Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Tour

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Highlights of discovering Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

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PRESENTS A PROGRAMME & QUOTE FOR Page 2 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 DAILY PROGRAMME Day 1: Windhoek TBC arrive in Windhoek (Hosea Kutako International Airport) ~ Collection of luggage and meet bus ~ TBC Transfer to accommodation and check-in TBC Windhoek City Tour 20:00 Dinner Day 2: Namib Desert 08:00 - Breakfast & check-out 09:00 Depart for Sossusvlei via Rehoboth 12:00 Check-in and Lunch 14:00 Sesriem Canyon 20:00 - Dinner Day 3: Namib Desert 06:00 - Breakfast 07:00 Visit the Namib Naukluft Park, Dune 45 and the Dead Vlei 14:00 Lunch 16:00 afternoon drive in park and short walk 20:00 - Dinner Day 4: Swakopmund 07:00 - Breakfast & check-out 08:00 depart for Walvis Bay and Swakopmund (via Solitaire, Gaub- and Kuisebriver valleys) 10:00 visit Dune 7 12:00 Lunch (at Raft Restaurant, Walvis Bay) 13:00 Visit Walvis Bay Lagoon and Salt factories 14:00 check in at accommodation (Swakopmund) 15:00 - afternoon of activities (Visit Crystal Gallery, Aquarium, Swakopmund museum, arts and craft centers and much more) 20:00 - Dinner Page 3 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Day 5: Swakopmund 07:00 - Breakfast 09:00 Swakopmund boat trip (see Dolphins, Seals and birds) 12:00 Lunch 14:00 afternoon of activities (Sandboarding; 4x4 trails in dunes; quad biking in dunes; visit the Moon landscape listed activities are optional) 20:00 Dinner Day 6: Skeleton Coast 07:00 - Breakfast & check-out 08:00 depart for Terrance Bay (via Haub River, Henties Bay and Cape Cross Seal Island) 12:00 Lunch 15:00 - check-in at accommodation 20:00 - Dinner Day 7: Damaraland 07:00 - Breakfast & check-out 08:00 Transfer to Damaraland 13:00 check-in and Lunch 14:00 Visit Damara Living Museum (meet the Damara people) 20:00 - Dinner Day 8: Damaraland 07:00 - Breakfast 09:00 Visit Twyfelfontein (World Heritage Site - Bushmen rock engravings) 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Visit Burnt Mountain and Organ pipe rock formations) 16:00 Wildlife viewing at nearby waterhole 20:00 Dinner Page 4 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Day 9: Etosha National Park 07:00 - Breakfast & check-out 08:00 Transfer Etosha National Park (via Khorixas and Outjo) 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Wildlife viewing at nearby waterholes 16:00 Check-in 20:00 Dinner Day 10: Etosha National Park 06:00 Early morning game drive 08:00 - Breakfast 08:00 Full day in the park (visit Pan and enjoy lunch at Camp Halali) 20:00 - Dinner Day 11: Kavango Region 08:00 - Breakfast and check-out 09:00 depart to Rundu, Kavango Region (via east gate, Tsumeb and Grootforntein) 12:00 Lunch 14:00 check-in 15:00 afternoon at leisure (visit shopping malls and arts & crafts centers) 20:00 Dinner Day 12: Upper Kavango Delta 07:00 - Breakfast and check-out 08:00 depart to camp Ngepi (via Poppa Falls) 11:00 Check in at camp 12:00 Lunch 16:00 Late afternoon game drive in Mahango Game Reserve 20:00 - Dinner (campfire dinner) Page 5 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Day 13: Chobe National Park 07:00 - Breakfast 08:00 depart to Katima Mulilo (via Caprivi) 12:00 Lunch (on banks of Zambezi River at Hotel) 14:00 depart to Kasane (via Ngoma and through Chobe National Park 16:00 check-in 20:00 - Dinner Day 14: Chobe National Park 07:00 - Breakfast TBC Morning Game drive OR morning at leisure 12:00 Lunch TBC Afternoon Game drive OR morning at leisure OR boat cruise (optional but highly recommended) 20:00 Dinner Day 15: Chobe National Park 07:00 - Breakfast TBC Morning Game drive OR morning at leisure 12:00 Lunch TBC Afternoon Game drive OR morning at leisure OR boat cruise (optional but highly recommended) 20:00 Dinner Day 16: Victoria Falls 07:00 - Breakfast 08:00 Depart for Victoria Falls (via either Zimababwe or Zambia) 12:00 Lunch 14:00 Visit Waterfront to make bookings for tomorrows activities 15:00 visit falls and rain forest 20:00 Dinner Page 6 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Day 17: Victoria Falls 07:00 - Breakfast 08:00 Day at Victoria Falls (activities booked yesterday) 12:00 Lunch 20:00 Dinner Day 18: Victoria Falls 07:00 - Breakfast & check out TBC depart for Airport (you must be at airport minimum 2 hours before departure time) TBC Depart Victoria Falls for Home ABOUT NAMIBIA, BOTSWANA, VICTORIA FALLS & ACTIVITIES Namibia The Republic of Namibia is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. I t gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990 following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations . Botswana Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens are referred to as "Batswana". A mid-sized country of just over two million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Botswana was one of the poorest countries in Africa when it gained independence from Britain in 1966. Botswana has since transformed itself, becoming one of the fastest-growing economies in the world Victoria Falls Victoria Falls is an astonishing sight, the result of a 1.7km-wide stretch of the Zambezi River falling into a crack in a basalt plateau and being crunched in a narrow gorge. In 1855 explorer David Livingstone presumed to name Victoria Falls after his homelands monarch, but its local name is Mosi-oa-Tunya (Smoke That Thunders ). Try to catch these 108mhigh falls during the wet season. But regardless of when you go, plan your trip carefully, as the turbulence of this enormous cascade unfortunately reflects the current social climate of Zimbabwe and Zambia, the two countries that provide access to it. The Zimbabwean side is cheaper, safe and far less crowded; head to Victoria Falls Town. Remember to stock up on US currency. Language Visitors will rarely find a problem communicating as English is spoken throughout Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls. ACTIVITIES Windhoek City Tour: Tintenpalast: Situated in Robert Mugabe Avenue, designed by G Redecker, built by Sander & Kock, the Government Building has housed a series of successive governments . Today, in the independent Namibia, it houses the National Assembly. Alte Feste: In Robert Mugabe Avenue, this is one of the oldest buildings in Windhoek, with its cornerstone laid in 1890. It served as a military headquarters in 1915 and then as a hostel for the Windhoek High School in 1935. In 1957 it was declared a national monument. It now houses state museum, where the historic independence Collection, reflecting events leading up to the Independence of Namibia can be seen. Page 7 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Kaiserliche Realschule: Situated in Robert Mugabe Avenue. The first German high school in Windhoek, it served as an English-medium school after World War II and is today part of the offices of the Ministry of Education and Culture. Das Reiterdankmal: Situated in Robert Mugabe Avenue, this equestrian bronze statue commemorates the soldiers killed in colonial wars in the early part of the century. Christuskirche: Situated on the Corner of Fidel Castro Street and Robert Mugabe Avenue. Built by Tunschel and Wilke to accommodate the Lutheran congregation. Drecker laid the original sandstone in 1886. This striking landmark is now a historical monument. State House: Situated between Daniel Munamawa Street and Robert Mugabe Avenue, the residence of the former colonial governor and administrator general, the building is presently the residence of the President of the Republic of Namibia. The Station: In Bahnhof Street. The South African Railways, keeping strictly to the original style added an additional building in 1929. Oude Voorpost: Situated on the corner of John Meinert and Moltke Street. Built as a government survey office by the German government, it now accommodates the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Turnhalle: Situated in John Meinert Street. Since 1913 the Turnhalle has played an important role in the history of Namibia. Converted into a political conference room in 1975, it is currently used as a conference centre. Old Loaction: Once a township for blacks on the western edge of Windhoek it was demolished on 10 December 1959 as part off the Union National Party's enforced apartheid campaign of the 1950s. With the groups divided ethnically, the suburbs of Katutura and Khomasdal were formed. St Georges Cathedral: Situated on the corner of Love and Sinclair Streets , this is the smallest functional cathedral in Southern Africa. The bell in the tower was one of a set cast for St Mary's Church in Northwall, Canterbury. On the same grounds is St George's School with its unusual Mansard roof. The school is today used as a kindergarten. Sesriem Canyon: The canyon derives its name from the fact that early Afrikaner trekkers had to use six ('ses') leather thongs (a thong is a 'riem') so that their buckets could reach the water far below. The canyon begins as an almost imperceptible but nevertheless deep cleft in level, stony ground, and then widens until it finally flattens out onto the plain. Because it is so deep and sheltered, it often holds water well into the dry season - an invigorating sight in such a barren and stark environment. Sossusvlei Dunes: The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities. 