Price

$3276

Available: 5 spaces

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      • Hotels: Standard Class Hotels

      • 06/24/2024 - 07/06/2024

      • Max Participants: 18

      • 13 Days / 12 Nights

      Overview

      Southern Africa is a region of unparalleled diversity and natural beauty, and this two-week program offers the opportunity to explore some of its most notable highlights in depth. Wildlife is the region's calling card, and there will be plenty of chances to spot the "big five" in Kruger, Hwange, and Matobo national parks. Aside from wildlife viewing, there will be many occasions to experience the unique history and regional cultures of Soweto, the Lowveld, and Victoria Falls. Come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of what makes this part of the world truly special.

      GEEO has put together this private program for Bill Howe. All participants must be cleared with Bill before signing up.

      What's Included:
      • Cape Town orientation walk
      • Soweto township tour
      • Panorama Route drive
      • Kruger National Park wildlife safari drive in our vehicle (half-day)
      • Traditional dance experience
      • Great Zimbabwe National Monument visit
      • Rhino walk in Matobo National Park
      • Victoria Falls Entry Fee
      • Lusumpuko Women's Club lunch
      • Border-crossing support
      • G Adventures Tour leader and driver throughout the program, local guides/rangers.
      • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners – allow $245-$320 USD for meals not included
      • Hotels/Guesthouses (7 nts), Lodges (5 nts).
      • Internal flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
      • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities using plane, private van, and safari vehicles
      What's Not Included:
      • International air travel
      • Incidentals
      • Travel health and cancellation insurance
      • Applicable visas
      • Tips or gratuities
      • Airport taxes
      • Beverages
      • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
      • Optional tours and admissions
      • Airport Transfers

      Itinerary Download PDF

      Arrive in Cape Town at any time. Due to the potential for flight delays or cancellations, we recommend that you plan to arrive in South Africa at least a day in advance. This will also give you time to adjust to the time difference and overcome any jetlag. We can book extra hotel nights for you in Cape Town before the trip. Please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2:00-3:00 p.m. There are no planned activities until an intro meeting around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., usually in the hotel lobby. Check for a sign or ask at the reception desk about the exact time and location of the group meeting. Please make every effort to arrive in time for this meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up tomorrow. After the meeting, you might choose to get dinner at a nearby restaurant with your traveling companions and your tour leader to further get to know one another.

      Enjoy a day of leisure in Cape Town, choosing from a variety of optional activities. There is something for everyone in Cape Town. Visit Table Mountain, explore Cape Point, or embark on a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch. For the adventurous, opt to go skydiving, abseiling, or, if you're really brave, cage diving for a close encounter with a great white shark. Wander through the city center, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa. Check out the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and many other museums and theaters. See our optional activities section further below for more information. If you are interested in visiting Robben Island, you must book it directly with the museum on their website in advance: http://www.robben-island.org.za. Due to high demand, it is common that this tour can be sold out over one month in advance.

      Take a short flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg. In the afternoon, explore South Africa’s largest township on two wheels and under your own steam. This guided bike tour (1-2 hrs) will take you through the vibrant streets of Soweto, giving you the opportunity to meet some of its diverse residents, see the sights, hear the music, and even taste a local "home-brewed" beer. Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by plane, 1.5 hrs by private vehicle, 1-2 hrs by bike

      Sit back for a long day on the road as we take in the scenery on the Panorama Route into the Kruger National Park area. In the evening, enjoy a cultural encounter with the local community. Get a taste of the local cuisine with a delicious dinner, then watch a traditional dance performance. Approximate travel time: 8 hrs by private vehicle

      Jump into our touring vehicle for a full-day safari in Kruger National Park, home to an extraordinary array of large mammals. Spot elephants, lions, giraffes, and perhaps elusive leopards as we explore this breathtaking wilderness of savanna and scrubland. At over 7,500 square miles and 147 species, Kruger is one of the largest and most impressive animal reserves in the world and has more species of large mammals than any other park on the continent. If you want an open-top 4x4 safari instead of the included safari in our touring vehicle, you can sign up for an optional 4x4 safari instead for an extra fee. Return to our lodge in the evening, where you can take some time to relax on the deck and enjoy the nocturnal sounds of the bush.

