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11 Days Malawi and Vic Falls South - Camping - Dar es Salaam to Victoria Falls [NDV]

Route:

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

Malawi & Vic Falls - Camping - South 2014

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

Countries Visited: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe

DETAILS:
Trip Code: NDV

Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Min / Max People: 1 / 18
Vehicle: Adventure Truck

Meals:
Breakfast:10
Lunch:11
Dinner:10

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8:00am from the Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam www.kipepeobeach.com

End Point
Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel – 278 Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Tel: + 263 13 44583 / 42213-4 – http://www.victoria-falls-rainbow-hotel.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 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 2 Iringa
Today we travel further inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area. This evening our dinner is in a local Masai restaurant where we enjoy a traditional Tanzanian evening.

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 3 Malawi – Northern Lake Malawi
Leaving Tanzania we descend through 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 4/5 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, snorkeling 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 6 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: 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
On 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 to 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 Activities: 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 
-Village tour Malawi
-South Luangwa NP sunset game drive
-Textile village visit South Luangwa
TOTAL: R1350
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

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(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.

Visas:
Please note that these are your responsibility. Most nationalities require visas for East African countries.
Although most nationalities can obtain their visa at 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 and Chobe trail afterwards and the Serengeti and Zanzibar beforehand.

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:
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any problems such as forgotten luggage, misplaced bags or any unforeseen problems such as airline strikes or delayed flight arrival.

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 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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

Malawi:
The Republic of Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) is a democratic, densely populated country. A large part of Malawi's culture is its dances, and the National Dance Troupe (formerly the Kwacha Cultural Troupe) was formed in November 1987 by the government. Traditional music and dances can be seen at most ceremonies and celebrations.
Soccer is the most common sport in Malawi, introduced during British colonial rule. Basketball is also growing in popularity. The native tribes of Malawi have a rich tradition of basketry and mask carving, and some of these goods are used in traditional ceremonies still performed by native peoples. Wood carving and oil painting are also popular in more urban centers, with many of the items produced being sold to tourists. There are several internationally recognized literary figures from Malawi, including poet Jack Mapanje, history and fiction writer Paul Zeleza and authors Legson Kayira, Felix Mnthali, Frank Chipasula and David Rubadiri.