South Africa, Namibia

Hiking tour through two countries - from Cape Town to Windhoek

See the south western part of the continent on foot. Travel on selected medium daily hikes from Table Mountain, Cape Town to Etosha National Park, Namibia. – Individual and group travel – Individual and group travel

On this remarkable guided hiking tour real nature-lovers can closely get to know southern Africa. The trails of this hike will lead us through the impressive, bizarre mountain world of the Cederberg Mountains, canoe for 2 hours on the Desert River, Orange/Gariep, and hike in the Fish River Canyon – second biggest canyon in the world. Afterwards we visit the Namib Desert to Sossusvlei. The three one-day hikes in the Namib Desert are a unique experience with two nights sleeping on camp beds under the clear starry skies of the desert. After visiting the German influenced town of Swakopmund on the cold Atlantic, we will hike to the Spitzkoppe and visit famous Phillips Cave and its Khoi San rock art. Finally, we will have a three day safari in the animal rich Etosha Pan before heading to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.

Itinerary:

Hiking & driving times in hrs; hg = height gain in feet

Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town and City Tour

You will be welcomed by your tour guide at Cape Town Airport. Transfer to a guesthouse 4* at the foot of the Table Mountain. Depending on arrival time, a walking tour of the city. Dinner at Africa Cafe. (Driving time: 0.5 hrs.) (D)

Day 2 Hike at the Cape of Good Hope

Drive to Simonstown. Visit a penguin colony. Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Table Mountain National Park. Hike to a shipwreck, as well as to Sirkelsvlei Lake through rare and indigenous fynbos plants (3 hrs.). Picnic on the coast. If we are lucky, we will see eland, bontebok, baboons and ostrich along the way. A one-hour hike leads from Cape of Good Hope to Cape Point. Return journey along the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Town. (Driving time 2 hrs., walking time 4 hrs., hg +600 ft.) (B)

Day 3 Hike on Table Mountain

Visit the famous botanical garden Kirstenbosch. From here we go by foot directly to the highest point of Table Mountain (3260 ft.). Equisetum (Horsetail), protea, erica’s and carnivorous sundews can all be seen. Wonderful views of Cape Town. Descent on the side of the Atlantic. (Driving time 0.5 hrs., walking time 6 hrs., hg +3000 ft.) (B)

Day 4 Stellenbosch, Wine lands and Cederberg Mountains

Drive to Stellenbosch, the viticulture center of South Africa. Walk through the village center. This is followed by lunch and wine tasting on a wine-growing estate. Drive in the wilderness region of the Cederberg Mountains, a unique hiking area. We will stay in large chalets 3* on a farm by a river. A short hike brings us close to a waterfall. (Driving time 2.5 hrs., walking time 1 hr., hg +300 ft.) (B, D)

Day 5 Hike to Wolfberg Arch

On a quite trail we hike on to ‘Wolfberg Arch’, a massive freestanding arch. There is an adventurous or an easier route. Wind, sun and rain have shaped the soft sandstone into many fairy sculptures. (Driving time 2 hrs., walking time 7 hrs., hg +2700 ft.) (B, D)

Day 6 Hike to paintings of the Khoi San People

During the morning we will visit well-kept rock art of the Khoi San at the Staadsaal Cave, an impressive red sandstone formation. The rocks are glowing in the morning sun. Drive through the Namaqualand to Springbok. Between the beginning of August and mid-September the wild flowers are in bloom. Accommodation is in a comfortable guesthouse 4*. (Driving time 7 hrs., walking time 2 hrs., hg +150 ft.) (B)

Day 7 Half-day canoe trip on the Gariep River

Transfer into Namibia. Do a canoe trip for 2-hours on the still waters of the Gariep/Orange River. The contrast between the small green shoreline and the barren, towering rock face is impressive. With luck we will see rock hyrax. No paddle experience is required. Alternative: relax by the lodge’s pool. Drive into Gondwana Nature Reserve. A two night stay in a beautiful lodge 3*. (Driving time: 3.5 hrs., paddling time 2 hrs.) (B, D)

Day 8 Hiking in the Fish River Canyon

From Hobas Viewpoint walk along the canyon´s edge with breath-taking views into the second largest canyon in the world. We look at the ancient geology from when the continent of Gondwana was formed, 450 million years ago. Midday break at the lodge. In the afternoon hike through the barren landscape of Gondwana and wonder about precious desert life. We might spot springbok, Hartman mountain zebra and Oryx antelope. (Driving time 0.5 hrs., walking time 4 hrs., hg +1500 ft.) (B, D)

Day 9 Quiver trees and the Giants Playground

Drive to Keetmanshoop. Visit and picnic in the quiver tree forest. Here, in the stony ground, grow an amazing number of these aloe trees. On a circular hiking route (1 hr.) we will explore the Giants Playground. Drive through Mariental to Maltahoehe to a lodge 3* on the foothills of the Tsaris Mountains. (Driving time 7 hrs., walking time 1 hr., hg +150 ft.) (B, D)