      Head north to Timbavati Safari Lodge. We will have a bush walk looking out for the "small 5": the antlion, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, buffalo weaver, and rhino beetle. The bush is rich in legends and historical narratives and boasts a diverse array of bugs/insects and reptiles, as well as an abundance of indigenous plant species with medicinal and traditional uses that are best explored through the expertise of local guides. Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by private vehicle

      Opt for a morning safari drive or soak up the atmosphere in the camp before traveling to the next location in the Louis Trichardt area. You will have a free afternoon. One option is to explore and investigate the diverse fauna and flora of this lush area on foot. Marked trails take you across scenic valleys, along sparkling streams, and through various indigenous forests. There is an Anglo-Boer history museum that can be visited at Lalapanzi Hotel free of charge. Guided tours of the museum can be arranged in advance at Reception with the help of your tour leader. You could also relax by the pool. Approximate travel time: 3-4 hrs by private vehicle

      Get an early start for another long day on the road. You'll want to have your passport easily accessible for the border crossing into Zimbabwe. Approximate travel time: 7-8 hrs by private vehicle

      We start the day with a visit to the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, the ancient ruins site the country was named for. Hike around the site, climb to the citadel, and learn more about the life of the people that inhabited the area and how these structures were built. Afterward, continue on to Matobo National Park. Approximate travel time: 4.5-5.5 hrs by private vehicle

      Wake up early and opt to explore ancient cave paintings, visit the grave of Rhodes, hike the unique and stunning landscape, or hang out by the pool. In the afternoon, enjoy an included nature walk with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the resident wildlife.

      We will spend most of today driving to Hwange National Park. When we arrive, opt to enjoy an evening wildlife safari drive in a safari vehicle. Approximate travel time: 6-7 hrs by private vehicle

      This morning, we will drive to our final stop, Victoria Falls! For lunch, we will sit down for a traditional, Zimbabwean meal, cooked by the Lusumpuko Women’s Club, a group of women from a nearby township. A demonstration by the ladies will show you exactly how Zimbabweans traditionally eat their food, and you’ll be served a farm-to-table meal made with traditional, local, in-season ingredients. This meal provides much-needed income to the cooperatives’ 20 members, changing their lives and families in the process. In the afternoon, witness the natural splendor of the massive falls from the Zimbabwean side. The entrance fee is included for your self-guided visit. The rest of your day will be free to explore more of Victoria Falls. We recommend crossing the border to see the Falls from the Zambian side. Please keep in mind your accommodation is in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and NOT Livingstone (Zambia). Please make sure you have the necessary visa. We recommend getting visas for both countries. You cannot use a KAZA visa for this trip because you are entering Zimbabwe through a border that does not accept a KAZA visa. Approximate travel time: 2-3 hrs by private vehicle

      There are no planned activities today, so you may depart Victoria Falls at any time. If you wish to extend your stay in Victoria Falls, consider booking post-tour accommodation with us. Please note that the Chobe National Park excursion is a full day, so if you're booking this activity at the end of your tour, a post-night in Victoria Falls is required. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is usually mid-morning, but luggage storage services are available at the reception desk. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO programs in the same school year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs per year). If you would like to extend your time abroad but don't see another GEEO program that interests you, let us know. We can work with you to find a trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Their tours are open to the general public and not designed specifically for educators, but we can still offer you and your travel companions a discounted educator price on any additional tours that you book.

