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Okavango & Chobe OVERVIEW

TOUR SUMMARY

9 days

Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

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Country(ies): Botswana , South Africa , Zimbabwe

Tour type: Overland

Group size: Min: 4 | Max: 20

Accommodation: 2 to 4-star hotels, lodges or camping

Meals:

Transport: Overland expedition vehicle & 4x4 safari jeeps

Highlights: Kalahari Desert, San bush people, Okavango Delta, Moremi National Park, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Victoria Falls

This 9-day overland adventure starts in Johannesburg with its extensive flight connections, and then finishes at the spectacular Victoria Falls. We connect the two with a week exploring the highlights of Botwswana.

After leaving Johannesburg we head into Botswana and the Kalahari desert, home to the nomadic San hunter gatherers. We then continue to the jewel of Botswana, the Okavango Delta where we take a Mokoro ride on the waterways and a game safari into Moremi National Park. A 2-night fly in upgrade to a deluxe lodge is also available here. Chobe National Park, famous for its large numbers of wild elephants as well as numerous other big game is next, before we arrive at the iconic Victoria Falls. We have some time to see the falls and do some of the many activities available here before the tour ends. A 2 day transit back to Johannesburg is available if you would like to fly out of the airport there, or if you have onward travel plans in South Africa.

Both camping and accommodated versions of the tour are available.

ITINERARY

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Day 1 Johannesburg to Kalahari Gateway

We start our tour early this morning in Johannesburg, as we travel through the North-West Province until we reach the Botswana border. After completing border formalities we’ll carry on through the Trans-Kalahari highway until we reach our overnight accommodation.

As we depart Johannesburg first thing this morning you will need to book at least one night's pre-tour accommodation.

Route: Johannesburg to Kang
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

OVERNIGHT:

Kang Ultra Stop or similar

MEALS:

Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Extra day in Johannesburg - pre-tour
Single room supplement camping (SAOVOC)
Arrival airport transfer in Johannesburg
Single room supplement accommodated (SAOVOC)


Day 2 Kalahari Gateway to Ghanzi

Today, we start the morning travelling deeper into Central Kalahari until we reach the Ghanzi District, where we will be learning about and interacting with the local San people.

Later the day we will be joined by the local San guides where we will explore the many of survival techniques needed for the Kalahari Desert – we will also learn about different plants and animals that play a vital role in the everyday lifestyle of the San people.

The day ends off with getting a first-hand experience of the culture, traditions, songs, dances, and stories of the San people.

Route: Kang to Ghanzi Included
Included Highlight: San Guided Walk / San Evening Dance Performance
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

OVERNIGHT:

Dqae Qare San Lodge or Ghanzi Trail Blazers

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 3 Maun, gateway to the Delta

This morning we make our way to Maun and the Okavango Delta - where we will have some extra time for travellers who want to explore the Okavango Delta via a scenic flight over the area.

During the day, your guides will provide information about Delta excursions coming up later in the tour.

Route: Nata to Maun
Optional activity: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

OVERNIGHT:

Sedia Riverside Lodge or Sitatunga

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Options available while on tour (SAOVSH)


Day 4 Okavango Delta

We start early today - travelling by safari vehicle to the mokoro polling station where we meet up with pollers who will be escorting us into the Delta, taking us through the beautiful, reed-lined channels which open out into lagoons.

After reaching our destination - an island - an optional nature walk may be taken with your poller. We then return by mokoro back to the mooring station where you'll have the opportunity to spot a large variety of wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, kudu, impala, and zebra.

Note: The guests who have purchased the two-night package will be flown into the Delta this morning and will re-join the group on the morning of day six of the tour - please check the Options section for more details or speak to your travel consultant.

Route: Maun – Okavango Delta – Maun
Included Highlight: Okavango Delta Day Excursion
Optional Activity: Two-night Delta Upgrade
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

OVERNIGHT:

Sedia Riverside Lodge or Sitatunga

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Okavango Delta Upgrade (accommodated) - 2020 only


Day 5 Okavango Delta - Moremi Game Reserve

We start the day bright and early with a drive to Moremi Game Reserve where you will journey through the Okavango Delta ecosystem of channels and lagoons - sightings of various birdlife and animal populations will become frequent.

The game viewing routes may vary according to the guides, particularly when high floods are experienced as certain routes may be closed.

Note: The guests who purchased the two-night Okavango Delta excursion will not participate in the Moremi Game Reserve drive.

