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56 Days Camping - Best of Africa - Cape Town to Nairobi [NCMG]

Route:

Cape Town - City - Cederberg - Namaqualand Area - Orange River - Namib Naukluft Park - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Etosha National Park - Windhoek - Botswana - Ghanzi - Maun - Okavango Delta - Gweta - 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 - Zanzibar - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area - Arusha - Kenya - Nairobi - Masai Mara Reserve and Surrounds - Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru National Park - Uganda - Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Kenya - Nairobi

Highlights:
Cape Town - Cederberg - Orange River - Fish River Canyon - Namib Desert - Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Himba - Bushmen - Etosha National Park - Okavango Delta - Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls - South Luangwa National Park - Lake Malawi - Diving, Snorkelling - Zanzibar - Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater - Masai - Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha - Hell Gate National Park - Gorillas - Equator - Lake Victoria - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Countries Visited:
South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda

DETAILS:
Trip Code: NCMG

Vehicle: Adventure Truck / safari vehicle in Masai Mara
Min / Max People: 2 / 24
Length: 56 Days / 55 Nights
Departure Point: 8.00 am from Nomad Adventure Tours, 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, South Africa. Tel: +27 (0) 82 578 2199, www.nomadtours.co.za
End Point: Sentrim Boulevard, Harry Thuku Road, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: +254 20 315680
www.sentrimhotels.net/sentrim-boulevard-nairob

Please Note
*The Masai Mara Excursion item in this activity package is a compulsory additional payment.
*The Gorilla Permit is a compulsory payment, the cost is between US$605 and US$705
*The Serengeti Experience is an Optional Activity on this tour and is NOT included in the Activity Package.


*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 there can be a maximum number of participants of 24.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region
Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. On arrival at our camp, we will enjoy a guided hike in the Cederberg region. Later tonight at our camp, your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Marcuskraal: www.marcuskraal.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, swimming pool, drinkable water
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal: ± 205 km
Travel time: ±5 hrs
Activity Package: Guided walk in Cederberg region

Day 2 Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River
After an early start, we head north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Fiddlers Creek Campsite www.bushwhacked.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, water not drinkable, bar, shop
Route: Citrusdal to Orange river: ±500 km
Travel time: ±10 hrs

Day 3 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon
This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. After a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon we enjoy our dinner while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity
Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Hobas Campsite www.nwr.com.na/hobas.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers (sometimes)
Route: Orange River to Fish River Canyon ±205 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing
Included Highlight: Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon

Border posts:
South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 761 8760, Open 24 hours.
Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours.

Day 4 Namib-Naukluft National Park
We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight we enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a Jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sesriem campsite http://www.nwr.com.na/sesriem_campsite.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, drinkable water, bar, swimming pool, shop
Route: Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft Park ±520 km
Travel time: ±10 hr
Included Highlight: Hike into Sesriem Canyon

Day 5 Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park
This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later we join a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions.
Optional activities: Transfer to Deadvlei
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Desert Shelter Cha-re: No website available
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, swimming pool, bar
Route: Sesriem to Solitaire ±230 km (excludes drive to and from desert walk)
Travel time: ±3 hrs (round trip into Sesriem plus drive to Solitaire)
Activity package: Guided desert walk with local expert
Included Highlights: Sunrise hike up Dune 45,

Day 6 Swakopmund
After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Just before we arrive in Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis bay lagoon en route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.
Optional Activities: Dinner out
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Amanpuri: www.amanpurinamibia.com
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, drinkable water
Route: Solitaire to Swakopmund. ±280 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs (including Walvis Bay)
Included Highlight: Stop off in Walvis Bay to view Flamingos

Day 7 Swakopmund
The whole day is free to relax, explore or partake in one of the many activities available here. Most popular activities are quad biking in the dunes or tandem skydiving. On a clear day’s skydiving you can see all the way to the next day’s destination! Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day.
Optional Activities: Quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, dinner out etc.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Two per room: Amanpuri: http://www.amanpurinamibia.com/
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, drinkable water

Day 8 Spitzkoppe
Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bush Camp: Spitzkoppe Community Campsite
http://www.namibian.org/travel/community/spitzkoppe.htm
Facilities: Shared ablutions, long drop toilet
Route: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe ±200 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Included Highlight: Guided walk with Nomad guide through Spitzkoppe

