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8 Days Camping - Delta and Chobe Trail - South - Victoria Falls to Windhoek [NVW]

Route:

Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Maun - Okavango Delta - Ghanzi - Windhoek

Delta & Chobe Trail - Camping - South 2014

Highlights:
Delta Sunset, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Scenic flight

Countries Visited: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia

DETAILS:
TOUR CODE: NVW
Accommodation:
Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 24
Number of Crew:
2
Vehicle Type:
Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 8 Nights: 7

Meals:
Breakfast:7
Lunch:7
Dinner:6

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am Vic Falls Adventure Lodge, Stand 954, Corner Pioneer Road and Chinotimba Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Tel: +263 134 1354 www.adventurezonevicfalls.com

End Point

Arebbusch Lodge, Cnr of Golf & Auas Rd, Olympia, Windhoek, Namibia. Tel: +264 61 252 255 www.arebbusch.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 travelers will change due to our unique tour linking system. You will be travelling with a maximum of 24 travelers on this tour.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls National Park. As we stay in Victoria Falls tonight, you have sufficient time to explore the falls and visit all of the view-points for some great photo opportunities. It’s a good idea to arrive the day before if you would like to book any of the optional activities available.

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: No meals included
Accommodation: Two per room: Vic Falls Adventure Lodge www.adventurezonevicfalls.com/accommodation.html
Facilities: En-suite rooms, hot showers, bar, laundry & internet café, swimming pool, drinkable water
Activity Package: Entry to Victoria Falls NP

Day 2 – Botswana - Chobe National Park
We depart Victoria Falls and head towards Kasane. Upon arrival at Kasane we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon we enjoy a scenic sunset boat cruise in Chobe National Park. Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready.

Optional Activities: Chobe NP game drive
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris www.theberiversafaris.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, laundry, internet
Route: Vic Falls to Kasane. ±100 km Travel time: ±2 hrs and a border crossing
Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe National Park
Border posts: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00.
Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 625 0320, Open: 06h00-20h00.

Day 3 Maun
An early start and our journey will take us to Maun where we will spend the night. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for the bush-camping excursion, packing small overnight bags. Your guides will provide you with a briefing about the next few days’ activities and the community run tourism operation.

Optional Activities: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (time permitting)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sitatunga http://www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, laundry
Route: Kasane to Maun ±680 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs

Day 4 Okavango Delta
After breakfast we board our local 4x4 truck transport for our trip into the Okavango Delta, where we meet with our local guides and polers for our mokoro (traditional canoe) trip to our remote bush camp. In the afternoon there is a nature walk with a local guide which gives a great chance to view wildlife on foot. Tonight is spent swapping stories around the camp fire and enjoying the serenity of the Delta.

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 – bush camping Route: Maun to Bush Camp
Activity package: 4 x 4 vehicle transfer into Okavango Delta, Mokoro ride and guided nature walk

Day 5 Okavango Delta
There is normally an early morning nature walk with your local guides, splitting up into smaller groups so there is a better chance of seeing the wildlife. This is followed by breakfast and a relaxed day around the camp site. Often there is the chance to swim in the clear water. Test your skills as a mokoro poler, it’s not as easy as the locals make it look!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp www.deltarain.com
Facilities: No facilities – bush camping

Day 6 Delta to Maun
Another early morning walk before breakfast and then it’s time to board our mokoro canoe for the trip back to the truck (depending on the water levels). Then we say good bye to our local guides and journey back to the Maun campsite for lunch and a relaxing afternoon. Do not be alarmed if we are joined at camp by local dairy cows later in the evening as they sometimes roam through the back of the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sitatunga http://www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, laundry
Activity package: Morning Game walk in the Okavango Delta, transfer in local vehicle to Maun

Day 7 Ghanzi
We depart early and head towards Ghanzi. Once at camp we will meet with a local Bushmen community and experience some traditional Tribal Dancing. There are also some traditional bushman huts that you have the opportunity to stay in for a nominal fee.

Optional activity: Bushman walk
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ghanzi Trail Blazers http://ghanzitrailblazers.wheretostay.na/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar
Route: Maun to Ghanzi ±530 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs Included highlight: San tribal dancing demonstration in the evening

Day 8 Windhoek, Namibia
Today is a long driving day to the Namibian border and on to Windhoek in the centre of Namibia arriving in the early evening. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Your tour ends upon arrival in Windhoek.

Optional Activities: Dinner out at a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.
Route: Ghanzi to Windhoek ±440 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing on this day
Included highlight: Short city tour with the Nomad truck
Border posts: Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560 401, Open: 07h00-24h00.
Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 659 2013/2064, Open: 07h00-24h00.

Tour Ends
Your tour ends at Arebbusch Lodge www.arebbusch.com. Please enquire with your travel agent SA Tours and Safaris reservations about post-tour accommodation.

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
TOTAL: R2950
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, with a higher risk in Zimbabwe and Botswana

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. Travel insurance can be purchased via SA Tours and Safaris.
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:
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.

Onward Travel:
This tour can be linked to the Best of Namibia tour afterwards.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation:
If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you.

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.

*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. You will be travelling with a maximum of 24 travelers on this tour.

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 our office (1st Floor, Leadership House, 40 Shortmarket St, Greenmarket Square, 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:
We will drop you off at Hotel Safari, corner of Auas Rd and Aviation St, Windhoek, Namibia. 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 generally 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 members name written on one. Place what you feel is fair into 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 by depositing it in the secure box provided on the truck is greatly 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.


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 to 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 graduallly 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.