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Delta Mobile Safari & Victoria Falls

Elephant, Okavango, Botswana
Game Viewing, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Elephant at sunset, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Hippo, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Lion with safari truck, Okavango, Botswana
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Mokoro, Okavango, Botswana
Lilac breasted roller, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £5399 £4899
14 days

Holiday highlights

  • Enjoy game drives in the Okavango Delta's Mababe and Moremi regions.
  • Explore Chobe National Park, with the world's largest population of elephants.
  • Camp in the remote wilderness for an authentic safari experience.
  • Visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the mighty Victoria Falls.

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  • Fly overnight from the UK to Maun, via Johannesburg.

    Meals included: Meal included on the international flight.

  • Arrive in Maun, the safari capital of Botswana and gateway to the Okavango Delta. You are met at the airport and taken to your lodge.

    Meals included: Meal included on the international flight. Dinner at the lodge in Maun. 

  • After lunch, transfer to the airport for a light aircraft flight to Xakanaxa, possibly spotting herds of elephants and hippos as you fly over the Okavango Delta. You guide and game-viewing vehicle will be at the airstrip to transfer you to your campsite in the Moremi National Park. Enjoy a late-afternoon game drive.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the lodge, dinner at your campsite.

    Note: The Okavango Delta itinerary can also operate in reverse, flying from Maun to Mabebe and then continuing to Moremi. Please contact us for details. 

  • Read our blog to find out what to expect on a mobile safari.

    Today you will get your first full day of game viewing in the Moremi Game Reserve, located in the central part of the Okavango Delta. You start your game drives very early as the best wildlife viewing opportunities are in the morning. After a coffee and light breakfast around the fire before sunrise, head out into the bush in an open-sided vehicle with your guide and the rest of your group, keeping your eyes peeled for some of Botswana’s most iconic species including elephant, cheetah, lion, wild dog, antelope and over 500 bird species such as the lilac breasted roller and African spoonbill. After a few hours, stop for a tea break before heading back to camp for an early lunch. Have some time to relax around the camp, read a book, take a bucket shower and have a siesta before another game drive in the late afternoon. Thanks to wildlife protection and lack of boundary fencing, the game here roams freely and is relatively undisturbed compared to other reserves in Africa. In the evening, enjoy drinks around the fire before dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Another early morning has you up before sunrise, setting off for your morning game drive in the hopes of spotting more game. Moremi is among the best game reserves in Africa for seeing the endangered African wild dog, and breeding herds of elephant move between the mopane forests and the fresh water of the Okavango. After a break for lunch and a siesta at the camp, enjoy an afternoon game drive to enjoy the scenery and more game, including the red lechwe which is one of the more unusual antelope species found here. There is prolific birdlife in the swampy areas and open waters including cranes, rails, crakes, storks, egrets, herons and skimmers.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Begin the day with an early breakfast before sunrise, then take a slow drive through Moremi Game Reserve north-east towards the Khwai and Mababe areas. In the calmer back-waters of the Khwai channels, board a traditional mokoro dugout canoe. On this excursion* you are guided through the river by an expert guide, with the chance to spot spectacular birds, and occasionally hippos, crocodiles and elephants. Then continue on a game drive through the Khwai Concession to the Mababe Private Reserve, passing the magnificent Dombo hippo pools, stopping for a picnic lunch. Leopards, cheetahs, servals and lions are common predators along this route and both Xakanaxa as well as Mababe are included in the home ranges of different packs of wild dogs. General game includes southern giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, tsessebe and red lechwe with roan and sable antelope being less common residents. Some of the bird species here include the African hawk eagle, tawny eagle, little sparrow hawk, red-headed weaver, Stierling’s wren-warbler and scarlet-chested sunbird. Camp is set up on the shores of the Khwai River, and you may have the chance to go for a night game drive to look for wildlife with spotlights, giving you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day.

    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

    *The excursion is dependent on water levels, and therefore sometimes may not be possible.

