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Black Wildebeest Self-drive Safari

Journey from South Africa’s cosmopolitan Cape Town to central Namibia’s Okonjima Nature Reserve during this self-driven safari. The route passes through a stunning variety of landscapes, offering access to this beautiful continent’s rich diversity.

Black Wildebeest Self-drive Safari: Summary

Black Wildebeest Safari in a nutshell

This self-driven safari takes its travellers on an exciting journey, exploring almost from one end of the continent to the other.

Beginning in South Africa’s stunning and cosmopolitan Cape Town, the journey then progresses through the heathlands of Namaqualand. Here, the hilltops burst with colour during the famous flower season (between late August and early September), offering stark contrast to the rocky fisheries next encountered along Namibia’s Fish River Canyon.

After the deep-red granite boulders of the Canyon comes the fine sands surrounding Namtib Desert Lodge, which occupies a stunning location in a valley on the edge of the Namib Desert. Then comes Namib-Naukluft National Park’s enormous desert dunes and stretching plains, before your arrival at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.

Here, Cornerstone guesthouse offers comfortable relief and gentle exploration of the surrounding area before your journey continues into Namibia’s central highlands where gently rolling hills are set before the backdrop of Erongo Mountains.

Etosha National Park’s vast salt pans are the penultimate stop before the adventure concludes amidst the rolling hills of central Namibia’s Okonjima Nature Reserve.

As much as the excitement of the journey itself, this trip reveals a stunning progression of landscapes and habitats as you journey further north. Through this variety, this journey includes a wonderful mixture of relaxation, hiking, ancient rock-art, wildlife safari and cultural discovery.

At a glance

Starts: Cape Town International Airport
3 nights Vineyard Hotel - Cape Town, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Ndedema Lodge - Namaqualand, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
1 night Annie's Cottage - Namaqualand, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Canyon Lodge - Fish River Canyon, Namibia Half Board
1 night Namtib Desert Lodge - Southern Namibia, Namibia Half Board
2 nights Hoodia Desert Lodge - Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia Half Board
2 nights Cornerstone Guesthouse - Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia Bed & Breakfast
1 night Ai Aiba Lodge - Central Highlands, Namibia Half Board
3 nights Okaukuejo Camp - Etosha National Park, Namibia Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Okonjima Plains Camp - Okonjima Nature Reserve , Namibia Half Board
Ends: Windhoek International Airport

Vineyard Hotel

Days 1-4

The Vineyard Hotel is located in the leafy suburb of Newlands and has spectacular views dominated by Table Mountain. It's a very well-known landmark in Cape Town, and over the years has built up a good reputation and a loyal following of return visitors.

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Ndedema Lodge

Days 4-6

Ndedema Lodge is an elegant Victorian House in the heart of Clanwilliam, only about a 2 hour drive from Cape Town.

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Annie's Cottage

Day 6

Annie's Cottage is situated in the residential area in the heart of Springbok and is a good base from where you can explore the Namaqua National Park, especially in spring (the end of August/beginning of September) when the beautiful wild flowers bloom.

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Canyon Lodge

Days 7-9

Canyon Lodge (formerly Cañon Lodge, or even Canon Lodge) lies in the 1,270km2 Gondwana Canyon Park, just 20km from Namibia’s iconic Fish River Canyon. Tucked away from the canyon edge among deep-red granite boulders, or kopjes, the lodge’s lush lawns are an oasis of green in this arid environment.

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Namtib Desert Lodge

Day 9

Namtib Desert Lodge is located just off the D707 – one of southern Namibia’s most scenic roads. It is part of the Namtib Biosphere Reserve – a farm covering about 16,400 hectares on the edge of the Namib Desert.

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Hoodia Desert Lodge

Days 10-12

Named after a flowering cactus, Hoodia Desert Lodge, opened in 2008 and is owned and managed by Thomas and Henreza Becker. The lodge is set at the foot of the Namib-Naukluft Mountains overlooking the ephemeral Tsauchab River, and backed by plains that seem to go on forever. From here, it's an easy 22km drive to Sesriem, the gateway into Sossusvlei.

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Cornerstone Guesthouse

Days 12-14

Cornerstone Guest House is a small, owner-run bed and breakfast, situated in a residential area within easy walking distance of Swakopmund's old town centre – and plenty of restaurants. In the opposite direction, the ocean is a short walk away.

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Ai Aiba Lodge

Day 14

Nestled at the foot of a granite kopje, Ai Aiba Lodge – sometimes marketed as 'Ai Aiba – The Rock Painting Lodge' – enjoys views of Namibia's Erongo Mountains. The lodge is in an area with a large concentration of Bushman rock art, some of it up to 2,000 years old and much of it in good condition.

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Okaukuejo Camp

Days 15-18

Okaukuejo Camp (formerly known as Okakwiju), meaning a woman who bore a child each year, stands at the western end of the famous Etosha Pan, about a half-hour drive from the Andersson Gate, the southern entrance into Etosha National Park. Although a larger camp than most we feature, it is a popular choice due to its well-established waterhole, which attracts a variety of game in large numbers.

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Okonjima Plains Camp

Days 18-20

Set amidst plains and rolling hills in a 220km2 private reserve just south of Otjiwarongo, Okonjima Plains Camp opened in 2014. It is the most affordable of the places to stay on the Okonjima Nature Reserve, whose raison d'etre is the AfriCat Foundation, set up to conserve and protect Namibia's threatened cheetah, leopard and other wild carnivores. A stay here gives you the opportunity to learn about these animals and to see them up close.

