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Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari

Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari Trip Notes

  • Ways to Travel: Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
  • Destination: Botswana, Zimbabwe
  • Programmes: Wildlife
  • Activity Level:

    2 out of 7 - Easy & Moderate

  • 16 Days: Flight Inclusive
  • 14 Days: Land Only
  • Ages: 16+
  • Trip Code: WZA
  • Carbon Footprint: 20kg CO2e

Trip Overview

Explore the best of Botswana and Zimbabwe on a two-week safari adventure

From the crashing Victoria Falls to the meandering Okavango Delta, this safari visits the best destinations in Zimbabwe and Botswana. Encounter the huge elephant herds of Chobe, search for rhinos and leopards in Matopos and spot wild dogs in Hwange. Starry skies and burnished sunsets complete the adventure. And where better for a sundowner than the shimmering Makgadikgadi Pans?

Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari

Join us to celebrate Exodus’ 50th anniversary! The departure starting in Victoria Falls on 21 July 2024 features extra inclusions to mark the occasion: a Zambezi cruise, a local birthday celebration and a special edition Exodus kitbag.

At a Glance

  • 14 days, travelling by minibus, 4×4 safari vehicles and mokoro canoes
  • Nine nights in lodges, two nights in a hotel and two nights of full-service camping
  • Some long drives and some bumpy roads

Highlights

  • Enjoy fantastic wildlife encounters
  • Discover two natural wonders: Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta
  • Look for large populations of elephants, wild dogs and rhinos
  • Explore diverse ecosystems and changing scenery

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is graded Activity Level 2 (Easy & Moderate) and has a Wildlife Rating of Four. For more information on our trip gradings please visit the Activity Level Guidelines page or our Wildlife Holidays page for more on our Wildlife Ratings. If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to contact us.

Drives: This two-week safari covers a lot of ground but connects some of the best places in Botswana and Zimbabwe. It does mean, however, there are some long drives on a combination of paved and dirt roads, though you never know when you may spot wildlife, even outside the parks. The longer drives between the sites are done in a more comfortable minibus while the game drives are done in special safari vehicles.

Accommodation: This is a safari for people who want to see wildlife and get immersed in nature but do it in more comfort. While not luxury, accommodation is in lodges apart from the two nights in the Okavango Delta, which are in our wild campsite.

Weather: October and November are hotter months but are also good for wildlife viewing.

Legal note: All group members joining this tour will be asked to sign an indemnity form at the start of the trip. This indemnity form is a requirement of the South African Tourism Service Association, of which our local supplier is a member. As a client of Exodus Travels Ltd, your rights under the Package Travel Regulations (1992) are unaffected, and Exodus remains liable for the actions of our sub-contractors.

Adult min age: 16

Min group size: 4

Max group size: 12

Itinerary

WZA Map

Land Only

  • Start City: Victoria Falls
  • End City: Victoria Falls

Land Only Itinerary

Day 1
Start Victoria Falls; to Chobe National Park

Meet the group at the airport or at the Rainbow Hotel in Victoria Falls town (see the Joining Instructions for more information, as the airport can sometimes change). We then transfer 75mi (120km) to Kasane, Botswana. The drive takes a little over two hours but there can be delays crossing the border. Once we are settled into our chalets, we meet for a full-tour briefing.

Accommodation: Kwalape Lodge (or similar)

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2
Game drive and river safari in Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is best known for its huge populations of elephants and buffalos. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephants this is, undoubtedly, the best place to see them in the world. The park is also home to wild dogs, lions, leopards and various other wildlife.

We start the day by going on a game drive in one of the lodge’s open game-drive vehicles. It will be an early start as we aim to get to the park gates as they open. We spend about three hours on safari before returning to the lodge in time for brunch.

There is time to relax at the lodge during the hottest part of the day or explore Kasane town (where we can get local currency) before heading out again, this time on a boat on the Chobe River. After a short transfer to the jetty, we board the boat for a three-hour safari. This is a great opportunity to view the vast herds of elephants and other wildlife from the water.

Accommodation: Kwalape Lodge (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
Transfer to Maun

Today is a long drive as we transfer the 375mi (600km) between Kasane and Maun, the town on the edge of the Okavango Delta. We’ll stop en route for lunch at the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pan before arriving in Maun mid-afternoon. We spend time in town getting supplies (this is a chance for you to get any extra drinks or snacks you may want while in the delta). From here, it’s only a short drive out of town to our lodge.

