9 days

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The orange blaze of Sossusvlei's desert dunes

Seaside holiday town of Swakopmund

Off-the-beaten-track Fish River Canyon - the second largest canyon in the world

Cape Town - South Africa's 'Mother City'

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    At over 500 million years old, Fish River Canyon is home to several hardy mammals, including the rock hyrax. These little creatures look somewhat like a rabbit, growing to about 50 centimetres and weighing around four kilograms. So it might surprise you to learn that their closes living relative is the elephant.

    Why we love it

    • From quiet seaside towns to cavernous canyons and vast desert, Namibia is an incredible and naturally diverse country.
    • Feast on oysters and enjoy the peace of the quaint fishing village and 'diamond of the west coast', Lamberts Bay. You may also see spectacular flocks of the rare gannet here.
    • Canoe along the famed Orange River and past the Richtersveld Mountains, the oldest desert mountains in the world.
    • Visit the spectacular River Fish Canyon – one of the largest canyons in the world. See the spectacular birdlife that inhabits the canyon, and enjoy breathtaking views.
    • Watch the sun set over the spectacular dunes of the oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert.
    • Spend time at the beach town of Swakopmund, exploring open air markets and relaxing by the water.
    • Finish the trip in the charming Germanic colonial town of Windhoek.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Cape Town

    • Today is arrival day in Cape Town. On arrival, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation, where you'll meet the rest of your group. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. There will be a group meeting held this evening. Please check Reception for details.
    • There is so much to see and do here, we recommend booking a couple of extra nights before your trip starts so you can explore the city in depth.
    • Highly-recommended excursions include catching the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, taking the ferry across to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, and a day trip down to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Peninsula.
    Cape Milner Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Lamberts Bay - Clanwilliam

    • You will leave Cape Town and head to the small seaside town of Lamberts Bay today, travelling along the west coast.
    • Its white beaches, lobsters and incredible wildlife have earned it the name ‘diamond of west coast’, but in reality, Lamberts Bay is a quaint fishing town tucked into the western Cape Province - it is best explored by foot.
    • While you are here you will visit Cape Gannet Island. In August and September, you may catch flocks of beautiful gannet – they use the island for breeding. This is a great opportunity for keen bird watchers - this colony is the most accessible of the six located in South Africa and Namibia.
    • Observing these creatures as they wheel, land and settle into their designated positions within their community is truly a spectacle.
    • Have lunch at a local restaurant dubbed one of the "Top Ten Sea Views to Dine For" by National Geographic.
    • You will continue back to Clanwilliam where you will spend the night.
    Clanwilliam Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Orange River

    • You will leave your coastal retreat behind and cross the border into Namibia today. You should reach your destination on the banks of the Orange River by mid-afternoon. The border crossing and a few photo stops could delay this arrival slightly.
    • The Orange River is the longest in South Africa, running from high up in the Drakensberg mountain range and on to the Atlantic Ocean.
    • The river is significant for its role in transporting diamonds which in turn leaves the deposits that are found along the Namibian coastline.
    Felix Unite or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Fish River Canyon

    • You will start the day with a half-day canoe adventure along the Orange River today. You will wind through the Richtersveld Mountains, the oldest desert mountains in the world.
    • You will return to land and venture to the Fish River Canyon – one of the largest canyons in the world. You will stop at various lookouts, which offer spectacular views and photographic opportunities.
    • You will have the chance to see some beautiful birdlife while you’re here, including plovers, wagtails, hammerkops and herons. If you are lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a baboon or antelope at dusk.
    • Tonight will be spent in a unique lodge.
    Canyon Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5-6 - Sossusvlei

    • Today will take you to the eastern edge of the Namib Desert. Known for its array of geological features, The Namib Desert is also the oldest desert in the world.
    • You will enjoy the spectacular diversity of the region as you drive to your lodging for the night.
    • Upon arrival, you can cool off in the swimming pool, before going for a walk to watch the sun set across the breathtaking landscape.
    • You will have a free day here to explore Sossusvlei or relax by the swimming pool. If you awake early, the sunrise over the dunes is incredible.
    • Why not finish your Namib-Naukluft National Park experience on a high with an optional visit to Elim Dune.
    Solitaire Guest Farm or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7-8 - Swakopmund

    • Travel on through the Namib Desert today, to reach the Atlantic Ocean coastline – a beautiful, diverse, and colourful landscape.
    • From your desert lodge among the dunes, you will traverse desert mountains and the awe-inspiring Kuiseb Canyon, before arriving at the beachside town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast.
    • You will have free time here to enjoy this gorgeous coastal town. The accommodation is within walking distance of the town, where you can enjoy a walk on the beach, open air markets, the local museum or even the Namibian National Marine Aquarium.
    • There are a number of optional activities available here for those who are interested; they all come at an extra cost.
    Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 9 - Windhoek

    • From your coastal escape, you will head to Windhoek, an old German colonial town, now a cosmopolitan centre.
    • The Germanic colonial architecture offers the town a historic atmosphere. The Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus are all worthy of a visit.
    • Your trip ends here, and there is no accommodation arranged for the night.
    • If you would like to book additional accommodation, you can request it when you book your trip. You can fly out if you wish, but please note that the airport is an hour drive from town, and we generally don’t arrive in Windhoek until after 5pm.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced, English-speaking local Peregrine leader and specialist local guides at some sites
    • Arrival transfer
    • Entrance fees and game activities
    • 2 days at Swakopmund, 2 days at Sossusvlei, 1 day at Orange River and 1 day at Fish River Canyon

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS:
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS:
    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES:
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.<

    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

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Trip Code PFNER
Group size 6 - 15
Start City: Cape Town, South Africa
End City: Windhoek, Namibia

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