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35 Days Camping - East Africa and Gorillas - Victoria Falls to Nairobi [NVMG]
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
South Luangwa National Park
Mikumi National Park
Dar es Salaam
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
Masai Mara Reserve and Surrounds
Lake Nakuru National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Highlights: Victoria Falls - South Luangwa National Park - Lake Malawi - Diving, Snorkelling - Zanzibar - Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater - Masai - Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha - Hell Gate National Park - Gorillas - Equator - Lake Victoria - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Countries Visited: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
DETAILS: Trip Code: NVMG Vehicle: Adventure Truck Min / Max People: 2 / 18 Length: 35 Days / 34 Nights Departure Point: 8:00am from Vic Falls Adventure Lodge, Stand 954, Corner Pioneer Road and Chinotimba Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Tel: +263 134 1354 www.adventurezonevicfalls.com/accommodation-detailed.html?accomdet:acode=3 End Point: The Meridian Court Hotel, Muranga Road, Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 20 313991. www.meridianhotelkenya.com **Gorilla Permit – USD505 – USD605: The cost of a permit to visit the Gorillas is currently as above. Please check actual amount with us closer to departure. You will be pre-invoiced for this non-refundable amount.
*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 18.
Day 1 Lusaka Leaving behind the natural wonder of Victoria Falls we begin our expedition. After Livingstone we journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka. You will notice the vegetation becoming sub-tropical and the roads a little rougher. Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Eureka Camp: www.eurekacamp.com Facilities: Hot showers, swimming pool and bar. Route: Victoria Falls to Lusaka ±500 km Travel time: ±7-8 hrs and a border crossing Border posts: Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls Bridge (no telephone number) Open: 06h00-20h00 Zambia: Victoria Falls Bridge (no telephone number) Open: 06h00-20h00
Day 2 Chipata Today is a long drive through lush country, crossing rivers en-route to Chipata, the gateway to the South Luangwa NP. Zambia is truly African and an adjustment from the more Western ways of Southern Africa. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Mama Rulas: www.mamarulas.com Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, hot showers, swimming pool. Route: Lusaka to Chipata ±756 km Travel time: ±10-12 hrs (bad roads conditions)
Day 3 South Luangwa National Park Early in the morning we drive from Chipata to the border of 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: Camp: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, hot showers, swimming pool, bar Route: Chipata to South Luangwa National Park ±120 km Travel time: ±6-8 hrs (bad road conditions) Activity package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa NP
Day 4 South Luangwa National Park In the morning you have the opportunity to take an optional 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 and Game Walk. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, hot showers, swimming pool, bar Activity package: Village and textile visit
Day 5 Lilongwe Today we visit the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s only sanctuary for rescued, orphaned and injured wild animals. The Centre is set in 180 hectares of beautiful woodland, Lilongwe’s only protected wilderness. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Barefoot Lodge www.barefoot-safaris.com/index_files/BarefootLodge.htm Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, hot water, wireless internet Route: South Luangwa NP to Lilongwe ±330 km Travel time: ± 8-10 hours Included Highlights: Lilongwe Wildlife centre Border posts: Zambia: Chipata / Nwami, Tel: + 265 622 1652, Open: 06h00-18h00. Malawi: Mchinji, Tel: +265 124 2217, Open: 06h00-18h00.
Day 6/7 Kande Beach This morning we have the opportunity to participate in a 2 hour city tour, before we take a scenic drive to 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: 2 hour morning city tour in Lilongwe, Water Sports, Horse Riding, Craft Shopping etc. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Kande Beach: www.kandebeach.com Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, craft market, restaurant and beach Route: Lilongwe to Kande Beach ± 380 km Travel time: ± 6-7 hours Activity Package: Guided village tour
Day 8 Lake Malawi - Chitimba We travel further north and spend our last day in Malawi at Chitimba beach. For those who have had enough of the beach, there is a short hike to the Manchawe Falls. Optional Activities: watersports etc. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Chitimba: www.chitimba.com Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, bar and beach. Route: Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach ±250 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs Included Highlights: Short hike to Machawe falls
Day 9 Tanzania –Iringa Today we leave Malawi and enter Tanzania. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, passing vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at our camp outside Iringa. This evening our dinner is in a local Masai Hut where we enjoy a traditional Tanzanian evening. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Kisolanza Farm: www.kisolanza.com Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, hot showers, bar Route: Chitimba to Iringa. ±642 km Travel time: ±10-11 hrs plus border crossing Included Highlights: Dinner in a local Maasai hut Border posts: Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00. Tanzania: Chi’zumulu, Tel: +265 15 357 207, Open: 06h00-18h00
Day 10 Mikumi We leave Iringa today and head north to the Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant and today we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park. Optional Activities: Afternoon game drive in Mikumi NP Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Tan-Swiss Lodge: www.tan-swiss.com Facilities: Bar, shared ablutions, hot showers Route: Kisolanza to Mikumi ± 280 km Travel time: ± 5-6 hours
Day 11 Dar es Salaam Our journey today brings us out of the cool highland region to the humid Indian ocean coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Meaning ‘house of peace’ in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the economic and trade capital of Tanzania, but inland Dodoma remains the official capital city. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Kipepeo Camp: www.kipepeocamp.com Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, hot showers, bar. Route: Mikumi to Dar es Salaam ±260 km Travel time: ± 4-5 hrs
Day 12/13/14 Zanzibar 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 our time relaxing on the beach. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Dar es Salaam for the following 3 days. Optional Activities: Lunch & Dinner, Swimming with Dolphins, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling etc. Day 12 Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Two per room: Stone Town - Shangani Hotel: www.shanganihotel.com Facilities: En-suite, hot shower, coffee shop, laundry services Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by Ferry Travel time: ±2-3 hrs Day 13/14 Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Two per room: Nungwi Beach – Nungwi Inn: www.nungwiinnhotel.co.tz Facilities: En-Suites, hot showers, coffee shop, laundry services, bar Route: Stone Town to Nungwi Beach ± 60-70 km Travel time: ±2 hrs
Day 15 Lushoto Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck. We continue on to Lushoto, 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 Mts. Here you will have the chance to hike in the surrounding area, or just relax. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: The Lawns Hotel: www.lawnshotel.com Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions Route: Zanzibar to Lushoto ± 360 km Travel time: 2 hour ferry Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam to Lushoto by truck: ± 6-7 hours Included Highlights: Hike in surrounding area or relax.
