13 days – Cape to Namibia Grand Explorer

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13 days
Accommodated Group Tour
Cape Town - Windhoek
South Africa, Namibia
Min Age : 12
Max People : 12
Tour Details

This small group accommodated tour starts in Cape-Town and finishes in Windhoek. An epic accommodated journey through Namibia covering Fish River Canyon, the wildlife in Etosha Pan National Park and Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert!

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Highlights

Fish River Canyon – walking ; Namib Desert – Sossusvlei dunes; Swakopmund – dune boarding & quad biking; Etosha National Park – game drives; Damaraland; Gariep river; Windhoek; Namaqualand/Cederberg; Cape Town.

Accommodation

A comfortable participation accommodated safari staying in permanent tents, chalets and guest houses, 11 nights en suite facilities. 1 night where two rooms share a bathroom. Meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 8 dinners are included. Of which 4 breakfasts are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by the Sunway crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the campfire or in a boma or dining area. Transport: for the majority of this safari you travel in custom-built Sunway Safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats. On 5% of tours we may use Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. There are some long stretches of gravel road in Namibia, but they are generally well maintained and cruising speed is good. Limited Participation: An essential part of your safari is participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do all the meal prepartion but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

Restrictions

We accept children 12-18 with accompanying adults on scheduled tours (for private groups we can accept younger children). If the clients are older than 65 years, then we require a medical certificate too (stating client is fit and healthy to embark on a multi-day tour covering long distances etc) Average age of our clients on this tour is 46 years old.

Extras/Upgrades

Single supplement: €385. Only if you do not want to share with another traveler and insist of having your own room.

Hotel Pickup

This tour starts from Sweetest Guest Houses, 1 Bellevue Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town at 08:00 a.m. on day 1 of the tour. Due to the early departure time of this safari we recommend that you stay in Cape Town the night before safari. Please indicate if you require assistance with airport transfers and hotel reservations in the notes section of the booking process

Departure & Return Location

Cape Town – Windhoek

Departure Time

Early morning on day of departure

Price Includes

  • Max 12 people
  • Professional Safari Guides
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD
  • 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches & 8 Dinners
  • Entrance Fees
  • 12 nights cabin / hotels / chalets
  • Flexible payment options in multiple currencies
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure Taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips
  • Optional activities
  • Items of a personal nature
Itinerary

Day 1 CAPE TOWN [guest house - - -]

Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. Departing, after a tour briefing, from Cape Town at 08:00am we visit Hout Bay harbour en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve and then the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. We sample some of Cape Town’s culinary wonders at a local restaurant in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (own expense).

Day 1: Breakfast is not included
Day 1: Lunch is an own expense meal
Day 1: Dinner is an own expense meal

Includes: Entrance fees to Penguin colony & Cape Nature Point.
Distance/time: ±150km, 3h30 actual driving time, but with stops, penguins and lunch is a full day out.
Overnight: Sweetest Guesthouses – is a collection of individually decorated houses in a metropolitan area of Cape Town near the V&A Waterfront. The group may be spread amongst any of the houses, within walking distance of each other, and the group
breakfasts will be taken in the same house. Rooms are twin with en-suite facilities (or similar guest house). WiFi available.

Day 2 CEDERBERG [chalet BLD]

(B=breakfast, L=Lunch D=Dinner)

The Cederberg is a massive rock wilderness with giant sandstone boulders that have been sculpted by wind and rain into bizarre and artistic shapes. We head north to the Cederberg and explore the rugged landscape on foot before relaxing in chalets for the evening.

Day 2: Breakfast provided by the guest house
Day 2: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees, and walk in the Cedarberg
Distance/time: ±250km, 3h30 actual driving time, it’s a relatively short hop north and we expect a total travel day of ±4h30
Overnight: Western Cape Nature Conservation – 2 twin share bedrooms in each chalet with 1 bathroom shared between 2 rooms. WiFi not available

Day 3 GARIEP RIVER [lodge BLD]

We make our way into the more arid regions and upon entering Namibia, we stay at a lodge on the Gariep River. Namibia’s southern border river flows quietly and peacefully and the river valley is hardly affected by tourism. The riverbed is sandy, the water clean and clear. Time free for swimming and relaxing or you can venture down the river in canoes (own expense).

Day 3: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: ±500km, 7h00 actual driving time, today is a stretch and with a border crossing (variable) we expect a travel day of ±9h00
Optional Activities Half day canoe safari
Overnight: Felix Unite, twin share cabanas with en suite facilities. Bar, restaurant, telephone. Internet cafe available

Day 4 FISH RIVER CANYON [lodge BLD]

The Fish River Canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is one of the most impressive natural beauties in the southern part of Namibia. With its depth of up to 550 metres, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. We make our way to the canyon and in the afternoon watch a spectacular sunset as the sun slips over the canyon’s rim.

