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Northern Botswana Safari, The Okavango and beyond

Botswana, Zimbabwe
Wildlife
Guided Group
LEISURELY LEISURELY

Classic Botswana Safari including Moremi, Savuti and Chobe National Park

Trip Code: BBA
Holiday Grades

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To show the relative difficulty of our holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the 'Is this holiday for you?' section or contact us.

 1 - 3 LEISURELY
1 - 3 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE
4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING
7 - 9 CHALLENGING

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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Northern Botswana Safari, The Okavango and beyond

Highlights
  • Fly and game drive through the wildlife abundant Moremi and Savuti Game Reserves
  • Experience the endless and stunning African night skies in wilderness tented lodges and camps
  • Seek out elephants, lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, plenty of zebra herds and maybe even the elusive rhino or wild dogs
  • Higher standard accommodation and tented camps
  • Finish at the thundering Victoria Falls after a brief and brilliant Botswanan wildlife bonanza

At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 8
  • 8 days sightseeing with safari game drives and short walks
  • Join In Maun, Ends in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Accommodation & Meals
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners
  • 3 nights Tented Lodge
  • 3 nights Lodge
  • 2 nights Wild Camp
  • 1 nights Hotel with swimming pool
Overview

There are few wildlife experiences in the world like a week spent in the Botswanan wilderness. This classic itinerary offers a lodge and luxury camping combination safari. We begin in Maun and take a small plane into the centre of the African bush. Flying over the vast landscapes, scrub land and waterways, we can spot giraffe, elephant and the larger wildlife as we swoop into our tented camp in the Moremi Game Reserve, on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta. This is the jewel of Botswana, and we waste no time climbing aboard our 4WD and experience it ourselves, keeping a watch for those Big 5. Birdlife is also very prolific in this area. After 3 nights here we drive to Savuti Game Reserve, a part of the larger Chobe National Park. Here the open grasslands attracts herds of zebra and wildebeest, which in turn draws in the lion prides for which Savuti is deservedly famous for. We enjoy our wild mobile camp for 2 nights, a true adventure. Our last stop in Botswana is Chobe National Park, where we have a boat cruise along the Chobe River which is possibly the most satisfying and relaxing game viewing activity in Southern Africa. We spend a few hours floating slowly down stream whilst watching the wildlife come down to drink. These include herds of elephants, crocodile, hippo, fish eagle and much more! The grand finale to this holiday is the ultimate waterfall – Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. All in all this short classic, is one of the best and the ultimate Botswana safari holiday choice.


If you would like further information on when to go to Southern Africa on safari and which trip suits you the best please refer to our detailed guide: Which safari is right for you?

Is this holiday for you?

Everything in Africa is on a big scale, and to cover the ground necessary, your journey across Southern Africa includes several long drives accompanied by Africa's spectacular scenery. Such drives, including your game drives, can often be on dirt tracks, graded roads and also tar highways. The 4WD land cruisers used have been custom-built to cope with such conditions. By flying on a light aircraft …

Everything in Africa is on a big scale, and to cover the ground necessary, your journey across Southern Africa includes several long drives accompanied by Africa's spectacular scenery. Such drives, including your game drives, can often be on dirt tracks, graded roads and also tar highways. The 4WD land cruisers used have been custom-built to cope with such conditions. By flying on a light aircraft from Maun to Moremi we cut out a large section of driving, and enjoy a unique African experience at the same time. The flight is around 30mins. All accommodation has en-suite facilities and is chosen for quality as well as wildlife viewing locations. On 2 nights whilst in Savuti we stay in a wild bush camp without fences in the wilderness area. The large classic safari style tents have twin camp beds with linen, en-suite chemical toilet and the crew will erect a bucket shower (with hot water off the fire). It’s a fantastic experience and allows us to get the very maximum out of our time in the country. In Moremi we stay in a lodge with individual fixed safari style tents. In Maun, Chobe and Victoria Falls we are in good lodges in beautiful African style. This journey is suitable for those who wish to have complete submersion in Botswana to maximise the chances to see the incredible wildlife, and staying in enjoyable accommodation along the way.

Why KE?

Classic safari with posh camping and accommodation...and a light aircraft flight...all in just over a week. Bingo - this one hits the highs!

