21 Days
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12 Seater
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Namibia, South Africa
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Travel over 21 days from Windhoek, Namibia via the Namib Desert and the Kalahari to Cape Town, South Africa.

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You’ll have 21 magnificent days to explore, starting off in Windhoek, Namibia one of the smallest and cleanest capital cities in the world where you can treat yourself to the famous locally brewed beer, the Windhoek Lager. Journey over the Namib desert with its splendid red dunes and go on safari in Etosha National Park. Meet one of the last semi-nomadic tribes of Africa.  View gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest where red dunes & shrub fade into infinity.  Listen to the sound of water thundering down the 56m Augrabies Waterfall and explore the bustling city of Cape Town.  Support our Africa4us Kids Project and capture that perfect moment where you feel a true connection with Africa.  Transport in a Premium Overland Safari Vehicle (fitted with 12 luxury seats), ensures that you’ll get close to the land and experience all this region has to offer.

Tour Price: US$3,918.00
Solo Room Supplement: US$540.00

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Group Size: Max 12
Days: 21
Start: Windhoek
End: Cape Town
Distance: 4721km
Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
Meals: 20 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel (6 nts), Basic Hotel (1 nt), Bungalow/ Lodge (10 nts), Luxury Tented Lodge (1 nt), Tented Rooms (2 nts)
Entrance Fees: Namib Naukluft National Park, Etosha National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies National Park, Table Mountain National Park
Activities: Activities at Gobabeb Research & Training Centre – Night Walk, Desert Research Station Tour and Desert Nature Walk, Himba Settlement Tour, Game Drives in Etosha National Park, Sesriem Canyon, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Game Drives, Augrabies National Park, Africa4us Kids Project, Boulders Beach, Table Mountain National Park – Cape of Good Hope, Hike to Heerenlogement Cave
Crew: 1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included

Day1

Windhoek

Explore Windhoek during the day and meet your group and your Tour Leader in the evening at 18:00 to get acquainted and review your trip details. Windhoek is a tiny capital town but with loads of interesting things to offer.  One of the most famous is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites in the Post Street Mall. Here you can take pictures of and touch these extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel in them. Shopping opportunities abound and for the historically inclined there are many museums and historical buildings within walking distance around the town centre. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style.

Meals: N/A
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: Welcome Meeting at 18:00
Activities Optional: Explore the City, Craft Market
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day2

Windhoek to Gobabeb

Your journey will start after a wholesome breakfast, heading southwest towards the Namib Desert. Enjoy a scenic drive, beautiful in a unique and rugged way. You will drive through the oddly angled rock formations of the Kuiseb pass and continue west towards the towering red dunes of the Namib Desert where you will find the Gobabeb Training & Research Centre. Gobabeb was founded in 1962 and the center conducts research on climate, ecology, geomorphology and test, demonstrate and promote Appropriate Technologies. Two days of interesting and educational activities lie ahead. After dinner, you will get the opportunity to go scorpion hunting or just relax next to the campfire and count the satellites passing over in the starlit Namibian sky.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Desert Night Walk
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Namib Naukluft National Park

Day3

Gobabeb

After breakfast, you will go on a Desert Research Station tour where the local guides will explain and demonstrate all the different tests and research that they are conducting on a daily basis. In the afternoon, you will go on a guided nature walk to learn more about the creatures living in the seemingly barren desert. You will learn that there is much more in a desert than what meets the eye and that going about unseen is a survival trait of many of the desert’s inhabitants. In the late afternoon, you can climb a nearby sand dune to enjoy a sundowner and stunning desert sunset from above.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Desert Research Station Tour, Desert Nature Walk
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Namib Naukluft National Park

Day4

Gobabeb to Swakopmund

Continue to Swakopmund with its cooler Atlantic sea air, cultural experiences and options for some extreme adventures like quad biking, sand boarding, 4×4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more. The only meal provided today is breakfast as Swakopmund has plenty of great places to eat local cuisine. Swakopmund offers a variety of bakeries and cafes with a selection of reasonably priced meals (budget approximately $5-12 USD per meal).

