11-day Cape Desert Safari - South (Accommodated)

Tour Code 22SCDS11A. Adventure Accommodated Tours
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$2'452 USD
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Group Size: Average 16 Maximum 24. Age Group: 18+

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


Experience Africa's 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 accommodated adventure 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 Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Departing Windhoek, Namibia's capital city, we make our way north to the Etosha National Park. At over 20,000 sq km in area, is surrounds a salt pan and is famous for its well-managed water holes that sustain some 114 mammals and 340 bird species.

Here we will have an afternoon game drive before settling into our accommodation for the evening. The lodge offers a floodlit water hole for an evening game viewing experience.

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

Today, we enjoy a full day in the park exploring the intricate road systems and water holes in search for the numerous grazing antelope, elephant, lion and giraffe frequently spotted.

We make our way to our accommodation for the evening and enjoy our last night around the lodge's floodlit water hole to observe the nocturnal animals coming in to drink.

Day 3. Etosha National Park to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.

Today we game drive out of Etosha National Park, heading south to the beautiful Damaraland region where we explore Spitzkoppe. This magnificent rock formation reaches a peak of 1800m above sea level, and creates breathtaking views especially around sunset and sunrise. The most impressive ancient bushman rock painting 'Bushman Paradise' is found here and you may get to view this on a walk.

Day 4. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.

This morning we leave Spitzkoppe and make our way to the cooler coastal town of Swakopmund by the Atlantic ocean. This town resembles a small German town with its architectural buildings, palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and museums. We spend the next 2 nights in Swakopmund enjoying the various different activities on offer.

Day 5. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.

Today you have a free day to take on some of Swakopmund's activities such as sky diving, sandboarding or quad biking in the desert. If you fancy something different, visit the local beaches, eat at the local restaurants and enjoy the towns vibrant cafe culture.

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

Leaving the coastal plateau,we head inland, via picturesque 'moon' landscapes and rugged passes, pausing for a photo stop at the Tropic of Capricorn. Our accommodation for the night is under canvas in a picturesque setting, in a quaint desert camp, in the Khomas region of central Namibia.

Day 7. Sossus On Foot, Khomas Region to Sesriem Area Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Sossus Oasis Overland Camp.

This morning we leave our camp early and make our way to the Namib Naukluft National Park. Here we trek up Dune 45 for spectacular views over the rolling sunkissed dunes. After a rewarding breakfast, we head deeper into the park and enjoy a short shuttle ride to 'Dead Vlei'. This breathtaking white clay pan with dead camel thorn trees is set amidst towering dunes - offering majestic photo opportunities.

Day 8. Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.

Today we drive through barren landscapes and rocky mountains dotted with quiver trees to one of Africa's natural wonders, the Fish River Canyon. This wondrous canyon is the second largest canyon in Africa being 550m deep and 161km long. We enjoy an afternoon walk along the edges admiring the deep ravines and meandering waterways.

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

Rising early, we make our way further south through rugged landscapes and rocky outcrops to our base for the evening - located in a tranquil setting on the banks of the Gariep (Orange) River. Time here is at leisure to either relax on the water's edge, swim, or to take an optional canoe safari.

Day 10. Orange River to Cederberg Region Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.

Leaving Namibia behind, we cross the border to South Africa and pass through Namaqualand, known for its prolific display of wildflowers that bloom around August and September and continue south to the Cederberg region of South Africa. At our accommodation, we have the opportunity to taste the wines locally produced in the area, or simply relax by the pool's edge with a nice cool beverage and a good book.

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

Today we make our final journey passing through Citrusdal to the Western Cape Province and then on to Cape Town where our tour ends.

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.

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.

Suggested Post-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.

Additional Info

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.

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.

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.

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, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners

8 nights twin share accommodation, 2 nights 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 (Spitzkoppe, 1 night + Khomas Region, 1 night)
Meals as indicated
Accommodation 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
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
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.

20 USD or (If prepaid)

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

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