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20 Days Camping - Cape Town to Victoria Falls [NCV]
Cape Town - City
Fish River Canyon
Namib Naukluft Park
Etosha National Park
Chobe National Park - Botswana
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping - North 2014
Highlights: Namib Desert, Himba Tribe, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls
Countries Visited: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
DETAILS: Trip Code: NCV Accommodation: Twin Share Camping Max Passengers: 24 Number of Crew: 2 Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck DURATION: Days: 20 Nights: 19
Meals: Breakfast:18 Lunch:18 Dinner:15
Departure Point Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am Nomad Adventure Tours, 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, South Africa. Tel: +27 (0) 82 578 2199, www.nomadtours.co.za
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.
Day 1 South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. On the way to the Cederberg we visit !Kwa ttu where we enjoy a San guided tour and museum visit. After the tour, lunch will be prepared and afterwards we continue to our campsite in the Cederberg region. We arrive at our accommodation and your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour. Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Marcuskraal: www.marcuskraal.co.za Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, swimming pool Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal: ± 230 km Travel time: ±5 hrs Activity Package: !Kwa ttu San Guided tour
Day 2 Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River An early start, we head north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Fiddlers Creek Campsite www.bushwhacked.co.za Facilities: Water not drinkable, bar, hot showers, shared ablutions. Route: Citrusdal to Orange river: ±570 km Travel time: ±10 hrs
Day 3 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. After a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon we enjoy our dinner while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity. Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Adventure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Hobas Campsite www.nwr.com.na/hobas.html Facilities: Drinkable water, small kiosk, hot showers (sometimes), small swimming pool, bar Route: Orange River to Fish River Canyon ±210 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing Included Highlight: Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon Border posts: South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 761 8760, Open 24 hours. Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours.
Day 4 Namib-Naukluft National Park We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a Jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Sesriem campsite http://www.nwr.com.na/sesriem_campsite.html Facilities: Drinkable water, bar, swimming pool, hot showers, shared ablutions, shop Route: Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft Park ±560 km Travel time: ±10 hr Included Highlight: Hike into Sesriem Canyon
Day 5 Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later, we join a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. Optional activities: Transfer to Deadvlei Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Desert Shelter Cha-re: No website available Facilities: Hot showers, good shared ablutions, swimming pool, bar Route: Sesriem to Solitaire ±100 km (excludes drive to and from desert walk) Travel time: ±3 hrs (round trip into Sesriem plus drive to Solitaire) Activity package: Guided desert walk with local expert Included Highlights: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, explore Sossusvlei on foot
Day 6 Swakopmund After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Often there are flamingos at the Walvis Bay lagoon, just before we arrive in Swakopmund. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and then there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants. Optional Activities: Dinner out Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Two per room: Amanpuri: www.amanpurinamibia.com Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, drinkable water Route: Solitaire to Swakopmund. ±280 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs (including Walvis Bay) Included Highlight: Stop off in Walvis Bay to view Flamingos
Day 7 Swakopmund The whole day is free to relax, explore or partake in one of the many activities available here. Most popular are Quadbking 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, Scenic flights, Dinner out etc. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Two per room: Amanpuri: www.amanpurinamibia.com Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, drinkable water
Day 8 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. 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 behind camp for some stunning views of the landscape. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Bush Camp: Spitzkoppe Community Campsite http://www.namibian.org/travel/community/spitzkoppe.htm Facilities: No facilities. Long drop toilets. Route: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe ±170 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs Included Highlight: Guided walk with Nomad guide through Spitzkoppe
Day 9 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 a 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, toilets Route: Spitzkoppe to Kamanjab ±340 km Travel time: ±5-6 hrs Activity package: Guided visit to the Himba Tribe with Local Guide.
