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Botswana and Zimbabwe Wildlife

17 Days

$13965 Per Person

Single Supplement $2685

31st October 2024

Immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of Botswana and Zimbabwe with our 17-day safari adventure. Witness the awe-inspiring landscapes and remarkable wildlife that define these iconic African destinations.

Experience the thrill of a lifetime as you discover the unparalleled beauty and wildlife of Botswana and Zimbabwe on this unforgettable safari adventure.

“I believe that no one could perceive where the vast body of water went; it seemed to lose itself in the earth, the opposite lip of the fissure into which it disappeared being only 80 feet distant.” * David Livingstone (Scottish physician and explorer; Livingstone quote about his first sight of Victoria Falls in 1855)

Notes:

BOTSWANA – Australian passport holders do not require a visa. There are no COVID-19 related entry restrictions at this time. However, travellers should carry a copy of their international vaccination certificate in case the advice changes. Malaria precautions are recommended, for all other medical advice, please speak with a doctor.

ZIMBABWE – Australian passport holders require a visa for Zimbabwe, this can be obtained upon arrival at the border for USD30 (single entry). There are no COVID-19 related entry restrictions at this time. However, travellers should carry a copy of their international vaccination certificate in case the advice changes. Malaria precautions are recommended, for all other medical advice, please speak with a doctor.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Thursday 31st October 2024 Melbourne – Sydney

Today we depart to Melbourne Airport where we board our flight to Sydney where we stay the night at Sydney Rydges to rest up before our flight tomorrow.

Day 2 – Friday 1st November 2024 - Maun, Botswana Safari Begins

On arrival at Maun International Airport, you will be met and transferred to Thamalakane River Lodge, located on the banks of the Thamalakane River. It is just outside of Maun and en-route to the famous Okavango Delta. The rest of the afternoon of your first day on safari in Botswana may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available at the lodge. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group that you are travelling with. Thamalakane River Lodge.

Day 3 & 4 – Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd - Maun to Okavango Delta

After breakfast, we head to Etosha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta. Unlike other deltas, it flows deep into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the sea. The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We have the opportunity to stop at a secluded island for a 1½ hour guided walk during which you may spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water-filled paradise. Guma Lagoon Camp.

Day 5 – Monday 4th - Greater Moremi Area

After breakfast, we head south, travelling via Maun to our second camp in the delta. It is situated in a private concession in the Greater Moremi area. This large expanse of pristine delta vegetation is renowned for its concentration of mammals. It is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during a game drive. Game viewing is seasonal and depending on the time of the year, you may see different species in different areas. The best time for game viewing in the delta is towards the end of the dry season and spring from August to November. During this period we will drive further to get closer to the rivers and channels for the best game viewing. In the summer, the abundant birdlife often means exceptional sightings of wildfowl, waders and raptors. Mogogelo Camp.

Day 6 – Tuesday 5th - Game Drives in Greater Moremi Area

We have the opportunity to explore the Greater Moremi area on morning and afternoon game drives as well as during a very special night drive. Expect exceptional game viewing from the vehicles and we hope to show you the rare nocturnal animals that call this area home on the night drive. Mogogelo Camp.

Day 7 – Wednesday 6th - Moremi Game Reserve

Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta. It is known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa, with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. A full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve with guided mokoro safaris through the waterways. Mogogelo Camp.

Day 8 – Thursday 7th - Moremi Game Reserve to Nata

Leaving the Moremi bush behind us, we travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans on this leg of our Botswana safari. The area was once a large river-fed lake that has become saline and empty and incorporates a multitude of salt pans and vast grass plains dotted by palm islands. Together this forms the Great Makgadikgadi which is the largest area of salt pans in the world, covering some 37,000 square km. We arrive at our lodge on the edge of the pans in the late afternoon. Nata Lodge.

Day 9 & 10 – Friday 8th & Saturday 9th - Nata to Chobe National Park

We head off to Nata Bird Sanctuary in the morning, which offers us the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans (please note a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels as well as time constraints). After breakfast, we continue our journey north to Kasane, the gateway to your safari into Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second-largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephants found on the African continent. The afternoon is at your own leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool. Start your morning of day 9 with a spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and chill time until your boat cruise on the Chobe River starts around 3 pm. This Chobe River cruise offers excellent opportunities to photograph elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds. Chobe Safari Lodge. ZIMBABWE – Australian passport holders require a visa for Zimbabwe, this can be obtained upon arrival at the border for USD30 (single entry). There are no COVID-19 related entry restrictions at this time. However, travellers should carry a copy of their international vaccination certificate in case the advice changes. Malaria precautions are recommended, for all other medical advice, please speak with a doctor.

