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Namibia & Botswana: Dunes & Delta Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Namibia, Botswana
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AZB
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

17 Days Flight Inclusive
15 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

Namibia and Botswana are two of Africa’s top wildlife destinations and on this itinerary we safari in their most renowned and distinct wildernesses – Etosha National Park and the Okavango Delta. Etosha is famous for its arid landscape scattered with waterholes, where a variety of animals reluctantly congregate for a drink. By contrast, the Okanvago is a lush habitat of grassy plains and reed-lined channels that have been carved into the landscape by wandering elephants. But there is more to this region than wildlife. From the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei, to the bushmen of the Kalahari and the adventure sport scene at Swakopmund; there is something for everyone to enjoy on this epic 15 day adventure.

At a Glance

  • 12 nights lodges/hotels and 2 nights full-service camping
  • Travel by purpose-built overland bus, 4WD vehicle and dug-out canoe
  • Some long drives

Trip Highlights

Safaris in the Okavango Delta and Etosha National Park

Walk with bushmen in the Kalahari Desert

The sand dunes and dead trees of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei

Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain

The spectacular Namib-Naukluft Park Desert

Is This Trip for You?

This trip has been graded as grade 2 (leisurely/moderate).

This itinerary covers a lot of ground but connects some of the best places in Namibia and Botswana and there are some beautiful landscapes along the way. Many of the drives take between 4-5 hours, with a maximum drive time of approximately 7 hours on a combination of tarmac and gravel roads. On Namibia’s gravel roads, conditions are completely dependent on how they are being maintained at the time and on occasion conditions can be poor. This can have an impact on journey times as well as comfort and can be punishing on the vehicles. Drive times listed in the itinerary are only approximations and do vary with road conditions and the number of stops.

Transport is in a specially modified safari truck with plenty of legroom and packing space. All vehicles carry a reference library, fridge and/or icebox. Smaller groups may be in a Hilux/Land Cruiser.

Walks on the tour are generally moderate, such as climbing Dune 45 and visiting the White Lady rock painting at Brandberg.

There are a few days where we will have to get up before sunrise but this will allow us to get the most from our days (for example, the game drives in Etosha where we are more likely to see wildlife in the early mornings before it gets too hot).

Accommodation is in lodges and hotels apart from the two nights in the Okavango Delta which are in our campsite in the wild allowing for a different experience of Africa. This is a safari for people who want to see wildlife and get immersed in nature but do it in more comfort. Please note that due to the limited amount of accommodation within Etosha National Park, it may be necessary to sleep outside the park on some or all of the nights that we are there. This will not impact on the number of game drives that we have within the park.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Windhoek

    The tour starts in Windhoek. Those on group flights will be picked up at the airport and we will drive into town for an hour or so. In town everyone will have a chance to change money and pick up any supplies they may need. We will then drive to our lodge. The afternoon can be spent exploring or relaxing.

    Arebbusch Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Drive to Ghanzi; walk with bushmen in the Kalahari Desert

    Leaving Windhoek behind, we drive east towards Botswana. Our destination today is Ghanzi, a small town located in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. Late in the afternoon we join San bushmen on a two hour walk into the bush and learn first-hand how to survive in this arid environment. In the process will learn more about San culture and the wildness that they live in. (driving 530kms/6.5hrs)

    Thakadu Bush Camp or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 3

    To Okavango Delta

    Today we travel into the Okavango Delta. Following lunch and a welcome briefing, we board mokoros and make our way to our camp in the delta (depending on water levels we may drive in a 4x4). You will need to pack light for the next three days as all luggage will go to camp using mokoros. Camp will be set up and ready for us on arrival and we will meet the local staff who will be our hosts for the next few days. The camp is made up of dome tents fitted with camp beds and en suite bathrooms as well as a mess tent. Camping allows us to experience Africa at its fullest, with the sounds of the delta all around us and some of the best views of the Milky Way that you are likely to see. (driving 300kms/3.5hrs)

    Okavango Delta Wild Camp

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    Full day exploring the Okavango Delta by foot and dug-out canoe

    The Okavango Delta is one the largest inland deltas in the world and unusual because the water never reaches the sea. Instead the Okavango River empties onto open land, creating a unique and ever-changing wetland wilderness. Year-round the delta is home to a vast array of animals including elephants, lions and hippos though numbers reach their peak during the drier winter months.

    We get up early this morning for breakfast and then spend the rest of the day exploring the waterways and islands by mokoro and on foot. This evening we can enjoy sundowners and following dinner, relax around the camp fire looking back on a day well spent.