Day 10/11 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 water holes for some excellent game photography. Optional Activities: Night or Dawn Game Drives in safari vehicles. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Halali and Okaukuejo: www.nwr.com.na/etosha_national_park.html Facilities: Drinkable water, shared ablutions, bar, shop, post box, swimming pool and waterholes at all campsites. Route: Kamanjab to Etosha NP ±280 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs Included Highlight: Game drives in Nomad truck
Day 12 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 the 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 Activities: Dinner out. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Two per room: Hotel Uhland: www.hoteluhland.com Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, swimming pool, bar, laundry Route: Etosha to Windhoek. ±550 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs Included Highlight: Craft market en-route and short city tour in Nomad Truck
Day 13 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. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Ghanzi Trail Blazers: http://ghanzitrailblazers.wheretostay.na/ Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions. Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi. ±570 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs, plus a border crossing on this day. Included Highlight: Bushmen Tribal Dance in evening
As we cross the border we’ll start to see villagers, cattle, donkeys, and sheep along the side of the highway. Sometimes the donkeys and cows sit in the middle of the road and any amount of horn blowing won't get them out of the road. Independent since 1966, Botswana (formally a British protectorate) has three of the world’s richest diamond mines and this has made Botswana quite a wealthy nation. Now 40 years old, it is known as the African success story. Politically stable and with the foresight to invest in education, healthcare, high economic standards and without the racial issues that have plagued other countries, Botswana has the best economy in sub-Saharan Africa. The government has employed a strategy of high income - low impact tourism. This is where they reduce the number of tourists entering any area of the country by charging a lot more than neighbouring countries, thereby making it more restrictive for the budget traveller.
Day 14 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 visit the local crocodile farm or take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Optional Activity: Crocodile Farm visit, Scenic Flight (time permitting) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Sitatunga www.deltarain.com Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, bar, swimming pool. Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±300 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs
Day 15/16 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.
Day 15 (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 16 (Day 2 in Delta) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp www.deltarain.com Facilities: No facilities – bush camping Activity package: Guided Nature walk and mokoro rides
Day 17 Gweta We leave the Delta behind us and travel east to Planet Baobab. You can explore the bush around the campsite, lounge by the pool and view some of the region’s oldest Baobab trees. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Planet Baobab Campsite www.unchartedafrica.com/page.php?p_id=59 Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, bar, swimming pool. Route: Maun to Gweta ±200 km Travel time: ±2-3 hrs (4x4 & mokoro transfer), ±3 hrs driving in truck.
Day 18 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: Hot showers, good ablutions, bar, swimming pool. Route: Gweta to Kasane. ±400 km Travel time: ±6-7 hrs Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe NP
Day 19 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls Once we have crossed the border into Zimbabwe, it is a short drive to the town of Victoria Falls where we will be briefed about all the different activities available. Choose carefully as almost all of them are really worth doing. Your guides can advise you on the best way to spend your time here. Please be aware that you cannot use credit/debit cards in Zimbabwe, so cash (USD) is best. The prices of the activities are listed at the beginning of this dossier so you can make sure to bring what you need. We then 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, Dinner out, White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion, Walking with Lions, Horse Riding and much more... Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hostel: Vic Falls Adventure Lodge: www.adventurezonevicfalls.com/accommodation.html Facilities: En-suite rooms, hot showers, bar, restaurant, laundry, internet café. 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 20 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: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion, Walking with Lions, Horse Riding, Dinner out. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through 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. However, we recommend to pre book and pre pay this to ensure room availability in the Okavango Delta.
Activity & Price -Cederberg Guided Walk R250 -Guided desert walk with local expert R350 -Himba Tribe visit R350 -3 day Delta drive in R2100 -Chobe National Park boat cruise R500 -Vic Falls National Park entry R350 TOTAL:R3900 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. 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. 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) 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. 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. 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. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. 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, Kruger National Park, 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 travelers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour there can be a maximum number of participants of 24. Did you receive your Pre Departure Information Booklet? If not please contact us at email@example.com 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 http://www.adventurezonevicfalls.com. Should you wish to extend your tour for another night, kindly 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.