Kenya to Cape Town Trip Notes

Kenya to Cape Town

These trip notes are valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the trip notes for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017


Last Modified: 09 Aug 2016
Kenya to Cape Town
Trip code: YXOAC
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Travel from Kenya to Cape Town through some of Africa’s most incredible sights on this jaw-dropping overland journey. Explore Kenya’s bustling capital, keep your eyes open for the Big Five – elephants, rhinos, buffalo, lions and leopards – in the vast savannas of the Serengeti, hike through lush mountain terrain and traverse sprawling desert plains. Sample exotic flavours, meet some of the friendliest people on the planet, and prepare for an unforgettable escapade on this incredible African adventure.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationFinishing point instructions
ThemesAccommodation NotesEmergency contact
Is this trip right for you?Meals introductionVisas
Why we love itMealsWhat to take
MapTransportClimate and seasonal information
ItineraryMoney mattersHealth
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderTravel insurance
Physical ratingSafetyA couple of rules
Included activitiesJoining pointResponsible Travel
Important notesJoining point descriptionThe Intrepid Foundation
Group sizeFinish pointFeedback
Your fellow travellersFinish point description
Style
Basix
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Is this trip right for you?
- Camp in the Serengeti National Park itself without fences between you and the animals. Your leader will brief you on the safety measures the group will need to take for the 2 nights spent in the park.
- At Usambara Mountains the group will do a an easy hike to the beautiful Irente viewpoint.
- We use mokoros (small dugout canoes) to pass through the shallow waterways of the Okavango Delta to get to our campsite for the night.
- We use our purpose-built overland vehicles for the duration of this trip. This multi-purpose truck allows for great game viewing with large sliding windows. As such the trucks do not have air-conditioning and conditions can be dusty and hot.
- The overland vehicle is large enough to seat up to 22 passengers and carries all the camping equipment needed for the duration of this trip. Therefore the going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads.
- This is a participatory camping trip. You will be expected to set up and take down you own tent as well as assist with food preparation and cleaning.
- Some passengers on this trip will have been travelling together prior to the start of your trip.
Why we love it
- Explore the stunning Serengeti and discover a wildlife arena such as you have never seen
- Embark on a safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open-roof 4WD for a chance to see the rare black rhino
- Chill out on the northern beaches of Zanzibar, enjoying white sands and the sparkling blue of the Indian Ocean
- Discover the largest ruins in sub-Saharan Africa. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the ruined city was first constructed in the 11th century and is thought to be a royal palace for the Zimbabwean monarch.
- Feel the power of mighty Victoria Falls as view them from the Zimbabwe side
- Camp out in the lush Okavango Delta and enjoy mokoro rides and bushwalks
- Learn about the hunter-gatherer traditions of the San Bushmen outside of Grootfontein
- Slide down a hot sand dune in Sesriem
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Nairobi
Jambo! Welcome to Kenya. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting. If you arrive early, perhaps head out and explore the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum or the highly recommended Bomas of Kenya where traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes are displayed in an outdoor village.

Notes: Petty theft is common in Nairobi. As a general rule, the safest place for your valuables is on your person in a neck wallet or money belt, though your hotel room or reception may have a safe in which to store things. If you do decide to go exploring, make sure you get local advice on where it is and isn't safe to walk – particularly for later in the day. Be careful not to leave bags unattended on chairs or on the floor when in bars or restaurants. Without being paranoid, appearing vigilant is a great deterrence to would-be thieves. Also, make scans of important travel documents and email them to yourself – this will save you hours of time in paperwork if anything does happen.
Optional Activities
  • Nairobi - Bomas of Kenya - USD12
  • Nairobi - Karen Blixen museum - USD14
  • Nairobi - Langata Giraffe Sanctuary - KES1200
  • Nairobi - Nairobi National Park safari walk - USD30
  • Nairobi - Carnivore Restaurant - KES3600
    Accommodation
    Hotel (1 nt)
    Day 2 Mto Wa Mbu
    Depart early for Mto Wa Mbu in your overland truck (approximately 8–9 hours). The trip includes a border crossing from Kenya into Tanzania, so be sure to have your passport handy. While you're on the road, there will be a stop at an ATM and a market or shop to stock up on any supplies you might need for the coming days. Arrive in Mto Wa Mbu and acquaint yourself with this delightful small village – it's a fascinating snapshot of small-town African life, situated well off the tourist trail. Tonight you'll stay at a campsite with flush toilets, showers and optional upgrades (subject to availability).
    Accommodation
    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Day 3 Serengeti National Park
    Rise early and leave the truck behind, putting your camping and personal gear into a six-person jeep. Head out for an excursion into the marvellous Serengeti. These wide open plains – green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry season – are home to thousands of hoofed animals and fierce predators. Flat and rolling, with long grass and acacia trees, the plains get their name from the Maasai word Siringet – 'The place where the land moves on forever'. Your campsite is right in the action, within the park itself, so listen out for the sounds of nocturnal animals as you drift off to sleep. There are no upgrades or WiFi available here.
    Included Activities
    • Serengeti - 4x4 Game drive
      Accommodation
      Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
      Meals
      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
      Day 4 Serengeti National Park
      Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, with a chance to relax at camp during the warmer part of the day. Your chances of seeing four of the Big Five game (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo and African leopard) are excellent. The endangered black rhino is much harder to come across. There's also the option of a balloon ride over the park today. If you have pre-booked this activity (please see the 'Important Notes' section) you will be picked up before dawn and driven to the launch site. After a safety briefing, you will glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, which provides amazing photo opportunities. Sometimes you will ascend, getting an overview of the enormity of the plains and the early morning movements of the teeming herds. After landing, you'll be treated to a five-star bush breakfast, then be returned to your camp.

