Nomad Africa Tours & Safaris

Nomad Africa Tours & Safaris

Nomad Africa Tours & Safaris
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Multi-day ToursCultural ToursHistorical & Heritage ToursSightseeing ToursNature & Wildlife Tours
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Nomad Tours continues to offer fantastic value for money adventure touring in Southern and East Africa. With the best trucks and dedicated guides, deciding to travel with Nomad is the best choice you can make.Our mission is to operate the best affordable adventure tours in Africa, and in a socially and ecologically responsible way.We are a South African owned adventure tour company. We began in 1997 with just one truck and now we have the most regular tour departures in our field. We operate both camping and accommodated tours in Southern and East Africa.Our success rests on consistently maintaining high standards in all aspects of our operation, while still retaining the magic and passion that saw us grow so successfully. We have not forgotten the lessons learned in the early days. Still wholly independent, we remain owner-managed, ensuring passionate attention to quality tours every single day.
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The 20 day Cape Town to Victoria Falls itinary was perfect with a variety of landscapes, wildlife & culture. Accommodation was better than expected. Meals were varied & great. Guide knowledgable & so helpful. Lots of hands-on activities. Up close & personal with animals.
Written 15 June 2024
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milo307
Greater London, UK15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Have just come back from doing Ramble's 'An African Journey' which is run locally by Nomad. A great trip. We saw many wonderful things. As you would expect on an overland trip in Africa, not everything went perfectly. Some adaption of our programme was required from time to time to cope with the unforeseen e.g. changes in the weather - rain in the Kalahari etc. Got bogged in a sandy river bed on one occasion and had to be pulled out. However, our guide, 'Jojo' (Gabriel) was a very enthusiastic & warm person. His cooking was excellent, as was his food hygiene. He and driver Blessing worked well as a team and we always felt safe with Blessing at the wheel. Mechanical problems with the vehicle were anticipated and fixed as necessary. The choices of places to stay seemed logical, given the distances we needed to travel, even if one or two were a bit rough at the edges. This is not a trip for anyone who always wants to be pampered on their holiday and can't cope with some discomforts. Distances are great and the roads aren't all smooth.
Written 14 April 2024
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We are thrilled to hear that you had a good time and that your expectations were met. Africa always has her surprises - it is part of the magic and adventure! We hope to see you again soon; we will pass your kind words on to our crew.
Written 3 June 2024
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polish-dream-catcher
edinburgh17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had amazing time on the trip! We started off in Nairobi going to Maasai Mara NP where we did many game drives in the jeep. The guides were knowledgeable and answered all our questions. We just missed the leopard - but full marks on all other animals, including lion cubs! There were some long drives but during that time our guide would talk about interesting facts from the history or culture of the regions or a country. It was fascinating! We got to see Murchison Falls, lake Nakuru, Lake Victoria, Jinja and source of the Nile. The best thing though without a doubt was seeing the chimps and gorillas. Chimp trek was pretty easy through a forest and the animals were so wonderful to see. The gorillas' trek was much more demanding but also rewarded by close proximity of these amazing creatures. There are no words that can describe it. I would recommend to anyone to do it - it is an adventure of a lifetime. Our driver and guide were very professional, friendly and helpful. They made sure it was a comfortable and safe adventure. The food was AMAZING!
Thing to be mindful of - some drives can be long so grab a book or download your fav movie for those days. Roads can be pretty bad so be prepared to be shaken about. Make sure you check visa requirements and always have your documents and your phone on you. Have small dollar bills or local currency to tip people who help you.
Written 27 February 2024
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Wow, it sounds like you had the adventure of a lifetime! Our team thrives on feedback such as this - thank you very much. We will pass on your kind words to our crew. We hope to see you again soon to make more special memories.
Written 3 June 2024
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Helena Maria P
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of dealing with a service that fell far below my expectations. From start to finish, the entire encounter was marked by incompetence and frustration.

Firstly, the lack of organization was glaringly evident. There seemed to be no coherent plan or structure in place, leading to constant confusion and delays. Communication was abysmal, with important information either not relayed or misunderstood, adding an extra layer of chaos to the situation.

Customer service was another major letdown. Instead of addressing concerns and resolving issues, the staff displayed a remarkable level of indifference and apathy. It felt as though my concerns were dismissed, and there was a complete lack of accountability for the problems that arose.

Furthermore, the overall quality of the service provided was shockingly poor. Whether it was subpar accommodations, unreliable transportation, or a general disregard for customer satisfaction, every aspect of the experience left much to be desired.

