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Walking In Zimbabwe And Botswana

Untouched Zimbabwe trails and the Okavango Delta - see the Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

From£4,615

  • Zimbabwe

    Botswana

  • 14 nights
  • Experiential

    Pioneer

    Sightseeing

    Wildlife

  • May

    Aug

Moderate

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Tour codes: 47100

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4 Sightseeing

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Hike the route of the Batoka Gorge.
  • Discover Africa’s animals and bird life on 4x4 game drives and on foot.
  • Explore the watery veins of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
  • Walk with Rhino in Matobo - a humbling bucket-list experience.
  • Encounter wildlife away from the crowds in Hwange National Park.
  • Feel the spray from the mighty Victoria Falls.

In recent history, Zimbabwe has been publicly known for its political woes, yet it remains as one of Africa’s most understated travel destinations. It is so incredible, that throughout the course of a trip we encounter natural beauty, unique wildlife and safari experiences, plus walks of a different nature.  Then of course there is Victoria Falls; one of those views that will take your breath away as you watch Mother Nature in its most pure form.

In Hwange National Park, we leave the crowds behind as we go in search of some of Africa’s iconic mammals and mighty beasts.  In Matobo, we enjoy the unique experience of walking with rhino accompanied by an expert local guide who refers to them as his babies. His passion and knowledge are infectious and really helps to bring the experience with these extraordinary and endangered creatures to life. The history of Cecil John Rhodes, although a controversial subject, is a fascinating tale and we gather round probably the most scenic gravesite in the world, to hear it. Before making our way to Botswana, we visit the salt pans of Nata, a picturesque pitstop and another opportunity to see some more of Africa’s great wildlife such as zebra, lion, cheetah, hyena and many more. 

Botswana has been a lusted after African destination for some time, with a reputation for its unspoilt wilderness, safety and incredible wildlife experiences; it certainly lives up to this reputation. We spend much of our time based in Maun, the perfect access point for the Okavango Delta. We board our traditional Mokoros (wooden dugout canoe) to explore the vast watery veins of this wetland, as well as exploring deeper on foot. The Moremi Game Reserve is one of the most diverse, consisting of a labyrinth of lagoons, grasslands and pans. Here you will encounter the most spectacular animal and birdwatching opportunities. 

If you are looking for walks in outstanding natural beauty and extraordinary wildlife encounters, this is the holiday for you. 


  • Flight from Heathrow to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg, returning Johannesburg to Heathrow (British Airways and Comair)
  • Internal flight Maun – Johannesburg
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Most meals (two lunches are not included)
  • Safari game drives
  • All entrance fees as suggested in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guide, rangers and driver
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

In flight

Meals

In-Flight

We depart London Heathrow for our overnight flight to Victoria Falls, via Johannesburg.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Victoria Falls

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River and at the western end of the mighty Victoria Falls, we have arrived in the lively town of Victoria Falls. We waste no time and visit the mighty falls itself en route to our hotel. About two-thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and we will walk along the network of viewing paths to see it from a variety of angles. 

Day 3

Victoria Falls

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we have an early start to visit the Batoka Gorge (150 miles, 3 ½ hours), an impressive array of sandstone-filled zig zag cracks and chasms created by Victoria Falls. We walk along the top of the gorge and encounter spectacular views. We may even see thrilling white-water rafting below us. We finish at the Ndebele village where we will be greeted by the local headman and his family. We explore the village, visit their decorated thatched roofed mud huts and learn about the local community; including their culture, education, livestock and lifestyle. We enjoy lunch with the village before returning to our accommodation.

Day 4

Kasane

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel to Kasane (80km, 1 hour), a small village near the border of Africa’s four corners: Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. It is also close to the confluence of two major rivers, the Chobe and the Zambezi. The Chobe River forms the northern boundary and the gateway to the Chobe National Park. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. We enjoy an afternoon boat cruise where we hope to see breath-taking views and wildlife – get your camera’s ready!

