Drakensberg Mountains vacation in South Africa

Price
£2499To£2789 including UK flights
Duration
17 Days
Type
Small group
Group size
8-20
More info
Normal Booking conditions will apply. Please ask for copy before confirming booking. Land Only Prices available: Starting at £1939 per person.
This is a small group walking adventure and not for profit tour.
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Description of Drakensberg Mountains vacation in South Africa

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Price information

£2499To£2789 including UK flights
Normal Booking conditions will apply. Please ask for copy before confirming booking. Land Only Prices available: Starting at £1939 per person.
This is a small group walking adventure and not for profit tour.
Make enquiry

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Small group walking
South Africa
With its stylish cities, fantastic roads, enticing cuisine and accessible national parks, South Africa is like a little slice of Europe tacked onto th...

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

For all customers who book an African tour, we advertise and encourage use of a Water-To-Go carbon filtered water bottle so you can drink the tap water which reduces the risk of getting ill by 85%. This dramatically reduces the number of single use plastic bottles.

We operate a ‘leave no trace’ policy in the national parks, archaeological sites, monuments and other sensitive areas; these should be treated with the ultimate respect to maintain them for future generations. Our guides are trained to promote this message in Africa.

As the focus of this trip is walking, we aim to leave a minimal impact on the areas as possible. This trip actively encourages customers to reduce the carbon footprint to a minimum. This includes not deviating from designated walking areas so as not to upset ecosystems irrespective of the size. We encourage customers not to feed birds or other wildlife as they become reliant on tourists.

The hotel that our groups stay in The Cathedral Peak Hotel appreciate the spectacular national environment that they are located in and say that they are: “dedicated to taking care of both the stunning natural environment, and the people who make up the communities surrounding our beautiful hotel. Our aim is not just to protect, but to actively uplift, and we are always looking for new and innovative ways to support the community around us.” They practice what they preach by
• Sourcing firewood from a sustainable and controlled wattle plantation
• Eradicating alien plants and rehabilitating grasslands, utilising local labour
• Replanting and landscaping with exclusively indigenous vegetation
• Constant Donga reclamation and path maintenance to minimise erosion
• Discharging potable water back into the river with an on-site water purification system
• Saving energy with eco-friendly bulbs, timer switches and day/night sensors
• Replacing all conventional geysers with low-energy-consuming heat pumps
• Installing a Hydro-electric plant to generate electricity for the Hotel and add electricity back into the grid


Tanzania have introduced a ban on plastic bags coming into or being used in the country as part of an effort to tackle pollution in the Eastern African. We inform our clients about this policy in our Vacation Information Document, provided to clients on confirmation of their booking. And we suggest ways that they can store or carry items without the use of plastic.

The Tanzania National Parks Authority commonly known as TANAPA is responsible for the management of Tanzania's national parks. One of their key tasks is to preserve and manage the wildlife in Tanzania, primarily, protecting and conserving the flora and fauna. TANAPA's main source of revenue is sourced from tourist arrivals. Our customers pay all required park fees, thus contributing to the efforts of conservation and protection of the national parks that we visit.

We operate a ‘leave no trace’ policy in the national parks, archaeological sites, monuments and other sensitive areas; these should be treated with the ultimate respect to maintain them for future generations. Our guides are trained to promote this message in Tanzania.

As the focus of this trip is walking, we aim to leave a minimal impact on the areas as possible. This trip actively encourages customers to reduce the carbon footprint to a minimum. This includes not deviating from designated walking areas so as not to upset ecosystems irrespective of the size. We encourage customers not to feed birds or other wildlife as they become reliant on tourists.

Given most of the time is spent exploring on foot, the trip itself is low carbon. We are committed to offering low impact vacations that benefit the country and communities we visit. Given most of the time is spent exploring on foot, it is important that our staff and customers are aware of the delicate balance which exists in the places we visit and leave no trace.

People

We work with local operators who share our commitment to responsible travel where possible. They take pride in employing and training only locals, to ensure money ends up in the hands of the guiding community.

Both hotels that our groups stay in on this vacation are part of the “Pack for a Purpose” scheme. The Pack for a Purpose initiative allows guests to support the community when you visit the hotel, by finding a little space in your bag for some sorely needed supplies. Everything you bring will be donated to schoolchildren in neighbouring communities, from primary school to high school.

Within the local community the Cathedral Peak Hotel help by:
• Donating food, clothes and linen on an on-going basis
• Supporting our local weaving ladies by letting them sell their products twice weekly from the Hotel
• Employing local cultural performers for hotel entertainment
• Educating and training our staff on HIV/AIDS through a programme with external counsellors
• Organising regular visits by a mobile clinic for staff on the Hotel property
• Ensuring that at least 70% of our staff are employed from neighbouring communities
• Rearing chickens to sell to the local community
• Providing wood for local funerals
• Assisting 5 destitute families with funerals yearly
• Sponsoring of food and prizes for the local December Soccer Tournament

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