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7 Day Camping - Desert Explore - South [NSC]

Route:

Swakopmund - Sesriem and surrounding area - Sossusvlei - Fish River Canyon - Orange River - Citrusdal - Cape Town - City

Desert Explorer Camping - South 2014

Highlights: Cederberg Region, Orange River, Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Quadbiking

Countries Visited: Namibia, South Africa

TOUR CODE: NSC
Accommodation: Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 24
Number of Crew:
2
Vehicle Type:
Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 7 Nights: 6

Meals:
Breakfast:6
Lunch:6
Dinner:5

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from Gruner Kranz Courtyard: www.grunerkranz.com, 42 Nathaniël Maxuilili street, Swakopmund. Tel: 00264 64 402030
End Point
Nomad Adventure Tours, 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, South Africa. Tel: +27 (0) 82 578 2199, www.nomadtours.co.za

*All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. 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 there is a maximum number of 24 participants.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Swakopmund
After meeting your guides, you have the day to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Most activities include a pick up and drop off service to/from your hostel. You can also take time to go to the internet café or wander through the shopping streets.

Optional Activities: Quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, dinner out etc.
Meals: No meals
Accommodation: Two per room: Gruner Kranz Courtyard: www.grunerkranz.com
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, laundry, hot showers, restaurant

Day 2 Sesriem
After the adventure and adrenaline rush of Swakopmund, we drive south into the mysterious Namib Desert. We will be joined by a local expert on a guided walk and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. Tonight we enjoy dinner around the campfire, do a little star gazing and listen to the calls of the jackals and barking geckos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sesriem Campsite: www.nwr.com.na/sesriem_campsite.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, drinkable water, swimming pool, shop
Route: Swakopmund to Sesriem: ± 315km
Travel time: ± 5-6 hours
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert

Day 3 Sossusvlei Dunes
Today is our earliest start as we wake before dawn for one of the highlights of the trip, hiking up Dune 45 to watch the sun rise. After our hike, we will have the chance to explore Sossusvlei and relax at camp before taking a short hike into Sesriem Canyon.
 
Optional activity: Transfer into Deadvlei
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sesriem Campsite: www.nwr.com.na/sesriem_campsite.html
Facilities: Share ablutions, hot showers, drinkable water, bar, swimming pool, shop
Route: Sesriem to Sossusvlei
Travel time: ±1-2 hrs
Included highlight: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, explore Sossusvlei; Sesriem Canyon

Day 4 Fish River Canyon
Today we travel south to the Fish River Canyon where we hike along the edge of the canyon and see the amazing sunset. (It is possible that you may see the sunrise at the canyon the next morning instead due to the road conditions or time of year you are travelling).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Hobas Campsite: www.nwr.com.na/hobas.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers
Route: Namib-Naukluft Park to Fish River Canyon: ±520 km
Travel time: ± 10 hours
Included highlight: Walk along the rim of the Fish River Canyon

Day 5 Gariep / Orange River
We leave early on our last day in Namibia travelling south to the border with South Africa at the Gariep / Orange River. Our campsite lies on the banks of the Orange River on the South African side. In the afternoon there is an optional canoeing activity on the River or you can just chill out at the campsite and go for a swim.

Optional Activities: Gariep /Orange River canoeing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Fiddlers Creek Campsite www.bushwacked.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, shop
Route: Fish River Canyon to Gariep / Orange River ±205 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing
Border posts: Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours. South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 761 8760, Open 24 hours.

Day 6 Citrusdal
Today is a long drive through the Northern Cape to the fruit producing area in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Marcuskraal: www.marcuskraal.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, swimming pool, drinkable water
Route: Orange river to Citrusdal: ±500 km
Travel time: ± 10 hours

Day 7 Cape Town
Our final day on tour, we head to the mother city, Cape Town. Before departure we will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided hike in the Cederberg region. After the hike, lunch will be prepared and we continue to Cape Town, stopping at Table View for a magnificent photo opportunity of Table Mountain from the other side of the bay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.
Route: Citrusdal to Cape Town: ± 205 km
Travel time: ± 5 hours
Activity Package: Cederberg Guided Hike

Tour Ends
Your tour ends at arrival at the Nomad office: 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town. Please enquire with your travel agent, SA Tours and Safaris about post-tour accommodation.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Activity Package
This is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased prior to your arrival or through your guide on day 1 of your tour.

Activity & Price
-Guided desert walk with local expert R350
-Cederberg Guided Walk R250
TOTAL: R600
This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.

What’s included
Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck), accommodation, registered guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.

What’s excluded
All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips, optional activity package and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).

 

Extra information

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation
If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact your travel agent, SA Tours and Safaris, to make these bookings.

Arrival / Departure
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. We also recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.

MEALS ON TOUR
Breakfast: As breakfast is served very early in the morning (if there is driving or activities to be done) it is a simple but filling breakfast: Tea and coffee, breads and spreads, cereals, yoghurts, fruits and on occasion, when there is time for a later breakfast, guides will serve a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, porridge, bacon or beans.

Lunch: Lunch is generally served at a picnic spot next to the road en route to a destination. As the guides only have approximately 45 minutes to get everyone off the truck, prepare lunch and then get everyone back on the truck again, lunches consist of 5 sandwiches and salads (rice salad, pasta salad, tuna salad and green salad) which are quick and easy to prepare but which are quite filling. They do have meal plans which they should stick to, to ensure that there is variety on a day to day basis.

Dinner: This is when the guides get time to prepare a delicious meal and they focus on a substantial protein, vegetable and carbohydrate dinner. We serve traditional cuisine consisting of braais (BBQ), potjie (stew), bobotie (mince), spaghetti and fish and chicken dishes.

All meals (on both accommodated and camping tours) that are included as per the dossier are prepared at the full service adventure truck. This is a unique adventure in itself where you get to dine under the stars with your new found friends and experience the real sights and sounds of Africa!

Insurance (Compulsory)
All clients require adequate Travel Insurance. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Travel Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased via SA Tours and Safaris, please enquire with our consultants.

Currency and Banking
South African Rand is the most widely used currency on this route. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.

Health
Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

Visas
Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for Namibia. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

Malaria
Malaria prophylactics are required. Very low risk of malaria in northern Namibia.