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12 Day Namibian Experience- Cape Town to Windhoek [NACW]

Route:

South Africa - Cape Town - City - Cederberg - Namibia - Gariep River - Fish River Canyon - Ais - Ais and Fish River Canyon Surrounds - Namib Naukluft Park - Swakopmund - Kamanjab - Etosha National Park - Windhoek

Highlights:
Cederberg - Orange / Gariep River - Ai-Ais - Fish River Canyon - Kung Bushmen Tribe (optional) - Namib Naukluft NP - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Himba Tribe - Etosha National Park - Windhoek

Countries Visited:
South Africa - Namibia

DETAILS:
Trip Code: NACW

Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Min / Max People: 4 / 18
Vehicle: Adventure Truck
Departure Point: 8.00 am, Nomad Adventure Tours, 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, South Africa. Tel: +27 (0) 82 578 2199,
www.nomadtours.co.za
End Point: Arebbusch Lodge, Cnr of Golf & Auas Rd, Olympia, Windhoek, Namibia.
Tel: +264 61 252 255 www.arebbusch.com

*Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and accommodation 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.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region
Leaving Cape Town, there’s one last photo stop at Table View for a spectacular panorama view of Table Mountain. On the way to the Cederberg we will stop at a local wine farm for a wine tasting, followed by a guided hike in the Cederberg region. Upon arrival at our accommodation, your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Citrusdal Country Lodge - http://www.citrusdallodge.co.za/
Facilities: En-suites per room, hot showers, swimming pool, bar, internet
Route: Cape Town to Clanwilliam. ±245 km
Travel time: ±5 hrs
Activity package: Guided walk in Cederberg region
Included Highlight: Wine tasting – Piketberg local wine farm

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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Felix Unite Cabanas - www.felixunite.com/accommodation/cabanas
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, bar, internet café, swimming pool, water not drinkable
Route: Clanwilliam to Orange River ±470 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing

Border posts:
South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 277 618 760, Open 24 hours.
Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours.

Day 3 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.
Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Ais Ais - www.nwr.com.na/ai_ais_hotsprings_spa.html
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot springs, hot showers, bar, swimming pool
Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon. ±255 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs
Included Highlight: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon

Day 4 Ai-Ais - Kokerboom Forest
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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Hammerstein Lodge and Rest Camp - http://www.hammerstein.com.na/
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, pool, bar.
Route: Ais Ais to Namib Naukluft ±530 km
Travel time: ±7-9 hrs

Day 5 Bushman Community – Namib-Naukluft 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
Optional Activities: Optional Activity: Transfer to Deadvlei
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Hammerstein Lodge and Rest Camp - http://www.hammerstein.com.na/
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, pool, bar
Route: Hammerstein Lodge to Sesriem ±200km (round trip)
Included Highlights: Hike up Dune 45, walk into Sesriem Canyon

Day 6/7 Swakopmund
We are joined by an expert local guide for a desert walk. Exploring on foot, this local guide will share his detailed knowledge of the ecosystem. Afterwards we cross the Tropic of Capricorn on our way from the Atlantic Coast. Then it’s on to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, where you will be briefed on the many optional activities available.
Optional Activities: Dinner Out, Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights etc.
Meals: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1
Accommodation: Two per room: Stay@Swakop: http://www.stay-at-swakop.com/
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet
Route: Hammerstein to Swakopmund ±395 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs
Included Highlight: Guided desert walk

Day 8 Swakopmund - Khorixas
Today we head inland towards Khorixas, stopping en-route at Spitzkoppe, where we will enjoy some time exploring the enormous granite monoliths with our guide. In the afternoon we will visit the Petrified Forest (might be done the following morning)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Igowati Lodge: http://www.igowatilodge.com/
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, pool, bar, curio-shop
Route: Swakopmund to Khorixas ±400 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hours plus the time spent visiting sites
Activity package: Visit to Spitzkoppe and the Petrified Forest

