South Africa and Namibia
Lodge Safari

Route: Cape Town to Windhoek

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South Africa and Namibia Lodge Safari

Introduction:

The 13 day South Africa and Namibia Lodge Safari forms part of the 20 day Cape Town to Vic Falls Lodge tour. This tour was designed for those who prefer a bit more comfort when traveling around Africa.

On this overland group tour from Cape Town to Windhoek we include some of the not to be missed highlights of Namibia. You could go kayaking on the Orange river and relax in the hot water springs of Ai-Ais. In the Namib desert you can climb Dune 45 and stroll around Sossusvlei.

We visit the adventure capital of Namibia – Swakopmund and the spectacular mountains at Spitzkoppe. We go on Safari in Etosha National Park before the tour ends Windhoek, Namibia.  

  • This tour is offered in two travel styles:

1. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms. As described below

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2. Camping: Clients mostly overnight in comfortable two-man dome tents, with built in mosquito nets and of course a mattress… and a couple of nights are upgraded to budget rooms. Click the link for all the info.

  • The basics:

Hotel/ Lodge option How much
Tour price ZAR 26 450
Single supplement (for single clients) ZAR 2550
Optional activity package ZAR 550
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How long 13 days
Group size 20 clients max
Start point Cape Town, South Africa
End point Windhoek, Namibia
Meals Breakfast x 12, Lunch x 8, Dinner x 10
Countries South Africa, Namibia

Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: Optional activity package, flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.

  • Day to day description l South Africa and Namibia Lodge Safari

When you book the optional activity package, the tour will run as follows:

Day 1 Cape Town, South Africa - Cederberg Region
We start our South Africa and Namibia Lodge safari as we make our first stop at Table View for some photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush and today we will visit a working Rooibos tea farm and see the plants of Rooibos and Buchu that occur naturally in the wild. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cederberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.

Day 2 Namaqualand - Gariep (Orange) River
Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our tour north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert views offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.

Day 3 Namibia - Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon
While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal family, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river. Around midday we depart the Orange River and head inland, crossing the border into Namibia. We make a brief stop at the mineral hot springs for a dip in the pool before arriving at our camp. 

Day 4 Fish River Canyon + Quiver Tree Forest and the Giants Playground
We rise early this morning and make our way to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We arrive in time to catch the morning rays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the canyon rim , we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground. It is named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other - creating rock formations and a series of mazes. 

Day 5 Namib-Naukluft National Park
Every overland tour has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west, the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we overnight on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko (small lizzard).

Day 6 Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park
Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. Once satisfied, we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4x4 transfer into Sossusvlei. Here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars.

Day 7 Swakopmund
Our final day in the Namib desert continues as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion. We leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel to the Atlantic coastline. Today we travel west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilization await. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventure activities on offer.

Day 8 Swakopmund - Namibia's adventure capital
While for many it is the adrenaline fueled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.

Day 9 Spitzkoppe to Brandberg
Leaving early, we make our way to the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres above the desert plains below. The presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a walk with a local guide and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for our overnight stop for the evening.

Day 10 Brandberg White Lady
The Brandberg (Burning Mountains) are regarded as the highest mountains in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area. This morning we will make the 1-hour hike to visit the painting that is said to be around 2,000 years old. After exploring the area, we continue our tour to the area of Kamanjab. 

Day 11 Etosha National Park
Another early rise this morning before we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique safari experiences in Africa. This afternoon we reach the park and begin with our first game drive (looking for wild animals) as we make our way to the rest camp.

Day 12 Etosha National Park
Our second day in Etosha allows for a full day to continue our safari tour of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. We explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park.

Day 13 Windhoek
It is an early rise as we head off to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Windhoek (after the short walk through the city).

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Before and after the tour services
To help with the planning of your trip, you are more than welcome to book these hotels before and/ or after your tour through us. These hotels are either the starting or end point of your tour, or it will be conveniently close to it. These hotels also offer airport transfers. For information on prices, just click "Hotels and Transfers" at the bottom of this page.

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