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HTN 139 - Kelsey Publishing House is coming to visit South Africa!
2nd October 2006
Kelsey Publishing House is responsible for specialist magazines such as Old Tractor, Classic Military Vehicle, Tractor and Machinery, Stationary Engine Magazine and many more, also books, tours and services for Jaguar cars, custom car, classic vehicle and old machinery enthusiasts
SOUTH AFRICAN EXPERIENCE
15 day vintage machinery tour including game viewing and wonderful sights.
Tour price: £1,998 sharing a room, £2,278 single.
‘A land of flowers, wine and whale song’
Covering a huge swathe of land, washed by the Atlantic and Indian oceans, South Africa has enormous wealth above and below ground, making it one of the richest natural storehouses on the planet. With staggeringly beautiful rural areas and the magnificent game park of Kruger, the possibilities for visitors are endless. On our tour we also visit the sophisticated cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town and the charming historic towns of Bloemfontein and Stellenbosch.
South Africa is a ‘rainbow nation’ of many colours and cultures, encompassing Zulu, Tswana, Khosa, Sotho, Indian, Afrikaans and those of British origin. The scars left by the apartheid years are slowly healing, but have left huge inequalities between rich and poor. Despite this, the people are charming hosts, most speak English and all have a fascinating story to tell. The crime rate is still far too high, but with a little common sense and guided by your Tractor & Machinery Holiday Club Tour Manager you will have a perfect, safe holiday.
Monday 12 February 2007.
Evening departure from London Heathrow airport of our South African Airways overnight flight to Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. Our flight departs at 18.00 hours and arrives the next morning at 07.05 hours local. (One hour ahead of British time)
Tuesday 13 February
Early morning arrive into Johnannesburg International airport. After taking our luggage to our hotel we visit the Johannesburg War Museum and then see the Rand Collectors Club before checking-into our hotel for the next two nights.Rosebank Hotel. “Classical elegance and warmth" are the guest’s first impressions of the hotel. A tranquil, relaxed atmosphere, combined with friendly efficient service, is all trademarks of our hospitality. The hotel has a 4 star grading along with an outstanding reputation. The hotel is situated in the prestigious suburb of Rosebank, part of Greater Sandton, in Gauteng, South Africa. Rosebank is conveniently near the major centres of Johannesburg, Sandton and Randburg, easily accessible from Midrand and Pretoria, and 30 minutes from Johannesburg International Airport.
Three shopping malls and the renowned African Craft Market are within 3 minutes walking distance from the hotel providing guests with a wide variety of curio and craft shops, gift shops, art galleries, clothing boutiques, chain stores, restaurants, cinemas and entertainment. Exclusive discounts are given to our guests by many of these shops. Attractions in the vicinity include Gold Reef City, Lion Park, Johannesburg Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Soweto Tours, Union Buildings, Voortrekker Monument, Game Drives, Hot Air Ballooning, Archaeological Sites and the Origins of Man, numerous museums, casinos, golf courses, sports stadiums and other exciting possibilities.
After breakfast we spend the morning at fabulous Gold Reef City and take an exciting, below ground tour. The mine is part of the 100-kilometre reef stretching from Boksburg in the east to Randfontein in the west, and visible from a distance with its impressive head gear protruding above the surrounding mine dumps.
In the afternoon we visit Johannesburg Tractor Spares with Vernon Winter, see the James Hall Machinery Museum and conclude the day with a visit to the small private collection of Wilfred Mole at his home in ‘Hogsville’.
Overnight at the Rosebank Hotel
Departing Johnannesburg we make the drive from the High to the Lowveld for the journey to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga. En-route we will stop at the Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum, which houses many South African implements, tractors, horse drawn carriages & wagons plus other agricultural equipment. Afterwards we continue our drive east and after a lunch stop we enter the Kruger National Park and drive to our overnight accommodation at the Satara Rest Camp, situated in the middle of the park.
The Kruger National Park is a massive reserve, the size of Wales, which is one of the best places in Africa to see the ‘Big Five’ as well as thousands of other species.
Dinner is included at our rest camp tonight and there will be an opportunity to join an optional night safari.
Friday 16 February.
After breakfast we depart for a full day coach drive, Game Viewing in the Kruger National Park and then overnight stay at the Berg-en-dal rest camp in the south of the reserve. Dinner is included tonight and there will again be a chance to take an optional night safari.
Saturday 17 February.
Departing the Kruger National Park we travel first to Standerton for a gathering with the local vintage machinery club before continuing our drive to the Free State and our base for the next three nights in Fouriesburg.
Fouriesburg Country Inn, Restaurant & Wine Cellar
Dinner is included each evening during our stay.
Sunday 18 February & Monday 19th February.
Two days to visit the Sandstone Estates (Pty) Ltd and the Sandstone Heritage Trust is possibly the largest collection of vintage vehicles, including tractors, in the southern hemisphere. During our two day visit to Sandstone we will ride the 36 kilometre 2ft narrow gauge steam railway, view the extensive collection of tractors, agricultural machinery activity, traction engines, military vehicles and classic earth moving plant.
Tuesday 20 February.