      Details

      Frequently Asked Questions
      Please read our general FAQs, where you can find essential information that applies to all of our programs.
      Resources to Learn & Teach about Southern Africa
      Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
      Terms and Conditions
      It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
      GEEO Program Confirmation Process
      We require a minimum of 6 participants for most GEEO programs. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 8 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 6 people are booked and again once 8 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
      Cancellation policy
      All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
      • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
      Trip Notes
      1. TRANSPORTATION: This is not a physically demanding journey; however, traveling can be difficult, with long drives and poor road conditions at times. Despite this, most clients feel that the diversity of the African landscape, countries, culture, and wildlife are all well worth the experience. We use a comfortable and safe air-conditioned touring vehicle for the long drives
      2. YELLOW FEVER: According to the WHO and CDC, there is no risk of Yellow Fever in Botswana. It is compulsory to show a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate if you are traveling to Botswana from a Yellow Fever endemic country or have recently transited through a Yellow Fever endemic country. Yellow Fever inoculations need to be administered at least 10 days prior to your entry into the country. Border officials in Botswana have been strictly enforcing these requirements. Travelers without the correct documentation run the risk of being denied entry. This means you should either skip the Zambian side of Victoria Falls or get a Yellow Fever caccination if you intend to extend your stay and visit Botswana after the trip ends.
      3. WATER IN CAPE TOWN: Cape Town is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts it has seen in over 100 years, and while we want you to have the best time possible while there, please try to reduce your water usage.
      4. MONEY EXCHANGE: We strongly advise that you bring ZAR (South African Rand) or USD from your home country or exchange money before the start of the tour, to avoid delays on tour. Please see the Money Exchange section for more details.
      5. DRONES: The use of drones in national parks in Southern Africa is prohibited.
      6. EXTRAS: Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extras! Specially designed for travelers with unique interests, Extras are optional add-ons to your trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Some extras must be booked prior to departure, and you can find the details under Optional Activities below and email travel@geeo.org to book them.
      Group Leader Description
      All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, who they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), and an expert driver. All of our leaders in Southern Africa are registered and licensed tourism guides, meaning they’ve studied to have a broad knowledge base of the region’s history, cultures, and wildlife, and are legally certified to lead/guide tours in the regions visited. Most of our leaders in the region are from South Africa, though it may be possible that you’ll have a leader from another country in the southern African region. As the group managers and leaders, the aim of the group leaders is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places where we are traveling, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. He/she will take care of the small things so you can concentrate on enjoying your adventure. In addition, as an integral part of the team, your drivers are skilled and experienced drivers who have intimate knowledge of the vehicle and routes traveled. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting.
      Fitness Level
      This trip includes moderate hiking and other activities that require an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy. You can skip the longer hikes if you wish.
      Meals
      Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available in Southern Africa. On this tour, we provide only a few meals for you and your group members, so as to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what, and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility in your choices. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though - while in the larger centers, your tour leaders will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. For the included meals, vegetarian meal requests and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.
      About Our Transportation
      For this trip, we use a private local bus for most of the journey and a short flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg. Having our own private vehicle for most of the tour allows us the flexibility of making stops when needed. In addition, we are able to travel to out-of-the-way locations where public transportation does not reach.
      About Accommodation
      Hotels: 7 nights in comfortable twin rooms with en suite or shared facilities. Lodges: 5 nights in standard rooms with en-suite facilities.
      Single Travelers
      Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org to request a single room.
      Joining Instructions
      Cape Town International Airport is about 22 km from downtown. We recommend two ways to get into the city. 1) Taxi: To take a taxi, leave the international terminal, cross the first road and you will see the taxi stand. Official taxis have the kilometer rate on the door. 2) Shuttle: If you wish to take a shuttle to the city center, when arriving at the international terminal, turn immediately left and walk straight ahead and you'll see the shuttle services desk. The cost is approximately 80 ZAR. 3) If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi. Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details. If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning.
      Emergency Contacts
      Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. AIRPORT TRANSFER If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area, please call the local emergency contact numbers listed below for more information. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Local Representative (South Africa) From outside South Africa: +27 713823286 From within South Africa: 071 3823286 If you are unable for any reason to contact the G Adventures local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the G Adventures 24-hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
      Packing List
      Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labeled and restricted to one soft compact suitcase (please avoid a hard-top case), or sports bag, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. Porters are not often available, so be prepared to carry your own bags. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, as well as a warm jacket for early morning wildlife safari drives. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable. During the winter months (May to October), the temperatures can get quite cold in Namibia and Botswana. It is wise to bring plenty of layers for cool mornings and evenings. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable. Please be advised that if you plan to bring a drone with you, the use of drones in national parks in Southern Africa is prohibited. Health & Safety
      • N95/KN95 face masks (at least a few just in case there is an outbreak within your group)
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Rapid Covid tests/antigen tests (at least 3)
      Suggested Checklist
      • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
      • Warm gloves
      • Warm hat
      • Warm layers
      • Compact, packable winter coat
      • Light windproof/waterproof rain jacket
      • Sun hat
      • Personal clothing for weather in the 50’s to the 80’s – we recommend packing 7-8 days of outfits so you only have to do laundry once