Included Highlight: Moremi Game Reserve full day excursion
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

OVERNIGHT:

Sedia Riverside Lodge or Sitatunga

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Okavango Delta Upgrade (accommodated) - 2020 only


Day 6 Nata & Makgadikgadi Pans

Those travellers who purchased the Delta fly-in upgrade will rejoin the group this morning. Today's journey will then take us across the Northern stretch of the Makgadikgadi Pans where you will have the chance to view breath-taking examples of the iconic Baobab tree.

The afternoon also features an optional guided excursion to the Pans and Nata Sanctuary to experience stunning views while having a sundowner.

Route: Maun to Nata
Optional Activity: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans tour
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

OVERNIGHT:

Pelican Lodge

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Options available while on tour (SAOVSH)


Day 7 Chobe National Park

Today we continue journeying north to our camp along the banks of the Chobe River.

Later, we have the option to take an afternoon safari exploring the Chobe National Park in 4x4 vehicles which will allow us to get up close with the many elephants that hang around the river in the afternoon.

We end our day with a relaxing boat cruise and meal served around the campfire.

Route: Nata to Kasane
Included Highlight: Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Optional Activity: Chobe National Park Game Drive
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

OVERNIGHT:

Thebe River Safaris or similar

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Options available while on tour (SAOVSH)


Day 8 Kasane to Victoria Falls

We start the day by travelling across the border to Victoria Falls - where you will have the opportunity to book extra optional activities. Victoria Falls offers a wide selection of activities to suit both adrenaline junkies who could take a bungee jump or do some white water rafting, and the more relaxed travellers who could choose from craft markets, a helicopter flight over the Falls, or a High Tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel.

Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls
Optional Activity: Visit the Victoria Falls, Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience
Facilities - Camping & Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Options available while on tour (SAOVSH)


Day 9 Tour ends in Victoria Falls

The day is yours free to take on activities that best suits your style - from rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a scenic flight over the falls below. Additional nights accommodation and departure airport transfers are available on request. A 2-day transit option is also available departing tomorrow to take you back to Johannesburg if you would like to fly out from there, or have further onward travel plans in South Africa.

Optional Activity: Visit the Victoria Falls, Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience

OVERNIGHT:

N/A

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

Options available while on tour (SAOVSH)
Victoria Falls to Johannesburg transit accommodated
Victoria Falls to Johannesburg transit camping
Departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls
Extra nights in Victoria falls post-tour


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Included:
  • 8 night's accommodation either camping or in hotels/lodges/guesthouses
  • All transport using our 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners

Excluded:
  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees if required
  • Optional activities (see itinerary)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guides & drivers
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above
  • Any other items not mentioned above

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This tour departs Johannesburg early in the morning on Day 1 so please plan to add at least 1 extra day to your travels before & after the tour dates below. Extra hotel nights and airport transfers are available on request.

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Accommodation

The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.

Belvedere Estate

Belvedere Estate

Johannesburg


Belvedere Estate is a 4-star establishment with 15 en-suite, fully equipped, self-catering rooms, a sparkling swimming pool, braai boma, two lounges, dining area, snooker room, bar and friendly, welcoming staff.

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 Belvedere Estate Belvedere Estate

Belvedere Estate is a 4-star establishment with 15 en-suite, fully equipped, self-catering rooms, a sparkling swimming pool, braai boma, two lounges, dining area, snooker room, bar and friendly, welcoming staff. With a range of snacks, lunch and dining options, we welcome you look forward to sharing your stories and experiences with you.

Belvedere Estate is set on 2.5 hectares of lush gardens neighboured by a bird sanctuary, keeping you in touch with nature while being only a stone's throw from the heart of the City of Gold. Lovingly and tastefully decorated, every attention to detail has been met with luxury furnishings, high quality finishes and a hint of Europe meets Africa in the rich colours and textures.

Rainbow Hotel

Rainbow Hotel

Victoria Falls


Rainbow is a stylish hotel within walking distance from the Victoria Falls, the town centre, close to the railway station as well as the commercial district.

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 Rainbow Hotel Rainbow Hotel

Rainbow is a stylish hotel within walking distance from the Victoria Falls, the town centre, close to the railway station as well as the commercial district. This hotel offers incredible attention to detail, personal service and offers the base from which to pursue adrenaline pumping sporting activities.

It is easily reached by tarmac road and falls within the Victoria Falls district's confines. The distance from the lodge to the airport is roughly 25km and the town centre is a mere 4km away.

