Group Size: Maximum 24 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
A truly superb combination of Southern and Eastern Africa, this 41 day adventure from Cape Town to Nairobi will offer you a taste of all things uniquely African! When the tour starts you will experience the untouched beauty and contrasts of the big sky landscapes in Namibia. You will explore one of the largest canyons in the world: Fish River Canyon. As you venture deeper into the Namib Desert you’ll see the slowly changing landscapes which represents the many faces of this desert country. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes in the west. In Swakopmund some epic adventures are waiting for you such as sandboarding and skydiving. Before you start with an unforgettable excursion in the Okavango Delta, you will explore Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. Continue your journey to the magnificent Victoria Falls. You will also travel to the tropical beaches and historic buildings of Zanzibar, freshwater lake in Malawi and you will experience the most spectacular wildlife on safaris through some of the top National Parks in Africa, including the famous Serengeti National Park.
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)
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 (at own expense) on the river. 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 – Okavango Delta
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 – Lusaka
*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 from the Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel.
Setting off early from Victoria Falls, you will catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before crossing the border into Zambia. While you have a long day travelling today, you will get your first impressions of the Africa that awaits you. Colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of your journey to the outskirts of Lusaka. Enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as your guides brief you on the days ahead. (BLD)
Included Highlight: View of Victoria Falls from the Bridge.
Day 22 – Petauke
This morning drive through Zambia’s busy capital Lusaka before turning east towards Petauke, your destination for the night. As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and you will cross the mighty Luangwa River along the way. Dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home. (BLD)
Day 23 – South Luangwa National Park
With two days of travel behind you will look forward to the tranquillity of South Luangwa and this morning you will make your way to the banks of the Luangwa River. Your first stop though is the town of Chipata, home of Chipata Cotton and an important centre for the cotton famers of the region. Tribal Textiles represents the creativity of the African culture and those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December). One of the finest sunsets is surely that enjoyed on the banks of the Luangwa River, so grab a cold drink and watch the day fade away. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Textile project visit.
Day 24 – South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and you have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari (at own expense) or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris (at own expense) on offer in the park. This afternoon you will enjoy a Sunset Drive in the park, split your time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives you a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day. (BLD)
Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park.
Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa.
Day 25 – Lake Malawi
This morning board your truck and set off for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Your destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the ten largest lakes in the world, the lake stretches for over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi and is home to more species of fish than other lake. Spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder. (BLD)
Day 26 – Lake Malawi
Taking your time this morning enjoy the charms of sunrise on the Lake, head out this afternoon and come to rest on the northern reaches of the lake shore. Here spend a few days indulging in the many attractions that underlie the charm of the Lake and its people. Your base for the next three nights offers a range of opportunities to satisfy every wish. (BLD)
Day 27 – Lake Malawi
Amongst the myriad of optional activities to fill your days, (at own expense) you will pay a visit to a local community this morning to meet the people of the lake. Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Local Village Visit.
Optional Activities: Snorkelling and community volunteering.
Day 28 – Lake Malawi
This morning set aside some time for a visit to Karonga, this interesting town has a turbulent history as a centre Malawi’s slave trade. Home to a museum that boasts a dinosaur amongst its displays, you will learn more of the rich history of both people and the natural world. Return for a final afternoon of relaxation and a final sundowner on the shores of this great lake. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Karonga town and museum visit.
Optional Activity: Snorkelling and community volunteering.
Day 29 – Iringa
Today as you leave Malawi, you will ascend the Great Rift Valley and make your way into Tanzania. You will aound the northern extremes of the lake as you turn east and continue to your overnight stop in Iringa. (BLD)
Day 30 – Mikumi
This morning complete your journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Abutting the northern border of this vast wilderness, Mikumi offers you an opportunity for an afternoon of game viewing. (BLD)
Activity Package: Mikumi National Park game drive.
Day 31 – Dar es Salaam
Today you continue onwards to the bustling port of Dar es Salaam, tonight you will have an opportunity to dinner out on the town as you prepare for your upcoming excursion to Zanzibar. Dar es Salaam grew from a humble fishing village and today is one of the largest cities in Africa. (BL)
Day 32 – Zanzibar Excursion
Boarding the ferry to Zanzibar this morning you will make the ocean journey to the island of Zanzibar. On arrival you will partake in a Spice Tour before reaching Nungwi on the northern point of the island. Your home for the next two nights, Nungwi offers a perfect stop to enjoy the beaches and activities on offer. Those who have not opted for the Zanzibar Excursion will remain in Dar es Salaam for the next three nights. (BD)
Clients who are not joining the Zanzibar Excursion will remain in Dar es Salaam for the duration of the Zanzibar Excursion. Accommodation includes breakfast and dinner daily, but lunches are not included for the duration of the Zanzibar excursion.
Included Highlight: Spice tour and city tour.
Activity Package: Zanzibar excursion.
Optional Activity: Sunset sailing trips, snorkelling and more.
Day 33 – Zanzibar Excursion
Today is a free day for enjoying some of the many attractions and activities on offer. Water sports are the order of the day and Nungwi offers fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and a variety of ocean safari options (at own expense). Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. (BD)
Activity Package: Zanzibar excursion.
Optional Activity: Fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, turtle sanctuary visit, village tours, Jozani Forest and more.
Day 34 – Zanzibar Excursion
Visit to Nungwi comes to an end today as you travel to Stone Town this afternoon. Boasting a rich history this bustling port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes. Overnight here before returning to Dar es Salaam in the morning. (BD)
Activity Package: Zanzibar excursion.
Day 35 – Bagamoyo
This morning you have some time to explore the sights of Stone Town, the rich history and vibrant markets are some of the highlights of any visit to Zanzibar. You will bid farewell to the island this afternoon and board your return ferry, on arrival in Dar es Salaam make the short journey north to Bagamoyo where you will make your stop for the night. (BD)
Included Highlight: Stone Town.
Day 36 – Arusha
Heading north this morning travel across the northern reaches of Tanzania, your destination tonight is the bustling town of Arusha which is the launching point for the Serengeti. Northern Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro. This evening you will be briefed on the excursion to Serengeti by your local guide as you prepare for the coming days. (BLD)
Day 37 – Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
The following days are set aside for the 3-night optional camping excursion (at own expense) into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4X4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. Leave the accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival you will start with your first game drive. (BLD)
Optional Activity: Serengeti Camping Excursion (min. 4 people).
Day 38 – Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
Spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Your route is depending on the movement of the game and sightings. (BLD)
Day 39 – Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
Today explore more of the Serengeti and make your way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where you will try and see as many animals as possible. (BLD)
Day 40 – Arusha
Returning to Arusha tonight you share your experiences of the Serengeti and prepare for the trip to Nairobi tomorrow. (BLD)
Day 40 – End of Nomad Cape Town to Nairobi Tour
Cross the border into Kenya this morning and make your way to Nairobi where your journey ends on arrival. (BL)
Dates and Pricing
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.