DAYS 104 – 119: NAMIBIA & SOUTH AFRICA

Travelling west you enter Namibia and continue toward Etosha National Park, recognised as one of the worlds greatest wildlife viewing areas. The semi desert is quite a contrast to the more fertile terrain we have been used to. The night sky ablaze with shooting stars and the warm glow of your campfire makes for unforgettable camping experiences. 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.

From Etosha you will visit a local Cheetah park and get up close to these amazing and endangered creatures, before continuing on to the Brandberg Mountains in Demaraland.

Cheetah & cub

You then 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.

For the next three days, your trans-Africa overland trip 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 shark and other 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, either 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.

A one day drive takes you to the Namib-Naukluft Park, a vast expanse of desert which contains some of the highest sand dunes in the world. At Sossusvlei we stop and explore the area and the dunes.

Sand dunes in Namibia

Continuing south you enter the semi-desert, and wide-open countryside of cattle ranching until you arrive at one of Africa’s most sensational natural features, Fish River Canyon. You will spend a few hours chilling out beside the massive gorge where you take in the awesome scenery before continuing along the dusty Namibian track.

A couple of hours’ drive takes you across the Orange River and into your final country, South Africa.  From the border you travel south through the Cederburg Wilderness Area, an area of rugged valleys and peaks on your way to the most southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas, it is the dividing line between the warm Indian Ocean and the cooler Atlantic Ocean. From August to November Southern Right and Humpback Whales maybe spotted along the coast – as they feed in the nutrient rich waters off the southern coast.

Your final destination for this amazing expedition is the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. Your overland tour includes one night’s accommodation in Cape Town, but it is well worth staying on for a few more days to explore everything this wonderful city has to offer, or perhaps even to explore the surrounding areas such as Stellenbosch and Hermanus.

Cape Town, South Africa

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