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21 Days East African Adventures - Nairobi to Victoria Falls [NANV]
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
Masai Mara Reserve and Surrounds
Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam
Mikumi National Park
South Luangwa National Park
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
Highlights: Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park - Zanzibar - Lake Malawi - South Luangwa National Park - Victoria Falls Countries Visited: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
DETAILS: Trip Code: NANV Length: 21 Days / 20 Nights Min/Max: 4 / 18 Vehicle: Adventure Truck Departure Point: Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8:00am from the Sentrim Boulevard Hotel, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi. http://www.hotelboulevardkenya.com End Point: Elephant Hills Resort, Park Way Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Tel: +263 13 44793. www.africansunhotels.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.
Day 1 Arusha Today we depart the bustling capital of Kenya and cross the border into Tanzania. We will stop in Arusha to visit the local Masai Mara Museum and the snake park. This afternoon we make our preparations for the optional excursion to the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater. Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Ndoro Lodge: http://www.ndorolodge.com/ Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop Route: Nairobi to Arusha. ±295 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing Activity Package: Masai Museum 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 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 Arusha 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 For those not going to the parks, take this chance to absorb some of the fascinating local culture. 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.
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.html or 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: Two per Room: Ndoro Lodge: http://www.ndorolodge.com/ Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop
Day 5 Kenya – Tanzania Today those that went into the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro will meet up with the truck in Arusha, where there will be time to share stories of the wonderful African animals seen in the park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Ndoro Lodge: http://www.ndorolodge.com/ Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop Route: Serengeti to Arusha ± 260 km Travel time: ± 3-4 hours Day 6 Lushoto 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 Mountains. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: The Lawns Hotel: http://www.lawnshotel.com/ Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet, shop Route: Karatu to Lushoto ±515 km Travel time: ± 7-8 hours 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 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 accommodation in Dar es Salaam for the following 3 nights
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: Ferry: ±2-3 hours
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 and return to our truck and campsite. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Kipepeo Camp http://www.kipepeocamp.com/ Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar 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
Day 11 Mikumi Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and our journey leads us to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Today 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: Two per room: Genesis Motel: no website available Facilities: Bar, restaurant, hot showers, en suites. Route: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi, ± 370 km Travel time: ± 4-5 hours Day 12 Iringa Today we travel further inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area. 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 http://www.kisolanza.com/ Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar Route: Mikumi to Kisolanza ± 220 km Travel time: ± 5-6 hours Included Highlight: Dinner in a Maasai Restaurant
Day 13 Malawi – Northern Lake Malawi Leaving Tanzania we descend through scenic mountain passes to our lakeshore camp at Chitimba. 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 http://www.chitimba.com/ Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, laundry, internet, shop Route: Iringa to Chitimba Beach ±560 km Travel time: ±12-13 hrs plus border crossing (long day) Border posts: Tanzania: Chi’zumulu, Tel: +265 15 357 207, Open: 06h00-18h00 Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00.
Day 14/15 Kande Beach After arrival at 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: Scuba diving, snorkeling etc. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Kande Beach http://www.kandebeach.com/ Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar Route: Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach ± 170 km Travel time: ± 4-5 hrs Activity package: Guided village tour
Day 16 Lilongwe Today we depart Kande Beach 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.htm Facilities: En-Suite, bar, internet Route: Kande Beach to Lilongwe ± 465 km Travel time: ± 6-7 hours Included Highlight: Visit to a local market Day 17 Zambia - South Luangwa National Park Early in the morning we drive from Malawi and cross in to Zambia and continue to 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 an included sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Tent: Wildlife Camp http://www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com/ Facilities: hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, pool Route: Lilongwe to South Luangwa National Park ±305km Travel time: ±10-11hrs Activity package: Afternoon sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP Border posts: Malawi: Mchinji, Tel: +265 124 2217, Open: 06h00-18h00. Zambia: Chipata / Nwami, Tel: + 265 622 1652, Open: 06h00-18h00. Day 18 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, pool Activity package: Village and textile visit
Day 19 Chipata We leave South Luangwa and drive through to Chipata where we will relax in the afternoon. Zambia is truly Africa, with its lush, sub-tropical vegetation. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per Room: Mama Rulas www.mamarulas.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool Route: South Luangwa NP to Chipata ±155 km Travel time: ±6-8 hrs (bad road conditions)
Day 20 Lusaka The journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route. On week days there may be the opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of the Zambian capital city. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Eureka: www.eurekacamp.com Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, swimming pool Route: Chipata to Lusaka ±580 km Travel time: ±10-14 hrs (bad roads conditions)
Day 21 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls On the last day of the journey we drive from Lusaka, across the Zimbabwean border into Victoria Falls. Although your tour ends here we do recommend that you spend another 1 to 2 nights in this area to experience Victoria Falls and many exciting adrenaline activities here, such as white water rafting or walking with lions Optional Activities: Dinner out in Victoria Falls Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post Tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad Route: Lusaka to Victoria Falls ±500 km Travel time: ±7-8 hrs and a border crossing Border posts: Zambia: Vic Falls Bridge, no telephone number, Open: 06h00-20h00. Zimbabwe: Vic Falls Bridge, no telephone number, Open: 06h00-20h00.
