TailorMade: Southern Africa Encompassed
About South Africa
When it comes to raw, in-your-face wildness, South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe are incredible. Witness traditional dancing, explore the Okavango Delta and capture the “big five” (with your camera, of course) in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. This tour isn’t simply a taste of Africa; it’s a full-course meal — with seconds.
Okavango Delta Excursion. Chobe River Sunset Boat Cruise. Chobe National Park Safari Drive. Wildlife Safari in Hwange National Park. Victoria Falls Guided Tour. Boma Dinner & Drumming, Victoria Falls. Panorama Route Scenic Drive. Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive. Internal flights.
Spot the “big five” in Kruger National Park, gaze out across Victoria Falls, feel the pulse of a continent at a dancing demonstration, discover three diverse countries, explore the Okavango Delta the traditional way.
The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available in southern Africa. On this tour, we provide only a few meals for you, so as to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility in you choices.
For the included meals, vegetarian meal requests and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.
Private vehicle, plane, boat, 4×4
About our Transportation
The vehicle used will depend on the number of passengers as follows:
12+ guests: Sprinter van or bus
8-11 guests: Quantum
4-7 guests: Minibus
1-3 guests: Sedan or similar
For the wildlife safari drives we use an open safari vehicle.
Hotel (7 nts), Lodge (7 nts), Bush camping (1 nt).
7 nights in comfortable twin rooms with en suite or shared facilities.
7 nights in standard rooms with en-suite facilities.
1 night is spent in pitched 2 person tents in the Delta with very basic facilities (no shower, dig-out toilet).
For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
The nearest international airport to your joining hotel is the Johannesburg International Airport (JNB).
An arrival transfer is included when you arrive on Day 1. Our driver will be waiting for you with a G Adventures sign with your name on it, and they will be waiting for you outside the luggage hall. There most likely will be many signs, so please check carefully for your name.
Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day in which no activities are planned.
We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.
Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that:
Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please call the local emergency contact numbers listed below for more information.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Local Representative (South Africa)
From outside South Africa: +27 713823286
From within South Africa: 071 3823286
If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.
Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
What to Take
You will be on the move a lot and the small planes used have limited luggage storage, so please pack as lightly as possible to avoid issues. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted to one small soft compact sports/duffel bag, or backpack, (no hard suitcases please) weighing no more than 15kg. plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited.
Porters are not often available, so be prepared to carry your own bags. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, as well as a warm jacket for early morning wildlife safari drives. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable.
The Southern Hemisphere essentially has the opposite weather to the Northern Hemisphere. The winter months of June, July and August, whilst clear and warm during the day (up to 25 degrees), 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 30C 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. We strongly recommend lots of layers to wear from the start of the day until the night. You might still need to wear a fleece jacket in the mornings, a t-shirt during the day and again the fleece jacket at sunset time. A woollen hat is also very much recommendable for the cold winter’s early morning wildlife safari drives.
Please be advised that if you plan to bring a drone with you, the use of drones in national parks in Southern Africa is prohibited.
• Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
• Warm gloves
• Warm hat
• Warm layers
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Small travel towel
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ‘emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of your tour program. The gesture serves as an expression of appreciation for exceptional service, and amounts given are up to your discretion.
Tipping is one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the African community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is an important source of income for those in the tourism industry. Giving a tip should be a seen as a formal ‘thank you’, and the action should in no way be awkward.
You may use the following as a guideline:
CEO: $5-8 USD (per day, per person)
Local guides: $2-3 USD (per day)
Safari Guide/Driver: $2-3 USD (per day)
Restaurant Staff: 10-15% of cost of bill
- Okavango Delta Flight (95USD per person)
Chobe National Park
- Evening Photo Safari Boat on Chobe River (105USD per person)
- Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride – 12min (128USD per person)
- Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride – 25min (228USD per person)
- Victoria Falls Whitewater Rafting (150-160USD per person)
- Zambezi River Sunset Cruise (41USD per person)
- Panorama Route Scenic Drive (Day Tour)
Safety and Security
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. Please note that any optional activities you undertake that are not part of your itinerary, we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.
Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.
