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42 Days Camping - Southern African Circle - To and From Cape Town [NCC]

Route:

Cape Town - City - Cederberg - Namaqualand Area - Orange River - Fish River Canyon - Namib Naukluft Park - Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Etosha National Park - Windhoek - Botswana - Ghanzi - Maun - Okavango Delta - Gweta - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Kruger National Park - Mlilwane Wildlife Reserve - Hluhluwe Town - Imfolozi KZN Parks - Durban - Drakensberg - Lesotho - Malealea - Addo Elephant National Park - Tsitsikamma National Park - Knysna - Plettenberg Bay - Oudtshoorn - Stellenbosch / Paarl - Cape Town - City

Southern Circle - Camping 2014

Highlights:
Namib Desert, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Kruger National Park, Garden Route

Countries Visited: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho

DETAILS:
Trip Code: NCC

Length: 42 Days / 41 Nights
Vehicle: Adventure Truck
Min / Max People: 2 / 24

Meals:
Breakfast:37
Lunch:33
Dinner:32

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am Nomad Adventure Tours, 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, South Africa. Tel: +27 (0) 82 578 2199, www.nomadtours.co.za

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

*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 there is a maximum number of 24 participants.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region
Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. On the way to the Cederberg we visit !Kwa ttu where we enjoy a San guided tour and museum visit. After the tour, lunch will be prepared and afterwards we continue to our campsite in the Cederberg region. We arrive at our accommodation and your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Marcuskraal: www.marcuskraal.co.za
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, swimming pool
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal: ± 230 km
Travel time: ±5 hrs
Activity Package: !Kwa ttu San Guided tour

Day 2 Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River
An early start, we head north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Fiddlers Creek Campsite www.bushwhacked.co.za
Facilities: Water not drinkable, bar, hot showers, shared ablutions.
Route: Citrusdal to Orange river: ±570 km
Travel time: ±10 hrs

Day 3 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon
This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. After a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon we enjoy our dinner while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity.
Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Hobas Campsite www.nwr.com.na/hobas.html
Facilities: Drinkable water, small kiosk, hot showers (sometimes), small swimming pool, bar
Route: Orange River to Fish River Canyon ±210 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing
Included Highlight: Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon

Border posts:
South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 761 8760, Open 24 hours.
Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours.

Day 4 Namib-Naukluft National Park
We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a Jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sesriem campsite http://www.nwr.com.na/sesriem_campsite.html
Facilities: Drinkable water, bar, swimming pool, hot showers, shared ablutions, shop
Route: Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft Park ±560 km
Travel time: ±10 hr
Included Highlight: Hike into Sesriem Canyon

Day 5 Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park
This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later, we join a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions.
Optional activities: Transfer to Deadvlei
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Desert Shelter Cha-re: No website available
Facilities: Hot showers, good shared ablutions, swimming pool, bar
Route: Sesriem to Solitaire ±100 km (excludes drive to and from desert walk)
Travel time: ±3 hrs (round trip into Sesriem plus drive to Solitaire)
Activity package: Guided desert walk with local expert
Included Highlights: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, explore Sossusvlei on foot

Day 6 Swakopmund
After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Often there are flamingos at the Walvis Bay lagoon, just before we arrive in Swakopmund. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and then there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.
Optional Activities: Dinner out
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Amanpuri: www.amanpurinamibia.com
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, drinkable water
Route: Solitaire to Swakopmund. ±280 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs (including Walvis Bay)
Included Highlight: Stop off in Walvis Bay to view Flamingos

Day 7 Swakopmund
The whole day is free to relax, explore or partake in one of the many activities available here. Most popular are Quadbking in the Dunes or Tandem Skydiving. On a clear day’s skydiving you can see all the way to the next day’s destination! Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day.
Optional Activities: Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic flights, Dinner out etc.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Two per room: Amanpuri: www.amanpurinamibia.com
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, drinkable water

Day 8 Spitzkoppe
Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing behind camp for some stunning views of the landscape.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bush Camp: Spitzkoppe Community Campsite
http://www.namibian.org/travel/community/spitzkoppe.htm
Facilities: No facilities. Long drop toilets.
Route: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe ±170 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Included Highlight: Guided walk with Nomad guide through Spitzkoppe

Day 9 Himba Tribes
After some early morning exploration we continue north and drive towards Kamanjab. Today we have the chance to experience life within a Himba tribe. The Himba are a pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. The Himba have been extremely diligent about upholding the roots of their culture but they are also very curious about visitors to their home.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Himba camp– no website available
Facilities: Bush shower, toilets
Route: Spitzkoppe to Kamanjab ±340 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Activity package: Guided visit to the Himba Tribe with Local Guide.