The lodge is located next to the Zambezi National Park and it's possible to spot some hippos, crocodiles or game coming in for a drink from the rooms. And if you'd like to see even more of these beasts, the nearby crocodile farm and various game parks offer good close-up views

All rooms have air conditioning, colour television, computer hook up, telephone, ensuite bathrooms, and enclosed balconies. Suites have, in addition, a separate lounge, mini bar and another TV lounge. The hotel has 88 rooms in total.

Facilities include:

  • Enticing swim & sip pool bar
  • Open for both in-house and walk in guests
  • Serves an assortment of ice cold beverages
  • Provides all patrons with Complimentary snacks whilst enjoying their drinks
  • Open from  1000hrs to 2200hrs

Options

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you‘re visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Extra day in Johannesburg - post-tour

Extra day in Johannesburg - post-tour

Min numbers: 1


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

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per person/s

*Price based on 2 person/s

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Airport transfers are not included, but are available as an additional option. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Extra day in Johannesburg - pre-tour

Extra day in Johannesburg - pre-tour

Min numbers: 1


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

*Price from
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per person/s

*Price based on 2 person/s

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Airport transfers are not included, but are available as an additional option. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Okavango Delta Upgrade (accommodated) - 2020 only

Okavango Delta Upgrade (accommodated) - 2020 only

Min numbers: 1


This option provides a 2-night fly-in excursion into the Okavango Delta for those would like to experience it in more depth. We stay in a deluxe camp with a package of safari activities included before returning to rejoin the main group.

*Price from
$969
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

This Okavango Delta Upgrade is designed for travellers who have booked the Accommodated version of this tour would like to experience the Delta and its waterways in a bit more depth, while staying in a deluxe camp. On arrival in Maun you will leave the truck and its crew, and any travellers who have not purchased the upgrade, and take a flight into the Delta. A 4x4 safari vehicle will then take you to the camp which will be your home for the next 2 nights (during very high water levels this transfer may be by boat). You will need to pack a small overnight bag for this excursion (absolute max 10kg) and may leave other luggage and valuables locked inside your locker in the truck.

Accommodation is in deluxe permanent twin bedded en-suite tents. The single supplement option for the main tour does not cover these two nights. We will aim to arrange shared same-sex twin tents but if this is not possible a single supplement will be payable. All meals are included during your stay.

The normal camp used is the Mopiri Camp which is a deluxe lodge situated on an island on the North Western edge of the Delta and is a great location for a water based exploration of the area. The main area consists of a large dining room, a separate lounge area, a deck overlooking the lagoon and a fire pit for cosy evenings chatting and looking at the stars. There is also a swimming pool with views over the floodplain. There are long wooden board walks winding around the island to each tent, providing privacy and peace and quiet. As this is a water based camp, you should expect to see hippos, crocodiles, numerous species of birds, and if you're lucky some elephants. Lions and other large land game are rarely sighted in this area though.

On some dates and subject to availability at the time of booking, we may also use Moremi Crossing (same pricing) or the Nguma Lodge (slightly cheaper - pricing will be provided at the time of booking)

Day 1 - Maun to the Okavango Delta
After arriving in Maun your guide will transfer you to Maun airport where you will board your flight into the Delta. On arrival a representative from the lodge will greet you and transfer you to the camp. After you have checked in, high tea will be served followed by a short island walk and a boat trip. During periods of very high water, the island walk may not be possible and your boat trip will be extended with sundowners on board.
Overnight: Mopiri Camp or Moremi Crossing or Nguma Lodge

Day 2 - Okavango Delta
It's an early start today to make the most of the best wildlife viewing times. After breakfast at the lodge we head out for a full day on the waterways, including a boat safari, nature walk, mokoro trip and a break for lunch on one of the many islands. We'll return to the camp in the afternoon before the evening is free to relax.
Overnight: Mopiri Camp or Moremi Crossing or Nguma Lodge

Day 3 – Okavango Delta to Maun
We have a more relaxed start to the day today, and after breakfast you'll return to the airstrip for the flight back to Maun where you'll be met and transferred back to the truck and your fellow travellers. The normal tour itinerary then continues.

Please note - if you have booked our Waterfalls & Wildlife tour, then by selecting this option you will not be able to participate in the Moremi full day game drive included in the normal tour.

Single room supplement camping (SAOVOC)

Single room supplement camping

Min numbers: 1


This option provides single travellers with a single room in the hotels/guesthouses used during the tour as well as a private single tent. Single travellers happy to share a same-sex twin room and tent do not need to pay the supplement.

*Price from
$49
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

This option provides single travellers with a single room in the hotels/guesthouses used during the tour as well as a private single tent. Single travellers happy to share a same-sex twin room and tent do not need to pay the supplement.

