overland tours

12 Day Best of Namibia Tour

Namibia is one of Africa’s most unique countries, and this tour offers you the chance to experience its most breath-taking and memorable sights with expert guides. You depart from Cape Town, South Africa, and travel north towards Namibia. This offers up the chance to visit the gorgeous Orange River and Cederberg mountains, after which you cross over into Namibia and begin your adventure in full.

Along the way you will see the second largest canyon in the world, the towering red sand dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park, and Namibia’s tallest mountain, Spitzkoppe. As well as the visits to these amazing sites, there are many activities to take part in along the way, including skydiving, quad biking and sand boarding at Swakopmund, Namibia’s thrill seeker capital. The tour itself comes to a close at Windhoek, the nation’s capital, after two days safari in Etosha National Park. It’s tradition for us to finish off with an ice-cold beer at Joe’s beer house, home of Windhoek Lager.

Full Course Details

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Project Type: Overland Tour, 12 Days.

Location: Cape Town, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Etosha, Windhoek.

Pick Up Point: Cape Town.

Drop off Point: Windhoek.

Duration: 12 Days.

Price: from £909 per person (Optional local payment not included)

Start Dates: All year round, please contact us for exact departure dates.

Accommodation: Mixture of camping and accommodation.

Meals: As detailed in itinerary.

Age Range: N/A.

FURTHER INFO

Day 1 South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region

Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. On the way to the Cederberg we visit !Kwa ttu where we enjoy a San guided tour & museum visit. After the tour, lunch will be prepared and afterwards we continue to our campsite in the Cederberg region. We arrive at our accommodation and your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.

Meals Included – Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River

An early start, we head north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon

This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. After a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon we enjoy our dinner while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity. Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Adventure.

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4 Namib-Naukluft National Park

We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a Jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!

Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5 Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later, we join 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.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner.

Day 6 Swakopmund

After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Often there are flamingo’s at the Walvis Bay lagoon, just before we arrive in Swakopmund. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and then there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants. Optional Activities: Dinner out.

Meals Included – Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 7 Swakopmund

The whole day is free to relax, explore or partake in one of the many activities available here. Most popular are Quadbking in the Dunes or Tandem Skydiving. On a clear day’s skydiving you can see all the way to the next day’s destination! Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day. Optional Activities: Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Dolphin Cruise, Scenic Flights, Fishing, Dinner out etc.

Meals Included – Breakfast.

Day 8 Spitzkoppe

Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing behind camp for some stunning views of the landscape.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9 Himba Tribes

After some early morning exploration we continue north and drive towards Kamanjab. Today we have the chance to experience life within a Himba tribe. The Himba are a pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. The Himba have been extremely diligent about upholding the roots of their culture, but they are also very curious about visitors to their home.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10 & 11 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 water holes for some excellent game photography. Optional Activities: Night or Dawn Drives in safari vehicles.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner.

Day 12 Windhoek

After an early morning game drive we 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, it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of the Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Your tour ends on arrival in Windhoek, but it is nice to join the group for a final meal out at Joe’s Beer House, an exciting dining experience! Optional Activities: Dinner out.

Meals Included – Breakfast and Lunch.

Location
Where You'll Stay

ACCOMMODATION

Vehicle
Adventure truck.

Malaria
Malaria prophylactics are required. Very low risk of malaria in northern Namibia.

Health
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 disability that you may have.

Insurance
All clients require adequate Travel Insurance.

Visa’s
Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for Namibia.

Climate
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.

Currency
South African Rand is the most widely used currency on this route. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas.

Vaccinations
No vaccinations are prescribed by law for the countries being visited on this tour.

Pre and Post tour Accommodation
If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers.

Arrival
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems.

Departure
Please book your flight to depart the day after the tour officially ends. This is to account for any delays that we may experience due to unpredictable road conditions.

Tipping on Tour
Southern Africa: In general tipping in restaurants is expected and is around 10% for good service, more if you have received exceptional service, and, feel free not to tip at all if you received poor service.

Tipping taxi drivers etc is really at your own discretion and not always expected. If in doubt please ask your guides.

Our guides do work hard. Our crew can be tipped if you feel that they have done a good job and/or gone above and beyond the call of duty. We recommend USD1 (or about R5) per day per person, per guide as a fair tip. So if you have 3-crew on a tour, we would recommend that 3 envelopes are used and each crew member’s name written on one. Place what you feel is fair in to each envelope and give them to the crew at the end of the tour. If you do not feel that the crew deserve a tip, please, do not tip them. You must remember that tipping is only for exceptional service and is not at all compulsory or expected.

DESTINATION

With sand dunes, canyons, mountains, and the haunting skeleton coast, Namibia boast some of the most impressive landscapes in Africa. The Sossusvlei dunes in particular are a sight that you are unlikely to forget. Some of the red sand dunes reach to around 200 meters tall, and offer incredible views of the Namib-Naukluft National Park both during the climb and at their peak.

Before the Germans arrived to colonise it, Namibia was populated by a number of tribes, the earliest of which are assumed to be the nomadic San people. As time moved on, other groups settled across Namibia, including the Himba, who have diligently upheld their culture and pastoral lifestyle. Travellers will have the opportunity to spend a day amongst these fascinating people, before moving on to the Etosha National park, which has some of the most unique opportunities to see animals in their natural environment in all of Africa.

Etosha is well loved by tourists and wildlife enthusiasts alike. It is accessible, beautiful, and due to a lack of dense vegetation, is one of the best places to spot wildlife. During the day there are safari drives throughout the park, with plenty of opportunities to watch and photograph the local wildlife. In the evenings the photography continues, with everyone gathering around watering holes where the wild life comes to you!

While on the tour, there is the opportunity to let out your wild side. A two day break in the middle of the tour at Swakopmun, the country’s thrill seeker capital, offers up the chance to sky dive, sand board, take a scenic flight or board a dolphin cruise. You can also try your hand at some rock climbing in the shadow of Spitzkoppe mountain, which stands high above the surrounding Namibian plain and offersGood incredible rock formations and photo opportunities.

Whilst a large portion of your time on this tour will be on foot or by car, there are also opportunities to explore by water. The Gariep river is the longest in South Africa, and forms the boarder between SA and Namibia. Travellers will camp alongside the river on one of their first nights, and if they desire, there is the opportunity to canoe down the river to better experience the surrounding valley.

Namibia is an incredible country that’s well worth exploring. Whether you’re a first time adventurer looking to get a feel for the country, or a lifelong fan of the country, we consider this one of the best ways to experience the best of what Namibia has to offer.

Gallery Rates

RATES

From £909 per person sharing.

PAYMENT

£200 deposit to secure placement at time of booking, final balance due 8 weeks prior to departure.

INCLUDED

Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck), accommodation, registered guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights.

NOT INCLUDED

All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities.

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