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Back Track Adventures offer a totally unique and very comfortable African Safari Holiday. At the same time we provide our fellow travelers the opportunity to experience everything that is the African bush. Part of that experience is where we stay, how we travel, good food and wines, professional friendly guides, safari crew and escorts and more...


Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park, Twyfelfontein, Khorixas, Cape Cross, Swakopmund, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Windhoek and so much 1300 669 780 proudly Australian owned and operated 222A Barry Parade Fortitude Valley QLD 4006PO Box 132, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006Phone 61 7 3850 7655Fax 61 7 3854 number 177/178 ABN 23 910 991 873Great Southern Africa Safari 2014 with the Back Track personal touchFor most people making the decision to go on an African Safari is easy. However making the decision on where to go in Africa, how to organise it, where to get informed accurate information, and what safari company to go with can be enough to cause a nose bleed. There are many Africa brochures and many good Africa destinations. Our Great Southern Africa Safari 2014 is an Australian lead, small group experience for discerning travelers, offering a unique, fun and action packed itinerary all put together and operated with the Back Track personal touch. Though many big companies over the years have attempted to copy our safari, none have the knowledge or the ground operation to confirm the fine details that make our safari a winner. This Safari has been refined over many years and we can state without reservation that for anyone looking at their first or even tenth trip to Africa, the Great Southern Africa Safari will not disappoint. You will profoundly experience the African wildlife, the spectacular scenery and the friendly culture of the local people in an up close and personal manner and in a safe and comfortable style. At Back Track Adventures we know Africa, its a passion. For over 30 years our Travel Agency has been acknowledged, within the safari Industry, as one of the best African Specialists Agencies in Australia. Read on, see where this Safari will take you, what you will experience and how we do it. If you like what you read, we would love to have you on board for 2014.The Great Southern Africa Safari is all about having a fun holiday with a small group of like-minded people.Love to have you with us in 2014.Jim Drapes & Trish Pritchard Safari Escorts proudly Australian owned and operatedThe Great Southern Africa Safari - Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia 2014 Back Track Adventures | Page are just a few of the places and experiences encountered on this grand safari adventure: ZIMBABWE Victoria Falls - walking tour of the Falls, candlelight bush dinner on the banks of the Zambezi River and lots of optional fun activities from lion walks, helicopter flights to high tea at theVictoria Falls Hotel. BOTSWANA Chobe National Park - wildlife drives with expert guides based from our private wilderness camp. A breathtaking sunset Chobe river cruise. Okavango Delta - scenic flight over the world renowned watereco system, then explored by house boat, motor boat andcanoe.NAMIBIA Etosha National Park - great wildlife viewing from our luxurylodges. Khorixas - rock art and meet the local people, breathtaking desert scenery. Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast - seals and more seals. Henties Bay - the best fish and chips, Swakopmund - beach BBQ, shopping, restaurants, quaint, restful and fun. Namib-Naukluft National Park - awe inspiring red sand dunes. Windhoek - a big city, but fun!SOUTH AFRICAJohannesburgSydney >FlightsOverlandSwakopmundATLANTIC OCEANWindhoekCape CrossKhorixasSerongaVictoria FallsZIMBABWEZAMBIANAMIBIAThe Great Southern Africa SafariMokoro/MotorboatBOTSWANAEtoshaNational ParkNamib-NaukluftNational ParkChobeNational ParkOkavango DeltaSkeleton CoastSesreimSepupaKasaneSaschenheimNamutoniOkakeujoSafari AdventureASafari Adventureyou will remember foreverABack Track Adventures offers you the perfect balance between achieving a once in a lifetime African Safari Experience with value for money AND comfort. Our safari is not luxury but It is a top quality, comfortable holiday with great service from a dedicated crew. We guarantee that you will not find an accommodated, quality Safari that offers a similar experience at a better price.THE BACK TRACK ADVENTURESVALUE FOR MONEY GUARANTEEPage 4 | Back Track Adventures The Great Southern Africa Safari - Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia Track Adventures offer a totally unique and very comfortable African Safari Holiday. At the same time we provide our fellow travelers the opportunity to experience everything that is the African bush. Part of that experience is where we stay, how we travel, good food and wines, professional friendly guides, safari crew and escorts and more...Most people come to Africa to experience the wildlife. Though we cannot guarantee that you will have a cheetah