Travel from the Cape to Namibia on this exciting tailor-made fly drive

This incredible 15 night road tripping itinerary offers the chance to explore the attractions from Cape Town to Namibia at your own pace. Spend a few days in Cape Town before crossing the border into Namibia, via Augrabies Falls and the Great Karoo. Spot black maned lions in the Kgalagadi, experience the deafening silence of the Fish River Canyon and search for wild horses in the world’s oldest desert, the Namib.

Tour highlights

    • 14 nights from £2,300pp
    • Stay in luxury lodges
    • Some meals included
    • Explore the Cape Winelands
    • Admire the beautiful Augrabies Falls
    • Go game viewing in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
    • Star gazing in the world's oldest desert
    • Visit the eerie landscape of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei

    Country information

    Best time to travel: May - October

    Time difference: None

    Flight time: 12 hours (via Johannesburg)

Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Town

Arrival at the Cape Town International Airport. After having cleared customs, you proceed to the arrival hall and proceed to the car rental kiosk to collect your rental vehicle.

After collection, proceed to your hotel where the remainder of the day is set aside for leisure.

Accommodation: Fire & Ice Hotel

Day 2 - Day 3 (Cape Town to Cape Winelands)

Cape Town to Cape Winelands

The following two days are spent exploring the vibrant city and its surroundings. Visit the V&A waterfront, Cape Point, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve Sea Point and don’ t forget a visit to the top of Table Mountain!

Accommodation: Fire & Ice Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4 (CITRUSDAL & CALVINA - 390km)

CITRUSDAL & CALVINA - 390km

Departing Cape Town in the morning, proceed through the Cedarberg Mountain Range to Citrusdal, where most of South Africa’s citrus fruits are grown and where the famous ‘rooibos tea’ is produced.

Your journey continues via Clanwilliam through breathtaking mountain scenery to Calvinia, where you will spend your first night. Very worthwhile is a visit to the Calvinia Agricultural Museum, where the history of the settlement area is documented.

Your guest house is situated within the town and offers you personal service and a friendly atmosphere.

Accommodation: Rolbos Guest House or similar

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5 (AUGRABIES FALLS 410km)

AUGRABIES FALLS 410km

After breakfast you depart Calvinia and travel via the Hantam and Rebunie Mountains towards the Augrabies Falls . The entire route takes you through the magical scenery of the Northern Cape and offers you marvelous photographic opportunities.

Your accommodation for the night is situated in the town of Kakamas, famous for its hospitality and history. Relax in the tranquil surrounding of your lodge and get spoilt with the renowned variety of meats from the carvery restaurant in the evening.

Accommodation: Kalahari Gateway Lodge or similar

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6 (AUGRABIES FALLS 80km)

AUGRABIES FALLS 80km

After breakfast you travel the short distance to the Augrabies Falls. With vast quantities of turbulent water plunging down from a height of 65 meters, the Augrabies Falls forms the 6th largest waterfall in the world and the largest in South Africa.

This usually placid river churns through a narrow gorge just above the falls before cascading into a pool 92 meters across and 130 meters deep. Legend has it that this frothing cauldron of black water guards a fortune in alluvial diamonds.

The thundering cascade of water led the original Hottentot residents to believe that evil spirits were active here, and so they named the waterfall Ankoerebis, " place of big noises".

Accommodation: Kalahari Gateway Lodge or similar

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7 (KGALAGARDI TRANSFRONTIER PARK)

KGALAGARDI TRANSFRONTIER PARK

This morning you travel north to the town of Upington, your gateway to the Kalahari Desert and its main attraction, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. In the afternoon you can already explore the Kgalagardi Park and stop at a variety of waterholes to view some of the animals inhabiting the area.

Red sand dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob show antelope and predator specie s off to spectacular advantage. Kgalagardi is also a haven for birders, especially those interested in birds of prey.

Accommodation: Twee Rivieren Camp or similar

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8 (KGALAGARDI TRANSFRONTIER PARK)

KGALAGARDI TRANSFRONTIER PARK

In the early morning enjoy watching the herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest grazing in the riverbed, or huge black-mane lions resting in the shade of imposing camelthorn trees, which also serve as the vantage point for leopard and many raptors.

