Duration & Fees
Please note: The currency conversion is an estimate based on today's exchange rates and is to be used as a guide only. All payments to Amanzi Travel have to be made in Pounds Sterling (GBP)
2020 Start Dates:
4 Jan | 18 Jan | 1 Feb | 15 Feb | 29 Feb | 14 Mar | 28 Mar | 11 Apr | 25 Apr | 9 May | 23 May | 6 Jun | 20 Jun | 4 Jul | 18 Jul | 1 Aug | 15 Aug | 29 Aug | 12 Sep | 26 Sep | 10 Oct | 24 Oct | 7 Nov | 21 Nov | 5 Dec | 19 Dec
Please note a portion of this trip may coincide with a family departure (6 years and over). For more information please contact Amanzi Travel.
£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure
- Airport transfer on arrival into Cape Town
- Fully equipped expedition vehicle
- Cooking and camping equipment (sleeping bags not provided)
- Meals as indicated
- Park fees and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
- Pre-departure pack and support and advice from Amanzi Travel staff and trip leaders
What's not included
- Travel insurance
- International Flights
- Airport Departure Tax
- Departure Transfer
- Sleeping bag and pillows
- Personal items and tips
- Optional excursions
- Restaurant meals and drinks
Start and Finish Points: Cape Town, South Africa to Windhoek, Namibia
Countries visted: South Africa and Namibia
Departure Point: Ashanti Lodge and Travel Centre, 11 Hof Street Gardens, Cape Town
Check-in time: 07.30 am
Departure time: 08.00 am
Pre-Departure Meeting: 5.00 pm the day before at the departure point
The tour departs from Cape Town early on a Sunday morning. Anyone wishing to spend more time in Cape Town should contact Amanzi Travel who will be able to advise on accommodation and activities, which will be at an additional cost.
Wine Tasting; Half day canoeing on the Gariep (Orange) River; Fish River Canyon; Namib Naukluft National Park; Transfer to Sossusvlei; Swakopmund; Spitzkoppe (day trip); Etosha National Park.
SOUTH AFRICA With nine different provinces, eleven official languages and three capital cities, South Africa will most definitely make everyone stop in their tracks - WOW!
Starting in the mother city, Cape Town has much to offer, such as the flat topped Table Mountain, which is awesome for hiking and gives a fantastic aerial view of Cape Town from the top. Then there is the pulse of the city - Long Street - with all the food outlets and entertainment needed on holiday and plenty of day trips for sightseeing with breathtaking views, winelands tours etc.
Day 1: Cape Town to Cederberg Area (Lunch/Dinner)
This morning the group will head around Table Bay and continue north through the wheat growing "bread basket" of South Africa. The Piekenierskloof Pass will be crossed before heading into the rich, fruit growing area along the Olifants River - named for the vast elephant herds that used to roam in this fertile valley. The first night will be sent in a picturesque campsite with a view of the surrounding wine farms and in the afternoon there will be the chance to sample some of the nectar of the gods following a short walk in the surrounding vineyards to enjoy the views of the Cederberg Mountains. Tonight camp will be under the stars - the perfect way to begin an African Adventure.
Included Activity: Wine Tasting in the Cederberg Area
Day 2: Cederberg Area to the Gariep River (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
From the Cederberg travel will be in a northerly direction through the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occurs each Spring. After stopping for supplies in the small town of Springbok the tour will continue on through the desert area of the Richtersveld to the Gariep River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia, where camp will be at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river.
This sandy yet spectacular country gained its independence from South Africa in 1990 and its largest city, also the capital, is Windhoek. This is a country of compelling beauty and wide horizons dominated by the brooding and desolate Namib Desert which has the highest sand dunes in the world.
Fish River Canyon
Located in the south of Namibia, the Fish River Canyon claims the title of the largest canyon in Africa and the second largest in the world. Being approximately 160 km long, 27 km wide and just over 550 m deep only allows for the brave and fit to take on the hikes and walks it has to offer.
