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20 Days Dar es Salaam & Delta- Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg [NAZJ]
Dar es Salaam
Mikumi National Park
South Luangwa National Park
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
Highlights: Lake Malawi - Victoria Falls - Okavango Delta
Countries Visited: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa
DETAILS: Trip Code: NAZJ Length: 20 Days / 19 Nights Min/Max People: 4 / 18 Vehicle: Adventure Truck 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
*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. The group will be separated in the Delta and for this reason, if you have booked a German Translated departure, the translator will accompany the Accommodated clients into the Delta.
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: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Genesis Motel: no website available Facilities: Bar, restaurant, hot showers, en suites. 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 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: Mikumi to Kisolanza ± 220 km Travel time: ± 5-6 hours Included Highlight: Dinner in a Maasai 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: Two per Room: 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 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: Two per Room: 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 tour
Day 6 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: Two per room: Barefoot Lodge: http://www.barefoot-safaris.com/index_files/BarefootLodge.htm Facilities: En-Suite, 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: Two per Tent: Wildlife Camp www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com Facilities: hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, pool Route: Lilongwe to South Luangwa National Park ±305km Travel time: ±10-11hrs Activity package: Afternoon sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP 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. OptionalActivities: Morning Game Drive Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Tent: Wildlife Camp www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com Facilities: hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, 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: Two per Room: Mama Rulas www.mamarulas.com Facilities: En-Suite, 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: Two per room: Eureka: www.eurekacamp.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, swimming pool Route: Chipata to Lusaka ±580km Travel time: ±10-14 hrs (bad roads conditions)
Day 11/12 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls Today we journey from Lusaka, across the Zimbabwean border into Victoria Falls. Optional Activities: Dinner out in Victoria Falls Meals: Breakfast, Lunch x 1 Accommodation: Elephant Hills Hotel Route: Lusaka to Victoria Falls ±510 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.
Day 13/14 Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls – Botswana - Kasane Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering sound of the mighty Zambezi before crossing the Botswana border to Kasane. In the afternoon we enjoy an included sunset cruise on the Chobe River in order to see the animals (in the Chobe National Park). Optional Activities: Game Drive in Chobe National Park. Meals: Breakfast (day 14 only), Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2 Accommodation: Two per Room: Thebe River Safaris www.theberiversafaris.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, swimming pool Route: Vic Falls to Kasane ±100 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs and a border crossing Activity package: Victoria Falls entrance and Sunset Boat cruise in Chobe NP Border posts: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00. Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50330, Open: 06h00-20h00.
Day 15 Maun We drive through to Maun. Once we get there we will pack small overnight bags and prepare for our 2-day expedition into the Okavango. The rivers leading to the Okavango Delta have no passage to the ocean and irrigate instead some 15,000 square km’s of Kalahari Desert – forming the world’s largest inland Delta. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Sitatunga: www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, swimming poo Route: Kasane to Maun ±680 km Travel time: ±8-12 hrs
Day 16/17 Okavango Delta In the morning we board our planes and head into the Delta. After a wonderful scenic flight we arrive at our base for the next two days. During your time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We go on nature walks and explore the Delta by mokoro traditional canoe (water level dependant). The Delta is truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience as the wild animals here are not used to people. Simply sitting and relaxing often results in rewarding bird or game viewing. Please note: if you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Maun for the following 2 days. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Meru tent: Moremi Crossing - www.moremicrossing.com OR Oddballs: www.oddballs.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, shop Route: Maun to Moremi Crossing Activity package: Flight from Maun to Moremi Crossing (approx 30 minutes), afternoon nature walk & mokoro ride. Luggage Restrictions: 10kg per person. No bottled water allowed on flight, can be purchased at Moremi crossing
Day 18 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 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Nata Lodge: www.natalodge.com OR Pelican Lodge: http://www.pelicanlodgebotswana.com/ Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, swimming pool Route: Maun to Nata: 230km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Day 19 Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Palapye We leave Nata behind us and drive towards Palapye, located on the banks of the tranquil Lotsane River. We visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a community based wildlife project, where we experience a game drive to view the protected Rhinos. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Camp Itumela: www.campitumela.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop Route: Nata to Palapye: 645km Travel time: ±7-8 hrs Activity package: Game Drive in Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Day 20 South Africa - Johannesburg Today we cross the border into South Africa and after quite a long, yet scenic drive we will arrive in Johannesburg. South Africa’s city of gold has much to offer and should not be underestimated as a travel destination. OptionalActivity: Dinner Out. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad Route: Palapye to Johannesburg ±565 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing Border posts: Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 494 0254, Open: 08h00-18h00. South Africa: Groblersburg, Tel: +27 41 767 1164, Open: 08h00-18h00.
Inclusions & Exclusions
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: Village tour Malawi: R150 South Luangwa NP sunset game drive: R850 Textile village visit South Luangwa: R350 Vic Falls National Park entry: R350 Chobe National Park boat cruise: R500 3 day Delta fly in: R8150 Khama Rhino Sanctuary game drive: R300 TOTAL COST: R10650
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.
Visas: Please note that these are your responsibility. Most nationalities require visas for East African countries and Zimbabwe. Some nationalities require visas for Botswana.
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. 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) 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 adding the Serengeti & Zanzibar Trek 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 unpredictable 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.
Tour Ends: We will drop you off at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport www.southernsun.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx . We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening through your travel agent or Nomad. If you choose to stay elsewhere you will need to arrange a transfer. Garden Court O.R. Tambo International is about 10km drive from O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport. If you are flying out the following evening we highly recommend the day tour of Johannesburg city and Soweto as an informative and enjoyable way to spend the day.
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 9your 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 crew member.
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 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 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.
The 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 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. 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 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. 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.