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HIGHLIGHTS:

Zulu Nation, South AfricaTraversing the South African coast from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, this one week adventure tour takes you along the famous ‘Garden Route’ stopping at some of the most iconic tourist attractions that this wonderful country has to offer. Highlights include Stellenbosch wine tasting, Little Karoo, Cango Caves, the Garden Route, Bloukrans Bungee and wildlife safaris in Addo Elephant National Park. Accommodation is in a variety of 3 and 4-star hotels and lodges. Optional extras include an Elephant Encounter, Township Tour, Monkey town, Birds of Eden, and lagoon cruise in Knysna; Bungee jumping (highest in the world), treetop canopy tours, and black-water tubing in Tsitsikamma; Night Game Drive in Addo Elephant Park.

DATES AVAILABLE:

New York City (JFK) departures: March 7, 2014 ($2,899); April 18, 2014 ($3,199); May 16, 2014 ($3,199)
Washington, DC (IAD) departures: February 21, 2014 ($2,899); March 21, 2014 ($2,899); May 2, 2014 ($3,199); May 30, 2014 ($3,199)
Boston (BOS) departures: May 2, 2014 ($3,299); May 30, 2014 ($3,299)
Chicago (ORD) departures: February 21, 2014 ($2,999); March 21, 2014 ($3,199); April 4, 2014 ($3,299); May 16, 2014 ($3,299)
Land-Only (no flights): December 7, 2014 ($999)
*Priced per person based on double occupancy (see fine print)

Flights are with South African Airways via Johannesburg. Some flights may touch down in Dakkar en-route but a change of plane is not required. Boston and Chicago flights connect via Washington.

All bookings for the main tour including flights should be made with Living Social.

After you have purchased your Living Social voucher, please contact us as soon as possible and before the 13th November at the latest to redeem your voucher. Vouchers redeemed after this date may be subject to an extra fee.
We will need to know your name exactly as written in your passport, your date of birth, and your passport information so that we can book your flight tickets. You can book extra options to go with the tour any time up until 1 week before departure (single room supplements and room upgrades should be booked at least 1 month before departure).

Payments for extra options should be made directly to Encounters Travel and not to Living Social.

Want it for free?
Buy one voucher first, then share a special link with your friends. If three friends buy through that link, Living Social will refund you the price of your voucher.

MEALS & ACCOMMODATION:

Meals – 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners.
Note: Most meals included are cooked and prepared by our crew using the expedition vehicle kitchen. Unless otherwise specified, all meals are cooked and prepared at our truck. Our guides do all the cooking; however you are welcome to share your culinary skills with the group. The more you join in, the greater the experience!

Accommodation
This tour is designed to bridge the gap between a basic overland camping tour and an expensive lodge holiday. So, we use good quality hotels and lodges rated at the South African 3 and 4-star level. Local star ratings may vary slightly from international standards. Accommodation is based on twin or double en-suite rooms, chalets or bungalows. All couples will be given a private double room. Friends booking together will also share a room. Triple rooms are not available. A limited number of single rooms are available (see single room supplement notes below).

PLACE             ACCOMMODATIONINFORMATION
Cape Town (2 nights)Southern Sun Cap Sun Hotel (4*)www.tsogosunhotels.com
Stellenbosch (1 night)Lord Charles Hotel: (4*)www.nh-hotels.co.za
Oudtshoorn (1 night)Kleinplaas Holiday Resort (3*)www.kleinplaas.co.za
Plettenberg Bay (1 night)NH Plettenberg Bay (3*)http://www.nh-hotels.com/nh/en/hotels/south-africa/plettenberg-bay/nh-plettenberg-bay.html
Tsitsikaama (2 nights)Tsitsikamma Village Inn (3*)www.tsitsikammahotel.co.za
Addo (1 night)Zuurberg Mountain Village (4*)   www.addo.co.za

 DAY: ITINERARY:
Day 1: FriFly to South Africa from the USA.
 Depart from your chosen airport to South Africa with South African Airways (connections to Washington from Boston and Chicago are with United Airlines).
Overnight: On board flight
Extras: N/A
Meals: As per airline service
 
