DAYS 130 – 142: NAMIBIA & SOUTH AFRICA
From D’kar you will have a full day’s drive across the border from Botswana into Namibia and you will make your way to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.
From Windhoek you will head for Etosha National Park which is one of the world’s pre-eminent wildlife areas with good chance to see the ‘Big Five’. You will stay in the park for two nights giving us plenty of opportunity for game drives in your truck! At one of the campsites you will stay in, Okaukuejo, there is a floodlit waterhole visited by many different species throughout the day and night.
From Etosha you will drive south to the stunning mountains of Spitzkoppe. This remote region has breathtaking sunsets and sunrises as the colour of the landscape takes on remarkable oranges and reds. The following day you will head for Swakopmund, an old German colonial town which has become the adventure capital of the region. En route you will stop off at Cape Cross, home to about 200,000 Cape Fur Seals, a sight, sound (and smell!) to behold.
Swakopmund is a place for the adrenaline junky as there are some excellent adventure activities that you could try. Some of the most popular include sandboarding, quad biking across the beautiful dunes and tandem skydiving over the desert. You will have two nights here to explore the town and get involved in the activities on offer.
Your next stop will be Sesriem which will be your base for exploring the fabled sand dunes of the Namib Desert and the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The most spectacular dune fields are found near Sesriem Canyon, a 30m deep canyon through the mountains. The dunes themselves are stunning with magnificent red/orange tones from the brightly coloured sands. They are in fact the highest in the world and are home to a plethora of animal life. The sight of the graceful oryx wandering along the base of these massive dunes is beautiful to see.
Dune 45 is the most famous of the dunes, standing at over 170m tall, it is composed of 5 million year old sand that is detritus accumulated by the Orange River from the Kalahari Desert and then blown here. Climbing the dune to witness the incredible shifting colours of the Namib deserts at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. We will also have an included guided walk through the Dead Vlei to learn about the delicate desert ecosystem.
From Sesriem you will drive to the strange landscape of the Giant’s Playground near Keetmanshoop. You will have a free afternoon to explore the Giant’s Playground and the surrounding Quiver Tree Forest.
From the Giant’s Playground you will travel south to the dramatic scenery of the Fish River Canyon. Here you will have a good amount of time for exploration and taking in the beautiful sunset over the canyon. . Fish River Canyon is one of the great natural wonders of Africa. It is one of the largest canyons in the world, ranking close to the dimensions of the Colca Canyon in Peru and the Grand Canyon in the U.S.A.
The following morning you will drive to Noordoewer, next to the scenic banks of the Gariep (Orange) River – the natural border between Namibia and South Africa. There is also a possibility of visiting the Ais Ais hot springs en route. This afternoon you can take the opportunity to take an optional canoeing tour on the Orange River.
From the Orange River you will cross the border into South Africa and head down the Western Cape to Citrusdal. In the evening you will have the opportunity for some wine-tasting.
Your final day on this epic 20-week overland tour from Cairo will take you down the Western Cape to the charming and beautiful city of Cape Town.
Your overland tour does not include any accommodation in Cape Town, but there is so much to see and do in this wonderful city that we strongly recommend staying on for a couple of days after your overland tour to explore the city. With vineyards on its doorstep, adventure activities around every other corner and plenty of restaurants and cafes to while away the time, this is a fantastic holiday destination in its own right. It’s a great place to kick back and relax on one of the beautiful beaches, or if you’d rather get active, hop inside the revolving cable car and set off on one of hundreds of hiking trails that criss cross Table Mountain to it’s summit, stopping off to admire the views of Camps Bay down below. If you’ve got any energy left you can even strap on a harness and abseil all the way down. Other attractions in the city include the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Robben Island and the Cape Point Nature Reserve.