Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger

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Trip code: 
MZD
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

Cycle between the jagged peaks of the Drakensberg to the big game of Kruger National park

This two wheeled adventure takes us through stunning mountain scenery and past dramatic rock formations, through abandoned gold mines, baboon inhabited forests and tranquil natural waterfalls. Part way through the trip we dismount our bikes and spend two days on safari in Kruger National Park where we have the chance to spot lions, rhinos, elephants, giraffes and various other wild animals. From Kruger we continue our pedal powered journey along the panorama route before ending at the mighty Blyde River Canyon. With perfect road surfaces and idyllic sunshine, there is surely no better way to experience eastern South Africa than by bike.

Highlights

  • Discover the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains
  • Search for the big 5 in Kruger National Park
  • Cycle through vast mountain scenery, forests, waterfalls and canyons

Key information

  • 8 days cycling with 100% vehicle support
  • Mostly tarmac with two short sections on hard pack dirt roads
  • A few challenging climbs, most roads have little traffic
  • Group normally 4 to 14 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 9 nights lodges and chalets, 2 nights permanent tented camp

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

8

Pace:

Approximately 2-5 hours cycling per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; 80% tarmac, 20% compact dirt roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 355.0km/34.0miles
Day 430.0km/18.0miles
Day 545.0km/27.0miles
Day 645.0km/27.0miles
Day 760.0km/37.0miles
Day 850.0km/31.0miles
Day 1170.0km/43.0miles
Day 1265.0km/40.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Depart London

  • Day 2

    Arrive Johannesburg; transfer to Golden Gate National Park.

    Upon arrival in Johannesburg we drive directly to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park (5hr transfer) in the Maluti Mountains of the Northern Free State. The park's name comes from the golden hue on the parks sandstone cliffs as the sun hits them. With 11,600 hectares of highland habitat, the national park is home to a number of animals including springbok, mountain zebra and wildebeest as well as the rare bearded vulture and bald ibis. During the afternoon we set up the bikes for each individual and we can enjoy a short test ride into the reserve.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 3

    Ride over spectacular mountain pass with a chance of spotting wildlife; transfer to Northern Drakensberg and cycle to our lodge.

    Getting up early, we cycle 25km on roads through the national park. We start with a short climb up to a viewpoint where mountain zebra are often spotted before descending a long winding mountain pass. Later in the ride there are a few short steep up and down sections to get the heart pumping before it then levels out again. All along this road there are great opportunities to see wildlife from the saddle so make sure you have a camera to hand! At the park exit we transfer towards the Northern Drakensberg (60km) stopping at the 'Vulture restaurant' for the views over the Sterkfontein Dam and an early picnic lunch. We then get back on the bikes and cycle down the Oliviers Hoek pass all the way to the Sungbala lodge, our overnight stay. Here we have the whole night to take in the stunning view of the Drakensberg amphitheatre whilst enjoying a meal cooked by the guides.

    Cycle approx. 55km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cycle to the Northern Berg before hiking and a chance to swim at a waterfall.

    In the morning we cycle towards the Drakensberg Mountains whilst following a back road route into the Royal Natal National Park in the Northern Berg. This ride is fairly undulating but the views of the Drakensberg amphitheatre at the top of each rise are well worth the effort. After entering the park, we continue on our bikes for approximately 2km to our picnic spot – before lunch we can get changed in to swimming gear and walk the short distance to the cascades waterfall for a well-deserved swim in the cool waters. After lunch there will be time to explore the park and its hiking trails or simply relax before transferring back to our accommodation.

    Cycle approx. 30km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Transfer to Dundee; afternoon ride to Rorke's Drift Museum.

    After breakfast we leave the Drakensberg with a 210km (approx. 3 hour) transfer by road to Dundee. Here there will be time for a little shopping and resupply before continuing onto Rorke's drift. At Rorke’s Drift we have a guided tour around the area where 150 British and Colonial troops defended a small garrison against nearly 5000 Zulu warriors. After a hearty lunch and a change into cycling kit it’s back onto our bikes for a 45km ride from Rorke’s Drift to our overnight accommodation. This is a great ride through the scenic cattle country; the first 17km is on a good quality compact dirt road where we often spot many types of vulture and eagle flying overhead, once back on the tarmac road we have a flat ride to our accommodation where we can relax in the pool.

