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SOUTH AFRICAN ADVENTURE APRIL / MAY 2010
Come see how spectacular these countries can be with Judy and
myself hosting this incredible adventure
You will definitely want to experience seeing a world within these countries
• Arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg • Transfer to the D’Oreale Palace Hotel via hotel shuttle • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at the D’Oreale Palace Hotel
• Breakfast at the D’Oreale Palace Hotel • Sight seeing tour begins at 9:15am in the hotel lobby
• Tour the Cradle of Humankind Archeological Site and Sterkfontein Cave in Gauteng
• Lunch and a Welcome to South Africa reception and announcements from Jerry & Judy • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at the D’Oreale Palace Hotel
• Breakfast at the D’Oreale Palace Hotel • Sight seeing tour begins at 9:15am in the hotel lobby • Tour through Soweto, South Africa • Lunch at Wandies in Sowteo at 11:30am • Transfer to the Palace Hotel in Sun City
• Arrive at the Palace Hotel by mid afternoon • The balance of the day at your leisure • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at the Palace Hotel in Sun City
• Breakfast at the Palace Hotel in Sun City • Transfer to Lost City Golf Course • Includes Golf Carts, Range Balls and Halfway House • Tee Time at the Lost City Golf Course – TBA
• Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at the Palace Hotel in Sun City
• Breakfast at the Palace Hotel in Sun City • Free day of leisure, optional golf • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at the Palace Hotel in Sun City
• Breakfast at the Palace Hotel at Sun City • Transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg by ground • Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Cape Town as a group • Lunch on your own at the airport • Meet and Greet at the Cape Town International Airport • Transfer to the Mount Nelson Hotel • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at the Mount Nelson Hotel
• Breakfast at the Mount Nelson Hotel • Sight seeing tour begins at 9:15am in the hotel lobby • Morning tour of Table Mountain • Cape Peninsula Tour, Funicular, Cape of Good Hope • Lunch at the Seaforth Restaurant • Welcome to the Boulders and the African Penguins Reserve
• Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at the Mount Nelson Hotel
• Breakfast at the Mount Nelson Hotel • Sight seeing tour begins at 9:30am in the hotel lobby • Morning city tour of Cape Town and Kirstenbosch Gardens • Travel to the South African Winelands • Lunch in the Winelands • Tour the Winelands and Wine Tasting Tour • Transfer from the Winelands back to Cape Town • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at the Mount Nelson Hotel
• Breakfast at the Mount Nelson Hotel • Transfer to Pearl Valley Golf Course • Includes Golf Carts, Range Balls and Halfway House • Tee Time at Pearl Valley Golf Course – TBA • Transfer after golf to The Marine Hermanus Hotel • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at The Marine Hermanus Hotel
• Breakfast at The Marine Hermanus Hotel • Free day of leisure to enjoy the town of Hermanus • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at The Marine Hermanus
• Breakfast at The Marine Hermanus • Transfer to Arabella Golf Course • Includes Golf Carts, Range Balls and Halfway House • Tee time at Arabella Golf Course – TBA • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at The Marine Hermanus Hotel
• Breakfast at The Marine Hermanus • Depart along the Garden Route to Knysna at 9:30am • Lunch en route • Arrive in Knysna and Simola Golf & Country Estates • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at Simola Golf & Country Estates
• Breakfast at the Simola Golf & Country Estate • Transfer to Pezula Golf Club • Includes Golf Carts, Practice Area and Halfway House • Tee Time at Pezula Golf Club – TBA • Transfer back to hotel at Simola Golf & Country Estate • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at Simola Golf & Country Estate
• Breakfast at the Simola Golf & Country Estate • Arrive at the Simola Golf Club Pro Shop on property
• Includes Golf Carts, Range Balls and Halfway House • Tee Time at Simola Golf Club – TBA • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at Simola Golf & Country Estate
• Breakfast at the Simola Golf & Country Estate • Transfer time from the hotel is at 8:00am, be in the lobby at 7:45am • Transfer to George Train Station arrive by 9:15am and check in by 9:30am • Spend time at the Quteniqua Train Museum • Departure time at 10:00am “All A Board” • Journey on the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe from George to Klein Brak Beach • Arrive in Klein Brak Beach by 11:20am • Transfer from Klein Brak Beach to Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estates • Lunch on your own after check in at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estates • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estates