      Notes: The balloon ride is offered as a pre-booked service which will guarantee you a place. If you would rather wait and try to get a better price by booking this locally on the ground, you are welcome to, but keep in mind that this is a popular activity and places are limited.
      Included Activities
      • Serengeti - 4x4 Game drive
        Optional Activities
        • Serengeti - Balloon Ride (from price) - USD539
          Accommodation
          Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
          Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater / Mto Wa Mbu
          Rise with the sun and make an early start, exiting the Serengeti and heading for the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater (approximately 3 hours). After a picnic lunch, descend onto the floor of the crater. A huge, perfectly intact volcanic crater, Ngorongoro is home to some 30,000 animals, including endangered black rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, impalas, zebras and hippos. The crater floor offers top-notch game viewing all year round and the photo opportunities here are unrivalled. You'll have around four to five hours to explore the area. Departing the crater late in the afternoon, return to your camp at Mto Wa Mbu for a relaxing evening.
          Included Activities
          • Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game drive
            Accommodation
            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
            Day 6 Marangu
            This morning you will join the local community for a guided stroll around the farming areas, visiting a kindergarten, milling machine, and local homes and farmlands. You'll also have the chance to look around the town and visit the local market. You may wish to indulge in a spot of shopping –wood carvings and local artworks are the specialities of the area. Continue your drive to the village of Marangu (approximately 4–5 hours) and set up camp for the night. The camp is basic, with flush toilets and showers, situated on the lush green slopes of Kilimanjaro.
            Included Activities
            • Mto Wa Mbu - Village Walk & market Visit
              Accommodation
              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
              Day 7 Usambara Mountains
              Take a walking tour of Mshiri Village, the base for the Village Education Project, and witness the day-to-day life of the Chagga people, who are long established as crop-growers on the fertile slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Walk around their shamba (farm) and perhaps sample the local Chagga food. Visit nearby waterfalls and stop to admire the view of the plains below. If the weather is clear, you can get a glimpse of the magnificent, snow-capped Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak (5,895 m). Then it's time to venture well off the beaten path and into the remote Tanzanian mountains (approximately 7 hours). Your base is the old German colony of Lushoto, and you'll stay in the grounds of one of the oldest hotels in Africa. The camp has flush toilets, showers, WiFi optional upgrades.
              Included Activities
              • Village Education Project (Marangu) visit, village walk & lunch
                Accommodation
                Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                Meals
                1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                Day 8 Usambara Mountains
                Explore the beautiful Usambara Mountains, a lovely unspoilt area of Tanzania. Unlike the coast and the north, very few tourists visit this part of the country, so it has a freshness that can be hard to find elsewhere. As beautiful as the surrounding mountains and rainforests are, however, the real jewels here are the local people and villages. You'll experience some gentle hospitality on a visit to some of the small local communities. From your base, you will take a walk out to the gorgeous Irente viewpoint. It's best to pack some water and snacks in a day pack for this trip. On your way back, visit a local cultural project based at Irente farm and enjoy a picnic lunch.
                Included Activities
                • Irente - walk & local lunch
                  Accommodation
                  Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                  Day 9 Dar es Salaam
                  Leaving the mountains behind, travel still further south to the coastal town of Kipepeo Beach in Dar es Salaam (380km, approximately 9-10 hours). Your camp at Kipepeo is by the beach, so make the most of it – perhaps take a stroll along the shore after you arrive and settle in. The camp is on the grounds of a hotel with upgrades usually possible
                  Accommodation
                  Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                  Day 10 Stone Town
                  Drive into Dar es Salaam and then catch a ferry to the 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar.
                  Filled with idyllic beaches, winding cobblestone alleyways and fragrant bazaars, Zanzibar has a colourful history – everything from slave traders to Arabian sultans and fruit exporters. The sight of traditional dhows sailing along the coast evokes what the island must have been like in Livingstone's day. The old part of Zanzibar's main city is known as Stone Town. The best way to see this exotic port town is on foot, exploring the markets, shops, mosques, palaces and courtyards. When the sun is setting, perhaps enjoy a sundowner from a bar overlooking the seafront, and a seafood curry at a local restaurant. Spend a night in Stone Town at a basic inn with double/twin-share rooms and access to WiFi.
                  Optional Activities
                  • Prison island tour - USD25
                    Accommodation
                    Hotel (1 nt)
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast
                    Special Information
                    As this is a combination trip the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet your new fellow travellers. Please note the Zanzibar portion of your itinerary may have more passengers than the maximum group size of 22 as we have a crossover of trips starting and finishing in Zanzibar.
                    Day 11 Zanzibar Northern Beaches
                    Check out of your Stone Town hotel and drive to the spice plantations. Here you will receive a guided tour, during which you can learn all about the history of this town's renowned spice trade. You will also have the opportunity to touch, smell and taste various spices, such as cinnamon, vanilla and ginger. Sample some teas made with these spices too. After lunch you will head to the northern beaches, where white sands and sparkling blue seas await. This is the Indian Ocean at its best.
                    Included Activities
                    • Zanzibar Spice tour
                      Accommodation
                      Bungalow (1 nt)
                      Meals
                      1 breakfast
                      Day 12 Zanzibar Northern Beaches
                      Enjoy free time in this beautiful archipelago today. There are many ways you can spend your day – perhaps talk to your leader for any recommendations they might have. Snorkelling in search of exotic fish is an excellent option. You might also like to feast on a sumptuous lunch of grilled local seafood, or simply relax in a hammock underneath a coconut tree with a good book.
                      Optional Activities
                      • Dhow trip - USD60
                      • Snorkelling - USD60
                        Accommodation
                        Bungalow (1 nt)
                        Meals
                        1 breakfast
                        Day 13 Stone Town / Morogoro
                        After checking out this morning, you will make your way back to Stone Town, arriving at the Safari Lodge by 10am. Take the ferry to the mainland and make tracks for Morogoro (approximately 5 hours).
                        Accommodation
                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                        Meals
                        1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                        Special Information
                        As this is a combination trip the composition of your group may change at this location.
                        Day 14 Iringa
                        Drive to Iringa (approximately 7-8 hours). Pass by Mikumi National Park - home to large herds of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, lions and leopards. Though you won't explore the park in depth, many of the animals this area is known for can be seen on the way through to the southern Tanzanian highland town of Iringa. You will set up camp on the grounds of a farmhouse on the outskirts of this pleasant settlement. After you arrive and settle in, perhaps go for a walk around the old farmhouse to welcome the evening. Make the most of this rural setting by perhaps doing some stargazing before you retire for the night. Camp facilities, WiFi and accommodation upgrades are available.

                        Accommodation
                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                        Meals
                        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                        Day 15 Chitimba
                        Enter Malawi and travel to your campsite at Chitimba (approximately 10–12 hours). Malawi, the 'warm heart of Africa,' is dominated by its lake, which covers almost a fifth of the country and provides a livelihood for many Malawian people. Fishermen, fish traders and canoe and net makers all ply their trade on Lake Malawi. A common sight is that of a fisherman in a bwato (a dugout canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk) fishing on the still lake at the break of day. Camp facilities, WiFi and upgrades are available tonight.
                        Accommodation
                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                        Meals
                        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                        Day 16 Lake Malawi
                        Travel from Chitimba to Kande Beach on the shore of Lake Malawi (approximately 6 hours). There will be a chance to stop at a shop or market for any supplies you might need along the way. Enjoy a relaxing getaway from the commercialism and crowds with a few days on the lake's more peaceful beaches. Your campsite at Kande Beach is right on the shore of Lake Malawi. Accommodation upgrades are again possible (subject to availability). There is no WiFi, however.
                        Optional Activities
                        • Guided village walks - USD10
                          Accommodation
                          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                          Meals
                          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                          Day 17 Lake Malawi
                          Enjoy free time to soak up your idyllic surrounds. You might like to participate in one of the many water-based activities on offer – ask your leader for a recommendation. As well as chilling out on the beach, make sure you take the opportunity to meet some local Malawians – easily some of the friendliest people in Africa.
                          Accommodation
                          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                          Meals
                          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                          Day 18 South Luangwa National Park
                          Journey through southern Malawi and enter Zambia, continuing to South Luangwa National Park (approximately 9–10 hours). There will be border crossing formalities on the way, and a chance to stock up on goods at a shop or market and visit an ATM. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River and its lagoons is some of the highest in Africa. Take in the beautiful scenery and the abundance of game, watching out for colourful birds and herds of elephants. Your camp tonight has flush toilets, showers and WiFi. Upgrades are also offered (subject to availability).
                          Accommodation
                          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                          Meals
                          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                          Day 19 South Luangwa National Park
                          Enjoy some optional activities in your free time. You can choose to rise early for an exhilirating morning game drive in a 4X4, then head back to the camp for lunch (as this is the hottest part of the day), and then return to the park later for a game drive at night. A village walk, on the other hand, is a good option if you'd like a snapshot of daily life in the local community.