jump into the back seat of the vehicle with you, we can say that you are up for a breathtaking wildlife experience, all in comfort and style.A Small GroupSafari in Comfort & StyleWhere we stayYou will always stay in comfortable, secure and interesting accommodation in every location. VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE Throughout our safari we stay in a variety of accommodation from a 4 star Hotel, luxury and basic lodges and chalets, fishermans cottages, a comfortable mobile safari camp and even on a houseboat in the Okavango Delta.STYLISH HOTELS On our last night in Windhoek, we stay in a 4 star, swish hotel with all the facilities you would expect at that standard. COMFORTABLE CAMPING Camping has never been so comfortable. In Chobe National Park, we camp in a lovely private camp site for 2 nights. You will arrive at your camp in Chobe set up with comfortable safari chairs, twin share roomy walk-in style tents that are kitted out with beds, thick foam mattresses and covers, warm doonas, pillows, pillow slips and a tent light. You have your own toilet and private hot showers so you can clean up properly and then relax after an exciting day enjoying the wild African bush. We dine at night under the stars or in our dining tent. All camp equipment is supplied, from knives, forks, and spoons to wine glasses.LODGES The term Lodge encompasses the variety of local accommodation used on this Safari. We stay in luxury National Park Chalets near the floodlit waterholes at Okakakeujo and Namutoni in Etosha National Park, 2-3 star rustic Lodges in Rhundu, Khorixas, Sossusvlei, Saschenheim and a brand new 4 star lodge at Kasane.In Victoria Falls and Swakopmund we stay in basic clean Chalets and Fishermens Cottages with private facilities.How we travelTRANSPORT STYLEOur Great Southern Africa Safari transport style has been called, Overlanding - for grown-ups.Overlanding originated in the 70s with mainly 18-35 year olds with limited budgets, heading off on long journeys through multiple African countries in old trucks. They camped and ate where and when they could. Their main objective was to have a wonderful time.We have adopted the basic overlanding principals and applied them to a well maintained special purpose safari truck, The Beast. We also have a multi- country itinerary, however, we are comfortably accommodated , well fed and watered but unlike the younguns of years gone by, we are open to all ages, couples, singles, as long as you have a twinkle in the eye and a desire to immerse yourself in the adventure and have fun.With the personal Back Track touchOkakuejo Lodge Victoria Falls rest camp Chobe bush campThe Great Southern Africa Safari - Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia 2014 Back Track Adventures | Page TRANSPORTWe travel in our specially constructed safari truck, The Beast, designed to carry passengers and crew in comfort. The Beast has ample storage space for luggage, safari supplies and equipment. Theres plenty of room on board to spread out, plus eskies to keep drinks and snacks cool. The Beast has soft, comfortable seating and is designed for excellent game viewing and sight-seeing. It handles the road conditions perfectly and is a safe, reliable, well maintained vehicle. The sound system is available when mood music is appropriate. In Chobe and Khorixas, we use smaller, special purpose safari vehicles specifically designed to handle local conditions. We fly into the heart of the Okavango Delta, where we also utilise power boats and local canoes to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta. Our safari is a holiday, not an endurance test.MEALS Nearly all meals are provided on the safari. The only meals not supplied are some lunches at times when everyone will be out and about doing their own thing. Meals provided are marked on the Itinerary. We have also arranged a few special dinners along the way including a beach bbq in Swakopmund and a candlelight dinner on the banks of the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls. A few years back, a large elephant joined us during the course of our candlelight dinner. Luckily he didnt eat, or drink much. We have our own mobile bar for dispensing gin and tonics (purely to prevent malaria of course). All drinks are at cost price and a bar tab is recorded and settled at the end of the safari. Soft drinks, wine, beers, spirits and mixers are carried.We will be taking a cook with us as part of the crew in 2014 as we intend to have mainly camp fire breakfasts, lunches and dinners at The Beast. We set up comfy chairs around the fire after dinner each night and set a table and chairs for all meals. Feedback from our 2012 Great Southern Africa Safari suggested that everyone enjoyed the experience of having Safari style meals together as a group around the campfire.PARTICIPATION We have a dedicated supportive crew who will attend to all camp duties. Your involvement is to enjoy your holiday.ACTIVITIES All activities mentioned in the itinerary are included in the tour price. The only extra costs will be for optional activities you might select while