7 Day Zambezi Boogy

Tour Overview:

This exciting tour is an adventure, starting in Johannesburg, driving through Botswana to Zambia’s famous Victoria Falls. From the time we reach Livingstone, the energy kicks in from the sheer power of the falls, before joining an exciting Zambezi sunset cruise for sundowners.

We are conveniently placed on the water’s edge with the days there for us to let our hair down, kick off our shoes and experience some world class activities from white water rafting, gorge swinging to elephant back safaris. Victoria Falls is known as Africa’s playground and is a must on every travellers to do list. Stopping in Chobe for a night, we spend the night on the banks of the Chobe river, where we have the opportunity to take a game drive in Chobe National Park, or a river cruise before taking the drive back to South Africa.

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Highlights

  • Elephant Sands waterhole
  • Victoria Falls
  • Livingstone markets
  • Zambezi River & gorge
  • Zambezi River sunset cruise
  • Chobe District

Tour Summary:

Day 1: Johannesburg – Elephant Sands / Nata, Botswana (Distance Travelled: +/- 820km)
Highlights included: Limpopo River, Francistown, roaming wildlife, Elephant Sands
Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Elephant Sands – Livingstone, Zambia (Distance Travelled: +/- 320km)
Highlights included: Chobe River, Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, Sunset Dinner Cruises
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Livingstone / Victoria Falls (Distance Travelled: 0km)
Highlights included: Free day to choose from many activities (optional extra’s)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Livingstone / Victoria Falls (Distance Travelled: 0km)
Highlights included: Free day to choose from many activities (optional extra’s)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Livingstone, Zambia – Chobe National Park, Botswana (Distance Travelled: +/- 80km)
Highlights included: Zambezi River Ferry crossing, Chobe River, Chobe River sunset cruise
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Chobe National Park – Palapye (Distance Travelled: +/- 610km)
Highlights included: Rural Botswana, local Villages, roaming wildlife
Optional Activities: Open vehicle game drive in Chobe
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Palapye – Johannesburg, South Africa (Distance Travelled: +/- 560km)
Highlights included: Limpopo River, Johannesburg
Meals included: Breakfast

Highlights

  • Elephant Sands waterhole
  • Victoria Falls
  • Livingstone markets
  • Zambezi River & gorge
  • Zambezi River sunset cruise
  • Chobe District

Day 1:
Johannesburg – Elephant Sands/ Nata, Botswana
Distance travelled: +/- 820km
Departing from South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, we embark on a new journey taking a pleasant five hour road trip north to the Botswana border post, “Martins Drift”. Crossing the Limpopo River we clear immigrations before changing our currency into “Pula”, the local currency of Botswana as rain is a sought after luxury in Botswana, the currency is called “Pula and Thebe” interpreted means “rain drops” in Tswana, the national ethnic language. More than one-half of the population live in rural areas and are largely dependent on subsistence crop and livestock farming. We meander through vast open savannahs passing many local villages and bustling trading towns, including Palapye, before our lunch stop in Francistown, a once thriving gold mining town. We complete our road trip crossing over “veterinary fences” (to control foot and mouth disease) into wilder habitat where Elephants roam freely and if we are lucky we may see some! We arrive at the tranquil rustic setting of Elephant Sands Safari Lodge in the late afternoon and if we are fortunate enough we may see Elephants come up to the lodge and the campsite at night.

