Western Cape to Namibia Fully Guided Tour – 19 Days

Embark on a captivating South African journey, where every destination tells a unique story. From Lamberts Bay’s coastal charm, venture into the vivid tapestry of Namaqualand, where wildflowers paint the arid landscape in vibrant hues. Follow the Orange River’s serene flow, discover the rugged elegance of Fish River Canyon, and explore the maritime history of Lüderitz.

Sossuvlei’s surreal dunes beckon, leading to the enchanting embrace of the Kalahari’s rust-red sands. Kakamas offers a green oasis amid the desert, while Sutherland unveils celestial wonders beneath starlit Karoo skies. Matjiesfontein’s historic charm and Stellenbosch’s vineyard-laden hills add cultural depth to this adventure.

Returning to Cape Town International, the journey’s end marks the beginning of timeless memories—a South African adventure etched in the heart.

Accommodation
Bed & Breakfast
Lodge
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Mid-range Lodges
Tour Type
Day Summary
  • DAY 1 - Head to Lamberts Bay
  • DAY 2 - Lamberts Bay to Namaqualand
  • DAY 4 - Namaqualand to Orange River border ZA to Namibia
  • DAY 5 - Orange River (ZA/NAM Border Post) to Fish River Canyon
  • DAY 6 - Fish River Canyon
  • DAY 7 - Fish River Canyon to Lüderitz
  • DAY 8 - Lüderitz visit to Kolmanskop
  • DAY 9 - Lüderitz to Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
  • DAY 10 - Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
  • DAY 11 - Sossusvlei to Kalahari
  • DAY 12 - Kalahari
  • DAY 13 - Kalahari to Kakamas
  • DAY 14 - Kakamas
  • DAY 15 - Kakamas to Sutherland
  • DAY 16 - Sutherland
  • DAY 16 - Sutherland to Matjiesfontein
  • DAY 16 - Matjiesfontein
  • DAY 17 - Matjiesfontein to Stellenbosch
  • DAY 18 - Stellenbosch
  • DAY 19 - Return to Cape Town International Airport
Included
  • Airport Transfers
  • Air-Conditioned 4x4 Vehicle or Minibus
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Light Lunches & Lunch Packs
  • Dinner
  • Park Entry Fees & Permits
  • Fuel & Insurance
  • Qualified Guide
Excluded
  • Personal Visa Fees
  • International Airline Fees
  • Non-included Alcoholic Beverages
  • Non-Included Activities
  • Items of Personal Nature
  • Gratuities & Tips

