South African Sangoma Tour 2016
Join us on this deeply spiritual Ancestral
Journey of your soul.
November 18 – December 4, 2016
with Nancy Rebecca and Yvonne Kilcup
Expand your consciousness, and heal the past through working
with your own Ancestral lineage.
Experience a South Africa that will get you in touch with the grounded roots of your soul that you did not even know existed until you step on African soil. See the wide open spaces of wild South African land in a way that very few individuals ever get to see. Magical moments will leave you awestruck as each synchronistic moment leads to another.
Join Psychic Spiritual Teachers Nancy and Yvonne on this incredible 17 day journey of the heart. From day one you will feel the pull of your soul, hear the sounds of the heartbeat of the drums, and see yourself transformed before your very eyes, as you come to know that you truly are in the cradle of mankind.
South Africa is a country about freedom, reconciliation, forgiveness, and acceptance of all of humanity as Nelson Mandela known as Mdbebe set the stage for universal healing when he named this country the Rainbow Nation!
- About Nancy Rebecca and Yvonne Kilcup
- Highlights and Intention of the Trip
- Accommodations and Basic Itinerary
- Terms & Prices | Payment Schedule
- A Practical Guide to Traveling with Us
Nancy Rebecca and Yvonne Kilcup have been leading spiritual tours with groups for 12 years. Profoundly dedicated to enhancing spiritual growth and empowerment through first hand experience of the unseen worlds, there are no better guides with whom to explore your own personal expansion. Their experience in working with Indigenous and Ancient cultures brings a grounded, centered comfort to your travel, supporting feelings of safety and well-being while guiding you through your expansion into new levels of spiritual awareness. You will be supported and encouraged as you explore your awakening to your own internal sacredness and purpose; you will heal and bring clarity and awareness to your life, your body, your ancestral line and return with fresh eyes and vigour to incorporate these expanding experiences and awareness into your life at home.
Nancy and Yvonne – Psychic Readers, Healers and Mediums – also have 15 years of experience effectively teaching others to open to their own intuitive and psychic mastery. They are grounded, calm, organized and confident as they guide you along on your own voyage of self and soul group discovery, helping you tap into your greatest potential.
In addition, they are both Registered Nurses, giving the added assurance that your health and wellness while travelling in a third world country will be tended to with care and skill.
In 2003 we each sold our home, sold most of our belongings, placed the rest in storage and obtained a visa to live a year in South Africa. We lived on a Zulu Cultural Homestead in a Zulu hut for most of that time. We had no running water, electricity, and certainly, no internet.
We spent the year, learning about land healings, rocks, crystals, plants, ley lines, elementals, Sangomas (Shamans), and the cultures of the Zulu, Afrikans, English, Muslim, and East Indian. We learned about ancestors and medicinal plant healing. We were filmed with Sangomas on Free spirit television show, and experienced an eco-system that remains in healthy balance to this day.
We took our first group with us in 2005 and since then have accompanied 7 groups in total. Our trips were created in such a way as to experience the spiritual magic and synchronicity that comes up when it is our intention to do so. We have found after all of these trips, travelling with an entire group of like-minded spiritual seekers raises many opportunities to meet interesting people, and participate in unique mystical situations.
Sangomas are diviners for the Ancestors. Ancestors can be family members, guides, angels and ascended masters. We have grown in knowledge to know that ancestors are spirits on the other side who are there to assist us in life. This trip is unlike any other that we offer because of the amount of time we spend in their presence. Our first trip was one day with the Sangomas, and because it has been the highlight each time, our trip now dedicates a full 7 days of ceremony and ritual for self-growth. Just being in the energy, vibration and frequency of their energy is transformational.
In 2014 – Nancy Rebecca was initiated into the Sangoma Tradition. She returned in April 2016 for 6 weeks to attend her Sacred Bones Ceremony to be initiated into the ancient tradition of “Bone Divination”. Makhosi Nancy’s Baba, (Spiritual father) is Makhosi Cedric Hood and her spiritual grandmother is Makhosi Cindi. She is honored to introduce you to her Sangoma brothers and sisters.
