SOUTH AFRICA. Kruger National Park Private Classic Safari

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SOUTH AFRICA

Kruger National Park

Private Classic Safari

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Table of Contents

Daily Itinerary ... 5

Tour Facts at a Glance ... 9

Information & Policies ... 11

Traveling To and From Your Tour ... 13

South Africa at a Glance ... 14

Suggested Packing List ... 20

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Safari Style

Travel in comfort across the African terrain in customized 4x4 vehicles with a dedicated, highly experienced driver-guide. This private classic itinerary showcases the Kruger National Park with daily game drives and numerous

opportunities to explore Africa’s beauty on foot. Flying in from Johannesburg affords you more time on the ground in the park—it also makes it ideal to combine with your other travels in Africa. You will achieve an up-close and personal experience of the land, wildlife, cultural diversity, and rich history this country has to offer.

Overview

Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa, is such a natural wonder that it has been designated a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve. Your four-night route takes you walking through the scenic bush and plains in search of zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino, and lion. The area’s best guides will share their wealth of bush culture, identifying flora and fauna, medicinal uses of plants, local folklore, and basic tracking and survival skills. At the end of the day, you will be comfortably ensconced in explorer-style tents, with facilities en suite and the African wilderness literally on your doorstep. Traditional pleasures such as high tea and sundowner cocktails add elegance to your day and evening adventures.

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Daily Itinerary

DAY 1

Plains Camp

You will be met at the Johannesburg Airport and transferred to your short internal flight on light aircraft to Kruger National Park. Your guide will meet your plane and whisk you away for the adventure ahead. On arrival at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, you will be transferred to Plains Camp. Enjoy your journey in an open 4x4 vehicle.

Camp is situated on a vast private concession in the Kruger National Park. Game moves freely through this area in the heart of the wilderness, overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain and waterhole. The concession is an environmentally sensitive area previously unexplored. With its huge diversity of flora and fauna—including the renowned “big five”—it makes an ideal setting for walking safaris.

Accommodation:

Built in authentic pioneer tradition, Plains Camp has the serenity of a 19th-century naturalist’s rest, nestled in an acacia knobthorn thicket. Designed for splendid isolation, it offers just four tents, comfortably furnished in traditional African explorer style. En-suite facilities with hot running water add to the ambiance, as does the African wilderness sitting on your threshold.

After settling into your tent, explore the grounds and join your campmates for high tea followed by a brief orientation to bush walking. Then depart with your guides for an introductory walk, sundowners in the bush, and a short night drive before returning to camp.

Included: Airport arrival transfer, internal flight, and bush walk / dinner Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

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DAY 2

Plains Camp

An early-morning wake-up brings you fresh coffee, tea, and traditional South African rusks before you set out with your guides on a new safari walk. Because nothing is predictable in the bush, each safari offers a new experience. As you walk, learn about the animals, trees, grasses, insects, and birds...the medicinal uses of plants...local folklore...and time-honored tracking and survival skills.

Walking trails are best enjoyed early morning and late afternoon, avoiding midday heat. The morning walk averages 3-4 hours. Walks are

customized by your guides to accommodate the group’s fitness level and special interests. A light snack is served on the walk, and a satisfying brunch awaits on your return to the camp. During the midday heat, enjoy the camp’s small library of Africana or the plunge pool overlooking the plain, where buffalo, elephant, giraffe, lion, rhino, and zebra are often sighted.

This afternoon you’ll safari by game vehicle to another location, and set off on foot upon your trail. Enjoy sundowners in the bush as you recount your day’s adventures. Back at camp, your exploits will be rewarded by a sumptuous dinner, accompanied by the sounds of the African night.

Included: Bush walks and leisure time / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

DAY 3

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

There’s time to explore one more walking trail before you decamp to Rhino Post Safari Lodge. After settling in, gather in the lounge overlooking the waterhole to enjoy a delicious high tea before departing for your late afternoon game drive.

Guided game-drive safaris at Rhino Post Safari Lodge are conducted in customized, open 4x4 Land Cruisers. In addition to its private wilderness concession, the lodge also gives visitors access to the Kruger public roads with exclusive use of some roads at night— well after gate-closing times. This affords exciting sightings of the park’s nocturnal animals.

