Overview

This 12-day Best of Namibia Adventure Tour from Cape Town to Windhoek meanders through big sky country, Namibia! On departing Cape Town, you will stop to take the quintessential picture of Table Mountain. As you cross into Namibia, take a canoe trip on the Orange River and admire vast untouched desert landscape. As we venture deeper into the Namib Desert you’ll see the slowly changing landscapes which represents the many faces of this desert country. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes in the west, furthermore watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia. We continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We travel a section of the famous Skeleton Coast road before we will visit a local Himba tribe. This tour is not complete without a visit to one of the worlds finest game park: Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. We make a brief stop at the craft markets of Okahandja before arriving in Windhoek where this adventure tour unfortunately ends.

 

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    Pre Tour Accommodation - Cape Town

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      Airport Transfer Available Tsogo Cape Sun

    Post Tour Accommodation - Windhoek

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      Airport Transfer Available Heja Game Lodge

    Heja Game Lodge is situated to the east of Windhoek, +/-1900 meter above sea level, and is enclosed by the Auas Mountains in the south and the Khomas Hochland and Eros mountains to the north and west. Heja Game Lodge is the ideal starting point for your visit to Namibia … Read More

    Itinerary

    Our tours come with an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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    Day 01

    South Africa – Cederberg Region

    Leaving Cape Town this morning we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain, picture taken we travel across the Piekenierskloof Pass on our way to the Cedarberg Region. 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 wine tasting and traditional dinner offer an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.

    Route
    Cape Town to Citrusdal
    Activity Package
    Wine tasting & traditional dinner
    Day 02

    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, 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 days travel.

    Route
    Citrusdal to Vioolsdrift
    Included Activities
    Spring Wild Flower (Seasonal July – September)
    Day 02

    Namibia – 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, 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. Crossing the border this afternoon we enter Namibia and settle in on the banks of the Gariep River.

    Route
    Citrusdal to Orange River
    Day 03

    Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon

    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. Later this morning we cross the border into Namibia and travel onwards to the Fish River Canyon, one of the largest in the world. This afternoon we take a walk along the rim of the canyon and end our day with a memorable sunset on the canyon edge.

    Route
    Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon
    Included Activities
    Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
    Day 03

    Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon

    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. Venturing north into the desert we visit the Fish River Canyon in the afternoon. We overnight at the hot springs of Ais-Ais and this evening we indulge in hot water swim under the desert skies.

    Route
    Orange/Gariep River to rim of Fish River Canyon
    Included Activities
    Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
    Day 04

    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.

    Route
    Fish River Canyon to Namib Naukluft
    Day 04

    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. Our base for the next two nights puts us at the doorstep to this desert wonderland.

    Route
    Fish River Canyon to Namib Naukluft
    Places
    Namib-Naukluft National Park
    Day 05

    Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

    Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. 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. A last stop at the Sesriem Canyon may end our visit to the dune fields, but our day in the desert continues this afternoon as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion. 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.

    Route
    Namib-Naukluft NP to Naukluft Area
    Included Activities
    Sunrise hike up Dune 45
    Walk into Sesriem Canyon
    4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
    Activity Package
    Guided desert walk with local expert
    Day 05

    Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

    We start the day early and enjoy a brisk climb up Dune 45, this landmark dune offers the perfect vantage point to marvel at the endless sea of red sand. Having enjoyed an elevated view of this spectacular landscape we continue deeper into the dune fields, where a 4×4 transfer takes us to the pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Our final stop for the day is a late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon, where we explore evidence of a wetter period in the history of this dry land. Tonight as we empty the red sand from our shoes, we reflect on the magic of desert we have explored.

    Route
    Taleni to Naukluft Area
    Included Activities
    Walk into Sesriem Canyon
    Sesriem Canyon
    4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
    Hike up Dune 45
    Day 06

    Swakopmund

    Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer. We enjoy a dinner out at a local restaurant tonight.

    Route
    Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
    Included Activities
    Walvis Bay Lagoon
    Tropic of Capricorn
    Optional Activities
    Dinner Out in Swakopmund
    Day 06

    Swakopmund

    Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. After a final excursion into the desert with a local expert, we make our way across the Tropic of Capricorn and continue to the Atlantic coast. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. On arriving in Swakopmund we have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer and enjoy dinner out at a local restaurant.

    Route
    Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
    Optional Activities
    Dinner Out in Swakopmund
    Activity Package
    Guided desert walk with local expert
    Day 07

    Swakopmund

    While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.

