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Classic Africa Safari

Introduction

This document contains essential information that you need to prepare for, as well as information you will need during your holiday with Peregrine.

We ask that you read it carefully and that you take the document with you on your holiday. It contains information on visas, vaccinations, spending money, etc, as well as a detailed, day by day itinerary of your trip.


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


Extend your holiday

Many of our trips have extensions which can easily be added to the end of your existing itinerary:

PFRG - Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda
PFUG - Mountain Gorillas of Uganda
PFKP - Kruger Wildlife Experience
PFKW - Kalahari Extension

Preparing to Travel

Safety

It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes 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. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS:
Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

SWIMMING POOLS:
You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

BALCONIES:
Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

SEAT BELTS:
Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

Visas and Permits

Botswana

Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Botswana. For other nationalities that do require a visa to enter into Botswana, this is no longer able to be purchased upon arrival. Your visa will need to be pre-arranged - please contact your travel agent for assistance.

Kenya

Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Kenya. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Kenya visas are easily obtained at the airport or border crossing at a cost of US$50 for most nationalities based on single entry. For some nationalities a single entry Kenya visa allows the person to enter Kenya more than once provided travel is only between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda within a 30-day period.

EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA: Effective 1 January, 2014, The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. The visa can be issued at any of the diplomatic representations of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, at the immigration offices of the respective countries, or on line where applicable. The East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entry visa and is be valid for 90 days.

Rwanda
For those beginning their trip in Rwanda, you can apply through the Rwanda Online Visa Application System. Under "Type of Visa" select "East Africa Tourist Visa." For more information contact your local Rwanda embassy.

Kenya
For those beginning their trip in Kenya, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Kenya embassy's website.

Uganda
For those beginning their trip in Uganda, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Uganda embassy's website.

The visa costs US$100.

Namibia

Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Namibia. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. For those nationalities that do require a visa these need to be obtained prior to arrival in Namibia.

South Africa

Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for South Africa. Upon arrival you will be given a free three-month multi-entry visa stamp. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Please note that you require six blank pages and your passport needs to have a minimum of six months validity to enter South Africa. Also note that to enter South Africa you may be required to show proof of onward travel plans and a valid yellow fever certificate (especially if entering or re-entering from East African countries or Zambia). A new immigration regulation will take effect from 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. This is an requirement of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: http://www.nwivisas.com/nwi-blog/south-africa/grace-period-for-parents-travelling-with-children/#sthash.VKZSSlHE.dpuf.

Tanzania

Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Tanzania. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Care must be taken to ensure that your visa does not expire before your proposed date of entry to Tanzania (visas are usually valid for three months from the date of issue). It is recommended that visas should be obtained before departure. A visa fee of US$50 is charged to most foreign nationals. A visa fee of US$100 is charged for US citizens.

Zimbabwe

Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Zimbabwe. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. For trips to Zimbabwe you may require either a single or double entry visa. Both single and double entry visas are obtainable on arrival currently costing between US$30 and US$60 (depending on nationality). If you choose to travel to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls your Zimbabwe visa will not expire as long as you do not spend the night out of Zimbabwe.

Government travel advice

Many governments publish up-to-date travel advice for countries around the world. Information is gleaned from both local and international sources as well as ‘friendly’ governments, and the notices are often on the cautious side. Sometimes there will be conflicting information. For example, the Australian, UK and Canadian governments may agree on the nature of the advice; however, frequently they do not. And sometimes the views expressed by a particular government can be coloured by political considerations. We will monitor these travel advisories closely and may alter itineraries or cancel trips as a result. However, it is also your responsibility to stay informed and form a balanced view. We recommend that you visit the websites or contact the departments listed below. Unless otherwise stated, it is not normally the intention of the relevant government travel advice to dissuade you from travelling. Rather, it is to inform you of where and when you should exercise caution to avoid problems. Please also note that, as a responsible tour operator, we maintain constant links with our ground operators and your safety - at all times - is our paramount concern. You can check your government's latest travel advice at one of the links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

U.S. Department of State

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Passport

Please ensure that you have a current passport well before travelling. It also needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.