  • Today, you will take morning and afternoon game drives, spending time in the woodlands and savannahs, as well as on the riverside banks. The Mababe region boasts excellent populations of bull elephants and breeding herds, as well as lions, leopards and African wildcats, as well as eland and oryx in the western parts, Mabebe has fewer vehicles permitted than surrounding concessions, giving a more exclusive experience. The Khwai River meanders through the concession giving ample riverside routes to explore. There is also the opportunity for exploring the surrounding wilderness on foot. Please note, this activity is seasonal based on rains and grass height, and your guide will determine if this can be carried out.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Spend another day exploring the Mababe region, taking vehicle game drives or walking excursions. This is one of Botswana’s birding hotspots, with Botswana’s national bird, the Kori bustard, resident in the lower reaches of the Mababe Depression, and the western reaches are prime habitat for the uncommon rosy-throated longclaw. The entire length of the river is hunting domain for the bat-hawk. Other interesting raptors here are cuckoo hawk (rare), long-crested eagle and black sparrowhawk. More commonly seen are tawny eagles, steppe eagles, lesser-spotted eagles, martial eagles, bateleurs and African hawk-eagles. The waterways host Africa rails, African crakes, greater painted snipes, Allen’s gallinules, lesser jacanas and lesser moorhens. Some of these species are migratory.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • After breakfast, take a final game drive on the way to the Khwai airstrip where you are met by your light aircraft flight to Kasane then transfer to your lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. The afternoon is free to relax.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the lodge.

  • Free day to relax or do one of the activities around the lodge or you can take the optional Chobe Wildlife Excursion which includes a game drive and boat cruise. This two-part trip starts with a game drive to spot Chobe’s spectacular elephant population and other game including lion, leopard, giraffe, buffalo and a variety of antelope. Return to the lodge for lunch (not included) and some free time. Part two of the excursion is an afternoon game viewing boat ride on the Chobe River. The river is filled with large pods of hippo as well as some of the biggest crocodiles in Africa. Other game can be spotted along the river banks.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the lodge.

  • Today you travel onwards to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World in Zimbabwe. After breakfast, drive roughly two hours to the border, arriving at lunch time. Then enjoy a free afternoon and perhaps take the optional Sunset Zambezi Cruise in the evening, which is a superb way to relax and admire the beauty of the river, enjoying drinks and snacks as you watch the sun set. You have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife along the river banks including hippo, crocodile, and elephant and sometimes even rhino, as well as many different bird species.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the lodge.

  • The largest waterfalls in the world, based on the sheer volume of water passing into the gorge, Victoria Falls is an iconic African sight. If you choose to explore them on your own, you can walk from the town to the falls and appreciate their epic scale (over 1700 metres of white-water cascades) from numerous lookout points that run along the gorge inside the national park. As well as the main falls, you can get views of the Devil’s Cataract and Danger Point. If you visit the Zambian side, get a different angle of the falls as you watch the water plummet over the edge from just a few feet behind the Eastern Cataract. Water levels are at their highest between March and June, meaning the falls are at their most magnificent and visitors should expect to get wet. During this time, visibility from some lookouts can be limited by the abundance of spray and mist. Take the optional Victoria Falls excursion to visit the falls on the Zimbabwe side, where you can learn about the history and observe the flora and fauna. Towering over the Batoka Gorge between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the 198-metre bridge was opened in 1905 and represents an incredible feat of Victorian design and industrial revolution engineer. It provides a platform for various activities including historic tours and bungee jumping.

    Read our blog about the Top 5 Things to Do at Victoria Falls. 

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Transfer to Victoria Falls airport for your return overnight flight to the UK, via Johannesburg.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Meal included on the international flight.

  • Your flight arrives in the UK.

Accommodation

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Accommodation in Maun

Thamalakane River Lodge

Included
Babbler Chalet, Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun, Botswana
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
93%
93%
Service
93%
93%
Location
96%
96%

Standard Hotel: Just 19 kilometres from Maun, the safari capital of Botswana, the Thamalakane River Lodge lies at the southern edge of the Okavango Delta. Situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River, the lodge features a swimming pool and beautiful gardens. There are 34 individual stone chalets with thatched roofs, each with a veranda overlooking the river.

Why stay here? It is an excellent introduction to the African bush, thanks to its tranquil location by the river so you can sit on the terrace and watch the birdlife and hippo. The well-appointed chalets are full of character, with stone walls and wooden furnishings.

Hotel facilities

  • Free WiFi is available in common areas.

  • There is a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, spa facilities, terrace and garden.

  • The hotel offers a gift shop, laundry, daily mail service and luggage storage.

