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This southern African Camping Safari starts in Windhoek, Namibia and ends in Cape Town, South Africa.
First our Namibia to Cape Town Overland Camping Safari takes you game viewing in Etosha National Park and on to see Spitzkoppe. Then visit coastal Swakopmund and travel into the Namib Desert to experience the towering red-orange sand dunes of Sossusvlei, camping near Sesriem Canyon. Next, our affordable journey takes us to the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon of Namibia, and onwards to the Gariep River where we go canoeing.
We then drive through Namaqualand into the scenic Cederberg Mountains, before ending our super cheap South Africa and Namibia Safari in one of the world's most stunning cities - Cape Town.
This scenic Overland Camping Adventure begins in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Situated in the middle of the country, Windhoek is the cultural, economic and political heart of the country.
We head out of Windhoek on the first day, driving north to the wildlife haven of Etosha National Park. One of Africa's top game viewing destinations, Etosha covers over 22 000 km² of wild habitat, hosting some 114 mammal species and over 340 species of birds.
Driving through Etosha Park we are sure to encounter an array of African animals and birds in this dramatic wilderness area. Common wildlife sightings include elephants, zebras, giraffes and numerous kinds of antelopes, including the distinctive oryx, springbok and kudu. The national park is known for its sizeable rhino population and hosts healthy numbers of large predators - lions, cheetahs, hyenas and even leopards.
This evening you can visit the floodlit waterhole at camp to watch for nocturnal animals before falling asleep in the wilds of Etosha.
Day two is spent on game drives in Etosha Park, exploring the rugged bush and open plains dotted with waterholes that draw a rich variety of wild animals and birds. We pass through different terrains with varying kinds of vegetation that support the diverse creatures of the park, taking in the dramatic wild landscapes as we drive. Etosha Pan covers much of the national park, stretching out in a seemingly endless flat plain where hardy animals can be seen roaming amid the mirages.
In the afternoon our game drive takes us to the Anderson Gate where we exit Etosha National Park and head to our camp, set on a nearby game farm. Arriving at the guesthouse you can take a quick swim in the pool and freshen up for dinner and a laid-back evening in the quirky bar.
Today you can relax at camp, cooling off in the pool and enjoying the natural setting of the private reserve adjacent to Etosha. Alternatively, the camp offers optional game drives (extra cost) in open-sided safari vehicles. You can embark on an optional full day trip into Etosha Park, or a morning or afternoon game drive with their experienced guides.
On day four we travel southwest into the remote part of the Kunene Region known as Damaraland. The vegetation thins out and the hills give way to open plains covered in gravel and low bushes and grasses. We travel to Brandberg Mountain, a granite massif that towers up above the surrounding barren plains. Standing at about 2570m tall Brandberg is the tallest mountain in Namibia and also hosts a huge collection of San rock art.
Time permitting, we explore the Brandberg area upon arrival at our camp at the foot of the mountain, before relaxing under starry skies in this unusual place.
This morning we make our way to Spitzkoppe - one of the most iconic natural features of Namibia. This mass of granite protrudes about 600m from the flat plains around it - a dramatic scene of towering rocky hills in the middle of nowhere. We stop to walk around and admire the views out over the stark flatlands and see old San rock engravings.
Then our Windhoek to Cape Town Overland Camping Safari takes us Swakopmund, the most popular seaside destination in Namibia. Your guide tells you more about the activities available in Swakopmund and interesting things to do in and around the quaint town.
For the next two nights we sleep in dormitories instead of camping. You also have the option of upgrading to your own room at extra cost (subject to availability). Spend your evenings dining out in Swakopmund and enjoying the local nightlife.
Day six - a day to do as much, or as little, as you like in Swakopmund. Spend the whole day strolling around town, sitting at sidewalk cafes sipping on coffee and sampling local foods at sidewalk cafes or pack in the action and whiz off on adventure activities. Get your adrenalin kicks by skydiving, sand boarding and quad biking, or enjoy the milder adventure of hot air ballooning, sea kayaking, dolphin cruises or scenic flights over the desert.
Swakopmund has great coffee shops, bars and restaurants and some lovely beaches, an interesting museum, a nice aquarium and various art galleries to visit, as well as craft shops selling Namibian curios. Founded in 1892, Swakopmund still has a colonial German flavour, especially visible in its architecture.