Day 3: Gariep River to Fish River Canyon (Namibia) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This morning everyone will take part in a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Gariep River, giving the chance for some bird watching or just a scenic and relaxing paddle. After lunch the group will cross into Namibia where, after a short drive, the Fish River Canyon will be reached. The outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity while the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon. A road follows the eastern rim giving access to several viewing points where the spectacular vistas can be enjoyed.
Included Activity: Canoeing on the Gariep River
Included Activity: A visit to Fish River Canyon
Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Sesriem (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
To-day will see an early start to head north and enter the area of the Namib-Naukluft Desert, one of the oldest in the world. A base will be made at Sesriem, a good place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic array of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert an be enjoyed from the top of the dunes, some over 300 m high. Make sure to look at the stars tonight - the desert puts on a show like nowhere else in the world!
Sossusvlei - Sesriem Canyon
This salt and clay pan is surrounded by never ending sand dunes which form part of some of the highest dunes in the world - the greatest of which is Dune 45 from where stunning views of the sunrises and sunsets can be seen - wonderful photographic opportunities. Although Sesriem is not one of the largest or most popular canyons, it makes up for it with character. The name Sesriem was given to it by the settlers and is Afrikaans - being translated into "six belts". After returning from their trek the settlers would have to tie six belts together to a bucket in order to scoop water from the canyon.
Day 5: Sesriem (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This morning the Namib-Naukluft National Park will be entered where the morning will be spent exploring this amazing area. There will be time to climb to the top of Dune 45 - a truly memorable experience - following which the group will take the desert shuttles a further 5 kms into the desert to take a walk to Sossusvlei and explore the surrounding area.
Included Activity: Climbing Dune 45
Included Activity: Namib Naukluft National Park
Included Activity: A Visit to Sossusvlei
Day 6: Sesriem to Swakopmund (Breakfast)
This morning, after breakfast, the tour will head off in a north-westerly diretion to meet the Atlantic Ocean at Walvis Bay, driving across the Tropic of Capricorn en route. The is the "imaginary line" that shows the southernmost point of direct sun, and signals the southern hemisphere's mid-summer's day. From Walvis Bay the coast will be followed for some 35 km to arrive at Swakopmund, Namibia's main holiday resort where two nights of rest, relaxation and a little bit of adrenline for those who are keen will be enjoyed. Accommodation will be in dormitories and upgrades to private rooms are possible, but depend on availability and can be booked through the tour leader.
Swakopmund has become the adventure capital of Namibia while Windhoek is the capital. Adventure junkies will love Swakopmumd - whether they want to jump out of a plane or have a try at sand boarding.
Day 7: Swakopmund (Breakfast)
Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants and bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. Alternatively the lovely beach and promenade make for a relaxing walk - though bathing in the sea may be somewhat chilly!
Optional Activities: Sky diving; quad biking; sand boarding; scenic desert flights; dolphin cruises; fishing trips, golf; horse riding and many more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund (see price guide under "Extra Information").
Day 8: Swakopmund to Brandberg (UIS) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Following the departure from Swakopmund the tour will head through the "Matterhorn of Namibia" - Spitzkoppe. The 1728 m high rock formation, one of Namibia's most recognised landmarks, is well known as an ancient San sacred site. There will be time to explore the surrounding area and its San rock paintings, or just enjoy the magnificent views. After the visit to Spitzkoppe the tour will head to the next destination - Brandberg.
Included Activity: Visit to Spitzkoppe (day trip)
Day 9: Brandberg (UIS) to Etosha National Park Area (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
To-day's drive takes the group further north through the Namibian countryside to the campsite, located in the vicinity of the National Park.
Day 10: Etosha National Park Area (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Covering 22,700 km squared, Etosha is Namibia's premier nature and wildlife reserve. Situated around the Etosha Pan with a large variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads affords the opportunity to access even the most remote areas of the Park. After lunch, and once it has cooled off a bit, the remainder of the day will be spent exploring the park's southern area, keeping an eye out for the striking Oryx and Springbok as these are endemic to desert National Parks. Tonight's camp is just outside the Park's boundary, only 10 km from Anderson Gate. On arrival, perhaps have a quick dip in the pool or a sundowner on the deck before dinner, followed by a relaxing evening in the interesting bar.
