FACE TO FACE WITH AFrICA
In 1979, two students returned from their travels newly cultured, slightly
jetlagged and on the biggest high of their lives.
Bright-eyed and inspired by their wanderlust, they founded STA Travel to
help other young people explore a world beyond text books and office desks.
The real world.
33 years and millions of trips later, the ethos of STA Travel remains the same. We’ve
grown up with our travellers and discovered that more people, not just students,
want authentic real-value travel options. We’ve built our exclusive product range
from the ground-up in direct response to what you need and want from us.
We firmly believe that experiencing the wonders of the world will expand your mind
and enrich your understanding. Travel is the best education - there is nothing like it
to open the eyes, mind and heart.
Inside this brochure, you’ll find a whole host of travel options, handpicked to inspire
your socks off. We’ve got thousands of exclusive offers on flights, accommodation
and all the essential extras to help you plan your ultimate African or Middle Eastern
Come and talk to us by popping into one of our many branches, giving us a call or
visiting our website online.
We’re passionate about changing the way people think about travel and in the
process, making a positive impact on the lives of millions.
Get out there – the world is waiting for you!
04 Responsible travel
06 Why STA Travel
07 Planning your trip
08 Getting there
10 Travel essentials
11 Let’s get social
12 Sweet dreams
13 Your amazing adventure
14 The Africa experience
16 Be inspired
18 Face to Face with Africa &
the Middle East
22 SOuTHErN AFrICA
35 South Africa
38 Baz Bus
40 Car rental
42 Cape Town
44 Beyond Cape Town
46 The Garden Route
48 Eastern Cape
61 Botswana & Zambia
68 EASTErN AFrICA
88 Trek Kilimanjaro
98 Kenya Beaches
104 NOrTHErN AFrICA &
THE MIddlE EAST
110 Egypt Beaches
126 The Arabian Peninsula
127 Abu Dhabi & the Middle East
130 TrAvEl INSurANCE ANd
131 TErMS & CONdITIONS
rESPONSIBlE TrAvEl IS ABOuT HAvING FuN, WHIlE AlSO GIvING BACK. IT IS ETHICAl TrAvEl THAT
THE STA TrAvEl APPrOACH
Responsible travel has been with STA Travel in various shapes and forms since our pioneering days. Over three decades, we’ve
helped millions of travellers make deep connections to the places they visit, and to come away with a greater sense that we’re
sharing this world.
In 2011 we made it all official by signing up with Sustainable Travel International - a non-profit organisation helping travel
providers to support environmental conservation and protect cultural heritage - to take part in their rigorous Eco-Certification
Programme. Endorsed by the United Nations’ Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the holistic programme tracks the good stuff
we’ve done so far, examines our environmental footprint, and highlights the gaps we must fill in order to gain the highest
accreditation by 2015.
Our goal is to earn the full five-stars by 2015, and we’ll be audited by an external body along the way. No excuses. No shortcuts.
Our PlANETErrA PArTNErSHIP
STA Travel has embarked on a responsible travel journey with Planeterra; a non-profit organisation built on the belief that
people, and the planet, should be as important as profit in the travel business. Planeterra has been supporting local people to
develop their communities and conserve their cultural heritage since 2003, and they have staff on the ground to make sure it
The 30 volunteer projects they nurture benefit greatly from your helpful hands, and what you gain from making a positive
impact is seriously priceless. Check out our Volunteer, Work and Learn brochure where you can view our entire range of
responsible travel options; it’s packed full of volunteer and voluntour options the world over.
FrESH dIrECTION FOr A
On December 26 in 2004, the Asian tsunami smashed into
a small island in Southern Thailand called Koh Phra Thong,
destroying the main village and killing 75 people. A new
village was built in its place, and the tsunami survivors – who
once relied on fishing for their livelihood – are turning to a
sustainable model of tourism to provide income.
To help them achieve their goal, staff and customers of STA
Travel worldwide have together raised $100,000 to develop
a community centre and tourism training facility. Locals and
volunteers use the centre to learn about turtle and mangrove
conservation, the women’s handicraft group has set up a little
shop in there, and the village children are learning to read
and write in their new colourful classroom.
“Almost every change that is needed to deal with Global Warming
would improve the quality of life”
STrIvES TO rEduCE NEGATIvE IMPACTS OF Our JOurNEY...
AT A GlANCE
With your help, here’s what we’re doing to meet our goals…
• We offer over 90 local projects worldwide from 5 days to
6 months, working with children, communities, animals and
• We have committed US $1 million over 5 years to work with
our major non-profit volunteering partner, Planeterra, to
develop volunteering projects and other sustainable tourism
• We give our staff the opportunity to experience our
volunteering projects first-hand
• With a combined donation of $100,000 from STA Travel
customers and staff, we are developing a community centre
and tourism training facility in the tsunami-devastated
island of Koh Phra Thong, Southern Thailand
• Our customers and staff worldwide are raising $72,000
to build a hospital ward for children in Kikuyu, Kenya, to
restrict their exposure to disease and make their hospital
stay a happier one
• Our customers and staff worldwide are raising over $12,000
to install rain catchment systems in the Bocas Del Toro
islands of Panama, providing safe drinking water to the
indigenous Kuna people
• We match customer and staff donations towards our chosen
projects (up to US $30,000 annually)
Our GrEEN WOrKPlACE
• We recycle brochures, paper and cardboard in all branches
• We print our brochures on chlorine-free paper sourced from
fully sustainable forests
• We replace business travel with webinars when face to face
meetings aren’t necessary
• We choose to work with suppliers with genuine
sustainability awards and accolades
WHY STA TrAvEl
Now if this is the first time you’ve heard of us then where have you been living? We could say in a cave but that would be too cliché and we
revolt against all things cliché, so much so that we’ve made our mark specialising in all the impossibilities that used to seem just a little out
of reach. We have a wild and wonderful enthusiasm for all the experiences both diverse and magnificent that travel provides.