      • At least one pair of long pants
      • Daypack
      • Sturdy walking shoes
      • Sport sandals or flip-flops
      • Sunblock
      • Sunglasses
      • Watch or alarm clock
      • Small flashlight or headlamp
      • Toiletries – your hotels will have soap and shampoo
      • Camera
      • First-aid kit, including: lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
      Optional Checklist
      • Lightweight silk sleep sheet
      • Travel pillow
      • Money belt
      • Water bottle
      • Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
      • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
      • AirTags or Tile trackers
      • Packing cubes
      • Flip-flops/sandals
      • Earplugs
      • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
      • Ziplock bags
      • Reading/writing material
      • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
      Document Checklist
      • Passport (with photocopies)
      • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      • Travel insurance ID card
      • Flight itinerary/boarding pass(es)
      • USD/EUR cash
      • Credit/debit card
      • G Adventures vouchers
      Laundry
      Please note that you will be on the move a lot, and as such there will not be a lot of time for same-day laundry service. Please consult your tour guide to arrange laundry services, if necessary, so that they can advise you or make arrangements. Facilities are available in Cape Town and Victoria Falls.
      Passports and Visas
      All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here. Please ensure that you have at least 6 blank pages in your passport. South Africa requires two clean, consecutive pages for each transit through South Africa. You will need two pages to transit South Africa in each direction, and two pages to enter Zimbabwe. South African officials take this requirement very seriously and will turn you around if you do not have sufficient blank pages. SOUTH AFRICA VISA REQUIREMENTS U.S. citizens do not need visas to visit South Africa for the duration of the stay included in this tour. Non-Americans should check with their nearest embassy. ZIMBABWE VISA REQUIRMENTS U.S. citizens can be granted a Zimbabwe visa at the port of entry upon payment of the requisite visa fees. You can also apply for an eVisa (non-refundable), but it will likely take you more time and effort to obtain an e-visa than a visa upon arrival. If you apply for a visa online, you may use "GEEO/G Adventures" as your host name and the hotel's address: "Explorers Village Lodge, Adam Stander Dr, Victoria Falls". A single-entry visa is $30 USD, a double-entry visa is $45 USD, and a multi-entry visa is $160. We have heard from a traveler that they now charge $50 for the double-entry, but the State Department still lists $45. We recommend seeing Victoria Falls from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian side, which would likely necessitate a double- or multi-entry visa. You may also find information online about the KAZA Univisa; this visa is no longer being issued to U.S. citizens on a reliable basis after Zambia lifted visa requirements for many countries, including the United States.
      Money Exchange
      The local currency in South Africa is the South African rand (ZAR). Zimbabwe uses both the U.S. dollar and South African rand. As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. The South African rand can be obtained locally by exchanging foreign currency or by using ATMs (where available). Your tour leader can inform you where you can exchange money throughout the tour and approximately how much cash you will need. Please note that due to past problems with forgery, US dollar notes that are older than the year 2006 are not accepted in Africa. Credit cards can be used in major cities and towns, but please do not rely on them as a method of payment, because they are generally not widely accepted. The majority of our optional activities can be paid by credit card, however. Visa/Plus cards are the most widely accepted by businesses in Southern Africa; it can be more difficult to locate ATMs and businesses that accept Mastercard/Cirrus cards. If you normally use a Mastercard, we highly recommend that you also obtain a Visa card prior to departure. You should also be aware that when purchasing products or services on a credit card, a fee of 3%-10% often applies. Please note that in many areas, there may be occasional power-outages when there will be no electricity for hours at a time. In addition, ATMs outside of larger centers often run out of cash or can be out of order unexpectedly. These factors could affect your ability to access money from ATMs. As such, please do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of foreign currency and debit/credit cards for cash advances is best. Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.
      Tipping
      Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of this program and an expression of satisfaction with the people who assist you on your trip. Amounts given are up to your discretion. Tipping is also one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the local community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is an important source of income for those in the tourism industry in Africa. Giving a tip should be seen as a formal “thank you,” and the action should in no way be awkward. The best method of tipping someone who has served your entire group is to plan in advance, and not rush when it comes to saying goodbye. A suggestion would be for each group member to contribute anonymously by putting their tip into an envelope, which the tour can present to the recipient(s), offering their thanks and showing their appreciation. This method brings the action out into the open, allowing for friendly and appreciative interaction between the group and the recipient(s). You may use the following as a guideline: Tour leader: $5-8 USD per day Local guides: $2-3 USD per day Safari Guide/Driver: $2-3 USD per day Restaurant Staff: 10-15% of cost of bill
      Vaccinations
      GEEO cannot provide any medical advice, so it is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. We recommend contacting Passport Health (http://www.passporthealthusa.com/), which has travel clinics located throughout the United States. You can also check the CDC's recommended vaccinations for your destination. Please take this seriously!
      Flights
      We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. This program begins in Cape Town and ends in Victoria Falls. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Cape Town. You may want to arrive in Africa one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart Victoria Falls any time on the final day of the program, or stay longer to see more of the area.
      Plugs and Converters
      There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers (also called electrical converters). The adapter is for your device's plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to fit the local outlets. The transformer/converter changes the local voltage to the voltage used in the U.S. You will want to bring plug adapters for outlet types C, D, and G. The voltage is 220-230 Volts. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
      Expectations
      Before you decide to travel with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
      • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible.
      • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
      • Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
      • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
      • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
      Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
      Itinerary Disclaimer
      While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      Weather
      This trip takes place over the Southern Hemisphere’s winter. It is a great time to travel in this region as it will be relatively dry and the days will be comfortable temperatures between the high 50s and 80s. At night in the desert it can get quite cold, so make sure you pack warm clothes.

