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Cape & Dunes Overland (Southbound)
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Until December Until Dec 17 From January From Jan 18

Experience incredible desert scenery and cosmopolitan city streets as you discover the diverse riches of South Africa and Namibia on this two-week adventure. Beginning in Namibia and continuing down the western edge of South Africa, this tour is a nature and adventure lover's dream. Explore some of the world's highest sand dunes, visit Africa's largest canyon, and explore Etosha National Park in search of the Big Five. Our expert CEOs will reveal the regions hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife. This is truly an African experience.

  • 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: DNDO.B/201546
  • Starts: Windhoek, Namibia
  • Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
You will Visit
  • Windhoek
  • Etosha National Park
  • Damaraland
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Swakopmund
  • Namib Desert
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Orange River
  • Cederberg
  • Cape Town

Itinerary

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Day 1: Windhoek

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Windhoek/Etosha National Park

Visit the G Adventures supported Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, just outside of Windhoek, to pick up a tasty packed lunch, then continue up to Etosha National Park. Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in the overland vehicle, then opt to take an open vehicle wildlife safari night drive.

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Day 3: Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in Etosha National Park.

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Day 4: Etosha National Park/Damaraland

Morning wildlife safari drive in the overland vehicle. Travel to Damaraland through beautiful desert landscapes.

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Day 5: Damaraland/Spitzkoppe

Visit the Damaraland Living Museum to learn more about the lost culture of the Damara people, then travel south and enjoy 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 6: Spitzkoppe/Swakopmund

Travel through the coastal region to the adrenaline capital of Swakopmund.
We will spend two nights in Swakopmund, here you can explore this historical town or try some of the numerous activities available.

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Day 7: Swakopmund

Fill free time with sandboarding, skydiving, quad-biking, or a living desert tour.

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Day 8: Swakopmund/Namib Desert

Arrive in the area in the afternoon where we will be camping on the edge of the Namib Desert. Opt to walk with a local expert who will explain the desert and its mysteries.

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Day 9: Namib Desert

Explore the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. Then continue on to the Sossusvlei Dunes and climb up breathtaking Dune 45.
We will leave early morning towards Sossuvlei campsite, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Here you will really feel as though you're in the middle of nowhere.

The afternoon is spent exploring the natural wonders of this bizarre environment. Visit Sossusvlei - a clay pan, enclosed by the world's largest sand dunes, up to 300m (984 ft) high. Here, opt to take a guided walk in the sands dunes, or enjoy some free time to explore on your own.

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Day 10: Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon

Enjoy the sunset at Fish River Canyon.
Journey to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and arguably the second largest in the world. Spend some time here taking in the majestic beauty of the canyon, watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon's rim.

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Day 11: Fish River Canyon/Gariep (Orange) River

Head to the border and cross into South Africa. Camp at the scenic Gariep River and opt to go canoeing.
Set up camp on the banks of Gariep River for the night. After, enjoy a late afternoon of swimming, relaxing, or possibly even canoeing on the river.

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Day 12: Orange River/Cederberg

Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea and view dramatic Western Cape scenery.
Head south through the Western Cape to the area of the Cederberg Mountains, where we spend the evening camping on a local farm. Explore the area, sip local wine, and sit back and enjoy the dramatic scenery.

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Day 13: Cederberg/Cape Town

Visit the G Adventures supported !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, before arriving in vibrant Cape Town. Enjoy beautiful views of Table Mountain, and opt for a final night out with the group.
For our final travel day, journey to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

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Day 14: Cape Town

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend booking an extra night in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Windhoek G Adventures for Good: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Swartwater
    • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives
    • Entrance to Sossusvlei Dunes, Fish River Canyon, and Spitzkoppe
    • Damaraland Living Museum visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Participation camping (8 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), guesthouse (2 nts, multi-share), bush camping (1 nt), hostel (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 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:
  • Search for the Big Five in Etosha National Park
  • Get the adrenaline pumping with adventure activities in Swakopmund
  • Tackle the world's largest sand dunes
  • Appreciate beauty in the Fish River Canyon
  • Get cultured in Cape Town