OVERVIEW

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Starting in Cape Town, discover the highlights of this city during a five night experience, including daily culinary delights, of Cape Town and its surrounds.

Then, take a short internal flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg for a two night stay in the City of Gold. Discover the history that has made Johannesburg what it is today, including a visit to Soweto, Nelson Mandela’s house and the Apartheid Museum.

From Johannesburg, we fly from South Africa to Botswana to arrive to Maun, the Gateway to the Delta and your start to the next 11 nights on safari, through parts of Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe visiting some of the finest National Parks. See giraffe, elephant, zebra, lion & wildebeest in the Moremi Game Reserve & Khwai area from your open 4x4 vehicle. Discover the Okavango Delta & enjoy spectacular bird and wild life on a boat cruise on the Chobe River. And, then, we end at the spectacular Victoria Falls.

This journey has it all:  Exciting wildlife, breath-taking scenery and an insight into the customs and cultures of Southern Africa's top countries!  This tour combines the home comforts of lodge accommodation and permanent tented camps with ensuite facilities, for an unforgettable safari experience!

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    20 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Africa
  • Destinations:
    South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accomodation:
    Camping,Hotel,Upmarket lodges/hostels
  • Prices:
    EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
  • Transport:
    Coach,Air
  • Pace:
    2
  • Group Size:
    Maximum of 12 travellers
  • Trip Code:
    africa18-8
  • Terms:
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REVIEWS

'African Safari organised by Encounter Travel. Arguably the best holiday I have ever been on. A must on  everyone's bucket list. Thank you ET for a lifetime of memories.'

Christine, 55 years, Queensland

'Awesome is how I would describe the African Safari, it was everything I hoped it would be and more. This was my first solo trip and I am so glad I choose Encounter and will definitely book another holiday with them.'

Jen, 52 years, Victoria
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INCLUSIONS

  • Return economy class airfare ex. Australia
  • 18 breakfasts
  • 12 lunches including one highlight lunch
  • 1 high tea in Cape Town
  • 14 dinners including 4 highlight dinners
  • 18 nights of accommodation; comfortable hotels, safari lodges & permanent tented camp sites with ensuite facilities
  • All park entry fees
  • Tipping for guides, drivers, hotel staff, transfers, restaurants included in the tour
  • English speaking professional guide *
  • Safari driver
  • Small group safari, maximum of 12 travellers

Included transport/transfers

  • In Cape Town, a Sprinter vehicle
  • For safari, private transport in fully kitted 4x4 safari vehicle
  • For some game viewing, Botswana an open sided game viewing vehicle
  • Economy return international airfare ex Australia to Johannesburg, South Africa ^
  • Economy return fare Johannesburg to Cape Town, South Africa
  • Economy one way fare, Johannesburg, South Africa to Maun, Botswana
  • Airport to hotel transfer, Cape Town (with tour & airfare package) ^
  • Hotel to airport transfer, Victoria Falls (with tour & airfare package) **

^ ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth

* if group falls below 8 travellers, safari may still depart but will be one professional driver-guide.

Itinerary

TOURING & SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cape Town guided sightseeing, including a five night stay
  • Culinary highlights during your stay in Cape Town
  • Exploring the Cape Peninsula, South Africa
  • Robben Island Excursion, Cape Town
  • Winery tours, including lunch at beautiful Catherinas Restaurant, Cape Town
  • Johannesburg city tour including a visit to Soweto, Nelson Mandela’s House & the Apartheid Museum
  • Khwai River game drives, including Moremi Reserve
  • 2 day Okavango Delta experience including Mokoro excursion
  • Game drive, Bwabwata National Park
  • Eastern Caprivi Strip to Namibia
  • Game drive in Chobe National Park and a sunset cruise on the Chobe River
  • A two night visit to Victoria Falls
  • A highlight group farewell dinner at The Boma Place of Eating
  • Small group safari to ensure the best safari experience

PRE TOUR STAY OPTION:
We encourage travellers to arrive the day prior to the tour commencement, to allow time to adjust to the new time zone and recover from your flight. The cost of the additional hotel night of stay applies. 

