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.

Featured Highlights

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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 Mountain Region

Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. On arrival at our camp, we will enjoy a guided hike in the Cederberg region. Later tonight at our camp, your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.

Distance
±205km
Route
Cape Town to Citrusdal
Activity Package
Cederberg Guided Walk
Day 01

South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region

Leaving Cape Town, there’s one last photo stop at Table View for a spectacular panorama view of Table Mountain. On the way to the Cederberg we will stop at a local wine farm for a wine tasting, followed by a guided hike in the Cederberg region. Upon arrival at our accommodation, your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.

Distance
±245km
Route
Cape Town to Clanwilliam
Activity Package
Cederberg Guided Walk
Included Activities
Wine tasting – Piketberg local wine farm
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
±470km
Route
Clanwilliam 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
±255km
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
±530km
Route
Ai Ais 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
±230km
Route
Sesriem to Solitaire
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
±200 km (round trip)km
Route
Hammerstein 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
Solitaire to Swakopmund
Included Activities
Stop off in Walvis Bay (to view flamingos)
Places
Optional Activities
Dinner Out
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
±395km
Route
Hammerstein to Swakopmund
Places
Activity Package
Guided desert walk with local expert
Optional Activities
Dinner Out
Day 07

Swakopmund

The whole day is free to relax, explore or partake in one of the many activities available here. Most popular activities are quad biking in the dunes or tandem skydiving. On a clear day’s skydiving you can see all the way to the next day’s destination! Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day.

Places
Optional Activities
Sky Diving
Sandboarding
Quad Biking (2 hours)
Dinner Out
Day 07

Swakopmund

The whole day is free to relax, explore or partake in one of the many activities available here. Most popular activities are quad biking in the dunes or tandem skydiving. On a clear day’s skydiving you can see all the way to the next day’s destination!
Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day.

Optional Activities
Sky Diving
Sandboarding
Quad Biking (2 hours)
Dinner Out
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
±200km
Route
Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
Places
Included Activities
Guided Walk with Nomad Guide through Spitzkoppe
Day 08

Swakopmund – 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
Places
Day 09

Himba Tribe

After some early morning exploration we continue north and drive towards Kamanjab. Today we have the chance to experience life within a Himba tribe. The Himba are pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. The Himba have been extremely diligent about upholding the roots of their culture but they are also very curious about visitors to their home.

Distance
±295km
Route
Spitzkoppe to Kamanjab
Activity Package
Himba Tribe Visit
Day 09

Kamanjab - Himba Tribe

After some early morning exploration we continue north and drive towards Kamanjab. Today we have the chance to experience life within a Himba tribe. The Himba are pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. The Himba have been extremely diligent about upholding the roots of their culture but they are also very curious about visitors to their home.

Distance
±115km
Route
Khorixas to Kamanjab
Activity Package
Himba Tribe Visit
Day 10

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.

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

Etosha National Park

Today we spend the day game viewing through the Etosha National Park from the comfort of our Nomad Truck

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 city tour 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
Short city tour with the Nomad truck
Craft market stop en-route
Optional Activities
Dinner out
Places
Day 13

Botswana – Ghanzi 2014

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
±440km
Route
Windhoek to Ghanzi
Included Activities
Bushman Tribal dance in evening
Optional Activities
Bushman Walk
Day 14

Maun

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 2-night bags. There may be an opportunity this afternoon to take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.

Distance
±530km
Route
Ghanzi to Maun
Places
Optional Activities
Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (7 seat plane – time permitting)
Day 14

Maun - Okavango Delta

Maun is well known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. We spend one night in Maun and prepare for this Delta excursion. Please pack a small overnight bag for your stay in the Okavango Delta. Small planes transport us over this amazing area to our tented camp.Once in the Delta we take a nature walk with a local expert and a guided afternoon boat cruise. If the water level allows there will also be a traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) trip.

