Depart London Heathrow on your scheduled overnight South African Airways
flight to Johannesburg
1 night at Twee Rivieren Rest Camp (accommodation only) | Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Arriving early, you connect with an internal flight to Upington
and there collect your hire car
. Stop in town for lunch, and do a spot of supermarket shopping as you will be self-catering in the park. Then, drive north for about 3 hours
to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
where you will stay for 1 night at Twee Rivieren. Beside the banks of the dry Nossob riverbed, this is the Kgalagadi’s main restcamp – with its own shop, restaurant and pool. Explore the transfrontier park in your own 2WD vehicle; it’s also possible to arrange guided walks and night drives with park rangers from here.
2 nights at Grootkolk Wilderness Camp (accommodation only) | Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
The Kgalagadi covers roughly 38,000km² between Namibia and Botswana of Kalahari dunes veined by a few fossil river valleys. This environment is particularly well suited for cheetah – and perhaps Africa’s best park for meerkats. Take a lovely leisurely drive to the north of the park for about 6 hours
game driving on the way before spending 2 nights at Grootkolk Wilderness Camp. This small, popular camp has 4 simple cabins overlooking a floodlit waterhole in the dunes. There is no restaurant here so self-catering is necessary.
2 nights at Kalahari Tented Camp (accommodation only) | Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Often the Kgalagadi’s roads follow its riverbeds, where a string of water-holes attract herds of blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and eland. Be sure to also look out for playful meerkats, which live in large family groups, inquisitive honey badgers and sleek bat-eared foxes. Take a leisurely game drive back in a southerly direction where you will spend the next 2 nights at Kalahari Tented Camp. This unfenced camp feels very wild, and one of its highlights is a waterhole that’s perfect for close-range photo opportunities of visiting animals.
1 night at Kielie Krankie Wilderness Camp (accommodation only) | Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Dawn is a magical time in the African bush as many animals are at their most active, especially the predators, so leave camp early for your best chances of good game sightings. Black-maned lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena are all common here, so look out for them as you drive through the park for 1 night at Kielie Krankie Wilderness Camp. This small wilderness camp has 4 cabins built on the dunes with views over a waterhole.
2 nights at Augrabies Falls Restcamp (accommodation only) | Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa
Leaving the park at Twee Rivieren drive south towards Augrabies Falls National Park
where you stay 2 nights at Augrabies Restcamp. The restcamp here is large, with a well-stocked shop, restaurant and three swimming pools, a petrol station and 59 en-suite self-catering chalets. This starkly beautiful semi-desert park is home to at least 46 mammal species including klipspringers, gemsbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and giraffe. There are also black-backed jackals, caracals, bat-eared foxes and leopards. It’s also a good park for bird watching.
1 night at Mountain View Guest House (bed & breakfast) | Namaqualand, South Africa
After an early morning drive you will eave the park and head south-west to the outpost town of Springbok
: the main town of this region of Namaqualand
. It’s an area famed for its amazing displays of wild flowers, which bloom here around August-September. Stay for 1 night at Mountain View Guesthouse. This short stop enables you to visit Namaqualand’s famous flower reserves –Goegap
– and perhaps the Nababeep Museum
, which tells of the area’s copper mining history.
2 nights at Farmhouse Hotel (bed & breakfast) | Namaqualand, South Africa
After a leisurely breakfast, leave Springbok to drive south-west for about 4½ hours
to the Atlantic coast. Here the smallish coastal town of Langebaan
stands beside a nature reserve on the edge of an immense lagoon. This offers some superb seafood, and spectacularly good windsurfing too! Stay 2 nights at The Farmhouse Hotel. Explore the reserve for the day with a slow drive. See flocks of sea-birds in their thousands, and colonies of squawking gannets, gulls and cormorants on the nearby Schaapen Island
3 nights at Vineyard Hotel and Spa (bed & breakfast) | Cape Town, South Africa
It’s an hour’s leisurely drive to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town
- where there are endless things to do! Explore the city, take a boat out to Robben Island, ride the revolving cable-car to the top of Table Mountain, shop ‘til you drop at the V&A Waterfront, meander through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or simply relax around the hotel pool. Stay 3 nights at The Vineyard Hotel. This charming hotel is in a quiet and leafy area in the heart of the Cape Peninsula. It’s a short drive from the city centre, the vineyards of Constantia, the stylish beachfront at Camp’s Bay – and only 45-minutes from the wine region around Stellenbosch. In short, it’s an ideal base!
After a full leisurely day in Cape Town, drive to the airport in the late afternoon 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
, via Johannesburg.
After a fantastic trip you arrive back at London Heathrow early in the morning with ample time to continue your journey home.