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TOUR :24 Day Southern Circle Tour
ROUTE :Johannesburg – Johannesburg
DEPARTURES :Every Second Sunday
VEHICLE : Custom 17-seater adventure truck
DURATION : 24 Days (14/15 Nights Camping, 4 Nights Cabin, 4/5 Nights Lodge)
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For those that wish to experience the highlights of southern Africa with the convenience of flying in and out of Johannesburg. This tour will show you the best of several countries, and endeavours to reveal the contrasts that make up this region.
From the desert landscapes of Botswana to the lush forests of Zambia, the tea plantations of Malawi to the deserted beaches of Mozambique, you will experience built up cities and rural homesteads, good highways and dirt tracks. This tour also concentrates on some of the finest Game Reserves in Africa, including Chobe, Luangwa and Kruger where you will see a huge variety of animals all in their natural environment. An open and flexible approach is essential for this tour.

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – FRANCISTOWN

We depart from the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG at 06h30, heading directly to the Botswana border, and enjoying the scenic beauty of South Africa’s northern Limpopo Province, with its many game farms and the Waterberg Mountains on our route. On completion of immigration formalities we continue to Francistown, and our camp for the night, just outside the city on the banks of the Ntasha River. We will cover some distance today, but before our first night under canvas our guide gives us an extensive briefing on the itinerary and how the tour will be run. After a catered meal we camp the night.

Meals: D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through Limpopo Province
– Botswana

DAY 2: CHOBE NAT. PARK

Venturing north today, we make our way to the slow, placid Chobe River, an ideal habitat for hippos and crocodiles, and an attraction to some of the biggest herds of elephant and buffalo on earth. This afternoon we enjoy an extensive boat cruise on the river, within Chobe National Park. Gliding close to the banks, we hope to silently approach the animals that come down to the river to drink. Back on land, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and make our way to our accommodation for the next two nights. The lodge is centrally situated in Victoria Falls and within walking distance of the falls and other attractions.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Chobe Boat Cruise
– Zimbabwe

DAY 3: VICTORIA FALLS

Awaking in the adventure capital of Africa, it is with new excitement that we explore the amazing Victoria Falls, known to the locals as “Mosi-oa-Tunya “, meaning “The smoke that thunders”. This is the place where, according to ancient traditions, the Zambezi River God “Nyami Nyami”, who takes the form of a snake spirit, is in hiding. Your entry fee to the falls is included in the tour price, and you are free to spend as much time as you like viewing the falls and exploring the surrounding rain forest.

Various other attractions can be visited and activities enjoyed, including the tribal village or curio market. Victoria Falls is also home to a multitude of adventure activities, such as an aircraft flip over the falls, a boat trip on the Zambezi River, white water rafting or bungee jumping, but allowance must be made for the extra expense of these optional activities.

We spend two nights here, thus allowing you some time to explore the town and all it has to offer, with the freedom to choose the sights and activities that interest you. Tonight we will eat out at a local restaurant (own expense). Relax to the sound of the African night and the distant roar of the falls and drink the farewell toasts to your adventure.

Meals: B
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Victoria Falls Entry fee

DAY 4: KAFUE CAMP

Our journey today takes us through southern Zambia, and then down into the Zambezi Valley to our camp at Gwabi River Lodge, on the banks of the Kafue River just upstream from the confluence of the Kafue and Zambezi Rivers. It is from here that we will embark on a two day canoe trip on the Zambezi River.

The afternoon is spent preparing for the upcoming canoe trip as we pack all the essentials we will need. We enjoy the lodge facilities and camp the night.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through southern Zambia
– Night at Kafue river banks

DAY 5 – 7: ZAMBEZI CANOE

A mighty river, literally boiling with hippos and crocodiles, and luring every imaginable animal to drink from its sandy banks, the Zambezi has drawn explorers, adventurers and naturalists for centuries. Paddling down the river, watching animals from the water, allows us to enjoy the same experience as these intrepid pioneers.