Day 11, 12 & 13th – Sunday 10th, Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th - Chobe Botswana to Hwange National Park Zimbabwe

Today we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and to our lodge located in a private concession within Hwange National Park. You will spend the next three nights in this wildlife-rich area. This afternoon you can partake in an optional game drive if time allows. Over the following two days, you will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to massive herds of elephants, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffes. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. You will also visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect these endangered species. During your stay, you can also meet with the anti-poaching unit and learn what drives these conservation warriors. Elephant’s Eye Tented Camp.

Day 14 – Wednesday 13th - Hwange to Victoria Falls

After breakfast and the end of your safari in Hwange, we head back towards Victoria Falls. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure enjoying one of the many activities that Vic Falls has to offer. Shearwater Explorers Village.

Day 15 – Thursday 14th - Victoria Falls

Explore Victoria Falls at your leisure today. The town offers unique experiences, from adventure activities to cultural experiences. Your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya- "the smoke that thunders”. In the afternoon we embark on a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Shearwater Explorers Village.

Day 16 – Friday 15th - End Victoria Falls

Our Botswana and Zimbabwe safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.

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Tour Terms and Conditions:

Passenger Details

We require the correct names and initials of all people travelling in order to make bookings. The names and initials must match exactly to each traveller’s passport so as to avoid any problems with bookings. Should the wrong information be given, ATS reserves the right to charge additional fees to cover additional administrative costs to re-book or re-ticket the bookings under the correct name.

Deposit & Balance

A non–refundable security deposit of $5,000 (depending on destination) plus a signed booking form is payable at the time of booking. Payment of deposit represents acceptance of ATS Terms & Conditions by the purchaser and/or passenger/s. As a general  rule the balance is payable 70 days prior to departure, or immediately if travelling within 70 days of booking, however certain hotels, lodges, suppliers of transport and/or accommodation require balances to  be  paid up to 120 days prior departure. You will be generally advised of this at time of booking or when the supplier advises us. Any monies paid to your Travel Agent shall not be taken as paid to us unless/until we receive them.

Breakdown of Costing

As all African Travel Specialists tours, packages, stopovers, car hire, train trips, fly-in packages, etc and other arrangements are based on confidential and specially negotiated rates, we reserve the right and will not give out nor supply a breakdown of costs at any time.

Game Park Fees and Government Charges

Please refer to the particular trip for details, however, game park fees and park entrance fees may be payable direct to the park authorities especially where the local regulations require them not to be paid in advance. Game park fees and park

entrance fees are subject to change without notice. Also Government charges, for example entrance fees to certain sites, are subject to change and/or increase without notice. ATS reserves the right to charge extra for either, game park fees, park entrance fees or government charges, should they increase at any time, even after full payment has been received, without notice.

Airport/Ticket Taxes

Ticket taxes, airport taxes etc are subject to change without notice. Some airport taxes are not included on your air ticket are payable on departure from some international airports in Africa. These are usually payable in US Dollars in cash; exact amounts are required as no change is given.

Cancellation Fees and Refunds

Any cancellations must be received in writing and will take effect from the date it is received by ATS. The following cancellation fees will apply for tour costs:

More than 60 days before departure:                   Loss of Deposit

59 – 41 days before departure:                              40%

40 – 35 days before departure:                              60%

Under 35 days or less:                                            No refund

The exceptions are those amounts that can be refunded, such as airfares (less those amounts forfeited under airline regulations and loss of profit incurred by ATS). Should payment be received in advance of 60 days, for example in the case when payment is made to avoid increases due to currency fluctuations, ATS reserves the right to charge cancellation fees of up to 100%, especially where full payment has been made to our ground handlers, hoteliers, and airlines etc. Whilst insurance premiums are not refundable, should the reason for cancellation fall within the terms of the insurance cover, cancellation fees will normally be refunded by the insurance company. The non- issuance of an invoice or non-payment of deposit will not exempt passengers from these cancellation and administrative fees. We regret that we can make no exception to the charges and strongly recommend that insurance is taken out to cover cancellation fees (see Insurance below). There will be no refunds on unused tours, accommodation or other services.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for the full duration of your trip. We recommend a comprehensive travel insurance to cover cancellation, health requirements, luggage and additional expenses, in particular to cover emergency evacuation. Further we recommend a separate insurance cover for expensive camera and video and other equipment. Further we advise that insurance policies rarely cover for loss of cash. We strongly recommend that insurance be purchased at the time of booking. Should you not take out insurance, we cannot be held responsible for costs incurred (including cancellation fees) arising from circumstances outside our control.

