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The Wonders of Africa

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The Wonders of Africa

We hope that this example holiday will give you give some inspiration to help you begin to plan your own dream holiday to Africa.

The next couple of pages show a summary of the itinerary, and then there is a page on each place that is included.

Important travel information for visitors to South Africa and Zambia is included at the back of this document.

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The Wonders of Africa

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Holiday Title: The Wonders of Africa

Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa and Zambia for 7 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: The Wonders of Africa

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Kruger Mpumalanga Airport. You will be met in the Arrivals Hall by your driver, and driven to Notten's Bush Camp, one of the finest family run lodges in Africa, and the best kept secret in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

During your stay here, you will go out early morning and evening game drive safaris in an open-top Land Rover with an experienced game ranger, where you can enjoy sightings of the Big 5 and other wildlife in the region. Or go out on a morning walking safari after breakfast with a game ranger to bring you as close as you will ever get to true nature.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

4 nights at Notten's Bush Camp


Day 5

You will have an early breakfast (there will not be time for a game drive this morning) and then you will be collected and transferred back to the airport in time to check in for your international flight to Livingstone.

Airlink 4Z470 (Economy Class): Fly from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) departing at 11:50 to Livingstone Airport (LVI), arriving at 13:35

Arrive into Livingstone Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall, where you will meet your driver. You will then be transferred to the David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa. PLEASE NOTE: We would recommend getting the UniVisa on arrival (subject to availability) - this allows tourists of certain nationalities to travel freely between Zambia and Zimbabwe, within a 30 day period from the date of their first entry.

Blending perfectly within the lush surrounds of the Zambezi river bank, the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa offers 5* comfort only 7 km from Victoria Falls. The hotel boasts all river-facing accommodation so each guest can enjoy the view that once captivated David Livingstone, the intrepid explorer and missionary who was the first European to set eyes on the Falls.


Day 6

Today enjoy a full tour of the Falls from both the Zambia and Zimbabwe side (PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL NEED TO GET A VISA TO CROSS INTO ZIMBABWE - ADDITIONAL COST AND FOR GUESTS TO ARRANGE - hence the suggestion for the UniVisa). A knowledgeable guide will take you on an unforgettable experience through the Victoria Falls rainforest, a journey that not only affords a view of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World but provides a great deal of interesting facts about the geology, wildlife and history of Africa's most famous landmark.

This afternoon you will be collected for your afternoon sundowner cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Relax with a sundowner and snacks as you gaze out onto the banks of the river, and have your camera ready to capture one of the most amazing sunsets in Africa.


Day 7

Today, you will be collected for a morning game drive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park - situated along the upper Zambezi River, and stretches for about 12 kilometres up the Zambezi River above the Falls. It is only 66 square kilometres, so because the Park is small, it affords a wonderfully relaxing drive alongside the river for much of the circular route, and the wide variety of species can be easily seen. The Park provides a home for numerous antelope species, zebra, giraffe, warthog, and a variety of birds and smaller animals. Elephants cross the Zambezi and freely walk through the Park and the surrounding area.

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This afternoon, you will be collected for your 'Flight of Angels' an amazing journey over the 1700m vast curtain of water known locally as the 'smoke that thunders' and along the Zambezi River and the Zambezi National Park. Passengers are treated to an unforgettable helicopter journey offering unrivalled spectacular views, photographic, and filming opportunities and putting the full breadth and height of The Falls into glorious perspective within the surrounding environment.


Day 8

You will be collected and transferred back to Livingstone Airport, arriving in time to check in for your onward flight.

 
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Notten's Bush Camp

Sabi Sand Game Reserve: 4 Nights

Notten's Bush Camp is one of the best-kept secrets of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This friendly and informal family-run lodge, one of the original game lodges in South Africa, offers a blend of luxury and comfort, balanced with the sheer simplicity and natural atmosphere of the bush.

The game viewing is exceptional, including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, hyena and hippo, as well as many species of antelope. The lodge will try to put only 6 people on each vehicle for game drives so you can fully experience the enchantment of the bush as day breaks from the vantage point of your open Land Rover.

After a hearty breakfast back on the deck where cheeky monkey and inquisitive birds hope for a crumb or two, enjoy a guided walk, or laze by the sparkling pool, enjoy a spa treatment, or simply relax in the cool shade of the wooden veranda overlooking the plains.

Cultural tours can also be arranged into the local Shangaan community, to get an insight into their rural way of life and culture.

After a superb afternoon tea, return to the wilderness of the savanna to view abundant wildlife and honour the setting sun with a traditional sundowner. Back at the lodge, a delicious evening meal is served around a communal table in the open-air boma under the Milky Way, surrounded by lanterns and candlelight. After dinner, find a spot by the fire and listen to the sounds and share your days adventures.

With no electric lights in the room, candles and lanterns cast an ambient light to the elegantly styled chalets after sunset. Each of the 9 chalets has its own private wooden deck with a beautiful view of the bush, and en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers.

