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An African Journey

Take a walking holiday in Southern Africa and explore the entire region. We take you on tour of the spectacular scenery and changing cultures.

From£4,610

  • Zimbabwe

    Botswana

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  • 21 nights
  • Experiential

    Pioneer

    Sightseeing

    Wildlife

  • Mar

    Sep

    Oct

Moderate

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Tour codes: 48300

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Moderate

Grade 4 Sightseeing

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Feel the spray from Victoria Falls and enjoy a sunset cruise.
  • Enjoy a mokoro trip and bush walks in the Okavango Delta.
  • Search for the Big Five on a Game Drive in Etosha National Park.
  • Witness the Namibian shifting sands and hike Dune 45 in Sossusvlei.
  • Observe 250-million-year-old trees in the petrified forest, Deadvlei.
  • Specialist African tour guide, bushman guide and local driver.
  • Discover Cape Town - visit Table Mountain, scenic views, plus a lunch platter and wine tasting in a vineyard.

Africa offers such real travel experiences. Where else can we enjoy our own David Attenborough wildlife moments, towering sand dunes, flooded delta, cascading waterfalls and dramatic sunsets! 

Begin in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, enjoying a guided tour of the falls and sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River. In Chobe National Park, we spend the afternoon game viewing before rising early for a sunrise game drive when the animals are at their most active. We then cross into Namibia and drive through the Caprivi to our lodge on the banks of the Kwando River.

One of the main events of this holiday is the Okavango Delta. We spend days exploring the watery pathways by motorboat and traditional dugout canoe, or ‘mokoro’, but on dry land, we explore on foot in search of elephants, giraffe, waterbuck and other animals who call the Delta home. 

Returning to Namibia we move on to Etosha National Park for two days of game drives in search of the Big Five, before making our way to the quaint German town of Swakopmund. 

Continuing south, we visit Namib Naukluft National Park and overnight at Maltahohe (Sesriem) before visiting the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei; these dunes can reach a height of 300m. We then move on to Fish River Canyon, a chasm 100 miles long where we walk the rim trail, before spending the night near the Orange River.

Say ‘hello’ to South Africa, our coastal route has us visiting Clanwilliam for one night before delivering us to Cape Town. To enjoy this picturesque city, we include a full day Cape Peninsula tour, visit to Table Mountain, and a trip to a vineyard for wine tasting. A perfect end to a perfect trip!

Please note: This is a pioneer holiday and the itinerary and other arrangements may be subject to change at short notice. To enable us to include so many highlights in one trip, the distances travelled during this journey will be vast. Some days will mainly be travel days with regular stops.

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg (British Airways and Comair) returning Cape Town to Heathrow
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation most nights (two luxury camping nights)
  • 19 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 15 dinners. Dinners provided by the hotels or local restaurants, lunches cooked and prepared by driver/cook
  • An English speaking local guide to enhance your experience
  • Game Drives
  • All local travel, transfers and entrance fees (as suggested in the itinerary).
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

In flight

Meals

In-Flight

Depart from London Heathrow on an overnight flight to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Johannesburg with British Airways.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Victoria Falls, we transfer to our accommodation where we can relax before meeting up at the restaurant for dinner.

Day 3

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we enjoy a guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls and in the evening, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River followed by dinner.

Day 4

Chobe National Park Botswana

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel by road 90km (56 miles) to Chobe. At Chobe National Park we will enjoy an afternoon cruise and spend one night in chalets on the banks of the Chobe River.

Day 5

Caprivi Namibia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We start the day with a morning Game Drive in Chobe National Park before leaving Botswana and crossing into Namibia. We drive through Caprivi to our camp (chalets) on the banks of the Kwando River.

Day 6 to 7

Okavango Delta Botswana

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We make our way to our camp situated on one of the most pristine areas in the Northern Okavango Delta. We will spend the next two days enjoying Mokoro trips and bush walks. A Mokoro is a traditional dugout canoe which we will explore the network of water pathways, hoping to spot elephant, waterbuck or other wildlife living in this water filled paradise

Day 8 to 9

Rundu Namibia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Leaving Botswana we make our way back into Namibia and head along the Caprivi to Rundu approximately 350km, (220 miles) where we stay 2 nights on the banks of the Kavango River overlooking Angola. We will have the opportunity if you wish to visit a local village. The following day we have time to relax before an optional sunset cruise in the evening.

Day 10 to 11

Etosha National Park Namibia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we have a long but varied drive to Etosha. Our two days here will be filled with game drives and wildlife viewing in a hope to spot the Big Five! The game viewing opportunities here are fantastic, both on the drives and from the camp waterhole (should we stay inside the park), and our previous groups have had some very lucky sightings. We will stay inside or very close to the Park.

