15-Day, Cape Town to Windhoek Namibia

A fantastic, Cape Town to Victoria Falls Safari, designed to make that Dream Holliday come true. This Budget Lodge or camping Safari starts in Cape Town, threw Botswana and ends in Victoria Falls.

A fantastic, Cape Town to Victoria Falls Safari, designed to make that Dream Holliday come true. This Budget Lodge or camping Safari takes in some of the less-explored areas of the Western and Northern Cape of South Africa, including the town of Calvinia, Augrabies Falls National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Then we head to Namibia's Fish River Canyon and on to the famous Sossusvlei Dunes, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namibian Desert. Then we explore the seaside of Walvisbay and Swakopmund, before driving inland to the rugged Damaraland region and on to Namibia's premier game park, Etosha National Park, for some outstanding game viewing. From Etosha Park, we travel to meet the Bushman in Bushman land and along the Caprivi Strip visiting the Okavango and Kwando rivers. Then it's on to the world-famous Okavango Delta to explore this pristine oasis on bush walks and from the delta. We move on to the Chobe River in Botswana for a sunset boat cruise, before making our way into Zimbabwe to the mighty Victoria Falls.

Itinerary Cape Town to Windhoek

Day 0: Cape Town

Meet and Greet

On day zero you meet up with your guide and fellow travellers at the lodge where you stay in the evening (at 18:00) for a pre-safari briefing.

Day 1: Cederberg

From Cape Town to Cederberg

Our tour begins in Cape Town after breakfast at 08:00 and our first stop is to take photos of Table Mountain. Travelling north we pass through the Cederberg Mountains, home to the famous “Rooibos Tea” - a popular herbal beverage. The evening is spent getting acquainted with your fellow travellers. The Cederberg is an enormous jagged landscape where massive sandstone boulders have been shaped by wind and rain into strange, yet weirdly artistic formations. We make our way north to the Cederberg and explore the rough terrain on foot before unwinding in our gorgeous chalets for the evening.

We overnight at a comfortable lodge located at the V&A Waterfront (or similar accommodation).

Meals: Dinner 

  

Day 2: Augrabies waterfalls

From Cederberg to Augrabies waterfalls

We continue our journey to the north and to Augrabies National Park. We visit the falls and go on our first open vehicle night game drive. The Augrabies Falls is a waterfall on the Orange River, the largest river in South Africa. Since 1966 the waterfall, set in a desolate and rugged milieu, is enclosed by the Augrabies Falls National Park. The falls are around 183 feet in height.

Day 3:Namibia

From Augrabies Waterfall to Ai- Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

We leaving the Richtersveld just after breakfast and make it to the border at ontseepkans border post. After the border, we headed for Ai-Ais hot spring, where we will relax for the afternoon and enjoy the hot spring and what is to offer us. We have dinner before we go for a good night rest.

Day 4: Fishriver Canyon

From ai-ais to Helmeiringhausen

We have some breakfast before we make our way to the lookout point to the fish river Canyon and then continue to our lodge/hotel for the evening. At our lodge/hotel is some optional activities that one can do, or relax around the swinging pool before we go on a sunset drive

Day 5: Namib Naukluft national park

From Helmeiringhausen to Sossusvlei

We have breakfast before we continue to the Namib Naukluft Park. The Namib-Naukluft Park is a national park in western Namibia, situated between the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the edge of the Great Escarpment. It encompasses part of the Namib Desert, the Naukluft mountain range, and the lagoon at Sandwich Harbour. We settle in our lodge at Sossusvlei and relax the rest of the day on our own leisure.

Day 6: Deadvally

Explore Sossusvlie and Sesriem

We get up early and have some coffee before we enter the park and to the dead valley. Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. Also written DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, its name means "dead marsh". The pan also is referred to as "Dooie Vlei" which is the fully Afrikaans name. When we return we visit the Sesriem Canyon before we return to our lodge and enjoy a hearty brunch. The rest of the day we spent on our own leisure and do some optional activities like the Hotairballoon.

Day 7: AppelPei in the desert!

