Over the next weeks we will be giving you the chance to win a case of South African wine and a FAM Trip place to South Africa in June 2018. Agents completing the module will also be entered into a draw for two fam trip places! The more modules you complete the better your chances... come back each month to complete a new module!

South Africa has an excellent road network, both in and between the main tourist regions and a normal car is perfect for both city, coastal and safari itineraries. Whether they are travelling in a bakkie (common South African word for a passenger pick-up truck) or normal car, travellers will enjoy exploring South Africa on a self-drive holiday.

Welcome to Mpumalanga

This scenically beautiful province, 'the land of the rising sun' in the local siSwati and Zulu languages, is probably best known as the home (along with part of Limpopo province) of the Kruger National Park. It is a place of game, adventure and rich history.

The Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga province, is home to the impressive Blyde River Canyon, the second largest canyon in Africa and the greenest canyon on Earth. The Route stretches for 60km from just north of the little town of Graskop, up to the Abel Erasmus pass. You'll get stunning views of the Escarpment from legendary viewpoints such as God's Window, where on a clear day, you can see as far as Kruger National Park and Mozambique.

  • If you have clients self-driving the Panorama Route remind them to have small denominations to pay for parking. Each site charges around R10 per car (approx. 60p), with the exception of the Bourkes Luck Potholes where the charge is around R20 per vehicle (approx. £1.20) and R30 per adult (approx. £1.80)

If you are not driving, the gateway to Mpumalanga is Kruger International Airport near the town of Nelspruit a convenient 50 minute flight from Johannesburg with links to Cape Town and Durban with SA Airlink.

Climate: Mpumalanga's climate differs from the Highveld to the Lowveld, the Highveld is typically drier and the Lowveld is more tropical, this is where Kruger National Park is situated.

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Welcome to Limpopo

The mountains of Limpopo have for centuries been a haven for both people and animals. Limpopo mountain ranges include the Soutpansberg (salt pan mountain), the Waterberg (water mountain), Blouberg (blue mountain), Wolkberg (cloud mountain) and Magoebaskloof. These mountains are rich in historical and natural heritage, boasting numerous rock art sites and an unspoilt wilderness that includes more than 500 tree species and 467 bird species making the province an ideal place to enjoy the outdoors.

The ancient Baobab tree is the symbol of this province, and if you love the great outdoors and everything to do with nature, then Limpopo province will not dissappoint.

The gateway to Limpopo is Hoedspruit Airport, just over an hour from Johannesburg with direct links to Cape Town with SA Express.

Climate: Limpopo enjoys year round sunshine with the most rainfall during November and February

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Kruger – Limpopo and Mpumalanga

The Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five – lions, leopards, elephants, rhino and buffalo.  The most popular time to do a safari is in the dry season from June to October. The grasses die back making game easier to spot, and animals spend more time around the waterholes. Some game reserves have unfenced accommodation, this means wildlife can move freely through the camps. As a result, guests can walk around on their own during the day, but at night time they will always be escorted to their rooms by a ranger. For those who are a little more nervous about this type of experience, you can arrange fenced accommodations in certain game reserves as well. Just check at time of booking.

  • Bush walks are a great experience and a must do for anyone visiting a Game Reserve! It’s a chance for visitors to get out into the reserve on foot and learn more about the plants and smaller animals and insects
  • Always give as much information about your client as possible e.g. what they like to drink, what extra activities they may want to look at doing etc. this way the reserve can ensure your clients the best experience possible
  • Remember your clients are visiting the wild, not a zoo, so sightings are never guaranteed. However that said for the best chance at leopard sightings consider the Sabi Sands area of the Kruger National Park

FAMILIES ON SAFARI:

Game Reserves are great places for children to visit and learn about the local plant and wildlife species. Most game reserves have family friendly accommodation that are geared to cater just for families e.g. interconnecting rooms, children’s facilities including learning centres, baby sitting facilities etc.

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SAFARI:

A typical day on safari starts with a pre-dawn wake up call. Guests will meet for tea & coffee before heading out on a morning game drive. This is a great time to be in the bush as it is still quite cool so animals are more active, particularly the predators. Half way round guests have a chance to jump off the vehicle and stretch their legs whilst enjoying a nice hot drink. They will return to the lodge in time for breakfast before spending the day at leisure. This is chance to utilise the lodges facilities such as the spa or swimming pool. The afternoon game drive will head out late afternoon. Guests stop again half way round to stretch their legs and enjoy a drink of their choice as they watch the sun set over the African bushveld.

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To be in with a chance of winning a case of South African Wine, simply answer the questions below and fill in your details... Good luck to all.

1. Name one of the two airports you would use for Kruger National Park?
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4. In Kruger National Park Mpumalanga, what type of climate is it?
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5. What is the symbol of the Limpopo province?
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Terms & Conditions:

- Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
- A maximum of 1 entry is permitted per person.
- Winners will be required to take part in publicity relating to this promotion.
- The competition is open to all UK travel agents who complete the course.
- South African Tourism has the right to amend these Terms and Conditions.
- 1 winner will be announced and awarded a case of 6 bottles South African wine.

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