    Cycle approx. 45km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Transfer to Badplaas before getting on the bikes for a great ride to our lodge.

    We have an early morning transfer (300km about 4 hours) towards the hot springs town of Badplaas in the Mpumalanga province. After lunch we get on the bikes and start our ride with a fantastic 17km descent before an undulating ride all the way to our accommodation located just outside of the town with stunning panoramic views of the Hlumu mountain range. Tonight’s accommodation has a small volunteer run monkey sanctuary on site where injured and baby monkeys are brought back to full strength before being released back into the wild. A tour of the sanctuary can be arraigned by the guide on request.

    Cycle approx. 45km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Transfer followed by scenic ride on edge of the Songimvelo Game Reserve and on to our lodge.

    Today we start with a short transfer to Maanhaar, close to the border with Swaziland. From here we climb on the bikes and ride along a stunning gravel road which winds its way between the Songimvelo Game Reserve and the base of the Hlumu Mountains. We pass an abandoned mine which has now become home to Vervet monkeys so make sure you have your camera at the ready. As the road starts to climb we hop in the bus and transfer to the top of a mountain range overlooking the Songimvelo Game Reserve, we stop on this road for a quick photo stop at a breathtaking viewpoint that overlooks the valley below before getting back on the bikes to cycle into Barberton town and onto our accommodation.

    Cycle approx. 60km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Cycle to Kruger N.P. through the Kaaprivier Valley.

    After breakfast we get on the bikes and start our ride through the Kaap River Valley as it winds its way towards Kaapmuiden. After about 50km we reach our stopping point and get in the van for a short transfer to a shopping centre where we can change out of cycling kit and stock up on cold drinks and snacks for Kruger. From here we have a very short transfer to get to the Malelane Gate where we enter the Kruger National Park and start our safari. We have a two hour game drive through the southern tip of Kruger to get to Skukuza Camp, keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready as the southern part of Kruger is known for its abundance of big cats.

    Cycle approx. 50km
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 9

    Game drives in Kruger N.P.

    This morning we have an early start to beat the heat of the day and maximise our chances of seeing a predator. Because of the early start we will only have a small breakfast at the camp which will consist of a South African 'rusk' and a coffee. After several hours of looking for animals we stop in one of the designated lunch spots where our guides cook up a delicious brunch. From here we continue our game drive back to camp and have the rest of the day to relax in the pool or at the bar which overlooks the Sabi River. Tonight there is the opportunity to go on a night safari drive through the park in one of the official safari vehicles (this is an optional extra and should be paid for locally. Please see the optional activities section in the trip notes for prices and further information).
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    More game viewing, transfer to Hazyview.

    Today we aim to spend most of the day in the national park searching for animals, and once again start off with a morning game drive, but in the opposite direction to yesterday. We return to camp for some brunch and to collect our bags before heading out on our final game drive in Kruger as we make our way out of the park via the Numbi gate. From here we have a short transfer to our overnight accommodation in Hazyview where we can take a stroll down to the Hippo River or just relax by the pool.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Cycle to Sabie and on to Graskop; visit Mac Mac Pools.

    After a few days of well-earned rest, today we get back on the bikes for the most challenging ride of the trip. After a hearty breakfast in Hazzyview we cycle from our lodge up the escarpment and towards Sabie. This first part of the ride is stunning and very different from what we have seen earlier in the tour as our route takes us through Avocado plantations and dense forests before arriving in Sabie where we can stop at a café for a muffin and coffee milkshake. From Sabie we continue to climb until we arrive at Mac Mac Pools, here we stop for a swim in the natural pools whilst our guides make lunch. After lunch our ride heads downhill for a visit to Mac Mac Falls and continues all the way to Graskop and our accommodation which overlooks the escarpment.

    Cycle approx. 70km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Ride along the Panorama Route to God's Window via Bourke's Luck potholes rock formations; afternoon ride to Blyde River Canyon.

