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36 Days Camping - Cape to Vic and Mozambique - Cape Town to Johannesburg [NCVM]

Route:

Cape Town - City - Cederberg - Namaqualand Area - Orange River - Fish River Canyon - Namib Naukluft Park - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Etosha National Park - Windhoek - Botswana - Ghanzi - Maun - Okavango Delta - Gweta - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Johannesburg - Royal Natal National Park KZN Parks - Mozambique - Praia do Tofo - Vilanculos (or Vilankulo) - Bazaruto Archipelago - Inhambane - Maputo - Kruger National Park - Johannesburg

Cape to Vic & Mozambique - Camping - 2014

Highlights:
Namib Desert, Himba Tribe, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Bazaruto Island

Countries Visited: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique


DETAILS:
Trip Code: NCVM
Length:
36 Days / 35 Nights
Min / Max People: 2 / 24
Vehicle: Adventure Truck

Meals:
Breakfast:31
Lunch:30
Dinner:27

Departure Point Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am Nomad Adventure Tours, 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, South Africa. Tel: +27 (0) 82 578 2199, www.nomadtours.co.za

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 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 South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region
Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. On the way to the Cederberg we visit !Kwa ttu where we enjoy a San guided tour and museum visit. After the tour, lunch will be prepared and afterwards we continue to our campsite in the Cederberg region. We arrive at our accommodation and your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Marcuskraal: www.marcuskraal.co.za
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, swimming pool
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal: ± 230 km
Travel time: ±5 hrs
Activity Package: !Kwa ttu San Guided tour

Day 2 Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River
An early start, we head north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Fiddlers Creek Campsite www.bushwhacked.co.za
Facilities: Water not drinkable, bar, hot showers, shared ablutions.
Route: Citrusdal to Orange river: ±570 km
Travel time: ±10 hrs

Day 3 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon
This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. After a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon we enjoy our dinner while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity.
Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Hobas Campsite www.nwr.com.na/hobas.html
Facilities: Drinkable water, small kiosk, hot showers (sometimes), small swimming pool, bar
Route: Orange River to Fish River Canyon ±210 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing
Included Highlight: Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon

Border posts:
South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 761 8760, Open 24 hours.
Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours.

Day 4 Namib-Naukluft National Park
We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a Jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sesriem campsite http://www.nwr.com.na/sesriem_campsite.html
Facilities: Drinkable water, bar, swimming pool, hot showers, shared ablutions, shop
Route: Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft Park ±560 km
Travel time: ±10 hr
Included Highlight: Hike into Sesriem Canyon

Day 5 Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park
This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later, we join a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions.
Optional activities: Transfer into Deadvlei
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Desert Shelter Cha-re: No website available
Facilities: Hot showers, good shared ablutions, swimming pool, bar
Route: Sesriem to Solitaire ±100 km (excludes drive to and from desert walk)
Travel time: ±3 hrs (round trip into Sesriem plus drive to Solitaire)
Activity package: Guided desert walk with local expert
Included Highlights: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, explore Sossusvlei on foot

Day 6 Swakopmund
After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Often there are flamingos at the Walvis Bay lagoon, just before we arrive in Swakopmund. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and then there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.
Optional Activities: Dinner out
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Amanpuri: www.amanpurinamibia.com
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, drinkable water
Route: Solitaire to Swakopmund. ±280 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs (including Walvis Bay)
Included Highlight: Stop off in Walvis Bay to view Flamingos

Day 7 Swakopmund
The whole day is free to relax, explore or partake in one of the many activities available here. Most popular are quad biking in the Dunes or Tandem Skydiving. On a clear day’s skydiving you can see all the way to the next day’s destination! Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day.
Optional Activities: Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic flights, Dinner out etc.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Two per room: Amanpuri: www.amanpurinamibia.com
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, drinkable water

Day 8 Spitzkoppe
Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing behind camp for some stunning views of the landscape.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bush Camp: Spitzkoppe Community Campsite
http://www.namibian.org/travel/community/spitzkoppe.htm
Facilities: No facilities. Long drop toilets.
Route: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe ±170 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Included Highlight: Guided walk with Nomad guide through Spitzkoppe

Day 9 Himba Tribes
After some early morning exploration we continue north and drive towards Kamanjab. Today we have the chance to experience life within a Himba tribe. The Himba are a pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. The Himba have been extremely diligent about upholding the roots of their culture but they are also very curious about visitors to their home.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Himba camp– no website available
Facilities: Bush shower, toilets
Route: Spitzkoppe to Kamanjab ±340 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Activity package: Guided visit to the Himba Tribe with Local Guide.

