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42 Days Cape Town to Nairobi [NACN]
Cape Town - Table Mountain
Fish River Canyon
Ais - Ais and Fish River Canyon Surrounds
Namib Naukluft Park
Etosha National Park
Chobe National Park - Botswana
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
South Luangwa National Park
Mikumi National Park
Dar es Salaam
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
Highlights: Okavango Delta - Victoria Falls - Zanzibar island - Serengeti National Park
Countries Visited: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya
*Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and accommodation 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 the maximum number of participants is 18.
Day 1 South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region Leaving Cape Town, there’s one last photo stop at Table View for a spectacular panorama view of Table Mountain. On the way to the Cederberg we will stop at a local wine farm for a wine tasting, followed by a guided hike in the Cederberg region. Upon arrival at our accommodation, your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour. Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Citrusdal Country Lodge - http://www.citrusdallodge.co.za/ Facilities: En-suites per room, hot showers, swimming pool, bar, internet Route: Cape Town to Clanwilliam ±245 km Travel time: ±5 hrs Activity package: Guided walk in Cederberg region Included Highlight: Wine tasting – Piketberg local wine farm
Day 2 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River Today we travel through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok for any last requirements. After crossing the Namibian border we check into the lovely chalets overlooking the river that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Felix Unite Cabanas - www.felixunite.com/accommodation/cabanas Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, bar, internet café, swimming pool, water not drinkable Route: Clanwilliam to Orange River ±470 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing Border posts: South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 277 618 760, Open 24 hours. Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours.
Day 3 Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon This morning there’s the chance to do an optional canoe trip down the Gariep River or to spend some time relaxing at the camp along the river. After lunch we travel north to the Fish River Canyon and take a scenic hike along the rim in order to gain some perspective as to just how large this natural phenomenon is. Later we return to Ai-Ais to check in to our accommodation and enjoy the hot springs. Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Adventure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight: Two per room: Ai Ais Resort - www.nwr.com.na/ai_ais_hotsprings_spa.html Facilities: En-suite per room, hot springs, hot showers, bar, swimming pool Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon ±255 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs Included Highlight: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Day 4 Namib-Naukluft Park The Namib-Naukluft NP is one of Namibia’s geographic gems and at 50,000km2, is one of the largest parks in Africa. There are massive sand dunes in the Sossusvlei desert area as well as the remarkable landscape. Our lodge is situated outside the park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Hammerstein Lodge and Rest Camp - http://www.hammerstein.com.na/ Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, pool, bar. Route: Ais Ais to Namib Naukluft ±530 km Travel time: ±7-9 hrs
Day 5 Bushman Community – Namib-Naukluft Park We have a full day in the Namib-Naukluft National Park that starts with a walk up Dune 45 for an amazing view and photo opportunity. Later we will have the opportunity to be transported into Sossusvlei. In the afternoon there is a short walk into Sesriem Canyon. Optional Activity: Transfer to Deadvlei Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Hammerstein Lodge http://www.hammerstein.com.na/ Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, pool, bar Route: Hammerstein Lodge to Sesriem ±200km (round trip) Included Highlights: Hike up Dune 45, walk into Sesriem Canyon
Day 6/7 Swakopmund We are joined by an expert local guide for a desert walk. Exploring on foot, this local guide will share his detailed knowledge of the ecosystem. Afterwards we cross the Tropic of Capricorn on our way from the Atlantic Coast. Then it’s on to Swakopmund, the 5 adventure capital of Namibia, where you will be briefed on the many optional activities available. Optional Activities: Dinner Out, Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights etc. Meals: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1 Accommodation: Two per room: Stay@Swakop: http://www.stay-at-swakop.com/ Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet Route: Hammerstein to Swakopmund ±395 km Travel time: ±6-7 hrs Included Highlight: Guided desert walk
Day 8 Swakopmund - Khorixas Today we head inland towards Khorixas, stopping en-route at Spitzkoppe, where we will enjoy some time exploring the enormous granite monoliths with our guide. In the afternoon we will visit the Petrified Forest (might be done the following morning). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Igowati Lodge: http://www.igowatilodge.com/ Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, pool, bar, curio-shop Route: Swakopmund to Khorixas ±400 km Travel time: ±4-5 hours plus the time spent visiting sites. Activity package: Visit to Spitzkoppe and the Petrified Forest
Day 9 Kamanjab - Himba Tribe Today we journey towards Kamanjab. Driving through Damaraland, we will spend time with some of the semi-nomadic Himba people. The Himba are a pastoral people and are easily recognisable by their unique style of hair and dress. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Oase Guest House: www.namibweb.com/oasehouse.htm Facilities: En-suites, swimming pool, bar, internet connection Route: Khorixas to Kamanjab ±115 km Travel time: ±2-3 hrs (if rainy season, alternative route will be taken due to bad road conditions) Activity package: Guided visit to the Himba tribe
