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Victoria Falls


Route:
  • UK
  • Windhoek
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha National Park
  • Otjiwarongo
  • Windhoek
  • Johannesburg
  • Victoria Falls
  • UK

3 NIGHTS from £859pp

Tour Highlights
  • Sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River.
  • Half day tour of Victoria Falls.
  • Game drives through the spectacular landscapes of Namib-Naukluft, Etosha National Park and the Kalahari Desert
  • The towering desert dunes and skeletal trees of Sossusvlei
  • Witness over 2,500 ancient rock paintings at UNESCO-listed Twyfelfontein
  • Spot dolphins and marine life on a boat ride through Walvis Bay
  • Marvel at thousands of flamingos perched in the Etosha Pan (seasonal)
  • Fascinating cultural encounters at a local Himba village
  • City tour of Windhoek, visiting the lively Katutura Township

Extension from £859pp

Tour + Extension from £3498pp

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Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Travel to Zimbabwe and witness the awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur of the 'Smoke that Thunders' on this three night extension to Victoria Falls; one of the world's most sensational natural wonders.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Windhoek

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Windhoek, via Johannesburg.

2
Windhoek

On arrival in Windhoek, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Set out on a half-day coach tour of Namibia's atmospheric capital, stopping first to explore the Katutura Township. Created in 1961 following the forced removal of thousands of indigenous people, the settlement offers a fascinating insight into the country's colonial past. Journey to the meat market located in the heart of Katutura and sample its famed 'Kapana' beef, grilled to perfection over an open fire, before moving on to lively Eveline Street, the social hub of the area. Travel onward to the Penduka centre in the Katutura Township, nestled on the shores of Goreangab Dam. Peruse the colourful traditional handicrafts on display before returning to your hotel. Re-join your group later this evening for a fun-filled welcome dinner in your hotel.

  • Dinner
3
Windhoek to the Kalahari Desert

After breakfast, travel from the urban bustle of Windhoek to the shimmering desert dunes of the Kalahari Desert, the largest continuous expanse of sand on Earth. Check into your game lodge with time to relax and soak in your spectacular natural settings, before a lunch break. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and the chance to watch animals gathering at the lodge's waterhole. Alternatively, an optional excursion (at a fee) takes you into the stillness of the semi-desert on a night-time game drive in search of nocturnal creatures.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Kalahari Desert to Sossusvlei

This morning, visit a local school (dependent on school opening times) then set out on a drive through the Namib-Naukluft National Park, a vast and diverse area home to craggy mountains, rolling desert plains, deep gorges and an estuarine lagoon. Search for wildlife roaming the multi-coloured dunes that stretch beyond the horizon. Drive towards Sossusvlei as the sun sets, enjoying a drink as the sun dips behind the surrounding dunes. Enjoy dinner before checking into Desert Quiver Camp for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Sossusvlei

Travel to the breath-taking site of Sossusvlei, a salt pan surrounded by ancient dunes that are among the highest in the world and shift from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. Transfer to 4x4 vehicles for a desert drive through the dunes. Following your 4x4 adventure, marvel at the skeletal remains of 550-year-old dead camelthorn trees, perhaps spotting herds of oryx and other hardy wildlife which survives in this harsh environment. Journey to the Sesriem Canyon and peer into the depths of the gorge, one of the few places in the Namib Desert that hold water all year round. Return to your camp with an afternoon at leisure before dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

Today, drive to the seaside town of Swakopmund where you will view the impressive Kuiseb Canyon, a nine-kilometre-long formation set in stark surroundings. Continue onward, stopping for photos at the point where the Tropic of Capricorn passes through Namibia. Arrive at the Namib Moon Landscape for a chance to explore this barren, lunar-like landscape eroded by thousands of years of wind and rain. Make your way through this mesmerising region before stopping to examine the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an amazing plant specimen that can live for over 1,500 years. Check into your hotel in Swakopmund and enjoy the evening at leisure to explore this picturesque seaside town.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
7
Swakopmund

After breakfast, enjoy a marine dolphin motorboat ride to Pelican Point, cruising through the waters of Walvis Bay as you look out for resident dolphins, whales, pelicans and flamingos. Return to land for an afternoon tour of Swakopmund, a city that combines its African roots, German past and coastal lifestyle. Take in the ornate Victorian Hohenzollern building and other prominent examples of German architecture, including the former hospital of Prinzessin Rupprecht Residenz, court and railway station before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast
8
Swakopmund to Damaraland

Depart for Damaraland, passing spectacular stretches of semi-desert, soaring mountains and flat plains. After lunch, stop at UNESCO-listed Twyfelfontein, the site of Africa's largest collection of rock paintings and art, and admire scores of engravings dating back 6,000 years to the hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age. Continue on to your lodge, arriving in time for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Damaraland to Etosha National Park

