nt), Lodge (3nt)
                                    Accommodation on this trip is mainly in two-person canvas dome tents with camping mattresses supplied.

                                    The type and variety of accommodation is determined by conditions on each of our routes. Each route is different - on some we use a mixture of campsites and wild camps; on others we also use hotels. In Africa it's not usually practical to camp when staying in towns and cities so we use hotel accommodation and eat out in local restaurants.

                                    There may be the occasional night stop, when we stay in the grounds of a hotel or at a campsite which may also have rooms/cabins available. In this case there may be a choice of camping or upgrading to a room. Rooms cost approximately USD60 per room per night for a twin room and cannot be pre-booked. The day by day itinerary advises when upgrades may be possible (subject to availability).

                                    Keep in mind that if we are staying in dormitory accommodation, you may have to share with other passengers or be split into same sex rooms.

                                    Campsites do have facilities but they usually aren't to the same standard you would find in western countries. For example the bathroom facilities can be very basic (the toilets may be a squat-style hole in the ground). There is rarely toilet paper provided and shower facilities can be as simple as a hose pipe spurting out cold water. Wild camps have no facilities at all.

                                    Not all campsites are as basic as this description - it's just to make sure there are no surprises for you.



                                    ACCOMMODATION TYPES:
                                    Our accommodation styles range from Basic to Comfortable. Read below for what you can expect from each category. The style of each night of accommodation is listed on the day to day itinerary, alongside any exceptions you need to be made aware of.

                                    BASIC
                                    This is roughing it in the roughest sense. Our Basic accommodation includes campsites and wilderness lodges with very limited facilities, and homestays with squat/drop toilets and no showers. Sometimes you might spend a night on a train, bus or boat (all seated, no sleepers). Luxurious, it isn’t, but sleeping under the stars or in a hammock in the jungle is all part of the experience.

                                    SIMPLE
                                    Simple by name, simple by nature: think local guesthouses and homestays, the occasional shared dorm-style room, overnight sleeper trains or boats, and campsites with facilities. Some of our Simple accommodation has outside facilities, and you may be starting the day with a brisk shower if hot water isn’t available (some say cold, we say invigorating).

                                    TOURIST
                                    No frills, no fuss and no chocolate on your pillow at bedtime, but a clean and comfy place to lay your head. Tourist accommodation covers basic hotels, local guesthouses and lodges, permanent campsites and the occasional multi-share room. Our Tourist rooms usually have no heating or air conditioning, and sometimes you’ll be sharing a bathroom.

                                    STANDARD
                                    A cheerful room to call your own at the end of a long day of seeing the sights and sites. Our Standard rooms are convenient and cosy, and will usually include an en suite bathroom. Rooms are sometimes on the small side and amenities may be limited.

                                    COMFORTABLE
                                    Pretty much exactly what it says on the box. Expect pleasant accommodation, your own bathroom, and heating/air conditioning where appropriate. Most of our Comfortable accommodation has lifts, porters to help with your bags and are – yep – a comfortable spot to end your busy days.
                                    Meals introduction
                                    By travelling on an Overland trip you have chosen a participation camping tour. This means that you will be helping your cook prepare meals for the group. You may also get the chance to help with the shopping.

                                    Your cook (East Africa only) will come up with meal ideas and quantities needed for large groups. Participating in the camp is usually done on a duty roster system with group of 5 or 6 people (depending on group size) having a different camp job each day.

                                    If you have any dietary requirements please tell us at the time of booking, and also remind your crew at your welcome meeting.

                                    A typical camp breakfast might be toast with spreads, cereal, something hot such as eggs or pancakes, as well as tea and coffee. Lunch is almost always a sandwich with healthy salad and assorted fillings, sometimes with fruit to follow. There may be a chance on occasion to buy your lunch. Dinner might be a BBQ, rice dish or pasta dish and there is always the chance to try some African food such as ugali and stew.

                                    On the more remote sections of your trip (for example in West Africa & North Africa), your food and diet will be dependent on what is available locally as well as tinned and dry ingredients.

