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Solos Only

Africa Solo Travel Tours

The highlights of Cape Town before setting off on your multi country African Safari.

Discover the highlights of Cape Town across a four night stay, including highlight culinary delights of the region, and superb excursions and sightseeing of the city and beyond. Next, a four country safari of Southern Africa; South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe – a small group adventure with specialty safari lodgings, only for solo travellers.

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 wildlife on a boat cruise on the Chobe River. And, then, we end at the magnificent Victoria Falls.

This is an unforgettable safari experience with diverse game drives and experiences capturing the incredible breadth of animal and bird life discoveries of Southern Africa and the contrasting landscapes from the lush wetlands of Botswana to the dry plains of Namibia.

 

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    40+
  • Duration:
    19 Days
  • Status:
    2025 Out Soon
  • Region:
    Africa & Middle East
  • Destinations:
    South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Camping,Hotel,Upmarket lodges/hostels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$13935 own room
  • Transport:
    Minivan, Air, Boat
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    12
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

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 18 nights hotels or safari lodges
  • 18 breakfasts
  • 10 lunches
  • 1 high tea
  • 15 dinners including 4 highlight dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • All sightseeing as detailed by itinerary
  • Tipping for guides, drivers, hotel staff, transfers, restaurants included in the tour
  • English speaking professional guide ~
  • Safari driver ~ 

TRAVEL

  • Boat on Okavango Delta and Chobe River
  • For safari, private transport in fully kitted 4x4 safari vehicle
  • For some game viewing, Botswana an open sided game viewing vehicle
  • Arrival & departure airport transfers, Africa*

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • All park entry fees
  • Tips for drivers, local guides (not group guide), hotel staff 
  • Porterage in and out of accommodation included where available
  • Small group, not more than 12 travellers

* given connected with services booked with us
~ if group falls below 8 travellers, the group is escorted by one professional driver-guide.

Not included: 

  • International airfares to/from your home port (unless requested)
  • International Cape Town to Victoria Falls (unless requested)
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Tips for group guide, meals & drinks
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

 

Departure Dates for this tour

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OWN ROOM

Tour (Cape Town with African Safari)

AUD $13935

PRE TOUR: Cape Town group hotel with breakfast & airport transfer
rate applies 23 & 24 Augus 2024

AUD $300

POST TOUR: Victoria Falls group hotel with breakfast & airport transfer
rate applies 

AUD $460

Arrival Transfer

INCLUDED

Departure Transfer

AUD $T.B.A

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TERMS & CONDITIONS
20 MAY - 7 JUN 25
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Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cape Town guided sightseeing, including a 4 night stay
  • Wonderful culinary highlights during your stay in Cape Town
  • Exploring the Cape Peninsula, South Africa
  • Robben Island Excursion, Cape Town
  • Safaris to seek out The Big Five of Africa; lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino
  • 4 country visit; South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe
  • Superior lodge accommodation
  • Bwabwata National Park, Namibia – species rich conservation area and renowned for large herds of elephants
  • The lush wetlands of the Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Private game reserve; The Khwai Concession, Botswana
  • Sunset cruise on the Chobe River
  • Chobe National Park, Botswana – a wildlife paradise
  • Boutique safari, not more than 12 in the group

DAY 1

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA       

Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa!  It’s arrival day and at your leisure today.
While in Cape Town we discover the highlights of the city and its surrounds, including some of the best dining experiences on offer. 

Meals: None included

 

DAY 2

CAPE TOWN CITY TOUR       

This morning after breakfast, at around 10:00am, you will be collected for a city orientation tour. You will have an 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. Enjoy delicate finger sandwiches, pastries and cakes. This evening is at your leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast, High Tea

 

DAY 3

ROBBEN ISLAND EXCURSIONS

This morning after breakfast, you will embark on an 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. 

After our Robben Island tour, we will head off to the Constantia Winelands where we 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 & chocolate tasting.

Dinner tonight is a chic African experience. Dining 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! After drumming for a while, you will be lead into ancient courtyards where your hands are ceremoniously washed before eating. The cuisine is authentically Cape Malay and African and is served by beautifully clad waitrons in African style baskets. As you dine you will be entertained by the 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 4

CAPE PENINSULA TOUR

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 enjoy sundowners, before heading back to the hotel for some time to freshen up for dinner, which will be at a boutique restaurant on the hustling Kloof Street. 

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

 

DAY 5

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Today, transfer tto Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls (flight not included in tour price).  Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transfereed to your hotel where you will spend 2 nights. The rest of today is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

SPECIAL NOTES: 
An international flight is required, and not part of tour price. Must book our nominated flight – if making own flight arrangements enquire with us for details at time of making flight arrangements.  

