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					 For tours departing beyond 2009, itineraries may be subject
 to change. This will be confirmed by the publication of the
 2010 brochure (issued in Oct 09).                             Tour Dossier


Botswana Wildlife Safari
Amended 13 Aug 2009. Valid from                        SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS
01 Aug 2009 to 31 Dec 2009                             Among the many highlights featured on this                 Botswana Wildlife Safari Ref BW
Since first issue this dossier has been                tour, we particularly mention:                                                Z

updated with amendments to the                         , OKAVANGO DELTA PANHANDLE Three                                                            Zambezi river

following sections: itinerary, sightseeing                                                                                                  i        crossing
                                                         nights stay on our houseboat in one of
& visa                                                   Africa’s most famous areas.                                                 SERONDELA          LIVINGSTONE
                                                       , VICTORIA FALLS Viewed from Zambian                                               Game
                                                                                                                       OKAVANGO           drive
                                                         side of Zambezi.                                              HOUSEBOAT          CHOBE NP         Victoria
 As our itineraries may be amended from                , CHOBE NATIONAL PARK Huge elephant

 time to time, either for operational reasons            population.                                                           XAXANAKA             SAVUTI
 or in response to feedback from                                                                            Tsodilo Hills      Game drives Game drives
                                                       , MOREMI GAME RESERVE One of Africa’s               rock paintings

 customers, please ensure you have the                   greatest wildlife sanctuaries.                                 MOREMI                  KHWAI
 most up-to-date copy of this dossier                  , OKAVANGO DELTA Explore by vehicle.