    Our final day of cycling will take us through yet more beautiful scenery as we cycle along the Panorama Route. In the morning we visit God’s Window to take in the breathtaking landscape view before cycling past ‘Wonder view’ and on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Here we stop for lunch and go for a walk around the curious rock formations before getting back on the bikes for the last time and cycling to the spectacular viewpoint over the Blyde River Canyon and on to our accommodation. For our last night in South Africa we will have a big group meal in the hotel restaurant which has an amazing view of the three Rondavels and the canyon.

    Cycle approx. 65km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    Drive to Johannesburg, end.

    After a leisurely breakfast and a short walk to the private viewpoint within the grounds of our accommodation we get in the bus and transfer through the small towns of Ohrigstad, Lyndenburg and Dullstroom as we make our way back to Johannesburg Airport. This transfer is roughly 420km but we break it up with plenty of short stops and a longer lunch break. Please note that due to the often high levels of traffic surrounding Johannesburg we leave our accommodation with plenty of time to complete this transfer. This does mean that on some occasions when the roads are traffic free we might arrive at the airport early and have a longer wait before the return flight departs.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Drive to Johannesburg; depart.

    After a leisurely breakfast and a short walk to the private viewpoint within the grounds of our accommodation we get in the bus and transfer through the small towns of Ohrigstad, Lyndenburg and Dullstroom as we make our way back to Johannesburg Airport. This transfer is roughly 420km but we break it up with plenty of short stops and a longer lunch break. Please note that due to the often high levels of traffic surrounding Johannesburg we leave our accommodation with plenty of time to complete this transfer. This does mean that on some occasions when the roads are traffic free we might arrive at the airport early and have a longer wait before the return flight departs.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Arrive London.

    Today our flight arrives in London where the trip ends.

Essential Info

Visas

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are obligatory but some vaccinations are recommended. These include typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and influenza.

Eating and Drinking

11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners are included on this tour.

For breakfast you can expect a good selection of cereals, toast, jams, fruit and yogurt as well as coffee and rusks. Occasionally we have a cooked breakfast or buffet in some locations. Lunches which are included in the trip are cooked and prepared by your guide and drivers. On two days you will have a cooked lunch, but most days you will have a large selection of sandwich ingredients including cold meats, bread, salad, cheese and crisps. Vegetarian and other dietary requirements are well catered for but please inform our team at least two weeks before you travel. The tour leaders do all the shopping and meal planning for each group. Each tour has a cool box for cold drinks and you will be made aware of nights when alcohol is not available so you can purchase some before hand. We supply the following drinks on all tours: fruit juice and squash served with breakfast & lunch, tea and coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be at your own expense.

Weather

Although the greater part of South Africa lies north of the tropic of Capricorn, the temperature is moderated by the altitude. The average midday temperature is likely to be about 22C on the coast and 24C inland. This trip covers various different weather regions. Generally inland areas will be dry between the months of April and October (although storms can occur), whereas in the Drakensberg Mountains rain is more common at this time. In August the nights can be very cold, especially in the Drakensberg where temperatures can drop below freezing. However the days are warm and crisp with generally cloud-free skies. During the months of November through February rain can sometimes be expected and the temperature will be higher. However, as anyone who has travelled to these parts will say, rain is often a blessing, it manifests the local colours, drops the sometimes sweltering temperatures and never generally lasts too long. It also means the night times are incredibly clear.

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Is this trip for you?

Activity level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging)

8 days cycling with an averaging distance of 55km a day with full vehicle support.

The cycling is all on good condition paved roads, apart from two short stretches of hard packed gravel road on days 5 & 7. Most of the cycling is over undulating terrain with some challenging climbs that are followed by long flowing descents. Our cycling guide leads the group and a support vehicle follows at all times. Snack stops are sets up every 15km where you can re fill water bottles and help yourself to sweets and snacks. Helmets must be worn by all cyclists in South Africa.