Day 12

Swakopmund Namibia

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

Heading westwards across the flat desert plains we reach the cold Atlantic coastline and follow the Skeleton Coast on our way to Africa’s largest seal colony at Cape Cross. We will cover around 300 km (180 miles). We stay in Swakopmund for two nights. Dinner is not included today, but you will find many local restaurants to choose from.

Day 13

Swakopmund Namibia

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

We have the opportunity to explore this quaint German town, or try one of the many local excursions (at your own account) that they have on offer here. Lunch and dinner are not included today, however there is a great variety of cafes and restaurants to suit every budget.

Day 14

Sesriem Namib Desert Namibia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We drive to the barren, arid and sometimes rocky landscape of the Namib Naukluft National Park. We spend the next two nights situated in a superb setting surrounded by panoramic landscapes. We’ll see outcrops of massive granite boulders and hopefully wildlife in its natural habitat.

Day 15

Sesriem Namib Desert Namibia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we visit the world’s highest sand dunes, at Sossusvlei. These red sand dunes are absolutely spectacular and provide a fantastic photo opportunity. You can even climb one.

Day 16

Fish River Canyon Namibia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This is a long driving day through the semi-desert. We head for Fish River Canyon where we stay for one night.

Day 17

Orange River Namibia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Its an early start today to do a walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon, it is no longer possible to walk into the Canyon, due to safety concerns. After this we leave for our camp on the banks of the Orange River. The region is famous for diamonds and grape-growing in vast irrigated vineyards.

Day 18

Clanwilliam

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Saying goodbye to Namibia, we make our way into South Africa. We end our day at our lodge in Clanwilliam at the foot of the majestic Cederberg Mountains which offer some of the finest scenery in the Cape.

Day 19

Cape Town South Africa

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

We drive to our final destination, Cape Town. We stop at Blouberg Beach on the Atlantic Ocean to view Table Mountain and Robben Island across the bay. In the early afternoon, for the energetic there is an opportunity to walk up Table Mountain (above grade). For those who prefer an easier approach to the mountain there is the cable car (own expense). This walk is however depended on local conditions and may be moved to a different day if necessary, or not attempted at all if the weather conditions are unfavourable on both days. Dinner is not included today.

Day 20

Cape Town South Africa

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Today we embark on a Cape Peninsular Tour. This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headlands known as Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, penguins, historic and picturesque coastal villages are all to be seen along the way. We also visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Dinner is not included today.

Day 21

Cape Town South Africa

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Any visit to Cape Town is not complete without a trip to the beautiful winelands, so today we head for Stellenbosch where we will include a cellar wine tasting tour. After lunch we will say our farewells and head for the airport for our return journey to the UK taking with us our lifelong memories of all that Africa has to offer.

Day 22

In flight

Meals

In-Flight

Arrive at London Heathrow.

From (GBP)£4,610

Departure dates for your selected tour

2nd Sep 2020 - 23rd Sep 2020 (21 Nights)

28th Oct 2020 - 18th Nov 2020 (21 Nights)

17th Mar 2021 - 7th Apr 2021 (21 Nights)

8th Sep 2021 - 29th Sep 2021 (21 Nights)

20th Oct 2021 - 10th Nov 2021 (21 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg (British Airways and Comair) returning Cape Town to Heathrow
  • Arrival transfers by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • We mostly travel in a comfortable and traditional overland vehicle which provides more space. 4x4 vehicles will be used for some drives and we’ll use motorboats/mokoro's in the Okavango Delta.
  • Visa is required

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Accommodation in Victoria Falls

A’Zambezi Lodge is located close the Zambezi Rivers edge and decorated in traditional African-style design, that blends perfectly into its surrounding environment. The lodge consist of 83 thatched covered rooms, each with  lush green lawns. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, in-room tea and coffee-making facilities, telephone and satellite TV.

Accommodation in Chobe National Park

Chobe Safari Lodge is located on the banks of the Chobe River in northern Botswana, situated in the town of Kasane, where the borders of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia meet. Accommodation is either in the luxury River Rooms, Safari Rooms, or the traditional thatched rondavels. Our groups will usually stay in the Safari Rooms, which include ensuite facilities with bath and shower, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone and a private patio.  The lodge has a number of facilities including an outdoor pool, a cocktail bar, the Sedudu Bar; overlooking Sedudu Island in the Chobe River, an internet café, a volleyball and squash court, a health and beauty salon and a curio and craft shop.

