The Grand Southern Safari tour

The Grand Southern Safari tour

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The Grand Southern Safari tour

20 Days Starting in Cape Town, South Africa and ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Visiting: Cape Town, Gariep River Mouth, Fish River Canyon, Fish river canyon, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Swakopmund, Brandberg White Lady Painting, Etosha National Park, Windhoek, Ghanzi, Maun, Moremi, Savuti, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls

Tour operator:

Encounters Travel

Tour code:

55

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 20

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

Over 10s

Special diets catered:

Request dietary needs

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

The 20-day Cape Town to Victoria Falls route is a comprehensive tour where you cross from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and wrapping up the tour in Zimbabwe. It is a simply grand safari!. This is an 'accommodated' tour, staying in hotels and lodges rather than camping. As we leave Cape Town we go into a northern direction towards the Cederberg Mountain Region en route Namibia. As we cross the border, our first stop in Namibia is the Fish River Canyon where we hike along the rim of this large natural phenomenon. Next the Namib- Naukluft Park which is 50,000km2, and one of the largest parks in Africa. It is here in the Sossusvlei desert where you will find giant sand dunes and remarkable, ever changing landscapes. In Swakopmund we stop to enjoy skydiving, sandboard, quad biking to name a few adventure sports. We then continue to the Etosha National Park for some abundant wildlife viewing in Southern Africa’s finest game reserve. We get to spot plenty of wildlife before continuing to Namibia’s capital of Windhoek. A short city tour makes way for crossing to Botswana. Our first visit here is Ghanzi to experience a cultural evening of tribal singing and dancing performed by the San community. Next we explore the Okavango Delta, which is the largest inland delta in the world. The lagoons, lakes, hidden channels and watermasses cover over 17,000km2 and we will be exploring as much of this in cruises on traditional Mokoro’s sailboats. An upgrade is available to fly in to a water based lodge inside the Delta for a more in depth experience. We also visit the second largest wildlife reserve in Botswana. Here in the Chobe National Park we wrap up sightseeing and head over to the border where we find ourselves in Zimbabwe. This is our final destination and what better way to end a 20-day tour than to stand in the mist of the Victoria Falls – the crossroads of Africa. Important Note: the itinerary below is written with an optional Activity Package included. This optional payment covers what we consider highly recommended activities on the tour. Separating these activities out is designed to help people with differing budgets. If required, the Activity Package should be pre-purchased prior to your arrival to guarantee availability and to help your guides plan ahead to help the smooth running of the tour. Please contact us for details and prices.

Highlights

  • Cape Town, Orange River, Cederberg Region, Fish River Canyon, Giants Playground

  • Sesriem Canyon, Namib Desert, Dune 45, Swakopmund, Brandbert rock art, Etosha National Park

  • Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti Game Reserve, Chobe National Park

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Cape Town To The Cederberg

Location: Cape Town

Accommodation Name: Marcuskraal

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

The grand southern safari starts in the Cape Town city centre, where we'll all gather before heading off towards the Cederberg region of the Western Cape, which boasts spectacular mountain ranges and orange farms.

The Cederberg is also the home of the Rooibos bush, which is indigenous to the slopes of the Cederberg mountains. The leaves of this tree are used to make a herbal beverage which has international acclaim as a healthy and refreshing option to regular tea.

We'll have dinner together at our accommodation in Citrusdal for the evening, which offers a great opportunity to get acquainted with the rest of the travelling group whilst enjoying some South African hospitality.

Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal
Included Highlight: Traditional Dinner
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

Day 2 : Namaqualand To The Gariep River

Location: Gariep River Mouth

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Camping - Fiddlers Creek Campsite / Accommodated - Felix Unite Cabanas or Bundi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Citrusdal, we make our way to Namaqualand, which provides the first view of the desert vistas which will be a regular occurrence in the days ahead. We travel north, stopping in Springbok to refuel before we make our way to our camp located on the banks of the Orange River - the longest river in Southern Africa.

If you are lucky enough to be travelling during the South African spring months between July to September - you will be greeted with colourful expanses of wildflowers that are unique to the region.

Route: Citrusdal to Orange River
Included Highlight: Spring Wild Flowers (July – September)
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

Day 3 : Namibia: Gariep (Orange River) To The Fish River Canyon

Location: Fish River Canyon

Accommodation: Camp, Resort, ResortResort

Accommodation Name: Camping - NWR: Hobas Campsite / Accommodated - NWR: Ai Ais Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Orange River may have been named after the Dutch Royal House, but it has also recently been referred to by its original name - Gariep - which means river in the KhoeKhoe language.

