Project Description

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TOUR : 16 Day Botswana Tour Camping
ROUTE : Johannesburg to Johannesburg
DEPARTURES : Every Saturday
VEHICLE : Custom 17-seater adventure truck
STAFF : Two Crew onboard
DURATION : 16 Days (2 Nights Lodge, 5 Nights Canvas, 8 Nights Camping)

The casual visitor to Botswana could be excused for seeing the country as kilometre upon kilometre of flat, desolate scrubland with little or no surface water. But on closer inspection, coupled with local knowledge, a whole new world will manifest itself, and what is arguably Africa’s finest wildlife destination can be experienced. Botswana is a country the size of France, with over a quarter of its land is set aside exclusively for nature conservation.

Our tour will take us through the vast Kalahari plains where we meet with the local Bushmen, among the oldest peoples of Africa. We then venture further north, into the magnificent Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland river delta, which spills water from the faraway mountains of Angola into the vast plain of the Makgadikgadi, creating a unique wildlife paradise. We explore the world renowned national parks in fully equipped, open 4×4 vehicles, our route following the age old game migration tracks, depending on the season. We enjoy a game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River, in Chobe National Park, and finally we visit “The Smoke that Thunders” – Victoria Falls.

Clients may opt to fly out from Victoria Falls or to complete the journey back to Johannesburg, travelling southwards overland. This tour offers the adventure traveller, the photographer, the birdwatcher and the naturalist the ultimate natural paradise.

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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries, (Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa) that you will visit. If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please ensure that you have proof of further travel arrangements if you do not have a South African passport, permanent residency permit, work permit or study permit. Although we will endeavor to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents.
• Telephone number: Botswana Consulate in Johannesburg: (011)403-3748 / 9
Zimbabwe Trade mission in Johannesburg: (011)838-2156 / 9

• Or visit: Botswana Tourism at www.botswanatourism.co.bw
Zimbabwe Tourism at www.zimbabwetourism.net

Make sure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to your home country. Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, visas. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home. Please note that all guests travelling to South Africa will require two blank facing pages in their passport.

FOREIGN CURRENCY

Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.
On Tour -Please be advised that our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the course of the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops. Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passport.
The preferred currencies per country are as follows:
• South Africa – ZAR; Rand
• Botswana – Pula
• Zimbabwe – US Dollar (it is the official currency); Rand, Pula, Euros, British pounds (at a bad exchange)

Suggested amounts for each currency:
(Without use of credit card)

• Rand : +- R 500 – R 700
• Pula : +- P 1500 – P 4000
• Dollar: +- $ 150 – $ 500

(With use of credit card)

• Rand : +- R 100 – R 600
• Pula : +- P 500 – P 1000
• Dollar: +- $ 30 – $ 200

Credit cards can be used throughout most parts of Southern Africa but it is advised to please ensure you have enough cash for personal expenses and possible gratuities.

Areas where you shall be able to use your credit card are as follows:
• Johannesburg for activities; food; accommodation and small extras
• Shopping in Kang; Ghanzi ; Maun at large supermarkets
• Victoria Falls activities

INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to your tour departure.
Your insurance should include all the countries and territories that your tour will pass through. You must ensure that you have sufficient cover for medical and evacuation costs, and should base this on advice from your insurer. A minimum benefit of USD 60 000.00 is recommended for evacuation from any area in which Drifters operates in Africa to South Africa, with further benefits for medical costs in South Africa, and for possible repatriation to your home country. Please note that you will be required to furnish details of your travel insurance to Drifters before you will be allowed to travel with us. Please ensure that these details are completely and accurately recorded in order to facilitate a claim should this be necessary.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS

The only necessary prophylaxis for Southern Africa is against Malaria (Botswana Zimbabwe). Adequate chemo-prophylaxis is essential. Prevention is better than cure, so we do advise to also use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.
***Personal medication
Please bring along any personal medication that you might need on your tour as specific medication could be difficult to find or might not be obtainable in most places we visit. General medication for headaches, colds and fever are easy to get.
Please also inform your guide of any medical conditions. This information will be received professionally and kept confidential.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Please note that Southern African weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season. During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold, temperatures may drop well below 0°C, although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C. Please take weather conditions into consideration when choosing a sleeping bag for your tour.

CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS

Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:
For walking, hiking and Safaris
Sport Shoes / Sneakers
Sandals
Hat
Sun Cream
Water Bottle
Smaller day pack
Camera, Binoculars
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)

For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
Personal iPod
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers for your personal devices (Ipods, Ipads, E-Readers, Handy’s etc)

Our vehicles are well equipped with charging facilities while driving. A Two-pin charger is perfect.

Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit
Shorts
Waterproof Windbreaker
Jersey / Jumper
Socks & Underwear
T-Shirts / Shirts
Hat or cap
Swimming Costume & Towel
Personal toiletries
Insect Repellent

General Accessories
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please enquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Headlamp / Flashlight / Batteries
Sleeping Bag & Small Pillow
Refreshments
Pen
Passport / Visas (if applicable)
*Please Note- If you wish to see Victoria Falls from the Zambian side or do any activities such as the Microlight Flight across the Falls from the Zambian side, it is advisable to get a Kaza-Visa on arrival of the Kazungula Border going into Zimbabwe. Please speak to your guide for assistance.

Luggage and Packing space on our vehicles
** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 20kg’s. Each Drifters Traveler have their own locker on our trucks which is accessible even while driving. Backpacks, Barrelbags or Soft Suitcases are strongly advisable as your standard Hard Suitcases sometimes don’t fit into the lockers. Each locker could be locked with your personal lock.

*** Refreshments can be purchased en-route on the first day of the tour, and at regular intervals throughout the tour.

MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS

Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. We do not provide meals on the first day of your tour. We do however stop en-route; therefore it is always possible to buy something along the way. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.

PERSONAL EXPENSES

A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals as indicated in our Drifters Brochure, bottled water, soft drinks, alcohol, sundry goods purchased- such as suntan cream etc., curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips.

In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.
In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.
This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:
• Kalahari – Bushman walk
• Okavango Delta
• Okavango mokoro excursion
• Delta walks
• National Parks (Moremi/Savuti – 5 days)
• Extensive open-vehicle game drives in National Parks
• Wild remote serviced camping in National Parks
• Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
• Chobe River boat cruise
• Chobe National Park
• Victoria Falls National Park and entry fee

Please note: The included highlights will depend on the specific tour option selected.

The 16 Day Botswana Accommodated Tour departs from the Signature Lux Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg and ends back at the Signature Lux Hotel again on the last day.

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION BOTSWANA TOUR

This trip requires a valid passport and for certain nationalities, a visa for Zimbabwe and Botswana. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Seasonal Malaria precautions are necessary and are locally obtainable. A barrel bag or backpack is best suited for this trip (suitcases do not fit into the space provided). An extra day bag or camera bag is advised. Spending money required will be for the restaurant meals, drinks, visas, tips, curios, airport transfers, and any other optional excursions. (Zimbabwe airport tax US$30-00 for those flying out on day 15 – subject to change.)
Remember, help us to help you by participating and by keeping an open mind and flexible mentality. Our price includes all food as specified, coffee, tea, juice at breakfast, transport, professional guides, mekoro hire, accommodation, group equipment, permits and park entrance fees.
Our price does not include restaurant meals where stipulated, visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, airport tax, airport transfers and airfares.
Before departure, clients will be required to enter into an agreement and indemnity pertaining to our booking conditions and general information.
It is compulsory for clients to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance that includes cover for (but not limited to) any medical emergencies as well as Covid 19 related cancellations or deviations prior or during the tour.

DEPARTURE POINT

The 16 day Botswana tour departs from the Signature Lux Hotel, 135 West St, Sandown, Sandton, 2146 at 06h30 on the first tour day and ends back on the last day at around 17h00 till late, border crossing dependent.
Guests not staying at the Signature Lux Hotel must arrive at the Lodge at 06h00.

ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR

PRE and POST night accommodation can be arranged at the Signature Lux Hotel in Johannesburg. It is advisable to overnight at the Signature Lux Hotel if you have not already made alternative arrangements. Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.

ACCOMMODATION DURING TOUR:
Please note that linen will be provided at the Signature Lux Hotel, BUT you will need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour. The nights specified as accommodated on tour is a total upgrade from camping, but stays very basic.
• Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source pre tour departure in Jhb, on most nights at the lodges and every day on the truck while the truck is driving from a 12 V inverter.
• Currency exchange opportunities: Arrival at Johannesburg Airport, the first day of your tour at the Lobatse border, Maun and in Victoria Falls
• Limited Laundry facilities: Maun & Victoria Falls (Essential washing only)
• Internet facilities: Pre night in Johannesburg & in Victoria Falls

ON SAFARI

All our tours require participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean and the setting up the camp.
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.
We are travelling in developing countries therefore please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavor to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.

DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!

Departs every Saturday
Minimum 4 clients to confirm departure

Tour Departure: 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2022

Tour Rate p/p:  From € 2 465

Departure Date Tour Ends
14-May-22 29-May-22
21-May-22 05-Jun-22
28-May-22 12-Jun-22
04-Jun-22 19-Jun-22
11-Jun-22 26-Jun-22
18-Jun-22 03-Jul-22
25-Jun-22 10-Jul-22
02-Jul-22 17-Jul-22
09-Jul-22 24-Jul-22
16-Jul-22 31-Jul-22
23-Jul-22 07-Aug-22
30-Jul-22 14-Aug-22
06-Aug-22 21-Aug-22
13-Aug-22 28-Aug-22
20-Aug-22 04-Sep-22
27-Aug-22 11-Sep-22
03-Sep-22 18-Sep-22
10-Sep-22 25-Sep-22
17-Sep-22 02-Oct-22
24-Sep-22 09-Oct-22
01-Oct-22 16-Oct-22
08-Oct-22 23-Oct-22
15-Oct-22 30-Oct-22
22-Oct-22 06-Nov-22
29-Oct-22 13-Nov-22
05-Nov-22 20-Nov-22
12-Nov-22 27-Nov-22
19-Nov-22 04-Dec-22
26-Nov-22 11-Dec-22
03-Dec-22 18-Dec-22
10-Dec-22 25-Dec-22
17-Dec-22 01-Jan-23
24-Dec-22 08-Jan-23

South Africa Tour Departure: 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2023

Tour Rate p/p:  From € 2 595

Departure Date Tour Ends
7-Jan-23 22-Jan-23
14-Jan-23 29-Jan-23
21-Jan-23 5-Feb-23
28-Jan-23 12-Feb-23
4-Feb-23 19-Feb-23
11-Feb-23 26-Feb-23
18-Feb-23 5-Mar-23
25-Feb-23 12-Mar-23
4-Mar-23 19-Mar-23
11-Mar-23 26-Mar-23
18-Mar-23 2-Apr-23
25-Mar-23 9-Apr-23
1-Apr-23 16-Apr-23
8-Apr-23 23-Apr-23
15-Apr-23 30-Apr-23
22-Apr-23 7-May-23
29-Apr-23 14-May-23
6-May-23 21-May-23
13-May-23 28-May-23
20-May-23 4-Jun-23
27-May-23 11-Jun-23
3-Jun-23 18-Jun-23
10-Jun-23 25-Jun-23
17-Jun-23 2-Jul-23
24-Jun-23 9-Jul-23
1-Jul-23 16-Jul-23
8-Jul-23 23-Jul-23
15-Jul-23 30-Jul-23
22-Jul-23 6-Aug-23
29-Jul-23 13-Aug-23
5-Aug-23 20-Aug-23
12-Aug-23 27-Aug-23
19-Aug-23 3-Sep-23
26-Aug-23 10-Sep-23
2-Sep-23 17-Sep-23
9-Sep-23 24-Sep-23
16-Sep-23 1-Oct-23
23-Sep-23 8-Oct-23
30-Sep-23 15-Oct-23
7-Oct-23 22-Oct-23
14-Oct-23 29-Oct-23
21-Oct-23 5-Nov-23
28-Oct-23 12-Nov-23
4-Nov-23 19-Nov-23
11-Nov-23 26-Nov-23
18-Nov-23 3-Dec-23
25-Nov-23 10-Dec-23
2-Dec-23 17-Dec-23
9-Dec-23 24-Dec-23
16-Dec-23 31-Dec-23
23-Dec-23 7-Jan-24
30-Dec-23 14-Jan-24

JOHANNESBURG and SURROUNDS

SOWETO TOUR
South of Johannesburg is Soweto, the world’s most famous township and important monument to Apartheid. A sprawling, self-sufficient home to millions, Soweto grapples with democratic change, but its spirit resonates in a plethora of shebeens. The focus on this tour is more on community projects & sustainable tourism. The Soweto Fair Tour includes: Nelson Mandela & Hector Pietersen Museums, a visit to Handiworx or the Soweto Green plus a view of Baragwaneth Hospital and an informal settlement. Also included is a cycle tour from Phomolong & visit a day care center (also available without cycling).
From R590 per person for 3 hours

You can also do a cycle tour of Soweto – pricing depends on the time you cycle for.