                                                                                                                          GR                    RIVER
 immediately before you travel. You can

 download the dossier from our website,                                                                                            Tree Lodge Of course we will notify           Botswana has been a peaceful, independent                          n   go
 you of any significant changes, but                   nation since 1966 and is one of the few in                   Okava             BOTSWANA
 sometimes minor changes may simply be                 Africa to enjoy a stable government with                       km                   Makgadikgadi
 added to the tour dossier.                            regular, multi-party elections. About the size of                                    Salt Pans
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                                                       France and a little smaller than Texas, with a
JOINING TOUR ABROAD                                    population of scarcely over 1 million, 17% of
                                                       land-locked Botswana is set aside for the
15 days/14 nights Land Only                            protection of wildlife. It is a land of contrast:   LAND ONLY ITINERARY
Maun back to Maun                                      the parched desert and green delta, bespeaks        Be Prepared: While our intention is to adhere to
                                                       the continent of Africa itself. Here we can still   the day-by-day route printed below, a degree of
Join Maun (day 1)                                      find the timeless views of the Africa of old –      flexibility is built into the itinerary. Therefore,
End Maun (day 15)                                      vast open grassy plains with ancient                depending on the season, water levels and
Clients booked on ‘Land Only’ arrangements             woodlands where herds of elephant roam, the         game concentrations, overnight stops may vary
should make their own way to the joining point         dry salt pans of the Kalahari Desert where          from those suggested. There are also some
in Maun. Please refer to separate ‘Joining             millions of migratory birds flock to nest, and      long drives on smooth tarmac roads. Early
Instructions’ for name and address of hotel            the luxuriant waterways of the Okavango             morning game drives in winter can be very cold.
and time of rendezvous with tour leader.               Delta where antelope feed silently at dusk,         Rainwater in the catchment area in western
                                                       under a flaming red African sunset. The game        Zambia and Angola only arrives at Victoria
                                                       parks of Botswana receive fewer tourists than       Falls early in January after the summer rains
                                                       the better known reserves in East Africa so         that usually start around mid-November and
GROUP TRAVEL                                           conditions are often less developed. We also        usually end in April. This rainwater increases
FROM LONDON                                            take time to explore the world famous Victoria      the waterlevels in the Okavango Delta that
                                                       Falls and spend three offbeat nights aboard a       may result in strong currents. In these strong
17 days/16 nights Tour including                       houseboat in the Okavango Delta’s Panhandle         currents, our houseboat will moor in a safe
Connecting Group Flights                               area. On most nights we camp wild in the            sheltered spot and excursions will be made
                                                       bush. Travel can be on rough, sandy and pot-        from the houseboat launch. However, the
London-Maun-London                                     holed roads but the natural wonders we              amount of rain that falls in the catchment
Depart from London Heathrow Airport on                 encounter more than compensate for any              area can be highly variable though and the
overnight flight via Johannesburg (South               discomfort for those who really seek                houseboat may cruise in the Delta itself.
Africa) to arrive Maun the following day (day          adventure. Although we camp wild in the bush
1 of Land Only itinerary). Transfer to hotel.          the actual camping experience on this safari is     Please note: Participation in canoeing,
Return from Maun (day 15 of Land Only                  quite comfortable. All our camping equipment        kayaking, or rafting (including white-water)
itinerary) on overnight flight, via Johannesburg,      is taken in with us. Dome tents are provided        requires that you are able to swim 25 metres
to arrive London Heathrow the following                which sleep a maximum of two people, whilst         unaided.
morning.                                               camp beds with mattresses, fitted sheets,
                                                       sleeping bags, pillows and blankets are also        Accommodation and Included Meals: please
Passengers with non-group flights booked               provided. Individual wash basins and a              find the key to our accommodation ratings
through Explore should refer to their individual       portable toilet are provided to add extra           overleaf, and note that included meals are
confirmation invoice for flight details. Transfers     comfort. Camp assistants take care of all           indicated in the itinerary below and are
to and from the airport are not included unless        camp chores so no participation is required.        shown on the day they are provided (B =
purchased in addition to the tour package.             Our transport is a specially modified land          breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
                                                       cruiser that offers excellent game viewing
                                                       through its open sides. A support                   Day 1. Join tour Maun
                                                       vehicle/trailer carries luggage and equipment.      Arrive Maun and check into hotel. Maun is a
                                                                                                           dusty frontier town on the southern reaches
                                                                                                           of the Okavango Delta. Your afternoon here is
                                                                                                           free to relax or maybe take a stroll around
                                                                                                           Maun and begin to immerse yourself into the
              Earth Matters                                                                                ways of Africa.Overnight hotel H++.
 • The interpretation centre in Tsodilo Hills was                                                          Days 2 - 4 Drive to houseboat; optional
 established by San people and revenues go to                                                              activities
 supporting guide training. Crafts from the                    CO2 Offsets Included                        We will have an early start this morning when
 surrounding villages can also be purchased             The biggest environmental impact of your
                                                                                                           we drive to the west side of the Okavango
 here which supports local communities.                 holiday with Explore is the CO2 generated by
                                                                                                           Delta Panhandle to meet our specially
 • This tour makes use of local Explore tour                                                               chartered houseboat. Due to the seasonal
                                                        your flights. As a responsible tour operator, we   variations in the level and strength of the
 leaders which generates employment. The time           have included in our tour prices the costs of
 spent with the local guides and crew gives you                                                            river, fed by rainfall in the Upper Zambezi
                                                        offsetting CO2 emissions from all international    basin, please be aware that for much of the
 a unique insight into the local culture.               and domestic flights forming part of the tour.
 • The entry fees we pay to the various reserves                                                           year the houseboat itself remains securely
                                                        Our chosen offset partner is Climate Care. If      moored and we explore the river by smaller
 visited on this tour contribute to the long-term       you are making independent flight
 welfare of wildlife in this part of the world.                                                            launches. Our itinerary is very flexible. A
                                                        arrangements to join one of our tours, may we      typical day involves one or two trips out on
 • For further information on responsible travel        urge you to take responsibility for your CO2
 go to                                                                                                     the houseboat launch to visit the surrounding
                                                        emissions by offsetting through Climate Care,      area. While you are here, you may also have           or a similar offsetting scheme.                    the opportunity to do some bird watching

