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 Vehicle (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

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

Detailed itinerary

  • 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
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 4
    Fish River Canyon to Helmeringhausen
    Day 4 Transfer by bus

    The adventure continues today to Helmeringhausen, a settlement made up of little more than a homestead, hotel, and petrol station. Located in the southern part of Namibia, between Fish River Canyon and Sesriem. Orange and red desert sands surround the settlement. On arrival you can relax and take in the tranquillity surrounding you.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Travel Time: 5 hrs.

  • 5
    Helmeringhausen to Sesriem
    Day 5 Transfer by bus

    Sesriem is a small settlement found in the Namib Desert. The name Sesriem means “six belts’ and was named by the Dorsland Trekkers, a group of Afrikaans-speaking settlers. It is said that they had to tie together 6 belts (made of oryx hide) to reach buckets down into the Sesriem Canyon to scoop up water. The Sesriem Canyon is a natural canyon carved in the sedimentary rock.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Travel Time: 4 hrs.

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  • 6
    Day 6 Transfer by bus

    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 is coloured red due to the high levels of iron oxide. These dunes are known as star dunes, created by winds blowing from all directions and is also known as 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: Breakfast, Dinner

    Travel time: 5 hrs.

    Activities Included: Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon, Transfer to Sossusvlei

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  • 7
    Sesriem to Swakopmund
    Day 7 Transfer by bus

    Continue to Swakopmund with its cooler Atlantic sea air, cultural experiences, and options for some extreme adventures like quad biking, sand boarding, 4×4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more. 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 (budget approximately $5-12 USD per meal).
    Meals: Breakfast
    Travel Time:7 hrs.

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  • 8
    Day 8

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

    Meals: Breakfast.

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  • 9
    Swakopmund to Outjo
    Day 9 Transfer by bus

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Travel Time: 6 hrs.

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  • 10
    Outjo to Etosha National Park
    Day 10 Transfer by bus

    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 close to the campsites and this offers you the unique opportunity to sit and wait for the animals to come to you. These fenced watering holes have seating areas and are perfectly safe. Floodlights give you the opportunity to sit at the waterhole and enjoy the interaction between different species of animals.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Travel Time: 1 hr.

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  • 11
    Etosha National Park
    Day 11 Transfer by car

    Enjoy a full day’s game drive in your Safari Vehicle. You can also book an optional night game drive. Gather memories of unique sights 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. Overnight in the newest camp inside Etosha National Park and maybe you are just lucky enough to fall asleep with the haunting call of hyena or a lion roaring in the distance.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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  • 12
    Etosha National Park to Windhoek
    Day 12 Transfer by car

    Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast, and the end of another incredible tour.

    Book a day or two extra in Windhoek to make the most of your stay. This tiny capital town has loads of interesting things to offer. One of the most famous is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites in the Post Street Mall. Here you can take pictures of and touch these extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel in them. 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:Breakfast, Lunch

    Travel Time:7 hrs. Etosha to Windhoek

  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 8 Dinners
    • Accomodation: Hotel (4 nts), Bungalows / Lodges (7 nts)
    • Entrance Fees:Fish River Canyon, Namib Naukluft Park - Sesriem/Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park
    • Activities: Visit the Fish River Canyon, climb Dune 45, view the sunset at Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei transfer, Himba visit, Game Drives in Overland Vehicle in Etosha National Park
    • 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