Day 9 Kamanjab - Himba Tribe
Today we journey towards Kamanjab. Driving through Damaraland, we will spend time with some of the semi-nomadic Himba people. The Himba are a pastoral people and are easily recognisable by their unique style of hair and dress.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Oase Guest House: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oase-Garni-Guest-House/141763572504727?ref=ts&fref=ts
Facilities: En-suites, swimming pool, bar, internet connection
Route: Khorixas to Kamanjab ±115 km
Travel time: ±2-3 hrs (if rainy season, alternative route will be taken due to bad road conditions)
Activity package: Guided visit to the Himba tribe

Day 10/11 Etosha National Park
We travel south-east to Etosha NP. The open plains allow spectacular elevated game viewing from the truck whilst on game drives. Our quality bungalow accommodations, which both boast floodlit night water holes, are inside the park.

Day 10
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Halali www.nwr.com.na/halali_camp.html
Facilities: En-suites, hot showers,bar, shop, swimming pool, waterhole, drinkable water
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park ±170 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck

Day 11
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Okaukuejo www.nwr.com.na/okaukuejo_camp.html
Facilities: En-suites, hot showers,bar, shop, swimming pool, waterhole, drinkable water
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck

Day 12 Windhoek
En-route to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, we stop at a craft market where you can buy authentic African carvings and paintings. On arrival in Windhoek we take a short driving tour around the city in our truck. Your tour ends upon arrival in Windhoek.
Optional Activities: Dinner out
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Own arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad
Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek. ±430 km
Travel time: ±7-9 hrs (Long Day)
Included Highlight: Craft market en-route; short city tour in Nomad truck

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

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 and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).



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. This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.
Activities:
Cederberg Guided Walk 
Guided desert walk with local expert
Himba Tribe visit

 

Extra information

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

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 disability 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.

Insurance:
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 the Nomad website www.nomadtours.co.za/travel_insurance.html (Nomad World travel insurance is in no way affiliated with Nomad Tours)

Climate:
The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information.

Currency and Banking:
South African Rand is the most widely used currency on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.

Vaccinations:
No vaccinations are prescribed by law for the countries being visited on this tour. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.

Onward Travel:
This tour can be linked to the Delta & Chobe Trail afterwards, or the Accommodated South African Explorer beforehand.

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 or Nomad to make these bookings.

Arrival:
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems.

Departure:
Please book your flight to depart the day after the tour officially ends. This is to account for any delays that we may experience due to unpredictable road conditions.

*Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and accommodation 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.

Did you receive your Pre Departure Information Booklet?
If not please contact us at nomad@nomadtours.co.za and we will e-mail you the document; alternatively visit us at 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, to collect one. You can also download from our website at www.nomadtours.co.za. After hours contact number: +27 (0) 82 578 2199.

Tour Ends:
We will drop you off at the Hotel Safari, http://www.safarihotelsnamibia.com/home.html. You need to pre book this accommodation through your travel agent or Nomad.

TIPPING ON TOUR:
Southern Africa:
In general tipping in restaurants is generally expected and is around 10% for good service, more if you have received exceptional service, and, feel free not to tip at all if you received poor service. Tipping taxi drivers etc is really at your own discretion and not always expected. If in doubt please ask your guides.

Our guides do work hard, but they are also paid at (and often above) industry levels for this work. Our crew can be tipped if you feel that they have done a good job and/or gone above and beyond the call of duty.
The best way to arrange tips is to elect one person in the group to collect the money. We recommend USD1 (or about R5) per day per person, per guide as a fair tip. So if you have 3-crew on a tour, we would recommend that 3 envelopes are used and each crew member’s name written on one. Place what you feel is fair in to each envelope and the elected person can give these to the crew at the end of the tour. If you do not feel that the crew deserve a tip, please, do not tip them. You must remember that tipping is only for exceptional service and is not at all compulsory or expected.

