Cape to Windhoek Adventure

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

2017
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From ZAR 10395 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 240)
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Overview

Your journey begins at Africa’s Southern gateway. Gaze at the spectacle that greeted the early explorers, as Table Mountain appears to rise from the sea, a stunning setting for a very special city. Explore the ghostly deserts of Namibia, nothing but endless horizons and vast expanses of night stars. Go where giant sand dunes merge with the Atlantic Ocean. Go on safari in Etosha, the Great White Place, where the fireside tales will be of lion, rhino, elephant and much more. Departures are guaranteed with 2-4 people.  Have 3 or more friends join you for 10 days or longer and get 10% discount off the tour price. Excludes Local Payment. Book 6 months in advance and enjoy the Early Bird Savings!(less 10%)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town to Cederberg Area

Before leaving Cape Town, we depart on a township tour in and around Cape Town. This is an included highlight allowing everyone to experience it. Thereafter, we head around Table Bay and continue north through the wheat growing “bread basket” of South Africa. We cross the Piekenierskloof Pass into the rich fruit growing area along the Olifants River, named for the vast Elephant herds that used to roam in this fertile valley. Our first night is spent in a picturesque campsite with a view of the surrounding wine farms. This afternoon we have the opportunity to sample some of the nectar of the gods after taking a short walk in the surrounding vineyards to explore the exquisite views of the Cederberg Mountains. Tonight, we camp under a canvass of stars ? the perfect way to begin our African adventure.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Township Tour in Cape Town, Wine Tasting in Cederberg Area

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite in Cederberg Area

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Cederberg Area to the Gariep River

From the Cederberg, we travel further north through the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. After stopping for supplies in the small town of Springbok, we continue on through the desert area of the Richtersveld to the Gariep River, the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia, where we camp at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite on South African bank of Gariep Rivier

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Gariep River to Fish River Canyon (Namibia)

This morning we partake in a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Gariep River, affording us the opportunity of some bird watching or just a scenic and relaxing paddle. After lunch we cross into Namibia where, after a short drive, we reach the Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it’s the second largest canyon in the world. The outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity, while the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon. A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we can take in the spectacular vistas.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Canoeing on Gariep River, A visit to Fish River Canyon

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite near Fish River Canyon

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Sesriem

An early start today, heading north we enter the area of the Namib-Naukluft desert, one of the oldest in the world. We base ourselves at Sesriem, a good place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic array of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300 m high. Make sure you look up at the stars tonight; the desert puts on a show like nowhere else in the world!

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite in Sesriem

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sesriem

This morning we enter the Namib-Naukluft National Park where we spend the morning exploring this amazing area. We take some time to climb to the top of Dune 45 – a truly memorable experience. Following our once in a lifetime experience you will take the desert shuttles a further 5kms into the desert where you can take a walk to Sossusvlei and explore the surrounding area.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Climbing Dune 45 & Namib Naukluft National Park, A Visit to Sossusvlei

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite in Sesriem

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Sesriem to Swakopmund

This morning after breakfast we head off in a north-westerly direction to meet the Atlantic Ocean at Walvis Bay. Our drive takes us across the Tropic of Capricorn – the “imaginary line” that shows the southernmost point of direct sun, and signals the southern hemisphere’s mid-summers day. From Walvis Bay, we follow the coast for some 35 km to arrive at Namibia?s prime holiday resort – Swakopmund where we enjoy 2 nights of rest, relaxation and a little bit of adrenaline for those that are keen! Accommodation will be in dormitories for the next 2 nights, upgrades into private rooms are possible, but depend on availability and can be booked with your trip leader.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Swakopmund holiday restort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Day 7: Swakopmund

Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. Alternatively, the lovely beach and promenade make for a great relaxing walk though bathing in the ocean waters may be somewhat chilly!

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Swakopmund holiday restort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund

Day 8: Swakopmund to Brandberg (UIS)

Our departure from Swakopmund takes through the “Matterhorn of Namibia” – Spitzkoppe. The 1728 m high rock formation, one of Namibia’s most recognised landmarks, is well known as an ancient San sacred site. Explore the surrounding area and its San rock paintings or simply enjoy the magnificent views. After our visit to Spitzkoppe we head off to our next destination – Brandberg.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Visiting Spitzkoppe (Day trip)

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Transit day

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Brandberg (UIS) to Etosha National Park Area

Today’s drive takes us further north through the Namibian countryside to our campsite, located in the vicinity of the National Park.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite in vicinity of Etosha National Park

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Etosha National Park Area

We head to the area of Etosha National Park. Covering 22 700 km2, Etosha is Namibia’s premier nature and wildlife reserve. Situated around the Etosha Pan with a large variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads affords us the opportunity of accessing even the most remote areas of the park. After lunch, and once it has cooled off a bit, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s southern area. Keep an eye out for the striking Oryx and Springbok as these are endemic to desert National Parks! Tonight’s camp is situated just outside the parks boundaries, only 10kms from Anderson Gate. Perhaps a quick dip in the pool or a sun downer on the deck before dinner, followed by a relaxing evening in this interesting bar.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite in vicinity of Etosha National Park

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Etosha National Park

Today we make our way across the park, keeping a look out for the many different mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in the various regions. As the vegetation types change, so does the animal and bird life that relies on it, and so different sections of the Park offer a variety of different game options. After a full day of game viewing, we spend the evening relaxing at our camp in the north of the park, Namutoni. After dinner why not head to the waterhole where you can sit and observe the animals may come to drink in the evenings.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Game Drive in ATC Truck

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite north of Etosha National Park

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Night Drive

Day 12: Etosha National Park to Windhoek

After our breakfast, we head out of the park while doing a game drive. Today’s drive will take us through small rural towns and scenic landscapes. Nestled between the hills, Windhoek is a rather small capital city but has many places of historical interest. This afternoon is spent at your leisure with time to visit the local museum or haggling at the street side markets. There are also many shops for those in need of a bit of retail therapy.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Dinner at Joes Beer house

Day 13: Windhoek

Your trip ends after breakfast this morning

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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