Overview

We head South through Malawi, the warm heart of Africa and on to the pristine safari area of South Luangwa National Park. Arriving in Victoria Falls you’ll discover an array of activities to keep your adrenaline pumping. On to Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, you’ll be enthralled by the natural spectacle and antics of the wildlife around you. Our tour then travels through Namibia, taking in the historical cities of Windhoek and Swakopmund and the highlights of Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppe, Namib Naukluft, Sossusvlei, Sesriem and the Fish River Canyon before ending your tour in Cape Town, South Africa.

Featured Highlights

Not all highlights are included in the tour price and form part of the Activity Package. Ideally we would include all activities, but not everyone can afford this. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.

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Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Dar es Salaam

From R720
  Airport Transfer Available Kipepeo Beach Village

Kipepeo Beach is a mere 9kms from the heart of Dar es Salaam and on arrival you will feel like you have arrived on Zanzibar itself with it’s cool sea breeze, sparkling endless white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Break away from the craziness of Dar es Salaam, … Read More

Post Tour Accommodation - Cape Town

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  Airport Transfer Available Strand Towers

Strand Towers Hotel is located in the centre of Cape Town and is within easy walking distance of vibrant Long Street and the V&A Waterfront. The views from this 4 Star hotel will keep you spellbound – be sure to spend some time watching the city as it goes about … Read More

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

Mikumi

Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and our journey leads us to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Today we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park

Distance
±195km
Route
Dar es Salaam to Mikumi
Optional Activities
Mikumi National Park Game Drive (min 6 clients)
Day 02

Iringa

Today we travel further inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area. This evening our dinner is a traditional Kihehe dinner in a Kihehe hut (local tribe) or dinner in the famous Mud Ruins restaurant.

Distance
±360km
Route
Mikumi to Iringa
Included Activities
Diner in a local Masai Restaurant
Day 03

Karonga - Northern Malawi

Today we leave Tanzania and enter Malawi. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, passing vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at our camp.

Distance
±462km
Route
Iringa to Karonga
Day 04

Ngala Beach - Malawi

Leaving Nkhata Bay, we journey north to Ngala Beach and our accommodation stop for the night, situated on the shores of Lake Malawi. Here you will have the afternoon free to snorkel in the crystal clear waters or try out the traditional dug out canoe and have fun in trying to master it.

Distance
±380km
Route
Karonga to Ngala Beach
Activity Package
Slave trade historical tour
Day 05

Ngala Beach - Lake Malawi

For much of the 19th century, it was the busiest slave-trading centre on Lake Malawi By the 1850s, Nkhotakota had become the main terminus from which as many as 20,000 slaves annually were shipped across the lake from present-day Malawi to the Indian Ocean port of Kilwa Kivinje (Tanzania). Today you will have the opportunity to experience the Slave Trade & Historical tour, gaining insight where Arab Traders organised the slave trade to Zanzibar. The tour includes the trees where Livingstone negotiated with the slave traders, the Church built by the first missionaries and the pool in the hills where enemies of the Arabs magically escaped.

Day 06

Lilongwe

Today we depart Nkhotakota Bay and head towards the bustling city of Lilongwe. En route, we will stop at a local market to experience the culture and way of live of the Malawian people.

Distance
±270km
Route
Ngala Beach to Lilongwe
Included Activities
Lilongwe Local Market Visit
Day 07

Zambia - South Luangwa National Park

Early in the morning we drive from Malawi and cross in to Zambia and continue to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy an included sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP.

Distance
±280km
Route
Lilongwe to South Luangwa National Park
Activity Package
Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Day 08

South Luangwa National Park

In the morning you have the opportunity to take another game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we visit the community run tribal textile project and a local village.

Activity Package
Village and Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
Optional Activities
Safari Walk in South Luangwa National Park
Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Day 09

Petauke

We leave South Luangwa and drive through to Chipata where we will relax in the afternoon. Zambia is truly Africa, with its lush, sub-tropical vegetation.

Distance
±170km
Route
South Luangwa NP to Petauke
Places
Chipata
Day 10

Lusaka

The journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route. On week days there may be the opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of the Zambian capital city.

Distance
±410km
Route
Petauke to Lusaka
Places
Day 11

Victoria Falls

Today we journey from Lusaka to Victoria Falls.  Tonight you will have the opportunity to have a meal out with your group.

Distance
±570km
Route
Lusaka to Victoria Falls
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Day 12

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls – Botswana - Kasane

Stand beside the “smoke that thunders” watching and listening as the roar of 546 m³ of water, minute by minute, plunges down into a 100 m deep gorge below. Today we cross Botswana border en-route to Chobe National Park.

Distance
±100km
Route
Victoria Falls to Kasane
Optional Activities
Morning Tram & Bridge Tour
Bungee Jump – Solo
Helicopter Flights
White Water Rafting
Activity Package
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Day 13

Kasane - Botswana

Established in 1968, the Chobe National Park covers approximately 11700 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland.  Take advantage of your time here by enjoying a game drive through the park, in search of vast herd of elephants and a multitude of antelope including the rare sable.

Activity Package
Chobe NP Game Drive
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Day 14

Gateway to the Delta

Today we enter Namibia and travel through the Caprivi Strip,  crossing three national parks en-route to our next destination. A beautiful sunset awaits us at our camp situated on the panhandle of the delta.

Distance
±435km
Route
Kasane to Kavango
Day 15

Gateway to the Delta

This morning we journey to our Delta camp.  For those who will be embarking on the Okavango Delta Excursion, the next 3 days will be filled with scenic cruises on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango and nature walks, where we have the possibility of seeing some of the abundant wildlife.

