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21 Days East African Adventure - Victoria Falls to Nairobi [NAVN]

Route:

Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Livingstone - Lusaka - Chipata - South Luangwa National Park - Lilongwe - Kande Beach - Lake Malawi - Tanzania - Iringa - Mikumi National Park - Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area - Arusha - Masai Mara Reserve and Surrounds - Kenya - Nairobi

Highlights:
Victoria Falls - South Luangwa National Park - Lake Malawi - Zanzibar - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater

Countries Visited:
Zimbabwe - Zambia - Malawi - Tanzania - Kenya

DETAILS:
Trip Code: NAVN
Length:
21 Days / 20 Nights
Vehicle: Adventure Truck
Min/Max People: 4 / 18
Departure Point: 6:00 am from Elephant Hills Resort, Park Way Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Tel: +263 13 44793.
www.africansunhotels.com
End Point: Sentrim Boulevard Hotel, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi.
http://www.hotelboulevardkenya.com

*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 this tour, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18.

 

Itinerary:

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: Two per room: Eureka Camp: http://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 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: Two per Room: Mama Rulas http://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 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 a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Tent: Wildlife Camp http://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 4 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: Two per Tent: Wildlife Camp: http://www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com/
Facilities: hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool
Activity package: Village and textile visit

Day 5 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 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: Lilongwe city tour, Scuba diving, snorkeling etc.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Kande Beach: http://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 8 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: http://www.chitimba.com/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, landry, internet, shop
Route: Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach ±170 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs

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 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: http://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 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. 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 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: 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 12/13/14 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 12/13
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 14
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: Nungwi Beach to Stone town ± 60-70 km
Travel time: ±2 hrs
Activity Package (Day 12-14): 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 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 Mountains.
Meals: Breakfast, 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 16 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 17/18/19 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.
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.

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 Arusha.

Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, cold showers.
Route: Arusha to Serengeti ± 250 km
Travel time: ± 3-4 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 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: Two per room: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop
Route: Serengeti to Arusha ± 250 km
Travel time: ± 3-4 hours
Activity package: Masai Mara Museum

Day 21 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.
Activities:
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
TOTAL COST: R4950

 

Extra information

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 throughout the route.

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. 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
You can extend this tour by doing the Cape to Victoria Falls tour, the Desert & Delta tour or the Okavango Expedition beforehand. The Masai Mara & Gorilla tour can be booked after this tour.

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.

Did you receive your Pre Departure Information Booklet?
If not please contact us at nomad@nomadtours.co.za and we will e-mail you the document; alternatively visit us at 1st Floor, Leadership House, 40 Shortmarket St, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town to collect one. You can also download from our website at www.nomadtours.co.za. After hours contact number: +27 (0) 82 578 2199.

Tour Ends:
We will drop you off at 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 / 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 crewmember.

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 crewmembers 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 ops@nomadtours.co.za. Please make sure to also complete the feedback form as we use the answers on these forms to improve and maintain our service levels.

Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice, the accommodation listed in this dossier is our preferred supplier, but sometimes due to availability, we are unable to make use of the property listed in this dossier. If we cannot use the accommodation provider as listed we will substitute another property of similar standards, however, en-suite facilities are not always guaranteed.

Lake Malawi
The lake, third largest in Africa and eighth largest in the world, is situated between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. The lake's tropical waters teem with more fish species than any other lake on earth, and offers wonderful snorkelling and diving experiences. The fish also support the local people, who depend on the lake for survival, using dug-out canoes to set out long nets. There are many different ethnic groups living in the vicinity, and many different dialects are spoken. Many are Christians, as a result of the numerous missionaries that passed through the area, while many have retained their traditional belief systems.
In 1859 David Livingstone reached Lake Malawi, when he was trying to put an end to the slave trade. He then returned in 1861 accompanied by seven missionaries. They opened a mission station in the south lake area, but suffered from malaria, illness and conflict with slavers. In 1864 the surviving missionaries withdrew to Zanzibar. Livingstone then returned to the region in 1866 as part of an expedition to find the source of the Nile. In 1869 he pushed north and was out of contact for two years. He was found by journalist Henry Stanley on the banks of Lake Tanganyika in 1871 and Stanley uttered the famous words “Dr Livingstone I presume”. Livingstone continued on his mission and died at a village called Chitombo in Zambia in 1873. His death rekindled a desire in missionaries to come to Malawi and eventually, after setting up missions in various bad malaria areas, they set up a mission called Livingstonia in the highlands of the eastern escarpment (with no malaria) It is still in operation today and visitors can hike to the mission. The walk is quite strenuous and you should be reasonably fit especially if it’s hot. It’s about a 6 to 8-hour round trip.