Cape Town to Windhoek Camping

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Cape Town South Africa
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Windhoek Namibia
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: South Africa Namibia

Tour Dates

2020
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From ZAR 20550 pp
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Overview

Cape Town to Windhoek Camping

This 13-day Best of Namibia Adventure Camping 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.

ONE NIGHT PRE-ACCOMMODATION INCLUDED in the Cape Town to Windhoek Camping

Included

  1. All meals which are prepared and served at the Overland truck
  2. Accommodation
  3. Qualified crew
  4. Filtered water
  5. Transport in the Overland truck
  6. Included highlights as per the itinerary
  7. Entrance fees to National Parks

Excluded

  1. Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips)
  2. Entrance fees (associated with optional activities )
  3. Souvenirs and optional activities.

**Prices are subject to change

*2020 Tour price includes Activity Package. However it excludes single supplement and any additional meals or activities not set out in the itinerary. 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - South Africa – Cederberg Region

Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal

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 Cedarberg region is known for its mountain fynbos and spectacular views of the rugged Cedarberg Mountains. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Marcuskraal Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 - Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River

Route: Citrusdal to Vioolsdrift

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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Spring Wild Flowers (Seasonal July – September)

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Fiddlers Creek Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon

Route: Orange/Gariep River to 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. Around midday (after lunch) we depart the Orange River and head inland, crossing the border into Namibia. We make a brief stop at the mineral hot springs for a dip in the pool before arriving at our camp in the late afternoon.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Hobas Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Half-day canoe trip

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop

We rise early this morning, pack up our camp, making our way to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We arrive in time to catch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Quiver Tree Forest Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Namib-Naukluft National Park

Route: Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft NP

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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Sesriem Canyon

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Sesriem campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

Route: Namib-Naukluft NP – Naukluft Area

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. 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. This afternoon we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Guided desert walk with local expert

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Boesman’s Camp or similar.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Swakopmund

Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund

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. Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. 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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Tropic of Capricorn, Walvis Bay Lagoon

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge OR Strauss Holiday Accommodation

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge OR Strauss Holiday Accommodation

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner

Day 9 – Spitzkoppe to Brandberg

Route: Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe)

Leaving early, we make our way to the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres above the desert plains below. The presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a walk and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for our overnight stop for the evening.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Visit and explore Spitzkoppe

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Brandberg White Lady Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – Brandberg White Lady

Route: Uis to Kamanjab

The Brandberg (Burning Mountains) are regarded as the highest in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area. This morning we will make the 1-hour hike to visit the painting that is said to be around 2,000 years old. (Please be advised that the hike does traverse rough terrain along the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River). After our exploration, our journey continues to the area of Kamanjab.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Brandberg White Lady hike

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Toko Lodge Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Etosha National Park

Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park

Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. This afternoon we reach the park and begin with our first game drive as we make our way to the rest camp.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Afternoon game drive in the Overland truck

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Okaukuejo Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Etosha National Park

Route: Etosha National Park

Our second day in Etosha allows for a 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. We explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Full day game drive in the Overland truck

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Okaukuejo Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - Windhoek

Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek

It is an early rise as we take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Windhoek (after the short walk through the city).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Walk through Windhoek with your guide

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

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