Border Crossing

There will be 8 border crossings on this tour:

Day 7: Kenya to Tanzania at the Isibanya border crossing

Day 14: Tanzania to South Africa at the International Airports (Dar es Salaam / Johannesburg)

Day 15: South Africa to Zimbabwe at the International Airports (Johannesburg / Victoria Falls)

Day 16: Zimbabwe to Botswana at the Kazungula border post

Day 17: Botswana to Namibia at the Muhembo border post

Day 18: Namibia to Botswana at the Muhembo border post

Day 20: Botswana to Namibia at the Ngoma border post

Day 31: Namibia to South Africa at the Noordoewer border post

Insurance

Every Peregrine traveller is required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. You can arrange your own insurance or we can recommend a policy for you. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you so your tour leader can record the details at the pre-tour briefing. If you arrive at your destination without travel insurance, you'll need to organise this before you can continue on your Peregrine journey.

Medical preparation

Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.

Vaccinations

Yellow Fever vaccine is compulsory for travel to Kenya and Tanzania.

These days the only compulsory vaccine is for yellow fever.  It should be received at least 10 days before travel and must be recorded in an official certificate book. You may need to show this certificate book when entering the destination, and also to immigration/customs on returning to your home country. 
Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain any vaccinations or preventative medicines for the countries you are visiting – or any which may be required by your home country upon your return.
 
For travellers from Australia and New Zealand, we recommend the Travel Doctor-TMVC clinics (see www.traveldoctor.com.au or phone 1300 658 844 for an appointment in Australia). Travellers from countries other than Australia and New Zealand should contact similar organisations or their travel doctor for advice. General health and vaccination information is available to all travellers at
www.traveldoctor.com.au/travelreport. Some vaccines require more than one dose, so arrange for your visit at least 4-6 weeks before you travel.
 
Malaria: There is no vaccination against malaria, which is transmitted by mosquito bites and is a risk in many less-developed tropical areas in Africa and Latin America. Protection against mosquito bites is essential and where the risk is considered high, anti-malarial medications are recommended. Anti-malarial medications should be discussed with experts as there are different medications available and not all medications suit all people or all destinations. Where malaria is considered prevalent in mountainous regions we prefer that trekkers to altitude try to avoid the use of mefloquine (Lariam) if possible.

Copies of key documents

We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy and credit cards. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.

Fitness

You do not need any real fitness for this safari besides the ability to get in and out of the safari vehicles. However please note that the roads, particularly in Kenya, are in quite poor condition and you may experience a fair amount of bouncing around.

What to take

General Packing List

A soft sided bag is required on this tour. Please do not bring a hard suitcase.

Please refer to the specific country section for climate details. When you pack your clothing, consider the climate at the time of year you are travelling and any specific requirements for your trip as at certain times of the year some of the items suggested in the list that follow may not be necessary. Laundry facilities are available at some camps and lodges along the way.

Below is a general list of equipment and documentation that we suggest you take with you. Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday.

Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts, Trip Notes
Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance and air tickets
Spare passport photos
Money: cash/credit card/EFTPOS card
Money belt and small padlocks
Small first-aid kit
Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
Electrical adapter plug
Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
Insect repellent
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)
Refillable water bottle
Phrase book
Warm clothes/fleece - when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
Camera and memory cards

Charger for camera

Spare camera battery
Binoculars

 

Luggage Allowance (15 kg) on Regional Flights in Africa

Please note that internal flights carry a restriction where the maximum baggage allowance is 15kgs, inclusive of hand luggage.

SPACE AND WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED, so any excess baggage may not be loaded on to the aircraft. If your tour is beginning and ending in the same location, excess luggage can usually be stored at your departure hotel and can be collected after your safari.


Money Matters

Currency

Botswana

The unit of currency is the pula (BWP), which is divided into 100 thebe. The pula is a strong currency and any excess currency can easily be exchanged in Johannesburg. Banks, hotels and major curio shops in Botswana accept some major international credit cards, although camps and lodges in the region will only accept payment for bar bills, laundry, etc in local or foreign currency (cash). We recommend you travel with US dollars, British pounds or euros.

Kenya

The unit of currency is the Kenyan shilling, which is made up of 100 cents.

Namibia

The unit of currency is the Namibian dollar. One Namibian dollar equals 100 cents. The Namibian dollar is pegged to the South African rand and the rand is also a legal tender in Namibia.

