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14 Days Camping - Discover Mozambique - To and From Johannesburg [NJMJ]
Hlane Royal National Park
Praia do Tofo
Vilanculos (or Vilankulo)
Kruger National Park
Highlights: Panorama Route - Kruger National Park - Swazi Culture - Hlane National Park - Diving - Beaches - Bazaruto Island
Countries Visited: South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique
DETAILS: Trip Code: NJMJ Accommodation: Twin Share Camping Max Passengers: 18 Number of Crew: 2 Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck DURATION: Days: 14 Nights: 13
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.southernsun.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx
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
Meals: Breakfast:13 Lunch:12 Dinner:12
**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. The group will be separated for the Bazaruto Archipelago Excursion and for this reason, if you have booked a German translated departure, the translator will accompany the accommodated clients Bazaruto excursion.
Day 1 South Africa - Swaziland - Hlane Royal National Park Leaving Johannesburg early, we travel through the Mpumalanga province to Swaziland. After crossing the border we enter Hlane Royal NP, a huge nature reserve, home to lion, elephant and white rhino.
Optional Activities: Guided game walk, mountain biking, game drive. Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Hlane NP: www.biggameparks.org/hlane Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, water not drinkable, bar Route: Johannesburg to Hlane NP ±510 km Travel time: ±9-10 hrs and a border crossing
Day 2 Hlane Royal National Park At over 30000 hectares Hlane is Swaziland’s largest protected area. Originally the private hunting area of the Swazi Royal family the area is now held in trust and managed by Big Game Parks. As the lions are housed in a fenced enclosure it is possible to hike inside the park.
Optional Activities: Guided game walk, mountain biking, game drive. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Hlane NP: www.biggameparks.org/hlane Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, water not drinkable, bar
Day 3 Mozambique – Praia do Tofo We cross into Mozambique. Travelling north you can’t help but be captivated by the beautiful coastal scenery before arriving in Praia do Tofo and our campsite for the next two nights. Whether you just want to relax on the white sandy beaches or take on some of Africa’s most amazing diving and snorkelling spots, there’s plenty on offer in Tofo.
Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Scuba Diving and Surfing. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Bamboozi Beach Lodge: www.barraresorts.com/bamboozi-home-of-bamboozi-lodge Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool Route: Hlane NP to Praia Do Tofo ±785 km Travel time: ±10-11 hrs and a border crossing (long day)
Day 4 Praia do Tofo In season Tofo is one of the world’s best sites for the viewing of the world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark. This entire day is free so that you can go snorkelling, scuba diving or just relax on the beautiful white sandy beach.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Bamboozi Beach Lodge: www.barraresorts.com/bamboozi-home-of-bamboozi-lodge Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool
Day 5 Vilanculos The Bazaruto Archipelago is Mozambique’s premier destination and it’s not hard to understand why. A protected area, the sea-life here is spectacular and snorkelling at one of the reefs is one of the best ways to enjoy it. On the way to Vilanculos we will be stopping at a local craft market for a little souvenir shopping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Smugglers www.mozcon.com/Smugglers_Vilanculos.html Facilities: Hot showers, bar, laundry, swimming pool, shop Route: Praia Do Tofo to Vilanculos ±300 km Travel time: ±7 hrs
Day 6 Bazaruto Archipelago National Park Excursion The Bazaruto excursion is taken on the traditional sailing vessel of the African East Coast, the Dhow. We sail out to the islands and have the opportunity to snorkel, swim and relax over these 2 days. The Bazaruto is one of Southern Africa’s largest marine parks. We will overnight at a camp on the beach in our tents.
Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Vilanculos for this night. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Beach Camp: www.sailaway.co.za Facilities: Primitive ablutions, hot showers Activity package (Day 5-6): Bazaruto Camping Excursion
Day 7 Bazaruto Archipelago National Park Excursion The second day of this oceanic excursion is again spent exploring the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and the abundant sea-life it supports. On rare occasions the weather may be unfavourable and in this case the Dhow will be replaced with a more conventional vessel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Smugglers www.mozcon.com/Smugglers_Vilanculos.html Facilities: Hot showers, bar, laundry, swimming pool, shop
Day 8/9 Inhambane Today we travel through coconut plantations to the old Portuguese settlement of Inhambane. This coastal region is very relaxing and boasts incredible beaches. There are many optional activities available here from fishing to horse riding.