We’ve been providing these kinds of adventures for over 30 years, so you should have heard of us by now! We’ve made it our mission to
open up the world to eager, enthusiastic, adventurous travellers and are the world’s largest bona fide travel company for students and
young adults – but whatever your age we enthusiastically await your call, email or visit as we’re more than happy to show you our unique
perspective of planet Earth.
No matter where you are in the world, the incredibly friendly and knowledgeable people that work for STA Travel are never far away. We’ve
got hundreds of STA Travel branches all over the world with 24/7 global travel help - an essential backup for all travellers on the move. If
you’ve lost your tickets, want to change your dates or just need some local advice our help is always at hand.
We’ve got thousands of exclusive offers on flights, adventure trips, accommodation and all the essential extras to help you plan your dream
trip to Africa. This brochure showcases the best of them, so enjoy!
TOP 10 rEASONS TO TrAvEl WITH uS
1. ONE STOP SHOP FOr TrAvEl 5. 100’S OF BrANCHES WOrldWIdE 8. GlOBAl TrAvEl HElP
From flights to beds to travel insurance. You can speak face to face with us in 60 Wherever you are on the planet, we’re
With all your bookings in one place, it’s countries right across the world. there for you 24/7.
easy to manage your holiday with us.
6. OvEr 30 YEArS EXPErIENCE 9. WOrld-ClASS TrAvEl
2. EXCluSIvE lOW AIrFArES We’ve got the experience to take you to PArTNErS
Our unique airline partnerships give you the most exciting places for less. We only work with the best to ensure
access to the lowest fares. you’re looked after.
3. EXCluSIvE FlEXIBlE AIrFArES PASSIONATE STAFF 10. MASSIvE rANGE OF
You can change your plans at minimal Our advisers are expertly trained with AdvENTurES
cost and effort. hands on experience to give you the Enjoy our extraordinary range of
best advice – and they freakin’ love to adventures around the globe, from
4. SOMETHING FOr EvErYONE travel. the tried and true highlights to off the
No matter what your age, we can get beaten track experiences.
you to wherever you want to go - and
for an unbeatable price to boot.
Pick up my STA Travel Africa brochure Get a phone card or travel sim so I can
phone home cheaply
Book an appointment with a consultant
and get planning! Book somewhere to stay for my first few
Get my flights booked
Check and arrange my visas
Buy my ISIC or IYTC card for amazing
discounts all over the world Speak to my GP about my jabs
Get my Cashcard so I can manage my Get packed and hit the road
money easily while I’m away
WHErE SHOuld I GO?
Think carefully about the places you’d like to visit and what you want to see and experience.
Prepare to be struck by diversity - Africa is a huge continent, and just within countries
you have different landscapes, various tribes and loads of wildlife. Go from city to the wild
outdoors and end up at the beach. Prepare for your camera to be well and truly worn out!
That’s before you’ve even got to the animals - safari is what this continent is all about! Lions,
leopards, elephants, giraffes... it’s hard to believe you’re really seeing such fantastic creatures
in the wild! And let’s not forget the Middle East, dip your toe in this colourful world and prepare
to be amazed.
Once you’ve finished flicking through this brochure and have a rough idea of what you want,
pop into your nearest STA Travel branch and chat to one of our friendly advisers. All our staff
are passionate travellers, so they’re full of helpful advice, tips and tales about the places that
you’re planning to visit.
Get yourself on one of our hefty overland trucks - these beasts speed along the various roads,
whether it’s over the potholes of a dirt track or along modern tarmac roads. They can get into
places other vehicles can’t reach and an added bonus is great game viewing due to the extra
height they have. If you’re on a long journey across the continent, it really will become your
home from home. You can also jump on and off of buses, trains and ferrys - wherever you are in
the world we’ll make sure you get around safely, comfortably and efficiently... and it’ll be fun!
Countries in Africa have their own individual currencies so if you’re just visiting one you can
take that with you. However, if you’re visiting a number of different places we’d recommend
taking US dollars to exchange across the continent. The local team will be on hand to advise
you where and when to change your currency up. Major towns and cities do have ATMs, so
you’ll have quick and easy access to your funds with your credit, debit or Travelex cash card.
We’ll help you work out a budget when you book your trip, but think about where you’ll be
going, how long you’ll be away for and what you’ll be doing while you are there. Many of our
trips include nearly everything you need to survive, so you’ll only need a small amount of money
per day to get by.
WHY FlY WITH STA TrAvEl?
Aside from our great prices, many of our airfares are unique and exclusive. We offer a wide range of
flights negotiated just for you. We can book just about anything you desire, from simple return tickets
to tailor-made complex round the world itineraries. Here are some of the things that make us stand out
from the crowd:
• Lowest fares with leading airlines for students holding an ISIC card, youths under 26 holding an IYTC
card or teachers holding an ITIC card.
