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One Continent. Nine Countries. Fifty Six Days. An epic ‘off the beaten track’ overland adventure from South Africa to Kenya taking in the greatest sites, people and wildlife imaginable.

This is a 55 day action packed adventure all the way from South Africa to Kenya clocking up an impressive nine countries on the way. Taking in some of the continent’s most legendary sites, wildlife and culture it’s a truly epic African journey for adventurous spirits.

Highlights:

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  • Okavango Delta,
  • Sossusvlei Dunes,
  • Victoria Falls,
  • Serengeti National Park,
  • Mountain Gorilla

Countries Visited:

  • South Africa,
  • Namibia,
  • Botswana,
  • Zimbabwe,
  • Zambia,
  • Malawi,
  • Tanzania,
  • Kenya,
  • Uganda

Perfect for: 

People with a bit of time on their hands! Cape Town to Nairobi (or the other way around!)

If you have an interest in people, places, animals and activity based adventure this ‘adventure truck’ experience is 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 also runs south from Nairobi to Cape Town – contact us for details on this route.

Itinerary

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. *Please note that the Masai Mara Excursion item in this activity package is a compulsory additional payment.

The Gorilla Permit is also compulsory payment, the cost is between US$520 and US$620

55 Days of Action - Check them out here

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.

Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal
Activity Package: Wine Tasting & Traditional 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.

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.

Route: Orange River to Fish River Canyon
Included Activities: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Optional Activities: Half Day Canoe Adventure (Min 4 pax)

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!

Route: Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft Park
Places: Namib-Naukluft National Park

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.

Route: Sesriem to Sossusvlei
Included Activities: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, Walk into Sesriem Canyon
Places: The Namib Desert, Sossusvlei

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.

Route: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
Included Activities: Stop off in Walvis Bay (to view flamingos)
Places: Swakopmund
Activity Package: Guided Desert Walk With Local Expert
Optional Activities: Dinner Out Swakopmund

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: Dolphin Cruise 4/5hrs incl Transfer and Light Lunch, Skydiving incl Transfer & Safety Gear, Sandboarding (Stand Up/Lie down), Quadbiking (2 x Hours), Dinner Out Swakopmund

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.

Route: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
Places: Spitzkoppe
Included Activities: Guided Walk with Nomad Guide through Spitzkoppe

Day 9 Himba Tribes: Outjo
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.

Route: Spitzkoppe to Outjo
Activity Package: Himba Tribe Visit
People: The Himba People

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.

Route: Outjo to Etosha National Park
Included Activities: Craft market stop en-route, Entrance to Etosha National Park, Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Places: Etosha National Park

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.

Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Included Activities: Drive through Windhoek with the Nomad truck
Optional Activities: Dinner at Local Restaurant, Bushman Walk
Places: Windhoek

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.

Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi
People: Bushman – San People
Included Activities: Bushman Tribal dance in evening

Day 14 Gateway to the Okavango Delta
This morning you will have the opportunity to participate in an optional bushman walk with the locals, before we continue our journey north towards Etsha and venture into the bush. We spend the night at our overnight camp on the banks of a beautiful lagoon. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at this campsite for the 2 nights that the rest of the group travel into the Okavango Delta.

Route: Ghanzi to Northern Delta
Optional Activities: Bushman Walk

Day 15/16 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.

Route: Sepopa to Jumbo Junction
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Places: The Okavango Delta
Optional Activities: Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person

Day 17 Okavango Delta – Caprivi Region
Today we bid farewell to the Delta and head north. After being re-united with our truck, we re-enter Namibia. Our overnight is located on the banks of the Okavango River in the Caprivi Strip of north-eastern Namibia.

Route: Okavango Delta to Rainbow River Lodge
Places: Caprivi Strip

Day 18 Kasane – Chobe National Park
This morning we travel through the Caprivi Strip and onto Kasane. This afternoon we will enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River.

Route: Rainbow River Lodge to Kasane
Optional Activities: Photo Safari
Places: Chobe National Park
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Boat Cruise

Day 19/20 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.  Most people will spend the next 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.

Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Vic Falls National Park Entry
Optional Activities: Dinner Out Victoria Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise incl Transfers, Bungee Jump, Dinner Out Victoria Falls, Helicopter Flights 12-13 min (3pax min), Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water)
Places: Victoria Falls

Day 21 Lusaka
Leaving behind the natural wonder of Victoria Falls, we continue our expedition. After Livingstone we journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka. You will notice the vegetation becoming sub-tropical and the roads a little rougher.

