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17 Days Okavango, Zimbabwe & Kruger [NADVJ]
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park
Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Greater Kruger National Park and Surrounds
Okavango, Zimbabwe & Kruger 2014
TOUR CODE: NADVJ
Highlights: Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Kruger National Park
Countries Visited: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Accommodation: Twin Share Accommodation Max Passengers: 18 Number of Crew: 2 Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck DURATION: Days: 17 Nights: 16
Meals: Breakfast:14 Lunch:14 Dinner:13
Departure Point Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from 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
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
Day 1 Botswana – Palapye We depart Johannesburg heading north to Botswana to cross the border and spend our first night in Palapye, located on the banks of the Lotsane River.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Camp Itumela: www.campitumela.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, drinkable, water, internet, pool, shop Route: Johannesburg to Palapye ±565 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing Border posts: South Africa: Groblersbrug, Tel: +27 14 767 1164, Open: 08h00-18h00. Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 4940 254, Open: 08h00-18h00.
Day 2 Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Maun The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino. This morning we go on a guided game drive through the Sanctuary before departing for Maun. Upon arrival in Maun, we will prepare for the Okavango Delta.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Sitatunga: www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, swimming pool Route: Palapye to Maun ±615 km Travel time: ±7-8 hrs Activity Package: Game Drive in Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Day 3/4 Okavango Delta During our time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We go on nature walks and if possible will explore the Delta by mokoro. The Delta is the world’s largest inland delta. In the morning we board our planes and head into the Delta. After a wonderful scenic flight we arrive at our base for the next two days. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Maun for the following 2 days.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Meru Tent: Moremi Crossings http://www.gunns-camp.com/moremi_crossing.php OR Oddballs: www.oddballscamp.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, shop Activity package: Flight from Maun to Moremi Crossing (approx 30 minutes), afternoon nature walk & mokoro ride. Luggage Restriction: 10kg luggage per person. No bottled water allowed on flight, can be purchased at Moremi
Day 5 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: Two per Room: Nata Lodge: www.natalodge.com OR Pelican Lodge: http://www.pelicanlodgebotswana.com/ Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, swimming pool Route: Maun to Nata ±230 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Day 6 Kasane - Chobe National Park Today we head north to Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River. The afternoon is spent game viewing on a river cruise, into the renowned Chobe NP. This is an excellent opportunity to view some of Africa’s spectacular wildlife.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Thebe River Safaris: www.theberiversafaris.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, pool Route: Nata to Kasane ±450 km Travel time: ±6-7 hrs Activity Package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe National Park
Day 7/8 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls On arrival in Victoria Falls we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities before we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi as it drops over 100m in to the gorge below. Optional Activities: Chobe National Park Early Morning Game Drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, white water rafting, fight over the falls, bungee jump (solo), morning/afternoon lion or elephant encounter.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (day 7 only) Accommodation: Two per Room: Elephant Hills Resort: www.elephanthillshotel.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, swimming pool, restaurant Route: Kasane to Vic Falls ±100 km Travel time: ±2 hrs and a border crossing Activity package: Victoria Falls NP Entrance Border posts: Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320, Open: 06h00-20h00 Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00
Day 9 Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park We depart Victoria Falls and head towards the Hwange National Park. At around 14650 square kilometres the Hwange National Park is the largest in Zimbabwe and home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations as well as over 100 other mammalian species and 400 different bird species. Just outside the park, we will have the opportunity to visit the Wild Dog Project. Optional Activity: Visit Wild dog project.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner Camping: Two per room: Main Camp: www.zimparks.org/index.php/parks-overview/national/hwange Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop Route: Victoria Falls to Hwange NP ±230km Travel time: ±4-5hrs Activity package: Afternoon game drive
Day 10 Matopos National Park We depart Hwange NP and heads towards the Matopos National Park. The National Park occupies a total area of 44,500 hectares and was established in 1953. The park is situated in the magnificent Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering. We will enjoy an afternoon game drive during our time in the park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Camping: Two per room: Big Cave Camp: www.bigcave.co.za Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, drinkable water Route: Hwange NP to Matopos NP ±315km Travel time: ±6-7hrs Activity package: Afternoon game drive