• Flexibility to change your travel dates and your route before and after departure.
• The option to build your own itinerary using our exclusive one way fares (don’t compromise when
creating your perfect trip!)
• ‘Open jaw’ tickets - fly into one airport and out of another.
• 24 hour travel help, so wherever you are in the world, there is always an expert available to handle
• Hundreds of STA Travel branches worldwide, giving you personal service as you travel the globe.
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GET THE BEST PrICE
We’ve been helping folks get the best airfare deals since before the dawn of time… OK, so we exaggerate
a little, but we have been doing this for ages! Our advisers know exactly where to look and what to
check. So talk to one of our travel gurus, or have a look at our website and find yourself a deal that won’t
break the bank. To get you started, here are a few insider tips that’ll help you get the very cheapest price:
• Buy an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card to be eligible for our exclusive student, under 26 and teacher fares.
• If you can help it, don’t leave it to the last minute. Many of our best prices sell out quickly!
• Try and be a little flexible with your dates and check out flying on a weekday instead of the weekend.
• Think about flying outside of peak times if you can.
Add-ons are the best (kinda like fries with your burger or fresh lime in your vodka). They let you get to
pretty much anywhere in the world you want to go by simply adding on one of our unique sector fares (a
one way or return flight added onto your international flight). Doing this means more gallivanting beyond
the arrival at your international flight. If we really need to convince you, just think about how relaxing it
would be hopping over to Zanzibar for some beach time. Or what about adding a flight from Cape Town
to Nairobi to experience the Masai Mara? Africa is a big continent but our add-on fares can help you
save time getting around.
rOuNd THE WOrld
This is something we specialise in. We practically invented the concept of flying round the world, so
we’ve got a huge range of exclusive choices and plenty of suggestions for you.
Our round the world fares are totally flexible and can be tailored exactly to your needs; so you can
work for part of the year and travel the rest of the time! Pretty awesome. And they’ll save you big
Twenty five years ago Emirates was born, launching flights from
its home base in Dubai, initially with just two aircraft. Growing up
alongside you throughout the 90’s, today they fly to over 100
destinations in 65 countries around the world - and their network
continues to grow rapidly.
With their hub in Dubai, one of the world’s most exciting and thriving
cities, you’d be crazy not to make the most of a stopover on your
way to Africa. Emirates fly to 30 points in Africa and the Middle East
including of course Dubai as well as Cairo, Nairobi, Johannesburg,
Durban, Cape Town and Mauritius.
On Emirates you’ll enjoy one of the highest standards of comfort,
service and facilities in every class. At STA Travel we think Emirates
Economy Class is pretty damn awesome. With their cabin crew
from all corners of the world, superb multi-course meals and
complimentary snacks, as well as personal seat back screens offering
up to 1200 channels of award-winning in-flight entertainment, your
flight won’t be long enough to experience it all!
Emirates also has one of the most generous baggage policies going,
allowing Economy Class travellers to take a suitcase up to 30kg free
of charge, ideal for bringing back some amazing African mementos.
It’s an easy decision – fly with Emirates for the best Economy Class
travel in the business!
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, if you’re under
26 or a student under 32, you can also save even more on your
Emirates flight with STA Travel thanks to special discounted airfares!
Quality and great prices, what more could you ask for?
So, if you’re looking for a great deal and amazing service for your trip
to Africa and the Middle East, choose Emirates for an exceptional
journey from start to finish.
TrAvEl INSurANCE HEAlTH TrAvEl SAFETY TIPS
Whether you’re trekking Mt Kilamanjaro or It’s your responsibility to obtain proper If you’ve never been away from home for
on safari in the Serengeti, you’d be crazy and detailed medical advice in plenty longer than a two week family holiday
to leave home without travel insurance. We of time before you go. We suggest that then we recommend you read our travel
know you must be buzzing for your trip to you visit the Safe Travel website at safety advice to help you prepare for the
begin and travel insurance is the last thing safetravel.govt.nz or mfa.gov.sg for up to unexpected. Travelling in Africa is wild and
on your mind. However, our experience tells date information. Your local GP can also exciting, but it’s wise to have your wits
us that travelling without cover is simply give advice on which vaccinations you’ll about you. While very few people run into
not a risk worth taking. STA Travel offers need for particular countries. serious trouble or problems when they’re
travel insurance policies that cover you away, it pays to be sensible and take note
for a range of benefits, such as cover for vISA of the below:
medical, cancellation, emergency transport Your trip of a lifetime will quickly ground
and accommodation. Plus if things go wrong to a screeching halt if you forget to sort Never get between a hippo and water
you’ll have access to the 24 hour emergency out your entrance visas. Please don’t Hippopotamuses love water, which is
assistance team of doctors, nurses and forget to check with the relevant embassy why the Greeks named them the ‘river
case managers. To chat about your travel if you need to get a visa for the countries horse.’ However many human deaths in
insurance options or for a quote, ask your that you plan to visit. Africa occur when a person gets between
STA Travel adviser today! a hippo and deep water (or between a
TEACH ENGlISH mother and her calf) so be aware of your
ISIC & IYTC CArdS quAlIFICATIONS surroundings at all times!