• Breakfast at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate • Transfer time for golf is at 9:00am from the hotel, be in the lobby at 8:45am • Golf on the Oubaai Golf Course • Includes Golf Carts, Range Balls, and Halfway House • Tee Time at Oubaai Golf Course – TBA • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estates
• Breakfast at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate • Arrive at 9:15am at the Caddie Master House and meet your caddie on property • Golf on the Montagu Golf Course • Includes Golf Carts, Range Balls, Caddies and Halfway House • Tee Time at Montagu Golf Course – TBA • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estates
• Breakfast at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estates • Transfer time for golf is at 9:30am from the hotel, be in the lobby at 9:15am • Golf on The Links Course at Fancourt • Includes Carts with Medical Certificates, Caddies & Halfway House • Tee Time at The Links Course – TBA • Transfer back to Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estates • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estates
• Breakfast at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate • Golf bags and luggage (other than carryon) are to be ready for transfer at 8:00am • Transfer to George Airport • Meet at the Private Departure Lounge at the airport • Fly from George to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg • Lunch on your own at the airport • Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg to Nelspruit • Meet and Greet at Nelspruit Airport and transfer to the River House Lodge, Malelane • Late afternoon Safari Game Drive inside Kruger National Park • Dinner as a group in the evening • Overnight at the River House Lodge
• Breakfast at the River House Lodge • All day Safari Game Drive inside the depths of Kruger National Park • Lunch inside Kruger National Park • Late afternoon return to the River House Lodge • Dinner in the evening as a group • Overnight at the River House Lodge
• Breakfast at the River House Lodge • Morning transfer to Leopard Creek Golf Course • Golf at Leopard Creek Golf Course • Includes Carts, Range Balls, Halfway House, Drinks on the Golf Course • Tee Time at Leopard Creek Golf Course – TBA • Transfer to Lukimbi Safari Lodge after golf • Dinner in the evening as a group • Overnight at Lukimbi Safari Lodge
• Early morning Safari Game Drive • Breakfast at Lukimbi Safari Lodge • Guided Nature Walk with a Ranger
• Lunch at Lukimbi Safari Lodge • Remainder of the afternoon at your leisure • Evening Safari Game Drive • Dinner in the evening as a group • Overnight at Lukimbi Safari Lodge
• Early morning Safari Game Drive • Breakfast at Lukimbi Safari Lodge • Guided Nature Walk with a Ranger • Lunch at Lukimbi Safari Lodge • Remainder of the afternoon at your leisure • Evening Safari Game Drive • Dinner in the evening as a group • Overnight at Lukimbi Safari Lodge
• Early morning Tea, Juices and Pastries prior to airport transfer • Early morning departure for Nelspruit International Airport • Arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport domestic flights, Johannesburg • Transfer to the International Terminals at O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg • Lunch on your own at the airport • Depart from O.R. Tambo International Airport for Livingston Airport in Zambia • Required Visa Fee entering Zambia of $135.00 per person in U.S Dollars only • Meet and Greet at Livingston Airport • Transfer to Royal Livingston Hotel • Victoria Falls - tour at your leisure • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at the Royal Livingston Hotel
• Breakfast at the Royal Livingstone Hotel • Transfer time from the hotel is at 7:30am, be in the lobby at 7:15am • Clear Customs to leave Zambia • Transfer in to Botswana on boats over the Zambezi River • Clear Customs to enter Botswana and drive to the Chobe River Lodge • Meet at the River Jetty and Dock • Morning Safari Cruise up the Chobe River in to Botswana • Lunch at the Chobe River Lodge • Depart for our trip back to Zambia • Clear Customs leaving Botswana and take boats back in to Zambia • Return about 4:00pm back to the Royal Livingstone Hotel • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at the Royal Livingstone Hotel
• Breakfast at the Royal Livingstone Hotel • Remainder of the day at your leisure • Dinner on your own, no planned functions • Overnight at the Royal Livingston Hotel
• Breakfast at the Royal Livingstone Hotel • Lunch on your own or at the airport • Transfer to Livingstone Airport • Fly to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg • Transfer to International Flights back home or the D’Oreale for post trip stay • The end to a great South African Adventure
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA
Cameras and Film Be prepared to have plenty of film and batteries for your cameras. If you are using a digital camera be sure and have numerous memory cards. A simple back up camera is always a good idea. You will want to take a lot of pictures so the memories are recorded forever. At the end of our tour we would like everyone to share their pictures. Addresses will be made available to everyone so you can send copies of your pictures on CD’s for everyone to enjoy. Cell Phones and Telephones Your cell phone will probably not work in South Africa. It is best to check with your provider before you take it on this trip. Each hotel has telephones in your rooms which can be used to dial out of the country. When you arrive it is best to obtain a South African Calling Card for emergencies. These calling cards can be purchased at several different stores at throughout South Africa. Climates We will be traveling during the fall of the year for South Africa. Normally the weather is perfect for site seeing, golf and safaris. The weather in Cape Town will be very mild during the day and fairly cool in the evening. The same holds true throughout the Western Cape. As we head East towards Kruger National Park the weather will be a little warmer and a little more humid. Then as we head North to Zambia and Botswana the weather will get a little warmer yet both in the daytime and evenings. Clothing There are very few places in South Africa where formal clothing is required. The dress for our tour will be casual and the dress for golf will be country club attire. Shorts are fine and the men must wear collared shirts at all of the golf clubs. Depending on the weather you may want to bring some long pants and wind breakers. While we are on safari it will be cool in the mornings and in the late evening, so a light jacket would be a good idea. It also is a good idea to bring sneakers and two pairs of golf shoes, with extra shoe laces. All of the hotels have swimming pools so a swim suit is in order. You may want to
bring one nice dress up outfit just to have with you. However jackets, ties and formal attire will not be needed. As a suggestion it is a good idea to take clothes that you would consider giving away. This way as we progress thru South Africa the older clothing can be left behind. This is especially true if you have golf outfits that you don’t wear anymore. Housekeeping will really appreciate anything given to them. If you do decide to do this you must write a note in the bag of the clothing stating that you are giving it away and that your name and room number is clearly stated. This way the housekeeping staff won’t be suspected of stealing. Drinks In South Africa they have full international bars at all of the hotels, restaurants and golf courses. The water is safe to drink, but they also offer bottled water of many styles. Driving in South Africa There is no need to rent a car while visiting the country. However they do drive on the left hand side of the road, which takes some getting used to. So that is why we leave the driving to our Tour Guides. Electricity The electricity runs at 220 volts throughout the countries. You will probably want to pick up an adapter to convert anything you have to 110 volts. Most of the hotels will have hair dryers in the room; however it is always a good idea to bring your own. Please check with the specifics in your camera’s manual for charging the batteries. Most of the newer cameras will allow you to charge your camera’s batteries with 220 volts. Flights It is never too early to start confirming your flights to South Africa. Please allow at least 90 minutes prior to your departure for International Flights. Flight departures and arrivals can change by the airlines without notice. So it is always a good idea to double check your flight times at least 3 weeks before you leave for South Africa. It is also a good idea to check with your airline carrier on how much luggage you can bring and to let them know you will be bringing golf clubs on the trip. All flights inside South Africa have weight restrictions. The weight of your luggage will determine if there will be any additional fees incurred. The weight restrictions are always changing, so it is a good idea to check on these guidelines prior to departure. Food All I have to say on this is that it is EXCELLENT! Golf Conditions and Equipment Here are a few suggestions on what to bring:
a. Golf Clubs in a protected travel bag, one per golfer
b. Plenty of socks, wind breakers, rain gear and umbrella c. Tees, golf balls, gloves and towels d. Regular golf shoes are required, no sandal type golf shoes e. Soft cleats are required, plus bring extra shoe laces f. Sunscreen and hats
We will have golf carts at most of the golf courses; however in South Africa they are called Buggies. At most of the golf courses Caddies are available for hire. The normal cost is about 100 Rand per 18 holes, plus 15 Rand for lunch at the Half Way House. There will be a few courses at which Caddies are mandatory. With each of the golf courses I will be working with the Head Pro or Director of Golf to insure that our experience will be a memorable one. You will not need to check in at the Pro Shop for your tee time. However we want you to spend all the time you need at the Pro Shop shopping for clothes or souvenirs. Every golf course in South Africa has what are called Half Way Houses. This is where we will be stopping after 9 holes of play for food and drinks. Usually the stop is for about 15 minutes and then we will begin play on the back 9. If you have a physical condition which does