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15 Days Camping - Lesotho, Swaziland and Kruger - North [NPJ]

Route:

Port Elizabeth - Addo Elephant National Park - Lesotho - Malealea - Drakensberg - KwaZulu-Natal North Coast - Durban - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park - Swaziland - Mlilwane Wildlife Reserve - Kruger National Park - Moholoholo - Johannesburg

Lesotho, Swaziland & Kruger - Camping - North 2014

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

Countries Visited: South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland

DETAILS:
Trip Code: NPJ

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

Meals:
Breakfast:14
Lunch:12
Dinner:13

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Approximately 10:00am from Kings Beach Hotel, La Roche Drive Humewood, Humewood, Port Elizabeth. Tel: +27 41 582 3720 www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/kings-beach/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 www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/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 Addo Elephant National Park
After meeting your guides and group you head to Addo Elephant National Park, which is home to many of Africa’s big game. Our truck gives us an elevated view on our game drive this afternoon, particularly for those photographic enthusiasts amongst us.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: The Aardvark Guest House: www.theaardvarkguesthouse.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet
Route: Port Elizabeth to Addo. ± 170 km
Travel time: ±2-3hrs
Included highlights: Afternoon game drive in nomad truck

Day 2/3 Cintsa
This morning we drive to Port Elizabeth Airport where we make a quick stop, and then on to Cintsa where you will have the chance to participate in the optional activities on offer. Optional Activities: boat rental, quad biking, 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: Addo to Cintsa. ± 365 km
Travel time: ± 8-10 hours
Included Highlights: Morning Game drive in Addo in Nomad truck

Day 4/5 Lesotho - Malealea
Today we leave South Africa and enter the landlocked mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Lesotho is one of the highest countries in the world, with the entire country being over 1000m above sea level. The next day we get up early and those who opt to go on the optional Pony Trekking Excursion will ride into the remote hills of Lesotho accompanied by local guides. On your return the group will visit the local village and school.

Optional Activities: Pony Trekking Excursion, Hiking.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Camp: Malealea: www.malealea.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar
Route: Cintsa to Lesotho (Malealea) ± 560 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hours plus border crossing
Activity Package: Local 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 6/7 South Africa - uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
The Drakensberg Mountains are South Africa’s highest and most beautiful. We explore the mountain paths and take in the breathtaking views offered in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg (Royal Natal) National Park. On our second day we will be going on a guided hike to see some of the San rock paintings.

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, swimming pool, shop
Route: Malealea Lodge to Royal Natal. ±300 km
Travel time: ±8-10 hrs plus a border crossing (Long Day)
Included Highlights: Royal Natal National Park Entrance, Guided walk to bushman paintings

Border post:
Lesotho: Van Rooyenshek, Open: 06h00-22h00
South Africa: Van Rooyenshek, Tel: +27 (0) 51 583 1516, Open: 06h00-22h00

Day 8 Kwa-Zulu Natal Coast - Durban
It’s all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. The bustling city of Durban is South Africa’s busiest port and well know surfing destination. We stay in the city centre this evening and maybe sample some Indian cuisine and enjoy this coastal city’s vibrant nightlife.

Optional Activity: Dinner out at local restaurant 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Two per room: Garden Court South Beach: www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/south-beach/pages/rooms.aspx
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Royal Natal to Durban. ±240 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs

Day 9 iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Soon after our arrival at the 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: Durban to St. Lucia. ±265km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs Activity Package: St Lucia sunset boat cruise

Day 10 Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserve – Swaziland - Mlilwane
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 population of white rhino in the world. In the afternoon we cross the border into Swaziland.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary: www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, pool
Route: St. Lucia to Mlilwane. ±400 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs (including a border crossing & game drive)
Activity Package: Morning Game Drive in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi National Park (± 3 hours)

Border posts:
South Africa: Golela, Tel: +27 34 435 1070, Open: 07h00-20h00
Swaziland, Lavumisa, Tel: +267 304 6001

Day 11 Swaziland – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland’s oldest reserve and covers 4,560 hectares. As there are no large predators in this area, there are a number of self-guided hikes available. Hiking is an excellent way of interacting with the flora and fauna and comes highly recommended.

Optional Activities: Guided birding walk, Game Drive, Village visit
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary: www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, pool

Day 12/13 South Africa - Kruger National Park
We return to South Africa and drive to the Kruger NP for two unforgettable days of game viewing. Kruger National Park is home to Africa’s Big 5 as well as a multitude of other beautiful African animals, both small and large. Our truck gives us a height advantage over other vehicles, which means better photo opportunities. There will be a number of game drives to give us the best opportunity to see all the animals.

Day 12
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, pool, shop, restaurant
Route: Mlilwane to Kruger. ±230 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs plus a border crossing
Included Highlights: Afternoon Game Drive in Nomad Truck

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

Day 13
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, pool, shop, restaurant
Route: Game driving through the park for the day. ±100km
Included Highlights: Full day Game Drive in Nomad Truck

Day 14 Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Leaving the World’s most famous nature conservation area behind us, we travel to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation centre to meet some of the rescued animals before they are released back into the wild. At our camp this evening we will experience some typical South African cuisine while enjoying a traditional song and dance evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Timbavati Safari Lodge www.timbavatisafarilodge.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Kruger NP to Timbavati Area ±195km
Travel time: ± 2-3 hours
Activity Package: Visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Included Highlights: Traditional South African meal, song and dance

Day 15 Panorama Route - Johannesburg
Today we travel along the Panorama Route, stopping for breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg, although most who choose to stay for an additional night will enjoy an optional dinner for their last evening together.

Optional Activities: Dinner Out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.
Route: Timbavati to Johannesburg. ±540 km
Travel time: ±9-10 hrs (Long Day)
Included Highlights: Panorama Route: God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon & Bourkes Luck Potholes

Tour Ends
The tour ends 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, SA Tours and Safaris. 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.
 
Activity & Price
-Lesotho junior school visit * R100
-Hluhluwe game drive R750
-St Lucia boat cruise R430
-Moholoholo rehabilitation centre R200
TOTAL: R1480
*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

Malaria:
Prophylactics are required for the last 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 Lesotho and Swaziland. 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. 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. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas.

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 linked to the Okavango & Chobe Trail North tour, or the Discover Mozambique tour.

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 problems such as lost luggage,
misplaced bags or any unpredictable problems such as airline strikes or delayed flight arrival.

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 Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport, www.southernsun.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 reservations. If you choose to stay elsewhere you will need to arrange a transfer. The Hotel is about 10mins 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.

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 members name written on one. Place what you feel is fair in to 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 http://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.