Cape Desert Safari (Southbound)

Tour Code 17SCDS11. Camping Overland
11 days from
$858 USD
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Plus 20 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16 Maximum 24

Head down the south-west coast of Africa enjoying Namibia & South Africa's highlights...

Experience Africas enormous skies and wild remote landscapes on a journey through some of the continents most striking scenery. Encounter deep canyons and towering dunes, diverse wildlife and fascinating tribal culture on this overland safari tour through Namibia and the Cape, mixed with a host of adrenaline activities along the way.

Want more? This tour is available from Livingstone to Cape Town including highlights in Botswana.

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Day 1. Windhoek to Etosha National Park

Travelling north from Namibia's capital city, Windhoek we reach the vast 20,000 sq km reserve that is Etosha National Park. The park is dominated by the central salt pan and there are camps at various waterholes.

We set up camp at one of these waterholes which are floodlit at night which will enable us see some of the nocturnal animals coming down to drink

Day 2. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

This morning we are up early to enjoy a full day out in the park game driving in search of some of the many bird and animal species that are found in the park before returning to our camp by one of the waterholes with maybe enough time for a cooling dip in one of the camp pools.

Day 3. Etosha National Park to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.

Game driving out of the park we start heading south through Damaraland towards the giant boulder-like rock formations that make up Spitzkoppe.

Our community run camp is at the base of the mountain and provides us with a fantastic base to explore the rocks and take in the changing colours as the sun drops below the horizon.

Day 4. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund

Onwards towards the coast and as we near it we will feel the cool of the ocean breezes coming off the cold South Atlantic.

Our home for the next two nights is the town of Swakopmund with it's quaint German style architecture. Swakopmund is also home to a wide variety of adventure activities.

Day 5. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.

We have the day free today to enjoy some of the many activities on offer or simply explore the small town and enjoy the cafe culture.

Day 6. Swakopmund to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia.

Leaving the coast and Swakopmund behind, we continue south crossing the Tropic of Capricorn to our camp for the night situated on a farm with a picturesque backdrop of the desert and mountains.

Day 7. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region to Sesriem Area Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia.

Entering the National Park this morning as the gates open we start our day with a trek to the top of Dune 45. Two steps up, one step back! Its a strenuous trek but you are rewarded by some stunning vistas over the sandy desert.

After a hearty breakfast we continue on a short shuttle ride to Deadvlei.

Leaving the dunes behind we venture on to explore the stunning rock formations of the Sesriem Canyon

Day 8. Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Tsaris Pass, Namibia.

Through the barren and rocky landscape dotted with iconic quiver trees we reach the Fish River Canyon. Up to 500m deep and some 160km long its a wondrous sight and our crew will guide us along to some of the best viewpoints for the best photo opportunities.

Day 9. Fish River Canyon to Orange River, Namibia Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.

It's only a short journey on from the Fish River Canyon to our camp for the night on the Orange (Gariep) River. On arrival, we can take an optional canoe safari or simply relax by the water's edge and enjoy the spectacular views.

Day 10. Orange River to Cederberg Region Highlights. Cape Winelands, South Africa. Cederberg, South Africa.

Crossing the border to South Africa, we travel south through Namaqualand and into the Western Cape Province. If we are on the road in spring time we will be lucky enough to see all the beautiful wildflowers near the road.

From our picturesque Camp, we have the opportunity to sample some locally produced wine overlooking beautiful vineyards.

Day 11. Cederberg Region to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.

Our last day on the truck takes us through the main citrus farming area of South Africa. In the distance we see the iconic Table Mounting in the distance which welcomes us into this vibrant and beautiful city.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Urban Camp, Windhoek

Urban Camp in the city of Windhoek is a real gem. The pre-erected tents have all the comforts needed including lights, power points and electric blankets for those cold winter nights. Shared ablutions.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Ashanti Lodge Green Point, Cape Town

Stylish and comfortable, this recently renovated upmarket budget lodge in Green Point is just across the road from the impressive Cape Town Stadium. It’s an ideal location for easy access to tourist attractions, beaches and shops, within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront, and a short taxi ride to the city centre and the Table Mountain Cableway. Rooms - dorms, twins, doubles and singles. There are a limited number of en suite rooms available. Facilities - plunge pool, kitchen, bar, laundry service, Internet, Breakfast available. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour starts in Windhoek on day 1. If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can also pre book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Cape Town area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.

ACCOMMODATION:
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in ground sheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool.

TRANSPORT:
24-seater, self contained, custom-built safari truck with onboard tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers.

GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.

TOUR STYLE:
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

Meals
11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners

Accommodation
Camping in 2-person dome tents

Includes.
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:
Sesriem Canyon
Sossusvlei shuttle and guided walk*
Dune 45
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
Etosha National Park, Game Drives


*Highlight is part of the Adventure Pass
Excludes.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks
Tips
Items of a personal nature
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Adventure Pass

Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

20 USD or 20 USD (If prepaid)

This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.

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