Days
13
Price from
$4,615NZD

Flanked by ocean and desert, Namibia boasts both landscapes and wildlife of world-class diversity. From Etosha National Park’s myriad bird varieties to the Cape gannets of Lambert’s Bay, this two-week journey from Namibia into South Africa is one you’ll need your camera for.


Start
Windhoek, Namibia
Finish
Cape Town, South Africa
Countries
Namibia, South Africa
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Wildlife
Code
PFCN
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
24 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13

Why we love this trip

  • The unique landscape of Etosha National Park makes it one of the best animal-viewing destinations in the world, and you'll enjoy a full day of game drives here.

  • Ponder the fallen colossi of the Petrified Forest, some of its dried-out trees as thick as six metres.

  • As eerie as they are fascinating, the sand dunes of the Sossusvlei can be seen in all their blazing beauty from the top of Dune 45.

  • Enjoy an adventurous yet relaxing canoe trip down the picturesque Orange River as the day melts into sunset.

  • The scale of Fish River Canyon is staggering, but its gorgeous birdlife and myriad colours at dusk make it more than just Africa's Grand Canyon.

  • Lunch in Lambert's Bay is one to remember. This open-air restaurant, Muisbosskerm, was rated by National Geographic as having one of the 'Top Ten Sea Views to Dine For'.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Purpose-built overland vehicles are used for the duration of this trip. While these vehicles are not air-conditioned, all windows open to allow fresh air flow.

  • Road travel in Africa comes with a considerable amount of dust and it can get hot and windy, especially in Namibia. It wouldn't be an adventure without the elements, of course!

  • There are a number of long travel days on this itinerary, which can be exacerbated by bumpy untarred African roads. Refer to the approximate travel times listed in brackets in the itinerary.

  • Overlanding is the perfect journey for those travellers with an open mind and the spirit for adventure. However it may be quite different to any style of travel you have experienced before. Ask your agent for a copy of our Peregrine overlanding flyer for more information.

  • You don't need to be a professional athlete to go on an overland safari, but you will need a good level of physical resilience and movement, especially for entering and exiting the vehicles. There's also a half-day canoe trip along the Orange River.

  • Namibia summer ( Nov-Mar ) can be very hot and humid with maximum temperatures around 30-35°C and peaks of over 40°C in the desert.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 May 2016 to 04 January 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 05 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Your journey begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm 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. Those arriving early can take a stroll around the town and visit some of its museums or perhaps take a township tour. Take in the German architecture evident in a number of buildings. The finest are the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Thule (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Travel to Etosha National Park (approximately 7–8 hours). Time permitting, you might embark on a short afternoon game drive when you arrive on Day 2. This is one of the world's premier game-viewing destinations; spotting animals in the park is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large, sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is difficult to see through, but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to allow for sightings. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching, so there are large herds of elephants, antelope and other herbivores.
Accommodation
  • Toshari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Etosha National Park - Game drives
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy a full day of game viewing in the truck. Keep a close eye on the landscape for black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik. The park is also home to some 340 bird species. Afterwards you will return to the lodge, where you can go for a refreshing swim in the pool. Reflect on the day's adventures with your fellow travellers over dinner.
Accommodation
  • Toshari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Etosha National Park - Game drives
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Venture off the beaten track as you head into the heart of Damaraland (approximately 7 hours). You should arrive at your lodge early this evening. Accommodation for the next two nights is situated on the banks of the Hoanib River in the Khowarib Gorge and is a feature stay on this itinerary. Ensuite tented chalets have viewing platforms over the riverbank with outdoor bathrooms. Home to Namibia's highest peak, ancient rock paintings and petrified forests, the harshly beautiful and sparsely populated Damaraland region is a land of extraordinary contrasts. On the way to your lodge, you will spend the afternoon visiting the surrounding sights such as Twyfelfontein Heritage Site and the Petrified Forest. Depending on the time of year, you might be lucky enough to see the desert elephants that roam the area.
Accommodation
  • Khowarib Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Damaraland - Twyfelfontein Bushman Paintings
  • Damaraland - Twyfelfontein Heritage Site
  • Damaraland - Petrified Forest
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Many of the roads we travel on today will be untarred and often corrogated. They are some of the worst on this itinerary so be prepared from some extra bumps. We will be accompanied by local guides at both the Petrified forest and the Twyfelfontein sites. The guided walks take between 30-60mins and although not difficult there are some steep rocks and hills at the Twyfelfontein site. It can get hot at this time of day so be sure to have a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water with you.
Today is a free day for you to explore the region and perhaps look at some of the optional activities in the area. There are a number of optional activities that the lodge staff can organise for you including guided nature walks, a village visit to meet the local Himba people, or a 4x4 safari to track Elephants.

