Description

You’ll have 11 magnificent days to explore the bustling city of Cape Town, hear the sound of water thundering down the 56m Augrabies Waterfall, view gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest where red dunes & shrub fade into infinity and admire the sunset over the Namib Desert. Transport in a Premium Overland Safari Vehicle (fitted with 12 luxury seats), ensures that you’ll get close to the land and experience all this region has to offer.

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Windhoek
    Day 1 Transfer by car
    Windhoek

    Explore Windhoek during the day and meet your group and your Tour Leader in the evening at 18:00 to get acquainted and review your trip details. Windhoek is a tiny capital town but with loads of interesting things to offer. One of the most famous is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites in the Post Street Mall. Here you can take pictures of and touch these extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel in them. Shopping opportunities abound and for the historically inclined there are many museums and historical buildings within walking distance around towncentre. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style.

    Meals: N/A
    Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
    Activities Included: Welcome Meeting at 18:00
    Activities Optional: Explore the City, Craft Market
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

    Visited places:
  • 2
    Windhoek to Sesriem
    Day 2 Transfer by car
    Windhoek to Sesriem

    Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert.  The name Sesriem means “six belts’ and was named by the Dorsland Trekkers, a group of Afrikaans-speaking settlers.  It is said that they had to tie together 6 belts (made of oryx hide) to reach buckets down into the Sesriem Canyon to scoop up water. The Sesriem Canyon is a natural canyon carved in sedimentary rock.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
    Activities Included: N/A
    Activities Optional: N/A
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

    Visited places:
  • 3
    Sesriem
    Day 3 Transfer by car
    Sesriem

    An early departure will give you the opportunity to climb the majestic Dune 45 during the cooler time of the day. Dune 45 was named for its proximity to Sesriem gate before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes.  Sand that was carried to the west coast by the Orange River is blown back again inland by winds and formed the dunes of the Namib Desert.

    The Namib, a minimum of 55 million years old, is regarded as the oldest desert in the world. The sand here is coloured red due to the high levels of iron oxide.  These dunes are known as star dunes, created by winds blowing from all directions and is also known as the highest sand dunes in the world. 

    In the afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a miniature canyon by world standards but beautiful to walk around in and appreciate the distinctive sedimentary rocks and conglomerate that line the canyon walls.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
    Activities Included: Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei/Deadvlei Transfer
    Activities Optional: N/A
    Entrance Fees Included: Sesriem – Namib Naukluft National Park

    Visited places:
  • 4
    Sesriem to Seeheim
    Day 4 Transfer by car
    Sesriem to Seeheim

    On the way to Seeheim, you will pass the small towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen and a farm settlement here and there, but other than that it will mostly just be the wide-open Namibian landscape with spectacular scenery. In the early 20th century the sole purpose of this small town was that of a junction station between Keetmanshoop, Lüderitz and Karasburg. This rustic oasis in the desert built from stone is where you will be spending your last night under the Namibian starlit sky.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Basic Hotel
    Activities Included: N/A
    Activities Optional: N/A
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

    Visited places:
  • 5
    Seeheim to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
    Day 5 Transfer by car
    Seeheim to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    Today we will be entering South Africa, heading towards the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This unique park is an amalgamation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, bordering Namibia to the west. The park comprises an area of over 3.6 million hectares – one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world. South Africa consists of nine provinces and for the next couple of days, we will be travelling through the Northern Cape Province, the largest province in the country but with the lowest human population.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Tented Rooms
    Activities Included: N/A
    Activities Optional: N/A
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

  • 6
    Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
    Day 6 Transfer by car
    Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    A day for photo opportunities, we visit the park for the day for a full day’s game drive with our Premium Overland Safari Vehicle. This is a land of contrast and unique beauty, red sand dunes with a backdrop of deep blue sky. Here you find straight-horned oryx wandering in the waving yellow-gold dune bushman grass. Majestic camel thorn trees on open plains give home and shade to many of the Kalahari’s dwellers.  The sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds show antelope and predators off to spectacular advantage and provide excellent photographic opportunities. Keep cameras ready for the famous black-mane Kalahari lions.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    • Accommodation: Tented Rooms
    • Activities Included: Game Drives with Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    • Entrance Fees Included: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • 7
    Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to Augrabies National Park
    Day 7 Transfer by car
    Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to Augrabies National Park

    Our next stop is the Augrabies National Park. This place was named by the local Khoi residents “Aukoerebis” – meaning “Place of big noise” in Nama. The most spectacular feature of this National Park is the Augrabies Falls, after which the park was named. Here the Orange River, when in flood, thunders 56 metres down over rocks and then continue in a narrow gorge for another 18 kilometres before spreading out and continuing its journey to the coast.

