Cape & Dunes Overland (Southbound)

Experience incredible desert scenery and cosmopolitan city streets as you discover the diverse riches of South Africa and Namibia on this two-week adventure. Beginning in Namibia and continuing down the western edge of South Africa, this tour is a nature and adventure lover's dream. Explore the world's highest sand dunes, visit Africa's largest canyon, and explore Etosha National Park in search of the Big Five. Our expert CEOs will reveal the regions hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife. This is truly an African experience.

Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 131948
Starts: Windhoek, Namibia Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
You will visit
  • Windhoek
  • Cape Town



Day 1: Windhoek

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure you know which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Windhoek/Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a game drive in the overland vehicle in Etosha National Park. Opt to take an open safari vehicle game drive in the afternoon/night.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Game Drive (Overland Vehicle)

Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (6.00 hour(s), 280km)


Day 3: Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a full-day game drive at Etosha National Park.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Game Drive (Overland Vehicle)


Day 4: Etosha National Park/Damaraland (1B, 1L, 1D)

Morning game drive in the overland vehicle. Travel to Damaraland through beautiful desert landscapes.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Game Drive (Overland Vehicle)

Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (8.00 hour(s), 380km)


Day 5: Damaraland/Spitzkoppe (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky—it's great for star-gazing!

Additional Notes:
Our basic bush camp will have long-drop toilets and no running water.

Included Activities:
Damaraland Living Museum

Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (8.00 hour(s), 300km)


Day 6: Spitzkoppe/Swakopmund (1B, 1L)

We will spend two nights in Swakopmund, here you can explore this historical town or try some of the numerous activities available.

Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (7.50 hour(s), 425km)


Day 7: Swakopmund

Fill free time with sandboarding, skydiving, quad-biking, or a living desert tour.


Day 8: Swakopmund/Namib Desert (1B)

Arrive in the area in the afternoon where we will be camping on a private farm on the edge of the Namib Desert. Opt to walk with a local expert who will explain the desert and its mysteries.

Included Activities:
Sesriem Canyon Visit

Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (7.00 hour(s), 300km)


Day 9: Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D)

We will leave early morning towards Sossuvlei campsite, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Here you will really feel as though you're in the middle of nowhere.

The afternoon is spent exploring the natural wonders of this bizarre environment. Visit Sossusvlei - a clay pan, enclosed by the world's largest sand dunes, up to 300m (984 ft) high. Here, opt to take a guided walk in the sands dunes, or enjoy some free time to explore on your own.

Included Activities:
Dune 45 Visit

Distance excludes drive to Sossuvlei.
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (95km)


Day 10: Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)

Journey to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and arguably the second largest in the world. Spend some time here taking in the majestic beauty of the canyon, watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon's rim.

Included Activities:
Fish River Canyon Visit

Duration includes canyon visit, excludes dune 45 sunrise.
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (9.00-10.00 hours, 560km)


Day 11: Fish River Canyon/Orange River (1B, 1L, 1D)

Set up camp on the banks of Orange River for the night. After, enjoy a late afternoon of swimming, relaxing, or possibly even canoeing on the river.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Namibia - South Africa)

Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (5.00 hour(s), 180km)


Day 12: Orange River/Cederberg (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head south through the Western Cape to the area of the Cederberg Mountains, where we spend the evening camping on a local farm. Explore the area, sip local wine, and sit back and enjoy the dramatic scenery.

Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (6.50 hour(s), 390km)


Day 13: Cederberg/Cape Town (1B, 1L)

For our final travel day, journey to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

Additional Notes:
Please note that we arrive in Cape Town in the early afternoon, you might not have time to participate in lengthy activities or see many sights. If you would like to see or do anything, we recommend booking an extra night or two before your return flight home.

Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (5.00 hour(s), 300km)


Day 14: Cape Town (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Etosha National Park entrance with game drives
    • Entrance to Sossusvlei Dunes, Fish River Canyon, and Spitzkoppe
    • Damaraland Living Museum visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Participation camping (9 nts), guesthouse (2 nts, multi-share), bush camping (1 nt), hostel (1 nt, multi-share)
    Meals Included
    • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners
    • Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), walking
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Search for the Big Five in Etosha National Park
  • Get the adrenaline pumping on adventure activities
  • Tackle the world's largest sand dunes
  • Appreciate beauty in the Fish River Canyon
  • Get cultured in Cape Town.