Namib Desert Namibia

Namibia Highlights from Cape Town Overland Camping Safari

Tour Length12 days
Priced from pps $1027 R13950 £778 871 A$1309 C$1280 NZ$1435 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Overland Camping Tour

  • Max. Group Size 24 Travellers
  • Departs from Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ends at Windhoek, Namibia
  • Accommodation Lodge & Camping Combo
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle
  • Wildlife Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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2018 Itinerary Overview 2017 Info

Travel from Cape Town to the idyllic Cape Winelands and onto the Cederberg Mountains, before proceeding through the remote Namaqualand area to the Gariep River. Then cross into Namibia where you walk along the rim of the impressive Fish River Canyon. Drive north into the vast Namib Desert where we hike into Sesriem Canyon, climb Dune 45, visit the famous Sossusvlei Dunes and Deadvlei pan and experience the ancient desert on a guided walk.

Explore Swakopmund and enjoy optional adventure activities, then visit the dramatic landscapes of Spitzkoppe. Head north to Opuwo to meet the Himba people. Embark on game drives in Etosha National Park and camp inside this unique wilderness area, stopping at a craft market on the way to our final stop, Windhoek - Namibia's capital. 

Experience the Best of Namibia on this amazing scenic, wildlife and cultural exploration!

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Day 1: Cape Town to Cederberg Mountain Region – South Africa

This Best of Namibia Camping Safari departs from the beautiful South African city of Cape Town, pausing in Table View to admire the panoramic views of the city and Table Mountain across the bay.

Leaving the coastline we head into the famous Cape Winelands, where South Africa's best wines are produced. Here we visit an established wine farm to sample fine South African wines and then proceed to the Spice Route, a well-known wine estate just outside of Paarl. At the Spice Route, which features a beer garden, coffee roastery, and chocolatier, we get a taste of Cape flavours and culture, enjoying lunch and browsing the locally crafted goods.

Then, we make our way northeast to the picturesque Cederberg Mountains of the Western Cape. This region of rugged mountains, verdant valleys and citrus farms is famous for the endemic rooibos plants that only grow here, and are used to produce a hugely popular, health tea.

Arriving at our first overnight camp near Citrusdal, we unwind and have dinner together. After our tasty dinner, your guides will give you a full tour briefing.

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Included Activities: Visit Spice Route
  • Activity Package: Wine tasting
  • Camp with pool, drinkable water and shared facilities with hot showers

Activity Package:

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.

Day 2: Namaqualand and Orange/Gariep River – Namibia

We travel through the Namaqualand region, famous for its abundance of colourful indigenous wildflowers in spring and continue on to the Gariep, formerly Orange River. We stop in the remote town of Springbok for last minute supplies before heading to our campsite set on the banks of the Orange River, which forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

The night is spent getting to know one another over a hearty meal under the starry African sky.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Included Highlight: Spring Wild Flowers (Seasonal August to September)
  • Camp with bar, shop and shared Ablutions with hot showers and no drinkable water

Day 3: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon – Namibia

In the morning we have the opportunity to experience South Africa's longest river, the Gariep/Orange River by canoe, or spend some time relaxing at the riverside camp.

After lunch we cross into Namibia travelling north to the mighty Fish River Canyon, the 2nd largest canyon in the world. In the afternoon we take a scenic hike along the rim of the canyon to see just how massive this geographical feature is, enjoying fantastic photographic opportunities as the sun sets.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Included Activities: Scenic walk along the Fish River Canyon.
  • Optional Activities: Half Day Orange River Canoe Adventure.
  • Camp with shared ablutions with hot showers (sometimes)

Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft National Park – Namibia

This morning we drive through the open and deserted landscapes of southern Namibia, making our way to the Namib-Naukluft National Park.

Tonight we camp in a scenic spot near the Sesriem, experiencing the vast star-studded sky and silence of the Namib Desert, punctuated by the occasional call of a jackal or distinctive barking of a gecko!

Tomorrow we will explore the Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of Namibia’s natural gems and one of Africa's largest game parks. The national park incorporates part of the Namib desert, considered the world's oldest desert.

  • Desert camp with drinkable water, bar, swimming pool, hot showers, shared facilities and shop.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Sossusvlei Dunes in Namib-Naukluft National Park – Namibia

Today we rise early to hike up Dune 45 in time for a spectacular desert sunrise over the sea of red-orange dunes. The hike up this well-known dune is relatively easy and well worth the panoramic views and excellent photographic opportunities from the top.