    Okavango Delta Wild Camp

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    Morning walking safari; return to Maun

    After another early start, we enjoy one final explore of the surrounding delta before returning to our collection point by mokoro. Following lunch, we drive to the town of Maun where we have a free afternoon to relax or enjoy one of the many optional activities that are available here such as scenic flights or helicopter rides.

    Sitatunga Camp or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 6

    Transfer to Guma Lagoon; optional boat ride

    Today we have a relaxed morning before heading to the northern part of the Okavango Delta. Leaving our vehicle behind again, we take a 4x4 transfer to our lodge which is located on the banks of the delta. The area is a bird watchers’ haven and there is also the option of a boat ride in the afternoon. (driving 480kms/5hrs)

    Guma Lagoon Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Cross border back into Namibia; to Rundu

    We continue our journey north and cross back into Namibia through the Mohembo border post. From here we travel in Mahango National Park which is home to a variety of wildlife including elephants, which can commonly be seen from the side of the road. Our drive along the Caprivi Strip will then take us to the small town of Rundu, situated on the Okavango River close to the Angolan border. This town will be our home for the evening. (driving 400kms/5hrs)

    Nkwazi Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    To Etosha National Park

    Our destination for today is Etosha National Park. We should arrive at Etosha in time for a late afternoon game drive before heading to our accommodation for the night. While we are here, we typically stay within the park on some or all of the nights (subject to availability) and some of these are located next to waterholes. These camps also offer optional night drives which you can book and pay for on arrival. (driving 450kms/5hrs)

    Namutoni Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Full day in Etosha

    In complete contrast to the Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park is a relatively arid wilderness of mixed forest and grassland centred around a large salt pan. Etosha is scattered with waterholes where the park’s great variety of animals congregate to drink, making them fairly easy to find. Zebra, giraffe, cheetah, elephant and lion are all present and the park is also home to a number of black rhino. Additionally, Etosha is a good place for birds, with plenty of water birds on the lakes and weaverbirds and hornbills in the trees.

    Okaukuejo Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Drive to Brandberg, walk to the ‘White Lady’ rock painting

    Leaving Etosha behind, we stop by the small town of Outjo before continuing our journey towards Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg, in Damaraland. The Damaraland area is famous for the desert elephants which roam in the Ugab River. Star gazing is normally spectacular from this remote area. (driving 380kms/5hrs)

    Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 11

    Transfer to Swakopmund

    We begin our day with a short drive to Brandberg, where we will enjoy a walk through valley 45 for approximately 1.5 hours. Along the way we will view beautiful, granite rock formations and a variety of birdlife. The valley takes us to the famous ‘White Lady’ rock painting which, along with a number of other small paintings and engravings, are thought to have been left by Bushmen at least 2000 years ago. Afterwards we head towards the Atlantic Ocean to the coastal town of Swakopmund, a small German colonial resort town with quaint cake shops and coffee houses and a centre for adrenaline activities. (driving 300kms/5.5hrs)

    Hotel Europa Hof or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Free day for optional activities

    Today is a free day to enjoy one of the many optional activities on offer in and around town. At sea you can go deep-sea fishing, in the desert you can go sand-boarding and quad-biking and in the sky you can fly over the skeleton coast. Or if none of these appeal you can spend the day enjoying the fantastic Viennese style cakes, walk along the beach or in the nearby dunes or just enjoy watching the world go-by in this town which seems strangely out of place in Africa.

    Hotel Europa Hof or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Morning stop at Walvis Bay; drive through Namib Desert to Sesriem

    After breakfast we visit nearby Walvis Bay where we should hopefully see flamingos. Our journey then takes us through the Namib-Naukluft National Park – home to one of the driest and oldest deserts on Earth. The park contains some spectacular desert scenery and there will be photo opportunities along the way. (driving 340kms/5hrs)

    Weltevrede Guest Farm or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 14

    Explore Sossusvlei sand dunes; optional excursion to Deadvlei

    We have an early start this morning so we can see the tallest sand dunes in the world in the morning light. We also have the opportunity to climb one of the dunes for fantastic views of the surrounding area. Afterwards, we can either walk to Hiddenvlei or take a transfer (optional extra) to Deadvlei where ancient acacia trees in the desert form an eerie scene. If we’re lucky we may see gemsbok or ostrich among the sand dunes. In the afternoon we take a walk in Sesriem Canyon before returning to our accommodation and in the evening we enjoy our final dinner together. (driving 200kms/3hrs)

    Weltevrede Guest Farm or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 15

    Return to Windhoek; end

    We typically have an early start this morning as we have a long drive back to Windhoek where the tour ends. (driving 220kms/4hrs)

    Please note: Clients must not book flights leaving before 3PM.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Guesthouses, Lodges & Wild Camping

12 nights lodges/hotels and 2 nights full-service camping.