Highlights: Limpopo River, Francistown, roaming wildlife, Elephant Sands
Accommodation: Elephant Sands Safari Lodge or similar
Meals included: Dinner

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Day 2:
Elephant Sands – Livingstone, Zambia
Distance travelled: +/- 320km
Feeling refreshed and soothed from a peaceful night’s sleep, we have an exciting day ahead of us. A short journey takes us north, crossing the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi River, via a river ferry and into Zambia. Formally known as Northern Rhodesia, Zambia’s population comprises of more than 70 different Bantu ethnic groups, speaking different dialects. Some ethnic groups are small and only three have enough people to constitute at least 10% of the population and most Zambians are subsistence farmers. Arriving at our beautiful campsite on the banks of the Zambezi River, just south of Livingstone, over lunch you get the opportunity to choose and book some exciting excursions or adventure activities for the following free day. Without hesitation or valuable time lost, we enter the gates into the Victoria Falls National Park, witnessing firsthand the intense exhilaration of energy generated from this spectacular natural wonder. With tons of water gushing over the rock face and the cool spray of water over us, we explore the many nature paths winding through the dense moist forest surrounding the face of Victoria Falls. Early evening we end our day joining a peaceful sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, soaking up the African ambiance with herds of Elephant and Wild Buck wondering the muddy banks. We return to camp for an enjoyable evening.

Highlights: Chobe River, Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, Zambezi Sunset cruise with dinner
Accommodation: Zambezi Waterfront or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

vic falls

Day 3:
Livingstone / Victoria Falls
Distance travelled: 0km
Today is a free day to explore and enjoy what this magnificent destination has on offer. The Zambezi boasts one of the world’s highest rated rivers, for pure white river rafting through its many challenging and novice rapids. Alternative options are, the David Livingstone museum which is easily accessible and provides in-depth historical insight, dating back to and including the discovery of the falls, or explore the colonial town on foot and visit the local trading markets. Some choose crossing the border for a day visit into the neighbouring Zimbabwean town. Victoria Falls is a great way to spend a few hours or take a leap of faith bungee jumping to the foot of the falls. Doing an Elephant back safari is a stunning way to get close to these animals and enjoy a guided trail riding these majestic mammals. From game walks, helicopter flips or jet boating to name a few, Livingstone will capture and fulfill your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit.

Highlights: Free day to choose many activities
Accommodation: Zambezi Waterfront or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

vvic

Day 4:
Livingstone / Victoria Falls
Distance travelled: 0km
Today is a free day to explore and enjoy what this magnificent destination has on offer. The Zambezi boasts one of the world’s highest rated rivers, for pure white river rafting through its many challenging and novice rapids. Alternative options are, the David Livingstone museum which is easily accessible and provides in-depth historical insight, dating back to and including the discovery of the falls, or explore the colonial town on foot and visit the local trading markets. Some choose crossing the border for a day visit into the neighbouring Zimbabwean town. Victoria Falls is a great way to spend a few hours or take a leap of faith bungee jumping to the foot of the falls. Doing an Elephant back safari is a stunning way to get close to these animals and enjoy a guided trail riding these majestic mammals. From game walks, helicopter flips or jet boating to name a few, Livingstone will capture and fulfill your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit.

Highlights: Free day to choose many activities
Accommodation: Zambezi Waterfront or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5:
Livingstone, Zambia – Chobe National Park, Botswana
Distance travelled: +/- 80km
From Livingstone we travel the short distance for an exciting ferry crossing from Zambia into Botswana over the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers. We arrive in the small town of Kasane, where we check in at this river side lodge. After a lunch break, you have free time to relax around the pool, or take the opportunity to board an optional open 4×4 safari vehicle, in search of Lion, Leopard, Hyena, Elephant, Giraffe and a host of antelope and bird species, while snaking our way through the sandy tracks and rugged terrain. Chobe National Park was the first national park to be established in Botswana and by size, it is the third largest park in the country. The Chobe River is one of Africa’s most beautiful and supports a huge concentration of animals. Later in the afternoon, we join an exciting river boat cruise giving us a unique and in-depth perspective of life on the banks of the Chobe River, scattered with wildlife seeking water as night falls. Happy and content, we relax for the night under the African skies on the banks of the Chobe River.

