SWAKOPMUND, SOSSUSVLEI, VICTORIA FALLS, & CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
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Consider extending your trip with the optional 2-night Okavango Delta Extension! The Okavango Delta is a magical place and is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion.
A blissful, unforgettable day in the Delta with morning and afternoon safari experiences (by land and water) and all of your meals included at your luxurious camp. Make sure you have your camera ready and keep an eye out for some of the world’s most endangered species of cheetah, white and black rhinoceros, lion, and many more. (B,L,D)
Your departure flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Southern Africa and back are on South African Airways. We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure.
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
South African Airways does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Please find below the visa requirements for each of the countries visited:
Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip. Passport holders of other countries need to check with the various consulates before departure as to the visa requirements. Visa fees & regulations are subject to change.
ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR CHILDREN
Effective June 1, 2015 children younger than 18 years who enter South Africa (even through the airport) will be required to present a certified copy of a full birth certificate. Copies are not acceptable. If not traveling with both parents then additional documentation is required. For more information about children’s requirements, please visit the consulate website at http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/index.htm
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Please consult your personal physician or local public health authorities regarding taking anti malaria pills as well as other recommendations.
Southern Africa is located in the southern hemisphere and therefore has the reverse season to those of the U.S. That said, the weather is temperate, and you will enjoy comfortable temperatures during their wintertime. In Swakopmund (Namibia), you can expect fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, with lows in the mid-to-high 50’s and highs in the high 70’s. In Sossusvlei (Namibia), in January-March, you can expect lows in the 60’s and highs in the 90’s; in April, May, October, November & December, you can expect lows in the 50’s and highs in the 80’s/90’s, and in June-August, you can expect lows in the 40’s and highs in the 80’s. In Victoria Falls, Chobe (Botswana), and Okavango Delta (Botswana, for the extension), in January-April and September-December, you can expect lows in the 60’s and highs in the 80’s/90’s; in May-August, you can expect lows in the 40’s/50’s and highs in the 70’s/80’s.
You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or in another nearby restaurant recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) is about $20-25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind. Special baggage requirement for those going to the Okavango Delta: Please note if you are traveling on the extension to the Okavango Delta, then you must adhere strictly to the following baggage restrictions. Each person is limited to a total baggage weight of 20 kg (44 lbs), and your bags must be soft (e.g. canvas) in order to fit into the small luggage compartments of the light aircraft. You may not bring hard suitcases into the Delta.
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