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4 Days - The Kruger Big 5 - Camping - To & From Johannesburg [NJJ]

Route:

Johannesburg - Kwa Madwala Game Reserve - Kruger National Park - Johannesburg

Highlights:
Panorama Route - Kruger National Park

Countries Visited:
South Africa

DETAILS:
Tri Code: NJJ
Length:
4 Days / 3 Nights
Min / Max People: 2 / 18
Vehicle: Adventure truck / safari vehicle

Arrival / Departure
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. As the activities on your tour can be moved to any day during your tour, we also highly recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
8:00 am from Belvedere Estate corner George and Belvedere road, Glen Austin Midrand, Tel: 079 510 6705 – www.belvedereestate.co.za

End Point
Belvedere Estate corner George and Belvedere road, Glen Austin Midrand, Tel: 079 510 6705 – www.belvedereestate.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.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Greater Kruger National Park
An early start from Johannesburg, we travel through the Province of Mpumalanga en route to the breathtaking Kruger National Park. This afternoon we enter the greater Kruger National Park area where we will be spending the next 3 nights. After settling in we enjoy an evening game drive followed by local dancing and dinner.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger National Park. ±450 km
Travel time: ±8-10 hrs
Activity Package: Evening game drive

Day 2 Kruger National Park
Today we start with a morning game walk before proceeding into the Kruger National Park. We enjoy an afternoon game drive from the comfort of our Nomad Truck. On the way keep your eyes open for more wildlife. Our truck gives us a more elevated view of the park and the ability to spot big cats and other smaller game that can be hiding in the vegetation. After spending a full day in the Kruger National Park, we make our way back to our accommodation in the greater Kruger area.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Greater Kruger National Park to Kruger National Park ±150 km
Travel time: We will be game driving through the park for the duration of the day
Activity Package: Morning bush walk
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad Truck through Kruger National Park

Day 3 Kruger National Park
Today we have a full day of game viewing planned in an open 4x4 vehicle inside Kruger National Park. This gives you some fantastic photo opportunities so keep your eyes open for Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Buffalo, known as Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as well as many other species of animals and birds.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: We will be game driving through the park for the duration of the day
Activity Package: Full Day Game Drive in open 4x4 safari vehicle
Included Highlight: Full Day Game Drive in Nomad Truck

Day 4 Panorama Route – Johannesburg
This morning we depart the greater Kruger area and journey back to Johannesburg. We travel along the spectacular Panorama Route. Blyde River Canyon is the 3rd largest canyon in the world, with breathtaking views of formations such as God’s Window and the Three Rondavels. We also see The Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which have been gradually eroded by the Treur River. Your tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg and most groups spend this last night together at a local restaurant.

Optional Activities: Dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris
Route: Kruger National Park Area to Johannesburg. ±530 km
Travel time: ± 9-10hrs
Included Highlight: Panorama Route, including God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon & Bourkes Luck Potholes

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
-Evening game drive R500
-Morning Bush Walk R500
-Full day 4x4 game drive – Kruger NP R750
TOTAL: R1750
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, entrance fees, alcohol, snacks, soft drinks, bottled water, souvenirs, tips, optional activity package and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).

 

Extra information

Malaria:
Malaria prophylactics are required for the duration of this tour.

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 SA Tours and Safaris, please enquire with our consultants.

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.

Visas:
Please note that these are your responsibility.

Currency and Banking:
South African Rand is the only currency on this route. Credit Cards can be used on this tour. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.

Vaccinations:
No vaccinations are prescribed by law for or on this tour. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.

Onward Travel:
This tour can be linked beforehand to the Okavango & Chobe Trail, South African Explorer, Rediscover Zimbabwe, Discover Mozambique and Mozambique in comfort tours.

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 SA Tours and Safaris, 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:
You can be dropped off at the airport and depart Johannesburg if you have a flight that departs after 10pm. You accept the unlikely possibility that there could be an unexpected delay which would mean arriving late in Johannesburg. We do however strongly recommend spending this night in Johannesburg

*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.

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:
We will drop you off at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport www.southernsun.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 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 into 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.


Kruger National Park:
Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its wildlife and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Approximately 145 mammal species including the ‘Big Five’, a list of over 500 bird species, some of which are not to be found elsewhere in South Africa, and 336 tree species occur in the park.
When the first tourist cars visited the park in 1927, they made their own camps in thorn-bush enclosures and had to carry weapons to protect themselves from predators. During the Second World War the park was closed to the public, and reopened in 1946 under new management. Today it is one of the most famous safari destinations in the world with all the facilities that one would expect from a world class holiday destination, but it has retained the untamed, unspoilt environment where you can experience Africa just as you imagined it.


Panorama Route:
The Panorama route in Mpumalanga follows the edge of Blyde River Canyon, and includes some breathtaking views of the Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Pinnacle. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world, and got its name in 1840 (‘blyde’ meaning ‘joyful’) from the Voortrekkers who passed through on their way to Lorenzo Marques (now Mozambique).
It is one of the most spectacular canyons in Africa and its cliffs rise between 600m-800m from the riverbed. Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the "Three Rondavels - three huge rock spirals rising out of the far wall of the canyon. Their tops appear to have a hut-like rounded roof. They are named after the Swazi Chief Maripi’s wives - from the lowest to the highest, they are Magabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maserote.
Where the Blyde River and the Treur River meet, water erosion has formed one of the most remarkable geological phenomena in the country, known as ‘Bourke’s Luck Potholes’. Over thousands of years, surreal cylindrical rock sculptures created by whirling water have formed a series of dark pools which contrast artfully with the streaked white and yellow lichen covered rocks. Following the road and the Treur River south, there are further viewpoints; Wonder View, God’s Window and the Pinnacle.