Sossusvlei, Orange River, Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Quadbiking
Big open skies, panoramic views and spectacular sceneries make this 7 Day Desert Explorer tour a firm favourite on everyone’s bucket list!
Day 1 - South Africa – Cederberg Region
Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We will be heading north towards our stop for the first night, passing through the Cederberg Region. Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy a wine tasting, sampling wines from the region. Tonight we will be treated to a traditional South African meal, followed by a full tour briefing from your guides.
Day 2 - Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River
Today we travel through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok for any last requirements. After crossing the Namibian border we check into the lovely chalets overlooking the river that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
Day 3 - Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon
This morning there’s the chance to do an optional canoe trip down the Gariep River or to spend some time relaxing at the camp along the river. After lunch we travel north to the Fish River Canyon and take a scenic hike along the rim in order to gain some perspective as to just how large this natural phenomenon is. Later we return to Ai-Ais to check in to our accommodation and enjoy the hot springs.
Day 4 - Namib-Naukluft National Park
The Namib-Naukluft NP is one of Namibia’s geographic gems and at 50,000km2, is one of the largest parks in Africa. There are massive sand dunes in the Sossusvlei desert area as well as the remarkable landscape. Our lodge is situated outside the park.
Day 5 - Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park
We have a full day in the Namib-Naukluft National Park that starts with a walk up Dune 45 for an amazing view and photo opportunity. Later we will have the opportunity to be transported into Sossusvlei. In the afternoon there is a short walk into Sesriem Canyon.
Day 6 – Swakopmund
After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we will be joined by a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. From there, we will travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis bay lagoon en route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.
Day 7 – Swakopmund
Although your tour comes to an end this morning after breakfast, you can spend the day to explore or participate in one of the many activities available here. Most popular activities are quad biking in the dunes or tandem skydiving. Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day. You can book post tour accommodation through your travel agent or Nomad directly.
Tour departs: Cape Town
Tour ends: Swakopmund
Single supplement: R880.00
Activity package: R500.00 (Wine Tasting and traditional dinner, 1 x Guided Desert Walk)
Meals included: 6 x Breakfasts, 6 x Lunches, 5 x Dinners
Frequency: Twice a week
Min / Max People: 4 / 18
The itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.
General Policies & Disclaimers
All information is subject to change without prior notice. Rates quoted are for South African Residents. Rates for other Nationalities available on request. Please ensure that you have received the latest version of this dossier, as Nomad is continually striving to improve the standards and quality of our tours and itineraries are subject to change. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, or any unforseen circumstances. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travellers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18.