Journey from Botswana to Zimbabwe

Great Elephant Migration Safari

Zimbabwe, Botswana

12 Days

From $9,295

Overview

    Book Online Download Itinerary

    Call 1-800-368-2794 or contact us for any questions

    Overview

    Imagine exploring the utterly remote game lands linking Botswana's renowned Chobe National Park with the famed elephant stronghold of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe—some 200,000 elephants roam this wild trans-frontier corridor. We'll head across rich savannas unknown to most travelers, encountering massive herds of elephants and plenty of other wildlife including lion, rare sable antelope, African painted dog, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, and more. Our unique and wonderfully located lodges bring all the comforts, and in Hwange, we'll visit the new sanctuary for white rhinos, a community-owned conservation success.

    Arrive: Kasane, Botswana

    Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Highlights

    • Witness huge herds of migrating elephants at waterholes
    • Extraordinary wildlife, including lion, leopard, African painted dog, giraffe, roan, and kudu
    • Track game on foot and enjoy optional mountain biking as part of the adventure
    • Gorgeous safari camps in Hwange and Chobe, each with its own unique atmosphere
    • Learn about the local community's conservation successes
    • Visit astounding Victoria Falls

    Itinerary

    Download Itinerary Expand All Days
    Botswana's Chobe National Park is the world's busiest elephant corridor, but we'll also be on the lookout for leopard, lion, spotted hyena, jackal, and giraffe. A flight brings us to Nehimba Lodge in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, home to some of the highest concentrations of elephant on the planet, some of whom visit our lodge's lively waterhole. This area is also lion-rich and we have it to ourselves as we explore its mopane woodland and sand river environment.
    The open-air Elephant Express rail car brings us to Camelthorn Lodge in southeastern Hwange. Game viewing by 4WD vehicle has us on the lookout for elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and impala. We'll also visit the rhino sanctuary built on community land and guarded by an anti-poaching unit.
    At Jozibanini, game walks let us track the fauna of southern Hwange, including the African painted dog, and we'll visit St. Joseph's School, with its enthusiastic students eager to welcome visitors. Our camp's look-up blind brings unique views of elephants, and we'll sleep under the stars in the most remote camp in southern Africa.
    We fly to Victoria Falls for a tour of the falls and sundowner cruise on the Zambezi. Depart on Day 12.

    Dates & Pricing

    Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

    Payment & Cancel Schedule

    $600 due at time of reservation
    90 days prior to departure: Balance

    Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

    Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
    61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
    46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
    45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

    Included
    • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
    • Accommodations in lodges and safari camps
    • All meals
    • Local beer, wine, and spirits
    • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
    • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    Not Included
    • Travel to and from the arrival and departure locations as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
    • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, etc.)
    • Visa fees

    Accommodations

    Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

    Chobe Water Villas

    Kasika Conservancy, Namibia

    Days 1-2 (2 nights)

    Set along the edge of the great Chobe River in the Zambezi Region of Namibia, each luxury villa has spectacular views of the wetlands and bushland of Chobe National Park right across the water. As you sit on the deck of your private terrace, watch for huge elephant and buffalo herds grazing...

    Nehimba Lodge

    Hwange, Zimbabwe

    Days 3-4 (2 nights)

    Raised thatched tent chalets arcing around a watering hole make Nehimba Lodge a spectacular place to witness elephants and other animals drink and play in northern Hwange National Park. Whether you come during the green or dry season, Nehimba's location within the park offers fantastic...

    Camelthorn Lodge

    Hwange, Zimbabwe

    Days 5-7 (3 nights)

    Tucked in the forested fringes of southern Hwange National Park and within the Imvelo Ngamo Rhino Sanctuary, Camelthorn Lodge is the perfect place to experience life in the bush without sacrificing comfort. The main lodge has a community dining area and buffet station for breakfast,...

    Jozibanini Camp

    Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

    Days 8-10 (3 nights)

    Jozibanini Camp is a small, exclusive camp situated within Hwange National Park. Spacious tents are simple and rustic, built on raised wooden decks tucked under camelthorn trees. The tents have en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and bucket showers (with hot water!). Dining is informal, situated near a campfire and...

    Ilala Lodge

    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Day 11 (1 night)

    The family-operated Ilala Lodge is a relaxing hotel with an ideal location just minutes from spectacular Victoria Falls. Perfectly manicured gardens and thatched roofs set the scene as you are welcomed into the open-air lobby. Guest rooms have nice beds and all rooms have access...

    Trip Leaders

    Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

    Stanley Dube

    View Profile

    Vusa Ncube

    View Profile

    Pete Ndlovu

    View Profile

    Mark Butcher

    View Profile

    What the Trip is Like

    This trip is Level 2+ (Easy to Moderate) according to our trip grading system. It can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. Optional game walks are available. Although not a walking safari, you must to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and feel comfortable on your feet for up to 2 hours a day. Additionally, you need to be able to climb in and out of the safari vehicle.

    Average Walking Day
    • 1-2 hours
    • 1-2 miles
    • Flat terrain
    Review Trip Level Details
    July through October are fantastic months to visit Botswana and Zimbabwe, as this is in the peak of the “dry” season, the best game viewing period. Because of the minimal rainfall during this season, the bush turns golden brown and in many areas is beaten flat, so game viewing is easier and animals concentrate around major water sources. It is the end of winter and so the nights and the early mornings are cold and the days are warm and dry. Days will be in the mid 70s to low 90s (later in the season) and nights in the 50s. Warm coats and insulating layers are necessary on early morning game drives.

    Each of our safari lodges and camps has been meticulously designed to offer all your home comforts, a splash of luxury and an exciting dash of African charm. On top of this, our locations have been carefully selected for two vital reasons; the local communities' dedication to our conservation partnership and their proximity to some of nature's most impressive wonders, from the famous Victoria Falls, to the mighty Zambezi River and Hwange National Park, famed for its thousands of elephants.

    While on safari, breakfasts and evening meals are served at the lodge you are staying in. Lunches while traveling between destinations will be served picnic-style en route. Bottled water, soft drinks, juice, house wine, and beer are included throughout the trip. All vehicles are equipped with a fridge or cool box stocked with bottled water. Tea and coffee are offered by all accommodations free of charge with meals and at afternoon teatime.

    On safari, there are long driving days over rugged dirt tracks, we can be in and out of the vehicles all day long, usually only driving approximately 2 hours at a time. We will be in a 7-seat open sided 4WD vehicle with a roof for sun protection. We sit 6 people max per vehicle to optimize everyone's view and provide wool blankets for early morning and evening game drives.

    During drives and game walks, we can get quite close to wild animals at times. Being very quiet improves everybody's chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, on walks, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no safari can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

    Extend Your Trip

    Client Testimonials

    "This was the most amazing travel experience in a dozen years of travel. The nature, our elephant encounters, Butch, every camp and staff, food, and fellow travelers all made this experience amazingly fun and rewarding in every respect. Thank You!"

    Barb C.

    Evergreen, CO

    "Each of the camps and lodges was spectacular in its own way. We also enjoyed the opportunity to discuss animal conservation and community with our guides, who went above and beyond at every opportunity. A tremendous experience."

    Jeannee S.

    Milwaukee, WI

    "One of the most unique trips that I have ever taken. The interaction with elephants was amazing!"

    Karen S.

    Tesuque, NM

    "The variety and amount of wildlife was incredible. As expected, tons and tons of elephants and so many babies and so close up! I loved watching them. We saw lions every day, and the first pride had at least 6 cubs. We also saw another pride eating a recent kill. What sets this trip apart is usually we were the only safari vehicle in an area. At the most, we might be in view with one other vehicle. No competition for the best viewing location."

    Kim M.

    Phoenix, AZ

    "This trip was phenomenal. We could not have asked for a better experience. Every part of the trip exceeded our expectations."

    Renee G.

    Glen Allen, VA

    "The trip was better than we could have imagined. Africa is awe inspiring, and Wilderness Travel put together an unforgettable trip."

    Steven L.

    Monroe, NY

    "This trip was amazing in so many ways. The design of it allowed us to fully immerse in the wonders of Zimbabwe and Botswana, knowing that EVERYTHING else was totally handled (guiding, travel, lodging, food, safety)."

    Vincent T.

    Redondo Beach, CA

    Book your trip today

    Our Area Specialists know every detail about our tours. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!

