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Wonders of Southern Africa

October 7, 2017 to October 24, 2017.


Day 1 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe:
On arrival into Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to your lodge. You have the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting.

Optional activities in Victoria Falls
Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Victoria Falls. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person and are quoted in US Dollars. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Certain activities only operate at specific times of the year.
Please contact our reservation office for further information. Should you wish to partake in an activity that is not listed below, we will gladly assist
you with rates and reservations.

15 Minute Helicopter Flight $ 150.00 (excl. levies)
22 Minute Helicopter Flight $ 235.00 (excl. levies)
Boma Dinner incl. transfers $ 55.00
Sunset Cruise $ 48.00
Dinner Cruise $ 85.00
Bungee Jump $ 160.00
Bridge Swing $ 160.00
Bridge Slide $ 45.00
Historical Bridge Tour $ 70.00
Canopy Tour $ 52.50
Flying Fox (Cable Slide) $ 42.00
Gorge Swing $ 94.50
Zip Line $ 68.50
Horse Back Safaris (novice) $ 85.00
Canoeing (full day) $ 150.00
Rafting (full day, low water) $ 150.00
Rafting (full day, high water) $ 140.00
Batoka Gorge Hike and Ndebele Village Tour $ 85.00
Traditional Village Tour $ 50.00
*Please note prices are subject to change

Accommodation: Lokuthula Lodges or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Meals: Lunch: not included Dinner: not included

Days 2 & 3 Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana:
Distance: 90 km Departure: 08h00

This morning your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - "the smoke that thunders". A mid-morning departure takes you from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on to Botswana, for the next two nights. On arriving at your campsite, you will have the remainder of the day at leisure or to partake in optional activities.

The next day, we rise early for a morning game drive in the Chobe
National Park, the second largest park in Botswana covering 10,566 km2. Chobe has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. In the afternoon we go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the wildlife and the spectacular sunset.

Accommodation:Chobe Safari Lodge Campsite or similar (tents, communal washrooms with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Meals
Day 2
Breakfast: At Lokuthula Lodges or similar
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: Prepared by the guide
Day 3
Breakfast: Prepared by the guide
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: Prepared by the guide

Day 4 Caprivi, Namibia:
Distance: 260 km Departure: 08h00

Leaving Botswana, we drive through Chobe National Park before crossing over into Namibia and driving through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. The afternoon is at leisure for a number of optional activities, or sit back and relax and take in the sights and sounds of the Kwando River.

Accommodation: Camp Kwando or similar (tents, communal washroom with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Meals
Breakfast: Prepared by the guide
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: Prepared by the guide

Days 5 & 6 Caprivi to Okavango Delta, Botswana:
Distance: 390 km Departure: 08h00

We leave our camp on the Caprivi for Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. Enroute to camp we will go on a game drive to the Mahangu National Park which is rich in fauna and flora. In the park you have the chance of spotting game such as sable and roan, elephants, hippos, buffalos, and many types of antelope. For bird watchers the Mahangu National Park offers more than 420 different bird species.

The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways floating through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We stop at a secluded island to take a 1 1/2 hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise.

Optional activities at Guma Lagoon
Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person and quoted in US Dollars. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Certain activities only operate at specific times of the year. Please contact our reservation office for further information.

Scenic Helicopter Flight 25 Minute One Person $ 564.00 per person
Scenic Helicopter Flight 25 Minute Two Persons $ 282.00 per person
Scenic Helicopter Flight 25 Minute Three Persons $ 188.00 per person
Helicopter flights are available from 1 May - 31 October 2017
*Please note prices are subject to change.

Accommodation: Guma Lagoon Campsite or similar (tents, communal washrooms with hot water, bar area)

Meals
Day 5
Breakfast: At Camp Kwando or similar
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: Prepared by the guide
Day 6
Breakfast: Prepared by the guide
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: Prepared by the guide

Day 7 Okavango Delta to Kavango River, Namibia:
Distance: 380 km Departure: 07h00

Leaving Botswana we make our way into Namibia and head along the Caprivi to Rundu. We make our way to Kaisosi River Lodge and spend a relaxing afternoon at our lodge on the banks of the Kavango River. Optional activities such as a visit to the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people, or a sunrise cruise are available. Alternatively just relax by the pool with a sundowner listening to the sounds of Mother Nature.