Day 5

Kasane

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning we enjoy an early morning game drive where we hope to see an array of wildlife including rare birdlife, elephant, hippo, lion and buffalo! We then take a midday walk to the secluded Impalila Island on the Eastern tip of Namibia close to the confluence of the Zambezi River and the Chobe River. The island is inhibited by approximately 500 people in its many tiny fishing and farming villages. We take a short boat transfer. Here we will have to be cleared with Kasane and Namibian immigration. We will learn about the culture and traditions, as well as the plant and tree life used by the locals for medicinal purposes. Our walk will take us through the collection of baobab trees, including an impressive 2000-year-old baobab tree!

Day 6

Hwange

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we drive to Hwange (195km, 2 ½ hours). Situated in western Zimbabwe, the Hwange National Park is the country's biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides a sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. The park’s magnificent terrain ranges from desert dunes, savannah lands and mopane woodlands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests. We explore the Hwange National Park in an afternoon game drive. 

Day 7

Hwange

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we have a full game drive through Hwange National Park – keep your camera’s handy!

Day 8

Matobo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel to Matobo National Park (240 miles, 5 ½ hours), located in the spectacular Matobo Hills and known for its rich  history, its remarkably diverse flora and fauna and its magnificent rugged terrain. This unspoiled natural wilderness features a range of massive red-tinged, granite boulders interspersed with gorgeous wooded valleys . We enjoy an absolute bucket-list experience, with a half day rhino game walk. We hope to see these magnificent and endangered creatures up close and in their natural environment, the passion and knowledge of our guides are infectious and really helps to bring the experience with these extraordinary creatures to life. We will also learn about the various plant life and the history of Matobo Hills.

Day 9

Matobo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we will hike to one of the remote rock art sites called Inanke. The cave is well lit and is located high up on the steep granite slopes of Inanke Mountain with spectacular views across the incredible Matobo Hills. Here you’ll see a colourful collection of animal paintings, created 2000 years ago or more. We walk through the mountains to Rhodes grave for the sunset. Cecil John Rhodes, a British Imperialist, scaled the Matoppos in 1896 and named it the view of the world. Rhodes grave is his final resting place.

Day 10

Nata

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel to the small village of Nata in Botswana, a popular stopover between Maun and Kasane along a road known as the ‘game drive route’ as there is often a chance to catch a glimpse of wildlife along the way. The unique landscape that surrounds the area around Nata features white sand, tall termite mounds and the Mokolwane palm trees. We visit the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (340km, 5 ½ hours). Declared a game reserve in 1970, this salty desert is a vital habitat for Africa’s biggest zebra populations and for many predators including lion, cheetah and hyena.

Day 11

Maun

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we travel to Maun in northern Botswana (300km, 5 hours). Maun is the bustling metropolis and is considered Botswana’s tourism capital due to its ideal starting point for most Okavango Delta expeditions.

Day 12

Maun

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we have an early start to enjoy an exciting full day delta nature walk. We experience a Mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe used as transport in the Okavango Delta. A perfect day for fantastic camera opportunities.

Day 13

Maun

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend our last full day exploring the Moremi Game reserve on a full day game drive. This reserve is one of the most diverse reserves and covers 40% of the Okavango. It consists of lagoons, grasslands, forests, savannah, floodplains and pans, making it a very unique ecosystem. The Moremi Game Reserve has an abundance of opportunities for spectacular game viewing and bird watching.

Day 14

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

We say farewell to Botswana. We transfer to Maun airport for an internal flight to Johannesburg. We then fly to the UK.

Day 15

In flight

Meals

In-Flight

Return to the UK.

From (GBP)£4,615

Departure dates for your selected tour

4th Aug 2020 - 18th Aug 2020 (14 Nights)

11th May 2021 - 25th May 2021 (14 Nights)

3rd Aug 2021 - 17th Aug 2021 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Flight from Heathrow to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg, returning Johannesburg to Heathrow (British Airways and Comair)
  • Internal flight Maun – Johannesburg
  • Arrival transfer by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Accommodation in Victoria Falls

A’Zambezi Lodge is located close the Zambezi Rivers edge and decorated in traditional African-style design, that blends perfectly into its surrounding environment. The lodge consist of 83 thatched covered rooms, each with  lush green lawns. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, in-room tea and coffee-making facilities, telephone and satellite TV.

