Cape Town and Namibia Self Drive

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Amazing scenery and a classic African safari

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  • Cape Winelands - The Winelands are surrounded by Cape Floral nature reserves

    Cape Winelands

  • Fish River Canyon - The Nama Karoo landscape has some bizarre plants and mesmerising views

    Fish River Canyon

  • Northern Cape - Namaqualand: where the desert landscapes begin en route to Namibia

    Northern Cape

  • Damaraland - Desert-adapted elephants in Damaraland

    Damaraland

  • Sossusvlei - Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft Park has the world's tallest dunes

    Sossusvlei

  • Etosha National Park - Waterholes at Etosha attract a great variety of game throughout the day

    Etosha National Park

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Overview

The 16-day Cape Town and Namibia self-drive tour starts with two nights in the Cape Winelands followed by an overnight on the West Coast & Cederberg where the Namaqua starts. Follow the road north into Namibia to the Fish River Canyon and then into the Namib Desert proper with two nights in the southern region of the Namib-Naukluft Park and two nights near Sossusvlei ; two nights in Swakopmund; two nights in Damaraland and the Skeleton Coast; three nights in Etosha National Park; and a final night in Windhoek to catch your breath and your flight home. The driving is mostly on country back roads making Namibia the ultimate slow holiday destination.

Day 1 - 3: La Residence, Franschhoek

Collect your Nissan X-trail on arrival at Cape Town International Airport. Or, spend a few days in Cape Town before heading out on your self-drive tour of the Winelands and Namibia. Either way, the drive out to Franschhoek from Cape Town is a scenic 40 minutes through a gradual change from city to suburbs to farming country.

Spend two nights at La Residence, which is a landmark boutique hotel in South Africa and the sumptuous rooms, exceptional service and complete privacy earn this hotel many accolades year after year.

Activities in and around Franschhoek revolve around food and wine. With wine farms in every direction and a restaurant at every corner, Winelands life is a decadent affair.

Meals: breakfast

Day 3 - 4: Naries Namakwa Retreat, Northern Cape

Follow the N7 through the Cederberg Mountains, wine farms and the Oliphants and Orange River valleys towards the Nama Karoo region of the Northern Cape. Made famous by the Namaqualand flowers that flourish overnight every spring, this semi-arid region is beautiful, rugged and quiet.

Stay one night at Naries Namakwa Retreat, about 30km towards the coast away from Springbok. Accommodation is delightfully homegrown here with a great kitchen and friendly service complementing the comfortable rooms.

Meals: dinner and breakfast

Day 4 - 5: Canon Lodge, Fish River Canyon

Say good-bye to South Africa and tarred roads as you turn off to Gondwana Nature Reserve, about 20km from the Fish River Canyon. The scenery here is out of this world, the tranquillity is almost unreal as well.

Gondwana is a private nature reserve with charming guest chalets built into the rocky outcrops and views from here to the edge of the earth. Arrive in time for a sunset drive to the canyon, which, depending on how you measure it, is one of the world’s largest.

Meals: breakfast

Day 5 - 6: Klein Aus Vista, Namib-Naukluft Park

Drive about 300km to the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park on the southern edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Half the journey is on paved roads and the other half is on well maintained gravel roads through the vast expanse of the Namib Desert.

Klein Aus Vista is a collection of accommodation options in a private nature reserve each with a view to infinity and complete tranquillity. Arrive in time for a drive to the waterhole where the feral horses of Aus come to drink most days at sunset. The park has five hiking trails ranging from two to five hours and with all the driving you’ll be happy to stretch your legs through this pristine nature reserve.

Accommodation is simple, neat and comfortable and the kitchen produces hearty meals with most of the ingredients coming from the sustainable farming operation inside the Gondwana Collection.

Meals: breakfast

Day 6 - 8: Little Kulala Camp, Namib-Naukluft Park

From the Fish River Canyon, take the back road towards Sossusvlei and watch the landscape change from the Nama Karoo biome to the true desert of the Namib-Naukluft Park – a nature reserve bigger than Switzerland the focal point of which is the Great Sand Sea of Sossusvlei.

Little Kulala is an exclusive luxury lodge in a private reserve near Sossusvlei. The avant-garde safari lodge features palatial suites with private plunge pools, air conditioning and a special rooftop deck where you can sleep out beneath the magnificent desert sky.

Spend the next morning on a sunrise guided tour of Sossusvlei dunes through a private entrance affording you an hour of solitude in Sossusvlei before the crowds descend.

Meals: full board including local drinks

Day 8 - 10: Swakopmund Hotel, Swakopmund

Drive about five hours today through the Namib-Naukluft Park en route to Damaraland stopping at Swakopmund to explore the Skeleton Coast.

