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Zimbabwe Safari & Hiking Tour

Zimbabwe Safari & Hiking Tour

Discover the diverse landscapes of Zimbabwe, Africa's most understated gem and be in awe of one of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls.

Home to the Big 5, quiet national parks and gigantic waterfalls, Zimbabwe is becoming a must-visit destination for travellers heading to Africa. Victoria falls is officially the largest waterfall on the planet and in its peak, around 625 million litres of water flow over the edge every minute, which is how it got the name Mosi oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders). With one of the seven natural wonders of the world, a long list of interesting wildlife and vast dreamy landscapes, you'll be spoilt for choice in this epic part of the world.

Zimbabwe Trips

Africa

Okavango Delta Safari

  • Duration 11 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
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Experience the magic of the Okavango Delta in the authentic way – under canvas, on foot and by waterway, with a few comforts of home thrown in too!

Trip Start: Maun Trip End: Victoria Falls
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By paying in full we are able to pass on savings to our guests, but please note that by opting for this payment plan, your booking becomes non-refundable, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. This offer is only valid for reservations where the trip is no sooner than 180 days from the departure date at time of booking.

We highly recommend that you purchase Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. We recommend Redpoint Insurance - you can find details here.

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FAQs About Visiting Zimbabwe

How safe is it to visit Botswana & Zimbabwe?

Visitors to Botswana & Zimbabwe are held in high regard so you can expect the warmest of welcomes. This also means that Botswana & Zimbabwe are both safe places to travel and the crime rate is low. The only real concern to a traveler is petty theft. We recommend taking the same common sense precautions you would anywhere else – just to be on the safe side! Don’t bring valuable things with you unless they are necessary for your trip. Keep your money and other valuables in a money belt or pouch under your clothes. Lock your bags and luggage, and leave valuable items you don’t need for the day (e.g. passports and credit cards) in the hotel safe. It’s also a good idea to take a taxi after dark rather than walking.

Do I need a visa to visit Botswana?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

Do I need a visa to visit Zimbabwe?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

Do I need vaccinations to visit Botswana & Zimbabwe?

For the most up-to-date recommendations please check with your doctor or travel clinic, and always go with their recommendations, as these can often change. We strongly recommend that you see a doctor, preferably one with experience in travel medicine, at least 8 weeks before your trip starts to discuss appropriate vaccinations.

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Can you help me find international flights to Botswana & Zimbabwe?

Our preferred Travel Partner Fuzion Travel can assist with you with flights and other travel arrangements. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

Can I have my own room on your Botswana & Zimbabwe trips?

If you’d prefer not to share a room, we have a single supplement option for an additional fare. If you purchase a single supplement, we’ll arrange for you to have your own room throughout the trip, except when you’re tenting in the Kopano Conservation Area and the price of the single supplement takes this into account.

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes or sneakers should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

Can I drink the water in Botswana & Zimbabwe?

Being in a tropical environment and not treated by the government, the water in Botswana & Zimbabwe contains different bacteria to what we’re used to at home. So we ask you not to drink it or use it for brushing teeth - use treated water at all times. Bottled water is recommended and the safari lodges will provide refillable drinking bottles too.

What is the food like in Botswana & Zimbabwe?

Botswana’s safari lodges & camps serve excellent international-style cuisine that incorporates local influences such as game meat, traditional maize (porridge) or sorghum-based Botswana staples.
In Zimbabwe, the local diet includes tasty peanut-based stews, wild mushroom soup, and starchy staples. You’ll also enjoy sumptuous fruit, especially papaya, and plenty of locally grown vegetables.

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the currency in Botswana & Zimbabwe?

The currency in Botswana is the Botswana pula and Zimbabwe does not have a local currency (demonetised in 2015). Both countries use USD so it’s not necessary to exchange money into any local currency.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currencies?

Our trips include all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except where indicated on the itinerary). As far as spending money, you may want to bring some spending money to buy a souvenir or two, try a local activity or restaurant, or buy a round of drinks.

Usually the easiest thing to do is use your credit or debit card to withdraw money directly from your home account, in local currency. There are plenty of ATM's and banks in larger towns in Africa, and ATM's will accept all major credit cards and many debit cards. Cash advances are the most convenient way to get cash.

What time zones are Botswana & Zimbabwe in?

Central Africa Time (CAT) is the time zone for Botswana & Victoria Falls, it’s 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

What type of plugs and voltage do you use in Botswana & Zimbabwe?

Botswana & Zimbabwe operate on a 220 volt system, 50Hz and the 3-pin (Type M) is the most common, though nothing is guaranteed, a plug type can be different, even in the same rooms! Electricity will only be available while staying at the accommodations in Maun and Victoria Falls, though charging points will be available for your cameras and phones while on the safari.

Will I have access to internet/WiFi?

WiFi will only be available when you’re staying at the accommodations in Maun and Zimbabwe on your trip, though it could be sporadic. If you have WiFi, then you’ll be able to use your cell phone about 60% of the time during your trip, and 3G/4G is available too for accessing the internet from a smartphone or tablet.

How safe is it to go on a safari?

From a wildlife persepctive, it’s important to follow the below guidelines as you’re likely to encounter animals on foot or in water:

  • On all game activities (game drives, mokoro, boating and on foot) follow the instructions of the guides at all times.
  • Being quiet is not only important from a safety point ofview, but also to have the best possible experience for all guests.
  • The camps are unfenced meaning that animals might walk through at any time (especially at night) so guests to be aware and take caution.
  • In the camps the guides will always accompany guests to their tents/rooms after dark.
  • Never approach any animal and should you encounter one, stand your ground and never run

What is the weather like in Botswana & Zimbabwe?

Botswana & Zimbabwe can be divided into two main seasons. You’ll spend most of your time in the Okavango where the winter (June/July/August) mornings can be very cold however they warm up to nice sunny winter mornings from mid morning onwards.
In spring (Sep/Oct), it’s very dry therefore the day temperature can rise rapidly and it can be very hot around midday. The temperatures are mostly pleasant, with nighttime temperatures dropping down to 4-9°C (40-50°F) and daytime temperatures occasionally reaching up to 24- 27°C (75-80°F)

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