DAY 1 & 2 Clarendon Bantry Bay
On arrival you will be met at Cape Town International Airport and transfered to the the Clarendon Bantry Bay. This sophisticated and sun-drenched luxury house is perched above the brilliant blue waters of the Atlantic and offers a truly extraordinary experience, only 8 km from the city of Cape Town.
Decor in each of the rooms is a modern mix of classic design with a local flavour. Flooded with light and blessed with ocean views at every turn, Clarendon Bantry Bay promises an unforgettable stay. All the rooms have direct dial telephones, digital safes, satellite television, mini bars, air-conditioning, and twin or king-size beds. Each of the seven spacious unsuited bedrooms have either a sea or mountain view, and are designed and decorated in individual style, combining thoughtful detail with luxurious understated quality.
Day 2: You will be taken to our base for your trip briefing and vehicle handover. You will be briefed on the vehicle, equipment, driving conditions, route and safety issues. Please expect this briefing to take at least two hours. You will be asked to sign the safety affirmation form to confirm that you have read and understood all the contents of the Safari Drive Handbook. Spend the rest of the day to explore Cape Town and the area. To the East of Cape Town are the Twelve Apostles Bays – beyond which Walker Bay attracts huge pods of whales and offers the best land based whale watching in the world. This is definitely worth a trip to see.
DAY 3 & 4 Mount Cedar, Cederberg Mountains
Today you will make your way into the Cederber, a beautiful region found north of Cape Town. As you drive up through this stunning area, passing mountains and winelands you will reach a property called Mount Ceder.
Mount Ceder is a great wilderness area with majestic views, amazing Spring flowers (August and September), and rugged hikes.How you enjoy the beauty of Mount Ceder is up to you: walk in the mountains with no one around, enjoy clambering over the unique rock formations; swim in the perennial river with the kids or marvel at the delicate Bushman rock art. Of course, you could just simply relax and enjoy the exhilarating peace of this unspoilt paradise from the luxury of your cottage. At the end of an activity-filled day, settle down to a relaxing drink on your veranda, or enjoy a wholesome 3-course meal at the Old Millhouse restaurant, accompanied by superb wine from the region.
DAY 5 Naries Namkwa, Namaqualand
Today you make your way to, Naries a beautiful & romantic hideaway on the edge of the Spektakelberg between Springbok and Kleinzee. Naries offers a unique experience amid spectacular scenery. The lodge are well positioned for exploring the greater Namakwa Region from the Richtersveld in the north to the shipwrecks in the west, and during the wild-flower season, they are right where the action is.
DAY 6 & 7 De Hoop Campsite
The soft sand on the banks of the Orange River at De Hoop makes a delightful campsite. It has water for swimming, bathing or fishing. It is secluded and quiet, save for the rumble of the rapids upstream. There is a "beach" with soft, warm sand which, unlike sea sand, is not sticky and the surroundings are truly magnificent. Remain here for a second night.
DAY 8 & 9 Klein Aus Vista Campsite, Aus
You will stay at the lovely property of Klein Aus Vista a few minutes west of Aus on the main Luderitz road, giving you a chance to visit the wild horses, do some trekking on the farm and visit Luderitz while staying in this great area. The campsite is lovely with great views and set in huge rocks some 10 minutes drive from the lodge. You can eat in the lodge if you wish to. Remain here for a second night.
DAY 10 & 11 Fish River Lodge, Fish River Canyon
Drive to the Fish River Canyon today and stay at Fish River Lodge, situated on the western rim of the Canyon. Making the most of the beautiful vistas, the Fish River Lodge has been built in harmony with its stark, striking surroundings. Completed in 2009, all the buildings that make up the lodge pay tribute to the amazing landscape, offering spectacular views of the Fish River Canyon from sunrise to sunset. Each of the private chalets are dotted along the edge of the canyon, flanking both sides of the main lodge. As with the main building, you can soak up the enchanting views. The beds have been placed to allow you a prime spot from which to gaze over the majestic canyon as the sun washes a kaleidoscope of colours over the landscape every morning. At night you can watch falling stars through the rooftop windows. Remain based here for a second night.
DAY 12 Twee Rivieren Rest Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Continue to Twee Rivieren today. This is the Park’s largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the banks of the Dry Nossob Riverbed. Activities and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within the camp and in the surrounding areas. Twee Rivieren has a reception, shop, fuel, restaurant, information centre and swimming pool.
DAY 13 & 14 Rooiputs, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana
The Rooiputs camping ground is situated some 25km up the Nossob river Valley from Two Rivers entrance gate. The lodge is perched along a vegetated red sand dune, which is distinctive of the Kgalagadi, and boasts extensive panoramic views made up of acacia savannahs and grassy plains. There is a waterhole adjacent to the camp where Kalahari black-maned lions are known to frequent. It offers six individual campsites, each of which has its own shade structure, fireplace, rustic pit latrine and shower shelters. The water supply is unreliable so bring your own water. Remain based here for a second nights stay.
DAY 15 Mata Mata Rest Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
This morning drive from Bagatelle to Welverdiend and cross the border from Nambia into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Situated on the banks of the Auob River on the western boundary of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Mata Mata rest camp is the border between Namibia and Botswana. The camp provides fuel, shop and pool facilities and accommodation ranges from chalets through to campsites. Two and a half hours north west of Twee Rivieren, the camp has electricity for 18 hours a day. Good self catering facilities are provided and the camp is surrounded by thorny Kalahari dune bushveld. Giraffe are typically found in the area. Spend the afternoon enjoying the wildlife along the Auob River.
DAY 16 Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, East Mariental
Bagatelle is a small owner run lodge with ten en-suite chalets. Each chalet is built on wood and raised on stilts, set on a sand ridge. It used to be farmed until very recently when they built the lodge and established a 7,000 hectare reserve that is home to springbok, gemsbok, giraffe and eland. A rambling old farmhouse was extensively altered, upgraded and renovated to not only serve as a residence, but also as the main nerve centre of the lodge. An entrance hall leads to the reception, lounge, dining room, bar & cellar, library and office. There is a swimming pool and recreation area. An open air lapa for outdoor meals captures the atmosphere of an African Safari. However, the highlight for most is the habituated meerkat population that makes itself at home around the chalets providing great entertainment. They also have an association with the Cheetah Conservation Fund and have some cheetah on the Ranch. Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch has opened five individual campsites. Set in a wide ‘street' between the red sand dunes, each site has its own dedicated ablution block, toilet, shower, washbasin and mirror. It is fully tiled and hot water is supplied by modern gas geysers and solar lights. Relax around a campfire and enjoy the Kalahari night.
DAY 17 River Crossing, Windhoek
Today you will make your way to River Crossing, a lodge situated 15 minutes away from the centre of Windhoek. Here you will be met by our team and have your vehicle collected.
DAY 18 Depart Namibia
Today you will be transferred to the airport in good time for your flight home.