Cape Town to Windhoek

Travel from the Cape to Namibia on this exciting tailor-made fly drive

This incredible 15 night road tripping itinerary offers the chance to explore the attractions from Cape Town to Namibia at your own pace. Spend a few days in Cape Town before crossing the border into Namibia, via Augrabies Falls and the Great Karoo. Spot black maned lions in the Kgalagadi, experience the deafening silence of the Fish River Canyon and search for wild horses in the world’s largest desert, the Namib.

Tour highlights

    • 14 nights from £2,300pp
    • Stay in luxury lodges
    • Some meals included
    • Relax on the beaches of Cape Town
    • Explore the Cape Winelands 
    • Admire the beautiful Augrabies Falls
    • Go game viewing in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
    • Star gazing in the world's largest desert
    • Visit the eerie landscape of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei


Day 1

Cape Town

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport. After clearing customs, pick up your rental car from the car rental kiosk and hit the road towards your hotel in the city centre where you can spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Fire & Ice Hotel

Day 2 - Day 3

Cape Town - Winelands

The following two days are spent exploring the vibrant city of Cape Town and its surrounds. Possible activities include a hop on/hop off CitySightseeing bus or exploring the marine life at the Two Oceans Aquarium in the centre of the V&A Waterfront.

While in Cape Town, make sure you head out into the Cape Winelands to enjoy fantastic wining and dining in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek (tours can be pre-booked through our offices.) Visit the V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve Sea Point and don’t forget a trip up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain!

Accommodation: Fire & Ice Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Cape Town - Citrusdal and Calvina - 390km drive

Departing Cape Town in the morning, proceed through the Cedarberg Mountain range to Citrusdal, where most of South Africa’s citrus fruits are grown and where the famous ‘rooibos tea’ is produced.

Your journey continues via Clanwilliam through breathtaking mountain scenery to Calvinia, where you will spend your first night. A visit to the Calvinia Agricultural Museum is recommended, where the history of the settlement area is documented. Your guest house is situated inside the town and offers you personal service and a friendly atmosphere.

Accommodation: Rolbos Guest House or similar

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5

Citrusdal and Calvina - Augrabies Falls - 410km drive

After breakfast, depart Calvinia and travel via the Hantam and Rebunie Mountains towards Augrabies Falls. The route takes you through the magical scenery of the Northern Cape and offers plenty of photographic opportunities.

Your accommodation for the night is situated in the town of Kakamas, famous for its history and hospitality. Relax in the tranquil surroundings of your lodge and indulge in the variety of meats available from the carvery restaurant in the evening.

Accommodation: Kalahari Gateway Lodge or similar

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6

Augrabies Falls - 80km drive

After breakfast, you travel the short distance to Augrabies Falls. With thundering volumes of turbulent water plunging from a height of 65 metres, Augrabies Falls is the sixth largest waterfall in the world and the largest in South Africa. 

Apart from the falls, you have several hiking trails in Augrabies Park to look forward to, leading to Arrow Point (1 hour), to the Potholes (1 hour) and to the Moon Rock (1 hour).

Accommodation: Kalahari Gateway Lodge or similar

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

Augrabies Falls - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - 360km drive

This morning you travel north to the town of Upington, the gateway to the Kalahari Desert and its main attraction, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. In the afternoon you can explore the Kgalagadi and stop at a variety of waterholes to view some of the animals that live in the area. Red sand dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob show antelope and predator species off to spectacular advantage. Kgalagardi is also a haven for birders, especially those interested in birds of prey.

Accommodation: Twee Rivieren Camp or similar

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

In the early morning, enjoy watching the herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest grazing in the riverbed, or huge black-mane lions resting in the shade of imposing camelthorn trees.

Formed from the merging of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park comprises an area of over 3,6 million hectares – one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world. After an eventful game viewing day, travel back to your rest camp in the late afternoon, where you will enjoy dinner in the African-style restaurant.

Accommodation: Twee Rivieren Camp or similar

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9

Fish River Canyon - 430km drive

After breakfast, travel out of the park in a southerly direction to reach the Namibian border at Rietfontein. Having checked through the border post, you travel through the rusty red sands of the Kalahari and then over endless rocky plains to your next lodge, situated close to the Fish River Canyon.

Your charming chalets are nestled between huge granite rocks and afford you an unforgettable view onto the untouched plains of the Nama Karoo, a half desert covering the southern and central parts of Namibia. In the late afternoon you have the option of taking a scenic walk up a granite hill to enjoy the sunset with a cold drink in hand before returning to your lodge for dinner.

Accommodation: Canyon Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10

Fish River Canyon - 40km drive

After breakfast, travel the short distance to the Fish River Canyon, set in a harsh, rocky plain dotted with drought resistant plants. With a length of 170 kilometres and an average depth of 550 metres, it is the second largest canyon on earth after the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Take a scenic walk along the rim of the canyon to explore the area and to experience the shadows dancing within the canyon as the morning progresses. Afterwards, head back to your lodge where the rest of the afternoon can be spent at leisure.

Accommodation: Canyon Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11

Fish River Canyon - Aus - 300km drive

After breakfast, travel west to the edge of the Namibian escarpment and the Succulent Karoo. Your lodge awards you a magnificent view onto the desert plains, which unfold in a carpet of flowers and an explosion of bright colours after the winter rains.

The Succulent Karoo Desert is one of the 20 most important biomes in the world and counts as the most species-diverse deserts on earth. It is also the home of the world-renowned wild horses of the Namib Desert which you can visit in the afternoon of the first day.

Accommodation: Klein Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 12

Aus & Luderitz - 250km drive

A full day can be used for a trip to Lüderitz on the Atlantic Ocean where the highlights include a visit to Kolmanskop, a ghost town established after the first diamonds were discovered here in 1908. In the 1950’s, there were no more diamonds and the town was left in the relentless hands of the Namib Desert.

Another highlight of the area is Diaz Cross, a commemoration to the first European sailor who sailed past the point in 1488 and erected a cross to mark this important point in history. After an optional lunch and a sightseeing tour in Lüderitz, travel back to your lodge where the remainder of the day is spent at leisure.

Accommodation: Klein Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 13

Aus - Namb Desert - 350km drive

This morning you travel via endless plains and along striking mountain ranges into the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on earth. Your lodge is situated very close to Sesriem, the gate to two of Namibia’s most celebrated attractions: Sossusvlei, with some of the highest sand dunes on earth, and the Sesriem Canyon. Both are shaped by the rushing force of the Tsauchab, a non-perennial river that traverses this area of the desert.

Back at your lodge, you have a wide variety of activities on offer, some of which include scenic nature drives, sundowner drives or quad bike rides over the private nature reserve. Alternatively relax on the large verandah of the lodge with a view onto a busy wildlife watering hole.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14

Sossusvlei - 130km drive

The best time to experience the Sossusvlei area is at sunrise when the light paints the dunes and desert palette into deep reds, oranges and purples – this part of the day is also the most forgiving, as you are not exposed to the hot afternoon sun when clambering one of the mighty dunes.

From Sossusvlei visit Dead Vlei, a surreal white clay pan surrounded by monumental dunes and dotted with age-old camelthorn trees. Traveling back, visit the Sesriem Canyon, an 18 million year old natural gorge. Return to your lodge to cool off in the sparkling pool or take a refreshing drink in the bar overlooking the watering hole.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15

Sossusvlei - Windhoek International Airport - 350km drive

After a relaxed breakfast, travel up the Khomas plateau and back to Windhoek, where you return your rental vehicle and where the tour ends.

INCLUDES : Breakfast


16th January 2017 - 30th December 2017

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