SPECIAL OFFER: Book by 31 July 2017, and receive a dining experience on Day 2. Kaapste Storie from the Mother City (Cape Story from the Mother City) – A unique Cape Town dining experience to the value of a $100. This will include a 4 course meal, transport and wine. This promotion is valid for 26 August 2017 & 10 September 2017 departures only.
Arrive Cape Town
Explore the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town during the day and meet your group and your Tour Leader in the evening at 18.00 to get acquainted and review your trip details. Cape Town offers an unbelievable variety of experiences, tastes and sightseeing. Try a variety of exotic tastes, like some of the delicious Cape Malay curries, the famous local dish Bobotie, or the freshest seafood at one of exquisite seafood restaurants at the V&A Waterfront. Make sure to arrive a day early to go to world famous Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, visit Cape Point or go with a cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top.
After breakfast, we depart for the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of the Cape Peninsula. Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower more than 200m above sea level. The natural vegetation of the area, fynbos, comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six flora kingdoms. After lunch, we visit the endangered Boulders African Penguin Colony in Simonstown. (B)
Cape Town / Strandfontein
Today we head north to the West Coast of South Africa. Strandfontein, a popular tourist attraction with a picturesque shoreline, offers tranquillity and have a pleasant and carefree nature. Watch as Sandpipers, Gulls and Oystercatchers scavenge for food. Please do not collect any mussel or other sea creatures – special licenses are required.
On the way to Strandfontein, you will stop to do a short walk to the Heerenlogement Cave close to the small town Graafwater. This shelter has earned itself the name of “Holiday Inn of the 17th century” due to all the people who took refuge there on a temporary basis. (BLD)
Strandfontein / Augrabies National Park
Our next stop is the Augrabies National Park. This place was named by the local Khoi residents “Aukoerebis” – meaning “Place of big noise” in Nama. The most spectacular feature of this National Park is the Augrabies Falls, after which the park was named. Here the Orange River, when in flood, thunders 56 meters down over rocks and then continue in a narrow gorge for another 18 kilometres before spreading out and continuing its journey to the coast. As this is a very arid environment, vegetation is hardy and includes succulents, aloes, acacias and the Namaqua fig.
Augrabies is ideal for self-hikes, birdwatching and is also home to 46 mammal species. Animals and birds to look out for are Broadley’s flat lizard known as the Augrabies flat lizard, rock hyrax (dassie), klipspringer, Verreaux’s (Black) eagle and the Hartmann’s mountain zebra. (BL)
Augrabies National Park / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
This unique park is an amalgamation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, bordering Namibia on the west. The park comprises an area of over 3.6 million hectares – one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world. Red sand dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds show antelope and predators off to spectacular advantage and provide excellent photographic opportunities. Our accommodation is just outside the park. (BL)
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
A day for photo opportunities, we visit the park for the day for a full day’s game drive with our Premium Overland Safari Vehicle. This is a land of contrast and unique beauty, red sand dunes with a backdrop of deep blue sky. Here you find straight-horned oryx wandering in the waving yellow-gold dune bushman grass. Majestic camel thorn trees on open plains give home and shade to many of the Kalahari’s dwellers. The sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds show antelope and predators off to spectacular advantage and provide excellent photographic opportunities. Keep cameras ready for the famous black-mane Kalahari lions. (BL)
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Seeheim
We cross the South African / Namibian border and travel to Seeheim. Early in the 20th century, the sole purpose of this small town was that of a junction station between Keetmanshoop, Lüderitz and Karasburg. This rustic oasis in the desert built from stone is where you will be spending your first night under the Namibian starlit sky. (BL)
Seeheim / Sesriem
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert. The name Sesriem means “six belts’ and was named by the Dorsland Trekkers, a group of Afrikaans speaking settlers. It is said that they had to tie together 6 belts (made of oryx hide) to reach buckets down into the Sesriem Canyon to scoop up water. The Sesriem Canyon is a natural canyon carved in sedimentary rock. (BL)
An early departure will give you the opportunity to climb the majestic Dune 45 during the cooler time of the day. Dune 45 was named for its proximity to Sesriem gate before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes. Sand that was carried to the west coast by the Orange River is blown back again inland by winds and formed the dunes of the Namib Desert.
The Namib, a minimum of 55 million years old, is regarded as the oldest desert in the world. The sand here is coloured red due to the high levels of iron oxide. These dunes are known as star dunes, created by winds blowing from all directions and is also known as the highest sand dunes in the world. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a miniature canyon by world standards but beautiful to walk around in and appreciate the distinctive sedimentary rocks and conglomerate that line the canyon walls. (BLD)
Sesriem / Windhoek
Travel to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. Spend the last few hours of the day exploring Windhoek and its strong German influence. You’ll have the option to celebrate your last night and your new friendships at one of Windhoek’s famous restaurants. Book a day or two extra in Windhoek to make the most of your stay.
This tiny capital town has loads of interesting things to offer. One of the most famous is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites in the Post Street Mall. Here you can take pictures of and touch these extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel in them. Shopping opportunities abound and for the historically inclined there are many museums and historical buildings within walking distance around the town centre. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style. (BL)
Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another incredible tour. (B)
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2017 TOUR DATES
- 19 August
- 10, 15 September
- 12, 27 October
- 6 November
- 3, 13, 28 December
2018 TOUR DATES
- 21, 31 January
- 28 February
- 9, 24 March
- 22 April
- 2, 20 May
- 14, 24 June
- 15, 20, 30 July
- 3, 13 September
- 5, 15, 25 October
- 19, 29 November
- 20 December
- From $2,650.00 per person twin share
- Single supplement $345.00
- South Africa
- Expert English speaking guide
- Cosmopolitan Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula
- Picturesque Strandfontein
- Spectacular Augrabies National Park and falls
- Game drives in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
- Rustic oasis of Seeheim
- The Namib Desert & Dune 45
- Sesriem Canyon
- German influenced Windhoek
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
- Cape Town (2 nights)
- Strandfontein (1 night)
- Augrabies NP (1 night)
- Tgalagadi Transfrontier Park (2 nights)
- Seeheim (1 night)
- Sesriem (2 nights)
- Windhoek (1 night)
- Accommodation: Comfort Hotel (3 nights), Basic Hotel (1 night), Bungalows/ Lodges (4 nights), Tented Rooms (2 nights)
- Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 2 Dinners (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Entrance Fees: Augrabies Falls National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Namib Naukluft National Park.
- Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle fitted with 12 Ultimate Safari Seats ensuring each person has access to their own window. You also have access to your own personal safe, USB charging station and lockable storage compartment next to your seat.
- Activities: Table Mountain National Park – Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, Augrabies Falls National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Game Drives, Sesriem Canyon, Dune 4, Sossusvlei / Deadvlei Transfer.
- Crew: 1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included.
- Arrival & departure flights and airport taxes
- Visa costs (if required)
- All meals not listed
- Optional excursions
- Bottled water and beverages
- Gratuities and personal expenses.