Want to take advantage of over 41,000 Millions of people are learning English
discounts worldwide? If you’re a full across the globe in the most far flung Be careful at border crossings
time student you can buy an ISIC card or of places, so how about teaching Seemingly innocent things can attract
alternatively if you’re not a student but English overseas? Teaching English as a unwanted attention: money, cameras,
under 26 years old, you can buy a Youth Foreign Language (TEFL) is a recognised sunglasses or expensive electronics like
card. They only cost $25 each and can qualification. Anyone can do it and there laptop computers or iPods. Make sure to
be used both at home and abroad. You’ll is no need for prior teaching experience pack these items out of sight, and only
save loads more than the cost of the card - just enthusiasm. Learn to teach English carry enough money for the things that
while you’re travelling so they are well as a foreign language either online or as you need to buy at the border, like visas
worth the spend! We sell these cards right part of a weekend course. Once certified, or bus tickets. If you have a thick wad of
here at STA Travel and just look at the you can take advantage of the many paid cash, the officials might be tempted to
discounts you can get: teaching opportunities available around ‘create’ a problem. The key is to stay as
• Access to cheaper student and under the world too. So get ready to immerse inconspicuous as possible.
26 airfares yourself in a new culture, add to your CV,
• Discounts on local transport gain a skill for life - and fund your travels! Keep in touch
• Savings on museum and art gallery Visit statravel.co.nz/tefl for details. Make sure you always stay in contact with
admission charges (New Zealand only) friends and family back home, especially
• Discounts at retail stores if you are near a disaster or incident!
• Bonus extras at hostels like free Registering your travel plans online with
internet and welcome drinks MFAT is also a great idea so you can be
• Great deals at restaurants, pubs contacted in an emergency – visit
and bars safetravel.govt.nz or mfa.gov.sg for more
Safeguard your passport at all times
It can be difficult to replace your passport
while you’re overseas - particularly when
you don’t speak the local language. Make
sure you have your passport as close as
possible to you at all times and it’s also a
great idea to keep a copy of key passport
pages (like visas) in your main pack and on
email in case you need it.
Being social is at the very heart of what we do; from the moment you step into one of our
branches, it’s all about engaging with you at a level which suits you. This way, we learn to
understand your needs as an individual, and we learn where to tweak things to ensure you have
an unforgettable adventure. And guess what? We extend that philosophy right across the web!
Come and join us…
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WHErE TO STAY?
Star ratings are often not the best way to categorize hotels. Depending on what country you’re travelling
through, perceptions of each standard can vary quite dramatically. To make things much easier for you,
we’re giving you our own, very educated opinion on each property that we feature. We have three very
straightforward accommodation categories to choose from:
STAysimple, STAysmart, STAystylish and STAyapartments. Read below for a description of each.
Look out for our STA Travel Bonus offers - we’ve sourced the very best deals
that will ensure you save money and make the most out of your stay. Please ask
your STA Travel Expert for applicable dates and terms and conditions.
For those who want their travelling money to stretch a little further. Clean, comfortable,
secure and perfectly adequate, these are no frills budget options. All of our hostels and
some of our more basic hotels come under this category.
The majority of our STAysimple properties have great locations in the heart of all
the action, and many of them boast popular bars and vibrant social scenes. Facilities
are generally limited, but this is compensated for by the friendly staff and buzzing
atmosphere Many of these options will have shared bathrooms.
Perfect for those who demand a little comfort when they travel and need to have a host
of facilities close at hand. These are modern, international standard hotels, so expect a
plethora of great facilities. Most rooms will have private bathrooms, air-con and a host
of modern amenities. You can also expect loads of great additional features, such as a
pool, gymnasium and restaurants.
STAysmart hotels are ideal for an upgraded city option, beachside retreat or recovering
after your adventure tour, while still on a budget.
These are a little bit special. Adjectives such as unique, funky and intimate are definitely
very apt. Most will boast something absurdly indulgent, such as a private pool, pillow menu
or a cigar lounge.
The utmost service and an unforgettable experience are more or less guaranteed. After a
fantastically hectic trip or if you’re after a really indulgent couple of nights stay, it definitely
pays to splash a little cash and book yourself into one of these wonderful STAystylish hotels.
Whether you’re looking for a long term base or need all the facilities of home at hand for a short
stay, our STAyapartments will hit the mark. Facilities will include a modern bathroom, plenty
of space to relax in after a busy day and a kitchen with everything you need to cook up
breakfast, lunch and dinner. Found in our top cities they are perfect for a group of friends, a
family or even a couple looking for a little more than your average hotel room.
Sit back, relax and make yourself at home.
Pricing and Photography
The accommodation prices featured in this brochure are based on per person, twin share. The ‘from’ pricing shown has been calculated using low season stays and is
based on lead-in room types. We’re sourcing great deals all year long so we recommend using the prices in this brochures as guide and to ask your STA Travel Expert for
the best available deal for your travel period. The accommodation photos featured are representative of the room types available at each property however this may not
be the actual room type that you receive. If you have a preference for a particular room your adviser will be happy to help. Just ask!
We partner with leading tour companies who provide fantastic adventures across the globe to give you a variety of styles of
YOur AMAZING AdvENTurE
travel and experiences to choose from when planning your big trip. We consider them our ‘perfect partners’ as they share the
same passion for travel as we do and we guarantee you will get the cheapest price on their trips through us. In Africa & the
Middle East we have one perfect partner, who will make sure you get the best experience of this fabulous continent.
