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21 Days Camping - East African Adventure - South [NNV]

Route:

Arusha - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area - Tanzania - Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam - Mikumi National Park - Iringa - Malawi - Lake Malawi - Kande Beach - Lilongwe - Zambia - South Luangwa National Park - Chipata - Lusaka - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe

East African Adventure Camping - South 2014

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

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

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

Meals:
Breakfast:20
Lunch:17
Dinner:17

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8:00am from the Sentrim Boulevard Hotel, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi. http://www.hotelboulevardkenya.com

End Point
Vic Falls Adventure Lodge, Stand 954, Corner Pioneer Road and Chinotimba Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Tel: +263 134 1354 www.adventurezonevicfalls.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 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.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arusha
Today we depart the bustling capital of Kenya and cross the border into Tanzania. We will stop in Arusha to visit the local Masai Mara Museum and the snake park. This afternoon we make our preparations for the optional excursion to the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater. Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Camp: www.ndorolodge.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, shop Route: Nairobi to Arusha ±295 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing Activity Package: Masai Museum Border posts: Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 132002, Open: 24 hrs. Tanzania: Namanga, No telephone number, Open: 24 hrs.

Day 2/3/4 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater
These 4 days are set aside for the 3-night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. On the first day from Arusha to Ngorongoro, there will be time for visiting the Oldupai gorge and museum. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4x4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. For those not going to the parks, take this chance to absorb some of the fascinating local culture.

Optional Activities for those not doing the Serengeti Excursion: Various Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking & village tours and many more various day trips.

Day 2/3/4 - For those going on the Serengeti NP/Ngorongoro Crater Excursion:
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:
Day 2: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html
Day 3: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html
Day 4: Camp: Simba Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html or return to Arusha.

Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, cold showers.
Route: Arusha to Serengeti ± 260 km
Travel time: ± 3-4 hours
Optional Activity: Serengeti Camping Excursion

What you should take along:
 • Daypack with one change of clothes
• Binoculars, cameras & film
• Some warm clothes, as it is always cold on the rim of the crater
• Lots of insect repellent
• A few dollars (small notes) for tips, curios etc
• Snacks, cold drinks, cigarettes etc. for the excursion
• Sleeping bag

For those not going on the excursion:
Optional Activities: Day walk inside Ngorongoro Forest, Mountain biking around the villages, various day safaris options
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Camp: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, shop

Day 5 Arusha, Tanzania
Today those that went into the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro will meet up with the truck in Arusha, where there will be time to share stories of the wonderful African animals seen in the park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Camp: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, shop
Route: Serengeti to Arusha ± 260 km 4
Travel time: ± 3-4 hours

Day 6 Lushoto
Lushoto is the major town and district centre, albeit small, in the Usambara Mountains, halfway between the coast and the parks. The popular pot plant Saintpaulia has its only wild occurrences in Tanzania, and particularly in the Usambara Mountains.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: The Lawns Hotel: www.lawnshotel.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, shop
Route: Arusha to Lushoto ±515 km
Travel time: ± 7-8 hours

Day 7/8/9 Zanzibar
After an early wake up, we leave Lushoto and head for Dar es Salaam, where a local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. We spend the first night exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored. The following day we take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend 2 days relaxing on the beach.

Optional Activities: Lunch and Dinner, Motorbike hire, Spice tour, Walking city tour, Swimming with Dolphins, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling etc.
Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Dar es Salaam for the following 3 nights.

Day 7
Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation: Two per room: Ocean View Hotel: www.ocean.co.tz/ogh/zov/zov-accommodation
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, pool, shop, restaurant
Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by Ferry
Travel time: ±2-3 hrs

Day 8/9
Meals
: Breakfast Accommodation: Two per room: Amaan Bungalows: www.ocean.co.tz/ogh/amaan-bungalows/ab-about-us/
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, laundry, swimming pool, shop, restaurant
Route: Stone town to Nungwi Beach ± 60-70 km
Travel time: ±2 hrs
Activity Package (Day 7-9): Zanzibar Excursion

Day 10 Dar es Salaam
Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a late ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck and campsite.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Kipepeo Camp: www.kipepeo.com ]
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar
Route: Nungwi Beach to Stone town: ± 60-70 km; Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry Travel time: ± 2 hour to Stone town, ± 2 hour ferry ride to Dar es Salaam

Day 11 Mikumi
Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and our journey leads us to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Today we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park.

