Overview

Big open skies, panoramic views and spectacular sceneries make this 7 Day Desert Explorer tour a firm favourite on everyone’s bucket list! From Cape Town – one of the world’s most beloved cities – to the Fish River Canyon and the Namib Desert, the contrasts and natural wonders never cease to amaze. Paddle the Orange River and watch the sun rise over the desert dunes and have dinner on the rim of the world’s second largest canyon. 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. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. We will also spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. We continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. All you have to do is book this tour and join us on an adventure of a lifetime!

Featured Highlights

    Some of the activities listed above form part of an "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 can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.  We do recommend that you prebook your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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    Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

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    Pre Tour Accommodation - Cape Town

    From R1,640
      Airport Transfer Available Tsogo Cape Sun

    Situated in the heart of Cape Town, the Southern Sun Cape Sun hotel offers world-class hospitality, outstanding service, and breathtaking views of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The hotel has 368 elegantly appointed en-suite rooms and suites, each equipped with amenities like free WiFi, DStv and many more … Read More

    Post Tour Accommodation - Swakopmund

    From R720
      Airport Transfer Available Haus Garnison

    Very centrally situated and in about 4 minutes you can walk into the city centre and 500 meters to the beach. Haus Garnison has 2 self-catering flats and 10 rooms and can accommodate 18 – 21 guests. All rooms are equipped with shower/bath, toilet, a mini kitchen, telephone, cooling fan … 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

    Although your tour will come to an end after breakfast, 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

    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

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