From Cape Town drive into the scenic Cederberg Mountains of South Africa and on through Namaqualand to the Gariep (Orange) River. In Namibia, visit impressive Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giant's Playground near Keetmanshoop. Then journey into the ancient Namib Desert to explore the red-orange dunes and stark pans of Sossusvlei and take a guided desert walk with the local San.
Discover the charming coastal town of Swakopmund and enjoy optional adventure activities, before travelling inland to Spitzkoppe and Brandberg Mountain to view rock art and rugged landscapes. Then head into Etosha National Park for outstanding game viewing before driving to Windhoek where our adventure ends with a short sightseeing tour of the city.
This accommodated South Africa & Namibia Budget Safari departs from the beautiful city of Cape Town, stopping to at Table View to enjoy the panoramic views of the city and Table Mountain from afar.
Leaving Cape Town behind, we drive northeast to the picturesque Cederberg Region of the Western Cape, passing quaint farmstalls en route. The Cederberg Mountain area of South Africa 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.
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Today we travel north through the Namaqualand region, famous for its colourful and abundant indigenous wildflowers in spring (August & September). Driving through this sparsely-populated Northern Cape region we make our way to to the Gariep River, formerly known as the Orange River. We stop in the remote town of Springbok in South Africa for last minute supplies, before crossing into Namibia.
The night is spent getting to know one another over a hearty meal. We sleep in comfortable, en-suite chalets that overlook the Orange River, forming the border between South Africa and Namibia. Our accommodation features a pool, internet and a bar.
This morning you have the opportunity to experience South Africa's longest river, the Gariep River by canoe, or spend some time relaxing at the riverside camp. Canoeing along the Gariep is the ideal way to take in the rugged scenery and spot birds and animals along the river.
After lunch, we travel north towards the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. We make our way to the Ai-Ais Hot Springs and our overnight accommodation close to the Fish River Canyon. At our resort in Ai-Ais, you can take a soak in the hot springs, swim in the pool and relax at the bar. We stay in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
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.
This 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 of Namibia. The following day we will be visiting the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia’s most famous desert destination and natural treasure. The captivating Namib Desert is best known for the massive sand dunes of the Sossusvlei Dune area, with its iconic landscapes.
We stay at a desert lodge just outside the national park, experiencing the vast star-studded skies and deep silences of the Namib Desert, occasionally interrupted by jackal calls and the barking of geckos.
Today we visit the Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of Africa's largest national parks and home to Namibia’s most famous desert landscapes. The national park incorporates a large part of the Namib Desert, considered the world's oldest desert.
We transfer to Dune 45 where you have the chance to climb up the iconic dune for amazing views over the stark desert and great photo opportunities. Back at the foot of the dune, we enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading deeper into the desert. We then take a 4x4 transfer to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Explore the dry pans on foot, absorbing the dramatic scenes of skeletal trees on the pale pan floors, surrounded by orange-hued dunes.
Tonight we soak up the stars and stillness at our desert lodge after a full day of admiring the stark landscapes of the Namib.
On day seven we are joined by an expert local guide for a nature walk in the unique desert habitat. Exploring on foot, our local guide will share his detailed knowledge of the ancient Namib Desert area with us. On this guided nature walk, we discover how the San (Bushmen) have long survived in the arid deserts of Southern Africa.
After our desert walk, we cross the latitudinal line of the Tropic of Capricorn, pausing to take some photos. Heading back to the west coast of Africa, we stop at the lagoon in Walvis Bay, to see numerous waterbirds, including seasonal flocks of flamingos. Then it’s on to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, where you will be briefed on the many optional activities available for the next day.
In the evening you can enjoy some excellent seafood at a local restaurant, as well as the local nightlife. We stay at a comfortable guesthouse in Swakopmund featuring a bar, laundry services and internet. Accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms that have hot showers.
Day eight on this Cape Town to Windhoek Tour is free for you to explore the quaint town of Swakopmund, where German colonial influences can still be seen in the architecture, cuisine and culture. Stroll along the sea, sip coffee at a sidewalk cafe, visit a market and enjoy sightseeing on foot.
You can also try some of the many adventure activities available in this popular coastal town, including quad biking on the dunes, sand boarding, skydiving and cruises to see dolphins.
Leaving the crisp Atlantic Ocean coastline we drive to Brandberg Mountain via Spitzkoppe. Our journey takes us along the rocky Skeleton Coast - a treacherous stretch of coastline littered with shipwrecks, into the former Damaraland region.
Along the way, we stop to explore Spitzkoppe, also called the Matterhorn of Namibia. The dramatic exposed granite peaks of Spitzkoppe form one of the most iconic landmarks of Namibia rising up to 700 metres above the surrounding plains. We join a local guide for a walk in the impressive Spitkoppe massif to view San rock art and find out more about the traditional San. After our guided walk, we proceed to Brandberg Mountain and our overnight lodge near Namibia's tallest mountain.
On the morning of day 10, we head out on a short hike to the famous White Lady rock painting of Brandberg. Our walk takes us through rugged terrain, along the typically dry Tsisab River gorge. After walking for about an hour we reach the well-known rock painting created by the San around 2000 years ago. This is one of over 45000 rock paintings scattered across the Brandberg area.
After our short hike, we leave Brandberg which translates as 'burning mountain', so-named for the way its granite face sometimes glows brightly at sunset. Driving north we make our way to Kamanjab in the remote and sparsely-populated Kunene Region.
Time for unforgettable game viewing - on day 11 we get up early and make our way into Etosha National Park. The 22 000 km² Etosha Park is dominated by the salt pan after which the park is named. The word Etosha means ‘Great White Place of Dry Water’ in the local Ovambo language.
Driving through the wild and rugged bush, we stop at various watering holes in search of the animals that come to drink at these sites while exploring as much of Etosha as possible. Our game drives are conducted in the safari truck, providing an elevated vantage for spotting animals and birds.
Etosha Park is home to a variety of animals, plants and birds and is known as one of Africa's top safari destinations. Etosha hosts some rare and endangered species, including unusual desert species. We will have plenty to see on our game drives in this vast park, inhabited by 144 mammal species such as elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, Damara dik-dik, lion, cheetah, leopard, wildcat, hyena, and jackal. As well as being home to 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and even a species of fish.
We stay at the camps inside Etosha Park - Okaukuejo, Namutoni or Halali camps. All three rest camps boast floodlit waterholes where wild animals can be viewed at night. We stay two per en-suite room at two of the three overnight camps, each featuring a bar, swimming pool and shop.
In addition to watching for wildlife at the watering holes, you can embark on an exciting optional night game drive on either day.
On our final day, we take one last early morning game drive in our safari truck as we leave Etosha National Park. Travelling south we head to Windhoek, located at the epicentre of Namibia on the central plateau. Upon arrival, we take a short walking tour of Windhoek city to see some of the main historical sights and highlights of the vibrant capital city.
After our short walking tour, the scenic, cultural and wildlife adventure of this Cape to Namibia Budget Safari comes to an end.
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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