Windhoek to Cape Town - 13 days
ACCOMMODATED OVERLAND TOUR: Travelling from the Namibia capital of Windhoek discover wildlife in Etosha National Park, witness the baron landscape on the skeleton coast and travel through the breath-taking Namib Desert before ending in Cape Town on this 13 day Accommodated Overland tour of southern Africa.
Windhoek - Etosha National Park. Today we make our way into Etosha National Park. En route to our accommodation today we'll see many different fascinating animals. Covering over 22,000 square kilometres, Etosha is Namibia's most significant and impressive national park. Arriving to our accommodation this evening we have some time to relax.
Overnight: Etosha National Park | Breakfast, Lunch
Making our way south through Etosha National Park on day 3 you'll notice the change in scenery. Moving to a different part of the park shows the change in vegetation and how this affects the wildlife. Located around the Etosha Pan, the national park is home to a huge variety of animal and bird life. The network of unpaved roads give us a fantastic opportunity to get deep in to the remotest parts of the park. This evening we reach our accommodation just outside the national park - you might wish to have a quick dip in the pool or enjoy a sundowner before dinner.
On day 4 you'll have the option to further explore Etosha National Park, in search of any elusive animals that we've not yet seen.
Overnight: Etosha National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Etosha National Park - Brandberg. Today we head down south to the area of the Brandberg. We'll explore the area this afternoon, which includes Brandberg Mountain.
Overnight: Brandberg | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Brandberg - Swakopmund. On day 15 we depart for Swakopmund. Founded in 1892 by the Germans, Swakopmund still holds a lot of colonial charm with the added excitement of various adventurous pursuits. En route we'll head through Spitzkoppe, often referred to as the 'Matterhorn of Namibia'. This 1728m-high rock formation is one of Namibia's most recognised landmarks. We'll explore this area, visiting the rock paintings that have been discovered.
On day 16 you have some free time to explore this beautiful colonial town or partake in some of the optional adrenaline activities on offer here. Optional excursions include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more.
Overnight: Swakopmund | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1
Swakopmund - Sesriem. On day 17 we head inland and make our way to the Namib-Naukluft Park, one of the world's oldest deserts. With a sea of towering sand dunes, some of which are reputed to be the highest in the world, it's an incredible part of the world. Our base for the next two nights is the Sossuvlei area, a great place to explore the region from.
On day 18 we further explore the amazing Namib-Naukluft National Park. We have the opportunity to climb Dune 45, so named because it's at the 45th kilometre on the road that connects Sesriem gate and Sossuvlei. This impressive dune stands at around 80 metres at its highest point and is made up of 5 million-year-old sand. Later today you have the option to join one of the desert shuttles that heads a further 5km into the desert, reaching Sosuvlei, characterised by salt pans surrounded by imposing red sand dunes.
Overnight: Sossuvlei Area | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2
Sesriem - Fish River Canyon. It's an early start this morning as we head out to watch the sunrise over this incredible area. Heading south we make our way to Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. Formed by tectonic activity and erosion it measures 161km in length, 2km in width and roughly 550m in depth. Following the eastern rim we'll get the chance to stop at a number of vantage points for breathtaking views across the canyon before we reach our accommodation.
Overnight: Granau | Breakfast, Lunch
Fish River Canyon - Orange River. Today we make our way to the border between Namibia and South Africa. The Orange River acts as a natural border and crossing this we make our way into South Africa. This afternoon we enjoy a canoe trip on the Gariep River, home to a fantastic array of birdlife. You'll get the opportunity to take a paddle in the river as we explore by boat.
Overnight: Orange River | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Orange River - Cederberg. This morning we continue south through the baron desert landscape of the Richtersveld. After a short stop in the mining town of Springbok we head through the region known as Namaqualand. Each spring this area is awash with colour as the Namaqua wildflowers bloom across the region. Later we get to sample some of the fantastic wines produced in this region and the vineyard we visit has stunning views across the Cederberg Mountains.
