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13 days Desert & Delta Swakopmund to Victoria Falls accommodated

TDay 1 Highlight: Swakopmund Four per room LD

Our first day is spent in pursuit of adventure and adrenalin. We may choose to do some shopping in town or head for the beach.
Optional Activities: Quadbiking, Sandboarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights, Fishing etc…

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Four per room: Dunes Lodge
Facilities: Drinkable water, hot showers, indoor swimming pool, sauna, cash bar, laundry service.

The guides will arrange a time to meet at the hostel for lunch. You can go and have lunch in town if you want. There is ATM banking facilities here and Foreign exchange offices that are open during working hours.

Day 2 Highlight: Himba Tribes Two to Four per room BLD

Heading inland again we drive north towards Kamanjab where we will meet with some of the local people of the area. The Himba are easily recognizable by their unique style of dress. Encountering a totally different way of life is a moving experience for many people.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two to Four per room: Oase Guest House.
Facilities: Good ablutions, hot showers and bar.
Route: Swakopmund to Kamanjab. 650 km
Travel time: 7-8 hrs. Long Day

Depending on our time we will spend the afternoon visiting the Himba, or the next morning before we depart for Etosha. Please have respect for the people that you are going to visit. Keep in mind that they have a different culture, and that behaviour you deem as normal might be offensive to them, and vice verse.

Day 3/4 Highlight: Etosha National Park Two to Three per room BLD

An early rise sees us on our way to Etosha National Park and some of most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. We spend our days visiting the abundant water holes for some excellent game photography. After our evening meal we relax at some of the finest floodlit waterholes in the world. Occasionally it may not be possible to overnight inside the National Park in which case we will spend the night at a lovely guest farm just outside of Etosha.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two to Three per room: Depending on the time of year we will stay in the best area of the park for game viewing at a Namibia Wildlife Resort Campsite.
Facilities: Drinkable water, hot showers, bar, shop, posting facilities, swimming pool and waterholes at all campsites.
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha NP. 300 km
Travel time: 4-5 hrs

During the rainy season, animals are scattered over a vast grazing area, congregating in large numbers on the plains west of the pan where the grazing is good. At this time bird life in the pan is varied. The 400-mm of rain that falls can also create muddy roads and short term surface flooding. Temperatures are high - around 38 Degrees Celsius - and life is not very comfortable. In the winter temperatures sometimes drop to below 3 degrees Celsius.

Note: The quality of the experience in game parks is directly related to how quiet and attentive you are. Game viewing in Etosha is normally very good and the animal life is varied. However it is important to remember that luck plays a big part in game viewing.

Day 5 Highlight: Windhoek Two per room BL

After an early morning game drive we set off for Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. On the way we will stop at a local craft market for some shopping. An evening meal at Joe’s Beer House (own expense) is a highlight for non-vegetarians as you can try many different types of game meat. Vegetarians are well catered for and the interesting décor and vibrant atmosphere is well worth the visit.
Optional Activities: Dinner at Joe’s Beer House, Township Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Pension Steiner
Facilities: Drinkable water, good ablutions and hot showers.
Route: Etosha NP to Windhoek. 600 km
Travel time: 7-8 hrs

Day 6 Highlight: Botswana - Xanikwa Bushmen Tribe Two per hut BLD

Leaving Windhoek behind us we depart Namibia and enter Botswana. We drive towards Ghanzi where we will be spending the night. There is another opportunity here for interaction with local people as well as other activities such as horse riding.
Optional Activities: Xanikwa Bushman Walk, Traditional Dancing, Horse Riding

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per hut: Ghanzi Trail Blazers
Facilities: Drinkable water, good ablutions and hot showers.
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi. 500 km
Travel time: 6-8 hrs plus border crossing

Please have respect for the people that you are going to visit. Keep in mind that they have a different culture, and that behaviour you deem as normal might be offensive to them, and vice verse.

Day 7/8/9 Highlight: Okavango Delta Two per tent BLD

Our journey takes us from Ghanzi to Maun. The afternoon can be spent exploring the town or relaxing at camp. The next morning we will leave early for the airport where we will board planes and transfer in to the Delta. During our time in the Delta we will go on a nature walk and a mokoro (Occasionally unavailable due to seasonality) ride with the local people. The following morning the planes come and collect us and we return to Maun. The flight is a wonderful scenic experience and the Delta is spectacular.
Optional Activities: Crocodile Farm Visit

Delta Day 1
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per tent (Tented camp): Sitatunga Camp
Facilities: Drinkable water, good ablutions and hot showers.
Route: Ghanzi to Maun. 300km
Travel time: 4-5 hrs

Today we will arrive in Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Our first night will be spent just outside of the town at a beautiful place. We will make our final preparations for our Delta excursion.