Day 2: SatTransfer via Johannesburg and arrive into Cape Town.
 Whale watching at sunset, South AfricaAfter a short transfer in Johannesburg you fly on to Cape Town where one of our representatives will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Cape Town for the start of your trip. They’ll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area and explain plans for tomorrow morning.
Some flights may touch down in Dakkar en-route to Johannesburg - you won't need to change planes.
Overnight: Two per room: Southern Sun Cap Sun Hotel: www.tsogosunhotels.com/
Extras: N/A
Meals: As per airline service
 
Day 3: SunCape Town. Free day (various options available).
 Your day today is free to explore the fantastic coastal city of Cape Town. A variety of optional tours are available today or you can make your own arrangements. 
Overnight: Two per room: Southern Sun Cap Sun Hotel: www.tsogosunhotels.com/
Extras: Cable Car trip to Table Mountain; Robben Island visit; Half day Peninsular tour; Half day Township tour.
Meals: Breakfast in hotel 
 
Day 4: MonStellenbosch Wine Route.
 One of our spacious overland trucks, South AfricaThis morning you are introduced to our comfortable expedition vehicle which will transport us for the next week (see notes below). Leaving the mother city of Cape Town behind us, we drive to the famous town of Stellenbosch, known worldwide for its quality wines, spectacular beauty, oak trees and historical buildings. Here we will have time to explore the town and sample some excellent wine from one of the local wine farms. Afterwards we will drive to the Cheetah Breeding Centre to experience these animals up close and personal (entrance only included). On clear days the magnificent mountain scenery makes for a memorable day. On arrival at our accommodation stop for the night, your guides will brief you on what to expect from the days ahead.

Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch was founded in 1679 and is the second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape Province, after Cape Town. It was named after Simon van der Stel, the Governor of the Cape Colony at the time and it means “(van der) Stel’s forest”. The early settlers to this fertile region were encouraged to plant oak trees and Stellenbosch’s oak lined streets led to the town being known as “Eikestad” (village of oaks). Stellenbosch is situated on the banks of the Eerste River (“First River”), so named as it was the first river van der Stel reached and followed when Jan van Riebeeck sent him from Cape Town on an expedition over the Cape Flats to explore
the territory now known as Stellenbosch. The Dutch were skilled in hydraulic engineering and they devised a system of furrows to direct water from the Eerste River through the town along Van Riebeeck Street to Mill Street where a mill was erected. Soon after the first settlers arrived, among them the French Huguenots, grapes were planted in the fertile valleys around Stellenbosch and soon it became the centre of the South African wine industry. One of the first schools in South Africa opened in Stellenbosch in 1683 and in 1866 the Dutch Reformed Church opened a gymnasium which is known as the Stellenbosch Gymnasium. The Gymnasium, renamed in 1881 as Stellenbosch College, finally 3 reached university status in 1918 and was renamed Stellenbosch University. More than 26 000 students attend Stellenbosch University today.

Overnight: Two per room: Lord Charles Hotel: www.nh-hotels.co.za
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, laundry & internet (WiFi), bar, restaurant
Route: Cape Town to Stellenbosch ~45 km
Travel time: ~ 1 hour
Included highlight: Wine tasting and entrance to Cheetah breeding project
Extras: Dinner out
Meals: Breakfast
 
Day 5: TueRoute 62 – Oudtshoorn. Cango Caves & Ostrich Farm
 Today we travel along the famous Route 62 towards Oudtshoorn and, time permitting, stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not acually sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub. We take a guided tour of the Cango Caves, which are some of the most impressive limestone caverns and the different formations are quite astonishing. We also visit an Ostrich farm later in the afternoon. Tonight we stay in Oudtshoorn.

