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South African Explorer

Tour & Return Economy Class Flights From $9,879* per person

Dates: 06 - 22 Aug 2021

Fully escorted

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Duration: 17 days

Experience the Solo Connections difference when you join us in stunning South Africa! Solo Connections tours are fully escorted, unique small group tours designed specifically for solo travellers over 50. Our tour includes comfortable quality accommodation in South Africa with your own private room, most meals and tailor-made sightseeing – spot the Big 5!

A 17 Day adventure through the wonders of South Africa taking in Cape Town, Garden Route, Zululand, Kruger National Park and more. Have your cameras at the ready to capture the stunning scenery and many animals.

Highlights

  • Cape Town & Signal Hill
  • Boulders Beach
  • Garden Route
  • Meerkat Adventure & Safari Ostrich Farm
  • Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Zululand
  • Ubizane Wildlife Reserve
  • Kruger National Park and the Big 5*
  • Bourke’s Luck Potholes

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444 

 

17 DAYS
Fully Escorted

Departs Brisbane 06 August 2021

Pricing

$9,879* per person inclusive of return economy class airfares from Brisbane/Sydney or Melbourne^ – ask us about departing from other capital cities.
^please note: Solo Connections tour host departs with the group from Brisbane. When departing from alternate capital cities you will meet the group in Singapore

Includes

  • Private single rooms in quality accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary 14 Breakfasts/ 5 Lunches/ 13 Dinners
  • Sightseeing tours and transfers as per itinerary
  • Tour Escort – travels with group from/to Brisbane
  • Local English speaking Tour Director and Driver
  • Tipping & Gratuities for Drivers and Guides

Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tipping for meals or any other services other than listed above
  • Any meals, tours, flights, excursions or transfers other than mentioned above or in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. laundry, drinks, phone calls, etc
  • Visas (for non-Australian passport holders)
  • *Please note: Airport Transfers are only available with the group flights. 

 

VICTORIA FALLS EXTENSION OPTION
5 Days

Departs Johannesburg 21 August 2020

Pricing

$3,303^ per person inclusive of return economy class airfares from Johannesburg – Victoria Falls

Includes

  • Private single rooms in quality accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary 4 Breakfasts/ 1 Lunches/ 2 Dinners
  • Sightseeing tours and transfers as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking Driver/Guide for Transfers and Tours

Excludes

  • Visas for Zimbabwe & Botswana
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tipping & Gratuities
  • Any meals, tours, flights, excursions or transfers other than mentioned above or in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. laundry, drinks, phone calls, etc
  • *Please note: Airport Transfers are only available with the group flights. 

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

^Price Subject to availability. Does not include any change fees imposed by Singapore Airlines for change of return flight dates.

 

Day 1 – Day 2

Brisbane – Cape Town via Singapore & Johannesburg (D)
Today we will meet our tour escort and fellow travellers at Brisbane International Airport for our flights to Cape Town. On arrival Saturday morning at Cape Town International Airport we will be met by our tour director who will accompany us to the awaiting vehicle to take us to our hotel. Our rooms may not be available upon arrival, so we will leave our bags and take a walk. There will be plenty of time to relax before we join together for our Welcome Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation:  Sunsquare Cape Town City Bowl or similar (3 Nights)

Day 3

Cape Town (B-D)
Today we explore South Africa’s exciting “Mother City” with a guided tour of the historical and cultural sights of Cape Town. Step into the rich history of the city whilst passing places of interest such as the impressive Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town City Hall. We will tour the cosmopolitan centre of the city passing through the colourful Malay quarter, known as the Bo-Kaap, and visiting the Company Gardens.

**Due to maintenance being carried out we are unable to visit Table Mountain on this tour and instead will be taken to Signal Hill, known for the Noon Gun that is operated there by the South African Navy and South African Astronomical Observatory.

We make a stop for lunch, (own expense), before commencing a half day Cape Point Tour. The famous Cape of Good Hope nature reserve, a World Heritage site, is set at the end of Cape Town’s south peninsula. Take a trip via funicular to the lighthouse at 286 metres above sea level (built to warn ships they are approaching the feared “Cape of Storms”). Visiting Boulders Beach, the home of an endangered land-based colony of African penguins, is also a favourite beach and swimming destination for locals and visitors. Returning to the hotel, we’ll have time to freshen up before venture to the V & A Waterfront for dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 4

Cape Town (B-D)
Today is a full day at leisure. After breakfast take some time to relax or shop for souvenirs along the waterfront. Our tour escort will advise of their plans for the day which are optional for you to join in, or you may wish to simply have some “you” time, the choice is yours. Hop on/Hop off tour bus passes are available to pre-purchase (additional cost) or there is also the option to pre-book a Winelands Full Day tour (additional cost). You could spend the day seeing more city sights or indulging in the wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschoek – all of which have fascinating histories and unique offerings. Please note that there is a minimum number of participants required for the tour to go ahead. Tonight we will enjoy a vibrant, eclectic Pan-African experience at GOLD Restaurant. It offers a night of opulent feasting with a unique bouquet of live entertainment in a mystical African setting of trees and tents in an inner city courtyard steeped in ancient history and GOLD.