Accommodation

Chalets, Lodges & Camping

We spend 9 nights in small lodges and 2 nights in permanent tented camps. Most properties are small privately owned establishments that are clean and comfortable and all rooms have en-suite facilities apart from our accommodation in Kruger. This does mean that even if you have paid for a single supplement you will have to use the shared facilities at our accommodation in Kruger. The accommodation and locations we stay in throughout the trip are a real highlight and very memorable. One of the best has to be the eco lodge in the Drakensberg where you can spend the evening watching the sun set over the magnificent Drakensberg amphitheatre whilst our guides cook dinner on the Braai (BBQ).

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed April 2017
    Jennifer Steward
    This is the trip for you if you're looking for challenging cycling through soaring mountain scenery combined with wildlife spotting in the Kruger National Park. There's also time for relaxing away from a city environment in comfortable accommodation in beautiful natural surroundings. The trip is a good mix of active cycling days on a variety of routes (mostly low traffic) but with hills! The game drives in Kruger give a good break before two quite challenging cycling days toward the end of the tour. All round a great trip for people who enjoy active outdoor holidays.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing the challenging rides through the majestic scenery of the Drakensberg Range and, particularly, the ride along the spectacular Blyde Canyon. Spotting wildlife in the Kruger National Park and observing a rare African Wild Dog face off hyenas on a morning game drive was inspirational!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader worked hard to ensure the group was looked after well. He has a good knowledge of local history and was sociable with the group. All the team of guides worked hard, were good-humoured and took care to ensure everyone had a good time, plenty to eat and drink and enjoyed the cycling and other activities.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is plenty of uphill on many of the routes so a bit of cycle training is advised. However all the routes are do-able and there is a support vehicle following the group at all time. Great for travellers who want social media downtime as WiFi is limited in many places.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There are some relatively long travel days but the drives are scenic with plenty of stops along the way.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Ian Cooper
    Very well run trip with Jean-Paul Gardelli looking after us, Ende driving,fixing bikes and game spotting and Skhumbuzo ably assisting and telling stories. The guys turned out excellent meals every day on the road and kept a steady supply of liquorice allsorts to get us up the hills!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ende our driver spotting a leopard on a branch driving out of Kruger was brilliant. The scenery is truely spectacular ( just like the ads!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jean-Paul Gardelli was great. Very informative on many subjects thrown at him. Obviously loves his country and got on really well with everyone..Nothing was too much trouble for him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a great trip for the moderately fit. Lots of variety in the scenery and the driving sections are not too long.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Lots to see in South Africa so try and incorporate another tour
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Peter Wilkinson
    This was a first rate trip that made me very positive about South Africa. The whole experience was excellent with first class leadership of the guides that made its two weeks to remember for years to come.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Just viewing the changes in scenery as we cycled and drove along.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jean-Paul was an inspirational leader who clearly loved his country and was able to effectively impart that enthusiasm.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Come prepared to absorb everything the country and people have to offer.
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Jacqueline Wadsworth
    This trip has all the attributes for an excellent trip. Smashing scenery. Wildlife. Good accommodation. However all the great ingredients can still be baked into a moderate cake.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the pools at Ehlanzeni.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was not a good ambassador for South Africa. He knew little about the areas he was cycling in and he had little recent experience of the route. I don't mean that he got lost, but his expectations of the terrain was inaccurate and he had no knowledge of the sites nearby. He did not give adequate respect to our driver / cook and on a number of occasions took over the duties of his colleague with no adequate reason to do so. That said he was friendly to the guests and tried hard to make everyone feel included and to respond to their requests.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are a lot of long minibus transfers on this tour, and watch out for the actual length of the trip - you might find yourself home 2 days earlier than you expected to be.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would not recommend this trip to other members of my cycling group.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Diana Clanton
    fabulous trip. Guides Tellis, Bevan and Tish were outstanding. Great selection of accomodations. all very unique

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    krueger park and seeing the big 5

    What did you think of your group leader?

