Overview

We travel North to take in the deserts and big skies of Namibia before heading to Botswana and the Okavango Delta for a two night nature experience. Chobe National Park is where we will take a sunset boat cruise and watch African animals bathing in the last rays of light. In Victoria Falls this leg of the tour comes to an end and we embark on a two day transit to Johannesburg. We stop at the Big Game Parks in Swaziland before reaching the sea life rich waters of Mozambique and heading off on our dhow to Bazaruto Island. Our tour ends with a visit to Kruger National Park 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

Today we journey north towards Etsha and venture into the bush and our overnight camp on the banks of a beautiful lagoon.

Distance
±395km
Route
Ghanzi to Etsha 13
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 a leisurely breakfast we depart on our boat cruise to Seronga via the winding channels of the Delta. A vehicle transfer sees us arrive at our base for the next two nights, where we settle in and prepare for our afternoon mokoro trip that ends with sundowners overlooking the waterways of the Delta.  The evening is spent around the campfire.

Route
Nguma Island Lodge to Jumbo Junction
Optional Activities
Game drive – Okavango Delta (subject to availability)
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Day 15

Okavango Delta

After breakfast, we board our plane, flying over the winding channels of the Delta.  A game drive to camp sees us arrive at our home for the next two nights.  Upon arrival we settle in and prepare for our afternoon sunset cruise in the waterways of the Delta.  Tonight we spend the evening around the campfire accompanied by the many sounds of the bush.  Those of you not doing the Delta excursion will remain behind in Maun for the next 2 nights, where you can relax or partake in optional activities including scenic flights and mokoro trips.

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

Okavango Delta

An early start sees us head off on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango.  Water lily beds and palm islands make for the most scenic of experiences.  We stop at an island for a nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing wildlife.  After breakfast, we return to camp to relax before heading out onto the water for a sunset cruise.

Optional Activities
Hot Air Balloon Flight Okavango Delta
Tips for Polers
Day 16

Okavango Delta

An early start sees us head off on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango.  Water lily beds and palm islands make for the most scenic of experiences.  We stop at an island for a nature walk where we have the possibility of seeing wildlife.  After breafkast, we return to camp to relax before heading out onto the water again for a sunset cruise

Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 17

Kasane

Today we bid farewell to the Delta and head north.  After being re-united with our truck, we enter Namibia and travel through the Caprivi Strip, crossing three parks enroute to Chobe National Park.  This area is an important migration route from Botswana to Angola for many game species.  We arrive in the late afternoon where we will set up camp for the next 2 nights.

Distance
±570km
Route
Okavango Delta to Kasane
Day 17

Nata

A morning game drive ends with our arrival at the airstrip where we bid farwell to the Delta.  A scenic flight gives us our last view of this breathaking water wonderland and the animals that inhabit it.  We meet up with our truck in Maun and head to Nata where the afternoon is spent exploring the enormous and world renowned Makgadikgadi salt pans.

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

Chobe National Park

This morning you will have the opportunity to participate in a game drive in Chobe and in the afternoon we enjoy a sunset river cruise in the park where elephants, hippo, crocodile, eland and many other creatures abound.  Today is all about game-viewing in this wildlife mecca.

Activity Package
Chobe National Park Game Drive
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

South Africa – Panorama Route

Leaving Johannesburg we travel towards the Panorama Route one of South Africa’s most scenic drives. The Panorama route consists of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon including God’s Window and Three Rondavels. This evening we will enjoy a traditional Shangaan Dinner with dancing.

Distance
±480km
Route
Johannesburg to Timbavati
Included Activities
South African Dinner & Traditional Dancing
Day 24

Kruger National Park

This morning we pack up and head towards the world famous Kruger National Park and immediately begin our first game drive in our truck. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. We will spend the day driving through the park in our Nomad truck, which gives us an elevated view and increases our chance to spot the animals.

Distance
±95km
Route
Timbavati Lodge to Kruger National Park
Included Activities
Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Optional Activities
Evening Game Drive – Nkambeni Reserve
Day 25

Kruger National Park

We will make the most of our day travelling through the Kruger National Park in search of wildlife. Today you have the opportunity of experience Kruger in an optional open 4×4 safari vehicle.

Activity Package
Full day 4×4 Game Drive
Optional Activities
Morning Bush Walk – Nkambeni Reserve
Day 26

Swaziland

We wake up early to enjoy our final game drive through the Kruger National Park, before heading across the border into Swaziland. At over 30000 hectares Hlane is Swaziland’s largest protected area. Originally the private hunting area of the Swazi Royal family the area is now held in a trust and managed by Big Game Parks. As the lions are housed in a fenced enclosure it is possible to hike inside the park.