Optional Activity: Game Drive
Day 11: Etosha National Park (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Today the tour will make its way across the Park, keeping a look out for the many different mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in the various regions. As the vegetation types change, so does the animal and bird life that relies on it, and so different sections of the Park offer a variety of different game options. After a full day of game viewing the evening will be spent relaxing at the camp in the north of the Park, Namutoni. After dinne why not head to the waterhole and sit and watch the wildlife that may come to drink in the evening.
Included Activity: Game Drive in Tour Truck
Optional Activity: Night Drive
Day 12: Etosha National Park to Windhoek (Breakfast/Lunch)
After breakfast the group will head out of the Park, while doing a game drive. To-day's drive will be through small rural towns and scenic landscapes. Nestled between the hills, Windhoek is a rather small capital city but has many places of interest. This afternoon will be spent at leisure with time to visit the local museum, or do some haggling in the street markets. There are also many shops for those in need of some retail therapy!
Optional Activity: Dinner at Joe's Beer House
Day 13: Windhoek (Breakfast)
The trip will end after breakfast this morning.
Anyone who wishes to extend their stay in Windhoek to explore the surrounding areas should contact Amanzi Travel who will be able to suggest possible accommodation and activities in the city.
Please Note: This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road and weather conditions, political situations and group decisions. All prices and local payments are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries visited there may be a truck and crew change during the trip.
Meals on tour
Meals and menus vary as food is purchased en-route and is subject to what is available seasonally in the areas travelled through. As the aim is to support the local communities along the way, fresh produce is mainly purchased directly from the local grower and sometimes has an organic appearance. The safari cooks are able to offer a wide variety of menus with the ingredients available, even if the produce on offer is not the same as that at home. Breakfast spread consists of bread (toast when time permits), spreads and cereals with a hot breakfast every few days. Lunches are mainly prepared en-route with a supply of "build your own" sandwich ingredients available. Dinners are cooked in the evenings on arrival at the campsite and a wide array of dinner menus is on offer during the safari including curries, stews, pastas, BBQs and even roasts.
Transport on tour
The overland vehicles are custom bult converted Mercedes Benz or MAN trucks that have seating space for all passengers and a storage area for luggage and all trip equipment. The trucks seat between 27 - 30 passengers on the camping trips. Most seats are forward facing, although some models have a combination of forward, backward and some inward facing seats with tables. Vehicles have sliding glass windows and the seating area is raised giving great game viewing and photographic opportunities. Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items such as cameras, snacks and day packs in the seating area.
Participation on tour
These are participation tours and all passengers are expected to help out around the camp. The crew members will set up a rota system and passengers will help with cleaning duties, cooking duties and so on. This makes it easier for everyone and is a good chance for the passengers to get to know each other.
Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary
Why visit Namibia?
Namibia is one of those dreamlike places that makes one question whether something so visually fabulous could actually exist. It is characterised by vast open spaces, with breathtaking scenery and great contrasts – ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. A predominantly arid country, Namibia can be divided into four main regions. The Namib Desert and vast plains of the Skeleton Coast in the west; the eastward-sloping Central Plateau; the Kalahari desert along the borders with South Africa and Botswana; and the densely wooded bushveld of the Kavango and Caprivi regions – a magical undeveloped oasis of waterways and wildlife, providing abundant game and birdlife viewing opportunities. Despite its harsh climate, Namibia has some of the world’s grandest national parks, ranging from the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, to the dune fields and desert plains of the Namib-Naukluft Park. The Namib-Naukluft Park is superb for hiking, with a number of spectacular trails. It is also home to the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei - said to be the highest in the world - and the fascinating Sesriem Canyon. Windhoek is the country’s geographical heart and commercial nerve centre, with an ethnic mix of people, while surfers, anglers and beach-lovers won’t want to miss Swakopmund, with its lively entertainment and sporting activities.
- Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s finest parks, both in size and diversity of wildlife.
- The Namib-Naukluft Park is the largest conservation area in Namibia and one of the largest in the world.
- Two spectacular deserts - the Kalahari and Namib - each with distinctive wildlife and scenery.
