Delta & Victoria

Visiting: Botswana,South Africa,Zimbabwe

Code: GABB

Kitty: As this trip is an overland trip. it has a kitty on top of the tour price. As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.
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GABB Kitty Details

This trip is an overland trip run in an overland truck. In addition to paying for your trip, you're require to make a separate payment to your tour leader at the start of the trip, usually in USD. Kitties are flexible and change as prices are updated. Therefore you should check the latest kitty amount on this website before you depart.

A kitty is a group fund which covers all accommodation, meals while camping (not in hotels) and activities listed as included. It's a system unique to overlanding to provide the maximum flexibility and best value on the road (you get everything at cost price!). The kitty is your money, not ours, so any amount left over is divided among the group as a refund.

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Trip CodeStart DateEnd DateCurrencyKitty
Saturday 09 May 2015Friday 15 May 2015
Saturday 16 May 2015Friday 22 May 2015
Saturday 23 May 2015Friday 29 May 2015
Saturday 30 May 2015Friday 05 Jun 2015
Saturday 06 Jun 2015Friday 12 Jun 2015
Saturday 13 Jun 2015Friday 19 Jun 2015
Saturday 20 Jun 2015Friday 26 Jun 2015
Saturday 27 Jun 2015Friday 03 Jul 2015
Saturday 11 Jul 2015Friday 17 Jul 2015
Saturday 18 Jul 2015Friday 24 Jul 2015
Saturday 25 Jul 2015Friday 31 Jul 2015
Saturday 01 Aug 2015Friday 07 Aug 2015
Saturday 08 Aug 2015Friday 14 Aug 2015
Saturday 15 Aug 2015Friday 21 Aug 2015
Saturday 22 Aug 2015Friday 28 Aug 2015
Saturday 29 Aug 2015Friday 04 Sep 2015
Saturday 05 Sep 2015Friday 11 Sep 2015
Saturday 12 Sep 2015Friday 18 Sep 2015
Saturday 19 Sep 2015Friday 25 Sep 2015
Saturday 03 Oct 2015Friday 09 Oct 2015
Saturday 10 Oct 2015Friday 16 Oct 2015
Saturday 17 Oct 2015Friday 23 Oct 2015

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 : 10
  • Trip starts in : Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Trip ends in : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Maximum group size : 16
  • Ages : 18 - 39
  • Meals : 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Accommodation : 2 Nights Bush Camp, 1 Night Basic Hotel, 6 Nights Participatory Camping
  • Transport : Boat, Mokoro, Overland Vehicle

If you plan to travel before the 1st January 2015 please contact us for details of the itinerary.

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

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. 

TRIP CHANGE FOR 2015:The tour has increased in duration and will now be a 10 day tour instead of 9. As a result, this itinerary will now visit Nata and explore the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

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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 night

Wake 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

There may be time to visit a rural village before driving 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 - time permitting

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

Nata

Hit the road bound for Nata (615km, approx 8-9hrs ).

Our campsite tonight is situated on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans which makes up one of the largest salt pans in the world covering some 12,000sq km.Facilities include a Restaurant, Swimming pool, Gift Shop and Bar/lounge area.

hile here you have the opportunity to explore the pans on 3hr excursion in open vehicles.

Surrounded by the Kalahari Desert the pans are naturally dry and salty for a large part of the year. During this time the arid landscape has an eerie feel to it as heat mirages disorientate the senses. However they are seasonally covered with water and grass and as soon as the rains hit become a refuge for migratory birds and animals.

Optional Activities

Nata Pan Excursion - Approximately BWP190

Day
8

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
9-10

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. (Depending on your group size – from time to time your leader will also be your driver)

Included activities:

  • Chobe National Park - Afternoon sunset cruise
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Evening game drive
  • Maun - Local village visit, Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks
  • Visit Victoria Falls

optional-extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.

Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

  • Chobe River Cruise
    US$35
  • Johannesburg - City Tour
    400 Rand
  • Johannesburg - City Tour & Apartheid Museum
    500 Rand
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Night Drive
    US$75pp
  • Maun - Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta
    US$150pp (dependant upon numbers)
  • Victoria Falls - Entry to the falls
    US$30
  • Victoria Falls - Full day upper Zambezi canoeing
    US$140pp (+US$10 Park Fees to be paid at check-in point)
  • Victoria Falls - Full-day white water rafting 
    US$140pp (+US$10 for park fees to be paid at check in point)
  • Victoria Falls - River boarding
    US$150
  • Victoria Falls - Sundowner Cruise
    US$50pp (+US$10 for park fees to be paid at check in point)

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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 and items of a personal nature.


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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.

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures


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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.

 

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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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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. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
 
You will need to take cash to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. These include food, drinks, optional sightseeing, tips, laundry, souvenirs and possible delays. If in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the time; providing your claim falls within the scope of your policy, your insurance company will make reimbursement later.

 

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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Itinerary Variation

While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

Meals

6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners

Single room supplement

Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

 

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