Group Size: 4 - 24 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
Travelling with Nomad Africa Adventure Tours means friendship, fun and adventure plus the security that group travel brings. All Nomad adventures are ‘off the beaten track’ and the emphasis is on the journey, as well as the destination. Unexpected events are part of the package and often add to your real-Africa experience. This 26-day overland accommodated tour around South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe includes all the key highlights and adventures your mind could imagine!
Day 1 – Cederberg Region
Leaving Cape Town this morning you will make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay, before continuing to the famous winelands region of the Western Cape and enjoy a wine tasting at one of the local wine farms. You will also make a stop at the well-known Spice Route, bordering the town of Paarl. The Spice Route is an estate that brings together a collection of flavours unique to the Cape Culture – including a beer garden, artworks studio, chocolate makers and coffee makers – to name just a few. No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional “Padstal”, these small farm stalls dot the byways of South Africa and offer a variety of homemade treats and bakes. The Cedarberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cedarberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at your overnight stop, offers an opportunity for you to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality. (LD)
Included Highlight: Visit to the Spice Route.
Activity Package: Wine tasting.
Day 2 – Gariep (Orange) River
Namaqualand presents you with your first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany you in the days ahead. Continue your journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, travel to your camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. Crossing the border this afternoon you enter Namibia and settle in on the banks of the Gariep River. (BLD)
Day 3 – Fish River Canyon
While the Orange River was named after the Dutch royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning you will have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river (at own expense). Venturing north into the desert, visit the Fish River Canyon in the afternoon. Overnight at the hot springs of Ais-Ais and this evening you will indulge in a hot water swim under the desert skies. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon.
Optional Activity: Half day canoe trip.
Day 4 – Namib-Naukluft National Park
Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as you venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Your destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer you an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Your base for the next two nights puts you at the doorstep to this desert wonderland. (BLD)
Day 5 – Namib-Naukluft National Park
Start the day early and enjoy a brisk climb up Dune 45, this landmark dune offers the perfect vantage point to marvel at the endless sea of red sand. Having enjoyed an elevated view of this spectacular landscape continue deeper into the dune fields, where a 4X4 transfer takes you to the pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Your final stop for the day is a late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon, where you will explore evidence of a wetter period in the history of this dry land. Tonight empty the red sand from your shoes and reflect on the magic of desert. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Walk into Sesriem Canyon, hike up dune 45 and 4X4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon.
Day 6 – Swakopmund
Today continue west and make your way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. After a final excursion into the desert with a local expert, make your way across the Tropic of Capricorn and continue to the Atlantic coast. Make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. On arriving in Swakopmund you have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer and enjoy dinner out at a local restaurant (at own expense). (BL)
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert.
Optional Activity: Dinner.
Day 7 – Swakopmund
While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land. (B)
Optional Activity: Dolphin cruise, skydiving, sandboarding, quad biking and dinner.
Day 8 – Khorixas
This morning travel a section of the famous Skeleton Coast road, passing the Salt Works head north for a photo opportunity in the colourful town of Wlotskasbaken. Lichens are one of the most fascinating examples of symbiosis in nature, algae and fungus unite to form the Lichen and live inseparably as one organism. You will have the opportunity to view these fascinating desert inhabitants before turning east towards Spitzkoppe. These massive granite formations tower 700 metres above the desert plains below and the presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. Join a local guide for an exploration of these fascinating landforms before completing the journey to your overnight stop at Khorixas. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Visit Spitzkoppe and explore with a local guide.
Day 9 – Himba Tribes
Continue north this morning and on your way you will visit a project that will introduce you to the Himba people of Northern Namibia. The seminomadic Himba Tribe are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged between Namibia and Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment. Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not. Continue to your camp for the night and prepare for two magical days of game viewing in Etosha National Park. (BLD)
Activity Package: Himba Project Visit.
Day 10 – Etosha National Park
Rising early this morning head for Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. Today you have a full-day to explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. Your truck offers you an elevated platform and you will spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park. Evenings in Etosha are best spent wrapped up warm at the floodlit waterholes at the camps. Those who wish to partake in an optional night drive may do so tonight. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck.
Day 11 – Etosha National Park
Your second day in Etosha allows another full day to continue your exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. Tonight a second opportunity presents for those who wish to do an optional night drive, while the floodlit waterholes ensure that your game viewing continues deep into the night. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck.
Day 12 – Windhoek
A last early morning and short game drive to the gate sees you wrap up your visit to Etosha and take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Today make a brief stop at the craft markets of Okahandja before arriving in Windhoek in the afternoon. You will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. Tonight you have the chance to eat at Windhoek’s most famous eatery (at own expense), Joe’s Beer House has gained an international reputation for its venison dishes and quirky atmosphere. (BL)
Included Highlight: Craft market stop enroute, short walk through Windhoek with your guide.
Optional Activity: Dinner.