G adventures, formerly known as Gap Adventures, was founded more than 20 years ago and set out on a journey to transform
the way people think about travel. Combining the convenience of small group touring with the joys of independent discovery,
their authentic and sustainable travel experiences encourage you to step off the beaten path, embrace the unexpected, and
bring you face-to-face with the world’s most fascinating cultures, customs and awe-inspiring wildlife.
G adventures don’t believe that an unforgettable travel experience has to be expensive. Their grassroots approach to travelling is a more affordable way to
travel so your adventure of a lifetime doesn’t have to cost the earth! They also don’t think solo travelers should pay more for the privilege either, so you can
be paired up with a same-sex roommate at the same price. On the other hand if you would prefer to have your own space, check out the ‘my own room’ prices
available on some tours.
With a huge variety of trips all over the world, loads of departure dates and an unparalleled choice of tour styles designed to meet all tastes, ages and
budgets, you’ll have no problem finding your dream trip. Book one of their guaranteed departure dates for complete peace of mind. Kick back, relax and start
looking forward to the adventure of a lifetime!
Their (modest) aim is to change people’s lives, and by showing you this amazing planet in a new light, we think they’ll do exactly that!
Some of you can’t wait to get your hiking boots on and climb a mountain, while others look forward to exploring museums or trying new
foods at the local markets. Everyone has different travel preferences and budgets, so we’ve built a style for anyone who wants to add a little
(or a lot) of adventure to their holiday. Keep an eye out for the stamps below throughout the brochure so you know exactly what's in store
and can find your perfect adventure!
SMAll GrOuP You don’t need to give up
SMALL GROUP the spirit of adventure to
These trips encourage you to step off the COMFORT enjoy your travels with
beaten path, embrace the unexpected and a touch more comfort. Fantastic trips aimed at folk aged 18-35.
immerse yourself in the extraordinary. On Your arrival transfer is normally included and The group size averages around 30, so you’ll
average there are about 10 travelers on one you’ll be whisked around in a private vehicle be able to share the experience with a group
of our trips, depending on the destination - to classy, comfy accommodation. You might of like-minded people. With stays in quality
the maximum is usually never more than 16. still spend some nights under canvas but this hotels and authentic accommodation with a
Do you prefer to camp or stay in lodges? Ride will be a canvas of comfort – permanent tents local flavor and a mix of transport both public
a camel or travel in a private, air-conditioned which normally have en suite facilities as well and private, the organization has been done
van? To help you choose the trip that’s right as proper beds. Lay your head at hotels and for you. Simply sit back, relax and get on with
for you, there are different service levels: lodges as well and enjoy facilities such as having a good time!
swimming pools in your downtime.
A range of independent
This is grassroots travel Combining the challenge itineraries put together just for
SMALL GROUP at its most interesting. SMALL GROUP of physical adventure you. Request your preferred
BASIC Immerse yourself in ACTIVE with the thrill of date and set off, touring the sights privately
the local culture and exploration, these with your own transport and guide.
get up close and personal with wildlife. trips are designed to push you to the edge
Accommodation will be under canvas or in of excitement for an adrenaline pumping
simple hotels, which are clean and well- experience you’ll never forget. Work up a The ball is in
kept. Get around in anything from private sweat as you venture off the beaten path. your court, as
minibuses to small 4x4 safari vehicles as well they say, you’ve
as by boat and on foot. OTHEr STYlES OF TOurING got total control and maximum flexibility. If
you find yourself totally loving a place, you
For a real hands on can stay longer. Not so keen? Move on! Just
OVERLANDER travel experience climb hop back onto the bus and head to the next
Authentic experiences onboard one of our all
SMALL GROUP with some of the spot. It’s all about independent , secure,
STANDARD comforts of home. You purpose specially designed overland safari easy-going travel at your own pace – so you
trucks. “What is this” we hear you ask, a can see more of what you want and less of
might still find the odd truck?! No dear traveller this is not your
night of camping, kipping on an overnight what you don’t.
normal run of the mill large vehicle! Designed
train or on the deck of a boat but these will with pure adventure and exploration in mind
be complemented by hotel accommodation Self drives offer you
these trucks have comfy seats for those long unbeatable freedom
throughout the rest of your trip, mostly with African journeys and also store all your kit
private facilities. Transport will tend to be and flexibility. Routes
– camping, cooking and the whole caboodle! have been designed with the highlights in
private in the most part but will still be mixed Many of these tours cover more than one
up with some unique local options as well. mind and we’ve included various levels of
country and you can also get off of the main accommodation throughout so all you have
roads to hidden highlights, often with no to concentrate on is the journey. Car rental
tourist infrastructure. Day to day you’ll help is purchased separately and there is more
set up camp and pitch in with cooking or information on this on page 40.
clearing up – all helping your group to bond
as a newfound tightly knit group of friends.
Check out page 14 for more information.
THE AFrICA EXPErIENCE
This type of travel is all about the journey. Africa is the home of overlanding; trucks have been crossing these borders since the 1980s on
journeys of exploration, adventure… and fun! Your overland truck does not just get you from A to B. It’s your home from home; your comfy
safari vehicle, your kitchen and your camping support vehicle. These vehicles are built to withstand Africa’s roughest terrain and they can
take you to isolated villages, to hidden views and close to unbelievable wildlife. Spend your days rumbling along rugged dusty roads and
watching the world outside go by. Overland tours typically cover some pretty vast distances but we guarantee you’ll enjoy every mile and
every minute. This is no ordinary holiday – this is Africa, overland.
