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South Africa, Botswana & Namibia with Victoria Falls safari, camping, 22 days

On this adventurous multi-country African safari you will be immersed in the nature of Southern Africa. The campgrounds are often located in national parks such as Sossusvlei, Ethosha and Chobe. The safari truck also brings us to the impressive Fish River Canyon. In the Okavango Delta we take boat safaris. The mighty Victoria Falls is a spectacular part of this complete camping program. Camping in Africa is not only a wonderful, nature experience, it is the most economical way to see this amazing country.  

Join our international groups with active travelers, of all ages. Most will come from Holland and Belgium, but you will find they have an excellent command of English. Your tour leader addresses the group in Dutch and English.

Join us for a truly cultural experience.

Itinerary

  1. Cape Town
  2. Cape Town - Cape Peninsula - Simons Town
  3. Simons Town - Cederberg
  4. Cederberg - Orange River
  5. Orange Rivier - Fish River Canyon
  6. Fish River Canyon - Sesriem (Sossusvlei)
  7. Sesriem - Sossusvlei - Solitaire
  8. Solitaire - Swakopmund
  9. Swakopmund
  10. Swakopmund - Cape Cross - Twyfelfontein
  11. Twyfelfontein - Etosha N. P.
  12. Etosha N. P.
  13. Etosha N. P.
  14. Etosha N. P. - Rundu
  15. Rundu - Maun
  16. Maun - Okavango Delta
  17. Okavango Delta
  18. Okavango Delta - Maun
  19. Maun - Chobe N. P., boat trip
  20. Chobe N. P. - Victoria Falls
  21. Victoria Falls
  22. Victoria Falls

NOTE: Please note some trips begin in Cape Town, others in Victoria falls. 2 trips include one extra day in Cape Town

Oct 29 – Nov-19    Cape Town/ Johannesburg
Nov 5- Nov 26       Victoria Falls / Cape Town
Nov 20 -Dec 11     Victoria Falls / Cape Town
17 Dec – Jan 7      Cape Town / Johannesburg
Jan 7 - Jan 28       Victoria Falls/ Cape Town
Feb 18 – Mar 11.   Cape Town / Victoria Falls
Mar 11 – Apr 1       Victoria Falls / Cape Town
11 Apr -May 3.       Cape Town – Victoria Falls 23-days, extra night Cape Town
May 6 – May 27     Victoria Falls / Cape Town 23-days, extra night Cape Town

Day by day

On the Road With Djoser
Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. For most Djoser trips the daily schedule is not rigidly set, however on safari, the route and safety issues in national parks will often dictate our daily schedule and activity options.

Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day-to-day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day-to-day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.

NOTE: Some trips begin in Cape Town and end at Victoria Falls. Other go in reverse order beginning in Victoria Falls and ending in Cape Town.

NOT A CAMPER? We also offer a similar program with hotel/lodge accommodations. Please call us to inquire. 877-356-7376.

From Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Cape Town
Day 1 Travel day for most participants
Day 2 Arrival in Cape Town

We start our multi country African safari in Cape Town. You have the afternoon (depending on flight schedules) at your disposal to explore Cape Town. In the city you will find many historical sites. The Grand Parade, the parade ground of the Dutch in the seventeenth century, is now a cozy square with market stalls, where snacks from the Cape Malay cuisine are offered. It was also the place of the large anti-apartheid demonstrations and where Mandela after his release addressed the crowds.

Nearby are the Company Gardens and Castle of Good Hope, remnants from the Dutch period. In the harbor you will find a variety of restaurants, jazz cafes and other entertainment venues, mostly located in the colorful, restored Victorian houses. From the old port, named Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, you can take the boat to Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned.

The famous Table Mountain and Devil's Peak and lesser known Leeuwekop offer great views of Cape Town. From any point you can see the immense, steeply rising mountain slopes of Table Mountain. Often there is a thin blanket of fog or clouds that resembles a tablecloth on the mountain. Sports enthusiasts can hike to the top while enjoying beautiful views. You you can take the cable car.

Cape Peninsula, Cederberg

Day 3 Cape Town - Cape Peninsula - Simon's Town
Day 4 Simon's Town - Cederberg

The next day we leave Cape Town and we drive on the Cape Peninsula to Cape of Good Hope. Along the way we visit some picturesque towns such as Hout Bay and Simon's Town. The nearby town of Boulder's Beach is known for its colony of penguins. The Cape of Good Hope itself is a nature reserve with many animals and vegetation typical of this region, known as fynbos. At the most southwestern point of Africa you can see the western Indian Ocean and eastern Atlantic. Bring your binoculars! In some periods of the year you can spot whales off the coast. We spend the night at a campsite in the village of Simons Town.

