Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Complete one the world`s classic safaris

22

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Discovery

Wildlife

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Seek out the `Big 5` at Etosha and Chobe National Park
  • Go bush and track with the Kalahari Bushmen
  • Explore the Okavango Delta by Mokoro Canoe
  • Small group travel in a custom built overland vehicle

A classic Southern African overland journey which starts in Rainbow Nation of South Africa and finishes at the ‘Smoke that thunders', Victoria Falls! Arriving into the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, the familiar skyline of Table Mountain frames this beautiful city. Travelling in a custom built overland vehicle, we drive to Cape Town's Hout Bay, famed for it's beauty and crayfish industry. Heading Northwards, up the Atlantic Coast, we enter the raw and rugged terrain of the Cederberg Mountains before arriving at the dramatic land of contrasts, Namibia. From the sharp-ridged dunes of the Namib Desert to the spectacular wildlife of Etosha Natonal Park and from the seaside town of Swakopmund to the charms of Windhoek, Namibia provides one of the grandest and diverse of African experiences. Whilst Namibia may sound like a hard act to follow, Botswana can satisfy even the most experienced safari enthusiast. Exploring the waterways of the Okavango Delta by a traditional Mokoro canoe, allows us to get up close to the hippos and birdlife of this iconic waterland. A true land of wilderness, Botswana's Chobe National Park provides the last stage for our final safari experience. Rich grasslands sustain a high concentration of wildlife as we seek out the hunter and hunted on land and by boat. Finishing in Zimbabwe at the thunderous Victoria Falls, completes this astounding African adventure.

We also offer the first section of this itinerary only (from Cape Town to Windhoek, 14 days) which is called Highlights of Namibia.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

Everything in Africa is on a big scale, and to cover the ground necessary your journey across Botswana 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 vehicles used have been custom-built to cope with such conditions and as such, it may be neseccary for you to climb into the vehicle. Included in the itinerary are several safari experiences on foot. These walks can be on paved surfaces or uneven sandy terrain but they are always accompanied by your experienced guide. Each walk is paced with time for your guide to interpret the environment around you. On some walks, especially in the Okavango Delta, it is vital to keep within the group in case of an animal encounter. When in the Okavango Delta we travel by Mokoro Canoe. These are traditional dug-out canoes and may require walking in the shallows to board at water level. The accommodation on this journey will range from chalet style through to permanent tented lodges with en-suite facilities. There maybe a bar/restaurant available and some lodges may have a swimming pool. During your 2 night stay in the Okavango Delta you will be camping. During your holiday, some participation on day-to-day camp chores is required. Getting involved with such chores adds to the camaraderie of your holiday. This journey is suitable for the adventure traveller looking to experience some of Africa's most special safari experiences!

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at Cape Town Airport. Transfers to the group hotel are provided. Rest of day at leisure.
  • Cape Peninsula day tour of Hout Bay Beach, African Penguin Colony and Cape Point Nature Reserve.
  • Drive to the Cederberg Mountains for exploration on foot.
  • Cross into Namibia and to Gariep riverside lodge accommodation. Free afternoon.
  • Drive to Fish River Canyon for exploration of weird and wonderful rock formations.
  • Exploration of the Namib Desert and the dunes of Sossusvlei.
  • Day of further Namib Desert exploration with a visit to Sesriem Canyon, shaped by the Tsauchab River.
  • Drive to the laid back Atlantic coastal resort of Swakpomund.
  • Free day to chill out or try out one of the many adventure activities Swakopmund has to offer.
  • Drive under the peaks of the Brandenberg Massif to Damaraland.
  • Drive through the wilds of Northern Namibia to the sublime experience of Etosha National Park.
  • Day of safari game drives across the pans and waterholes of Etosha National Park.
  • Drive to Namibia’s cosmopolitan city of Windhoek. Free afternoon.
  • Cross the border into Botswana for Kalahari and San Bushmen experience.
  • Head to the Okavango gateway town of Maun. Time to relax at lodge pool.
  • Transfer by 4WD and mokoro canoe to private Okavango Delta campsite.
  • Full day exploring the UNESCO wonder wetland of the Okavango Delta.
  • Optional game flight over the Delta. Drive to Nata and the Makgadikgadi salt pans.
  • Continue north to Chobe National Park for afternoon game cruise on the Chobe River.
  • Cross the border to the thundering experience of Victoria Falls.
  • Free day to explore Vic Falls or book an optional activity.
  • Departure day.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at Cape Town Airport. Transfers to the group hotel are provided. Rest of day at leisure.

