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Trip Summary

Travel with a group of like-minded spirits on a three week ‘off the beaten track’ overland adventure from Cape Town to incredible Victoria Falls. 

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Highlights:

  • Namib Desert,
  • Himba Tribe,
  • Etosha National Park,
  • Okavango Delta,
  • Victoria Falls

Countries Visited: 

  • South Africa,
  • Namibia,
  • Botswana,
  • Zimbabwe

Perfect for: 

People with a zest for life and a lust for adventure. If you have an interest in people, places, animals and adventure than our adventure truck experiences are for you.

The groups come from all walks of life and although there are some couples and groups of friends most travellers are going-solo and it’s an even split male/female.

This trip is available with the option of accommodated or camping tour and in a regular size or small group.

Itinerary

Activity Package
Many of our overland trips include an optional activity package. It covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on the tour 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. The price listed includes this activity package but it can be removed. It’s 100% transparent and what you pay for the activities in advance is the same as when you arrive, it’s just MUCH easier.

Highlights

Himba Tribe

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The Himba are an ethnic group that live predominantly in the North of Namibia in the Kunene region.  They are known for the effort they have made to uphold their roots. They still largely lead a traditional way of life and interacting with them is an eye opening experience that will leave you with a much better understanding of how people have survived in such harsh conditions for many generations. Although they are traditionally a nomadic people they have recently built two villagers which have become popular with tourists who want to learn more about their culture.

Nomad tours believe that all travellers should experience as much of the local culture as possible when travelling anywhere in the world. The Himba are a welcoming people that are curious about visitors and eager to share their way of life with anyone interested. The Himba tribe tours form part of three of our Nomad tours packages and are always well liked. They provide visitors with a glimpse of their daily lives and a sound understanding of their culture and traditions. We make the effort to spend as much time as possible with the tribe during our Himba tribe tours. So during the course of the day you will have the opportunity to absorb as much of the culture as possible.

The Himba tribe are easily recognisable by their unique dress and hair style which make use of the abundant ochre in the area. The Himba tribe tours are mutually beneficial for both the visitor and the tribe’s people that receive important exposure. By educating the public about their way of life they are able to preserve their culture and impress upon the outside world the importance of treating the natural world with respect.

Etosha National Park

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Etosha Pan National Park is a large endorheic salt pan which forms part of the Kalahari basin.  It is a 120 km long dry lake bed, which is protected by the Etosha National Park home to some of the most phenomenal game viewing in the world. One of the elements that make the Etosha National park tours so memorable is that the camps sites within the park are built on the edge of water holes, so you can spend peaceful evenings with good company as the sun goes down watching the animals come down to the waterhole to drink.

On the Nomad Etosha National Park tour we will take you on several game drives that utilise an elevated truck to provide the best possible game viewing. There are optional night drives for you to take part in, and although they are not included in the Etosha National Park tours they are highly recommended. The optional game drives are taken with expert guides who have an abundance of local knowledge.

The Etosha Pan is a truly beautiful and unique place with game viewing that you will not see anywhere else in the world, the facilities are world class to make for a comfortable and memorable stay. The natural beauty and abundant wildlife will provide countless photo opportunities to make your friends jealous. Game viewing can never be offered with guarantees, as you are dealing with wild animals you can never be certain of how they will behave. We can guarantee that on our Etosha Pan national park tours you will meet people and have experiences with them that will form the basis of lifelong friendships.

Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta From The Air

Every year in Botswana, more than 11 cubic kilometers of water flow from the Okavango River into the Delta, irrigating more than 15 000 square kilometres of the Kalahari Desert, making it the largest inland delta in the world.  Here, you’ll find yourself exploring a lush paradise home to Africa’s most beautiful wildlife and bird species while submersing yourself in pure tranquillity and an African landscape unlike any other.

