overland tours

CAPE TOWN TO VICTORIA FALLS – NORTH TOUR – 20 DAYS

Our 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 spectacular Table Mountain in Cape Town and travel all the way up to the barren salty flats of the Etosha Pans in Namibia. On the way we will stop to watch the sunrise from the top of Dune 45 in Sossusvlei, paddle down the Orange River in Namibia and visit the bustling town of Swakopmund. 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 ultimate way to experience Africa!

Full Course Details

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Project Type: Overland Tour – 20 Days

Location: South Africa / Namibia / Botswana and Zimbabwe

Pick up Point: Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from Nomad Adventure Tours, 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, South Africa.

Drop off Point: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel – 278 Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Duration: 20 Days

Start Dates: All year round, please contact us for exact departure dates

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: As detailed in Itinerary

Age Range: N/A

FUTHER INFO

Day 1 – South Africa – Cederberg Region

Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We will be heading north towards our stop for the first night, passing through the Cederberg Region. Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy a wine tasting, sampling wines from the region. Tonight we will be treated to a traditional South African meal, followed by a full tour briefing from your guides.

Meals – Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation – Camp: Marcuskraal Campsite
Facilities – Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Drinkable Water & Shared Ablutions
Route – Cape Town to Citrusdal ±270 km
Activity Package – Wine tasting & traditional dinner

Day 2 – Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River

After an early start, we continue 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
Accommodation – Camp: Fiddlers Creek Campsite
Facilities – Hot Showers, Bar, Water Not Drinkable, Shop & Shared Ablutions
Route – Citrusdal to Orange river ±500 km

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.

Meals – Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Accommodation – Camp: Hobas Campsite
Facilities – Shared Ablutions & Hot Showers (sometimes)
Route – Orange River to Fish River Canyon ±180 km
Included – Highlight Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon
Optional Activity – Half-Day Canoe Trip
Border Post – South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Open 24 hours. Namibia: Noordoewer, Open 24 hours.

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 we 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
Accommodation – Camp: Sesriem campsite
Facilities – Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Drinkable Water, Shop & Shared Ablutions
Route – Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft Park ±520 km
Included Highlight – Hike into Sesriem Canyon

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.

Meals – Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Accommodation – Camp: Desert Shelter Cha-re
Facilities – Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar & Shared Ablutions
Route – Sesriem to Sossusvlei ±150 km
Activity Package – Guided desert walk with local expert – Naukluft National Park
Included Highlight – Sunrise hike up Dune 45
Optional Activity – Transfer to Deadvlei

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 are 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

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation – Two Per Room: Gruner Kranz Courtyard OR Stay@Swakop OR Amampuri
Facilities – En-suites Per Room, Bar, Internet, Drinkable Water & Wireless Internet
Route – Sossusvlei to Swakopmund ±250 km
Included Highlight – Stop off in Walvis Bay (to view flamingos)
Optional Activity – Dinner Out Swakopmund

Day 7 – Swakopmund

Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available on offer here.

Meals – Breakfast
Accommodation – Two Per Room: Gruner Kranz Courtyard OR Stay@Swakop OR Amampuri
Facilities – En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Bar, Internet, Laundry, Wireless Internet & Restaurant
Optional Activity – Dolphin Cruise 4/5horas, Sky Diving, Sandboarding, Quad Biking (2 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 for some stunning views of the landscape.

Meals – Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Accommodation – Bush Camp: Spitzkoppe Community Campsite
Facilities – Long Drop Toilet
Route – Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe ±80 km
Included Highlight – Guided Walk with Nomad Guide through Spitzkoppe

Day 9 – Kamanjab – Himba Tribe

We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists. The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaces during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment. Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage.