In conclusion, this encounter was nothing short of a disaster. The combination of disorganization, poor communication, lackluster customer service, and low-quality offerings made it a truly regrettable experience. It serves as a stark reminder of the importance of thorough research and due diligence when selecting services to avoid such unpleasant situations in the future.
Written 10 January 2024
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Hello, we're truly sorry to learn about your unpleasant experience. To assist us in thoroughly investigating your feedback, could you please specify the tour you participated in and the department you dealt with? We're eager to understand more about your situation. We greatly appreciate your willingness to share more details with us. Thank you very much.
Written 6 March 2024
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Amy J
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Cannot say enough great things about the tour. An amazing value for money. The Nomad team was incredible, they all worked so hard for us & really made the experience what it was (and it was the best).

Our guide Gift was such a highlight, so positive, passionate, and knowledgeable - everything you could hope for in a guide & more. He was truly a Gift to every one of us!

We camped, which obviously involves a bit more work with setting up / taking down camp, but we enjoyed the challenge and really enjoyed being so close to nature.

The campsites were great, and the food was delicious! Again, thanks to the guides who can really do it all - including cook :)

Certainly some long days (and long days in the truck), but absolutely worth it for everything we were able to see & do. It was a very well curated itinerary, very well thought out & we enjoyed absolutely everything.

Our guides made it feel like a family from day 1 and it was so hard saying goodbye.

Again, cannot recommend the tour enough! Massive thanks to the best guides ever - Gift, Casper and Michael
Written 16 November 2023
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This was a very special review to read - thank you so much for your kind words. Every guest that gets on our trucks are valued and special; we are thrilled to see that you experienced it as such. Africa has so many beautiful surprises and adventures up her sleeves; you describe it perfectly. Gift, Casper and Michael will be very glad to hear about your experience. We hope to have you with us again soon.
Written 3 June 2024
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Regan W
33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Myself and my friend joined nomad tours for a 7 day garden route tour. The tour itself was very affordable compared to other companies. Highlights include: Bloukrans bungee jump, waterfall hike and swim at tsitsikamma and the Fairview Wine and Cheese pairing.

Pros:
~Lots of activities (although not all included) so never a very heavy driving day which was nice.
~Our guide managed to fit in a few extra activities (price not included) that were not advertised on the itinerary which was super nice!
~Accommodation was basic but last two nights in Stanford valley guest lodges and Karoo Art Hotel were very nice and such a treat. We even ate at these hotels for breakfast and dinner and the food was very nice.
~stopped off along the garden route at many places we were keen to see. Good route.
~Felt very safe which is so important in a country like South Africa.
~Driving route 62 was beautiful and very scenic.
Cons:
~the bus was quite outdated, dirty when we got on because the tour had already been going for 2 weeks. It has the necessities like a usb port and seat pouch. However, from what I have seen other travel companies trucks are much more modern and comfier.
~no toilet on the bus which made the long bursts of travelling a bit stressful because you didn’t have a say in whether we could stop for a toilet break. Saying that the truck did stop fairly frequently for a toilet break.
~Food was basic and repetitive. If you are a fussy eater I do not recommend, otherwise it’s fine! Brian did an amazing job at catering for such a large number of people and trying to provide food for people with such a variety of dietary requirements.
~The guide was not passionate and unapproachable which was a shame. It seemed he had the same job for many years and wasn’t interested in connecting with his travellers and ensuring everyone was having a good time/understood what we were doing next.
~very early morning starts, not a con but just beware if you are not a morning person.

Nomad is great for affordable tours as they can be so expensive these days but if you can splash out I would recommend. Saying that, I would be keen to try another Nomad tour in a different African country eg Namibia. Having a passionate tour guide makes a huge huge difference.
Written 16 November 2023
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georgie510
London, UK83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Fantastic trip, so informative and jammed packed! The truck and team Victor, Tarro and Tesh were flat out constantly looking after the group of 18 people. Great food, breakfast, lunch and dinner cooked by them daily. Lovely guides. The included activities were amazing. The tour is full on and not for the feint hearted, mostly early 6am starts, some very long road trips up to 10 hours a day, but plenty of stops along the way and all worth seeing.
Namibia was amazing, lived up to everything I’d imagined, Botswana equally amazing but different and seeing the Victoria Falls in the final 2 days.
I’ve travelled all over the world independently, but never like this or in a group. Perfect way to see the best of Africa and cover so many highlights. Step out of your comfort zone and give this a go, Nomad will definitely look after you and cover all the best highlights.
Written 1 November 2023
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Thank you for your kind words! You definitely had the adventure of a lifetime - we're proud to be part of these special memories. Victor, Tarro and Tesh will be very happy to hear from you! Hope to see you again soon.
Written 3 June 2024
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Andrew L
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We first met Nomad at a travel expo and worked with them to customise a unique experience.

