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South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Victoria Falls safari, lodges/hotels, 22 days

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During this varied trip through Southern Africa discover the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei and the second largest canyon in the world: the Fish River Canyon.During game drives we can look for big game in the Etosha and Chobe parks. You can admire Victoria Falls on the border with Zambia / Zimbabwe the largest waterfalls in Africa. You stay in comfortable chalets and lodges.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 unforgettable cultural, nature and local experiences. 

Itinerary

  1. Cape Town
  2. Cape Town, Cape Peninsula tour
  3. Cape Town - Lambert's Bay
  4. Lambert Bay - Springbok - Orange River
  5. Orange River -- Fish River Canyon
  6. Fish River Canyon - Sossusvlei
  7. Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
  8. Sossusvlei - Solitaire - Swakopmund
  9. Swakopmund
  10. Swakopmund - Cape Cross - Twyfelfontein - Khorixas
  11. Khorixas - Kamanjab
  12. Kamanjab - Etosha National Park
  13. Etosha National Park
  14. Etosha National Park
  15. Etosha NP - Rundu
  16. Rundu - Maun
  17. Maun, Okavango Delta
  18. Maun - Nata
  19. Nata - Chobe National Park
  20. Chobe NP - Victoria Falls
  21. Victoria Falls
  22. Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

2018-2019   NOTE: PROGRAM GOES IN REVERSE BEGINNING IN VICTORIA FALLS  (ZIMBABWE)  ON THE FOLLOWING DATES (Verify this before booking flights)

NOV 18
NOV 25
JAN 6
MAR 10
MAY 5

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.

Below you will first find the description of the route from Cape Town to Victoria Falls.  Some trips will begin in Victoria Falls and end in Cape Town.
Be sure to verify route before booking flights. 

Below you will find the description of the route from Cape Town to the Victoria Falls, followed by the reverse route from the Victoria Falls to Cape Town.

From Cape Town to the Victoria Falls

Cape Town

Day 1 Travel day
Day 2 arrival Cape Town (Land program begins)

You will meet the group and tour leader at our first hotel at the Welcome Meeting where you can get a good impression of the days to come. After arriving in Cape Town you have the time to explore . In the city you will find numerous historical places. Green Market square is a cozy square with market stalls. The Grand Parade, the parade ground of the Dutch in the seventeenth century, is also the site of the great anti-apartheid demonstrations and the place where Mandela addressed the crowd after his release. Nearby are the Company Gardens and Castle of Good Hope, relics from the Dutch period.

In the harbor, which bears the name Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, you will find a variety of restaurants, jazz cafés and other entertainment venues, mostly located in the colorful, restored Victorian houses. The famous Tafelberg and lesser known Signal Hill and Leeuwkop clearly determine the view of Cape Town. From every point you can see the immensely steep rising mountains of Table Mountain. Often there is a thin blanket of mist or clouds like a tablecloth over the mountain. Sports enthusiasts can walk upstairs while enjoying beautiful views. If you want to take it easy, a cable car is at your disposal.

Cape Peninsula

Day 3 Cape Town, excursion Cape Peninsula (visit Cape of Good Hope and penguin colony Boulders Beach)
Day 4 Cape Town - Lambert's Bay

rOn the way to the Cape of Good Hope we follow one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world; the Chapmans Peak drive. Along the way we visit some picturesque villages, like Hout Bay and on the way back Simon's Town. The last town is known for the presence of a colony of penguins. We take a look at the boulder-strewn beach; Boulders Beach. Our destination is the Cape of Good Hope , Africa's most south-westerly point. The Cape of Good Hope is a nature reserve with many animals and vegetation that is typical of this region, the so-called 'fynbos'.

At the most south-western point of Africa you see the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the Indian East. Take your binoculars with you! In some periods of the year you can see whales off the coast here. In the evening we return to Cape Town. The next morning we leave for Lambert's Bay. Just outside Cape Town we take a look at Table Mountain from Blouberg beach. We follow the beautiful coastal road to the north. Via Velddrift we reach Lambert's Bay after 4 hours. In the afternoon it is possible, if the weather conditions allow, to make an optional visit to Bird Island. This is the stopping place of 17,000 blue-eye Jan van Genten and other seabirds.