What to Pack? There is a very strict 10 kg luggage restriction, so pack clever!


• Day pack / small rucksack
• Torch and spare batteries
• Water Bottle (and bottled water if you will not be drinking Delta water)
• Mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
• 1-2 changes of clothes
• Good walking shoes and socks
• Warm fleece for cooler evenings
• Lightweight raincoat in rainy season
• Camera, spare film and spare batteries
• Basic first aid kit

Delta Day 2
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per tent (Tented camp): Delta
Facilities: Good ablutions, hot showers and bar.
Route: Flight into the Delta and activities.

We have an early morning and transfer to the airport where we board our chartered flight deep into the Delta! The flight itself is an amazing experience with beautiful scenery. Upon arrival at our camp deep in the Delta, we will have time to relax and wait for the heat of the day to pass before we head off on our activities. We will go for mokoro (traditional dug out canoes) rides, and go for nature walks on the edge of Moremi game reserve. Gliding along the pristine channels in a mokoro offers an excellent opportunity for photography.

At no time should you wander from the camp without an experienced local guide to guide you. We spend tonight out in the wild.

Delta Day 3
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per tent (Tented camp): Sitatunga Camp
Facilities: Drinkable water, good ablutions and hot showers
Route: Flight back to civilization

Today we sadly head back to Maun. Back at camp those who want to will have time to go and visit the crocodile farm, and learn more about these amazing animals.

Day 10/11 Highlight: Kasane / Chobe National Park Two per room BLD

Leaving Maun behind us we depart on the long drive north to Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. The next day’s afternoon River Cruise is included in the tour price and many people take the chance to go on the optional morning Game Drive.
Optional Activities: Chobe Game Drive

DAY 10
We will arrive at our destination in the late afternoon. We will spend the evening relaxing around the campfire. Please do not go close to the river. Wild animals roam freely and you need to be careful.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Thebe River Safaris
Facilities: Drinkable water (except at high water), good ablutions and hot showers, swimming pool and bar.
Route: Maun to Kasane. 600 km
Travel time: 7-8 hrs

DAY 11
There is opportunity this morning for the optional Game Drive in Chobe National Park. This is an excellent experience for game viewing. Those who are not interested can have a late morning and spend the day relaxing by the pool. In the afternoon we go on the Chobe River Cruise. Have your cameras ready for this unforgettable experience!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Thebe River Safaris
Facilities: Drinkable water (except at high water), good ablutions and hot showers, swimming pool and bar.

Day 12 Highlight: Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls Two per room BL

Arriving early at our final destination of Victoria Falls, we have lunch and enough time to visit the Falls. The popular optional sunset cruise includes dinner and drinks.
Optional Activities: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Victoria Falls NP

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Savanna Lodge or Two per permanent tent: Zambezi Waterfront
Facilities: Drinkable water, hot showers, good ablutions, bar, swimming pool and village walks.
Route: Kasane to Vic Falls. 100 km
Travel time: 2 hrs plus border crossing

Prepare for border crossing. Arrival in Vic Falls should be around noon. Saf Par will come to you to do a presentation about all the activities available. (You do not have to use Saf Par; we only recommend them because of their good safety record and professionalism.) The next day is spent doing activities.

Day 13 Highlight: Victoria Falls Tour ends Own arrangements B

Most people will spend the day White Water Rafting a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting alternatives. The last evening can be spent together as a group at a local restaurant, recounting our tour experiences and adventures.
Optional Activities: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements

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NB! We do not recommend that you book your onward travel on this date, as you might be doing the optional activities. If you would like us to book you post tour accommodation or an airport transfer please let us know. Departures