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from the houseboat, or maybe try your luck           side of the river. Here, the Zambezi River            Okavango silence reigns, broken only by the
at fishing. Local fishermen are often seen           plummets over a sheer cliff wall spanning             roar of a lion or the harsh cry of a fish eagle.
aboard their traditional dugout canoes,              more than 1676m, and drops approximately              2 nights camping C+ (included meals: Bx2,
known locally as mokoros. We include a days          100m into the abyss below. Like David                 Lx2, Dx2).
excursion to Tsodilo Hills. You can drive to         Livingstone before us, you become aware of
this intriguing and profound and sacred              the awesome cataract long before seeing it.           Days 12 & 13. Drive Xaxanaka; in the
place. The San Bushmen believe that this             Plumes of water vapour rise like smoke into           Okavango Delta
was the site of the first creation and as a          the sky accompanied by a deafening roar: a            The mighty Okavango is the third largest river
result it is considered a holy and sacred            fact which inspired the natives to call the           in southern Africa and its delta area covers
place. They painted an astonishing 3500              waterfall, Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘The Smoke that             16,000 square kilometres of crystal clear
rock paintings here to celebrate this over           Thunders’. You may choose to take an                  channels, a myriad of ephemeral lakes and
350 different sites. There are four rocks that       optional half-day game drive into Mosi-oa-            ever changing islands, surviving atop the
jut out of the expanse of the surrounding            Tunya National Park to search for white rhino.        Kalahari desert. The river flows south east
land and the San Bushmen believe that the            You may also like to take advantage of one            from the Angolan highlands over 1,000 km
bigger rock, the “male”, has a “wife” and            of the other many optional activities on offer        away, taking up to 6 months to reach the
“child”, but that he left his “wife” for a           such as a scenic flight over the falls or white       delta area which floods on a perennial
“younger wife” who now lingers in the                water rafting. (Included meals: B).                   annual cycle. We drive into the Delta to our
background. Those who leave do so with a                                                                   camp at Xaxanaka in Moremi Game Reserve.
profound sense of place and power! During            Days 7 to 9. Game viewing in Chobe N.P                Exceptional though the geography of the
our time on the river there may be a good            We head to Kazungula and back into                    Delta may be, it is the amazing wildlife of the
possibility of seeing a variety of game. On          Botswana via the ferry over the Zambezi               waterways that draws us and we plan to set
our launch, we may cruise past submerging            River and then drive into the Serondela area          out game viewing on our arrival and spend
pods of hippos, while crocodiles bask in the         of Chobe National Park. A variety of habitats         the whole of the following in this unspoiled
shallows and on the riverbanks.. The golden          – flooded grassland, thicket, salt pan and            wonderland. Hippo, crocodile, red lechwe, and
light of late afternoon will also be enjoyed         particularly the banks of the Chobe River,            a great variety of birds are easy to spot, as
with a traditional ‘sundowner’. This is a home       one of the Zambezi’s main tributaries, is             well as the elusive Sitatunga antelope, whose
away from home where you are encouraged              home to an abundance of wildlife. The                 elongated hooves allow it to walk on the
to enjoy this part of Africa. It is not hard to      northern Chobe area of Serondela is the               marshy ground without sinking. Bird lovers
imagine yourself as David Livingstone when           heart of elephant country – up to 35,000              may spot fish eagle, jacana, kingfisher, heron,
he was in Africa all those years ago! 3 nights       elephants live within the park, the largest           stork, egret, weaver and bee-eater – just
cabin-share in houseboat (included meals:            number in any African park. We’ll take the            some of the magnificent species found here.
Bx3, Lx3, Dx3).                                      opportunity to spend many hours watching              2 nights camping C+ (included meals: Bx2,
                                                     huge trumpeting herds in and around the               Lx2, Dx2).
Day 5. To Livingstone                                river. Other mammals to be seen are buffalo,
An early morning start this morning sees us          kudu, eland, waterbuck, sable and roan                Day 14. Drive to Maun
heading north to Namibia’s Caprivi Strip             antelope, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard,              We make an early morning game drive then
before heading to Livingstone in Zambia. The         impala, reedbuck and the rare Chobe                   continue eastwards enjoying the emptiness,
Caprivi Region has a colourful and interesting       bushbuck. In the river are hippo and                  until we reach Maun. There may be the
history. The Caprivi, known by local tribes as       crocodile and the waters teem with bream,             opportunity of an optional game flight over
Itenge, was under the rule of the Lozi kings         barbel and tiger fish (freshwater barracuda).         the Okavango Delta this afternoon and your
until the end of the 19th century, but it was        The area is also famed for its beautiful              tour leader will be happy to assist in
administered as part of the British                  scenery and magnificent red and gold                  organising this. Overnight hotel H++
protectorate of Bechuanaland, now known as           sunsets. Next we travel south to the                  (included meals: B).
Botswana. As a result of the European                marshes of the Savuti Channel, another area           Day 15. Tour ends Maun
superpower political maneuvering, Germany            with great concentrations of game –                   (Included meals: B).
laid claim, in 1890, to the British                  particularly during the dry winter months.
administered island of Zanzibar to which             Savuti is an excellent place to view lion and
Britain strenuously objected. The Germans            other predators plus see some San bushman
were keen to link their colonies in German           paintings. 3 nights camping Serondela/                PERSONAL EXPENSES
East Africa (now Tanzania) with German               Savuti C+ (included meals: Bx3, Lx3, Dx3).            You will need some extra money to cover
South West Africa (now Namibia). The                                                                       meals and drinks not included in the tour
dispute was settled by the Berlin Conference         Days 10 & 11. In Moremi Game Reserve                  price, optional sightseeing, souvenirs and
in 1890 when Queen Victoria acquired                 Leaving our Savuti camp we continue over              items of a personal nature such as laundry.
Zanzibar and Germany acquired the territory          dirt roads into Moremi Game Reserve – one
which became known as the Caprivi Strip.             of Botswana’s most diversified reserves in            Foreign Exchange
This strip of land was named after German            terms of scenery and wildlife. Tucked into the        Local Currency: Botswana: Pula.
Chancellor General Count Georg Leo von               north-eastern sector of the Okavango Delta,           Zambia: Kwacha.
Caprivi di Caprara di Montecuccoli! Say that         Moremi is thought to be the country’s most            Recommended Currency for Exchange: We
after a beer! 2 nights lodge H+ (included            beautiful gameland, and is rated as one of            suggest you take your spending money as
meals: B, L)                                         Africa’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries. It            cash in a mixture of sterling and US Dollars.
                                                     covers an enormous wilderness area                    Please note that the banks and Forex
Day 6. In Livingstone                                composed of permanent swamps, islands,                Bureaus do not accept US Dollar notes pre-
Often referred to as the ‘adventure capital’ of      forest and dry land – an ornithologist’s              2002. NB: you may find it useful to bring
Zambia, Livingstone is a pleasant town with          paradise. More birdlife and larger mammals            smaller denominations of USD for tips.
a variety of land, air and water-based               may be spotted on the flood plain, including          Where to Exchange: Maun airport and
activities on offer in the surrounding area. A       elephant, giraffe, zebra and ostrich, as well         Livingstone.
short drive can take you to one of the natural       as predators like lion, leopard and wild dog.         ATM Availability: Cash can be drawn on
wonders of the world – Victoria Falls. We plan       Early mornings and late afternoons are                credit cards from ATM’s in Livingstone.
a visit to view the falls from the Zambian           devoted to game viewing. Here in the