We start our canoeing adventure at Gwabi River Lodge, paddling first down the Kafue River, while the guides instruct those new to canoes. We then join the Zambezi, and spend the next two days paddling easily with the current, game viewing and bird watching as we go. We pass Mana Pools, one of Zimbabwe’s famous National Parks, and we camp wild on islands each night. The trip ends where the Chongwe River joins the Zambezi. A motor boat returns us to Gwabi River Lodge, where we camp the night and enjoy a welcome restaurant meal (own expense)

Meals: B L D; B L D; B L
Included Highlights/Activity:
– 2 Day Canoe trip
– Wild camping along the river

DAY 8: LUANGWA

Reunited with our vehicle, we travel to the capital city of Lusaka, where we stop to stock up on supplies, before continuing along the “Great East Road”. Our goal is South Luangwa National Park, but this is just a bit too far for one day of driving, so we will cover as much distance as possible before we camp at a convenient spot. This will place us well for an early arrival tomorrow.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Lusaka
– Scenic drive through Zambia

DAY 9 – 10: LUANGWA NAT. PARK

Our next stop is South Luangwa National Park, where we spend two nights camping on the banks of the Luangwa River, well known for its impressive hippo and crocodile populations. During our stay here we will conduct an extensive open-vehicle game drive in the park, which offers one of the best possible chances of finding the elusive leopard. There is plenty of other game too, which makes this park one of Africa’s best. You will also have the opportunity to do an optional night drive (own expense).

Meals: B L D; B L D
Optional Activities: Night drive
Included Highlights/Activity:
– South Luangwa
– Game drive in park
– Camp overlooking Luangwa river

DAY 11 – 12: LAKE MALAWI

Today we enter Malawi, stopping in the capital, Lilongwe, for a bit of curio shopping and to replenish our stocks of fresh food. We then descend into the Great Rift Valley, arriving on the shores of Lake Malawi, the third largest of Africa’s great lakes and the fourth largest body of fresh water on Earth, in the late afternoon. With over 700 species of fish, more than any other lake in the world, the snorkeling is a highlight, as are the sandy beaches and friendly locals. We spend two nights here, camping literally on the beach. One night we enjoy an own expense meal.

Meals: B L D; B L
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Lake Malawi

DAY 13 – 14: MULANJE MASSIVE

We follow the Rift Valley south, via Malawi’s second city of Blantyre and the tea plantations at Thyolo, to Mount Mulanje, an impressive mountain of granite rising some 600m above the surrounding forest and lush tea plantations. The Mulanje Cedar, the National Tree of Malawi, reaching up to 50m in height and famous for the pleasantly fragrant furniture and curios it makes, is found here. The tree is endangered by uncontrolled logging, but efforts to save it are being made in this area.

We spend two nights camping on the lower slopes of the mountain, and will enjoy a hike to the plateau, from where the views are exceptional.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through Malawi
– Mount Mulanje Hike

DAY 15: CHIMOIO

Today is a long drive to cover as much distance towards the coast as we can, so we leave early, travelling via Blantyre, Malawi’s second city, to enter Mozambique at Zobue. We across the Zambezi River at Tete, and continue south, travelling alongside the mountains that form the border with Zimbabwe. Tonight we camp in Chimoio.

Meals: B L
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through Tete corridor

DAY 16 – 17: VILANCULOS

We continue to the coast, passing through many vibrant and bustling villages, reaching Vilanculos around lunch time. We will spend two nights here, on the shores of the warm, azure Indian Ocean, overlooking the idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. We have the day for swimming and snorkelling, walking on the beach or exploring the town. For the more adventurous, a dhow trip to the islands off shore is an option (own expense). Our accommodation is conveniently close to the beach, and both nights we enjoy the cuisine at local restaurants (own expense).