not allow you to walk on the golf courses we need to know about it. Therefore we need to have a letter from your doctor stating your condition and the reason it would not be a good idea for you to walk. This letter needs to be on your doctor’s letterhead and sent to me at least 60 days prior to departure. I will fax it over to our tour operators in South Africa and they will forward it to the appropriate golf course. You will also need to bring with you the original document. This will allow you to have a golf cart (buggy) on the walking only golf courses. Weather – Generally the weather should be very good for our golfing experience. Below are some weather forecasts for each golf course we will be playing. The Lost City Golf Course - This course is located at the north of Johannesburg about 2 hours. So there may be a chance of showers in the morning, but dry during the day. There will be a little humidity as the day warms up which will make the air temperature seem warmer. The temperature should range from the mid 70’s to high 70’s. The Gary Player Country Club – This course is located near The Lost City Golf Course, so conditions will be similar. However because this golf course is at a little lower elevation if the wind comes up there won’t be much effect to play. The temperature should range near the high 70’s. Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estates – This course is inland so the Cape Town ocean breezes should not bother us. The temperature should range from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s, with mild breezes. Arabella Golf Club – This course is also inland from the ocean, however a slight breeze usually comes up in the afternoon. This course is slightly elevated so it will have a variety of weather. The temperature should range from the low 70’s to the mid 70’s. Pezula Championship Golf Course – Bring your wind breakers for this course. It is right on the Indian Ocean high on the rolling hills. You will experience more wind on the back 9 than on the front. It might be a good idea to wear long pants as well. The temperature should range from the high 60’s to mid 70’s.
Simola Golf and Country Estates – This course is a little inland from the ocean however the afternoon breezes will come up cooling it down. The temperature should range from the mid 70’s to low 80’s. Oubaai Golf Course – You will need your wind breakers for this course as well. It also is on the Indian Ocean on fairly flat terrain. However it is elevated so the wind can blow at times. I would also suggest that you wear long pants on this day. The temperature should range from the high 60’s to mid 70’s. Montaqu Golf Club at Fancourt – This course will be very mild with some slight wind. There may be a chance of showers off and on. However perfect conditions for golf. The temperature should range from the high 70’s to the mid 80’s. The Links at Fancourt – This course is inland with mountains surrounding the entire valley. There may be a chance of showers. The wind is usually very slight and the overall conditions perfect. The temperature should range from the high 70’s to mid 80’s. Leopard Creek Golf Estate – This course is located at the lower end of Kruger national Park. We will get some mild breezes, maybe a little shower but overall great golf conditions. Depending on the weather there may be some slight humidity. The temperature should range from the mid 80’s to high 80’s. Proper golf attire is required at each golf course. The golf courses maintain a very professional atmosphere, so please respect their customs. The Pro Shops at each course will be fully stocked for your shopping pleasure. The distances are measured in Meters throughout South Africa on the golf courses. To convert to yards just take the distance in Meters times 10% and add that number to the Meter distance. Example: The distance to the “pin” is 150 Meters. Take 150 Meters times 10%, which equals 15. Now take 150 Meters plus 15 which equals 165 Yards. Health Issues Malaria exists throughout the year in the low altitudes of the Mpumalanga Province, which is Kruger National Park. However the time of year that we will be traveling the risk is much lower. Diphtheria, Hepatitis A & B, Malaria, Polio, TB, Tetanus and Typhoid shots are recommended in some circumstances. Please check with your doctor for further explanation and clarification. If you need more information please log on to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel. Hotel Check-in & Check out The rooms are all pre-paid however at each hotel you will check in and present a credit card for any additional purchases. At the end of our stay you will need to check out and settle any additional charges you may have on your account. Internet Accessibility Each of the hotels we are staying at will have some sort of access to the internet. Some hotels will not charge for this use and some will. However if you would like to bring your laptop, most hotels have wireless connections in the lobby areas. Remember bringing your laptop is just one more thing you have to keep track of, so give it some thought before you make this decision.