Highlights: Zambezi River Ferry crossing,Chobe River, Chobe River sunset cruise
Accommodation: Thebe Safari Lodge or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

river cruise

Day 6:
Chobe National Park – Palapye
Distance travelled: +/- 610km

Approx driving time: Half day
Following a late morning breakfast, we begin an easy paced drive towards Palapye, a small trading town near the border. Driving south we might be lucky to encounter huge Elephant and Buffalo alongside the road, as there are no fences in this area, allowing the migratory herds to walk at will in search of richer pastures and water. We stop in Nata for lunch before passing through Francistown, and we spend our last night in the bustling trading town of Palapye.

Highlights: Rural Botswana, local Villages, roaming wildlife
Optional activities: Open vehicle game drive in Chobe
Accommodation: Camp Itumela
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

zebra

Day 7:
Palapye – Johannesburg, South Africa
Leaving early we cross the border back into South Africa, where the tour ends late afternoon in Johannesburg.

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Camping Trip – Zambia

  • 2 – Crew
  • 12 – Passengers Max
  • Mini bus / coach
  • Starts – Johannesburg
  • Ends – Johannesburg
  • 7 day – 6 Nights
  • Camping – 6 Nights
  • 2 – Man Dome Tents
  • 6 Breakfast – 0 Lunch – 6 Dinners
PRICE per person  R8525.00 pps

Local Payment  USD$160 Pay to the tour leader
Single Supplement R300 book your own tent

Tour Price includes your tour, accommodation, included highlights and meals as indicated.
Local Payment: The local payment (LP)set out in the brochure is to be paid to the tour guide/driver on day 1 of this tour. This local payment covers running costs on the road – meals indicated, accommodation and tour highlights. Traveller’s cheques and credit cards are not accepted. Payments must be made in US Dollars (US Dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes)
Single Supplement will secure your own tent and must be paid when booking your tour.

 

2014 Departure Dates

Useful Information

Monday every second week ends Sundays
Leaving Johannesburg

05h00             End Date

  • 2014-11-10 – 2014-11-16
  • 2014-11-24 – 2014-11-30
  • 2014-12-08 – 2014-12-14
  • 2014-12-22 – 2014-12-28
  • 2015-01-05 – 2015-01-11
  • 2015-01-19 – 2015-01-25
  • 2015-02-02 – 2015-02-08
  • 2015-02-16 – 2015-02-22
  • 2015-03-02 – 2015-03-08
  • 2015-03-16 – 2015-03-22
  • 2015-03-30 – 2015-04-05
  • 2015-04-13 – 2015-04-19
  • 2015-04-24 – 2015-05-03
  • 2015-05-11 – 2015-04-17
  • 2015-05-25 – 2015-05-31
  • 2015-06-08 – 2015-06-14
  • 2015-06-22 – 2015-06-28
  • 2015-07-06 – 2015-07-12
  • 2015-07-20 – 2015-07-26
  • 2015-08-03 – 2015-08-09
  • 2015-08-17 – 2015-08-23
  • 2015-08-31 – 2015-09-06
  • 2015-09-14 – 2015-09-20
  • 2015-09-28 – 2015-10-04
  • 2015-10-12 – 2015-10-18
  • 2015-10-26 – 2015-11-01
  • 2015-11-09 – 2015-11-15
  • 2015-11-23 – 2015-11-29
  • 2015-12-07 – 2015-12-13
  • 2015-12-22 – 2015-12-27
  • 2016-01-04 – 2016-01-10
  • 2016-01-18 – 2016-01-24
  • 2016-02-01 – 2016-02-07
  • 2016-02-15 – 2016-02-21
  • 2016-02-29 – 2016-03-06
  • 2016-03-14 – 2016-03-20
  • 2016-03-28 – 2016-04-03
Food & Meals
The crew will buy fresh meat, vegetables and fruit each day, ensuring that all needs are catered for. The local produce is cost effective and a healthier option too. We all help with the cooking and cleaning on tour – working as a team creates harmony and lasting friendships long after the tour is over. We do enjoy local specialties occasionally at the local restaurants, which is for your pocket. Lunch is usually not included as there are many local shops with various lunch options for you to try out.

