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Photo Safari through Namibia and Cape Town

Leave footprints on some of the world's highest sand dunes and experience once in a lifetime wildlife Safaris.

Photo Education
12 Days, 11 Nights
Matador Trips
$3,750USD
Per Person
This trip includes Matador’s personalized overland tour, some meals, and all excursions. Leave the details to Matador Trips on this cross-county, photographic adventure! All accommodation, transfers, safaris, and guided tours included.
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Highlights

What you'll do

1
The ultimate road trip through some of Africa’s most beautiful scenery

From the cosmopolitan streets of Cape Town to the desert and lunar scenery of Namibia, witness the diversity of southwestern Africa on this 12-day nature adventure.

2
Capetown and the rugged west coast

Explore oceanside Cape Town and Lambert’s Bay before we travel north along the west coast and cross into surreal Namibia.

3
Rivers, hot springs, and historical towns

Namibia has more than vast deserts and picture-perfect sand dunes. Our overland tour visits peaceful riversides, relaxing hot springs, and unforgettable historical towns.

4
Spot and photograph wildlife in Etosha National Park

Enjoy multiple safari drives through Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier site for viewing wildlife. 

5
Photo education

Whether you are a pro photographer or just enjoy taking cool shots with your phone, our Matador photo instructors will work with you during informal photo walks and mini-workshops to take your personal travel photography to another level. 

6
A professional video of your epic adventure

Our professional in-house filmmaker will be documenting our adventure on a daily basis, and we will give you the video of this trip so that you can relive the adventure and share it with friends and family on social media.

7
The ultimate adventure with like-minded travelers

We curate groups of like-minded adventurers for the perfect vibe. Bring your friends and make new ones on this epic adventure.

8
Support local communities through sustainable travel

We aim to travel as consciously as possible. This trip supports women’s initiatives and wildlife reserves.

 

Where we’re going

Trip Details

What's my itinerary?

Day 1: Cape Town

Arrive at any time for your orientation with Matador Trips and transportation service provider G Adventures.

Day 2: Cape Town/Lambert’s Bay

Head up the Cape’s west coast, stopping at the Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre. Arrive in Lambert’s Bay and opt to visit Bird Island, or stroll through this charming town.

Traveling from Cape Town, continue north toward Namaqualand, keeping an eye out for fields of Namaqualand daisies (in season August and September).

At Clanwilliam, head toward the coast again and on to Lambert’s Bay, a picturesque town South Africa’s west coast.

Private Vehicle

Cape Town – Lambert’s Bay, 5 hours and 30 minutes, 217 miles

Traveling from Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay, with a stop along the way at !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre.

The San people of southern Africa have historically faced centuries of political and cultural oppression. The !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre provides tailor-made training for young San women and men of southern Africa. Travelers learn about San culture and history at the interpretive museum. Visits help trainees gain experience with international clients while garnering support for the center’s efforts to preserve San culture and history.

Day 3: Lambert’s Bay/Orange River

Continue north and cross into Namibia. Settle in by the banks of the Orange River with time to swim or just relax.

Traveling north, enjoy a full day’s travel through this dry and remote part of South Africa.

In the mid-afternoon, cross into Namibia and a more arid region and stop at the scenic Orange River for the evening.

After getting settled, enjoy the late afternoon by the river bank.

Private Vehicle

Lambert’s Bay – Orange River, 7 hours, 279 miles

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Border Crossing (South Africa – Namibia)

Vioolsdrift – Noordoewer

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Accommodation

Norotshama River Resort (or similar)

Resort

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Orange River/Ai-Ais

Spend the morning relaxing on the banks of the Orange River, then continue on to Ai-Ais, the small hot springs resort at the southern end of the Fish River Canyon. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in the healing waters.

Ai-Ais, which means “scalding hot” or “burning water” in one of the local Nama dialects, is a sulfur rich mineral spring at the southern end of the Fish River Canyon. Ai-Ais is also a part of the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, covering a large piece of land in northern South Africa and southern Namibia.

The hot springs resort is a popular gateway to Namibia from the south and the endpoint of the grueling five-day Fish River Canyon hike. The spring water is piped to a number of indoor and outdoor pools and jacuzzis.

Private Vehicle

Orange River – Ai-Ais, 2 hours, 49 miles

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Ai Ais Resort NWR (or similar)

Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert

Start early with a visit to the breathtaking Fish River Canyon, then travel north, enjoying dramatic Namibian landscapes as you head up towards Sesriem.

Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert.

Private Vehicle

Ai-Ais – Namib Desert, 9 to 10 hours, 372 miles

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Sossus Oasis Campsite (or similar)

Campground

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6: Namib Desert

Visit Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon. Opt to climb up the breathtaking Dune 45.

Enjoy a visit to Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largest sand dunes, up to 300 m (984 ft) high. Here, use some free time to enjoy the sand dunes on your own. Visit the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area.

Head out and start exploring this unusual environment.

This area is famous for its high, red sand dunes. This clay and salt pan is surrounded by the dunes, making it a spectacularly beautiful sight with a remote and isolated feel.

