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Kumuka Worldwide ceases trading

Friday, July 20th, 2012
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It is with sadness that we confirm that overland travel company, Kumuka, has ceased trading. Kumuka's Senior Travel Consultant, Ibrahim Dar, confirmed yesterday via telephone that the last tours will depart 22 July 2012 from their Chertsey office in the United Kingdom. All Kumuka trips have been removed from the OverlandingAfrica.com website.  We have contacted all clients who had made Kumuka bookings via OverlandingAfrica.com. Kumuka’s official website homepage now has an important notice banner stating that Kumuka have ceased trading.


Established in 1983, the overland travel company operated routes all around the world through Africa, Australasia, Asia, Antarctica, North America, Latin America and Europe. Judging by the response they have received on their Facebook page, the announcement has come as a great shock for everyone. As booking agents for Kumuka trips, OverlandingAfrica.com Sales Manager, Ellena van Tonder says, “It is such a pity to see a valuable member of the tourism industry close their doors. We're yet to see the impact it has on the industry.” According to a recent press release posted on their site Kumuka says, “We apologise unreservedly to all Kumuka passengers and we are working hard to respond to all enquiries.” Kumuka has released the following information about refunds for their trips.

Kumuka refunds - travelling from Australia

You can claim a refund for the funds lost via the Travel Compensation Fund.

Kumuka refunds - travelling from New Zealand

If a traveller has paid for their trip with a credit card, they should initially claim against their credit card company. Travellers in New Zealand, who are not resident to Australia, who travel via Australia, can make a claim against the Travel Compensation Fund. If not travelling via Australia, travellers will still be able to make a claim via the Travel Compensation Fund, but the payment is discretionary and needs to go to the Board for approval.

Kumuka refunds - travelling from UK

If you have booked and paid for your holiday in United Kingdom then you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Kumuka holidays are ATOL Protected by this organisation. For more information, visit the ATOL website.

Kumuka refunds - travelling from Canada

Kumuka Worldwide Inc is registered with the Ontario Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO). TICO is an organisation mandated by the Ontario Government to administer the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and an industry financed travel compensation fund. For more information visit the TICO website. For travellers who are looking to book an overland trip with a different company over the period of time they have taken leave for, feel free to contact our Senior Travel Consultant, Mixo at mixo@overlandingafrica.com.

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Shell fracking up our Karoo!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
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Karoo farmers, communities and Environmental NGO’s  are up in arms over petrochemical giant Royal Dutch Shells recent bid to begin drilling the water-stressed Karoo in search of natural reserves of shale gas.

The company has submitted a bid to explore over 30 000 square km using a process called hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ which if it goes forth could have a seriously harmful environmental and agricultural impact and poison the already limited and dwindling Karoo water supply.

Fracking, or hydrolic fracturing occurs by drilling boreholes 4 to 5 kilometers deep into underground shale rock formations and then introducing a mixture of chemicals, sand and millions of litres of water at high pressures. This fractures the geological structures and forces a free flow of shale gas which can be harvested and turned into energy. To those of you thinking that this is great news for South Africa and will bring the petrol price down- think again! Hydraulic fracturing has already been banned in a number of  areas of the United States because of insanely harmful effects that it has on both the environment and the people. 

Chemicals used in fracking cause cancer as well as a huge host of other diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimers and endocrine disrupting disorders. More frightening is the very real and dangerous possibility of contaminating the ancient Karoo water reserves and not only devastating the environment but destroying the farming community in the area. It takes only 1 litre of hydrocarbon gases like shale to pollute 1 million litres of water.  

Hydraulic fracturing also requires millions of litres of water, in a semi-desert environment which has just comes out of one of the worst droughts in decades (who are these geniuses?). Fracking also produces vast volumes of flammable, toxic drilling mud which then has to be stored somewhere. Despite promises from Shell that they will take every precaution to ensure adequate Environmental Management Plans are put into place and the environmental impact is as minimal as possible people are angry and calls of protest are mounting.

The response at the public meetings held so far have been a resounding no, even though these meetings are simply a Shell PR exercise as farmers don’t have rights to minerals below their soil. Recently the DA has stood up calling for a dismissal of the project. Reuters has also announced a moratorium on future ‘fracking’ bids and exploration rights in the Karoo. We only have to glance across the pond to see the impact frack mining has had America to realise we want nothing to do with this project. Gasland, a documentary on ‘fracking’ produced and directed by Josh Fox, shows sickly livestock losing their hair and tap water which is contaminated by shale gas spewing forth in a fireball after a match is brought near it!

Is the Karoo not hot enough already? Shell has until the 18th of April to finalise the first round of its public hearings and Environmental Impact Assessments and Management Programme. We at Overlanding Africa have only one thing to say to you Shell-  you can frack right off back to Deutschland if you think South Africans are just going to let you mosy on in and destroy one of our most beautiful natural treasures! Keep Discovering

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