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8 Day - Camping - Okavango and Chobe Trail - North - Johannesburg to Victoria Falls [NJV]

Route:

Johannesburg - Botswana - Maun - Okavango Delta - Gweta - Kasane - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe

Okavango & Chobe Trail - Camping - North 2014

Highlights:
Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Bungee Jumping

Countries Visited: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe

DETAILS:
Trip Code: NJV

Accommodation: Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 8 Nights: 7

Meals:
Breakfast:7
Lunch:7
Dinner:6

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
Elephant Hills Hotel, Park Way Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Tel: +26 31 344 793/9. www.africansunhotels.com

*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 in the Delta and for this reason, if you have booked a German Translated departure, the translator will accompany the Accommodated clients into the Delta.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Botswana – Palapye
We depart Johannesburg heading north to Botswana to cross the border and spend our first night in Palapye, located on the banks of the Lotsane River.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Camp Itumela: www.campitumela.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, shop
Route: Johannesburg to Palapye ±565 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing
Border posts: South Africa: Groblersbrug, Tel: +27 14 767 1164, Open: 08h00-18h00.
Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 4940 254, Open: 08h00-18h00.

Day 2 Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Maun
The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino. This morning we go on a guided game drive through the Sanctuary before departing for Maun. Upon arrival in Maun, we will prepare for the Okavango Delta.

Optional activities: scenic flight over Okavango (time permitting)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Delta Rain, Sitatunga: www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot shows, bar, laundry, pool
Route: Palapye to Maun ±620 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs
Activity Package: Game Drive in Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Day 3/4 Okavango Delta
During our time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We go on nature walks and if possible will explore the Delta by mokoro. The Delta is the world’s largest inland delta. We travel into the Delta on a large 4x4 vehicle - in high water season boats will be used. We join up with some of the local people and set up our bush camp for the next 2 days.
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 Route: Maun to Bush Camp
Activity package: Transfer in Delta in local 4 x 4 vehicle, mokoro canoe ride (if water levels allow) and a guided nature walk in the Okavango Delta

Day 5 Nata
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 will encounter during your stay at the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Nata Lodge: www.natalodge.com OR Pelican Lodge: http://www.pelicanlodgebotswana.com/
Facilities: Hot showers, bar, pool
Route: Maun to Nata ±230 km
Travel time: ± 2-3hrs (4x4 & boat transfer), ± 3 hrs driving in truck.

Day 6 Kasane - Chobe National
Park Today we head north to Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River. The afternoon is spent game viewing on a river cruise, into the renowned Chobe NP. This is an excellent opportunity to view some of Africa’s spectacular wildlife.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris: www.theberiversafaris.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, swimming pool
Route: Nata to Kasane ±450 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs
Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe National Park

Day 7 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
On arrival in Victoria Falls we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities before we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi as it drops over 100m into the gorge below.

Optional Activities: Chobe National Park Early Morning Game Drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per Room: Elephant Hills Resort: www.elephanthillshotel.com
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, swimming pool
Route: Kasane to Vic Falls ±100 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs and a border crossing
Activity package: Victoria Falls NP Entrance
Border posts: Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320, Open: 06h00-20h00
Zimbabwe: Kzangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00

Day 8 Victoria Falls
Although your tour officially ends after breakfast, most people will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting activities so we recommend you add a post-tour night here.

Optional Activities: Full day white water rafting, Flight over the falls, Full day low/high water riverboarding, sunset cruise, bungi jump (solo), morning/afternoon lion or elephant encounter
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post Tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.

Tour Ends
The tour ends at The Elephant Hills Hotel www.africansunhotels.com. We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening.
 
NB – It is possible to book our 2 day NTVJ Journey to Johannesburg straight after this tour, as this is one of the cheapest ways to get from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. The transfer will depart on the morning of day 8 at 8am.

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
-Khama Rhino Sanctuary game drive R300
-3 day Delta drive in R2100
-Chobe National Park boat cruise R500
-Vic Falls National Park entry R350
TOTAL: R3250
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

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 SA Tours and Safaris.

Visas:
Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for 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:
South African Rand and US Dollars are the most widely used currency on this route. 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. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.

Vaccinations:
No vaccinations are prescribed by law by 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 East African Adventure - North tour, Great Zimbabwe Explorer, the South African Explorer, the Journey to Johannesburg Transit or the Kruger Big-5.

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

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 travelers 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 in the Delta and for this reason, if you have booked a German Translated departure, the translator will accompany the Accommodated clients into the Delta.

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. We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening.

NB – It is possible to book our 2 day NTVJ Journey to Johannesburg straight after this tour, as this is one of the cheapest ways to get from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. The transfer will depart on the morning of day 8 at 6am.

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 members 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 http://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.


The 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 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.