OUR TOURS

The following information gives a brief introduction to our itineraries, more information is provided by clicking on the links, or in our brochure. Itineraries can be subject to variation due to changes in flights and local conditions.

SET GUIDED TOURS Camping/Accommodation Based

SELF DRIVE TOURS

TAILORMADE TOURS Guided/Unguided

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM


SET GUIDED TOURS: Camping Based
Botswana, Namibia & Livingstone,
Botswana,
Namibia,
Zambia

Zambia & Zimbabwe

SET GUIDED TOURS: Accommodation Based
Botswana, Namibia & Livingstone,
Namibia Windhoek to Victoria Falls,
Namibia & South Africa,
Zambia - Birds & Bats
Luxury Beach & Safari Sabi Sands & Mozambique
South Africa
Zanzibar

If it is the first time you have visited Africa, we would recommend a Guided Tour.
Guided Tours also have much to offer the Africa fanatic who would like to travel with a small group of like minded people. Some tours are more suited than others to first time visitors.
Set Guided Tours operate from February to November. These are the best months for travel and game viewing, which is most reliable through the dry season.

Our Set Guided Tours have been developed exclusively by us. You will be accompanied throughout by our own and local guides and their experience of the area will ensure that you are in the right place at the right time. Travel is in 4X4 vehicles (usually Land Rovers), with groups of between four and ten people plus the guide.

The itineraries aim to have a realistic pace, avoiding repeated long journeys. You will find that your guide is always accommodating of your personal interests and photographic needs, whilst respecting the environment.

Set Guided Tours which are camping based allow you to stay in the heart of the wildlife parks. You will experience the outdoor life and sounds of the bush by day and night, making the true African experience complete. During these tours there are a number of locations where you could upgrade to chalet, lodge or hotel accommodation and we are only too happy to arrange this on request.
There is a degree of participation in establishing and breaking camp, but your guide will shop and cook for you so that you have the maximum time to relax and enjoy your holiday.

Set guided tours which are accommodation based offer more comfort. Accommodation ranges from bungalows or rondavels run by The National Parks Board, to more exclusive lodges.

Click on a link for tour details.

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SELF-DRIVE TOURS

In many ways self-drive tours are similar to tailor made tours, although they are usually unguided. They are ideal for people who have travelled in Africa before.

We have four suggested self-drive tours:-
Self-Drive Namibia,
Self-Drive South Africa,
Self-Drive South Africa & Botswana,
Self-Drive South Africa & Mozambique.

Self-drive tours can also be tailor made. In these instances we would require similar information in formulating a tailor made tour and would arrange your flights, car hire, accommodation and provide a detailed itinerary to guide you.

Click on a link for tour details.

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GUIDED TAILOR MADE TOURS and UNGUIDED TAILOR MADE TOURS

You may choose the option of a tailor made tour for a number of reasons. For example you may wish to form your own group to travel together, or alternatively you may not wish to travel in a group at all.
Perhaps the itinerary that you have in mind is not available, or it is not offered at the time you would like to travel.
A tailor made tour could have a special focus such as bird watching, photography, drawing and painting, sport or business.
Tailor made tours evolve through in depth discussion between the client and ourselves.
You will need to supply outline information for us regarding departure and return dates, the areas that you would like to visit, the types of activities and accommodation required and an approximate maximum budget.
With this information we can draw up a suggested itinerary which can then be modified to suit you.
Tailor made tours can be accompanied by our own guides, local guides, or can be unguided for parts of the tour.

We have numerous requests for guided tailor made tours, when people cannot find exactly what they are looking for in any of the brochures. It can take quite a while to perfect a tailor made tour, although we have arranged them at short notice. The more notice you can give us of your requirements the better, especially during the peak periods of travel in July and August.
If you would like to travel as a family with young children we would suggest a tailor made tour as it can be difficult to coordinate the requirements of a family with those of other travellers.
A tailor made tour might be the best option for a special occasion, if you have a particular interest such as bird watching or photography, or if you are a group of friends who would like to travel together.

