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These tours are perfect if you want to combine an original, off-beat classic adventure with the added comfort of hand-picked accommodation chosen for its character, location or local importance. Revel in adventurous days followed by relaxing nights.
Travelling in small groups is more flexible and allows us to be less conspicuous: we travel and eat with the local people, stay in smaller, family-run hotels and visit places inaccessible to larger groups.
These fast paced tours move on quickly from place to place and with lots of early starts and long busy days, they’re packed with experiences.
The information below is intended to assist you as you consider your travel options with Explore. In addition to the detailed itinerary each trip has been supported with some useful information to provide you with an overview of your accommodation & meals, all things money, passports, visas, vaccinations, insurance, clothing, personal equipment and much more to help you with your travel preparations.
Each departure date has it's own dedicated trip note, detailing all you need to know about that trip. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.
We have the following different versions of the Botswana Lodge Safari trip available at present.
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Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date.
For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.
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You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the trip price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide.Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.
Lunch £: 8.00
Dinner £: 15.00
Lunch £: 8.00
Dinner £: 20.00
Lunch £: 15.00
Dinner £: 20.00
The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.
Bottle of Beer £: 1.50
Water £: 0.75
Area Text: Beautiful Botswana is Africa's triumph. Not only does it deliver in terms of wildlife - spotting the 'big five' is pretty much assured on any safari - the country has the one of the highest rates of economic growth in the world and it's transparent, democratic government is the envy of many Africans. It has transformed from one of the most underdeveloped nations in Africa to its most successful and stable and the main reason for this can be found underground. Botswana's rich diamond reserves are 50% owned by the government, and the trickle down affect is palatable. Consequently, and unlike other African countries, Botswana hasn't had the urgent need to develop tourism for the sake of revenue, meaning that low-impact, eco-tourism is high on the agenda. Landlocked Botswana, whose landmass is roughly the same size as France, is dominated by the Kalahari Desert, a vast semi-arid expanse inhabited by the legendary Kalahari Bushmen. It is characterised by vast open savannahs and abundant wildlife - affording a once in a lifetime 'Out of Africa' experience. In the north, the Okavango River gushes in from neighbouring Namibia to form the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world and an unsurpassable destination for game viewing, birding watching or just taking its majestic, varied scenery. In the remote, flat Central Kalahari Game Reserve you could spot herds of giraffes and wildebeests wading through the golden, waist high grass whilst the Makgadikgadi Game Reserve has the largest collective of saltpans in the world. Its fringe is dotted with weirdly wonderful giant baobab trees (including the famous 'Chapman's Baobab', an ancient tree, 25m in circumference, that was once used as a navigation beacon by early explorers) and authentic villages, whilst the pans are flocked with countless flamingos, cloaking them in bright pink. Another major destination is Chobe National Park - a vast wilderness of floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River on its northern periphery is a lifeline for elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, sables, impalas, baboons and predators such as lions. Culturally, Botswana also has much to offer. There are many village homesteads set up for the visitor, where you will be able to view traditional arts and crafts, dancing and other activities. The county's capital Gaborone is a modern urban centre with gleaming new skyscrapers, malls, cinemas and museums - testament to Botswana's industrial and economic success yet only a short distance away from its unspoilt rural beauty.