Day 5

Cape Town – Oudtshoorn (B-D)
After an early breakfast, we depart Cape Town and begin our 430km journey along th Garden Route to Oudtshoorn. Sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery through one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations. We will have a stop of lunch (cost not included) and time to stretch our legs. Upon arrival at the hotel, we will have time to freshen up before we go out and enjoy dinner a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Queens Hotel or similar (1 Night)

Day 6

Oudtshoorn – Knysna (B-D)
This morning we will depart very early and take with us a packed breakfast as we are spending the morning viewing Meerkats with an Adventure Tour! The tour starts as the African sun rises when the Meerkats come out of their burrows, soak up the first rays and then start their days of foraging and fun. The Meerkats are never fed or handled by humans and guests will be given a cup of coffee and a chair to sit and observe these curious creatures. Before we depart Oudtshoorn, we will visit the Safari Ostrich Farm – home to the quirky ostrich, including the Kenyan Red and Zimbabwe Blue species. A guided tour of the farm allows us to view the birds, watch chicks hatching in season or footage out of season, and to stand on ostrich eggs. Then we are off to the quaint town of Knysna. Upon arrival at our hotel, we’ll have time to freshen up before we make our way to the Kynsna Waterfront for dinner.

Accommodation: Graywood Hotel or similar (2 Nights)

Day 7

Knysna  (B-L)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and some down time this morning. Mid- afternoon we take a ferry trip to the famous Featherbed Nature Reserve. There is abundance of plant, bird and small wildlife, including the rare Blue duiker, and a variety of marine life from dolphins to seals and in season, whales. Once ashore, the 2.2 km trail winds its way through Milkwood Forests up to steep sandstone cliffs overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean. On completion of the trail we will head to the restaurant, set on the edge of the lagoon, for a buffet lunch. Returning to the hotel late this afternoon we have the evening at leisure.

Day 8

Knysna – Durban (B-L-D)
After breakfast today we travel to George for our flight to Durban. Upon arrival at King Shaka International Airport we will be met and given a packed lunch to enjoy whilst we are transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight we will come together and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Garden Court Marine Parade or similar (1 Night)

Day 9

Durban – Hluhluwe (B-L-D)
This morning we will meet for breakfast before we are taken to a traditional village to enjoy a cultural show at Dumazulu. Dumazulu (‘Thundering Zulu’) Lodge is located alongside a traditional village in the Hluhluwe area of Zululand. A visit to the village allows rich insights into the traditional ways of the Zulu nation. We can expect to get the blood racing with a traditional dancing show accompanied by tribal drumbeats. Enjoy a taste of traditional Zulu beer and learn about a variety of indigenous skills. These range from spear and shield making to basket weaving, beadwork, pot making and more. We then make our way to our lodge for this evenings stay and enjoy dinner

Accommodation: Ubizane Wildlife Safari Lodge or similar (2 Nights)

Day 10

Hluhluwe (B-D)
After breakfast we venture out on a 3 hour game drive in an open 4 x 4 game vehicle. The Hluhluwe region is famous for its abundance of wildlife, in particular the white rhino. Game drives are done with a trained driver and experienced guide. Hluhluwe is the oldest game reserve in the country and internationally renowned for its campaign to save the white rhino from extinction. The 96,000ha reserve is home to the Big 5 and a multitude of other species including a vast array of bird species. The diverse eco-systems surrounding the reserve contribute to this abundance of wildlife; eco-systems include the St. Lucia Wetlands, Kosi Bay and bushveld. A spectacular destination and the game drive allows guests to gain insight into the eco-systems and get up close to the diversity of wildlife that live here. The afternoon is at leisure and we will meet and enjoy dinner at the lodge this evening.

Day 11

Hluhluwe – Swaziland (B-D)
This morning after breakfast we journey into Swaziland. Upon arrival and after check in at our hotel we will enjoy an afternoon of leisure.  You may like to enjoy a swim in the pool or just relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. Tonight we will enjoy dinner together.

Accommodation:  Lugogo Sun or similar (1 Night)

Day 12

Swaziland – Hazyview (B-D)
Today after breakfast we travel into the Kruger region to our accommodation in Hazyview. Minutes away from the famous Kruger National Park, the country estate is perfectly positioned and overlooks the Sabie River. Relax in a hammock in the garden by the pool and watch as hippo, crocodile and other wildlife congregate at the river. Upon arrival there will be time to freshen up before we join together for dinner.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar (3 Nights)

Day 13

Kruger National Park (B-L-D)
Enjoy breakfast this morning before we enjoy a full day out in the Kruger region, including lunch. We drive through South Africa’s Kruger National Park, world-renowned for the impressive number of species it hosts as well as the diversity of landscapes within its nearly 2 million hectares and its heritage offerings from San rock art to archaeological sites. The Kruger National Park was founded in 1898 by Paul Kruger to protect the region’s unique fauna and flora. It encompasses an area of almost 2 million hectares and shares borders with Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The ideal season to observe the game is during South Africa’s winter months (May to September), as the climate is moderate and the landscape dry and bleak. When the first rains fall in November the natural bush, fauna and flora flourish. During summer most of the young animals are born. The Kruger National Park is widely renowned for its astonishing variety in wildlife. Besides the “Big 5” (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and buffalo) visitors may also encounter giraffes, zebras, and a variety of antelope, warthogs and multiple bird species. Tonight we will meet for dinner at the Estate.

