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FAQ's

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We know that these days with the assistance of Booking.com and TripAdvisor, it’s perfectly possible to book your own South African trip with ease and security. The problem with internet bookings is that you only get to see what the big sites want you to see: the small and unusual places with low marketing budgets are hidden from view. The big sites also charge large commissions to establishments to advertise them: smaller agents like us don’t work on such big commissions, so we can pass these savings on to you, the traveller. We nearly always beat online prices, even those on Booking.com!

We certainly do: we have several sample tours to view on our website. You can also literally list the places you’d like to visit and we will send you two or three completed trips to choose from.

Certainly: we’re in touch with several overnight tour operators who conduct regular, small group tours in popular areas or across whole countries.Certainly: we’re in touch with several overnight tour operators who conduct regular, small group tours in popular areas or across whole countries.

For example, you might like to travel five days down the Garden Route with a small group but then spend three days on your own on the Wild Coast. We also have many tried and tested day tour operators who do small group tours from many of the venues our clients like to visit: for example whilst staying in Cape Town, you might like to join a small group photography tour down the Cape of Good Hope for a day.

If you follow a few simple rules, very safe.

One rule is not to drive at all before dawn or after dusk (animals on the road and vehicles travelling at speed without lights are common). Many of our clients have driven themselves through South Africa every year for over ten years and only had good positive experiences.

Also bear in mind that with few exceptions, all of our recommendations are small, owner-managed places, with owners nearby at all times.

We have a European (sterling and euro) bank account and also accept Visa and Mastercard.

In terms of how we charge, we ask our clients for 3% on top of the overall cost of the trip. However, as the business has grown and we’re able to send more and more clients to the places we select, we get better and better discounts, which we pass on to you. Most of our clients find that we manage to not only save them our fee but also quite a lot in addition. Generally, savings come in somewhere between 5% and 7% which is quite a chunk of change when you’re spending two weeks or more in the country.

Contact Us

26 Brunswick Road
Tamboerskloof, Cape Town

Office +27 21 424 5347
Cell +27 72 136 9096

WhatsApp +27 72 136 9096

Email: travel@whereitallbegan.co.za

Skype: philrendel

About

We’re an ethical private travel planning company focused on Southern Africa.

We offer ready-made and also customised holidays and journeys across this unique region of the world.

When our clients travel with us, they are assured that their travel spend is directly supporting local African companies that offer sustainable products and services, both in terms of people and planet.

Ethos

Our logo is an image of a skull found in the Rising Star Cave System in Gauteng, South Africa in 2013. It was named ‘homo naledi’, meaning ‘human of the stars’.

The cave system has so far given rise to the remains of over 15 individuals, making it the largest hominid fossil remains site ever discovered.

Travelling to Southern Africa is truly a return to the source of humankind, to Where It All Began.