We explore the western parts of South Africa, where the land is more arid, but nonetheless spectacular. From the West Coast, where a rich marine life is found, the land is a mixture of farms and fantastic wilderness areas, scenic drives, historical settler towns, and in the Spring months, an incredible full bloom of flowers paints the countryside. Moving up to the border of Namibia, we travel along the Orange River; the life-source in this arid landscape which gives unusual wildlife and plants sustenance. We head into the Kalahari, where an abundance of wild animals thrives along ancient river lines. Lastly we experience the Karoo, a vast landscape that stretches for miles beneath the clearest starry skies and the sound of silence.
Be welcomed by your guide at your choice of time in Cape Town in the morning.
Beginning on our journey at 09h00, we travel out from Cape Town up to the West Coast National Park, transferring to the National Park, stopping at Geelbek manor for a walk around, a visit to the bird hide, and lunch
Later we check in to our lodging for the night, a community run camp, with 3 star offerings. The afternoon is spent around the Park searching for wildlife. We enjoy a home-cooked dinner in the evening.
From the West Coast, we move inland into the Cederberg Wilderness Area, a magnificent mountainous place with a myriad of trails, waterfalls, wildlife associated with the Fynbos region and incredible Bushmen paintings.
We begin the day with a hearty breakfast. Drive out of West Coast National Park, stopping over at the revamped West Coast Fossil Park to visit this fascinating working archeological site.
We continue onto the Cederberg Wilderness Area, checking in to camp. Spend the afternoon walking to a nearby waterfall where swimming is possible
Enjoy dinner over an open fire under the stars.
We enjoy a relaxed breakfast and morning, before driving out to one of the many walks around the Area, where a trail in the bush leads us to Bushmen painting sites.
From here we enjoy wine-tasting at the local vineyards and a lunch. The afternoon is spent relaxing around camp.
Enjoy dinner over an open fire in the bush.
After enjoying the solitude of the Cedarberg Moutains, we journey back to the Coast and the Namaqualand Region. This is the heartland of one of Nature's greatest ironies. This so-called arid, dull region, becomes a profusion of colour and splendour. Once the Spring rains fall, the transformation from almost lifeless to Eden's own garden is something to witness!
We enjoy a relaxed morning and breakfast. After packing up, we head out from the Cederberg, taking a scenic route to Lambert's Bay. We spend time along the quaint harbour and visit the Gannet colony. Lunch is had at a homely restaurant (own expense). From here, we continue off the beaten track, heading for Namaqua National Park.
Arrival at your chalet, check in, and dinner is served as you desire it.
We enjoy a full day excursion today, heading out to the Atlantic Ocean and exploring the coastline. On the way, enjoy an arid safari, searching for the wildlife of this region. Oryx, Caracal, Bat-eared Fox, Springbok, etc. are some of the species one can find. Also showcased are some fascinating historical sites.
We enjoy a picnic-style lunch on the beach, before returning in the evening to camp. Dinner is enjoyed around a fire.
We continue our journey North, as we drive to the border of Namibia along the Gariep (Orange) River. Being the longest river in South Africa, it flows from the lush highlands of Lesotho, all the way west to the coast, giving life to this semi-desert region. We stop over at Augrabies Falls, a natural wonder where the River has carved itself a shortcut through solid rock, dumping more than half of the water of the Victoria Falls into a tiny gorge.
The plan for the day is to enjoy a relaxed morning and breakfast. We head further into the desert landscape of the arid north, and travel to Augrabies Falls National Park. Enjoy lunch at the camp as we settle in to our lodgings.
We take an afternoon game drive, returning to your accommodation to enjoy dinner over an open fire in the bush. A possible trip to the Falls lit up at night is recommended.
Enjoy a game drive in the morning, returning to camp for breakfast and packing up. From here, we travel up to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Arrive at camp, settling in and relax. Enjoy a brief afternoon game drive, exploring the dunes of the Kgalagadi, returning to camp for dinner.
We head out early in the morning and spend time whilst still cool to search for the wildlife. Return to camp for a large brunch, and relax during the heat of the day. There is a swimming pool, shop, space for wondering around and viewing the smaller animals, an information board and more.
In the afternoon we head off again on a game drive. We enjoy dinner around an open fire back at camp
An optional night drive spotting the nocturnal animals of the Kalahari is possible
From here we travel on our longest route through the vast expanses of the Karoo south towards Cape Town, traversing some of the longest roads between two towns in South Africa. This landscape is an ancient inland sea and the vast flat spaces devoid of settlement are something to behold. At night, there is the serenity of night sky filled with stars.
We enjoy a relaxed morning and breakfast, before traveling down south to the town of Calvinia, with the world's largest post box! We enjoy a picnic lunch én route.
We check into our lodgings in the friendly town of Calvinia, with the afternoon to roam the safe town which seems stuck in a time-warp, with great architecture, museums, and friendly locals we enjoy a dinner in the evening (own expense).
We continue our journey into the heart of the Karoo, visiting the Tankwa Karoo National Park. Despite the arid area, settlers have been carving out a living and the history and characters of the Park are of interest. Even more interesting are the variety of animals and scenic vistas.
After we enjoy a relaxed morning and breakfast we travel onwards to the Karoo. Arrive at Tankwa Karoo National Park checking in to our camp and enjoy a lunch. Take an afternoon game drive to spot some of the Karoo wildlife, and enjoy sundowners in this majestic landscape.
Dinner over an open fire in the evening.
From here we leave the Karoo, and enjoy a relaxed scenic drive back through the winelands and mountains of the Cape to our finish in the Mother City, Cape Town.
We take a morning game drive and enjoy a breakfast én route. We continue our game drive out of the Park traveling back to Cape Town, stopping for lunch (own expense) in one of the quaint and sophisticated towns along the way.
Tour ends with flights home or own itinerary