When you book your flight with us, and stay at the group hotel, as part of your package, the airport arrival transfer is also included for a one night pre tour stay. 

DAY 1 - MONDAY 20 AUGUST 2018
Depart Australia. Arrive Cape Town, South Africa        

Depart Australia on our group nominated flight.  Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa!

If you are arriving on the group flight * (booked with us as part of your package), you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your accommodation for the next five nights.

While in Cape Town we discover the highlights of the city and its surrounds, and including some of the best dining experiences on offer.

Today there are no scheduled group activities today, as most flights arrive in the evening.

Meals: None included

* when you book our group tour and airfare package the arrival transfer is included. If you make your own flight arrangements, you can opt to join this transfer if you are travelling on the same flights or a nominal service fee. 

DAY 2 – TUESDAY 21 AUGUST 2018
Cape Town

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

From here we embark on a half day excursion to Robben Island, the unique symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice”. Robben Island is visited every year by thousands of people eager to understand and honour the important aspects of South Africa’s history that it represents.  The ferry departs from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront.

There will be some free time this afternoon.

Dinner tonight is a chic African experience at Gold restaurant.  Dining at Gold Restaurant begins with the drumbeat of the djembe drum. An interactive drum circle offers you the opportunity to join in and learn how to play the djembe. In no time at all you will be drumming with the rest of Africa!  Before being seated, you will be lead into ancient courtyards where your hands are ceremoniously washed. The cuisine is authentically Cape Malay and African. As you dine you will be entertained by live performances near your table. Guests are welcomed to Gold by the Mali Puppets who sing and dance in time to the drum beats.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner                                

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY 22 AUGUST 2018
Cape Town Touring and High Tea, South Africa 

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning. Mid-morning, you will be collected for a city orientation tour.

This afternoon you will have the opportunity to explore Table Mountain; weather depending (cable car tickets at your own expense). After this, a lavish affair awaits you. No visit to Cape Town is complete without enjoying a High Tea at The Mount Nelson Hotel. Your high tea is in lieu of lunch today. This evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, High Tea

DAY 4 – THURSDAY 23 AUGUST 2018
Cape Town, Cape Peninsula     

Today we explore the Cape Peninsula. Travelling along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, we stop at Maiden Cove look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay. We carry on over Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. After lunch at a nearby restaurant (for your own account), we travel on to Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach.

In the afternoon, we head back to your hotel for some time to freshen up for dinner out this evening for a superb dining experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 5 – FRIDAY 24 AUGUST 2018
Constantia Winelands

Another exciting day lies ahead. After breakfast, today you will head off to the Constantia Winelands where you will stop at Groot Constantia.

Groot Constantia is the oldest wine estate in South Africa and a provincial heritage site in the suburb of Constantia in Cape Town, South Africa. "Groot" in Dutch and Afrikaans translates as "great" in English. Here we will do a cellar tour, wine and chocolate tasting. After this we head off to Steenberg Wine Estate, where we will enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at beautiful Catherinas Restaurant. After lunch, we head back to the hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Lunch 

DAY 6 – SATURDAY 25 AUGUST 2018
Cape Town to Johannesburg                                       

There’s a final morning at leisure in Cape Town. The V&A Waterfront is only minutes away, where you can enjoy some souvenir shopping before your transfer to Cape Town airport for the afternoon flight to Johannesburg, the City of Gold (the airfare is included as part of the tour and airfare package).

Johannesburg is in a major urban revival and transformation.  It is the economic power-house of Africa.  We take a glimpse into contemporary living in this bustling city.

You will be collected from Jo’burg airport and transferred to our group hotel, where you will spend the night.  For dinner tonight you will enjoy a communal African feast.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner  

DAY 7 – SUNDAY 26 AUGUST 2018
Soweto & Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

Today, we start with a half day exploration of Soweto, learning more about the history and struggles of this beautiful nation.

