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|Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe|
See ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ in Vic Falls. Spot elephants galore in Hwange National Park and rhinos en masse in Matobo National Park. Visit the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Nata and drop in on the Big 5 in Kruger.
Honey badgers are hardcore. Their skin is so thick even a machete won't cut it. And their jaws are strong enough to crush a tortoise shell. The Guiness Book of World Records reckons the honey badger is the most fearless creature on Earth. Google 'crazy, nastyass honey badger' if you don't believe us.
TRIP CHANGE FOR 2015:
This itinerary will no longer visit Nata. As a result, this itinerary will now visit Palapye and an included Old Palapye village walk will be included.
Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
Mhoro! Welcome to Zimbabwe.Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 1:00pm on Day 1.You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If your flight arrives too late, we recommend that you consider arriving a day early and book a night's accommodation prior to the trip so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your kitty, insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting so please ensure you have all details on hand to provide to your leader.For those of you who arrive early, there are various activities and excursions available - either on the water, on land or high above it all. Choose from whitewater rafting, canoeing, horse riding, abseiling or gorge swinging (please see the 'Optional Activities' section of these notes for more details on what you can see and do around Victoria Falls).If you are interested in the Optional Helicopter flight (12 minutes or 25 minutes ) we endorse the following operator only: Zambezi Helicopter co CAA Zimbabwe. Your leader can help you arrange this activity.Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls.The Victoria Falls are an enormous curtain of water, about a mile wide, falling 108 m into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 400 m and the falls are an impressive raging torrent. The spray from the falls can sometimes be seen from kilometres away. It's no wonder that the local name Mosi oa Tunya means the 'smoke that thunders'. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and it's possible to see little islets in the river below.Responsible Travel Note:
During your visit to the Victoria Falls area you may notice businesses offering an optional 'Walk with the Lions' experience. We recommend that Geckos travellers bypass this activity as it is contrary to Gecko's Responsible Travel guideline stating that we 'actively discourage the participation of Geckos groups in activities which exploit animals - wild or domestic.' Professional wildlife conservation organisations, including Born Free and the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA), advise that habituating lions to humans can shorten their life and may result in lion-human conflict issues. While there is some merit in the argument that the money that you pay for the activity goes towards lion research, we feel that the negative impacts on the lions' rehabilitation far outweigh this.
**This trip is run by our sister company Intrepid**
African Ivory Route - Cultural Dinner, Blyde River Canyon, Kruger Park - Game drive, Visit Victoria Falls
International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed, any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.
KRUGER PARK CAMPSITES:
On occasion, especially during the peak months of May, June and July we are unable to secure campsites within the Kruger National Park. In this instance we will camp in a bordering private game park.
This trip finishes upon arrival in Johannesburg on Day 10. On arrival in Johannesburg you can be dropped at the airport or at our finishing point hotel. Please do not book any flights until after 10pm this evening.
This trip is run by our experienced sister company Intrepid Travel. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Gecko’s passengers and other like-minded international travellers.
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website: www.geckosadventures.com
Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.
Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, and all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the activities that are included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded to you.
There are a selection of optional activities listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This is not an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices listed are for entrance only and do not include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless otherwise indicated. Please also be aware that it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Geckos nor included in the price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Geckos.
You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form for some of the optional activities you choose to participate in.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
10 October 2014