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At sunset, the game drive stops for sundowner cocktails beneath the colorful African skies, then continues into early evening. Return to the lodge in time to freshen up and enjoy a drink before a sumptuous dinner on the deck, serenaded by night creatures.

Accommodation

The luxurious Rhino Post Safari Lodge is built on the banks of the dry Mutlumuvi riverbed. Natural materials of stone, wood, thatch, and canvas fit elegantly into the environment. Stilts raise the eight spaciously appointed suites along the riverbank for wonderful views from bedroom, bathroom, and private deck.

Suites are styled in open plan with wooden floors,

thatched roofs, canvas walls, and glass doors and windows. En-suite facilities include a deep, freestanding bath, his-and-hers basins, separate toilet, and outdoor shower surrounded by thick reed poles. Raised walkways link suites to the main area, so that wildlife meanders underneath, undisturbed.

Included: Bush walk, game drive, and leisure time / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour

DAY 4

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Today follows the rhythm of life in the lodge, while allowing space for your own unique discoveries. An early-morning wake-up...fresh coffee or tea in the lounge...departure just after sunrise on your morning game drive.

Returning to the lodge, a well-earned brunch awaits you. Rest within camp during the heat of the day, enjoying the pool or the privacy of your chalet. After high tea, depart on your afternoon game drive. Enjoy sundowners in the bush and watch the African sunset ignite the evening sky. Back at the lodge, a lavish dinner is seasoned by your tales of adventure, laughter, and pleasure in good times well spent.

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DAY 5

Johannesburg

Make the most of this last precious day with an early-morning rising and light breakfast in the lounge, preparing you for one last morning game drive. Take midmorning refreshment in the bush as you track the abundant wildlife. Return to the lodge in time for a leisurely brunch and shower before you pack up and decamp.

Included: Game drive, internal flight, airport departure transfer / breakfast and lunch

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

ITINERARY CHANGES

Please bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary, since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance and unforeseen circumstances may arise that mandate change. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience.

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Tour Facts at a Glance

Trip Length

5 days/4 nights

2015 Tour Trip Price

From* $2,498 per person (SS +$450)

Internal airfare included. Pricing based on double occupancy and includes park fees. Child pricing available on request. Minimum ages may apply.

*Please refer to our website or phone our office for complete pricing details.

Departure Dates

This private safari is available daily, on request. South Africa is an ideal destination year-round with each season having its own benefits

Meeting / Departure Point

Johannesburg, South Africa

Transport

Land arrangements utilize private vehicles. Guaranteed window seats. Internal flight Johannesburg/Kruger/Johannesburg on light aircraft included.

Guides

Accompanied by an English-speaking guide from the camp throughout.

Your CW safari Includes

»Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guide »All meals included

»Premium tented camps (with private baths) while on tour »Airport meet-and-greet service

»Transportation from the meeting to the departure point »Internal flight(s)

»All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary

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Not Included

»Visas and related costs; see “At a Glance” section for more information »Gratuities, laundry, telephone calls, and items of a personal nature »Trip cancellation and personal accident insurance

»Optional excursions and activities

Activity Level

Easy, activity options include bush walks and game drives.

Gratuities

Tipping is customary in most parts of Africa based on your satisfaction and discretion. Due to the nature of how tips are distributed on safari, it is not possible for us to pre-pay tips. Should you wish to provide a gratuity to your CW Safaris guide, the standard in the industry ranges from $10 to $15 per person, per guide, per day. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or USD. To ensure that tipping is fair for all staff, many lodges and camps use a communal tipping pot (standard is $10 per person for a two-day stay). In general, safari guests tend to tip their rangers/trackers separately; $10 per person, per day for

rangers/trackers is standard. For city and airport transfers, a nominal tip to your driver is appreciated, similar to taking a taxi. Please refer to the currency guidelines included in the “Facts at a Glance “section of this itinerary in order to assist in preparing your monetary needs.

Internal Flights—Luggage Restrictions

Please note that the checked baggage allowance on your internal flight is 44 pounds per person in a soft bag, and includes hand luggage. Passengers who do not adhere to this baggage regulation may be charged an additional fee or may delay take off, as the pilot will have to make alternative arrangements for excess baggage or hard suitcases to be transferred by another aircraft.

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Information & Policies

Guaranteed Departures

Country Walkers guarantees the departure of every tour*—no exceptions and no disappointments! From the moment that you make your deposit, you can start preparing for your adventure. We take care of all the details to ensure a seamless experience. For best availability, reserve your trip today!