From the footbridge of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the largest on the continent, one can get a panoramic view of Soweto. Visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Orlando West, built in memory of the people who died 16 June 1976. The Mandela House Museum is an interesting stop for those keen to imbibe a slice of authentic history. You can also have a glimpse of the mansion belonging to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s house and the Sisulu residences which are all in the same neighbourhood.

We enjoy a local shebeen lunch in one of the local Soweto restaurants. A Shebeen is a South African township tavern. From here, continue to the Apartheid Museum for a guided tour.

Dinner this evening is in-house at our hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 8 – MONDAY 27 AUGUST 2018
Johannesburg to Maun to Khwai River                        

After breakfast we head to the airport for your late morning flight to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta (this flight is included with the tour & airfare package). The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”.

From the airport we transfer to our camp, which is situated in a private concession in the Khwai area. It’s a longer day on the road to reach our destination, and covers some rough roads.

This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive.

We will settle in and listen to the sounds of the African bush. Given your arrival time allows the time, you will go on your first game drive.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (packed) Dinner (at lodge)

DAY 9 – TUESDAY 28 AUGUST 2018
Khwai River, Botswana

It’s a fabulous day ahead for game drives. In our open 4x4 vehicle we will explore the Khwai area on morning and afternoon game drives hopefully spotting a variety of game that frequent this region. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas.

Meals: Breakfast (lodge), Lunch (lodge), Dinner (lodge) 

DAY 10 – WEDNESDAY 29 AUGUST 2018
Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana 

After having explored the Khwai River area, we now head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife.

The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve which is home to a great diversity of plant and animal life - making it a ‘must see' for a Botswana Safari. It contains, within its boundaries, approximately 20% of the Delta, and a vast range of habitats, acacia forests, floodplains, reed beds, lagoons, enduring wetland through mopane forest and dry savannah woodland. 

Meals: Breakfast (lodge), Lunch (packed lunch), Dinner (lodge)

DAY 11 – THURSDAY 30 AUGUST 2018
Maun, Botswana

After our game experience we head back to Maun where there’s the time to enjoy the gardens of the hotel, or relax by the pool. There is also the option for a scenic flight or helicopter ride (at your own expense).  It's a long driving day of around 5 hours, if you choose to fly back you can do so for an additional cost.  Please enquire with our staff.

Meals: Breakfast (at lodge), Lunch (packed), Dinner (at lodge)

DAYS 12 & 13 – FRIDAY 31 AUGUST & SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018
Okavango Delta, Botswana      

Early in the morning we leave Maun and drive to the Western Delta and onto Etsha 13. From here we head into the largest inland delta in the world, another highlight of Botswana, the Okavango Delta. We will spend the next two nights listening to the sounds of the wilderness.

Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. We will float in Mokoros through the thick vegetation of the Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water-filled paradise.

Meals: 
Day 12: Breakfast (lodge), Lunch (prepared by guide), Dinner (lodge)
Day 13: Breakfast (lodge), Lunch (packed lunch), Dinner (lodge)

DAY 14 – SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2018
Bwabwata, Namibia     

Today we leave the lush verdant wetlands of the Delta and enter Namibia. We make our way to camp.  We enjoy an afternoon game drive in Bwabwata National Park which lies on the western banks of the Okavango River and is one of Namibia's most captivating and species-rich conservation areas. The main features of the Bwabwata are enormous baobab trees, flood plains with large herds of elephant, buffalo and red lechwe. We also enjoy a traditional village visit this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast (lodge), Lunch (packed lunch), Dinner (lodge) 

DAYS 15 – MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2018
Bwabwata National Park to Chobe National Park, Botswana

Today we continue our journey through the Caprivi Strip, crossing the border to Botswana until we reach our destination at Chobe. We have lunch en-route under the shade of some trees.

Meals: Breakfast (lodge), Lunch (packed), Dinner (lodge)                       

DAY 16 – TUESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2018
Chobe National Park, Botswana 

Start your morning with a game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for lunch, where you can relax until our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts mid-afternoon. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds and more without having to reach for our binoculars – you’ll be close enough for close-up photographs.