Oudtshoorn – Ostrich Capital of the World
Oudtshoorn was known as the ostrich capital of the world. It was named after Baron Pieter von Rheede von Oudtshoorn, who died in 1773 on his way to the Cape to become Governor. The town was founded in 1847. The town is situated 300 m above sea level, with the Swartberg Mountain range to the north and Outeniqua range to the south. Arbeidsgenot, the home of Cornelius Jacob Langenhoven was built here. Langenhoven was the author of the old South African National anthem, “Die Stem” which still forms part of the new National Anthem.
Ostrich feathers where obligatory items of high fashion just before world war one. The great feather boom began around 1870. At it’s height there were more than 750 000 domesticated ostriches in the little Karoo area and feathers where being exported at the rate of about 450 000kg’s a year. Then came world war one and then austerity became a way of supporting the war effort. Many farmers went bankrupt in this time. In later years the industry revived with the demand for ostrich leather, biltong, eggs and feathers. At present there are about 90 000 ostriches in the Little Karoo.

Cango Caves
Common myth has it that the Caves were first explored by a local farmer named Jacobus van Zyl (after who the first chamber, van Zyl’s Hall, was named) – although research fails to reveal anybody by that name in the Cango area in the 1770’s. And besides – we now know that the Caves have been known to man since the Early Stone Age.
In the 19th century, entrance to the Caves cost 5 rix dollars – the modern equivalent of about R500.00 – but that even didn’t deter some destructive tourists and many carted away parts of the delicate stalactites and stalagmites for souvenirs or engraved their names onto the walls. In response, the governor of the Cape Colony, Lord Charles Somerset, published the first Caves Regulation in 1820. The 1st law designed to protect an environmental resource in South Africa; it banned the collection of souvenirs, proved for fines for anyone caught damaging Caves formations and prescribed an entrance fee which had to be paid to the District Officer – who was made responsible for enforcing the rules.
Many of the most significant discoveries in the Caves were made by its first full-time guide, Johnnie van Wassenaar. – who served for 43 years: from 1891 until his retirement in 1934. He opened many side chambers and introduced thousands of people to Cango 1, which remains the only part of the Caves which the public may visit. Importantly, though, it is clear that the Caves were known to man long before Europeans first landed at the Cape: recent finds – of some tools left behind in ancient hearths in the Cave mouth – prove that humans have lived and sheltered here for at least 80 000 years.

Overnight: Two per room: Kleinplaas Holiday Resort: www.kleinplaas.co.za
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, restaurant
Route: Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn: ~ 400 km
Travel time: ~ 5-6 hours
Included highlight: Guided tour of Cango Caves; Ostrich Farm visit
Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
 
Day 6: WedKnysna/Plettenberg Bay.
 Beautiful scenery at Knysna, South AfricaWe continue along the Garden Route and travel through the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains towards Knysna. Your afternoon is free to explore Knysna, one of South Africa’s most popular seaside towns.

Knysna
Although we are staying in Plettenberg bay, today’s highlight is the Knysna Lagoon, a perfect spot for water sports or simply relaxing and admiring the striking beauty of The Heads. The town of Knysna, voted South Africa’s favourite holiday town, nestles in the 4 lagoon basin. It is protected by The Heads - two towering sandstone cliffs flanking a deep channel through which the tides flow. There are spectacular views and a cosy restaurant at the Eastern Head and the Western Head is a privately owned nature reserve – Featherbed Bay.
The Knysna Lagoon is one of the few places in the world that supports an oyster hatchery and the town is well-known for its fresh oysters, as well as its beer, made locally at Mitchell’s Brewery. Rich in history, Knysna’s museums are well worth visiting: the Millwood House Museum, and the Angling Museum in the Old Gaol. There are many other attractions, from the lush surrounding rainforests, the nearby Buffalo Valley Game Reserve, Featherbed Nature Reserve and Noetzie beach to a wide selection of restaurants and craft markets. The forest, one of the largest areas of indigenous trees left in South Africa, is very dense and in some areas impenetrable. Knysna was originally founded by George Rex in the 19th century as a port for the timber trade. The forest was nearly decimated as a result of logging but escaped devastation due to far-sighted conservation policies introduced in the 1880s. The herds of forest elephants that once roamed the forest have not been so lucky, they have all disappeared and one lone female is said to remain today. The beautiful and elusive Knysna Loeries can still be seen in the area, as well as a large variety of other birds and a few small antelope.

