Cape Town to Kenya Trip Notes

Cape Town to Kenya

Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016
Cape Town to Kenya
Trip code: UXOAC
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Travel from coast to coast and through the heart of southern Africa on an epic overland journey that will show you iconic sights and hidden gems as you travel through African nations rich in natural beauty, history, culture and tradition. Begin in beautiful Cape Town and voyage through desert landscapes, rolling savannas and lush mountainscapes; cruise lakes, delta waterways and feel the spray of massive waterfalls; spend time getting to know locals in rural villages and enjoying the rhythms of buzzing cities. From game drives in national parks full of iconic African animals to enjoying the simple pleasure of lying on a pristine beach, this grand journey though Africa is the perfect way to discover everything that makes this part of the world so special.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationFinish point description
ThemesAccommodation NotesEmergency contact
Is this trip right for you?Meals introductionVisas
Why we love itMealsWhat to take
MapTransportHealth
ItineraryMoney mattersTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderA couple of rules
Physical ratingSafetyResponsible Travel
Included activitiesJoining pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesJoining point descriptionFeedback
Group sizeJoining point instructions
Your fellow travellersFinish point
Style
Basix
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Is this trip right for you?
- We use mokoros (small dugout canoes) to pass through the shallow waterways of the Okavango Delta to get to our campsite for the night.
- At Usambara Mountains the group will do an easy hike to the beautiful Irente viewpoint.
- Camp in the Serengeti National Park itself without fences between you and the animals. Your leader will brief you on the safety measures the group will need to take for the 2 nights spent in the park.
- There are many optional activities on this trip. Please take this into consideration when budgeting for this trip.
- We use our purpose-built overland vehicles for the duration of this trip. This multi-purpose truck allows for great game viewing with large sliding windows. As such the trucks do not have air-conditioning and conditions can be dusty and hot.
- The overland vehicle is large enough to seat up to 22 passengers and carries all the camping equipment needed for the duration of this trip. Therefore the going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads.
- This is a participatory camping trip. You will be expected to set up and take down you own tent as well as assist with food preparation and cleaning.
Why we love it
- Scramble to the top of one of the world's highest sand dunes in Sesriem
- Glide down Botswana's Okavango Delta on a mokoro
- Hear the roar of the mighty Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe viewpoint
- Discover the largest ruins in sub-Saharan Africa. A Unesco World Heritage site, the ruined city was first constructed in the 11th century and is thought to be a royal palace for the Zimbabwean monarch.
- Chill out on the northern beaches of Zanzibar enjoying white sand and sparkling blue sea of the Indian Ocean
- Embark on a safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open roof safari 4x4 for a chance to see a Black Rhino.
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Cape Town
Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If your flight arrives too late, we recommend that you consider arriving a day early and book a night's accommodation prior to the trip so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting so please ensure you have all details on hand to provide to your leader.
With its stunning coastline, dominating mountain and modern cityscape, Cape Town is one of Africa's most appealing cities. With vineyards on its doorstep, adventure activities around every other corner and plenty of restaurants and cafes to while away the time, Cape Town is a very easy city to spend some extra time in.
Optional Activities
  • Bo-Kaap Museum - ZAR30
  • District Six Museum - ZAR25
  • Harbour cruise - ZAR200
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - ZAR45
  • South Africa National Gallery - ZAR35
  • South African Museum - ZAR27
  • Table Mountain - Hiking - ZAR720
  • Table Mountain - Aerial cable - ZAR250
  • Robben Island tour - ZAR260
    Accommodation
    (1 nt)
    Day 2 Western Cape
    Leaving Cape Town behind, travel up the Western Cape and spend the night on a working farm (290 km, approx 6 hrs).
    Our camp tonight has shared facilities and upgrades possible (subject to availability).
    Accommodation
    (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Day 3 Orange River
    Pass through Namaqualand, famous for its wildflowers that spring up from the end of July to mid-September. Flowers like daisies, gazanias and cinerarias are the most popular. Arrive at the beautiful Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. It takes about an hour to exit South Africa and enter Namibia, and we then head for our camp on the banks of the river (420 km, approx 9 hrs).
    Traditionally known as the Gariep River, the Orange River is the longest in South Africa (2200 km). Its source is high up in the Drakensberg mountain range in Lesotho and it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay in South Africa. The Orange River is responsible for transporting diamonds and creating the deposits that can be found along the Namibian coast.
    Our camp has shared facilities and upgrades possible.
    Accommodation
    (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Day 4 Fish River Canyon
    This morning there's a chance for an optional canoe adventure on the stunning Orange River - a great way to discover the beauty of this region.
    Head further west into the desert lands of Namibia towards Fish River Canyon (270 km, approx 4-5 hrs).
    At 500 metres deep and over 160 km long, Fish River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world. There are remarkable photographic opportunities here.
    Tonight's camp has showers and flush toilets.
    Included Activities
    • Fish River Canyon
      Accommodation
      (1 nt)
      Meals
      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
      Day 5 Sesriem
      This is a long driving day towards the fabled dunes of Namibia (520 km, approx 10 hrs). There is an an opportunity to stop at a market/shop to stock up on supplies before tomorrow's bush camp.
      Our camp tonight has shared facilities however no upgrades or Wifi available.
      Accommodation
      (1 nt)
      Meals
      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
      Day 6 Bush Camp
      Wake before dawn and scramble to the top of these dunes for a dramatic sunrise view across a vast sea of sand. The colour changes are just incredible and provide a spectacular setting for our brunch.
      The most famous part of the Namib Desert is its vast dune fields, the most spectacular of which are found near the Sesriem Canyon. This canyon was formed when the Tsauchab River carved a gorge 30 metres into the gravel deposits about 15 million years ago. It's thought that this river once flowed to the Atlantic Ocean but its course was blocked by the encroaching sand dunes. Now the river flows out to the dune fields that stretch for hundreds of miles up the coast, and dries up in a clay pan at Sossusvlei. The dunes are stunning, with magnificent red/orange tones from the brightly coloured sands. They are the highest in the world and home to a plethora of animal life.
      Jump in the back of a pickup truck for a trip to Sossusvlei (approx 30 minutes each way). Here you'll experience the hidden and amazing mysteries this area contains.
      In the afternoon we drive to our bush camp in the heart of Namib Desert (230kms, approx. 4hrs away).
      Included Activities
      • Sossusvlei 4x4 Tour
      • Sesriem - Sand dunes visit
        Accommodation
        (1 nt)
        Meals
        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
        Day 7 Swakopmund
        Continue on to the town of Swakopmund (190 km, approx 4 hrs drive).
        Our accommodation here is in bungalows. These accommodate 6 people each and share bathroom facilities. WiFi is available.
        Included Activities
        • Village Visit - Swakopmund ( Township tour)
          Accommodation
          (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast, 1 lunch
          Day 8 Swakopmund
          Surrounded by the massive dune fields of the Namib Desert on three sides, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, Swakopmund is an example of the extraordinary German culture that's found in all major settlements in Namibia. It's worth wandering around the town to admire the beauty of the Germanic architecture and take advantage of some excellent souvenir shopping.
          Optional Activities
          • Swakopmund Museum - USD2
            Accommodation
            (1 nt)
            Day 9 Swakopmund
            Today is another free day to enjoy this interesting beach side town.
            Accommodation
            Swakopmund Rest Camp or similar (1 nt)
            Day 10 Spitzkoppe
            Travel to Spitzkoppe (290 km, approx 6 hrs).
            Experience the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shores of Cape Cross while travelling up the eerie Atlantic Coast.
