Elephants at a watering hole in Etosha National Park | Namibia
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Namibia & Cape Discovery - 11 days map

CAMPING SAFARI: Journey from Windhoek to Cape Town on this 11-day overland camping safari. Take in the best wildlife and scenery in Etosha National Park on a full day game drive. See the rock formations and Bushman paintings at Spitzkoppe and unwind in the resort town of Swakopmund. Make a photo stop at the Tropic of Capricorn, climb the sand dunes of the Namib Desert and admire Fish River Canyon before crossing into South Africa. Journey through the Cederberg Mountains and winelands before arriving in Cape Town, where you can opt to extend your stay.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Campsites

Trip Highlights

Windhoek - Start your adventure in Namibia's small but enchanting capital
Spitzkoppe - Admire the staggering rock formations here which change colour as the sun moves across the sky, and see the ancient Bushman paintings amongst the rocks
Namib Naukluft National Park - Climb towering Dune 45, explore the Deadvlei salt pan and take in impressive Sesriem Canyon
Orange River - Enjoy a swim and optional canoeing in this rushing river, which marks the border between South Africa and Namibia for much of its length
Etosha National Park - Game drive in search of elephants, giraffe and lions, and stay at a campsite with a floodlit watering hole
Swakopmund - Spend two nights in this German colonial resort town, with free time to visit the beach, go quad biking, shopping or dolphin-watching off the coast
Fish River Canyon - Marvel at the world's second largest canyon, second in size only to the grand Canyon in the USA
Cape Town - Finish your tour in South Africa's 'Mother City' and opt to extend your stay to further explore

Included

10 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 8 dinners
Escorted by a licensed 2-person crew
Etosha National Park game drives
Sossusvlei shuttle, guided walk and Dune 45 excursion
Sleeping mattress (you will need to bring your own sleeping bag)
8 nights camping in 2-person dome tents and 2 nights in dorm accommodation in Swakopmund (please refer to the trip notes for details)
Transportation in a 24-seater overland truck with camping and cooking equipment
Spitzkoppe excursion to see Bushmen paintings
Fish River Canyon & Sesriem visit
All road tolls and vehicle taxes

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Airport transfers - can be booked on request
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Optional activities (prices listed in Trip Notes)

Itinerary

Day 1

Windhoek to Etosha

Windhoek - Etosha National Park. Welcome to Namibia! We leave Windhoek early on day 1 and make our way to Etosha National Park, where we will be spending our first two nights. This 20,000 square kilometre reserve is dominated by a salt pan, which floods seasonally but is also home to a select few watering holes all year round. Wildlife is easy to spot as the animals tend to gather around these scarce water sources.

Our itinerary in Etosha is flexible depending on the conditions and the location of wildlife. We'll generally enjoy a short game drive on day 1 before spending our first night at a camp with a floodlit watering hole. Here you may be lucky enough to spot elephants, giraffe, hyenas and even lions.

Please note: The pre-departure meeting is held at 18:00 on the evening prior to departure. The tour departs at 08:00 on Day 1 so please arrive in Windhoek the day before your tour. Refer to the Joining Instructions in the Trip Notes for more information. We can book accommodation and transfers on request.
Overnight: Etosha National Park  |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Etosha National Park

Today is spent on a full day's game drive across the park, stopping whenever we see anything of interest. We will either return to our first campsite, or perhaps a different one, depending on your tour leader's decision. Despite the dry and barren nature of the park, it supports a wide variety of mammal and bird species, and you are sure to have some amazing wildlife experiences.
Overnight: Etosha National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Spitzkoppe

Etosha National Park - Spitzkoppe. Leaving Etosha, we head into the Damaraland region and our destination - Spitzkoppe. At this mountain peak, you can see incredibly well-preserved bushmen paintings and spectacular rock formations reaching 1800 metres above sea level. As the sun moves across the sky, the rocks change colour, a sight that is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset. We'll be staying at a campsite at the base of the mountain, so you can enjoy this sunset with a refreshing drink.
Overnight: Spitzkoppe  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 4-5

Swakopmund

Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund. On day 4 we drive to Swakopmund, a German colonial town located on Namibia's famous Skeleton Coast. We'll be staying in simple dormitory accommodation in Swakopmund, rather than camping.

