South Africa highlights vacation

“A 16 day guided tour of South Africa's highlights, from Jo'burg to Cape Town, via Kruger National Park and Port Elizabeth, by coach and internal flights.”

Highlights

Johannesburg | Soweto | Mandela House Museum | Blyde River Canyon | Kruger National Park | Wildlife watching | Port Elizabeth | Tsitsikamma National park | Plettenberg Bay | Robberg Nature Reserve | Knysna | Boat cruise | Hermanus | Stellenbosch wine tasting | Cape Town

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21 Mar 2020
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Responsible tourism

South Africa highlights vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Wildlife:
During this trip there will be amazing safari opportunities in Kruger National Park. We have taken care to ensure we are game-watching in the most responsible way. We use a trusted and experienced guides who understand the importance of protecting the wildlife. The crew will educate groups about the wildlife within the national park.

Water:
The West Cape region of South Africa is going through it's worst ever drought and after a research trip in January 2018 to understand the extent of the issue locally, we have been working together with suppliers, hotels and our ground team to ensure our groups are using the minimal amount of water possible without negatively impacting our itineraries. All leaders brief groups on arrival about the importance of conserving water, offer top tips on how to do so and explain the current situation locally to aid understanding.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.

Community

Friends and Neighbours:
This trip includes a Soweto Township Tour in Johannesburg which is an ideal opportunity for visitors to learn about the controversial history of the apartheid from those who lived through it, as well understand current, urban living in one of South Africa's largest cities. There is also a later opportunity to visit another township while in Knysna along the Garden Route. The aim of township tours within our itinerary is to educate visitors, empower residents and invest back into the communities.

During the trip three national parks are visited; Kruger, Tsitsikamma and Table Mountain and 1% from all entrance fees and any activities booked will go to the community levy. The levy will be invested in clinics, schools and other much needed infrastructure to benefit communities within and surrounding park boundaries, with a long-term aim to build sustainable relationships between residents and visitors.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing all the animals

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It’s not safe to leave your tent in the night! I brought a Uriwell with me!! Brilliant! Others used a cut down 5 litre water container. A leopard walked through our camp one morning at 5am!Best shopping was at the Falls in Livingstone and I was the only one that had time there. Everyone else was walking the Falls. I took the helicopter ride over the Falls

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not really. I expected we would all be using filter bottles for our water. Mine had a faulty lid I expected they would have a spare bottle I could buy but Bibi our driver did not approve of them and only one other person had one hot water for tea and coffee was supplied but no drinking water. We had to buy all our own water. I thought this was a foolish policy in heat of 38-40! When we needed to drink at least 3 litres a day each. If someone had become dehydrated the operator might have been blamed. We did reuse plastic bottles filling from 5 ltr containers. We had no chance to buy locally made items as souvenirs except at the airport. I did not walk at the Falls and opted to spend time at the excellent array of stalls of locally made objects and purchased a number of lovely items. I think this could be included as a stop on the tour and help money go back to the villages. I thought we might have had fish one night when we were on the boat, in fact we saw a catch of fish and I was very disappointed when we had supermarket mince!!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The game viewing was excellent. People should be warned that climbing on to
the jeep is not easy!!!The literature told us we’d have a welcome drink and sundowner on the boat and that we’d be able to buy drinks at their bar. No bar, no drinks!! Also on the long drive through Namibia our guide had no local cash so would not stop in the town we passed through to use a toilet We stopped soon after the town to use the ‘bush’

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Janet, thank you for your review and your detailed feedback. Whilst I’m pleased to hear that overall you had an enjoyable time away, I am sorry that you were disappointed with the way water supply on this trip. The way in which water is managed during a trip will vary from country to country, however for all our trips, we encourage the use of reusable filter bottles and have partnered with Water-to-Go for this particular reason. I appreciate your suggestion to have water filter bottles available for purchase locally, and this is something we will consider.

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