South Africa Experience

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We would like to invite you to join and make this unique experience with us.

Wildlife - Around 30 hours of safari, in between sunrise and sunset  game drives (driving in a 4x4 looking for the most extraordinary animals) and bush walks (exploring the African bush by feet with qualified rangers).

Culture - Delicious African culinary, the South African people and their costumes.

Relax and enjoy - On the swimming pool or profiting of the several optional activities, between interacting with animals, diamonds mine, horse or quad bike safaris or microlight flight over the Dinokeng Game Reserve.

 

One unique experience adapted and thinked  for you.

Where are we staying

Our meeting point will always be at the O. R. Tambo International Airport , Johannesburg, South Africa.

We're one official transport company car will be waiting for you.

From there you will have a one hour drive to the Dinokeng Game Reserve, were your guide will be expecting you.

 

 

 

The Dinokeng Game Reserve is a large wildlife sanctuary in the province of Gauteng in a malaria free area. There the "Big Five"(lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) roam free in the approximately  21.000 hectares of the conservation reserve. Dinokeng is the language of the baTswana and baPedi people, translated means "a rivers place"and the reserve is named for the many rivers that flow through it on their way to joining the Limpopo and Orange rivers. 

You will be accommodated in one of the newest lodges of Dinokeng, the 4 *  Tendeni Private Lodge, were the obligatory swimming pool and bar will provide the ideal environment to enjoy and relax. You can find more information about Tendeni in our "Partners" page.

 

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Traveling to South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

-We strongly advice, that when you start to plan your South Africa Experience, you take a travel consultation with a doctor for information about vaccinations, etc. (The World Health Organisation recommends the following vaccinations for South Africa: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza)

-The following link shows a list of countries exempt from requiring VISA when traveling to South Africa.

This list may change without notice, so better check just before your trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Traveling with children: At immigration, requires Unabridged Birth Certificate which shows the details of both parents.

If father travels alone, then the birth certificate needs to be certified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Money and tipping

 

 The local currency is South African Rand (ZAR). 100R are approximately 5.50CHF/5€/4.50£/5.50$ (2020). It is advisable to exchange money into local currency, either at the airport or in your country ahead of the event. 

There is no expectation of tipping at the event or activities, of course, local people will be happy if you do it. The guideline is voluntary tipping of 10% on service fee/food/beverages. 

Voltage

 

 Plugs are different and special, adapters need to be brought. 

 

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Insurances 

All participants are expected to take out comprehensive medical and travel insurances in the event of unforeseen circumstances leading to participants falling ill or having to cancel their trip in South Africa.

 

Dress Code 

The entire event is very casual. Just one little reminder about colours, it is important the using of earth colours (greens, browns and khakis), specially for the game drives and bush walks. 

Bush walks are walking safaris and we are invading the territory of the animals and possibly predators. For your safety and the safety of your group, you will be expected to dress in neutral tones (earth colours), so white, bright colours or busy patterns are not appropriate.

Dark colours, like blacks and dark blues are thought to attract flies and mosquitos. Red is also not a very good idea, predators identify red with wounded animals. 

The weather in South Africa is nothing like one would expect, most people think that this part of the world is constantly warm, if not unbearably hot. Nothing could be more farther from reality. During the early morning and evening safaris a warm jumper, cardigan or coat is highly advised as it can get quite cold on the open plan jeeps. 

Very confortable shoes at all time is a must, specially for the bush walks is recommended high trekking shoes. 

 

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What can you expect 

Full days of fun, emotions, adventures, wildlife and cultural interaction.

Our days will start at 6.30h with our first safari, that will take around 2,5h. Then we will return to the lodge for our breakfast.

Accordingly with the plans, we will leave to our daily optional activity, that normally is outside the Dinokeng Game Reserve (all planed activities are at the maximum around 2h drive from Dinokeng).

Lunch will be held on the lodge or on the place of the activity. 

Around 17h, back at the lodge, we start our second safari of the day. Again around 2,5h of great adventure trying to spot the most incredible animals and specially the "Big Five".

Around 20h we will enjoy our dinner, with delicious African specialties. 

Afterwards we can relax and have fun at the lodge bar.

Attention: All times and structure of the day planning can be adjusted accordingly with the activities we are doing, weather, etc.

Be prepared for great fun in a truly South African Experience.

 

Prices

The prices of your South Africa Experience are CHF1600 for adults and CHF1000 for children until 15 yo.

