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$ 2422

24 Day Southern Circle Tour

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min $ 2422
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Tour details
Destinations: Johannesburg, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls National Park, South Luangwa National Park, Malawi, Kruger National Park, Johannesburg
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2422
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  • Tour Description

For those that wish to experience the highlights of Southern Africa with the convenience of flying in and out of Johannesburg. This tour will show you the best of several countries, and endeavours to reveal the contrasts that make up this region.
From the desert landscapes of Botswana to the lush forests of Zambia, the tea plantations of Malawi to the deserted beaches of Mozambique, you will experience built up cities and rural homesteads, good highways and dirt tracks. This tour also concentrates on some of the finest Game Reserves in Africa, including Chobe, Luangwa and Kruger where you will see a huge variety of animals all in their natural environment. An open and flexible approach is essential for this tour.
  • Tour Itinerary 2018

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – FRANCISTOWN

We start our 24 day adventure and depart from the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG at 06h30. We head directly to the Botswana border and enjoy the scenic beauty of the changing landscape as we drive. On completion of immigration formalities we continue our drive into Botswana and make our way to Francistown and our camp for the night. We will cover some distance today. Tonight we familiarise ourselves with the tour procedures over a catered meal. Camp the night.

Meals: D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive through South Africa
– Botswana

DAY 2: CHOBE NAT. PARK

This morning we travel through the Chobe forest reserves up to the mighty Chobe River and adjoining National Park where huge herds of Elephant gather at the water. After an afternoon boat cruise within the Chobe National Park, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and head for Victoria Falls, to spend the next few nights in comfort at the GREENFIRE LODGE VICTORIA FALLS.

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

DAY 3 – 4: VICTORIA FALLS

During our stay here we will view the spectacular Falls and the other highlights of this “Africa’s Adventure Capital”. Those seeking adrenaline may wish to try the Bungi jump, White Water Rafting or a variety of aircraft flips (own expense). One night we enjoy a “braai” at the pool. On the last night we eat at a local restaurant (own expense). On occasion we cross into Zambia and camp on the banks of the Zambezi.

Meals: B D, B
Optional Activities:
– Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Falls
– White water Rafting
– Bungee
– More options available
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Victoria Falls Entry fee

DAY 5: KAFUE CAMP

Crossing the original railway bridge, we have a last view of The Falls before entering Zambia. Our journey today takes us through southern Zambia and then down into the Lower Zambezi Valley to Kafue. We camp the night on the banks of the river and prepare for our canoe adventure the following days. We enjoy a catered meal in camp and fall asleep to the sound of the river.

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

DAY 6 – 8: ZAMBEZI CANOE

The Zambezi River needs little introduction, a mighty river winding its way through some of the best wilderness areas in Africa. The river provides for what can only be described as the finest canoe adventure in the world. What better way to see big game at close quarters than from a canoe. We will spend two nights camping wild on the banks of the river. On the third day we are transferred by boat back to Kafue for a welcome shower and a catered meal (own expense).

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

DAY 9: LUANGWA

Reunited with our vehicle we travel to the capital of Lusaka where we spend some time to stock up on supplies and then travel along the “Great East Road” to our next overnight camp. We slowly make our way north and will cover as much distance as possible today.

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

DAY 10 – 11: LUANGWA NAT. PARK

Our next stop is the Luangwa National Park, where we spend two nights camping on the banks of the River, well known for its impressive Hippo population. During our stay here we will partake in an extensive game drive in the park in search of the elusive Leopard and other species that make this park one of Africa’s best. Guests have the opportunity to do an optional night drive (own expense).

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

DAY 12 – 13: LAKE MALAWI

We depart from Luangwa and drive to the border. After crossing into Malawi, our first stop is the capital, Lilongwe. After stocking up with groceries and curios, we continue to Lake Malawi, an impressive inland freshwater sea. The snorkelling is a highlight, as are the sandy beaches and friendly locals. We spend two nights here, camping literally on the beach. One night we enjoy an own expense meal.

Meals: B L D; B L
Optional Activities:
– Snorkelling
– Boat trips
– Village walk
– Bike tour
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Lake Malawi

DAY 14 – 15: MULANJE MASSIVE

Turning south, we head for Mount Mulanje, an impressive mountain of granite rising some 600m above the surrounding forest and lush tea plantations. The surrounding forest is home to the Mulanje Cedar, the national tree of Malawi. We spend two nights camping in the area, and will enjoy a hike to the plateau from where the views are exceptional.