Day 14

Kruger National Park (B-L-D)
Today we will enjoy another full day safari adventure in Kruger National Park. In the evening we will meet for dinner at the Estate.

Day 15

Hazyview – Johannesburg (B-D)
Today we depart Hazyview after breakfast and drive the scenic Panorama Route making a stop at Bourkes Luck Potholes. Bourke’s Luck Potholes were named after the gold digger, Tom Burke, who predicted that gold would be found in the area but never realised the rewards of his prediction. This natural water feature with its cylindrical rock sculptures amid eddies of white, yellow and dark brown water is a popular destination in the region. The massive potholes were formed by waterborne sand and rock grinding together propelled by the force of the Treur river water as it enters the Blyde River. It is a 700m walk from the Visitor’s Centre to Bourke’s Luck Potholes and it is worth lingering awhile at the centre to learn about the natural and socio-historical features of the region. Arriving into Johannesburg, we are taken to our hotel where we’ll freshen up before meeting for our Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: Garden Court Sandton City or similar (1 Night)

Day 16 – Day 17

Johannesburg – Brisbane via Singapore  (B)
After we have had breakfast and checked out we will be transferred to the airport for our flights home.

 

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

 

PLEASE NOTE: This extension option will not be guided by a Solo Connections Tour Manager. A local driver/guide will be provided for transfers and tours.

VISAS: Visa’s for Zimbabwe and Botswana are required and not included.

Day 1

Johannesburg – Victoria Falls  (B- D)
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. There is time to relax before embarking on a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River followed by a delicious three-course Jetty Dinner.

Hotel: – Elephant Hills Resort or similar (3 Nights)

Day 2

Victoria Falls   (B-D)
Enjoy breakfast this morning before taking Guided Tour of the Falls. The tour take you to the best view points of this iconic waterfall, one of the seven wonders of the world, allowing you to soak up the powerful and enigmatic atmosphere of Victoria Falls. This evening indulge in both a cultural and culinary experience at the Boma dinner. Enjoy a range of traditional Zimbabwean dishes complemented by a delicious barbeque buffet. A traditional story teller adds that extra element of intrigue and drama to the evening.

Day 3

Chobe National Park  (B-L)
Today, after breakfast, an exciting day trip is ahead as you travel over the border into Botswana for chance to explore one of Africa’s greatest wildlife destinations, the Chobe National Park. The day is spent cruising down the life-giving Chobe River on the look-out for the diverse range of animals that make their way down to the river to drink as well as passing by river inhabitants – the crocodiles and hippo. A fantastic destination for all wildlife lovers, photographers and birders, this experience continues with a fabulous lunch at a lodge on the river’s edge before heading back into the national park in safari vehicles for even more game viewing and finally the transfer back to your lodge

Day 4

Victoria Falls – Johannesburg   (B)
Enjoy breakfast this morning before checking out and being transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night.

Hotel: Garden Court Sandton City or similar (1 Night)

Day 5

Johannesburg   (B)
After breakfast and checking out you will be transferred to Johannesburg Airport in time for your flight. International flights will arrive back into Australia the following day.

 

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

 

Terms & Conditions                                                                                  
The following Solo Connections Terms and Conditions (‘booking conditions’) form the basis of your contract with Solo Connections and apply to all group journeys contained within this brochure and additional Solo Connections departures added at later dates, departing between  01 January, 2020 and 31 December, 2021. These conditions form the basis of your contract with Denise Marie Falsay trading as Solo Connections (ABN 92 582 582 996) (‘us’, ‘we’, or ‘our’). Please read them carefully as they set out your and our respective rights and obligations. These may also include additional terms and conditions applicable to a special offer or promotion. You confirm that you have read, understand and accept these booking conditions when you make a booking of a travel product offered by us (‘booking’) and pay the deposit for such booking.                                                    

These booking conditions may be amended occasionally. Should we amend the booking conditions, we will display the amended version on our Website or in our Travel Brochure, we can also provide the amended version of the booking conditions to you upon request. You will be bound by the current version of the booking conditions at the time you make your Booking.

The Tour Brochure and these booking conditions are valid for tour departure dates specified in the (‘Tour Departure Dates’) during the validity period specified in the Tour Brochure unless otherwise indicated in your itinerary for the Booking.                                                                                    

Booking and Payment                                                                                                                              
A deposit for each booking is required within 7 days of making a booking. For all bookings made we will require a signed booking form and deposit to be sent to us within 7 days of making your booking. If we do not receive this, we will automatically cancel your Booking without further notice.  All International bookings will require a non-refundable deposit of $750.00 to $3,500.00 per person, varying due to tour inclusions, plus an additional $500 deposit should you upgrade to Business Class flights. All Australian, including Norfolk Island, bookings will require a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person.

