Cape & Dunes Southbound: Desert Camping & Safari Drives

Start: Windhoek Finish: Cape Town

Visiting: Windhoek, Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund, Namib Desert, Dune 45 Sossusvlei, Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon, Orange River, Cederberg Municipality, Cederberg, Cape Town, Table Mountain


Duration: 13 Nights

Physical rating: 3 - Average

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 18 - 22

Age range: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1797

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Tour Overview

Now's the time to explore Africa on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Lions, elephants, and springboks… oh my! On this two-week adventure, you'll experience incredible desert scenery, cosmopolitan city streets, and wonderful wildlife as you discover the diverse riches of South Africa and Namibia. Explore some of the world's highest sand dunes, visit Africa's largest canyon, and venture through Etosha National Park in search of the "big five." Our expert CEOs will reveal the region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can sit back and soak it all in.

Highlights

  • icon Get cultured in Cape Town.
  • icon Get the adrenaline pumping with adventure activities in Swakopmund.
  • icon Tackle the world's largest sand dunes.
  • icon Appreciate beauty in the Fish River Canyon.
  • icon Search for the Big Five in Etosha National Park.

Places You'll See

Countries:
Cape & Dunes Southbound: Desert Camping & Safari Drives
Windhoek
Waterberg Plateau
Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
Windhoek
Swakopmund
Spitzkoppe
Namib Desert
Fish River Canyon
Orange River
Cederberg
Orange River
Cape Town

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Windhoek

Location: Windhoek

Accommodation: Hostel

Accommodation Name: Urban Camp (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time. Tonight, get to know your group on a night out together in Windhoek. Choose to venture to your CEO’s favourite local spot, enjoy dinner with everyone, and experience the unique atmosphere and community vibe of Windhoek. As you sip on a cold drink you'll meet strangers who share your love of stories, exploration, and living life to the fullest as you prepare for your greatest adventure yet!

Additional Information: Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure you know which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

ACTIVITY: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.

icon Day 2 : Windhoek/Waterberg Plateau

Location: Windhoek, Waterberg Plateau

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: NWR Waterberg Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hit the road in style in the Lando as the group travels to the G Adventures-supported Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, just outside of Windhoek. There you will pick up your tasty packed lunch before continuing on to Waterberg Plateau. You’ll be itching to stretch those legs so hit the trails in this gorgeous national park searching for secret plunge pools and wildlife such as buffalo, and giraffe along the way. Or if you are looking to relax chill out by the pool of the group campsite.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard our custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

ACTIVITY: Penduka works with women from the Katutura township, and surrounding rural communities, by helping them develop livelihoods through working in their handicraft workshops and cafe. Penduka trains and employs women disadvantaged through poverty, disability, ill-health, or lack of education, empowering them to develop skills in textiles, beading and pottery. Pick up a fresh-packed lunch at the cafe to help support the centre before touring the facilities and purchasing some of these crafts.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Free time to relax, take a hike, or opt for a wildlife safari drive.

icon Day 3 : Waterberg Plateau/Etosha National Park

Location: Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Etosha NP Okaukuejo Restcamp (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

“Lions and elephants, and springboks… oh my!” Get ready to spot some wildlife as your group enjoys a short safari drive in Etosha National Park in the Lando as your head towards camp. Don’t worry even if you have had a taste of African wildlife before visiting Namibia you are still likely to become mesmerized here. So have those cameras at the ready because you never know when you might need to snap a photo! Tonight, rest up for the day ahead, explore the campgrounds, write in your travel journal, or take a dip in the pool.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard our custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

ACTIVITY: Set off into the wilds of Etosha National Park in search of a wide variety of wildlife. More than 100 species of mammals call Etosha home, including lions, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, and hyenas. As for birds, the salt pan attracts pelicans, flamingos, and many other winged wonders. Bring your camera and go wild!

icon Day 4 : Etosha National Park

Location: Etosha National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Etosha NP Okaukuejo Restcamp (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It’s time to adventure in 3… 2… 1! Today, your group will embark on a full-day wildlife safari drive in Etosha NP. It’s crazy the amount of animal species that occupy this smaller protected area (more than 100 different mammals call Etosha home). Try not let your attention wander as you move further and further into the wild lands of Etosha. Play some eye-spy with your travel buddies and go crazy with those cameras because we can’t wait to see what you experience! The coolest thing about this national park is that because of its size and the large amount of animals within it’s almost as if the wildlife comes directly to you; especially during the dry season (May through October) when the animals all gather around the waterholes creating some of the densest wildlife viewing opportunities in the world.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard our custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