Jewelry You can bring simple and inexpensive jewelry with you. However it is a good idea to leave most of your jewelry at home. If you have rings, watches, bracelets or other pieces that you normally travel within, then by all means bring them. The majority of the tour is casual attire, so any sort of “dress up” event will be in the evenings. Language South Africa has 11 official Languages which include Afrikaans, English, German, Dutch, Xhosa, Zulu and Tswana. English is spoken throughout the country and every form of information is written in English. Laundry Laundry can be done at all of the hotels and guest houses. The cost will vary depending upon the area we are in. Load Sharing Load Sharing is a term used in South Africa for cutting off the power in certain areas. This usually happens in the early morning or evening hours. This is when the government actually turns off the power for about 2 hours. It is a good idea to carry with you two small flashlights with extra batteries. Also after you arrive at your room double check to make sure you have candles and matches. If there aren’t any in your room please check at the front desk for both. The hotel staff usually knows ahead of time when the load sharing will take place. Local Time GMT +2 hours Luggage Everyone is allowed 2 pieces of luggage each, which includes your golf clubs. You will also be allowed one personal carry on travel item on each airline carrier. On most airlines within the country your main suitcase can weigh no more than 45lbs. You golf bag can weigh no more than 34lbs. If the bags are over weight you will be charged accordingly, by the rates quoted at time of check in. Pack light! Meals Breakfast – All of the Breakfasts are included with the trip. However please provide a “tip” for your server at each meal. Tipping for breakfasts are not included in our tour, including the safari lodges. Lunch – We will have several Lunches as a group, “tipping” is included for each of these meals with a few exceptions. When we are at Lukimbi Safari Lodge the “tip” has not been included. Halfway House – These are all taken care of including a “tip”. However, if your server does an excellent job for you please leave something a little extra.
Dinner – We will have several Dinners as a group, “tipping” is included for each of these meals with a few exceptions. When we are at Lukimbi Safari Lodge the “tip” has not been included. Drinks for each meal – Drinks for each meal are the responsibility of each person and must be paid for separately at the end of the meal. However, unless they are alcoholic all drinks at breakfast are included with our tour. Medical Doctors Note In most cases we will be riding to play golf. However there are a few courses where golf carts are not allowed unless you have a Doctors Note stating your condition. This “note” must be on your doctor’s stationery and it must state your condition. This note must be sent to our office prior to departing for South Africa. Once we have received the “note” we will forward it to our contacts in South Africa. We will keep a copy on file for you throughout the trip; however you must bring the original with you. We will provide a sample of what the letter should look like. Medical Insurance & Emergency Air Evacuation Company
Hospital of choice 800-963-3538 www.medjetassist.com
Nearest facility 800-732-5309 www.medexassist.com
Nearest facility 800-332-4899 www.globaltravelshield.com Med/Evac Ins
Nearest facility 800-523-8661 www.internationalsos.com Med/Evac Ins
Hospital of choice 800-826-1300 www.travelguard.com Med/Evac Ins
• MedjetAssist - seems to have the best plan for emergency evacuations to the hospital of
your choice. However they do not offer insurance coverage.
• Global Travel Shield seems to have the most reasonable coverage for medical insurance,
• You need to research each company to match your individual needs. There seems to be
a number of differences by company. Some are quite expensive depending on the services desired.