Orange River, Fish River Canyon

Day 5 Lamberts Bay - Orange River (Namibia)
Day 6 Orange River - Fish River Canyon

On the way to Orange River, the landscape becomes drier and drier as we penetrate further into the adjacent Namaqualand. On the way we pass through small sleepy towns. The landscape is getting greener again when we come close to the wide Orange River, which forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. You will find irrigation projects along the banks where seasonal workers from all over Namibia come. We pass the border at Vioolsdrift and spend the night in the Karas Valley in South Namibia. Lovers can, if time permits, rent canoes to explore the river and surroundings.

We continue our journey in Namibia. Our destination for this day is the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon. The Fish River has carved an impressive 27 km wide gap for thousands of years. The canyon itself is 160 kilometers long. We drive to a few vantage points. With some luck we will see our first game, such as springboks and Klipspringers, as well as the special quiver trees. Exploring below in the gorge is unfortunately no longer allowed.

Sossusvlei

Day 7 Fish River Canyon - Sossusvlei
Day 8 Sossusvlei

The further we drive to the north, it becomes more desolate. The ultimate goal of our strenuous and dusty tour is the impressive Sossusvlei, a large dune pan on the edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park. We drive to the Sossusvlei early in the morning. This span is surrounded by the world's highest sand dunes. The view of this sand sea is particularly overwhelming in the evening and early in the morning. It seems as if the sand at your feet glows in the red light. 

It takes a lot of effort to climb the 200-meter high dunes, but the view of the unreal moon landscape is worthwhile. You have the opportunity to take a walk in this bizarre environment and discover how the hearty plants bravely resist the harsh conditions of the desert.

We visit the Sesriem Canyon which originated because the Tsauchab River wore a 30 meter deep and 2 km long gorge in the rock over the course of thousands of years. 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 or a pool.

Swakopmund

Day 9 Sossusvlei - Swakopmund
Day 10 Swakopmund

Through the rugged nature of the Namib-Naukluft park we drive to the coastal Swakopmund . Although this place is considered by the white inhabitants of Namibia as a seaside resort, the sea water here is usually icy cold. Walking along the wide Arnold Shad Promenade you are more likely to see sea lions in the sea than swimmers. Swakopmund is a bizarre relic from the German colonial period. German street names, German beer stalls and especially many inhabitants of German origin give this place a special atmosphere.

In the center you can admire some colonial buildings, of which the former train station is definitely recommended. In the evening you can not only eat a lot of wild food in some restaurants, the 'bratwurst' is often not on the menu. The next day you have the time to further explore Swakopmund or to participate in (optional) activities such as 'quad biking' through the sand dunes, a sightseeing flight over the Skeleton Coast , visiting a township or the spectacular 'sand-boarding' .

Cape Cross and Twijfelfontein

Day 11 Swakopmund - Cape Cross - Twijefontijn - surroundings Khorixas
Day 12 Khorixas - Kamanjab
Day 13 Kamanjab - Etosha national park

A straight road leads us to Swakopmund the next day. Just to the north of the city, salt is extracted and until then we encounter some traffic. Then we have left the civilization and the asphalt behind us and drive along one of the most merciless coasts of Africa; the Skeleton Coast. This 40-kilometer-wide coastal strip forms a buffer between the sea and the neighboring Kaokoland and Damara. The landscape is completely empty here and the only landmarks are the distance poles on which the number of 'miles' from Swakopmund is located. In this coastal strip there are gravel and sand plains where every year no more than 3 centimeters of rain falls. 

We stop at Cape Cross, the place where the Portuguese navigator Diego Cáo was the first European to set foot on the Namibian coast. We take a look at the cross that he erected here in honor of the Portuguese king João I. Besides a historically important place, Cape Cross is known for its large colony of sea lions. We drive further inland over desolate gravel plains along the Brandberg to the area of ​​Twijfelfontijn. The area is known worldwide because of the many petroglyphs and inscriptions that can be seen in the rocks and some of which are thousands of years old. Engravings that you can see include gemsboks, lions or elephants and also geometric figures. Since 2007, Twijfelfontijn is on the UNESCO World Heritage List .

From Kamanjab you can visit the Himba's, one of the last real traditional tribes in the world. During an optional excursion you will become acquainted with their culture. This population is especially known because they brush their hair, body and leather aprons with a mixture of red earth and animal fat. Apparently unaffected by Western influences, they hold proudly to their traditional nomadic way of life.

The next day we drive to Etosha NP. We spend the night two nights south of the park.