      Costs

      Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
      Tour Company Fee
      See our price in the top right corner
      Optional Activities
      $400-1,500 USD
      International Airfare from the United States
      Roughly $1,600-$2,200 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
      Insurance
      $79-200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
      Tipping
      We recommend $55-100 USD for your tour leader, $33-40 for your driver, and another $40 for others.
      Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
      $245-320 USD
      Vaccines
      Variable. Please consult your doctor.
      Visa
      $45 for Zimbabwe double entry visa (needed if you intend to also go into Zambia plus an extra $50 for the Zambian visa.) $160 if you plan on going into Botswana too and need more than two entries.
      Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
      Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      Souvenirs
      Variable. At your personal discretion.
      Non-Educator Donation
      $100 USD (suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

      Extras

      We have some activities that you can book with us 90-60 days before departure and pay for in advance. The prices may vary depending on group size. We call these "Extras." Some of these extras can also be booked on location, but then you will need to pay in local currency or use your credit card: SOUTH AFRICAN WINE TOUR AND TASTING - $76 Take a day trip into the wine lands of South Africa with an expert guide. Visit iconic estates and lesser-visited farms only known to locals in the Stellenbosch area. Indulge in tastings and pairings with cheeses, chocolate, and local delicacies such as Biltong (salted meat). Walk through vineyards and cellars for an all encompassing look at wine production, and learn about the history of this region. Gesondheid! KRUGER NATIONAL PARK FULL DAY WILDLIFE SAFARI DRIVE - $85 Kruger National Park has been dubbed the most famous safari destination in the world. Whenever it is mentioned images of African wildlife and wilderness immediately spring to mind. The vastness of this park is what sets it apart. The breath-taking area with expansive and varied nature makes it a wonderful place to view the African “Big Five”. While there is a Kruger safari included in your trip, if you want an open-top 4x4 safari instead, you can book this optional 4x4 safari vehicle and get yourself one step closer to the surrounding nature. Be ready to spot elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, zebras, and many other species in this impressive South African national park. FULL DAY EXCURSION TO CHOBE NATIONAL PARK - $180 Depart Victoria Falls in the morning for a full-day guided tour of Chobe National Park in Botswana - a wildlife-abundant region covering about 11,700km² of the Northern Kalahari. Begin your adventure with a cruise down the Chobe River, taking in the sweeping views and witnessing the wildlife grazing along the riverbank. Enjoy an included lunch on land before boarding 4x4 safari vehicles for an afternoon wildlife safari drive with an expert guide. Keep an eye out for lions, elephants, and buffalos. Transfer back to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, arriving in the early evening. Please note that this activity includes two border crossings between Zimbabwe and Botswana. The ordering of activities is susceptible to change. This is a full-day excursion, so if you're booking this activity on day 1 of your tour, a pre-night in Victoria Falls is required. ** Please note that you need to get a double-entry visa or a Univisa when arriving in Zimbabwe to ensure you can return again without needing to pay an extra visa fee.