Accommodation: Crocodile Camp (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Days 4 - 5
Explore the Okavango Delta by foot and dugout canoe

The Okavango River, after travelling 995mi (1,600km) from the highlands of Angola, reaches the Kalahari and spreads into a large swamp where the water transpires into the plant life and evaporates, never reaching the sea. This makes the Okavango Delta, as this swamp is known, one of the largest inland deltas on Earth and a true natural wonder. The delta islands are home to a vast array of wildlife, including all the usual suspects, though numbers reach their peak during the dryer winter months when animals, including many of the larger ones, migrate here.

We head into the delta in mokoro dugout canoes poled by local villagers who have grown up here. Camping with our local guides, we learn more about their lifestyle and culture. The camp will be put up by the polers and we use canvas dome tents with camp stretchers, mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows provided. There is also a gazebo for shade, which doubles as a mess tent. Please note, you only need to take luggage for two nights – bags will be provided.

In the delta, we get to experience African wilderness at its fullest, not least at night when the Milky Way can be seen across the sky with a billion twinkling stars.

We spend the next two days exploring the waterways and islands by mokoro canoe and on foot looking for wildlife and enjoying this amazing part of Africa.

Accommodation: Wild camping

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Morning walking safari; return to Maun

This morning, we have our last mokoro ride as we return to the edge of the delta before returning to Maun. The afternoon is free to relax by the pool or take an optional flight over the delta.

Accommodation: Crocodile Camp (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7
To Nata; visit the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans at sunset

After a brief stop in Maun to resupply, we transfer 185mi (300km) to Nata arriving mid-afternoon. In the late afternoon, we head to the Nata Sanctuary to watch the sunset on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan.

The Makgadikgadi Pan covers more than 6,175sqmi (16,000sqkm) and forms the bed of an ancient lake, now dried up, which once spread as far as the Okavango Delta. Sunsets on the pan are among the best in Africa.

Accommodation: Nata Lodge (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8
Enter Zimbabwe; to Matobo National Park

Today we continue our journey back to Zimbabwe. We go via Francistown and Bulawayo on our way to Matobo National Park. The journey is about 235mi (380km) and driving time shouldn’t be much more than about five hours; however, the border crossing can be busy and may take between two and three hours. We stay in chalets just outside the park and can enjoy sundowners from the granite ridge overlooking the park.

Accommodation: Hermits Peak Lodge (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9
Game drive and walking safari in Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park, also known as Matopos National Park, is an area known for wildlife and kopjes (giant boulders that seem to be stacked precariously). The park is one of the best places to see both black and white rhinos and has a very dense population of leopards (though these predators are still elusive). It is also home to a third of all eagle species.

These hills were once populated by the indigenous San people, who have left their mark with rock paintings depicting giraffes, elands and kudu. It was also the colonialist Cecil Rhodes’ favourite place and where he asked to be buried.

We enter Matobo National Park early in the morning and go on a game drive followed by a game walk where we hope to see rhino. We visit World’s End, where Cecil Rhodes is buried, and see some of the granite formations and rock paintings. We spend most of the day inside the park returning to the lodge in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Hermits Peak Lodge (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10
Drive to Hwange National Park

After a breakfast we make a quick stop in Bulawayo this morning to resupply before driving 210mi (335km) north to Hwange National Park.

The largest national park in Zimbabwe, Hwange covers 5,640sqmi (14,600sqkm) of mopane and teak woodlands and grasslands. It is home to more than 100 mammal species and 400 bird species including all of the specially protected animals in the country. The most famous inhabitants are the elephants and wild dogs, and it is the only place where gemsbok and brown hyena live in reasonable numbers in Zimbabwe.

We stay in a property within a game-management area that neighbours the park.

Accommodation: Hwange Safari Lodge (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11
Full-day safari in Hwange National Park

We spend all day on a 4×4 open game drive in search of Hwange wildlife.

Accommodation: Hwange Safari Lodge (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12
Visit Victoria Falls

After a slightly later start to the day, we take a short, final drive back to Victoria Falls, arriving at Victoria Falls town around lunchtime. In the afternoon, we head out towards the mighty falls themselves.

Measuring 5,580ft (1,700m) wide and 330ft (100m) high, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world. The volume of water changes with the seasons but, when full, the spray rises into the sky – a phenomenon that has given the falls their local name Mosi o Tunya, the Smoke that Thunders. They are a site to behold and one that impressed Dr David Livingstone so much that he said: ‘Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.’

Accommodation: The Rainbow Hotel (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13
Full day at Victoria Falls for optional activities

Today is a free day to enjoy the many activities on offer here, such as white-water rafting, taking a flight over the falls, going on a sunset cruise or crossing into neighbouring Zambia to see the falls from another perspective.