Day 10/11 Etosha National Park We travel south-east to Etosha NP. The open plains allow spectacular elevated game viewing from the truck whilst on game drives. Our quality bungalow accommodations, which both boast floodlit night water holes, are inside the park. Day 10 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Halali www.nwr.com.na/etosha_national_park.html Facilities: En-suites, hot showers,bar, shop, swimming pool, waterhole, drinkable water Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park ±170 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck Day 11 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Okaukuejo www.nwr.com.na/okaukuejo_camp.html Facilities: En-suites, hot showers,bar, shop, swimming pool, waterhole, drinkable water Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Day 12 Windhoek En-route to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, we stop at a craft market where you can buy authentic African carvings and paintings. On arrival in Windhoek we take a short driving tour around the city in our truck. Optional Activities: Dinner out Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Two per Room: Arebbusch Travel Lodge - http://www.arebbusch.com/ Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, wireless, swimming pool, bar, laundry, restaurant Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek ±430 km Travel time: ±7-9 hrs (Long Day) Included Highlight: Craft market en-route; short city tour in Nomad truck
Day 13 Botswana - Ghanzi We say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border. Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community. Optional Activities: Game drive and bushman walk. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Ghanzi Trail Blazers Facilities: En-suites, bar, swimming pool, hot showers Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi ±440 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing Activity package: Bushman dancing in evening Border posts: Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560401, Open: 07h00-24h00. Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 (0) 659 2013/2064, 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 14/15/16 Maun – Okavango Delta Maun is well known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. We spend one night in Maun and prepare for this Delta excursion. Please pack a small overnight bag for your stay in the Okavango Delta. Small planes transport us over this amazing area to our tented camp. Once in the Delta we take a nature walk with a local expert and a guided afternoon boat cruise. If the water level allows there will also be a traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) trip. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Maun during the Delta Excursion on day 15 & 16
Day 15 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Meru Tent: Moremi Crossing www.gunns-camp.com/moremi_crossing.php Facilities: En-suite, bar, hot water, swimming pool, laundry, shop Activity package: Flight from Maun to Moremi Crossings approx 30min, nature walk with local expert and guided afternoon boat cruise along the Delta channels Luggage Restriction: 10kg luggage per person, No bottled water allowed on flight, can be purchased at Moremi Crossing
Day 16 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Meru Tent: Moremi Crossing www.gunns-camp.com/moremi_crossing.php Facilities: En-suite, bar, hot water, swimming pool, laundry, shop
Day 17 Nata We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans. The shady tree canopy surrounding the lodge is a hive of activity, with a bird feeding area and active water feature providing the bird watcher with the opportunity of viewing a variety of species from the comfort of the pool deck. The Helmeted Guineafowl, Crested Francolin, Yellow Hornbill, Pied and Arrowmarked Babblers, Glossy Starling, Meyers Parrot and Paradise Whydah are just some of the species you may encounter during your stay at the lodge. Optional Activity: Baobab Bush Walk – if the time allows it. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Nata Lodge: www.natalodge.com Facilities: En-suites, bar, swimming pool, hot showers Route: Maun to Nata ±305 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs Activity package: Scenic flight back to Maun
Day 18 Chobe National Park After continuing north to Kasane, we enjoy a sunset river cruise on the Chobe River (in the National Park) where animals such as hippos, buffalo and elephants are plentiful. Optional Activities: Chobe Game Drive (next morning) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Thebe River Lodge www.theberiversafaris.com Facilities: Hot showers, En-suites, bar, swimming pool. Route: Nata to Kasane ±310 km Travel time: ±6-8 hrs Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe NP
Day 19/20/21 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls After an early morning optional game drive we cross into Zimbabwe where we have a short briefing on all the optional activities available here. Then we enter the much-anticipated Victoria Falls NP where we will experience the might of the great Zambezi River. Optional Activities: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion and many more. Meals: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1 Accommodation: Two per Room: Elephant Hills Resort www.elephanthillshotel.com Facilities: En-suite, bar, swimming pool, hot showers, laundry, restaurant Route: Kasane to Vic Falls ±100 km Travel time: ±2 hrs and a border crossing Activity package: Vic Falls National Park Entrance Border posts: Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320, Open: 06h00-20h0 Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00
Day 22 Lusaka Leaving behind the natural wonder of Victoria Falls we continue 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: Two per room: Eureka Camp: www.eurekacamp.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, swimming pool Route: Victoria Falls to Lusaka ±510 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 23 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: Two per Room: Mama Rulas www.mamarulas.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, interner, swimming pool Route: Lusaka to Chipata ±580 km Travel time: ±10-14 hrs (bad roads conditions)
