Regular Season 13-day Tours

Trip cost $6,900. (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

The initial trip deposit is $1,725 and will be followed by three more $1,725 payments. Final payment is due 75 days before the trip start date.

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

If you would like to be paired up with someone of the same gender on the trip to avoid paying the single supplement, we can arrange this for you. If there is no one with whom to pair you up, you WILL have to pay the single supplement. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. After you reserve your spot, we will send you a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please return it to us immediately, so that we may try our best to accommodate your needs.

If you want a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the “single supplement“. The single supplement fee for this trip is $1,200. If you would like your own room, you can buy the additional supplement at check-out.

What is included :

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Private ground transportation
  • 2 direct charter flights direct (Single engine plane)
  • 1 international commercial flight (Maun, Botswana – Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Activities as indicated on itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Airport pick-ups and drop-offs
  • All national park fees
  • Laundry services at all-inclusive lodges
  • Alcoholic beverages at all-inclusive lodges (Excluding top shelf/premium brands)

What is not included :

  • Optional excursions and activities
  • 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Premium/Top shelf alcoholic beverages (At all-inclusive lodges)
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • International flight
  • Insurance
  1. Each group consists of 4 – 12 travelers.  We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into a society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that tour group members will receive more personal treatment by the tour guide who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small tour groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered en route. If the group discovers a special event or festival that they would like to attend, and it is not covered in the original tour itinerary, it is possible to change the itinerary.

  2. Our trips are more like gatherings and our philosophy is : Come as a stranger, leave as a friend! Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic was one of the highlights of the trip.

    Most of our travelers are in their late-30s to late-60s with many being solo female travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the energy created by the group.

    Check out the pictures from our last trips to get an idea of the group dynamic by clicking HERE.

  3. While most daily activities in the planned program are already included in the price, some activities are optional and will be at your own expense. Please see the itinerary tab for some possible optional activities and excursions. Most of them can be arranged with short to little notice and the local guide will be able to help you make necessary arrangements.

  4. No, our tours don’t include international airfare so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

    We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and to be well-rested for the first few days of your tour if your schedule/budget allows for this.

    Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us which will be sent to you after paying your deposit.

  5. All of the lodges and hotels on the tour, with the exception of our first hotel, only offer 10 – 12 rooms. This means that we will likely be the only group on game drives. At bigger hotels/lodges made for ‘tour groups’, there are several groups on game drives/walks simultaneously. At these large scale tourist lodges, the first few jeeps on the game drives are usually the only ones to spot wildlife while the last jeeps do not get to see anything because the first jeeps scare the wildlife away. As our group will likely be the only guests at the lodge, we have a bit more flexibility about safari departure times and the guides/staff will be able to give us more personalized attention both at the lodges and during the game drives. This extra touch will enhance this experience of a lifetime!

    The lodges in Hwange National Park and Moremi Game Reserve are all-inclusive. This means that all meals, snacks, drinks, activities and laundry services are free of charge. Please note that top shelf/premium label alcoholic beverages will be at an extra charge.

    • The currency used the most commonly in Zimbabwe is the USD.
    • The official currency of Botswana is the Pula (BWP)  and 1 USD ≈ 10 BWP, however USD is commonly used.
    • The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR)  and 1 USD ≈ 15 ZAR.

    The most convenient way to handle money is to use a debit card for withdrawals from an ATM and/or to bring US dollars to exchange.

    • In Zimbabwe, withdrawing or exchanging cash is very limited. Therefore, do not plan on being able to use cash machines in Zimbabwe to withdraw money. USD is widely accepted and small denominations of change (1, 5, 10 and 20 denominations ) are recommended at all times. Before leaving home, please exchange all the money that you will need for your trip, plus extra, into USD if needed.
    • In Botswana, USD are typically only accepted at the large resorts and Pula is mostly used in all other places. Again, small denomination is highly advised as larger bills ($50 and $100 are not always accepted). Visa and MasterCard credit cards are frequently accepted and ATMs are common in both large and small cities. You may opt to exchange money at one of the many money exchange offices, banks and authorized hotels, but be aware that the rates and fees will more than likely be unfavorable. Please keep in mind that cultural sites and community art and craft outlets usually only accept cash.
    • In South Africa, only the Rand (ZAR) is used as a currency. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted at many places in Cape Town. Cash is handy at local markets and tipping. Exchange offices are available in South Africa as well as numerous ATMs.

