Journey from the city streets of Cape Town to the desert of Namibia and experience the diversity of Africa on this quintessential adventure. Encounter a thrilling wildlife safari drive through Etosha National Park and explore the world's highest sand dunes at Soussusvlei. Your rugged overland adventure vehicle (OAV) will get you to the sites safely, and camping will allow you to fall asleep to the sounds of the wild underneath big African skies. With guaranteed departures, plenty of optional excursions, and a certified CEO to take care of the hassles, you’ll be free to absorb the spirit of this amazing country.
Arrive at any time.
We highly recommend arriving earlier in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer.
View dramatic Western Cape scenery, visit the G Adventures supported !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, camp on a farm, and opt to sip on local wine.
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.
Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea. Opt to take a canoe trip on the scenic Gariep River.
Cross the border into Namibia, and enjoy the sunset at Fish River Canyon.
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 canyon; we will have access to the rim only, but the views are magnificent.
Explore the natural wonders of this bizarre desert environment.
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 and set up our camp.
Explore the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. Then continue on to the breathtaking Sossusvlei Dunes, and climb the breathtaking Dune 45.
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.
Cross the void region of the Namib Desert along with a few dry mountain passes to the adrenaline capital of Swakopmund.
Get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region.
Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such as dune boarding or quad biking.
Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants.
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.
Travel north to the granite peaks of Spitzkoppe.
Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky—it's great for star-gazing!
Visit the Damaraland Living Museum to learn more about the lost culture of the Damara people.
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.
Enter Etosha National Park and enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in the Lando.
Upon arrival to the park in the afternoon, head out for a wildlife safari 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 safari in an open vehicle.
Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the Lando. Opt to take an open vehicle safari drive in the afternoon/night.
Transfer to Windhoek and visit the G Adventures supported Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop for an included lunch, after which the tour ends.
Leave Etosha National Park and head south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek.
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Trip Name: Cape & Dunes Overland (Northbound)
Duration: 13 Days
From Price: $1,486
Supplier Tour ID: DADO.B/201506
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