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The African sun is very strong, especially in Namibia. 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.
Day 1 : South Africa Cederberg Mountain Region
We depart Cape Town and drive north to the spectacular Cederberg region. We spend some time this afternoon learning about what to expect as well as the vehicle and equipment.
Day 2 : Namibia Namaqualand Gariep River
We travel through Namaqualand and to the Gariep/Orange River. The night is spent getting to know one another over a hearty meal.
Fur seals Namibia In 1681 a party of Nama people visited Cape Town Castle to trade. They brought with them pure copper and the then Governor, Simon Van Der Stel, saw this as proof of tales told by Khoi Khoi informants. In 1685 Van Der Stel led a major expedition to the Fables Mountains. No copper was found on the surface, but rocks were stained with the green-blue of Malachite. Van Der Stel sank three shafts, which revealed a vast load of copper. After this find, for 200 years nothing was done about it due to the inhospitable environment.
The Scottish explorer, Sir James Alexander investigated Van Der Stel's claims in 1852. He found several other copper outcrops and started mining. Fortune hunters rushed to the area with many mining companies collapsing due to transport difficulties. One of the two that survived, at Okiep, was ranked as the richest copper mine in the world (Okiep is just north of Springbok). The Orange River was named after The Dutch Royal family (Oranje). It's now called the Gariep River. The river runs for about 1200 km. The source is at the Gariep dam near Aliwal North in Eastern Cape. It flows into the sea at Oranjemund on the west coast forming the border between South Africa and Namibia and forms a natural boundary of various provinces in South Africa.
Day 3 : Gariep River Fish River Canyon
In the morning we have the opportunity to experience the Gariep/Orange River by canoe, or spend some time relaxing. After lunch, we travel north to visit the Ai-Ais Hot Springs and overnight close to the mighty Fish River Canyon.
Day 4 : Fish River Canyon Kokerboom Forest
After an early breakfast we take a scenic walk along the rim of the Fish River Canyon. After visiting the canyon we travel further inland to the Kalahari area of Namibia. On the way we will visit the Kokerboom (Quiver tree) Forest.
Day 5 : Bushman community Namib Naukluft National Park
This morning those who wish to spend some time with the !Kung tribe will have the chance towards the massive dunes of Sossusvlei.
Day 6 : Namib Naukluft National Park
When we enter the Sossusvlei area we are joined by a local expert to learn about the unique desert ecosystem. After the tour, you can hike up Dune 45 for some photos or take a rest, before an afternoon excursion to the small Sesriem canyon.
Day 7 : Swakopmund
Today we cross the Tropic of Capricorn on our way through the desert. Our first stop is Walvis Bay where we may see some flamingos. On arrival in Swakopmund, you will be briefed on the different optional activities available.
Day 8 : Swakopmund
This day is left free for you to explore the town or try one of the many adventure activities.
Optional Activities: Quad biking, Skydiving, Sand boarding, scenic Flights etc.
Surrounded by the Namib Desert on three sides and the cold Atlantic waters to the west, Swakopmund enjoys a temperate climate. The average temperature ranges between 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). Rainfall is less than 15 mm per year, making gutters and drainpipes on buildings a rarity. The cold Benguela current supplies moisture for the area in the form of fog that can reach as deep as 140 km inland. The fauna and flora of the area have adapted to this phenomenon and now relies upon the fog as a source of moisture.
Swakopmund is well known for adventure sports including Skydiving, Sandboarding and Quadbiking. You guides will be able to assist you in deciding on a suitable activity, alternatively spend the day exploring the town and enjoying the various coffee shops and souvenir shops.
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* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.
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* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
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