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Cape Town To Windhoek2018-09-12T13:30:11+00:00

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Cape Town To Windhoek

15 Days

Cape Town to Windhoek

SELF-DRIVE TOUR
SOAN-CTW

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Explore Cape Town and its surrounding world renowned Winelands. Experience Namibia’s entirety from the world’s largest sand mass in the Kalahari Desert to the 2nd largest Canyon on earth. Get drawn back in time by visiting the ghost town of Kolmanskop and let yourself be captivated by the surreal dunes at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, a World Heritage site.

Cape to Windhoek
Classification Classic
Vehicle recommendation SUV or 4WD Double Cab
Accommodation As specified
Meals 12 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Activities
As specified
Optional extras
Additional excursions / activities on request
General
Deluxe travel planner
Excluded: all international / domestic flights and taxes • visas • travel and personal accident insurance • personal expenses • excursions / activities not specified • gratuities
  • Cape Winelands
  • Table Mountain
  • Augrabies Falls
  • Black-maned lions of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • Sasriem Canyon
  • Ghost town of Kolmanskop

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.

Overnight at Fire and Ice Hotel.

Day 2-3

CAPE TOWN and CAPE WINELANDS

The following two days are spent exploring the vibrant city and its surroundings. Possible tours or activities: Cape Town City Tour – explore the town by means of a hop-on hop-off double decker bus. The ideal place to start this tour is at the Two Oceans Aquarium in the center of the V&A Waterfront. A Winelands tour whilst in Cape Town is a must and can be pre-booked through our offices. Visit the V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Sea Point, and don’t forget a visit to the top of Table Mountain!

Overnight at Fire and Ice Hotel – Breakfast.

Day 4 | 390km

CITRUSDAL and CALVINA

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.

Overnight at Rolbos Guest House or similar – Breakfast.

Day 5 | 410km

AUGRABIES FALLS

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.

Overnight at Kalahari Gateway Lodge or similar – Breakfast.

Day 6 | 80km

AUGRABIES FALLS

After breakfast you travel the short distance to the Augrabies Falls. With vast quantities of turbulent water plunging down from a height of 65m, the Augrabies Falls forms the sixth 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 92m across and 130m 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”. Apart from the falls you have several attractive hiking trails in the Augrabies Park leading to Arrow Point (1 hour), to the Potholes (1 hour) and to the Moon Rock (1 hour).

Overnight at Kalahari Gateway Lodge or similar – Breakfast.

Day 7-8 | 360km

KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK

his 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 Kgalagadi 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 species off to spectacular advantage. Kgalagadi is also a haven for birders, especially those interested in birds of prey. Early the next 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.

Overnight at Twee Rivieren Camp or similar – Breakfast.

Day 9 | 430km

FISH RIVER CANYON

Depart South Africa in a southerly direction towards the Namibian border at Rietfontein. Here you travel via the red sand of the Kalahari and over endless rocky plains interspersed with majestic mountain ranges to 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 half 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.

Overnight at Canyon Lodge – Breakfast.

Day 10 | 300km

FISH RIVER CANYON/AUS

After breakfast, travel the short distance to the Fish River Canyon view point, set in a harsh, rocky plain dotted with drought resistant plants. With a length of 170km and an average depth of 550m, the canyon represents the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Travel further 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 colors after the winter rains. It is one of the 20 most important biomes in the world and counts as the most specie diverse desert in the world. It is also the home of the world-renowned wild horses of the Namib Desert.

Overnight at Klein Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn – Breakfast.

Day 11-12 | 350km

SOUTHERN NAMIB

Before continuing into the southern Namib Desert, we recommend an early morning excursion to Kolmanskop, a ghost town established after the first diamonds were discovered here in 1908. In the 1950s, no more diamonds were found, and the town was left in the relentless hands of the Namib Desert. Traveling north, your next stop is situated in solitude desert landscape along the foot of the stunning Tiras Mountains and the scenic D707 route.

Your lodge is situated on 33 000 hectares of unspoiled nature, contrasting landscapes that are never-ending, with rippled sand dunes glowing in the magical light of sunrise and sunset, mountain vistas perfectly framing breathtaking views, rocky outcrops studded with quiver trees and awe-inspiring savannah and desert vistas. The lodge focuses not just on the rehabilitation of the land but also to conserve and protect the wildlife of this fragile environment.

Overnight at Kanaan Desert Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.

Day 13 | 350km

NAMIB DESERT

Travelling via endless plains and along striking mountain ranges you reach the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. Your lodge is situated close to Sesriem, the gate to two of Namibia’s most celebrated attractions: Sossusvlei, with some of the highest sand dunes in the world, 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 colors.

Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast.

Day 14 | 130km

SOSSUSVLEI

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. Travelling back, visit the Sesriem Canyon, an 18 million year-old gorge eroded into the conglomerate floor.

Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast.

Day 15 | 350km

DEPARTURE

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

Breakfast.

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