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20 days Camping - South African Explorer - South - [NJC]

  • South Africa
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  • Panorama Route
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  • Kruger National Park
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  • Swaziland
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  • Mlilwane Wildlife Reserve
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  • St. Lucia Wetlands Park
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  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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  • Imfolozi KZN Parks
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  • Drakensberg
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  • Lesotho
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  • Malealea
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  • Addo Elephant National Park
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  • Tsitsikamma National Park
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  • Knysna
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  • Plettenberg Bay
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  • Oudtshoorn
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  • Stellenbosch / Paarl
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  • Cape Town - City

South African Explorer - Camping - South 2014

Highlights:
Cape Town, Garden Route, Swazi Nation, Kruger National Park, Panorama Route

Countries Visited: South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho

TOUR CODE:NJC
Accommodation: Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 3
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 20 Nights: 19

Meals:
Breakfast:19
Lunch:15
Dinner:17

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from 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

End Point
Nomad Adventure Tours, 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, South Africa. Tel: +27 (0) 82 578 2199, www.nomadtours.co.za

*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, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18.

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Itinerary:

Day 1 South Africa – Panorama Route
Leaving Johannesburg we travel towards the Panorama Route one of South Africa’s most scenic drives. The Panorama route consists of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon including God’s Window and Three Rondavels. This evening we will enjoy a traditional Shangaan Dinner with dancing.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Timbavati Safari Lodge: www.timbavatisafarilodge.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, landry, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Johannesburg to Timbavati ±500 km
Travel time: ±9-10 hrs including Panorama Route (long day)
Included Highlight: Panorama route: God's Window, Blyde River Canyon, Bourkes Luck Potholes Traditional Shangaan Dinner with dancing

Day 2/3 Kruger National Park
We get up early to visit Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre where injured or lost animals are rehabilitated to be released back into the wild. This is a wonderful opportunity to see some very special species up close, as well as learn about the positive achievements being accomplished here. Later we enter the world famous Kruger National Park and immediately start with an afternoon game drive in the truck. The next day is a full day’s game viewing from the advantageous height of our wonderful truck.

Day 2
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Timbavati Lodge to Orpen Gate (KNP) ±140 km (additional drive to Wildlife Centre)
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs to gate including the educational visit 
Activity package: Visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Included Highlight: Kruger afternoon game drive in Nomad truck

Day 3:
Meals:
Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck

Day 4/5 Swaziland - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
The Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked country bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. We spend the next two nights in the Mlilwane Nature Reserve. Exploring the area on foot allows you to appreciate the scenery as well as the animals; there are no dangerous predators here.

Optional Activities: Guided birding walk, Game Drive, Village visit

Day 4
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary: www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, pool
Route: Kruger NP to Mlilwane. ±230 km (in addition approx 150km in KNP)
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs and a border crossing
Included Highlight: Morning Kruger Game drive in Nomad truck, stop at local markets, explore area on foot

Day 5
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary: www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, pool

Border posts:
South Africa: Mananga, Tel: +27 (0) 13 793 7075, Open: 07h00-18h00.
Swaziland: Mananga, Tel: +268 323 2137, Open: 07h00-18h00.

Day 6 South Africa – Isimangaliso (Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park
We leave Swaziland and take a scenic drive towards the warm Indian Ocean coast, re-entering South Africa. Soon after our arrival at iSimangaliso Wetland Park we board a boat for a sunset cruise on the lagoon for some bird and hippo viewing! This UNESCO recognised area is extremely varied and includes: lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands together supporting an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Shonalanga: www.shonalanga.net
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, laundry, internet, pool
Route: Mlilwane to St. Lucia. ±400 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing
Activity package: St. Lucia boat cruise

Border posts:
Swaziland: Golela, Tel: +34 435 1070, Open: 07h00-20h00.
South Africa: Bothashoop, Tel: +17 8260 400, Open: 08h00-16h00.

Day 7 Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserve and Durban
This morning we drive to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for a game drive in open 4x4 vehicles. The park is the only state-run park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal where all the Big Five occur. Due to conservation efforts, the park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world. In the late afternoon we arrive at Durban, South Africa’s largest marine port and well-known surfing destination. The evening can be spent enjoying authentic Indian cuisine as Durban is also home to the largest population of people of Indian descent outside of India.

Optional Activity: Dinner out at local restaurant
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Two per room: Garden Court South Beach:
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool, shop
Route: St. Lucia to Durban. ±265 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs
Activity package: Morning game drive in open 4 x 4 vehicles - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Day 8/9 UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
We leave behind the beautiful beaches of KwaZulu Natal and travel inland to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg or Royal Natal National Park, part of the huge and incredibly scenic Drakensberg Escarpment. The Drakensberg is South Africa’s highest mountain range with peaks at over 3000 metres. Hiking is the most popular activity here and your guides will take you on a lovely hike if you are not already busy with other optional activities.

Optional activities: Horse riding, Hiking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Drakensville Resort: www.drakensville.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, pool, shop
Route: Durban to Drakensberg. ±240 km Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Included Highlight: Hike with your guide in Royal Natal National park (entrance fee and Bushmen painting visit included).

