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29 Days Camping - Johannesburg to Nairobi - North [NJN]
Chobe National Park - Botswana
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
South Luangwa National Park
Mikumi National Park
Dar es Salaam
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
Johannesburg to Nairobi - Camping - North 2014
Highlights: Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi, Serengeti National Park, Masai Tribe
Countries Visited: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
TOUR CODE: NJN Accommodation: Twin Share Camping Max Passengers: 18 Number of Crew: 2 Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck DURATION: Days: 29 Nights: 28
*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. 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: Camp: Camp Itumela: www.campitumela.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, shop Route: Johannesburg to Palapye ±565 km Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing
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 activities: scenic flight over Okavango (time permitting) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Delta Rain, Sitatunga: www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot shows, bar, laundry, pool Route: Palapye to Maun ±620 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. We travel into the Delta on a large 4x4 vehicle - in high water season boats will be used. We join up with some of the local people and set up our bush camp for the next 2 days.
*Please note: if you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Maun for the following 2 days.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp: www.deltarain.com Facilities: No facilities Route: Maun to Bush Camp Activity package: Transfer in Delta in local 4 x 4 vehicle, mokoro canoe ride (if water levels allow) and a guided nature walk in the Okavango Delta
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: Camp: Nata Lodge: www.natalodge.com OR Pelican Lodge: http://www.pelicanlodgebotswana.com/ Facilities: Hot showers, bar, pool Route: Maun to Nata ±230 km Travel time: ± 2-3hrs (4x4 & boat transfer), ± 3 hrs driving in truck.
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: Camp: Thebe River Safaris: www.theberiversafaris.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, swimming 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 into the gorge below.
Optional Activities: Chobe National Park Early Morning Game Drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Dinner out Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x1 Accommodation: Two per Room: Elephant Hills Resort: www.elephanthillshotel.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, swimming pool Route: Kasane to Vic Falls ±100 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs and a border crossing Activity package: Victoria Falls NP Entrance
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: Camp: Eureka Camp; www.eurekacamp.com 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 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: Camp: Mama Rulas: www.mamarulas.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, pool Route: Lusaka to Chipata ±580 km Travel time: ±10-14 hrs (bad road 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: Camp: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlivecamp-zambia.com 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 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.
Optional Activities: Morning Game Drive, Game Walk inside park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlivecamp-zambia.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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: Camp: Barefoot Lodge: www.barefoot-safaris.com/index_files/BarefootLodge.thml 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
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: Camp: Kande Beach: www.kandebeach.com Facilities: Shared blutions, hot showers, bar, restaurant Route: Lilongwe to Kande Beach ± 465 km Travel time: ± 6-7 hours Activity Package: Guided village tour
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: Camp: Chitimba: www.chitimba.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showrs, laundry, 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: Camp: Kisolanza Farm: www.kisolanza.com 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
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 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 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Kipepeo Camp: www.kipepeocamp.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar Route: Mikumi to Dar es Salaam ±370 km Travel time: ± 4-5 hrs
Day 20/21/22 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 20/21 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, internet Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by Ferry Travel time: ±2-3 hrs
Day 22 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 Route: Nungwi Beach to Stone town ± 60-70 km Travel time: ±2 hrs
Day 23 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: www.lawnshotel.com 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 24 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: www.ndorolodge.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, shop Route: Lushoto to Arusha ±515 km Travel Time: ± 7-8 hour
Day 25/26/27 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.
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: www.ndorolodge.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, shop
Day 28 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: www.ndorolodge.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, shop Route: Serengeti to Arusha ± 250 km Travel Time: ± 3-4 hours Activity package: Masai Mara Museum
Day 29 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
Tour Ends The tour ends at the Sentrim Boulevard hotel www.sentrimhotels.net/sentrim-boulevard-nairobi. 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. However, we recommend to pre book and pre pay this to ensure room availability in the Okavango Delta.
Activity & Price -Khama Rhino Sanctuary game drive R300 -3 day Delta drive in R2100 -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 -Zanzibar excursion plus ferry R3450 -Masai Museum, Arusha R150 TOTAL: R8200 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).
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.
Malaria Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.
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 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.
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 disabilities that you may have.
Vaccinations A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for this tour. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.
Visas 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.