After the hot and dusty interior of the Namib Desert, Swakopmund’s cool and misty shores may come as a surprise and you’ll be hastily digging in your day pack for a warm top as you arrive.

Dine at one of several seafood and steak restaurants - advance reservations recommended and your travel consultant will advise and assist you here - and spend the next day on a marine cruise of Walvis Bay lagoon and exploring the dunes on a fun quad bike excursion.

Meals: breakfast

Day 10 - 12: Damaraland Camp, Damaraland

Another lengthy drive takes you along the Skeleton Coast for about 80km before you turn inland leaving the mysterious fog-bound coastline behind. The scenery changes from the gravel plains of the Namib to rocky hills of the semi-arid Damaraland region.

Damaraland Camp is an eco-friendly safari camp – read no air con, open fire cooking and minimal electricity – run by Wilderness Safaris in a community-owned concession. The setting is remote and dramatic and the tented suites have thatched roofs, en suite bathrooms and a wonderful viewing deck.

Damaraland is renowned for its incredible scenery and desert-adapted wildlife most notably the fascinating elephants that thrive against all probability. Explore the Aba Huab valley on scenic drives with the chance of seeing some of the desert-adapted species of wildlife and abundant birdlife.

Meals: full board including local drinks

Day 12 - 15: Little Ongava Camp, Etosha National Park

A shorter drive today will take you to the Ongava Private Game reserve on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park.

Little Ongava is one of Namibia’s most exclusive and luxurious safari lodges. With just three palatial suites, privacy and comfort reach supreme levels akin to a five-star city hotel.

Ongava Game Reserve is exclusive and the game viewing is excellent including the chance to see both black and white rhinos and the full range of big animals including lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, zebra and many antelope. Game drives into Etosha take you to the many natural waterholes and a good chance of seeing elephant and many major species at the same time as they drink.

Spend three nights at Ongava relaxing between game drives and walking safaris.

Meals: full board including local drinks

Day 15 - 16: Olive Grove Guesthouse, Windhoek

From Etosha, you’ll return to the tarred road of the B1 to Windhoek. Spend a night in Namibia’s capital city and catch your donward flight home via Cape Town, Johannesburg or direct to Europe.

Tailormade Itinerary

As with all the tours on our website, this is just an example of what you can do. We create our tours from scratch every time, matching the destinations and accommodation not only to your budget but also to your individual tastes and needs. Contact us now to begin planning your dream safari holiday.

Day 1 - 3: Le Franschhoek Hotel, Franschhoek

Collect your Nissan X-trail on arrival at Cape Town International Airport. Or, spend a few days in Cape Town before heading out on your self-drive tour of the Winelands and Namibia. Either way, the drive out to Franschhoek from Cape Town is a scenic 40 minutes through a gradual change from city to suburbs to farming country.

Spend two nights at Le Franchhoek Hotel– located on the site of one of Franschhoek's original country retreats, Le Franschhoek retains its exclusive charm but with a contemporary, provencal feeling.

Meals: breakfast

Day 3 - 4: Naries Namakwa Retreat, Northern Cape

Follow the N7 through the Cederberg Mountains, wine farms and the Oliphants and Orange River valleys towards the Nama Karoo region of the Northern Cape. Made famous by the Namaqualand flowers that flourish overnight every spring, this semi-arid region is beautiful, rugged and quiet.

Stay one night at Naries Namakwa Retreat, about 30km towards the coast away from Springbok. Accommodation is delightfully homegrown here with a great kitchen and friendly service complementing the comfortable rooms.

Meals: dinner and breakfast

Day 4 - 5: Canon Lodge, Fish River Canyon

Say good-bye to South Africa and tarred roads as you turn off to Gondwana Nature Reserve, about 20km from the Fish River Canyon. The scenery here is out of this world, the tranquillity is almost unreal as well.

Gondwana is a private nature reserve with charming guest chalets built into the rocky outcrops and views from here to the edge of the earth. Arrive in time for a sunset drive to the Canyon, which, depending on how you measure it, is one of the world’s largest.

Meals: breakfast

Day 5 - 6: Klein Aus Vista, Namib-Naukluft Park

Drive about 300km to the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park on the southern edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Half the journey is on paved roads and the other half is on well maintained gravel roads through the vast expanse of the Namib Desert.

Klein Aus Vista is a collection of accommodation options in a private nature reserve each with a view to infinity and complete tranquillity. Arrive in time for a drive to the waterhole where the feral horses of Aus come to drink most days at sunset. The park has five hiking trails ranging from two to five hours and with all the driving you’ll be happy to stretch your legs through this pristine nature reserve.

Accommodation is simple, neat and comfortable and the kitchen produces hearty meals with most of the ingredients coming from the sustainable farming operation inside the Gondwana Collection.