'Vlei' is the Afrikaans word for a shallow depression filled with water (well, a depression that might sometimes be filled with water!), and the name 'Sossusvlei' should strictly only be applied to the pan that lies at the place where the dunes close in, preventing the waters of the Tsauchab River from flowing any further - that is, on the rare occasions that the river does flow as far as this. During exceptional rainy seasons , Sossusvlei may fill with water, causing Namibians to flock there to witness the grand sight, but normally it is bone dry. This particular 'vlei' is actually a more-or-less circular, hard-surfaced depression that is almost entirely surrounded by sharp-edged dunes, beyond which lies a formidable sea of rolling sand, stretching in unbroken immensity all the way to the coast. However, the name 'Sossusvlei' nowdays applies to the whole area - an area that encompasses the great plain of the Tsauchab River together with the red dunes that march along like giant sentinels to south and north of the plain. Page 8 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Dune 7: Situated along the central coast of Namibia is Dune 7 , the highest dune in the coastal dune belt, it is situated 10km outside the town of Walvis Bay. The local municipality has planted palm trees and erected toilets and barbeque sites , fresh water is also available, it is the only man-made oasis in the dune belt. The Raft Restaurant: This unique Namibian restaurant is built on stilts over the picturesque Walvis Bay Lagoon on the West Coast of Namibia. The Raft Restaurant offers you an extensive menu of seafood, game, meat, local and international dishes , not to mention the appearance of dolphins , pelicans , flamingoes and kite surfers , swimming, flying and s tumbling past the dining room windows. With solid wood floors built using old timbers from the original Namibian Walvis Bay jetty, lofty ceilings, panoramic views over the lagoon, cosy log, burning fires in winter, a deck with roll up up windows for the warm summer months, friendly efficient staff, excellent food and a very special ambience, it is considered by many to be the best restaurant on the coast of Namibia. On lucky days the Dolphins delight guests with their antics as they play close by with the Seals . A myriad Birdlife frequent the waters surrounding the restaurant while 'Flamingo Ballet' under the floodlights is a regular evening occurrence, as Pelicans glide past the windows and the resident Heron takes his nightly stroll. Salt Factory: The salt mining operations along the coast near to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are amoongst the largest of their kind in the world. Vast areas of lard are levelled and surrounded by low dykes . Sea water is then pumped in and the shallow lagoons are left to evaporate in the sun. The salt eventually crystallizes and form vast white fields reminiscent of snow. The salt is then loaded and sent to processing factories where it is washed and packaged ready for export. Crystal Gallery: The Crystal Gallery (Kristall Galerie) houses the worlds largest quartz crystal cluster on display. Founded in 1998, has been designed for you to share in and discover some of the earth's most beautiful masterpieces - a fascinating display of crystals and gemstones . Your journey into the Crystal Gallery will take you through the cave which is a replica of the original Otjua tourmaline Mine with its stunning collection of magnificent crystals . FORECOURT - The forecourt depicts the remnants of an eruption - a prelude to the beauty within... GEM GARDEN - Discover the various assorted tumbled semi-precious gemstones. CRYSTAL DISPLAYS - Collection of "earth keepers", minerals and gems. MANUFACTURING STUDIO - Designer handcrafted fine jewellery in 14 and 18 Karat gold with diamonds . CRAFT AREA - watch the experts at work to reform the gems into jewellery and gifts . COFFEE BAR - Refreshments with a view LA TOURMALINE - JEWELLERY BOUTIQUE - presenting fine handcrafted Individual designed jewwellery. GEMSHOP - gemstone mementoes - designed bead necklaces, objects of art, carvings , etc Page 9 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Swakopmund Aquarium: The National Aquarium opens a window to the wonders of marine life found in the cold Benguela Current off the coast of Southern Africa. Seawater, drawn from the old jetty, is pumped through a series of filter systems before reaching the exhibition tanks . The main tanks has a holding capacity of 320 000 litres, is 12 m long and 8 m wide. An underwater walk-way allows the visitor to view sharks, rays and fishes from close range. The smaller exhibition tanks house organisms from the inshore waters, mainly found along sandy and rocky beaches. Species that may be found in the Aquarium: Galjoen, West Coast Steenbras , Baardman, Ragged-tooth Shark, Shyshark, Kipfish, African penguin, Cape cormorant, Blacktail, Redfingers , Horse mackerel, Octopus , Green turtle, Pipefish, hermit crab, kelp gull, White pelican, Anemone, Horseshoe sea cucumber, Spotted grunter, Mullet, Spotted gully shark, Blue-spotted ray, Sand shrimp, Crumb-of-bread sponge, Silver kob, Barbel, Houndshark, Eagle, ray, Hawksbill turtle, Three-spot swimming crab, Red crab, Cape fur seal. Swakopmund Museum: The museum occupies the site of the old harbour warehouse, which was destroyed in 1914 by a 'lucky' shot from a British warship. Displays include exhibits on Namibia's history and ethnology, including information on local flora and fauna. Especially good is the display on the !nara melon, a fruit which was vital to the early Khoikhoi people of the Namib region. It also harbours a reconstructed colonial home interior, Emil Kiewittand's apothecary shop and an informative display on the Rssing Mine. Military buffs will appreciate the stifling uniforms of the Camel Corps and the Shell furniture (so called because it was homemade from 1930s depression-era petrol and paraffin tins ). Dolphin & Seal Boat Cruise: This tour must take place during the mornings , due to possible wind in the afternoons . The tour leaves at 08h30 through the harbour and past the fishing factories, including a comprehensive explanation of the history. From here onto the bird island, Russian trawlers , Pelican Point and back via the lagoon. A variety of birds such as Pelicans , Flamingos , Cormorant and many more can be seen. Wild seals are fed by hand on the ski-boat. (3 hours with champagne and oyster snack) Quad Biking in the Dunes: Another way to explore the dune field near Swakopmund is by quad-bike; a 4-wheel all terrain motorbike. This is one of the best overland adventure activities giving access to parts of the Swakopmund sand dunes that even 4x4s cant reach. There are some awesome photography opportunities to be had out in the Swakopmund dune belt, so remember to bring along your camera! Youll be glad to know that this overland adventure activity keeps to one area of the dunes, thereby minimising environmental impact on the fragile desert ecosystem. Sand Boarding (Swakopmund): Skitter down the slip faces of a tall star dune near Swakopmund at 80km/h on a lie-down board, or enjoy the s tyle and grace of a stand-up board. No experience necessary. Moon Landscape: The moonscape is a totally barren, undulating, rocky desert which was formed by the valleys of the Swakop river. The group of damara Granites pushed upwards through the earths crust some 500 to 460 million years ago. This previously high mountain range has been eroded through time down to the Page 10 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 foundations which over the past 2 million years have experienced further erosion through the actions of the Swakop River changing it into what is known as a Badlands . The view points are well situated, but take care there are no safety barriers. Henties Bay: Like all small holiday towns it has an informal, quirky character where