Kalahari, Namaqualand & Cape Town

18

Days

For this tour you will need to book your international flights to arrive in Johannesburg and depart from Cape Town

Your tour highlights:


  • Soweto

  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park

  • Kimberley / Diamond Mine

  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

  • Augrabies National Park

  • Namaqualand Flowers

  • Cape Town

  • Cape Peninsula

  • Boulders - African Penguins

  • Table Mountain

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

  • Robben Island

  • Cape Winelands

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Johannesburg

  • 2 Nights - Golden Gate Highlands National Park

  • 1 Night - Kimberley

  • 3 Nights - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

  • 2 Nights - Augrabies National Park

  • 2 Nights - Namaqualand

  • 5 Nights - Cape Town

Included:


  • Meet & Greet and assistance on arrival at airport

  • Travel Documents:

                       Working itinerary

                       Vouchers

                       Maps

                       Travel directions

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations / 4X4 Camp: 16 Nights

  • 14 Meals: 13 Breakfasts & 1 Dinner

  • Conservation fees as per itinerary

  • Vehicle Hire:

                       Contract Fees

                       Unlimited Milage

                       Maximum insurance cover

                       1 x Delivery fee

                       One-way drop-off fee

  • Guided tour of Soweto

Day 1:


Depart for South Africa on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.


Day 2:


Your guide will meet you upon your morning arrival in Johannesburg at O R Tambo International Airport. From here we depart for a short township tour of Soweto for a glimpse of neighbourhood life and to reflect on the apartheid history of South Africa. This vibrant city is home to a host of interesting attractions, such as the Twin Towers and Freedom Square, as well as Vilakazi Street which is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize recipients resided namely Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the great Nelson Mandela. Included in this tour is a visit to the Nelson Mandela “Matchbox” House Museum and then the Apartheid Museum. You might like to get a bite to eat at the Truth Café found at the museum complex. Afternoon check-in at a charming lodge found on the East Rand. Dinner will be served at the lodge.


Accommodation:  Kempton Park - Johannesburg

Meals:  Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Guided tour of SOWETO


Day 3 & 4:


Today you travel to the scenic Golden Gate Highlands National Park nestled in the rolling hills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State. Stop in the village of Clarens, nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State”. There will be time for lunch and a wonder around this picturesque little town with its numerous open air art & craft markets, galleries and shops selling detailed wood carvings, artistic local stone sculptures, beaded jewellery and authentic pieces of African art. After your visit, you head for your hotel situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park which derives its name from the breathtaking tapestry of red and purple, as well as brilliant shades of gold cast by the setting of the sun on the sandstone cliffs. Afternoon and evening at leisure. The next day is also at leisure. Relax at the hotel or you could take a walk along one of the less strenuous hiking trails found near your hotel or hike the awesome “Brandwag” Mountain or for the enthusiast, undertake this morning a challenging 8 hour hike along the rim of the majestic “Mont-Aux-Sources” to the source of the Tugela Falls, which is the second highest waterfall in the world. The result of your efforts will literally take your breath away. All meals can be had at the hotel. Overnight in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.


Accommodation:  Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Hike “Brandwag” Mountain

  • Hike “Mont-Aux-Sources”

  • Horse riding


Day 5:


Travel through the scenic north eastern Free State Province to the historical town of Kimberley. Lunch en-route. Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape Province became famous for the diamond rush after the discovery of diamonds in 1871. This afternoon, you could visit “The Old Town”, a museum in its entirety. After a stroll through this interesting town, you could also visit the “Big Hole” museum for an included underground diamond mine tour. It was here where thousands of prospectors, armed with nothing more than picks, shovels and hope, descended on Kimberley 150 years ago. They ended up creating the largest and one of the deepest hand-dug excavations in the world. Overnight in Kimberley.


Accommodation:  Kimberley

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • “Big Hole” museum and underground diamond mine tour


Day 6, 7 & 8:


Depart for the city of Upington, an oasis in the Kalahari. Here you can purchase food and other supplies for our journey to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park spread between South Africa and Botswana. Spend the next couple of days in the park which is found in the “heart of the Kalahari”, one of the most pristine conservation areas on earth with its majestic camelthorn trees bulging with sociable weaver nests, the unique gemsbok, the hugely impressive black mane Kalahari lion and the ever busy little suricate better known as the “meerkat”. Book on arrival at the camp any open vehicle safaris that you might like to do. All meals can be either cooked and prepared by yourself or had at the camps’ restaurant. After dinner each night you could relax with a drink around your campfire and listen for any nocturnal visitors. Overnight in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Meals:  Breakfast (Day 6)


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • A sunset open vehicle safari with a park ranger

  • A morning open vehicle safari with a park ranger


Day 9 & 10:


Drive through the so called “Green Kalahari” via the towns of Upington, Kiemoes and Kakamus to Augrabies Falls National Park. Lunch and wine tasting can be enjoyed at one of the wineries en-route. This afternoon you could take a stroll to the falls, as the view points are within a short walking distance from the lodge. The impressive Augrabies Falls meaning the “place of great noise” is a waterfall on the Orange River, South Africa’s largest river. The falls is located in a desolated and rugged region of the Kalahari, one of the few places in South Africa where the Quiver Trees (kokerboom) can be found. They are known as the Quiver Tree because the San people traditionally used its branches to make quivers. The San also believed that the tree will bring you good luck if you nurture it. The next day you could explore the park on an early morning drive. Take a short walk up to the summit of “Moon Rock” for a bird’s eye view of the park. On your drive, you can also look out for the endangered Hartsmann’s Mountain Zebra, as well as predators such as the elusive leopard, black backed jackals, caracal, bat eared fox, African wild cat and other animals such as klipspringers, giraffe, steenbok, springbok, gemsbok, kudu and eland. Return to your camp for a hearty breakfast. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in the coolness of your room or just take it easy by the swimming pool. Meals can be enjoyed at the camp restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. This afternoon you could opt for a sunset walk along the interesting 7 km (4 ½ mile) long “Klipspringer” hiking trail. Overnight in the Augrabies Falls National Park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Augrabies National Park

Meals:  Breakfast (Day 10)


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Sunset hike along the “Klipspringer” trail


Day 11 & 12:


Today you continue with your journey through the Kalahari to Namaqualand. The best place in South Africa to see hundreds and thousands of hectares (acres) of colourful wildflowers is without a doubt the Namaqualand region, found along the northwest coast of the country. The landscape throughout the year is mostly arid, a dry and dusty desert. However, come springtime everything comes to life and the region is completely transformed with flowers boasting more colours than what seems naturally possible. Prepare to be blown away, as the Namaqualand flowers in full bloom is truly a spectacular sight to behold, even for those who are flora enthusiasts. Lunches can be had en-route. Dinners can be enjoyed at the lodges’ restaurant or at a restaurant found close-by. Overnight in Namaqualand.


Accommodation:  Namaqualand

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 13:


Drive to Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city, nicknamed “The Mother City”. Lunch can be had en-route. Beautiful Cape Town is one of the great thriving port cities of the world. It is nestled between the stunning Table Bay and the majestic Table Mountain. Your evening meals over the next couple of days can be enjoyed at various excellent restaurants found in town or on the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The rest of this evening is at leisure.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 14:


Today you can take a drive around the scenic "Cape Peninsula". Drive along the Atlantic seaboard, a coastline scattered with rocky outcrops, soaring mountain peaks and pristine white beaches washed by clear turquoise blue waters. After your stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best kept secrets, you continue along the magnificent Chapman’s Peak Pass to the legendary Cape of Good Hope, which is the most southwesterly point on the African continent. The Cape of Good Hope nature reserve is known for its indigenous fynbos vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is the smallest, but also the richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Although this reserve is famous for its flora, it is also home to the mischievous Cape chacma baboon, as well as a variety of rare animals such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, eland, rhebuck and the caracal (African lynx). You then visit Cape Point, a place of mythical beliefs, as it is here where you will find the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. From here you can start making your way back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastline, stopping for lunch at a restaurant in Simonstown. After lunch you could visit Boulders Beach penguin colony to see the endangered African penguins. On your return to the city you head for Table Mountain, where you can then (weather permitting) take the cableway to the top of this iconic mountain. The cable cars with their large glass windows rise slowly over the fabulous Mother City and Table Bay, allowing for some of the most magnificent views you will ever see anywhere in the world. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway


Day 15 & 16:


Cape Town has so much to offer visitors and this is why we recommend a couple of days at leisure to do your own thing! Relax, shop or explore the city and surrounding areas.


A great way to do so is to join a tour on the “hop-on hop-off bus”. One of the routes will take you out to the acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, with its grand setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain or you could take the route through the city that passes South Africa’s oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1666 and City Hall, a splendid baroque building with its balcony overlooking the Grand Parade. It was here where the great Nelson Mandela made his first public speech as a free man on his release from prison on 11 February 1990. On this tour you could also hop-off at the Moorish Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) or the beautiful Dutch East Indian Company Garden to see the gardens, Parliament Buildings and Tuinhuis (Garden House). Visit St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as the National Art Gallery, National Museum and Planetarium.


Or


Visit the posh seaside suburb of Camps Bay, with its popular beach. Beach Road is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. This is a great place to spend an afternoon and to get a bite to eat while watching the sun set over the South Atlantic.


Or


You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island an island found about 11 km (7 miles) off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay. The notorious prison, located on the island, is where Nelson Mandela and other South African political prisoners were incarcerated.


Or


For the energetic, you could take a hike up Table Mountain. For the brave, you could go shark cage diving.


Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 17:


Today you can tour the beautiful wine lands countryside of the southwestern Cape where you will find towering, rugged mountains, rolling valleys lined with manicured vineyards and elegant 350 year old wineries built in the unique Cape Dutch style architecture. Wine tastings can be enjoyed at various wine estates found along the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route. You could also spend some time in the picturesque and historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 18:


Morning at leisure. There will be time for last minute shopping and lunch at the V & A Waterfront. Weather permitting; you could also take an optional helicopter flight over the "Cape Peninsula" before you depart to Cape Town International Airport for you to catch your flight home. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rental agency at the airport.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Helicopter flight over Table Bay, Cape Peninsula and Cape Town