Therefore any investment that you make in this trip is an investment in you and your own ancestors. You will go home a deeply changed person, your spirit embodied into your life, enhancing the way you see and manifest your path before you. Make your deposit, and start your journey today.
“Traveling with Nancy and Yvonne is sure to unlock the magic in your life! Every time I join them on a journey, I return home with a renewed spirit, a heightened sense of awareness and a deeper connection to who I am as Spirit and what my purpose on this Earth is all about! I wish I could go with them on every trip they undertake. These trips are opportunities of a lifetime. In fact, after writing this, I am going to work on manifesting my wish coming true! Enjoy the ride!” – Makhosi Mari Abraham
Your time spent with the Sangomas, and in ceremony, is a main focus and intention, as well as a definite highlight of your spiritual pilgrimage. We will experience the rugged expansiveness of Africa, the wild coast of the Indian Ocean, as well as majestic animals, however the Spiritual journey you create with your ancestors will begin on day one of your journey. Each day will be in community with your ancestral line, as your ancestors teach you the ancient ways of walking in the world. Each moment of this trip builds on your relationship with those who have journeyed this path before you ending our time together with a peak experience of a gratitude ceremony. In this ceremony, Sangomas will come from great distances to join us in an all-night ceremony of drumming, dancing, shared meals and laughter. You will return home knowing you are loved and cherished!
“Traveling with Nancy and Yvonne is magical. They take care good care of you while being on an adventure of a life time. I experienced the awe of animals, mountains, the Indian Ocean, and then the people and culture. I describe the trip as; every day was the best day.” – MJS, Chapel Hill NC USA
Note: itinerary is subject to change.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Please arrange your flight itinerary to arrive as early as possible on this date. Yvonne and Nancy will be there to welcome you at the Guest House and assist with getting you settled into your room. We can help you exchange money and show you where to get bottled water and snacks. We will not be meeting formally as a group until the next day. However your hotel room this night is covered under the price of the tour.
November is spring time in South Africa where the temperatures can range from 60 degrees in the morning to 85 degrees in the afternoon, with cool breezes coming off of the Indian Ocean.
“One could write page after page about the wonderful things experienced in South Africa but there is no substitute for just going yourself. I thought I was going on this trip to just go do some meditating and see South Africa, but my ancestors had much much more in store for me. You do get to experience the culture and the land but the trip is so much more than that. Between the ceremonies and the energy of South Africa, my ancestors presented me with things i was mentally stuck on. Some things I was aware of, yet there were other personal things I didn’t even know I was harboring inside.
Nancy and Yvonne, leading this trip did a tremendous job with helping me clear my energy so that I may work on myself. Having gone on this trip, I have learned to listen and trust my inner voice and be fully conscious of my thoughts. Listening to that voice and using the tools, I was taught on this trip, has inspired my life to move in a more positive direction than I would have ever imagined.” – D.H. Tacoma, WA USA
Friday, November 18th
Cape Vidal – Stunning Coastal Nature Reserve
If you’re looking for one of South Africa’s ultimate coastal destinations along the country’s eastern shoreline, Cape Vidal has to be it. This stunning coastal area is situated within the St Lucia Marine Reserve, not far from the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Because you are in the midst of a nature reserve, you can see hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants, whales, dolphins, turtles and a wide variety of birds.
Pick up a lunch and snacks for the drive to the park. Cape Vidal is a world heritage site. Located just outside of St Lucia.
We will drive an additional hour to reach our remote cabins on the Indian Ocean once we enter the gates. This will be there first dinner together as a group, getting to know each other.
November 18th – 21th
Makhosi (means great spirit) Cedric Hood is a Sangoma, which is a traditional healer, skilled at divination by throwing of the bones, and ancestral communication. He is also skilled at animal communication. He will begin by lighting the candles of the four directions and welcoming our guides and angels as well. This power filled moment can be deeply felt, as your own individual prayers and intentions release to the universal wisdom.
Imagine waking up to the roar of the Indian Ocean waves surrounded by rare indigenous forest and pristine, massive sand dunes and reserve animals. We will begin this first day setting our intentions for ourselves as well as our group intentions. We will meet on the beach for a meditation to open the 4 directions and begin communicating with our ancestors.