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Itinerary

On arrival into Maun Airport, your holiday starts with a transfer to the group accommodaiton. Maun is the gateway town to the Okavango Delta and Moremi and has a wonderful laid back atmosphere and also provides a chance to participate in a spot of shopping for local handicrafts, as we prepare to depart on our safari in beautiful Botswana.

Accommodation

Lodge

We return to the airport at lunchtime (a short 10 min drive) and have a short briefing before boarding our light aircraft flight to Khwai in the centre of the Moremi Game Reserve. On the edge of the Okavango Delta, which is the largest inland wetland in the world, Moremi was the Batswana tribe's richest hunting ground before the tribe declared it a game reserve in 1960's. These days it consists of floodplains, lagoons, grasslands, forests and savannahs. Our safari guide meets us as we step off the plane and we climb onto our open sided 4WD vehicle for our first game drive and the essence of wildlife viewing in Africa. Moremi is the jewel of Botswana and arguably one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in Africa - you have chosen the right place! We spend the next 3 nights here exploring the various habitats. We are likely to have viewings of wild dogs, buffalo, elephant, lion and possibly even cheetah. Under the guidance of our expert guides, we embark upon several game drives to seek out the Big 5 and much more.

Accommodation

Tented Lodge

Meals

B D

We have a second day in Moremi to ensure that we have the best opportunity to see the most wildlife that we can here. The combination of the more arid regions of Moremi and the wetlands of the Okavango attracts some of the finest African wildlife. With the recent reintroduction of rhino in the area it is also a Big Five destination. So we should be in for some real treats as we drive through this beautiful reserve full of pools, grasslands with scattered acacia tress and mophane forest. In the dry season the game concentrate at the water as herds of elephant lead their young to water to quench the family thirst, and in the wet season most of the babies are born which in turn attracts the predators. Every day wildlife excitement is around the corner and your time here will provide the most memorable of wildlife encounters.

Accommodation

Tented Lodge

Meals

B L D

Another early start in the beautiful Moremi so that we can enjoy the best wildlife time of the day. It is an excellent place to experience the some of the 400 species of birds in the delta. These include the African Fish Eagle, Pel's Fishing Owl, Crested Crane, Lilac-breasted Roller, Hammer-kop, ostrich and the Sacred Ibis. We might also travel through some of the thickly wooded areas which are home to the rare African Wild Dog and leopard. We will be spoilt for choice here. If we see some interesting wildlife we will stay with them or follow closely to observe their behaviour and take photos. All the guides are fountains of knowledge and can talk about all the animals in depth, you will learn how they communicate, travel, breed and all sorts of little interesting details.

Accommodation

Tented Lodge

Meals

B L D

Moving north over the sand ridge and into the Mababe depression we arrive at the Savuti Game Reserve. This open grassland area attracts herds of zebra and wildebeest, which in turn draw the large lion prides for which Savuti is famous. It is one of Africa's most superb wildlife regions. There are many bull elephants as well as the matriarchal groups with their young elephants. Plenty of buffalo visit the area especially if the mysterious Savuti Channel makes a rare appearance. We enjoy a sundowner in the last of the days' rays looking over the grasslands before wild camping in this truly special place. Our wild camp is set up for us with a large dining tent and we have good sized individual safari tents with en suite facilities. Dinner is served in the dining tent and far from the lights of civilisation we will be astounded by the incredible starry African skies. We fall asleep in our tents listening to the sounds of the African bush.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L D

The excitement builds again as we wake in our tents and climb out at dawn to see the fresh morning. A game drive at dawn is always the best time to see the animal action in the cool of the day. If we are very lucky, our ultimate sighting would be a lion or leopard chase. Although rare, we have seen these on our safari tours in this area. The lions in the area are survivors and have been known to hunt the elephants in hard times when the water channels and marshes are dry. In the area there are other top predators including leopard, cheetah and the endangered African Wild Dog. We return to camp for breakfast and some time to relax before heading off again for another game drive, binoculars in hand. Our sundowner tonight may be taken by a waterhole before returning to camp and our second night in the bush.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L D