                          Notes: A one-off payment covering entrance to the park (USD25) is payable in addition to the prices of optional activities.
                          Optional Activities
                          • South Luangwa - Game Walk - USD50
                          • South Luangwa - Village Walk - USD20
                          • South Luangwa - 4x4 Dawn Game Drive - USD40
                          • South Luangwa - Night Game Drive - USD40
                            Accommodation
                            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                            Meals
                            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                            Day 20 Petauke
                            Head further south to Petauke (approximately 6 hours). The camp tonight has facilities, WiFi and upgrades (availability dependent).
                            Accommodation
                            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                            Meals
                            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                            Day 21 Lusaka
                            Another long drive today as you head for your camp just south of Lusaka city (approximately 9 hours). Arrive, stretch your legs and take a stroll to discover this cosmopolitan yet traditional town. Though it's fast developing, Lusaka retains a strong African feel, and the locals are warm and friendly. Your camp tonight has facilities and upgrades available. WiFi is not available at this location.
                            Accommodation
                            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                            Meals
                            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                            Day 22 Harare
                            Travel to Harare today (approximately 8–9 hours). The first part of your journey takes you to the border with Zimbabwe. After formalities, enjoy a nice scenic drive of 60 kilometres or so, then continue to Harare. There will be a chance to stock up on whatever you need at a market or shop and visit an ATM. On arrival in Zimbabwe's capital you will have the afternoon to explore the town as you please. Perhaps head to the botanical gardens or local Sunday markets. Upgrades are available at camp; there is no WiFi, however.
                            Accommodation
                            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                            Meals
                            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                            Day 23 Masvingo
                            Drive the short stretch to Masvingo (approximately 5–6 hours). This colonial settlement – the oldest in Zimbabwe – makes for the perfect base to explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The ruined city, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, was first constructed in the 11th century. It's thought to be the former royal palace of the Zimbabwean monarch. Spend a few hours exploring this intriguing site before heading off to camp. Your campground in Masvingo has shared facilities, with upgrades and WiFi available.
                            Included Activities
                            • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
                              Accommodation
                              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                              Meals
                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                              Day 24 Bulawayo
                              Travel to Bulawayo (approximately 5–6 hours). Known locally as the 'City of Kings', Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city. There is some impeccable colonial architecture to take in here. Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore town. You might like to browse some local markets, chat with the locals or perhaps find a game of football or rugby to watch. The Natural History Museum and National Art Gallery are also worth checking out. Tonight you will stay in a campground with shared facilities. Upgrades and WiFi are available.
                              Optional Activities
                              • Natural History Museum - USD10
                              • Railway Museum - USD2
                                Accommodation
                                Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                Meals
                                1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                Day 25 Bulawayo
                                Perhaps get up early and take the option to visit Matobo National Park. Home to a significant population of black and white rhinos which can be tracked on foot, this impressive wildlife park is also the site of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia and the De Beers diamond company. The Matopos area has great spiritual and cultural significance to the local people, and there are many sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place.
                                Optional Activities
                                • Matobo National Park - Guided walking safari - USD95
                                  Accommodation
                                  Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                  Meals
                                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                  Day 26 Victoria Falls
                                  Depart Bulawayo and travel towards the stunning Victoria Falls (approximately 6 hours). Today your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are an enormous curtain of water, about a mile wide, falling 108 m into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 400 m and the falls are an impressive raging torrent. The spray from the falls can sometimes be seen from kilometres away. It's no wonder that the local name Mosi oa Tunya means the 'smoke that thunders'. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and it's possible to see little islets in the river below.
                                  If you are interested in the Optional Helicopter flight ( 12 minutes or 25 minutes ) we endorse the following operator only: Zambezi Helicopter co CAA Zimbabwe. Your leader can help you arrange. Tonight's campground is an ideal base, centrally located in the town of Victoria Falls. Upgrades and WiFi are available.
                                  Intrepid has not risk-assessed all activities. If you are unsure about any, please check with your leader. Note that it is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk-assessed or do not adhere to Intrepid's Responsible Travel ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in Intrepid vehicles. You may also hear about the Devil's Pool. Intrepid does not recommend this activity, due to the high risk involved. Our leaders cannot assist in organising this activity.

                                  Intrepid has not risk-assessed all activities. If you are unsure about any, please check with your leader. Note that it is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk-assessed or do not adhere to Intrepid's Responsible Travel ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in Intrepid vehicles. You may also hear about the Devil's Pool. Intrepid does not recommend this activity, due to the high risk involved. Our leaders cannot assist in organising this activity.
                                  Included Activities
                                  • Visit Victoria Falls
                                    Accommodation
                                    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                    Meals
                                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch
                                    Special Information
                                    You may notice businesses offering an optional 'Walk with the Lions' experience. We ask all Intrepid travellers to avoid this activity as it is contrary to our Responsible Travel policy. While wildlife viewing is a big part of many of our itineraries, we strive to only view animals in their natural habitats and to do so with the greatest level of respect. The lion walking industry directly contributes to the captive breeding and canned hunting of lions. While activities like lion walking may appear fun and educational, or even claim to be working in the name of conservation, they are unnatural and stressful for the animals involved. Professional wildlife conservation organisations, including Born Free and the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA), advise that habituating lions to humans often shortens their life and may result in lion-human conflict issues.

                                    Read more about animal welfare and our ‘Born to Live Wild’ pledge here:
                                    http://www.intrepidtravel.com/animal-welfare
                                    Day 27 Victoria Falls
                                    Today is a free day to enjoy the many activities on offer.
                                    Accommodation
                                    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                    Meals
                                    1 breakfast
                                    Special Information
                                    As this is a combination trip the composition of your group may change at this location.
                                    Day 28 Victoria Falls
                                    Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls. This staggering curtain of water is about a mile wide, falling 108 metres into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 400 metres and the falls become an impressive raging torrent. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and you can see little islets in the river below. Today your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. Perhaps take a scenic helicopter flight over the falls for an incredible bird's-eye view of it all. Tonight you'll enjoy a final dinner with your fellow travellers. Your camp has WiFi, flush toilets and showers. Upgrades are availabile (subject to availability).