                                    One thing is sure - you definitely won't go hungry or lose weight on your safari! When you aren't camping you will have the freedom to decide where, what and with whom you eat.
                                    Meals
                                    21 breakfasts, 16 dinners
                                    Transport
                                    Overland vehicle, 4x4 Safari Vehicle

                                    Our trucks are purpose-built, self contained safari vehicles. Intrepid’s fleet of vehicles varies depending on your group size, trip route and style. In Southern Africa some departures may use vans and luggage trailers subject to group size and vehicle availability. Your vehicle type may differ from those listed above. It is also important to note that our overland vehicles are not air-conditioned, but all vehicles have windows that can be opened to allow for fresh air.

                                    There are many early starts with long hours spent driving on rough roads on all African itineraries. While most people love the chance to watch the changing landscape and daily village life, feedback shows that long periods of inactivity does not appeal to all clients. We provide the approximate distance covered each day and how many hours this normally takes to drive so that you can choose the safari experience which is right for you.

                                    African conditions are extremely tough on vehicles. While we fastidiously maintain our vehicles at our workshops, you should not expect Africa to be your traditional touring experience. While it's certainly our aim to avoid them, it's important that you set off on your trip knowing that the occasional breakdown can happen and are best treated as part of the African adventure. Due to wet weather there may be times when we have to take an alternative route which will mean longer travel times.
                                    Money matters
                                    When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need.

                                    Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document).
                                    Please note: all recommendations for additional costs, tipping etc. are in USD. You will need to convert these into the relevant local currency.


                                    MEALS NOT INCLUDED

                                    Breakfast, dinner and most lunches are included while camping on our overland safaris.

                                    For lunches not included, a budget of USD10 to USD15 per meal will be more than sufficient.

                                    For dinners not included, your leader will normally recommend options and restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD12 to USD25 for a main.

                                    These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget and are happy to try local food, you can eat cheaper than this.


                                    TIPPING

                                    Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you are happy with the services provided, a tip is an appropriate way to thank them. 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.

                                    Usually the equivalent of around USD5 to USD10 per person, per day to cover tips is fine. 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, your leader might raise the idea of a group tipping kitty. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running this kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips as you go. The leader will keep 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. This kitty does not include tips for your leader and crew.


                                    TIPPING GUIDE

                                    To give you a bit of guidance, we’ve put together the following tipping notes. These are just suggestions, based on feedback from past travellers and our staff on the ground.

                                    - Basic restaurants – When checking the bill, if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
                                    - Local guides – Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest USD2 to USD3 per person, per day for local guides.
                                    - Your crew (including leaders, drivers and cooks) You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline USD3 to USD4 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. It is best to then divide these amounts into separate envelopes for each crew member. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.


                                    EMERGENCY FUNDS

                                    We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.


                                    CREDIT CARDS, ATMS AND MONEY EXCHANGE:

                                    Credit cards are generally accepted in tourist shops and some restaurants across Africa. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only. Foreign currency is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.

                                    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. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day. 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.

                                    PLEASE NOTE: Many businesses and banks in Africa, especially 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.
                                    Group leader
                                    On this trip you will be accompanied by 2 crew members, a Group Leader and a Driver. (Depending on your group size – from time to time your leader will also be your driver)

                                    Your Intrepid Group Leader’s role involves organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and will form work groups to take turns cooking, cleaning and shopping.

                                    Your Group Leader will work towards making the trip as safe and enjoyable as possible for all travellers. Intrepid trips are built around the co–operation and participation of all the group members under the supervision of the group leader. The group leader will show the group how to set up and use the equipment.

                                    While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting, especially when tracking and identifying game - we think it's the best of both worlds. Our Group Leaders are chosen for their leadership skills and are wonderful ambassadors for our company and our beautiful continent and its people.

                                    Your Driver’s main responsibility is to get you to your destination safely; they are also responsible for the maintenance of the vehicles along the way.

                                    Everyone is expected participate and carry their share of the workload, making camp chores easier. If the whole group participates it will be quicker, easier, and more fun.

                                    We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader and driver; however, situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
                                    Safety
                                    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                                    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                                    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your 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 Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                                    For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
                                    www.intrepidtravel.com/safety


                                    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
                                    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

                                    BALCONIES:
                                    Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

                                    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
                                    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

                                    SEAT BELTS:
                                    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

                                    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
                                    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

                                    WATER SAFETY:
                                    Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.

                                    TRAVEL ADVICE & TRAVEL INSURANCE
                                    We recommend that you check your government's advice in relation to the areas you will be visiting for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.

