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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 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, youll be free to absorb the spirit of this amazing country.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Safari, Sightseeing, Walking Tour, Wildlife
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: DADO.A/201505
  • Starts: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Finishes: Windhoek, Namibia
You will Visit
  • Cape Town
  • Cederberg
  • Orange River
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Namib Desert
  • Swakopmund
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha National Park
  • Windhoek

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cape Town

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Cape Town/Cederberg

View dramatic Western Cape scenery, 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. 





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Day 3: Cederberg/Orange River

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

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Day 4: Orange River/Fish River Canyon

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.

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Day 5: Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert

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.

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Day 6: Namib Desert

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.

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Day 7: Namib Desert/Swakopmund

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.

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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.

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Day 9: Swakopmund/Spitzkoppe

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!

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Day 10: Spitzkoppe/Damaraland

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.

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Day 11: Damaraland/Etosha National Park

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.

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Day 12: Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the Lando. Opt to take an open vehicle safari drive in the afternoon/night.

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Day 13: Etosha National Park/Windhoek

Transfer to Namibia's capital.
Leave Etosha National Park and head south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek.

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Day 14: Windhoek

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes and Spitzkoppe entrance fees
    • Damaraland Living Museum visit
    • Etosha NP entrance with wildlife safari drives
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostel (1 nt, multi-share), participation camping (8 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), guesthouses (2 nts, multi-share), basic bush camping (1 nt)
    • 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 with adventurous activities
  • Snap shots of the Big Five in Etosha National Park