 

Arrival airport transfer in Johannesburg

Arrival airport transfer in Johannesburg

Min numbers: 1


This option adds an arrival airport transfer in Johannesburg to your Overland tour with us (arriving at Johannesburg airport).

*Price from
$25
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

This option adds an arrival airport transfer in Johannesburg to your Overland tour with us. You will need to also book at least one night of pre-tour hotel accommodation with us in order to book this transfer.
Note: We subcontract our airport transfers, so your transfer representative will not have any information about your tour with us, or be able to assist you beyond the transfer itself.

Departure airport transfer in Johannesburg

Departure airport transfer in Johannesburg

Min numbers: 1


This option adds a departure airport transfer in Johannesburg to your Overland tour with us (going to Johannesburg airport).

*Price from
$25
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

This option adds a departure airport transfer in Johannesburg to your Overland tour with us. You will need to also book at least one night of post-tour hotel accommodation with us in order to book this transfer.
Note: We subcontract our airport transfers, so your transfer representative will not have any information about your tour with us, or be able to assist you beyond the transfer itself.

Departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls

Departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls

Min numbers: 1


This option adds a departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls to your Overland tour with us (going to Victoria Falls airport).

*Price from
$25
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

This option adds a departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls to your Overland tour with us. You will need to also book at least one night of post-tour hotel accommodation with us in order to book this transfer.
Note: We subcontract our airport transfers, so your transfer representative will not have any information about your tour with us, or be able to assist you beyond the transfer itself.

Victoria Falls to Johannesburg transit accommodated

Victoria Falls to Johannesburg transit accommodated

Min numbers: 1


This 2-day transit from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg stops overnight near Francistown en-route. It is useful to add onto the end of tours finishing in Victoria Falls to take advantage of cheaper flights from Jo'burg or to connect with onward travel&a

*Price from
$129
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

This 2-day transit from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg stops overnight near Francistown en-route. The two days are both long drives without sightseeing stops or activities included on the way. The transit departs the day after most of our overland tours finish in Victoria Falls, so one night in the accommodation in Victoria Falls will also need adding to your tour. You can then also add accommodation in Johannesburg on arrival if you wish.

This option is useful to take advantage of cheaper flights departing from Johannesburg, as flights out of Victoria Falls can be expensive. It can also help to connect you with other onward travels you may be starting in South Africa.

Two options are available, travelling together but staying in different accommodation. This is the Accommodated option, staying in an en-suite room in a lodge/guesthouse en-route. Single room supplements apply. A camping option is also available.

Please confirm availability of this transit with us before booking any international flights.

 

Options available while on tour (NAOVNB | SAOVOC | SAOVWW)

Options available while on tour

Min numbers: 1


These options are available from local activity providers while you are on the tour.

*Price from
On Request
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

These options are availabile while you are on the tour from local activity providers who your booking will be with. Prices are given as a guide and are subject to change.

Country Area Activity Price Range
Botswana Maun 1 hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta $80 to $200
Botswana Chobe NP Game Drive BWP400-600
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water)  $150 to $170
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls  Helicopter Flights (min 3) $160 to $180
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls  Zambezi Sunset Cruise with transfers $40 to $70
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls  Bungee Jump - Solo $150 to $170
Extra nights in Victoria falls post-tour

Extra nights in Victoria falls post-tour

Min numbers: 1


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

*Price from
$75
per person/s

*Price based on 2 person/s

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Airport transfers are not included, but are available as an additional option. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Single room supplement accommodated (SAOVOC)

Single room supplement accommodated

Min numbers: 1


This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares are not available on this tour, so if you are single traveller then you will need to add this option to your booking.

*Price from
$149
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares are not available on this tour, so if you are single traveller then you will need to add this option to your booking.

Note: The price shown is a low season price. Slightly higher prices may apply during high and peak seasons - the exact price for your dates will be shown on the online booking form and is always available on request.

Victoria Falls to Johannesburg transit camping

Victoria Falls to Johannesburg transit camping

Min numbers: 1


This 2-day transit from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg stops overnight near Francistown en-route. It is useful to add onto the end of tours finishing in Victoria Falls to take advantage of cheaper flights from Jo'burg or to connect with onward travel&a

*Price from
$119
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

This 2-day transit from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg stops overnight near Francistown en-route. The two days are both long drives without sightseeing stops or activities included on the way. The transit departs the day after most of our overland tours finish in Victoria Falls, so one night in the accommodation in Victoria Falls will also need adding to your tour. You can then also add accommodation in Johannesburg on arrival if you wish.

