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25 Days Camping - Best of Zimbabwe & South Africa [NVSA]

  • Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
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  • Hwange National Park
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  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
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  • Tshipise
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  • Johannesburg
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  • Panorama Route
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  • Kruger National Park
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  • Moholoholo
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  • Swaziland
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  • Mlilwane Wildlife Reserve
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  • St. Lucia Wetlands Park
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  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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  • Durban
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  • Royal Natal National Park KZN Parks
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  • Lesotho
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  • Malealea
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  • Addo Elephant National Park
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  • Tsitsikamma National Park
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  • Knysna
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  • Plettenberg Bay
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  • Oudtshoorn
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  • Stellenbosch
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  • Cape Town - City

Best of Zimbabwe & South Africa - Camping 2014

Highlights:
Victoria Falls, Hwange NP, Matopos NP, Kruger National Park, Garden Route

Countries Visited
: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland

TOUR CODE: NVSA
Accommodation: Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 25 Nights: 24

Meals:
Breakfast:23
Lunch:18
Dinner:21

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from Vic Falls Adventure Lodge, Stand 954, Corner Pioneer Road and Chinotimba Drive,. Tel: +263 134 1354 http://www.adventurezonevicfalls.com

End Point
Nomad Adventure Tours, 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, South Africa.
Tel: +27 (0) 82 578 2199, www.nomadtours.co.za

*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.

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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: Camp: Main Camp: www.zimparks.org/index.php/parks-overview/national/hwange
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, shop
Route: Victoria Falls to Hwange NP ±230km
Travel time: ±4-5hrs
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: Camp: Big Cave Camp: www.bigcave.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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: Camp: Norma Jeans Lake View Resort: www.normajeanslakeview.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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: Camp: Forever Tshipise Resort: www.forevertshipise.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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 our final destination in 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.

Optional activity: Dinner out
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: 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 South Africa – Panorama Route
Leaving Johannesburg we travel towards the Panorama Route one of South Africa’s most scenic drives. The Panorama route consists of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon including God’s Window and Three Rondavels. This evening we will enjoy a traditional Shangaan Dinner with dancing.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Timbavati Safari Lodge: www.timbavatisafarilodge.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, landry, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Johannesburg to Timbavati ±500 km
Travel time: ±9-10 hrs including Panorama Route (long day)
Included Highlight: Panorama route: God's Window, Blyde River Canyon, Bourkes Luck Potholes Traditional Shangaan Dinner with dancing

Day 7/8 Kruger National Park
We get up early to visit Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre where injured or lost animals are rehabilitated to be released back into the wild. This is a wonderful opportunity to see some very special species up close, as well as learn about the positive achievements being accomplished here. Later we enter the world famous Kruger National Park and immediately start with an afternoon game drive in the truck. The next day is a full day’s game viewing from the advantageous height of our wonderful truck.

Day 7
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Timbavati Lodge to Orpen Gate (KNP) ±140 km (additional drive to Wildlife Centre)
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs to gate including the educational visit
Activity package: Visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Included Highlight: Kruger afternoon game drive in Nomad truck

Day 8:
Meals:
Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck

Day 9/10 Swaziland - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
The Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked country bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. We spend the next two nights in the Mlilwane Nature Reserve. Exploring the area on foot allows you to appreciate the scenery as well as the animals; there are no dangerous predators here.

Optional Activities: Guided birding walk, Game Drive, Village visit

Day 9
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary: www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, pool
Route: Kruger NP to Mlilwane. ±230 km (in addition approx 150km in KNP)
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs and a border crossing
Included Highlight: Morning Kruger Game drive in Nomad truck, stop at local markets, explore area on foot

Day 10
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary: www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, pool
Border posts: South Africa: Mananga, Tel: +27 (0) 13 793 7075, Open: 07h00-18h00.

Day 11 South Africa – Isimangaliso (Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park
We leave Swaziland and take a scenic drive towards the warm Indian Ocean coast, re-entering South Africa. Soon after our arrival at iSimangaliso Wetland Park we board a boat for a sunset cruise on the lagoon for some bird and hippo viewing! This UNESCO recognised area is extremely varied and includes: lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands together supporting an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Shonalanga: www.shonalanga.net
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, laundry, internet, pool Route: Mlilwane to St. Lucia. ±400 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing
Activity package: St. Lucia boat cruise
Border posts: Swaziland: Golela, Tel: +34 435 1070, Open: 07h00-20h00.
South Africa: Bothashoop, Tel: +17 8260 400, Open: 08h00-16h00.

Day 12 Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserve and Durban
This morning we drive to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for a game drive in open 4x4 vehicles. The park is the only state-run park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal where all the Big Five occur. Due to conservation efforts, the park now has the largest 7 population of white rhino in the world. In the late afternoon we arrive at Durban, South Africa’s largest marine port and well-known surfing destination. The evening can be spent enjoying authentic Indian cuisine as Durban is also home to the largest population of people of Indian descent outside of India.

Optional Activity: Dinner out at local restaurant
Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Two per room: Garden Court South Beach:
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool, shop
Route: St. Lucia to Durban. ±265 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs
Activity package: Morning game drive in open 4 x 4 vehicles - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Day 13/14 UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
We leave behind the beautiful beaches of KwaZulu Natal and travel inland to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg or Royal Natal National Park, part of the huge and incredibly scenic Drakensberg Escarpment. The Drakensberg is South Africa’s highest mountain range with peaks at over 3000 metres. Hiking is the most popular activity here and your guides will take you on a lovely hike if you are not already busy with other optional activities.

