Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Lodge departure Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Destinations:
Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AZVP
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.

22 Days Flight Inclusive
20 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

Cape Town to Victoria Falls is one of the world’s great classic journeys. Starting from Cape Town, South Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, this trip travels through Namibia's spectacular desert landscape, wildlife-rich game parks in Namibia and Botswana and finally to the mighty Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. This is an adventure through the heart of southern Africa’s dramatic scenery, with rich culture, diverse wildlife and the opportunity to partake in numerous activities along the way.

At a Glance

  • Hotel departures: 6 nights hotel/lodge, 3 nights guesthouse, 10 nights chalets
  • Camping and lodge departures available
  • Travel in a purpose-built overland truck
  • Some long drives on rough roads and early starts

Trip Highlights

  • Cape Town, Africa's most exciting city
  • Sossusvlei, the highest sand dunes in the world
  • Etosha NP with its fantastic wildlife
  • The Okavango Panhandle and Chobe NP
  • The mighty Victoria Falls

Is This Trip for You?

We run both Camping and Lodge/Hotel departures for this trip, both following a very similar itinerary.

Lodge/Hotel departures offer an accommodated version of the camping trip, staying in a range of Standard and Comfortable Hotels/chalets/lodges ranging from 2 or 3 stars. Breakfasts are eaten either at the lodge restaurant or are prepared by the local team, whilst lunches and dinners are typically prepared by the leaders and will be enjoyed in a camp-setting to give you the true open-air African experience. Some dinners will be eaten in lodge/hotel restaurants as well. 

Transport for all departures is in a specially modified safari vehicle. All vehicles carry a reference library, fridge and/or icebox. 80% of Namibian roads are good gravel roads. However, the road 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. Distances are long on some days as this 21 day trip is 5000km long, but it does take in an amazing variety of landscapes from desert to swampland and wildlife with scenic views. Drive times below are only approximations and do vary with road conditions and the number of stops.

Where we travel to in South Africa is safe, and the risk of crime is generally low. However, there are important steps that can be taken to minimise the risk of theft and these include leaving valuables in your hotel's safe, at home, or concealed in the vehicle when not needed. Do not carry more cash than you need, as cards are widely accepted in South Africa. If using an ATM, do not do this alone and be mindful of your surroundings. It is not advisable to walk around after dark, particularly in the city of Cape Town where you can easily and inexpensively take an Uber, or ask your hotel to arrange a taxi.

Legal Note: all group members joining this tour will be asked to sign an indemnity form at the start of the holiday. This indemnity form is a requirement of the South African Tourism Service Association which our local supplier is a member of. 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.

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.

Group

The trip is led by a leader/driver and a camp assistant.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
14

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Cape Town.

    Those on the group flights will be taken to the hotel in Cape Town upon arrival. If you're not on the group flights we suggest you aim to arrive at the lodge in Cape Town by mid-afternoon. If the weather is good this afternoon there may be the opportunity for an optional excursion up Table Mountain via cable car. Table Mountain is often the first image that springs to mind whenever one thinks of Cape Town – the views across the city on a clear day are incredible. If the weather is not good enough this will be a free afternoon, with the opportunity to explore the famous V & A Waterfront.

    Sweetest Guesthouses or similar

  • Day 2

    Visit Table Mountain; afternoon wine tour.

    If we didn’t have the opportunity to make it up Table Mountain yesterday then we another chance this morning, driving first along the spectacular Chapman's Peak drive (please note, occasionally this drive is closed and we will have to go around it), via Houtbay. Alternatively, there may be time to visit Cape Point. In the afternoon we will visit a local wine farm – the area surrounding Cape Town is renowned for its wine and we will get a chance to sample some of the local produce.

    The order of activities in Cape Town is flexible as we will time going up Table Mountain for when the weather is best. Evening meals can be enjoyed at various restaurants on the beaches along the coast – Cape Town is a food and drink lover's paradise!