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Quad Biking, Sand Boarding, Skydiving
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day5

Swakopmund

Swakopmund’s big variety of things to see and do caters for a wide scope of tastes and styles. You can take a walk along the beach and dip your toes in the icy Atlantic Ocean, or visit the Krystal Galerie which boasts with the largest Quartz Crystal Cluster on display in the World, weighing in at 14 100 kilograms. Browse the many excellent bookshops and curio shops and spoil yourself with a unique gift from the area. If adrenalin and outdoors is your thing then you can enjoy optional activities like quad biking, sand boarding, 4×4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Quad Biking, Sand Boarding, Skydiving
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day6

Swakopmund to Brandberg

Today you will be leaving the coast and travel north to Brandberg which is home to Königstein, at 2573m above sea level the highest peak in Namibia. In the afternoon you can either relax at your campsite or make use of the opportunity to visit the famous White Lady Bushmen painting in the Brandberg.  Although the walk is not strenuous, it takes about 2 hours in a very hot environment so be sure to be armed with a hat, sunglasses, comfortable closed shoes and plenty water and sunscreen. Enjoy the breath-taking scenery along the riverbed on the way to the famous “lady”, with multi-coloured rocks that take on various shades of flaming orange in the late afternoon, giving the mountain its name. Around the lodge area there is a good chance to see the famous desert elephant, sometimes casually wandering into the lodge premises.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Visit White Lady Bushmen Painting
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day7

Brandberg to Twyfelfontein

Today is a short drive to another area famous for desert elephant. Twyfelfontein means “spring of doubt”.  Twyfelfontein is a site of ancient art and sacred rituals portrayed in the at least 2500 rock engravings found there. It was also proclaimed Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. At Twyfelfontein you will have the opportunity to discover one of Namibia’s oldest tribes, the Damara. You might want to add a visit to the Damara Living Museum to your optional activities list.  This project is a reconstruction of the traditional culture of the Damara, a contribution to preserving the culture of the tribe and an income provider to the community.  You will also have the opportunity to do an optional guided walk to an engraving site.    

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Damara Living Museum, Twyfelfontein Engravings
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day8

Twyfelfontein to Opuwo

The morning starts early for the drive to Opuwo. On arrival, we will visit a local school we have been supporting since 2010. In the afternoon, we will go on a guided walk to a traditional Himba village and learn more about the Himba culture and the Himba tribe with their trademark red ochre body paint.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Himba Village Visit, Africa4us Kids Project
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day9

Opuwo to Etosha National Park

Depart after breakfast for Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s best loved wildlife sanctuaries. Head out for an afternoon game drive to search for elephant, the unique black-faced impala, zebra, endangered black rhino or any of the more than 100 mammal species the park is home to. In the rainy season, the salt pans turn into shallow lakes, with pelicans, flamingos and other bird species flocking to this temporary water haven. Animals often cluster around the watering holes close to the campsites and this offers you the unique opportunity to sit and wait for the animals to come to you. These fenced watering holes have seating areas and are perfectly safe. Floodlights give you the opportunity to sit at the waterhole right through the night and enjoy the interaction all the different species have with each other around the water.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Luxury Tented Lodge
Activities Included: Game Drives in Premium Overland Safari Vehicle and Watering Hole at Camp
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Etosha National Park

Day10

Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full day’s game drive in our Premium Overland Safari Vehicle. Gather memories of unique sights that you will not likely experience again. Watch how ghostly grey-white elephants bathe themselves in the white dust of the area or zoom in on the magnificent sight of giraffes etched against a wide and open horizon. Overnight at another beautiful camp inside Etosha National Park and maybe you are just lucky enough to fall asleep with the haunting call of hyena or a lion roaring in the distance.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Game Drives in Premium Overland Safari Vehicle, Watering Hole at Camp
Activities Optional: Night Game Drive
Entrance Fees Included: Etosha National Park

Day11

Etosha National Park to Windhoek

Enjoy a final short morning game drive before travelling south to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital.  Spend the last few hours of the day exploring Windhoek and its strong German influence. You’ll have the option to celebrate your last night and your new friendships at one of Windhoek’s famous restaurants. You can also book a day or two extra to properly explore this quaint little capital town.