The rest of day 4 and the following day are free for you to explore Swakopmund as you see fit. Wander around the town and indulge in the relaxed cafe culture and German colonial architecture. There are also lots of optional activities available including quad-biking, sand boarding, skydiving, and dolphin-watching cruises. See the Trip Notes for further details.
Overnight: Swakopmund  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 6

Tropic of Capricorn

Swakopmund - Namib-Naukluft National Park. Heading south, we journey through Namib-Naukluft National Park, which protects large swathes of the Namib Desert. We'll stop for a photo at the Tropic of Capricorn before arriving at our desert campsite in the Khomas region.
Overnight: Namib Naukluft National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Dune 45, Deadvlei & Sesriem

This morning we head back into Namib-Naukluft National Park, arriving at the desert's most famous landmark - Dune 45. This towering sand dune is more than 300 metres high - you are welcome to try to climb the dune if you are up to it!

Journeying deeper into the park, we arrive at Deadvlei, a white clay pan surrounded by the rolling golden dunes and home to eerie petrified trees. You'll want to remember your camera as the area changes colour with the movement of the sun across the sky. En route to our camp for the night, we also make a stop at Sesriem Canyon.
Overnight: Namib Naukluft National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Fish River Canyon

Namib-Naukluft National Park - Fish River Canyon. If you thought Sesriem Canyon was impressive, you're in for a treat today! It's a long drive south through desert scenery to reach Fish River Canyon, second only in size to the Grand Canyon in the USA. More than 500 metres deep and scarring the land for 160km, it's a jaw-dropping sight to behold. We'll stop at a couple of viewpoints and visit the canyon's famously sharp bend, known as 'Hell's Corner'.
Overnight: Fish River Canyon  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

The Orange River

Fish River Canyon - Orange River. Travelling south we reach the Orange River, also known as the Gariep. For much of its length, the Orange River marks the border between Namibia and South Africa. Our campsite is located on the Namibian side, and there is an optional canoe safari for those who want to see some of the surrounding scenery.
Overnight: Orange River  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Cederberg & optional wine tasting

Orange River - Cederberg (South Africa). Crossing the border this morning we enter South Africa. Driving south through the Namaqualand region, we will be treated to the sight of beautiful wildflowers if travelling in spring (August - September). Arriving at our riverside campsite, there is optional wine tasting for those who wish to try some of the Cederberg region's fine wines.
Overnight: Cederberg  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Cape Town

Cederberg - Cape Town. Today we complete our journey to Cape Town, South Africa's 'Mother City', where our tour comes to an end.

Home to Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, and some of the world's most spectacular scenery, we strongly recommend booking post-tour accommodation to further explore this iconic city. We can arrange this accommodation for you.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 6 persons. Prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a tent / room. Solo travellers will be matched up and share a tent / room with another solo traveller of the same gender.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
23 May - 02 Jun 20% off G
R36,165
R28,932
N/A
20 Jun - 30 Jun 10% off G
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
01 Aug - 11 Aug 10% off G
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
29 Aug - 08 Sep 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
26 Sep - 06 Oct 10% off G
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
10 Oct - 20 Oct 10% off G
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
24 Oct - 03 Nov 10% off G
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
07 Nov - 17 Nov 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
21 Nov - 01 Dec 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
05 Dec - 15 Dec 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
19 Dec - 29 Dec 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
02 Jan - 12 Jan 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
16 Jan - 26 Jan 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
30 Jan - 09 Feb 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
13 Feb - 23 Feb 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
27 Feb - 09 Mar 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
10 Apr - 20 Apr 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
24 Apr - 04 May 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
08 May - 18 May 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
22 May - 01 Jun 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
05 Jun - 15 Jun 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
19 Jun - 29 Jun 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
03 Jul - 13 Jul 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
17 Jul - 27 Jul 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
31 Jul - 10 Aug 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
14 Aug - 24 Aug 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
28 Aug - 07 Sep 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
11 Sep - 21 Sep 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
25 Sep - 05 Oct 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
09 Oct - 19 Oct 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
23 Oct - 02 Nov 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
06 Nov - 16 Nov 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
20 Nov - 30 Nov 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
04 Dec - 14 Dec 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A
18 Dec - 28 Dec 10% off
R36,165
R32,549
N/A

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Post Tour Accommodation Cape Town, Ashanti Lodge Guesthouse, en suite room
R1,345
R2,245

Hotels

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.

