Namibia & Botswana Family Adventure Trip Notes

Namibia & Botswana Family Adventure

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: 04 Oct 2016
Namibia & Botswana Family Adventure
Trip code: UDFA
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Take your tribe to explore the wilds of Southern Africa. Travel through Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana on a once-in-a-lifetime family adventure. From Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls to Namibia's German-inspired Windhoek, travel through Namibia and Botswana searching out new cultures, vast deserts and Africa's Big Five.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodation NotesFinishing point instructions
ThemesMeals introductionEmergency contact
Is this trip right for you?MealsVisas
Why we love itTransportWhat to take
MapMoney mattersHealth
ItineraryGroup leaderTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerSafetyA couple of rules
Physical ratingJoining pointResponsible Travel
Important notesJoining point descriptionThe Intrepid Foundation
Group sizeJoining point instructionsFeedback
Your fellow travellersFinish point
AccommodationFinish point description
Family, Overland, Wildlife
Is this trip right for you?
- Flexibility and patience are essential on any overland trip. Note that all travel times listed are approximate only, and can be influenced by traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, border formalities and other factors.
- This is a parcipatory trip, so everyone is expected to help out with camp setup, cooking and tidying. It's a great chance to socialise and bond with like-minded adventurers.
Why we love it
- Travelling on an excellent, custom-built overland bus, you'll be perched up nice and high for superior views of Africa's awe-inspiring animals
- There's nothing quite like the rumble and roar of Victoria Falls, the most legendary cascades on the continent. Seeing them from the Zimbabwe side, you'll have the broadest view
- Learn the culture, crafts, tracking skills and ancient survival techniques of the San tribe on a fun bushwalk
- The all-hands-on-deck approach of this trip gives it a real sense of team spirit – perfect for a family holiday
- A mokoro (traditional canoe) ride through the Okavango Delta is an experience you'll never forget, no matter what your age. Punting along the waterways of this incredible ecosystem, you'll be greeted by elephants and grunting hippos
- Clamber up the highest sand dunes in the world and see a dazzling sunset of blazing colours in Sossusvlei

Day 1 Victoria Falls
Welcome to Victoria Falls, one of Africa's most spectacular natural wonders. It's also one of Zimbabwe's friendliest places. If you're joining the trip in Victoria Falls, you will most likely enter Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport. There will be a group meeting at 10 am at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. Your leader will leave a note at the hotel reception informing you of its location. When you arrive you will easily spot the Dragoman truck (to the right-hand-side of the reception) where you'll be able to meet one of the crew.
Victoria Falls Rest Camp or similar (1 nt)
Day 2 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. If you have time, it's also possible to take a jet-boat down through the gorges and rapids under the falls, or go white water rafting, canoeing, horse-riding, abseiling or gorge-swinging. You can also cross over to Livingstone and visit the Livingstone Museum, which contains a few of explorer David Livingstone's possessions.
Victoria Falls Rest Camp or similar (1 nt)
1 breakfast
Day 3 Chobe National Park
Journey across the border into Botswana (at Kazungula) and head to Kasane (approximately 3 hours). This is the gateway town to the beautiful Chobe National Park. This afternoon you will visit the park on a boat trip down the beautiful Chobe River, seeing how many animals you can spot along the way. Keep an eye out for swimming elephants, a huge variety of bird life, and hippos and crocs sunning themselves by the water's edge. The boat trip is a fantastic opportunity to photograph the wildlife, and you'll be able to get quite close to some of the animals without disturbing them. You can also take an optional open-top 4x4 adventure through the park. In Kasane you will stay in a well-equipped campsite in the grounds of a safari lodge.
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
1 breakfast
Day 4 Bagani
Today's journey is a long one (432 km), crossing the border at Ngoma and heading into the Caprivi Strip region of Namibia. In the late afternoon you will reach your campsite at Bagani, situated in the unspoiled upper reaches of the Okavango Panhandle, on Namibia's Caprivi Strip. The camp is set on an island under amazing trees and has river frontage. This area, nestled between Mahango National Park and Bwabwata National Park, is a paradise of flooded plains that are teeming with wildlife. Tonight you will stay at a well equipped Bagani camp site. Spend the evening preparing for your visit to the Okavango Delta, which is across the border in Botswana.