            Visit one of the most stunning areas of Namibia, the wild lands around the mountain of Spitzkoppe - 'the Matterhorn of Namibia'. The mountain, which is 700 million years old, is 1987 metres (5857 ft) high. Although you shouldn't attempt climbing to the top, there are some excellent hikes and guided walks throughout the area, rich in plant life and with some amazing bush paintings. This is a place to get away from it all and to appreciate the stunning harsh beauty of this sparsely populated country.
            Bush camp for the night in the midst of this remote region and have the chance to witness the breathtaking sunsets and sunrises as the landscape takes on remarkable oranges and reds.
            Included Activities
            • Cape Cross seal colony
              Accommodation
              (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 lunch, 1 dinner
              Day 11 Etosha National Park
              Travel to Etosha National Park (480 km, approx 9 hrs), stopping at a market/shop and ATM if required.
              Etosha National Park is home to a wide range of Southern Africa's wildlife, including all the big carnivores and five rare or endangered species: black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik. The wildlife is prolific and Etosha has every right to proclaim itself as one of the world's pre-eminent wildlife areas. Game viewing in the park is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is difficult to see through but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to usually allow for some sightings. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching so there are large herds of elephants, antelope and other herbivores.
              Tonight we have an evening game drive before spending the night at the particularly spectacular Okaukuejo Camp. The camp overlooks a floodlit waterhole visited by many different species throughout the day and night. Upgrades are not available.
              Included Activities
              • Evening Game Drive
                Accommodation
                (1 nt)
                Meals
                1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                Day 12 Etosha National Park
                Enjoy a full day game drive in Etosha National Park.
                This evening we spend the night at Namutoni Camp. Upgrades are available.
                Included Activities
                • Full Day Game Drive
                  Accommodation
                  (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                  Day 13 Grootfontein/San Bushmen
                  Drive to our camp outside Grootfontein for the night (220kms, approx. 5hrs).
                  Our camp has flush toilets, showers, WiFi, ATM and upgrades available.
                  Accommodation
                  (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                  Day 14 Grootfontein
                  Today we do a round trip to visit the Bushmen (180kms). We will go out walking with the San Bushmen, spend some time with them and listen to the stories and songs of these fascinating people, presented in their unique "clicking language". The Bushmen are the oldest ethnic group in Namibia having inhabited Southern Africa for an estimated 20,000 years. Around 30,000 San live in Namibia, but only 2,000 of them still follow a traditional way of life. The San have a deep understanding of nature and ecology, living in harmony with their environment.
                  Included Activities
                  • San Bushman cultural experience
                    Accommodation
                    (1 nt)
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                    Day 15 Bagani
                    Head to Bagani where we set up camp for the night.
                    Bagani is a small, friendly town with some good hiking trails along the river and plenty of places to just relax.
                    Our camp has flush toilets, showers, Wifi and upgrades available.
                    Accommodation
                    (1 nt)
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                    Day 16 Okavango Delta
                    Drive across the border into Botswana and head south along the Okavango Panhandle (the narrowest part of the delta) to Seronga, where we leave our vehicle and join our transport for the journey into the delta (140 km, approx 4 hrs).
                    Formed by the Okavango River as it flows from the highlands of Angola down to a basin on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta is unlike anything else in the world. The river has no outlet from the desert and spreads out into thousands of small streams to form a wilderness that is totally unspoilt. The 16,000 sq km maze of wetlands is a wonderland of clear meandering waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife. The delta is filled with a diversity of flora and fauna that includes hippos, crocodiles, elephants and the big cats. However, it's not for the game that we come as it can't always be found. The delta is about exploring one of the world's most fascinating ecosystems.
                    Boarding boats out into the swamps, travel to Gao Island to meet our mokoro team and to begin exploring the Okavango Delta. Each mokoro (small dugout canoe) takes two people and is poled along through the meandering waterways by a local tribesman. Reeds and lily pads line the streams, and birds startled by the mokoros rise out of the long grasses. Punting along, the peace of the delta may be shattered by the deep grunting of hippos.
                    Out in the middle of a wilderness area, on the first night you'll camp on an island away from civilisation.
                    There is no WiFi or upgrades available during these nights.
                    Included Activities
                    • Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks
                      Accommodation
                      Okavango Delta Bush Camping or similar (1 nt)
                      Meals
                      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                      Day 17 Okavango Delta
                      Continue our trip around the delta and then return to Gao Island before heading to the relative civilisation of Umvuvu Camp with its (usually) hot showers and small bar.
                      Today there is an option to take a nature walk with your guide.
                      Included Activities
                      • Nature Walk
                        Meals
                        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                        Day 18 Bagani Community Camp
                        Return to Bagani for the night where we have time to relax and take part in the various activities that are available in this charming place. Various boat trips, fishing or hikes are possible from Bagani.
                        Our camp has flush toilets, showers, Wifi and upgrades available.
                        Optional Activities
                        • Boat trip - USD25
                          Accommodation
                          Rainbow Camp or similar (1 nt)
                          Meals
                          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                          Day 19 Chobe National Park
                          Bagani to Chobe National Park is quite a long drive, but it's well worth it (430 km, approx 8 hrs). Enter Botswana at Goma border which is also the gateway to the park.
                          Botswana's first national park, Chobe, is perhaps best known for its high concentration of elephants, which can often be seen swimming in the Chobe River. The river also attracts wallowing hippos, a variety of birdlife, crocodiles sunning themselves by the water's edge, and cheetahs and lions which come down to drink.
                          Take an optional cruise down the Chobe River - one of the best ways to enjoy the park's animals.
                          Our camp is outside of Chobe National Park and has flush toilets, showers, WiFi, ATM and upgrades available.
                          Accommodation
                          (1 nt)
                          Meals
                          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                          Day 20 Chobe National Park
                          Enjoy an early morning game drive and get up close to the wildlife, hopefully spotting lions, buffaloes, birds and of course elephants.
                          Included Activities
                          • Chobe - Dawn game drive
                            Optional Activities
                            • Chobe - Boat Cruise - BWP220
                              Accommodation
                              (1 nt)
                              Meals
                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                              Day 21 Victoria Falls
                              Travel on to Victoria Falls, crossing the border into Zimbabwe in time to have lunch on the banks of the Zambezi (115 km, approx 3 hrs).
                              Our camp has flush toilets, showers, WiFi and upgrades available
                              Accommodation
                              (1 nt)
                              Meals
                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                              Day 22 Victoria Falls
                              Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are an enormous curtain of water, about a mile wide, falling 108 m into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 400 m and the falls are an impressive raging torrent. The spray from the falls can sometimes be seen from kilometres away. It's no wonder that the local name Mosi oa Tunya means the 'smoke that thunders'. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and it's possible to see little islets in the river below.