Meals: Breakfast (lodge), Lunch (lodge), Dinner (lodge) 

DAY 17 – WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

A mid-morning departure takes you from Chobe to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. We have lunch in a local café and in the afternoon we explore the Victoria Falls on a guided tour.  This evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast (lodge), Lunch (local cafe) 

DAY 18 – THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2018
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The day is free for you to explore the town or partake in a number of optional activities on offer at Victoria Falls.

The group will meet tonight for a farewell dinner at the Boma Place of Eating – a truly African experience!

Meals: Breakfast (hotel), Highlight Dinner (Restaurant). 

DAY 19 – FRIDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2018
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe         

Our safari ends after breakfast and we hope that you take home some everlasting memories.

One group airport transfer is provided (to suit the group flight returning to Australia). If you have made your own flight arrangements, you may join this group transfer or otherwise arrange a transfer for another time (additional fee applies for any transfer other than the group transfer).

Meals: Breakfast (lodge)

DAY 20 – SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2018
Arrive Home

Travelling on our group flight, you arrive back to Australia today.

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS TO ITINERARY

ELEPHANTS EYE, HWANGE, ZIMBABWE
Travellers have the option to extend their African experience with a visit to Elephant’s Eye, Hwange located on a 2500 hectare private concession.  It’s a mere 13 km away from the entrance to Hwange National Park. Hwange is a more untouched safari destination and the lodge is easily accessible from Victoria Falls.

The elephant population here is one of the largest in the world and it also has one of the largest surviving groups of wild dog in Africa today. Attention to detail and friendly service in the heart of the African bush will set you at ease as you immerse yourself in this striking environment.

Enjoy the serenity and beautiful views overlooking a busy waterhole frequented by elephants and other resident game, allowing you to feel at one with nature. Spacious, tented en-suite chalets fitted with king/twin beds and decorated in natural hues; provide a comfortable and private abode from the elements.

Personalised service is guaranteed with guides accompanying clients to and from communal areas and chalets ensuring that individual needs are met at all times.    

Includes: 

  • Return road transfers, Victoria Falls to Hwange
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange
  • All meals and drinks during the stay
  • Game drives
  • Laundry service

DAY 19 – FRIDAY 7 SEPTEMBER  2018
Victoria Falls - Hwange

After breakfast, say farewell to your fellow passengers at your Victoria Falls hotel and you will be transferred (by road) to Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Eco-Lodge, which is situated 13 km from the main camp of Hwange National Park.

After arrival, you can either relax on your private veranda or in the pool area, before your first activity. Choose between a game drive in the Hwange National Park or on the Elephant’s Eye, private concession. Alternatively you can join a visit to a local village, where locals will host you and share some information on their lifestyle.

Meals: Breakfast (end of standard tour) Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20 – SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2018
Hwange National Park

Today is spent on a game drive in the Hwange National Park, the largest national park in Zimbabwe, covering an area of approximately 14650 km2. Named after a local chief, Hwange is situated in the northwest corner of the country about one hour south of the Victoria Falls. Because of its close proximity to the Falls, Hwange boasts an incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna, and a plethora of African wildlife.

There are over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded here. Specifically, the elephant population in Hwange is considered world famous, as it is one of the largest in the world. Experience parts of this national park on game drives and you will discover a variety of animals, including some predators among them.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21 – SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2018
Departure

Enjoy your last breakfast at our lodge before your 2½ hour drive back to Victoria Falls Airport, where you embark on your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATION

  • Chalets with open-plan bathroom, double basins and outdoor shower
  • private veranda
  • fireplace
  • pool
  • restaurant and bar area
  • viewing deck

ABOUT THE GAME DRIVES

The Hwange National Park is home to over 100 mammal species, including lion, leopard and rhino, and is known for its large population of elephant. This game park is very accessible and Elephants Eye offers day and night game drives and also offers walking safaris. The highest numbers of animals are spotted in the dry season (August to October) when the wildlife congregates around the shrunken water holes.

