Namibia Discovery

13 Days | From Cape Town to Windhoek, explore the coastline, sand dunes, and wildlife-filled savanna grasslands of unforgettable Namibia.

4.5 out of 5 based on 13 reviews submitted.
ZAR  55,680
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Travel to Namibia and discover one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth. Crossing the border from South Africa, encounter Namibia's treacherously beautiful coastline, its soaring sand dunes, incredible moonscapes and savanna grasslands teeming with wildlife. Namibia is a country of contrasts and a paradise for wilderness lovers. See the best of this spectacular region by canoeing down rivers, scaling sand dunes, walking through the desert, savouring local dishes and relaxing in quaint towns and cities. Travel from Cape Town to Windhoek and get ready for an unforgettable adventure.

Trip overview

Map of Namibia Discovery including Namibia and South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Windhoek, Namibia
South Africa, Namibia
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 13
Trip code
This trip generates 26.13 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Your dining experience in Lambert's Bay will be one to remember. This open-air restaurant, Muisbosskerm, was rated by National Geographic as having one of the 'Top Ten Sea Views to Dine For'
  • Take a canoe adventure down South Africa's longest stream, the picturesque Orange River
  • The scale of Fish River Canyon is staggering, but stunning African birdlife and a colour-changing sunset makes it so much more than one of the world's largest gorges
  • As eerie as they are fascinating, the sand dunes of the Sossusvlei can be seen in all their blazing glory from the top of Dune 45
  • Enjoy plenty of time for seaside leisure in Swakopmund, amid the dramatic breakers of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Etosha National Park is one of the best places in the world for wildlife-spotting, and you'll enjoy a full day of game drives here

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, setting up your own tent (unless you’re on an Original or Comfort style trip), occasionally roughing it in the bush with no facilities, and getting the best possible views of the ‘big five’. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page:
  • You don't need to be a super-fit athlete to go on an overland safari, but you will need a good level of physical resilience and movement, especially for entering and exiting the vehicles, and for taking long trips on bumpy roads. There's also a half-day canoe trip along the Orange River.
  • Namibia summer ( Nov-Mar ) can be very hot and humid with maximum temperatures around 30-35°C and peaks of over 40°C in the desert.
  • As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.
  • You may also want to check out our Amazing Southern Africa trip if you have more time to explore in southern Africa.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Namibia Discovery including Namibia and South Africa



12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners


Overland vehicle, Canoe


Lodge (6 nights), Hotel (4 nights), Desert Camp (2 nights)

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Lamberts Bay - Cape Gannet Island
  • Fish River Canyon - Canyon entrance
  • Orange River - Canoe trip
  • Sesriem - Sesriem Canyon Visit
  • Sossusvlei - Dune 45
  • Damaraland - Petrified Forest
  • Damaraland - Twyfelfontein Bushman Paintings
  • Etosha National Park - Overland Vehicle Game drives
  • Etosha National Park - 4x4 Vehicle Game Drive
Add on activities
  • Cape Town - Table Mountain Hike - ZAR1600
  • Cape Town - Table Mountain Aerial Cable - ZAR380
  • Cape Town - Robben Island tour - ZAR550
  • Cape Town - Harbour cruise - ZAR200
  • Cape Town - Best of the Cape Combo Tour - Full Day - ZAR2000
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula and SUP Tour - Full Day - ZAR2100
  • Cape Town - Robben Island Ferry & Table Mountain Tour - Full Day - ZAR1800
  • Cape Town - Winelands Tour - Full Day - ZAR1600
  • Cape Town - Winelands Tour - Half Day - ZAR1000
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula & Table Mountain Tour - Full Day - ZAR2000
  • Cape Town - Cape Malay Cooking Tour - Half Day - ZAR1200
  • Cape Town - Township Experience - Half Day - ZAR965
  • Cape Town - City and Waterfront Tour - Half Day - ZAR1100
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula & Kirstenbosch Tour - Full Day - ZAR2000
  • Cape Town - District Six & Bo-Kapp Cultural Tour - Half Day - ZAR965
  • Swakopmund - Swakopmund Museum - USD2

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

2. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.

3. This trip finishes on arrival in Windhoek on Day 13. Please do not book any flights out this evening. The Airport is located 1hr drive out of Windhoek and although we generally make it back to the hotel in Windhoek by 5:00pm, it can be difficult to get to the airport in time for flights.

4. Please make sure that passengers are aware that overland trucks used on this itinerary are not air-conditioned.

5. Clients will not be at Sossusvlei in time for dawn/sunrise. This is because they stay outside of the park gates and they do not open early enough for visitors to make it for sunrise.

6. The weight of baggage that can be brought on this tour is limited by the packing space and weight restrictions of the truck. The weight limit for luggage on all of our trucks is a maximum of 15-20kgs per person, plus a maximum of 5kgs for your day pack. Backpacks shouldn’t have an external frame unless it can easily be removed and stored separately to avoid damaging other people’s luggage. We strongly advise passengers to travel with a backpack or a duffel bag, and it is essential that no hard suitcases be brought on tour. For valuables, like passports, we offer a safe on each vehicle that is shared by all passengers to keep their documentation safe during their journey.

7. The minimum age for this trip is 15 at the time of travel. Any travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. The legal guardian or their designee will be responsible for the traveller under the age of 18 day to day’s care. If a legal guardian elects to designate an escort in their lieu, they will be required to complete and sign a relevant document, to delegate their authority.

8. Border crossing delays in the region are sporadic and difficult to predict. What takes an hour one day may take four hours the next. This may affect the order of activities in the itinerary. We understand this uncertainty can be frustrating, and we strongly recommend packing a bit of patience and flexibility.

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4.5 out of 5 based on 13 reviews submitted.
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Richard · Traveled August 2023
Had a fantastic experience travelling through Namibia. Accommodation and food was of a very high standard. Roads were bumpy at times but never unmanageable in Chris the driver's capable hands! Tour leader Nathi was also excellent, and Intrepid continues to deliver great trips wherever I've travelled with them.
Review submitted 31 Aug 2023

Greg & Joan · Traveled August 2023
There were very long days with corrugated roads but the accommodation and experiences more than made up for it. Highly recommended but it’s definitely not for the faint hearted.
Review submitted 25 Aug 2023

A · Traveled May 2023
Namibia is exquisite. Yes there are long driving days but I didn't mind, there were always interesting things to look at and various stops and opportunities to see daily life in remote areas. This was my first comfort tour so a bit more expensive but it was almost all inclusive, lovely lodges, activities and meals.
Review submitted 11 Jun 2023

Silvija · Traveled May 2023
There is a vastness in Namibia which is mesmerising, though this means that there are often long travel days over extremely corrugated roads. While there are not as many animals to be seen as in Botswana, the thrill of discovery is just as high. I absolutely loved it. Excellent driver, super leader and a fantastic group -what more could you want? Comfort level is definitely worth it. Excellent accommodation and food.
Review submitted 09 Jun 2023

Marianne · Traveled April 2023
Very disappointing. I've done a number of tours like these and Sandile was by far the worst group leader I've had. The tour contains many long days of driving, so there is lots of opportunity to learn about the local customs, history, geography etc. Unfortunately this information was not really forthcoming from day 1 and the attitude deteriorated further after a prolonged border delay. Namibia is beautiful and I wish I had left with a good understanding of its history and culture gleaned from locals rather than a guidebook. This tour is a lot of time in a rather uncomfortable truck, so make sure you appreciate the driving times involved! It has potential to be a great experience with a motivated tour leader who is keen to share knowledge.
Review submitted 26 May 2023
Namibia Discovery
ZAR  55,680