After breakfast we make the drive to Bloemfontein to view Zach van Staden’s fantastic collection of old trucks, dozers, diggers and classic plant machinery before check-in for two night’s accommodation at the City Lodge Bloemfontein on a dinner bed and breakfast basis.
The City Lodge has 151 Rooms a pool set in a beautiful garden is a treat for those moments of relaxation. This convenient location has numerous amenities within walking distance, such as the Hydromed Hospital, Zoo, Free State Stadium, restaurants and shopping centres. It is also close to the N1 motorway and 2 minutes away from Bloemfontein’s CBD.
Wednesday 21 February.
Today we visit the School of Armour and their military museum with Colonel Nondala who will also give us a talk on South African Military Vehicles and show us the heavy military machinery in their museum such as tanks etc.
We also visit to the steam restoration workshops in Bloemfontein, considered by some to be one of the best in the World.
Overnight and dinner at the City Lodge.
Thursday 22 February
Friday 23 February.
After breakfast today we have a full day coach tour to the Cape of Good Hope Horn Peninsula tour including lunch.
Overnight bed and breakfast at The PortsWood Hotel.
Saturday 24 February.
Today we make the drive into the Winelands region of Paarl and Stellenbosh and also meet up with Western Cape branch of the National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club at their new museum at Villiersdorp. Lunch will be included today.
Overnight bed and breakfast at The PortsWood Hotel.
Sunday 25 February.
Full day at leisure for you to shop in the Victoria and Albert Waterfront shops or take an optional boat tour from the landing to Robin Island, the infamous prison association with the detention of Nelson Mandela, which is now a World heritage site. You may prefer to take one of a number of other optional tours including a visit to the famous Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Overnight bed and breakfast at The PortsWood Hotel.
Monday 26 February.
Morning free for last minute shopping or sightseeing.
Afternoon transfer to the Cape Town International Airport in good time to check-in for the return South African Airways flight to London. The flight departs at 20.40 hours overnight arriving into London Heathrow airport at 06.55 hours on Tuesday 27 February.
A deposit of £250 per person will secure your place on this ‘Once in a life time trip’.
South African Experience General Information
The t class=msoIns> of 1,998 class=msoIns>is based on sharing. A limited number of single rooms are available at a supplement of £280 i.e. £2,278 single. The tour is based on the exchange rate current at the time of writing these notes in September 2006. Sterling £1.00 = South Africa Rand 14.25.
South African Airways scheduled flights from London Heathrow airport to Johannesburg, domestic flight from Bloemfontein to Cape Town and return flight from Cape Town to London Heathrow, airport and security taxes, coach transportation throughout, 13 nights first class hotel or best available inns and rest camps will be used all with private bathroom facilities, breakfast every day plus some dinners and lunches as mentioned in the itinerary, admissions to all museums and private collections and the services of a TMHC tour manager throughout.
Drinks and meals other than those specified above, travel Insurance, optional tours or game drives, and personal expenses, e.g. telephone calls, laundry, room service etc.
Flights from London Heathrow (Terminal 4) to South Africa.
South African Airways flights and timings.
Thursday 22nd February.
Monday 26th February
Arrives London Heathrow airport at 06.55 hours on Tuesday 27th February.
It is mandatory that all passengers have sufficient travel insurance, which is NOT included in the holiday price. Flight Bound can offer you a holiday insurance policy but for the best cover, at the best price, we are pleased to recommend Norton Insurance who specialise in providing Heritage Classic Car Insurance & Tradesure Motor Trade Insurance as well as excellent ‘Single Trip’ and ‘Annual Multi-trip’ Holiday Travel Insurance. The premium will depend on your age and general health. Please call 0121 246 5050 and ask for Elaine Pitt or go on the website at www.norton-ib.co.uk and select “Travel” to get a quote on their INSURE AND GO site. Norton Insurance, Regency House, 97-107 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 8LA
Passports & Visas.
A full passport issued by a member state of the European Union, or your nation’s government and valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure from South Africa. No Visa is required to enter South Africa for British, E.U. Canada, USA or Australian passport holders.
Health Precaution: Malaria risk.
Malaria risk, predominantly in the malignant falciparum form, exists throughout the year in the low altitude area of Mpumalanga Province, which includes the Kruger National Park. It is therefore strongly recommended that you take anti-malaria tablets before entering these areas. Please consult your doctor for further information.
Payment Schedule & Payment by Credit Card
A deposit of £250 per person is payable upon booking. The balance is due not less than 72 days prior to departure. We can accept payment by all forms of credit or debit card however a surcharge of 2% will be added for all payment by credit cards.
HOW TO BOOK.
The holiday is arranged for Kelsey Publishing Group in partnership with ‘The Holiday Company’ Limited, trading as Flight Bound. Your contract is subject to Flight Bound’s Reservation Terms & Conditions.
South African Experience
‘The Holiday Company’ Flight Bound,
7 Bridgewater Road,
England.Tel: + 44 (0) 8454 303 404 / Fax: + 44 (0) 8715 606 505
The air holiday in this brochure is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority.
The Holiday Company Ltd (Flight Bound) number is ATOL 2876.
For more specific details about the holiday itinerary contact:
Kelsey Publishing Group,
PO BOX 123,
Tel and Fax: + 44 (0)1394 275120 or (0)1394 270857