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Eastern South Africa IV

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 6 people
Destination(s): South Africa  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: June
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3260 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3260 US Dollar (USD)

Our Eastern South Africa birding and wildlife tours combine the great birds and animals of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, the teeming Zululand game reserves, the endemic-rich mist-belt forests and grasslands of the Natal Midlands and the lofty peaks of the magnificent Drakensberg. Target species include Southern Bald Ibis, Bearded Vulture, the rare Taita Falcon, Blue and Wattled Crane, Blue Korhaan, Ground Woodpecker, Rudd’s and Botha’s Lark, Spotted Ground Thrush, Drakensberg, Gurney’s Sugarbird and the lovely Pink-throated Twinspot. Our chances of achieving the classic ‘Big Five’ (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino) are excellent, while less common mammals include African Wild Dog, Cheetah and the endemic Black Wildebeest.
- Tour Price (Per Person): €3,190 * £2,370 * USD 3,620 * ZAR 47,250
- Single Supplement: €250 * £190 * USD 280 * ZAR 3,650
- Flights (Approx. cost): ZAR 1,500.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Johannesburg
Day 2: Day trip to Rust-De-Winter area
Day 3: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
Days 4-5: Kruger National Park
Day 6: Kruger National Park to Wakkerstroom
Day 7: Wakkerstroom area
Day 8: Wakkerstroom to Mkuze area
Day 9: Mkuze
Day 10: Mkuze area to St Lucia
Day 11: St Lucia and Isimangaliso Wetland Park
Day 12: St Lucia to Hilton via Dlinza Forest
Day 13: Hilton to Underberg
Day 14: Day trip to Sani Pass, Lesotho
Day 15: Underberg to Durban (and flight to Cape Town for Extension).

- Top Birds: Blue and Wattled Crane, Stanley’s Bustard, Blue Korhaan, Southern Bald Ibis, Taita Falcon, Drakensberg, Gurney’s Sugarbird, Bush Blackcap, Ground Woodpecker, Rudd’s and Botha’s Lark, Knysna, Purple-crested & Livingstone’s Turaco, Cape Parrot, Narina Trogon, Four-colored and Olive Bushshrike, Spotted and Orange Ground Thrush, Cape Rock Thrush, Rudd’s Apalis, Woodward’s Batis, Brown Scrub Robin, Buff-streaked Chat, Pink-throated Twinspot, Neergaard’s Sunbird
- Top Mammals: The ‘Big 5’, Meerkat, African Wild Dog, Black Wildebeest, Nyala, Cheetah
- Habitats Covered: dune and mist-belt forest, Acacia savanna, high elevation and coastal grasslands, mountains, wetlands
- Expected Climate: cool in the mornings and evenings, otherwise warm to hot. No rain expected
- Max Group Size: 6 - 1 tour leader
- Tour Pace & Walking: moderate pace with undemanding walks, some long drives
- Accommodation: comfortable guesthouses and lodges
- Ease of Birding: easy
- Number of Species Expected: 320 - 380
- Other Attractions: Kruger, Sani Pass, great food & wine, Zulu culture
- Photographic Opportunities: excellent.

Single Supplement: The single supplement cost for this tour will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If we cannot provide you with a rooming partner for these nights 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.

Important Notes:
- Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (ZAR), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 4 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.
- Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration a small party supplement will have to be charged.
- Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
- 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 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.
- Exiting the vehicle is prohibited in all areas and parks that contain dangerous animals.
- 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 RBT 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 officially commence with our introductory dinner on the evening of day 1; kindly arrive in advance of this time. 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 15. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.

Flights: O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg (IATA: JNB) 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. If you would like further assistance kindly contact the office, and we 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.

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

Price Includes:
- Free airport transfers within 3 days of beginning or end of tour
- All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 15
- All lodgings
- Ground transportation
- Reserve entrance fees
- Extra activities as mentioned in the itinerary
- All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

Price Excludes:
- Visa fees
- Any flights (see above)
- Any drinks
- Special gratuities
- Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

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