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14 Day Camping - Desert & Delta - South [NVS]

Route:

Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Botswana - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Maun - Okavango Delta - Maun - Ghanzi - Windhoek - Namibia - Etosha National Park - Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund

Desert & Delta - South - Camping 2014

Highlights: Himba Tribe, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls

Countries Visited: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia

TOUR CODE:NVS
Accommodation:
Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 24
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type:
Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 14 Nights: 13

Meals:
Breakfast:13
Lunch:12
Dinner:10

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am Vic Falls Adventure Lodge, Stand 954, Corner Pioneer Road and Chinotimba Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Tel: +263 134 1354 www.adventurezonevicfalls.com

End Point
Gruner Kranz Courtyard: www.grunerkranz.com, 42 Nathaniël Maxuilili street, Swakopmund, Namibia. Tel: 00264 64 402030

*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 there is a maximum number of 24 participants.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls National Park. As we stay in Victoria Falls tonight, you have sufficient time to explore the falls and visit all of the view-points for some great photo opportunities. It’s a good idea to arrive the day before if you would like to book any of the optional activities available.

Optional Activities: Full day white water rafting, Flight over the falls, Full day low/high water river boarding, sunset cruise, bungee jump (solo), morning/afternoon lion or elephant encounter
Meals: No meals included
Accommodation: Two per room: Vic Falls Adventure Lodge www.adventurezonevicfalls.com/accommodation.html
Facilities: En-suite rooms, hot showers, bar, laundry & internet café, swimming pool, drinkable water
Activity Package: Entry to Victoria Falls NP

Day 2 – Botswana - Chobe National Park
We depart Victoria Falls and head towards Kasane. Upon arrival at Kasane we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon we enjoy a scenic sunset boat cruise in Chobe National Park. Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready. Optional Activities: Chobe NP game drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris www.theberiversafaris.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, laundry, internet
Route: Vic Falls to Kasane. ±100 km
Travel time: ±2 hrs and a border crossing
Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe National Park

Border posts: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00.
Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 625 0320, Open: 06h00-20h00.

Day 3 Maun
An early start and our journey will take us to Maun where we will spend the night. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for the bush-camping excursion, packing small overnight bags. Your guides will provide you with a briefing about the next few days’ activities and the community run tourism operation.

Optional Activities: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (time permitting)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sitatunga http://www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, laundry
Route: Kasane to Maun ±680 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs

Day 4 Okavango Delta
After breakfast we board our local 4x4 truck transport for our trip into the Okavango Delta, where we meet with our local guides and polers for our mokoro (traditional canoe) trip to our remote bush camp. In the afternoon there is a nature walk with a local guide which gives a great chance to view wildlife on foot. Tonight is spent swapping stories around the camp fire and enjoying the serenity of the Delta.

Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Maun for the following 2 days.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp www.deltarain.com
Facilities: No facilities – bush camping
Route: Maun to Bush Camp
Activity package: 4 x 4 vehicle transfer into Okavango Delta, Mokoro ride and guided nature walk

Day 5 Okavango Delta
There is normally an early morning nature walk with your local guides, splitting up into smaller groups so there is a better chance of seeing the wildlife. This is followed by breakfast and a relaxed day around the camp site. Often there is the chance to swim in the clear water. Test your skills as a mokoro poler, it’s not as easy as the locals make it look!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp www.deltarain.com
Facilities: No facilities – bush camping

Day 6 Delta to Maun
Another early morning walk before breakfast and then it’s time to board our mokoro canoe for the trip back to the truck (depending on the water levels). Then we say good bye to our local guides and journey back to the Maun campsite for lunch and a relaxing afternoon. Do not be alarmed if we are joined at camp by local dairy cows later in the evening as they sometimes roam through the back of the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sitatunga http://www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, laundry
Activity package: Morning Game walk in the Okavango Delta, transfer in local vehicle to Maun

Day 7 Ghanzi
We depart early and head towards Ghanzi. Once at camp we will meet with a local Bushmen community and experience some traditional Tribal Dancing. There are also some traditional bushman huts that you have the opportunity to stay in for a nominal fee.