Day 10 Hike between the highest desert dunes in the world

As the sun rises the sand dunes glow red at Sossusvlei. On hidden paths we will undertake an interesting hike past some enormous sand dunes. Afterwards we head south to a farm. The start of a unique experience: With a ranger, we will hike for 2.5 days in the oldest desert in the world. We will sleep on beds under the stars! We will enjoy our dinner on a table with a calming white tablecloth. Showers and toilets will be built for us in the desert. Vehicles will transport our main luggage; you only need to carry a daypack. In the afternoon hike for 1-hour to our first camp. (Driving time 3 hrs., walking time 2 hrs., hg +600 ft.) (B, D)

Day 11 Hike through the Namib Desert

There is always something new to discover in the secluded desert, whether that are edible plants, beetles or other insects, or even a gemsbok and ostrich. We will spend another night in a new camp under the stars. (Walking time 6 hrs., hg +1200 ft) (B, L, D)

Day 12 Kuiseb Canyon and Flamingos

After another 3-hour hike we reach the farmhouse again. The owners will show us their environmental friendly approach to farming and tourism in this ecological sensitive area. We head north again and stay in a lodge 3* on the foot of the Naukluft Mountain. A sundowner walk to some very large weaverbirds nest is recommended. (Driving time 2.5 hrs., walking time 3 hrs., hg +900 ft.) (B, D)

Day 13 Kuiseb Canyon and Walvis Bay lagoon

Drive across the Tropic of Capricorn to the Kuiseb Canyon which forms the natural border between the sand and rocky desert. In Walvis Bay stop at the plankton rich lagoon where both larger and lesser flamingos live. Over-night stay in a hotel 2* in near-by Swakopmund. The afternoon is spend at leisure. A stroll through town, a visit to the Chrystal Gallery and the local museum is recommended. (Driving time 3 hrs.) (B)

Day 14 Colonial history and hike to Spitzkoppe

The morning can be spend as you wish. Afternoon drive to Namibia’s landmark, the Spitzkoppe. Hike to Bushman’s Paradise. You can see a lot of rock art from the Khoi San on one of the rock faces. Two-night stay on a farm 3*. (Driving time 2 hrs., walking time 2 hrs., hg +600 ft) (B, D)

Day 15 Hike to caves and granite formations

On the 4-hour hike in the morning we will visit the Bull’s Party granite formations. The Elephant’s Head is a remarkable sight. Visit Phillip’s Cave and wonder at the famous white elephant rock painting. The afternoon can be spend as you wish. You can hike another 1-3 hours on the farm with its numerous animals or relax by the pool. In the evening we will enjoy the view of the Erongo plains with Sundowners. (Walking time 4 hrs., hg +900 ft.) (B, D)

Day 16 Safari in Etosha National Park

Drive through fertile savannah to the unique Etosha Pan. Here, with the exception of the buffalo, we can see the ‘Big 4’. We can see cheetah, jackals, giraffe, as well as large herds of common zebra and springbok. We will stay two nights in chalets in Okakuejo Camp. In the evening shy black rhinos often come to drink at the water hole. (Driving time 5 hrs.) (B)

Day 17 Safari in open game viewing vehicle

Today we will spend the whole day on safari in open game viewing vehicle. Halali camp has a proper swimming pool which makes for an excellent lunch stop. (B)

Day 18 Transfer south

After another safari we drive through Okahandja to Windhoek. Our last night is spend in a guesthouse 3*. (Driving time 5 hrs.) (B)

Day 19 Return journey

After breakfast there is a last chance to do some shopping in Windhoek. This unique hiking tour ends with the transfer to Hoseo Kutako International Airport. (Driving time: 45 min) (B)

We offer the following extension packages from one participant upwards:

Extension Cape Town – recommended accommodation for 2015

Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls for 2015

Extension Kruger National Park for 2015

This way to our photo galleries:

October 2013: Hiking trip from Cape Town to Windhoek, Desert pictures

September 2011: Hiking trip from Cape Town to Windhoek

May 2011: Hiking trip from Cape Town to Windhoek

Services

Included in price:

  • English speaking tour guide
  • 18 nights in hotels, guesthouses and lodges with private bathroom, 2 nights on camping beds under the stars
  • 18 x breakfast, 1 x lunch, 11 x dinner
  • All travel and transfer in air conditioned minibus
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing program
  • South African travel guide

Not included:

  • Flights from Europe to Cape Town and from Windhoek to Europe
  • Tips
  • Meals not mentioned above

Hints

Travel Information:
For the hikes on this trip you need to have a reasonable level of fitness and a firm footing. Only a daypack with provisions and water bottles will need to be carried. The camp beds have warm blankets and the evening is spent at the well-laid table. A toilet and shower is provided. During the given dates, apart from in Cape Town, it is the dry season. Daytime temperatures are up to a comfortable 82 °F, nights, especially in the Namib Desert, can fall to become very cold in the mid thirties.

This tour is also available as a private tour, with minimum of two participants.

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Categorization
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Grading of accommodation  

Group size

6 - 14 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: WKW
10.07.17 - 28.07.17 USD 3595 book
31.07.17 - 18.08.17 USD 3595 book
04.09.17 - 22.09.17 USD 3595 book
16.10.17 - 03.11.17 USD 3595 book

Discount

  • 5% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure
  • 5% discount on all land packages for returning guests
Extra services
Single room surcharge USD 350

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