in Victoria Falls and Swakopmund. An up to date price list for all these activities is included in your Information Guide to assist your budgeting.THE AFRICAN WILDLIFE Our safari will bring us into close proximity with wild animals. The wildlife and birdlife spotting will be superb. Our camp site in Chobe is safe and secure and it is a never-to-be-forgotten experience and privilege to camp in the wilds of Africa. On our 2012 Safari, the wildlife spotted just from our campsite was truly incredible with both leopard and wild (painted) dog being prominent. It is interesting to note that even in Victoria Falls, where we will be staying outside the Wildlife Reserve, you can still encounter elephants, baboons and warthogs in the grounds around our Chalets. In Etosha National Park as well as our regular game drives we will have the opportunity of viewing the wildlife at the waterholes adjacent to our accommodation.A morning tea break with The BeastTiger fish fishing (with red wine)Page 6 | Back Track Adventures The Great Southern Africa Safari - Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia 1 - VICTORIA FALLS Arrive Victoria Falls where we will be welcomed by our Safari Crew and transferred to our centrally located accommodation at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp, a pleasant and secure spot, in the heart of town with good facilities including a pool and restaurant. Accommodation for the next 3 nights will be in basic, clean Chalets. We have reserved our usual row of Chalets in a quiet spot. Alongside our Chalets we park our safari vehicle, The Beast. Breakfast daily will be served here and as well we use this area as a meeting and social point. Our chalets are 2 bedroomed with one bathroom, so you will be sharing facilities with those in the second room (who will be part of our group).Tonight, before we have our first Camp fire dinner, a briefing will be held to discuss the safari and organise the optional activities available at the Falls over the next few days.Meals: D DAY 2 - VICTORIA FALLS After breakfast we will start the day off with a Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls. The remainder of the day will be free to partake in the numerous optional activities the Falls has to offer, including easy canoeing on the mighty Zambezi, elephant rides, flights over the Falls, lion walks and if we have any adrenalin junkies, there is always the world famous white water rafting activities and for the totally fearless or foolhardy, bungy jumping. Organising these activities is a simple process and you will be well looked after. This evening, we head off for a special Welcome to Africa Dinner at the Boma Restaurant.Meals: B (The Beast) D (Boma Restaurant)DAY 3 - VICTORIA FALLS Day at leisure in Victoria Falls. Once again some Safari members will be involved in optional activities. If time permits you should find time to have High Tea consisting of cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam and cream, served from silver platters while seated on the cool veranda of the Victoria Falls Hotel. Tonight we celebrate our last night before heading off on safari at a special candle lit dinner on the banks of the Zambezi river.Meals: B (The Beast), D (candle lit dinner on banks of Zambezi River)Safari ItinerarySAFARI OVERVIEWDay 1 ZIMBABWE Victoria Falls. Arrive Victoria Falls. Transfer to Victoria Falls Rest Camp (3 nights-twin share). Dinner tonight in Victoria Falls Rest Camp at The Beast.(D)Day 2 Explore Victoria Falls. Guided walking tour this morning of the Falls. Commence optional activities. Welcome to Africa Dinner tonight at Boma Restaurant. (BD)Day 3 Explore Victoria Falls. Full day for optional activities. Between activities, recommended High Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel. Dinner tonight by candle light on the banks of the Zambezi River. (BD)Day 4 BOTSWANA. Scenic drive over the border to Kasane on the edge of Chobe National Park. Transfer by small 4wd vehicles to Bush camp for 2 nights. Game drives. Twin share, walk-in safari tents. (BLD)Day 5 Chobe National Park. Morning and evening game drives in 4WD safari vehicles. Twin share. (BLD)Day 6 Kasane. Transfer to our luxury accommodation at Chobe Bush Lodge. Late afternoon sunset cruise on Chobe River. Twin share. (BLD)Day 7 Okavango Delta. Scenic flight to Seronga. Stay on private Houseboat for 2 nights in Okavango Delta. Twin share. (BLD)Day 8 Okavango Delta. Explore, and relax. (BLD)Day 9 NAMIBIA motorboat to Sepupa, then drive to Rundu in Namibia. Stay at rustic 3 star Nkwazi Lodge. Twin share. (BLD)Day 10 Enroute to Etosha National Park. Experience the San Bushman culture. Farm stay at Sascheim Guest farm. Twin share. (BLD)Day 11 Etosha National Park. Drive to luxury Namutoni Lodge for 1 night.Explore, relax, game drives. 