The event fees include: airport transfers, accommodation, all meals (inc. tee/coffee and one soft drink per meal) and sunrise and sunset safaris from Sunday to Saturday. The event fees do not include: flights, optional activities and alcoholic drinks.

The inscriptions will  be validate just after the payment of 30% of the event fee (non-refundable). The participant agrees to pay the full payment until 60 days prior 0f the event. If the inscription will be made 60 days or less from the begging of the event , the full fee should be payed for inscribing. The Maia Wildlife Safari Experience have the right to cancel all inscriptions, when the payments did not follow the conditions here described. 

We have a limited number of inscriptions, early reservations are advised.

 

Don't forget to pack:

 Adaptor for South African wall plugs; Sun cream; Insects spray; Hat/Cap; Sunglasses; Swimming suit; Binoculars; Photo camera; Basic medication; 

 

Optional activities 
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Glen Afric Country Lodge is situated only 20 minutes from Pretoria and 40 minutes from Johannesburg. Nestled in the north-eastern of the Cradle of Human Kind and the Magaliesberg Biosphere, Glen Afric is surrounded by ancient heritage. 

Open to day visitors, you can celebrate the wild by enjoying a bush game drive, elephant interaction, a walk with elephants, a hilltop sundowner or simply sit on the deck and watch the wildlife go by. The lodge also boasts an a-la-carte restaurant, bar, swimming pool, TV lounge and curio shop. 

Glen Afric is home to the "Wild at Heart" television series and guests can view the homestead where filming took place.

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The Cullinan kimberlite pipe was discovered in 1902 and open pit mining commenced at the ‘Premier’ mine (as it was then known) in 1903. Ore extraction has been by underground mining methods since 1946. Ore extraction has varied between 2 and 5 Mt per annum and ore treatment between 2 and 7 Mt per annum.

The mine was renamed ‘Cullinan’ as part of its centenary celebrations and to link the mine to the illustrious heritage of the Cullinan diamond, which provided the two main polished diamonds within the British Crown Jewels (the 530 carat Great Star of Africa and the 317 carat Lesser Star of Africa).

Cullinan is also renowned as the world’s most important source of blue diamonds, providing the collection of 11 rare blues displayed in 2000 at London’s Millennium Dome alongside the Millennium Star and which included the fancy vivid blue ‘Heart of Eternity’ (27 carats polished).

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Kevin Richardson - As a self-taught animal behaviourist, he has broken every safety rule known to man when working with these wild animals. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal’s spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them, he uses love, understanding and trust to develop personal bonds with them.

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Established in 1971 the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre is a tribute to the woman who has devoted her life to the survival of cheetahs and other rare and endangered species.

Two hour guided tours are offered daily, and on certain mornings guests have the option to book a cheetah run and guided tour package. The cheetah run offers an opportunity to witness a breath taking high speed cheetah chase. Tours are led by a knowledgeable guide and visitors to the Centre will see a variety of animals including cheetah, King Cheetah, African wild dog, caracal and vultures amongst others.

The Centre prides itself in its contribution to the conservation and survival of the cheetah species through meticulous breeding (ensuring genetic diversity) and the ability to release captive born cheetahs as and when suitable space becomes available.

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Mystic Monkeys & Feathers is a wildlife park that offers you an opportunity to get as close as you’ll ever get to some of the world’s most majestic animals.
View beautiful birds and other animals and learn from our smart tour guides about primates.

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Big Cat Experiences guarantees you an up-close-and-personal experience unlike any other with our stunning Lions and Cheetahs.

 Learn about these majestic animals without fences or game vehicles getting in the way.

 There is no better way to become one with nature and be left humbled and with a feeling of complete peace and serenity.

 Our professional guides know our animals well and the key to a safe and ethical interaction is respecting the animal and being aware that they are allowing us to share their natural surroundings with them.

 It’s an incredible once in a lifetime experience to tell your friends about!

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The Quad Biking Adventure Trail at Horse Riding Adventure will leave you feeling energized after an adrenalin rush you haven’t experienced in a long time.  

The best thing is you don’t have to be an experienced rider at all. Our experienced guides will teach you in a few minutes how to ride a quad bike, of which we have manual, semi-automatic and automatic bikes. It will only be a matter of time before you will feel like you have done this your whole life.  

 Come and experience this surreal adventure on a quad bike. It will be something you would want to come back for time after time.

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Microlight flying adventure for the whole family. Join us for a fun filled experience and see the Dinokeng nature reserve from a birds eye.

 Please, contact us for all kind of questions and informations.

We are very happy to share this experience with you.