Accommodation: The Rainbow Hotel (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14
End Victoria Falls

The trip ends after breakfast. If you’d like more time to explore, speak to your sales representative about extending your stay.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

Lodges, hotel and wild camping

Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari

For our time in Botswana and Zimbabwe, we have picked a selection of comfortable accommodations, each well located for our activities. We spend nine nights in lodges, two nights in a hotel and two nights of full-service camping.

We mostly stay in three-star hotels and lodges. On three to four nights, the lodges are permanent tented camps. These are comfortable rooms, in part made of canvas, with private bathrooms and are a quintessential African safari experience. In Victoria Falls, our hotel is walking distance from many restaurants, bars and shops. Most properties have swimming pools and wifi (although this can be unreliable).

Wild camping in the Okavango Delta

Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari

The highlight stay on this trip for many, however, is our two nights of wild camping in the Okavango Delta. Our neighbours, which you’ll likely hear shuffling around at night, include hippos, elephants and lions, while our away-from-it-all location normally allows us to see a night sky illuminated with stars. To make things easier, our camp is set up for us and all equipment is provided. We sleep in spacious, two-person tents fitted with mattress-topped camp beds and there is a bush shower and toilet, while dinner is taken around our atmospheric campfire.

Single supplement from £ 655

Food & Drink

This trip includes 13 breakfasts, five lunches and eight dinners.

We stay in lodges most nights, but meals are prepared by our crew.

  • Breakfast is generally cereal or toast with tea and coffee with the occasional fried breakfast/brunch
  • Lunch is normally a simple picnic of cheese, cold meats, salads, bread or rolls
  • Dinners are cooked meals such as potjies (stew), braais (barbecues), stir-fries etc

The trip leaders do all the shopping and meal planning for the group. They always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. Each tour has one cool box for the meats and the fresh produce only and one cool box for cold drinks. We supply the following drinks: squash, tea or coffee served with meals. All other beverages will be at your own expense. We do not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops on tour if you want to buy it yourself. On some days where early morning game drives are included, lunch may be substituted for a large brunch on return from the game drive – this is customary. We ensure the number of meals detailed in the Trip Notes are provided.

Please note, we need at least two weeks’ notice to deal with special dietary requirements (eg vegetarian or allergies.) For this reason, if you did not indicate these on your booking form, please advise us as soon as possible.

The water provided on this trip is safe and clean drinking water, normally from boreholes. It is not bottled water, however. If you would rather have bottled water then this will be at your expense, though we encourage you to make use of the safe drinking water provided as this helps diminish plastic consumption.

Transport

When driving between the parks we use a minibus, normally a Mercedes Sprinter or similar. On game drives, we use 4×4 safari vehicles, generally Toyota Landcruisers. We enter the Okavango Delta by mokoro canoes, a dugout canoe low in the water and poled by one of the expert local polers.

Weather & Seasonality

There is no best time to go in terms of game viewing or conditions in the Delta, as the Delta flows year-round, despite its flood periods. The wettest season is January and February, when travel on dirt roads becomes difficult. March to September, although dry and bright, can be cold at night (in June and July it really can be chilly on occasions so bring appropriate gear). Water levels in the Delta will be at their highest in July. From December to June, water levels in the Zambezi are at their highest, and the spray can be seen several miles away as it soars sometimes as much as 152m (500ft) in the air. October and November are the hottest months, and midday temperatures can be very uncomfortable. The rains normally start slowly in late November. December can be wet, but it does not rain for long periods and should definitely not put anyone off travelling, as there is always plenty of sunshine.

Joining Instructions

Key information

Joining point: Clients can join this tour either at the airport (see below) or the Rainbow Hotel, 278 Park Way, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Recommended arrival time if joining at the Rainbow Hotel: Before 1pm to catch the transfer to Kasane in Botswana

Getting to the start point

Exodus provides one group transfer from the airport, which then goes to the Rainbow Hotel in Victoria Falls (on the Zimbabwean side) to pick up clients meeting there. The group will then travel to Kasane, Botswana, so it is essential all clients catch this transfer, either at the airport or the Rainbow Hotel.

This transfer is normally from Victoria Falls Airport (also on the Zimbabwean side). However, some departures may have the group transfer departing from Livingstone Airport (on the Zambian side).

You may join this transfer at no extra cost, provided you can be at the correct airport before the transfer leaves. Speak to your sales representative for the group transfer times or to arrange a private transfer.

