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14 Days Camping - Desert and Delta - North - Swakopmund to Victoria Falls [NSV]

Route:

Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Etosha National Park - Windhoek - Botswana - Ghanzi - Maun - Okavango Delta - Gweta - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe

Desert & Delta - North - Camping - 2014


Highlights:
Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Himba - Bushmen - Etosha National Park - Okavango Delta - Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls

Countries Visited:
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Details:
TOUR CODE:NSV
Accommodation: Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 24
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 14 Nights: 13

Meals:
Breakfast:13
Lunch:12
Dinner:10

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from Amanpuri Guesthouse, Cnr of Moses Garoeb str & Anton Labowski Str, Swakopmund, Tel: 00264 64 40 5587 www.amanpurinamibia.com

End Point
Vic Falls Adventure Lodge, Stand 954, Corner Pioneer Road and Chinotimba Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Tel: +263 134 1354 www.adventurezonevicfalls.com

*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 there is a maximum number of 24 participants.

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. Due to its immense power and size, the waterfall is surrounded by a rich mythology. 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. Few other waterfalls allow such a close approach on foot.
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 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.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Swakopmund
After meeting your guides, the whole day is free to relax, explore or partake in one of the many activities available here. Most popular activities are quad biking in the dunes or tandem skydiving. On a clear day’s skydiving you can see all the way to the next day’s destination! Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day.

Optional Activities: Quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, dinner out etc.
Meals: No meals
Accommodation: Two per room: Amanpuri: www.amanpurinamibia.com
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, drinkable water

Day 2 Spitzkoppe
Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bush Camp: Spitzkoppe Community Campsite: www.spitzkoppe.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, long drop toilet
Route: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe ±200 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Included Highlight: Guided walk with Nomad guide through Spitzkoppe

Day 3 Himba Tribes
After some early morning exploration we continue north and drive towards Kamanjab. Today we have the chance to experience life within a Himba tribe. The Himba are pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. The Himba have been extremely diligent about upholding the roots of their culture but they are also very curious about visitors to their home.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Himba camp– no website available
Facilities: Bush shower (sometimes hot water), toilets
Route: Spitzkoppe to Kamanjab ±295 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Activity package: Guided visit to the Himba Tribe

Day 4/5 Etosha National Park
Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Halali and Okaukuejo: www.nwr.com.na/etosha_national_park.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, drinkable water, bar, shop, swimming pool and waterholes at all campsite
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha NP ±170 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs Included Highlight: Game drives in Nomad truck

Day 6 Windhoek
After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.

Optional Activity: Dinner out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Arebbusch Lodge: www.arebbusch.com
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, wireless, swimming pool, bar, laundry
Route: Etosha to Windhoek. ±430 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs
Included Highlight: Craft market en-route and short city tour in Nomad Truck

Day 7 Botswana - Ghanzi
After an early start, we cross into Botswana and drive to Ghanzi. After setting up camp we meet with a local Bushman (San) community and experience some traditional tribal dancing.

Optional activity: Bushman walk
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ghanzi Trail Blazers: http://ghanzitrailblazers.wheretostay.na/
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, bar
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi. ±440 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs, plus a border crossing on this day.
Included Highlight: Bushmen Tribal Dance in evening

Border posts: Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560 401, Open: 07h00-24h00
Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 6592013/2064, Open: 07h00-24h00

Day 8 Maun
Our journey takes us from Ghanzi towards Maun. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for this excursion, packing small 2-night bags. There may be an opportunity this afternoon to take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.

Optional Activities: Scenic Flight (time permitting)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sitatunga www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, laundry
Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±530 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs

Day 9/10 Maun – Okavango Delta
This morning we board the big 4x4 truck that will take us in to the Delta. In high-water season it is sometimes necessary to take a boat to the poling station where we meet up with the members of a local community who will be showing us their homeland. We spend 2 nights bush camping in the wilderness and, if the water level allows, we will take a mokoro (traditional canoe) trip through the waterways. We will also be going on some nature walks in the hope of seeing some wild animals in their natural habitat.

Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Maun for the following 2 nights.

Day 9 (Day 1 in Delta),
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp www.deltarain.com
Facilities: No facilities – bush camping
Route: Maun to Bush Camp
Activity package: 4 x 4 vehicle transfer into Okavango Delta, Mokoro ride and guided nature walk

Day 10 (Day 2 in Delta)
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp www.deltarain.com
Facilities: No facilities – bush camping

Day 11 Nata
We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata. The shady tree canopy surrounding the campsite 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
Facilities: Shared ablutions with hot showers, bar, swimming pool
Route: Maun to Nata ±305 km
Travel time: ±2-3 hrs (4x4 & mokoro transfer), ±3 hrs driving in truck.

Day 12 Botswana - Chobe National Park
We travel to Chobe and this afternoon we enjoy a sunset river cruise as the animals are best spotted from the Chobe River. Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris: www.theberiversafaris.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, laundry, internet
Route: Nata to Kasane. ±310 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs
Activity package: Chobe National Park boat cruise

Day 13 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
On arrival in Victoria Falls town, 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. An optional dinner out is a friendly way to end your tour with all the new friends you’ve made along the way.