Day 11 Great Zimbabwe Ruins No visit to Zimbabwe could possibly be complete without visiting the world-famous Great Zimbabwe ruins. Dating from around the 11th century these iron-age ruins have been the source of much speculation and disagreement over the years. Built without any mortar some of the walls are up to 5 metres high and still standing after so many centuries. This site was also home to 8 carved Zimbabwe birds, the image of which is found on the Zimbabwean National Flag
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Camping: Two per room: Norma Jeans Lake View Resort: www.normajeanslakeview.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet Route: Matopos NP to Great Zimbabwe Ruins ±350km Travel time: ±5-6 hrs Included activity: Visit Zimbabwe Ruins
Day 12 Tshipise Today we will depart Zimbabwe and cross the border into the Limpopo province of South Africa. Tshipise was developed in 1936 and was formerly spelt Chipise – the name is said to be derived from chia fisu “burn, be hot” referring to the mineral springs at 65°C. This afternoon you will have time to relax in the warm mineral pool.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Camping: Two per room: Forever Tshipise Resort: www.forevertshipise.co.za Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool, shop Route: Great Zimbabwe Ruins to Tshipise ±450km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs
Day 13 Johannesburg Today we leave early for the journey south along the Great North Road for Johannesburg, the City of Gold. We will travel past Pretoria, one of South Africa’s capital cities, before arriving in Johannesburg in the late afternoon. Most people choose to get together for a meal out at one of Johannesburg’s many excellent restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Garden Court OR Tambo - www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx Facilities: Hot showers, En-suite, bar, swimming pool Route: Tshipise to Johannesburg ±580km Travel time: ±10-11hrs (long day)
Day 14 Greater Kruger National Park An early start from Johannesburg, we travel through the Province of Mpumalanga en route to the breathtaking Kruger National Park. This afternoon we enter the greater Kruger National Park area where we will be spending the next 3 nights. After settling in we enjoy an evening game drive followed by local dancing and dinner.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per permanent tent: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop Route: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger National Park. ±350 km Travel time: ±8-10 hrs Activity Package: Evening game drive
Day 15 Kruger National Park Today we start with a morning game walk before proceeding into the Kruger National Park. We enjoy an afternoon game drive from the comfort of our Nomad Truck. On the way keep your eyes open for more wildlife. Our truck gives us a more elevated view of the park and the ability to spot big cats and other smaller game that can be hiding in the vegetation. After spending a full day in the Kruger National Park, we make our way back to our accommodation in the greater Kruger area.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Two per permanent tent: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop Route: Greater Kruger National Park to Kruger National Park ±150 km (depending on camp used) Travel time: We will be game driving through the park for the duration of the day Activity Package: Morning bush walk Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad Truck through Kruger National Park
Day 16 Kruger National Park Today we have a full day of game viewing planned in an open 4x4 vehicle inside Kruger National Park. This gives you some fantastic photo opportunities so keep your eyes open for Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Buffalo, known as Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as well as many other species of animals and birds.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Two per permanent tent: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop Route: We will be game driving through the park for the duration of the day Activity Package: Full Day Game Drive in open 4x4 safari vehicle Included Highlight: Full Day Game Drive in Nomad Truck
Day 17 Panorama Route – Johannesburg This morning we depart the greater Kruger area and journey back to Johannesburg. We travel along the spectacular Panorama Route. Blyde River Canyon is the 3rd largest canyon in the world, with breathtaking views of formations such as God’s Window and the Three Rondavels. We also see The Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which have been gradually eroded by the Treur River. Your tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg and most groups spend this last night together at a local restaurant. Optional Activities: Morning Game Walk with SANP, Dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris Route: Kruger National Park Area to Johannesburg. ±530 km Travel time: ± 9-10hrs Included Highlight: Panorama Route, including God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon & Bourkes Luck Potholes
Tour Ends The tour will end 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 or Nomad. 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 -Khama Rhino Sanctuary game drive R300 -3 day Delta fly in R8150 -Chobe National Park boat cruise R500 -Vic Falls National Park entry R350 -Afternoon Game Drive in Hwange NP R 895 -Afternoon Game Drive in Matopos NP R855 -Evening game drive R230 -Morning game walk R210 -Full day 4x4 game drive – Kruger NP R550 TOTAL: R12040 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).
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, SA Tours and Safaris, to make these bookings.
Arrival / Departure Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. We also recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.
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 Information for detailed information on each country.
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.
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.
Malaria Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.