Overview

On this Cape Town to Johannesburg journey you will enjoy a variety of adventures! We start off on the wine route through Stellenbosch on our way to Oudtshoorn before reaching the Garden Route. The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. Go bungee jumping of the world’s highest bungy bridge or soak up the sun at the beach. You will be guided through six National Parks, including Kruger National Park. Experience the thrill of being on safari, observing the big five as well as zebras, giraffe and rhinos. Your game viewing experience starts at Addo Elephant National Park. Addo Elephant National Park is recognised as one of South Africa’s most popular national parks and game reserves. We then will take you into Lesotho and Swaziland so that you can experience the different cultures of these landlocked countries. We’ll also stop in at the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon of the world, where you can marvel at the spectacular rock formations and the endless expanse of the Panorama Route. You will see the highlights God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. Your adventure in Africa ends in Johannesburg.

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Some of the activities listed above form part of an "Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.  We do recommend that you prebook your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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Belvedere Estate is situated in the upmarket suburb of Midrand, with 15 en-suite, fully equipped, self-catering rooms, a sparkling swimming pool, braai boma, two lounges, dining area, snooker room, bar and friendly, welcoming staff. With a range of snacks, lunch and dining options, we welcome you as part of the Nomad … Read More

Itinerary

Our tours come with an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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Day 01

Cultural Cape Town – Stellenbosch

Set at the south-western corner of the African continent, Cape Town is scenically located at the foot of Table Mountain. This morning we spend or time experiencing some of the rich historical and cultural highlights of the city, those who have opted for the activity package will join a local tour operator for an insight into the life and history of the people living in the Cape. Enriched by our experiences we travel north to the winelands to enjoy a sampling of some fine Cape wines. Our final stop this afternoon is the historic town of Stellenbosch where we will have some time to explore the town on foot. We end this busy day with a dinner out after checking-in to our hotel this evening.

Route
Cape Town to Somerset West
Included Activities
Self-Guided Walk through Stellenbosch
Activity Package
Cheese and wine tasting
Cape Town cultural township tour
Optional Activities
Lunch
Day 02

Route 62 – Oudtshoorn

Crossing the Hottentots-Holland Mountains this morning we set out for the Klein Karoo and our overnight stop in Oudtshoorn. We follow the scenic Route 62 today, stopping to experience one of the many farm stalls on the way. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub! On arrival in Oudtshoorn this afternoon we will visit an Ostrich Farm to learn about these fascinating birds.

Route
Somerset West to Oudtshoorn
Included Activities
Ostrich Farm Visit
Day 03

Heart of Garden Route

Our morning starts with a guided tour of the famous Cango Caves, we can only marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves. Returning above ground we make our way over the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the beautiful Garden route coastline below. In the coming days we spend time hiking, relaxing at the beach and sampling the many optional activities available.

Route
Oudtshoorn to Garden Route
Activity Package
Cango Caves basic tour
Optional Activities
Dinner
Day 04

Tsitsikamma

The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. While our morning is set aside for some relaxation on the beaches of Plettenberg Bay, today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you to get the most out the day. This afternoon we have the opportunity to visit the hidden gem of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this little paradise. In order to make the most of this day, the truck will run a set schedule and you are free to join or leave at the places that interest you.

Route
Plettenberg Bay to Storms River Village
Optional Activities
Bloukrans Bungee Jump
Sea Kayaking
Township Tour
Birds of Eden
Ocean Safaris
Included Activities
Plettenberg Bay Beaches
Natures Valley Nature Walk
Day 05

Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning we set out to explore the rugged coastline on foot. Our hike along the Waterfall Trail sees us cover the first section of the world renowned Otter Trail, this is not an easy hike and those who prefer a more leisurely option can make use of the boardwalks to the Storms River Mouth. For the adventurous the Waterfall Trail offers a spectacular winding path that follows the rocky coastline, an out and back trial we stop for a refreshing swim at the base of an icy Waterfall. For those who wish to get a birds-eye view of the magnificent forests an optional zip line tour through the canopy is offered this afternoon.

Included Activities
Tsitsikamma National Park entrance
Hike with your Nomad guide
Optional Activities
Treetop Canopy Tours
Day 06

Addo Elephant National Park

This morning we set out for the Eastern Cape and the Addo National Park. We make a stop this morning in the surfing mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay, famous for its waves you have the opportunity to visit the small surfing museum, catch a quick wave or simply enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking these famous waves. This afternoon we will make our first visit to seek the Elephants after which Addo is named.

Route
Tsitsikamma National Park to Addo Elephant National Park
Optional Activities
Addo Night Drive
Included Activities
Addo National Park Game Drive in Truck
Jeffrey’s Bay
Day 07

Addo Elephant Park

With no large predators to endanger us, we make a relaxed start to the day. Our guide will lead us for a bush walk this morning as we enjoy the natural surrounds. Spending time in the bush on foot, we have the opportunity to stop for the little things so often missed from a vehicle. This afternoon we return to Addo for a second exploration of the park.