Day 16 Karatu Today we take a scenic drive via Arusha to the picturesque town of Karatu. The area’s cool climate, verdant hills, and pleasing views made it popular with settlers and farmers. Vast and extensive fields cover the slopes of the volcano and the lands around Karatu town. Karatu is also a stone’s throw away from the world famous Serengeti & Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Kudu Camp: www.kuducamp.com Facilities: Bar, Swimming pool, hot showers, en-suite, gift shop & internet cafe. Route: Lushoto to Karatu ±480 km Travel time: ± 7-8 hours
Day 17/18/19 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion These 4 days are set aside for the optional 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 Karatu 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: Various Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking & village tours and many more various day trips. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Day 17: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html Day 18: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html Day 19: Camp: Simba Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html or return to Karatu (Kudu Camp) Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, cold showers Route: Karatu to Serengeti ± 100 km Travel time: ± 2 hours 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 (Kudu Lodge to Karatu) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Kudu Camp: www.kuducamp.com Facilities: Bar, Swimming pool, hot showers, en-suite, gift shop & internet cafe
Day 20 Arusha Today the group meets up again and we have the chance to exchange stories of the various adventures that we participated in over the past few days. In the afternoon we visit the local Masai Mara Museum and Snake Park in Arusha. Optional Activities: camel ride to local Masaai village. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Meserani Oasis or Snake Park Camp: www.meseranisnakepark.com Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, hot shower, bar Route: Karatu to Arusha ± 150 km Travel Time: ± 2-3 hours Activity package: Visit to the local Masai Mara Museum and Snake Park
Day 21 Kenya – Nairobi After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi. We can all go out for a group meal at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants. Optional Activities: Dinner out. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Two per room: Meridian Court Hotel: www.meridianhotelkenya.com Route: Arusha to Nairobi. ±306 km Travel time: ±6-7 hrs plus border crossing Border posts: Tanzania: Namanga, no telephone number, Open: 24hrs Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 32002, Open: 24 hrs
Day 22 Masai Mara National Reserve We leave the capital and travel to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Today the tour enters this huge area of spectacular game viewing to photograph some of Africa’s most abundant wildlife. Famous for the annual migration of around 1.5 million wildebeest, the Masai Mara is also home to many other animals, including lions. Cultural interaction with Kenya’s native Masaai people completes our experience.
*The first 3 days of this tour will be operated in safari type vehicles. You will meet your Nomad guide on Day 24 and a Nomad Representative will accompany the group to the Mara. Please ensure that you pack a small overnight bag with essentials. You will meet up with the Nomad truck at Lake Nakuru. Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Masai Mara Camp: (no website available) Facilities: Shared ablutions, water not drinkable, bar Route: Nairobi to Masai Mara ±260km Travel time: ±6-7 hrs Activity Package: 2 Day Masai Mara excursion
Day 23 Masai Mara to Lake Naivasha We travel north to Lake Naivasha. One of the more popular optional activities in Hell’s Gate NP, is to go game viewing on a bicycle. Optional Activities: Cycle hire in Hell’s Gate NP, High Tea at Elsamere. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Fish Eagle Camp (no website available) Facilities: Shared ablutions, swimming pool, bar Route: Masai Mara to Lake Naivasha ±230 km Travel time: ±6-7 hrs Included highlights: Cultural interaction with Masai
Day 24 Nakuru National Park We travel towards Lake Nakuru NP, a great place to see flamingos. White Rhino also inhabit the transitional savannah area surrounding the lake. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Lion Hill Camp (no website available) Facilities: Water not drinkable, hot and cold showers, flush toilets Route: Lake Naivasha to Lake Nakuru ±80 km Travel time: ±2-3 hrs
Day 25 Uganda - Kampala Leaving Lake Nakuru we drive to the Uganda border, and then stop for a photo at the equator. Later we arrive in Uganda’s capital and largest city, Kampala. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Red Chilli Hideaway: http://www.redchillihideaway.com/ Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, bar, restaurant. Route: Lake Nakuru to Kampala ±520 km Travel time: ±8-10 hrs plus border crossing Border posts: Kenya: no telephone numbers Uganda: no telephone numbers
Day 26 Kampala / Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary Although officially this day is set aside for everyone to explore Kampala, most people take an optional day trip to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary of Ngamba Island. This non-profit eco-friendly project was set up in 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees. Optional Activities: Ngamba Chimpanzee Excursion, Kampala Markets, Dinner Out. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Camp: Red Chilli Hideaway: http://www.redchillihideaway.com/ Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, bar, restaurant. Route: Optional Ngamba Island Excursion ±50 km return journey
Day 27 Lake Bunyonyi Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense Otter population and stunning scenery. We make use of this busy spot to share trekking stories with fellow travellers. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Lake Bunyonyi Campsite: www.bunyonyioverland.com Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, bar Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyoni ±480km Travel time: ±7-8hrs
Day 28/29/30 Gorillas The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.
