Last Modified: 11 Jul 2013
South Africa Family - Rainbow Nation
Trip code: FSA
Validity: 01 Oct 2012 to 31 Dec 2014
This trip is operated by our trusted local partners, The Adventure Company.
South Africa conjures up images of incredible wildlife and magical coastline, which this holiday takes full advantage of whilst avoiding the crowds. After Kruger’s famous big game, cross the border into Swaziland to experience a low-key style of safari. Spend the rest of this unforgettable experience exploring the lesser-known region of KwaZulu Natal, whose national parks and nature reserves are teeming with wild animals. Finally, take in the rugged peaks of the spectacular Drakensberg mountains and return home with a suitcase full of memories.
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- Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunities to explore at your own pace and take part in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you'll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3 star), but you're as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It's all part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures.
Day 1 Johannesburg
Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa.
The tour starts at the Johannesburg hotel. You will receive full details of exactly where to meet your Group Leader on the Joining Instructions which will be sent to you 2-3 weeks before your trip starts. Johannesburg lies at the centre of the Witwatersrand, literally meaning 'ridge of white waters'. It was on this ridge that the world's richest gold fields were discovered little more than 100 years ago. Jo'burg or E'Goli 'the City of Gold' is the heart of the emergent nation of South Africa. This afternoon you head out on a township tour of Soweto - an exciting opportunity to get an insight into contemporary life in South Africa, and to learn about the history of one of South Africa's best known townships.
Rivonia Road Lodge (1 nt)
Day 2 Dullstroom
Today you rise early and, after a briefing with your Group Leader, you load the vehicle and make your way from the temperate, rolling plateau of the Highveld, over the escarpment to the sub-tropical pumalanga. You head east to Dullstroom (approx. 4 hours drive) where you will visit the Bird of Prey Centre for a chance to see Africa's birds of prey up close, and learn about the plight of some of the more endangered species that have come to be cared for in this environment.
Continuing your drive (approx. 3 hours) you visit the fascinating old gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest where it is easy to imagine the lives of the miners and their families who worked the small alluvial claims at the end of the last century. Later in the afternoon you try your hand at Gold Panning in the town's fascinating mining museum. You spend the night in the picturesque little town of Graskop.
Mogodi Lodge (1 nt)
Days 3-4 Kruger National Park
This morning you visit God's Window, which offers magnificent views over the lowveld and visit the Shangaan Cultural Village where you learn about the history and customs of the Shangaan people. Later, continue into the Kruger National Park (approx. 2 hours drive to the park gates, followed by a game drive), one of the greatest natural sanctuaries of the world, comprising beautiful areas of savannah bushveld broken by rocky outcrops and riverine forest.
Cameras and binoculars at the ready, you make your way to the camp inside Kruger National Park where you will spend the next two days.
During your stay you hope to see much of the 'big game' of the park: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard, and many more of the 147 species of mammal that the park boasts. Bird lovers will delight in over 500 species including the African fish eagle, whose evocative cry is probably the best known of any African bird, and the beautiful lilac-breasted roller. After settling into your accommodation and enjoying lunch, here's time to relax, take in your surroundings and enjoy the peace of the African bush.
Mid-afternoon you take a game drive (approx. 2 hours), perhaps to a water hole, and observe the animals coming down to drink after the heat of the day. You return to camp before dusk and enjoy a 'braai' (barbecue) in the bush. Sitting around the campfire you may hear the low roar of lion and the unearthly chatter of hyena. The following day you rise just before dawn to take an early morning game drive (2 hours), when the animals are most active. Stopping en route at a picnic spot to cook an eagerly awaited breakfast. Back at the camp there's time to laze in the midday heat and, as the day cools, you take another game drive (2 hours) before dinner, when you'll have a chance to relive the excitement of the wildlife spotted today. For those not wishing to miss out on the excitement of catching glimpses of the numerous nocturnal species that exist in the park, there is the option of a night game drive either before or after dinner (additional cost).
- Night Game drive (Optional) - ZAR105
Kruger Chalets (2 nts)
Days 5-6 Hlane National Park
This morning you enter the small landlocked kingdom of Swaziland (approx. 7 hours including game drives, a border crossing and lunch stop. Exact time is dependent on which camp in Kruger is used). Despite being almost completely surrounded by the republic of South Africa and Mozambique, Swaziland has remained independent since the end of the British colonial era in 1968 and today is one of the world's few absolute monarchies. Spend two nights in Hlane NP.
