Delta & Victoria Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

  • Trip code : GABB
  • Trip length : 9 Days
  • Trip starts in : Johannesburg
  • Trip ends in : Victoria Falls
  • Maximum group size :16
  • Ages : 18 - 35
  • Meals : 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 6 Dinners
  • Accommodation : 2 nights bush camp, 1 night basic hotel, 5 nights participatory camping
  • Transport : Boat, Mikoro and overland vechicle

 

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  • Board a boat and drift down the Chobe River. How's the serenity?
  • ‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls
  • The cultural history of South Africa's 'City of Gold' Johannesburg
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • Chobe National Park's river
  • Okavango Delta by 'mokoro'

Whatever time you get in, we guarantee Jo’burg will be there to meet you at the airport. Botswana’s Khama Rhino Santuary specialises in rhinos, the Okavango Delta is great at hippos and Chobe National Park does a mean giraffe, ostrich, zebra, elephant combo.Tent etiquette 101- Keep it neat – nothing worse than tripping over a backpack in the pitch dark and landing awkwardly on your sleeping friend- Zip it up every single time, even if you’re busting to pee during the night and will only be gone for 2 seconds – that’s exactly how long it takes a honey badger to get in.- Share and share alike – if your tent-mate forgot to bring toothpaste, lend them yours or bear the brunt of their morning breath.

 

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Day
1

Johannesburg

Head out to the Burma flea market for any last minute safari must-haves (t-shirts, hats, books) and grab a bite to eat while you're there. You'll find everything from Indian and Chinese to Turkish and South African food.

  • Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1
  • You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned
  • Perhaps visit the Apartheid Museum, the Museum Africa, the Art Gallery or head off on the Gold Reef City and Heritage mine tour

 

Day
2

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

About 30 rhinos roam around this 400ha community-based reserve. Don't forget your binoculars, or you'll be getting them confused with big rocks.

  • Cross the border into Botswana and travel toward the Khama Rhino Sanctuary (600 km, approx 8-10 hrs)
  • Head out on a dusk game drive to see the rhinos when they are at their most active

 

Day
3

Maun

Up early for a really long drive to Maun (pronounced ma-ooon) so pee before you get in the truck. We also offer a free massage service (it's really bumpy).Your destination today is Maun (520 km, approx 7-8 hrs) - the gateway to the Okavango Delta

  • Camp on the outskirts of town at a simple campsite with shared facilities

 

Day
4-5

Okavango Delta

There's nothing more relaxing than feeling the African sun on your face as you lie back in a mokoro, eyes closed while your expert poler propels you through the calm waters... until a hippo grunts.Traverse the waterways by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe navigated by friendly local 'polers'.

  • Perhaps spot some of the wildlife and prolific birdlife
  • Spend time exploring the maze of lagoons, lakes and streams on foot, led by experienced and knowledgeable guides
  • Camp on a remote island in the heart of the wilderness
  • Dig a bush toilet and go without a shower, it's all part of the Okavango experience
  • Hear the sounds of the African bush at nightWake early the following morning and head out on a sunrise walk
  • Return to camp for breakfast and take the rest of the day to relax, take a swim or test your poling skills before heading out for an afternoon walk or perhaps another mokoro trip

 

Day
6

Maun

Visit a rural village then drive back to Maun. If you're a bit tuckered out from all the excitement, this is a good time for a nap.Take the mokoro back to the poling station before transferring back to Maun (60 km, approx 2-3 hrs)

  • Visit a local rural village for an insight into life in the Okavango Delta
  • Perhaps fly over the delta in a small plane for a bird's-eye view
  • Camp on the outskirts of town at a simple campsite with shared facilities

 

Day
7

Chobe National Park

Traffic on the road to Kasane can be pretty intense. Giraffe, ostrich, zebra, and elephant, however, are all pretty courteous road users.