    Arrival into Cape Town airport. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for clients arriving on this day. Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world. This is a free day for you to explore the beauty of the Cape! You may wish to walk the waterfront or admire the world-famous table mountain. Although dinner is not included today, the hotel reception staff will be able to advise on local places to dine.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

  • Cape Peninsula day tour of Hout Bay Beach, African Penguin Colony and Cape Point Nature Reserve.

    After meeting our fellow group members and local KE leaders, we take a scenic drive to the African penguin colony en-route to Cape Point Nature Reserve. These hardy penguins, also known as Jackass’s, provide a light-hearted introduction to South Africa, with their hilarious braying call and quirky behaviour. Continuing our day tour of Cape Town, we head for the heart of the Cape, Hout Bay Beach. Returning later, we can sample some of Cape Town’s finest culinary wonders located in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, before returning to overnight at our guesthouse.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals b

  • Drive to the Cederberg Mountains for exploration on foot.

    Leaving behind laid-back city life, we drive northwards to the Cederberg Massif. Deriving its name from the endemic Cedar tree, the San and Khoi people that inhabited the area, left behind a rich legacy of rock art, within this distinct range of mountains. Taking a short walk from our chalets we explore this raw and dramatic landscape, sculpted by the wind and rain. Depending on the local conditions we will walk for two to three hours to either a local viewpoint or waterfall. Overnight Chalets. Approx drive time: 3 - 4 hours.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals bld

  • Cross into Namibia and to Gariep riverside lodge accommodation. Free afternoon.

    Arriving at the land-border with Namibia, we head to the welcoming banks of the Gariep River. Rising from the Drakensberg Mountains, the Gariep (also known as the Orange River), is the longest river in South Africa and has never failed to impress! Well documented by explorers of a by-gone era, the Gariep River continues to provide a tranquil and picturesque refuge for travellers passing through. Our perfectly placed lodge is a wonderful place to relax and chill out for the afternoon, before enjoy a group dinner in the evening. Approx drive time: 7 hours.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Fish River Canyon for exploration of weird and wonderful rock formations.

    Before departing our lodge, there is the option to take a guided canoe journey down the river at your own expense. Situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, The Fish River Canyon is one of the most impressive natural sites in Southern Africa. With towering rock faces and deep ravines of up to 550m (making it the worlds second largest canyon), we spend the morning driving to this geological wonderland, before heading into the canyon for the afternoon. Making our way, by vehicle, to one of the outstanding vantage points, we watch the dramatic change of colours as the sun plunges behind the canyon's rim. Overnight Lodge. Approx drive time: 4 hours.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Exploration of the Namib Desert and the dunes of Sossusvlei.

    Moving through the ever changing landscapes we make our long drive north to the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest game park in Africa, with a total area of just under 50000 km2. Here we find the iconic sharp-ridged Sossusvlei Dunes of the Namib Desert. Argued to be the highest dunes in the world, their ever changing colours make for wonderful photographic opportunities from sunrise to sunset! On arrival at Sossusvlei the guide will walk with the group for around 3-4km. For those clients who do not want to walk, there are optional 4WD vehicles that can drive you in. We arrive later at our accommodation and have a swim to cool off and discover the true meaning of being ‘star-struck’ under African desert skies. Approx drive time: 7 hours.

    • Accommodation Tented Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Day of further Namib Desert exploration with a visit to Sesriem Canyon, shaped by the Tsauchab River.

