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Cape & Dunes Overland (Northbound)
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Journey from the city streets of Cape Town to the desert of Namibia and experience the diversity of Africa on this classic adventure Namibia is one of the world's most fascinating countries. Encounter a thrilling game drive through Etosha National Park and explore the world's highest sand dunes at Soussusvlei. Our unique overland adventure vehicle (OAV) will get you around smoothly and safely, while camping will keep you in the thick of the action. With guaranteed departures, plenty of optional excursions, and a certified CEO to take care of the hassles, youll be free to absorb the spirit of this amazing country.


Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: 3 - Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 131951
Starts: Cape Town, South Africa Finishes: Windhoek, Namibia
You will visit
  • Cape Town
  • Windhoek

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cape Town

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure which visas you will need, if any.

 Please also note that no visa can be obtained at the border to Namibia. 


Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Cape Town/Cederberg (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head out of the city to begin your overland journey with a lunch stop by the coast. Arrive at our first campsite in the afternoon. Here, enjoy free time to sample and buy some local wine, kick a footy around with the local kids, or explore the area near the camp in this beautiful part of South Africa. If you prefer, just chill out at campsite's swimming pool overlooking the vineyards. 





Transport:
Lando (5.00 hour(s), 300km)

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Day 3: Cederberg/Orange River (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea. Opt to take a canoe trip on the scenic Orange River.

Transport:
Lando (6.50 hour(s), 350km)

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Day 4: Orange River/Fish River Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)



We will make our way to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and, arguably, the second largest in the world. Watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon's rim in the early evening. Permits are required to descend into the crater; we will have access to the rim only, but the views are magnificent.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (South Africa - Namibia)
Fish River Canyon Visit

Transport:
Lando (5.00 hour(s), 180km)

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Day 5: Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D)

Passing the small and desolate towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen, continue north along long and bumpy roads, en route to the Namib Desert. Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Here, you really feel as though you're in the middle of nowhere.

We arrive in the early evening, set up our camp, then continue driving for a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area.

Included Activities:
Sesriem Canyon Visit

Transport:
Lando (10.00 hour(s), 560km)

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Day 6: Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D)


Visit Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world's largest sand dunes and enclosing ancient dead trees. Here, opt to take a guided walk at the dunes, and enjoy some free time to explore them on your own. Arrive back at our campsite around lunch time and take down tents, pack up the truck, and drive to the next desert campsite. Don't miss out on the optional sunset desert dunes bush walk to learn more about the desert, dunes, and the way of the bushmen.

Included Activities:
Dune 45 Visit

Transport:
Lando (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Namib Desert/Swakopmund (1B, 1L)

Cross the void region of the Namib Desert along with a few dry mountain passes to the adrenaline capital of Swakopmund.

Transport:
Lando (7.00 hour(s), 300km)

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Day 8: Swakopmund




Swakopmund is one of the adventure capitals of Africa. Enjoy a free day to relax or get the adrenaline pumping. Choose from sky diving, dune boarding, or quad biking, just to name a few options.

Additional Notes:
Meals are not included while we are in Swakopmund in order to give our travellers the freedom to try out the many restaurants and bars in town.

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Day 9: Swakopmund/Spitzkoppe (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky—it's great for star-gazing!

Additional Notes:
Our basic bush camp will have long-drop toilets and no running water.

Transport:
Lando (3.00-4.00 hours)

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Day 10: Spitzkoppe/Damaraland (1B, 1L, 1D)

Look out over beautiful desert landscapes as far as the eye can see. There are Himba, Herero, and Damara people along the way selling local arts, and we'll be sure to make a few stops to find out more about their offerings.
 Pass into more stony desert landscapes, and arrive at camp by mid-afternoon.

Included Activities:
Damaraland Living Museum

Transport:
Lando (4.00 hour(s), 235km)

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Day 11: Damaraland/Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Upon arrival to the park in the afternoon, head out for a game drive in our overland adventure vehicle (OAV) to search for elephants, antelope, and lions around the watering holes.

After sunset, watch animals at the watering holes near the camping area, which is safe, being well lit with flood lights. Free time at night allows for the option of a night game drive in an open vehicle.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Game Drive (Overland Vehicle)

Transport:
Lando (8.00 hour(s), 300km)

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Day 12: Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a full-day game drive in our overland adventure vehicle. Opt to take an open safari vehicle game drive in the afternoon/night.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Game Drive (Overland Vehicle)

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Day 13: Etosha National Park/Windhoek (1B)

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

Additional Notes:
Trade in your sleeping bag for a proper bed in a hotel tonight.

Please note that this is a combination tour. Some of group members may be departing the tour in Windhoek and some new group members may be joining. Enjoy an optional group dinner with both old and new travellers.

Transport:
Lando (6.50-7.50 hours, 440km)

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Day 14: Windhoek (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes and Spitzkoppe entrance fees
    • Damaraland Living Museum visit
    • Etosha NP entrance with game drives
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostel (1 nt, multi-share), participation camping (9 nts), guesthouses (2 nts, multi-share), basic bush camping (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
    Transport
    • Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), walking
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Soak up cosmopolitan Cape Town
  • Take in the breathtaking view of the immense Fish River Canyon
  • Tackle the world's largest sand dunes
  • Get your adrenaline going on adventurous activities
  • Snap shots of the Big Five in Etosha National Park.