Optional Activities
Addo Night Drive
Included Activities
Afternoon game drive in Addo NP in Nomad Truck
Morning Bush Walk
Day 08

Graaff Reinet

The historic town of Graaff-Reinet nestles in the heartland of the Great Karoo and offers a unique insight into the history of this arid region. On arrival this afternoon we will enjoy a Historical walking Tour of the town dubbed “the gem of the Karoo”, our local guide will introduce to the rich history of South Africa’s fourth oldest town. Towering above the town below, the Valley of Desolation is a spectacular backdrop for the setting sun, this evening you will have the opportunity to join an optional Sundowner visit to close out the day.

Route
Addo (via Port Elizabeth) to Graaff Reinet
Activity Package
Graaff Reinet historical tour
Day 09

Lesotho – Malealea

This morning we cut across the vast expanse of the Great Karoo, our destination is nestled in the heights of Lesotho. This autonomous mountain kingdom boasts the highest peaks in Southern Africa and is one of the highest countries in the world, the entire kingdom lies over 1000m above sea level. Having crossed the mighty Orange River, we enter the border of Lesotho and make the climb to our camp set high in the mountains.

Route
Graaff Reinet to Lesotho
Day 10

Lesotho – Malealea

The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as we explore the mountains on foot, our hike concludes with a village visit and the opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets and their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their surefootedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand.

Optional Activities
Pitseng hike
Pony Trekking
Included Activities
Lesotho Village Visit
Lesotho Village Visit, Hike with Nomad Guide
Day 11

South Africa – uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

We exit Lesotho and travel through the sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate, our destination is the mountains of the Drakensberg. Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains are hikers paradise and worthy of exploration.

Route
Lesotho to Drakensberg
Included Activities
Sterkfontein vulture centre
Oliviers Hoek pass
Day 12

UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

We set out this morning for a lengthy hike, along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace.

Included Activities
Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
Day 13

Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – Durban

It’s all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. On the 5th August 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely country road in KwaZulu-Natal. At the wheel was Nelson Mandela. He was arrested and spent 27 years in prison. Today you will have the opportunity to visit this historic capture site, marked by an impressive sculpture in honour of “Madiba”. We will also stop at the Howick Falls to listen to the power of the falls and take some photos at the view point. Then it’s onto the bustling city of Durban is South Africa’s largest port and well-known surfing destination. We stay in the city centre this evening and may sample some Indian cuisine and enjoy this coastal city’s vibrant nightlife

Route
Drakensberg to Durban
Optional Activities
Dinner
Included Activities
Visit Howick Falls
Visit to the Mandela Capture Site
Day 14

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

With a morning at leisure to enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm Indian Ocean, for those who prefer a little more excitement the many attractions of Ushaka Marine World can be visited instead. This afternoon we leave the city behind as we wind our way along the coast to our stop in Zululand. Tonight we enjoy a Zulu cultural experience where we will sample the local beer, made from the local Ilala Palm, unique to the Zululand area and will be taught the basic Zulu language, how to greet, count and learn about the family traditions.

Route
Durban to St Lucia
Included Activities
Zulu Cultural Evening
Optional Activities
Visit to Ushaka Marine World
Day 15

Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve

We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered Rhinoceros. The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both Black and White Rhinoceros occur in the park and many populations owe their ongoing existence to animals that have been raised here. While Rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary.

Activity Package
St Lucia boat cruise
Hluhluwe game drive
Day 16

Swaziland – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

An early start and we are off to the Kingdom of Swaziland, this afternoon we have the opportunity to join many of the optional activities that are offered here. Take your choice from game drives, mountain biking or a visit to the Chief’s village.

Route
St Lucia to Swaziland
Optional Activities
Hiking
Swazi Cultural Experience
Game Drives
Mountain Biking
Day 17

South Africa – Kruger National Park

We start the morning with a nature walk before setting off back to South Africa and the Kruger National Park. No visit to Swaziland would be complete without a visit to view the many crafts on offer, we will visit a craft market before crossing the border this afternoon. Tonight we setup camp on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park and the next two days will be spent game viewing in South Africa’s most famous National Park.

Route
Swaziland to Kruger National Park area
Included Activities
Guided Nature Walk with Nomad Guide
Day 18

South Africa – Kruger National Park

Entering the park early this morning we spend a full day on safari in the park, with luck we may even catch sight of the Africa’s famous Big-5. 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. The Nomad truck gives us an elevated view and increases our chance to spot the animals.

Included Activities
Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Day 19

Greater Kruger Area

Our activity package offers you an opportunity to participate in a full day 4×4, open safari vehicle game drive through the park. If you do not participate in the 4×4 game drive, your guide will take you on a game drive through the park in the Nomad truck. This afternoon presents the opportunity to extend the day with an optional Sundowner Drive.

Included Activities
Game drive in Kruger National Park with the Nomad truck (for non-activity package clients)
Activity Package
4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park
Optional Activities
Sunset Drive
Day 20

Panorama Route to Johannesburg

Our return journey to Johannesburg takes us via the scenic Panorama Route where we will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. We arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travellers are invited to join us for a traditional Braai tonight, this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared around the braai fires and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Route
Great Kruger NP to Johannesburg
Optional Activities
Farewell dinner at Belvedere Estate

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

  • Cheese and wine tasting
  • Cape Town cultural township tour
  • Cango Caves basic tour
  • Graaff Reinet historical tour
  • St Lucia boat cruise
  • Hluhluwe game drive
  • 4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park

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