South Africa

The South African rand (ZAR), divided into 100 cents, is the basic unit of currency of South Africa.

Tanzania

The unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling.

Zimbabwe

The currency of Zimbabwe was the Zimbabwe dollar. In April 2009, the collapse of the economy led to the collapse of this currency. At the time of writing, only hard currencies (ie. US Dollar, Euro and South African Rand) are in use for day-to-day transactions in Zimbabwe.

Exchange rates

Refer to www.xe.com for current exchange rates.

Accessing Money

Botswana

Botswana offers modern banking facilities in larger towns such as Maun and Kasane. The commercial banks in Maun are usually opened Monday to Friday from 0815 to 1245 and on Saturdays from 0815 to 1045. There are also a number of foreign exchange bureaus with longer operating hours. The best foreign currencies to take with you are US dollars, British pounds and increasingly euros. The South African rand is also widely accepted. Cash can easily be exchanged in banks and exchange bureaus. Traveller's cheques are not recommended as they are very hard and sometimes impossible to cash. ATM machines are not easy to find in Botswana on this tour and should not be relied upon. There are some available in Maun and Kasane that accept MasterCard or Visa connected to the Cirrus or Maestro network. Credit cards are widely accepted for payments, but there may be fees associated with their use. The pula (BWP) is the local currency and also a very strong one; any excess can easily be exchanged in South Africa. There will be very little need to spend money whilst on safari - and few chances to exchange any. If you want some local currency, please ask your safari guide immediately upon arrival and take his advice as to how much you require. You may export up to BWP500 on departure.

Kenya

Kenya offers modern banking facilities in Nairobi and larger towns only. The best foreign currencies to take with you are US dollars, British pounds and euros. Cash can easily be exchanged in banks and exchange bureaus. We suggest you carry a mixture of small and large denominations. Banks are usually open from 0900-1500 (Mon-Fri). Barclays Bank, on Kenyatta Avenue, is open every Saturday from 0900-1200 for foreign exchange only. There is a bank at the airport where you can exchange money on arrival. When departing from Nairobi Airport you may convert your unused Kenyan shillings back into hard currency, however, we advise you to keep your exchange receipts. Traveller's cheques are not recommended as they are very hard to cash. ATMs are available in Nairobi and they accept MasterCard or Visa connected to the Cirrus or Maestro network. In regional centres US dollar cash and Kenyan shillings are the best currencies to use. Most major international credit cards are accepted by banks, hotels and major curio shops. Lodges will usually accept credit cards for payments, but the exchange rates are lower and there may be fees associated with their use. Please note that the best exchange rates are found in Nairobi and that your US dollar notes should be in a good condition and not issued before the year 2006. Pre-2006 banknotes are generally not accepted, due to counterfeiting.

Namibia

The Namibian dollar and the South African rand can both be used in Namibia on equal rates. All transactions in Namibia are generally conducted using the local currency. Please note that Namibian dollars are only worth 90% of their face value in South Africa, so for this reason it is suggested that you change your leftover Namibian dollars to South African rand before leaving Namibia. This can be done at most retail outlets and also in banks. All major currencies in cash are easily exchanged at the airport and in Windhoek and other large towns. Cash is certainly the most convenient way to carry money, however please be aware however that most insurance policies will not cover for loss or theft of cash. We recommend that apart from rand, you carry your cash in foreign US dollars. Bring a variety of denominations including some smaller bills and ensure that all notes are in good condition. Notes that are tattered or torn are sometimes not accepted. Small bills (US$1, $5 or $10) can be useful for tips and small purchases. It is advisable not to take US$100 bills or bills that are pre-2006, as some vendors will refuse to exchange them. Visas obtained at the border must be paid for in US dollars cash only. Changing foreign cash (other than rand) can also sometimes be difficult in small towns and you may need to find a bank to complete the transaction. Providing you exchange your money into local currency at regular intervals, you should not encounter any difficulties. Major credit cards are widely accepted in most hotels and shops. In parts of Namibia cash can be drawn from ATMs in local currency. They are most commonly found in major cities such as Windhoek and Swakopmund. Cash can either be drawn on credit with Visa or MasterCard or directly from your savings account if it is linked into the Cirrus or Maestro network. Look for ATMs displaying the Cirrus, Maestro, Visa or MasterCard symbols. Otherwise, ATMs are not readily found and should not be relied on. Please note that your PIN number should be restricted to 4 digits as some ATMs will only allow entry of a maximum of 4 digits. Traveller’s cheques can be changed in banks in the towns although this is usually a very time-consuming process and sometimes we do not have that time available to us when travelling, so we actually do not recommend that you rely on traveller's cheques for funds. Please ensure that you only use banks, licensed money changers or hotels. Do not change money with street touts. This is illegal (and often an easy way of being ripped off). We also suggest you keep your receipts.