Medical Prescriptions & Drugs It is always wise to consult your doctor with regard to any medications. However below are some suggestions that may help in case there is a need. Consult your doctor for the following immunizations – Tetanus Booster, Hepatitis A & B and malaria pills (most need to be done at least 4 to 6 weeks before leaving the USA) A list of things that are good to take along: Prescription
Malaria prevention pills – i.e., Malarone or Doxycycline
Antibiotic for lingering intestinal problems – i.e., Cipro
Anti-Diarrhea – Imodium A-D or Lomotil 4
Antibiotic ointment for cuts – i.e., Mupirocin Ointment USP 2%
Aches and Pains – i.e., Aleve or Ibuprofen
Headaches – Any type of aspirin that your body can accept
Upset Stomach – i.e., Antacids, Pepcid Complete or any liquid product
Mosquito Repellent – i.e., Must contain at least 20% Deet
All drugs or prescriptions must remain in the original container at all times. For additional information on foreign travel please check the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel. Medical Services South Africa has terrific medical and hospital facilities. No matter where we geographically there will always be some sort of medical help available. Plus we will always be close by to a drug store for any type of purchase of over the counter drugs. Money The money used in South Africa is called the RAND or ZAR. It is the only currency used! U.S. Dollars are not accepted anywhere in the country. It is a good idea to bring with you at least 1500 Rand before leaving home. All major credit cards are accepted throughout the country. There are also ATM machines available throughout our tour. There are money exchange centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town. In Cape Town the money exchange centers are located at the Waterfront Mall. When traveling it is a good idea not to bring cash just American Express Travelers Checks. Postal Services Plan to bring with you a list of people that you would like to send a letter or post card to. Post cards can be purchased throughout South Africa and at The Waterfront Mall in Cape Town. Once you are ready to mail your item you can do so at the front desk of each hotel. They will add the cost of postage to your room charges. Plan to mail them early. Safes You will find a Safe in each room of the various hotels. It is a good idea to lock your valuables up at all times. South Africa is a very safe country and the hotels we are staying at pride themselves on their staff and security. However good judgment should be used at all times at all of our destinations. Shopping In Cape Town near the Mount Nelson Hotel is a shopping mall called The Waterfront. Here you will find shops, restaurants, banks and entertainment. There are shuttles that leave the hotel throughout the day and taxis are also an option. This will be the largest shopping facility on the entire trip. Each hotel we
stay at will have a gift shop and there might be shopping nearby. Depending on where we are, will depend on how much shopping time there will be. We will also stop from time to time at a store called Pick & Pay. This is a fully stocked grocery store with a wide variety of foods, drinks and snacks. Special Needs If you have anything that requires a “special need” while we are in South Africa please advise me prior to our departure. The staff’s at all of the properties will try to make our stay as comfortable as possible. However if you need something specific then we will need to make special arrangements prior to our arrival. Passports All visitors entering South Africa are required to have a valid Passport. Make sure your Passport has plenty of spaces left for stamping. Prescriptions It would be advisable to make sure all of your prescriptions have been taken care of in advance. It is also recommended that you bring enough that would last longer than the last day of the trip. It is also very important that all prescription medicine remain in its original container. Over the counter drugs can be purchased throughout South Africa. Temperatures The temperatures are all measured in Celsius. So I have given you a conversion chart as a guide. Fahrenheit /Celsius in degrees 50 10 55 13 60 16 65 19 70 22 75 24 80 27 85 30 90 33 Tipping Guide This Tipping Guide is based on the South Africa Currency which is the Rand Transfers/Drivers – 10 Rand per one destination, per person Porters/Bellman – 5 Rand per bag Room or Maid Service – 5 to 10 Rand per day, depending on the service Meals – 10% - 15% depending on the service Caddies – 100 Rand per 18 holes plus 15 Rand for lunch Outside Golf Staff – 10 Rand for golf bag handling, per bag