Okaukuejo Camp (campsite), Etosha National Park

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

The highlight of Okaukuejo Camp is probably the floodlit watering hole, where it is possible to see all manner of animals close up, including elephants, black rhino and antelope. There's also an onsite swimming pool, shop, bar and restaurant serving daily buffet breakfast and other meals. All of these facilities are available for campers to use. Camping pitches are spacious and there are shared bathroom facilities.

Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp (campsite), Spitzkoppe

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Staying in the shadow of the dramatic Spitzkoppe rock formations is a memorable experience, and at the Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp you can enjoy this experience knowing that the proceeds from your stay go straight to supporting the local community. Although there is no electricity or Wi-Fi at this remote camp, guests can enjoy hot showers and there are shared bathroom facilities. There is a small onsite bar and restaurant, and braai BBQ facilities are also provided.

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge, Swakopmund

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of Swakopmund, close to the resort town's beaches, restaurants and shops. The onsite restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, you can grab a coffee or a beer at the bar, and there's a communal courtyard for relaxation. Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property. If travelling on one of our Accommodated tours then you will enjoy an ensuite room at Amanpuri, whereas travellers on our camping tours will stay in dorm accommodation with shared bathroom facilities.

Sossus on Foot (campsite), Namib Naukluft National Park

Our Category:    |   Regional Category:

On the road to Swakopmund and located just outside the small town of Solitaire, Sossus on Foot (also known as Bushman's Camp) offers three large campsites with shared ablution facilities, including warm solar-heated showers. There is a small swimming pool for escaping the desert heat. A bar serves refreshing beers and there is a private watering hole for guests to watch the local wildlife. There is no Wi-Fi or electric hook-up, making this campsite the perfect place to disconnect from the world!

Sossus Oasis Overland Camp (campsite), Namib Naukluft National Park

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Surrounded by desert and found at the edge of Namib-Naukluft National Park, the pitches at this campsite are shaded by camel thorn trees and facilities include power outlets, water, lighting and a BBQ area. There's an onsite pool and shared bathroom facilities including showers with wonderful desert views! The Sossus Oasis shop sells a range of drinks, ice wood and other amenities. The restaurant at nearby Sossusvlei Lodge also comes well recommended.

Canyon Roadhouse Campsite, Fish River Canyon

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Guests at Canyon Roadhouse Campsite are welcome to make use of the adjacent lodge's facilities, including a restaurant, swimming pool and bar, located in the middle of a museum of old vehicles. The campsite is located near Fish River Canyon and next to a dry riverbed, with shared ablution facilities and a BBQ pit to enjoy.

Felix Unite campsite, Orange River

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Overlooking the Orange River and boasting an outdoor pool, Felix Unite is a scenically located campsite with amenities including an onsite shop, restaurant and ATM. Wi-Fi is available in communal areas and there are barbecue facilities for guests to enjoy alongside the dramatic scenery.

Highlanders Campsite, Cederberg

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Nestled among the wine farms at the foot of the Cederberg mountains, this campsite is a perfect stopover in the Namaqualand region. Highlanders is set on 3 levels, giving campers plenty of space between each of the 5 individual camp areas, and a 12-room ensuite lodge has recently been added to the site. Each camp has a 'braai' pit, sink unit & power. There are stunning mountain views from the solar-powered hot showers, and a locally-sourced wine bar by the scenic swimming pool.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Windhoek
Ends
Cape Town
Departs
Thursdays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Camping
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 8, Dinner: 8
Countries
Minimum Age
18
Arr. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Dep. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Gemsbok standing at a water hole at Etosha National Park
Colonial building and palm trees at dusk in Swakopmund
Orange sand dunes and rocky mountains at Namib Naukluft National Park
Stretch of the Orange River fringed with sandy and grassy landscape
Aerial view of Cape Town
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