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42 Days Camping - Nairobi to Cape Town - South [NNC]
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
Dar es Salaam
Mikumi National Park
South Luangwa National Park
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
Chobe National Park - Botswana
Etosha National Park
Sesriem and surrounding area
Fish River Canyon
Cape Town - City
Highlights: Masai - Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti - Zanzibar - Diving, Snorkelling - Lake Malawi - South Luangwa National Park - Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park - Okavango Delta - Etosha National Park - Bushmen - Himba - Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund - Namib Desert - Fish River Canyon - Orange River - Cederberg - Cape Town
Countries Visited: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
DETAILS: Trip Code: NNC Length: 42 Days / 41 Nights Min / Max People: 2 / 24 Vehicle: Adventure Truck Departure Point: Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8:00am from the Sentrim Boulevard Hotel, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi. http://www.hotelboulevardkenya.com 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 travelers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On some of our tours, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 24.
Day 1 Arusha Today we depart the bustling capital of Kenya and cross the border into Tanzania. We will stop in Arusha to visit the local Masai Mara Museum and the snake park. This afternoon we make our preparations for the optional excursion to the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater. Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Camp: www.ndorolodge.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, shop Route: Nairobi to Arusha ±295 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing Activity Package: Masai Museum Border posts: Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 132002, Open: 24 hrs. Tanzania: Namanga, No telephone number, Open: 24 hrs.
Day 2/3/4 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater These 4 days are set aside for the 3-night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. On the first day from Arusha to Ngorongoro, there will be time for visiting the Oldupai gorge and museum. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4x4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. For those not going to the parks, take this chance to absorb some of the fascinating local culture. Optional Activities for those not doing the Serengeti Excursion: Various Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking & village tours and many more various day trips. Day 2/3/4 - For those going on the Serengeti NP/Ngorongoro Crater Excursion: Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Day 2: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html Day 3: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html Day 4: Camp: Simba Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html or return Arusha. Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, cold showers. Route: Arusha to Serengeti ± 260 km Travel time: ± 3-4 hours Optional Activity: Serengeti Camping Excursion
What you should take along: • Daypack with one change of clothes • Binoculars, cameras & film • Some warm clothes, as it is always cold on the rim of the crater • Lots of insect repellent • A few dollars (small notes) for tips, curios etc • Snacks, cold drinks, cigarettes etc. for the excursion • Sleeping bag
For those not going on the excursion: Optional Activities: Day walk inside Ngorongoro Forest, Mountain biking around the villages, various day safaris options Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Camp: www.ndorolodge.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, shop
Day 5 Karatu, Tanzania Today those that went into the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro will meet up with the truck in Arusha, where there will be time to share stories of the wonderful African animals seen in the park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Camp: www.ndorolodge.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, shop Route: Serengeti to Arusha ± 260 km Travel time: ± 3-4 hours
Day 6 Lushoto Lushoto is the major town and district centre, albeit small, in the Usambara Mountains, halfway between the coast and the parks. The popular pot plant Saintpaulia has its only wild occurrences in Tanzania, and particularly in the Usambara Mountains. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: The Lawns Hotel: www.lawnshotel.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, shop Route: Arusha to Lushoto ±515 km Travel time: ± 7-8 hours Day 7/8/9 Zanzibar After an early wake up, we leave Lushoto and head for Dar es Salaam, where a local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. We spend the first night exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored. The following day we take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend 2 days relaxing on the beach. Optional Activities: Lunch and Dinner, Motorbike hire, Spice tour, Walking city tour, Swimming with Dolphins, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling etc. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Dar es Salaam for the following 3 nights.
