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14 Day Desert & Delta - Swakopmund to Victoria Falls [NASV]
Etosha National Park
Chobe National Park - Botswana
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
Highlights: Swakopmund - Himba Tribe - Bushmen - Etosha National Park - Okavango Delta - Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls
Countries Visited: Namibia - Botswana - Zimbabwe
DETAILS: Trip Code: NASV Length: 14 Days / 13 Nights Vehicle: Adventure Truck Min / Max People: 4 / 18 Departure Point: Stay @ Swakop, 173 Anton Lubowski Street, Swakopmund, Namibia, Tel.: +264 64 403138, www.stay-at-swakop.com End Point: Elephant Hills Resort, Park Way Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Tel: +263 13 44793. http://www.africansunhotels.com
*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.
Day 1 Swakopmund After meeting your guides, you will have the opportunity to experience one of the many optional activities available in the adventure capital of Namibia, Swakopmund. Alternatively explore the town, admire the architecture or visit the many quaint shops. Optional Activities: Dinner Out, Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights etc. Meals: No Meals Accommodation: Two per room: Stay @ Swakop www.stay-at-swakop.com Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet
Day 2 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: www.igowatilodge.com 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 3 Kamanjab - Himba TribeToday 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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oase-Garni-Guest-House/141763572504727?ref=ts&fref=ts 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) Included Highlight: Guided visit to the Himba tribe
Day 4/5 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 4 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Halali www.nwr.com.na/etosha_national_park.html Facilities: En-suites, hot showers,bar, shop, swimming pool, waterhole, drinkable water Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park ±170 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Day 5 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Okaukuejo www.nwr.com.na/etosha_national_park.html Facilities: En-suites, hot showers,bar, shop, swimming pool, waterhole, drinkable water Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Day 6 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 - http://www.arebbusch.com/ 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 7 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, Tel: +264 62 560401, Open: 07h00-24h00. Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 (0) 659 2013/2064, Open: 07h00-24h00
Day 8/9/10 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 9 & 10. Day 8 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Sitatunga http://www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp Facilities: Hot showers, En-suites, bar, swimming pool, laundry Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±530 km Travel time: ±5-6 hrs Day 9 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Meru Tent: Moremi Crossing www.gunns-camp.com/moremi_crossing.php 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 10 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Meru Tent: Moremi Crossing www.gunns-camp.com/moremi_crossing.php Facilities: En-suite, bar, hot water, swimming pool, laundry, shop
Day 11 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: www.natalodge.com 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 12 Chobe National Park After continuing north to Kasane, we enjoy the included 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 www.theberiversafaris.com 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 13/14 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 14, 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 13 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, Tel: +267 62 50320, Open: 06h00-20h0 Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00
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: Himba Tribe visit: R 350.00 3 day Delta fly in: R 8150.00 Chobe National Park boat cruise: R 500.00 Vic Falls National Park entry: R 350.00 TOTAL COST: R9350
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 http://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. 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. 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 the Elephant Hills Hotel www.africansunhotels.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 USD1-2 (or about R10-R20) 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, however, en-suite facilities are not always guaranteed.
Swakopmund Founded in 1892 by German settlers, Swakopmund was intended to be the main harbour of German South-West Africa. Increased traffic between Germany and its colony necessitated the establishment of a port of its own, as Walvis Bay, located 33 kilometres south, was in British possession. The choice fell to a site north of the Swakop River where water was readily available. There is a strong German architectural influence in the town, with its Bavarian-style buildings, including the Altes Gefängnis prison, designed by Heinrich Bause in 1909 and the Wörmannhaus, built in 1906 with a prominent tower, now a public library. The area now known as Swakopmund was orginally called “Tsoakhaub", a Nama word that can be translated as "excrement opening", an offensive but accurate description of the waters of the Swakop River when it flooded, carrying masses of mud, sand, vegetation and animal corpses to the Atlantic Ocean. The name was changed to "Swachaub" by German settlers and with the proclamation of Swakopmund as an independent district of German South-West Africa in 1896, the present way of writing Swakopmund (meaning Estuary of the Swakop in German) came into use. Surrounded by the Namib Desert on three sides and the cold Atlantic waters to the west, Swakopmund enjoys a temperate climate. Rainfall is rare, but the cold Benguela current supplies moisture to the area in the form of fog that can reach as deep as 140 km inland. The fauna and flora of the area has adapted to this phenomenon and now relies upon the fog as a source of water. Swakopmund is well known for adventure sports including: skydiving, sand boarding and quad biking. Your guides will be able to assist you in deciding on a suitable activity, alternatively, spend the day exploring the town and enjoying the various coffee shops and souvenir shops.
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 his 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.