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Escorted Tours

Botswana Zambezi and Cape Town including

Durban Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Livingstone
  • Chobe National Park
  • Victoria Falls
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • UK

5 NIGHTS from £804pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a half-day Rural Durban excursion
  • Beach stay in Durban
  • Explore the seafront promenade
  • Spot unique wildlife in Chobe National Park
  • Wildlife on a safari cruise along the Chobe River
  • Wonder at the beauty of Victoria Falls
  • Explore Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope
  • Cellar tour and wine tasting in Stellenbosch

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Durban Beach Stay

Spend 5-nights in South Africa's eastern coastal city of Durban located in the KwaZulu-Natal province. During your time in Durban, you will undertake a half-day rural excursion allowing you to meet the local people and experience their way of life.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Victoria Falls

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Victoria Falls Airport, via Johannesburg.

2
Victoria Falls

On arrival, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Dinner
3
Victoria Falls

Today is your chance to experience one of Earth's greatest spectacles in all its wonder. At 1.7km, wide Victoria Falls empties 550 million litres a minute in an immense curtain of water to the chasm below, the spray from which can be seen for miles around, prompting the local Kololo tribe to name it 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' or 'The Smoke that Thunders'. Enjoy a cruise on the mighty Zambezi River to watch the sunset over the stunning landscape. Later, enjoy a delicious, traditional Boma dinner.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
4
Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park

After breakfast, transfer to your hotel in the Chobe National Park. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evenings dinner.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
5
Chobe National Park

Enjoy a morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Famous for a staggeringly large elephant population, your chances of experiencing these majestic giants up close are extremely high. Large herds of buffalo can also be seen, as well as giraffes, zebra and a variety of antelope, making this a prime hunting spot for big cats which stalk their prey across the Botswana plains. In the afternoon, embark on a boat cruise along the Chobe River where you'll observe the national park and its fauna from a different vantage point.

  • Breakfast
6
Chobe National Park

After breakfast, embark on your second game drive in Chobe National Park. Later in the day, embark on a boat cruise along the Chobe River. Witness hippos and crocodiles and admire the herds and predators on the shores that have travelled miles to drink from its waters.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
7
Chobe National Park to Cape Town

After breakfast, transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Cape Town, via Johannesburg. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast
8
Cape Town

Explore the Cape Peninsula today as you journey along the breath-taking Chapman's Peak Drive, before stopping off at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Travel onwards to Cape Point where you can witness the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean currents. Pay a visit to nearby Boulders Beach, home to a large colony of African penguins. Lastly, wander through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, set dramatically on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, before returning to Cape Town.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
9
Cape Town

Enjoy the day at leisure to explore at your own pace.

  • Breakfast
10
Cape Town

Set out this morning on a scenic drive towards the stunning Winelands region. First stop is Franschhoek, which enjoys a magnificent setting at the head of a narrow valley. The final stop is a visit to elegant Stellenbosch to enjoy a cellar tour and wine tasting session at the award-winning Boschendal Wine Estate.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
11
Cape Town to UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight back to the UK, via Johannesburg.

  • Breakfast
12
Cape Town to Durban

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
13
Durban

Enjoy your beach stay in Durban.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
17
Durban to UK

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK via Johannesburg.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

There is no visa required for entry into Botswana or South Africa. A Visa will be required for entry into Zimbabwe & Zambia. A single or double entry visa can be purchased either prior to departure or upon arrival*. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity. *If purchasing a visa to Zimbabwe or Zambia upon arrival please ensure you have the correct amount of cash as change isn't always available. Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/zimbabwe/entry-requirements

Insurance

We strongly recommend that all members of your party are insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to Victoria Falls International Airport, Zimbabwe via Johannesburg with South African Airways (SA) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure. Please note that all flight times are subject to change. Final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras - Tel. 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, or your General Practitioner.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills, and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is an escorted tour, meaning the you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). The currency in Botswana is the Botswana Pula (BWP). The Zimbabwean dollar is no longer valid currency, with all transactions currently conducted in US dollars ($). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. Some local banks will not change money back into Euro's or Pound Sterling, so do not change up too much money. It is advisable to carry smaller note denominations as some outlets and vendors may not accept the larger notes. US Dollars are widely accepted in Botswana.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases. Approximately £200-£400 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Please bear in mind that there will be several shopping opportunities throughout your tour. Tipping is at your discretion, however we recommend approximately £6 per person (100/120 ZAR) per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged. As normal practice you may be asked for your credit card details on check-in at the hotel in order to cover any extras incurred during your stay. If you do not have a credit card, you may be asked for a cash deposit.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2020 DATES
Blue Marlin Hotel
12 May 202027 May 2020£699£2749£3448
26 May 202010 Jun 2020£699£2839£3538
09 Jun 202024 Jun 2020£699£2879£3578
14 Jul 202029 Jul 2020£699£2949£3648
11 Aug 202026 Aug 2020£699£2999£3698
08 Sep 202023 Sep 2020£699£2999£3698
22 Sep 202007 Oct 2020£699£2999£3698
06 Oct 202021 Oct 2020£699£3149£3848
10 Nov 202025 Nov 2020£699£3169£3868
2021 DATES
19 Jan 202103 Feb 2021£699£2999£3698
09 Feb 202124 Feb 2021£699£2969£3668
16 Mar 202131 Mar 2021£799£2899£3698
11 May 202126 May 2021£799£2799£3598
25 May 202109 Jun 2021£799£2849£3648
08 Jun 202123 Jun 2021£789£2899£3688
13 Jul 202128 Jul 2021£789£2939£3728
10 Aug 202125 Aug 2021£789£2949£3738
07 Sep 202122 Sep 2021£789£2999£3788
21 Sep 202106 Oct 2021£789£2999£3788
05 Oct 202120 Oct 2021£779£3049£3828
09 Nov 202124 Nov 2021£779£3049£3828
IMPORTANT FOR 2020 DEPARTURES

Please note the itinerary is different for 2020 departures, please download the 2020 dossier to ensure you have the correct itinerary. The website shows the 2019 itinerary only.

Itinerary Changes

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times or sailing conditions. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, order of events and sightseeing may vary according to the local conditions.

Travelling alone?

Single rooms available on this tour at a supplement.

Private Tours:

Private tours are not available on this tour.

Please note 2020 departures

Whilst in Cape Town you will be staying at Inn on the Square. Rest assured the rest of the itinerary remains the same.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

19 °C / 36 °C

When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Livingstone

Victoria Falls

Cape Town

Durban

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • High Factor Sun cream and a hat with a big brim for sunny days
  • Comfortable walking shoes such as trainers
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel, swimsuit and plastic bags
  • Ruck sack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Light rain coat
  • Binoculars
  • Water Bottle
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