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Cape & Dunes Discoverer

From desert scenery to white-sand beaches and the cosmopolitan streets of Cape Town, witness the diversity of southwestern Africa on this thirteen-day nature adventure. Leave footprints on the world's highest sand dunes, peer deep into the heart of Africas largest canyon, and experience incredible game drives through Etosha National Park. Your knowledgeable CEO will take care of the planning while you recharge in a combination of hotels, camping, farm stays, and guesthouses for a cultural experience youll treasure forever. Have your breath taken away by incredible scenery and marvel at amazing wildlife this is truly an African experience!


Duration: 12 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126768
Starts: Windhoek, Namibia Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
You will visit
  • Windhoek
  • Cape Town

Itinerary

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Day 1: Windhoek

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is a hotel with en suite bathrooms. The hotel offers air conditioning, a swimming pool, internet access, and a restaurant.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Windhoek/Etosha National Park (1B)

Leave Windhoek and head north through the Namibian countryside to Etosha National Park.

Visit Etosha National Park on a game drive in our touring vehicle. Keep an eye out for lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and antelopes.

After sunset, some animals may head to the watering holes near the campground.

Opt to head out for more game drives in an open safari vehicle to make the most of your time here.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is camping in Etosha National Park. It will be similar to the camping on Days 5 and 6, though no meals will be provided. The campground offers a restaurant and shop, which are great places to grab a meal. The CEO will provide options for campfires and barbecues (braais) under the stars with the whole group, splitting the cost of food between everyone. This campsite also offers a swimming pool to relax in after your days exploring the area.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Game Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s), 450km)

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Day 3: Etosha National Park

Enjoy another game drive in our touring vehicle and keep your eyes peeled for some of the famous wildlife.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Game Drive

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Day 4: Etosha National Park/Swakopmund

Watch the beautiful desert landscape go by en route to western Namibia.

Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such as dune boarding or a dolphin cruise.

Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is a lodge with en suite bathrooms. It's in walking distance to shops, restaurants, beaches, and dunes. The lodge offers laundry service, wifi, and a restaurant/bar.

Transport:
On this route, we pass through a moon landscape and see the imposing Spitzkoppe, also known as the “Matterhorn” of Namibia in the distance.
Private Vehicle (7.50 hour(s), 610km)

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Day 5: Swakopmund

Spend a day exploring all the area has to offer.

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Day 6: Swakopmund/Namib Desert (1D)

Get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region.

En route, take a coffee break in Solitaire, a mystical village consisting of a filling station, a general dealer/coffee shop, and a small mechanical workshop. Drive through Walvis Bay, the only town on the Namibian coastline that boasts a deep sea harbor.

Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert.


Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is at a campsite. Spend the night in pitched dome tents with shared ablutions (bathrooms).

At the campgrounds, there are sites with their own shared ablution block, including toilets, sinks, hot and cold showers, barbecues, kitchen facilities, and electricity. There's a shaded veranda and swimming pool to relax in, and an internet café adjacent to the campgrounds.

All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. Assembly and disassembly of the tents takes only 5 minutes (your CEO will show you how to erect your tent). All tents have built-in insect nets. Mattresses are also available (approximately 4cm/1.6 in thick) and are warm and comfortable. Your CEOs will do all the meal preparation, but we do ask our travellers to help with the preparation and washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun!

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 260km)

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Day 7: Namib Desert (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a visit to Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world's largest sand dunes, up to 300m (984 ft) high. Here, use some free time to enjoy the sand dunes on your own. Visit the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area.

Included Activities:
Sossusvlei Dunes Visit
Sesriem Canyon Visit

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Day 8: Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon (1B)

Continue on to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and take in its majestic beauty. Opt to relax in the hotel's pool while enjoying the beautiful scenery

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is a hotel with en suite bathrooms, a pool, and a bar area.

Included Activities:
Fish River Canyon Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s), 400km)

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Day 9: Fish River Canyon/Orange River (1B)

Arrive at the scenic Gariep (Orange) River in the afternoon. After getting settled near the riverbank, enjoy some swimming, relaxing, or canoeing.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is a lodge with en suite bathrooms, a restaurant and bar, a pool, and internet access.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s))

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Day 10: Orange River/Lambert's Bay (1B)

We head towards the coast again and on to Lambert's Bay, a picturesque town on the west coast of South Africa.

In the afternoon, opt to visit the well known Bird Island where you can find more than 25,000 blue-eyed gannets at certain times of the year. Penguins also gather on this island for breeding between August and October.

Opt to stroll through this lovely town, visiting unique artisan shops and boutiques.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is at a small guesthouse with en suite bathrooms. There is air conditioning, laundry, and internet access available.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Namibia - South Africa)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 450km)

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Day 11: Lambert's Bay/Cape Town (1B)

While travelling towards Cape Town, through Namaqualand, keep an eye out for fields of Namaqualand daisies (in season August and September).

Stop along the way at a wine farm and opt to taste the local vintage.

Cape Town has many different options should you arrive early or book extra time to explore after the tour.

Visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, explore Cape Point (Cape of Good Hope), or join a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch (45 min drive). Visit the old French Huguenot town of Franschoek and surroundings (1 hr drive). For the truly adventurous, try skydiving, abseiling, or even cage diving, for a close encounter with the great white sharks.

Opt to wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa (Botanical Gardens and Parliament Gardens), or visit the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and numerous other small museums and theaters.

Additional Notes:
Our hotel is in a neighbourhood called Gardens and is walking distance to some popular streets for cafés and shopping. There is free wi-fi in the lobby.

Transport:
Travelling from Lambert's Bay, stop along the way at a wine farm for the opportunity to enjoy a wine tasting.
Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s), 350km)

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Day 12: Cape Town

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully enjoy this city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Etosha National Park entrance with game drives
    • Swakopmund stay
    • Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon entrance
    • Fish River Canyon entrance
    • Border-crossing support
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), lodges (1 nt), participation camping (4 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 6 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned touring vehicles, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and driver throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Marvel at Fish River Canyon
  • Get your adrenaline going with adventure activities
  • Spot wildlife in beautiful Etosha National Park
  • Climb Dune 45 in Namibia.


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Rosalind C. Posted on: 

I enjoyed this tour - for various elemental reasons - more than any tour I have previously been on. The group were a big part of it, but what we saw and where we went were amazing.

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Elizabeth G. Posted on: 

I loved it! The dynamics of the group members were good, the guide was very knowledgeable and helpful, and the scenery was magnificent.

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Neville M. Posted on: 

We have traveled on many tours, but with other companies,of different trip styles,but this has been the best. G Adventures have really lifted the bar, and our fear now is,will future trips ever be as good?

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Stephen H. Posted on: 

Just so thrilled with the whole trip. The food, accommodation, guide and incredible scenery were outstanding. We have already recommended it to all our friends. What an amazing country. Outstanding scenery. We have been to Peru with G Adventures last year and plan to use G Adventures every year while we can travel. We are in our mid 50's Next year Kenya, Serengeti and Tanzania we hope.

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