Meals: B L, B
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Vilanculos
– Indian Ocean Beaches

DAY 18-20: INHAMBANE

Following the coast, we make our way south to the town of Maxixe, from where we take a local dhow (traditional sailing vessel) across the bay to Inhambane, a small town founded at the site of an ancient trading port. Our guide drives around the bay to meet us. We spend some time exploring the town and visit the bustling and colourful local market, before continuing to our comfortable accommodation, literally on the beach between large sand dunes and the Indian Ocean.

We spend three nights here, during which time we relax, snorkel and soak up the sun. There are opportunities for long walks on coconut-palm-lined deserted beaches, and for the more adventurous, world class tropical scuba diving, fishing for marlin or tuna from a ski boat, or an ocean safari with the chance to see dolphins, manta rays, whale sharks or whales are options (own expense).

Meals: B L D; B L D; B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Inhambane
– Dhow trip

DAY 21: MAPUTO

Today we continue our journey southward, crossing vast coastal floodplains and passing through forests of cashew trees. This afternoon we arrive in the capital, Maputo, and take a tour of the city, still heavily influenced by its Portuguese colonial past, using local transport and a local guide, for a unique and authentic experience. We overnight at a hotel in the city and enjoy an own expense dinner at a local restaurant. Maputo cuisine is famous for its seafood and spicy peri-peri flavours!

Meals: B L
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Maputo

DAY 22: KRUGER NAT. PARK

Leaving Maputo after an easy morning, we cross the border into South Africa and make our way to the Kruger National Park, entering at Malelane Gate. We will spend the afternoon game driving in the southern part of the park, finally arriving at one of the park’s rest camps to camp the night. This evening an optional night drive is possible at own expense.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Kruger Park
– Game drives

DAY 23: KRUGER NAT. PARK – HAZYVIEW

We leave the camp early to spend the entire day game driving in Kruger Park, giving us a last chance to experience the wildlife that makes Africa unique. We will stop at some of the park’s many picnic spots for breaks and meals. In the late afternoon we exit the park and travel the short distance to the GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW, where we spend the last night, celebrating our adventure and the new friendships made, over our final dinner.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Full day Game Drive

DAY 24: JOHANNESBURG

After a leisurely start, and perhaps a short walk in the forest along the banks of the Sabie River, we make our way back to Johannesburg, arriving at the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG in the late afternoon.

Meals: B

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries, (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa) that you will visit. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES, CERTAIN NATIONALITIES NEED TO APPLY AND OBTAIN THESE VISAS PRIOR TO YOUR TOUR DEPARTURE AS SOME NATIONALITIES CAN NOT GET VISAS AT THE PORT OF ENTRY. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR TRAVEL AGENT WITH REGARDS TO VISAS THAT YOU NEED AND WHETHER OR NOT YOU SHOULD GET IT BEFORE YOU DEPART ON TOUR OR NOT.

1) PORT OF EXIT FROM SOUTH AFRICA AND ENTRY INTO BOTSWANA – GROBLERS BRUG/MARTINS DRIF BORDER ON DAY 1
2) PORT OF EXIT FROM BOTSWANA INTO ZIMBABWE – KAZUNGULA BORDER ON DAY 2
3) PORT OF EXIT FROM ZIMBABWE AND ENTRY INTO ZAMBIA – VICTORIA FALLS/LIVINGSTONE BORDER ON DAY 5
4) PORT OF EXIT FROM ZAMBIA INTO MALAWI – MCHINJI BORDER ON DAY 12
5) PORT OF EXIT FROM MALAWI INTO MOZAMBIQUE – MWANZA BORDER ON DAY 16
6) PORT OF EXIT FROM MOZAMBIQUE INTO SOUTH AFRICA – LEBOMBO/KOMATIPOORT BORDER ON DAY 22

For more info with regards to Yellow Fever please visit the following link
https://www.iamat.org/risks/yellow-fever?gclid=CLaGk5H8_9ECFVcz0wodXhQBbg

If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although we will endeavour to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents. 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. Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the end of your tour.
Please note that all guests travelling to South Africa will require two blank facing pages in their passport.