Early the next morning we travel further north, to Cederberg. This region enjoys national fame as an exceptionally beautiful hiking and is not heavily visited. The region is particularly known for its wildflowers and unusual rock formations. Participation in a wine tasting (optional) is among the possibilities here.

Orange River, Fish River Canyon

Day 5 Cederberg - Orange River
Day 6 Orange River - Fish River Canyon

On the way to Orange River the landscape becomes more emptier as we penetrate further Namaqualand. Along the way we pass small sleepy towns. The landscape becomes green again when we come close to the broad Orange River, which forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. The banks are used for the cultivation of various crops, including cotton. During the afternoon we reach the Orange River, where we will camp on the banks of the river. Here you have an opportunity to explore the area or just relax. Those who want to can rent a canoe to descend the river.

We get up early to go to the border with Namibia to drive across the river. Our destination this day is the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon . The Fish River has an impressive 16.7 miles wide gorge carved over the millennia. The canyon itself is 99.4 miles long. In the eponymous national park we camp in a shady spot north of the canyon, where we explore the area. If you look carefully you will see here the first signs of wildlife. Descending into the gorge is no longer allowed.

Sossusvlei

Day 7 Fish River Canyon - Sesriem Sesriem
Day 8 Sossusvlei - Solitaire Solitaire
Day 9 Swakopmund

The farther north we drive the more desolate it is. The well-pave roads are left behind today. The ultimate aim of our strenuous and dusty journey today is a campsite near the village of Sesriem.

In the afternoon there is the possibility to take a walk to the Sesriem Canyon. This canyon is not far, about four kilometers from our campsite. It originated, when the Tsauchab River eroded for over thousands of years, a 30 meter deep and one kilometer long fissure in the rock. In the winter months, there is no water in the canyon, so you can safely descend into the gorge. At other times of the year you will find a small stream here or a pool.

The next morning we drive towards the impressive landscape at sunrise near Sossusvlei, a large hollow in the dunes at the edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park. This pan is surrounded by the world's highest sand dunes. The view of this sea of sand is particularly great in the evening and early morning. It appears tob e a sea of sand glowing red in the light of the sun. It takes considerable effort to climb the 656 ft high dunes, but the view of the eerie moonscape is worthwhile. You have the opportunity to take a walk in the bizarre setting of Sossusvlei and to discover how tough plants bravely resist the harsh conditions of the desert. We spend the night at a campsite near Solitaire.

Swakopmund
Day 9 Arrival in Swakopmund
Day 10 Swakopmund

Across the rugged nature of the Namib-Naukluft we drive on the coast to Swakopmund. Although this place is considered by the white inhabitants of Namibia as a resort, the seawater is usually icy cold. Walking along the broad Arnold Shad Promenade you have the opportunity to see more sea lions than swimmers. Swakopmund is a bizarre relic from the German colonial period. You will find German street names, German beer, and many people of German descent, giving this place a special atmosphere.

We stay here in a simple backpacker lodge. In the city center you can admire some colonial buildings, and the former train station, is a must-see. In the evening you can there are a few restaurants that serve up all sorts of wildlife, but also “bratwurst”.

The next day you will have time to explore Swakopmund or to participate in (optional) activities such as quad biking through the sand dunes or the spectacular sand-boarding. Also there is a possibility to go on a dolpin cruise.

Cape Cross, Brandberg and Twyfelfontein

Day 11 Swakopmund - Cape Cross - Twijfelfontijn  
Day 12 Twijfelfontijn - Etosha

A straight road takes us the next day from Swakopmund. Just north of the city salt is extracted. Then we leave civilization behind us and drive along one of the merciless coasts of Africa; the Skeleton Coast. This 40-mile-wide coastal strip forms a buffer between the sea and the backdrop of Kaokoland and Damara. The landscape is completely empty and the only landmarks are the distance poles, that mark the number of miles in Swakopmund. In this coastal strip are gravel and sand plains. Each year no more than 3 inches of rain falls.