The balance will be due 120 days prior to Tour Departure Date or as otherwise stated on your invoice. You will required to make your final payment prior to this to ensure that payment is received by us no later than 120 days prior to the Tour Departure Date or as otherwise stated on your invoice.            

For bookings confirmed within 120 days prior to departure, full payment of the total amount and a signed booking form will be required immediately. We will consider payment has been received by us only when we receive payment from you. If full payment is not received by the due date, Solo Connections reserves the right to cancel all reservations and apply the normal cancellation fees. For some special offers, we may require an additional payment before the balance of the tour price is due. We will notify you of any such requirements during the booking process. Except as required by law booking deposits are not refundable and are not transferable to other tours or bookings unless under special circumstances deemed by us.                                                                                

Prices, inclusions and fees                                                                                 
All tour prices are quoted in Australian Dollars. Unless otherwise specified in the Brochure, or your itinerary, your tour price includes all international and internal flights (if applicable), taxes to a value determined by us, airport transfers, accommodation, meals, sightseeing, admissions, cruise travel, port charges as determined by the Cruise operator, gratuities on land and cruise components booked by us, the services of a Tour escort, Tour Director (if applicable) & Cruise Director (if applicable) as per your itinerary.                                                                                 

Unless detailed in your itinerary as an inclusion, your tour price does not include additional airfares, airline taxes, additional optional excursions, accommodation upgrades, meals not specified in your Itinerary, drinks, laundry, passport fees, visas, vaccinations, medical assistance, government taxes and charges (excluding GST),  or any items or expenses of a personal nature.Unless specified in your itinerary as an inclusion, overnight accommodation required to meet your tour and/or any transfers and flight connections are not included in the tour price and will be at your expense.

We reserve the right not to honour any published prices that we determine were erroneous due to printing, electronic, or clerical error. If you make a booking based on erroneous pricing, we will offer you the option of cancelling your reservation and receiving a refund of any monies paid by you or confirming the booking by the difference between the erroneous price and the correct price being paid.    

Unfortunately, due to the advance payments that we make on your behalf to our suppliers it is necessary for us to enforce our cancellation policies.  Any changes to your booking must be put in writing to us, we reserve the right to accept or reject any amendments.  If we accept, you must pay a change fee of $250 per person in addition to additional costs resulting from the change.     

You may cancel your booking by sending us written notice of the cancellation. If you cancel a booking you will be liable to pay the scheduled cancellation fee. A name change or a change to the Tour Departure Date is considered a cancellation of the original Booking. If you cancel your tour for any reason prior to your departure date (including by changing your Tour Departure Date or a name change), you will be liable for the following cancellation fees:                                                                                       

Cancellation Notice prior to Tour Commencement                  Cancellation Charges (per person)                                                                          

Up to final payment due date on booking advice                             Loss of Deposit                                                                
From payment due date on booking advice                                     100 %of tour price                                                                                                                        

You may also be liable to pay cancellation fees to airlines and other third parties.                                                                                  

We may vary your tour price at any time before you have paid in full to the extent necessary to meet any increase in the tour costs for reasons outside our control, including airfares, fuel, government  taxes and charges, exchange rate fluctuations or other tour related costs. We will not vary the tour price after we have received the total tour cost from you, regardless of any increases in the costs incurred by us. We will notify you of any such variation.                                                                                     

You are responsible for and must pay for all costs and expenses incurred by you as a result of any change made by you to your Itinerary after your Tour Departure Date. This includes changes due to illness or other personal reasons.                                                                            

Cancellation, delays and changes to your itinerary by us                                                                                 
Your Booking is conditional on us receiving a minimum number of tour passenger bookings to operate the tour and ensure an enjoyable group atmosphere. Where sufficient numbers cannot be achieved, we may cancel or delay a Tour Departure Date. We will endeavour to make any decision to cancel or delay a tour, and to notify you of that decision, at least 60 days prior to the scheduled Tour Departure Date.                    

Should we cancel a tour, due to not meeting minimum numbers, before departure:    

  • We will use reasonable endeavours to offer you the closest available tour departure.

If the proposed alternative tour is:                                                                                 

    (i) cheaper than your original tour price, we will refund the difference to you; or                                
    (ii) more expensive than your original tour price, you must pay the difference to us;                          

  • if you accept the alternative tour, your Itinerary will be amended accordingly and we will give you an updated itinerary;
  • if you do not accept the proposed alternative tour within 7 days of being notified by us, we will refund to you all monies paid directly to us and will have no further liability to you; and
  • We are not liable for any third party costs you may incur, which we have not booked on your behalf, for example airfares or other arrangements booked independently.

Solo Connections reserves the right to vary, withdraw or cancel any tours by written notice in the event they cannot be supplied or the itinerary is changed, delayed, cancelled, or disrupted in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof or other authorities, or by acts of God, strikes, severe weather, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, pandemics, failure of equipment or machinery, theft, malevolent acts or any other cause(s) beyond our control (each a Force Majeure Event).