A walking safari is an option, the cost is approx. USD25 and this can be booked at the reception desk.

Spa treatments are also available at Elephants Eye, Hwange including;

60 Minute Deep Tissue Neck & Shoulder Massage
60 Minute Swedish Neck & Shoulder Massage
60 Minute Relaxing Neck & Shoulder Massage          

Prices start from US45 

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Cape Town

Commordore Hotel

5

Johannesburg

Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton

2

Khwai River

Hyena Pan or  Mogotlho Safari Lodge

3

Maun

Cresta Rileys

1

Okavango Delta

Nguma Island Lodge

2

Okavango Delta

Namushasha Lodge or Camp Kwando

1

Chobe River

Chobe Safari Lodge

2

Victoria Falls

Ilala Lodge

2

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

COMMODORE HOTEL, CAPE TOWN
The Commodore Hotel lies where Table Mountain and the sea meet. Overlooking the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, with views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, is the luxury accommodation of The Commodore Hotel.

PROTEA HOTEL BALALAIKA SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG
Discover a tranquil oasis in the heart of the bustling business and entertainment hub of Gauteng at the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton. An upscale hotel in Sandton, South Africa features two sections, the Balalaika and the Crown Court, each with its own lush, landscaped garden and sparkling swimming pool. Accommodation is air-conditioned and tastefully furnished in a classic, comfortable style with its own en suite bathroom. Two restaurants provide exceptional on-site dining, including the popular Bull Run Restaurant for steakhouse favorites. Other on-site amenities include a fitness facility.

HYENA PAN, KHWAI RIVER
Hyena Pan is a tranquil tented camp in private concession area NG18 better known as Khwai. The concession area borders the Moremi National Park and the Khwai River in the South and the Chobe National Park to the East. The camp is positioned 12kms north of the Khwai River, within Cathedral Mopane Forrest overlooking a natural Mopane Pan. The pan is a constant water supply to many species for birds and animals year round, the rains in December to March flood the area creating an enormous water feature encouraging Hippo, Elephant and Buffalo and an exceptional array of water birds, as the pan shrinks for March through to late November we pump water to the pan from our close by borehole. The water from the borehole is slightly salty with high mineral content, a big attraction fo the resident game and bird species in the concession. Then pan is a hive of activity year round.

OR

MOGOTHO SAFARI LODGE, KHWAI RIVER
Nestled in-between a Leadwood forest, overlooking the Khwai River and beyond which joins the Moremi game reserve, sits the beautiful Mogotlho Lodge.

The lodge boasts a majestic thatch roofed dining and lounge area which leads out onto an elevated viewing deck over the riverbank. Spectacular sunsets can be admired over sundowners from the quaint bar or from the deck of your comfort en-suite tent.

Once there, you are close to the heart beat of Africa and can sense the big game heritage from the moment you arrive. Long drinks on the wooden patio overlooking the Khwai River, makes Mogotlho one of the most popular game lodges in Botswana today. The exceptional location of Khwai makes it a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. This the perfect location for observing the perennial drama of the African Bushveld.

CRESTA RILEYS, MAUN
Located on the banks of the Thamakalane River, Cresta Riley’s offers any visitor to Maun a warm welcome in true African style. Facilities at this stylish Maun hotel include comfortably luxurious accommodation and a selection of fine dining. Situated at the gateway to the Okavango Delta, there are also several tours and safaris available to Savuti, Moremi or the Chobe National Park.

NGUMA ISLAND LODGE, OKAVANGO DELTA
Nguma Island Lodge offers peace and tranquility with a spectacular and exclusive view over one of the largest lagoons in the north west of the Okavango Delta. The lodge is situated on the banks of the beautiful lagoon bordered by palm trees, papyrus and reed beds. A 50 minute boat drive brings you to the main Okavango River in the panhandle where tiger fish abound and the many inlets offer good bream fishing. Nguma Island Lodge offers a very relaxed family atmosphere and a fishing, mokoro and birdwatchers paradise.