South Africa

On arrival into South Africa it is suggested that you use your ATM card to access cash in South African rand (ZAR). Alternatively you may change any major currency into South African rand. All transactions in South Africa are conducted using rand. All major currencies in cash and traveller’s cheque form are easily exchanged at the airport. Major credit cards are widely accepted in most hotels and shops. ATMs are widely available throughout the country using MasterCard or Visa connected to the Cirrus or Maestro network. Foreign cash and travellers cheques can be changed in the banks of each town although this is usually a very time-consuming process. For this reason, we do not recommend that you rely on using traveller’s cheques for funds, as there are very few, if any, opportunities to change them when travelling. Please note that if using US dollar cash to change into rand, please do not carry bank notes that are issued before the year 2006, as these are generally not accepted because of rampant counterfeiting.

Tanzania

Tanzania offers banking facilities in the main centres - Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. Taking cash is the most convenient (and sometimes the only!) option in Tanzania. The best foreign currencies to take with you are US dollars, British pounds and euros. Cash can easily be exchanged in banks and exchange bureaus into Tanzanian shillings (TZS). We suggest you carry a mixture of small and large denominations. We also advise you to keep your exchange receipts when exchanging money. Please note that the best exchange rates can be found in Arusha, and that your US dollar notes should be in a good condition and not issued before the year 2006. Pre-2006 banknotes are generally not accepted, due to rampant counterfeiting. Exchange rates vary with bigger notes getting better rates. ATMs are available in Dar es Salaam and Arusha, but you should not rely on them as very often the machines do not work or are out of order. Those that work mainly accept Visa cards; very few accept MasterCard or any of the other cards, as Tanzania is not connected with the usual global credit card networks. You can only withdraw local currency and the limit per day is 400,000 Tanzanian shillings. Most major international credit cards are accepted for purchases by hotels and major curio shops. Lodges will usually accept credit cards for payments, but the exchange rates are lower and there are usually fees associated with their use. Many places in Tanzania charge a commission ranging from 5% to 15% on purchased goods or services paid for by credit cards. Traveller's cheques are not recommended as they are very hard to cash.

Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe dollar has been withdrawn from circulation for the foreseeable future. It has been replaced with the US dollar, South African rand, British pound and euro. Botswana pula is also accepted for payment of goods and services in the Victoria Falls area. All departure taxes and many entrance fees must also be paid for in US dollars cash. Credit cards and traveller’s cheques are now accepted in Zimbabwe and in some areas you can withdraw US Dollars from the ATM, however this is not always reliable. To get an up-to-date report of the situation, it is suggested that you stop in at our local office on arrival in Victoria Falls. They will be able to assist you with general advice as well as book extra activities and excursions.

Personal Expenses

Africa

You will need to take money with you to cover any additional meals/drinks not included in your tour cost. Other costs to consider are drinking water approx. US$1-2 per 1.5 litre bottle, tips, laundry, souvenirs, additional sightseeing and possible delays. It is much better to come with more than you would expect to spend and to end the trip with a surplus, rather than being caught short! It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies that could happen en route. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the source and reimbursement will be made later by your insurance company. This is a situation where having a credit card can be useful.

Parks

This trip includes 1 day in Lake Nakuru National Park, 2 days in the Masai Mara National Reserve, 3 days in the Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Conservation Area, 1 day in Lake Manyara National Park, a visit to Victoria Falls, 3 days in Etosha National Park, 3 days in the Okavango Delta area, 1 day in Chobe National Park, 1 day in Namib-Naukluft National Park and 1 day in Mudumu National Park.