Optional Activity: Afternoon game drive in Mikumi NP.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Genesis Motel: no website available
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, restaurant, hot showers
Route: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi ± 370 km
Travel time: ± 4-5 hours

Day 12 Iringa
Today we travel further inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area. This evening our dinner is a traditional Kihehe dinner in a Kihehe hut (local tribe) or dinner in the famous Mud Ruins restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Kisolanza Farm: www.kisolanza.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar
Route: Mikumi to Kisolanza ± 220 km
Travel time: ± 5-6 hours 
Included Highlights: Dinner in a local Masai restaurant

Day 13 Malawi – Northern Lake Malawi
Leaving Tanzania we descend though scenic mountain passes to our lakeshore camp at Chitimba. Set on a golden sandy beach amongst banana palms and papaya trees, our accommodation for the night is surrounded by the famous Livingstonia and Nyika mountains.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Chitimba: www.chitimba.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, laundry, internet, shop
Route: Iringa to Chitimba Beach ±560 km
Travel time: ±12-13 hrs plus border crossing (long day)

Border posts:
Tanzania: Chi’zumulu, Tel: +265 15 357 207, Open: 06h00-18h00
Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00.

Day 14/15 Kande Beach
After arrival at Kande Beach, we will spend the next 2 days enjoying the many optional activities available, such as horse riding and different water sports. We will go on a guided village walk in order to meet the local people and learn more about Malawian life.

Optional Activities: Scuba diving, snorkelling etc.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Kande Beach: www.kandebeach.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar
Route: Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach ±170 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs
Activity Package: Guided village Walk

Day 16 Lilongwe
Today we depart Kande Beach and head towards the bustling city of Lilongwe. En route, we will stop at a local market to experience the culture and way of live of the Malawian people.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Barefoot Lodge: www.barefoot-safaris.com/index_files/BarefootLodge.htm
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, internet
Route: Kande Beach to Lilongwe ± 465 km
Travel time: ± 6-7 hours
Included Highlight: Visit to a local market

Day 17 Zambia - South Luangwa National Park
Early in the morning we drive from Malawi and cross in to Zambia and continue to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy an included sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool
Route: Lilongwe to South Luangwa National Park ±309km
Travel time: ±10-11hrs
Activity Package: South Luangwa National Park sunset game drive

Border posts:
Malawi: Mchinji, Tel: +265 124 2217, Open: 06h00-18h00.
Zambia: Chipata / Nwami, Tel: + 265 622 1652, Open: 06h00-18h00.

Day 18 South Luangwa National Park
In the morning you have the opportunity to take another game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we visit the community run tribal textile project and a local village.

Optional Activities: Morning Game Drive, Game Walk inside park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool
Activity package: Village and textile visit.

Day 19 Chipata
We leave South Luangwa and drive through to Chipata where we will relax in the afternoon. Zambia is truly Africa, with its lush, sub-tropical vegetation. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Mama Rulas: www.mamarulas.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool
Route: South Luangwa NP to Chipata ±155 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs (bad road conditions)

Day 20 Lusaka
The journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route. On week days there may be the opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of the Zambian capital city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Eureka Camp: www.eurekacamp.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool
Route: Chipata to Lusaka ±580 km
Travel time: ±10-14 hrs (bad road conditions)

Day 21 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls O
n the last day of the journey we drive from Lusaka, across the Zimbabwean border into Victoria Falls. Although your tour ends here we do recommend that you spend another 1-2 nights in this area to experience Victoria Falls and many exciting adrenaline activities here, such as white water rafting or walking with lions.

Optional Activity: Dinner out in Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post Tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris. 
Route: Lusaka to Victoria Falls ±570 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs and a border crossing

Border posts:
Zambia: Vic Falls Bridge, no telephone number, Open: 06h00-20h00.
Zimbabwe: Vic Falls Bridge, no telephone number, Open: 06h00-20h00.

Tour Ends
Your tour will end at the Vic Falls Adventure Lodge www.adventurezonevicfalls.com. 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
-Masai Museum, Arusha R150
-Zanzibar excursion plus ferry R3450
-Village tour Malawi R150
-South Luangwa NP sunset game drive R850
-Textile village visit South Luangwa R350
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).

 

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