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    Wait a Little Safaris ride summary

    Wait A Little Safaris was formed in 1999 by Philip and Gerti Kusseler and has been operating since than as the successful Big Five Horse Safari in South Africa. The area close to the Kruger National Park with the background of the Drakensberg Mountains is one of the most beautiful wilderness regions in the world.

    The variety of land mammals, birds and plants is unique and breathtaking. It has various ecosystems ranging from open plains, woodlands, hills and rock formations, to riverine and gullies. Many rivers are the lifeline of the region and support an impressive population of flora and fauna. The region is the home to wildlife such as elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, giraffe, zebra, blue wildebeest, hippo, crocodile, bushbuck, kudu, nyala, waterbuck, impala, warthog and many different species of birds.

    They offer guests the ‘Big Five Safari’ a 7 night 8 day safari in the Edeni Private Game Reserve, as well as the Makalali-Garonga ride, a 10 night, 11 day set departure date mobile safari, on the reknowned Greater Makalali game reserve.


    Wild and Exotic sample itinerary for 7 night Wait a Little ‘Big Five’ safari

    Day 1: You will be collected from either Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa airport by our transfer service. On arrival at Wait a Little a light lunch or afternoon tea or coffee awaits you. Philip, your guide, will introduce you to the safety procedures before going on your first riding safari. This orientation ride takes you through the area surrounding the camp as you unwind from your journey and forget yourself in the peace of the African bush. This is your chance to become accustomed to new horses and a different riding style. You might even see the first giraffe or zebra. Sundowners, looking out towards the Drakensberg Mountains, are a perfect prelude to the generous 3 course dinner, accompanied by hand-picked South African wines, which awaits you in the dining area, furnished with antique African art. The first night, with all its fantastic sounds and noises, is most probably the most exciting one. Accommodation for these first two nights is in luxury safari tents with ensuite bathrooms, mounted on platforms above the Makhutswe River at the Wait A Little main camp.

    Day 2: We wake you with tea or coffee in the morning. After a light, continental breakfast we are ready to mount our horses and go on safari. The weather will create our day. If it is cooler, we ride out all day to visit Croc Dam. Crocodiles, fish eagles, hippos and lots of water birds can be seen in the biggest dam on the reserve. Under a big tree in the shade we unpack our picnic from the saddle bags. After a quiet snooze, in the grass we remount our horses to begin the meander home. Later that afternoon we take our ride back. All of a sudden Philip stops, fresh tracks… cheetah. He immediately follows the route to go and look for this beautiful cat, the fastest animal in the world. If we are lucky we can follow them hunting or join their peaceful repose as they relax on a termite mount.

    Day 3: When we hear a leopard roaring in the night, Philip looks for tracks in the riverbed to show you this impressive cat. You find him; he stands up, stretches, and stalks to a shadier spot. Philip guides you closer, and everyone is silent as the excitement of entering his world grabs you. Simply by observing him, you share a moment in harmony with an animal that is just as curious about you as you about him. The thrills of the morning’s sightings are relived over lunch, served on Wait a little’s terrace. Fresh salads, homemade breads, pizzas and quiches are served together with light meats and cheeses amply satisfy the hunger brought on by a long ride. The afternoon is dedicated to unwinding. Our aromatherapist can ease away any aches or strains and a long siesta by the pool perfectly complements her handiwork. The lovely smell of Ana’s homemade cake ensures you awake in time for an evening drive to the buffalo project, where, drink in hand, you will encounter close at hand these magnificent animals.