                                    Notes: We have not risk assessed all activities offered, and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. If you are unsure about any, check with your leader. It is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk assessed or do not adhere to Intrepid's Responsible Travel ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles. If you are interested in the optional helicopter flight (12 minutes or 25 minutes), choose Zambezi Helicopter Company (CAA Zimbabwe), who we endorse exclusively. 
                                    Included Activities
                                    • Visit Victoria Falls
                                      Optional Activities
                                      • Canoe trail - USD185
                                      • Canoe trail (half day) - USD100
                                      • Flying fox - USD50
                                      • Gorge swing - USD110
                                      • Helicopter flight (12 mins) - USD175
                                      • Helicopter flight (25 mins) - USD334
                                      • Village & township tour - USD50
                                        Accommodation
                                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                        Meals
                                        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                        Day 29 Chobe National Park
                                        This morning is free for you to continue enjoying all that Victoria Falls has to offer. Afterwards, travel to Chobe National Park in Botswana (approximately 2–3 hours). Take an optional cruise down the Chobe River – one of the best ways to enjoy the park's animals. Botswana's first national park is famous for its high concentration of elephants, so keep an eye out for them. They can often be seen swimming in the Chobe River. Your camp, located outside of the park, has flush toilets, showers, WiFi, ATM and optional upgrades.
                                        Accommodation
                                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                        Meals
                                        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                        Day 30 Chobe National Park
                                        Enjoy an early-morning game drive. Adventuring through the park, you will have the opportunity to get up close to the wildlife. With some luck you will spot a variety of beasts and any number of exotic birds. As well as the Chobe icon, the elephant, the river also attracts hippos and crocodiles; the latter like to sun themselves by the water's edge. Cheetahs also come down for a drink. The birdwatching is excellent here too – look out for eagles, kingfishers and marabou storks, among hundreds of other species.
                                        Included Activities
                                        • Chobe - Dawn game drive
                                          Optional Activities
                                          • Chobe - Boat Cruise - BWP220
                                            Accommodation
                                            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                            Meals
                                            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                            Day 31 Bagani
                                            Today you will enter Namibia, driving from Kasane to Ngoma Bridge, and on to your camp at Bagani (approximately 7 hours). Bagani is a small, friendly town with some good hiking trails along the river. There are also plenty of nice spots in which you can simply relax and soak up the ambience. This area is the homestead of the local Mbukushu kings. You will have the opportunity to stop at an ATM and a market or shop today. Your camp has flush toilets, showers and WiFi. Upgrades are also available (subject to availability).
                                            Optional Activities
                                            • Boat trip - USD25
                                              Accommodation
                                              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                              Meals
                                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                              Day 32 Okavango Delta
                                              Drive across the border into Botswana and head south along the Okavango Panhandle (the narrowest part of the delta) to Seronga. Here you'll leave your vehicle and join your transport for the journey into the delta (approximately 4 hours). Take a boat across the swamps to Gao Island to meet your mokoro team and start exploring the Okavango Delta with them. Each mokoro (small dugout canoe) takes two people and is poled along through the waterways by a local tribesman. Reeds and lily pads line the streams, and birds startled by the mokoros rise out of the long grasses. Punting along, you'll hear hippos occasionally piercing the peaceful atmosphere with their grunts. On the first night here you'll camp on an island well away from civilisation.
                                              Included Activities
                                              • Okavango Delta - Mokoro trip
                                                Accommodation
                                                Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                                                Meals
                                                1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                Day 33 Okavango Delta
                                                Continue your trip around the delta and then return to Gao Island before heading to the relative civilisation of Umvuvu Camp. This camp usually has hot showers, and there's a small bar at which you can relax and perhaps enjoy a refreshing sundowner. Today there is an option to take a nature walk with your guide. This is a great chance to discover the beautiful natural surrounds, gain some insight into the history of the local area and take some photos.
                                                Included Activities
                                                • Nature Walk
                                                  Accommodation
                                                  Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                                                  Meals
                                                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                  Day 34 Bagani
                                                  Return to Bagani to camp for the night. Various boat trips, fishing trips and guided hikes are possible from Bagani, so if you're feeling active, get out and make the most of it. Those who are feeling bold might even be able to challenge the local kids to a soccer match – don't expect to win though! Retire to your camp in the evening and enjoy this welcome break from the road.
                                                  Optional Activities
                                                  • Boat trip - USD25
                                                    Accommodation
                                                    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                    Meals
                                                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                    Day 35 Grootfontein
                                                    Drive to your camp outside Grootfontein for the night (approximately 7 hours). The town of Grootfontein, part of the Otavi Triangle, tends to get very green in the warmer months but dries out markedly in the winter. If it's springtime, you'll likely see jacarandas in bloom. There is the possibility of an accommodation upgrade here, but WiFi will not be available. 
                                                    Optional Activities
                                                    • Farm Walk - Free
                                                      Accommodation
                                                      Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                      Meals
                                                      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                      Day 36 Grootfontein/San Bushmen
                                                      Embark on a 180-kilometre round-trip to visit the San Bushmen. You will go out walking with some of the tribe, listening to their stories and songs. You'll soon discover that they communicate in a unique and fascinating clicking language. The Bushmen are the oldest ethnic group in Namibia, having inhabited Southern Africa for an estimated 20,000 years. Around 30,000 of them live in Namibia, but only 2,000 of them still follow a traditional way of life. The San have a deep understanding of nature and ecology, living in harmony with their environment.
                                                      Included Activities
                                                      • San Bushman cultural experience
                                                        Accommodation
                                                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                        Meals
                                                        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                        Day 37 Etosha National Park
                                                        Travel to Etosha National Park (approximately 5 hours). Enjoy a game drive here in the evening. The park is home to a wide range of Southern Africa's wildlife, including all the big carnivores and five rare or endangered species: black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik. Game viewing in Etosha is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large, sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is difficult to see through, but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to usually allow for some sightings. You will spend the night at Namutoni. Accommodation upgrades are on offer here.
                                                        Optional Activities
                                                        • Evening Game Drive - ZAR550
                                                          Accommodation
                                                          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                          Meals
                                                          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                          Day 38 Etosha National Park
                                                          Enjoy a full-day game drive in Etosha National Park. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching, which means significant numbers of elephants, antelope and other herbivores reside here. The park is also home to some 340 species of birds – keep an eye to the sky where you might spot a soaring eagle. Tonight you will stay at the particularly spectacular Okaukuejo Camp. The camp overlooks a floodlit waterhole visited by many different species throughout the day and night. Upgrades are not available at this location tonight.
                                                          Included Activities
                                                          • Full Day Game Drive
                                                            Optional Activities
                                                            • Evening Game Drive - ZAR550
                                                              Accommodation
                                                              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                              Meals
                                                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                              Day 39 Spitzkoppe
                                                              Travel to the mountain of Spitzkoppe, the 'Matterhorn of Namibia' (approximately 9 hours). The wild lands around this superb granite peak are some of Namibia's most stunning. The mountain itself is 700 million years old and 1,987 metres high. Although you shouldn't try to climb to the top, there are some excellent hikes to do in the area, which is rich in plant life and has some bush paintings to be found. Be sure to look out for the sunset from your bush camp this evening – the landscape is known to take on dazzling oranges and reds.
                                                              Accommodation
                                                              Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                                                              Meals
                                                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                              Day 40 Swakopmund
                                                              Continue to the town of Swakopmund (approximately 5–6 hours). Be dazzled by the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shores of Cape Cross while you're travelling up the eerie Atlantic Coast. At some stage today there will be access to an ATM and market or shop if you need some supplies. Your accommodation for these nights is a simple, cosy lodge. WiFi is not available at this location.
                                                              Included Activities
                                                              • Cape Cross seal colony
                                                              • Village Visit - Swakopmund ( Township tour)
                                                                Accommodation
                                                                Chalet (1 nt)
                                                                Meals
                                                                1 breakfast, 1 lunch
                                                                Day 41 Swakopmund
                                                                Surrounded by the massive dune fields of the Namib Desert on three sides, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, Swakopmund is an example of the extraordinary German culture that's found in all major settlements in Namibia. It's worth wandering around town to admire the beauty of the Germanic architecture and take advantage of some excellent souvenir shopping.
                                                                Optional Activities
                                                                • Swakopmund Museum - USD2
                                                                  Accommodation
                                                                  Chalet (1 nt)
                                                                  Day 42 Swakopmund
                                                                  Today is another free day to enjoy this fun beachside town. If you're after a dose of history and culture, you can stop in at the lighthouse and visit the Swakopmund Museum. Active types and thrill-seekers might like to take advantage of the many outdoor activities on offer – this town is the adventure-sports mecca of Namibia.