Day 9 Himba Tribes
After some early morning exploration we continue north and drive towards Kamanjab. Today we have the chance to experience life within a Himba tribe. The Himba are pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. The Himba have been extremely diligent about upholding the roots of their culture but they are also very curious about visitors to their home.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Himba camp– no website available
Facilities: Bush shower (sometimes hot water), toilets
Route: Spitzkoppe to Kamanjab ±295 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Activity package: Guided visit to the Himba Tribe

Day 10/11 Etosha National Park
Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Halali and Okaukuejo: www.nwr.com.na/etosha_national_park.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, drinkable water, bar, shop, swimming pool and waterholes at all campsite.
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha NP ±170 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs
Included Highlight: Game drives in Nomad truck

Day 12 Windhoek
After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.
Optional Activities: Dinner out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Arebbusch Lodge: http://www.arebbusch.com/
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, wireless, swimming pool, bar, laundry
Route: Etosha to Windhoek. ±430 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs
Included Highlight: Craft market en-route and short city tour in Nomad Truck

Day 13 Botswana - Ghanzi
After an early start, we cross into Botswana and drive to Ghanzi. After setting up camp we meet with a local Bushman (San) community and experience some traditional tribal dancing.
Optional activity: Bushman walk
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ghanzi Trail Blazers: http://ghanzitrailblazers.wheretostay.na/
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, bar.
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi. ±440 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs, plus a border crossing on this day.
Included Highlight: Bushmen Tribal Dance in evening

Border posts:
Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560 401, Open: 07h00-24h00
Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 6592013/2064, Open: 07h00-24h00

As we cross the border we’ll start to see villagers, cattle, donkeys, and sheep along the side of the highway. Sometimes the donkeys and cows sit in the middle of the road and any amount of horn blowing won't get them out of the road. Independent since 1966, Botswana (formally a British protectorate) has three of the world’s richest diamond mines and this has made Botswana quite a wealthy nation. Now 40 years old, it is known as the African success story. Politically stable and with the foresight to invest in education, healthcare, high economic standards and without the racial issues that have plagued other countries, Botswana has the best economy in sub-Saharan Africa. The government has employed a strategy of high income - low impact tourism. This is where they reduce the number of tourists entering any area of the country by charging a lot more than neighbouring countries, thereby making it more restrictive for the budget traveller.

Day 14 Maun
Our journey takes us from Ghanzi towards Maun. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for this excursion, packing small 2-night bags. There may be an opportunity this afternoon to take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.
Optional Activity: Scenic Flight (time permitting)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sitatunga www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, laundry.
Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±530 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs

Day 15/16 Maun – Okavango Delta
This morning we board the big 4x4 truck that will take us in to the Delta. In high-water season it is sometimes necessary to take a boat to the poling station where we meet up with the members of a local community who will be showing us their homeland. We spend 2 nights bush camping in the wilderness and, if the water level allows, we will take a mokoro (traditional canoe) trip through the waterways. We will also be going on some nature walks in the hope of seeing some wild animals in their natural habitat.

Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Maun for the following 2 nights.

Day 15 (Day 1 in Delta),
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp http://www.deltarain.com/
Facilities: No facilities – bush camping
Route: Maun to Bush Camp
Activity package: 4 x 4 vehicle transfer into Okavango Delta, Mokoro ride and guided nature walk

Day 16 (Day 2 in Delta)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp http://www.deltarain.com/
Facilities: No facilities – bush camping

Day 17 Nata
We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata. The shady tree canopy surrounding the campsite 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: http://www.natalodge.com/
Facilities: Shared ablutions with hot showers, bar, swimming pool
Route: Maun to Nata ±305 km
Travel time: ±2-3 hrs (4x4 & mokoro transfer), ±3 hrs driving in truck.

Day 18 Botswana - Chobe National Park
We travel to Chobe and this afternoon we enjoy a sunset river cruise as the animals are best spotted from the Chobe River. Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris: http://www.theberiversafaris.com/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool, laundry, internet.
Route: Nata to Kasane. ±310 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs
Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe NP

Day 19/20/21 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
On arrival in Victoria Falls town, 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.
Optional Activities: Chobe morning game drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Dinner out
Meals: Breakfast x3, Lunch x1
Accommodation: Hostel: Vic Falls Adventure Lodge: www.adventurezonevicfalls.com/accommodation.html
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, bar, restaurant, laundry, internet café, drinkable water, swimming pool, restaurant.
Route: Kasane to Vic Falls. ±100 km
Travel time: ±2 hrs plus border crossing
Activity package: Entrance to Victoria Falls National Park

Border posts:
Botswana: Kazangula Road, +267 6250320, Open: 06h00-20h00
Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00