24 hour wildlife viewing at waterhole. Twin share. (BLD)Day 12 Etosha National Park. Drive to our waterhole luxury chalets for 2nights at Okakeujo Camp. Game drives, 24 hour wildlife viewing atwaterhole.Twin share. (BLD)Day 13 Etosha National Park. Explore the area. Game drives, 24 hour wildlife viewing at waterhole. Twin share. (BLD)Day 14 Khorixas. Stunning desert drive to rustic iGowati Lodge. for 2 nights. Fascinating meeting with Damara people. Twin share. (BLD)Day 15 Khorixas. Full day excursion to local attractions at Twyfelfontein. (BLD)Day 16 Swakopmund. Full day scenic drive via Cape Cross seal colony and Henties Bay. 3 nights in Fishermens cottages. Twin share. (BLD)Day 17 Swakopmund. Day at leisure for optional activities. Beach BBQ Seafood dinner tonight. (BD)Recommended option: Dolphin & Seal Champaign Cruise.Day 18 Swakopmund. Day at leisure for optional activities. Last minute shopping frenzy. Lighthouse Restaurant Dinner tonight. (BD)Day 19 Naukluft National Park. Scenic Drive to comfortable Betesda Lodge bordering the park for 2nights. Twin share. (BLD)Day 20 Naukluft National Park. Day to explore the Park. View sunrise atop the sand dunes. Optional flight available. (BLD)Day 21 Drive to Windhoek. Overnight at Safari Court Hotel. Celebratory Dinner at famous Joes Beer house. Twin share. (BLD)Day 22 Transfer to airport. Depart Windhoek. (B)Safari finishes with group airport transfer.Meals included as indicated: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - DinnerThe Great Southern Africa Safari - Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia 2014 Back Track Adventures | Page 4 BOTSWANA - CHOBE NATIONAL PARK. (Approx distance travelled 100km/2hrs)Today we cross into Botswana and a short drive takes us to the small town of Kasane. Here our safari starts in earnest. We will be met by our specialist guides who will be taking us into Chobe National Park in smaller 4WD safari vehicles. Our overnight camp within Chobe National Park has been set up before our arrival. The camp features large walk in mossie proof tents, comfortable beds and washing facilities. Pre dinner drinks enjoying the sunset is the prelude to our 3 course dinner served at the table set in the glow of our campfire.Chobe National Park is one of the finest game-parks in Africa, encompassing 1000 square kilometers. The Park contains Botswanas densest and most varied game population, including an estimated 73,000 elephants.Meals: B, L, D (Chobe Camp Cook)DAY 5 - CHOBE NATIONAL PARK We spend today doing game drives with our highly knowledgeable guides. The stories they can tell about anything associated with the African Bush are amazing to listen to and highly informative.Overnight within Chobe National Park in our Private Campsite Meals: B (The Beast), L, D (Chobe Camp Cook)DAY 6 - KASANE Exiting Chobe National Park we will check into our luxury rooms at Chobe Bush Lodge, near the town of Kasane, bordering the National Park.After lunch we venture out on a late afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River to witness one of Africas greatest wildlife spectacles. Be prepared for up close and amazing wildlife encounters. Meals: B (Chobe Camp Cook), L, D (The Beast)DAY 7 PAN HANDLE - OKAVANGO DELTA This morning we enjoy a scenic light aircraft flight from Kasane to Seronga in the Panhandle of the Delta. We will be met at the airstrip by the staff from our overnight accommodation, a houseboat, the Inyankuni. We will transfer by 4wd to the Boat Station where a motorboat will ferry us to the houseboat. Afternoon spent relaxing and cruising the channels of this region of the Okavango. There is the option of trying your hand at catching one of the fighting fish this region is renowned for - the ferocious Tiger Fish.Meals:B (Chobe Bush Lodge), L, D (Houseboat)DAY 8 - OKAVANGO DELTA Today we will experience the traditional transport of the waterways of the Okavango Delta a few hours spent in a mekoro being poled by one of the local villagers.We will stop for lunch on one of the numerous islands before returning to the Houseboat for another relaxing evening.Meals: B, L, D (Houseboat)DAY 9 - NAMIBIA-RUNDU (Approx distance travelled 300km/5hrs)This morning we will be transported by motorboats through the labyrinth of reed bound channels on a thrilling and fascinating Page 8 | Back Track Adventures The Great Southern Africa Safari - Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia trip to Sepupa . Youll be enthralled with the abundant birdlife and the beauty of this incredible eco system. At Sepupa our crew and The Beast, will be waiting. From here, we head immediately for Namibia. After border formalities we drive on to Rundu where we overnight on the banks of the Kavango River. Overnight will be in rooms at the pleasant family run Nkwazi Lodge. Meals: L, D (The Beast), Other: B (Houseboat)DAY 10 - EN ROUTE ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK (Approx distance travelled 100km/2hrs)Day 10 sees us up early and heading towards Etosha National Park. On our way we will stop for lunch near Tsintsabis at Muramba Bushman Trails. After lunch we will do a short walk on the property guided by Reinhart Friederich together with a member of the local San community - Reinhart speaks the language of the local Haillom San and gives an interesting introduction into their traditional culture and way of life from fire making to tracking and uses of plants