                                                                  Notes: It's important to check with your leader if you are unsure about the safety of any of these optional activities, as some may not be recommended by Intrepid.
                                                                  Accommodation
                                                                  Chalet (1 nt)
                                                                  Day 43 Sesriem/Sossusvlei
                                                                  Drive to Sesriem, your base for exploring the incredible Namib Desert region (approximately 6–7 hours). The most famous part of the Namib Desert is its vast dune fields, the most spectacular of which are found near the Sesriem Canyon. This canyon was formed when the Tsauchab River carved a gorge 30 metres into the gravel deposits about 15 million years ago. Now the river flows out to the dune fields that stretch for hundreds of miles up the coast, and dries up in a clay pan at Sossusvlei. The dunes are stunning, with magnificent burning tones created by the brightly coloured sands. These are the highest dunes in the world.
                                                                  Accommodation
                                                                  Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                                  Meals
                                                                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                                  Day 44 Sesriem/Bethanie
                                                                  Wake up before dawn and scramble to the top of the dunes for a dramatic sunrise view across a vast sea of sand. The colour changes are simply incredible and provide a spectacular setting for your brunch. Afterwards you will jump in the back of a pickup truck for a trip to Sossusvlei, the incredible salt and clay pan just nearby (approximately 30 minutes each way). Enjoy some time to explore this incredible and mysterious desert oddity. Later, continue to the small town of Bethanie (approximately 6 hours), arriving in the afternoon. Your camp has basic facilities, with showers, flush toilets, WiFi and optional upgrades.
                                                                  Included Activities
                                                                  • Sossusvlei 4x4 Tour
                                                                  • Sesriem - Sand dunes visit
                                                                    Accommodation
                                                                    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                                    Meals
                                                                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                                    Day 45 Fish River Canyon
                                                                    Heading further south, deeper into the vast desert lands of Namibia, drive towards Fish River Canyon (approximately 3–4 hours). At 500 metres deep and over 160 kilometres long, Fish River Canyon is one of the very largest canyons in the world. During the dry season, the river bed tends to dry out completely, leaving only a few puddles. In the wet season, after the summer rains, the river can turn into a spectacular raging torrent. At any time of year there are remarkable photographic opportunities here. Note that upgrades and WiFi are not available at your camp tonight.
                                                                    Included Activities
                                                                    • Fish River Canyon
                                                                      Accommodation
                                                                      Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                                      Meals
                                                                      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                                      Day 46 Orange River
                                                                      Departing Fish River Canyon, travel to Noordoewer (approximately 5 hours). Pitch your tent on the scenic banks of the Gariep (Orange) River. Traditionally known as the Gariep River, the Orange River is the longest in South Africa, at 2,200 kilometres. Its source is high up in the Drakensberg mountain range in Lesotho, and it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay in South Africa. The Orange River is responsible for transporting diamonds and creating the deposits that can be found along the Namibian coast. Upgrades are possible tonight (subject to availability), though there is no WiFi available. 
                                                                      Optional Activities
                                                                      • Canoe trip - Orange River - NAD495
                                                                        Accommodation
                                                                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                                        Meals
                                                                        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                                        Day 47 Western Cape
                                                                        Depart first thing in the morning, heading to Klawer – a town named after the Afrikaans word for a wild clover blooming after rainfall. The surrounding countryside is beautiful. If there's time, you will have the opportunity to explore some of it – take a delightful walk around the nearby mountains and farms before retiring for the evening.
                                                                        Accommodation
                                                                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                                        Meals
                                                                        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                                        Day 48 Cape Town
                                                                        Head to Cape Town (approximately 5 hours), where you trip ends. With its stunning coastline, modern cityscape, nearby mountains and a plethora of nearby vineyards, this is one of Africa's most exciting cities. There's no accommodation provided for tonight, but this can be arranged – please enquire at the time of booking this trip.

                                                                        Notes: It's important not to book any outgoing international flights for earlier than 7 pm, to allow for possible delays.
                                                                        Optional Activities
                                                                        • Bo-Kaap Museum - ZAR30
                                                                        • District Six Museum - ZAR25
                                                                        • Harbour cruise - ZAR200
                                                                        • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - ZAR45
                                                                        • South Africa National Gallery - ZAR35
                                                                        • South African Museum - ZAR27
                                                                        • Table Mountain - Hiking - ZAR720
                                                                        • Table Mountain - Aerial cable - ZAR250
                                                                        • Robben Island tour - ZAR260
                                                                          Meals
                                                                          1 breakfast
                                                                          Itinerary disclaimer
                                                                          ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                                                                          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
                                                                          Physical rating

                                                                          The step up into the overland truck, while not overly high, can become tiring, as can the constant setting and packing up of camp. You need to judge yourself to be physically fit enough to haul yourself up and down at least 8-10 times a day.
                                                                          Included activities
                                                                          Serengeti - 4x4 Game drive
                                                                          Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game drive
                                                                          Mto Wa Mbu - Village Walk & market Visit
                                                                          Village Education Project (Marangu) visit, village walk & lunch
                                                                          Irente - walk & local lunch
                                                                          Zanzibar Spice tour
                                                                          Great Zimbabwe Ruins
                                                                          Visit Victoria Falls
                                                                          Chobe - Dawn game drive
                                                                          Okavango Delta - Mokoro trip
                                                                          Nature Walk
                                                                          San Bushman cultural experience
                                                                          Full Day Game Drive
                                                                          Cape Cross seal colony
                                                                          Village Visit - Swakopmund ( Township tour)
                                                                          Sossusvlei 4x4 Tour
                                                                          Sesriem - Sand dunes visit
                                                                          Fish River Canyon
                                                                          Important notes
                                                                          1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
                                                                          2. An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Serengeti National Park is possible on this itinerary. Please see the itinerary above for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and we recommend you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.
                                                                          3. This is a combination trip made up of 3 shorter trips. This means the composition of your group may change in Stone Town and Victoria Falls as some group members leave and new ones join you.
                                                                          4. The Zanzibar portion of your itinerary may have a few more passengers than the maximum group size of 22 as we have a crossover of trips starting and finishing in Zanzibar.
                                                                          5. This trip finishes upon arrival at our finish point hotel in Cape Town on Day 48. Please do not book any flights until after 7pm this evening.

                                                                          Group size
                                                                          Maximum of 22 travellers per group.
                                                                          Your fellow travellers
                                                                          GROUP TRAVEL
                                                                          As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                                                                          SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                                                                          Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

                                                                          A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
                                                                          Accommodation
                                                                          Bungalow (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (4 nights), Camping (with facilities) (36 nights), Chalet (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
                                                                          Accommodation on this trip is mainly in two-person canvas dome tents with camping mattresses supplied.

                                                                          The type and variety of accommodation is determined by conditions on each of our routes. Each route is different - on some we use a mixture of campsites and wild camps; on others we also use hotels. In Africa it's not usually practical to camp when staying in towns and cities so we use hotel accommodation and eat out in local restaurants.

                                                                          There may be the occasional night stop, when we stay in the grounds of a hotel or at a campsite which may also have rooms/cabins available. In this case there may be a choice of camping or upgrading to a room. Rooms cost approximately USD60 per room per night for a twin room and cannot be pre-booked. The day by day itinerary advises when upgrades may be possible (subject to availability).

                                                                          Keep in mind that if we are staying in dormitory accommodation, you may have to share with other passengers or be split into same sex rooms.

                                                                          Campsites do have facilities but they usually aren't to the same standard you would find in western countries. For example the bathroom facilities can be very basic (the toilets may be a squat-style hole in the ground). There is rarely toilet paper provided and shower facilities can be as simple as a hose pipe spurting out cold water. Wild camps have no facilities at all.

                                                                          Not all campsites are as basic as this description - it's just to make sure there are no surprises for you.

                                                                          Meals introduction
                                                                          By travelling on an Overland trip you have chosen a participation camping tour. This means that you will be helping your cook prepare meals for the group. You may also get the chance to help with the shopping.

                                                                          Your cook (East Africa only) will come up with meal ideas and quantities needed for large groups. Participating in the camp is usually done on a duty roster system with group of 5 or 6 people (depending on group size) having a different camp job each day.

                                                                          If you have any dietary requirements please tell us at the time of booking, and also remind your crew at your welcome meeting.

                                                                          A typical camp breakfast might be toast with spreads, cereal, something hot such as eggs or pancakes, as well as tea and coffee. Lunch is almost always a sandwich with healthy salad and assorted fillings, sometimes with fruit to follow. There may be a chance on occasion to buy your lunch. Dinner might be a BBQ, rice dish or pasta dish and there is always the chance to try some African food such as ugali and stew.

                                                                          On the more remote sections of your trip (for example in West Africa & North Africa), your food and diet will be dependent on what is available locally as well as tinned and dry ingredients.

                                                                          One thing is sure - you definitely won't go hungry or lose weight on your safari! When you aren't camping you will have the freedom to decide where, what and with whom you eat.
                                                                          Meals
                                                                          45 breakfasts, 39 lunches, 38 dinners
                                                                          Transport
                                                                          4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Mokoro, Overland vehicle, Taxi

                                                                          Our trucks are purpose-built, self contained safari vehicles. Intrepid’s fleet of vehicles varies depending on your group size, trip route and style. In Southern Africa some departures may use vans and luggage trailers subject to group size and vehicle availability. Your vehicle type may differ from those listed above. It is also important to note that our overland vehicles are not air-conditioned, but all vehicles have windows that can be opened to allow for fresh air.

