Best of South Africa, Botswana and Victoria Falls-Zimbabwe

 
Introduction

Experience the wonders by Visiting South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe allows you to experience the full range of exciting adventures southern Africa has to offer.

Highlights

  • Cape Town 

  •  Moremi Game Reserve 

  •  Chobe River Front 

  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 

  •  Hwange National Park 

  •  Matobo National Park 

  •  Johannesburg –

  • Hazyview
    18 Days / 17 Nights

From
$ 9,950
Per Person Sharing

Day 1:           Southern Sun Waterfront, Cape Town   

 

Cape Town

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

 

Overnight: Southern Sun Waterfront

A total of 537 beautifully furnished rooms are offered at the hotel, catering to your needs with all the amenities expected of an establishment granted a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Tea and coffee stations, DStv, electronic safes, air-conditioning and free WiFi are par for the course, while our porter service and 24-hour room service are also on offer. In addition to double, queen and king rooms, smoking and wheelchair-accessible rooms can also be arranged at your request.

As for the rest of the hotels guest facilities, these are sure to make you feel even more at ease. Enjoy a truly unique dining experience at Yizani Restaurant, which lives up to its isiXhosa name that translates to ‘come in… Welcome’. Stay fit with the help of our fully-equipped fitness centre, cool down at the outdoor pool, indulge in decadent cocktails and fine wines at the hotel bar or take advantage of our world-class conferencing facilities that include two fully serviced meeting rooms.
Being a short walk away from the famous V&A Waterfront and other Cape Town sights is just the start of this iconic accommodation landmark’s appeal. Post-card views of the harbour and of Signal Hill are rivalled only by the stylish, inviting presence of the hotel itself. Step inside the impressive lobby, and you will soon discover why this hotel continues to snap up awards.

Activities

Optional Tours

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 2:           Southern Sun Waterfront, Cape Town

 

Activities

Optional Tours

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 3:           Southern Sun Waterfront, Cape Town   

 

Activities

Optional Tours

 

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

 

Day 4:           Oddballs’ Camp, Moremi Game Reserve           

 

Moremi Game Reserve

Situated in the east of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. It covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and dense forest. This diverse ecosystem supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on Botswana’s national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offers visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.

Overnight: Oddballs’ Camp          

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Oddballs’ is situated on the edge of Chief’s Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve.  The camp is accessible by light aircraft only. On arrival, you are met at the airstrip by your personal guide and welcomed to the island. He remains your guide for the duration of your stay.

Accommdoation is in simple, comfortable canvas 3m x 3m rooms (including two family units) set on elevated wooden decks, each with a view of the surrounding bush, and shaded by canvas shelters. Each tent has its own rustic en-suite facilities including hot and cold running water for the al fresco bucket shower – in true safari style.

Oddballs’ offers no motorized activities. Each guide has his own mokoro (pl. mekoro), (the genuine wooden article, not the plastic replica), in which he’ll take you gliding through the Okavango to nearby islands, where he’ll walk you through magnificent scenery to view game, birds, insects, medicinal plants, tracks, signs, droppings, and other fascinating natural phenomena.

 

Activities

scheduled activities as per the lodge

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 5:           Oddballs’ Camp, Moremi Game Reserve

 

Activities

scheduled activities as per the lodge

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 6:           Big 5 Chobe Lodge, Chobe River Front   

 

Chobe River Front

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. A visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of African wildlife. Visitors can look forward to some exciting activities such as: driving along the game-dotted river banks in a 4WD; cruising along the river in a motorboat, spotting rare birdlife and for a unique, luxury safari experience, hire a houseboat.

 

Overnight: Big 5 Chobe Lodge     

Big 5 Chobe Lodge’s offers more affordable accommodation in the Chobe region of Botswana. It offers breathtaking views over the mighty Chobe River onto the Impalila Island. The wonderful hospitality will make you feel right at home and you will enjoy very comfortable accommodation in bungalow-style rooms. All rooms of Big 5 Chobe Lodge are en-suite, with coffee and tea facilities, overhead fans or air-conditioner and a choice of twin or double beds. The campsites are equipped with private ablutions, powerpoints, hot/cold showers, wash basins and fire places.