    Itinerary

    Submit the form below to download itinerary

    Hidden

    Hidden


    Trip Levels

    With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

    Level 1 – Easiest

    Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

    Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

    Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

     

    Level 3 – Moderate

    Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

    Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

     

    Level 5 – Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

    Level 6 – Very Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

    {"trip":{"TripID":10445,"Trip_Code":"BOTSZIMB","Trip_Name":"Great Elephant Migration Safari","TripYear":"2024","BrandName":"Wilderness Travel","BrandID":1,"Trip_Tag_Line":"see custom fields","Start_Location":"Kasane, Botswana","End_Location":"Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe","Number_Days":12,"Number_Nights":11,"DisplayOnWeb":true,"Book_On_Web":true,"Featured":true,"SpecialEvent":false,"BestSeller":false,"Short_Description":"<p>Imagine exploring the utterly remote game lands linking Botswana&#39;s renowned Chobe National Park with the famed elephant stronghold of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe&mdash;some 200,000 elephants roam this wild trans-frontier corridor. We&#39;ll head across rich savannas unknown to most travelers, encountering massive herds of elephants and plenty of other wildlife including lion, rare sable antelope, African painted dog, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, and more. Our unique and wonderfully located lodges bring all the comforts, and in Hwange, we&#39;ll visit the new sanctuary for white rhinos, a community-owned conservation success.<\/p>","Long_Description":"<p>Join us for a superb safari across the remote gamelands linking northern Botswana&#39;s renowned Chobe District and the famed elephant stronghold of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Some 200,000 elephants roam this wild trans-frontier corridor, and we&#39;ve timed our safari for the height of this epic migration. Our phenomenally knowledgeable safari guides will take us into rich gamelands unknown to most travelers. We&#39;ll encounter massive herds of elephants and plenty of other wildlife including lion, rare sable antelope, African painted dog, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, and more. Our guides are the pioneers of Zimbabwe&#39;s innovative community-based conservation program, which engages local communities in protecting the wildlife on their own lands by ensuring that they benefit economically from safaris. Our activities on this great journey are as unique as our lodgings, as we explore on foot, by 4WD vehicle, by canoe, from an underground &#8220;look up&#8221; hide, and even by mountain bike. From our first safari camp, Camp Kuzuma in Botswana&#39;s northern Chobe region, we don&#39;t even need to go out looking for wildlife&mdash;it will come to us at the camp&#39;s fantastic waterhole, a magnet for elephant, buffalo, antelope, sable, giraffe, lion, and elusive leopard. At Nehimba Lodge, a mecca for thirsty pachyderms in the exceptionally diverse landscape of Hwange National Park, we might see as many as 500 elephants a day right at our lodge&#39;s waterhole. At Jozibanini (&#8220;Jozi&#8221; for short), we&#39;ll savor Zimbabwe&#39;s most remote safari camp. Here we can even sleep under the stars, nestled on the viewing decks of our raised tents. We finish this amazing safari in style with a spectacular charter flight to Victoria Falls, where we stay at&nbsp;Victoria Falls River Lodge. We invite you on one of the most intimate, engaging, and unforgettable experiences possible in wild Africa. Come with us!<\/p>","ActivityHighlight":"Game viewing by 4WD vehicle, bush walks, optional mountain biking","TripType":"Small Group Adventure","HeaderImage":"","HeaderImageAltTag":"","ThumbnailImage":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/thumb-BOTSZIMB-nehimba-lodge-elephants-tourists-hwange-zimbawe.jpg","MapImage":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/botszimb-map.jpg","MapImageAltTag":"","FloatingImage":"","VideoLink":"","GroupSize":"","tripURL":"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.com\/trip\/botswana-zimbabwe-elephant-migration-safari","ThisYear_Year":"2024","ThisYear_PriceDetails":"<p>$9,295 (7-10 members)<br>\n$9,895 (4-6 members)<\/p>","ThisYear_PriceDetails2":"<p>Single supplement: $1,365 &ast;<br>\nInternal airfare: $720 (subject to change)<br><br>\n&ast;Please Note: Due to limited accommodations at Jozibanini Camp, single travelers will share for three nights on this itinerary. These nights are not included in the published single supplement rate.<\/p>","Price":"9295","SingleSupplementPrice1":"0","SingleSupplementPrice2":"0","SingleSupplementPrice1Caption":"","SingleSupplementPrice2Caption":"","AirPrice":"0","AirPriceCaption":"","FeePrice1":"0","FeePrice2":"0","FeePrice3":"0","FeeName1":"","FeeName2":"","FeeName3":"","ShowNextYearsPrice":false,"NextYear_Year":"","NextYear_PriceDetails":"","NextYear_PriceDetails2":"","PriceNextYear":"0","SingleSupplementPrice1NextYear":"0","SingleSupplementPrice2NextYear":"0","NextYearSingleSupplementPrice1Caption":"","NextYearSingleSupplementPrice2Caption":"","NextYearAirPriceCaption":"","AirPriceNextYear":"0","NextYearFeePrice1":"0","NextYearFeePrice2":"0","NextYearFeePrice3":"0","NextYearFeeName1":"","NextYearFeeName2":"","NextYearFeeName3":"","TripSavings":false,"TripSavingsDescription":"<p><\/p>","VariablePricing":false,"PricingNoteTitle":"<p><\/p>","PricingNotes":"<p><\/p>","NewTrip":false,"MinAge":0,"TripRatingID":6,"TripRatingName":"2+","TravelFromDate":"2022-01-01","TravelToDate":"2050-12-31","BookFromDate":"2022-01-01","BookToDate":"2050-12-31","EventID":19,"EventName":"","AccountingGroup":"Africa","DepositRule":2,"DepositAmt":"600","FinalDays":90,"AutoConfirm":false,"AutoConfirmAmount":"0","PrivateAvailable":true,"OperationMonths":"","AccmRating":"","TripStatus":"Active"},"itinerary":[{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":1,"Headline":"Kasane, Botswana \/ Chobe National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Arrive in Kasane, where we drive a few minutes to the Chobe River and hop into a boat for the 15-minute ride across the river to our luxury accommodations,&nbsp;Chobe Water Villas, set in the Kasika Conservancy of Namibia, across the river from Chobe National Park. After settling in and freshening up, we&apos;ll take a late afternoon sundowner cruise along the river, enjoying the golden sheen of light on the river while watching for elephants splashing in the pools or other wildlife along the riverbank. We&apos;ll end with a toast to the stunning sunset as we head back to our villas for an elegant, candlelit Welcome Dinner.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":2,"DayTo":2,"Headline":"Chobe Water Villas \/ Chobe District","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After breakfast at the lodge, we&nbsp;head out for a morning game drive in Chobe National Park.&nbsp;This is the world&apos;s busiest elephant corridor, but we&apos;ll also be on the lookout for leopard, lion, spotted hyena, jackal, giraffe, large buffalo herds, and roan and sable antelope. After a picnic lunch in the park or back at the lodge, we'll enjoy a decadent &ldquo;High Tea&rdquo; at the lodge before setting out for a sunset cruise and sundowners. Overnight at Chobe Water Villas.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":3,"DayTo":3,"Headline":"Victoria Falls \/ Nehimba Lodge \/ Northern Hwange National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We transfer by boat back across the Chobe River to Kasane, then drive about 1.5 hours across the border to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. After lunch, we transfer to the airport and fly to the Giraffe Springs airstrip, a 20-minute drive from&nbsp;Nehimba Lodge, set in a private 107-square-mile concession in the northern area of&nbsp;Hwange National Park. Spanning some 5,600 square miles, Hwange is both the first (founded in 1928) and largest park in the nation. It is home to some of the highest concentrations of elephant on the planet (around 44,000) along with lion, leopard, and buffalo, and it&apos;s world famous as a birding destination.&nbsp;We&apos;ll have this lion-rich territory to ourselves as we explore its mopane woodland and sand river environment. Nehimba&apos;s raised, thatched chalets arc around a waterhole frequented by elephants and other wildlife, including buffalo and wild dog. Later,&nbsp;we head out for a 4WD game drive, followed by the safari tradition of &ldquo;sundowner&rdquo; drinks in a beautiful location at sunset.&nbsp;Dinner is served on the deck, with elephants gathering just a few yards away from us. It is the most unique dining setting imaginable. After dinner, you can join an optional night game drive to spot the animals that are just starting their &ldquo;day.&rdquo; Overnight at Nehimba Lodge.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"Nehimba Seep \/ Nehimba Lodge","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Today we head out for game drives and game walks to explore more of the northern reaches of Hwange. At the Nehimba Seep, an ancient source of water once used by San Bushmen, we&apos;ll stop for a tea break and wildlife viewing. Elephants still come here to dig for water and nourishing minerals in the soil. We&apos;ll head back to the lodge for lunch and a siesta or a swim in the pool (with elephants often sipping from the waterhole just yards away). Our late afternoon game drive ends with cool refreshments at sunset overlooking a famed waterhole. Dinner is back at the lodge, with an evening to relax around the campfire and discuss the day&apos;s events. Overnight at Nehimba Lodge.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Elephant Express \/ Camelthorn Lodge \/ Southern Hwange National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After breakfast, we enjoy a game drive as we head three hours to the railway depot at Dete to catch the Elephant Express, a vintage open-air railway car that glides along the historic track built in 1904 by Cecil Rhodes. We'll savor lunch on board and enjoy an exciting afternoon game viewing in comfort as we travel into the southern reaches of Hwange National Park, which is distinctly different from the northern area of the park in its topography, habitats, and species of wildlife. At Ngamo, we disembark and board 4WD vehicles for a sundowner game drive to our stylish lodge, Camelthorn. Set in a small patch of pristine woodlands on the edge of the Ngamo Plains, Camelthorn is also a community-based lodge, helping support local schools and water projects. We&apos;ll settle into our forest villas and enjoy a delicious dinner beneath the namesake camelthorn tree. Overnight at Camelthorn Lodge.