14-day Namibia Desert Tour

On this tour, you spend a full day in Cape Town exploring the Cape Peninsula before heading up the coast and into Namibia where you discover the desert of Namibia, including Fish River Canyon, the massive red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, wildlife in Etosha National Park, and the town of Swakopmund, the capital of the Erongo Region.

DEPARTS: CAPE TOWN on Thursday at 08:00am
ENDS:  WINDHOEK on Wednesday at 08:00am

Highlights
* Cape Town – Cape Point tour
* Fish River Canyon – walking
* Namib Desert – walk Sossusvlei dunes
* Swakopmund – optional adventure activities
* Brandberg – rock paintings
* Etosha NP – game viewing from camp & on drives

An epic journey through South Africa & Namibia, covering Cape Town, Cedarberg, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, Damaraland & the awesome Etosha National Park!

The CW14 Cape Town to Windhoek offers a complete Namibia safari, with the added bonus of a Cape Town start.
The CV21 Cape Town to Victoria Falls tour is the full 21 days.

Overnight: 10 nights on safari we stay at designated campsites in national parks and towns. Formal campsites have hot and cold showers, laundry facilities & telephones.  3 nights guest house accommodation, twin bedrooms with en suite facilities on bed and breakfast basis.

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners will be provided by the Sunway crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the campfire. (3 of these breakfasts are provided by the guest houses).

Transport: Due to Namibian gravel roads we mostly run this tour in custom-built Sunway Safari trucks with 12 seats; or (on 5% of tours) Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning.

Limited participation: An essential part of your safari is some participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation, but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up.

Highlights

  • Windhoek
  • Brandberg
  • Cederberg
  • Orange River
  • Sesriem
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Cape Town
  • Etosha National Park
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Swakopmund
  • South Africa
  • Namibia

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Cape Town

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Departing, after a tour briefing, from Cape Town at 08:00am we visit Hout Bay harbour en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve and then the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. We sample some of Cape Town’s culinary wonders at a local restaurant in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (own expense).

Day 1: Breakfast not included
Day 1: Lunch own expense
Day 1: Dinner own expense

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Penguin colony & Cape Nature Point
Overnight:                 Sweetest Guesthouses – is a collection of individually decorated houses in a metropolitan area of Cape Town near the V&A Waterfront. The Sunway group may be spread amongst any of the houses, within walking distance of each other, and the group breakfasts will be taken in the same house. Rooms are twin with en-suite facilities (or similar guest house).   WiFi available
Distance/time:          Full day Cape Peninsular tour is 160km which takes between 6 and 8 hours.

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Day 2 : Cederberg

[camping BLD]
(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
The Cederberg is a massive rocky wilderness where giant sandstone boulders have been sculpted by wind and rain into bizarre and artistic shapes. In the afternoon we explore the rugged landscape on foot.

Day 2: Breakfast provide by the guest house
Day 2: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    Entrance fees, and walking permit in the Cedarberg
Overnight:                  Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers.
Distance/time:          250km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

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Day 3 : Orange River

[camping BLD]
We make our way into the more arid regions and upon entering Namibia, we camp at the Gariep River. Free time for swimming and relaxing or you can adventure down the river in canoes (own expense).

Day 3: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    N/A
Overnight:                  Felix Unite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, restaurant & bar
Distance/time:          500kms, ± 7 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

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Day 4 : Fish River Canyon

[camping BLD]
We make our way to Fish River Canyon, the second larg­est canyon in the world. In the afternoon we watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon’s rim.

Day 4: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Fish River Canyon, Hobas viewing point
Overnight:                  Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, and shop
Distance/time:          300kms, ± 4 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

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Day 5 – 6 : Sesriem

[camping BLD]
Towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. We will walk to Sossusvlei, explore Sesriem Canyon and watch dramatic sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes.

Day 5, 6: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5, 6: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5, 6: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park
Overnight:                  Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, shop.
Distance/time:          550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch
Optional Activities:   On arrival at Sossusvlei the guide will walk with the group into Sossusvlei (+/- 3.5km).  For those clients who do not want to walk, there are 4WD vehicles that can drive you in.  The 4WD, is an own expense (+/- N$85 each way) and is optional.

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Day 7 – 8 : Swakopmund

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Lunar landscapes surround the coastal town of Swakopmund as we approach the coast. Day free to explore the town or try dune boarding or sea kayaking (own expense). We enjoy evening restaurant meals (own expense).

Day 7: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Day 8: Breakfast provide by the guest house
Day 8: Lunch is an own expense meal
Day 8: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes:                    -
Overnight:                 Dunedin Star guest house - twin share rooms with en suite facilities. Telephone & restaurant.  WiFi in main building
Distance/time:          350kms, ± 5 hours excluding stops for sightseeing
Optional Activities:    Sand boarding, Skydiving, Ocean canoe safari, Scenic flights & many more

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Day 9 : Spitzkoppe

[camping BLD]
Beautiful desert landscapes. We move north along the arid coast to the Cape Cross seal colony before heading inland to set up camp under the Spitzkoppe, huge granite domes rising out of the desert. Enjoy a magnificent sunset. We’ll take a short walk to explore the area.

Day 9: Breakfast provide by the guest house
Day 9: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    Entrance to Cape Cross seal colony
Overnight:                  Campsite – basic ablution facilities.
Distance/time:          250km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

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Day 10 : Brandberg

[camping BLD]
Our next stop is the Brandberg where we camp next to the dry Ugab River, home to the rare desert elephants. We explore the mountains on foot with our local guides, who lead us through this region adorned with rock art.

Day 10: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    Entrance to see San Rock Art and guided walk with local guide
Overnight:                  Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool.
Distance/time:          170km, ± 2½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

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Day 11 – 12 : Etosha National Park

[camping BLD]
Etosha National Park, “the great white place of dry water”, in the game rich northwest corner of Namibia offers a variety of wildlife. We take game drives around the huge dry pan to find the elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes before we camp at Okaukuejo with its flood-lit waterhole. (Subject to animal movements we may use any of the 3 camps in Etosha.)

Day 11, 12: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 11, 12: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 11, 12: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Etosha National Park. Morning and afternoon game drives
Overnight:                  Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant, bar & shop
Distance/time:          400kms, ± 5½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing + 2 x 3 hour game drives per day
Optional Activities:    Night game drive in National Park vehicles

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Day 13 : Windhoek

[permanent tent BL-]
The charm of the city of Windhoek lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people.  We visit the cosmopolitan capital and enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense).

Day 13: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Dinner own expense

Includes:                    -
Overnight:                 Klein Windhoek Guest House – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.  WiFi available
Distance/time:          500kms, ± 7 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

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Day 14 : Departure

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Tour ends at 08:00 at the guesthouse. Transfers to airport available on request.

Day 14: Breakfast provided by the guest house

Included

Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bag/pillow)
Meals as per itinerary
Transport
Professional guides

Excluded

International flights
Pre / Post tour accommodation
Airport transfers
Travel insurance
Visas
Vaccinations
Gratuities
Optional activities