                              If you are interested in the Optional Helicopter flight ( 12 minutes or 25 minutes ) we endorse the following operator only: Zambezi Helicopter co CAA Zimbabwe. Your leader can help you arrange
                              Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. We have not risk assessed all activities and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. If you are unsure please check with your leader.

                              Please note that it is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk assessed or do not adhere to our company’s Responsible Travel policy and ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles.

                              Responsible Travel Note:
                              During your visit to the Victoria Falls area you may notice businesses offering an optional 'Walk with the Lions' experience. We recommend that Intrepid travellers bypass this activity as it is contrary to Intrepid's Responsible Travel guideline stating that we 'actively discourage the participation of Intrepid groups in activities which exploit animals - wild or domestic.' Professional wildlife conservation organisations, including Born Free and the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA), advise that habituating lions to humans can shorten their life and may result in lion-human conflict issues. While there is some merit in the argument that the money that you pay for the activity goes towards lion research, we feel that the negative impacts on the lions' rehabilitation far outweigh this.

                              Safety Note:
                              While at Victoria Falls you may hear about Devils Pool. Intrepid does not recommend this activity due to the high risk involved. Our leaders cannot assist in organising this activity.
                              As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet your new fellow travellers.
                              Optional Activities
                              • Canoe trail - USD185
                              • Canoe trail (half day) - USD100
                              • Flying fox - USD50
                              • Helicopter flight (12 mins) - USD175
                              • Helicopter flight (25 mins) - USD334
                              • Rafting & river boarding combo (half day) - USD218
                              • Village & township tour - USD50
                              • Wine Route Canoe trail - USD55
                                Accommodation
                                Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                Meals
                                1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                                Day 23 Victoria Falls
                                Today is a free day to enjoy the many activities on offer.
                                Included Activities
                                • Visit Victoria Falls
                                  Accommodation
                                  Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                  Meals
                                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                  Day 24 Bulawayo
                                  Depart Vic Falls and travel toward Bulawayo (440 km, approx 6-7 hrs).
                                  Known locally as the 'City of Kings', Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city and has a very interesting historical past.
                                  We will have the afternoon free to explore the city, giving you plenty of opportunity to explore local markets, chat with a local or perhaps find a game of football or rugby to watch.
                                  In Bulawayo, stay in a campground with shared facilities with upgrades (subject to availability) and WiFi available.
                                  Optional Activities
                                  • Natural History Museum - USD10
                                  • Railway Museum - USD2
                                    Accommodation
                                    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                    Meals
                                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                    Day 25 Bulawayo
                                    Get up early and take the option to venture out to explore the Matobo National Park.
                                    Home to a large population of black and white rhinoceros that can be tracked on foot, Matobo National Park is also the site of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia and the De Beers diamond company. The Matopos area has great spiritual and cultural significance to the local people and there are many sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place.
                                    Optional Activities
                                    • Matobo National Park - Guided walking safari - USD95
                                      Accommodation
                                      Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                      Meals
                                      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                      Day 26 Masvingo
                                      A short drive takes us to Masvingo (310 km, approx 5-6 hrs)
                                      Masvingo is the oldest colonial settlement in Zimbabwe and the perfect base to explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
                                      Spend the afternoon exploring the ruins.
                                      Great Zimbabwe is the national monument the country is named after. A Unesco World Heritage site, the ruined city was first constructed in the 11th century and is thought to be a royal palace for the Zimbabwean monarch.
                                      Our campground in Masvingo has shared facilities, with upgrades and WiFi available
                                      Included Activities
                                      • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
                                        Accommodation
                                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                        Meals
                                        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                        Day 27 Harare
                                        Travel to Harare (320 km, approx 5-6 hrs).
                                        Harare is Zimbabwe's capital city and also its largest.
                                        Arriving in time for lunch we have the afternoon to explore the city on our own or relax at our campground (or a room if you choose to upgrade).

                                        There is plenty to see and do however you will only have an hour or two to explore. You might want to head to the National Gallery, the museum, the botanical gardens or simply wander the city centre and explore the shops and markets.
                                        Optional Activities
                                        • National Archives - USD3
                                        • National Botanical Gardens - USD5
                                        • National Gallery - USD1
                                          Accommodation
                                          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                          Meals
                                          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                          Day 28 Lusaka
                                          Today will see us crossing over to Zambia. Starting with a scenic drive to the border, we cover 450Kms, approx 8hrs today. Over the course of the day there will be an opportunity to stop at an ATM and shop/market. We camp just outside Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia.
                                          One of the fastest-developing cities in southern Africa, Lusaka is cosmopolitan but still retains a traditional African feel with its busy markets and friendly people.
                                          Our camp has shared facilities and upgrades available.
                                          Accommodation
                                          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                          Meals
                                          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                          Day 29 Changa Changa Luangwa Bridge
                                          Check out one of the fastest-developing cities in southern Africa, Lusaka. It's a cosmopolitan city but still retains a traditional African feel with its busy markets and friendly people.
                                          Travel to the banks of the Luangwa River, one of the largest rivers in Zambia (230kms, approx 3-4 hours).
                                          Accommodation
                                          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                          Meals
                                          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                          Day 30 South Luangwa National Park
                                          Today we make our way through the heartland to South Luangwa National Park (470 kms, approx 7-8 hours). Early risers can opt to do a morning boat ride at Luangwa river.
                                          The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. The River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life-blood of this 9059 square km Park. South Luangwa is noted for its beautiful scenery and abundance of game, particularly large herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard, Thornicroft’s giraffe and lion. There and over 400 species of birds recorded in the area.
                                          Famed for its walking safaris, South Luangwa National Park holds an abundance of Africa's favourite animals and classic savanna scenery.
                                          Our camp tonight has basic facilities although WiFi and upgrades are available.
                                          Optional Activities
                                          • South Luangwa - Night Game Drive - USD40
                                          • South Luangwa - Dawn Game Drive - USD40
                                          • South Luangwa - Village Walk - USD20
                                          • South Luangwa - Game Walk - USD50
                                            Accommodation
                                            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                            Meals
                                            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                            Day 31 South Luangwa National Park
                                            Today you have the opportunity to enjoy many optional activities. You can opt to rise early for a morning game drive in 4X4’s, then head back to the camp for lunch, as this is the hottest part of the day, and then return to the park later for a night game drive.
                                            A once off payment covering entrance into the park (25USD) is payable in addition to the optional activity prices listed below.
                                            Optional Activities
                                            • South Luangwa - Night Game Drive - USD40
                                            • South Luangwa - Dawn Game Drive - USD40
                                            • South Luangwa - Game Walk - USD50
                                            • South Luangwa - Village Walk - USD20
                                              Accommodation
                                              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                              Meals
                                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                              Day 32 Lake Malawi
                                              We cross the border into Malawi and head straight to our camp on the shore of Lake Malawi.

                                              Distance travelled is approximately 9-10 hours (520 Kms) from South Luangwa to Lake Malawi.
                                              Malawi is dominated by its lake, which covers almost a fifth of the country and provides a livelihood for many Malawian people. Fishermen, canoe and net makers, and fish traders all ply their trade on Lake Malawi. A common sight is of a fisherman in his bwato (a dugout canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk) fishing on the still lake at the break of day.
                                              Our campsite at Kande Beach is right on the shore of Lake Malawi. For those after a bit more comfort upgrades are again possible (subject to availability). There is no access to WiFi.
                                              Accommodation
                                              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                              Meals
                                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                              Day 33 Lake Malawi
                                              As well as chilling on the beach and participating in the many optional water activities on offer, make sure you take the opportunity to meet some local Malawians, easily some of the friendliest people in Africa.
                                              Accommodation
                                              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                              Meals
                                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                              Day 34 Chitimba
                                              Drive 235 km (approx 5-6 hours) to our camp in Chitimba.
                                              Chitimba lies along the coast of Lake Malawi and has lovely beaches, friendly locals and a laidback atmosphere. Camp facilities, WiFi and upgrades are available.
                                              Accommodation
                                              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                              Meals
                                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                              Day 35 Iringa
                                              Today is a long travel day into Tanzania and its southern highlands. Sit back, relax and watch as the countryside passes by (530 km, approx 9-10 hrs).
                                              Set up camp on the grounds of a farmhouse on the outskirts of this pleasant settlement. Perhaps go for a walk around the old farm house to welcome the evening. Camp facilities, WiFi and upgrades are available.
                                              Accommodation
                                              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                              Meals
                                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                              Day 36 Dar es Salaam
                                              Heading for Bagamoyo on the coast north of Dar es Salaam, travel through Mikumi National Park. The journey today is 560 km which will take approximately 13 hours of drive time.
                                              Situated at the foot of the thickly wooded Uluguru Mountains, Mikumi National Park is home to large herds of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, lions and leopards. It's Tanzania's fourth largest national park.
                                              Although we don't take an off-road safari into the depths of the park, a good selection of the wildlife that resides in Mikumi can usually be seen on our way from the southern Tanzanian highland town of Iringa.
                                              Our camp at Bagamoyo is by the beach. Upgrades are available, however there is no Wi-Fi and only cold showers.
                                              Accommodation
                                              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                              Meals
                                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                              Day 37 Stone Town
                                              Drive to Dar es Salaam and then catch a ferry to the 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar.
                                              Filled with idyllic beaches, winding cobblestone alleyways and fragrant bazaars, Zanzibar's rich history involves everything from slave traders to Arabian sultans and fruit exporters. The sight of traditional dhows sailing along the coast invokes images of what the island was like back in the days of Livingstone.
                                              The old part of Zanzibar's main city is known as Stone Town. The best way to see this exotic port town is on foot, exploring the bazaars, shops, mosques, palaces, courtyards and myriad intricate alleyways. When the sun is setting, why not enjoy a sundowner from a bar overlooking the seafront before trying one of the island's local seafood curries at one of the town's many restaurants.
                                              Spend a night in Stone Town at a basic inn with double/twin-share rooms and access to WiFi.
                                              As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet your new fellow travellers. Please note the Zanzibar portion of your itinerary may have more passengers than the maximum group size of 22 as we have a crossover of trips starting and finishing in Zanzibar.
                                              Accommodation
                                              Hotel (1 nt)
                                              Meals
                                              1 breakfast
                                              Day 38 Zanzibar Northern Beaches
                                              Check out of your Stone Town hotel and drive to the spice plantations where you'll receive a guided tour and the opportunity to touch, smell and taste various spices such as cinnamon, vanilla and ginger, as well as teas made with these spices.
                                              Today we head to the northern beaches and enjoy white sand and sparkling blue sea - the Indian Ocean at its best.
                                              Included Activities
                                              • Zanzibar Spice tour
                                                Accommodation
                                                Bungalow (1 nt)
                                                Meals
                                                1 breakfast
                                                Day 39 Zanzibar Northern Beaches
                                                Try snorkeling, eat sumptuous seafood or simply relax in a hammock underneath a coconut tree with a good book.
                                                Optional Activities
                                                • Dhow trip - USD60
                                                • Snorkelling - USD60
                                                • Prison island tour - USD25
                                                  Accommodation
                                                  Bungalow (1 nt)
                                                  Meals
                                                  1 breakfast
                                                  Day 40 Bagamoyo
                                                  Catch the midday ferry to Dar es Salaam with your leader and group, then join the overland vehicle, driver and cook and take the short drive to Bagamoyo.