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":6,"Headline":"Rhino Sanctuary \/ Cobras Community Wildlife Protection Unit \/ Walking Safari","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After enjoying early morning tea and coffee on the deck of your tent, we'll visit the Rhino Sanctuary. Our partners in Zimbabwe, Imvelo Safari Lodges, are proud and excited to be spearheading the return of white rhino in Hwange under the auspices of the Community Rhino Conservation Initiative (CRCI). The CRCI concept is to establish a highly protected rhino sanctuary on community land bordering the park. We&apos;ll tour the sanctuary headquarters, meet some of the Community Wildlife Protection Scouts on duty today, and spend time with the rhino and the&nbsp;rangers who guard them 24\/7 (great photo opportunities!).&nbsp;We&apos;ll also join the Cobras Community Wildlife Protection Unit for a display of their prowess&mdash;a challenging physical fitness routine and a demonstration of their shooting skills. We'll hear a short talk describing the origins and ideas behind the formation of the Cobras unit, and their important role in the new rhino conservation project&nbsp;that was launched in June 2022 at the Imvelo Wildlife Sanctuary. Return to Camelthorn Lodge for dinner and overnight.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":7,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Game Viewing on the Mfagazaan Pan","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After waking up to the sounds of the African bush and enjoying an early breakfast, we set out for a full day of game viewing. Elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and impala are often seen in these parts. We&apos;ll set up for a picnic lunch, complete with chairs and tables, at the Mfagazaan Pan (seasonal lake bed) to watch the animals, and a leisurely drive brings us back to the lodge, spotting wildlife along the way. After dinner at the lodge, we enjoy a nightcap by the campfire, sharing stories and photos of the day&apos;s adventures. Overnight at Camelthorn&nbsp;Lodge.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Jozibanini Camp \/ Southern Hwange National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We bid Camelthorn farewell and take a 6-hour drive to Jozibanini Camp in the remote southern part of Hwange, with a picnic lunch en route. We arrive at Jozi in time for hot showers and a wonderful meal under the stars. Jozi is a small, exclusive camp in a truly wild place&mdash;the most remote in all Zimbabwe and perhaps in all of southern Africa. Our spacious tents are simple and rustic, built on raised wooden decks tucked under camelthorn trees. The tents&nbsp;have en suite flush toilets and bucket showers. Dining is informal, out under the stars. The ecosystem here is semi-desert akin to the Kalahari in neighboring Botswana. The ancient, windblown fossil sand dunes are separated by shallow valleys where elephant paths have compacted the terrain. Tonight at Jozi, the&nbsp;most remote camp in Zimbabwe, we&apos;ll fall asleep to the sounds of nature&mdash;and a lot of elephants&mdash;surrounding us. Overnight at Jozibanini Camp.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Jozibanini Camp","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We&apos;ll enjoy an early morning guided game walk through the area around camp, tracking for the different species found in this part of the park, including the fascinating African painted dog. Near camp, we enjoy a fabulous brunch out at the Jozi pan, enjoying the solitude of being in a completely untouched and isolated spot within the pristine African bush. In the early evening, we&apos;re in for a unique experience as we descend into a specially constructed underground viewing blind, set below ground level, where we can look out and view elephants at &ldquo;toenail&rdquo; level&mdash;the photographic opportunities are spectacular! The underground blind is very comfortable with seating and even a bathroom. Once the sun has set, a quick drive brings us back to camp for a fine dinner under the glorious night sky. Overnight at Jozibanini Camp.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Jozibanini Camp","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"An optional guided mountain bike ride brings us along elephant paths and through the inter-dune area around Jozibanini. This is an extraordinary way to experience the landscape and the wildlife. We&apos;ll have a lovely picnic lunch under a shade tree, time for a siesta, and ride back to camp in the afternoon. After sundowners at the camp&apos;s waterhole, we enjoy dinner, then fall asleep to the sounds of the Hwange bushlands all around us. Overnight at Jozibanini Camp.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":11,"Headline":"Victoria Falls \/ Chobe Water Villas, Kasika Conservancy, Namibia","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"A chartered bush flight brings us to Victoria Falls for an exploration of the Falls, a World Heritage Site.&nbsp;Known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or &ldquo;the smoke that thunders,&rdquo; the cascade of Victoria Falls extends more than a mile across the Zambezi River (that&apos;s more than twice the size of Niagara Falls!). We&apos;ll&nbsp;take in the spectacular vistas and walk through the rainforest, enjoying a guided tour and incredible scenes of the cascades of water&mdash;a once in a lifetime experience! We'll enjoy lunch at the stately Victoria Falls Hotel, a &ldquo;grand dame&rdquo; with a true British colonial ambiance, then head to our accommodation, the&nbsp;family-operated Ilala Lodge, just minutes from the Falls. Guest rooms have nice beds and all rooms have access to the central garden area. The late afternoon is free to settle into your room, have a swim, or unwind on your patio. Keep an eye out for local wildlife&mdash;warthogs and impala are known to graze on the hotel's lawn. In the evening we'll enjoy&nbsp;a festive Farewell Dinner. Overnight at Ilala Lodge.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":12,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Transfer to&nbsp;the Victoria Falls airportand depart on homeward-bound flights.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"Chobe National Park \/ Northern Hwange National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Botswana&apos;s Chobe National Park is the world&apos;s busiest elephant corridor, but we&apos;ll also be on the lookout for leopard, lion, spotted hyena, jackal, and giraffe. A flight brings us to Nehimba Lodge in Zimbabwe&apos;s Hwange National Park, home to some of the highest concentrations of elephant on the planet, some of whom visit our lodge&apos;s lively waterhole. This area is also lion-rich and we have it to ourselves as we explore its mopane woodland and sand river environment.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Camelthorn Lodge \/ Southeastern Hwange \/ Rhino Sanctuary","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"The open-air Elephant Express rail car brings us to Camelthorn Lodge in southeastern Hwange. Game viewing by 4WD vehicle has us on the lookout for elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and impala. We&apos;ll also visit the rhino sanctuary built on community land and guarded by an anti-poaching unit.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Jozibanini Camp \/ Southern Hwange National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"At Jozibanini, game walks let us track the fauna of southern Hwange, including the African painted dog, and we&apos;ll visit St. Joseph&apos;s School, with its enthusiastic students eager to welcome visitors. Our camp&apos;s look-up blind brings unique views of elephants, and we&apos;ll sleep under the stars in the most remote camp in southern Africa.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"Victoria Falls","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We fly to Victoria Falls for a tour of the falls and sundowner cruise on the Zambezi. Depart on Day 12.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true}],"itinpdf":[{"ItinYear":"2024","docType":"1","FileName":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/portal\/great-elephant-migration-itinerary-2024.pdf"},{"ItinYear":"2023","docType":"1","FileName":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/portal\/ultimate-elephant-safari-itinerary-2023.pdf"},{"ItinYear":"","docType":"2","FileName":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/portal\/ultimate-elephant-safari-predeparture.pdf"}],"whattoexpect":[{}],"highlights":[{"DisplayOrder":1,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Witness huge herds of migrating elephants at waterholes","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":29779,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":2,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Extraordinary wildlife, including lion, leopard, African painted dog, giraffe, roan, and kudu","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":29779,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":3,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Track game on foot and enjoy optional mountain biking as part of the adventure","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":29779,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":4,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Gorgeous safari camps in Hwange and Chobe, each with its own unique atmosphere","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":29779,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":5,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Learn about the local community&apos;s conservation successes","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":29779,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":6,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Visit astounding Victoria Falls","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":29779,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":10,"HighlightText":"","Description":"10-BOTSZIMB-nehimba-lodge-elephants-tourists-hwange-zimbawe.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/10-BOTSZIMB-nehimba-lodge-elephants-tourists-hwange-zimbawe.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10250,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":11,"HighlightText":"","Description":"11-BOTSZIMB-camelthorn-hwange-trip-leader-tourists-elephants-walking-safari.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/11-BOTSZIMB-camelthorn-hwange-trip-leader-tourists-elephants-walking-safari.jpg","VideoLink":"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/HufxFwq8Bm4","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10251,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":12,"HighlightText":"","Description":"12-BOTSZIMB-northern-hwange-lion-safari-game-drive-zimbabwe.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/12-BOTSZIMB-northern-hwange-lion-safari-game-drive-zimbabwe.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10252,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":13,"HighlightText":"","Description":"13-BOTSZIMB-tourists-victoria-falls-zimbabwe-sunset.