Due to the nature of travel and circumstances outside of our control, it may not always be possible for us to adhere strictly to your itinerary and we may need to make alterations, before or after the commencement of the tour. Should this arise, we will use reasonable endeavours to:                                                                                 

(a) give you reasonable notice of any alterations, but there may be circumstances beyond our control in which alterations will be required with little, or no, advance notice; and                                                                              
(b) provide or arrange an appropriate substitute sightseeing, transport and accommodation as required.                                                                           

We will do everything within our power to provide you with a substitution of equal quality, but some services and facilities may not be available for all alternative arrangements.                                                                          

Any changes to your itinerary will be notified to you:                                                                                  

(a) if prior to your tour departure date, by phone, email or to your travel agent (if applicable); or                             
(b) if during your tour, personally by your tour escort or tour director.                                                                                  

To the maximum extent permitted by law, you agree that we are not liable to you for, and you release us from, any costs, claims, losses, damage or expense arising from either directly or indirectly in connection with any alteration to your itinerary or substitution carried out with the above specified information, including without limitation any:

(a)  claim for distress, disappointment or loss of enjoyment arising from the alteration;                                            
(b) additional personal expenses incurred by you, including for food, beverages and personal items; or  
(c) costs associated with any other travel arrangements affected by the changes, including any costs and expenses incurred by you for cancelling or changing those other arrangements or arising from a failure to meet a connection.                                                                    

Your obligations whilst on Tour                                                                               
If we, the Tour Escort, the Tour Director or any of our service providers consider in our or their absolute discretion that you are affecting your own health, safety or enjoyment, or that of other passengers, including refusing to comply with instructions, we may immediately have you removed from the tour and terminate our contract. If deemed appropriate you will be given the opportunity to conform and rectify your behaviour before being removed from the tour. You will be required to make your own arrangements to return home at your own expense and we will not be liable to you for any additional costs, losses or damage you may incur or suffer.               

For all international tours You must have a valid passport with an expiry date of at least six (6) months after the day of your arrival back into Australia.

You must ensure that you obtain prior to the Tour Departure Date all required entry visas for all countries to be visited during the tour. Failure to obtain correct documentation may affect your right of entry to certain countries during the tour. If you do not have the necessary documentation and are unable to participate, we will not refund any portion of your tour costs, any additional costs for you to join the tour later or any out of pocket expenses that you have incurred.      

Should you be unhappy with something that does or does not happen on Your Tour, You should first raise Your concern with the Tour Escort or the Tour/Cruise Director as soon as reasonably practicable as it may be possible for them to take steps to resolve Your concern with minimal delay. You must first use all reasonable endeavours to negotiate with Us in good faith to settle the dispute before commencing proceedings in any court or tribunal.                                                                           

General Risks & limits on Solo Connections responsibility                                                                              
Solo Connections, our employees, officers, tour managers and tour guides does not operate or own any entity that provides goods or services for your Booking. Solo Connections is solely responsible for purchasing all accommodations, meals, transportation, ground handling and other services from our independent suppliers. All such entities and persons are independent contractors. Your legal rights in connection with the provision of the travel goods or services for your Booking are against the specific travel provider and, except to the extent a problem is caused by fault on our part, are not against us. This includes without limitation where any travel service provider is unable to provide the goods or services that you have purchased as part of your Booking. In such case, your rights are against that provider and not against us.                                                                                        

You acknowledge and agree that there are general risks associated with travelling, which are beyond our control and without limitation we are not liable to you (or any third party) for any losses, costs or damages you may incur as a result of these risks. Such risks include:                                                                             

(a)Tour variations, cancellations or interruptions caused by circumstances outside of our control, forces of nature, force majeure events                                                                                        
(b) injury, illness, accidents, acts of terrorism, criminal acts, financial or physical loss, death, inconvenience, disruption, delay or damage to personal property in relation to any good or services.                               
(c) additional personal expenses incurred by you, including for food, beverages and personal items; or   
(d) costs associated with any other travel arrangements affected by the changes, including any costs and expenses incurred by you for cancelling or changing those other arrangements or arising from a failure to meet a connection, government changes to visa requirements.            

You acknowledge and agree that where any part of the fully inclusive Tour or any other goods or services that are not directly provided by us, but provided by a Service Provider or contractor, in the event of any dispute or claim including for loss, damage, breach of contract or negligence arising from the conduct of the Service Provider or contractor, you must pursue your claim directly against the relevant Service Provider or contractor.                                                                                         

Liability Limitations                                                                                     
Nothing in these booking conditions exclude, restricts or modifies the application of any provision of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), including the Australian Consumer Law as amended, consolidated, supplemented or replaced.  Our liability for breach of a guarantee, condition or warranty implied by such a provision, where it is unlawful to do so. All exclusions and limitations of our liability under these booking conditions must be read subject to this clause. To the maximum extent permitted by law, we exclude all implied terms, conditions, guarantees, representations and warranties. You acknowledge and agree that, to the maximum extent permitted by law, Solo Connections nor any of its officers, employees or agents has no liability for any act, error or omission of for any loss, cost, damage, expense or liability occasioned by a third party (including any contractors or third party travel and tour operators) arising out of this Agreement, or for any indirect or consequential loss including loss of profits, loss of revenue, loss of data or loss of opportunity. To the extent that we cannot lawfully exclude our liability, we limit our liability to you to the amount of the tour price you have actually paid to us.