Notes: If you wish to upgrade from a tent tonight, you can try a tree house or a bush hut (this will need to be booked in well in advance). It is unlikely you will be able to upgrade once you have joined the trip, but your leader can always check late availability for you.
Ngepi Campsite (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 5 Okavango Delta
Today you will drive south back into Botswana, crossing the border at Muhembo, heading to the village of Sepupa (approximately 4 hours). Leave your vehicle and boat behind, and meet your 'mokoro' team who will take you out into the beautiful Okavango Delta. Board the mokoros (small dugout-style canoes) and get poled out into the reed beds of the delta. Each canoe takes two people. Reeds and lily pads line the streams, and birds, startled by the mokoros, rise out of the long grasses. Floating along, you may hear the charming grunt of a hippo as it shatters the peaceful ambience. You'll camp out on an island in the middle of a wilderness area (a permanent campsite with facilities). All meals are provided by your friendly local hosts.
Dragoman Camp Okavango (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 6 Okavango Delta
Explore the island on foot, then take the mokoros out to a different island for more game walks. Enjoy some lunch, then take the mokoro back to camp. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to swim in a safe area of the delta and have a try at poling the canoe yourself! Stay overnight at your island camp. The Okavango Delta is home to one of the world's most fascinating ecosystems – a world of meandering waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, elephants and many big cats. Despite the abundance of wildlife, spotting game here is not always easy – here the main attraction is the lush environment itself.
Dragoman Camp Okavango (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 7 Bagani
Today you will return to your truck and drive back across the Namibian border to your campsite in Bagani (approximately 4 hours). You will be crossing the border at Muhembo. Bagani is a small, friendly town with some good hiking trails along a river. There are also plenty of nice spots in which you can simply relax and soak up the ambience. Here you will stay in a campsite that's well equpped and comfortable.
Ngepi Campsite (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 8 Rundu
Drive to the town of Rundu (approximately 3 hours). The drive along the Caprivi Strip has some marvellous spots and Rundu is one of them. It's the capital of the Kavango region of Namibia, which borders Angola, and a centre of activity for Namibia's growing Angolan community. With your afternoon free, perhaps grab a bite to eat at Paw Paw's or see what the wood carvings at the market look like. Tonight you will stay in a well-equipped campsite on the banks of the beautiful Okavango. There is the option of a walk around the nearby villages for an interesting snapshot of local life. In the evening, perhaps indulge in a sunset river cruise.
n'Kwazi Lodge - PP (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 9 Grootfontein
Continue your journey into the heart of Namibia, to the area north of the town of Grootfontein (approximately 7 hours). This region is home to many of the San people, and you will visit a village community project here. Embark on a riveting 'bushwalk', learning all about the survival skills, crafts and age-old traditions that make the San culture special. There's the option of visiting the largest known meteorite on earth, known as Hoba, while you're here. Afterwards, retire to your well-equipped campsite to relax.
Roy's Camp or similar (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 10 Etosha National Park
Head west to the stunning Etosha National Park. 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. A two-day stay in the park gives you plenty of quality animal-viewing time in the truck. 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 be staying at two different campsites within the park while you're here.
Etosha Camping - PP (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 dinner
Day 11 Etosha National Park
Enjoy further game-viewing in the park. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching, which means significant numbers of elephants, antelope and other herbivores reside here. Etosha National Park is also home to some 340 species of birds – keep an eye to the sky where you might be lucky enough to 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.