                                                  Our camp at Bagamoyo is by the beach. Upgrades are available, however there is no Wi-Fi and only cold showers.

                                                  As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location.
                                                  Accommodation
                                                  Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                  Meals
                                                  1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                                                  Day 41 Usambara Mountains
                                                  Perhaps wake early and visit the old slave trade markets. It's then time to get off the well-beaten track and head into the remote Tanzanian mountains (280 km, approx 7 hrs).
                                                  The Usambara Mountains are a lovely unspoilt area of Tanzania. Unlike the coast and the north, very few tourists visit this area so it has a freshness that can be hard to find elsewhere. The mountains are located in the north-east of Tanzania, between Kilimanjaro and the Indian Ocean, and overlook the vast Masai steppe. They are wonderfully lush and green and the area has been dubbed the Galapagos of the plant world. The forests stretch across the mountains and are ideal for easy hikes and guided walks. As beautiful as the place is, its real jewels are the local people and villages.
                                                  Our base is the old German colony of Lushoto where we stay in the grounds of one of the earliest hotels in Africa. Our campsite has flush toilets, showers, upgrades possible but rarely WiFi.
                                                  Included Activities
                                                  • Irente - walk & local lunch
                                                    Accommodation
                                                    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                    Meals
                                                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                    Day 42 Usambara Mountains
                                                    Explore the beautiful Usambara Mountains and experience this area's gentle hospitality on a visit to some of its small communities. From our base, we'll organise a walking trip out to the beautiful Irente viewpoint. We recommend you pack some water and snacks in a day pack for the trip. On our way back, visit a local cultural project based at Irente farm and enjoy a picnic lunch.
                                                    Accommodation
                                                    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                    Meals
                                                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                    Day 43 Marangu
                                                    Back on board our truck, we make our way towards to the village of Marangu (240 km, approx 6 hrs).
                                                    Our camp ground is basic with flush toilets and showers situated on the lush green slopes of Kilimanjaro.
                                                    Included Activities
                                                    • Village Education Project (Marangu) visit, village walk & lunch
                                                      Accommodation
                                                      Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                      Meals
                                                      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                      Day 44 Karatu
                                                      Take a walking tour of Mshiri Village, the base for the Village Education Project, and witness the day-to-day life of the Chagga people, long established as crop-growers on the fertile slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Walk around their shamba (farm) and have the chance to sample the local Chagga food, which is very filling. For more information on the Village Education Project visit www.kiliproject.org.
                                                      Visit nearby waterfalls and stop to admire the view of the plains below. If the weather is clear, get a view of Kilimanjaro - the magnificent snow-capped mountain and Africa's highest peak at 5,895 m (19,340 ft).
                                                      Head off to Karatu with a stop at Arusha to stock up on supplies (265km, approx 6 hours)
                                                      With red dirt streets, green hills in the distance and plenty of smiling children, Karatu is a small town near the gateway to the Ngorongoro Crater.
                                                      Included Activities
                                                      • Serengeti - Game drive
                                                        Optional Activities
                                                        • Balloon ride (from price) - USD500
                                                          Accommodation
                                                          Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                                                          Meals
                                                          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                          Day 45 Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti National Park
                                                          Rise early and leave the truck behind, putting our camping and personal gear into six-person jeeps and heading out for our excursion into the Serengeti via Ngorongoro Crater.
                                                          Enjoy a safari in the crater, spending between three and four hours exploring this area. A huge, perfectly intact volcanic crater, Ngorongoro is home to some 30,000 animals including endangered black rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, impalas, zebras and hippos. The crater floor offers excellent game viewing all year round and the photographic opportunities here are unrivalled.
                                                          Continue on to the wide, open plains of the Serengeti - green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry season, and home to thousands of hoofed animals and fierce predators - are perhaps the quintessential image of Africa. Flat and rolling with long grasses and dotted with acacia trees, the plains get their name from the Maasai word Siringet - 'the place where the land moves on forever'.
                                                          Game viewing in the Serengeti is amazing and as you camp out at night, don't be surprised to hear lions in the distance as you recount your wildlife sightings from the day. In normal circumstances, we would expect to see the Big Five during our stay in the Serengeti.
                                                          Our campsite is within the Serengeti itself so listen out for the sounds of nocturnal animals as you drift off to sleep. No upgrades or WiFi are available tonight.
                                                          Included Activities
                                                          • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
                                                            Accommodation
                                                            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                            Meals
                                                            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                            Day 46 Serengeti National Park
                                                            Today we awaken at dawn to begin our game drive. We will head out while the animals are at their most active and head back to camp for brunch around 11am. After spending the day relaxing (just like the animals do) we head out again as the day begins to cool for our dusk game drive, returning in time for another delicious camp dinner.
                                                            For an unforgettable experience, you might like to do an optional sunrise balloon ride over the Serengeti in place of some of the morning game drive. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and it is recommended you book this activity in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to secure this optional activity.
                                                            If you have pre-booked this activity, you'll be picked up and driven to the launch site where you receive a safety briefing from your pilot. You'll then float over the Serengeti as the sun comes up gaining an overview of the immensity of the Serengeti, seeing the abundance of wildlife in their early morning activity and sometimes descending to tree height for amazing wildlife photography opportunities. Upon landing, you'll be treated to a five-star bush breakfast before being returned to your truck and leader.
                                                            Please note that we offer this activity as a pre-booked service which will guarantee you a spot in a balloon. If you choose to wait and book this activity locally on the ground you may get a better price. However this is a popular activity and places are limited. It is at your own discretion if you wish to pre-book this service with us or try and book it locally while you are on your trip.
                                                            You'll notice many Maasai villages in the region of the Ngorongoro Crater. While it's of course fascinating to visit different cultures, past experience has shown that these villages exist primarily as tourism businesses offering somewhat contrived performances of their traditional ways. You'll be charged an entry fee of approx US$20-35 and the Maasai will try very hard to sell souvenirs to you. While many clients still enjoy the experience, others have found it artificial and uncomfortable. We recommend our travellers bypass this activity as our Kenyan colleagues observe that it negatively impacts the Maasai culture and travellers' perception of this culture.
                                                            Included Activities
                                                            • Serengeti - Game drive
                                                              Accommodation
                                                              Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                                                              Meals
                                                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                              Day 47 Mto Wa Mbu
                                                              Rise with the sun as we make an early start, enjoy another game drive as we exit the Serengeti. Jump back into our overland vehicle and head for Mto wa Mbu.
                                                              A small village community, Mto Wa Mbu offers an excellent way to get a close-up look at life in an African town away from the main tourist trail.
                                                              Optional Activities
                                                              • Mto Wa Mbu - Village Walk & market Visit - USD17
                                                                Accommodation
                                                                Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                                Meals
                                                                1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                                Day 48 Arusha
                                                                A small village community, Mto Wa Mbu offers an excellent way to get a close-up look at life in an African town away from the main tourist trail.
                                                                Join the local community with a guided stroll around the farming areas - including visits to a kindergarten, milling machine, local homes and farmlands. This is a great way to have fun and find out more about the life of the locals. You'll also have the chance to look around the town and visit the local market. You may wish to indulge in a spot of shopping - wood carvings and local artworks are the specialities of this area.
                                                                A short afternoon drive (1.5 hours) takes us to Arusha.
                                                                Our campsite is in Meserani, on the outskirts of Arusha, and has flush toilets and showers. Depending on availability an upgrade to a room may be an option. There is no WiFi available at the campsite.
                                                                Accommodation
                                                                Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                                                Meals
                                                                1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                                                Day 49 Nairobi
                                                                Set off early, heading for the border with Kenya and on to Nairobi (390 km, approx 7-8 hrs).
                                                                This is a transport day to Nairobi. You can finish your trip in Arusha this morning if you wish to travel further in Tanzania or catch a flight.
                                                                We usually depart the Meserani camp site around 7.30am. You can be dropped off at Arusha airport, or a central point in Arusha (if booking a flight from Arusha today please do not book any flights departing before 11.00am), or continue on to Nairobi.
                                                                On arrival in Nairobi we'll be dropped at our finishing point hotel. No accommodation is provided for tonight, but we are able to book you additional accommodation in Nairobi. Please ask at time of booking.
                                                                Important: Please don't book any flights until after 8pm this evening.
                                                                Optional Activities
                                                                • Bomas of Kenya - USD12
                                                                • Karen Blixen museum - USD14
                                                                • Langata Giraffe Sanctuary - KES1200
                                                                • Nairobi National Park safari walk - USD30
                                                                • Carnivore Restaurant - KES3500
                                                                  Meals
                                                                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch
                                                                  Itinerary disclaimer
                                                                  ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                                                                  OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
                                                                  Physical rating

