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14 Day Delta & Kruger - Windhoek to Johannesburg [NAWJ]

Route:

Windhoek - Botswana - Ghanzi - Maun - Okavango Delta - Gweta - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Johannesburg - Kwa Madwala Game Reserve - Kruger National Park - Johannesburg

Highlights:
Makgadikgadi Pans - Bushmen Community - Okavango Delta - Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls - Kruger National Park - Zulu Nation - Blyde River Canyon - Bourkes Luck Potholes - Three Rondavels

Countries Visited:
Namibia, Botswana , Zimbabwe and South Africa

DETAILS:
Trip Code: NAWJ
Length:
 14 Days / 13 Nights
Vehicle: Adventure Truck
Min / Max People: 2 / 18
Departure Point: m from Arebbusch Lodge, Cnr of Golf & Auas Rd, Olympia, Windhoek, Namibia. Tel: +264 61 252 255 www.arebbusch.com
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

*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. On this tour, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18.


 

 

 

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Botswana - Ghanzi
We say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border. 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
Facilities: En-suites, bar, swimming pool, hot showers
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi ±440 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing

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

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
Day 2
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Sitatunga http://www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp Facilities: Hot showers, En-suites, bar, swimming pool, laundry
Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±530 km
Travel time: ±5-6 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, laundry, shop
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, laundry, shop

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 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, hot showers
Route: Maun to Nata ±305 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 a sunset river cruise on the Chobe River (in the National Park) where animals such as hippos, buffalo and elephants are plentiful.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Thebe River Lodge http://www.theberiversafaris.com/
Facilities: Hot showers, En-suites, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Nata to Kasane ±310 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.
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 Resort http://www.elephanthillshotel.com/
Facilities: En-suite, bar, swimming pool, hot showers, laundry, restaurant
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

Day 9 Victoria Falls to Palapye / Martinsdrift
An early departure from Victoria Falls, we drive south through Botswana to Palapye, or the border post at Martinsdrift, where we will spend the night at a lively campsite.
Optional activities: All Meals.
Meals: No meals included
Accommodation: Two per Room: Camp Itumela: www.campitumela.com
Facilities: Swimming pool, bar, internet café, hot showers, drinkable water, shop, restaurant
Route: Victoria Falls to Palapye / Martinsdrift. ±820
Travel time: ±14hrs

Day 10 Palapye / Martinsdrift to Johannesburg
Another early departure, we enter into South Africa. Covering the next 450 – 550 km on sealed roads we should get to Johannesburg as early as possible. Take the time to enjoy one of the many local restaurants located in the area.
Optional activities: All Meals
Meals: No meals included
Accommodation: Garden Court OR Tambo - http://www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx
Facilities: Hot showers, En-suite, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Palapye to Johannesburg. ±550 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing

Border posts:
Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 4940 254, Open: 08h00-18h00.
South Africa: South Africa: Groblersbrug, Tel: +27 (0) 14 767 1019, Open: 08h00-18h00.

Day 11 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: Two per permanent tent: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger National Park. ±350 km
Travel time: ±8-10 hrs
Activity Package: Evening game drive in the Reserve
   
Day 12 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 6 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: Two per permanent tent: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: En-suite, 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 13 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: Two per permanent tent: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: En-suite, 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 14 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 Nomad
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

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:
Bushman dance plus supper Ghanzi: R 160
3 day Delta fly in: R 8150
Chobe National Park boat cruise: R 500
Vic Falls National Park entry: R 350
Evening game drive: R230
Morning game walk: R210
Full day 4x4 game drive – Kruger NP: R550

TOTAL COST: R9990

 

 

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. In South Africa, Rand is the currency and credit cards can be used here. 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 with the Namibian Experience beforehand.

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. 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 OR Tambo International is about 10km drive from OR 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 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.