Visas are not readily obtainable at Mozambique and Malawi border posts. Both these visas need to be obtained BEFORE departing on tour.
It is your responsibility to make sure you have all the required visas.

We have been updated with a new Zambian E – visa link – if this applies to your nationality, please see link following: http://e-Visa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/

Telephone numbers:
Malawi Embassy in Pretoria is: (012) 342 0146
Zimbabwe Trade mission in Johannesburg is: (011) 838 2156
Zambian High Commission in Pretoria is: (012) 326 1847
Botswana Consulate in Johannesburg: (011) 403 3748
Mozambique Consulate in Johannesburg: (011) 327 2942

Or visit:
Botswana Tourism at www.botswanatourism.co.bw
Zimbabwe Tourism at www.zimbabwetourism.net
Zambia Tourism at www.zambiatourism.com
Malawi Tourism at www.malawitourism.com
Mozambique Tourism at www.mozambiquetourism.co.za

Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, visas and travellers cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.

Should clients require a visa for Malawi and Mozambique this has to be obtained prior to arrival, we are experiencing difficulty in obtaining these at the border posts.
Mozambique Border:
Date of entry: Day 16 – Mozambique
Entry border: Zobue / Mwanza
Date of exit: Day 22
Exit border: Komatipoort
Duration of stay: 6 nights
ADDRESS: VILLAS DAS MANGAS
DISTRICT/CITY: Maputo
Mozambique
00258 87 22 83 623

Clients should always ask for a few extra days in each country when visas are concerned to make provision for possible delays.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS TRAVELLING THROUGH ALL BOTSWANA PORTS OF ENTRY

The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs informs the general public that it has imposed requirements for minors (children under 18) travelling through the country’s ports of entry. Effective from the 1st October 2016 minors travelling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate. The development, which is aimed at managing the movement of children across the country’s borders, has an ultimate goal of tackling human trafficking which is a global challenge. Botswana, like other countries is affected by this problem and as such has enacted the United Nations Anti-Human Trafficking Protocol; which calls upon governments to come up with deliberate measures aimed at combating human trafficking.

For more information contact the Director of Immigration and Citizenship at
+267 3611301 / +267 71327608

PLEASE NOTE IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (VISAS AND VALID PASSPORTS) FOR EACH AND EVERY COUNTRY YOU WILL BE VISITING ON YOUR TOUR.

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.

While on tour 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.

It is advisable to bring along US Dollar for exchange as all countries accept the Dollar and the rates you receive in return is better than other currencies
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)
• Zambia – US Dollar can be exchanged at the port of entry
• Malawi- US Dollar can be exchange into Malawian Kwacha
• Mozambique- US Dollars can be exchanged into Mozambique Meticals

Suggested amounts for each currency:
(Without use of credit card)
• Rand : +- R 500 – R 700
• Dollar: +- $ 150 – $ 500

(With use of credit card)
• Rand : +- R 100 – R 500
• Dollar: +- $ 30 – $ 200

Credit cards are not favoured in most parts of Southern Africa so please ensure you have enough cash to buy good and possible gratuities.

Please note the only lodge on this tour to receive card payment will be Greenfire Johannesburg lodge. All other lodges will ONLY receive cash payments.

Areas where you shall be able to use your credit card are as follows:
• Greenfire JHB Lodge for activities; food; and accommodation and small extras
• Shopping in Victoria Falls and for 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 tour departure.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS

The only necessary prophylaxis for Southern Africa is against Malaria (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique). Adequate chemo-prophylaxis are 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. Please note that you need a Yellow Fever Certificate dated at least 10 days prior to your tour departure and depending on nationality and prior travels.

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.