    As this is a very arid environment, vegetation is hardy and includes succulents, aloes, acacias and the Namaqua fig. Augrabies is ideal for self-hikes, birdwatching and is also home to 46 mammal species. Animals and birds to look out for are Broadley’s flat lizard known as the Augrabies flat lizard, rock hyrax (dassie), klipspringer, Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle and the Hartmann’s mountain zebra.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
    Activities Included: Augrabies Falls Visit
    Activities Optional: Hikes/Mountain Biking
    Entrance Fees Included: Augrabies National Park

  • 8
    Augrabies National Park to Strandfontein
    Day 8 Transfer by car
    Augrabies National Park to Strandfontein

    Today we head south to the West Coast of South Africa. Strandfontein, a popular tourist attraction with a picturesque shoreline, offers tranquillity and have a pleasant and carefree nature.  Watch as Sandpipers, Gulls and Oystercatchers scavenge for food.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
    Activities Included: N/A
    Activities Optional: N/A
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

  • 9
    Strandfontein to Cape Town
    Day 9 Transfer by car
    Strandfontein to Cape Town

    Continue to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, one of the world’s most picturesque cities. En route we stop at the Heerenlogement Cave, a 18th Century “stopover” and one of South Africa’s oldest and historical caves. 

    Overnight close to the V&A Waterfront, where you will have easy access to the wide variety of activities and attractions offered by this culturally rich and historic city. You can take a sailboat or catamaran trip out to sea, or browse through the colourful and innovative crafts at the Waterfront’s Watershed Craft Market where 150 tenants offer over 360 different products.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
    Activities Included: Hike to Heerenlogement Cave
    Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

    Visited places:
  • 10
    Cape Town
    Day 10 Transfer by car
    Cape Town

    After breakfast, we depart for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the tip of the Cape Peninsula. Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower more than 200m above sea level. Cape of Good Hope is part of the Cape Floristic Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the six recognized floral kingdoms in the world. Despite being the smallest, it is regarded as the richest, mostly made up with Fynbos, the hard-stemmed and fine-leaved plants indigenous to the southwestern corner of South Africa.

    Little wonder the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. The elegant Protea flower is probably the most famous of all fynbos species and the emblem of the national cricket team. After lunch, we visit a colony of the endangered African Penguin at Boulders Beach in Simonstown. Here you will be able to come quite close to these upright walking birds while they nest, swim, play and do the things Penguins do every day.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
    Activities Included: Table Mountain National Park – Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach
    Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront PM
    Entrance Fees Included: Table Mountain National Park – Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach – African Penguins

    Visited places:
  • 11
    Cape Town
    Day 11
    Cape Town

    Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another incredible tour. Make sure to book extra days in Cape Town to make the best of all the delights this cosmopolitan city offers. Cape Town offers a staggering variety of experiences, tastes and sightseeing. Try a variety of exotic delights, like some of the delicious Cape Malay curries, the famous local dish Bobotie, or the freshest seafood at one of exquisite seafood restaurants at the V&A Waterfront. You can take a boat to the world-famous Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, visit Cape Point or go up Table Mountain with a cable car to enjoy a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: N/A
    Activities Included: N/A
    Activities Optional: N/A
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

    Visited places:
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes

    • Meals:   10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    • Accommodation:   Comfort Hotel (3 nts), Basic Hotel (1 nt), Bungalows/ Lodges (4 nts), Tented Rooms (2 nts)
    • Entrance Fees:   Namib Naukluft National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies National Park, Table Mountain National Park
    • Activities:   Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Sossusvlei / Deadvlei Transfer, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Game Drives, Augrabies National Park, Boulders Beach, Table Mountain National Park – Cape of Good Hope, Hike to Heerenlogement Cave
    • Crew:   1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included
     

    Price does not include

    • Flights
    • Visas
    • Travel Insurance
    • Optional Activites
    • Drinks
    • Tips
    • Pre and post night accommodation
    • Airport transfers
    • Items of Personal Nature
    • Everything else not mentioned in Inclusions