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14 Day Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive Trip

Cape Town to Windhoek Self-drive Itinerary 14 days
Want to go on a self-drive tour to Namibia without the extensive long drives daily? Our 4×4 rental branch in Cape Town now makes it possible for you. South Africa 4×4 Accommodation has put together an amazing 14 day itinerary from Cape Town to Namibia. Everything you need and more from one place. The itinerary can be amended to suit the needs of our clients.

DAY 1: CAPE TOWN

Cape Town to Windhoek tour starts after a meet and greet and vehicle hand over at Cape Town International Airport at 8am. Make your way around the Mother city in your own 4×4 vehicle, visit Cape point Reserve, explore the HoutBay harbour and village. Visit Boulders beach for the African Penguin Colony and spoil yourself with a truly African cuisine at V&A Waterfront.  (Own expense)
INCLUSIVE:  Cape point entry fees.
ACCOMMODATION: Cape town Guesthouse, twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  Own travel distance in and around Cape Town (± 6- 8 hours)

South Africa 4x4 - Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive
South Africa 4×4 – Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive

DAY 2: CEDERBERG

Depart Cape Town heading towards Ceres. Make your way to the rugged wilderness that embraces the Cederberg ranges.   Explore truly beautiful landscapes with sandstone cliffs, deep valleys and tumbling slopes.  Afternoon hike exploring Wolfberg Arch, Stadsaal Caves and Bushman paintings. Routes are characterized by rocky terrain and should be tackled with suitable hiking shoes.
INCLUSIVE:  Cederberg entry fees and walking permit.
ACCOMMODATION: Campsites with power and good ablution facilities with hot showers
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  250km, ± 3½ hours’ drive.

DAY 3: ORANGE RIVER

On day 3 you will drive through the remote landscapes of Northern Cape Province on route to Namibia. Today you can relax on the banks of the Orange River, Noordoewer, Namibia. Popular attractions include rafting and canoeing, bird-watching and fishing. A 10-minute walk from the camp site takes you to some San petroglyphs (rock engravings). Park your 4×4 and camp tonight on lovely green lawns with plenty of shade and a wonderful view over the river and onto the spectacular Geelkrans Cliffs on the opposite bank. ( Canoe and rafting are optional activities)
ACCOMMODATION: Campsite with good ablution facilities and hot showers
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  560km, ± 6 hour drive (excluding sightseeing)
AVAILABLE:  Bar, Wood and Ice

South Africa 4x4 - Orange River - Cape Town to Windhoek
South Africa 4×4 – Orange River – Cape Town to Windhoek
DAY 4: FISHRIVER  CANYON
Travel further north today heading for the Fishriver Canyon, second biggest Canyon in the world. Feel the magnitude of Earth-time in relation to the fleeting brush of human life on the canyon rim. Away from civilization, the canyon grandeur is yours alone. Set up your camp on the bank of the dry river bed under shady trees with a backdrop of rocky hills. In the silence, you may be able to hear the call of the canyon, 14 kilometers away.
INCLUSIVE:  Canyon entry fees.
ACCOMMODATION: Campsite with good ablution facilities and hot     showers.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  230km, ± 3 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)
DAY 5 AND 6: NAMIB DESERT – SOSSUSVLEI
Today you will enter the Namib desert, exlore the biggest dunes in the world and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon. Take time to visit the Naukluft National park which take up a large area of the Namib Desert.  Camp tonight on your own individual site  in a clean, tidy and well-kept environment. Cool down in the campsite pool after a long day exploring the vast desert surroundings.
INCLUSIVE:  Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park entry fees
ACCOMMODATION: Separate paved campsite with its own toilet, basin, hot/cold shower, barbeque, kitchen wash-up facility and electricity.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  550km, ± 7 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)
DAY 7 AND 8: SWAKOPMUND

Suddenly the desert scenery change as you reaches the coast of Namibia on your way to Swakopmund. Appreciate every moment while exploring the Swakopmund area. Pump the adrenaline with one of many activities, sand boarding, quad biking etc. Or take on a water activity with a kayak, dolphin safari, or if you brave enough to take on the Atlantic Ocean – go for a swim.  Enjoy the night time, listening to the waves, while sipping on your wine and indulge in the local restaurant cuisine. (Own expense)
INCLUSIVE:  Bed and Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Single/double One bed Chalet with en-suite bathrooms.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  350km, ± 5 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Sand boarding, quidbiking, water activities and desert tours.