Distance
±350km
Route
Ghanzi to Maun
Activity Package
3 Day Delta Fly In (Accommodated)
Day 15

Maun – Okavango Delta

This morning we board the big 4×4 truck that will take us in to the Delta. In high-water season it is sometimes necessary to take a boat to the poling station where we meet up with the members of a local community who will be showing us their homeland. We spend 2 nights bush camping in the wilderness and, if the water level allows, we will take a mokoro (traditional canoe) trip through the waterways. We will also be going on some nature walks in the hope of seeing some wild animals in their natural habitat.

Route
Maun to Bush Camp
Activity Package
3 Day Delta Drive In (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
3 Day Delta Fly In (Accommodated)
Day 16

Okavango Delta

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

Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 16

Okavango Delta

Today we will continue exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro (traditional canoe) and a 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. The shady tree canopy surrounding the lodge is a hive of activity, with a bird feeding area and active water feature providing the bird watcher with the opportunity of viewing a variety of species from the comfort of the pool deck. The Helmeted Guineafowl, Crested Francolin, Yellow Hornbill, Pied and Arrowmarked Babblers, Glossy Starling, Meyers Parrot and Paradise Whydah are just some of the species you may encounter during your stay at the lodge.

Distance
±230km
Route
Maun to Nata
Places
Nata
Day 17

Nata

We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans. The shady tree canopy surrounding the lodge is a hive of activity, with a bird feeding area and active water feature providing the bird watcher with the opportunity of viewing a variety of species from the comfort of the pool deck. The Helmeted Guineafowl, Crested Francolin, Yellow Hornbill, Pied and Arrowmarked Babblers, Glossy Starling, Meyers Parrot and Paradise Whydah are just some of the species you may encounter during your stay at the lodge.

Distance
±230km
Route
Maun to Nata
Places
Nata
Optional Activities
Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (7 seat plane – time permitting)
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
±310km
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
±310km
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
Chobe National Park Game Drive
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Dinner out
Activity Package
Vic Falls National Park Entry
Day 20

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls offers a wide variety of activites from adrenaline, scenic or cultural, from a helicopter flight over the falls, white water rafting down the Zambezi to a intimate encounter with elephants or lions.  Take time today to explore this magnificent town or you can choose to relax around the swimming pool at your accommodation.

Optional Activities
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Bungee Jump – Solo
Lion Encounter
Dinner out
Elephant Encounter
Helicopter Flights
Full Day White Water Rafting
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
±820km
Route
Victoria Falls to Palapye
Optional Activities
All Meals
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
±550km
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 afternoon we enter the greater Kruger National Park area where we will be spending the next 3 nights. After settling in we enjoy an evening game drive followed by local dancing and dinner.

Distance
±350km
Route
Johannesburg to Greater Kruger National Park Area
Included Activities
Local Dancing
Activity Package
Evening Game Drive
Day 24

Kruger National Park

Today we start with a morning game walk before proceeding into the Kruger National Park. We enjoy an afternoon game drive from the comfort of our Nomad Truck. On the way keep your eyes open for more wildlife. Our truck gives us a more elevated view of the park and the ability to spot big cats and other smaller game that can be hiding in the vegetation. After spending a full day in the Kruger National Park, we make our way back to our accommodation in the greater Kruger area.

Distance
±150km
Route
Greater Kruger National Park to Kruger National Park
Activity Package
Morning Bush Walk
Included Activities
Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Day 25

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.

Activity Package
Full day 4×4 Game Drive
Included Activities
Full Day Game Drive in Nomad Truck
Day 26

Panorama Route - 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 at a local restaurant.

Distance
±530km
Route
Kruger National Park to Johannesburg
Optional Activities
Dinner out

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.

  • Cederberg Guided Walk
  • Guided desert walk with local expert – Naukluft National Park
  • Guided desert walk with local expert
  • Himba Tribe Visit
  • 3 Day Delta Fly In (Accommodated)
  • 3 Day Delta Drive In (camping)
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Vic Falls National Park Entry
  • Evening Game Drive
  • Morning Bush Walk
  • Full day 4×4 Game Drive

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