Day 22 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: http://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 23 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: http://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 24 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: http://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 25 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: http://www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool
Activity package: Village and textile visit

Day 26 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 27/28 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: http://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 29 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: http://www.chitimba.com/
Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, bar and beach.
Route: Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach ±170 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs

Day 30 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: http://www.kisolanza.com/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers,bar
Route: Chitimba to Iringa. ±560 km
Travel time: ±11-12 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 31 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 32 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Kipepeo Camp: www.kipepeocamp.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar.
Route: Mikumi to Dar es Salaam ±370 km
Travel time: ± 4-5 hrs

Day 33/34/35 Zanzibar
A local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Zanzibar. We take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend our time relaxing on the beach. On the 3rd day, we head south to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, where we will spend the night. Here we have time exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored.
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 campsite in Dar es Salaam for the following 3nights.


Day 33/34
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, internet
Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by Ferry
Travel time: ±2-3 hrs

Day 35
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
Route: Nungwi Beach to Stone town ± 60-70 km
Travel time: ±2 hrs

Day 36 Lushoto
Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck. We continue on to Lushoto, 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, Dinner
Accommodation: The Lawns Hotel: www.lawnshotel.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, shop
Route: Zanzibar to Lushoto ± 365 km
Travel time: 2 hour ferry Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam to Lushoto by truck: ± 6-7 hours

Day 37 Arusha

The city of Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, shop.
Route: Lushoto to Karatu ±515 km
Travel time: ± 7-8 hours

Day 38/39/40 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion
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. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4x4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks.
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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Day 38: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html

Day 39: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html
Day 40: Camp: Simba Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html or return to Arusha

Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, cold showers.
Route: Arusha to Serengeti ± 250 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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, shop

Day 41 Arusha
Today the group meets up again and we have the chance to exchange stories of the various adventures that we participated in over the past few days. In the afternoon we visit the local Masai Mara Museum and Snake Park in Arusha.
Optional Activities: camel ride to local Masaai village.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, shop
Route: Serengeti to Arusha ± 250 km
Travel Time: ± 3-4 hours
Activity package: Visit to the local Masai Mara Museum

Day 42 Kenya – Nairobi
After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi and the end of our journey. Usually we spend the evening with a group meal out at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants.
Optional Activities: Dinner out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Sentrim Hotel Boulevard - www.hotelboulevardkenya.com
Route: Arusha to Nairobi. ±295 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs plus border crossing

Border posts:
Tanzania: Namanga, no telephone number, Open: 24hrs
Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 32002, Open: 24 hrs

Day 43 Masai Mara National Reserve
We leave the capital and travel to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Today the tour enters this huge area of spectacular game viewing to photograph some of Africa’s most abundant wildlife. Famous for the annual migration of around 1.5 million wildebeest, the Masai Mara is also home to many other animals, including lions. Cultural interaction with Kenya’s native Masaai people completes our experience.

*The Masai Mara Reserve excursion & game drive will be operated in safari type vehicles, please ensure that you pack a small overnight bag to take into the Mara. You will need your towel, sleeping bag as well as clothes, toiletries and your camping essentials.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Masai Mara Camp: www.keniatours.com
Facilities: Shared aboutions, hot showers
Route: Nairobi to Masai Mara ±240km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Day 44 Masai Mara to Lake Naivasha
After an early morning game drive in the Mara, we depart towards Lake Naivasha for a relaxing day on the lakeshore. You can go hiking in the area and activities include game and bird watching. One of the more popular optional activities is to go game viewing from a bicycle. An alternative way to spend your afternoon is to take high tea at Elsamere, the former home of Joy Adamsson, best known for her autobiographical novel, Born Free.
Optional Activities: Cycle hire, High Tea at Elsamere.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Fish Eagle Camp: www.fisheagleinn.com/index.php#content
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, pool
Route: Masai Mara to Lake Naivasha ±245 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs
Included highlights: Cultural interaction with Masai

Day 45 Nakuru National Park
Today we will travel north to Lake Nakuru where we will spend the afternoon game driving. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968. White rhino inhabit the transitional savannah area surrounding the lake, with excellent photographic opportunities.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Kembu camp: www.kembu.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar
Route: Lake Naivasha to Lake Nakuru ±110 km
Travel time: ±2-3 hrs
Included Activities: Hells Gate National Park, Game drive in Lake Nakuru NP