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/13-BOTSZIMB-tourists-victoria-falls-zimbabwe-sunset.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10253,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":14,"HighlightText":"","Description":"14-BOTSZIMB-jozibanini-wildlife-safari-hwange-zimbabwe.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/14-BOTSZIMB-jozibanini-wildlife-safari-hwange-zimbabwe.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10254,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":15,"HighlightText":"","Description":"15-BOTSZIMB-nehimba-lodge-hwange-zimbabwe.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/15-BOTSZIMB-nehimba-lodge-hwange-zimbabwe.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10255,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":16,"HighlightText":"","Description":"16-BOTSZIMB-hippo-birds-wildlife-spotting-zimbabwe.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/16-BOTSZIMB-hippo-birds-wildlife-spotting-zimbabwe.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10256,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":17,"HighlightText":"","Description":"17-BOTSZIMB-safari-look-up-blind-photography-elephant-zimbabwe.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/17-BOTSZIMB-safari-look-up-blind-photography-elephant-zimbabwe.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10257,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":18,"HighlightText":"","Description":"18-BOTSZIMB-giraffes-chobe-national-park-botswana.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/18-BOTSZIMB-giraffes-chobe-national-park-botswana.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10258,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":19,"HighlightText":"","Description":"19-BOTSZIMB-safari-viewing-train-with-kudu.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/19-BOTSZIMB-safari-viewing-train-with-kudu.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10259,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":20,"HighlightText":"","Description":"20-BOTSZIMB-lions-play-fighting-botswana-safari.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/20-BOTSZIMB-lions-play-fighting-botswana-safari.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10260,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":21,"HighlightText":"","Description":"21-BOTSZIMB-tourists-dining-poolside-with-elephants-zimbabwe.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/21-BOTSZIMB-tourists-dining-poolside-with-elephants-zimbabwe.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10261,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":22,"HighlightText":"","Description":"22-BOTSZIMB-white-water-rafting-safari-tourists.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/22-BOTSZIMB-white-water-rafting-safari-tourists.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10262,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":23,"HighlightText":"","Description":"23-BOTSZIMB-zambezi-sands-cheetah-safari.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/23-BOTSZIMB-zambezi-sands-cheetah-safari.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10263,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":24,"HighlightText":"","Description":"24-BOTSZIMB-jozibanini-family-lunch-mpisi-pan-elephants.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/24-BOTSZIMB-jozibanini-family-lunch-mpisi-pan-elephants.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10758,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":25,"HighlightText":"","Description":"25-BOTSZIMB-safari-lunch-and-cocktails-in-the-bush.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/25-BOTSZIMB-safari-lunch-and-cocktails-in-the-bush.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10759,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":26,"HighlightText":"","Description":"26-BOTSZIMB-nehimba-safari-lodge-hwange-zimbabwe.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/26-BOTSZIMB-nehimba-safari-lodge-hwange-zimbabwe.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10760,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":27,"HighlightText":"","Description":"27-BOTSZIMB-elephant-safari-nehimba-seep-zimbabwe.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/27-BOTSZIMB-elephant-safari-nehimba-seep-zimbabwe.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":10761,"caption":""}],"weather":[{}],"accommodations":[{"VendorID":72014,"Day_Number":5,"Sequence":10,"Duration":3,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Camelthorn Lodge","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"camelthorn-lodge-hwange","Custom_Location":"Hwange"}},{"VendorID":72015,"Day_Number":3,"Sequence":10,"Duration":2,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Nehimba Lodge","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"nehimba-lodge-hwange","Custom_Location":"Hwange"}},{"VendorID":72366,"Day_Number":8,"Sequence":10,"Duration":3,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Jozibanini Camp","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"jozibanini-camp-zimbabwe","Custom_Location":"Hwange National Park"}},{"VendorID":72882,"Day_Number":11,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Ilala Lodge","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"ilala-lodge","Custom_Location":"Victoria Falls"}},{"VendorID":73077,"Day_Number":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":2,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Chobe Water Villas","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"chobe-water-villas","Custom_Location":"Kasika Conservancy"}}],"inclusions":[{"DisplaySequence":1,"Type":"E","Description":"Travel to and from the arrival and departure locations as indicated in Detailed Itinerary","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":2,"Type":"E","Description":"Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":3,"Type":"E","Description":"Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":4,"Type":"E","Description":"Optional travel insurance","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":5,"Type":"E","Description":"Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, etc.)","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":6,"Type":"E","Description":"Visa fees","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":1,"Type":"I","Description":"Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":2,"Type":"I","Description":"Accommodations in lodges and safari camps","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":3,"Type":"I","Description":"All meals","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":4,"Type":"I","Description":"Local beer, wine, and spirits","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":5,"Type":"I","Description":"All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":6,"Type":"I","Description":"All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""}],"destinations":[{"DestinationID":43,"Name":"Africa","Type":"Region"},{"DestinationID":60,"Name":"Botswana","Type":"Country"},{"DestinationID":139,"Name":"Zimbabwe","Type":"Country"}],"activities":[{"ActivityID":221,"Name":"Wildlife & Natural History","Primary":0},{"ActivityID":223,"Name":"Safaris","Primary":0}],"guides":[{"GuideID":850802,"First_Name":"Stanley","Last_Name":"Dube","BioShort":"For the past 15 years, Stanley Dube has been guiding trips for WT throughout Botswana. Originally from Zimbabwe, Stanley grew up on the edge of Hwange National Park, where his natural affinity for wildlife began at an early age. In 1996, he obtained his Zimbabwe Guides License and by 1999, his Botswana Guides License. He has a contagious passion for wildlife viewing, eagle-like vision (spotting wildlife well passed sunset), and speaks seven languages, including English, Ndebele, and Tswana. One of his favorite animals to see on safari are the elusive wild dogs. When not leading trips, Stanley enjoys time with his family on his farm in Zimbabwe.","BioLong":"For the past 15 years, Stanley Dube has been guiding trips for WT throughout Botswana. Originally from Zimbabwe, Stanley grew up on the edge of Hwange National Park, where his natural affinity for wildlife began at an early age. In 1996, he obtained his Zimbabwe Guides License and by 1999, his Botswana Guides License. He has a contagious passion for wildlife viewing and eagle-like vision (spotting wildlife well past sunset). &ldquo;I like birding a lot,&rdquo; he says, &ldquo;but my favorite task on a safari is to track and find the elusive wild dogs.&rdquo; Stanley speaks seven languages, including English, Ndebele, and Tswana&mdash;and recently started learning Mandarin Chinese! When not leading trips, Stanley enjoys playing guitar, reading, and spending time with his family and friends at his rural home south of Hwange in &ldquo;E Tjolotjo,&rdquo; a San word for &ldquo;the trunk of the elephant.&rdquo;"},{"GuideID":851233,"First_Name":"Vusa","Last_Name":"Ncube","BioShort":"Vusa Ncube was born in 1989 in Ngamo village, just outside of Hwange National Park. As a boy looking after his family&apos;s cattle, he dealt firsthand with the delicate balance between humans and wildlife. The same animals that were once a dangerous threat to his livestock and family are now the source of his livelihood, and he is passionate about sharing his insights with visitors from around the world. Vusa attended Regina Mundi Secondary in Gwayi, and earned his degree in Travel and Tourism at Speciss College in Bulawayo. He successfully completed the guide training program in 2012 and, after passing the National Parks exam a year later, he became a dedicated, hardworking guide and a positive role model to the youth in his community.","BioLong":"Vusa Ncube was born in 1989 in Ngamo village, just outside of Hwange National Park. As a boy looking after his family&apos;s cattle, he dealt firsthand with the delicate balance between humans and wildlife. The same animals that were once a dangerous threat to his livestock and family are now the source of his livelihood, and he is passionate about sharing his insights with visitors from around the world. Vusa attended Regina Mundi Secondary in Gwayi, and earned his degree in Travel and Tourism at Speciss College in Bulawayo. He successfully completed the guide training program in 2012 and, after passing the National Parks exam a year later, he became a dedicated, hardworking guide and a positive role model to the youth in his community. Vusa feels a close connection with the surrounding wildlife as well as with his community, and loves to share his keen eye for spotting birds and animals with fellow travelers."