From Sossusvlei to Swakopmunt

We continue our journey after breakfast to the north and stop at Solitaire. Solitaire is a small settlement in the Khomas Region of central Namibia near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It currently features the only gasoline station, bakery, cafe, and the only general dealer between the dunes at Sossusvlei and the coast at Walvis Bay, as well as to the capital Windhoek. Moose Macgregors apple pie is to die for and you cannot visit Solitaire without calling in here for coffee and pie. You can even buy extras for the following days on the road. We cross the Tropic of Capricorn on our way to Walvis bay where we book our optional activities for the next day, like the living desert tour, Sandwich Harbour Tour, Moonlandscape & Welwitschia Drive, Sandwich Harbour Dune Excursion, Desert & Dunes Photo 5 hour tour( AM or PM), Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Adventure just to name a few.

Day 8: Explore Swakopmunt and the desert.

Swakopmunt

Today we spent at one's own leisure. We do all the activities that we had book the day before. Like the Marine Dolphin Seal Cruise, Cultural & Theme Tours, Walvis Bay Food, Wine & Nightlife, Walvis Bay Shore Ex - Flamingo, Dune7, Welwitschia, Moonlandscape, Oasis, Swakopmund, and many more.

Day 9: Vingerklip

From Swakopmunt to Fingerklip

We visit Dune 7 after breakfast and then continue our tour to the north. We stop en-route for lunch (own expense). As if someone’s huge rock finger would protrude vertically into the air – this is how the Vingerklip stands, like a monument 70km west of the little town Outjo. Situated halfway be-tween Outjo and Khorixas, the Vingerklip is one of Namibia’s most famous and remarkable rock formations attracting substantial numbers of tourists. This evening we have a hearty dinner in the famous Eagle nest.

Day 10: Otjikandero Himba Tripe

From Fingerklip to Otjikandero Himba Tripe

We continue just after breakfast to visit the Himba Tripe. Witness a piece of tradition preserved through time in the tribal ways of the people at Otjikandero Himba Orphanage Village. Visitors have the chance to interact with the Himba people through a local English-speaking guide, but be mindful of your questions and the differences between the cultures. Observe the outfits of the women of the village, their daily routines, and shop for handicrafts they made to trade with tourists. The project serves to help the people continue their ways without succumbing to the modern lifestyle, as some of the profit goes to their protection. We visit the cheetah conservation where we spent the Night.

Day 11: Etosha National Park

From the Himbas to Etosha

Today we continue to Etosha National park. Since Etosha National Park is the gateway to Northern Namibia and Ovamboland, it’s a very popular stop on any Namibian tour. Above all, it is known as Namibia’s foremost wildlife sanctuary.
The landscape is unique and varied and subsequently home to a wide variety of animals. For example lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, springbok, two kinds of zebra, eland and many more species of wildlife are found here.

Day 12: Numetoni

Explore Etosha National Park

We explore Etosha to the north and visit Namutoni camp. Etosha, meaning 'Great White Place' is made of a large mineral pan. The area exhibits a characteristic white and greenish surface, which spreads over 4,800 km2. The pan is believed to have developed through tectonic plate activity over about ten million years. Around 16,000 years ago, when ice sheets were melting across the landmasses of the Northern Hemisphere, a wet climate phase in southern Africa filled Etosha Lake. Today however the Etosha Pan is mostly dry clay mud split into hexagonal shapes as it dries and cracks, and is seldom seen with even a thin sheet of water covering it.

Day 13: Okahandja Mbangura Woodcarvers Craft Market

From Etosha to Okahandja

We leaving Etosha National Park today and make our way down south to Okahandja. Okahandja is a city of 24,100 inhabitants in Otjozondjupa Region, central Namibia, and the district capital of the Okahandja electoral constituency. It is known as the Garden Town of Namibia. It was founded around 1800, by two local groups, the Herero and the Nama. The biggest woodcraft marked in Namibia is also located here.

Day 14: Windhoek

From Okahandja to Windhoek

We leaving just after breakfast for Windhoek. Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, in the country’s central highlands. South of the city, the sprawling Heroes’ Acre war memorial commemorates Namibia’s 1990 independence. On a hilltop in the city centre are the 1890s Alte Feste, a former military headquarters with historical exhibits, and Independence Memorial Museum. Colonial influences are visible in nearby buildings like the sandstone Lutheran Christus Church. We explore Windhoek before we booking at our lodge for the night.

Day 15: ‎Hosea Kutako International Airport

From Windhoek to Hosea Kutako Airport

We take you to the airport after breakfast where we say our goodbyes.