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Cape Town to Windhoek: West Coast self-drive

16 days from £7,275pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Explore South Africa's lesser known west coast.

  • Visit pretty seaside fishing villages.

  • Drive through mountains, deserts and wild flowers.

  • Learn about local culture and history with San Bushmen.

  • Hike the world's second largest canyon.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
All accommodation
  • Cape Town
  • Paternoster
  • The Cederberg Mountains
  • Springbok
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Luderitz

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Cape Town.

Day 2 Cape Town

Cape Town

On arrival into Cape Town you will be met by an Audley representative to assist with the immigration process and then your transfer to your hotel nearby. In the afternoon you can explore the city and visit some interesting community projects supported by the Uthando charity.

Day 3 Paternoster

Cape Town , Paternoster

Your hire car will be delivered to your hotel this morning and you set off along the coast towards Langebaan. We would recommend stopping for lunch at !Khwa Ttu San Bushman centre for lunch on your way through for a fascinating insight into the history of the local inhabitants.

Day 4 Paternoster

Paternoster

Today you have the opportunity to fully explore the West Coast National Park. During the months of August to October the highlight is the sea of wild flowers carpeting the landscape and at other times there are paths to follow on foot or bicycle.

Day 5 The Cederberg Mountains

Paternoster , The Cederberg Mountains

Today you'll check out from your accommodation and make your way to Bushmans Kloof in The Cederberg Mountains. This drive will take approximately three hours. Arrive in time for lunch before setting out on an afternoon nature drive with your guide.

Day 6 The Cederberg Mountains

The Cederberg Mountains

Start today with an excursion to view rock art. With over 130 rock art sites, Bushmans Kloof represents one of the most densely painted rock art areas in South Africa. A glorious morning drive and a short hike through the aromatic fynbos leads you to secret caves where your guide will provide insight into the ancient lost culture of the San and their fascinating spirit world.

Day 7 The Cederberg Mountains

The Cederberg Mountains

With walking trails to suit all fitness levels. Biking, canoeing and swimming amongst a wealth of other experiences there is plenty on offer to fill your day. Alternatively you may choose to relax, spa, read and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Day 8 Springbok

The Cederberg Mountains , Springbok

Head further north out of the Cederberg Mountains and into Namaqualand where the spring flowers await.

Day 9 Springbok

Springbok

Head out today and enjoy walks from Naries amongst over 4,000 species of flowers during the high flower season.

Day 10 Springbok

Springbok

The surrounding landscape includes the diamond coast hosting three notable shipwrecks and the Richtersveld National Park which runs through the border into Namibia and on to the Fish River Canyon.

Day 11 Fish River Canyon

Springbok , Fish River Canyon

From Springbok drive north and cross the border into Namibia. Cross-border fees are included so the journey should be easy as you enter southern Namibia. Continue into the Fish River Canyon - the second largest canyon in the world.

Day 12 Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon

Today, head out on a guided hike to the base of the Fish River Canyon. This hike takes in the stunning scenery of the canyon and a rock pool and picnic await you at the bottom. The hike is a full day out from the lodge, led by an experienced guide who will teach you all about the history, geology and wildlife of the canyon.

Day 13 Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon

Other guided hikes from the lodge are available, and are highly recommended. Alternatively you can drive yourself to Ai-Ais hot spring at the base of the canyon, not only is this very scenic but you can also bathe in the thermal pool.

Day 14 Luderitz

Fish River Canyon , Luderitz

After a couple of days hiking the canyon you can give your legs a rest as you drive north again to the small town of Luderitz. This German colonial town sits between the dunes of the Namib Desert and the crashing Atlantic Ocean. It is a peaceful little town, easy to explore the beach on foot and enjoy the wading flamingos.

Accommodation

Day 15 Luderitz

Luderitz

Head to the nearby ghost diamond mine town of Kolmanskop for a guided tour today. Kolmanskop marked the start of the diamond mining rush in Namibia and the tour offers a superb insight into the day to day lives of this once thriving mining town now engulfed by the desert sands.

Accommodation

Day 16 International return flight

Luderitz , International return flight

Board your flight to Windhoek and onwards home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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Audley Travel specialist Sophie

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