                                                                          There are many early starts with long hours spent driving on rough roads on all African itineraries. While most people love the chance to watch the changing landscape and daily village life, feedback shows that long periods of inactivity does not appeal to all clients. We provide the approximate distance covered each day and how many hours this normally takes to drive so that you can choose the safari experience which is right for you.

                                                                          African conditions are extremely tough on vehicles. While we fastidiously maintain our vehicles at our workshops, you should not expect Africa to be your traditional touring experience. While it's certainly our aim to avoid them, it's important that you set off on your trip knowing that the occasional breakdown can happen and are best treated as part of the African adventure. Due to wet weather there may be times when we have to take an alternative route which will mean longer travel times.

                                                                          As from 1 January 2011 a new law in South Africa has been introduced whereby the cross border transport agency are no longer allowing foreign-registered vehicles to enter the country. We will be working with a local South African operator for the South African section of this tour who will be providing the services of an alternative vehicle* and driver vetted by Intrepid. Your Intrepid leader and cook will still accompany you on this section and your itinerary will remain unaffected.

                                                                          *The vehicle used on this section will be an overland vehicle similar in style to an Intrepid vehicle. However for smaller groups which don't require a large vehicle, smaller land cruiser style vehicles may be used.
                                                                          Money matters
                                                                          When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need.

                                                                          Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document).
                                                                          Please note: all recommendations for additional costs, tipping etc. are in USD. You will need to convert these into the relevant local currency.


                                                                          MEALS NOT INCLUDED

                                                                          Breakfast, dinner and most lunches are included while camping on our overland safaris.

                                                                          For lunches not included, a budget of USD10 to USD15 per meal will be more than sufficient.

                                                                          For dinners not included, your leader will normally recommend options and restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD12 to USD25 for a main.

                                                                          These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget and are happy to try local food, you can eat cheaper than this.


                                                                          TIPPING

                                                                          Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you are happy with the services provided, a tip is an appropriate way to thank them. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.

                                                                          Usually the equivalent of around USD5 to USD10 per person, per day to cover tips is fine. Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, your leader might raise the idea of a group tipping kitty. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running this kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips as you go. The leader will keep a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This kitty does not include tips for your leader and crew.


                                                                          TIPPING GUIDE

                                                                          To give you a bit of guidance, we’ve put together the following tipping notes. These are just suggestions, based on feedback from past travellers and our staff on the ground.

                                                                          - Basic restaurants – When checking the bill, if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
                                                                          - Local guides – Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest USD2 to USD3 per person, per day for local guides.
                                                                          - Your crew (including leaders, drivers and cooks) You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline USD3 to USD4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. It is best to then divide these amounts into separate envelopes for each crew member. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.


                                                                          EMERGENCY FUNDS

                                                                          We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.


                                                                          CREDIT CARDS, ATMS AND MONEY EXCHANGE:

                                                                          Credit cards are generally accepted in tourist shops and some restaurants across Africa. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only. Foreign currency is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.

                                                                          With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognised, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. If you're on a multi-country tour, your tour leader will be able to give you an approximate idea of how much money you may need for your stay in each country.

                                                                          PLEASE NOTE: Many businesses and banks in Africa, especially East Africa, do not accept US dollar notes older than 2006. If you are bringing USD, we strongly recommend large bills in good condition, 2006 series onwards only. Any old or damaged notes may not be accepted.

                                                                          ACCESSING CASH IN ZIMBABWE:

                                                                          While accessing money in Africa is becoming easier in general, Zimbabwe is an exception. The country is experiencing a cash crisis. Due to Zimbabwe's increasing dependence on the USD and suspension of printing their own currency, it is becoming increasingly difficult to withdraw cash at banks and ATMs. Credit/debit cards are not widely accepted. You should plan your travel expenses in advance and bring sufficient cash into the country to support your stay. Your leader or local representative will be on hand to advise on this matter should you need it.
                                                                          Group leader
                                                                          On this trip you will be accompanied by 3 crew members - Group Leader, Cook and Driver who will usually be Kenyan.

                                                                          Your Group Leader’s role involves organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics, coordinating the tipping kitty (where applicable) and will form work groups to take turns cooking, cleaning and shopping. (From time to time your leader may drive as well)

                                                                          Your Group Leader will work towards making the trip as safe and enjoyable as possible for all travellers. Intrepid trips are built around the co–operation and participation of all the group members under the supervision of the group leader. The group leader will show the group how to set up and use the equipment.

                                                                          While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting, especially when tracking and identifying game - we think it's the best of both worlds. Regardless of the country of origin, our Group Leaders are chosen for their leadership skills and are wonderful ambassadors for our company and our beautiful continent and its people.

                                                                          Your Cook is responsible for the cooking and will help to coordinate the work groups for preparing the meals and washing up! Cooks are also responsible for organizing food shopping (they are always happy to have you on board) and most importantly, they make sure high hygiene standards are kept at all times while camping.

                                                                          Your Driver’s main responsibility is to get you to your destination safely; they are also responsible for the maintenance of the vehicles along the way.

                                                                          Everyone is expected participate and carry their share of the workload/duties, making camp chores easier. The duties Rota system is adopted where all members share in general camp duties – cooking, shopping, washing up etc.
                                                                          If the whole group participates it will be quicker, easier, and more fun.

                                                                          We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader and crew; however, situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
                                                                          Safety
                                                                          Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                                                                          We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                                                                          Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                                                                          For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
                                                                          www.intrepidtravel.com/safety


                                                                          FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
                                                                          Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

                                                                          BALCONIES:
                                                                          Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

                                                                          TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
                                                                          Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

                                                                          SEAT BELTS:
                                                                          Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

                                                                          PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
                                                                          While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

                                                                          WATER SAFETY:
                                                                          Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.

                                                                          TRAVEL ADVICE & TRAVEL INSURANCE
                                                                          We recommend that you check your government's advice in relation to the areas you will be visiting for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.

                                                                          UNFENCED CAMP SITES:
                                                                          On some trips you will at times stay in unfenced camp sites within national parks. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules to follow. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your tour leader and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.
                                                                          Joining point
                                                                          Kenya Comfort Hotel Suites
                                                                          junction of Milimani/Ralph Bunche, Milimani, Nairobi,
                                                                          Nairobi
                                                                          KENYA
                                                                          Phone: 254 737 111 111
                                                                          Joining point description
                                                                          The Kenya Comfort Hotel Suites is simple but clean and comfortable. All rooms have ensuites with hot water, TV's, and WiFi is available. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, bar & restaurant.
                                                                          Finish point
                                                                          Once in Cape Town (Previously Saasveld Lodge)
                                                                          73 Kloof Street
                                                                          Gardens
                                                                          Cape Town
                                                                          8001
                                                                          SOUTH AFRICA
                                                                          Finish point description
                                                                          Saasveld Lodge is central located in the lively and vibrant Kloof Street with its large variety of restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and bars and is only 3 minutes from Long Street as well as the bustling city centre. Rooms are simple yet clean and comfortable.
                                                                          Finishing point instructions
                                                                          If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time.

                                                                          If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.
                                                                          Emergency contact
                                                                          For transfers and accommodation issues, Intrepid's Kenya Office can be reached on their 24 hour number +254 733 523 813

                                                                          In case of genuine crisis or emergency (ONLY), you can reach our local operator on: +254 736 213 383.

                                                                          For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us

                                                                          For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

                                                                          While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                                                                          We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                                                                          You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                                                                          PEAK East Africa: +254-736-213-383
                                                                          Visas
                                                                          PASSPORT

                                                                          As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

                                                                          VISAS

                                                                          Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                                                                          We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from countries not listed below must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.


