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General information

  • 14 days (13 nights)
  • Group: minimum 4 and maximum 7 people
  • Michael Scholl - a multilingual (English, French, German, Swiss German) biologist guide

Departure

July 7, 2012: departure from Geneva

July 8, 2012: arrival in South Africa and start of the expedition

Price

Please contact us for the expedition package and information sheet with prices

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Included

  • International and national flights
  • Accommodation during the 13 days of the trip (sharing)
  • All transport during the 14 days in South Africa
  • Parc entrance fees
  • The activities (weather permitting) as described in this itinerary
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Not included

  • Travel and medical insurance (highly recommended)
  • Drinks (sodas and alcoholic beverages)
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Conditions

The number of participants is limited to a maximum of eight. The price includes all flights from Geneva (Switzerland) to Johannesburg (South Africa), and the private nature reserve. 

However compulsory medical and accident travel insurance, extras such as sodas and alcoholic beverages, souvenirs and pocket money are not included in this cost.

Any participant not respecting the safety rules of A Taste of Travel, BlueXplorer, Transfrontier Adventures and Conservation Services, Balule Nature Reserve and S.A.V.A.N.N.A. (South African Volunteers for Animals Native to Natural Areas) Project will immediately be returned to Switzerland at her/his own costs. This is to guarantee the safety of the team and the group.

Ecological concerns

For ecological reasons and to optimise your travel footprint, we invite you to offset your carbon footprint using the My Climate Foundation.

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Accommodation

Accommodation in Paradise Camp is basic but essential. The camp includes five double chalets, of wooden construction and elevated above ground, which can accommodate a maximum of 10 people.

The five chalets are constructed in a circle around the recreational area. Each chalet has a shaded balcony giving privacy. The elevated nature of the chalets is in order to prevent wild animals from gaining access. Explorers are required to share their rooms – two persons per chalet. Beds and mattresses with bed linen and small bedside tables is provided. Each bed is fitted with a mosquito net

Food

The Transfrontier Africa team and the explorers will share responsibilities for cooking and taking turns for the different duties involved. Food is plenty and usually cooked on the open fire.

A small kitchen area with LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) operated freezer and stove is available under thatched roof (open sides). There is also a ‘dining’ area with a thatched roof and open sides that provides shade and shelter from rain.

Cooking is done primarily on open fire. LPG stoves are available for times when weather or conditions do not allow, or for small items such as tea and coffee.

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Equipment list

July corresponds to the dry winter season for this region of South Africa. Wildlife is generally easier to spot and observe due to the fact that vegetation cover is not as dense and water is sparse, hence animals tend to concentrate near water holes or the Oliphant River. This is the ideal period to visit the Greater Kruger National Park! Temperatures may vary between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius, and we will need to dress well and adequately for our excursion and activities.

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Along with your checked-in travel duffle bag or large backpack (avoid solid suitcases):

  • 'Presentable' clothing (for restaurants, city visits, etc)
  • A waterproof backpack (day pack)
  • A complete K-Way and a warm, water- and wind-proof jacket
  • A pair of high hiking shoes (used) and several pairs of long hiking socks
  • A pair of used light shoes for the camp
  • 4 fleeces or pullovers
  • 10 shirts or t-shirts
  • 4 long sleeved shirts
  • 3 pairs of long pants and two pairs of windproof hiking shorts
  • Swimsuit
  • Warm hat and a wide brimmed hat or cap (beware of the sun)
  • Good polarised sunglasses
  • Sun screen cream (SPF 30+)
  • Eco-friendly biodegradable soap and shampoo
  • Small pharmacy: personal medicine, painkiller, Anti-Diarrheals (Imodium), etc.
  • Photo and/or video camera in rugged dust-proof camera bag
  • Anti-mosquito repellent (spray or liquid) - July represents the dry season and we are unlikely to be bothered by mosquitos however - but rather safe than sorry!
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Malaria Prophylaxis - It is essential that you take professional medical advice before embarking on this trip. It is imperative that you take the tablets as prescribed.

Washing clothes during the expedition will be limited, and the best solution is to bring along all the clothing you will need (not included in travel price).

Your guide, Michael Scholl, is also a dedicated photographer and will also film parts of the expedition, and you will be able to share media as well.

The participant must have travel insurance, medical and accident insurances, and an international repatriation insurance valid in the countries concerned by this expedition (Switzerland, U.A.E. and South Africa).

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