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Namibia Overland Adventure
Namibia is known for its long coastline desert and diverse wildlife. This Namibia overland adventure gets you into the heart of the country for 12 days as you travel from the capital of Windhoek to South Africa’s Cape Town.
Take a game safari, soak in the spectacular scenery, and enjoy great cultural exchanges with locals. This Namibia overland adventure is perfect for the explorer who wants to see and experience both the fascinating culture of the country and the best of the national parks and get .
• Visit Etosha and Namib-Naukluft national parks
• Explore the towns of Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund, and Cape Town
• Discover Fish River Canyon and hike along the rim
• Guided walks with a local expert through the mysterious Namib desert to learn about the unique ecosystem there
Your first stop as you travel Namibia overland is a wonderful craft market on the way to Etosha National Park. Spend a morning bartering for handmade goods to bring back as gifts before heading on to have the most incredible game driving experience in the country – all from the back seat of a Nomad truck. There will be lots of photo opportunities when game crosses the road or peeks out of the sparse grasslands throughout the park.
You’ll also visit the Himba tribe in Kamanjab and learn how easy it is to identify them by their colourful style of dressing. This is a people who have experienced a great deal of displacement and western influence and are working to maintain their traditions and stay connected to the natural environment.
The next stop is Spitzkoppe where you can get your fill of gorgeous starry skies and unique rock formations. The adventure capital of Namibia is Swakopmund and you’ll love spending time there trying out all the outdoor fun. The shops and markets here are interesting to explore if you want a day with a little slower pace.
Everyone’s favourite spot is Fish River Canyon. There, you’ll take a hike along the canyon’s rim and see some fantastic views. Canoe on the Orange River that runs through South Africa and visit a fruit producing region in the Cederberg Mountains before the trip ends in Cape Town.
This adventure includes a combination of hotel stays and outdoor camping. Your group will cover several hundred kilometres each day and there will be many nights to sit around the campfire, discussing the day, watching the stars come out, and listening to the jackals and barking geckos.
Day 1: Etosha National Park
Leaving the city sights behind us, we travel into Namibia’s barren northern area. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. We enter Etosha National Park and game drive through to our campsite for the night.
Craft market stop en-route
Entrance to Etosha National Park
Afternoon game drive in adventure truck
Day 2: Etosha National Park
Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography.
Full day game drive in adventure truck
Day 3: Outjo
As it is a short drive to Outjo, our destination for the night, we will spend the morning enjoying our last game drive through the park. Your afternoon is at leisure, so you can relax around the pool at our lodge.
Day 4: Himba Tribe
We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists. The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaces during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a buffer zone, or an educational tribe where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment.
Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not.
Himba Tribe Visit
Day 5: Swakopmund
En route to Swakopmund, we visit Spitzkoppe. Our guide will take us on a walk to marvel at the incredible landscape. Then we travel to Namibia’s Atlantic coast and Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. You will be briefed on the optional activities available here. At night there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant where you can try different types of local dishes.
Guided Walk with Trip Operator Guide through Spitzkoppe
Dinner Out Swakopmund
Day 6: Swakopmund
Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available on offer here.
Dolphin Cruise 4/5hrs incl Transfer and Light Lunch
Skydiving incl Transfer & Safety Gear
Sandboarding (Stand Up/Lie down )
Quadbiking (2 x Hours)
Dinner Out Swakopmund
Day 7: Sesriem
After the adventure and adrenaline rush of Swakopmund, we drive south into the mysterious Namib Desert. We will be joined by a local expert on a guided walk and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. Tonight we enjoy dinner around the campfire, do a little star gazing and listen to the calls of the jackals and barking geckos.
Guided Desert Walk With Local Expert
Day 8: Sossusvlei Dunes
We have a full day in the Namib-Naukluft National Park that starts with a walk up dune 45 for an amazing view and photo opportunity. After our hike, we will have the chance to explore Sossusvlei and relax at camp before taking a short hike into Sesriem Canyon.
Hike up Dune 45
Day 9: Fish River Canyon
Today we travel south to the Fish River Canyon, stopping briefly to enjoy the magnificent views over the canyon before making our way to our overnight accommodation spot.
Visit to the Fish River Canyon
Day 10: Gariep / Orange River
We leave early on our last day in Namibia travelling south to the border with South Africa at the Gariep / Orange River. Our campsite lies on the banks of the Orange River. In the afternoon there is an optional canoeing activity on the River or you can just chill out at the campsite and go for a swim.
Half Day Canoe Adventure (Min 4 pax)
Day 11: Cederberg Region
Today is a long drive through the Northern Cape to the fruit producing area in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. Upon arrival at our campsite, we will enjoy a wine tasting and a traditional meal.
Wine Tasting & Traditional Dinner
Day 12: Cape Town
Our final day on tour, we head to the mother city, Cape Town. Before entering the city we will stop at Table View for a magnificent photo opportunity of Table Mountain from the other side of the bay.
Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an optional activity package. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be essential activities on our tours. The activity package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your activity package to ensure availability.
- Himba Tribe Visit
- Guided Desert Walk With Local Expert
- Wine Tasting & Traditional Dinner
The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route.
All clients require adequate Medical Travel Insurance. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Medical Insurance is not provided.
Currency and Banking
As your tour may pass through multiple countries, we have prepared information on the use of local and foreign currencies, ATMs and Credit Cards for each country.
Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.
A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for visiting certain areas in Morocco that are affected by Yellow Fever. Please see the Pre-Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa. A Yellow Fever Certificate might be required for this tour depending on your nationality.
As visa requirements vary considerably from country to country and nationality to nationality, please contact the various embassies or a visa service agent in your home country to re-check your visa requirements at least 4 weeks prior to travelling. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and that the trip operator will not be held responsible for guests being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas.
Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.
Dates & Rates
- June 5 – June 16, 2016
- June 15 – June 26, 2016
- June 26 – July 7, 2016
- July 6 – July 17, 2016
- July 17 – July 28, 2016
- July 27 – August 7, 2016
- August 7 – August 18, 2016
- August 17 – August 28, 2016
- August 28 – September 8, 2016
- September 7 – September 18, 2016
- September 18 – September 29, 2016
- September 28 – October 9, 2016
- October 9 – October 20, 2016
- October 19 – October 30, 2016
- October 30 – November 10, 2016
- November 9 – November 20, 2016
- November 20 – December 1, 2016
- November 30 – December 11, 2016
- December 11 – December 22, 2016
- December 21 – January 1, 2017
Price: from 610.00 GBP. This is an estimated figure as the price will be converted from South African Rand.
Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the tour operator truck), accommodation, guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights.
All items of a personal nature, entrance fees, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, activity package and optional activities.
This 100% African owned and managed operator really does have its finger on the pulse of the continent. Specialising in overlanding adventures through South and East Africa, they use well equiped expedition trucks to enable travellers to explore places of spectacular beauty, unique wildlife, interesting cultures and inspirational adventures.
Chose camping or accommodated options and expect friendship, fun and adventure plus the security that group travel brings.
Namibia Overland Adventure
- Trip Code: AWA343
- Dates: Multiple each month
- Price: from 610 GBP
- Depart: Windhoek
- Arrive: Cape Town
- Length: 12 days
- Adventure: A great adventure tour from Windhoek to Cape Town that meanders through big sky country Namibia and includes a game safari, cultural interaction and spectacular scenery.