Overview

Big open skies, panoramic views and spectacular sceneries make this 7 Day Desert Explorer tour a firm favourite on everyone’s bucket list! From Cape Town – one of the world’s most beloved cities – to the Fish River Canyon and the Namib Desert, the contrasts and natural wonders never cease to amaze. Paddle the Orange River, watch the sun rise over the desert dunes, have dinner on the rim of the world’s second largest canyon and try some of South Africa’s finest wines. All you have to do is book this tour and join us on an adventure of a lifetime!

Featured Highlights

Not all highlights are included in the tour price and form part of the Activity Package. Ideally we would include all activities, but not everyone can afford this. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.

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Itinerary

Our tours come with an Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.

Day 01

South Africa – Cederberg Region

Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We will be heading north towards our stop for the first night, passing through the Cederberg Region. Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy a wine tasting, sampling wines from the region. Tonight we will be treated to a traditional South African meal, followed by a full tour briefing from your guides.

Distance
±270km
Route
Cape Town to Citrusdal
Activity Package
Wine tasting & traditional dinner
Day 02

Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River

Today we travel through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok for any last requirements. After crossing the Namibian border we check into the lovely chalets overlooking the river that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

Distance
±500km
Route
Citrusdal to Orange River
Day 03

Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon

This morning there’s the chance to do an optional canoe trip down the Gariep River or to spend some time relaxing at the camp along the river. After lunch we travel north to the Fish River Canyon and take a scenic hike along the rim in order to gain some perspective as to just how large this natural phenomenon is. Later we return to Ai-Ais to check in to our accommodation and enjoy the hot springs.

Distance
±250km
Route
Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon
Included Activities
Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Optional Activities
Half-Day Canoe Trip
Day 04

Namib-Naukluft National Park

The Namib-Naukluft NP is one of Namibia’s geographic gems and at 50,000km2, is one of the largest parks in Africa. There are massive sand dunes in the Sossusvlei desert area as well as the remarkable landscape. Our lodge is situated outside the park.

Distance
±620km
Route
Fish River Canyon to Namib Naukluft
Day 05

Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park

We have a full day in the Namib-Naukluft National Park that starts with a walk up Dune 45 for an amazing view and photo opportunity. Later we will have the opportunity to be transported into Sossusvlei. In the afternoon there is a short walk into Sesriem Canyon.

Distance
±150km
Route
Betesda Lodge to Sesriem
Places
The Namib Desert
Included Activities
Walk into Sesriem Canyon
Hike up Dune 45
Optional Activities
Transfer to Deadvlei
Day 06

Swakopmund

After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we will be joined by a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. From there, we will travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis bay lagoon en route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.

Distance
±380km
Route
Betesda Lodge to Swakopmund
Places
Activity Package
Guided desert walk with local expert
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Swakopmund
Day 07

Swakopmund

Although your tour comes to an end this morning after breakfast, you can spend the day to explore or participate in one of the many activities available here. Most popular activities are quad biking in the dunes or tandem skydiving. Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day.  You can book post tour accommodation through your travel agent or Nomad directly.

Places
Optional Activities
Sky Diving
Sandboarding
Quad Biking (2 hours)

Activity Package

Below are all highlights that are part of the Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be 'essential activities' on our tours. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed under the itinerary of the tour and in our pre departure information document.

  • Wine tasting & traditional dinner
  • Guided desert walk with local expert

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