Accommodation in Caprivi

On the banks of the Kwando River, that separates Namibia and Botswana, we stay at Kwando Camp on the Namibian side. The Camp takes advantage of the beautiful location, with thatched ‘island tents’ built on poles with a deck overlooking the river. These bungalows are more like huts or chalets than tents, and come with en suite facilities and mosquito nets. The thatched roof provides thermal regulation, cooling the rooms in summer and keeping them warm in winter.

Electricity is provided at the most required times by a generator.

Accommodation in Okavango Delta

Pepere Island Tented Camp is located deep in the delta on a remote island set on the Pepere Lagoon.  The accommodation consist of 12 Meru style tents, all overlooking the delta and have their own shower and WC facilities.

Accommodation in Rundu

Namibia's n'Kwazi lodge is situated in northern Namibia, 21 km east of Rundu. The lodge offers environment friendly bungalows with ensuite facilities. Wi-Fi is usually available in the lodge's bar and lounge area.

Accommodation in Etosha

To allow us to explore different areas of Etosha National Park, we will stay in two different camps during our time here. Namutoni Camp is located in the northern section of the park. The lodge centres on an old German Fort overlooking the King Nehale waterhole; an elevated decked walkway provides excellent opportunities for enjoying the surrounding scenery, wildlife and the spectacular sunsets. The Fort has been developed into a hub of activity, offering two restaurants, a relaxation lounge, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, jewellers and bookstore. Our accommodation is provided in comfortable double rooms or bush chalets. 

Our second camp is Okaukeujo Camp, located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia. Famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. Accommodation is provided in double rooms or bush chalets, some of which overlook the waterhole. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, and swimming pool.

Accommodation in Swakopmund

[email protected] lies in a quiet street of Swakopmund, yet it is only a three minutes' drive from the centre of town. A shuttle service is offered to town and the beach. All rooms are equipped with TV, WIFI internet, a safe, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Accommodation in Sesriem

Built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, in an attractive 'afro-village' style. Sossus Dune Lodge is situated within the park, which allows us to be able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and stay until after sunset. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop and swimming pool.

Accommodation in Fish River

Ai-Ais lies at the southern end of the Fish River conservation area. The main attraction at the resort is the spa complex, the water has natural curative ingredients and is especially therapeutic for rheumatism sufferers. The resort has a restaurant and bar, laundry services, and a safe available. Rooms are equipped with a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning and most rooms have a balcony, some of which overlook the mountains.

Accommodation in Orange River

Camp Provenance offers African Style Cabana accommodation, overlooking the Orange River. Each room has ensuite facilities and air conditioning. The camp facilities include a pool, a bar, a restaurant, a laundry and a shop.

Accommodation in Clanwilliam

Clanwilliam Lodge is nestled in the Cederberg region known for it's unique and expansive wild flower carpets in season and exclusive Rooibos tea farms, and only a two hour drive away from Cape Town. The lodge offers 32 luxury air conditioned rooms of varying styles.

Accommodation in Cape Town

The Strand Tower offers 4 Star-plus accommodation in the heart of Cape Town, and is within easy walking distance from the city’s many major tourist attractions, such as Table Mountain, Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront. The facilities include a gym, sauna, bar, restaurant. There is also a pool deck, which is located on the second floor of the hotel. All rooms have a large work space, Free Wifi, private bathroom with separate bath and shower, in room safe, complimentary tea and coffee facilities , TV with satellite channels and climate control for heating and cooling.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is an exciting grade 4 walking holiday on which we travel through stunning scenery and can expect full or half days of leisurely walking. Our excursions might include several hours on foot, by canoe, motor launch, or safari car. Some of the short walks can be reasonably energetic and our itinerary can mean we that we might sometimes face walking in the heat of the day. The highest point reached on this holiday will be 1085m if we pursue the option to visit Table Mountain (weather dependant). Ascents and descents can be up to 600m.
Some days will be spent on leisurely walking around areas of special or historical interests. Other days will be spent on game drives within National Parks.

This holiday is for the traveller with a sense of adventure as we do spend a lot of time travelling on stone roads in order to cover the four countries that we will be visiting. We travel in a robust but comfortable 4-wheel-drive vehicle in which we encourage a policy of free-seating from day to day so that all can enjoy a fully shared experience as the journey unfolds.

The itinerary is adventurous, and we do go off the beaten track. We’ll explore lesser known destinations so local conditions, facilities and local transport may be more basic. Sometimes there may be changes to the itinerary at short notice for the purpose of following a route most expedient to circumstances on the day: however, the experience and stories to tell will be worth it!

Walks & Excursions

Please note that for some activities during the holiday, local regulations require participants to sign a disclaimer prior to taking part in an activity to clarify that you understand the nature of the activity and are making an informed decision to proceed.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in South Africa

The currency used in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR).

