Nomad’s signature and most popular tour, the Cape Town to Victoria Falls 20 Day tour, highlights Southern Africa’s most incredible sights. Begin your tour at the spectacular Table Mountain in Cape Town and travel all the way up to the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. On the way you will have the opportunity to paddle down the Orange River in Namibia before we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. The slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west. After a brisk climb up Dune 45 you’ll experience one of the most beautiful sunrises of Africa. We take you to the bustling town of Swakopmund before we will visit a Himba tribe. Next on our list is Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. From Etosha we travel to Botswana where you can take a Mokoro ride through the Okavango Delta and then watch the sunset on a boat cruise on the Chobe River before finishing your tour in Victoria Falls. The bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline!

CAMPING – Price per person

1 Jan to 31 Dec 2020 Tour Price
Twin Share From AUD 3,075
Single Supplement From AUD 125
Green Seat ** From AUD 36

ACCOMMODATED – Price per person

1 Jan to 31 Dec 2020 Tour Price
Twin Share From AUD 4,895
Single Supplement From AUD 735
Green Seat ** From AUD 36

** Green Seat, gives you the opportunity to offset your carbon foot print

Number of Days:  20

Note:

  1. Departs on selected dates.
  2. Small group camping or accommodated safari
  3. Maximum of 24 people on the camping tour and 20 people on the accommodated tour
  4. 2 crew on the camping tour and 3 crew on the accommodated tour
  5. Adventure truck
  6. Arrival / Departure – Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. We also highly recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends to allow for delays and changes.

Package Includes:

  • All meals which are prepared and served at the Nomad truck / accommodation / qualified crew / filtered water / transport in the Nomad truck / included highlights as per the itinerary / entrance fees to National Parks.

Package Excludes:

  • Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips) / entrance fees (associated with optional activities / souvenirs / activity packages and optional activities.

Day 1 – South Africa – Cederberg Region
The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cedarberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. The Cedarberg region is known for its mountain fynbos and spectacular views of the rugged Cedarberg Mountains. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.
Accommodation Marcuskraal Campsite http://www.marcuskraal.co.za/index1.html
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Cape Town to Citrusdal
Meals Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River
Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.

Accommodation Fiddlers Creek Campsite http://www.bushwhacked.co.za
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Citrusdal to Vioolsdrift
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Spring Wild Flowers (Seasonal July – September)

Day 3 – Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon
While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river. Around midday (after lunch) we depart the Orange River and head inland, crossing the border into Namibia. We make a brief stop at the mineral hot springs for a dip in the pool before arriving at our camp in the late afternoon.

Accommodation NWR: Hobas Campsite http://www.nwrnamibia.com/hobas.htm
Facilities Campsite Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity Half-day canoe trip
Border Post South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 277 618 760, Open 24 hours
Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
We rise early this morning, pack up our camp, making our way to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We arrive in time to catch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.

Accommodation Seeheim Hotel http://www.seeheimhotel.com/
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Day 5 – Namib-Naukluft National Park
Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west, the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

Accommodation NWR: Sesriem campsite https://www.nwr.com.na/resorts/sesriem-camp
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft NP
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Sesriem Canyon

Day 6 – Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park
Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land. This afternoon we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion.

Accommodation Boesman’s Camp or similar. (No website)
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Namib-Naukluft NP – Naukluft Area
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Guided desert walk with local expert

Day 7 – Swakopmund
Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.

Accommodation Amanpuri Travellers Lodge http://www.amanpurinamibia.com
OR
Strauss Holiday Accommodation http://www.straussholidays.com/Rooms.htm
Facilities Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity Tropic of Capricorn, Walvis Bay Lagoon

Day 8 – Swakopmund
While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.

Accommodation Amanpuri Travellers Lodge http://www.amanpurinamibia.com
OR
Strauss Holiday Accommodation http://www.straussholidays.com/Rooms.htm
Facilities Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner

Day 9 – Spitzkoppe to Brandberg
Leaving early, we make our way to the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres above the desert plains below. The presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a walk with a local guide and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for our overnight stop for the evening.

Accommodation Brandberg White Lady https://www.brandbergwllodge.com/wmenu.php
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe)
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Visit and explore Spitzkoppe with a local guide

Day 10 – Brandberg White Lady
The Brandberg (Burning Mountains) are regarded as the highest in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area. This morning we will make the 1-hour hike to visit the painting that is said to be around 2,000 years old. (Please be advised that the hike does traverse rough terrain along the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River). After our exploration, our journey continues to the area of Kamanjab.
Accommodation Toko Lodge http://www.tokolodge.co/
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Uis to Kamanjab
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Brandberg White Lady hike

Day 11 – Etosha National Park
Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. This afternoon we reach the park and begin with our first game drive as we make our way to the rest camp.

Accommodation NWR: Okaukuejo http://www.nwr.com.na
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Kamanjab to Etosha National Park
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck

Day 12 – Etosha National Park
Our second day in Etosha allows for a full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. We explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park.

Accommodation NWR: Okaukuejo http://www.nwr.com.na
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Etosha National Park
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Full day game drive in Nomad truck

Day 13 – Windhoek
It is an early rise as we take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. (Our accommodation for the night is situated halfway between the city and the airport).