                                                                  The step up into the overland truck, while not overly high, can become tiring, as can the constant setting and packing up of camp. You need to judge yourself to be physically fit enough to haul yourself up and down at least 8-10 times a day.
                                                                  Included activities
                                                                  Fish River Canyon
                                                                  Sossusvlei 4x4 Tour
                                                                  Sesriem - Sand dunes visit
                                                                  Village Visit - Swakopmund ( Township tour)
                                                                  Cape Cross seal colony
                                                                  Evening Game Drive
                                                                  Full Day Game Drive
                                                                  San Bushman cultural experience
                                                                  Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks
                                                                  Nature Walk
                                                                  Chobe - Dawn game drive
                                                                  Visit Victoria Falls
                                                                  Great Zimbabwe Ruins
                                                                  Zanzibar Spice tour
                                                                  Irente - walk & local lunch
                                                                  Village Education Project (Marangu) visit, village walk & lunch
                                                                  Serengeti - Game drive
                                                                  Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
                                                                  Important notes
                                                                  1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
                                                                  2. An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Serengeti National Park is possible on this itinerary. Please see the itinerary above for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and we recommend you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.
                                                                  3. This is a combination trip made up of 3 shorter trips. This means the composition of your group may change in Victoria Falls and Stone Town as some group members leave and new ones join you.
                                                                  4. The Zanzibar portion of your itinerary may have a few more passengers than the maximum group size of 22 as we have a crossover of trips starting and finishing in Zanzibar.
                                                                  5. This trip finishes upon arrival at our finish point hotel in Nairobi on Day 49. Please do not book any flights until after 7pm this evening.

                                                                  Group size
                                                                  Maximum of 22 travellers per group.
                                                                  Your fellow travellers
                                                                  GROUP TRAVEL
                                                                  As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                                                                  SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                                                                  Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

                                                                  A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
                                                                  Accommodation
                                                                  Bungalow (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nights), Camping (with facilities) (36 nights), Cabin (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
                                                                  Accommodation on this trip is mainly in two-person canvas dome tents with basic camping beds/stretchers and mattresses supplied.

                                                                  The type and variety of accommodation is determined by conditions on each of our routes. Each route is different - on some we use a mixture of campsites and wild camps; on others we also use hotels. In Africa it's not usually practical to camp when staying in towns and cities so we use hotel accommodation and eat out in local restaurants.

                                                                  There may be the occasional night stop, when we stay in the grounds of a hotel or at a campsite which may also have rooms/cabins available. In this case there may be a choice of camping or upgrading to a room. Rooms cost approximately USD60 per room per night for a twin room and cannot be pre-booked. The day by day itinerary advises when upgrades may be possible (subject to availability).

                                                                  Keep in mind that if we are staying in dormitory accommodation, you may have to share with other passengers or be split into same sex rooms.

                                                                  Campsites do have facilities but they usually aren't to the same standard you would find in western countries. For example the bathroom facilities can be very basic (the toilets may be a squat-style hole in the ground). There is rarely toilet paper provided and shower facilities can be as simple as a hose pipe spurting out cold water. Wild camps have no facilities at all.

                                                                  Not all campsites are as basic as this description - it's just to make sure there are no surprises for you.


                                                                  ACCOMMODATION TYPES:
                                                                  Our accommodation styles range from Basic to Comfortable. Read below for what you can expect from each category. The style of each night of accommodation is listed on the day to day itinerary, alongside any exceptions you need to be made aware of.

                                                                  BASIC
                                                                  This is roughing it in the roughest sense. Our Basic accommodation includes campsites and wilderness lodges with very limited facilities, and homestays with squat/drop toilets and no showers. Sometimes you might spend a night on a train, bus or boat (all seated, no sleepers). Luxurious, it isn’t, but sleeping under the stars or in a hammock in the jungle is all part of the experience.

                                                                  SIMPLE
                                                                  Simple by name, simple by nature: think local guesthouses and homestays, the occasional shared dorm-style room, overnight sleeper trains or boats, and campsites with facilities. Some of our Simple accommodation has outside facilities, and you may be starting the day with a brisk shower if hot water isn’t available (some say cold, we say invigorating).

                                                                  TOURIST
                                                                  No frills, no fuss and no chocolate on your pillow at bedtime, but a clean and comfy place to lay your head. Tourist accommodation covers basic hotels, local guesthouses and lodges, permanent campsites and the occasional multi-share room. Our Tourist rooms usually have no heating or air conditioning, and sometimes you’ll be sharing a bathroom.

                                                                  STANDARD
                                                                  A cheerful room to call your own at the end of a long day of seeing the sights and sites. Our Standard rooms are convenient and cosy, and will usually include an en suite bathroom. Rooms are sometimes on the small side and amenities may be limited.

                                                                  COMFORTABLE
                                                                  Pretty much exactly what it says on the box. Expect pleasant accommodation, your own bathroom, and heating/air conditioning where appropriate. Most of our Comfortable accommodation has lifts, porters to help with your bags and are – yep – a comfortable spot to end your busy days.
                                                                  Meals introduction
                                                                  By travelling on an Overland trip you have chosen a participation camping tour. This means that you will be helping your cook prepare meals for the group. You may also get the chance to help with the shopping.

                                                                  Your cook (East Africa only) will come up with meal ideas and quantities needed for large groups. Participating in the camp is usually done on a duty roster system with group of 5 or 6 people (depending on group size) having a different camp job each day.

                                                                  If you have any dietary requirements please tell us at the time of booking, and also remind your crew at your welcome meeting.

