Cape Desert Safari - Northbound (11 Days)

Tour Code 19NCDS11. Camping Overland Tours
11 days from
$1'028 USD
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Plus 70 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Group Size: Average 16 Maximum 24. Age Group: 18-39

Head into the unknown on this awesome desert adventure...

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

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.

From cosmopolitan Cape Town - with the iconic Table Mountain towering over the city - we start our journey with an insightful local township tour to gain insight and learn various cultural aspects and have the opportunity to sample some authentic traditional dishes. After the intriguing township tour, we head north through the fruit-growing areas of the Western Cape to our camp for the night. Overlooking the Cederberg Mountains and some vineyards this is a perfect setting to possibly try some locally produced wine.

Day 2. Cederberg Region to Orange River, Namibia Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.

Continuing north, the terrain becomes more arid and rocky, however during spring there is an abundance of wild flowers bringing colour to the landscape.

Our camp for the night is located on the banks of the Orange River which serves as a border between South Africa (Noordoewer) and Namibia (Vioolsdrift). Here we have the opportunity to relax on the riverbank for sun-downers and enjoy the clear starry sky of the Richtersveld - a truly spectacular sight.

Day 3. Orange River to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.

This morning we have the opportunity to enjoy a canoe safari on the Orange River, or to relax on the river's edge before making our way to the vast Fish River Canyon.

At over 150km long and up to 500m deep it is one of africa's largest canyons and our tour leader will be able to make sure that you hit the best spots for great photos.

Day 4. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia.

Departing early morning, we drive through picturesque and arid landscapes to the vast Namib Naukluft National Park. Home to the world's oldest desert and some of the highest dunes in the world, the Namib Naukluft National Park is larger than Switzerlandand the second largest game park in Africa.

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

Entering the park this morning, our first stop is Dune 45, where we attempt climbing to the top just before sunrise, to take in the rising sun warming the landscape and changing the colors of the surrounding desert.

After a hearty breakfast, we take a shuttle into Dead Vlei and enjoy a guided walk in this eerie desert landscape.

Leaving via the Sesriem Canyon, we continue via Namibia's smallest town (Solitare) to our camp for the evening - located in a tranquil setting.

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

This morning we cross the Tropic of Capricorn - pausing for a great photo opportunity - before heading to the cool of the South Atlantic ocean and the interesting resort town of Swakopmund.

The town has a quirky feel with fantastic cafes and interesting Germanic architecture. It is also an adventure mecca with a wide variety of activities on offer.

Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.

Today we have the day at leisure to take part in the many optional activities or just enjoy the sights this seaside town has to offer.

The team at our hostel will help make any of the necessary arrangements to ensure that we get the most out of our time here.

Day 8. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.

Heading back inland and northwards, our journey takes us to the bizarre rock formations at Spitzkoppe. Our community-run camp at the foot of these majestic rock formations makes for the perfect spot to explore the surrounding area.

Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park

Heading further north and east, we make our way to Etosha National Park. Dominated by a vast central salt pan as well as various much smaller water holes, the park provides an ideal environment for animals to survive in this harsh landscape.

Our camp for the evening is based near a floodlit waterhole - allowing us the opportunity to watch the animals come in and drink after the hours of darkness.

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

We have a full day of game driving around this amazing park. With more than 100 animal and 300 bird species in the park, we are sure to be rewarded with some excellent sightings.

Day 11. Etosha National Park to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.

Our final day takes us south towards Windhoek - Namibia's capital city - where we arrive late in the afternoon and or tour ends.

With a strong Germanic influence in the city, you might wish to dine at one of the many German style restaurants tonight.

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.

* 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.

* 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 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.

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 groundsheets, 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. The facilities on this tour may be more rustic than other destinations.

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
10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners

Accommodation
8 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 2 nights dorm

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:
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
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.

70 USD or 80 USD (If prepaid)

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

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