Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)
Who is this trip meant for?
Women, men, families, friends, couples: who don’t mind getting their hands dirty, who love travel, who want to have fun, who are interested in learning about Africa, who want to go on safari.
What this trip isn’t:
A beach vacation. This is travel, at times rugged, at times exhausting, at times sweaty, at times emotional and at all times fascinating and rewarding.
What about the food?
The meals will be good, with wholesome well-sourced ingredients, but this is not Michelin 3 star type holiday and you are not coming for the dining, but you will not leave hungry or be disappointed either.
I am a vegetarian will the food be appropriate and tasty?
All restaurants and catering options will provide delicious vegetarian and indeed even vegan options.
Will I be comfortable at night?
These accommodations I have stayed in and taken groups to many times. They are very lovely, private, quiet, with great beds, en-suite bathrooms with hot/cold showers.
Will I be safe?
Although one can never offer guarantees on such a trip, I can reassure you that I have been there 25 times without incident. Basic safety rules apply, we drive during the day, we stay only in best quality accommodations, eat at reputable restaurants, we use only the best quality and maintained vehicles and drivers for ground transportation, we have night watchmen at our accommodations, we lock up our belongings. This small country is not at war and there have been no acts of terror ever reported. I guide families with children there, with equal safety and results.
Single or double occupancy?
All pricing listed is based on double occupancy. Single supplement while at Malandela’s B&B in Swaziland is $500. Single supplement while on safari at Inyati, South Africa is $1,000 CAD or $750 USD.
Can I drink the water?
You probably could, however I recommend sticking to bottled water, which is available for purchase from grocery stores, throughout the trip. You can bath/shower and brush your teeth in the tap water.
Are there any more comfort pieces to this trip not yet revealed?
Malandela’s has a lovely cool and clean swimming pool. We can visit the mineral hot springs in the area for a refreshing and cultural experience. I can arrange to have a massage therapist come to our B&B and work on us, for a fee, after work.
Tell me more about the service part:
The service work varies from year to year, samples are listed on the Projects page, contact us for more details on what is up coming. Work days will be 9-3 or 4 depending upon the interests of the group and the site location. Work will be basic and physical such as: painting, small tool use, shoveling, sewing, digging, mixing of cement, cleaning. In many, but not all, projects there will interaction with local people and in some cases orphans and vulnerable children. In these cases, playing with children, bathing, reading to them, cooking for them may all be choices.
Conservation work: opportunities to work within conservation are available on our school trips, contact us for more details on this aspect specifically. See link here for more details on the group we partner with for this type of work
What is included in the package?
All ground transfers to/from JNB int’l airport to Swaziland and return, 3 day all-inclusive safari at Inyati Game Lodge in a private game reserve, Sabi Sands (Kruger National Park) all accommodations, all breakfasts, most lunches, all ground transportation while in Swaziland, all park entry fees, park activities, bottled water while in SZ, all needed material onsite for the service project, a full time guide.
What is NOT included in this price?
Airfare to Johannesburg return, 6-8 dinners, 4 lunches, Wifi, travel health insurance, trip cancellation insurance, drinks while on safari, tips for your safari ranger, tracker and housekeeping (budget $200 USD for this.)
How much does this trip cost?
$5,900 CAD (no GST or PST is charged on these trips) per adult based on double occupancy. Family pricing upon request.
If I want to go somewhere before or after this trip, can I do that?
Sure, you can arrive at Johannesburg anyway you like. You can fly on points, you can leave ahead of the others and spend a few days in Europe, any version that appeals. I only ask that you make plans to be in JNB the night before the vans leave the next morning (check itinerary for exact dates on each trip.) When booking onward travel after your time with us, please don’t book outbound flights any earlier than 8 pm on that last day of our trip, to allow plenty of time to leave the safari lodge and travel to the Johannesburg airport.