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Eastern South Africa IX Birding Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 6 people
Destination(s): South Africa  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching  
Season: November - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 37250 South Africa Rand (ZAR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 37250 South Africa Rand (ZAR)

The provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga on South Africa’s eastern seaboard boast some of the country’s finest birding and exceptional mammal viewing. An impressive 750 plus species of bird occur in the region, reflecting the wonderful natural diversity of the area; and this, coupled with a modern infrastructure well suited to the needs of the modern traveller, makes birding here an absolute delight. From the classic African savanna of the world-renowned Kruger National Park and the teeming Zululand game reserves, to the endemic-rich mist-belt forests of the Natal Midlands and the lofty peaks of the magnificent Drakensberg, this tour of Eastern South Africa offers the very best of African birding and game viewing.

Tour Dates - Eastern South Africa IX 29th November to 12th December (14 days)
Tour Price - Eastern South Africa IX ZAR37,250 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 leader

THE ITINERARY
29th November- ohannesburg and day trip to Rust-De-Winter area
30th November- Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
1st & 2nd December - Kruger National Park
3rd December - Kruger National Park to Wakkerstroom
4th December - Wakkerstroom area
5th December - Wakkerstroom to Mkuze area
6th December - Mkuze
7th December - Mkuze area to St Lucia
8th December - St Lucia and Isimangaliso Wetland Park
9th December - St Lucia to Hilton via Dlinza Forest
10th December - Hilton to Underberg
11th December - Day trip to Sani Pass, Lesotho
12th December - Underberg to Durban (and flight to Cape Town for Extension)

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for this Eastern South Africa tour is ZAR37,250 per person sharing and for the Cape Extension is ZAR16,750 per person sharing. (Please note: The price for the Cape Extension does NOT include the domestic flight from Durban to Cape Town. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/- ZAR1,200 per person. We can book this flight on your behalf.)
The single supplement costs for the Eastern South Africa tour and the Cape Extension are ZAR2,400 and ZAR800 respectively and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If we 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.
For Eastern South Africa current exchange rates please click here.
For the Cape Extension current exchange rates please click here.

This includes:
•All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 14 for those on the main tour, and from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 6 for those on the Cape Extension;
•All lodgings;
•Ground transportation;
•Reserve entrance fees;
•Extra activities as mentioned in the itinerary; and
•All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

The tour fee does not include:
•Visa fees;
•ANY flights (see above);
•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. 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 leader 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 leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.

Special Notes:
•Much of our time is spent in vehicles, as we must cover long distances 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 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) 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.
•Please note that the seas during the pelagic trips off the Cape can be rough and participants who opt for this pelagic must therefore bear this in mind. If you have any medical conditions or physical limitations relating to balance and mobility please do let the office know.
•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 OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) on day 1 no later than 9am; 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 at Durban International Airport on day 14. For those doing the Cape Extension the tour will conclude by 12 noon on day 6 at Cape Town International Airport. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the 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. We can, however, book the domestic flight from Durban to Cape Town for the Cape Extension. If you would like further assistance kindly contact the office, we have a full-time in-house travel consultant that will happily help you plan your route. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

ZAR37,250 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in ZAR, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Price excludes flights.

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