* except in cases of force majeure.

Guest Responsibilities

Each guest is responsible for selecting a trip that matches their abilities and interests, and to prepare for the trip by carefully reading the confirmation materials. To join this trip, you must be in good health and capable of completing activities as described in the day-to-day itinerary. Our in-house experts welcome the opportunity to discuss the tour in more detail. In order to help us meet your needs and preferences, please note any health or physical condition issues on your Guest Questionnaire and return it to CW Safaris by 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Safety and Security

The safety and security of our guests is paramount. We will exercise utmost care in assuring a safe and enjoyable trip, but you should be aware that there are certain risks associated with all adventure travel as stated on our terms and conditions form. This form will be mailed to you with complete confirmation details upon receipt of your tour deposit, and may also be found on our website. You must confirm your acceptance of these terms and conditions to participate in your tour. If your signed acceptance is not received in our office by your tour’s start date, we reserve the right to cancel your reservation. In addition, you may be asked to sign a separate release or Indemnity form by our local partners on ground.

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Deposit Requirements

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your safari. Exceptions to this non-refundable deposit policy cannot be made for any reason, including personal emergencies, illness, or weather.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received 91 days prior to the tour start date will incur a loss of the full 20 percent deposit per person (and any additional services booked, including special permits and flights); cancellations received 90 to 61 days prior to the tour start date incur a loss of 50 percent of the tour price (and any additional services booked, including special permits and flights); there are no refunds within 60 days of the tour start date. You may transfer your reservation, depending on availability, from one departure to another (on the same itinerary, in the same calendar year) by notifying us in writing 91 days prior to the trip. There is no transfer fee if notified in time with the exception of any penalties related to internal airfare and/or seasonal price variations, after which our cancellation policy applies.

Travel Insurance

We offer guests the opportunity to purchase a Travel Protection Plan. Please contact us for details.

Travel Arrangements

Air or other travel arrangements to and from your tour are not included in the price of your trip. We encourage you to contact your local travel agent or the airline(s) directly for any arrangements you may need.

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Traveling To and From Your Tour

Tour Meeting Point and Time

You will be met at the airport upon arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa and transferred to your internal flight to Skukusa, Kruger National Park. Following check-in at your lodge and time to refresh, you will set off on an easy walking safari or game drive. Please refer to the “Facts at a Glance” section for specific entry requirements for South Africa.

Most Convenient Airport

O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), Johannesburg, South Africa O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), Johannesburg, South Africa O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), Johannesburg, South Africa O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), Johannesburg, South Africa This airport is well serviced by KLM, South African Airways, British Airways, United, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, as well as regional airlines.

Getting to the Meeting Point

As you exit customs and baggage claim, a representative will be holding a sign with your name on it and will transfer you to your connecting flight (provided we have your travel information on file at least 30 days prior to the tour).

Pre-tour Accommodations

If you plan to arrive in advance of the tour and would like assistance booking pre-tour accommodations, please contact our office.

Delays and Late arrivals

If you are delayed while traveling or for any reason miss your scheduled flight into the country, please phone our partners and/or our office so that your transfer may be rescheduled. Emergency contact details may be found in

“Accommodations Information.”

Tour Departure Point and Time

A midday charter flight from Kruger on the last day of the tour will return you to Johannesburg International Airport in time to check in for your evening flight home.

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South Africa at a Glance

The Land …the People

Population about 50,500,000

Namukelekile—Welcome to South Africa—the vibrant country where the land and its people are diverse, fascinating, and welcoming. The “Rainbow Nation” of 11 official languages, well known for its struggle for freedom, is defined by a vast geography of, high plateau, mountain ranges, veld plains and 1,800 miles of coastline along the Atlantic and Indian oceans. In addition to the Kruger’s “big five,” the country’s many ecosystems support numerous species from whales and penguins to meerkats and myriad birds.

South Africa tourist board official website: www.southafrica.net.

