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We are a small independent company that specializes in bespoke group travel as we feel experiences are better shared and there is so much to gain from travelling together.

We started up in 2013 and have 4 groups in the UK which meet for social events, the chance to meet other members, get involved and talk travel.

We plan trips all over the world, from weekends away in Europe to long haul trips in far off destinations, and have had amazing experiences worldwide whilst making great new friends and sharing unforgettable moments together.

If its adventure that you crave, culture, relaxation or doing something completely different there are trips to suit every type of traveller and every budget.

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SOUTH AFRICA AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY over 17 days.

Heathrow Airport

£2,199.00

ONLY TWIN ROOMS AVAILABLE 10 TRAVEL BUDDIES GOING AT PRESENT PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TRIP DOES NOT END ON THE FRIDAY IT ENDS ON SUNDAY THE 15TH BUT DUE TO MEET UP RESTRICTIONS I CANNOT LIST A TRIP THAT IS OVER TWO WEEKS LONG. Join Travel Buddies as we embark on this incredible journey across the South coast of Africa. This incredible itinerary has been tailor made for the group and encompasses a super range of activities, 4 star accommodations and a fantastic variety of excursions. With every chance of capturing a sighting of Africa's big 5, visiting a handpicked selection of the finest Cape Vineyards in the world, penguin spotting, beach picnics and a dolphin and whale watching boat trip but to name a few, you need look no further, If you have always wanted to go to South Africa, this trip truly has encompassed all of the best bits to make this an absolutely unforgettable once in a lifetime journey. Day 1. Friday After meeting at the airport we will check in and have time to relax and meet the rest of the group before boarding our flight. Day 2. Saturday. CAPE TOWN Upon arrival in Cape Town we will be met at the airport by our driver and guide and will transfer to our 4 star hotel. The Cape Town Lodge. There is an outdoor rooftop pool and free wifi. Breakfast is included each morning throughout the trip. After our long journey we have a little time before we can check in, then relax and settle in to our accommodation before our welcome meeting in the evening and dinner in a local restaurant. There is an option to have a room to yourself for the supplement of £450 for the duration but there are limited so please let me know as soon as you RSVP if you would like one. Day 3. Sunday. CAPE TOWN After a good nights sleep and a great breakfast we will meet our guide and driver and head out to visit some of the must see sites on a fully guided day trip. Our first stop is Table Mountain. The most iconic landmark of South Africa. Here we will take the cable car to the top and have time to admire the views over the city. We will have a lunch stop today at the V & A Waterfront where the city of Cape Town meets the sea and time to explore the area. Robben Island is an island in South Africa, located off Cape Town. Inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1999, Robben Island is known for being used as a prison, leprosarium, psychiatric hospital and military defence post. In the twentieth century, black opponents of the apartheid regime, sentenced to long sentences, were interned there, including three future South African presidents (Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma). Here we will have a private tour of the island from an ex inmate. “To be free is not only to get rid of its chains; It is to live in a way that respects and strengthens the freedom of others. “ Nelson Mandela, a long way to freedom. Return to hotel late afternoon/early evening. In the evening we will eat locally to the hotel. The Travel Buddies trips work on the basis that as long as you are having a good time then that is what matters, if you don't feel like coming on one of the excursions or joining the rest of the group for dinner one evening then that is absolutely fine. This is an adventure for everyone and there is nothing worse than having to go somewhere/do something that you don't really fancy! MEALS B Day 4. Monday. CAPE This morning we take "Chapmans Peak Drive" arguably the most scenic drive in the world with photo stops along the way, think cliff drops, stunning long white sand wild beaches drive. This takes us from Cape Town to Cape Point, a nature reserve and the symbolic southern boost tip of Africa (it’s actually the second most scenic point). It has some lovely beaches as well as the point itself which has