Day 13 – Ghanzi
Today travel east and make your way to neighbouring Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. Starkly different to the Namib Desert after which Namibia is named, the Kalahari is no less dramatic and covers over 900 000 square kilometres. The San people have long been associated with this harsh environment and tonight you will enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling. (BLD)
Included Highlight: San tribal dance in evening.
Day 14 – Maun
The San people have existed in some of the harshest conditions for thousands of years and this morning you will have the opportunity of joining an optional walk (at own expense) with San guides to learn how they embrace the environment to survive. This afternoon journey to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, and your launching pad for the Okavango Delta excursion. Your guide will brief you on what to pack for the Delta excursion, a small daypack or overnight bag will be needed due to space restrictions for your transfers to and from camp. (BLD)
Optional Activity: Bushman walk.
Day 15 – Okavango Delta
This morning board your flight and embark on your Okavango Delta excursion. Your flight departs from Maun and will take you into the Okavango Delta. Once you arrive at the airstrip, you will be transferred by vehicle to the camp. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant. This afternoon you will enjoy a boat cruise and a nature walk to explore the area around you. (BLD)
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion.
Day 16 – Okavango Delta
Today is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the programme of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes, you begin with a mokoro ride this morning and after returning to camp for lunch, you will enjoy an afternoon boat cruise. (BLD)
Day 17 – Nata
Leaving the Delta behind you touch down in Maun this morning after enjoying your flight out of the Okavango Delta and reunite with the truck. Your journey today takes you across the northern reaches of the Makgadigadi Pans, the road to Nata is lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree and you will catch glimpses of the extensive pans that stretch out to the South. As portion of your route bisects the Nxai Pan and Makgadigadi National Parks, if you are lucky you may encounter some of the wildlife that roams this vast protected area. (BLD)
Day 18 – Chobe National Park
Rise early this morning as you continue north to your camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. Begin your exploration in 4X4 vehicles, which allows you an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely boat cruise and a meal served around the campfire. (BLD)
Activity Package: Chobe National Park boat cruise and Chobe National Park game drive.
Day 19 – Zimbabwe Victoria Falls
With the memories of your wildlife encounters firmly etched in your minds, you cross the border in Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you will visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well. Tonight you will enjoy an optional dinner out (at own expense), your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available. (B)
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entry.
Optional Activity: Dinner.
Day 20 – Zimbabwe Victoria Falls
With the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls (at own expense), this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls. (B)
Optional Activity: Zambezi sunset cruise, bungee jump – solo, helicopter flights and White water rafting.
Day 21 – Francistown
Departing Victoria Falls this morning, you will cross into Botswana and travel south to Francistown in central Botswana. Reach your overnight stop on the outskirts of Francistown in the late afternoon. *Please note that it is possible that your crew and truck will change today. Please report to the hotel reception to meet your crew for your 07:00 departure. (B)
Day 22 – Johannesburg
Leaving early you continue to the border of South Africa and on to the city of Johannesburg. All travellers are invited to join for a traditional Braai tonight (at own expense), this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared around the braai fires and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel. Arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon.
Optional Activity: Traditional Braai at Belvedere Estate.
Day 23 – Kruger National Park
Please note that during the next few days (while you are visiting Kruger National Park), the order of activities could change without prior notice and a degree of flexibility is needed. This is to allow for maximum game viewing opportunities and experiences.
Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind you make your way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Your journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. Set up camp at the base for the next three nights and enjoy a sundowner drive before being treated to some local dancing and dinner around the campfire tonight. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Local dinner and dance.
Activity Package: Sundowner drive.
Day 24 – Kruger National Park
This morning you enter the Kruger National Park for a full-day of game viewing. Your activity package offers you the opportunity to explore the park in open game viewing vehicles, giving you access to areas the truck can’t always go. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad Truck in Kruger Park (clients not participating in the Activity Package).
Activity Package: Full day Kruger Park game drive in 4X4 vehicles.
Day 25 – Kruger National Park
This morning you re-enter the Kruger National Park and spend the morning on a game drive in the Nomad truck. After your game drive, you will exit the park and journey along the scenic Panorama where you will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. Return to camp in the early evening for dinner and a well-deserved rest. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Morning Kruger Park game drive in Nomad Truck / The Panorama Route (God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels).
Day 26 – End of Cape to Kruger Tour
As is customary when on safari, you rise early this morning to enjoy a guided bush walk. Being in the bush on foot offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the smaller details of this great wilderness area. Arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travellers are invited to join the guide for a traditional meal tonight (at own expense), this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel. (BL)
Activity Package: Morning guided bush walk.
Optional Activity: Traditional meal Belvedere Estate.
Dates and Pricing
- 17 Feb 18 - 31 Dec 18 $5,570 $6,430
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
We have included the Activity Package in the price of this tour as it covers all essential activities mentioned in the itinerary. However, this package is optional and if you cannot afford this, or do not want to include it, your tour will remain uninterrupted and meals and the services of the guides will continue.