                                    UNFENCED CAMP SITES:
                                    On some trips you will at times stay in unfenced camp sites within national parks. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules to follow. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your tour leader and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.
                                    Joining point
                                    Holiday Inn Sandton
                                    123 Rivonia Road
                                    Sandton
                                    Johannesburg
                                    2148
                                    SOUTH AFRICA
                                    Phone: +27 11 282 0000
                                    Joining point description
                                    The Holiday Inn Sandton is modern and well kept hotel conveniently located just a short walk from the Sandton Gautrain Station, the shopping mecca of Sandton City, and Nelson Mandela Square.
                                    Property facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, WiFi, and restaurant & bar.
                                    All rooms come equipped with ensuite, TV, minibar, aircon, safe, internet access and, tea & coffee making facilities.
                                    Joining point instructions
                                    We recommend that if this is your first time to Jo'burg or if you are travelling alone, that you pre book an arrival transfer.

                                    If you have pre-booked a transfer, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area near the point you clear customs. Please look for our driver who will be holding a card with your name on it. The driver will wait for an hour after your scheduled arrival time.

                                    If you are unable to find your driver you can call +27 11 4717400 during business hours, or +27 82 822 9407 after hours. If you are delayed beyond one hour after your scheduled arrival time, please make your own way to the hotel.

                                    Metered official Airport Taxis are also available. The cost to the hotel will be approximately ZAR400-650 which is payable to the driver. The taxi rank is located just outside the arrivals area.

                                    If you want to make your own way to and from the Airport to our hotel in Johannesburg, the Gautrain is a fast and inexpensive option. Please note that the train only operates between 05:30am and 20:30pm daily.
                                    The Gautrain Tube station ( Sandton ) is located just one block or 5-10mins walk from The Holiday Inn Sandton. The train journey from Sandton to O.R Tambo International Airport takes 15 minutes and costs approximately 115.00ZAR oneway. During Peak hours the trains depart every 12minutes ( 05:30-08:30 & 16:00-19:00 ). All other times trains depart every 20-30 minutes. Please see the website for more information: www.gautrain.co.za

                                    Johannesburg is a very spread out city and depending on the time of day and traffic conditions, a transfer or taxi may take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes to cover the 35 km from the airport to the Hotel.
                                    Finish point
                                    Never@Home
                                    107 main Road
                                    Green Point
                                    Cape Town
                                    8005
                                    SOUTH AFRICA
                                    Phone: +27 214349282
                                    Fax: +27 214349283
                                    Finish point description
                                    Never@Home (formally Hotel Graeme) is a small, boutique style hotel located in Green Point, Cape Town, and just a short walk from Cape Town CBD.

                                    Hotel facilities include swimming pool and jacuzzi, pub, laundry and dry cleaning service and wireless Internet access.

                                    All rooms are equipped with ensuite, air-conditioning, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a safe.
                                    Finishing point instructions
                                    Private airport transfers are available for pre-booking through Intrepid. Contact your agent for details. Be sure to advise of your flight details at time of booking. Alternatively, your leader or local representative can arrange a transfer for you on the ground.

                                    If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time.

                                    If you have any issues with your departure transfer, Intrepid's South African Office can be reached on: +27 11 471 7400 (South African business hours) or +27 828229407 (24/7).
                                    Alternate finish point
                                    For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.
                                    07 May 2016 (UBOSC1605072), 28 May 2016 (UBOSC160528), 02 Jul 2016 (UBOSC160702), 30 Jul 2016 (UBOSC1607302)
                                    Once in Cape Town (Previously Saasveld Lodge)
                                    73 Kloof Street
                                    Gardens
                                    Cape Town
                                    8001
                                    SOUTH AFRICA
                                    Alternate finish point description
                                    Saasveld Lodge is central located in the lively and vibrant Kloof Street with its large variety of restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and bars and is only 3 minutes from Long Street as well as the bustling city centre. Rooms are simple yet clean and comfortable.
                                    Alternate finish point instructions
                                    If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time.

                                    If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.
                                    Emergency contact
                                    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 general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us

                                    For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

                                    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.

                                    We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                                    You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                                    Intrepid's South African Office: +27 828229407
                                    Visas
                                    PASSPORT

                                    As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

                                    VISAS

                                    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                                    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 countries not listed below must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.