8 days Desert Explorer Cape Town to Swakopmund accommodated

Countries Visited
South Africa and Namibia.
Malaria
Malaria prophylaxis is not required.
Frequency
Twice a month.
Departure Point
8.00am Nomad Adventure Tours, 40 Shortmarket Street, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town.
End Point
Dunes Lodge, 12 Anton Lubowski Ave, Swakopmund.
What’s included
Meals as indicated on the itinerary, accommodation, registered guides, and transport per itinerary.
What’s excluded
All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).
Health
Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking.
Visas
Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for Namibia. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.
Climate
The African sun is very strong, especially in Namibia. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. Beware of extreme temperature fluctuations in Namibia. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information.
Currency and Banking
South African Rand is the most widely used currency on this route. U$ Dollar is necessary for optional activities – please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.
Vaccinations
None required by law. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.
Link your tour
This tour can be linked to the Etosha & Himba Tribes and Desert & Delta tours.
Onward Travel
We can also book cheap flights – ask your guide or speak to the office for options.
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 our offices for details.

Optional Activities on this route
Orange River 1/2 Day R 150 to R 180 Swakopmund Quadbiking R 550 to R 700
Sossusvlei Guided Walk R 150 to R 180 Swakopmund Scenic Flight Namib R 700 to R 1,300
Kalahari Game Drive R 180 to R 220 Swakopmund Sandboarding R 300 to R 500
Swakopmund Sky Diving R 1,800 to R 2,200 Swakopmund Restaurant Dinner R 100 to R 175

There are more optional activities being created every day – we have listed only the most popular. If there is something specific you would like to do then speak to your guide as they will be able to assist you (if it is possible…)

Day 1 Highlight: South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region Two to Four per room LD

We depart Cape Town heading north for the Cederberg Mountain region. This area offers a variety of outdoor activities. On this first afternoon we spend some time learning about tour-life, the vehicle and equipment.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two to Four per room: The Baths, Citrusdal
Facilities: Drinkable water, hot showers, good ablutions
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal. 180 km
Travel time: 3-4 hrs

We depart from Cape Town and set off on our journey. This first day will take us through a variety of landscapes and diverse agriculturally important areas. Be on the lookout for the grain fields of the “Swartland” and the Citrus plantations in the Cederberg region as we start heading inland. We should reach our destination around lunchtime.

Day 2 Highlight: Namibia - Namaqualand / Gariep River Two per room BLD

We travel north through Namaqualand and head for the Gariep River. The night is spent on the banks of the river, sitting around the campfire, getting to know one another.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Felix Unite.
Facilities: Water not drinkable, bar, hot showers, washing up area.
Route: Citrusdal to Gariep River. 530 km
Travel time: 9-10 hrs plus border crossing

It is quite a long drive up to the Gariep River. There will be a short stop in the town of Springbok for some shopping and possibly banking (there is an ATM here).

Border Crossing:
South African side: Make sure you are aware of maximum duty-free allowances i.e. cigs, beer and wine (400, 2 liters, 2 liters?) You do not have to complete immigration (exit) forms but have to appear in person to get an exit stamp. Do not wear hats or sunglasses in the immigration office.
Namibian side: Everyone must fill in arrival forms; make sure all forms are filled in with detail. Length of stay should be the same for all (approx. 14 days).

Day 3 Highlight: Gariep River / Ai-Ais Two per room BLD

In the morning we have the opportunity to experience the Gariep River by canoe. Choose between a relaxing morning on the riverbank or the Half-Day Canoe adventure. After lunch we travel north to the Ai-Ais Hot Springs where we spend an enjoyable afternoon in the warm waters.
Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Adventure

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Ai-Ais
Facilities: Drinkable water, small kiosk, good ablutions with hot showers
Route: Gariep River to Fish river Canyon. 260 km.
Travel time: 3-4 hrs

Activities: You have the option of doing a half-day trip on the river. You will need to decide this beforehand, so that we can phone the operator and make bookings. It is not advisable for you to take any alcohol on the river. You will have a safety talk, given by the river guide, before boarding the boats. Make sure that you take enough water. You should drink at least 3 litres of water while on the river, more if you have been drinking the night before.

