Overview

Big open skies, panoramic views and spectacular sceneries make this 7 Day Desert Explorer tour a firm favourite on everyone’s bucket list! The first day is devoted to adventure. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a little city and there is something to keep everyone busy. There is no adventure quite like that of sandboarding and quad biking, especially in the sand dunes of Swakopmund. Leaving behind the charms of Swakopmund, we continue our journey to Southern Namibia and the Namib Desert. Paddle the Orange River and watch the sun rise over the desert dunes after a brisk climb up the famous dune 45. We head out towards one of the largest canyons in the world: Fish River Canyon. Another major attraction of the area found at the Southern end of the Fish River Canyon is Ai-Ais hot springs resort. 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 finest wines that have made this region famous. All you have to do is book this tour and join us on an adventure of a lifetime!

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    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 Tour Accommodation - Swakopmund

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      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

    Post Tour Accommodation - Cape Town

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      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

    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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      Camping     Accommodated
    Day 01

    Swakopmund

    After meeting your guides, the rest of the day 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 02

    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 03

    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 04

    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 05

    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 06

    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 07

    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.

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

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