Southern Africa holiday for under 30s

“A great value trip for travellers aged 18 to 29 in four countries in Southern Africa, with game drives, optional activities and camping each night.”

Highlights

South Africa: Johannesburg | Botswana: Khama Rhino Sanctuary | Maun | Okavango Delta | Namibia: Caprivi Strip | Kwando Camp | Botswana: Chobe National Park | Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls | Hwange National Park | Bulawayo | Matobos National Park | Matobo Hills | South Africa: Mapungubwe National Park | Kruger National Park | Panorama Route stopping at Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window | Lots of optional activities

Description of Southern Africa holiday for under 30s

An exciting 17 day circular tour through four countries, taking in the wildlife and natural wonders of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe, in the company of young travellers aged 18 to 29 – this Southern Africa holiday for under 30s is great value and a really great adventure.

This is a great value tour, taking you to eight national parks and overland through stunning scenery. Visit Khama Rhino Sanctuary to see these endangered big beasts in the wild. Ride in a canoe through the Okavango Delta. Take game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles in search of the Big Five and get showered in cool spray from the mighty Victoria Falls. You can expect to see huge herds of elephants in Chobe National Park, hippos in the Delta, and a dazzling array of animals and birdlife in South Africa’s enormous Kruger National Park.

This is a participatory camping trip, so you’ll be sleeping in a tent each night and need to be ready to muck in with setting up camp, prepping food and washing dishes. Camping is a really immersive way to experience Southern Africa. Camping within the perimeters of Kruger National park and in the heart of the Okavango wilderness, serenaded by hippos and lions, is an unforgettable experience. There will be a tour leader throughout, and you’ll be in a group of no more than 16 people. There are plenty of optional activities available, too, at extra cost, from a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta to canoeing on the Zambezi and tracking rhinos on foot with an expert guide in Matobos National Park.

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Responsible tourism: Southern Africa holiday for under 30s

Environment

While wildlife watching is a big part of this itinerary, we strive to only observe animals in their natural habitat and do so with the greatest level of respect. From an unfenced lodge where elephants frequent the watering hole, to Botswana’s inland delta and Chobe National Park. We actively discourage the participation of travellers in any activities that exploit wild or domestic/working animals.

Unfortunately, at Victoria Falls there are many businesses offering an optional 'walk with the lions' experience. We ask all travellers to steer clear of this activity as it’s contrary to our responsible travel policy. The lion walking industry directly contributes to the captive breeding and canned hunting of lions.
In an effort to reduce single use plastic on this trip we provide reusable cloth bags to all of our travellers. It’s easy to use plastic excessively, especially in the hot months. However, we encourage our travellers to buy large 5-10 litre bottles to refill their small water bottle.

Botswana is a semi-arid country with limited water resources. This coupled with extreme hot weather, means that the country can be prone to severe water shortages. Our trained tour leaders are well versed in advising travellers on initiatives to manage water consumption, and we are working with our suppliers to encourage better management of this precious commodity. We encourage our travellers to take short showers and to never leave the tap water running unnecessarily.

Unfortunately, on the vast majority of this itinerary, using local transport is not reliable or feasible. So, we use private, locally owned transport instead. We ensure our vehicles/fleets are well maintained and fuel-efficient. We also endeavour to include a range of other local transport options such as mokoro (a type of canoe) where possible.

Community

This trip is run by our own local South African operator who shares our commitment to responsible travel, from waste and water management to ensuring we leave as minimal a footprint as possible. Our local team are trained on our global responsible travel policies and practices. We also use a range of other local suppliers for different activities throughout this three-country itinerary.

All aspects of this trip (on the ground) are operated by local Southern Africans (most of whom live locally) including all our leaders, vehicle drivers, local site guides, suppliers and accommodation providers. The cloth bags provided to our travellers on every trip are sourced and supplied from a local community NGO.

Our philosophy is to act local and that means respecting the local traditions and ensuring both men and women are conservatively dressed with legs and arms covered when entering villages and other small communities. We also take care to form genuine and mutually beneficial relationships with local people.

We have a foundation which was set up to empower travellers to have a positive impact on the communities they visit. It now supports over 50 local, grassroots projects around the world. Over the past 15 years, the foundation has distributed over AU $5 million to projects tackling areas such as sustainable development, human rights, child protection, environmental conservation, wildlife protection, education and healthcare.

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