Overnight: Two per room: NH Plettenberg Bay: http://www.nh-hotels.com/nh/en/hotels/south-africa/plettenberg-bay/nh-plettenberg-bay.html
Facilities: En-suite, restaurant
Route: Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay: ~150 km
Travel time: ~ 2-3 hours
Extras: Elephant Encounter, Township Tour, Monkey town, Birds of Eden, lagoon cruise
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
 
Day 7/8: Thu & FriBloukrans and Tsitsikamma National Park.
 One of South Africa’s best kept secrets is the Tsitsikamma National Park. Boasting exceptional hiking trails and superb coastal scenery Tsitsikamma is a destination that many people will return to. The first few hours of the famous Otter Trail Hike are included in your package. For those needing an adrenaline boost the nearby Bloukrans Bridge is home to the world’s highest bungee jump at 216m!

Tsitsikamma National Park
Tsitsikamma National Park stretches between the sea and the Tsitsikamma Mountains, along the Garden Route, one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The Park, covering 80km along the coast between Nature’s Valley and Storm’s River mouth, encompasses a range of different ecosystems - indigenous forest, commercial plantation, Fynbos, and inter-tidal zones – and offers magnificent scenery and walks. It was the first Marine National Park to be proclaimed in Africa and it is now the third most frequently visited of the 20 national parks in South Africa. The forest has more than 30 species of indigenous trees - there are several massive trees, the tallest of these is 36 meters high and some are more than 1000 years old.

Overnight: Two per room: Tsitsikamma Village Inn: www.tsitsikammahotel.co.za
Facilities: En-suite, bar, restaurant, shop, swimming pool
Route: Plettenberg bay to Tsitsikamma: ~ 50 km
Travel time: ~ 1 hour
Included highlight: Tsitsikamma National Park entrance fee
Extras: Bungee jumping (highest in the world), treetop canopy tours, blackwater tubing (min 4 clients)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
 
Day 9: SatAddo Elephant National Park.
 Amazing scenery in MoroccoElephant at Addo Elephant park, South AfricaContinuing in to the Eastern Cape, we enter Addo Elephant National Park, which is home to many of Africa’s big game. Our truck gives us an elevated view on our game drive this afternoon, particularly good for those photographic enthusiasts amongst us.

Addo Elephant Park
In 1919 the administration of the Cape Province decided to cull the elephant population in the Addo region and hired a Professional hunter, Major Jan Pretorius, to destroy the entire herd that inhabited the area at the time. It took him a year to kill 120, before he was stopped due to public outcry. Only 16 traumatized Addo elephants remained, wounded, frightened and unable to coexist with humans. In 1931, when only 11 elephants were left alive in the area, it was proclaimed a National Park. The elephants, however, were still hostile - destroying crops and attacking anyone who came near them. Finally, in 1952, one of the farmers of the area suggested that a fence be erected around the park. This kept the Elephants secure and out of the surrounding farming area. Black rhino was reintroduced in 1961- the first in the Cape for a hundred years. Today the Park is a sanctuary to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, a variety of antelope species, as well as the flightless dung beetle, found exclusively in this area.
Addo elephants are unique in that although they belong to the same species as the African Elephant, they are smaller with more rounded ears and the females generally have no tusks.

Overnight: Two per room: Zuurberg Mountain Village: http://addo.co.za/
Facilities: En-suite per room, shop, restaurant, swimming pool
Route: Tsitsikamma to Addo: ~340 km
Travel time: ~ 4-5 hrs
Included highlight: Afternoon game drive in truck
Extras: Night Game Drive with SANP
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
 
Day 10: SunAddo Game drive, transfer to Port Elizabeth airport for departure flight
 After a final early morning game drive in Addo we depart the National Park and drive to Port Elizabeth Airport where our tour will ends with your departure flight between around midday and 3pm. Flights return to the USA via Johannesburg.

Overnight: Overnight flight
Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast, then as per airline service
Day 11: MonArrive back into the USA
 You arrive back into New York or Washington in the USA very early this morning. Those connecting to Boston and Chicago will fly on from Washington to their final destination with United Airlines.

