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19 Days Delta & Dar es Salaam - Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam [NAJZ]
Chobe National Park - Botswana
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
South Luangwa National Park
Mikumi National Park
Dar es Salaam
Highlights: Okavango Delta - Victoria Falls - lake Malawi
Countries Visited: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania
*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 Botswana – Palapye We depart Johannesburg heading north to Botswana to cross the border and spend our first night in Palapye, located on the banks of the Lotsane River. Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Camp Itumela www.campitumela.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, drinkable, water, internet, pool, shop Route: Johannesburg to Palapye ±565 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing Border posts: South Africa: Groblersbrug, Tel: +27 14 767 1164, Open: 08h00-18h00. Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 4940 254, Open: 08h00-18h00.
Day 2 Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Maun The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino. This morning we go on a guided game drive through the Sanctuary before departing for Maun. Upon arrival in Maun, we will prepare for the Okavango Delta. Optional activity: Crocodile farm visit 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 pool Route: Palapye to Maun ±615 km Travel time: ±7-8 hrs Activity Package: Game Drive in Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Day 3/4 Okavango Delta During our time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We go on nature walks and if possible will explore the Delta by mokoro. The Delta is the world’s largest inland 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 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 Crossings www.gunns-camp.com/moremi_crossing.php OR Oddballs www.oddballscamp.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, shop Activity Package: Flight from Maun to Moremi Crossing (approx 30 minutes), afternoon nature walk & mokoro ride. Luggage Restriction: 10kg luggage per person. No bottled water allowed on flight, can be purchased at Moremi
Day 5 Nata We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata. 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 ±230 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Day 6 Kasane - Chobe National Park Today we head north to Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River. The afternoon is spent game viewing on a river cruise, into the renowned Chobe NP. This is an excellent opportunity to view some of Africa’s spectacular wildlife. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Thebe River Safaris www.theberiversafaris.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, pool Route: Nata to Kasane ±450 km Travel time: ±6-7 hrs Activity Package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe National Park
Day 7/8 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls On arrival in Victoria Falls we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities before we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi as it drops over 100m in to the gorge below. Optional Activities: Chobe National Park Early Morning Game Drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Dinner out Meals: Breakfast x 2, Lunch on Day 7 only Accommodation: Two per Room: Elephant Hills Resort: www.elephanthillshotel.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, swimming pool, restaurant Route: Kasane to Vic Falls ±100 km Travel time: ±2 hrs and a border crossing Activity package: Victoria Falls NP Entrance Border posts: Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320, Open: 06h00-20h00 Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00
Day 9 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: 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 10 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 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 11 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 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 12 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 and Game Walk. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Tent: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com Facilities: hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool Activity package: Village and textile visit
Day 13 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.thml 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 14/15 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: 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 16 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: 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 17 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: www.kisolanza.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar Route: Chitimba to Iringa. ±642 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 18 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: Bar, hot showers, en-suite Route: Kisolanza to Mikumi ± 220 km Travel time: ± 5-6 hours Day 19 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. Our tour ends on arrival in Dar es Salaam. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad Route: Mikumi to Dar es Salaam ±260 km Travel time: ± 4-5 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: Khama Rhino Sanctuary game drive: R300 3 day Delta fly in: R8150 Chobe National Park boat cruise:R500 Vic Falls National Park entry: R350 South Luangwa NP sunset game drive: R850 Textile village visit South Luangwa: R350 Village tour Malawi: R150 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 this 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 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 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: South African Rand and US Dollars are the most widely used currency on this route. 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 small notes. In Botswana, the Pula is the local currency. You can change your Rand or Dollars to Pula when you enter Botswana. ATM’s do not always work in Botswana. Please see Pre Departure Information 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 your tour by adding the Zanzibar & Serengeti Trek afterwards.
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 Arrival: Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. 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: The tour ends at Protea Hotel Courtyard http://www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-courtyard-dar-es-salaam.html. 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 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. 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 best way to arrange tips is to elect one person in the group to collect the money. We recommend USD1-2 (or about R10-R20) per day per person, per guide as a fair tip. 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 deserve a tip, please, do not tip them. You must remember that tipping is only for exceptional service and is not at all compulsory or expected. 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.
Botswana: The Republic of Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, about the size of France. It has a population of about 1.9 million people, the majority of whom live on the more fertile eastern side of country. The official language and predominant culture is Setswana, the people known as the Batawana. There are also many San communities in the desert region. Botswana has a tradition of democracy - the kgotla system, which is entrenched in Setswana culture and is based on a system of democracy and free speech where every person has the right to speak their mind.
Formerly a British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. It meets Zambia at a single point. Botswana is known for its political stability, its friendly and compassionate people, and its diamonds. It’s the largest exporter of diamonds in the world.
The country is predominantly flat, and in addition to the delta and desert areas, there are grasslands and savannas. The latter hosts Blue Wildebeest, many antelopes, and other mammals and birds. Much of the country is covered by the Kalahari Desert, which means water is very precious. The currency is the Pula, meaning rain in Setswana. This is a good indication of how valued water is - drops of rain were considered the closest parallel to money. 17% of the country has been set aside as game reserves and parks, more than the internationally recommended 10% and northern Botswana has one of the few remaining large populations of the endangered African Wild Dog. Botswana also has the largest elephant population in Africa.
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 enters 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.
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 enters 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.
Dar es Salaam Dar es Salaam (Arabic translation: “house of peace”), formerly Mzizima, is the largest city in Tanzania. With a population estimated around 2 500 000, it is also the country’s richest city and an important economic centre. Though Dar es Salaam lost its official status as capital city to Dodoma in the mid-1970s, it remains the centre of the permanent central government and continues to serve as the capital for the surrounding Dar es Salaam Region. In 1859, Albert Roscher of Hamburg became the first European to land in Mzizima (“healthy town”). In 1866 Sultan Seyyid Majid of Zanzibar gave it its present name. Dar es Salaam fell into decline after Majid’s death in 1870, but was revived in 1887, when the German East Africa Company established a station there. The town’s growth was facilitated by its role as the administrative and commercial centre of German East Africa and industrial expansion resulting from the construction of the Central Railway Line in the early 1900s.
Being situated so close to the equator and the warm Indian Ocean, the city experiences generally tropical climatic conditions, typified by hot and humid weather throughout much of the year. Annual rainfall is approximately 1 100 mm and in a normal year there are two distinct rainy seasons: "the long rains", which fall during April and May, and "the short rains", which fall during October and November.