    Day 4: Whatever tracks Philip finds he will try to follow. On our morning ride an elephant track leads us towards the Kufunyame River, where huge palm trees and tall river reeds provide a good meal for an elephant and plenty more besides. In the afternoon we pack our bags, leaving for another camp. The luggage will be brought by vehicle, whilst you set off on horseback. Riding south, passing with baited breath between the twin rock formations of Lion and Leopard Hill. The gently undulating roads in this area lend themselves to long easy canters. Giraffe, Zebras or wildebeest may pick up the pace and run by your side, elegantly manoeuvring through the veldt. Suddenly Philip dismounts and considers the ground around him, before turning to you to say, come! I think the rhinos are close. Beacon Rock, our fly camp, is situated at a giant rock formation from where you can overlook the whole Lowveld escarpment. A quick scramble up to the top rewards you with a spectacular panorama over the whole reserve and the perfect vantage point to witness a blood red sun fall behind the looming Drakensberg Escarpment. Under the stars, around a campfire, surrounded by our horses, we spend the night. Listening to the call of the hyenas or jackals which might visit us in the night. Steaks or chops, cooked over the open fire, with snake bites, baked potatoes and salads are the perfect fayre to help us into a deep sleep tonight.

    Day 5: Waking to the rich colors of the sunrise we revive the fire for coffee and breakfast before embarking on our longest ride. Entering the Makalali Game Reserve, dominated by huge open planes, where you might find yourself cantering next to giraffes, zebras or wildebeest. Spectacular views, over big distances show you the way to Phiva our camp for the night. This camp is truly spectacular. Built and designed by Silvio Rech, one of Africa’s most famous architects, this camp seems to have grown out of the African Bush. Silvio’s inspiration came from the colors of Africa; red like the soil, white like the bones, brown like the branches, orange and grey like the rocks. Clay, reed, wood, skulls and lots of other natural resources provided the materials to build this unique camp. Chalets along the Makhutswe river, each with en-suite baths, outside showers and private salas. Dinners are in different venues, either down by the dam, in the dining area or in a candle lit booma. Makalali is well known for their food which is a mix of east African and international specialties.

    Day 6: Today we go exploring, cutting through the veldt at a canter, twisting and turning around the trees “what Philip calls bushwhacking” and your surefooted horse carries you nimbly through the undergrowth, changing direction as you guide his course, having just as much fun as you. Here and there a tree, felled by an elephant, provides an irresistible jump. Or perhaps the eland, or kudu, seeing us pass, fall in front of us to show us the best path. At the top of the hill you pause for thought, as mile after mile of unspoiled Africa stretches away before you. Served on banana leaves, have fresh salads, meats and cheeses for lunch on Makalali’s veranda, whilst you watch nyala, waterbuck, kudu or other little animals roaming the river systems. Refreshed after a well deserved siesta, we ride to a nearby dam, where Hippos live during the heat of the day. Let them entertain you, playing in the water, rolling and laughing. With luck, a crocodile will be relaxing on a sandbank, enjoying the warm evening sun.

    Day 7: A long ride lies ahead of us, leaving the Makalali camp Phiva behind us, riding back to Wait A Little. What will we see on our way? This is always open to the wildlife, tracks of elephant, lion, rhino, and giraffe determine Philips path. Home at Wait A Little the team eagerly awaits your exciting tales whilst we enjoy another one of Ana’s fantastic lunches. The last sundowner on Wait A Little’s open plain will be sad, but beautiful, impressive and absolutely unique. The African fever might have caught you as well and the good bye can be hard. For your farewell dinner Gerti chooses something special – perhaps game fillets like kudu or eland served on pasta with sherry sauce.

    Day 8: An early wake up will get us on the horses quickly, so you can enjoy a short, sporty ride before the transfer service brings you to the Airport for your return home.

    BIG FIVE CAMP SAFARI: This tour is similar to the Big Five Safari, only that we don’t stay at Makalali. So it is only 6 days, 5 nights, stationary at Wait a Little main camp with one night at Beacon Rock, our sleep out camp.

    Notes:

    The price is based on two people sharing accommdation and is fully inclusive of food, alchol, and all activities described, but not international or domestic flights or transfers. We are normally able to one single space per safari without a single supplement charge and thereafter single supplements apply based on 6 to 7 people joining the safari.