Entry Requirements and Visas

U.S. citizens: Passports are required, must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel, and, importantly, passports must contain at least two clean (unstamped) visa pages at the time entry is sought. Visas are not required for stays of up to 90 days. Important note if traveling with children under the age of 18: As of June 1, 2015 the South African government requires parents or guardians to produce an unabridged birth certificate reflecting details of both parents, as well as a valid passport per child. This applies even if both parents are traveling with their child. If the child is traveling with a guardian, this adult is required to produce affidavits and copies of passports from both parents giving permission for their child to travel. The details of this new entry rule are many. We strongly advise that travelers read up on the most up to date requirements. For more information, including entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens, see

www.travel.state.gov/travel or your local South African Embassy

Immunizations and Health

No immunizations are required to enter South Africa, with the important exception that proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers over one year of age if traveling from or transiting through a country with risk of yellow fever transmission (regardless of the amount of time spent in that country) and

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the following countries with low potential for exposure to yellow fever: Sao Tomé and Principe, Somalia, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Always consult a travel clinic at a local university, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, and/or your personal physician for the most up-to-date recommendations and routine vaccinations. Malaria medication, hepatitis, tetanus, typhoid, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations are generally recommended for all travelers. For the threat of malaria, you should consult the CDC or your physician for the most current information. Importantly, plan ahead for immunizations because some require administration several months prior to departure. The CDC provides the most current medical requirements and recommendations. Recommendations change frequently, so you must check directly with the CDC, a travelers clinic, or other medical authority. Visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/travel or call 877.394.8747.

Currency

South Africa uses the rand (ZAR). As of October 2014, $1 US = 11.072 ZAR. For up-to-date exchange rates, see www.oanda.com.

Most large hotels and stores accept U.S. dollars. If you are not spending time in a city prior to the tour, you will want to bring South African rand and USD (small denominations are best) for incidental expenses during the tour. Credit cards are accepted at some hotels on the tour (for your incidental or personal charges) and at restaurants and stores in larger towns. ATMs and major banks are also only available in larger towns. You are allowed to enter South Africa with ZAR 5,000 per person plus an unlimited amount in foreign currency. Please see the “Accommodations Information” for the hotels on your tour that accept credit cards.

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Phone and Internet

South Africa country code: +27

International access code calling out of South Africa: 00 »Cell-phone coverage throughout South Africa is extensive, but cannot be guaranteed at all times, especially in remote areas.

»Internet access is generally very good in towns and villages, but, it is not guaranteed at all

accommodations used on the tour. For more details regarding Wi-Fi or computer availability, please see the “Accommodations Information” section.

Time Zone

South Africa is in the Central Africa Time Zone, Eastern Standard Time plus 6 hours.

Electricity

Alternating current of 220V/230v and 50Hz is used in South Africa. Plugs are typically Type M and have three round prongs.

Weather and the Elements

South Africa is ideal year-round, with some months standing out: for mammals, winter (June, July, August—sparse vegetation and scarce water make it easier to see animals); newborn animals, September and October; famous southern right whales in Hermanus: July to November. South Africa has a year-round temperate climate with considerable variation by region. Winter months (June-September) have little rainfall in the Kruger region and temperatures range from 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, while the Western Cape and Cape Town receive some rain in winter and temperatures range from 50 to 65 degrees. Summer months (December and January) are extremely hot in the Kalahari Desert, but pleasant, warm, and sunny in the Western Cape region.

Travel Tip

Bringing your own hair dryer or other electrical device? You’ll need a converter set, available at most hardware stores.

For laptops or an electronic device with a dual voltage switch, you need the adapter plug but not a converter.

Travel Tip

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Dust:::: Have a bandana handy and ready to moisten and use, mask-style, to protect against the inevitable dusty ride.

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Language

South Africa is a multilingual country with 11 officially recognized languages (percent of native speakers in parentheses): English (8), Afrikaans (13), isiNdebele, isiXhosa (18), isiZulu (25), Sepedi (10), Sesotho, Setswana (8), Siswati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga. Conveniently, English is commonly spoken by many.

Local Traditions South Africa has a diverse population of many ethnic groups and sub groupings; each has their unique traditions and customs. For example, the African majority (about 40 million people) comprises four broad groups: the Nguni, comprising the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, and Swazi people; the Sotho-Tswana,

who include the southern, northern, and western Sotho (Tswana) people; the Tsonga; and the Venda. A large proportion of the entire population (about 80 percent) identify themselves as Christian.

While knowledge of the local language(s) is not necessary, learning a few words of greeting and thanks is always welcome when traveling. Your guide(s) will be happy to assist with language tips. For more information, see the enclosed reading list.