Tour Guides/Drivers – 50 Rand per day each, per person Rangers – 80 Rand per safari, per person Trackers – 70 Rand per safari, per person Safari Lodges – At the Safari Lodges most everything is inclusive except for “tipping”. There will be some excepts to what is included at the Game Lodge. We will clarify everything with you upon arrival. It is customary to “tip” at the end of your stay. You can do this when you check out. The best way is to list each service provider at the facility and the amount you would like to give. This amount can also be put on the credit card you have on file. Tipping for all of our group transfers, and group lunches or dinners has been provided for. Tipping is not included for our Tour Guides and driver. This will be done on an individual basis. There will be certain situations where each individual will be responsible for various gratuities. Please refer to the chart above under Tipping Guide. Transfers Our tour includes all transfers within South Africa. The transfers include all vehicles and airline travel within South Africa and other portions of this tour. Travel Vehicles Vehicles used for the major touring portion of our tour will be air conditioned buses. They will vary in size based on our tour for that day. While on safari we will be traveling in open aired Land Rover type of vehicles. Some may be covered and some may not, it will just depend upon the tour taken that day. Vitamins and Health Foods Allow enough of your daily supplements for at least 5 days after the tour has ended. Visas There may be some situations where we will have to pay a Visa Fee to enter a country. Visa fees will be the responsibility of each traveler. Visa Fee’s, if applicable will be posted prior to departure. However we reserve the right to make any announcement regarding Visa Fee’s at any time throughout the trip. Water The water is very safe to drink and can be used out of the “tap” in the hotels. However, you have 2 bottled water choices. The first is Sparkling Water, this is similar to club soda and it will have a little “fizz” to its taste. It also has quinine in it, which may cause some health issues. The second is Bottled Water; this is very safe and is provided at all of the hotels and restaurants.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE SOUTH AFRICA ADVENTURE 2010
Accommodations All accommodations as per the above itinerary were available at the time of booking. We cannot be held responsible should the accommodations booked be sold or transferred to a new owner. Should the accommodations not be available we will make every effort to rectify the situation. An increase or decrease in fees may apply. Airline Requirements This is considered a Ground Only Tour with minor air transfers. Therefore you accept responsibility for any situations which may arise within country air transportation. This also includes from your departing city to the destination city and return. You must provide TheNaturalGame.com with written confirmation of your flight arrangements and a copy of your flight itinerary no later than 210 days prior to the date of departure. Failure to do so constitute grounds for removal from the tour with all penalties enforced. All airline travel within South Africa has been paid for by TheNaturalGame.com prior to the start of the tour. In the unfortunate situation that any airline carrier changes their policies or ceases business activities, it will be the responsibility of each person to pay for any new airline tickets. If this situation arises we will ask for a credit card to be used to purchase these new airline tickets. Any refunds from an airline ceasing business activities will try to be recovered and paid in a timely manner. However there is no guarantee any monies will be recovered. Cancellations Deposits for the tour and optional extensions are refundable when the cancellation notice is received in writing 210 days prior to the date of the tour departure. Cancellations less than 210 days prior to the date of the tour departure are non-refundable. Changes Changes made within the 210 days from departure are subject to a surcharge and administration fee determined at the time of the change. Charge Cards We accept the following Credit Cards for all charges; MasterCard, Visa & American Express. We also require that you fill out a Credit Card Authorization Form that will be kept on file. This “form” authorizes TheNaturalGame.com to charge your credit card(s) for the designated event. Deposits, Payments & Reservations A deposit of $500.00 per person is required to activate the reservation prior to September 15th, 2008. This deposit forms part of the final payment which will be included in your final accounting and due no later than 210 days prior to departure. Once the deposit amount has been paid a further 15% is due on