THE NOMAD AFRICAN TRUST:
www.nomadafricantrust.co.za
At Nomad we are passionate about the people, places and wildlife of Africa that make our tours so special. In order to give back we have set up the Nomad African Trust.
By the end of your tour you may have left-over local currency that you will not be able to change outside of its country of origin. Any assistance you could provide to the trust by donating this left over currency will be appreciated. Thank you for your help and please join our newsletter at the website above to receive regular updates on what we are doing to support our beneficiaries.

GREEN SEATS - TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN AFRICA:
Nomad gives you the opportunity to offset your carbon foot print by purchasing a “Green Seat”. If you would like to help Nomad making Africa Greener, simply choose the tick box on your booking form and we will take care of the rest. The Nomad African Trust will plant trees that are ecologically viable and that have very high carbon absorption.
Green Seats can be purchased at departure or on tour with your guide. For more information on our “Green Seats”, please visit www.nomadtours.co.za/nomad_greenseats.html

THANK YOU FOR TRAVELLING WITH NOMAD:
At the end of your tour you will be provided with feedback forms. These forms are confidential and should be given to your crew in a sealed envelope. If you are not sure of the confidentiality of the feedback form please feel free to email us as well on ops@nomadtours.co.za. Please make sure to also complete the feedback form as we use the answers on these forms to improve and maintain our service levels.

Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice, the accommodation listed in this dossier is our preferred supplier, but sometimes due to availability, we are unable to make use of the property listed in this dossier. If we cannot use the accommodation provider as listed we will substitute another property of similar standards, however, en-suite facilities are not always guaranteed.



The Namib Desert:
The Namib Desert is one of the oldest and largest in the world, occupying an area of around 90 000 km², stretching 1 000 km along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 55 million years, it is considered to be the second oldest desert in the world, after the Atacama Desert in Chile. It has less than 10 mm of rain annually and is almost completely barren, charecterised by dramatic red dunes with sharp ridges, some of which tower 3 000 m in the air, the highest in the world. A section of the central Namib Desert incorporates The Namib-Naukluft Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa as well as the Naukluft Mountains. Despite the harsh conditions, a variety of plant and animal life can be found in the desert. There are some unusual species of plants and animals that are found only in this desert.



The Himba People:
The Himba are descendents of the Herero people, and still speak a dialect of the old Herero language. There are about 20 000 – 50 000 Himba people living in the Kunene region, where they have recently built two villages at Kamanjab. The Himba are semi-nomadic pastoralists who breed cattle and goats in this dry, rugged, and mountainous area. They are some of the most photographed people in the world, due to their striking style of dress and their traditional lifestyle. Their appearance is characterised by scanty goat-skin clothing and they are heavily adorned with jewellery of shells, copper and iron, according to the tribal hierarchy. The distinctive red colour of their skin and hair is a mixture of butter, ash and ochre (otjize) which protects them from the harsh desert climate.
Typically the women take care of the children, do the milking and other work, whilst men take care of the political tasks. The villages are made up of family homesteads – huts built around a central fire and livestock enclosure. Both the livestock and fire are pivotal to the Himba belief in ancestor worship, the fire representing ancestral protection of the living community.
Situated about 20 km outside of town, a guided tour around the village will not only give you an in-depth insight into the life and ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba, but an amazing photographic opportunity as well. You will find out about the milking ceremony, the smoke bath, be informed on the beliefs around the holy fire, ancestors and herbal medicine. You will also learn about the jewelry and hairstyles to imitate the status of each tribe member and their close relationship with nature, their cattle and children. The income generated from these excursions, helps to sustain the tribe from day to day, buying food and supplies, medicine (if necessary) and taking care of the children. Please take note that the village is not for show or a human zoo, you will be allowed inside these amazing peoples’ home and have a cultural exchange. Please respect their lives and ways as they would respect yours and in this way help preserve their culture and traditions.