The Okonjima Nature Reserve no longer acts as a release site for former captive cheetahs, therefore cheetah tracking is no longer offered as an activity. Please see the activities section below, for more information on this as well as the other activities on offer.

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Vineyard Hotel

Vineyard Hotel

Cape Town, South Africa

Ndedema Lodge

Ndedema Lodge

Namaqualand, South Africa

Annie's Cottage

Annie's Cottage

Namaqualand, South Africa

Canyon Lodge

Canyon Lodge

Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Namtib Desert Lodge

Namtib Desert Lodge

Southern Namibia, Namibia

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Cornerstone Guesthouse

Cornerstone Guesthouse

Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

Ai Aiba Lodge

Ai Aiba Lodge

Central Highlands, Namibia

Okaukuejo Camp

Okaukuejo Camp

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Okonjima Plains Camp

Okonjima Plains Camp

Okonjima Nature Reserve , Namibia

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Black Wildebeest Self-drive Safari.

  • Climbing Table Mountain during your stay in Cape Town
  • Walking through the Namaqualand wildflower reserves
  • Exploring Fish River Canyon with a sunrise hike
  • Seeing ancient bushman rock art in Erongo Mountains
  • Watching black rhino drink from Okaukuejo Camp's waterhole

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Black Wildebeest Self-drive Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Canoeing

  • Cultural excursion

  • Dune-boarding

  • Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

  • Helicopter

  • Horse-riding

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Kayaking

  • Microlight

  • Mountain biking

  • Night drive

  • Quad-biking

  • Scuba-diving

  • Self-guided walking

  • Snorkelling

  • Watersports

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Key species to see on the Black Wildebeest Self-drive Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Black Wildebeest Self-drive Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Leopard

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Oryx

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Black Rhino

97% chance

Lion

92% chance

Cheetah

89% chance

Eland

86% chance

Brown Hyena

73% chance

Spotted Hyena

71% chance

White Rhino

53% chance

Roan antelope

29% chance

Sable antelope

24% chance

Wild dog

21% chance

Aardvark

14% chance

Pangolin

5% chance

Meerkat

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this trip

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Black Wildebeest Self-drive Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Ballooning in the Namib Desert

Ballooning in the Namib Desert

Half day, including breakfast

Ballooning over the world’s oldest desert is an experience you shouldn’t miss. Enjoy spectacular views as the sun rises over the dune-covered plains and rocky mountains of the Namib Desert. You may even spot the occasional oryx or black-backed jackal punctuating the landscape below.

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Kayaking with seals

Kayaking with seals

Morning incl. tea, coffee & sandwiches

Get up close and personal with a colony of Cape fur seals on a kayaking excursion from Walvis Bay. Enjoy a gentle morning’s paddle in Walvis Bay Lagoon as seals surround and interact with you and your kayak. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of some Heaviside’s or bottlenose dolphins.

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98% (152 reviews)
Coast and Sandwich Harbour

Coast and Sandwich Harbour

Full day

Experience this usually inaccessible part of the Skeleton Coast, where the dunes of the Namib plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. One of our top recommendations, this is an adventurous 4WD trip, guided by experts. You'll explore the Kuiseb Delta and (tides permitting) traverse dunes and the beach to reach Sandwich Harbour, a remote freshwater lagoon with abundant birdlife.

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94% (190 reviews)
Dolphin and seal cruise

Dolphin and seal cruise

Half-day inc brunch

A boat cruise around Walvis Bay lagoon is a must for lovers of wildlife and the great outdoors. Seek out the ‘marine big five’ – from Cape fur seals to bottlenose dolphins – and marvel at the range of bird species for whom this haven on the Skeleton Coast is home. Then round off the morning with an oyster brunch.

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90% (10 reviews)
Desert tour

Desert tour

Variable, depending on the tour

Discover the unexpected on a trip into the desert surrounding the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. A must for wilderness lovers, this extraordinary landscape encompasses the Welwitschia Plains, sculpted dunes, the magic of the Kuiseb Delta – and much more. There are plenty of options, each with its own unique focus.

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100% (9 reviews)
Scenic flights in Namibia

Scenic flights in Namibia

Variable, depending on the flight

Namibia is famed for its stark beauty and boundless desert vistas and there is no better way to soak these in than from the air. A scenic flight gives you a unique perspective on this stunning and varied country, and may even provide a bird’s-eye view of areas that are out of reach to those restricted to terra firma.

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94% (7 reviews)
Winelands Private Tour

Winelands Private Tour

Full day

Spend a day exploring the beautiful vineyards, mountains and valleys of the Cape Winelands and sample some of the well-known wines they have to offer

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100% (2 reviews)
Cape Point and Peninsula Tour

Cape Point and Peninsula Tour

Full day - normally nine hours

Get your camera ready for one of South Africa’s most breathtaking coastal drives in the company of an informative guide. Take in magnificent beaches, stunning scenery, wildlife on land and at sea, and the meeting of two great oceans, then round off your day in the tranquillity of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

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92% (5 reviews)
City and Table Mountain Tour

City and Table Mountain Tour

Approximately four hours - AM or PM

From atop the iconic Table Mountain, the panoramic views of Cape Town can be breathtaking – and if the cable car isn’t operating, they’re just as good from nearby Signal Hill. Back at sea level, explore the highlights of this fascinating and pretty city, including the South African Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the Houses of Parliament.

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93% (3 reviews)

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