      Optional Activities

      Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.
      Cape Town
      Robben Island: 3.5 hrs, 600 ZAR If you are interested in visiting Robben Island - you must book it directly with the museum on their website prior to travel: http://www.robben-island.org.za Due to high demand, it is common that this tour can be sold out over one month in advance. Wine Tour and Tasting: 9h-10h, 1295 ZAR Take a day trip into the wine lands of South Africa with an expert guide. Visit iconic estates and lesser-visited farms known only to locals, in areas such as Stellenbosch and Franschoek. Indulge in tastings and pairings with cheeses, chocolate, and local delicacies such as Biltong (salted meat). Walk through vineyards and cellars for an all-encompassing look at wine production, and learn about the history of this region. Gesondheid! Table Mountain Cable Car: 1h-2h, 300-390 ZAR Take the five-minute cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain, 1,085m (3,562 ft) above Cape Town, and explore the summit. This is a great spot to sit and soak up the commanding 360-degree views of Cape Town, Table Bay, the peaks of surrounding mountains, and the rest of Table Mountain National Park. The operation of the cable car is weather-dependent. (Please note that the cable car is closed every year for a 2-week period between July and August for annual maintenance.) Cape Point Tour: 6h-7h, 1800 ZAR Embark on a scenic drive to Cape Point and enjoy a stunning vista. Cape Point National Park is filled with varied wildlife. Many different kinds of birdlife, from sea birds to giant raptors wheeling overheard, can easily be seen. In the summer months (November-February), keep an eye out for southern right whales out to sea. Stop for a packed lunch at Buffels Bay and then visit the penguins at Boulders Beach. Pay a visit to the seals at Kalk Bay’s pier before traveling to Muizenberg to see the colorful beach houses. Cape Town Urban Safari: 6h-7h, 1140 ZAR Take an alternative tour of Cape Town. Journey to District Six, a former inner-city residential area where over 60,000 of its residents were forcibly removed during the Apartheid regime, and to the infamous suburb of Woodstock. See the colorful graffiti murals that line the walls and tell stories of the local people. Head to Devil’s Peak Tap Room to sample their craft beers and enjoy a delicious lunch as you admire the view of the Devil’s Peak mountain. After lunch, experience the vibrant colors of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood and visit a winery. Take the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive for spectacular views of Noordhoek, Hout Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. End the day with a drink overlooking the ocean. Table Mountain Hike: 2h-4h, 4-6km, Ascent: 700m (2,297 ft), 720-1700 ZAR per person Hike up one of the world's most recognizable mountains, Table Mountain. Rise early to meet your guide for a transfer to the start of the hike. Wind your way up the mountain, stopping regularly to take in the surrounding views of the city, Atlantic coast, and Table Bay. Take note of the changing vegetation on the mountain - a highlight of this trek. Once reaching the summit there are stunning panoramic views. Make your way down to the base of the mountain via the cable way. Boulders Beach Visit: Simon's Town: 170 ZAR per person Visit Boulders Beach, a beautiful sandy beach dotted with massive granite boulders. Since 1982 it has been the home of over 3,000 tunnel nesting African Black footed penguins who cling to viability in a small breeding colony that is heavily protected. Two Oceans Aquarium: 1h-2h, 220 ZAR per person Stay dry while exploring the incredible diversity of marine life that dwells in and around the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
      Kruger
      Big 5 Sunset/Sunrise Drive: 850 ZAR per person Set off in an open safari vehicle and be on the lookout for wildlife. Nature Hikes in Louis Trichardt: Free Explore and investigate the diverse fauna and flora of this lush area on foot. Marked trails take you across scenic valleys, along sparkling streams, and through various indigenous forests.
      Matobo National Park
      Ancient Cave Painting Visit: 10 USD per person There are various sites around Matobo National Park that boast cave paintings. Enjoy a guided visit to see some of the best examples and learn about the history behind them and the culture of the native people. Grave of Rhodes Visit: 75 USD per person Visit the grave of Cecil Rhodes in Matobo National Park. This British businessman, mining mogul, and South African set up the funds for the world-famous Rhodes Scholarships, which award funds for exceptional students to engage in postgraduate studies at the prestigious University of Oxford. These scholarships still continue today.
      Hwange National Park
      Wildlife Safari in Hwange National Park: 75 USD per person Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest, and home to elephant herds, lions, and the rare African wild dog. Get your cameras ready and keep an eye out for Africa's "big five," as well as other predators, and over 300 bird species.