Food and Drink

The range of South African cuisine is as varied as it is in the United States, and is a reflection of its equally diverse cultural groups. Almost all types of food can be found, from French and Italian to African and Indian to fusions. Excellent South African wines and refreshing African lager-style beers are also widely

appreciated. Local dishes are almost always available at your accommodations for you to try.

Menus and meal locations vary greatly by accommodation and venue. Special dietary requests may be accommodated with advance notice. Please note your restrictions on your Guest Questionnaire and return it to our office by 90 days prior to your tour.

Travel Tip

Refer to the suggested packing list for comprehensive packing advice, but most importantly do not forget these essentials for:

Sun and heat: wide- brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen

Mosquito bites: long sleeves, socks, insect repellent, and closed-toe shoes

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Tap water in large cities is considered safe to drink. Bottled and/or boiled and filtered water is available at all accommodations and is recommended at all times throughout the tour, including for brushing your teeth.

Traveling in South Africa

Security While on tour, guests are entirely in the care of CW guides and tour accommodations. Please follow guide and lodging staff guidelines about securing valuables and awareness about animal activity at your lodgings and in the countryside.

For independent travel, South Africa requires the common sense and exercise of slightly above-normal precautions for personal safety that apply in many

countries and cities worldwide; in addition to being aware of your surroundings, keep your valuables close and hidden while in public (avoid dangling cameras or other “tourist bait”), and avoid walking alone at night.

We suggest registering with the US Embassy at step.state.gov.

Tipping is practiced and appreciated in South Africa (but see tipping guidelines for guides and lodging for your guided tour in your tour details). Specific recommendations: for airport luggage assistance, 5-10 rand per person; hotel porters, 10-20 rand per porter service; in restaurants and bars, around 10 to 15 percent of the bill.

Shopping opportunities are numerous in South Africa and could be at small local craft markets, small shops in towns and cities, galleries and gift shops in hotels and lodges, and shopping malls in larger cities. Bargaining at markets is a generally accepted and even expected practice; once in South Africa, you will develop a sense of a fair price for the item you want, both for yourself and the vendor. It is best practice to purchase the item once a fair price is reached.

What to look for in South Africa: baskets, beadings, carvings of wood and soft stone, jewelry, ostrich eggshell curios, pottery, weavings, and wine.

Travel Tip

If you see something you like, buy it! You probably won’t find the exact same thing again!

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Photography Guidelines

»Your guide can advise about the people and cultures you meet on your tour; sensitivity about taking photos is always recommended. Not all African cultures are comfortable with cameras, thus some may shy away from having their picture taken, or some may ask a fee.

»It is advisable to avoid photographing government and/or military installations, including personnel (soldiers and police) and buildings (post offices, banks, airports, border posts, railway stations, and bridges).

»If you promise to send a photo to someone you have met while traveling, we strongly urge you to follow up and make sure they receive the photo!

»What are the essentials? A good camera you are comfortable using and a dust cover (a plastic bag is fine). Even better? A zoom lens for capturing distant or moving animals. Don’t forget extra batteries and/or a charger.

The Big Five are:leopard, lion, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo. This “animal wish list” for safari travelers is a reference from colonial trophy hunting, ranking the animals by danger to hunt; which is why, for example, hippopotamuses and giraffes are not among the five.

Some suggested travel guidelines

Do Do Do

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»Ask your guide(s) about the most appropriate local crafts or products to purchase.

»Ask your guides about when and where taking photos is appropriate. »Refer to the suggested packing list

for appropriate clothing for both climate and culture.

»Bring used batteries and the like home with you to recycle.

»Remove pieces of the landscape. »Touch plants or animals, to prevent

injury—if you have any doubts, ask your guide.

»Give handouts to street children; donations to nongovernmental organizations can better target a region’s needs.

»Wear shorts (women) in villages for cultural reasons

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Suggested Packing List

YOUR MAIN BAG

We suggest a soft duffle type bag, not a hard suitcase or one with a frame and wheels—these fit more easily into the vehicles. If your itinerary includes internal flights: : : luggage limits do not exceed 33-44 lbs including checked and carry-on : bags (excess luggage will only be allowed on the flight if there is space and/or excess luggage charges may apply—if too heavy it may be left behind or cause delays!). Please see the “At a Glance” section of your itinerary for destination specific restrictions.