    Below are some notes to help you prepare and budget for your trip :

    • Foreign fees : Additional fees will usually be charged when withdrawing money or paying in credit card so please check with your financial institution before you travel. It’s also a good idea to inform your bank that you are traveling overseas to ensure that they don’t block your ATM/credit cards.
    • On arrival in Victoria Falls, you should have a good amount of cash on your person because withdrawing from an ATM and/or exchanging are not feasible options.
    • We suggest having at least $400 – $600 USD in cash with you on arrival (for the few meals that are not included, souvenirs and in case of an emergency). About $100 – $200 of that should be in smaller denominations of US$5, US$10 and US$20 bills. Most of our lodges in Zimbabwe and Botswana are all-inclusive, so you should not need much cash until you get to Cape Town, South Africa. (If you tend to prefer top-shelf/premium label alcoholic beverages, they do come at an extra charge at the all-inclusive lodges, so please budget according to your preferences.)
    • Please note that many currencies such as Australian dollars and Canadian dollars are not commonly exchanged in these countries for the local currencies. The best currency to exchange for the local currencies are U.S. Dollars and Euros.
  6. As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for lunch and dinners and any optional activity you may want to participate in. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a cocktail in the evening, these costs are incurred at your own expense.

    Below are some average prices for food and drink for one person.

    Lunch + drink 6,000 MMK
    Dinner + drink 15,000 MMK
    1 Pint of beer 1,800 MMK
    Total Per Day 22,800 MMK

    Approximate exchange rate 1 USD ≈ 1525 MMK. Please note that this is only an estimation and on some days you’ll spend more (or shop more) and less on others. 

  7. All visitors for tourist purposes need a visa to travel to Africa. Travelers from Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada and the United States must obtain a visa, which can be applied for online prior to arrival. Your visa will be single-entry and valid for a stay of up to 90 days. To apply online for the visa on arrival, please click on the link below.

    If you are not a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries, please check with the nearest Burmese embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to Afrida.

    As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

  8. Wifi will be available at the lodge in Victoria Falls, the reception area of The Hide in Hwange National Park, the library at Camp Xakanaxa in the Moremi Game Reserve and at the hotel in Cape Town. However, please be aware that it will not likely be as fast as you’re used to and the connection may not be stable. The campsite in Chobe National Park will not have wifi and you will be there for 2 days/2 nights, so please plan accordingly.

    If you have a smart phone, roaming will likely apply, but coverage may not be as good or even absent in the more remote mountain and desert areas. Please contact your cell phone service provider to get informed about data and call roaming while abroad.

  9. Voltage for outlets is 230V. North American voltage is generally 110V. Therefore, you will need a converter for your travels. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet, but these may not convert the voltage so both devices are necessary.

    The plug facilities have 2-prong outlets with two round prongs in line, which look like this: 

  10. In Zimbabwe, the rains come principally in December, January, February and March; the further north you are, the earlier the precipitation arrives and the later it leaves. Zimbabwe’s higher eastern areas usually receive more rainfall than the lower-lying western ones.

    By April and May most of the rain is gone, leaving a verdant setting, which is starting to dry out. Especially in more southerly and higher locations, the night-time temperatures start to drop.

    The nights in June, July and August become much cooler, so don’t forget to bring some warmer clothes, in case you want to spend an evening outside; the days are still clear and warm. For Zimbabwe, this is the start of the ‘peak season’– days are often cloudless and game sightings continually increase. In June, average highs are in the upper 70s Fahrenheit (24° ~ 26°C) and lows can dip into the mid-40s (7° ~ 8°C).

    Into September and October the temperatures rise once again: Zimbabwe’s lower-lying rift valley – Mana Pools – can get very hot in October. During this time, you’ll see some fantastic game, as the Zimbabwe’s wildlife concentrates around the limited water sources.

    November is unpredictable; it can be hot and dry, it can also see the season’s first rainfalls – and in this respect it’s a very interesting month, as on successive days, you can see both weather patterns.

    Botswana’s climatic pattern is typical of southern Africa, although its rainfall is less than countries further east. The rains in Botswana come mostly between December and March, when average minimum temperatures are in the low 20°s. Some days will be bright and sunny, some will have afternoon thunderstorms, and some will just be grey.

    April and May in Botswana are generally lovely, with the sky clear and the landscape green. Night temperatures start to drop during these months, especially in the Kalahari. Note that places in and around the Okavango tend to have less extreme, more moderate temperatures than the drier areas of the Kalahari.

    From June to August the night-time temperatures in drier areas can be close to freezing, but it warms up rapidly during the day, when the sky is usually clear and blue. It’s now very much ‘peak season’ for most safari areas: the land is dry in most areas so the animals congregate around the few available water sources. In June, the weather in Botswana is almost identical to that of Zimbabwe.