Accommodation in Chobe

Chobe Safari Lodge is located on the banks of the Chobe River in northern Botswana, situated in the town of Kasane, where the borders of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia meet. Accommodation is either in the luxury River Rooms, Safari Rooms, or the traditional thatched rondavels. Our groups will usually stay in the Safari Rooms, which include ensuite facilities with bath and shower, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone and a private patio.  The lodge has a number of facilities including an outdoor pool, a cocktail bar, the Sedudu Bar; overlooking Sedudu Island in the Chobe River, an internet café, a volleyball and squash court, a health and beauty salon and a curio and craft shop.


Accommodation in Hwange


Sable Sands Lodge is located in the outskirts of the unfenced Hwange National Park. The open-plan eco-friendly thatched ‘rondavels’ (beehive huts) are traditional and spacious, yet simple in furnishings with ensuite faciltiies. The lodge is an off the grid, so there are only a few hours of electrical power and limited use at night, however enough power and time to charge your cameras! There are solar lights in each lodge for the evening when the power is restricted.

Accommodation in Matobo

Matobo Hills Lodge is situated within a private wildlife reserve bordering Matobo National Park (50km from Bulawayo). Matopos hills is an area of exquisite beauty, the lodge's accommodation units are built upon a granite outcrop with sweeping panoramic views over the surrounding hills. There is a separate lounge/bar which has a spectacular 360-degree views of Mount Ififi and the Maleme Valley. 

There are 18 spacious, bright, outward facing, thatched Matobo lodges have been stylishly refurbished and blend perfectly with their environment. They have ensuite facilities with twin or double beds. 

Accommodation in Nata

An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans. It is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata Sanctuary and is just off the main road, 10 km from Nata village. This is the junction to the Okavango, Chobe and Francistown areas. The Nata Lodge offers three accommodation options: chalets, family chalets and safari tents. Our groups will usually stay in the chalets, some of which are built on a platform overlooking the Didibakwe river and in the shade of Ilala palm trees.  Each is equipped with a stone veranda and semi-open bathroom, ceiling fans and safe.

Accommodation in Maun

Maun Lodge is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River and on the doorstep to the famous Okavango Delta. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, and fitness centre. Rooms are equipped with  en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning ,satellite TV, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a grade 4 walking holiday where we can expect full and half days of walking. Our half days will consist of 3 hours of walking whereas our full days will be up to 5 hours. We can expect between 4-10 miles of walking a day. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. The highest point we reach on this tour is 1500m in Matobo National Park. 

We will be walking on good paths, some may be gravel, some may be on dirt tracks. A local guide and a driver will accompany us on each day of the trip. We will learn about the environment, the wildlife and plant life during our daily itinerary. We are recommended to wear neutral toned items for wildlife game viewing.  

Walks & Excursions

This holiday entails some reasonably energetic days and activities. The programme will involve short walks around areas of special or historical interest and others will involve game drives and walks within the National Parks, safaris by boat and canoeing. Please see the above itinerary as this gives more in depth details of our day to day activities.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Botswana

Botswana’s currency is Pula. Travellers cheques are accepted at some banks and ATMS are available in the major towns, however, mostly only accept Visa. Major credit cards are accepted at many shops and restaurants.  

Currency in Zimbabwe

As of 24 June 2019, Zimbabwe have announced that all financial transactions are officially conducted in the local currency known as “Zimbabwe Dollars.” Prices and transactions will be displayed in  Zimbabwean (RTGS) dollars, however you may find that US dollars are accepted in some businesses. You should check before making a transaction whether the price quoted is in Zimbabwean (RTGS) or US dollars as the symbol for both is $, and it is recommended to check exchange rates prior to any transaction. Zimbabwe is currently experiencing a severe shortage of cash. It’s not currently possible to make cash withdrawals with an international bank card.

Credit Cards are readily acceptable everywhere in Zimbabwe where the relevant arrangements have been made with the International Credit Card Companies such as VISA, MASTERCARD and others issued by different banks in the countries of origin of the travellers. Visitors are required to make the necessary arrangements with their banks before embarking on travel and when in the destination they need to look out for the logos of their respective credit cards. Visitors are however encouraged to use plastic money and only exchange amounts of money in cash that they anticipate using. Visitors may convert their money back to their foreign currency subject to prevailing terms and conditions. This may include proof in the prescribed format that one changed money upon their arrival.