 ACCOMMODATION: An important feature of many Explore tours is the wide range of accommodation used, and since the beginning our philosophy
 has been to select accommodation to suit the itinerary - not the other way round. To help gauge the comfort level on your chosen tour, we have
 graded the accommodation standards at all night-stops using the rating guide below. Please keep in mind however that standards can vary from one
 trip to the next, and occasionally we may need to change a night-stop without advance warning. Please note descriptions are only intended as
 guidelines in order to give a flavour of the type of accommodation to expect. We cannot guarantee the use of particular properties. Facilities and
 characteristics may vary from those described.
 Hotels / lodges / guesthouses - or similar                                    This tour uses a great mix of accommodation, affording us a real flavour of
 H++ : Comfortable hotels, lodges or guesthouses with twin or single rooms one of Africa’s most beautiful countries. We start and end our trip in a
 and en suite facilities. With air-conditioning/heating where appropriate and comfortable, mid-range hotel in Maun. On the Okavango Panhandle we
 with reliable hot and cold water. Generally good levels of service and often spend three nights on board our houseboat - the boat has a lower deck
 with added amenities such as restaurant, bar, gardens or swimming pool.       with en-suite cabins and upper deck with a bar/dining area and an open
                                                                               seating area at the rear. In Livingstone we stay in bungalows on the banks
 H+ : Standard hotels, lodges or guesthouses, usually with twin or single      of the Zambezi. In the Okavango Delta and game reserves of Botswana we
 rooms and en suite facilities. These are generally standard, no-frills hotels enjoy the experience of camping under the African sky. Our campsites are
 with adequate amenities and service standards. Whilst comfort levels are      simple enough to give the feeling of really camping out in the African bush,
 perfectly acceptable to most, please don’t expect too much! These are         yet with the comforts of ‘proper’ toilets, bucket showers and even camp
 often small, family run establishments.                                       beds for our two man tents.
 C+ : Standard camping in private or public campsites, usually with WC and
 washing / showering facilities in a shared ablutions building. Typically in
 two person tents, and some level of participation is often required.
 Generally bed linen or sleeping bags are not provided.

