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Kgalagadi Safari Holidays to Kalahari Desert Tours Namaqualand Bushmen

South Africa: Cape Town + Whales + Namaqualand + Kalahari

Cape Town to Kalahari, via West Coast (self drive)
SCW16C
16 NIGHTS
FROM £1,998
Per person sharing
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Holiday South Africa Cape Town Kalahari Whales Wildflowers Namaqualand

From mid-August to mid-September, on this self-drive holiday in South Africa you can travel up the West Coast from Cape Town to the Kalahari - after visiting Hermanus to see whales & enjoying wine tasting in Stellenbosch. Then drive to Springbok to view the spectacular wildflowers of Namaqualand, before finishing with a safari at a Bushman lodge in Kgalagadi (game drives included).

Holiday South Africa Cape Town Kalahari Whales Wildflowers Namaqualand
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Holiday in South Africa
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain & Cape Point
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Whales in Hermanus
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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West Coast National Park
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Wildflowers, Namaqualand
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Augrabies Falls
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Kalahari Safari
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Kgalagadi National Park
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Holiday in South Africa
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain & Cape Point
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Whales in Hermanus
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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West Coast National Park
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Wildflowers, Namaqualand
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Augrabies Falls
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Kalahari Safari
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Kgalagadi National Park
Day 1
You will be met at Cape Town Airport and transferred to your hotel in this beautiful city, within sight of Table Mountain.
 
Check in and relax in your magnificent surroundings.
Day 2
Today is free to explore the "Mother City" of Cape Town.
 
To orientate yourself, you can purchase a pass onboard the convenient Red Route Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and attractions, including the Table Mountain cable car (discounted tickets are sold on the bus). Here you can ascend and enjoy one of the world's most famous views.
 
Note: Don't let the colour of the bus confuse you. All buses are red, but they run two different routes - the Red City Route and the Blue Kirstenbosch Route.
Day 3
Today we recommend spending the day exploring the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve peninsula.
 
Start with an optional short boat trip from Hout Bay to view Cape Fur seals at Seal Island and continue via Chapman’s Peak Drive to spectacular Cape Point where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
 
On the return journey we recommend driving through naval Simons Town and visit the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach. You can also make a short stop at the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 4
At leisure to relax and explore more of the beautiful city of Cape Town.
 
Many optional activities are available in this beautiful city. You can explore the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned (advance booking essential in season).
 
You can also take the Hop Off bus (Blue Route) to visit world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens, enjoy a city tour or simply relax on golden Camps Bay Beach.
Day 5
Drive 2-hours from the Cape Peninsula along the scenic coastal route through Gordon’s Bay and along the False Bay coast to the small seaside town of Hermanus.
 
Along the way we suggest stopping at the Stoney Point Penguin Colony in the small coastal town of Bettys Bay. You may also want to visit Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, renowned for its birdlife and fynbos flowers. The walk through the gorge and down to the waterfall is particularly rewarding (pay all entrance fees locally).
 
Continue to Hermanus and check into your hotel. From July to November, southern right and humpback whales come here to breed and this is considered the best location for land-based Whale Watching in the world. Once severely endangered, these magnificent creatures of the deep are now breeding successfully in the area due to a major international conservation effort.
Day 6
At leisure to relax in the small seaside town of Hermanus.
 
During the whale season enjoy Whale Watching from the cliffs, which usually offer excellent viewing. For closer views, you can take an optional whale watching boat trip (advance booking recommended in season).  There is a small beach at the foot of the cliffs, with steep access.
 
You can visit the Panthera Big Cat Sanctuary or venture further afield to Cape Agulhas, the most southerly point of Africa and the true meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans (pay all entrance fees locally).
 
You can also explore this small town on foot, with its open-air craft market in season and coastal path with wonderful indigenous fynbos and bird life. The small Fernkloof Nature Reserve, situated on the slopes of a mountain outside the village, is a fynbos wildflower sanctuary cared for by the local botanical society.
Day 7
Drive 2-hours today from Hermanus to Stellenbosch in the beautiful Cape Winelands.
 
Along the way you can stop at the Cheetah Outreach project in Somerset West, to observe these magnificent endangered cats up close. This community-based programme is seeking to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and campaign for its survival (pay entrance fee locally).
 
On arrival in Stellenboch, you can also stop at Vergelegen - the historic Cape Dutch homestead of Simon Van Der Stel, the first governor of the Cape Colony, with its magnificent 300-year old giant camphor trees.
 
Check into your hotel in this famous wine producing area, relax under the giant oak trees and savour the fine food and wines of this region.
Day 8
At leisure to relax in beautiful Stellenbosch, surrounded by its mountains and vineyards.
 
Explore this old university town with its many street markets, craft shops and museums, including the Modern & Contemporary Art Gallery, or visit Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens.
 
You can also self-drive the wine routes of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl with many opportunities for wine tasting at famous wine estates. Alternatively use the Vine Hopper hop-off bus to explore these winelands or book an optional small group tour.
 
In the evening there are several fine dining restaurants in the area (advance booking strongly recommended).
 