There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation – Camp: Etotongwo
Facilities – Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Internet & Restaurant
Route – Spitzkoppe to Outjo ±340 km
Activity Package – Himba Tribe Visit

Day 10 – Etosha National Park

The open plains of the Etosha National Park allows for spectacular elevated game viewing from our truck whilst on game drives. Our overnight stops, which boasts floodlit night water holes, are situated inside the park.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation – Camp: Namutoni OR Okaukuejo OR Halali
Facilities – Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Waterhole, Drinkable Water, Shop & Shared Ablutions
Route – Outjo to Etosha National Park ±170 km
Included Highlight – Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck

Day 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.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation – Camp: Namutoni OR Okaukuejo OR Halali
Facilities – Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Drinkable Water & Shared Ablutions
Included Highlight – Full day game drive in Nomad truck

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 drive through Windhoek in our truck. Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.

Meals – Breakfast,Lunch
Accommodation – Two Per Room: Arebbusch Travel Lodge
Facilities – En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Internet, Laundry & Restaurant
Route – Etosha National Park to Windhoek ±450 km
Included – Highlight Drive through Windhoek with the Nomad truck, Craft market stop en-route
Optional Activity – Dinner Out Windhoek

Day 13 – Botswana – Ghanzi

After an early start, we say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border. Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community.

Meals – Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Accommodation – Camp: Ghanzi Trail Blazers
Facilities – Hot Showers, Bar & Shared Ablutions
Route – Windhoek to Ghanzi ±520 km
Included Highlight – Bushman Tribal dance in evening
Optional Activity – Bushman Walk
Border Post – Namibia: Buitepos, Open: 07h00-24h00. Botswana: Mamanu, Open: 07h00-24h00

Day 14 – Gateway to the Delta

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 take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.

Meals – Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Accommodation – Camp: Sitatunga
Facilities – Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Laundry & Shared Ablutions
Route – Ghanzi to Maun ±300 km
Optional Activity – Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (7 seat plane – time permitting)

Day 15 – Okavango Delta

After breakfast we board a 4×4 truck for our trip into the Okavango Delta, where we meet with our local guides and polers for our mokoro (traditional canoe) trip to our remote bush camp. In the afternoon there is a nature walk with a local guide which gives a great chance to view wildlife on foot. Tonight we spend time swapping stories around the camp fire and enjoying the serenity of the Delta.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation – Bush Camp: Delta Rain Bush Camp
Facilities – No Facilities
Route – Maun to Bush Camp
Activity Package – Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Maun for the following night.

Day 16 – Okavango Delta

After an early breakfast, we will pack up camp and set out by Mokoro, travelling through the crystal clear waters of the Okavango Delta. Remember to keep an eye out for the wildlife that comes to waters edge for an early morning drink. After our mokoro ride, we will once again board our 4×4 safari vehicle and drive through traditional villages before entering the South Gate into what is undoubtedly one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa, Moremi Game Reserve. Upon arrival at Moremi Game Reserve we will spend the next hours enjoy a game drive throughout this incredible area.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation – Bush Camp: Bush Camp
Optional Activity – Tips for Polers – Clients Discretion

Day 17 – Nata

We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to participate in a 3-hour Game Drive to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. You will board the open roof 4×4 vehicles and travel through the Nata Bird Sanctuary, which sits within the awe-aspiring vastness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The pans are home to 165 different species of birds, including pelicans, spoonbills, eagles, ostriches and flamingos, that make the Sanctuary their home at different times of the year according to their migratory behaviour.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation – Camp: Nata Lodge or Pelican Lodge
Facilities – Hot Showers,  Swimming Pool, Bar & Shared Ablutions
Route – Moremi National Park to Nata ±300 km
Activity Package – Visit to the Nata Pans

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
Accommodation – Camp: Thebe River Safaris
Facilities – Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Internet, Laundry & Shared Ablutions
Route – Nata to Kasane ±315 km
Activity Package – Chobe National Park Boat Cruise

Day 19 – 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. An optional dinner out is a friendly way to spend the evening with all the new friends you’ve made along the way.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation – Two Per Room: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
Facilities – En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Laundry & Restaurant
Route – Kasane to Victoria Falls ±100 km
Activity Package – Vic Falls National Park Entry
Optional Activity – Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Border Post – Botswana: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00. Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00

Day 20 – Victoria Falls

Although your tour officially ends after breakfast, most people will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting activities so we recommend you add a post-tour night here.