If you would like further information on joining this trip, please speak to your sales representative.

Catching your return flight

There’s a group departure transfer to the airport for customers who Exodus booked onto a chosen flight to London, UK. Please speak to your sales representative if you wish to join. If the group departure transfer does not suit your flight time, speak to your sales representative to arrange an alternative transfer.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start: Victoria Falls
Location end: Victoria Falls

What To Take

Essential Equipment

In addition to your ‘normal’ daily clothes:

  • Neutral-coloured clothes (for the game walks)
  • Long-sleeved clothing and long trousers (pants) to wear when the sun goes down to protect skin from mosquito bites
  • Some warmer clothes, windproof jacket and warm fleece for winter
  • Lightweight walking boots or trainers
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Daypack
  • Emergency toilet paper
  • Wet wipes or hand sanitiser gel
  • Towel
  • Head torch (headlamp) with spare batteries
  • Water bottle

Water included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill or get burned. Both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip, we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles to reduce the plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout; all you need to do is bring a bottle to refill along the way. Please add this to your packing list.

If you have any space in your luggage, please check out our partner Pack for a Purpose (www.packforapurpose.org) to identify items needed by local schools and medical clinics. Your Tour Leader will happily assist with your donation.

Optional Equipment

  • Binoculars and a camera with a zoom lens (at least 300mm) if you want good animal shots

Practical Information

Visa

Botswana

Currently British and Commonwealth and European passport holders do not require visas for Botswana.

If you are transiting through South Africa and are a non UK passport holder you may require a transit visa. Please check before travelling.

Please be aware that children under the age of 18 must provide a full birth certificate (a short one won’t be accepted) as well as a valid passport. If the child is travelling with only one parent or with another adult, the missing parent (or parents) will have to provide an affidavit giving their consent for the child to travel. If flying via S. Africa you may have to pass immigration between flights and the same regulation is needed for entry into S. Africa.

 

Zimbabwe

Most nationalities, including British require a visa to visit Zimbabwe.  This can be obtained on arrival in Zimbabwe.  The current charge for a single entry visit visa issued on arrival in Zimbabwe is US$55.00, although this could change. If you have not obtained a visa before travelling, you should bring enough cash with you to pay for your visa on arrival. You should ensure you have small notes as immigration officers may not be able to provide change.

For this itinerary we recommend the double entry visa for Zimbabwe (US$70.00) which is available to UK passport holders and some other nationalities.

Please note that if flying via South Africa you will probably have to pass immigration there. New regulations, as of the 1 Oct 2014, mean that children under 18 will have to have an unabridged birth certificate showing the names of both parents. If the child is travelling with only one parent they will need to have an affidavit from the other parent, of no more than 3 months, confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.

Vaccinations and Health

Botswana

There are no required vaccinations. However, you may want to consider vaccinations for hepatitis A, polio, tetanus, typhoid, cholera, hepatitis B, rabies and tuberculosis. You will also need a yellow fever vaccination certificate if you have travelled from (or transited through) a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Please confirm with your doctor or travel clinic. We also suggest you seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Zimbabwe

There are no required vaccinations. However, you may want to consider vaccinations for hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid, cholera, hepatitis B, rabies and tuberculosis. You will also need a yellow fever vaccination certificate if you’re arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission or transiting for more than 12 hours through a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Malaria is also a known risk. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic on the best course of action for all the above.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential on this trip, and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers visited on this itinerary, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Local Time

Botswana's time zone: Africa/Gaborone (UTC +02:00)

Zimbabwe's time zone: Africa/Harare (UTC +02:00)

Electricity

Botswana's electricity: Plug types D (three round pins) and G (three rectangular pins) – 230V, 50Hz

Zimbabwe's electricity: Plug types D (three round pins) and G (three rectangular pins) – 240V, 50Hz

Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari

Money

Botswana's currency: Botswana pula (BWP)

Zimbabwe's currency: Zimbabwe gold (ZiG), though US dollars are primarily what is needed in Victoria Falls. South African rand is also accepted to a lesser extent.

