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11 Days Malawi & Victoria Falls - Dar es Salaam to Victoria Falls [NADV]
Dar es Salaam
Mikumi National Park
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
Highlights: Lake Malawi - South Luangwa National Park - Victoria Falls
Countries Visited: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
DETAILS: Trip Code: NADV Vehicle: Adventure Truck Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights Departure Point: Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8:00am from the Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam www.kipepeobeach.com
End Point: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel – 278 Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Tel: + 263 13 44583 / 42213-4 – http://www.victoria-falls-rainbow-hotel.com
Accommodated 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.
Iringa: Tanzania is mountainous in the northeast where Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest freestanding mountain, is situated. To the north and west are the Great Lakes of Lake Victoria (Africa's largest lake) and Lake Tanganyika (Africa's deepest lake, known for its unique species of fish). Central Tanzania comprises a large plateau, with plains and arable land. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the island of Zanzibar lying just offshore. Tanzania has a tropical type of climate.
Lake Malawi: The lake, third largest in Africa and eighth largest in the world, is situated between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. The lake's tropical waters teem with more fish species than any other lake on earth and offers wonderful snorkelling and diving experiences. The fish also support the local people, who depend on the lake for survival, using dug-out canoes to set out long nets. There are many different ethnic groups living in the vicinity and many different dialects are spoken.
South Luangwa National Park: South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia is a world-renowned wildlife haven and famous for walking safaris. It supports large populations of Thorneycroft's Giraffe and herds of elephant and buffalo often several hundred strong, while the Luangwa River supports abundant crocodiles and hippopotumus. Founded as a game reserve in 1938, it became a national park in 1972 and now covers 9 050 square km.
Day 1 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: 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 2 Iringa Today we travel further inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area. This evening our dinner is in a local Masai restaurant where we enjoy a traditional Tanzanian evening. 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 Masai Restaurant
Day 3 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: ±12-13hrs plus border crossing Border posts: Tanzania: Chi’zumulu, Tel: +265 15 357 207, Open: 06h00-18h00 Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00. Day 4/5 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 6 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: Two per room: Barefoot Lodge: http://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 7 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: En-Suite, 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 8 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 http://www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com/ Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, pool Activity package: Village and textile visit
Day 9 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: ±3-4 hrs (bad road conditions)
Day 10 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 11 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 ±510 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: Village tour Malawi: R150 Textile village visit South Luangwa: R350 South Luangwa NP sunset game drive: R850 ACTIVITY PACKAGE TOTAL:R1350
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: This tour can be linked to the Okavango and Chobe trail afterwards or the Serengeti and Zanzibar 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 unpredictable problems such as airline strikes or delayed flight arrival.
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.