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26 Day Four Country Trek [NACVZJ]

Route:

South Africa - Cederberg - Namibia - Orange River - Fish River Canyon - Namib Naukluft Park - Swakopmund - Khorixas and surrounds - Kamanjab - Etosha National Park - Windhoek - Botswana - Ghanzi - Maun - Okavango Delta - Nata - Chobe National Park - Namibia - Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Hwange National Park - Great Zimbabwe Ruins - Tshipise - Johannesburg

Four Country Trek 2014

Highlights: Namib desert, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Countries Visited: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

TOUR CODE: NACVZJ
Accommodation: Twin Share Accommodation
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 26 Nights: 25

Meals:
Breakfast:23
Lunch:23
Dinner:19

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from 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
Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport, 2 Hulley Road, Isando Ext. 3, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. Tel: +27 11 392 1062 www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx

*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 you will be travelling together with a maximum number of 18 participants.

 

Itinerary:

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
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 Activity: Half-Day Canoe Adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Ai Ais Resort - www.nwr.com.na/ai_ais_hotsprings_spa.html
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 Ai-Ais

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 - www.hammerstein.com.na
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, pool, bar. 4
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 Activity: Transfer to Deadvlei
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Hammerstein Lodge www.hammerstein.com.na
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, pool, bar
Route: Hammerstein Lodge to Sesriem ±200km (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 x 2, Lunch x 1
Accommodation: Two per room: Stay@Swakop: http://www.stay-at-swakop.com/
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet
Route: Hammerstein to Swakopmund ±395 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs
Activity package: 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: 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.
Included highlights: 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: www.oaseguesthouse.com
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 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 11 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 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 Activity: 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 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 Activity: Bushman walk.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Ghanzi Trail Blazers
Facilities: En-suites, bar, swimming pool, hot showers 7
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 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 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 15 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 16 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 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: 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 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 Activity: 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 19/20/21 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.

Optional Activities: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion and many more.
Meals: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 1
Accommodation: Two per Room: Elephant Hills Resort www.elephanthillshotel.com
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

Day 22 Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
We depart Victoria Falls and head towards the Hwange National Park. At around 14650 square kilometres the Hwange National Park is the largest in Zimbabwe and home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations as well as over 100 other mammalian species and 400 different bird species. Just outside the park, we will have the opportunity to visit the Wild Dog Project.

Optional Activity: Visit Wild dog project.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner 
Camping: Two per room: Main Camp: www.zimparks.org/index.php/parks-overview/national/hwange
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop
Route: Victoria Falls to Hwange NP ±230km

Day 23 Matopos National Park
We depart Hwange NP and heads towards the Matopos National Park. The National Park occupies a total area of 44,500 hectares and was established in 1953. The park is situated in the magnificent Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering. We will enjoy an afternoon game drive during our time in the park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping: Two per room: Big Cave Camp: www.bigcave.co.za
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, drinkable water
Route: Hwange NP to Matopos NP ±315km
Travel time: ±6-7hrs
Activity package: Afternoon game drive

Day 24 Great Zimbabwe Ruins
No visit to Zimbabwe could possibly be complete without visiting the world-famous Great Zimbabwe ruins. Dating from around the 11th century these iron-age ruins have been the source of much speculation and disagreement over the years. Built without any mortar some of the walls are up to 5 metres high and still standing after so many centuries. This site was also home to 8 carved Zimbabwe birds, the image of which is found on the Zimbabwean National Flag

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping: Two per room: Norma Jeans Lake View Resort: www.normajeanslakeview.com
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet
Route: Matopos NP to Great Zimbabwe Ruins ±350km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Included activity: Visit Zimbabwe Ruins
Travel time: ±4-5hrs
Activity package: Afternoon game drive

Day 25 Tshipise
Today we will depart Zimbabwe and cross the border into the Limpopo province of South Africa. Tshipise was developed in 1936 and was formerly spelt Chipise – the name is said to be derived from chia fisu “burn, be hot” referring to the mineral springs at 65°C. This afternoon you will have time to relax in the warm mineral pool.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping: Two per room: Forever Tshipise Resort: www.forevertshipise.co.za
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Great Zimbabwe Ruins to Tshipise ±450km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs

Day 26 Johannesburg
Today we leave early for the journey south along the Great North Road for our final destination in Johannesburg, the City of Gold. We will travel past Pretoria, one of South Africa’s capital cities, before arriving in Johannesburg in the late afternoon. Although this final night is not included in the tour most people choose to get together for a final meal out at one of Johannesburg’s many excellent restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Own arrangements
Route: Tshipise to Johannesburg ±580km
Travel time: ±10-11hrs (long day)

Tour Ends
Your tour ends on arrival at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx . We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening through your travel agent or Nomad. If you choose to stay elsewhere you will need to arrange a transfer. Garden Court OR Tambo International is about 10 min drive from OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport. If you are flying out the following evening we highly recommend the day tour of Johannesburg city and Soweto as an informative and enjoyable way to spend the day.

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 fly in R8150
-Chobe National Park boat cruise R500
-Vic Falls National Park entry R350
-Afternoon Game Drive in Hwange NP R 895
 -Afternoon Game Drive in Matopos NP R 855
TOTAL: R11700
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

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, SA Tours and Safaris, to make these bookings.

Arrival / Departure
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. We also recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.

Insurance (Compulsory)
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 SA Tours and Safaris, please enquire with our consultants.

MEALS ON TOUR 
Breakfast: As breakfast is served very early in the morning (if there is driving or activities to be done) it is a simple but filling breakfast: Tea and coffee, breads and spreads, cereals, yoghurts, fruits and on occasion, when there is time for a later breakfast, guides will serve a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, porridge, bacon or beans.

Lunch: Lunch is generally served at a picnic spot next to the road en route to a destination. As the guides only have approximately 45 minutes to get everyone off the truck, prepare lunch and then get everyone back on the truck again, lunches consist of sandwiches and salads (rice salad, pasta salad, tuna salad and green salad) which are quick and easy to prepare but which are quite filling. They do have meal plans which they should stick to, to ensure that there is variety on a day to day basis.

Dinner: This is when the guides get time to prepare a delicious meal and they focus on a substantial protein, vegetable and carbohydrate dinner. We serve traditional cuisine consisting of braais (BBQ), potjie (stew), bobotie (mince), spaghetti and fish and chicken dishes.

All meals (on both accommodated and camping tours) that are included as per the dossier are prepared at the full service adventure truck. This is a unique adventure in itself where you get to dine under the stars with your new found friends and experience the real sights and sounds of Africa!

Currency and Banking
South African Rand and US Dollars are the most widely used currency on this route. 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. 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. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.

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 disabilities 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.

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.