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Cape Town to Windhoek African Safari

Tour Length14 days
Priced from pps $2357 R32548 £1833 2090 A$3338 C$3135 NZ$3500 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Exclusive Small Group Camping Safari

  • Max. Group Size 12 Travellers
  • Departs from Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ends at Windhoek, Namibia
  • Accommodation Lodge & Camping Combo
  • Transport Overland Vehicle / Microbus / 4x4 Open Safari Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Whales & Sea Life, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

From Cape Town to Windhoek this Southern African adventure takes you to scenic and wildlife gems in South Africa and Namibia.

In South Africa: visit Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Beach and the rugged Cederberg Mountains before crossing into Namibia. The Gariep River and Fish River Canyon are our first stops in Namibia and then we head into the Namib Desert to see the tall, ochre dunes of Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. Next we stop in Swakopmund to enjoy optional adventure activities and sightseeing, before going to Spitzkop where we view San rock art in the Ugab Wilderness area.

Then we go game viewing in Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier safari destination. Our last night is spent in Windhoek where this South Africa and Namibia adventure ends.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Cape Town, South Africa

This Cape Town to Windhoek Safari starts with a tour briefing in Cape Town, before setting off at 8:00am on a full-day Cape Peninsula tour.

We make our way to the Cape Point Nature Reserve visiting the harbour in Hout Bay village en route. After exploring the rugged Cape Point Reserve, home to endangered plants and animals, we stop at Boulders Beach to see the resident African Penguin colony. Then it’s off to taste some of Cape Town’s culinary delights at a local restaurant in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (own expense).

Tonight we stay at a collection of guesthouses in the city centre area of Cape Town, near the V&A Waterfront. The guesthouses are within walking distance of each other, and the tour group will meet in one of the guesthouses for breakfast together.

  • Includes: Penguin Colony & Cape Point entry fees
  • Overnight: Guest house - twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms
  • Travel: Cape Peninsula tour (6 to 8 hours)

Day 2: Cederberg Mountains, South Africa

Today we leave picturesque Cape Town and drive into the Cederberg Mountains. The Cedeberg is known for its beautiful scenery and excellent hiking trails. This afternoon we enjoy the remote mountainous region on foot, enjoying the peace and beauty.

  • Includes: Cederberg entry fees and walking permit
  • Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities (hot showers)
  • Distance/time: 250km, ± 3½ hours, excluding sightseeing

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3: Gariep (Orange) River, Namibia

On day three we drive into the arid Northern Cape Province of South Africa passing through remote and barren landscapes en route to Namibia. Tonight we camp along the former Orange River, now called the Gariep River, on the Namibia side.

You can kick back in nature and take a swim in this peaceful spot, or embark on an optional canoe trip. The Orange River is an ideal place for canoeing, so take this chance to paddle along the river and see more of the area. Birds and sometimes animals are spotted on this laid-back optional canoeing excursion (extra cost), so keep an eye out.

  • Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities (hot showers), restaurant & bar
  • Distance/time: 500kms, ± 7 hours, excluding sightseeing & lunch
  • Optional Activities: Orange River canoeing trip

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4: Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Today we keep going north to the Fish River Canyon, arguably the second biggest canyon in the world. Stopping along the rim of the canyon we take in the spectacular views over this massive geographical feature and surrounding landscapes as the sun sets.

  • Includes: Fish River Canyon entry fees
  • Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities (hot showers), pool & shop
  • Distance/time: 300kms, ± 4 hours excluding sightseeing & lunch stop

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5 – 6: Namib Desert, Namibia

Next we venture into one of the oldest deserts on earth, the Namib Desert. Here we will walk in the Sossusvlei Dunes and into the narrow Sesriem Canyon.

We visit the Namib-Naukluft National Park, encompassing a large part of the Namib Desert. In this vast African desert we see some of the highest dunes in the world and marvel at the dune fields with their vivid colours and shifting sands. At the end of our days we admire the beautiful African sunsets over the desert.