    The outstanding highlights of this part of the Namib Desert are the dunes. Argued to be the highest dunes in the world, their ever-changing colours make for wonderful photographic opportunities from sunrise to sunset! Upon entering the Namib Naukluft Park, we have great views of the sharp-ridged Sossusveli Dunes including Dune 45 and will no doubt stop several times to take photographs. The ‘Vlei’ or marsh marks the end of the Tsauchab River and from here it is now an unbroken enormity of dunes which reach all the way to the Atlantic coast and if we’re lucky we may spot an ostrich or even a jackal. Climbing up the biggest of the dunes is an experience not to be missed and provides us with superb views up and down the canyon of the Tsauchab River that forms the valley between the dunes. Depending on conditions we may visit Sesriem Canyon. Carved out by the Tsauchab River, Sesriem is Afrikaan for six belts which was given by the settlers who had to knot six belt lengths to reach water from the bottom of the canyon. A place of arid beauty the dreamscape of Sesriem, stretches from towering lunar rock formations through to a natural sphinx formation close to the canyon mouth. Under the guidance of our leader, we aim to seek out the weird and the wonderful which makes Sesriem one of the most unique natural wonders of Southern Africa. With ample time to catch the ever-changing colours of a Namib Desert sunset, we return to our tented lodge for a second night of desert skies.

    • Accommodation Tented Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to the laid back Atlantic coastal resort of Swakpomund.

    Leaving our desert tracks behind, we head for the popular seaside resort of Swakpomund. Cool coastal breezes, palm-lined streets and an ambiance reminiscent of a small German village, Swakopmund offers a distinct and refreshing Namibian experience for us to explore on our free day tomorrow. Approx drive time: 5 hours.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

  • Free day to chill out or try out one of the many adventure activities Swakopmund has to offer.

    Arguably Namibia’s premier holiday resort, the town of Swakopmund was founded in the last decade of the nineteenth century, as the principal deepwater port of German South West Africa. Today Swakopmund is a rather unusual place, with a quaint and atmospheric feel, sandwiched as it is between the Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean. It is as if a piece of 1950’s Bavaria has somehow been cast ashore on the harsh Skeleton Coast. Amongst the distinctly Germanic architecture, an eclectic community have made Swakopmund their own from artists to world travellers and big-game fishermen to stately African tribesmen, all contribute to Swakopmunds’ distinct character. We spend the day at leisure in this wild and whacky port-town. There are lots of activities that can be arranged locally, such as boat trips in search of dolphins, or to visit a nearby seal colony, dune-boarding and even scenic flights over the Namib and along the Skeleton Coast – these are entirely optional and payable directly. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy, visit the Crystal Galley, the aquarium, or stroll along the beach. We spend a second night at our Swakopmund hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Drive under the peaks of the Brandenberg Massif to Damaraland.

    Heading through stark plains petrified forests and the peaks of the Brandenberg Massif the ever-changing landscape of Namibia is ruggedly beautiful, untamed and gives us a real taste of a prehistoric land. The name Brandberg means “fire mountain” which refers to the glowing red colour of the rocks, seen at sunset. With a dense concentration of San Bush art, dating back several thousand years, we undertake a walk with a local guide to view the “white lady” rock painting. Approx drive time: 6 hours.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals bld

  • Drive through the wilds of Northern Namibia to the sublime experience of Etosha National Park.

    The central feature of the Park is the Etosha Pan, a 6000 square kilometre salt-flat, once an inland sea, which can manifest itself either as a parched white desert or as a lush green land of plenty according to the season. Many rare animal species manage to survive here, such as the black rhino, roan antelope and black-faced impala, which we may be fortunate to see en-route to tented camp. Making our way to the outskirts of the national park to our accommodation, Etosha is without doubt, Africa’s most distinct National Park. Approx drive time: 5 - 6 hours.

    • Accommodation Farmstay

    • Meals bld

  • Day of safari game drives across the pans and waterholes of Etosha National Park.

    During infrequent flooding, the pan attracts thousands of flamingoes and other wading birds, although the water is so mineral-rich that it is undrinkable. The key to life here is the occurrence of underground springs which form waterholes on the edge of the pan. Together with the savannah grassland that they nourish, these springs enable more than 110 species of mammals to exist in an otherwise forbidding environment. One of the highlights in dry season will be the chance to view big cats and game gathering at one of the many waterholes. The rainy season at Etosha extends from November into March and April. This is a season of plenty, when grazing animals and their predators are widespread across the park as they seek out better grazing. Regardless of the season, your experienced local leader, will endeavour to seek out the best of Etosha’s wildlife during your game drives.

    • Accommodation Farmstay

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Namibia’s cosmopolitan city of Windhoek. Free afternoon.