},{"GuideID":851266,"First_Name":"Pete","Last_Name":"Ndlovu","BioShort":"Pete Ndlovu is a Hwange specialist, born and raised near Hwange National Park in an area where subsistence farming often comes into conflict with wildlife. A fascination with nature around him became the driving force of his life, and he achieved his first professional Zimbabwe guide&apos;s license in 2016. Pete has a fantastic knowledge of the terrain, typography and wildlife, and in addition to big game, he&apos;s passionate about birds and the medicinal uses of herbs in the Hwange region. He has a favorite animal: the elephant. &ldquo;I love watching them in the water, seeing the youngsters learning how to use their trunks. They are always amazing. Plus, the elephant is my family totem, the Ndlovu!&rdquo;","BioLong":"Pete Ndlovu is a Hwange specialist, born and raised near Hwange National Park in an area where subsistence farming often comes into conflict with wildlife. A fascination with nature around him became the driving force of his life, and he achieved his first professional Zimbabwe guide&apos;s license in 2016. Pete has a fantastic knowledge of the terrain, typography and wildlife, and in addition to big game, he&apos;s passionate about birds and the medicinal uses of herbs in the Hwange region. He has a favorite animal: the elephant. &ldquo;I love watching them in the water, seeing the youngsters learning how to use their trunks. They are always amazing. Plus, the elephant is my family totem, the Ndlovu!&rdquo;"},{"GuideID":851104,"First_Name":"Mark","Last_Name":"Butcher","BioShort":"Mark &ldquo;Butch&rdquo; Butcher&apos;s passion for wildlife conservation began early, when he joined Zimbabwe&apos;s former Department of National Parks. After graduating from South Africa&apos;s Rhodes University with a degree in Zoology and Botany, Butch joined the Forestry Commission as Provincial Wildlife Officer, patrolling and&nbsp; protecting a huge area of Hwange&apos;s indigenous forest and its remarkable wildlife&mdash;his knowledge of this great park is simply phenomenal. A superb safari guide, Butch holds the highly coveted Zimbabwe guide license and was a winner of Guardian Travel&apos;s prestigious Ethical award for 2014. Deeply committed to wildlife conservation and the surrounding communities, Butch has been at the forefront of the most innovative conservation programs in the country, involving villagers in the protection of wildlife, and ensuring that they benefit from safaris. Endlessly energetic, hugely entertaining, and limitless in his knowledge of Africa&apos;s wildlife, Butch is a force of nature and an absolute delight to travel with.","BioLong":"A fifth-generation African, Mark &ldquo;Butch&rdquo; Butcher&apos;s passion for wildlife conservation began early, when he joined Zimbabwe&apos;s former Department of National Parks. After graduating from South Africa&apos;s Rhodes University with a degree in zoology and botany, Butch joined the Forestry Commission as Provincial Wildlife Officer, patrolling and&nbsp; protecting a huge area of Hwange&apos;s indigenous forest and its remarkable wildlife&mdash;his knowledge of this great park is simply phenomenal. A superb safari guide, Butch holds the highly coveted Zimbabwe Professional Guide's License and was a winner of Guardian Travel&apos;s prestigious Ethical award for 2014. Deeply committed to wildlife conservation and the surrounding communities, Butch has been at the forefront of the most innovative conservation programs in the country, involving villagers in the protection of wildlife, and ensuring that they benefit from safaris. Endlessly energetic, hugely entertaining, and limitless in his knowledge of Africa&apos;s wildlife, Butch is a force of nature and an absolute delight to travel with."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Barb C.","GuestLocation":"Evergreen, CO","GuestReview":"This was the most amazing travel experience in a dozen years of travel. The nature, our elephant encounters, Butch, every camp and staff, food, and fellow travelers all made this experience amazingly fun and rewarding in every respect. Thank You!"},{"GuestNames":"Jeannee S.","GuestLocation":"Milwaukee, WI","GuestReview":"Each of the camps and lodges was spectacular in its own way. We also enjoyed the opportunity to discuss animal conservation and community with our guides, who went above and beyond at every opportunity. A tremendous experience."},{"GuestNames":"Karen S.","GuestLocation":"Tesuque, NM","GuestReview":"One of the most unique trips that I have ever taken. The interaction with elephants was amazing!"},{"GuestNames":"Kim M.","GuestLocation":"Phoenix, AZ","GuestReview":"The variety and amount of wildlife was incredible. As expected, tons and tons of elephants and so many babies and so close up! I loved watching them. We saw lions every day, and the first pride had at least 6 cubs. We also saw another pride eating a recent kill. What sets this trip apart is usually we were the only safari vehicle in an area. At the most, we might be in view with one other vehicle. No competition for the best viewing location."},{"GuestNames":"Renee G.","GuestLocation":"Glen Allen, VA","GuestReview":"This trip was phenomenal. We could not have asked for a better experience. Every part of the trip exceeded our expectations."},{"GuestNames":"Steven L.","GuestLocation":"Monroe, NY","GuestReview":"The trip was better than we could have imagined. Africa is awe inspiring, and Wilderness Travel put together an unforgettable trip."},{"GuestNames":"Vincent T.","GuestLocation":"Redondo Beach, CA","GuestReview":"This trip was amazing in so many ways. The design of it allowed us to fully immerse in the wonders of Zimbabwe and Botswana, knowing that EVERYTHING else was totally handled (guiding, travel, lodging, food, safety)."}],"Extensions":[{"TripID":10445,"ExtensionTripID":10253,"Trip_Code":"CAPETOWN","Trip_Name":"Cape Town Extension"},{"TripID":10445,"ExtensionTripID":10261,"Trip_Code":"OKAVANEX","Trip_Name":"Okavango Delta Safari Extension"}],"SimilarTrips":[{"TripID":10445,"SimilarTripID":10294,"Trip_Code":"BOTSWANA","Trip_Name":"Botswana Wildlife Safari"},{"TripID":10445,"SimilarTripID":10484,"Trip_Code":"NAMBOTS","Trip_Name":"Ultimate Namibia and Botswana"},{"TripID":10445,"SimilarTripID":10408,"Trip_Code":"ZIMBAB","Trip_Name":"Wild Zimbabwe"},{"TripID":10445,"SimilarTripID":10488,"Trip_Code":"ZIMGREEN","Trip_Name":"Zimbabwe: Green Season Safari"}],"Specialists":[{}],"TripSegments":[{"VendorID":73342,"ProductID":83687,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extension","Vendor":"Call of Africa","Address1":"PO Box 301","Address2":"","City":"Betty's Bay","State":"","Postal":"7141","Product":"Pre-Trip Extra Services: Cape Town Extension","Day":-2,"Sequence":3,"Duration":3,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73342,"ProductID":83688,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extension","Vendor":"Call of Africa","Address1":"PO Box 301","Address2":"","City":"Betty's Bay","State":"","Postal":"7141","Product":"Pre-Trip Extra Services: Okavango Delta Safari Extension","Day":-2,"Sequence":3,"Duration":3,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73370,"ProductID":83965,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Vendor Ops Payment","Vendor":"Imvelo Safari Lodges","Address1":"68 Townsend Road\r\nSuburbs\r\nBulawayo","Address2":"Suburbs Bulawayo","City":"","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Ultimate Elephant Safari","Day":1,"Sequence":0,"Duration":11,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73370,"ProductID":83966,"SelectType":"Mandatory","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Internal Flight","Vendor":"Imvelo Safari Lodges","Address1":"68 Townsend Road\r\nSuburbs\r\nBulawayo","Address2":"Suburbs Bulawayo","City":"","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Internal Airfare","Day":1,"Sequence":1,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":11,"ProductID":58001,"SelectType":"Mandatory","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Donation","Vendor":"Wilderness Travel","Address1":"1102 Ninth Street","Address2":"","City":"Berkeley","State":"CA","Postal":"94710","Product":"Optional Donation to Zimbabwe School Lunch Program","Day":1,"Sequence":1,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/donation\/zimbabwe-school-lunch-program.pdf","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":11,"ProductID":54,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Single Supplement","Vendor":"Wilderness Travel","Address1":"1102 Ninth Street","Address2":"","City":"Berkeley","State":"CA","Postal":"94710","Product":"Single Supplement","Day":1,"Sequence":2,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73077,"ProductID":82905,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Chobe Water Villas","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":2,"PropertyDescription":"<p>Set along the edge of the great Chobe River in the Zambezi Region of Namibia, each luxury villa has spectacular views of the wetlands and bushland of Chobe National Park right across the water. As you sit on the deck of your private terrace,&nbsp;watch for huge elephant and buffalo herds&nbsp;grazing on the floodplains, then, in the evening, hear the distant sounds of hippos and the serenade of water waves right under your villa. Rooms are simple and comfortable but elegantly styish. An infinity pool overlooking the river is great for cooling off.<\/p>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/6-chobe-water-villas-namibia-hotel-outside-lounge.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":72015,"ProductID":81843,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Nehimba Lodge","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Hwange","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":3,"Sequence":10,"Duration":2,"PropertyDescription":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>Raised thatched tent chalets arcing around a watering hole make Nehimba Lodge a spectacular place to witness elephants and other animals drink and play in northern Hwange National Park. Whether you come during the green or dry season, Nehimba's location within the park offers fantastic opportunities to view a wide variety of birdlife like giant eagle owl, Burchell's sandgrouse, and red-billed francolin, and possibly see the famous elephant hunting lions that prowl this part of the park. Private, enclosed outdoor showers are attached to each chalet, and all have beautiful open-beam thatched ceilings and verandas overlooking the watering hole. For a refreshing dip, relax at the lodge's pool, and with luck, have an up-close encounter with elephants&mdash;they're known to come right up to the pool's edge!<\/body>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/nehimba-lodge-elephants-deck-views.