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: Masai Museum, Arusha: R150 Zanzibar excursion plus ferry: R3450 Village tour Malawi: R150 Textile village visit South Luangwa: R350 South Luangwa NP sunset game drive: R850 TOTAL COST: R4950
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 the route.
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. 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) 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. Only Zambian kwacha can be used in Zambia. You can change your money in the larger cities. 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: You can extend this tour by doing the Victoria Falls to Cape Town, the Okavango & Chobe Trail- South, or the Mozambique in Comfort tour afterwards. The Masai Mara & Gorillas tour can be booked 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 unpredictable 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.
Tour Ends We will drop you off at the Elephant Hills Resort www.africansunhotels.com. 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 ( or about R10 – R20 ) per person, per day, per crew member.
The recommended amount for Serengeti/Masai Mara Guides is around USD5 - USD7 per client, per day.
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 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.
Arusha: Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. Beautifully situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city has a temperate climate due to its position on the slopes of Mount Meru. It is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. The primary industry of the region is agriculture, with large vegetable and flower producers sending high-quality produce to Europe. Small-scale agriculture was badly affected by the coffee crisis of recent years and is now largely subsistence farming. Arusha has several factories including a brewery, tyre and fibreboard plant, and a large pharmaceuticals maker.
Victoria Falls: Victoria Falls, 1 700 m wide and 108 m high – is said to be the largest falls in the world. David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the Victoria Falls and wrote: "It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight". The older, indigenous name of Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘the Smoke that Thunders’) is the name in official use in Zambia. Due to its immense power and size, the waterfall is surrounded by a rich mythology. The local Tonga people of the Zambezi believe that a river god, Nyaminyami, resides in the water in the form of an immense snake. When the Kariba Dam was built in the 1950s, the Zambezi River flooded three times, causing many deaths and much destruction. The local people believe Nyaminyami caused the terrible floods in his anger at the construction. The unusual form of Victoria Falls enables virtually the whole width of the falls to be viewed face-on, at the same level as the top, from as close as 60 metres, because the whole Zambezi River drops into a deep, narrow slot like chasm, connected to a long series of gorges. Few other waterfalls allow such a close approach on foot. The falls are formed as the full width of the river plummets in a single vertical drop into a chasm 60–120 m wide, carved by its waters along a fracture zone in the basalt plateau. The depth of the chasm, called the First Gorge, varies from 80 m at its western end to 108 m in the centre. The only outlet to the First Gorge is a 110 m-wide gap about two-thirds of the way across the width of the falls from the western end, through which the whole volume of the river pours into the Victoria Falls gorges. There are two islands on the crest of the falls that are large enough to divide the curtain of water even at full flood: Boaruka Island (or Cataract Island) near the western bank, and Livingstone Island near the middle. At less than full flood, additional islets divide the curtain of water into separate parallel streams. The main streams are named, in order from Zimbabwe (west) to Zambia (east): Leaping Water (called Devil's Cataract by some), Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the highest) and the Eastern Cataract.