Spending Money

It is difficult to give an accurate recommendation, as we all have different shopping, eating and drinking requirements so we remind you that this is a guideline only. We suggest that where you need to purchase lunch and dinner, you allow approximately US$15 to $20 per person per day for these meals. This does not include snacks and drinks. On average, people spend anywhere between US$50 and US$100 on souvenirs and between US$250 and US$500 on additional activities.


Meals

32 Breakfasts, 23 Lunches, 22 Dinners
Budget for meals not included:
USD 480.00

Most of your included lunches will be at a designated road side picnic area or gas station. Your crew will stop every couple of days to buy supplies so that you will always have fresh food and bread. When possible, the crew may stop daily for your bread to ensure it is always fresh. Lunch is prepared from the truck by your crew and clients are expected to clean their plates and cutlery used.

Airport Taxes

Botswana

On all our tours you will depart Botswana by land border and hence no taxes are applicable.

Kenya

Airport Taxes are generally included in all international and domestic tickets.

Namibia

Any airport taxes are included in the ticket cost of the flight.

South Africa

Airport taxes are generally included in all international and domestic tickets.

Tanzania

Airport taxes are usually included in the ticket price if you are flying out of mainland Tanzania.

Tipping

If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Peregrine destinations.

The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.

Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.

Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.

Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$2-US$4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.

Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.


While you are travelling

On arrival

Please ensure that we have been advised of your correct flight details into Nairobi by either yourself or your travel agent. A representative will be there to meet your flight and transfer you to your hotel. If you cannot see your representative, please call our local operator (details on your itinerary) for assistance.

Hotel Check In / Check Out

Generally, your room will be available from around midday. Sometimes it may be available mid-morning but this is in no way guaranteed. If your flight is scheduled to arrive in the early morning, you may have to wait until a room becomes available. Alternatively, you can book one night’s ‘pre-tour accommodation’ which will ensure that your room is ready whenever you arrive. Please refer to the ‘Additional Services’ panel on the pricing page of our brochure. Generally the check-out times for hotels is 10am. Most hotels have secure left-luggage facilities available to store your luggage until you need to depart.

A word on drugs

In most countries even the smallest quantity of an illegal substance is considered a very serious offence and can carry lengthy jail terms. Avoid any contact with illegal drugs. Don’t put yourself and others at risk and never carry bags or luggage for other people. Any person found to be carrying or using illegal drugs will be asked to leave the trip immediately without the right to any refund.


Other Important Information

Our ground operator will collect and keep one copy of the key pages in your passport in the unlikely event of an emergency. Please bring this along to the initial group meeting.


Road Conditions and Infrastructure in Africa
Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. The infrastructure in Africa is not always what we are used to and travelling on their roads can sometimes be very bumpy experiences. The travelling times indicated in our Trip Notes is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders.

In Southern Africa the distances covered fairly large and some of the roads and tracks are not exactly smooth, or free from dust, but the rewards are exceptional. We endeavour to make things as comfortable as possible, by travelling in a custom-built safari vehicle with large windows for exceptional game viewing and staying in local guesthouses, lodges and hotels.


Luggage Allowance
Please keep your luggage to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15-20kgs per person for both items) is essential - NO HARD CASE SUITCASES. Luggage Restrictions
Some of the internal flights of this tour uses smaller airlines that have luggage restrictions. Please ensure your luggage doesn't weight more than 15kg or you may need to pay for excess luggage.


Flights
As an arrival transfer is included, please ensure the correct details are provided to Peregrine prior to your departure. A representative will then meet you at Nairobi International Airport on arrival. Your tour ends on arrival in Cape Town on the final day. Please ensure departure flights are not booked to depart prior to 2.00pm.
Drive Times

The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall!

The travel times do not include time spent on game drives as these can vary with each departure.


Unescorted Days

You will be unescorted for the Zanzibar and Johannesburg section of the tour. You will say farwell to your East African Tour Leader in Arusha, and you will meet your new Tour Leader in Victoria Falls who will accompany you to Cape Town.

Our local representatives will be on hand to look after you in Zanzibar and Johannesburg should you require any assistance.

