Travel from Cape Town, South Africa via the Namib Desert to Windhoek, Namibia.

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Travel from Cape Town, South Africa via the Namib Desert to Windhoek, Namibia.

You’ll have 12 magnificent days to explore the bustling city of Cape Town,  view gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest where red dunes and shrub fade into infinity and admire the sunset over the Namib Desert. This tour offers you several nights under the African sky and transport in a Premium Overland Safari Truck (fitted with 12 luxury seats), which will ensure that you'll get an unforgettable experience in Africa. With time to explore on your own and optional activities, you'll soak up the beauty and diversity of Southern Africa.

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Trip summary

  • Travel style Group departure
  • Departure Cape Town
  • End Windhoek
  • Countries
    • South Africa
    • Namibia
  • City
    • Cape Town
    • Springbok
    • Fish River Canyon
    • Aus
    • Namib Naukluft
    • Sesriem
    • Swakopmund
    • Outjo
    • Etosha National Park
    • Windhoek
  • Theme Safari and Natural Parks
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Cape Town
    Day 1

    Explore the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town during the day and meet your group and your Tour Leader in the evening at 18.00 to get acquainted and review your trip details. Cape Town offers an unbelievable variety of experiences, tastes and sightseeing. Try a variety of exotic tastes, like some of the delicious Cape Malay curries, the famous local dish Bobotie, or the freshest seafood at one of exquisite seafood restaurants at the V&A Waterfront. Make sure to arrive a day early to go to world famous Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, visit Cape Point or go with a cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top.

    • Meals:  Own expense
    • Accommodation:  Comfort Hotel
    • Activities Included:  Welcome Meeting at 18:00
    • Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront
    Visited places:
    • Cape Town
  • 2
    Cape Town to Springbok
    Day 2 Transfer by bus

    Depart Cape Town early on your way to Springbok in the heart of Namaqualand. Springbok is set in a narrow valley bisecting the granite domes of the Klein Koperberge.  This area is called 'The Garden of the Gods' and is famous for the wondrous display of spring flowers that explode into bloom every August and September.
     
    Meals:Breakfast, Dinner
    Travel Time:7 hrs.
    Optional Activities: Okiep Mine Tour

    Visited places:
    • Cape Town
    • Springbok
  • 3
    Springbok to Fish River Canyon
    Day 3 Transfer by bus

    Travel onwards to Fish River Canyon and take in the sights. The hiking trail is one of the most unique trails in Africa. The canyon is the second largest in the world, being surpassed by the famous Grand Canyon in Colorado. With a length of 180 Kms approx. stretching south from Seeheim down to the Orange River, which forms the border between Namibia and South Africa.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Travel Time: 6 hrs.

    Visited places:
    • Springbok
    • Fish River Canyon
  • 4
    Fish River Canyon to Aus
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    The adventure continues today, travel through the famous area where you will find the world’s only wild desert-dwelling horses. With various theories on their origin, seeing these bony beasts on the horizon while traveling through these harsh conditions, it will remind us that the adaption ability of human and beast create spectacular life in a desert often seen as dead. 
    We overnight in a small village called Aus. Aus was formerly the site of a prisoner-of-war camp established by the South African army in 1915 to house German inmates during WW1.

     

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Travel time: 6 hrs
    • Activities Included: Wild Desert-Dwelling Horses Visit
    • Activities Optional: N/A 
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
    • Lodge/Bungalow: Bahnhof Hotel Aus or similar
    Visited places:
    • Fish River Canyon
    • Aus
  • 5
    Aus to Naukluft Region
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    Drive through an area between the Nubib and Tsaris mountains in the South of Namibia. Between many massive granite boulders is an enormous rock shaped like a hammer, the inspiration to the Germans to name the farm Hammerstein one of many beautiful and unique overnight places in the area.

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Travel time: 6 hrs
    • Activities Included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: Nature Drive, Sundowner Drive
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
    • Lodge/Bungalow: Hammerstein Lodge or similar
    Visited places:
    • Aus
    • Namib Naukluft
  • 6
    Sesriem
    Day 6 Transfer by car

    An early departure will give you the opportunity to climb the majestic Dune 45 during the cooler time of the day. Dune 45 was named for its proximity to Sesriem gate before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes.  Sand that was carried to the west coast by the Orange River is blown back again inland by winds and formed the dunes of the Namib Desert. The Namib, a minimum of 55 million years old, is regarded as the oldest desert in the world. The sand here has prominent levels of iron oxide. The prominent dunes are known as star and moving dunes. Created by trade winds it is also known as some of the highest sand dunes in the world.  In the afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a miniature canyon by world standards but beautiful to walk around in and appreciate the distinctive sedimentary rocks and conglomerate that line the canyon walls.