Meals – Breakfast
Accommodation – Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad.
Optional Activity – Morning Tram & Bridge Tour, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump – Solo, Helicopter Flights, Full Day White Water Rafting

Location
Where You'll Stay

ACCOMMODATION

Camping / Bush Camps and Accommodation

Malaria
Malaria Prophylactics are required

Whats Included:
Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck), accommodation, registered guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.

Whats not included:
All items of a personal nature, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, activity package and optional activities

Health:
A Yellow Fever Certificate might be required for this tour depending on your nationality.

Insurance:
All clients require adequate Medical Insurance. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Medical Insurance is not provided.

Visas:
As visa requirements vary considerably from country to country and nationality to nationality, please contact the various embassies or a visa service agent in your home country to re-check your visa requirements at least 4 weeks prior to travelling. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and that Nomad Adventure Tours will not be held responsible for guests being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas.
All travellers must be in possession of a valid onward/return air ticket or proof of other means of transport enabling the traveller to leave the country in which your adventure tour passes or terminates. You should also have proof of sufficient funds (e.g. credit card) to see you through your time in the country. Should the adventure tour you are joining be re-entering a country, be sure to have a multiple entry visa that enables you to re-enter the country.
In some cases visas are available on entry into a country and may be cheaper to do so, however for peace of mind and to speed up the border crossing process, Nomad will always advise you to get your visas prior to your trip if possible.

Climate:
The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route.

Currency:
As your tour may pass through multiple countries, we have prepared information on the use of local and foreign currencies, ATMs and Credit Cards for each country.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation:
If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers

Arrival and Departure:
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. As the activities on your tour can be moved to any day during your tour, we also highly recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.

Tipping on Tour:
Southern Africa: In general tipping in restaurants is expected and is around 10% for good service, more if you have received exceptional service, and, feel free not to tip at all if you received poor service. Tipping taxi drivers etc is really at your own discretion and not always expected. If in doubt please ask your guides. It is expected to tip porters and car-guards etc. Ask you r guides how much is appropriate in local currency. Our guides do work hard but they are also paid at (and often above) industry levels for this work. Our Crew can be tipped if you feel that they have done a good job and/or gone above and beyond the call of duty. The best way to arrange tips is to elect one person in the group to collect the money. We recommend USD1-2 (or about R10-R20) per day per person, per guide as a fair tip. So if you have 3-crew on a tour, we would recommend that 3 envelopes are used and each crew member’s name written on one. Place what you feel is fair into each envelope and the elected person can give these to the crew at the end of the tour. If you do not feel that the crew deserve a tip, please, do not tip them. You must remember that tipping is only for exceptional service and is not at all compulsory or expected.

