This Southern Africa tour gives the budget traveller 12 days the opportunity to experience a marvelous journey from Cape Town, South Africa to Windhoek, Namibia.

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This Southern Africa tour gives the budget traveller 12 days the opportunity to experience a marvelous journey from Cape Town, South Africa to Windhoek, Namibia.

Cape Town is home to one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and one of the most widely recognized mountains in the world: the Table Mountain. Flat as a table on top, and often with a tablecloth of cloud, it remains one of the most exquisite views to behold at the southern end of Africa. 

You’ll have 12 magnificent days to explore, starting off with the bustling and sophisticated city of Cape Town, nestled between mountains, beaches and Winelands, admire the sunset at Fish River Canyon, journey over the Namib Desert with its splendid red dunes, go on safari in Etosha National Park and finish in one of the smallest and cleanest capital cities in the world, Windhoek where you can treat yourself to the famous locally brewed beer, the Windhoek Lager. 

During your holiday in Africa you'll enjoy several nights of camping under the African sky and transport in an safari vehicle (fitted with 20 seats), which will ensure that you'll get an unforgettable camping experience in Africa. With time to explore on your own and optional activities including hikes and skydiving, 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
    • Trawal
    • Gariep River Camp
    • Fish River Canyon
    • Namib Naukluft
    • Swakopmund
    • Brandberg
    • 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 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 the 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. No meals included today.

    • Meals: N/A
    • Transport: N/A
    • Travel Time: N/A
    • Accommodation: Basic Hotel
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A

     

    Visited places:
    • Cape Town
  • 2
    Cape Town to Trawal
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    This morning you will leave behind the delights of Cape Town and depart on the first leg of your journey into the unknown. The first overnight stop will be on a small vineyard farm in the vicinity of the Cederberg Mountains. Here grapes are produced for the local cellars and you will have the opportunity to taste and buy some of the local wines in an optional wine tasting activity. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transport: Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle
    • Travel Time: 5 hrs. Drive
    • Accommodation: Camping
    • Activities Included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: Wine Tasting
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
    Visited places:
    • Cape Town
    • Trawal
  • 3
    Trawal to Gariep River
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    Travel north through the Northern Cape’s vast fields of wild flowers (in bloom between August and November) and visit our Africa4us Kids Project that we run in conjunction with the local orphanage and primary school at Kamieskroon Children’s Trust. After the visit, we continue north to reach the Namibian border by midday. Head to the Namibian side of the South Africa / Namibia border. End the day with a spectacular sunset viewed from a nearby hill.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transport: Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle
    • Travel Time: 7 hrs. Drive
    • Accommodation: Camping
    • Activities Included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: N/A
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A

     

    Visited places:
    • Trawal
    • Gariep River Camp
  • 4
    Gariep River to the Fish River Canyon
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    Wake up to a quiet morning while you watch the sun rise over the Gariep River, peacefully gliding along its way. You can have a slow morning and sleep in a bit or go on an optional canoe trip down the river. Later during the morning, you travel to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa.  As the sun slips over the canyon's rim, experience an awe-inspiring sunset to end your day of exploration.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transport: Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle
    • Travel Time: 5 hrs. Drive
    • Accommodation: Camping
    • Activities Included: Fish River Canyon
    • Activities Optional: Canoeing on Gariep River
    • Entrance Fees Included: Fish River Canyon

     

    Visited places:
    • Gariep River Camp
    • Fish River Canyon
  • 5
    Fish River Canyon to Sesriem
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    Today you have and early departure and a long drive north to the Namib Desert. On the way to Sesriem, you will pass the small towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen and a farm settlement here and there, but other than that it will mostly just be the wide open Namibian landscape with spectacular scenery. When you arrive in the late afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon and admire the lofty red sand dunes in the distance.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transport: Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle
    • Travel Time: 9 hrs. Drive
    • Accommodation: Camping
    • Activities Included: Visit Sesriem Canyon PM
    • Activities Optional: N/A
    • Entrance Fees Included: Namib Naukluft National Park

