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Zambia, Botswana and South Africa Tours

Our Zambia, Botswana and South Africa tours focus on the best and most beautiful countries in Southern Africa. Zambia is completely off-the-beaten path when it comes to Africa and yet it is one of the safest and most amazing countries in the region. With 30% of its territory being dedicated to wildlife it is one giant safari park. Livingstone is located on the border of 3 countries so we use it as a base to cross the borders for day trips. We reach one of the top Safari parks on the continent -Chobe Park in Botswana and see Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe. Cape Town in South Africa is quite a different experience offering a stunning natural beauty of ocean and mountains right in the city. We can easily call this itinerary one of our best.

Highlights of Zambia, Botswana and South Africa Tours

  • Incredible land and water full day safari in Chobe, Botswana with abundance of wildlife.
  • Interaction with elephants living freely in African bush at Elephant Cafe
  • Spectacular walk along Victoria Falls on Zimbabwe side and option to swim in devil’s pool
  • Everyday life in Mukuni Village and meeting with locals
  • History of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela with Robben Island cruise
  • Wine tour of 5 different winery with dinner in the famous Babel restaurant
  • Endangered African penguins colony and the end of the world tour

Dates & Cost

DATES

DAYS

COST (double / single)

August 27th – 4th, 2022

9 days

$3295 / 4095

Now $2995 / 3795

Zambia, Botswana and South Africa Itinerary

Day 1
Livingstone, Zambia

All day           Arrivals. Group dinner and orientation at Lodge over Zambezi River.

Meals included: dinner

Day 2
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Morning        Trip to Victoria Falls. Cross border to Zimbabwe, walk along different points of Victoria Falls (guided tour).

Afternoon     Bridge Cafe lunch – with view of the bungee jumping bridge. Visit to Elephant Cafe. Interaction with free elephants living in a bush. Elegant dinner in the savannah

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 
Chobe Safari, Botswana

Morning        Departure to Botswana’s famous safari park – Chobe for whole day Safari both driving through the land and then switching to boat

Afternoon     Chobe Safari

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 
Livingstone, Zambia

Morning        Visit to Mukuni Village

Afternoon     Free time for local markets or Devil Pool swim at Victoria Falls

Evening         Drive to Coimbra

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 5 
Cape Town, South Africa

Morning         Departure for flight to Cape Town

Afternoon      Tour to Bo-Kaap and District 6 and Waterfront Shopping at Shed for locally made souvenirs

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 6 
Cape of Good Hope, Simon’s town, Boulders Beach

Morning           Meet in hotel lobby and depart for Cape of Good Hope

Afternoon        Lunch in Simmon’s Town, Boulders Beach penguins, Cape of the Good hope

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7 
Wine country tour

Morning             Free time

Afternoon          Departure for wine tour 5 different wineries with wine, chocolate and olives tasting,

Evening               Dinner at Babel restaurant, Babylonstoren Winery

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 8 
Cape town

Morning              Roben Island cruise – place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned

Afternoon           Table mountains and Muizenberg beach 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9
Cape town

Departures

Meals included: breakfast

Tour Operator

info@colibritraveltours.com

Sylvia  +1 617-301-1237

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Zambia – Country Code +260 | Police 999/991 | American Embassy: (+260) 21 1357000 Address: Eastern end of Kabulonga Road, Lusaka, Zambia

South Africa – Country Code +27 | Police 10111/10177 | American Embassy: (+27) 21 702 7300 Address: 877 Pretorius St, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083, South Africa

Hospitals  

Livingstone central hospital Zambia Youth Ave, Livingstone, Zambia

Cape town Mediclinic +27 21 464 550

Currency

$1 US equals about 10 Zambian kwacha

$1 US equals about 14 South African rand

Visa

If possible purchase Univisa  sticker after landing in Zambia-50 US in cash. If UniVisa is not available, regular entry visa is ok.

Panataxi: 7-55-5555

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Accommodation

We stay in 4/5 stars boutique hotels that best reflect the local architecture and flavors.

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Towels and soap

Hair Dryer

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Inclusions

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What’s not included

Essential Travel Information

for Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa tours 
visa requirements, health, currency and more

▹ Visa requirements for Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa tours

ZAMBIA: Citizens of the US requires a visa to enter Zambia. Visas are available at the point of entry. If you plan no purchase your visa on arrival you will need USD in cash.  The Visa costs about 50 USD and is valid for 90 days. Visa cost can change.

ZIMBABWE: Citizens of the US requires a visa to enter Zimbabwe. You may purchase an individual visa or  if you would like to visit both sides of Victoria Falls, you will need to purchase a multiple-entry visa to cross the bridge to Zambia and then re-enter Zimbabwe. The individual Visa costs about 30 USD and is valid for 90 days. Visa cost can change.