Exploring the Okavango Delta is a must for any tourist visiting Botswana. Here, you’ll have an endless list of activities to participate in, truly making the most of your time in this paradise. Boat trips, canoeing and fly-overs are among the most popular, however you can also go fishing and walking safaris depending on the time of year. As the Okavango is a seasonal delta, you’ll find yourself facing a different environment during the summer and winter months. The rain falls at the beginning of the year.

The Moremi Game Reserve can be found on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, however many others smaller, private lodges can be found in others parts, each of which offers guests a unique and exclusive experience. The favourite time of year to visit is during its dry season, just after the rains have fallen, as your days will be dry and warm (during the summer season the rains fall almost constantly and the temperatures can soar above 40°C.)

Explore the beautiful region of the Okavango Delta with Nomad Tours and see it’s beautiful wildlife, landscapes and be enchanted by its relaxed atmosphere and people.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful treasures. They border Zimbabwe and Zambia and are the region’s most visited tourist hotspot. The falls are by no means the world’s biggest waterfall, however their length and the vast volume of water which find its way to the falls via the Zambezi river makes them the world’s largest waterfall. Victoria Falls was names after Queen Victoria by the first European explorer who set their sights on them, David Livingston, however up until then, and still today locally, the falls were known to be The Smoke That Thunders, “Mosi-oa-Tunya”.

The entire volume of water of the Zambezi travels into Victoria Falls, flowing into its first gorge, creating a spectacle and a true sight to be seen. In fact, you don’t even have to be close by to the falls. Aptly getting its name as The Smoke That Thunders, the falls spray water into the air which can be seen for miles, including in the surrounding game reserves and national parks.

Victoria Falls safaris are among the most popular activities to participate in when visiting the falls. Guests can embark on bush safaris – on foot, horseback or in a vehicle – and embark on a Zambezi cruise along the waters before the falls. While on these Victoria Falls safaris guests will have the chance to see crocodiles, hippos and other African wildlife.

Travel to Victoria Falls with Nomad Tours for an unforgettable and inspiring vacation in Southern Africa. Not only will you be able to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a truly beautiful world heritage site, but you’ll be able to participate in exciting activities such as white water rafting, canoeing, bunji jumping, and an authentic Victoria Falls safari.

Day 1 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 the way to the Cederberg we visit !Khwa ttu where we enjoy a San guided tour and museum visit. After the tour, lunch will be prepared, after which we continue to our campsite in the Cederberg region. We arrive at our camp and your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River
An early start, we head 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 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. Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 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 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!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 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. Optional activity: Transfer into Deadvlei
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 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 is 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. Optional Activities: Dinner out
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 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: Quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, dinner out etc.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 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 behind camp for some stunning views of the landscape.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Himba Tribes
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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10/11 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. Optional Activities: Night or dawn game drives in safari vehicles.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.   Optional Activities: Dinner out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 Botswana – Ghanzi
After an early start, we cross into Botswana and drive to Ghanzi. After setting up camp we meet with a local Bushman (San) community and experience some traditional tribal dancing.  Optional activity: Bushman walk
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 overnight bags. There may be an opportunity this afternoon to visit the local crocodile farm or take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Optional Activity: Crocodile Farm visit, Scenic Flight (time permitting)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15/16 Maun – Okavango Delta
This morning we board the big 4×4 truck that will take us into 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 Gweta
We leave the Delta behind us and travel east to Planet Baobab. You can explore the bush around the campsite, lounge by the pool and view some of the region’s oldest Baobab trees.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls
Today we cross the border and enter Zimbabwe.  Once 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 end your tour with all the new friends you’ve made along the way.  Optional Activities: Chobe morning game drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 20 Victoria Falls
Officially your tour finishes after breakfast but most people will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting alternatives such as a walk with lions or a bungee jump from the bridge that joins Zimbabwe with Zambia.  Optional Activities: Full day white water rafting, Flight over the falls, Full day low/high water river boarding, sunset cruise, bungee jump (solo), morning/afternoon lion or elephant encounter.
Meals: Breakfast

Dates

There are multiple departures most months of the year. Please contact us to request info on a month or period of time so we can send you live availability.

