January 2003, Africa Kosher Safaris (www.africakoshersafaris.com) is
putting together a special trip for JOC members -
a 13 day Kosher Africa adventure tour and safari in South Africa for an
Let me put this in perspective by comparing it to other South Africa
of similar duration. (With single supplements, doesn't include flight)
Wilderness Travel- $6615
Adventures Abroad $2999
Big Five $6490
Mt-Sobek - $3890
Outer Edge $2540
Journeys - $ 2710
United Touring Company $4215
Kosher Expeditions - $3995
Believe me when I tell you that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity
a once in a lifetime cost.
Ok, so how do they do it? About 5 months ago, I was approached by Africa
Kosher Safaris to work on a special trip for JOC. I told them that the
has to be JOC style - adventurous, friendly, and inexpensive so it
doesn't exclude those on a tight budget. After months of meetings, phone
conversations and emails, this 13 day trip is the result.
In short, there are no fancy shmansy accomodations, gourmet dinners,
busses, servants, etc... Instead, they put all your money into incredible
activities that the attached itinerary below tells you all about. And
style, all people will be expected to chip in for cooking and clearing
The trip price in contingent upon there being 15 attendees so there are
economies of scale as well. Also, because the trip is being promoted solely
through JOC, there are no marketing expenses that have to get passed along.
Last, the folks at Africa Kosher Safaris are hoping that this trip will
the word out about their other amazing trips, so the profit margin is
I must warn you though, if you want something luxurious, this is not the
trip for you - for triple the price, I can direct you elsewhere
(Though Africa Kosher Safaris also does luxury trips).
If you want great adventure that cuts costs on the "non-activity"
trip - this is for you.
Please note that I will not be guiding this trip. (Alas, due to a rigid
school vacation schedule, I won't even be able to go, unfortunately)
So the following is the itinerary for the trip, also included as an
attachment. If you are interested in
learning more, email [email protected]
Jewish Outdoors Club
Private African Adventure
January 14 - January 27, 2003
Tues, January 14 Depart JFK on South African Airways flight SA202 at 5:55
Wed, January 15 Arrive in South Africa at Johannesburg International
Airport. Dinner at one of Johannesburg's finest kosher steakhouses.
Thurs, January 16 Transfer to Kruger National Park.
Afternoon and night safaris in the Kruger National Park.
Fri, January 17 Early morning safari in the Kruger National Park.
Time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
Sat, January 18 Shabbat is spent at a resort near the Kruger National
Sun, January 19 Scenic morning drive in the magnificent Blyde River Canyon,
stopping at key sites such as God's Window and Bourkes Luck Potholes.
drive to Johannesburg.
Overnight bus transfer to Oudshoorn, the world's ostrich capital.
Mon, January 20 Adventure caving trip in the world famous Cango Caves.
Visit to an ostrich farm.
Tue, January 21 Drive over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to George,
along the Garden Route to Knysna. Canoeing across the Knysna Estuary to
Heads, where an exciting rappelling adventure beckons.
Wed, January 22 Transfer to Cape Town.
Cruise across Table Bay to Robben Island, for a tour of Nelson Mandela's
Thurs, January 23 Ascend Table Mountain via Skeleton Gorge and descend
Platteklip. Enjoy some of the best views in the world.
Fri, January 24 Scenic drive along the spectacular Cape Peninsula to
Point, the meeting place of two oceans. Hike down to two unspoiled beaches,
one on each side of the peninsula, and experience firsthand the difference
in temperatures between the two oceans.
Sat, January 25 Shabbat is spent with the Jewish community of Cape Town.
Sun, January 26 Canyoneering trip in Kamikaze Canyon, including hiking,
jumps and rappelling. (Canyoneering is an offshoot of hiking. It involves
boulder hopping and wading while following the course of a river. It
requires a certain level of daring, with long jumps into mountain pools).
Overnight bus transfer to Johannesburg.
Mon, January 27 Arrive in Johannesburg towards midday. Tour of Soweto,
famous black township. Free time for some shopping to buy gifts for family
Tour ends. You are taken to Johannesburg International Airport for your
flight home. (South African Airways flight SA201)
Includes: All local transport in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles,
accommodation in self-catering resorts and/or backpackers lodges or similar
(except for overnight transfers on the bus), all meals on a self-preparation
basis (we will provide all kosher products and utensils) and all activities.
Requires minimum of 15 people.
Excludes: International flight
Land Price: $1,220
Optional Group Flight arranged special for JOC: $1,025 (plus up to $90
airport and security tax)
Please note: 1) All cooking will be done by the group. Africa Kosher
will provide all food supplies for the group, as well as a supply of
disposable utensils and basic cooking equipment.
2) The Kruger National Park is considered a malaria area and a course
anti-malarial prophylaxis must be started one week prior to departure.
Contact your doctor for information on the right medication for you.
3) Important dates:
November 10, 2002 $250 flight deposit due for those
taking advantage of the group rate
25% ($305) land deposit must be paid in order to secure you place on
December 10, 2002 Final payment for land and air
Deposits are non-refundable.
Important: All items subject to change due to weather conditions and