  • Zip around Chobe in 4WDs, spotting heaps of wildlife and brushing up on your photography skills.
  • Enjoy a relaxing water safari down the Chobe River

 

Day
8-9

Victoria Falls

Make the most of whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, elephant safaris and some more game drives. They'll try and make you wear a yellow poncho at Vic Falls. Don't. This place is far too pretty to have you looking like an idiot in all your photographs.Travel on to Victoria Falls (330 km, approx 5-6 hrs)

  • Cross the border into Zimbabwe and have lunch on the banks of the Zambezi
  • Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls
  • Perhaps enjoy optional activities such as abseiling, canoeing, flying fox, a helicopter flight, jet boating, a horseback safari, bungee jumping and more besides.

 

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  • On this trip you will be accompanied by 2 crew members, a group leader and a driver. (Depaneding on your group size - from time to time your leader will also be your driver) 
  • INCLUDED ACTIVITIES: Chobe National Park - Afternoon game drive, Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Evening game drive, Maun - Local village visit, Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks, Visit Victoria Falls
  • All accommodation - 2 nights bush camp, 1 night basic hotel, 5 nights participatory camping
  • Transport - Boat, Mikoro and overland vechicle
  • Meals - 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 6 Dinners

 

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  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Departure taxes
  • Visas
  • Insurance (compulsory on all trips)
  • Meals not listed
  • Any optional tours or activities during free time
  • Camera fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Tips
  • Items of a personal nature

 

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There are a selection of optional activities listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This is not an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices listed are for entrance only and do not include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless otherwise indicated. Please also be aware that it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.

Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by us nor included in the price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with us.

You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form for some of the optional activities you choose to participate in.

 

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RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Overland

Journeys of freedom & discovery. Travelling in purpose-built trucks or 4x4s you’ll see all the highlights but also get far off the beaten track. Led by a professional crew or driver, with  adventurous passengers enjoying a real hands on experience.

On an overland trip you're more than just a passenger, you're part of the crew, and everyone gets involved with setting up camp, food shopping and being part of cook groups. There are also a number of other responsibilities that are part of the overlanding lifestyle, for example collecting water and firewood, loading luggage into the lockers and helping to keep the truck clean and tidy.

Our tours are designed to offer freedom and flexibility, so there's a general route to follow but it's very much a 'day by day' affair rather than a strict hour-by-hour itinerary.

 

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A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

Please click here for more information

 

health-and-fitness

Physical Preparation

The step up into the overland truck, while not overly high, can become tiring, as can the constant setting and packing up of camp. You need to judge yourself to be physically fit enough to haul yourself up and down at least 8-10 times a day.

Physical Rating

This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.

Medical Preparation

We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow yourself plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended

 

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You will need to take money with you to cover the kitty and any additional meals/drinks not included in your tour cost. You will also need to budget for bottled drinking water plus such things as tips, laundry, souvenirs, additional sightseeing, optional activities and excursions, and possible delays. It is much better to come with more than you would expect to spend and to end the trip with a surplus, rather than being caught short! It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies which can happen en route. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the source and reimbursement is made later by the insurance company. This is a situation where a credit card can be useful.

Kitty

On this trip it's compulsory to contribute to a kitty. The kitty is an on-ground payment put into a central fund and overseen by travellers and the crew. It helps fund accommodation, camp meals and some included activities. Kitty amounts are subject to change to reflect local price increases. Please check our website for the up-to-date amount 48 hours prior to your trip commencement. Your kitty will be collected when you arrive for your trip, either on day 1 or, if on a combination trip, in stages throughout your trip.

A trip kitty of ZAR3780.00 CASH will be required. Please have the exact amount ready.

Parks

This trip includes 1 day at Khama Rhino Sanctuary, 2 days in the Okavango Delta, 1 day in Chobe National Park and 1 day in Victoria Falls National Park.

Spending Money

As a guide we recommend you allow approximately US$15 per day for additional meals, snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) not included in your itinerary. Use a higher figure particularly if you are travelling during the hot season when you will require more fluids.

Each and every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities and tipping.

You should carry sufficient funds for extra sightseeing and optional activities. If you decide to take optional excursions which uses the services of a local guide and a private vehicle you will need to budget for more.

A selection of optional activities are listed on your day to day itinerary to help you budget for your trip.

 

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

 

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Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.

As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.

We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.

For further information about responsible travel please click here.

 

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Finish Time

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

 

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