Notes: Daytime temperatures in this area often peak around 30°C, so it's best to see sights as early as possible before the heat becomes too intense. This way you can spend the remainder of your day back at the camp, relaxing by the pool or in the shade.
Accommodation
  • Khowarib Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Travel on through the Namib Desert today (approximately 8-9 hours) to reach the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Take in the beautiful, diverse and colourful landscapes that stream past along the way; mountains, sand dunes, ocean waves and, shipwrecks. 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 interesting township of German-Namibian atmosphere. The accommodation is within walking distance of the town, and you can enjoy a walk on the beach, or visit the open-air markets or local museum.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. We have not risk assessed all activities and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. If you are unsure please check with your leader.
Please note that it is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk assessed or do not adhere to our company’s Responsible Travel policy and ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles.
With free time today, you may wish to take an optional 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, making for quite the spectacle. Quite a smell too, if the wind happens to change direction. Wander the coastline and attempt to document these beautiful creatures in a photo or two, and visit the large cross that sits nearby, left there by Diego Cao (the first European to arrive on Namibian soil in 1485). There are also a number of optional activities available here (at extra cost) for those who are interested.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart your coastal retreat in Swakopmund and head south today towards Sesriem. (approximately 6 hours).
Walvis Bay is the hibernation area for thousands of migratory birds, most notably Flamingos. If in season you may take quick detour to see these elegant birds.Continue on past moon valley; an eerie rocky granite valley, and the Tropic of Capricorn. Stop by the small settlement of Solitaire before arriving at your lodge. Scattered with abandoned trucks, cars, petrol pumps and cacti, It's only place between Walvis Bay and Sossusvlei to feature a petrol station, post office, general dealer, and bakery! The local Apple Pie has earned itself quite a reputation too.
Accommodation
  • Solitaire Guest Farm or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Make an early-morning visit to Sossusvlei, which lies at the end of an ancient riverbed. This is a great opportunity for unsurpassed views of the surrounding area. Climbing to the top of Dune 45 will reward you with spectacular vistas of the surreal desert landscape. After breakfast head to Dead Vlei. A clay pan well known for the iconic postcard like images taken here by many. The pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world, "Big Daddy" or "Crazy Dune" average about 350m. In the afternoon you will visit Sesriem Gorge, tranquil natural corridor you can walk through and explore. Head back to the lodge for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Solitaire Guest Farm or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sesriem - Sesriem Canyon
  • Guided desert walk - Sossusvlei
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
If you want to avoid a long walk in the sun you can opt to pay for a 4x4 transfer from the 2x2 car park out to the Dead Vlei.entrance point This will cost approx. 100NAD per person.
Depart Sossusvlei early this morning and head to Fish River Canyon (approximately 8-9 hours ). If there's time, check into the lodge quickly before heading to the Canyon for sunset. At 500 metres deep and over 160 km long, Fish River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world, ranking close in size to Peru's Colca Canyon and the Grand Canyon in the USA. You will stop at various lookouts that reveal fantastic views. Keep an eye out for some of the birds that inhabit this area, including plovers, wagtails, hammerkops and herons. If you're lucky you might 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. There are remarkable photographic opportunities here, and you'll have plenty of time to take in the sunset glows before heading to your lodge. It's easy to see why the Canyon Lodge is a feature stay on this trip. The natural stone chalets and perfectly landscaped gardens really make it feel like an oasis in the middle of nowhere.
Accommodation
  • Canyon Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fish River Canyon - Canyon entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Farewell Fish River Canyon and head on to Orange River, just a short
2.5 to 3 hour drive away. You should reach your destination on the banks of the river by lunchtime. The Orange River is the longest stream in South Africa, running from high up in the Drakensberg mountain range and into the Atlantic Ocean. This stream is significant for its role in transporting diamonds, which in turn leaves the deposits that are found along the Namibian coastline. Set off this afternoon on a 10km canoe journey down the Orange River. The canoe trip will be done in 2 man canoes with a local guide. It is a slow paced trip covering approximately 10km and we should be travelling down stream for most or all of the trip.
Accommodation
  • Felix Unite or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The canoe trip will be done in 2 man canoes with a local guide. It is a slow paced trip covering approximately 10km and we should be travelling down stream for most or all of the trip.
Leaving Namibia behind, you will cross the border and head into South Africa (approximately 8 hours). Arrive at your guesthouse in the late afternoon or early evening, depending on how much time it takes for border crossing formalities and photo stops along the way. Tonight will be spent in Clanwilliam.
Accommodation
  • Clanwilliam Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Orange River - Canoe trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Travel to Cape Gannet Island today in Lambert's bay (approximately 1 hour). At the right time of the year, you might be lucky enough to view the spectacular flocks of gannet, which make use of the spot for breeding in August and September. The colony at Lambert's Bay is the most accessible of the six gannet colonies in South Africa and Namibia. It's amazing to watch these creatures in their tightly packed community, as they wheel, land and settle into their designated positions. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch today at a local open-air restaurant which boasts world-class ocean views. Continue on to Cape Town (approximately 4-5 hours) where this trip finishes on arrival.

Notes: If you're flying out of Cape Town today, it's best you don't book a flight that departs before 10 pm.
Included Activities
  • Lamberts bay - Cape Gannet Island
Optional Activities
  • Cape Town - Table Mountain Hike - ZAR720
  • Cape Town - Table Mountain aerial cable - ZAR250
  • Cape Town - Robben Island tour - ZAR260
  • Cape Town - South African Museum - ZAR27
  • Cape Town - District Six Museum - ZAR25
  • Cape Town - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - ZAR45
  • Cape Town - South Africa National Gallery - ZAR35
  • Cape Town - Harbour cruise - ZAR200
  • Cape Town - Bo-Kaap Museum - ZAR30
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle, Custom-built overland vehicle, On foot, Private vehicle, Canoe

Accommodation

Cabin (1 night), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Lodge (6 nights)

Included Activities

  • Etosha National Park - Game drives
  • Damaraland - Twyfelfontein Bushman Paintings
  • Damaraland - Twyfelfontein Heritage Site
  • Damaraland - Petrified Forest
  • Sesriem - Sesriem Canyon
  • Guided desert walk - Sossusvlei
  • Fish River Canyon - Canyon entrance
  • Orange River - Canoe trip
  • Lamberts bay - Cape Gannet Island

Reviews

Our Classic Namibia trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 24 reviews in the last year.

Classic Namibia, September 2016

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Classic Namibia, October 2016

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available for this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

GROUP COMPOSITION:
Some passengers on this trip will have been travelling together prior to the start of your trip. Please see Delta, Dunes & Falls (PFDD) for the trip that starts in Victoria Falls.

FINISH TIME:
Your tour ends on the final day in Cape Town. Please do not book any flights out of Cape Town prior to 10pm on this day.

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