Big 5 Chobe Lodge is situated on the bank of the Chobe River in the far Northern corner of Botswana at the place where four African countries meet. Across the Chobe River is Namibia, to the east across the Zambezi River is Zambia and to the south is Zimbabwe. The area is called Kazungula and Victoria Falls is 70km away by road. A few minutes drive to the west brings you to the town of Kasane and gateway to the Chobe National Park, which is one of the major game viewing areas of Botswana.

 

 

Activities

Chobe Safari Lodge Boat Cruises

 

Chobe Safari Lodge Boat Cruises

Chobe Boat Cruises are a wonderful way to experience the Chobe National Park. Herds of elephants can be seen crossing the Chobe river into the island which is a spectacular sight to witness. Other animal species such as hippos and crocodiles can be seen lounging in the sun by the riverside. The boat cruises are available in a number of different options. The standard cruise boards approximately 30-40 people. The bigger boats feature a bar on board for refreshments while the smaller boats are perfect for bird watching. Boat cruises depart from the town of Kasane at either the morning or afternoon departures. A private boat cruise can be arranged for alternate times.

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 7:           Big 5 Chobe Lodge, Chobe River Front   

 

Activities

Chobe Safari Lodge Game Drive

 

Chobe Safari Lodge Game Drive

Chobe Safari Lodge Game Drive offers guests the opportunity to view abundant species of animal life including elephants up close. There is also the possibility of encountering a large predator. The game drives have three departure times during the time, which all have a duration of approximately three hours. Alternative arrangements can be made to book either a half or full day drive with a picnic lunch.

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 8:           Big 5 Chobe Lodge, Chobe River Front   

 

Activities

Namibian Village Walk

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

 

 

Day 9:           Shearwater Explorers Village, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

 

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two-thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or microlights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

 

Overnight: Shearwater Explorers Village         

Located merely 400m from the Victoria Falls, 100m from the epicenter of the Victoria Falls town with its craft and craft & curio markets, bohemian cafes and overlooking a natural African bush panorama the Shearwater Explorers Village is the perfect “Base Camp”.

Comprising of 5 bespoke Overland camping sites modern ablution facilities and 16 private chalets, the Village represents affordable accommodation at its finest – clean, cool, relaxing, elegant, excellent traditional food, ice cold drinks and exceptionally friendly hosts ready to welcome you and guide you through your Victoria Falls experience.

 

 

Activities

Sunset Cruise

 

Sunset Cruise

The sunset cruise on the Zambezi River is a definite must on any trip to Victoria Falls. Relax with a sundowner and snacks as you gaze out onto the banks of the river. Have your camera ready to capture one of the most amazing sunsets in Africa.

You’ll be sure to spot wildlife animals as they come down to the river for a drink after a hot day in the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe) and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia). Sightings of elephant, giraffe and other resident game are common. There’s always an abundance of hippos and crocodiles. Birdlife is superb and the Fisheagles will usually fill the scene with their calls.

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 10:        Shearwater Explorers Village, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

 

Activities

Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe)

The Boma Restaurant

 

Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe)

A view of the Victoria Falls is something you will never forget and the best way to see them is on a guided tour. Discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre.

The Boma Restaurant

The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show is a “must do” Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, specializing in traditional African food, drumming and dancing. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavish feast, including irresistible desserts.

On arrival, you are dressed in a chitenge (traditional sarong) and welcomed into a vibrant atmosphere in which the tantalizing aromas of local dishes and game meat on the braai (barbecue) fill the restaurant, which is partially open to the star-filled African sky.

Your meal begins with a mouth-watering platter of starters whilst the buffet includes soup from the campfire, a range of salads, game meat cooked on a braai (barbecue), followed by desserts.  Vegetarian options are also available, as well as local dishes such as peanut butter spinach
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You can also look forward to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and enjoy an energizing interactive drumming show. A face painter, storyteller, hair braider and fortune teller also form part of this festive evening.

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

 

 

Day 11:        Hwange Safari Lodge, Hwange National Park

 

Hwange National Park

Situated in western Zimbabwe, the Hwange National Park is the country’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides a sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. The park’s magnificent terrain ranges from desert dunes, savannah lands and mopane woodlands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests. Visitors can look forward to game drives, guided walks or horse riding safaris. Other highlights include: the Bumbusi National Monument and the Nyamandhlovu Pan.

