9 days

Namibia Explorer

Namibia Explorer

Cape Town - South Africa's 'Mother City'

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

Seaside holiday town of Swakopmund

The orange blaze of Sossusvlei's desert dunes

Trip rating

    This trip will be discontinued from 01 January, 2015.

    This trip has been replaced with our new Classic Namibia tour - trip code PFCN.

    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.


    Day 1 - Windhoek

    • Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1
    • You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place.
    • Take a stroll around the town and visit some of its museums or perhaps take a township tour.
    • Take in the German architecture can be seen in a number of buildings but the best are the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus.
    Roof of Africa or similar

    Day 2-3 - Swakopmund

    • Travel on through the Namib Desert today, to reach the Atlantic Ocean coastline – a beautiful, diverse, and colourful landscape. Your destination is the beachside town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast.
    • Upon arrival at Swakopmund, you will check into your hotel and have free time 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.
    • You may wish take an option trip north to Cape Cross - a breeding site for Cape fur seals. There can be in excess of 100,000 seals there at any given time, creating quite a spectacle. Quite a smell too, if the wind happens to change direction. You will wander the coastline and attempt to capture these beautiful creatures in a photo or two, and also visit the large cross that sits nearby, left there by Diego Cao, who was the first European person to arrive on Namibian soil in 1485.
    • There are also 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 4-5 - Sossusvlei

    • You will depart your coastal retreat in Swakopmund and head south today. Rising at dawn, you will venture through the orange-hued beauty of the immense sand dunes as the sun rises.
    • When you arrive, you will walk into Sossusvlei, which lies at the end of an ancient riverbed. If you are in the mood, a climb to the top of dune 45 will grant you unsurpassed views of the region.
    • In the afternoon you will visit Sesriem Gorge, a fascinating place of natural wonder.
    • 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 6 - Fish River Canyon

    • You leave Sossusvlei early and head to Fish River Canyon today – one of the largest canyons in the world. You will stop at various lookouts, which offer spectacular views and photographic opportunities.
    • You'll hopefully see some beautiful birdlife while you’re here, including plovers, wagtails, hammerkops and herons. If you're lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a baboon or antelope at dusk.
    • In the afternoon the magnificence of the canyon is amplified, as the setting sun reflects off walls and changes their colour.
    Canyon Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Orange River

    • You will leave Fish River Canyon today and head on to Orange River. You should reach your destination on the banks of the river by mid-afternoon.
    • 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 8 - Clanwilliam - Lambert Bay

    • Set off this morning on a canoe trip down the Orange River, before leaving Namibia behind and crossing the border into South Africa and to the small seaside town of Lamberts Bay.
    • 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.
    Clanwilliam Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 9 - Cape Town

    • 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 travel on to Cape Town today, where your trip will end upon arrival.
    • If you intend to fly out of Cape Town today, please don't book a flight before 10pm. You can choose to stay on in Cape Town if you wish, ask about additional accommodation when you book the trip.
    Breakfast | Lunch
  • 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
    • 1 day at Orange River, 1 day at Fish River Canyon, 2 days at Sossusvlei and 2 days at Swakopmund

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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 or putting it on the ground and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

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

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

    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 at a glance

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

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