JOBURG CITY TOUR
The tour includes a panoramic view of the city, a drive within the business district, visit to traditional African shops, the bohemian Hillbrow and Museum Africa in Newton, the cultural district of Johannesburg. Extend to 8 hours & include Constitution Hill, SAB World of Beer & more.
From R590 per person for 3 hours

SOWETO & JOHANNESBURG COMBO
Combining the Soweto & Johannesburg City tours will give you a great overview of the area.
From R850 for 5 hours

APARTHEID MUSEUM
The path through the museum leads you on a journey beginning with segregation, the cornerstone of apartheid. It takes you back through the history of the myriad cultures converging during the pre-apartheid era. Through the years of race classification, the 150 acts of apartheid, detentions and the oppression of the nationalist regime. Examine the rise of black consciousness, the armed struggle & finally witness the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of imprisonment which finally led to the final negotiations for peace. The Apartheid Museum experience is one of upliftment and liberation both personally & socially and leaves each visitor with a feeling of hope for the future, unburdened by the ills of the past.
Duration: 3 hours R550

CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
The tour visits both the Sterkfontein caves, where the oldest hominid fossils (dating back to over 3 million years) in the world were found & Maropeng where you can experience the fascinating, interactive representations of the origin of Earth & all that lives on our unique planet. Interesting to both adults & children alike, this is a must visit on anyone passing through Gauteng’s itinerary!
Duration: 4 hours R990

PRETORIA CITY TOUR
Pretoria generates a multicultural energy from a harmonious blend of traditions, culture and architecture. Pretoria has historic value extending to that of the British Empire and Apartheid. The tour includes the either the Voortrekker Monument or Freedom Square, the Union Buildings, Kruger House, Church Square, Mirramen Hindu Temple and thousands of Jacaranda trees. Extend to 8 hours and include both the Voortrekker Monument & Freedom Square as well as the Transvaal Museum. Lunch in Pretoria
Duration: 4 ½ hours R850
Duration: 8 hours for the extended tour, incl. lunch R1500

BOTSWANA AND VICTORIA FALLS
Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (Highly Recommended)
The flight prices range from between R665 – R3760, this is dependent on how many people decide to go on a flight. If you are interested inquire with your guide. (you can use Credit Or Visa cards for payment)
Village walk from our Drifters Lodge in Maun (Pula 50) -Prices may vary

ACTIVITIES
ADRENALIN
• White Water Rafting – Low water – USD 150
• White Water Rafting – High water – USD 140
• Gorge Swing – USD 95
• Tandem – Gorge Swing – USD 140
• Zip line – USD 70
• Tandem – Zip line – USD 110
• Flying Fox – USD 45
• Canopy tour – USD 55
• Half Day Adrenalin (Adrenalin High wire pass) – USD 140
• Adrenalin high wire & canopy tour pass – USD 175

SAFARI
• Full Day Chobe – USD 160
• Horse Riding Safari – Experienced – USD 85
• Horse Riding Safari – Novice – USD 80
• Game Drive – USD 95
• Night Drive – USD 130

RIVER
• Sundowner Cruise – USD 50
• Fishing (3 Hrs) – USD 120
• Upper Zambezi Canoeing – USD 150

AIR ACTIVITIES
• 12/13 Minutes Helicopter – USD 150
• Micro light Flight- USD 174
(this only happens in Zambia, and if planning to do it, it will mean you will need to acquire a dual visa when going through the border to Zimbabwe)

ADVENTURE PASS
Choose any two of the following for only USD 305.00 and get a cruise almost free!!!
– White Water Rafting, Upper Zambezi Canoeing, Half Day Adrenalin, 12/13 Minutes Helicopter, Night Drive

SAFARI PASS
Choose any one of the following plus a Chobe trip for only USD 293.00
– Half Day Adrenalin, White water rafting, Upper Zambezi Canoeing, Night Drive
RAFTING + G/SWING COMBO
Book White water rafting and Gorge swing and pay USD 200.00 only.

Please Note:
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice
Activities are subject to availability
Activities are weather dependent

“I’ve been to South Africa 3 times and my first time was with drifters two times with other companies drifters wins hands down.”
5 Day Kruger , 4 Jan 2019, Frogg Vidler
“The tour as well above expectation and was a great way to discover South Africa for the first time.”
18 Day South Africa, 10 December 2019, Desiree Dietz
“Amazing tour, amazing guide and it really shows you the 30 years of experience Drifters has.”
16 Day Botswana, 23 July 2019, Urs Nosberger
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