We stop at Cape Cross, where the Portuguese navigator Diego Cao was the first European to set foot on the Namibian coast.We take a look at the cross that he founded here in honor of the Portuguese King João I. In addition to a historically important place Cape Cross is known for its large colony of seals. Around Twijfelfontijn more than 2,000 rock Bushman engravings have been found. Led by a local guide we can take a short walk to see images of giraffes, elephants and other wildlife which bear silent witnesses of a time when this region was more fertile than today.

If there is time, we can in explore some geological curiosities, such as the "burnt mountain" and the "pipes". The organ pipes columns were formed by erosio of volcanic rock for over 150 million years. At night we camp on a dry riverbed. With any luck you will catch a glimpse in the area of the special desert elephants. The next day we drive to the famous Etosha National Park.

Etosha National Park

Day 13 Etosha National Park
Day 14 Etosha National Park

Etosha is undoubtedly one of the best game parks in southern Africa. For two days we explore with our own truck, makeing game drives (game quests) from our well-equipped campsites.

The name Etosha means “great white place of dry water”. This name refers to the vast, dazzling salt pan that covers a large part of the park. Only a few days a year you will find a small amount of water here, where flamingos and other water birds come. Most large game, however, reside in the adjacent grasslands and mopane bushes. Here we will also see the herds of zebra and wildebeest. More effort is needed to detect the rare black rhino and black-headed impala.

At Okaukuejo you can also sit at a watering place, which is illuminated at night. From afar you see herds of elephants arrive here to quench their thirst.

Bangani
Day 15 Etosha NP - Bangani / Rundu
Day 16 Bangani / Rundu - Maun / Gweta

From Etosha we drive through Great Fountain direction Bangani or Rundu. Further north we leave the dry desert behind us and reach the fertile Caprivi Region. We pass several Owambo villages. Near Bangani we will first see the Okavango River. The town itself is not large. The vast suburbs are mainly inhabited by Angolans who fled their country during the war. On the peaceful banks of the Okavango we pitch our tents.
In the afternoon you can take an optional boat trip on the river. An optional game drive in Mahango National Park is also a possibility. Moreover, this is the place to buy beautiful carvings or fun utensils from the San, Bushmen.The next morning we head to Botswana.

Okavango Delta
Day 17 Maun / Gweta - Okavango Delta
Day 18 Okavango Delta
Day 19 Okavango Delta - Maun / Gweta Maun

Gweta forms the base for our visit to the Okavango Delta. Maun itself is a rapidly growing city which has highway, petrol stations, banks and forex bureaus. We do our shopping in a supermarket for our stay in the delta.

The Okavango Delta is the remainder of the Okavango River which en route to the to the sea was swallowed by the heat of the Kalahari desert. That place has a unique nature, which we explore with canoes made of hollowed tree trunks. These so-called mokoros give us excellent access to this maze of waterways. The locally hired fishermen guide our boats. They are skillful pilots they weave us through the lilies and papyrus vegetated streams and they point out the many hippos.

Along the way we moor at islands to look for wildlife such as elephants and buffalo or the shy red lechwe. The Okavango is a bird paradise and you hear the insistent call of the many ospreys. In the evening we go camping in the wild at one of the many islands, where we enjoy the beautiful sunset.
After returning to Maun in the afternoon you can look around or join an optional flight over the delta. If your journey starts in Cape Town we then drive a few hours to a campsite near the village of Gweta. Here you can get acquainted with a rural village in Botswana where modern everyday life goes hand in hand with centuries-old African traditions. If you start your journey at the Victoria Falls you will spend the night at a campsite in Maun.

Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls
Day 20 Maun / Gweta - Chobe National Park
Day 21 Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls
Day 22 Victoria Falls
Day 23 Flight Victoria Falls - Johannesburg, departure to Amsterdam
Day 24 travel day for most participants

Along a straight paved road we drive to the intersection at Nata, from which we turn north and drive to the Chobe National Park. This park is best known for famous nature films that were made here on behalf of the National Geographic Society. In particular, the film “Eternal Enemies”, which recounts the eternal struggle between lions and hyenas, enjoys international fame.

The park has a huge variety of wildlife and is known for its ample elephant population. Especially in autumn and winter elephants stay close to the Chobe River. In the Chobe National Park we take a scenic boat ride on the river. This offers you the opportunity to see and photograph the wildlife that comes to the banks. Elephants, rhinos, crocodiles and various birds can be spotted here.