Etosha National Park & ​​Rundu

Day 14 Etosha NP
Day 15 Etosha NP
Day 16 Etosha NP - Rundu

Etosha is undoubtedly one of the best wildlife parks in southern Africa. During two days we take plenty of time here to keep game drives (game searches). The name Etosha literally means 'big white spot' 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 layer of water, where flamingos and other waterfowl come up. However, most of the large game is in the neighboring grasslands and mopane bushes. Here we will also find the herds of zebras and wildebeest. More effort is required to track down the rare black rhinoceros and the black headed impala. With a bit of luck you can see the whole Big Five. You can also take a seat at a water station at all residual camps. From afar you can see herds of elephants coming here to quench their thirst. 

Okavango Delta

Day 17 Rundu - Maun
Day 18 Maun, Okavango Delta
Day 19 Maun - Nata

From Etosha National Park we drive via Grootfontein to Rundu. Further north we leave the dry desert behind us and reach the fertile Capriviregio. On the way we pass several Owambo villages. Near Rundu we see the Okavango River for the first time. The town itself is not big, the vast suburbs are mainly inhabited by Angolans who fled the war in their country. We spend the night in a lodge, located on the Okavango River. If we are back in time you can make an optional boat trip on this river in the afternoon.

The next day we spend the night in Maun, our base for the Okavango Delta. The Okavango River, originating in the highlands of Angola, is silting up here in the Kalahari Desert. A finely branched labyrinth of rivers, streams and islands forms the habitat of hippos, elephants, different antelopes and hundreds of bird species. The Okavango is a true bird paradise and you certainly hear the penetrating call of the many ospreys. The next day we sail (subject to the water level) by motorboat into the delta. We explore the narrow waterways, where water lilies, hyacinths and papyrus make the passage more difficult, per 'mokoro', a hollowed-out tree trunk. Locally hired fishermen guide us through the maze of waterways and point out the game.

Chobe National Park

Day 20 Nata - Chobe National Park 'game cruise'

The Chobe National Park is best known for famous nature films, which were made here on behalf of the National Geograpic Society. Especially the film Eternal Enemies, which tells about the ongoing battle between lions and hyenas, enjoys international fame. The park has a huge variety of game and is best known for its huge elephant population. Especially in the autumn and in the winter many elephants are staying in the vicinity of the Chobe River. 

We make a nice 'game cruise' on the river, so that you have the opportunity to observe and photograph the game that gather on the banks. Often elephants, different antelopes and with a bit of luck see a leopard. An optional game drive with open safari vehicles is possible.


Day 21 Chobe NP - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Day 22 Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Day 23 Victoria Falls - Land ends

In an hour we drive from Chobe National Park to the border with Zimbabwe. In this border area, the many brown spots on the road are teeming with elephants. We can observe the rising fine mist of the impressive Victoria Falls from our residence from afar. In the afternoon you are already in the opportunity to literally follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone by taking a look at these largest waterfalls of the African continent. The noise of the falling water is deafening. The waterfall is locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'the smoke that thunders'.

When you literally want to immerse yourself in the Zambezi you can make a raft trip here, or if you find it too wild, a trip by canoe. To get a good picture of the waterfalls you can also take a flight here, the 'Flight of the Angels'. Or try the world's second highest bungee jump on the Zambezi bridge!

Our trip comes to an end in Vic Falls. If your flight departs at the same time or soon after the flight of the Dutch participants, you are welcome to join them on the group bus to the airport, at no charge. Otherwise, you will want to schedule your own airport transfer at the front desk of the hotel.

You will need to book your flight departing from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) to Johannesburg and on to the United States.  Please note the departure times of the other Dutch travelers before booking your flights.   

ITINERARY FOR THE TRIP IN REVERSE ORDER

From the Victoria Falls to Cape Town

Victoria Falls
Day 1 (Transit day
Day 2 Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (Land begins)
Day 3 Victoria Falls

You will meet the group and guide at the first hotel in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). Here we will be able to observe the rising fine mist of the impressive Victoria Falls from our residence from afar. You are able to literally follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone by taking a look at these largest waterfalls of the African continent. The noise of the falling water is deafening. The waterfall locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'the smoke that thunders'.

 

When you literally want to immerse yourself in the Zambezi you can make a raft trip here, or if you find it too wild, a trip by canoe. Sundowner cruisers offer a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. To get a good picture of the waterfalls you can also take a flight here, the 'Flight of the Angels'.