Sesriem Canyon Visit

Namib Desert

Enjoy a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. The Tsauchab River flows through the canyon every five to 10 years, and this creates the nearby salt and clay pan of Sossusvlei. Venture out into Deadvlei; these drylands boast incredible contrasts of black dead trees amid the white clay soil, surrounded by red sand dunes reaching up to 300 meters high. We don’t want to spoil too much; go and see this unique site for yourselves – it’s a must for any traveler to Namibia.

Accommodation

Sossus Oasis Campsite (or similar)

Campground

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Namib Desert/Swakopmund

Enjoy the views of the Namib desert before arriving in the historic town of Swakopmund.

Get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region.

En route to the Namibian coast, take a coffee break in Solitaire, a mystical village consisting of a filling station, general dealer/coffee shop, and small mechanical workshop. Before arriving to Swakopmund, drive through Walvis Bay, the only town on the Namibian coastline that boasts a deep-sea harbor.

Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such as sandboarding or skydiving.

Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants.

Private Vehicle

Namib Desert – Swakopmund, 4 hours and 30 minutes, 161 miles

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Europa Hof (or similar)

Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Swakopmund

There’s plenty to see and do in Swakopmund, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like quad biking, sandboarding, and skydiving. 

Hotel

Day 9: Swakopmund/Etosha National Park

Enter Etosha National Park and enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle. Keep an eye out for lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and antelopes. Opt to explore more on an open safari vehicle drive.

Begin moving east into the interior of Namibia. On this route, pass through a lunar landscape and see the imposing Spitzkoppe, also known as the “Matterhorn” of Namibia, in the distance.

After sunset, some animals may head to the watering holes near the campground.

Private Vehicle

Swakopmund – Etosha National Park, 7 hours and 30 minutes, 379 miles

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive

Etosha National Park

Set off into the wilds of Etosha National Park in the touring vehicle for a wildlife safari drive. Over 100 species of mammals call Etosha home, including elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, and hyenas.

Accommodation

Etosha NP Okaukuejo Restcamp (or similar)

Campground

Day 10: Etosha National Park

Enjoy another wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle and keep your eyes peeled for the vast array of incredible animals.

Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive

Etosha National Park

Set off into the wilds of Etosha National Park in the touring vehicle for a wildlife safari drive. Over 100 species of mammals call Etosha home, including elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, and hyenas.

Accommodation

Etosha NP Okaukuejo Restcamp (or similar)

Campground

Day 11: Etosha National Park/Windhoek

Arrive in Windhoek and visit Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop for an included lunch, then spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the German-influenced capital city.

Leave Etosha National Park and head south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek.

Etosha National Park – Windhoek, 5 to 6 hours, 257 miles

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Penduka works with women from the Katutura township, and surrounding rural communities, by helping them develop livelihoods through working in their handicraft workshops and cafe. Penduka trains and employs women disadvantaged through poverty, disability, ill-health, or lack of education, empowering them to develop skills in textiles, beading and pottery. Pick up a fresh-packed lunch at the cafe to help support the center before touring the facilities and purchasing some of these crafts.

Accommodation

Auas City Hotel (or similar)

Hotel

Meals included: Lunch

Day 12: Windhoek

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

What's included?
    • 11 nights accommodation.
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners.
    • Entrance to multiple national parks and reserves.
    • Wildlife safari drives.
    • All transportation between destinations and to and from activities.
    • Photography training and facilitation.
    • Videographer and a video of the trip you can take home at the end.
What's NOT included?
    • Your flights.
    • Accommodation before and after the trip.
    • Some meals.
    • Alcoholic beverages.
    • Perfect weather.
How many people will be on the trip?

The tour can accommodate up to 14 guests.

What is the sleeping situation?
    • Accommodations are a mix of hotels and safari camping, and are based on 2 people per room. For an additional fee private rooms can be arranged or Matador Trips is happy to arrange a shared room for same-sex solo travelers.
Who is the trip for?
    • We encourage a wide mix of people, from old-time adventurers to short-break professionals to first-time travelers – they all contribute to a memorable experience. Unfortunately this trip is not suitable for travelers under 12. 
When does the trip depart and return?
    • Arrive at your designated hotel in Cape Town, South Africa any time on departure day. The exact departure meeting location will be supplied via email within 30 days of departure.
    • Depart at your leisure from Windhoek, Namibia after a final group breakfast on the last day.
How do I get there?
    • Cape Town (CPT) is a major travel hub and easily reached from most places in the world. Most flights to Windhoek (WDH) transfer via Capetown. For assistance with flights just let us know.
Health and safety update (coronavirus)

All tour operators, hotel rooms, transport providers and third party vendors adhere to strict COVID health precautions and safety measures.

All Matador Trips are in small groups and we work to limit exposure in all activities.

Traveler’s insurance is strongly recommended for all travelers. Ask for recommendations if you do not have a preferred provider.

US Travel advisories have the most up to date COVID information for any traveler.

This adventure is not for everyone

Before applying to take part in this experience, it’s important to understand that this is not a tour or a luxury travel experience.

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