Accommodation: Kaisosi River Lodge or similar (chalets with ensuite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Meals
Breakfast: Prepared by the guide
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: For your own account

Days 8, 9 & 10 Etosha National Park, Namibia:
The following morning we head off to Etosha National Park. We fill the next
3 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting lion, leopard, elephant and rhino as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood lit waterholes encountering the parks various nocturnal animals as they
come to drink. Etosha Game Park was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.

Day 8 Distance: 435 km Departure: 08h00

Accommodation: Namutoni Campsite or similar (tents, communal washrooms with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Meals
Breakfast: At Kaisosi River Lodge or similar
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: Prepared by the guide

Day 9
Distance: 150 km Departure: 08h00

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Campsite or similar (tents, communal washrooms with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Meals
Breakfast: Prepared by the guide
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: For your own account

Day 10
Distance: 100 km Departure: 08h00

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Campsite or similar (tents, communal washrooms with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Meals
Breakfast: Prepared by the guide
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: Prepared by the guide

Day 11 Kamanjab - Himba Experience, Namibia:
Distance: 280 km Departure: 07h00

We leave the wild animals of Etosha behind and move onto the spectacular scenery of Damaraland. Our final destination for the day will be Kamanjab. Depending on the time of arrival we go and explore a
traditional Himba village this afternoon or the next morning. This will be a
journey of culture exchange, learning and understanding of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.

Accommodation: Oase Garni Guesthouse or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Meals
Breakfast: Prepared by the guide
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: At Oase Garni Guesthouse

Day 12 Twyfelfontein, Petrified Forest and Brandberg, Namibia:
Distance: 350 km Departure: 07h00

On our journey today we will stop to see ancient Bushmen paintings at Twyfelfontein as well as the Petrified Forest, the trees of which are estimated to be 250 million years old. Twyfelfontein was named a World
Heritage site in 2007, the first in the country. We continue to Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia. Either this afternoon or the next morning we take a walk to visit the "White Lady" one of the most famous rock paintings in the area. The footpath to the site offers spectacular views over the plains of Damaraland.

Accommodation: Brandberg White Lady Lodge Campsite or similar (tents, communal washrooms with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Meals
Breakfast: At Oase Garni Guesthouse
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: Prepared by the guide

Days 13 & 14 Cape Cross Seal Colony and Swakopmund, Namibia:
Distance: 330 km Departure: 08h00

We move westwards across the flat desert plains to reach the cold Atlantic coastline. As we follow the Skeleton Coast on our way to Swakopmund, we visit Cape Cross - the largest breeding place of the
Cape Fur Seals. We arrive into the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities that are offered over the next two days.
Alternatively just soak up the atmosphere of this little quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.

Optional activities in Swakopmund
Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Swakopmund. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

The rates are per person and are quoted in South African Rand. All
activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Certain activities only operate at specific times of the year. Please contact our reservation office for further information. Should you wish to partake in an activity that is not listed below, we will gladly assist you with rates and reservations.

Quad biking (2 hour) R 650.00
Sand boarding lie-down R 400.00
Sand boarding standing up R 500.00
Living Desert Tour R 700.00
Township Tour R550.00
Tandem Sky Diving R2 300.00
Scenic flights (various) Rate to be advised
Shore fishing R1500.00
Boat fishing R1350.00
Kayaking R 800.00
Dolphin, Seal & Whale Cruise R 700.00
*Please note prices are subject to change

Accommodation: Hotel A La Mer or similar (standard rooms with en-suite bathrooms)

Meals
Day 13
Breakfast: Prepared by the guide
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: Not included

Day 14
Breakfast: At Hotel A La Mer
Lunch: Not included
Dinner: Not included

Days 15 & 16 Namib Naukluft National Park and Sossusvlei, Namibia:
Distance: 350 km Departure: 08h00

The day is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Sossusvlei. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world and sightings of this flora and fauna on a Namibian safari are a must. The animals of this harsh landscape include the Oryx, springbok and Hartmann's Mountain Zebra.

The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world's highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.

Accommodation: Sesriem Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water)

Meals
Day 15
Breakfast: At Hotel A La Mer
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: Prepared by the guide

Day 16
Breakfast: Prepared by the guide
Lunch: Prepared by the guide
Dinner: Prepared by the guide

Day 17 Windhoek:
Distance: 400 km Departure: 07h00

Today we head to the capital city of Windhoek, to experience the sites of sounds of this mini metropolis.