Tailor made tours which we have organised recently include:-

  • A group of Open University students studying the Geology of Namibia, self driving with accommodation.
    Two School groups guided in Namibia, including a three day wilderness hike at Waterburg Plateau and a community project in the remote Kaudom National Park.
  • A family of five travelling for four weeks from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Fish River Canyon in Namibia, camping with occasional accommodation.
  • A group of four friends returning to Africa again, staying exclusively in lodges and hotels, visiting Botswana and Northern Namibia.
  • An action packed short break for two people (10 days self drive, partly guided) to the Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls. Including night drives in the Kruger, an overnight Zambezi canoe safari trip, horse riding and white water rafting.
  • A wilderness experience for four friends visiting Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and travelling deep into the Central Kalahari, Chobe, Savuti, Moremi and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The emphasis for this tour is bird watching and game viewing.
  • A family safari for 23 people, travelling from Victoria Falls through to Windhoek, staying in accommodation throughout.
  • An adventure into Western Zambia to visit the Liuwa Plains National Park and view the gathering of thousands of wildebeest which come to this area to give birth in October November.
  • A tour for five friends taking in Kafue National Park, Chimfunshi Chimp Reserve, Kasanka National Park, Shiwa Ngandu House and South Luangwa National Park.
  • A large School group touring Namibia for one month. Activities included sand boarding on the coastal dunes, trecking across Wtereberg Plateau, visiting Etosha National Park and undertaking voluntary work in the remote Khaudom National Park. The students raised all funds to allow them to construct road signs and paint the hides in the park. They also visited a school in a remote Bushman village.

If you are considering a tailor made tour it might help to start with our brochure as there may be tours which are close to your requirements. You will need to supply outline information for us regarding departure and return dates, the areas that you would like to visit, the types of activities and accommodation required and an approximate maximum budget.
With this information we can draw up a suggested itinerary which can then be modified to suit you. It is possible to organise planning meetings to discuss your requirements further at our office, or alternatively at your home or a mutually convenient meeting place, depending on your location.

Tailor made tours can be accompanied by our own guides, local guides, or can be unguided for parts of the tour.

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GIVE A LITTLE

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM Nomad is particularly committed to preserving wildlife and the environment and supporting the local community through tourism development. Our base in Zambia has enabled us to develop meaningful links with the local community and consequently our tourist activities have a real and lasting positive impact on those who live locally.

TWABUKA COMMUNITY SCHOOL In the summer of 2010 we worked, for the fourth time, with pupils and staff from The Coopers' and Company Coborn School, UK. Nomad organised and guided a tailor made tour of Namibia, Botswana and Zambia for thirty five members of the school, ending in Livingstone. The Essex school had raised funds to build a new pre-school, the third phase of school building in the Sinde area. Whilst in Zambia they spent ten days painting and decorating the pre-school, making furniture and forging links with the children and the community.

When we first visited the old village school in 2005 there were 27 pupils who were taught in a mud hut, but by January 2011 the school numbers were almost 200 and the pre-school had enrolled almost 80. The pre-school has a classroom, medical room and play area whilst the main school now consists of five classrooms and a kitchen and dining area, so that the school can receive food aid and provide all children with a daily cooked meal. The school is serviced by a total of four toilet blocks.

A further development is the Iji (egg) project, an income generating initiative which also teaches small business skills. The current 140 chickens will soon be increased to 200, supplying the local villages and lodges with fresh eggs.

Many of our clients have visited the school and have donated funds. We would like to thank all of those who have contributed for their interest and kindness. All the money donated goes directly to the projects; staff at Nomad give their time free of charge in order to realise these initiatives. This work has been described as one of the most significant developments ever undertaken in the Sinde area of Livingstone.

Community volunteer work and fundraising if you would like to get involved with Twabuka School whilst you are in Africa, or on your return, we are happy to organise this. You might wish to spend anything from a day to a month helping the staff at the school, or you might be able to help with organisation, administration or fundraising for one of the following initiatives when you get home:

         Establishing a sponsorship programme for pupils and staff

         Developing the school web site

         Raising funds to equip the school, particularly solar power

         Developing the curriculum through additional activities

         Establishing a medical post at the Pre-school

Please note that all volunteer work has to be completely financially self supporting and we can give you an estimation of the costs involved. If you are involved in an extended stay and volunteer work we can provide you with reasonably priced self catering accommodation.

WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER WORK  if you would like a more in depth interaction with wildlife we are able to organise work placements in association with Lion Encounter.

These placements vary in their length:                                               

Short term volunteering can be from half a day to 7 days. It is not residential but reasonably priced self catering accommodation is available at Bushbuck River House (extra to the cost).                                                

Long term volunteering can be 14 days or 28 days and is residential with all meals included. Activities might include lion walks, meat preparation, enclosure cleaning, snare sweeps, cub sitting or cub descriptions, conservation education, health education, elephant research and wildlife conflict mitigation.

As a volunteer you must be prepared to undertake all types of work, some of it dirty and mundane. You must also have comprehensive medical and accident insurance that will cover this type of activity.

EDUCATIONAL TOURS  have been a part of Nomad’s portfolio over the years. These have involved both large scale trips for schools and smaller more intimate tours for The Open University Geology Society and for birding groups. If you are part of a club, society or educational establishment and would like a specialist tour organising, to encompass your particular interests, please contact us for a quote.