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Cape Town to Namibia through the Kalahari desert

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Travel from Cape Town, South Africa via the Kalahari to Windhoek, Namibia

You’ll have 11 magnificent days to explore the bustling city of Cape Town, listen to 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. This tour offers you several nights under the African sky and transport in a Premium Overland Safari Vehicle (fitted with 12 luxury seats), which will ensure that you'll get an unforgettable experience in Africa. With time to explore on your own and optional activities, you'll soak up the beauty and diversity of Southern Africa.

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  1. Cape Town

    Cape Town

    Explore the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town 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. Cape Town offers an unbelievable variety of experiences, tastes and sightseeing. Try a variety of exotic tastes, 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. Make sure to arrive a day early to go to world famous Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, visit Cape Point or go with a cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top.

    Meals:  Own expense
    Accommodation:  Comfort Hotel
    Activities Included:  Welcome Meeting at 18:00
    Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront

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    Day 1
  2. Cape Town

    Cape Town

    After breakfast, we depart for the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of the Cape Peninsula.  Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower more than 200m above sea level.  The natural vegetation of the area, fynbos, comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six flora kingdoms. After lunch, we visit the endangered Boulders African Penguin Colony in Simonstown.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    Travel Time: 6 hrs. Drive
    Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
    Activities Included: Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach
    Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront
    Entrance Fees Included: Table Mountain National Park – Cape of Good Hope

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    Day 2
  3. Cape Town to Strandfontein

    Cape Town to Strandfontein

    Today we head north 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.  Please do not collect any mussel or other sea creatures – special licenses are required. On the way to Strandfontein, you will stop to do a short walk to the Heerenlogement Cave close to the small town Graafwater. This shelter has earned itself the name of “Holiday Inn of the 17th century” due to all the people who took refuge there on a temporary basis.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    Travel Time: 7 hrs. Drive
    Accommodation: Bungalow / Lodge
    Activities Included: Heerenlogement Cave

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    Day 3
  4. Strandfontein to Augrabies Falls National Park

    Strandfontein to Augrabies Falls 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 meters 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
    Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    Travel Time: 7 hrs. Drive
    Accommodation: Bungalow / Lodge
    Activities Included: Augrabies Falls
    Activities Optional: Self-Guided Hikes
    Entrance Fees Included: Augrabies Falls National Park

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    Day 4
  5. Augrabies Falls National Park to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    Augrabies Falls National Park to 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 on 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.  Red sand dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds show antelope and predators off to spectacular advantage and provide excellent photographic opportunities.  Our accommodation is just outside the park.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    Travel Time: 5 hrs. Drive
    Accommodation: Tented Rooms

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    Day 5
  6. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    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

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    Day 6
  7. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to Seeheim

    Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to Seeheim

    We cross the South African / Namibian border and travel to Seeheim.  Early in the 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 first night under the Namibian starlit sky.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle

    Travel Time: 7 hrs. Drive

    Accommodation: Basic Hotel

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    Day 7
  8. Sesriem

    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
    Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    Travel Time: 7 hrs. Drive
    Accommodation: Bungalow / Lodge

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    Day 8
  9. Sesriem

    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, Transfer to Sossusvlei
    Activities Optional: N/A
    Entrance Fees Included: Sesriem – Namib Naukluft National Park

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    Day 9
  10. Sesriem to Windhoek

    Sesriem to Windhoek

    Travel to Windhoek, Namibia's capital.  Spend the last few hours of the day exploring Windhoek and its strong German influence. You'll have the option to celebrate your last night and your new friendships at one of Windhoek’s famous restaurants. Book a day or two extra in Windhoek to make the most of your stay. This tiny capital town has 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 the town centre. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
    Activities Included: N/A
    Activities Optional: Explore the City & Craft Market
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

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    Day 10
  11. Windhoek

    Windhoek

    Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another incredible tour. Book a day or two extra in Windhoek to make the most of your stay. This tiny capital town has 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 the town centre. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style.

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    Day 11