For more info with regards to Yellow Fever please visit the following link
https://www.iamat.org/risks/yellow-fever?gclid=CLaGk5H8_9ECFVcz0wodXhQBbg

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
Hat or cap
Shorts
Swimming Costume & Towel
Waterproof Windbreaker
Personal toiletries
Jersey / Jumper
Insect Repellent
Socks & Underwear
T-Shirts / Shirts

General Accessories
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please enquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Torch / Flashlight / Batteries
Sleeping Bag & Small Pillow
Thermo Insulation mat or sheet to place on top of the camp bed to prevent the cold coming from the bottom.
Refreshments
Pen
Passport / Visas (if applicable)

Luggage and Packing space on our vehicles
Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s
Each Drifters Traveller has 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 (which you can also purchase from the Greenfire Johannesburg Inn upon arrival.

MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS

Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. 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:
• Six Countries Visited
• Dhow Trip
• Mozambique Beaches
• Chobe Boat Cruise
• Victoria Falls
• Zambezi Canoe Trip
• Luangwa National Park
• Lake Malawi
• Mulanje Mountain Hike
• Maputo
• Kruger National Park

PRE and POST night accommodation can be arranged at the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg. It is advisable to overnight at the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg if you have not already made alternative arrangements. Accommodation at the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg can be arranged through Drifters or your travel representative. The Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg is located in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg – a safe residential area. The Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg has a lovely swimming pool, restaurant, bar & shop. The Lodge is within walking distance of various shopping centres and banks. The Drifters Office is located on the same premises should you have any queries regarding your tour.
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.

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION Southern Circle TOUR

A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Seasonal malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable. During winter the temperature can drop very low at night, clients should be prepared for this.

A valid passport is required by everyone. The tour will visit South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique. It is the client’s responsibility to insure they have the appropriate visas required for this trip to all the countries we visit. Some nationalities might need to obtain visas before departure as they cannot be obtained at the border.

Our price includes transport, food, (no food kitty), coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, a professional guide, group equipment, accommodation, permits, canoe trip, park entry fees and Vic Falls entry. The price does not include alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, tips, curios and optional extras. Before departure, clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

DEPARTURE POINT

Your 24 Day Southern Circle tour departs from the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg, 25 Alida Street, Northcliff at 06h30 on the first tour day (Sunday) and ends back on the last day (Thursday) at around 17h00 till late. Guests not staying at the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg must arrive at the Lodge at 06h00. The telephone number is +27(0)11 888 1160.

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 endeavour to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.

DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!

Southern Circle Tour Departure Tour Rate p/p
2020 € 2595

Please note: As of 1 January 2020 Drifters will implement a minimum requirement of 4 passengers to confirm a tour departure. Our reservation office will be able to assist with any request or questions.

JOHANNESBURG and SURROUNDS

SOWETO FAIR TOUR
From R550 per person for 3 hours
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 centre (also available without cycling).

JOBURG CITY TOUR
From R550 per person for 3 hours
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.

SOWETO & JOHANNESBURG COMBO
From R750 for 5 hours
Combining the Soweto & Johannesburg City tours will give you a great overview of the area.

APARTHEID MUSEUM
Duration: 3 hours R550
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.

CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
Duration: 4 hours R850
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!

PRETORIA CITY TOUR
Duration: 4 ½ hours R750
Duration: 8 hours for the extended tour, incl. lunch R1500
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

VICTORIA FALLS and SURROUNDS

Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (Highly Recommended)
The flight prices range from between P3760 (1 pax, p.p.) – P 775 (p.p. up to 17 pax), 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 (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) – USD 174

ADVENTURE PASS
Choose any two of the following for only US$ 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 US$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

“We completely fell in love with Africa after this trip and we miss it every day! The desire to go back will probably never go away so we will have to keep coming back to Africa and explore more of this wonderful continent!”
24 Day Southern Circle, October 2017, Sirry, Sweden
“Much better than expected! I will book it again, it was fantastic! Thanks to Drifters and the awesome guide”
17 Day Namibia, April 2017, Martin, Belgium
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