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How to get Travel Value with A$

The DA Difference

The A$ has been the culprit causing many Australians to defer travel overseas.

Unfortunately the A$ has dropped markedly against the US$, Euro and British Pound and this has put some people off travelling to countries where these currencies are used. However there is a solution and a great way to minimise the impact of this drop. Go to Southern Africa!

The A$ has pretty much maintained its value against the South African Rand – ZAR – over the last 12-18 months with only minor variations. Southern Africa (and this includes Namibia) therefore offers excellent value holidays. Our clients invariably comment on just how cheap it is to get superb meals, general shopping and internal flights. Many hotels too are excellent value – and much less expensive than in Australia.

The main reason people travel on an african wildlife safari tour is to enjoy a wild life safari like no other – and South Africa offers arguably the best safari destinations to be found anywhere in the world. The renowned private game reserves adjacent to the world famous Kruger National Park offer accommodation and safaris to suit every budget.

Then of course there is the magnificent scenery that varies from desert to mountains to forests to savannah to oceans to one of the moist beautiful cities in the world – Cape Town. There is literally something for everyone at affordable cost. Just think of what you want and we will find it for you – golf (some of the best courses to be found anywhere), cycling, touring by car or motor cycle, hiking (also with wild life with an armed guide), wine tasting (some of the great wines of the world), horse-back safaris, extreme action activities, diving with sharks, surfing, superb resorts at which to relax and have fun, sight-seeing and much more yet.

Also in the ZAR currency area is Namibia. An amazing experience! The dunes of Sossuvlei will enchant you. The skeleton coast will mesmerise. The deserts will enthral and the Etosha Pans will intrigue. See Elephants and Rhino that have adapted to desert life. Enjoy coffee and cakes in one of the many German pavement cafes in Swakopmund. Again there is so much more if you have the time. Either drive by 4×4 or fly by light aircraft to get around this wonderfully welcoming country.

Then we have the ability to include a US$ destination that offers some extreme value! Zimbabwe!! Victoria Falls is a not to be missed destination and is not only a world heritage site but is famous as the adventure capital of Southern Africa. Accommodation is extremely well priced as are the many activities even though it is a US$ destination. This country is a hidden gem. You will find the friendliest people in Africa here. Tourists are made very welcome everywhere. It has to be one of the safest places in Africa. We have yet to have a single client have anything stolen whilst in Zimbabwe.

So what does this all mean? Well don’t delay your holiday because you think that the A$ will be low and therefore not give you value. That is simply NOT the case. Qantas flies direct to Joburg from Sydney and there is a sale on at present offering fares at very competitive prices. Take advantage of it! Also there is no Ebola anywhere near this region.

We are standing by to arrange your personal itinerary to suit YOUR budget. Try and see what we can do – we work magic!! Go on give us a call.


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