Day 4: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees to look out point at Fish River Canyon.
Distance/time: ±300km, 4h00 actual driving time, our first long gravel sections, we expect a total travel day of ±4h00.
Overnight: Canon Mountain Camp – twin share chalet with en suite facilities. WiFi not available

Day 5 - 6 NAMIB DESERT [lodge BLD]

The parched Namib Desert has endless orange dunes blown into sharp ridges by the sand-shifting wind and at Sossusvlei, they form a gateway into the Namib Desert. We will walk to Sossusvlei, explore Sesriem Canyon and from the comfort of our lodge outside the national park watch dramatic sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes. (If you prefer not to do the 4km walk to Sossusvlei there is an optional own expense 4WD transfer)

Day 5, 6: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5, 6: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5, 6: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees to Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park
Distance/time: ±550km, 7h00 actual driving time, through magnificent scenery but it’s long total travel day of ±9h00
Optional Activities: On arrival at Sossusvlei the guide will walk with the group into Sossusvlei (+/- 3.5km). For those clients who do not want to walk, there are 4WD vehicles that can drive you in. The 4WD is an own expense (+/- N$85 each way) and is optional.
Overnight: Desert Camp – twin share permanent tents with en suite facilities. Restaurant, swimming pool & bar. WiFi not available

Day 7 – 8 SWAKOPMUND [hotel pension Bx2 Lx1-]

Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort with a slightly nostalgic atmosphere, characterised by numerous colonial buildings. In terms of flora, both the Welwitschia Mirabilis and the Kokerboom grow on the stony plains of the Namib and many beautiful specimens surround this coastal town.
Swakopmund is also the adventure activity capital of Namibia. Day free to explore the town or try dune boarding or sea kayaking (own expense).

Day 7: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Day 8: Breakfast provided by the guest house
Day 8: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 8: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: ±350km, 5h00 actual driving time, this gravel road is very rough and we expect a total travel day of ±8h00
Optional Activities: Sand boarding, Skydiving, Ocean canoe safari, Scenic flights & many more
Overnight: Hotel Pension a la Mer – twin share standard rooms with en suite facilities. Telephone & restaurant. WiFi in the main building.

Day 9 DAMARALAND [chalet BLD]

Namibia is a land of great contrasts and Damaraland demonstrates this with stark plains, petrified forests and ancient valleys leading to rocky outcrops and the soaring peaks of the Brandberg Massif Mountains.

Day 9: Breakfast provided by the guest house
Day 9: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees to Cape Cross Seal colony, San Rock Art.
Distance/time: ±350km, 6h00 actual driving time, starting on a “salt” road. The road is generally quite good, for a total travel day of ±7h00.
Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Lodge – twin share chalets with en-suite facilities, bar, restaurant & swimming pool. WiFi not available.

Day 10 – 11 ETOSHA NP [guest lodge BLD]

Once a vast lake fed by the Kunene River, the pan that is Etosha NP dried up thousands of years ago when the river waters chose a new course. Etosha is big game country. We take game drives around the huge pan to find the elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes. We stay at a lodge on the outskirts of the national park.

Day 10, 11: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10, 11: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10, 11: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees to Etosha National Park, full day game drive in Etosha NP.
Distance/time: ±400km, 5h30 actual driving time, the road can be rough and with an afternoon game drive in Etosha we expect a total of ±8h30 in the vehicle.
Overnight: Tarentaal Guest Farm – private working farm outside Etosha National Park. Twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar & telephone. (35km/25min from Anderson Gate to Etosha). WiFi not available.

Day 12 WINDHOEK [guest house BL-]

This pretty town, beautifully situated in a valley, combines the architecture of a modern city with numerous buildings in the style of the German colonial era. The charm of the city of Windhoek lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people. We visit the cosmopolitan capital and enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense).

Day 12: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: ±400km, 5h00 actual driving time, good tarmac road and a stop for market shopping, we expect a total travel day of ±6h00.
Overnight: Klein Windhoek Guest House – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WiFi available.

Day 13 WINDHOEK - TOUR ENDS [- B--]

Tour ends at 08:00 at the guesthouse. Transfers to airport available on request.

Day 13: Breakfast will be provided by the guest house
Day 13: NA
Day 13: Na

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: N/A
Optional Activities N/A
Overnight: N/A

Please note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo
stops!

Please note: That the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability.
Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.

Special Interest: See magnificently dressed Herero women whose traditional dress is reminiscent of the early German colonisation of German South-West Africa. Herero Dolls made in this fashion can be bought as curios and make wonderful gifts.

Sustainable Tourism: During our stay in Damaraland, a local guide takes us to visit a San Bushman Rock Art site. Our entrance fees go towards ensuring that the area remains protected for future generations, and that the local community benefits
directly from tourism.

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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

On request we can book you a single room. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can use ZAR and your Bank card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.

4 Reviews
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Muir Family

Family Traveller

I hope this finds you well. We have just returned home to Glasgow this morning following our trip to Namibia and it was one of the best we have been on – and we are a well travelled family! We were very fortunate to have wonderful co-travellers on this trip, but I was really keen to let to you know that the trip was made for us by your guides – Chris Van Brakel & Farai Chigwada – but esp Chris. We always felt very safe and secure when he was driving – and he did a phenomenal amount of driving!! He was also really well informed – flora, fauna & ecology – but happy to listen to others too. However, for us as a family, the most important things were his warmth, support, charm and sense of humour and we would love to travel through Africa again with him! Many thanks to Sunway Safaris and all the best from Scotland!

August 16, 2017

Susanne

Solo Traveller

The tour was fantastic – the route, the Safaritruck, the tour guides, the accommodation, the food, the places we visited, the game drives – it was all more than perfect! I haven’t been on a tour like that and couldn’t imagine how much fun it is to travel with a small group.

August 16, 2017

Nancy

Solo Traveller

After my Botswana trip I had high expecations but this trip was superb!! Great guides and they were very enthusiastic.

March 24, 2016

John

Solo Traveller

A first class trip. Variety, excellent lodge, well planned driving days, good food and sensible timing.

March 17, 2016