We pack up our wild camp and head off today for our next destination. We drive through the bush passing isolated farms as we head for the Chobe National Park and Forest Reserve. As we travel we stop for any animal sightings that we pass and for lunch and to stretch our legs. Having been on dirt and sand roads for the past few days it feels very civilised to come to the tarmac. Chobe National Park is an exceptional example of managing wildlife and human habitation. It is close to the town of Kasane and an important junction of the three countries, Botswana and Namibia and Zambia on the other side of the Zambezi. During the year the elephant population can vary from 500-50,000 and are most likely to be found on the banks of the Chobe, cooling off. We are also likely to spot wild dog, zebra and the endemic Chobe Puku antelope. Approximate drive time: 5-6 hours.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B

Today we head back into Chobe National Park on a game drive in the early morning before heading back to the comfort of the lodge during the heat of the day. In the afternoon we take a boat cruise on the Chobe River. This is possibly the most satisfying and relaxing game viewing activity in Southern Africa. We head into the park on a small game viewing boat and spend the next few hours till sunset floating slowly down stream while watching the wildlife come down to drink. We get close to the herds of elephants, and have amazing sightings of crocodile, hippo, fish eagle and many more. As the sun sets we head out of the park with some amazing wildlife and sunset photographs, and return to our lodge for a final evening in Botswana.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B

We depart Botswana today and cross the border into Zimbabwe and now we listen out for the distinctive thunder of the mighty Victoria Falls. This incredible natural wonder is twice as high as Niagara and spans 2km. Over 1000 cubic metres of water flows over the falls every second*, plunging 108 metres into the gorge below. Exploring the 'Smoke that Thunders' can be an almost deafening experience! The spray from the waterfall sustains a rainforest surrounding the falls which is abundant with birdlife and protected in a National Park. Approaching our vantage point on foot we have excellent views of Victoria Falls in her full glory, including the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes in 1900, which spans the immense gorge. With ample time to explore the falls we stay in a nearby hotel within the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Approximate drive time: 1-2 hours.

*Please note, depending on the season, the water levels of the falls will vary. From late November to early April is the wet season for the upper reaches of the Zambezi and this is when the falls are at their loudest and most impressive. From April the flow gradually reduces, although this mostly affects the Zambia side and there is always a good flow over the rim on the Zimbabwe side of the falls.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B

Your holiday ends in Victoria Falls after breakfast. Airport transfers or extra hotel nights can be arranged on request.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • Two professional and qualified guides
  • Airport transfer Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • National Park entrance fees
  • All activities/excursions mentioned except where specified as 'optional'

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Airport transfers on Day 10
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Any additional activities/excursions indicated as optional
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

The group will meet at the group hotel in Maun.

Airport transfers are provided on arrival from Maun Airport to the group hotel.

On departure transfers are not included, but possible to either Livingstone Airport or Victoria Falls Airport. We can provide private transfers at an additional cost. Taxis are also available.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners are included. Non-included meals are in the towns of Maun, Chobe and Victoria Falls where we try out local or the lodge restaurant. For non-included meals you should budget $20-30 for a dinner and $15-20 for a lunch.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. You should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

When staying in hotels and lodges we take our meals in the establishments’ restaurant where there will be a varied menu with the choice left up to you. When at our safari camp and in the bush the meals will be provided by your guides and the camp staff. Breakfast will be cereals and yoghurt, with coffee, tea, toast and the occasional cooked breakfast. Lunch will typically be picnic style - cold meats, cheese, salads, bread, rolls and fruit. Dinner will be potjies (traditional stews), braais (barbecue), stir fries, pasta dishes, curries etc. Very often cooking will be on an open fire. Fresh produce will be used wherever possible and fruit squash, tea and coffee will be served with breakfast and dinner. Special dietary requirements (vegetarian or allergies) can usually be catered for, but it is essential that this information is received on booking.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

The accommodation throughout this journey is of 3 to 4 star style and are chosen not only for their service and comfort level but also for their wonderful locations and local wildlife viewing opportunities. The following accommodations are an example of what we use. All accommodation is subject to change without prior warning.

In Maun we stay at the Thamalakane River Lodge or similar. These are individual stone chalets with thatched roofs and en-suite facilities. It is located on the river banks and has a small swimming pool.

In Moremi we stay at a lodge with individual fixed safari style tents. The lodge is very well located for wildlife viewing.