etc..We then continue to our overnight stay at Saschenheim Guest Farm, near the border of Etosha National Park.Meals: B, D (The Beast), L (Maramba Bushman Trail)DAY 111213 - ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK (Approx distance travelled 50km/1hr) We will have one night at Namutoni Camp followed by two nights at Okakakeujo Camp. Our accommodation at both camps is first class and at Okakeujo we have reserved luxury chalets adjacent to the waterhole. At night and even during the day, from safe viewing areas you can observe the abundant wildlife that visit the waterholes. During the day we journey out into the park on wildlife expeditions. Meals: B, L, D x1(The Beast), Other: D x 2 (Okakeujo Restaurant)DAY 1415 - KHORIXAS(Approx distance travelled 200km/3hrs)A beautiful drive today through the stunning desert scenery of Damaraland to the comfortable Igowati Lodge near Khorixas. We will stop for fuel and supplies en-route and you will have an opportunity to see the very colourful Herero people and hopefully people from the remote nomadic Himba tribes that come from the isolated areas on the Angola border. Igowati Lodge is situated in the ancient Huab valley in the Kunene region of Namibia (formerly known as Damaraland). The area, known as the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy, boasts a multitude of rock engravings and paintings. These are a silent testimony to the first hunter-gatherer and subsequent Khoikhoi inhabitants of 6000 years ago, who used the area as a place of worship and shaman rituals. To preserve this unique region, Twyfelfontein was declared Namibias first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. We will have the chance to support the local Damara community by taking a trip through the town of Khorixas the way the Damara people travel by Donkey cart!. We visit the town and have a drink at a local shebeen (bar) taste some of the local specialties like Mopanie worm and interact with the Damara people, before returning to iGowati.The next day, we visit Twyfelfontein with its rock engravings, the Burned mountain, Petrified Forest and Organ pipes. We leave early The Great Southern Africa Safari - Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia 2014 Back Track Adventures | Page just after breakfast and visit all these sights this trip is done in a smaller vehicle provided by the Lodge.Meals: B, L, D (The Beast) DAY 16 - SWAKOPMUND (Approx distance travelled 350km/5hrs)This morning we depart for the Atlantic Ocean coast . Enroute we will take a slight diversion to view the seals at Cape Cross and have our traditional fish and chips lunch at Henties Bay. Swakopmund with its old world charm and relaxed atmosphere is our base for 3 nights. The distinct German colonial character of the town has been well preserved, with the predominant language being German and shops selling traditional cakes and pastries. Overnight accommodation for the three nights will be in basic but clean Fisherman Cabins at the Swakopmund Municipal Grounds. Meals: B, L, D (The Beast) DAY 17 / 18- SWAKOPMUND Free days to relax in Swakopmund. Options include scenic flights over the Dunes, quad biking, fishing or our recommended option, the Dolphin & Seal Champagne cruise which offers a unique insight into the local ocean ecology.Meals: B (The Beast), Other: D (Beach BBQ / Lighthouse Restaurant)DAY 19 - SOLITAIRE (Approx distance travelled 260km/4hrs)Leaving Swakopmund and the coast behind us, we head inland again, to our lodge on the edge of the Namib desert bordering the Namib Naukluft Park.Our accommodation tonight is at Betesda Lodge a perfect stop and base for our explorations in Sossusvlei.Meals: B, L, D (The Beast) DAY 20 - NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK (Approx distance travelled 180km return/2.5hrs)An early start travelling to Sesreim, the entry gate to Sossusvlei.Sossusvlei, Namibias famous scenic highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert, is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular dunes reach a height of 300 metres, which makes them the highest dunes in the world. We will have a chance to climb one of these dunes as well as visit Deadvlei reached by 4 x 4 transfer through thick sands.A highly recommended option, is a late afternoon flight over theDunes.Meals: B, L, D (The Beast) DAY 21 - WINDHOEK (Approx distance travelled 22 0km/3hrs)Up early for our drive to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Overnight Safari Court Hotel and final night dinner at Famous Joes Beer House to mark the end to what we know will be a wonderful safari experience for us all. Meals: B, L (The Beast), Other: D (Joes Beerhouse)DAY 22 - WINDHOEK Transfers will be arranged for all Safari members to connect with their onward flights.Page 10 | Back Track Adventures The Great Southern Africa Safari - Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia GREAT SOUTHERN AFRICA SAFARI Trip Duration: 22 days from Victoria FallsDates for 2014 from Victoria Falls23 August - 13 SeptemberCosts for 2014 from Victoria FallsAUD $7950 twin share Single supplement $7802014 flight