- The Namib, at 80 million years, is the world's oldest desert. Namib means “open space”.
- The Namib and Damaraland offer remarkably clear skies for astronomers and keen star gazers.
- Stunning Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon – it is 161km long, up to 27km wide and 550m deep.
- Sossusvlei are said to be the highest sand-dunes in the world.
- Superb birding and good fishing is available from the banks of the Kavango and Kunene Rivers on the northern border.
- Popular self-drive destination with excellent infrastructure.
- Largely malaria-free.
- More than 300 days of sunshine per year.
|Summer/wet (October - April)
|Winter/dry (May - September)
|Rainfall: October – December “little rains”, January to April more stormy period
The winter months (May - September) range from 25 to 30°C during the day but night temperatures may drop to below freezing. June to August is the dry season with very little rain. This can be a good time for game viewing as wildlife converge at the waterholes.
The summer months (October - April) can reach highs of over 40°C and nights in the 20°C range (in the arid central Namib Desert temperatures can fall to below freezing during the night). This is a summer rainfall area, but overcast and rainy days are few and far between. Welcome thundershowers may occur in the late afternoon, bringing relief to flora and fauna. In October and November, large herds of blue wildebeest, zebra, springbok and oryx migrate from the Namutoni area to Okaukuejo, where they remain until May.
Rainfall is heaviest in the northeast, which enjoys a sub-tropical climate, and reaches over 600mm annually along the Okavango River. The northern and interior regions experience ‘little rains’ between October and December, while the main stormy period occurs from January to April.
Population – 2.1 million
Capital - Windhoek
Currency - Namibian dollar
Language – official language English; most widely spoken is Afrikaans; half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as their first language. German is also widely spoken, plus some Portuguese.
Namib – means “open space”
Etosha – means “great white place”
Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 264, international access code 00
South Africa - Help Local Communities Get Started
Why visit South Africa?
Every country in the world displays some diversity, but South Africa, stretching from the hippos in the Limpopo River to the penguins waddling on the Cape, takes some beating. There’s the deserted Kalahari, Namakwa’s springtime symphony of wildflowers, iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Africa’s biggest game reserve - Kruger National Park - boasting the most mammal species of any game reserve, and the magnificent peaks and plunging valleys of the escarpment of Drakensberg.
Cape Town is widely described as one of the world's most beautiful cities. Some of its more famous landmarks include Table Mountain, Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades), Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak, Kirstenbosch Gardens and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. A combination of historical coastal charm and urbane sophistication, Cape Town has some of the finest beaches and is also the gateway to the lush Cape Winelands, famous for world-renowned wines. From here, it is an easy journey to the Whale Route, where Southern Right whales can be seen (June - November) and humpback whales, Bryde's whales, Minke whales and bottlenose dolpins can be viewed year round.
The Garden Route is renowned for its beaches, indigenous forests, nature reserves, lakes, mountain ranges, adventure opportunities and hiking trails. Plettenberg Bay is a relaxed beach paradise with spectacular walks and hikes where one can watch dolphins and whales on eco-marine cruises. With some of the world's finest beaches, the Eastern Cape's untouched and pristine coastline also has a rich social, cultural and political history. Port Elizabeth is the gateway to the Eastern Cape, and the perfect complement to the Garden Route. Cape St Francis is situated on the Indian Ocean coastline, in and around Africa's largest man made web of canals and waterways, and is renowned for its long, sandy beaches, surfing, rock fishing and tranquil lifestyle.
Kruger National Park is the flagship of South Africa's game reserves, offering an unrivalled wildlife experience over two million-hectares. Private concessions operating within and alongside Kruger National Park feature luxurious, exclusive game lodges with many exciting safari activities. Some of these lodges are unfenced, allowing for the free movement of wildlife. Madikwe Game Reserve, in the North West province, is one of South Africa's largest private Big Five game reserves and features numerous lodges and camps. The Waterberg area in the northwest is also malaria-free and is aptly named for its strong streams that flow even in dry seasons, making for excellent game viewing. Both reserves are great for those seeking an accessible malaria-free wilderness experience.
