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30 Days
Availability : All Year
SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1 – Avani Victoria Falls Resort- Livingstone

Day 2 – Avani Victoria Falls Resort- Livingstone

 

CHOBE – BOTSWANA.

Day 3 – Muchenje Safari Lodge – Chobe Nat. Park

Day 4 – Muchenje Safari Lodge – Chobe Nat. Park

Day 5 – Muchenje Safari Lodge – Chobe Nat. Park

 

LIVINGSTONE – ZAMBIA

Day 6 – Livingstone for departure

 

COST:   USD 3,250.- PER PERSON SHARING

Included in Zambia-

  • Arrival airport transfer in Livingstone
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Avani Victoria Falls Resort in Standard room including breakfast daily
  • Guided Tour of the Falls including and entry fees.
  • African Queen Sunset Cruise including transfers and park fees.
  • Road transfer from Livingstone to Chobe

 

Included in Botswana-

  • 3 nights’ accommodation and meals on all inclusive – All meals, local drinks, park fees and government tax, laundry and wifi at the lodge. Unlimited game activities – game drives, game walks, night drives, boat cruise included in full day activity, Muchenje village visit.
  • Shared Game drives

 

Not included-

  • International flights: i.e. USA to Livingstone and back to USA
  • Visa fees for Zambia and Botswana
  • Personal insurance policy
  • Personal effects and toiletries
  • Laundry and telephones.
  • Drinks
  •  

Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON ZAMBIA.

Health Requirements

Visitors from or passing through a yellow fever and cholera zone (most of tropical Africa and South America) must be able to produce a valid International Certificate of Vaccination. Air travellers who only pass through the airports of such a zone are exempt from the requirement.

 

Medical services

 Medical services are underdeveloped and only in Lusaka, Ndola and Livingstone can you find anything resembling western standards. There are a number of small clinics in Lusaka which are better than the general hospitals, but the clinics in the rural areas have little more than quinine, aspirin and band aids. Medical insurance should be purchased before you leave your own country and should include emergency air evacuation coverage if you’re spending any time in remote parts of the country.

 

Time

 Zambia is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, one hour ahead of Central European Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern USA time and ten hours ahead of Western USA time.

 

Language

There are over 73 dialects spoken in Zambia, but the official language is English. All media and business is in English and most Zambians speak it fairly well. Bemba is the next most commonly understood language, followed by Nyanja Tonga, Luvale, Lozi, Mambwe and Tumbuka.

 

Security

 Petty theft is as common as any major city where unemployment is high. Be very awake when walking around carrying anything of value, there are master pickpockets here and there. Never leave your vehicle unlocked and never change money on the streets. For the most part, however, Zambians are very friendly and helpful.

 

Currency

The Kwacha has denominations of 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000 and 10 000, 20 000 and 50 000 kwacha notes. There is no limit to the importation of foreign currency, provided it is declared on arrival through a currency declaration form.

 

Credit Cards

 Most hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and the bigger shops will take credit cards. Most of the bigger banks will advance local currency against a credit card. Standard Chartered, Stanbic and Barclays Banks have ATM’s which accept Visa cards for cash.

 

Banks

 Operational hours are 0815 to 1430 hours Mondays through to Fridays and 0815 to 1030 hours on 1st and last Saturdays of the month.

 

Climate & Clothing

 Zambia has mild winters and the summer days can get quite hot. Lightweight casual clothes can be worn all year round, with a jacket or jersey for early winter mornings and evenings. On safari keep clothes to a minimum and mostly of neutral colouring – khakis, browns and greens. A sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellant are a must.

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BOTSWANA.

 

Currency

Local currency is the Pula (P), and Thebe (T). Notes are in denominations of P5, P10, P20, P50 and P100. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 Thebe, P1 and P2.

 

The US Dollar is the currency of preference. When you are tipping, or purchasing at craft-markets, it helps to be carrying $2 and $5 bills. The reason for the preference in the informal business trades is that it makes trade easier across borders like Zambia and Zimbabwe, obviating the need to convert between local currencies. One dollar is one dollar. No Conversion!

 

Languages

The official language is English and the national language is Setswana. The Setswana word “Pula”, means “rain”.

 

Credit Cards:

Major hotels, shops, and restaurants accept credit cards, though smaller establishments might not.