What you should pack:

• Sunscreen and hats
• Something warm to wear just in case
• Water Bottles – very important
• Mosquito repellent

Day 4 Highlight: Fish River Canyon / Kokerboom Forest Two per room BLD

After an early breakfast our journey takes us to the mighty Fish River Canyon where there will be ample possibility to take some spectacular pictures of the second largest Canyon in the world. After visiting the Canyon we travel further inland to the Kalahari area of Namibia. On the way we will make a short stop near Keetmanshoop to visit the Kokerboom (Quiver Tree) Forest – fantastic for photography! Tomorrow we will have the option to go on a game drive and meet the local ‘bushman’ community.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Intu Afrika
Facilities: Drinkable water, "open air" flush toilets, ablution blocks with hot water for showers.
Route: Fish river Canyon to Mariental. 450 km
Travel time: 7-8 hrs

Fish River Canyon: Unfortunately you are under no circumstances allowed to walk down the canyon, not even to the first plateau – if you get caught, Namibian Wildlife Resorts will issue you with a fine.

Day 5 Highlight: !Kung Bushman Community / Namib-Naukluft National Park Two per tent BLD

This morning those who wish to spend some time with the !Kung will have the chance to do so. This activity is a local community project and all fees are payable directly to the community. Those who choose not to participate can spend a leisurely morning on short hikes in the desert, or sleeping in. Later we drive west towards Sossusvlei and enter the Namib region.
Optional Activities: !Kung Bushman Excursion or Game Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per tent (Tented camp): Tsauchab Region.
Facilities: Drinkable water, hot showers and good ablutions.
Route: Mariental to Tsauchab. 350 km
Travel time: 4-6hrs

Early in the morning those who choose to will set off on a desert walk to meet the Bushmen. Make sure you take your water with you and ensure that you listen to the local guides when they explain what is polite and what is not.

Alternatively we have the option to take a 4 x 4 game drive across the red desert dunes where we will have the opportunity to see a variety of birds and game species (springbok, giraffes, zebra, Oryx, blue wildebeest, etc)

Day 6 Highlight: Namib-Naukluft National Park Two per tent BLD

Taking advantage of the cooler temperatures we depart at dawn and drive into the Namib-Naukluft National Park where we will hike up one of the dunes to gain a different perspective of the desert. We leave the truck at the 2x4 parking area where you have the option to go on a guided walk with a local expert on the area, or hike into Sossusvlei with some of the other group members. In the late afternoon we will visit Sesriem Canyon.
Optional Activities: Guided walk with Local Expert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per tent (Tented camp): Tsauchab Region.
Facilities: Drinkable water, hot showers and good ablutions.
Route: Tsauchab to Sossusvlei. ±150 km (return journey)
Travel time: ±2 hrs

Activities: A local guide offers a hike into the dunes; it is worth the extra charge – your guides will give you the information about this hike. At least one guide will accompany you on your walk. The walk from the 2x4 parking to Sossusvlei is very nice and can be done at no extra cost. Make sure you take water! After our walk we head to Sesriem Canyon to explore this wonderful geographical feature.

Day 7/8 Highlight: Swakopmund Four per room BL (B day 8 only, Tour ends)

A dramatic drive through the arid Namib-Naukluft sees us arrive at Walvis Bay where, if we are fortunate, the resident flamingo flock can be seen. Then it's on to the seaside resort town of Swakopmund. You have the option of enjoying a dinner at a local restaurant serving the catch of the day from the local fishermen, or dining at the lodge, both at your own expense. The next day is left totally open for each person to pursue their own interests including many adventure activities:
Optional Activities: Quadbiking, Sandboarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights, Fishing etc…

Day 7:
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Dinner: It’s not included. The group usually goes out for a dinner at a local restaurant – After the meal you can go out to one of the local clubs. If you do, one of the guides will go with you.
Accommodation: Four per room: Dunes Lodge
Facilities: Drinkable water, hot showers, indoor swimming pool, sauna, cash bar, laundry service.
Route: Tsauchab to Swakopmund. 300 km.
Travel time: 4-5 hours (including Walvis Bay)
Activities: The guides will take you to local operator, so you can get a briefing for activities and bookings.

We will stop at the Kuiseb pass for dramatic geology (also known as the Moon Landscapes). We make a stop at Walvis Bay to view the flamingos, if they are there. NB: As you go through the Guab pass you will be crossing the Tropic of Capricorn.

Day 8: Tour ends
Our last day is spent in pursuit of adventure and adrenalin. We may choose to do some shopping in town or head for the beach.
Optional Activities: Quadbiking, Sandboarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights, Fishing etc…

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own arrangements

NB! Please take the time to complete the tour feedback form. Please do not book your onward travel on this day, as you might want to enjoy more of the activities on offer. You can speak to you guides or our office for onward travel arrangements. Departures

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