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12 Days Cape & Namibia Serviced Camping Safari in South Africa and Namibia(CWAC)

Cape Town, South Africa

Budget Safari from Cape Town, South Africa to Windhoek, Namibia

Cape Town is home to one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and one of the most widely recognised mountains in the world. Flat as a table on top, and often with a tablecloth of cloud, it remains one of the most exquisite views to behold at the southern end of Africa. You’ll have 12 magnificent days to explore, starting off with the bustling and sophisticated city of Cape Town, nestled between mountains, beaches and Winelands, admire the sunset at Fish River Canyon, journey over the Namib Desert with its splendid red dunes, go on safari in Etosha National Park to finish in Windhoek. Camping under the African sky whilst being transported in our air-conditioned Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle (fitted with 20 luxury, reclining seats) ensuring that you have an unforgettable camping experience. With time to explore on your own and optional activities including hikes and skydiving, you will soak up the beauty and diversity of Southern Africa.

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • Group size: max 20 persons
  • Children from the age of 12 are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian
  • Starting point: Cape Town
  • Ending point: Windhoek
  • Languages: English
  • Park fees are included except Victoria Falls

Highlights

  • Etosha National Park game drives
  • Entrance fees to Namib Naukluft National Park and Etosha National Park
  • Visit the stunning Fish River Canyon
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
  • 11 night's accommodation
  • Airport transfer on arrival

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Serviced Camping - Accommodation Grade:

  • Serviced Camping (8 nights) with 3 stars graded hotels and lodges (3 nights)

Predominantly camping, with standard hotel accommodation at your start and end locations of each tour and depending on the itinerary, some nights in between. Tents are 2.5m x 2.5m dome tents with mesh windows and doors which acts as a mosquito net. Please bring your own sleeping bag or you could pre-purchase one via Africa4us. 2 Travellers per tent – All accommodation is shared between (same gender) members of the tour group unless you booked a single supplement.

Serviced Camping Plus - Accommodation Grade:

  • 3 Star graded hotels and lodges (7 nights) with Serviced Camping (4 nights)

Predominantly, overnight in comfort 3-star graded lodges, hotels, and bungalows with twin shared en suite rooms.

Most rooms in Southern Africa don’t have mosquito nets, as it is not needed.

Some establishments will have fans instead of air-conditioning.

All meals (breakfast included) will be prepared by your Adventure Crew and served at the vehicle. All accommodation is shared between (same gender) members of the tour group unless you booked with partner/friend/family member or a single supplement. For the camping nights - tents are 2.5m x 2.5m dome tents with mesh windows and doors which acts as a mosquito net. 2 Travellers per tent – Africa4us will supply all camping equipment including a sleeping bag.

Please note: All tour related matters i.e. meals and briefings will take place at the vehicle in the campsite and are compulsory to attend. Attending these campsite activities to and from your room would be at your own accord.

There is a possibility to request for a pre and post night accommodation at an additional cost. Please send an inquiry for more details.

Program

Day 1: Cape Town

Explore the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town 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. Cape Town offers an unbelievable variety of experiences, tastes and sightseeing. Try a variety of exotic tastes, like some of the delicious Cape Malay curries, the famous local dish Bobotie, or the freshest seafood at one of the exquisite seafood restaurants. Make sure to arrive a day early to go to the world-famous Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, visit Cape Point or go with a cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top.

  • Meals included: None
  • Travel time: N/A
  • Activities included: Airport transfer, welcome Meeting at 18:00
  • Optional activities (not included): Table mountain, Robben Island, V&A waterfront, Cape Point tour
  • Entrance fees included: N/A
  • Hotel: Cape Town City Bowl (please refer to the final rooming list)

Day 2: Cape Town to Trawal

Today you leave behind the delights of Cape Town and depart on the first leg of your journey. The first overnight stop will be on a small vineyard farm in the vicinity of the Cederberg Mountains. Grapes are produced for the local cellars and you have an opportunity to taste and buy some of the local wines in an optional wine tasting activity.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Travel time: 5 hours
  • Activities included: N/A
  • Optional activities (not included): Wine tasting
  • Entrance fees included: N/A
  • Camping: Highlanders Camp or similar
  • Camping Plus: Highlanders Lodge or similar

Day 3: Trawal to Gariep River

Travel through the Northern Cape’s vast fields of wild flowers (in bloom between August and November) to the Namibian border. End the day with spectacular sunset views over the Gariep River.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Travel time: 7 hours
  • Activities included: N/A
  • Optional activities (not included): N/A
  • Entrance fees included: N/A
  • Camping: Felix Unite Camp or similar
  • Camping Plus: Felix Unite Bungalow/Lodge or similar

Day 4: Gariep River to the Fish River Canyon

Enjoy a slow morning and sleep in or go on an optional canoe trip down the river. Later during the morning, you will travel to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa. Explore the canyon rim on a short hike as the sun slips over the horizon to end your day of exploration.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Travel time: 3 hours
  • Activities included: Fish River Canyon
  • Optional activities (not included): Canoeing on Gariep River
  • Entrance fees included: Fish River Canyon
  • Camping: Canyon Roadhouse Camp or similar
  • Camping Plus: Canyon Roadhouse Camp or similar

Day 5: Fish River Canyon to Sesriem

Today is an early departure and a long drive north to the Namib Desert. On the way to Sesriem, you pass the small towns of Bethanie and Helmeringhausen and farm settlements, but other than that it will mostly just be the wide-open Namibian landscape with spectacular scenery. Arriving in the late afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon. Admire the lofty red sand dunes in the distance that form a gateway into the Namib Desert, which means "vast place."

