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8 Day - Camping - Okavango + Chobe Trail - South-Vic falls to JHB [NVJ]
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
Okavango & Chobe Trail - Camping - South 2014
Highlights: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Bungee Jumping
Countries Visited: Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa
DETAILS: Trip Code: NVJ Accommodation: Twin Share Camping Max Passengers: 18 Number of Crew: 2 Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck DURATION: Days: 8 Nights: 7
Meals: Breakfast:7 Lunch:7 Dinner:7
Departure Point Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from Vic Falls Adventure Lodge, Stand 954, Corner Pioneer Road and Chinotimba Drive,. Tel: +263 134 1354 http://www.adventurezonevicfalls.com
End Point Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport, 2 Hulley Road, Isando Ext. 3, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. Tel: +27 11 392 1062 www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx
*Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travellers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18. The group will be separated in the Delta and for this reason, if you have booked a German Translated departure, the translator will accompany the Accommodated clients into the Delta.
Victoria Falls: Victoria Falls, 1 700 m wide and 108 m high – is said to be the largest falls in the world. David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the Victoria Falls, and wrote: "It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight". The older, indigenous name of Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘the Smoke that Thunders’) is the name in official use in Zambia. The local Tonga people of the Zambezi believe that a river god, Nyaminyami, resides in the water in the form of an immense snake. When the Kariba Dam was built in the 1950s, the Zambezi River flooded three times, causing many deaths and much destruction. The local people believe Nyaminyami caused the terrible floods in anger at the construction. The unusual form of Victoria Falls enables virtually the whole width of the falls to be viewed face-on, at the same level as the top, from as close as 60 metres, because the whole Zambezi River drops into a deep, narrow slot like chasm, connected to a long series of gorges. The falls are formed as the full width of the river plummets in a single vertical drop into a chasm 60–120 m wide, carved 3 by its waters along a fracture zone in the basalt plateau. The depth of the chasm, called the First Gorge, varies from 80 m at its western end to 108 m in the centre. The only outlet to the First Gorge is a 110 m-wide gap about two-thirds of the way across the width of the falls from the western end, through which the whole volume of the river pours into the Victoria Falls gorges. There are two islands on the crest of the falls that are large enough to divide the curtain of water even at full flood: Boaruka Island (or Cataract Island) near the western bank, and Livingstone Island near the middle. At less than full flood, additional islets divide the curtain of water into separate parallel streams. The main streams are named, in order from Zimbabwe (west) to Zambia (east): Leaping Water (called Devil's Cataract by some), Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the highest) and the Eastern Cataract.
Chobe National Park: Chobe National Park, the second largest park in Botswana, covers 10 566 square km of northern Botswana. The park forms part of the mosaic of lakes, islands and floodplains formed from the Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe River systems. The area is renowned for its vast herds of elephant and buffalo. The elephant population is currently about 120 000. The Chobe elephants are migratory, moving up to 200 km from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they concentrate in the dry season, to the pans in the southeast of the park in the rainy season. They are Kalahari elephants, characterized by rather brittle ivory and short tusks, perhaps because of calcium deficiency in the soil. Due to their high concentration, there is a lot of damage to the vegetation in some areas. Culls have been considered, but are too controversial and have thus far been rejected. The original inhabitants of the area were the San people, otherwise known in Botswana as the Basarwa. They were hunter-gatherers who lived by moving from one area to another in search of water, wild fruits and hunting grounds. The San were pushed out by groups of the Basubiya people and, around 1911, a group of Batawana moved ot the area. In 1931 it was decided that a national park would protect the wildlife from extinction, and attract tourists. In 1932, an area of some 24 000 square km in the Chobe district was declared a non-hunting area. Over the years the park’s boundaries have been altered, and the people settled in the area have been relocated gradually, and Chobe National Park was finally empty of human occupation in 1975. In 1980 and again in 1987, the boundaries were altered, increasing the park to its present size.
Day 1/2 Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls – Botswana - Kasane At the start of the tour, your guide will brief you on the next few days. Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering sound of the mighty Zambezi before crossing the Botswana border to Kasane, situated on the banks of the Chobe River and enjoy a scenic sunset river cruise. As we leave Victoria Falls today it is best to arrive 1-2 days beforehand if you wish to partake in any of the adventure activities such as the world-famous White Water Rafting.
Optional Activities: Game Drive in Chobe National Park Meals: Breakfast (day 2 only), Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris: www.theberiversafaris.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, swimming pool Route: Vic Falls to Kasane ±100 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs and a border crossing Activity package: Victoria Falls Entrance & Sunset Boat Cruise in Chobe NP Border posts: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00. Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50330, Open: 06h00-20h00.
Day 3 Maun We drive through to Maun. On arrival we will back small overnight bags and prepare for our 2-day expedition into the Okavango. The rivers leading to the Okavango Delta have no passage to the ocean and irrigate instead some 15,000 square km’s of Kalahari Desert – forming the world’s largest inland Delta.