About the room

All chalets have an en-suite bathroom, seating area, mosquito net, toiletries, kettle, veranda and fan (there is no air conditioning, but the rooms are well ventilated).

Room types available 

Babbler Chalet

Accommodation in Okavango Delta

Letaka Mobile Tented Camp

Included

Tented Camp: The mobile safari tents are spacious with a private veranda and bathroom area. There is a campfire area for guests, a covered dining area with a table, chairs and open sides.

Why stay here? The beauty of the mobile camping experience is that you can move around and stay close to the elements in some of Botswana’s best wilderness areas. Everything is set up by the team prior to your arrival, so that you can relax and be surrounded by untamed nature.

Read our blog to find out what to expect on a mobile safari.

About the camp

The camp consists of a campfire area for guests, a covered dining area with a table and chairs, and open sides, and a number of tents.

For the duration of your time on the mobile safari you will not have access to mobile signal or internet. This is one of the pleasures of an authentic safari, as you can truly relax, listen to the sounds of Africa and enjoy being off the grid.

There are no fixed buildings or facilities at the campsites, and the entire camp is erected and removed by the staff.

About the tent

Safari tents are thick canvas with mesh windows and doors which can be left open to let in a breeze, or zipped closed with canvas to keep out the cold. During the day, the tents get hot as there is no fan, but overnight it is cool enough to sleep comfortably.

The tents measure 8m in length, 4m in width and 2.5m high. This comprises a bedroom, bathroom and covered veranda area with foldable camp chairs. The bedroom areas are fitted with twin solid base camp beds made up with mattresses, sheets, duvets and pillows.

At the back of the tent is an en-suite bathroom area with a long drop toilet and bucket shower. Showers can be ordered as hot, cold or warm and the water is heated in a bucket on the fire. There is also a small mirror and bucket-type basin, which is regularly refreshed with water. Towels and linen are provided, and each tent has an oil/paraffin lamp on the veranda. Although a LED rechargeable camp light is provided, it is highly recommended for each guest to bring their own high-quality headtorches.

There are also family tents which take four people, each consisting of a two-bedroom unit with an adjoining bathroom and lockable exit/entrance.

Mobile safari experience

After being met by your guide at the airstrip near Moremi National Park, you are driven through the park in an open-air game viewing vehicle to the first camp. It will be set up by the general staff, ready for your arrival, when you will be assigned a tent.

Mornings in the bush start early. You’ll be up before sunrise for a simple breakfast of toast, cereal, fruit and hot drinks, followed by a game viewing excursion (usually a game drive). After the sun’s come up you’ll stop in a picturesque spot for a tea break, later returning to camp for an early lunch - a hearty main accompanied by salads. The rest of the afternoon is free to read, nap and relax.

In the late afternoon you’ll head out for a second game drive, returning to camp for a simple but tasty three-course meal, enjoyed under the stars with the fire crackling in the background. 

On the fourth day of the safari you’ll take a full day driving through the park to the second camp, which will be set up for you as before. Your days at this second camp will follow the same rhythm as the first.

Safari vehicle

Safari vehicles are spacious and comfortable, taking a maximum of seven passengers in a three seats per row configuration. They are fitted with inverters and plugs so you can change batteries whilst on safari (you will need to buy a 3-pin adaptor for this), and a fridge for cold drinks during game drives.

Guides and safety

During your time on safari, you will be looked after by a guide, chef and up to two general staff. The guides are highly experienced and extremely knowledgeable about the flora, fauna and history of the area, having been trained at the Okavango Guiding School which was created by the Letaka brothers.

Whilst on safari, you will be with an experienced (unarmed) guide at all times. The nature of being in an open safari truck means that animals are able to approach the vehicle if they want to. All of the game drives run according to schedule, although sometimes the vehicles can become stuck in vegetation or break down, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. 

The open nature of the camp, and lack of fencing in the reserve, means that animals sometimes approach. You will be given a safety briefing from your guide regarding not taking food into the tent, and zipping it up properly to prevent any ‘intruders’.

Accommodation in Kasane (Chobe region)

River View Lodge

Included
Pool, River View Lodge, Kasane, Botswana
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
88%
88%
Service
91%
91%
Location
82%
82%

Standard Hotel: Situated on the banks of the Chobe River, close to Kasane, River View Lodge is set amongst beautifully manicured gardens, with a swimming pool and restaurant serving excellent cuisine. There are five uniquely designed rooms and chalets spread across the gardens, each with a bathroom and private veranda.