Then we take a 4x4 drive into the famous Sossusvlei Dunes area of the Namib Desert to experience the magic of this unique desert ecosystem. Sossusvlei is famous for its towering dunes and vivid colours, creating remarkable landscapes. We walk around the stark pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, taking in the contrasting scenes of cracked white pans amid red-orange dunes.

In the afternoon we take a short walk into Sesriem Canyon, which stretches about a kilometre in length and reaches up to 30 meters deep. The floor of Sesriem Canyon is dotted with shallow pools with the canyon being formed by the Tsauchab River flowing through sedimentary rock deposited about 20 million years ago.

Later we are joined by an expert local guide for a nature walk in the Namib, exploring this unique desert ecosystem. The local guides share their detailed knowledge of the ancient Namib desert with us as we walk. After our nature walk, we head to our overnight camp in this remote desert region.

  • Included Activities: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Walk in Sesriem Canyon
  • Activity Package: Desert walk with local expert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camp with a bar, swimming pool and shared facilities(with hot showers)

Day 6: Swakopmund – Namibia

Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn we make our way through the desert to the Atlantic coast of Namibia. Our first stop is Walvis Bay where we may see some flamingos, depending on the season. 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 vibrant local nightlife.

  • Included activities: Visit Walvis Bay Lagoon
  • Optional Activities: Dinner out in Swakopmund
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms at a guesthouse with a bar, drinkable water and wireless internet

Day 7: Swakopmund – Namibia

Today is free for you to explore the quaint town of Swakopmund, where German colonial and contemporary influences can be seen, or try one of the many adventure activities available in this popular coastal town. Take a quad bike over the dunes, try sandboarding, skydiving or take a cruise to see dolphins along the coast of Swakopmund. We spend another night at the friendly guesthouse in Swakopmund.

  • Optional Activities: quad biking, skydiving, sandboarding, scenic flights and dinner out.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe – Namibia

The first stretch of today's journey takes us along the dramatic 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 surreal 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.

  • Included Activities: Guided walk at Spitzkoppe
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Bush camp with a long drop

Day 9: Himba Tribe & Opuwo – Namibia

Today we drive further inland and north towards 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 camp in Opuwo, where we prepare for our exciting wildlife adventure in Etosha Park.

  • Activity Package: Himba Visit
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camp with hot showers, swimming pool, bar, internet and a restaurant

Day 10 - 11: Etosha National Park – Namibia

After our cultural experience with the Himba people, we make our way to nearby Etosha National Park for top-notch game viewing.

We visit watering holes in search of the wild animals that come to drink at these sites, exploring the bush surrounding Etosha Pan. 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's sparse vegetation improves chances of sighting wildlife as the animals are less hidden in the bush. We drive in our safari truck which provides an elevated vantage for surveying the landscape and spotting wildlife.

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. As well as being home to 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and even a species of fish.

We will camp inside the Etosha game park, at Okaukuejo, Namutoni or Halali camp, all of which boast floodlit night waterholes where wild animals congregate to drink. Each overnight camp features a variety of facilities including a bar, swimming pool and shop.

You have the opportunity to embark on a thrilling night game drive on either night inside Etosha National Park to search for nocturnal animals.

  • Included Activities: Games drives in the safari truck
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camp with hot showers, shared facilities, drinkable water, shop, pool and floodlit watering hole

Day 12: Windhoek – Namibia

After an early morning game drive in Etosha Park, we make our way to Namibia's capital city via an arts and crafts market where you can purchase some authentic African creations. Windhoek is situated in the middle of the country and is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia.

Upon arrival in Windhoek, we take a short walk around the city centre to see a few of the top sights. Then this affordable Best of Namibia Camping Safari finishes, although most groups gather for a final meal out at Joe’s Beer House, the most famous restaurant in Windhoek.

  • Included Activities: Craft market en-route and short city tour
  • Optional Activities: Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Please note:

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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South Africa Activities

  • Half-Day Canoe Trip

Namibia Activities

  • Dinner Out in Swakopmund
  • Skydiving
  • Sandboarding
  • Quad Biking
  • Dolphin Cruises
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