To the full extent permitted by the law, you acknowledge and agree we are not liable to you in contract, under any circumstances, (including but not limited to loss of deposit or full tour price and loss of enjoyment), opportunity, profit, savings, revenue or interest or any other consequential or indirect, incidental, special or punitive loss, damage or expenses. Delay or failure by us or a Service Provider to perform our obligations under the Contract, resulting from or as a consequence of a Force Majeure Event. Where the law implies any guarantee or condition which cannot be excluded, our liability to you for breach of such an implied guarantee, condition or warranty is limited, to one or more of the following:                                                                               

(a)     in the case of goods: the cost of repair of the goods, replacement or supply of equivalent goods; or              
(b)     in the case of services: supplying the services again or payment of the cost of supplying the services again.                                                                                                                            

It is compulsory that all passengers travelling overseas with Solo Connections have travel insurance. We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance with a reputable insurance company to cover you against risks associated with your Tour including cover for loss of luggage, medical expenses, costs and expenses incurred due to cancellations, delays or other disruptions. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are covered adequately and are aware of the inclusions of your insurance policy.

Liability Disclaimer
Solo Connections reserves the right to vary, withdraw or cancel any tours by written notice in the event they cannot be supplied or the itinerary is changed, delayed, cancelled, or disrupted in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof or other authorities, or by acts of God, strikes, severe weather, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, pandemics, failure of equipment or machinery, theft, malevolent acts or any other cause(s) beyond our control (each a Force Majeure Event).

To the maximum extent permitted by law, except where caused or contributed to by negligence on our part, Solo Connections is not and does not accept any responsibility or liability in contract, tort or otherwise for any injury, illness, death, cost, loss, damage (including but not limited to loss or damage to persons, baggage and property), delay, diversion, substitution of equipment, variation, postponement, liabilities, expense or inconvenience arising directly or indirectly from or in connection with:

  1. the acts, errors, omissions, default or negligence of third party suppliers or other third parties including government authorities, airlines, coach, rail or cruise operators, land carriers, hoteliers or any other suppliers, nor for any consequences thereof, including but not limited to changes to or lack of availability of transport, services, accommodation or facilities; or
  2. a Force Majeure Event.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, Solo Connections is not and does not accept responsibility or liability for any acts, errors, omissions, default or negligence of any person, not its direct employee or under its control, including any government or governmental authority, officer or employee, and also including any employees, officers or agents of any third party supplier such as airlines, coach, rail, cruise or ferry operators, shipping companies, or any other transport providers, hoteliers or other accommodation providers, land carriers, tour operators, tour guides, tour directors, travel agents, or the providers of any other meals, facilities, goods and travel products or services on your holiday and/or tour or in relation to it and over whom Solo Connections has no control. Solo Connections is not and does not accept responsibility for any criminal conduct by any third parties.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, Solo Connections is not and does not accept responsibility or liability for any requirements, terms or conditions of any third party supplier or other third parties who provide some travel products or services in the course of your holiday and/or tour. All bookings made by Solo Connections with third party suppliers or other travel product or service providers on your behalf are subject to the requirements, terms and conditions of those persons which may not be expressly the subject of our contractual agreement, particularly in relation to the applicable laws, policies and requirements of any government, governmental authority or employee including visa, entry, exit or transit requirements.

If, during your travel, you occupy a transport seat fitted with a safety belt, Solo Connections is not and does not accept liability for injury, illness, death or other loss, damage or claim arising from any incident or accident where the safety belt is not being worn correctly at the time of any incident or accident.

Solo Connections is not and does not accept any liability or responsibility for your acts, omissions, defaults, conduct, state of health, condition or circumstances, or failure to comply with the terms, conditions and requirements of any third party suppliers or other third party travel products or suppliers, or country or governmental authorities, or any of their officials, servants or agents.

If you decide that you do not wish to visit a country or part of a country you had intended to visit because of any law, condition or requirements of third party suppliers or any country or governmental authority, official, servant or agent, or because of circumstances beyond our control (and including any Force Majeure Event), you are responsible for any costs, expenses, charges, fees, losses or damage incurred as a consequence and any cancellation or amendment fees. 

In relation to any responsibility or liability which cannot be excluded by law or despite the limitations above, if Solo Connections is found liable for any loss, damage, cost, liability or expense which arises out of or in any way is connected with any of the occurrences described above, then to the maximum extent permitted by law, the liability of Solo Connections will in no event exceed, in the aggregate, the greater of:

  1. the amounts you paid to Solo Connections in connection with the travel products or services; or
  2. AU$100.00.

Data Protection & Privacy
In order to make your booking, we will require certain personal information from you. We handle your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Policy which is available on our website at https://soloconnections.com.au/privacy-policy/. By agreeing to these booking conditions, you agree to the terms of the Privacy Policy.                              

