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15 Days Camping - Kruger, Swaziland and Lesotho - South - Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth [NJP]

Route:

Johannesburg - Kruger National Park - Swaziland - Mlilwane Wildlife Reserve - Hluhluwe Town - Imfolozi KZN Parks - Durban - Royal Natal National Park KZN Parks - Lesotho - Malealea - Addo Elephant National Park - Port Elizabeth

Kruger, Swaziland & Lesotho - Camping - South 2014

Highlights:
Lesotho pony trekking, Drakensberg, Swazi Nation, Kruger National Park, Panorama Route

Countries Visited: South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho


DETAILS:
Trip Code: NJP
Accommodation:
Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 15 Nights: 14

Meals:
Breakfast:14
Lunch:11
Dinner:13

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
Kings Beach, La Roche Drive Humewood, Humewood, Port Elizabeth. Tel: +27 41 582 3720 www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/kings-beach/pages/overview.aspx

*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.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 South Africa – Panorama Route
Leaving Johannesburg we travel along 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: Camping: Timbavati Safari Lodge: www.timbavatisafarilodge.com
Facilities: Restaurant, Bar, Swimming Pool, Shared ablutions
Route: Johannesburg to Timbavati ±600 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 2/3 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 made here. Later we enter the world famous Kruger and immediately start with an afternoon game drive. The next day is a full day’s game viewing from the advantageous height of our wonderful truck.
Optional Activities (Subject to availability): Night Drive and/or Game Walk with SANP, full day open vehicle game drive in Kruger NP.

Day 2
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: SANP Camp: www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, restaurant, swimming pool
Route: Timbavati Lodge to Orpen Gate (KNP). ±30 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 3:
Meals:
Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: SANP Camp: www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, restaurant, swimming pool
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck

Day 4/5 Swaziland - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
After a final game drive as we depart the Kruger we travel to Swaziland, stopping on the way at one of the interesting local markets. 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: Mountain Biking, Hiking, Guided Birding walks, Horse riding and Sunset Game Drive, Village visit.

Day 4
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary: www.biggameparks.org/3parks_mlilwane.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar
Route: Kruger NP to Mlilwane. ±300 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 5
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary: www.biggameparks.org/3parks_mlilwane.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar

Border posts:
Swaziland: Matsoma, Tel: +268 67 8145, Open: 07h00-20h00
South Africa: Jeppes Reef, Tel: +27 13 781 0382, Open: 07h00-20h00

Day 6 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. Optional activities: Tradtional Zulu village visit
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Shonalanga: www.shonalanga.net
Facilities: Shared ablutions, swimming pool, laundry
Route: Mlilwane to St. Lucia. ±280 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 7 Hluhluwe - Imfolozi Game Reserve and Durban
This morning we drive to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi 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 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 decent outside of India.
Optional Activities: Dinner out at local Indian Restaurant
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 2 per room: Garden Court South Beach: www.southernsun.com/garden-court/south-beach
Facilities: En suite, Swimming pool, Restaurant, Bar, Internet, Laundry
Route: St. Lucia to Durban. ±280 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs
Activity package: Morning game drive in open 4 x 4 vehicles - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Day 8/9 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 optional activities, such as horse riding, which can be a very satisfying way to explore this mountainous area.
Optional Activities: Horse Riding, Hiking.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Drakensville Resort: www.drakensville.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, swimming pool, bar
Route: Durban to Drakensberg. ±350 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 10/11 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. Before we depart we visit the local village and primary school. 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.
Optional Activities: Pony Trekking Excursion, Hiking.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Malealea Lodge: www.malealea.com
Facilities: Drinkable water, bar, basic shop.
Route: Drakensberg to Malealea Lodge ±550 km
Travel time: ±8-10 hrs and a border crossing (Long Day)
Activity package: Local school and village visit

*The Lesotho school visit will only take place during school terms. During school holidays, we will refund this activity package item.

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 12/13 South Africa – Cintsa
Leaving the ‘Kingdom in the Skies’ behind we travel south to Cintsa. You can choose to relax, or participate in one of the many optional activities available!
Optional Activities: boat rental, quad bike, abseiling
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Areena Resort: www.areena.co.za
Facilities: Bar, Swimming pool, Shared ablutions, Laundry (self help, coin operated)
Route: Malealea to Cintsa ±550 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 14 Addo Elephant National Park
This unique Eastern Cape Park is home to one of the densest concentration 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.
Optional Activities: Night Game Drive with SANP
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Addo Elephant NP: www.sanparks.org/parks/addo
Facilities: Drinkable water, shared ablutions, hot showers, restaurant, shop.
Route: Cintsa to Addo: ± 300 km
Travel time: ± 5-6 hours
Included Highlight: Game Drive in Nomad truck

Day 15 Port Elizabeth
After a final early morning game drive we bid farewell to the elephants and drive to Port Elizabeth where your tour will end upon arrival.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad.
Route: Addo to Port Elizabeth ±160-170 km
Travel time: ± 2-3 hrs
Included Highlights: Morning Game drive in Addo with Nomad truck

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
-Moholoholo rehabilitation centre R200
-St Lucia boat cruise R430
-Hluhluwe game drive R750
-Lesotho junior school visit* R100
TOTAL: R1480
This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.
*The Lesotho school visit will only take place during school terms. During school holidays, we will refund this activity package item

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 for the first leg of the tour.

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.

Visas:
Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for Swaziland and Lesotho.
See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

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)

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 best currency to use on this route. ATM’s are available in all major towns and cities. There is often a limit on the amount you can draw each day. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country. Travellers Cheques can take a long time to change into cash and often incur unreasonable charges.

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 extended with the Garden Route tour or linked to Cape Town to Victoria Falls tour, or any one of the shorter modules of this tour such as the Desert 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 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 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 Eltham Lodge www.elthamlodge.co.za. We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening through your travel agent or Nomad, however if you wish to fly out of Port Elizabeth the same day the tour ends, we suggest you book your flight for after 3pm.

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 into 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.