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11 Days Camping - Victoria Falls to Malawi - North - Victoria Falls to Dar es Salaam [NVD]

Route:

Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Lusaka - Chipata - South Luangwa National Park - Lilongwe - Kande Beach - Lake Malawi - Tanzania - Iringa - Mikumi National Park - Dar es Salaam

Vic Falls & Malawi - Camping - North 2014

Highlights: Victoria Falls, South Luangwa NP, Zanzibar Island, Lake Malawi, Masai Tribe

Countries Visited: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania


DETAILS:
Trip Code: NVD
Length:
11 Days / 10 Nights
Vehicle: Adventure Truck
Min / Max People: 1 / 18
Departure Point:
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

6.00am from Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel – 278 Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Tel: + 263 13 44583 / 42213- 4 – http://www.victoria-falls-rainbow-hotel.com

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.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 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, 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 2 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, swimming pool
Route: Lusaka to Chipata ±580 km
Travel time: ±10-14 hrs (bad roads conditions)

Day 3 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: 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 4 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.wildlifecamp-zambia.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool
Activity package: Village and textile visit

Day 5 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 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 6/7 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 ablutions, hot showers, bar 
Route: Lilongwe to Kande Beach ± 465 km
Travel time: ± 6-7 hours
Activity package: Guided village walk

Day 8 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 showers, landry, internet, shop
Route: Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach ±170 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs

Day 9 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 in a local Masai restaurant where we enjoy a traditional Tanzanian evening.

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 10 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 11 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
Accommodation: Own arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris. 
Route: Mikumi to Dar es Salaam ±370 km
Travel time: ± 4-5 hrs

Tour Ends
The tour ends on arrival at the Kipepeo Beach Village www.kipepeobeach.com 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.

Activity & Price
-South Luangwa NP sunset game drive R850
-Textile village visit South Luangwa R350
-Village tour Malawi R150
TOTAL: R1350
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(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.
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:
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 Okavango and Chobe trail beforehand and the Zanzibar and 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 – contact your travel agent or Nomad to make these bookings.

Arrival:
It is best to arrive at least 2 or 3 days before the start of this tour if you wish to participate in the many optional activities available in Victoria Falls.

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 some of our tours, 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 1-2 USD 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.