Your journey begins at Blackheath Lodge, on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard. From your stylish city-centre base enjoy the lively hub of Cape Town before continuing your journey through picturesque scenery to the town of Stellenbosch, in South Africa’s premier wine producing region. Take a guided tour through the vineyards and enjoy an abundance of birdlife, historic farmhouses, and mountain views before relaxing with a sundowner in your quiet guesthouse. Fly onwards from Cape Town across the border to Windhoek, Namibia. After a night in the capital city, your journey takes you south into the dramatic landscape of the Namib Desert. Pay a visit to the iconic Sossusvlei pan before relaxing under one of the most spectacular starscapes in the world. Cross the Namib Desert to Namibia’s western coastline and the sleepy town of Swakopmund; its colourful Germanic buildings are an architectural throw-back to colonial times. From here hit the dusty road north into the culturally rich and mountainous Damaraland region, looking out for desert – adapted elephant and mountain zebra along the way. Visit the San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site before continuing into Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Make a final stop at the low-lying

Cross the Namib Desert to Namibia’s western coastline and the sleepy town of Swakopmund; its colourful Germanic buildings are an architectural throw-back to colonial times. From here hit the dusty road north into the culturally rich and mountainous Damaraland region, looking out for desert – adapted elephant and mountain zebra along the way. Visit the San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site before continuing into Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Make a final stop at the low-lying game rich valleys of the Waterberg Plateau before returning to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

Highlights

  • Cape Town
  • Stellenbosch
  • Sesriem
  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha National Park
  • Waterberg

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1-3: Sunset over the city

Cape Town

Land at Cape Town International airport and pick up your hired car to drive to your guest house in Sea Point.

Black Heath Lodge is conveniently located in Sea Point on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard, right under Signal Hill close to the happening city centre of Cape Town, as well as the V&A Waterfront. A host of world-class restaurants are within easy reach of the lodge, and the famous beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay are just around the corner.

Over the next few days you can enjoy some of the many optional activities on offer in this city, from climbing Table Mountain to taking a trip to Robben Island, seeing the penguins of Boulders Beach or exploring Cape Point. Breakfast included.

Destination: South Africa, Cape Town
Accommodation: Blackheath Lodge
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Day 4-5: Picturesque vineyards

Stellenbosch

You have a short drive today through picturesque scenery to the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa’s premier wine producing region. You will stay at Rusthuiz Guest House, located close to the centre of this beautiful old university town.

This quiet guest house is located in the centre of the beautiful university town of Stellenbosch, the heart of the wine region and an area which offers an abundance of birdlife, historic farmhouse, vineyards and mountain views.

All of the five guest rooms are spacious and equipped with remote control TV, phone, mini-bar, coffee & tea making facilities, hairdryer and safe. Heaters and electric blankets are also provided for winter. Safe parking is provided, and a swimming pool and braai area provide a relaxing area in which to enjoy your stay.

We recommend a guided wine tour through the vineyards of this beautiful area to enable you to enjoy the many opportunities for wine tasting! Breakfast included.

Accommodation: Rusthuiz Guest House
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Day 6: Into Namibia

Windhoek

Drop your hire car off and fly today from Cape Town to Windhoek. Land in Windhoek and transfer to your accommodation at Rivendell Guest House, located in a quiet suburb close to the city centre.

Your hire vehicle will be delivered here. Rivendell Guest House is located in a quiet suburb close to the city centre and has just ten guest rooms. Relax around the swimming pool or lounge area, and maybe take the afternoon to explore the shops and restaurants of the city.

Facilities include satellite TV lounge, swimming pool, self-catering kitchen, small bar, internet & guest phone and safe parking. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek
Accommodation: Rivendell Guest House
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Day 7-8: Desert vistas

Sesriem

Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert, near Sesriem and Sossusvlei. The drive should take approximately 5 hours and you will arrive at Desert Homestead guest farm this afternoon.

Desert Homestead is a beautifully decorated and friendly establishment with a bar, restaurant and pool, and optional horse riding or nature drives within this spectacular area can be arranged. The lodge is designed in a rustic, farm style and is located just 27km from the entrance to Sesriem & Sossusvlei. Enjoy home cooked meals and friendly service.

On the morning of day 8 you can wake early and drive into the National Park area of Sesriem and onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from the Park entrance. The entrance opens at sunrise and this is the best time of day to see the dunes.

Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, and maybe take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes.

Return to Sesriem and perhaps take a look at Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge. Breakfast & dinner included.