Day 7 Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Two per room: Ocean View Hotel: www.ocean.co.tz/ogh/zov/zov-accommodation Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, pool, shop, restaurant Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by Ferry Travel time: ±2-3 hrs Day 8/9 Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Two per room: Amaan Bungalows: www.ocean.co.tz/ogh/amaan-bungalows/ab-about-us/ Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, laundry, swimming pool, shop, restaurant Route: Stone town to Nungwi Beach ± 60-70 km Travel time: ±2 hrs Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion
Day 10 Dar es Salaam Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a late ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck and campsite Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Kipepeo Camp www.kipepeocamp.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar Route: Nungwi Beach to Stone town: ± 60-70 km; Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry Travel time: ± 2 hour to Stone town, ± 2 hour ferry ride to Dar es Salaam
Day 11 Mikumi Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and our journey leads us to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Today we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park. Optional Activity: Afternoon game drive in Mikumi NP. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Genesis Motel: no website available Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, restaurant, hot showers Route: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi ± 370 km Travel time: ± 4-5 hours
Day 12 Iringa Today we travel further inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area. This evening our dinner is a traditional Kihehe dinner in a Kihehe hut (local tribe) or dinner in the famous Mud Ruins restaurant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Kisolanza Farm: www.kisolanza.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar Route: Mikumi to Kisolanza ± 220 km Travel time: ± 5-6 hours Included Highlights: Dinner in a local Maasai restaurant
Day 13 Malawi – Northern Lake Malawi Leaving Tanzania we descend though scenic mountain passes to our lakeshore camp at Chitimba. Set on a golden sandy beach amongst banana palms and papaya trees, our accommodation for the night is surrounded by the famous Livingstonia and Nyika mountains. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Chitimba: www.chitimba.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, laundry, internet, shop Route: Iringa to Chitimba Beach ±560 km Travel time: ±12-13 hrs plus border crossing (long day) Border posts: Tanzania: Chi’zumulu, Tel: +265 15 357 207, Open: 06h00-18h00 Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00.
Day 14/15 Kande Beach After arrival at Kande Beach, we will spend the next 2 days enjoying the many optional activities available, such as horse riding and different water sports. We will go on a guided village walk in order to meet the local people and learn more about Malawian life. Optional Activities: Scuba diving, snorkelling etc. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Kande Beach: www.kandebeach.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar Route: Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach ±170 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs Activity Package: Guided village Walk
Day 16 Lilongwe Today we depart Kande Beach and head towards the bustling city of Lilongwe. En route, we will stop at a local market to experience the culture and way of live of the Malawian people. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Barefoot Lodge: www.barefoot-safaris.com/index_files/BarefootLodge.htm Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, internet Route: Kande Beach to Lilongwe ± 465 km Travel time: ± 6-7 hours Included Highlights: Visit to a local market
Day 17 Zambia - South Luangwa National Park Early in the morning we drive from Malawi and cross in to Zambia and continue to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy an included sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com Facilities:Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool Route: Lilongwe to South Luangwa National Park ±309km Travel time: ±10-11hrs Activity Package: South Luangwa National Park sunset game drive Border posts: Malawi: Mchinji, Tel: +265 124 2217, Open: 06h00-18h00. Zambia: Chipata / Nwami, Tel: + 265 622 1652, Open: 06h00-18h00.
Day 18 South Luangwa National Park In the morning you have the opportunity to take another game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we visit the community run tribal textile project and a local village. Optional Activities: Morning Game Drive, Game Walk inside park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool Activity package: Village and textile visit.
Day 19 Chipata Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Mama Rulas: www.mamarulas.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool. Route: South Luangwa NP to Chipata ±155 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs (bad road conditions)
Day 20 Lusaka The journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route. On week days there may be the opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of the Zambian capital city. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Eureka: www.eurekacamp.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool. Route: Chipata to Lusaka ±580 km Travel time: ±10-14 hrs (bad road conditions)
Day 21/22/23 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls National Park. As we stay in Victoria Falls, you have sufficient time to explore the falls and visit all of the view-points for some great photo opportunities. Optional Activities: Full day white water rafting, Flight over the falls, Full day low/high water river boarding, sunset cruise, bungee jump (solo), morning/afternoon lion or elephant encounter. Meals: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 2 Accommodation: Two per room: Vic Falls Adventure Lodge www.adventurezonevicfalls.com/accommodation.html Facilities: En-suite rooms, hot showers, bar, laundry & internet café, swimming pool, drinkable water Activity Package: Entry to Victoria Falls NP Border posts: Zambia: Vic Falls Bridge, no telephone number, Open: 06h00-20h00. Zimbabwe: Vic Falls Bridge, no telephone number, Open: 06h00-20h00.
