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Spectacular scenery, exciting outdoor experiences and incredible sights make this affordable safari an unforgettable adventure for the whole family. Travel from picturesque Cape Town in South Africa, to Windhoek, the charming capital city of Namibia.
Start with the cultural experience of a township tour before driving into the scenic Cederberg Mountains and tasting fine South African wines. Continue north and go canoeing on the Gariep River, before crossing into Namibia to visit the Fish River Canyon. Explore the ancient Namib Desert walking through the tall, orange-red sand dunes of the striking Sossusvlei. On to seaside Swakopmund for sightseeing and and optional adventure activities. Then journey inland to dramatic Spitzkoppe and go game viewing in the famous Etosha National Park, hosting African wildlife aplenty.
This South Africa & Namibia Camping Safari begins with a cultural adventure in one of the townships of Cape Town. Visiting an informal settlement is an exciting new experience for many, revealing a whole new side of life in South Africa. Then our Family Camping Safari heads to Table Bay, an ideal spot for viewing the famous profile of Table Mountain and the city on its lower slopes.
Next we drive through the wheat growing region of South Africa, over scenic mountain passes and down into the Olifants River Valley. Our lovely campsite is set in the vineyards and orchards of the Cederberg Mountain region. This afternoon you can walk in the vineyards and we sample some of the fine wines of the Western Cape.
Leaving the Cederberg Mountains we head north into Namaqualand - famous for the colourful wildflowers that carpet the hills in spring. We keep going north, stopping in Springbok to get supplies, and onwards into the barren Richtersveld area.
Our destination for the day - the Gariep River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. We camp at a scenic spot on the banks of the Gariep River, formerly Orange River, on the South African side.
This morning we paddle down the Gariep River, taking in the rugged scenery and looking out for birds and small animals.
After our canoe trip we have lunch and cross into Namibia, making our way to the mighty Fish River Canyon. We stop at viewpoints along the edge of the Fish River Canyon, enjoying the spectacular views over one of the biggest canyons in the world.
On day four of our family camping safari we travel into the ancient Namib Desert of Namibia.
One of the oldest deserts in the world we drive through the solitary and silent landscapes of the desert, camping near Sesriem tonight. The warm glow of sunset over the desert is a memorable sight and the dazzling blanket of stars at night - simply magical!
Today we explore the striking Namib-Naukluft National Park, hosting some of the tallest dunes in the world, as high as 300m. We set off before sunrise, driving through the desert to climb up Dune 45 and watch the desert light up. After watching the shifting shadows and bright reds and oranges of the sands we head to Sossusvlei Dunes.
We take a shuttle closer to Sossusvlei salt pan and walk through the tall dunes for the last 5kms. This is one of the most iconic desert scenes of Namibia, often featured in photographs. Walk out onto the cracked white ground set amid red-orange dunes and scattered with skeletal dead trees - a place of vivid imagery and sharp contrasts.
Returning to our camp near Sesriem we enjoy the incredibly starry skies in the quiet desert setting.
After breakfast this morning, we drive to Swakopmund, on the coast of Namibia. We travel via Walvis Bay, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn en route.
Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort town attracting locals and visitors from abroad. This African town has a distinctive German flavour which comes through in its old colonial architecture, European-style cuisine and culture, being home to a sizeable population of German descendants today.
Arriving in Swakopmund you are free to take a walk along the Atlantic Ocean or in the pleasant town, visiting attractions and historic sights. Eat out at a local restaurant this evening and prepare for a fun-filled day in Swakopmund tomorrow.
In Swakopmund, we stay in dormitories with the option of upgrading to private rooms at extra cost (subject to availability).
Day seven of this exciting South Africa & Namibia Family Safari is free of scheduled activities, enabling you to explore and embark on activities as you choose.
Set off after breakfast, choosing from the numerous family-friendly options available - from dolphin cruises to sightseeing tours and hot air balloon rides. For adrenalin seekers, activities include skydiving, paragliding, sand boarding and quad biking. Sit at a sidewalk cafe, browse locals arts and crafts, visit the aquarium or museum and simply relax, eating out (own account) at a local restaurant tonight.
On day eight we leave coastal Swakopmund, travelling northeast to the famous natural feature of Spitzkoppe. Rising up 1728m above the expansive gravel plains of Damaraland, the Spitkoppe Massif is a striking and dramatic granite rock formation.
We break our journey to Brandberg Mountain at Spitzkoppe, exploring the area on foot to take in the panoramic views and view ancient San rock art. Then it's on to our next overnight stop near Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain.
Next, we make our way further northeast towards Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier game park and one of Africa's finest protected areas.
We spend night nine camping at a private game farm near the Anderson Gate of Etosha Park. The game farm is home to various antelopes, wildebeest, zebra, ostriches and other birds, so keep an eye out.
Today the game viewing adventure begins in earnest as we explore the southern section of Etosha National Park.
After lunch, we go in search of Etosha's impressive diversity of wild animals - grazers such as giraffes, zebras, oryx and wildebeest, and predators such as lions and hyenas. After our exciting game drive, we return to our camp just outside of Etosha Park, to dip in the pool, relax on the deck and unwind in the offbeat bar.
On day 11 we enjoy more game viewing in the renowned Etosha National Park, pausing to watch wildlife and birds drawn to the watering holes. Look out for elephants, rhinos, kudus, springbok and other antelopes, as well as jackals, cheetahs and elusive leopards.
Our game drive takes us through changing landscapes and types of vegetation to Namutoni Camp further north. After dinner at the rest camp you can do some more game viewing - this time at the camp's floodlit waterhole, visited by shy nocturnal animals.
After breakfast, we embark on one last game drive as we leave Etosha National Park.
Exiting Etosha we drive south to Windhoek, the cultural, economic and political centre of Namibia. This afternoon you are free to walk around and go sightseeing in the vibrant, small city. View the colonial-German architecture, visit historical attractions, sample the fine cuisine, indulge in shopping and enjoy a touch of nightlife in Windhoek.
Our affordable South Africa & Namibia Family Camping Safari finishes in the capital city of Windhoek after breakfast today.
This Budget Family Safari travels from Cape Town in South Africa up north through South Africa into Namibia, ending in Windhoek.
The Overland Camping Trip departs from Cape Town on Sunday mornings, so if you would like to spend more time in Cape Town book a few extra days before the trip departs. Accommodation can be booked through African Budget Safaris.
This itinerary is a guide and is subject to change, depending on road and weather conditions, political situations and group decisions. All prices and Local Payments are subject to change.
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