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An African Journey

Take in four countries, myriad landscapes and endless wildlife viewing possibilities on our journey of a lifetime!

  • Zimbabwe

    Botswana

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  • 21 nights
  • All meals except two lunches & five dinners
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Grade 3

This holiday offers outstanding experiences as we travel through stunning scenery and can expect leisurely walking filled with interest both geological and ecological. 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 300m. 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. The walks will generally be shorter than one might expect at this grade due to the abundance of things to se on the way and but the terrain and heat means one should be comfortable walking at Grade 3.

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!

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Southern Africa: Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, and Cape Town.
  • Feel the Spray of Victoria Falls and enjoy a breathtaking Sunset Cruise.
  • Embark on a memorable Mokoro Trip and thrilling bush walks in the Okavango Delta.
  • Witness the enchanting Namibian Shifting Sands and Hike the Iconic Dune 45 in Sossusvlei.
  • Marvel at the 250-Million-Year-Old Trees in the Petrified Forest of Deadvlei.
  • Explore Southern Africa with Specialist African Tour Guide, Bushman Guide, and Local Driver.
  • Discover Cape Town's Beauty - Visit Table Mountain, Savour Scenic Views, and a flock of Penguins!

Experience the trip of a lifetime as you embark on an unforgettable adventure through the heart of Southern Africa. The journey begins at the majestic Victoria Falls and winds its way through the untamed beauty of Botswana, the vast landscapes of Namibia, and the vibrant culture of South Africa. Enjoy outstanding travel experiences with the 'big 5', unique wildlife, 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. Moving on to Botswana in Chobe National Park, you spend the afternoon game viewing before rising early for a sunrise game drive when the animals are at their most active. You then cross into Namibia and drive through the Caprivi to the lodge on the banks of the Kwando River.

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

Returning to Namibia you move on to Etosha National Park for two days of game drives in search of the Big Five, before making your way to the pleasant  town of Swakopmund, which recalls Namibia's German colonial heritage. 

Continuing south, you 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. Next on to Fish River Canyon, a chasm 100 miles long to walk on the rim trail, before spending the night near the Orange River.

Say ‘hello’ to South Africa, the 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 winelands vineyard for wine tasting. Create lasting memories on your 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 substantial. Some days will mainly be travel days with regular stops.

  • Return flights from London to Victoria Falls returning from Cape Town.
  • 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 per the itinerary.
  • For departures in 2024 a 'Water to Go' filter bottle posted to you before departure.
  • The services of a Discover Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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Tour Codes

48300

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 on an overnight flight to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) with a connection en route.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Victoria Falls, we will met with our local guide and 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, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya, “the Smoke that thunders”. In the evening we will have a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. 

Day 4

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel by road 90km (56 miles) to Chobe, crossing the border into Botswana. At Chobe National Park we will enjoy an afternoon cruise on the Chobe River and spend one night in chalets on the banks of the river. The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.

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. The river rises in the central Angolan highlands forming the boundary between Namibia, Zambia and Angola. The area is known for its protected game reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. It offers excellent game viewing attracting plentiful wildlife including large herds of elephant, hippos, crocodiles, red lechwe (antelope), turtles, zebra, impala, spotted-necked otter and over 400 species of bird. 

Day 6 to 7

Okavango Delta Botswana

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Crossing back into Botswana we make our way to our camp situated on one of the most pristine areas in the 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. The first night we will have a sunset boat cruise, and the following day a bush walk. 

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 Strip to Rundu approximately 350km, (220 miles) where we stay 2 nights on the banks of the Kavango River which forms the border with Angola to the north. 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. Our accommodation offers various optional excursions you might like to try.

Day 10 to 11

Etosha National Park Namibia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we have a long but varied drive of about 5 hrs to Etosha. Our two days here will be filled with game drives and wildlife viewing in a hope to spot the Big Five, lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo! 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. Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. It dates back to 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa. Dinner is not included today, but there are many local restaurants to choose from.

Day 13

Swakopmund Namibia

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

We have the opportunity to explore this attractive, colonial German town, or try one of the many local excursions (not included) 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. The Naukluft Mountains cut a fine silhouette against the vast open skies of this incredibly beautiful country. The southern of the range the range falls within the park. Rising steeply from the vast plains of Central Namibia, the rugged landscape holds a fascinating history and geology. It boasts a variety of deep gorges, caves, small streams and beautiful waterfalls. The mountains support an array of wildlife including over 50 mammal species such as leopard, mountain zebra, various antelope species and almost 200 species of bird. 



Day 15

Sesriem Namib Desert Namibia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we have an early start to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei. We enter the park as soon as the gate opens. At sunrise these red sand dunes, which can reach a height of more than 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck there may even be water in the vlei (lake). Later we return to our accommodation for a free afternoon to relax and recover from our early start.

