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Nomad Africa Adventure Private Day Tours
Ranked #71 of 152 Tours in Johannesburg
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

I must say upfront that I'm not a fan of group tours, and I don't enjoy camping, but I loved my seven-day overland tour from Cape Town to Swakopmund.

The two-person crew consisted of Louis and Dee, both of whom were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and professional. Dee is a naturalist and Louis an ex-chef, so all bases were covered. The two of them really made the trip special.

As far as the itinerary, I felt that I saw many of the highlights of Namibia without being rushed.

Although I don't enjoy camping, I quickly adjusted to the routine and found the tent to be fairly comfortable. The campsites themselves all had modern amenities.

I decided to take the overland trip because driving through the Namibian desert with the constant threat of breaking down isn't something I wanted to face.

I would highly recommend any of the agency's tours. I plan to take another tour in the future.

Thanks for a great time.

Thank MarkColin
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

We travelled with Nomad overland from Johannesburg to the Okavango via Namibia and then to Chobe and the great Zimbabwe ruins back to Jo'burg.

Absolutely fabulous trip, the route was perfect and the truck and camping were good. So all in all Nomad delivered a great experience- thank you NOMAD.

HOWEVER I have to report the guide MXOLISI!, - he displayed no empathy and no social skills, was highly unprofessional and occasionally deliberately unhelpful. Utterly dreadful. At one point a member of the group was injured by a flying ice box lid on a boat,and his reaction seemed to show that he didn't think it important.

Extraordinary.

Fortunately many of us got on well and laughed about his behaviour and made the best of it.

Thank Mark B
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Having never been to Africa before, I went into the Nomad tour from Jo'berg to Vic Falls without clear expectations, we had been warned there would be long journeys on the truck, and to accept that it wouldn't always be plain sailing. In many ways the trip exceeded my hopes, the trip to the Okavango Delta, was absolutely breath taking. We had a flight in a small plane , so low over the delta you could pick out the animals and the camp we stayed in was fantastic. The travel in the truck was not to bad, our driver was great, and we were in a small group and there was plenty of space to spread out.
Our guide was excellent, she gelled us as a group, and was always positive, professional and delightful company, even when we were tired and moaning. The food was straight forward, she made a good job of the cooking at dinner , but lunch was often a bit of a rushed and compromised affair, just because of the pace of the tour.
Accommodation was generally better than I expected, we had one poor night, which was down to flooding stopping access to the usual lodge.
Nomad has lots of experience, good equipment and some excellent staff,
I had 2 gripes, the first being the transit from Vic Falls back to Jo'berg, We had payed for a small group tour, and the transit was a busy truck with a mixture of staff and people in the middle of or ending their tours, It was certainly not seen as part of the holiday, We felt let down by this.
The 2nd thing I would mention is the Belverdere Estate, Nomads hotel in Jo'berg, It is a nice property, the rooms are spacious and comfortable and the gardens were really lovely. It is however very close to a land fill and the stench of methane drifts over when the wind is in the wrong direction, as it was when we returned from Vic Falls, not much they can do about it, but I would advise getting a transport to a hotel in town if you are not joining a tour the next morning. The evening meals provided are also average to poor although the breakfast is good, We found there was excellent hotels near the airport for the same money.
On the road, Nomad are great, but the care around the tour could be improved.

Thank Sally D
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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I did the 9 days, 8 nights from Jburg to Vic Falls. We had one of the greatest tine of our lifes. The crew were amazing and the equipment is very good. We have been to amazing places and will talk about this for years!
The only downturn is that whike crossing the botwanian border we lost a lot of food because of customs officers check. It was a not nice to see that waste! Maybe the company could talk to the authorities ou train the team better.

Thank Marcelo Z
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

My friend and I had a really fun and enjoyable trip from jo'burg through to Nairobi. It was the trip of a lifetime. Had a few oldies on the trip that complained a lot, but when in Africa if you're on a budget money doesn't go far so toilet stops on the side of the road are needed. Our truck had an accident and was written off- lucky no one on board was hurt but nomad and our tour guides were so calm and got us transport to the next location and a replacement truck a day or two later. Definitely pay extra to go into every national park- u just don't know what you're going to see. Food is average and never really 'fresh' so bring as many treats from home as you can.

Thank AussieStephe
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