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12 Days Cape & Namibia Accommodated Safari Adventure in South Africa(CWL)

Cape Town - Springbok, South Africa; Karas - Aus - Sesriem - Swakopmund - Outjo - Windhoek, Namibia

Safari Tour from South Africa to Namibia

Travel from Cape Town, South Africa via The Namib Desert to Windhoek, Namibia

Cape Town is home to one of the New 7 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.

This tour stretches over 12 days starting in the bustling city of Cape Town, travels through the unique landscape of Namaqualand (with flowers in bloom during spring) and through the vast expanses of Namibia.

Offering you several nights under the African sky and transport in a Premium Overland Safari Truck (fitted with 12 Ultimate Safari Seats), ensuring that you receive an unforgettable experience in Africa. With time to explore on your own and optional activities, you will soak up the beauty and diversity of Southern Africa.

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • Group size: max 12 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

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
  • *Spitzkoppe: A group of bald granite peaks that stands out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains
  • *Wild Desert-Dwelling Horses: Find the world’s only wild desert-dwelling horses
  • *Etosha National Park: One of Africa’s greatest wildlife parks with unique landscapes

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


11 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport
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Accommodation

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

Accommodation Grade:

3 Star graded hotels, lodges and tented rooms

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 breakfasts and most dinners are included and will be served by your overnight hosts. All accommodation is shared between (same gender) members of the tour group unless you booked with partner/friend/family member or a single supplement.

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 tour leader in the evening at 6:00 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 at the V&A Waterfront.

Make sure to arrive a day early to go to the world-famous Robben Island where the 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: N/A
  • Travel time: N/A
  • Activities included: Airport transfer, welcome meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Optional activities: 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 Springbok

Depart Cape Town early on your way to Springbok in the heart of Namaqualand. Springbok is set in a narrow valley bisecting the granite domes of the Klein Koperberge. This area is called "'The Garden of the Gods" and is famous for the wondrous display of spring flowers that explode into bloom every August and September.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Travel time: Seven hours
  • Activities included: N/A
  • Optional activities: Okiep Mine Tour
  • Entrance fees included: N/A
  • Okiep Country Hotel or similar

Day 3: Springbok to Fish River Canyon

Travel onwards to Fish River Canyon and take in the sights. The hiking trail is one of the most unique trails in Africa. The canyon is the second largest in the world, being surpassed by the famous Grand Canyon in Colorado. With a length of approximately 180 kilometres stretching south from Seeheim down to the Orange River, which forms the border between Namibia and South Africa.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Travel time: Six hours
  • Activities included: Visit Fish River Canyon Rim
  • Optional activities: N/A
  • Entrance fees included: Fish River Canyon
  • Lodge/Bungalow: Canyon Roadhouse or similar

Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Aus

The adventure continues today, travel through the famous area where you will find the world’s only wild desert-dwelling horses. With various theories on their origin, seeing these bony beasts on the horizon while traveling through these harsh conditions, it will remind us that the adaption ability of human and beast create spectacular life in a desert often seen as dead.

We overnight in a small village called Aus. Aus was formerly the site of a prisoner-of-war camp established by the South African army in 1915 to house German inmates during WW1.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Travel time: Six hours
  • Activities included: Wild Desert-Dwelling Horses Visit
  • Optional activities: N/A
  • Entrance fees included: N/A
  • Lodge/Bungalow: Bahnhof Hotel Aus or similar

Day 5: Aus to Naukluft Region

Drive through an area between the Nubib and Tsaris mountains in the South of Namibia. Between many massive granite boulders is an enormous rock shaped like a hammer, the inspiration to the Germans to name the farm Hammerstein one of many beautiful and unique overnight places in the area.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Travel time: Six hours
  • Activities included: N/A
  • Optional activities: Nature Drive, Sundowner Drive
  • Entrance fees included: N/A
  • Lodge/Bungalow: Hammerstein Lodge or similar

Day 6: 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. 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 there is coloured red due to the prominent 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 and dinner
  • Travel time: 5 hrs Dune 45 &Sossusvlei
  • Activities included: Dune 45 visit, 4x4 Transfer to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
  • Optional activities: N/A
  • Entrance fees included: Namib Naukluft Park
  • Lodge/Bungalow: Hammerstein Lodge or similar