PLEASE NOTE: If visiting Cape Town, the Cableway up to Table Mountain will be closed for annual maintenance from 22 July to 25 August 2013.


Day to Day Itinerary

Classic Africa Safari

Trip Length

Trip Code

33 days PFAS

Minimum Passengers

6 people

Maximum Passengers

15 people

Countries Visited

Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Start City

End City

Nairobi Cape Town, South Africa
Classic Africa Safari

Day 1: Nairobi

Travel time: From Nairobi International Airport to Hotel - Approximately 45 minutes

Accommodation: Panafric Hotel or similar, Nairobi

Activities:

Day 2: Lake Nakuru National Park

Travel time: Driving time: approx 3 hours; game drive times variable

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sleeping Warrior Camp or similar, Lake Nakuru

Activities:

Day 3: Lake Nakuru National Park

Travel time: Driving time: game drive times variable

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sleeping Warrior Camp or similar, Lake Nakuru

Activities:

Day 4-5: Masai Mara National Reserve

Travel time: Driving time: approx 3-4 hours; game drive times variable

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: JK Mara Camp or similar, Masai Mara

Activities:

Day 6: Migori

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 7-8: Serengeti National Park

Travel time: Driving Time: Approximately 7 hours; game drive times variable

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar, Serengeti

Activities:

Day 9: Ngorongoro Highlands

Travel time: Driving Time: Approximately 3 hours; game drive times variable

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar, Ngorongoro Highlands

Activities:

Day 10: Ngorongoro Highlands

Travel time: Driving Time: Approximately 3; game drive times variable

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar, Ngorongoro Highlands

Activities:

Day 11-12: Lake Manyara National Park - Zanzibar (East Coast Beaches)

Travel time: Approximately 5 hours driving, 1.5 hours flying

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Breezes Beach Club or similar, East Coast - Zanzibar

Activities:

Day 13: Zanzibar (Stone Town)

Travel time: Driving time: approx 1 hour

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Tembo Hotel or similar, Stone Town

Activities:

Day 14: Johannesburg

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Peermont Metcourt or similar, Johannesburg

Activities:

Day 15: Victoria Falls

Travel time: From Victoria Falls Airport to Hotel - Approximately 30 minutes

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar, Vic Falls

Activities:

Day 16: Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park

Travel time: Approximately 2 hours driving (not including time spent at border)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Thebe Safari Lodge or similar, Chobe National Park

Activities:

Day 17: Chobe National Park - Kwando River - Mudumu National Park Region

Travel time: Driving time: approx 3.5; hours; game drive times variable

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Namushasha Lodge or similar, Mudumu National Park

Activities:

Day 18-19: Okavango Delta

Travel time: Driving time: approx 7 hours not including time at border

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Delta Boathouse or similar, Okavango Delta

Activities:

Day 20: Rundu

Travel time: Driving time: approx 4 hours not including time at border

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Nkwazi Lodge or similar, Rundu

Activities:

Day 21-23: Etosha National Park

Travel time: Driving time: approx 8 hours; game drive times variable

Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Chalets or similar, Etosha

Activities:

Day 24: Himba Village - Otjitotongwe - Gelbingen

Travel time: Driving time: approx 4 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Gelbingen Guest Farm or similar, Gelbingen

Activities:

Day 25: Khorixas

Travel time: Driving time: approx 5 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Igowati Lodge or similar, Twyfelfontein

Activities:

Day 26-27: Cape Cross - Swakopmund

Travel time: Driving time: approx 7 hours

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar, Swakopmund

Activities:

Day 28: Walvis Bay - Sesriem

Travel time: Driving time: approx 6 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sossus Desert Camp or similar, Sesreim

Activities:

Day 29: Namib-Naukluft National Park

Travel time: Travelling time for excursion variable

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sossus Desert Camp or similar, Sesreim

Activities:

Day 30-31: Fish River Canyon - Cederberg

Travel time: Driving time: approx 8 hours on Day 30 and 9 hours on Day 31

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Canyon Lodge or similar, Fish River Canyon

Activities:

Day 32: San Cultural Centre - Cape Town

Travel time: Driving time: approx 3 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Cape Milner Hotel or similar, Cape Town

Activities:

Day 33: Cape Town

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:

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Last Updated

31 March 2014


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