DESTINATION

South Africa
South Africa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa, as it offers truly magnificent views and has an abundance of activities to enjoy. This Southern African country is rich with culture and traditions; with every citizen having a unique heritage, culture and story to tell. Here, guests will find themselves enchanted with a unique vibrancy and absorbed in the freedom of every citizen. The combination of the beauty of the landscape and friendly nature of the locals makes South Africa a truly inspiring and exciting country to explore.
Since the 17th century and the arrival of its very first settlers, South Africa has been claimed, to be one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Not only is the weather warm and mild throughout the year, but locals and visitors enjoying an endlessly beautiful scenery and diversity in landscapes. Undoubtedly, South Africa’s main attractions are it’s beautiful mountain and coastal views, however it’s cities also attract more than enough tourist attention.
In 2010, South Africa hosted the FIFA Soccer World Cup, putting on an incredible show and proving themselves as one of the world’s leaders in the hospitality industry. Guests were made to feel welcome and encouraged to participate in local celebrations and enjoy the sights of each region; a factor which surely contributed to the Mother City of South Africa, Cape Town, being voted by TripAdviser to be the most desired tourist destination in the world.
Among South Africa’s other top attractions is Johannesburg (The City of Gold), Durban (a surfer’s paradise), Port Elizabeth (the friendly city), the Garden Route and the Kruger National Park. A trip through this stunning country with show you just how far it’s come since the days of Apartheid and will showcase the diversity, vibrancy and freedom which makes South Africa a pleasure to visit today.
The Gariep (Orange) River
The Orange River is the longest in South Africa, starting in the Drakensberg in Lesotho, it flows westward towards the Atlantic ocean where it spills out on the border of South Africa and Namibia. Although it passes through no major cities it plays a major role in the South African economy by providing irrigation to the vital farmlands. We offer many Nomad tours that include the Orange River, an overnight on the banks with a fire and good friends will create memories that will last you a lifetime. The Orange River tours are famous for canoeing that occurs on the world famous rapids of the region. Our tours don’t include full white water rafting adventures however on some of the Nomad Tours Orange River adventures you will have opportunity to enjoy canoeing on the river during the time that you overnight on the river banks.

The Orange River forms part of the North West border of South Africa and therefore all of our tours that go to Namibia will cross the Orange River, and most of them we’ll overnight at a camp on the banks of the Orange River. The Orange River is famous for its historic diamond mining, but for some, the magnificent beauty that is found on the banks of the river. There are over 142 different species of birds that can be seen. When our adventure tours cross the Orange River we over night at a beautiful camp site with all the facilities you need to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Our Orange River travel gives you the amazing experience of a gentle paddle down the river in canoes that are provided by the camp site. Or you can spend the afternoon soaking up the sun on the river bank. However you choose to spend your Orange River stay during the Nomad tour you will be guaranteed to enjoy it.

Namibia
Namibia is Southern Africa’s most westerly nation and is home to some of the most beautiful desert plains and sand dunes. This nation has a truly unique landscape; completely unlike Angola, South Africa and Botswana which are its neighbours. Namibia is also one of the largest countries in African, covering 824000 square kilometres. While it covers a seemingly endless amount of space, at every turn you’ll find yourself facing a truly magnificent sight and rugged beauty.

Although Namibia’s desserts may look lifeless, they’re in fact buzzing with life and activity. Home to the African wildlife that tourists travel miles to observe, as well as their very own wild horses and snakes, Namibia has several game reserves for their visitors to visit. The most popular and established being the Etosha National Park where guests can either choose to camp or stay in luxurious accommodation.
If you’re planning an adventure into this beautiful and inspiring country, make sure you land up in Swakopmund, visit the Fish River Canyon, Damaraland and the Kaokoveld. A trip to the Skeleton Coast will show you the beauty of a desert meeting a coast. The Kalahari however, is one of the most astounding aspects of this nation, as it’s endlessly beautiful terrain and wildlife will take you to a mysterious and enchanting new world.

The capital city of Namibia is Windhoek, a city which is heavily influenced by Namibia’s previous colonial ruler, Germany. Today, however the country has close ties to South Africa; its currency linked to that of the rainbow nation.

Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon in the South of Namibia is the second largest in the world and the largest in Africa, in places it is 27kms wide and up to 550m deep in total it is over 160km long. Fish River canyon tours should be on everyone’s list of things to see before they die. It is a natural wonder that should not be missed when visiting Southern Africa. Another major attraction of the area found at the Southern end of the Fish River Canyon Ai-Ais hot springs resort.
Four of our adventure tours include the Fish River Canyon as an attraction. Namibia is country full of amazing attraction and it can often be difficult to choose which ones you should visit, however with our experienced tour guides and our Fish River Canyon travel options you will be guaranteed to see the most memorable sites on offer. Our Fish River Canyon tours vary between the four depending on what else you would like to see and how much time you have to spend exploring the beautiful Southern Africa.

