7 Day Cape Town to Swakopmund Overland

From R 12750

DURATION:

7 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

CAPE TOWN

ENDING POINT:

SWAKOPMUND

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

ANOCS7

people balance on dead tree namib desert deadvlei

This short overland tour takes you from Cape Town all the way up to Swakopmund in Nambia.

Travel from Cape Town to the beautiful Cederberg Region for some incredible views, a wine tasting and a traditional dinner. The next day the trip continues to the Orange River, the longest river in South Africa and we will experience our first desert vistas. On day three we will visit one of the largest canyons in the world, the Fish River Canyon. On day five you will climb the stunning Dune 45 and you will enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see in your life. The next day will be spend visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. This wonderful tour comes to an end in Swakopmund.

This trip is also available in reverse order if you wish to start in Swakopmund and finish in Cape Town.

7 Day Cape Town to Swakopmund Overland

Please Note that the below itinerary is for the camping version of this tour. The accommodated itinerary may be slightly different. Please contact us if you are interested in the accommodated tour’s itinerary.

Day 1 – South Africa – Cederberg Region

Leaving Cape Town we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay. 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 Cedarberg 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 Cedarberg, 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.

Accommodation: Marcuskraal Campsite; www.marcuskraal.co.za
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Traditional Dinner

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 journey 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 vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.

Accommodation: Fiddlers Creek Campsite; www.felixunite.com/accommodation/cabanas
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Citrusdal to Orange River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River 

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, 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 (after lunch) we depart the Orange River and head inland to our overnight stop. At Ais Ais, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the mineral and sulphur rich hot springs.

Accommodation: NWR Ai Ais Resort www.nwr.com.na/index.php/resorts/ai-ais-hotsprings-spa
Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Orange/Gariep River to Ai Ais
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

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

Accommodation: Schutzenhaus Guesthouse www.schuetzenhaus-namibia.com
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Day 5 – 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. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

*If you are booking the camping tour departing on the 6th November, you will be staying in rooms. All other camping departures will be camping with shared ablutions.*

Accommodation: Hammerstein Lodge www.hammersteinlodge.com
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft NP
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

Today we will rise early for our drive to the Namib-Naukluft National Park.  We will enter the park just after sunrise and travel through to the famous Dune 45. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 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, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land.

Accommodation: Hammerstein Lodge
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei

Day 7 – Swakopmund

Our final day in the desert continues as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion. Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation 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 your tour will come to an end. You will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer, should you wish to spend additional nights in the town.

Accommodation: Post tour accommodation can be booked through your guide

Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
Meals: Breakfast
Included Activity: Tropic of Capricorn, Walvis Bay Lagoon, guided desert walk with local expert.

Camping – R14450

Accommodated – R22750
Accommodated Single Supplement – R1400

Includes:

All meals as per itinerary which are prepared and served at the truck / accommodation / qualified crew / filtered water / transport in the truck / included highlights as per the itinerary / entrance fees to National Parks.

Excludes:

Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, soft drinks, tips) / entrance fees (associated with optional activities) / souvenirs

Please note that maps shown are a rough guide. Exact locations and routes might differ slightly to what is shown. Please refer to the tour itinerary for a more precise route.

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7 Day Cape Town to Swakopmund Overland

R12,750.00

This short overland tour takes you from Cape Town all the way up to Swakopmund in Nambia.

Travel from Cape Town to the beautiful Cederberg Region for some incredible views, a wine tasting and a traditional dinner. The next day the trip continues to the Orange River, the longest river in South Africa and we will experience our first desert vistas. On day three we will visit one of the largest canyons in the world, the Fish River Canyon. On day five you will climb the stunning Dune 45 and you will enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see in your life. The next day will be spend visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. This wonderful tour comes to an end in Swakopmund.

This trip is also available in reverse order if you wish to start in Swakopmund and finish in Cape Town.

Description

Please Note that the below itinerary is for the camping version of this tour. The accommodated itinerary may be slightly different. Please contact us if you are interested in the accommodated tour’s itinerary.

Day 1 – South Africa – Cederberg Region

Leaving Cape Town we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay. 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 Cedarberg 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 Cedarberg, 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.

Accommodation: Marcuskraal Campsite; www.marcuskraal.co.za
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Traditional Dinner

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 journey 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 vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.

Accommodation: Fiddlers Creek Campsite; www.felixunite.com/accommodation/cabanas
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Citrusdal to Orange River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River 

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, 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 (after lunch) we depart the Orange River and head inland to our overnight stop. At Ais Ais, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the mineral and sulphur rich hot springs.

Accommodation: NWR Ai Ais Resort www.nwr.com.na/index.php/resorts/ai-ais-hotsprings-spa
Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Orange/Gariep River to Ai Ais
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

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

Accommodation: Schutzenhaus Guesthouse www.schuetzenhaus-namibia.com
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Day 5 – 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. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

*If you are booking the camping tour departing on the 6th November, you will be staying in rooms. All other camping departures will be camping with shared ablutions.*

Accommodation: Hammerstein Lodge www.hammersteinlodge.com
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft NP
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

Today we will rise early for our drive to the Namib-Naukluft National Park.  We will enter the park just after sunrise and travel through to the famous Dune 45. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 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, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land.

Accommodation: Hammerstein Lodge
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei

Day 7 – Swakopmund

Our final day in the desert continues as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion. Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation 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 your tour will come to an end. You will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer, should you wish to spend additional nights in the town.

Accommodation: Post tour accommodation can be booked through your guide

Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
Meals: Breakfast
Included Activity: Tropic of Capricorn, Walvis Bay Lagoon, guided desert walk with local expert.

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