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Embark on a ‘Dorpie Day Out’ with Nomad Africa

Looking to travel locally in Mzansi? Nomad Africa has launched its Dorpie Day Out concept just in time for the festive season. Geared towards those within the greater Cape Town region, the team has even bigger plans in the pipeline to extend the offering in other regions of the country.

Storming through the COVID tunnel, Nomad is a shining example of a local business that has been able to make the best of the crisis. With new product launches in the pipeline, the team has proven that everything that happens provides an opportunity to move forward and grow, especially if we choose to keep an even keel and see the good in every situation.

The company’s story began in 1997 when Alex Rutherford, founder and owner of Nomad, conducted a trans-Africa expedition where he encountered numerous companies offering trips to Africa. Upon noticing a void between budget tours and the more upmarket operations, he set out to do it better for less, and with that, Nomad was formed.

It was in this same vein that the team recently embarked on their latest venture, aptly called Dorpie Day Out, which offers local travellers a chance to experience a day out in South Africa with one of their custom-built 24-seater overland trucks.

“In a nutshell, we have the fleet of trucks that can be hired by locals for any occasion,” says Anneliese Korsch, Nomad’s Sales and Marketing Team Coordinator. “If you or your clients need transport for a day of ‘dopping’ in the Winelands, or venturing out for a family gathering, we have the most amazing prices.”

In true try-before-you-buy fashion, Korsch explains that she experienced her very own dorpie day out to Riebeeck Kasteel with 15 of her friends in September.

“We made a day of it, adding in some wine tasting at Pulpit Rock, beer tasting at Darling Brewery, and a short walking activity to stretch out the legs.  It was superb and, not to mention, incredibly affordable!”

The Nomad team has a few Dorpie Day Out itineraries pre-planned within the greater Cape Town region but they are looking to expand on this, offering residents closer to Johannesburg a chance to have their very own Nomad experience for the day.

“The set itineraries are only examples and locals can hire the truck for whatever they want, be it a birthday, a bachelorette or bachelor party, a year-end corporate function or a long-awaited post-lockdown reunion,” Korsch adds.

“We quote according to mileage, but for a 24-seater truck for the full day, with around 250km – you are looking at around R3,000. Divide that by the number of friends and family and its works out to be super affordable!”

“While we have a few more in the pipeline, we can also turn them into overnights – again, we have the trucks and the equipment and for an extra charge we can throw in a cooking assistant. The possibilities are endless,” she concludes.

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