 

Overnight: Hwange Safari Lodge

Hwange Safari Lodge caters for a diverse range of individuals and groups from the lone adventurer to couples, families and tour groups. It offers comfort, modern conveniences and the opportunity to experience the real African wild. Guests soon learn that this is the home of the wildlife they have come to see but that they, and the Lodge, are guests of the real owners of the land, the elephants, rhino, lions and giraffes.

 

 

Activities

Hwange Game Drives

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 12:        Hwange Safari Lodge, Hwange National Park

 

Activities

Game Drives

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 13:        Matobo Hills Lodge, Matobo National Park     

 

Matobo National Park

Idyllically located in the spectacular Matobo Hills, the renowned Matobo National Park is known for its rich human history, its remarkably diverse flora and fauna and its magnificent rugged terrain. This unspoiled natural wilderness features a range of massive red-tinged, granite boulders interspersed with gorgeous wooded valleys making it a dream destination for hikers, climbers and nature lovers alike. The reserve is compact, easily accessible and is home to an impressive range of African wildlife including the highly endangered black and white rhinoceros, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, cheetah, hippo, warthog and crocodile as well as Africa’s largest concentration of leopard and black eagles. This unforgettable national park serves as an ideal stopover for travellers heading to the popular tourist sites of Hwange and the majestic Victoria Falls.

 

Overnight: Matobo Hills Lodge   

Matobo Hills Lodge is situated within a private wildlife reserve bordering Matobo National Park (50km from Bulawayo). Matopos hills is an area of exquisite beauty, the lodge’s accommodation units are built upon a granite outcrop with sweeping panoramic views over the surrounding hills. There is a separate lounge/bar which commands spectacular 360-degree views of Mount Ififi and the Maleme Valley.

In an area of exquisite beauty, the lodge’s accommodation units are built upon a granite outcrop with outlooks over the surrounding hills. 34 beds in seventeen luxury hilltop lodges; 13 twin bedded and 4 double bedded. All lodges have shower, bath toilet and basin and wall-to-wall carpet. Extra beds on request.

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 14:        Matobo Hills Lodge, Matobo National Park     

 

Activities

Matobos Rhino Tracking

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 15:        Town Lodge JHB Airport, Johannesburg

 

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.

 

Overnight: Town Lodge JHB Airport      

Conveniently located for business travelers, leisure travelers and guests on a stopover, the Town Lodge Johannesburg Airport lodge offers excellent services and comfortably equipped accommodations. Guests at the lodge can enjoy the spacious rooms, easy access to motorways and convenient location.

 

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 16:        Sabi River Sun Resort, Hazyview  

 

Hazyview

Surrounded by subtropical fruit orchards, Hazyview is a small farming town and a gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Escarpment. The town and its spectacularly scenic surroundings serve as a popular adventure capital with a remarkable array of exhilarating outdoor activities on offer to suit all ages, tastes and fitness levels. These include, among others: mountain biking, quad biking, ziplining, tubing, abseiling, and river rafting. Whether you are eager to hike the Panorama Route with its breathtaking views and impressive waterfalls, visit the Shangana Cultural Village, or horse ride along the banks of the magnificent Sabie River, Hazyview has something for just about everyone.

 

Overnight: Sabi River Sun Resort           

Resort accommodation is provided in the form of 60 hotel rooms, which are furnished in a simple yet elegant style and provide all the amenities you may need during your stay. Rooms have either two double beds or 1 king bed, with smoking rooms available on request. Facilities include en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee stations, electronic safes, air-conditioning and hairdryers, while guest services such as porter service, wake up facility and 18-hour room service are also provided.

The rest of the resorts facilities are equally inviting. Highlights include The Eden Spa, no fewer than five outdoor pools, 18 hole golf course, children’s entertainment programme, tennis, bowls, hippo and bird viewing hide and mountain bike hire. Conferencing facilities are available for up to 120 people; dining options include Sesonke Restaurant an outdoor terrace and the golf bar. Be sure to look out for special offers and packages that will add more value to your stay.

