Rediscover Etosha, Dunes & Cape (11 Days)

Tour Code 21REDC11A. Rediscover Africa
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Group Size: Maximum 16. Age Group: Open Age

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 tour through Namibia and the Cape, mixed with a host of adrenaline activities along the way.

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Day 1. Windhoek to Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

From Windhoek, the journey begins as 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 2. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

After breakfast we embark on a full day game drive - taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan. 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 3. Etosha National Park to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.

On this day we make our way to the rocky and 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 4. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.

Departing the granite infused Spitzkoppe, we make our way to the Atlantic coast and on to Swakopmund. 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.

Try some adventure desert-based activities like quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting). For those seeking a calmer experience, enjoy the cultural side of Swakopmund: shops, restaurants, museums, the aquarium, art galleries or simply walk along the promenade admiring both the ocean and the quaint German-style architecture, and indulge in the town’s café culture.

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

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

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

Continuing south, we cross over the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping for a photo opportunity if the group wishes to do so, en route to our desert oasis accomodation in the Khomas region of Namibia.

Should nightfall be clear, prepare for a starry night like no other in the Namib-Naukluft Park area.

Day 7. Sossus On Foot, Khomas Region to Sesriem Area Highlights. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Sossus Oasis Overland Camp.

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 accommodation for the night.

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

Today we drive south through barren and rocky landscapes, dotted with quiver trees, to the world’s second largest canyon. Fish River Canyon is one of the natural wonders of Africa, some 500m deep and over 160km long.

Again, there are plenty of opportunities for keen photographers as we spend time in this area at leisure and visit the canyon’s infamous sharp river bend known as Hell’s Corner.

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

Leaving the mighty Fish River Canyon, we make our way to the Gariep (Orange) river. 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 on the viewing deck.

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

This morning, we cross the border into South Africa and continue south passing through Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of wildflowers that occur in spring (best seen between August – September).

Our overnight accommodation is nestled near the Olifants River. Here we have the opportunity to sample some of the refined wines of the region.

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

We leave the scenic Cederberg area and travel south, passing the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal and the spectacular views as we meander down the Piketberg Pass to the Western Cape Province.

We continue to cosmopolitan Cape Town - without a doubt one of the world’s most picturesque cities, where our tour ends.

If time allows we recommend you spend a few days exploring the city and surroundings. Take advantage of the variety of activities normally available here.

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, 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.

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 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:
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.

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. These local services are included in the Safari Pass.

TOUR STYLE:
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.

Meals
10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners

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

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

Highlights Include:
Etosha National Park and Game Drives
Bushman Paintings
Spitzkoppe
Dune 45
Sossusvlei Shuttle and Guided Walk
Sesriem Canyon
Fish River Canyon
Excludes.
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature or health related
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Safari Pass

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.

20 USD or 20 USD * (If prepaid)

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

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