    Sweetest Guesthouses or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    To Olifants River.

    We leave Cape Town and travel through farmlands of citrus, maize, cattle and sheep as we start the journey towards Namibia. Our first stop is in the fertile Olifants River Valley, giving us a glimpse into the agricultural lifestyle of the Western Cape. (about 5hrs drive)
    Highlanders Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    To Orange River; afternoon optional canoeing.

    Today we drive to Orange River (5 hours + 1 hour border crossing), where Namibia's southern border meets South Africa. There is free time to relax this afternoon. Our camp for the night will be in a picturesque location on the riverbank. (450km, 6-7hrs)
    Felix Unite Cabanas or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    To Fish River Canyon; afternoon walk.

    In the morning we enjoy a canoe trip on the Orange River. It is not tough on the water and the trip gives us the chance to see the flora and fauna of the region as we drift by. We then take a short drive (3 hours) to the second largest canyon on earth – Fish River Canyon. The views from the canyon rim are spectacular and there is time for a short walk along it in the afternoon for superb sunset views.
    Canyon Mountain Camp / Canyon Lodge or similar
    * larger groups typically stay in two separate properties on this night due to the lack of accommodation options in the area - standards can vary and early bookers are assigned better rooms.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    To Sesriem.

    A day's travel along the edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem where we stay overnight outside the park. (550km, 8.5-9hrs)
    Little Sossus Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 7

    Full day exploring Sossusvlei.

    We will leave our lodge early to spend the morning at the Sossusvlei dunes, one of the great sights of Africa. Whilst we cannot enter the park till sunrise, the early morning light on the dunes is still a spectacular site and it is worth getting up for. Those feeling energetic will have the opportunity to climb Dune 45. We will enjoy a picnic breakfast at the dunes. We take a 2km walk into the Hiddenvlei area (optional one way shuttle transfer instead). If we're lucky we may see gemsbok, ostrich or even black-backed jackals among the dunes, an irresistibly photogenic scene!  In the afternoon we visit Sesriem Canyon.
    Little Sossus Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    To Swakopmund.

    A long, spectacular drive through Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund via Walvis Bay to see, in season (summer), Flamingoes in their thousands. This national park, one of the largest in the world, is home to one of the driest and oldest deserts on earth. It contains some of the finest desert scenery in Africa, if not in the world, with towering jagged rock formations and incredible lunar landscapes. (300km, 4-5hrs)
    D'avignon Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Free day to enjoy optional activities

    Swakopmund has invented itself as Namibia's adventure sports capital, and we have a full day in Swakopmund to enjoy some of the optional adventure activities on offer; go on a dolphin cruise or township tour or take a flight over the desert! Alternatively, explore the German-style town and visit some of the excellent cake shops for which Swakopmund is famous.
    D'avignon Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 10

    To Twyfelfontein; visit Bushman paintings.

    We continue inland to Damaraland, one of the most ruggedly beautiful areas of Namibia and a roaming area of the elusive desert-dwelling elephant. We then visit Twyfelfontein where there are ancient and well-preserved rock-engravings. Local Damaras will guide us on a 30 minute rocky walk to see the rock-engravings. In the late afternoon, just before arriving at our destination, we'll visit the 260 million year old petrified forest. (400km, 6-7hrs)
    iGowati Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 11

    To Etosha N.P.

    In the morning we drive north to Etosha National Park where some of the world’s best wildlife viewing can be found. We should arrive at Etosha, which means the 'Great White Place of Dry Water' in time to do a late afternoon game drive before arriving at our camp where there will be a waterhole for game viewing at night. (300km, 4-5hrs)
    Etosha Park Chalets or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Days 12-13

    Two days game viewing.