Day 10/11 Lesotho - Malealea
It’s a visually impressive drive up to the Lesotho border, where the popular pony trekking excursion (optional) requires an early morning start. On the optional overnight trek Lesotho villagers will guide you along remote trails where there are spectacular views. You can also remain at the lodge and relax, or experience an optional shorter ride. Before we depart we visit the local village and primary school.

Optional Activities: Pony Trekking Excursion, Hiking.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Malealea Lodge: www.malealea.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar
Route: Drakensberg to Malealea Lodge ±300 km
Travel time: ±8-10 hrs and a border crossing (Long Day)
Activity package: Local junior school and village visit (except during school holidays)

Border posts:
South Africa: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +27 (0) 51 924 4300, Open: 24hrs
Lesotho: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +266 22 313 796, Open: 24hrs

Day 12/13 South Africa – Cintsa
Leaving the ‘Kingdom in the Skies’ behind us we travel south to Cintsa. You can choose to relax, or participate in one of the optional activities available!

Optional Activities: Xhosa village visit
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Areena Resort: www.areena.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool
Route: Malealea to Cintsa ±560 km
Travel time: ± 8-9 hours plus border crossing

Border posts:
Lesotho: Vanrooyenshek, Tel: +27 51 583 1525, Open: 06h00-22h00.
South Africa: Vanrooyenshek, Tel: +27 51 583 1516, Open: 06h00-22h00

Day 14 Addo Elephant National Park
This unique Eastern Cape park is home to one of the densest concentrations of African elephants on earth as well as boasting the ‘Big Seven’(elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark) as Addo is a land and marine park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: The Aardvark Guest House: www.thearrdvarkguesthouse.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet
Route: Cintsa to Addo: ± 365 km
Travel time: ± 7-9 hours
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad Truck

Day 15/16 Tsitsikamma National Park
This morning we will take a quick stop at Port Elizabeth’s airport and arrive in the afternoon at Tsitsikamma. The name means ‘place of abundant water’ and it does not disappoint, with its indigenous forests and dramatic coastline. This area is home to the famous multi-day Otter Trail hike and the first few hours of this hike is included in your Activity Package.

Optional Activities: Bungee jumping (highest in the world), treetop canopy tours, blackwater tubing (min 4 clients)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 15 only), Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Tube n Axe: www.tubenaxe.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet
Route: Addo to Tsitsikamma. ±260 km
Travel time: ±3-5 hrs
Activity package: Tsitsikamma National Park Entrance Fee

Day 17 Knysna / Plettenberg Bay
It is a short distance to Plettenberg Bay. In the afternoon you can choose between remaining to relax at the resort or taking a short excursion into nearby Knysna to explore.

Optional Activities: Elephant Encounter, Township Tour, Monkey town, Birds of Eden, lagoon cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: NH Plettenbergbay: www.nh-hotels.co.za/plettenbergbay
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, swimming pool
Route: Tsitsikamma to Plettenberg Bay: ± 100km
Travel time: ± 1 hour

Day 18 Oudtshoorn
Today we travel through the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains towards Oudtshoorn where we visit the world-famous Cango Caves. The caves contain spectacular halls and grand limestone formations, and a local guide will tell you all about the cave system, which extends for over 4km.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Kleinplaas: www.kleinplaas.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, internet, swimming pool
Route: Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn ±130 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Activity package: Cango Caves Standard Tour

Day 19 Stellenbosch Wine Route
We take a scenic drive to Stellenbosch taking in some of Route 62 and a possible stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub… We will have the opportunity to explore Stellenbosch which forms the heart of the Western Cape’s wine region and second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape. As this is the last night on tour we head to a local restaurant for dinner.

Optional Activity: Ostrich Farm Visit, Dinner Out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Lord Charles Hotel: www.nh-hotels.co.za
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool
Route: Oudtshoorn to Stellenbosch ±400 km
Travel time: ± 5-6 hrs
Included highlight: Possible stop at Ronnie’s sex shop

Day 20 Cape Town
After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the Cheetah Breeding Project to meet these beautiful animals up close. Afterwards, we head to the Spier Wine Estate to taste some of South Africa’s finest wines and finally, the tour ends in Cape Town.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.
Activity package: Wine tasting, Cheetah Breeding Project entrance fee.

Tour Ends
Your tour will end at our Nomad office: 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town. Please enquire with your travel agent or Nomad 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.

Activity & Price
-Moholoholo rehabilitation centre R200
-St Lucia boat cruise R430 Hluhluwe game drive R750
-Lesotho junior school visit* R100
-Tsitsikamma National Park entrance R210
-Cango Caves basic tour R130
-Wine tasting & Cheetah breeding project R130
TOTAL: R1950
This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.
*The Lesotho school visit will only take place during school terms. During school holidays, we will refund this activity package item

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 or Nomad 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 for further information.

Currency and Banking
South African Rand is the best currency to use on this route. ATM’s are available in all major towns and cities. Travellers Cheques can take a long time to change into cash and often incur unreasonable charges. There is often a limit on the amount you can draw each day. 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 Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information. Malaria Malaria prophylactics are required for the first leg of this tour.