Passport

You should be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay in Africa with at least 6 spare visa pages.

Visa Requirements

Australian passport holders currently require visas for Zimbabwe, Zambia (issued on arrival at a fee), Tanzania, Kenya and many West African, Central African, East African & North African countries. Other nationalities require a re-entry permit to Australia and may require additional visas to the above. Contact ATS for further details.

Vaccinations & Health

For most trips to Africa, the following vaccinations are recommended: Yellow Fever (Compulsory for East Africa and many countries in Central & North Africa), Typhoid, Meningitis, Hepatitis A, (maybe Hepatitis B for longer visits) Polio, Diphtheria, Cholera, Tetanus and Malaria. Whilst these vary depending on the countries visited, length of time away and the type of accommodation and transport used, we recommend that these and your other health needs be discussed with your doctor or specialist travel medical centre. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate vaccinations and documentation.

Currency

Each country in Africa has its own currency. It is strongly recommended that you carry some US dollars cash in small denominations, (not US$ 100 bills) as well as credit cards such as Visa or MasterCard. Foreign currency can be changed into local currency at banks, authorized money exchanges and your hotel.

Extensions and Amendments

Not possible after a holiday has commenced.

Hotel and Tour Information

Whilst every effort is taken to ensure the accuracy of hotel and tour information, we rely on the information supplied to us. As all hotels and tour operators are constantly changing services and facilities, we cannot be liable for any errors or omissions caused by the hotels and operators concerned.

Changes in Itinerary

As we are only an agent for airlines, hotels, tour operators and other Service Providers (see below under “Responsibility and Liability”) your booking may be required to be changed or cancelled due to circumstances outside our control; e.g; if a hotel is overbooked or an airline reschedules its flights or if a tour is cancelled. Further, at certain times of the year, due to heavy bookings, we may not be able to obtain the accommodation advertised. In this case, we will use alternative accommodation of a similar standard, or the next best available. Accordingly we reserve the right to vary your itinerary or cancel your booking at any time.

Not Included in the Holiday Cost

Costs of passports or visas, meals (other than those specified), all items of a personal nature such as excess baggage, telephone calls, laundry, room service, airport taxes and government taxes (other than accommodation taxes) any costs in Australia, Australian Passenger Movement Charge, Sydney Noise Levy Tax and any international taxes and travel Insurance.

Passenger Contact Advice

You must notify us or your Travel Agent of any changes of address or telephone numbers to ensure any arrangement variations can be notified within 24 hours.

Third Party Information Requirements

It is now a requirement that we, at times, may be required to pass on your private information to certain third parties, including some overseas suppliers. For example, most Airlines now require your contact details, such as home phone number, mobile phone number and email address, to be included in your booking, which require your permission under the Privacy Act. Also banks and other financial institutions may require details of travellers including their dates of birth, home address and phone numbers, for payments to certain countries that you may be travelling to, in order to comply with new strict Australian Government regulations. By signing the booking form, you agree in giving us permission for us to pass on this information in order to comply with these third party requirements.

Responsibilities and Liability

African Travel Specialists (a division of Four Corners Travel Group Pty Ltd ACN 004 712 734), (referred to as “ATS”) does not itself provide carriage services, accommodation, transport or tours. ATS acts as an agent for accommodation providers, air, coach, shipping, rail, and other carriage or transport providers, tour operators and other service and product providers (referred to as ‘Service Providers’). All products and services provided by Service Providers are provided on those Service Providers’ own terms and conditions, which may include limitations and exclusions of liability. All bookings with ATS and all tickets, vouchers, receipts, coupons, exchange orders and other like documents issued to the client, are subject to each Service Provider’s terms and conditions governing the provision of products and services to be provided by that Service Provider. ATS shall not be liable for any acts, omissions or defaults whether negligent or otherwise, of any Service Providers. ATS shall also not be liable (whether in contract, tort or otherwise) for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage, expense, delay or inconvenience resulting directly or indirectly from circumstances outside ATS’s control, including acts of God, war, civil disturbance, strikes, fire, flood, acts of government or other authorities, breakdowns, accidents, disease, quarantine, medical or customs regulations, and alterations, cancellations or delays concerning itineraries, timetables or accommodation. To the fullest extent permitted by law, ATS shall not be liable for loss of revenue, loss of profits, loss of anticipated savings or business, pure economic loss, loss of opportunity or expectation or any other form of consequential, special, indirect, punitive or exemplary loss or damages. Your Travel Agent is not acting as our agent.  We will not be responsible for any information, statements or representations (whether orally or in writing) not made by us, or that are inconsistent with any documentation.

