Overview

Big open skies, panoramic views and spectacular sceneries make this 7 day Desert Explorer tour a firm favourite holiday package on everyone’s bucket list! As we leave the coastal town of Swakopmund early on day 1, it is advisable to arrive a few days earlier if you want to try your hand at sky-diving, sand boarding or even quad biking on the sand dunes – make the most of your Namibia safari. From Swakopmund, we head into the ancient Namib Desert – where 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. We head to Sesriem, the gateway to the Sossusvlei dune fields and we enter the park early to make a stop to climb the famous Dune 45, before we continue deeper into the Dune fields and take a 4×4 transfer to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. 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, before finding our way to the hot springs of Ai-Ais. Heading further south, we reach the Fish River Canyon, one of the largest in the world, stretch your legs with a walk along the rim of the canyon and end our day with a memorable sunset on the canyon edge. A final border crossing sees us travel into South Africa this morning as your holiday continues to travel through the desert landscapes of Namaqualand on our way to the Cederberg and sees us travel through the wheat fields of the Swartland to the city of Mother City of Cape Town. All you have to do is book this tour and join us on a safari of a lifetime!

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Nomad can book accommodation before and after your tour.

Pre Tour Accommodation - Swakopmund

From R700
  Airport Transfer Available Amanpuri Guesthouse

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

Post Tour Accommodation - Cape Town

From R1,750
  Airport Transfer Available Double Tree Hilton Upper Eastside Cape Town

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

Itinerary

Day 01

Namib Naukluft National Park

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 tomorrow will see us up as the dawn breaks.

Day 02

Sesriem and Sossusvlei

Rising at 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

Day 03

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 04

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 05

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 06

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 07

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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