Tipping is not a commercial transaction and hence visitors are at liberty to tip the way they want. It becomes incumbent upon the recipient to ensure adherence to the foreign exchange regulations.

It’s illegal to leave Zimbabwe with more than $2,000 (or equivalent) in cash. It’s illegal to exchange foreign currency anywhere other than at officially licensed dealers (eg banks or bureau de change). It is a good idea to carry small denomination notes as change is rarely available in smaller businesses.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

We fly from the UK to Victoria Falls, via Johannesburg. On return, we have an internal flight from Maun to Johannesburg, then return to the UK. On this holiday, we will be travelling in a 24 seater overland vehicle; which is equipped with a large cooler box to store your drinks and snacks, charging facilities, USB ports, and individual lockers to store your bags. 

Where possible your bags should be the soft variety, such as a soft sided backpack or duffel bag with no hard cover suitcases, measuring no more than 35cm wide and 80cm long. A weight limit of 1 x 20kg for your main bag is required.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for Zimbabwe

For entry into Zimbabwe, passports for British Citizens must be valid for 6 months after the return date of this holiday and these must have three blank pages within your passport.

British Citizens do require a visa for entry into Zimbabwe and the easiest way to get your visa is at passport control when you arrive in Zimbabwe. A single entry visa, which is what you will need, costs 55USD however this could change so please check the website before you leave. The only currency they will accept is USD. Some nationalities are visa exempt and the fees vary according to your nationality. To check which rules apply to your nationality please check the following website: www.zimlondon.gov.zw.

If you would prefer to apply for your visa before you depart you can do so 2-3 weeks before you travel with the new online evisa system, you apply for your visa using the website provided, (however you are still required to pay for your visa on the port of entry): www.evisa.gov.zw

Visas for clients travelling independently - Clients travelling independently will also need to organise their own visas for entry into Zimbabwe. However, clients booking their own flights are advised to speak to their airline to ensure they have all the required passport data prior to arrival at the airport in Zimbabwe; otherwise they could incur an extra cost. Please contact your local Zimbabwean embassy for more details.

Passport Information for Botswana

For entry into Botswana a visa is not required for travel up to 90 days. A passport, valid for at least six months from the date of departure and at least two blank pages is required. Any passenger with a passport that does not comply with these requirements will be refused entry on arrival.

Meals

 All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided, except for two lunches which will be at your own expense. Most breakfasts and some lunches and dinners will be taken at the accommodation. Others will be prepared and cooked for us by the guides travelling with us on the tour. In most cases, these meals will take place around a camp fire or in a scenic location.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe the electricity is supplied at 230V A/C, and sockets accept 15 amp. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a three-pin plug with round pin, the three-pin square plug (as used in the UK) is also used. Many of the accommodation we use have both. More information can be found at www.powerplugadapter.uk.

Electricity in Botswana

In Botswana the electricity is supplied at 230V A/C, and sockets accept 15 amp. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a three-pin plug with round pin, the three-pin square plug (as used in the UK) is also used. Many of the accommodation we use have both. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Zimbabwe National Tourist Board www.zimbabwetourism.net
Botswana Tourism www.botswanatourism.org.uk

“The “Bradt” guide provides very well-researched and interesting background reading for Zimbabawe.

"The Lonely Planet Botswana and Namibia"

"Botswana: An Insiders Guide"


The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Zimbabwe

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Zimbabwe.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid immunisation is recommended.

You might also like to consider immunisation against Rabies, Cholera, Diphtheria and Hepatitis B.

Malaria is present throughout the year in Zimbabwe; please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Health Advice for Botswana

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Botswana.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid immunisations are recommended.
You might also like to consider immunisations against Rabies and Hepatitis B.

 There is a risk of Malaria from November to June in the northern half of Botswana, including the Okavango Delta, there is a low risk during the rest of the year. There is a low to no risk of malaria in the southern half of the country. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

 There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Botswana

  • Capital

    Gaborone

  • Currency

    Pula

  • Language

    English; Tswana

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    10.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days

Average weather

  • January

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • March

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • April

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 33mm

  • May

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 8mm

  • June

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

  • July

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 1mm

  • August

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

  • September

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 8mm

  • October

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • November

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • December

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

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