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12 Days Camping - Best of Namibia - North - Cape Town to Windhoek [NCW]

Route:

Cape Town - City - Cederberg - Namaqualand Area - Orange River - Namibia - Fish River Canyon - Namib Naukluft Park - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Etosha National Park - Windhoek

Best of Namibia - Camping - North 2014

Highlights:
Cederberg Region, Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Himba Tribe, Etosha National Park

Countries Visited: South Africa, Namibia

Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world and the largest in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 m deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia, but its flow is now a puny trickle compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants such as succulents. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; and when it ceases to flow it becomes a chain of narrow pools on the sandy rock-strewn floor of the chasm.
The Fish River Canyon area has a typical semi-desert climate. During the hot summer months (October - March) temperatures can rise to 48°C during the day and cool to 30°C at night. Relief from the heat comes in short spells with occasional thunderstorms. The average annual rainfall in the canyon area is 100mm. During the short winters, temperatures can go below zero at night, but quickly pick up during the day to a moderate 20 to 28°C.

DETAILS:
Trip Code: NCW

Accommodation: Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 24
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 12 Nights: 11

Meals:
Breakfast:11
Lunch:11
Dinner:9

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 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 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 South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region
Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. On arrival at our camp, we will enjoy a guided hike in the Cederberg region. Later tonight at our camp, your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Marcuskraal Camp: www.marcuskraal.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, swimming pool, drinkable water
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal: ± 205 km
Travel time: ±5 hrs
Activity Package: Guided walk in Cederberg region

Day 2 Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River
After an early start, we head north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Fiddlers Creek Campsite: www.bushwhacked.co.za
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, water not drinkable, bar,shop
Route: Citrusdal to Orange river: ±500 km
Travel time: ±10 hrs

Day 3 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon
This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. After a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon we enjoy our dinner while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity.

Optional Activity: Half-Day Canoe Adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Hobas Campsite www.nwr.com.na/hobas.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers (sometimes)
Route: Orange River to Fish River Canyon ±205 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs and a border crossing
Included Highlight: Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon
Border posts: South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 761 8760, Open 24 hours.
Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours.

Day 4 Namib-Naukluft National Park
We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight we enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a Jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Sesriem campsite http://www.nwr.com.na/sesriem_campsite.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, drinkable water, bar, swimming pool, shop
Route: Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft Park ±520 km
Travel time: ±10 hr
Included Highlight: Hike into Sesriem Canyon

Day 5 Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park
This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later we join a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions.

Optional Activity: Transfer into Deadvlei
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Desert Shelter Cha-re: No website available
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, swimming pool, bar
Route: Sesriem to Solitaire ±230 km
Travel time: ±3 hrs (round trip into Sossusvlei plus drive to Solitaire)
Activity package: Guided desert walk with local expert
Included Highlights: Sunrise hike up Dune 45

Day 6 Swakopmund
After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Just before we arrive in Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis bay lagoon en route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.

Optional Activity: Dinner out
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Amanpuri: www.amanpurinamibia.com
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, drinkable water
Route: Solitaire to Swakopmund. ±250 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs (including Walvis Bay)
Included Highlight: Stop off in Walvis Bay (to view Flamingos)

Day 7 Swakopmund
The whole day is free to relax, explore or partake in one of the many activities available here. Most popular activities are quad biking in the dunes or tandem skydiving. On a clear day’s skydiving you can see all the way to the next day’s destination! Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day.

Optional Activities: Quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, dinner out etc.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Two per room: Amanpuri: www.amanpurinamibia.com
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, drinkable water

Day 8 Spitzkoppe
Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bush Camp: Spitzkoppe Community Campsite: www.spitzkoppe.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, long drop toilet
Route: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe ±200 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Included Highlight: Guided walk with Nomad guide through Spitzkoppe

Day 9 Himba Tribes
After some early morning exploration we continue north and drive towards Kamanjab. Today we have the chance to experience life within a Himba tribe. The Himba are pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. The Himba have been extremely diligent about upholding the roots of their culture but they are also very curious about visitors to their home.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Himba camp– no website available
Facilities: Bush shower (sometimes hot water), toilets
Route: Spitzkoppe to Kamanjab ±295 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Activity package: Guided visit to the Himba Tribe

Day 10/11 Etosha National Park
Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Halali and Okaukuejo: www.nwr.com.na/etosha_national_park.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, drinkable water, bar, shop, swimming pool and waterholes at all campsite
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha NP ±170 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs
Included Highlight: Game drives in Nomad truck

Day 12 Windhoek
After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Your tour ends on arrival in Windhoek, but it is nice to join the group for a final meal out at Joe’s Beer House, an exciting dining experience!

Optional Activities: Dinner out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris..
Route: Etosha to Windhoek. ±430 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs
Included Highlight: Craft market en-route and short city tour in Nomad Truck

Tour Ends
Your tour will end at Arebbusch Lodge www.arebbusch.com. Should you wish to extend your tour for another night, kindly pre book this accommodation through your travel agent, SA Tours and Safaris.

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
-Cederberg Guided Walk R250
-Guided desert walk with local expert R350
-Himba Tribe visit R350
TOTAL: R950
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

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 (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 for further information.

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 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!

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. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. 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 Tour.

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:
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 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.


TIPPING ON TOUR
Southern Africa:
In general tipping in restaurants is 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.