    This continues into September and October, when temperatures climb again, drying the landscapes and concentrating the game even more. This is the best time for big game safaris – although October can feel very hot, with maximum temperatures sometimes exceeding 100°F (≈40°C).

    November is difficult to predict, as it can sometimes be a continuation of October’s heat, whilst sometimes it’s cooled by the first rains; it’s always an interesting month.

    In South Africa, expect cooler temperatures with average highs being in the upper 60s Fahrenheit (19 ~ 21°C) and lows in the low 50s (11 ~ 13°C). A thin, but warm jacket will come in handy for your time in Cape Town.

    *If there is rain, snow, wind or any other weather conditions that nature decides to throw at us, all activities and excursions will continue as planned unless the weather is deemed unsafe.

  11. When in Zimbabwe and Botswana the cardinal rule is to wear casual, comfortable clothes during the day as temperatures can get very hot, especially when on the move during the day. It is advisable to wear light loose fitting clothing, such as cotton or linen, as they are cool and easy to wash. Warmer clothes are advised for the evenings and rainwear for the wet season.

    A brimmed hat and sunglasses are a good idea year round. Long sleeved shirts and long trousers will also guard against the scorching sun rays. It is recommended you wear light shoes, especially if your itinerary entails a lot of walking.

    For safaris, please remember to wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Earth colored clothes, such as browns, greens and tans are advisable.

    In winter, wear trousers, long sleeved shirts / blouses and jerseys. From May – August, night temperatures can fall below 0°C (32°F), so warm jerseys and jackets are vital, especially on morning and evening game drives. Garments of neutral colors that blend with the bush and forest are advisable for safaris and game viewing. Bring a lightweight jacket and/or jersey for unexpected temperature changes or rain. Closed, comfortable walking shoes or gym shoes are a must in all seasons. Special attention should be given to protection from the sun. Bring a sunhat, good quality sunscreen, sun lotion and polarized sunglasses. Wide brimmed sun hats are essential.

    South Africa will be a bit cooler, so be sure to bring a warm jacket. The style isn’t much different from what you’d see elsewhere in Europe or North America, so jeans are acceptable unless you’re planning for a night out on the town or a formal event. Bring a pair of comfortable shoes for any walking we do on our day tours. A scarf that can be easily packed snugly into a purse or daypack will also come in handy to keep warm, especially if you tend to run cold.

  12. Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable :

    • A positive attitude and open mind
    • Comfortable, light and loose fitting clothing
    • Warm jacket (for evenings)
    • Travel-sized umbrella
    • Brimmed hat
    • Long sleeved shirt
    • Long pants
    • Light, comfortable walking shoes/sneakers (for game drives/walks)
    • Earth colored clothing
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Wide brimmed hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Diarrhea/constipation medicine
    • Motion sickness medicine (if needed)
    • Flip flops
    • Small backpack or across the shoulder bag for the day
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Napkins/roll of toilet paper
    • Small hair dryer
    • Flashlight
    • Shampoo/conditioner/soap
    • Travel sized snacks for longer transfers
    • Ziplock bags for electronics (for extreme weather)
    • Warm pajamas and socks for the tented camp at night

    In Zimbabwe, the current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. Both square and round plugs are used. In Botswana, electrical sockets are the “Type M” South African SABS1661 (“Large” 15 amp BS-546) sockets. This is actually an old British standard. The “Type M ” South African plug and socket is not to be confused with the “Type D ” Indian plug and socket. In pictures, they look very similar, but the South African type is much larger than the Indian type, and they are physically incompatible. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. The electrical sockets in Botswana usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you’re plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.

    Please note that travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. If you need to use appliances that are not compatible with 220-240 volt electrical input, you will need a voltage converter.

  13. Most areas of Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa that you will visit on this trip experience less crimes compared to bigger U.S. and European cities. During your time in the larger cities, it is suggested to travel in groups of two or more even though it is very unlikely that you will face any violence. As with any travel destination, it is important to be aware of your surroundings with a secure over the shoulder day pack that closes tightly. This way your belongings won’t easily become the property of any purse snatchers or pickpockets.

  14. Your guides are handpicked for their expertise and are an excellent resource for questions about local society, history, and culture. They will work to ensure that each individual has the most rewarding experience possible. Like local friends, our guides show you the best of Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa by providing direct access to the people and places less traveled. It should also be noted that it is standard practice for each traveler to tip your safari guide $10 USD per day and the tracker $5 USD per day. Tips for day guides in Cape Town are also much appreciated and are typically around $5 USD per day , especially if you like your guides and you thought that they helped you have the trip of a lifetime!