Bottle of Beer £: 1.50
Water £: 1.00
Area Text: Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight. So said David Livingstone upon seeing the great torrent of water that he was about to christen Victoria Falls. Word spread quickly of Livingstone's finds, heralding in the era of the great European explorers and adventurers. Whilst a visit to modern day Zambia is somewhat less riddled with the unknown, it will still appease the most hardened adventure traveller. With the great Zambezi River forming its southern border, Zambia is a land-locked country wedged in the middle of the geographic jigsaw puzzle of Southern Africa. Up until independence in1964, it was known as Northern Rhodesia - a British protectorate and missionary stronghold. The country is rich is copper mines, which were ruthlessly exported by the British colonists. After the after a turbulent period at the end of the 20th century when the country relied heavily on aid and its foreign debt was one of the highest in the world, Zambia is showing strong signs of recovery. Encouraged by foreign investment and increased copper prices, the World Bank named Zambia one of the world's fastest economically reformed countries in 2010. Zambia's capital Lusaka is the home base for COMESA, the organisation that encourages free trade between African states and its fast growing infrastructure is testament to the country's growing economic stability. But Zambia's allures lies away from its urban areas. With its host of national parks, network of safaris, abundant wildlife and breathtaking wilderness, Zambia is Africa 'unplugged'. Victoria Falls, where the full force of the Zambezi River plummets over a wide basalt cliff at the astonishing rate of 546 million cubic meters per minute, is its most pulse-racingly famous site. But there are plenty more. The Zambezi River, Africa's fourth largest, provides countless opportunities for fishing and elephant and antelope watching, as well as adventure sports such as white water rafting, canoeing and even bungee jumping. On Lake Kariba - Africa's largest man-made dam, you could chill out in the houseboat, whilst Lake Tanganyika - the longest inland sea in the world - is home to a vast array of tropical fish and its clear and warm waters are excellent for swimming. As for safari, whether you want to see wildlife by canoe, on horseback, on the back of elephant, foot or four-wheel drive, it's there for the asking.
Bottle of Beer £: 1.50
Water £: 0.80
Area Text: Exposed to the mercy of the elements, Namibia's landscapes are not what you expect to find in Africa. Deserts, tortured rock, open plains and a bleak and eerie coastline that for much of the year is bathed in thick fog. The country is dominated by the brooding Namib Desert, a vast expanse of unspoilt wilderness, where the world's highest sand dunes march determinedly towards the sea in a dune field 300 km wide. Despite its hostile environment, Namibia is home to a wealth of African animals and birds - best seen at the shimmering white Etosha Pan. This is the last place on earth that the black rhino roam free, and it's the only home of the desert elephant, and 25% of the world's cheetah stalk the arid plains. Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world with only 1.8 million people occupying over 800,000 sq km. It is a land divided between old and new. While many still dwell in traditional homesteads, hunting and herding their livestock, the towns and cities are clean and modern, with a fully developed infrastructure. Windhoek is as sleek as any European city and the quirky seaside town of Swakopmund, with its pastel-coloured turrets, comes as a delightful surprise on the barren coast. Namibia is better off than many other countries in the region, particularly because of its diamond wealth. The government is forward thinking and efficient, health and education standards are far higher than in neighbouring countries, and there have been some very successful conservation projects in recent years. Namibia has more to offer than you could ever see on one trip. There is a staggering and ever-expanding array of destinations, activities, sightseeing and experiences, and it is becoming an increasingly accessible place to visit. Namibia's greatest attraction is the magnificent natural beauty not only of its game reserves and national parks, but also its remote and beautiful deserts and gravel plains. The towns too are worth a visit for the excellent shops and restaurants, and the opportunity to learn about some of Namibia's colonial history on display in the museums and reflected in the architecture. Adventure junkies will be well rewarded with the numerous adrenalin activities on offer such as sand boarding. Whatever your interests, the opportunities to enjoy the wild beauty of this empty, ancient land are almost limitless.
Okavango Delta - Tsodilo Hills and Bushman village visit US$ 52pp, Houseboat launch boat trip US$ 15pp.
Livingstone - Whitewater rafting half day US$ 150pp, full day US$ 160pp; Upper Zambezi canoeing half day US$ 110pp, full day US$ 145pp; Zambezi river cruises sunset US$ 60pp, sunset & dinner US$ 75pp; Helicopter for 30 mins flight US$ 330pp; Abseiling half day US$ 160pp, full day US$ 180pp; Game drives US$ 55pp for 2.5 hours; Livingstone tour US$ 50pp; Cultural village tour US$ 50pp (including transfers).
Rafting note: River conditions are determined by seasonally predictable fluctuations in water levels. Low water season generally runs from August to January each year - this is when the Zambezi is at its very wildest. High water is from about February to July and there can be a closed season between March and June depending on the season's rains.
In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.