                                                                  A typical camp breakfast might be toast with spreads, cereal, something hot such as eggs or pancakes, as well as tea and coffee. Lunch is almost always a sandwich with healthy salad and assorted fillings, sometimes with fruit to follow. There may be a chance on occasion to buy your lunch. Dinner might be a BBQ, rice dish or pasta dish and there is always the chance to try some African food such as ugali and stew.

                                                                  On the more remote sections of your trip (for example in West Africa & North Africa), your food and diet will be dependent on what is available locally as well as tinned and dry ingredients.

                                                                  One thing is sure - you definitely won't go hungry or lose weight on your safari! When you aren't camping you will have the freedom to decide where, what and with whom you eat.
                                                                  Meals
                                                                  45 breakfasts, 41 lunches, 41 dinners
                                                                  Transport
                                                                  4x4 Safari Vehicle, Mokoro, Overland vehicle, ferry

                                                                  Our trucks are purpose-built, self contained safari vehicles. Intrepid’s fleet of vehicles varies depending on your group size, trip route and style. In Southern Africa some departures may use vans and luggage trailers subject to group size and vehicle availability. Your vehicle type may differ from those listed above. It is also important to note that our overland vehicles are not air-conditioned, but all vehicles have windows that can be opened to allow for fresh air.

                                                                  There are many early starts with long hours spent driving on rough roads on all African itineraries. While most people love the chance to watch the changing landscape and daily village life, feedback shows that long periods of inactivity does not appeal to all clients. We provide the approximate distance covered each day and how many hours this normally takes to drive so that you can choose the safari experience which is right for you.

                                                                  African conditions are extremely tough on vehicles. While we fastidiously maintain our vehicles at our workshops, you should not expect Africa to be your traditional touring experience. While it's certainly our aim to avoid them, it's important that you set off on your trip knowing that the occasional breakdown can happen and are best treated as part of the African adventure. Due to wet weather there may be times when we have to take an alternative route which will mean longer travel times.

                                                                  As from 1 January 2011 a new law in South Africa has been introduced whereby the cross border transport agency are no longer allowing foreign-registered vehicles to enter the country. We will be working with a local South African operator for the South African section of this tour who will be providing the services of an alternative vehicle* and driver vetted by Intrepid. Your Intrepid leader and cook will still accompany you on this section and your itinerary will remain unaffected.

                                                                  *The vehicle used on this section will be an overland vehicle similar in style to an Intrepid vehicle. However for smaller groups which don't require a large vehicle, smaller land cruiser style vehicles may be used.
                                                                  Money matters
                                                                  When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need.

                                                                  Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document).
                                                                  Please note: all recommendations for additional costs, tipping etc. are in USD. You will need to convert these into the relevant local currency.


                                                                  MEALS NOT INCLUDED

                                                                  Breakfast, dinner and most lunches are included while camping on our overland safaris.

                                                                  For lunches not included, a budget of USD10 to USD15 per meal will be more than sufficient.

                                                                  For dinners not included, your leader will normally recommend options and restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD12 to USD25 for a main.

                                                                  These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget and are happy to try local food, you can eat cheaper than this.


                                                                  TIPPING

                                                                  Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you are happy with the services provided, a tip is an appropriate way to thank them. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.

                                                                  Usually the equivalent of around USD5 to USD10 per person, per day to cover tips is fine. Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, your leader might raise the idea of a group tipping kitty. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running this kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips as you go. The leader will keep a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This kitty does not include tips for your leader and crew.


                                                                  TIPPING GUIDE

                                                                  To give you a bit of guidance, we’ve put together the following tipping notes. These are just suggestions, based on feedback from past travellers and our staff on the ground.

                                                                  - Basic restaurants – When checking the bill, if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
                                                                  - Local guides – Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest USD2 to USD3 per person, per day for local guides.
                                                                  - Your crew (including leaders, drivers and cooks) You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline USD3 to USD4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. It is best to then divide these amounts into separate envelopes for each crew member. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.


                                                                  EMERGENCY FUNDS

                                                                  We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.


                                                                  CREDIT CARDS, ATMS AND MONEY EXCHANGE:

                                                                  Credit cards are generally accepted in tourist shops and some restaurants across Africa. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only. Foreign currency is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.

                                                                  With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognised, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. If you're on a multi-country tour, your tour leader will be able to give you an approximate idea of how much money you may need for your stay in each country.

                                                                  PLEASE NOTE: Many businesses and banks in Africa, especially East Africa, do not accept US dollar notes older than 2006. If you are bringing USD, we strongly recommend large bills in good condition, 2006 series onwards only. Any old or damaged notes may not be accepted.
                                                                  Group leader
                                                                  On this trip you will be accompanied by 3 crew members - Group Leader, Cook and Driver who will usually be Kenyan.

                                                                  Your Group Leader’s role involves organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics, coordinating the tipping kitty (where applicable) and will form work groups to take turns cooking, cleaning and shopping. (From time to time your leader may drive as well)

                                                                  Your Group Leader will work towards making the trip as safe and enjoyable as possible for all travellers. Intrepid trips are built around the co–operation and participation of all the group members under the supervision of the group leader. The group leader will show the group how to set up and use the equipment.

                                                                  While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting, especially when tracking and identifying game - we think it's the best of both worlds. Regardless of the country of origin, our Group Leaders are chosen for their leadership skills and are wonderful ambassadors for our company and our beautiful continent and its people.

                                                                  Your Cook is responsible for the cooking and will help to coordinate the work groups for preparing the meals and washing up! Cooks are also responsible for organizing food shopping (they are always happy to have you on board) and most importantly, they make sure high hygiene standards are kept at all times while camping.

                                                                  Your Driver’s main responsibility is to get you to your destination safely; they are also responsible for the maintenance of the vehicles along the way.

                                                                  Everyone is expected participate and carry their share of the workload/duties, making camp chores easier. The duties Rota system is adopted where all members share in general camp duties – cooking, shopping, washing up etc.
                                                                  If the whole group participates it will be quicker, easier, and more fun.

                                                                  We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader and crew; however, situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
                                                                  Safety
                                                                  Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                                                                  We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                                                                  Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                                                                  For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
                                                                  www.intrepidtravel.com/safety


                                                                  FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
                                                                  Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

                                                                  BALCONIES:
                                                                  Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

                                                                  TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
                                                                  Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

                                                                  SEAT BELTS:
                                                                  Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

                                                                  PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
                                                                  While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

                                                                  WATER SAFETY:
                                                                  Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.

                                                                  TRAVEL ADVICE & TRAVEL INSURANCE
                                                                  We recommend that you check your government's advice in relation to the areas you will be visiting for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.

                                                                  UNFENCED CAMP SITES:
                                                                  On some trips you will at times stay in unfenced camp sites within national parks. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules to follow. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your tour leader and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.
                                                                  Joining point
                                                                  Once in Cape Town (Previously Saasveld Lodge)
                                                                  73 Kloof Street
                                                                  Gardens
                                                                  Cape Town
                                                                  8001
                                                                  SOUTH AFRICA
                                                                  Joining point description
                                                                  Saasveld Lodge is central located in the lively and vibrant Kloof Street with its large variety of restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and bars and is only 3 minutes from Long Street as well as the bustling city centre. Rooms are simple yet clean and comfortable.
                                                                  Joining point instructions
                                                                  If you have pre-booked a transfer please look out for our representative holding a board with your name at the arrival terminal. Please do not go with anyone else. The driver will wait for an hour after your scheduled arrival time.

                                                                  If you are unable to find your driver please phone +27 21 424 6169. If you are delayed beyond one hour after your scheduled arrival time, please make your own way to the hotel.

                                                                  If you are making your own way to the hotel there are safe and reliable airport taxis which will cost around ZAR300. There are also shuttle service available.
                                                                  Finish point
                                                                  Kenya Comfort Hotel Suites
                                                                  junction of Milimani/Ralph Bunche, Milimani, Nairobi,
                                                                  Nairobi
                                                                  KENYA
                                                                  Phone: 254 202719060
                                                                  Finish point description
                                                                  The Kenya Comfort Hotel Suites is simple but clean and comfortable. All rooms have ensuites with hot water, TV's, and WiFi is available. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, bar & restaurant.
                                                                  Emergency contact
                                                                  For transfers and accommodation issues, Intrepid's Kenya Office can be reached on their 24 hour number +254 733 523 813

                                                                  In case of genuine crisis or emergency (ONLY), you can reach our local operator on: +254 736 213 383.