From big game safaris to all the small touches that make you feel at home, each day at Sabi River Sun Resort is sure to be a good day

 

 

Activities

Game Drive in the Southern Kruger National Park

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 17:        Sabi River Sun Resort, Hazyview  

 

Activities

Sabi Sabi Game Drives

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

 

Day 18:        End of Itinerary

 

Basis

 

Bed and Breakfast

Included

Cape Town : Southern Sun Waterfront

-Accommodation, breakfast, airport transfers, airport transfers

Okavango Delta : Oddballs Camp

-Accommodation, All Meals, Teas/ coffees and snacks, Laundry, Activities, Government taxes and park fees, light aircraft transfers, road transfers to/from airstrips,

Chobe National Park : The Big 5 Lodge

-Accommodation, breakfast, 1 game activity per day, daily park fees, airport transfers

Victoria Falls : Shearwater Explorers Village

-Accommodation, breakfast, 1 x sunset cruise including park fees, 1 x guided falls tour including park entry fees, 1 x boma dinner, road transfers from kasane

Hwange National Park : Hwange Safari Lodge

-Accommodation, all meals, one game activity per day, road transfer from Vic Falls

Matobo National Park : Matobo Hills Lodge

-Accommodation, breakfast, rhino tracking , road transfers from Hwange, airport transfers

Johannesburg : Safari Club Hotel

-Accommodation, breakfast, airport transfers

Kruger National Park : Sabi River Sun

-Accommodation, breakfast, 1 game activity per day, road transfers from Johannesburg

   

Excluded

Cape Town : Southern Sun Waterfront

-Drinks, items of personal nature, laundry, gratuity, optional tours, meals not specified

Okavango Delta : Oddballs Camp

-Visa costs, Drinks, Travel Insurance, Items of personal nature,  gratuity, Government ‘wilderness fee’ of $30 pppd on the Mokoro Trail – Payable by guests directly to the camp.

Chobe National Park : The Big 5 Lodge

-Drinks, items of personal nature, laundry, gratuity, meals not specified

Victoria Falls : Shearwater Explorers Village

-Visa costs, drinks, items of personal nature, laundry, gratuity, optional tours, meals not specified

Hwange National Park : Hwange Safari Lodge

-Drinks, items of personal nature, laundry, gratuity,

Matobo National Park : Matobo Hills Lodge

-Drinks, items of personal nature, laundry, gratuity, optional tours and park fees, meals not specified

Johannesburg : Safari Club Hotel

-visa costs, drinks, items of personal nature, laundry, gratuity, meals not specified

Kruger National Park : Sabi River Sun

 

Drinks, items of personal nature, laundry, gratuity, meals not specified

Price

Cost per person sharing US$9,950.00

 

Single supplement US$2,100.00

Introduction

 

Accommodation

Destination

Basis

Room Type

Duration

Southern Sun Waterfront

Cape Town

B&B

1x Double Room

3 Nights

Oddballs’ Camp

Moremi Game Reserve

B&B

1x Double Room

2 Nights

Big 5 Chobe Lodge

Chobe River Front

B&B

1x Double Room

3 Nights

Shearwater Explorers Village

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

B&B

1x Double Room

2 Nights

Hwange Safari Lodge

Hwange National Park

B&B

1x Double Room

2 Nights

Matobo Hills Lodge

Matobo National Park

B&B

1x Double Room

2 Nights

Town Lodge JHB Airport

Johannesburg

B&B

1x Double Room

1 Night

Sabi River Sun Resort

Hazyview

B&B

1x Double Room

2 Nights

 

 

Transport

 

Flight Information

Date

Flight

Airline

Departure Airport

Time

Arrival Airport

Time

Class

Ref

 

Scheduled

 

Cape Town International Airport [CPT]

 

Maun Airport [MUB]

 

 

 

 

Scheduled

 

Maun Airport [MUB]

 

Oddballs’ Airstrip

 

 

 

 

Scheduled

 

Oddballs’ Airstrip

 

Kasane Airport [BBK]

 

 

 

 

Scheduled

 

Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport [BUQ]

 

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

 

 

 

 

Scheduled

 

Town Lodge JHB Airport

 

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP]

 

 

 

 

