Experience the vast desert plains of Namibia, filled with wildlife, on this overland tour. Departing from Windhoek, we head to Big Five country and spend two days in Etosha. From there, we have the privilege of meeting some local Himba people before setting off for Swakopmund, Namibia's 'Adventure Capital.'
Moving south, we travel to the beautiful Namib Desert, where we watch the sun rise over Dune 45 and explore Sossusvlei and Sesriem. From there we visit the spectacular Fish River Canyon before heading into South Africa and to Cape Town, via the beautiful Cederberg Mountains.
Experience wild Africa on this overland safari. Make friends and memories for life: spectacular landscapes, incredible animals and a journey that'll stay with you for a very long time.
Leaving Windhoek and the city lights behind us, we make our way north to the Etosha National Park. We stop briefly en-route at a well-known craft market to buy gifts and curios for the loved ones at home. We drive through the park spotting game, to our first camp, where we spend the night.
We spend two nights staying inside Etosha National Park. Our days are spent spotting wildlife from the vantage of our raised truck and enjoying the vast African landscapes with its unique sights and sounds. Nights are passed watching nocturnal game at floodlit watering holes and sitting around the campfire listening to the magical night sounds of the African bush.
You have the option of taking a thrilling night game drive on either of the nights in Etosha Park.
With its 120 km long dry lake bed, Etosha offers phenomenal game-viewing, due to its sparse vegetation. Camps are sited on the edge of waterholes providing for incredible game sightings as the animals come down to drink.
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This morning we hop back on our safari truck and continue our search for wildlife and birds in the dramatic wilderness of Etosha. Alternatively, you have the option of embarking on a morning game drive conducted by the national park in safari vehicles.
Then we leave Etosha Park to spend the night in Outjo, a small town situated in the low hills on the brink of the Ugab Valley, known for its spectacular rock formations. The remainder of the afternoon is spent at your leisure, enjoying the pool at the lodge.
On day four we travel to a Himba community near Kamanjab to meet the modern day Himba and gain insight into their disappearing traditional lifestyles.
The Himba were once a semi-nomadic, pastoral tribe with distinctive traditions and cultural practises. Today few Himba still live off the land as their ancestors did, remaining unchanged by western influences. We visit an educational village, established to portray the Himba way of life, without impacting negatively on the truly traditional communities living in natural environments. The unique culture of the striking Himba is characterised by their style of dress, particularly their hairstyles and elaborate jewelry. Those Himba that have not become westernised still speak a dialect of the old Herero language and traditionally breed cattle or goats.
Visiting this representation of a traditional Himba village supports the education of orphaned Himba children who are taught about their own vanishing culture and heritage. The market at the village offers an opportunity to buy gifts to take home while supporting the women of the village in making an income.
Next, we head south to the Petrified Forest, near the small town of Khorixas. The fossilised trees date back to the age when Namibia was part of the Gondwana super-continent!
Leaving Khorixas we cross the arid plains of the remote Kunene Region, making our way to Spitzkoppe. Here we go on a guided walk through the incredible towering rock formations in the middle of the otherwise flat plains. Walking around the foot of the granite massif with a local guide we stop to view San rock paintings here.
From Spitzkoppe we drive to the icy Atlantic coast and the quaint town of Swakopmund, where we’ll be told of the many activities on offer in and around the town. An optional dinner at a local restaurant allows us to sample an array of local dishes.
We spend two nights in Swakopmund. The days are yours to enjoy at leisure - sightseeing and doing optional activities. For the adrenaline junkies amongst us, Swakopmund offers a whole range of thrilling adventure activities including sandboarding, skydiving and quad biking. For those less inclined to high adventure, an amble along the sea, walk around the town and its shops and a leisurely lunch are perfect.
Known as the 'Adventure Capital' of Namibia, this small coastal town offers a plethora of activities to keep the adrenaline junkies on their toes. From sandboarding to quad-biking and skydiving, the place pumps.
For those less inclined to jumping out of planes, Swakopmund offers a rich and fascinating history. The town, which is small enough to be walkable, offers beautiful architecture, quaint shops and eateries filled with delicious cuisine.
From the charming town of Swakopmund, we head into the ancient Namib Desert, via Walvis Bay.
After settling in, we are taken on a guided afternoon walk through this arid yet beautiful ecosystem. Our guide will tell us about the flora and fauna of the Namib and the incredible survival techniques of the San.
Dinner will be enjoyed around the campfire with just the night sounds of the African desert as accompaniment. Spend time tonight gazing in wonder at the star-studded night sky above this remote area - it is breathtaking.
Waking before dawn, we drive into the Namib-Naukluft National Park and hike up Dune 45 to watch the sun rise over the desert. The changing colours of the dunes as the sun rises will leave you awe-struck!
After admiring the sweeping desert views from Dune 45 we take a 4x4 drive to Sossusvlei. Exploring the strange Sossusvlei and Deadvlei pans on foot is an unusual and visually striking experience. Leaving the tall Sossusvlei Dunes and stark pans behind we go on a short walk through the incredible passages of the Sesriem Canyon, carved into the rock over millions of years by the Tsauchab River.
Today we drive south along dusty roads that cross the deserted gravel plains towards the incredible Fish River Canyon.
We overnight at Ais-Ais hot springs resort where we get to soak in the hot pools. Take a dip under the starry desert skies, before getting an early night in preparation for sunrise over the Fish River Canyon tomorrow morning.
At 160 km long and 27 km wide at some points, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. With its red rock cliffs and the river flowing way below, it's a geological sight to behold.
We wake up early on day 10, making our way to the Fish River Canyon in time to catch sunrise over the massive chasm. After watching the morning light filter into one of the largest canyons in the world, we walk along the rim of the canyon to admire this awe-inspiring natural wonder.
Leaving the Fish River Canyon, we travel further south to the Gariep River, commonly known by its former name - the Orange River. We spend our final night in Namibia at a lodge along the banks of the Orange River. In the afternoon you have the chance to go canoeing on the Orange River, taking a gentle paddle through the rugged bush. Alternatively you can explore on foot, cool off in the river and laze on the banks.
Travelling further south today, we cross the border into South Africa. Our drive takes us through the Namaqualand region of the arid Northern Cape, an area renowned for its spectacular wildflower blooms in Spring.
Then we continue to the scenic Cederberg region where endemic rooibos is grown to make a popular health tea. The Cederberg mountain range is known for its incredible rock formations and San rock paintings. On our last night we tuck into a traditional South African meal together, at the lodge just outside the town of Citrusdal.
Today we set off for Cape Town, the final destination on our overland tour.
Entering the Cape Winelands area of the Western Cape we stop to taste the fine wines produced here. Then we pause in Tableview to get the best view of Table Mountain from across the bay and take some photos. In Cape Town we sadly say goodbye and part ways.
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