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8 Days Camping - Addo, Lesotho & Drakensberg - North [NPD]

Route:

Addo Elephant National Park - Lesotho - Malealea - South Africa - Drakensberg - Royal Natal National Park KZN Parks - KwaZulu-Natal - Durban

Addo, Lesotho & Drakensberg - Camping- North 2014

Highlights: Addo Elephant NP, Drakensberg Mountains, Lesotho pony Trekking, Zulu Nation, Durban beachfront

Countries Visited: South Africa, Lesotho

TOUR CODE:NPD
Accommodation:
Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew:
3
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. Approximately 10:00am from Kings Beach Hotel, La Roche Drive Humewood, Humewood, Port Elizabeth. Tel: +27 41 582 3720 www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/kings-beach/pages/overview.aspx

End Point
Garden Court South Beach, 73 O.R. Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban, Tel: + 27 (03)1 337 2231 http://www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/south-beach/pages/rooms.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.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Addo Elephant National Park
After meeting your guides and group you head to Addo Elephant National Park, which is home to many of Africa’s big game. Our truck gives us an elevated view on our game drive this afternoon, particularly for those photographic enthusiasts amongst us.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: The Aardvark Guest House: www.theaardvarkguesthouse.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet
Route: Port Elizabeth to Addo. ± 170 km
Travel time: ±2-3hrs
Included highlights: Afternoon game drive in nomad truck

Day 2/3 Cintsa
This morning we drive to Port Elizabeth Airport where we make a quick stop, and then on to Cintsa where you will have the chance to participate in the optional activities on offer.

Optional Activities: boat rental, quad biking, Xhosa village visit.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Areena Resort: www.areena.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool
Route: Addo to Cintsa. ± 365 km
Travel time: ± 8-10 hours
Included Highlights: Morning Game drive in Addo in Nomad truck

Day 4/5 Lesotho - Malealea
Today we leave South Africa and enter the landlocked mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Lesotho is one of the highest countries in the world, with the entire country being over 1000m above sea level. The next day we get up early and those who opt to go on the optional Pony Trekking Excursion will ride into the remote hills of Lesotho accompanied by local guides. On your return the group will visit the local village and school.

Optional Activities: Pony Trekking Excursion, Hiking.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Malealea: www.malealea.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar
Route: Cintsa to Lesotho (Malealea) ± 560 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hours plus border crossing
Activity Package: Local school and village visit (except during school holidays) 
Border posts: South Africa: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +27 (0) 51 924 4300, Open: 24hrs
Lesotho: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +266 22 313 796, Open: 24hrs

Day 6/7 South Africa - uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
The Drakensberg Mountains are South Africa’s highest and most beautiful. We explore the mountain paths and take in the breathtaking views offered in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg (Royal Natal) National Park. On our second day we will be going on a guided hike to see some of the San rock paintings.

Optional activities: Horse riding, Hiking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Drakensville Resort: www.drakensville.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Malealea Lodge to Royal Natal. ±300 km
Travel time: ±8-10 hrs plus a border crossing (Long Day)
Included Highlights: Royal Natal National Park Entrance, Guided walk to bushman paintings
Border post: Lesotho: Van Rooyenshek, Open: 06h00-22h00
South Africa: Van Rooyenshek, Tel: +27 (0) 51 583 1516, Open: 06h00-22h00

Day 8 Kwa-Zulu Natal Coast - Durban
It’s all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. The bustling city of Durban is South Africa’s busiest port and well know surfing destination. Your tour ends upon arrival in Durban.

Optional Activity: Dinner out at local restaurant
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.

Tour Ends
The tour ends at Garden Court South Beach http://www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/south-beach/pages/rooms.aspx. Should you wish to extend your tour for another night, kindly pre book this accommodation through your travel agent or Nomad.

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.

Activity & Price
-Lesotho junior school visit * R100
TOTAL: R100
*The Lesotho school visit will only take place during school terms. During school holidays, we will refund this activity package item. 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).

 

Extra information

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.

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 more information.

MEALS ON TOUR
Breakfast: As breakfast is served very early in the morning (if there is driving or activities to be done) it is a simple but filling breakfast: Tea and coffee, breads and spreads, cereals, yoghurts, fruits and on occasion, when there is time for a later breakfast, guides will serve a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, porridge, bacon or beans.

Lunch: Lunch is generally served at a picnic spot next to the road en route to a destination. As the guides only have approximately 45 minutes to get everyone off the truck, prepare lunch and then get everyone back on the truck again, lunches consist of sandwiches and salads (rice salad, pasta salad, tuna salad and green salad) which are quick and easy to prepare but which are quite filling. They do have meal plans which they should stick to, to ensure that there is variety on a day to day basis.

Dinner: This is when the guides get time to prepare a delicious meal and they focus on a substantial protein, vegetable and carbohydrate dinner. We serve traditional cuisine consisting of braais (BBQ), potjie (stew), bobotie (mince), spaghetti and fish and chicken dishes.

All meals (on both accommodated and camping tours) that are included as per the dossier are prepared at the full service adventure truck. This is a unique adventure in itself where you get to dine under the stars with your new found friends and experience the real sights and sounds of Africa!

Currency and Banking
South African Rand is the best currency to use on this route. ATM’s are available in all major towns and cities. There is often a limit on the amount you can draw each day. Travellers Cheques can take a long time to change into cash and often incur unreasonable charges. Please see Pre Departure Booklet 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 Lesotho and South Africa. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

Malaria
Malaria prophylactics are not required for this route.