Why stay here? The tastefully appointed twin rooms and individual chalets each have a private veranda, and the garden has plenty of areas in which to relax and enjoy the river views.  

Hotel facilities

  • Free WiFi is available in all areas.

  • There is a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, terrace and garden.

  • The hotel offers a gift shop, tour desk, laundry, and daily maid service. 

About the room

All rooms have a private veranda, en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, fan, mosquito net, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries and safe.

Room types available 

Standard Twin Room.

There is an additional cost for a double chalet room. Please ask for further details. 

Accommodation in Victoria Falls

Bayete Guest Lodge

Included

Standard Hotel: A comfortable, family run guest lodge away from the hustle and bustle of the town. The Bayete has 30 rooms set within lush tropical gardens, and large teardrop pool where guests can swim and relax. Next to the pool is the dining boma and bar, decorated with local artwork and materials.

Why stay here: The Bayete provides a quiet oasis to retreat to after a busy day at the falls.

Hotel facilities

  • Free WiFi is available in all areas
  • There is a restaurant, bar and pool

About the room

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities, and a safety deposit box, a hair dryer.

Room types available

Deluxe

Batonka Guest Lodge

£150
(£60 Single Supplement)

Superior Hotel: Situated 1.7 miles from the waterfalls in a quiet suburb of Victoria Falls town, Batonka Guest Lodge is away from the town but within walking distance of the main attractions. The lodge is set in picturesque gardens with indigenous plants and features a range of amenities including a swimming pool, lounge and indoor and outdoor dining areas with a veranda. Each of the 22 rooms are well appointed and spacious, with décor and features such as double basins and large shower. The rooms have large private patios with a seating area looking out over the garden or pool.

Why stay here? The lodge offers a quiet and peaceful location, with elegantly decorated rooms to reflect the lodge’s colonial past. It is a great option for those looking for a small, personalised lodge with a high level of service.

Hotel facilities

  • Free WiFi is available in all areas.

  • There is a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, lounge and garden.

  • The hotel offers a concierge service, luggage storage, tour desk, laundry, shuttle service and room service.

About the room

Rooms are in individual units with a pool or garden view, and each have air conditioning, TV, safety deposit box, en-suite bathroom, toiletries, TV, mosquito net and kettle.

Room types available 

Pool/Garden View Room

Victoria Falls Hotel

from £400
(£400 Single Supplement)

Superior Hotel: Built in 1904, this Edwardian-style property is one of Africa’s oldest and most iconic hotels. It is the epitome of luxury and grandeur, with facilities including an Edwardian pool, spa and hair salon, art gallery, exhibition, bars and three restaurants.

Why stay here? The hotel is steeped in history, having originally being conceived as accommodation for workers on the Cape-to-Cairo railway. As well as being renowned for its impeccable service and luxurious accommodation, the location is next to none, with a private footpath that leads you through lush gardens to Victoria Falls in less than 10 minutes.

Hotel facilities

  • Free WiFi is available in all areas.

  • There is a range of restaurants, bars, entertainment, Edwardian swimming pool, gift shop, beauty spa, hair salon, stone sculpture exhibition, art gallery, lounge and internet lounge.

  • The hotel offers a concierge service, luggage storage, tour desk, laundry, shuttle service, room service, chapel, 24-hour front desk and daily maid service.

About the room

All rooms have a minibar, safe, air conditioning, satellite TV and tea and coffee facilities.

Room types available 

Standard Room

Excursions

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Chobe Wildlife Excursion

£130

A two-part excursion in Chobe National Park, consisting of a morning game drive in the national park and an afternoon boat ride on the Chobe River. During the day you may spot elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, antelope, hippo and more. 

Full Description:

In the morning, enjoy a 3-hour game drive to spot Chobe’s famous elephants and other game. Look out for lion, leopard, buffalo and a variety of antelope including sable, kudu, and eland.  You will then return to your lodge for lunch (not included) and have some time to relax. Afterwards there is a 3-hour game-viewing boat ride on the Chobe River. The river is filled with large pods of hippo as well as some of the biggest crocodiles in Africa. You can also spot other game along the river banks.