Optional Activities: Chobe morning game drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per Room: Vic Falls Adventure Lodge: www.adventurezonevicfalls.com/accommodation.html Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, bar, restaurant, laundry, internet café, drinkable water, swimming pool, restaurant
Route: Kasane to Vic Falls. ±100 km
Travel time: ±2 hrs plus border crossing
Activity package: Entrance to Victoria Falls National Park

Border posts:
Botswana: Kazangula Road, +267 6250320, Open: 06h00-20h00
Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00

Day 14 Victoria Falls
Officially your tour finishes after breakfast but most people will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting alternatives such as a walk with lions or a bungee jump from the bridge that joins Zimbabwe with Zambia.

Optional Activities: Full day white water rafting, Flight over the falls, Full day low/high water river boarding, sunset cruise, bungee jump (solo), morning/afternoon lion or elephant encounter.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.

Tour Ends
The tour ends at Vic Falls Adventure Lodge http://www.adventurezonevicfalls.com . Should you wish to extend your tour for another night, kindly pre book this accommodation through your travel agent SA Tours and Safaris.

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
-Himba Tribe visit R350
-3 day Delta drive in R2100
-Chobe National Park boat cruise R500
-Vic Falls National Park entry R350
TOTAL: R3300
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

Malaria:
Malaria prophylactics are required. Very low risk of malaria in northern Namibia, but the risk increases to high risk as we travel north to Zimbabwe.

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 disability that you may have.

Visas:
Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for Namibia and Botswana. Most nationalities will require visas for Zimbabwe. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

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 www.nomadtours.co.za/travel_insurance.html
(Nomad World travel insurance is in no way affiliated with Nomad Tours)

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 is the most widely used currency on this route. US Dollar cash can be used for optional activities. 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. Travellers cheques can take a long time to change into cash and often incur unreasonable charges. 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 for tips and craft markets. 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. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.

Onward Travel:
This tour can be linked to the Journey to Johannesburg transit, Accommodated South African Explorer, Kruger National Park, Zimbabwe Rediscovered, Discover Mozambique and the East African Adventure tours.

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:
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems.

Departure:
Please book your flight to depart the day after the tour officially ends. This is to account for any delays that we may experience due to unpredictable road conditions.

*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.

Did you receive your Pre Departure Information Booklet?
If not please contact us at nomad@nomadtours.co.za and we will e-mail you the document; alternatively visit us at 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, to collect one. You can also download from our website at www.nomadtours.co.za. After hours contact number: +27 (0) 82 578 2199.

Tour Ends:
The tour ends at Vic Falls Adventure Lodge www.adventurezonevicfalls.com. You need to pre book this accommodation through your travel agent or Nomad.

TIPPING ON TOUR:
Southern Africa:
In general tipping in restaurants is expected and is around 10% for good service, more if you have received exceptional service, and, feel free not to tip at all if you received poor service. Tipping taxi drivers etc is really at your own discretion and not always expected. If in doubt please ask your guides.

Our guides do work hard, but they are also paid at (and often above) industry levels for this work. Our crew can be tipped if you feel that they have done a good job and/or gone above and beyond the call of duty. The best way to arrange tips is to elect one person in the group to collect the money. We recommend USD1 (or about R5) per day per person, per guide as a fair tip. So if you have 3-crew on a tour, we would recommend that 3 envelopes are used and each crew member’s name written on one. Place what you feel is fair in to each envelope and the elected person can give these to the crew at the end of the tour. If you do not feel that the crew deserve a tip, please, do not tip them. You must remember that tipping is only for exceptional service and is not at all compulsory or expected.

THE NOMAD AFRICAN TRUST:
www.nomadafricantrust.co.za
At Nomad we are passionate about the people, places and wildlife of Africa that make our tours so special. In order to give back we have set up the Nomad African Trust.
By the end of your tour you may have left-over local currency that you will not be able to change outside of its country of origin. Any assistance you could provide to the trust by donating this left over currency will be appreciated. Thank you for your help and please join our newsletter at the website above to receive regular updates on what we are doing to support our beneficiaries.

GREEN SEATS - TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN AFRICA:
Nomad gives you the opportunity to offset your carbon foot print by purchasing a “Green Seat”. If you would like to help Nomad making Africa Greener, simply choose the tick box on your booking form and we will take care of the rest. The Nomad African Trust will plant trees that are ecologically viable and that have very high carbon absorption.
Green Seats can be purchased at departure or on tour with your guide. For more information on our “Green Seats”, please visit www.nomadtours.co.za/nomad_greenseats.html

THANK YOU FOR TRAVELLING WITH NOMAD:
At the end of your tour you will be provided with feedback forms. These forms are confidential and should be given to your crew in a sealed envelope. If you are not sure of the confidentiality of the feedback form please feel free to email us as well on ops@nomadtours.co.za. Please make sure to also complete the feedback form as we use the answers on these forms to improve and maintain our service levels.

Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice, the accommodation listed in this dossier is our preferred supplier, but sometimes due to availability, we are unable to make use of the property listed in this dossier. If we cannot use the accommodation provider as listed we will substitute another property of similar standards.