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19 Days Camping - Delta to Dar es Salaam [NJZ]

Route:

Johannesburg - Botswana - Maun - Okavango Delta - Gweta - Kasane - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Lusaka - Chipata - South Luangwa National Park - Lilongwe - Kande Beach - Lake Malawi - Tanzania - Iringa - Mikumi National Park - Dar es Salaam

Delta to Dar es Salaam - Camping - North 2014

Highlights:
Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Kande Beach, Lake Malawi, Masai Tribe

Countries Visited: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania

DETAILS:
Trip Code: NJZ

Accommodation: Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type:
Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 19 Nights: 18

Meals:
Breakfast:17
Lunch:18
Dinner:16

Departure Point

Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport, 2 Hulley Road, Isando Ext. 3, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. Tel: +27 11 392 1062  
http://www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx
End Point
Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania http://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 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.

 

Itinerary:

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 http://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

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 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.
 
Optional activities: If you wish to participate in additional Mokoro rides or nature walks, apart from what is included in the activity package, please speak to your guide.
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: Gweta 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 x 2, Lunch – Day 7 only
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

Border posts:
Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320, Open: 06h00-20h00
Zimbabwe: Kzangula 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: 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 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: Camp: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com
Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, hot showers, swimming pool, bar
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 and Game Walk.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-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.htm
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

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 7 a guided village walk in order to meet the local people and learn more about Malawian life.
Optional Activities: 2 hour morning city tour in Lilongwe, Water Sports, Horse Riding, Craft Shopping 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
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: 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. Your tour ends upon arrival in Dar es Salaam.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad
Route: Mikumi to Dar es Salaam ±370 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, optional activity package 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. However, we recommend to pre book and pre pay this to ensure room availability in the Okavango Delta.
 
Activities:
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

TOTAL: R4600

 

Extra information

Malaria:
Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this 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 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.

*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.

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 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 members 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 http://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.