Throughout this trip we stay in mostly 2 and 3-star en suite hotels or lodges and occasionally in permanent tented camps (which also have beds and en suite facilities). The rooms are simple, comfortable and clean. Most properties have swimming pools. WiFi is available in a number of properties but not everywhere.

In the Okavango Delta we spend two nights full-service wild camping. Our camp is set up for us and all equipment is provided. We sleep in dome tents fitted with camp beds that are topped with a mattress and en suite bathrooms that have a bush-shower and toilet. When visiting the delta we take only what we need for 3 days (sleeping bags and pillows are provided).

Please note that due to the limited amount of accommodation within Etosha National Park, it may be necessary to sleep outside the park on some or all of the nights that we are there. This will not impact on the number of game drives that we have within the park.

Single accommodation (available on request)

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £420.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners included.

In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day. Please allow approximately £10/US$15 per meal per person for meals not included. Some meals are in restaurants or the lodges whilst others will be prepared by the crew. Camp meals are freshly cooked over the camp fire. They are wholesome and plentiful, but do not expect cordon bleu cuisine and please note it is not always easy to get fresh meat. However, the standard of food is generally good. Breakfast - cereals, coffee, yoghurt, muesli, fresh fruit or the occasional fried breakfast. Lunch - cheese, cold meats, pasta, salads, bread or rolls. Dinner - potjie (stew), braai (BBQ) or stir fries. Vegetarians are well catered for on this trip though sometimes options might be more limited.

Transportation

The vehicle normally used for this trip is a specially modified safari truck with up to sixteen seats for clients. Seating is forward facing and the windows are large and easy to open. Smaller groups may be in a Hilux/Land Cruiser. People are expected to move around to permit everyone a chance to have a window seat. All vehicles carry a reference library and icebox. Please note, it is not safe to stand when the vehicle is moving, please remain seated until the vehicle stops, even on game drives.

Entering the Okavango Delta is done by Mokoro canoes – a typical dugout canoe low in the water and poled by one of the expert polers from the local community.

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

Namibia

Namibia is in the Southern Hemisphere, therefore essentially has the opposite seasonality to the UK. The months of June, July and August, whilst clear and warm during the day, can drop down to single figures and even freezing at night. Between September and May it is considerably warmer with the time between October and March being the hottest, getting up to the high 30sºC. However it is always a dry heat and the temperature does drop at night. The wet season is between November and February, but this is not a bad time to go as the desert blooms after rainfall, there is plenty of birdlife to see and, it never rains for very long.

Botswana

There is no best time to go in terms of game viewing or conditions in the Delta, as the Delta flows all 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). 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.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 17 Days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways or South African Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call 
one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.


Travelling land only: 15 days starting and ending in Windhoek

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Windhoek in the morning of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

In the unlikely event of any of your luggage being misplaced or damaged, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

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.

Transfers Details

Exodus offers FREE airport arrival transfers on any flight for this trip, for both Land Only and Flight Inclusive clients, so no matter which flight you choose to arrive on you will be met and transferred to your hotel. All those taking advantage of the free airport transfers must provide full flight details for both arrival and departure in advance; unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel; transfers to other hotels in the same city may attract an extra charge; transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times.
The last night of the trip will be spent in or near Sesriem and the tour finishes in Windhoek. If your return flight home departs before the group flight you may have to get a private transfer from Sesriem to Windhoek. Please ask a member of our sales team for more details. FREE airport departure transfers are only available for return flights departing after the group flight - from our Windhoek hotel to the airport.

Location start:
Windhoek
Location end:
Windhoek

What to Take

Essential Equipment

You will need the following essential items:

Torch

Sun hat and glasses

Sun cream

Insect repellent

Good walking shoes 

Daypack (big enough to carry essentials into the delta)

Swimming costume

Towel

Clothes for hot and sometimes cold weather (long sleeves/trousers to protect from mosquito bites)

Neutral coloured clothes (for the game walks)

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn't yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. On your trip the tap water is safe to drink and the vehicle has a water tank. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout and all you need to do is bring a bottle to re‐fill along the way. If you prefer the taste of bottled water, it is possible to purchase and re-fill from 5l bottles throughout the itinerary.

If while packing you find a spare bit of space in your bag please be sure to check out our partner 'Pack for a Purpose' to identify items that are needed locally by schools and medical clinics. Your Tour Leader can assist with donating the items.
http://www.packforapurpose.org/

If while packing you find a spare bit of space in your bag please be sure to check out our partner ‘Pack for a Purpose’ to identify items that are needed locally by schools and medical clinics. Your Tour Leader can assist with donating the items. http://www.packforapurpose.org

Optional Equipment

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

Solar charger (as there will be no electricity in the delta)

Waterproof bags (to protect valuables on the mokoros)

Practical Information

Passport

Namibia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Namibia

Visas for Namibia are not required for UK or Commonwealth passport holders. Other nationalities should check before travelling. Please ensure you have a one full blank page in your passport. 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 note that if flying via South Africa you will probably have to pass immigration there.