Day 10/11 Etosha National Park
Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant water holes for some excellent game photography.
Optional Activities: Night or Dawn Game Drives in safari vehicles.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Halali and Okaukuejo: www.nwr.com.na/etosha_national_park.html
Facilities: Drinkable water, shared ablutions, bar, shop, post box, swimming pool and waterholes at all campsites.
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha NP ±280 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs
Included Highlight: Game drives in Nomad truck

Day 12 Windhoek
After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of the Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.
Optional Activities: Dinner out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Hotel Uhland: www.hoteluhland.com
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, swimming pool, bar, laundry
Route: Etosha to Windhoek. ±550 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs
Included Highlight: Craft market en-route and short city tour in Nomad Truck

Day 13 Botswana - Ghanzi
After an early start, we cross into Botswana and drive to Ghanzi. After setting up camp we meet with a local Bushman (San) community and experience some traditional tribal dancing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ghanzi Trail Blazers: http://ghanzitrailblazers.wheretostay.na/
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions.
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi. ±570 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs, plus a border crossing on this day.
Included Highlight: Bushmen Tribal Dance in evening

Border posts:
Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560 401, Open: 07h00-24h00
Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 6592013/2064, Open: 07h00-24h00

As we cross the border we’ll start to see villagers, cattle, donkeys, and sheep along the side of the highway. Sometimes the donkeys and cows sit in the middle of the road and any amount of horn blowing won't get them out of the road. Independent since 1966, Botswana (formally a British protectorate) has three of the world’s richest diamond mines and this has made Botswana quite a wealthy nation. Now 40 years old, it is known as the African success story. Politically stable and with the foresight to invest in education, healthcare, high economic standards and without the racial issues that have plagued other countries, Botswana has the best economy in sub-Saharan Africa. The government has employed a strategy of high income - low impact tourism. This is where they reduce the number of tourists entering any area of the country by charging a lot more than neighbouring countries, thereby making it more restrictive for the budget traveller.


Day 14 Maun
Our journey takes us from Ghanzi towards Maun. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for this excursion, packing small 2-night bags. There may be an opportunity this afternoon to visit the local crocodile farm or take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.
Optional Activity: Crocodile Farm visit, Scenic Flight (time permitting)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sitatunga www.deltarain.com
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±300 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs

Day 15/16 Maun – Okavango Delta
This morning we board the big 4x4 truck that will take us in to the Delta. In high-water season it is sometimes necessary to take a boat to the poling station where we meet up with the members of a local community who will be showing us their homeland. We spend 2 nights bush camping in the wilderness and, if the water level allows, we will take a mokoro (traditional canoe) trip through the waterways. We will also be going on some nature walks in the hope of seeing some wild animals in their natural habitat.
Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Maun for the following 2 days.

Day 15 (Day 1 in Delta),
Meals
: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp www.deltarain.com
Facilities: No facilities – bush camping
Route: Maun to Bush Camp
Activity package: 4 x 4 vehicle transfer into Okavango Delta, Mokoro ride and guided nature walk

Day 16 (Day 2 in Delta)
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp www.deltarain.com
Facilities: No facilities – bush camping
Activity package: Guided Nature walk and mokoro rides

Day 17 Gweta
We leave the Delta, return to Maun and travel east to Planet Baobab. You can explore the bush around the campsite, lounge by the pool and view some of the region’s oldest Baobab trees.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Planet Baobab Campsite www.unchartedafrica.com/page.php?p_id=59
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Maun to Gweta ±200 km
Travel time: ±2-3 hrs (4x4 & mokoro transfer), ±3 hrs driving in truck.

Day 18 Botswana - Chobe National Park
We travel to Chobe and this afternoon we enjoy a sunset river cruise as the animals are best spotted from the Chobe River. Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris: www.theberiversafaris.com
Facilities: Hot showers, good ablutions, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Gweta to Kasane. ±400 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs
Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe NP

Day 19 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
Once we have crossed the border into Zimbabwe it is a short drive to the town of Victoria Falls where we will be briefed about all the different activities available. Choose carefully as almost all of them are really worth doing. Please be aware that you cannot use credit/debit cards in Zimbabwe, so cash (USD) is best. The prices of the activities are listed at the beginning of this dossier so you can make sure to bring what you need.
We visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi.
Optional Activities: Chobe morning game drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Dinner out, White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion, Walking with Lions, Horse Riding and much more...
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hostel: Vic Falls Adventure Lodge:
www.adventurezonevicfalls.com/accommodation.html
Facilities: En-suite rooms, hot showers, bar, restaurant, laundry, internet café.
Route: Kasane to Vic Falls. ±100 km
Travel time: ±2 hrs plus border crossing
Activity package: Entrance to Victoria Falls National Park

Border posts:
Botswana: Kazangula Road, +267 6250320, Open: 06h00-20h00
Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00

Day 20 Victoria Falls
Spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting alternatives such as a walk with lions or a bungee jump from the bridge that joins Zimbabwe with Zambia.
Optional Activities: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion, Walking with Lions, Horse Riding, Dinner out.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vic Falls Adventure Lodge: www.adventurezonevicfalls.com/accommodation.html
Facilities: En-suite rooms, hot showers, bar, restaurant, laundry, internet café.