to Africa from AustraliaThis safari is costed from arrival in Victoria Falls to departure in Windhoek. There are different airfares and routes available for travel to and from this safari. Please contact us for the best flight itineraries and prices. If requested, arrangements can be made to fly to and from Australia with the Tour escort on designated group flights.Cost from Victoria Falls includes: airport transfers in Victoria Falls. In Windhoek transfers to any flight other than designated group flight will cost USD$35 per person paid locally as the International Airport is many miles from the city. all accommodation on safari on twin share basis single supplement accommodation $780 all camping equipment all land transport in fully equipped safari vehicles nearly all meals as indicated in the itinerary special dinners as indicated in itinerary all park fees all group tips/ gratuities commemorative t-shirt and cap comprehensive Information Guide to ensure that you are well prepared for your safari 1300 Africa assistance number to answer all questions to assist your preparations and most importantly 5 dedicated safari crew accompany your group throughout plus occasional specialist guides.Not Included: vaccinations, insurance, optional tours in Victoria Falls, Swakopmund and Sesreim, alcohol, tips when on private activities.Other costs for budgeting: The following are approximate and will depend on your personal requirements. Travel Insurance: approx imately AUD $250 Medical/Vaccination costs: AUD $100$200 Personal spending money: AUD $500 plus Optional tour costs: in Victoria Falls and Swakopmund approximate costs for optional tours are provided with our predeparture information in your confirmation pack when you book.Group size: minimum 12, maximum 16 people, plus 5 safari crew and specialist additional guides throughout.*All prices are subject to change without notice at anytime.You will be escorted from Brisbane by Jim Drapes, an experienced African traveller. In Victoria Falls we will be joined by our friends: Trish our courier, Aaron our driver, Mark our cook, and our ever smiling camp assistant, Clever. The crew are all very knowledgeable on the birds, wildlife and local culture. They are a great source of information on game drives and when interacting with the locals. In many of the places we visit, we engage the services of local wildlife guides to provide that extra degree of expert knowledge. Trish was born in Zimbabwe and together with her husband Garth are Directors of African Journeys (AJ), a safari company based in Victoria Falls. Back Track have been working with AJ for over 10 years and during that period we have operated many wonderful and unique safaris together, including the popular Great Southern Africa Safari. Escorting our safaris is a way of life. Trish is a fun travel companion and her knowledge and experience of the African bush adds immensely to the enjoyment of the safari.Jim has had a love affair with Africa since his first visit to Zimbabwe in the 80s and has escorted many African safaris over the last 25 years from Kenya to Cape Town. During that time he has continued his guiding duties in regions all over the world, but continues to come back to Africa and in particular Southern Africa. Like many others Jim has fallen in love with the wilds of Africa and will grasp at any opportunity to get back into the African bush. He has a deep knowledge of the Africa eco systems in which you will be visiting and looks forward to sharing a wonderful experience with you.Back Track CrewLeft to right: Jim, Trish, Aaron, Clever and MarkPricing and DatesESCORTED TRAVELIf you wish to travel with the Back Track safari escort, Jim Drapes, we can arrange for you to travel over and back on the same travel arrangments as Jim. Please contact us for more information.The Great Southern Africa Safari - Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia 2014 Back Track Adventures | Page TRAKAShare you holiday and let your friends and family follow your Safari from home.Your Australian safari escort carries a GPS tracking device throughout the entire safari. This device sends your safaris location back to Back Tracks head office every 10 minutes and a map maintained on our website. If you have social media accounts (like Facebook) they can even follow your progress. Your family and friends can access our website and follow the progress of your safari. proudly Australian owned and operated 19842014Back Track Adventures222A Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006PO Box 132, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006Phone 07 3850 7655 | Fax 07 3854 1079email 23 910 991 873 | Licence Number 177/178 | Member AFTA, TCF, Africa Assist Line: 1300 669 780GRSBRO-14-04Details SAFARI MEMBER 1 SAFARI MEMBER 2Please tick where appropriateI require: n Flights from ________________(please supply quote) I require: n Flights from ________________(please supply quote) n Additional land arrangements n Additional land arrangementsFull Name (as per your passport)Title Surname Title SurnameFirst Name(s) Middle Name(s) First Name(s) Middle