Zambezi Sunset Cruise

£85
Sunset Cruise, Zambezi, Victoria Falls
Llama Travel Customer Rating
99%
99%

This two-hour excursion in the late afternoon is a great way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Zambezi River, with the opportunity to see a variety of game including hippo, crocodile, elephant and birdlife. There are excellent photo opportunities against spectacular sunsets.

Full Description:

Board the boat in the late afternoon for a two-hour boat cruise along the upper Zambezi River, spotting wildlife along the river banks with the help of an experienced guide. Enjoy drinks and snacks aboard as the sun sets over Africa, before returning to the jetty and transferring back to your hotel.

Victoria Falls Guided Tour

£80
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Llama Travel Customer Rating
88%
88%

Appreciate one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World on this excursion to Victoria Falls. The guided tour lets you discover the fascinating history and observe the flora and fauna and view the falls by walking along a boardwalk with several viewpoints.

Full Description:

The largest waterfalls in the world, based on the sheer volume of water passing into the gorge, Victoria Falls is an iconic African sight. This guided tour on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls will allow you to fully appreciate their grandeur. You will visit them with a guide, walking along a spectacular walkway with viewpoints showcasing the mighty falls. Towering over the Batoka Gorge between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the 198-metre bridge was opened in 1905 and represents an incredible feat of Victorian design and industrial revolution engineering.

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Return flights from the UK; any internal flights; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers; service of guides and local reps, UK airport taxes.

Prices do not include

Any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

Holidays without international flights

The above prices include return international flights from the UK. If you wish to arrange your own flights, we will reduce our prices accordingly. The reduction depends on when you travel, please call us for details.

Departure Airport

Flights are scheduled to be from London. Other airports may be possible, although a supplement sometimes applies.

Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

About Your Holiday

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

  • All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

    For holidays not including any flights, financial protection is provided through IPP: https://www.llamatravel.com/ipp-protection

  • In many cases, the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will normally operate this just for you.

    In some cases, we operate more traditional tours, with the same Llama Travel group travelling together for the majority of the holiday, which allows land travel from one location to another, and in this case we may have a minimum number of travellers required to operate the group.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. These will usually be in English, although in some places, especially on wildlife excursions, the excursions may be operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

    Group Size
    Most holidays can operate with a minimum of 2 passengers, but some holidays have a higher minimum group size. If we have fewer than the minimum number of passengers, we will let you know two months before departure. In this case, we will refund you any monies paid or offer you an alternative option. It may be possible to operate the trip for fewer than 4 passengers for an additional cost.

    All holidays in Europe have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.
    All holidays in Namibia or South Africa have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    All holidays in Kenya have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.
    All holidays in Asia have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.
    All holidays in Costa Rica and Mexico have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.

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How To Book

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

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  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy, but good medical insurance should cover medical evacuation and repatriation. If you are going to be taking part in any activity, please ensure your policy covers you for this, especially if this involves high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail.

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities, either through Llama Travel or through Llama Travel. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance.

  • Some countries have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

    Countries in Africa have particularly strict requirements regarding children travelling, and in both South Africa and Namibia, children need to carry an unabridged birth certificate. Additionally, in Namibia, adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel.

    Such requirements do change from time to time, and although we try to keep abreast of such changes and update this information, if you are travelling with children, we suggest you check current requirements carefully.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in destination will give you final details for hotel and excursions when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

  • Cards are widely accepted in most hotel and restaurants, and cash machines are common in most destinations. However, when travelling to remote areas, it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money. Travellers cheques are no longer widely used, so it may be inconvenient to take these.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    More information on the situation regarding money, budgeting and tipping in specific countries is in the country information below.

  • To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Latin America

    Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel Latin American destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate.

    If you are flying via another country, especially the US, you need to comply with the appropriate immigration requirements. Please ask us for details.

    You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    There is an entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, the US, Canada and some other countries which must be paid upon arrival. There is also an entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina, which must be paid in advance online.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate.

    Africa

    British nationals can enter Morocco, South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana for a visit of up to 90 days without a visa. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate. You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For South Africa, you need a passport with two blank pages.