ACTIVITY: Set off into the wilds of Etosha National Park in search of a wide variety of wildlife. More than 100 species of mammals call Etosha home, including lions, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, and hyenas. As for birds, the salt pan attracts pelicans, flamingos, and many other winged wonders. Bring your camera and go wild!

icon Day 5 : Etosha National Park/Spitzkoppe

Location: Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppe

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Spitzkoppe Camp (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We get it you may not want to leave Etosha and the paradise you found there, but there’s still some pretty amazing things to see on this trip so let’s keep moving. Today, you will travel south with your group to enjoy the rocky peaks of Spitzkoppe. What is Spitzkoppe you ask? Great question! It’s been dubbed the “Matterhorn” of Namibia, but basically if you are the type of person who loves epic climbing, hiking, camping, stargazing, sunrises, and sunsets then Spitzkoppe will have a very special place in your heart. Once the Lando comes to a stop the day is yours to explore as you will. This mountaineering paradise will have you breaking out of your comfort zones in no time. Scramble up rock faces to get that perfect view, take selfies under the natural rock arch, get some artsy photos as the sun sets, and after cooking up some grub around the campfire get ready to see the milky way light up the night sky.

Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky—it's great for star-gazing!

Additional Information: Our basic bush camp will have long-drop toilets and no running water.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard our custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

icon Day 6 : Spitzkoppe/Swakopmund

Location: Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund

Accommodation: Hostel

Accommodation Name: Amanpuri Backpackers (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Wake up and feel like you crash landed on Mars. Gaze in wonder at this wild landscape and let peace wash over you (trust us you’re going to need it) before the group travels through the coastal region of Namibia to the adrenaline capital of Swakopmund. Sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the mighty Namib desert this coastal city has strong German heritage which is reflected in the architecture around town. The group will spend two nights in Swakopmund so fear not you have time for all of the things you may want to try.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard our custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

icon Day 7 : Swakopmund

Location: Swakopmund

Accommodation: Hostel

Accommodation Name: Amanpuri Backpackers (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

The day is yours! Grab some friends or set off alone and conquer this outdoor lovers paradise. From skydiving to sandboarding there’s no shortage of activities to try. Flip a coin to see which will be your fate or even better try them all (we have our eyes set on the Skeleton Coast scenic flight)!

You can pre-book your sky dive on the checkout page, or through your Global Connection Officer or travel agent.

Additional Information: Please note that there are no remaining departures for Swakopmund Skydiving in December 2019.

FREE TIME: Enjoy a free day in Namibia's adventure capital.

icon Day 8 : Swakopmund/Namib Desert

Location: Swakopmund, Namib Desert

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Namib Desert Camp Boesman (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bid farewell to lovely Swakopmund and zoom off in the Lando to the oldest desert in the world. Write, vlog, reflect, nap, and laugh together as the group travels further south to where you will be camping on the edge of the Namib Desert. Once there, set up camp, take in the vastness of your surroundings and choose to walk with a local expert who will tell you stories of the desert and its mysteries. Fall asleep under a blanket of stars and feel the eerie calm of this place.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard our custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

icon Day 9 : Namib Desert

Location: Namib Desert, Dune 45 Sossusvlei, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sossus Oasis Camp (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embrace the bizarreness of this environment by really taking the time to explore it. Wander through the stunning rock formations of the Sesriem Canyon and learn how it got its name. Visit the canyon early for mild temperatures and try to discover some of the pools of water that allow animals to survive in this harsh climate. Marvel at light bouncing off the canyon walls and let yourself feel small. After this taste of exploration you will probably want to continue so choose to embark on the Sossuvlei Desert Walk to visit a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largest sand dunes and conquer climbing up the breathtaking (literally) Dune 45. Return to your campsite and gather round for some dinner on the braai before falling asleep with the shadow of the mountains as your view in the distance.

TRANSPORT: Distance excludes drive to Sossuvlei.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. The Tsauchab River flows through the canyon every five to ten years, and this creates the nearby salt and clay pan of Sossusvlei.