Along with the warmth and hospitality of your hosts, and the experienced rangers and trackers who ensure their guests have an enlightening exposure to the magnificent and unrivalled wildlife of the area, the result is an unforgettable and romantic bush experience.

Example Details For Notten's Bush Camp

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Chalet
Includes: Three meals; local soft drinks, house wines and beers; conservation fee; 2 shared game drives; and a bush walk per day are included.

Children under the age of 14 years are not permitted on walking safaris.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

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David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

Victoria Falls - Zambia: 3 Nights

Situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River overlooking the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, and just 7 km from the Victoria Falls, the 5* David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa offers world class facilities in a tranquil setting.

Entering the lodge guests are magically transported back to the pioneering adventures of the early European explorers, where you can savour the true elegance of a bygone era.  Design and decor is quintessentially colonial varied with elements of raw stone, wood and earth, and accented by shades of gold, bronze, copper and ivory, all once traded on ancient Arab routes. A hint of Zanzibar decor adds the alluring spice colours of the orient.

The David Livingstone Camelot Spa looks over the stunning panorama of the Victoria Falls, and offers a wide variety of therapeutic and beauty therapies and treatments. There is also an infinity swimming pool, which flows into the Zambezi River.

The lodge has its own beautiful river cruiser, the Lady Livingstone, which is moored alongside the hotel, offering daily sundowner cruises.

Guests can dine at either the Kalai Restaurant situated in the main lodge next to the reception area, which offers Afro-Arabian fusion food, or at the Gwembe Terrace - a casual meeting place, where guests can sit back, relax and watch the magnificent African sunset while sipping on cocktails and tucking into the local dishes. The Ujiji Bar is where guests can enjoy a wide selection of South African and international wines, as well as choose from a variety of unique cocktails created by the skilled bar butlers.

There are 77 rooms and suites in total, all en-suite. Most rooms look out over the mighty Zambezi River and have a private balcony, offering the same serene views that once captivated David Livingstone, the intrepid explorer and missionary who was the first European to set eyes on the Falls.

Example Details For David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.

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Important Travel Information For South Africa

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 12 November 2020: International borders into South Africa reopened on 12 November 2020. International air travel is currently restricted to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, Durban's King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. All land borders are fully operational. Tourists are now permitted from all countries.

On arrival, travellers need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result (paper copy). The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. We strongly advise taking multiple copies of the test with you. It is also possible to transit South Africa and travel onto another country but you must still show a paper copy of your negative Covid-19 test. If you cannot produce a negative COVID-19 test, you may be required to quarantine in a government-appointed quarantine facility for 10 days, at your own cost. Travellers will also be asked to download the COVID Alert South Africa Mobile App. You will need to provide proof of accommodation upon arrival in case you need to self-isolate during your trip.

Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas.

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of South Africa deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports do not require a visa to enter South Africa when travelling as a tourist for stays up to 90 days: United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; Australia; Ireland; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain, Switzerland.

If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local South Africa High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements, as citizens of certain countries (including New Zealand) are required to obtain visas before travelling. Please note that if you are applying to the Embassy for your visa, some visas can take a long time to be processed so please do take this into consideration, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa in place before you travel.

Please note that anyone travelling to South Africa should have a valid return ticket and a valid passport. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa. However, some immigration officials still request that a passport should have at least 6 months validity from the date of entry to South Africa so to avoid problems on arrival, we advise that your passport meets this requirement instead. The passport must also have sufficient pages for entry/exit stamps - AT LEAST 2 BLANK PAGES.

TRAVELLING TO/FROM SOUTH AFRICA WITH CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OF AGE AT DATE OF TRAVEL: It has been recently announced that the immigration laws for children travelling to South Africa who do NOT require a visa are to be relaxed, however not all airlines have updated their systems at the moment to reflect this amendment. Therefore, until we have received notification that all systems have been fully updated with the new relaxed rules, we are strongly advising that all passengers still adher to these following guidelines:

Parents travelling with children must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child, showing full details of the child's parents. If the birth certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned. If the child is adopted, the adoption certificate must be produced. If only one parent is travelling, said parent must also show consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent named on the birth certificate authorising the child to travel (the affidavit must be no more than 3 months old from the date of travel), or a court order granting full parental responsibilities to the travelling parent, or (where applicable) a death certificate for the deceased parent. Legally separated parents should also provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent. Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, he/she must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child supplemented by affidavits from the child's parents/legal guardian giving consent for the child to travel and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents/legal guardian PLUS their contact details. There are also additional rules for unaccompanied minors - available on request.

PLEASE NOTE: All documents must be original - PHOTOCOPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED. In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced. For more information, contact your local South Africa Embassy or High Commission,  or contact the South African Department of Home Affairs via http://www.dha.gov.za/.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Important Travel Information For South Africa

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Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to South Africa.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

Tap water is purified and safe to drink in major cities and towns, however, we do advise that you do not drink the water in more remote places such as the camps in the National Parks - the water may be safe to drink, but it simply is not worth the risk, as bottled water is widely available.

Whatever you do, do not drink water from any river lake without firstly purifying the water. Always take water with you when you go on a hike, and have a bottle in the car on a long journey to avoid dehydration.