Day 16

Fish River Canyon Namibia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This is a long driving day through the semi-desert. The journey might take 8hrs with stops. We head for Fish River Canyon where we stay for one night. Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony, the Fish River Canyon measures a whopping 100 miles in length, at times 16 miles wide and 550 metres in depth. On arrival we will go to the Canyon view point and walk along the canyon rim.

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. Rising from the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains in Lesotho, forming part of the border between South Africa and Namibia, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa. The Orange River Basin extends into Namibia and northern Botswana. The river snakes its way through one of Southern Africa’s harshest environments bringing life to an area of sheer rugged beauty. The area is renowned for vineyards in the desert and the diamond dune fields along Namibia's coast, by washing diamonds downstream from the Kimberly region over millions of years.

Day 18

Clanwilliam, South Africa

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. En route we stop at Blouberg Beach on the Atlantic Ocean to view Table Mountain and Robben Island across the bay. If time allows we can take the cable car up Table Mountain This trip is dependent on local conditions and may be moved to a different day if necessary, or not attempted at all if weather conditions are unfavourable. Dinner is not included today.

Day 20

Cape Town South Africa

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

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, after an early breakfast, we head for Stellenbosch where we will include a cellar wine tasting tour with an early picnic lunch. After the tasting 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.

Departure dates for your selected tour

4th Sep 2024 - 25th Sep 2024 (21 Nights)

16th Oct 2024 - 6th Nov 2024 (21 Nights)

19th Mar 2025 - 9th Apr 2025 (21 Nights)

3rd Sep 2025 - 24th Sep 2025 (21 Nights)

15th Oct 2025 - 5th Nov 2025 (21 Nights)

Map graphic of Ramble Worldwide walking holiday An African Journey depicting surrounding area of South Africa

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Victoria Falls returning from Cape Town.
  • 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 or mokoros 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

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

A’Zambezi Lodge is located close the Zambezi River's edge and decorated in traditional African-style design that blends perfectly into its surrounding environment. The lodge consists 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

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

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

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

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 ensuite 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

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Pepere Island Tented Camp is located deep in the delta on a remote island set on the Pepere Lagoon.  The accommodation consists 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

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

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

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Stay@Swakop lies in a quiet street of Swakopmund, 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 & coffee making facilities.

Accommodation in Sesriem

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Zebra River Lodge is built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from local stone, in an attractive 'afro-village' style. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop and swimming pool.

Accommodation in Fish River

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

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 & coffee making facilities, air conditioning and most rooms have a balcony, some of which overlook the mountains.

Accommodation in Orange River

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

The Norotshama Lodge offers refined bungalows in a casual riverside resort featuring a restaurant, bar and outdoor pool. There is free WiFi throughout.

Accommodation in Clanwilliam

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

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

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Set in a modern building, the Double Tree Hilton Hotel is situated in the Cape Town suburb of Woodstock. Rooms offer custom-designed beds, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minifridges, and tea & coffeemaking facilities. A shuttle service to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is complimentary. Amenities include a gym, as well as a refined international restaurant, a trendy bar and a contemporary lobby lounge.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This holiday offers outstanding experiences as we travel through stunning scenery and can expect leisurely walking filled with interest both geological and ecological. 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 300m. 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. The walks will generally be shorter than one might expect at this grade due to the abundance of things to se on the way and but the terrain and heat means one should be comfortable walking at Grade 3.

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.

Wildlife

Get closer to nature with holidays that veer on the wild side of life.

From safaris in Africa, to sea lion spotting on the Galápagos Islands and visits through tropical rainforests alive with bird song and frog chorus; we share our planet with some of the world’s most magnificent animals. Who wouldn’t want to see elephants trumpeting, lion’s prowling and buffalo’s bathing around the waterholes of the African plains?

Without being designated as specialist wildlife holidays intended specifically for wildlife enthusiasts, these holidays will appeal to the traveller who likes to see wild birds, mammals and reptiles up close in their natural environment. Some holidays will have naturalist guides, others will simply be escorted by non-specialist tour leaders with an interest in the natural world.

From the swamps of the Okavango to the deserts of Namibia this holiday visits hugely diverse ecosystems. The list of potential sightings is endless.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

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

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Flights are from London to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and return from Cape Town (South Africa).

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: 41cm wide, 35cm high and 78cm long, but so long as your hard case are of the dimensions suggested this type of bag can also be used. The main issue with the luggage is the locker sizes on the truck. They are a very specific size so hard case or “wheelie” bags do not fit into the lockers in the truck. For this reason only soft sided bags are allowed on the vehicle. 


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 prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

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.

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.

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. You will be sent an accommodation list with air tickets about three weeks before departure. 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

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

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

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Zimbabwe National Tourist Board www.zimbabwetourism.net
Botswana Tourism https://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/
Namibia Tourism Board www.namibiatourism.com.na
South African Tourist Board www.southafrica.net

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

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

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

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

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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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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