Day 24 – Botswana - Chobe National Park We depart Victoria Falls and head towards Kasane. Upon arrival at Kasane we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon we enjoy a scenic sunset boat cruise in Chobe National Park. Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready. Optional Activities: Chobe NP game drive Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris www.theberiversafaris.com Facilities: Hot showers, bar, swimming pool, good ablutions. Route: Vic Falls to Kasane. ±100 km Travel time: ±2 hrs and a border crossing Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe National Park Border posts: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00. Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 625 0320, Open: 06h00-20h00.
Day 25 Maun An early start and our journey will take us to Maun where we will spend the night. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for the bush-camping excursion, packing small overnight bags. Your guides will provide you with a briefing about the next few days’ activities and the community run tourism operation. Optional Activities: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (time permitting) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Sitatunga http://www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, laundry. Route: Kasane to Maun ±680 km Travel time: ±7-8 hrs
Day 26 Okavango Delta After breakfast we board our local 4x4 truck transport for our trip into the Okavango Delta, where we meet with our local guides and polers for our mokoro (traditional canoe) trip to our remote bush camp. In the afternoon there is a nature walk with a local guide which gives a great chance to view wildlife on foot. Tonight is spent swapping stories around the camp fire and enjoying the serenity of the Delta.
Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Maun for the following 2 days.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp www.deltarain.com Facilities: No facilities – bush camping Route: Maun to Bush Camp Activity package: 4 x 4 vehicle transfer into Okavango Delta, Mokoro ride and guided nature walk Day 27 Okavango Delta There is normally an early morning nature walk with your local guides, splitting up into smaller groups so there is a better chance of seeing the wildlife. This is followed by breakfast and a relaxed day around the camp site. Often there is the chance to swim in the clear water. Test your skills as a mokoro poler, it’s not as easy as the locals make it look! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp www.deltarain.com Facilities: No facilities – bush camping Day 28 Delta to Maun Another early morning walk before breakfast and then it’s time to board our mokoro canoe for the trip back to the truck (depending on the water levels). Then we say good bye to our local guides and journey back to the Maun campsite for lunch and a relaxing afternoon. Do not be alarmed if we are joined at camp by local dairy cows later in the evening as they sometimes roam through the back of the camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Sitatunga http://www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, laundry. Activity package: Morning Game walk in the Okavango Delta, transfer in local vehicle to Maun
Day 29 Ghanzi We depart early and head towards Ghanzi. Once at camp we will meet with a local Bushmen community and experience some traditional Tribal Dancing. There are also some traditional bushman huts that you have the opportunity to stay in for a nominal fee. Optional activity: Bushman walk Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Ghanzi Trail Blazers http://ghanzitrailblazers.wheretostay.na/ Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar. Route: Maun to Ghanzi ±530 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs Included highlight: San tribal dancing demonstration in the evening
Day 30 Windhoek, Namibia Today is a long driving day to the Namibian border and on to Windhoek in the centre of Namibia arriving in the early evening. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Tonight there is an optional dinner out in town at Joe’s Beer House, definitely a feast for all the senses. Optional Activities: Dinner out at a local restaurant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Two per room: Arebbusch Lodge: www.arebbusch.com Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, wireless, swimming pool, bar, laundry Route: Ghanzi to Windhoek ±440 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing on this day Included highlight: Short city tour with the Nomad truck
Day 31/32 Etosha National Park Leaving the city sights behind us, we travel into Namibia’s barren northern area. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. We enter Etosha National Park and game drive through to our campsite for the night. On the 2nd day, there is more breathtaking game viewing en-route to a different campsite. Etosha National Park is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. We will go on various game drives, and spend our evenings at the water holes for some excellent game photography. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Namutoni and/or Okaukuejo: www.nwr.com.na/etosha_national_park.html Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, drinkable water, small kiosk, swimming pool, bar. Route: Windhoek to Etosha ±470 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs Included Highlights: Game Drives in Nomad Truck, Entrance to Etosha NP
Day 33 Himba Tribes Leaving Etosha we drive towards Kamanjab. The Himba are pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. Today you have the chance to visit the Himba camp and see how these interesting people live. The facilities at our camp site are minimal, so its best to treat this as bush camping, however there are basic outdoor showers and toilets. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Kamanjab Camp: www.kamanjab-restcamp.com/?lang=en Facilities: Shared ablutions, sometimes hot water, toilets, bar Route: Etosha to Kamanjab ±215 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs Activity package: Visit to the Himba camp with local guide.