Windhoek is the “getting on” and “getting off” hub for people who have booked shorter “legs” of your combo tour. You might lose some of your travel companions and new people might join. You might also have a change of vehicle and adventure crew (tour leader and driver.) Although it might sound a bit daunting, please be assured that your vehicle will be the same standard and your adventure crew are very experienced in dealing with these changes to make it as smooth as possible. All adventure crew is committed to giving the best possible service but because all have their own style, own special recipes and own passion with regards to culture, fauna and flora, geology etc. having a change of adventure crew will broaden your experience on the trip immensely.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Explore City, Craft Markets and Museums
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day12

Windhoek to Sesriem

Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert.  The name Sesriem means “six belts’ and was named by the Dorsland Trekkers, a group of Afrikaans-speaking settlers.  It is said that they had to tie together 6 belts (made of oryx hide) to reach buckets down into the Sesriem Canyon to scoop up water. The Sesriem Canyon is a natural canyon carved in sedimentary rock.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day13

Sesriem

An early departure will give you the opportunity to climb the majestic Dune 45 during the cooler time of the day. Dune 45 was named for its proximity to Sesriem gate before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes. Here you will have the opportunity to take an optional transfer to the famous Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, relax in the shade of camel thorn trees or take a short walk in the dune area around the parking and picnic area. Sand that was carried to the west coast by the Orange River is blown back again inland by winds and formed the dunes of the Namib Desert. The Namib, a minimum of 55 million years old, is regarded as the oldest desert in the world. The sand here is coloured red due to the high levels of iron oxide.  These dunes are known as star dunes, created by winds blowing from all directions and is also known as the highest sand dunes in the world.  In the afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a miniature canyon by world standards but beautiful to walk around in and appreciate the distinctive sedimentary rocks and conglomerate that line the canyon walls.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon
Activities Optional: Sossusvlei/Deadvlei Transfer
Entrance Fees Included: Sesriem – Namib Naukluft National Park

Day14

Sesriem to Seeheim

On the way to Seeheim you will pass the small towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen and a farm settlement here and there, but other than that it will mostly just be the wide open Namibian landscape with spectacular scenery. In the early 20th century the sole purpose of this small town was that of a junction station between Keetmanshoop, Lüderitz and Karasburg. This rustic oasis in the desert built from stone is where you will be spending your last night under the Namibian starlit sky.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Basic Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day15

Seeheim to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Today we will be entering South Africa, heading towards the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This unique park is an amalgamation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, bordering Namibia to the west. The park comprises an area of over 3.6 million hectares – one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world. South Africa consists of nine provinces and for the next couple of days, we will be travelling through the Northern Cape Province, the largest province in the country but with the lowest human population.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Tented Rooms
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day16

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

A day for photo opportunities – full day game drives with our Premium Overland Safari Vehicle. This is a land of contrast and unique beauty. Red sand dunes with a backdrop of deep blue sky. Here you find straight-horned Oryx wandering in the waving yellow-gold dune bushman grass. Majestic camel thorn trees on open plains give home and shade to many of the Kalahari’s dwellers.  The sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds show antelope and predators off to spectacular advantage and provide excellent photographic opportunities. Keep cameras ready for the famous black-mane Kalahari lions.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Tented Rooms
Activities Included: Game Drives with Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Day17

