Saturday, January 31, 2009

Going on Safari - An Optional R&R Event

This portion of the website will need to be updated as soon as we receive more information. Basically, however, we are offering an optional R&R after the final team dates (September 19 and October 10) - an amazing opportunity to go on Safari in famous Kruger National Park!! the pictures you see here are ones we took last year.
R&R has historically been included in the team activities, but as of this year, team leaders can only offer an R&R activity as an option after the team dates are complete.

We will depart Johannesburg, South Africa, for the Park on September 20 (team one) and October 11 (team two). We use private vans for the 5 hour journey. After we check into our accommodations, we will have the opportunity for a few hours of animal sightings or to just relax and enjoy our surroundings. The next two days will be full days of venturing into the park in our private safari vehicles with our own experienced guides. We return to Joburg on Sept 23 (team one) and October 14 (team two) for your departure that evening.

We have requested all three nights to be at the Cheetah Inn, which was the favorite accommodation for our team last year (pictured here).We have also requested the same awesome guide we had last year. The safari was a hit for everyone in 2008, and we hope all of you will join us again this year.

Cost: approximately $400 (updated costs will be posted as we know it, but shouldn't change a whole lot) - this includes all transportation, guides, park fees, accommodations, breakfast and dinner (budget an additional $5/day, approximately, depending on what you order, for lunch in the park and about $7/day for tipping guides). Also budget $35-50 for your one night in Joburg (Sept 19 or Oct 10) before the safari begins. Right now, we are going to try to collect all the payments and send them in together, which means paying by check. A 50% deposit needs to be paid immediately upon deciding to go, with the balance due by September 1, regardless of which team you are on. These costs can NOT go through your GV accounting at Habitat. It is not a tax-deductible expense. You can still "fundraise" for this activity, but it must be clear to those who support you that their gift must go directly to you, be clear as to how it is being used (not for Habitat), and that they will not receive any receipt. It is a personal gift to you for your own personal use.

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