Starting in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, this accommodated tour takes you into Namibia to the oldest desert in the world to climb its giant dunes. As well game viewing in its premier game park Etosha before finishing in the capital Windhoek.
This tour also runs in reverse from Windhoek to Cape Town
Day 1. Cape Town to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Township Tour Cape Town, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.Our accommodated overland tour starts in Cape Town, one of the most picturesque cities in the world. On our first stop, we take a tour of the Cape Flats at one of the cities townships. We meet local people, try local food, see the community projects and learn about the history of the townships.
Day 2. Cederberg Area to Gariep (Orange) River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.Making our way further north this morning we head closer to the Namibian border. Our accommodation this evening is on the Namibia side of the Gariep (Orange) River.
Day 3. Gariep (Orange) River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.Today there's an option to enjoy an early morning canoe or relax by the water's edge before we make our way to Fish River Canyon, this is the second largest canyon in the world being 500m deep and over 160km long! Photographers paradise at one of Africa's natural wonders. 4 images Fish River Canyon, Namibia 5 images Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon
Day 4. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Accommodation. Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft .Leaving the our accommodation near the canyon we make our way north through picturesque terrain to the Sesriem Area, this is the entry into the Namib Naukluft National Park. The national park is home to the oldest desert in the world along with the highest dunes in the world. 4 images Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft
Day 5. Namib Naukluft National Park to Solitaire Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia.This morning we trek up Dune 45 within the National Park and enjoy the view it offers. We then take a short shuttle ride in the park to 'Deadvlei' for a nature walk. We leave the dunes and stop off at a unique conglomerate canyon before making our way via Namibia's smallest town, Solitaire to our desert camp for the night. 3 images Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia 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. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Today we make our way to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast for the next 2 nights. To get to Swakopmund we cross the Tropic of Capricorn where we will stop for a photo opportunity. There are so many optional activities to enjoy in Swakopmund such as skydiving, quad biking, sandboarding and much more. For those who don't wish to seek adventure can enjoy the town's many restaurants German bakeries and galleries. 4 images Swakopmund, Namibia 6 images Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund
Day 7. Swakopmund Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Today is a free day to take part in the many optional activities or just enjoy the sights this seaside town has to offer. 6 images Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund
Day 8. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.We leave the coast today and make our way to the beautiful Damaraland region and explore Spitzkoppe. This giant granite boulder formation peaks up to1800m above sea level and is home to numerous bushman paintings, the most impressive 'Bushman Paradise' which we explore with a local guide of the area.
Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Today we make our way further north to Etosha National Park. The park is home to 114 mammals and 340 bird species. On arrival we enjoy a game drive in the park in hope to see the many animals of the area such as elephant, rhino, giraffe and numerous bird species.
Day 10. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Today we go for a full day game drive in the park searching for the wildlife in the park. Etosha is over 20,000sq km and surrounds a central salt pan that can be seen by space.
Day 11. Etosha to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.Making our way back south we head to the country's capital Windhoek, located between the Khomas Highland, Aus and Eros Mountains where our tour ends. 6 images Urban Camp, Windhoek Show more...
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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
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.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
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.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (8 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 night) some may be with bar or swimming pool.
TRANSPORT: 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.
GAME PARK VISITS:
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. These local services are included in the Local Payment.
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.
10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners
8 nights twin share accommodation, 2 night bush camping at Spitzkoppe and Khomas Region (equipment supplied).
Have you seen the movie Gladiator? If not, go and watch right now. Those who have seen in will be glad to know that Sahara is the location where the most prominent scenes of the movie were shot. You can start with capturing the velvet dunes and taking photos of the snake charmers and mighty camels proudly swaying as they carry bedouins on their back. Once in a province, you will get a chance to capture and even participate in the traditional tea ceremony as well as to see the locals playing gnawa music performed on goatskin drums. The beauty of the sunset in Sahara is just a cherry on the top of a cake you cannot miss out on.