    For Zimbabwe, British nationals will be granted a KAZA Univisa (valid for travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia and day trips into Botswana) visa, for a fee, paid in cash. This is easiest to obtain upon arrival at the airport or border post, rather than via an agency in the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Zimbabwe consulate. You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK.

    For Kenya, British nationals require a visa, which must be obtained online in advance, and for which there is a cost. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visas website. For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission. Children aged 16 and below do not require a visa to enter Kenya. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Kenya consulate. You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate. In South Africa and Namibia, children under 18 must also carry an unabridged birth certificate.

    You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Asia & the Middle East

    To visit Jordan, you need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. You will need a visa to enter Jordan. The Jordan visa is included in the price of your holiday. On arrival in Amman our representatives will meet you prior to immigration and this will be provided to you free of charge. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Jordanian consulate.

    All visitors to Sri Lanka, including British nationals, require an electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), which must be obtained online in advance, and for which there is a cost. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the ETA website. For more information, see the website of the Sri Lanka High Commission. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Sri Lanka consulate. You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    All visitors to India, including British nationals, require a visa, which can be obtained online in advance, and for which there is a cost. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visa website. For more information, see the website of the India High Commission. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Indian consulate. You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    Visitors from 13 countries, including the UK, can travel to Vietnam visa-free for stays up to 45 days. For stays longer than 45 days, a visa is required at a cost. This can be applied for online on the e-visa website. Stays longer than 90 days are not permitted. You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Vietnamese consulate.

    To visit Cambodia, a visa is required at a cost. This can be applied for online on the e-visa website. You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Cambodian consulate.

    To visit Laos, a visa is required at a cost. This can be applied for online on the e-visa website. You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Laotian consulate.

    If you are arranging a stopover in Singapore, you must complete an electronic SG Arrival Card up to three days before entry into Singapore.

    Europe

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed.

     

When Your Are Travelling

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK.

    In Latin America and Europe, attitudes can sometimes be more conservative than in the UK, but there are not usually problems.

    In some African countries, including Morocco, Zimbabwe and Kenya, same sex relationships are illegal and conservative attitudes prevail. However, hotels and lodges do not discriminate and same sex couples can share rooms. In much of Africa and the Middle East, public displays of affection may attract negative attention, especially with LGBT couples, although the majority of people are friendly to visitors, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation. In South Africa, the authorities have introduced legislation which bans any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    In most of Asia, attitudes to same sex relationships can be conservative, but there are not usually any problems. In Sri Lanka, same sex relationships are illegal, but hotels do not discriminate and same sex couples can share rooms.

    The UK Foreign Office has information LGBT travel on their travel advice for individual countries, found at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • For all wildlife excursions, please always follow the instructions of your guide, both for the animals’ welfare and for your safety. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, excursions involving exposure to wild animals will always carry some risk.

    If you take a safari in Africa, you will be with an experienced guide at all times, who is usually unarmed. All of the game drives run according to schedule, although unexpected delays can occur, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. Being in the wilderness means that the environment is unpredictable, so the unexpected can happen. For any excursions taken on foot, there will be a safety briefing to inform you of the possible dangers.

Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. Advice for travellers is available at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

    When travelling, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you suffer from a disability or condition and are worried whether this will affect the enjoyment of a holiday, please call us. We will do our best to help. We recommend that you bring any medicines you require from the UK.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

    Outside of major cities, medical facilities can be basic, meaning a lengthy transfer if hospital attention is required.

    Latin America

    Yellow fever and / or malaria precautions are recommended for visiting the jungle, Iguazu Falls and some parts of Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Yellow Fever certificates are sometimes required if you have recently visited a country with an infected area. Children under 6 require proof of vaccination against polio to enter Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, please speak to your GP about zika. Please seek medical advice before you travel.

    Parts of South America are at high altitude. Most visitors do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart or lung condition, or think that you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

    Africa

    Malaria precautions are highly recommended when visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the north of Namibia, including Etosha, Botswana and Kenya. Yellow Fever vaccination is highly recommended for Kenya. Travellers entering many African countries, including South Africa and Kenya Africa, coming from a yellow fever zone must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

    Asia

    Malaria precautions are not usually advised when visiting the areas that Llama Travel offers in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or Cambodia, although malaria is present in some other parts of these countries. If you have visited a country with yellow fever recently, you will usually require a valid yellow fever certificate to enter. Please be aware that Shimla in the Himalayas in India is at a moderately high altitude, so we recommend you take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart of lung condition, or think you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

Getting There

  • Many airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy

    Some airlines offer Premium Economy cabins, which provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    Other airlines offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for an additional cost.

