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A variety of day and half-day tours are available for delegates who wish to take the opportunity to explore Durban and the surrounding area.

Whether you wish to take a city tour of Durban, go snorkelling at Cape Vidal, adventure in a tree top canopy tour, immerse yourself in local Zulu culture or experience the wildlife in the magnificent game reserves, there is something for everyone.



Tours Schedule and Descriptions

Click on the tour names below to see the description.


Monday 18 July 2016

 

Being a coastal city, Durban is constantly affected by the warm Mozambique current flowing down its coastline, making surfing one of the primary activities on the many beaches. Durban is where you will also find several signs demarcating safe swimming areas, with angling and boating as other popular beach activities.

Durban is a major centre of tourism, due to the city's warm subtropical climate and beaches. In Durban the Golden Mile provides ample tourist attractions, particularly for people touring and on holiday.

Durban is a thriving industrial centre, supporting a major seaport, and a year-round holiday destination. Industries include shipbuilding and ship repairing, sugar refining, petroleum refining, fishing, automobile assembly and the manufacture of food products, paint, chemicals, fertilizers, soap, footwear and textiles

With our City Tour your guide will drive you around the exciting city of Durban whilst you learn about the sights and the history of this multi-cultured place. Take a ride to the top of the arch on the new Moses Mabihda Stadium, with the most spectacular views of Durban and also visit uShaka (entrance fee to uShaka Marine World not included) and Wilson Wharf at the harbour.

 

Tour includes: English speaking tour guides, transport and entrance fees
Departure point: International Convention Centre; Meeting point as indicated on your voucher
Meeting time: As indicated on your voucher

*Vouchers will be available for pick up at the conference.

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like under the surface of the Ocean; to be within inches of a Ragged tooth shark or look a majestic Leatherback Turtle in the eye? Allow us to take you into the bowels of a sunken ship where you almost become one with this fascinating world and its incredible creatures. The dolphin show is not only spectacular, but fun and light hearted too! uShaka Marine world was designed under direction from the Disney Theme Parks team, so your enjoyment is guaranteed! The Shipwreck theme adds something special to this experience.

 

Tour includes: English speaking tour guides, transport and entrance fees
Departure point: International Convention Centre; Meeting point as indicated on your voucher
Meeting time: As indicated on your voucher

*Vouchers will be available for pick up at the conference.


Tuesday 19 July 2016

 

Enjoy the Big 5 experience and travel to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest Game Park in Africa. All the wildlife and bird species Africa has to offer can be found here, including the Big 5 of elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino and leopard.

Expect to see the more common game such as, zebra, antelope, rhino, giraffe and buffalo, with a chance to view lion, leopard, elephant and hyena in their natural habitat, or even the rare and endangered species, cheetah, wild dogs and black rhino.

 

Tour includes: English speaking tour guides, transport and entrance fees, tea/coffee stop at a tranquil spot along the river, as well as a picnic lunch and refreshments
Departure point: International Convention Centre; Meeting point as indicated on your voucher
Meeting time: As indicated on your voucher

*Vouchers will be available for pick up at the conference.

 

Being a coastal city, Durban is constantly affected by the warm Mozambique current flowing down its coastline, making surfing one of the primary activities on the many beaches. Durban is where you will also find several signs demarcating safe swimming areas, with angling and boating as other popular beach activities.

Durban is a major centre of tourism, due to the city's warm subtropical climate and beaches. In Durban the Golden Mile provides ample tourist attractions, particularly for people touring and on holiday.

Durban is a thriving industrial centre, supporting a major seaport, and a year-round holiday destination. Industries include shipbuilding and ship repairing, sugar refining, petroleum refining, fishing, automobile assembly and the manufacture of food products, paint, chemicals, fertilizers, soap, footwear and textiles.

With our City Tour your guide will drive you around the exciting city of Durban whilst you learn about the sights and the history of this multi-cultured place. Take a ride to the top of the arch on the new Moses Mabihda Stadium, with the most spectacular views of Durban and also visit uShaka (entrance fee to uShaka Marine World not included) and Wilson Wharf at the harbour.

Tour includes: English speaking tour guides, transport and entrance fees
Departure point: International Convention Centre; Meeting point as indicated on your voucher
Meeting time: As indicated on your voucher

*Vouchers will be available for pick up at the conference.


Wednesday 20 July 2016

 

Escape from civilization and allow us to heighten your senses and increase your awe at the true splendour of Mother Nature’s canvas and palette. We journey inland through small villages and gentle rolling countryside which give way to the most spectacular vista, known as the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Here you will be immersed in the fascinating culture and traditions of a proud Zulu Nation; have the opportunity to interact with the villagers and purchase traditional and modern souvenirs.

 

Tour includes: English speaking tour guides and transport
Departure point: International Convention Centre; Meeting point as indicated on your voucher
Meeting time: As indicated on your voucher

*Vouchers will be available for pick up at the conference.