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":72014,"ProductID":81842,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Camelthorn Lodge","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Hwange","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":5,"Sequence":10,"Duration":3,"PropertyDescription":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>Tucked in the forested fringes of southern Hwange National Park and within the Imvelo Ngamo Rhino Sanctuary, Camelthorn Lodge is the perfect place to experience life in the bush without sacrificing comfort. The main lodge has a community dining area and buffet station for breakfast, yet you can also enjoy your meals beneath the lodge's namesake camelthorn tree. Eight villas are designed to stay cool in the warmer months and cozy during the colder months with tall ceilings, large stone and tiled bathrooms, and each has a private viewing deck with a hammock so you can unwind beneath a canopy of acacia trees, watching an abundance of birdlife&mdash;and small woodland creatures&mdash;right from your room. <\/body>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/camelthorn-lodge-guest-room-canopy-fireplace.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":72366,"ProductID":82194,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Jozibanini Camp","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Hwange National Park","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":8,"Sequence":10,"Duration":3,"PropertyDescription":"Jozibanini Camp is a small, exclusive camp situated within Hwange National Park. Spacious tents are simple and rustic, built on raised wooden decks tucked under camelthorn trees. The tents have en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and bucket showers (with hot water!). Dining is informal, situated near a campfire and beneath a canopy of stars. Because of its remote location, you're likely to see wildlife explore all around the camp throughout day. Please note: single travelers will share accommodations at Jozibanini Camp.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-imvelo-safari-lodges-jozibanini-mtopi-tent.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":72882,"ProductID":82710,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Ilala Lodge","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Victoria Falls","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":11,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"The family-operated Ilala Lodge is a relaxing hotel with an ideal location just minutes from spectacular Victoria Falls. Perfectly manicured gardens and thatched roofs set the scene as you are welcomed into the open-air lobby. Guest rooms have nice beds and all rooms have access to the central garden area. There is a pool if you wish to take a refreshing dip, or you can unwind on your patio. The award-winning Palm Restaurant is also located at the hotel, which offers views of the falls. Keep an eye out for local wildlife&mdash;warthogs and impala are known to graze on the hotel's lawn.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/ilala-lodge-exterior-garden.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73342,"ProductID":83687,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extension","Vendor":"Call of Africa","Address1":"PO Box 301","Address2":"","City":"Betty's Bay","State":"","Postal":"7141","Product":"Post-Trip Extra Services: Cape Town Extension","Day":12,"Sequence":3,"Duration":3,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73342,"ProductID":83688,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extension","Vendor":"Call of Africa","Address1":"PO Box 301","Address2":"","City":"Betty's Bay","State":"","Postal":"7141","Product":"Post-Trip Extra Services: Okavango Delta Safari Extension","Day":12,"Sequence":3,"Duration":3,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false}],"CustomFields":{"Custom_TC_Detailed_Itin_URL":"","Custom_Trip_Name_Addendum":"","Custom_Welcome_Letter_Addendum":"","Custom_Trip_Level_5":"","Custom_Welcome_Email_Send_List":"Zimbabwe School Lunch Program","Custom_FI_Optional_Donation_Text":"<p>Optional Donation: Your invoice includes an optional donation of $50 per person to the organization: <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/donation\/zimbabwe-school-lunch-program.pdf\">Zimbabwe School Lunch Program<\/a>. You can learn more about this worthy project on your online portal. Wilderness Travel actively collaborates with the environmental organizations and communities of the special places we visit, and we invite you to join us in supporting this effort. If you would prefer to opt out, just let us know.<\/p><p><br><\/p>","Custom_Final_Docs_Letter_Send_List":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Trip_Sales_Points":"<body>I also encourage you to check out this <a href=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=HufxFwq8Bm4\">trip video<\/a>, which will give you a great sense of the adventure ahead!<\/body><meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/>\n","Custom_Sales_Email_-_TP_Trip_Sales_Points":"<body>I also encourage you to check out this <a href=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=HufxFwq8Bm4\">trip video<\/a>, which will give you a great sense of the adventure ahead.\nIt makes me want to go back every time I see it!\n <br><meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/>\n<br>Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe, is almost as large as Kruger National Park in South Africa, but has a fraction of the tourists (approximately 1,000,000 visitors a year to Kruger, compared to 43,000 visitors a year to Hwange), so game viewing feels completely wild and intimate, without all of the other vehicles around. Unlike the Botswana National Parks, Hwange National Park also allows for nights drives and game walks, so you have a variety of ways to witness the wildlife (by vintage rail way car, small plane, jeep, foot, and even mountain bike, if you're up to it!). <br><br>Last year, our safari partners, Imvelo Safaris, opened a rhino sanctuary, adding to their growing list of impressive conservation projects in Hwange National Park. Reintroducing white rhino to Hwange National Park has been a long time dream of Imvelo's, and Wilderness Travel is thrilled to invite guests to visit the sanctuary and walk with the rhinos, during our trip.<\/body>","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Payment_Terms":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>In order to confirm your space on this trip, we require a first deposit of $600 per person, which is fully refundable up to 91 days prior to departure.<\/body>","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Region":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>Zimbabwe<\/body>","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Region_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Emergency_Evac_Insurance":"","Custom_Valid_Passport_Alternative":"","Custom_Visa":"<p><strong>VISAS: <\/strong>US citizens do not need a visa for Botswana, but do need a visa for Zimbabwe, and can obtain one upon arrival at the Victoria Falls Airport. Visa cost is $30 USD per person. US cash and credit cards are accepted.&nbsp;<\/p>","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_2":"","Custom_Luggage_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T16:56:25 --><p><strong>LUGGAGE:<\/strong> Please restrict your luggage to one soft-sided bag (frame and wheels are ok), and a daypack. Due to the charter flight on this itinerary, the total weight allowance of both pieces (luggage and daypack) cannot exceed 44 lbs. per person. Should your luggage exceed the weight limit, extra pieces can be transported by vehicle. Refer to the Packing List section of the Pre-Departure Booklet for a list of suggested items.<\/p>","Custom_Carry-On":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T16:56:36 --><p><strong>CARRY-ON:<\/strong> Valuable or essential items, such as camera equipment, binoculars, and prescription medications, should be hand carried on your flights to avoid loss or damage.<\/p>","Custom_Hiking_Poles":"","Custom_Daypack":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T16:56:50 --><p><strong>DAY PACK: <\/strong>You should bring a daypack, large enough to carry such items as binoculars, camera, notebook, water bottle, etc., which you will want to have access to during the game drives. <\/p>","Custom_Vaccination_Card":"","Custom_FB_Packing_Reminders_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Additional_Notes_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Additional_Notes_-_MISC_2":"","Custom_Arrival":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p><strong>ARRIVING IN VICTORIA FALLS<\/strong><br>All trip members arriving into Victoria Falls on Day 1 of the scheduled trip, will be met upon arrival and transferred to Ilala Lodge. After passing through customs, look for one of our staff members, holding a Wilderness Travel sign, standing directly outside of the arrivals hall. <br><br>Upon arrival to Victoria Falls you will need to fill out a form at immigration that requires a physical address in Zimbabwe. Please use the Ilala Lodge address to complete this form: <br><br>Ilala Lodge, A8, <br>Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe<br>Phone: 263 83 2844737<br>Email: reservations@ilalalodge.co.zw <br><br>After checking into Ilala Lodge and freshening up, please plan to meet your Trip Leader in the lobby of the Ilala Lodge at 3:30pm for departure to your welcome sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.<\/p><div><div> <br><br><p><\/p><\/div><\/div><\/body>","Custom_Arrival-_Meeting_Place":"","Custom_Arrival_Transfer":"","Custom_Departure":"<p><strong>DEPARTING KASANE<\/strong><br>At the end of the trip, you will be transferred to the Kasane Airport, for check in for departing flights on Day 11.&nbsp;<\/p>","Custom_Extra_Services":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T16:58:51 --><p><strong>HOTELS AND TRANSFERS<\/strong><br \/>If you are arriving or departing on a different day, or to or from a different airport, and have arranged a private transfer and\/or extra hotel nights through Wilderness Travel, please look for an Extra Services Confirmation in this packet. If you have made your own hotel arrangements in Victoria Falls after the trip, our staff will transfer you to your hotel en route to the airport on Day 11. You are responsible for your own transportation to the airport on your independent departure day.<br \/><\/p>","Custom_Contact_Information_for_Friends_and_Family":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>While you are on safari, you will have access to WiFi at the lodges, but service can sometimes be spotty. Please warn family and friends that you may be out of reach. In the event of an emergency, please instruct your friends and family to call our office in Berkeley, California. If the emergency occurs outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to our local contact (the local contact information is listed below) and also leave a message with our Berkeley office, so that we can follow up with our team on the ground. We will do our very best to contact you as soon as possible, but due to the remote nature of the trip, we cannot guarantee a timely relaying of the message. <br><br>We recommend using <a href=\"https:\/\/www.whatsapp.com\/\">WhatsApp<\/a>, and suggest you download the free app and enter the local emergency contact number below in advance of your trip.