Self Drive Itineraries in Southern Africa
15 Day Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive
Experience Namibia and the Western Cape of South Africa in a 15 day Odyssey to see Southern Africa's most treasured landscapes from the wine valley's to the barren deserts.
Start your trip with a visit to one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World' with a cable car ride up Table Mountain and wine tasting tour through the Cape Winelands. Drive through some of the smaller settlements and farmlands of the Western and Northern Cape and view the inspiring Augrabies Waterfalls on the border of South Africa.
Upon entering Namibia the scenery changes dramatically as you reach the Kahalari on a safari tour. See the massive Fish River Canyon and the ghost town of Kolmanskop, before reaching the red desert of Sossusvlei where astounding ly beautiful dunes make a unique landscape.
This holiday self drive tour offers a whole new destination for family and friends. An increasingly popular holiday destination among South Africans and International travelers alike and an extraordinary adventure Direct flights from Johannesburg & Cape Town operate daily to Windhoek, which can be included in your tour on request.
Highlights of our Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive:
Explore Cape Town and its surrounding winelands
Kgalakadi Transfrontier Park
World’s highest dunes at Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei
World’s 2nd largest canyon
Diamond ghost town of Kolmanskuppe
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.
Day 2 -3: Cape Town
The following two days are spent exploring the vibrant city and its surroundings.
We reccommend joining one of our day tours for the best experience.
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Day 4: Karoo
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.
Day 5: Northern Cape
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.
Day 6: Northern Cape
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". 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).
Day 7: Kalahari
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 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.
Day 8: Kalahari
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.
Day 9: Fish River Canyon
Having enjoyed breakfast (not included), travel out of the 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 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 with a cold drink in hand before returning to your lodge for dinner.
Day 10: 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.
Day 11: Aus
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.
Day 12: Aus
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.
Day 13: Sossusvlei
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 activities on offer, some of which include scenic nature drives, sundowner drives or quadbike rides over the private nature reserve. Alternatively relax on the large verandah of the lodge with a view onto a frequented waterhole.
Day 14: 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. Traveling back, visit the Sesriem Canyon, an 18 million year old gorge eroded into the conglomerate floor. Having returned to your lodge, cool off in the sparkling pool or take a refreshing drink in the bar overlooking the waterhole.
Day 15: 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.
|Rates quoted per person sharing|
15 Day Cape Town to Windhoek
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|Jan - Jun
|Jul - Oct
PLEASE NOTE: This tour can also be run in reverse from Windhoek to Cape Town. Cross border fees are not included in the rate of the tour.
|Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.|
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