In an hour we drive from Chobe National Park to the border town of Kazungula. We cross here by ferry across the Zambezi and drive to neighboring Zimbabwe. This border area is full of elephants as evidenced by the many brown mounds on the road.

The fine mist rising from the Victoria Falls can be seen from our residence from afar. We stay here in tents equipped with beds.

In the afternoon you have been given the opportunity to literally follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone to take a look at the largest waterfalls on the African continent. The noise of the falling water is deafening. The waterfall is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, "the smoke that thunders".

Other optionals are possible. If you literally want to immerse yourself in the Zambezi you can make a raft trip here, or if you find it too wild, you can take a canoe trip. To get a good view of the falls, you can also make a flight, the "Flight of the Angels". If you want to fly you can try the world’s second highest bungee jump from the Zambezi Bridge! Our land program comes to and end at Victoria Falls.



From Victoria Falls to Cape Town

Victoria Falls
Day 1 Travel day for most participants
Day 2 Victoria Falls (land begins)
Day 3 Victoria Falls

The fine mist rising from the Victoria Falls can be seen from our residence from afar. We stay here in tents equipped with beds.

In the afternoon you have been given the opportunity to literally follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone to take a look at the largest waterfalls on the African continent. The noise of the falling water is deafening. The waterfall is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, "the smoke that thunders".

Other optionals are possible. If you literally want to immerse yourself in the Zambezi you can make a raft trip here, or if you find it too wild, you can take a canoe trip. To get a good view of the falls, you can also make a flight, the "Flight of the Angels". If you want to fly you can try the world’s second highest bungee jump from the Zambezi Bridge! Our land program comes to and end at Victoria Falls.

Chobe National Park

Day 4 Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park
Day 5 Chobe NP - Maun / Gweta

In the afternoon we arrive at the Chobe National Park. This park is best known for famous nature films that were made here on behalf of the National Geographic Society. In particular, the film “Eternal Enemies”, which recounts the eternal struggle between lions and hyenas, enjoys international fame.
The park has a huge variety of wildlife and is known for its ample elephant population. Especially in autumn and winter elephants stay close to the Chobe River. In the Chobe National Park we take a scenic boat ride on the river. This offers you the opportunity to see and photograph the wildlife that comes to the banks. Elephants, rhinos, crocodiles and various birds can be spotted here.

Okavango Delta
Day 6 Maun / Gweta - Okavango Delta
Day 7 Okavango Delta
Day 8 Okavango Delta

Maun itself is a rapidly growing city which has highway, petrol stations, banks and forex bureaus. We do our shopping in a supermarket for our stay in the delta.

The Okavango Delta is the remainder of the Okavango River which en route to the to the sea was swallowed by the heat of the Kalahari desert. That place has a unique nature, which we explore with canoes made of hollowed tree trunks. These so-called mokoros give us excellent access to this maze of waterways. The locally hired fishermen guide our boats. They are skillful pilots they weave us through the lilies and papyrus vegetated streams and they point out the many hippos.

Along the way we moor at islands to look for wildlife such as elephants and buffalo or the shy red lechwe. The Okavango is a bird paradise and you hear the insistent call of the many ospreys. In the evening we go camping in the wild at one of the many islands, where we enjoy the beautiful sunset.

After returning to Maun in the afternoon you can look around or join an optional flight over the delta. If your journey starts in Cape Town we then drive a few hours to a campsite near the village of Gweta. Here you can get acquainted with a rural village in Botswana where modern everyday life goes hand in hand with centuries-old African traditions. If you start your journey at the Victoria Falls you will spend the night at a campsite in Maun.

Etosha National Park
Day 9 Maun / Gweta - Bangani / Rundu
Day 10 Bangani / Rundu - Etosha National Park
Day 11 Etosha National Park
Day 12 Etosha NP

Etosha is undoubtedly one of the best game parks in southern Africa. For two days we explore with our own truck, makeing game drives (game quests) from our well-equipped campsites. The name Etosha means “great white place of dry water”. This name refers to the vast, dazzling salt pan that covers a large part of the park. Only a few days a year you will find a small amount of water here, where flamingos and other water birds come. Most large game, however, reside in the adjacent grasslands and mopane bushes. Here we will also see the herds of zebra and wildebeest. More effort is needed to detect the rare black rhino and black-headed impala.

At Okaukuejo you can also sit at a watering place, which is illuminated at night. From afar you see herds of elephants arrive here to quench their thirst.

