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This adventurous 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 red-orange sand dunes of the Namib, the world's oldest 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, finally, Cape Town.
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Overnight flight from London to Windhoek, via
Johannesburg, with Virgin Atlantic. (N)
Arrive and transfer to Galton Guesthouse for 1
night. Your hire car will be delivered this afternoon.
The remainder of the day is at leisure. (N)
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, with a stop at the
30-metre-deep Sesriem canyon. Evening sunset
drive. (B, D)
Drive to Aus. 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, Namibia’s renowned
ghost town, and a wander around Lüderitz in the
Drive to the spectacular Fish River Canyon, one
of the world’s largest. Stay 2 nights at Fish River
Lodge. Evening sunset drive. Following day at
leisure or optional canyon drive or canyon hike run
by the lodge. The canyon is deserted and is home
to a wide variety of wildlife and incredibly beautiful
picnic spots. (B, D)
Drive south to Naries Namakwa Retreat in Namaqualand, South Africa, just west of
Springbok. Stay 2 nights. (B, D)
Self-drive through Namaqua National Park.
Fields of wildflowers, (usually during August and
September) star studded nights, quiver trees
and enormous granite outcrops are some of the
memorable features of this area. (B, L, D)
Drive south to the Cederberg and stay 2 nights
at Bushmans Kloof. Afternoon wildlife drive. 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)
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 (Aug – Sep). (B)
Drive south to Cape Town and stay 2 nights at
More Cape Cadogan. The remainder of your time
here is at leisure. (B)
Day at leisure or optional excursions. Drive to Cape
Town airport and drop off your hire car. Board your
flight to London with British Airways, arriving the
next day. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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Fish River Canyon
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