Chobe National Park


Day 4 Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park (Botswana) '' Game Cruise '' and / or optional '' Game Drive ''
Day 5 Chobe NP - Nata
We leave the Victoria Falls behind us, and drive to the Chobe National Park. At the border town of Kasane we cross the border with Botswana. In this border area, the many brown spots on the road are teeming with elephants.

Chobe National Park is best known for famous nature films, which were made here on behalf of the National Geographic Society. Especially the film Eternal Enemies, which tells about the eternal battle between lions and hyenas, enjoys international fame. The park has a huge variety of game and is best known for its huge elephant population. Especially in the autumn and in the winter many elephants are staying in the vicinity of the Chobe River. In Chobe National Park we make a '' game cruise '' on the river, so that you have the opportunity to observe and photograph the game that comes on the banks. An optional 'game drive' with open safari vehicles is also possible.

Okavango Delta


Day 6 Nata - Maun
Day 7 Maun, Okavango Delta
Day 8 Maun - Rundu
Via Kasane we leave Chobe National Park and drive south to Nata. Maun is our base for the Okavango Delta. The next day we visit the Okavango Delta. The Okavango river, originating in the highlands of Angola, is silting up here in the Kalahari desert. A finely branched labyrinth of rivers, streams and islands forms the habitat of hippos, elephants, different antelopes and hundreds of bird species. The Okavango is a true bird paradise and you certainly hear the penetrating call of the many ospreys. We sail (if the water level allows) by motorboat into the delta. We then explore the narrow waterways, where water lilies, hyacinths and papyrus make the passage more difficult, per 'mokoro', a hollowed-out tree trunk.

Etosha National Park


Day 9 Rundu - Etosha National Park
Day 10 Etosha NP
Day 11 Etosha NP
Rundu is not large, the vast suburbs are mainly inhabited by Angolans who fled the war in their country. We spend the night in a lodge, located on the Okavango river. In the afternoon you can, depending on the time, make an optional boat trip on this river. From Rundu we drive via Grootfontein to the Etosha National Park, which is undoubtedly one of the best wildlife parks in southern Africa. On the way we pass several Owambo villages. During two days we take the time here to keep game drives (game searches).

The name Etosha literally means 'big white spot' 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 layer of water, where flamingos and other waterfowl come up. However, most of the large game is in the neighboring grasslands and mopane bushes. Here we will also find the herds of zebras and wildebeest. More effort is required to track down the rare black rhinoceros and the black headed impala. At the rest camps you can also take a seat at a drinking water station. From afar you can see herds of elephants coming here to quench their thirst. We stay two nights south of the Etosha National Park.

Twijfelfontein and Cape Cross
Day 12 Etosha NP - Kamanjab
Day 13 Kamanjab - Khorixas
Day 14 Khorixas - Twijfelfontijn - Cape Cross - Swakopmund


After our visit to Etosha we drive to Kamanjab. From Kamanjab you can visit the Himba's, one of the last real traditional tribes in the world. During an optional excursion you will become acquainted with their culture. This population is especially known because they brush their hair, body and leather cover aprons with a mixture of red earth and animal fat. Apparently unaffected by Western influences, they hold proudly to their traditional nomadic way of life.

From Khorixas we drive to Twijfelfontijn. The area is known worldwide because of the many petroglyphs and inscriptions that can be seen in the rocks and some of which are thousands of years old. Engravings that you can see include gemsboks, lions or elephants and also geometric figures. Since 2007, Twijfelfontijn is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

During the ride to Swakopmund, we will pass Cape Cross. We stop at Cape Cross, the place where Portuguese navigator Diego Cáo was the first European to set foot on the Namibian coast. We take a look at the cross that he erected here in honor of the Portuguese king João I. Besides a historically important place, Cape Cross is known for its large colony of sea lions.

After Cape Cross we leave civilization and asphalt behind us and drive along one of Africa's most inhospitable coasts; the Skeleton Coast. This 40-kilometer-wide coastal strip forms a buffer between the sea and the neighboring Kaokoland and Damara. The landscape is completely empty here and the only landmarks are the distance poles on which the number of 'miles' from Swakopmund is located. In this coastal strip there are gravel and sand plains where every year no more than 3 centimeters of rain falls. This straight road leads us to the coastal Swakopmund.