Distance
±150km
Route
Kavango to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Day 15

Gateway to the Delta

This morning we journey to our Delta camp. For those who will be embarking on the Okavango Delta Excursion, the next 3 days will be filled with scenic cruises on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango, nature walks, where we have the possibility of seeing some of the abundant wildlife, a game drive and a scenic flight out of the Delta.

Distance
±150km
Route
Kavango to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Fly In Excursion
Day 16

Okavango Delta

An early start sees us head off winding waterways of the Delta, where water lily beds and palm islands make for the most scenic of experiences.

Day 17

Okavango Delta

Today we bid farewell to the Delta, taking a boat transfer out to reunite with our truck before heading down to Maun.  We will spend the night in Maun, reliving our Delta experience.

Distance
±380km
Route
Okavango Delta to Maun
Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 17

Okavango Delta

Today we bid farewell to the Delta and journey to Maun after enjoying a game drive and our scenic flight out of the Delta.  We will spend the night in Maun reliving our Delta experience.

Route
Okavango Delta to Maun
Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 18

Ghanzi

We depart early and head towards Ghanzi. Once at camp we will meet with a local Bushmen community and experience some traditional Tribal Dancing. There are also some traditional bushman huts that you have the opportunity to stay in for a nominal fee.

Distance
±290km
Route
Maun to Ghanzi
Included Activities
Bushman Tribal dance in evening
Optional Activities
Bushman Walk
Day 19

Windhoek, Namibia

Today is a long driving day to the Namibian border and on to Windhoek in the centre of Namibia arriving in the early evening. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Tonight there is an optional dinner out in town at Joe’s Beer House, definitely a feast for all the senses.

Distance
±520km
Route
Ghanzi to Windhoek
Included Activities
Drive through Windhoek with the Nomad truck
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Windhoek
Places
Day 20

Etosha National Park

Leaving the city sights behind us, we travel into Namibia’s barren northern area.  On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home.  We enter Etosha National Park and game drive through to our campsite for the night.

Distance
±455km
Route
Windhoek to Etosha
Included Activities
Craft market stop en-route
Entrance to Etosha National Park
Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Day 21

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 22

Outjo

As it is a short drive to Outjo, our destination for the night, we will spend the morning enjoying our last game drive through the park. Your afternoon is at leisure, so you can relax around the pool at our lodge.

Distance
±120km
Route
Etosha to Outjo
Day 23

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
±130km
Route
Outjo to Khorixas
Activity Package
Himba Tribe Visit
People
The Himba People
Day 24

Swakopmund

En route to Swakopmund, we visit Spitzkoppe. Our guide will take us on a walk to marvel at the incredible landscape. Then we travel to Namibia’s Atlantic coast and Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. You will be briefed on the optional activities available here. At night there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant where you can try different types of local dishes.

Distance
±310km
Route
Khorixas to Swakopmund
Included Activities
Guided Walk with Nomad Guide through Spitzkoppe
Day 25

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 4/5 hours
Sky Diving
Sandboarding
Quad Biking (2 hours)
Dinner Out Swakopmund
Day 26

Sesriem

After the adventure and adrenaline rush of Swakopmund, we drive south into the mysterious Namib Desert.
We will be joined by a local expert on a guided walk and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. Tonight we enjoy dinner around the campfire, do a little star gazing and listen to the calls of the jackals and barking geckos.

Distance
±430km
Route
Swakopmund to Sesriem
Activity Package
Guided desert walk with local expert
Day 27

Sossusvlei Dunes

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.  After our hike, we will have the chance to explore Sossusvlei and relax at camp before taking a short hike into Sesriem Canyon.

Distance
±130km
Route
Sesriem to Sossusvlei
Included Activities
Sesriem Canyon
Explore Sossusvlei
Hike up Dune 45
Optional Activities
Transfer to Deadvlei
Day 28

Fish River Canyon

Today we travel south to the Fish River Canyon where we hike along the edge of the canyon and see the amazing sunset. (It is possible that you may see the sunrise at the canyon the next morning instead due to the road conditions or time of year you are travelling).

Distance
±425km
Route
Namib-Naukluft Park to Fish River Canyon
Included Activities
Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon
Day 29

Gariep / Orange River

We leave early on our last day in Namibia travelling south to the border with South Africa at the Gariep / Orange River. Our campsite lies on the banks of the Orange River. In the afternoon there is an optional canoeing activity on the River or you can just chill out at the campsite and go for a swim.

Distance
±205km
Route
Fish River Canyon to Gariep / Orange River
Optional Activities
Half-Day Canoe Trip
Day 30

Cederberg Region

Today is a long drive through the Northern Cape to the fruit producing area in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. Upon arrival at our campsite, we will enjoy a wine tasting and a traditional meal.

Distance
±500km
Route
Orange river to Citrusdal
Activity Package
Wine tasting & traditional dinner
Day 31

Cape Town

Our final day on tour, we head to the mother city, Cape Town.  Before entering the city we will stop at Table View for a magnificent photo opportunity of Table Mountain from the other side of the bay.

Distance
±250km
Route
Citrusdal to Cape Town

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.

  • Slave trade historical tour
  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Village and Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Chobe NP Game Drive
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
  • Okavango Delta Fly In Excursion
  • Himba Tribe Visit
  • Guided desert walk with local expert
  • Wine tasting & traditional dinner

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