Day 10/11 Etosha National Park
Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant water holes for some excellent game photography.
Optional Activities: Night or Dawn Game Drives in safari vehicles.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Halali and Okaukuejo: www.nwr.com.na/etosha_national_park.html
Facilities: Drinkable water, shared ablutions, bar, shop, post box, swimming pool and waterholes at all campsites.
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha NP ±280 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs
Included Highlight: Game drives in Nomad truck

Day 12 Windhoek
After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of the Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.
Optional Activities: Dinner out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Hotel Uhland: www.hoteluhland.com
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, swimming pool, bar, laundry
Route: Etosha to Windhoek. ±550 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs
Included Highlight: Craft market en-route and short city tour in Nomad Truck

Day 13 Botswana - Ghanzi
After an early start, we cross into Botswana and drive to Ghanzi. After setting up camp we meet with a local Bushman (San) community and experience some traditional tribal dancing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ghanzi Trail Blazers: http://ghanzitrailblazers.wheretostay.na/
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions.
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi. ±570 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs, plus a border crossing on this day.
Included Highlight: Bushmen Tribal Dance in evening

Border posts:
Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560 401, Open: 07h00-24h00
Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 6592013/2064, Open: 07h00-24h00

As we cross the border we’ll start to see villagers, cattle, donkeys, and sheep along the side of the highway. Sometimes the donkeys and cows sit in the middle of the road and any amount of horn blowing won't get them out of the road. Independent since 1966, Botswana (formally a British protectorate) has three of the world’s richest diamond mines and this has made Botswana quite a wealthy nation. Now 40 years old, it is known as the African success story. Politically stable and with the foresight to invest in education, healthcare, high economic standards and without the racial issues that have plagued other countries, Botswana has the best economy in sub-Saharan Africa. The government has employed a strategy of high income - low impact tourism. This is where they reduce the number of tourists entering any area of the country by charging a lot more than neighbouring countries, thereby making it more restrictive for the budget traveller.

Day 14 Maun
Our journey takes us from Ghanzi towards Maun. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for this excursion, packing small 2-night bags. There may be an opportunity this afternoon to visit the local crocodile farm or take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.
Optional Activity: Crocodile Farm visit, Scenic Flight (time permitting)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sitatunga www.deltarain.com
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±300 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs

Day 15/16 Maun – Okavango Delta
This morning we board the big 4x4 truck that will take us in to the Delta. In high-water season it is sometimes necessary to take a boat to the poling station where we meet up with the members of a local community who will be showing us their homeland. We spend 2 nights bush camping in the wilderness and, if the water level allows, we will take a mokoro (traditional canoe) trip through the waterways. We will also be going on some nature walks in the hope of seeing some wild animals in their natural habitat.
Day 15 (Day 1 in Delta),
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 16 (Day 2 in Delta)
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp www.deltarain.com
Facilities: No facilities – bush camping
Activity package: Guided Nature walk and mokoro rides

Day 17 Gweta
We leave the Delta behind us and travel east to Planet Baobab. You can explore the bush around the campsite, lounge by the pool and view some of the region’s oldest Baobab trees.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Planet Baobab Campsite www.unchartedafrica.com/page.php?p_id=59
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Maun to Gweta ±200 km
Travel time: ±2-3 hrs (4x4 & mokoro transfer), ±3 hrs driving in truck.

Day 18 Botswana - Chobe National Park
We travel to Chobe and this afternoon we enjoy a sunset river cruise as the animals are best spotted from the Chobe River. Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris: www.theberiversafaris.com
Facilities: Hot showers, good ablutions, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Gweta to Kasane. ±400 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs
Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe NP

Day 19 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
Once we have crossed the border into Zimbabwe it is a short drive to the town of Victoria Falls where we will be briefed about all the different activities available. Choose carefully as almost all of them are really worth doing. Your guides can advise you on the best way to spend your time here. Please be aware that you cannot use credit/debit cards in Zimbabwe, so cash (USD) is best. The prices of the activities are listed at the beginning of this dossier so you can make sure to bring what you need.

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. An optional dinner out is a friendly way to spend the evening with all the new friends you’ve made along the way.

Optional Activities: Chobe morning game drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Dinner out, White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion, Walking with Lions, Horse Riding and much more...
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hostel: Vic Falls Adventure Lodge:
www.adventurezonevicfalls.com/accommodation.html
Facilities: En-suite rooms, hot showers, bar, restaurant, laundry, internet café.
Route: Kasane to Vic Falls. ±100 km
Travel time: ±2 hrs plus border crossing
Activity package: Entrance to Victoria Falls National Park

Border posts:
Botswana: Kazangula Road, +267 6250320, Open: 06h00-20h00
Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00

Day 20 Victoria Falls
Spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting alternatives such as a walk with lions or a bungee jump from the bridge that joins Zimbabwe with Zambia.
Optional Activities: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion, Walking with Lions, Horse Riding, Dinner out.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vic Falls Adventure Lodge: www.adventurezonevicfalls.com/accommodation.html
Facilities: En-suite rooms, hot showers, bar, restaurant, laundry, internet café.