YOUR DAY PACK

Pack essentials in your carry-on: valuables, documents, prescription medication, and a change of clothes. We also suggest that you keep cash in more than one place.

PACKING CHECKLIST

Many lodges and camps have laundry service—so there is no need to bring too much.

Color on Safari

Acceptable bush colors for game activities are khaki, green, brown, or grey. We do not recommend you wear blue or black during the day—this may attract tsetse flies. Bright colors, especially white, stand out to animals and may be dangerous; however, they are fine at your lodgings, in towns, and on village visits.

CLOTHING

Day Wear

»1 pair of light walking boots/closed shoes/sneakers »1 pair sandals

»1 wide-brimmed hat and/or baseball cap »1 pair sunglasses

»2 pairs long pants »2 pairs shorts or capris

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»2-3 T-shirts

»2-3 long-sleeve shirts

Evening Wear

»1-2 sets of casual evening clothes (long trousers & long sleeves to reduce insect bites—any color)

»1 medium-weight sweater or fleece »1 pair of jeans (optional)

»1 pair of casual shoes

For Winter (June, July & early August) »1 warm/windproof jacket

»1 warm hat

»1 pair of lightweight gloves »1 scarf/wrap

Other Clothes

»3-4 pairs of lightweight socks »3-4 pairs of underwear

»1 pajama/something to wear in bed

»1 swimsuit (when swimming is available at camps/lodges)

OTHER PACKING RECOMMENDATIONS

»High factor suntan lotion, moisturizer, and lipbalm »Antihistamine cream, antidiarrheal drugs and pain relievers »Eyedrops

»Toothpaste and toothbrush

»Razor (not electric) and shaving foam/gel

»Own personal toiletries and medication; any personal medication should be carried with you at all times

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Camera Equipment

If not a keen photographer, then a small film or digital camera will suffice. If you are an avid photographer, we suggest bringing the following equipment: »1 camera body – make sure you know how to use it before you leave home »1 wide-angle (zoom) lens (35-80mm)

»1 telephoto lens (zoom) (80mm up to 500mm, but 200/300mm will suffice) »Lots of spare memory cards (1 to 4 GBs) for digital or, if still on film, lots of film

(from 50-800 ASA) »Spare batteries

»Camera cleaning equipment

»Beanbag/monopod/small tripod (your travel pillow can also substitute) »Dustproof, padded camera bag

»Video camera—with lots of film/memory plus spare batteries (optional) »Laptop for burning CDs/DVDs—image storage/backup (optional)

All accommodations have recharging facilities – for cameras, iPods, laptops, etc.

Optional (but recommended)

»A pair of binoculars »Flashlight

»Prescription glasses, plus a spare pair

»Contact lenses and spares (bring glasses too—dust can be a problem) »Ladies: a sports bra—for the bumpy roads

»Reading matter and guide/identification books »Zip-lock bags—always useful

»Adapter plug »Sewing kit »Earplugs

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OTHER INFO

Apps for Your Phone

Guests with smartphones might want to check out the following apps or search on iTunes for any useful safari apps:

My Digital Earth: African Mammal, Birds, Wildlife & Trees

Pocket Universe: Stars

If you wish to stay connected with home during your safari, you might consider some of the great apps available such as SkypeSkypeSkypeSkype (prepurchase credits before you leave and call home for just pennies, or free if calling another Skype address) and WhatsApp

WhatsApp WhatsApp

WhatsApp (just get others to load the same app and you can text back and forth for free – and share a photo or two!). Just bear in mind that these apps will only work when Wi-Fi is available.

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Accommodations Information

NIGHTS 1 & 2

Plains Camp

Kruger National Park, South Africa email: info@rws.co.za

ph: +27 11 467 1886

Internet not available. Credit cards accepted. Laundry service available. No hair dryer available (central charging available, no power outlet in room).

NIGHTS 3 & 4

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Kruger National Park, South Africa email: info@rws.co.za

ph: +27 11 467 1886

Wireless Internet available. Credit cards accepted. Laundry service available. Hair dryer provided in room.

GENERAL EMERGENCY CONTACT

Our South Africa Partners, M&M Solutions:

ph: + 27 (0) 21 447 88 07 cell: + 27 (0) 82 450 31 06

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