    Please note that whilst the sample itinerary provides an accurate description of what you can expect to experience, campsites and itineraries are deliberately flexible in order to maximise game viewing opportunities according to the seasons and movements of game.

    Neither Wild and Exotic nor the operators or suppliers can accept any responsibility for changes to itineraries or dates that may arise due to weather or unforeseen circumstances such as changes, disruptions or delays to airline flights for whatever reason. This holiday is subject to Wild and Exotic’s terms and conditions, a copy of which is on the general info tab.


    Wild and Exotic sample itinerary for the 9 night / 10 day Makalali-Garonga ride with Wait a Little  

    Wait A Little offers select groups a highly exclusive, specialized horse safari on the renowned Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve. These are absolutely unique 9 nights, 10 days, accommodated in some of the worlds best known lodges and mounted on Wait A Little’s own seasoned top quality horses, with set departure dates.

    Situated on a 22,000 hectares conservancy, Makalali remains as one of the finest private game lodges in the world, with its thatched spires and earthy walls, ancient mystical ornaments, and Pan-African cuisine.

    Equally impressive is the Garonga Safari Camp, inspired by the ochre-red spires of nature’s termite mounds; accommodation has been designed to reflect the textures of the earth. Thick earthen columns, generous cushions on low beds and billowing white fabrics epitomise this oasis in the middle of the South African bush. All camps are limited to 12 guests.

    To ride among wild animals enjoying the beauty of the African nature combined with the experience of some of Africa ‘s top lodges is the thrill of this unique horse safari.

    Day 1: You will be picked up at either Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa airport by our transfer service.  On arrival at Wait a Little a light lunch or afternoon tea and coffee awaits you. The Wait a Little team, including Philip, Gerti, Debbie and Trevor are there to welcome you. Philip, your guide, will introduce you to the safety procedures before going on your first riding safari.

    This orientation ride takes you through the area surrounding the camp as you unwind from your journey and forget yourself in the peace of the African bush. This is your chance to become accustomed to our horses and riding style. We might even see the first giraffe or zebra. Sundowners, looking out towards the Drakensberg Mountains, are a perfect prelude to the generous 3 course dinner, accompanied by hand-picked South African wines, which awaits you in our dining area, furnished with antique African art.

    The first night, with all its fantastic sounds and noises, is probably the most exciting one. Accommodation for these first two nights are in old style safari tents with ensuite bathrooms, mounted on platforms above the Makhutswe River at the Wait A Little main camp.

    Day 2: We wake you with tea or coffee in the morning. After a light, continental breakfast we are ready to mount our horses and go on safari. The weather will create our day. If it is cooler, we ride out all day to visit Croc Dam. Crocodiles, fish eagles, hippos and lots of water birds can be seen in the biggest dam on the reserve. Under a big tree in the shade we unpack our picnic from the saddle bags. After a quiet snooze, in the grass we remount our horses to begin the meander home. Later that afternoon we take our ride back. All of a sudden Philip stops…fresh tracks…cheetah! He immediately follows the route to go and look for this beautiful cat, the fastest animal in the world. If we are lucky we can follow them hunting or join their peaceful repose as they relax on a termite mound.

    Day 3: When we hear a leopard roaring in the night, Philip looks for tracks in the riverbed to show you this impressive cat. You find him; he stands up, stretches, and stalks to a shadier spot. Philip guides you closer, and everyone is silent as the excitement of entering his world grabs you. Simply by observing him, you share a moment in harmony with an animal that is just as curious as you as you are about him.

    The thrills of the morning’s sightings are relived over lunch, served on Wait a Little’s terrace. Fresh salads, pizzas, home baked breads and quiches are served together with light meats and cheeses amply satisfy the hunger brought on by a long ride. The lovely smell of Ana’s homemade cake ensures you are awake in time for an evening drive to the buffalo project, where, drink in hand, you will encounter close at hand these magnificent animals.

