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South Africa - Cape Wildflowers, Birding and Big Game I

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 12 people
Destination(s): South Africa  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: August - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 43500 South Africa Rand (ZAR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 43500 South Africa Rand (ZAR)

This comprehensive tour covers the most exciting regions of the Cape in our quest to experience both breathtaking displays of wildflowers and to track down some of the continent’s most exciting birds. We begin in the vibrant city of Cape Town, where Table Mountain provides a spectacular backdrop to the immensely diverse fynbos that cloaks the cities periphery. This Fynbos constitutes the Cape Floral Kingdom – the smallest and richest of the worlds 6 floral kingdoms. It is also the only floral kingdom to be confined to the boundaries of a single country. Thereafter we venture to the West Coast and Namaqualand, which boast an outrageous and world famous floral display in years of good rains, before heading out of wildflower country to Augrabies Falls and then the Kalahari “desert”, an area offering unparalleled raptor viewing and the chance to see black-maned lions and a wide range of dry region birds and game. We conclude the journey travelling through the heart of the country’s semi-desert region, focusing on the special birds endemic to this ancient landscape. We invite you on this celebration of some of the finest wildflower and endemic birding that the African continent has to offer!

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…

DETAILS
Tour Dates - 21st August to 3rd September (14 days)
Tour Price - ZAR 43,500 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in ZAR, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size - Limited to 6 participants and 1 RBT leader

THE ITINERARY
21st August - Cape Town to Boulders Beach and Cape of Good Hope National Park
22nd August - Rooi Els and Harold Porter
23rd August - Cape Town environs to Langebaan
24th August - Langebaan and West Coast National Park
25th August - Langebaan to Nieuwoudtville
26th August - Nieuwoudtville
27th August - Nieuwoudtville to Springbok
28th August - Springbok to Augrabies Falls National Park
29th August - Augrabies Falls to Twee Rivieren (Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park)
30th August - Twee Rivieren
31st August - Twee Rivieren to Calvinia
1st September - Calvinia
2nd September - Calvinia to Ceres
3rd September - Ceres to Cape Town and Depart

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for the Cape Wildflowers, Birding & Big Game tour is ZAR 43,500 per person sharing.

The single supplement cost for this tour is ZAR 5,875 and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€), or US Dollar (US$), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.

This includes:
•All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 14;
•All lodgings;
•Ground transportation;
•Reserve entrance fees;
•A night drive in Kgalagadi National Park; and
•All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

The tour fee does not include:
•ANY flights;
•Visa fees;
•Any drinks;
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (South African Rands), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate domestic flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.

b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 4 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.

c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated M17026 leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your M17026 leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Special Notes:
•The intensity and quality of Wildflower displays is influenced dramatically by rain and heat and their impressiveness can vary from one year to the next. 2003, for example, was a very dry year resulting in a poor spring display while in 2004, sufficient rains fell which produced a riot of spring flowers as it did in 2006, 2007 and 2008. This tour is designed to visit the regions best locations at the best possible times under normal circumstances. The tour will run regardless as conditions can change very quickly and even in poor years there is still a great deal to experience botanically.

•Much of our time is spent in vehicles, as we do have to cover long distances in order to get to the best areas for birds and animals. The more luggage you pack the less room there is in the vehicle, so it is important for the comfort of yourself and your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20 kg (44 lb) for check in luggage and 8 kg (+-18 lb) for hand luggage.

•A related issue is that in all areas that contain potentially dangerous animals you are confined to the vehicle and are, quite understandably, not allowed to exit.

•Crime is problematic in certain areas of South Africa. Exercise caution as you would for any big city where crime exists. Do not unnecessarily flaunt cash and valuables and do not leave valuables exposed in the vehicle.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. The tour will depart from Cape Town International by 10am on day 1, kindly arrive in advance of this time on this day or arrive the day before. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude by 12 noon on day 14 at Cape Town International. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard kindly contact the M17026 office.

FLIGHTS:
Johannesburg is the main port of entry for international flights in South Africa and is well serviced by all of the world’s major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. If you would like further assistance kindly contact the M17026 office and we will happily help you plan your route. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price (Per Person) €3,130 * £2,510 * USD4,050 * ZAR43,500
Single Supplement €430 * £340 * USD550 * ZAR5,875

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Excludes flight costs.

About This Supplier
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Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2007
Client Request Served: 287

At M17026 we have been delivering unbeatable birding and wildlife holidays since 1998. Our birding tours are professionally guided, fun and educational. They follow expertly planned itineraries and represent exceptional value for money. If you have not yet experienced the joys of world birding with us, we would be...

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