Journey from Cape Town to Windhoek, visiting Fish River Canyon, climbing the massive sand dunes of Sossusvlei and wildlife spotting in Etosha National Park.
Day 1: Cape Town
Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa! An arrival transfer to our accommodation is included. Today there is a welcome meeting at 17.00hrs where you will meet your tour leader and fellow passengers. Overnight Cape Town.
Day 2: Cederberg
Leaving Cape Town, we take a township tour before we head around Table Bay and travel north to a picturesque campsite, surrounded by wine farms in the Cederberg Area. This afternoon we sample some of the nectar of the gods with included wine tasting after taking a short walk in the surrounding vineyards to explore the exquisite views of the Cederberg Mountains. Overnight Cederberg (B, L, D).
Day 3: Gariep River
From the Cederberg we travel further north through the region known as Namaqualand and the desert area of the Richtersveld. We head to the Gariep River, the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia, where we camp at a beautiful campsite on the bank of the river. Overnight Gariep River (B, L, D).
Day 4: Fish River Canyon
This morning we take a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Gariep River before we cross into Namibia after lunch and travel to 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. A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we can take in the spectacular vistas. Overnight: Fish River Canyon (B, L, D).
Day 5: Sesriem
An early start today, heading north to enter 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 sea of sand dunes that are reputed to be the highest in the world. Overnight Sesriem (B, L, D).
Day 6: Namib Naukluft National Park
This morning we enter the Namib-Naukluft National Park where we spend the morning exploring this amazing area. View the sunrise from the top of Dune 45 – a truly memorable experience. Following our sunrise experience we head a further 5kms into the desert and take a walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. After our morning exploring the desert and its dunes, we exit the park and head to our next destination, the small settlement of Solitaire. Overnight Sesriem (B, L, D).
Days 7-8: Swakopmund
Our next stop is Namibia’s prime holiday resort – Swakopmund, where we enjoy two nights of rest, relaxation and a little bit of adrenaline for those that are keen! Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has lovely beaches, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. Optional excursions include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. Overnight Swakopmund (Breakfast x 2).
Day 9: Spitzkoppe
Our departure from Swakopmund takes us through the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’ – Spitzkoppe. The 1728m 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. Overnight Brandberg (B, L, D).
Days 10-11: Etosha National Park
On day 10 our drive takes us further north through the Namibian countryside to our campsite, located in the vicinity of Etosha National Park. The following day we explore Etosha National Park. Covering 22,700 km, 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, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s southern area. Overnight Etosha National Park area (Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2).
Day 12: Etosha National Park
Today we make our way 150 km across the park, keeping a look out for the many different animals. 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. Overnight Etosha National Park (B, L, D).
Day 13: Windhoek
After our breakfast we head out of the park on 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. Overnight Windhoek (B, L).
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