ATM Availability

Credit cards can be used at the ATMs in Victoria Falls and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, and in Maun and Kasane in Botswana; these are the only places that have ATMs. Credit cards are accepted for all optional activities in Victoria Falls and Maun; however, please note that a five percent surcharge may be charged by some operators.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

  • Meals not included: Allow the equivalent of US$15 per person for an evening meal
  • Incidentals: Allow about US$7‐$10 per day

Optional excursions (approximate costs, depending on group sizes)

Okavango Delta:

  • Helicopter flight over the Delta: US$175-US$520 per person depending on passenger numbers (maximum of three people per flight)

Victoria Falls:

  • Helicopter flight over falls (12 minutes to 13 minutes): US$150 plus park fees of US$12
  • Game/scenic flight (25 minutes): US$284 plus US$12 park fees
  • White-water rafting (half day): US$154 plus US$12 park fees
  • Sunset Zambezi cruise: US$50 plus US$12 park fees
  • Sunset Zambezi cruise and dinner: US$85 plus park fees of US$10

Tipping

If you feel your leader and support team have performed well over the course of your trip, you may want to show your appreciation of their services. The sum you choose to give is entirely personal, but as a guide we suggest (for normal group sizes of nine people or more) US$4-US$5 per person per day would be a reasonable starting point for the leader and driver. For the support staff, US$3 per person per day would be a reasonable amount. For smaller group sizes, please allow a little more per person.

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips that improve life for the people and places we visit and look after the planet we explore. To read more about sustainable travel ethos and practice, click here, and to find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation click here.

People

How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural-social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally owned accommodation and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprises.
  • We employ local site guides in Chobe National Park and several other conservation areas.
  • In the Okavango Delta, we work with polers from the Poler’s Trust. This is a community-based project formed to create an ecotourism business that would benefit everyone in the area. By using these facilities and going on boat tours with the Poler’s Trust, we ensure we are helping the community by providing employment and supporting environmental initiatives.
  • At our camp in the Okavango Delta, we can participate in BaYei and Hambukushu music and dancing, see how local food is made and buy handmade souvenirs, such as woven baskets.

Places

How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here, including our rewilding commitment for every customer who travels.
  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
  • We do a number of wildlife-oriented activities, such as game drives in Chobe National Park and exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro dugout canoes and on foot.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for reusable bottles.
  • Our local partners support the Save Our Sausage Trees initiative in Botswana, which aims to address the issue of depleting forests in the area. The mokoro is a canoe used by the people of the Okavango Delta and it is crafted traditionally from a single mature Kigelia Africana tree (or sausage tree). Although increased tourism has had some obvious benefits to the area, it has also brought a higher demand for mokoro boats and therefore more trees are being cut down. As a wooden mokoro only lasts about five years, there are hundreds of these trees being felled per year and there are not enough trees to sustain this. We have consulted with the Okovango community, and have agreed to pay half the price of a fibreglass mokoro if a poler wants to purchase the other half to save the trees.
  • The Exodus Foundation is supporting fuel and maintenance costs for an ATV used by the Matobo Rhino Trust (MRT) for anti-poaching patrols. After significant rhino losses between 2000 and 2012, Matobo National Park implemented a rhino protection programme and the MRT has been a big supporter of such projects. Over the years, rhino poaching has decreased with only nine rhinos poached in the last ten years. Fewer losses and increased births have resulted in an increased population which, relative to other Southern African parks, is a major achievement.

Planet

How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • By favouring smaller, locally run accommodation and campsites we have a much smaller impact on the surrounding environments.

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

Extra steps you could take to minimise your impact when travelling.

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own reusable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.

Important Information

Optional activities and excursions

If you would like to join an optional activity or excursion outside those listed in the itinerary, your leader may be able to assist with selecting a provider. However, Exodus has not assessed the safety standards of activities or excursions that are not listed in the Trip Notes. All optional activities or excursions are undertaken at your own risk.

Water safety

This trip includes time by a lake, river or sea, where there may be opportunities to swim. You should always seek local advice before deciding whether to swim. Open-water or wild swim spots should be treated with extreme caution. Information on how to keep yourself safe while swimming is shown here.

Important Information

Your safe participation 

When booking this trip, you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability, please call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary. 

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely take part in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity. 

By booking this trip you agree to our Booking Conditions which clearly state that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these rare instances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred. 

How to Book

  1. Check availability: Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.
  2. Secure your place: You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.
  3. Complete your booking and payment

When you’re ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque.

After booking

You will receive your booking confirmation letter and invoice, which includes extra information and guidance about your travel arrangements.

Full joining instructions, including local emergency numbers and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately two to three weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier, please contact our office or your travel agent.

Trip Note validity

These Trip Notes are valid from the “Current as” date on page one. They will occasionally be updated after booking and before departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary, customers will be written to separately. They will also receive a link to the most up-to-date Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions before travelling.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons – climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best-possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

Licensing

Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582, issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA – The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all money paid to us for your trip is fully protected.