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Study Tours

Delegates and Accompanying Persons will be able to choose from the pre- and post-meeting study tours listed below. The tours have been chosen to provide a balance between technical, cultural and touristic interest and to give you a real African experience.

Tour Tour Symbol Study Tour Name Touring Dates* Estimated Departure and Return time   Duration
(Days)
Tour Price/Person (ZAR)
Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy
Pre-Meeting Tours
A
Lesotho
11-15 May
11 May 08:00
15 May 15:00

5
R11 700
R13 200

B
Cape Winelands ¹
10-15 May
10 May 11:00
15 May 15:00

6
R13 900
R16 400

C
Swaziland and Kruger National Park
11-15 May
11 May 09:00
15 May 15:00

5
R13 800
R15 600

D
Desert Wonder²12- 15 May
TBC
4
R12 800
R13 800










Post-Meeting Tours
E
Lesotho
21-25 May
21 May 08:00
25 May 15:00

5
R11 700
R13 200

F
Cape Winelands ¹
21-26 May
21 May 11:00
26 May 09:00

6
R13 900
R16 400

G
Swaziland and Kruger National Park
21-25 May
21 May 09:00
25 May 15:00

5
R13 800
R15 600

H
Dams and Energy
21-23 May
21 May 09:00
23 May 19:00

3
R6 500
R7 600

I
Zambezi Magic ²
21-24 May
21 May 09:00
24 May 16:00

4
R29 500
R31 600


¹ This tour starts and ends in Cape Town.
² Tour starts and ends in Windhoek.
³ This tour starts in Livingstone and ends in Lusaka.

Pre and Post Tour nights’ accommodation may be a requirement dependant on individual departure and return times of the tours as listed above.

All study tour fees include motor coach transportation, hotels, meals and entrance fees. Please note that airfares for the Cape Winelands, Desert Wonder and Zambezi Magic are not included as it will be cheaper to include this on the tour participant’s international air ticket. Tour participants require valid passports and visas as necessary for the Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Kruger National Park and the Zambezi Magic Tours. Please make your tour reservation early as spaces are limited. Tours will also require a minimum number of participants and if not achieved, will be cancelled.

Lesotho (A and E)

This five day tour will take you through the Kingdom of Lesotho, home to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project which transfers water to South Africa and generates hydropower. We will visit the impressive 185 m high concrete arch Katse Dam, 145 m high CFRD Mohale Dam, 80 m high RCC Metolong Dam, various transfer tunnels, and the 72 MW Muela Power Station. Lesotho also offers a rich cultural experience to which participants will be exposed by spending time at the Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village, where you will be able to learn more about the local culture and purchase a coveted Lesotho blanket. En route back to Johannesburg we will spend one night in the charming town of Clarens, situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. This town will capture your heart with its amazing coffee shops and art galleries. This tour promises fantastic views of the countryside of both Lesotho and South Africa.

Click here to download a detailed itinerary for the Lesotho Tour A (11-15 May 2016).


Click here to download a detailed itinerary for the Lesotho Tour E (21-25 May 2016).


   

Cape Winelands (B and F)

The Western Cape is famous for the amazing scenery that includes Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point and Whale watching. To top it all the shopping experience is world class and the wine is award winning. Combined with a visit to one of the oldest dams in the Cape, the 111 year old Hely Hutchinson Dam (on top of Table Mountain), the Berg River Dam, Palmiet Pumped Storage Scheme, and Clanwilliam Dam (the heightening (raising) of the dam currently under construction), this tour provides the perfect balance between sightseeing and engineering marvels. A stay at one of the provinces top wine farms, as well as a visit to the impressive V&A Waterfront, this tour ensures an unforgettable five days in the southernmost part of sunny South Africa.

Click here to download a detailed itinerary for the Cape Winelands Tour B (10-15 May 2016).


Click here to download a detailed itinerary for the Cape Winelands Tour F (21-26 May 2016).


   


Swaziland and Kruger National Park (C and G)

This tour combines scenic routes in neighbouring country Swaziland with game watching in the Kruger National Park. The tour starts with a visit to the 115 m high Maguga Dam which has one of the largest labyrinth spillways in the world, as well as the Driekoppies Dam. This will be followed by two full days spent in the amazing Kruger National Park, where you will get a chance to spot the Big Five in one of Africa’s premier game reserves. Bushmen Paintings and a Night Game Drive are just a few of the highlights to look forward to. This five day tour concludes with a visit to the recently completed 81 m high RCC De Hoop Dam, located in the Sekhukhuneland.

   



Click here to download a detailed itinerary for Swaziland and Kruger National Park Study Tour C (11-15 May 2016).


Click here to download a detailed itinerary for Swaziland and Kruger National Park Study Tour G (21-25 May 2016).

Desert Wonder (D)

(Neckartal RCC Dam and glimpses of Namibia)
 
This four day pre-meeting tour takes you to neighbouring country Namibia, an arid region in south western Africa. The country is home to the Namib Desert, considered to be one of the oldest deserts in the world. The country only has a handful of large dams, one of them currently under construction. The Neckartal Dam, constructed from RCC, will be 80 m high when complete. The dam is located close to Keetmanshoop on the Fish River. The water will be used for irrigation activities and hydropower generation. After visiting the Fish River Canyon and Hardap Dam en route, participants will overnight in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, and enjoy local cuisine as well as a visit to the N/a’an kusê Foundation, responsible for conservation of Namibian wildlife. The tour starts and ends in Windhoek.



Click here to download a detailed itinerary for Desert Wonder Study Tour (12-15 May 2016).

Dams and Energy (H)

South Africa has various pumped storage schemes to assist in balancing electricity demand during peak periods. This tour takes you to the Drakensberg Pumped Storage Scheme (PSS) located in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal which has an installed capacity of 1 000 MW, the 1330 MW Ingula PSS (currently under construction), as well as the Vaal Dam, which supplies most of Gauteng Province’s drinking water. This three day technical tour’s main focus is on large hydropower schemes in South Africa. Enjoy Zulu culture and hospitality!

   

Click here to download a detailed itinerary for te Dams and Energy study Tour (21-23 May 2016).

Zambezi Magic (I)

(Victoria Falls and Kariba Dam)

This four day tour takes you to the Zambezi River, the fourth-longest river in Africa which crosses five countries. The first stop is the Victoria Falls, a world heritage site and the largest natural waterfall in the world, known to the locals as “The smoke that thunders”. Sufficient time is allowed for various activities of your choice such as helicopter rides, bungy jumping, white water rafting, and tasting the local delicacies of warthog and crocodile. After an adrenaline filled few days, the next stop will be the Kariba Dam, a 128 m high concrete arch dam built in the 1950’s and which is now implementing a comprehensive rehabilitation programme. The tour starts in Livingstone, Zambia and ends in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.

   

Click here to download a detailed Itinerary for the Zambezi Magic Study Tour (21-24 May 2016).