TOUR INFORMATION

TOUR STYLE:
Adventure Camping

WHAT’S INCLUDED:
Tour highlights, transport, accommodation, meals as indicated and the services of an ENGLISH speaking driver / tour leader.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Visas, visa fees, travel insurance, flights, airport transfers, optional activities, laundry, gratuities, passports and items of a personal nature.

ACCOMMODATION:
Choose between our specially selected camping grounds with shared facilities or if your taste is a home from home en-suite facility, with a pool, restaurant and bar, whatever your style, whatever your adventure, we’ve got it covered!

TRANSPORT:
Minibus: With a minimum of 4 passengers to a maximum of 18.

BOOKING INFORMATION:
On confirmation of booking you will receive pre-departure and all relevant information. After receipt of full payment, travel vouchers and all pertaining information will promptly be delivered to you! If you could please contact your local travel agent for flights arrangements to and from your tour start and finish destination.

DEPARTURE POINT & DROP OFF POINT
These facilities are approximately +-10km’s from Johannesburg International Airport.
MoAfrika Lodge
Tel: +27 82 506 9641
Email:info@moafrika.com
120 Sandham Rd
Norton Home Estate
Benoni, Johannesburg
PICK UP TIME:
05h00
DROP OFF TIME:
Early Evening
PRE-TOUR ACCOMMODATION
The tour departs from Johannesburg early in the morning of Day 1; we advise – and we have experience with this advice – that you arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements.If you so desire and time allows, we suggest that you stay an extra night or several after the tour ends to experience Johannesburg. Drinking at a world famous shebeen in the Alexander township is an experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the world!! The Alexander Township is where you can eat a hearty plate of African cuisine, quench your thirst with traditional home-brewed ale while listening to Kwaito with a shebeen queen, and maybe visit the first home of our former President Nelson Mandela.We have suggested the below accommodation for your convenience, the price is a guide line only and may vary slightly depending on season.
Twin Room en-suite Sharing: R560.00
Single Room en-suite: R 455.00
Dorm Bedded Room: R175.00

WHAT TO BRING
Luggage allowance is 20kg per passenger on most airlines, we don’t have a specific weight allowance, but suggest to travel lightly. We do suggest bringing a large soft backpack and a smaller bag for the day. Please bring a mixture of lightweight cool clothing for the day and warm clothing for the mornings and evenings, even when it’s not cold at night, after being in the sun all day, when the sun goes down, you will feel the temperature drop! Game drives can also be chilly. A towel and a pillow is a necessity. A money belt/pouch is more convenient and comfortable than carrying a wallet or purse around. We suggest leaving your valuables at home or use the lodge safe to store valuables and or your cash, passports and travel tickets. A sleeping bag is needed unless you choose to upgrade.

VACCINATIONS / HEALTH
Below is a table indicating the vaccinations suggested for this tour. Please note this is a guide line only and you should seek professional medical advice with regards to vaccinations/tablets. You will need to visit your gp or clinic at least 6 weeks prior to departure should you decide to take anti-malaria tablets. Some area’s visited are malarial.

Zambezi Boogy Vaccinations

C = Compulsory,
R = Recommended,
R* = It is an immigration requirement and a Yellow Fever certificate is procedure if travelling to Zambia from South Africa or vice versa. If travelling from countries requiring a certificate, you will need to provide proof of certificate or the certificate.
NB: This information is a guide line only you can contact us at Rush Adventures for any queries or advise regarding vaccinations on any of the tours and we will gladly assist you.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
Please note the visa requirements be checked at least one month prior to travel.
Most nationalities do not need visas in advance as they are obtainable at the border entry points and can be paid for is US dollars $ – cash.