                                                                  For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us

                                                                  For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

                                                                  While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                                                                  We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                                                                  You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                                                                  PEAK East Africa: +254-736-213-383

                                                                  PEAK East Africa: +254 733 523 813
                                                                  Visas
                                                                  PASSPORT

                                                                  As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

                                                                  VISAS

                                                                  Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                                                                  We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from countries not listed below must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.


                                                                  SOUTH AFRICA:

                                                                  Australia: No visa required
                                                                  Belgium: No visa required
                                                                  Canada: No visa required
                                                                  Germany: No visa required
                                                                  Ireland: No visa required
                                                                  Netherlands: No visa required
                                                                  New Zealand: No visa required
                                                                  Switzerland: No visa required
                                                                  United Kingdom: No visa required
                                                                  USA: No visa required

                                                                  Citizens of the above countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all other countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.

                                                                  Entry Requirements – Passports:
                                                                  Please note that non-machine readable passports are no longer accepted by South African immigration. All visitors to South Africa must have a machine readable travel document (e-passport). Failure to present an e-passport will result in denied entry. Passengers with a valid visa issued in a non-machine readable passport will be handled on a case by case basis, but a fine will still be applicable.

                                                                  Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate:
                                                                  A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for all passengers over one year of age who arrive or are transiting through South Africa, from a country or region listed by the World Health Organization as infected by yellow fever. Travellers unable to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival in South Africa will be refused entry. There is no option for travellers without a vaccination certificate to be vaccinated on arrival. Please note this also includes transiting through an infected country or region.

                                                                  Entry Requirements - Travelling with Children:
                                                                  Parents need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. This regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. Additionally, further documentation including permission to travel, may be required if only one parent is travelling. These are requirements of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/traveling-with-children

                                                                  We recommend travellers check all entry and visa requirements before travel as they can change.


                                                                  NAMIBIA:

                                                                  Australia: No visa required
                                                                  Belgium: No visa required
                                                                  Canada: No visa required
                                                                  Germany: No visa required
                                                                  Ireland: No visa required
                                                                  Netherlands: No visa required
                                                                  New Zealand: No visa required
                                                                  South Africa: No visa required
                                                                  Switzerland: No visa required
                                                                  United Kingdom: No visa required
                                                                  USA: No visa required

                                                                  Nationals from the countries listed above are not required to obtain a tourist visa in Namibia if traveling for a maximum period of 90 days. For any other nationalities, please contact the local consulate or embassy for visa requirements. Please check with the relevant visa office before departure to make sure there has been no change.


                                                                  BOTSWANA:

                                                                  Australia: No visa required
                                                                  Belgium: No visa required
                                                                  Canada: No visa required
                                                                  Germany: Yes - visa required
                                                                  Ireland: Yes - visa required
                                                                  Netherlands: No visa required
                                                                  New Zealand: No visa required
                                                                  South Africa: No visa required
                                                                  Switzerland: No visa required
                                                                  United Kingdom: No visa required
                                                                  USA: No visa required

                                                                  Citizens of countries not listed above, including most EU countries, should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required. For passengers requiring a visa to Botswana, application forms can be downloaded from http://www.gov.bw/en/ as well as instructions for applying.

                                                                  Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate:
                                                                  A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for all passengers over one year of age who arrive or are transiting through Botswana, from a country or region listed by the World Health Organization as infected by yellow fever. Travellers unable to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival will be refused entry. There is no option for travellers without a vaccination certificate to be vaccinated on arrival. Please note this also includes transiting through an infected country or region.


                                                                  ZIMBABWE:

                                                                  Australia: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Belgium: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Canada: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Germany: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Ireland: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Netherlands: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  New Zealand: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  South Africa: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Switzerland: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  United Kingdom: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  USA: Yes - visa on arrival

                                                                  Zimbabwe visas are required by most nationalities, including from the EU, US and Australia. For most nationalities, Zimbabwe visas are available at the point of entry. If you plan to purchase your visa on arrival you will need approximately USD30/45 in cash. All nationalities should check with their nearest Zimbabwe Embassy for up to date information.

                                                                  Please note: As of January 2016, the KAZA Visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia will be unavailable to purchase. Singular visas for Zimbabwe remain available on arrival at point of entries.


                                                                  ZAMBIA:

                                                                  Australia: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Belgium: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Canada: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Germany: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Ireland: NO VISA REQUIRED
                                                                  Netherlands: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  New Zealand: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  South Africa: NO VISA REQUIRED
                                                                  Switzerland: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  United Kingdom: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  USA: Yes - visa on arrival

                                                                  Zambian visas are required by most nationalities, including from the EU, US and Australia. For most nationalities, Zambian visas are available at the point of entry. If you plan to purchase your visa on arrival you will need USD in cash. The cost of the visa is USD50. All nationalities should check with their nearest Zambian Embassy for more information.

                                                                  Please note: As of January 2016, the KAZA Visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia will be unavailable to purchase. Singular visas for Zambia remain available on arrival at point of entries.

                                                                  If you apply for your visa in advance you may be asked for a contact in Zambia. Please use the following:

                                                                  Eureka Camping Park
                                                                  10kms South of Lusaka City centre, on the Kafue Road,
                                                                  Tel: (+260 211) 272351 or 278110
                                                                  Fax: (+260 211) 272351
                                                                  E-mail: eurekacamp.zm@gmail.com

                                                                  MALAWI:

                                                                  Australia: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Belgium: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Canada: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Germany: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  Ireland: NO VISA REQUIRED
                                                                  Netherlands: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  New Zealand: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  South Africa: NO VISA REQUIRED
                                                                  Switzerland: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  United Kingdom: Yes - visa on arrival
                                                                  USA: Yes - visa on arrival

                                                                  For visitors from any country that requires Malawian Citizens to acquire visas to visit their country of citizenship, a reciprocal visa fee of USD75 will be applicable upon arrival.
                                                                  At present, nationals of the following countries will need to pay this fee: United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Schengen member states, Australia and New Zealand.
                                                                  Some nationalities will be required to gain a visa prior to arrival. Please check with your nearest Malawi Embassy.


                                                                  TANZANIA:

                                                                  Australia: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  Belgium: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  Canada: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  Germany: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  Ireland: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  Netherlands: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  New Zealand: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  South Africa: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  Switzerland: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  United Kingdom: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  USA: Yes - Visa required

                                                                  It is recommended you purchase your visa in advance at any Diplomatic or Consulate Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania abroad. The cost is approximately USD100 depending on nationality and should take one business day. At the present time you do not require a multi entry visa to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda due to an agreement between the three countries (i.e. if you exit Kenya to Tanzania you can re-enter Kenya on the same visa). However if your trip visits Tanzania twice after a visit to a country other than those listed above, you may need to purchase two visas.

                                                                  For the purpose of the visa application you can use the following address:
                                                                  Kibo Palace Hotel
                                                                  PO Box 2523
                                                                  Old Moshi Road
                                                                  Arusha - Tanzania
                                                                  Phone: +255 272544472

                                                                  It is also possible to obtain a tourist visa for a single entry at any one of the following main entry points to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements:
                                                                  -Dar es Salaam International Airport
                                                                  -Zanzibar International Airport
                                                                  -Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)
                                                                  -Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border point)
                                                                  -Kasumulu Border crossing
                                                                  -Isebania Border crossing


                                                                  KENYA:

                                                                  Australia: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  Belgium: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  Canada: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  Germany: Yes- Visa required
                                                                  Ireland: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  Netherlands: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  New Zealand: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  South Africa: Yes - Visa required if travelling for more than 30days
                                                                  Switzerland: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  United Kingdom: Yes - Visa required
                                                                  USA: Yes - Visa required

                                                                  Visas can be obtained either on arrival in to Kenya or as an e-Visa online prior to travel. Single-entry visas (business or tourism) are USD50 and a transit visa (valid for three days) USD20. The single entry visa allows for multiple entries in to Kenya for a period of 90 days provided you have not left East Africa. The four-step e-Visa procedure is completed through the immigration website: www.ecitizen.go.ke and requires visitors to submit an application form and passport-sized photo. e-Visas can take around seven working days to process. Visitors will then be required to present their printed e-Visa upon entry to Kenya.