Day 34 Spitzkoppe From culture to creation we travel to the mysterious Spitzkoppe, known as Namibia’s Matterhorn. A huge rocky outcrop where we set up camp in the wild beneath the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. For the more adventurous traveller you may want to venture up the mountain behind camp before dinner for some stunning views of the landscape. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Spitzkoppe Community Campsite: www.spitzkoppe.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar. Route: Kamanjab to Spitzkoppe ±295 km Travel time: ±5-6 hrs Included Highlights: Guided walk with Nomad guide through Spitzkoppe
Day 35 Swakopmund Today we travel to Namibia’s Atlantic coast and Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. You will be briefed on the optional activities available here. At night there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant where you can try different types of local dishes. Optional Activities: Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights, Dinner etc. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Two per room: Gruner Kranz Courtyard: www.grunerkranz.com Facilities:En-suite, bar, wireless internet, laundry, hot showers, restaurant Route: Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund ±200 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Day 36 Swakopmund Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Most activities include a pick up and drop off service to/from your hostel. You can also take time to go to the internet café or wander through the shopping streets. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Two per room: Gruner Kranz Courtyard: www.grunerkranz.com Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, laundry, hot showers, restaurant
Day 37 Sesriem After the adventure and adrenaline rush of Swakopmund, we drive south into the mysterious Namib Desert. We will be joined by a local expert on a guided walk and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. Tonight we enjoy dinner around the campfire, do a little star gazing and listen to the calls of the jackals and barking geckos. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Sesriem Campsite: www.nwr.com.na/sesriem_campsite.html Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, drinkable water, swimming pool, shop Route: Swakopmund to Sesriem: ± 315km Travel time: ± 5-6 hours Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert
Day 38 – Sossusvlei Dunes Today is our earliest start as we wake before dawn for one of the highlights of the trip, hiking up Dune 45 to watch the sun rise. After our hike, we will have the chance to explore Sossusvlei and relax at camp before taking a short hike into Sesriem Canyon. Optional activities: Transfer to Deadvlei. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Sesriem Campsite: www.nwr.com.na/sesriem_campsite.html Facilities: Share ablutions, hot showers, drinkable water, bar, swimming pool, shop Route: Sesriem to Sossusvlei Travel time: ±1-2 hrs Included highlight: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, explore Sossusvlei; Sesriem Canyon Day 39 Fish River Canyon Today we travel south to the Fish River Canyon where we hike along the edge of the canyon and see the amazing sunset. (It is possible that you may see the sunrise at the canyon the next morning instead due to the road conditions or time of year you are travelling). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Hobas Campsite: www.nwr.com.na/hobas.html Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers Route: Namib-Naukluft Park to Fish River Canyon: ±520 km Travel time: ± 10 hours Included highlight: Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon
Day 40 – Gariep / Orange River We leave early on our last day in Namibia travelling south to the border with South Africa at the Gariep / Orange River. Our campsite lies on the banks of the Orange River on the South African side. In the afternoon there is an optional canoeing activity on the River or you can just chill out at the campsite and go for a swim. Optional Activities: Gariep /Orange River canoeing Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Fiddlers Creek Campsite www.bushwacked.co.za Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, shop Route: Fish River Canyon to Gariep / Orange River ±210 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing Border posts: Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours. South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 761 8760, Open 24 hours.