The Fish River Canyon is not only naturally beautiful it is historically significant as it provides clues into the ancient geology of the landscape. Our knowledge and experience when it comes to Fish River Canyon tours and adventure travel in Namibia is unparalleled within the industry and will ensure that you time is not only memorable but well informed.

Namib-Naukluft National Park
The Namib-Naukluft National Park is bigger than Switzerland at 49,768 square km, making it the largest game park in Africa. Being in Namibia this national park is predominantly made up of fiery desert and burnt orange dunes and hills formed by the push and pull of the wind.
Unlike most wild parks around the world that are filled with typical wild African and untamed animals, the Namib-Naukluft National Park is filled with animals of a different kind. Snakes, never before seen “weird” insects as well as over 200 species of birds inhabit the area.
The area of Sossusvlei is more notorious and is the main tourist attraction to the area. Namib-Naukluft National Park tours will not only provide visitors with a wonderful and quintessential desert experience that the Namib is so famous for but will allow them to walk in the footsteps of hyenas, gemsbok and jackals.

The Namib is characterised by its Inselbergs and rocky outcrops called Kopjes. These enclaves and outcrops have been completely created by nature and are the tell-tale signs of heavy wind and its ability to form natural art. They’re also evidence of Gondwanaland and the time when the two most southern tips of the world separated to form Africa, South America and Australia.

Namib means “open space” and tours to Namib-Naukluft National Park will show you all that this diverse space has to offer.

Swakopmund
Swakopmund is a coastal city on the North Western coast of Namibia, it is known as the adventure capital of Namibia and this is evident in the long list of optional activities that are available on our stop overs on our Swakopmund tours. The town has a permanent inhabitation of 42 000 residents so is by no means massive. It does however have a rich and fascinating history and the influence from the days of German colonization. The architecture is stunning and there are many quaint shops and nooks, you can lose yourself for an entire day in the city centre should you choose not to take part in the optional extras and would rather spend a day exploring.

Our Swakopmund tours offer as optional extras, sky-diving, quad biking and sand boarding to name but a few. If however you feel in the mood for something more gentle we also have a nature walk with a highly qualified local guide who will guide you through the diverse and rich local flora and fauna.
Swakopmund has a rich and fascinating history which is evident in the infrastructure of the town and the culture of the people, Swakopmund travel allows you the opportunity to learn about a part of African colonization that is often left unlearned. The German occupation of Southern Africa has a massive impact on the language and culture to a degree that is still evident today. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for the imperial German Colony, it was chosen for its fresh water supply and deep natural harbour.

When the Union of South Africa took over control of German South West Africa after World War 2 it transferred shipping responsibility to Walvis Bay, as such many of the major shipping companies that opened up offices moved out. The phenomenal architecture they left behind though is still visible.
Join one of the World Renowned Nomad tours and experience a Swakopmund tour that will open your eyes to a corner of Southern Africa with a real story to tell.

Spitzkoppe
Spitzkoppe tours take you to a collection of granite peaks located between Swakopmund and Usakos. The peaks stand out dramatically on the flat desolate landscape. The granite that forms the peaks is over 700 million years old and the highest of them rises 1784 meters above sea level which works out to 700 meters above the desert. One of the major attractions of the region are the rock paintings done by the Khoi San tribes that inhabited the area. The Spitzkoppe tours run by Nomad Tours take advantage of not only the natural wonder of the area but the historic significance of these paintings.

Our Spitzkoppe travel package is available on three of our tour packages. All of them involve setting up an over-night camp at the base of one of the granite peaks and a guided tour of the natural wonders of the area. The peak is known by rock climbers all over the world as one of the most challenging in Southern Africa. Although our Spitzkoppe tours don’t offer the chance to climb the peak, there is a guided nature walk of the area and you will have free time to explore the region around the camp and if you are feeling adventurous you can try climbing it for some stunning views.

