DAYS 1 – 16: SOUTH AFRICA & NAMIBIA
Your epic overland tour to Cairo starts in the fantastic city of Cape Town.
From there you head north for a day through the Cederburg Wilderness Area, an area of rugged valleys and peaks.
You will cross the border from South Africa to Namibia at the Orange River. Your first stop in Namibia will be the Fish River Canyon for a couple of hours to take in the awesome scenery. A one-day drive will then take you to the Namib-Naukluft Park, a vast expanse of desert which contains some of the highest sand dunes in the world. At Sossusvlei you will stop and explore the area and the dunes.
For the next three days, you will be based in Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure gateway. You can choose between a variety of activities and excursions here: spend a day deep sea fishing for game fish or head out to the desert and try quad biking and dune sledding. You can also go horse riding or get a bird’s eye view of the dramatic coastline by sky diving from 10,000 feet or taking a flight over the towering sand dunes in the area. In Swakopmund itself you can walk along miles of deserted beaches, visit the museum or relax in a cafe.
After leaving Swakopmund, you will travel to the stunning Spitzkoppe Rock formations. Known as the Matterhorn of Namibia, the Spitzkoppe is part of the Erongo Mt range and was formed over 100 million years ago after the collapse of a gigantic volcano. The scenery is striking from every angle – even more stunning as the granite massifs turn red at sunset.
Next stop is the world famous Cape Cross Seal Colony, where the sight of thousands of these mammals, as well as their accompanying pungent odour is remembered by all! The Cool Atlantic Ocean and the prominent Benguela current provide a perfect location for feeding and breeding for the Cape Fur Seal.
Passing through the Brandberg Mountains in Demaraland you will pay a visit to a local Cheetah Park and get up close to these amazing and endangered creatures, before heading to Etosha National Park.
Etosha National Park is recognised as one of the world’s greatest wildlife viewing areas. Besides game drives you can also game watch by night at one of the floodlit water holes where we may well spot Rhino, Elephant and Giraffe among a host of other wildlife.