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Botswana Discovery

Trip Length

Trip Code

14 days PFDB

Maximum Passengers

15 people

Countries Visited

Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe

Start City

End City

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Windhoek, Namibia
Botswana Discovery

Botswana is truly the Africa of your dreams. With the year-round water supply of the Okavango Delta and Chobe River, wildlife flock to this area. This trip is Botswana encompassed so you won't miss a minute of its highlights.

 

 

This trip will be discontinued from 01 January, 2015.

This trip has been replaced with our new Botswana Adventure tour - trip code PFEB.

Why we love it:

Botswana Discovery


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Victoria Falls

Travel time: From Victoria Falls Airport to Hotel - Approximately 45 minutes

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar, Victoria Falls

Activities:

Day 2: Victoria Falls

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar, Victoria Falls

Activities:

Day 3-4: Chobe National Park

Travel time: Approximately 3 hours driving (border crossing times may vary)

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Thebe River Safari's or similar, Chobe National Park

Activities:

Day 5-6: Caprivi Strip

Travel time: Approximately 4-5 hours driving (border crossing times may vary)

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Rainbow River Lodge or similar, Caprivi Strip

Activities:

Day 7-8: Okavango Delta

Travel time: Approximately 6-7 hours driving (border crossing times may vary)

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Okavango Houseboat

Activities:

Day 9: Rundu

Travel time: Approximately 5-6 hours driving (border crossing times may vary)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Kaisosi Lodge or similar, Rundu

Activities:

Day 10-11: Etosha National Park

Travel time: Approximately 7-8 hours driving

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Toshari Lodge or similar, Etosha National Park

Activities:

Day 12-13: Damaraland

Travel time: Approximately 7-8 hours driving

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Grootberg Lodge or similar, Damaraland

Activities:

Day 14: Windhoek

Travel time: Approximately 7-8 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

Extend your holiday

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

PFCX - Cape Town Extension
PFLX - Livingstone Extension
PFKW - Kalahari Extension
PFZU - Zimbabwe Unveiled

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.


What to know

Fitness

You do not need any real fitness for this safari besides the ability to get in and out of the mokoros (traditional dugout canoe) and the safari vehicles.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

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.

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.

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.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Botswana

Botswana-Lonely Planet

The Guide to Botswana-Alec Campbell

Birds of Southern Africa-Newman

The Chobe-Bruce Aitken

The Lost World of the Kalahari-Laurence Van der Post

Okavango-Sea of Land, Land of Water-Bannister & Johnston

Namibia

Lonely Planet Namibia

The Struggle for Liberation-Alfred T Moleah

The Burning Shore-Wilbur Smith

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Lonely Planet

Travel & Adventure in South East Africa-F.C. Selous

Birds of Southern Africa-Newman

The Mammals of Zimbabwe, Zambia & Malawi Smithers

Entrance

A US$30 entry fee to Victoria Falls National Park needs to be paid in US dollars cash locally.


Important Information

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS:

The weight of baggage that can be brought on this tour is limited by the packing space and weight restrictions of the truck.

The weight limit for luggage on all of our trucks is a maximum of 15-20kgs per person, plus a maximum of 5kgs for your day pack. Backpacks shouldn’t have an external frame unless it can easily be removed and stored separately to avoid damaging other people’s luggage. We strongly advise passengers to travel with a backpack or a duffel bag, and it is essential that no hard suitcases be brought on tour.

For valuables, like passports, we offer a safe on each vehicle that is shared by all passengers to keep their documentation safe during their journey.

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 Victoria Falls Airport on arrival. Your tour ends on the final day in Windhoek. Please do not book flights out on this day as you get into Windhoek early evening and it may be difficult to connect you to your departing flight.

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 after all!

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

Sometimes the going on this trip is quite tough, 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.

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER: Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website: www.peregrineadventures.com Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

10 September 2014


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