During your time here you will go on a wildlife walk with a local guide and learn about basic bush-lore and how to identify animal tracks (and dung!)
Hlane Chalets (2 nts)
Days 7-9 St Lucia National Park
You leave Swaziland to drive to the coastal town of St. Lucia. (approx. 4½ hours plus border crossing). This stretch of South Africa's coast boasts lush vegetation and expansive mangrove forests. In the morning of your second day at St Lucia you drive to St Lucia National Park for a game drive. The game will include possibility to see rhino, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles. Also there are excellent hides at waterholes for bird and game viewing.
Cape Vidal in the north has a beach area, with a reef. Swimming is possible but no life guards or shark nets. You return to St. Lucia to relax by the pool during the heat of the day. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to go on a boat cruise of Lake St. Lucia (additional charge) to view hippo and crocodile up close.
The next day is free to relax.
- Lake boat cruise (Optional) - ZAR160
Shonalanga Apartments (3 nts)
Days 10-11 Drakensberg
Today you drive (approx. 7 hours) through villages and rolling hills towards the great mountain escarpment the Zulus referred to as the 'Barrier of Spears' - the Drakensberg Mountains. Carved by many fast-flowing streams, this area of waterfalls and grand mountain scenery is a paradise for hikers. This area is spectacular and you have the whole day to explore. The many foot and bridle paths lead to magnificent viewpoints, looking out over the spectacular landscape below. There are proteas and other wild flowers, crystal clear mountain streams in which to swim and a wealth of birds including the bearded vulture or lammergeyer, cape vulture and black eagle.
Lotheni Chalets (2 nts)
Day 12 Johannesburg
Travel with the main group back to O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where the trip ends for Land Only clients. Please note: If you are not travelling on the group flight there might be an additional cost for a transfer to the airport at a different time. 560km +/-8 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.
Also available to purchase
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.
- Cape Town - Cape Peninsula day trip (OTSA)
- Cape Town - Table Mountain tsfr & Cable car tkt (Incl Admin Fee GBP15) (OTSA)
- FSA - Rainbow Nation - Single Supplement (FSA)
We've allowed plenty of room for freedom and flexibility in our trips. In fact, flexibility is one of the ingredients that makes each of our trips so exciting. This style of travel offers us some unexpected circumstances at times, for example, bad weather and road conditions, technical defects of transportation, inconveniences caused by local operators and authorities, and other circumstances beyond our control. Changes in the program may be required to make the best of the unique situations that we encounter.
Overnight stops and driving distances each day may vary to best suit the needs of the group. Our described itineraries are to be used as a general guide only.
Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
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.
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.
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.
The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR).
The best way to manage your money in Africa is a mixture of cash and an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard).
Cash is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.
***PLEASE NOTE: MANY BUSINESSES AND BANKS IN EAST AFRICA DO NOT ACCEPT US DOLLAR NOTES OLDER THAN 2006. IF YOU ARE BRINGING USD, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND LARGE BILLS IN GOOD CONDITION, 2006 SERIES ONWARDS ONLY. ANY OLD OR DAMAGED NOTES MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED. IF YOUR KITTY PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO BE PAID IN USD, IT MUST BE PAID WITH BILLS NO OLDER THAN 2006 SERIES***
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.
Some people like to carry traveller’s cheques for back up emergency cash. While traveller’s cheques are undoubtedly the safest way to carry money, they are becoming harder to cash around the world and can often result in unfavourable exchange rates and commission charges. They are no longer accepted in many locations in Kenya & Tanzania. It can also be tricky to reach banks during banking business hours which are often short in many African countries. Note: Receipts for traveller’s cheques are required by banks and money changers.
VISA AND MASTERCARD:
With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognised, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. If you're on a multi-country tour, your tour leader will be able to give you an approximate idea of how much money you may need for your stay in each country.
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.
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. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Please check the bill and if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
At local markets and basic restaurants: Leave the loose change.
Local guides/Porters: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1 per person, per day for local guides/porters.
Your crew (including the leader and driver, and perhaps cook depending on your trip): You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$2-3 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 5. Please note that anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.
This trip is operated by our experienced local partner, The Adventure Company.
Your fellow travellers
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. 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:
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. On our Family Adventures, single relatives or friends are welcome to travel along with a family. These single travellers share with people of the same gender for the duration of the trip and in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Please note that 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 Comfort and Original style trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own room (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.