Important notices about Your Tour                                                                                     

Tour Participation                                                                                        

Special needs
We welcome you if you have a disability or other special needs, provided you are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all the assistance you require. Please note that although we will use reasonable endeavours to provide you with all the activities on your Itinerary, depending on your disability, you may not be able to participate in every activity and the Tour Escort or Tour Director will have the right to refuse your participation if they believe your health and safety or the health and safety of other passengers may be impacted by your participation. You must advise us, of any disability, medical condition or dietary requirement at the time of Booking. We may decline your booking if we believe that we cannot adequately provide for all your special needs or that there is a risk to your health, safety and enjoyment or to any other  guests.                                                                                                                                        

General Health and Fitness:                                                                                      
A reasonable level of fitness and health is required to participate on Solo Connections Tours. It is your responsibility to advise of any pre-existing medical conditions or health and mobility related concerns that may affect the normal conduct of a holiday package and the enjoyment of other passengers. If you are aged 70 or over at the Tour Departure Date, you must provide a doctors letter confirming you are fit and healthy enough to take part in the specified Tour including reference to the Itinerary, destinations and Tour Departure Date.

Cruises                                                                            
Cruise Cabins: Your Tour Price is based on the Cabin category indicated in the Tour Brochure. Upgrades are subject to availability and will be at an additional cost.                                                                                
Docking Position: During port stops, ships may dock side-by-side, obstructing views and requiring you to pass through other ships to embark and disembark.
Ship Facilities: It is important to note that:                                                                                    

(i) all cruise ships do not have elevators, and ships that are equipped with elevators may not have elevator access to all decks, possible upgrades may be required;                                                                           
(ii) wheelchair passengers should be aware that cabin doors, rest rooms and corridors may not be wide enough to provide access for standard wheelchairs;                                                                                
(iii) requests for disabled rooms must be made at the time of Booking and are subject to availability;       
(iv) for safety reasons, passengers in wheelchairs cannot be carried on boarding ramps whilst the ship is tied up or at anchor, or on to motor coaches; and                                                                              
(v) wheelchairs and walkers can be carried in the luggage compartment of motor coaches subject to space limitations.

Internet Service
Internet availability and quality may vary from country to country and can also be affected by technical issues, weather or unfavourable terrains and other factors outside our control. We do not guarantee the availability, price or quality of internet connections.             

Photography
Our tours offer some of the most spectacular and beautiful photographic scenery in the world. However, we cannot guarantee that every scene or highlighted featured in a Tour Brochure or Itinerary will be available on each Tour. No refund will be available for any resulting missed scene or photographic “opportunity”.                                                                                 

Smoking
Smoking is limited to designated smoking areas within hotels for the comfort of other guests. Smoking is not permitted on coaches or such other places as nominated by us from time to time. Although we will endeavour to ensure there are opportunities for you to smoke during the Tour, we cannot guarantee such opportunities will be available.         

Medical Services                                                                           
We are not, and our Service Providers are not, liable regarding the provision of any medical care you may require or choose to accept during the Tour. We cannot guarantee to provide a personal escort for medical visits should the need arise.

Travel sickness
If you suffer from travel sickness, you should arrange medication or other alternatives to treat symptoms, as we cannot make allowances for this.                                                                                         

Additional Important Information                                                                             

Air Travel and baggage                                                                               
Airfares booked as part of your tour will be through the most appropriate route although may not be a direct flight. Depending on departure date and time of booking the required booking class for airfare offer may be too far in advance to book with the appropriate airline. If the required booking class is unavailable air surcharges may apply. The flight quote including air taxes and surcharges will be confirmed once all air sectors are booked and confirmed. Taxes are defined as all airline and government taxes and surcharges. Taxes are subject to change and will be advised at the time of flight reservation. Please contact Solo Connections for applicable rules and regulations relating to your air travel.              

Luggage                                                                                         
Tour participants are entitled to one suitcase per person. Your suitcase must not exceed 76 x 53 x 28cms (30’’ x 21’’x 11’’) and must not weigh more than 20kg (42lbs) unless otherwise specified. It is your responsibility to ensure your luggage complies with applicable airline luggage restrictions and you acknowledge that we, contracted carriers or Service Providers may elect not to carry overweight items, and that you will be responsible for any excess baggage charges.

Sightseeing on Tour                                                                                    
Visits to some religious sites may require a level, deemed by that country, of appropriate clothing being worn. You should consult Solo Connections reservations office or your Travel Agent in regards to your tour requirements.                                                                                  

Passenger Requirements                                                                           
You must advise us in writing of any and all special requests and dietary requirements at the time of booking. We will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your dietary requests but cannot guarantee that such requests can be met.

Passenger Restrictions:                                                                                     
(i) Passengers under the age of 18 years (as at the Tour Departure Date) will not be accepted.                             
(ii) Passengers aged 70 or above (as at the Tour Departure Date) will be required to have a doctor’s letter as per the above General Health and Fitness Clause.         