Route: Victoria Falls to Lusaka
Places: Lusaka

Day 22 Petauke
Today is a long drive through lush country, crossing rivers en-route to Petauke, the gateway to the South Luangwa NP. Zambia is truly African and an adjustment from the more Western ways of Southern Africa.

Route: Lusaka to Petauke

Day 23 South Luangwa National Park
Early in the morning we drive from Petauke to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where we will spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. Before our arrival at the South Luangwa NP, we will stop at the community run tribal textile project. The Tribal textile production factory is closed annually from December to March, when we will not be able to view the fabric production, however the textile shop is open all year round. This afternoon we enjoy a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP (the game drive may take place the following day due to time constraints).

Route: Petauke to South Luangwa National Park
Places: South Luangwa National Park
Included Activities: Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
Activity Package: South Luangwa NP Sunset Game Drive

Day 24 South Luangwa National Park
In the morning you will have the opportunity to take an optional game drive through the South Luangwa National Park, which is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar.

Places: South Luangwa National Park
Optional Activities: Safari Walk outside South Luangwa National Park (4 hours), Morning Game Drive (Including Park Fees)

Day 25 Lake Malawi – Malawi
Today we depart the South Luangwa NP and head towards Lake Malawi. Ngala Beach lies on the shore of Lake Malawi and is a town of considerable historical note. Our accommodation for the night is situated on the edge of Lake Malawi and if time permits, grab the snorkels and discover some of the interesting creatures residing in the lake.

Route: South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi
Places: Lake Malawi

Day 26 Northern Lake Malawi
It’s a short drive to our next destination, situated in the northern region of Lake Malawi. As we will be spending the next 3 nights here, you will have sufficient time to explore the area. Lake Malawi is regarded as one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in the world, tropical fish (the colourful kind) swim past in schools of brilliant blues, yellows and purples. It may also be possible to book an excursion to the Livingstonia Mission (full day hike).

Route: Ngala Beach to Northern Lake Malawi
Optional Activities: Livingstonia Day Trip (Hike), Snorkelling

Day 27 Lake Malawi
As you have the entire day, make use of your time here enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Malawi or laze around the pool at our accommodation.

Day 28 Lake Malawi
Today is our final day at Lake Malawi, so make the most of the day and enjoy snorkeling or swimming.

Day 29 Tanzania –Iringa 
Today we leave Malawi and enter Tanzania. 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 outside Iringa.

Route: Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa
Included Activities: Traditional Dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 30 Mikumi
We leave Iringa today and head north to the Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant and today we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park.

Route: Iringa to Mikumi
Activity Package: Mikumi National Park Game Drive

Day 31 Dar es Salaam
Our journey today brings us out of the cool highland region to the humid Indian ocean coastal city of Dar es Salaam.  Meaning ‘house of peace’ in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the economic and trade capital of Tanzania, but inland Dodoma remains the official capital city.

Route: Mikumi to Dar es Salaam
Places: Dar es Salaam

Day 32/33/34 Zanzibar Excursion
A local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Zanzibar. We take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend our time relaxing on the beach.  On the 3rd day, we head south to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, where we will spend the night.  Here we have time exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored.

Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry, Stone Town to Nungwi Beach
Included Activities: Spice Tour and City Tour
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
Places: Zanzibar Island
Optional Activities: Zanzibar Meals (per meal), Swimming with Dolphins Half Day Trip, Scuba Diving – Per Dive

Day 35 Dar es Salaam – Bagamoyo
Today we leave Zanzibar early and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck. It is a fairly short drive to reach our next destination, Bagamoyo, who’s name goes back to the days of slavery and means, lay down your heart. We settle into our overnight spot which is situated on the beach. Here you will have the afternoon free to step into the inviting Indian Ocean or laze on the beach and enjoy the timeless views across the ocean. The town of Bagamoyo is a short walk away and you can explore this vibrant town on foot.

Route: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry ± 80km; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo: ± 80 km

Day 36 Arusha
The city of Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park. The following day we will prepare for our journey into the Serengeti.

Route: Bagamoyo to Arusha

Day 37/38/39 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
These 4 days are set aside for the optional 3-night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. On the first day from Karatu to Ngorongoro, there will be time for visiting the Oldupai gorge and museum.
The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. For those not going to the parks, take this chance to absorb some of the fascinating local culture.