    Business Class

    Many airlines have long-haul business class cabins with seats that convert into full flat beds and often have a privacy screen.

    Business Class within Europe is often similar to economy class seating, but with better meals, and middle seats are often left empty.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, we will advise you in advance. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    There may be additional luggage restrictions for specific countries. In this case, details of this will be in the country information below.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For internal flights, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

                        

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot guarantee specific seats.

  • Depending on the route and the airline, if you would like to break your journey to or from your final destination, and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible. Please ask us for information.

  • If you are interested in arranging your own international flights, this is sometimes possible. Please ask us for details of this and any discount we can arrange for removing international flights. Please do not book your flights until we have reconfirmed all services with our suppliers and you have checked the confirmation invoice.

  • All people transiting in a third country need to make sure they comply with any immigration requirements for that country.

    This is especially the case when in transit in the US when flying to Latin America. In this case, you must comply with US immigration requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these requirements before you travel. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding on your flight to the US and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the US. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    If your flight to Latin America involves a stop in the US, you will be subject to US immigration control upon entry to the US. If you qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you are able to avoid the need to apply for a visa, but still need to enter your details online on the US State Department website. If you do not qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you must apply in person at a US embassy for a US visa. Please make sure that you do this in good time.

    If you are a UK citizen and have a UK passport, you may qualify for visa-free travel. You will require a machine readable passport to qualify for the ESTA Visa Waiver Program (so you do not require a visa to enter the US). A machine readable passport has the holder's personal details (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) contained in two lines of text at the bottom of the photo page. This appears as two lines of letters, numbers and chevrons (">>>>>") printed across the long edge of the photo page. It must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note, holders of passports indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or British Protected Person do not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states that the holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not quality for visa-free travel.

    If you have visited certain restricted countries, including Cuba, you may not qualify for visa-free travel.

    If you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.

    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy. Full details can be found on the US embassy’s UK website at: http://london.usembassy.gov/vwp3.html

    Many European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    Details of the ESTA Visa Waiver Program can be found on the US State Department website at

    https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

    In addition to the Visa Waiver Programme, the US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight.

  • Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

Zimbabwe

Travelling in Zimbabwe

  • The most commonly used currency around Victoria Falls is the US dollar. Other currencies such as the South Africa Rand, Botswana Pula and Pound Sterling are accepted however everything is priced in dollars, so these are often exchanged at an unfavorable rate. Credit and debit cards are now accepted by most large establishments but not all, so it is recommended to always carry some cash.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

  • Tipping in Zimbabwe is standard practice. Wages are low so many people depend on tips to make up the shortfall in their earnings. Restaurant staff are used to receiving 10-15% of the total bill. You can tip your cab driver by rounding up to the nearest ten (although use your discretion regarding distance, time of day etc), and the same goes for general hotel staff. It is recommended to tip guides and drivers $10 per day.

  • All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately US$10 – 25 for a meal in a restaurant.

    Bar prices are similar to the UK and a small bottle of beer usually costs around US$2-4 in a hotel bar.

    Throughout Zimbabwe there are opportunities to shop for souvenirs and we advise setting aside some of your budget for this purpose. Credit cards are accepted in most places although Amex has more limited use.

  • Generally, casual comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year. Rain showers are possible throughout the year, so waterproofs are recommended. Long sleeved shirts and long trousers will protect you against mosquitoes at night. Sun hats, sunglasses and sun protection cream are also recommended.

    Electrical sockets in Zimbabwe are 230 Volts. There are two types of socket: type D which fit plugs with three round pins and type G which is the standard British plug socket.

    We recommend you carry a copy of your passport with you at all times.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

    You can bring whichever luggage you feel most comfortable with: suitcases, soft bags and rucksacks are fine.