Formed from the amalgamation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park comprises an area of over 3,6 million hectares – one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world.

After an eventful game viewing day travel back to your restcamp in the late afternoon, where you enjoy dinner in the African-style restaurant.

Accommodation: Twee Rivieren Camp or similar

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9 (FISH RIVER CANYON 430km)

FISH RIVER CANYON 430km

Having enjoyed breakfast (not included), travel out of t he park in a southerly direction to reach the Namibian border at Rietfontein. Having checked through the border post, you first travel via the red sand of the Kalahari and then over endless rocky plains interspersed with majestic mountain ranges to your next lodge, situated in close vicinity of the Fish River Canyon.

Your charming chalets are nestled between huge granite rocks and afford you an unforgettable view onto the untouched plains of the Nama Karoo, a ha lf desert covering the southern and central parts of Namibia. In the late afternoon you have the option of taking a scenic walk up a granite hill to enjoy the sundowner with a cold drink in hand before returning to your lodge for dinner.

 Accommodation: Canyon Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10 (FISH RIVER CANYON)

FISH RIVER CANYON

After breakfast, travel the short distance to the Fish River Canyon, set in a harsh, rocky plain dotted with drought resistant plants. With a length of 170 kilometers and an average depth of 550meters, the canyon represents the second largest canyon on earth after the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Take a scenic walk along the rim of the canyon to explore the area and to experience the play of shadows within the canyon as the morning progresses. After the visit travel back to your lodge, where the rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure.

Accommodation: Canyon Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11 (AUS 300km)

AUS 300km

After breakfast, travel west to the edge of the Namibian escarpment and the Succulent Karoo. Your lodge awards you a magnificent view onto the desert plains, which unfold in a carpet of flowers and an explosion of bright colours after the winter rains.

It is one of the 20 most important biomes in the world and counts as the most specie diverse desert on earth. It is also the home of the world-renowned wild horses of the Namib Desert which you can visit in the afternoon of the first day.

Accommodation:  Klein Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 12 (AUS & LÜDERITZ - 250Km)

AUS & LÜDERITZ - 250Km

A full day can be used for a trip to Lüderitz on the Atlantic Ocean, where the highlights include a visit to Kolmanskop, a Ghost Town established after the first diamonds were discovered here in 1908.

In the 1950’s, no more diamonds were found, and the town was left in the relentless hands of the Namib Desert. Another highlight of the area is Diaz Cross, a commemoration to the first European sailor who sailed past the point in 1488 and erected a cross to mark this important point in history.

After an optional lunch and a sight seeing tour in Lüderitz, travel back to your lodge, where the remainder of the day is spent at leisure.

Accommodation: Klein Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 13 (NAMIB DESERT 350km)

NAMIB DESERT 350km

This morning you travel via endless plains and along striking mountain ranges into the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on earth. Your lodge is situated very close to Sesriem, the gate to two of Namibia’s most celebrated attractions: Sossusvlei, with some of the highest sand dunes on earth, and Sesriem Canyon. Both are molded and shaped by the brute force of the Tsauchab, a non-perennial river that meanders through this majestic ocean of sand with its ever - changing colours.

At your lodge you have a wide variety of a ctivities on offer, some of which include scenic nature drives, sundowner drives or quad bike rides over the privat e nature reserve. Alternatively relax on the large veranda h of the lodge with a view onto a frequented waterhole.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 (SOSSUSVLEI - 130KM)

SOSSUSVLEI - 130Km

The best time to experience the Sossusvlei area is at sunrise when the light paints the dunes and desert palette into deep red, apricot and purple – this part of the day is also the most forgiving, as you are not exposed to the hot afternoon sun when clambering one of the mighty dunes. From Sossusvlei visit Dead Vlei, a surreal white clay pan surrounded by monumental dunes and dotted with age-old camelthorn trees.

Traveling back, visit the Sesriem Canyon, an 18 million year old gorge eroded into the conglomerate floor. Having returned to your lodge, cool off i n the sparkling pool or take a refreshing drink in the bar overlooking the waterhole.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 (DEPARTURE)

DEPARTURE

After a relaxed breakfast, travel up the Khomas plateau and back to Windhoek, where you return your rental vehicle and where the tour ends.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

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