Overnight: N/A
Meals: As per airline service.
INCLUSIONS
  • Return airfairs with South African Airways (plus United Airlines for US connections)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport using our 25-seat expedition vehicle (max group size 24)
  • Group airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader/driver and assistant throughout
  • Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
EXCLUSIONS
  • Visa fees if required (US citizens do not require a visa)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory – available on request for $80)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers if not arriving on group flights
  • Tips for tour leader/driver and assistant
  • Any other items not mentioned above
SOUTH AFRICA NOTES:

WHY CHOOSE ENCOUNTERS TRAVEL IN SOUTH AFRICA?
  • Guaranteed small groups (max 24 people)
  • Return airport transfers included
  • Best equipped trucks
  • SABS approved seatbelts
  • On board charging and music
  • Best trained local guides
  • Cheetahs and Elephants guaranteed! 
EXTRAS

A range of optional extras may be added to your tour. All options that include accommodation (single supplements) must be booked and paid for in advance. All other options should be arranged and paid for during the tour. These are arranged by local activitiy providers, not by Encounters Travel. Payments for these options should be made locally in South African Rand to the operator concerned – our tour staff will assist with this.

Single room supplement - $370
If you want to guarantee yourself a single room throughout the tour, then we need to add this single supplement charge. Due to the size of the properties we use on the tour, only four single room supplements are generally available per departure, and these are assigned on a first come first served basis.

If you are a single traveller joining the tour, then if you are happy to, you may share a twin room with another single traveller on the tour of the same sex. If there are no other single travellers available for you to pair up with at the time of your booking, then we will need to add the single supplement to your tour price, but will refund this or deduct it from your balance payment if we are able to pair you up later on.

LOCALLY AVAILABLE OPTIONS:
Note – These options can be booked locally and are provided by local specialist operators, not Encounters Travel.
USD 1 = approx. R 9.7 (South African Rand, ZAR)

Cape Town - Cable car return ticket to Table Mountain (weather permitting) - R240
Cape Town - Robben Island visit (weather permitting) - R260
Cape Town - Half day Cape peninsular tour - R510
Cape Town - Half day Township tour - R420
Stellenbosch - Dinner at local restaurant - R150 to R300
Knysna - Lagoon Cruise - R220 to R320
Knysna - Knysna Elephant Encounter - R980 to R1080
Knysna - Township Tour - R400
Knysna - Birds of Eden - R180
Knysna - Monkey Town - R180
Bloukrans Bridge - World Highest Bungee Jump - R825
Tsitsikamma - NP Treetop / Canopy Tour - R545
Tsitsikamma - (Stormsriver) Blackwater Tubing (Min 4 clients) - R650
Addo NP - Night game drive with SANP - priced locally

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Worldwide Travel Insurance policy - $80
Travel insurance is compulsory on all our tours and having travel insurance in place is a condition of travelling with us. Medical Insurance alone is not sufficient to join this tour.
You may either take out a policy through us, or arrange your own. If you arrange your own insurance, we must receive full details of your policy (policy number, issuing company, emergency telephone number) at least one month before you travel.
Our own travel insurance is offered through Endsleigh Insurance Services in the UK, and is available to citizens and residents the USA. This comprehensive travel insurance policy has been designed to be suitable for our cultural and adventure tours, including this trip. Key benefits are shown below, and full policy details are available on request and will be provided before purchase and are also available on our website - http://www.encounterstravel.com/travel_insurance.php

