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Navigating the Covid-19 Situation

30 June 2020

Three months of no income, and staring down another three – or more – what an apparent disaster!  But there have been silver linings on the clouds of doom…  So many of our clients have deferred their bookings to next year, it’s been uplifting to postpone arrangements rather than to cancel.  We’re excited to have broadened our Australia Portfolio, so that when the borders drop for ‘safe’ countries we’re ready to send you to New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands!  We’ve tidied the office and our homes; we’ve learned to look every day for something beautiful in nature, no matter how small; and, in our house anyway, we have a family activity every evening, even if it is as simple as watching Netflix together.  Good health is paramount, and we hope you are your family and friends are practising safe habits, to ensure we can all travel again soon!  The best news is that most of our suppliers are offering 2020 rates for travel throughout 2021, so we can use this time on our hands to plan the very best itinerary for any destination we offer so YOU can enjoy it to the fullest!

Luxury Rail Journey in South Africa

Travel between Cape Town & Pretoria in Style!

Take the Blue Train


3 days/2 nts – Save $$$ when you travel with a friend

The Blue Train traverses South Africa and its breath-taking scenery in a manner that befits its royal mystique.  See the spectacular and diverse landscape unfold in front of your eyes, enjoy off-board excursions to discover a gold-mining heritage, and delight in excellent personal service with fine dining which showcases South Africa’s bountiful produce and quality wines.  All-inclusive, this special deal makes it even more attractive when you compare it to the cost of airline flights, taxes, accommodation, transfers & waiting time…

Book during December 2019 for all May, June, July 2020 departures & the second person travels for only 50%.

That’s a saving of between $1000-1300 per booking, depending on the class of cabin you choose, Deluxe or Luxury.
Rush in & book now before all the suites are taken!

Call us on 1800 808 491 or email


Flash Sale – Buy one tour, get one free!



For the short sale period of 1-15 Nov 2019,
buy our Nomad Adventures 20-day Cape Town to Victoria Falls overland tour to travel Jan-Jun 2020, & you can choose a free 5-day extension tour
a) Journey to Kruger; or
b) Best of Zimbabwe,
absolutely free! 


Travellers on all northbound camping or budget-accommodated tours from Cape Town to Victoria Falls are eligible for the free 5-day tour addon, subject to availability.

Click here for itinerary details  Cape to Vic
and also the free  connectiong options, either Journey to Johannesburg + Kruger Big-5
.                                        or           Best of Zimbabwe
Ask us for Jan-Jun 2020 dates.


If you miss the sale above, don’t despair, remember that ALL Nomad camping and budget-accommodated tours running Jan-Jun will be discounted by 10% if you book & deposit by 30Nov19!
Just quote Nomad Early Bird when you call to enquire!

Phone us … 1800 808 491


Nomad Africa Adventures Flash Sale for Singles!

Book any Nomad Africa Adventure tour departing 01 Jan -30 Jun 2020 & receive your single supplement FREE!
From South Africa to Zanzibar to the gorillas in Uganda, Nomad operates overland tours for between 4 & 20 passengers using a fleet of purpose-built 4WD trucks, each with at least 2 trained guides.

Immerse yourself in the African experience for a fraction of the price of the 5-star lodges…
with no extra cost to have a single room!  Nada!  What a bonus!
This offer expires 4th October 2019, so call us, or your local travel agent, ASAP.
Singles limited as usual to 2 per tour. T’s & C’s apply.


This could be YOUR journey of a lifetime!  Book it now!

You can phone us on1800 808 491   or email

Nomad Adventure Safari Offer

Nomad Adventures Flash Sale

Get a free night on us!

Book a seat on the South African Explorer adventure overland and get one night’s free accommodation
either before or after your tour, either at Belvedere Estate in Midrand (Johannesburg) or
at 40 on Burg in the heart of Cape Town.

Book between now and September 5th 2019, to travel on any all-inclusive South African Explorer
tour departing Jan-Apr 2020, north or south, camping or accommodated, to get your free night!


Click here to see the new South Africa Explorer itinerary for 2020.
Call or email to make your booking!

Migration Discoverer – departs Arusha 16 Oct 2019

Seize the Day!
Take the opportunities as they arise…

Get in quick for this 15-day Migration Discoverer small-group tour departing Arusha 16th October.
Includes arrival transfers, superior accommodation, all meals, and an unforgettable hot-air-balloon ride, game viewing over the Masai Mara followed by a champagne bush breakfast.
Contact us for a detailed itinerary, call Alicia on 1800 808 491.

Mara Giraffe



Don’t miss the chance to see the spectacle of wildflowers in the Western Cape region of South Africa!

There are two mini-Wildflower tours scheduled to depart in August that have half-a-dozen seats available on each, which we’ve combined with a city stay in Cape Town to create this 9-day Cape & Wildflowers package.  Add a safari, a Blue Train journey, and/or a Victoria Falls extension for the perfect Winter escape!

Ask our friendly consultants for more details by calling 1800 808 491 or emailing

Swagman on commercial TV for a good cause

Swagman excited to be on TV for a good cause

Swagman was thrilled recently to appear on the 3rd episode of Channel 10’s popular TV show, Sunday Night Takeaway with Julia Morris and Chris Brown.  Swagman joined forces with South African Tourism & South African Airways to award holiday packages to deserving members of the community during the show’s segment called ‘The Happiest Minute’.   Half-a-dozen people each received a pair of economy-class tickets to South Africa together with the Swagman holiday package ‘Wild Nights & City Lights’, featuring a 6-night stay on a private game reserve, Makutsi Safari Springs, followed by 4 nights’ accommodation in Cape Town including a selection of sightseeing tours.

One of the winners has already travelled and returned, taking to social media to rave about her first, fantastic, experience in Africa, and she can’t wait to return!  The other winners will travel later in the year, and Swagman was honoured to be a partner in the SNT project.  We’re only sorry we couldn’t be in the studio on the night, to meet Ron Moss (Ridge from The Bold and the Beautiful) who presented the boarding passes!

Tintswalo Atlantic – client feedback

It’s such a pleasure to receive feedback from people who enjoy the same properties we do!

Tintswalo Atlantic…….just WOW! We absolutely loved it as such a pleasant surprise with the amazing location and would not hesitate to recommend this property.

  • It was so unique and really liked how it was located right on the water’s edge with the only noise being the waves crashing on the shore. It really was the perfect place to relax after a few days in Cape Town and simply enjoy the environment without having to rush around.
  • The food – wow one of the most memorable meals we had in Africa along with terrific wines. Noticed a lot of locals from Cape Town visiting there for dinner so we quickly realised it was one of the good places to eat!  
  • All staff were very engaging and great fun to talk to, we spent a lot of time chatting with them especially the manager who we got on really well with (Melissa).
  • The rooms couldn’t be faulted and really liked the personality they had with the décor keeping in touch with the environment. Everything was immaculate and extremely comfortable.

Overall I felt Tintswalo was a fabulous place to really unwind after a busy few weeks on safari – we had no idea what to expect and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Most of our time was spent sitting by the pool enjoying some lovely wines talking to the other guests. My husband is quite into photography and got some fabulous shots from the decking at sunset.

— Ms D.,  NZ executive