Namibia & South Africa: Windhoek to Cape Town

Resort: Namibia & South Africa: Windhoek to Cape Town
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: Namibia
Price From: £4775.00


This stimulating self-drive trip takes you
south from Windhoek in Namibia to
Cape Town in South Africa, stopping en
route in a diverse range of breathtaking
landscapes. Explore the towering
sand dunes of the Namib desert; visit
the ghost town of Kolmanskop; and
marvel at the sunset views over Fish
River Canyon. Cross the border into
South Africa and discover the vast open
spaces and wildlife of Namaqualand
and the Cederberg Wilderness Area
before arriving in the fishing village of
Paternoster and ending your journey in
the captivating city of Cape Town.


Day 1: Fly to Windhoek, Namibia

Overnight flight from London to Windhoek, via
Johannesburg. (N)

Day 2: Windhoek

Arrive and transfer to Galton Guesthouse
for 1 night. Your hire car will be delivered this
afternoon (thus avoiding airport queues). The
remainder of the day is at leisure. (N)

Days 3-4: Namib desert

Drive to the Namib desert. Stay 2 nights at
Hoodia Desert Lodge on the banks of the
Tsauchab river, surrounded by majestic
mountains. The following day take a drive
through the Sesriem Gate to the giant sand
dunes of Sossusvlei, the eerie colour contrasts
of Deadvlei and the 30-metre-deep Sesriem
Canyon. Evening sunset drive. (B, D)

Days 5-6: Aus

Drive to Aus, a village once used as a prisoner
of war camp in WWI. Stay 2 nights at Klein-
Aus Vista (Eagles Nest Chalets). Optional
activities here include hiking, nature drives and
viewing the wild horses. The following day we
recommend a morning visit to Kolmanskop,
a former diamond rush town which has long since been abandoned and engulfed by the
desert sands. In the afternoon, travel to the
nearby town of Lderitz, famed for its German
colonial architecture and range of wildlife
that includes seals, penguins, flamingos and
ostriches. (B)

Days 7-8: Fish River Canyon

Drive to the spectacular Fish River Canyon,
one of the worlds largest. Stay 2 nights at Fish
River Lodge. Take an evening drive and watch
as the sun slowly dips behind the canyon
walls, casting magnificent hues over the chasm
below. Following day at leisure to enjoy the
region which is home to a wide variety of
wildlife and incredibly beautiful picnic spots.
(B, D)

Day 9: Namaqualand, South Africa

Drive south to Naries Namakwa Retreat
in Namaqualand, South Africa, just west of
Springbok. Stay 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 10: Namaqualand

Journey through Namaqua National Park.
Fields of wildflowers (usually during August
and September), star-studded night skies,
quiver trees and enormous granite outcrops are some of the memorable features of this
area. (B, L, D)

Days 11-12: Cederberg Wilderness Area

Drive south to the Cederberg and stay 2
nights at the ecological oasis of Bushmans
Kloof. Join a guided afternoon wildlife drive
searching for Cape leopards, African wildcats
and aardwolves, among many other species.
The following day, choose from a variety of
morning and afternoon activities including a
visit to the Bushman rock art sites, a guided
wildlife drive or nature walk, hiking, biking,
canoeing, swimming or fly-fishing. (B, L, D)

Days 13-14: Paternoster

Morning activity at Bushmans Kloof, then drive
to Paternoster, a sleepy white-washed fishing
village on a bleak but beautiful part of the
west coast. Stay 2 nights at Paternoster Dunes
Boutique Guest House. Following day at leisure to browse the art galleries, stroll along
the pristine white beach, go sea kayaking, walk
among beautiful coastal fynbos or enjoy the
magnificent wild flower displays in the spring
(August to September). (B)

Days 15-16: Cape Town

Drive south to Cape Town and stay 2 nights at
More Cape Cadogan. The remainder of your
time here is at leisure to enjoy the vibrant citys
many highlights, including Table Mountain,
Robben Island, the Cape of Good Hope and the
penguins of Boulders Beach. (B)

Days 17-18: Fly to London

Morning at leisure then drive to Cape Town
Airport and drop off your car. Fly to London,
arriving the next day. (B) (N)

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