DAY 6

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

This morning you will go on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya- “the Smoke that thunders” after which we will have lunch at a local cafe. After lunch, you can explore Victoria Falls, the town and all of its unique offerings, from adventure activities to cultural experiences. Head back to the hotel for some time to freshen up for a highlight dining experience this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner

 

DAY 7

BWABWATA, NAMIBIA

Today we enjoy an afternoon game drive in Bwabwata National Park. The park lies on the western banks of the Okavango River and is one of Namibia's most captivating and species-rich conservation areas. Main features of the Bwabwata are enormous baobab trees, flood plains with large herds of elephant, buffalo and red lechwe.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

DAY 8

DIVUNDU, NAMIBIA

Today, we make our way to Divava Okavango Resort, after taking a guided visit to the Living Museum of the Ju’Hoansi-San, a local Bushmen community who offer us the opportunity to participate in their daily activities. The Living Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the San people. A walk is taken in the vicinity of the village with the hunters to search for bush food, watch them prepare snares and ropes and start a fire the Ju/’Hoansi way. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

DAY 9 & 10

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

Today we leave the lush verdant wetlands 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 and will 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Daily)

 

DAY 11

MAUN, BOTSWANA

This morning we head back to Maun. You will have an opportunity to partake in a scenic flight or helicopter ride (for your own account), and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 12

MOREMI GAME RESERVE, BOTSWANA                                                

This morning, you will be met and transferred to the next camp, which is situated in a private concession in the Khwai area. 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. Depending on the time of our arrival, you may have an opportunity to go on a PM game drive on the private concession. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 13 & 14

MOREMI GAME RESERVE, BOTSWANA

We have the opportunity to spend the day on 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. The next day, we will spend the morning and afternoon on game drives. Visiting Khwai area which is home to a great diversity of plant and animal life.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Daily)

 

DAY 15

MOREMI GAME RESERVE TO NATA, BOTSWANA

Leaving the bush behind us, we travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans, once a large river fed lake which has become saline and empty. This area incorporates a multitude of salt pans and vast grass plains dotted by palm islands and forms the Great Makgadikgadi which comprises the largest area of salt pans in the world, covering some 37,000 square km overall. We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 16 & 17

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA

After a night spent at our lodge we continue our journey to crossing the border to Botswana until we reach our destination at Chobe.

Your morning starts with a game drive in Chobe National Park, after which you will return to the lodge to relax and enjoy lunch. Our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts around 3pm. 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, Lunch, Dinner (Daily)

 

DAY 18

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Today we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe. We will spend our final night in Victoria Falls. The day is at your leisure. This evening come together for a beautiful farewell dinner at our lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

 

DAY 19

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE        

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

Meals: Breakfast 

Itineraries may be 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

PULLMAN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
A deluxe 4.5 star property Pullman Cape Town, City Centre occupies an architecturally award nominated building in the city's central business district. The hotel is within walking distance of some of South Africa's top restaurants in Bree and Long Streets. Enjoy proximity to major tourist attractions such as Table Mountain, Castle of Good Hope, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Camps Bay Beach, as well as the renowned Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Pullman Cape Town, City Centre is a stylish urban oasis in downtown Cape Town.

ILALA LODGE, ZIMBABWE
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.

Room type: Hotel room with ensuites 

DIVAVA LODGE, NAMIBIA
Divava Okavango Resort & Spa perched on the banks of the Okavango River renders 20 luxury air-conditioned, spacious chalets with large decks providing front row seats for the magnificent wildlife show. Encounter fine dining surrounded by elegant style and luxury. All rooms are air-conditioned and contain a spacious bathroom, bathtub and an indoor- and outdoor shower.

GUMA LAGOON, BOTSWANA
Guma Lagoon Camp is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the north-western side of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Guma Lagoon Camp is truly a fisherman's paradise and bird watchers' haven. Accommodation is provided in spacious canvas chalets, all ensuite and located on the edge of the lagoon.

Room type: Tented Chalet permanent with ensuite

CRESTA RILEYS, BOTSWANA
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.

Room type: Standard ensuite room 
 

MOGOTLHO SAFARI LODGE, KHWAI RIVER, BOTSWANA
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 ensuite tent.

Once here, you are close to the heart beat of Africa, you 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 is the perfect location for observing the perennial drama of the African Bushveld.

Room type: Specialty lodging; luxury tented chalets with en-suite 

NATA LODGE, BOTSWANA

Set beside Botswana’s mesmerising salt pans, Nata Lodge is on the way to everywhere! A convenient road trip break, Nata Lodge is beloved by campers, glampers, and self-drive adventurers for its great food, cold beer, assortment of affordable and well-maintained accommodations, and easy access to the best salt pan sunset — your overnight oasis awaits with a swimming pool to enjoy.

CHOBE SAFARI LODGE, BOTSWANA
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

Room type: River or Safari rooms

Note: Some twin share rooms may have single beds.