The Orange River starts its journey in the mountains of Lesotho and flows through the desert landscape which surrounds it. One of the best ways to experience the river is by getting into its waters and we have the opportunity to do that today by joining an optional canoe trip on the river.

After lunch, we travel inland to our overnight accommodation at Ais Ais, where you will get the chance to soak in its mineral and sulphur-rich hot spring waters.

Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon (camping) / Ai-Ais (accommodated)
Included Highlight: Hot springs (pool)
Local Options: Canoe trip
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

Day 4 : Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest And Giants Playground

Location: Fish river canyon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Camping - Seeheim Hotel / Accommodated - Schutzenhaus Guesthouse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start the day early as we make our way to the edge of the Fish River Canyon to marvel at the sun rising over the canyon. We'll then make our way west as we travel to Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon is spent exploring the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground - which is named after the towering dolerite boulders which are stacked on each other, creating unique rock formations and mazes.

Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
Included Highlight: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

Day 5 : Namib-Naukluft National Park

Location: Namib-Naukluft National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Camping - NWR: Sesriem campsite / Accommodated - Namib Naukluft Soft Adventure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We'll spend most of the day travelling today as we head deeper into the Namib Desert, until we reach the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. You will get a good glimpse into rural Namibia we pass expanses of sparse, dry farmland. We'll spend the night camping on the edge of the dune fields as we fall asleep listening to the cry of the elusive Barking gecko.

Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
Included Highlight: Sesriem Canyon (camping departures)
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

Day 6 : Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park

Location: Namib-Naukluft National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Camping - Boesman’s Camp / Accommodated - Namib Naukluft Soft Adventure Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start the day early as we spend time in the Namib-Naukluft National Park and climb up the famous Dune 45, which offers a spectacular vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert.

We'll enjoy a hearty breakfast before we hop into a 4x4 to Sossusvlei & Deadvlei, where we'll explore its vast salt pans before we settle in at our campsite in the Namib-Naukluft National Park for the rest of the day. Camping departures spend the afternoon joining a local expert for an educational excursion into the desert.

Included Highlight: Sesriem Canyon (accommodated departures), Hike up Dune 45, 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Guided desert walk with local expert (camping departures)
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

Day 7 : Swakopmund

Location: Swakopmund

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Camping - Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or Strauss Holiday Accommodation / Accommodated - Stay@Swakop or Haus Garnison

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodated departures finish their time in the desert this morning taking an excursion into the desert with a local expert this morning. The tour now leaves the Namib Desert, stopping at the Tropic of Capricorn to stretch our legs.

We'll then make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund - the adventure capital of Namibia. We'll stop briefly at the Walvis Bay lagoon to see the flamingos which frolic in its shallow waters. Once we arrive in Swakopmund, you have the day free to book some of the adventure activities on offer, from sandboarding to quad biking and various other water sports.

Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
Included Highlight: Guided desert walk with local expert (accommodated departures), Walvis Bay Lagoon, Tropic of Capricorn
Facilities - Camping: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

Day 8 : Swakopmund

Location: Swakopmund

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Camping - Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or Strauss Holiday Accommodation / Accommodated - Stay@Swakop or Haus Garnison

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Swakopmund may be Namibia's adventure capital, but it's much more than just adrenaline filled fun. You have the day free to explore the town on your own. Be sure to visit one of its famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a variety of German-inspired treats.

Local options: Dolphin cruise, skydiving, sandboarding, quad biking
Facilities - Camping: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
Facilities - Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms

Day 9 : Spitzkoppe To Brandberg

Location: Swakopmund

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Brandberg White Lady Lodge or Uis White Lady

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We say goodbye to Swakopmund today as we make our way to the huge granite formations at Spitzkoppe, which towers at 700m high. Most notably, the presence of rock art on the boulders show the importance of these natural wonders to the San people who lived here many years ago.

Led by a local guide, we get to see the San rock art before we make our way to our accommodation for the evening.