    Optional Activities
    Quad biking
    Sandboarding
    Skydiving
    Dolphin cruise
    Dinner Out in Swakopmund
    Day 08

    Spitzkoppe

    This morning we travel a section of the famous Skeleton Coast road, passing the Salt Works we head north for a photo opportunity in the colourful town of Wlotskasbaken. Lichens are one of the most fascinating examples of symbiosis in nature, algae and fungus unite to form the Lichen and live inseparably as one organism. We will have the opportunity to view these fascinating desert inhabitants before turning east towards Spitzkoppe. These massive granite formations tower 700 metres above the desert plains below and the presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a late afternoon walk with a local guide and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art.

    Route
    Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
    Included Activities
    Visit and explore Spitzkoppe with a local guide
    Day 08

    Khorixas

    This morning we travel a section of the famous Skeleton Coast road, passing the Salt Works we head north for a photo opportunity in the colourful town of Wlotskasbaken. Lichens are one of the most fascinating examples of symbiosis in nature, algae and fungus unite to form the Lichen and live inseparably as one organism. We will have the opportunity to view these fascinating desert inhabitants before turning east towards Spitzkoppe. These massive granite formations tower 700 metres above the desert plains below and the presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We join a local guide for an exploration of these fascinating landforms before completing the journey to our overnight stop at Khorixas.

    Route
    Swakopmund to Khorixas
    Included Activities
    Visit and explore Spitzkoppe with a local guide
    Day 09

    Himba Tribes: Outjo

    We continue north this morning and on our way we will visit a project that will introduce us to the Himba people of Northern Namibia.

    The semi-nomadic Himba Tribe are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged between Namibia and 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

    We continue to our camp for the night and prepare for two magical days of game viewing in Etosha National Park.

    Route
    Spitzkoppe to Outjo
    Activity Package
    Himba Tribe visit
    Day 09

    Himba Tribes: Outjo

    We continue north this morning and on our way we will visit a project that will introduce us to the Himba people of Northern Namibia. The semi-nomadic Himba Tribe are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged between Namibia and 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. We continue to our camp for the night and prepare for two magical days of game viewing in Etosha National Park.

    Route
    Khorixas to Outjo
    Included Activities
    Visit the Petrified Forest
    Activity Package
    Himba Tribe visit
    Day 10

    Etosha National Park

    Rising early this morning we make the short drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. Today we have a full-day to explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. Our truck offers us an elevated platform and we will spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park. Evenings in Etosha are best spent wrapped up warm at the floodlit waterholes at the camps. Those who wish to partake in an optional night drive may do so tonight.

    Route
    Outjo to Etosha National Park
    Included Activities
    Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
    Optional Activities
    Etosha Night Drive – subject to availability
    Day 10

    Etosha National Park

    Rising early this morning we make the short drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. Today we have a full-day to explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. Our truck offers us an elevated platform and we will spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park. Evenings in Etosha are best spent wrapped up warm at the floodlit waterholes at the camps. Those who wish to partake in an optional night drive may do so tonight.

    Route
    Outjo to Etosha National Park
    Included Activities
    Full day game drive in Nomad truck
    Day 11

    Etosha National Park

    Our second day in Etosha allows another full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. Tonight a second opportunity presents for those who wish to do an optional night drive, while the floodlit waterholes ensure that our game viewing continues deep into the night.

    Included Activities
    Full day game drive in Nomad truck
    Optional Activities
    Etosha Night Drive – subject to availability
    Day 11

    Etosha National Park

    Our second day in Etosha allows another full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. Tonight a second opportunity presents for those who wish to do an optional night drive, while the floodlit waterholes ensure that our game viewing continues deep into the night.

    Included Activities
    Full day game drive in Nomad truck
    Day 12

    Windhoek

    A last early morning and short game drive to the gate sees us wrap up our visit to Etosha and take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Today we make a brief stop at the craft markets of Okahandja before arriving in Windhoek in the afternoon. We will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. Tonight we have the chance to eat at Windhoek’s most famous eatery, Joe’s Beer House has gained an international reputation for its venison dishes and quirky atmosphere.

    Route
    Etosha National Park to Windhoek
    Optional Activities
    Dinner at Windhoek
    Included Activities
    Walk through Windhoek with your guide
    Craft market stop en-route

    Activity Package

    Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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

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