Day 24 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 a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Tent: Wildlife Camp www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com Facilities: hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool Route: Chipata to South Luangwa National Park ±155 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs (bad road conditions) Activity package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa NP Day 25 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. OptionalActivities: Morning Game Drive and Game Walk. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Tent: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com Facilities: hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool Activity package: Village and textile visit
Day 26 Lilongwe Today we depart the South Luangwa National Park 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: Two per room: Barefoot Lodge: www.barefoot-safaris.com/index_files/BarefootLodge.htm Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet Route: South Luangwa National Park to Lilongwe ±305km Travel time: ±8-10hrs Included Highlights: Visit a local market Border posts: Zambia: Chipata / Nwami, Tel: + 265 622 1652, Open: 06h00-18h00. Malawi: Mchinji, Tel: +265 124 2217, Open: 06h00-18h00. Day 27/28 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: Lilongwe city tour, Scuba diving, snorkeling etc. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Kande Beach: www.kandebeach.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar Route: Lilongwe to Kande Beach ± 465 km Travel time: ± 6-7 hours Activity package: Guided village walk
Day 29 Lake Malawi - Chitimba We travel further north and spend our last day in Malawi at Chitimba beach. 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: Two per room: Chitimba: www.chitimba.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, landry, internet, shop Route: Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach ±170 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs Included Highlights: Short hike to Machawe falls Day 30 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 a traditional Kihehe dinner in a Kihehe hut (local tribe) or dinner in the famous Mud Ruins restaurant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per stable: Kisolanza Farm: www.kisolanza.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar Route: Chitimba to Iringa. ±560 km Travel time: ±12-13 hrs plus border crossing Included Highlights: Dinner in a local Maasai restaurant Border posts: Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00. Tanzania: Chi’zumulu, Tel: +265 15 357 207, Open: 06h00-18h00
Day 31 Mikumi We leave Iringa today and head north to the Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Here 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: Two per room: Genesis Motel: no website available Facilities: En-Suite, bar, hot showers Route: Kisolanza to Mikumi ± 220 km Travel time: ± 5-6 hours Day 32 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: Two per Room: Kipepeo Camp www.kipepeocamp.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar Route: Mikumi to Dar es Salaam ±370 km Travel time: ± 4-5 hrs
Day 33/34/35 Zanzibar A local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Zanzibar. We take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend our time relaxing on the beach. On the 3rd day, we head south to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, where we will spend the night. Here we have time exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored. Optional Activities: : Lunch & 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 accommodation in Dar es Salaam for the following 3 nights.
Day 33/34 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, internet Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by Ferry Travel time: ±2-3 hrs Day 35 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 Route: Stone Town to Nungwi Beach ± 60-70 km Travel time: ±2 hrs Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion
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.
Day 36 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 Mountains. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: The Lawns Hotel: www.lawnshotel.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet, shop Route: Zanzibar to Lushoto ± 365 km Travel Time: 2 hour ferry Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam to Lushoto by truck: ± 6-7 hours Day 37 Karatu The city of Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop Route: Lushoto to Arusha ±515 km Travel Time: ± 7-8 hours Day 38/39/40 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion 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.
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 38: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html Day 39: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html Day 40: Camp: Simba Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html or return to Arusha. Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, cold showers Route: Arusha to Serengeti ± 250 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 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop
Day 41 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: Two per room: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop Route: Serengeti to Arusha ± 250 km Travel time: ± 2-3 hours Activity package: Masai Mara Museum
Day 42 Kenya – Nairobi After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi and the end of our journey. Usually we end the tour with a group meal out at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants. Optional Activities: Dinner out. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad 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
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.