Optional activities: Scenic flight over the Delta (time permitting) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Delta Rain, Sitatunga: www.deltarain.com?index.php?page=sitatunga-camp Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, pool Route: Kasane to Maun ±680 km Travel time: ±8-12 hrs
Day 4/5 Okavango Delta During your time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We travel into the Delta on a large 4x4 vehicle - in high water season boats are used. We join up with some of the local people and set up our bush camp for the next 2 nights. We go on nature walks and explore the Delta by mokoro traditional canoe (water level dependant). The Delta is truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience as the wild animals here are not used to people. Simply sitting and relaxing often results in rewarding bird or game viewing. Please note: if you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Maun for the following 2 days.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp: www.deltarain.com Facilities: No facilities Route: Maun to Bush Camp Activity package: Transfer to Delta in local 4 x 4 vehicles, mokoro canoe ride (if water levels allow) and a guided nature walk in the Okavango Delta.
Day 6 Nata We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata. The shady tree canopy surrounding the lodge is a hive of activity, with a bird feeding area and active water feature providing the bird watcher with the opportunity of viewing a variety of species from the comfort of the pool deck. The Helmeted Guineafowl, Crested Francolin, Yellow Hornbill, Pied and Arrowmarked Babblers, Glossy Starling, Meyers Parrot and Paradise Whydah are just some of the species you may encounter during your stay at the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Nata Lodge: www.natalodge.com OR Pelican Lodge: http://www.pelicanlodgebotswana.com/ Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool Route: Maun to Nata: 230km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs (4x4 & boat transfer), ±3 hrs driving in truck.
Day 7 Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Palapye We leave Nata behind us and drive towards Palapye, located on the banks of the tranquil Lotsane River. We visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a community based wildlife project where there is a game drive to view the now protected Rhinos.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Camp Itumela: www.campitumela.com Facilities: Shared ablutions. Hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop Route: Nata to Palapye ±645 km Travel time: ±7-8 hrs Activity package: Game Drive in Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Day 8 South Africa - Johannesburg Today we cross the border into South Africa and after quite a long, yet scenic drive we will arrive in Johannesburg. South Africa’s city of gold has much to offer and should not be underestimated as a travel destination.
Optional Activity: Dinner. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris. Route: Palapye to Johannesburg ±565 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing Border posts: Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 494 0254, Open: 08h00-18h00. South Africa: Groblersburg, Tel: +27 41 767 1164, Open: 08h00-18h00.
Tour Ends Your tour ends on arrival at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx . We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening through your travel agent SA Tours and Safaris. If you choose to stay elsewhere you will need to arrange a transfer. Garden Court OR Tambo International is about 10 min drive from OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport. If you are flying out the following evening we highly recommend the day tour of Johannesburg city and Soweto as an informative and enjoyable way to spend the day.
Inclusions & Exclusions
Activity Package This is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased prior to your arrival or through your guide on day 1 of your tour. However, we recommend to pre book and pre pay this to ensure room availability in the Okavango Delta.
Activity & Price -Vic Falls National Park entry R350 -Chobe National Park boat cruise R500 -3 day Delta drive in R2100 -Khama Rhino Sanctuary game drive R300 TOTAL: R3250 This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.
What’s included Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck), accommodation, registered guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.
What’s excluded All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips, optional activity package and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).
Malaria: Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route
Health: Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have. Insurance All clients require adequate Travel Insurance. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Travel Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased via the Nomad website http://www.nomadtours.co.za/travel_insurance.html (Nomad World travel insurance is in no way affiliated with Nomad Tours).
Insurance (Compulsory) All clients require adequate Travel Insurance. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Travel Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased via SA Tours and Safaris, please enquire with our consultants for further information.
Visas: Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for Botswana. Most nationalities will require visas for Zimbabwe. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.
Climate: The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information.
Currency and Banking: South African Rand and US Dollars are the most widely used currency on this route. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. USD Notes printed before 2004 (i.e. the old style notes) will not be accepted and many places will not accept USD100 notes, so make sure to bring small notes. In Botswana, the Pula is the local currency. You can change your Rand or Dollars to Pula when you enter Botswana. ATM’s do not always work in Botswana. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.
Vaccinations: No vaccinations are prescribed by law for the countries being visited on this tour. If you entered Zambia before the tour, you will have to show a certificate for a yellow fever vaccination. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.
Onward Travel: This tour can be linked to the South African Explorer, Kruger National Park or Discover Mozambique.
Pre and Post Tour Accommodation: If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact your travel agent or Nomad to make these bookings.
Arrival: It is best to arrive 1 to 2 days beforehand if you wish to partake in any of the adventure activities in Vic falls
Departure: Please book your onward travels to depart the day after the tour officially ends.