Route: Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe)
Included Highlight: Visit and explore Spitzkoppe
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

Day 10 : The Brandberg White Lady

Location: Brandberg White Lady Painting

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Camping - Toko Lodge / Accommodated - Etotongwe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Brandberg Mountains is one of the highest mountain ranges in Namibia, but its popularity stems from the famous White Lady rock painting, which is estimated to be 2,000 years old. There are thousands of paintings in the area, with the White Lady depicting a ritual/warrior scene. We reach it following a hike along a riverbed, which can get quite strenuous in hot or wet weather. We'll spend some time exploring the area before we make our way to Kamanjab.There is an optional excursion available this afternoon to visit an educational centre which showcases the lifestyle of the local Himba Tribe.

Route: Brandberg to Kamanjab
Included Highlight: Brandberg White Lady
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

Day 11 : Etosha National Park

Location: Etosha National Park

Accommodation Name: NWR: Okaukuejo or Halali

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start the day early once more as we make our way to the Etosha National Park, which is famed for offering some of the most unique game watching experiences in Africa. We will reach Etosha in the afternoon, where we'll enjoy our first game drive before heading to the rest camp.

Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

Day 12 : Second Day In Etosha

Location: Etosha National Park

Accommodation Name: NWR: Okaukuejo or Halali

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will spend most of the day exploring the Etosha National Park, searching for the wildlife that call this wildlife sanctuary home. No day on safari is ever the same, so keep your eyes out for any special sightings.

Route: Etosha National Park Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

Day 13 : Windhoek

Location: Windhoek

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Heja Game Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we make our way to Namibia's capital city of Windhoek, which was officially founded in 1890 when the Germans built a fort and started to occupy the area permanently. Upon arrival, we will take a short walk through the city, viewing some of its most popular landmarks.

Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Included Highlight: Walk through Windhoek with your guide
Facilities - Camping & Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

Day 14 : From Namibia To Botswana

Location: Ghanzi

Accommodation Name: Ghanzi Trail Blazers

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We make our way east today, crossing the border into Botswana and the Kalahari Desert, one of the homes of the San people. This afternoon, we'll head out on a guided walk with the San community, which provides great insight into their way of life. Tonight, we enjoy an evening of dance, song and story-telling - key components in the Sans' way of life.

Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi
Included Highlight: San Guided Walk (could take place the next morning) / San Tribal dance in evening
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

Day 15 : Greater Moremi Game Reserve Area

Location: Maun, Moremi

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Moremi South Gate Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Note: You will be travelling apart from the truck for the following 2 nights and should therefore pack all the personal belongings you may need before we depart for Maun today as time will be tight on arrival there. Please pack lightly and only take what you need for the next 2 nights

Today we head to one of Africa’s most spectacular natural places - the Okavango Delta. It is formed where the Okavango River flows into the Kalahari Desert. This forms an inland delta made up of grasslands, swamps, and wetlands that are home to an astonishing diversity of life. We'll leave early for Maun, the gateway to the Delta, and on arrival have the option to take a scenic flight over the Delta (subject to weather conditions and available time). You'll then leave the truck and travel with a local guide on smaller safari type vehicles to the Greater Moremi Game Reserve area. The evening will include a briefing on what to expect on tomorrow's mokoro excursion and game drive.

Route: Ghanzi to Maun to Moremi South Gate
Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Permanent tent with en-suite bathroom

Day 16 : Greater Moremi Game Reserve Area

Location: Moremi

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Moremi South Gate Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

One of the best ways to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta is in a dugout canoe called a mokoro. We head out early today until we reach the poling station, where we'll meet the polers who will guide our mokoros through the delta.
Once we reach one of the many islands in the delta, a nature walk can be taken with your poler. Whilst the mokoro ride may not primarily be a game viewing activity, there is a variety of game that can be spotted here, including, elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.
After lunch, we'll return into Moremi Reserve for an afternoon game safari taken in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Your local professional guide will select the best routes and animals to look for based on recent sightings and on the water levels at the time of your visit, as when the waters are high some roads will be closed or impassable.

Route: Moremi South Gate – poling station – Okavango Delta – Moremi South Gate
Included Highlight: Okavango Delta morning mokoro excursion. Moremi Game Reserve afternoon game drive
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Permanent tent with en-suite bathroom

Day 17 : Savuti Game Reserve

Location: Savuti

Accommodation Name: Thebe River Safaris

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We'll spend most of today driving on a 4x4 game safari through the unique Savuti Game Reserve. Bordered by the Okavango Delta to the west, and Chobe National Park to the west, Savuti is renowned for having one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Southern Africa, and for being a great place to view big game. The reserve includes habitats ranging from wetlands and open water to grasslands and Savannah woodlands, and we'll aim to see as many different species as possible.
In the afternoon we'll reach the banks of the Chobe River and be reunited with our truck in the town of Kasane.