Our Spitzkoppe tour also includes a guided tour of the Bushmen rock paintings, for many the highlight of our Nomad tours and the primary reason for taking the Spitzkoppe adventure. The paintings, many hundreds of years old, offer a glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of the ancient Khoi San people. This extra-terrestrial landscape is often overlooked by people travelling to Namibia by themselves, Nomad tours however understands the beauty of the area and the importance of the natural heritage

Etosha National Park
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.

Windhoek
Namibia is one of Africa’s most beautiful regions – the desert landscape is a photographer’s dream; known for its sweeping, red-gold dunes, sparse vegetation and abundant wildlife. Windhoek is one of the country’s busiest cities – known for its alluring diversity and cosmopolitan feel, the metropolis attracts myriad visitors each year.

Tours to Namibia are a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the area’s vibrant culture and heritage. Wander through the town and gaze at an array of stately buildings, including the impressive parliament buildings and Hero’s Acre. If you’re historically inclined, then ensure that you pop into the plethora of museums on offer, including the National Library and National Art Gallery.

If you’re in need of some rest and rejuvenation, then visit the serene National Botanical Gardens to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the gorgeous grounds. Botanists will delight in the numerous plant species on offer which attract plenty of exquisite insects and prolific bird life.
Windhoek is a captivating blend of African and European influences – the country gained independence in 1990 and exudes its own unique character and charm. With a reputation for being extremely safe and well-cared for, this is a place where you can wander around without feeling insecure and anxious.
Make sure that your itinerary includes a trip to the smallest functioning cathedral in Southern Africa – St Georges, and look out for Das Reiterdankmal – a towering bronze sculpture of a horse commemorating those lost in colonial wars.

Stroll down Robert Mugabe Avenue to admire Alte Feste – one of the city’s oldest buildings that was built in 1890. Once military headquarters, today, it serves as an intriguing state museum, housing an array of memorabilia that commemorates Namibia’s journey to independence.
If you have little ones, then make sure that you visit the delightful Zoo Park which is an ideal hot spot for picnics. With a pond and a playground on offer, the beautiful park is sure to be a hit with your kids. Windhoek is an ideal place for families – with a reputation for being a close-knit, friendly community, the city has a host of amenities on offer for young and old alike. If you’re embarking on Windhoek tours, then make sure you see as many of the impressive, historically significant sites as possible.

Bushman – San People
The Bushmen of Southern Africa are the oldest indigenous inhabitants of Southern Africa and have lived off the land in symbiosis for hundreds of years. They have much to offer our modern way of living in terms of a sustainable existence with nature. Bushmen tours give you the opportunity to interact with this fascinating culture and get a true understanding of how they have survived in the harsh environment through an understanding of nature.
The San people have inhabited large parts of Southern Africa including the regions and deserts of southern Namibia. They are known colloquially as bushmen, this however is a broad term used to describe indigenous people of Southern Africa, the people native to the area that our bushmen tours stop in have, however, developed a way of life that is as unique. Our tours into Namibia are renowned as some of the most rewarding you can do, yet they can be so much more rewarding by taking part in one of the bushmen adventures with Nomad tours. Learning about local culture is an important aspect of travelling to any country.
Many of Namibian overland tours offer the opportunity to interact with a traditional village of San people that still live very much the way that they did many generations ago. It is not included in the tours and needs to be decided on before-hand. Some people feel it is unethical to treat the villagers as a spectacle however it provides an education for the visitors and much needed funding for the conservation of the area and their way of life.

Botswana
Botswana is a southern African landlocked nation, surrounded by Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia and is one of Africa’s most popular inland tourist destinations. Despite being quite a large country, Botswana remains to be one of the world’s smallest communities with just over two million people calling themselves citizens. Most of the locals can be found working in the nation’s capital city, Gaborone, however many others work on game reserves and with the country’s tourism industry.