houses have funny names , streets are not laid out in squares and no traffic lights interfere with your leisurely progression on salt roads . Cape Cross Seal Island: The coastline of Southern Africa is the only place in the world where you can find Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus, or the Cape fur seal, as they are more commonly known. They fight, mate, reproduce and fish in the Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to the largest breeding colony of these seals on the planet, with at times up to 210,000 seals present during November and December. Visitors can view the seals from a 200m walkway, constructed of recycled plastic suitable for wheelchairs . Other facilities include information points, toilets, a picnic spot, (if you can handle the smell with your baguette) and reception. In mid-October bulls come ashore to establish breeding colonies, defended by heroic chest-to-chest combat, pushing, biting and waiting for pregnant, adult females to arrive on the scene. Not to be outdone, the females fight for a place within a territory, and eventually a male may lose half his body weight establishing his 'patch.' But the rewards are well worth the effort in the annual forced slimathon; control of your own territory and a harem of between 7 - 66 females! One of the most endearing features of Cape fur seals is their ears; they have external ears , as opposed to true seals, who don't. It is also 1 of 3 species of fur seals that occurs off the coast of Southern Africa, but they do not migrate, although they have been known to travel 1,600km in 20 months . They have also been found 200km from shore. Damara Living Museum: Together with the Bushmen the Damara belong to the oldest nations in Namibia. Their original culture was a mixture of an archaic hunter-gatherer culture and herders of cattle, goats and sheep. Due to their loose social structures the Damara were not able to defend themselves against aggressors during the colonization of Namibia. This is one of the reasons why their culture has to a great extent fallen into oblivion. Within the framework of the Living Museum of the Damara an attempt was made to reconstruct the lost culture of the Damara. Here the visitors have the unique opportunity to get to know the fascinating traditional culture of the Damara, thus contributing to the preservation of the culture as well as to a regular income for the Damara community that built the museum. Twyfelfontein: Twyfelfontein is a site of ancient rock engravings. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain that receives very little rainfall and has a wide range of temperatures . The site has been inhabited for 6000 years , first by the hunter-gatherers and late by the Khoikhoi herders. Both ethnic groups used it as a place of worship and a site to conduct shamanist rituals. In the process of these rituals at least 2500 items of rock carvings have been created, as well as a few rock paingings. Page 11 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Burnt Mountain: Burnt Mountain is really a hill at the foot of a 12km long volcanic ridge. Nothing grows in this rather desolate area. It was proclaimed a national monument in the Official Gazette because 'it was of a certain barren mountain there which, with a unique play of colours on its slopes and surfaces during morning and evening hours . Organ Pipes Rock Formations: The sides of the small valley are lined iwth rows of dolerite columns similar to thsoe found at the Giants Causeway in Northern I reland. These columns have not suffered erosion from the sea and are thus in better conditiona nd situation for study and photography purposes. In this area about 125 million years ago the continent of Gondwana was breaking up. In many areas of Africa molten rock pushed up through the earths surface. The shapes that formed here are a natural wonder and there are areas where the side walls of the dyke are collapsing and individual columns can be viewed and studied close-up. The colours of the weathered rock are quite attractive under the correct sunlight conditions. Khorixas Petrified Forest: The title Petrified Forest is a bit of a misnomer. It is neither a forest in the true sense of the word and neither did any of the trees 'turn to stone'. In prehistoric times huge tree trunks were washed down a river and deposited in alluvial sands . As they were isolated from any air, a process known as digenesis took place and as a result sand that came under pressure through sedimentation turned into sandstone. The tree trunks then underwent another process known as silicification which causes liquids that seep into the wood causes the organic materials of the wood to dissolve and be replaced by silicic acid, fossilizing the wood by transforming it into stone. This an extremely slow process and the end product is called 'wooden opal' as only the inner parts of the tree trunks became petrified, and an exact replica of every cell of each tree trunk was created. The petrified wood dates back to the Permian period, and about 200,000 years has passed since they first were washed down the ancient rivers . There are at least 2 fully exposed trees that measure up to 45m, even though the trunks are broken into chunks of about 2m. The Petrified Forest was proclaimed a national monument on 1st March 1950. Outjo: The area lies in fertile grasslands , dotted with livestock ranches. The name "Outjo" is variously translated as place on the rocks or little hills referring to the areas hilly topography. In the Herero language "Outjo" means place of the cone shaped hills. Naulila Monument: The Monument, erected in 1933, commemorates the 12 soldiers that lost their lives on 18th December 1914, under Major Franke at Fort Naulila. The Naulila monument can be found in Stasie rd. between Nampost and Telecom Namibia's offices in the centre of the Town. Water Tower: The Windmill Tower, was constructed in 1900 to provide fresh water for German soldiers, their horses and the hospital. The windmill was build over a well in the dry riverbed and officially taken into use on 1 March 1901. The 9.4-m-high base, that can be seen today, was built from stone and clay and a wooden windmill was mounted on the top of the tower. The stone tower was declared a national monument in 1957. The water tower can be seen best from van Riebeeck lane or President Ave's. Franke Haus Museum: The Outjo museum is housed in the Franke Haus which was built in 1899 as the residence for the towns commanding officer. The museum houses a number of interesting articles from the area including local gemstones, a variety of antique furniture and a display about the campaign of Major Viktor Franke into Ovamboland. Page 12 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Etosha National Park: In the vast arid space of Northern Namibia lies one of Southern A fricas best loved wildlife sanctuaries. Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing in one of Africas most accessible venues . Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope. Etosha, meaning place of dry water, is encloses a huge, flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000km. The Pan provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. During the drier months from June to November the water points exert a magnetic pull on the big game herds, and forms the centrepiece for visitors looking to see the nearly 150 mammal species to found in the park, including several rare and endangered species such as the Black Rhino, Black-faced Impala, Tssesebe and Gemsbok. Kavango Region (Rundu): Northeast of Grootfontein and about 520km west of Katima Mulilo, Rundu sits just above the beautiful Okavango flood plain and comes as a pleasant relief after the long, hot journey to reach it. Perhaps because of this distance, it feels like an outpost. It certainly has few specific attractions . But these distances also make it a prudent stopover, and most of the lodges expect visitors to spend just one night with them. Perhaps because it is across the river from Angola, Rundu has a relaxed, slightly Portuguese atmosphere. Poppa Falls: Popa Falls is a simple government restcamp next to some rapids in the Okavango River, which are pretty rather than spectacular. They mark where the river drops 2.5m over a rocky section, caused by a geological fault. After passing over this , the Okavango begins gradually to spread out ac ross the Kalahari's sands until eventually, in Botswana, it forms its remarkable inland delta. The camp's area by the riverside is thickly vegetated with tall riverine trees and lush green shrubs , which encourage waterbirds and a variety of small reptiles . Footbridges