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12 Days camping - Best of Namibia - South - Windhoek to Cape Town [NWC]

Route:

Cape Town - City - Windhoek - Etosha National Park - Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund - Sesriem and surrounding area - Sossusvlei - Fish River Canyon - Orange River - Citrusdal - Cape Town - City

Highlights:
Etosha National Park - Bushmen - Himba - Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund - Namib Desert - Fish River Canyon - Orange River - Cederberg - Cape Town

Countries Visited:
Namibia, South Africa

Spitzkoppe
The Spitzkoppe (also referred to as Spitzkop, Groot Spitzkop, or the "Matterhorn of Namibia"), is a group of bald granite peaks located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert. The granite is more than 700 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 1 784 m above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 700m above the floor of the desert below. A minor peak- the Little Spitzkoppe - lies nearby at an elevation of 1 584 m above sea level. Other prominences stretch out into a range known as the Pontok Mountains. Many examples of Bushman artwork can be seen painted on the rock in the Spitzkoppe area.

It is possible that the main peak was summited as early as 1904, when a soldier of the Royal Schutztruppe supposedly soloed the peak and made a fire on the summit. What he may have burned remains a mystery, as there is absolutely no natural fuel of any kind on the upper parts of the peak. The legend suggests that he never returned and that his body was never recovered. Certainly, no proof of his conquest is available today.

DETAILS:
Trip Code: NWC

Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Vehicle: Adventure Truck
Min / Max People: 4 / 24

Meals:
Breakfast:11
Lunch:11
Dinner:8

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from Arebbusch Lodge, Cnr of Golf & Auas Rd, Olympia, Windhoek, Namibia. Tel: +264 61 252 255 www.arebbusch.com
 
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

*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 1/2 Windhoek to Etosha National Park
After meeting your guides, we leave the city sights behind us and we travel north into Namibia’s barren northern area. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. We enter Etosha National Park and game drive through to our campsite for the night. On the 2nd day, there is more breathtaking game viewing en-route to a different campsite. Etosha National Park is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. We will go on various game drives, and spend our evenings at the water holes for some excellent game photography.

Meals: Breakfast (Day 2 only) Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Namutoni and/or Okaukuejo: www.nwr.com.na/etosha_national_park.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, drinkable water, small kiosk, swimming pool, bar
Route: Windhoek to Etosha ±470 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs
Included Highlights: Game Drives in Nomad Truck, Entrance to Etosha NP, Craft market stop en-route

Day 3 Himba Tribes
Leaving Etosha we drive towards Kamanjab. The Himba are pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. Today you have the chance to visit the Himba camp and see how these interesting people live. The facilities at our camp site are minimal, so its best to treat this as bush camping, however there are basic outdoor showers and toilets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Kamanjab Camp: www.kamanjab-restcamp.com/?lang=en
Facilities: Shared ablutions, sometimes hot water, toilets, bar
Route: Etosha to Kamanjab ±215 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Activity package: Visit to the Himba camp with local guide.

Day 4 Spitzkoppe
From culture to creation we travel to the mysterious Spitzkoppe, known as Namibia’s Matterhorn. At the huge rocky outcrop, we set up camp in the wild, beneath the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. For the more adventurous traveller you may want to venture up the mountain behind camp before dinner for some stunning views of the landscape.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Spitzkoppe Community Campsite: www.spitzkoppe.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar Route: Kamanjab to Spitzkoppe ±295 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Included Highlights: Guided walk with Nomad guide through Spitzkoppe

Day 5 Swakopmund
Today we travel to Namibia’s Atlantic coast and Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. You will be briefed on the optional activities available here. At night there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant where you can try different types of local dishes.

Optional Activities: Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights, Dinner etc.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Gruner Kranz Courtyard: www.grunerkranz.com
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, laundry, hot showers, restaurant
Route: Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund ±200 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs

Day 6 Swakopmund
Today is your chance 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.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Two per room: Gruner Kranz Courtyard: www.grunerkranz.com
Facilities: En-suite, bar, wireless internet, laundry, hot showers, restaurant

Day 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 or Nomad reservations 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
-Himba Tribe visit R350
-Guided desert walk with local expert R350
-Wine Tasting and Traditional Dinner R180
TOTAL: R880
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.

Insurance:
All clients require adequate Travel Insurance. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities. Travel insurance can be purchased via the Nomad website
http://www.nomadtours.co.za/travel_insurance.html (Nomad World travel insurance is in no way affiliated with Nomad Tours).

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

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.

Onward Travel:
This tour can be linked to the Delta & Chobe Trail beforehand.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation:
If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you.

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.

*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 travelers will change due to our unique tour linking system. A maximum number of 24 travellers will be traveling together on this tour.

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 our Nomad office: 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town. Please enquire with your travel agent or Nomad reservations about post-tour accommodation.

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 members name written on one. Place what you feel is fair into 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 by depositing it in the secure box provided on the truck is greatly 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.