                                    SOUTH AFRICA:

                                    Australia: No visa required
                                    Belgium: No visa required
                                    Canada: No visa required
                                    Germany: No visa required
                                    Ireland: No visa required
                                    Netherlands: No visa required
                                    New Zealand: No visa required
                                    Switzerland: No visa required
                                    United Kingdom: No visa required
                                    USA: No visa required

                                    Citizens of the above countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all other countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.

                                    Entry Requirements – Passports:
                                    Please note that non-machine readable passports are no longer accepted by South African immigration. All visitors to South Africa must have a machine readable travel document (e-passport). Failure to present an e-passport will result in denied entry. Passengers with a valid visa issued in a non-machine readable passport will be handled on a case by case basis, but a fine will still be applicable.

                                    Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate:
                                    A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is 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.

                                    Entry Requirements - Travelling with Children:
                                    Parents need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. This regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. Additionally, further documentation including permission to travel, may be required if only one parent is travelling. These are requirements of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/traveling-with-children

                                    We recommend travellers check all entry and visa requirements before travel as they can change.


                                    SWAZILAND:

                                    Australia: No visa required
                                    Belgium: No visa required
                                    Canada: No visa required
                                    Germany: No visa required
                                    Ireland: No visa required
                                    Netherlands: No visa required
                                    New Zealand: No visa required
                                    South Africa: No visa required
                                    Switzerland: No visa required
                                    United Kingdom: No visa required
                                    USA: No visa required

                                    Citizens of the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand don't currently require a visa for Swaziland for a stay of up to two months. For all other nationalities, please check requirements with the closest consulate or embassy.


                                    MOZAMBIQUE:

                                    Australia: Yes - Visa required
                                    Belgium: Yes - Visa required
                                    Canada: Yes - Visa required
                                    Germany: Yes- Visa required
                                    Ireland: Yes - Visa required
                                    Netherlands: Yes - Visa required
                                    New Zealand: Yes - Visa required
                                    South Africa: NO VISA REQUIRED
                                    Switzerland: Yes - Visa required
                                    United Kingdom: Yes - Visa required
                                    USA: Yes - Visa required

                                    Most nationalities are now required to gain a Mozambique visa prior to arrival. The visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days and costs approximately USD82 (plus any visa service and courier fees). Some consulates may require confirmation of accommodation while in Mozambique. We are happy to provide this. Please contact your booking agent.

                                    Addtionally, when applying for your visa in advance you may be asked for a contact in Mozambique. Please use the following:
                                    Fatimas Place
                                    Mao Tse Tung Ave, 1321
                                    Maputo
                                    Mozambique
                                    email: fatimas@tvcabo.co.mz
                                    phone: +258 21302994
                                    fax: +258 1303345

                                    ***PLEASE NOTE***
                                    Visitors to Mozambique have reportedly been able to obtain a visa on arrival at the Momzabique border despite the introduction of the above regulations in mid 2015. However, our official advice is to pre-arrange your visa. If you chose to obtain it at the border, it is at your own risk.

                                    Alternatively, you may be able to pre-purchase a visa from the Mozambique General Consulate in Johannesburg if starting your journey here.
                                    Address: 95 Oxford Road, Saxonwold
                                    Telephone: +27 11 3275704
                                    Fax: + 27 11 3275711

                                    LESOTHO:

                                    Entry permits are issued free of charge on arrival for most nationalities, including from the EU, US and Australia. All nationalities should check with their nearest Lesotho Embassy for more information.

                                    BORDER CROSSINGS ON THIS TRIP:

                                    Exit South Africa - Jeppe's Reef (Day 4)
                                    Enter Swaziland - Matsamo

                                    Exit Swaziland - Golela (Day 5)
                                    Enter South Africa - Golela

                                    Exit South Africa - Kosi Bay (Day 5)
                                    Enter Mozambique - Ponta do Ouro

                                    Exit Mozambique - Ponta do Ouro (Day 7)
                                    Enter South Africa - Kosi Bay

                                    Exit South Africa - Maseru Bridge (Day 12)
                                    Enter Lesotho - Maseru Bridge

                                    Exit Lesotho - Van Rooyenshek (Day 14)
                                    Enter South Africa - Van Rooyenshek
                                    What to take
                                    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, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances.