We will take the river boat through the marsh land, where the fresh water and the Indian Ocean meet. This is a world heritage site and the location of the natural habitat of numerous hippo pods. Have your sun hats, sunglasses and cameras ready as our tour boat gets up close and personal with these ancient amazing beings. In addition there are crocodiles, and thousands of birds; over 700 species of birds exist in this reserve.
Hippopotamus lives in Water, the ancient realm of birth, power, creation, imagination, and healing.
Hippopotamus brings an awakening of our higher sensibilities.
It enables lucid dreaming and spirit contact.
Hippopotamus is a link to the spiritual, artistic and healing realms of water.
It teaches you how to be strong in all of them.
Learning to control powerful creative energies is the lesson that Hippopotamus gives you.
He is reminding you that if you have become bored with your life you have the creative power to stir things up and revitalize things by starting new projects, goals and spiritual connections. Do this by following the tried and true methods of reaching your goals and focus on the success of your projects. Take the time to dream your dreams and choose the path that will be right for you to achieve them. Understand that you will need to commit to your goals in order to fulfill them.
We will have a late lunch early dinner in St Lucia, then head back to our cabins before dark. We plan to have an evening with Makhosi Cedric as he begins to introduce to you about his path as a traditional medicine man. Imagine the warm air, the crickets, and night sounds of the animals, with candles lit, sipping hot tea, or drinking a cold beer, listening to soul stirring stories of a traditional lineage that is among the few surviving unbroken Shamanic lineages in the world.
November 21th, 22nd & 23rd
Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve, is about a 3 hour drive to the gate of one of the oldest game reserves in Africa. Once we register, we then drive across the park stopping for lunch along the way as we experience the real wild viewing giraffe, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, leopards, and many zebras, kudu, and hundreds of varieties of birds.
We will be challenged to get to our accommodation on time as excitement to actually seeing the animal’s moves us slowly along the road like the ancient tortoise.
However, we are staying in the tented camps, and want to arrive to unload before dark as well as prepare our meal and make a fire. Imagine this night, tired from travel, having a hot shower, a full belly, sitting under the African sky and hearing the hyena, warthogs, lions, owls, crickets and other night sounds, by the crackling fire as you gaze at the brilliant night sky.
“Traveling to South Africa with Nancy and Yvonne was a great jumping off point for me. I am traditional First Nations woman from Canada, yet felt a calling to experience Traditional Healers from South Africa. I came home after my experience, knowing I was now following my path and what that means to me. It was so awesome to see traditional medicine working and being honored by the people who used it. I know, without a doubt had I traveled to South Africa on my own, I never would have been exposed to this ancient culture. For that, I am so grateful to Nancy and Yvonne who have spent years cultivating those sacred relationships so that we could benefit! Hoyt.” – Julia, Olympia WA USA
November 22rd and 23rd
Then back for breakfast, and then another drive, to see animals while seated in our Vans. Then lunch, rest time while all the other animals are resting, as you listen to the sounds of Africa that will fill every part of your being. Then dinner, by the fire, weather permitting. You may opt to go on a night drive to see all of the animals that are nocturnal or having an early sleep. To repeat again the next day.
Overall this will be a long driving day for us. With stops for lunch and breaks, expect 6 hours of seeing the beautiful countryside of South Africa as well as the big city of Durban, and Pietermaritzburg.
We will arrive late afternoon at Ecabazini traditional Zulu homestead where you will experience how the Traditional Zulu’s lived. You will stay in a Zulu Rondoval or Beehive hut made of grass. Our host David Hazelhurst will delight you with his humor, hospitality, and knowledge of Zulu culture.
It will not be just like the Zulu’s lived; you will have a bed off the floor with crisp sheets, fresh water on your table, and oil lamps to light the room. A short exotic walk along a dirt pathway lined with Traditional African medicinal plants leads you to the clean restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers.