Currency in Namibia

The currency used in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (NAD) - although the South African Rand is also widely accepted.

Currency in Botswana

Botswana’s currency is Pula. Travellers cheques are accepted at some banks and ATMS are available in the major towns, however, mostly only accept Visa. Major credit cards are accepted at many shops and restaurants.  

Currency in Zimbabwe

As of 24 June 2019, Zimbabwe have announced that all financial transactions are officially conducted in the local currency known as “Zimbabwe Dollars.” Prices and transactions will be displayed in  Zimbabwean (RTGS) dollars, however you may find that US dollars are accepted in some businesses. You should check before making a transaction whether the price quoted is in Zimbabwean (RTGS) or US dollars as the symbol for both is $, and it is recommended to check exchange rates prior to any transaction. Zimbabwe is currently experiencing a severe shortage of cash. It’s not currently possible to make cash withdrawals with an international bank card.

Credit Cards are readily acceptable everywhere in Zimbabwe where the relevant arrangements have been made with the International Credit Card Companies such as VISA, MASTERCARD and others issued by different banks in the countries of origin of the travellers. Visitors are required to make the necessary arrangements with their banks before embarking on travel and when in the destination they need to look out for the logos of their respective credit cards. Visitors are however encouraged to use plastic money and only exchange amounts of money in cash that they anticipate using. Visitors may convert their money back to their foreign currency subject to prevailing terms and conditions. This may include proof in the prescribed format that one changed money upon their arrival.

Tipping is not a commercial transaction and hence visitors are at liberty to tip the way they want. It becomes incumbent upon the recipient to ensure adherence to the foreign exchange regulations.

It’s illegal to leave Zimbabwe with more than $2,000 (or equivalent) in cash. It’s illegal to exchange foreign currency anywhere other than at officially licensed dealers (eg banks or bureau de change). It is a good idea to carry small denomination notes as change is rarely available in smaller businesses.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Flights are from London Heathrow to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Johannesburg (South Africa) and return from Cape Town to London Heathrow, with British Airways and Comair.

On this holiday we will be travelling in a 24 seater overland vehicle; which is equipped with, a large cooler box to store your drinks and snacks, charging facilities and USB ports, and individual lockers to store your bags. Please ensure that your bags are of the following dimensions: 35cm wide and 80cm long, the soft variety can be stored better in the lockers provided in the truck, but so long as your hard case are of the dimensions suggested this type of bag can also be used.


Some of the game drives will take place in 4x4 Toyota Landcruisers, others will be in our overland vehicle which has large windows that open wide for good viewing opportunities.

This is an adventurous holiday and some of the countries we will be visiting have relatively underdeveloped transportation infrastructure on frequently un-maintained roads. It is vital that this holiday is approached in the ‘pioneer’ spirit indicated by the grading. Some journeys can be long and may involve us travelling for a good part of the day, we will try and stop as frequent as possible for comfort stops and to allow you to stretch your legs. Please do not underestimate the demanding nature of a journey such as this. With that said it is a journey of a life time, and the long distances travelled will allow us to see the wonderfully scenic and contrasting landscapes, nature and wildlife in four different African countries.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for Zimbabwe

For entry into Zimbabwe, passports for British Citizens must be valid for 6 months after the return date of this holiday and these must have three blank pages within your passport.

British Citizens do require a visa for entry into Zimbabwe and the easiest way to get your visa is at passport control when you arrive in Zimbabwe. A single entry visa, which is what you will need, costs 55USD however this could change so please check the website before you leave. The only currency they will accept is USD. Some nationalities are visa exempt and the fees vary according to your nationality. To check which rules apply to your nationality please check the following website: www.zimlondon.gov.zw.

If you would prefer to apply for your visa before you depart you can do so 2-3 weeks before you travel with the new online evisa system, you apply for your visa using the website provided, (however you are still required to pay for your visa on the port of entry): www.evisa.gov.zw

Visas for clients travelling independently - Clients travelling independently will also need to organise their own visas for entry into Zimbabwe. However, clients booking their own flights are advised to speak to their airline to ensure they have all the required passport data prior to arrival at the airport in Zimbabwe; otherwise they could incur an extra cost. Please contact your local Zimbabwean embassy for more details.

Passport Information for South Africa

For entry into South Africa, a passport is required and must be valid for at least 6 months after your planned departure. Your passport should have at least two blank pages when you present it at immigration to enter or leave South Africa. A visa is not required by holders of British passports bearing the inscription 'British Citizen' for holidays less than 90 days. Holders of non-British passports should check with the South African Embassy or their nearest consulate regarding requirements.

