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21 Days Camping - East African Adventure - North [NVN]


Lusaka - Chipata - South Luangwa National Park - Lilongwe - Kande Beach - Lake Malawi - Tanzania - Iringa - Mikumi National Park - Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar - Arusha - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area - Arusha - Kenya - Nairobi

East African Adventure - Camping - North 2014

Highlights: South Luangwa NP, Lake Malawi, Masai Tribe, Zanzibar Island, Serengeti NP

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

Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 21 Nights: 20


Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 6:00am from Vic Falls Adventure Lodge, Stand 954, Corner Pioneer Road and Chinotimba Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Tel: +263 134 1354

End Point
Sentrim Boulevard Hotel, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi.

*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 travellers 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.



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;
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, 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: Camp: Mama Rulas:
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, pool
Route: Lusaka to Chipata ±580 km 
Travel time: ±10-14 hrs (bad road 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: Camp: Wildlife Camp:
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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: Camp: Wildlife Camp:
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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: Camp: Barefoot Lodge:
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet
Route: South Luangwa NP to Lilongwe ±305 km
Travel time: ± 8-10 hours
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: Camp: Kande Beach:
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, restaurant
Route: Lilongwe to Kande Beach ± 465 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. 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:
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, laundry, internet, shop
Route: Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach ±170 km
Travel time: ±4-5 h

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: Camp: Kisolanza Farm:
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers,bar
Route: Chitimba to Iringa. ±560 km
Travel time: ±12-13 hrs plus border crossing (long day)
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 Activity: Afternoon game drive in Mikumi NP.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Genesis Motel: no website available
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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: Camp: Kipepeo Camp:
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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 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 3nights.

Day 12/13
Accommodation: Two per room: Amaan Bungalows:
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
Accommodation: Two per room: – Ocean View Hotel:
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, pool, shop
Route: Nungwi Beach to Stone town ± 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 Mountains.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: The Lawns Hotel:
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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 Arusha
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: Camp: Ndoro Lodge:
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, shop
Route: Lushoto to Arusha ±515 km
Travel Time: ± 7-8 hour

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. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4x4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks.

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

Day 2: Camp: Seronera Campsite
Day 3: Camp: Seronera Campsite
Day 4: Camp: Simba Campsite or return to Arusha.

Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, cold showers.
Route: Arusha to Serengeti ± 250 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 Lodge:
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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 Activity: camel ride to local Masaai village.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Lodge:
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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 Activity: Dinner out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris. 
Route: Arusha to Nairobi. ±295 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

Tour Ends
The tour ends at the Sentrim Boulevard hotel Should you wish to extend your tour for another night, kindly pre book this accommodation through your travel agent or Nomad.

Inclusions & Exclusions

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.

Activity & Price
-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: R4950
This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.

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, optional activity package and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).


Extra information

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, SA Tours and Safaris, to make these bookings.

Arrival / Departure
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. We also recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.

Onward Travel
You can extend this tour by doing the Cape Town to Victoria Falls (Camping tour), the Okavango & Chobe Trail- North tour before or the Masai Mara & Gorillas tour can be booked after.

Insurance (Compulsory)
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 SA Tours and Safaris, please enquire with our consultants for further 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.

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 disabilities that you may have.

A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for this tour. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.

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 on the borders. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.