This option is useful to take advantage of cheaper flights departing from Johannesburg, as flights out of Victoria Falls can be expensive. It can also help to connect you with other onward travels you may be starting in South Africa.

Two options are available, travelling together but staying in different accommodation. This option is based on camping overnight, with your tent and camping mat provided. You will need to bring a sleeping bag.

Please confirm availability of this transit with us before booking any international flights.

 

Tour Notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

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  1. Accommodation

We provide two options for the accommodation on this Overland tour, both available on the trip. Each option stays in the same place each night, just using a different level of accommodation. On some nights both options will use the same rooms or tents - please see the itinerary for details.

Camping: As the name suggests, the majority of your time will be spent camping. We include easily erected tents and camping mattresses; all you need to bring is a sleeping bag & towel (and pillow if you need one). Some nights spent in towns and cities may be spent in hotel or lodge rooms instead of camping - please see the itinerary for details.  Prices are based on 2 sharing so if you are travelling as a single passenger you should expect to share a tent with another traveller of the same sex. During hotel stays, all couples will be given a private double room. Friends booking together will also share a room. Triple rooms are not generally available.

Accommodated: This level is designed to bridge the gap between a basic camping tour and an expensive lodge holiday. So, we use good quality hotels, lodges and camps rated at the local 2 to 4-star level, with the majority of rooms en-suite. In some places more basic properties with separate bathrooms, or permanent safari tents may be used. We aim always to use accommodation that is in keeping with the local area so there is a good variety. Local star ratings may vary slightly from international standards. Accommodation is based on twin or double rooms, chalets, bungalows or safari tents. All couples will be given a private double room. Friends booking together will also share a room. 

Please check the Single Room Supplement option for details on room sharing options and charges for solo travellers on this tour.

Note - Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice. The properties listed are our preferred options, but sometimes due to availability or other issues with the property, we may substitute another property of similar standards.


  2. Transport

This tour is run in conjunction with our local partners in South Africa. You will travel in one of their specially designed overland trucks throughout this tour, giving you a great vantage point from which to enjoy the scenery and incredible wildlife. Our professional and knowledgeable local guides will help to make your experience unforgettable and fun. The maximum number of people on this tour is 20 (the trucks have 25 seats)

The vehicles we use are amongst some of the finest on the road. However, do not forget the nature of an adventure tour. This is not a bus trip. Nor do we provide up-market tours. These are still tours aimed at the adventurous traveller. Though the vehicles are comfortable with large windows and great visibility, there are no onboard toilets or air-conditioning.

Each expedition vehicle is fitted with the following:

  • Freezers to keep food fresh in the African heat.
  • Individual seats with seat belts and ample leg-room
  • Overhead luggage racks.
  • Lockers for your backpacks (~35 cm square, 80cm deep)
  • A safe for your valuables.
  • A well-stocked first aid kit is on hand for emergencies.
  • Reading material (fiction & field guides), games and recreational gear to keep you well entertained.
  • I-pod/MP3 points
  • Charging facilities for cameras, batteries etc
  • PA System
  • Kitchen and stove
  • Water tank
  • Cooler boxes
  • Table for food preparation
  • Hand-dishwashing facilities

Partaking in an adventure tour in Africa involves covering hundreds if not thousands of kilometres in a truck, and our tours are as much about this journey as they are about the destinations we visit. Use your time in the truck to talk to your fellow travellers, play card games, have a drink, walk around, take note of the world passing by your window and make the most of this unique opportunity to step out of your comfort zone.

Some roads you travel on will be smooth and easy while others could take up to an hour to cover 1 kilometre. There is just no telling what could happen with road, weather, traffic and other conditions that may exist that will either increase or decrease the amount of time you spend on the road so take your watch off, put your iPad away, turn off your phone and just relax. An average driving day could take anything from 5 to 14 hours in the truck, it all depends on the day.

The tour itinerary shows an indication of the distance to be covered on a particular day. Please don’t assume that your travel time will be equal to that which you can travel in your car on the autobahn… no, it will be much, much slower! We will stop for shopping, bathroom breaks, photo stops, activities and a whole lot more. If you are looking to only experience specific destinations and are not interested in the journey, perhaps overland adventures are not for you.

Some game safaris are carried out using 4x4 jeeps/safari vehicles - see your tour itinerary for details. These may be open-roofed or enclosed. You must not leave the vehicle or lean out through windows without express permission from the guide.