  15. As a general rule, it is a good idea to drink bottled water in Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is safe to drink in some areas, but not in others, so bottled water is the best way to go. This is available everywhere we visit on this tour. In South Africa, most will agree that the tap water is safe for consumption, especially in Cape Town. Remember to be sure to drink the recommended 2~3 liters or more of water per day in order to stay hydrated, especially when going on game walks.

  16. Tipping is a standard in the countries we will be visiting, but there is no set of rules defining how much should be given for various services. Many locals, especially those working in the service industries, are quite poorly compensated for their work, so tipping helps them earn decent wages. Generally 10~15% of the total bill is acceptable as a tip unless you feel that the service exceeded your expectations. It is a good idea to keep spare change in a coin purse as this will come in handy in situations when leaving a tip. Below is a basic guide of who and how much to tip.

    • Bellhop : $1 or more per piece of luggage depending on size and weight.
    • Taxi : 10% of fare.
    • Hotel maid : $1 a day daily or at the end of your stay in cash in the pillow case on your bed.
    • Bartender/Waiter : 10% (maximum) of the bill at restaurants unless it is already included, 10 ~ 20% in South Africa.
    • Tour guide : $10 per day (safari guides), $5 per day (trackers), $5 per day (day guides)
    • Driver : 30 ~ 50 MAD per day (approximately $3 ~ $5 USD) at the end of the trip.
  17. You will receive your pre-departure notes by email approximately 1 ~ 2 weeks prior to the trip start date and they will have the name of the hotel as well as pertinent phone numbers and information.

Flights

The first official group meet will be on the morning of Day 2 after breakfast in the hotel lobby. This will be discussed in greater detail in your pre-departure notes that you will receive by email approximately 2 weeks before your trip. If you arrive early on Day 1, you will meet some of the group on the luxury Zambezi River cruise.

Your arrival city is Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Return flights should be for 13 days later, from Cape Town, South Africa.

Once you reserve your spot on the trip, we will contact you regarding your arrival in Victoria Falls and departure from Cape Town and also whether or not you would like to book extra nights in either location.

Visa

Most of those traveling to Zimbabwe are required to get a visa, which can be obtained at the Victoria Falls airport on arrival. Fees for the visa on arrival will vary from country to country. Most travelers to Botswana and South Africa for less than 90 days in each country DO NOT need a visa. While it is not required, we always recommend having at least 6 months of validity on your passport. You should also have 1 ~ 2 blank pages per country in your passport for visas and stamps.

If coming from the USA, Australia or New Zealand, the cost for a visa on arrival in Zimbabwe is $30 USD. If coming from Canada, $75 and from the UK, $55. Please note, you only need to buy a single-entry visa upon arrival at the airport. If you do not reside in the countries noted above or would like more information on the visa fees, please click HERE.

*Please do not book any flights until you receive an email confirmation from us, which will be sent to you 1 ~ 2 business days after booking the trip.

PEAK Season : July to October

The peak water flow at Victoria Falls is from March to May is in peak and shoulder seasons. Note that September and October are extremely hot and dry months.

SHOULDER Season : May to June

This period experiences mild temperatures, virtually no rain and a low malaria risk. Shoulder season is the best time to visit this part of the world for game viewing. Seasonal pools of water dry up in the bush and animals come to the visible water sources such as rivers and waterholes to drink.

LOW Season : November to April

The rains come principally in this period and the further north you are, the earlier the precipitation arrives and the later it leaves. Zimbabwe’s higher eastern areas usually receive more rainfall than the lower-lying western ones.

All of the lodges and hotels on the tour, with the exception of our first hotel, only offer 10 – 12 rooms. This means that we will likely be the only group on game drives. At bigger hotels/lodges made for ‘tour groups’, there are several groups on game drives/walks simultaneously. At these large scale tourist lodges, the first few jeeps on the game drives are usually the only ones to spot wildlife while the last jeeps do not get to see anything because the first jeeps scare the wildlife away. As our group will likely be the only guests at the lodge, we have a bit more flexibility about safari departure times and the guides/staff will be able to give us more personalized attention both at the lodges and during the game drives. This extra touch will enhance this experience of a lifetime!

The lodges in Hwange National Park and Moremi Game Reserve are all-inclusive. This means that all meals, snacks, drinks, activities and laundry services are free of charge. Please note that top shelf/premium label alcoholic beverages will be at an extra charge.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge — Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The Hide — Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (all-inclusive)

Mowana Lodge – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Camp Xakanaxa — Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Parker Cottages — Cape Town, South Africa

Insurance

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex, which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 E7N]
Vaccinations

Below is information from the CDC and its recommendations regarding vaccinations for travel to Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa :

CDC Zimbabwe

CDC Botswana

CDC South Africa