Passport Information for Namibia

British nationals do not require a visa for a holiday or private visit of up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Namibia and have at least 1 completely blank page for Namibian immigration to use.

Passport Information for Botswana

For entry into Botswana a visa is not required for travel up to 90 days. A passport, valid for at least six months from the date of departure and at least two blank pages is required. Any passenger with a passport that does not comply with these requirements will be refused entry on arrival.

Meals

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided except for two lunches and five dinners, which will be at your own expense. Most breakfasts and some lunches and dinners will be taken at the hotels and lodges, others will be prepared and cooked for us by a cook travelling with us on the tour.

Hotel Changes

The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. If this occurs, we will advise you as such. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Safari Clothing Advice

For the game drive/walk section of the holiday we recommend you bring clothing that is in keeping with the natural environment; natural, earthy tones work best such as browns, khaki and beige. Bright colours can scare off game, as these are colours that are not ones that they are generally familiar with. For the evening and early morning game drives a fleece or jacket and long trousers are recommended as it can become chilly during these periods and the vehicle's that we travel in can be open to the elements.

Please refer to the details given about malaria precautions and the advice given on wearing long sleeve tops and long trousers and closed shoes.

We recommend that you bring a torch with you, which will be useful when staying at the tented camps, where light is usually solar powered and poor or no lighting will be available in the evenings.

Binoculars will also be useful for wildlife spotting whilst on the game drives.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe the electricity is supplied at 230V A/C, and sockets accept 15 amp. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a three-pin plug with round pin, the three-pin square plug (as used in the UK) is also used. Many of the accommodation we use have both. More information can be found at www.powerplugadapter.uk.

Electricity in South Africa

In South Africa the electricity is supplied at 220-240V A/C. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a three-pin plug with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Electricity in Namibia

In Namibia the electricity is supplied at 220V A/C, and sockets accept 15 amp. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a three-pin plug with round pins. More information can be found at ttps://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Electricity in Botswana

In Botswana the electricity is supplied at 230V A/C, and sockets accept 15 amp. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a three-pin plug with round pin, the three-pin square plug (as used in the UK) is also used. Many of the accommodation we use have both. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Zimbabwe National Tourist Board www.zimbabwetourism.net
Botswana Tourism www.botswanatourism.org.uk
Namibia Tourism Board www.namibiatourism.com.na
South African Tourist Board www.southafrica.net

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Zimbabwe

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Zimbabwe.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid immunisation is recommended.

You might also like to consider immunisation against Rabies, Cholera, Diphtheria and Hepatitis B.

Malaria is present throughout the year in Zimbabwe; please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Health Advice for South Africa

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to South Africa.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Diphtheria and Hepatitis A immunisations are recommended.

You might also like to consider immunisation against Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus, Cholera and Typhoid.

There is low to no risk of Malaria in South Africa, apart from the Kruger National Park where the risk is high.

There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Health Advice for Namibia

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Namibia.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid and Diphtheria immunisations are recommended.

You might also like to consider immunisations against Cholera, Rabies and Hepatitis B.

There is a risk of Malaria from November to June in the northern third of Namibia. There is a low risk of malaria in this part of the country during the rest of the year. There is a risk throughout the year in the Caprivi Strip, Kavango and Kunene river regions. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water.

Health Advice for Botswana

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Botswana.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid immunisations are recommended.
You might also like to consider immunisations against Rabies and Hepatitis B.

 There is a risk of Malaria from November to June in the northern half of Botswana, including the Okavango Delta, there is a low risk during the rest of the year. There is a low to no risk of malaria in the southern half of the country. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

 There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Botswana

  • Capital

    Gaborone

  • Currency

    Pula

  • Language

    English; Tswana

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    10.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days

Average weather

  • January

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • March

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • April

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 33mm

  • May

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 8mm

  • June

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

  • July

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 1mm

  • August

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

  • September

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 8mm

  • October

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • November

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • December

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

Namibia

  • Capital

    Windhoek

  • Currency

    Namibian Dollar

  • Language

    English; Afrikaans; German

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    10.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to three months

Average weather

  • January

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • March

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 23mm

  • May

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 3mm

  • June

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 1mm

  • July

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 0mm

  • August

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 1mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

  • October

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 8mm

  • November

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • December

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 36mm

South Africa

  • Capital

    Pretoria; Cape Town;

  • Currency

    Rand

  • Language

    Zulu; Xhosa; Afrikaans

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    11.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days

Average weather

  • January

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • March

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • May

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 32mm

  • June

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • July

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 25mm

  • August

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • September

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 36mm

  • October

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • November

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • December

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 81mm

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