As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC. Day 28 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Buhoma Campsite (no website available) Facilities: Cold showers, shared ablutions Route: Lake Bunyoni National Park to Bwindi ±150 km Travel time: ±5-6 hrs Day 29/30 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Buhoma Campsite (no website available) Route: Bwindi National Park to Lake Bunyoni ±150 km (day 9) Travel Time: ±5-6 hrs
If trekking won’t be done on day 30, this day will be spent at Lake Bunyoni to ensure a shorter drive on day 31. Please note: Although there are 3-days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one-day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.
Day 31 Queen Elizabeth National Park Many game species are to be found in this wetland park including the (elsewhere elusive) giant forest hog, and the legendary tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha Sector. Optional Activities: Kasinga Channel Sunset Cruise. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Queen Elizabeth National Park: www.queenelizabethnationalpark.com Facilities: Water not drinkable, flush toilets Route: Lake Bunyoni to Queen Elizabeth NP ±320 km Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Day 32/33 Jinja The morning is spent on further game viewing and this afternoon we travel to Jinja. Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and is famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean. Optional Activities: White Water Rafting. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Nile River Explorers Camp: www.raftafrica.com/campsite.htm Facilities: Shared ablutions, internet, bar, laundry Route: Queen Elizabeth NP to Jinja ±480 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs
Day 34 Kenya - Eldoret Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Naiberi River Camp: www.naiberi.com Facilities: Flush toilets, drinkable water, cold showers Route: Jinja to Eldoret ±320 km Travel time: ±7-8hrs plus border crossing Border posts: Kenya: no telephone numbers Uganda: no telephone numbers
Day 35 Nairobi Returning to Nairobi, the largest city in the East Africa region, there’s an optional dinner, where we can exchange stories and contact details. Optional Activities: Meal out in Nairobi. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post Accommodation can be booked through Nomad. Route: Eldoret to Nairobi ±350 km Travel time: ±6-7 hrs
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: South Luangwa NP sunset game drive: R820 Textile village visit South Luangwa: R350 Village tour Malawi: R150 Zanzibar excursion plus ferry: R2480 Masai Museum, Arusha: R150 Masai Mara camping excursion(COMPULSARY): R4650 TOTAL COST: R8600 *For the price of the Serengeti Excursion, please refer to the “Optional Activities” section on the next page.
Gorilla Permit – USD505 – USD605 The cost of a permit to visit the Gorillas is currently as above. Please check actual amount with us closer to departure. You will be pre-invoiced for this non-refundable amount.
Malaria: Malaria prophylactics are required throughout the route.
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. Most nationalities require visas for 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. 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 to the Okavango & Chobe trail beforehand or the Kilimanjaro Trek afterwards.
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: It is best to arrive at least 2 or 3 days before the start of this tour if you wish to participate in the many optional activities available in Victoria Falls. 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 18. Did you receive your Pre Departure Information Booklet? If not please contact us at email@example.com 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.
Nairobi: Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters". However, it is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun" and is surrounded by several expanding villa suburbs.
Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. During Kenya's colonial period, the city became a center for the colony's coffee, tea and sisal industry. Nairobi is the most populated city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 3 million.
Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa politically and financially. Home to many companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office in Africa, Nairobi is a hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa, ranked fourth in terms of trading volume and capable of making 10 million trades a day. The Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC) defines Nairobi as a prominent social centre.
*NB: The itinerary is flexible and can be changed without notice in order to accommodate the best possible viewing of the Gorillas. The Permit price to visit the Gorillas can also change without notice. Tour Ends: We will drop you off at The Meridian Court Hotel, Kenya, www.meridianhotelkenya.com. We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening through your travel agent or Nomad. 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 1-2 USD per person, per day, per crew member.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.