From Cape Town, drive to the Cape Winelands for some wine tasting and on into the scenic Cederberg Mountain region of South Africa. Travel through Namaqualand to the Gariep (Orange) River and experience the river by canoe. Travel to Ai-Ais Hot Springs and the impressive Fish River Canyon of Namibia.
Venture into the ancient Namib Desert to explore the towering, ochre dunes of Sossusvlei and the stark pan of Deadvlei, before going into the Sesriem Canyon. Join an expert guide for a walk through the barren desert landscape and stop in coastal Walvis Bay to see the birdlife en route to Swakopmund.
Discover charming Swakopmund and do optional adventure activities, then travel inland to Khorixas, via Spitzkoppe. Meet the Himba people and head into Etosha National Park for outstanding game viewing. Go to a craft market and take a short sightseeing tour through Windhoek.
This accommodated South Africa to 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.
Continuing inland we head to a wine farm on the famous Cape Wine Route, where we sample some fine South African wines. Then we proceed to the Spice Route, a popular wine estate near the town of Paarl. We have lunch at the restaurant and take a look around the artisanal hub featuring coffee, chocolate and beer makers.
Leaving the Wine Route we travel into the picturesque Cederberg Region of the Western Cape, passing quaint farmstalls en route. Arriving at our family-run lodge in Citrusdal we settle in and take in the scenic Olifants River Valley. Tonight fine locally produced wines we have dinner at our overnight lodge followed by a full tour briefing from your guide.
We spend the night at a 3-star country lodge in the charming town of Citrusdal, surrounded by fertile citrus orchards and farmlands. Accommodation is in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms featuring hot showers. The homely lodge has a swimming pool and bar and offers warm South African hospitality.
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 (formerly 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.
After lunch we travel north to the Ai-Ais Hot Springs and our overnight accommodation close to the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world.
In the afternoon we take a scenic hike along the rim of the canyon in order to gain some perspective on just how huge this natural phenomena is, returning to Ai-Ais to take a 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.
This morning we take the long drive north into the ancient Namib Desert area of Namibia. The following day we will be visiting the Namib 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 stay the night at a lodge just outside the park. We sleep in en-suite twin rooms with hot showers 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 take a 4x4 drive into the famous Sossusvlei Dunes area to experience the magic of this unique desert ecosystem. We walk around the stark pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, taking in the contrasting scenes of cracked white pans encircled by red-orange dunes.
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 meet up with an expert local guide for a guided desert walk. Exploring on foot, this local guide shares his/her detailed knowledge of the ancient Namib 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, pausing 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 Swakopmund you will be briefed on the many optional adventure activities available for the next day. After the briefing, you are free to walk around this charming town, sightseeing and taking in the German-influenced architecture. In the evening you can enjoy some excellent seafood at a local restaurant as well as sampling the vibrant local nightlife.
We overnight in en-suite rooms with hot showers at a guesthouse or similar. The accommodation features a bar, swimming pool, laundry and wireless internet.
Day seven on this South Africa to Namibia Budget Safari is left free for you to explore the charming town or try one of the many adventure activities. Take a quad bike ride over the dunes, try sandboarding, go skydiving or take a cruise to see dolphins.
The first stretch of our journey takes us along the rocky Skeleton Coast - a treacherous stretch of coastline littered with shipwrecks. Along the way we stop in the colourful town of Wlotskasbaken, known for its lichen colonies.
Leaving the Atlantic Ocean coastline we then drive to Khorixas, the traditional capital of the former Damaraland region. Along the way to Khorixas, we visit Spitzkoppe, also called the Matterhorn of Namibia. The dramatic exposed granite peaks of Spitzkoppe form one of the most iconic landmarks of Namibia. We spend a bit of time exploring the rocky outcrops that rise impressively above the flat plains, with a local guide.
Today we drive further inland and north to Outjo, near Etosha Park. 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 Himba were once a semi-nomadic, pastoral tribe with distinctive traditions and cultural practices, but today few Himba still live off the land as their ancestors did, remaining unchanged by western influences. The disappearing culture of the striking Himba is characterised by their style of dress, particularly their hairstyles and elaborate jewellery. The 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 get to learn about their own vanishing culture and heritage. At the end of the tour we stop in at a Himba market where you can browse and get some curios.
Today's drive ends at a lodge in Opuwo, where we sleep in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Tonight we prepare for our exciting wildlife adventure in Etosha Park.
After our cultural experience with the Himba people, we make our way to Etosha National Park for world-class game viewing. We will visit water-holes in search of the wild animals that come to drink at these sites, exploring as much of Etosha as possible. We drive in our safari truck which provides an elevated vantage for surveying the landscape and spotting wildlife.
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. Etosha Park is home to a variety of animal, plant and bird life and is known as a top safari destination for sighting endangered black rhinos and the elusive cheetah. 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.
You have the option of taking a thrilling night game drive on either night inside Etosha National Park to search for nocturnal animals.
We stay in bungalows inside the park, at Namutoni, Okaukuejo or Halali camp, all of which boast floodlit waterholes for watching wild animals into the night. We stay two per en-suite room at the overnight camps, each featuring a watering hole, bar, swimming pool and shop.
We take one last early morning game drive in our safari truck as we leave Etosha National Park. On our way to Namibia's capital city, we stop at an arts and crafts market so you can purchase some authentic African creations.
Windhoek is situated at the epicentre of Namibia, on the central plateau. Upon arrival in Windhoek we take a short sightseeing walk in the city centre. This afternoon the scenic, cultural and wildlife adventure of this Cape to Namibia Budget Safari comes to an end.
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