NAMUSHASHA RIVER LODGE, OKAVANGO DELTA
Namushasha River Lodge celebrates the wonders of the Zambezi water world with accommodation fit for a king. There's a magic, a feeling or a charm that enraptures you in these northern realms. With elephants, hippos, myriad bird species, water lilies and African bush, a visit to Namushasha provides an enriching adventure into Nature - to the accompaniment of the chiming of reed frogs, bird calls, hippo grunts and the soothing sound of a boat skimming through water. Namushasha's impressive central entrance, designed in true African style with a wooden chandelier and carved animals, leads guests into the attractive lodge set between the trees. The dining room, with its high thatched roof, is open on the sides to the river world, providing a suitable - and airy - welcome to wonderland.

OR

CAMP KWANDO, OKAVANGO DELTA
Nestled on the banks of the Kwando river (Eastern Caprivi, Namibia), Camp Kwando invites you to come and explore the hidden treasures of an untamed land. Capture the spirit of the African bush while sipping sundowners from the beautiful overhead deck and experience the thrill of the tiger fish and the hauntingly beautiful call of the African fish eagle.

CHOBE SAFARI LODGE, CHOBE RIVER
Chobe Safari Lodge, on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana, is the best destination for serious game viewers. Situated in Kasane, Chobe Safari Lodge is close to where the borders of four African countries meet - Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia. If you are planning to visit the Chobe area, the majestic Victoria Falls or the Caprivi region, then Chobe Safari Lodge is the ideal choice of accommodation. Our stay will be in either Safari or River Rooms,.

ILALA LODGE, VICTORIA FALLS
The perfect base from which to explore one of the World's Seven Natural Wonders, the majestic Victoria Falls. Ilala Lodge provides distinguished, yet affordable, boutique Victoria Falls accommodation in gracious and secluded surroundings. This hotel features just 34 rooms on the property, ensuring that you can look forward to personalised service throughout the duration of your visit.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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PRICES

** EARLY BIRD OFFER **

SAVING: Book & pay the tour deposit by 1 March 2018
SAVE $500 for tour package with your own room | $250 if you share

*EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
* sharing refers to ‘twinshare’; share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange.

Per person prices in AUD

Single Room

EARLY BIRD Tour & Airfare - ex Perth

 $12499

EARLY BIRD Tour price - ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide

 $12749

STANDARD Tour & Airfare - ex Perth

 $12999


PRE AND POST ACCOMMODATION

Additional nights pre tour, Capetown inc. breakfast @ Commodore Hotel

 $165

Additional nights post tour, Victoria Falls inc breakfast @ Ilala Lodge

 $349

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $850 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

* International airfare ex Australia is valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. A reservation with cancellation terms is sent to you, prior to ticketing for your review, and acceptance.

Day/Date Variations:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of the additional nights of stay applies.

Taxes & Fuel Costs:
The tour and airfare package includes air taxes to the value of $xxx per person for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and $xxx for Perth. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only. At the time final monies are due the amount for the airline tax & fuel surcharge will be updated if there has been any change.

Early Bird, Terms & Conditions:
To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay $1200 deposit to secure your booking, and make a progress payment of $3000 by 1 March 2018. If booking after this date, the progress payment is due within 14 days of deposit payment. Note air supplement may apply depending on airline availability and departure cities. 

Upgrading Economy Fare to Business Class Fare with Points
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability. 

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications
ROOMMATE MATCH 

Share and save with our roommate match option.

On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $400 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option to decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Tuesday 22 May 2018.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded.

 

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart from: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country.

FLIGHTS INCLUDED WITH THE GROUP TOUR & AIRFARE PACKAGE

  1. Economy return airfare ex Australia to Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. Economy return airfare Johannesburg to Cape Town, South Africa
  3. Economy one way fare Johannesburg, South Africa to Maun, Botswana

The airfare included in the package does not allow the use of Qantas Frequent flyer points to upgrade.  There is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. On request, we can quote and advise the surcharge (subject to availability).