Accommodation Heja Game Lodge http://www.hejalodge.com
Facilities Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Walk through Windhoek with your guide

Day 14 – Botswana – Ghanzi
Today we travel east and make our way to neighbouring Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. Starkly different to the Namib Desert after which Namibia is named, the Kalahari is no less dramatic and covers over 900 000 square kilometres. The San people have long been associated with this harsh environment and this afternoon we will enjoy an informative guided walk with the San community. Tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling.

Accommodation Ghanzi Trail Blazers http://ghanzitrailblazers.co.bw
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Windhoek to Ghanzi
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight San Tribal dance in evening / San Guided Walk (this activity could take place the next morning)/ San Tribal dance in evening
Border Post Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560401, Open: 07h00-24h00
Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 (0) 659 2013/2064, Open: 07h00-24h00

Day 15 – Okavango Delta
This morning we rise early and head towards Maun, where upon arrival in Maun this afternoon, you will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). This evening our guide will prepare us on what to expect on our full day excursion into the Okavango Delta.

Accommodation Sedia Riverside Lodge http://sedia-hotel.com/
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Ghanzi to Maun
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity Okavango Delta scenic flight

Day 16 – Okavango Delta Excursion
The most rewarding and enjoyable way to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of this intricate system of lily covered channels and lagoons is by mokoro. Heading out early, we will be transferred by safari vehicle to the poling station (approximately 1 hour transfer) where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta. The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons. Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your poler. After the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the poling station. While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be spotted in this pristine wilderness area, including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.

Accommodation Sedia Riverside Lodge http://sedia-hotel.com/
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Maun – poling station – Okavango Delta – Maun
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Okavango Delta Day Excursion

Day 17 – Nata
Leaving Maun behind us this morning we make our way towards the town of Nata. We will spend most of the day in our truck as we journey across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans. On arrival at Nata Lodge, you have the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon guided game drive to the Makgadikgadi Pans, which forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands.

Accommodation Nata Lodge http://underonebotswanasky.com/camps/nata-lodge.php
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Maun to Nata
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)

Day 18 – Chobe National Park
We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely boat cruise and a meal served around the campfire.

Accommodation Thebe River Safaris http://www.theberiversafaris.com
Facilities Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Nata to Kasane
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Chobe National Park boat cruise
Optional Activity Chobe National Park Game Drive

Day 19 – Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls
With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well.

Accommodation Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel http://www.victoria-falls-rainbow-hotel.com
Facilities Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Kasane to Victoria Falls
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Border Post Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320 / Open: 06h00-20h00
Zimbabwe: Kzangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00

Day 20 – Victoria Falls
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast and with the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suites your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.

Accommodation Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad.
Meals Breakfast
Optional Activity Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

2020

Camping
7, 14, 18, 25 Jan
1, 4, 11, 15, 25, 29 Feb
3, 10, 21, 24, 28, 31 Mar
11, 18, 21, 25 Apr
5, 9, 16, 19, 26 May
2, 6, 13, 20, 23, 30 Jun
4, 14, 18, 21, 25 Jul
1, 4, 8, 11, 22, 25, 29 Aug
5, 8, 12, 15, 22, 26, 29 Sep
3, 10, 13, 17, 20, 27, 31 Oct
3, 7, 17, 21, 28 Nov
1, 12, 15, 19, 22, 29 Dec

2020

Accommodated
11, 14, 18, 25 Jan
1, 4, 11, 18, 25, 29 Feb
7, 10, 17, 24, 28 & 31 Mar
4, 11, 18, 21, 25 Apr
5, 12, 16, 19, 30 May
2, 6, 9,  23, 27, 30 Jun
4, 14, 18, 21, 25 Jul
1, 4, 11, 18, 22, 25, 29 Aug
5, 8, 12, 15, 22, 26, 29 Sep
3, 10, 13, 17, 20, 27, 31 Oct
3, 7, 17, 21, 24 Nov
1, 12, 15, 19, 26 Dec

Our accommodated tours are here to fill the gap between a camping experience and an expensive lodge-tour while our camping tours allow you to have a truly African experience. On all of our tours (excluding the Cape Town to Victoria Falls tour and sections of this tour) we have both camping and accommodated guests travelling together. Other than the tent that you pitch or the bed that you sleep in, everything else about these tours is exactly the same. All meals are prepared at the truck, you have the same guides and the travel times are all the same so that literally is the only decision that you have to make – a bed or a tent.

Camping gives you the freedom to build your own little home every evening. We provide you with heavy duty canvas dome tents which are standing height (unless you’re over 6 foot) and approximately 2.5 x 2.5m across the base. On a camping tour, you need to provide your own pillow, sleeping bag and towel. The tents are easy to put up and have flexible self-supporting poles and there are no unnecessary pegs to fight with. There is a flysheet provided for rainy weather and a built-in mosquito net which should be kept closed at all times. Please make sure that you pay attention when the guides explain the correct way of putting up and taking down your tent as the incorrect use can cause problems with the tent. We also provide everyone with a sleeping mattress.

On accommodated tours, we have done all that we can to keep our fantastic low prices on these tours so the accommodation is not luxury but you can expect 2 – 3 star twin / double accommodation and the majority of it is ensuite. In some places, we also make use of permanent safari tents which are considered “accommodation”. We have selected accommodation that is in line with the areas we visit so there is a good variety. It is important to note that general accommodation standards are higher in Southern Africa than they are in East Africa. Please bring along your own towel as these are not always provided. The truck will remain in the area where the campers are and one of the guides will take you over to your accommodation – so please remember to pack light!

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