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20 Days Cape Town to Victoria Falls [NACV]
Cape Town - City
Fish River Canyon
Ais - Ais and Fish River Canyon Surrounds
Namib Naukluft Park
Etosha National Park
Chobe National Park - Botswana
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
Highlights: Cape Town - Orange River - Cederberg Region - Fish River Canyon - Namib Desert - Swakopmund - Himba Tribe - Bushmen - Etosha National Park - Okavango Delta - Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls
Countries Visited: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
DETAILS: Trip Code: NACV Length: 20 Days / 19 Nights Min / Max People: 4 / 18 Vehicle: Adventure Truck Departure Point: 8.00 am, Nomad Adventure Tours, 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, South Africa. End Point: Elephant Hills Resort, Park Way Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. *Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and accommodation 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 the maximum number of participants is 18
Day 1 South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region Leaving Cape Town, there’s one last photo stop at Table View for a spectacular panorama view of Table Mountain. On the way to the Cederberg we will stop at a local wine farm for a wine tasting, followed by a guided hike in the Cederberg region. Upon arrival at our accommodation, your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour. Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Citrusdal Country Lodge - http://www.citrusdallodge.co.za/ Facilities: En-suites per room, hot showers, swimming pool, bar, internet Route: Cape Town to Clanwilliam ±245 km Travel time: ±5 hrs Activity package: Guided walk in Cederberg region Included Highlight: Wine tasting – Piketberg local wine farm
Day 2 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River Today we travel through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok for any last requirements. After crossing the Namibian border we check into the lovely chalets overlooking the river that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Felix Unite Cabanas - www.felixunite.com/accommodation/cabanas Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, bar, internet café, swimming pool, water not drinkable Route: Clanwilliam to Orange River ±470 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing Border posts: South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 277 618 760, Open 24 hours. Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours.
Day 3 Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon/Ai-Ais This morning there’s the chance to do an optional canoe trip down the Gariep River or to spend some time relaxing at the camp along the river. After lunch we travel north to the Fish River Canyon and take a scenic hike along the rim in order to gain some perspective as to just how large this natural phenomenon is. Later we return to Ai-Ais to check in to our accommodation and enjoy the hot springs. Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Adventure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight: Two per room: Ai Ais Resort Facilities: En-suite per room, hot springs, hot showers, bar, swimming pool Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon ±255 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs Included Highlight: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Day 4 Namib-Naukluft Park The Namib-Naukluft NP is one of Namibia’s geographic gems and at 50,000km2, is one of the largest parks in Africa. There are massive sand dunes in the Sossusvlei desert area as well as the remarkable landscape. Our lodge is situated outside the park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Hammerstein Lodge and Rest Camp Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, pool, bar. Route: Ais Ais to Namib Naukluft ±530 km Travel time: ±7-9 hrs
Day 5 Namib-Naukluft National Park We have a full day in the Namib-Naukluft National Park that starts with a walk up Dune 45 for an amazing view and photo opportunity. Later we will have the opportunity to be transported into Sossusvlei. In the afternoon there is a short walk into Sesriem Canyon. Optional Activities: Transfer to Deadvlei Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Hammerstein Lodge Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, pool, bar Route: Mariental to Hammerstein ±200 km (round trip) Included Highlights: Hike up Dune 45, walk into Sesriem Canyon
Day 6/7 Swakopmund We are joined by an expert local guide for a desert walk. Exploring on foot, this local guide will share his detailed knowledge of the ecosystem. Afterwards we cross the Tropic of Capricorn on our way from the Atlantic Coast. Then it’s on to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, where you will be briefed on the many optional activities available. Optional Activities: Dinner Out, Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights etc Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet Route: Hammerstein to Swakopmund ±395 km Travel time: ±6-7 hrs Included Highlight: Guided desert walk
Day 8 Swakopmund - Khorixas Today we head inland towards Khorixas, stopping en-route at Spitzkoppe, where we will enjoy some time exploring the enormous granite monoliths with our guide. In the afternoon we will visit the Petrified Forest (might be done the following morning). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Igowati Lodge Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, pool, bar, curio-shop Route: Swakopmund to Khorixas ±400 km Travel time: ±4-5 hours plus the time spent visiting sites Activity package: Visit to Spitzkoppe and the Petrified Forest
Day 9 Kamanjab - Himba Tribe Today we journey towards Kamanjab. Driving through Damaraland, we will spend time with some of the semi-nomadic Himba people. The Himba are a pastoral people and are easily recognisable by their unique style of hair and dress. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Oase Guest House Facilities: En-suites, swimming pool, bar, internet connection Route: Khorixas to Kamanjab ±115 km Travel time: ±2-3 hrs (if rainy season, alternative route will be taken due to bad road conditions) Activity package: Guided visit to the Himba tribe
Day 10/11 Etosha National Park We travel south-east to Etosha NP. The open plains allow spectacular elevated game viewing from the truck whilst on game drives. Our quality bungalow accommodations, which both boast floodlit night water holes, are inside the park. Day 10 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Halali Facilities: En-suites, hot showers,bar, shop, swimming pool, waterhole, drinkable water Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park ±170km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck Day 11 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Okaukuejo Facilities: En-suites, hot showers,bar, shop, swimming pool, waterhole, drinkable water Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Day 12 Windhoek En-route to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, we stop at a craft market where you can buy authentic African carvings and paintings. On arrival in Windhoek we take a short driving tour around the city in our truck. Optional Activities: Dinner out Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Two per Room: Arebbusch Travel Lodge Facilities:En-suite, hot showers, wireless, swimming pool, bar, laundry, restaurant Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek ±430 km Travel time: ±7-9 hrs (Long Day) Included Highlight: Craft market en-route; short city tour in Nomad truck
Day 13 Botswana - Ghanzi We say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border. Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community. Optional Activities: Bushman walk. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Ghanzi Trail Blazers Facilities: En-suites, bar, swimming pool, hot showers Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi ±440 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing Border posts: Namibia: Buitepos, Open: 07h00-24h00. Botswana: Mamanu, Open: 07h00-24h00
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 14/15/16 Maun – Okavango Delta Maun is well known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. We spend one night in Maun and prepare for this Delta excursion. Please pack a small overnight bag for your stay in the Okavango Delta. Small planes transport us over this amazing area to our tented camp. Once in the Delta we take a nature walk with a local expert and a guided afternoon boat cruise. If the water level allows there will also be a traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) trip.
Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Maun during the Delta Excursion on day 15 & 16
Day 14 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Sitatunga Facilities: Hot showers, En-suites, bar, swimming pool, laundry Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±530 km Travel time: ±5-6 hrs Day 15 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Meru Tent: Moremi Crossing
Facilities: En-suite, bar, hot water, swimming pool, laundry, shop Activity package: Flight from Maun to Moremi Crossings approx 30min, nature walk with local expert and guided afternoon boat cruise along the Delta channels Luggage Restriction: 10kg luggage per person, No bottled water allowed on flight, can be purchased at Moremi Crossing Day 16 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Meru Tent: Moremi Crossing
Facilities: En-suite, bar, hot water, swimming pool, laundry, shop
Day 17 Nata We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans. 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 Facilities: En-suites, bar, swimming pool, hot showers Route: Maun to Nata ±305 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs Activity package: Scenic flight back to Maun
Day 18 Chobe National Park After continuing north to Kasane, we enjoy a sunset river cruise on the Chobe River (in the National Park) where animals such as hippos, buffalo and elephants are plentiful. Optional Activities: Chobe Game Drive (next morning) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Thebe River Lodge Facilities: Hot showers, En-suites, bar, swimming pool. Route: Nata to Kasane ±310 km Travel time: ±6-8 hrs Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe NP
Day 19/20 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls After an early morning optional game drive we cross into Zimbabwe where we have a short briefing on all the optional activities available here. Then we enter the much-anticipated Victoria Falls NP where we will experience the might of the great Zambezi River. Your tour officially finishes after breakfast on day 20, but there is the option to book extra nights. Meals: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1 Accommodation: Two per Room: Elephant Hills Resort www.elephanthillshotel.com (Day 19 only) Facilities: En-suite, bar, swimming pool, hot showers, laundry, restaurant Route: Kasane to Vic Falls ±100 km Travel time: ±2 hrs and a border crossing Activity package: Vic Falls National Park Entrance Border posts: Botswana: Kazangula Road,Open: 06h00-20h0 Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00
The tour ends on day 20 after breakfast at the Elephant Hills Hotel Should you wish to extend your tour for another night, kindly pre book this accommodation through your travel agent or Nomad.
Inclusions & Exclusions
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 and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).
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. This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items. Activities: Cederberg Guided Walk R250 Guided desert walk with local expert R350 Himba Tribe visit R350 3 day Delta fly in R8150 Chobe National Park boat cruise R500 Vic Falls National Park entry R350
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 http://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 with the Accommodated South African Explorer, Classic Kruger Big 5, Mozambique Explorer, the East African Adventure and the 2 day Journey to Johannesburg transit. 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 accommodation 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 the maximum number of participants is 18. Tour Ends: The tour ends at the Elephant Hills Hotel www.africansunhotels.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 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 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:
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” 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, however, en-suite facilities are not always guaranteed.
The Gariep (Orange) River: The Orange River was originally called the Nu Gariep (“great river”) by the indigenous Nama people. It was named the Orange River by Colonel Robert Gordon, commander of the Dutch East India Company garrison at Cape Town, on a trip to the interior. Gordon named the river in honour of William of Orange, although a popular belief is that it was named for its colour. Nowadays known by its original name Gariep River, it is the longest river in South Africa, covering 1 800 km. It rises in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho, where it is known as Senqu, flowing westwards through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay. On its long journey, the Orange offers a variety of vistas: in places it is seamed by rugged mountain chains and in other parts, by endless dune fields. The river forms part of the international border between South Africa and Namibia and between South Africa and Lesotho as well as several provincial borders within South Africa. Although the river does not pass through any major cities, it plays an important role in the South African economy by providing water for irrigation and hydroelectric power. The Orange River is also responsible for the diamond deposits along the Namibian coast. Over millions of years it transported diamonds from the volcanic pipes in Kimberley in South Africa to the sea. From there, the currents took them northward and the surf deposited them into the dune fields of the Namib.
Kokerboom Forest: The Kokerboom or Quiver tree is a type of tree aloe, a succulent plant that can store water in its stems and leaves. It is one of the most characteristic plants of the Namib, and is known as 'garas' by the Namas (from the word meaning "to scratch lines") and 'choje' by the Bushmen. The name Kokerboom or Quiver tree comes from a tradition of the Bushmen (San) of Namaqualand who, needing quivers for their poisoned arrows, cut branches from the tree, hollowed out the fibrous interior, and attached a carrying strap. Confined to the Northern Cape and Namibia, this tree aloe is found growing mainly on the rocky habitat of the hills along the Orange River. Due to the harsh climate in these areas, the tree has a remarkable ability to absorb water through a superficial root system, and store it in its leaves and corky tissue. Quiver trees are usually solitary but in places they occur in dense "forests", creating an uncommonly beautiful landscape. A good example of this is near Keetmanshoop, where some 250 of these unusual trees have grown closely together. Small animals make their homes between the leaves and in the corky trunk. Sociable Weavers can build huge communal nests shared by as many as 400 birds, and sometimes covering the whole tree.