Under African Skies

Tour highlights

  • Etosha National Park including a game drive
  • Erindi Game Reserve with an afternoon game drive
  • Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast
  • The Red deserts of Sossusvlei
  • Quivertree Forest and Giants Playground
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Augrabies National Park and the famous Augrabies Falls
  • Cedarberg with its spectacular landscapes
  • Langebaan with its wildflowers
  • Cape Town with the stunning Table Mountain

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Days 1 - 7: Windhoek to Erindi Game Reserve

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Days 1 - 3: UK to Windhoek

Fly overnight from the UK to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia where you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for the next two nights. Following a full day at leisure you will be transferred to the most famous restaurant in Namibia, Joe's Beerhouse for an included welcome dinner with your tour hosts and fellow travellers.

Days 4 - 6: South Etosha

Distance: 455 km / 284 miles

We start our adventure this morning as you collect your motorhome and head for Okaukeujo Campsite inside Etosha National Park, your home for the next three nights, from here you can enjoy game drives in the comfort of your own motorhome or book an optional guided safari. A guided morning game drive in an open safari vehicle is also included during your stay.

Etosha National Park is unique in Africa, the park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings.

Days 7: Erindi Game Reserve

Distance: 331 km / 207 miles

If you’re looking for an authentic, unadulterated, and unforgettable game viewing experience, Erindi Private Game Reserve offers the widest selection of exciting species. The reserve covers an area of 79,000ha and is home to about 20,000 animals including various rare and endangered species.

Late in the afternoon you will meet in the lodge foyer for refreshments and then enjoy a guided game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle in search of wildlife. Drinks and snacks are provided on the drives so sit back, relax and feel part of Africa! 

Return to the lodge for an included dinner. Dining at Old Traders Lodge is a culinary adventure, combining regional African cuisine with the multitude of cooking styles left behind by early explorers of this great continent!

Days 8 - 14: Swakopmund to Luderitz

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Days 8 - 10: Swakopmund

Distance: 285 km / 178 miles

This morning you will continue your adventure as you head to Swakopmund. The seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture and for being the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area.

During your time here you will the opportunity to head south along the coast to Walvis Bay for an included Dolphin & Sea Cruise where a glass of bubbly and some fresh oysters are also included.

Days 11 - 12: Sesriem

Distance: 347 km / 217 miles

On today’s journey to Sossusvlei and the famous red dunes we will make a stop in Solitaire, a remote settlement, at the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, it has been a welcome stopover for more than 60 years. A thirsty traveller will find cold drinks, ice cream, baked goods, coffee and lunch. Continue on to Sossusvlei where you will be spoiled with magnificent views of the Desert landscapes, the nearby Elim Dune and ending the day with unforgettable sunsets tinting the skies in shades from dusty pastels to flaming crimson.  

The following day will be an early start but well worth it as you enter the gates of Sossusvlei just before sunrise. Today you will be exploring sites like Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Dune 45 and Big Daddy with your host couple. 

Another very interesting site visited, is the Sesriem Canyons where the Tsauchab River had carved a gorge, up to 30m deep - into the gravel deposited soil, 15-18 million years ago during a wetter period, in the history of the Namib, this phenomenon is a 5 min drive from the Sesriem Gate. 

In the evening is an included dinner at the Sossusvlei Lodge, this popular buffet dinner will leave you spoiled for choice between the salads, side dishes, grilled meats and stir-fries - all prepared fresh and in front of every guest! For the perfect ending there is a range of decadent dessert sensations as well as a variety of cheeses and biscuits.

Day 13 - 14: Luderitz

Distance: 465 km / 291 miles

Today we make our way to Lüderitz. This colourful and unique town is perched where the rocky Atlantic Ocean coastline meets the Namib Desert. It has weathered the frenzy of a diamond rush and the rise and fall of many fortunes over the years, but kept its sleepy old-world atmosphere on this cool and often foggy Atlantic coast.

Lüderitz is known for great seafood - you can feast on fresh rock lobster, oysters and mussels. This coastal town in Namibia has unusual brightly painted German Art Deco architecture and interesting historical buildings to photograph and explore.

Nearby in the Forbidden Zone Namibia, lies the abandoned ghost town of Kolmanskop, which is almost covered in Namib Desert sand and a reminder of the past. For a treasure hunt of a different kind, you can go in search of a crystallised stone called a "Desert Rose" in Lüderitz.  

You will enjoy a guided tour which provide insight into the history of the former mining town, the diamond industry back then and of today.

Day 15 - 20: Keetmanshoop to Karoo

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Day 15: Keetmanshoop

Distance: 353 km / 221 miles

Head east to Keetmanshoop, the Quivertree Forest and Giants Playground where visitors can explore the ancient and famous Quivertree Forest and the dolerite rock formations of the Giants Playground. All of the trees in the forest are naturally occurring and self-propagating. You’ll find young trees growing out of rock crevasses, and the oldest trees in the forest are estimated to be between 200 and 300 years old. The unusual micro-ecosystem this forest creates also attracts a surprising abundance of wildlife, most notably a large population of rock hyrax, which hikers will almost certainly find (or hear) scurrying among the rocks.