Route: Arusha to Serengeti National Park
Optional Activities: Serengeti Camping Excursion
Places: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park

Day 40 Arusha
Today the group meets up again and we have the chance to exchange stories of the various adventures that we participated in over the past few days.  In the afternoon we visit the local Masai Mara Museum and Snake Park in Arusha.

Route: Serengeti National Park to Arusha
Places: Arusha

Day 41 Kenya – Nairobi
After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi. Founded by the British in 1899 as a simple rail depot, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa and eventually the capital of Kenya in 1963. Usually we enjoy a group meal out at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants.

Route: Arusha to Nairobi
Optional Activities: Dinner at Local Restaurant

Day 42 Masai Mara National Reserve
We leave the capital of Nairobi and travel to the Masai Mara, world renowned for it’s endless plains of wild animals and spectacular beauty. The visit to the Masai Mara is operated in safari type vehicles and not the Nomad truck. For this reason, you are asked to pack a small overnight bag to travel with. You will need your towel, sleeping bag, clothes, toiletries and camping essentials.

Route: Nairobi to Masai Mara
Highlights: Masai Mara National Reserve
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Day 43 Masai Mara National Reserve
The rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. Some of the other animals that could be found here include elephant, black rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Hippo and crocodile abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers, which traverse this reserve. Today we will spend the entire day game driving through the Mara in search of all the animals.

Day 44 Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru
We rise early and enjoy our final game drive through the Mara before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park, where we will enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park. Lake Nakuru is home to large flocks of flamingos and pelicans as well as black & white rhino, leopard, lion and numerous buck. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968.

Route: Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru
Places: Lake Nakuru National Park

Day 45 Jinja
Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and more famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.

Route: Lake Nakuru to Jinja
Optional Activities: Nile Cruises, Rafting Half Day
Places: Kampala

Day 46 Kampala – Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park
After meeting your guides in Kampala you are off to to the Murchison Falls NP. The Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and are located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. After settling into our accommodation, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.

Route: Jinja to Kampala
Optional Activities: Boat Cruise Including Park Fees

Day 47 Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve
Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. It is believed that there are between 600 – 700 chimpanzees in Budongo and this morning we will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps. We will also enjoy a game drive through the park in search of the great diversity of wild animals. Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour the trekking will be split between the morning and the afternoon. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking or vice versa. Please allow for flexibility.

Activity Package: Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls
Included Activities: Game Drive at Murchison National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 48 Kampala
This morning is set aside to participate in any activities, should we not have been able to participate in them in the previous days. It’s then onto Kampala where you will have the afternoon free to take in the atmosphere of this bustling city.

Optional Activities: Dinner Out Kampala

Day 49/50/51 Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni)
The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.
As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits.
Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.

Please note:  Although there are 3-days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one-day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Buyoni National Park to the Starting Point of the Gorilla Trek
Optional Activities: Canoeing rental
Activity Package: Pygmy Village Visit
Places: Lake Bunyonyi
Highlights: Mountain Gorilla

Day 52  Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala
Today we say farewell to the Gorillas and make the long journey back to Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

Optional Activities: Dinner Out Kampala

Day 53 Jinja
We depart Kampala early to arrive at Jinja just before lunch. This afternoon you will have time to relax and enjoy the various activities available here including swimming, quad biking, kayaking and rafting.

Route: Kampala to Jinja

Day 54 Kenya – Eldoret
Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level.

Route: Jinja to Eldoret
Places: Eldoret

Day 55 Nairobi
Returning to Nairobi, the largest city in the East Africa region, there’s an optional dinner, where we can swap stories and exchange contact details. Optional Activities: Meal out in Nairobi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Route: Eldoret to Nairobi
Places: Nairobi
Optional Activities: Dinner at Local Restaurant

Highlight: Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta From The AirThe Okavango Delta is Botswana’s most popular tourist destination. Every year, 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.

Highlight: Victoria Falls

cape town to vic falls overland south africa adventure (3)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.

Highlight: Mountain Gorillas

Our ground operator specializes in gorillas tours, taking their guests to the beautiful mountains of Uganda or Rwanda to see these majestic giants in their natural habitats.