Twyfelfontein and Cape Cross

Day 13 Etosha NP - Twijfelfontijn
Day 14 Twijfelfontijn - Cape Cross – Swakopmund

Around Twijfelfontijn more than 2,000 rock Bushman engravings have been found. Led by a local guide we can take a short walk to see images of giraffes, elephants and other wildlife which bear silent witnesses of a time when this region was more fertile than today.

During the drive to Swakopmund, we stop at Cape Cross, where the Portuguese navigator Diego Cao was the first European to set foot on the Namibian coast. We take a look at the cross that he founded here in honor of the Portuguese King João I. In addition to a historically important place enjoys Cape Cross known for its large colony of seals. If there is time we stop at some geological curiosities, as the "burnt mountain" and the "pipes". When the organ pipes up columns formed by erosion in 150 million year old volcanic rock. At night we camp on a dry riverbed. With any luck you'll catch a glimpse in the area of the special desert elephants.

Swakopmund and Sossusvlei

Day 15 Swakopmund
Day 16 Swakopmund - Solitaire
Day 17 Solitaire - Sossusvlei - Sesriem

Although Swakopmund is considered by the white inhabitants of Namibia as a resort the seawater is usually icy cold. Walking along the broad Arnold Shad Promenade you see more sea lions than swimmers. Swakopmund is a bizarre relic from the German colonial period. German street names, German beer and people of German descent give this place a special atmosphere. We stay here in a simple backpackers lodge.

In the city center you can admire some colonial buildings, and former train station  is definitely worth a visit. In the evening you can find restaurants that serve all sorts of wildlife, but also “bratwurst”. You will also have the time to explore Swakopmund or to participate in (optional) activities such as quad biking through the sand dunes or the spectacular sand-boarding. There is also the possibility to make a dolphin cruise, to go horse riding or paragliding.

An impressive visit to Sossusvlei, takes us to a large hollow in the dunes at the edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Then on to the village of Sesriem. In the afternoon there is the possibility to take a walk to the Sesriem Canyon. This canyon is not far, about 2.4 miles from our campsite. It was formed over thousands of years when the Tsauchab river cut a 98 ft deep and one kilometer long fissure in the rock. In the winter months, there is no water in the canyon. At other times of the year you will find a small stream here or a pool.

The pan of Sossusvlei, is surrounded by the world's highest sand dunes. It appears to be a sea of sand and the view in the evening and early morning is overwhelming. The sand glows red in the sunlight. It takes considerable effort to climb the 656 ft high dunes, but the view of the eerie moonscape-like landscape is worthwhile. You have the opportunity to take a stroll and explore this bizarre environment and to see how tough plants bravely resist the harsh conditions of the desert.

Fish River Canyon
Day 18 Sesriem - Fish River Canyon
Day 19 Fish River canyon - Orange River
Day 20 Orange River - Cederberg

Our destination this day is the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon. The Fish River has an impressive 16.7 miles wide gorge carved over millennia. The canyon itself is 99 miles long. In the eponymous national park we camp in a shady spot north of the canyon, where we explore the area. If you look carefully you will see here the first scarce wildlife. Descending into the gorge is no longer allowed.
The Orange River is the river that forms the border between Namibia and South Africa. The banks are used for the cultivation of various crops, including cotton. In the afternoon we camp on the banks of the river and you have an opportunity to explore the area. You can also rent a canoe to descend the river.

Cederberg and Cape Peninsula
Day 21 Cederberg - Cape Peninsula, Simon's Town
Day 22 Simon's Town - Cape Town

The next morning we travel to Cederberg. This region enjoys national fame as an exceptionally beautiful hiking area and it is not frequently visited. There also are jagged sandstone rock formations and the cedar trees and rooibos tea. Also, the region is famous for its flora and fauna and unusual rock formations. Participation in a wine tasting (optional) is among the possibilities here.

Early in the morning we leave for the south to the Cape Peninsula. From there we walk to the Cape of Good Hope. We overnight in the picturesque town of Simons Town, known for the presence of a colony of penguins in the nearby town of Boulders Beach.

Cape Town
Day 23 Cape Town
Day 24 Cape Town – Land ends

The end of the journey is in sight. After arrival in Cape Town you will have the afternoon at your disposal to explore Cape Town. In the city you will find many historical sites. The Grand Parade, the parade ground of the Dutch in the seventeenth century, is now a cozy square with market stalls, where snacks from the Cape Malay cuisine are offered. It is also the place of the large anti-apartheid demonstrations were held and where Mandela after addressed the crowd after his release. Nearby are the Company Gardens and Castle of Good Hope, remnants from the Dutch period.