If the fare class for our tour & airfare package sells out, an airfare surcharge in addition to our tour & airfare package price may apply. This will be advised at the time we issue the quote. Quotes do not guarantee availability and at the time of confirming your booking with a deposit, availability will be advised.

TOUR ONLY OPTION
If you are not booking our tour and airfare group package you must check with us the flights to book, to ensure your arrivals and departures coincide with the group airport transfers for the itinerary.

ABOUT THE GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFERS
When you book the group tour and airfare package your airport transfers in Africa are included. These are also included if you elect a pre tour stay 1 night prior in Cape Town and/or post tour stay in Victoria Falls, so long as you stay at the group hotel, and book your stay and airfare with us a part of your package.

The tour only option does not include any international flights nor, internal domestic sectors in South Africa.

ABOUT NON GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFER SERVICES
If you book a flight that is not the same as the group nominated flight.

In Cape Town we provide a private service for the airport to group hotel.
When other group members also travel on the same flight, group members will join the same transfer.  A fee applies for the service.

In Victoria Falls, a shared transfer service is provided.
If you have made your own flight arrangements, you may join the group nominated transfer at no additional charge. Or, otherwise you can arrange a transfer for another time (additional fee applies for any transfer other than the group transfer). The service must be booked at the time of finalising your booking.

DETAILS

This page contains the details about the trip not already explained on other pages.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 12 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single/solo travellers. We also provide a pre-departure group contact service.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
In Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa
It’s a relaxed touring pace with quality meal inclusions. Some time at leisure is provided on the itinerary.

On Safari
The safari combines the comforts of lodge accommodation and permanent tented camp sites with an unforgettable safari experience. All accommodation is provided with private ensuites.

There isn’t too much walking on the tour but travellers need a reasonable level of fitness. You need to be able to get on and off the vehicle with ease and assist at times to load the vehicle. Also there will be times that you need to walk from the lodges to campsites for meals on certain days but nothing excessive. There may be optional walking activities you may like to take up.

TRANSPORT
In Cape Town, South Africa
While touring Cape Town you will be transported by mini buses. 

In Johannesburg
For the 2 night stay, a different vehicle is used. It is a minibus.

On Safari
From Maun, once on safari, a safari vehicle is used.  From Maun to the safari destination and returning to Maun, an open sided game-viewing vehicle is used.

Once departing Maun, for the rest of the tour a 12-seater safari vehicle is used. As a note, the activities in Chobe are done with the Lodge vehicles (also open safari vehicles)

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS
Maximum baggage allowance
15 kg using a soft bag.

Our operator stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don’t bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.

This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack.

ABOUT THE MEALS 
It’s regular that our trips included welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups.

On this trip, the majority of your meals are included. There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

While in South Africa the itinerary focuses on some superb culinary experiences and most included lunches and dinners are considered highlights.

In the case of safaris we include most meals. While on safari, in some cases the access to fresh fruits and/or vegetables may be limited and one needs to take into account the remote locations of some of the places of accommodation may affect the availability of food variety.

We’ve included a few evenings at your leisure on this itinerary. It’s an opportunity to make your own local discoveries.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be meet. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

GROUP GUIDE
Cape Town
For the days in Cape Town a local guide is provided. Usually the guide in Cape Town is a different person to the guide for the safari days.

On Safari
This is a private group tour and is fully escorted with an English speaking professional safari guide and a safari driver. Your guide will provide sightseeing commentary and in addition be the liaison for all tour services.

If the group falls below 8 passengers in total then a combined driver-guide will operate the safari. 

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'African Safari organised by Encounter Travel. Arguably the best holiday I have ever been on. A must on  everyone's bucket list. Thank you ET for a lifetime of memories.'

Christine, 55 years, Queensland

'Awesome is how I would describe the African Safari, it was everything I hoped it would be and more. This was my first solo trip and I am so glad I choose Encounter and will definitely book another holiday with them.'

Jen, 52 years, Victoria

A wonderful tour. Terrific itinerary, good accommodation, great food and fantastic fellow travellers combined to make this one of my best tours ever.

Robyn, 63 years, Western Australia
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