Etosha Camping - PP (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 12 Brandberg
Depart Etosha via one last short game drive, and head to the stunning mountainous desert landscape of Brandberg (approximately 5 hours). The Brandberg area is home to the desert-adapted elephant, and travelling through this area you might catch a glimpse of this elusive creature. Brandberg is also where some incredible ancient San cave paintings are found. The most famous of these is the Brandberg White Lady. You will have the chance to make the short trek to these paintings either this evening or tomorrow morning. Tonight you'll camp in the grounds of a lodge.
White Lady Lodge Camp (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 13 Spitzkoppe
Venture into the sparsely-populated centre of Namibia and to the awe-inspiring mountain of Spitzkoppe (approximately 3 hours). Camp out in the wild and take the chance to explore the primaeval landscape of the mountain – some of the best scenery in the country. The mountain itself is 700 million years old and 1,987 metres high. You'll do some hiking along some excellent trails. 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. Those game enough for a 5.30 am start can do the same at sunset. The facilities are very basic at tonight's remote camp, with no showers or electricity.
Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp or similar (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 14 Swakopmund
Continue to the German-colonial town of Swakopmund (approximately 5 hours). It's located at the southern end of the famous and barren 'Skeleton Coast'. En route you'll take an interesting detour. 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 Atlantic Coast. Arrive in Swakopmund and take in its impressive location – it's surrounded by the massive dune fields of the Namib Desert on three sides, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Your accommodation is a comfortable, A-shaped self-catering chalet.
Swakopmund Rest Camp or similar (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 15 Swakopmund
Enjoy a day of free time. The town itself has a strong German heritage and a delightful atmosphere that makes it nice to walk around. Swimming and strolling at the beach is of course a relaxing way to wile away the hours. Those looking to take up some outdoor activities have many options, from sandboarding to mountain biking and even skydiving. Perhaps head out on horseback to explore the beautiful area around Swakopmund. Or take a boat out near the Forbidden Coast for some fishing. If you're curious about local tribal cultures, a good choice is to head out and meet the local Damara, Herero and Ovambo people. There's also the option of an incredible scenic flight. 
Swakopmund Rest Camp or similar (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 16 Namib Desert
Drive into the southern Namib desert to a remote campsite near the town of Solitaire (approximately 4 hours). Enjoy a guided walk through the desert with a local guide. You will learn all about the ecology of these incredible landscapes as you walk along. As well as wildlife like zebra and oryx, this desert boasts diverse flora. Probably the most famous of these is the wonder plant known as welwitschia mirabilis (endemic to the Namib). Many of these horizontal trees are over 1,000 years old. Your campsite in Solitaire is well-equipped with facilities.
Boesman's Farm (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 17 Sesriem / Sossusvlei
Drive the short distance to the small village of Sesriem (approximately 2 hours). This is the gateway to the highest sand dunes in the world and the ancient lakebeds of Sossusvlei. From Sesriem you will head out to the incredibly photogenic landscapes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei salt pans. You'll climb the famous sand dune known as 'Dune 45' and bear witness to a sunset of awesome blazing hues. Depending on the heat of the day, you might do this excursion the following morning instead, but it's no less spectacular at sunrise. There is also the option of a balloon ride over the dunes (this optional extra would take the place of the included desert excursion). Tonight you'll stay in a basic but well-equipped campsite.
Sesriem Camping or similar (1 nt)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 18 Windhoek
If you didn't take your excursion to Sossusvlei yesterday, it will happen this morning. Otherwise, you'll be able to sleep in a little longer. Then it's off to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia (approximately 6 hours). This is an old German colonial town, now a cosmopolitan centre. The Germanic architecture of this city contributes to its charming feel. Here you will stay in a nice hotel with good facilities.
Roof of Africa Hotel or similar (1 nt)
1 breakfast
Day 19 Windhoek
Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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.
Important notes
Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 7 years old.
A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 14 years and under at time of travel.

Group size
Maximum of 22 travellers per group.
Your fellow travellers
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.

A single supplement is not available to be purchased on this trip.
Cabin (2nt), Camping (with basic facilities) (5nt), Camping (with facilities) (10nt), Hotel (1nt)
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 US$60 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 or leader 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.
18 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
Boat, Mokoro, Overland vehicle

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.
Money matters
The Zimbabwe dollar is no longer in active use. The official currency of Zimbabwe is the US dollar (USD).

The official currency of Botswana is the Pula (BWP).

The official currency of Namibia is the Namibian dollar (NAD).

The best way to manage your money in Africa is a mixture of cash and an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard).

Cash is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.


The South African Rand can also be used widely in countries of Southern Africa. When changing money, only use reputable authorised money exchange vendors and never anyone on the street. There are many instances of travellers being given counterfeit notes or being tricked when money is being counted out.

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. 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.

When it comes to spending money 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 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).

If you are happy with the services providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. 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.

The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

Restaurants: Please check the bill and if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
At local markets and basic restaurants: Leave the loose change.
Local guides/Porters: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1 per person, per day for local guides/porters.
Your crew (including the leader and driver, and perhaps cook depending on your trip): You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$2-3 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. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

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, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping 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.

Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult

All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.

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.
Group leader
On this trip you will be accompanied by 2 crew members, a Group Leader and a Driver.

Your Intrepid Group Leader’s role involves organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip and managing trip logistics.

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.

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.

Our Group Leaders are chosen for their leadership skills and are wonderful ambassadors for our company and our beautiful continent and its people.

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.

We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader and driver; however, situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
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:

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.

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.

You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

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
Victoria Falls Rest Camp and Lodges - PEAK East Africa
Stand 5 Parkway
Victoria Falls
Phone: +27 0216836444
Joining point description
Victoria Falls Rest Camp is located in the middle of Victoria Falls town, with just about everything you need within walking distance.

The rest camp has all the facilities you should need for your stay, including a pool and access to the internet.
Joining point instructions
If you have pre-booked a transfer please look out for our representative holding a board with your name at the arrival terminal. Please do not go with anyone else.

If for some reason you do not make contact with the Intrepid representative at the airport please take a metered taxi to the starting point hotel.

If you are making your own way to the hotel, there is a taxi stand outside the airport building. A taxi should cost approximately 20USD.
Finish point
Roof of Africa Hotel, Conference and Travel Centre
124-126 Nelson Mandela Avenue
Finish point description
Roof of Africa Hotel is a small friendly Hotel, situated within 15 minutes walking distance from the vibrant city centre. The Hotel has 27 well appointed rooms overlooking the swimming pool.
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 general contact details please use the following page:

Dragoman have a dedicated 24 hour telephone number which should only be used once you have left home and in the event of a real emergency. Should you need to call the number, we will do what we can to help but please bear in mind that real progress or action may not be possible until normal office hours.

If your flight is delayed or cancelled, please let us know and then make your way to the joining hotel as instructed in these trip notes. If you cannot get through leave a message and a contact number as these will be regularly checked and the crew informed if necessary.

Emergency Number: +44 (0) 7985106564

For further contact details please use the following page:

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.

Dragoman: +44 (0) 7985106564
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.


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. All nationalities should check with their nearest Zimbabwe Embassy for more information. For most nationalities, Zimbabwe visas are available at the point of entry. If you plan to purchase your visa on arrival you will need US$ cash. The cost is approximately US$30/45.

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.


Australia: No visa required
Belgium: No visa required
Canada: No visa required
Germany: Yes - 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 other countries, including most EU countries, should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.

Visa process:
For passengers requiring a visa to Botswana, application forms can be downloaded from as well as instructions for applying.

Entry Requirements :
If you are arriving from a country where yellow fever is endemic, you will be required to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate to be allowed entry into Botswana.


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 visa, when traveling to Namibia as tourists for a maximum period of 90 days. For any other 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.

Exit Namibia - Buitepos
Enter Botswana - Mamuno

Exit Botswana - Shakawe
Enter Namibia - Mohembo
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 you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).

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 we have listed the essentials for this trip:

The size of baggage that can be brought on this tour is limited by the locker space on the truck. Different trucks have different sized lockers however to be safe we recommend that your bag be no larger than: length 15 inches, height 9.5 inches and depth 26.5 inches. You will need to bring your own lock for your locker. We recommend a 20-30mm sized padlock with a long shackle.The weight limit for luggage on all trucks is maximum 20kg. Backpacks shouldn't have an external frame unless it can be easily removed and stored separately to avoid damaging other people's luggage.

A sleeping bag (we recommend a 3–4 season). It can get very cold at night in winter months in desert and mountainous regions. If you're travelling during the hot season you may wish to also pack a sleep sheet so you will be comfortable no matter the weather. Pillows are NOT provided so please bring a travel pillow along.

Dragoman DO NOT provide ground mats on all of their overland trips that run in South and East Africa, between Nairobi and Cape Town.

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.

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.

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.

Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. 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.

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. Your vehicle will be equipped with a 12 volt “cigarette lighter” socket which may be used at the crew’s discretion, however, do bear in mind that only one piece of equipment can be charged at a time and it 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.

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.
All Intrepid 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 Travel 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.

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.

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.
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 or local representative has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
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.

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:

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.