Day by day

Departure/Return Location:
Cape Town International Airport
  • DAY 1 - Head to Lamberts Bay
    Embark on an extraordinary, guided safari, beginning with a warm welcome at Cape Town International Airport. Our expert guides await your arrival, ready to escort you on a mesmerizing journey. From the airport, we set forth to Lambert's Bay, a coastal gem along South Africa's west coast.
    Lambert's Bay, known as the 'Diamond of the West Coast,' unveils a tapestry of wonders. Witness the mesmerizing Bird Island, home to thousands of seabirds, including the charming African penguins. Immerse yourself in the town's fishing heritage, exploring its bustling harbour, and enjoying the freshest seafood delicacies. As you wander along pristine beaches, the intoxicating scent of the sea accompanies your every step, making Lambert's Bay a paradise for nature enthusiasts.
    In this idyllic coastal town, take the opportunity to connect with the vibrant local culture and indulge in thrilling outdoor activities. Explore the famous Muisbosskerm, a unique open-air restaurant, where delectable meals are savoured under the vast African sky.
    Our safari adventure begins here, amid the salty breeze and the cries of seabirds, promising an immersive experience that captures the essence of South Africa's coastal charm. Get ready to embark on a journey filled with discovery, cultural encounters, and the untamed beauty of Lambert's Bay.
  • DAY 2 - Lamberts Bay to Namaqualand
    Leaving Lambert's Bay, our safari adventure continues along a scenic route leading us to the enchanting wonderland of Namaqualand. As we traverse this picturesque path, prepare to be captivated by the diverse tapestry of landscapes and natural marvels that South Africa has to offer.
    Wildflower Blooms: Namaqualand is world-renowned for its breathtaking wildflower displays, transforming arid landscapes into vibrant carpets of colour during the spring season. Witness the desert floor bursting into hues of orange, purple, and yellow as thousands of wildflowers bloom, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle.
    Namaqualand National Park: Explore the Namaqualand National Park, a sanctuary of indigenous fauna and flora. Marvel at the unique quiver trees, endemic to the region, and encounter a variety of succulents and desert-adapted wildlife, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.
  • DAY 4 - Namaqualand to Orange River border ZA to Namibia
    As we bid farewell to the colourful landscapes of Namaqualand, our journey extends into the enchanting realms of Namibia, a land known for its rugged beauty and surreal desertscapes. Along this route, travellers are treated to a visual feast of ever-changing scenery and captivating sights.
    Arriving at the Orange River, you'll be welcomed by the soothing sounds of flowing water and the gentle rustle of riverbank reeds. This lifeline in the desert offers a serene ambiance, ideal for relaxation and reflection. Enjoy leisurely walks along the riverbanks, where the contrast of lush greenery against the desert backdrop is a sight to behold.
  • DAY 5 - Orange River (ZA/NAM Border Post) to Fish River Canyon
    Our guided journey from the tranquil banks of the Orange River to the staggering depths of Fish River Canyon is an expedition through the very heart of Namibia's wilderness.
    Traversing through ever-changing landscapes, our route unfolds like pages from a storybook. From the Orange River's verdant embrace, we venture into the arid expanse, where the Aus Mountains stand as sentinels against the desert winds, their rugged silhouettes hinting at ancient tales etched into the land.
    The path leads us to the Fish River Canyon, a masterpiece carved by nature over millennia. Here, the Earth's history is written in sheer cliffs and meandering riverbeds. As the sun begins its descent, the canyon is bathed in hues of gold and crimson, a breathtaking spectacle that defies description.
  • DAY 6 - Fish River Canyon
    For the intrepid, hiking trails along the canyon's rim offer a chance to become one with the landscape. Each step reveals the magnitude of this natural wonder, a reminder of the Earth's raw power and timeless beauty.
    This odyssey captures the essence of Namibia's wilderness—a tale of contrasts, where lush rivers meet arid deserts, and where every curve of the canyon echoes the whispers of centuries. It's a sojourn into the heart of Southern Africa, where nature's grandeur reigns supreme, inviting us to witness its majesty and stand in awe of its magnificence.
  • DAY 7 - Fish River Canyon to Lüderitz
    Our journey from Fish River Canyon to Lüderitz is a dynamic tale of Namibian contrasts. Leaving the canyon's grandeur, we traverse rolling hills and arid plains, witnessing the desert's resilience. Approaching Lüderitz, the landscape shifts dramatically, merging the desert's vastness with the restless waves of the Atlantic. This expedition offers a vivid snapshot of Namibia's diverse terrains and rich heritage.
  • DAY 8 - Lüderitz visit to Kolmanskop
    Just a stone's throw from Lüderitz lies the hauntingly beautiful Kolmanskop, a desert ghost town frozen in time. Once a bustling diamond mining hub in the early 20th century, this eerie oasis now stands engulfed by encroaching sand dunes.
    Wandering through Kolmanskop feels like stepping into a forgotten era. Abandoned buildings, swallowed by the desert, reveal glimpses of past opulence—ornate ballrooms, grand halls, and decaying pianos. The desert’s relentless advance has left rooms filled with shifting sands, creating surreal scenes of desert reclamation.
    Visitors can explore the town's history in the museum, delving into the lives of diamond seekers who once thrived here. The photogenic allure of Kolmanskop lies in its contrasts: sun-bleached walls juxtaposed against the rich blue Namibian sky, and shadows playing hide-and-seek in forgotten rooms.
    The photogenic allure of Kolmanskop lies in its contrasts: sun-bleached walls juxtaposed against the rich blue Namibian sky, and shadows playing hide-and-seek in forgotten rooms. It's a journey through time, where the whispers of the past echo in the empty corridors, making Kolmanskop an unmissable stop for adventurers seeking a glimpse into Namibia's captivating history.
  • DAY 9 - Lüderitz to Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
    Embarking on an awe-inspiring journey, our road winds its way from Lüderitz through the vast expanse of NamibRand Nature Reserve, a pristine wilderness etched with endless sand dunes and dramatic landscapes.