      Victoria Falls
      Microlight Flight over Victoria Falls: 175 USD per person Take a 12-15 Microlight flight over the falls to get an unparalleled, unobstructed view of the spectacular gorge that the Zambezi River has carved into the surrounding landscape over thousands of years. Please note that this activity takes place in Livingstone, Zambia and visa fees are not included in the price of this activity. Livingstone Island (Devil's Pool) Morning Breezer: 2h30m-3h, 98-123 USD per person Take a short morning boat ride down the Zambezi river to the west side of the island overlooking Main Falls. Take in the incredible, close-up view of the rushing waters cascading over the steep rock face. Keep your eye out for rainbows on a sunny day. Due to high demand, we strongly recommend speaking to your CEO at the beginning of the tour to book this activity in advance. Please note that this activity takes place in Livingstone, Zambia, and visa fees are not included in the price of this activity. Livingstone Island (Devil's Pool) Swim: 2h-3h 133-183 USD per person Take a swim on the wild side. Travel to Livingstone Island and take the opportunity to swim in the Devil's Pool - a rock pool at the lip of Victoria Falls, offering visitors the incredible experience of peering over the edge of one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Please note that this activity is only offered in the low water season (August to December), and on the Lunch and High Tea excursions. Due to high demand, we strongly recommend speaking to your CEO at the beginning of the tour to book this activity in advance. Please note that this activity takes place in Livingstone, Zambia, and visa fees are not included in the price of this activity. Victoria Falls Guided Tour: 1h30m-2h30m, 53 USD per person Join a knowledgeable guide for an unforgettable experience at Victoria Falls. Explore the rainforest and learn about the geology, history, and local legends of this world wonder. After your immersion, get up close to the falls and discover the beauty of “the smoke that thunders.” Be sure to have your camera ready! Bridge Swing over the Zambezi: 168 USD per person Get strapped up, step over the Victoria Falls Bridge and free fall for 80 meters into the Batoka Gorge. Enjoy the views as you swing back and forth over the roaring Zambezi river, with cascading waterfalls at your side. Don't think you can hack it alone? Swing with a partner. Zambezi Bungee Jump: Price ? Get the adrenaline pumping with a bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge over the Zambezi River. Hear the rush of Victoria Falls as you enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. Zambezi River Sunset Cruise: 50 USD per person Climb aboard and cruise along the beautiful Zambezi River. Enjoy some snacks, drinks, a festive atmosphere, and gorgeous views of the sunset. It's the ideal way to end an eventful day in Victoria Falls. Please note that National Park Fees are included at 10 USD per person. Canoeing the Zambezi: 160 USD per person Opt to canoe above the Falls on the upper Zambezi for a unique and tranquil bird and animal sighting experience. Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride: 15 min for 180 USD per person, 25 min for 314 USD per person You don't want to miss the opportunity to see Victoria Falls from above. Watch the Zambezi River make its way toward the gorge and form the largest waterfall in the world. During your ride, you will have time to take in the incredible views over the falls, Livingstone Island, and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park while snapping as many pictures as you like. You may be lucky enough to see some giraffes and elephants in the surrounding landscape and even catch a rainbow over the falls. Includes pick-up and drop-off from hotel and flight. Please note there is a cost for an additional park fee paid for on-site at time of the activity. Victoria Falls Whitewater Rafting: 4h-7h, 130 USD per person Take the opportunity to go whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River while Victoria Falls roars above. Depart in the morning and navigate through the canyon that forms the famous falls. The dramatic rapids will fill you with excitement and complete your experience. Includes a full-day of rafting on class III-V rapids, transfers, and lunch. Please note: River conditions and activity pricing vary depending on the seasons. High water season is from about February to July. Low water season generally runs from August to January each year - this is when the Zambezi is at its very wildest. The "closed season" is dependent on the season’s rains, and usually is from March to April; during this time rafting on the river is not permitted. Additionally, this activity requires passengers to hike down and up the Batoka Gorge (approx. 45 minutes each way) to access the river; an average level of fitness is required. This activity price excludes a $10 park entrance fee.