  • Emergency and medical service - Medical expertise to arrange emergency medical assistance or transport home following an accident or illness or if you are informed of a serious illness of a close relative at home whilst on holiday.
  • Cancellation or curtailment charges - Cover for costs against unavoidable or necessary cancellation or curtailment of the trip before completion due to, death, bodily injury or illness. The maximum we will pay under this section is £5,000 per person.
  • Emergency medical and other expenses – Emergency medical, surgical, hospital, ambulance and nursing fees up to £10,000,000 outside of your home country.
  • Hospital benefit - Up to £15 for every completed 24 hours in patient hospital stay up to a maximum of £300.
  • Personal accident - Up to £30,000 for death, loss of limb or sight and permanent total disablement, subject to age - Please refer to policy wording for full details of the cover available.
  • Personal money, passport and documents – Accidental loss, theft of or damage to personal money including foreign currency up to 72 hours prior to departure - Please refer to policy wording for full details of the cover available. Up to £500 for reasonable additional costs for travel and accommodation incurred whilst obtaining a replacement passport or visa abroad.
  • Personal liability - Personal liability for any compensation you become legally liable to pay up to £2,000,000.
  • Delayed departure - Delayed departure for at least 12 hours from the scheduled departure time. £20 for the first complete 12 hour delay and £20 for each completed 12 hours following, up to a maximum of £100. Up to £5,000 for any irrecoverable travel and other pre-paid charges if you choose to cancel your trip once 12 hours has elapsed.
  • Missed departure - Up to £500 for additional room only accommodation and travel expense should you miss your departure due to the failure of public transport or an accident or breakdown of the vehicle you are travelling in or strike.
  • Overseas legal expenses and assistance - Legal expenses and costs in pursuit of a civil action up to £50,000.
TRANSPORT

You will travel in one of our specially designed overland trucks throughout this tour, giving you a great vantage point from which to enjoy the scenery and incredible wildlife. Our professional and knowledgeable local driver/tour leader will help to make your experience unforgettable and fun.
The vehicles we use are amongst some of the finest on the road. However, do not forget the nature of an adventure tour. This is not a bus trip or a luxury holiday. These are still tours aimed at the adventurous traveller. Though the vehicles are comfortable with large windows and great visibility, there are no onboard toilets or air-conditioning.
Each expedition vehicle is fitted with the following:

  • Freezers to keep food fresh in the African heat.
  • Individual seats with seat belts and ample leg-room
  • Overhead luggage racks.
  • Lockers for your luggage (~35 cm square, 80cm deep - rigid suitcases are not suitable)
  • A safe for your valuables.
  • A well-stocked first aid kit is on hand for emergencies.
  • Reading material (fiction & field guides), games and recreational gear to keep you well entertained.
  • I-pod/MP3 points
  • Charging facilities for cameras, batteries etc
  • PA System
  • Kitchen and stove
  • Water tank
  • Cooler boxes
  • Table for food preparation
  • Hand-dishwashing facilities

For airport transfers we use private AC minibuses and coaches.

TRANSFERS

The tour includes a 24-hour airport meet & assist service in Cape Town airport, your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers and all other transfers. These transfers are included for travellers booking on the main group flights only. If you arrive on other flights then you may either arrange your own transfer to the hotel or contact us to book a transfer at extra cost.

GROUP SIZE/TOUR LEADERS/GUIDES

We are committed to being a small group operator, as we feel this gives everyone in the group the best chance to get to know their fellow travellers and to hear and make the most of their guide. There’s no point in us providing great guides if you’ve got to peer over 30-40 shoulders to see them! So, we won’t ever put you in a 50-seater coach with 49 other people and just one guide. Instead, we set our South Africa group departures to have a maximum of 24 travellers on expedition vehicles with 25 seats.
In South Africa we provide fully trained, local English-speaking drivers/tour leaders and crew for all our tours. This tour will feature 2 crew – a driver/tour leader and assistant who will help with washing up, clearing away, cleaning of the truck etc. You may assist with this if you wish, but you are not obliged or expected to.

ENTRANCE FEES

The tour price includes entrance fees to the tourist sites and parks mentioned in the itinerary. Other entrance fees for optional activities are not included and should be paid for locally.