In the harbor you will find a variety of restaurants, jazz cafes and other entertainment venues, mostly located in the colorful, restored Victorian houses. From the old port, named Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, you can take the boat to Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned. The famous Table Mountain and Devil's Peak and lesser known Leeuwekop offer great views of Cape Town. From any point you can see the immense mountain slopes of Table Mountain rising steeply. Often there is a thin blanket of fog or clouds that resembles a tablecloth on the mountain. Sports enthusiasts can hike to the top while enjoying beautiful views. Or there is a cable car at your disposal. Our journey ends in Cape Town.

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2018

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Dec-17-18
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Departure dates 2019

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Jan-07-19Jan-28-19$3,3700 seats
Feb-18-19Mar-11-19$3,3700 seats
Mar-11-19
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Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

  • Land program
  • Regional flight Victoria Falls - Johannesburg (or vv)
  • Local English / Afrikaans-speaking tour guidance 
  • Transport by safari truck
  • Hotel and hostel stay with breakfast
  • Camping nights
  • Meals during camping nights worth € 495, -
  • Entrance fees national parks
  • Excursion the Okavango Delta
  • Excursion Cape of Good Hope
  • Visit penguin colony Boulder Beach
  • Visit fur seal colony at Cape Cross
  • Boat trip on the Chobe River

Price excludes

Excluded in our South Africa, Namibia and Botswana safari package with Victoria Falls:

  • international flights (from/to example to U.S. or Canada) 
  • airport transfers at arrival & departure
    Lunches and dinners in Cape Town, in Simons Town, in the backpackers lodge in Swakopmund and at the Victoria Falls,
  •  and optional excursions,
  • entrance fees if not specifically named as included, Zimbabwe tourist visa, exit taxes (if applicable),
  • tips
  • personal expenses
  • travel insurance,

Cost Overview

Single Accommodations $160

Estimated out of pocket weekly $270
Tip Pot   $70 (Does not include tip for tour leader) 


Johannesberg 
$210.00 - Double Room 
$170.00 . Single Room 

Cape Town
$170.00 . - Double Room 
$140.00 . - Single Room 

 Payment Schedule 

  • Deposit is due upon booking to hold your place - Non-refrundable 
  • 20% of total costs due (or $500 minimum) 
  • Payments by charge card or check accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date.

NOTE:  Please note some trips begin in Cape Town, others in Victoria falls. Before booking your flights, make sure you request the actual itinerary and start and end times for each trip. 2 trips include one extra day in Cape Town

Oct 29 – Nov-19     Cape Town/ Johannesburg
Nov 5- Nov 26        Victoria Falls / Cape Town
Nov 20 -Dec 11       Victoria Falls / Cape Town
17 Dec – Jan 7        Cape Town / Johannesburg
Jan 7 - Jan 28         Victoria Falls/ Cape Town
Feb 18 – Mar 11.     Cape Town / Victoria Falls
Mar 11 – Apr 1        Victoria Falls / Cape Town
11 Apr -May 3.          Cape Town – Victoria Falls 23-days, extra night Cape Town
May 6 – May 27        Victoria Falls / Cape Town 23-days, extra night Cape Town

Useful Website

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Currency Conversion Cheat Sheet : http://www.oanda.com/currency/travel-exchange-rates

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations - For most of the time on this multi country African Safari we stay in easy to set up dome tents, which have mosquito netting at the entrance. We provide all camping gear except for a (warm) sleeping bag, which you will need to bring.  We also provide foam sleep mats. The bath facilities in the camps in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana are quite nice. Occasionally there are even wonderful hot showers and you can take a refreshing dip in the pool! Often you will also find a small camp shop. The only place you will forfeit some comfort is in the Okavango Delta. The facilities are limited here, but this is compensated by the natural beauty. In the Okavango Delta we camp in the wild.

We stay in Cape Town and at the Victoria Falls in a centrally located accommodation. In  Swakopmund you sleep in a dormitory in a historic building that was recently converted into a hostel. A private room in Swakopmund is not possible, by nature of the property. It is not possible to bring your own tent. 

Single room - 
Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.