Scheduled

 

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP]

 

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

 

 

 

 

Transfers

 

Date

Company

Pick Up

Drop Off

Time

Vehicle

 

 

Cape Town International Airport [CPT]

Southern Sun Waterfront

 

Transfer

 

 

Southern Sun Waterfront

Cape Town International Airport [CPT]

 

Transfer

 

 

Oddballs’ Airstrip

Oddballs’ Camp

 

Transfer

 

 

Oddballs’ Camp

Oddballs’ Airstrip

 

Transfer

 

 

Kasane Airport [BBK]

Big 5 Chobe Lodge

 

Transfer

 

 

Big 5 Chobe Lodge

Shearwater Explorers Village

 

Transfer

 

 

Shearwater Explorers Village

Hwange Safari Lodge

 

Transfer

 

 

Hwange Safari Lodge

Matobo Hills Lodge

 

Transfer

 

 

Matobo Hills Lodge

Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport [BUQ]

 

Transfer

 

 

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP]

Sabi River Sun Resort

 

Transfer

 

 

Sabi River Sun Resort

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP]

 

Transfer

SOUTH AFRICA

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

Banking and Currency

Currency

The currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Banking

Banks are found in most towns, and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays (Closed Sundays and Public Holidays). Most of them offer foreign exchange services – with cash, bank & credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). Several international banks have branches in the main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they are not informed. 

Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail.

Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways. There are also low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com, Mango and Safair. Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access to the Kruger National Park.

An extensive tarred road system makes travelling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravel roads in rural areas though. Please note that a valid international driver’s licence is required. We drive on the left-hand side of the road. Most global car hire firms have branches in South Africa and  Uber is available.

Another means of getting around South Africa are inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport.  Metered taxis must be ordered by telephone.There is the popular MyCityBus system in Cape Town as well as a hop-on-hop-off tourist bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Our rail system includes the long-haul, inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are the Blue Train, Premier Classe and the steam train Rovos Rail.  There is also the Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province llinking Sandton and Marlboro to the O.R.Tambo International Airport and a Commuter Service linking Rhodesfield, Marlboro, and Sandton (east-west link) and Park, Rosebank, Sandton, Midrand, Centurion, Pretoria Central and Hatfield (north-south link). All stations with the exception of the Airport station have integrated car parking facilities.

Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.

It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and put ice in your drinks. South Africa’s fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.

Restaurants are subject to South Africa’s food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government.  Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.

Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.

Climate and Weather

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C in the day.  Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry.  Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.

Clothing and Dress Recommendations

Summer

Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 – 40 degree Celsius range in some areas. Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don’t forget a swimming costume (bathing suit).

Winter

The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers.  But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.

General

Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.

Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.

If you are doing business in the country, business attire  (suit and tie) is generally called for in the corporate sector, but media for example generally dress more casually.

For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there’s no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.

For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.

Electricity and Plug Standards

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances – such adapters are also available at major airports..

 

 

BOTSWANA

Situated in the southern reaches of Africa, Botswana is renowned for its pristine wilderness areas characterised by deep lagoons, wetlands, lush palms, rugged hills and desert plains scattered with scrubland. The country’s primary tourist drawcard is undoubtedly the vast red expanse of the Kalahari Desert and its remarkably beautiful Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. These natural wonders provide a tranquil haven for an abundance of African wildlife to thrive. Other highlights include the impressive Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where visitors are privy to massive zebra migrations during the flood season; the Savuti plains, which host large prides of lions; and the Tsodilo Hills, where 4500 rock paintings form a unique record of human settlement over many millennia.

Banking and Currency

Currency

Botswana’s currency is Pula (which means ‘rain’ in Setswana). It is divided into 100 thebe (which means ‘shield’ in Setswana). Travellers’ cheques and foreign currency may be changed at banks, bureaux de change and authorised hotels. 

The US dollar, Euros, British Pound and the South African Rand are the most easily convertible currencies (and accepted by some estabishments – but, generally, then an inflated rate of exchange will be applied). 

Banking

Seven main commercial banks, as well as a number of foregin exchange bureaux, operate in Botswana. Operating hours are Monday to Friday 08h30 to 15h30 and Saturday 08h30 to 10h45.