  3. Passports and Visas

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities. Encounters Travel will not be held responsible if travellers are denied entry because they are not in possession of the relevant visas. We therefore recommend you re-check requirements with the relevant embassy/consulate around 4 weeks before travel.

You should also be in possession of a valid onward or return flight ticket, or proof of other means of transport enabling you to leave the country that your tour passes through or finishes in. In addition you should carry proof of sufficient funds to cover you during your time in the country (eg. credit card).

Should your tour be re-entering a country, please ensure that you have a multiple entry visa that allows this. Some countries have a visa on arrival service which can be more convenient and cheaper. However, for peace of mind and to speed up the border crossing process, Encounters Travel advises that you to get your visas prior to your trip if possible.


  4. Meals on Overland tours

Due to the nature of the overland trip, the majority of your meals will be cooked by our cook and eaten beside the vehicle. Meals will not normally be eaten within the accommodation. The reason we run our trips in this way is that we feel it fits in better with this type of trip and it also helps to keep our prices competitive with other companies offering similar tours.

Breakfast: As breakfast is served very early in the morning (if there is driving or activities to be done) it is a simple but filling breakfast: Tea and coffee, breads and spreads, cereals, yoghurts, fruits and on occasion, when there is time for a later breakfast, guides will serve a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, porridge, bacon or beans.

Lunch: Lunch is generally served at a picnic spot next to the road en route to a destination. As the guides only have approximately 45 minutes to get everyone off the truck, prepare lunch and then get everyone back on the truck again, lunches consist of sandwiches and salads (rice salad, pasta salad, tuna salad and green salad) which are quick and easy to prepare but which are quite filling. They do have meal plans which they should stick to, to ensure that there is variety on a day to day basis.

Dinner: This is when the guides get time to prepare a delicious meal and they focus on a substantial protein, vegetable and carbohydrate dinner. We serve traditional cuisine consisting of braais (BBQ), potjie (stew), bobotie (mince), spaghetti and fish and chicken dishes. All meals (on both accommodated and camping tours) that are included in the itinerary are prepared at the full service adventure truck. This is a unique adventure in itself where you get to dine under the stars with your new found friends and experience the real sights and sounds of Africa!


  5. International Flights and Airport Transfers

International Flights: We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people living in different places and with varying travel plans, except on some Escorted Tours and package promotions, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to suggest flights to go with the tour. Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from.

The vast majority of our tours are designed such that you can arrive and depart at any time on the first and last days of the set tour itinerary, with your arrival and departure airport transfers included in the tour price. However, on our Overland tours, you should not arrange your onward international flights or other travel for the day the tour is due to end (unless the final day does not involve any travelling and finishes after breakfast). Similarly, many of our Overland tours depart their first port of call on the first morning, and you will therefore need to plan for any flights to arrive at least one day beforehand.

Airport Transfers: Arrival and departure airport transfers are included on Small Group, Shoestring and Tailor-made tours but available as extra options on all our African Overland tours, as long as you have accommodation booked with us on that day. If you add extra accommodation before and/or after the tour that you do not book with us, then you will also need to arrange your own airport transfers.

Departure Taxes: Various countries may require that you pay an Airport Departure Tax when departing on an international flight. Please note that all departure taxes must be paid in hard cash currency and US Dollars are normally the best currency to use for this. Departure taxes can vary from US$10 - US$60 depending on the departure point. 


  6. Group Size / Tour Leaders / Guides

We are committed to being a small group operator, as we feel this gives everyone in the group the best chance to get to know their fellow travellers and to hear and make the most of their guide. So, the expedition vehicles we use on our South & East Africa overland adventure tours have a maximum of 25 seats and on this tour will carry a maximum of 20 travellers.

In South & East Africa we provide fully trained, local English-speaking tour leaders, drivers and crew for all our tours. This tour will feature 2 crew – a driver, and assistant/cook who will help with washing up, clearing away, cleaning of the truck etc. You may assist with this if you wish, and a limited amount of help is expected and appreciated (eg. Washing your own plates & cutlery) but you are not obliged to do any more than that unless you wish to. During the tour we may also use a variety of local specialist guides for activities and tours included in the itinerary.


  7. Okavango Delta Upgrade and Local Options

On all our Overland tours we strive to strike a balance between including plenty of meals, tours and activities and being accessible and affordable.

The main tour price covers all your accommodation, transport, meals and a range of tours and activities.

For those who want to have a more in depth lodge experience of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, then we also offer a Delta Upgrade option. This leaves the main tour on the day you arrive in Maun, heads into the Delta, and then spends 2 nights there with a package of safari activities included. You then return to Maun to rejoin the main group. This upgrade requires booking in advance to secure availability on the flights and in the lodge.