Shonalanga Apartments (3 nts), Kruger Chalets (2 nts), Hlane Chalets (2 nts), Lotheni Chalets (2 nts), Rivonia Road Lodge (1 nt), Mogodi Lodge (1 nt)
The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in your selected accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:
Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.
Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.
Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.
10 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 8 Dinners
Budget for meals not included:
All Intrepid Family trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to assist your family take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for fun things to do and see- for both kids and parents, recommend great local eating venues that will even get the kids trying new things, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
Our leaders are not babysitters on this trip - we leave that to you (the experts), but they will make sure that group members of all ages are able to explore their destination safely and with as much fun as possible. Our group leaders are not responsible for looking after children at any time and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times throughout this itinerary.
Rivonia Road Lodge
Rivonia cnr. 10th Avenue & Rivonia Road, Rivonia, Johannesburg
Joining point description
The Road Lodge Rivonia is situated only 30 km from the Johannesburg airport and approximately 2 km from the N1 highway, 2 km from Sunninghill, 5 km from Sandton City and within walking distance of Rivonia Boulevard for shops, restaurants and entertainment.
The Road Lodge Rivonia features 92 rooms which are fully carpeted and air-conditioned, feature colour television and radio stations, en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and hand basin and the hotel offers rooms with double or twin beds, with a single sleeper chair available in all rooms and one in fifty rooms is designed to meet the special needs of the physically disabled.
Though near Rivonia, it is not advised to walk and one has to take a taxi the short distance to the restaurants. Kitchen is limited to a buffet breakfast only.
Rivonia Road Lodge
Corner 10th Avenue and
Telephone: +27 11 803-5220
Joining point instructions
The Road Lodge Rivonia is situated only 30 km from the Johannesburg airport.
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 "The Adventure Company " 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 (0)11 465 4905. 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 ZAR350-500 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.
There is a new rail link from Johannesburg O R Tambo airport to various suburbs including Pretoria.Train stations offer parking and bus connections. The airport station is on the upper level, between terminals A & B. Follow the signs.
Routes: The Airport Line runs: O R Tambo Airport - Marlboro - Sandton. At Marlboro you can transfer to the North South Commuter Line to Pretoria.
Timings: Trains leave the airport Mon-Fri every 12-20 mins 0530-2030. Weekends every 30 mins 0530-2030. Trains leave Sandton Mon-Fri every 12-20 mins 0524-2030. Weekends every 30 mins 0530-2030. Travel Times: To Sandton ~15 mins.
Cost: From the airport, one way trips are as follows: To Sandton, Marlboro & Rhodesfield ZAR 105. Rosebank, Park & Midrand ZAR 115. Centurion, Pretoria & Hatfield ZAR 125. Contact: See http://join.gautrain.co.za/.
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.
If you have pre-booked an airport transfer (where available) and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the starting point hotel, following the Joining Instructions in these Trip Notes. Should this occur, please apply to your travel agent for a refund of the transfer cost on your return.
No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
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.
Citizens of Australia, UK and most EU countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.
Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate
As of October 1st 2011, A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is now required for all passengers over one year of age who arrive or are transiting through South Africa, from a country or region listed by the World Health Organization as infected by yellow fever. Travellers unable to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival in South Africa will be refused entry. There is no option for travellers without a vaccination certificate to be vaccinated on arrival. Please note this also includes transiting through an infected country or region. As of October 1st South Africa will also consider Zambia as a country infected by Yellow Fever even though the WHO does not currently list Zambia. All travellers from Zambia into South Africa will be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination.
Issues on your trip
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.
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 you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
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 end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Please avoid the purchase of bottled water by using the chemically sterilized water stored in the purpose-built storage tank or in water jerry cans in your overland vehicle. You're free to refill your bottle as many times a day as you like.
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.
As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to 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 3 litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.
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.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
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 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.
If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
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:
When packing be aware that dress standards can be conservative in some parts of Africa. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means covering shoulders and no short shorts in culturally sensitive areas: Mosques, small villages, etc. We recommend a mixture of loose, lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings. Topless sun bathing is unacceptable through out the whole of Africa.
A couple of 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.
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$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:
Responsible Travel projects
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.
After your travels, we want to hear from you! This is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next trip if your feedback is completed online within 4 weeks of finishing your trip.