Route: Moremi South Gate to Kasane via Savuti Game Reserve
Included Highlight: Full day game drive through Savuti Game Reserve in 4x4 safari vehicles
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

Day 18 : Chobe National Park

Location: Chobe National Park

Accommodation Name: Thebe River Safaris

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Those who have chosen to take the optional game drive in Chobe National Park will start early for their morning safari in open 4x4 vehicles. They'll return to camp for lunch before we all head out in the afternoon for a leisurely boat cruise which should afford us great views of some of the many elephants that make this park home (Chobe has some of the highest concentrations of African elephant on the planet)..

Included Highlight: Chobe National Park boat cruise
Optional Activity: Chobe National Park game drive
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

Day 19 : Victoria Falls

Location: Victoria Falls

Accommodation Name: Shearwater Explorers Village

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We say goodbye to Botswana today as we cross the border into Zimbabwe and travel towards the Victoria Falls - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the major waterfall on the Zambezi River in Africa.

You have the day free to explore this natural wonder at your leisure. There are a range of optional adventure activities to enjoy as well if you're looking for an adrenaline rush. If you're looking to relax, there are various craft markets and coffee shops to enjoy.

Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls
Optional Activity: Victoria Falls entry fee, Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Facilities - Camping: Pre-erected dome tent with camper beds
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

Day 20 : Victoria Falls

Location: Victoria Falls

Accommodation Name: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked

Meals Included: Breakfast

The tour comes to an end after breakfast. With the variety of activities on offer in Victoria Falls, feel free to try some of them at your leisure.

Optional Activity: Visit the Vic Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    3*

  • 19 night's accommodation in hotels/lodges/guesthouses/camps

  • All transport on a fully equipped 25-seat expedition vehicle

  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary

  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)

  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • International Flights (available on request)

  • Visa fees if required

  • Okavango Delta upgrades and optional activities (see itinerary)

  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)

  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary

  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)

  • Tips for guides & drivers

  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above

  • Any other items not mentioned above

Mode of Transport

Overland expedition vehicle
4x4 safari vehicles

Accommodation

2 to 4-star hotels, lodges or camping

Check out our Q&As

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation. Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination. You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions. In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are: South Africa: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. Namibia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area. Botswana: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted or travelled through an infected area. Zimbabwe: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. Zambia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. Malawi: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. Tanzania: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. Kenya: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area. Uganda: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area. Sudan: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. A certificate may also be required for those departing Sudan. Morocco: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria not normally present. Yellow Fever certificate not required. The above information can change at short notice. For up to date health information & vaccination requirements we recommend that you contact your medical practitioner or a travel clinic. Malaria: Vaccinations are not available against Malaria, which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can be very serious and sometimes fatal. You should avoid mosquito bites by covering up bare skin with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers and applying insect repellents to exposed skin. When necessary, sleep under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes are most active during and after sunset. You should consult with your GP/medical practitioner/travel clinic about the most appropriate malaria prophylactic medication to take for the regions you are visiting. Yellow Fever: This disease is spread by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. A Yellow Fever Certificate of vacinnation is often required as a condition of entry depending on which country you are arriving from, or that you have travelled or transitted through recently (including connecting flights with stopovers of over 12 hours). You can view this US CDC information about where the virus is present and follow the links to further information detailing which countries need you to have a Yellow Fever vaccination as part of their entry requirements. Please ensure you have this certificate organised in advance and with you and to hand during the trip. Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have. If you are travelling on an Overland tour or your trip includes wildlife safaris then please bear in mind that you may be travelling on bumpy roads and/or rough ground for several hours at a time. This can be very uncomfortable or painful if you have a bad back, and make such conditions worse. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport Transfers: Arrival and departure airport transfers are included on Small Group, Shoestring and Tailor-made tours but available as extra options on all our African Overland tours, as long as you have accommodation booked with us on that day. If you add extra accommodation before and/or after the tour that you do not book with us, then you will also need to arrange your own airport transfers.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Most international airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 23kg per person of luggage to go in the hold of the plane. Domestic flights often have smaller allowances around 15kg. As airline rules vary we recommend that you take no more than 20kg of luggage if your tour just includes international flights, and no more than 15kg if there are any domestic flights included in your itinerary. Please ask us for details if you are unsure about luggage allowances on your tour. Any excess baggage fees will be your responsibility to cover. Most airlines allow between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage so we suggest that you take no more than 5kg unless you have confirmed that your airline(s) will allow more than this.

