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10 Day Serengeti Trek and Zanzibar - Camping - Nairobi to Dar es Salaam [NND]

Route:

Nairobi - Arusha - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area - Kenya - Tanzania - Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam

Serengeti & Zanzibar Trek - Camping  - South 2014

Highlights:
Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar snorkelling, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Masai Tribe

Countries Visited: Kenya, Tanzania


DETAILS:
Trip Code: NND

Length: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Vehicle: Adventure Truck
Min / Max People: 2 / 18
Departure Point: 8:00am from the Meridian Court Hotel, Muranga Road, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: +254 20 313
www.meridianhotelkenya.com
End Point: Protea Hotel Courtyard. Ocean Road; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Tel: +255 (22) 213 0130. www.proteahotels.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.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arusha
Today we depart the bustling capital of Kenya and cross the border into Tanzania. 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 ±306 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing
Activity Package: Masai Museum *Please note that this activity could either take place on this day or after the Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater Excursion.
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 optional 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 Karatu 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: 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.htmlor return to Karatu (Kudu Camp)

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

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 (Kudu Lodge to Karatu)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kudu Camp: www.kuducamp.com
Facilities: Restaurant, Bar, Swimming pool, hot showers, en-suite, gift shop & internet cafe

Day 5 Karatu, Tanzania
Today those that went into the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro will meet up with the truck in Karatu, 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 Karatu ± 100 km
Travel time: ± 2 hours

Day 6 Lushoto
On route to Lushoto, we will stop in Arusha to visit the local Masai Mara Museum and the snake park. 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 Mts. Here you will have the chance to hike in the surrounding area, or just relax.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: The Lawns Hotel: www.lawnshotel.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, internet, bar
Route: Karatu to Lushoto ±480 km
Travel time: ± 7-8 hours
Included Highlights: Hike in surrounding area or relax

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 & Dinner, Swimming with Dolphins, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling etc.

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

Zanzibar
You do not need to take your whole backpack; you can leave this locked in the truck in Dar es Salaam as one of the guides normally remain behind. A day pack is enough. Once on the island you will be met by a local tour operator who will make your other arrangements for spice tours, snorkelling and other optional activities.

Appropriate Clothing
Islam is Zanzibar’s dominant religion and appropriate clothing should be worn in Stone Town. Beachwear should only be worn on the beach and women are advised to wear a t-shirt and knee-length shorts or a skirt in the town. It is not appropriate to show the arms above the elbow or legs above the knee. Shoulders should remain covered and revealing necklines are not acceptable. Men’s clothing is less restrictive and a t-shirt and pair of shorts are fine. On the beach or in the resort there are no dress restrictions other than the normal ones in pool/public areas.

Religious Holidays
If you are visiting Zanzibar in the month of fasting (Ramadan) please speak to your local guide about the customs during this time. Normally eating during the sunlight hours is not allowed and some locals will make sure that you are aware of this (sometimes very loudly if you are seen). Most shops and restaurants are closed during this period, but it is acceptable (as a foreigner) to eat at the hotel or resort. The guide will tell you what is appropriate and when.

Day 10 Dar es Salaam
Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a late ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Your tour will end upon arrival back in Dar es Salaam.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris
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

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
-Serengeti camping excursion R7700
TOTAL: R7850
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:
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 assistance. email: travel@toursa.com

Visas:
Please note that these are your responsibility. Most nationalities will 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. 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 Malawi and Vic Falls tour afterwards and the Masai Mara and Gorillas tour 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 this tour, 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:
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 / 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.

Zanzibar
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania. It comprises the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres off the coast of the mainland, and consists of a number of small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, informally referred to as Zanzibar), and Pemba. Zanzibar was once a separate state with a long trading history within the Arab world; it united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania in 1964 and still enjoys a high degree of autonomy within the union. The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City, and its historic center, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site.

Zanzibar’s main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. Zanzibar is also the home of the extremely endangered Red Colobus Monkey.

The word “Zanzibar” probably derives from the Persian, Zangi-bar (“coast of the blacks”). However, the name could also have been derived from the Arabic Zayn Z’al Barr (“fair is this land”). “Zanzibar” often refers especially to Unguja Island and is sometimes referred to as the “Spice Islands,” though this term is more commonly associated with the Maluku Islands in Indonesia.

Some trivia: Zanzibar was the first region in Africa to introduce colour television, in 1973. The current TV-station is called TvZ. The first television service in mainland Tanzania was not introduced until some twenty years later.
The musician Farrokh Bulsara (a.k.a Freddie Mercury) of Queen was born in Unguja, Zanzibar on September 5, 1946 to Indian-Parsi parents, who were employed by the British colonial administration. There is a restaurant named ‘Mercury’s’ on the beachfront of Stone Town. In September 2006, a radical Islamic group on the archipelago, Uamsho, forced organizers to abandon plans to mark his 60th birthday, saying he violated Islam with his openly gay lifestyle. Zanzibar criminalized homosexuality in 2004, but despite this it remains a popular resort destination for the South African gay community.

Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is most famous for the largest and longest overland migration in the world. This migration is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. Around October, nearly 2 million herbivores travel from the northern hills toward the southern plains, crossing the Mara River, in pursuit of the rains. In April, they then return to the north through the west, once again crossing the Mara River. This phenomenon is sometimes called the Circular Migration. Over 250 000 wildebeest alone will die along the journey from Tanzania to Masai Mara Reserve in upper Kenya, a total of 800 km. Death is often caused by injury, exhaustion, or predation.
Approximately 70 larger mammal and some 500 avifauna species are found there. This high diversity in terms of species is a function of diverse habitats ranging from riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands and woodlands. Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos are some of the commonly found large mammals in the region.
The Ngorongoro area is part of the Serengeti ecosystem, and to the north-west it adjoins the Serengeti NP and is contiguous with the southern Serengeti plains. These plains also extend to the north into the unprotected Loliondo division and are kept open to wildlife through transhuman pastoralism practiced by Masaai. The south and west of the area are volcanic highlands and the southern and eastern boundaries are approximately defined by the rim of the Great Rift Valley wall, which also prevents animal migration in these directions.