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20 Days Camping - Dar es Salaam to Delta - South [NZJ]

Route:

Mikumi National Park - Iringa - Lake Malawi - Kande Beach - Lilongwe - Zambia - South Luangwa National Park - Chipata - Lusaka - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Botswana - Kasane - Maun - Okavango Delta - Nata - Johannesburg

Dar es Salaam to Delta - Camping - South 2014

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

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

TOUR CODE:NZJ
Accommodation
: Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 20 Nights: 19

Meals:
Breakfast:17
Lunch:18
Dinner:17

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
Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport, 2 Hulley Road, Isando Ext. 3, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. Tel: +27 11 392 1062 www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx

*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 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: Camp: Genesis Motel: no website available
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, restaurant, hot showers
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 a traditional Kihehe dinner in a Kihehe hut (local tribe) or dinner in the famous Mud Ruins restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Kisolanza Farm: www.kisolanza.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar ]
Route: Mikumi to Kisolanza ± 220 km
Travel time: ± 5-6 hours
Included Highlights: 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: Camp: Chitimba: 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 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: Camp: Kande Beach: 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 Walk

Day 6 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: Camp: Barefoot Lodge: www.barefoot-safaris.com/index_files/BarefootLodge.htm
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming pool
Route: Lilongwe to South Luangwa National Park ±309km
Travel time: ±10-11hrs
Activity Package: South Luangwa National Park sunset game drive

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.

Optional Activities: Morning Game Drive, Game Walk inside park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, swimming 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: Camp: Mama Rulas: www.mamarulas.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, 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: Camp: Eureka Camp: www.eurekacamp.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool
Route: Chipata to Lusaka ±580 km
Travel time: ±10-14 hrs (bad road conditions)

Day 11/12 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
Today we journey from Lusaka, across the Zimbabwean border into Victoria Falls.

Optional Activities: Dinner out in Victoria Falls
Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch (Day 11 only)
Accommodation: Elephant Hills Hotel: http://www.africansunhotels.com
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.

Day 13/14 Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls – Botswana - Kasane
Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering sound of the mighty Zambezi before crossing the Botswana border to Kasane. In the afternoon we enjoy an included sunset cruise on the Chobe River in order to see the animals (in the Chobe National Park).

Optional Activities: Chobe Game Drive
Meals: 1 x Breakfast (Day 24 only), 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris: www.theberiversafaris.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool.
Route: Vic Falls to Kasane ±100 km Travel time: ±3-4 hrs and a border crossing
Activity package: Victoria Falls Entrance & Sunset Boat Cruise in Chobe NP

Border posts:
Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00.
Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50330, Open: 06h00-20h00.

Day 15 Maun
We drive through to Maun. On arrival we will back small overnight bags and prepare for our 2-day expedition into the Okavango. The rivers leading to the Okavango Delta have no passage to the ocean and irrigate instead some 15,000 square km’s of Kalahari Desert – forming the world’s largest inland Delta.

Optional activities: Scenic flight over the Delta (time permitting)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Delta Rain, Sitatunga: www.deltarain.com?index.php?page=sitatunga-camp
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, pool
Route: Kasane to Maun ±680 km
Travel time: ±8-12 hrs

Day 16/17 Okavango Delta
During your time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We travel into the Delta on a large 4x4 vehicle - in high water season boats are used. We join up with some of the local people and set up our bush camp for the next 2 nights. We go on nature walks and explore the Delta by mokoro traditional canoe (water level dependant). The Delta is truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience as the wild animals here are not used to people. Simply sitting and relaxing often results in rewarding bird or game viewing.

Please note: if you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Maun for the following 2 days.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bush Camp: www.deltarain.com
Facilities: No facilities
Route: Maun to Bush Camp Activity package: Transfer to Delta in local 4 x 4 vehicles, mokoro canoe ride (if water levels allow) and a guided nature walk in the Okavango Delta.

Day 18 Nata
We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata. The shady tree canopy surrounding the lodge is a hive of activity, with a bird feeding area and active water feature providing the bird watcher with the opportunity of viewing a variety of species from the comfort of the pool deck. The Helmeted Guineafowl, Crested Francolin, Yellow Hornbill, Pied and Arrowmarked Babblers, Glossy Starling, Meyers Parrot and Paradise Whydah are just some of the species you may encounter during your stay at the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Nata Lodge: www.natalodge.com OR Pelican Lodge: http://www.pelicanlodgebotswana.com/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, swimming pool
Route: Maun to Nata: 230km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs (4x4 & boat transfer), ±3 hrs driving in truck.

Day 19 Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Palapye
We leave Nata behind us and drive towards Palapye, located on the banks of the tranquil Lotsane River. We visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a community based wildlife project where there is a game drive to view the now protected Rhinos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Camp Itumela: www.campitumela.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions. Hot showers, bar, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Nata to Palapye ±645 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs
Activity package: Game Drive in Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Day 20 South Africa - Johannesburg
Today we cross the border into South Africa and after quite a long, yet scenic drive we will arrive in Johannesburg. South Africa’s city of gold has much to offer and should not be underestimated as a travel destination.

Optional Activity: Dinner.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris. 
Route: Palapye to Johannesburg ±565 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing

Border posts:
Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 494 0254, Open: 08h00-18h00.
South Africa: Groblersburg, Tel: +27 41 767 1164, Open: 08h00-18h00.

Tour Ends
The tour ends at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx . We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening through your travel agent, SA Tours and Safaris. If you choose to stay elsewhere you will need to arrange a transfer. Garden Court O.R. Tambo International is about 10 min drive from O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport. If you are flying out the following evening we highly recommend the day tour of Johannesburg city and Soweto as an informative and enjoyable way to spend the day.

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
-Village tour Malawi R150
-South Luangwa NP sunset game drive R850
-Textile village visit South Luangwa R350
-Vic Falls National Park entry R350
-Chobe National Park boat cruise R500
-3 day Delta drive in R2100
-Khama Rhino Sanctuary game drive R300
TOTAL: R4600
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

Arrival / Departure
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. We also recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.

Onward Travel
You can extend this tour by doing the Victoria Falls to Cape Town (Camping tour), the Okavango & Chobe Trail- South, or the Mozambique in Comfort tour afterwards. The Masai Mara & Gorillas tour can be booked beforehand.

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.

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.

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 disabilities that you may have.

Vaccinations
A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for this tour. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.

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.

Malaria
Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.