In addition there are further Locally Available Options on this tour. These have been chosen to give you more of a taste of what is available in the region and sometimes to offer an adrenaline rush during a relatively sedate tour. All these local options are offered and operated by professional local activity providers and Encounters Travel is not responsible for your booking or time while taking any of these options. Prices for these options may be given on our website, but please bear in mind that are given as a guide only and may very seasonally and can change from time to time. Availability is subject to seasonal daylight hours and our time-keeping that day.


  8. What to take

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES: Most international airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 23kg per person of luggage to go in the hold of the plane. Domestic flights often have smaller allowances around 15kg. As airline rules vary we recommend that you take no more than 20kg of luggage if your tour just includes international flights, and no more than 15kg if there are any domestic flights included in your itinerary. Please ask us for details if you are unsure about luggage allowances on your tour. Any excess baggage fees will be your responsibility to cover. Most airlines allow between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage so we suggest that you take no more than 5kg unless you have confirmed that your airline(s) will allow more than this.

OVERLAND AND SAFARI TOURS: Please keep in mind that these are adventure tours in an adventure vehicle (truck or 4x4) and luggage should not include any solid Samsonite style suitcases. On our accommodated overland tours most of our trucks have lockers for the luggage (locker sizes: 37,5 cm high, 32 cm wide, 80 cm deep). Only a soft bag will fit in these lockers. A suitcase is far more difficult to store and make secure in our vehicle and this is part of the reason we ask for a backpack or tote bag to be used as your luggage. The other reason is that you need to walk from the truck to the accommodation and often over sand or uneven terrain.  Your luggage on our Overland tours is limited to ONE backpack and ONE daypack weighing no more than 20kg. As a general rule, if you cannot lift your own luggage - you’ve got too much stuff! Most people make the mistake of bringing too many clothes. A quick reminder - suitcases are not suitable on our overland tours – especially huge Samsonite-style cases! Small wheeled cases are OK for safari tours.

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: Kit for all weather conditions including: • 2/3 shorts/skirts • 1 jacket/anorak • Tracksuit/pullover • 2 pairs of long pants/jeans • 2 pairs of walking shoes/boots/trainers • 1 pair of sandals • 3 or 4 T-shirts/short sleeve shirts or sundresses • 2/3 Long Sleeve Shirts • Smart casual change of clothes • Swimwear • Underwear & socks • Sun Hat – preferably that covers the back of your neck. • Raincoat • Kikoi/sarong

Your clothing should be easy to wash and dry and should preferably not need ironing. Avoid synthetics, which can be very uncomfortable in hot weather. Many people underestimate how cold Africa can be – remember that jersey/jacket! There are also nights that are warm but you must still wear clothes that cover arms and legs from mosquitoes. Take a set of casual but smart clothes for the occasional evening out in a restaurant or club. If you wear glasses (or contacts) it is also advisable to bring a spare pair.

While on wildlife safaris it is important to wear dull coloured clothing - olive, mushroom, brown, khaki, stone are ideal.
You should avoid white (stands out too much), black or blue (attracts tsetse flies), and camouflage (illegal in many countries for civilians)

Additional Items: • Towel & facecloth • Baby wipes/ Wet Wipes • Personal toiletries • Sleeping bag • Torch & enough spare batteries • Camera & spare batteries and memory cards • Water bottle. (A 2-litre Coke bottle works well...) • Penknife • Insect and Mosquito repellent • Suntan lotion, sun block & after sun lotion • Sunglasses • Watch • Biodegradable laundry detergent • Passport (plus a copy of your passport & visas) • Extra passport photos • Vaccination certificate • Money • Travel plug • Neck pillow • Small sewing kit • Plastic bags • Clothes line and pegs • Small scrubbing brush • a small padlock for your luggage locker in the truck • Small basic First Aid kit (painkillers, band aids, after-sun lotion, eye drops, anti-diarrhoea tablets etc.)

DAY PACKS: Please check the itinerary for your specific tour if you will need a little daypack. For example on our Cape Town to Vic Falls overland tour you will need a smaller bag, big enough to bring basic equipment (toiletries and clothes) for 2 nights. The daypack is for your Okavango Delta Excursion, where you cannot bring your entire luggage.


  9. Tipping

In general tipping in restaurants is expected and is around 10% for good service, more if you have received exceptional service, and, feel free not to tip at all if you received poor service. Tipping taxi drivers etc is really at your own discretion and not always expected. If in doubt please ask your guides. It is expected to tip porters and car guards etc. Ask your guides how much is appropriate in local currency. The recommended amount for Serengeti and Masai Mara guides is around USD5-7 per client per day.

