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TOUR : 18 Day South Africa Tour
ROUTE : Johannesburg – Cape Town
DEPARTURES : Every Tuesday and selected Fridays
VEHICLE : Custom 17-seater adventure truck
STAFF : Two Crew onboard
DURATION : 17 nights Lodge

The all new and improved 18 Day South Africa tour. Taking time to explore our country we updated the route for this tour to offer guests an amazing experience. Our aim is to show off the unique natural and cultural diversity of what is often referred to as “A World in One Country”. Virtually the size of Europe, with over 3000 kilometres of unspoiled coastline, climatic zones ranging from searing hot deserts to cool crisp 3400m mountains – South Africa lives up to this reputation. Proudly boasting a multitude of fascinating ecosystems harbouring an infinite variety of fauna and flora as well as an equally amazing range of people and cultures – from the original Bushman to the most Western of ways, this truly is an unmatched destination.

We visit the highlights, but also wander off of the beaten track to indulge in the great outdoors and to show off an array of South Africa’s hidden gems and lesser known attractions.

Overnight stops are at comfortable lodges or hotels, all are in truly unique surroundings – whether in pristine reserves, high in the mountains or on a remote beach, each is carefully chosen to show off a different aspect of this captivating destination.
The tour is enjoyed by those with a flexible attitude and adventurous mentality.

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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries that you will visit (South Africa & Swaziland). If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please ensure that you have proof of further travel arrangements if you do not have a South African passport, permanent residency permit, work permit or study permit. Although we will endeavour to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents.

1) PORT OF EXIT FROM SOUTH AFRICA INTO SWAZILAND – JEPPES REEF ON DAY 5
2) PORT OF EXIT FROM SWAZILAND AND RE-ENTRY INTO SOUTH AFRICA – LAVUMISA/GOLELA BORDER ON DAY 6

Please use this link for any travel info regarding your trip
http://www.southafrica.info/services/government/consular.htm#.VzRth-J97IW

Make sure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to your home country. Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, Visas. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
Please note that all guests travelling to South Africa will require two blank facing pages in their passport.
PLEASE NOTE IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (VISAS AND VALID PASSPORTS) FOR EACH AND EVERY COUNTRY YOU WILL BE VISITING ON YOUR TOUR.

FOREIGN CURRENCY

Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.
While on tour our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the course of the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops. Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passport.

The preferred currency for your tour is as follows:
• South Africa – ZAR; Rand

Suggested amounts required:
(Without use of credit card)
• Rand : +- R 1000 – R 2000

Credit cards are widely accepted in most parts of South Africa but please ensure to have enough cash for personal expenses and possible gratuities.

Please note the only lodge on this tour to receive card payment will be Greenfire Johannesburg lodge. All other lodges will ONLY receive cash payments.

Areas where you shall be able to use your credit card are as follows:
• Greenfire JHB Lodge for activities; food; accommodation and small extras
• Shopping; At most large supermarkets

INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to your tour departure.
Your insurance should include all the countries and territories that your tour will pass through. You must ensure that you have sufficient cover for medical and evacuation costs, and should base this on advice from your insurer. A minimum benefit of USD 60 000.00 is recommended for evacuation from any area in which Drifters operates in Africa to South Africa, with further benefits for medical costs in South Africa, and for possible repatriation to your home country. Please note that you will be required to furnish details of your travel insurance to Drifters before you will be allowed to travel with us. Please ensure that these details are completely and accurately recorded in order to facilitate a claim should this be necessary.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS

The only necessary prophylaxis for Southern Africa is against Malaria, but on this tour there is no eminent danger as South Africa is regarded mostly as a Malaria free zone however prevention is better than cure, so we do advise to also use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring a long your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.

Personal medication
Please bring along any personal medication that you might need on your tour as specific medication could be difficult to find or might not be obtainable in most places we visit. General medication for headaches, colds and fever are easy to get.
Please also inform your guide of any medical conditions. This information will be received professionally and kept confidential.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Please note that Southern African weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season. During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold, temperatures may drop well below 0°C, although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C.

For more accurate information, please visit AccuWeather and choose your destination.
http://www.accuweather.com/en/browse-locations

CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS

Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:
For walking, hiking and Safaris
Sport Shoes / Sneakers
Sandals
Hat
Sun Cream
Water Bottle
Smaller day pack
Camera, Binoculars
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)

For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
Personal iPod
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers for your personal devices (Ipods, Ipads, E-Readers, Handy’s etc)

Our vehicles are well equipped with charging facilities while driving. A Two-pin charger is perfect.

Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit
Hat or cap
Shorts
Swimming Costume & Towel
Waterproof Windbreaker
Personal toiletries
Jersey / Jumper
Insect Repellent
Socks & Underwear
T-Shirts / Shirts

General Accessories
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please enquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Torch / Flashlight / Batteries
Refreshments
Pen
Passport/Visa

Luggage and Packing space on our vehicles
** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 20kg’s
Each Drifters Traveler have their own locker on our trucks which is accessible even while driving. Backpacks, Barrel bags or Soft Suitcases are strongly advisable as your standard Hard Suitcases sometimes don’t fit into the lockers. Each locker could be locked with your personal lock (which you can also purchase from the Greenfire Johannesburg Lodge upon arrival.

MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS

Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.

PERSONAL EXPENSES

A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals as indicated in our Drifters Brochure, bottled water, soft drinks, alcohol, sundry goods purchased- such as suntan cream etc., curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips.

In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.

In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.

This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:
•”Big Five” animal viewing
• Guided open vehicle game drives
• Kruger National Park
• Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland)
• Isimangaliso Wetland Park
• Royal Natal Park – Tugela Gorge walk
• “Barrier of Spears” – Drakensberg Mountains
• Wild Coast – Coastal hike to “Hole in the Wall”
• Mountain Zebra Park
• Addo Elephant National Park
• Tsitsikamma National Park
• Pristine beaches
• Garden Route – Fauna and Flora delight – Penguins
• Cape Agulhas (Southernmost Tip of the Africa)
• Cape Town
• African culture

PRE and POST night accommodation can be arranged at the Signature Lux Hotel in Johannesburg and Mojo Hotel Cape Town respectively. It is advisable to overnight at the Signature Lux Hotel if you have not already made alternative arrangements. Accommodation at the Signature Lux Hotel can be arranged through Drifters or your travel representative. The Signature Lux Hotel is located in the heart of Sandton allowing guests the opportunity to explore the ‘City of Gold’ with ease.

The Mojo Hotel is located in Seapoint.
Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day.

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION SOUTH AFRICA TOUR

This trip requires a valid passport and for certain nationalities. ALL linen is provided. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are NOT required for this tour. Seasonal Malaria precautions are necessary and are locally obtainable. A barrel bag or backpack is best suited for this trip (suitcases do not fit into the space provided). An extra day bag or camera bag is advised. Spending money required will be for the restaurant meals, drinks, visas, tips, curios, airport transfers, and any other optional excursions. Remember, help us to help you by participating and by keeping an open mind and flexible mentality. Our price includes all food as specified, coffee, tea, juice at breakfast, transport, professional guides, mekoro hire, accommodation, group equipment, permits and park entrance fees. Our price does not include restaurant meals where stipulated, visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, airport tax, airport transfers and airfares. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information as defined on our website and in our brochure. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

DEPARTURE POINT

The 18 Day South Africa tour departs from the Signature Lux Hotel, 135 West St, Sandown, Sandton, 2146 at 06h30 on the first tour day and ends on the last day at 16h00 at the Mojo Hotel. Guests not staying at the Signature Lux Hotel must arrive at the Lodge at 06h00 on the day of departure.

ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR

Please note that linen will be provided for the duration of your tour and you will NOT need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour.
•Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source pre tour departure in Johannesburg, on most nights at the lodges and every day on the truck while the truck is driving from a 12 V inverter.
•Currency exchange opportunities: Arrival at Johannesburg Airport
•Limited Laundry facilities: Available post tour from the JHB Lodge if you are staying an extra day
•Internet facilities: Pre night in Johannesburg Lodge, Knysna and Cape Town

ON SAFARI

All our tours require a certain level of participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes and keeping the truck clean.
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.
We are travelling in developing countries therefore please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavor to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.

DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!

Departs every Tuesday
Max 17 Guests per tour
Minimum 4 clients to confirm departure

Tour Departure: 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2022

Tour Rate p/p:  From € 2 495

Please note: Drifters will offer German guided tour departures for the 18 Day South Africa Tour on the following departure dates:
12 Apr 2022
10 May 2022
07 Jun 2022
05 Jul 2022
02 Aug 2022
30 Aug 2022
27 Sep 2022