South Africa 4x4 - Swakopmund - Cape Town to Windhoek tour
South Africa 4×4 – Swakopmund – Cape Town to Windhoek tour

 

DAY 9: SKELETON COAST AND SPITZKOPPE

Depart Swakopmund early morning heading for Cape Cross en route to Spitzkoppe. Enjoy the sightings of the Skeleton Coast and visit the Cape fur seal colonies at Cape Cross. Head for the granite koppies, well know in Namibia as Spitzkoppe. The Spitzkoppe (“Matterhorn of Namibia”) is nearly 700 million years old. Here you can expect to see the diverse and breath-taking landscapes of bald granite peaks. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains.  The unique oversized boulders and secret caves, allows the visitor to camp in complete peace and tranquility.
INCLUSIVE:  Skeleton coast and Cape fur Seal colony entry fees.
ACCOMMODATION: Campsite with dry toilets and hot showers.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  300km, ± 4 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)

DAY 10: BRANDBERG MOUNTAIN – DAMARALAND

On Day 10 you will continue your journey through Damaraland to the tallest mountain in Namibia – Brandberg Mountain. The Ugab River Valley with its old trees and green bushes is home to a great variety of game, birds, fascinating reptiles and insects. The stone-age rock paintings of the San Bushmen give evidence of the presence of the famous desert elephants in the area many thousand years ago. Experience these magnificent giants on one of our guided Elephant drives. A close encounter you will never forget.
INCLUSIVE:  Elephant drive.
ACCOMMODATION: Large campsite in the vicinity of the Ugab river, own braai and water tap.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  130km, ± 2 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)

South Africa 4x4 - Brandberg Mountain - Cape Town to Windhoek
South Africa 4×4 – Brandberg Mountain – Cape Town to Windhoek
DAY 11 AND 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Leave the mountain and head for the animal kingdom at Etosha National park. Etosha Park is known for its remarkable wildlife sightings and unique scenery. Etosha NP is home to diverse wildlife, including over 110 species of mammals. Enjoy the viewpoints at waterholes and beautiful scenery. Tonight you will camp at Okaukuejo campsite or similar campsite in Etosha National park.
INCLUSIVE:  Etosha National park fees, 1x Morning game drive and 1x Afternoon game drive.
ACCOMMODATION: Campsite with good ablution and hot showers. Pool, bar and restaurant .
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  330km, ± 4 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Night drive with a guide.

DAY 13: WATERBERG PLATEAU NATIONAL PARK

 

Heading south from Etosha towards Windhoek. Stop at Waterberg National parklWaterberg is a massive table mountain east of Otjiwarongo in the northern reaches of central Namibia. It is about 50 km long, up to 16 km wide and rises to a height of up to 200 meters. You can experience this wonderful mountain scenery up and close, with or without guide, on well-demarcated hiking trails.
INCLUSIVE:  Entry fee and Guided walking hike.
ACCOMMODATION: Campsite with good ablution, hot showers. Pool.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  280km, ± 3 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)
DAY 14: WINDHOEK

 

Your Cape Town to Windhoek self-drive tour will end in Windhoek. Explore Windhoek city and enjoy the last day of this amazing experience.  Take this day to relax before heading home. You will hand the vehicle back at around 3pm at the Guesthouse.  A friendly driver will do the Airport Transfer the next day. Tell us all about your wonderful trip!!
INCLUSIVE:  Bed and Breakfast.
ACCOMMODATION: Windhoek Guesthouse, twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  280km, ± 3 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)
ROUTE CAN ALSO BE DONE FROM WINDHOEK TO CAPE TOWN.
Contact South Africa 4×4 Rentals http://southafrica4x4.co.za/ for your 4×4 rental in Cape Town or Namibia. Interested in the itinerary above? Contact South Africa 4×4 Accommodation http://sa4x4accommodation.co.za/ for your tailer made itinerary from Cape Town to Windhoek or vise versa.