Trip Notes:

This trip can be booked as an accommodated or camping tour. The prices vary – please enquire for details.

The overland group trips in Southern and Eastern Africa are priced as a tour price and there is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be essential activities on the trip. Ideally we would include all of these but not everyone can afford this. This payment can be made in full when you book your trip or as you go along the tour.

The payment is 100% transparent and is listed in the itinerary of the tour. If you cannot afford it, or do not want to do the activity package, rest assured that your tour will remain uninterrupted and meals and the services of the guides will continue.

Solo Travel:

These trips are great for solo travellers to meet a group of like-minded people and share some of the high costs of trying to do a long distance overland trip by themselves. The operator has a single supplement policy which is worth understanding if you’re travelling solo.

If you choose an accommodated tour the single supplement is compulsory. This means all solo travellers on accommodated have to have their own rooms and don’t have an option to share.

If you choose a camping trip you can pay a single supplement but you still have to share when actually camping (as they can’t carry enough tents to allow everyone to have a single tent, so campers always have to share). You would get single rooms when you are in accommodation during the tour, eg at Victoria Falls). If you don’t pay a single supplement then you have to share with someone of the same gender for the whole tour.

All the itineraries are written with the Activity Package written in.

You are able to choose to do this adventure as an accommodated or camping trip. Please specify in your enquiry form which you are interested in.

Price are quoted in South Africa Rand.

CAMPING from R15,250 
Single Supplement R840
Activity Package R5,000
ACCOMMODATED R25,950
Small Group Option R33,700
Single Supplement R5,380
Activity Package R11,300=”What’s Included”]

 

Included in your tour price: 

  • Transport in the specialised vehicles
  • the services of two qualified guides
  • meals
  • accommodation
  • specified activities
  • and most National Park Fees

Not Included in your tour price:

  • Visas
  • Flights (to and from the tour)
  • Vaccinations
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Optional Activities

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What to expect

Each day in Africa is new and exciting. A portion of the day is spent traveling from one place to another. The tours can cover large distances and include plenty of highlights. A typical day with us starts at sunrise, making the most of every minute.

Lunches are normally informal affairs on the side of the road or a local picnic spot. Evenings are spend socialising and relaxing at camp.

Your guides do most of the work with the camp assistant although you are asked to take it in turns on the washing up and putting up/taking down your own tents and unloading your bags.

Vegetarians are easily catered for. The guides can produce miracles on a camp stove. Special dietary requirements can be met by special request.

Once you have booked your trip we will send you a Tour Dossier and a detailed Pre-Departure Information Document.

Adventure Trucks

On these trips the team is VERY passionate about the vehicles! They are among the finest in Africa. Our partners on the ground have always been at the cutting edge of adventure vehicle design and the vehicles are constantly being upgraded and renovated to ensure they remain the best.

Original vehicle design; for rugged terrain. The tough and simple construction of this vehicle makes it ideal for the unforgiving roads of East Africa and Mozambique. These trucks are also used on occasion in Southern Africa. Some of the trucks vary in design. Therefore some of the features differ from truck to truck, such as the overhead lockers.

EACH TRUCK IS FITTED WITH:

Freezers to keep food fresh in the African heat.
Individual seats with seat belts and ample leg-room
Overhead luggage racks.
Lockers for your backpacks (±35 cm square, 80cm deep)
A safe for your valuables.
A well-stocked first aid kit is on hand for emergencies.
Reading material (fiction & fieldguides), games and recreational gear to keep you well entertained.
I-pod/MP3 points
Charging facilities for cameras, batteries etc
PA System
Kitchen and stove
Water tank
Cooler boxes
Table for food preparation
Hand-dishwashing facilities
And much more

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