Days 16 - 17: Fish River Canyon

Distance: 190 km / 119 miles

Today’s destination is the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. The campsite for the next two nights is the Canyon Roadhouse campsite. Fill up on smiles at this extraordinary and out-of-the-ordinary lodge. Resembling a roadhouse of old with a large red roof, the lodge is a veritable treasure-house and the outside area hints of the wonderland interior with its rusty old Chevys and Fords from a bygone era, adorned with corky quiver trees and desert flora.

On your second day you will have plenty of time to explore Namibia's most spectacular geological phenomenon. The famous ravine lies in the lower reaches of Namibia's longest river, The Fish River. It took millions of years to evolve to its present shape - a massive 161km long, up to 27 km wide and up to 550 metres deep.

Days 18 - 19: Augrabies

Distance: 402 km / 251 miles

On today’s journey we cross into the Northern Cape Province in South Africa and onto the Augrabies National Park where the famous Augrabies Falls are within walking distance from the rest camp.

The Augrabies Falls National Park covers an area of 820 km² and stretches along the Orange River. The waterfall is about 60 metres high and is awe-inspiring when the river is in flood. The gorge below the falls averages about 240 m deep and runs for 18 kilometres. 

Complete your visit with a bird's eye view of the park from the top of the Moon Rock - a vast 'whaleback' dome which is a prominent landmark of Augrabies Falls. Walking to the summit will give one of the best views of the park and its surroundings.

Day 20: Karoo

Distance: 445 km / 278 miles

Depart from Augrabies for Calvina in the Hantam Karoo region of South Africa for a one night stay. The overnight stay is included to assist with a long overland journey as you slowly make your way to the Cederberg Wilderness. 

The town features a number of fine Victorian and Edwardian era buildings and the best way to explore the town and to meet the locals is on foot

Day 21 - 28: Cederberg to Cape Town

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Days 21 - 22: Cederberg

Distance: 239 km / 149 miles

The Cederberg Wilderness Area lies some 200 km north of Cape Town, it was proclaimed a wilderness area in 1973, and as such enjoys the highest possible conservation status. The Cederberg is renowned for its spectacular landscapes and rock formations, as well as its namesake, the increasingly rare Clanwilliam cedar tree.

Activities on offer include hiking and walking trails to view the fascinating rock formations this region is famous for. You may also choose to visit one of the ancient rock art sites. For the adventurous, enjoy a 2.5-hour donkey cart adventure trail ending in the Heuningvlei local village, the small local community is known for its production of traditional dried fruit and organic rooibos tea

Days 23 - 24: Langebaan

Distance: 190 km / 119 miles

Welcome to the tranquil West Coast with its wide, open spaces, charming fishing villages, unspoilt beaches and abundant animal and marine life. From water sports and whale watching to enchanting spring flowers, hiking among the fynbos, mountain biking, birding and fresh seafood, and this beguiling year-round destination has it all.  

Endless natural beauty, a string of secret beaches, uncrowded BBQ spots, tons of exhilarating outdoor adventures, and some of the best wildflower spotting in the country – these are just some of the wondrous attractions that make this beautifully preserved, unblemished paradise on earth the ultimate escape. 

Days 25 - 26: Cape Town

Distance: 95 km / 59 miles

Continue on the last leg of your journey to Cape Town where you will drop off your motorhome before being transferred to your hotel in the centre of Cape Town for a two night stay. Make the most of your free time and perhaps visit Bo-Kapp, Table Mountain, or the V&A Waterfront.

Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, the Bo-Kaap formerly known as the Malay Quarter dates back to the 1760s and forms a significant part of South Africa's cultural heritage. A guided tour can be arranged, take a walk through the cobbled streets and listen to the stories and tales whilst having the opportunity to photograph the unique, colourful houses. 

Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World offering a return cable way ride in the rotating state-of-the-art cable car. You will be 3,500ft above the city...sip on a glass of sparkling wine whilst taking in one of the most beautiful views in the world. 

The V&A Waterfront is one of Africa’s most visited destinations.  Situated in the oldest working harbour in South Africa, with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, makes the V&A Waterfront a favourite for local and international visitors. The V&A Waterfront offers a variety of attractions, activities, restaurants, live entertainment and over 500 retail stores. 

Enjoy an award-winning 14-dish tasting menu inspired by ingredients and textures from all over the African continent. Be seduced by live dancing and singing to the rhythmic beating of African djembe drums. Feel part of their tribal community with some optional pre-dinner drumming under the guidance of an experienced facilitator.  While honouring African culinary traditions their menu combines these with modern flavours and techniques to serve up a sophisticated African feast that changes seasonally. Each dish is served in generous individual and shared portions and the country of origin, cooking techniques and spicing explained.  All their meat, poultry and fish dishes come with vegetarian or vegan substitutes and they are currently the only South African Restaurant that operates an international certified Halal kitchen by Crescent Rating.

Day 27 - 28: Cape Town to UK

There is just enough time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before you are transferred to Cape Town airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

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