These creatures are extremely endangered – there are approximately only 650 left worldwide – and they are incredibly difficult to get to; making seeing the mountain gorillas a real once in a lifetime opportunity. Observing these endangered animals in their natural environment is humbling and extremely rewarding as they’ll enlighten you to how simply life could be.

After Chimpanzees, mountain gorillas are the most closely related to human beings of all mammals; our DNA is a 99% match. They are an endangered species, despite intense conservation efforts and community development which aims to protect them. If these efforts are lost, in just a few generations, mountain gorillas will be extinct or will only be able to be seen in zoo’s and sanctuaries. By visiting the gorillas we’re aiding the communities which surround them and showing them that protecting the gorillas will benefit them financially.

We will take you to see these beautiful endangered animals for yourselves. Our Masai Mara and Gorilla tour will take you through Kenya and Uganda in just two weeks, showing you the stunning landscapes and exotic wildlife that is unique to these regions and Africa. As permits allowing you to visit the gorillas are limited, we may either take you to visit the gorillas through the Uganda or Rwanda side. We prefer to take guests through the Uganda side and will do our utmost best to ensure a pass into the national park to see the mountain gorillas.

The money that is spent on the permits needed to see the gorillas goes towards protecting them.

Highlight: Serengeti National Park

serengeti-national-parkThe Serengeti National Park is the most photographed and filmed game reserves in Africa. With an incredibly dense population of wildlife and never-ending rolling plains, the Serengeti offers an authentic and idyllic wilderness safari. This is the Africa many of us dream of: an abundance of wildlife, beauty, tranquillity and endless clear, summer days.

The Serengeti National Park is located in Tanzania and is over 14 763 square kilometres in size. The park can be divided into three parts, according to their vegetation; the Serengeti Plains, the Western Corridor, and the Northern Serengeti. The Serengeti is a conservation area; people are prohibited from living in the park unless they are part of park or tourist lodge staff.

The parks huge wildlife population is its greatest claim to fame. Every year, over 1.5 million white-bearded wildebeest and 250 000 zebras migrate from one side of the park to another in search of fresh grazing. The trek takes them three weeks and is a true site to behold as many predators snatch up prey along the way; a spectacle of predator verses prey. Undoubtedly, this is the best and most exciting game viewing in all of Africa.

Nomad Tours will take you on an optional 4X4 Serengeti safari through this magnificent park. Safari tours in Africa are amongst the most popular and famous means of exploring the continent; wildness safaris in the Serengeti National Park will not disappoint. Explore beautiful grasslands, endless savannas, reverine forests and woodlands, as well the wildlife that grazes there.

In order to explore the park and see everything that it has to offer, we’ll take you on an optional 4X4 safari along it’s back roads, allowing you to see the more hidden gems of the park. Our East African Adventure Tour and Treasures of Tanzania tour will take you on the authentic African getaway you’ve been dreaming of, allowing you to kick back and soak in the African climate and scenery.

Dates:

September 15 – November 8, 2016
September 25 – November 18, 2016
October 6 – November 29, 2016
October 16 – December 9, 2016
October 27 – December 20, 2016
October 27 – December 20, 2016
November 6 – December 30, 2016
November 17 – January 10, 2017

Prices: All prices are quoted in South African Rand

Camping option

Tour Price: R45,650
TOUR CODE: NCMG
Single Supplement R2,720
Activity Package R21,770
Green Seat R550
Gorilla Trekking Permit – $630 to 730

Accommodated option

Tour Price R66,150
TOUR CODE: NACMG
Small Group (section only) R74,750
Single Supplement R12,030
Activity Package R28,320
Green Seat R560
Gorilla Trekking Permit – $630 to 730

Solo Travel and Single Supplements:

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. When you get in touch we’ll send you details which includes additional optional activities you might like to do on the way and which you can book as you go.

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.

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.

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

Let us know if you want to do some of this trip but not all of it as it is possible to do ‘legs’ of the journey

What's Included

There are always extra activities to do but with us there are no hidden costs and you remain in control of your choices and finances.

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

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

Operator

This 100% African owned and managed operator really does have its finger on the pulse of the continent. Specialising in overlanding adventures through South and East Africa, they use well equiped expedition trucks to enable travellers to explore places of spectacular beauty, unique wildlife, interesting cultures and inspirational adventures. Chose camping or accommodated options and expect friendship, fun and adventure plus the security that group travel brings.

Enquiry Form

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 and which month(s) you’re looking to travel so we can send you dates and availability.

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