two light houses and fabulous views. We should also see baboons and other animals such as Ostrich and various hoofed animals. Afternoon stop at Boulders Beach which offers up something the others don't – a large colony of African penguins! We will have time here to take some great pictures and take a sunny stroll. MEALS B Day 5. Tuesday. CAPE TOWN Free Day, there will be optional excursions that can be arranged today such as Kayaking, Paragliding a Cape Malay cooking lesson or a hike to lions head for sunset. we can explore in smaller group or spend time relaxing. MEALS B Day 6. Wednesday. CAPE TOWN -FRANSCHHOEK Today we wave a fond farewell to Cape Town and head off after breakfast to Franschhoek. Today is all about sampling those fine South African wines at three different vinyard's with tastings at each, we will be booked on to the wine tram... and have been advised as the best places to hop off! A superb lunch is included at La Maison wine Estate and Restaurant. Chefs Warehouse at Maison is about experiencing food like you’ve never experienced it before. In short, it’s about the sheer pleasure of taste. By pairing flavours in unexpected and exciting ways, an infinite number of fresh taste sensations is created for you to enjoy... a lunch to remember. Arrival in Franschoek early evening at the Oak Tree Lodge in the heart of the Cape winelands, dinner at the hotel and time to relax. MEALS B, L Day 7 Thursday. FRANSCHHOEK- HERMANUS This morning we are off again... Today Hermanus is calling us... and what a day it is set to be with a dolphin and whale watching excursion and a picnic lunch on the beach. ( life jackets will be provided on the boat) Arrival at hotel in Hermanus where we will stay overnight at The Baleia Guest Lodge. MEALS B, L Day 8 Friday. HERMANUS - PLETTENBURG BAY Today we leave the hotel mid morning and make our way towards Plettenburg Bay ( please be aware that we will be travelling by road for around 5 hours today). We will have a stop along the way and upon arrival will visit the Knysna Elephant Park, the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. Over the last twenty years, the park has cared for and raised more than forty elephants. These animals include relocated animals, orphaned calves, elephants rescued from culls and ex-circus animals. Some have become part of the resident herd, others have moved onto other reserves and facilities in the Western and Eastern Cape, depending on their personalities, bonds with other animals and welfare needs. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Bufflesdam country house. MEALS B Day 9 Saturday. PLETTENBURG BAY Today we have a more relaxed day with a canopy walk through Tsitsikamma National Forest. We can opt for some R& R this afternoon or take an additional excursion of our choice to The Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre,The Birds of Eden Sanctuary, or the monkey park. ( afternoon activity not included) MEALS B Day 10 Sunday. PLETTENBURG-DRAKENSBURG This morning we leave Plettenburg and take the drive ( 2.5 hours) to Port Elizabeth where we will catch our flight to Durban. Upon arrival in Durban we take a transfer to Drakensburg where we will be staying at Hotel Nottingham Road. Evening to relax MEALS B Day 11 Monday. DRAKENSBURG Today we visit the birds of prey sanctuary in the morning and hike to Monks Cowl in the afternoon,the gateway to some of the most magnificent mountain Wilderness areas in South Africa. MEALS B Day 12 Tuesday. DRAKENSBURG- RORKES DRIFT On to the next part of the trip to Rorkes Drift where we will have lunch and spend the afternoon enjoying a battlefield tour ( You might want to watch Zululand to get a good idea of the history of the area, the Zulu tribe and the battle that took place here) For the next two nights we are staying at at Nortons Guest House MEALS B Day 13 Wednesday. RORKES DRIFT Free day where additional activities can be booked Day 14 Thursday. RORKES DRIFT- RHINO SAFARI LODGE, just take a look at this https://www.rhinoridge.co.za/ During the next two days we will be in African Safari Paradise! We will experience a luxury safari in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Big 5 Game Reserve, the oldest nature reserve in Africa. Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge in the iconic Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, offering a chic alternative to the traditional park visit. After a morning drive to the lodge we settle in and are off on our first game drive. The term the 'Big Five' refers to some of Africa's most popular wildlife, the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. The phrase itself was coined by African hunters and refers to the five most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot. MEALS B,L,D Day 15 Friday. RHINO SAFARI LODGE Both morning and afternoon game drives are included today. The morning game drives starts at around 04.30 as this gives us the best chance of spotting them. Time to relax at the lodges between times. MEALS B,L,D Day 16 Saturday. RHINO SAFARI LODGE After an early morning game drive we will have breakfast and some free time to spend our last afternoon gazing at the amazing scenery and saying our fond farewells to South Africa before the transfer to the airport late afternoon for our flight home. MEALS INCLUDED: B Day 17. Sunday. Arrive London Heathrow. 11.30 Whats Included * Travel Buddies host. * Welcome meeting * All overland transport * English speaking guide and driver * 12 nights in 4* accommodation with breakfast each morning * 2 nights full board at the 4* Rhino Safari Lodge * 1 x Internal Flight Port Elizabeth-Durban * All entrance fees unless otherwise stated * Guided tour of Robben Island * Return cable car ticket to the top of Table Mountain * Tour of three vinyards with wine tastings * Lunch at "La Maison * Dolphin & Whale watching Excursion with beach picnic lunch ( this is not a private tour for the group and there will be other joining the boat) * Elephant Sanctuary visit * Canopy Walk * Birds of Prey Sanctuary Visit * Hike to Monks Cowl * Battlefield Tour * 4 Game Drives Whats not Included * International Flights. The below flights are the suggested flights. You are more than welcome to book different flights from wherever is most convenient for you in the UK. If you wish to join the group from a different flight you will need to arrange a transfer to the hotel in Cape Town which we can assist with. On departure please ensure that your flight home from Durban is after 18.00 on the 14/11. You need to book your own flights. Below is the flight that I will be taking. Suggested flights are with British Airways and are as follows. They are £650 return as of today [masked]) Outbound ( Direct) [masked] Depart London Heathrow 18.15 Arrive Cape Town 07.50+1 BA43 Inbound ( Non Direct) [masked] Depart Durban King Shaka 18.10 Arrive Johannesburg O R Tambo 19.15. BA6226 [masked] Depart Johannesburg O R Tambo 22.05 Arrive Heathrow 07.35+1. BA54 * Any other activities than those listed above. * Entrance fees, public transport and tips. COST The price of the above tour is £2199.All payments need to be made into the Protected Trust Services account held with HSBC: A non refundable deposit of £299. If we haven’t received your deposit within 3 days of RSVP, your RSVP will be changed to "not going" and your space will be released. The balance needs to be paid by the following dates. £950 by the 31st May 2020 £950 by the 31st August 2020 Protected Trust Services Limited Account number:[masked] Sort Code:[masked] Reference:[masked]. Your First and Last Name To learn more on how we protect your money, please visit [www.protectedtrustservices.com/travel/consumer-protection/ SOME NOTES FOR THE TRIP Please answer all of the questions you get asked when you RSVP. What is your full name? what is your contact number? What is your email address? Do you know the travel buddy you wish to share a room with? Do you wish to have a room to yourself for the duration of the trip for a supplement of £450? The itinerary is subject to change, we cannot control the weather and so will adapt the itinerary to suit but we absolutely endeavour to deliver everything on the itinerary. In the instance that an alternative accommodation may need to be used it will be of equal or higher standard. You will need to speak to your healthcare provider in good time regarding and vaccinations that you require for the trip. If you have a UK passport you do not need a visa, if you have a passport issued by a different country please contact me and I will assist you. The accommodation at the Rhino Lodge is so super that we just have to stay there but there is one fact that we would like you to note, the toilet facilities are totally private but the bathing facilities are not, ( shower/ Bathtub) therefore it may be necessary to make a little arrangement with your roomie for the 2 nights when wishing to bathe (perhaps to leave the room for a little while) By paying a non refundable deposit you will be agreeing to the following terms and conditions; https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/pages/29306779/Travel_Buddies_Terms_And_Conditions/ We really hope you are as excited about this trip as we are and cannot wait for the group to experience this this amazing adventure. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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