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Best of Botswana

Trip Length

Trip Code

12 days PFBB

Countries Visited

Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Start City

End City

Johannesburg Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Best of Botswana

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.

Why we love it:

Best of Botswana


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg

Accommodation: Falstaff Hotel or similar, Johannesburg

Activities:

Day 2: Marakele National Park

Travel time: Driving Times: Approximately 5 hours; game drive times variable

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Tlopi Camp Sanparks or similar, Marakele National Park

Activities:

Day 3-4: Khama Rhino Sanctuary – Maun

Travel time: Driving Times: Approximately 6 hours; game drive times variable

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Serowe Hotel or similar, Maun

Activities:

Day 5-6: Okavango Delta excursion

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Pom Pom Camp or similar, Okavango Delta

Activities:

Day 7-8: Nata – Makgadikgadi Pans

Travel time: Driving Times: Approximately 4.5 hours

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Nata Lodge or similar, Okavango Delta

Activities:

Day 9-10: Chobe National Park

Travel time: Driving Times: Approximately 4.5 hours; game drive times variable

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar, Chobe National Park

Activities:

Day 11-12: Victoria Falls

Travel time: Driving Times: Approximately 3 hours; not including time at border on Day 11

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar, Vic Falls

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
PFJX - Johannesburg Stopover
PFVX - Vic Falls Extension
PFLX - Livingstone Extension

What's Included

Transport

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included


What to know

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.

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.

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

South Africa

South Africa - Lonely Planet

The Covenant - James A Michener

Cry The Beloved Country - Alan Paton

The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay

Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela

White Thorn - Bryce Courtenay

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


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

27 March 2014


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