 

Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city we journey into the gently rolling countryside of the Natal Midlands, to one of our best kept secrets, Tala Private Game Reserve! Spanning over 3000 hectares and incorporating many diverse natural environments, the reserve features well over 380 bird species, with big game that includes rhino, kudu, hippo, giraffe and the rare sable antelope. Several distinctive and remarkable plant species are also to be found. The fiery aloe in full bloom, the imposing euphorbia and the smell of the fragrant wild sage make every visit to the reserve unique and memorable. Experience the spectacular scenery and game viewing in an open vehicle.

 

Tour includes: English speaking tour guides, transport and entrance fees
Departure point: International Convention Centre; Meeting point as indicated on your voucher
Meeting time: As indicated on your voucher

*Vouchers will be available for pick up at the conference.


Thursday 21 July 2016

 

Enjoy a day visit to the iSimangaliso and Eastern Shores Reserve with a picnic lunch and some snorkelling at the beautiful Cape Vidal Beach.

Depart after breakfast and enter the Eastern Shores Reserve where you will enjoy a game drive. Rhino, buffalo, plenty of antelope and even the occasional leopard is seen.

The spectacular views and hundreds of bird species are what really make it special though. Arrive at Cape Vidal where you will enjoy some beach time and snorkelling, after which a picnic lunch is served before making your way back.

 

Tour includes: English speaking tour guides, transport, entrance fees, and picnic with water/fruit juice
Departure point: International Convention Centre; Meeting point as indicated on your voucher
Meeting time: As indicated on your voucher

*Vouchers will be available for pick up at the conference.

 

The Canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30m above the forest floor. The tour comprises of nine platforms and eight slides that zig-zag down a pristine forested valley.

The scenery and birdlife is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the tour. After the adrenaline filled adventure enjoy a light lunch back at base.

 

Tour includes: English speaking tour guides, transport, entrance fees, and light lunch with water/fruit juice
Departure point: International Convention Centre; Meeting point as indicated on your voucher
Meeting time: As indicated on your voucher

*Vouchers will be available for pick up at the conference.


Friday 22 July 2016

 

We make our way out of the city into the gently rolling countryside towards Pietermaritzburg, the Capital City of Kwazulu-Natal, and Howick. Upon arrival, we view the Howick Falls, an approximately 100 metres of spectacular display almost in the centre of the picturesque town itself. You have time to browse around in the little shops in the area before visiting the site where Nelson Mandela was captured on 5th Aug 1962. We continue via some local arts and crafts shops in the area.

 

Tour includes: English speaking tour guides, transport and entrance fees
Departure point: International Convention Centre; Meeting point as indicated on your voucher
Meeting time: As indicated on your voucher

*Vouchers will be available for pick up at the conference.


Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 July 2016

 

Day 1:

Depart Durban and head north up to Zululand, stopping off in the town of St Lucia, home to the largest population of Hippos in Southern Africa. Embark on a two hour adventure cruise up the St Lucia estuary coming face to face with these magnificent beasts. View the Nile crocodile in its natural habitat and marvel at the African Fish Eagle that uses the estuary as its hunting ground.

After the boat ride you will enjoy a lunch at the Ocean Basket or Braza before continuing north to your lodge for the evening. (Optional game drive available on this evening, booked onsite, NOT included.) Freshen up and enjoy a South Africa Boma dinner under the stars.

 


Day 2:

Early wake up today as you enjoy some tea or coffee before heading out on an early morning game drive in the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi game reserve. Spend the morning searching for the Big 5 and all the other wonderful animals of the park. Enjoy a refreshment stop in the park before heading out and back to camp for a scrumptious breakfast.

Check out and head back to Durban.

 

 

Tour includes: English speaking tour guides, transport, dinner and lunch first day, accommodation, breakfast day 2, 1x St Lucia boat trip, 1 x Hluhluwe morning drive
Departure/Return point: TBD – Central Durban. Please note, the AIDS 2016 transport system will not be available after Friday, 22 July 2016.
Meeting time: As indicated on your voucher

*Vouchers will be available for pick up at the conference.


If you are interested in additional options of tours after the conference, please contact [email protected].

Tour Bookings

From 1 December 2016

Until 25 May 2016

A fee of USD 50 will be applied to any booking changes or cancellations.

As of 26 May 2016

No refund will be granted for any booking changes or cancellations.

Terms and Conditions


Definitions

These Terms and Conditions for Tour Bookings are valid for every person registered to attend the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), to be held in Durban, South Africa, from 18 - 22 July 2016 (hereinafter referred to as “the conference") and booked tours through the AIDS 2016 Tour Booking system.


Tour Booking

All tours will be booked on a first come, first served basis. To be able to take part in a tour, individuals must be at least 18 years old (as of 17 July 2016). Delegates may be asked to present an official identity card stating their age. Accompanying children may also register for tours, provided their parent/guardian has agreed to take full responsibility for them while they are on the tour. Accompanying children must be with their parent/guardian at all times during the tour.