 

Shopping:

Tourists usually stock up on curios when visiting Botswana. Local handiworks worth buying include hand-woven baskets, San jewellery, and traditional Herero dolls.

 

Tipping:

Tipping is not required but is always appreciated. Safari guides, especially, rely on visitors’ tips as a means of earning a decent living. In more urbanized areas, a 10% is usually expected.

 Most hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and the bigger shops will take credit cards. Most of the bigger banks will advance local currency against a credit card. Standard Chartered, Stanbic and Barclays Banks have ATM’s which accept Visa cards for cash.

 

Banks

 Operational hours are 0815 to 1430 hours Mondays through to Fridays and 0815 to 1030 hours on 1st and last Saturdays of the month.

 

Climate & Clothing

 Zambia has mild winters and the summer days can get quite hot. Lightweight casual clothes can be worn all year round, with a jacket or jersey for early winter mornings and evenings. On safari keep clothes to a minimum and mostly of neutral colouring – khakis, browns and greens. A sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellant are a must.

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BOTSWANA.

 

Currency

Local currency is the Pula (P), and Thebe (T). Notes are in denominations of P5, P10, P20, P50 and P100. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 Thebe, P1 and P2.

 

The US Dollar is the currency of preference. When you are tipping, or purchasing at craft-markets, it helps to be carrying $2 and $5 bills. The reason for the preference in the informal business trades is that it makes trade easier across borders like Zambia and Zimbabwe, obviating the need to convert between local currencies. One dollar is one dollar. No Conversion!

 

Languages

The official language is English and the national language is Setswana. The Setswana word “Pula”, means “rain”.

 

Credit Cards:

Major hotels, shops, and restaurants accept credit cards, though smaller establishments might not.

 

Shopping:

Tourists usually stock up on curios when visiting Botswana. Local handiworks worth buying include hand-woven baskets, San jewellery, and traditional Herero dolls.

 

Tipping:

Tipping is not required but is always appreciated. Safari guides, especially, rely on visitors’ tips as a means of earning a decent living. In more urbanized areas, a 10% is usually expected.

Religion:

Indigenous beliefs 85% and Christian 15%.

 

Climate:

Botswana is almost all desert (80% of the country is covered by the semi-arid Kalahari Desert. The climate reflects the country’s geography, with hot days and cool nights throughout the year. The rainy season is from November to March.

 

Travel Connections Ltd wishes you an unforgettable African safari.

Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVAL AT LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA (BY FLIGHT).

Arrive at Livingstone Airport at …..hrs, pick up and transfer to Avani Victoria Falls Resort.

 

Located just a 10-minute walk from the Victoria Falls, AVANI Victoria Falls Resort boasts an outdoor swimming pool, two restaurants and a garden. Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport is a 15 minutes’ drive away. All air-conditioned rooms feature Zambian décor and large windows which lead onto a private balcony or patio. Each room is equipped with a satellite TV, minibar and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. AVANI Victoria Falls Resort’s Theatre of Food restaurant offers breakfast daily and hosts scheduled themed dinners. Guests can enjoy a light lunch and a refreshing cocktail at the Poolside Grill and Bar. The hotel facilities include a children’s playground, games room and the tour desk can assist guests arrange excursions to the nearby activities which include bungee jumping, white river rafting, helicopter flips and elephant safaris. The Victoria Falls is a short walk away and guests have free access. WiFi is available in the rooms

 

 

Overnight at Avani Victoria Falls Resort – breakfast and dinner.

Day 2VICTORIA FALLS TOUR & SUNSET CRUISE.

After breakfast, transfer at 0900hrs to Victoria Falls for a guided tour.

Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometers, into a gorge over one hundred meters below. The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height, and capped by mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor prepared to brave the tremendous spray, with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls. One special vantage point is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge, Devils Pool and the Lookout Tree, both of which command panoramic views across the Main Falls.

At 1600hrs, depart on an African Queen Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River.

Overnight at Avani Victoria Falls Resort – breakfast and dinner.

Day 3VICTORIA FALLS TO CHOBE NAT. PARK.

After breakfast drive to Muchenje Safari Lodge in Chobe, Botswana.

Day 4 and Day 5CHOBE

Both days in Chobe with activities.

Overnight at Muchenje Safari Lodge – all inclusive

Day 6CHOBE TO JOHANNESBURG (BY FLIGHT).

Road transfer to Livingstone Int. Airport.

 

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