You will get to your room, and have a couple of hours to rest before a hot meal, by candlelight, and African night sounds. You will want your little headlamp or flashlight in hand for the night walk along an oil lamp lit path to the bathroom.
“My trip was a transformational journey—days filled with adventures, self-discovery, healing, camaraderie, and fun in such a beautiful country. Because I felt unconditional support for my spiritual growth and for gaining clarity about my life’s path, I had the freedom to discover what I wanted and needed at the deepest soul level . . . and manifest it in my life. Upon returning home, the realignment of my priorities (especially at work) happened swiftly and well. Balance, deep appreciation of nature, happiness, and self-love, those are a few of my South African gifts.” – Melanie, Raleigh NC USA
We will do some fun energy things as well as have a meditation this day. The afternoon, David Hazelhurst weaves history throughout stories bringing to life what life was like not too long ago. That evening we will experience a traditional Zulu meal with Zulu beer, drumming and dancing.
“Each time I recall my trip to South Africa, I am overwhelmed, with a flood of memories. From first walking on the beach of the Indian Ocean to having lunch with Sangomas to making ancestor beads as a group to the final days when we each used what we learned to build us spiritually. Each experience was deeply moving and unforgettable. Nancy and Yvonne ensure that each day is full and memorable.
Not only do they act as tour guides but they provided a safe solid ground so that I could grow spiritually. As a bonus we were able to shop, go on safaris, eat a variety of great meals and just enjoy all that South Africa has to offer. Going to South Africa was one of my greatest adventures.” – M.B., Gig Harbor Washington
“I would love to tell the world that my asking to go with you to South Africa as my 65 birthday present and was the very best thing I have ever done for myself. Loved the land and the people and the whole experience and would go again. In fact we are at the moment asking our spirits if it might not be a good thing for us to do as a couple? We so enjoyed our trip with an even larger group to Nepal and are still glowing in the benefits of all of that, again the people and the different energies of the land, hold the treasures. Continued Blessings” – Wilma [gogo} Calgary AB Canada
We will be hosted by the entire community. Have refreshments, lunch, and experience Sangomas sacred songs, drumming and dancing as you are carried away by the grounded melodies.
The day winds down at dusk and we climb into the vans changed people. You will enjoy the drive as you begin to integrate back into reality. We will stop for dinner and arrive in the Drakensburg Mountains on the grounds of another Sangoma, Makhosi Cedric Hood. We will arrive late in the evening.
NOTE: Makhosi Cindi asked us in 2014 to consider our next group actually spending the night at her place. We are considering this as an option. This would require sleeping on mats in her sacred Makhosini. This is a great honor to be invited. Again, an experience you will never have available to you in your lifetime. We will let you know as the group forms if the invitation is still open and arrangements can be made.
November 27th – December 4th
In the United States it is the Thanksgiving Holiday. This week is all about gratitude towards your ancestors and the role they play in your life.
Each day will be spiritually focused with Muthi’s (Medicinal herbs), meditations, group readings, healings, and intuitive readings. We will have an opportunity to bead, meditate, and engage in relationship with yourself, the other travel mates, and this magical property.
Two hikes are planned for this week that are mild and flat to short areas of stairs, then back to slow inclining land. Each hike is to very sacred areas. One area is filled with elementals, deities and land keepers. The other hike takes you to an area where the Ancient Sans people used to live and worship. Each place we visit we will take time for a private meditation.
We will experience a fire ceremony to release the past and birth into your new life, as well as a Sacred river washing, to cleanse, clear and release everything that holds you back from living the exact life you desire to have.
We will have optional trips to see cheetahs, lions, and the most sacred bird, the vulture.
“I was fortunate to be on the first group tour trip to South Africa in 2005. I did not feel at all that it was a practice run. Being on this journey to S.A. with Nancy and Von and likeminded people was a real gift. I know it was Spirit Guided because it was not boring and adventure appeared around every bend in the road. I highly recommend travelling with Nancy & Yvonne any chance you get and have recently returned from a tour to Nepal with them. Their Spirit Guided journeys are Life Changing. Where are we going next?” – Helen Bonnett, Okanagan BC Canada
Contact us if you would like help planning other parts of your trip.