Major Language: English, Setswana
ATM Availability: Cash can be drawn out on credit cards from ATM's in Kasane and Maun
Credit Card Acceptance: Limited.
Travellers Cheques: Not recommended
Local Currency: Botswana Pula
Recommended Currency for Exchange: We suggest that you take your spending money is cash as US Dollars. Please note that the banks and Forex Bureaus do not accept US Dollars pre-2002. NB: you may find it useful to bring smaller denominations of US Dollars for tips.
Major Language: English, Bemba.
ATM Availability: In the cities and larger towns, the larger banks have ATMs.
Credit Card Acceptance: Credit cards have limited use in Zambia, and incur a 5% bank charge.
Travellers Cheques: Can be difficult to exchange.
Local Currency: Zambian Kwacha
Recommended Currency for Exchange: We recommend taking your money in US$ cash (only accept post 2006 US$ notes) Avoid the lower and higher (US$1, 5 & 100) denomination notes, as they are difficult to change.Please note that it is difficult to convert local currency back to US$'s so please ask your Tour Leader for guidelines on how much to exchange
Where to Exchange: Your Tour leader will advise you.
Major Language: English, Afrikaans, German
ATM Availability: Cash can be drawn on credit cards from ATM’s in Windhoek and Swakopmund.
Credit Card Acceptance: Limited.
Travellers Cheques: Are difficult to exchange and should be used as back up
Local Currency: Namibian Dollar. South African Rand is legal tender in Namibia.
Recommended Currency for Exchange: USD are readily exchanged in Namibia and GBP to a lesser extent. Take your money in a combination of ATM cards and cash
Where to Exchange: On arrival.
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You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found on our website at www.explore.co.uk, in the tour specific dates and prices section.
You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer. For more information please refer to https://www.explore.co.uk/transfers.
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.
Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.
If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.
For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer please refer to https://www.explore.co.uk/transfers.
We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.
On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.
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It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Under 18 immigration guidance
Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.
Zambia: Visas are required by UK, Canadian, US, Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visas can be obtained through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK. Please contact: Visaswift, at http://www.visaswift.com/explore.aspx. UK citizens can obtain their visa on arrival at all ports of entry. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.
All passports must have at least 6 months validity remaining on entry and also have two consecutive blank pages in their passports which lie side by side when the passport is open (i.e. a left and a right hand page).
When travelling via South Africa a machine readable passport is required.
Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.
Travel via South Africa (including transits):
From 1st June 2015 South Africa will enforce new immigration regulations effecting all children aged under 18 years that are travelling to, from or via the country. The new laws state that parents and/or guardian maybe requested by the airline and/or South Africa immigration officers to provide additional documentation for each child they are travelling with. Please refer to the South African House website for full requirements: http://southafricahouseuk.com/visas/vis_forcit.html and your airline for up to date requirements.
All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.
Vaccinations & Protection
We do recommend protection against malaria, hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid and polio. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Travellers may wish to immunise themselves against meningitis. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider. Immigration/Borders in Botswana are requesting a Yellow Fever certificate if you have previously travelled within/via an endemic country. For a list of Yellow Fever affected countries please refer to: http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1 Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure. Please note that any travellers who have visited Ebola affected countries during the last 30 days will be denied entry into Botswana. These countries are: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Liberia
Yellow Fever is no longer compulsory for visits to Zambia, however please note that travellers that have previously travelled to or via countries that are endemic to Yellow Fever may be asked to present a Yellow Fever certificate at immigration/borders in Zambia. For a list of Yellow Fever affected countries please refer to: http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1 We strongly recommend protection against malaria, hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, and polio. Malaria is present in the region so consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria.
Nothing compulsory, but we do recommend protection against malaria, hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid and polio. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Travellers may wish to immunise themselves against meningitis. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.
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Botswana’s regional characteristics, from fertile areas in the east to waterless desert in the centre and south, and a vast delta in the north-west, make for extremes of temperatures and highly variable rainfall. Additional information and climate charts can be accessed at http://www.explore.co.uk/weather. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable. Up-to-date information on the weather worldwide can be found by following the BBC weather link on this page.