November 15th, 2008. Another 15% is due January 15th, 2009, April 15th, 2009, July 15th, 2009 and November 15th, 2009. The balance is due 210 days from the departure date of April 22nd, 2010. Single supplements will need to be paid in full if applicable. TheNaturalGame.com Payment Plan – A deposit of $500.00 per person is required to activate the reservation. Once the deposit has been made then the balance of the trip can be paid for in equal payment installments of the remaining balance. Payments can be made by Check or Credit Card and are due by the 15th of each month. However all unpaid balances must be paid in full by 210 days from the departure date of April 22nd, 2010. Deviations & Changes A deviation is any change to the tour program outside of the advertised final tour itinerary as set forth by TheNaturalGame.com. If you choose to opt out of any portion of the final itinerary set forth by TheNaturalGame.com all changes will be at your expense. Since this is a “group” tour and priced accordingly there will be no credit issued for any portion of the tour you do not participated in. Deviations to tour programs are subject to availability. If a change in your personal itinerary does occur a $200.00 service fee will be charged. This service fee is non-refundable and once the change has been made the entire amount is non-refundable. Golf Courses We are privileged guests at all of the golf courses. So country club rules apply. Each of the golf courses we will be playing is championship quality with a variety of tees to hit from. In most cases we will be playing the Men’s Regular Tees and the Ladies Forward Tees. All handicaps are welcome and there aren’t any restrictions on who can play. However it is very important to note that maintaining a quick pace of play is required. If your group falls behind you will be asked to skip various holes in order to stay up with the group ahead of you. All play is expected to be completed in 41/2 hours or less. So that the pace of play is maintained we will be implementing a “play one ball” rule according to the USGA Rules and the highest score allowed per hole is “double par”. They have very strict standards in this country. So as guests we will comply and your cooperation is appreciated. Hotels All of the hotels we will be staying at are rated as either a 4 Star or 5 Star properties. Most will have all of the full amenities including pools and spas. Each come with hairdryers and other needed services which may incur an additional cost to you. Please ask at the reception desk if you have any special needs that need specific attention. Late Reservations Late reservations will be accepted based on availability and may be subject to a surcharge. Late reservations must be accompanied by payment in full for the trip at the time of booking. There won’t be any space held for you without payment in full.
Meals Breakfast is included at all of our hotels. Lunches and Dinners are according to the itinerary above. Please note that alcoholic drinks are not included with any meal and any such costs are charged upon consumption. Pre & Post Tours If you would like to arrive early or stay later than the dates of this tour arrangements can be made. There are many options available to you and they will be handled on an individual basis. Receipts There will be an invoice/receipt provide for you by each transaction from TheNaturalGame.com. The transactions will be recorded showing the amount charged and/or received. Once the invoice/receipt has been issued a copy will be e-mailed to you for your records. Single Supplements Pricing for Single Supplements will be based upon availability and the date of your deposit for the tour. All Single Supplement pricing is subject to the amount charged by each hotel. Tour Pricing The cost of this tour is based on 16 travelers and is quoted in U.S. Dollars. Pricing is subject to adjustment in the event of fluctuation of the amount of travelers, international currency market and foreign tariffs. Travel Insurance TheNaturalGame.com highly recommends purchasing Trip Insurance to protect you throughout the tour. There are several companies to choose from and upon a written request a list of qualified companies will be recommended. Travel Responsibilities TheNaturalGame.com and their agents act only in the capacity as a tour operator and a liaison to its customers. As such agents their liability is limited to the conditions specifically assumed by them in this publication. Baggage handled throughout this tour is at the owner’s risk. The tour operators and their agents accept no responsibility for loses or additional expenses incurred through delays or changes to the itinerary. Plus any injury or losses incurred due to weather, strikes, bankruptcy, quarantine, illness or other causes beyond our direct control. Written Notice All reservations, cancellations and changes must be made in writing. No exceptions.
Pricing Price is $12,850.00 per person, double occupancy Price is $3,500.00 per person, single supplement addition Price is $11,975.00 per person, non-golfer, double occupancy
Prices are subject to change based on the details stated in the Terms & Conditions pages. Prices are also subject to change due to any unexpected occurrence outside of the control of TheNaturalGame.com. Prices are also subject to change based on any increases incurred from the hotels, golf courses and South African Airline Carriers. COME JOIN US!!! Jerry D. Martin – N.G. C.I. Natural Golf Director of Travel South African Tour Director TheNaturalGame.com 1-888-771-8965 1-760-346-8965 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thenaturalgame.com
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