Experience the natural beauty of Namibia and South Africa on this wild overland tour. After spending a day enjoying all that coastal Swakopmund - the Adventure Capital of Namibia - has to offer, we head south into the Namib Desert. 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 and the idyllic Cape Winelands, 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.
After meeting our guides in Swakopmund, the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.
Known as the 'Adventure Capital' of Namibia, the coastal town of Swakopmund 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 extreme adventure, an amble around the town and its shops and a leisurely lunch are perfect.
The town, which is small enough to be walkable, offers beautiful colonial German architecture, quaint shops and eateries filled with delicious cuisine.
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Leaving Swakopmund behind us, we head into the arid Namib Desert, via Walvis Bay.
After settling in, we are taken on a guided afternoon hike through this amazing ecosystem - a place of stillness and barren beauty. Our local guide will tell us of the incredible survival techniques of the Bushmen 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. Spend time tonight gazing in wonder at the star-studded night sky above this remote area. It is breathtaking.
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.
This morning we continue south towards the incredible Fish River Canyon, driving across the gravel plains and rugged landscapes of arid Southern Naimibia.
Today's 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.
On day five we are up early for our visit to the Fish River Canyon, aiming to catch the sunrise over the massive gorge.
At 160 km long and 27 km wide at some points, the Fish River Canyon is arguably the second largest canyon in the world. With its red rock cliffs and the river flowing way below, it's an amazing geological sight to behold. We stop along the rim of the canyon, admiring the views and taking photographs in the soft morning light.
From the canyon, we keep going south to our last destination in Namibia - the Orange River. This afternoon you have the chance to set off on an optional canoeing trip along the well-known Orange River, now called the Gariep.
Tonight we stay along the banks of the river, enjoying the natural setting and starry skies.
Heading further south we cross into South Africa and travel into the remote Northern Cape. 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.
We set off for Cape Town, the final destination of our tour. Passing through the lovely rural countryside and farmlands we make our way to the renowned wine-growing region of the Western Cape. Entering the famous Cape Winelands region we visit a well-known wine estate called the Spice Route. Here we have lunch and encounter Cape culture at the artisanal hub, featuring local art, coffee, beer, chocolate and more. We also enjoy wine tasting at one of the acclaimed wine farms of the Cape Wine Route.
After sampling fine wines we pause in Tableview to get the best view of Table Mountain and glimpse Robben Island from across the bay. Arriving in Cape Town, we sadly say goodbye.
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