Trip Specific Safety
GENERAL: Look after your personal items. Do not leave your valuables visible in a car or hotel room. Lock your hotel room door when you enter and when you leave. Do not carry large amount of cash on you. Avoid displaying flashy jewellery and carry your camera in its pack on your shoulder rather than around your neck. Keep your passport, airline tickets, money, important documents locked up in your room/safe – do not carry it with you.
Parks and Reserves: Please ensure that your stay is happy and safe by taking note of a few simple warnings. You will be sharing your stay with many exciting and unusual creatures but without knowledge some of them could be dangerous: Example: Bats, Spiders, Snakes, Scorpions, Malaria Zone. If you must walk around at night please DO NOT DO SO WITHOUT A FLASHLIGHT. Remember: by feeding any wildlife, you are signing their death warrant as they become aggressive!
Theft, can be a problem in the bigger towns and cities. Don’t walk around with things you can’t do without, like your passport or airline tickets. Carry minimum amounts of cash and keep it hidden or in a money belt and if possible. This is less of a problem in the rural areas.
Please note that the use of drones in national parks in Southern Africa is prohibited.
A Couple of Rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts other people at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
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Day 1 Johannesburg
Arrive at any time. Your arrival transfer will take you to your hotel.
Day 2 Johannesburg/Maun (1B)
Today, fly to Maun. Airport transfers are included. Opt to take a one hour flight over the Okavango Delta, soaking up the vast scale of the area.
Plane (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 3 Maun/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)
Today you will embark on an overnight camping excursion in the Okavango Delta. Opt to upgrade to a two night, 4-star excursion.
Okavango Delta Excursion
Day 4 Okavango Delta/Maun (1B)
Spend the morning in the mokoro, exploring the channels of the delta, then transfer back to Maun. Back in Maun you have another opportunity for a scenic flight.
Day 5 Maun/Kasane (1B)
Fly to Kasane where you will embark on a sunset cruise on the Chobe River, or you can opt to take a photographic river safari.
Chobe River Sunset Boat Cruise
Day 6 Kasane (1B)
Take a morning wildlife safari drive in Chobe National Park, giving you the opportunity to spot elephants and other wildlife. There is free time this afternoon to spend as you choose.
Chobe National Park Safari Drive
Day 7 Kasane/Hwange National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Cross the border into Zimbabwe and continue to Hwange National Park. Here you will enjoy an afternoon safari in the national park. Spend the night at a lodge.
Wildlife Safari in Hwange National Park
Private Vehicle (2.50-1.00 hours)
Day 8 Hwange National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Known for its sightings of the Presidential Elephant Herd, morning and afternoon safari drives also give you the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the white rhino, antelope and leopards that inhabit the park.
Wildlife Safari in Hwange National Park
Wildlife Safari in Hwange National Park
Day 9 Hwange National Park/Victoria Falls (1B, 1D)
Travel to the majestic Victoria Falls and enjoy a guided tour on the Zimbabwean side of the falls. Tonight, indulge in a traditional Boma dining and drumming experience.
Wildlife Safari in Hwange National Park
Victoria Falls Guided Tour
Boma Dinner & Drumming
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 10 Victoria Falls (1B)
Enjoy some free time in Victoria Falls today. Feel like an adrenaline rush? Opt to go whitewater rafting. For a more relaxed pace, book a helicopter ride, or Zambezi sunset cruise.
Day 11 Victoria Falls/Johannesburg (1B)
Today you will fly back to Johannesburg. Your transfers between the hotels and airports are included.
Day 12 Johannesburg/Hazyview (1B, 1D)
Take the scenic Panorama Route drive into the Kruger National Park area by private vehicle or opt to fly to Nelspruit. Tonight, stay at a lodge near the Kruger.
Panorama Route Scenic Drive (Enroute)
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.50 hours)
Day 13 Kruger National Park (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a full day wildlife safari drive in the Kruger National Park. Keep an eye out for elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and buffalo—Africa’s famed Big Five.
Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
Day 14 Kruger National Park (1B, 1D)
Today provides another opportunity to spot wildlife in Kruger National Park on a safari drive, or opt to experience the Panorama Route on a day tour if you took a flight to Nelspruit.
Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
Day 15 Hazyview/Johannesburg (1B)
Drive back to South Africa’s largest city or opt to fly from Nelspruit.
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.50 hours)
Day 16 Johannesburg (1B)
Depart at any time.