17 day South Africa Trip
November 18 – December 4th, 2016
Total Cost: $4,950.00
$1000.00 deposit*paid now, is fully refundable if we must cancel the tour for any reason, otherwise it is non-refundable. This deposit will immediately go toward payment of hotels and ground transportation since November is the peak season for tourists.
Please include with your booking and deposit your personal details, emergency contact information and copy of your passport. In order to get the current rates on travel in country we would like, a copy of your passport as soon as you can get it to us. There is a sharp increase in price the closer we get to the trip since it is high tourist season.
$1,000 deposit is non-refundable, pay now to reserve your place on the trip.
Installments: Make arrangements with Yvonne Kilcup personally.
June 1st, 2016 – Second 1,400.00 installment due.
August 1, 2016 – Third $1,400.00 installment due.
September 1st, 2016 – Fourth payment of $1150.00. Making the total paid in full $4950.00.
If desire your own room add an additional $1,200.00 to the price making your total $6,150.00
What is Included in the Price:
- Accommodations plus taxes and surcharges based on double deluxe room with 2 people sharing. Single room extra charge is $1,200.00
- 17 night’s accommodation – one night in Umdloti (Nov. 10th-pre-trip arrival date), three nights Cape Vidal, three nights in Umfolozi, Two nights in Ecabazini, and 8 nights in Monks Cowl, Drakensberg mountains.
- Ground transportation, rental vans, petrol, highway tolls and trailers to carry your luggage.
- Transportation throughout KwaZulu-Natal Province.
- Zulu Interpreter, to not only for daily communication but also cultural education.
- Entrance tickets to Game reserves and Hippo Boat tours.
- All spiritual insight, direction, guidance, teachings, healing and meditations with Nancy and Yvonne.
- Three Clairvoyant Group guided Reading and Healings facilitated by Nancy Rebecca. One before we gather as a group in South Africa and two while together on the trip.
- Clairvoyant Group guided Reading and Healings facilitated by Nancy Rebecca.
- Visit to a Traditional Zulu Sangoma’s home and community. Group funds will provide, food, drinks, and gifts for the Sangomas and their families.
- All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
- Guided hikes to sacred sites, and meditation power places by a traditionally trained Sangoma.
- Teaching, instruction and practice in Animal communication.
- Teachings by Makhosi Cedric Hood, traditional Sangoma, as well as Incan trained Shaman.
- Herbal medicine (muthi) during our week of Shamanic Journey and spiritual quest.
What is Not Included:
- Local or International Airfare
- Transportation to and from the airport.
- Travel Insurance
- Visa Cost, However, at this time it is not required to have a Visa if you are from the US or Canada. Visitors are allowed 3 months in South Africa without additional visa.
- Beverages — bottled water, alcoholic drinks, etc.
- Personal expenses, gifts and tips – Safari guides, interpreters, and Sangomas. Traditional tips are 10%. You may bring small gifts to give to Sangomas (shamans). We will provide a list of ideas.
- Extra Safari game drives.
- Personal Sangoma “bones” readings, or other sessions with Sangomas, or massages
- Laundry, Phone, Internet, tips for Guides, Drivers and staff.
USD$1000 deposit (non-refundable) FULL
Please call Yvonne at 253-225-4420 if you are interested in this tour.
Read more about guidelines below:
What You May Account for in Your Trip Budget:
There are many lovely and sacred items you will wish to have as mementos for yourself and to share with loved ones. Here is a sampling of costs. It is important to understand the South African perspective. South Africa charges are very similar to American Prices when it comes to Hotels, and travel. They do know the value of the American dollar, especially since the World cup was held there in 2012. However there still remains a high unemployment rate. We love to stop and shop at small road side shops to support local communities. You will have opportunities to barter, however remember each dollar supports the poorer villages.
- Private readings and treatments with local healers $20.00-$50.00
- South African Baskets – $10.00 to $500.00
- Crystals – $5.00 to $100.00
- Zulu Beaded bracelets, necklaces – $5.00 to $50.00
- Medicinal Herbs – $5.00 to $20.00
- African Masks – $30.00 to $800.00
- Blankets and wraps – $20.00 to $200.00
- Ostrich Eggshell bracelets, necklaces – $20.00 to $300.00 made by the Sans people, a sacred mystical ancient tribe of the Kalahari desert.