Day 7: Naukluft Region to Swakopmund

Continue to Swakopmund with its cooler Atlantic sea air, cultural experiences, and options for some extreme adventures such as quad biking, sandboarding, 4×4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more. The only meal provided today is breakfast as Swakopmund has plenty of wonderful places to eat local cuisine. Swakopmund offers a variety of bakeries and cafes with a selection of reasonably priced meals.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Travel time: Seven hours
  • Activities included: N/A
  • Optional activities: Quad biking, sandboarding, skydiving, etc
  • Entrance fees included: N/A
  • Hotel: Prost Hotel or similar

Day 8: Swakopmund

Swakopmund’s wide 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, sandboarding, 4×4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting), and more.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Travel time: N/A
  • Activities included: N/A
  • Optional activities: Quad biking, sandboarding, skydiving, etc
  • Entrance fees included: N/A
  • Hotel: Prost Hotel or similar

Day 9: Swakopmund to Outjo

Depart for Outjo, which leads to the Etosha National Park. This quaint town was founded by German colonial Schutztruppe. This will be your stay overnight before heading into the Etosha National Park the following day. En-route to Outjo, we will visit the famous Spitzkoppe (“pointed dome” from German) also known as the Matterhorn of Namibia. These granite peaks host some incredible rock formations and bushmen painting. Explore on your own or join an optional guided tour.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Travel time: Six hours
  • Activities included: Spitzkoppe Visit
  • Optional activities: Guided San (Bushman) Painting Hike
  • Entrance fees included: Spitzkoppe
  • Lodge/Bungalow: Etotongwe Lodge or similar

Day 10: Outjo 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 and enjoy the interaction between different species of animals.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Travel time: 1.5 hrs
  • Activities included: Himba settlement visit, game drives on an overland vehicle
  • Optional activities: N/A
  • Entrance fees included: Etosha National Park
  • Lodge/Bungalow: Etosha Region

Day 11: Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full day’s game drive on the 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.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Travel time: N/A
  • Activities included: Game drive on an overland vehicle
  • Optional activities: N/A
  • Entrance fees included: Etosha National Park
  • Lodge/Bungalow: Etosha Region

Day 12: Etosha National Park to Windhoek

Travel to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. Arrive in Windhoek, after lunch, this will be our last goodbye, an end of another incredible tour.

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: Breakfast
  • Travel time: Seven hours

Included excursions

Activities:

Visit the Fish River Canyon, Wild Desert-Dwelling Horses Visit, Climb Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei transfer, Himba visit, Game Drives in Overland Vehicle in Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppe Visit

Location

Travel from Cape Town, South Africa via The Namib Desert to Windhoek, Namibia

Cape Town is home to one of the New 7 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.

This tour stretches over 12 days starting in the bustling city of Cape Town, travels through the unique landscape of Namaqualand (with flowers in bloom during spring) and through the vast expanses of Namibia.

Offering you several nights under the African sky and transport in an air-conditioned Premium Overland Safari Vehicle (fitted with 12 Ultimate Safari Seats), ensuring that you receive an unforgettable experience in Africa. With time to explore on your own and optional activities, you will soak up the beauty and diversity of Southern Africa.

Food

A total of 11 breakfasts and 8 dinners will be provided for this tour.

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
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

There are lots of optional activities you can try during this tour as mentioned in the itinerary.

What's included

  • Transportation by premium overland safari vehicle
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 8 dinners
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Entrance fees: Fish River Canyon, Namib Naukluft Park - Sesriem/Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppen
  • Visit to the Fish River Canyon, climb Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei transfer, Himba visit, game drives in overland vehicle in Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppen visit
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Services of a tour leader and driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included

What's not included

  • Visas
  • Optional activities
  • Departure airport transfer
  • Flights
  • Travel and medical insurance

How to get there

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Arrival Instructions

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. Kindly communicate this information to us.

Please make sure that you receive your travel voucher confirming the transfer. The transfer is non-refundable if not used.

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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