Contract

The contract between ATS and the client shall be governed by the laws of the State of Victoria. By making a booking with ATS, the client agrees to be bound by all the terms and conditions referred to in this brochure and in the ATS booking form.

 

requirement of having to be in possession of a port of entry visa for a period of ninety (90) days for holiday and business visits. The visa exemption will enter into force and be effective on 15th August 2019.

For more information please contact the South African High Commission:

Canberra: +61 2 6272 7300, immigration.canberra@foreign.gov.za

Wellington: +64 4 815 8484, consular@sahcwellington.co.nz or Wellington@foreign.gov.za

 

Regulations for Travelling with Children under 18 – Botswana

Please note that as of the 1st October 2016, the Botswana Government updated their laws concerning travelling with minors. The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs informs the general public and travel industry that it has imposed requirements for minors (children under 18) travelling through the country’s ports of entry.

 

Minors travelling through Botswana’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be presented. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate. In a letter we received from the Botswana Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, it was stated the decision is due to an enactment of the United Nations Anti Human Trafficking Protocol:

 

The following documents will be required when travelling to Botswana with minors (18 years and below):

  1. Valid Passport
  2. Valid VISA, if required
  3. Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of the parents)
  4. A letter of consent from the other parent should the minor be travelling with one parent

 

The documentation requirements must be adhered to otherwise passengers will be refused boarding by the airline. Please contact African Travel Specialists or the High Commission of the Republic of Botswana for full details.

 

 

NOTICE: Botswana Bans Plastic Bags

The Botswana Government have announced their intention to ban the use of plastic carrier bags effective from the 1st of November 2018. Guests travelling to Botswana should be aware of this and are advised to not carry plastic bags into the country. The proposed fine for carrying plastic bags will be US$500.

 

 

NOTICE: Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Releases Official Statement on Foreign Currency Ban

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority would like to assure all visitors to Zimbabwe that the recently promulgated Statutory Instrument 142 of 2019: Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (Legal Tender) Regulations, 2019 will not negatively affect the travelling public, specifically foreign visitors. The regulations are meant for any transactions carried out within Zimbabwe, where it is now illegal to use foreign in hard cash. The legal tender shall be the Zimbabwe Dollar in both cash and electronic format.

 

Any freely convertible foreign currencies remain acceptable in Zimbabwe as follows:

  1. Credit Cards are readily acceptable everywhere in Zimbabwe where the relevant arrangements have been made with the International Credit Card Companies such as VISA, MASTERCARD and others issued by different banks in the countries of origin of the travellers. Visitors are required to make the necessary arrangements with their banks before embarking on travel and when in the destination they need to look out for the logos of their respective credit cards. Please note that terms and conditions of the respective credit cards will apply and transactions are subject to the limits given by the banks. Service provider do have international credit card enable Point-of-Sale (POS) Machines.
  2. Visitors may also withdraw local cash from international credit card enabled Automated Teller Machines (ATM’s) of the different banks. These will be clearly marked international and will have the logos of the accepted credit card companies.
  3. Foreign cash may be exchanged at the bank, bureau-de-change or any other authorised foreign currency dealers at the prevailing bank rates. Visitors may then use the so acquired local currency to transact. Visitors are however encouraged to use plastic money and only exchange amounts of money in cash that they anticipate to use. However, visitors may convert their money back to their foreign currency subject to prevailing terms and conditions. This may include proof in the prescribed format that one changed money upon their arrival.
  4. Online payments and telegraphic transfers remain acceptable forms of payment in Zimbabwe
  5. Visa fees where applicable are payable in foreign currency and may be paid in cash at any port of entry. The Government of Zimbabwe has an e-visa system and intending travellers may apply and pay for their visas online.
  6. Tipping is not a commercial transaction and hence visitors are at liberty to tip the way they want. It becomes incumbent upon the recipient to ensure adherence to the foreign exchange regulations.

 

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has it from authoritative sources that reports circulating in certain sections of the social media purporting that police are authorised to stop and search people for foreign currency are untrue and should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve.

 

For any further information and/or clarifications and in cases of problems please contact the Head Corporate Affairs on +263 71 844 9067 and e-mail koti@ztazim.co.zw or any of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority offices.

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