    NamibRand Nature Reserve: Encompassing the surreal beauty of the Namib Desert, NamibRand is a conservation success story. It's a realm where the desert's pristine silence is interrupted only by the whispers of the wind. As we traverse this protected wilderness, prepare to be mesmerized by rolling sand dunes, unique desert-adapted flora, and perhaps catch a glimpse of elusive desert wildlife.
  • DAY 10 - Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
    Our journey culminates at Sossusvlei, an iconic destination renowned for its towering red sand dunes. Here, the world-famous Dune 45 offers an exhilarating climb, rewarding adventurers with panoramic vistas of the desert below. Nearby lies Deadvlei, a surreal white clay pan dotted with ancient, dead camel thorn trees, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. It's a photographer's paradise, where light and shadow dance on the stark canvas of the desert floor.
    Sesriem Canyon: Before reaching Sossusvlei, we pass Sesriem Canyon, a geological marvel carved by the Tsauchab River. The canyon's narrow corridors and towering walls provide a glimpse into the forces of nature that shaped this land, making it an intriguing stop along our route.
    Stargazing in the Desert: As night falls over the Namib, the clear desert skies transform into a celestial masterpiece. Stargazing in this remote wilderness offers a chance to witness the brilliance of the Milky Way and constellations, a mesmerizing experience under the African heavens.
  • DAY 11 - Sossusvlei to Kalahari
    Embarking on a spellbinding journey from the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei to the vast expanse of the Kalahari Desert, this Namibian adventure unveils nature's most captivating tapestries.
    As the ochre sands of Sossusvlei bid adieu, our journey weaves through the Namib-Naukluft National Park, a realm where colossal dunes paint the landscape. The ever-changing hues of these sand giants create a visual symphony, an ode to the desert's eternal dance with light. En route, the Kuiseb Canyon enchants with its ancient rock formations, a precursor to the desert's geological wonders. Further, Solitaire emerges like a mirage, a desert oasis famous for its delectable apple pie and surrounded by acacia-dotted vistas.
    Approaching the Kalahari, the Naukluft Mountains rise majestically, their rugged silhouettes adding a touch of drama to the horizon. Beyond, the Kalahari Desert unfurls—a canvas of red sand dunes, where oryx gracefully roam and meerkats stand sentinel.
    Yet, this journey is more than a visual feast. It's an encounter with ancient cultures. In the Kalahari, the San Bushmen, bearers of ancient wisdom, share their tales. Engaging with their traditional ways is an immersion into humanity's oldest rhythms, an echo of the past in the present.
    This odyssey from dunes to desert paints a picture of Namibia's wilderness in vibrant strokes. It's a tale of contrasts—of shifting sands, vivid sunsets, and the resilience of life in arid realms. Each moment echoes with the whispers of ancient deserts, inviting travellers to explore and immerse themselves in the timeless allure of Southern Africa's arid heartlands.
  • DAY 12 - Kalahari
    In the heart of the Kalahari Desert, join a guided San Bushman walk—a profound encounter with one of Earth's oldest cultures. Expert guides lead you through ancestral terrain, unveiling secrets of desert survival, medicinal plants, and tracking skills. Engage in ancient customs, learning tool crafting and fire making. This trans-formative experience offers a deep connection with nature, leaving you with timeless insights from the world's original inhabitants.
  • DAY 13 - Kalahari to Kakamas
    Leaving the enchanting Kalahari behind, our journey leads us to Kakamas, a picturesque oasis nestled on the banks of the Orange River. Here, the arid desert landscape gives way to lush riverbanks, creating a serene ambiance that invites travellers to unwind and rejuvenate.
    Orange River Serenity: Kakamas, with its scenic setting along the Orange River, offers a tranquil escape. The gentle murmur of the river becomes a soothing soundtrack, creating a perfect backdrop for relaxation. Visitors can bask in the golden sunlight, sipping refreshing beverages while absorbing the tranquillity of the surroundings.
    Vineyards and Citrus Groves: The fertile lands around Kakamas are adorned with vineyards and citrus groves, a testament to the region's agricultural prowess. Exploring these lush plantations provides a delightful sensory experience, with the sweet aroma of ripening fruits filling the air.
    Thermal Springs: Kakamas is renowned for its thermal springs, believed to have healing properties. Indulge in a soothing soak, letting the mineral-rich waters melt away the cares of the day. It's a rejuvenating experience, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration.
    Local Cuisine: Kakamas embraces its agricultural heritage, offering delectable farm-to-table cuisine. Fresh produce, locally sourced meats, and renowned South African wines create a culinary journey that tantalizes the taste buds.
    In Kakamas, the harmony between the river's serenity and the region's natural abundance creates a haven for travellers. Whether it's exploring nature, indulging in local flavours, or simply embracing the tranquillity, Kakamas promises an enchanting interlude in the heart of South Africa's Northern Cape.
  • DAY 14 - Kakamas
    Today we head out to Augrabies Falls National Park, a short drive from Kakamas lies Augrabies Falls National Park, home to the impressive Augrabies Falls. The thundering cascades, surrounded by rugged landscapes, create a dramatic spectacle. Hiking trails offer breathtaking views, allowing visitors to marvel at the power of nature.
  • DAY 15 - Kakamas to Sutherland
    Continuing our journey from Kakamas, our path leads us to Sutherland, a town ensconced in the vastness of the Karoo. Here, guests are welcomed into a world where celestial wonders meet rich cultural heritage.
    Sutherland Observatory: Renowned as the "Gateway to the Universe," Sutherland boasts some of the world's clearest night skies. At the Sutherland Observatory, visitors can delve into stargazing sessions guided by experts, marvelling at constellations, planets, and nebulae through powerful telescopes. It's an ethereal experience that sparks a sense of wonder and cosmic curiosity.