Swakopmund and Sossusvlei


Day 15 Swakopmund
Day 16 Swakopmund - Sossusvlei
Day 17 Sossusvlei

Although this place is considered by the white inhabitants of Namibia as a seaside resort, the sea water here is usually icy cold. Walking along the wide Arnold Shad Promenade you are more likely to see sea lions in the sea than swimmers. Swakopmund is a bizarre relic from the German colonial period. German street names, German beer stalls and especially many inhabitants of German origin give this place a special atmosphere. In the center you can admire some colonial buildings, of which the former train station is definitely recommended. In the evening you can not only eat a lot of wild game in some restaurants, but you will find the 'bratwurst' often on the menu. The next day you have the time to further explore Swakopmund or to take part in (optional) activities such as quad biking through the sand dunes.

After Swakopmund we continue our trip to Sossusvlei, a large dune pan on the edge of the Namib-Naukluftpark. This pan is surrounded by the world's highest sand dunes. The view of this sand sea is particularly overwhelming in the evening and early in the morning. It seems as if the sand at your feet glows in the red light. It takes a lot of effort to climb the 200-meter high dunes, but the view of the unreal moon landscape is worthwhile. You have the opportunity to take a walk in this bizarre environment and discover how tough plants bravely resist the harsh conditions of the desert.

We visit the Sesriem Canyon, this canyon originated because the Tsauchab River has worn a 30 meter deep and 2 km long gorge in the rock over the course of thousands of years. 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 or a pool.

Fish River Canyon and Orange River


Day 18 Sossusvlei - Fish River Canyon
Day 19 Fish River Canyon - Orange River

We continue our journey towards South Africa. Our destination for this day is the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon. The Fish River has carved an impressive 27 km wide gap for thousands of years. The canyon itself is 160 kilometers long. With some luck, we see wildlife here as springboks and klipspringers and the special quiver trees. There are several spectacular viewpoints. Downhill in the gorge is unfortunately not allowed.

The Orange River forms the border between Namibia and South Africa. You will find irrigation projects along the banks where seasonal workers from all over Namibia come. We spend the night in an accommodation with a view of the river. Enthusiasts can, if time allows, rent canoes to explore the area.

Lamberts Bay


Day 20 Orange River - Lamberts Bay (South Africa)
Day 21 Lamberts Bay - Cape Town


We cross the border at Vioolsdrift to South Africa and pass by on the way to Lambert's Bay. The landscape becomes less empty as we approach Lamberts Bay. In the afternoon it is possible, if the weather conditions allow, to make an optional visit to Bird Island. This is the stopping place of 17,000 blue-eye Jan van Genten and other seabirds. We follow the coastal road to Cape Town. Via Velddrift reach Bloubergstrandt after 4 hours driving where we can take our first look at Table Mountain.

Cape Town
Day 22 Cape Town; excursion Cape Peninsula (Cape of Good Hope and penguin colony Boulders Beach)
Day 23 Cape Town. (22nd land day)
On the way to the Cape of Good Hope, Africa's most south-westerly point, we follow the most beautiful coastal road in the world; Chapmanspeak drive. The Cape of Good Hope is a nature reserve with many animals and vegetation that is typical of this region, the so-called 'fynbos'. At the most south-western point of Africa you see further east the Indian Ocean and the western Atlantic. Take your binoculars with you! In some periods of the year you can see whales off the coast here.

The next day you have time to explore Cape Town. In the city you will find numerous historical places. Green Market Square is a cozy square with market stalls. The Grand Parade, the parade ground of the Dutch in the seventeenth century, is also the site of the great anti-apartheid demonstrations and the place where Mandela addressed the crowd after his release. Nearby are the Company Gardens and Castle of Good Hope, relics from the Dutch period. In the harbor, which bears the name Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, you will find a variety of restaurants, jazz cafés and other entertainment venues, mostly located in the colorful, restored Victorian houses.

The famous Tafelberg and lesser known Signal Hill and Leeuwkop clearly determine the view of Cape Town. From every point you can see the immensely steep rising mountains of Table Mountain. Often there is a thin blanket of mist or clouds like a tablecloth over the mountain. Sports enthusiasts can walk upstairs while enjoying beautiful views. If you want to take it easy, a cable car is at your disposal.
 