                                                                  **IMPORTANT** If you are travelling on one of our itineraries that re-enters Kenya, you will need to take multiple copies of your e-Visa - one to present at each border crossing.


                                                                  BORDER CROSSINGS ON THIS TRIP:

                                                                  Exit South Africa - Vioolsdrift (Day 3)
                                                                  Enter Namibia - Noodower

                                                                  Exit Namibia - Mohembo (Day 16)
                                                                  Enter Botswana - Mohembo

                                                                  Exit Botswana - Mohembo (Day 18)
                                                                  Enter Namibia - Mohembo

                                                                  Exit Namibia - Ngoma (Day 19)
                                                                  Enter Botswana - Ngoma

                                                                  Exit Botswana - Kazungula (Day 21)
                                                                  Enter Zimbabwe - Kazungula

                                                                  Exit Zimbabwe - Chirundu (Day 28)
                                                                  Enter Zambia - Chirundu

                                                                  Exit Zambia - Chipata (Day 32)
                                                                  Enter Malawi - Mchinji

                                                                  Exit Malawi - Songwe (Day 35)
                                                                  Enter Tanzania - Kasumulu

                                                                  Exit Tanzania - Namanga (Day 49)
                                                                  Enter Kenya - Namanga
                                                                  What to take
                                                                  What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances.

                                                                  Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

                                                                  Below are some ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip.

                                                                  ESSENTIALS:
                                                                  - Sleeping bag. We recommend a 3–4 season sleeping bag because it can get very cold at night in winter months in desert and mountainous regions.
                                                                  - Travel pillow
                                                                  - Closed in shoes. As this trip includes camping and/or bush walking we highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings from dangerous animals in this environment.
                                                                  - Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing, some warm items for the evenings, and long shirts and pants for protection against mosquitoes in the malaria areas. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. Some people like to take jeans for evenings out but they can be tough to dry and should not be used for trekking. Avoid nylon and other synthetics, which can be very uncomfortable in hot weather. Ex-military or military style clothing and equipment is NOT recommended.
                                                                  - Waterproof/windproof jacket is a good idea for wet days, and early morning or evening game activities when it can be cool.
                                                                  - Warm fleece and beanie for morning and evening game drives.
                                                                  - Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

                                                                  RECOMMENDED:
                                                                  - A simple plastic bag/waterproof toiletry bag (that can hang on a nail on the back of a door) will be useful to keep your clothes dry inside basic camp shower structures.
                                                                  - A good quality, high-beam headlamp or torch for around the campsite at night. Some campsites have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time. Although the trucks do carry lamps for meal times it’s a good idea to bring a headlamp to navigate the campsites and in particular going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
                                                                  - Personal medical kit. Your guide will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes, anti-diarrhoeal, antibacterial gel, wet wipes, bandaids/plasters etc.
                                                                  - Insect repellent.
                                                                  - Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
                                                                  - Camera with spare batteries. Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days but we recommend you take a spare battery. You’ll take more photos than you think.

                                                                  OPTIONAL:
                                                                  - Sleep sheet. If you are travelling during the hot season you may wish to also pack a sleep sheet so you will be comfortable no matter what the weather.
                                                                  - Thermarest. While we provide a basic camping mattress for each client, some travellers find they like the extra comfort of a double layer.
                                                                  - Ear plugs to guard against a snoring tent-mate
                                                                  - A good book, a journal or an Ipod for the long drives.

                                                                  LUGGAGE LIMIT:
                                                                  The weight limit for luggage on all trucks is maximum 20kg.
                                                                  The size of luggage that can be brought on our overland trips is limited by the individual locker space on the trucks. The lockers measure 26 inches long, 18 inches wide and 10 inches high. Your main luggage will be stored in these lockers with day bags stored at your feet or on the overhead shelf. For this reason, we highly recommend you pack light with luggage no larger than the locker dimensions. Traditional, framed suitcases will not fit in the truck lockers. Backpacks or duffel bags are an ideal choice. You will need to bring your own lock for your locker. We recommend a 20-30mm sized padlock. In place of individual lockers, some of our Southern Africa vehicles have a large locker compartment at the back of the truck where all luggage is stored.

                                                                  VALUABLES:
                                                                  Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your hotel safe and the safe on the overland truck to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

                                                                  BATTERIES/POWER:
                                                                  Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We always recommend that you carry an extra battery for your camera just in case. Our overland vehicles are equipped with multiple power boards which may be used at the crew’s discretion, however, do bear in mind that only a minimal number of items can be charged at a time and will not be allowed if there is a risk of running the vehicle’s batteries low. Batteries may also be recharged from hotel room wall sockets. Hotels and many campsites have electricity and charging of batteries is advised before checking out the following day.
                                                                  Health
                                                                  All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                                                                  You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

                                                                  YELLOW FEVER:
                                                                  A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

                                                                  It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.


                                                                  TYPHOID:
                                                                  It is recommended that if you are travelling to Harare you make sure that your Typhoid vaccinations are up to date. There has been an outbreak of typhoid in parts of Harare, with over 1500 cases reported since October 2011. For more information speak to your doctor and see the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

                                                                  TSETSE FLY:
                                                                  It is best to avoid dark coloured clothes such as blue and black while on safari. These colours can attract the biting tsetse fly.

                                                                  DRINKING WATER:
                                                                  As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it may contain much higher levels of different minerals than the water you are used to at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about three litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.
                                                                  Travel insurance
                                                                  Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                                                                  When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                                                                  If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                                                                  http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php

                                                                  PLEASE NOTE: Some travel insurance policies are not recognised by some Namibian hospitals; you should check with your provider if their product is accepted in Namibia before you travel and seek alternative coverage where necessary.
                                                                  A couple of rules
                                                                  Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                                                                  Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                                                                  Responsible Travel
                                                                  We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

                                                                  http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

                                                                  The Intrepid Foundation
                                                                  Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                                                                  The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                                                                  http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

                                                                  Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in South Africa include:

                                                                  * Thusanani Children's Foundation works to prevent and treat developmental delay in orphaned and vulnerable South African children, aged 0-6, in Children's Homes (orphanages) where they live. Developmental delay in these children has a far reaching negative impact on their formal schooling in later years and they run the risk of being seen as children with special education needs. Treatment and prevention of developmental delay can set children on the right path that enables them to be contributing members of society, and break the cycle of abuse and poverty.

                                                                  Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Tanzania include:

                                                                  * Amani Children's Home rescues street children and orphans from homelessness and restores hope in their lives. At the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Amani provides children off the street with a safe and loving home, education, medical care, healthy food, and counselling. Donations through the Intrepid Foundation will be used to rescue, feed, educate and care for the hundreds of homeless children that Amani helps every year.

                                                                  * The Village Education Project Kilimanjaro (VEPK) was established in 1994 with the belief that education is one of the most important parts of building sound long-term economic growth for Tanzania. With the motto ‘Elimu ni uhai - Education is life’, its projects aim to provide improved primary and vocational education to Tanzanian children.

                                                                  * Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) provides porters with support, advocacy and education, and works with the travel industry to ensure good climbing practices and conditions for the hardworking porters.

                                                                  Organisations and projects currently supported in Kenya include:

                                                                  * New Hope Children's Centre aims to assist the less fortunate in society and give them hope. The centre currently caters for 170 children, both boys and girls, from many parts of Kenya: 130 are residents and 40 live with their grandmothers, with New Hope paying for their school fees and assisting with clothing where necessary.

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