    Day 4: Waking to the rich colours of the sunrise we get ready for a long ride. Entering the Greater Makalali Game Reserve, dominated by huge open planes, where you might find yourself cantering next to giraffe, zebra or wildebeest. Spectacular views, over big distances show you the way to Phiva, our camp for the next two nights.

    Our arrival at camp is heralded by the first glimpses of thatched spires through the trees. As it gradually reveals itself, it seems to have been inspired by Africa herself; red like the soil, white like the bones, brown like the branches, orange and grey like the rocks. Designed by one of Africa ‘s most famous architects, Silvo Rech, all of Makalali’s camps have been built using the natural materials found around their locations; clay, reeds, wood and skulls have been put to innovative use to make these camps unique, yet firmly nestled in their surroundings. As with all the Makalali camps, accommodation is in private chalets, each equipped with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private salas for your relaxation.

    The afternoon siesta is followed by a game drive, orientated towards searching for lions. An open top landrover will follow the directions of your native tracker as he reads the signs left by the big cats during the day. After a long, slow Gin, watching the sunset, the drive continues into the night, where, with luck, some of the nocturnal wildlife will show its face. Bushbabies, owls, maybe even a leopard, may complete your day’s excitement.

    Day 5: Today we go exploring, cutting through the veldt at a canter, twisting and turning around the trees’ what Philip calls ‘Busgwhacking’ and your surefooted horse carries you nimbly through the undergrowth, changing direction as you guide his course, having just as much fun as you. Here and there a tree, felled by an elephant, provides an irresistible jump. Or perhaps the eland, kudu or wildebeest see us pass, fall in front of us to show us the best path. At the top of the hill you pause for thought, as mile after mile of unspoilt Africa stretches before you.

    Day 6: Today we direct ourselves toward a more northerly part of the reserve and the luxuries of Garonga safari camp. Tucked into the edge of a steep cliff, overlooking a tributary stream, Garonga is different again to what we have so far experienced. Fusing the familiar sight of the termite mound with the light airy feel of old colonial expedition, Garonga spoils you for tranquil relaxation. Owned and run by Bernardo Smith, the camp is particularly personal in its approach and your every desire can be catered for here.

    Our long ride this morning will have seen us cantering through the grassy plains and tracking over hills and valleys that rise between the camps. Long hours in the saddle, over numerous days, mean that you will definitely have earned the right to spoil yourself with an aromatherapy treatment this afternoon. Or perhaps a long siesta and a strong sundowner is more to your taste! There is even a ‘bush bath’ set in the veldt, in which you can wash away the smell of leather, up to your ears in bubbles, whilst listening to the sounds around you. Whatever helps you more, you are free to choose how you spend this afternoon before rejoining the party for another excellent meal. Dinners are served as a group, where all guests of the lodge eat together, or individually, as a party in torch lit boma.

    Day 7: After all that pampering yesterday afternoon, we are fit for another full day ride. Today we head out towards Garonga’s tree house. Our route takes us over one of the highest points in the reserve; the view from this point is truly birds-eye and can only emphasize the sheer grandeur of the immense space around us. Literally coming off the top of the world, we are once more embraced by the bush as we venture deeper and deeper into the world we have just surveyed. Coming across a dam we watch some hippos cavorting in the water before we casually look up: waiting for us, half way up a Marula tree, is Bernie and the rest of the team. A true old style picnic has been laid out for us on the deck, so we can continue watching life on the water from our eagle-eyed vantage point.

    Day 8: Whatever has thrilled us most so far can be tracked down again this morning as we ride out with the sun on our backs to warm us. Perhaps the elephants are snoozing in the river reeds, or a rhino is having a mud bath in one of the little waterholes.

    With our return to camp we have ample time to gather our thoughts before embarking on the afternoon’s activity. Again, this is your choice – perhaps a bird walk appeals, another game drive in search for something not yet encountered, or another relaxed afternoon by the pool.

