Set your sights skywards and prepare for a transcendent week-long journey into the heart of Namibia’s extraordinary landscapes – an unmissable inclusion on every avid traveller’s itinerary. Begin your adventure in the magnetic charm of Cape Town, a city loved worldwide, then journey towards the mystical Fish River Canyon and the timeless Namib Desert. Witness the interplay of diversity and nature, an array of marvels that remain ever enchanting.
Our journey leads us to the Orange River, a pulsating lifeline given its traditional name, Gariep, a humble tribute to its significance in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language, meaning “river”. Submerge yourself in its rich history as you paddle through the rhythmic waters, a name echoing the memory of the Dutch Royal House.
We greet the early dawn at the Fish River Canyon, the rising sun playing its light symphony against the rugged canyon walls. We then retreat to the hinterlands, meandering through the whimsical Quiver Tree Forest, a perfect setting for a serene walk. Venture along the long, winding roads through scarcely inhabited farmlands, a testament to Namibia’s grand rural expanses.
Our journey unveils the awe-inspiring diversity of Southern Namibia, from the whispering grasslands in the east to the mesmerising red dunes in the west. The ever-transforming panorama is a living canvas of this enthralling desert country.
Ready yourself for a day of discovery as we traverse the captivating Namib-Naukluft National Park, from the dizzying heights of Dune 45, accessible to the adventurous souls, to the hidden depths of Sesriem Canyon. A 4×4 shuttle will ferry us to the hauntingly beautiful heart of Deadvlei and Sossusvlei pans. When twilight descends, rid yourself of the day’s red sands and surrender to the tranquil silence under the resplendent desert stars.
Our journey stretches further westward, finally reaching the coastal haven of Swakopmund, where adrenaline-fueled adventure merges with familiar comforts. The tantalising aroma of local coffee shops and bakeries waft through the air, offering irresistible German-inspired delights.
All that’s left is for you to confirm your spot on our awe-inspiring Namibia safari. Embark on a holiday that will etch memories of a lifetime. Unearth the secrets of Namibia, a land beautifully adorned by the hands of time.
Day 1 – South Africa – Cederberg Region
Leaving Cape Town we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay. No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional “Padstal”, these small farm stalls dot the byways of South Africa and offer a variety of homemade treats and bakes. The Cedarberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cedarberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.
Day 2 – Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River
Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.
Day 3 – Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River
While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river. Around midday (after lunch) we depart the Orange River and head inland to our overnight stop. At Ais Ais, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the mineral and sulphur rich hot springs.
Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
We rise early this morning and drive to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We will have time to watch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.
Day 5 – Namib-Naukluft National Park
Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.
Today we will rise early for our drive to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. We will enter the park just after sunrise and travel through to the famous Dune 45. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land.
Day 7 – Swakopmund
On our final day in the desert, we have the privilege of joining a local expert for an enlightening desert excursion. While bidding a reluctant farewell to the Namib, we make a stop to commemorate our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn. Having taken in the wonders of the Namib Desert we turn west and head into the sunset to our next destination, the bustling coastal town of Swakopmund where adventure awaits along with a welcome touch of civilization. Upon arriving in Swakopmund, we will be presented with the opportunity to book any number of thrilling adventures available. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Swakopmund.
- On Request
- Small Group
- German Translator
- German Guided
Pre & Post Tour
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
Nomad can book accommodation before and after your tour.
Airport Transfer Available Double Tree By Hilton – Upper Eastside
Our Cape Town departure point for scheduled tours. Nearby the base of Table Mountain with views of Devil's Peak. This hotel is a 15-minute walk from The Old Biscuit Mill, and offers free shuttle services to the V&A waterfront – please book in advance. Rooms feature city views and walk-in… … Read More
Airport Transfer Available Amanpuri Guesthouse – Swakopmund
At Amanpuri, we offer you secure and ample indoor parking with 24-hour security. Our beautiful courtyard is the place to meet other travellers, to exchange stories and learn from other’s experiences. A Bar with tea/coffee available and television makes you feel at home and relaxed. Free wifi is a given… … Read More