12-Day Overland Tour, Camping
Number of Participants: 4-17
Tour Price: 1,895 EUR
On this 12-day overland camping tour you will camp under the clear night skies in the Namibrand Nature Reserve and join guided walks and game drives in the Namib Desert. At Soussusvlei you explore the Sesriem Canyon and climb the massive sand dunes. Your journey continues through the Namib Naukluft Park before you reach the coastal town of Swakopmund. On the way to the impressive Spitzkoppe you travel along the Skeleton Coast, which is famous for the thousands of Cape fur seals. You will see the Bushman rock engravings and might spot the rare desert elephants in Damaraland. Near the Angolan border you will visit the Epupa Falls and interact with the Himba people. Before the tour concludes in the capital city of Windhoek you might encounter the ‘Big Five’ in the Etosha National Park.
Day 1-3 | Namibia
- Namibrand Nature Reserve: Desert landscape
- Namib Desert: Guided walks, day and night game drives
- Soussusvlei: Dune 45, Sesriem canyon
Day 4-7 | Namibia
- Namib Naukluft Park: Welwitschia plants
- Swakopmund: Quad biking, sandboarding, skydiving (all optional)
- Skeleton Coast: Spitzkoppe, seal colony
- Twyfelfontein: Organ pipes, Bushman rock engravings
- Damaraland: Palmwag, desert elephants
Day 8-12 | Namibia
- Kaokoveld: Cunene River, Epupa Falls, Himba tribe
- Etosha National Park: Game drive
Day 1 | Windhoek, Namibia - Namibrand Nature Reserve, Namib Desert, Namibia
Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 6-7h
Setting off from the capital Windhoek at 09h00 (meet at 08h30), you travel south to Rehoboth and then into the Namib Desert to the desert camp in the Namibrand Nature Reserve. Here you camp in the desert wilderness between the rocky mountains and towering dunes. The sunset over the desert is a sight to behold. You enjoy a traditional meal under the clear night skies before falling asleep to the sounds of the wild.
Day 2 | Namibrand Nature Reserve, Namib Desert, Namibia
Awake to desert vistas that extend further than the eye can see. The desert camp is nestled against a towering rock outcrop within a protected wilderness area. During your stay here, you will go on guided walks, game drive and night drive to better appreciate the arid region’s fauna and flora.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 3 | Namibrand Nature Reserve, Namibia - Soussusvlei, Namibia
Distance approx. 100 km; driving time approx. 2-3h
After a short morning walk you continue through the endless plains to the Sesriem Canyon and the gigantic Soussusvlei dunes. A 4x4 vehicle will take you to the dunes but it is up to you to climb these spectacular mountains of sand. You will camp wild in the desert tonight.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 4-5 | Soussusvlei, Namibia - Swakopmund, Namibia
Distance on day 4 approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5-6h
You will cross the Namib Naukluft Park with its dramatic lunar landscape and ancient Welwitschia plants, before reaching for the coastal town of Swakopmund. Two nights in the centrally located, comfortable Swakopmund Lodge will allow you to explore this holiday town and its surrounds. Try quad biking, sand boarding on the dunes or sky diving (optional activities, not included in the rate) while here. One evening meal at a local nightspot is at own expense – try the fresh seafood perhaps?
2 x Breakfast | 1 x Lunch | 1 x Dinner
Day 6 | Swakopmund, Namibia - Spitzkoppe, Namibia
Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3-4 h
Today you head up the barren Skeleton Coast, littered with shipwrecks. You will visit the seal colony at Cape Cross where thousands of Cape fur seals can be seen ashore – literally breathtaking… Venturing inland, the next stop is at the impressive Spitzkoppe where you will camp amongst the boulders at the base of this unusual granitic outcrop. You might be lucky enough to see the endemic colorful lovebirds here.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 7 | Spitskop, Namibia - Palmwag, Namibia
Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 6-7h
Today will be a long drive. We will visit the Organ Pipes and the bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein before entering Damaraland and crossing the Grootberg to camp near the oasis of Palmwag. This is one of a few water sources used by the rare desert elephants and we hope to see these magnificent animals up close.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 8-9 | Palmwag, Namibia - Epupa Falls, Namibia
Distance on day 8 approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 7-8h
Traveling through the heart of the Kaokoveld today, you will head north to the Angolan border where you will camp at a community project on the banks of the Cunene River at the awesome Epupa Falls. During your time here you might be able to interact with the nomadic Himba people, a tribe that lives in this inhospitable region with their livestock in search of grazing. You will also explore the area surrounding the falls.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner
Day 10-11 | Epupa Falls, Namibia - Etosha National Park, Namibia
Distance on day 10 approx. 700 km; driving time approx. 10-12h
Entering Etosha National Park today, you will spend two nights here in pursuit of the big game that this park is so well known for. One evening will be spent at a floodlit waterhole, watching the creatures that come for drinks. During these days you will go on game drives in the park. One night you will dine at a camp restaurant at own expense.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 1 x Dinner
Day 12 | Etosha National Park, Namibia - Windhoek, Namibia
Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 6-7h
This morning you leave the park to return to Windhoek, arriving in the late afternoon.
Breakfast | Lunch
- Overland tour according to the itinerary
- 9 nights camping, 2 nights accommodated
- Transport in an overland truck and a 4x4 safari vehicle
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Coffee and tea with breakfast
- National parks fees
- Camping equipment
- Flights (international and domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
- Optional activities
- Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
- Sleeping bag
How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?
- Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 17 travellers per group.
- Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.
Is there an age limit on tour?
- Generally the age limit is 18 to 55 years. But please feel free to contact us if you are a youngster travelling with your parents or if you are over the age of 55 years and we will gladly contact the local tour operator to see if we can’t work out something for you.
Where does the group overnight while on tour?
- 7 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) on campsites with good ablution and other facilities.
- 2 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) in basic bush camps with very basic ablutions (bush toilet + Bucket shower).
- 2 nights are spent in twin rooms at nice guesthouses/lodges.
What vehicle is used on tour?
- We make use of safari trucks that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Big windows guarantee first-class game and nature viewing and a spacious interior with comfortable seats offer a high travel comfort. The back part of the vehicle is used for luggage, food and camping equipment.
What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?
- Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary.
- Breakfast usually consists of cereals, toast and jam. Light lunches like salads and sandwiches are prepared en-route while for dinner the guide prepares stews, BBQs, vegetables and different pasta or rice dishes.
How much extra money do I have to take along?
- We recommend that you take along some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs. 10-15 USD per day is usually sufficient (depending on your spending habits). In addition you should allow some extra money for the optional activities you might want to participate in.
Do I need visa for this tour?
- Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
- In general European citizens do not require a visa for Namibia.
- It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.
Do I need vaccinations for this tour?
- Although Namibia does not require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.
- As Northern Namibia is situated within a malaria area, we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.