                        To book please call 0844 499 0901 •
For bookings outside the UK please contact your local travel agent representing Explore.                                                    Page 2 of 4
Credit Card Acceptance: In major                   PRACTICAL INFORMATION                               you have medical expenses and emergency
restaurants.                                                                                           repatriation cover and a 24-hour contact
Travellers Cheques: Not recommended.               Seasonal Climate                                    telephone number for your Insurance
                                                   The main rainy season is from January to            Company must be shown on your
Up-to-date information re:global exchange rates                                                        documentation in case of emergency.
can be obtained at https://www.currency-           March. Rain is widespread and generally falls
                                                   in the form of a thunderstorm in the late           If you are unable to provide all this                                                                                   information at the start of the trip you will
                                                   afternoon; grass tends to be long and there
                                                   is more water about so game is more                 not be allowed to join the trip. If you have
Meal Plan                                                                                              purchased Explore Insurance you should
Local Food and Drink: 14 breakfasts,               dispersed. Otherwise it is dry, with low
                                                   humidity for most of the year. Botswana’s           carry the Master Certificate leaflet with you,
11 lunches and 11 dinners are included on                                                              which outlines the conditions of the policy
this trip; please be prepared to pay for all       regional characteristics, from fertile areas in
                                                   the east to waterless desert in the centre          together with a copy of your Confirmation
other meals. Houseboat prices may be                                                                   Invoice, which is your proof of purchase of
slightly elevated due to its remote location       and south, and a vast delta in the north-
                                                   west, make for extremes of temperatures             insurance. Explore Worldwide are an
and limited facilities. Prices quoted are                                                              Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine
correct as of the date this dossier was            and highly variable rainfall.
                                                   In this region of central Southern Africa,          Limited, who is authorised and regulated by
originally issued but may change at any time                                                           the Financial Services authority.
due to currency fluctuations. Please note that     African summer temperatures between
costs for drinks and meals can vary                September and March can be high as 35°C
                                                   and as low as 16°C. From April to August, in        Know Before You Go
depending on location and the prices below                                                             We strongly recommend that you check your
are given as an average guide only.                the African winter, the maximum
                                                   temperatures can reach 25°C and the                 government’s travel advisory for up-to-date
                      UK Botswana Zambia           minimum can be as low as 5°C.                       information and advice about your
Coffee/Tea          £1.20 £0.40         £0.70                                                          destination: safety and security, entry
Soft Drink           0.80      1.00       1.00     Additional information and climate charts can       requirements, health, local laws and
Bottle of Beer       2.50      1.00       1.00     be accessed at            customs, including advice re: the legality of
Bottle of Water      0.80      0.70       0.75     weather. Seasonal weather patterns can be           and local attitudes towards same-sex
Bottle of Wine      10.00 11.00         12.00      unpredictable. Up-to-date information on the        relationships. For UK Foreign and
2 Course Meal* 10.00           8.00     10.00      weather worldwide can be found by following         Commonwealth Office Advice follow the link
3 Course Meal** 18.00 15.00             20.00      the BBC weather link on this page.                  at
*Cheap local fare in a small cafe or restaurant.
**Typical food in a simple, reasonably             Visa Requirements
comfortable mid-range restaurant.                  Botswana: Visas are NOT required by UK,             PACKING FOR YOUR TRIP
                                                   AUS, NZ, CAN and USA citizens.                      A complete list of clothing and personal gear
Tipping                                                                                                is contained in Explore’s ‘General Information
Local Staff: Tipping is a recognised part of       Namibia: Visas are not required by UK, NZ,          Booklet’, available only after a booking has
life in this region of Africa. Some local staff    USA and CAN citizens.                               been accepted. Here we make a few specific
will look to members of the group for                                                                  recommendations with regard to your tour.
personal recognition of particular services        Zambia: Most nationalities require a single
provided. Accordingly, you should allow            entry visa to enter Zambia. The foreign office      Luggage: The limit is one barrel
US$30.                                             advise it is best to obtain visas prior to travel   bag/holdall/internal frame backpack
Tour Leader: At your discretion you might          in order to avoid any potential problems with       (suitcases are not permitted) per person and
also consider tipping your tour leader in          the airlines or with the Zambian Immigration        a reasonable amount of photographic
appreciation of the efficiency and service         Authorities. Visas can be obtained through          equipment. Total weight allowance
you receive.                                       the consular office, your travel agent or           15kgs/33lbs maximum per person. A day
                                                   through Explore’s recommended Visa                  bag is essential for everyday use.
