Park University South Africa 2015 Trip
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this trip exclusive to Park University?
Yes, only people who are affiliated with Park University
(and their guests) will be traveling on this trip. We ask
that at least one member of your group be a Park alumnus/a,
student, faculty member, staff, trustee and/or donor. Family
members and friends are welcome.
Who is handling the reservations and arrangements?
Park University is handling collection of deposits, payment
of the balance due and registration forms.
will handle all trip arrangements.
What is the projected size of this travel group?
This trip has a maximum capacity of 38 travelers. There is a
minimum requirement of 19 for the trip to operate. Reserve a
spot early to be one of the 38.
Why does the price change with the number of travelers?
Since this is a Park exclusive trip, we must cover the
entire costs of the trip to maintain the exclusivity. The
motor coach holds 38 people. The cost of the trip has been
divided over 35 travelers. To maintain the exclusivity if we
do not sell 35 tickets, the group will be charged the
additional charges. A minimum of 19 travelers are needed for
the trip to operate. If less than 25 travelers sign up, an
additional $480 will be charged per person. If the count is
25 to 19, an additional $70 per person will apply. If the
count is 30 to 34, $30 per person will be added.
How do I reserve a spot?
Complete the registration form and send it with a $250
deposit to Park University, attn.: Julie McCollum, 8700 NW
River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152. Make your check
payable to Park University. Please note that if you want the
cancellation and trip insurance, you must purchase it at the
time you make the deposit. If using a credit card, you may
fax the registration form to (816) 505-5409.
When is the deposit due?
To receive the early registration discount of $250, the
deposit must be received no later than Aug. 10, 2014.
If you do not make the early deadline, to assure that you
have a seat on the airline with the group, the deposit must
be received no later than Sept. 4, 2014. At that time any
seats unsold in the Park University block will be released
and available only on a first come first serve bases at the
When is the balance of the payment due?
Full payment is due to Park University on Dec. 5, 2014.
What airline will be used?
The airline has not been assigned to the trip this far in
advance. However, Collette Vacations prefers to use South
African Airways for the leg of the trip across the Atlantic,
arriving in Johannesburg.
Is airfare included in the price?
Airfare from Kansas City is included in the price. Collette
Vacations can quote an adjusted price based on your
departure and return locations.
Is there a “single supplement” for this trip?
The single supplement (additional price for those travelers
who do not want a roommate) is $1500 for the South Africa
Tour and $600 for the Victoria Falls extension. This
addition covers the cost of the hotel rooms, which would
normally be split between two tickets. A very limited number
of single rooms are available.
Do I need a passport or Visa?
Yes, you will need a passport for both South Africa and
Zimbabwe. A visa is required for Zimbabwe and depending on
your travel plans and citizenship, may be required for South
Passports are the responsibility of the individual
travelers. Visas may be obtained during the trip. See below
for the specific needs of each leg of the trip.
For South Africa, passports must be valid for at
least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay, plus you
must have at least 2 blank pages remaining in your passport
(side by side) to allow the entry visa to be issued for
South Africa. Failure to comply with this law will result in
denied entry. These pages are in addition to the
endorsement/amendment pages at the back of the passport.
If you are a United States citizen and do not plan to extend
your stay past 90 days, you will only be required to
complete a short form at the airport. If you are a citizen
of another country go to http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries
for an explanation of requirements.
For the Victoria Falls extension (Zimbabwe), you will
also need a passport and Visa. Be sure you have one blank
page in your passport. The required Visa may be completed at
the airport upon arrival and will cost approximately $45.
Are vaccinations needed?
Since we will be traveling to Kruger National Park, out tour
recommends that you take anti-malaria medication. In
addition, you may wish to get thyphoid and Hep A
shots. Consult your doctor.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
publishes information about suggested vaccinations and
precautions on its website. Visit
(South Africa) and
(Victoria Falls extension).
Will we visit Robben Island?
Robben Island is not included in the official itinerary.
However, it may be possible to make arrangements to take a
tour during Day 11, when travels have an afternoon at
leisure in Cape Town.
What hotels will we be staying in?
Here is a list of the hotels that are planned for this trip.
There may be changes made to the list but equivalent
substitutions will be made, if necessary.
Day 2 - 3, Da Vinci Hotel and Suites, Sandton
Day 4 - 5, Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, Kruger National Park
Day 6 - 8, Log-Inn Knysna , Knysna
Day 9 - 10, Spier Hotel,
Day 11 - 12, Commodore Hotel-Legacy Hotels International,
Victoria Falls extension, Victoria Falls Hotel
What will the weather be like?
Our trips is scheduled towards the latter part of summer,
very early autumn. Johannesburg will have warm days (maybe
even a quick shower) and reasonably warm nights throughout
(about 65 to 82 degrees --- always a cool breeze). As of
February 2014, Johannesburg is a high of 81F and a low of
62F... Cape Town and Kruger about the same... This will be
the case throughout our stay next year at this same time.
What do I need for adapting my
appliances to use electricity in South Africa?
The South African
electricity supply is
220/230 volts AC 50 HZ.
You will need adapters to
that are 15 amp 3-prong or 5
amp 2-prong, with round
Most US-made appliances will
require a transformer.
Most hotel rooms have 110
volt outlets for appliances.
• Aug. 10, 2014, deadline to get the $250 early discount.
Deposit only is due.
• Sept. 4, 2014, deadline to reserve a seat on the airline,
if the earlier date was missed.
After this date, the air availability is subject to
availability through the airline.
• Dec. 5, 2014, deadline for full payment to guarantee a
place on the trip.
After this date availability is subject to airline and hotel