Cape & Dunes Overland (Southbound)

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Windhoek to Cape Town

Image by G Adventures

Tour description provided by G Adventures

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 region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife. This is truly an African experience.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Windhoek Your G for Good Moment: !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


  • 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


Day 1 Windhoek Arrive at any time. 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 you know which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Windhoek/Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Lando) Transport: Lando (6.00 hour(s), 280km)
Day 3 Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in Etosha National Park. Included Activities: Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Lando) Transport: Lando
Day 4 Etosha National Park/Damaraland (1B, 1L, 1D) Morning wildlife safari drive in the Lando. Travel to Damaraland through beautiful desert landscapes. Included Activities: Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Lando) Transport: Lando (8.00 hour(s), 380km)
Day 5 Damaraland/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. Included Activities: Damaraland Living Museum Transport: Lando (8.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 6 Spitzkoppe/Swakopmund (1B, 1L) We will spend two nights in Swakopmund, here you can explore this historical town or try some of the numerous activities available. Transport: Lando (7.50 hour(s), 425km)
Day 7 Swakopmund Fill free time with sandboarding, skydiving, or a living desert tour.
Day 8 Swakopmund/Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Transport: Lando (7.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 9 Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Sesriem Canyon Visit Dune 45 Visit Transport: Distance excludes drive to Sossuvlei. Lando (5.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Fish River Canyon Visit at Sunset Transport: Duration includes canyon visit, excludes dune 45 sunrise. Lando (9.00-10.00 hours, 560km)
Day 11 Fish River Canyon/Orange River (1B, 1L, 1D) Set up camp on the banks of Orange River for the night. After, enjoy a late afternoon of swimming, relaxing, or possibly even canoeing on the river. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Namibia - South Africa) Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s), 180km)
Day 12 Orange River/Cederberg (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Transport: Lando (6.50 hour(s), 390km)
Day 13 Cederberg/Cape Town (1B, 1L) For our final travel day, journey to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. Additional Notes: Please note that we arrive in Cape Town in the early afternoon, you might not have time to participate in lengthy activities or see many sights. If you would like to see or do anything, we recommend booking an extra night or two before your return flight home. Included Activities: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 14 Cape Town (1B) We highly recommend booking an extra night in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer. Included Activities: Departure Day