Cederberg Guided Walk R250 Guided desert walk with local expert R350 Himba Tribe visit R350 3 day Delta fly in R8150 Chobe National Park boat cruise R500 Vic Falls National Park entry R350 South Luangwa NP sunset game drive R850 Textile village visit South Luangwa R350 Village tour Malawi R150 Zanzibar excursion plus ferry R3450 Masai Museum, Arusha R150
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.
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 East Africa.
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: South African Rand and US Dollars are the most widely used currency on this route. 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. 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. 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 Masai Mara & Gorillas 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.
Tour Ends: We will drop you off at The Meridian Court Hotel www.meridianhotelkenya.com. Should you wish to extend your tour for another night, kindly pre book this accommodation through your travel agent or Nomad. 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 USD1-2 (or about R10-R20) 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 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, however, en-suite facilities are not always guaranteed.
Okavango Delta: The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta, a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering 17 000 square km. It originates in Angola - numerous tributaries join to form the Cubango River, which then flows through Namibia, becoming the Kavango River and finally enter Botswana, where it is becomes the Okavango. Millions of years ago the Okavango River used to flow into a large inland lake called Lake Makgadikgadi (now Makgadikgadi Pans). Tectonic activity and faulting interrupted the flow of the river causing it to back up and form what is now the Okavango Delta. This has created a unique system of waterways that supports a vast array of animal and plant life that would have otherwise been a dry Kalahari savannah. There are an estimated 200 000 large mammals in and around the Okavango Delta. On the mainland and among the islands in the delta, lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles congregate with a teeming variety of antelope and other smaller animals - warthog, mongoose, spotted genets, monkeys, bush babies and tree squirrels. Notably the endangered African Wild Dog is present within the Okavango Delta, exhibiting one of the richest pack densities in Africa. The delta also includes over 400 species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle. Many of these animals live in the Delta but the majority pass through, migrating with the summer rains to find renewed fields for grazing. With the onset of winter the countryside dries up and they make their way back to the floodplains. This leads to some of the most incredible sightings as large numbers of prey and predators are pushed together. Certain areas of the Delta provide some of the best predator action seen anywhere in the world.
Victoria Falls: Victoria Falls, 1 700 m wide and 108 m high – is said to be the largest falls in the world. David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the Victoria Falls and wrote: "It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight". The older, indigenous name of Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘the Smoke that Thunders’) is the name in official use in Zambia. Due to its immense power and size, the waterfall is surrounded by a rich mythology. The local Tonga people of the Zambezi believe that a river god, Nyaminyami, resides in the water in the form of an immense snake. When the Kariba Dam was built in the 1950s, the Zambezi River flooded three times, causing many deaths and much destruction. The local people believe Nyaminyami caused the terrible floods in his anger at the construction. The unusual form of Victoria Falls enables virtually the whole width of the falls to be viewed face-on, at the same level as the top, from as close as 60 metres, because the whole Zambezi River drops into a deep, narrow slot like chasm, connected to a long series of gorges. Few other waterfalls allow such a close approach on foot. The falls are formed as the full width of the river plummets in a single vertical drop into a chasm 60–120 m wide, carved by its waters along a fracture zone in the basalt plateau. The depth of the chasm, called the First Gorge, varies from 80 m at its western end to 108 m in the centre. The only outlet to the First Gorge is a 110 m-wide gap about two-thirds of the way across the width of the falls from the western end, through which the whole volume of the river pours into the Victoria Falls gorges. There are two islands on the crest of the falls that are large enough to divide the curtain of water even at full flood: Boaruka Island (or Cataract Island) near the western bank and Livingstone Island near the middle. At less than full flood, additional islets divide the curtain of water into separate parallel streams. The main streams are named, in order from Zimbabwe (west) to Zambia (east): Leaping Water (called Devil's Cataract by some), Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the highest) and the Eastern Cataract.
Activity Price Kwa Ttu San experience: R300 Guided desert walk with local expert: R300 Himba Tribe visit: R350 Bushman dance plus supper Ghanzi: R160 3 day Delta fly in: R6330 Chobe National Park boat cruise: R500 Vic Falls National Park entry: R370 South Luangwa NP sunset game drive: R820 Textile village visit South Luangwa: R350 Village tour Malawi: R150 Zanzibar excursion plus ferry: R2480 Museum, Arusha: R150