    outstanding.........Tellis, Bevan & Tish

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    really be ready for the HILLS.........this trip needs to be rated higher than a 4
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Constant Van Den Berg Van Saparoea
    Great cycling holiday. Combination of seeing nature, rock formations, animals and birds, with cycling was great.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling along a quiet lane in the hills, with zebra galloping in the fields and crossing the road in front of us.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was very helpful with cycling and knowledgeable with respect to the animals and birds.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Because of rather extreme temperatures due to the altitude (2000 m) take clothes suitable for cold as well as hot conditions. For cycling in the sun and heat, it is helpful to take white, or at least light coloured, cycling clothing rather than the often black gear used. it will reflect the heat and is better than using sunscreen.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I used my own pedals (clip-ons) for better pedalling.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Tracey Hudson
    A fantastic way to see Eastern South Africa. Plenty of steady climbs to test the legs (would recommend spin classes beforehand to strengthen those muscles!) rewarded with some stunning downhill rides (even though downhills make me nervous). Cycling on good roads with some traffic. Amazing opportunities to spot wildlife too! Top trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Spending time watching a small group of hyenas (mothers and young ones) on our early morning game drive in Kruger and seeing two elephants probing for water from a dry riverbed with their trunks. Amazing views over Blyde River Canyon as our trip came to an end.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Wynand is 100% energy; fun, efficient and a very decent cook. A very knowledgeable guide with a passion for his country and its history and indeed a cycling nut! His knowledge of wildlife is also second to none!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Definitely pack light fleece-lined layers and comfy gear. Light hat, gloves and socks and a couple of neck scarves, although temperatures in August varied and you get hot pedalling uphill! Take a good camera and binoculars for wildlife spotting.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip is a challenge but you're rewarded with some amazing scenery, blue blue skies and some decent grub! Do it!
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Jacqui Ackroyd
    Superb, challenging cycling; outstanding scenery; amazing wildlife in a fantastic country.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The best moment has to be when we saw the leopard in Kruger NP - a truly amazing creature - we had a fantastic view of him - I won't forget it. Cycling-wise there were lots of brilliant rides with just amazing scenery to inspire and keep you going up those hills. The best day for me was the one billed as the "toughest" day which was indeed challenging but included some real treats en-route - the best of which is swimming in the Mac Mac pools - cooling you down for the final climb!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Wynand's knowledge of all things South African was extensive - be it the flora and fauna, the countryside, the history, the people. He was always happy to share his knowledge and answer all our questions. He knew all about the cycling routes, the bikes and I felt he gauged just right how far to push us with the correct balance of encouragement and support. He dealt with bike issues quickly and efficiently. Wynand and the team also catered for the group most breakfasts and lunches as well as several evening meals - they did an amazing job of producing delicious, hearty, fresh meals again and again - including local foods and even a BBQ lunch on one cycle ride! He did a great job of bonding the group together and making us feel like a team. Throughout the trip I felt relaxed and confident that we were in safe hands.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be fooled by what appear to be quite short distances - most days involve quite a lot of climbing, which when you factor in the heat can be quite tough. It's all do-able but do some training before you go to make it more enjoyable.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a brilliant trip!
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Jeff Dean
    Good cycling excellent company, superb,knowledgeable and friendly guides

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good. Knowledgeable and very hard working. Also a good cook

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Very happy with the trip but I do think that you should include more meals in the price. There were a few occasions where there was only one place to eat, we all had to eat together , and yet the meal was not included in the price. One has to ask why? It seems slightly underhand ie suggesting the trip is cheaper than it is.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    nelson Savein
    fantastic experience. The cycling is wonderful. long uphills which require your full attention as well as glorious downhills..A much better than average degree of fitness will go a long way to making this cycle fun. Great open spaces with wildlife freely roaming for you viewing pleasure. This trip will meet and likely exceed your expectations..The food is wonderfully prepared by your guides. Be prepared to have the time of your lives.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The bike ride through the Golden Gate Park was breathtaking.Even without the wildlife all around the bike ride in itself was wonderful,filled with vistas and undulating ups and downs,but when you add the zebras,baboons,monkeys,antelopes,water buffalo it was inspirational

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leaders,Beven and J.P were outstanding!! Cannot really elaborate..One could not do any better

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train hard and it will make your ride more enjoyable.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be prepared to have the best meals one could have on such a trip. The scenery and cycling were unparalleled.We had great guides.More I can't add

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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