Day 21 Victoria Falls to Palapye / Martinsdrift
Departure is at 7.30 am from Vic Falls Adventure Lodge. We drive south through Botswana to Palapye, or the border post at Martinsdrift, where we will spend the night at a lively campsite.
Optional activities: South African Braai (BBQ) / All Meals.
Meals: No meals included
Accommodation: Camp: Camp Itumela www.campitumela.com
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, bar, swimming pool, restaurant
Route: Victoria Falls to Palapye / Martinsdrift. ±820 km to 920 km
Travel time: ±14hrs

Day 22 Palapye / Martinsdrift to Johannesburg
After a 6.00 am departure, we enter into South Africa. Covering the next 450 – 550 km on sealed roads we should get to Johannesburg as early as possible. Take the time to experience some of the nightlife Johannesburg has to offer. Optional activities: All Meals
Meals: No meals included
Accommodation: Garden Court O.R. Tambo www.southernsun.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx
Facilities: Hot showers, En-suite, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Palapye / Martinsdrift to Johannesburg. ±550 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing

Border posts:
Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 4940 254, Open: 08h00-18h00.
South Africa: Groblersbrug, Tel: +27 14 767 1019, Open: 08h00-18h00.

Day 23 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 24/25 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 24
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: SANP Camp: www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, restaurant, shop
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 25:
Meals:
Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: SANP Camp: www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, restaurant, shop
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck

Day 26/27 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 26
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 27
Meals:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary: www.biggameparks.org/3parks_mlilwane.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar

Border posts:
South Africa: Mananga, Tel: +27 (0) 13 793 7075, Open: 07h00-18h00.
Swaziland: Mananga, Tel: +268 323 2137, Open: 07h00-18h00.

Day 28 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: Traditional 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 29 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 or lunch out at Local Indian Restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Two 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 30/31 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 32/33 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 34/35 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 36 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: Afternoon game drive in Nomad Truck

Day 37/38 Tsitsikamma National Park
After a final early morning game drive we bid farewell to the elephants 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 Tour, Hiking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Tube n Axe: www.tubenaxe.co.za
Facilities: Drinkable water, shared ablutions, hot showers, bar
Route: Addo to Tsitsikamma. ±350 km
Travel time: ±3-5 hrs
Activity package: Tsitsikamma National Park Entrance Fee
Included Highlights: Morning Game drive in Addo with Nomad truck

Day 39 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 in to nearby Knysna to explore.
Optional Activities: Knysna Elephant Park, Knysna Lagoon Cruise, Township Tour, Birds of Eden, Monkey World, Predator Rehab, 4x4 Forest Drive.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Forever Resort Plettenberg Bay: www.foreverplettenberg.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, swimming pool, laundry
Route: Tsitsikamma to Plettenberg Bay: ± 40 km
Travel time: ± 1 hour

Day 40 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: Drinkable water, shared ablutions, hot showers.
Route: Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn ±200 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Activity package: Cango Caves Standard Tour

Day 41 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… Stellenbosch forms the heart of the Western Cape’s wine region and is the second oldest European settlement in the Western Province. As this is the last night on tour we head to a local restaurant for dinner.
Optional Activities: Ostrich Farm Visit, Dinner Out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: 2 per room: Lord Charles Hotel: www.nh-hotels.co.za
Facilities: En suite, hot showers, internet, laundry
Route: Oudtshoorn to Stellenbosch ±400 km
Travel time: ± 5-6 hrs
Included highlight: Possible stop at Ronnie’s sex shop

Day 42 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 Nomad.
Activity package: Wine tasting, Cheetah Breeding Project entrance fee.

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
-Cederberg Guided Walk R250
-Guided desert walk with local expert R350
-Himba Tribe visit R350
-3 day Delta drive in R2100
-Chobe National Park boat cruise R500
-Vic Falls National Park entry R350
-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: R5850
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:
Malaria prophylactics are required. Very low risk of malaria in northern Namibia, but the risk increases to high risk as we travel north to Zimbabwe and the Kruger NP area.

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.

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 for further information.

Visas:
Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho & Swaziland. Most nationalities will require visas for Zimbabwe. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

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 most widely used currency on this route. US Dollar cash can be used for optional activities.
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. 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. 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 for tips and craft markets. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.

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 Journey to Johannesburg transit, Kruger National Park, Discover Mozambique and the East African Adventure tours.

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 travelers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On some of our tours, camping and accommodated clients will travel together with a maximum of 24 participants.

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 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.

TIPPING ON TOUR:
Southern Africa
: 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.

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 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 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.