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Travel time: 9 hours
  • Activities included: Naukluft Region
  • Optional activities (not included): N/A
  • Entrance fees included: Namib Naukluft Park – Sesriem/Sossusvlei
  • Camping: Sesriem Campsite or similar

Day 6: Sesriem to Naukluft Region

An early departure allows you to experience a beautiful desert sunrise over the dunes. Climb the majestic Dune 45 before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes. Driving through the breathtakingly- beautiful landscape you experience the meaning of the name Namib – open space. See how narrow gorges lead up to high plateaus or end abruptly in steep rock faces as you proceed toward your campsite in the region known as the Naukluft.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Travel time: 5 hours Dune 45 & Sossusvlei, 3 hours Drive to Naukluft Region
  • Activities included: Dune 45 visit, 4x4 Transfer to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
  • Optional activities (not included): Various Optional Activities
  • Entrance fees included: Namib Naukluft Park
  • Camping: Hammerstein Camp or similar
  • Camping Plus: Hammerstein Lodge or similar

Day 7: Naukluft Region to Swakopmund

Today, you will travel to the coastal town of Swakopmund. There will be several photo-stop opportunities along the way as you cross the Tropic of Capricorn and drive through the surreal landscapes of the Kuiseb and Gaub passes.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Travel time: 6 hours
  • Activities included: N/A
  • Optional activities (not included): Quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving etc
  • Entrance fees included: N/A
  • Hotel: Prost Hotel or similar

Day 8: Swakopmund

Swakopmund’s variety of attractions and activities cater for all tastes and styles. Take a walk along the beach and dip your toes in the icy Atlantic Ocean or visit the Kristal Gallery which boasts the largest Quartz Crystal Cluster on display in the world, weighing in at 14,100 kilogrammes. Browse the many excellent bookshops and curio shops and spoil yourself with a unique gift from the area. If adrenalin and the outdoors thrills you, you can enjoy optional activities like quad biking, sand boarding, 4x4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Travel time: N/A
  • Activities included: N/A
  • Optional activities (not included): Quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving, etc.
  • Entrance fees included: N/A
  • Hotel: Prost Hotel or similar

Day 9: Swakopmund to Brandberg (Uis Area)

You will travel northeast to Brandberg which is home to Königstein, at 2,573 meters above sea level the highest peak in Namibia. At Brandberg, Africa4Us offer a variety of guided self-drive tours with our Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV). Enabling you to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the Brandberg area as well as experience the thrill of driving one of these customized vehicles. Tours are led by professional local guides and backup includes satellite phone communications and vehicle tracking.

Africa4Us suggests booking the four-hour White Lady Ultimate Adventure – a self-drive of fun and adventure. On this trip, you visit the famous White Lady Bushmen Painting. Around the lodge area, there is a great chance of seeing the famous desert elephant, sometimes casually wandering into the lodge premises.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Travel time: 4 hours
  • Activities included: N/A
  • Optional activities (not included): Ultimate Adventure Tours, White Lady Bushmen Painting, Hikes
  • Entrance fees included: N/A
  • Camping: Brandberg White Lady Camp or similar
  • Camping Plus: Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar

Day 10: Brandberg to Etosha National Park

Travel through the vast expanse of Northern Namibia to the Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s most loved wildlife sanctuaries. Head out for a game drive in search of elephant, antelope and lion around various watering holes. Etosha is home to more than 100 species of mammals including the endangered black rhino. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise with species such as the famous Kori Bustard, ostrich, several vultures, and eagle species and after heavy rains, you might even find water birds such as flamingos and pelicans.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Travel time: 7 hours
  • Activities included: Game drives in Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle
  • Optional activities (not included): Night drives
  • Entrance fees included: Etosha National Park
  • Camping: Okaukuejo/Halali or similar

Day 11: Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full day’s game drive in your air-conditioned Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle. Gather memories of unique sightings 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. Fall asleep with the haunting calls of hyena or a lion’s roar in the distance.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Travel time: N/A
  • Activities included: Game drives in Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle
  • Optional activities (not included): Night drives
  • Entrance fees included: Etosha National Park
  • Camping: Okaukuejo/Halali or similar

Day 12: Etosha National Park to Windhoek

Travel to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. Arrive in Windhoek, after lunch. This will be our last goodbye, and the end of another incredible tour. Please ensure that your departure flight is booked for after 8PM.

