11-day Cape Desert Safari - North (Accommodated)

Tour Code 22NCDS11A. Adventure Accommodated Tours
11 days from
$2'452 USD
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Plus 70 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Group Size: Average 16 Maximum 24. Age Group: 18+

Explore southern Africa's desert, dunes and more on this accommodated adventure tour


Starting in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, this accommodated adventure tour takes you into Namibia to the oldest desert in the world to climb its giant dunes. As well game viewing in its premier game park Etosha before finishing in the capital Windhoek.

This tour also runs in reverse from Windhoek to Cape Town

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Day 1. Cape Town to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Township Tour Cape Town, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.

Our accommodated adventure tour starts in Cape Town, one of the most picturesque cities in the world. On our first stop, we take a township tour in the Cape Flats area where we meet local people, try the local food, gain insight into the community projects and learn about the history of the townships.

After our cultural morning, we continue our journey through the Western Cape to our accommodation for the night - overlooking the Cederberg Mountains and the Olifants River.

Day 2. Cederberg Area to Gariep (Orange) River, Namibia Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.

Making our way further north this morning, we head closer to the Namibian border. Our accommodation this evening is on the Namibia side of the Gariep (Orange) River.

This afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy the spectacular views and perhaps swim in the Orange River before relaxing on the riverbank for sun-downers early evening.

Day 3. Gariep (Orange) River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.

Today there's an option to enjoy an early morning canoe ride, or to relax by the water's edge before we make our way to Fish River Canyon. This is the second largest canyon in Africa at 500m deep and over 160km long! Photographers' paradise at one of Africa's natural wonders.

Day 4. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Accommodation. Sossus Oasis Overland Camp.

Leaving our accommodation near the canyon, we make our way north through picturesque terrain to the Sesriem Area - the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park. The park is home to the oldest desert in the world along with the highest dunes in the world.

Day 5. Namib Naukluft National Park to Sossus On Foot camp, Khomas Region Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region.

This morning we trek up Dune 45 within the National Park and enjoy the view it offers. We then take a short shuttle ride in the park to 'Deadvlei' for a nature walk. We leave the dunes and stop off at a unique conglomerate canyon before making our way via Namibia's smallest town, Solitaire to our desert camp for the night.

Day 6. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region to Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. The Tropic of Capricorn. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.

Today we make our way to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast for the next 2 nights. To get to Swakopmund we cross the Tropic of Capricorn where we will stop for a photo opportunity. There are many optional activities to enjoy in Swakopmund such as skydiving, quad biking, sand-boarding and much more. For those who don't wish to seek adventure - enjoy the town's many restaurants, German bakeries and galleries.

Day 7. Swakopmund Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.

Today is a free day to take part in the many optional activities or just enjoy the sights this seaside town has to offer.

Day 8. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.

We leave the coast and make our way to the beautiful Damaraland region and explore Spitzkoppe. This giant granite boulder formation peaks up to1800m above sea level and is home to numerous bushman paintings, the most impressive 'Bushman Paradise' which we explore with a local guide of the area.

Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Heading even further north, we make our way to Etosha National Park. The park is home to 114 mammal- and 340 bird species. On arrival we enjoy a game drive in the park in hope of seeing the many different animals of the area such as elephant, rhino, giraffe and numerous bird species.

Our campsite for the evening offers a floodlit waterhole making game viewing incredibly rewarding.

Day 10. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Today we spend a full day game driving in the park - searching for the wildlife and hoping to spot the more elusive species. Etosha is over 20,000sq km and surrounds a central salt pan that can be seen from space.

After a full day of game-driving, we return to camp to enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best.

Day 11. Etosha to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.

Making our way back south, we head to the country's capital Windhoek - located between the Khomas Highland, Aus and Eros Mountains - where our tour ends.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Ashanti Lodge, Gardens, Cape Town

Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.

Twin Room Dorm Room Pool Area Bar and Games Area Bar Balcony with View

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

Suggested Post-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.

Tent Inside of tent Scenic night view of tents Pool area Tent at night

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

Additional Info

This tour departs Cape Town early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

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.

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.

Twin share accommodation with facilities (8 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 night) some may be with bar or swimming pool.

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

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. These local services are included in the Local Payment.

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 vehicle 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.

10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners

8 nights twin share accommodation, 2 night bush camping at Spitzkoppe and Khomas Region (equipment supplied).

Fully equipped Acacia safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress and sleeping bag (1 night in Spitzkoppe, 1 night Khomas Region)
Meals as indicated
Accommodation as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:
Cape Town Township Tour*
Sesriem Canyon
Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
Dune 45
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
Etosha National Park, Game Drives

*Highlight is part of the Adventure Pass
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
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Adventure Pass

Every adventure 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.

70 USD or (If prepaid)

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

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