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

If we have confirmation of hotel Wi-Fi inclusion we state it above. However if Wi-Fi is not stated it does not mean that a hotel is without Wi-Fi. Most hotels have Wi-Free;  free or otherwise for a service fee. Our inclusion of free Wi-Fi above is not a guarantee as this can change without notice due to telco service interruptions or changes to hotel policy.

 

Dvava Lodge View

Divava Lodge, Namibia

Dining at Mogotlho Safari Lodge

Dining @ Mogotlho Safari Lodge

Divava Lodge

Divava Lodge, Namibia

Permanent Tent, Mogotlho Safari Lodge

Permanent Tent @ Mogotlho Safari Lodge

Ilala Lodge Encounter Travel

Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls


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GETTING THERE

Starts In: Cape Town, South Africa
Ends In: 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. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

First Day Information
It’s arrival day only with no touring. An airport to hotel transfer is included. 

Final Day Information
There are no tour excursions on the final day.  

Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.  

Hotel check in: most hotels have check in from 2PM or 3PM
Hotel check out: most hotels require check out by 10AM or 11AM

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Airport Transfers, Cape Town on arrival, and Victoria Falls on departure are included when;

  • you arrive on day 1 of the tour, and depart on final day of the tour
    or
  • you have extended your stay and you have booked the pre tour group hotel or the post tour group hotel with us as part of your package.

If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 45 days prior to travel (and even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us).  Where transfers are part of your arrangement, if your itinerary is not provided to us within the required timeframe, you forfeit the airport transfers, or additional fees may be incurred for the service.

note: if you have extended your stay by your own arrangement transfers cannot be provided, and are by your own arrangement.

FLIGHT INFORMATION

International flights are not included in the tour package.

DAY 5 - FLIGHT REQUIRED
The international flight required on day 5, Cape Town, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is at your cost.  If making your own flight arrangements you must ask us which flight to book.

As an Australian travel company we can provide flight assistance for flights originating from Australia. If joining the tour from outside Australia we recommend making your own flight arrangements or to use the service of a travel advisor located within your country of residence for access to best fares.

 

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. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 12 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
Travellers of 75 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

In Cape Town 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.  Whilst on safari, you will be required to use the bush for toileting (if required).  It’s a good idea to carry some toilet paper with you in your daypack.  If you have mobility issues such as knee issues, please speak to our staff who can give you advice on whether this trip is right for you.

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TIPPING
Tipping may not be your custom, or the custom of your home country, however it is significant in many parts of the world for roles in tourism. It’s customary to tip tour service personnel including your group tour leader, driver, local guides, restaurant staff, and hotel porters. It’s also appreciated to leave small tips for room attendants and restaurant wait staff.  We appreciate that for many travellers tipping is awkward, and they are unsure about how and what amount to tip.

Tipping for some tour services are included in your tour package however it does not cover your tour leader.

Your Tour Leader
As tipping is customary, please recognise your tour leader’s good service, and the custom of tipping tour leaders, and tip them at the completion of your tour. Your tour leader is away from home for the duration of your visit and tipping is a part of recognising this dedication.

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.

Are you a flexitarian?
If you have dietary requirements, please advise if it is due to allergies or for medical reasons or if it is a personal preference and if you are flexible. Dietary requirements will limit choices. If a dietary requirement is not essential due to medical reasons and you are a flexitarian, then we recommend that you exclude your personal preferences if not necessary to provide more options with the meal choices.

CAPE TOWN HIGHLIGHTS 
The Cape Town stay focuses on some superb culinary experiences and most included lunches and dinners are considered highlights.

AFRICAN SAFARI DINING
In the case of safaris most meals are included. 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.

There will be some early mornings where you will have breakfast at 6am before your safari at 7am.  In other cases, you will go on early morning safari starting at 5am and be back at the hotel by 9am where you can relax and enjoy the buffet breakfast.  On any morning that you need to depart early to be on the road and not return to the hotel, a boxed breakfast will be included.

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.

There will be some early mornings where you will have breakfast at 6am before your safari at 7am.  In other cases, you will go on early morning safari starting at 5am and be back at the hotel by 9am where you can relax and enjoy the buffet breakfast.  On any morning that you need to depart early to be on the road and not return to the hotel, a boxed breakfast will be included.

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 for a group of 8 to 12 passengers. 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.

The role of your guide  to lead the group, take charge of all the trip logistics on tour, and of course, make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible so ultimately you have the best possible experience. From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic congestion, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your group leader will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible.

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, unless the group is 4 or less passengers and a smaller vehicle is used. As a note, the activities in Chobe are done with the Lodge vehicles (also open safari vehicles).

Boat rides are also included with this itinerary.

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS
Maximum baggage allowance 15kg
A soft bag must be used.

Encounter Travel stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the travellers 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. 

Airline Luggage
For airline luggage restrictions refer to your ticket details. Please note that the maximum luggage weight for touring may be less than the airline maximum limit. 

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

During the time on Safari, wifi maybe limited in some areas.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.
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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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