Meals: breakfast

Day 6 - 8: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namib-Naukluft Park

From the Fish River Canyon, take the back road towards Sossusvlei and watch the landscape change from the Nama Karoo biome to the true desert of the Namib-Naukluft Park – a nature reserve bigger than Switzerland the focal point of which is the Great Sand Sea of Sossusvlei.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge – formerly Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge – is a dramatic luxury lodge with enormous suites of stone, glass and wooden decking with an arms-wide view of the grassy desert plains and the muted hills in the distance.

Spend the next morning at Sossusvlei dunes and exploring the private Desert Lodge reserve with its rare desert creatures like oryx, springbok, aardwolf, bat-eared foxes and the strangely domestic-looking African wildcat.

Meals: full board including local drinks

Day 8 - 10: Swakopmund Hotel, Swakopmund

Drive about five hours today through the Namib-Naukluft Park en route to Damaraland stopping at Swakopmund to explore the Skeleton Coast.

After the hot and dusty interior of the Namib Desert, Swakopmund’s cool and misty shores may come as a surprise and you’ll be hastily digging in your day pack for a warm top as you arrive.

Dine at one of several seafood and steak restaurants - advance reservations recommended and your travel consultant will advise and assist you here - and spend the next day on a marine cruise of Walvis Bay lagoon and exploring the dunes on a fun quad bike excursion.

Meals: breakfast

Day 10 - 12: Doro Nawas, Damaraland

Another lengthy drive takes you along the Skeleton Coast for about 80km before you turn inland leaving the mysterious fog-bound coastline behind. The scenery changes from the gravel plains of the Namib to rocky hills of the semi-arid Damaraland region.

Doro Nawas is a luxury camp in the community-owned Nawas conservancy. The palatial suites look out over the plains and mountains of Twyfelfontein and your bed wheels out onto a large verandah for an unforgettable night under the stars.

Damaraland is renowned for its incredible scenery and desert-adapted wildlife most notably the fascinating elephants that thrive against all probability.

Twyfelfontein is designated a World Heritage Site for its well-preserved San rock paintings and engravings with over 2500 sites in the overhangs and caves of the rocky hills.

Explore the area on foot or on a guided tour visiting the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and ending off with that great African tradition: sundowners.

Meals: full board including local drinks

Day 12 - 15: Ongava Lodge, Etosha National Park

A shorter drive to the southern gate of Etosha National Park takes you to Ongava Lodge. Ongava Lodge is a private game reserve south of Etosha with luxurious thatched chalets looking out over the African bush.

Ongava Game Reserve is exclusive and the game viewing is excellent including the chance to see both black and white rhinos and the full range of big animals including lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, zebra and many antelope. Game drives into Etosha take you to the many natural waterholes and a good chance of seeing elephant and many major species at the same time as they drink.

Etosha is one of Africa’s great game reserves with 114 mammals and 340 bird species on record. With several natural waterholes surrounding a dry pan, wildlife congregates in great variety throughout the day making for some wonderful game viewing.

Spend three nights at Ongava relaxing between game drives and walking safaris.

Meals: full board including local drinks

Day 15 - 16: Village Courtyard Suites, Windhoek

From Etosha, you’ll return to the tarred road of the B1 to Windhoek. Spend a night in Namibia’s capital city and catch your onward flight home via Cape Town, Johannesburg or direct to Europe.

Tailormade Itinerary

As with all the tours on our website, this is just an example of what you can do. We create our tours from scratch every time, matching the destinations and accommodation not only to your budget but also to your individual tastes and needs. Contact us now to begin planning your dream safari holiday.

Day 1 - 3: Cathbert Country Lodge, Franschhoek

Collect your Nissan X-trail on arrival at Cape Town International Airport. Or, spend a few days in Cape Town before heading out on your self-drive tour of the Winelands and Namibia. Either way, the drive out to Franschhoek from Cape Town is a scenic 40 minutes through a gradual change from city to suburbs to farming country.

Spend two nights at Cathbert Country Inn overlooking the Franschhoek valley with your warm-hearted and genial hosts, Aubrey and Lynne who go way out of their way to help you enjoy your Winelands experience.

Meals: breakfast

Day 3 - 4: Naries Namakwa Retreat, Northern Cape

Follow the N7 through the Cederberg Mountains, wine farms and the Oliphants and Orange River valleys towards the Nama Karoo region of the Northern Cape. Made famous by the Namaqualand flowers that flourish overnight every spring, this semi-arid region is beautiful, rugged and quiet.

Stay one night at Naries Namakwa Retreat, about 30km towards the coast away from Springbok. Accommodation is delightfully homegrown here with a great kitchen and friendly service complementing the comfortable rooms.