    Located in a basin between the Khomas Highlands and Eros Mountains, Windhoek’s charm is it’s fusion of African and European cultures. With a cosmopolitan atmosphere, we drive from African bush into the heart of a Germanic colonial era. More of a town than a bustling capital city, Windhoek’s friendly centre makes for easy exploration of this unique town. With the opportunity to spend some time hunting out traditional souvenirs, or to simple admire the city’s Neo-Baroque cathedral spires and colonial architecture, Windhoek is a wonderful city break within this safari adventure. Approx drive time: 7 hours.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bl

  • Cross the border into Botswana for Kalahari and San Bushmen experience.

    Departing from the dreamland of Namibia we cross into the beauty of Botswana and head for the heart of the Kalahari. A desolate but mesmerising landscape, the territory of the Bushmen spans across most of Southern Africa with significant differences across each of the tribes not only in tradition but also have the highest levels of measured genetic diversity. Hosted in traditional grass huts, it is possible we learn of Kalahari culture during the course of the evening. Approx drive time: 7 hours.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals bld

  • Head to the Okavango gateway town of Maun. Time to relax at lodge pool.

    Before leaving the bushland we take a cool morning walk with the San Bushmen and learn more of their ancient and fascinating way of life. Bidding farewell to our San hosts, we drive onwards to the Okavango gateway town of Maun, where there is the opportunity to have experience free time in Maun at the lodge. You may prefer to relax and take a dip in the pool or explore this capital town of Ngamiland. Alternatively there is the option to take a light aircraft flight over the Okavango Delta at your own expense. This can be booked locally and is not included in your KE holiday. Maun has a wonderful laid back atmosphere and also provides a chance to participate in a spot of shopping for local handi-crafts, as we prepare to depart the Delta region of Botswana. Approx drive time: 4 hours.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bl

  • Transfer by 4WD and mokoro canoe to private Okavango Delta campsite.

    Transferring into our open 4WD vehicles, we will drive for approximately 2 hours into Okavango Delta. Every year, over 11,000 cubic kilometres of water flows from the Angolan Highlands into the Delta, making it the worlds largest inland Delta. Okavango’s diversity stretches across 10,000 square miles and provides one the finest arena’s to experience Botswana’s wild side. We meet our local guides with their mokoro's, traditional dug-out canoes, at the water's edge and we complete our journey on the river being poled along with the chance to spot the wildlife of the river. Around midday we arrive at our wilderness camp and in the late afternoon we continue our exploration on foot. Before the walk our guides will give a safety briefing. We may encounter elephants or even lions on the walk and it is important to listen to the briefing and to follow the instructions of the guides. After possible encounters with the local wildlife, we return to our wilderness camp. We aim to leave no trace and the camp here is very simple consisting of dome sleeping tents and a pit latrine. After the traditional African 'sundowner' all members of the group will assist with the preparation of dinner and afterwards we can settle down for a night in the Delta accompanied by the soundtrack of croaking frogs. Approx transfer time to the Delta: 2 hours.

    • Accommodation Fixed Camp

    • Meals bld

  • Full day exploring the UNESCO wonder wetland of the Okavango Delta.

    The best time of the day in Africa is the early morning and with the sounds of the dawn chorus all around us we set out in the relative cool on a nature walk to explore this wonderful wetland. Returning to our camp for a well deserved brunch we have time to relax during the heat of the day and perhaps take a swim in the clear waters. We head out again into the Delta where we can enjoy another beautiful sunset before returning to camp or we may take another walk. Back at camp there will be an opportunity to take a bucket shower before dinner and spending our second night surrounded by the nocturnal murmurs of the Okavango.

    • Accommodation Fixed Camp

    • Meals bld

  • Optional game flight over the Delta. Drive to Nata and the Makgadikgadi salt pans.

    Driving out of the Delta we may be lucky enough to encounter some wildlife en-route before preparing for another dramatic change of scenery. The shimmering salt pans of Makgadikgadi (pronounced ma hadee hadee), provides a glorious illusion of an endless plain. During the wet season (when the pans transform into a valuable refuge of grassland), herds of wildebeest and flamingos flock here, which we may be lucky enough to encounter! Although very little flora exists within the pans, Baobab trees thrive in this environment and have become very useful landmarks, when navigating across this baron lad. One of the trees has even been named after the 19th century explorer James Chapman, whereby explorers would leave unofficial messages for each other. Approx drive time: 4 hours.

