Embrace the magnificence of boundless skies, encompassing vistas, and breath-taking natural tapestries on our 7-day Desert Explorer journey – a must-have experience on any adventurer’s itinerary! We begin our exploration from the enchanting coastal town of Swakopmund on the first day. However, we suggest you arrive a few days ahead, to indulge in the thrill of sky-diving, sandboarding, or even quad biking over the undulating dunes – an exhilarating start to your Namibian adventure.
From Swakopmund, we plunge into the timeless heart of the Namib Desert, where the expansiveness of dusty roads and the solitude of scattered farmlands reveal the immense scale of rural Namibia. Traverse from the verdant eastern grasslands to the fiery red dunes of the west; this shifting terrain embodies the multi-faceted character of this desert nation.
Our journey proceeds to Sesriem, the portal to the magical Sossusvlei dune fields. We seize the dawn to ascend the iconic Dune 45 and then journey further into the Dune fields with a rugged 4×4 transfer to the mesmerizing Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. We also debunk a myth: the Quiver Tree, despite its name, is a long-living plant that thrives for 200-300 years!
Our adventure gains momentum with a visit to the captivating Quiver Tree Forest and the whimsical Giants Playgrounds, followed by a soothing soak in the Ai-Ais hot springs. As we trek southwards, we reach the majestic Fish River Canyon, one of the world’s grandest. Stretch your legs with a rim walk and end your day with an unforgettable sunset painting the canyon’s edge.
Crossing the border into South Africa, we continue our expedition through the arid landscapes of Namaqualand, journey through the wheat-clad fields of the Swartland, and finally arrive at the vibrant Mother City of Cape Town. This grand tour is just a booking away – join us on this unforgettable Namibian safari, and etch memories of a lifetime!
Day 1 – Swakopmund – Sesriem
Leaving behind the charms of Swakopmund we continue our journey to Southern Namibia and the Namib Desert. While bidding a reluctant farewell to the ocean, we make a stop to commemorate our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn this morning before turning east towards the heart of the
desert. This afternoon, we have the privilege of joining a local expert for an enlightening desert excursion. Our local guide will introduce us to the wonders of the desert environment – an amazing introduction to the Namib that is sure to get all your senses ready for the next few days. An early night is advisable as tomorrow will see us up as the dawn breaks, but tonight we spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that the next day holds more adventures among the red sand dunes.
Day 2 – Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park
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 camp on the doorstep of the dune fields, we’ll empty the red sand from our shoes and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.
Day 3 – Keetmanshoop
We will have a leisurely morning before we pack up and turn east and head for Keetmanshoop. Today we spend most of the day driving onto our next destination.
Day 4 – Giants Playground/Quiver Tree Forest and Fish River Canyon
Contrary to belief, the quiver tree is not really a tree, but a plant that can grow to between 200 – 300 years old. Our exploration continues this morning with a visit to the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playgrounds, named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other- creating rock formations and a series of mazes. We board the truck and travel south on the gravel byways of Southern Namibia on route to Ais-Ais. Famed for its hot springs the resort and its hot pools are the perfect tonic to ease away the dust of the Namib. The Fish River Canyon is one of the largest in the world and this afternoon we take a walk along the rim of the canyon and end our day with a memorable sunset on the canyon edge.
Day 5 – Orange River
As dawn breaks we head out making our way to the Orange River and our final stop in Namibia. Our last night in Namibia is spent on the banks of the Orange River and the best way to experience the Orange River is by canoe. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe trip on the river.
Day 6 – Orange River – Cederberg
A final border crossing sees us enter South Africa this morning as we travel through the desert landscapes of Namaqualand on our way to the Cederberg region. 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. Tonight we enjoy a traditional meal and celebrate the many memories we have made.
Day 7 – Cederberg – Cape Town
The Cederberg 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. The Cederberg region is known for its mountain fynbos and spectacular views of the rugged Cedarberg Mountains. Nearing Cape Town, you will notice Table Mountain appear in the distance and we will stop to look at Table Mountain from across Table Bay. Your tour ends upon arrival in Cape Town city centre.
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Pre & Post Tour
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
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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
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