Durban is a sub-tropical city and the gateway to KwaZulu-Natal. It offers a unique mix of Zulu, Indian and colonial cultures. Visit the Anglo-Zulu battlefields, take a fascinating glimpse into Zulu culture, hike in the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains, dive the reefs, marine and coastal reserves of Maputaland, as well as experience Big Five game reserves. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is renowned for saving the white rhino from the brink of extinction, and Phinda Private Game Reserve is well known for its award-winning lodges and conservation initiatives.
Johannesburg meaning "Place of Gold", is South Africa's economic powerhouse. This vibrant and cosmopolitan city is home to many attractions including the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, and also offers shopping from world-class to atmospheric curio markets. Known as the "Jacaranda City", the state capital of Pretoria features beautiful blossoming trees, significant old buildings and fascinating museums, including the Transvaal Museum, home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at the Cradle of Humankind.
Highlights of South Africa
- Breathtaking scenery, quaint coastal villages, cosmopolitan cities, wine routes and exclusive bush lodges.
- Exciting Big Five safaris in unspoilt wilderness areas.
- Malaria-free game viewing and sunshine all year round.
- See Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held in prison for 27 years.
- Go up Table Mountain by cable car for stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful Cape Town.
- Whale watching and great white shark cage diving.
- Beautiful, pristine beaches perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
- The Cradle of Humankind: Sterkfontein is one of the world's most productive and important palaeoanthropological sites.
|Seasons ||Max ||Min
|Summer (September - April)
|Winter (May - August)
|Rainfall: October to March, with November to January heaviest
South Africa has typical seasons of weather for the southern hemisphere, with the coldest days in July-August. The Benguela Current, a cold motion that moves from the lower South Atlantic Ocean, causes moderate temperatures on the West Coast. On the central plateau, which includes Free State and Gauteng provinces, the altitude keeps the average temperatures below 30 °C.In winter, also due to altitude, temperatures drop to freezing point, and in some places, even lower. Heavy snows have fallen recently for the first time in decades in Johannesburg. During winter, it is warmest in the coastal regions, especially on the Eastern Indian Ocean coast and Garden Route, where it has year round mild weather with occasional rain. As winter is cooler and drier, it is more suitable for hiking and outdoor pursuits, and is also a good time for game viewing as vegetation is less dense and thirsty animals congregate around rivers and other permanent water sources.
In summer, South Africa experiences the hottest temperatures and this is generally when most rain falls, October – March. However, there is one exception - the Western Cape, which is a winter-rain area that enjoys a Mediterranean climate (average 26°C).
Christmas to mid-January, and Easter are the height of the peak season for visitors.
Autumn (April/May) and Spring (mid-Sept to November) are ideal almost everywhere.
Population – 50 million
Capital – Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial), Cape Town (legislative)
Currency – Rand (ZAR)
Official Language(s) – Afrikaans, English (South African English), Southern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 27, international access code 00
I had a wonderful time on the overland tour. I have met some incredible people and seen such wonderful things. Everything was perfect
Lavinia, UK, aged 36
Amanzi travel were truly amazing when myself and two friends wanted to book a trip to Africa. We were recommended to Amanzi travel by a friend who had previously done a volunteer project through them. We went on the Southbound 21 day overland tour... and what a trip it was, we loved every single minute. Amanzi travel were very accommodating and very helpful with everything from sorting flights, payments etc, even replying to emails on the same day, if not the next, and only a phone call away. A fabulous service with extremely helpful staff, that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to book a once in a life time experience. I will certainly be using Amanzi travel for my future trips to Africa!
Kerrie, UK, aged 30
Excellent - Long drives but made worth it by absolutely amazing experiences!!
Bethany, UK, aged 21
The overland trip was excellent - really well run. The guides were fantastic, the campsites great, and the food excellent. This has got to be the best way to see Africa in a short period of time ...
Amanzi Travel are excellent - professional, informative but with a real personal service ... The cheetah volunteer project was an absolutely fantastic experience, and the Overland trip was brilliant.
Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34 (Cheetah Volunteer Project and Overland Trip)