Note: Vine Hopper bus does not operate on Sundays.
Day 9
Today your guide will introduce you to the stunning scenery of the West Coast, as we drive 2-hours to Langebaan.
 
This rugged lagoon is a Ramsar Wetland of international significance, with thousands of seabirds roosting on the nearby sheltered islands. Large concentrations of flamingos and migrants can also be seen wading on the salt marshes.
 
In West Coast National Park on the shores of the lagoon, you can see zebra, wildebeest, eland, red hartebeest, grysbok, caracal and rock hyrax. Migrating whales may be seen between July and November.
Day 10
Today is free to enjoy the wildflowers of Postberg Flower Reserve (pay entrance fee locally).
 
This special flower conservancy on Langebaan Lagoon is only open to visitors during the flower season, ensuring an abundance of undisturbed blooms. Depending on the rains, from mid August to mid September you may see spectacular fields of wildflowers that form a carpet of many colours. On clear sunny days, the wildflowers appear to erupt from every sandy nook and rocky cranny, opening up to the blue sky and providing an unforgettable floral extravaganza.
Day 11
Today leave Langebaan and drive 5-hours northwards to Springbok in the heart of Namaqualand, passing through several small towns.
 
Clanwilliam is the gateway to the magnificent Cederberg Mountains and Vanrhynsdorp is home to the world’s largest collection of succulent plants. Bitterfontein produces and exports green granite and Garies produces kaolin, which is an essential element in the production of paper and fine porcelain.
 
As you approach Springbok at certain times of the year you can see miles and miles of brightly coloured wildflowers that bloom here during August and September – carpeting what is normally an arid semi-desert landscape. This spectacular natural phenomenon occurs for only a few weeks, with the quality and timing of the floral displays depending upon the mid-year rainfall. Check into your hotel in the heart of the wildflower region.
Day 12
During wildflower season, we suggest visiting Goegap Nature Reserve, as well as more remote regions such as Kamieskroon depending upon where the wildflowers are at their best. Enjoy photographing these colourful blooms, which are a truly remarkable sight (pay entrance fees locally).
 
At other times of the year there is much to photograph in these quaint rural towns in this far-flung part of South Africa, where the Bushmen once roamed. Learn more about their culture or adapt your itinerary to explore areas such as Riemvasmaak Canyon, the mountainous Richtersveld or the beautiful coastline at Port Nolloth instead.
 
In the evening marvel at the glorious night skies overhead, offering some of the best star gazing opportunities in the world.
 
Note: The wildflower areas only open at 11am.
Day 13
Today leave Namaqualand and drive 4.5-hour to Upington.
 
Along the way we suggest you detour 1.5-hour to visit Augrabies Falls - “The Place of Great Noise” - where the mighty Orange River dramatically crashes over the rim of a granite canyon during the summer flood, to plunge 270 ft into the gorge below, forming South Africa’s largest waterfall and the sixth largest in the world (pay entrance fee locally).
 
Continue to Upington and check into your hotel.
Day 14
This morning drive 5-hours from Upington travelling through the vast and arid Kalahari, one of the world’s last unspoilt ecosystems and one of Africa’s greatest wilderness areas. In this land of far horizons, marvel at the gigantic nests of the sociable weaver birds set high in camel thorn trees and stop to examine some of the amazing succulent desert plants which have adapted to survive in such harsh conditions.
  
The malaria-free Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a visionary 3.7-million hectare joint venture between South African and Botswana. Check in and relax at your lodge, before enjoying your first game drive with a lodge ranger, followed by dinner under the stars.
 
Note: You must enter the park at Twee Rivieren (3-hours from Upington) and drive a further 1.5-hours to Kamqua picnic site, allowing extra time for game viewing along the way. At 2.30 pm a lodge representative will escort you to the Rooibrak waterhole, where you will leave your car continue in a 4x4 safari vehicle to the lodge. If you are driving a 4x4, you can continue in convoy across the dunes all the way to the lodge, which is a further 19 miles (30 km).
Day 15
Today is devoted to game viewing in the vast Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
 
Rise early for an exciting dawn open-top game drive, when game viewing conditions are at their best. Kgaladagi is home to several amazing wildlife species that have successfully adapted to the harsh desert conditions – including the black-maned lion, the magnificent horned oryx and the springbok. The Kalahari is also superb for viewing leopard and cheetah, which are more easily seen in the sparse vegetation and sand dunes.
 
Return to the lodge for breakfast, then relax by the swimming pool or pamper yourself at the spa. There is also the opportunity to learn more about the culture of the fascinating Bushmen who first conquered the great Kalahari and to enjoy a walking trail. You will see some of Africa’s most unusual animals in the Kalahari and many of the “great cats” – lion, cheetah and leopard – but  the vegetation does not support elephants, rhino or buffalo.
Day 16
Enjoy some final game viewing in Kgalagadi National Park today before driving 4-hours through Bushmanland to Upington.
 
Along the way we suggest you stop at a Bushman craft stall to give you the opportunity of supporting this community by buying one of their hand-made products. Please be aware that Bushmen will expect a small tip for photographs taken of them.
Day 17
Drive to Upington Airport for your flight home.