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$ 1185

Cape Desert Safari (Northbound)

min $ 1185
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Destinations: Cape Town, Fish River Canyon, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park, Windhoek
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 1185
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Head into the unknown on this awesome desert adventure...

Experience Africas enormous skies and wild remote landscapes on this Acacia Africa overland tour through some of the continent's most striking scenery. Encounter deep canyons and towering dunes, diverse wildlife and fascinating tribal culture on this exciting tour through Namibia and the Cape, mixed with a host of adrenaline activities along the way.

This tour also runs in reverse from Windhoek to Cape Town.

Day 1. Cape Town to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa.

From cosmopolitan Cape Town with the iconic Table Mountain towering over the city we start our journey with an insightful and interesting tour of one of the local townships. After an intriguing tour, we journey north through the fruit-growing areas of the Western Cape to our camp for the night. Overlooking the Cederberg Mountains and some vineyards this is a perfect setting to possibly try some locally produced wine. 1 images Cederberg, South Africa

Day 2. Cederberg Region to Orange River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.

Continuing north, the scenery becomes more arid and rocky however during spring there is an abundance of wild flowers bringing colour to the landscape.

Our camp for the night is on the Orange River, just across the Violsdrift border on the Namibian side and we have the opportunity to relax on the riverbank for sundowners and enjoy the showering stars of the Richtersveld - a truly spectacular sight. 3 images Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia

Day 3. Orange River to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.

This morning we have the opportunity to enjoy a canoe safari on the Orange River or relax on the river's edge before making our way to the vast Fish River Canyon.

At over 150km long and up to 500m deep it's the second largest in the world and our tour leader will be able to make sure that you hit the spots with the best photos.
4 images Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Day 4. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia.

Departing in the morning we drive through picturesque arid landscapes to the vast Namib Naukluft National Park. Home to the world's oldest desert and some of the highest dunes in the world, the Namib Naukluft National Park is larger than Switzerland, second largest game park in Africa and the forth largest park in the world.

4 images Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia

Day 5. Sesriem to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia.

Entering the park this morning first stop is Dune 45 where we attempt the climb up the dune as the rising sun warms the landscape and changes the colour of the beautiful dunes.

After a hearty breakfast, we take a shuttle into Dead Vlei and enjoy a guided walk in this eerie desert landscape.

Leaving via the Sesriem Canyon we continue via Namibia's smallest town, Solitare, to our camp set in a tranquil setting for the night. 1 images Sesriem Canyon, Namibia 1 images Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia 4 images Sossusvlei, Namibia

Day 6. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region to Swakopmund Highlights. The Tropic of Capricorn.

This morning, we cross the Tropic of Capricorn, pausing for the obligatory photo opportunity before heading to the cool of the South Atlantic ocean and the interesting resort town of Swakopmund.

The town has a quirky feel with fantastic cafes and interesting Germanic architecture. It is also an adventure mecca with a wide variety of activities on offer. 2 images The Tropic of Capricorn

Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.

We have the day in Swakopmund at leisure where we can make the most of the many activities on offer. The team at our hostel will help making all the necessary arrangements to ensure that we get the most out of our time here. 4 images Swakopmund, Namibia

Day 8. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.

Heading back inland and northwards our journey takes us to the bizarre rock formations at Spitzkoppe. Our community run camp at the foot of these rock formations makes for the perfect spot to explore the surrounding area. 4 images Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park

Turning on northwards we make our way to Etosha National Park. Dominated by a vast central salt pan the park, with its various water holes provides an ideal environment for animals to survive in this harsh landscape.

Our camp for the evening is based around a floodlit waterhole allowing us the opportunity to watch the animals come in and drink after the hours of darkness.

Day 10. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

We have a full day game driving around this amazing park. With more than 100 animal and 300 bird species in the park we are sure to be rewarded with some excellent sightings. 7 images Etosha National Park, Namibia

Day 11. Etosha National Park to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.

Our final day takes us south towards the capital city Windhoek where we arrive late in the afternoon.

With a strong Germanic influence we might enjoy a final evening in one of the German style restaurants in the city.

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Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.
Ashanti Lodge, Gardens, Cape Town

Please note: As from 1st May 2018, we will change our accommodation from Ashanti Lodge in Greenpoint to Ashanti Lodge in Gardens. Please check your tour voucher to confirm that your tour starting and ending point is correct before departing. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek

Urban Camp in the city of Windhoek is a real gem. The pre-erected tents have all the comforts needed including lights, power points and electric blankets for those cold winter nights. Shared ablutions.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

This tour departs Cape Town early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can also pre-book this with Acacia.

These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.

We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. The facilities on this tour may be more rustic than other destinations.

24-seater, self contained, custom-built safari truck with onboard tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers.

In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.

This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

Includes & Excludes

10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners

8 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 2 nights dorm

Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:
Cape Town Township Tour*
Sesriem Canyon
Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
Dune 45
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
Etosha National Park, Game Drives

*Highlight is part of the Adventure Pass Excludes.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Acacia is Africa
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