Full banking services are available in major towns, although ATMs are sprouting up all over the country. Most credit cards are accepted at hotels and restaurants. Cultural sites and community art and craft outlets usually only accept cash. 

Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Public transport in Botswana is geared towards the needs of the local populace and is confined to main roads between major population centres. Although cheap and reliable, it is of little use to the traveller as most of Botswana’s tourist attractions lie off the beaten track.

Driving off the main roads in Botswana is only recommended to expects in 4×4 vehicles, that are equipped correctly. Most lodges offer transfers or they can be arranged. If, however, you will be driving in Botswana: your home driving licence will be accepted (with an official English translation if necessary; driving is on the left side of the road; and the national speed limit is on tarred roads is 120km/h and 60km/h in towns and villages. 

Be sure to watch out for wild animals on the roads!

There are major airports in Maun, Kasane and Gaborone, while smaller charter flights are used to get to the other top attractions and camps. 

Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Tap water is considered safe to drink, although outside main cities and towns, visitors are advised to check first and sterilise water if in any doubt. Bottled water is available in most tourist centres. Filtered water is available at most camps and shops offer bottled water – it is advised to be well stocked of bottled water if you are travelling off the beaten track. Milk is pasteurised, and dairy products, local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally safe.

Safari lodges and camps serve international-style cuisine, generally of an extremely high standard, along with local beer and imported wine and spirits. Good restaurants and bars can be found in main towns, often within hotels. Beef and goat are very popular meats. Elsewhere, food is more basic: millet and sorghum porridge are the local staples.

A discretionary 5 to 10% tip is typical for restaurant bills. In many places, a service charge is automatically added. It is customary to tip the game guide and lodge staff while on safari.

Climate and Weather

Botswana’s climatic pattern is typical of southern Africa, although its rainfall is less than countries further east. The rains in Botswana come mostly between December and March, when average minimum temperatures are in the low 20°s. Some days will be bright and sunny, some will have afternoon thunderstorms, and some will just be grey.

As with Namibia, April and May in Botswana are generally lovely, with the sky clear and the landscape green. Night temperatures start to drop during these months, especially in the Kalahari. Note that places in and around the Okavango tend to have less extreme, more moderate temperatures than the drier areas of the Kalahari.

From June to August the night-time temperatures in drier areas can be close to freezing, but it warms up rapidly during the day, when the sky is usually clear and blue. It’s now very much ‘peak season’ for most safari areas: the land is dry in most areas so the animals congregate around the few available water sources.

This continues into September and October, when temperatures climb again, drying the landscapes and concentrating the game even more. This is the best time for big game safaris – although October can feel very hot, with maximum temperatures sometimes approaching 40°C.

November is difficult to predict, as it can sometimes be a continuation of October’s heat, whilst sometimes it’s cooled by the first rains; it’s always an interesting month.

Clothing and Dress Recommendations

In summer, lightweight, lightcoloured cottons are preferable. Avoid synthetic materials and black clothing, as they increase perspiration and discomfort. In winter, wear trousers, longsleeved shirts / blouses and jerseys. From May – August, night temperatures can fall below zero degrees celsius, so warm jerseys and jackets are vital, especially on morning and evening game drives. Garments of neutral colours that blend with the bush and forest are advisable for safaris and game viewing. Bring a lightweight jacket and/or jersey for unexpected temperature changes or rain. Closed, comfortable walking shoesor gym shoes are a must in all seasons. Special attention should be given to protection from the sun. Bring a sunhat, good quality sunscreen, sun lotion and polarised sunglasses. Wide brimmed sun hats are essential.

Electricity and Plug Standards

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Botswana are the “Type M ” South African SABS1661 (“Large” 15 amp BS-546) sockets. This is actually an old British standard. The “Type M ” South African plug and socket is not to be confused with the “Type D ” Indian plug and socket. In pictures, they look very similar, but the South African type is much larger than the Indian type, and they are physically incompatible. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance’s plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into.

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Botswana usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you’re plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. 

But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. If you need to use appliances that are not compatible with 220-240 volt electrical input, you will need a voltage converter.

 

 

ZIMBABWE

A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.

