Departing from picturesque Cape Town in South Africa we drive into the scenic Cederberg Mountain region. Then we travel through remote Namaqualand, known for its seasonal wildflowers, to the Orange River where you can take an optional canoe trip.
Travel north into Namibia and walk along the rim of the Fish River Canyon for breathtaking views. Then, visit the ancient Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground near Keetmanshoop. Next up, head further north into the ancient Namib Desert area of Namibia to explore the highlights of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Climb the famous Dune 45, see the towering Sossusvlei Dunes, experience Deadvlei and walk in the Sesriem Canyon. Take a guided desert walk, cross the Tropic of Capricorn and stop in Walvis Bay, en route to Swakopmund where this scenic South Africa & Namibia Budget Safari ends.
This accommodated South Africa and Namibia Safari departs from the beautiful city of Cape Town, stopping to at Table View to photograph or simply admire the panoramic views of the city and Table Mountain from afar.
From Cape Town, we drive northeast to the picturesque Cederberg Region of the Western Cape, passing quaint farmstalls en route. The Cederberg Mountain area is famous for its hiking trails and endemic rooibos plants, used to make a hugely popular, health tea. Arriving in the Cederberg we visit a rooibos tea farm to see these indigenous tea plants as well as buchu plants, also used to make herbal tea.
After visiting the rooibos farm we head to our first overnight lodge in the scenic Olifants River Valley, where we relax and enjoy dinner. After dinner, your guides will give you a full tour briefing. Our en-suite accommodation is in the town of Citrusdal, at a lodge with a pool.
An optional Activity Package is offered with this safari. The extra payment includes highly-recommended activities, considered as "essential activities" on the tour. This itinerary includes these activities. For those that can't afford all of these activities, there is the option of doing the basic safari without the Activity Package. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package. See the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.
Today we travel through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok for any last minute shopping before we cross into Namibia.
The Namaqualand region is famous for its wildflowers in spring when the open countryside comes alive with the brilliant colours of fields of blooms. After crossing the Namibian border we check into our lovely chalets overlooking the Orange River that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. Although officially renamed the Gariep River it is still generally known by the previous name, the Orange River, after the Dutch House of Orange. Accommodation is in twin rooms with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The tap water is not drinkable. Facilities include a swimming pool, internet and bar.
In the morning you have the chance to experience South Africa's longest river, the Gariep (Orange) River by canoe, or spend some time relaxing along the peaceful river and taking a dip. Canoeing down the Orange River is an exciting way to explore this quiet area and enjoy the rugged scenery.
At about noon we set off north for the Ai-Ais Hot Springs and our overnight accommodation close to the mighty Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world. At Ai-Ais you can take a soothing soak in the hot springs. The camp has a restaurant, pool and bar. We stay in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms that have hot showers.
On day four we get up early to visit the Fish River Canyon. We stroll along the rim of this massive canyon admiring the spectacular views in the glowing morning light. After capturing photos of the incredible canyon and soaking up the dramatic scenery we proceed west to Keetmanshoop.
In the afternoon we visit the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground near Keetmanshoop. Some 250 quiver trees constitute this forest, declared a national monument in 1995. The quiver tree forest includes specimens between 200 and 300 years old making it an important ecological site. Giants playground is a bizarre landscape strewn with unusual stacks of large dolerite boulders about 160 to 180 million years old.
This morning we set off on our long drive north into the ancient Namib Desert area of Namibia. The following day we will be visiting the Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of Namibia’s geographic gems. The captivating Namib Desert is best known for the massive sand dunes of the Sossusvlei Desert area, with its remarkable landscapes.
We travel to the Namib and camp at a desert lodge just outside the national park. Stay in permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms at this lodge featuring a swimming pool and bar.
Today we explore the expansive desert landscapes of the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
In the morning we head to Dune 45 where you have the chance to hike up the iconic dune for amazing views over the red-orange dunes. You can take some fantastic photos from the top of this renowned dune. Then we head deeper into the ancient desert, taking a 4x4 drive to the famous Sossusvlei Dunes area. Explore Sossusvlei and Deadvlei Pan on foot, discovering the magic of this unique desert ecosystem.
In the afternoon there’s a short walk into the narrow Sesriem Canyon, where we see the old layers of sedimentary rock revealed through erosion. Then we make our way to the lodge where you have the chance to unwind and take in the desert landscapes. The lodge has a pool and bar. We stay in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms that have hot showers.
This morning we are joined by an expert local guide for a guided desert walk. Exploring on foot, this local guide will share their detailed knowledge of the ancient Namibian Desert area with us. We learn more about how the original San (bushmen) inhabitants of the area, survived in this inhospitable Namib region.
Then we cross the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping to take some fun photos before continuing across the open desert plains. Reaching the Atlantic Coast we stop in seaside Walvis Bay to see the abundant birdlife at the lagoon. From there we make our way to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia.
Arriving in the charming town of Swakopmund our affordable South Africa and Namibia Safari comes to an end. We recommend booking an extra night or two in Swakopmund in order to do some sightseeing and adventure activities here.
To get the most out of your journey, we recommend arriving the day before your safari and only booking flights for the day after the safari ends. We can help arrange accommodation for before and after the safari on request.
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