Distance
±310km
Route
Kruger NP to Swaziland
Optional Activities
Guided Mountain Bike trail (2hrs)
Sunset/Sunrise Game Drive in Hlane Royal National Park
Guided Game Walk in Hlane Royal National Park
Day 27

Swaziland - Bilene

Today we cross into Mozambique. Travelling north you can’t help but be captivated by the beautiful coastal scenery before arriving in Bilene. Located on a lagoon, you will have the opportunity to take a swim or stroll along the lagoon beach.

Distance
±300km
Route
Swaziland to Bilene
Day 28

Inhambane

Departing early, we say farewell to Bilene and travel further north through coconut plantations to the old Portuguese settlement of Inhambane. This coastal region is very relaxing and boasts incredible beaches. We spend the next two nights in our accommodation right at the beach.

Distance
±360km
Route
Bilene to Inhambane
Day 29

Inhambane

You have the entire day at your own leisure, to participate in one of many activities available here.

Optional Activities
Inhambane Snorkelling
Day 30

Vilanculos

Bazaruto Island is Mozambique’s premier destination and it’s not hard to understand why.  A protected area, the sea-life here is spectacular and snorkeling at one of the reefs is one of the best ways to enjoy it.

Distance
±300km
Route
Inhambane to Vilanculos
Day 31

Bazaruto Excursion

The Bazaruto is one of Southern Africa’s largest marine parks and we will spend the day exploring the area where you will have the opportunity to snorkel, swim and explore the island. We depart from Vilanculos in the morning on a speedboat and will head to 2 Mile Reef for some snorkelling followed by lunch on Bazaruto. After lunch, we will head back to the mainland, arriving in the early afternoon. You will have a short time to freshen up before heading out on a sunset cruise on the traditional sailing vessel of the African East Coast, the Dhow. In the event of high tide in the morning, you will first go to Bazaruto, followed by 2 Mile Reef and lunch will be enjoyed on the Benguera island, followed by the dhow sunset cruise in the evening.

Activity Package
Bazaruto Day Trip
Day 32

Praia do Tofo - Inhambane

In season Tofo is one of the world’s best sites for the viewing of the world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark. Historically a small coastal fishing village, Tofo has grown into a foreign tourism centre. This evening you will have the opportunity to partake in a presentation by the Marine Megafauna Foundation, which was created in 2009 to research, protect and conserve the large populations of marine megafauna found along the Mozambican coastline. “Megafauna” are large marine species such as sharks, rays, marine mammals and turtles.

Distance
±300km
Route
Vilanculos to Inhambane
Activity Package
Whale Shark Educational Evening Talk
Day 33

Praia do Tofo

This entire day is free so that you can go scuba diving, participate in the ocean safari or just relax on the beautiful white sandy beach.

Optional Activities
Quad Biking
Scuba Diving – Praia do Tofo
Ocean Safari – Snorkelling with Whale Sharks
Day 34

Maputo

We bid farewell to the sandy beaches of Tofo and head towards Maputo, known as Lourenco Marques before independence. Maputo is the capital & largest city of Mozambique, often described as Africa’s “Latin” city, is truly an African capital like no other. Tonight we will stay in this vibrant city and will enjoy a meal out together.

Distance
±480km
Route
Praia do Tofo to Maputo
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Maputo
Places
Day 35

Maputo - Graskop

This morning you will have the opportunity to participate in a tour through Maputo, taking you through the historical Baixa area, the magnificent CFM train station (which was featured in Leonardo Di Caprio’s Blood Diamond) and whose dome is designed by Gustav Eiffel, Independence Square, the old fort, the botanical gardens and the Maputo Cathedral. After the city tour, we depart Maputo and return to South Africa and overnight in the town of Graskop. En route, we will stop in Pilgrims Rest to explore this unique town. The entire town of Pilgrims Rest was declared a national monument in 1986 as a living memory of the early gold rush days in South Africa.

Distance
±290km
Route
Maputo to Graskop
Activity Package
Maputo City Tour – Half day
Day 36

Johannesburg

Our final day of our tour, we will head back towards the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg. The tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg and most clients will ge tto enjoy a final meal together.

Distance
±390km
Route
Graskop 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 Game Drive
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Vic Falls National Park Entry
  • Full day 4×4 Game Drive
  • Bazaruto Day Trip
  • Whale Shark Educational Evening Talk
  • Maputo City Tour – Half day

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