When we our in Savuti are camp staff will have set up the mobile safari tents. These large safari tents have twin camp beds with linen, with an en-suite area including a chemical toilet and bucket shower with hot water off the fire. There is also a large dining tent area where the cook and team serve our meals. Seasonally dependent we can enjoy the evening sitting around a campfire. All camp chairs have backrests. This is well served camping, not crawling around in a dark tent looking for your torch! You will get well looked after.

In Chobe we stay at the Chobe Safari Lodge or similar. This comfortable lodge has good rooms, a swimming pool and is located on the river.

In Victoria Falls we stay at Phezulu Guest Lodge or similar. This lovely property has lovely rooms and is set in green gardens with a small swimming pool.

All accommodations have a bar and restaurant area. These are normally classic Africa style with open sides to allow air flow and views of the surrounding area.

All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. If there is no-one to share with then you will need to pay the single supplement. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. If you are planning on extending your holiday additional nights at the group hotel are available on request.

TRANSPORT
For the entire safari you travel in a purpose built 4WD Land Cruiser with 12 forward facing seats and trailer for luggage. It has solid roof and back which provides protection from the sun, and dust. The Land Cruiser has 12 individual seats in 4 rows of 3 seats but this tour is limited to a maximum of 8 clients so that everyone has a window seat. They have a bank of plug sockets or USB ports for charging.

The light aircraft flight from Maun Airport to Khwai Airstrip is usually a 4-12 seater Cessna or Caravan. Due to bush landing the luggage limits are strictly adhered to.

Group leaders are the key to any successful safari. On this adventure safari, you will travel with two qualified and experienced, registered field guides (FGASA). Two guides as crew, not a guide and a driver, adds up to an informative and interesting small group holiday. Our guides have a passion for Africa, her people and wildlife, and they love nothing more than sharing their knowledge with you.

We estimate that a total of around £250-300 per person (or equivalent in euros/dollars) should be allowed for personal spending. This amount should be sufficient to cover non-included meals and miscellaneous expenses, including tips to local staff. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, considerable quantities of soft drinks / beer or undertake additional activities or excursions, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). There will be the opportunity to change money into local currency on arrival at the airport (which we advise you to do) and your local leader will advise further places to change money en-route and at borders. Additionally, you will be able to get currency from bank ATMs in many of the towns that we will visit.

Many small traders will accept US$, Euro or GBP. Your notes should be clean and undamaged. And please avoid USD$100 and old issue ‘small head’ US$ notes as they might not be accepted.

There are many optional activities which you can take part in on this holiday. Some of these are: Half-day rafting $170 or half-day canoeing the Zambezi $115. All optional activities should be booked on arrival with your leader and paid for locally. All prices are approximate in USD$ and are subject to change without notice. All optional activities taken outside the KE holiday are at your own risk.

Your tour leader also works extremely hard to ensure that your holiday runs smoothly and that you are happy. We suggest that a tip of £2–5 per client per day for your tour leader is reasonable. When it comes to tipping the guides that we sometimes use for various activities (e.g. game walks, polers in the Okavango Delta etc) we suggest that a tip of £1-3 per client per ½ day activity, or the local currency equivalent, is acceptable. As in all cases with tipping, the final decision of the amount tipped is up to the individual. It is up to you to decide if you thought the service was poor, or exceptional, and the amount tipped should reflect that. The amounts quoted above are guidelines for you to get an idea of what to tip.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage and a daypack. Your baggage will travel in the gear compartment of the truck with the group, and there is a finite amount of space. Please keep the weight of your main luggage to 12kg. You should bring a soft bag as these are more suitable to pack in the vehicle.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

We sell this holiday in conjunction with our local operator in Southern Africa. This enables us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get the holiday up and running quickly. For this holiday the minimum age is 12 yrs, however it is unusual to have people under 16yrs.

As a member of the South African Tourism Service Association, our ground agent in South Africa may require you to complete an indemnity form at the start of your holiday, which you will need your insurance details for. As a client of KE Adventure Travel, your rights under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangement Regulations (2018) are unaffected and KE Adventure Travel will remain liable for the actions of our suppliers.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Visa Zambia

British passport holders do not need a visa in advance and can obtain a visa on arrival. The Government of Zambia recently announced the removal of all visa fees for British passport holders. However implementation of the policy has not yet been confirmed and British nationals may still be charged $25 on arrival.