Images                                                                            
All images in Tour Brochures represent typical scenes and descriptive detail for each tour, however it is possible that the particular subject matter may not be seen or experienced on Your Tour. Also, some pictures may have been digitally enhanced.

Accommodation
We may substitute hotel accommodation of a similar standard in the place of the advertised hotel due to hotel availability issues. Any changes will be notified once confirmed with the hotel. Although we have taken reasonable steps to secure the most suitable hotel accommodation in the areas of the Tour, we are not liable to you for the quality, size or fitness of hotel rooms.      

General
These booking conditions are governed by and are to be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Queensland and Australia.  Each party irrevocably and unconditionally submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts and Tribunal of Queensland and Courts entitled to hear appeals from those Courts and Tribunals.

If any clause or part of any clause is in any way unenforceable, invalid or illegal, it is to be read down so as to be enforceable, valid and legal.  If this is not possible, the clause (or where possible, the offending part) is to be severed from this agreement without affecting the enforceability, validity or legality of the remaining clauses (or parts of those clauses) which will continue in full force and effect.

A right created by this agreement cannot be waived except in writing signed by the party entitled to that right.  Delay by a party in exercising a right does not constitute a waiver of that right, nor will a waiver (either wholly or in part) by a party of a right operate as a subsequent waiver of the same right or of any other right of that party.                                                                                         

Contact Details                                                                                
Should you need to contact us, our office details are as follows:                                                                               
Email: info@soloconnections.com.au                                                                           
Telephone: 1300 044 444                                                                              
Postal: PO Box 119, Aspley, QLD, 4034, Australia                                                                                    

Our office is open from 9am to 5pm AEST Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays in Queensland).                                                                                                                                                                                 

We may need to contact you before the Tour Departure Date, including for example, if there is a change to your flight itinerary. It is therefore very important that you keep Your Contact Details up to date with Solo Connections or your Travel Agent and notify us or them immediately of any changes.

Faye C – “Best trip ever thanks to Solo Connections. This company is exceptional.  Sue, our host, is wonderful. Everything was beyond the highest of expectations. Thank you for the call when I got home – no other company has ever done that. Solo Connections is by far the best company I’ve ever dealt with and there is no room for improvement!”  – 2019

Richard N –  “Wonderful trip.  Sue, our host, was fantastic and Solo Connections outperformed themselves. All arrangements were wonderful and I very much appreciated the call when I got home.” – 2019

Fay S – “Everything was wonderful and Sue, our host, was marvellous. Group was totally spoilt by the weather which was great. The local guide was great. Everything was magnificent.” – 2019

Sandy R – “Great holiday – everything was fantastic.  Sue, our host, and Kirsty, local guide, were wonderful. Everyone in the group was lovely.” – 2019

Max P – “Everything was great and I really enjoyed myself. First time over there and I thought everything was very good and the highlight was Kruger. Nice group of people and I appreciated that you called on my return.” – 2019

Karen V – “Had a wonderful time – couldn’t recommend it highly enough and Sue was wonderful and a fabulous host.” – 2019

Faye W – “I have been standing in my driveway telling everyone how terrific it was. The group was great and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, I had a ball. It was completely different to what I anticipated. Kirstie, our local guide, was wonderful and Sue was terrific.  Couldn’t have done any better.” – 2019

Myles J – “What an amazing trip. Kirsty and Sue what can I say, so helpful and fantastic. The food ,wine and of course the animals. Just fantastic. What an experience, so many stories to tell. Once again thank you so much.” – 2019

Chris M – “Loved every minute. Tour was wonderful and everyone was lovely. Accommodation was awesome and the whole thing was fabulous. Vic Falls was also a highlight and the difference in the two safaris was fantastic. Seeing the animals with the water etc was completely different and a different atmosphere and approach to what we saw in Kruger so it was wonderful to see the contrasts. Very eye-opening. Also did the helicopter over Vic Falls and that was a great overview of the whole place.  Accommodation was particularly impressive throughout – I loved the little huts particularly. Saw some lovely things and had a wonderful time.” – 2019

Lyn G – “I really enjoyed the tour. Pleasant company, tour host, Kevin, was great and the local guides were friendly, helpful and kind. Looking forward to Japan next.” – 2018

Geoff P – “Top recommendation to Kevin, our host, for making my first Solo Connections experience wonderful & memorable.” – 2018

Cheryl J – “Wow! The experiences on this safari trip were absolutely unforgettable. An experience I wouldn’t have missed for the world!” – 2018

Shirley R – “A wonderful trip. Kevin was an amazing and very helpful host.” – 2018

Rod M – “A great big and grateful thank you for a well conducted , informative tour by our host Debbie and the local guide John. This was a most enlightening and enjoyable tour with good company. We were able to see and photograph all 5 of the top sought after animals in the African wild and enjoyed an extremely comfortable tour with knowledgeable guides and drivers. A well worth tour for anyone wanting to enjoy the wilds and scenic beauty of this emerging country. I cannot praise the organisation and execution of the tour more highly, once again thank you from the bottom of my heart.” – 2017