    Guests have the unique opportunity to explore the South African Astronomical Observatory, a hub of cutting-edge research. Engage with astronomers, learn about groundbreaking discoveries, and witness the intricate process of unravelling the universe's mysteries.
    Historical Sutherland: Beyond its celestial allure, Sutherland offers a glimpse into its historical tapestry. Explore the town's quaint Victorian architecture, visit local museums, and uncover captivating stories of pioneers who carved a life in the harsh Karoo landscape.
    Karoo Cuisine and Local Arts: Indulge in the flavours of the Karoo, savouring hearty farm-to-table meals and traditional delicacies. Engage with local artisans, discovering authentic Karoo crafts, from pottery to handwoven textiles, enriching your journey with unique souvenirs.
    In Sutherland, the intersection of celestial wonders and earthly heritage creates an enriching experience. It's a town where the cosmos come alive, inviting guests to explore the universe above and the vibrant culture below, making each moment an unforgettable chapter in their journey.
  • DAY 16 - Sutherland
    Sutherland offers guided stargazing expeditions into the surrounding Karoo wilderness. Under the canopy of stars, guests can connect with the ancient San Bushman legends and immerse themselves in tales of the cosmos, adding a touch of mystique to the night.
  • DAY 16 - Sutherland to Matjiesfontein
    Leaving the celestial wonders of Sutherland behind, our expedition traces the scenic route to Matjiesfontein, a town steeped in history and charm. Along this captivating journey, guests will encounter a tapestry of experiences, blending natural beauty, historical landmarks, and cultural heritage.
    The road from Sutherland to Matjiesfontein winds through the Karoo, revealing its rugged allure. Endless plains stretch to the horizon, adorned with unique vegetation, capturing the essence of this arid wilderness. Keep an eye out for wildlife, as antelope and bird species often grace the landscape.
    En route, encounter quaint Karoo villages frozen in time. These settlements, with their well-preserved architecture, offer glimpses into the past. Explore local shops, capturing the spirit of the Karoo through handmade crafts and authentic souvenirs.
    Upon reaching Matjiesfontein, guests are welcomed by the iconic Lord Milner Hotel, a Victorian masterpiece frozen in the elegance of a bygone era. Explore its exquisite interiors, adorned with period furnishings, and relish the ambiance of a colonial past. The hotel's museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the town's heritage.
  • DAY 16 - Matjiesfontein
    Dive into the town's history at the Matjiesfontein Museum. Uncover artifacts, photographs, and tales from the past, tracing the footsteps of pioneers and explorers who once roamed these lands. The museum serves as a portal to a fascinating chapter in South Africa's history.
    Car enthusiasts and history buffs will delight in the Transport Museum, housing a remarkable collection of vintage vehicles and railway memorabilia. Each artifact tells a story of South Africa's transportation evolution, offering a unique perspective on the country's progress.
    We embark on a guided historical walking tour of Matjiesfontein. Wander through the town's charming streets, discovering architectural marvels, and hearing captivating anecdotes that breathe life into the town's rich heritage. As the journey unfolds, guests will find themselves immersed in a captivating narrative—a tale of the Karoo's natural beauty, the echoes of bygone eras, and the indomitable spirit of South Africa's pioneers. Matjiesfontein stands as a testament to the enduring allure of the past, inviting travellers to step back in time and create cherished memories along the way.
  • DAY 17 - Matjiesfontein to Stellenbosch
    Leaving Matjiesfontein, the road meanders through lush valleys and expansive vineyards, painting a verdant panorama against the backdrop of majestic mountains. The Winelands region, with its well-manicured grapevines, creates a captivating ambiance, promising a sensory delight for wine enthusiasts.
  • DAY 18 - Stellenbosch
    Today we head out for some wine tasting.
    Renowned wine estates beckon, inviting guests to indulge in wine tasting experiences. Guided tours through centuries-old cellars unveil the art of winemaking, from the vine to the bottle. Guests can savour exquisite vintages, learning about the intricate nuances of each varietal from passionate vintners.
  • DAY 19 - Return to Cape Town International Airport
    As our adventure concludes, our guide escorts guests back to Cape Town International Airport for their onward travels. Reflecting on cherished moments and newfound friendships, farewells are exchanged with gratitude. Boarding their flights, guests carry South Africa's spirit with them—a blend of warm memories and cultural richness. With hearts full and travel diaries enriched, this remarkable journey finds its beautiful ending.

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