Below is a table indicating visa’s required when traveling from overseas. Please see your local consulate/embassies or a visa specialist for up to date information and assistance pertaining to visas. UK citizens can go to www.fco.gov.uk for travel information. Other nationalities please contact your local relevant embassy.

Zambezi Boogy Visa Requirements

PERSONAL EXPENSES / SPENDING MONEY
Spending money. Souvenirs, drinks, snacks, tips and items of a personal nature is to your own discretion and needs/wants. We suggest you budget on R200.00 ($10 – $15) a day. Most of your spending will be done in South Africa and therefore in South African Rand. In Botswana the currency is Pula and Zambia the currency is Kwacha. Any added optional activities, accommodation before or after the trip, is for your discretion. It’s advised to bring US dollars ($) for any international airport taxes or visas.

Spending money is advised to be in cash in either South African Rand or US Dollars. Pound Sterling or Euro can be exchanged into Rand on arrival and/or as you travel. Your guide will give general guidance in regards to this during the tour.

ATM MACHINES
Are found throughout South Africa, Botswana and in Livingstone. Please note these are sometimes unreliable and only dispense local currency so visa or mastercard’s and certain banks are the only cards that will dispense local currency.

CREDIT CARDS
Can be used for additional activities although as we all know carry additional charges.

TRAVELLERS CHEQUES
Can be inconvenient to cash but make for suitable emergency funds.

TIPPING/GRADITUITY
It is customary to pay gratuity to staff at the end of the tour should the standard be worthy of this. In areas where tourism is an integral part of the economy we suggest to do so, but naturally this remains at your discretion.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
We give you the maximum flexibility on tour, therefore we offer a number of optional activities. Below are approximate prices in US dollars ($). Prices are subject to change but not astronomically.

Botswana – Elephant Sands Game Drive $25
Chobe Open Game Drive $25
Zambia – Zambezi Jet Boating & Cable Car $110
Elephant back safari $160>
Lion Encounter $140 – $225
Bungee Jump over the Falls $90 – $155
Flights over the Falls (various modes) $140 – $280

INSURANCE
Rush Adventures strongly advise full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergencies and repatriation to your home country should the need arise. Your guide can hold a copy of this if you so wish. Please leave a copy of your insurance with your nominated emergency contact. We can provide specialist travel insurance for your tour through our local operator. Please contact Rush Adventures for more information.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
We believe that you will get the most of your journey by respecting the culture and the locals from the places you visit. Our tours benefit the communities we pass through, minimizing any negative impact on the environment and by getting involved with local charity projects assisting the communities. We ensure the campsites used are left clean as they will be found clean. If we could kindly ask you to take into consideration the traditions and be respectful of others and the communities in which they live, for example dressing respectfully in conservative areas.

Remember: Proactive and responsible travel helps develop and more importantly maintain cross-cultural boundaries, understandings and friendships with the locals, and this will add to your experience of Africa, its cultures and your adventure.

HOW TO BOOK – 3 EASY STEPS

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We are based in Johannesburg, South Africa GMT+100.
Our reservation’s office is open Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00. To contact us and speak to one of our helpful, experienced and friendly consultants don’t hesitate to call us on: +27 11 974 8245 or send us an email: info@rushadventures.co.za

  • Confirm the date you would like to travel with your consultant.
  • Fill in the booking form with all required information and details to your tour. We will then send you an invoice with your booking number.
  • Make the payment via an Internet bank transfer or deposit directly into the Rush Adventures banking account. Once payment is confirmed, confirmation of travel and all pertaining vouchers and documents will be promptly sent to you.

A deposit of 20% is required on booking and the balance is due 6 weeks prior to departure.
A cancellation fee will be charged accordingly to Rush Adventure in the event thereof. All conditions are stated on the booking form.

Please notify us when booking if there are any dietary requirements or medical conditions to make your tour streamlined to your individual needs. The Adventure Boost is payable to the tour leader on the day of departure.

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