Departure Date Tour Ends
04-Jan-22 21-Jan-22
11-Jan-22 28-Jan-22
18-Jan-22 04-Feb-22
25-Jan-22 11-Feb-22
01-Feb-22 18-Feb-22
08-Feb-22 25-Feb-22
15-Feb-22 04-Mar-22
22-Feb-22 11-Mar-22
01-Mar-22 18-Mar-22
08-Mar-22 25-Mar-22
15-Mar-22 01-Apr-22
22-Mar-22 08-Apr-22
29-Mar-22 15-Apr-22
05-Apr-22 22-Apr-22
12-Apr-22 29-Apr-22
19-Apr-22 06-May-22
26-Apr-22 13-May-22
03-May-22 20-May-22
10-May-22 27-May-22
17-May-22 03-Jun-22
24-May-22 10-Jun-22
31-May-22 17-Jun-22
07-Jun-22 24-Jun-22
14-Jun-22 01-Jul-22
21-Jun-22 08-Jul-22
28-Jun-22 15-Jul-22
05-Jul-22 22-Jul-22
12-Jul-22 29-Jul-22
19-Jul-22 05-Aug-22
26-Jul-22 12-Aug-22
02-Aug-22 19-Aug-22
09-Aug-22 26-Aug-22
16-Aug-22 02-Sep-22
23-Aug-22 09-Sep-22
30-Aug-22 16-Sep-22
06-Sep-22 23-Sep-22
13-Sep-22 30-Sep-22
20-Sep-22 07-Oct-22
27-Sep-22 14-Oct-22
04-Oct-22 21-Oct-22
11-Oct-22 28-Oct-22
18-Oct-22 04-Nov-22
25-Oct-22 11-Nov-22
01-Nov-22 18-Nov-22
08-Nov-22 25-Nov-22
15-Nov-22 02-Dec-22
22-Nov-22 09-Dec-22
29-Nov-22 16-Dec-22
06-Dec-22 23-Dec-22
13-Dec-22 30-Dec-22

Tour Departure: 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2023

Tour Rate p/p:  From € 2 625

German guided tour departures in 2023:
11 April 2023
9 May 2023
6 June 2023
4 July 2023
1 August 2023
29 August 2023
26 September 2023

Departure Date Tour Ends
3-Jan-23 20-Jan-23
10-Jan-23 27-Jan-23
17-Jan-23 3-Feb-23
24-Jan-23 10-Feb-23
31-Jan-23 17-Feb-23
7-Feb-23 24-Feb-23
14-Feb-23 3-Mar-23
21-Feb-23 10-Mar-23
28-Feb-23 17-Mar-23
7-Mar-23 24-Mar-23
14-Mar-23 31-Mar-23
21-Mar-23 7-Apr-23
28-Mar-23 14-Apr-23
4-Apr-23 21-Apr-23
11-Apr-23 28-Apr-23
18-Apr-23 5-May-23
25-Apr-23 12-May-23
2-May-23 19-May-23
9-May-23 26-May-23
16-May-23 2-Jun-23
23-May-23 9-Jun-23
30-May-23 16-Jun-23
6-Jun-23 23-Jun-23
13-Jun-23 30-Jun-23
20-Jun-23 7-Jul-23
27-Jun-23 14-Jul-23
4-Jul-23 21-Jul-23
11-Jul-23 28-Jul-23
18-Jul-23 4-Aug-23
25-Jul-23 11-Aug-23
1-Aug-23 18-Aug-23
8-Aug-23 25-Aug-23
15-Aug-23 1-Sep-23
22-Aug-23 8-Sep-23
29-Aug-23 15-Sep-23
5-Sep-23 22-Sep-23
12-Sep-23 29-Sep-23
19-Sep-23 6-Oct-23
26-Sep-23 13-Oct-23
3-Oct-23 20-Oct-23
10-Oct-23 27-Oct-23
17-Oct-23 3-Nov-23
24-Oct-23 10-Nov-23
31-Oct-23 17-Nov-23
7-Nov-23 24-Nov-23
14-Nov-23 1-Dec-23
21-Nov-23 8-Dec-23
28-Nov-23 15-Dec-23
5-Dec-23 22-Dec-23
12-Dec-23 29-Dec-23
19-Dec-23 5-Jan-24
26-Dec-23 12-Jan-24
JOHANNESBURG and SURROUNDS (PRE and POST Tour)

SOWETO TOUR
South of Johannesburg is Soweto, the world’s most famous township and important monument to Apartheid. A sprawling, self-sufficient home to millions, Soweto grapples with democratic change, but its spirit resonates in a plethora of shebeens. The focus on this tour is more on community projects & sustainable tourism. The Soweto Fair Tour includes: Nelson Mandela & Hector Pietersen Museums, a visit to Handiworx or the Soweto Green plus a view of Baragwaneth Hospital and an informal settlement. Also included is a cycle tour from Phomolong & visit a day care centre (also available without cycling).
From R590 per person for 3 hours

You can also do a cycle tour of Soweto – pricing depends on the time you cycle for.

