This journey through South Africa and Namibia takes you to some of the continent’s most dramatic, wild, raw and captivating landscapes. The sparkle and glamour of Cape Town is starkly contrasted as you stand beside the country’s largest river, and the continent’s largest canyon. Towering ancient pink and orange sand dunes challenge your understanding of the capabilities of nature, while game drives through Etosha National Park will overwhelm you with the power and vibrancy of the animal kingdom....
Cape Town – Welcome to South Africa
South African vacations must include the dazzling city of Cape Town, and this is where you will begin your enthralling tour of southwestern Africa. All that will separate you from a full day exploring the city will be collecting baggage, connecting with your transfer, and checking into your hotel. After accomplishing that, you will have the remainder of the day to explore this captivating city.
While the day is yours to design, we might suggest spending some time at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, sampling local wines, tasting famous dishes, and fitting in a bit of shopping. Consider soaking in some local history through a tour of the Robben Island Museum, and absorb the local culture as you listen to marimba bands play classic South African songs at sunset. A boat tour through this working harbor at sunset will provide a stunning evening view of the city and Table Mountain before you sleepily retire to your hotel for the night.
Gariep River Tented Camp – Travel North via Rooibos Tea Plantations
Fish River Canyon Tented Camp – The Continent’s Largest Canyon
Sossusvlei – Large Clay Pan Enclosed by Enormous Sand Dunes
Sossusvlei – Spend a Full Day Exploring the Namib Desert
Swakopmund – The Historic and Coastal Town
Swakopmund – Endless Outdoor Adventure Options
Skeleton Coast – Entering the Heart of Damaraland
Etosha National Park – Game Drives across an Epic Landscape
Etosha National Park – Spend a Full Day on Safari
Waterberg Plateau Game Reserve – Return South by Road
Windhoek – Travel through the Countryside to the Capital
Windhoek – Depart to Home
- Traverse Etosha National Park on a classic African safari, searching for intimate encounters with black and white rhinoceros as well as the continent’s tallest elephants
- Wander the sparkling streets of Cape Town, sampling the country’s finest food and wine
- Stand on the edge of the largest canyon in Africa, sipping a cocktail as the sun dips below the horizon
- Traverse the remarkable Namib Desert, marveling at the height of the world’s tallest sand dunes
- Wander through the quirky and adventure-filled town of Swakopmund, observing how remnants of German colonial history have blended with modern day Namibia
- Search for ancient bushmen paintings on the rocky outcroppings that characterize Damaraland
The glitter and glamour of this tour’s first day in Cape Town is quickly contrasted by a trip to South Africa’s largest river, and the continent’s largest canyon. This tour plunges guests into the wilderness with a night camping on the shores of the Gariep River before crossing the border into Namibia where you will stand on the edge of the dramatic Fish River Canyon. Rocky plateaus and interconnected water pools make this one of the continent’s most remarkable natural wonders and the world’s second largest canyon.
From Fish River, you will move into the heart of the Namib Desert. Here, a series of mammoth pink, orange and red sand dunes surround a collection of unique pans. With opportunities to hike, wander, fly and even sand board across the dunes, you will be able to experience the eerie magic of this region from all perspectives. The arid region is perfectly complimented by a few days on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by seals and quirky German architecture in the town of Swakopmund.
The tour culminates with the quintessential safari experience, in one of southern Africa’s most stunning and seldom visited national parks: Etosha. Game drives revolve around a shimmering silver pan, which provides sustenance to a stunning flamingo population in addition to a rich variety of mammals, birds and reptiles. A series of guided game drives will likely bring you in close proximity to Africa’s tallest elephants, and to the side of endangered black and white rhinoceros before you eventually return home via the capital city of Windhoek.
Ideal Travel Months
Namibia is a generally warm and dry country, making for pleasant traveling conditions year round. December through to March are typically the more humid months, with localized storms occurring for short periods in central regions of the country. April and May are among the freshest months. Between June and August – winter in the Southern Hemisphere – temperatures do become quite cool at night, before warming up in September and October. Tourism is highest between July and October, and lowest between December and April. Should the safari be the focal point of your experience, July through to September often offers the best game viewing.
$5,520 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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