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Experience two very different but complementary sides of stunning southern Africa with our multi-centre holiday. From wine tasting in the vibrant city of Cape Town to lion spotting in the wilds of Kruger National Park, there’s culture and the great outdoors in abundance.

Beginning in Johannesburg, your multi-centre holiday starts with a safari tour of Kruger National Park. You’ll have the opportunity to see The Big Five, while staying in a luxurious lodge. From here, we recommend following the Garden Route from Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape to Cape Town on the Western Cape, with some great stops along the way. These include Tsistsikamma Forest, Plettenberg Bay and Swellendam.

In bustling Cape Town, you’ll have the opportunity to climb Table Mountain in a cable car and take in the breath taking views from the summit, extending beyond the city itself and Table Bay. While you’re here, a visit to the Kirtenbosch Botanical Gardens is well worth an outing, as is Boulders Beach, which is home to penguins.

When the Namibia part of your holiday begins, begin with a night in the capital Windhoek. It’s home to fantastic architecture and European influences. Journey on to the Namib desert where you’ll encounter the rare and delightful sight of the undulating Sossusvlei sand dunes, instantly recongnisable for their redish hue. You’ll also have the chance to do some more wildlife spotting in Etosha National Park, where elephants, leopards and rhinos roam freely.

This is an ideal Africa multi-centre for couples wanting to explore nature with rare close ups of the local wildlife. It’s also perfect for those seeking culture, with fine dining and award-winning wineries.

Duration

16 Days

Guide Price

£4,299 pp

Recommended For

Adventure, City, Couples, Safari, Wildlife

Namib Desert

Trip Highlights

  • Look out for The Big Five on an exhilarating safari drive
  • Drive along the scenic Garden Route on your way to stunning Cape Town
  • Take a cable car up Table Mountain for views of Cape Town and Table Bay
  • Discover the tallest sand dunes in the world in the heart of the Namib Desert

Start your Journey

Day 1

South Africa

Explore South Africa on this self-drive holiday. Our tried and tested itinerary will allow you to see all the sights and attractions of this fascinating and diverse country at your own pace.

On arrival into Johannesburg, board an internal flight to Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Situated in Mpumalanga and covering 19,633 square kilometres, Kruger boasts over 100 mammals, over 500 bird species and more than 300 tree species. It’s a spectacular spot for wildlife and nature lovers, with luxury lodges dotted throughout the park.

Travelling onwards to Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape via the picturesque Garden Route, you can uncover a wonderful spot for sandy beaches, great museums, galleries and excellent restaurants, before heading on to the iconic Cape Town.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for activities with local vineyards producing fine wines, hikes up the 600 million year old Table Mountain and one of the most visited beaches in the area, Boulders Beach, home to the African penguins.

Day 2

Namibia

Also known as the ‘Beauty Queen of Africa’, Namibia offers a superb mix of energetic city life and bountiful beauty spots.

Discover the attractive capital of Windhoek. It’s a popular destination for tourists thanks to its Zoo Park, castles and choice of restaurants, shopping and places to stay. You’ll also have the opportunity to try some adrenaline pumping water sports, such as paragliding and kite surfing.

For a complete change of scene, strike out into the sands and embark on a trek of the vast Namib Desert It covers 1,600 kilometres, stretching all the way from the Atlantic Ocean. Here, you’ll find the forever changing red sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

Next, you can visit the coastal town of Swakopmund. It’s a much loved area for locals and travellers, due to its walking tours, shopping and expanses of beach. It’s an ideal stop off before continuing on your way to Etosha National Park, which can be found close to the salt desert of Etosha Pan. Here, you’ll have a second chance here to see some of the majestic wildlife on offer, including elephants, rhinos, leopards and lions, prior to flying back home and returning to reality.

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