<\/p><p><\/p><\/body>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Left":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T16:59:11 --><p><strong>IMVELO SAFARIS<\/strong><br \/>Office: 011 263 29 225 2232 or 011 263 29 223 2331<br \/>res1@imvelosafarilodges.com<br \/><\/p>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T16:59:22 --><p><strong>AFTER HOURS<\/strong><br \/> Nichole: 011 263 772 258 375 <br \/> Hayley D: 011 263 772 388 874<br \/><\/p>","Custom_name_slug":"botswana-zimbabwe-elephant-migration-safari","Custom_Meta_Description":"Amazing safari in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park and Botswana&apos;s Chobe District with epic game viewing and wonderfully atmospheric lodges.","Custom_List_Description":"Amazing safari in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park and Botswana&apos;s Chobe District with epic game viewing and wonderfully atmospheric lodges.","Custom_Redirect":"","Custom_PJ_-_Best_Months":"","Custom_After_Dates":"*11-day departure, call for separate itinerary and pricing","Custom_Trip_Web_Note":"","Custom_Title_Tag":"Great Elephant Migration Safari | From Botswana to Zimbabwe","Custom_Before_Days":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_1":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_1":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_2":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_2":"","Custom_Choosing_Right_Trip_Office_Contact":"","Custom_About_WT_Expeditions":"","Custom_Arrival_-_Sales":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-24T16:42:13 --><p><strong>Suggested Airport:<\/strong> Victoria Falls Airport (VFA)<br \/><strong>Suggested Date &amp; Time:<\/strong> Day 1, by 2:00 pm<br \/><br \/><strong>Meeting Place: <\/strong>Upon arrival in Victoria Falls, you will be met by Your Trip Leader or a Wilderness Travel representative for transfer to Ilala Lodge. <\/p>","Custom_Departure_-_Sales":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-24T17:03:05 --><p><strong>Suggested Airport: <\/strong>Kasane International Airport (BBK) <br \/><strong>Suggested Date &amp; Time:<\/strong> Day 12, anytime<br \/><br \/>On Day 12, we will transfer you to the Kasane Airport for your departing flight.<br \/><\/p>","Custom_International_Air_Travel":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-24T16:38:42 --><p>You are responsible for making your own arrangements for flights to and from Africa.<br \/><br \/>There are many online consolidators for booking travel, but for more personal help arranging air transport, you can contact Exito Travel at 1-800-655-4053 in the US or 1-800-670-2605 in Canada. They are very adept at putting flight itineraries together, to even the most far-flung places. More information can be found on Exito's website at <a href=\"https:\/\/exitotravel.com\/\">www.exitotravel.com<\/a>.<br \/><br \/>Depending on your routing, it is necessary to depart from the US one or possibly two days prior to Day 1 of the trip itinerary. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of return to the US.<br \/><br \/><strong>Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip.<\/strong> Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for this trip.<\/p>","Custom_Extra_Hotel_Nights":"","Custom_Recommended_Hotels":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-24T16:41:33 --><p>RECOMMENDED HOTELS<\/p>","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-24T16:41:21 --><p><strong>Johannesburg<\/strong><br \/><br \/>Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Hotel<br \/><a href=\"https:\/\/www.intercontinental.com\/hotels\/us\/en\/reservation\">www.intercontinental.com<\/a><br \/><br \/>Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport<br \/><a href=\"https:\/\/www.marriott.com\/hotels\/travel\/jnbor-protea-hotel-or-tambo-airport\">www.marriott.com\/hotels\/travel\/jnbor-protea-hotel-ortambo-airport<\/a><\/p>","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_2":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_5":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_5":"","Custom_file_name":"great-elephant-migration-safari","Custom_Passport":"A passport valid for six months after your date of exit from Africa is required for this trip. If you are traveling to Zimbabwe via South Africa (even just in transit), your passport must contain at least three completely blank visa pages for South Africa in addition to one for Zimbabwe. It is very important that the blank pages say &#8220;Visas&#8221; at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\/passport_1738.html\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> (the service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016) or use a visa service agency like <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisaexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a> to expedite the process. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport's photo page and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable) in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification. <br><br><br><strong>The following documents are required when traveling to Africa with children under the age of 18:<\/strong><br><ul><li>In addition to a valid passport, children under the age of 18 are required to travel with an unabridged birth certificate. If they are not traveling with both of their parents, a notarized letter of consent from the non-traveling parent(s) is also required.<\/li><li>Even though it is possible that a copy of the birth certificate would suffice in some countries, the authorities worldwide have become stricter about this requirement so we recommend that you bring an original birth certificate. If you have questions about entry requirement details for child travelers, please contact the relevant embassy or consulate.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"US citizens do not need a visa for Botswana, but do need a visa for Zimbabwe. Please bring $30 USD per person cash to purchase this visa at the border. Credit cards are not accepted. If you hold a non-US passport, please contact the Zimbabwe Consulate to check the visa process. <br><br>If you plan to extend your trip to South Africa or overnight in South Africa: U.S. citizens (U.S. passport holders) visiting the Republic of South Africa for ninety (90) days or less for tourism purposes do not need visas. Visitor visas will be issued at the port of entry in South Africa. PLEASE see the strict passport requirements under PASSPORT, above. <br><br>If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.","Custom_Money":"US cash is the best currency to bring to Botswana. Bring your funds in new small bills (no $100s because of the prevalence of counterfeit currency). The US Dollar and South African Rand are both widely accepted throughout Zimbabwe. Please note that Zimbabwe is currently experiencing a shortage of US dollars cash. ATM users may not be able to withdraw dollars from local machines. We strongly encourage guests to bring small denomination US$ bills for payments where Visa\/Master cards are not accepted.","Custom_Tipping":"Tipping one's Trip Leader is completely discretionary, and usually done at the end of the trip. A range of reference, for those interested, is $100-$150 USD per trip member. Additionally a tip of $10-$20 USD per trip member per day, is suggested for the the communal tip boxes at each lodge (usually found in the reception area) to reward the excellent service of the staff.<br><br>\nTips can be given in US Dollars or local currency, though US Dollars in small denominations ($20 bills and smaller) are preferred. The Trip Leader takes care of gratuities for luggage handling and for meals at restaurants.","Custom_Food":"Please reach out to us directly to discuss any dietary restrictions or concerns you may have. We can easily make arrangements for most diets, but please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or logistical limitations can make it difficult or at times impossible to accommodate all requests. With this in mind, please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a special diet, and any food allergies in particular, so we can do our best to meet your needs.","Custom_Communications":"<strong>Telephone<\/strong><br>The international dialing code for Botswana is 267, for Zimbabwe 263. Please contact your cell phone company for specific instructions for international use.<br><strong><br>Email &amp; Internet Access<\/strong><br>Free Wi-Fi is available in the central main areas of all the lodges during your trip.","Custom_Electricity":"If you have a type M (South Africa or Botswana) adaptor or Type C (Euro) adaptor, and a USB plug, you will be able to charge your devices at each of the properties on the trip. As Jozibanini Camp ONLY accepts USB plugs, please plan to bring a back up battery for your camera for use on the days at this camp (Days 6-8).<br><br><ul><li>Camp Kuzuma accepts Type M and Type C plugs<\/li><li>Nehimba Lodge and Zambezi Sands River camp accept Type M, Type C and USB plugs<\/li><li>Jozibanini Camp accepts USB plugs only<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Laundry":"We encourage you to pack as lightly as possible, as laundry is free at all properties in Zimbabwe. Camp Kuzuma charges a fee for laundry.","Custom_Ship_Notes":"","Custom_Inoculations":"At present Botswana and Zimbabwe both require no injections or vaccinations before entering the country. However as entry requirements are subject to change we recommend checking with the Centers for Disease Control website at <a href=\"www.cdc.gov\/travel\/index.htm\">www.cdc.gov\/travel\/index.htm<\/a> for updates and speaking with your physician or local travel clinic for their suggestions regarding your travel plans.","Custom_International_Health":"","Custom_Malaria_Prevention":"You will be traveling in Malaria areas on this trip and it is recommended that all travelers take antimalarial medications, available only by prescription. Please discuss antimalarial medication with your doctor, who will explain various antimalarials and their side effects and recommend a regimen for you. In addition to medication, a further precaution against malaria is to wear long sleeves and long pants at dusk. Thin clothing should be sprayed with insect repellent, especially around the elbows and ankles. Use repellent containing DEET. If, after returning from your trip, you have a persistent fever with chills, muscle aches, and headache, report to your doctor the possibility of exposure to malaria.For further malaria information, consult your doctor or the CDC Malaria Hotline (<a href=\"https:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers\/\">cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers<\/a>) or by phone at 888-232-3228.