have been built between some of the islands , and it's worth spending a morning island hopping among the rushing channels , or walking upstream a little where there's a good view of the river before it plunges over the rapids. In a few hours you can see all of this tiny reserve, and have a good chance of spotting a leguvaan (water monitor), a snake or two, and many different frogs. The various birds include cormorants with a captivating technique of underwater fishing. Mahango Game Reserve: Two game viewing roads provide the opportunity to view wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, lechwe, s itatunga, buffalo, sable, and roan and other antelopes. The dry season is better for game viewing since the riverfront has a larger concentration of animals coming to drink water. The dry season occurs from June to October. Bird watching is better in the wetter months of November to March. Visitors are advised to take precautions against malaria and bilharzia and beware of crocodiles. Chobe National Park: The dirt roads in the park are only suitable for 4x4 vehicles. The best way to view game in the reserve is by boat or game drive, which can be booked at the camps inside the park. To the north Chobe National Park borders on the Chobe River, which regularly floods large parts of the reserve. There is an abundance of game in Chobe. Among other animals, the park is home to lions , cheetah, giraffes, many antelope species , warthogs, c rocodiles , hippos , baboons and monkeys. It is especially renowned for the enormous elephant herds that roam the planes and migrate to the river in the evenings to bathe and drink. There is also an abundance of bird life in Chobe National Park. Page 13 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Victoria Falls: The Victoria Falls are approximately 1 .6 km wide with a maximum drop of 128 m. They are situated in the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. They are the widest and most spectacular falls in the world, formed as the Zambezi River drops from a relatively flat plain into a narrow chasm about 120 m wide in a fracture zone in the earth's crust. Numerous islets at the crest of the falls divide the water to form a series of falls . The thick mist and huge roar produced are perceptible from a distance of about 40km, and locals named it Mosi-oa-Tunya ("smoke that thunders"). A 198 m long bridge spans the Boiling Pot, the beginning of a winding gorge of about 80 km in length through which the river flows below the falls . David Livingstone, the British explorer, visited the falls in 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria. The falls are part of two national parks . Some of the available attractions you can choose to book: Victoria Falls Tour: A natural phenomenon and one of the seven natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls is an immense curtain of water cascading over 100m. Around 550 million litres over the lip every minute, at peak flow this increases to 750 million litres. Around the Falls is rainforest sustained by the spray of the Falls with some plant species rarely found elsewhere in Zambia or Zimbabwe. Lion Encounter: a unique and stimulating wildlife adventure from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (Zambia). You have the unique experience of walking alongside and interacting with the lions for approximately 1 hours . Elephant Back Safari: An elephant back safari is not just a ride on the largest animal in Africa, it's an unforgettable experience where clients get to interact with the elephants as well as enjoy a ride through wilderness areas and beautiful riverine scenery. The ride is approximately one hour and the overall interaction time with the elephants is about 3 hours. Trips are available in the morning and afternoon. Upper Zambezi Canoe Trails: The canoe trails operate above Victoria Falls and are the perfect activity for those who want to experience the tranquility of the Zambezi River as they paddle downstream with the current in inflatable two-man canoes . The trails begin approximately 25km upstream from the the Victoria Falls and during the day about 18km is spent canoeing with a stop at an island for lunch. At the end of the day, the trip reaches the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park boundary where clients are met by vehicles for a drive through the National park. Zambezi River Cruises: The total c ruise time is approximately 3 hours. Sunset cruises arrive back after sunset. From the boats, sightings or elephant, giraffe and even rhino coming down to the river to drink are common. There is also abundant, hippos , crocodiles and birdlife. All cruises have a complimentary bar and serve freshly baked snacks. An experienced guide accompanies each cruise and has good knowledge on the wildlife and local history of the area. Helicopter Flight: 15 or 30 minute flip over Victoria Falls . The helicopter seating is designed so that all passengers have a good view on the Falls and the scenery below. Bungee Jumping: 111 metres of pure adrenaline rush! The bungi jump operates off the Victoria Falls Bridge. Over 150 000 people have committed themselves to the thrill of jumping off the bridge since 1994. Challenge the limits of the mind and test the edge of fear by leaping off the impressive bridge, with the Falls behind and the mighty Zambezi below. Ankle and body harnesses are attached separately to clients. After jumping they are winched back onto the bridge. Photographs and video are taken of each jumper and are available for purchase. Cultural Tour (Makuni village): Chief Makuni invites visitors to his village, home to the Leya people. This is a unique opportunity to see how the local people live in a working village, not one built for tourists. Approximately 6000 people live here and a visit is a fascinating insight into their life style. A member of the village shows visitors around and they can see how traditional huts are built and decorated, take a look inside, meet the residents and see the locals at work. White Water Rafting: The ability to swim is not essential; however non-swimmers should inform the Trip Leader at the briefing. Once in the raft, you are instructed by your oarsman as to how to negotiate the rapids and some practice is done before you set off. You are also briefed before each rapid on how the raft is expected to react. There is a walk of about 70 meters vertical, into and out of the gorge. Zambezi Gorge Swing: Victoria Falls set up the world's only cable gorge swing. 135 meters of cable spans the top of the 75 met re high gorge and has a sliding pulley system hanging from it. Once firmly attached, you take a running jump from a wooden platform Page 14 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Accommodation Windhoek HS: Beautiful lush gardens and well-lit fountains compliment this hotel. This is a not to be missed opportunity of experiencing the Hotels Restaurant, typical Namibian Grill Room, Beer Garden, and private bars. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (4 star accommodation). Namib Desert SL: Situated adjacent to the oldest desert in the world, this Lodge is a luxurious retreat in this premier tourist attraction area in Namibia. Shaded by camel thorn trees , the Lodge blends in perfectly with the spectacular desert surrounds and bears testament to the ingenuity of an eco-friendly design. A dip in the sparkling pool or an ice-cold beer under the shady trees in the Acacia beer garden makes for the best relaxation after an eventful day. The al fresco terrace offers magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole where you can watch the passing parade of oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena, whilst enjoying exquisite food and wine. Indeed a visual and culinary contrast, bearing in mind the relative remoteness of this exceptional location. The separate accommodation units are carefully laid out to perfectly blend in with the magnificent surrounding natural environment. Each fully air-conditioned accommodation unit has a patio, en-suite bathroom with shower and a spacious bedroom under canvas with adobe-style plaster walls. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (luxury tented accommodation). Swakopmund HS: They offer comfortable, spacious rooms such as Standard, Luxury or De Luxe rooms and different suites. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom, telephone and television. Most of thier rooms have a balcony, where you can sit and enjoy our home-made traditional German confectionary. Relax in our cosy lounge or enjoy a drink in the company of other guests in our private bar "The Captain's Bar". Below the hotel is a market with traditional arts and crafts from all over southern Africa on offer. The beach and heated indoor swimming pool are a few minutes' walk away. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (3 star accommodation). and then coast smoothly across the spectacular gorge below. Your full-body harness is attached to another gorge-spanning cable by a rope system and you plunge for a 50 met re heart-in-mouth drop before progressing into a smooth Tarzan-like swing. The jump ends with several pendulum swings before clients are lowered to the ground. At the bottom there is a track back to the top of the gorge. Foofie Slide Zip Line: One of the world's most spectacular zip line slides , running 425 meters across the Zambezi river. Bridge Swing: Swing, Rock and Roll off the famous Victoria Falls Bridge which is one of the most iconic landmarks in the area. Take a leap of faith before freefalling for up to 70 metres before you fly out over the raging rapids of the Zambezi River in a huge arc with the mighty waterfalls rumbling by your side what a thrill! Bridge Tour: Swing, Rock and Roll off the famous Victoria Falls Bridge which is one of the most iconic landmarks in the area. Take a leap of faith before freefalling for up to 70 metres before you fly out over the raging rapids of the Zambezi River in a huge arc with the mighty waterfalls rumbling by your side what a thrill! Page 15 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Skeleton Coast NWC: It is set in an undisturbed and peaceful surrounding enveloped in the sand dunes of the northern Namib Desert. Whether it is families looking for a getaway holiday or ardent adventurers looking to explore the Uniab River delta, Terrace Bay has something for everybody. The camp and all the outbuildings were once part of the mining operation owned by certain Mr. Ben du Preez. When the company was declared bankrupt, the state inherited all the facilities at the camp. There is a grocery shop with basic supplies and petrol is also available. The camp is built next to an old mine dump. There is an air field to the north of the camp. Terrace Bay is the absolute northern limit for private visitors . At this point you are over 380 km from Swakopmund, in the heart of the Skeleton Coast National Park. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (luxury accommodation). Damaraland TCL: The developers of the accommodation used natural stone and thatch and chose paint hues to match that of the surrounding rocks and Namibian plains . Guest accommodation comprises 56 en-suite double rooms, a lounge, open dining room and bar where you can swop stories with fellow visitors . Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (3 star accommodation). Etosha National Park OC: Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities. The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregates and interacts . The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst, with the activity continuing throughout the day and deep into the night. In the early evenings , it is not uncommon to have black rhinoceros, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities . Bush Chalet consists of 2 bed chalets with one bedroom, bathroom, lounge area & barbeque. Equipped with fridge & tea station. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (3 star accommodation). Kavango Region NSL: This large complex was opened in 1998. It has around thirty chalets , as well as substantial facilities including bar, restaurant and pool. On a rise with panoramic views of the Okavango River and its floodplain and forest rich with birdlife, this Lodge offers the perfect home away from home and more. Dance along to the magical rhythms of The Queen of Sambyu tribe dance group, go big game viewing or fishing from the decks of a thirty seat pleasure boat, or explore the waters on your own in one of the lodges fleet of canoes. Conference facilities, a swimming pool, curio shop and outside barbecue add to the ambience of the lodges luxury rooms, bungalows and camping facilities, making this Lodge the perfect place from which to explore northern Namibia. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (Luxury accommodation). Page 16 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Upper Kavango Delta CN: With clean Kalahari desert air, the camp is set on an island under amazing trees with permanent river frontage and surrounded by seasonally flooded swamps. It is a paradise of flooded plains and secret swampy backwaters, teaming with wildlife, as we are nestled between Mahango National park, a few kms to the south, and Bwabwata National Park directly opposite ac ross the river. Offers private and overland campsites with all facilities & stunning en suite tree-houses where you feet are in natureon the river. Unique floating swimming pool in the river, Mokoro safaris , boat cruises, fishing, bird/village walks, game drives , bushman art trip, visits to Popa falls, lawn & shade. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (en-suite tree-houses) Chobe National Park CSL: situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Each safari room affords our guests the luxury of air-conditioning, luxurious en-suite bath and shower facilities, as well as satellite TV, and telephone. The Safari rooms enjoy expansive lawns which form the banks of the Chobe river. Each room has its own patio that gives one the privacy of enjoying views of the river from the comfort of your own room. The rooms are also in close proximity to the main complex. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (lodges or similar) Victoria Falls AGG: This German owned Guesthouse offers their guests a beautiful and serene location where they can unwind and enjoy the breathtaking views and fabulous adventures that Victoria Falls has to offer. The guesthouse is tastefully decorated and furnished and provides all the luxuries that their guests could possibly want. A sub-tropical courtyard that overlooks their crystal clear swimming pool and blossoming garden, allows guests to kickback and take in the sights and sounds of Victoria Falls. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (3 star accommodation). IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TOUR IN NAMIBIA 1. Medical To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 46 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine to prevent malaria, if you need it. Malaria exists in the northern area throughout the year; you can reduce the risk of malaria by using prophylactics, which should be started before arriving in Namibia and under your doctors guidance. Vaccinations: Routine vaccines ( such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles /mumps/rubella (MMR), and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) are given at all stages of life); Hepatitis A; Hebatitis B; Typhoid; Rabies Medicines you may need: diarrhoea; prescription medicines (should you need them) Southern Africa has some of the highest skin cancer statistics please therefore apply sun block liberally prior to going on walks, swimming etc . 2. Currency & Banks/ATMs The official currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAM$) and is fixed to and equals the South African Rand. Both these currencies can be used freely I Namibia, but the Namibian Dollar is not legal tender in South Africa. Credit / Debit Card: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Check with your credit or debit Card Company for details of merchant acceptability and other services, which may be available. Please note, service stations do not accept credit for petrol. Plan accordingly. Page 17 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 3. Travel & Medical Insurance It is the personal responsibility of each traveller to ensure that they have adequate travel and medical insurance cover. Medical treatments can cost thousands if youre not insured. 4. Climate Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine a year! The climate is typical of a semi-desert country where droughts are a regular occurrence. September to April the day temperatures in the inland vary from approximately 15C to 35C, whilst the coastal regions may vary between 12C and 22C - at night it may cool down considerably. During the winter months: May - August, day temperatures of 7C to 28C can be expected throughout. At the coast dry, hot east weather may occur at times in the winter months. Rainfall season occurs from October to April. 