Book an additional day or two in Windhoek to make the most of your stay. One of the most famous is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites in the Post Street Mall. Take pictures of and touch these extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel the bodies contain. Shopping opportunities abound and for the historically inclined there are many museums and historical buildings within walking distance in 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 included: Breakfast
  • Travel time: 7 hours
  • Departure airport transfer: Your departure airport transfer is bookable through Africa4Us

Site highlights

  • Cape Town: Home to one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain.
  • Fish River Canyon: Second largest canyon in the world.
  • The Namib Desert: The oldest desert and the worlds highest dunes
  • Swakopmund: Coastal town with various optional activities
  • Brandberg: The highest mountain in Namibia. Various self-drive UAT tours
  • Etosha National Park: One of Africa’s greatest wildlife parks with unique landscapes

Post-night Accommodation:

Africa4Us recommends booking a post-night to make the most of your stay. Please note - your pre/post-night accommodation might be different compared to the joining or ending establishment that is part of the tour schedule.

Africa4Us would love to hear about your experience! Please review them when you have the time.

Africa4Us has 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.

Africa4Us reserves the right to change or use similar accommodation. Please take note that the Final Rooming List (which will be sent 30 days prior to departure) overrides the website details and Itinerary details.

Location

You will travel to several different locations across Namibia and South Africa in this safari, from Windhoek to Etosha National Park, Kamanjab, Brandberg, Swakopmund, Boesman’s Camp, Sesriem, Fish River Canyon, Gariep River, Trawal, and Cape Town. Windhoek is 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.

Cape Town is home to one of the new seven wonders of nature and one of the most widely recognized mountains in the world. Flat as a table on top, and often with a tablecloth of cloud, it remains one of the most exquisite views to behold at the southern end of Africa. The city’s architecture traces the influence of Dutch and English occupants, alongside settlers from France, Germany, and the East.

Cape Town is also home to the South African Parliament and a host of outstanding museums, the South African National Gallery and the National Library of South Africa. A mix of Cape Town's city streets and exploring Namibia's vast desert landscape shows you the variety this captivating region offers, with lions, elephants, and rhinos roaming in the wilder parts and national parks.

Food

11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 8 dinners are included.

Going Green: Water-Purifying Systems

With our mission to tread lightly, we have installed water purifying systems in our vehicles to offer our travellers the opportunity to refill their water bottles and we actively discourage our travellers from purchasing water or other drinks in single-use plastic bottles.

The system consists of a sediment, granular carbon and carbon block filter as pre - treatment and then an Ultra-Filtration membrane which filters down to 0.2 microns to remove bacteria and parasites. The water then flows through an inline carbon polishing filter before flowing to the tap. See pictures in the photo section.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Visit Table Mountain, Robben Island, and V&A Waterfront
  • Go on a Cape Point Tour
  • Go on night drives in Etosha
  • Wine tasting in a vineyard farm
  • Canoeing on Gariep River
  • Quad biking, sand boarding, 4x4 safaris, and skydiving

What's included

  • Transport: Adventure Overland Safari Truck
  • Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Accommodation (camping): Hotel/Lodge/Tented Rooms (3nts), Serviced Camping (8nts)
  • Accommodation (camping +): Hotel/Lodge/Tented Rooms (7nts), Serviced Camping (4nts)
  • Entrance fees: Fish River Canyon, Namib Naukluft National Park - Sesriem / Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park
  • Activities: Fish River Canyon, Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Sossusvlei/Deadvlei Visit and Transfer, Etosha National Park Game Drives
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Services of a tour leader
  • All chores covered by the crew - cooking, cleaning, pitching & packing of tents

What's not included

  • Sleeping bag (Africa4Us serviced camping travelers are required to bring their own sleeping bag. For the serviced camping plus travelers, Africa4Us will supply a sleeping bag. All passengers are required to bring their own towels and pillows)
  • Visas
  • Optional activities
  • Departure airport transfer
  • Victoria Falls entry
  • Flights
  • Travel and medical insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT). On arrival in the beautiful Cape Town, you will make your way to the joining hotel. As an added service to our travellers, your arrival airport transfer is included. Walk out of the international arrivals area and look for a transfer person holding Africa4us signage and your name. Ask him/her what hotel he/she will be taking you to (do not volunteer this information). Then present your passport for proof of identity.

The tour departs in the morning of day 2. A brief departure meeting will be held in the hotel reception area in evening on day 1 of your tour at 6 p.m. Upon arrival, the reception will provide information from your Tour Leader regarding the meeting place and time.

As a precondition, we require your arrival flight details no later than four weeks prior to the start date of your tour. Please make sure that you receive your travel voucher confirming the transfer. The transfer in non-refundable if not used. if you have not met our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, please call the 24-hour emergency number which will be communicated to you.

Airport: Cape Town International Airport Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 36% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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