    We have two days to really enjoy this fabulous park with its mixed forest and grassland centred around a large salt pan. Etosha is home to a great variety and number of game, which is easy to find as the animals congregate at different times around the waterholes. There are waterholes next to the excellent campsites, and it is not uncommon for us to spend all night watching a gala performance of animals: wildebeest, zebra, impala, springbok, kudu, elephant, giraffe, lion and even rhino are all common sights here. Take plenty of patience and you will be rewarded by one of the greatest game spectacles in Southern Africa. Etosha is also a good place for birds, with plenty of waterbirds on the lakes and weaverbirds and hornbills in the trees. While in Etosha we move our camps (between Okaukuejo, Halali or Namutoni) but the itinerary is kept flexible depending on where the game is.
    Etosha Park Chalets or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 14

    To Okavango River.

    Long drive through local villages to the Okavango River - the main watercourse supplying the Okavango Delta. (650km, 8hrs)
    Rainbow River Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Mokoro (dugout canoe) ride on the Okavango.

    We take a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) ride from our camp on the Okavango River. Please note that in March/April, the river may be flooded and we may have to substitute our mokoros for a boat ride. The birdlife is prolific and, at certain times of the year, so is the game. Gliding through the waterways by mokoro is the ideal way to absorb the sheer peace and tranquillity of the place. We also have the option of a village tour to meet the local community. 
    Rainbow River Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 16

    To Chobe River.

    Drive through the Caprivi Strip and into Botswana to Chobe National Park area in Kasane, home to huge numbers of elephant and hippo. (400km, 5.5-6hrs, border crossing 1hr)
    Kwalape Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 17

    Game drive and boat ride in Chobe N.P.

    Today we have an early morning game drive in Chobe National Park and an afternoon boat ride on the Chobe River where it is possible to view huge herds of elephant coming down to drink as well as many other types of game. For bird lovers, the river provides a home for the majestic African Fish Eagle and a number of species of brightly coloured bee-eaters. The area surrounding the Chobe River typically has the highest concentration of wildlife within the park as animals congregate here, particularly in the dry season (April to October).
    Kwalape Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 18

    To Victoria Falls.

    After a leisurely breakfast we drive to Victoria Falls, a small town on the Zimbabwean side of the glorious Victoria Falls (entrance own expense US$ 30). The waterfall itself is majestic, the activities enthralling and the scenery of the Upper Zambezi beautiful. (100km, 1.5-2hrs plus border crossing 1-2hrs)
    Rainbow Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 19

    Free day.

    Today you have a free day to enjoy the numerous activities on offer such as flights over the falls, white-water rafting, game viewing, or crossing into Zambia to see the falls from a different side (please note you will need a Zambian visa if you wish to go see the falls from the other side).
    Rainbow Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 20

    End Victoria Falls.

    End Victoria Falls. For those on group flights, these depart in the evening and will arrive in the UK the following day.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Lodges & Guesthouses

16 nights in a hotel or lodge and 3 nights in a guesthouse. We will stay in a range of properties, usually 2/3 star lodges or chalets. All rooms are en-suite throughout the trip and we upgrade to superior rooms in Etosha. The location of the accommodation means there are slight variations in the itinerary between the Lodge and Camping departures. The accommodation we use in Cape Town is either situated in the centre of town or in the surrounding area of the V & A Waterfront. Because accommodation is very oversubscribed we cannot always guarantee a particular lodge or hotel, but in Cape Town we will stay within walking distance of restaurants and it'll be easy to catch a taxi ride to the V & A Waterfront. Wifi is available about half the time but not always very reliable. Single supplement available

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.

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

Single supplement from £650.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

We suggest you allow about US$200 for meals not included in the itinerary. Please note that most included meals are actually prepared by the crew. Camp meals should be wholesome and plentiful, but do not expect cordon bleu cooking. Please note sometimes it is not easy to get fresh meat. However, the general standard of food is good and vegetarians are well catered for. Please notify Exodus of specific dietary requirements.

