Overview

Leaving Cape Town behind us we make our way to Namibia where we watch the sunrise from the top of Dune 45 in Sossusvlei, paddle down the Orange River and visit bustling Swakopmund. From Etosha we travel to Botswana for a two night adventure in the Okavango Delta. Watch the sun set over the Chobe River before arriving in Victoria Falls, the ultimate adventure destination. Board the truck for your two day transit to Johannesburg and the start of your Kruger tour. Spot the big 5 on safari and before returning to Johannesburg, we will visit the Panorama Route, Gods Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Blyde River Canyon.

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Itinerary

Our tours come with an Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.

Day 01

South Africa – Cederberg Region

Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We will be heading north towards our stop for the first night, passing through the Cederberg Region. Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy a wine tasting, sampling wines from the region. Tonight we will be treated to a traditional South African meal, followed by a full tour briefing from your guides.

Distance
±270km
Route
Cape Town to Citrusdal
Activity Package
Wine tasting & traditional dinner
Day 02

Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River

After an early start, we continue north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

Distance
±500km
Route
Citrusdal to Orange river
Day 02

Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River

Today we travel through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok for any last requirements. After crossing the Namibian border we check into the lovely chalets overlooking the river that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

Distance
±500km
Route
Citrusdal to Orange River
Day 03

Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon

This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. After a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon we enjoy our dinner while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity.

Distance
±180km
Route
Orange River to Fish River Canyon
Included Activities
Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon
Optional Activities
Half-Day Canoe Trip
Day 03

Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon

This morning there’s the chance to do an optional canoe trip down the Gariep River or to spend some time relaxing at the camp along the river. After lunch we travel north to the Fish River Canyon and take a scenic hike along the rim in order to gain some perspective as to just how large this natural phenomenon is. Later we return to Ai-Ais to check in to our accommodation and enjoy the hot springs.

Distance
±250km
Route
Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon
Included Activities
Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Optional Activities
Half-Day Canoe Trip
Day 04

Namib-Naukluft National Park

We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight we enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a Jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!

Distance
±520km
Route
Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft Park
Included Activities
Hike into Sesriem Canyon
Day 04

Namib-Naukluft National Park

The Namib-Naukluft NP is one of Namibia’s geographic gems and at 50,000km2, is one of the largest parks in Africa. There are massive sand dunes in the Sossusvlei desert area as well as the remarkable landscape. Our lodge is situated outside the park.

Distance
±620km
Route
Fish River Canyon to Namib Naukluft
Day 05

Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park

This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later we join a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions.

Distance
±150km
Route
Sesriem to Sossusvlei
Included Activities
Sunrise hike up Dune 45
Activity Package
Guided desert walk with local expert – Naukluft National Park
Places
The Namib Desert
Optional Activities
Transfer to Deadvlei
Day 05

Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park

We have a full day in the Namib-Naukluft National Park that starts with a walk up Dune 45 for an amazing view and photo opportunity. Later we will have the opportunity to be transported into Sossusvlei. In the afternoon there is a short walk into Sesriem Canyon.

Distance
±150km
Route
Betesda Lodge to Sesriem
Places
The Namib Desert
Included Activities
Walk into Sesriem Canyon
Hike up Dune 45
Optional Activities
Transfer to Deadvlei
Day 06

Swakopmund

After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Just before we arrive in Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis bay lagoon en route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants

Distance
±250km
Route
Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
Included Activities
Stop off in Walvis Bay (to view flamingos)
Places
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Swakopmund
Day 06

Swakopmund

After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we will be joined by a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. From there, we will travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis bay lagoon en route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.

Distance
±380km
Route
Betesda Lodge to Swakopmund
Places
Activity Package
Guided desert walk with local expert
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Swakopmund
Day 07

Swakopmund

Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers.  Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available on offer here.

Optional Activities
Dolphin Cruise 4/5horas
Sky Diving
Sandboarding
Quad Biking (2 hours)
Dinner Out Swakopmund
Day 08

Spitzkoppe

Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape.

Distance
±80km
Route
Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
Places
Included Activities
Guided Walk with Nomad Guide through Spitzkoppe
Day 08

Khorixas

Today we head inland towards Khorixas, stopping en-route at Spitzkoppe, where we will enjoy some time exploring the enormous granite monoliths with our guide. In the afternoon we will visit the Petrified Forest (might be done the following morning).

