From the cosmopolitan streets of Cape Town to the desert and lunar scenery of Namibia, witness the diversity of southwestern Africa on this 12-day nature adventure. Leave footprints on some of the world's highest sand dunes, peer deep into the heart of Africa’s largest canyon, and experience incredible wildlife drives through Etosha National Park. Your knowledgeable CEO will take care of the planning while you recharge in a combination of hotels, camping, and guesthouses for a cultural experience you’ll treasure forever. Have your breath taken away by incredible scenery and marvel at amazing wildlife – this is truly an African experience!

Itinerary

Day 1Cape Town

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned on until an evening welcome meeting. We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully enjoy this city.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

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Optional Activities - Day 1

Accommodation

Lady Hamilton Hotel (or similar)

Hotel

Day 2Cape Town/Lambert's Bay

Head up the coast to Lambert's Bay, stopping along the way. Opt to visit Bird Island or stroll through this charming town.

Travelling from Cape Town, continue north towards Namaqualand, keeping an eye out for fields of Namaqualand daisies (in season August and September).

At Clanwilliam, head towards the coast again and on to Lambert’s Bay, a picturesque town on the west coast of South Africa.

Stop along the way at a wine farm and opt to taste the local vintage.

Private Vehicle

Cape Town – Lambert's Bay5h30m350km

Travelling from Cape Town to Lambert's Bay, stop along the way at a wine farm for the opportunity to enjoy a wine tasting.

Accommodation

Sir Lambert's Guest House (or similar)

Guesthouse

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 3Lambert's Bay/Orange River

Continue north and cross into Namibia. Settle in by the banks of the Gariep River with time to swim or just relax.

Travelling north, enjoy a full day's travel through this dry and remote part of South Africa. 

In the mid-afternoon, cross into Namibia and a more arid region and stop at scenic Gariep (Orange) River for the evening. 

After getting settled, enjoy the late afternoon by the river bank.

Private Vehicle

Lambert's Bay – Orange River7h450km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Border Crossing (South Africa - Namibia)

Vioolsdrift – Noordoewer

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Accommodation

Norotshama River Resort (or similar)

Resort

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 4Orange River/Fish River Canyon

Continue on to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and take in the majestic beauty. Opt to relax in the hotel's pool while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

 

Private Vehicle

Orange River – Fish River Canyon5h30m330km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Fish River Canyon Visit

Fish River Canyon

Visit Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and, arguably, the second largest in the world. We will only have access to the rim, but the views are spectacular.

Accommodation

Hobas Campsite (or similar)

Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 5Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert

Travel north from the Fish River Canyon, enjoying dramatic Namibian landscapes as you move up towards Sesriem.

Continue through Namaland en route to the Namib Desert. 

Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. 

Private Vehicle

Fish River Canyon – Namib Desert5h30m400km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Sossus Oasis Campsite (or similar)

Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6Namib Desert

Visit Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon. Opt to climb up the breathtaking Dune 45.

Enjoy a visit to Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largest sand dunes, up to 300m (984 ft) high. Here, use some free time to enjoy the sand dunes on your own. Visit the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area.

Free Time

Namib DesertFull Day

Head out and start exploring this unusual environment.

Sossusvlei Dunes Visit

Namib Desert

This area is famous for its high, red sand dunes. This clay and salt pan is surrounded by the dunes, making it a spectacularly beautiful sight with a remote and isolated feel.

Sesriem Canyon Visit

Namib Desert

Enjoy a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. The Tsauchab River flows through the canyon every five to ten years, and this creates the nearby salt and clay pan of Sossusvlei.

Accommodation

Sossus Oasis Campsite (or similar)

Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7Namib Desert/Swakopmund

Enjoy the views of the Namib desert before arriving in the historical town of Swakopmund. 

Get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region. 

En route to the Namibian coast, take a coffee break in Solitaire, a mystical village consisting of a filling station, general dealer/coffee shop, and small mechanical workshop. Before arriving to Swakopmund, drive through Walvis Bay, the only town on the Namibian coastline that boasts a deep-sea harbor. 

Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such as sandboarding or a skydiving. 

Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants. 

Private Vehicle

Namib Desert – Swakopmund4h30m260km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Europa Hof (or similar)

Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 8Swakopmund

Spend a day exploring all the area has to offer. Optional activities include sandboarding, skydiving, and quad biking.

 

Carte Blanche

SwakopmundFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Swakopmund, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like quad biking, sandboarding, and skydiving. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

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Accommodation

Europa Hof (or similar)

Hotel

Day 9Swakopmund/Etosha National Park

Enter Etosha National Park and enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle. Opt to explore more on an open safari vehicle drive.

Begin moving east into the interior of Namibia. On this route, pass through a lunar landscape and see the imposing Spitzkoppe, also known as the “Matterhorn” of Namibia, in the distance. 

Visit Etosha National Park on a wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle. Keep an eye out for lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and antelopes.

After sunset, some animals may head to the watering holes near the campground.

Opt to head out for more wildlife safari drives in an open safari vehicle to make the most of your time here.

Private Vehicle

Swakopmund – Etosha National Park7h30m610km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive

Etosha National Park

Set off into the wilds of Etosha National Park in the touring vehicle for a wildlife safari drive. Over 100 species of mammals call Etosha home, including elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, and hyenas.

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Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

Etosha National Park

660NAD per person

Set off in an open 4x4 safari vehicle with a naturalist guide in search of the stunning wildlife in the park. Wildlife often come to the many watering holes to drink, so keep your eyes peeled for many animals on the move.

Accommodation

Etosha NP Okaukuejo Restcamp (or similar)

Campground

Day 10Etosha National Park

Enjoy another wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle and keep your eyes peeled for the vast array of incredible animals.

 

Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive

Etosha National Park

Set off into the wilds of Etosha National Park in the touring vehicle for a wildlife safari drive. Over 100 species of mammals call Etosha home, including elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, and hyenas.

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Optional Activities - Day 10

Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

Etosha National Park

660NAD per person

Set off in an open 4x4 safari vehicle with a naturalist guide in search of the stunning wildlife in the park. Wildlife often come to the many watering holes to drink, so keep your eyes peeled for many animals on the move.

Accommodation

Etosha NP Okaukuejo Restcamp (or similar)

Campground

Day 11Etosha National Park/Windhoek

Explore the German-influenced capital city of Windhoek.

Leave Etosha National Park and head south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek. 

Accommodation here is a hotel with en suite bathrooms. The hotel offers air conditioning, a swimming pool, internet access, and a restaurant.

Private Vehicle

Etosha National Park – Windhoek4h30m-5h30m415km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Auas City Hotel (or similar)

Hotel

Day 12Windhoek

Depart at any time.

 

Meals included:

 Breakfast

COST 

Contact ben@photographerswithoutborders.org for pricing.

What's Included

  • Fish River Canyon entrance
  • Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon entrance
  • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives in our vehicle
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), lodges (1 nt), participation camping (4 nts).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Allow USD265-345 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned touring vehicle, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver throughout, local guides.

My Own Room - From $319.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Windhoek to Cape Town. See Cape & Dunes Discoverer