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

Transportation

The vehicle normally used for this trip is a specially modified safari truck. Seating is forward facing and the windows are large and easy to open. People are expected to move around to permit everyone a chance to have a window seat. There is plenty of legroom and packing space. All vehicles carry a reference library and icebox. The roads are generally excellent in South Africa with little traffic. Even the dirt roads are usually smooth and well maintained. Some of the areas we visit in Namibia are very remote and the roads are not always well maintained so it can be bumpy at times. There are four or five long driving days, but the scenery is breathtaking so this should not prove too much of a hardship. It can get cold on the truck in winter, so a warm, windproof jacket is recommended, though it is generally hot in summer.

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

The Southern Hemisphere essentially has the opposite weather to the UK. The summer months of June, July and August, whilst clear and warm during the day, can drop down to single figures and even below 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 30s (degC) and sometimes above. 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 it generally does not rain for very long.

Weather Information

The Southern Hemisphere essentially has the opposite weather to the UK. The summer months of June, July and August, whilst clear and warm during the day, can drop down to single figures and even below 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 and sometimes above. 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 it generally does not rain for very long.

Weather Charts

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 22 Days

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

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of 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.

If you are travelling on flights with via Johannesburg, please note that you will need to collect your baggage in Johannesburg, even if your bag has been checked all the way through to Cape Town
(and even if you are told at Heathrow that you do not need to pick it up). After collecting the bag, you are required to clear customs, and you should then drop it off at the bag drop for the onward flight.


Travelling land only: 20 days starting in Cape Town and ending in Victoria Falls

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Cape Town 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

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Cape Town
Location end:
Victoria Falls

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Pillow and sleeping bag (3/4 season if travelling in our summer months) ‐ N.B this is for camping departures only, lodge based departures do not need to take bedding with them.
Torch Sun hat Sun cream
Soft holdall
Good walking shoes
Clothes for hot and cool (sometimes cold) weather.

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. For your trip we have decided to include drinking water in
order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe filtered drinking water will be
available throughout which means all you need to do is bring a bottle to re‐fill along the way.
Please add this to your packing list!

At time of writing the standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international
carrier for this trip is 20kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest
you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.

Water Included

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. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Reading List

Lost World of the Kalahari
L Van der Post
A fascinating examination of the Bushmen of Botswana and their home in the Kalahari Desert.

History of Southern Africa
K Shillington (Longmans 1987)
Good, readable history of the region.

Livingstone
T Neal
Authoritative biography of the famous explorer.

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Alexandra Fuller
An autobiography about growing up in Zambia and Zimbabwe. There are several guidebooks to Namibia
published by, among others, Footprint, Lonely Planet and Insight. An excellent guide published in
South Africa is Visitors' Guide to Namibia (Olivier), and they also produce a Guide to Backpacking
and Wilderness Trails.

There is very little background reading available outside Namibia except what is found in the
guidebooks, although plenty of publications on the history and wildlife are available locally, as
well as a variety of coffee table books such as:

Namibia, the Birth of a Nation
G. Kinnock
A photographic record.

Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela

South Africa Handbook
Fodors

The Mind of South Africa
Alistair Sparks
For novels, try the writings of Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer or Booker Prize novelists John
Coetzee and Doris Lessing.
The Collins Field Guides to the Birds and Mammals of Africa are highly recommended.

Maps
The best maps at present are the 1/4000000 scale Michelin map number 955 that covers all of
Southern Africa, and the Geocentre map of Southern Africa. For further information contact Stanfords at Long Acre, London, WC2E 9LP. Tel: 020 7836 1321. Website: www.stanfords.co.uk

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.

South Africa

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 offered below is to help you with that process. 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

 

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.

 

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. 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.


South Africa
British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa.

Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.
Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents.
If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent 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.


Zimbabwe

Most nationalities, including British require a visa to visit Zimbabwe.  This can be obtained from the Zimbabwean Embassy in London but it is a lot easier to get it on arrival in Zimbabwe. 

The current charge for a single entry visit visa issued on arrival in Zimbabwe is £35.00 or 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.

If you plan on visiting Zambia as well then there is the UNIVISA (a shared visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia) that will allow you multiple entries into Zimbabwe.