Optional Activities: Scuba Diving, Quad Biking, Snorkelling Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Palm Grove Lodge: http://www.palmgrovelodge.co.za Facilities: En suite, hot showers, bar Route: Vilanculos to Inhambane ±285 km Travel time: ±6 hrs
Day 10 Maputo area Today we return south towards the direction of Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. Mozambique gained full independence from the Portuguese in 1975, but only gained political stability in more recent times and is undergoing a major upgrade as the country’s economy grows.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Casa Lisa: http://casalisa.co.za Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, restaurant, bar, swimming pool Route: Inhambane to Maputo ±570 km Travel time: ±7-8 hrs
Day 11/12 South Africa – Greater Kruger National Park Today we drive through Maputo’s capital and return to South Africa to the world famous Kruger National Park, where we hope to spot Africa’s Big 5. The Kruger Park is the most famous nature conservation area in the world.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (day 11 only), Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, drinkable water, internet, shop Route: Maputo to Kruger NP ±240km Travel time: ±3 hrs Included highlight: Full day game drive in our Nomad truck
Border posts: Mozambique: Lebombo: Tel: +27 13 793 7201, Open 24 hrs South Africa: Komati Poort: Tel: +27 13 793 7201, Open 24 hrs
Day 13 Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Today we visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where animals are being re-habilitated before being released back in to the wild. In the evening we enjoy a traditional song and dance evening along with a typical South African meal.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Timbavati Safari Lodge: www.timbavatisafarilodge.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, swimming pool, shop Activity package: Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation visit, Included highlight: Evening song and dance with traditional South African cuisine Route: Kruger NP to Timbavati Area ±195 km Travel time: ±2-3 hrs
Day 14 Panorama Route - Johannesburg Travelling along the Panorama Route we stop at Blyde River Canyon and Bourkes Luck Potholes. The tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg. Johannesburg has many excellent restaurants and the group often spends this evening together.
Optional Activities: Dinner out Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Own Arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris. Route: Timbavati Area to Johannesburg ±540 km Travel time: ±9 hrs Included highlight: Panorama Route: God's Window, Blyde River Canyon, Bourkes Luck Potholes
Tour Ends Your tour will end 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 with your travel agent, SA Tours and Safaris. If you choose to stay elsewhere you will need to arrange a transfer. Garden Court O.R. Tambo International is about 10 min drive from O.R. 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.
Activity & Price -Bazaruto camping excursion R2750 -Moholoholo rehabilitation centre R200 TOTAL:R2950 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).
Malaria: Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.
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. Most nationalities require visas for Mozambique, Swaziland and some require visas for South Africa. These visas should be organized before the tour. 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 best on this tour. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on other countries. 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 note that ATM’s are not widely available in Mozambique. Vaccinations: None required by law in South Africa. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa. Onward Travel: This tour can be linked to the Okavango & Chobe Trail and South African Explorer beforehand or the East African Adventure Tour afterwards. 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 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. The group will be separated for the Bazaruto Archipelago Excursion and for this reason, if you have booked a German Translated departure, the translator will accompany the Accommodated clients into the Bazaruto Archipelago. Did you receive your Pre Departure Information Booklet? If not please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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: We will drop you off at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport www.southernsun.com/garden-court/or-tambo-internationalairport/pages/overview.aspx . We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening with your travel agent or Nomad reservations. If you choose to stay elsewhere you will need to arrange a transfer. Garden Court O.R. Tambo International is about 10km drive from O.R. 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. 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 email@example.com. 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.
Whale Sharks: Mozambique, especially the areas around Inhambane (Praia do Tofo), is well known for its incredible whale shark diving opportunities. Definitely one of the top places in the world to encounter the majestic whale sharks, divers are starting to slowly but surely rediscover Mozambique. You do not even need a PADI or other dive qualifications to dive with these amazing gentle giants. You can simply swim or snorkel with them and marvel in their awesome size and beauty. Whale Sharks can be seen all year round but the waters are heavily populated during the Mozambique summer months (September – February). Please note that February is the known time of year for cyclones so if you do come then there is a chance of being caught up in one, and the visibility drops dramatically during this month if cyclones do hit the coast.