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8 Day Delta & Chobe Trail - Windhoek to Victoria Falls [NAWV]

Route:

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

Highlights:
Okavango Delta - Bushmen - Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls

Countries Visited:
Namibia - Botswana - Zimbabwe

DETAILS:
Trip Code: NAWV
Length:
8 Days / 7 Nights
Min / Max People: 4 / 18
Vehicle: Adventure Truck
Departure Point: 8.00 am Arebbusch Lodge, Cnr of Golf & Auas Rd, Olympia, Windhoek, Namibia.
Tel: +264 61 252 255
www.arebbusch.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.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Windhoek to Botswana - Ghanzi
After meeting your guides, we have an early start and head towards Botswana and onto Ghanzi. 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: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Ghanzi Trail Blazers http://www.ghanzitrailblazers.co.bw/
Facilities: En-suites, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi. ±570 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing
Activity package: Bushman dancing in evening

Border posts:
Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560401, Open: 07h00-24h00.
Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 (0) 659 2013/2064, 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 2/3/4 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 3 & 4.

Day 2
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Sitatunga http://www.deltarain.com/
Facilities: Hot showers, En-suites, bar, swimming pool
Route: Ghanzi to Maun. ±300 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs

Day 3
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
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 4
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
Activity Package: Mokoro Ride and Nature Walk

Day 5 Gweta
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: http://www.natalodge.com/
Facilities: En-suites, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Maun to Nata. ±200 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Activity package: Scenic flight back to Maun

Day 6 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 Safaris http://www.theberiversafaris.com/
Facilities: Hot showers, En-suites, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Gweta to Kasane. ±400 km
Travel time: ±6-8 hrs
Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe NP

Day 7/8 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 8, but there is the option to book extra nights
Optional Activities: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion and many more.
Meals: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1
Accommodation: Two per Room: Elephant Hills Hotel – http://www.elephanthillsresort.com/ (Day 7 only)
Facilities: En-suite, bar, swimming pool.
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:
3 day Delta fly in R8150
Chobe National Park boat cruise R500
Vic Falls National Park entry R350

Total R9000

 

Extra information

Malaria:
Malaria prophylactics are required.

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:
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 for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.

Onward Travel:
This tour can be linked to the Kruger Park, East African Adventure, South African Explorer and Discover Mozambique tours. Travel to Johannesburg on our Journey to Johannesburg transfer.

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 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 nomad@nomadtours.co.za and we will e-mail you the document; alternatively visit us at 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:
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 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:
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 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, however, en-suite facilities are not always guaranteed.

Okavango Delta:
The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta, a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering 17 000 square km. It originates in Angola - numerous tributaries join to form the Cubango River, which then flows through Namibia, becoming the Kavango River and finally enter Botswana, where it is becomes the Okavango. Millions of years ago the Okavango River used to flow into a large inland lake called Lake Makgadikgadi (now Makgadikgadi Pans). Tectonic activity and faulting interrupted the flow of the river causing it to back up and form what is now the Okavango Delta. This has created a unique system of waterways that supports a vast array of animal and plant life that would have otherwise been a dry Kalahari savannah.
There are an estimated 200 000 large mammals in and around the Okavango Delta. On the mainland and among the islands in the delta, lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles congregate with a teeming variety of antelope and other smaller animals - warthog, mongoose, spotted genets, monkeys, bush babies and tree squirrels. Notably the endangered African Wild Dog is present within the Okavango Delta, exhibiting one of the richest pack densities in Africa. The delta also includes over 400 species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle.
Many of these animals live in the Delta but the majority pass through, migrating with the summer rains to find renewed fields for grazing. With the onset of winter the countryside dries up and they make their way back to the floodplains. This leads to some of the most incredible sightings as large numbers of prey and predators are pushed together. Certain areas of the Delta provide some of the best predator action seen anywhere in the world.




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.