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Day 9-10: Coastal scenery and wildlife

Swakopmund

Drive onwards to the coast this morning. This road is all gravel until you reach Walvis Bay, and the mountain passes are quite steep so, again, please drive very carefully!

You may like to stop at Walvis Bay to see the famous lagoon, a wetland of international importance and home to many bird species including greater flamingos.
Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town, complete with German half wooden architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well maintained gardens and palm lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants.

In addition, there are many adventure activities such as sand boarding, tandem parachuting, fishing & quad biking which can be arranged prior to arrival. We can also recommend some excellent day trips including the marine sanctuary of Sandwich Harbour, a unique environment comprising towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon and the wild Atlantic Ocean.

Alternatively, a half day boat cruise from Walvis Bay may offer the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals and many species of marine birds.

Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast an easy walk away from the sea and the town centre of Swakopmund on Namibia’s fascinating Skeleton Coast.

Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town near the marine museum and the old brewery, Cornerstone Guesthouse offers the charm and intimacy of a family-run B&B combined with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel. Breakfast included.

Destination: Swakopmund
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse
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Day 11: History and culture

Twyfelfontein

You will arrive at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge this afternoon. The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and has 56 en-suite double rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool.

In construction utmost care was taken to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colours toning in with the surrounding rock formations.

The scenic bar and restaurant overlooks the dry, boulder strewn plains and you may enjoy relaxing around the swimming pool this afternoon.

Alternatively you could take part in an optional nature drive searching for desert elephant, or perhaps hire a mountain bike to explore the nearby area.
Continue your journey this morning, driving towards Damaraland.

The scenery changes slowly today from wide, open gravel plains to the mountainous region of Damaraland. Perhaps take a detour to visit the fur seal colony of Cape Cross which opens each day at 10am. Look out for the rare desert elephant along your drive. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Damaraland, Namibia
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Day 12-13: Iconic landscapes and wildlife

Etosha National Park

Make your way further north to Etosha National Park.
Spend the evening relaxing with a drink at one of the seats overlooking the floodlit waterhole.

Watch the theatre unfold as predators and prey alike take their place in the shadows for the chance to get a refreshing drink.

You will stay in a Waterhole Chalet. The rooms are just a short walk from the restaurant, bar and small shop. Each room contains an en-suite bathroom, small bar fridge, tea & coffee station.

Etosha in general offers excellent game viewing opportunities by either day while simply driving or by night from floodlit waterholes.

The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan, and many water holes exist, joined by a network of well maintained gravel roads to enable visitors the best chances of seeing the many inhabitants of Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve.

Species present in the Park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe & zebra in addition to many antelope and bird species. Dinner & breakfast included.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Campsite
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Day 14: West Etosha

Etosha National Park

To reach Onguma from the Namutoni (Von Lindequist) gate of Etosha, drive towards the Park and just before reaching the entrance gate turn right, following the Onguma markers for 9km to the lodge.

This well positioned lodge offers nineteen air-conditioned thatched bungalows, a campsite, swimming pool and open restaurant.

The bird life in this area is outstanding with over 300 species having been recorded. The farm is also home to the largest breeding colony of white-backed vulture in Namibia.

Optional activities included game drives and guided walks through the Onguma reserve which is now part of the black rhino custodianship programme. Dinner & breakfast included.

Accommodation: Onguma Bush Camp
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Day 15: Low-lying valleys

Waterberg

Drive towards Otjiwarongo and Waterberg Park today. Waterberg is a National Park and you will be staying at a private lodge outside of the Park area.

The area is dominated by an impressive, sandstone plateau with many self-guided walking trails.

The porous nature of the sandstone allows many natural springs to rise through the plateau, accounting for the lush vegetation, which characterises the area. The plateau summit is home to many rare species including rhino, leopard & roan antelope which can be visited with National Park.

Dinner and Breakfast Included

Destination: Namibia
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Fly out of Namibia

Depart Waterberg and travel back to Windhoek, a journey of around 4 hours. Arrive in time to connect with your return flight to Cape Town.

Destination: Windhoek
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Included

  • Safari inclusive of zero excess 2×2 air-conditioned sedan vehicle hire in South Africa
  • Zero excess 4×4 air-conditioned double cab vehicle hire in Namibia
  • Return flights from Cape Town to Windhoek
  • Accommodation in 3 star lodges, chalets or guest houses on the meal basis stated
  • Route map & 24 hour support.

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