The vast star lit sky overhead, crackling campfires, hearty meals and snuggling down in your cozy sleeping bag, what an amazing way to
get close to Africa. With just canvas between you and the nocturnal world you’ll smell and hear the bush but you’ll have to wait until the
next day to see it. Unzip your tent and wake to the glow of the sun as it peeks over the plains and listen as the world awakes. All camping
equipment apart from sleeping bags and pillows are included (mattresses too!) and large domed tents are super easy to set up in minutes,
even for first time campers. Campsites have toilets, tap water and basic showers. On some trips camping is participatory and you should
expect to set up and take down your own tent as well as help out around the camp, maybe chopping some vegetables for dinner or helping
out with the dishes. Other tours may include the team pitching your tent and doing all duties around the camp, see tour inclusions for details.
4X4 SAFArI vEHIClES MINIBuSES
THE AFrICA EXPErIENCE
Small safari vehicles allow you to get up close and personal with These are minibuses Africa style! Comfy cushioned seats, air-con and
Africa’s astounding wildlife. These nimble characters are compact with sliding windows are the norm, plus the vehicles are small and fast so
around seven seats per vehicle, speedy and easy to manoeuvre. They they can cover a lot of ground as quickly as the local speed limit allows,
normally also have sliding windows and pop up roofs to allow you the and get you to where you want to be in what can only be described as
best game viewing money can buy! the opposite of ‘Africa time’.
PErMANENT TENTEd CAMPS lOdGES
These tents are as you’d expect from the name, permanent! They vary If you crave more comfort than canvas can offer then opt for tours
from basic to out and out luxurious but all have one thing in common; including hotels and lodges. Standards vary hugely from basic but
they don’t need pitching! Tents are ‘walk-in’ with proper beds. At the comfortable rooms to ones fit for Hollywood stars! Savor the post
more luxury end of the scale you’ll also find en suite bathrooms with game drive hot shower, have a sundowner and get a good nights rest
solar powered showers and electricity. before the next day’s adventure.
An adventurer’s Mecca, Africa
AFrICA & has long been captivating intrepid
explorers attracted to the continent
THE MIddlE by its vast animal filled lands,
vibrant mix of tribal cultures and
EAST... natural wonders ready to impress.
Land on these soils and you can’t fail
but to have the trip of a lifetime!
Head to the east with its world famous national parks and game reserves
and tick off the ‘Big 5’ among the plains. The Big Cats are king here so hope
to see them in action striding across the savannah. Or if you would prefer to
see the ‘King of the Apes’, travel into Uganda and get friendly with a family of
endangered mountain gorillas. But it’s not all about the animals, the East Coast
also boasts tropical beaches and a laid back island vibe in the beach resorts of
Kenya and Tanzania.
Journey through Africa’s heartland on an epic overland adventure and
connect the east and south. Malawi is a rising star in bush and beach tourism
- enjoy the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ as you travel along the lake’s shores and
onward into southern Africa.
In the south, Cape Town brings cosmopolitan cities into the mix. Then it’s all
about the scenery - towering sand dunes, massive mountains, vast deltas and
the thundering Victoria Falls. Not that we’ve forgotten the wildlife – just like
everywhere else in Africa national parks and game reserves are ever present.
The Middle East offers a world of different experiences. Ancient culture is
everywhere as you take in some of the world’s most famous sites. Souks entice
you, deserts enthrall you, local traditions fascinate you and beaches relax you.
There’s one thing for sure, this region is colorful, captivating and all consuming.
BEST FOr ANIMAlS
KruGEr NATIONAl PArK, SOuTH AFrICA OKAvANGO dElTA, BOTSWANA MASAI MArA NATIONAl rESErvE, KENYA
Vast landscapes and spectacular scenery is Do away with the ‘average’ safari vehicle and The northern continuation of the Serengeti, the
what keeps travellers coming back to this climb into a traditional mokoro (canoe boat) Masai Mara is famous worldwide. Search out the
park again and again. 7,523 square miles of for a riverside view of this lush wonderland of ‘Big 5’ in the savannah and woodlands. Animals
unadulterated African wildness with all of the waterways. Then transfer to the power of two are everywhere year round but hit the annual
‘Big 5’ within its fences including thousands of feet to see the plentiful wildlife on exhilarating migration for an extra special experience. This
lion and the ever elusive leopard. once in a lifetime walking safaris. place is world famous for a reason!
ETOSHA NATIONAl PArK, NAMIBIA SErENGETI NATIONAl PArK ANd BWINdI IMPENETrABlE N. P., uGANdA
Meaning ‘place of dry water’ Etosha is centerd NGOrONGOrO CrATEr, TANZANIA Without being biased, we would hint that
around a flat pan which only fills with water Incredible concentrations of predators and the a gorilla encounter is an unrivalled wildlife
after substantial rains. The hardy wildlife here largest herds on the planet make the Serengeti experience that tops pretty much anything else.
gathers around the many waterholes (some of a must see. Descend into Ngorongoro and Uganda is home to some of the last endangered
which are floodlit at night!) and includes herds see fantastic wildlife in the most scenic and species in the world and expert trackers can
of elephant and zebra, lion and cheetah. quintessentially African of locations. help you discover them.
