Sesriem Canyon by Rick McCharles

7 Day Namibia Desert Overland Safari

Tour Length7 days
Priced from pps $1236 R18450 £940 1058 A$1722 C$1611 NZ$1877 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Accommodated Overland Tour

  • Max. Group Size 20 Travellers
  • Departs from Swakopmund, Namibia
  • Ends at Cape Town, South Africa
  • Accommodation Bungalow or Chalet / Lodge
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle
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2019 Itinerary Overview 2018 Info

Experience the natural beauty of Namibia and South Africa on this wild overland tour. Setting off from Swakopmund, the Adventure Capital of Namibia, we head south into the Namib Desert. Here, we explore the incredible desert landscapes of the Namib-Naukluft Park - climbing Dune 45 at dawn, marvelling at Sossusvlei, photographing Deadvlei, and walking into Sesriem Canyon.

From there we travel via Ais-Ais hot springs to the spectacular Fish River Canyon and on to the Orange River where you can go canoeing. Crossing into South Africa, we visit the scenic Cederberg, before driving down to cosmopolitan Cape Town.

Marvel at the enormity of Southern Africa's open landscapes and enjoy not only the destinations but the trip itself.

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Day 1: Swakopmund to Namib Desert, Namibia

Meet up with your guides in Swakopmund, the 'Adventure Capital' of Namibia, this morning. Leaving Swakopmund we travel into the arid Namib Desert, via Walvis Bay lagoon.

After settling in at our desert lodge, we are taken on a guided afternoon hike through this unique ecosystem - a place of stillness and barren beauty. Our local guide will tell us of the incredible survival techniques of the San on our walk (included in the Activity Package).

Dinner will be enjoyed around the campfire with just the night sounds of the African desert as accompaniment. An early night is recommended in preparation for the early start tomorrow.

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Activity Package: Guided desert walk with a local expert

Activity Package

This Safari comes with an optional Activity Package. This is an additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. This itinerary includes these items. Ideally, we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this, so you can pick and choose. African Budget Safaris will give you a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package, once we hear from you. See Full Pricing Information on the Pricing Tab for the cost of the Activity Package.

Day 2: Sesriem & Sossusvlei - Namib Desert, Namibia

Waking before dawn, we drive to Sesriem and on into the Namib-Naukluft National Park, watching the sun rise over the desert landscapes. First, we hike up Dune 45 to see the changing colours of the dune fields - a sight that will leave you awe-struck!

Then we explore the striking Sossusvlei and Deadvlei areas, soaking up the desert silence and the severe scenery. Here we see the faded clay of the salt pans standing in sharp contrast to the gnarled dead trees and orange-red dunes. Then we enjoy a short walk through the incredible passages of the Sesriem Canyon, carved into the rock over millions of years by the Tsauchab River.

Spend time tonight gazing in wonder at the star-studded night sky above this remote area. It is breathtaking.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Included Activities: Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei / Deadvlei & Hike up Dune 45

Day 3: Keetmanshoop & Quiver Tree Forest, Namibia

On day three we drive east to Keetmanshoop, where we visit the nearby Quiver Tree Forest in the afternoon.

The quiver tree forest is made-up of about 250 specimens, including some tall plants between 200 and 300 years old. The forest is a national monument of ecological significance. These aloe trees are named 'quiver' trees because the San traditionally made arrows out of the branches.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Included Activities: Quiver Tree Forest visit

Day 4: Giants Playground & Fish River Canyon, Namibia

This morning we visit Giants Playground near Keetmanshoop. Giants Playground is an unusual place, an open landscape scattered with piles of massive dolerite boulders between 160 to 180 million years old.

Next, we continue south towards the incredible Fish River Canyon, driving across the gravel plains and rugged landscapes of arid Southern Namibia. We end our day with an easy walk along the rim of the canyon, taking in the spectacular views of this geological wonder as the sun sets. The Fish River Canyon is considered by some as the largest canyon in Africa and is one of the biggest in the world - an amazing sight!

Today's final destination is a place called Ais-Ais, not far from the canyon. This evening we get to soak in the hot springs that Ais-Ais is famous for, washing away the dust under star-studded skies.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Included Activities: Visit Giants Playground, Walk along Fish River Canyon & Ais-Ais Hot Springs

Day 5: Orange / Gariep River, Namibia

On day five we are up early for the journey south to our last destination in Namibia - the Orange River. This afternoon you have the chance to set off on an optional canoe trip along the well-known Orange River, now called the Gariep. Canoeing along the river is a fantastic way to enjoy the rugged scenery and spot birds. This is an easy paddle with a few small rapids.

Tonight we stay along the banks of the river, enjoying the natural setting and starry skies.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Optional Activity: Orange River Canoe Trip (half day)

Day 6: Cederberg Region, South Africa

Heading further south we cross into South Africa and travel into the remote Northern Cape Province. Our long drive takes us through the dry and stark semi-desert region of Namaqualand, famous for its colourful wildflowers in spring.

Entering the Western Cape we make our way to the Cederberg Mountains, hosting incredible rock formations and ancient San paintings. Tonight at our lodge just outside the town of Citrusdal, we enjoy a hearty South African dinner together.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Cape Town, South Africa

Our final day starts with a visit to one of the rooibos tea farms in the Cederberg region. Here we see the indigenous rooibos plants endemic to this region. Rooibos tea is a very popular herbal tea in South Africa and abroad. After our farm visit, we set off for Cape Town, the final destination on our tour.

Nearing Cape Town we pause in Table Bay to get the best view of Table Mountain and a glimpse of Robben Island. Arriving in Cape Town, we sadly say goodbye.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activity Package: Rooibos tea farm visit

Optional Extras and Excursions

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Swakopmund (Namibia):

  • Dolphin Cruises
  • Sky Diving 
  • Sandboarding 
  • Quad Biking

Orange River (South Africa):

  • Half-Day Canoe Trip
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