Please note that new regulations relating to travel with children means that in addition to valid passports, parents travelling with children (under 18) should at all times carry the original or certified copy of the unabridged birth certificate (listing the child’s and both parents’ details).

Adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel. If a child is travelling with only one parent, the other parent should give consent for travel in the form of an affidavit.

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.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Namibia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

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

Botswana

Vaccination against Yellow Fever is necessary if you are coming from a country with Yellow Fever, and you must bring a valid certificate of vaccination (Namibia was not on this list at the time of writing - September 2019).

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

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

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

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.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Namibia's Timezone:
Africa/Windhoek CAT (GMT +02:00)
Botswana's Timezone:
Africa/Gaborone CAT (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Namibia's Electricity:

220 Volts. Plug types D & M; establishments often take the large 3 round pin plugs as used in South Africa.

Botswana's Electricity:

230 Volts. Plug types D,G & M; establishments can often take UK plugs and/or the large South African round pin plugs.

Money

Namibia's Currency

The national currency of Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (NAD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (July 2020) of approximately 21 to the GBP,  17 to the USD, 13 to the CAD, 19 to the EUR, 12 to the AUD and 11 to the NZD.

The Namibian Dollar is pegged to the South African Rand and both currencies are interchangeable in Namibia (though not in S. Africa). It is easier to obtain South African Rand than Namibian Dollars in your home country before travelling. You can also change GB£, US$ and Euros in Namibia.

Botswana's Currency

The national currency of Botswana is the Botswana Pula (BWP), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (July 2020) of approximately 14 to the GBP,  11.6 to the USD, 8.5 to the CAD, 13 to the EUR, 8 to the AUD and 7.4 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

Most hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Credit cards are widely accepted, and there are cash machines in the main towns and the airport, but you should not rely on this for all your money.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Please allow approximately £10/US$15 per person for meals not included

Optional Excursions
Swakopmund: There are numerous optional activities available such as ocean fishing, quad‐biking and sand boarding but there's plenty to occupy you if you don't participate.
Deadvlei transfer (if not walking to Hiddenvlei on Day 3) N$170
Quad‐biking N$650 (for 2hrs); N$450 (for 1hr)
Fat biking N$450 (for 2hrs)
Flight over Sossousvlei and Skeleton Coast N$4200 (for 2hrs)
Ocean fishing N$1200-1800
Living Desert tour N$950 (half day)
Swakopmund township tour N$650
Sandboarding N$500 (lay down); N$600 (stand up)

Etosha:
Additional Etosha safari N$750

Windhoek:
Windhoek township tour N$400 (minimum 2 people otherwise price higher)
Okapuka Ranch N$350 (game drive) / N$500 (one way transfer to ranch)
Daan Viljoen Game Reserve N$30 (entrance fee for walking trail)/ N$650 (one way transfer to reserve)

Okavango:
Helicopter ride USD$180 (minimum 3 people / for 25mins)
Scenic flight USD$125 (minimum 4 people)

 

These prices are subject to change.

Tipping

This is entirely optional but we would recommend approximately £1-2 (US$1.5-3) per person per day.

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

All accommodations employs local staff and uses local produce and supplies wherever possible, benefiting the wider community. Energy saving bulbs and water conservation signs utilised in the lodges are a great way to reduce environmental impact but we are still careful about managing waste, litter and noise pollution.

On our wildlife safaris and game drives, twenty-five percent of all park entrance fees paid is reinvested into essential infrastructure and services related to tourism in Namibia’s parks. This is done through the Game Products Trust Fund by the MET (Ministry of Environmental and Tourism). In addition, by running game drives in Etosha National Park, we are also contributing to local community initiatives and helping to fund the protection of the wide range of species which live there.

This trip includes a visit to the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre which is used to assist the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores through research, education and rehabilitation. We will meet the resident cheetahs and learn about the conservation efforts to protect the majestic creatures. However, the cheetah enclosure has now been reduced in size as the centre is making improvements to its fencing. It is due to be completed in April/May 2019 but an exact date is yet to be confirmed. Exodus does not wish to stop supporting the project during the transitional period so we decided to continue to include it in our itinerary. However, it does mean seeing the cheetahs in a smaller enclosure than normal.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake 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.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances 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.

On all trips

In 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 you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 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.

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; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, 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.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

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. Book with confidence: 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 monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.