BEST FOr NATurAl WONdErS
CAPE TOWN, SOuTH AFrICA vICTOrIA FAllS, ZAMBIA/ZIMBABWE THE dEAd SEA, JOrdAN
Beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife and ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, means the smoke that A feeling of weightlessness that you’re unlikely
shopping that can’t be beat! Top this off with a thunders. Water plummeting down from a to experience again lest you make it to the
big fat dollop of fine wine and top class tasty great height, the first thing you’ll notice is the moon, and reaching the Dead Sea is a whole lot
food and you have Cape Town! And with an sound…then the haze as droplets are forced easier! Bob along in these salt rich waters with
amazing location nestled between mountains into the air…and then you’re wet and having the Jordan to one side and Israel on the other. Try
and coast, this city is simply stunning. time of your life with a the view of a lifetime. and sink, go on we dare you!
THE NAMIB dESErT, NAMIBIA MOuNT KIlIMANJArO, TANZANIA HIGH ATlAS MOuNTAINS, MOrOCCO
The blazing orange sands of the Namib are just All 5,895 metres of this mountainous beast There’s more to Morocco than medinas, there’s
calling out for exploration. Take in Sossovlei’s are challenging you to try and reach its lofty mountains too! North Africa’s highest peak,
unique landscape and climb the impressive peak. It may take you a week, it may take you Mount Toubkal, soars above the rest, and
Dune 45 for a birds eye view of the shifting longer, but the feeling of pure exhilaration local Berber people complete the scene. Enjoy
sands set against a backdrop of pure blue when you reach the summit will make every peaceful walks, amazing views and authentic
African skies. single step worthwhile. North African experiences.
BEST FOr BEACHES
THE GArdEN rOuTE, SOuTH AFrICA ZANZIBAr, TANZANIA dAHAB ANd THE rEd SEA, EGYPT
A dramatic beautiful coastline, buzzing beach Tanzania’s paradise island, Zanzibar, just oozes Formerly a Bedouin fishing village, the laid back
towns and world class surfing, the Garden exotic charm and beautiful tropical beaches. It’s small town feel of old persists here. Renowned
Route is waiting for you to discover it. Easily just a hop, skip and a jump from the port of Dar worldwide for its incredible windsurfing,
combinable with Kruger N.P. and you can start Es Salaam and you can take a ferry or a short snorkeling and diving, you can take a break
or finish your trip in the mega metropolis of flight from other destinations in East Africa. from the long lazy beaches and the seas will
South Africa’s most famous city, Cape Town. Combine with a safari for the perfect trip. keep you busy.
SWAKOPMuNd, NAMIBIA MOMBASA, KENYA duBAI, uNITEd ArAB EMIrATES
Namibia’s most popular resort town offers Kenya’s premier beach location; where better to Enter the fabulous world of Dubai! Home to
something a little different as the Atlantic Ocean wind down and soak up the sun after your time beautiful beaches, man-made desert islands,
meets the dunes of the Namib Desert. Relax in on safari? Regular flights from Nairobi make glitzy hotels, desert adventures and even a
chilled out cafes and eat tasty seafood or get this a breeze to get to. The white sands, clear huge indoor ski slope, you really can do it all
adventurous in the desert sands. Quad biking and seas and sunshine of this stretch of coastal here. Stop off for a few days or stay for longer,
sandboarding are just two of the options here. paradise = pure bliss. you won’t want to leave!
FACE TO FACE WITH
FACE TO FACE WITH AFrICA & THE MIddlE EAST
THE MIddlE EAST
Casablanca Tel Aviv
Abu Dhabi Muscat
Freetown Addis Ababa
Dar es Salaam
Cape Town Port Elizabeth
FACE TO FACE WITH AFrICA & THE MIddlE EAST
BEEN INSPIrEd, THINKING ABOuT
SPrEAdING YOur WINGS A
THEN PICK uP ONE OF Our OTHEr
My Africa & the
Middle East Wishlist
Participate in a range of global projects and
volunteer voluntour make a real difference. Every project has
been chosen with the ultimate aim of helping
local communities and their environments
achieve a sustainable way of life.
WOrK IN CONSErvATION
Protect some of the world’s most fragile
environments. By preserving these eco-
Volunteering is all about making a greater Voluntours are a way to learn about
systems, you’ll contribute to the project’s
contribution. Giving back (and gaining the people and place you are visiting
lots too). You’ll make a positive difference on a much deeper level than a normal long term sustainability and pass on your
to the lives of others on a much deeper adventure tour. It’s the perfect way knowledge to local communities.
level, by donating your time, energy and to give back to the community you
experience. All of our projects aim to help are visiting, to lend a helping hand to WOrK WITH ANIMAlS
Contribute to the protection of endangered
local communities achieve a sustainable someone in need, to work towards a
way of life in an environmentally sensitive cause you believe in, or simply to find a species. In their desperate fight for survival,
manner, as well as assisting conservation way to make a positive impact through you’ll develop an understanding of their
and community programs worldwide. your travels. Our Voluntours provide conditions and work to protect them.
You don’t need specific qualifications or opportunities for travellers to engage in
skills either - just a desire to lend a hand, community projects that are working in WOrK WITH CHIldrEN
immerse yourself and learn more about health, education, conservation and small Inspire the newest generation to break the
what life is like in other communities business opportunities around the world. cycle of poverty. Your work will provide
around the world. them with basic skills and help to create an
environment in which they can reach their
BuIldING FOr COMMuNITIES
Spend time with a broad cross-section of
the local community. Your work will improve
quality of life and ensure community
sustainability in some of the world’s
For more information about our worldwide
projects pick up a copy of our Volunteer,
Work & Learn brochure today.
