January 9, 2000
|Cycle South Africa: The International Bicycle
Fund Does It Again, This Time With An Inexpensive Tour Through One of the
Most Fascinating Countries on Earth
You fly into Durban, South Africa and journey by bike, from Durban along
the Indian Ocean coast, visiting small towns, farms, schools, development
projects and the pristine nature reserves of this area. Then it's on to
the Drakensberg mountain where you experience the "day in the life" of
a teacher, visit a rural health center and tour more villages, farms and
nature reserves. In each town, you are introduced to the residents, asked
into their homes and discuss the local history, both natural and political,
with your experienced guide. Finally, you return to Durban for two more
days of sightseeing, and then leave for home, fitter in both body and mind
from the experience. Sound intriguing? If so, you needn't worry about the
cost. This tour is being offered by the International Bicycle Fund and
Bicycle Africa, two organizations for which affordable programs are a hallmark.
This one's no exception, with the entire 14-day program coming in at just
$1090 per person, or a little under $80 per day. That rate covers two meals
a day, your lodgings (which range from small hotels to rooms in a training
center to home stays), services of a guide, and all museum fees. In addition
to that, you'll have to provide your own air fare to Durban, bring your
own bike and expect to spend between $50 and $100 TOTAL for your out of
pocket expenses on the trip. The tour will be offered on June 19, 2000
but since the group will be small we suggest you make your inquiries now
if interested. To do so, either visit IBF's Web site at www.ibike.org/bikeafrica/south-africa.htm
or call 206-767-0848.
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