    • Accommodation Tented Lodge

    • Meals bl

  • Continue north to Chobe National Park for afternoon game cruise on the Chobe River.

    The Chobe River is a stunning feature of our time in Chobe and is a crucial lifeline to one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Chobe is famed for herds of elephant which reside in the National Park. 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. Owing to it’s year-round supply of water, Chobe provides a permanent source of water for the elephant population of Kalahari Elephants, known for their short brittle tusks due to calcium deficiency in the soil. Taking to the water in the afternoon, we embark on a sunset safari cruise to optimise our chances to meet herds of these majestic animals. Finishing the safari with the tradition of a sundowner, we return to our lodge for a final evening of African bush chorus. Approx drive time: 3 hours.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals bl

  • Cross the border to the thundering experience of Victoria Falls.

    Heading for our fourth and final country, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and listen out for next and final calling point! Most likely to hear The mighty Victoria Falls before seeing it, the falls span 2km and plunge 108m into the gorge below. Exploring the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ can almost be a deafening experience! 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 this immense gorge. With ample time to explore the falls we stay in a nearby hotel within the town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Approx drive time: 1 hour.
    *Please note, depending on season, water levels of the falls will vary (late November to early April is the wet season, with the remainder of the year being dry).

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals b

  • Free day to explore Vic Falls or book an optional activity.

    The settlement of Victoria Falls began in 1901 and became the principal town from which to explore the falls. small, you may choose to meander through the handi-craft markets for a last Although relatively minute sport of shopping or relax within the hotel gardens and pool. If you are feeling a little more adventurous or wish to see the falls from a different angle, you may wish to consider one of the extra activities that are available to book onto arrival at Victoria Falls.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals b

  • Departure day.

    KE services finishes after breakfast. Depending on your flight time you may have time to have one last glimpse of the falls or enjoy the last of the African sun by the hotel pool. Airport transfers can be arranged on request.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • 2 English-speaking local guides
  • Airport transfer on day 1 of land only itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as described
  • All land transport as described
  • National park entrance fees
  • Optional activites as described in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Airport transfer on day 22 of itinerary
  • Some meals as detailed in the meal plan
  • Extra activities and excursions
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenditure

Food throughout the trip will mostly be prepared by the guides, although everyone is expected to lend a hand! This is usually a fun and sociable time. 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 and pasta. 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. Bottled water is not provided, however it is readily available to purchase.

Included in your holiday price are 20 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 12 dinners. On free days or where there is a variety of options it makes sense not to include your meals other than breakfast in your holiday price leaving the choice to you. In practice on this holiday this means you will pay directly for a total of 5 lunches and 10 dinners. We recommend you budget £8 - 15 for each of these meals
Transfers are included for clients travelling on the group flight that arrives into Cape Town airport. If you are arranging your own flight, complementary transfers are provided on day 1 of the land only itinerary. Should you be arriving before day 1 of the land only itinerary we can also arrange an airport transfer at an additional cost. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flight. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this holiday the group will spend 19 nights in comfortable lodges, hotels, tented camps or guesthouses with en-suite facilities. Some of the lodges have swimming pools. We have 2 nights at a fixed bush camp in Okavango. They are 'mini meru tents' which are set up with camp beds and linen and en-suite chemical toilets. There is also a bucket shower tent with warm water from the fire. There are no lodges in the Okavango Delta, and this is one of the best accommodations on offer which is total submersion in the Delta wildlife and safari experience.

If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms are available at an additional cost. Additional nights in Cape Town and Victoria Falls are also available.

SAFARI TRUCKS
Years of safari experience have been put into the design of the trucks. They are built to comply with the latest South African transport and safety regulations. Your comfort is catered for with individual seats (with safety belts), ample legroom and large vertical sliding windows for unobstructed viewing and photography. They have 12 forward facing seats (the roof rack and a trailer is used for equipment and baggage). The trucks either have pull-out steps or a single rung of steps and grab handles to climb on/off the vehicles.