                                    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.

                                    Below are some ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip.

                                    ESSENTIALS:
                                    - Sleeping bag. We recommend a 3–4 season sleeping bag because it can get very cold at night in winter months in desert and mountainous regions.
                                    - Travel pillow
                                    - Closed in shoes. As this trip includes camping and/or bush walking we highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings from dangerous animals in this environment.
                                    - Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing, some warm items for the evenings, and long shirts and pants for protection against mosquitoes in the malaria areas. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. Some people like to take jeans for evenings out but they can be tough to dry and should not be used for trekking. Avoid nylon and other synthetics, which can be very uncomfortable in hot weather. Ex-military or military style clothing and equipment is NOT recommended.
                                    - Waterproof/windproof jacket is a good idea for wet days, and early morning or evening game activities when it can be cool.
                                    - Warm fleece and beanie for morning and evening game drives.
                                    - Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

                                    RECOMMENDED:
                                    - A simple plastic bag/waterproof toiletry bag (that can hang on a nail on the back of a door) will be useful to keep your clothes dry inside basic camp shower structures.
                                    - A good quality, high-beam headlamp or torch for around the campsite at night. Some campsites have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time. Although the trucks do carry lamps for meal times it’s a good idea to bring a headlamp to navigate the campsites and in particular going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
                                    - Personal medical kit. Your guide will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes, anti-diarrhoeal, antibacterial gel, wet wipes, bandaids/plasters etc.
                                    - Insect repellent.
                                    - Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
                                    - Camera with spare batteries. Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days but we recommend you take a spare battery. You’ll take more photos than you think.

                                    OPTIONAL:
                                    - Sleep sheet. If you are travelling during the hot season you may wish to also pack a sleep sheet so you will be comfortable no matter what the weather.
                                    - Thermarest. While we provide a basic camping mattress for each client, some travellers find they like the extra comfort of a double layer.
                                    - Ear plugs to guard against a snoring tent-mate
                                    - A good book, a journal or an Ipod for the long drives.

                                    LUGGAGE LIMIT:
                                    The weight limit for luggage on all trucks is maximum 20kg.
                                    The size of luggage that can be brought on our overland trips is limited by the individual locker space on the trucks. The lockers measure 26 inches long, 18 inches wide and 10 inches high. Your main luggage will be stored in these lockers with day bags stored at your feet or on the overhead shelf. For this reason, we highly recommend you pack light with luggage no larger than the locker dimensions. Traditional, framed suitcases will not fit in the truck lockers. Backpacks or duffel bags are an ideal choice. You will need to bring your own lock for your locker. We recommend a 20-30mm sized padlock. In place of individual lockers, some of our Southern Africa vehicles have a large locker compartment at the back of the truck where all luggage is stored.

                                    VALUABLES:
                                    Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your hotel safe and the safe on the overland truck to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

                                    BATTERIES/POWER:
                                    Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We always recommend that you carry an extra battery for your camera just in case. Our overland vehicles are equipped with multiple power boards which may be used at the crew’s discretion, however, do bear in mind that only a minimal number of items can be charged at a time and will not be allowed if there is a risk of running the vehicle’s batteries low. Batteries may also be recharged from hotel room wall sockets. Hotels and many campsites have electricity and charging of batteries is advised before checking out the following day.
                                    Health
                                    All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                                    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

                                    YELLOW FEVER:
                                    A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

                                    It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.


                                    DRINKING WATER:
                                    As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it may contain much higher levels of different minerals than the water you are used to at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about three litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.
                                    Travel insurance
                                    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.

                                    When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                                    If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                                    http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
                                    A couple of rules
                                    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.

                                    Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                                    Responsible Travel
                                    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.

                                    http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

                                    The Intrepid Foundation
                                    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.

                                    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$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                                    http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

                                    Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in South Africa include:

                                    * Thusanani Children's Foundation works to prevent and treat developmental delay in orphaned and vulnerable South African children, aged 0-6, in Children's Homes (orphanages) where they live. Developmental delay in these children has a far reaching negative impact on their formal schooling in later years and they run the risk of being seen as children with special education needs. Treatment and prevention of developmental delay can set children on the right path that enables them to be contributing members of society, and break the cycle of abuse and poverty.

                                    Feedback
                                    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.

                                    http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback

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