Accommodation: Terra-Africa Guest House or similar

Meals
Breakfast: Prepared by the guide
Lunch: Not included

Day 18 End of Tour:
Our safari ends after breakfast when you will be transferred to Windhoek International Airport. Connect on to Cape Town or homeward bound.

Meals
Breakfast: Terra-Africa Guest House
Lunch & Dinner Not included

Tour price $2,600USD per person based on twin share.
Plus a local payment of ZAR2500
Non refundable Deposit of $690USD is required to confirm your spot on the tour.

Included in the tour
Airport transfers- day 1 Victoria Falls airport and day 18 Windhoek Airport

Accommodation & meals as specified above
Transport - 22 seater 4X4 safari vehicle
Entrance fees
Services of an English Speaking tour guide/driver and tour leader

Not included
International or domestic flights
Any excursions not mentioned in the program or optional excursions
Laundry, visas and travel insurance, personal expenses.

Local payment of ZAR2500 - this needs to be paid in ZAR to the guide on day 1 of the tour.

Cancellation charges: Deposit is non refundable.
60 days or more prior $690USD non refundable
59 - 30 days prior 50% non refundable
29 - 0 days prior 100% non refundable

Insurance:
It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Our local agency has comprehensive public liability insurance.


The Southern Explorer Safari departs from Lokuthula Lodge in Victoria Falls. Please note that the daily departure times are a guideline only and are subject to change due to seasonal variations, as well as unforeseen circumstances. The final decision rests with your guide who will advise you at what time you will be departing each day.

On the evening of day 1, there will be a meeting presented by your
guide, at 18h00 at your lodge. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information. You may want to arrive a night early into Victoria Falls depending on flight arrival times. Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.

Transport:
Jenman Safaris uses fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, 12-seater 4x4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing, a music and PA-system and airconditioning. An off-road trailer is fitted with a field kitchen. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle. For transfers between Kasane and Victoria Falls (or vice versa), 2x4 vehicles may be utilised.

Travelling Times and Distances:
All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

Accommodation:
For clients seeking a little comfort during their adventure safari, we offer partial-accommodated safaris. This type of tour offers two different levels of accommodation. Travellers will spend some of the nights camping and others will be spent in lodges, chalets or tented chalets.

Camping nights: We make use of 3-person dome tents with the following
measurements: 2.5 m x 2. 5 m x 1.8 m. We accommodate two clients per
tent. You will overnight on designated campsites either within a national park, on the banks of a river, or other places of interest. All campsites have shared facilities with showers, flushing toilets and running water (unless otherwise specified in your detailed itinerary). Jenman African Safaris tries to avoid crowded campsites and brings you to the secluded spots, often supported by the local community. All tents are fitted with mosquito-screed windows and doors. In addition, we provide 5 cm thick sleeping mattresses. Sleeping bags can be hired at an additional fee of EUR 25 / US$ 30 per sleeping bag for the entire tour.

Accommodated nights: We make use of mid-range typical African
standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in
national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms.

Meals:
All meals unless stated, are organized by the guide and are prepared by him/her with the help of the group. These meals will be enjoyed together in the evening, often around a camp fire. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Participation:
The Southern Explorer Tour is a semi-participation camping safari. This means, that the clients will be responsible for performing and helping with certain tasks, such as setting up and breaking down of overnight camps (tents, chairs, tables), packing and unpacking the vehicle, assisting with preparation of meals and cleaning dishes.

Visas:
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required for clients to visit
Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa (if you continue on to
Cape Town) prior to departure. Please note that travellers entering
Botswana will be required to present a valid international health
certificate of vaccination for yellow fever should they originate from or
have travelled through countries which have been declared yellow fever
infected areas within the preceding 6 months.

Currently the only country that requires a visa for Australia, Canada,
United Kingdom and United States is Zimbabwe. South Africa, Botswana
and Namibia do not require visas for the length of the tour. Zimbabwe
allows visa on arrival - the price and validity change often, so best to
check prior to arrival for rate, or obtain visa prior to departure.

Duration: 17 nights

Max Group Size: 16

Accommodations: hotel,lodge,tents

Price: $2,600USD per person based on twin share plus local payment of ZAR2,500