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13 Days Delta, Chobe & Kruger [NAJBK]
Chobe National Park - Botswana
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
Greater Kruger National Park and Surrounds
Highlights: Maun, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, The Okovango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Kruger National Park, Johannesburg, Panorama Route (Three Rondavels), Bourke's Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window & Panorama Route.
Countries Visited: South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe
Details: Trip Code: NAJBK Length: 13 Days / 12 Nights Vehicle: Adventure Truck Min / Max People: 4 / 18 Departure Point: Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8:00 am from Belvedere Estate corner George and Belvedere road, Glen Austin Midrand, Tel: 079 510 6705 – www.belvedereestate.co.za
End Point: Belvedere Estate corner George and Belvedere road, Glen Austin Midrand, Tel: 079 510 6705 – www.belvedereestate.co.za
*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.
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: Two Per Room: Camp Itumela http://www.campitumela.com/ Facilities: En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Internet Café, Drinkable Water & Shop Route: Johannesburg to Palapye ±565 km Travel Time: ±8-9 hours and a border crossing
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 Activity: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (7 seat plane – time permitting) Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sitatunga http://www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp Facilities: En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar & Laundry Route: Palapye to Maun ±620 km Travel Time: ±7-8 hours Activity Package: Khama Rhino Sanctuary Game Drive
Day 3 - Okavango Delta In the morning we board our planes and head into the Delta. After a wonderful scenic flight we arrive at our base for the next two days. During your time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We go on nature walks and explore the Delta by mokoro traditional canoe (water level dependant). The Delta is truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience as the wild animals here are not used to people. Simply sitting and relaxing often results in rewarding bird or game viewing. Please note: if you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Maun for the following 2 days.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Accommodation: Meru Tent: Moremi Crossings or Oddballs http://www.gunns-camp.com/moremi_crossing.php http://www.oddballscamp.com Facilities: En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Bar, Laundry & Shop Route: Maun to Okavango Delta ±30 min flight Activity Package: 3 Day Delta Fly In Luggage Restriction: 10kg luggage per person, no bottled water allowed on flight, can be purchased at Moremi Crossing.
Day 4 - Okavango Delta Today we will continue exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro (traditional canoe) and a enjoy a nature walk
Day 5 - Nata We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans. 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.
Optional Activity: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (7 seat plane – time permitting) Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Accommodation: Two Per Room: Nata Lodge or Pelican Lodge http://www.natalodge.comhttp://www.pelicanlodgebotswana.com/ Facilities: En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool & Bar Route: Maun to Nata ±230 km Travel Time: ±3-4 hours
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: Two Per Room: Thebe River Safaris http://www.theberiversafaris.com Facilities: En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool & Bar Route: Nata to Kasane ±450 km Travel Time: ±6-7 hours
Day 7 - 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 Activity: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Dinner out Meals: Breakfast,Lunch Accommodation: Two Per Room: Elephant Hills Hotel http://www.elephanthillshotel.com Facilities: En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Laundry & Restaurant Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls ±100 km Travel Time: ±2 hours and a border crossing Activity Package: Vic Falls National Park Entry
Day 8 - Victoria Falls to Palapye / Martinsdrift An early departure from Victoria Falls, we drive south through Botswana to Palapye, or the border post at Martinsdrift, where we will spend the night at a lively campsite.
Optional Activity: All Meals Meals: No meals included Accommodation: Two Per Room: Camp Itumela http://www.campitumela.com Facilities: Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Internet Café, Drinkable Water, Restaurant & Shop Route: Victoria Falls to Palapye ±820 km Travel Time: ±14 hours
Day 9 - Palapye / Martinsdrift to Johannesburg Another early departure, we enter into South Africa. Covering the next 450 – 550 km on sealed roads we should get to Johannesburg as early as possible. There are no meals provided on the transit. Meals: No meals included Accommodation: Two Per Room: Belvedere Estate http://http://www.belvedereestate.co.za/ Facilities: Hot Showers, Swimming Pool & Bar Route: Palapye to Johannesburg ±550 km Travel Time: ±8-9 hours and a border crossing
Border Post Botswana: Martinsdrift,Tel: +267 4940 254, Open: 08h00-18h00. South Africa: Groblersbrug, Tel: +27 (0) 14 767 1019, Open: 08h00-18h00.
Day 10 - Greater Kruger National Park An early start from Johannesburg, we travel through the Province of Mpumalanga en route to the breath taking 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: Permanent Tents: Nkambeni Reserve http://www.nkambeni.co.za/ Facilities: En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Internet, Drinkable Water & Shop Route: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger National Park Area ±350 km Travel Time: ±8 - 10 hours Activity Package: Evening Game Drive Included Highlight: Local Dancing
Day 11 - 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.
Optional Activity: Morning Bush Walk – Nkambeni Reserve, Evening Game – Nkambeni Reserve Meals: Breakfast,Dinner Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Nkambeni Reserve http://www.nkambeni.co.za/ Facilities: En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Internet, Drinkable Water & Shop Route: Greater Kruger National Park to Kruger National Park ±150 km Activity Package: Morning Bush Walk Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Day 12 - Kruger National Park Today we have a full day of game viewing planned in an open 4×4 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: Permanent Tents: Nkambeni Reserve http://www.nkambeni.co.za/ Facilities: En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Internet, Drinkable Water & Shop Activity Package: Full Day Game Drive in 4×4 Safari vehicles – Kruger National Park Included Highlight: Full Day Game Drive in Nomad Truck
Day 13 - 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 Activity: Dinner out Meals: Breakfast,Lunch Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad. Route: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg ±530 km Travel Time: ±9 - 10 hours Included Highlight: Panorama Route : Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window
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, 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 Package: R13070
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.
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 & SAFARIS (enquire with our consultants for any further information)
Currency and Banking As your tour may pass through multiple countries, we have prepared information on the use of local and foreign currencies, ATMs and Credit Cards for 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 As visa requirements vary considerably from country to country and nationality to nationality, please contact the various embassies or a visa service agent in your home country to re-check your visa requirements at least 4 weeks prior to travelling. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and that Nomad Adventure Tours will not be held responsible for guests being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas.
All travellers must be in possession of a valid onward/return air ticket or proof of other means of transport enabling the traveller to leave the country in which your adventure tour passes or terminates. You should also have proof of sufficient funds (e.g. credit card) to see you through your time in the country. Should the adventure tour you are joining be re-entering a country, be sure to have a multiple entry visa that enables you to re-enter the country.
In some cases visas are available on entry into a country and may be cheaper to do so, however for peace of mind and to speed up the border crossing process, Nomad will always advise you to get your visas prior to your trip if possible.
Malaria Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route
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!
TIPPING ON TOUR African countries: 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. It is expected to tip porters and car-guards etc. Ask you r guides how much is appropriate in local currency. 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 USD1-2 (or about R10-R20) 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.
Green Seats – Travel responsibly in Africa Nomad gives you the opportunity to offset your carbon footprint 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, with partner projects will plant Spekboom, which are ecologically viable and that have a very high carbon absorption rate. You will receive a certificate of your contribution towards offsetting your carbon footprint while on tour with Nomad. 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/page/greenseat