Distance
±320km
Route
Swakopmund to Khorixas
Included Activities
Visit the Petrified Forest & Spitzkoppe
Day 09

Kamanjab - Himba Tribe

We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists.

The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaces during the wars that raged in 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.

Distance
±340km
Route
Spitzkoppe to Outjo
Activity Package
Himba Tribe Visit
People
The Himba People
Day 09

Kamanjab - Himba Tribe

We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists.

The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaces during the wars that raged in 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.

Distance
±135km
Route
Khorixas to Outjo
Activity Package
Himba Tribe Visit
People
The Himba People
Day 10

Etosha National Park

The open plains of the Etosha National Park allows for spectacular elevated game viewing from our truck whilst on game drives. Our overnight stops, which boasts floodlit night water holes, are situated inside the park.

Distance
±170km
Route
Outjo to Etosha National Park
Included Activities
Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Day 11

Etosha National Park

Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography.

Included Activities
Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Day 12

Windhoek

After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short drive through Windhoek in our truck.  Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.

Distance
±450km
Route
Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Included Activities
Drive through Windhoek with the Nomad truck
Craft market stop en-route
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Windhoek
Places
Day 13

Botswana - Ghanzi

After an early start, we say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border. Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community.

Distance
±520km
Route
Windhoek to Ghanzi
Included Activities
Bushman Tribal dance in evening
Optional Activities
Bushman Walk
Day 14

Gateway to the Delta

Our journey takes us from Ghanzi towards Maun. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for this excursion, packing small overnight bags. There may be an opportunity this afternoon to take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.

Distance
±300km
Route
Ghanzi to Maun
Places
Optional Activities
Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (7 seat plane – time permitting)
Day 14

Maun - Okavango Delta

Today we journey to the outback town of Maun.  The afternoon is spent relaxing and preparing for our adventure into the Okavango Delta.

Distance
±350km
Route
Ghanzi to Maun
Day 15

Okavango Delta

After breakfast we board a 4×4 truck for our trip into the Okavango Delta, where we meet with our local guides and polers for our mokoro (traditional canoe) trip to our remote bush camp. In the afternoon there is a nature walk with a local guide which gives a great chance to view wildlife on foot. Tonight we spend time swapping stories around the camp fire and enjoying the serenity of the Delta.

Route
Maun to Bush Camp
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Day 15

Okavango Delta

In the morning we board our planes and head into the Delta. After a wonderful scenic flight we arrive at our base for the next two days. During your time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We go on nature walks and explore the Delta by mokoro traditional canoe (water level dependant). The Delta is truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience as the wild animals here are not used to people. Simply sitting and relaxing often results in rewarding bird or game viewing. Please note: if you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Maun for the following 2 days

Distance
±30 min flightkm
Route
Maun to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
Day 16

Okavango Delta

After an early breakfast, we will pack up camp and set out by Mokoro, travelling through the crystal clear waters of the Okavango Delta. Remember to keep an eye out for the wildlife that comes to waters edge for an early morning drink. After our mokoro ride, we will once again board our 4×4 safari vehicle and drive through traditional villages before entering the South Gate into what is undoubtedly one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa, Moremi Game Reserve. Upon arrival at Moremi Game Reserve we will spend the next hours enjoy a game drive throughout this incredible area.

Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 16

Okavango Delta

Today we will continue exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro (traditional canoe) and enjoy a nature walk.

Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 17

Nata

We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to participate in a 3-hour Game Drive to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. You will board the open roof 4×4 vehicles and travel through the Nata Bird Sanctuary, which sits within the awe-aspiring vastness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The pans are home to 165 different species of birds, including pelicans, spoonbills, eagles, ostriches and flamingos, that make the Sanctuary their home at different times of the year according to their migratory behaviour.

Distance
±300km
Route
Moremi National Park to Nata
Activity Package
Visit to the Nata Pans
Places
Nata
Day 17

Nata

We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to participate in a 3-hour Game Drive to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. You will board the open roof 4×4 vehicles and travel through the Nata Bird Sanctuary, which sits within the awe-aspiring vastness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The pans are home to 165 different species of birds, including pelicans, spoonbills, eagles, ostriches and flamingos, that make the Sanctuary their home at different times of the year according to their migratory behaviour.