Setting off from Swakopmund, this Namibia to Cape Town Overland Camping Safari travels south along the west coast of Africa. We drive down to Walvis Bay, where birds gather on the lagoon, before leaving the coast.
From coastal dunes and stark gravel plains we make our way into the arid Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts on the planet. Arriving in the stark Namib we head to our camp near Sesriem, the small settlement that serves as a gateway to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. We spend our first two nights camping under unbelievably starry desert skies at our Sesriem camp. During our time in the Namib Desert you get to explore the area around camp on foot, soaking up the space and silence of this solitary habitat.
We visit Sossusvlei in Namib-Naukluft, walking through some of the tallest dunes in the world and taking photographs of the surreal salt pan. This famous area of the Namib-Naukluft National Park hosts gnarled dead trees that stand in sharp contrast with the red-orange dunes around the pan with its white-clay ground and cloudless blue skies above. Part of our explorations will take place at sunrise and sunset to take advantage of the warm light that makes the striking dunes glow.
In the Sossusvlei Dunes area we also climb up one of the most renowned landmarks - the iconic Dune 45, to enjoy sweeping views over the red-orange dune fields.
Wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the still Namib Desert terrain spreading out around camp. Then we hit the road, driving down to the Fish River Canyon, near the Namibian border with South Africa.
The Fish River Canyon is arguably the second largest canyon in the world and undoubtedly one of the most impressive gorges on earth. This 550m deep, narrow chasm was created by tectonic shifts and subsequent erosion by the river. One of the top highlights of Namibia, this is a harsh and rugged fissure cutting through the rocky earth for about 160km's.
Arriving at the Fish River Canyon we take a drive along the edge, stopping to admire the spectacular views over this massive canyon and the river snaking along the floor far below.
On day four we get going early in the morning and continue our drive south to the border between Namibia and South Africa. It's not long before we arrive at the border, marked by the course of the Gariep, formerly Orange, River.
Crossing into South Africa we set up camp along this long river that flows all the way from the Drakensberg Mountains in Lesotho. There is time to unwind and swim in the river, enjoying the peace and sunshine. At midday we embark on a canoeing trip along the Gariep/Orange River, going with the flow at a nice easy pace. Flowing with the current in your canoe is a great way to take in the remote scenery and watch the birds.
Kickback with a drink at the riverside bar in this lovely setting.
Keep travelling south, driving via the small town of Springbok, making our way into the semi-arid Namaqualand of South Africa. This region is famous for its colourful wildflowers that bloom in spring, from about September to October.
Tonight we camp in the Cederberg Mountains, a scenic area known for its hiking trails, rock formations and mountain streams. We enjoy a spot of wine tasting in one of the lush valleys of the Cederberg, taking a walk in one of the pretty vineyards. At the end of our mellow day in South Africa, we settle down for our final night under the stars.
Leaving the picturesque Cederberg Mountains we cover the last stretch of our journey southwards, driving through lush countryside and orchards. Then we head over the lofty Piketberg Pass entering the idyllic setting of the renowned Cape Wine Route. Nearing Cape Town, we stop at Table Bay, to see the world-famous landmark of Table Mountain from a distance.
After a quick lunch and check-in at our accommodation we set off on a cultural adventure into one of the townships of Cape Town. Visiting an informal settlement is a unique and moving experience, giving you a glimpse into vibrant and dynamic township life in contemporary South Africa. Many visitors are surprised by the friendliness and humour of the often poverty-stricken people that they encounter in these informal settlements, where conditions can be harsh.
Back at our well-loved accommodation in town, the evening is yours to explore the city and get a dose of the lively nightlife.
This morning our excellent-value-for-money Namibia to Cape Town Overland Camping Safari finishes in Cape Town!
Having arrived in one of the world's most beautiful cities, we highly recommend that you spend a few extra days exploring Cape Town. We can help to arrange short city stay packages and post-safari accommodation.
This safari departs from Windhoek, travelling south through Namibia and into South Africa, ending in Cape Town. Pre- and post-safari accommodation can be booked through African Budget Safaris.
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