5. Passport & Visa requirements PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGES ARE MADE ALMOST ON A DAILY BASIS, PLEASE CONTACT YOU NEAREST SOUTH AFRICAN EMBASSY FOR MORE ACCURATE VISA POSTING AND UPDATES Passport: Valid passport for 6 months after return date, with or without visa, according to the country of origin. Vaccination certificate: No vaccination certificate has to be submitted, except for cholera and yellow fever for passengers coming from countries where those diseases are endemic. Tourist Visa: Visitors from the following countries do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days: Angola, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cuba, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, I reland, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA, Mozambique, New Zealand, Portugal, Iceland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore, the Scandinavian countries , South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Requirements to apply for a visa: Valid; Application Form; 1 passport type photograph; Round trip ticket; Payment of consular fee; Proof that the applicant is able to support himself in the host country; A letter from your employer / school (on business / school letterhead with contact details) stating that leave of absence has been granted (even if during school holidays) and that you will be returning to your current job / school upon return; full programme outlining your plans while in Namibia (including contact name, address and telephone number of accommodation whilst in Namibia) 6. Emergency numbers for Namibia In Namibia, you can call the police by dialling 10111 and the emergency services (fire; ambulance, accidents and injuries) by dialling 211111, and an ambulance). Mobile phone users may call 112 in an emergency and you will be connected to the appropriate service. 7. Odds and Ends Electricity: The electricity current is 220 volts , 50 Hz and Namibia uses round three-pin type plugs (i.e. same as South Africa). Mobile Phone Sim Card: It is advised not to activate roaming but to rather purchase a local Sim Card for your visit. Language: English, German, Afrikaans , Bantu and Khoisan Tipping: Some restaurants do include service charges; otherwise 10 per cent of the billed amount is adequate. The same applies to hotel service personnel. 8. Tour Contacts Tour Organizer: Kaylene Maas (+27-82-718 4611) IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TOUR IN BOTSWAMA 1. Medical Botswana is one of the healthiest countries in sub-Saharan Africa, with good primary health care facilities available throughout the country. Drinking water: Tap water throughout the country is safe to drink. Bottled mineral water is readily available in most shops and supermarkets , and at camps and lodges . Tourists travelling by road are advised to carry sufficient water at all times. Malaria: o Malaria, including cerebral malaria, is common in northern Botswana, in the Okavango and Chobe areas, particularly during and immediately following the rainy season, from November to April. Page 18 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 o Visit your health care provider 4-6 weeks before foreign travel for a prescription for an anti-malarial drug. o Take your anti-malarial drug exactly on schedule without missing doses o Prevent mosquito and other insect bites . Use insect repellent on exposed skin and flying insect spray in the room where you sleep o Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts , especially from dusk to dawn. This is the time when mosquitoes that spread malaria bite Sun and Heat related problems: Always take preventive measures that include wearing a wide-brimmed sunhat and sunglasses, liberally applying sunscreen every three or four hours, regularly taking rehydration mixes, drinking plenty of water and fruit juices (at least three litres of liquid daily), avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun, and avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol, which causes dehydration. 2. Customs All goods acquired outside Botswana must be declared when you enter the country. Duty free allowances: Customs duties are not charged on the following goods imported as accompanied or unaccompanied passengers baggage: o Wines = 2 litres o Spirits (includes all non wine alcoholic beverages) = 1 litre o Cigarettes = 200 o Cigars = 20 o Tobacco (includes cigarette and pipe tobacco) = 250 grams o Perfume = 50ml o Eau de toilet = 250ml I f you are bringing in commercial goods on a temporary basis (i.e. camera, laptop etc) you must obtain an invoice for customs purposes detailing the nature and value of the goods . (Customs may require a deposit or surety to cover the duty of the goods , whilst in Zimbabwe.) 3. Passport & Visa requirements PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGES ARE MADE ALMOST ON A DAILY BASIS, PLEASE CONTACT YOU NEAREST BOTSWANA EMBASSY FOR MORE ACCURATE VISA POSTING AND UPDATES Passport: Valid passport for 6 months after return date, with or without visa, according to the country of origin. Vaccination certificate: If you are travelling to Botswana from areas infected with Yellow Fever, you must have a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. Otherwise, no other immunisations are required. However, it would be wise to have an updated TPD (tetanus, polio, diphtheria) vaccine, and a Hepatitis A vaccine. Tourist Visa: Citizens of most European and Common-wealth countries do not require a visa for entry into Botswana. 4. Travel & Medical Insurance It is the personal responsibility of each traveller to ensure that they have adequate travel and medical insurance cover. Medical treatments can cost thousands if youre not insured. 5. Currency & Banks/ATMs The Botswana currency is the Pula (meaning rain in Setswana) Travellers cheques and foreign currency may be changed at banks, bureaux de change, and authorised hotels . The US dollar, Euros , British Pound and the South African Rand are the most easily convertible currencies. Automatic teller machines accept foreign visa cards , but are mostly found in larger towns and cities . Cultural sites and community art and craft outlets usually only accept cash. Major credit cards, such as MasterCard and Visa, are accepted throughout the country, in most hotels , restaurants , retail outlets and safari companies . However, shops in remote areas and service stations may only accept cash. Banking hours: Mon- Fri 0830-1530 and Sat 0830-1045. 6. Climate Botswana experiences extremes in both temperature and weather. In the winter (late May through August), days are normally clear, warm and sunny, and nights are cool to cold. Wildlife never wanders far from water sources, so sightings are more predictable than in the wetter summer season. This is also the time of European, North American and most importantly South African school holidays, so some areas can be busy, especially between mid-July and mid-September. In summer (October to April), wildlife is harder to spot and rains can render sandy roads impassable. This is also the time of the highest humidity and the most stifling heat; daytime temperatures of over 40C are common. 7. Emergency numbers for Botswana In Botswana, you can call the emergency services by dialling: o Ambulance = 997 o Police = 999 o Fire Brigade =998 o Medical Rescue = 977 Page 19 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 8. Odds and Ends Tipping: In Botswana, one is not under any obligation to offer gratuity (tips) for services rendered at restaurants , bars, hotels, etc. It is at the discretion of the individual whether or not to pay gratuity for services. Mobile Sim Card: Cellular phone coverage is provided Mascom, Orange and be Mobile. Mobile Sim cards are available in most supermarkets and service stations. All major towns in Botswana are network covered, as well as portions of the national highway. Electricity: Botswana uses 220V, 50Hz currency. Plugs are 3 large flat prongs (same as that of the UK) and 3 large round prongs (same as that of South Africa) IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TOUR IN VICTORIA FALLS 1. Medical Medical facilities are good in the major towns and there are well-equipped clinics in most outlying areas , although medical costs can be high. There may be drugs shortages in public hospitals. Health insurance is essential; adequate medical provision is often only provided privately, especially in urban areas . Private hospitals may require health insurance or a cash payment before admission. Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are advised Malaria: o Visit your health care provider 4-6 weeks before foreign travel for a prescription for an anti-malarial drug. o Take your anti-malarial drug exactly on schedule without missing doses o Prevent mosquito and other insect bites . Use insect repellent on exposed skin and flying insect spray in the room where you sleep o Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts , especially from dusk to dawn. This is the time when mosquitoes that spread malaria bite Water Warning: All water should be regarded as being a potential health risk. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. 2. Customs Your personal possessions which are intended for your own consumption in Zimbabwe are allowed entry duty-free. In addition, other consumable goods (not Merchandise imported for trade purposes) may be imported up to a value of US$250 per person. Alcoholic beverages may be included within this allowance by persons over the age of 18 years , subject to a limit per person of 5 litres, of which not more than 2 litres may be spirits. Members of your tour travelling together may aggregate their allowances . I f you are bringing in commercial goods on a temporary basis (i.e. camera, laptop etc) you must obtain an invoice for customs purposes detailing the nature and value of the goods . (Customs may require a deposit or surety to cover the duty of the goods , whilst in Zimbabwe.) 3. Passport & Visa requirements PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGES ARE MADE ALMOST ON A DAILY BASIS, PLEASE CONTACT YOU NEAREST ZIMBABWEAN EMBASSY FOR MORE ACCURATE VISA POSTING AND UPDATES Passport: Valid passport for 6 months after return date, with or without visa, according to the country of origin. Vaccination certificate: No vaccination certificate has to be submitted, except for cholera and yellow fever for passengers coming from countries where those diseases are endemic. Tourist Visa: o Counties whose nationals are required to apply and obtain visa prior to travelling: Afghanistan, Albanioa, Angola, Azerbeljan, Bahrain, Bangledesh, Belerus , Benin, Bhulan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brezzaville, Bulgeria, Burkina Fasso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde Island, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comores Islands, Congo ( Brezaville), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Rep, Djibouti Rep, El Salvador, Equator, Equatorial Guinnea, Estonia, Ethiopia, French Guinnea, French Polynesia, French West Indies, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Guam, Guatamala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Hungary, India, Uran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhistan, Korea ( DPRK), Krygystan, Laos , Latavia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macau, Madagasscar, Mali, Marshall Islands , Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia, Meldova, Mongolia, Morrocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepel, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Nie, Niger, Nigeria, Norfolk Islands, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Page 20 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Phillipines, Principe, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia Fed, Rwanda, Samoa ( America), San Marino, Sao Torne, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovac Rep, Stovenia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisie, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yeme Rep, Yugoslavia. o Countries whose nationals DO require a visa but can obtain this visa very easily at port of entry: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cook Island, Denmark, Dominic Rep, Egypt, Finland, French, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Indonesia, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea ( South), Kuwait, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, Monoco, Netherlands , New Zealand, Norway, Palau Island, Palestine, Papau New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Seychelles, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates , Uruguay, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican, Virgin Islands . o Countries whose nationals DO NOT require a visa: Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas , Barbados , Beliza, Botswana, Caymen, Congo ( DRC) Cyprus) Fiji, Granada, Hong Kong, Hong Kong ( China) , Jamaica, Kenya, Karibati, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives , Maila, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Samoa Western, Singapore, Soloman Islands, St Kitts , St Lucia, St Vincent, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turk & Calcoa Islands , Tuvalu, Uganda, Zambia Requirements to apply for a visa: Valid; Application Form; 1 passport type photograph; Round trip ticket; Payment of consular fee; Proof that the applicant is able to support himself in the host country; A letter from your employer / school (on business / school letterhead with contact details) stating that leave of absence has been granted (even if during school holidays) and that you will be returning to your current job / school upon return; full programme outlining your plans while in Zimbabwe (including contact name, address and telephone number of accommodation whilst in Zimbabwe) 4. Travel & Medical Insurance It is the personal responsibility of each traveller to ensure that they have adequate travel and medical insurance cover. Medical treatments can cost thousands if youre not insured. 5. Currency & Banks/ATMs The country has adopted a multi-currency scheme; the US Dollar and South African Rand can be used for domestic transactions. American Express, Diners Club and Visa are widely accepted, whilst MasterCard has more limited use. Some ATMs accept credit cards . Banking hours: Mon-Tues and Thurs-Fri 0800-1500, Wed 0800-1300 and Sat 0800-1130. 6. Climate Despite lying in a tropical zone, Zimbabwes generally high altitudes produce a beautiful and moderate climate, meaning higher temperatures from November to April (summer) and lower temperatures from May to October (winter). Temperatures are never very extreme (7C in winter is considered freezing and 35C in summer considered boiling). The warm, wet season (November to May) should provide the years rain. Days are sunny with a dramatic afternoon/evening thunderstorm. The end of the cool, dry season, around September/October, is the top time for wildlife viewing. 7. Emergency numbers for Zimbabwe In Zimbabwe, you can call the police by dialling 995, the emergency services by dialling 999, and an ambulance (for Harare and its surroundings) by dialling 994. 8. Odds and Ends 10% - 15% Tipping is common There is no time difference between South Africa and Zimbabwe Mobile Sim Card: Local sim cards for Pre-Paid lines for the countrys main mobile networks, Econet, NetOne and Telecel are easily available for the cost of US$1 should you wish to save on roaming charges . Call credit vouchers for the Pre-paid sim cards are easily available in convenience stores , filling stations and on the street from accredited vendors. Electricity: Zimbabwe uses 220V, 50Hz currency. Plugs are 3 large flat prongs (same as that of the UK) GLOBE DISCOVERERS UNITE FOR AFRICA TERMS AND CONDITIONS Page 21 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Payment terms: All prices quoted are inclusive of applicable duties (including VAT). Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa reserves the right to adjust the pricing in this quote should their costing of the activities and accommodation differ by more than 5% as at the date of the original quote. Bookings: A booking will only be confirmed after receipt of deposit payment and completed booking form. Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa reserves the right to make changes to the accommodation and itinerary depending on availability. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made in writing by the person who completed/signed the Registration Form and sent by email or registered delivery post. A cancellation is not effective until Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa receives the letter. You will receive a cancellation invoice from us within two weeks of receipt of your cancellation. Period before departure date (from date letter received). Cancellation charge expressed as % total tour cost: Before 90 days 25% 89 - 61 days 50% 60 31 days 75% 30 days or less 100% Passports and Visas: It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas, or health documents , as required, for the entire duration of your tour, and to ensure that you meet the entry requirements of the country that you are travelling to. The name in the passport must match the name on your ticket where provided. We cannot accept liability, or consider refunds if you cannot travel, because of incomplete, or incorrect documentation. Passenger information is required in advance by a number of countries and airlines. I t is your responsibility to provide this information to us or the airline as instructed. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding or refused entry to your destination. Emergency Contact Details may also be required. It is your responsibility to provide this information and you will be liable for any costs incurred. Prices: The prices of your tour is subject to surcharges if increases occur in transportation costs (including fuel), dues, taxes (such as increases in or imposition of VAT or other Government imposed taxes) or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes , embarkation/ disembarkation fees at ports and at airports and currency fluctuation. In the case of all surcharges we will endeavour to advise you as soon as possible. I f the surcharge means paying more than 10% extra on the tour price you will be entitled to cancel your tour with a full refund of all monies paid with the exception of any monies paid to us in respect of insurance premiums and amendment charges. I f you do decide to cancel because of this you must do so within 10 days of the date of issue of the amendment invoice. No surcharges will be applied within 30 days of your departure. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your tour due to contractual and other protection in place. Minimum Numbers: All tours have been based upon a minimum number of members travelling together, and in the unlikely event that this number is not reached, we reserve the right to increase the cost per person or cancel the tour. Itinerary: This itinerary is not final and is subject to the availability of the places of destination. Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa reserves the right to change the itinerary in the event of circumstances beyond our control. Luggage (Domestic Flights): You are entitled to 1 Carry-On bag (Max 8kg) and 1 Checked-In bag (Max 20kg). I f you have more bags than the permitted allowance or your bags exceed the weight or linear restrictions , you will be charged additional fees. In Page 22 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 the event of destruction, loss or, damage or delay to baggage, this will be covered under the air carriers terms and conditions. We advise that Luggage claims be registered with the air carrier in question within 14 calendar. Passenger delays (Flights): Incase of passenger delay, the air carrier is liable for damage as per the air carriers terms and conditions . Travel Documents: All documents/tickets issued to you are not trans ferable. All participants are responsible for obtaining their own travel documents necessary for travel. We provide visa information and other travel regulations . Bus Transport: We only use reputable bus companies for our tours. All our bus quotes include Passenger Liability cover, Diesel, Vehicle and one bus driver. For tours where the distances are longer than 8 hours driving per day, a second driver will be added to the quote as by law a bus driver may drive maximum 8 hours per day. Travel Insurance: It is the personal responsibility of each traveller to ensure that they have adequate travel insurance cover. Please read the policy details carefully. I t is each traveller's personal responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover purchased is suitable and adequate for their particular needs . Globe Discoverers Unite For Africa will not be responsible or liable for any consequence of any nature arising from the failure to comply with the responsibility of providing for adequate travel insurance cover. Travel insurance is available to purchase through us . TOUR COST Tour cost (per person sharing): This price is valid until 1 October 2012. Any changes to the programme or number of tour members will result in a difference in pricing and will need to be communicated to us in writing. The total cost is dependent on the number of people travelling together for your group. Option types Costing (per person sharing)* 4 6 People From R 53 570.00 7 12 People From R 51 700.00 A deposit of 50% per person is required to secure your booking. Full outstanding amount needs to be received by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa 90 days before start date of your tour. Penalties will be applied to all late payments of 10% of the outstanding value and tour will be deemed as cancelled if payment not received 60 days prior to start date of your tour. NOTE: All bank transfer fees to be paid by the transferee him/herself. *Price depends on number of people in the group and type of accommodation preferred. Includes: 3 4 star Accommodation (based on per person sharing, 2 per room) Transport by bus (with air-conditioner and cold bottled water) for the duration of your tour in Namibia Meals (per programme) based on breakfast and dinner. Entrance fees at parks (Namib Naukluft Park, Skeleton Coast Park, Etosha National Park, Mahango National Park, Chobe National Park and 1 visit to Victoria Falls) Tax and Tourism Levies Local guides for full duration of tour (a guide accompanies the group on this tour in some activities , additional local guides assist the tour guide) Activities: o Drives in Namib Naukluft Park o Visit to Sesriem Canyon o Visit to Dune 7 o Visit to Salt Factory o Visit to Walvis Bay Lagoon area o Visits in Damaraland (World Heritage site, Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and Petrified Forest) Page 23 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 o Game drives in Etosha, Mahango & Chobe National Park o One visit to Victoria Falls Excludes: Flight to Namibia (Windhoek) and return home from Vic Falls Personal expenses (e.g Tips for meals; gratuities; telephone calls; beverages; and anything else of a personal nature) Medical requirements & insurance All lunches All drinks (including meal times as per programme) Activities not included in the above listing Travel Insurance Payment Process: To be paid with your Group Name as payment reference Proof of Payment for all payments to be faxed to +27-11-604 0510 or emailed to Kaylene@globe-d-u.com Banking details: o Bank Name: Nedbank o Branch Name & Code: Stellenbosch, 10711045 o Account number: 1013811976 o SWIFT Code: NEDSZAJJ o Account name: Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa Page 24 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 CONFIRMATION BOOKING FORM To be emailed / faxed together with proof of payment of registration deposit to kaylene@globe-d-u.com / +27-11-604 0510 Group Information First and Last name of Tour Organizer Group Name Group Address Telephone Number (Group) Fax Number (Group) Cell Phone Number (Tour Organizer) Email Address (Tour Organizer) Tour start date (dd-mm-yyyy) Customer ID (For Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa Office use only) Accommodation & Meal Information Number of Male tour members Number of Female tour members Are there couples that need to be taken into consideration? Numbers. Medical Diets & Numbers Low Fibre High Fibre Low fat/cholesterol Diabetic Peanut free Non-lactose Low salt/sodium Gluten free Vegetarian(does not eat animal flesh of any kind, but is willing to consume dairy and egg products) / Vegan (consumes no animal products) Diets Vegetarian Vegan Comments (other allergies you would like to mention we take into consideration) Page 25 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012 Programme / Quotation Acceptance Itinerary & Activities Tour to the Namibia in 2012 as per the programme provided by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa. Tour Cost As per the tour cost layout within the programme provided by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa based on 4 - 12 people touring together. Accommodation All accommodation is based on 2 people sharing per room/chalet. Meals Should we be providing meals, these will be catered per the meal information you have provided on this form. No special meals will be catered for that has not been indicated on this form. Travel Insurance It is the personal responsibility of each traveller to ensure that they have adequate travel & medical insurance cover. Important Information regarding Tour As per the programme provided by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa. Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa Terms and Conditions As per the programme provided by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa. Signature (in signing this, you agree to have read, fully understood and accept the terms of the above information as detailed in the programme/quote) First and Last name of Tour Leader Date (DD/MM/YYYY) Place

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