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.

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

Vaccination

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. 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.

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.

South Africa

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

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

Malaria prophylaxis is essential if travelling in the greater Kruger area and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. The rest of South Africa, including the Garden Route, has a low risk of Malaria.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zimbabwe

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, 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.

The above information can change at short notice; 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

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.

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

Botswana's Timezone:
Africa/Gaborone CAT (GMT +02:00)
Namibia's Timezone:
Africa/Windhoek CAT (GMT +02:00)
South Africa's Timezone:
Africa/Johannesburg SAST (GMT +02:00)
Zimbabwe's Timezone:
Africa/Harare CAT (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

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.

Namibia's Electricity:

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

South Africa's Electricity:

South Africa uses unusual plugs with large round pins (the old UK plugs) which are generally not found on universal adaptors. It may be possible to find S. African adaptors at airports (such as Heathrow) or in S. Africa. An increasing number of properties also have European style and, to a lesser degree, British style plugs.

Zimbabwe's Electricity:

Zimbabwe has two types of sockets, the most common being the same as the one used in the UK, the other being one with large round pins (also used in South Africa).

whilst there are inverters on the trucks to charge electrical equipment please remember that there may be a queue for using them and they are not as reliable as normal plugs. We therefore recommend you make use of the charging facilities at the campsites and/or lodges we use.

Money

Botswana's Currency

The national currency of Botswana is the Botswana Pula (BWP), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (June 2017) of approximately 13 to the GBP,  10.2 to the USD, 7.7 to the CAD, 11.4 to the EUR, 7.7 to the AUD and 7.4 to the NZD.

Namibia's Currency

The national currency of Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (NAD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (June 2017) of approximately 16.6 to the GBP,  13 to the USD, 9.9 to the CAD, 14.6 to the EUR, 9.9 to the AUD and 9.5 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.

South Africa's Currency

The national currency of South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2017) of approximately 18 to the GBP, 13.5 to the USD, 10.9 to the CAD, 16 to the EUR, 10.6 to the AUD and 9.8 to the NZD.

Zimbabwe's Currency

The national currency of Zimbabwe the US Dollar (USD). The exchange rate at the time of writing (June 2017) is 1USD = 0.78GBP, 0.90EUR, 1.32AUD, 1.38NZD, 1.32CAD.

Zimbabwe uses the US Dollar as it's legal currency though South African Rand is also widely accepted. It is possible to change money in Zimbabwe at Harare airport, however we recommend you get your US Dollars before travelling to Zimbabwe for ease and because the country has had problems of cash shortages.

Try to bring small USD notes as these can be hard to come by in Zimbabwe.

ATM Availability

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

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

We recommend you allow between £5‐10 (US$10‐15) per day for drinks, souvenirs and incidentals.

Many optional activities are available, and a few of these are listed below. Please note that some
of these activities involve an element of risk. These are approximate prices and are subject to
change.

Optional Excursions 
ACTIVITIES IN NAMIBIA:
Deadvlei N$ 185
Dolphin Cruise N$ 850
Flight over Sossousvlei from N$ 5780 to N$ 15000 depending on number 
Ocean fishing N$ 1600
Township Tour N$ 550
Etosha late‐afternoon game drive N$650
ACTIVITIES IN VICTORIA FALLS: (US$ rates are approximate)

White water rafting US$130
Sunset Cruise US $65
Victoria Falls entry on Zimbabwean side US $30

The cable car at Table Mountain is approx. £20. You can pre‐purchase cable‐car tickets online at
http://www.tablemountain.net/content/page/rates ‐ they are
valid for 7 days from the chosen date.

Tipping

Tipping is obviously entirely optional but we recommend approximately ZAR750 for the leader and crew. You may also want to tip some of the local guides in places such as Chobe, the Okavango and Twyfelfontein.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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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.

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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 16 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.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

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 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 www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, 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.