Hotel extension - 
It is always great to be well-rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed in the "Dates & Prices" page.

Meals - 
The meals during the safari are included in the price. On the camping trip we prepare our three meals a day. A local camp courier accompanies the group and will prepare the meals and is in charge of purchase of food. Group participants are expected to pitch in with the cooking and cleaning up of meals. The meals that we prepare are tailored to western tastes. If you have a particular diet, at the beginning of the journey you can alert your tour leader/camp courier about these needs. For vegetarians, there are always alternatives. During the nights in hotels and chalets, meals not included. This has the advantage that you free to decide where you and with whom you will eat. During the nights in Cape Town, Simons Town, and the backpackers lodge in Swakopmund and at the Victoria Falls, breakfast is included but other meals are not. This has the advantage that you are free to decide where and with whom you will eat. The basic dish of the countries through which we travel is maize porridge. In southern Africa it is called sadza. It is usually eaten with beef or goat with sauce, or "relish". It tastes best when you eat it with your hands. A local specialty in Namibia is Mahango, a kind of millet or porridge.In some better restaurants, hotels and lodges and restaurants in the wildlife parks  you can get Western-style dishes such as french fries, pastas, steaks and other meats. In the larger towns you will also find take-out restaurants. The most famous local snack in southern Africa biltong. This salted, dried meat of beef or game is usually eaten as an appetizer (like jerky), but also as a snack. Cola, Fanta and Sprite are sold in most places. Also, mineral water may or may not be cooled depending on the place. The local beers and wines are wonderful and affordable.

Flights & Transportation

NOTE: Please note some trips begin in Cape Town, others in Victoria falls. 2 trips include one extra day in Cape Town

Oct 29 – Nov-19    Cape Town/ Johannesburg
Nov 5- Nov 26       Victoria Falls / Cape Town
Nov 20 -Dec 11     Victoria Falls / Cape Town
17 Dec – Jan 7      Cape Town / Johannesburg
Jan 7 - Jan 28       Victoria Falls/ Cape Town
Feb 18 – Mar 11.   Cape Town / Victoria Falls
Mar 11 – Apr 1       Victoria Falls / Cape Town
11 Apr -May 3.       Cape Town – Victoria Falls 23-days, extra night Cape Town
May 6 – May 27     Victoria Falls / Cape Town 23-days, extra night Cape Town

Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and end times are listed in this section. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:


NOTE: Please note some trips begin in Cape Town, others in Victoria falls. 2 trips include one extra day in Cape Town

Before you book your flights be sure to get confirmation of the itinerary with start/end cities and times. 

2018-2019 Start/end Dates and Cities 

Oct 29 – Nov-19 Cape Town/ Johannesburg
Nov 5- Nov 26 Victoria Falls / Cape Town
Nov 20 -Dec 11 Victoria Falls / Cape Town
17 Dec – Jan 7 Cape Town / Johannesburg
Jan 7 - Jan 28 Victoria Falls/ Cape Town
Feb 18 – Mar 11. Cape Town / Victoria Falls
Mar 11 – Apr 1 Victoria Falls / Cape Town
11 Apr -May 3. Cape Town – Victoria Falls 23-days, extra night Cape Town
May 6 – May 27 Victoria Falls / Cape Town 23-days, extra night Cape Town

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
There are different start and end times for this trip. 

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section

If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kayak.com 

Local transportation - For our camping tours in Africa, we use specially equipped vehicles for safaris. The safari truck has storage space for luggage, camping equipment and supplies. We have full access to these vehicles, so we can stop wherever we want. The roads in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia are usually of good quality and paved. However, some parts of the road are unpaved, especially in the wildlife parks in the west of Namibia you will find unpaved roads, which can be quite bumpy. These travel days may be longer and flat tires are not uncommon. In the big cities like Cape Town and Swakopmund our bus is not at our disposal; it's also much more fun to explore on your own in these cities on foot or with a (cheap) taxi.
 

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in price of our multi country African safari

  • Land program 
  • Regional flight Victoria Falls - Johannesburg (or vv)
  • Local English / Afrikaans-speaking tour guidance 
  • Transport by safari truck
  • Hotel and hostel stay with breakfast
  • Camping nights
  • Meals during camping nights worth € 495, -
  • Entrance fees national parks
  • Excursion the Okavango Delta
  • Excursion Cape of Good Hope
  • Visit penguin colony Boulder Beach
  • Visit fur seal colony at Cape Cross
  • Boat trip on the Chobe river

 
When you book a trip

  • Deposit of 20% of the total costs due upon booking (non-refundable)
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date


While you are traveling

Be sure to notify your bank charge/bank card providers that you will be using your card in the following countries. 