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Dec-16-18Jan-06-19$4,6850 seats

Departure dates 2019

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Jan-06-19Jan-27-19$4,6850 seats
Jan-27-19Feb-17-19$4,55511 seatsbook now >
Feb-17-19Mar-10-19$4,6850 seats
Mar-10-19Mar-31-19$4,68513 seatsbook now >
Apr-14-19
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May-05-19$4,8859 seatsbook now >
May-05-19May-26-19$4,68515 seatsbook now >
Jun-16-19
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Departure dates 2020

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Jan-26-20Feb-16-20$4,68520 seatsbook now >
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Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Land package (begins & ends at hotel), lodgings , tour leader (as a logistics coordinator) speaks Dutch & English, city-to-city transport by private bus, excursions according to program, including Okavango Delta, entrance fees to national parks during stay in Okavango and meals

Price excludes

International flights from/to United States, meals, and optional excursions, entrance fees if not specifically named as included, visa(if applicable), exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure, flight from Vic Falls to Johannesburg or vice versa. 

Cost Overview

NOTE:  PROGRAM GOES IN REVERSE BEGINNING IN JOHANESBERG ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

NOV 18
NOV 25
JAN 6
MAR 10
MAY 5

$380 - Single Accommodation
$330 . - Weekly out of pocket expenses, estimated 
$50 .  -  Group trip pot (for driver, porters) 

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) Extension hotel
$ . Double Room Please inquire 
$ . Single Room Please inquire 

Cape Town  Extension Hotel 
$170.00 - Double Room 
$140.00 - Single Room 


 Payment Schedule 

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

Useful Website

Center for Disease Control (CDC): http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list

Weather:   http://worldweather.wmo.int/en/home.html

Consulate List:   http://www.state.gov/misc/list/index.htm

Passport/Visa Expeditor:   TRAVISA   http://www.travisa.com/

Travel Insurance Quote:  TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792  http://www.travelexinsurance.com/quote/?nc=1  

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

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

 

We stay mostly in good tourist class hotels and lodges. In the cities these accommodations are centrally located and in nature they are the nicest spots. The chalets sometimes have a private terrace, a built-in kitchenette and an outdoor barbecue.

In the Okavango Delta we stay in a camp set up in the bush which is a unique experience. You sleep here in a simple tent which is equipped with a stretcher and bedding. The meals during the stay are included in the fare.

Some examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)


Cape Town         Ashanti lodge
Orange river       Norotshama River Resort
Fish River           Canyon Canon Village Lodge
Sossusvlei          Desert Camp
Sossusvlei          Namseb Lodge
Swakopmund     Zum Kaiser
Kamanjab          Toko Lodge
Etosha                Etosha Village
Etosha               Etosha Safari Camp
Chobe               Thebe River Lodge
Rundu               N-Kwazi River Lodge
Victoria Falls     Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls . (Zimbabwe)
Victoria Falls     Shearwater Explorers Village .(Zimbabwe)


 


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 extensions
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 in the Okavango Delta are included. Other meals are not included.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, called 'relish'. It tastes best when you eat it with your hands. A local specialty in Namibia is Mahango, a kind of millet where they make porridge. In some better restaurants, hotels and lodges and restaurants in the wildlife parks you can get Western-style dishes; French fries, pastas, steaks and other meats are available.

The most famous local snack in southern Africa biltong. This salted, dried meat of beef or game is usually eaten as an appetizer, but also between appease your worst hunger as a snack. It can be compared to jerky.

As for soft drinks, Cola, Fanta and Sprite are sold in most places. Also, mineral water is available everywhere but may, or may not be cooled. The local beers and wines are very good and affordable.

Flights & Transportation

2018-2019   NOTE: PROGRAM GOES IN REVERSE BEGINNING IN VICTORIA FALLS  (ZIMBABWE)  ON THE FOLLOWING DATES (Verify this before booking flights)

NOV 18
NOV 25
JAN 6
MAR 10
MAY 5

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 BEGIN and END times are listed below. 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:

Dutch participant proposed flights: (subject to change)

Some trips will begin in Cape Town and travel North, while others begin in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)  and proceed south to Cape Town.