There is a risk of malaria in and around the Kruger National Park/Mpumalanga Province, the Limpopo (Northern) Province, and the north-eastern part of KwaZulu-Natal - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is South Africa. However, in accordance with International Health Reguations, South Africa requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 10177 and ask for an ambulance.

Languages And Culture

The 11 official languages are Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Pedi, English, Tswana, Sotho, Tsonga, Swati, Venda and Ndebele. Whilst many visitors will hear at least a couple of the tribal languages during the course of their stay, it is possible to travel extensively and comfortably with just English as a language.

The South African society is quite liberal, as gay marriage was legalised in 2006 nationwide and everyone’s rights are protected under the constitution. In some more rural areas, however, the local people may not be quite as liberal thinking, so whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship if travelling to a rural/remote area.

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Important Travel Information For Zambia

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 28 October 2020: Zambia’s borders are open and tourist visas are available in advance and on arrival. All visitors must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival in Zambia. Visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival, and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to medical authorities.

Temperature checking is routine on arrival. If your body temperature is 38.0 or higher, you will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival. If you have additional symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, headache or sore throat) you will be taken to government facilities for treatment and quarantine.

Random testing for quality assurance purposes will be conducted on selected passengers presenting negative results.

Traveller Health Questionnaires are provided on incoming flights for passengers to complete before disembarkation.

From 28 October, all travellers wishing to leave Zambia and flying with an airline or to a country where a negative COVID-19 certificate is required for travel/entry are required to have a medical certificate stating that they have tested negatively for COVID-19 in Zambia in the previous 14 days. To obtain such a certificate, travellers must take their negative test result to UTH Hospital, the Zambia National Health Public Institute, the District Health Office or the Public Health Office and pay a 200 Kwacha fee. COVID-19 tests must have been taken in Zambia. Holders of tests taken outside Zambia are not exempt from this requirement, even if the test was taken within the previous 14 days.

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Zambia deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports require a visa to enter Zambia when travelling as a tourist:

United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; France; Germany; Spain; Portugal; Italy; Switzerland; Australia; New Zealand.

If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Zambia High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements or check this website: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Zambia

Visas can issued at any Zambia Embassy, online via https://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/ or single or double entry visas can be obtained on arrival. You cannot get a multiple entry visa on arrival.

If you plan to get a visa on arrival, make sure you have the correct amount of cash (US dollars) with you as change may not be available. If you enter through Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka or the Harry Mwanga International Airport in Livingstone, you can now make payment for single and double entry visas via credit card at the Zambian Immigration desks.

Current visa costs (subject to change) are as follows: Single Entry Visa USD 50 per person; Double/Multipe Entry Visa USD 80 per person; Day Tripper Visa USD 20 per person (enter and exit through same port); Transit Visa USD 50 per person.

For visitors wanting to travel across to Zimbabwe, the KAZA UniVisa is also an option (although unfortunately this is not always available). This visa allows tourists of certain nationalities to travel freely between Zambia and Zimbabwe, within a 30 day period from the date of their first entry.

This same visa will also allow those who cross into Botswana for a day trip to come back into Zambia (or Zimbabwe) without paying any extra visa fees - please note however it is not valid if staying in Botswana overnight.

The UniVisa can ONLY be obtained at SELECTED border posts (currently Harry Mwaanga/Livingstone Airport, Victoria Falls Land Border, Kazungula Land Border (border with Botswana) and Kenneth Kaunda/Lusaka Airport) - the current price is USD 50 per person (subject to change) and payable in cash.

To check whether you are eligible for this visa, please visit https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/kaza-univisa/.

For everyone entering Zambia, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry and have at least 2 blank pages for entry/exit stamps.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Important Travel Information For Zambia

Continued

Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Zambia.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is no risk of yellow fever in Zambia, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Zambia. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Zambia requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1.

There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Zambia - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

Tsetse flies are found throughout some of Zambia's National Parks, especially in the Luangwa Valley and Kafue National Park. There have been some cases of sleeping sickness occurring after a tsetse fly bite, although these are mainly amongst farmers and other locals who have repeated exposure to bites. However, the fly can still deliver a painful bite, so it is advisable to take necessary precautions - don't wear dark colours, especially black and blue (including denim), wear long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and don't walk through bushes during the hottest part of the day.

Languages And Culture

The official language of Zambia is English. Commonly-spoken indigenous languages number over 70 and include Lamba, Kaonde, Tumbuka, Ngoni, Ila,Senga, Chewa, Chibemba, Nsenga Chinyanja, Lunda, Chitonga, Kaonde, Silozi, Nkoya, and Luvale.

We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:

Homosexuality is illegal in Zambia. Whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.

You should always ask permission before taking anyone’s photograph.

Avoid taking pictures of sensitive sites including power stations, explosives factories, pumping stations, army barracks, government buildings, river junctions, road and rail bridges, the Ndola Oil refinery, mining areas and airports. If in doubt, don’t take pictures.