Cape & Dunes Overland (Northbound)

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Cape Town to Windhoek

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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 Sossusvlei. Your rugged Lando (overland adventure vehicle) 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 an expert Chief Experience Officer (CEO) to take care of the hassles, you’ll be free to absorb the spirit of these amazing countries.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Swartwater Your G for Good Moment: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Windhoek Your Discover Moment: Swakopmund
  • 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

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

Itinerary

Day 1 Cape Town We highly recommend arriving earlier in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer. 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
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. 



 Additional Notes: The !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Included Activities: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s), 300km)
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)
Day 4 Orange River/Fish River Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) 

We will make our way to the 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. Included Activities: Border Crossing (South Africa - Namibia) Fish River Canyon Visit at Sunset Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s), 180km)
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 and set up our camp. Transport: Lando (10.00 hour(s), 560km)
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 Lando, 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: Sesriem Canyon Visit Dune 45 Visit Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Namib Desert/Swakopmund (1B, 1L) 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 sand boarding or sky diving. Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants. Transport: Lando (7.00 hour(s), 300km)
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, or dune boarding, 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.
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)
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)
Day 11 Damaraland/Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Upon arrival to the park in the afternoon, head out for a wildlife safari drive in the Lando 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. Included Activities: Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Lando) Transport: Lando (8.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 12 Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the Lando. Opt to take an open vehicle safari drive in the afternoon/night. Included Activities: Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Lando) Transport: Lando
Day 13 Etosha National Park/Windhoek (1B, 1L) Leave Etosha National Park and head south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek. Included Activities: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop Departure Day Transport: Lando (6.50-7.50 hours, 440km)
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