Tour Booking Confirmation/Invoice

A tour booking confirmation/invoice will be sent by email after the AIDS 2016 Tours Department has received the completed tour booking form and payment in full. The tour booking confirmation/invoice will include the invoice number and other important information. In order to receive your tour booking confirmation/invoice by email, ensure that your email address is correctly entered in your conference profile.


Method of Payment

Payment must be made in full within ten days of submission of the tour booking. Tour bookings are only guaranteed upon receipt of payment in full.

Payments will only be accepted in USD, using a credit card (AMEX, VISA and MasterCard). Personal cheques, company cheques or USD cheques will not be accepted.


Language

All tours will be in English.


Departure / Return location

All Tour pick-ups / drop-offs will be from/to the conference venue, except the two-day post conference safari.


Prices

All prices quoted are in USD and include local taxes at the time of publication. If tax laws change, such changes will be reflected at the time of sale.


Change and Cancellation Policy

Notification of changes and cancellations must be made in writing and sent to the AIDS 2016 Tours Department by email.

Changes and cancellations may be made up to 25 May 2016. The amount paid will be refunded minus a handling fee of USD 50. Changes are subject to availability. If you change or cancel your booking after 25 May 2016 no refunds will be given.

Refunds will only be issued after the conference. If a credit card was used for payment the refund will be credited to the same card (if within 90 days of original payment; otherwise bank transfer applies). If payment was made by bank transfer the cancellation notification must indicate a bank account to which a possible refund may be remitted.

Credit will not be given for unattended tours or early termination of attendance.


Modification of the Tours Schedule and Programme

All information regarding the tours is correct at the time of publication. The AIDS 2016 Tours Department reserves the right to modify the tour schedule and programme.


Cancellation of a Tour

A minimum number of participants are required for each tour. The AIDS 2016 Tours Department reserves the right to modify itineraries or cancel tours due to insufficient number of participants. In the event of a tour cancellation, payment will be refunded in full after the conference.


Cancellation of the Conference

In the event that the conference cannot be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of the conference organizers (Force Majeure) or due to events which are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence of the conference organizers, the AIDS 2016 Tours Department and the conference organizers cannot be held liable for any damages, costs, or losses incurred, such as transportation costs, accommodation costs, financial losses, etc.

In addition, the participant acknowledges that he/she has no right to lodge damage claims against the organizers should he/she not be able to attend the meeting due to cancelled or delayed travel means caused by Force Majeure. With his/her reservation, the participant accepts this proviso.

Under these circumstances, the conference organizers reserve the right to either retain the entire payment for the tour booking, or to reimburse the delegate after deducting costs already incurred and which could not be recovered from third parties. It is therefore recommended that you take out personal insurance.

Travel insurance is not included and participants are therefore advised to take out their own travel insurance and to extend their policy to cover personal possessions as the conference does not cover individuals against cancellations or theft or damage to belongings.


Letter of Invitation

Individuals requiring an official Letter of Invitation from the conference organizers can request one through the online registration form or by contacting the AIDS 2016 Registration Department. To receive a Letter of Invitation, delegates must first register for the conference, pay in full and submit any required supporting documentation (if applicable).

The Letter of Invitation does not financially obligate the conference organizers in any way, nor does it guarantee an entry visa to South Africa. All expenses incurred in relation to the conference are the sole responsibility of the delegate.


Visa Requirements

It is the sole responsibility of the delegate to take care of his/her visa requirements. Delegates who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Delegates should contact the nearest South African embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications. All visa applications should be submitted to the authorities two months before travelling to South Africa at the latest (i.e. no later than mid-May 2016 for conference delegates).


Privacy Policy

The AIDS 2016 Tour Department collects personal data from you when you book a tour (name, first name, address, email address). Any information collected from you will be used only in connection with your tour booking for the 21st International AIDS conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban and to process the booking transaction. Your information may be shared with the tour operator accordingly. Your information will not be sold, exchanged otherwise, transferred or given to any other company, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of processing your tour booking requested. This does not include trusted third parties who assist the AIDS 2016 Tours Department in operating the website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. The AIDS 2016 Tours Department may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our policies or protect our or others rights' or safety.

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through the AIDS 2016 tour booking form.


Liability

The AIDS 2016 Tours Department shall be held liable in the framework of a duty of care as a respectable business person according to statutory provisions. The liability of the AIDS 2016 Tours Department - for whatever legal reason - shall be limited to intent and gross negligence. The liability of commissioned service providers shall remain unaffected by this. The delegate shall take part in the conference at his/her own risk. Oral agreements shall not be binding if these have not been confirmed in writing by the AIDS 2016 Tours Department.


Fulfillment and Jurisdiction

This contract is subject to the law of Geneva, Switzerland. The terms of this contract shall be fulfilled in Durban, South Africa and, in the event of any legal claims arising from either party, Geneva, Switzerland shall be the sole court of jurisdiction.

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