Name(s)Preferred Name Preferred NameSex M n F n Date of Birth Sex M n F n Date of Birth Passport details (as per your passport)Number Place of Issue Number Place of IssueDate of Issue Expiry Date Date of Issue Expiry DatePlace of BirthNationalityPostal AddressSuburb SuburbCity State Pcode City State PcodeEmail (most often checked)Telephone AH ( ) BH ( ) AH ( ) BH ( )MobilePreferred Contact n Email n Phone - AH n Phone - BH n Phone - Mobile n Email n Phone - AH n Phone - BH n Phone - MobileOccupationDEPOSIT PAYMENT DETAILS - Payment of $600 per person is required to secure your bookingPayment OptionsPlease complete payment details as requested and return this form via fax, post or scanned email copy. n Payment by Cheque. Please make all cheques payable to Back Track Adventures n Payment by Direct Deposit Date paid ____ / ____ / 20____ Please allow 24hours for your payment to process into our bank account Bank and Branch ANZ Bank, Fortitude Valley BSB 014 240 Account No. 3714 19046 Account Name Back Track Adventures QLD Swift Code (for overseas payments) ANZBAU3MPlease enter your Surname and/or Team number into the REFERENCE field when transferring your deposit payment n Payment by Credit Card: n Visa n Mastercard n American Express Name on Card______________________________________________ Card No nnnn nnnn nnnn nnnn Card Expiry ____/____ Amount to be Charged $____________ Signature_________________________________________________Please note: credit card fees apply to deposit payments and all payments thereafter:Visa/Mastercard > 1.2% American Express (AMEX) > 3.45%Where to send your form and payment details Phone 1300 669 780 Fax 07 3854 1079 email Address PO Box 132, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 Office 222A Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley QLD Back Track Adventures | The Great Southern Africa Safari 2014 Booking Form | Page 1 of 2GRSBOOK-14-021. CHECK AVAILABILITY: Call Back Track Adventures to check availability of our holidays. Holidays book quickly so please book early. 2. ENSURE THAT YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND OUR BOOKING CONDITIONS: By paying your deposit you acknowledge that you have read and understood our Terms and Conditions of Booking on page two (2) of this Booking Form and you agree to be bound by these Booking Conditions. 3. COMPLETE THIS BOOKING FORM AND PAY APPLICABLE DEPOSIT: A non-refundable deposit of $600 per person is required or full paymentif booking is within 65 days of your trek departure date. On receipt of your booking form and deposit your Confirmation Pack will be sent to you. The Pack contains all the information you need to prepare for your holiday plus a Personal Details Booklet that must be completed and returned to us immediately. 4. TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY and it is recommended that you arrange this at time of booking. Visit our website: to arrange insurance online, or contact us for insurance information.Please complete ALL FIELDS in the form below to ensure accurate processing of your booking and deposit payment. Please complete this Booking form in BLOCK LETTERS in accordance with the details in your passport. How to Book:Booking Form The Great Southern Africa Safari 201419842014Back Track Adventures (Travel agents Licence Numbers 177/178), ABN 23910991873, act as Travel Agents and Tour Operators contracting some services from other tour operators, Travel Agents, Airlines, Hotels and others, herein referred to as Service Providers. 1. GETTING STARTED: A booking is made by completing the booking form and returning same with your deposit of $600 per person to Back Track Adventures. A Confirmation Pack will be sent to you as soon as possible after receipt of your booking form and deposit. It is a condition of booking that you arrange comprehensive travel insurance with emergency evacuation cover when you pay your deposit or within 7 days of receiving your Confirmation Pack. If travel insurance cover can not be obtained for a medical condition, or any reason, you must advise us immediately. PLEASE NOTE THE DEPOSIT IS STRICTLY NONREFUNDABLE. Payment: Final balance is due 65 days prior to your departure from Australia. If you book less then 65 days prior to departure then full payment must be made at time of booking. If payment is not made by the due date, we reserve the right to cancel your booking. Your deposit is non-refundable. Trip Price: The trip price is based on costs and exchange rates current at time of printing this brochure. We reserve the right to adjust prices before or after your booking. If we receive any increase in prices for services, these increases may be passed on even after final balance has been received. Airfares quoted by Back Track are subject to change by the airlines. Any airfare increases will be passed on. Flight taxes are subject to increase at any time. 2.CANCELLATION BY YOU: If you cancel your trip, land and air cancellation fees apply. The fee is determined by the date that we receive written notification of your cancellation. Fees are as follows: Days before Departure: More than 65 days: loss of deposit, 65 days or less: 100% of total booking cost. Depending on your reason for cancelling, charges may be recoverable by you under your insurance policy. CANCELLATION BY US: Our tour departures are subject to minimum numbers being obtained. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if minimum numbers are not achieved within 60 days of the scheduled departure date. We will advise anyone affected no later then 60 days prior to departure and in this case all monies paid to us by you will be refunded except any payment for travel insurance. No responsibility is taken by us for any costs incurred for goods or services purchased by you independently for this tour. These costs might include, but are not limited to, costs imposed by an airline on cancelled advance purchase airline tickets. 3. EVACUATION: In the unlikely event that you are evacuated from the tour for any reason, all costs associated with the evacuation are your expense. Costs include, but are not limited to, evacuation costs by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft, medical expenses, doctors fees, additional accommodation and transport. From the moment you leave the tour itinerary, any meals, accommodation or services provided at the evacuation point are at your expense. No refunds are given for unusedservices.4. ACCEPTING INHERENT DANGERS: You understand and accept that your proposed tour may expose you to inherent dangers. Only people in good health and mental condition should undertake this tour. You must check with your Doctor and ensure that your health is sound. You must accept that you will be travelling through a remote area where outside assistance may be delayed or unavailable if an unforeseen event occurs. This may be due to medical, weather or political situations and may affect you or other members of the group or our tour crew. You must understand and accept that a medical emergency in this remote area may be life threatening and by completing this booking form you accept these potential adverse and unfavourable conditions and potential life threatening situations as your choice. You agree that Back Track Staff have answered, in a forthright manner, all questions you may have asked regarding all aspects of the tour, in particular, questions regarding Health, Fitness, Physical and Mental challenges and risks. 5. LIABILITY RELEASE AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Back Track Adventures will always act with due care and skill. Where Back Track Adventures utilise Services Providers, Back Track Adventures are not responsible for the acts and omissions of these Service Providers, including tour guides, for any loss, damage or expense, including loss of money paid in advance which you may incur as a consequence of the acts, omissions and negligence of others. As soon as possible on receipt of your completed booking form and deposit, you will be sent with your Confirmation Pack, an Indemnity & Release Form, This must be read, understood, signed and returned in the envelope provided within 7 days of receipt. 6. YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS: We strongly recommend a visit to your doctor immediately to determine if you have any health issues that may prevent you from participating in this holiday. You must ask your doctor about current inoculation requirements. A Medical Questionnaire and a Fitness Questionnaire will be sent to you with your Confirmation Pack which must be completed and returned within 7 days of receipt. On receipt of your completed Medical Questionnaire, some clients, in particular those with pre-existing medical conditions may be asked to obtain a clearance from their Doctor as to their ability to complete the tour. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to cancel any booking and refund any monies paid. During your tour you are under the authority of your tour leader who has authority to determine your suitability to continue with your tour. 7. MINORS: In general, minors (under 18 years) are not accepted on this trip. Acceptance of a minor on a trip is strictly at the discretion of Back Track Adventures. In most cases we are happy to accept minors. Pleaseenquire.8. USE OF PHOTOS: You agree that Back Track may use images of you taken during your trip without recourse to you and without compensation to you. The images will be for marketing and promotional purposes only and the selected medium will be at Back Tracks Back Track Adventures | The Great Southern Africa Safari 2014 Booking Form | Page 2 of 2GRSBOOK-14-02Terms and Conditions of Booking:By paying your deposit you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms and Conditions of Booking as outlined below and you agree to be bound by these Booking Conditions. Back Track Adventures222A Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006PO Box 132, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006Phone 07 3850 7655 | Fax 07 3854 1079email 23 910 991 873 | Licence Number 177/178 | Member AFTA, TCF, Africa Assist Line: 1300 669 780Booking Form The Great Southern Africa Safari 201419842014