                                                                          KENYA:

                                                                          Australia: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          Belgium: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          Canada: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          Germany: Yes- Visa required
                                                                          Ireland: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          Netherlands: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          New Zealand: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          South Africa: Yes - Visa required if travelling for more than 30days
                                                                          Switzerland: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          United Kingdom: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          USA: Yes - Visa required

                                                                          Visas can be obtained either on arrival in to Kenya or as an e-Visa online prior to travel. Single-entry visas (business or tourism) are USD50 and a transit visa (valid for three days) USD20. The single entry visa allows for multiple entries in to Kenya for a period of 90 days provided you have not left East Africa. The four-step e-Visa procedure is completed through the immigration website: www.ecitizen.go.ke and requires visitors to submit an application form and passport-sized photo. e-Visas can take around seven working days to process. Visitors will then be required to present their printed e-Visa upon entry to Kenya.

                                                                          **IMPORTANT** If you are travelling on one of our itineraries that re-enters Kenya, you will need to take multiple copies of your e-Visa - one to present at each border crossing.


                                                                          TANZANIA:

                                                                          Australia: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          Belgium: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          Canada: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          Germany: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          Ireland: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          Netherlands: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          New Zealand: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          South Africa: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          Switzerland: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          United Kingdom: Yes - Visa required
                                                                          USA: Yes - Visa required

                                                                          It is recommended you purchase your visa in advance at any Diplomatic or Consulate Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania abroad. The cost is approximately USD100 depending on nationality and should take one business day. At the present time you do not require a multi entry visa to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda due to an agreement between the three countries (i.e. if you exit Kenya to Tanzania you can re-enter Kenya on the same visa). However if your trip visits Tanzania twice after a visit to a country other than those listed above, you may need to purchase two visas.

                                                                          For the purpose of the visa application you can use the following address:
                                                                          Kibo Palace Hotel
                                                                          PO Box 2523
                                                                          Old Moshi Road
                                                                          Arusha - Tanzania
                                                                          Phone: +255 272544472

                                                                          It is also possible to obtain a tourist visa for a single entry at any one of the following main entry points to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements:
                                                                          -Dar es Salaam International Airport
                                                                          -Zanzibar International Airport
                                                                          -Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)
                                                                          -Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border point)
                                                                          -Kasumulu Border crossing
                                                                          -Isebania Border crossing


                                                                          MALAWI:

                                                                          Australia: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Belgium: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Canada: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Germany: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Ireland: NO VISA REQUIRED
                                                                          Netherlands: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          New Zealand: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          South Africa: NO VISA REQUIRED
                                                                          Switzerland: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          United Kingdom: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          USA: Yes - visa on arrival

                                                                          For visitors from any country that requires Malawian Citizens to acquire visas to visit their country of citizenship, a reciprocal visa fee of USD75 will be applicable upon arrival.
                                                                          At present, nationals of the following countries will need to pay this fee: United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Schengen member states, Australia and New Zealand.
                                                                          Some nationalities will be required to gain a visa prior to arrival. Please check with your nearest Malawi Embassy.


                                                                          ZAMBIA:

                                                                          Australia: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Belgium: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Canada: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Germany: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Ireland: NO VISA REQUIRED
                                                                          Netherlands: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          New Zealand: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          South Africa: NO VISA REQUIRED
                                                                          Switzerland: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          United Kingdom: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          USA: Yes - visa on arrival

                                                                          Zambian visas are required by most nationalities, including from the EU, US and Australia. For most nationalities, Zambian visas are available at the point of entry. If you plan to purchase your visa on arrival you will need USD in cash. The cost of the visa is USD50. All nationalities should check with their nearest Zambian Embassy for more information.

                                                                          Please note: As of January 2016, the KAZA Visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia will be unavailable to purchase. Singular visas for Zambia remain available on arrival at point of entries.

                                                                          If you apply for your visa in advance you may be asked for a contact in Zambia. Please use the following:

                                                                          Eureka Camping Park
                                                                          10kms South of Lusaka City centre, on the Kafue Road,
                                                                          Tel: (+260 211) 272351 or 278110
                                                                          Fax: (+260 211) 272351
                                                                          E-mail: eurekacamp.zm@gmail.com

                                                                          ZIMBABWE:

                                                                          Australia: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Belgium: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Canada: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Germany: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Ireland: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Netherlands: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          New Zealand: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          South Africa: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          Switzerland: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          United Kingdom: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                          USA: Yes - visa on arrival

                                                                          Zimbabwe visas are required by most nationalities, including from the EU, US and Australia. For most nationalities, Zimbabwe visas are available at the point of entry. If you plan to purchase your visa on arrival you will need approximately USD30/45 in cash. All nationalities should check with their nearest Zimbabwe Embassy for up to date information.

                                                                          Please note: As of January 2016, the KAZA Visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia will be unavailable to purchase. Singular visas for Zimbabwe remain available on arrival at point of entries.


                                                                          BOTSWANA:

                                                                          Australia: No visa required
                                                                          Belgium: No visa required
                                                                          Canada: No visa required
                                                                          Germany: No visa required
                                                                          Ireland: Yes - visa required
                                                                          Netherlands: No visa required
                                                                          New Zealand: No visa required
                                                                          South Africa: No visa required
                                                                          Switzerland: No visa required
                                                                          United Kingdom: No visa required
                                                                          USA: No visa required

                                                                          Citizens of countries not listed above, including most EU countries, should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required. For passengers requiring a visa to Botswana, application forms can be downloaded from http://www.gov.bw/en/ as well as instructions for applying.

                                                                          Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate:
                                                                          A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for all passengers over one year of age who arrive or are transiting through Botswana, from a country or region listed by the World Health Organization as infected by yellow fever. Travellers unable to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival will be refused entry. There is no option for travellers without a vaccination certificate to be vaccinated on arrival. Please note this also includes transiting through an infected country or region.


                                                                          NAMIBIA:

                                                                          Australia: No visa required
                                                                          Belgium: No visa required
                                                                          Canada: No visa required
                                                                          Germany: No visa required
                                                                          Ireland: No visa required
                                                                          Netherlands: No visa required
                                                                          New Zealand: No visa required
                                                                          South Africa: No visa required
                                                                          Switzerland: No visa required
                                                                          United Kingdom: No visa required
                                                                          USA: No visa required

                                                                          Nationals from the countries listed above are not required to obtain a tourist visa in Namibia if traveling for a maximum period of 90 days. For any other nationalities, please contact the local consulate or embassy for visa requirements. Please check with the relevant visa office before departure to make sure there has been no change.


                                                                          SOUTH AFRICA:

                                                                          Australia: No visa required
                                                                          Belgium: No visa required
                                                                          Canada: No visa required
                                                                          Germany: No visa required
                                                                          Ireland: No visa required
                                                                          Netherlands: No visa required
                                                                          New Zealand: No visa required
                                                                          Switzerland: No visa required
                                                                          United Kingdom: No visa required
                                                                          USA: No visa required

                                                                          Citizens of the above countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all other countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.

                                                                          Entry Requirements – Passports:
                                                                          Please note that non-machine readable passports are no longer accepted by South African immigration. All visitors to South Africa must have a machine readable travel document (e-passport). Failure to present an e-passport will result in denied entry. Passengers with a valid visa issued in a non-machine readable passport will be handled on a case by case basis, but a fine will still be applicable.

                                                                          Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate:
                                                                          A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for all passengers over one year of age who arrive or are transiting through South Africa, from a country or region listed by the World Health Organization as infected by yellow fever. Travellers unable to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival in South Africa will be refused entry. There is no option for travellers without a vaccination certificate to be vaccinated on arrival. Please note this also includes transiting through an infected country or region.