BOTSWANA AND SOUTH AFRICA: There are no special visa requirements for U.S. citizens entering Botswana and South Africa for less than 90 days. Please make sure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and has empty pages.


▹ Health, Vaccinations

✔︎ All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should be able to walk at least 2-3 miles a day and be able to climb at least two sets of stairs.
✔︎ You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure.
✔︎ You are required to provide proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. Please ask your doctor about malaria medication.
✔︎ At least 30 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
✔︎ If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays ( we recommend additional 1-2 weeks of supply).
✔︎ If you tend to get motion sickness please travel with appropriate medication. If you have a sensitive stomach consider bringing imodium as well.

Health Insurance: international health insurance, evacuation or cancelation insurance are not included. We recommend purchasing those before the trip. See the insurance box on the sidebar of this page.


▹ Electricity

✔︎ Zimbabwe operates on 220 volts and uses a Type I plug with three large, flat pins. 
✔︎ Botswana operates on 230 volts and uses a Type G, and M plugs with three large, flat pins and two small, round pins and one larger round pin, respectively.
✔︎ South Africa operates on 220-230 volts and uses a Type M plug with two small round pins and one larger round pin.                                                                                                                                 ✔︎ Zambia operates on 230 volts and uses a Type C, D, and G plugs with two small round pins, three round pins in a triangular pattern and  three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern, respectively.


▹ Connectivity, Internet

✔︎ The Internet is available in all hotels although speed may vary.
✔︎ Please consult your phone plan provider for phone call and text messages, international charges and plans.


▹ Time zones

✔︎ Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa are 6 hours ahead Eastern Time (ET). 
✔︎ 12pm in New York is 7pm the same day in Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa from November through March and 6pm from April through October.


▹ Currency, cash, credit cards

✔︎ The currency in Zambia is Zambian Kwacha, in Botswana is Botswanan pula – but U.S. dollars are widely accepted, in Zimbabwe is Zimbabwean dollar, and in South Africa is South African rand.
✔︎ Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas.
✔︎ ATMs are  available in all major towns and cities and credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and MasterCard are better than American Express, Diners.  Smaller venues accept cash only.


▹ Transportation and arrival information

✔︎ If you add airport pick up our driver will meet you at the airport with a sign that says: Colibri Travel & Tours. If you do not see your driver immediately stay right by exit from the secure area for another 15 min. If you still can’t find each other please give us a call. Driver’s name and phone number will be provided within 24 hours before your departure.
✔︎ If you choose to arrange for your own transportation we will meet you at the hotel or casa. In this case please make sure that you have the address and phone number.


▹ Baggage allowance

✔︎ Our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. Additional baggage can be a subject of extra fees. Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights.
✔︎ We recommend that you make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents and a set of clothes, pijamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays. ber of your first hotel printed out.

 

▹ Tipping

✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
✔︎ We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 per day per person and giving the tips to tour leaders to distribute between drivers, guides etc.
✔︎ Tips can only be paid in cash.

 

▹ Itinerary

Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travelers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.

 

We LOVE to talk about travel. If you have any questions please give us a call: 617 301 1237 or email us: info@colibritraveltours.com.

We are always happy to talk to our travelers and answer the questions

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Reviews

We easily had one of the best tours of our lives thanks to Colibri Travel & Tours and its staff. Everyone is incredibly friendly, helpful and attentive. It was our first Zambia, Botswana and South Africa tours and the way they helped us prepare was spot on. Even before the arrival Colibri office in Boston stayed in constant communication with us to make sure we got our malaria pills, recommended books to read and movies to watch. It gave us a great feeling of excitement and safety. We made sure to take advantage of all the activities they had to offer. From sunrise or sunset we were feeding elephants,going on safaris, visiting villages andVictoria Falls. The guides on all of the excursions are knowledgeable and friendly and really help highlight the beauty of the area. We were able to see numerous hippos, elephants, giraffes, baboons, various gazelle and beautiful birds, lion at Chobe in Botswana. It is absolutely brilliant how this tour is set up - with base in Livingstone we were able to also cross to Botswana and Zimbabwe. On our second night we had a magical candle lit dinner in a luxurious tent set up in the bush. The Cape Town part was completely different, yet equally loaded with incredible adventures: tour of the island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, wineries, fascinating table mountains and beaches. The history of aparthaid with the tour of District 6 was devastating yet so important. Finally in Cape Town I had a shopping experience of my lifetime- the Shed. You must visit this place - everything is beautiful, creative and locally made. I went back 3 times! The accommodations were top notch and only matched by the food and service. We definitely left well fed as well.In Zambia we enjoyed our private room on the riverbank that was constantly surrounded by monkeys! In Cape Town we stayed in a beautiful, boutique hotel right across from beautiful gardens. Thank you Colibri Travel & Tours for the trip of a lifetime!

Arnold and Victoria B. San Francisco, CA