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.

Featured Highlights

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Cape Town

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

South Africa - Swaziland - Hlane Royal National Park

Leaving Johannesburg early, we travel through the Mpumalanga province to Swaziland. After crossing the border we enter Hlane Royal NP, a huge nature reserve, home to lion, elephant and white rhino.

Distance
±510km
Route
Johannesburg to Hlane Royal National Park
Optional Activities
Mountain Bike Hire – Hlane Royal National Park
Game Drive in Hlane Royal National Park
Guided Game Walk in Hlane Royal National Park
Day 24

Hlane Royal National Park

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.

Optional Activities
Mountain Bike Hire – Hlane Royal National Park
Game Drive in Hlane Royal National Park
Guided Game Walk in Hlane Royal National Park
Day 25

Mozambique – Praia do Tofo / Inhambane

Today we cross into Mozambique. Travelling north you can’t help but be captivated by the beautiful coastal scenery before arriving in Praia do Tofo and our accommodation for the next two nights. Whether you just want to relax on the white sandy beaches or take on some of Africa’s most amazing diving and snorkeling spots, there’s plenty on offer in Tofo.

Distance
±785km
Route
Hlane Royal National Park to Praia do Tofo
Highlights
Whale Sharks
Day 26

Praia do Tofo

In season Tofo is one of the world’s best sites for the viewing of the world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark. This entire day is free so that you can go snorkeling, scuba diving or just relax on the beautiful white sandy beach.

Optional Activities
Scuba Diving – Praia do Tofo
Fishing Boat Rental (min.2 – max.4 People)
Surfing & Body Board Rental (Full Day)
Ocean Safari – Snorkelling with Whale Sharks
Day 27

Vilanculos

Bazaruto 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. On the way to Vilanculos, where we will spend the night, we will be stopping at a local craft market for a little souvenir shopping.

Distance
±300km
Route
Praia do Tofo to Vilanculos
Places
Day 28

Bazaruto Archipelago National Park Excursion

The Bazaruto excursion is taken on the traditional sailing vessel of the African East Coast, the Dhow. We sail out to the islands and have the opportunity to snorkel, swim and relax over these 2 days. The Bazaruto is one of Southern Africa’s largest marine parks. We will overnight at a camp on the beach in our tents.
Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Vilanculos for this night.

Activity Package
Bazaruto Island Camping Excursion
Day 29

Bazaruto Archipelago National Park Excursion

The second day of this oceanic excursion is again spent exploring the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and the abundant sea-life it supports. On rare occasions the weather may be unfavourable and in this case the Dhow will be replaced with a more conventional vessel.

Day 30

Inhambane

Today we leave Vilanculos and travel back south 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
±285km
Route
Vilanculos to Inhambane
Optional Activities
Inhambane Snorkelling
Inhambane Scuba Diving – Per Dive
Quad Biking
Day 31

Inhambane

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

Optional Activities
Inhambane Snorkelling
Inhambane Scuba Diving – Per Dive
Day 32

Maputo Area

Today we return south towards the direction of Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. Mozambique gained full independence from the Portuguese in 1975, but only gained political stability in more recent times and is undergoing a major upgrade as the country’s economy grows.

Distance
±570km
Route
Inhambane to Maputo
Places
Day 33

South Africa - Greater Kruger National Park

Today we drive through Maputo’s capital and return to South Africa to the world famous Kruger National Park, where we hope to spot Africa’s Big 5. The Kruger Park is the most famous nature conservation area in the world.

Distance
±240km
Route
Maputo to Kruger National Park
Optional Activities
Evening Game – Nkambeni Reserve
Day 34

Greater Kruger National Park

We spend the day game driving in our Nomad Truck through the Kruger Park, hoping to see the Big 5. Get your cameras ready for some memorable pictures.

Activity Package
Full day 4×4 Game Drive
Optional Activities
Full day 4×4 Game Drive
Morning Bush Walk – Nkambeni Reserve
Evening Game – Nkambeni Reserve
Included Activities
Full Day Game Drive in Nomad Truck
Day 35

Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Today we visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where animals are being re-habilitated before being released back in to the wild. In the evening we enjoy a traditional song and dance evening along with a typical South African meal.

Distance
±195km
Route
Kruger National Park to Timbavati
Included Activities
South African Dinner & Traditional Dancing
Activity Package
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Day 36

Panorama Route - Johannesburg

Travelling along the Panorama Route we stop at Gods Window, Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels and Bourkes Luck Potholes. The tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg. Johannesburg has many excellent restaurants and the group often spends this evening together.

Distance
±540km
Route
Timbavati 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
  • Himba Tribe Visit
  • 3 Day Delta Drive In (camping)
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Vic Falls National Park Entry
  • Bazaruto Island Camping Excursion
  • Full day 4×4 Game Drive
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

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