Dessert Explorer <strong>Province</strong>: Western Cape<br />

Dessert Explorer

 
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Departs from: 07:00 am Nomad Adventure Tours, 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, South Africa.
Province: Western Cape
Days: 7
Persons: min 4
Departs: 4 times a month/upon request
Price: upon request
 
Rates Valid till Oct this year, All Rates subject to change
   
Highlights: Cederberg, Namaqualand, Namibia, Fish River Canyon, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Swakopmund
   
Itinerary: Day 1 - South Africa - Cederberg Region
Leaving Cape Town this morning we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay. The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush and today we will visit a working Rooibos tea farm and see the plants of Rooibos and Buchu that occur naturally in the wild. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cederberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.

Accommodation: Marcuskraal Campsite or similar.
Facilities: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal
Activity Package : Rooibos tea farm visit

Day 2 - Namaqualand - Gariep (Orange) River
Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day�s travel.

Accommodation: Felix Unite Cabanas or similar.
Facilities: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Route: Citrusdal to Orange River
Border Post: South Africa: Vioolsdrift

Day 3 - Namibia - Gariep (Orange) River -Fish River Canyon
While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means, river, in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river. Around midday we depart the Orange River and head inland to our overnight stop.

Accommodation: Ai Ais Resort or similar.
Facilities: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Route: Orange/Gariep River to Ai-Ais

Day 4 Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
We rise early this morning and drive to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We will have time to watch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other - creating rock formations and a series of mazes.

Accommodation: Maritz Country Lodge or similar.
Facilities: Two per room with en-suite bathrooms
Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
Included Highlights: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Day 5 - Namib-Naukluft National Park
Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

Accommodation:Namib Naukluft Lodge or similar.
Facilities: Two per permanent tent with en-suite bathroom
Route: Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft NP

Day 6 - Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park
A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4x4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land.

Accommodation:Namib Naukluft Lodge or similar .
Facilities: Two per permanent tent with en-suite bathroom
Included Highlight:Sesriem Canyon, Hike up Dune 45, 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei

Day 7 - Swakopmund
Our final day in the desert comes to an end as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion. Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. We make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the flamingo that feed in the shallows. Although your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Swakopmund, you will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer, should you wish to extend your stay.

Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked
Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
Included Activity : Tropic of Capricorn, Walvis Bay Lagoon
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert

   
Included: Meals (Breakfast x 6 / Lunch x 4 / Dinner x 6) (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the truck) / accommodation / qualified crew / transport in the overland truck / included highlights as per the itinerary / entrance fees to National Parks.
   
Excluded: Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips) / entrance fees (associated with optional activities / souvenirs / activity packages and optional activities.
   
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