Family Safari | Southern Africa | Family Holiday

By: World Travellers Network  11-11-2011
Keywords: safari, Tour, Adventure Travel

10% Discount for Kids under 16 years old -
There is a 10% discount off the trip price per child aged between 7 & 15

Overland travel is ideal for those who want to see the best of Botswana and Namibia as well as Victoria Falls and Cape Town. Wildlife abounds throughout this adventure holiday, with the Okavango Delta and Etosha Nat. Park being some of the best places to take an African safari. Namibia safaris in Etosha are a perfect way to get up close with wildlife but in In Chobe Nat. Park there is the choice of a boat or jeep safari. This adventure travel tour is loaded with adventure activities, there are numerous options throughout the trip ranging from elephant safaris and white-water rafting to quad biking through the dunes of the Namib Desert. It is an action packed journey that takes you through some of Africa's most stunning scenery, the Namib Desert. In southern and South Africa tourism is a huge business and it is important that we ensure that the local communities also benefit from our trips. In terms of responsible tourism, we will ensure that there is a community project along the way and that we allow time to visit small local communities.

Tour Details Tour Type: Family Safari
Region(s): Namibia, Botswana
18 31-10-2009 Budget Price: From $ 2 538.00 pps
$ 2 820.00 No Local Payment All 13 Some No 20 23 Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Mokoro excursion Etosha National Park, Namib Desert, Dune 45, Kavango River, San Bushman community, Skeleton Coast, Namib Desert

Nights 1-2: Zimbabwe:

  • 2 night stay at Vic Falls in Zimbabwe

Nights 3-7: Botswana & Namibia:

  • Wildlife boat safari through Chobe NP, home to thousands of elephant
  • Overland through Northern Chobe and the Caprivi Strip
  • Relaxing 2 night stay at Ngepi, stunning campsite on the Kavango River
  • 2 night expedition into the Okavango, staying on a houseboat and camping

Nights 8-12: Safari time:

  • Visit to San Bushman community (either school or local village)
  • Overland safari through Etosha NP with excellent wildlife
  • 2 nights at Etosha campsites with excellent game viewing waterhole
  • Meet cheetahs face to face at Otjitongwe Cheetah Reserve

Nights 13-15: Swakopmund & Coast:

  • Visit to the Skeleton Coast's Cape Cross seal colony
  • 3 night stay in Swakopmund, Namibia's adrenaline city

Nights 16-18: Namib Desert:

  • Journey through the mountains, dunes and plains of the Namib Desert
  • Guided trek through the Sossusvlei Dunes and dawn trek up the huge Dune 45
  • 04 July 2009 Livingstone, Zambia
  • Small Hotels
  • Houseboats
  • Camping
  • 70% Camping 30% Hotels
  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge 
    In a corner of Africa, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, tumbles the epic Victoria Falls, on of the seven wonders of the world. A stone's throw away lies The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. A masterpiece of thatch and wood intricately designed around the indigenous trees, it creates a large open plan tree house.  
    Location: Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe 
    Accommodation Type:  Lodge
    Per Person Sharing from R1,400 to R1,900
  • Masuwe Safari Lodge  
    Masuwe Safari Lodge, situated 15 minutes from the world reknown Victoria Falls (Mosi oa Tunya) is owned by the Zambezi adventure activity specialists, Safari Par Excellence. Away from the main tourist throng, the lodge offers comfortable affordable safari lodge accommodation at unbeatable value rates. Elephant back safaris, lion encounters, white river rafting, Chobe Day Safaris and sunset cruises.
    Location: Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe 
    Accommodation Type: Safari Lodge
    Per Person Sharing from R1,232 to R1,540
  • Drifters Inn Victoria Falls  
    Situated on the outskirts of “Africa’s adventure capital”, this Inn is the ideal place to spend your holiday, or to relax after one of our safaris. Victoria Falls has much to offer, from the world’s best white-water rafting to one of the highest bungi jumps at 111m. For the less active, the surrounding game parks are hard to beat, as are the river cruises and aircraft flips over the Falls.    Location: Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe 
    Accommodation Type: Hotel
    Per Person Sharing : R368

All overland vehicles have been custom-built for overlanding.

Africa Overland Truck Equipment
All trucks have long distance fuel tanks, water tanks and contain all equipment needed for an overland tour, such as: tents, camp stools, tables, kitchen equipment and much more. There is also a safe available for all of your valuables, a stereo for fun times and internal and external lighting. The seating arrangements vary from vehicle to vehicle. Some of the seats face each other inwards, others face forwards and some face backwards. A few vehicles are even equipped with tables inside the actual truck!

The overland trucks carry an extensive array of spare parts which, combined with the crew’s mechanical knowledge, should be enough to get you on the road again in the event of a breakdown.

