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9 Day Best of Zimbabwe & Kruger [NAZJJ]

Route:

Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Hwange National Park - Great Zimbabwe Ruins - Tshipise - Johannesburg - Greater Kruger National Park and Surrounds - Panorama Route

Best of Zimbabwe & Kruger 2014

TOUR CODE: NAZJJ
Accommodation: Twin Share Accommodation
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 9 Nights: 8

Meals:
Breakfast:7
Lunch:7
Dinner:7

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from Elephant Hills Hotel, Park Way Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Tel: +26 31 344 793/9 www.africansunhotels.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 www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx



 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
We depart Victoria Falls and head towards the Hwange National Park. At around 14650 square kilometres the Hwange National Park is the largest in Zimbabwe and home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations as well as over 100 other mammalian species and 400 different bird species. Just outside the park, we will have the opportunity to visit the Wild Dog Project.

Optional Activity
: Visit Wild dog project.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Camping: Two per room: Main Camp: www.zimparks.org/index.php/parks-overview/national/hwange
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop
Route: Victoria Falls to Hwange NP ±230km
Travel time: ±4-5hrs A
Activity package: Afternoon game drive

Day 2 Matopos National Park
We depart Hwange NP and heads towards the Matopos National Park. The National Park occupies a total area of 44,500 hectares and was established in 1953. The park is situated in the magnificent Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering. We will enjoy an afternoon game drive during our time in the park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping: Two per room: Big Cave Camp: www.bigcave.co.za
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, drinkable water
Route: Hwange NP to Matopos NP ±315km
Travel time: ±6-7hrs
Activity package: Afternoon game drive

Day 3 Great Zimbabwe Ruins
No visit to Zimbabwe could possibly be complete without visiting the world-famous Great Zimbabwe ruins. Dating from around the 11th century these iron-age ruins have been the source of much speculation and disagreement over the years. Built without any mortar some of the walls are up to 5 metres high and still standing after so many centuries. This site was also home to 8 carved Zimbabwe birds, the image of which is found on the Zimbabwean National Flag

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping: Two per room: Norma Jeans Lake View Resort: www.normajeanslakeview.com
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet
Route: Matopos NP to Great Zimbabwe Ruins ±350km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Included activity: Visit Zimbabwe Ruins

Day 4 Tshipise
Today we will depart Zimbabwe and cross the border into the Limpopo province of South Africa. Tshipise was developed in 1936 and was formerly spelt Chipise – the name is said to be derived from chia fisu “burn, be hot” referring to the mineral springs at 65°C. This afternoon you will have time to relax in the warm mineral pool.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping: Two per room: Forever Tshipise Resort: www.forevertshipise.co.za
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Great Zimbabwe Ruins to Tshipise ±450km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs

Day 5 Johannesburg
Today we leave early for the journey south along the Great North Road for Johannesburg, the City of Gold. We will travel past Pretoria, one of South Africa’s capital cities, before arriving in Johannesburg in the late afternoon. Most people choose to get together for a meal out at one of Johannesburg’s many excellent restaurants.

Optional activity: Dinner out 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Garden Court OR Tambo - www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx
Route: Tshipise to Johannesburg ±580km
Travel time: ±10-11hrs (long day)

Day 6 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

Day 7 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: 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 8 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 9 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

Tour Ends
Your tour ends on arrival at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport www.tsogosunhotels.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 10 min 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.

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, optional activity package 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.

Activity & Price
Afternoon Game Drive in Hwange NP R 895
Afternoon Game Drive in Matopos NP R 855
Evening game drive R230
Morning game walk R210
Full day 4x4 game drive – Kruger NP R550
TOTAL: R 2740

This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.

 

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.

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 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. 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. 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. Most nationalities will require visas for Zimbabwe. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

Malaria
Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.