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From Cape Town's Table Moutain to vibrant Windhoek in Namibia, this Overland Camping Safari brings the highlights of Southern Africa together in a memorable, yet affordable journey. Travel to the lush Cederberg Mountains, remote Northern Cape and Gariep River in South Africa, and then cross into Namibia to visit the impressive Fish River Canyon and ochre dunes of the ancient Namib Desert where we see some of the world's highest sand dunes at Soussusvlei. Next, go sightseeing and explore historic Swakopmund, or do adventure activities, including skydiving, sandboarding and quad biking. Experience the strange landscapes of Spitzkoppe and go game viewing in the famous Etosha National Park, before finishing in the capital city of Windhoek.
The beautiful scenery, unusual fauna and flora, and panoramic views on this South Africa & Namibia Overland Camping Adventure will leave you breathless!
This South Africa & Namibia Overland Camping Adventure starts with a township tour in one of the informal settlements on the outskirts of Cape Town. The township tour visits a low income area, providing a glimpse into the lives of many working class South Africans. A visit to one of the vibrant townships offers insight into the economic divides that still exists in the country today.
Then our Overland Camping Safari departs from Cape Town, driving around Table Bay, which offers panoramic views of Table Mountain and the lovely city in the distance. Making our way north from Cape Town we travel through the wheat growing region, known as the ‘bread basket’ of South Africa. We drive over the Piketberg Pass, dipping into the fruit growing valley of the Olifants River, named after the huge elephant herds that used to inhabit this fertile area.
The lovely campsite for tonight offers views over the vineyards in this hilly area and the Cederberg Mountains beyond. This afternoon you can stroll through the peaceful vineyards and we also sample some fine wines produced in the famous wine regions of the Western Cape. Tonight we camp under star-studded African skies – the perfect way to end our first relaxing day on safari in Southern Africa.
Departing from the Cederberg Area we continue driving north into the Namaqualand region, best known for its colourful fields of Namaqua wildflowers that bloom in spring.
Having passed through the open Namaqualand area we stop in the small town of Springbok, to stock up on supplies. Then we travel through the Richtersveld desert area and on to the Gariep River, forming a natural border between South Africa and Namibia. We camp at a scenic campsite on the banks of the Gariep River, in South Africa. This is South Africa's longest river, formerly known as the Orange River, with its source in the Drakensberg Mountains of Lesotho.
On the morning of day three we embark on a half-day canoe trip on the Gariep River. This is a relaxing canoe trip with some easy paddling and plenty of opportunities to enjoy bird watching from the water.
The canoe trip is followed by lunch, before we hit the road again. In the afternoon we cross into neighbouring Namibia on safari, heading to the nearby Fish River Canyon. This impressive Namibian Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, at 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550m deep. The Fish River Canyon was formed by a combination of tectonic activity and river erosion over time. We follow the road along the eastern edge of the canyon, admiring the breathtaking views over this dramatic gorge.
Today we rise and shine early, driving further north into the ancient Namib-Naukluft desert of Namibia, one of the world's oldest deserts.
Our next overnight camp is at Sesriem, a convenient base for exploring the surrounding Namib Desert. Sossusvlei is a short drive away, and here we experience the changing scenery of Namibia's desert. At Sossusvlei we will witness the striking sea of towering red sand dunes iconic of Namibia. The Sossusvlei Dunes are said to be the highest dunes in the world, with some reaching over 300m high.
From the dune tops we will get to marvel at the endless views over the vast desert landscapes and at night the Namib desert skies reveal a blanket of bright stars - an awe-inspiring sight!
Entering the Namib-Naukluft National Park we explore the dramatic desert terrain this morning. Our day starts early to ensure that we catch a magnificent sunrise over the Namib Desert, from the top of iconic Dune 45. Watching the shifting shadows and changing colours of the dunes at sunrise is a magical experience, offering great photo opportunities.
