#5 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.

11 Days, 10 Nights

Matador Trips:

$4,250USD
Per Person
Dates & Guides
Availability
February 24th - March 6th 2021

What you'll do

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 February 24. 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 March 6.
  • 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)

    Matador Trips is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and abroad.

    In our team’s estimation, if the coronavirus pandemic is a continued threat in the winter of 2021 this Trip will be rescheduled and a 100% refund will be offered to travelers.

    We strongly encourage travelers to take necessary precautions for safeguarding their health while traveling abroad.

    On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern for the novel coronavirus outbreak, also known as 2019-nCoV.

    When visiting South Africa, Namibia or other destinations, please regularly review Travel Advisories from your home country for the most up to date information.

    Travel Information from the United States Government:

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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If you cannot survive without WiFi or social media, this is not for you.
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If you will be miserable being in the wide-open nature, this is not for you.
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If you are afraid of getting sandy, this is not for you.
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If you are terrified of mosquitos and rhinos, this is not for you.
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If you need to be connected to work, this is not for you.

But trust us,

if you can take on these challenges with us, then welcome to one of the greatest experiences of your life!

Matador Trips

Photo Safari through Namibia and Cape Town

$4,250 USD / Person
$4,250 USD / Person

Best of the Best

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Photo Education

Learn photography tips
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New Friends

We curate groups of
open-minded travellers

Video of Your Trip

We’ll create an epic
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Best of the Best

We scoured the Earth to
bring you the best

Matador Network has been around the world and back reporting on the best destinations and experiences for over a decade. It’s time to share the stoke and bring you along for the adventure, guided and curated by Matador staff.

Photo Education

Learn photography tips
from a professional

Every Matador Trip is led by a professional travel photographer, there to capture the best shots of your trip to share with your friends and to train both amateurs and skilled photographers in their methods!

New Friends

We curate groups of
open-minded travellers

Matador led and curated Trips attract a special breed of people. Let’s make some lifelong friends and have unforgettable experiences together.

Video of Your Trip

We’ll create an epic
video of your trip

We provide a complimentary video documenting the adventure for you to take home at the end of the trip!
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