Rediscover Cape, Dunes & Etosha (11 Days)

Tour Code 21RCDE11A. Rediscover Africa
11 days from
$2'955 USD
Plus 70 USD mandatory Safari Pass
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Group Size: Maximum 16. Age Group: Open Age

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

Starting in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, this accommodated Rediscover Africa 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. Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Winelands, South Africa. Cederberg, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.

Our journey begins in cosmopolitan Cape Town, overlooked by Table Mountain and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, one of the world’s most picturesque cities. Before we leave the city, we take a tour of the Cape Flats, at one of Cape Town’s intriguing townships, visiting some of the local people and community projects in the area.

From here we head north through South Africa’s Western Cape and through the fruit growing wine regions of Citrusdal.

Our accommodation is located near the Olifants River overlooking the stunning Cederberg Mountains. After setting up there is an option to sample some of the local wines of the region and enjoy our first night under the African sky.

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

Continuing north, we head towards the Namibian border crossing at Vioolsdrift. Our accommodation lies on the banks of the river on the Namibia side.

On arrival we have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari on the river to see the striking Richtersveld scenery, or simply relax on the water’s edge or on the viewing deck. Enjoy the swimming pool and bar facilities, or a dip in the river itself, as the river is safe for swimming.

You will be briefed on an optional Orange River canoe safari for later this afternoon or the following morning.

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

This morning we have the opportunity to either partake in an optional canoe safari on the calm river, or simply enjoy the tranquility of the area before we make our way to the majestic Fish River Canyon. One of the natural wonders of Africa, the canyon is some 500m deep and over 160km long and often referred to as the second largest canyon in the world.

There are plenty of opportunities for keen photographers this afternoon, especially at the canyon's infamous sharp river bend known as Hell's Corner. A superb location to find a quiet spot and marvel at the sheer beauty of the Fish River Canyon.

Day 4. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Highlights. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Sossus Oasis Overland Camp.

After our night near the canyon we continue north to the Sesriem Area, the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park, containing the world’s oldest desert and highest sand dunes.

The Namib-Naukluft National Park contains part of the Namib Desert as well as the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49,768 km2 it’s larger than Switzerland and is the second largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. Here we set up for the evening under the starry Namibian sky.

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.

Today is an early morning rise in preparation to enter the Namib-Naukluft Park National Park and trek to the top of the famous Dune 45. It’s a spectacular sight but do be mindful, it may not be an easy feat to reach the top, as some dunes are over 300m high.

After a well-earned breakfast we continue deeper into the park for a short shuttle ride and nature walk to explore Dead Vlei. The nature walk, amidst the giant sand dunes is a real glimpse of Namibia’s unspoilt natural environment. There will be splendid photography opportunities – particularly the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs throughout the mid/late morning. Departing from the dunes, we stop off at the smaller Sesriem Canyon where the multiple layers of rock and pebbles make for an interesting insight to what lies beneath the mountains of sand.

Thereafter we make our way to our desert oasis accommodation for the night. Should nightfall be clear, prepare for a starry night like no other in the Namib-Naukluft Park area.

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

Leaving our desert accommodation, we head for the Atlantic coast for the next two nights, crossing over the Tropic of Capricorn, and stopping for a photo opportunity en-route.

Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore.

Be daring and try some desert-based adventure activities – quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting) and more! For those not seeking adventure enjoy what the town has to offer: shopping, restaurants, museums, aquarium, art galleries – or else simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture.

Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.

Today is a free day to enjoy all this quaint seaside town has to offer - from the many optional activities to the German patisseries, cafés and restaurants.

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

Leaving the coast, we turn inland to the remarkable landscape of the Damaraland region, where we explore Spitzkoppe, a feature location where ancient bushman paintings are still visible.

The giant boulder-like rock formations reach peaks at 1800m above sea level and create a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever-changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. The most impressive rock painting is Bushman Paradise and the natural rock bridge is a favoured viewpoint.

The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community to which all proceeds go from our visit to Spitzkoppe.

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

From Spitzkoppe we travel north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or pan.

The pan is seasonally full of water, but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species throughout the rest of the year. Game viewing opportunities commence upon entering the park en route to our accommodation.

We spend the following two nights within Etosha National Park, accommodated near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, of particular note are black rhino as they prefer to drink after dark. Thus making Etosha one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia - a truly unique African experience and a highlight of any trip to Namibia.

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

Today, we enjoy a full day game drive - taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan which can be seen from space - in search of elephant, rhino, zebra, giraffes and the numerous grazing animals frequently spotted around the watering holes.

With its origins in the Bantu language, Etosha translates to “great white place” referencing the near 5000km² mirage-inducing pan. Despite the dry nature of the terrain, the park sustains a wide variety of bird species including the large kori bustard, secretary bird and many other seed and insect eaters, as well as birds of prey.

We then return to our accommodation, or possibly onto the next accommodation location for some variety, and 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.

Heading south, we arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, which is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains.

Windhoek (Windy-corner in English) is home to approximately two hundred thousand people, an extremely small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterized by a proliferation of German-style architecture, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history and atmosphere.

Our journey finishes upon arrival in Windhoek.

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

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

TRANSPORT: Self-contained, custom-built safari vehicle with ‘club lounge’ seating for 8 including tables, 16 forward facing seats, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, music player input, safety features and 70-litre individual luggage compartments.

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 Safari Pass.

Your help with occasional day to day duties, such as helping with shopping, cooking, dishes and keeping the Acacia vehicle tidy is entirely on a voluntary basis. It’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. It contributes greatly to the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment.

10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners

Twin / Double share accommodation with facilities (8 nights), twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights)

All tour highlights
Meals as indicated
Services of driver/guide
All road tolls and vehicle taxes

Highlights Include:
Cape Town Township Tour
Fish River Canyon
Sesriem Canyon
Sossusvlei Shuttle and Guided Walk
Dune 45
Bushman Paintings
Etosha National Park and Game Drives
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature or health related
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Each small group tour, Short Safari & Trek, Short Break and City Stay has a Safari 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 70 USD * (If prepaid)

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

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