Other Sightseeing                                  Service.
The following excursions and/or activities are     Visas may also be available at all ports of         Clothing: Pack for ‘All Tours’ plus ‘Hot
usually available and may be arranged locally.     entry, but please contact your consular office      Conditions’. Clothing should be lightweight.
Estimated costs are provided below for             for further information.                            However, a wind/waterproof jacket, a warm
guidance only, are on a per person basis                                                               fleece or sweater and thermal underwear for
unless shown otherwise, and may depend on          Other nationalities should consult the              night time are strongly advised, as nights,
the number of participants. Prices quoted are      relevant consulate.                                 early morning game drives and longer
correct as of the date this dossier was                                                                journeys can be very cold, especially in
originally issued but may change at any time       All visa information is subject to change. You      winter (April to August). We suggest that
due to currency fluctuations.                      should confirm all visa related issues with         during the winter months you take a number
                                                   the relevant Embassy prior to departure.            of layers to combat the cold which can then
The majority of optionals can be paid for by                                                           be removed as the day warms up. Brightly
credit card (NOT debit card). Please check         Vaccinations & Protection                           coloured and white clothing is not suitable for
with your tour leader for the most up-to-date      We recommend protection against malaria,            game viewing.
information in this regard. Please note that       tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A and polio. Consult
any credit card transactions may attract an        your travel clinic for latest advice on different   Footwear: Lightweight trail boots or robust
approximate rate of 5% per transaction.            prophylaxis available against malaria.              trainers with good traction soles and sandals.
MAUN Flight over Okavango Delta (approx. 1         Special Note: Vaccination requirements are          Equipment: Please bring a towel with you and
hour) US$100 depending on numbers booked           subject to change and should be confirmed           also a water bottle, (head) torch and larger
(must be booked in advance so speak to             before departure.                                   torch for toilet visits at night whilst camping,
your tour leader).                                                                                     sunhat, sunglasses, insect repellent and
LIVINGSTONE Whitewater rafting half day            The above is not an exhaustive list.                sunscreen. Binoculars are essential for game
$130, full day $145; Elephant back trails          Further information regarding vaccinations          viewing and a 300mm lens is recommended
(must be booked in advance so speak to             and travel health advice can be found by            for photography. Tents have sewn-in mosquito
your tour leader on arrival) afternoon trip with   following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at              screening so nets are not required.
transfer $150; Upper Zambezi canoeing half and
day $95, full day $120; Zambezi river cruises      from your local healthcare provider.                Personal First Aid Kit: For an exclusively
sunset $45, sunset & dinner $50; Helicopter                                                            designed Explore Medical Kit, visit
for 30 mins flight $260pp; Abseiling half day      Electric Supply and Plugs                 
$95, full day $115; Game drives $50pp for          For comprehensive information regarding
2.5 hours; Livingstone tour $40; Cultural          voltages and plug types in use in the               Need help on clothing or equipment?
village tour $40pp (including transfers).          countries visited, follow the relevant link at      Then we suggest you contact Nomad Travel, our
CHOBE optional river cruise $35.                       equipment partner, who specialise in kitting
OKAVANGO PANHANDLE boat trip $15.                  You will need a South Africa 3 round pin plug       people out for adventurous travel. You receive a
                                                   adaptor.                                            special 10% discount in-store or online. Visit
Rafting note: River conditions are                 Please note there are limited opportunities         one of their stores, phone 0845 260 0044, or
determined by seasonally predictable               for charging camera batteries so please bring       visit their website
fluctuations in water levels. Low water            sufficient supplies.                                explore for further information.
season generally runs from August to
January each year – this is when the               Insurance
                                                   Travel insurance is compulsory for all
                                                                                                            Friends of Conservation
Zambezi is at its very wildest. High water is                                                           Friends of Conservation runs conservation
from about February to July and there can          bookings. You must take your policy
                                                   document with you on tour, as your tour              projects worldwide and is committed to working
be a ‘closed season’ between March and                                                                  with local peoples to promote a balance
June depending on the season’s rains.              leader will ask to see this at the start of the
                                                   trip. Your documentation must state in writing       between their needs and those of the wildlife
                                                   that you are the named policyholder and that         with which they share their natural habitat. See
                                                   the cover is valid for your period of travel.        the website for details of the current project in
                                                   Your policy document must also indicate that         Botswana.

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     Please find below some space for you to make notes regarding your trip...

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