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Namibia & South Africa: Windhoek to Cape Town

Private Travel | Self-drive | Wildlife 18 Days & 15 Nights Lead-in price: £4995 Current prices from: £4995
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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Sunset drives in the Namib Naukluft National Park & Fish River Canyon
  • Guided wildlife drives from Bushmans Kloof in the Cederberg Wilderness Area
  • Experience an exceptional variety of scenery, from giant sand dunes & rocky wilderness to coastal fynbos & expanses of wildflowers (Aug - Sep)
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

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 (Eagle’s 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 Lüderitz, 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 world’s 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 city’s 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)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Hoodia Desert Lodge
    Hoodia Desert Lodge

    On the banks of the Tsauchab River lies the Hoodia Desert Lodge, 60 km from Sesriem. 12 ensuite and air conditioned tented bungalows offer privacy and relaxation. Each bungalow has an open air bathroom, shaded porch and stargazing platform. The restaurant offers traditional and international cuisine accompnaied by a selection of South African wines.

  • Galton House
    Galton House

    Named in honour of the famed British explorer Sir Frances Galton, Galton House offers sleek, modern accommodation in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is located in the affluent suburb of Eros, just a ten-minute drive from the centre of Windhoek and 40 minutes from the airport, making it ideal for those passing through the capital by road or air. The communal areas, which include a lounge, swimming pool and indoor and outdoor dining areas, are perfect for winding down before or after a long day of travel.

  • Klein-Aus Vista Eagle's Nest Chalets
    Klein-Aus Vista Eagle's Nest Chalets

    Eagle's Nest Chalets are built into rounded granite boulders with a rugged granite-gneiss mountain as a backdrop. A 7-km drive from the main lodge, the Eagle's Nest Chalets are private self-catering retreats combining natural elements and boulders into their interiors in a rustic and luxurious blend. Choose whether to cook in the kitchen, on the fire, or to eat in the Desert Horse Inn restaurant; take-away breakfast or barbecue packs are available on request. Eagle's Nest is an attractive base for those who appreciate boundless space, a sense of privacy, innovation, the out-of-the-ordinary and the spectacular. Features: 7 chalets, restaurant, bar, swimming pool (free Wi-Fi at Desert Horse Inn, the sister property of Eagle's Nest Chalets, 7km drive away on a sand road). Room amenities: Self-catering facilities (small kitchen), barbecue facility, en sute bathrooms with shower, ceiling fan, fireplace, fridge, minibar, safe, tea and coffee facilities, veranda.

  • Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat
    Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat

    Located 270 km north of Cape-Town, unique and unspoilt, this one time hunting ground of the intrepid San, is home to an incredible variety of wildlife and plant species, and is a premier spring flower destination. Since 1992, Bushmans Kloof has embodied the rebirth and development of this sanctuary, with a mission to create a thriving wilderness. In recognition of its rich cultural, historical and environmental significance, Bushmans Kloof has been declared a South African Natural Heritage Site. Activities include daily rock art excursions, botanical tours, game viewing and sunset drives in open game viewing vehicles, bird watching, nature trails and river walks.

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Guideline Prices

Low season from £4995 per person

High season from £5125 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • Private hotel transfer on arrival & car hire delivery service to avoid queues
    • 4x4 car hire (Group W) from Windhoek to Cape Town
    • Guided safari & nature activities
    • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners

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