Overnight: Cederberg | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cederberg - Cape Town. Departing the scenic Cederberg area we travel through the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal before crossing the Piekenierskloof Pass to the Cape’s wine growing regions. As Table Mountain comes into view we will arrive at our final stop, Cape Town. Our late afternoon arrival marks the end of our adventure. We recommend extending your stay in this charming city.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown above are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Urban Camp, Windhoek
Centrally located in Windhoek (a short walk from the legendary Joe's Beerhouse restaurant), Urban Camp is a comfortable campground combining city convenience with a quiet getaway. Free Wi-Fi, a sparkling pool, and private bathrooms all contribute to an oasis of calm in campsites housing up to 18 people. Nearby is a small shopping centre for amenities, and for sightseers looking to explore the history and architecture of Windhoek, the city centre is less than 2km away.
Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha National Park
With a popular waterhole for game viewing and a range of luxury chalets and standard rooms Okaukuejo Resort is the perfect place for relaxing and game viewing. Guest rooms range from Bush Chalets to Premium Waterhole chalets (which overlook the animals' drinking place). Evenings are a great time to relax at the waterhole and watch the amazing wild life come down for their evening drinks - you could even take your own beverage and join in with the drinking. Okaukuejo is accessed from the southern entrance of the park and is about 17km in.
Eldorado, Etosha National Park
Family-run Eldorado offers an authentic taste of Namibian hospitality and farm life. Its guestrooms have been individually crafted from existing old farm buildings and provide a private bathroom, coffee making facilities and air conditioning. Guests can grab a bite to eat in the on-site restaurant or enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar. The outdoor pool is also an inviting spot to cool off after a day out wildlife-spotting in the African heat.
Brandberg White Lady Lodge, Brandberg
Open since 2004, the Brandberg White Lady Lodge is a warm and hospitable lodge at the foot of Namibia's highest mountain. Choose from chalets or rooms, all are well furnished with en suite facilities and a private patio/veranda. There are 2 large outdoor pools perfect for cooling down in. The famous 'White Lady' Bushman painting is a popular half-day excursion from here - which is not to be missed!
Adventure Village, Swakopmund
Set in the coastal town of Swakopmund, Adventure Village is just a 15-minute walk from attractions such as the fort-like Alte Kaserne and the National Marine Aquarium. Several restaurants and a supermarket are also close by, alongside an on-site snack bar. Its modern guestrooms are simply furnished, with a private bathroom, wardrobe and free WiFi available in public areas. Each of the rooms has also been built out of colourful shipping containers, offering a unique stay within Namibia.
Grunau Chalets, Fish River Canyon
Grunau Chalets offers the perfect stopover for those travelling between South Africa and Namibia. Its self-contained accommodation is arranged into chalets that feature a seating area, private bathroom and refrigerator. The staff here are always happy to help and a shop sells everything from postcards to Namibian biltong. At the restaurant, guests can enjoy some of the best home-made pies in the country or, alternatively, you can light up a campfire and sit back to experience the Namibian sunset.
Bushwhacked , Orange River
Set on the banks of the mighty Orange River, Bushwacked has the essence of a bush camp, but is equipped with modern facilities. It features grassy campsites and, for those wanting the camping experience without having to pitch a tent, there is now a glamping option. Within each glamping unit, you'll find two single beds and bedding, with the benefits of lighting and electricity. Group meals can be provided, and their speciality is a spit braai with fresh bread baked on the coals. Guests can also enjoy a cold beer at the bar and stunning views of the sun setting over the Richtersveld mountain ranges.
Highlanders , Lambert's Bay
Nestled amongst the farms of the Klawer wine region, Highlanders is set on the Olifants river at the foot of the Cedarberg mountain range. Originally just a campsite, it now boasts 12 luxury rooms within a lodge, each of which are complete with an ensuite and air conditioning. Tasty group meals are on offer including traditional braais or a potjie served with fresh, homemade bread. Guests can also enjoy a wine tasting of six local varieties. The wine bar and a swimming pool are perfectly positioned to take in the surrounding views whilst you enjoy a glass or two.