<br><br>","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"At our safari camps, our camp crew is well trained in hygienic practices. Filtered drinking water is provided and is safe to use. Use bottled water for brushing your teeth. When in doubt, ask your Trip Leader for guidelines.","Custom_Getting_In_Shape":"","Custom_Medical_Care":"","Custom_Altitude_Considerations":"","Custom_Reading_List":"Elevate your travel experience by delving into this curated collection of books tailored to your upcoming adventure. They will not only entertain but also provide invaluable insights into the history, culture, cuisine, wildlife, mountain trails, or even folklore of the places you're about to explore. Discover the perfect companions for your journey ahead by <a href=\"https:\/\/bookshop.org\/lists\/wilderness-travel-ultimate-elephant-safari\">following the link<\/a> or scanning the QR code.","Custom_Photography":"","Custom_Cultural_Considerations":"","Custom_Giving_Back":"","Custom_Enviromental_Concerns":"","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"","Custom_Seasickness":"","Custom_Explore":"","Custom_Additional_Information":"","Custom_Essentials":"<ul><li>Air tickets (or E-tickets)<\/li><li>\nPassport<\/li><li>\nOne other picture ID, such as a driver's license<\/li><li>\nExpense money<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Luggage":"<strong>We recommend that you bring two pieces of luggage:<\/strong><br>One medium-sized (25\"-30\") soft-sided main bag with a frame (wheels ok) and a daypack to accompany you in the safari vehicles to carry such items as binoculars, camera, notebook, water bottle, etc., which you will want to access during the game drives.<br><strong><br>Weight Limits<\/strong><br>Due to the charter flights on this itinerary, the total weight allowance of both pieces (luggage and daypack) can not exceed 20 kgs (44 lbs) per person. Extra baggage can be transported by vehicle.","Custom_Clothing":"<div>On safari, most people wear shorts and a T-shirt during the day and long-sleeved shirts and long pants in the morning and evening. As the safari vehicles are open, early morning and late night game drives can be cold. We recommend bringing a warm layer. It is preferable that your safari clothing be in muted neutral colors such as khaki, bush green, and darker colors to blend in with the surroundings. White and bright colors are highly discouraged as they scare the animals. For city and hotel attire, we suggest skirts or slacks for women, slacks and shirts for men. No jackets are required for men.<br><strong><br>Please note that camouflage-pattern clothing is not permitted in Zimbabwe.<\/strong> Travelers are urged not to wear, or even carry, any military-inspired clothing while travelling in Zimbabwe. <br><br>The clothing list below is provided as a guideline only:<br><br><ul><li>Sturdy walking shorts<\/li><li>Light cotton or quick-drying synthetic pants<\/li><li>Long-sleeved shirts (advisable to help protect the skin from insects and the harsh African sun)<\/li><li>T-shirts<\/li><li>In the months of July and August, temperatures are colder (75-80F during the day, 40F at night) so warm coats and insulating layers are necessary. In October, temperatures are warmer (80s-90sF during the day, 60F at night), so you can pack lighter clothing.<\/li><li>Underwear\/socks; synthetics dry faster<\/li><li>Sports bra for women (for bumpy game drives)<\/li><li>Sleepwear or lightweight long underwear<\/li><li>Shade hat with wide brim, preferably with chinstrap<\/li><li>Warm hat\/gloves for early morning and early evening game drives<\/li><li>Strong, sturdy shoes for walking<\/li><li>Tevas or rubber thongs (for showers, camp, and boats)<\/li><li>Bathing suit and light fast-drying clothing for water activities<\/li><li>City\/hotel attire. &#8220;Smart casual&#8221; is generally the dress code at most hotels in Victoria Falls. However, casual safari attire is appropriate in camp.<\/li><\/ul><\/div>","Custom_Hiking_Boots":"","Custom_Equipment":"<ul><li>Strong flashlight or headlamp, with spare batteries<\/li><li>\n\nBinoculars<\/li><li>\nCamera, spare batteries, spare flash cards<\/li><li>\nField guides<\/li><li>\nGood quality sunglasses with case<\/li><li>\nPlastic bags to organize items within duffel and protect them against dust<\/li><li>\nPersonal toiletries<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Personal_First_Aid":"Every trip member should bring a small kit for personal use. Your own experience will influence your choices. All the lodges and camps provide soap and shampoo.<br><br><ul><li>\nSunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. We recommend mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide because they do not contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Brands such as Honest Company, Badger, and Alba Botanica are found in most sporting goods stores and drugstores.<\/li><li>\nLip balm with sunscreen<\/li><li>\nAspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, Tylenol PM for sleeping<\/li><li>\nTopical antibiotic (such as Neosporin) for cuts, bites, or sores<\/li><li>\nInsect repellent. Repellents with DEET are recommended. DEET content of about 30-35% is ideal (higher DEET content is not recommended). Wipe DEET off your hands before touching plastic surfaces (such as binoculars) because it can damage plastic.<\/li><li>\nAnti-bacterial gel for hand washing (at least 60% alcohol to be effective)<\/li><li>\nPost-insect bite cream (antihistamine)<\/li><li>\nBlister kit. Look for the long-lasting gel-type bandages that you can apply directly on blisters, such as Band-Aid Advanced Healing Bandages or Curad Gel Multi-Day Bandages.<\/li><li>\nAntihistamine such as Benadryl and cold remedy such as Sudafed<\/li><li>\nImodium for diarrhea. If you wish to bring an antibiotic for diarrhea prophylaxis, please consult your physician.<\/li><li>\nPepto-Bismol tablets for diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion<\/li><li>\nPrescription medications properly labeled<\/li><li>\nSpare contact lenses or spare prescription<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Optional_Items":"<ul><li>Universal plug adapters, most convenient for using\/charging small appliances (hairdryers, iPads, etc.). It is also possible to recharge camera batteries\/ phones from the safari vehicles' cigarette lighters if you bring your camera\/video battery charger.<\/li><li>\nReading\/writing material<\/li><li>\nMoney belt or neck pouch. Always carry your passport, credit cards, and cash with you in a money belt or neck pouch tucked down inside your shirt or blouse.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Prohibited_Items":"","Custom_When_to_Go":"","Custom_Children":"","Custom_Tag_Line":"Journey from Botswana to Zimbabwe","Custom_Lodging":"11 nights lodges and safari camps","Custom_Meals":"All meals included","Custom_Difficulty":"Game viewing by 4WD vehicle, bush walks, optional mountain biking","Custom_Currency_Exchange_Rate":"","Custom_Fuel_Surcharge":"","Custom_Signing_Up_For_a_Trip_-_Email":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_This_Year":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_Next_Year":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Header":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Text":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>This trip is <strong>Level 2+ (Easy to Moderate)<\/strong> according to our trip grading system. It can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. Optional game walks are available. Although not a walking safari, you must to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and feel comfortable on your feet for up to 2 hours a day.\nAdditionally, you need to be able to climb in and out of the safari vehicle.<div><strong><br><\/strong><\/div><div><strong>Average Walking Day<\/strong><ul><li>1-2 hours<\/li><li>1-2 miles<\/li><li>Flat terrain<\/li><\/ul><\/div><\/body>","Custom_Terrain":"","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"","Custom_Weather":"July&nbsp;through October are&nbsp;fantastic months to visit Botswana and Zimbabwe, as this is in the peak of the &ldquo;dry&rdquo; season, the best game viewing period. Because of the minimal rainfall during this season, the bush turns golden brown and in many areas is beaten flat, so game viewing is easier and animals concentrate around major water sources. It is the end of winter and so the nights and the early mornings are cold and the days are warm and dry. Days will be in the mid 70s to low 90s (later in the season) and nights in the 50s. Warm coats and insulating layers are necessary on early morning game drives.","Custom_Accommodations":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-09T15:05:14 --><p>Each of our safari lodges and camps has been meticulously designed to offer all your home comforts, a splash of luxury and an exciting dash of African charm. On top of this, our locations have been carefully selected for two vital reasons; the local communities' dedication to our conservation partnership and their proximity to some of nature's most impressive wonders, from the famous Victoria Falls, to the mighty Zambezi River and Hwange National Park, famed for its thousands of elephants.<\/p>","Custom_Cuisine":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-09T15:05:23 --><p>While on safari, breakfasts and evening meals are served at the lodge you are staying in. Lunches while traveling between destinations will be served picnic-style en route. Bottled water, soft drinks, juice, house wine, and beer are included throughout the trip. All vehicles are equipped with a fridge or cool box stocked with bottled water. Tea and coffee are offered by all accommodations free of charge with meals and at afternoon teatime.<\/p>","Custom_Transportation":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-09T15:05:42 --><p>On safari, there are long driving days over rugged dirt tracks, we can be in and out of the vehicles all day long, usually only driving approximately 2 hours at a time. We will be in a 7-seat open sided 4WD vehicle with a roof for sun protection. We sit 6 people max per vehicle to optimize everyone's view and provide wool blankets for early morning and evening game drives.<\/p>","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-09T15:05:53 --><p>Safety<\/p>","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-09T15:06:01 --><p>During drives and game walks, we can get quite close to wild animals at times. Being very quiet improves everybody's chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, on walks, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no safari can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.<\/p>","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_2":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_2":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_1":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_2":"","System_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"<p>Adventure travel often involves exotic destinations, unusual levels of physical exertion, or activities you may not have participated in previously. We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. Please practice social distancing, steer clear of potential COVID-19 exposure, and take an at-home antigen or lab based PCR test before you depart.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}