South Africa and Namibia
Lodge Safari

Route: Cape Town to Windhoek

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South Africa and Namibia Lodge Safari

Introduction:

Our 12 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 continue our journey with a stop at the Himba Tribe before we go on Safari in Etosha National Park. The tour ends in Windhoek.

  

  • 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 23 450
Single supplement ZAR 2400
Optional activity package ZAR 890
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How long 12 days
Group size 20 clients max
Start point Cape Town, South Africa
End point Windhoek, Namibia
Meals Breakfast x 11, Lunch x 11, Dinner x 9
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 South Africa - Cederberg Region
Leaving Cape Town we begin the South Africa and Namibia Lodge Safari with our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We then travel to the famous winelands region of the Western Cape to enjoy a wine tasting at one of the local wine farms. 

We will also make a stop at the Spice Route, bordering the town of Paarl. The Spice Route is an estate that brings together a collection of flavors unique to the Cape Culture - including a beer garden, artworks studio, chocolate makers and coffee makers and much more.

No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional “Padstal”. These small farm stalls dot the byways of South Africa and offer a variety of homemade treats and bakes. The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. 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.
Activity Package: Wine tasting

Day 2 Namibia - Gariep (Orange) River
Today we travel through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok for any last requirements. After crossing the Namibian border we check into the lovely chalets overlooking the river that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

Day 3 Namibia - Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon
This morning there’s the chance to do an optional canoe trip down the Gariep River or to spend some time relaxing at the camp along the river. After lunch we travel north to the Fish River Canyon and take a scenic hike along the rim in order to gain some perspective as to just how large this natural phenomenon is. Later we return to Ai-Ais to check in to our accommodation and enjoy the hot springs.
Included Activities: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Trip

Day 4 Namib-Naukluft National Park
Every overland journey 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. Our base for the next two nights puts us at the doorstep to this desert wonderland.

Day 5 Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park
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. Later we will have the opportunity to be transported into Sossusvlei. In the afternoon there is a short walk into Sesriem Canyon.
Included Activities: 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei/ Deadvlei, Walk into Sesriem Canyon, Hike up Dune 45
Optional Activities: Transfer to Deadvlei

Day 6 Swakopmund
After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we will be joined by a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. From there, we will travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis bay lagoon en route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert
Optional Activities: Dinner out in Swakopmund

Day 7 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.
Optional Activities: Dolphin Cruise 4/ 5 hours, Sky Diving, Sandboarding, Quad Biking (2 hours), Dinner out in Swakopmund

Day 8 Spitzkoppe and Khorixas
This morning we will travel on a section of the famous Skeleton Coast road. Passing the Salt Works we head north for a photo opportunity in the colourful town of Wlotskasbaken. Lichens are one of the most fascinating examples of symbiosis in nature, algae and fungus unite to form the Lichen and live inseparably as one organism. We will have the opportunity to view these fascinating desert inhabitants before turning east towards Spitzkoppe. These massive granite formations tower 700 metres above the desert plains below and the presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We join a local guide for an exploration of these fascinating landforms before completing the journey to our overnight stop at Khorixas.

Day 9 Kamanjab - 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.

We continue to our camp for the night and prepare for two magical days of safari in Etosha National Park.
Activity Package: Himba Tribe Visit.

Day 10 Etosha National Park
Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing (animal viewing) experiences in Africa. Today we explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. Our truck offers us an elevated platform and we will spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park.
Included Activities: Afternoon game drive (safari) in overland truck

Day 11 Etosha National Park
Our second day in Etosha allows another full day to continue our exploration 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 will exit the park in the late afternoon and make our way to our accommodation outside the park.
Included Activities: Full day game drive (safari) in overland truck.

Day 12 Windhoek
We rise early and set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital, but also the cultural, social and economic center of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short drive through Windhoek in our truck. Your tour comes to an end today, but if you stay and extra night in Windhoek, you could join the rest of the group for an optional dinner out.
Included Activities: Drive through Windhoek with the overland truck
Optional Activities: Dinner out in Windhoek

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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.

Strand Towers Hotel is located in the centre of Cape Town and is within easy walking distance of vibrant Long Street and the V&A Waterfront… and of course from where this tour departs. The views from this 4 Star hotel will keep you spellbound…

The Heja Game Lodge is ideally situated in the middle, between Windhoek and Hosea Kutako International Airport. You can enjoy Heja's tranquil setting in one of the 50 en-suite rooms equipped with air-conditioning and satellite TV...