JOBURG CITY TOUR
The tour includes a panoramic view of the city, a drive within the business district, visit to traditional African shops, the bohemian Hillbrow and Museum Africa in Newton, the cultural district of Johannesburg. Extend to 8 hours & include Constitution Hill, SAB World of Beer & more.
From R590 per person for 3 hours

SOWETO & JOHANNESBURG COMBO
Combining the Soweto & Johannesburg City tours will give you a great overview of the area.
From R850 for 5 hours

APARTHEID MUSEUM
The path through the museum leads you on a journey beginning with segregation, the cornerstone of apartheid. It takes you back through the history of the myriad cultures converging during the pre-apartheid era. Through the years of race classification, the 150 acts of apartheid, detentions and the oppression of the nationalist regime. Examine the rise of black consciousness, the armed struggle & finally witness the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of imprisonment which finally led to the final negotiations for peace. The Apartheid Museum experience is one of upliftment and liberation both personally & socially and leaves each visitor with a feeling of hope for the future, unburdened by the ills of the past.
Duration: 3 hours R550

CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
The tour visits both the Sterkfontein caves, where the oldest hominid fossils (dating back to over 3 million years) in the world were found & Maropeng where you can experience the fascinating, interactive representations of the origin of Earth & all that lives on our unique planet. Interesting to both adults & children alike, this is a must visit on anyone passing through Gauteng’s itinerary!
Duration: 4 hours R990

PRETORIA CITY TOUR
Pretoria generates a multicultural energy from a harmonious blend of traditions, culture and architecture. Pretoria has historic value extending to that of the British Empire and Apartheid. The tour includes the either the Voortrekker Monument or Freedom Square, the Union Buildings, Kruger House, Church Square, Mirramen Hindu Temple and thousands of Jacaranda trees. Extend to 8 hours and include both the Voortrekker Monument & Freedom Square as well as the Transvaal Museum. Lunch in Pretoria
Duration: 4 ½ hours R850
Duration: 8 hours for the extended tour, incl. lunch R1500

CAPE TOWN and SURROUNDS
You are in close proximity to shops, pubs and restaurants.
The V&A Waterfront is a major attraction in Cape Town (shuttle service to the Waterfront runs regularly from alongside the Lodge).
Half day Township tour: District 6 and museum; Langa; Community school; Shebeen; Kayalitscha;
3 ½ hours R 515

Robben Island: 3 ½ hours; boat ride to the Island; drive over the island; visit of the prison; boat ride back;
R 320 excludes taxi to ferry

Hop on – Hop off bus: Red route through the V&A Waterfront; City; District 6; cable way; Camps Bay; Sea Point; 2 hours non stop; R 200 for the whole day

Hop on – Hop off bus: Blue Route to V&A Waterfront; Kirstenbosch; Hout Bay; World of birds; Camps Bay; Sea Point; R200 for the whole day

Full day Peninsula tour: Clifton, Camps Bay, Twelve Apostles, Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak, Noordhoek, Ostrich Viewing, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point, Penguin Colony, Simons Town, Muizenberg, Constantia, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: R 850, Half day without Kirstenbosch
R 585

Full day Wine route: Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek:
R 850, Half day R 585

Full day whale watching trip to Hermanus
R 810 (seasonal) Excludes transport to Hermanus

Abseiling off Table Mtn:
R 700, excluding cable car tickets

White shark diving:
R 1350 includes drive to Gansbaai; boat trip; snorkel or dive in cage; picnic lunch

Tandem Paraglide from Lions Head: R 1100

Helicopter flips:
Various options from R 2000 to R 3000

Horse riding in Hout Bay:
2 hour ride R 350

Historic walking tour through the city:
Every day from the tourist information in Burg street. R230

Please Note:
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice
Activities are subject to availability
Activities are weather dependent

“The tour as well above expectation and was a great way to discover South Africa for the first time.”
18 Day South Africa, 10 December 2019, Desiree Dietz
“Amazing tour, amazing guide and it really shows you the 30 years of experience Drifters has.”
16 Day Botswana, 23 July 2019, Urs Nosberger
“I’ve been to South Africa 3 times and my first time was with drifters two times with other companies drifters wins hands down.”
5 Day Kruger , 4 Jan 2019, Frogg Vidler
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