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Windhoek to Cape Town

14 days / 13 Nights

Experience the wild, rugged beauty, rolling sand dunes and wildlife of Namibia before travelling down to the beautiful Cape.

Table Mountain, Cape Town
B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
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Day 1

Flight

Fly overnight to Namibia via Johannesburg or directly via Frankfurt.

Day 2

Windhoek - Otjiwarongo

Your journey starts at the airport where your guide will meet you.

We depart from Windhoek towards the north in the direction of Okahandja. If time permits we will stop at the large open Craft Market here, which boasts crafts from all over southern Africa, including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.

You will enjoy lunch on the road before arriving at the lodge. Dinner will be had at the lodge.

[Out of Africa Lodge or similar | L D]

Day 3

Otjiwarongo – Etosha National Park

We continue northwards into the Etosha National Park, arriving at our lodge in time for lunch.

The Etosha National Park spans an area of 22 270 square km, a large part of which is taken up by a vast salt pan. This beautiful barren and often haunting landscape is surprisingly abundant in game, which often congregate around the various waterholes scattered around the park, allowing for some spectacular game viewing. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinocerous. Visitors can expect to see many buck species, elephants, giraffe, rhino and lions. If you are lucky you will see leopard and cheetah. After good rains, the salt pan fills with water attracting a mass of flamingos. More than 340 bird species have been counted in the park.

In the afternoon, we go out on our first game drive where we will experience Africa's wildlife up close. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

[Namutoni, Halali or similar inside the park | BLD]

Day 4

Etosha National Park

Today will be a full day of safari game viewing allowing plenty of opportunities for good sightings and spectacular photographs. After breakfast at the lodge, we go out on our morning game drive. We will enjoy lunch in the park/lodge and then return to our game drive in the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

[Okaukuejo or similar | BLD]

Day 5

Etosha – Damaraland

After breakfast at the lodge we travel into the stark, but incredibly beautiful Damaraland towards the Etendeka mountain range, passing by Kamanjab.

We will stop over at a Himba village at Otjikandero, which was built to demonstrate how they live.

This ancient tribe of semi-nomadic herders have managed to survive and keep their traditions despite the harsh desert environment in which they live. They wear few clothes apart from a loin cloth or goat skinned mini skirts. The women are reknowned for the red ochre and fat (otjize) which they rub over their bodies to protect themselves from the sun, and which gives their skin a rich red colour. They are also known for their jewellery and intricate hairstyles.

We will have lunch on the road or at a restaurant before continuing our journey through scenic landscapes. In the afternoon we visit the Damara Living Museum.

The Living Museum of the Damara lies close to Twyfelfontein and is the first traditional Damara project in Namibia and the only one of its kind. Here we have the unique opportunity to experience traditional Damara culture. Together with the Bushmen, the Damara belong to one of the oldest nations in Namibia.

Their original nation was a mixture of hunter-gatherer culture and herders of cattle, goats and sheep.

Although their culture is now largely lost, the museum contributes to its preservation, as well as bringing in an income for the Damara community that built it.

We arrive at our lodge towards the end of the afternoon.

[Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar | BLD]

Day 6

Tywfelfontein – Swakopmund

After breakfast we visit the celebrated rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.

Twyfelfontein is the site of one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs (engravings) and rock paintings in Africa. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone mountain. The rock art forms an extensive record of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities in this part of southern Africa over at least 2 millenia. UNESCO approved it as Namibia's first World Heritage Site in 2007.

Back on the road again, we meet up with some of the locals along our journey. We pass by Namibia's highest mountain (Brandberg), which reaches about 2573 metres above sea level.

Lunch will be enjoyed on the road, at a restaurant or at Uis, before continuing towards the coast. We have dinner at one of Swakopmund's many fine restaurants. We will overnight at a hotel / guesthouse.

[The Delight Hotel/Guesthouse or similar | BLD]

Day 7

Swakopmund – Sossusvlei

We depart for Sossusvlei, travelling south. Lunch will be enjoyed on the road or at a restaurant. The journey takes us through beautiful, scenic landscapes, including passing by the Kuiseb Canyon and across the Tropic of Capricorn. We may even spot wildlife, including mountain zebra, springbok, ostrich and even suricate.

We arrive at our lodge during the late afternoon.

[Namib Desert Lodge or similar | BLD]

Day 8

Sossusvlei

We set out early after breakfast to visit Sossusvlei. The area is best known for its spectacular red dunes, some of which are considered the highest in the world reaching 300m. Sossusvlei itself is a large, white, salt and clay pan located in the midst of this ancient, red wilderness and provides wonderful photographic opportunities. Occasionally the pan fills up with water offering a fantastic spectacle as the glassy lake reflects the surrounding dunes.

Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals here which have adapted to survive.

Lunch will be enjoyed at the lodge before setting off again to Sesriem Canyon. The canyon has been shaped over millions of years by the Tsauchab river and is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. It is up to 30 metres deep at points and about 1km long with a width of between 1 and 3 metres. The canyon is a fun and interesting place to visit. We will walk through its narrow passageway viewing the different rock formations and exposed layers along the way.

We return to the lodge in the afternoon.

[Namib Desert Lodge or similar | BLD]

Day 9

Sossusvlei – Lüderitz

After enjoying breakfast at the lodge, we depart in the direction of Aus. Lunch will be had en route before continuing on to Lüderitz passing by the Garub wild horses. Lüderitz is a quaint, harbour town, known for its German colonial architecture. We will have dinner at the hotel.

[Nest Hotel or similar | BL]

Day 10

Lüderitz – Fish River Canyon

After breakfast, we depart back in the direction Aus stopping at the Kolmanskop, the famous ghost town which lies abandoned in the sands of the Namib. It grew out of a diamond rush in the early 1900s, but was later abandoned when the diamond-field was exhausted.
We have lunch en route and arrive at our lodge near the Fish River Canyon. This spectacular natural phenomenon hides out of sight on the flat dry plateau until you are almost upon it. The canyon is believed to be the second largest in the world, after the Grand Canyon. Its enormous gorge meanders along for a distance of about 160 kilometres. It is up to 550m deep in parts and up to 27km wide.
We have dinner at the lodge.

[Canon Village Lodge or similar | BLD]

Day 11

Fish River Canyon – Springbok (RSA)

We rise early to enjoy the sunrise over the canyon before returning to the lodge for breakfast. We then depart in the direction of Grunau, before continuing to the South African border at Noordoewer. Lunch will be had en-route. We arrive at Springbok and check into our Lodge. Dinner will be enjoyed at the Lodge.

[Lodge | BLD]

Day 12

Springbok – Cape Town

After breakfast we continue south. At the right time of year (August to September), this area is covered in a stunning blanket of wildflowers. If we are able, we will visit this beautiful spectacle. Lunch will be had en-route. We arrive in Cape Town in the afternoon. We stay in the Protea Hotel at the Cape Town Waterfront.

[Protea Hotel | BLD]

Day 13

Cape Town

After breakfast at the hotel, we will embark on a tour of Cape Town. This includes Simon's Town, the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain and a visit to the wine route for some wine tasting. Lunch not included. Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel.

[Protea Hotel | BD]

Day 14

Cape Town

Breakfast will be at the hotel and then you are free to do some shopping, depending on the time of your flight back home. End of service - we wish you a warm return back home!

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COST: N$ 36 800 per person

MIN seats for this tour: 3
MAX seats for this tour: 9

Departure DateReturn DateSeats Available
10 August 2018 23 August 2018 7
Damara Living Museum Lion drinking Fish River Canyon