Day 41 – Citrusdal Today is a long drive through the Northern Cape to the fruit producing area in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Markuskraal: www.marcuskraal.co.za Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, swimming pool, drinkable water Route: Orange river to Citrusdal: ±500 km Travel time: ± 10 hours
Day 42 Cape Town Our final day on tour, we head to the mother city, Cape Town. Before departure we will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided hike in the Cederberg region. After the hike, lunch will be prepared and we continue to Cape Town, stopping at Table View for a magnificent photo opportunity of Table Mountain from the other side of the bay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad Route: Citrusdal to Cape Town: ± 205 km Travel time: ± 5 hours Activity Package: Cederberg Guided Hike
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 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. This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items. Activities: Masai Museum, Arusha R150 Zanzibar excursion plus ferry R3450 Village tour Malawi R150 South Luangwa NP sunset game drive R850 Textile village visit South Luangwa R350 Vic Falls National Park entry R350 Chobe National Park boat cruise R500 3 day Delta drive in R2100 Himba Tribe visit R350 Guided desert walk with local expert R350 Cederberg Guided Walk R250
TOTAL COST: R8850
Malaria: Malaria prophylactics are required. Very low risk of malaria in northern Namibia, with a higher risk in Zimbabwe, Botswana and East Africa
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: 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) Visas: Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for Namibia and Botswana. Most nationalities will require visas for Zimbabwe and East African countries. Although most nationalities can obtain their visa on the border we prefer that you obtain it before arrival to save time at immigration when crossing from one country to another. Visas for Malawi are not obtainable at the borders. 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: USD (United States Dollars) is the best currency for East Africa. 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 lots of $1, $5 and $10 notes for tips and craft markets. USD20 and USD50 notes are good to change in to local currency. Only Zambian kwacha can be used in Zambia. You can change your money in the larger cities. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country. Vaccinations: A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for this tour. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa. Onward Travel: This tour can be linked with the Masai Mara & Gorillas tour beforehand. 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 forgotten luggage, misplaced bags or any unforeseen 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 travelers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On some of our tours, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 24. Did you receive your Pre Departure Information Booklet? If not please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Zanzibar You do not need to take your whole backpack; you can leave this locked in the truck in Dar es Salaam as one of the guides normally remain behind. A day pack is enough. Once on the island you will be met by a local tour operator who will make your other arrangements for spice tours, snorkelling and other optional activities. Appropriate Clothing Islam is Zanzibar’s dominant religion and appropriate clothing should be worn in Stone Town. Beachwear should only be worn on the beach and women are advised to wear a t-shirt and knee-length shorts or a skirt in the town. It is not appropriate to show the arms above the elbow or legs above the knee. Shoulders should remain covered and revealing necklines are not acceptable. Men’s clothing is less restrictive and a t-shirt and pair of shorts are fine. On the beach or in the resort there are no dress restrictions other than the normal ones in pool/public areas. Religious Holidays If you are visiting Zanzibar in the month of fasting (Ramadan) please speak to your local guide about the customs during this time. Normally eating during the sunlight hours is not allowed and some locals will make sure that you are aware of this (sometimes very loudly if you are seen). Most shops and restaurants are closed during this period, but it is acceptable (as a foreigner) to eat at the hotel or resort. The guide will tell you what is appropriate and when.
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 / East 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. It is expected to tip Porters and Car-guards etc. Ask your 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 recommended amount is between USD1-2 ( or about R10 – R20 ) per person, per day, per crew member.
The recommended amount for Serengeti/Masai Mara Guides is around USD5 - USD7 per client, per day.
The best way to arrange tips is to elect one person in the group to collect the money. 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 deserves a tip, please, do not tip them. 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 email@example.com. 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.