    Day 9: Today promises to be another full day in the saddle as we make our way across the reserve for our return to Wait a Little. At home, the Wait a Little team eagerly awaits our exciting tales, which are the perfect accompaniment to one last, sad farewell sundowner on Wait a Little’s open plain. The African fever is sure to have taken hold and the good bye can be hard. But it mustn’t be pre-empted, for there is one last, sumptuous dinner to be enjoyed, when Gerti chooses something special – perhaps game fillets, such as Kudu or Eland – to crown the final evening.

    Day 10: An early wake up call will get us on the horses quickly, so we can enjoy a short, sporty ride before the transfer service brings you to the airport.

    Notes:

    Neither Wild and Exotic nor the operators or suppliers can accept any responsibility for changes to itineraries or dates that may arise due to weather or unforeseen circumstances such as changes, disruptions or delays to airline flights for whatever reason. This holiday is subject to Wild and Exotic’s terms and conditions, a copy of which is available on this website under the general info tab.

    We can also arrange a private bespoke safari for the exclusive group of your own family or friends during dates to suit you. Please contact Wild and Exotic for further information.


    Wild and Exotic fact sheet for Wait a Little safaris

    Accommodation Big Five Safari: Is in three different locations as follows:

    Wait a Little tented camp: Luxury, double-bedded canvas tents on platforms, secluded for privacy and equipped with hot and cold outside shower under a thatched roof and lookout loo over the Makhutswe river.

    Beacon Rock: Fly camp, situated on a rock formation, the highest point in the area, with an magnificent view over the Lowveld Escarpment. We sleep on mattresses under the stars on top of the rock or under a shelter, having a huge campfire going, enjoying the sounds of the night.

    Makalali Camp Phiva: This camp is truly spectacular. Built and designed by Silvio Rech, one of Africa’s most famous architects, this camp appears to have grown out of the African Bush. Silvio’s inspiration came from the colours of Africa; red like the soil, white like the bones, brown like the branches, orange and grey like the rocks. Clay, reed, wood, skulls and lots of other natural resources provided the materials to build this unique camp. Chalets along the Makhutswe river, each with en-suite baths, outside showers and private salas.

    Activities: The area around the Kruger National Park is full of fascinating places to visit. Trips in the park, Blyde River Canyon, the beautiful mountains of Magkobaskloof, visits to the orphan animal project at Tshukudu Game Lodge, the Snake Park, Kapama Cheetah Project or Moholoholo Bird Sanctuary can be organised. It is also possible to join a research game drive on the reserve. All these activities are additional costs.

    Children: We will accept children over the age of 12 on riding safaris but they must be competent riders. We offer a 20% discount for children between the ages of 12 and 16.

    Clothing List: Clothing list will be sent on request. A free laundry service is provided on all non-moving days and boots and shoes are cleaned daily by our staff.

    Drinks: drinks are only excluded at all the Makalali camps, everywhere else they are included.

    Game: Game is plentiful on the Reserve, and includes elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, wild dog, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, bushbuck, steenbok, duiker, impala, waterbuck, blackbacked and sidestriped jackal, honey badger, baboon, vervet monkey, mongoose, warthog, bushpig, tortoise; special nocturnal creatures are porcupine, aardvark, civet, genet, caracal, serval, spring hare; water species are hippo, crocodile, otter and terrapins. The Reserve is host to a huge variety of bird species, especially around the big dams and along the rivers.

    How to Get There: There are daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to both Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit by SAA Airlink. Transfer available from airport to camp. We can also arrange road transfers (approximately 5hrs) direct from Johannesburg to our base camp. Transfer rates on application.

    Insurance: Whilst we carry public liability insurance and take all possible care we strongly advise you to have full medical and holiday insurance. Wild & Exotic Ltd can arrange this if instructed.

    Length of Rides: 4 – 7 hours in the saddle.