     

    Visited places:
    • Fish River Canyon
  • 6
    Sesriem to Naukluft Region
    Day 6 Transfer by car

    An early departure allows you to experience a beautiful desert sunrise over the dunes. Climb the majestic Dune 45 before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes. Driving through the breathtakingly- beautiful landscape you experience the meaning of the name Namib – open space. See how narrow gorges lead up to high plateaus or end abruptly in steep rock faces as you proceed toward your campsite in the region known as the Naukluft.

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: 5 hrs Dune 45 & Sossusvlei, 3 hrs Drive to Naukluft Region 
    • Activities Included: Dune 45 visit, 4x4 Transfer to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei 
    • Activities Optional: Various Optional Activities  
    • Entrance Fees Included: Namib Naukluft Park
    • Camping: Hammerstein Camp or similar
    • Camping Plus: Hammerstein Lodge or similar
    Visited places:
    • Namib Naukluft
  • 7
    Naukluft Region to Swakopmund
    Day 7 Transfer by car

    Today we will travel to the coastal town of Swakopmund. There will be several photo-stop opportunities along the way as you cross the Tropic of Capricorn and drive through the surreal landscapes of the Kuiseb and Gaub passes. 

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Travel time: 6 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:
    • Namib Naukluft
    • 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 Brandberg (Uis Area)
    Day 9 Transfer by car
    We travel north to Brandberg, home to Königstein, at 2,573m above sea level the highest peak in Namibia. En-route, we stop at Zeilas shipwreck.
    Zeila got stranded on 25 August 2008 in the early morning hours. Sold as scrap metal to an Indian company by Hangana Fishing of Walvis Bay Zeila came loose from its towing line while on its way to Bombay, India shortly after it left Walvis Bay. Only a few usable items could be rescued.  
     
    Close to Zeila one can explore the wonder of one of the richest lichen stretches in the Namib Desert.
    In the morning, we visit the famous White Lady Bushmen painting in the Brandberg on a guided hike. The walk to the painting and back is about 2 hours. Enjoy the breath-taking scenery along the riverbed on your way to the famous “lady”, with multicoloured rocks that take on various shades of flaming orange in the late afternoon, giving the mountain its name. 
    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: 4 hrs
    • Activities Included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: Variety of activities including Ultimate Adventure Tours with Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicles, Horse Riding and more
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A 
    • Camping: Brandberg White Lady Camp or similar 
    • Camping Plus: Uis White Lady B&B, Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar
    Visited places:
    • Swakopmund
    • Brandberg
  • 10
    Brandberg to Etosha National Park
    Day 10 Transfer by car

    Travel through the vast expanse of Northern Namibia to the Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s most loved wildlife sanctuaries. Head out for a game drive in search of elephant, antelope and lion around various watering holes. Etosha is home to more than 100 species of mammals including the endangered black rhino. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise with species such as the famous Kori Bustard, ostrich, several vultures, and eagle species and after heavy rains, you might even find water birds such as flamingos and pelicans. 

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: 7 hrs
    • Activities Included: Game Drives in Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle
    • Activities Optional: Night Drives
    • Entrance Fees Included: Etosha National Park
    • Camping: Okaukuejo/Halali or similar
    Visited places:
    • Brandberg
    • 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, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners
    • Accommodation: Hotel (3nt), Camping (8 nts) - Camping PLUS available: Hotel (7nt), Serviced Camping (4nt)
    • Entrance fees: Fish River Canyon, Sesriem / Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park, Etosha National Park
    • Activities: Fish River Canyon, Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Sossusvlei/Deadvlei Transfer, Etosha National Park Game Drives
    • Crew: 1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included.
    • Almost Glamping: No Duties! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the adventure: all chores covered by the crew – cooking, cleaning, pitching & packing of tents
    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