As part of our honeymoon, we spent three months travelling from Mozambique, South Africa, through to Uganda and loved it.

We saw some breathtaking sights and truly stunning wildlife, but most importantly, we met some amazing people along the journey.

We would highly recommend travelling across Africa and travelling with Nomad
Written 28 September 2023
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Hi there Andrew. Your words are endearing and touching - thank you for sharing your beautiful experience with us. We are so proud to be a part of something as special as your honeymoon. We will pass on your kind words to our tailor-made team.
Written 3 June 2024
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Gerald W
Los Altos Hills, CA78 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We did the 5,645 km. 20-day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour.
Overall: Tour with excellent highlights in a truck that requires some serious overhaul.
Positives:
Thandiwe Ditsele, our Reservations Consultant, patiently and promptly responded to the questions we had. Otherwise the tour dossier and pre-trip information provided are very comprehensive.
Calisto, our excellent driver on mostly very bad roads, and Gabriel, the main Nomad representative and chef, overcame shortcomings with humor.
Fellow passengers.
Daily seat rotation to allow all to sit towards the front of the truck, as truly no one wanted to sit in the back rows.
Quality of accommodations, except Windhoek, that is not well located to allow for optional activities with ease.
Wildlife in abundance in parks and on some roads.
Food quantity, potable water on truck.
Negatives:
The truck: This was the biggest disappointment on the trip. There are so many details that can be improved, that you wonder who has designed this vehicle, given Nomad’s extensive experience. It was dirty when we stepped into it on day one, worn, noisy rattling truck walls, tight, uncomfortable ‘low-cost economy’ class seating, with no HVAC or toilet - which also meant not drinking enough water to avoid additional stops - too many non-functioning USB ports, no beverage refrigeration except cooler with occasional ice etc., etc.
Time mostly spent traveling between distant highlights, shopping for snacks and beverages and pit stops, eating and sleeping: very little exercise possible.
Days 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14, 17, 19 and 20 are poor in highlights, besides traveling or out of scope activities. All other days were excellent and exceeded expectations.
Insufficient communication during trip: we faced 2 issues with our accommodations that were never properly explained and caused unnecessary aggravation and delays. Also, very limited information provided regarding the highlights.
Food largely based on carbs and often repetitive.
Written 22 September 2023
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Sharon C
56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Fantastic 2 week trip lead by Dr T (Tawanda), Mama (Tembe) and Asiphe. What a fantastic crew, great leadership, driving, food and entertainment by such a happy crew.

Trip was a mixture of camping and accommodated. All sites were lovely and offered a range of different locations. Beehive lodges is Mlilwane were so comfortable and it was great to have antelopes, warthogs and monkeys on your doorstep. Bay View lodges in Barra beach was our favourite, can’t beat an ocean view. Accommodated tents in Kruger is my kind of camping - lodges with canvas walls. Luxury.

Wildlife was in abundance. All you could hope for. Saw the Big 5 in Kruger by 11 am, bonus. Witnessed a fantastic humpback whale display by mother and baby in Mozambique. Our game of footy on the beach was interrupted as we stopped to watch whales from the shoreline. To name a few we saw lions, leopard, buffalos, elephants, rhinos, zebras, giraffes, nyalas, kudus, impalas, water bucks, wild dogs, hyenas, wart hogs, wildebeest, hippos, crocodiles, various birds, etc.

Great mix of experiences throughout the 3 countries. This is my second Nomad trip - can also recommend Namibia to Vic Falls. I’d definitely recommend Nomad to fellow travellers.
Written 6 September 2023
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that you had such an amazing two-week adventure with Dr. T, Mama, and Asiphe. Our crew takes great pride in ensuring that our guests have a memorable experience, and it sounds like they delivered on all fronts—from leadership and driving to food and entertainment. We're delighted that you enjoyed the variety of accommodations and the stunning natural settings at each location. It's fantastic to hear that you encountered such an abundance of wildlife and even got to experience the incredible humpback whale display in Mozambique. We're honored that you chose Nomad for your travel adventures again, and we're so pleased to have lived up to your expectations. Your recommendation means the world to us, and we can't wait to welcome you back for another unforgettable journey. Warm regards, The Nomad Team
Written 15 September 2023
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