South Africa:

Local Currency:  Rand
ATM Machines: Easily found
Charge Cards:  Readily accepted
Types of Cash Accepted: US dollars, undamaged, newer than 10 years.

 
Namibia:

Local Currency:  Namibian=Dollar
ATM Machines: ATMS in major cities of South Africa and Namibia
Charge Cards:  Accepted. 
Types of Cash Accepted: Rand 


Botswana:

Local Currency:  Pula
ATM Machines: In major urban cities 
Charge Cards:  Accepted at most lodges 
Types of Cash Accepted: Dollars (small denomination, newer, undamaged bills)


Zimbabwe:

Local Currency:  US Dollar 
ATM Machines: available
Charge Cards:  Used at banks to get cash
Types of Cash Accepted: Euros accepted


Tipping - 
It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid.  This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion. 

**You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

During this South Africa, Namibia and Botswana safari the following excursions are included in the program:

  • Day 3; a visit to the Cape Peninsula. We follow the beautiful Chapmans Peak Drive and stop at the Cape of Good Hope (National Park) and the penguin colony at Boulder Beach in Simonstown
  • Day 6; From our accommodation we enter the  Fish River Canyon National Park to view the canyon from a number of viewpoints
  • Day 8; we visit the Deathvlei Graveyard & Sossusvlei located within the Namib Naukluft National Park. If there is time left we visit the Sesriem Canyon
  • Day 11; visit the fur seal colony at Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast
  • Day 13 & 14 Etosha National Park; we take our own safari trucks on two game drives per day to observe wildlife / and to take photos
  • Day 17 & 18; Excursion in the Okavango Delta; we drive jeeps deep into the Okavango Delta, making this a cruise by Mokoro and walking with a guide in search of game
  • Day 20; we take a cruise on the Chobe River in Chobe National Park to observe the wildlife
     

On the way on our South Africa, Namibia and Botswana safari our bus stops at a number of places where you will need to pay entry fees:

  • In Lamberts Bay we visit an impressive gannet colony at Bird Island.
  • In the area of Twijfelontijn we visit the mountain where more than 2000 Bushmen engravings are found.   We also take a look at the "pipes" and "burnt mountain”.

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

Travel documents needed (subject to change) Check with consulates.
South Africa tourist visa needed? - NO Consulate link 
Botswana tourist visa needed? - NO Consulate link 
Namibia tourist visa needed? - NO Consulate link 
Zimbabwe tourist visa needed? – YES – Single Entry purchased at border Consulate link

Visa expeditor - If you are anxious about the visa process, or if you are short of time, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport. We can recommend TRAVISA. 

Health Issues & Insurance

Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM). Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.

Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

Inoculations needed for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

  • Vaccination against DTP and hepatitis A
  • Malaria tablets
     

Links for Center for Disease Control (CDC)  
South Africa
Namibia
Botswana
Zimbabwe     


Insurance - 
For piece of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 10
Maximum group size: 20


What to expect when traveling with an international group on our African safari - 
Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a South Africa, Namibia and Botswana tour operator for over 15 years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a South Africa, Namibia and Botswana tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On our African safari, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

This trip is accompanied by a local English speaking crew. The crew consists of an experienced driver and a tour guide. The camp courier is responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the journey. Their extensive travel experience and expertise adds value to the Djoser experience. The tour leader / camp courier also provides groceries and meals. Participants are expected to help with cooking and washing. On a rotation basis.

Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.

Climate & Geography

The seasons are opposite to ours and temperatures pleasant year-round. July is the coldest month and January the hottest. In general winters are dry. Morning and evenings may be quite cool so warm clothing and a warm sleeping bag are needed. In Botswana the rainy season is between November and d March but during this period the sun shines in South Africa and Namibia.

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region:Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org
 

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Highlights

  • Meals included during camping safari
  • National park fees included
  • Okavango tour included
  • Boating on Chobe River
  • Combination of camping accommodation and other hotel / hostel accommodations
  • Well equipped safari trucks
  • Camping meals prepared by camp courier
  • International groups -  all ages 
  • Service of a local South Africa tour guide (speaks English)