Overview

This 12-day Namibian experience adventure tour from Cape Town to Windhoek meanders through big sky country, Namibia! On departing Cape Town, we’ll stop for you to take the quintessential picture of Table Mountain. We then head on to the Cederberg where you can wind your way along a hiking trail to view Bushmen Paintings. As we cross into Namibia, admire vast untouched desert landscapes, take a canoe trip on the Orange River, enjoy adventure activities in Swakopmund, barter with the local Himba tribe, view the Desert Elephant and other mud bathed animals in Etosha before ending your tour in Windhoek with a delicious dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse.

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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Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Nomad can book accommodation before and after your tour.

Pre Tour Accommodation - Cape Town

From R1,110
  Airport Transfer Available Strand Towers

Strand Towers Hotel is located in the centre of Cape Town and is within easy walking distance of vibrant Long Street and the V&A Waterfront. The views from this 4 Star hotel will keep you spellbound – be sure to spend some time watching the city as it goes about … Read More

Post Tour Accommodation - Windhoek

From R580
  Airport Transfer Available Arebbusch Lodge

Arebbusch Travel Lodge is located at the gateway to Namibia’s unique variety of wildlife, cultures and geography. A 10 minute drive from the centre of Windhoek means that you can explore the historical city or relax at your lodge on the banks of the Arebbusch River. At the lodge … Read More

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 Mountain Region

Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. On arrival at our camp, we will enjoy a guided hike in the Cederberg region. Later tonight at our camp, your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.

Distance
±205km
Route
Cape Town to Citrusdal
Activity Package
Cederberg Guided Walk
Day 01

South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region

Leaving Cape Town, there’s one last photo stop at Table View for a spectacular panorama view of Table Mountain. On the way to the Cederberg we will stop at a local wine farm for a wine tasting, followed by a guided hike in the Cederberg region. Upon arrival at our accommodation, your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.

Distance
±245km
Route
Cape Town to Clanwilliam
Activity Package
Cederberg Guided Walk
Included Activities
Wine tasting – Piketberg local wine farm
Day 02

Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River

After an early start, we continue north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

Distance
±500km
Route
Citrusdal to Orange river
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 see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. After a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon we enjoy our dinner while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity.

Distance
±180km
Route
Orange River to Fish River Canyon
Included Activities
Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon
Optional Activities
Half-Day Canoe Trip
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

We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight we enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a Jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!

Distance
±520km
Route
Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft Park
Included Activities
Hike into Sesriem Canyon
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

This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later we join 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.

Distance
±150km
Route
Sesriem to Sossusvlei
Included Activities
Sunrise hike up Dune 45
Activity Package
Guided desert walk with local expert – Naukluft National Park
Places
The Namib Desert
Optional Activities
Transfer to Deadvlei
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
±200 km (round trip)km
Route
Hammerstein 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 travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Just before we arrive in 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
±250km
Route
Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
Included Activities
Stop off in Walvis Bay (to view flamingos)
Places
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Swakopmund
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

Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers.  Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available on offer here.

Optional Activities
Sky Diving
Sandboarding
Quad Biking (2 hours)
Dinner Out Swakopmund
Day 08

Spitzkoppe

Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape.

Distance
±150km
Route
Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
Places
Included Activities
Guided Walk with Nomad Guide through Spitzkoppe
Day 08

Khorixas

Today we head inland towards Khorixas, stopping en-route at Spitzkoppe, where we will enjoy some time exploring the enormous granite monoliths with our guide. In the afternoon we will visit the Petrified Forest (might be done the following morning).

Distance
±320km
Route
Swakopmund to Khorixas
Included Activities
Visit the Petrified Forest & Spitzkoppe
Places
Day 09

Himba Tribe

We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists.

The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaces during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment.

Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand.

The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage.

There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not.

Distance
±470km
Route
Spitzkoppe to Outjo
Activity Package
Himba Tribe Visit
People
The Himba People
Day 09

Kamanjab - Himba Tribe

We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists.

The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaces during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment.

Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand.

The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage.

There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not.

Distance
±140km
Route
Khorixas to Kamanjab
Activity Package
Himba Tribe Visit
People
The Himba People
Day 10

Etosha National Park

Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography.

Distance
±90km
Route
Outjo to Etosha National Park
Included Activities
Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Day 11

Etosha National Park

Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography.

Included Activities
Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Day 12

Windhoek

After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Your tour ends on arrival in Windhoek, but it is nice to join the group for a final meal out at Joe’s Beer House, an exciting dining experience!

Distance
±445km
Route
Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Included Activities
Drive through Windhoek with the Nomad truck
Craft market stop en-route
Places

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.

  • Cederberg Guided Walk
  • Guided desert walk with local expert – Naukluft National Park
  • Guided desert walk with local expert
  • Himba Tribe Visit

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