Self Drive Itineraries in Southern Africa

15 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 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 travellers 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

Summary

Breakfast Daily

15 Days / 14 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: Protea Hotel- Fire & Ice
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: Protea Hotel- Fire & Ice (Breakfast)
Optional Activities: V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Sea Point, Table Mountain & Winelands Tour

Day 4: Citrusdal & Calvinia
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 (Breakfast)
Optional Activities: Visit the Calvinia Agricultural Museum

Day 5: 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 marvellous 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 (Breakfast)
Optional Activities:
Drive through scenic northern Cape routes

Day 6: Augrabies Falls
After breakfast, you travel the short distance to the Augrabies Falls. With vast quantities of turbulent water plunging 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 beautiful hiking trails in the Augrabies Park leading to Arrow Point (1 hour), to the Potholes (1 hour) and the Moon Rock (1 hour).
Accommodation: Kalahari Gateway Lodge or similar (Breakfast)
Optional Activities: Visit Augrabies falls and the Augrabies Falls National Park

Day 7: Kgalagadi 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 Kgalagadi Park and stop at a variety of waterholes to view some of the animals inhabiting the area. Red dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob show antelope and predator species off to spectacular advantage. Kgalagardi is also a haven for birders, especially those interested in birds of prey.
Accommodation: Twee Rivieren Camp or similar (Breakfast)
Optional Activities:
Afternoon game drive in the park

Day 8: Kgalagadi 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 the very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world. After an eventful game viewing day, travel back to your rest camp in the late afternoon, where you enjoy dinner in the African-style restaurant.
Accommodation: Twee Rivieren Camp or similar (Breakfast)
Optional Activities: Full day game drive in the park

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. 
Accommodation: Canyon Lodge (Breakfast)
Optional Activities: Sundowner walk-in Gondwana Canyon Park

Day 10: Luderitz
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 kilometres 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 experiencing the Fish River Canyon, you travel further west to the edge of the Namibian escarpment and the Succulent Karoo towards the Atlantic Ocean and small fishing town of Lüderitz.
Accommodation: Kairos Cottage (Breakfast)
Optional Activities: Visit Fish River Canyon and travel on to Lüderitz, Visit Wild Horses of the Namib Desert

Day 11 & 12: Southern Namib Desert
Before continuing into the southern Namib Desert, we recommend an early morning excursion to Kolmanskuppe; 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. Travelling north, your next stop is situated in solitude desert landscape along the foot of the stunning Tiras Mountains and the scenic D707 route.
Accommodation: Kanaan Desert Lodge (Breakfast & Dinner)
Optional Activities: Early morning excursion to Kolmanskop Ghost Town and travel along the D707 into the southern Namib desert

Day 13: 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 verandah of the lodge with a view onto a frequented waterhole. 
Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge (Breakfast, Dinner)
Optional Activities: Sundowner nature drive

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. 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: Sossusvlei Lodge (Breakfast, Dinner)
Optional Activities: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon excursion

Day 15: 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

Rates in SA Rand Adult Sharing Adult Single Child u/12yrs
01 Dec'20 - 30 Jun'21 R 21,225 pp sharing R 29,015 pp R 12,235 per child
01 Jul'21 - 31 Oct'21 R 23,375 pp sharing R 32,750 pp R 13,295 per child

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Child Policy: Children Welcome
Children u/3yrs Free of Charge
Vehicle recommendation - SUV or 4x4 Double Cab

Package Includes:

  • 12 Breakfasts, 4 Dinner
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities as specified
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
  • Deluxe Travel planner

Packages Exclude:

  • All International / Domestic Flights & taxes
  • Rental Vehicle
  • Visas
  • Travel & 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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