You will see it all during this comprehensive 16-day Cape Town and Namibia self-drive tour. Start your adventure in the famous Cape winelands where you enjoy 2 nights wining and dining before you enjoy another night on the West Coast. Explore the Cederberg range then follow the road north over the border into Namibia for a mind-blowing journey of changing landscapes.
Self Drive Cape Town to Namibia
- Enjoy the culture and heritage of the Mother City
- Awe-inspiring vistas of the Fish River Canyon
- Desert-adapted elephants and rhinos
Day 1-2: La Residence Boutique Hotel, Franschoek
Your exciting journey starts in Cape Town when you fetch your Nissan X-Trail at Cape Town International Airport when you land. You can choose to first spend some days in the Mother City to soak up the culture and heritage and spectacular scenery. You will then set off on your fantastic self-drive tour of the Cape Winelands and Namibia. Whatever you choose to do, you will love the stunning 40-minute drive out to Franschhoek from Cape Town - enjoy the rolling fields of vineyards off-set by purple-ish mountains and beautiful restaurants.
Enjoy your 2 nights in luxury at the famous La Residence boutique hotel, a landmark in these parts thanks to its elegant deluxe accommodation, its world class service and complete solitude. An award-winning space that allows you to chill and unwind in style.
Be prepared to eat and drink well in Franschhoek where most activities involve great gastronomy and high class wine tasting - in South African style. Enter into a decadent few days as you cruise the wine farms visit a new restaurant for every meal!
Day 3: Naries Namakwa Retreat or similar, Namaqualand in Northern Cape
Your next day is spent driving along the picturesque N7 through the Cederberg Mountains, past numerous wine farms and across the superb Oliphants and Orange River valleys. Heading towards the Nama Karoo region of the Northern Cape you will be entering a landscape usually spread with beautiful indigenous blossoms of the Namaqualand. These flowers seem to burst into life every spring, attracting tourists from far and wide. Enjoy a region that is both desert-like, awe-inspiring and very quiet.
Enjoy your one night at Naries Namakwa Retreat, about 30km towards the coast away from Springbok. In this home away from home accommodation you will find very friendly hosts and delicious food, not forgetting the comfy rooms and guest areas.
Day 4: Canyon Lodge or similar, Fish River Canyon
As you approach the South Africa-Nambia border you will see a change in environment. No more tarred roads as you take the road to gorgeous Gondwana Nature Reserve, about 20km from the Fish River Canyon. Soak up the magnificent untouched landscape where real solitude helps you to unwind. Discover this private nature reserve and its delightful guest chalets that have been built into the rocky outcrops. Enjoy mind-blowing vistas from here to eternity. Time your arrival for sunset as you drive to the canyon which is known to be one of the world’s largest such natural features.
Day 5: Klein Aus Vista Desert Inn or Eagles Nest Chalet, Namib Naukluft
Distances in Namibia are vast and today you drive some 300km to the awesome Gondwana Sperregebiet Rand Park on the southern edge of the intriguing Namib-Naukluft Park. Enjoy the expedition, half of which you make on tarred roads and the rest of which you make on quality gravel roads - through the huge open wonders of the breath-taking Namib Desert.
When you arrive at your luxury lodgings, you will feel the tranquillity and sense of space. Choose your suite in Klein Aus Vista in this private nature reserve and get ready for a drive to the waterhole to see the wild horses of Aus come to drink at sunset. Get out and walk, experiencing some of the 5 glorious hiking trails,taking between 2 to 5 hour each. What a great way to exercise in nature after many hours of travelling and game driving!
You will love your simple yet cosy accommodation and the delicious home cooking based on fresh organic ingredients from the sustainable farming operation inside the Gondwana Collection.
Day 6-7: Sossusvlei
The landscape keeps changing in Namibia and now, as you leave the Fish River Canyon and head back towards the regal red dunes of Sossusvlei, you will notice how the Nama Karoo biome is transformed into authentic desert landscapes of the Namib-Naukluft Park. This mind-blowing nature reserve is larger than Switzerland and most tourists go to see the Great Sand Sea of Sossusvlei.
Stay at the exclusive Little Kulala lodge in a private reserve near Sossusvlei. This popular modern and elegant safari lodge offers plush suites boasting private plunge pools, air conditioning and even a special rooftop deck where you can sleep out beneath the magnificent desert sky.
Get up very early to see how the sunrise transforms the Sossusvlei dunes as you enjoy a guided tour. Get there to make the most of the early hour of dawn solitude before other tourists descent on the landmark.
Day 8-9: Swakopmund Guest House or similar, Swakopmund
Leaving the real desert of Namibia behind, you now head for some 5 hours towards the famous Skeleton Coast. You will experience the spectacular Namib-Naukluft Park on your way to Damaraland and the German coastal town of Swakopmund.
Dress warmly in this port town where it is usually cold and misty - what a change after the heat of the dusty desert sight seeing you have recently enjoyed!
Treat yourself to 5-star seafood and steak meals at one of several top restaurants then awaken next morning to explore the Walvis Bay lagoon on a boat. Then hit the sand dunes on a quad bike to really have some fun!
Day 10-11: Damaraland
Leaving the cold misty part of the Skeleton Coast famous for all its shipwrecks, you drive for another 80km before heading inland back to the dry dusty interior. Experience stark changes in the landscape as you move from the gravel plains of the Namib to the rocky hills of the semi-arid Damaraland region.
Here you will disembark at the lovely environmentally-friendly Damaraland Camp. Find no air-conditioning and enjoy food straight off the open fire. Wilderness Safaris is proud of this accommodation in their successful community-owned concession. Settle into your canvas tented suite with its thatched roof, private deck and comfy en-suite bathrooms. Time to really relax in nature, contributing to sustainable tourism ethics.
Tourists love Damaraland and its unique vegetation, rocky landscape and amazing desert-adapted elephants and rhinos. Set off into the beautiful Aba Huab valley per chance to see these rare creatures and spot some awesome bird species never before seen.
Day 12-14: Ongava Private Game Reserve, Little Ongava Camp or similar
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.
Day 15: Windhoek - The capital city
From Etosha, you’ll return to the tarred road of the B1 to Windhoek. Spend a night in Namibia’s capital city.
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Day 16: Departure
Drop off your hired wheels today and catch your onwards flight, either back to Europe or returning to South Africa.