We enjoy traveling with groups and introducing people to a wonderful array of experiences; nevertheless, there are some areas that require your commitment and your thoughtfulness in traveling together.
In order to assure a comfortable, pleasurable traveling experience for all participants, please read carefully the following requirements and be completely honest with yourself about your ability to abide by the guidelines.
- Do You Have a Meditation Practice? You must be able to sit in Meditation up to an hour at a time. Most group meditations will be about 30 minutes per day however we will find places to meditate at different sacred sites where we will spread out that may be longer in duration. You may use this time for contemplation in meditation and journaling. Please note: it is not mandatory that you meditate with our teaching style, however if you do not have a meditation practice we do insist you begin one before the trip. We can assist with that process, just ask.
- Do You Play Well with Others? We will be traveling in a close, intimate group and in the evening you will be sharing a room with another person you may not know. We ask that you be aware of your needs in relationship to traveling with a group in this manner. South African people are bright and cheerful by nature and will try to meet our needs for comfort but as with all international travel, conditions can differ from U.S. or Canadian accommodations.
- Can You See Every Moment on the Trip as a Blessing? This requires the willingness to be in service and gratitude to others in everything that you do. The Zulu and Sangomas believe deeply that God and your own Ancestors have brought our group to their community and will treat us as a gift from God. We recognize it is not in our western way of living to naturally think that way, therefore on this trip we ask that you have a willing heart to believe that each moment on this 17-day trip is a blessing from God. Each person on the trip was placed there on the same trip . . . as your roommate, shopping mate, sharing a meal mate, “pushing your buttons” mate . . . as a gift from the Divine.
- Will You Embrace Group Unity Consciousness? Meaning, we believe that you have all come together as a group because you are part of the same soul group. Behaviors and actions that you take can uplift our entire group soul’s light-or diminish it-in the moment. We require as a participant on this trip that you set the intention to be a good steward of our group’s evolvement and expansion of our collective consciousness.
- Can You Ask for Help When Needed? We encourage you to allow Yvonne, Nancy and the group to support you. This means, when you are feeling vulnerable, tired, ill, or stressed, reach out to us so we can help meet your needs and be in service to you. Whether it be rest, a healing and medicine when feeling ill or just to talk. If your way of dealing with stress is to withdraw, talk to yourself before the trip and set your intention to give yourself permission to be taken care of whenever and however the need arises.
- Will You Respect the Buddy System? South Africa is a safe country to travel in. As in any country, travelers can be easy targets for theft. This is a group tour therefore we travel as a group and look out for the safety and well-being of each other. We ask that you always have someone else with you when you venture out from the group. Please do not feel that you will be unsafe while in South Africa, we simply ask that you have a higher level of awareness with your bags, and cameras.
- Are You Joining Us with an Open Mind and Open Heart? South Africa has a rich culture of many different religions and beliefs. The Sangomas are traditional shamanic medicine people who have an unbroken lineage of Ancestor worship dating back thousands of years. We require that you have the ability to suspend judgment to be in a place of honor and respect for each person’s beliefs. For example: The Sangomas believe in drumming and dancing as a way of going into an altered state. They also work with animal sacrifice to make offerings to the Ancestors. As one Sangoma responded, do you make a turkey for Thanksgiving? We the same, however we include the animal in our ceremony, before preparing it for the meal. Just as you would wish someone to sincerely respect your beliefs, our request is that you do the same-whether it’s with your fellow travelers or with the South African people.
- Can You Relax and Be Open to Synchronicity? The final requirement is to have a true willingness and full intention to maintain a light heart of laughter and ease knowing that everything on the trip will unfold exactly as the Divine Source has planned for us. It is our intention on this trip to see and experience all that we have listed however it is also our intention to always follow the magical surprises that the Divine presents to our group in lieu of the schedule!
