This tour was developed, organised and managed by Mike Porter of Porter GeoConsultancy Pty Ltd (PGC), as a joint venture with the Australian Mineral Foundation Inc. (AMF).
The tour was divided into two modules covering East Africa (5 days) and West Africa (10 days) respectively. Participants were able to take either one or both of these modules.
The AMF arranged all travel from when each participant joined the tour until they left it, including ground and air charter and scheduled airline travel.
The cost of this travel was covered by the AMF Tour Fees and by Air Fares charges which had to be paid to the AMF within two weeks after confirmation of registration. The air fares were charged at cost, and had to be paid at the same time as the AMF Tour Fees.
Participants were responsible for their own travel to and from the start and end point of their tour.
For those starting with Module 1 - East Africa, the tour commenced in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at 6:00 pm on the evening of Monday 23 October 2000. Participants were required to arrange and fund their own travel to be in Dar es Salaam by that time. They assembled by 6:00 pm at the hotel at which they were staying on the first night (reserved by the AMF), the details of which were provided approximately 2 weeks prior to that date. Those taking Module 1 ONLY finished on arrival at Dar es Salaam airport at approximately 7:00 pm on Saturday 28 October. They were responsible for all of their own accommodation and travel from that time.
Those continuing on to also take Module 2 - West Africa, had their travel and accommodation arranged through to Accra in Ghana by the AMF. Those taking Module 2 ONLY were required to make their own travel arrangements to be in Accra by 8:00 pm on Monday 30 October to rendezvous with the continuing group at the hotel where they were staying on the first night, as notified approximately 3 weeks prior to that date. The tour ended at Accra airport, Ghana after 9:30 pm of Thursday 9 November 2000. All participants were then responsible for all of their own accommodation and travel from that time and place.
All accommodation reservations were made by the AMF at group discount rates between the start and end dates/times as specified above. However all accommodation costs had to be paid by the participants on checkout during the tour and NOT by the AMF. Participants were also responsible for paying for their meals and other personal incidentals while on tour.
As part of the tour, participants received a comprehensive collection of literature to read prior to departure or during the trip. These covered the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation in East and West Africa, as well as descriptions of the individual deposits to be visited. Prior to their departure to join the tour, participants were also given a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including postal, phone and fax numbers and costs. All they needed to bring were their field gear, personal affects, and a credit card/travellers cheques to pay for accommodation and meals.
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For more information contact: T M (Mike) Porter, of Porter GeoConsultancy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This was another of the International Study Tours designed, developed, organised and escorted by T M (Mike) Porter of Porter GeoConsultancy Pty Ltd (PGC) in joint venture with the Australian Mineral Foundation (AMF). While the reputation and support of the AMF contributed to the establishment of the tours, after it ceased trading at the end of 2001, PGC has continued to develop, organise and manage the tour series.
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