Over seventy percent of Botswana is covered by the Kalahari Desert; the largest desert in southern Africa and one of Botswana’s largest claims to fame. Here, guests are enchanted of the beauties within the desert and will find a new appreciation towards the tribes that called this rugged terrain home.
Botswana’s Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta and is alive with vibrant bird species and wildlife. In comparison to the vast Kalahari Dessert, the delta is lush and green; a true magical world where life is simple and relaxation is unavoidable.
A trip to Botswana isn’t complete without a visit to the Makgadikgadi Pan, an incredibly large salt pan where you’ll delight in peace and quiet. There is hardly any live here, as the salt pan makes it hard for nature flourish, however exploring the pan will show you another wonder unlike any other, a true escape from civilization and a surreal, beautiful place.
Botswana is truly a unique country with a landscape and beauty unlike any other; from deserts to delta, bushveld to grasslands, savannas to salt pans, Botswana is a true joy to explore and offers a world of adventure to all tourists.

Maun
Maun, the fifth largest town in Botswana, is known as the tourism capital and the gateway to the Okavango Delta. It is an eclectic contrast of modern buildings and traditional huts. Now home to over 30 000people, the town was founded in 1915 as the tribal capital of the Batawana people. It originally serviced the local cattle ranching and hunting operations of the area, and had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town. With the growth of the tourism industry and the completion of the tar road from Nata in the early 1990s, Maun developed swiftly, losing much of its old town character. However, it is still infamous for its infestation of donkeys and to lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen wandering around freely as the local farmers arrive in the innumerable taxis to sell their wares on the kerbside.

With the influx of tourism dollars, the typical traditional rondavels (round huts) of the past have been replaced by square but modestly sized cinderblock homes roofed with tin, or sometimes tiles. It is not unusual to see mud rondavels with satellite dishes, attesting to the increasing affluence of Botswana, and the increasing reliability of power and communications in the town. This striking contrast of the traditional and the modern is also evident in the multi-level air-conditioned shopping centres incongruously surrounded by potholes, dusty parking lots and lively market places

The Okavango Delta
The 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

Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park is situated in the north west of Botswana and is undoubtedly the country’s most beautiful and popular nature and game reserve. It has one of the largest cnocentrations of wildlife in Africa, making it an ideal location for African safaris and is the third largest park in Botswana, after the Central Kalahari game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
The Chobe National Park can be divided up into four sections, making it a true rarity and an explorers paradise. It can be divided up into the Serondela area, Savuti Marsh area, the Linyanti Marsh and the dry hinterland. Wherever you go in the park, you’ll be able to observe a variety of wild animals and bird life, and can even explore an area in search of a specific animals or bird. There is an incredibly large elephant population in the Chobe National Park; tours through the park will show you some of the park’s 120 000 elephants.

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is an incredibly beautiful, land-locked nation in the centre of Southern Africa. Despite its political and economic struggles, it remains a country of breath-taking beauty and lush landscapes. Famously bordering on the magnificent Victoria Falls and stunning Zambezi River, this is a country of astounding beauty and is by no means short of attractions and activities.

Zimbabwe, previously known as Rhodesia during its colonial days, has been the focus of many explorers during the last few centuries. It was Rhodes that orchestrated the building on the first railway line through the country which stretches across the entire African continent, and David Livingstone was the explorer to hear the thunderous sound and say the spray of the world’s largest natural waterfall, the Victoria Falls; named after his sovereign Queen Victoria.

Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and Matopas rock formations are among the country’s most famous attractions. Just an hour outside of the town of Bulawayo, the Zimbabwe Ruins of the historical Great Zimbabwe can be found; the kingdom belonging to the first organised community of Zimbabwe during the pre colonial days.
Zimbabwe received its independence in 1980 and has struggled to maintain a democratic state ever since. However, despite its unstable economy and the fragile political state, thousands of tourists make their way to the country every year, wishing to explore its African roots and be spellbound by its beauty.

Zimbabwe has a unique landscape, atmosphere, community and culture which set it apart from its fellow Southern African nations. The beauty of this country will easily allow you to forget it’s complicated structure; indulge yourself in the magnificent Victoria Falls, astounding structures of Motopas, observe the African wildlife and take yourself back in time to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.

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.

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