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17 Days Camping - Okavango, Zimbabwe & Kruger [NDVJ]

Route:

Botswana - Maun - Okavango Delta - Nata - Kasane - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Hwange National Park - Great Zimbabwe Ruins - Tshipise - Johannesburg - Greater Kruger National Park and Surrounds - Panorama Route - Johannesburg

Okavango, Zimbabwe & Kruger - Camping 2014

TOUR CODE: NDVJ
Highlights: Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Kruger National Park Countries Visited: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Accommodation: Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 17 Nights: 16

Meals:
Breakfast:14
Lunch:14
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
Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport, 2 Hulley Road, Isando Ext. 3, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. Tel: +27 11 392 1062

*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. The group will be separated in the Delta and for this reason, if you have booked a German Translated departure, the translator will accompany the Accommodated clients into the Delta.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Botswana – Palapye
We depart Johannesburg heading north to Botswana to cross the border and spend our first night in Palapye, located on the banks of the Lotsane River.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Camp Itumela: www.campitumela.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, shop
Route: Johannesburg to Palapye ±565 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing
Border posts: South Africa: Groblersbrug, Tel: +27 14 767 1164, Open: 08h00-18h00.
Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 4940 254, Open: 08h00-18h00.

Day 2 Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Maun
The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino. This morning we go on a guided game drive through the Sanctuary before departing for Maun. Upon arrival in Maun, we will prepare for the Okavango Delta.

Optional activities: scenic flight over Okavango (time permitting)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Delta Rain, Sitatunga: www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot shows, bar, laundry, pool
Route: Palapye to Maun ±620 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs
Activity Package: Game Drive in Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Day 3/4 Okavango Delta
During our time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We go on nature walks and if possible will explore the Delta by mokoro. The Delta is the world’s largest inland delta. We travel into the Delta on a large 4x4 vehicle - in high water season boats will be used. We join up with some of the local people and set up our bush camp for the next 2 days.

Please note: if you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Maun for the following 2 days.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp: www.deltarain.com
Facilities: No facilities Route: Maun to Bush Camp
Activity package: Transfer in Delta in local 4 x 4 vehicle, mokoro canoe ride (if water levels allow) and a guided nature walk in the Okavango Delta

Day 5 Nata
We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata. 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: Camp: Nata Lodge: www.natalodge.com OR Pelican Lodge: http://www.pelicanlodgebotswana.com/
Facilities: Hot showers, bar, pool
Route: Maun to Nata ±230 km
Travel time: ± 2-3hrs (4x4 & boat transfer), ± 3 hrs driving in truck.

Day 6 Kasane - Chobe National Park
Today we head north to Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River. The afternoon is spent game viewing on a river cruise, into the renowned Chobe NP. This is an excellent opportunity to view some of Africa’s spectacular wildlife.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris: www.theberiversafaris.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, swimming pool
Route: Nata to Kasane ±450 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs
Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe National Park

Day 7/8 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
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 as it drops over 100m into the gorge below. Optional Activities: Chobe National Park Early Morning Game Drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, full day white water rafting, flight over the falls, bungi jump (solo), morning/afternoon lion or elephant encounter.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (day 7 only)
Accommodation: Two per Room: Elephant Hills Resort: www.elephanthillshotel.com
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, swimming pool
Route: Kasane to Vic Falls ±100 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs and a border crossing
Activity package: Victoria Falls NP Entrance
Border posts: Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320, Open: 06h00-20h00
Zimbabwe: Kzangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00

Day 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 Johannesburg
Today we leave early for the journey south along the Great North Road for 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. Most people choose to get together for a meal out at one of Johannesburg’s many excellent restaurants. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Garden Court OR Tambo - www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx
Facilities: Hot showers, En-suite, bar, swimming pool
Route: Tshipise to Johannesburg ±580km
Travel time: ±10-11hrs (long day)

Day 14 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: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger National Park. ±450 km
Travel time: ±8-10 hrs
Activity Package: Evening game drive

Day 15 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: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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 16 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: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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 17 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: Morning Game Walk, dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.
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
The tour will end 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 O.R. Tambo International is about 10 min 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.

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
-Khama Rhino Sanctuary game drive R300
-3 day Delta drive in R2100
-Chobe National Park boat cruise R500
-Vic Falls National Park entry R350
-Afternoon Game Drive in Hwange NP R 895
-Afternoon Game Drive in Matopos NP R 855
-Evening game drive R230
-Morning Bush Walk R210
-Full day 4x4 game drive – Kruger NP R550
TOTAL: R5990 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 consultants.

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

Malaria
Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.