The rest of the morning is spent exploring the Namib-Naukluft National Park, taking a shuttle deeper into the desert from Dune 45. In the Sossusvlei Dunes you can take a walk, soaking up this arid and mesmerising desert terrain. The clay pan of Sossusvlei is a striking sight - dotted with bare tree trunks that stand in contrast with the dry, white earth and surrounding orange-red dunes.
We have breakfast this morning, before setting off north-west to Walvis Bay, on the cool Atlantic Coastline of Namibia.
En route to Walvis Bay we cross the Tropic of Capricorn, before following the west coast to Swakopmund. Namibia’s prime holiday resort, Swakopmund, is where we spend the next night. Arriving at coastal Swakopmund you will be briefed on the adventure activities on offer here. This is a great place to relax and have some fun - exploring the coastal town and participating in optional adventure activities.
Our Swakopmund accommodation is in dormitories, but you have the option of upgrading to private rooms through your safari guide (depending on availability).
It's time for some thrilling adventure activities, or if you prefer, some laid-back fun in Swakopmund.
Founded in 1892, Swakopmund still has a colonial German flavour today, especially visible in its architecture. Swakopmund has a variety of excellent coffee shops, restaurants and bars, as well as an array of arts and crafts stores where you can see Namibian curios.
Walk along the fine beaches and promenade of Swakopmund, or visit the local museum, aquarium and art galleries. Alternatively you might like to get your adrenaline pumping with some of the exhilarating adventure activities available here. Optional activities include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golfing, horse riding and more.
On day eight we leave the coastline, driving northeast to Spitzkoppe, one of Namibia's most famous landmarks. Heading inland we cross wide, gravel plains to visit the dramatic Spitzkoppe massif of the Erongo Mountains.
This granite rock formation rises 1728 m above the open plains of Damaraland, offering panoramic views. Stopping at Spitzkoppe we visit San rock paintings on foot and soak up the strange scenery.
Then we drive to our next camp near the foot of Brandberg Mountain, Namibia's highest mountain.
Travelling further northeast through the Damaraland area of the Kunene Region, we overnight near Etosha National Park. We stay on a private game farm, located near Anderson Gate, the main entrance to Etosha Park. Camping at the farm guesthouse, we may spot birds, including ostriches, and wildlife such as various antelopes, wildebeest and zebra.
Time to experience the untamed African bush, exploring Etosha National Park - one of Africa's finest wildlife sanctuaries.
After lunch, we set off on a game drive in the southern part of this massive game park, covering 20 000 km² of wilderness in northern Namibia. Etosha hosts an impressive diversity of wild animals, birds and reptiles to be sighted at watering holes and in the rugged bushveld around the vast Etosha Pan which covers much of the park.
Returning to our camp just outside of the game park we relax at the poolside and have sundowners on the deck, or in the offbeat bar.
On day 11 we head back into the bush for more game viewing in Etosha National Park, visiting watering holes that serve as animal and bird magnets, along the way. Look out for elephants, zebras, rhinos, wildebeest, giraffes, kudus and other antelopes as well as predators, such as jackals, hyenas and lions.
We drive across the park to the Namutoni Camp further north, passing through changing vegetation zones and terrains supporting different types of life. After dinner at camp you can enjoy game viewing at the floodlit waterhole watching the nocturnal creatures emerge.
After breakfast at camp we head back out on a game drive, taking us out of wildlife-rich Etosha National Park.
From Etosha we drive south to Windhoek, the vibrant capital city of Namibia. This afternoon there is time to do some sightseeing and shopping in the charming, small city. View the old German architecture from colonial times, visit historical attractions, enjoy top-notch cuisine, browse at a market and sample the nightlife of Windhoek.
Our South Africa & Namibia Overland Camping Adventure comes to a close after breakfast in Windhoek this morning.
This African Budget Safari starts in Cape Town, South Africa and travels north through South Africa and Namibia, before ending in Windhoek, Namibia. This African Camping Trip departs from Cape Town on Sunday mornings. Should you wish to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival is recommended. Accommodation can be booked through African Budget Safaris.
This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road & weather conditions, political situations and group decisions. All prices & Local Payments are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries we visit, there may be a truck and crew change during the trip.
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