Self Drive from Windhoek

13 Day Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive

Book a Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive and experience the many highlights of South Africa and Namibia. Experience Cape Town and the Winelands, travel via the fruit valleys and Augrabies Falls into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and then live the experience in Namibia's most famed attractions namely the Fish River Canyon and Sossusvlei.

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 a wine tasting tour through the Cape Winelands. On our Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive, you will 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 Kalahari on a safari tour. See the massive Fish River Canyon and the ghost town of Kolmanskop, before reaching the red desert of Sossusvlei where astoundingly beautiful dunes make a unique landscape.

The Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive 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 include:

  • Explore Cape Town and its surrounding Winelands
  • Augrabies Falls
  • Explore Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with its abundant wildlife
  • Take a scenic walk through Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth after the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
  • Travel into the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on Earth
  • The diamond ghost town of Kolmanskoppe
  • Visit two of Namibia's most celebrated attractions: Sossusvlei, with some of the highest dunes on earth, and the Sesriem Canyon.
  • Enjoy a wide variety of activities on offer at your lodge in Sossusvlei some of which include; scenic nature drives, sundowner drives or quad bike rides over the private nature reserve. 

See also our Spectacular Namibia Self Drive Tour


Breakfast Daily

13 Days / 12 Nights
Self Drive

Namibia & South Africa

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: Cloud Nine Boutique Hotel & Spa
Optional Activities: City Tour

Day 2 -3: Cape Town & Winelands
The following two days are spent exploring the vibrant city and its surroundings. Possible tours/activities: Cape Town City Tour – Explore the town through a city tour on a hop-on-hop-off double-decker bus. The ideal place to start this tour is at the Two Oceans Aquarium in the centre of the V&A Waterfront. A Winelands tour while in Cape Town is a must and can be pre-booked through our offices. 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: Cloud Nine Boutique Hotel & Spa (Breakfast)
Optional Activities: V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Sea Point & Table Mountain 

Day 4-5: Wellington / Cape Wineland
Departing Cape Town in the morning, proceed to Wellington, which lies amidst the well-known Western Cape Winelands. With its unmistakable mountain views, the award-winning Val du Charron Wine and Leisure Estate is situated in the picturesque Bovlei, ten minutes from the town of Wellington. With a history of winemaking dating back to 1699 Val du Charron’s wines are available worldwide but are best enjoyed surrounded by the vineyards themselves at one of the Estate’s restaurants or from your own balcony. Wellington is home to some of the biggest vine nurseries in the Southern Hemisphere so regardless of which South African wine you choose to drink; chances are high that it was born in Wellington! So where better to stay, than directly in the Winelands?
Accommodation: Val Du Charron Wine & Leisure Estate (Breakfast)
Optional Activities: Winelands Tour

Day 6: Clanwilliam / Western Cape
Departing the Cape Winelands in the morning we proceed through the Cederberg Mountain Range through the area of Citrusdal, where most of South Africa’s citrus fruits are grown and the famous ‘rooibos tea’ is produced. Your journey takes us through breathtaking mountain scenery to Clanwilliam, where you will spend the night. Your guest house is situated within the town and offers you personal service and a friendly atmosphere.
Accommodation: Yellow Aloe Guesthouse (Breakfast)

Day 7: Orange River
An early morning departure takes us all the way north to the Orange River, which is the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. Crossing into Namibia we reach our accommodation on the banks of the Orange river, where ewe can put up our feet, relax and enjoy the last sun rays of the day.
Accommodation: Norotahama River Resort (Breakfast)
Optional Activities:
Orange River Rafting

Day 8: Fish River Canyon
This morning we have the opportunity to take part in a guided Canoeing trip on the Orange River. This cools us off before heading the short distance north to the Fish River Canyon, set in a harsh, rocky plain dotted with drought-resistant plants. With a length of 170 kilometres and an average depth of 550 meters, the canyon represents the second largest canyon on Earth after the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The afternoon offers us an optional sundowner drive or walks in the private Gondwana Canyon Nature Reserve. The drive is the perfect opportunity for you to acquaint yourself with the geology, flora and fauna of the Gondwana Canyon Park.
Accommodation: Canyon Lodge
Optional Activities: Sundowner walk-in Gondwana Canyon Park

Day 9-10: Aus & Lüderitz
After breakfast, travel the short distance to the viewpoint of the Fisch River Canyon, to take a scenic walk along the rim of the canyon to explore the area and experience the play of shadows within the canyon as the morning progresses. After experiencing the Fish River Canyon, you travel further west to the edge of the Namibian escarpment and the Succulent Karoo to Aus, where we spend two nights.
After an early breakfast, our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. On the way to Lüderitz, we can stop at Garub, which is the viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert. Kolmanskop, just 10 km outside of Lüderitz, is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the Diamond boom and built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past, offering visitors unique photo motives into a bygone era. In Lüderitz we have the option to drive a scenic route along the “Große Bucht”, enjoying the fresh sea breeze before returning to Aus.
Accommodation: Klein Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn (Breakfast)

Day 11: Namib Desert
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 close to Sesriem, the gate to two of Namibia’s most celebrated attractions: Sossusvlei, with some of the highest dunes on earth, and Sesriem Canyon. Both are moulded 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 quad bike rides over the private nature reserve. Alternatively, relax on the large veranda of the lodge with a view of a frequented waterhole. 
Accommodation: The Elegant Desert (Breakfast)
Optional Activities: Sundowner nature drive

Day 12: 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. Having returned to your lodge, cool off in the sparkling pool or take a refreshing drink in the bar overlooking the waterhole.
Accommodation: The Elegant Desert Lodge (Breakfast)
Optional Activities: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon excursion

Day 13: Depart Windhoek
After a relaxed breakfast, travel up the Khomas plateau to Windhoek, where you return your rental vehicle and where the tour ends.

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.

Cape Town to Windhoek Self-Drive

  South African Rand
(Subject to ROE)
(Subject to ROE)
01 Nov 2023 -
30 Nov 2023
R 19,575 pp sharing
R 26,555 pp single
R 7,790 per child
US$ 1,025 pp sharing
US$ 1,390 pp single
US$ 410 per child
€ 970 pp sharing
€ 1,315 pp sharing
€ 385 per child
01 Dec 2023 -
30 Jun 2024
R 17,850 pp sharing
R 23,675 pp single
R 7,615 per child
US$ 935 pp sharing
US$ 1,240 pp single
US$ 400 per child
€ 880 pp sharing
€ 1,170 pp sharing
€ 375 per child
01 Jul 2024 -
31 Oct 2024
R 18,670 pp sharing
R 25,220 pp single
R 8,020 per child
US$ 975 pp sharing
US$ 1,320 pp single
US$ 420 per child
€ 925 pp sharing
€ 1,245 pp sharing
€ 400 per child

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Rates in South African Rand are fixed. Rates in US$ and Euro are subject to exchange rates.
Private Tours are available on request.
Child Policy:
Children are welcome
*Children u/3yrs Free of Charge
Vehicle recommendation - SUV or 4x4 Double Cab

Package Includes:

  • 13 Breakfasts
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities as specified
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Tourism levy and government Taxes where applicable
  • Deluxe Travel planner

Packages Exclude:

  • All International / Domestic Flights & taxes
  • Rental Vehicle
  • Visas
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Excursions / Activities not specified
  • Gratuities
  • Dinner supplement
  • Excursions / Activities on request

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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