Overview

This adventure meanders through big sky country, Namibia and South Africa. We travel North to a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade goods before arriving at Etosha National Park for a unique game driving experience. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. We travel to Kamanjab to visit the Himba people, easily recognised by their style of dress. Spitzkoppe is our next destination where we explore unique rock formations and view starry skies. Followed up by a visit to the adventure captial of Namibia: Swakopmund. Go sandboarding or quad biking through the dunes of Namibia. Leaving behind the charms of Swakopmund we continue our journey to Southern Namibia and the Namib Desert. We travel to Sesriem, the gateway to the Sossusvlei dune fields. Prepare yourself for a climb at the famous Dune 45! Another amazing highlight of this adventure tour is a visit to the Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world. The 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. The final leg of our journey sees us travel through the wheat fields of the Swartland to the city of Cape Town.

 

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    Pre Tour Accommodation - Windhoek

    From R650
      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

    Post Tour Accommodation - Cape Town

    From R1,640
      Airport Transfer Available Tsogo Cape Sun

    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

    Windhoek – Etosha

    Leaving the city of Windhoek this morning, we travel north for two exciting days of game viewing in the Etosha National Park. On our way today we will make a short stop at the craft markets in Okahandja before continuing to our rest camp in Etosha. While tomorrow will see us make an early start, those who would like to chance their luck can spend some time at the floodlit waterhole at the camp tonight.

    Route
    Windhoek to Etosha National Park
    Included Activities
    Craft market stop en-route
    Day 02

    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. Those who wish to partake in an optional night drive may do so tonight (subject to availability).

    Included Activities
    Full-Day Game Viewing in Nomad truck
    Optional Activities
    Etosha Night Drive – subject to availability
    Day 03

    Etosha - Outjo

    As our camp tonight is only a short distance from the Etosha National Park, we will have another full day to continue our exploration of this vast park. Today also presents an opportunity to join an optional morning game drive offered by the park (subject to availability).

    Route
    Etosha to Outjo
    Optional Activities
    Etosha Morning Game Drive – subject to availability
    Included Activities
    Full-Day Game Viewing in Nomad truck
    Day 04

    Outjo to Khorixas

    This morning we travel north towards Kamanjab where we will visit a project that introduces 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

    After our visit to the Himba project we turn south and travel to the small town of Khorixas, we will finish our day with a visit to the Petrified Forest on the outskirts of the town. These fossilised forests remain as a natural monument to a time long ago when Namibia formed part of the Gondwana super-continent.

    Route
    Outjo to Khorixas
    Included Activities
    Visit the Petrified Forest
    Activity Package
    Himba Tribe visit
    Day 05

    Khorixas – Swakopmund

    This morning we travel onwards to Spitzkoppe, here a local guide will join us for a walk around the base of this famed landmark. We will have the opportunity to view some San rock paintings before we continue to the seaside town of Swakopmund. Swakopmund is well known for its many adventure activities, coffee shops and rich German influence. This evening you will have the opportunity to book some of the many exciting activities on offer and we end the day with dinner out at a local restaurant.

    Route
    Khorixas to Swakopmund
    Included Activities
    Guided Walk at Spitzkoppe
    Optional Activities
    Dinner Out in Swakopmund
    Day 06

    Swakopmund

    Today is a free day to enjoy adventure, explore Swakopmund or simply enjoy a great bake at a local coffee shop. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a little city and there is something to keep everyone busy. This welcome brush with civilization is the perfect launching pad as we venture to the Namib Desert tomorrow morning.

    Optional Activities
    Quad biking
    Sandboarding
    Skydiving
    Dolphin cruise
    Day 07

    Swakopmund – Namib Naukluft

    Leaving behind the charms of Swakopmund we continue our journey to Southern Namibia and the Namib Desert. We make a short stop in Walvis Bay this morning before turning east towards the heart of the desert. Our afternoon will be spent with a local guide who will introduce us to the wonders of the desert environment. An early night is advisable as we tomorrow will see us up as the dawn breaks.

    Route
    Swakopmund to Naukluft National Park area
    Activity Package
    Guided desert walk with local expert
    Day 08

    Sesriem and Sossusvlei

    Rising with the first light we travel to Sesriem, the gateway to the Sossusvlei dune fields. We enter the park early and make a stop to climb the famous Dune 45. Having stretched our legs we continue deeper into the Dune fields and take a 4×4 transfer to the marvels of Sossusvlei. We take time to visit both Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, before bidding the dune field farewell. Our final stop before continuing to our camp is the interesting Sesriem Canyon, a remnant of much wetter times in this dry region.

    Included Activities
    Sunrise hike up Dune 45
    Visit to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei and the Sesriem Canyon
    Day 09

    Namib Naukluft – Fish River Canyon

    Today we 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, an evening swim under the Desert stars is not to be missed. Tomorrow will again be an early start as we aim to catch the morning light as it filters into the Fish River Canyon.

    Route
    Namib-Naukluft NP to Ai-Ais
    Included Activities
    Ais-Ais Hot Springs
    Day 10

    Fish River Canyon – Orange River

    As dawn breaks we head out towards Hobas and the Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world. The early hours of the morning offer great photographic opportunities as the morning light filters into the canyon. We will spend time exploring the rim of the canyon, before making for 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.

    Route
    Fish River Canyon to Gariep / Orange River
    Included Activities
    Visit to the Fish River Canyon
    Day 11

    Orange River – Cedarberg

    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 Cedarberg region. The Cedarberg is the home of Rooibos tea, which has become a popular beverage throughout the world. Tonight we enjoy a traditional South African meal and celebrate the many memories we have made.

    Route
    Orange/Gariep River to Citrusdal
    Activity Package
    Wine tasting & traditional dinner
    Day 12

    Cedarberg – Cape Town

    The final leg of our journey sees us travel through the wheat fields of the Swartland to the city of Cape Town. No visit to the fairest Cape would be complete without sampling some of the wines that have made this region famous. We enjoy a wine tasting and make a short stop in Table View for some great pictures of Table Mountain. On clear days we can also catch our first glimpse of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent so many years. The tour ends on arrival in Cape Town.

    Route
    Citrusdal to Cape Town

    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.

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

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