Starting from London Heathrow, you fly on a scheduled South African Airways
overnight flight to Cape Town
where you land early the following morning.
3 nights at Constantia Uitsig (bed & breakfast) | Cape Town, South Africa
On arrival at the airport, pick up your hire car
, and drive for about half an hour to the leafy suburb of Constantia. Use the next few days to explore, 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.
2 nights at Ndedema Lodge (bed & breakfast) | Namaqualand, South Africa
Leaving Cape Town behind today you head up the west coast and into Namaqualand. Two hours north of Cape Town is Clanwilliam, a small town with leafy streets. Stay here for 2 nights at…
1 night at Annie's Cottage (bed & breakfast) | Namaqualand, South Africa
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 find a restored manor house where you will stay for 1 night at…
2 nights at Canyon Lodge (bed & breakfast) | Fish River Canyon, Namibia
After breakfast, drive through the vast plains of the Northern Cape, north–west, to 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 sundown. 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.
1 night at Sinclair Guest Farm (half board) | Southern Namibia, Namibia
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
. This simple guest farm is about half an hour outside Helmeringhausen. There is an old, copper mine nearby and drives and walks around the farm are also possible.
2 nights at Desert Homestead (half board) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
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
. Spend 3 nights
at Desert Homestead
. This charming lodge is located near the road leading to Sesriem and is the perfect location from which to explore the area. Horseriding is also available here.
2 nights at Cornerstone Guesthouse (bed & breakfast) | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia
After breakfast, it's about a 5 hour drive to Swakopmund
, north-west towards the coast. This small, Germanic town is surrounded by the desert yet is also on the coast and is a fun stop for a few days. Take advantage of the numerous shops and delicious seafood restaurants. Stay 2 nights
at Cornerstone Guesthouse.
1 night at Erongo Wilderness Lodge (half board) | Central Highlands, Namibia
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.
3 nights at Okaukuejo Camp (bed & breakfast) | Etosha National Park, Namibia
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.
2 nights at Okonjima Main Camp (half board) | Central Highlands, Namibia
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 at Okonjima Main Camp.
After a leisurely day, drive to Windhoek
airport where you will leave your hire car in good time to check in for your scheduled overnight flight back to the UK, with South African Airways
. You will change planes at Johannesburg.
After a highly memorable trip you arrive back at London Heathrow early in the morning with ample time to continue your journey home.