TIPPING

In general tipping in restaurants is expected and is around 10% for good service, more if you have received exceptional service, and, feel free not to tip at all if you received poor service. Tipping taxi drivers etc is really at your own discretion and not always expected. If in doubt please ask your guides.
Our tour leaders do work hard but they are also paid at (and often above) industry levels for this work. Our Crew can be tipped if you feel that they have done a good job and/or gone above and beyond the call of duty.
The best way to arrange tips is to elect one person in the group to collect the money. We recommend USD1-2 (or about R8-R16) per day per person, per guide as a fair tip. So if you have 2-crew on a tour, we would recommend that 2 envelopes are used and each crew member’s name written on one. Place what you feel is fair into each envelope and the elected person can give these to the crew at the end of the tour. If you do not feel that the crew deserve a tip, please, do not tip them. You must remember that tipping is only for exceptional service and is not at all compulsory or expected.

HEALTH

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however recommended vaccinations for this tour are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. We are advised that there is no risk of malaria on this tour.
The above information can change at short notice. For up to date health information & vaccination requirements for South Africa we recommend that you contact your medical practitioner or a travel clinic

VISAS

Visas are not included in this tour, however many nationalities including USA, Canadian, UK, European, Australian and New Zealand do not require a visa for short visits to South Africa. Other nationalities may require a visa prior to arrival and to obtain this in advance please contact your local consulate for details.

LIVING SOCIAL FINE PRINT
• Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
• Reservations required and subject to availability
• Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
• Reservations required and subject to availability; vouchers must be redeemed and names & dates of birth confirmed to Encounters Travel by November 13, 2013
• Vouchers redeemed after this time may be subject to an extra fee to cover increased flight costs
• Merchant cancellation policy applies. For more information, please see www.encounterstravel.com/booking_conditions.php
• Vouchers are considered redeemed once first contact is made with Encounters Travel and limited refunds will be available if cancellations are made after; voucher subject to forfeiture
• When purchasing and gifting vouchers please list name(s) exactly as given on your passport(s)
• Must be at least 12 years old
• Reservations required and subject to availability/
• Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the hotel. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $370
• Single travelers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. Alternatively, you may choose to share a twin room with another traveler of the same sex. If there are no other single travelers available to pair up with at the time of booking, then you will need to pay the single room supplement. Encounters Travel will refund this later if they are able to pair people together. Room shares are arranged in order of voucher redemption. A limited number of single rooms are available in some properties.
• Includes Round-Trip Ground Transportation from the Airport to Hotels and Sightseeing Destinations, Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Two Nights at Southern Sun Cape Sun in Cape Town, One Night at NH The Lord Charles in Stellenbosch, One Night at Klienplass Holiday Resort in Oudtshoorn, One Night at NH Plettenberg Bay in Plettenberg Bay, One Night at Tsitsikamma Village Inn in Tsitsikamma, and One Night at Zuurberg Mountain Village in Addo, Eight Breakfasts, Five Lunches, and Four Dinners, Wine Tastings in Stellenbosch, Visit to Cheetah Breeding Centre, Guided Tour of Cango Caves, Otter Trail Hike in Tsitsikamma National Park, Two Game Drives in Addo Elephant National Park, English-Speaking Tour Leaders Throughout, Airline Taxes, Airline Fuel Surcharges, and Entrance Fees per Itinerary
• Voucher does not include Visa fees (not required for US citizens), travel insurance, meals not indicated in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, tips for tour leaders, and other personal expenses and any other items not mentioned above.
• Travel insurance covering medical costs and repatriation for medical reasons is mandatory; policy details must be provided to Encounter Travels at least 1 month before departure (policy number, name of the issuing company, and the policy emergency contact details); travel insurance covering cancellation and baggage is recommended but not mandatory. A comprehensive policy is available from Encounters Travel for $80 per person; view all details at www.encounterstravel.com/travel_insurance.php
• Review the State Department's website for passport/visa requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
• Hotels are subject to change to based on availability
• Airlines listed are our preferred options but are based on group flight bookings. Should the numbers of travelers booking not reach a minimum of 10 each date, then alternative airlines may be used.
• Subject to minimum numbers. In the unlikely event that a minimum number of 8 passengers is not reached on any departure date, Encounters Travel reserves the right to transfer you onto another departure date of your choice (or you can claim a refund from Living Social).
• Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during one stay
•The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
• PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON October 11, 2018
• PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON May 30, 2014