  • Includes: Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park entry fees
  • Optional Activity: 4x4 Transfer to Sossusvlei (instead of the 3.5km walk)
  • Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities, shop.
  • Distance/time: 550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding sightseeing & lunch stops

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Day 7 – 8: Swakopmund, Namibia

Crossing the desert and gravel plains we reach the coast of Namibia and make our way to Swakopmund. On day 7 and 8, you can do some sightseeing in Swakopmund, seeing colonial German buildings and the fusion of African and European cultures.

There are also plenty of adventure activities (extra cost) in Swakopmund, from dune boarding and skydiving to fishing and scenic flights. You can go sea kayaking, take a dolphin cruise, walk along the beach and even swim in the icy Atlantic.

At night you can go out on the town and dine (own expense) at one of Swakopmund's great restaurants.

  • Overnight: Chalets – twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms & restaurant
  • Distance/time: 350kms, ± 5 hours excluding sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: Historical & sightseeing tours, watersports, adventure activities etc.

Breakfast x 2 / Lunch x 1

Day 9: Skeleton Coast & Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Today we drive up along the harsh Skeleton Coast of Namibia, visiting Cape Cross where on of the world’s largest Cape Fur Seal colonies is found.

Next we head to Spitzkoppe, one of the most famous landmarks of Namibia. Reaching the granite massive we take a short walk in the wilderness to watch the sunset over the surrounding plains.

  • Includes: Cape Cross seal colony entry fees
  • Overnight: Campsite – basic ablutions
  • Distance/time: 250km, ± 3½ hours, excluding sightseeing

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Day 10: Ugab Wilderness Area, Damaraland, Namibia

On day 10 we drive to Brandberg Mountain, the tallest mountain in Namibia. In the remote Damaraland area of the Kunene Region we pass through strange landscapes, crossing barren plains, dotted with huge granite boulders. Tonight we camp along the dry bed of the Ugab River, where rare desert elephants can be seen.

After settling in at camp we walk into the mountains to see San rock paintings with the local guides.

  • Includes: Fees for San Rock Art and walk with local guide
  • Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities (hot showers), pool
  • Distance/time: 170km, ± 2½ hours, excluding sightseeing stops

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 11 – 12: Etosha National Park, Namibia

Next our Southern African journey takes us to Etosha National Park, Namibia's top game viewing destination. One of Africa's top game parks, Etosha is home to diverse wildlife, including over 110 species of mammals.

Etosha Park is known for its remarkable wildlife sightings and unique scenery. Much of the national park is covered by the largely dry Etosha Pan, known as the great white place where mirages rise up from the flat saltpan.

Elephants are present in large numbers so you are likely to see many of these giants roaming around in the bush. Some of the most memorable sightings include endangered black rhino, cheetah, lion and black-faced impala. Frequent sightings include zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, springbok and eland among other antelopes, as well as hyena and jackal. We stop at watering holes and viewpoints on our game drives to see as much wildlife and scenery as possible.

Tonight we camp at Okaukuejo, or similar (depending on animal movements) in Etosha National Park, enjoying floodlit game viewing at night.

  • Includes: Etosha National Park entry fees, morning & afternoon game drives
  • Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities (hot showers), pool, restaurant, bar & shop
  • Distance/time: 400kms, ± 5½ hours excluding stops
  • Optional Activities: Night game drive with Etosha National Park guide

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 13: Windhoek, Namibia

Leaving the wild Etosha Park we drive south to the capital of Namibia, Windhoek.

Upon arrival you can spend some time exploring Windhoek sightseeing and walking around to see colonial German architecture. Tonight we enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants (own cost) in this pleasant African city.

  • Overnight: Urban Campsite - twin share permanent tents with shared ablution facilities, pool, restaurant & bar.
  • Distance/time: 500kms, ± 7 hours excluding sightseeing & lunch

Breakfast / Lunch

Day 14: Windhoek, Namibia

This affordable Cape Town to Windhoek Tour finishes after breakfast in Windhoek.


Optional Extras and Excursions

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  • Orange River canoe trip
  • Etosha National Park night game drive
  • Swakopmund activities
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