Other nationals should check details online to see if they need an e-visa. 

Important Note for Victoria Falls: Please check your itinerary and your arrival/departure flights. If your accommodation and flights are from a different side of the falls you may need both a Zambian and a Zimbabwe visa. The town of Victoria Falls is in Zimbabwe, and the town of Livingstone is in Zambia. 

Additionally If you visit the falls (on the border) and wish to cross the bridge to the other side you will require a visa for both countries.

A KAZA UNIVISA for Zimbabwe and Zambia is cheaper than purchasing the two visas for Zambia and Zimbabwe separately. The visa is valid for 30 days as long as you remain within Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is also valid for day trips to Botswana crossing over the Kazangula borders. It will not be valid if you overnight in Botswana.

It’s available at the international airports in Lusaka and Livingstone and at the land borders at Livingstone (Zimbabwe border) and Kazungula (Botswana border). You can also apply online. It costs US$50 and it is valid for 30 days.

Please note: The Government of Zambia recently announced the removal of all visa fees for British passport holders. However implementation of the policy has not yet been confirmed and British nationals may still be charged $25 on arrival. This may affect your decision to purchase a Kaza Univisa.

UK nationals do not normally need a visa to enter Botswana for stays of up to 90 days.

 

Travelling with children under 18yrs - Botswana

Parents travelling with children under 18 years will be asked to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate. If the child is travelling with one parent, with another adult or unaccompanied, the parent or parents who aren't present will need to provide an affidavit giving their consent for the child to travel. Please note that they are very strict and they do not accept photocopies of birth certificates or short versions. This is also applicable if you are transiting through Botswana. For further details please see FCO website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/botswana/entry-requirements

Visa Zimbabwe

A visa is required. This is obtained on arrival and is $55 single entry and $70 for double. Payment must be in cash and you should take small denomination notes for this.

Important Note: Please check your itinerary and your arrival/departure flights. If your accommodation and flights are from a different side of the falls you may need both a Zambian and a Zimbabwe visa. The town of Victoria Falls is in Zimbabwe, and the town of Livingstone is in Zambia. 

Additionally If you visit the falls (on the border) and wish to cross the bridge to the other side you will require a visa for both countries.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

VACCINATIONS

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis are required. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Botswana is the Pula.

The unit of currency in Zambia is the Zambian Kwacha.

The unit of currency in Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean Dollar. There is currently a shortage of available cash at the banks and ATM’s in Zimbabwe. So we advise you to bring a credit card for any payments in Zimbabwe.

Botswana: This Central region of Southern Africa is subtropical being generally warm and mild to humid. October and November are hot, day and night. November to April is the hottest time of the year with chances of showers to heavy rains later in the season. May to September is cool and dry.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please note that a paper copy of your travel insurance is required if you are travelling to Huaraz and the Huayhuash region.

Please try to keep the weight of your baggage to a minimum. See the ‘baggage allowance’ section for further details.

You should bring the following items:

  • Lightweight walking shoes or trainers
  • Sandals
  • Socks and underwear
  • Long lightweight trousers
  • Shorts
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket & trousers
  • T-shirts
  • Casual shirts with sleeves
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Sunhat with wide brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Buff/scarf for dusty days
  • Daypack 20-25 litres
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre (x2) (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Washbag and toiletries (biodegradable soap is preferred)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Insect repellent
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, re-hydration salts (Dioralite), anti-nausea tablets and antihistamine cream/tablets.

The following items are optional:

  • Light cotton dress or sarong
  • Swimwear
  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • A selection of dry bags for daypack/kit bag
  • Camera
  • Binoculars (highly recommended)
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Notes:

Please be aware than in the Southern African the winter months, June-September, the nights can be cold with an average of between 0-5 degrees Celsius in some places, and the days can be warm between 20-30 degrees Celsius

Bright bold colours and white are not suitable for game viewing or bush wear as they attract insects and the attention of animals. Please do not bring camouflage or military style clothes as they can cause problems with local authorities

Please dress appropriately for border crossings, village and market visits – ie: no bare feet, no bare chests, no bikinis and no hats. A few restaurants are also not keen on T-shirts and jeans either.

Tents have mosquito netting on the windows and doors, and all linen and bedding is provided for the 2 nights in the safari tents.

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