Essential information.
This overland will operate by plane, coach and 4x4 vehicle. The booking deadline for this tour is the 19th November 2018. Bookings after this time will be on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (double = CPT818, single = CPT819). Prices shown on your overland excursions record are per person, not per room. This tour will depart from Cape Town on 19th January and return in Port Elizabeth on 21st January. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation ports prior to booking this overland tour. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellations made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Flight times and further details will be advised on board.
The drive from Lalibela to Port Elizabeth is approximately 1½ hours, the majority of which is on smooth highway. This excursion is physically demanding and game drives are over uneven terrain. Be prepared for early morning starts, lengthy days, climatic changes and airport delays. This is an inclusive excursion programme. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. The contents and order of activities are subject to change by the Lodge management without prior notice. These may be due to weather conditions and/or the movement of dangerous wildlife on the Lalibela Game Reserve.
Lalibela Game Reserve and Safari Lodge are located in an unfenced reserve and wild animals may wander into the Lodge surroundings during the night. Guests must follow rangers’ instructions, and must be accompanied by a ranger when moving between buildings at all times. 4x4 vehicles may not have seat belts fitted and standing up whilst vehicles are in motion is prohibited.
Environmental: part of the joy of this overland is the opportunity to go off the beaten track and to obtain a privileged insight into the cultural and natural environment. Please respect the cultures, traditions and ecology of the places visited with environmentally responsible behaviour.
The fare includes: transport by coach and plane, economy class air travel, sightseeing, meals and accommodation as stated. Wines and spirits at the Lodge are inclusive, however premium brands and champagnes may be charged for.
The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, gratuities, room service, doctors fees, prescriptions, medication and travel insurance. There may be additional activities offered at the Lodge, these are to be at guests’ own cost and are offered independently of this excursion. As this overland tour involves leaving the ship and re-joining in another port, your visa requirements may vary dependent on your nationality and the duration of your stay. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in receipt of the correct documentation; we recommend you check on the applicable government website for visa and entry requirements.
What to pack: please remember your passport, which must have two blank pages, it is recommended that you place post-it notes on these two blank pages to prevent them being stamped during your voyage. Remember to take any medication you may require in your hand luggage. Warmer clothes for early mornings and evenings are recommended, whilst protection from the sun is required during the day. Luggage limit is one soft case per person with a maximum weight of 20kg.
Malaria: The Eastern Cape is registered as Malaria free; however guests are advised to seek advice from a Travel Medicine Clinic prior to travelling.
Activity experiences: You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity experiences, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the experience you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of experience may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity experiences, you may be asked by the experience provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the experience provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended. Beach or water-related experiences: For any experience involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your experience. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water. Scuba diving: All guests wishing to participate in a certified dive tour must hold a PADI open water scuba certification or BSAC Ocean Diver certification. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate divers with either a PADI Junior Open Water or a PADI Scuba Dive rating due to the depth limitations imposed by these qualifications. In line with the recommendations by the sports-diving industry, we strongly recommend that divers undertake a refresher course if they have not been diving within the last six months. You must be aged 15 or over, carry your dive certification card with you and we recommend that you carry your diving log or proof that you’ve recently completed a refresher course. If you are a certified diver, but are unable to meet our requirements we recommend taking the Discover Scuba experience as an alternative. For Discover Scuba courses you don’t need any scuba experience but you must be 15 or over and be able to swim. You’ll also need to complete a medical/liability consent form before you go - but if you suffer from asthma, diabetes, heart problems or other medical conditions you won’t be able to take part. Please visit for more information.

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