Meals: dinner and breakfast

Day 4 - 5: Canon Lodge, Fish River Canyon

Say good-bye to South Africa and tarred roads as you turn off to Gondwana Nature Reserve, about 20km from the Fish River Canyon. The scenery here is out of this world, the tranquillity is almost unreal as well.

Gondwana is a private nature reserve with charming guest chalets built into the rocky outcrops and views from here to the edge of the earth. Arrive in time for a sunset drive to the Canyon, which, depending on how you measure it, is one of the world’s largest.

Meals: breakfast

Day 5 - 6: Klein Aus Vista, Namib-Naukluft Park

Drive about 300km to the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park on the southern edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Half the journey is on paved roads and the other half is on well maintained gravel roads through the vast expanse of the Namib Desert.

Klein Aus Vista is a collection of accommodation options in a private nature reserve each with a view to infinity and complete tranquillity. Arrive in time for a drive to the waterhole where the feral horses of Aus come to drink most days at sunset. The park has five hiking trails ranging from two to five hours and with all the driving you’ll be happy to stretch your legs through this pristine nature reserve.

Accommodation is simple, neat and comfortable and the kitchen produces hearty meals with most of the ingredients coming from the sustainable farming operation inside the Gondwana Collection.

Meals: breakfast

Day 6 - 8: Desert Homestead, Namib-Naukluft Park

From the Fish River Canyon, take the back road towards Sossusvlei and watch the landscape change from the Nama Karoo biome to the true desert of the Namib-Naukluft Park – a nature reserve bigger than Switzerland the focal point of which is the Great Sand Sea of Sossusvlei.

The Desert Homestead is about 30km from the entrance to Sossusvlei. With magnificent desert views, personal attention and comfortable rooms, the homestead is indeed a home from home.

The Namib is the world’s oldest desert. At 20 million years old we can at least be assured this is no human-influenced calamity and the serene beauty of this singular landscape is like no other place on earth. Spend two nights near Sossusvlei exploring the famous dunes and the desert.

Meals: breakfast

Day 8 - 10: Brigadoon Guesthouse, Swakopmund

Drive about five hours today through the Namib-Naukluft Park en route to Damaraland stopping at Swakopmund to explore the Skeleton Coast.

After the hot and dusty interior of the Namib Desert, Swakopmund’s cool and misty shores may come as a surprise and you’ll be hastily digging in your day pack for a warm top as you arrive.

Dine at one of several seafood and steak restaurants - advance reservations recommended and your travel consultant will advise and assist you here - and spend the next day on a marine cruise of Walvis Bay lagoon and exploring the dunes on a fun quad bike excursion.

Meals: breakfast

Day 10 - 12: Twyfelfontein Lodge, Damaraland

Another lengthy drive takes you along the Skeleton Coast for about 80km before you turn inland leaving the mysterious fog-bound coastline behind. The scenery changes from the gravel plains of the Namib to rocky hills of the semi-arid Damaraland region.

Damaraland is renowned for its incredible scenery and desert-adapted wildlife most notably the fascinating elephants that thrive against all probability.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is in a prime location in Damaraland with a wonderful setting at the foot of a large rocky hill and overlooking the expanse of ancient landscape. Accommodation is in simple thatched chalets with tile floors and a front porch with a splendid view. Often busy with large groups, the mood here is relaxed and carefree making it an ideal stopover en route to Etosha.

Twyfelfontein is designated a World Heritage Site for its well-preserved San rock paintings and engravings with over 2500 sites in the overhangs and caves of the rocky hills. Explore the area on foot or on a guided tour visiting the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and ending off with that great African tradition: sundowners.

Meals: breakfast

Day 12 - 15: Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha National Park

A shorter drive today will take you to Okaukuejo Camp inside Etosha National Park. Etosha Park is unique as much for its waterhole-ringed pans as it is for its exclusive access. Inside the park are just four safari lodges, all owned and run by the park, where the big advantage you have is the floodlit waterhole around which the camp focuses all its attention.

Accommodation is in neat chalets overlooking the waterhole and dining is a cheery buffet affair. Game drives are particularly rewarding in Etosha thanks to the natural waterholes that seep up around the central pan and Etosha is famed for the biggest elephants in Africa as well as a good population of lion and a huge variety of antelope and smaller predators.

Meals: dinner and breakfast

Day 15 - 16: Olive Grove Guesthouse, Windhoek

From Etosha, you’ll return to the tarred road of the B1 to Windhoek. Spend a night in Namibia’s capital city and catch your onward flight home via Cape Town, Johannesburg or direct to Europe.

Tailormade Itinerary

As with all the tours on our website, this is just an example of what you can do. We create our tours from scratch every time, matching the destinations and accommodation not only to your budget but also to your individual tastes and needs. Contact us now to begin planning your dream safari holiday.


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