Travel from Cape Town to the rugged 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 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 and Brandberg where we see ancient San rock art. Embark on exhilarating game drives in Etosha National Park and camp inside this unique wilderness area, before travelling to our final stop, Windhoek - Namibia's capital.
Experience the Best of Namibia on a budget with this amazing scenic, wildlife and cultural exploration!
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 drive northeast into the picturesque Cederberg Region of the Western Cape, passing quaint farmstalls along the way. Known for its rugged mountains, verdant valleys and citrus farms, the Cederberg is named after the endangered Clanwilliam Cedar tree, endemic to this part of South Africa. The Cederberg is also famous for the indigenous rooibos plants that only grow here, and are 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 campsite is on a farm near the town of Citrusdal and features shared ablutions and a pool.
An optional Activity Package is offered with this safari. The extra payment includes highly-recommended activities, considered "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.
On day two, we travel through the arid Namaqualand region of South Africa. This sparsely-populated region is famous for its abundance of colourful indigenous wildflowers in spring (July to September) and its open landscapes offer a glimpse of the vast vistas ahead.
We stop in the remote town of Springbok for last minute supplies before crossing into Namibia and heading to our campsite set on the banks of the Gariep 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 beside the former Orange River.
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. Letting the current carry us along, this is a gentle paddle down the river. Canoeing along the Gariep is the ideal way to take in the rugged scenery and spot birds and animals along the river.
At about noon we set off north towards the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. We make our way to the Ai-Ais Hot Springs where we pause for a quick dip in the mineral springs before proceeding to our overnight camp close to the Fish River Canyon.
On day four we get up early to visit the geological gem of 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 into the sandy Namib Desert area of Namibia. Today takes us through shifting scenes of seemingly-deserted plains, farmlands and desert habitats revealing the sheer scale of Namibia's open landscapes.
Tonight we camp in the desert near the Namib-Naukluft 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. The Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of Namibia’s geographic gems, is said to be amongst Africa's largest game parks. The national park incorporates large parts of the Namib Desert, considered the world's oldest desert.
Facilities at our desert camp include drinkable water, a bar, a swimming pool, hot showers, shared ablutions and a shop.
Today we rise early to hike up Dune 45 in time for a spectacular desert sunrise over the endless dunes. The hike up this well-known dune is relatively easy and well worth it, for the panoramic views and excellent photographic opportunities from the top. Back at the bottom of the dune, we have a hearty breakfast in the desert.
Then we take a 4x4 transfer to the famous Sossusvlei Dunes to see the towering, red-orange sand dunes of its remarkable landscapes. We spend time exploring Sossusvlei and Deadvlei on foot, soaking up the contrasting scenery of the stark pans scattered with dead trees.
From the sea of tall red dunes, we return to our overnight camp with hot showers (shared ablutions), a pool and a bar.
On day seven an expert local guide takes us on a nature walk in the unique desert habitat as part of the Activity Package. 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.
Then it is time to leave the ochre sands of the Namib behind, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the Atlantic coastline of Namibia. Reaching the coast we stop at Walvis Bay where many waterbirds gather, including flamingos, in 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. Our Swakopmund accommodation is in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms at a guest lodge, featuring a bar and internet.
Today is free for you to explore the quaint town of Swakopmund, where strong colonial and contemporary German influences can be seen.
Located along the rugged shores of the icy Atlantic with the sandy desert surrounding it, Swakopmund offers an exciting mix of activities. Today you can try one or two of the many adventure activities available in this popular coastal town. Take a quad bike ride over the dunes, try sandboarding, go skydiving or take a cruise to see dolphins along the coast of Swakopmund. We spend another night at the friendly guesthouse in Swakopmund.
Leaving Swakopmund 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 camp 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 the Kamanjab area in the remote and sparsely-populated Kunene Region.
On day 11 we make our way to Etosha National Park for some superb game viewing on the outskirts of 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 the chances of sighting wildlife as the animals are less hidden in the bush.
Our game drives are conducted in the safari truck which gives us a raised view out over the plains. We visit waterholes in search of the wild animals that come to drink at these sites, as well as exploring as much as we can of Etosha. Etosha Park is home to a variety of animals, plants and birds and is known as a top safari destination in Africa. 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.
You also have the option of embarking on night game drives on either of the nights in Etosha Park. We camp inside the game park, at Okaukuejo, Halali or Namutoni camp - all of which boast floodlit waterholes where wild animals can be spotted at night. Each overnight camp features a variety of facilities including a bar, swimming pool and shop.
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 Camping 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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