Distance
±230km
Route
Maun to Nata
Activity Package
Visit to the Nata Pans
Places
Nata
Day 18

Botswana - Chobe National Park

We travel to Chobe and this afternoon we enjoy a sunset river cruise as the animals are best spotted from the Chobe River. Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready.

Distance
±315km
Route
Nata to Kasane
Activity Package
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Day 18

Chobe National Park

After continuing north to Kasane, we enjoy a sunset river cruise on the Chobe River (in the National Park) where animals such as hippos, buffalo and elephants are plentiful.

Distance
±315km
Route
Nata to Kasane
Optional Activities
Chobe National Park Game Drive
Activity Package
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Day 19

Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls

On arrival in Victoria Falls town, we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities before we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi. An optional dinner out is a friendly way to spend the evening with all the new friends you’ve made along the way.

 

Distance
±100km
Route
Kasane to Victoria Falls
Optional Activities
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Activity Package
Vic Falls National Park Entry
Day 19

Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls

On arrival in Victoria Falls we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities before we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi as it drops over 100m into the gorge below.

Distance
±100km
Route
Kasane to Victoria Falls
Optional Activities
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Activity Package
Vic Falls National Park Entry
Day 20

Victoria Falls

Today is free for you to relax and explore the magnificent town of Victoria Falls.  Take the time to visit the markets to buy some curios or you can participate in one of the many optional activities available here.

Optional Activities
Morning Tram & Bridge Tour
Day 21

Victoria Falls to Palapye / Martinsdrift

An early departure from Victoria Falls, we drive south through Botswana to Palapye, or the border post at Martinsdrift, where we will spend the night at a lively campsite.

Distance
±675km
Route
Victoria Falls to Palapye
Day 22

Palapye / Martinsdrift to Johannesburg

Another early departure, we enter into South Africa. Covering the next 450 – 550 km on sealed roads we should get to Johannesburg as early as possible. There are no meals provided on the transit.

Distance
±560km
Route
Palapye to Johannesburg
Day 23

Greater Kruger National Park

An early start from Johannesburg, we travel through the Province of Mpumalanga en route to the breathtaking Kruger National Park. This evening we will enjoy some local and dinner around our camp fire.

Distance
±480km
Route
Johannesburg to Greater Kruger National Park Area
Included Activities
Local Dancing
Day 24

Kruger National Park

Today we have a full day of game viewing planned in an open 4×4 vehicle inside Kruger National Park. This gives you some fantastic photo opportunities so keep your eyes open for Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Buffalo, known as Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as well as many other species of animals and birds.

Distance
±150km
Route
Greater Kruger National Park to Kruger National Park
Activity Package
Full day 4×4 Game Drive
Included Activities
Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Day 25

Kruger National Park

Today we start with a morning bush walk before proceeding into the Kruger National Park where we will enjoy a game drive from the comfort of our truck. This evening we return to our camp and will enjoy an afternoon / evening game drive.

Optional Activities
Morning Bush Walk – Nkambeni Reserve
Evening Game Drive – Nkambeni Reserve
Included Activities
Full Day Game Drive in Nomad Truck
Activity Package
Morning Bush Walk
Evening Game Drive
Day 26

Greater Kruger Area to Johannesburg

This morning we depart the greater Kruger area and journey back to Johannesburg. We travel along the spectacular Panorama Route. Blyde River Canyon is the 3rd largest canyon in the world, with breathtaking views of formations such as God’s Window and the Three Rondavels. We also see The Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which have been gradually eroded by the Treur River. Your tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg and most groups spend this last night together with a meal out.

Distance
±390km
Route
Kruger National Park to Johannesburg
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Johannesburg

Activity Package

Below are all highlights that are part of the Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be 'essential activities' on our tours. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed under the itinerary of the tour and in our pre departure information document.

  • Wine tasting & traditional dinner
  • Guided desert walk with local expert – Naukluft National Park
  • Guided desert walk with local expert
  • Himba Tribe Visit
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
  • Visit to the Nata Pans
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Vic Falls National Park Entry
  • Full day 4×4 Game Drive
  • Morning Bush Walk
  • Evening Game Drive

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