Botswana

Travelling in Botswana

  • The currency in Botswana is the Botswana Pula (approximate exchange rate: 14BWP = 1GBP), and US Dollars are widely accepted throughout the country. Credit and debit cards can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. You can exchange Euros, GBP and US Dollars in both Maun and Kasane.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

  • Tipping in Botswana is standard practice. In restaurants, a service charge may be added as a matter of course, in which case there is no need to tip. If there is no service charge and the service has been good, restaurant staff are used to receiving 10% of the total bill. During the mobile safari, we recommend using the following guidelines (per person per day): USD$10 for the guide, USD$5 for the chef and USD$5 for the general staff.

  • All hotels include breakfast, and all meals are included during the mobile safari.

    We recommend budgeting approximately USD$25-35 for a meal at the lodges in Kasane and Maun.

    Throughout Botswana there are opportunities to shop for souvenirs and we advise setting aside some of your budget for this purpose. Credit cards are accepted in most places although Amex has more limited use.

  • Typical Botswana meals are composed of staples such as sorghum and maize, with a variety of game meats and vegetables. In cities like Maun, you will find a range of restaurants and bars.

    During the safari, all meals and drinks are provided, and any special requirements should be made clear when booking. Water, tea and coffee are available all day. Wine, local beer and soft drinks are provided, and some spirits are available on request. A typical safari day will start with a coffee and light breakfast around the fire before heading straight out for a game drive or walking safari. After several hours of wildlife viewing you will stop for tea, coffee and cookies. Later in the morning you will have a brunch back at the camp which usually consists of fresh-baked camp bread, baked dishes and cold salads. Dinner is then served after the afternoon’s activities.

  • During the summer months it (November - March) is hot in the middle of the day, becoming cooler but still warm at night. The average daytime temperatures are around 35°C, dropping to low-20s during the night. Botswana is a summer rainfall region and late afternoon showers are common from December to April. Winter (May – August) can go below freezing at night in drier areas but during the day it warms up substantially to about 25°C. Early morning game drives on an open vehicle can be quite chilly. Dressing in layers is the best way to deal with the varying temperatures during the winter months, and a windproof jacket is a good idea.

    Electrical sockets in Botswana are 230 Volts. Sockets fit plugs with three round pins. All safari vehicles are fitted with 220-volt inverters which are linked to Botswana plug sockets for easy charging.

    We recommend you carry a copy of your passport with you at all times.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK, as this can be hard to source in Botswana.

    Lightweight, light coloured cotton trousers and long-sleeved shirts

    Absorbent socks

    Walking boots

    Pullover or jacket for the early mornings and evenings

    Warm hat and gloves for winter months

    Sun hat

    Swimsuit

    Binoculars

    Camera equipment – a lens with a long zoom is recommended for photographing wildlife

    Pack of cards/reading material

    Torch/head torch

    Water bottle

    Sun cream

    Insect repellent

    Medication

    Day pack

  • A Letaka mobile tented safari is an adventurous way of experiencing one of the world’s great wildlife areas. With a maximum of seven guests,  you will be well looked-after by a guide, chef and up to two general staff.  After being met by your guide at the airstrip near Moremi National Park, you are driven through the park in an open game vehicle to your first camp. All camps are set up by the general staff, ready for your arrival, when you will be assigned a tent. The camp consists of a campfire area for guests, a covered dining area with a table and chairs, and open sides, and individual sleeping tents. Safari tents are thick canvas with mesh windows and doors which can be left open to let in a breeze, or zipped closed with canvas to keep out the cold. There is no air conditioning or fan so tents can get hot during the day. There are single camp beds inside and a small shaded porch with foldable camp chairs. There is a private bathroom area with a bucket shower and pit toilet. Single, twin and family tents are available. There is no phone signal or WiFi when camping. The camps are not fenced, so wild animals can wander through camp, so you should not leave your tent after lights out. Mornings in the bush start early. You will be up before sunrise for a simple breakfast of toast, cereal, fruit and hot drinks, followed by a game viewing excursion (usually a game drive). After the sun is up you will stop in a picturesque spot for a tea break, later returning to camp for an early lunch - a hearty main accompanied by salads. The rest of the afternoon is free to read or relax. In the late afternoon you head out for a second game drive, returning to camp for a simple but tasty three-course meal, enjoyed under the stars with the fire crackling in the background.  On the fourth day of the safari you take a full day game drive through the park to the second camp. Your days at this second camp will follow the same rhythm as the first. Food and alcoholic drinks are included. Vegetarian meals can be catered for but not vegan or other dietary requirements.