Black Wildebeest Self-drive Safari

Black Wildebeest Safari: In full

This extensive self-drive safari explores the highlights of South Africa and Namibia. Enjoy the freedom of the wide open African landscape as you drive through Namaqualand, marvel at the views of the immense Fish River Canyon, hike within the Naukluft Mountains and discover the wilderness of Etosha National Park.

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Days 1-3

3 nights at Vineyard Hotel (bed & breakfast) | Cape Town, South Africa

The Vineyard Hotel is high-quality and has lovely surroundings...On arrival at Cape Town airport, pick up your hire car and drive to the leafy suburb of Newlands where you spend three nights at the Vineyard Hotel. Use the next few days to explore Cape Town, relax on glorious, sandy beaches or drive through the beautiful wine route stopping off at various vineyards. This is a great base from which to shop at the bustling V & A Waterfront, take a rotating cable-car up Table Mountain, a boat trip to Robben Island or drive down to Cape Point –where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.

Days 4-5

2 nights at Ndedema Lodge (bed & breakfast) | Namaqualand, South Africa

Ndedema Lodge is a lovely little guest house situated in the outskirts of Clanwilliam.Leaving Cape Town behind you head up the west coast and into Namaqualand. Two hours north of Cape Town is Clanwilliam, a small town with leafy streets. Spend the next two nights at Ndedema Lodge.

Day 6

1 night at Annie's Cottage (bed & breakfast) | Namaqualand, South Africa

Annie's Cottage is a lovely place for a couple of nights in Springbok.Heading further north you will find Springbok, a small, quiet town most of the year which springs to life during August and September when the wild flowers bloom. Here you will stay at Annie’s Cottage, a restored manor house where you stay for 1 night.

Days 7-8

2 nights at Canyon Lodge (bed & breakfast) | Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Canyon Lodge is located among the rocks near to Fish River Canyon.After breakfast, drive north-west through the vast plains of the Northern Cape, and across the Namibian border. The Fish River Canyon is roughly a 2 hour drive away and is immense. It has a depth of 550 metres, has Namibia's longest river running through it and is particularly impressive at sunrise and sunset. Stay 2 nights at Canyon Lodge. This lodge is situated in the 520 km² Gondwana Canyon Park and is only 20km from the main viewpoint of the Fish River Canyon. From here, scenic flights, guided hikes and horse riding can be arranged.

Day 9

1 night at Sinclair Guest Farm (half board) | Southern Namibia, Namibia

Sinclair Guest Farm is a working sheep farm...Drive north-west through the open, dusty landscape for roughly 4 hours until you reach the small town of Helmeringhausen. This small farming town is set in the heart of Karakul-sheep farmland and borders the Namib Desert. There is an interesting agricultural museum which houses old farming instruments and an ox-wagon. Spend 1 night at Sinclair Guest Farm, about half an hour outside Helmeringhausen. There is an old copper mine nearby and drives and walks around the farm are also possible.

Days 10-11

2 nights at Hoodia Desert Lodge (half board) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Hoodia Desert Lodge...After a hearty farm breakfast, drive north-west for about 3 ½ hours. Notice dramatic changes in the landscape as you leave the Karakul farms behind you. Drive through vast gravel plains, towering desert dunes and impressive mountain ranges as you near the Naukluft Mountains. Your base for the next 2 nights is the lovely Hoodia Desert Lodge, not too far from the Sesriem gate.

Days 12-13

2 nights at Cornerstone Guesthouse (bed & breakfast) | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

The Cornerstone Guesthouse is situated in Swakopmund near the town-centre…After breakfast, it's about a 5 hour drive to Swakopmund, on the coast. This small, Germanic town is surrounded by the desert yet is also on the coast and is an interesting stop for a few days. Take advantage of the numerous shops and delicious seafood restaurants. Stay 2 nights at Cornerstone Guesthouse.

Day 14

1 night at Erongo Wilderness Lodge (half board) | Central Highlands, Namibia

Erongo Wilderness Lodge sits amongst huge granite whalebacks and boulders in the Erongo Mountains.After a hearty breakfast head north east towards the Erongo Mountains where you will stay 1 night at Erongo Wilderness Lodge. This lodge has comfortable tents scattered amongst huge granite boulders; it is an ideal base for gentler hiking amidst truly spectacular scenery.

Days 15-17

3 nights at Okaukuejo Camp (bed & breakfast) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Okaukuejo Camp is found inside the Etosha National Park.After an early morning walk head north to the stunning Etosha National Park. This is one of Africa's best game reserves and is dominated by a dazzling, white mineral pan. Enter via the western gate of the park where you spend 3 nights at Okaukuejo Camp. The main attraction here is the floodlit waterhole, which gives you a great chance to view some of the shy, nocturnal wildlife along with the larger animals, such as the elusive black rhino. Rise at dawn to view animals here, before heading out on game drives around the open plains of this outstanding park.

Days 18-19

2 nights at Okonjima Plains Camp (half board) | Central Highlands, Namibia

Okonjima Plains Camp...After a morning of game viewing, drive south to Okonjima which is situated in the rolling hills of the Central Highlands. This area has become especially renowned for the AfriCat Foundation which aims to protect Africa's big cats and there is usually a good chance of seeing some whilst staying 2 nights at Okonjima Plains Camp.

Day 20

After a leisurely day, drive to Windhoek airport where you will leave your hire car in good time for your onward arrangements.

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