Day 21 Victoria Falls to Palapye / Martinsdrift
Departure is at 7.30 am from Vic Falls Adventure Lodge. 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: South African Braai (BBQ) / All Meals.
Meals: No meals included
Accommodation: Camp: Camp Itumela www.campitumela.com
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, bar, swimming pool, restaurant
Route: Victoria Falls to Palapye / Martinsdrift. ±820 km to 920 km
Travel time: ±14hrs

Day 22 Palapye / Martinsdrift to Johannesburg
After a 6.00 am 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.
Meals: No meals included
Accommodation: Garden Court O.R. Tambo www.southernsun.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx
Facilities: Hot showers, En-suite, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Palapye / Martinsdrift 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: Groblersbrug, Tel: +27 14 767 1019, Open: 08h00-18h00.

Day 23 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: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Game drive, Rhino Walk.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Hlane NP: www.biggameparks.org/3parks_hlane.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, water not drinkable, bar.
Route: Johannesburg to Hlane NP ±420 km
Travel time: ±9-10 hrs and a border crossing

Border posts:
South Africa: Mananga, Tel: +27 (0) 13 793 7075, Open: 07h00-18h00
Swaziland: Tel: +268 323 2137, Open: 07h00-18h00

Day 24 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. After a day’s exploring there we enjoy a display of traditional Swazi dancing following dinner.
Optional Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Game drive, Rhino Walk.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Hlane NP: www.biggameparks.org/3parks_hlane.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, water not drinkable, bar
Included highlight: Traditional dancing after dinner

Day 25 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.bamboozibeachlodge.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers
Route: Hlane NP to Praia Do Tofo ±550 km
Travel time: ±10-11 hrs and a border crossing

Border posts:
Swaziland: Lomahasha, Tel: +268 323 6026, Open: 07h00-20h00
Mozambique: Namaacha, Tel: not available, Open: 07h00-20h00

Day 26 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.
Optional Activities: Surfing, Fishing, Diving, Ocean Safari, Kayak Safari.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bamboozi Beach Lodge: www.bamboozibeachlodge.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers

Day 27 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.
Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Horse Riding
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Smugglers www.smugglers.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers
Route: Praia Do Tofo to Vilanculos ±330 km
Travel time: ±7 hrs

Day 28/29 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.
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.

Day 28
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Beach Camp: www.sailaway.co.za
Facilities: Primitive ablutions, hot showers
Activity package: Bazaruto Camping Excursion

Day 29
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Smugglers: www.smugglers.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers

Day 30/31 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
Route: Vilanculos to Inhambane ±310 km
Travel time: ±6 hrs

Day 32 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: www.mozambiquetravelservice.com/accommodation/casa_lisa.htm
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, restaurant, bar
Route: Inhambane to Maputo ±470 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs

Day 33/34 South Africa – 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. Two nights are spent in this magnificent area enjoying African wildlife. Informative dawn game walks and night drives (accompanied by a ranger) are offered as an optional extra.
Optional Activities: SANP Night Drive and Dawn Game Walks (Subject to availability), 4x4 Full day Game Drive
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (day 11 only), Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Kruger NP: www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, shop
Route: Maputo to Kruger NP ±152 km
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 35 Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
We move to the greater Kruger area today and visit 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.
Activity package: Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation visit,
Route: Kruger NP to Timbavati Area ±156 km
Travel time: ±2 hrs
Included highlight: Evening song and dance with traditional South African cuisine

Day 36 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 Nomad
Route: Timbavati Area to Johannesburg ±600 km
Travel time: ±9 hrs
Included highlight: Panorama Route: 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. However, we recommend to pre book and pre pay this to ensure room availability in the Okavango Delta.

Activity & Price
-Cederberg Guided Walk R250
-Guided desert walk with local expert R350
-Himba Tribe visit R350
-3 day Delta drive in R2100
-Chobe National Park boat cruise R500
-Vic Falls National Park entry R350
-Bazaruto camping excursion R2750
-Moholoholo rehabilitation centre R200
TOTAL: R6850 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. Very low risk of malaria
in northern Namibia, but the risk increases to high risk as we travel north to Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

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 (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 more information.

Visas:
Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for Namibia and Botswana. Most nationalities will require visas for Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Please ensure that you apply for your Mozambique visa beforehand. 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 the most widely used currency on this route. US Dollar cash can be used for optional activities. 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 and are not widely available in Mozambique. 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 to Southern African Explorer.

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 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 24. 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 nomad@nomadtours.co.za 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-international-airport/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 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.