    Meals: Three meals per day are served. A light breakfast before the morning ride, lunches with fresh salads, home made bread and meats/fish. Dinner is always generous and a fine international cuisine is served. Emphasis is made on venison, pasta, fresh fish if available and lovely barbecues over open fires.

    Medical and safety: All rides are lead by Philip Kusseler, a FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) qualified guide, who has gained the highest qualification, and followed by a back-up rider. All camps and vehicles have radio contact, research teams are monitoring the big game and the guide carries a hand held radio. A safety briefing is held at the beginning of the safari, and a demonstration of how to handle big game situations. A first aid kit is carried on each ride. At base camp stretchers and a full medical kit is available. Guides are professional first aiders. The nearest hospital is 45 min away. The area is described by the National Health Organisation as a low risk Malaria area, and you should speak to your doctor about Malaria prevention prior to your holiday.

    Non-Riders: This should be discussed with Wild and Exotic.

    Ride options: Two mobile safaris are offered:
    Big Five Safari: 8days, 7 nights, 4 nights Wait A Little main camp, one night fly camp, two nights Makalali camp Phiva. These safaris start and finish every Saturday throughout the year
    OR
    Makalali-Garonga ride: 10days, 9 nights, 3 nights Wait A Little main camp, 2 nights Makalali camp 1, 2 nights Makalali camp 4 and 3 nights at Garonga Safari camp. These safaris run on set departure dates only.

    Riding Ability: You should be comfortable at all paces and able to gallop out of trouble. We ride fast and in big game country, only experienced riders. You should be fit enough to ride between 4 and 6 hours a day.

    Riding Style: English, no western

    Single Supplement:  We are normally able to offer one single space without a single supplement charge per safari and thereafter single supplements apply for those who are not prepared to share accommodation.

    Size of the Rides: 6 to 7 people on the Big Five Safari and 5 people on the Makalali-Garonga ride.

    Tack: We ride on Leon Liversage endurance saddles, which are specifically designed for long distance rides. The saddle distributes the weight equally on the horses back and is in addition very comfortable for the rider. If specially requested we can send riders out with English saddles.

    Terrain: With the background of the Drakensberg mountains, Wait A Little operates on 30 000ha of prime African Bushveld. The area has various ecosystems ranging from open plains, woodlands, hills and kopjes, to riverine and gullies. Plenty of rivers are the lifeline of the region and support an impressive population of big trees, plants and wildlife such as hippo, crocodile, bushbuck, kudu, nyala, waterbuck and many different species of birds.

    Type of Horses: We mainly ride South African Boerperds, a beautiful and elegant stamp of horse, sensitive, responsive, well tempered, forward going and very brave. Other appropriate breeds used are Thoroughbred crosses, Warmbloods and Arabs. The heights of our horses vary between 14,2 and 16,2 hands. There is a suitable horse (30 horses) for the competitive rider as well as for the steady hack. Every effort is made to match horse and rider. All horses are getting trained in basic dressage in the riding arena in the way the GFN (German National Equestrian Federation) recommends. This ensures that your horse is responsive, well mannered and fun to ride. All horses are spirited and forward going, some obviously more than others.

    Visas: Visitors from the UK to South Africa do not currently require a visa for entry into South Africa.

    Weight Limit: Maximum weight is 210 lbs (15 stone)

    Weather: We are blessed with almost year-round sunshine, it can get rather hot in the summer month (October-March) averaging 32°C. Don’t be surprised to find your late afternoon growing heavy with pregnant clouds and being punished with short drenching thunderstorms. Winter (April-September) is a sunny season of chilly early mornings, warm to hot midday’s (25° C) and cool to cold nights (can get down to 5° C at night in June and July).

    South Africa general information and map

    Capital: Johannesburg

    Getting there: There are regular flights from the UK to Johannesburg and Cape Town every day of the week, most are overnight flights arriving into Africa the following morning. The flying time from London to Johannesburg is approximately 11 hours and from London to Cape Town 11 hours and 30 minutes.