Banking and Currency

Currency

Zimbabwe uses its own unit of currency, the Zimbabwe Dollar.  No other currency is accepted. Do not plan on being able to use cash machines in Zimbabwe to draw money. Before leaving home please exchange all the money that you will need for your trip. Most of this should be in 1, 5, 10 and 20 denominations because change is not always available. In an emergency you can try Barclays Bank, Stanbic Bank or Standard Chartered Bank as they will infrequently accept foreign debit cards for withdrawing cash.

Banking

Banks in Zimbabwe are open for business Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 08h00 to 15h00, on Wednesdays from 08h00 to 13h00 and Saturdays from 08h00 to 11h30. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. 

Only VISA and MasterCard are accepted in Zimbabwe, however it should be noted that very limited facilities will have credit card machines, and the connection is not always reliable so it is advisable to carry cash as back up.

Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Taxis are safe and reliable, and can be booked through your hotel front desk. Taxis in cities travel within a 40km radius of the city. Always take a taxi at night.

Major airlines fly into Victoria Falls, Harare and Bulawayo. Charter flights are available to most attractions and camps. 

Zimbabwe has a good road infrastructure, by African standards, although potholed. Between major towns, there are frequent road blocks. Traffic drives on the left side of the road. 

If you are driving yourself around Zimbabwe, be sure to check on fuel availability in advance. If you are covering long distances within the country, ensure you carry extra fuel in 5 or 10lt metal containers in case of emergency. Fuel is generally available, but supply can fluctuate. Fuel is only available for cash.

Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Zimbabwe’s native cuisine is based on sadza, a cooked porridge made from ground maize which is normally be accompanied by some tasty relish, perhaps made of meat and tomatoes, or dried fish. Safari camps will often prepare sadza if requested, and it is almost always available in small restaurants in the towns.

Camps, hotels and lodges that cater to overseas typically serve a variety international fare, and the quality of food prepared in the most remote bush camps is usually excellent.

If you are driving yourself around and plan to cook, then get most of your supplies in main towns. There are a number of South African shopping chains operating in Zimbabwe which will generally have all that you will need.

Water in the main towns is usually purified.. The locals drink it, and are used to the relatively innocuous bugs that it may harbour. If you are in the country for a long time, then it may be worth acclimatising yourself to it. However, if you are in Zimbabwe for just a short period of time, then try to drink only bottled, boiled, or treated water available in towns and from all camps, lodges and hotels.

Climate and Weather

In Zimbabwe, the rains come principally in DecemberJanuary,February and March; the further north you are, the earlier the precipitation arrives and the later it leaves. Zimbabwe’s higher eastern areas usually receive more rainfall than the lower-lying western ones.

By April and May most of the rain is gone, leaving a verdant setting, which is starting to dry out. Especially in more southerly and higher locations, the night-time temperatures start to drop.

The nights in JuneJuly and August become much cooler, so don’t forget to bring some warmer clothes, in case you want to spend an evening outside; the days are still clear and warm. For Zimbabwe, this is the start of the ‘peak season’– days are often cloudless and game sightings continually increase.

Into September and October the temperatures rise once again: Zimbabwe’s lower-lying rift valley – Mana Pools – can get very hot in October. During this time, you’ll see some fantastic game, as the Zimbabwe’s wildlife concentrates around the limited water sources.

November is unpredictable; it can be hot and dry, it can also see the season’s first rainfalls – and in this respect it’s a very interesting month, as on successive days, you can see both weather patterns.

Clothing and Dress Recommendations

When in Zimbabwe the cardinal rule is to wear casual, comfortable clothes during the day as temperatures can get very hot. It is advisable to wear light loose-fitting clothing, such as cotton or linen, as they are cool and easy to wash. Warmer clothes are advised for the evenings and rainwear for the wet season. 

A brimmed hat and sunglasses are a good idea year-round. Long-sleeved shirts and long trousers will also guard against the scorching sun rays. It is recommended you wear light shoes, especially if your itinerary entails a lot of walking. 

For safaris, please remember to wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Earth colour clothes, such as browns, greens and tans are advisable. 

Electricity and Plug Standards

 

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. Both square and round plugs are used. 

NOTE: This tour can be customized according to your time frame, It can also be upgraded to lodge accommodation.