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to Augrabies National Park

Our next stop is the Augrabies National Park.  This place was named by the local Khoi residents “Aukoerebis” – meaning “Place of big noise” in Nama. The most spectacular feature of this National Park is the Augrabies Falls, after which the park was named. Here the Orange River, when in flood, thunders 56 metres down over rocks and then continue in a narrow gorge for another 18 kilometres before spreading out and continuing its journey to the coast. As this is a very arid environment, vegetation is hardy and includes succulents, aloes, acacias and the Namaqua fig.  Augrabies is ideal for self-hikes, birdwatching and is also home to 46 mammal species. Animals and birds to look out for are Broadley’s flat lizard known as the Augrabies flat lizard, rock hyrax (dassie), klipspringer, Verreaux’s (Black) eagle and the Hartmann’s mountain zebra.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Augrabies Falls Visit
Activities Optional: Hikes
Entrance Fees Included: Augrabies National Park

Day18

Augrabies National Park to Strandfontein

Today we head south to the West Coast of South Africa. Strandfontein, a popular tourist attraction with a picturesque shoreline, offers tranquillity and have a pleasant and carefree nature.  Watch as Sandpipers, Gulls and Oystercatchers scavenge for food.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day19

Strandfontein to Cape Town

Continue to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, one of the world’s most picturesque cities.  En route we stop at the Heerenlogement Cave, an 18th Century “stop-over” and one of South Africa’s oldest and historical caves.  The 17th Century and beyond, San and Khoi guides have exposed colonial travellers to this refuge, their names still cover the cave walls.  Originally the cave was used by the indigenous San Bushmen and Khoi people.  It was discovered again in 1685 by Simon Van der Stel and his party on his way north in search of copper in 1685.  We journey further through South Africa’s Western Cape Region. Overnight close to the V&A Waterfront, where you will have easy access to the wide variety of activities and attractions offered by this culturally rich and historic city. You can take a sailboat or catamaran trip out to sea, or browse through the colourful and innovative crafts at the Waterfront’s Watershed Craft Market where 150 tenants offer over 360 different products.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: Hike to Heerenlogement Cave
Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day20

Cape Town

After breakfast, we depart for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the tip of the Cape Peninsula.  Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower more than 200m above sea level.  Cape of Good Hope is part of the Cape Floristic Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the six recognized floral kingdoms in the world. Despite being the smallest, it is regarded as the richest, mostly made up with Fynbos, the hard-stemmed and fine-leaved plants indigenous to the south-western corner of South Africa.   Little wonder the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. The elegant protea flower is probably the most famous of all fynbos species and the emblem of the national cricket team. After lunch we visit a colony of the endangered African Penguin at Boulders Beach in Simonstown. Here you will be able to come quite close to these upright walking birds while they nest, swim, play and do the things penguins do every day.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: Table Mountain National Park – Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach
Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront PM
Entrance Fees Included: Table Mountain National Park – Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach – African Penguins

Day21

Cape Town

Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another incredible tour. Make sure to book extra days in Cape Town to make the best of all the delights this cosmopolitan city offers. Cape Town offers a staggering variety of experiences, tastes and sightseeing. Try a variety of exotic delights, like some of the delicious Cape Malay curries, the famous local dish Bobotie, or the freshest seafood at one of exquisite seafood restaurants at the V&A Waterfront. You can take a boat to the world-famous Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, visit Cape Point or go up Table Mountain with a cable car to enjoy a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

We have designed this itinerary to ensure that you get the best possible experience from this tour and region. Please note that if the itinerary on your trip differs slightly from the online itinerary or brochure, be assured that any change has been made after careful consideration and with the goal to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Changes considered necessary will usually be due to change in service levels, road conditions, recommendations from past clients etc. The goal of any change will be to give an improved experience. You will be informed in writing of any major changes before your trip starts to keep you informed at all times and discuss any concerns you might have.

Some changes might also be totally out of our control, like changes in visa fees and procedures, available activities etc. and might differ to what we have advised on our website. If changes take place while you are on the road, our adventure crew will be informed immediately and this information will be conveyed to you. The adventure crew will give you all possible assistance to manage these changes.

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