ACTIVITY: Set off for a climb of the mighty Dune 45. Look out and view the surrounding desert displaying their amazing orange and yellow hues. Magic!

icon Day 10 : Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon

Location: Namib Desert, Fish River Canyon

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Hobas Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

While the group has a lot of ground to cover today don’t let that daunt you. You have been so on the go lately you won’t mind the rest of a long drive (besides, by now you probably have loads to talk about with everyone). The next stop is Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and arguably the second largest in the world. Hop off the Lando, do some stretches, take in the majestic beauty of the canyon, and together watch as the vibrant sunset slips over the canyon’s rim. Then it’s on to camp to enjoy each other's company on a night around the fire.

TRANSPORT: Duration includes canyon visit, excludes dune 45 sunrise.

ACTIVITY: Visit Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and, arguably, the second largest in the world. Watch as a stunning sunset slips over the canyon's rim in the early evening. We will only have access to the rim, but the views are spectacular.

icon Day 11 : Fish River Canyon/Orange River

Location: Fish River Canyon

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Fiddlers Creek Rest Camp (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It’s time to cross another country off those travel lists as the group heads into South Africa! You will be camping at the scenic Orange River for the night where you can kick back, relax, reflect on how epic this trip has been, and enjoy a late afternoon swim in the river. If you are still in need of some activity choose to book a canoe excursion on the river. Other than that your job today is to enjoy yourself and have a relaxing time.

ACTIVITY: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard our custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

icon Day 12 : Orange River/Cederberg

Location: Orange River, Cederberg Municipality

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Highlanders Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Yes, we know you could stay at the oasis of Orange River for much longer than one night, but this group has things to do and places to see so get a move on further south past large plantations of rooibos tea viewing the dramatic Western Cape scenery as you go. You’ll be stopping for the night amidst the Cederberg mountains, where you can enjoy wine tasting, relaxing by the pool, and a camp fire.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard our custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

icon Day 13 : Cederberg/Cape Town

Location: Cederberg, Cape Town

Accommodation: Hostel

Accommodation Name: Once in Cape Town (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

It’s the group's last travel day so have some fun! Watch as the Cederberg Mountains fade into the distance on the way to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. Along the way you will be stopping at the G Adventures-supported !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre where you will learn about the history and culture of the ancient Sans people and be able to directly help this centre preserve that heritage. Then enjoy the beautiful views of Table Mountain as you arrive into vibrant Cape Town. And hey a little party never hurt anyone so why not choose to head out for a final night of good times with your G travel family?

Additional Information: Please note that we arrive in Cape Town in the early afternoon, you might not have time to participate in lengthy activities or see many sights. If you would like to see or do anything, we recommend booking an extra night or two before your return flight home.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard our custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

ACTIVITY: The San people of Southern Africa have historically faced centuries of political and cultural oppression. The !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre provides tailor-made training for young San women and men of Southern Africa. Travellers learn about San culture and history at the interpretive museum. Visits help trainees gain experience with international clients while garnering support for the centre's efforts to preserve San culture and history.

icon Day 14 : Cape Town

Location: Cape Town, Table Mountain

Meals: Breakfast

Depart at any time. But why would you want to right? If you aren't ready to go home just yet that's totally fine, simply talk with your CEO about extending your adventure and get to know more of South Africa or beyond!

We highly recommend booking an extra night in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer.

Additional Information: If you book any optional activities on the final day of your itinerary please contact your sales agent to see if booking a post-night is necessary to participate in the activity.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Participation camping (8 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), guesthouse (2 nts, multi-share with up to 410people), bush camping (1 nt), hostel (1 nt multi-share upto 4 people).

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    Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives

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    Meals

    12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners Allow USD75-100 for meals not included.

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Fully Guided

    2 CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local guides.

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    Your G for Good Moment: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Yzerfontein

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends.

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    Entrance to Sossusvlei Dunes, Fish River Canyon, and Spitzkoppe

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    Your G for Good Moment: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Windhoek

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    Waterberg Plateau visit

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Meals Included

12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners

Accommodation

Participation camping (8 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), guesthouse (2 nts, multi-share with up to 410people), bush camping (1 nt), hostel (1 nt multi-share upto 4 people).

Transport

Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), walking.

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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