15 KINGdOM OF THE $1,571
dAYS WHITE lION EXPErIENCE
JOHANNESBurG JOHANNESBurG STONE TOWN STONE TOWN
• Work with rare White lions and predators of all kinds • Spend time with local children of all ages
• Meet Kevin Richardson, known as the ‘Lion Whisperer’ • Relax on white sand beaches on a tropical island
• Enjoy the sanctuary’s stunning scenery • Volunteer at community projects
This project is devoted to caring and enriching the lives of the animals that call Based in a village on Zanzibar’s east coast, you’ll assist at one of the local
it home. The sanctuary is home to many animals, such as lion (including the schools (primary or secondary) or pre-schools, which are typically understaffed
rare White lion), hyena, Black leopard, jaguar and a variety of antelope species and underfunded, and struggle with large class sizes and limited resources.
including wildebeest, giraffe, impala, blesbok and nyala. Through the work of You’ll assist students individually and provide the attention needed to help
Kevin Richardson, known as the ‘Lion Whisperer’, in the media, he highlights them gain confidence in their studies. English language training provides a
the plight of large carnivores in Africa and the need for their protection and great benefit to students and their parents — and although it’s not necessary,
conservation of their natural environment. Spend your days caring for the volunteers with TEFL qualifications are an asset! Spend your mornings and
animals at the sanctuary and helping to maintain the facilities that enable afternoons at local schools in the beachside community of Jambiani, assisting
carnivores to be cared for. Activities include helping with enrichment activities, local teachers by providing support for students who need extra help. At the
game counts, anti-poaching walks and general maintenance. You may also find pre-schools, you’ll help the children develop their creative skills through crafts
yourself helping behind the scenes while filming takes place! such as painting, drawing and coloring.
Project start date: Every second Monday Getting there: Transfer included from/ Project start date: Sundays Getting there: Meet at joining hotel in Stone Town on
to Johannesburg International airport Accommodation: Shared rustic bush cottage day 1 Accommodation: Simple hotel (1 nt), simple volunteer cottages, multi-share
or private cottage available (14 nts) Meals: No meals included, shared self catering (5 nts) Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Extra weeks: Fr $690 per week
facilities available Trip code: JNBKNG Trip code: GATDTZJT
14 ZAMBIA COMMuNITY
WOrK ANd SAFArI
$2,049 1 CAMP
lIvINGSTONE JOHANNESBurG MOMBASA MOMBASA
• Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls • Work alongside rural communities on a variety of projects
• Game drive in Kruger and Matobo National Parks • Enjoy spectacular game viewing on safari
• Volunteer and immerse yourself in local culture • Chill out on idyllic tropical beaches
This great voluntour offers the perfect balance of spectacular game drives In rural Kenya, the majority of people are living below the poverty line, and
and wildlife-spotting, with time spent working on volunteer projects that access to proper sanitation, clean drinking water, healthcare and education
benefit the local communities. Against the backdrop of incredible Victoria Falls, are limited. This trip offers a wide range of exciting project schemes, and is
volunteer with teaching and education outreach projects in the small town of designed for volunteers who are keen to take on a variety of challenges and
Livingstone. Spend your volunteering time helping with school refurbishment support ongoing and award-winning community and conservation initiatives.
projects, adult literacy, art and sports programs and other hands-on activities. You will have the opportunity to make a real difference through sustainable,
Spend the rest of your time exploring Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. life changing project work with other volunteers from all over the world.
Safari in Zimbabwe’s premier game park before heading to Kruger for some Choose from a one month trip or spend up to three months. Typical projects
of its legendary game viewing. Marvel at the spectacular wildlife and enjoy include improving living conditions for children and adults and improving water
cultural experiences including traditional village dances. catchment for local wildlife.
Project start date: Selected Saturdays & Sundays Getting there: Meet at joining Project start date: Selected departures Getting there: Transfers from/to Mombosa
hotel in Livingstone on day 1 Accommodation: Simple permanent tents (1 nt), airport included Accommodation: Mixture of traditional thatched bandas, safari-
guesthouse (5 nts), participation camping (6 nts), simple hotel (1 nt) Meals: 13 style tents and spacious dome tents Meals: All meals included Trip code: MBACMP
breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners Trip code: GADZPT
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confirm with them your intention to fly. will be governed by the laws of New Zealand and Singapore; and supersede all previous agreements
in respect of its subject matter and will embody the entire agreement between the parties in respect
if you wish to change your booking and such a change is permitted and possible, STA Travel will charge of its subject matter. Any indulgence or extension of time which STA Travel may grant to you will not
you a service fee to process the change. You may also be charged a service fee by your Third party prejudice or interfere with STA Travel’s rights and will not constitute a waive.
Supplier. For changes after departure please contact your original STA Travel booking office for details.
please note that all reservation changes are subject to availability and the terms and conditions of the All prices within this brochure are correct at time of printing (February 2012) and are subject to
product or service purchased. For changes before departure please contact your original branch that currency fluctuations and change without notice, ask your STA Travel adviser for up to date prices.
booked your ticket. The name in your booking must be exactly the same as your passport. Changes to prices are based on cash payment and payment by other means may attract an administration fee.
name details are not allowed by many airlines and other service providers. Whilst we will do our best prices are based on low season departures and seasonal surcharges may apply.