Optional activity: Bushman walk
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ghanzi Trail Blazers http://ghanzitrailblazers.wheretostay.na/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar 
Route: Maun to Ghanzi ±530 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs
Included highlight: San tribal dancing demonstration in the evening

Day 8 Windhoek, Namibia
Today is a long driving day to the Namibian border and on to Windhoek in the centre of Namibia arriving in the early evening. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Tonight there is an optional dinner out in town at Joe’s Beer House, definitely a feast for all the senses.

Optional Activities: Dinner out at a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Arebbusch Lodge: www.arebbusch.com
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, wireless, swimming pool, bar, laundry
Route: Ghanzi to Windhoek ±440 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing on this day
Included highlight: Short city tour with the Nomad truck

Border posts: Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560 401, Open: 07h00-24h00.
Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 659 2013/2064, Open: 07h00-24h00.

Day 9/10 Etosha National Park
Leaving the city sights behind us, we travel into Namibia’s barren northern area. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. We enter Etosha National Park and game drive through to our campsite for the night. On the 2nd day, there is more breathtaking game viewing en-route to a different campsite. Etosha National Park is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. We will go on various game drives, and spend our evenings at the water holes for some excellent game photography.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Namutoni and/or Okaukuejo: www.nwr.com.na/etosha_national_park.html 
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, drinkable water, small kiosk, swimming pool, bar
Route: Windhoek to Etosha ±470 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs
Included Highlights: Game Drives in Nomad Truck, Entrance to Etosha NP, Craft market stop en-route

Day 11 Himba Tribes
Leaving Etosha we drive towards Kamanjab. The Himba are pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. Today you have the chance to visit the Himba camp and see how these interesting people live. The facilities at our camp site are minimal, so its best to treat this as bush camping, however there are basic outdoor showers and toilets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Kamanjab Camp: www.kamanjab-restcamp.com/?lang=en
Facilities: Shared ablutions, sometimes hot water, toilets, bar
Route: Etosha to Kamanjab ±215 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Activity package: Visit to the Himba camp with local guide.

Day 12 Spitzkoppe
From culture to creation we travel to the mysterious Spitzkoppe, known as Namibia’s Matterhorn. At the huge rocky outcrop, we set up camp in the wild, beneath the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. For the more adventurous traveller you may want to venture up the mountain behind camp before dinner for some stunning views of the landscape.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Spitzkoppe Community Campsite: www.spitzkoppe.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar Route: Kamanjab to Spitzkoppe ±295 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Included Highlights: Guided walk with Nomad guide through Spitzkoppe

Day 13 Swakopmund
Today we travel to Namibia’s Atlantic coast and Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. You will be briefed on the optional activities available here. At night there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant where you can try different types of local dishes.

Optional Activities: Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights, Dinner etc.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Gruner Kranz Courtyard: www.grunerkranz.com
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, laundry, hot showers, restaurant
Route: Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund ±200 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs

Day 14 Swakopmund
Unfortunately your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Today is left for you to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Most activities include a pick up and drop off service to/from your hostel. You can also take time to go to the internet café or wander through the shopping streets.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.

Tour Ends
The tour ends Gruner Kranz Courtyard www.grunerkranz.com. Should you wish to stay here another night, kindly pre-book this accommodation through your travel agent, SA Tours and Safaris.

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
-Vic Falls National Park entry R350
-Chobe National Park boat cruise R500
-3 day Delta drive in R2100
-Himba Tribe visit R350
TOTAL: R3300
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 for further information.

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 is the most widely used currency on this route. 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. In Victoria falls, there is an ATM which gives money in USD. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. 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, with a higher risk in Zimbabwe and Botswana.