The main rainy season is from January to March. Rain is widespread and generally falls in the form of a thunderstorm in the late afternoon; grass tends to be long and there is more water about so game is more dispersed. Otherwise it is dry, with low humidity for most of the year. Temperatures reach around 29°C during the day with quite cold nights throughout the year. Early dry season is the most pleasant time for temperatures and the best for bird watching. For game viewing though the late dry season is better Additional information and climate charts can be accessed at http://www.explore.co.uk/weather. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable. Up-to-date information on the weather worldwide can be found by following the BBC weather link on this page.
With a staggering 300 days of sunshine each year, Namibia is a year-round destination, although some may prefer to avoid the heat of high summer. The cold Benguela current keeps the Atlantic coast of the Namib Desert cool and rain-free for most of the year, with a thick coastal fog that lends a mysterious edge to the area. January and February are the hottest months, when daytime temperatures in the heart of the Namib can exceed 40ºC (104ºF), but nights are usually cool. Winter nights can be fairly cold, but days are generally warm and pleasant.
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We’ve been creating award-winning pioneering adventure holidays for over 30 years, earning the trust of thousands of delighted customers, who feel safe in our hands. Our tour leaders have expert local knowledge and our tours are designed to take you off the beaten track to see the most exotic, inspiring and dramatic places in the world.
- With over 30 years' experience, we are passionate about what we do.
- Pioneering small group adventures, self-guided, private journeys & tailormade holidays.
- Award winning tour leaders who you can trust.
- Responsible travel is and always has been one the driving principles of Explore.
Our adventure holidays are full of exciting things to see and do, exploring in small groups travelling by bus, boat, plane, rickshaw, camel, or any number of unusual forms of transport . Often you will stay in family run hotels and village houses and enjoy authentic local cuisine. In this way, it’s easy to discover the true heart of the people and the place you travel to – and make some new friends along the way. Each tour is uniquely different, so please feel free to browse through our tours to see what may whet your appetite.
When you travel with Explore, you are directly contributing to local economies and helping empower the people you meet. We currently support a range of charities and good causes, including: Toilet Twinning (helping to flush away poverty), Lone Buffalo Foundation (a community project based in Laos providing creative skills for young people), Dekamer ( a turtle rescue centre in Turkey) and Kids Saving the Rainforest (a wildlife rescue centre in Costa Rica supported through the LATA foundation). We also care passionately about the world’s wildlife. We are patrons of the Born Free Organisation and Friends of Conservation.
- The Travel Foundation
Explore are active members and supporters of the Travel Foundation which has established a variety of sustainable tourism projects in destinations and works with industry to improve practice. Visit their website www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk
- Tourism Concern
Explore support the work of Tourism Concern who campaign for fairly and ethically traded tourism, and are part of its Ethical Tour Operator Group www.tourismconcern.org.uk
- For further information on responsible travel go to www.explore.co.uk/ResponsibleTourism/
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We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice follow the link at www.explore.co.uk/travel-safety
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You can book your Explore holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected. Explore is a fully bonded tour operator licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and by ABTOT.
The air holiday packages (Tours including flights) that we advertise are ATOL protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser's LicenceÂ granted by the Civil Aviation Authority.Â Our ATOL number is ATOL 2595. In addition, As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Explore has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Explore.
To reserve your place on this tour you will need to check availability on the Explore website or through our dedicated call centre based in the UK where you can. Our tours can fill up quickly so you are advised to book as early as possible. If your chosen date is ‘Available’ or ‘Guaranteed’ we will be able to provisionally hold you a space for up to 48 hours.
For Self-Guided holidays and Private Journeys simply choose your date of travel and let us know so we can confirm all ground services.
The easiest way to confirm your booking is through our website. When you are ready to book, we normally require a 10% non-refundable deposit, but for some holidays this may be more to cover such items as permit fees, internal flights or other non-refundable services. If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking
The price paid for our holidays is no longer subject to change. Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price you pay will not increase, whatever the circumstances. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast majority of other adventure tour operators. The price guarantee applies to all new bookings departing between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2017.
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