Optional activities: Horse riding, Hiking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Drakensville Resort: www.drakensville.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, pool, shop
Route: Durban to Drakensberg. ±240 km Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Included Highlight: Hike with your guide in Royal Natal National park (entrance fee and Bushmen painting visit included).

Day 15/16 Lesotho - Malealea
It’s a visually impressive drive up to the Lesotho border, where the popular pony trekking excursion (optional) requires an early morning start. On the optional overnight trek Lesotho villagers will guide you along remote trails where there are spectacular views. You can also remain at the lodge and relax, or experience an optional shorter ride. Before we depart we visit the local village and primary school.

Optional Activities: Pony Trekking Excursion, Hiking.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Malealea Lodge: www.malealea.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar Route: Drakensberg to Malealea Lodge ±300 km
Travel time: ±8-10 hrs and a border crossing (Long Day)
Activity package: Local junior school and village visit (except during school holidays)
Border posts: South Africa: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +27 (0) 51 924 4300, Open: 24hrs
Lesotho: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +266 22 313 796, Open: 24hrs

Day 17/18 South Africa – Cintsa
Leaving the ‘Kingdom in the Skies’ behind us we travel south to Cintsa. You can choose to relax, or participate in one of the optional activities available!

Optional Activities: Xhosa village visit
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Areena Resort: www.areena.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool
Route: Malealea to Cintsa ±560 km Travel time: ± 8-9 hours plus border crossing
Border posts: Lesotho: Vanrooyenshek, Tel: +27 51 583 1525, Open: 06h00-22h00.
South Africa: Vanrooyenshek, Tel: +27 51 583 1516, Open: 06h00-22h00

Day 19 Addo Elephant National Park
This unique Eastern Cape park is home to one of the densest concentrations of African elephants on earth as well as boasting the ‘Big Seven’(elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark) as Addo is a land and marine park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: The Aardvark Guest House: www.thearrdvarkguesthouse.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet
Route: Cintsa to Addo: ± 365 km
Travel time: ± 7-9 hours
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad Truck

Day 20/21 Tsitsikamma National Park
This morning we will take a quick stop at Port Elizabeth’s airport and arrive in the afternoon at Tsitsikamma. The name means ‘place of abundant water’ and it does not disappoint, with its indigenous forests and dramatic coastline. This area is home to the famous multi-day Otter Trail hike and the first few hours of this hike is included in your Activity Package.

Optional Activities: Bungee jumping (highest in the world), treetop canopy tours, blackwater tubing (min 4 clients)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 20 only), Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Tube n Axe: www.tubenaxe.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet
Route: Addo to Tsitsikamma. ±260 km
Travel time: ±3-5 hrs
Activity package: Tsitsikamma National Park Entrance Fee

Day 22 Knysna / Plettenberg Bay
It is a short distance to Plettenberg Bay. In the afternoon you can choose between remaining to relax at the resort or taking a short excursion into nearby Knysna to explore.

Optional Activities: Elephant Encounter, Township Tour, Monkey town, Birds of Eden, lagoon cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: NH Plettenbergbay: www.nh-hotels.co.za/plettenbergbay
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, swimming pool
Route: Tsitsikamma to Plettenberg Bay: ± 100km
Travel time: ± 1 hour

Day 23 Oudtshoorn
Today we travel through the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains towards Oudtshoorn where we visit the world-famous Cango Caves. The caves contain spectacular halls and grand limestone formations, and a local guide will tell you all about the cave system, which extends for over 4km.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Kleinplaas: www.kleinplaas.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, internet, swimming pool
Route: Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn ±130 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Activity package: Cango Caves Standard Tour

Day 24 Stellenbosch Wine Route
We take a scenic drive to Stellenbosch taking in some of Route 62 and a possible stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub… We will have the opportunity to explore Stellenbosch which forms the heart of the Western Cape’s wine region and second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape. As this is the last night on tour we head to a local restaurant for dinner.

Optional Activity: Ostrich Farm Visit, Dinner Out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Lord Charles Hotel: www.nh-hotels.co.za
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool
Route: Oudtshoorn to Stellenbosch ±400 km
Travel time: ± 5-6 hrs
Included highlight: Possible stop at Ronnie’s sex shop

Day 25 Cape Town
After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the Cheetah Breeding Project to meet these beautiful animals up close. Afterwards, we head to the Spier Wine Estate to taste some of South Africa’s finest wines and finally, the tour ends in Cape Town.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.
Activity package: Wine tasting, Cheetah Breeding Project entrance fee.

Tour Ends
Your tour will end at our Nomad office: 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town. Please enquire with your travel agent or Nomad reservations about post-tour accommodation.

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
-Afternoon Game Drive in Hwange NP R 895
-Afternoon Game Drive in Matopos NP R 855
-Moholoholo rehabilitation centre R200
-St Lucia boat cruise R430 Hluhluwe game drive R750
-Lesotho junior school visit* R100
-Tsitsikamma National Park entrance R210
-Cango Caves basic tour R130
-Wine tasting & Cheetah breeding project R130
TOTAL: R 3700
*The Lesotho school visit will only take place during school terms. During school holidays, we will refund this activity package item. 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

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.

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 consultant.

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. Some nationalities require visas for Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

Malaria
Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.