International airports near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
19 km: Livingstone, Zambia (LVI / FLLI) Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport
19 km: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA / FVFA) Victoria Falls Airport
 

Before booking, please make sure that you have received a copy of the itinerary and that you know your start and end cities and times

NOTE: PROGRAMS GOING IN REVERSE ORDER, BEGIN IN VICTORIA FALLS  and END IN CAPE TOWN. PLEASE CLARIFY WHETHER WE BEGIN IN ZAMBIA OR ZIMBABWE AS IT CONCERNS YOUR VISA AND SHOTS REQUIREMENTS

NOV 18
NOV 25
JAN 6
MAR 10
MAY 5


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 Netherlands 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
The roads in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia are usually of good quality and partly paved. However, some parts of the road are unpaved, especially in the wildlife parks . IN western Namibia you will no find paved roads.

In the big cities like Cape Town and Swakopmund there is no transport at our disposal; it's also more fun to explore these cities leisurely on foot from the central accommodation or with a (cheap) taxi.

We travel with a safari truck equipped with comfortable chairs and sliding glass windows. We have full access to these vehicles, so we can stop wherever we want. The "game drives" that are included in the price (Etosha NP) we do with our own truck. It is possible to book an optional game drive in an open jeep.

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

  • Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
  • Transport by well-equipped safari truck)
  • Accommodation in hotels, lodges and chalets
  • Tour Okavango Delta
  • Tour Cape of Good Hope
  • Visit Cape Cross
  • Boat Chobe River
  • Entrance fees to all national parks & meals during stay in Okavango Delta, worth $365

When you book a trip

  • 20% of total costs due upon booking to hold your place
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date

While you are traveling

South Africa

Local Currency:  Rand
ATM Machines:  Easily found
Charge Cards:  Readily accepted
Types of cash accepted:   


Nambia

Local Currency:  Namibian=Dollar
ATM Machines:   ATMS in major cities of South Africa and Namibia
Charge Cards: Used at banks to get cash
Types of cash accepted:  Euros accepted

Botswana

Local Currency:  Botswana = Pula
ATM Machines: ATMS in major cities of South Africa and Namibia
Charge Cards: Used at banks to get cash
Types of cash accepted:  Euros accepted

Zimbabwe 

Local Currency:  US Dollar
ATM Machines:  ATMS in major cities of South Africa and Namibia
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. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. 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 PRICES/DATES 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 trip through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and the Victoria Falls, the following excursions and the entrance fees are included in the itinerary:

  • 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 Boulders Beach in Simonstown.
  • From our accommodation we enter the National Park Fish River Canyon to view the canyon from a number of viewpoints.
  • We visit the dune area  Deadvlei & Sossusvlei located within the Namib Naukluft National Park. If there is time left we visit the Sesriemcanyon.
  • Visit the fur seal colony at Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast.
  • Etosha National Park; We make our own safari trucks two game drives per day to observe wildlife / photography.
  • Excursion in the Okavango Delta; we drive jeeps deep into the Okavango Delta, making this a cruise by mokoro and walking with guide in search of game.
  • We take a boat trip on the Chobe River in Chobe National Park to observe the wildlife
     

On the way our safari truck 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 Doubt Fontijn we visit the mountain where more than 2000 engravings from the Bushmen can be admired. We also take a look at the “organ pipes '' and 'burnt mountain'
  • The famous Victoria Falls are a short walk from our stylish accommodation.
     

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)

Visa needed for:
South Africa - NO
Botswana - NO
Nambia - Port of entry 
Zimbabwe -Upon entry

If you fly into Zambia - port of entry visa 

Consulate links:
South Africa 
Botswana 
Nambia 
Zimbabwe  

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. TRAVISA 

Health Issues & Insurance

Health
Check for the Center for Disease Control 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 perscription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

Center for Disease Control – Travelers information

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, anticeptic 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.

Most people are recommened to get:

  • Vaccination against DTP and hepatitis A
  • Malaria tablets

Center for disease control links
South Africa 
Botswana 
Nambia 
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 www.travelexinsurance.com 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

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 trips, 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

Our trips will be guided by an experienced Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver , hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.

In-country agents
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

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

The seasons are opposite to ours and temperatures pleasant year-round. July is the coldest month and January the hottest. In geranial winters are dy. 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.

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* Fax for with signatures for all participants 18 and over to  484-595-9140 . Or scan to us at luke@djoserusa.com

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Highlights

  • Overnights in comfortable lodges and chalets
  • Tour Cape Peninsula;
  • Excursion by Mokoro Delta included
  • Accommodation and meals in Okavango Delta included
  • National park fees included
  • Transport by safari truck
  • 'Game Drives Etosha NP included
  • Game Cruise Chobe NP included