Travelling days are part of the many excitements of adventure safaris.  You are crossing Africa, reaching for your next destination, not sitting on an interstate or motorway with nothing but traffic ahead.  You will pass through amazing scenery, see wildlife of every description and enjoy breathtaking views.  You will see more of Africa this way than any other. Being in your own vehicle means you have the freedom to stop anywhere you wish. If you want to take photos, sample the roadside markets and curios, or just sit back and take in everything you can see, this is all part and parcel of the journey.

Rest days are exactly that.  You may take part in included activities such as game drives and walks, or enjoy free time on your own - exploring markets, meeting local people, pursuing optional activities or just looking at Africa.

  • Own drinks
  • Travel Documents
  • T-shirts / sarong / shorts / khikhoi
  • Sun cream, lip balm, sun hat / cap Anorak / sweater / pants / 
  • Camera film  Tracksuit, Strops
  • Towel Sunglasses with string & cork
  • Small sewing kit
  • Pocket calculator (useful when exchanging money)
  • Writing materials & notebook/diary
  • Multi purpose knife (Swiss army type)

Please check with your Embassy about visas for the following countries:

Reccommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to country and recent bulletins issued by health authorities. They vary frequently. Costs vary according to the route and where you have your vaccinations. The information below is intended for quick reference only and you should obtain the latest advice nearer the departure date.

  • Diptheria Recommended
  • Malaria Recommended
  • Poliomyelitis Recommended
  • Rabies Recommended
  • Typhoid Recommended
  • Yellow Fever Compulsory
  • There is a 10% discount off the trip price per child.
  • Children must be aged 7 or above. Teenagers from 16 - 18 will be charged adult price.
  • Children must be accompanied by 1 or more adults.
  • We regret to advise that there are no tour add ons for this tour

PRICE NOTE: There is no kitty or local payment. On our family trips we have no kitty or local payments because there is nothing worse than travelling around with wads of cash while trying to supervise the kids. From personal experience we know that families need to relax and forget about the hassle of money for a while. Pay upfront and bring only what you need for the extra Children's Discount: There is a 10% discount off the trip price per child. Children must be aged 7 or above. Teenagers from 16 - 18 will be charged adult price. Children must be accompanied by 1 or more adults. Hotel accommodation is based on twin and/or triple sharing. At the time of booking please indicate your family's room requirements. If we do not hear from you we will book rooms we consider suitable. Please note: Because of the nature of the areas we travel through we cannot guarantee the exact hotels we will stay in. Okavango Delta: If the group is too small we will be unable to use the houseboats and will enter the Delta by mokoro canoe and bushcamp for 2 nights in the Delta. Because of limited flight availability in school holidays please book early.

The Kitty:
The Kitty is a group fund. It's an amount that each passenger puts into a central fund and is monitored by you and the Overland crew. It funds accommodation, camp meals and activities that the group take part in as a whole. We cannot guarantee that extra contributions will not be necessary.
By including campsite fees, hotels, national parks and gamepark entrances and other group expenses in the kitty, it allows greater flexibility and gives the group greater control.
The kitty in the brochure is an estimate at the time of printing. Local inflation and costs vary during the year and so we review kitties on a monthly basis. We do send you through a Trip Update a few weeks before departure with latest kitties at that point, but we urge you to contact us  just before you join the trip as this is likely to be more accurate. Your tour leader will inform you of the most up-to-date amount on day 1 of the trip.

Personal Spending:
Based on the range that previous travellers have spent on this trip, we recommend you allow between a minimum of US$10 and a maximum of US$20 per day.
The minimum is the basic amount a budget traveller would spend on limited drinks and meals when not camping, postcards, laundry, site and museum entrances, etc. The maximum would allow a much more “comfortable” lifestyle as well as covering the cost of optional extras up to US$50.

Luggage + Equipment:
In addition to the list in the Advance Information Dossier, we also recommend you do not take any irreplaceable valuables on your trip.

Visas + Documents:
On the Trip Update (sent to you about 8 weeks before the start date) you will be told which visas you will require and given a rough estimate of necessary visa costs.

Connecting Flights:
When arranging your connecting flights, please take into account the trip's schedule. Under normal circumstances:
We realise that it may not always be possible, but we do strongly urge you to arrange flights so that you arrive in time for the meeting.
Also bear in mind that you might want to spend some time in the start and finish places and you should arrange your flights accordingly.
The trip should depart Victoria Falls at approx 08:00 2 days after the start date.
The trip should arrive in Windhoek at approx 20:00 the day before the end date.
There will be an initial trip meeting at 10.00 on the start date.

The information in this article was current at 08 Nov 2011

Keywords: Adventure Travel, safari, Tour