Fair Trade South Africa

Country visited: South Africa.

This 8 day tour has proudly been certified by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA). Fair Trade South Africa for tourism awards the use of special label to qualifying businesses / products as a way of signifying their commitment to Fair Trade South Africa criteria include fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing, fair operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and environment. This tour has been Fair Tourism South Africa certified and this showcases not only our commitment towards responsible tourism but also the beauty of Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga in the north east of South Africa. You will stay in Johannesburg, experience Soweto and get fantastic safari experiences in and around the Kruger National Park. Fair Tourism in South Africa.


Get to know South Africas people and animals

Day 1 Johannesburg

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg you will be met by your Share Africa Travel representative and transferred to your hotel.

The Peech Hotel demonstrates a great commitment towards operating in an environmentally responsible manner. The business has solar-water geysers for the entire property in place and drinking water is filtered on site and they use refillable glass bottles (reducing the use of plastic bottles). Rain and grey water from baths and showers is processed and recycled for use in the Peech’s lush and leafy landscaping, which also has its own herb garden. The Peech has a long-standing and serious commitment to investment in the Little Eden Children’s Home. The hotel also donates relevant items (linen, crockery, etc) to the charity and allows the staff of Little Eden to stay at the hotel as an incentive for top performance.

Overnight: Fair Trade South Africa for Tourism accredited The Peech Hotel, incl. breakfast

Day 2 Johannesburg & Soweto

After breakfast at the hotel, your Share Africa Travel representative will take you on a 5 hour Fair Trade tour of Soweto, South Africa’s largest and best-known township. This tour will give you the opportunity to experience Soweto at its purest. The tour will start with a glimpse of Baragwanath Hospital en route to Kliptown where the Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. You will visit the Hector Pietersen Museum and the Vilakazi precinct, home to 2 former Nobel Peace Prize Winners – Bishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. After this it is time to visit one of the many projects in and around Soweto. Thereafter you will head off on bicycles to explore the hidden corners of the township. Learn Tsotsi Taal (a language spoken by the locals), visit a day care centre and a hostel to experience the effects of apartheid. Visit a local home and experience the vibe in Meadowlands.
After cycling through Soweto you get to unwind with a typical township lunch before being transferred back to your hotel.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch
Overnight: Fair Trade South Africa for Tourism accredited The Peech Hotel

Day 3 Louis Trichard / Makhado

This morning after breakfast your Share Africa Travel representative will transfer you to the airport and assist you with collecting your rental car. Today you will drive to Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge located on the Albasini Dam in Limpopo Province. The driving time is approximately 6 hours.

Positioned in the midst of local arts and crafts routes, Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge demonstrates its long-term support to the local artisans and communities by promoting the various routes and stocking only local crafts in-house; staff development is given high priority and the lodge has a culture of staff participation and education; a significant achievement has been its success in establishing the Ribolla Tourism Association with the numerous artists that live in the area, which collectively markets the area’s wide array of tourist attractions.

Meals included: breakfast
Overnight: Fair Trade South Africa for Tourism accredited Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge

Day 4 Louis Trichard / Makhado

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge before departing in your rental vehicle, accompanied by a local guide, on a half day tour to discover the skills of the Venda and Shangaan artists in the area. This route meanders through Elim and the villages of Mukhondeni and Mashamba which is home to some of the most talented artists in the region. Amongst them are the legendary Jackson Hlungwane, Sarah Munyai and Phineas Makovhele. From potters, to wood carvers, drummers and weavers, today you will have a chance not only to view wonderful art and craft but also to get one of the most authentic cultural experiences available today. Stop and chat to the locals in their villages, schools and community centres – the unparalleled hospitality and generosity in spirit is guaranteed to make you want to return.

Meals included: breakfast
Overnight: Fair Trade South Africa for Tourism accredited Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge

Day 5 Kruger National Park

Breakfast will be served at the lodge before you depart to Umlani Bush Camp in the
Timbavati Game Reserve which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. The driving time is approximately 4½ hours and the route will take you through the fertile valleys around Tzaneen before leading you to the bushveld at Timbavati.

You will be warmly welcomed on arrival at Umlani Bush Camp before enjoying lunch and settling into your traditional African reed and thatch hut. You will have time to relax before departing on your late afternoon safari in search of the Big 5. Dinner will be served at the camp on your return.

Umlani Bush Camp focuses on staff development through training and contributions to a collective education fund. The business also invests time and financial resources to support a local orphanage and by facilitating staff HIV/Aids education as well as voluntary counselling and testing. Emphasis on supporting community-based suppliers includes a sewing business and a local laundry.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight: Fair Trade South Africa for Tourism accredited Umlani Bush Camp

Day 6 & 7 Kruger National Park

Your days will start with an early morning safari. Breakfast is served at the camp when you return. You will have the rest of the day to relax by the pool or enjoy a drink at the bush bar before lunch. Then it is time for the afternoon game drive again, followed by dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight: Fair Trade South Africa for Tourism accredited Umlani Bush Camp

Day 8 Kruger National Park – Back home

One last chance to enjoy an early game drive and breakfast before you check out for the drive to Johannesburg. The driving time is approximately 6 hours but you will probably take an hour or 2 more to allow for a leisurely drive. The road will take you via the Panorama Route along the Blyde River Canyon, mountains, viewpoints and waterfalls. You will travel through the grasslands and maize farms of the Highveld to OR Tambo International airport where you will return your rental car and board your flight home.

Meals included: breakfast

RATES & INCLUSIVE / EXCLUSIVE

Tour Price: ZAR 9,780.00 per person sharing (prices valid until 31 December 2012)

Inclusive

  • Road transfer from OR Tambo International Airport to the hotel on the day of arrival
  • 2 nights` accommodation in a Garden Room or House Room at The Peech Hotel including breakfast
  • 5 hour Fair Trade South Africa Tour of Soweto including lunch
  • Road transfer from the hotel to OR Tambo International Airport to collect rental car
  • 6 days` rental of a Group C car (Toyota Corolla or similar) including unlimited mileage & SuperCover insurance
  • 2 nights` accommodation in a Standard Room at Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge including breakfast
  • Half day Artists tour at Shiluvari including local guide (using your rental vehicle for transportation)
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in a Standard Room at Umlani Bush Camp including breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 game drives daily, optional bush walks and local brand drinks, and Timbavati Conservation Levy

Exclusive

  • Timbavati vehicle permit of ZAR 120.00 payable at the entrance gate to Timbavati (subject to change)
  • Meals, excursions and entrance fees not mentioned under Inclusive
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips, gratuities & porterage
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