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Africa on a Shoestring

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Africa on a Shoestring - Encounters Travel
Africa on a Shoestring - Encounters Travel
Starts
Cape Town
Destinations
+12
Ends
Victoria Falls
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Highlights

Start in Cape Town and end in Victoria Falls! With the overland truck tour Africa on a Shoestring, you have a 20 day tour package taking you from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and through Cape Town, South Africa and 13 other destinations in Africa. Africa on a Shoestring includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
12 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Camping, Lodge, Guesthouse
Max Group Size
24
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Overland truck, Adventure, Safari, Wildlife, Christmas & New Year
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Cape Town – Cederberg Mountain Region
  2. Day 2: Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River
  3. Day 3: Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon
  4. Day 4: Namib-Naukluft National Park
  5. Day 5: Namib-Naukluft National Park
  6. Day 6: Swakopmund
  7. Day 7: Swakopmund
  8. Day 8: Spitzkoppe
  9. Day 9: Kamanjab - Himba Tribe
  10. Day 10: Etosha National Park
  11. Day 11: Etosha National Park
  12. Day 12: Windhoek
  13. Day 13: Botswana - Ghanzi
  14. Day 14: Maun, gateway to the Delta
  15. Day 15: Okavango Delta
  16. Day 16: Okavango Delta
  17. Day 17: Okavango Delta to Caprivi
  18. Day 18: Chobe National Park
  19. Day 19: Chobe National Park
  20. Day 20: Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls - Departure transfer

What's included

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  • Accommodation

  • Guide

  • Meals

  • Transport

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • Can I include the safari game drive through Etosha in this tour?

      On days 10 and 11 you will drive through the Etosha National Park while in the tourism truck. An optional safari can also be arranged and paid for locally. This is subject to availability on the exact day and we can't take payment for this option upfront.

    • What does "on a shoestring" mean?

      Encounters Travel runs two levels of their African 'overland' tours. Their shoestring tours are camping based, so you will be sleeping in a tent most of the way, with a few nights here and there in hotels or guesthouses. Their other 'Small group' tours follow the same routes and use the same vehicles, but stay in hotels, lodges and guesthouses the whole way.

    • How much wildlife will we see on this tour?

      Whilst you will have plenty of opportunities to view wildlife on this tour, the itinerary is very mixed and this is not solely a wildlife or safari tour. Your best opportunities whilst on this tour to see wildlife will be in Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta and in Chobe National Park.

      Naturally we can't guarantee what game you'll see as this really just depends on the time of year you are travelling and what animals happen to be in the places you are visiting at that time.

      Overall we believe this is a great, varied tour where you'll see and do a lot, whilst still having plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing.

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    About the countries

    Useful things to know before you go

    Currencies

    R
    Rand
    South Africa
    $
    Dollar
    Namibia and Zimbabwe
    P
    Pula
    Botswana

    Plugs & Adapters

    South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and ZimbabweZimbabwe

    Visa

    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Ideally 1 month before travel.

    Policies

    Location
    Cape Town is the starting point and Victoria Falls is the endpoint.
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    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $250 to confirm this Encounters Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 8 February 2019 the full payment of $2,207 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2207 for Africa on a Shoestring, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
    Availability
    Some departure dates and prices may vary and Encounters Travel will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
    Credit Cards
    The following cards are accepted for Encounters Travel tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 3,672 km.
    • Cape Town (South Africa)
    • 188 km
    • Cederberg Wildnerness Area (South Africa)
    • 529 km
    • Fish River Canyon National Park (Namibia)
    • 338 km
    • Namib-Naukluft National Park (Namibia)
    • 318 km
    • Swakopmund (Namibia)
    • 117 km
    • Spitzkoppe (Namibia)
    • 246 km
    • Kamanjab (Namibia)
    • 172 km
    • Etosha National Park (Namibia)
    • 401 km
    • Windhoek (Namibia)
    • 480 km
    • Ghanzi (Botswana)
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