    Time: GMT plus two hours

    Try not to miss: The Kruger National Park, a vast region of rolling plains interspersed with mopane woodland and riverine forest that is hope to all of the continent’s Big 5, as well as a selection of exclusive and private reserves found on the periphery These include Sabi Sands, one of the best places in the world to watch wild leopards, the Madikwe Game reserve, which is home to both black and white rhino as well as a pack of endangered wild dogs, and the Thorneybush Game Reserve.

    Cape Town for her cutting edge hotels, fine cuisine and lovely climate during the English winter, not to mention the surrounding winelands. Visit nearby Hermanus between June and November to watch the whales or cage dive amongst great white sharks. Mossel Bay marks the start of the famous Garden Route, which shadows the Southern Coast all the way to Port Elizabeth, passing through a scenic landscape of sensational beaches, forests and lakes as well as the historic settlements of George, Kynsa and Plettenberg Bay.

    On the opposite side of the Cape and approximately one thousand miles to the North, Rocktail Bay in Kwa-Zulu Natal lies within a private concession of the Maputuland coastal forest reserve, a unique World Heritage Site where loggerhead turtles emerge from the Indian Ocean each summer to lay their eggs amongst the sand dunes. Activities here include world class diving on pristine reefs. Kwa-Zulu Natal is also home to Fugitives Drift the setting for internationally acclaimed battlefield tours.

    Phinda Reserve is a special favourite of ours, a small gem of a reserve in unique sand forest environment close to Richard Bay that is home to rare indigenous wildlife where our guests can track rhinos and enjoy walking safaris.

    Visas: No visa is required for visits of up to 90 days for UK citizen but there are strict requirements for children travelling to and from South Africa:

    Two parents travelling with children (under the age of 18 years) will need to show the child’s Unabridged Birth Certificate (UBC). (This does not need to be translate)

    One married parent travelling with a child will need to show the UBC and either a Parental Consent Affidavit  (PAC)  from the parent not travelling or a letter of special circumstances, or a copy of Court order in terms of section 18(5) of the Children’s Act, 2005, authorising a minor to enter or depart from the Republic in the absence of parental consent of either parent

    Widowed parent travelling with a child will need to show the UBC and a death certificate of deceased parent.

    Children travelling with family friends will need a UBC, PCA, copies of parents passports,  and contact details of parents.

    Airlines will forbid children to fly without the correct documentation. We recommend that you speak to the South African Embassy if in any doubt.

    Why South Africa: South Africa is celebrated for its magnificent and diverse landscape, and the quality of her wildlife viewing. South African guides enjoy an enviable reputation and are acknowledged to be amongst the best in the world.

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    “I had a wonderful time; the Fairlawns Hotel was a marvellous start, and a good day in which to relax and get used to being on holiday. Transferred to Wait a Little, met by Philip at the airport, and rode that afternoon. Horses excellent, wildlife varied and fascinating (amazing how close we could get to some of them), riding fun if a bit fast and furious at times!  Thought the “two centre” idea worked well, Makalali was a lovely but different environment and all of us enjoyed the night en route at the fly camp.  At Wait a Little, Gerti’s food was excellent and plentiful (better I think than at Makalali), and all worked very hard to ensure we had a good time. No serious “incidents”, although we did get a bit close to a nervous bull elephant at one point… loved galloping alongside the giraffe and zebra. Lots of good memories. Then a few days in Cape Town, sunbathing, visiting the wine region and going down to the Cape of Good Hope…So – would I recommend Wait a Little? – yes, unreservedly, but I would make sure clients understood that you needed a reasonably good level of competence and fitness to cope with the riding – Philip either walks or gallops, not much in between, and he’ll gallop for miles…. not for the faint hearted or unfit! Thanks for all your help.” Miss Sharpe South Africa (Wait a Little Safaris)
    Miss Sharpe, Wait a Little safaris, South Africa

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