This morning, journey to the Petrified Forest, a remarkable site where fallen tree trunks have fossilised over millions of years. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a cultural encounter as you visit the local Himba people, a semi-nomadic tribe who still observe age-old traditions. During your visit, experience the milking ceremony, traditionally carried out by female tribe members and the smoke bath where women burn aromatic plants to perfume themselves, then learn about their beliefs surrounding fire, ancestors and herbal medicine. Check into your hotel located close to Etosha National Park and enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park's diverse landscapes encompass desert, forest and scrubland and have given rise to over 114 mammal species, including the Big Five. Today's full-day game drive provides the opportunity to spot an amazing array of wildlife and visit the Etosha Pan, a vast, white depression that fills with pockets of rain and can attract up to one million flamingos. Look out for well-known predators and rarer species such as the Egyptian vulture as you travel through the reserve. Stop at Halali rest camp for lunch and time to observe the animals congregating around the waterhole before returning to your lodge.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Etosha National Park to Otjiwarongo

Set out at sunrise on a morning safari by coach, that allows you to witness the area's rich wildlife as they stir from their sleep. Enter the park and visit the numerous spring-fed waterholes where you may encounter animals ranging from antelope to lions. Continue on to the picturesque Fischer's Pan which attracts thousands of flamingos and colourful birdlife then stop at Namutoni rest camp for refreshments overlooking the waterhole. After lunch, travel onward to Otjiwarongo for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Otjiwarongo to Windhoek

Get your feline fix with a visit to the Cheetah Conservation Fund's International Research and Education Centre, located on the outskirts of Otjiwarango. Learn more about the protection of this endangered animal and observe these big cats on a drive through one of the cheetah camps. After lunch, take an orientation tour of Okahandja, an early settlement which remains the centre for the local Herero people, and is the traditional burial place of their chiefs. Admire the intricately crafted wooden creations on display in the centre's popular open-air markets then continue on to Windhoek, arriving in time for tonight's farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Windhoek to Johannesburg

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the city of Johannesburg. On arrival check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast
14
Johannesburg to the UK

After breakfast, an orientation tour of central Johannesburg takes you past the city's most notable buildings. The inner city is peppered with high-rise office blocks and skyscrapers and your journey passes the 50-storey Carlton Centre, the glittering diamond-shaped structure of 11 Diagonal Street and Ponte City Towers, known for its hollow cylindrical design. Stop to visit the Apartheid Museum and delve into the history of the rise and fall of apartheid in 20th century South Africa

  • Breakfast
15
Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

After breakfast, fly to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. You will be met by a representative and taken to your hotel to settle in. Early this evening, enjoy a sundowner during a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River before returning to your hotel for the evening.

  • Breakfast
16
Victoria Falls

This morning you will depart your hotel for a half-day tour of the falls. Your guide will take you to vantage points where the finest views can be appreciated whilst educating you on how the falls were formed and the local customs and traditions surrounding them. Return to your hotel to relax.

  • Breakfast
17
Victoria Falls

Today has been left at leisure for you to simply relax or choose to further explore this fascinating area.

  • Breakfast
18
Victoria Falls to the UK

Depart for your return flight to the UK via Johannesburg.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to South Africa or Zimbabwe. These will be granted on arrival. Further to visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£39£75£129
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Johannesburg Airport is with South African Airways (SA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage that you are permitted to carry one item of hand baggage (Max 8kg - 56cm/36cm/ 23cm) in addition to one small personal item on-board the aircraft. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure. You will need to ask them about the best anti-malarial medication to take before you travel as you will need this for the time you are in Kruger National Park.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

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

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of the tour, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Accommodation and transfers are included for the Victoria Falls extension and there will be a guide with you at times during your stay but there is not a guide with you for the duration of the tour.

Currency Information

The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand and we recommend you change some currency before you leave the UK. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in your local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 - £400 will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2019 DATES
05 Mar 201921 Mar 2019£859£2729£3588Book Now
02 Apr 201918 Apr 2019£859£2639£3498Book Now
25 Jun 201911 Jul 2019£919£3039£3958Book Now
09 Jul 201925 Jul 2019£919£3069£3988Book Now
10 Sep 201926 Sep 2019£919£3219£4138Book Now
22 Oct 201907 Nov 2019£859£3289£4148Book Now
12 Nov 201928 Nov 2019£859£3169£4028Book Now
03 Dec 201919 Dec 2019£859£3239£4098Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Travelling alone?

Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room

Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Namibian dollar

Average Flying time

12 hours

Min/Max temperature

10 °C / 28 °C

What to pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Plug adaptor
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Small day pack
  • Waterproof, lightweight jacket
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Sweater
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