                                                                          Entry Requirements - Travelling with Children:
                                                                          Parents need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. This regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. Additionally, further documentation including permission to travel, may be required if only one parent is travelling. These are requirements of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/traveling-with-children

                                                                          We recommend travellers check all entry and visa requirements before travel as they can change.


                                                                          BORDER CROSSINGS ON THIS TRIP:

                                                                          Exit Kenya - Namanga (Day 2)
                                                                          Enter Tanzania - Namanga

                                                                          Exit Tanzania - Kasumulu (Day 15)
                                                                          Enter Malawi - Songwe

                                                                          Exit Malawi - Mchinji (Day 18)
                                                                          Enter Zambia - Chipata

                                                                          Exit Zambia - Chirundu (Day 22)
                                                                          Enter Zimbabwe – Chirundu

                                                                          Exit Zimbabwe - Kazungula (Day 29)
                                                                          Enter Botswana - Kazungula

                                                                          Exit Botswana - Ngoma (Day 31)
                                                                          Enter Namibia - Ngoma

                                                                          Exit Namibia to Botswana - Mohembo (Day 32)

                                                                          Exit Botswana to Namibia - Mohembo (Day 34)

                                                                          Exit Namibia to South Africa - Noodoewer (Day 47)

                                                                          Enter South Africa - Vioolsdrift
                                                                          What to take
                                                                          What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances.

                                                                          Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

                                                                          Below are some ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip.

                                                                          ESSENTIALS:
                                                                          - Sleeping bag. We recommend a 3–4 season sleeping bag because it can get very cold at night in winter months in desert and mountainous regions.
                                                                          - Travel pillow
                                                                          - Closed in shoes. As this trip includes camping and/or bush walking we highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings from dangerous animals in this environment.
                                                                          - Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing, some warm items for the evenings, and long shirts and pants for protection against mosquitoes in the malaria areas. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. Some people like to take jeans for evenings out but they can be tough to dry and should not be used for trekking. Avoid nylon and other synthetics, which can be very uncomfortable in hot weather. Ex-military or military style clothing and equipment is NOT recommended.
                                                                          - Waterproof/windproof jacket is a good idea for wet days, and early morning or evening game activities when it can be cool.
                                                                          - Warm fleece and beanie for morning and evening game drives.
                                                                          - Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

                                                                          RECOMMENDED:
                                                                          - A simple plastic bag/waterproof toiletry bag (that can hang on a nail on the back of a door) will be useful to keep your clothes dry inside basic camp shower structures.
                                                                          - A good quality, high-beam headlamp or torch for around the campsite at night. Some campsites have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time. Although the trucks do carry lamps for meal times it’s a good idea to bring a headlamp to navigate the campsites and in particular going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
                                                                          - Personal medical kit. Your guide will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes, anti-diarrhoeal, antibacterial gel, wet wipes, bandaids/plasters etc.
                                                                          - Insect repellent.
                                                                          - Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
                                                                          - Camera with spare batteries. Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days but we recommend you take a spare battery. You’ll take more photos than you think.

                                                                          OPTIONAL:
                                                                          - Sleep sheet. If you are travelling during the hot season you may wish to also pack a sleep sheet so you will be comfortable no matter what the weather.
                                                                          - Thermarest. While we provide a basic camping mattress for each client, some travellers find they like the extra comfort of a double layer.
                                                                          - Ear plugs to guard against a snoring tent-mate
                                                                          - A good book, a journal or an Ipod for the long drives.

                                                                          LUGGAGE LIMIT:
                                                                          The weight limit for luggage on all trucks is maximum 20kg.
                                                                          The size of luggage that can be brought on our overland trips is limited by the individual locker space on the trucks. The lockers measure 26 inches long, 18 inches wide and 10 inches high. Your main luggage will be stored in these lockers with day bags stored at your feet or on the overhead shelf. For this reason, we highly recommend you pack light with luggage no larger than the locker dimensions. Traditional, framed suitcases will not fit in the truck lockers. Backpacks or duffel bags are an ideal choice. You will need to bring your own lock for your locker. We recommend a 20-30mm sized padlock.

                                                                          VALUABLES:
                                                                          Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your hotel safe and the safe on the overland truck to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

                                                                          BATTERIES/POWER:
                                                                          Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We always recommend that you carry an extra battery for your camera just in case. Our overland vehicles are equipped with multiple power boards which may be used at the crew’s discretion, however, do bear in mind that only a minimal number of items can be charged at a time and will not be allowed if there is a risk of running the vehicle’s batteries low. Batteries may also be recharged from hotel room wall sockets. Hotels and many campsites have electricity and charging of batteries is advised before checking out the following day.
                                                                          Climate and seasonal information
                                                                          Yes it is Africa, however the winter months can be very cold. Please bring a very warm sleeping bag as well warm winter clothing such as thermals, wool pullover, fleece, jacket, gloves and a woolly hat.
                                                                          Health
                                                                          All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                                                                          You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

                                                                          YELLOW FEVER:
                                                                          A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

                                                                          It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.


                                                                          DRINKING WATER:
                                                                          As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it may contain much higher levels of different minerals than the water you are used to at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about three litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.


                                                                          TSETSE FLY:
                                                                          It is best to avoid dark coloured clothes such as blue and black while on safari. These colours can attract the biting tsetse fly.

                                                                          TYPHOID:
                                                                          It is recommended that if you are travelling to Harare you make sure that your Typhoid vaccinations are up to date. There has been an outbreak of typhoid in parts of Harare, with over 1500 cases reported since October 2011. For more information speak to your doctor and see the World Health Organization (WHO) website.
                                                                          Travel insurance
                                                                          Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                                                                          When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                                                                          If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                                                                          http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php

                                                                          PLEASE NOTE: Some travel insurance policies are not recognised by some Namibian hospitals; you should check with your provider if their product is accepted in Namibia before you travel and seek alternative coverage where necessary.
                                                                          A couple of rules
                                                                          Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                                                                          Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                                                                          Responsible Travel
                                                                          We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

                                                                          http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

                                                                          The Intrepid Foundation
                                                                          Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                                                                          The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                                                                          http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

                                                                          Organisations and projects currently supported in Kenya include:

                                                                          * New Hope Children's Centre aims to assist the less fortunate in society and give them hope. The centre currently caters for 170 children, both boys and girls, from many parts of Kenya: 130 are residents and 40 live with their grandmothers, with New Hope paying for their school fees and assisting with clothing where necessary.
                                                                          www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/new-hope-childrens-centre/


                                                                          Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Tanzania include:

                                                                          * Amani Children's Home rescues street children and orphans from homelessness and restores hope in their lives. At the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Amani provides children off the street with a safe and loving home, education, medical care, healthy food, and counselling. Donations through the Intrepid Foundation will be used to rescue, feed, educate and care for the hundreds of homeless children that Amani helps every year.
                                                                          www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/amani-childrens-home/

                                                                          * The Village Education Project Kilimanjaro (VEPK) was established in 1994 with the belief that education is one of the most important parts of building sound long-term economic growth for Tanzania. With the motto ‘Elimu ni uhai - Education is life’, its projects aim to provide improved primary and vocational education to Tanzanian children.
                                                                          www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/education-east-africa-project/


                                                                          * Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) provides porters with support, advocacy and education, and works with the travel industry to ensure good climbing practices and conditions for the hardworking porters.
                                                                          www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/kilimanjaro-porters-assistance-project/


                                                                          Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in South Africa include:

                                                                          * Thusanani Children's Foundation works to prevent and treat developmental delay in orphaned and vulnerable South African children, aged 0-6, in Children's Homes (orphanages) where they live. Developmental delay in these children has a far reaching negative impact on their formal schooling in later years and they run the risk of being seen as children with special education needs. Treatment and prevention of developmental delay can set children on the right path that enables them to be contributing members of society, and break the cycle of abuse and poverty.

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