There are roof hatches for excellent 'open' views and an integral cab and passenger compartment so contact with the driver is easy. Each truck also has large packing compartments, a built in kitchen, freezer, drinking water tank, interior lights and a gas stove (to minimise use of wood and destruction of forest areas). There is a USB point to charge cameras as well. A cool box is on the truck so we have access to cool drinks during the drives. We also use minibuses for some small group safaris. All of our vehicles are bought new and serviced by Mercedes and Toyota agents, thus ensuring trouble free touring with backup support in practically every town in Southern Africa.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

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 £375 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 or undertake any additional activities or excursions, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). if you expect to buy considerable quantities of soft drinks or beer, you should make an allowance for this. You can choose to take your money in pounds Sterling, dollars or euros. There will be the opportunity to change money into local currency on arrival at the airport and your local leader will advise the best 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. Credit cards are often accepted but if you intend to bring your travel money with you, we recommend that you bring this in the form of cash. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are readily exchanged. There are many optional activities which you can take part in along this trip. These include a scenic flight over the Okavango (from USD $95-120) and rafting (from $160), canoeing the Zambezi ½ day (from $120) or microlight trips (from $175-350) at Victoria Falls. All of these optional activities should be booked on arrival with your leader and paid for locally. All prices are approximate 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.

There is no weight limit on this trip other than that imposed by your international carrier (normally 20kg). However, we do politely ask you to restrict your luggage to one trek bag weighing around 12kgs and one small daypack per person.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The following checklist is a guideline and should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your luggage to a minimum. Space on the safari vehicles is limited, so we ask that the packed weight of your trek bag should be no more than 12kg. A KE trek bag is suitable for this trip, rather than backpacks or hard suitcases.

You must bring the following items:

  • Lightweight walking boots/shoes

  • Sandals

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Long lightweight trousers

  • Shorts

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket & trousers

  • T-shirts

  • Casual shirts with sleeves

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Sunhat

  • Sunglasses

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

  • Several strong plastic bags to keep items separate and dry

  • Daypack 20-25 litres

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 litre (x2)

  • Washbag and toiletries (biodegradable soap is preferred)

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel/Travel towel

  • Insect repellent

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Travel clothes

  • Light cotton dress or sarong for the ladies

  • Spare laces

  • Swimwear

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

  • Binoculars (highly recommended)

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.

For the 2 nights wild camping in the Okavango Delta, sleeping bags and camping mats are provided. A sleeping bag liner is optional. On these nights you will take only essential items while your main luggage travels separately.

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.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa South Africa

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. You must have 2 blank pages in your passport.

Travelling with children under 18yrs

Parents travelling with children under 18 years will be asked to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate and where one parent is accompanying, proof of parental or legal authority. Please note that they are very strict and they do not accept photocopies of birth certificates. For further details please see the South Africa High Commission in your country. For the UK http://southafricahouseuk.com/visas/vis_forcit.html

NOTE: This is also required if you are transiting through South Africa (e.g. Johannesburg).

Visa Namibia

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

Visa Botswana

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. 

Visa Zambia

UK and USA passport holders do require a visa. The visa fee is $50 (single entry) or $55 (multi-entry) and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be in cash.

Important Note for Victoria Falls: If your itinerary goes to Victoria Falls please check if your accommodation is in the town of Victoria Falls which is in Zimbabwe, or the town of Livingstone which is in Zambia. If you visit the falls (on the border) and wish to cross the bridge you will require a visa for both countries. The Zimbabwe & Zambia UNIVISA is usually the best option.

 

Visa Zimbabwe

UK and USA passport holders do require a visa. The visa fee is $30 (single entry), $45 (double-entry), $55 (multi-entry) and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be in cash.

Important Note: Please check your itinerary at Victoria Falls if your accommodation is the town of Victoria Falls which is in Zimbabwe, or in the town of Livingstone which is in Zambia. 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.

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.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an adventure holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. 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 FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

South Africa: The southern tip of the continent has various regions with different climates. May to August can be cool to very cold (in mountains) and days are pleasant and sunny in the north. The Cape can have rain at this time. September to April is pleasant, warm to hot with thunder showers in the north. January to early March light showers to heavy rains may occur throughout the country.

Namibia: Namibia is largely a desert environment with hot clear days from September to April. May to August can be very cold at night but pleasant and sunny during the day. Rains are infrequent but most likely in January to March. The coast is subject to heavy morning fogs throughout the year and cooler weather in the winter months.

Botswana: This Central region of Southern Africa is subtropical and generally warm and mild / 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 seas on. May to September is cool and dry.

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