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Travel time: 5 hrs Dune 45 & Sossusvlei
    • Activities Included: Dune 45 visit, 4x4 Transfer to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
    • Activities Optional: N/A
    • Entrance Fees Included: Namib Naukluft Park
    • Lodge/Bungalow: Hammerstein Lodge or simila

     

    Visited places:
    • Namib Naukluft
    • Sesriem
  • 7
    Naukluft Region to Swakopmund
    Day 7 Transfer by car

    Continue to Swakopmund with its cooler Atlantic sea air, cultural experiences, and options for some extreme adventures such as quad biking, sand boarding, 4×4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more. Experience well preserved German buildings while you visit The Mole, an artificial harbour completed in 1900 that was blocked in the winter of 1906 by a sandbank making it an unsuccessful attempt. Visit the lighthouse who together with the mole, is the specific locations since 1892 symbolizing the laying of the foundation stone of the town.
    Near the museum, you can see the most beautiful building completed in 1905 called the Woermann House.
    The only meal provided today is breakfast as Swakopmund has plenty of wonderful places to eat local cuisine. Swakopmund offers a variety of bakeries and cafes with a selection of reasonably priced meals. 

     

    • Meals Included: Breakfast
    • Travel time: 7 hrs
    • Activities Included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: Quad Biking, Sand Boarding, Skydiving etc
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
    • Hotel: Prost Hotel or similar
    Visited places:
    • Sesriem
    • Swakopmund
  • 8
    Swakopmund
    Day 8

    Swakopmund’s variety of attractions and activities cater for all tastes and styles. Take a walk along the beach and dip your toes in the icy Atlantic Ocean or visit the Kristal Gallery which boasts the largest Quartz Crystal Cluster on display in the world, weighing in at 14,100 kilogrammes. Browse the many excellent bookshops and curio shops and spoil yourself with a unique gift from the area. If adrenalin and the outdoors thrills you, you can enjoy optional activities like quad biking, sand boarding, 4x4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more. 

    • Meals Included: Breakfast
    • Travel time: N/A 
    • Activities Included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: Quad Biking, Sand Boarding, Skydiving etc
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
    • Hotel: Prost Hotel or similar
    Visited places:
    • Swakopmund
  • 9
    Swakopmund to Outjo
    Day 9 Transfer by car

    Depart for Outjo, which leads to the Etosha National Park. This quaint town was founded by German colonial Schutztruppe. This will be your stay overnight before heading into the Etosha National Park the following day. En-route to Outjo, we will visit the famous Spitzkoppe (“pointed dome” translated from German) also known as the Matterhorn of Namibia. These granite peaks host some incredible rock formations and bushmen painting. Explore on your own or join an optional guided tour.

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Travel time: 6 hrs
    • Activities Included: Spitzkoppe Visit
    • Activities Optional: Guided San (Bushman) Painting Hike
    • Entrance Fees Included: Spitzkoppe
    • Lodge/Bungalow: Etotongwe Lodge or similar 
    Visited places:
    • Swakopmund
    • Outjo
  • 10
    Outjo to Etosha National Park
    Day 10 Transfer by car

    Depart after breakfast for Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s best-loved wildlife sanctuaries. Head out for an afternoon game drive to search for elephant, the unique black-faced impala, zebra, endangered black rhino, or any of the more than 100 mammal species the park is home to. In the rainy season, the salt pans turn into shallow lakes, with pelicans, flamingos and other bird species flocking to this temporary water haven. Animals often cluster around the watering holes.

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Travel time: 3.5 hours excluding game drives
    • Activities Included: Himba Settlement Visit, Game Drives in Overland Vehicle
    • Activities Optional: N/A
    • Entrance Fees Included: Etosha National Park
    • Lodge/Bungalow: Etosha Region
    Visited places:
    • Outjo
    • Etosha National Park
  • 11
    Etosha National Park
    Day 11 Transfer by car

    Enjoy a full day’s game drive in your air-conditioned Premium Overland Safari Vehicle. Gather memories of unique sightings that you will not likely experience again. Watch how ghostly grey-white elephants bathe themselves in the white dust of the area or zoom in on the magnificent sight of giraffes etched against a wide and open horizon.

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: N/A
    • Activities Included: Game Drives in Overland Vehicle
    • Activities Optional: N/A
    • Entrance Fees Included: Etosha National Park
    Visited places:
    • Etosha National Park
  • 12
    Etosha National Park to Windhoek
    Day 12 Transfer by car

    Travel to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. Arrive in Windhoek, after lunch. This will be our last goodbye, and the end of another incredible tour. Please ensure that your departure flight is booked for after 8PM. 

    Book an additional day or two in Windhoek to make the most of your stay. One of the most famous is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites in the Post Street Mall. Take pictures of and touch these extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel the bodies contain. Shopping opportunities abound and for the historically inclined there are many museums and historical buildings within walking distance in the town centre. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style.

    • Meals Included: Breakfast
    • Travel time: 7 hrs
    Visited places:
    • Etosha National Park
    • Windhoek
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners
    • Accomodation: Hotels (4nt), bungalows/lodges (7nt)
    • Entrance Fees: Fish River Canyon, Namib Naukluft Park - Sesriem/Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppen
    • Activities: Visit the Fish River Canyon, Wild Desert-Dwelling Horses Visit, Climb Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei transfer, Himba visit, Game Drives in Overland Vehicle in Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppe Visit
    • Crew: 1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included
    Price does not include
    • Flights
    • Visas
    • Travel Insurance
    • Optional Activites
    • Drinks
    • Tips
    • Pre and post night accommodation
    • Airport transfers
    • Items of Personal Nature
    • Everything else not mentioned in Inclusions