  • What should I know before traveling?

    It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters. General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not. You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds. Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Travel Aware' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities. Encounters Travel will not be held responsible if travellers are denied entry because they are not in possession of the relevant visas. We therefore recommend you re-check requirements with the relevant embassy/consulate around 4 weeks before travel. You should also be in possession of a valid onward or return flight ticket, or proof of other means of transport enabling you to leave the country that your tour passes through or finishes in. In addition you should carry proof of sufficient funds to cover you during your time in the country (eg. credit card). Should your tour be re-entering a country, please ensure that you have a multiple entry visa that allows this. Some countries have a visa on arrival service which can be more convenient and cheaper. However, for peace of mind and to speed up the border crossing process, Encounters Travel advises that you to get your visas prior to your trip if possible.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    In South & East Africa we provide fully trained, local English-speaking tour leaders, drivers and crew for all our tours. This tour will feature 2 crew – a driver, and tour leader. Between them they will help with the cooking, washing up, clearing away, cleaning of the truck etc. You may assist with this if you wish, and a limited amount of help is expected and appreciated (eg. Washing your own plates & cutlery) but you are not obliged to do any more than that unless you wish to. The tour leaders are not specialist licensed guides however, but during the tour we may also use a variety of local guides for activities and tours included in the itinerary.

  • Is travel insurance compulsory?

    Yes! Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event).

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You are always able to change your travel date. However, some charges may apply depending on how long before your departure you make the change. Our flexible booking conditions and reduced charges will apply if you are changing date because of a Covid-19 reason or because your government is advising against travel to your destination. Please check our detailed booking conditions for full details.

  • When is my balance payment due?

    60 days prior to departure

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    On most of our group tours, solo travellers may choose to form a temporary 'tour bubble' and share a room with another traveller of the same sex in the group. If a room share is not available then a single room supplement may be payable, with the costs for these kept as low as possible. We have also removed compulsory single supplements from many of our tours, and are reducing the cost by 50% on s

  • Can I transfer my booking to someone else?

    Customers may transfer their booking or any Credit on File to another person who satisfies all the relevant conditions to the tour, provided that we are notified not less than 7 days before departure, and the transferee agrees to these booking conditions and all other terms of the contract between us. The Client and new booker are jointly and severally responsible for any outstanding payments and a transfer administration fee of GBP50 / USD75 / CAD100 / AUD100 / NZD100 / EUR75 / ZAR1000 / INR5000 or GBP100 / USD150 / CAD200 / AUD200 / NZD200 / EUR150 / ZAR2000 / INR10,000 if the transfer is made less than 60 days before departure. Important Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended or transferred after they have been confirmed (for example flight tickets, Gorilla Permits) and any alteration could incur a cancellation and rebooking charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

SarahMonroe  

Encounters Travel - South African Trip

November 2019

My boyfriend and I and just returned from a South African trip booked by Encounters Travel. Awesome travel experience. Encounters handled everything from our flights to our hotel bookings. The flights that were booked were the best flights with the shortest times and layovers. All of our hotels were at least a 4 start some 5 stars. Every time I emailed the company I heard back from someone within about 24 hours. I would book and travel with them again

knoesenm  

I Encountered South Africa with Encounters Travel

January 2013

In January 2013, I was lucky enough to be on the Garden Route tour through South Africa's amazing Cape Town. I recon the activities and sights can't get any better than this as far as Cape Town tours are concerned Accommodation was excellent for most of the tour, breakfasts, lunches and dinners were adventuresome and as far as the tour leaders were concerned, they were two top notch people. My holiday was truly remarkable thanks to Encounters Travel!

Nubia I  

South Africa - The Garden Route 9 Day

January 2013

The trip was beautiful! The cable ride to table top mountain should be promoted! Since I was traveling by my self. William, Encounters Travel. Matched me with a very nice young lady as a roommate. The tour guides were very friendly and knowledgable.. Would recommend this trip to my friends. The price for air,hotels and meals was very reasonable

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  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

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    Encounters Travel requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of encounters travel charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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