NOTE: Failure to respect and follow the prescribed guidelines may result in the termination of your trip, at the discretion of the tour leaders. Should this occur, no portion of the trip is refundable and you will be solely responsible for any fees incurred due to changes in flights or ground transportation.
Helpful Tips to Plan for Your Trip
- What to Wear? South Africa daily dress is very similar to the US/Canada. Shorts/Pants and T-shirts are welcome. When we visit the Sangoma community and when in ceremony, woman are required to wear dresses or skirts and men dress pants. Men may be required to place a wrap around their waist. We will be sending out information about packing and suggested clothing as the trip approaches.
- What about Food? You will experience all offerings of food in South Africa. The Afrikans are big meat eaters so there is a large variety of meat from beef, fish, pork, as well as Kudu, wart hogs and other wild game. South Africa also has a large East Indian community so will have many vegetarian offerings.
- How Safe is the Food/Water? Water in South Africa is as safe to drink as in the USA and Canada. It is not like Mexico or Nepal. Our guide is planning for the healthiest places for us to eat while we are there, however, as with foreign travel, the potential for stomach upset and food poisoning is a reality. Dr. Bales, Tropical medicine physician, highly recommends pepto bismol as a staple product since bismuth binds with any toxins and it helps with diarrhea. We are nurses so we will strongly encourage you to keep us posted on how you are feeling and let us know immediately if you’re not feeling well so we can help. You’ll want to maintain your stamina for travel (and partake in the local cuisine). They have excellent clinics and doctors in South Africa. Rest assured, you will be well cared for should the need arise.
- What about Toilets? This country is truly built on tourism. Most toilets are regular American flush type toilets. All rest stop toilets are spotlessly clean since each one has its own attendant who makes sure of that. Even in the Zulu Village, we will have clean bathrooms and toilets. When we visit the Sangomas, we may have a “long drop” (porti-potty) or a flush toilet without a seat to it. This will only be during our visit to their village. Bring your own toilet paper and handy wipes for this part of the visit.
- What about Staying in Touch with Home? We will have a cell phone number that you can give your family in case of emergency with directions on how they can make the call. Access to the Internet is spotty so it’s best to tell your family you will not always be reachable. Internet is available in many restaurants we stop at however will not be available at any of our accommodations. Expect to reach out to family about once per week via internet.
- How large is the Travel Group? We have made reservations for 12 participants however may increase size if there is interest.
- Are the Accommodations Comfortable? Yes. We will be staying in log cabins, tented cabins, Zulu huts, and mountain villas. Each have beds. Their mattresses traditionally are single mats. Most places have single beds. Some of the rooms will have two or three single beds. When we stay in the Zulu village, one hut has 4 single beds. All accommodations are clean and well cared for. This is Wild Africa, and the elements are alive and vibrant. All of our accommodations add to your adventurous experience.
- Is it Safe to Travel Around South Africa? Currently the political stability is very good and has been the last 10 years. Crime is not as high as in other countries, however the highest reports are stolen backpacks and cell phones. You may want to bring a lock for your backpack or a cover for it so that it cannot be unzipped. Elections are coming up in December for a new President. Nelson Mandela’s recent death has inspired a country, now more than ever to be united in desiring a country dedicated to peace, freedom and equality for all.
- How about Flight Arrangements? Can You Help? Absolutely! We have experience with travel from the U.S. and Canada and can recommend routes. When you are leaving from the West coast of the U.S or Canada, allow 2 calendar days for travel to arrive by November 18th (South Africa is 9-10 hours ahead of the West coast) and travel time is typically 24-32 hours depending on the layovers. We suggest you plan to arrive a day or two prior to the official start date of the trip to help you get acclimated to the time change so you’ll be rested for the start of your adventure! Included in the trip is an overnight stay in Umdloti, a small beach town located 8km from the King Shaka airport where we will all arrive; this is to encourage everyone to have landed on S. African soil by November 18. However the actual start date is November 21st at 8am, where we plan to have the vans and trailers packed and ready to hit the road north to Cape Vidal. We will all stay at the same guest house and can assist you finding transportation to and from the airport.