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

DAY 16: CHIMOIO

Traveling via Blantyre, today we enter Mozambique. Our journey takes us through the Tete corridor, across the Zambezi River and alongside the mountains that form the border with Zimbabwe. We camp tonight in the region of Chimoio and will enjoy an own expense dinner at a local restaurant.

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

DAY 17: VILANCULOS

Leaving the wilderness behind us, today we pass through the many vibrant and bustling villages en-route to the coast. Our next stop is Vilanculos – on the shores of the warm azure Indian Ocean, overlooking the idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. We spend the night here in accommodation situated at the Beach. Tonight we enjoy a meal at a local restaurant (own expense).

Meals: B L
Optional Activities:
– Snorkelling
– Boat ride
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Vilanculos
– Indian Ocean Beaches

DAY 18-20: INHAMBANE

Moving south along the coast, we make our way to Maxixe from where we enjoy a trip with the locals across the bay on a traditional Dhow while the guide drives around to meet us in the ancient trading port of Inhambane. We spend some time exploring and visiting the bustling local market before continuing to our camp on the beach. We will enjoy three nights in relative comfort, staying in Casitas at this camp near Barra. During our time here we will relax, snorkel, and soak up the sun whilst exploring the deserted beaches that Mozambique is so well known for. Those who wish to have the option of scuba diving. (own expense).

Meals: B L D; B L D; B L D
Optional Activities:
– Scuba Diving
– Ocean safaris
– Snorkelling
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Inhambane
– Dhow trip

DAY 21: MAPUTO

Today we cross vast coastal floodplains and drive through forests of Cashew nuts towards our last stop in Mozambique – the capital, Maputo. We arrive in the afternoon at our accommodation. (Dinner own expense)

Meals: B L
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Maputo

DAY 22: KRUGER NAT. PARK

Maputo boasts an interesting, almost Latino culture of street cafes and markets, and we will spend time this morning driving through and viewing these and the other attractions of this once grandiose city. This afternoon we cross back into South Africa and make our way to the Kruger National Park to camp the night.

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

DAY 23: KRUGER NAT. PARK – HAZYVIEW

No visit to Africa would be complete without Kruger. We spend the entire day viewing animals in this premier National Park. Our guide will take time to explain the behaviour of the animals we encounter during the day. In the late afternoon we exit the park and travel the short distance to the GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW where we spend the last night celebrating our tour.

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

DAY 24: JOHANNESBURG

A leisurely start today, we make our way back to Johannesburg. We arrive back at the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG in the late afternoon.

Meals: B

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

  • Important Information

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS TRAVELLING THROUGH ALL BOTSWANA PORTS OF ENTRY

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

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

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

FOREIGN CURRENCY

Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.

While on tour our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the course of the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops. Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passport.

It is advisable to bring along US Dollar for exchange as all countries accept the Dollar and the rates you receive in return is better than other currencies
The preferred currencies per country are as follows:
• South Africa – ZAR; Rand
• Botswana – Pula
• Zimbabwe – US Dollar (it is the official currency); Rand, Pula, Euros, British pounds (at a bad exchange)
• Zambia – US Dollar can be exchanged at the port of entry
• Malawi- US Dollar can be exchange into Malawian Kwacha
• Mozambique- US Dollars can be exchanged into Mozambique Meticals

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

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

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

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

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

INSURANCE

It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS

The only necessary prophylaxis for Southern Africa is against Malaria (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique). Adequate chemo-prophylaxis are essential. Prevention is better than cure, so we do advise to also use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. Please note that you need a Yellow Fever Certificate dated at least 10 days prior to your tour departure and depending on nationality and prior travels.

All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.

Personal medication
Please bring along any personal medication that you might need on your tour as specific medication could be difficult to find or might not be obtainable in most places we visit. General medication for headaches, colds and fever are easy to get.
Please also inform your guide of any medical conditions. This information will be received professionally and kept confidential.

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

  • General Information

WEATHER CONDITIONS

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

CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS

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

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

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

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

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

Luggage and Packing space on our vehicles
Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s
Each Drifters Traveller has their own locker on our trucks which is accessible even while driving. Backpacks, Barrelbags or Soft Suitcases are strongly advisable as your standard Hard Suitcases sometimes don’t fit into the lockers. Each locker could be locked with your personal lock (which you can also purchase from the Greenfire Johannesburg Inn upon arrival.

MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS

Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. We do however stop en-route; therefore it is always possible to buy something along the way. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.

PERSONAL EXPENSES

A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals as indicated in our Drifters Brochure, bottled water, soft drinks, alcohol, sundry goods purchased- such as suntan cream etc., curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips.
In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.

In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.

This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Drifters
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