Our guides do work hard but they are also paid at (and often above) industry levels for this work. Our Crew can be tipped if you feel that they have done a good job and/or gone above and beyond the call of duty. The best way to arrange tips is to elect one person in the group to collect the money. On Small Group & Shoestring tours we recommend around USD 3-5 per person per day per guide as a fair tip. On longer Overland tours we recommend USD1-2 per day per person, per guide as a fair tip. So if you have 2-crew on a tour, we would recommend that 2 envelopes are used and each crew member’s name written on one. Place what you feel is fair into each envelope and the elected person can give these to the crew at the end of the tour. If you do not feel that the crew deserve a tip, please, do not tip them. You must remember that tipping is only for exceptional service and is not at all compulsory or expected.


  10. Health and Vaccinations

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination. You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions. In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

South Africa: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Namibia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Botswana: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted or travelled through an infected area.
Zimbabwe: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Zambia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Malawi: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Tanzania: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Kenya: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Uganda: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Sudan: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. A certificate may also be required for those departing Sudan.
Morocco: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria not normally present. Yellow Fever certificate not required.

The above information can change at short notice. For up to date health information & vaccination requirements we recommend that you contact your medical practitioner or a travel clinic.

Malaria: Vaccinations are not available against Malaria, which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can be very serious and sometimes fatal. You should avoid mosquito bites by covering up bare skin with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers and applying insect repellents to exposed skin. When necessary, sleep under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes are most active during and after sunset. You should consult with your GP/medical practitioner/travel clinic about the most appropriate malaria prophylactic medication to take for the regions you are visiting.

Yellow Fever: This disease is spread by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. A Yellow Fever Certificate of vacinnation may be required as a condition of entry depending on which country you are arriving from, or that you have travelled or transitted through recently (including connecting flights with stopovers of over 12 hours). You can view a World Health Organisation map of areas where the virus is present in monkeys and therefore a potential risk to humans. Please ensure you have this certificate with you and to hand if necessary.

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.
If you are travelling on an Overland tour or your trip includes wildlife safaris then please bear in mind that you may be travelling on bumpy roads and/or rough ground for several hours at a time. This can be very uncomfortable or painful if you have a bad back, and make such conditions worse. Please contact us if you have any concerns.


  11. Booking & Payment

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You may make a deposit or full payment online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer (full payments are due 8 weeks before departure). We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer, or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.


  12. Financial Security

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
Financial failure insurance is also provided through Affirma to protect all customers for the land portion of your tour.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.


  13. Responsible Tourism

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don't prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn't make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don't expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don't worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don't waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don't litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you're travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It's important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).


  14. Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.
Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

Note - to comply with insurance sales regulations, our travel insurance policies are only available to customers booking directly with us. If you have booked through a travel agent you will need to arrange your own insurance.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

If you are taking expensive camera gear or other electronic equipment with you then please check the coverage and the fine print of your policy to ensure that you have sufficient cover.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.


  15. Follow Us Online

You can stay in touch with us online by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We post updates on relevant travel news in our destination countries, special offers and discounts and other interesting travel related news and information.
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  16. Before you travel

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Travel Aware' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

'Travel Aware' campaign


  17. Travelling with Children to South Africa

New immigration rules were introduced by the South African authorities in June 2015 relating to travelling with children. Despite calls for relaxation and ongoing discussions, these remain in force.

Parents travelling with children (under 18) will be asked to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate. The full unabridged birth certificate should list the child’s details and both parents’ details. Any abridged (short) birth certificate which only lists the child’s particulars won’t be accepted. The South African Department of Home Affairs are not accepting uncertified copies of birth certificates or copies of the parents/guardians identification.

Transiting through South Africa
The South African Department of Home Affairs have confirmed that no supporting documents will be required by people in direct transit through a South African International Airport. Check with your airline to see whether you need to go through immigration on arrival in South Africa, collect luggage and check in again. If you do go through immigration you’ll need to provide the correct documentation.

There are additional requirements if the child is travelling with only one parent, with neither biological parent, or unaccompanied. See this information sheet, this statement by the South African Department of Home Affairs and this leaflet produced by the South African Department of Home Affairs.

Contact your nearest South African High Commission if you have any specific questions about your trip. 
If you’re travelling with copies of documents, make sure you get them certified. The South African Department of Home Affairs won’t accept photocopies of birth certificates or passports.

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