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From desert scenery to white-sand beaches and the cosmopolitan streets of Cape Town, witness the diversity of southwestern Africa on this 12-day nature adventure. Leave footprints on some of the world's highest sand dunes, peer deep into the heart of Africa’s largest canyon, and experience incredible wildlife safari drives through Etosha National Park. Your knowledgeable CEO will take care of the planning while you recharge in a combination of hotels, camping, and guesthouses for a cultural experience you’ll treasure forever. Have your breath taken away by incredible scenery and marvel at amazing wildlife – this is truly an only-in-Africa experience!

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: DNCD/126768
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Windhoek, Namibia
  • Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Windhoek
  • Etosha National Park
  • Swakopmund
  • Namib Desert
  • Ai-Ais
  • Orange River
  • Lambert's Bay
  • Cape Town

Itinerary

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Day 1: Windhoek

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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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 an afternoon wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle, then opt to explore more on an open vehicle night drive.
Leave Windhoek and head north through the Namibian countryside to Etosha National Park.

Visit Etosha National Park on a wildlife safari 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 wildlife safari drives in an open safari vehicle to make the most of your time here.

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Day 3: Etosha National Park

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

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Day 4: Etosha National Park/Swakopmund

Drive to the historical city of 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 sandboarding or a skydiving.

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

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Day 5: Swakopmund

Spend a day exploring all the area has to offer. Optional activities include sandboarding, skydiving, and a township tour.
You can pre-book your sky dive on the checkout page, or through your Global Connection Officer or travel agent.

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Day 6: Swakopmund/Namib Desert

Travel into the beautiful Namib Desert, stopping at Walvis Bay on the way.
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.

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Day 7: Namib Desert

Visit Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon. Opt to climb up breathtaking Dune 45.
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.

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Day 8: Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon

Continue south through the Namib Desert to the Fish River Canyon. Enjoy the beautiful view from the canyon lookout point, before finishing the day at the Ai-Ais.
Spend the evening relaxing in the healing waters.

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Day 9: Ai-Ais/Orange River

After a relaxing morning in the hot springs, continue on to the banks of the Orange River with time to swim or just relax. Enjoy the beautiful scenery in this part of the country.

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Day 10: Orange River/Lambert's Bay

Cross the border into South Africa and continue down the coast to Lambert's Bay, stopping along the way. Opt to visit Bird Island or stroll through this charming town.
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.

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Day 11: Lambert's Bay/Cape Town

Continue on the last stretch of the trip to lovely Cape Town. Stop at the G Adventures supported !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre along the way, then get ready to explore the vibrant streets of this scenic coastal city.
While travelling towards Cape Town, through Namaqualand, keep an eye out for fields of Namaqualand daisies (in season August and September).

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

Visit 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.

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Day 12: Cape Town

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully enjoy this city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Windhoek Your G for Good Moment: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Swartwater Your Discover Moment: Swakopmund Your Wellness Moment: Ai-Ais Hot Springs visit, Ai-Ais Hot Springs
    • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives
    • Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon entrance
    • Fish River Canyon entrance
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), lodges (1 nt), participation camping (4 nts)
    • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 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
  • Climb Dune 45
  • Get your adrenaline going with adventure activities in Swakopmund
  • Spot wildlife in beautiful Etosha National Park.