Day 46 Lake Nakuru - Kampala
Leaving Lake Nakuru very early, we head towards Uganda, briefly stopping for a photo at the equator. Later we arrive in Uganda’s capital and largest city, Kampala.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Red Chilli Hideaway: http://www.redchillihideaway.com/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers.
Route: Lake Nakuru to Kampala ±490 km
Travel time: ±12-14hrs plus border crossing

Border posts:
Kenya: no telephone numbers
Uganda: no telephone numbers

Day 47 Kampala / Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Although officially this day is set aside for everyone to explore Kampala, most people take an optional day trip to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary of Ngamba Island. This non-profit eco-friendly project was set up in 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees.
Optional Activities: Ngamba Chimpanzee Excursion, Kampala Markets, Dinner Out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Camp: Red Chilli Hideaway: www.redchillihideaway.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers.
Route: Optional Ngamba Island Excursion ±50 km return journey

Day 48 Kampala - Lake Bunyoni
Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense Otter population and stunning scenery. We make use of this beautiful spot to relax the night before the final drive to the gorillas.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Lake Bunyonyi Campsite: www.bunyonyioverland.com
Facilities: Shared aboutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, shop
Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyoni ±435km
Travel time: ±12hrs

Day 49/50 Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni)
The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.

As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits.

Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.

On your free day in Bunyoni you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike. Optional activities: Mountain biking, nature walk, hiking
Day 49
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort: www.bunyonyioverland.com
Facilities: Cold showers, shared ablutions
Route: Lake Bunyoni National Park to the starting point of the Gorilla Trek: ±125 km (in safari or smaller vehicles)
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs

Day 50
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort: www.bunyonyioverland.com
Facilities: Shared aboutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, shop
Route: Starting point of the Gorilla Trek to Lake Bunyoni ±125 km
Travel Time: ±3-4 hrs

If trekking won’t be done on day 51, this day will be spent at Lake Bunyoni to ensure a shorter drive on day 52.
Please note: Although there are 3-days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one-day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

Day 51/52 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Leaving Lake Bunyoni, we venture to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we will spend the next 2 nights. Many game species can be found in this wetland park as well as the (elsewhere elusive) giant forest hog and the legendary tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha Sector. We will enjoy an included 4x4 game drive on day 10 through the NP.
Optional Activities: Kasinga Channel Sunset Cruise, Chimpanzee trekking at Lake George.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Hippo Hill: www.hippohilllodge.com
Facilities: shared ablutions, hot showers, bar
Route: Lake Bunyoni to Queen Elizabeth NP ±310 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs

Day 53/54 Jinja
Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and more famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.
Optional Activities: White Water Rafting.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 11 only), Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Eden Rock Resort: www.edenrocknile.com
Facilities: Hot showers, internet, swimming pool
Route: Queen Elizabeth NP to Jinja ±430 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs

Day 55 Kenya - Eldoret
Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Naiberi River Camp: www.naiberi.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool
Route: Jinja to Eldoret ±270 km
Travel time: ±7-8hrs plus border crossing

Border posts:
Kenya: no telephone numbers
Uganda: no telephone numbers

Day 56 Nairobi
Returning to Nairobi, the largest city in the East Africa region, there’s an optional dinner, where we can swap stories and exchange contact details. O
Optional Activities: Meal out in Nairobi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post Accommodation can be booked through Nomad.
Route: Eldoret to Nairobi ±350 km
Travel time: ±6-7 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 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:
Cederberg Guided Walk R250
Guided desert walk with local expert R350
Himba Tribe visit R350
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
Zanzibar excursion plus ferry R3450
Masai Museum, Arusha R150
Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion R4950
Queen Elizabeth NP Game Drive R750

TOTAL R14550


*For the price of the Serengeti Excursion, please refer to the “Optional Activities” section on the next page.

Gorilla Permit – USD605 – USD705
The cost of a permit to visit the Gorillas is currently as above. Please check actual amount with us closer to departure. You will be pre-invoiced for this non-refundable amount.


 

 

Extra information

Malaria:
Malaria prophylactics are required. Very low risk of malaria in northern Namibia, but the risk increases to high risk as we travel north to Zimbabwe and East Africa.

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 the Nomad website www.nomadtours.co.za/travel_insurance.html
(Nomad World travel insurance is in no way affiliated with Nomad Tours)

Visas:
Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for Namibia and Botswana. Most nationalities will require visas for Zimbabwe and 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:
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 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.

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 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 there can be a maximum number of participants of 24.

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 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), 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:
We will drop you off at The Meridian Court Hotel, Kenya, www.meridianhotelkenya.com. We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening 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 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 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 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.