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Fair Trade Travel Pass 14/21 Days

14/21 DAY FAIR TRADE TRAVEL PASS
It's easy to travel with a conscience with this new Fair Trade Travel Pass. Seven stops from Cape Town to Soweto over 14 or 21 days.
The Fair Trade Travel Pass that gives you the freedom of choice to spend as long as your holiday allows and know that the Community where you spend your money is going to see the benefit. Take the hassle out of trying to make the right choice and have a positive impact on local people and environs with this collection of leading Fair Trade in Tourism community stops.

Our Travel Pass takes you to the most breathtaking parts of South Africa from mountains to sea; bus, drive, walk or cycle the paths of our heritage around battle fields and through museums. Choose to be involved with volunteering programs and take an adventure with shark cage diving, surfing or meandering along beaches that are mostly undisturbed by man. Local guides will show you the hidden gems,... learn something new like fishing or horse riding, taste local authentic food you have never tried before or just relax in a hammock and read a book.
How you travel is your choice by plane, bus or car. Travel for 14 or 21 days. Accommodation is in Backpackers that are all Fair Trade accredited and each one has a community project that is benefiting the local community just by your staying there. Travelling with respect - that makes for a good night’s sleep already!
small too coffee bay.jpg Day 1/3 Cape Town
You will be collected from Cape Town airport and brought by shuttle to The Backpack (www.backpackers.co.za ) , the multi-award winning backpackers lodge in the city centre where the swimming pool winks at the mountain and the café’s food hits the spot! You will have three full days (4 nights) in Cape Town to explore this beautiful city.

Included: Airport Shuttle, Accommodation, Shark Cage Dive or Boat-based Whale Watching experience with the leading, ethical operator in this field, Marine Dynamics (www.sharkwatchsa.com) - a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Day 4/11 Chintsa
From Cape Town you’ll fly to East London where a 45 minute transfer from East London brings you to the beautiful coastal village of Chintsa and home to the work of Volunteer Africa 32° South (www.volunteerafrica.co.za ). Meet the volunteer team as you settle into the “vollie house” overlooking the beach and ocean. Your volunteer time sees you immersed in the Wild Coast Schools Project which is bringing the life changing skills of computer literacy to the lives of young learners in the Chintsa community. Working under the guidance of professional volunteer teacher coordinators, you will team teach in VA32 established computer labs and from the Big Green e-Machine - our mobile 4x4 computer lab. Your afternoons involve running a homework club at a farm for vulnerable and orphaned children and a twice weekly sports program as part of our youth development initiatives. Wednesday afternoon is something fun and the weekend is all yours!

Included: Airport Shuttle, Accommodation

Day 11/16 Wild Coast
From Buccanneers you’ll head to Mthatha by bus where you will have a choice as to how you spend the next 5 nights. Mthatha is the launch pad into the more remote parts of the Wild Coast with its endless beaches and rich, traditional Xhosa culture. There are three places to choose from. You can spend all five nights at one spot, or divide your nights up
between the equally cool yet different places.

Included: Bus Transport, Accommodation, 3 activities of your choice:

Choose from:

Mdumbi Backpackers
(www.mdumbi.co.za ): an idyllic spot overlooking the beach voted a few years ago as South Africa’s most beautiful. Here you can go canoeing,
snorkeling and hiking or you could learn how to surf Mdumbi’s epic wave… After all the action come back to an excellent home-cooked meal while chilling with travellers from around the world. Check out there permaculture garden and be inspired by the community development projects run by their Non Profit organisation, Transcape.

The Coffee Shack
(www.coffeeshack.co.za ): this vibey, beach backpackers is nestled in the coastal village of Coffee Bay about an hour from Mdumbi. The super friendly Coffee Shack crew will take you on a range of fun outings including the hike to the famous Hole in the Wall rock formation or Mapuzi caves with it’s awesome cliff-jumps, but their speciality
are the “world’s cheapest” professional surf lessons. Afterwards there’ll certainly be a fun at the festive Babalaza bar… and proper coffee in the morning for those who’re hungover!

Bulungula Lodge (www.bulungula.com) : situated in a beautiful, remote corner of the Wild Coast, Bulungula has won numerous awards as a leader in community-based tourism.
You are hosted by a traditional Bomvana community who will take you on amazing journeys of discovery. Spend a day with local women learning how to balance water on your head, make mud bricks and cook the local foods. Or spend a morning in the beautiful forest with medicine man learning about weird and wonderful remedies.

Day 16/18 Drakensberg
From the Wild Coast you’ll be shuttled and bussed to Sani Lodge(www.sanilodge.co.za) nestling deep in the majestic Drakensberg mountains. Here ,you will join a 3 night, 2 day package that includes venturing up the famous Sani Pass to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and a hike to caves to explore ancient Bushman paintings. The Sani Lodge crew
are the absolute experts on the area (they literally wrote the book) and can tell you about the secret special spots just a short walk away. And don’t forget their renowned chocolate cake!

Includes: Shuttles, Bus Transport, Accomodation, Mountain Activities

Day 18 /21 Soweto
From Sani Lodge, you will shuttle and bus your way to your final stop: 3 nights at the famous, funky Soweto Backpackers (www.sowetobackpackers.com). The iconic township of Soweto has been home to anyone and everyone famous involved in the liberation of South Africa and so is rich in culture and heritage. Soweto is a melting pot of cultures from around the country and the continent creating a funky vibrant atmosphere you cannot find anywhere else. You will get a chance to experience this all at street level on one of Lebo’s famous bicycle tours which will leave you in awe of this crazy country of
ours. The next day it’s off your bike and on with the walking shoes as you enjoy the fantastic Jozi walking tour that allows you to absorb the sights and sounds of this great world city. After the tours, you’ll chill at this beautifully landscaped backpackers with its very own shebeen and you will reflect on the life-changing experience that the past 2 weeks of Fair Trade travel have given you.

Your journey with us ends as you are shuttled to the OR Tambo airport where you can have one final chance to spend those last few rands at the numerous shops there… unless you decide to save them for when you return to this amazing country.

Includes: Shuttles, Bus Transport, Accommodation, Soweto Bicycle Tour

COST: R16,000
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David & Tesi, July 2012
Hi Ince,

I wanted to say thanks again for helping give us a spectacular trip to South Africa, and especially the Cape region. It was a trip full of wonders. Every day I think about how amazing it was that I actually saw great white sharks in the wild. We greatly enjoyed your company.

I mentioned that at the natural history museum in San Francisco, the California Academy of Sciences, they have an Africa hall and there is a diorama of the Cape region. Here is a picture of it: http://www.zoochat.com/1056/african-hall-rock-hyrax-steinbok-diorama-234071/ The diorama is cool, but the real thing is much better!

I hope that all is well with you and your family.
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